NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



  • Per the Athletic’s Matt Barrows, 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan told reporters “it’s not looking like” DE Dee Ford will make it back to play this season. 
  • Shanahan added he doesn’t expect to get back C Weston Richburg or DE Ronald Blair after both had bad setbacks coming back from knee surgeries. (Matt Maiocco)
  • However, Shanahan is holding out some hope to get back QB Jimmy Garoppolo and TE George Kittle later in the season, though neither will start practicing this week: “I’m holding out hope for Jimmy for the last couple weeks. Kittle is in a similar boat.” (Cam Inman)


Rams’ HC Sean McVay opened up on the possibility of benching QB Jared Goff, saying that it was never really an option he considered even though he thinks that Goff is mature enough to handle the situation.

“I wouldn’t say things if I didn’t know there was broad shoulders to be able to handle it,” McVay said, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “Maybe while it was a little bit different approach, I think it was something that was honest that I know he’s capable of correcting. If I thought it was going to be the best thing to just take a deep breath and step away, then I’d say maybe, but not in either of those situations because both of those reflected kind of having an opportunity where there were enough plays made to get back in it. So yesterday, that was never part of the consideration, nor was it really for Miami. If anything, I think it’s a reflection of the confidence I have because I can be demanding of him in some of those settings, whether it be publicly or privately with our team.”


Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf has been one of 2020’s biggest breakout stars and the second-year wideout put on a show Monday night against the Eagles. He caught 10 passes for 177 yards and looked unguardable from the very start of the game. He’s come a long way from falling to the 64th pick in the draft, earning comparisons to Lions legendary WR Calvin Johnson from Eagles DC Jim Schwartz pregame, but he’s still not satisfied with that. 

“I’m happy. I’m getting a little respect, but you know I’ve still got work to do,” Metcalf said via Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree. “One of the defensive coaches came up to me and kind of made me mad. He was like ‘I was in Detroit with Megatron but you’re not there yet.’ In my mind, I’m not trying to be Megatron. I’m trying to be me. I had a little chip on my shoulder the whole game (after that).”

The Eagles were also one of the numerous teams that passed on Metcalf to take a wide receiver in 2019, which added some extra fuel to his fire. 

“I think it was just at the right time, right place,” Metcalf said. “It’s kind of like coming home. You know, place that had a chance to draft me but they didn’t and so I got to make them pay.”

  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said DE Carlos Dunlap left Monday night’s game with a sore foot which could be a sprain “or something or other.” (Curtis Crabtree)
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