One is a legend of NFC West football, unparalleled, unmatched and unstoppable by those who share space with him in an NFL stadium. Jerry Rice was pretty good, too. The game's greatest receiver stopped to chat with SportsNation and offered up his thoughts on the outlook for the 49ers this season. But that wasn't all for 49ers fans in the 'Nation, as NFC West blogger Mike Sando also chatted on all things 49ers, Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks.
Tim Finnegan (Islip, NY)
What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the 49ers coming into this season? Do you think Michael Crabtree could have the same kind of impact that you had on the team?
I think their weakness in the the quarterback position. They need to name a quarterback and right now they still have players battling it out for the starting job. As a receiver and a player that has been in the league for a long time, you want to know who is going to be you're starting quarterback going into training camp. Michael Crabtree showed in college that he is a great player bit right now he's a little behind schedule because of the injury. I think he will be OK but it's going to take some time to get adjusted to the pace of an NFL game. Full transcript.
What do you expect from Vernon Davis this season in their new offense, along with the other weapons defenses will have to worry about like Gore, Crabtree, Morgan, etc?
I expect greater involvement in the passing game and more maturity from Vernon Davis. The latter part seems to be the trend for him under Mike Singletary, at least to this point. Davis might always be vulnerable to his emotions, but he seems to be trending in the right direction. The touchdown catch he made at Arizona last season reminded us what he can be.
Hey Sando, love the blog.What are the chances Willis has a Defensive MVP type season? I understand he'll need to get more sacks but from what it sounds like, the niners d sounds good enough to alleviate some of the pressure off of Willis allowing him to make more big plays.
I think Willis plays well enough to deserve consideration for that award even if he doesn't have the stats. He's a force. I do think he would need a combination of interceptions and sacks to get the necessary acclaim for that award. And it would help if the 49ers fielded a top-10 defense while winning a few more games. Full transcript.