• By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 23, 2020 at 7:46 AM 25 comments
    Face it, most of you don't deserve QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Yes, you, the ones who spend your entire weekend pining over other QBs and lamenting the one the 49ers currently have as QB1. The spoiled, ungrateful brats of the 49ers fanbase who cannot find it in them to show any appreciation for the man they call Jimmy G. Fans like these make a situation insufferable for a player dedicating his life and body to the team. As Garoppolo spends his weeks working his way back from another high-ankle sprain, many 49ers fans are fantasizing about how to replace him. This isn't a foreign concept for the 49ers. No QB is ever good enough for this fanbase. Steve Young can attest to this from his experience in the early 90s. He was never going to be Joe, and that was a big problem for a good...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Nov 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM 3 comments
    Nobody likes the always-the-victim mentality. We all know that person and his/her endless tales of woe, discord, and pain. The San Francisco 49ers are not complaining, but they are the unfortunate victim of the never-ending fallout of this rotten year. Indeed, the New York Jets are winless, but the 49ers had the potential to dominate the NFC again this year. As they tormented Odysseus, the fates felt it necessary for the men in scarlet red and gold to suffer. The amount of misfortune that's happened to the 49ers has been entirely out of their control. They cannot control a sticky artificial surface any more than they can prevent a rogue defensive lineman rolling up on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's foot. There is an upside to the misery....
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 19, 2020 at 7:19 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers are off this week, so the misery stops for 49ers fans. While the 49ers enjoy a break, the NFC West features some very important matchups with the Seahawks facing off with the Cardinals and the Rams taking on Tom Brady and the Bucs. Let's get to the Week 11 picks. Season Record: 83-63 49ers Picks Record: 4-6 Best & Worst Picks of Week 10 My Best Pick: Giants 20 - Eagles 16 Final Score: Giants 27- Eagles 17 My Worst Pick: Titans 23 - Colts 21 Final Score: Colts 34 - Titans 17 Week 11 Picks Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-3) - The Cardinals officially...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Nov 17, 2020 at 5:27 PM 0 comments
    After jumping out to a 10-point lead and knocking QB Drew Brees out of the game, the 49ers went "No Gas, All Brakes" in their 27-13 loss to the Saints. The San Francisco 49ers had an opportunity to stun the New Orleans Saints after jumping out to a quick lead, but a combination of turnovers, a lackluster offensive performance, and abysmal special teams play allowed the Saints to cruise to an easy victory over a mostly disinterested Niners team and coaching staff. Head coach Kyle Shanahan reached his Promised Land -- the team's annual bye week --...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 16, 2020 at 7:33 AM 23 comments
    Enough Excuses. On Sunday, the 49ers suffered their 3rd straight blowout loss, dropping them to 4-6 and continuing their free-fall to irrelevancy. It was a game they could have won, the opportunities were there, but the 49ers just couldn't muster up more than 13 points of offense. Now, more than ever, the 49ers' 2020 season seems to be completely lost. While many look for a direction to point the finger, and there are a few obvious areas, start with the head coach. Sure, there have been a plethora of injuries, but one side of the ball has been handling those injuries much better than the other. Robert Saleh's defensive unit has been depleted by the injury bug, losing Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, Solomon Thomas, K'waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt and other significant...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 15, 2020 at 7:52 PM 0 comments
    Well, somewhat rapid. This was an incredibly frustrating game. Afterwards, I had to take a walk, cool down, laugh it off and just get my mind off of this dumpster fire of a season for awhile. 1) Lack of execution The first quarter went fairly well. After deferring, the Saints kicked off and I admit to having some angst about a quick three and out. Instead, we saw the 49ers drive down and score a touchdown on the opening drive. Great start! Next, a three and out for New Orleans. Once the Saints muffed that first quarter punt and the Niners recovered, it sure felt like a 14-0 lead was going to happen. Instead they got it to 10-0, but this was still a surprise! Then, things fell apart. The Saints were able to cut the lead to 10-3, then it would be...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 14, 2020 at 1:54 PM 0 comments
    This is not how most envisioned Sunday's matchup with the New Orleans Saints. It was supposed to be similar to last year and be a matchup of two heavyweights. Instead, the 49ers are hanging on for their lives with far too many key players missing. Out for this matchup are Richard Sherman, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson Jr, K'Waun Williams, and Jaquiski Tartt. This is on top of all the players missing for awhile now like Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Ronald Blair, Ben Garland, Weston Richburg, and Solomon...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Nov 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM 0 comments
    All football energy flows through the Great Magnet, and he has decided the San Francisco 49ers will endure more than their fair share of pitfalls and anguish this season. The 49ers began Week 9 already a hobbled franchise and were further undercut when wide receiver Kendrick Bourne tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday. Shortly after, tackle Trent Williams and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk also landed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Only fools attempt to defy the negative energy that has gripped this rotten year. I'm not privy to head coach Kyle Shanahan's game strategy, but the laundry list of players out last...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 12, 2020 at 7:47 AM 1 comment
    This week will be one that determines whether the 49ers should pack it in, or keep on fighting. In a prior article, I wrote that if the 49ers managed to be 5-5 after 10 games, they would have a chance to make the playoffs. The New Orleans Saints stand between the 49ers and any reasonable chance to compete for a playoff spot in 2020. Week 10 will be a big one. In Week 9 the 49ers disappointed, but my picks hit big. I hit on 9/13 of my picks, so let's keep that rolling and pick the Week 10 games: Best & Worst Picks of Week 9 My Best Pick: Bills 43 - Seahawks 37 Final Score: Bills 44 - Seahawks 34 My Worst Pick: Buccaneers...
  • By Winston Chung
    Nov 11, 2020 at 8:22 PM 0 comments
    A depleted San Francisco 49ers team was rendered mostly impotent for most of the game in Week 9, scoring only 3 points for most of their 17-34 loss to the Green Bay Packers, with Green Bay taking its foot off the gas in the 2nd half and Kyle Shanahan inexplicably using time outs to score 14 points in the last 5 minutes of an unwinnable game that went over the total with 4 seconds left. The Niners will travel to Louisiana to take on a New Orleans team that seems to be getting healthy and rounding into form. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Sunday November 15th, 2020 at 1:25 pm PST (FOX) Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana Line: 49ers +9 o/u...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Nov 11, 2020 at 5:29 PM 0 comments
    Unprecedented is an understatement when describing the first half of the 2020 NFL season, and that rings especially true for the San Francisco 49ers as they find themselves in an unparalleled situation in regards to the decimation of a roster that entered the year with Super Bowl aspirations. According to Spotrac, the 49ers currently have $79.43 million worth of player salaries on injured reserve, accounting for 38.43% of their 2020 salary cap, by far the most in the league with the next closest being the Dallas Cowboys at 23.62%. Factoring in the rate at which the injuries are piling up, combined with the ever increasing difficulty of competing in the toughest division in football, and it makes the 49ers'...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM 1 comment
    January of 2020 was a beautiful month. Following the incredible Week 17 victory over Seattle on December 29, 2019, the 49ers entered January with a 13-3 record and secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The all-important bye week allowed Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford and Jaquiski Tartt time to heal and come back for the postseason. The 49ers then dismantled both the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers en route to another trip to the Super Bowl, something that defied the thoughts of many fans and analysts alike. Some called the 49ers "pretenders." Others just could not wrap their minds around the fact that the San Francisco 49ers had turned everything around by year three of the Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch era. The 49ers would now be competing in the Super Bowl...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 9, 2020 at 7:24 AM 83 comments
    The 49ers' season is all but lost. A once promising "revenge tour" has turned into a sad, spiraling train wreck of injuries and inconsistent play. Make no mistake, this 49ers team isn't going to have some miraculous turn-around. They are who they are, and who they are is a mediocre football team. 49ers fans aren't foreign to this feeling. Watching their team march through the malaise of November and December, trying to find a reason to stay tuned in while other teams forage forward with their Super Bowl aspirations. Quite frankly, this is a challenge that the majority of NFL franchises face every year. Once the realistic opportunity at a Super Bowl run is over, how do teams keep their fans invested in the product they are putting out for consumption? In 2018,...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Nov 5, 2020 at 12:35 PM 5 comments
    Championship windows come and go quicker in the NFL than in any other major professional sports league and it's becoming increasingly evident one the San Francisco 49ers appeared to be in has closed right before our very eyes. In a season the players dubbed "the legendary revenge tour," the 49ers have found themselves ravaged by the injury bug at an inconceivable rate in a season during which the team currently has 40% of its salary cap being absorbed by players who are on injured reserve. The staggering number of injuries certainly has played a vital role in the major regression the team has seen this season, which is incredibly disappointing given how much the 49ers invested in...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Nov 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers were riding a little higher entering the Week 8 match-up against the Seattle Seahawks. Back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots gave the vibration that the 49ers had found a groove on both sides of the ball. The offense could put points on the board, albeit without throwing downfield, and the defense was finding ways to make stops. But, as usual, these gains came crashing to a halt once the 49ers entered the eerie silence of CenturyLink Field. The 49ers' offense looked flat and lost, while the defensive line generated a pass rush that would hardly damage a loaf of jelly bread. On top of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's poor performance, he suffered another high ankle sprain and will be...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Nov 4, 2020 at 11:58 PM 0 comments
    Searching for studs after the San Francisco 49ers fell apart in Seattle Just a week ago, I struggled to identify duds from a San Francisco 49ers matchup. Unfortunately, the Niners' 2020 rollercoaster continues. Seven days after dismantling the end-of-dynasty New England Patriots on their home turf, San Francisco was quickly brought back to reality after a pathetic performance against its top rival, the Seattle Seahawks. Adding injury to insult, the 49ers also lost star tight end George Kittle and one-time franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to injury. Both will miss extensive time, if not the remainder of the 2020 season. While there are far too many duds to list from Week 8, the studs are few and far between. Although this list could easily be...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM 1 comment
    Well, this is not at all what we expected. It's Week 9 and the season has been all but lost after a devastating rash of injuries and a slew of other things. The 2020 season has sure been a forgettable one. I'm writing another article this week on everything that went wrong this year, what the rest of the season may hold, and what the 49ers' possibilities for 2021 are. It's a brutal assignment to relive this season, but that is how things can go. Back to Week 9. The Green Bay Packers are coming to town for Thursday Night Football. Both teams are injured, though you know which team is slightly more banged up. Both teams are dealing with COVID-19 issues, though everyone else from both teams tested...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 4, 2020 at 7:58 AM 0 comments
    Week 8 was my worst week to date. Both with my picks, and as a 49ers fan. Crushed is probably the best way to describe my current state of mind, but forever faithful will always live in my heart. So, in Week 9, we're picking up the pieces and making the best of a bad situation. Onto the picks. Season Record: 66-53 49ers Picks Record: 3-5 Best & Worst Picks of Week 8 My Best Pick: Dolphins 27 - Rams 17 Final Score: Dolphins 28 - Rams 17 My Worst Pick: 49ers 41 - Seahawks 27 Final Score: Seahawks 37 - 49ers 27 Week 9 Picks Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills (+2.5) - Josh...
  • By Winston Chung
    Nov 3, 2020 at 4:24 PM 0 comments
    Niners Empire may have to temper expectations for the season after the San Francisco 49ers were humbled and brought back down to earth in a 27-37 loss that was pretty much dominated by the Seattle Seahawks on both sides of the ball from start to finish. Making things worse, George Kittle is confirmed out for eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot as the 49ers face a short week of preparation before taking on Aaron Rodgers and the NFC Central-leading Green Bay Packers, who are also coming off of an embarrassing loss to a division rival. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Thursday November 5th, 2020 at 5:20 pm PST (FOX/NFL) Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Line:...
  • By Brian Renick
    Nov 2, 2020 at 3:00 PM 7 comments
    I don't think Jimmy Garoppolo is a bad quarterback. I think he is a good quarterback who, when surrounded by a good team, can lead said team to a Super Bowl, as evidenced by the 2019 season. I also don't think it is fair to judge Garoppolo as harshly as some have this season because, according to reports, the guy has been playing on torn ligaments in his ankle. When healthy, Jimmy has done quite a bit of winning in his career. The only quarterbacks with a higher winning percentage (with at least 30 games started) than Garoppolo's .743 are Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Tom Brady, in that order. That's pretty good company. However, there has only been one season in his career during which he has played a full 16-game season, and that was 2019. Football is a violent game, and injuries...
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