33 articles listed
  • By D.C. Owens on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM
    Among those companies not selected: Microloft. Midway through the negotiation process, irate Seahawk fans stormed the corporation's Washington campuses. Microloft withdrew. Boys-R-Us. Proposed that the lower sections of the stadium consist of gigantic sand boxes with plastic red shovels, gold plastic picks, and alabaster...
  • By D.C. Owens on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:55 AM
    Legendary 49er receiver Jerry Rice gained notoriety not only for his Hall-of-Fame-caliber on-field exploits, but for his intensive training as well, particularly the "running of the hill." Nor did he quit his uphill regimen once he reached the assumed pinnacle of his profession; on the contrary, he kept ascending. The current 49ers face a similar challenge....
  • By D.C. Owens on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:01 AM
    Players the 49ers did not take: Tavon Austin. Imagine this jet-speed jitterbug, among the Niners' possession plodders, receiving Kaepernick passes in tight spaces, end-zone bound. Or he might have returned punts, kickoffs, even run some read-options. Who, then, could have possibly stopped the 49er offense? Certainly not the Seahawks, with...
  • By D.C. Owens on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM
    Pundits, perhaps rightly, have lavished praise on 49er personnel honchos and their scouts for the just-completed draft. We love to hype the stars, and, competitive unto obsession, we like to believe our home team can out-draft their NFL counterparts. However, with regard to the 2013 San Francisco draft, another group also deserves vast credit: the 49ers'...
  • By D.C. Owens on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:56 AM
    1. We totally biffed this year's draft. 2. We didn't get any player we really wanted. 3. Where can I get some more of those nachos? 4. We made few trades because, in the heat of the moment, we froze. 5. We made a lot of trades to cover the fact that we really had no idea. 6. Who, exactly,...
  • By D.C. Owens on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:49 AM
    Creative destruction, or what one 49ers webzone fan has called the "slash-and-burn" method of roster construction predominates in today's NFL. Given this current environment, how might the 49ers best work the draft? Let's look at some traditional strategies, and see which may or may not remain valid. Draft for value versus draft for need. Of...
  • By D.C. Owens on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM
    With the voluminous information available via the internet, many fans today know almost as much about a potential 49er's measurables as do some NFL personnel departments. The scads of mock-draft info available during roster-replenishment season, not just from beat writers and national experts, but from the appended comments by fans, testify to the generally...
  • By D.C. Owens on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:04 AM
    While defensive coordinators around the league busily bone up on stopping the 49ers' version of the pistol offense, particularly the read option, the Niners themselves, in a small-but-subtle way, have developed a counter move, a new formation tentatively named "the derringer." Understandably, the 49ers, as per usual, have kept this new...
  • By D.C. Owens on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM
    Jim Harbaugh undoubtedly wants a winning team, preferably a championship one. During this roster-refresh season, we might more pointedly ask: What kind of personnel does he think will most likely get him those Super Bowl wins? When Harbaugh assumed head-coaching responsibility prior to the lockout-shortened 2011 off-season, he inherited a team...
  • By D.C. Owens on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:39 AM
    Like all NFL teams, the 49ers make roster moves throughout the year. But the weeks preceding the draft, with their mad flurry of trades and free-agency additions/losses, demand particular attention. These moves may impact both the roster and salary cap for several subsequent seasons. While some teams seem to prefer a get-there-first-with-the-most strategy,...
  • By D.C. Owens on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM
    With the 2013 NFL draft fast approaching, the 49ers have suddenly realized they have accumulated far too many draft choices. Pending future trades, they could end up with as many as fourteen picks, which must be expended over the course of just three days. The recent free-agency frenzy only increases the pressure to make perfect picks. Talk about...
  • By D.C. Owens on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM
    With the 49ers embarking on free agency, and then the draft, we enter that hope-filled season when NFL teams can add talent. Many national commentators proclaim the 49ers "loaded," lacking only a few starters. Well, starters, maybe yes, but teams also need depth, and I agree more closely with local scribes, such as 49erswebzone writers Jason Giese on the...
  • By D.C. Owens on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:02 AM
    Once upon a time, in mythical football seasons far far away, the San Francisco 49ers fielded championship teams. "Teams," plural. Teams that won five Super Bowls during the eighties and the nineties. Teams that in most years of those halcyon decades, contended even when they did not win the championship. Back then, the scribes of yore dubbed the 49ers a...