Saturday, June 30, 2012
Roller coasters, QB rumors and WR debate
By Mike Sando
A few NFC West notes on the final day in June:
- Looks like we have confirmation on Jim Harbaugh's height. The San Francisco 49ers' coach must be at least 4-foot-6. Otherwise, park officials would not have allowed him on the "Superman Ultimate Flight" roller coaster, which rises 15 stories and reaches 62 mph. CSNBayArea.com has the video. What does the NFL's reigning coach of the year yell when he's excited? "Jiminy Christmas!" was the call for Harbaugh.
- Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. says Oakland's Darrius Heyward-Bey surpassed the 49ers' Michael Crabtree last season. That revelation came as a bit of a surprise to me. Niners fans shouldn't lose too much sleep over it. They should know Crabtree, with 72 receptions, enjoyed his best season in 2011 and should continue to improve, health permitting. The tenacity Crabtree showed as a blocker stood out last season.
- Justin from Phoenix hit the NFC West mailbag with a complaint about the recent item recognizing 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald. He accused me of implying McDonald was better than Calais Campbell, Chris Long and Darnell Dockett. I didn't say that explicitly, but Pro Football Focus did. Their rankings also listed Arizona's Adrian Wilson over Seattle's Kam Chancellor among safeties, with Chancellor ahead of teammate Earl Thomas, who was not listed among the top 101. Fun stuff.
- With Donovan McNabb expressing interest in three mystery teams, let's revive our obligatory offseason note dispelling thoughts of McNabb signing with the Cardinals. To review, if anyone has ever produced a shred of evidence suggesting Arizona might have interest in McNabb, I must have missed it. To the contrary, the beat reporters covering the Cardinals have repeatedly written about the Cardinals' lack of interest. The Cardinals have started Max Hall, John Skelton and Derek Anderson at various points over the past few seasons. That should tell us all we need to know about their "interest" in McNabb.
Here's hoping your Saturday is a good one.