• By Peter Panacy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 7:57 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' selection of Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa in the 2019 NFL Draft could help transform a promising-yet-underachieving defensive line into one of the most formidable in the league this season. Entering 2018, the San Francisco 49ers defensive line was supposed to be one of the few positions of relative strength. Yet after 17 weeks, Football Outsiders ranked this unit 19th in run defense and 18th against the pass. One should figure that all changes, following the 2019 NFL Draft addition of Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa. Bosa joins a crop of Niners defenders, many of whom are also former first-round draft picks, such as DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 5:54 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers grabbed Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa shortly after the Arizona Cardinals took Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. And this sets up a nice little NFC West rivalry for the immediate future. Before too long, fans will be able to watch the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers, EDGE Nick Bosa, chase around the top pick from the 2019 NFL Draft, now-Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, on Sundays. The Niners benefited from the Cardinals' selection of Murray, essentially letting arguably the draft's top prospect, Bosa, fall right into their collective lap. An elite pass-rusher, Bosa shouldn't have too much difficulty getting some lofty stats right away on a 49ers defensive line already boasting four...
  • By Aaron Erickson
    Apr 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM 6 comments
    This week, the 49ers GM, John Lynch, indicated that he felt good about the options the team would have if it traded back to the tenth pick in the draft. With Edge rusher remaining as a huge priority on the 49ers roster, it makes sense to look at a terrifically talented and skilled edge rusher who is likely to be available when the tenth pick occurs. Brian Burns is a technically sophisticated edge rusher from Florida State University who boasts elite length and bend, but whose low weight has caused significant concerns regarding his ability to play the run on base downs and convert speed to power as a pass rusher. Burns' length and agility have drawn comparisons to Aldon Smith, and while Burns routinely uses his length to create leverage, as Smith did, his thin frame in college did not...
  • By Richard Madrid
    Apr 22, 2019 at 7:58 AM 1 comment
    Today we look at University of Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. 49ers fans might riot if the 49ers select another defensive tackle in the first round. But hear me out: this wouldn't be a justifiable response to drafting Quinnen Williams, who, along with Nick Bosa, is considered to be a top three player in this year's draft. Williams isn't just another defensive tackle. He's a generational talent at the position who offers an immediate upgrade to the interior of any defensive line he lands on. And yes, he's a much better talent coming out of college than DeForest Buckner was. But fans shouldn't worry about what happens to Buckner's role if the 49ers were to hypothetically draft Williams. Buckner primarily plays the 3-and-5-technique...
  • By D.C. Owens
    Apr 21, 2019 at 12:28 PM 8 comments
    Smokescreen season. NFL front offices foul the football air with misinformation, prevarications, and outright lies, all in too-clever attempts to conceal their potential intentions in the pending draft. Fans become decoders, interpreters, gridiron-state conspiracy theorists. We mock drafts, mull potential trades, and ponder team needs. Some decipher the entrails of goats, while others read tea leaves or embark on Twitter quests. Thus do the NFL powers-that-be hold us in thrall, even during the so-called off-season. And they've got it right; for fans, this stuff is fun. Anticipation of the draft often eclipses the draft itself. Sometimes, front offices fall hard for the hype themselves. The hullabaloo surrounding the draft blends with individual biases to induce occasional...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM 1 comment
    If we distill down the complicated nuances of building a professional football roster, it may look something like this: Identify where the roster lacks talent or depth. Meet with a potential player to fill the void. Offer a hefty paycheck. Sign said player; pose for a photo giving the new player a laurel and hearty handshake. See the improvements in September. When stripped down to its bare essentials, it appears as if anyone with a Twitter handle, and an opinion could find success as a professional football general manager. It does feel a bit like the new regime at 4949 Centennial Boulevard has made building a championship roster a lot more difficult than necessary. Rather than find...
  • By Matthew Mani
    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:40 AM 12 comments
    With the draft two weeks away, and with the insanity of free agent signings far in the rearview mirror, football fans are fairly frothing at the mouth for something relevant to discuss. Sadly, that is not likely to happen until maybe a day or two before the draft, if we are lucky. This slack tide period of football fandom has led to some writers to a state of near obsession regarding certain players, wild trade scenarios, and the like. It is all just a way to whittle away the hours in the day as we wait for that magic day, April 25, to arrive. I myself have described the NFL draft and my fantasy football draft days as being better than Christmas. The excitement, the anticipation, the possibilities make every fan hopeful that his or her team will hit the jackpot and fill every weakness on...
  • By Richard Madrid
    Apr 10, 2019 at 5:27 PM 23 comments
    Nick Bosa deleted his pro-Trump tweets specifically on the chance the 49ers draft him. Therefore this post will probably anger some of you on both sides of the spectrum. For that I apologize. Last night ESPN reported, in a draft profile on Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, that Bosa reportedly deleted all his pro-Donald Trump tweets and his anti-Colin Kaepernick ones as well. The move was aimed at what Bosa said was a chance that he "might end up in San Francisco." The story was reported by a variety of sports and news media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, Fox News, The New York Post, USA Today's For the Win, and...
  • By Matthew Mani
    Apr 4, 2019 at 11:45 AM 5 comments
    With the draft less than a month away, and free agency fairly settled (excepting a few outliers, such as Ndamukong Suh, Ezekiel Ansah, Eric Berry and a few others), there is ample time for fans and pundits to develop every imaginable theory regarding teams' plans for April 25th and beyond. Teams themselves are running incredibly complex and diverse disinformation campaigns in an attempt to ensure that none of their competitors has any idea regarding draft strategies and targeted players. Historically, no one, not even the so-called (and often self-described) "experts" comes close to getting the draft right. Remember the collective gasp last year when the Browns selected Baker Mayfield first overall? Remember the shock and derision with which so many talking heads treated that pick...
  • By Richard Madrid
    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:14 PM 4 comments
    Today we look at Ohio State University edge rusher Nick Bosa. Nick Bosa is widely considered the best player in the 2019 NFL draft class. He's head and shoulders above every single edge rusher in the class, and this is a deep draft class for the position that features such names as Josh Allen, Brian Burns, Montez Sweat, Jachai Polite, and others. Even though the 49ers just traded for outside linebacker/defensive end Dee Ford, there are still signs they are looking to add a player from the list above and so far all signs point to Bosa potentially being that guy depending on what Arizona does with the first pick. Recently the 49ers have met with Bosa three times, once at his pro day, once for lunch and once for dinner that same day. They were also in...
  • By Matthew Mani
    Mar 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM 9 comments
    The 49ers have been working through the offseason to try to address some of the many needs they have on the roster, as every fan undoubtedly knows. Their focus has been on defense, which was necessary because of, among other things, poor play in several positions, loss of players due to expiration of contracts, and even the jettisoning of a player for non-football reasons. The Niners have had challenges come at them from every direction, mostly as a result of injuries to key players as well as to players they had wanted to spend significant time watching during game situations. I mean the defensive backfield in particular here. Adding Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford and Jason Verrett gave them a Ruben Foster-like linebacker without the baggage, a proven edge rusher and a cornerback who, if...
  • By Devyn Regueira
    Mar 27, 2019 at 4:30 PM 8 comments
    It's been the classic tale of two seasons. Trent Taylor, 177th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and San Francisco's resident 3rd down menace, enjoyed a rookie campaign that went a long way toward justifying his professional presence. Just how long, exactly? Four-hundred-thirty yards on forty-three receptions, with two touchdowns to boot. Where ten yards a pop isn't a headliner in its own right, Taylor's production in 2017 becomes much more respectable in light of the circumstances. Standing just five feet, eight inches above turf he shares with behemoth linebackers, cornerbacks with wingspans like a Cessna, and safeties whose body-fat-contents tend to mirror their forty-yard-dash times, the rookie's capacity for making clutch plays in big moments only became...
  • By Devyn Regueira
    Mar 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM 4 comments
    Identify the common thread. Singletary. Urlacher. Lewis. Still not sure? Willis. Bowman. Foster. By now, fireworks should be going off in the heads of even the most casual NFL enthusiasts among us. These are linebackers. Specifically, these are middle linebackers. More specifically, these are star middle linebackers. Most specifically, and doubtless for San Francisco 49ers fans most tragically, the latter group are star middle linebackers who have, barring a miracle or three, hung up their red and golds for good. It is a peculiar fact of 49ers history in the years since 2003 - a period best characterized as one vast post-season desert too briefly interrupted by a three-year mirage - that this organization has consistently boasted some of...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Mar 24, 2019 at 1:21 PM 5 comments
    Sometimes it's hard to tell when fan anger reaches its zenith, but it's a dead heat between two situations. The first is after a bad San Francisco 49ers' loss. The second begins as a slow, building wave in late December and crashes down with rage and violence immediately after free agency opens. In the age of the internet, anyone with a dial-up modem is now qualified to be a pro football general manager or a coordinator. I'm just as guilty as the next fan for being overly critical of specific plays, players and team transactions. Since Christmas, 49er fans have been sharing loud opinions on who the team should sign once free agency officially opened. We all found ourselves in different camps supporting different star players, (read: Odell...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Mar 21, 2019 at 2:48 PM 17 comments
    This San Francisco 49ers regime doesn't leak information. No anonymous sources giving the media the information they seek. This makes the 49ers' specific plans hard to decipher. With so many safeties available in free agency this year the 49ers would surely sign one, right? Earl Thomas would be pursued hard because he knew the 49ers defensive system and is close with Richard Sherman, right? Wrong. The 49ers reportedly didn't offer Thomas any deal. Instead the team traded for Dee Ford and signed Kwon Alexander. Neither were expected to be the top targets for the 49ers even though they are good fits. This is why general manager John Lynch's comments on Wednesday were so surprising. "We had some ideas of areas where we had to get better,"...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:58 AM 7 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have spent a chunk of their approximately $67 million in cap space on upgrading a number of key positions in free agency. Kwon Alexander brings big-play ability to the weak side linebacker position while Dee Ford provides the explosiveness off the edge that the 49ers have desperately needed. Other notable signings include veteran receiver Jordan Matthews, speedy running back Tevin Coleman, cornerback Jason Verrett, and linebacker/special teams player David Mayo. There is still a month or so until the NFL Draft on April 25th, so the question begs, who else should the 49ers pursue in free agency? Bryan Witzmann - Guard Witzmann has bounced around the league and ended up playing in ten games last year for Chicago...
  • By Matthew Mani
    Mar 19, 2019 at 3:16 PM 16 comments
    Popular opinion has been that the 49ers are going to select Nick Bosa with the #2 pick in the draft, if he is available. Bosa is the consensus choice as the best edge rusher coming out of college, something that is tough to argue. Some believe that the 49ers will actually select Quinnen Williams, the defensive tackle out of Alabama, seeing him as possibly someone to pair with DeForest Buckner and the newly signed Dee Ford, and maybe adding Justin Houston, to create a front four that is all but unblockable. Both of these points of view are wonderful to consider, particularly since 49er fans have been starved for a good pass rush for several years, and the thought of seeing Russell Wilson and Jared Goff being swarmed over repeatedly is almost enough to bring tears to the...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Mar 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers made waves in free agency with the addition of defensive end Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander. Ford was acquired via trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and Alexander made his own decision to join the 49ers after leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. While their paths to Santa Clara may be different, they do have one thing in common: they bet on themselves in contract negotiations. Both players signed front-loaded contracts with very little guaranteed money long term. Signing players to team-friendly deals has been how the 49ers have operated for many years. How do they continue to get players gamble on their futures? The most important aspect is clear. The 49ers bring in players who have something to prove in their careers. Bouncing...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:33 PM 39 comments
    Yes, you read that headline correctly. Based on recent moves, the San Francisco 49ers could pass on drafting Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Bosa has long been believed to be the best pass rushing prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft and most of the top draft experts consider him the best player in the draft overall. How could general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan pass on the complete package of a prospect in Bosa? Well, they might even have a reasonable reason once you dive into the finer details. The acquisition of Dee Ford would undoubtedly be a very big part of why. It's not just that the 49ers added one of the best edge rushers in the league. It's how they plan to utilize him. Ford played as a linebacker for the...
  • By Richard Madrid
    Mar 18, 2019 at 8:30 AM 2 comments
    Free agency is currently in full swing as the 49ers added outside linebacker/defensive end/pass rush specialist Dee Ford to the 2019 roster. They've addressed the position with a long term contract but should be looking to add a second pass rusher in the draft. One who could fit the mold is the University of Kentucky's Josh Allen. In his senior year at Kentucky, Allen posted 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for losses. He did all that despite playing a fair amount of coverage snaps as an outside linebacker on obvious passing situations, which makes his performances that much more...
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