Here is what other news outlets are saying about the
--- Sam Farmer of
"The most impressive game of Torrey Smith's
--- Jen Floyd Engel of FOX Sports writes that
"Never has an athlete been more ready to grab the bully pulpit provided by the excessive word orgy that is the lead-up to the
--- Ann Killion of The San Francisco Chronicle is now eating crow for questioning the 49ers' midseason quarterback change.
"I never doubted that Kaepernick would be the 49ers' quarterback of the future, not since the first time I sat down for a long interview with him outside the weight room at San Jose State two months after he was drafted, when the players were locked out," she wrote. "Quarterback guru
--- Carl Steward of The San Jose Mercury News writes that
"The Baltimore Ravens are making noise about winning Super Bowl XLVII for retiring linebacker Ray Lewis. But the 49ers have their own favorite -- and spiritual center -- in veteran running back Frank Gore," he wrote. "Ask any 49ers player, offense or defense, how they feel about him and it's like tapping into a wellspring of resolve for Gore as he approaches the most important football game of his life. The 29-year-old has persevered through a life of pain and hardship, both on the football field and off. But at long last, he can finally see the mountaintop. Win the Super Bowl next Sunday and he can stand on it for a while."
"Whether you believe Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is elite or not may become irrelevant within the next month," he wrote. "Like it or not, he is going to be paid like an elite quarterback. Before the start of free agency, the Ravens have to give him a long-term contract or franchise him. The franchise tag will come in around $14.6 million. A long-term deal would net significantly more. Ultimately, the Ravens have the option of paying him now or paying him later. But they can't escape paying him. Imagine Flacco's leverage.