Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new 49ers Bud Light can to San Francisco. The new packaging features 49ers colors, as well as a slogan every 49ers fan can relate to: The perfect beer for using this can to recreate The Catch.
Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.
What do you think of the Bud Light 49ers can?
49ers wide receiver Bruce Ellington remains sidelined with a left leg issue according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.
“I’m holding him (out),” head coach Jim Tomsula said. “I want to make sure we’re good there.” It sounds like Ellington will miss the entire week of practice if not longer after missing the majority of the offseason program with a right hamstring injury. Coming off a rookie season in which he caught only six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns and was plagued by hamstring issues, the small wideout out of South Carolina desperately needs to get onto the practice field to have any chance of winning the No.3 wide receiver job. He is also the team’s incumbent return specialist.
Mike Holmgren said Friday on The Rich Eisen Show that he checked in on the job market at the close of the NFL’s regular season, Dan Hanzus of NFL.com reports, and one job he had his eyes on was that of the 49ers.
“This last December, after the season, I had a couple of chances, and almost took one of them, and then realized that, ‘What am I doing?'” Holmgren told Eisen. “You know, I’d be traveling across the country and my grandkids are all in Seattle, and my life is really good but I had the bug still, and then I told my agent, ‘You know, the one I’d really kind of like to do is San Francisco,’ and so they reached out to the 49ers and essentially, I got the call back saying, ‘Nah, we’re going with a younger guy.'”
The 49ers promoted Jim Tomsula to head coach in January to replace Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula is 47, 20 years younger than Holmgren.
“I probably needed to hear that because you get your ego stroked and you’re flattered when people call you and you kind of get into a place where I’m not sure you’re making great decisions,” Holmgren said. “But when I heard that, I said, ‘OK, I needed to hear that and now I’m going onto other things.'”
The most popular San Francisco 49er on the newly released list of all NFL players in officially licensed merchandise sales from March 1 through May 31 is quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The QB second on the list, a list that is oddly enough led by currently suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The Top 5 spots on the list were all quarterbacks – Brady, followed by Kaepernick, Seattle QB Russell Wilson, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Denver QB Peyton Manning.
After the QB’s in the top five, you have Texans and NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt at six, followed by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
NaVorro Bowman is ranked at 20th overall on the list, retired LB Patrick Willis is 39th on the list, Eric Reid is 47th, and Carlos Hyde is 49th – rounding out the list for the 49ers.
TOP 50 IN SALES FOR FIRST QUARTER
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
6. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
7. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
8. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
9. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
10. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
12. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
13. Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
14. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
15. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
16. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
17. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
18. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
19. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
20. NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers
21. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
22. Ndamukong Suh, Miami Dolphins
23. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
24. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
25. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
26. Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
27. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
28. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
29. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
30. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
31. Tim Tebow, Philadelphia Eagles
32. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
33. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
34. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
35. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
36. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
37. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
38. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
39. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers (retired in March)
40. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
41. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
42. Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks
43. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
44. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
45. Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
46. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
47. Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers
48. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
49. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
50. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Alex Smith calls it “crazy” how many other players – and coaches — have left the 49ers in the past two years, Cam Inman of Bayareanewsgroup reports.
Traded in March 2013 to the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith says the ensuing exodus of other 49ers actually was somewhat predictable.
“I knew, for sure, some of those defensive players we wouldn’t be able to keep around, just contract-wise and years-wise, like Dashon (Goldson) and Justin (Smith),” Smith said after Tuesday’s practice round at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
“You knew some of that wasn’t going to last forever,” Smith continued. “We weren’t going to be able to hold it altogether from a cap standpoint and the years standpoint. You knew that was going to change.”
Only seven starters remain from their 2012 team that reached Super Bowl XLVII, as well as eight backups. Add it up (or subtract it) and only 15 players are left from that 53-man roster, which lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens.
“There’s a ton of turnover everywhere,” Smith countered. “I’d be interested to see what the league average is. I’m sure it’s a lot. It’s more than people realize, I think.”
As for the 49ers’ split with coach Jim Harbaugh after last season, Smith reflected on how well Harbaugh related to him and other quarterbacks during their two seasons together, in 2011 and ’12.
“That’s the thing I really appreciated about him: he had such a good understanding of the minutia that can be back there, and you’re trying to sort it out and make good decisions,” Smith said. “You do control so much. You have the ball in your hands, and you can change the game like that, good and bad.
“It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s not always clear. He did a good job trying to coach through all that and all the different scenarios.”
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