Shanahan: I think the Patriots offered more than we did
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But, I think they did more than we did.”Adam Schefter reported that the deal was originally going to be for a sixth rounder, but the Patriots did not have one in the 2019 draft. The 49ers do not have a pick in the fifth round due to the Laken Tomlinson trade, and do not have have a pick in the seventh round due to the Shon Coleman trade. That means either they would have had to offer up a fourth round pick or a sixth round pick.If the 49ers had gone with a fourth round pick, they probably could have worked out a deal for some pick in return. But, the team did not do a deal, and naturally that has some folks upset about it.I get why people are upset. Josh Gordon at one point was an immensely talented player. In 2013, even after a two-game suspension [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dante-pettis-jersey]Youth Dante Pettis jersey[/url] , he put up a league-leading 1,646 receiving yards with 87 receptions and nine touchdowns. It’s hard for people to forget about those numbers, even five years later. And if the 49ers got even half that production, a fifth round pick would be a bargain.At the same time, there’s no guarantee the 49ers would get half that production, or even any of that production. Since 2013, Gordon has appeared in 11 total games. he was suspended for 11 games in 2014, suspended all of 2015 and 2016, and reinstated for the finalfive games of the 2017 season. He played one game this year before injuring his hamstring and then getting traded.Hypothetical Gordon would have been an upgrade over several of the 49ers current wide receivers. Reality Gordon is harder to determine. Gordon has said he has been working hard to stay sober and stay on the football field. I don’t know what to buy about the Browns deciding now was the time to unload him. When it comes to the Browns, nothing is ever quite what it seems.And yet, the 49ers decided it was not worth it. The entire wide receiver corps has been overhauled by Lynch and Shanahan. They have repeatedly said they like what they have. It would seem at first glance like they decided Gordon was not worth the price given what they have and the concerns surrounding him.Kyle Shanahan worked with Gordon for one season in 2014, when Gordon played in five games and had 24 receptions for 303 yards. Gordon was suspended the first ten games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was reinstated for Week 12 and played through Week 16. He was then suspended by the team in Week 17 for missing a Saturday walkthrough. There was some talk that part of this suspension was due to the Browns wanting to avoid him getting a sixth game for purposes of accruing a season towards free agency, but I have not found further confirmation on that.All of that is to say, Shanahan has at least a little bit of experience with Gordon. Shanahan and Lynch talk about their partnership and being on the same page. It is possible Shanahan pushed for the 49ers to acquire Gordon and Lynch did not want to do it, but given what we know about this partnership, my guess is they were in agreement on this.Was it the right decision? Hindsight is 20/20 [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-fred-warner-jersey]http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-fred-warner-jersey[/url] , and that will be particularly the case with this decision. If Gordon balls out for the Patriots, there will be plenty of second-guessing of the decision. Given the context of Gordon, I don’t exactly blame the 49ers for not making the move, but I will understand the second-guessing if he plays well for the Patriots the rest of the season.In the end, it all comes down the risk/reward evaluation. The 49ers decided it was not worth trying to match or beat the Patriots offer. What kind of deal would you have been willing to do to get Gordon, if at all?Three keys for a 49ers’ victory against the Cardinals Amidst a five-game stretch where the 49ers play the Chiefs, Chargers, Packers and Rams, the most winnable game is this Sunday against the Cardinals. Arizona comes into San Francisco winless on the season, with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen making his second start. On the other sideline, quarterback C.J. Beathard suits up as the starter for the second straight week after Jimmy Garoppolo went down for the season. Both teams are trying to find their footing after rough patches to start the season. Kyle Shanahan possesses the better roster and more experienced quarterback, so it’s time for the 49ers to go out and be the better team on Sunday. If they’re going to be successful on Sunday, here’s where San Francisco should start.1. RB Matt Breida must have a season-high in rushing attemptsWhile 49ers’ running back Matt Breida is third in rushing yards in the NFL, he’s only attempted 11, 11, 10 [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-solomon-thomas-jersey]Solomon Thomas jersey[/url] , nine rushes in the 49ers’ four games. What’s awaiting Breida and the 49ers’ rushing attack on Sunday? Oh, only the third-worst rushing defense in the NFL in the Cardinals. Arizona has given up 565 yards on the ground, just slightly ahead New England and Detroit.Week 1 vs. Washington, running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown against Arizona. Last week, Seahawks’ running back Mike Davis rushed for 101 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, helping pave the way for a victory. So the 49ers aren’t going up against the ‘85 Bears on Sunday. Other than Rams’ Todd Gurley II, Matt Breida’s likely the most talented running back that the Cardinals’ defense will be facing up till now. The second-year running back is averaging 7.6 yards per attempt on the ground, leading the NFL in that category. If San Francisco can feed Breida the ball at least 15 times, then they’ll be able to move the ball, while keeping Rosen and the Cardinals’ offense — and the 49ers’ shaky defense — off the field. If Breida finishes the game with at least 100 rushing yards and 15 attempts, the chances of a 49ers’ victory is pretty high.2. Cardinals’ WR Larry Fitzgerald needs to have a quiet afternoonDespite various ailments, it looks like veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald is going to suit up on Sunday, much to the disappointment of 49ers’ defenders. The Cardinals’ No. 1 receiver has absolutely torched San Francisco in years past.Last season, Fitzgerald had 12 catches for 132 yards in one game, while he hauled in six catches, 81 yards and a touchdown in the other matchup. Two seasons ago [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ahkello-witherspoon-jersey]Authentic Ahkello Witherspoon jersey[/url] , the Cardinals’ receiver had 19 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Historically, Fitzgerald has been a thorn in the 49ers’ side and he has a chance to be a problem again. Rosen is known to be an accurate passer and nothing helps a young quarterback like a large target. San Francisco is likely going to be without corner Richard Sherman, leaving either Ahkello Witherspoon, Jimmie Ward or Greg Mabin on duty. The trio of corners will need to slow down Fitzgerald, otherwise it could be a long afternoon for the 49ers’ defense.3. 49ers need to get off the field on third downsWell, duh Akash. Obviously, the 49ers’ defense needs to get stops on third downs and force the Cardinals’ offense off the field, this is mostly common sense. Let’s add some numbers to it, to spice it up.Till this point in the season, Arizona’s offense has been the fourth-worst at converting third downs, only moving the chains 29 percent in a third-down situation. That’s only ahead of Dallas, Seattle and Buffalo.On the flip side, the 49ers have been middle of the pack defending on third down. Their opponents are nearly converting 43 percent of the time — a number that’s not good enough on Sunday. They’re playing an offense that’s struggling on third down and they’re going to need to get off the field when they can. San Francisco should — key word should — come away with the win on Sunday. They are the more talented team, playing at home and if they are to prove that this rebuild is on the right track, it starts Sunday.