Niners' Smith looking for ways to get to Brady


Niners' Smith looking for ways to get to Brady

FOXBORO -- On Monday night, J.J. Watt hit Tom Brady hard several times, but he couldn't come up with a single sack in the game. 
Watt has the second most sacks in the NFL, with 16.5.
On Sunday night, the Patriots' offensive line will have another sack machine on their hands. This time, in San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who leads the NFL with 19.5 sacks.
"It's definitely a good achievement, setting the franchise record last week," said Smith in a conference call on Wednesday. "It means a lot to me. It's one of the goals I have. And I just have to really keep it going, and see if I can make that number even better."
"He's got a very high motor," said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in his conference call. "He really likes football. And he's got a lot of physical attributes, speed and power. And he's a very smart guy."
And to think, the Patriots were actually the first team that Smith talked to at the NFL combine before the 2011 draft, where he was taken seventh overall by San Francisco.
Before being drafted, Smith also made a visit to New England.
"It was a good experience," said Smith. "There's a lot of history there, with them being Super Bowl champions. And the coaching staff does a great job of teaching their players. It's really just a well-built organization, and they're doing things right."
Nowadays, Smith and the 49ers are also doing things the right way. But they still have to figure out a plan to get to Brady on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.
"Well, we'd sure like to find the answer to that," said Harbaugh on Wednesday. "And then implement it. But it is really difficult. They're tough to do that against."
"Tom Brady's ball mechanics are really good, and they do a good job of disguising things," said Smith. "So we've got to not only be disciplined, but try to anticipate, and pay attention to film so when it comes game time, we make sure we're not caught off-guard by anything."

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

LONDON — Coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that the New York Giants have not yet decided whether Josh Brown will remain on the team after admitting to abuse of his former wife.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about the kicker following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s a teammate and a guy who we’re hoping makes strides.”

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following this week's publication of King County Sheriff's Office records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in those documents that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he pounded on her hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the investigating detective, King County Sheriff's Det. Robin Ostrum.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information. Finally, he answered: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments earlier this year suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a practicing Christian who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants supported him or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The Giants have signed Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old will practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," the coach said of Gould.



Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Trenni Kusnierek is outraged, and rightfully so, by the actions - or lack thereof - by the NFL regarding domestic violence by Giants kicker Josh Brown.

Tom E. Curran details the NFL's botched investigation here.