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  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 13, 2016 at 12:24 PM 6 comments
    Of thirty-one Week One starting NFL quarterbacks on teams other than the 49ers, only one posted fewer yards per attempt than quarterback Blaine Gabbert: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum. Both quarterbacks attempted 35 passes during their Monday night opening matchup. Gabbert averaged 4.86 yards per yards per attempt, while Keenum averaged a league-low 3.71 in Week one. No other quarterback in the league averaged less than 5 yards per attempt in week one. Keenum, for his part, was sacked twice, and pressured for most of the game by the 49ers' swarming defense. Gabbert, on the other hand, was seldom hurried and reaped the benefits of a strong effort from the Niners' offensive line. 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young was part of the Monday Night...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:34 AM 0 comments
    Coming into Monday's opening tilt vs. the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers came into the 2016 regular season confident that they had significantly upgraded their roster from the group that went 5-11 last year under Jim Tomsula. One notable exception was the wide receiver position. The 49ers allowed Anquan Boldin, their leading receiver the previous three seasons, to walk away in free agency. Conventional wisdom suggests that a 35-year old wide receiver possession receiver might not be the ideal target to sign to a new contract under a new coach that emphasizes playing fast. The problem is that even at his advanced age, Boldin still caught 69 passes, and no replacement for that production appeared to be in sight, especially after promising Canadian Football League...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 12, 2016 at 5:34 PM 0 comments
    By now, if you're a 49ers fan, you've probably combed the internet and read every San Francisco 49ers season preview that you could possibly find. With that in mind, there's very little that I could write that you probably haven't already read regarding the upcoming season from a broad perspective. However, I'll bet no one has rapped it to you though! I started doing an annual 49ers hip-hop preview song called "The Best in the West" back in 2009, before the 49ers actually became that, and I've done one every year since. I don't just rhyme random player names together and try to have fun, but I actually strive to give actual insight, analysis and opinion in a song-based format, but I do have a little fun with it! So, with that in mind, here's a 2016 San Francisco 49ers preview...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 8, 2016 at 1:27 PM 2 comments
    Can a week one game be a "must-win" game for an NFL team? By definition, of course not. For the 49ers, however, it just may be the case. For the second year in a row, the 49ers face the worst possible scenario for their first two games of the season. They open up against the Los Angeles Rams in the second game of the traditional Monday Night Football double-header. That game doesn't kick off until 7:20 pm in Santa Clara, and 10:20 on the east coast, which is where the 49ers will travel to face the defending NFC Champions, the Carolina Panthers, in week 2. This means that in any time zone you choose to use, the 49ers players will not make it to their beds until the early hours of Tuesday morning. Why is that problematic? The Carolina Panthers begin their season in...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM 22 comments
    On 3rd and 8, from the 15 yard line, in the first quarter of Thursday Night's San Francisco 49ers preseason game vs. the San Diego Chargers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick took the snap, dropped back, and fired a 14-yard pass to wide receiver Dres Anderson in between three Chargers defenders, who all flailed helplessly at the ball as it struck Anderson in the numbers for a completion to the 1-yard line. If you start listing the NFL quarterbacks who could make that throw, with that velocity, and that accuracy, your list is going to be extremely short. Aaron Rodgers immediately comes to mind. You could count a few others but your list won't exceed five: and Kaepernick is on that list. To put it in perspective: At 88.4, Kaepernick has the 10th highest career passer rating of all...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:42 PM 1 comment
    Along with the offensive line, the 49ers' wide receiver group as a whole has been arguably the most criticized unit on the team since the end of the Jim Harbaugh era. Now, with the sudden influx of talent on the offensive line, the wide receivers find themselves standing alone as the perceived weak link, and the group most likely to prevent a return to contention for the proud franchise. Even the team's cornerbacks, who have found themselves under similar criticism since last season, have sparked optimistic thoughts based on the emergence of Jimmy Ward and promising young players like 4th-round draft pick Rashard Robinson. No player embodies the question marks surrounding this group of receivers more than fourth-year receiver Quinton Patton. Patton, after being...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Aug 29, 2016 at 6:40 PM 0 comments
    Since Colin Kaepernick's silent protest of the national anthem became a national topic, the overwhelming sentiment of those who are in opposition to his protest is that it is disrespectful to members of the United States Armed Forces. Monday morning on Mike & Mike, ESPN's nationally syndicated morning sports talk show, the two co-hosts, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, revealed that the reaction that they have received on Twitter from active members of the military and veterans stands in contrast to the perception of many in the general public. The Mike & Mike official Twitter page boasts over 1.2 million followers. "Of the tweets that we're getting from military and former military people," Golic reports, "definitely the majority are...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Aug 26, 2016 at 9:57 AM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers wide receivers have absorbed their fair share of scrutiny in discussions regarding the team's potential this season. Many expected general manager Trent Baalke to draft a wide receiver early in this past April's draft, but that did not occur. The team waited until the 6th round to grab Aaron Burbridge from Michigan State, and also added Stanford's Devon Cajuste and California's Bryce Treggs as undrafted free agents. Treggs has since been sidelined with an MCL injury that's being described as week-to-week. The biggest wide receiver acquisition of this off season, Canadian Football League standout Eric Rogers, tore his ACL early in training camp and will spend the year rehabbing that injury. With quarterback Colin Kaepernick making his preseason debut...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Aug 24, 2016 at 10:43 AM 6 comments
    First of all, let's be clear: the projections are bad. A perusal of the power rankings of most major publications makes it clear that pundits are predicting that the 49ers will be a really bad team. ESPN has the 49ers ranked dead last at #32 in their power rankings. Sports Illustrated has the 49ers ranked #30, and USA Today has the 49ers ranked #31. So, saying that the 49ers will outperform those projections is not exactly a bold prediction. However, considering the recent talent upgrade on both the offensive and defensive lines, it is not out of the question to conclude that the 49ers might just blow those expectations out of the water. According to Pro Football Focus, in the 2015-2016 season, the Oakland Raiders were the only team that had both a Top 10-ranked...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:44 PM 8 comments
    Once it became clear that Colin Kaepernick would indeed be a San Francisco 49er in the 2016-2017 season, a large contingent of personalities from both print and television media cast him in the role of long shot for the starting quarterback position, and some insisted that it would not really be a competition at all. Not yet medically cleared to practice during mini-camps, Blaine Gabbert was placing a considerable amount of distance between Kaepernick and himself in the race for the job, or so the narrative went. 49ers Head Coach Chip Kelly, on the other hand, went out of his way to deny that Kaepernick had lost ground in the competition whenever the topic came up. He maintained that the "mental reps" that Kaepernick received while the other quarterbacks practiced were...
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