• By Oscar Aparicio
    Oct 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM 13 comments
    The Mike Singletary regime in San Francisco is effectively over. Anyone who cant see the writing on the wall for this season's coaching staff was also probably singing the praises of Nintendo-64 in 2005. Goldeneye may have been good, but come on. The issues are not new (no strong Xs and Os background being the primary culprit) they are just more apparent after a 1-6 start. Sing wishes to will his team better, and quite simply will doesn't mean squat when other teams play smarter. Singeltary made the 49ers his team, and much like other teams around the league, the team became an extension of it's coach. The only problem is that Sing is a volatile motivational specialist who fails to understand the complexities of football strategy at the elite level....
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Sep 28, 2010 at 8:25 AM 10 comments
    Put me right up there with the group of people who was utterly shocked when I heard the Jimmy Raye news. Not because I thought the move was itself was wrong, but because I never thought Coach Singletary would do it. But he did, and it may be the best decision he's made all season. But that doesn't mean the 49ers problems are solved. In fact, the number one problem still remains: Head Coach Mike Singletary. The question from the beginning of Sing's tenure has always been how a coach with little background in X's and O's would lead a team in a league where strategy is demanded of elite teams. Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Sean Payton, and yes, even Todd...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Sep 20, 2010 at 10:21 PM 4 comments
    Yes, the story of the evening is that the 49ers beat themselves. The two turnovers that hurt the most were Delanie Walker's fumble and Phillip Adams' muffed punt. I'm sure Matt Maiocco and Matt Barrows will ever so artfully expound upon how the 49ers turned the ball over 3 times inside the Saints' 30 yard-line and ultimately lost the game. But that's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about Frank Gore's 112 yards on 20 carries. I want to talk about Anthony Dixon waltzing into the end zone on third and goal from the 2-yard line. I want to talk about Frank Gore establishing himself as one of the most prolific running backs in 49ers history, passing Joe Perry on the list of 100-yard games (21). The 49ers played...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM 6 comments
    The more I think about this supposed "communication" issue the more incesed I get at the absolute ridiculous nature of it all. (Here's the background) We are talking about THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL PART OF COACHING - calling the plays. It's not rocket science. Coaches at the high school and college level do it every game. And there are thirty-one other teams that seemingly have NO problem getting a play called. Well, thirty as Peyton Manning is pretty much an autonomous offensive play-caller. This just reeks of a coaches' problem. Jimmy Raye is either indecisive, or overly pedantic if he is incapable of getting a play call to quarterback's coach Mike...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Sep 13, 2010 at 8:55 AM 15 comments
    I'm tired of excuses. That's all this team has done since 2004. New coach. New scheme. Bad coach. Bad scheme. Bad GM. Bad players. Bad ownership. Bad bad bad bad bad. This is finally the year where I say screw it. Let's dispense with the excuses this season and get straight to the point. Fact: Pete Carroll and his staff out-coached the 49ers Case in point, the double move. Not once, but TWICE did the Seahawks call a double move against the 49ers. And it's not as if they picked on undrafted rookie Phillip Adams. These double moves claimed Nate Clements and Tarrell Brown as victims. Clearly Carroll's staff saw something on film and the 49ers defenders were as helpless as a fat kid in dodgeball. Singletarry seemed unable to make a quick...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    May 20, 2010 at 12:55 PM 1 comment
    In a move many expected, The San Francisco 49ers announced today that Trent Baalke has been named Vice President of Player Personnel. They also announced that Joel Patton has been named Director of College Scouting, and Bob Morris has been hired as the new scout for the South region. Baalke's promotion is not a surprise. He was instrumental in leading what many analysts saw as a successful draft as well as the pre-draft acquisition of Ted Ginn. Two things jump out at me about the move. First, Baalke is not being granted the title of General Manager, the position Scot McCloughan had before he left the team before this year's draft. He instead fills the position McCloughan held in 2005 when he was hired with Mike Nolan. What this means for...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    May 17, 2010 at 11:35 AM 5 comments
    Peter King released a power ranking of all 32 teams in his regular Monday Morning Quarterback column. Of course, the buzz in Niner Land is that he ranked Seattle at 11, a playoff team. Where were the 49ers? At 19 - on the playoff bubble. What's his major argument? The 49ers did not go after Donovan McNabb. That's it. He openly praises the 49ers "solid up-the-gut unit" and "impenetrable tackles" on defense. So really his major argument is the lack of a superstar quarterback. Clearly King thinks that first-year transitions are not a huge deal. McNabb, a west-coast quarterback his entire career, would seamlessly transition to a...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    May 8, 2010 at 10:55 PM 4 comments
    The fact that Patrick Willis signed a long-term deal is a pretty big deal, and not just because the 49ers locked up arguably the best linebacker in the league until 2016. The 49ers, and specifically chief negotiator Paraag Marathe, created a unique contract rewarding Willis while simultaneously circumventing league rules. Now, circumventing league rules isn't a bad thing if you are talking about the salary cap. In the age of the cap, if you aren't cheating you aren't trying. Technically speaking, it's not really cheating. But innovative teams find innovative ways to keep their players. With Patrick Willis' new contract, chief negotiator Paraag Marathe created a mold for keeping a team's highly valued players under the...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Apr 21, 2010 at 9:21 PM 0 comments
    Roger Craig, an 11 year NFL veteran and 2010 Hall of Fame finalist took some time with 49erswebzone to answer questions. He's doing so in order to promote the "Fishing Trip of a Lifetime" with WFN, the world's first 24-hour fishing television network. More information on the chance to win a trip with Roger Craig can be found at the bottom of the page. What follows is a transcript of a 30-minute phone interview I conducted with Roger earlier this week. What do you think of Frank Gore's work load? Should he share his carries? Its just the norm in the NFL. Not just Frank Gore. It' just the wave of the future of how offenses are utilizing two or three backs. If you look at teams that win super bowls they all have two or three backs. The...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Apr 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM 8 comments
    First off, I think trading a 5th round pick for Ted Ginn, the 9th pick in the 2007 draft is a great move. The 49ers are getting an NFL-proven return man with elite speed for a pick typically reserved for special team players. Sure, you can hit a home run in the 5th round, but the likelihood of that happening is slim. Anything Ginn does on offense is a bonus. Again, if Tedd Ginn NEVER sees a snap on offense this is still a good move. The move, though, is a departure from previous strategies. Former GM Scot McCloughan thought this was a "big man's game." McCloughan, though, was unwilling to make any kind of exceptions because, "What I learned early from Ron Wolf is if you draft an exception then you have a team of...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:37 PM 0 comments
    The news that Scot McCloughan is on an extended leave of absence is the biggest news all off-season for the 49ers. As I heard the news three questions came to my mind: Why? What about The Draft? Who is going to replace him? Many questions still remain, but here is one potential list of answers. ******************** A search of the Santa Clara County Superior Court's website indicates that in February of this year Kelli McCloughan, Scot McCloughan's wife, filed for divorce for the second time. Kelli originally filed in May of 2009 but the case was dismissed in December. She filed for divorce again in February of this year. There is nothing as of yet that confirms this to be the reason for the reported "extended leave of absence."...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Mar 5, 2010 at 10:42 PM 2 comments
    The news out of Santa Clara is that David Carr will be meeting with 49ers officials and could sign a deal as soon as tomorrow (Saturday). Off-guard doesn't even begin to explain it. It's more like that scene in "Final Destination" when that girl gets hit by the bus. One minute she's walking the next - BAM. What do the 49ers have to gain from this move? Not much. What do they have to lose? Here's a hint, It rhymes with "Bwan Bill." Clearly, McCloughan is not enamored with Hill's physical tools. McCloughan clearly favors bigger players. He wants big wide receivers, big corners, big lineman, big cheese burgers - you get the picture. Physical tools matter to the 49ers chief personnel evaluator. The persistent criticism...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Dec 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM 10 comments
    At the beginning of the season the 49ers had three problems they had to resolve to take make the leap form perennial underachiever to playoff contender. They had to develop a pass rush, find an effective starting quarterback, and protect the quarterback from excessive pressure. The general consensus was if the 49ers could protect the starting quarterback and open holes for Frank Gore, all the while creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks, the season would end somewhere in the playoffs. True to the last, oh - seven years, the 49ers failed to reach the post season. The offensive line did not protect Smith (or Hill) when it needed to. The defense could not seem to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks consistently. And Alex Smith still has not erased all doubt with his up...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Nov 25, 2009 at 4:54 PM 6 comments
    The best offenses are flexible and consistent. Sounds like a paradox, right? Consistent flexibility is the life of every coach in the NFL. Every coach has a philosophy and in a perfect world they have all of the pieces on their team to achieve their philosophy. The National Football League, however, is not that kind. It is a cold, hard wasteland with the remnants of philosophies strewn between 100 yards. Each coach has a starting point, but the best coaches are the ones that are able to be flexible enough to change to the realities of the NFL. The 49ers are familiar with Bill Walsh and the West Coast Offense he made famous in San Francisco. That offense, however, was borne out of need. Walsh lost his strong-armed quarterback and had to change his approach when...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Nov 17, 2009 at 8:30 PM 6 comments
    Alex Smith versus Aaron Rodgers - the 2005 draft replayed on the field for the first time with both QBs as the teams' respective starters. It's a great time for any 49er fan who wanted to draft Rodgers to yell a big "I TOLD YOU SO" to anyone who supported the Smith choice. A quick look at the numbers is all anyone needs to prove their point that Rodgers is clearly a superior quarterback. In 2008, after taking over the full-time role from Brett Favre, Rodgers posted an impressive 93.8 QB rating. He threw for 28 touchdowns, nearly twice as many as Smith's highest total from 2006 (16). In Rodgers first full year, he threw for over 4,000 yards. Smith has yet to break 3,000 yards in a season, or even 300 yards in one game. (For the record, Rodgers has six...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Oct 25, 2009 at 5:38 PM 1 comment
    Don't blame the defense for the loss in Houston. The defense was not stellar - but they were good enough to win. They held Andre Johnson, arguably the leagues best receiver, to two catches. Steve Slaton had a mere 67 rushing yards. Yes, Owen Daniels absolutely gashed the defense, but the team, only allowed 3 points in the second half. Quite simply the loss falls on the offense - specifically the first half offense. Hill completed 2 passes on third and long that wouldn't have resulted in a first down if it was 3rd and 4. On the first third down of the game on 3rd and 14 Hill threw a short pass to Vernon Davis that fell incomplete. Part of this is due to Hill's propensity to check down. Perhaps he already has a case of the "David Carrs": feeling pressure when none...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Oct 7, 2009 at 9:11 AM 0 comments
    It's curious that the day that Crabtree signed the Jets made a high profile trade regarding perhaps their biggest need, wide receiver. Mike Sando, the ESPN blogger for the NFC West, chalks this up to coincidence. He states, "...the timing of these transactions is probably a coincidence. NFL rules would prohibit the 49ers from trading Crabtree's rights before March. The Jets acquired Edwards with the 2009 season in mind." But why would the Jets make such a strong move right now? One simple reason: they were no longer able to pursue Crabtree. I think it went a little like this: The vice grips started when the 49ers started investigating the charges. This probably forced the Jets to sniff elsewhere. When the 49ers formally accused the...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM 0 comments
    Daniel Jeremiah, a former Ravens and Browns scout with six years of experience operates MoveTheSticks.com, a site that gives a scout's eye to the ongoings in the NFL. He is very active on twitter keeping football fans up to date with insights and analysis. His Ask5 feature, where Daniel asks 5 NFL execs/scouts/coaches a question and posts the results, is a great way to find out where NFL personnel fall on the questions fans debate amongst themselves. Daniel took the time to answer the 49er-specific questions posed by our forum members here at 49erswebzone.com. His answers are listed below. We've got a few Shaun Hill questions so I'll group them. wwrivers asks: Can Shaun Hill lead this team deep into the playoffs?...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Sep 23, 2009 at 9:08 PM 0 comments
    Josh Morgan was poised for a breakout season. He finished 2008 strong and many felt he was a 6th-round steal; one of the few wide receivers the 49ers have actually hit on in the draft. (For other draft follies see: Woods, Rashaun). Through two games this season, Morgan has a whopping 38 yards - all amassed during week one. He is ranked 81st among NFL receivers and was targeted 5 times in week one. In my evaluation of game two, he was targeted twice but Hill moved off Morgan as a read and went elsewhere with the ball or was sacked. So is Morgan not fulfilling his role as a break-out player? I think Frank Gore would disagree. Morgan made key blocks on both of Gore's long run plays. On Gore's second scamper, Morgan effectively sealed the backside edge...
  • By Oscar Aparicio
    Sep 8, 2009 at 8:01 PM 16 comments
    A 49ers' fan favorite time of the year is the offseason. Hope is the order of the day and every personnel move will be the one that puts the team over the edge. Anything can happen and parity (as long as Jerry Jones will allow it) makes sure the dream stays alive every off season. However, the regular season is quickly approaching on the horizon. And with the regular season comes the reality of a 16 game-schedule. The games no longer happen on paper and are instead resolved on the gridiron. The 49ers largest stumbling block, seemingly the same stumbling block they have had since 2003, is a dearth of talent. Without talent, the 49ers will find it difficult to put together a winning campaign. Yes, the 49ers have improved on their talent since now...
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