I know it sounds like a broken record, but I’m amazed at what Jim Harbaugh is doing in San Francisco. I knew he was a good coach and would turn things around, but 5-1 is beyond my expectations….
They’re not explosive and probably not good enough to win a road playoff game in Green Bay, but in a few weeks I might be changing my mind….
The 49ers have the best front seven in the NFL, evidenced by their not giving up a rushing touchdown the entire season. They also haven’t allowed an opposing running back to go for more than 65 yards and held their opponents #1 back to less than three yards per carry….
And where did inside LB NaVorro Bowman come from? He looks as good as Patrick Willis and gives San Francisco the best pair of ILB’s in the NFL….
On offense, they have arguably the best offensive line in the league and rushed for 203 yards against the vaunted Lions defensive front….
Lou Holtz says teams who win the battle of the line of scrimmage win 99% of the time, and if that’s true Harbaugh and the 49ers are in good shape….
It all boils down to Alex Smith continuing to play well; because in the playoffs your quarterback is going to have to make plays….
So far, so good; but it’s still hard to imagine Smith leading a team to the Super Bowl….
Harbaugh has done an incredible job nurturing Alex; bringing him along slowly to build his confidence and then giving him more responsibility. The results have been phenominal and hopefully the Super Bowl trophy will come back to where it belongs in a year or two….
As for the post-game incident between Harbaugh and Lions coach Jim Schwartz, I love that kind of leadership and passion from my head coach….
Schwartz has been ticking off everyone in the NFL with his fist pumping, cursing and yelling at opposing players, so it’s funny he’d take offense to a post-game handshake and slap on the back….
What goes around comes around….
A week or so ago, I received a press release about Dan Wheldon, asking if I wanted him as a guest on my show at 750 The Game in Portland. I quickly replied I’d love to have the Indy 500 Champion on and was told he’d be coming on sometime this week….
So when I heard he’d been killed in an Indy car race in Las Vegas over the weekend, I was shocked and saddened….
He seemed like an interesting guy, a good family man and tremendous driver….
Earlier this year, he was dropped by his team and without a ride for the Indianapolis 500; but at the last second was picked up by another team, found a sponsor and found himself in the race….
And not only did he compete, he wound up in Victory Lane; celebrating and drinking from a bottle of milk….
What a shame to hear the news and I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet him….
I don’t know anything about racing, but a lot of people who do are criticizing the Indy Car series and Jimmie Johnson says they should quit racing on oval tracks….
Evidently, these high banked tracks are built for NASCAR; while drivers are protected by heavy roofs, a cage and roll bar….
The Indy cars are lighter and not built for NASCAR tracks. Also, the critics say 34 cars was too big a field and put all the drivers at risk….
I’m certainly the last person to have an opinion on any of this, but it seems to make sense….
So Jamie McCourt has agreed to take $130M settlement in her divorce from Frank and let him have the team. Question: If it was this easy, why go through all the dramatics and pile up legal fees of $20M? Couldn;t have this been agree to a year ago, without the lawyers?….
Or did Jamie want Frank to jump through hoops, spend a fortune on lawyers and give him an ulcer?….
Judging by how simple this agreement sounds, it seems the lovely Jamie got what she wanted; to make a fool out of her husband and drain as much money as possible….