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Robert Griffin III sought out Kyle Shanahan after Ravens beat 49ers

Robert Griffin III sought out Kyle Shanahan after Ravens beat 49ers

Years before Lamar Jackson took the NFL by storm with his ability as a dual-threat quarterback, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was drawing up schemes for Robert Griffin III to show off his arm and legs in Washington. 

Shanahan, Washington's offensive coordinator under his father Mike when Washington traded up to select Griffin with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, created a read-option offense set for the 2011 Heisman trophy winner's skills. And it worked to near perfection for a short time. 

Griffin, 29, was named 2012 AP Rookie of the Year when he threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions while also adding 815 rushing yards and seven more touchdowns. But a knee injury in the playoffs put a damper on his potential, and Shanahan was fired after the 2013 season. 

On Sunday, the two were reunited. RG3 now is Jackson's backup in Baltimore, and the former Pro Bowler made sure to show respect to his former offensive coordinator after the Ravens beat Shanahan's 49ers, 20-17, on a last-second field goal.

Shanahan clearly seemed a bit caught off guard, but Griffin made sure to make it known that it's all love between the two. 

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Since 2013, Griffin has appeared in only 21 games -- starting just 12 -- and didn't play in 2015 or 2017. He has appeared in four games this season for the 10-2 Ravens, and has thrown one touchdown and one interception. He also has 14 yards rushing on eight carries. 

Griffin likely never will be the star he was with Shanahan in Washington again, but the two forever will be connected for those two wild seasons in Washington.

Why ex-Warriors superstar Kevin Durant told Donovan McNabb to relax

Why ex-Warriors superstar Kevin Durant told Donovan McNabb to relax

You probably didn't expect to read this today, but here we are.

On Tuesday morning, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan wrote a feature story on the Brooklyn Nets, which included the following anecdotes about Kyrie Irving:

-Irving's infamous mood swings, confirmed by his ex-teammates, which followed him from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn, are the unspoken concern that makes Nets officials queasy.

-There has already been leeway to allow Irving to march to his own drum. The Nets are willing to look past moments like the photo shoot at the Pearl TV Tower in China, when Irving refused to remove his hat and instructed them to photoshop it out.

Additionally, Irving over the summer reportedly refused to put on a wearable device to allow the Nets' performance team to gather biometic data.

So on Tuesday afternoon, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb put out a tweet that resulted in a two-word response from ex-Warriors superstar Kevin Durant.

Phenomenal stuff.

KD roots for the NFL team that resides in Washington D.C., so the two-time NBA Finals MVP probably grew up cheering against McNabb and the Eagles.

If so, it must have been strange for KD when McNabb played for Washington in 2010.

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Anyways, the Nets forward defended Kyrie in MacMullan's article.

"He has his way of doing things," Durant said. "I respect who he is and what he does. He has all the intangibles you want in a teammate and a great player.

"So, how he gets to the point to be ready for 7:30 every night, I'm supporting him 100 percent."

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This fantasy football stat shows how dominant 49ers' defense has been

This fantasy football stat shows how dominant 49ers' defense has been

The 49ers face a daunting test Thursday night in the form of Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. Facing the dynamic Heisman Trophy winner on short rest could spell trouble, even for a dominant defense. 

"[It's] a challenge," 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said Tuesday of facing a new-look team for the first time on a short week. "This is not a simple offense. They've got a lot of cool designed plays and they do a lot of things. Having the quarterback in the run game is a problem. So, on a short week, you're actually more comfortable going against a system that's been in place for a while because you have a good feel for what's going to happen."

But San Francisco's defense has been so ruthless on quarterbacks this season, it might not matter who is behind center or how much time the 49ers have to prepare. Look no further than fantasy football to show how much trouble this group has given opposing QBs. 

If you started a QB against the 49ers' defense, you should just take the loss and move on to the next week. Here's your proof. 

That's right, quarterbacks have averaged 2.9 fantasy points against the 49ers in the last four games. Pro Football Focus' Daniel Kelley is using PFF's scoring system, and says the number could be even lower for other outlets.

The 49ers defense has five interceptions over that span and has forced two fumbles from the QB. The last four quarterbacks they have faced -- Baker Mayfield, Jared Goff, Case Keenum and Kyle Allen -- have averaged just 103 passing yards per game. Allen's 158 yards top the group, but he was intercepted three times. 

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San Francisco's defense leads the NFL in yards allowed per game (224.4) and passing yards allowed per game (128.7). The 49ers (11.0) are behind only the Patriots (7.6) in points allowed per game. 

Thursday night will be a new challenge for the 49ers when they go up against Murray and the Cardinals. The same goes for the rookie QB, too. 

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