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  • By Al Sacco
    May 15, 2017 at 10:11 AM
    Anyone who watched the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 knows just how badly the franchise needed an upgrade at wide receiver. Because the position group was largely ignored by the previous regime, the depth chart was littered with players who would have a hard time cracking the roster on most other teams. With a lack of talent came a lack of production, and the...
  • By Al Sacco
    May 8, 2017 at 8:34 PM
    What's it like to tryout with the 49ers? Al and Zain welcome in WR Michael Esiobu, who got an opportunity to show off his skills at San Francisco's recent rookie mini-camp. The duo also discusses whether or not the Niners still need help at receiver despite overhauling the depth chart. Listen to the audio below or from...
  • By Al Sacco
    May 4, 2017 at 8:01 AM
    Brick by brick. That's the slogan invoked by new San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch as the rebuild of the talent-starved roster he inherited begins. With so many holes throughout the position groups, improving the personnel isn't something that can be done in one offseason, which is why the methodical one brick at a time mantra seems so on...
  • By Al Sacco
    May 2, 2017 at 9:04 AM
    The 2017 NFL draft is in the books, and a new era of San Francisco 49ers football is set to begin. John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan and the rest of the new regime were both aggressive and poised in their first go-round, and came away with an impressive haul. Obviously, fans want to know how the new players will fit it, and what roles they might fill. Even while...
  • By Al Sacco
    April 29, 2017 at 8:26 PM
    San Francisco 49ers insider Matt Maiocco breaks down the draft with Al and Zain, and answers questions about Solomon Thomas, Rueben Foster, C.J. Beathard and the rest of the draft haul. Also, Al and Zain review each pick, and discuss how they fit on San Francisco's roster. Listen to the audio below or from our...
  • By Al Sacco
    April 20, 2017 at 7:48 AM
    The last San Francisco 49ers quarterback to make a Pro Bowl was Jeff Garcia following the 2001 season. In the years since, only two other teams (Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins) have failed to have a signal caller chosen for the honor. That's kind of hard to believe when you consider all the alternates and injury replacements who are routinely added to the...
  • By Al Sacco
    April 18, 2017 at 7:16 PM
    Which players will the 49ers select in the 2017 draft? Al and Zain give their 7-round mock drafts and talk about how each pick will impact the Niners' roster. Listen to the audio below or from our dedicated podcast...
  • By Al Sacco
    April 18, 2017 at 7:09 AM
    As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, no one really knows what to expect from the San Francisco 49ers new regime. General manager John Lynch has no track record to look at when considering past tendencies, and with Kyle Shanahan being a first-time head coach, all bets are off. Still, there are some facts and trends to look at as we move forward, and it's...
  • By Al Sacco
    April 12, 2017 at 9:27 PM
    With the NFL Draft approaching, it's time for Al and Zain to break down the current 49ers roster and discuss what the major needs are heading into the draft. Also, will players like Carlos Hyde, Vance McDonald, Jimmie Ward, and Aaron Lynch finally live up to their potential? Listen to the audio below or from...
  • By Al Sacco
    March 31, 2017 at 8:33 PM
    Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens. The 49ers have had some of the best receivers in history, but have struggled to find an answer in recent years. Al and Zain review past mistakes and also talk about draft possibilities, the Raiders' move, Brian Hoyer and pay tribute to Clark. Listen to the audio below or from...
  • By Al Sacco
    March 16, 2017 at 8:00 PM
    Al and Zain welcome in beat writer Matt Barrows to discuss the new era of 49ers football, the quarterback position, Kyle Juszczyk's impact and more. Listen to the audio below or from our dedicated podcast...
  • By Al Sacco
    March 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM
    It's been a long time since the San Francisco 49ers fanbase has been excited about anything the franchise has done in recent years, but it seems like times are changing by the bay. The team's aggressive (and smart) approach to adding new talent this offseason shows that the new regime has a plan and isn't shy about executing it. There's still a long way to...
  • By Al Sacco
    March 9, 2017 at 9:24 PM
    Al and Zain give their opinions on how the 49ers did in free agency, where they might go from here, and what the real deal is with the Kirk Cousins situation. Listen to the audio below or from our dedicated podcast...
  • By Al Sacco
    March 4, 2017 at 12:49 PM
    Al and Zain discuss John Lynch, Kirk Cousins, and what to expect from the 49ers during free agency and the NFL Draft with special guest Chris Biderman of Niners Wire and USA TODAY. Listen to the audio below or from our dedicated podcast...
  • By Al Sacco
    February 20, 2017 at 5:01 PM
    Fans of the San Francisco 49ers have a lot on their minds these days, as excitement about the new regime is reaching a fever pitch. With that in mind, we opened the first of many mailbags to the fans, and got some great questions about the quarterback situation (specifically Kirk Cousins), free agency, and the upcoming draft. Enjoy. Q:...
  • By Al Sacco
    February 18, 2017 at 5:28 PM
    One of the biggest questions facing the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 is who will be behind center when the season kicks off. New general manager John Lynch and new head coach Kyle Shanahan will have their work cut out for them as it's possible the Niners could have no quarterbacks under contract when free agency begins. Where will they go from here? In the...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 30, 2017 at 8:22 AM
    San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York sent shock waves through the football world when he hired former player and current Fox Sports broadcaster John Lynch as the next general manager of his franchise. The move came completely out of left field and left most people in shock as Lynch hadn't been reported as being a candidate at any point during the...
  • 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 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 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...
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