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  • By Aaron Erickson
    April 25, 2017 at 10:35 AM
    The NFL Draft starts two days from tonight, and the 49ers are positioned to inject some desperately needed talent into a roster that limped to a 2-14 record in 2016. New General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan already kicked off the remodel with far more activity in free agency than the 49er Faithful have seen in years. After the March...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    February 20, 2017 at 6:25 AM
    Now that Robert Saleh's hiring has (finally!) become official, it seems appropriate to look at his 4-3 under defensive scheme and the personnel the 49ers have on hand to fill the specific roles. A couple of 49ers writers have already offered their take on how well the 49ers' personnel fit their new scheme, but I'd like to spend a little more time discussing...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    February 6, 2017 at 12:45 PM
    Kyle Shanahan is taking the blame for the Falcons' collapse last night in the Super Bowl, reportedly telling people at the team hotel that he, "blew it." While his offense didn't produce its customary 30+ points, it's hard to imagine that they are responsible for surrendering a 25 point lead. Having re-watched the Super Bowl, I think Shanahan called an...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    January 21, 2017 at 2:30 PM
    Humans are fickle, nervous beings. We don't do well with patience, and we rarely assess value objectively. It makes sense, then that what may very well wind up as a widely successful hiring process by the 49ers has frequently been characterized as a directionless, bumbling effort. As soon as candidates withdraw from consideration, fans instinctively feel a...
  • 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 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 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 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 Aaron Erickson
    October 18, 2016 at 7:26 AM
    Colin Kaepernick played well against the Buffalo Bills. There. I said it. He read the field, made quick decisions, took care of the football, and generally took what the defense gave him. He also blew apart the Bills' players brash statements that they made no adjustments to him and simply dared him to throw the ball. They certainly made it...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    August 31, 2016 at 8:20 AM
    I do not pretend to speak for all veterans. I was never one of the troops who aspired to retire after a full and lengthy career in the Army. I enlisted following the 9/11 attacks because I was angry that our country and its civilians had been attacked, and I had every intention of being part of the effort to ensure that a subsequent attack would not occur....
  • By Aaron Erickson
    August 26, 2016 at 6:44 AM
    WHAT HAPPENED? In 2015, the 49ers offensive line was terrible. The quarterback had little protection and running lanes were consistently difficult to find. After firing Jim Tomsula, the 49ers hired Chip Kelly, a highly regarded offensive strategist with a demonstrated desire to run the ball, who also demands a great deal from his offensive...
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 Aaron Erickson
    April 1, 2016 at 3:05 PM
    Anthony Davis, the former right tackle of the San Francisco 49ers, has been source of entertaining comments, regrettable tweets, and heated debate since he came into the league. As a player, he was a physical run blocker who liked visibly dominating his opponent and letting him know about it (sometimes even after the game on Twitter). He was also a pass...
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