Coach Shipp: Man, on a Mission

By Kim Dunning 

Coach Shipp is a great man who has a single mission in life: to better our youths’ lives. Who is Coach Reginald Shipp? The answer is more complex than you might imagine.  

Coach Shipp is a father of five. Two of his daughters attend college at Shaw University and Mountain View Stat Junior College. His other two daughters are in high school and he has one son, who is four. He is married to a wonderful woman who is his best friend and support network. She understands that what he does for others takes him away from his family, and has a purpose. This is the man behind the scenes.

What is amazing about Coach Shipp is that he is a humble person who doesn’t like to talk about himself. If you ask him questions about his mentoring he will talk your ear off, as mentoring today’s youth is his main focus. Coach Shipp is a mentor to young men who do not necessarily come from the best situations in life. These young men have been dealt a bad hand in life and Coach is there to help them find a way, even with adversity, to become better men. This is a cause that is near and dear to his heart.

Coach Shipp did not come from the best of backgrounds. He grew up in two rough neighborhoods and he fought every day to survive. His mother was a drug addict and his father did not come into his life until he was older.

When he was six-years old, he met another young man by the name of Ellery Lundy. Mr. Lundy is a big reason why Coach Shipp could make his life better. He attributes his life to him. Ellery introduced Coach Shipp to football.  

Football became his saving grace and now he is paying that forward to the young men he coaches and mentors.  

Mr. Lundy now has a foundation called Broken Men’s Foundation, which helps men build resumes and community service skills, among other opportunities.  

According to Coach Shipp, if it wasn’t for Mr. Lundy, he may have ended up as just another statistic in the streets.

As a result of his background, he is a huge advocate of getting young men off the streets by getting them involved in football. This is Arena football and he is now the owner of the Capital City Reapers. Through the Reapers, he helps his players’ transition from outdoor football to indoor football.

Coach Shipp has an extensive resume. He has not only owned a team but he has played semi-pro football. He considers himself the Charles Woodson of his time. He played many positions: from wide receiver, defensive back, running back and quarterback. When asked, he said his bread and butter positions were running back and defensive back. He retired from playing at age 37 and became a community man. While he was invited to different camps, he never got any further than that. He did play in the European League.  

On his coaching resume, he became a full-time coach in 2010. He has coached the York Capitals to a 2015 undefeated season that ended with a Championship win. The Capitals are out of York, Pennsylvania. More recently, besides coaching for the Reapers, he is the Defensive Assistant and Defensive Backs coach for the Virginia Titans semi-pro team, along with his friend Terry Haynes. The Titans, owned by Lavar Matthews, another great friend of Coach Shipps’. Mr. Matthews provides men with the same opportunities as the Reapers but they are an outdoor football team.    

Earlier in his coaching career, he met a young woman by the name of Elle Locust out of Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania. As a result of working with her, he became an advocate for women in sports. Coach Shipp was impressed with Ms. Locusts’ knowledge and the way she handled the players. He has written her letters of recommendation for an internship with the NFL.

Most recently, Coach Shipp put out a call, on Facebook, for female coaches. This is a call Sports Elites’ own Tay Holloway answered.  

Coach Shipp coaches young men from the ages of 19 to 27. His oldest player has indoor football experience, but had an injury and now plays with the Reapers to sharpen his skills to move back up into the next level. None of his players receive compensation. He has also coached a developmental team.  

Out of the 30 players he had on his developmental team, eight of them went on to get paid positions and the team was able to send three of the young men to school.

Coach Shipp mentors men of all ages. He is involved with the We Care Organization, which was founded by Mr. C. J. Richardson. We care teaches life skills and teaches young men how to be humble no matter what their experience. We Care is also involved with helping out the homeless and sending kids to camp. Most recently, they had a block party to teach the children that all police officers aren’t bad and that there are bad seeds that happen to get the media attention.

When not coaching, playing or mentoring; Coach Shipp enjoys watching football, basketball, baseball and boxing. He is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan from back in the day when Danny White and Too Tall Jones played for them. He is a Lakers fan and a Washington Nationals fan. He loved boxing, but said it has become boring since Mayweather retired.

Coach Shipp is the humblest person I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. I asked him if he had one person that he has mentored or coached that he was proud of. His response was, all of them. His goal is to mentor young men to become better men so they can be better to their wives, girlfriends and eventually their children. He is all about the pay-it-forward motto.

His goal in life is quite simple and something we should all live by. If you can improve someone’s life, then you have lived your life with a purpose.  

Coach Shipp is an incredible man who has fulfilled and saved many young men from the streets. He is a man on a mission and has worked hard to continue to better not only his life, but everyone’s life he has touched.  





Inside the numbers

For the Knicks last nights game was so much more then a regularimage season win. The passion in the garden was so evident that even Derrick Rose had to acknowledge it. Their was a playoff atmosphere in the air, and the Knicks didn’t disappoint. Let’s take a deeper look inside the numbers.

Their are a few numbers I want to take a look at and the first is 30. The Knicks held the Blazers under 30 points per quarter, expect for the first quarter where Portland put up 33 points. After the first quarter the Knicks clamped down on defense and held the Blazers to 25, 23, and 22 points per quarter the rest of the game. With such a tight game ( their were 20 lead changes) the Knicks needed to defend in order to win. The club also held the Blazers to 27% from three (6/22). The Blazers average 108 per game but were held to 103. So the numbers show the Knicks put up a very impressive defensive effort.

Now let’s take a look at the offense, the Knicks have to move the ball in order to score. With 26 assist ( only 13 turnovers) on 45 made shots they did just that. Jennings doing his best Mark Jackson impersonation had 11 assist off the bench. All this ball movement led the Knicks to a 46% shooting clip. From the three point line they shot a respectable 31%. The offense primary ran thru KP as he put up his second 30 point game of the season. Porzingis used an offensive array of moves to power his way to 31 points. Step back 3s check, Cuts to the basket check, Alley oops check, fade away shots check, post up moves check. KP was firing on all cylinders last night.

However when it came down to the 4th quarter Derrick too charge. It was his pose and composure that allowed the Knicks to hold the lead. Derrick took charge of the game and dictated the offense. Rose sealed the win with a step back jumper with 3:15 left on the clock. Rose had this to say about his performance

”I’m not here to bust or brag but I’m used to being in positions where I have the ball in my hand, playing in Chicago,” Rose said. ”I’ve really played like that my entire life, through grammar school, high school, college and here.” – D.Rose

The Knicks used a group effort to pull this one out with six players scoring 7 or more points. All in all the club looks to have come together after holding a team meeting a few days ago. Since that netting the Knicks have won two in a row and climbed back to 500. The Knicks are currently in the 7th seed and look to continue to climb up the standing.

The Knicks hope to create a winning culture after three consecutive years of missing the playoffs. If this club continues to build on their chemistry they can become a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

Keys To Victory: Niners chiefs

The Niners travel to arrowhead stadium this week to play the kansas city chiefs. Both the Niners and chiefs are coming off Week 2 wins. The Niners defeating the lions 30-27 at home and the chiefs beating the steelers 42-37 in pittsburgh. The Niners lead the All-Time series 7-5 but the Niners haven’t won in kc since 1982. The chiefs have played two road games to start the year and are 2-0. I fully expect arrowhead to be rocking for their home opener Sunday after their hot start to the season. It’s going to be a tall task for the Red and Gold to come out of arrowhead with a W but not impossible. With that said here are this week’s keys to victory.


  1. Keep kc’s Offence Off The Field

kc has a top 10 rated offence when it comes to points per game, passing, rushing and total offence. With the concerns with the Niners pass rush and secondary the only way to slow down kc’s offence might be to keep them off the field as much as possible. The Niners have the league’s 3rd rated rushing attack averaging 140.0 yards a game. kc’s run defense ranks 6th in the league. It will be easier said than done but Matt Bredia and Co must repeat the Niners early season success running the ball to put less pressure on our defense.

  1. Rush And Cover

The Niners did a poor job of both rushing the QB and covering receivers last week most notably Ahkello Witherspoon. Witherspoon gave up 3 TDs last week and was eventually benched for Jimmy Ward in the 4th quarter. Cornerbacks must have short term memory if they are going to make it in the NFL. This week it won’t get any easier tyreek hill is the second fastest receiver in the league (next to Marquise Goodwin) add that Sammy watkins  isn’t slow either. Although Witherspoon had a poor game the Niners Pass Rush didn’t help the secondary out. Only sacking matthew stafford  twice and hitting him only 4 times all game. The chiefs has a potent offence if we give mahomes that much time to throw he has the weapons to pick us a part and it will be another long day in kc.

  1. Red Zone End Zone

The Niners have struggled in the Red Zone so far this seasons only converting 3 of 8 trips into TD’s. With a high scoring offence like kc we must take advantage of the opportunities that we have to match them score for score. kc has the NFL’s worst passing defense and is ranked 29th in scoring giving up an average of 32.5 over the first 2 weeks of the season. The opportunity will be there for the offence to get right this week and put up some points.

  1. Heeeee’s Back

Let’s not forget that we get  Reuben Foster back after his 2 week suspension. The impact of getting 5ava6e back on the field can’t be underestimated. He brings a Swag and energy to our D that is missing without him and will help with our tackling issues we have had so far this season. We have waited all off season to see the pairing of Foster with Fred Warner and now we finally get to see it!!!!! Reuben’s speed will help neutralize kc’s speed and bring more physicality to our D.


I have seen the Niners pull off bigger upsets in my 30 years of being a Faithful. It’s time to get our first win in kc in my life time!!!!!

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Keys To Victory: Niners VS lions

It’s Week 2 of the season and that means the Niners are back at Levis for the 2018 Home Opener!!!!! Yours truly will be at EMPIRE ROW (Green Lot 1 Pole 20) for the BEST Tailgate in the League!!!!! The Home Opener is always a special time of the season filled with excitement, joy, and hope. The Niners are 41-29-2 all time in Home Openers (14-9-2 at Kezar, 25-18 at Candlestick, and 2-2 at Levis). The Niners first win in the NFL was against the lions (10-08-1950) and the Niners are 37-28-1 all-time vs. detroit including wining 9 out of the last 10 match ups. Before we get to my keys to victory this week I have a funny personal note. The day my Mama (who is from detroit and is a lions fan) was born the Niners played the lions in detroit won 49-0. I just thought that was interesting ok now here are this week’s keys to victory.

  1. Next Man Up

Last week’s game in minnesota not only took its toll mentally with the loss but also physically. The Niners loss backup Linebacker Brock Coyle for the season. Marquise Goodwin injured his quad in the first half last week and has been ruled out of this week’s game after not being able to practice all week. Mike Person and  Joshua Garnett both hurt their feet last week causing rookie Mike McGlinchey to move over to Right Guard for most of the second half. Garnett  has also been ruled out, along with will Erik Magnuson for at least another week. Mike Person has been ruled as a game time decision along with Adrian Colbert and Malcolm Smith. That is a lot on injuries to suffer in one football game and to add insult to injury most of the injuries are to starters. Football coaches and players always use the saying “Next man up” and that statement has never been truer than this week. Rookie Dante Pettis will start in place of ‘Quise and if Person can’t go the Niners called up undrafted rookie free agent Najee Toran from the practice squad this week to start in his place. If Malcolm Smith can’t go Elijah Lee will start in his place at Will Linebacker. It’s a lot to ask of Dante Pettis to start in just his second game in the NFL. But seeing playing time last week will help a lot. If the Niners want to even our record the “Next man up” mantra must be true.


  1. Fix mental mistakes

The most frustrating part of last week’s loss wasn’t the fact we lost it was the fact we beat ourselves. The Niners dropped 4 balls two of which were TDs and one looked like it would have been. Jimmy G Cool through 2 bad picks. Kendrick Bourne ran the wrong rote that lead to a pick 6 going the other way. And the worse one of all Solomon Thomas jumping offsides when it was clear to everyone on the planet minnesota wasn’t going to snap the ball and were trying to get the Niners to jump offsides. And even with all the mistakes that we made we still had a chance to win the game. I expect the lions to come out the gate swings after getting embarrassed last week at home if the Niners can’t afford to be sloppy this week and come away with a W.


  1. Shut Down D

The Niners Defense played well enough for the Niners to win last week. The D only game up 17 points all game long and forced 3 straight 3 and outs to give the ball to the offense to win the game. After a slow start to the game the defense came out the second half and played the best I’ve seen the Niners D play in a long time limiting dalvin cook and latavius murray to 82 combined rushing yards for the game and making kirk cousins to miss on his final 7 passing attempts. The  Defense had things it needs to clean up this week there were a few blown assignments and far too many missed tackles. I’m very encouraged by what I saw last Sunday. If we can clean up our mistakes there is no reason we can’t be as dominate as we were in the second half last week the whole game this week.


  1. Bring the noise

Levis has been dumped on for 4 years. It not loud enough, it’s too hot, it’s too expensive and so on and so on. Enough is enough I’m tired of hearing all the bitching. The Niners ARE NOT going to move back to The City anytime soon so get over it. Either you’re a Niners fan or a San Francisco fan. If you’re a Niners fan show up tomorrow and make Levis a house of pain just like The Stick.

This is the closest you can get to a must win in Week 2. If we come together as one EMPIRE and unite as one Players, Coaches and The Faithful there is nothing that can stand in our way!!!!!


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Niners VS vikings

After an off season that seemed it would never end Niner football is finally back!!!!! So with the return of Niners football come the return of my Keys To Victory. The Niners open the season by traveling to minnesota to take on the minnesota vikings. This is the first time since 2014 (a 28-17 victory over the cry girl in dallas) that the Niners will open the season on the road. The Niners last played in minnesota on 09-23-12 and lost 24-13. The Niners are 23-22-1 all-time vs. minnesota but have lost 5 in a row in minnesota dating all the way back to 1992. The Niners are looking to start a season off 1-0 for the 7th time in 8 seasons and continue the longest active winning streak in the NFL. Without further ado here are this week’s keys to victory 

1. Slow Down the vikings Offence

The vikings went and added to an already stacked offence this off season by signing kirk cousins (who we all know was going to be the Niners QB before they traded for Jimmy G Cool). adam thielen is coming off of a career year with 1,276 yards on 91 receptions and four touchdowns. Add to that devon cooks is back from he’s ACL injury he suffered week 4 of last year. The vikings last year had a top 11 offense in points per game (10th), total offense (11th), rushing (7th) and toal possession (2nd).

2. Sack cousins
The vikings Offense Line has lost starting LG easton for the season and are going to be without starting Center pat elflein. On top of that their starting RG remmers is battling back from a back injury. Last year the vikings allowed 110 QB hurries, and 33 QB hits ranked 22nd in the NFL. We all know the struggles of the pass rush last year. The Niners didn’t sign any players to address the iusse at all really this off season. They instead decided to sign Chris kiffen to coach the pass rush. The Niners had said all off season that they believe that they can disrupt the quarterback with the players they have on the roster already. It’s time for those players to show what they got.

 3. Protect Jimmy G Cool

The Niners O-Line did a great job protecting Jimmy G Cool all preseason allowing only one sack ( and that came by him running out of bounds for a one yard loss). The vikings pass rush is loaded with palyers who can get after the quarterback although they only had 7 more sacks than the Niners. everson griffen lead the vikings last year with 13 sacks add that to the 7 that danielle hunter and the vikings had a great D-Line. Then this off season it got even better with the addition of sheldon richardson. Anyone who watched preseason Niner football knows that it is a significant drop off between Jimmy G Cool and CJ Beathard. The Niners hopes of ending our 4 year playoff drought largely rest on the health of #10 so keeping him up right will be a priority not only this week but all season long

4. Score TDs In The Red Zone

The vikings defense that ranked first in the NFL in yards, points allowed, and total defense in 2017. With stats like that you can imagine it would be hard to move the ball let alone score. But add to that the fact that the vikings allowed teams to only score TDs in the Red Zone only 45.65 % and scoring TDs seems impossible. The Niners ranked 27th in the NFL last year when it came to scoring TDs in the Red Zone. With so many games being decided by so few points sometimes the difference between winning and losing can be scoring a TD in the Red Zone instead of kicking field. The Niners have struggled for the past few years with this (oldly enough not in 2016) and we can not hope to continue this and be a playoff team.

I’m so jucied for Niners football to be back in my life. Here’s to starting off 1-0 and to a great season!!!!! GO NINERS!!!!!

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53 Souls In Red & Gold: Niners 53 Man Roster

By Niner Faithful

Friday and Saturday were busy days at 4949 Centennial Blvd. On Friday the Niners acquired Tackle Shon Coleman from the cleveland browns in exchange for a 2019 seventh round draft pick and also, released the following players: OL JP Flynn, RB Ja’Quan Gardner, G Chris Gonzalez, QB Jack Heneghan, DT Chris Jones, P Jeff Locke, T Pace Murphy, WR Aldrick Robinson, TE Wes Saxton, DL Will Sutton, OL Darrell Williams Jr., and RB Joe Williams. On Saturday only hours before final rosters had to be turned in to the League office by 1 pm PST starting RB Jerick McKinnon on the final rep of practice tore his ACL on contact play and is done for the year. And to make matters worse it was the first time he was allowed to participate in 11 on 11 drills since he strained his calf a few weeks ago. It’s a real blow to the Niners after escaping the Preseason with only a few minor injuries. After this they placed both WR Victor Bolden Jr. and LB Reuben Foster on the Reserve/Suspended List, released DL Jeremiah Attaochu, WR Aaron Burbridge, G Jonathan Cooper, WR Steven Dunbar Jr., TE Ross Dwelley, DB Antone Exum Jr., TE Cole Hikutini, FB Malcolm Johnson, OL Andrew Lauderdale, DB Dexter McCoil, CB Tarvarus McFadden, RB Jeremy McNichols, CB Emmanuel Moseley, QB Nick Mullens, DB Tyvis Powell, DL Niles Scott, OL Coleman Shelton, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Korey Toomer, OL Najee Toran and RB Jeff Wilson Jr, and also placed DL Kentavius Street on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List to bring our roster down to the league maximum 53 players. WR Aaron Burbridge, OL JP Flynn and FB Malcolm Johnson were waived/injured yesterday and cleared waivers which means they revert to the Niners injured reserve list. The Niners may still add and subtract from the 53 man roster throughout the week and still can add to their Practice Squad. In order to be eligible for the practice squad, players must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have no prior Accrued Seasons in the NFL (An accrued season is six or more games on the active roster);
  • Have one prior Accrued Season in which the player was on the 46-man active roster for no more than 8 games;
  • Each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of 4 Practice Squad players who have earned no more than 2 accrued seasons of free agency credit;
  • If a player served two seasons on a practice squad, they are eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player’s employment.
  • A player has served one season on the practice squad if he is on the practice squad for at least 6 games. The rule previously required 3 games on the practice squad roster.

The following Niners are eligible for the practice squad

QB Jack Heneghan, RB Jeff Wilson, RB Ja’Quan Gardner, FB Malcolm Johnson, WR Steven Dunbar, TE Ross Dwelley, OL Chris Gonzalez, OL Coleman Shelton, OL Najee Toran, DL Niles Scott, CB Tarvarus McFadden, CB Emmanuel Moseley, QB Nick Mullens, TE Wes Saxton, OL JP Flynn,OT Andrew Lauderdale, RB Jeremy McNichols, RB Joe Williams ,TE Cole Hikutini, OL Darrell Williams, OL Pace Murphy, DB Tyvis Powell, LB Pita Taumoepenu and DB Dexter McCoil.

No roster clams were given to the Niners nor did anyone they cut get claimed. As of the writing of this post the following players are signed to the practice squad: OL Najee Toran, DT Niles Scott, LB Pita Taumoepenu, CB Emmanuel Moseley, WR Steven Dunbar Jr., TE Ross Dwelley, QB Nick Mullens, DB Tyvis Powell, RB Jeff Wilson Jr., and 

Football is exactly one week away from today and like the rest of the Faithful I can not wait!!!!!

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Preseason Preview: Niners colts

By Niner Faithful


Before I start this week’s Blog it should be noted that 72 years ago today August 24th The Niners Played their first ever game. A Preseason game V.S. the la dons.

This week the Niners go to indianapolis to play our third Preseason game. The third Preseason game is the one where the starters usually play the most. In his last press conference before the game Kyle Shanahan said “We would like the starters to play the first half”. That includes Richard Sherman who will be making his Niners debut on Saturday. Speaking of debuts Arik Armstead will be making his preseason debut after finally being able to practice this week after he suffered a hamstring injury earlier in training camp. Malcolm Smith will return to action along with Solomon Thomas for the first time since both players got hurt against the cry girls. Garry Gilliam did not progress to the next level of the concussion protocol this week so he has been ruled out. K’Waun Williams will be a game time diction. There were plenty of bright spots in last week’s lost to the houston texans. Jimmy G Cool was 10-12 for 136 yards and a TD. And First round pick Mike McGlinchey has allowed no QB pressures in 26 Passing Blocking snaps. Considering that his Pass Blocking was looked as something he needed to improve on that stat right there is encouraging. The Run Blocking for the second game in a row opened no running lanes for our Running Backs and Our Pass Rush failed to produce a sack and only had 3 QB hits all game. Since this is the final time we will see any starters till most likely Week 1 in minnesota when it starts to count here is final Preseason Preview.


  1. Open Up Run Lanes

It seems to me that every week I seem to put this as one of the things I want to see for the starting O-Line. A lot of Kyle Shanahan’s offence depends on being able to throw deep of play action. Without the threat of a Run game the play action will fail and hence our offence will fail. The Niners made it a priority to upgrade our O-Line this offseason. I understand it’s going to take time for the O-Line to gel and get used to playing with each other, but it’s time to see some progress since this is the last time they will play before Week 1.


  1. Harass the Opposing QB

The Niners Pass Rush has been nonexistent pretty much since Aldon Smith got cut from the Niners. If we want any shot of winning the NFC West this year our Pass Rush must harass opposing QB’s. We all know what wilson has been able to do to the Niners with his ability to uses his legs. A good showing by the Pass Rush Saturday will go a long way in calming our nerves.


  1. For The Love Of God Don’t Get Hurt                              

The Niners have had their fair share of injury scares this Preseason. Last week we lost Erik Magnuson for at least 6 weeks and Joe Williams for what’s been said to be a while. The Niners don’t need any more injuries this close to the Regular Season.


  1. Win

Every week this Preseason I have said that I want my team to win. I understand that the overall objective is to get reps evaluate your roster and get out healthy. But I have the highest standard when it comes to this Football Team. Every time the Niners step on that field I expect us to win and I want players and coaches to feel the same way!!!!!


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Preseason Preview: Niners texans

The Niners open the 2018 Preseason with a 24-21 victory against the cry girls. Nick Mullins lead the Niners back from 11 points down. The biggest story coming out of the game was the injuries. George Kittle and Matt Breida both separated their shoulders and will miss the rest of the Preseason but should be ready to go Week 1. Solomon Thomas  and Garry Gilliam sustained concussions and are both in the concussion protocol. Eli Harold is day to day with knee contusion and Malcolm Smith is week-to-week with a hamstring and is doubtful to play in houston. The main goal of the Preseason games are to get reps against another team and come out healthy. With that said here is what I’m looking for from the Niners this week.

1.) Really Stay Healthy

As stated above the Niners did not come away from Week 1 of the Preseason unscathed. Luckily none of the injuries they sustained seem to serious and none of them are seen as anything that will keep anyone out of action Week 1 in minnesota. This week we might not be so lucky. I understand that even our starters need to shake off the rust and get ready to play hopefully 19 weeks of football, but we most find that balance between getting ready and making sure everyone’s as healthy as possible for the regular season.

2.) Get The Run Game Going

Last week against the cry girls the Niners starting O line struggled to create running lanes for our running backs. After spending big money on center Weston Richburg and a top 10 pick on tackle Mike McGlinchey that was disappointing to see. The O line must show improvement this week to ease the concern of us Faithful.

3.) Defense Please Stop Someone

Last week the cry girls offence marched right down the field and scored. After all off-season thinking we have made great strides on that side of the ball it was disheartening to see. It was only one series so I don’t feel it’s time to hit the panic button yet another poor preference by the starters is going to raise some red flags.

4.) Become 2-0

In his post game press conference last week Kyle Shanahan said in the Preseason he will always play to win while still being smart. I LOVE THIS STATEMENT!!!!! I want the Head Coach to have that mentality. To quote Mike Singletary “I WANT WINNERS”!!!!! Every time the Niners step on the field I want us to expect to and want to win it’s never OK to lose.

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Preseason Preview: Niners cry girls

By Niner Faithful

After waiting for what seemed like forever the 2018 Preseason Starts this Thursday, while the regular season doesn’t start until September 9th in Minnesota it still feels great having the Red & Gold back at Levis. Even though it’s preseason anytime the Niners play the cry girls it’s Football at its finest. The preseason is all about trying to figure out how to balance getting the best 53 players on your team while having to make sure you have enough quality players at each position to go cover the injuries that we know will happen. It’s going to be fun to be at EMPIRE ROW eating great food chillin with my Niners Fam and best of all watching my Niners. Here are something’s I want to see for me to feel that it was a successful preseason game.

1.) Stay Healthy

The number one goal in any preseason game is to stay healthy. The worst thing that could happen is to lose anyone to an injury in a game that doesn’t count in the standings.

2.) Play Clean Football

Jimmy G Cool and most of the starters will more than likely only play a few series, a quarter at most. I don’t think that Kyle Shanahan will do much scheming in the preseason, so I’m not looking for the offense to score a bunch of points. What I mean by play clean football is don’t do things that hurt us. No false starts, fumbles, Interceptions things like that.

3.) Do Your Job

A lot of times in the preseason you see players try to impress coaches and do too much and it hurts the team. Football is the type of game you can’t force things, You have to let the game come to you. I have faith that we have a good enough Coaching Staff that they’ll be able to put players in positions to make plays. Every player in all 3 phases must do their job and if they do we have a great chance of winning.

4.) Win

I know winning the game seems like it doesn’t matter in the preseason, but let me ask you this, have you ever heard of a championship team saying “It’s OK to lose”? No, you haven’t because championship teams don’t think like that. Bill Walsh had a saying “Champions act like Champions before they’re Champions”. I want the Niners to have the mentality that whenever they step onto that field it’s to do one thing and one thing only and that’s win.

No matter what happens on Thursday it’s great to have Niners Football back in our lives. Here’s to a great season and GO NINERS!!!!!

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