By Daniel Brown | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 3, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: September 4, 2018 at 4:17 am If he performs within an area code of the hype, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo soon could be the (extremely handsome) face of the NFL. “If he lives up to expectations, he could become the top endorser in football. He has no ceiling at this point,” said sports marketing expert Bob Dorfman. It’s easy to see the appeal, unless, perhaps, you’re an NFL defensive back. Garoppolo, 26, heads into his first full season as the 49ers starter with an undefeated record and the second-hand glint of the Tom Brady influence. After coming from the New England Patriots in a trade last season, Garoppolo went 5-0 as a starter and threw for 1,542 yards, the most ever by a quarterback in his first five starts for the 49ers. If you think that face is everywhere now just wait until he plays, like, a full season or something. As it … [Read more...] about Can 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo become face of the NFL?
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The only question about Tom Brady as quarterback in New England is when Father Time finally wins before the five-time Super Bowl champ decides he's done with the NFL.Same for Drew Brees in New Orleans or Philip Rivers with the Chargers.Aaron Rodgers is expected back at his usual level returning from injury for Green Bay, and Deshaun Watson tantalized before his own injury cut short a very promising rookie season. Even though it's been a while since Andrew Luck threw a pass in an NFL game, his resume gives him plenty of cushion as he recovers from shoulder surgery.Not every quarterback has the same grip on a starting job as Brady, Brees or Rodgers, and a poor game or sloppy start can lead to a spot on the bench. Add a promising rookie into the mix, the leash can be even shorter.Here's a look at some quarterbacks who need to play well to remain starters as training camps open around the league:CASE KEENUM, BRONCOSComing off the bench and leading Minnesota to the … [Read more...] about Broncos Case Keenum, handful of other quarterbacks under pressure to produce quickly
By Eric Branch Published 10:10 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 In late October, the 49ers were winless and faceless. After a 33-10 loss to the Eagles, they were 0-8, their starting quarterback was C.J. Beathard and their most recognizable player might have been an offensive lineman (left tackle Joe Staley). Since that defeat in Philadelphia, however, they have enjoyed an uptick in productivity (5-0 finish) and marketability: On Oct. 30, they traded for franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and last month they signed cornerback Richard Sherman, a potential Hall of Famer with a lively personality. That’s good news for not only the team, but the team store. Today, the NFL Players Association released the top 50 players in sales for all officially licensed league products over the past year and Garoppolo (No. 28) and Sherman (No. 33) were the only 49ers on the list. Despite Garoppolo’s abbreviated time in the spotlight - he didn’t make his first start until Dec. 3 … [Read more...] about Garoppolo, Sherman lone 49ers on NFLPA’s top 50
We take a second trip to Mini-Mockville knowing full well that prevaricators are among us. Smokescreens and deception are in the air. People trained to mislead line the streets. Every rumor must be double- and triple-checked less you go down the wrong corridor. A word to the wise: Go to Vegas armed with this mini-mock at your own peril. We promise nothing. 1) Browns: Wyoming QB Josh Allen Whispers abound about GM John Dorsey's infatuation with the rifle-armed Allen. A reported unnamed friend evidently told MMQB that Dorsey will choose Allen over Sam Darnold, which would be lunacy in our eyes. Darnold should be the first player off the board. We're making the switch for now since the rumblings are getting louder. And I forgot my ear plugs. The Jets, who believed for months that it was a foregone conclusion that Darnold would be the No. 1 overall pick, scheduled the USC quarterback for an official Top 30 visit this week. You know, just in case. 2) Giants: USC QB Sam Darnold Dave … [Read more...] about NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Who did the Giants and Jets take?
Steve Spurrier has been announced as the head coach of the inaugural team of the Alliance of American Football, based in Orlando, Florida. The league is set to begin on February 9, 2019 and will air on CBS. The league was co-founded by Charlie Ebersol and former NFL GM & Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian, and plans to announce seven other teams in the next 12 weeks. Former NFL stars Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and Jared Allen will serve as player relations executives, while Justin Tuck joins the Player Engagement Board of Advisors. As a player, Spurrier was the starting quarterback at the University of Florida in 1965 and 1966, where he won the Heisman Trophy and the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy as a senior. He then became the No. 3 pick in the 1967 NFL Draft. Spurrier spent eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, having regular play disrupted by injuries. In 1976, he was sent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite being the starter for the season, he was cut in 1977 and … [Read more...] about Who is Steve Spurrier?