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  • By Benjamin Bradley on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM
    While Jarryd Hayne has been making a habit of burning up the field, Coach Jim Tomsula has been doing his best to put out the flames. Taking to the podium after the 49ers' second preseason game, Tomsula tried to temper expectations, saying that Hayne "Still has a long way to go." It was an admirable, if not futile, attempt. The bandwagon for the...
  • By Jesse Dumas on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM
    I've watched too much football over the years to put much faith in pre-season performance as an indicator of actual success. There are simply too many variables in play to ever truly know what it will translate to when the games start counting and records are kept. Nevertheless, these 49ers probably had the most psychologically beneficial (for the fans...
  • By David Bonilla on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 4:19 PM
    Prior to the start of the 2015 preseason, running back Jarryd Hayne was viewed as a long shot to make the San Francisco 49ers' 53-man roster. After just two exhibition matchups, the former Rugby League superstar has rebranded himself as a fan-favorite member of the 49ers. In Sunday's 23-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium,...
  • By Aaron Erickson on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 1:26 AM
    The defense looked dominant. Special teams were inspiring. The offense showed the ability to grind field and eat clock, while transitioning to a rushing attack that appears to be dominated by zone running. The 49ers put together the type of game they needed to, in order to quiet outside concerns and build momentum toward the regular season. And the field...
  • By David Bonilla on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM
    You've probably heard a lot of the talk about the 49ers' 'new-look' defense and their attempt to add a little confusion for opposing offenses. The hope is that the added confusion would lead to some big plays. While there was much shown by the defense...
  • By David Bonilla on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 7:47 PM
    Sure, there were bad things to take away from the San Francisco 49ers' 23-10 exhibition opening loss in Houston. Third string quarterback Dylan Thompson, with his 30.6 passer rating that included three sacks and a safety, was one. A secondary that allowed three quarterbacks to each finish the night with a passer rating over 100 for the first time in Houston...
  • By Benjamin Bradley on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 1:03 PM
    Did Jarryd Hayne's performance on Saturday secure him a roster spot as a running back? The short answer: no. Despite tearing off a 53-yard run and holding his own in pass protection, Hayne's contributions as a running back won't keep him on the 53-man roster—not with Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendal Hunter, and fourth-round pick Mike Davis in front of...
  • By Joseph Polisena on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 3:48 PM
    No team has suffered more significant losses this offseason than the Niners. It's not just the fact that four players retired, but two of those four players, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis, have 12 combined Pro Bowl appearances. Moreover, Chris Borland was the de-facto replacement for Patrick Willis at ILB, and Anthony Davis, arguably the least talented of...
  • By Al Sacco on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:44 AM
    It's never an easy task to replace a legend, especially one that happens to be your franchise's all-time leading rusher. But for Carlos Hyde, that's the exact scenario he faces as the San Francisco 49ers look to transition from Frank Gore. The organization knew there would come a day where Gore would retire...
  • By Zain Naqvi on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 6:34 PM
    The 49ers have been able to rely on their defense year in and year out because they have been such an elite unit. The Niners defense ranked no lower than 5th in yards allowed over the past 4 years. Then the 2015 offseason happened. As Eric Mangini has...
  • By Aaron Erickson on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 4:30 PM
    Aldon Smith's arrest (and subsequent release from the 49ers) has hit the 49ers organization and the 49er Faithful hard. With serious star power leaving the defensive roster this offseason, many were looking to full seasons from Smith and Navorro Bowman to stabilize the defense and help return the unit to a source of game-changing dominance. Smith's return...
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 9:38 AM
    I was hoping my first commentary of this year's training camp would be a bit more positive. I was hoping to praise the defensive line for being a force through the first week of practice. I was hoping to see comments on how the new tempo of practice will translate into game management improvements. Sadly, Aldon Smith robbed me of that pleasure this...
  • By Al Sacco on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM
    If you have an opinion on Aldon Smith, you probably fall into one of two categories. The first is that he's been given multiple chances by the San Francisco 49ers and the NFL, and enough is enough. The second is that the man has a problem and needs help, he doesn't need to be cast aside and left to his own...
  • By Al Sacco on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11:14 AM
    If you've followed Frank Gore throughout his career, you'd know he's not the type of player who speaks out of turn in an effort to cause drama or take a cheap shot at someone. He's a passionate, intense competitor who leads by example and takes the game seriously. In turn, when Gore says something, people tend to listen, and with good...
  • By Diego Del Barco on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:22 AM
    The calendar turning to August means the start of training camp and 27 straight weeks of football starting this coming weekend. It also means a lot of our fantasy football drafts will be taking place in the near future. This will only be my seventh year playing fantasy football and as a result of picking up this beautiful hobby in the same forums of this...
  • By Aaron Erickson on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:01 AM
    The offensive line is getting destroyed. The corners are getting burned. All Jimmy T EVER says is "Tempo!" There are several urgent concerns springing up from the 49ers beat, and it is clear that those concerns are foremost in the minds of dedicated 49ers fans. It is clear that the defensive line has been asserting itself against the offensive line and that...
  • By Zain Naqvi on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 7:58 AM
    That's it. It's done. Gone. Finished. The longest offseason in history is finally over! With the start of Training Camp on August 1st, the new season is officially upon us and we can close the chapter on what was one of the most tumultuous offseasons in NFL history. With that being said, through the first 2 days of camp, there have been plenty...
  • 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...