Extra Points: 49ers, Coaching Staffs, Zorn

Matt Barrows of The Athletic believes the 49ers would jump at the chance to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. if the Giants actually make him available, but Barrows is more skeptical about San Francisco’s interest in Antonio Brown. It has been rumored that Brown’s preferred destination is the 49ers, but Barrows says San Francisco would only be a serious suitor for Brown if the Steelers’ trade demands are modest. Of course, we recently heard that Pittsburgh may not get more than a third-round pick for AB, so maybe that is modest enough for the Niners to take the plunge.

Now for more from around the NFL (and XFL):

  • In the same piece linked above, Barrows writes that the 49ers must re-sign guard Mike Person, and he says the club plans to meet with Person’s agent at the Scouting Combine this week.
  • Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that the Giants are expected to hire Everett Withers as their new DBs coach. Withers spent the last three seasons as the head coach of Texas State and had previously agreed to become the defensive coordinator for Florida International in 2019. He will take over for Lou Anarumo, who left Big Blue to become the Bengals’ DC.
  • Former Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey will join the Lions in the same capacity, per Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network (via Twitter). It is a logical hire for Detroit, as Caskey did good work in his five years coaching Cincinnati’s running backs.
  • Colts WR Marcus Johnson, an exclusive rights free agent, has been cleared to resume football activities, Johnson himself tweeted. Johnson was placed on IR in October.
  • Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons is not at this week’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis due to his surgery to repair a torn ACL (plus, while he would have been permitted to participate in limited interviews and undergo medical testing, he was banned from participating in drills). However, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network tweets that Simmons will attend the medical recheck in Indianapolis in April, which will give interested clubs the chance to see how his recovery is progressing.
  • Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out an odd quirk in the league’s rule concerning a prospect’s eligibility to fully participate in the Scouting Combine. Since the ban on drills that players like Simmons have faced only encompasses convictions, that means that players who have not been convicted of a crime but who are still facing potentially serious charges — like Wyoming DE Carl Granderson — are allowed to participate in all aspects of the Combine. Of course, current NFL players may face league discipline even if they avoid legal repercussions for their misdeeds, so Florio believes the rule banning prospects only if they have been convicted of a crime should be eliminated.
  • Appearing on The Mighty 1090 (audio link), draft guru Tony Pauline expressed his belief that Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray will definitely be drafted in the first round; it is merely a question of where in the first round he will fall.
  • Former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, who also served as the quarterbacks coach for five different NFL clubs, has been named the head coach and GM of the XFL’s Seattle franchise, the league announced via Twitter.
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8 comments on “Extra Points: 49ers, Coaching Staffs, Zorn

  1. crosseyedlemon

    49ers aren’t even a playoff contender so they need to forget about chasing big ticket stars and focus on building a nucleus of solid blue collar performers.

    • jschnitzler23

      49ers will be in the playoff hunt this year if Jimmy G. comes back healthy. They have money for free agency and some high picks to get the edge rusher they desperately need.

      • Lenny Bruce

        Even if Jimmy did his best Tom Brady impression, you’ve got no O-line. Nothing.

      • imgman09

        Obviously Lenny doesn’t watch football other than his own team but the 49ers were decimated with injuries last year and would have been in the hunt but with a couple of good pics in the Draft and FA signing or two they will be right there

        • Thronson5

          49ers might be the best team out there that had a bad record. They had more injuries than I can remember a team having and key injuries at that. If they get healthy and stay healthy they will in the hunt for the playoffs. They need a big ticket WR and if they get that they definitely will have a shot at the playoffs. Without they have a shot but having one makes Kyles offense a lot better better and more more dynamic. People who don’t watch them love to talk about what they don’t know. It’s easy to look at a record and judge a team but you might want to do some digging around to see why it is they weren’t any good before just assuming.

  2. johnnybadd2019

    The giants don’t need to trade Odell. Teams will key in on Barkley more

    • hmeakem31

      They should get value for him. It’s not like they absolutely need him. They have Sterling, Engram, Barkley. They need to really focus on OL, and MLB. If they can get a decently early pick to use for one of those, then get a decent 3 WR in like the 3 or 4 round they’d be set.

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