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  • By Jesse Dumas
    November 1, 2016 at 2:51 PM
    It's been over 10 days since the last Webzone exclusive article went up and if there was any more clear indication that things are bad in the 49er football world, I dare you to find me one. We all do this truly for the love of writing and the love to the team. Neither source of motivation has made much of a muse for any of us so far this year...
  • 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 Jesse Dumas
    June 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM
    Whew, much has happened since the last time I posted an article on the Webzone. That week, all the way back in November, Blaine Gabbert had taken the reigns of a sputtering offense and any hope that the remnants of 2012's Super Bowl roster would find some kind of resurgence went straight out the window. Gabbert, as we know, was marginally more successful...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    November 6, 2015 at 3:40 PM
    I stated a few weeks ago that I thought Colin Kaepernick should sit down for at least a few games and he of course promptly went out and beat the Ravens. I was happy to be my own jinx in that situation, but eventually my opinion became a reality. Kaepernick returned to his low-form and now we're looking at a new starter for the matchup against the...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    October 6, 2015 at 7:29 PM
    This isn't about throwing mechanics or making reads or knowing when to keep your eyes down field on a given play, this is about a young man's confidence and how none of the skills necessary to doing his job are available to him when that confidence is shaken. What we're seeing on game days out of the 49ers' quarterback position is an example of what happens...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    September 17, 2015 at 9:25 PM
    This was the most satisfying week 1 victory I've watched since the 49ers beat the Packers at Lambeau in 2012. Nevermind the fact that Berman and Dilfer calling a game is positively brutal in every way, this was fun to watch and sorely needed. My personal enjoyment comes partly because I live in Minnesota and the misguided Viking-Hype Machine...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    September 5, 2015 at 5:41 PM
    49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick has had a pretty lousy preseason. 13 pass attempts have yielded only 5 completions for 40 yards plus he's been sacked 3 times, once for a safety, and fumbled once. He's looked as dangerous as ever running the ball, gaining 62 yards on 4 carries, but that's been mostly on scrambles out of broken pass plays when the...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    August 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM
    I've watched too much football over the years to put much faith in pre-season performance as an indicator of actual success. There are simply too many variables in play to ever truly know what it will translate to when the games start counting and records are kept. Nevertheless, these 49ers probably had the most psychologically beneficial (for the fans...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    June 5, 2015 at 6:18 PM
    There's a stench in Santa Clara, and it's got players leaving in droves. It would be unfair to pin this trend of rapidly-retiring players on Jim Tomsula, who's got to be just as dismayed as any of the 49ers suddenly-tortured fans by this exodus of talent. It would also be an oversimplification to say that if Jim Harbaugh had been retained after...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    March 17, 2015 at 1:49 PM
    This is what happens when you cut the head off an organization. All hell breaks loose. It's well past time to stop lamenting the loss of the finest head coach this franchise has seen in the last 20 years, but holy-living-Christ, do the hits just keep on coming! I'll admit, I scoffed initially at the narrative that all the players...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    January 7, 2015 at 7:12 PM
    January's have been rough for 49er fans the past four years and 2015's version has been no exception. This is a different kind of anxiety obviously, but thanks to the departure of the 49ers most successful coach in roughly two decades, the fans are predictably on edge. There's a lot of questions to be answered after a disappointing 8-8 season, none of which...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    December 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM
    Four years ago as the 2010 season was coming to a close, the prospects for the San Francisco 49ers looked pretty bleak. They'd missed the postseason and posted a non-winning record for the eighth season in a row and there was little promise that things were going to improve with the ousting of then Head Coach, Mike Singletary. If you were to sum up the...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    December 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM
    It's Friday and Christmas is finally behind us. Rest assured, not many Colin Kaepernick jerseys were exchanged on Thursday Morning this week. Any 49ers fan, myself included, really doesn't want to dwell on thinking about the season behind us nor even the one solitary game that lies ahead. Losing your last 5 games in a row to close out a season never...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    December 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM
    Well, we can finally put this story to rest, at least in the context that this is a San Francisco 49ers-centric website and Ray McDonald is no longer a member of the team. Obviously, more will come to light as this new situation unfolds, and it will at least let us cast a final narrative about what went on with this player and his strange season, though...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    December 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM
    Man it's hard to write when you're angry. It took me a long time to build up the nerve to revisit the game from Thanksgiving but I finally went to the DVR and reviewed all the footage I could. I promptly deleted all of that s**t soon thereafter. Some specific footage in particular provided me what I needed to see and in my...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    November 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM
    With all due respect to the Arizona Cardinals, this is Round 1 of the NFC West Championship. It certainly feels that way at least, especially in light of Arizona seemingly getting punished for actually daring to lead the division at the hands of the defending champs in Seattle. Carson Palmer maybe could have won that game on the road,...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    November 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM
    So the 49ers did what they were supposed to do and beat the Giants and have thus kept this desperate season alive. It's an ironic stretch of 14 days that has seen the team face two relatively-recent Super Bowl champions. The Giants and the Saints uniquely showcase just how fickle the NFL is when it comes to bestowing power upon franchises. The...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    November 4, 2014 at 7:06 AM
    Denver was a bad loss. Getting whipped on Sunday Night Football in front of the entire NFL universe was one thing, but losing a game against a floundering and weakened opponent when you desperately need to keep pace with your divisional opponents is much, much worse. Even more troubling is that at halfway through the season, this offense is having a major...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    November 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM
    Count me as one of the unpopular voices that thought the 49ers should have sat Ray McDonald (with pay) until there was some kind of resolution to his pending legal troubles. Had I known how ridiculously long this all would have dragged out and how little evidence would actually come forth, I would have thought differently, but you know what they say about...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    October 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM
    As the voices around the league start to subside in their assertions that Jim Harbaugh is on his way out after this season, the team has again taken on a familiar winning edge. Sitting at 4 wins and 2 losses a month and a half into the season with significant pieces missing on both sides of the ball is a decent situation to be sitting in. However, the...
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