San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Jimmie Ward hoping to get a “bunch” of turnovers this season; Is the QB job Lance’s to lose?

San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward said this week he wants to be the best safety in the NFL by getting a bunch of turnovers (file photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Jimmie Ward the 49ers free safety who re-signed with the team to a one year contract and is well know for his nickname “Hospital Ward” because of getting six broken bones including a post season game.

#2 Ward said this week that he didn’t get paid for his turnovers but hopes to get a bunch of turnovers and become one of the best free safeties in the league.

#3 Yahoo Sports has graded 49ers quarterback Trey Lance the publication says that there has not been a pick like Lance since Steve McNair coming out of Alcorn State. Lance has 318 passes during his time at North Dakota. Is the quarterback job his to lose?

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Aiyuk and Deebo could be top contenders at wide receiver for this season

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) works out during training camp last season on Aug 18, 2020 in Santa Clara. Aiyuk is back in camp this season and is a top contender for the starting wide receiver position (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 During practice this week in Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that the 49ers have plenty of wide receiver help and that the the 49ers have at least six ready to go wide receivers.

#2 Amongst Shanahan’s wide receiver core Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and ten wide receivers do not have a guarantee for a job coming into this season Dave how do you see those choices playing out?

#3 The 49ers will be playing three exhibition games plus the 17 game regular season schedule one game more than the old 16 game regular season. How did the players receive the idea of playing 17 regular season games and how does this benefit the NFL?

Join David Wednesdays for the 49ers podcasts at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Ex-49ers Kaepernick speaks out on anniversary death of George Floyd; plus a look into the 49ers training camp

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “We have a right to fight back!” in a statement on the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd (photo from Time Magazine Oct 3, 2016)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 David, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wrote on social media regarding the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police,  “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears because your violence has brought resistance. We have the right to fight back!” Dave, just to get your thoughts on Kaepernick who had spoke out against social injustice against people of color and minorities.

#2 The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly shopping Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones who has been with the Falcons for ten years with 848 receptions for 12,896 yards. Are the 49ers serious about getting Jones and does Jones still have enough gas in the tank.

#3 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo says he’s focused on growing his relationship with new quarterback Trey Lance and basically will be showing Lance the ropes. Saying “Trey’s been cool. He has.”

Join David for the 49ers podcasts each Tuesday at

Raiders Focus On Defensive Picks As Draft Concludes; No.143 Safety Gillespie from Missouri join Silver and Black

The Las Vegas Raiders selected during day two the No.143 pick of the NFL draft safety Tyree Gillespie out of Missouri (AP News file photo)

Raiders Focus On Defensive Picks As Draft Concludes

By Barbara Mason

So we made it to Day Three of the NFL draft. Hundreds of players lives have changed for the better over these three days and now it is up to each one of them to build on this incredible opportunity.

The Las Vegas Raiders had a very nice Day Two and at pick No. 143 on Day Three they chose a Safety Tyree Gillespie. They had to trade up to get this guy and more help in their secondary. They traded No. 162 and 200 overall to the New York Jets to get that pick and acquire Gillespie. This guy out of Missouri is fast and physical. Among his many strengths he takes good angles on tackles and is adept at stopping the run.

The Raiders chose at No. 167 in round five CB Nate Hobbs out of Illinois. He has everything needed to help the Las Vegas defense and it’s just a matter of time before we see him out on the field.

So after six picks for the Raiders it was defense, defense and more defense for Las Vegas. Would they finish defense with their final pick or would they pick up some more help on the offensive side of the ball.

So the Raiders chose their second offensive player in the draft. They picked at No. 237 C Jimmy Morrissey out of Pittsburgh.

So the picks are in: all 259 of them. Now the fun begins. The signings and most of all, the insanely hard work. Getting picked is one thing, but proving yourself is an entirely different matter. We will just have to wait until the pre-season followed by the regular season to see just how these guys are going to help the Las Vegas Raiders realize a winning season.

Las Vegas Finishes Day Two With Impressive Picks

Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Trevon Moehrig was the Raiders No.43 pick out of the NFL Draft on Friday night he comes to the Raiders out of TCU (@CBSSportsHQ photo)

By Barbara Mason

One thing that I have learned is not to predict what the Raiders will do in just about any situation. The NFL draft has always been one of those venues. On rare occasions we can predict who this team will pick when it comes to the draft, but more often than not it remains a mystery until the final hour.

On Day Two the Las Vegas Raiders traded up to the 43rd pick. They traded with the San Francisco Forty Niners. With that pick they went with DE Trevon Moehrig out of TCU. This is a great pick, a pick that makes a lot of sense. It was surprising to see that Moehrig was still available at No. 43.

One reason could be the injury that he sustained while training which may have hurt his stock. MRI revealed some issues which were not stated but it clearly hurt his value but may have cleared the way for the Las Vegas pick at 43.

It was thought that the Dallas Cowboys might pull the trigger and trade up to get Moehrig who they were very high on but in the end it was Las Vegas who came away with this guy.

Moehrig comes in at 6’1” and 202 lbs. He can fill one of the things that the Raiders desperately need right now and that is at safety. He was one of the top safeties in 2019. This guy brings so many strengths which include the ability to read the quarterbacks intentions from deep safety, forceful strikes to dislodge catches and a talented ball tracker. He is a true leader who is football smart.

So now the Raiders have filled two glaring needs one at right tackle and the other at free safety. Their first two picks have taken care of those needs with a whole lot of draft to go.

In round three the Raiders had the 79th and 80th pick. Their pick at No. 79 was Malcolm Koonce defensive end out of Buffalo

At No. 80 the Raiders pick was Divine Deablo a safety out of Virginia Tech. This guy is 6’3” and 220 and he plays with urgency and he is speedy. The Raiders now have some great possibility in the secondary.

We are halfway there. Today was a great day for the Las Vegas Raiders with some very impressive picks. Tomorrow we will see who they will pick in rounds 4-7. Can they finish the way they finished today? The Raiders have four picks in the final day of the draft. They have picks 121, 162,167 and finally pick 200.

The draft will begin Saturday at 9:00 PT.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Niners go with No.3 pick Trey Lance

Quarterback Trey Lance selected No.3 in the NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers hold up his jersey on Thu Apr 29, 2021 in Cleveland (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 The 49ers have selected No.3 quarterback from North Dakota Trey Lance it certainly was an exciting night for Lance at the NFL draft on Thursday night

#2 How do you see Lance fitting in the NFL and talk a little about his style of passing and running as a keeper.

#3 Is there a possibility that Lance could beat out starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the starting job. Garoppolo has suffered numerous injuries outside of that one Super Bowl season he had.

David Zizmor covered the 49ers NFL draft for

Las Vegas Raiders Choose Leatherwood in Surprise Pick

Offensive Tackle Alex Leatherwood who was selected as the 17th pick by the Las Vegas Raiders hoists the championship trophy while a playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide last season (@Raiders photo)

By Barbara Mason

After a long off-season, (longer for some than others) the 2021 draft has finally arrived. This was a highly anticipated day for the Las Vegas Raiders and a multitude of teams across the league. As we watch this year’s draft we realize that we are looking at the future of the NFL.

Last season, the Raiders started the season beating some heavy hitters and garnering a very nice record mid-way through 2020 only to self- destruct in latter games. They would finish 2020 8-8 when it looked like they could actually be playoff bound. It came to a crashing halt much like it did in 2019. Their needs are many, defensively and offensively.

Last year the Raiders picked Henry Ruggs lll number 12 overall. This year the team may address their need at right tackle which is dire. The Raiders have traded away Trent Brown and for right now they have no one to replace him. Teven Jenkins may be just the player to fill that spot. Picking at No. 17 the OT from Oklahoma State may fill the bill for Las Vegas.

Coach Jon Gruden had other ideas and his choice at No. 17 was Alex Leatherwood OT. He is versatile but it was a unexpected pick considering that they more than likely could have picked him in later rounds. Not surprising at all however. The Raiders have made some interesting picks in past years.

Leatherwood comes out of Alabama and has experience at both Guard and Offensive Tackle. He is aggressive in stopping the run, but he does have some problem with flexible and quick running backs. He does have a lot of experience at offensive tackle and he may well land in that position.

So once again the Las Vegas Raiders have not failed to surprise absolutely everyone. So we now look forward to Day Two tomorrow when the Raiders will pick at No. 48 in the second round and they will get back to back picks in round three at 79 and 80.

Day Two of the Draft will begin at 7:00 PM ET.

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Adams medication was cut off by doctor; Triggered murder spree at doctor’s home

Former San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider defensive back Phillip Adams (left) who killed five people and himself on Thu Apr 8, 2021 in Rock Hill SC his father Alonzo (right) said “football messed him up” and that Adams “was a good kid” (WCNC NBC TV Charlotte image)

#1 Former San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider defensive back Phillip Adams 32, who killed five people on Thursday morning in Rock Hill South Carolina, Dr. Robert Leslie 70, his wife Barbara Leslie 69, grandchildren Adah Leslie 9, Noah Leslie 5, air conditioner repairmen James Lewis 38, and seriously injured Robert Shook and died later on Saturday.

#2 Adams died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head at 2:30AM on Thursday after the Leslie killings. A motive has not been established.

#3 The police went to Adams parents home where Adams was staying where they found Adams dead at the home. Adams father Alonzo said, “he’s a good kid, football messed him up”

#4 NFL agent Scott Casterline who represented Adams said he was shocked that Adams would do such of a thing but knew that Adams recently was not in his right mind.

#5 The Adams’ family has given the medical community permission to check for CTE in Adams brain and they will reveal results when they come available. Adams played 31 games in Oakland during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and suffered two concussions during that time.

Join Jessica each Sunday for Headline Sports at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: What does the future hold for Jimmy G; Will he be part of the 49ers next season?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws against the Seattle Seahawks defense during their contest Nov 1, 2020 in Seattle (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Dave:

#1 Dave, talk about the trades talks at the 49ers and the first round draft picks

#2 Dave, What does these trades and moves mean for the future of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo?

Dave does the 49ers podcasts at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast report with Rich Perez: Mariota signs $3.5 M one yr deal with Raiders

Marcus Mariota quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders on the run against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec 17, 2020 signed for a one year deal with the Raiders on Wed Mar 24, 2021 (AP News file photo)

LAS VEGAS– The signing of Las Vegas Raiders back up quarterback Marcus Mariota shows that Mariota wants to stay with the Raiders organization. Mariota signs for a little more $3.5 million than what the Raiders wanted to pay. Mariota and starting quarterback Derek Carr are always working out quarterback situations together and head coach Jon Gruden was one who pushed to make this deal happen.

Mariota is a mobile quarterback and has that going for him a little more than Carr but their very close in what kinds of quarterbacks that they are and their going to be a great one and two quarterbacks going into this season. When Carr got the groin injury last season and Mariota stepped in against the Los Angeles Chargers Mariota although he played only one game for the Raiders threw for 226 yards, went 17-28 and has all the flare of stepping in and taking over for Carr if it’s necessary.

Listen to more of the Mariota signing with Rich Perez below on the Raiders podcast here on

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez Wed Mar 24, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud