NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams


  • The Athletic’s Matt Barrows says if 49ers RB Raheem Mostert can stay healthy — which is admittedly a big if — he should be San Francisco’s leading rusher as well as near the top of the league in that category. 
  • If Mostert has a big season, Barrows thinks it’ll make it harder for the team to bring him back in 2022, especially considering there’s already been one public tiff between the two sides before last season. 
  • Barrows mentions the 49ers were planning to take a linebacker in the sixth round but they thought RB Elijah Mitchell was too good to pass up.  
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said the team is in a great position heading into the season, but they still have to take advantage: “We have a chance to do anything that we want. That’s all you can ask for. But now there’s a hell of a lot of work ahead of that, and it starts with every single person in our building.” (Cam Inman)
  • GM John Lynch agreed and added he is happy with the team’s mindset and talent level: “We’re made of the right stuff. We put a lot of focus on guys that love football. That gives you an opportunity. I do think we’re more talented. We’re well set up. I have a lot of belief in our crew. Good times are coming.” (Inman)


  • ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss notes a focus for Cardinals QB Kyler Murray this offseason has been improving his fundamentals. 
  • Weunfuss adds the coaching staff and Murray have been working on ways to be less reliant on Murray’s mobility, as when that was handicapped due to injury last season, the Cardinals’ offense languished. 


Rams HC Sean McVay explained what he thinks separates the good quarterbacks from the great ones.

“I want to know, when s*** is not going good, are you going to be that guy that people can look to and say ‘I just got to believe when things are not going on schedule.’ That, to me, is when the great ones really separate themselves,” McVay said, via Peter Schrager.

McVay also explained his process for scouting quarterbacks. 

“I’m not as interested in what we can all evaluate on the all-22 (scouting all 22 players). I want to see when they just went 3-and-out three series in a row, what does this guy look like with his interaction with his teammates on the sidelines?”

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