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  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Dec 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM 2 comments
    If that was a trap game, here's hoping that the next two are trap games as well. San Francisco went into Raymond James Stadium facing a team that had won four of their last five games and took care of them in dominant fashion, initially with their defense, followed by a few sparks on offense, with the special teams unit putting on the finishing touches ... albeit unconventionally. When time had expired, the end result was a 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Once again the 49ers dispatched an inferior opponent, and have put themselves on the cusp of clinching a third consecutive playoff berth. Jim Harbaugh's team now comes back to San Francisco for what could be the last football game ever played at the 'Stick ... in what promises to be a memorable Monday night, both on...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Dec 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM 4 comments
    Since December of last year it almost seemed as if the Seattle Seahawks had put some sort of hex on the San Francisco 49ers. No matter what happened, no matter what they tried, no matter how hard they played things just seems to break badly for the 49ers when these two teams would square off. It was ugly. It was disheartening. Worst of all...it was fuel for a war of words (to be fair, "war" might be an overstatement, considering that it was Richard Sherman who did most of the talking) that seemed to escalate week over week since the 49ers lost at Seattle in Week 2. To match the barbs that were flying between players, fans pitched in, too. A group of Seattle fans purchased a "12th Man" banner, which was pulled by a plane over Candlestick Park before Sunday's kickoff. A...
  • By Diego Del Barco
    Dec 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers went into yesterday's match-up against the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park with an 8-4 record, which was good enough to place them among the six teams qualifying to the playoffs in the NFC, but when taking a closer look at their record and the teams that they had played it was difficult to pinpoint a STATEMENT win. Sure, the season/home opener thrilling victory over the Green Bay Packers was all the rage at the time, but San Francisco's offense had significantly regressed since, and while there was not question that the 49ers were one of the NFC's best teams, there were definitely concerns as to whether they could beat the elite teams in the conference come January. Yesterday's 19-17 victory against the Seahawks eased those concerns....
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM 3 comments
    If Michael Crabtree's 60-yard catch and run towards the end of the third quarter in last week's game against the St. Louis Rams didn't put a big fat smile on your face, then it's time to start questioning whether you're a real 49ers fan. Crabtree's first game of the season helped San Francisco put together one of their best offensive performances of the season, which coupled with yet another dominant performance from the defense resulted in a comfortable 23-13 win that not only helped the 49ers retain the NFC's last playoff spot for the moment, but it also helped keep the hope of winning the division alive. Not that the concept of San Francisco winning the NFC West is anywhere close to realistic after this week's opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, dismantled Drew Brees and the...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    Nov 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM 8 comments
    To say that this is what the 49ers needed would be euphemistic. After underperforming for two weeks in a row, they needed a statement win. A beatdown. On Monday night in Landover, that is exactly what they got. It wasn't always pretty. The run game was less than stellar. There were a few instances where pass protection fell apart. Colin Kaepernick was forced to burn a time out because he couldn't get a play called in time. At the beginning of the game, the 49er offense just didn't seem to be clicking. But the 49ers won. Convincingly. This week, we'll be taking a look at what went right, what needs work, and what to expect when the Rams come to town this Sunday. What Went Right Though the 1st quarter was less than...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:53 AM 10 comments
    Ouch. Literally...that is the only thought that a two game losing streak brings to mind. Ouch. For the second week in a row, the 49ers came up one play short against a very good team...and now seem destined for the 6th seed in the NFC playoff picture...provided that they can reverse their fortunes over the season's last 6 weeks, that is. This week, Diego and AJ will be delving into the most ridiculous roughing the passer penalty of the 2013 season (and certainly a candidate for the all-time list, if one exists), taking a closer look at the "why" behind the struggles of Colin Kaepernick and chiming in on which 49er assistant coach, if any, should be sent packing. Any way you slice it, this should be an entertaining installment of UFR...provided that we can avoid any incidental...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM 35 comments
    The 49ers just lost a tough game in New Orleans to the Saints. AJ and Diego certainly have a lot on their minds right now, but we imagine that so do our readers, so we will be taking your questions in the comments section and will try to respond most of your concerns/comments/suggestions in our upcoming post later this week. Looking forward to your questions/comments...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Nov 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM 13 comments
    Damn...that sucked, didn't it? For the second time this season, the 49ers were handed an unsightly defeat at home. More importantly, for the first time in the Harbaugh Era, the 49ers were beaten coming out of a bye week. Passes were dropped, uncharacteristic turnovers were committed and though the defense was sound, the 49er offense seemed completely out of its depth at times. Some have called out Colin Kaepernick, some have called out Greg Roman and Jim Harbaugh, and others have pointed to the 49er offensive line. But amid the screams of "the sky is falling!", "Kap is remedial!", "Roman is a dummy!" and "Harbaugh is losing it", something has been lost. That something is the truth of what actually went down at Candlestick on Sunday and how it can be remedied. This week,...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Nov 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM 1 comment
    After compiling a 6-2 record in the first half of their season, the San Francisco 49ers will look to push their current winning streak to six games when they host the Carolina Panthers (5-3) this coming Sunday, who are riding a four-game winning streak themselves. Something's got to give. This matchup features two teams who so far look very similar to each other. On offense they are both bottom-10 in passing (CAR - 25th, SF - 32nd) while ranking top-10 in rushing (CAR - 8th, SF - 1st). On defense they both give up an average of 221 passing yards per game while San Francisco's run defense (12th) has not been as stout as Carolina's (2nd). This week AJ welcomes back Diego to discuss whether Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, and the 49ers defense match up against the surprisingly...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    Oct 31, 2013 at 5:13 AM 2 comments
    Well kids, week 9 is upon us, and the 49ers are 6-2, getting healthier and headed into their bye week with more positive momentum than any 49er team in the last 15 years. While last Sunday's blowout was against a team that might not win a game this season, it should be noted that the 49ers did what they were supposed to: lay the wood on an inferior opponent. With the second half behind them, the 49ers will soon witness the return of a few key playmakers...which puts the team in the unique position of getting healthier and stronger as the season progresses. This week, we'll be looking into who'll be let go to make room for the 49ers pending activations, asking a very serious question about the legacy of Frank Gore, and delve into Colin Kaepernick's performance this...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    Oct 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM 5 comments
    Another week, another win...that's something many 49er fans hadn't thought possible four weeks ago. Last Sunday, the 49ers did what they were expected to in beating the Titans. The defense was stifling until the game was well out of reach, the offense chewed up the clock when it had to, and for all intents and purposes, this game was over by halftime...but that isn't to say that everything broke the 49ers' way. This game was far from perfect, and if one thing is certain, it's that the 49ers still have a way to go before they achieve their full potential. A Tale of Two Halves In the first half of last Sunday's game, the Titans gained 102 yards on 26 plays...an average of 3.92 yards per play. The Titans' first five drives ended like this: punt, punt,...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Oct 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM 6 comments
    Don't look now, but the San Francisco 49ers are on a winning streak. What on paper was supposed to be a tough match-up against a Super Bowl contender on primetime TV turned out to be a laugher that left the Houston Texans wondering whether they have the right guy at quarterback. With the Seattle Seahawks losing their undefeated status, San Francisco is right back in the hunt for the lead in the NFC West, and they will host division opponent Arizona Cardinals this coming Sunday. This week, AJ is joined once again by Diego for some Buy-or-Sell on a couple of hot topics and their expectations of the 49ers defense from now until their bye week. Buy or Sell: The 49ers should make a trade for Josh Gordon. Diego: 6'3", 225-pound wide receiver who averages a...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    Oct 3, 2013 at 5:51 AM 2 comments
    After two weeks of waiting for the offense to show up, the beleaguered residents of 49erland were rewarded for their patience last Thursday night...but not right away. It took a quarter and a half, but once things got going, it was a sight to behold. Though any win on the road during a short week is sweet, the 49ers have some work to do before they become the team I think they can be...but we'll get to that later. This week, we'll be looking back at how the 49ers were able to throttle the Rams, the highlights and lowlights through the first quarter of the 2013 season, and what we can expect to see against the Texans on Sunday night. River City Runway Last week, I wrote that if the 49ers wanted to get back on track, that they would need to...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    Sep 19, 2013 at 6:14 AM 10 comments
    Before we begin the post-mortem on last Sunday's 49er implosion, a logistical note: because he's earned the break, Diego del Barco will be on a three week hiatus from UFR...so it looks like you are stuck with AJ Bolino...until week 5, anyway. This week, we'll be focusing on the meat of the one question that seems to be on everyone's mind (as it pertains to the 49ers, anyway): what went wrong? So...What the F$#% Happened? Heading into Week 2 of this very young NFL season, the 49ers had been all but crowned champions...some had gone so far as to say that Colin Kaepernick had the "stuff" to be the best quarterback in the history of forever. Then, Sunday night happened. Damn...what a difference a game makes. Now,...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Sep 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM 6 comments
    Late hits, open handed slaps, trash talk and one more Packer loss at the hands of the 49ers ... to say the very least, the Candlestick Park farewell tour has gotten off to one hell of a start. There were good moments, bad moments and a few ugly moments to boot. This week, we'll be taking a closer look at the good, bad and ugly aspects of last Sunday's action, plus the keys to next Sunday's game against Seattle. The Good AJ: For most of the offseason, the NFL blogosphere has been overflowing with stories about defensive coordinators going to great lengths to get their heads around the read-option. Most notably, Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers made the trip to Texas A&M in order to find a way to shut down the 49er read-option...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Sep 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM 2 comments
    The wait is over, IT'S GAME TIME, and the Webzone's resident knuckleheads AJ and Diego are ready to take on another NFL season starting with the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at 1:25pm. In this installment of UFR, we are putting a different spin on the discussion with a little bit of role play - 49ers style. We will put Colin Kaepernick (played by AJ) and Eric Reid (played by Diego) on the hot seat (sort of, anyway) as we ask some hard-hitting questions about the upcoming game/season. Colin Kaepernick Diego: AJ, you are #7 for the San Francisco 49ers. You took the second least snaps among starting quarterbacks this preseason, and that's only because Robert Griffin III didn't play at all. The team obviously wants to keep you away from any...
  • By Diego Del Barco
    Aug 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM 17 comments
    With the NFL preseason now wrapped up, the San Francisco 49ers (as well as all other NFL teams) must trim their roster from 75 players to 53. (That means roughly 700 players will be put out on the market, ouch.) Here is my prediction for who makes the cut, who doesn't, and who I wish would make the cut. Quarterback (3): There isn't a lot of brain work to put into this - Colin Kaepernick is the undisputed starter (quickly becoming the face of the franchise), Colt McCoy, to my dislike, will be the team's backup QB, and it will be merely a formality once BJ Daniels is confirmed as a member of the 53-man group. Daniels all but saw his spot secured once Scott Tolzien (cut) and Seneca Wallace (reportedly retiring) said goodbye to the...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Aug 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM 2 comments
    The first two weeks of pre-season play have had their fair share of ups (Frank the Tank, the emergence of BJ Daniels, and downright dominant defense) and downs (Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien and the entire 2nd string O-line), but up and down football beats the hell out of swag-gate and/or bottle-gate, doesn't it? In this season's first installment of UFR, we'll be looking at which of the rookies will make the biggest impact on the 2013 season, how we feel the soap opera at wide receiver will shake out and predict who has a better shot at being the 49ers leading receiver this season: Anquan Boldin or Vernon Davis? Who is going to be this year's impact rookie for the 49ers? Almost every rookie class has at least one notable contributor...a player...
  • By Diego Del Barco
    Aug 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM 8 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are wrapping up training camp, and with two preseason games in the bag it is time to start analyzing the roster to determine the first line of cuts (the roster will go from 90 to 75 players), get ready for the one preseason game that should give us a real look at this team going into the season, and overreact to a few things here and there. What follows are my observations of the offseason/preseason thus far, and I've taken a few days to write it so that I will not overreact (I think): * The offense will be fine: There are legitimate concerns about the 49ers' offensive depth at every position other than running back (and maybe tight end), but the starting unit is pretty much the same that helped this team reach the Super Bowl last...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    Apr 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM 27 comments
    After the 49ers' signing of Nnamdi Asomugha, it is almost certain that the 49ers are done with free-agency...and that the complexion of the 49ers most immediate needs had changed somewhat (in our opinion, at least). Given what we know, it's time for AJ and Diego to put their heads together on a 2013 mock draft. What follows is our take on who's going where in the first round of the 2013 draft. Enjoy! 1) Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel (OT), Texas A&M: Andy Reid went out and grabbed a QB that he believes will give his team a chance to be competitive. This pick shows his commitment to keeping Alex Smith upright. (AJ) 2) Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan (DE), Oregon: There are a number of...
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