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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • By Al Sacco
    December 30, 2016 at 9:16 AM
    Fans I've heard from seem to be torn on the San Francisco 49ers' (2-13) 22-21 win in Week 16 over the Los Angeles Rams. Some think that the victory was a step in the right direction for a young team learning how to play together in the NFL. They feel that head coach Chip Kelly's decision to go for two in final seconds showed confidence in a group of players...
  • By Al Sacco
    December 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM
    While the talent was always there, I don't think anyone really knew what to make of Carlos Hyde coming into the 2016 season. After all, the San Francisco 49ers hadn't seen much of the oft-injured running back in the two years prior, and what Hyde produced during that time was inconsistent at best. Granted, he wasn't working behind a strong offensive line or...
  • By Al Sacco
    December 21, 2016 at 2:27 PM
    It's almost over. There's no other way to even look at it. Everything that could have gone wrong for the San Francisco 49ers (1-13) this season has. They've been decimated by injuries, there's no solution at the quarterback position, the offense can't move the ball with any consistency, and the defense is all-time bad. Also, it appears that we're headed...
  • By Al Sacco
    December 14, 2016 at 2:28 PM
    It's tough to really pinpoint which of the last two losses were worse for the San Francisco 49ers (1-12). There was the 26-6 thrashing the Chicago Bears gave them despite playing with second and third stringers at key positions, and then there was blowing a 14-0 lead to the "couldn't care less" New York Jets. The Niners just keep sinking and sinking, don't...
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