NFL Notes: 49ers, Cowboys, Giants


49ers impending free agent S Eric Reid said he isn’t concerned about the possibility that some teams could shun over his decision to kneel for the national anthem alongside Colin Kaepernick.

“I wouldn’t use the word concerned,” Reid said, via “I would say I understand that’s a possibility. And I’m completely fine with it. The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I’m fine with whatever outcome happens because of that.”

However, Reid admitted that it’s a possibility that protesting will impact the number of interested teams.

“It’s a possibility,” Reid said. “There are probably teams that won’t want to talk to me because of it. I’m hopeful that I will be on a team next year, but if not, again, that’s OK with me.


  • The Cowboys have downgraded WR Cole Beasley to out for Week 17 due to illness and is not traveling with the team to Philadelphia. (David Helman)


On Friday, Giants co-owner John Mara explained that they want an experienced head coach or someone who has been a coordinator for a “significant” period of time.

With this in mind, James Kratch of narrowed the list of potential candidates down to 16 including:

  1. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels
  2. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz
  3. Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub
  4. Giants interim coach Steve Spagnuolo
  5. Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Smith
  6. Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin
  7. Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley
  8. Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia
  9. Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan
  10. Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan
  11. Bears head coach John Fox
  12. Texans coach Bill O’Brien
  13. Stanford coach David Shaw
  14. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly
  15. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden
  16. Alabama head coach Nick Saban
  • Jordan Raanan hears that the Giants’ head coach position is coveted and mentions Dave Toub (Chiefs), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) and Kyle Whittingham (Utah) as some names linked to the position.

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