Why the hiring of two women by Buccaneers means so much to Katie Sowers

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Why the hiring of two women by Buccaneers means so much to Katie Sowers

49ers coach Katie Sowers is getting one of her wishes, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have become the first team to have two full-time female coaches on their staff.

Maral Javadifar will serve as the Buccaneers’ assistant strength and conditioning coach, while Lori Locust will be their assistant defensive line coach. They join Sowers as the only full-time female coaches employed in the NFL. 

“I don’t know that I feel a responsibility,” Sowers said a few weeks ago in Indianapolis.  “I just feel a passion, and that’s not just for women. It’s for anyone who has a dream -- and that can kind of sound like a Miss America answer -- but anyone that has a dream and feels like there’s a barrier because of the societal blinders that we put on.” 

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians gave a statement via the team’s website.

"I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football," Arians said. "Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity. 

"The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff."

Sowers expressed being tired of hearing about coaching internships when she spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area at the Women’s Careers in Football Forum. More than 40 women participated in the program in Indianapolis prior to the NFL Scouting Combine.  

“I want to get to a day,” Sowers said, “where I’m not hearing women asking how many internships do I have to do because I can’t provide for my family.” 

Arians was joined by Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Bills coach Sean McDermott, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera in front of the group and answered questions regarding how to facilitate employment in the NFL. 

Arians is known as being a maverick in hiring a diverse staff. He hired Jen Welter as a training camp intern with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, making her the first woman to hold a coaching position in the NFL.

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After the forum in Indianapolis, Arians stated that he had plans to create a full-time position for a woman on his staff. He kept his word, and then went even further by bringing in two. 

Locust was previously the defensive line coach for the AAF team the Birmingham Iron as well as a coaching intern for the Baltimore Ravens during training camp.

Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting


Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

Chip Kelly knows the type of person Keanon Lowe is. It's why Kelly recruited Lowe as a football player at the University of Oregon, and years later had him on his staffs with the Eagles and 49ers as an assistant.

When Lowe prevented a school shooting Friday at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore., Kelly wasn't surprised at all. In fact, what the now-UCLA coach wanted to know was Lowe's form in going from a former receiver to a defensive player in a heroic act.

“I wanted to know his [tackling] technique,” Kelly said Saturday to Scott Osler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He told me it was like when he was on kickoff coverage, it really didn’t matter how you tackled 'em as long as you got 'em to the ground.”

Lowe now is the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose. The school was on a 23-game losing streak when he arrived, and Kelly isn't surprised Lowe would step into a situation so far from the NFL.

"He’s just a special person that’s always wanting to help and serve," Kelly said. "He’s the type of kid you just want to be around him. He’s a special young man, and I think everybody is fortunate he was where he was yesterday afternoon.”

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Lowe played two seasons under Kelly at Oregon. He made 18 tackles on special teams between his freshman and sophomore years.

Why David Carr doesn't rank Joe Montana among top 10 QBs of Super Bowl era


Why David Carr doesn't rank Joe Montana among top 10 QBs of Super Bowl era

For most people, the debate over the greatest quarterback of all time comes down to two names: Tom Brady and Joe Montana.

David Carr, it appears, is not most people.

The 2002 No. 1 overall draft pick, who now is an analyst for NFL Network, surely made some jaws drop Friday when he said Montana was not (!) a top-10 quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

Yes, you read that correctly. 

So, why does Carr believe the quarterback who was a perfect 4-0 in Super Bowls and universally is regarded as one of the best to ever spin it isn't a top-10 signal-caller? Well, things just set up too perfectly for Montana.

Um ... all right.

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So, just because Montana's talent was such a perfect fit with legendary coach Bill Walsh, that means the 49ers legend's accomplishments automatically are discounted?

Just an unspeakably brutal take.