Remember Vinny Sutherland? You might be seeing him returning kicks for the 49ers this week. And it won't be a flashback. Sutherland, released by the Niners this summer after being their primary kickoff and punt returner in 2001, had a tryout with the team on Wednesday. And coach Steve Mariucci said, "He looks to be in good shape. We're thinking about (signing him)."
January 1, 2003
This time, the celebration in Dallas was for something that really mattered. This time, Terrell Owens' celebration was for a division crown that was a long time coming, not for a touchdown that would give one also-ran a victory over another also-ran. This time, it wasn't a solo celebration, but one that was joined by quarterback Jeff Garcia and his teammates.
December 8, 2002
As Steve Mariucci walked into a conference room at 49ers headquarters for his usual Monday meeting with the media, he chimed with excitement, "It's Raiders week – tape your ankles." And then, over the next 25 minutes, the Niners' head coach didn't say another word about San Francisco's Bay Area rival, whom the Niners meet this Sunday in Oakland. Obviously, Mariucci has more pressing concerns to talk about.
October 28, 2002