The San Francisco 49ers recently launched one of the new Facebook timelines featuring photos and other material from throughout the team's history.
The team shouldn't have any lingering tech issues with the timeline after hiring Kunal Malik, founder of the Facebook IT department, as chief technology officer.
Malik worked previously with 49ers president Gideon Yu, another prominent Silicon Valley player whose addition last year signaled a new way of thinking for the 49ers. Yu, a former top executive at Facebook, YouTube and Yahoo!, has gone from chief strategy officer to team president and minority owner.
The bottom line: The 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara had better raise the bar technologically, even by Silicon Valley standards. That is the team's stated goal, and something Yu was fired up about upon becoming minority owner during Super Bowl week.
Elsewhere in 49er land, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee lists the wideouts the 49ers might have considered, along several they still might have a shot at signing. Barrows on Vincent Jackson: "He's a big, downfield receiver -- just what the 49ers need. But he's older than most FAs on this list and has some character issues."
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News notes that Marshawn Lynch has averaged better than 5 yards per carry against the 49ers.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle says size will matter in the 49ers' search for receiver help.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch does not expect the Rams to fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams amid bounty allegations stemming from Williams' tenure in New Orleans. Miklasz: "(Jeff) Fisher and Williams are football brothers. They were trained by the same football father, Buddy Ryan, who was notorious for his bounty system. ... So do any of you really believe that Fisher is shocked by any of this? Do you really believe that he hired Williams because the DC would bake cookies for the players and lead them in merry singalongs? No, Fisher hired Williams because he wants to cultivate an aggressive -- and yes, violent -- culture within his Rams defense."
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com looks at the team's receiver situation.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com looks at some of the qualities that set apart Lynch. Guard John Moffitt: "We were watching film of a practice early in training camp. Marshawn jumped over the line, off his right leg. And then landed on his right leg. Which is very hard to do. [Tom] Cable was like, 'Do you know anybody that can do that? Do you think anybody else in this room could do that?' I was like, 'No, I don’t think so.' "
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic looks at some of the Cardinals' older free agents. On the 35-year-old Clark Haggans: "Haggans was productive n 2011, starting every game and finishing with 54 tackles. He became a part-time player around mid-season, rotating with O'Brien Schofield and Sam Acho. The younger players are expected to start in 2012, but there should be a spot for Haggans. The team needs more young outside linebackers but it needs someone to lead them, at least for another year. Keeping Haggans makes sense."