Posted August 14, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer Can you hear me now? That's what San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman felt like he kept asking quarterback Alex Smith on his headset last season. While the NFL's coach-to-quarterback radio connection has been a part of the game for three decades, the most popular sports league has not always been on the cutting edge of technology. ''There was one time when I was doing it and it happened to be on the same frequency as an airline in a certain city,'' Roman said. ''And it was a critical situation in the game and all you hear is Southwest pilots talking.'' Such scenarios might soon be a thing of the past. The NFL is switching from the old analog system coaches used to relay plays to their quarterbacks and launching a network that uses digital technology. The system was tested during the preseason and Pro Bowl last year before getting rolled out in...

49ers attract big crowd for Fan Fest

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Meet The Goodells: San Francisco 49ers

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