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  • By Al Sacco
    January 19, 2017 at 9:53 AM
    The decision by San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York to offer Kyle Shanahan the head coaching job was the most significant decision he's made in his football life. You see, whether he knew it or not, York faced what amounted to a legacy defining moment for him, as he had to make a hire that would begin to heal his fractured fan base. York seemed to understand...
  • By Michael Fitch
    January 17, 2017 at 7:22 AM
    Just two names remain in San Francisco's coaching search, but only one deserves to be there. Monday's report on Josh McDaniels wasn't welcome news for 49ers fans. Citing concerns over moving his family across the country for a job that could be taken...
  • By Michael Fitch
    January 14, 2017 at 7:05 AM
    Two weeks have passed since Jed York's press conference announcing his New Year's resolution to turn the 49ers around, and in that time his rudderless ship still sails without a head coach or general manager. Yet somehow the 49ers are in a better position than I thought possible on New Year's Day. Fans have watched every NFL...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM
    When Jed York sat in front of the media recently and waxed poetic about how the San Francisco 49ers need to reestablish a championship culture and move forward with a general manager/head coach tandem who work well together, it sounded good, didn't it? After all, York's franchise hasn't exactly been the model of stability lately, and righting the ship is...
  • By Jason Bertolucci
    January 7, 2017 at 9:21 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers general manager and head coaching searches are off and running. It might be a while before we figure out the identity of the new head coach. The most intriguing candidates are Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan, offensive coordinators who are coaching in the playoffs next weekend and require immediate...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    January 5, 2017 at 3:46 PM
    When Jed York held his year-end press conference to announce and explain the firings of both General Manager Trent Baalke and Head Coach Chip Kelly, he repeatedly alluded to the breakdown in the working relationship between the two men as the cause for dismissing them. It's clear that the search for replacements will focus deliberately on maintaining a...
  • By David Bonilla
    January 2, 2017 at 2:24 PM
    "Nothing I'm going to say is going to be satisfactory," said San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York. That statement came out of his mouth three times during what has become an annual attempt to save face for three years running. The statement is not untrue. Nothing York said was satisfactory. He was grilled during his Monday morning press conference, at times...
  • By Zain Naqvi
    January 1, 2017 at 10:18 PM
    The 49ers and Jed York had no choice. Trent Baalke had written his own ticket out of town after numerous bad drafts, failures to bring in impact free agents and generally poor performance as the team's general manager. The Niners concluded arguably their worst season in franchise history with a 25-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks today and the...
  • By Jason Bertolucci
    December 31, 2016 at 3:12 PM
    The first step toward recovery is admitting you have a problem. As 2016 comes to a merciful end, the San Francisco 49ers definitely have problems. In the NFL, it doesn't get much worse than a 13 game losing streak, at least outside of Cleveland. Hitting rock bottom will hopefully be a catalyst for large-scale changes, possibly even a complete overhaul of...
  • By Al Sacco
    December 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM
    Jed York has put himself in a precarious position. In the coming days, the much-maligned CEO of the San Francisco 49ers will have to make decisions that will shape the future of his franchise for the foreseeable future. The conclusions he'll have to come to with be both difficult and expensive, and it's a situation I would assume no NFL owner would want to...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    December 30, 2016 at 9:19 AM
    It's coming. Black Monday, the first day after the NFL regular season ends, is so named because of how many coaching and front office jobs are terminated directly after the season. The 49ers have played poorly for two years, they have missed the playoffs for three years, and changes must be made within the organization to affect change in the on-field...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    December 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM
    Do not worry, 49ers Faithful. The 2016 season is coming to a close, and retribution will be exacted for the painful and humiliating season you've had to endure. On every level of the organization, a unified voice declares that changes will be coming. The roster will undoubtedly experience significant turnover and the coaching staff will change. It's likely...
  • By Al Sacco
    December 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM
    While the talent was always there, I don't think anyone really knew what to make of Carlos Hyde coming into the 2016 season. After all, the San Francisco 49ers hadn't seen much of the oft-injured running back in the two years prior, and what Hyde produced during that time was inconsistent at best. Granted, he wasn't working behind a strong offensive line or...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    December 27, 2016 at 8:54 AM
    You've heard all of the clichés about line play and football. All the talk of "the trenches" and how "winning football starts up front" can sound like white noise after a while, but that doesn't make any of the statements false. If you pay much attention to offensive line play, or you regularly listen to or talk football with someone who is...
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell
    December 23, 2016 at 8:57 AM
    Since there is not really much good to say about the 2016 49ers outside of the promising play of Deforest Buckner and the prospect of Trent Baalke finally doing enough (or lack thereof) to get fired. I'd like to spend a moment to make the case for a former 49er favorite and current Indianapolis Colt Frank Gore for the Hall of Fame. Frank Gore,...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    December 23, 2016 at 8:20 AM
    Changes are coming, 49er Faithful. It's unavoidable. The extent of those changes remains to be seen, as rumors out of 4949 Centennial suggest that the York family is looking for reasons to believe in Chip Kelly – reasons enough to bring him back in 2017. Without a doubt, the roster must change for the 49ers to return to competency. With that in mind,...
  • By Al Sacco
    December 12, 2016 at 8:47 AM
    Let me start off by saying that I fully supported the idea of the San Francisco 49ers giving HC Chip Kelly another season to prove his worth. After all, it's not his fault that he was strapped with one of the worst skill position groups in recent memory. He wasn't the one who ignored glaring needs on the roster like quarterback, wide...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    December 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM
    With the possibility of a winning season way, way back in the rear-view mirror, evaluating the entire 49ers organization has been the priority for the team for a better part of a couple of months now. What a difference a week makes. Last week, the 49ers were the most optimistic 1-10 team I can ever remember seeing. After constant improvement with the...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    November 28, 2016 at 7:58 AM
    NOTE: If you're a person who believes that we should only discuss negative points about the 49ers because they are coming off yet another loss, then I'll warn you ahead of time: this article might not be for you. The 49ers have the worst group of wide receivers in the league. Isn't that what most people agreed on prior to the season?...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    November 14, 2016 at 8:12 AM
    As head coach Chip Kelly accurately pointed out after the 49ers 23-20 loss, "They aren't handing out participation trophies in the National Football League." Still, it was hard not to feel good about the performance of the 49ers on the road against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. In this article, I originally wrote that the Cardinals boast the...
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