San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers hoping to gain a split from the Cardinals today at Levi

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Muarry (1) escapes a tackle from Green Bay Packer free safety Darnell Savage (26) during the second half of Sun Oct 28, 2021 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes

#1 Such an improved and more satisfying result from last week’s contest against the Chicago Bears (3-5) at Soldier Field in Chicago for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (3-4) who threw 17-28 for 322 yards and surprisingly no touchdown passes but carried for two touchdowns to help his own cause in an 11 point win over the Bears 33-22.

#2 One of the important factors that came out of last week’s win for San Francisco was that it snapped the Niners four game losing streak and got some weight off their shoulders in the process.

#3 Although Garoppolo didn’t throw for any touchdown passes he was able to be instrumental in the 49ers three touchdown drives and also closed the game getting the 49ers in field goal range to close out the scoring.

#4 Garoppolo said he was not used to running in quarterback keepers but said doing it in front of his former college teammates who were attendance as he attended Eastern Illinois and had them watching in the crowd at Soldier Field he said it was pretty cool to be able to carry the ball in for scores twice in front them.

#5 The last time the 49ers played the Arizona Cardinals (7-1) on Oct 10th at State Farm Stadium the Cardinals got a seven point win 17-10. The Cardinals behind quarterback Kyler Murray have won seven of their last eight and their last loss came after being defeated by the Green Bay Packers (7-1). Taking into account how Murray is not likely to be in the line up today due to an injury how do you see this match up today between these two teams today at Levis Stadium?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Roster moves made; Montana says Jones is the better choice than Lance; plus more

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) tries to skirt around Arizona Cardinal free safety Jalen Thompson (34) during Sun Oct 10, 2021 game at State Farm Stadium. Former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana said that New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones would have been a better pick than Lance. (AP News photo file)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Tuesday was a busy day at the San Francisco offices at the Marie DeBartolo Complex in Santa Clara as the 49ers (3-4) have made some roster moves as follows, acquired defenseman Charles Omenihu, linebacker Tyrell Williams released, kicker Joey Slye wavied, and safety Kai Nacua has been moved to the practice squad.

#2 Dave, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and legend Joe Montana said he would have taken the New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones over 49ers back up Trey Lance. Jones so far this season is piling up on the yards at 1,997, nine touchdowns, six interceptions, for Lance 354 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception this season. Where do you stand on Montana’s choice of quarterbacks?

#3 Dave after losing four straight and going into Chicago with a 33-22 win has 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo turned a corner, critics still are calling for Lance to be the starting quarterback.

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49ers end four game skid with 33-22 win over Bears

In the first half of the contest San Francisco 49ers linebacker Marcell Harris, left, tackles Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sun Oct 31, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

CHICAGO—It was a good homecoming for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Arlington Heights, Illinois native rallied his team to a 33-22 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Garoppolo, who has been the subject of much criticism the past couple of weeks for his poor play on the field, finished with 17 of 22 for 322 yards with no passing touchdowns and no interceptions however his two rushing touchdowns were the difference for the 49ers that were in desperate need of a win.

San Francisco snapped its four game losing streak. Chicago has lost three games in a row and have dropped to two games below .500.

Both teams traded field goals in the first quarter as both offenses started off slowly. Cairo Santos hit a 39 yard field goal for Chicago and Joey Slye hit a 48 yard field goal (after missing one from the same distance on the 49ers first possession) with 1:47 left in the quarter.

Chicago (3-5) scored the first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter. Bears quarterback Justin Fields led a 11 play 74-yard drive against the 49ers defense that resulted in a eight yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Jesse James. Fields did a bootleg to the left side and threw the ball to a diving James to give the Bears a 10-3 lead with 12:03 remaining.

Once again both teams traded field goals on their next possession as both defenses bent but didn’t break.

San Francisco (3-4) ended the half cutting the Chicago’s lead to 13-9 with their third field goal to close out the half. With 1:16 left in the second quarter Garoppolo led a seven play 71-yard drive down the field. The 22-yard Slye field goal was set up with a 50-yard reception deep down the field to Deebo Samuel from Garopollo that set up the 49ers at the Bears five yard line.

Chicago dominated the time of possession in the first half with almost a two-to-one margin over San Francisco. The Bears were six of eight on third down possessions.

Trailing by seven, the 49ers scored on their first possession of the second half. On a third and 20, Garoppolo threw a wide receiver screen to Samuel who run the ball all the way to the one-line yard line for 83 yards to set up 1st and goal at the one yard line. Garropolo finished off the drive with a two yard rushing touchdown on a scramble to the left side after what was supposed to be a end around to Samuel.

What was a quiet first half in terms of scoring, the second half was went wild with both teams combined for 23 points in the fourth quarter.

San Francisco gained their first lead early in the fourth quarter. Running back Elijah Mitchell capped off a six play 52 yard drive with a six yard rushing touchdown. The drive was set up by a 21-yard punt return by Brandon Aiyuk.

San Francisco converted the two-point conversion when Garoppolo found Aiyuk in the endzone with a pass over the middle.

Chicago answered back on its next drive. Fields marched the Bears down the field on a nine play 68-yard drive that he finished off with an improbably 22-yard rushing yard touchdown. On a fourth and one from the 22 yard line, Fields was looking to pass the ball to running back Khalil Herbert out in the flat. San Francisco’s defense had it covered and looked to have Fields stopped in the backfield. The rookie quarterback made four 49ers defenders miss as he reversed field, made it out to the edge and ran into the endzone for a highlight reel of a play.

Santos missed the extra point as the 49ers held a 23-22 edge.

The 49ers responded in just five plays to answer Chicago’s touchdown. Mitchell had runs of 24 and 25 yards to set up Garopollo’s second rushing touchdown, a designed quarterback keeper to the left side where Garopollo dived into the endzone from five yards out.

After a three and out by Chicago, Slye iced the game for San Francisco with a 32 yard field goal with 1:56 left in the fourth quarter.

Josh Norman, who also had been a subject of criticism, sealed the game with his first interception of the season with 1:34 left in the game when the ball hit off the hands off of Bears receiver Darnell Mooney.

Mitchell led all running backs with 137 yards on 18 carries, including his longest run of 39 yards. Samuel had another great performance with six receptions for 171 yards. Fred Warner returned to form to lead the 49ers defense.

Fields finished 19 of 27 for 175 yards with one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and one interception. Herbert led the Bears in rushing with 72 yards on 23 carries. Mooney was their leading receiver six catches for 64 yards.

GAME NOTES- San Francisco finished 4-for-10 on third down conversions. Chicago was 8-for-15.

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson has a reception in 96 straight game.

UP NEXT: San Francisco host the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday 11/7 at 1:25 pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Must win situation for Niners in Chicago today

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass by Indianapolis Colts lineman Darius Leonard (53) on Sun Oct 24, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback for today’s game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago for week 7 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe how important is it that San Francisco 49ers (2-4) head coach Kyle Shanahan re-evaluate the team and himself after the huge loss against the Indianapolis Colts (3-4) last week on Sunday Night Football prime time?

#2 Looking at that loss and the four straight loses of the 49ers critics are calling this a meltdown mode situation for the Niners how much can you relate to that criticism?

#3 Both the 49ers and Chicago Bears (3-4) meet up at Soldier Field this morning in Chicago both teams are noted for their physical play on both sides of the ball for defense and the running game.

#4 Joe, the 49ers will start Jimmy Garoppolo whose lost these last three starts there has been rumblings about getting Trey Lance a chance to start at quarterback. How much is today’s game considered maybe Garoppolo’s last chance as starter?

#5 In the Bears last six games they are 3-3 and are playing around .500 ball. They were absolutely crushed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday 38-3. Bears quarterback Justin Fields couldn’t convert six points whenever the offense got in the red zone going 22-32, 184 yards, and threw for three interceptions that said with the 49ers coming off four straight loses how do you see today’s match up between the Niners and Bears?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers simply couldn’t get tracked during Atmospheric River Bowl

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (bottom) gets ahold of the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman (top) during second half action at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara Sun Oct 24, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 In the last San Francisco 49ers (2-4) game on Sunday Night Football the field was sloppy, the ball was slippery and the play was just drenching against the visiting Indianapolis Colts (3-4) at Levi Stadium or better dubbed the Atmospheric River Bowl.

#2 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had been questioned this week about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and will he be the starting quarterback this Sunday in Chicago. Shanahan said he had a whole team to worry about who was going to start not just at the quarterback position. Shanahan later said that Garoppolo will start this Sunday.

#3 The 49ers are at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears (3-4) this Sunday. The Bears in their last game were crushed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1) 38-3. The Bears absolutely had no offense going for them quarterback Justin Fields threw 22-32 for 184 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. The 49ers are three point favorites over the Bears.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: What Gruden did goes against the organization’s history

Las Vegas interim head coach Rich Bisaccia (left) speaks with former head coach Jon Gruden (right) in file photo. Bisaccia prepares the Raiders this week as they prepare to face the Denver Broncos Sun Oct 17, 2021 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Bisaccia’s first game as head coach since the resignation of Gruden. (file photo

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

The Las Vegas Raiders have a long history of being inclusive with open doors and giving professionals a chance that others wouldn’t give them. The Raiders managing partner the late Al Davis hired the first minority coach of the modern era with the hiring Tom Flores.

The Raiders backed that up by hiring the first African American coach in Art Shell not once but three different times. The Raiders also followed by having the first woman in charge of football with Amy Trask as CEO.

The Raiders have a history of inclusiveness and you treat people on their actions regardless of their outside appearances. What former head coach Jon Gruden did over a period of years is just really paramount and against what the Raiders are.

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Raiders lose one at home to Bears 20-9; Las Vegas drops record to 3-2

The Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson (21) puts the brakes on Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) in the first half at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Oct 10, 2021 (AP News photo)

Raiders drop one at home to Bears 20-9

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

LAS VEGAS-The Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) seemingly upset over the distraction of the week of Coach Jon Gruden’s comments up here, played just that way today losing 20-9 to the Chicago Bears (3-2).

Khalil Mack, the former Raiders linebacker, played another intense game against his former teammates making key sacks of QB Derek Carr when the Raiders needed some big plays made. For Carr Sunday 22-35, 206 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception.

It was very apparent that the team was very distracted as they really sputtered on the offense today.

On the defensive side of the ball it appeared that the Raiders were pretty solid most of the game , they just had a few key opportunities where Bears quarterback Justin Field’s running backs made some big plays to score. Fields threw 12-20, 111 yards, and one touchdown.

The Raiders will prepare for the big game next week against the rival Denver Broncos , who came off a loss at Pittsburgh today.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Will coach Gruden lose his job over racial email slur regarding NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (left) says he’s sorry about the email he sent July 2011 to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen saying NFLPA Executive director Maurice Smith (right) “has lips the size of Michellin tires” (photo from Sports Illustrated)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden it was uncovered sent decade old email to former team president of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen on July 2011 Gruden was a ESPN analyst at the time. The players’ union voted against the collective bargaining agreement setting Gruden off against Union Chief DeMaurice Smith emailing Allen saying ““Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.” 

#2 The email turned up as the NFL is conducting an investigation on discrimination by the Washington Football Team and Gruden had said he was sorry while being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal saying he meant “Rubber lips” meaning people who are lying.

#3 The NFL condemned the email saying, We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.” The NFL did not go onto say what steps if any there would be about the Gruden email.

#4 Rich, It’s too soon to say but how much something like this could be a distraction for the players, assistant coaches, and organization as the Raiders try and prepare for Sunday’s game against Chicago in Las Vegas?

#5 Rich, the Bears are coming off a ten point win against the Detroit Lions 24-14 from last Sunday their starting Justin Fields who threw for 209 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Raiders are coming off a 14 point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. Tell us how you see this Sunday’s match up.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders will depend on Jacobs ground game as Barber out with turf toe; plus more

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs seen holding helmet during warm ups against the New England Patriots on Sep 27, 2020 will getting more reps against the Chicago Bears Sun Oct 10, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News file photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony how running back Josh Jacobs came back last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jacobs carried for 40 yards averaging 3.1 yards how important was his return knowing his potential.

#2 Tony, running back Peyton Barber is has minor turf toe, will an injury like this keep Barber out for some time. Tests showed no fracture, Barber is still going through tests to see how to proceed.

#3 The Chargers proved to be a formable opponent last Sunday when they opened the first half with a 21-0 lead. Seeing the Raiders defense let down was this just one bad game for the defense or is this a concern for head coach Jon Gruden.

#4 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr couldn’t get much offense he and the Raiders couldn’t get on the scoreboard for the first, second and third quarters but scored 14 in the third quarter. How concerned will Carr have to be trying to score on the Chicago Bears this Sunday?

#5 Tony the Bears got a ten point 24-14 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday now their at 2-2 .500 and Bears quarterback Justin Fields 11-17 for 209 he threw for no touchdowns and one interception but got help from his running backs and receivers.

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NFL podcast with Tony Renteria: Lawrence to start for Jags; Dalton to start for Bears; Jets Curry develops blood clots out for the season

Tough break for the New York Jets defensive end Vinny Curry as doctors have ordered that Curry play no contact sports and will be out for three to six months (file photo from Sports Illustrated)

On NFL podcast with Tony R:

#1 The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Trevor Lawrence as their starting quarterback, Jags head coach Urban Myer made the announcement on Wednesday and Lawrence is slated to make his start on Sep 12th versus against the Houston Texans in Houston.

#2 Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has announced that Andy Dalton will be the starting quarterback and he was selected over Justin Fields to start. Dalton has a lot of veteran experience but also Nagy had to measure how Dalton looked in pre season and camp as well.

#3 Sad story Tony, New York Jets defensive end Vinny Curry will miss the entire 2021 season due to a rare blood disorder and Curry had to have his spleen removed which led to complications. During the recovery process Curry developed blood clots doctors have put Curry on blood thinners and said he is not to play contact sports for three to six months and miss this season.

#4 San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that while he hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback yet there has been talk that the 49ers who are favored to win the NFC West will be going with quarterback Trey Lance. Lance in his last pre season game threw two touchdown passes and saw more time under center than starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in last Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

#5 Tony, the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Nathan Peterman has started in the first two pre season games and completed both games. This Sunday against the 49ers do you see starting quarterback Derek Carr and back up Marcus Mariota getting some time or will Peterman play most of the game?

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