Extra Points: 49ers, Hurts, Gase

The 49ers picked up a huge win over the Rams on Sunday, but they were dealt an unexpected blow earlier this week when Santa Clara County officials suddenly announced they wouldn’t be allowed to practice or play in their stadium moving forward. That’s left the 49ers reeling, with little time to formulate a backup plan. Speaking after the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan said it was “extremely disappointing” that the team wasn’t given any advanced notice, and said “we’re working our tail off” to find new accommodations. As of right now the “most likely” option is for the 49ers to play their remaining home games at the Cardinals’ stadium, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Their division rivals are apparently willing to lend a helping hand to the 49ers. Rapoport also writes that a stadium in Texas is another option, although the NFL would prefer them to play at an NFL arena. The question would then turn into what the team will do for a living situation. Rapoport writes that it’s possible the team just stays in Arizona and lives out of hotels in the area, forming a bubble of sorts. It’s a tough situation that will put 5-6 San Fran at a competitive disadvantage for the rest of the year. We’ll update whenever a plan is officially ironed out.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Eagles fans that have been clamoring for more Jalen Hurts are about to get their wish. Philly is expected to give Hurts his most extensive playing time of the season, including plays where Carson Wentz isn’t on the field, for their Monday night game against the Seahawks, Rapoport writes. Rapsheet says it’s unlikely he’ll get a full series, but to expect to see him for two or three plays at a time. Philly inflicted this quarterback controversy upon themselves by drafting Hurts in the second-round back in April. Wentz, of course, has been mostly awful this season. He’s still owed over $50MM in guaranteed money over the next two seasons, but it sounds like things could finally be trending toward a benching if he doesn’t get things turned around soon. Either way, it’ll be very interesting to see how Hurts looks on MNF.
  •  The Jets continued their march toward a potential winless season with a defeat at the hands of the Dolphins. 0-11 aside, there’s now a minor controversy over who is calling the plays in New York. Before the game, Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com tweeted that Adam Gase would re-take play calling duties from offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. But after the game, Gase insisted he wasn’t calling the plays. Reporters pressed Gase on it, claiming Loggains looked like he was doing nothing on the sidelines and that Gase was the one talking. Gase then claimed Loggains would talk to him before the drive about what plays to call, then conceded he was calling the plays for third downs and two-minute drills. Sam Darnold said after the game that it was Gase’s voice in his helmet telling him the plays. It’s another bizarre situation, but one that is pretty much par for the course for this 2020 Jets campaign.
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24 comments on “Extra Points: 49ers, Hurts, Gase

  1. rtr1redrockets

    maybe a benching would wake Wentz’s up…but the playcalling from Peterson has been lack luster to say the least

    • bradthebluefish

      Someone needs to slap Wentz across the face tell him that he doesn’t need every play to go perfectly. That it is perfectly okay to throw the ball away if no one is open.

      • Yeah. I’ve only watched 4 or so Eagles games and Wentz seems to A) hold onto the ball way too long, B) make bad decisions, and C) throw inaccurate passes. He’s been a mess all the way around. He wasn’t this bad last season, but clearly the Eagles knew something when they drafted Hurts.

  2. wagner13

    Sounds like Gase has a micromanagement problem and cannot handle someone else being in control. Whatever; I hope he enjoys the final games of his head coaching career.

    If the Eagles wish to bench Wentz, then so be it. However, they should pick a starter and stick with it. This “hybrid” situation does not seem likely to succeed. We saw Flacco and Lamar fail in a similar scheme back in 2018 and I don’t see how it helps Hurts’ development to operate strictly in specific wildcat-esque formations

  3. GoLandCrabs

    Such a lame move by Santa Clara. Just let them play games in an empty stadium. They are just gonna find somewhere else to play.

  4. tedtheodorelogan

    I hope Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody loses everything she holds dear in this world, not because of blind siding the Niners like this, but because she has caused so much financial harm to so many people through her shortsighted tunnel vision edicts.

    • bradthebluefish

      Ain’t that the truth. Karma will be unkind to those who are playing God with people’s lives. If we aren’t already there, at some point our recession woes will be worse than our pandemic woes.

      • Unlikely, since the pandemic is worse now than it ever was and has shown no signs of slowing down.

        • tedtheodorelogan

          I’d take a virus that over 99% of people survive over state mandated unemployment and hunger any day of the week.

  5. jay13

    Adam Gase has no clue what is going on in NY. I do see what the Jets are doing by letting him drown with the ship this year. The brass of the Jets need to get him out of the building as fast as possible. He is only killing the young talent you do have in NY.

    That 49er fiasco could become a bigger issue for teams in all sports down the road. I dont think that will be the only city or state to jump the gun.

  6. hoosierhysteria

    Laughing Gas-e must go. He would freak up a free lunch. Can’t coach, can’t communicate..what is he good at?

  7. crosseyedlemon

    I’m old enough to remember when QBs calling plays was the norm. The era of leadership has yielded to an age of endless bureaucracy.

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