49ers State of the Franchise
On July 27 at 7:00 pm the 49ers will hold their 2010 State of the Franchise. The event is only open to season ticket holders and there will be a live broadcast on 49ers.com.
In attendance will be Team President Jed York, Head Coach Mike Singletary and Vice President of Player Personnel Trent Baalke. The State of the Franchise will allow fans “an opportunity to hear directly from the organization about the direction of the franchise this season and beyond.” It does not seem that any of the three will be taking questions from the audience which is a shame. If that is the case there are three questions I would like York to address: 1.) Why San Francisco was not a feasible stadium site with the 49ers having to give up Monday and Thursday Night games at the Santa Clara site because of traffic and parking issues. 2.) York’s reasons for why San Francisco is not a second option for a new stadium if the Santa Clara site does not work out. 3.) Why all the secrecy surrounding the firing of Scot McCloughan and when he thinks a new general manager will be hired.
49ers file to cut rent at Candlestick
The 49er Faithful and other fans that visit Candlestick Park will all agree the stadium is in bad shape and the 49ers need a new stadium. The 49ers filed a claim with the City of San Francisco because how bad the stadium issues have become and will try to get the rent lowered. I think this is why the City of San Francisco and the 49ers Front Office relationship soured. The City does not think it is responsible for all the maintenance which the 49ers says it is and the team has lost revenue because of the problems. The York family has never had a good relationship with the City since it took over the team in 1999 which explains why they seem to be doing everything they can to move out of San Francisco.
Rookie Signs Contract
Sixth-round draft pick Nate Byham signed a four-year contract with the 49ers on Monday. Byham is a tight end out of the University of Pittsburgh and is expected to be the blocking tight end for the 49ers. Former Niner Billy Bajema, who is now a Ram, filled that role last season. Byham is not a lock to win a roster spot. The 49ers selected Bear Pascoe in the same round in 2009 and he was expected to the blocking tight end however he did not survive training camp and was released.
Byham, running back Anthony Dixon, wider receiver Kyle Williams and cornerback Phillip Adams are the only draft picks the 49ers have signed to a contract. All four were either selected in the sixth or seventh rounds of the draft. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis, offensive guard Mike Iupati, safety Taylor Mays and linebacker Navorro Bowman are the remaining unsigned draft picks.
Preseason Power Rankings
With the draft and OTA’s in the past and the start of training camp beginning for teams over the next month I did some searching to see how different web sites are ranking the NFC West teams:
ESPN ranks the 49ers 15th overall with the Arizona Cardinals 12th, Seahawks 26th and the Rams ranked last at 32nd.
Sports Illustrated ranks the 49ers 19th overall with the Seahawks 11th, Cardinals 22nd and the Rams 32nd.
USA Today ranks the 49ers 15th overall with the Cardinals 17th, Seahawks 24th and the Rams 32nd.
NFL.com ranks the 49ers 13th overall with the Cardinals 18th, Seahawks 20th and the Rams 31st.
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