Three of their opponents on the San Francisco 49ers’ sideline — linebacker Eli Harold, safety Eric Reid and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin — also took a knee. Rams linebacker Robert Quinn raised a fist during the anthem, as did the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. As usual, they were joined by teammate Chris Long, who placed a hand of support on Jenkins’s back as he stood with his other hand over his heart. Two players, Kansas City’s Marcus Peters and Tennessee’s Rishard Matthews, remained in their locker rooms during the anthem.
“Now, if you are in a situation where you lose both your quarterbacks to injury and you have a good team … if you have a playoff-quality team and catastrophe strikes with your quarterback situation, these points are moot because now he’s your starter,” Polian said in September. “None of that applies. You can build your offense around him and it removes those issues. It’s a very small window in terms of the number of teams, and it’s a small calendar window.”
Both have interviewed with the 49ers. McDaniels interviewed with the Rams. Shanahan was scheduled to do so but had the interview canceled because of weather-related travel issues for the Rams’ contingent. The Rams, at least for now, seem to be focused on McVay, who is youthful but promising after helping Kirk Cousins to become a 4,900-yard passer this season in D.C. Neither McDaniels nor Shanahan has been linked to the Chargers’ job at this point.
But if even one of them ends up without a head coaching job, that would be a fairly major upset based on what was expected when this hiring cycle began.
Fantasy spin: Give me all of the Charles Sims. Even though Dirk Koetter did mention Jacquizz Rodgers, the expectation from most is that Sims will get a lot of work if Martin misses time. The West Virginia product has been an extremely productive player for Tampa Bay on limited touches. Sims averaged nearly five yards per carry last year and is a smooth, natural pass-catcher. Fantasy insiders are expecting big, big things from Sims even though he is far from a household name.