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  • By Al Sacco
    July 27, 2016 at 8:15 AM
    In today's NFL, young quarterbacks are held to a much higher standard than they were year's ago. In the past, it was expected that a rookie or developing signal caller would struggle in the early stages of their development, and you just had to be patient while they learned the ins and outs of playing the position. Now, players aren't given that luxury....
  • By Aaron Erickson
    July 14, 2016 at 10:32 PM
    Pro Football Focus (PFF) has provided their rankings for each position group on each team, and they were predictably harsh on the 49ers. As a team that has succeeded in the recent past by running the ball and stopping the run, it must be concerning to 49er fans to see that PFF has the 49ers defensive front seven ranked 23rd out of 32 teams, and the...
  • By David Bonilla
    July 13, 2016 at 10:57 AM
    Over the span of 25 days, San Francisco 49ers beat writer Chris Biderman of Niners Wire ranked, in his opinion, the team's top 25 players. Any ranking is very subjective and will differ from person-to-person based on their own opinion. Even with our own staff,...
  • By David Bonilla
    July 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM
    Being the fairly slow portion of the NFL offseason, there are a lot of player rankings going on right now. One more couldn't hurt. In our latest Round Table, we asked our team of writers to rank who they felt were the top five players currently on the San Francisco 49ers roster. It is a highly debatable topic, especially once you get past the top two names...
  • By Al Sacco
    June 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM
    Even though he's been in the league for two seasons, RB Carlos Hyde still remains a bit of an enigma. There are multiple reasons why Hyde is far from the every down mainstay the San Francisco 49ers had hoped he'd be at this point, most of which have nothing to do with his actual ability. Injuries, poor offensive line play...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    June 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM
    Whew, much has happened since the last time I posted an article on the Webzone. That week, all the way back in November, Blaine Gabbert had taken the reigns of a sputtering offense and any hope that the remnants of 2012's Super Bowl roster would find some kind of resurgence went straight out the window. Gabbert, as we know, was marginally more successful...
  • By Al Sacco
    May 20, 2016 at 8:41 AM
    After the final game of the 2010 regular season, a reporter asked then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith if there was any chance he'd return the following year. The question to the soon-to-be free agent seemed absurd. After all, Smith had just endured one of the more tumultuous, embarrassing stints with an organization in recent...
  • By David Bonilla
    May 17, 2016 at 4:04 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers kicked off organized team activities today. It was an opportunity for many 49ers players to get introduced to the fast pace of Chip Kelly practices. There are a lot of new players on the roster as well as some that went through the disappointing 5-11 2015 season, which resulted in the ousting of the previous coaching...
  • By Zain Naqvi
    May 5, 2016 at 1:40 PM
    It's been almost a week since the NFL Draft started in Chicago and draft "grades" for teams have been steadily rolling in. While these grades don't mean anything when it comes to what actually happens on the field, they give an interesting perspective as to how teams are perceived from an outsider's point of view. Thus far for the 49ers, it's been a mixed...
  • By Al Sacco
    May 2, 2016 at 9:13 AM
    When I first sat down to write this article, I had every intention of doing a fairly traditional, cookie cutter overview of the San Francisco 49ers and the 2016 NFL Draft. I was going to break down the picks, give some numbers from Pro Football Focus, and maybe even assign the team a grade. I love that stuff. Everyone does. As I began though, I didn't...
  • By John Croston
    April 28, 2016 at 9:51 PM
    After months of speculation and anticipation, the first round of the NFL 2016 draft is in the books. The 49ers had the ammunition to move up from the 7th overall pick, however General Manager Trent Baalke elected to stay put and allow the draft to unfold as it would. As many predicted, the top two quarterbacks went 1st and 2nd respectively, so with multiple...
  • By Alex Pedregon
    April 27, 2016 at 7:28 PM
    It's the eve of the 2016 NFL Draft and teams are preparing to select the league's newest rookies. Here's a look at how the first round of the draft might shape up based on current needs for each NFL team. The draft kicks off on Thursday, April 28th at the Auditorium Theatre in...
  • By Al Sacco
    April 25, 2016 at 9:04 AM
    It's easy to see why some teams in the NFL would stray away from the high risk, often minimal reward circus that is free agency. After all, it's rare that you ever get what you pay for, even if the actual numbers involved in the contracts tend to be misleading. For example, WR Marvin Jones signed a...
  • By D.C. Owens
    April 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM
    Trent Baalke rises every morning and goes to work in an air-conditioned office set in a state-of-the-art facility. On some days he flits across the country and rubs elbows with NFL power brokers. He gets to hobnob with Jed York, the 49ers' popular young owner. Above all, unlike fans who must content themselves with mere wishes, Baalke gets to act out his...
  • By David Bonilla
    April 21, 2016 at 11:48 AM
    In the past week, two trades have taken place resulting in new teams at the top of the draft order, almost guaranteeing that the top two quarterbacks in the NFL Draft are gone within the first two selections. The Los Angeles Rams have taken over the top spot from the Tennessee Titans and, most recently, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken the number two spot...
  • By Alex Pedregon
    April 20, 2016 at 3:19 PM
    The mock draft landscape has changed drastically in less than a week. Once populated by the Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Browns, the top two selections in next week's NFL Draft are now owned by the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles thanks to a couple of blockbuster trades. Here's a look at how the first round of the 2016 NFL...
  • By Al Sacco
    April 20, 2016 at 1:30 PM
    Every once in awhile, a rare talent comes along who has the ability to change the fortunes of a franchise. Although they're few and far between, we've seen quarterbacks like John Elway, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck be touted by many as "can't miss" prospects. In that scenario, it's easy to see why a team...
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell
    April 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM
    Thanks to the Los Angeles Rams, I have to rethink the whole article that was in my head. This morning, the Rams pulled off a blockbuster trade to move from the 15th spot in the upcoming 2016 draft to number one. The rumors are that the Rams will be looking to take a quarterback with the first overall pick and all signs are pointing to...
  • By David Bonilla
    April 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers own the seventh overall selection in the NFL Draft, which kicks off later this month. With so many needs on the team, it is tough to say for sure what position the 49ers will address with their top choice. Whatever happens with the six selections ahead of San Francisco, there will be great talent available when they are finally on...
  • By David Bonilla
    April 3, 2016 at 5:14 PM
    To say that Mike Florio's agenda and thought process is rather tiresome would be an understatement. His latest article for Pro Football Talk states that San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who...
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