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  • By Al Sacco
    October 19, 2017 at 8:50 AM
    After losing the last five games by a total of 13 points, the San Francisco 49ers are making a case to be the best 0-6 team in the history of the NFL. But even with all of the close calls and bad luck, a majority of the team's wounds have been self-inflicted. Dropped passes, missed tackles, and penalties have set them back, which make the losses all the more frustrating. With the 2017 season slowly slipping away, the team seems to be looking ahead to 2018, as recent decisions signify an emphasis on the future. The fans are right there with them, and are curious about what happens next, which is evident in our latest mailbag. Q: Can we end the Arik Armstead charade? He is a bust. Won't play through the pain, IR 2 seasons in a row. And not productive when on field....
  • By Peter Panacy
    October 15, 2017 at 8:28 PM
    Week 6 turned out to be a major turning point for the San Francisco 49ers, as the team elected to focus more on 2018 by releasing linebacker NaVorro Bowman and benching quarterback Brian Hoyer for the rookie, C.J. Beathard. If you thought the 2017 season was going to be about wins and losses for the San Francisco 49ers, you were wrong. Week 6 was a major paradigm shift for the organization, marked by two key events -- the release of linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday and then Sunday's benching of starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for the rookie, C.J. Beathard, in the second quarter of the Niners' eventual 26-24 loss to the Washington...
  • By James Darnell
    October 12, 2017 at 5:11 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have taken a knee on the 2017 season - and that's a good thing. No, that's not a reference to the often-discussed and overly-analyzed sideline protests of the National Anthem. It has nothing to do with oppression, political agendas, or the American flag. Thank goodness, because everyone is tired of hearing about that. The 49ers have been competitive, particularly defensively. The team has lost four straight games by three points or less, and has clearly shown that it is headed in the right direction despite the win-loss column being completely lopsided. Head coach Kyle Shanahan is gaining experience by the day, and appears to be the right man for the job. His team plays hard for him, often praises him for his football acumen,...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 8, 2017 at 5:48 AM
    It's another exciting Sunday of professional football, with your San Francisco 49ers traveling to play the Indianapolis Colts for a Week 5 barnburner. The 49ers are winless through the first quarter of the season, losing three of four games by a combined total of eight points. While the offense refuses to put the ball in the end zone, the 49ers' defense continues to place the team in winning situations. Today, the 49ers are 1.5-point underdogs, with many football experts across the nation expecting a low scoring affair. It's a winnable game for the 49ers, but the team will need a few elements to combine for a victory. The 49ers Win If… Once again, the defensive line wins the battle in the trenches. On paper,...
  • By Chris Wilson
    October 7, 2017 at 3:20 PM
    It's no secret that 2017 is a rebuilding year for the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers general manager John Lynch would never admit it – nor would he attempt to rebrand the team's rebuild a "reload" like his predecessor – but his offseason actions speak louder than his words. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, like all competitors, hates to lose. He doesn't try to hide his frustration during post-game press conferences, or after errant third-down pass attempts: Shanny =...
  • By Peter Panacy
    October 6, 2017 at 8:10 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers visit the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5, and these four one-on-one matchups will play major roles in determining whether or not the Niners pull off their first victory of 2017. Week 5 might provide the first real chance for a San Francisco 49ers victory over a quarter of the way through 2017. The Niners visit the 1-3 Indianapolis Colts, who are coming off an ugly 46-18 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football a week ago. And with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) sidelined, that's one particular matchup head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. don't have to worry about. But there are a number of other key matchups the 49ers will have to win if they hope to end their four-game losing streak to start the...
  • By Justin Wong
    October 6, 2017 at 11:58 AM
    San Francisco 49ers (0–4) vs. Indianapolis Colts (1–3) After losing in overtime in a tough divisional matchup last week against the Cardinals, perhaps the 49ers finally get it right. They're playing a Colts team that just got destroyed against the Seahawks and is still without its franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck. Still, the 49ers' passing offense continues to sputter under quarterback Brian Hoyer despite solid play from the defense. The 49ers have lost by a combined eight points the last three games. Key Factors Rashard Robinson — 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson has been a disappointment a quarter of the way into the season as he adjusts to the...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 4, 2017 at 1:49 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have played four weeks of agonizing football. It doesn't matter how close the 49ers came to winning; the fact remains that they've scored the second-fewest touchdowns in the league and complete less than 60-percent of their pass attempts. But, as in season's past, the 49ers have fantastic ability to kick field goals. There's plenty of blame to pass around on the offense: the interior line positions are below average, receivers and tight ends are dropping game-changing passes, and the team cannot convert on third down – they are 18-for-60 on third down this season. These variables are not part of a winning equation. Above all, quarterback Brian Hoyer cannot operate head coach and offensive coordinator Kyle...
  • By Al Sacco
    October 2, 2017 at 10:54 AM
    As Brian Hoyer's final pass of the day resulted in yet another incompletion, I thought to myself, "What's the point?" Granted, the San Francisco 49ers were about to kick a field goal with 2:28 left in overtime to take a 15-12 lead over the Arizona Cardinals, but nothing about that advantage felt safe. Turns out, it wasn't, as the Cards marched downfield to find the end zone, giving them an 18-15 victory. It didn't have to get to that point though, and the Niners should have never been in a position to give the ball back to Carson Palmer and company in the first place. All they had to do was score a touchdown, just one, at any point in the afternoon. They didn't, and haven't in three-of-four games this season, in large part because of Hoyer's play. Now I'm not blaming the lack...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 1, 2017 at 6:47 AM
    There are countless life lessons I've taken from football, but one has always stuck with me: Potential in one hand and nothing in the other are the same things. That's a slightly different, G-rated version of the quote my high school coach said to our football team after a particularly brutal effort against Davis High. To start Week 3, all eyes were on Thursday Night Football to witness what the 2017 San Francisco 49ers could do when facing a steep challenge. It was refreshing to see the team finally battle for four quarters, and reassuring to watch quarterback Brian Hoyer bounce back from his interception. I'm convinced previous coaches would have thrown in the towel after the score was 27-13 with 9:17 left in the third...
  • By AJ Bolino
    September 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM
    Last Friday night, Week Three of the NFL season became larger than football. It became larger than tackles, touchdowns, quarterback sacks or last minute gridiron heroics. The instant that the President chose to call NFL players "sons of bitches" for kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, the ideological extremes of an already fractured America slipped even farther apart. What was to be a weekend of compelling gridiron matchups became a tug of war between each side of the political fence...with neither willing to budge...and the impasse only got uglier as the weekend wore on. The ranks of those kneeling swelled, political pundits weighed in, and football faded to little more than an afterthought. Since this eco-political nightmare started...a question has perpetually...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 21, 2017 at 11:17 AM
    Los Angeles Rams (1–1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (0–2) 49ers' Kyle Shanahan and Rams' Sean McVay are two of the youngest head coaches in the NFL and now come full circle. They worked on the Washington Redskins' staff from 2010–2013. The Rams lead the NFC West with five offensive touchdowns while the 49ers are still looking for their first but boast a top-10 defense to start the season. Key Factors Brian...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    September 21, 2017 at 6:02 AM
    This evening, the San Francisco 49ers take on their long-time rivals from Southern California. Each time the 49ers play the Los Angeles Rams, my intense dislike for the yellow and blue is jolted alive from a deep slumber. I think back to the hard-fought Monday Night Football battles, and the seasons when the teams battled for the NFC West crown. Tonight's game is far from the slobber-knockers of yesteryear. In fact, the Vegas odds makers have the over/under at 40 points and list the 49ers as 2.5-point underdogs. Either the mathematicians in Vegas were bored when they set the line, or they think tonight's match is going to be a battle of two titans, slugging it out to a final score of 21 to 20. I'll be honest with you Gentle Reader, I've had a hard time picking a...
  • By Peter Panacy
    September 18, 2017 at 12:37 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have kicked off the 2017 regular season with a 0-2 record and have yet to discover any sort of offensive continuity, suggesting the Niners are right where many thought they would be at this point during the team's rebuild. Two weeks into the 2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers are 0-2 and are one of just three teams yet to score a touchdown (the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants -- playing on Monday Night Football). On one hand, it's a bad look for head coach Kyle Shanahan -- the offensive genius, who led one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL last season as coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Shanahan was supposed to install some life into this group, despite lacking a good enough crop of offensive...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    September 18, 2017 at 7:12 AM
    In the 49ers' 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, free safety Jimmie Ward returned from his hamstring injury, and it didn't take long for him to get back to work. On 3rd-and-8, on Seattle's first possession of the game, quarterback Russell Wilson dumped the ball to running back C.J. Prosise who quickly got up field for a nine-yard gain and a first down before being tackled by Ward. What was notable about the play was the tackle itself. Because he was moved to the cornerback position after college, and is relatively small in stature, people tend to forget how physical of a player Ward is. Prosise is listed at 6'1" and 225 pounds. Ward is listed at 5'11" and 193 pounds. That's a 32 pound difference if you're counting at home. Ward didn't go low and cut Prosise's legs out from under...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    September 17, 2017 at 7:28 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers enter Dante's unmentioned level of Hell today. It's a soul-crushing colosseum of dark blue, neon green, and the number '12' flying on flags or sewn on jerseys. Fans entering the arena dress as comic book characters and blow their vocal cords out for no apparent reason. Welcome, my friends, to Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. For whatever reason, Seattle has had the 49ers' number for the last few years. No matter how immortal the 49ers were feeling, the Seahawks could find the weak point in the 49ers and abuse it. This week, Seattle is coming off a stinging loss to Green Bay and playing its first game of the 2017 season at home. The 49ers may not win this game, but here are three ways they can hang with...
  • By Chris Wilson
    September 16, 2017 at 4:22 PM
    For the first 11 minutes of the 2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers looked like a new team -- until rookie linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the field due to a leg injury. It took less than a quarter of regular-season football, but Foster has already become the new heart of the Niners' defense. Sunday's Week-1 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers was a tale of two games. Prior to Foster's injury near the end of the first quarter, the Panthers' offense accumulated just one first down and a total of 14 yards. As Foster...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM
    San Francisco 49ers (0–1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (0–1) Kyle Shanahan gets his first division rival game on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have won the last six matchups but are coming off a tough road game in which their offense scored zero touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. Pass Protection — 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer never seemed comfortable in the pocket as the 49ers' offensive line allowed four sacks and eight quarterback hits last week. In particular, left guard Zane Beadles was clearly the unit's weakest link. Per Pro Football Focus, Beadles finished with the lowest grade of any guard in Week 1. Whether it's Beadles or newly acquired Laken Tomlinson, the...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    September 12, 2017 at 11:15 AM
    The season was not supposed to start this way. I had prewritten an editorial on Saturday, assuming the San Francisco 49ers were going to fight for 60 minutes but ultimately lose to the Carolina Panthers on a last-second field goal. What a game! These mighty men are chock full of true grit, By Jove! There are fantastic possibilities of victory ahead! Alas, that article went into the cyber trash can on my laptop, and I had to start again. For the last nine months, we've waited to see the new era of football in Santa Clara. This time, the organization was serious about rebuilding, and Sunday was supposed to be the public exorcism of the Ghosts of Coaches Past. Instead, the 49ers looked like the same team, running the same plays,...
  • By David Bonilla
    September 11, 2017 at 2:53 PM
    During the first quarter of what would end up being a Week 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch sat in a Levi's Stadium suite with Adam Peters and other personnel staff. He had his fists clasped in frustration. Lynch may have even thrown out a colorful metaphor or two. After all, he had just witnessed one of his offseason prizes, rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, go down in what first appeared to be a very serious injury. Foster grabbed at his lower right leg following a run-in with Panthers lineman Matt Kalil. The first thought that jumped into the minds of fans who saw the replay on television was that Foster's potentially promising season might be done. Probably fearing the worst, Lynch continued to watch as Foster was carted off...
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