Dee Ford

Joe Staley offered scouting report on Dee Ford before 49ers made trade

Joe Staley offered scouting report on Dee Ford before 49ers made trade

When the 49ers were shopping for an edge rusher during free agency, they sought the advice of veteran offensive lineman Joe Staley, who offered valuable information regarding Dee Ford

Staley faced off against Ford in Week 3 of the 2018 season when the 49ers traveled to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. He had first-hand knowledge of Ford's much-noted first step off the line.

“That’s what I love about this franchise,” Staley said. “The guys that we have here really reach out to the players about guys that are going against them, guys who have gone against certain players and ask for feedback. 

“I don’t know how much stock they take into to that but just the fact that they reach out to the players and ask their opinions on all that stuff.”  

When Staley was asked if Ford was truly explosive, he gave a very succinct reply. 

“That’s a correct statement,” Staley said. “He’s one of the most explosive players I’ve played against. He was definitely a challenge to go against last year and every time I’ve ever played him.”

Shortly after Ford was signed by the 49ers, he gave a similarly complementary statement about Staley and his physical ability. 

“He’s athletic and he’s strong and he has functional strength,” Ford said. “Functional strength is so important. Every offensive line is strong. They’re huge, they’re big, they’re strong. That’s a given. But he has functional strength, which is rare. He’s a pure athlete with a savvy skillset. So you’re not going to beat him a lot.”

Staley recalled one instance where he thought the Ford had taken advantage of a no-call by the referees. 

“It was a challenging game,” Staley said. "He got me early on with that sack, the first step, that quickness. I was like 100-percent certain that he was offsides, he was that fast. But going back in the film he just timed it up super right on it.

“It’s that first step, get-off. You see guys like Von (Miller) have it. Even bigger guys like DeMarcus Lawrence has that explosive first step. He’s a bigger pass rusher. That really sets up everything they can do and gets the tackles and the offensive linemen playing on their heels and reacting a little bit more than they want to.”  

It was a memorable game for Ford as well, which included banter between the two of them. 

“We talked during the whole game,” Ford said. “It was fun. It was fun. It was trash talk, but we were enjoying it. I really admire his game. And that was huge for me, because he admired my game. He’s a vet. He’s a future Hall of Famer, and it’s huge to hear that from a guy like that.”

Staley remarked that he can’t wait to pick Ford’s brain and go against him in practice every day. He thinks it will make each of them better players. 

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Staley is very pleased his scouting report on Ford was influential in bringing the star edge rusher to California. So much so that he may have a future in scouting.

Well, at least according to Staley himself. 

49ers schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

49ers schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

It's officially prediction season. The 49ers' schedule for the 2019 regular season was released on Wednesday, and there are plenty of interesting matchups.

Entering Year 3 of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch at the helm, the 49ers look to build upon a disappointing 4-12 season. Will they be playoff contenders or find themselves at selecting at the top of the draft again?

With some solid additions in free agency, a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo and the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, we expect a promising season. 

VIEW 49ERS GAME-BY-GAME PREDICTIONS HERE

49ers' DeForest Buckner not worried about contract extension with teams

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49ers' DeForest Buckner not worried about contract extension with teams

DeForest Bucker isn’t worried that he and the 49ers have yet to work out a contract extension as he heads into his fourth year with the franchise. 

Buckner is eligible to ink an extension this season, but both parties could wait if they so choose. Buckner did confirm that the lines of communication are open. 

“We had conversations here and there,” Buckner said. “You know honestly, it’s very early. Just because I’m eligible for a new contract going into my fourth year, it’s still very early in the process.”  

Buckner is going to focus on preparing for the season and leave the rest to his agent, CEO Jed York, chief negotiator Paraag Marathe, and general manager John Lynch to work out the details. 

Buckner’s third season was a break out year for the defensive lineman. He tallied a career-high 12 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss. He also racked up 20 quarterback hits and 67 total tackles, 44 of which were solo.  

To help with the teams beleaguered pass rush, the team signed edge rusher Dee Ford during the offseason. They could even acquire another force on the edge from the draft class that’s deep with talent. 

Lynch spoke during the offseason about the desire to build a defense that is a dominant force. Buckner sees that happening and isn’t worried about more defensive linemen coming into the fold, he relishes it, adding that can only make them better. 

Buckner even predicted that the 49ers second overall pick would be used on a defensive lineman. 

“It doesn’t matter who they draft, all the guys are good this year,” Buckner said. “We’ll just add another dominant guy to the d-line and whoever it is, it doesn’t matter, I’m just very excited to get working with them and I know everyone in the room is excited. And that’s the goal this year. We need to be dominant.” 

When asked if that was Buckner’s inside scoop on the 49ers draft pick he chuckled and expressed that he would be very happy with that choice.  

“That’s my hope,” Buckner quipped. “Every year you hope to add another guy to the d-line to be a dominant force so you know, that’s what I’m hoping.”  

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Buckner remains confident that the two sides will work it out eventually as they both share a common goal. 

“I’m really just looking forward to being here with the team long term,” Buckner said. “Jed and John and Paraag and all them, Kyle (Shanahan) they all know that. They all know what I can bring to the table, and what I bring to the team and there’s no rush to it.”