Source: NFL owners' approval of Raiders to SF would set bad precedent


Source: NFL owners' approval of Raiders to SF would set bad precedent

If NFL owners vote to approve San Francisco as a one-season home for the Raiders against the league’s bylaws and the 49ers’ objections, it could set a bad precedent, according to NFL sources with knowledge of the matter.

While the 49ers do not have final say on whether the Raiders can play in the San Francisco Giants’ stadium, the 49ers’ preference -- and unwillingness to waive their territorial rights -- is likely to carry significant weight, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wanted the Raiders to play in San Francisco for one season while the Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas is completed, he could take it to a vote of the league’s owners to override the 49ers' desire to block the move. Goodell would not have a vote in the matter.

Due to a special provision in the bylaws, the typical two-thirds vote of NFL owners does not apply, a source said.. A unanimous vote of the 30 other owners would be required against the 49ers – or in support of the Raiders – in order to clear the path for the Raiders to play at Oracle Park, formerly known as AT&T Park, for the 2019 regular season.

The seven teams scheduled to play regular-season road games against the Raiders might be reluctant to approve a move to a venue in which both teams would be situated on the same sideline, one source said. The football configuration at Oracle Park consists of a shared sideline.

A potential deal between the Giants and the Raiders is not dead, a source familiar with discussions told Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

But if NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move into San Francisco, it could set a precedent for future moves of franchises into markets already claimed by other NFL teams, sources said. Complicating matters for the approval of the Raiders’ preferred move to San Francisco is the presence of two other viable NFL stadiums in the Bay Area.

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The 49ers and Raiders have previously discussed sharing Levi’s Stadium for one season, according to sources. The 49ers remain open to the possibility of the Raiders playing one season in Santa Clara. Also, the Oakland Coliseum remains an option, though Raiders owner Mark Davis has vowed not to return to Oakland due to the city’s lawsuit against the Raiders, alleging antitrust violations and breach of contract.

San Francisco mayor London Breed spoke out Tuesday against the possibility of the Raiders playing one season at the Giants’ ballpark. The mayor expressed concerns about the additional congestion the Raiders would bring to the area, which is already impacted by the Giants, the Warriors arena, set to open next season, and ongoing construction.

Why Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo considers Kyle Shanahan a master of disguise


Why Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo considers Kyle Shanahan a master of disguise

MIAMI – Steve Spagnuolo has a tough challenge ahead going head-to-head with Kyle Shanahan. The Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator has been wading through 49ers tape for days and has come away impressed with how the 49ers head coach calls and creates offensive plays.

He’ll trying to crack Shanahan’s scheme during Super Bowl LIV, something defenses rarely do these days.

“What really impresses me is that, whatever team they’re getting ready to play, they attack that scheme,” Spagnuolo said. “You’re not going to see what you saw in previous games.”

Sometimes, too, eyes may deceive you. That’s because Shanahan’s so good at disguising his true offensive intentions. Spagnuolo said there are often no clues tipping the 49ers hand. The Chiefs must respect the threat of run or pass on every down.

“Kyle was does this – his dad [Mike Shanahan] did it, too – where their run plays look exactly like their play action passes,” Shanahan said. “That’s not always easy to do. There coaches who think make them look the same but the really don’t. These guys do.”

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The 49ers have dominated on the ground with an ever-expanding playbook of creative, well-designed runs. Shanahan is well known for a zone-blocking scheme, but he’s starting to bring power principles into his game. That has made the 49ers hard to prepare for and even harder to stop.

“If you’re going to defend the zone scheme, you tell people to go downhill and not east or west,” When you start throwing the gap schemes in and you’re going downhill and they’re pulling, it makes for a headache.”

Spagnuolo may have to pop some Advil after watching the 49ers offense work recently. They have been running with great effect, dominating the NFC playoffs almost exclusively on the ground. Jimmy Garoppolo has only thrown 27 times this postseason and had just eight attempts in the NFC championship game. They averaged 235 rushing yards per game in the playoffs and recorded at least 119 in their last seven games.

“You can see now that they have a rhythm to what they do,” Spagnuolo said. “That offensive line has been together for a little while. No matter what running back they put in there, he’s producing. And I have great respect for their quarterback [Jimmy Garoppolo]. I would say that if he threw two times last week. He’s still a threat to work the ball downfield. It’s going to be one heck of a challenge.”

Why 49ers' George Kittle claims Jimmy Garoppolo is 'worst texter' ever

Why 49ers' George Kittle claims Jimmy Garoppolo is 'worst texter' ever

Believe it not, but Jimmy Garoppolo has a flaw.

I know, it's hard to fathom, but 49ers tight end George Kittle revealed during Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday night in Miami that the 49ers quarterback is bad at responding to text messages.

Really, really bad.

Asked if there was a "not-so-perfect side" of Garoppolo, Kittle offered this:

"He is the worst texter of all time," Kittle told the media in Miami. "I'm telling you, he leaves me on 'Read' all the time. I'll be like 'Hey Jimmy, I've got a question. Maybe on this play, should I run my route like this?' No Response. 'Jimmy, want to go to a movie?' No response. And then next day he's like 'Yeah, I got your text. I just didn't respond.' Thanks Jim. That's awesome. So yeah, he's a bad texter. Bad communication."

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So the next time you look at Jimmy G's perfect chin line, just remember that he's a bad texter.