Who would’ve had it better than the Saints? Noooooobody.With all due respect to San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh – for the pilfering of the now-famous question he blares, and the answer his team roars back in approval – the world of the NFC championship game would have been New Orleans’ char-broiled oyster if the Saints had been able to hold on Saturday in San Francisco.
While the Giants caught a huge break on Sunday when Aaron Rodgers turned into Trent Dilfer at Lambeau Field, the biggest gift came Saturday when the 49ers knocked the Saints out of Big Blue’s way. The Superdome was the one stop the Giants desperately needed to avoid on the road to Indy and thanks to the Niners, they will travel to Candlestick Park instead.
The NFL Network and St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that Gregg Williams, in a move that had been speculated about all weekend, had agreed to join the staff of new Rams coach Jeff Fisher as his defensive coordinator. The list of potential replacements already includes Steve Spagnuolo, Mike Nolan and Jack Del Rio. Also, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., who called plays when Payton was hobbled by a fractured leg in the middle of the season, is being considered for the head coaching jobs with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.
Back in August, there was a mini-controversy after the 49ers faced the Saints because New Orleans blitzed San Francisco in their first preseason game like it was the second round of the playoffs. After Saturday’s divisional round win against New Orleans, the 49ers were thankful for the experience. They had seen it all before.
John Lynch spent 15 years as one of the N.F.L.’s hardest-hitting safeties, so when he watches the hulking and high-speed tight ends barreling into this weekend’s conference championship games, it is with the particular bloodlust of a defensive player with a lingering distaste for offense. “It still bothers me,” Lynch said in a telephone interview. “You get them earlier, or they’ll get you later. Nobody seems to be taking care of them at the line of scrimmage. That body type — typically where a guy like that would struggle is with starting and stopping. If you break their momentum, you have a chance.”
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