"Michael is a former first-round pick who got his baptism with John Matsko," Gettleman said. "Michael came out of the blocks and played solid. John left after two years, and Andy Moeller was his next position coach, and John had trained Andy. MIchael continued to improve, and in 2012 they won the Super Bowl with him at left tackle. In 2013 they brought in a new O-line coach, and the fit just wasn't good. Then he went to Tennessee and had an injury-plagued year.
"We did our homework on Michael, and we feel very strongly that he can be an answer for us. He'll be inserted at left tackle, and we'll go from there. The other four guys really finished the season strong – (left guard Andrew) Norwell and (center) Ryan (Kalil) and (right guard) Trai (Turner) and (right tackle)
Mike Remmers – and we feel like Michael gives us a chance to really solidify that group."
BR is basically just a blog. I don't see much difference between them and the speculation that comes from the Huddle pod casts and articles on the front page here.
You mean the podcast that just had two actual Panthers employees on to discuss the state of free agency? The pod that previously had Josh Norman in the studio for over an hour to talk? The pod that plays sounds from the locker room than no one else will? The pod that routinely gives first hand accounts from the field and behind the scenes?
Yeah, no credibility there, all speculation. Don't drag us down to BR level.
SANTA CLARA -- General manager Trent Baalke didn't mince words when it came to the 49ers' interest in Panthers free-agent pass rusher Greg Hardy. The team doesn't have any, he said firmly.
"There's been no contact with Greg Hardy or any representative of his," Baalke said during a half-hour sit down with reporters on Wednesday. “There is no interest that we’ve shown, nor will we show, in bringing Greg Hardy into this program."
Bleacher Report reported this week that the 49ers would have the most interest in Hardy, who had been involved in a high-profile domestic abuse case in North Carolina and who, while remaining on the commissioner’s so-called “exempt list,” is a free agent. Prosecutors dismissed charges against Hardy last month after they said the accuser in the case couldn't be located.