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The Official Brian Jennings Experience

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/30/chargers-cut-david-binn-teams-longest-tenured-player/

Chargers cut their LS before the 2011 season. Guy was a rookie on the 94 SB team. Was with them 17 years. Good luck analyzing who was better. Would need a professional long snapper coach.

LOL from the PFT article: Among his many other accomplishments, he's also been romantically linked to Pamela Anderson.
http://www.aolnews.com/2007/05/03/pamela-anderson-and-chargers-long-snapper-david-binn/

Sorry Jennings Binn wins.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Sep 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM ]
That was one of the classiest farewell messages that I have ever seen coming from a football player. Best of luck, Brian. I am sure that we will see you or hear you down the road as a member of the media. Thanks for all the years of service.
Jenning is a first class act. We were fortunate to have had him.
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by KID9R:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by Niners99:
I hope when this new kid screws up, Jennings will be at home waiting for a call. It just seems like such a huge gamble for such a small amount of savings.

It's not just about the savings. McDermott is considered the best LS to come out of college in a while. He would have been snatched up by another team if cut. Saying goodbye to Jennings sucks, but this way we have another top LS for the next 15 years. We chose to be proactive instead of waiting for when Jennings retired.

I'm not one of these guys crying over 37-year-old long snapper but I was just curious where you heard that

Wish I could find exactly where I heard that. To be honest I don't really remember if I read it, or reached that conclusion based on what I've read about him. Closest I could find was from a UCLA blog:

Longsnapper Kevin McDermott won't get drafted, but coach Jim Mora said 15 NFL teams have come to UCLA to work him out — and all said he was the best in the country.

Pretty rare hearing 15 teams have a scout fly out for a private workout with a long-snapper.

Also from Maiocco's 53-man breakdown:

The 49ers believed a long-snapper such as McDermott does not come around every year, so they made the switch now.

I had us drafting him in the 7th since we had so many picks. I beleive we worked him out and interviewed him like 3-4 times. I honestly thought he would go drafted there was so much interest in him. He is great at the position, and hungry to play football, not just collect a paycheck, thats what your looking for in a LS, and the writing has been on the wall the last two seasons or so.
Originally posted by D_Niner:
Brian is so good, he's the only person that I know of that can have his cake, and eat it too...


I love that picture!
Thanks for being a great LS for 13 years! That is a long career from the good years, through the dark years, and beginning of the championship years. For many years he and Andy Lee were the only Niners to make the Pro Bowl.
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Originally posted by okdkid:
13 years without a major mistake. You can diminish his role, but you can also make the argument he is one of the all-time great 49ers.

He was the best at what he did for over a decade. Did everything, and more, of what was asked of him.
and now its time to move on . do not want to run the risk of him all of a sudden losing it over night like the guy did with the giants when we played them in that wild card game back in the day.. plus they got a kid they are high on. perfect time to make a move. i know alot of people are standing out on the ledge waiting for the kid to blow it but I am not one of them.. now when i am calming down the posters, they should KNOW they are over reacting
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Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
I had us drafting him in the 7th since we had so many picks. I beleive we worked him out and interviewed him like 3-4 times. I honestly thought he would go drafted there was so much interest in him. He is great at the position, and hungry to play football, not just collect a paycheck, thats what your looking for in a LS, and the writing has been on the wall the last two seasons or so.

agree. best time to make this move. i bet you he is out right now working with lee. what else do they have to do in practice. the kid is better now than what he was a month ago and he will only get better.
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by KID9R:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by Niners99:
I hope when this new kid screws up, Jennings will be at home waiting for a call. It just seems like such a huge gamble for such a small amount of savings.

It's not just about the savings. McDermott is considered the best LS to come out of college in a while. He would have been snatched up by another team if cut. Saying goodbye to Jennings sucks, but this way we have another top LS for the next 15 years. We chose to be proactive instead of waiting for when Jennings retired.

I'm not one of these guys crying over 37-year-old long snapper but I was just curious where you heard that

Wish I could find exactly where I heard that. To be honest I don't really remember if I read it, or reached that conclusion based on what I've read about him. Closest I could find was from a UCLA blog:

Longsnapper Kevin McDermott won't get drafted, but coach Jim Mora said 15 NFL teams have come to UCLA to work him out — and all said he was the best in the country.

Pretty rare hearing 15 teams have a scout fly out for a private workout with a long-snapper.

Also from Maiocco's 53-man breakdown:

The 49ers believed a long-snapper such as McDermott does not come around every year, so they made the switch now.

I had us drafting him in the 7th since we had so many picks. I beleive we worked him out and interviewed him like 3-4 times. I honestly thought he would go drafted there was so much interest in him. He is great at the position, and hungry to play football, not just collect a paycheck, thats what your looking for in a LS, and the writing has been on the wall the last two seasons or so.

"The best long-snapper to come out in a while."

If that's true, that's great, but I find it more than a little bizarre. I mean, isn't having a quality long snapper like that, at LEAST worth a 7th round pick for crying out loud?

15 teams come out to scout him, jump for joy about his ability, talk about how important it is to have a reliable long snapper, and then what do they do? They probably draft some scrub CB like we did only to cut him.

We actually drafted Jennings. If McDermott is so good, you would think he would be worth a 7th round draft pick, especially in a modern NFL where most teams are compensated with TONS of 7th round draft picks. Very bizarre.
Maybe Jennings joins the club as part of the F/O or coaching staff at some point?
Originally posted by 24plus25er:
Maybe Jennings joins the club as part of the F/O or coaching staff at some point?

Certainly a possibility if he wanted to get into coaching. I'm sure we could find an assistant job for him. You would think after 14 years he knows enough about the ST in general to help coach it and not just the LS part of it. Hopefully we do that for Gore as well if he wants to do that.
The fact that everyone's argument against cutting Jennings is referencing ONE PLAY from a game over 10 years ago says a lot. What I mean is, it's not like Jennings is the only long snapper that didn't make big mistakes.

Case in point: How many LS from around the league can you name off the top of your head? Probably none, and that's because none have screwed up bad enough for you to remember.

I love Jennings, but damn people chill out.
Originally posted by Janitor:
The fact that everyone's argument against cutting Jennings is referencing ONE PLAY from a game over 10 years ago says a lot. What I mean is, it's not like Jennings is the only long snapper that didn't make big mistakes.

Case in point: How many LS from around the league can you name off the top of your head? Probably none, and that's because none have screwed up bad enough for you to remember.

I love Jennings, but damn people chill out.


Big mistakes in big moments are pretty rare, and they are memorable. Little mistakes in little moments are more common, but they'll never talk about them on ESPN.
If a long snapper doesn't snap the ball well, it doesn't mean the ball goes sailing 10ft over everybody's head. That is only during an EPIC failure. If a long snapper doesn't snap a ball well, it might be a LITTLE higher, or a LITTLE lower, and it becomes a little bit more difficult for the holder, a little more difficult for the kicker and a little more difficult for the punter, to do their job. A dropped snap, a missed field goal, a poor punt, all of the blame goes on the holder, the kicker or the punter, not the long snapper.

Except for the extreme cases (which are rare), long snapper errors are almost unnoticeable. Only the players know if the long snapper messed up, and they would never publicly call out their long snapper, so obviously, it's not something you would ever hear about or notice.
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I guess Jennings was extended some honor or the idiots over at USA Football or NFL.com/NFLevolution(?) forget we cut him and meant it for McDermott.

http://www.nflevolution.com/article/peyton-manning-selected-to-usa-footballs-all-fundamentals-team?ref=0ap2000000313266

from the ST section

2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:

POSITION
NAME, TEAM

Return specialist
Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings

Kicker
Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

Punter
Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs
Long snapper
Brian Jennings, 49ers

Gore made it as well but I'm not sure what the hell this is but was on the NFL.com front page.
[ Edited by sfout on Jan 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM ]
Maybe he's just that good?
He was just on 95.7 today...I'm pretty sure the dude mainlines a concoction of Mountain Dew and Snickers, but he was pretty funny and informative..."Brain power, horse power, will power".

http://media.957thegame.com/a/86170721/brian-jennings-says-the-49ers-will-power-will-be-important-on-sunday.htm