San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Kyle Shanahan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense24th107.7 (14th)187.7 (25th)
Defense18th124.3 (23rd)214.7 (14th)

49ers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel · Inside slant

--Is Jerry Rice going to play one last game with the 49ers? Well, he said on his Sirius radio show that would be his dream scenario.

"The ideal scenario for me would be to sign with them and then take the football field," Rice said, laughing. "Play the game. Why not?"

Rice said he would like for any ceremony to retire his number to happen Nov. 19 when the 49ers face the Seahawks. Rice played his final NFL game with the Seahawks in 2004. But if Rice were to sign a ceremonial one-day contract with the 49ers it would likely take place in training camp when the 49ers might be better able to make a roster adjustment to account for his temporary contract.

--When the 49ers acquired backup quarterback Trent Dilfer in a trade with the Browns, he was issued No. 10. But Dilfer almost immediately had his eye on a number that has not been issued to a 49ers player since 1973.

Former quarterback John Brodie, who played a club-record 17 seasons with the 49ers, had his No. 12 jersey retired in 1973, the same year in which he called it quits. Dilfer has known Brodie for several years. After Dilfer became a member of the 49ers, he called Brodie.

"I'd love to honor you by wearing your number," Dilfer said he told Brodie. "Is that all right? And he said, 'Yes! Yes!' He was all fired up."

Brodie nearly died in 2000 from a massive stroke, which left him with impaired speech and limited use of his right arm. Dilfer hopes he can bring some attention back to Brodie as a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Brodie ranks second in 49ers history with 31,548 yards (behind Joe Montana) and third in touchdowns passes with 214 (behind Montana and Steve Young).

"John has been a huge influence in my life," Dilfer added. "Really, this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with him. I believe he should be in the Hall of Fame, and hopefully his number coming out again will kind of get that thing rolling."

--Joe Montana attended Notre Dame, which has one of the richest football traditions in college football. The 49ers became a dynasty with him at quarterback.

Now, his sons will be attending a school that boasts the most dominant football program of them all. Montana's two sons recently enrolled at De La Salle High in Concord, Calif. The school had its record win streak of 151 games snapped two years ago. Montana's eldest son, Nathaniel, decided he will not play football in his junior season, concentrating on basketball. However, freshman Nicholas Montana is a quarterback.

--The 49ers and HNTB Architecture Inc. announced a preliminary design for a possible stadium to replace dilapidated Monster Park (Candlestick) for the 2012 season. The 68,000-seat stadium can be expanded to up to 80,000 for such events as the Super Bowl, Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and World Cup soccer.

However, the plan has not been given the green light, and political battles are certain to pose hurdles. Also, the club has not yet presented a financing plan for the stadium that will be built entirely with private money, according to team owner John York.

If the 49ers are unable to build the stadium in San Francisco, they say that they will try to get the project completed in about 40 miles south in Santa Clara.

"Losing was frustrating; not playing well was frustrating. Especially when I know I can play so much better. Being out here at practice and knowing I can make these throws, knowing I can play at this level and be good at this level, then going out on Sundays and to not play to that potential is frustrating." -- 49ers quarterback Alex Smith on the struggles of his rookie season.

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