Short-attention-span reading, and writing ...
Debate? There really was no debate, and if there was one, NaVorro Bowman ended it Monday night with 89 yards of Candlestick catharsis.
Whenever and however coach Jim Harbaugh decides to reveal the team vote for the Bill Walsh Award, Bowman is obviously the 49ers' 2013 MVP.
And in the big picture, Bowman's rise only magnifies the franchise's theme of the last decade or so: This is a 49ers era dominated by defensive stars.
In the two most important moments of the 49ers' season so far, Bowman's play at inside linebacker was the most essential and dramatic.
The two moments: The entirety of the game in St. Louis after the 49ers started the season 1-2 and the frenzied end of Monday's game at Candlestick, when his interception return for a touchdown sealed a playoff berth.
Plus, Bowman is a deserving NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate, though Seattle's Richard Sherman and Carolina's Luke Kuechly are the front-runners.
The previous winners: Aldon Smith (last season), Justin Smith (2011), Gore (2010), Patrick Willis (2009), Justin Smith (2008), Willis and Nate Clements (2007), Gore and Walt Harris (2006), Joe Nedney and Derek Smith (2005) and Bryant Young (2004).
Yep, a quarterback has never won the Walsh Award, and Gore has been the only offensive player ever honored.
The 49ers defense has given up the fifth-fewest yards per play this season (4.8) The 49ers gave up the third-fewest last year (4.7) and sixth-fewest in 2011 (5.1).
The 49ers offense is 17th in yards per play this season (5.3) and has picked up 267 first downs through 15 games, seventh-worst in the NFL.
I'd vote for running back Rashad Jennings (724 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns in only 7 starts), the most reliable part of the Raiders' decent offensive unit.
Runner-up: Receiver Rod Streater (55 catches for 848 yards and 3 TDs).
The very last thing Pryor's career needs is more public drama.
Coach Dennis Allen is giving Pryor the start Sunday against Denver, whatever the reasons. It's one game.
If Pryor plays well, that's good for him. If he doesn't, an agent's pre-excuse only makes things worse.
Glazer reported that Harbaugh wants the right to do more "outside" (or non-NFL-affiliated) commercials than his 49ers contract currently allows.
Everything I've heard supports this report and one NFL source indicated that Harbaugh's camp believes the total difference is about $2 million.
That's where next offseason's talks start: Harbaugh wants access to $2 million-plus -- or for Jed York to make it up in additional salary, possibly retroactive to this season.
Officials have to see how the traffic and parking works on Sundays -- when the businesses nearby won't be full-staffed and using the parking spaces -- before they can schedule Monday or Thursday night games.
No shock: Ellis' consistently poor defense is eating up the benefit of his upgraded offensive efficiency.
The previous Warriors regime gave them away a few years ago, but San Antonio is thrilled with swingman Marco Belinelli, and Indiana gets key minutes out of backup point guard C.J. Watson.
The whole roster has turned over a few times since they were here, but do you think either one of those guys could help the Warriors' bench production right now?