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  • By John Croston
    April 28, 2016 at 9:51 PM
    After months of speculation and anticipation, the first round of the NFL 2016 draft is in the books. The 49ers had the ammunition to move up from the 7th overall pick, however General Manager Trent Baalke elected to stay put and allow the draft to unfold as it would. As many predicted, the top two quarterbacks went 1st and 2nd respectively, so with multiple...
  • By John Croston
    March 10, 2016 at 9:06 AM
    Ok, I will admit it. I bought into it, even if I should have known better. I'm sure some of you did as well. That is to say, we all believed that the 49ers would be big players in free agency. To be fair, there was a good amount of conventional wisdom to support this viewpoint. A brand new coach in Chip Kelly, whose system is a radical...
  • By John Croston
    December 13, 2015 at 7:43 PM
    This was it. This was the 'statement' game for the Jim Tomsula regime. Good and great teams dominate bad ones. Teams that are on the corner of becoming relevant again beat the bad ones. A team takes on the identity of its coaching staff. I truly believe that, especially having played myself. I remember what it was like to have a coach who had...
  • By John Croston
    December 7, 2015 at 8:53 PM
    Brace yourselves. Winter is coming. By that, I mean that year two of the Tomsula era could soon become a reality. I know a lot of 49er fans, myself included, have this wonderful fantasy about an end of season firing bonanza of Tomsula & Co. and having them replaced [insert your fantasy coaching lineup here] for 2016, but based on the last...
  • By John Croston
    September 9, 2013 at 7:55 AM
    So, I predicted a 49er win, by the score of 34-14. At least I got the Niners score correct. Given the rash of injuries in the Green Bay secondary, I was expecting a field day from our offense. For the passing game I was certainly right, as witnessed by Colin Kaepernick's biggest quarterback output since Tim Rattay (never thought I'd mention that guy again)...
  • By John Croston
    September 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM
    It's been a while since I have been able to get to writing one of these... but between a six month deployment, a wedding and a baby, a guy can get really busy. I have been waiting patiently for the day when I can get some free time to write, and it seems fitting that that day is opening day. It seems like only yesterday we were lamenting the...
  • By John Croston
    February 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM
    So now that the Alex Smith to Kansas City trade is all but complete, I thought it would be fun to look at one of the NFL's more bizarre phenomenon's – the seemingly never-ending flow of former 49ers quarterbacks to Kansas City. Try as I might, I could find no other example of this occurring between any other clubs in the history of the NFL. It's almost...
  • By John Croston
    February 27, 2013 at 4:04 AM
    So now that we have just about/maybe sobered up from the bitter disappointment of THAT loss, it's time to move on and move forward by looking at what the team needs to do to take that last big step on the "Quest for Six". One of the blessings of the Jim Harbaugh/Trent Baalke era has been that after a decade of rebuilding, the 49ers are finally at the point...
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