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  • By Aaron Erickson on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 1:47 PM
    The 49ers offensive line may simultaneously represesent the team's most glaring question mark and the team's best hope for better offensive production. Colin Kaepernick has shown that he can produce yards and points when he has consistently reliable protection, and the team appears to have acquired a stable of talented backs that can excell in an offense...
  • By D.C. Owens on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM
    Yesterday a friend and Seahawks fan, recently returned from a trip to Reno, awakened me from my mid-summer slumbers with a printout of the over/under odds for each NFL team's 2015 season win totals. The 49ers projected tally? Six-and-one-half wins. Ah, the harsh realities of old-fashioned black and white. Quickly, after a two-month hiatus, I accessed...
  • By Phil Walsh on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM
    Welcome to 'First and Goal'. This week we'll take a guess as to what a possible 53-man roster will look like. We'll also throw out some season projections for our players and add them all up to create a possible team projection. With so many unknowns facing us this season it really is hard to say what kind of team we're going to be so I'll try to...
  • By David Bonilla on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:51 AM
    It was the day before the 2015 NFL Draft and the second day of the San Francisco 49ers' three-day minicamp. Looking around the locker room following the team's practice, you could see some of the scattered local media interviewing a number of the players, trying to find stories to write about for their daily columns. Distracted, the eyes of...
  • By Zain Naqvi on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:16 PM
    I was excited when Jed York got control over the team from his parents because it was clear that he loved football more than they did. I give him credit for being part of the process to bring Jim Harbaugh in and returning the 49ers back to relevance. However with every remark he makes these days, he adds to the...
  • By Aaron Erickson on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 9:39 AM
    There has been a great deal of discussion and concern within the 49er fan base regarding the apparent switch from the Gap/Power Blocking Scheme to the Zone Blocking Scheme (ZBS). Conventional wisdom holds that offensive linemen in a gap scheme should be bulky and strong to succeed in the man-to-man drive blocking that is necessary to the success of Power,...
  • By Zain Naqvi on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 8:40 AM
    This has probably been the worst offseason that the 49ers have ever had – and it's most definitely the worst offseason the majority of 49ers fans have experienced. We're hearing the same thing from the likes of ESPN, ProFootballtalk.com, NFL.com, SI, and the other "Big Boys": it's all gloom and doom for the 49ers this year. The losses the Niners have...
  • By David Bonilla on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 11:37 AM
    When considering the potential production of the San Francisco 49ers' top two wide receivers in 2015, there are numerous factors to consider. For years, the team has tried to put together a receiver duo that would be threatening to opposing defenses — a big and strong possession receiver and a deep threat that could stretch the field. They tried to...
  • By David Bonilla on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 12:35 PM
    Once training camp kicks off, there will be an interesting competition at running back for the San Francisco 49ers. Carlos Hyde is currently the starter and it would be tough to imagine the youngster not being in there with the first team offense when the 49ers open up the season against the Minnesota Vikings on September 14. There has been a lot of hype...
  • By David Bonilla on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers' OTAs and the team's mandatory minicamp are well in the books. Training camp looms and - along with preseason - will be the final barometer for coaches to determine team roles on offense and defense prior to the start of the regular season. The 49ers had a number of losses during the offseason. We've already heard about...
  • By K-Ross Kovington on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM
    The 49ers have a number of players that have been thrust into starting roles due to losses. Here is a list of the players most likely to succeed in their new starting roles as well as why they will succeed and flourish at that position. In this writer's of opinion, backed by 32 years as a 49er fan and 49er family dating back to John Brodie and...
  • By David Bonilla on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:23 AM
    Minicamp for the San Francisco 49ers ended yesterday. Offseason practices have given general manager Trent Baalke an opportunity to observe key players and that will continue during the team's training camp in July, preseason, and even into the regular season. He's not just looking at the youngsters and new faces on the team. Baalke and his staff will also...
  • By John Conti on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:14 PM
    Every person or organization has their own version of success. The actual definition of success is the accomplishment of an aim or a purpose. In sports, the ultimate goal is to win the big game or series. In the NFL all 32 teams are aiming to win the Super Bowl. Since we can only crown one champion, does that mean the remaining 31...
  • By Al Sacco on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM
    Well, you can say one thing about being a San Francisco 49ers' fan, there's never a dull moment. Just when most thought this offseason couldn't get any more bizarre, the Niner Faithful were hit with two bombshells over the weekend as Anthony Davis abruptly retired and Andy Lee was traded. While the...
  • By David Bonilla on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 9:39 AM
    His Alabama teammates cheered for him as he sprinted down the field at the team's indoor practice facility during the team's Pro Day back in March. Wide receiver DeAndrew White had just clocked in a 4.34 time in the 40-yard dash. He stood out during the Pro Day, improving upon his NFL Combine numbers in numerous drills. White did not hear his...
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 2:29 PM
    It certainly has been an eventful off season for our beloved 49ers hasn't it? New coach, newish staff, unimpressive draft, payers retiring in exodus and the media experts singing from any available website or microphone about the massive change that is happening in Santa Clara. The real question that has been bugging me is…Are we really any...
  • By David Bonilla on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8:04 AM
    It has become trendy to blame San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke for each offseason mishap that befalls the team, even things are are seemingly out of their control. There has to be a limit though. At some point, placing complete blame on management becomes a bit ridiculous. In the 49ers' long and storied...
  • By John Conti on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 7:15 PM
    A few years ago as 49ers fans, we had little doubt that we could hoist the Lombardi Trophy on our home field. If we fast forward to 2015, we are now a team looking for our identity and leadership. We do not need to rehash the players and coaches that have departed or retired. We don't even have to note the sudden retirement/sabbatical for Anthony Davis. We...
  • By Jesse Dumas on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 6:18 PM
    There's a stench in Santa Clara, and it's got players leaving in droves. It would be unfair to pin this trend of rapidly-retiring players on Jim Tomsula, who's got to be just as dismayed as any of the 49ers suddenly-tortured fans by this exodus of talent. It would also be an oversimplification to say that if Jim Harbaugh had been retained after...
  • By Phil Walsh on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 7:39 AM
    Welcome to 'First and Goal'. A lot has happened since I saw you last. Tom-Tom got in trouble for his balls. Ray-Ray got arrested again. And again. But the biggest news of all has to be the official start to Ron Jimsula's coaching career. Or is it Steve Bobsula? Hold that… that can't be right. Let me check the media guide here… ah yes,...