Shawne Merriman was finally put on waivers by the Chargers on Tuesday and there has been some speculation the 49ers will claim him. Greg Manusky coached him in San Diego and likes him, or liked him a few years ago. He’s not the same player now as he was then.
Claiming Merriman would necessitate releasing probably Travis LaBoy, who has not exactly set the world on fire this season. In fact, of the outside linebackers, the one playing the best is old reliable Manny Lawson, the one everybody keeps trying to replace. Lawson is not a sack master, but he makes plays and he makes them every game. LaBoy, Ahmad Brooks, and Parys Haralson all are quite capable of disappearing on any given game day. More likely to vanish than they are to appear. Not an impressive trio.
So maybe the Niners will take a flyer on Merriman. Why not? What’s to lose? We’ll find out by two o’clock today.
The other big name on the waiver wire is Randy Moss. Claiming this worm would be a stunner. The Vikes cut him loose after four games mostly because he was an incredible asshole to some caterers who had brought food to the team last Friday. One of the greatest talents to ever play in the NFL and one of the biggest jerks, too.
I can only imagine the Vikings blogosphere these days. They traded a 3rd round pick for Moss, then cut him after four games. That is a severe case of bozoitis. Their coach Brad Childress has become more of a laughingstock around the league than Wade Phillips or even Mike Singletary. That team is headed straight for the sewer system.
Where this team is headed is anybody’s guess right now. Five of the final eight games are against division teams, teams we beat last year. If the 49ers win them all, things could get interesting. But they would pretty much have to win them all, and when has this team ever done something they had to do? “Close, but no cigar” seems to be the franchise motto these past few years. And nothing going on right now leads me to think this year will be any different.
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This is the touchdown play following Walker’s reception between Dawkins and Bailey on the one yard line early in the fourth quarter.
I found it interesting because of the way it was defensed and the versatility of the formation and the play possibilities from it.