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  • By Anwar Jamison
    August 23, 2016 at 2:44 PM
    Once it became clear that Colin Kaepernick would indeed be a San Francisco 49er in the 2016-2017 season, a large contingent of personalities from both print and television media cast him in the role of long shot for the starting quarterback position, and some insisted that it would not really be a competition at all. Not yet medically cleared to practice...
  • By Al Sacco
    August 17, 2016 at 9:44 AM
    Anyone who follows the San Francisco 49ers on a regular basis knows that their general manager, Trent Baalke, is stubbornly old school when it comes to building his football team. Baalke, who's an unapologetic Bill Parcells disciple, seems married to the notion that running the ball and playing stout defense is the only way...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    August 15, 2016 at 2:25 PM
    Preseason football is so difficult to extract information out of. Teams are playing bland schemes with unusual combinations of personnel and that makes for an ambiguous measuring stick to judge your own team's performance. That being said, it was good to finally see the Chip Kelly-edition 49ers take the field and at least give us a feel for what this will...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    August 15, 2016 at 6:30 AM
    Parity is the grim reality of the NFL. With the salary cap preventing talented teams from keeping all of their best players and the NFL draft order allowing the least successful teams to pick first, it is remarkably difficult for any one team to maintain a roster that can win games without employing superior strategy. More than those in any other sport,...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    August 12, 2016 at 6:20 AM
    Joe Staley is the most decorated and longest-tenured player on the 49ers offense. He is also quite easily the most candid source of information. He's been around long enough to see five coaching staffs, and he's honest enough to give his assessment of the team. On Wednesday at Kezar, Staley made several comments to Eric Branch and I before the rest of the...
  • By Al Sacco
    August 11, 2016 at 10:02 AM
    Anytime a team rebuilds it's roster, it's going to be faced with ups and downs. Expecting results right away isn't necessarily realistic, and getting in the win column can be difficult. Even though going through growing pains is inevitable, it's important that you can start to see things at least trending in the right direction, and cornerstone players...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    August 11, 2016 at 7:46 AM
    49er fans are well aware that Aaron Lynch has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season, under its discipline program for substances of abuse. Lynch's assertion that the test was the result of a diluted sample, caused by him being overhydrated, is little comfort to fans who expected to see the team's best edge rusher leading an...
  • By Zain Naqvi
    August 11, 2016 at 12:19 AM
    For the first time since 2004, the 49ers held a training camp practice at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. For those who don't know, Kezar was the 49ers' first home and the team played there until 1970, after which they moved to Candlestick Park. It is a place with the type of character and quirkiness that one would expect out of a structure that resides in...
  • By Al Sacco
    August 10, 2016 at 9:45 AM
    After what's seemed like an endless offseason, the San Francisco 49ers are finally ready to kickoff their exhibition slate. Like any team that's rebuilding, the Niners face a myriad of questions throughout the entire roster. But while the defense seems to have some promising cornerstone pieces in place, the other side of the ball is a complete mystery. Here...
  • By Al Sacco
    August 4, 2016 at 11:26 AM
    One could argue, and you'd certainly be justified in doing so, that the San Francisco 49ers had the greatest run of quarterback play in the history of the National Football League. From 1981-1998, Joe Montana and Steve Young combined to win five Super Bowls, four Super Bowl MVPs, four regular season MVPs, and were selected...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    August 4, 2016 at 9:08 AM
    At the start of the 49ers' training camp in 2014, Alex Boone and Vernon Davis had been absent from all team activities in an attempt to secure new contracts with the organization. Both had two years left on their current deals, but both felt underpaid. The organization chose instead to give an extension to Joe Staley, who already had four years left on his...
  • By Zain Naqvi
    August 3, 2016 at 4:00 PM
    In our latest Round Table, our team of writers was asked who they thought would start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers during Week 1 at home against the Los Angeles Rams. Alex Pedregon Week 1 starter: Blaine Gabbert This is a tough call since Kap and Gabbert seemed fairly evenly matched heading...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    August 3, 2016 at 7:12 AM
    Immediately after Chip Kelly was hired as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, discussions sprang up throughout the media relating to the impact of this development on the career of Colin Kaepernick. National insiders claimed that Kaepernick's established status as a "dual threat" was a significant reason for Kelly to take the job. As analysts dug...
  • By Zain Naqvi
    August 1, 2016 at 11:17 AM
    Chip Kelly's first Training Camp as 49ers head coach has started, with Day 1 in the books and Day 2 in progress. While it's widely known that the 49ers roster is lacking talent, storylines are still abundant. There are questions on whether Kelly has changed his attitude towards his players and ownership. There are questions about his play...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    July 31, 2016 at 3:48 PM
    As soon as Chip Kelly was named the new head coach of the San Francisco Forty-Niners, media personalities began offering their views on what the hiring meant for Colin Kaepernick. Some impressions were rooted in shallow evaluation that never delved deeper than, "Kap can run, sooooooo…," while others dissected the on-field evidence that Kaepernick has...
  • By David Bonilla
    July 29, 2016 at 9:26 AM
    There are a number of intriguing battles to keep track of as the San Francisco 49ers kick off training camp this weekend. Picking just five was difficult as there are more worth mentioning. For example, the battle at tight end could be interesting with former fullback Bruce Miller now in the mix. He has reportedly looked solid, especially...
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell
    July 28, 2016 at 9:05 AM
    In our latest Round Table, we asked our team of writers about San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke's job security. Would he need to win a specific number of games to retain his post within the organization or is he on the hot seat? 49ers beat writer Chris Biderman from partner site Niners Wire of USA TODAY Sports...
  • By Al Sacco
    July 27, 2016 at 8:15 AM
    In today's NFL, young quarterbacks are held to a much higher standard than they were year's ago. In the past, it was expected that a rookie or developing signal caller would struggle in the early stages of their development, and you just had to be patient while they learned the ins and outs of playing the position. Now, players aren't given that luxury....
  • By Aaron Erickson
    July 14, 2016 at 10:32 PM
    Pro Football Focus (PFF) has provided their rankings for each position group on each team, and they were predictably harsh on the 49ers. As a team that has succeeded in the recent past by running the ball and stopping the run, it must be concerning to 49er fans to see that PFF has the 49ers defensive front seven ranked 23rd out of 32 teams, and the...
  • By David Bonilla
    July 13, 2016 at 10:57 AM
    Over the span of 25 days, San Francisco 49ers beat writer Chris Biderman of Niners Wire ranked, in his opinion, the team's top 25 players. Any ranking is very subjective and will differ from person-to-person based on their own opinion. Even with our own staff,...
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