PHOENIX – There’s no way to think about the news that Junior Seau was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame without also thinking how much he would have enjoyed it. Seau, the late longtime linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, was the headliner of a class that also includes running back Jerome Bettis, defensive end Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, receiver Tim Brown, center Mick Tingelhoff (a senior nominee) and general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf. News of that class was tweeted out by many of the Hall of Fame voters on Saturday evening. [ Watch Super Bowl XLIX live here and on NBC Sports - Sunday at 6 p.m. ET ] Seau’s election is bittersweet. Seau committed suicide in May of 2012. His brain was studied and found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL. Tyler Seau, Seau’s oldest son, represented the family at the “NFL Honors” show, as the Hall of Fame class was announced. In a press conference afterward, it was striking to see seven new Hall of Famers, old or middle-aged men, sitting on the same stage as Seau’s son, who is in his mid-20s.  “This is a huge honor for our family,” Tyler Seau said. “Definitely with heavy hearts accepting this, because it should be him. But he is here with us.  “Emotionally it’s tough. We’re missing a huge part. We’re staying strong and this is a blessing. We’re humbled to be part of this (Hall of Fame) family.” Seau was known for his infectious personality off the field and his incredible play for 20 NFL seasons. “I can’t imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a great profile of Seau by USA Today’s Lindsay Jones. Bettis, a two-time All-Pro, was inducted on his fifth time as a finalist. He finished with 13,662 yards in 13 seasons and finished his career with a Super Bowl XL victory. “To think a little fat kid from Detroit who had never played football until high school could attend to this level … this is not something I dreamed of or thought of,” Bettis said. Haley’s main argument for the Hall of Fame was the five Super Bowl rings he earned, more than any other player. He was a big part of the success of those Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers as a fantastic edge rusher. He had 100.5 sacks in his 13-year career. Brown spent 16 of his 17 seasons with the Raiders and ended his career among the most prolific receivers in NFL history. He had 1,094 catches, 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns. Shields was a dominant guard for the Chiefs. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his final 12 seasons, playing 14 seasons in all for Kansas City while never missing a game. Wolf was a longtime NFL executive but he is most famous for turning around a terrible Green Bay Packers organization, a revitalization that is still going on more than 20 years later. More specifically, Wolf swung a trade with Atlanta for quarterback Brett Favre, who went 0-for-5 in his one Falcons season, and for landing defensive end Reggie White, perhaps the greatest free-agent signing in NFL history. Wolf’s roster won Super Bowl XXXI, Green Bay’s first Super Bowl title in 29 years. Polian is best known for putting together the core of the Buffalo Bills teams that won four straight AFC championships, then his time with the Indianapolis Colts that resulted in a Super Bowl championship. Tingelhoff was one of the game’s best centers during his career that spanned from 1962 to 1978, getting five All-Pro nods. He never missed a game in 17 NFL seasons. Players like Orlando Pace, Terrell Davis, John Lynch and Kurt Warner fell just short. “There’s nobody that deserves it more than Kurt,” Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “It was tough not seeing him on that stage, but I know it’s coming.” – - – - – - – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was named the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year on Saturday for his commitment to community service and excellence on the field. Davis won the award over San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “This award means a great deal to me, as it symbolises the valued work that the NFL, its players, and its 32 teams do in the community,” said Davis. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl – he doesn’t want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes. McKee is a native of Forestville in Northern California and roots for the San Francisco 49ers. He doesn’t want to see any good fortune visit a division rival, even if the Patriots have been criticized by some for playing an entire half of their last game with underinflated footballs. ”I would hate to see the Seahawks as heroes,” McKee said on Friday before he and his band played the DirecTV Super Fan Fest in Glendale, Ariz. Imagine Dragons won a Grammy Award for their song ”Radioactive,” and their next album, ”Smoke + Mirrors,” will be released on Feb. 17. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – The owners of the San Francisco 49ers football team have purchased a stake in Sacramento’s minor league Republic soccer club, the second major team to do so this week in an effort to bolster the club’s chances of winning major league status. Sacramento sports boosters, including Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former star player with the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns, are trying to persuade Major League Soccer to pick the Republic as an expansion team, part of a move to make the state capital into a regional professional sports center. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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While New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been popping garlic like PEZ to get over his cold , the best remedy is a good night’s sleep, and someone has been trying to prevent that the past few nights. For the second time in three nights, the hotel where the Patriots are staying for the Super Bowl in Phoenix experienced a false fire alarm, according to a Twitter post from the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. [ Watch the Super Bowl live on Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports - Sunday at 6 p.m. ET ] However, Brady said Wednesday night’s alarm didn’t disrupt his dreams, since the false alarm apparently occurred in a different portion of the hotel than where the players are staying. Our own Eric Edholm is live on the scene to give us the latest on the QB’s all-important cold remedies and sleeping patterns. Brady sounds nasally but said 4:40 am fire alarm didn’t wake him up. He slept well last night. — Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) January 29, 2015 False fire alarms are nothing new in NFL circles, and the finger often gets pointed in the direction of opposing fans. T he Philadelphia Eagles were awakened by an alarm prior to playing San Francisco this past September, blaming 49ers fans for interrupting their REM, and the Miami Dolphins had a similar experience in Buffalo last season, when the Bills faithful were the prime suspects.  New Englanders have been on the other end of that blame game, as the New York Jets were awakened by a false fire alarm in 2009. For the record, the Eagles, Dolphins and Jets all lost their games after receiving an early wake-up call. The Pats have a few more nights before the Super Bowl, and the hotel might be wise to staff a few people to monitor the fire alarms going forward — as long as they’re not from Seattle (alarm-gate!). Meanwhile, you’ll have to excuse  Bill Belichick if he’s not his usual peppy self at Thursday’s press conference. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Tom Gamble is returning to the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive. The 49ers announced Gamble’s hiring Thursday. Gamble spent the past two seasons as the vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. The team revamped its front office after the season, and the Eagles said they agreed to part ways. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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It’s tough being a New England Patriots fan. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown and all that. Sure, (arguably) the greatest coach in NFL history sports a Patriots logo on his sleeveless sweatshirt, and (arguably) the best quarterback of all-time dons a Flying Elvis on his helmet, but every other God-fearing football fan across this great nation has yet to bow at the altar of Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Discussions about football would be a whole lot simpler if everyone could get it through their thick skulls that the game we all knew in a bygone era has since been reinvented by that holy trinity. Instead, you can’t log onto Facebook or travel south of Hartford every February without somebody pointing out the Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since the Spygate scandal revealed them to be cheaters. Never mind the 16-0 regular season that ensued once they stopped videotaping sideline signals. The Patriots couldn’t beat Eli Manning of all QBs without having studied film of the backside of a laminated white sheet of paper covering his offensive coordinator’s mouth. Heck, even God himself got involved by gluing a football to David Tyree’s helmet just to spite them for their sins, proving once and for all Brady — despite his three championship rings and supermodel wife — is in fact not the second coming. Now, deflate-gate has only reinforced the rest of the country’s resolve to hate the Patriots. Sure, a New Englander can explain away deflated footballs and videotaped signals — as Belichick did — with science and the idea that cameras only caught on film what 80,000 people could see in plain sight, but all every other un-Patriotic football fan hears is Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” drowning out your excuses. So, if you’re from the Northeast corner like I am, know that the best way to crawl under every other football fan’s skin is to offer up the only excuse that should be universally accepted in NFL circles by now: Everybody cheats.  As famed 21st-century philosopher Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. has hypothesized, the best defense is a good offense, so here’s the New Englander’s guide to labeling every other NFL team a cheat. Even if it’s baseless. Because if we’ve learned anything in the past 10 days, you’re guilty before proven innocent. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS : They had two Pro Bowl defenders — LaRon Landry and Robert Mathis —  suspended for PED use  and still couldn’t stop Jonas Gray or LeGarrette Blount. Not to mention they allegedly  pumped crowd noise into the RCA Dome  to beat the Pats in the 2006 AFC Championship. BALTIMORE RAVENS : Ah, the easiest fans of all to take up residence within their bird brains. Three simple words: Deer-antler spray . And if those don’t work, remember five-time All-Pro defensive lineman Haloti Ngata got busted for performance-enhancing drugs just last month. Or mention that — while the Ravens rightfully cut Ray Rice — somehow their other All-Pro defensive stud, Terrell Suggs, remains on the roster despite a pair of equally disturbing domestic violence allegations against him. See, you don’t even need to bring up the double-murder indictment of Ray Lewis to incite a Baltimore riot. Oh, wait. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS : The Seahawks  lead the league  in performance-enhancing drug use since Pete Carroll’s arrival in 2010, and that doesn’t even include  the overturning of Richard Sherman’s positive test  before the first of three straight playoff appearances. Talk about deflated balls in the Super Bowl. NEW YORK GIANTS : Former coach Jim Fassel may have  explained away radio signal stealing allegations  in 2001 by feigning ignorance, calling such high-tech cheating “impossible to even try,” but the Giants already admitted to intercepting radio waves —  in 1956 . It’s not like technology has progressed in the past half-century or anything. No wonder they beat the Pats in 2007 and 2011. ATLANTA FALCONS : Speaking of listening in on conversations, assistant general manager Scott Pioli is a notorious offender, having allegedly  bugged former Chiefs coach Todd Haley’s phones  during his GM tenure in Kansas City. (Please pay no attention Pioli’s presence in New England during Spygate.) NEW YORK JETS : The only reason New York ratted on the Patriots for videotaping signals in 2007 is because New England  threw a Jets employee out of Gillette Stadium  for doing the same a year earlier. Of course, then-Jets coach Eric Mangini dubbed their misdeeds as “standard operating procedure.” Not to be outdone, former New York strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi resorted to  tripping a dude . PITTSBURGH STEELERS : Current coach Mike Tomlin warranted a $100,000 fine when he  interfered with a Jacoby Jones kickoff return  in 2013, but it’s best to hit Pittsburgh where it hurts most — puncturing a hole through the heart of the Steel Curtain. In making his own steroid admission as a player, former Steelers defensive coordinator Jim Haslett called all four of their Super Bowls in the 1970s  into question . MIAMI DOLPHINS :  A pair   of Fins  got caught violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, but that perfect 1972 season is the only thing the Miami faithful can hold over New Englanders’ heads (well, that and the fact Floridians aren’t covered in two feet of snow right now), so let’s point out the Dolphins  committed three counts of tampering  in order to hire Don Shula as their coach. BUFFALO BILLS : The Bills have been all about those banned substances for the past five decades, beginning with  Haslett’s admission  to steroid use during his Buffalo career from 1979-85. When the NFL  cracked down on steroids  in the late 1980s, the Bills had more players suspended than any other team. Soon afterwards, Don Smith  allegedly tested positive  for steroid use before Super Bowl XXV, and then proceeded to score a touchdown in the first of four straight title losses. Before making a Pro Bowl, running back Travis Henry violated the league’s substance policy, citing ephedra, as was the custom at the time. And more recently tight end Shawn Nelson earned his own four-game suspension. Whatever’s in the sauce on those wings up there in Buffalo, maybe the Bills should be using more of it, because they haven’t made the playoffs since New Englanders threw them a bone with Doug Flutie in 1999. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS : Bountygate .  DETROIT LIONS : Center Dominic Raiola and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh have both been fined multiple times for attempting to intentionally injure their opponents after the whistle, which is kinda like Bountygate, only without the monetary incentive — which kinda makes it even worse. DALLAS COWBOYS : Take your pick between the Cowboys’  salary cap violations ,  Orlando Scandrick’s PED suspension  or  Jerry Jones partying with NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino  and a bunch of coeds in a bus outside Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Los Angeles. The third option seems the most fun. WASHINGTON REDSKINS : Likewise, it’s a toss-up between  salary cap violations ,  widespread PED use , signing Andre’ Woodson off the scrap heap to  recreate the Giants’ playbook  and illegally  calling out the Cowboys’ snap count . It’s really not that hard to rile up a fan base whose team’s owner  sued season-ticket holders  during a recession and vehemently defends the use of a racially insensitive nickname. CHICAGO BEARS : Forget former linebacker Brian Urlacher’s concession that the Bears assigned ” a designated dive guy ” to fake injuries when opposing offenses got hot, current wideout Brandon Marshall suggested players use Viagra to gain an edge, which creates all sorts of problems in those pig piles. CLEVELAND BROWNS : The Browns are currently being investigated for texting during games — a violation of NFL policy — suggesting these weren’t just messages from Johnny Football’s ladyfriends. DENVER BRONCOS : Where do we begin? ESPN’s Mark Schlereth and a couple Bronco buddies got popped for oiling themselves up in Vaseline before a playoff game, which seems minor in comparison to the team’s pair of  violations of the league’s salary cap restrictions , including $29 million in deferred payments to John Elway and Terrell Davis — the two cogs in Denver’s Super Bowl victories. (It’s probably best not to mention Josh McDaniels earned a $50,000 fine for videotaping a 49ers practice.) HOUSTON TEXANS : Three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Duane Brown got busted for PEDs before this season, but teammate Brian Cushing takes the cake. Following a season in which he won Defensive Rookie of the Year from the Associated Press in 2010, Cushing tested positive for a fertility drug (perhaps to counteract his opponents’ Viagra consumption?). So, the AP took a revote, and he still won the award. It’s always nice to see the media taking the moral high ground when it comes to football scandals. TENNESSEE TITANS : The last time the Titans were any good, they had fullback Ahmard Hall paving the way for 1,000-yard rushers Travis Henry (yes, that Travis Henry), LenDale White and Chris Johnson from 2006-11. And Hall earned a performance-enhancing drug suspension at the end of that run. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS : Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds sat out four games for a PED suspension in 2013, but there’s no use trying to incite a fan base that requires swimming pools, go-go dancers and two-for-one drink specials just to get enough fans in the front door to avoid television blackouts. ARIZONA CARDINALS : GM Steve Keim can call  Daryl Washington’s indiscretions  “unacceptable” all he wants, but when a team continues to employ an admitted domestic abuser and two-time violator of the league’s substance abuse policy — including one positive PED test — simply because he has an All-Pro bid on his resume, it kind of gives off the impression that those actions are in fact acceptable. CINCINNATI BENGALS : It’s kind of boring when all the Bengals have done to cheat is use a few performance-enhancing drugs, as cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was busted for earlier this season. Apparently, they prefer to do their misdeeds off the field,  leading the league in legal battles  last decade. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS : Ho hum. Just a run-of-the-mill PED ban for offensive tackle Donald Stephenson. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES :  Two more PED suspensions this season . Boring. OAKLAND RAIDERS : After Al Davis spent years suggesting Mike Shanahan’s Broncos should have an asterisk next to their Super Bowl victories for violating the salary cap, his own organization was among four teams punished by the league for similar infractions a few years ago. Also, they’re the Raiders. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS : The Bucs aren’t opposed to PED use, either, having received  a pair   of suspensions  this past season, but don’t forget  Brad Johnson paid an NFL representative $75,000 to rub down his footballs  prior to their Super Bowl XXXVII victory — the lone title in the team’s 40-year existence. GREEN BAY PACKERS : The Packers cheated so bad they had to buy their way back into the league, per Albert J. Figone’s 2012 book, ” Cheating the Spread “: “The American Professional Football Association, organized in 1919, soon became embroiled in recruiting collegiate players. The Green Bay Packers had their franchise revoked in 1921 because they recruited three Notre Dame Players — Hunk Anderson, Ojay Larson, and Hee Garvey — for their final game of the season at Milwaukee. The story was broken by the Chicago Tribune, home of the Packers’ archrival Staleys (later the Bears), coached by George Halas. The Green Bay franchise was reinstated in 1922 after Curly Lambeau paid a fee.” Nowadays, Aaron Rodgers’  over-inflation of balls  keeps the proud cheating tradition established by Hunk, Ojay and Hee alive. MINNESOTA VIKINGS : As long as we’re still on the subject of footballs, the Vikings like theirs warm , which also violates league policy. Oh, and Hall of Famer Cris Carter spearheaded his own Bountygate scandal . CAROLINA PANTHERS : They heated their balls on the sidelines, too, but that’s not quite as egregious as a trio of Carolina players filling prescriptions for steroids  shortly before losing to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII — making former Panthers GM  Marty Hurney’s recent sour grapes all the more hilarious. ST. LOUIS RAMS : Former running back turned NFL Network pundit Marshall Faulk can  cry foul  about the Patriots cheating him out of a second Super Bowl ring all he wants. He probably just  accused New England of cheating again  in the time I wrote that last sentence. But the Rams aren’t innocent, either, fielding  performance – enhancing   drug   abusers  every season since  the NFL ramped up its testing policy  in 2011. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS : LaDainian Tomlinson once said, “I think the Patriots actually live by the saying ‘If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying,’” so it stands to reason his team didn’t trying until he retired in 2012, since that’s when the Chargers received a $20,000 fine for using  a “Stickum”-like substance . SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS : In the late 1990s, the Niners were finally busted for a practice they had been accused of and denied during their dynastic run from 1981-94 — skirting the salary cap, including a violation involving Super Bowl XXIX MVP Steve Young. If that doesn’t get a San Fran fan going, just let  Bill Parcells do the finger-pointing  for you, since he claims the 49ers twice disabled the Giants’ phone communications in the mid-’80s. And Bill Belichick’s defense still managed to win both games. Now, cue all the angry emails from non-Patriots fans, who might finally understand how it feels to root for New England — only without all the Super Bowl appearances to make the cheating rumors worthwhile. – - – - – - – Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don’t Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh did what looked like a pretty cool thing early Wednesday morning, tweeting out congratulations to NFL teams who made new head coaching hires, those new coaches, and his old San Francisco 49ers assistants who got jobs elsewhere. The 49ers made a new head-coaching hire, Jim Tomsula. They needed a new coach after parting ways with Harbaugh after the season. Tomsula was also a Harbaugh assistant; he was promoted from defensive line coach to head coach. And yet, no mention of the only Harbuagh assistant to get a head coaching job this offseason. Hmm. Congrats to Bears, Raiders, Bills, Great Coaches and men, John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Rex! And Home Run hires Vic Fangio, Brad Seely, Greg Roman — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 21, 2015 Coincidence that Harbaugh happened to miss the 49ers? Right. (Although Harbaugh also missed Todd Bowles and the New York Jets and Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos … but you’d think if he took time to congratulate a few teams he would not have just overlooked Tomsula and the 49ers.) Why would Harbaugh be sore? He and the 49ers mutually agreed to part ways, after all! Right. Exactly. The relationship between the 49ers and Harbaugh was strained by the end of this past season, to say the least. Tomsula’s name had come up as a possible replacement during the season, while Harbaugh was on the job, and it’s easy to imagine that made things uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, Harbaugh wanted to offer some well wishes for new NFL coaches and his old assistants who landed new jobs, and it doesn’t seem like he just somehow forgot the assistant who took his old job. – - – - – - – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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I don’t get anyone who doesn’t like Rex Ryan. He’s tremendous for the NFL. The problem that has developed over the years is that players and coaches get criticized for being interesting. Say something outside of the most white-bread quotes and it’s a bad thing. So the NFL is full of robots. Why is that better for anyone? Isn’t the game supposed to entertain us? [ Join FanDuel's $2M AFC/NFC Title fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid ] Ryan has never cared about the backlash against being himself, and thankfully his time with the New York Jets didn’t change him. When he was introduced as the Buffalo Bills’ new head coach on Wednesday, he was at his cocksure best. “Put everything you want to our opponents, put everything want on your bulletin board, that’s fine,” Ryan said. “The Bills say they’re a physical football team, the Bills say they’re going to outprepare you, we’ll outwork you and that stuff. Go ahead and put it up there. I don’t care where you are. Because we’re not afraid of it.” He’s perfect for Buffalo, especially now. The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, the longest drought in the NFL. After the season coach Doug Marrone simply opted out of his contract, and it’s clear now he had no job guaranteed for him when he decided to do so. He still hasn’t landed a job. He decided he would rather walk away with $4 million, thanks to a clause in his contract, than actually coach the Bills. What a low point for the franchise, which deserves better. Buffalo wasn’t viewed as the most attractive destination among the NFL openings. Ryan interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, who are widely considered better destinations. Ryan said the Bills were the team he wanted. He wants to be here and he expects to win. Buffalo had to perk up hearing that. Oh, and that playoff drought? “I’m not going to let our fans down,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to do that. I know it has been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well get ready man, we’re going. We’re going.” Maybe the Bills needed this, the don’t-give-a-care coach of the NFL coming in and telling everyone that things are changing, starting now. Here’s what Bills running back C.J. Spiller thought: Rex just dropped the mic when he got done speaking at the podium I can feel his energy just by watching this press conference — Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) January 14, 2015 This is why many players say they love playing for Ryan. Here were some more gems from a pretty fun press conference: – On the defense: “Fourth in the league is probably a little disappointing to be honest with you. That’s not where my expectations are. I know we’ll lead the league in defense. That’s just the way it goes.” – On Bills owner Terry Pegula: “As Terry likes to say, ‘We have one ego.’ I go, ‘Yes sir, that’s exactly right.’ When he hired me, that ego got a little bigger.” – On playing tough: “We’re going to build a bully and we’re going to see if you want to play us for 60 minutes.” – On playing the Patriots: “We’re going to into every game, we expect to win period. Regardless of who we play. If they want to bring back Russ Francis and John Hannah to play guard, we’ll play them too.” – On his press conferences: “As you guys get to know me, I’m going to have fun with these. I’m going to enjoy it. I don’t take myself too seriously. But what I do take seriously is the product you’re going to see on the field.” Ryan saved one of his best lines as a shot at Marrone, who left the Bills holding the bag at the end of the season. “This football team deserves a loyal coach,” Ryan said. “Nobody is more loyal than me as a football coach, I can tell you that.” RT if you’re pumped up and need something to run through after listening to Rex Ryan. pic.twitter.com/OuRQ8ZOM22 — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) January 14, 2015   Does Ryan’s bravado in an introductory press conference matter? Maybe. It can’t hurt give his players and the fan base some much needed confidence. A coach predicting his team will make the playoffs isn’t bad. Everyone in the NFL should think that, and what’s the harm in saying it? Whatever happens from here on out in Buffalo, it’s certain that things are going to get a lot more interesting there. That’s a great thing. – - – - – - – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The NFL will investigate the possibility that the New England Patriots deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, which they won 45-7 over the Indianapolis Colts, according to Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com. Breaking: A league source tells me the NFL is investigating the possibility the Patriots deflated footballs Sunday night. More to come. — Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 19, 2015 It rained constantly on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., which made gripping the ball challenging. Obviously, a less-inflated ball is easier to grip than a fully inflated one. I’m told at one point the officials took a ball out of play and weighed it. Should hear more tomorrow on this subject. — Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 19, 2015 The league has guidelines on how much pressure the ball must have — between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, weighing between 14 and 15 ounces.  Kravitz says the fine could be a stiff one if the Patriots are found guilty. There was a delay before the third-quarter-opening kickoff that might have included game officials investigating the balls the Patriots were using. Told if a league investigation confirms deflated footballs it will result in lost draft picks. Stay tuned. — Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 19, 2015 Nobody is suggesting this is why the colts lost obviously. They were manhandled. — Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 19, 2015 Although there hasn’t been an NFL team accused or found guilty of this recently, former USC head coach Lane Kiffin — who, coicindentally, was named the front-runner in several reports to become the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator — was accused of doing the same against Oregon in 2012 before losing his job during that season. The Patriots have faced accusations that they’ve skirted the rules for years, and they were penalized for spying on the New York Jets during the 2007 season with the loss of a first-round draft pick and a hefty fine paid not by the team but by Bill Belichick himself. – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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