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March 7, 2008
Brandon Lloyd a Monster of the Midway?

Brandon Lloyd, everyone’s favorite ex-49er, is now a member of the Chicago Bears. I wonder how his braids will hold up in the Windy City. Lloyd, of course, was a standout at the University of Illinois where he played for Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner. Still, the signing is a bit of a puzzler.


If there are any teams that know Lloyd’s true colors, it’s the 49ers, the Redskins (where Lloyd was to receiving what Joseph Hazelwood was to seamanship) and the Bears. After all, it was in that stunningly windy game in Chicago in 2005 that Lloyd famously alligator-armed two Cody Pickett passes, including one on the goal line that would have put the 49ers right back in the game. At least Lloyd had the guts and the self-awareness to man up and take the blame afterward. “The ball was thrown too early,” he said at the time. “That wasn't the route. I still had more of the route to run. It was thrown way too soon.” Of course, B Lloyd probably has some things to say in his defense:

You would think the Bears’ brain trust would have remembered that windy game. After all, it seems like in choosing free agents, teams tend to have a good recollection of how those players performed against their own team. To wit:

- One of Donarrious Thomas’ best games as a Viking came in 2006 against the 49ers when he finished with eight tackles and one sack. It was the only full sack of his career.
- Isaac Bruce’s best game by far last season came against the 49ers when, matched primarily against Walt Harris, he had 145 receiving yards. His next highest total last season was 85 yards against Pittsburgh.
- Allen Rossum returned a kickoff 98 yards last year against the 49ers. Coincidence? I think not.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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