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  • By Al Sacco
    February 1, 2018 at 7:55 AM
    As the San Francisco 49ers approach the upcoming NFL offseason, all eyes are on the contract status of Jimmy Garoppolo, and rightfully so. Garoppolo looked every bit the part of a franchise quarterback during his five-game audition in 2017, and it's imperative that the Niners make him the centerpiece of their team for the foreseeable future. All indications...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 31, 2018 at 8:54 AM
    The NFL offseason hasn't even officially started yet, and we've already seen a major move take place. The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick. Smith will also receive a four-year contract extension that's worth $23.5 million annually with $71...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 24, 2018 at 7:46 AM
    With NFL free agency around the corner, it's easy to get caught up in some of the star players that could be on the market. One of the big names that jumps out immediately is Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. Obviously, Bell is a tremendous talent that can make an immediate impact on any offense in the short-term, but that doesn't mean he's a...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 11, 2018 at 10:01 AM
    What if I told you that, in their first season together, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and his lieutenants would hit a home run in the NFL Draft? Would you have been able to imagine Lynch, his staff, and head coach Kyle Shanahan working in lockstep to acquire what appear to be six long-term starters? Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Well, that's...
  • By Al Sacco
    November 12, 2017 at 5:03 PM
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    November 12, 2017 at 12:12 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants may have nine Super Bowl titles between the two of them, but 2017 has been a nightmare of epic proportions for the once proud organizations. How bad has it been? Well, coming into Week 10, the two teams have combined for one win, while seeing a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • By Al Sacco
    September 21, 2017 at 9:41 PM
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  • By Al Sacco
    September 21, 2017 at 4:13 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers (0-2) will take the field in Week 3 looking for their first win of 2017 against an improved Los Angeles Rams squad (1-1) that appears to be much more competitive than in recent years. Victories have been hard to come by of late for the Niners, as the team's lost 16 of its last 19 games dating back to the end of 2015. The silver...
  • By Al Sacco
    August 12, 2017 at 6:51 PM
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media via conference call Saturday, and gave some thoughts on the team's 27-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as updates on injured players. Here are some notes from the call: - DL DeForest Buckner aggravated a low-ankle sprain, and while it's not believed to be serious,...
  • By Al Sacco
    July 25, 2017 at 7:49 AM
    As the dust settled on the dumpster fire that was the San Francisco 49ers' 2016 season, very few positives stood out amongst the rubble. As a team, it's hard to find silver linings in a 2-14 debacle, as it tends to be a collective effort when your franchise reaches those depths of ineptitude. Still, there were some solid individual efforts that shouldn't...
  • By Al Sacco
    June 14, 2017 at 8:33 AM
    In many ways, the current state of the San Francisco 49ers roster is the perfect storm for overlooked college prospects who may have been snubbed on draft day. Every year teams whiff on securing the services of some very talented prospects because an injury, poor workout, or some other short-sighted reason clouds their judgment. While it's frustrating not...
  • By Al Sacco
    June 5, 2017 at 8:02 AM
    I find it interesting, or maybe the better word would be perplexing, that so much emphasis is put on the NFL Scouting Combine. The former collegiate players who are invited to participate in the event already have years and years of game tape available and, to me, what's on the film is a better indication of that which someone is actually capable. I'm not...
  • 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 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 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 7:09 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
    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...
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