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Deep Posts: 49ers introduce America to ‘lights out’ football

Doug Farrar
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-- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark thought it was a good strategic move for the 49ers to experience power losses to their stadium during a national game. "I just feel like San Francisco took a big step to show the NFL and to show the state of California that they need a new stadium," Clark said after the 49ers beat the Steelers, 20-3. "Electric atmosphere tonight!" tweeted 49ers president and CEO Jed York. The franchise has a new stadium in the works, which must make Dean Spanos of the San Diego Chargers and Zygi Wilf of the Minnesota Vikings wonder if it's time to find the master light switch! [Pro Football Weekly]

-- Ben Roethlisberger believes that he was the best quarterback on the field Monday night … and that he was especially helpful to the 49ers. []

-- The Steelers are 0-3 against teams coached by Harbaughs (0-2 vs. John's Ravens; 0-1 against Jim's 49ers) and 10-1 against the rest of the NFL. [Yours Truly]

-- Two teams are dealing with long-term contracts given to one-time potential franchise quarterbacks that they probably now regret. Kansas City Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel thinks that recent acquisition Kyle Orton should be the team's starter in 2012 if he continues to play as he did in the Chiefs' upset win over the Green Bay Packers. Since Crennel might have a shot at a more permanent head coaching gig if that happens, we start to wonder about quarterback Matt Cassel, who signed a six-year, $63 million contract in 2009, has never played exceptionally well, and is currently on injured reserve. [Kansas City Star]

-- Similarly, the Arizona Cardinals must be wondering what the heck they were thinking when they gave Kevin Kolb a six-year, $65 million contract before the 2011 season. While Kolb has dealt with various injury issues, including current "concussion-like symptoms" (our favorite NFL buzzphrase!), unheralded backup John Skelton has been making fourth-quarter magic in a Tebow-y fashion. The Cards are 5-1 in games with Skelton as their main man (4-1 in his starts), which Kolb has been underwhelming at best. This is why, as much as teams need franchise quarterbacks, the bridge QB is a very good idea until the right player comes along. [Arizona Republic]

-- Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe believes that some of his teammates turned out the lights a bit early in the team's 42-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Specifically, Shiancoe said that some of his teammates "hung it up early." Yeouch. [ESPN Twin Cities]

-- Because there is no New York football without someone mouthing off every single day, Rex Ryan now says that his Jets are better than the Giants team they will face this weekend. That may be true, but how much of a badge of honor is it to be better than an imploding team that has lost five of its last six games? [New York Post]

-- The already injury-decimated Chicago Bears have placed receiver Johnny Knox and safety Chris Conte on injured reserve. [Pro Football Weekly]

-- On the other hand, 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards seems to have entered the "healthy scratch" portion of his career. [CSN Bay Area]

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