Here is the opening to my Tuesday column:
The 49ers have a masculinity problem.
Don’t get me wrong. They are as masculine as they have to be, a bunch of men’s men. But when it comes to other teams and other players, the Niners don’t see the right amount of masculinity, don’t approve of the masculinity level. Frankly, they see a masculinity gap. We’ll call this gap The NFL’s Masculinity Problem as perceived by the San Francisco 49ers.
For example, Patrick Willis, known to be manly, does not approve of the masculinity level of Seahawks’ right guard J.R. Sweezy who, Willis said, illegally hit nose tackle Ian Williams too low resulting in Williams breaking his ankle.
“I feel like it’s a man sport — be a man, hit me up high. Hit like rams. You don’t see a ram going and cutting another ram’s legs. They hit head to head, pad to pad. I feel like that’s something the league should look into more. You see some of that stuff, and it’s uncalled for. You have a guy who’s 300 pounds cutting a guy who’s 250 pounds. Do physics to that. Hit the man up high. It should be a good collision.”
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