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  • By Peter Panacy
    February 7, 2018 at 3:30 PM
    New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels recently withdrew his accepted head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts at the final minute. Considering he was on their radar a year ago, the San Francisco 49ers can feel fortunate things panned out the way they did. Just over a year ago at this time, San Francisco 49ers fans were awaiting news who would be the next head coach of the franchise. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was one of the final names to replace one-and-done head coach Chip Kelly. And McDaniels seemed like a good hire, heading towards a victory in Super Bowl LI and at the helm of one of the most successful offenses in recent years. But as he appeared to be the leading Niners candidate,...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    February 7, 2018 at 3:23 PM
    Recently, it was announced that New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was the 2017 NFL's Most Valuable Player. In this article, delivered exclusively on the 49ers Webzone, I'll attempt to make a compelling and objective argument as to why Jimmy Garoppolo will be the favorite to become the NFL's 2018 MVP. Now before becoming an NFL MVP, you have to be under contract with an NFL team. And that's something the San Francisco 49ers, led by General Manager John Lynch, are working diligently to get done with pending free agent Jimmy Garoppolo and his agent, Don Yee in the next coming days (per NFL Network's Ian Rapport). Five...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    February 1, 2018 at 5:52 PM
    Recently, it was reported that five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos was on the trading block and could very well be released if no suitors are willing to give up compensation for his services (via Pro Football Talk). Having a Pro-Bowl caliber to an elite level cornerback has eluded the 49ers for several years since the likes of Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (1994-elite Pro-Bowler and All-Pro with six interceptions), Eric Davis (1995-Pro-Bowler and All-Pro with three interceptions),...
  • By Al Sacco
    February 1, 2018 at 7:55 AM
    As the San Francisco 49ers approach the upcoming NFL offseason, all eyes are on the contract status of Jimmy Garoppolo, and rightfully so. Garoppolo looked every bit the part of a franchise quarterback during his five-game audition in 2017, and it's imperative that the Niners make him the centerpiece of their team for the foreseeable future. All indications are that a deal will happen eventually, but in the meantime, there are some other matters general manager John Lynch and company must attend to, one of those being the contract extensions of a few integral parts of the roster. Here's a look at three players nearing the end their deals that the 49ers should extend immediately. S Jaquiski Tartt Despite playing only nine games this past season, Jaquiski Tartt...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 31, 2018 at 8:54 AM
    The NFL offseason hasn't even officially started yet, and we've already seen a major move take place. The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick. Smith will also receive a four-year contract extension that's worth $23.5 million annually with $71 million guaranteed. The move sent shockwaves through the NFL as it sets the tone for what most expect to be a crazy offseason that will see quarterbacks sign deals with astronomical dollar amounts attached to them. It also assures that Washington's former signal caller, Kirk Cousins, will be playing elsewhere next year. With as many as five teams believed to have significant interest in Cousins, he could receive a payday worth nearly $30...
  • By Alex Pedregon
    January 27, 2018 at 9:13 PM
    Disclaimer: Any NFL mock draft before the free agency period is foolhardy at best. That doesn't make it any less fun to create, but it's worth noting (for those that take these things a little too seriously) that this early take will change dramatically in the next few months. 1) Cleveland Browns - Saquon Barkley, RB - Penn St. Sure, Sam Darnold is the obvious choice here, but with a likely veteran addition (e.g., A.J. McCarron or a trade for Alex Smith), they can use their #1 overall pick to grab the draft's best overall player, then grab a young QB at #4. 2) New York Giants - Sam Darnold, QB - USC Because "Browns gonna Brown," the Giants can land, arguably, the top QB in the draft. 3) New York Jets (via IND) Josh Rosen, QB...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    January 25, 2018 at 10:54 PM
    Recently on the Webzone, I created some buzz by asking the question: Is Allen Robinson worth a four-year, $58 million contract? I also ended the article by saying, "To be continued." Well, I'd now like to continue with the sequel: Why a Jimmy G led offense will attack defenses by committee in 2018. Having success without your top offensive target The world witnessed the New England Patriots' future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady lead his offense to a come-from-behind win after being down by 10 points in the 4th quarter against the second-best defense in the NFL and...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    January 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM
    Recently, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones (the son of owner Jerry Jones) said of his high price wide receiver Dez Bryant, who signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015, that sometimes he is a distraction (via A.J. Perez of USA Today). The 2018 free agency period will soon be upon the San Francisco 49ers, and discussion has surfaced amongst the Forty-Niner Faithful of wanting the 49ers to take a flier on Bryant (if he were...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 24, 2018 at 7:46 AM
    With NFL free agency around the corner, it's easy to get caught up in some of the star players that could be on the market. One of the big names that jumps out immediately is Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. Obviously, Bell is a tremendous talent that can make an immediate impact on any offense in the short-term, but that doesn't mean he's a fit for every roster. In a lot of ways, Bell is a very risky investment that can do more harm than good in the long run. So, while a team like the San Francisco 49ers may have the cap room to make a run at Bell should he become available, that doesn't mean they should. Let me explain. For the most part, it's not wise to commit a significant portion of your cap to a running back, unless that player is essential to what you...
  • By David Bonilla
    January 19, 2018 at 12:55 PM
    When looking at free agency, it's easy to focus on the flashy big-name stars who will command top dollar. That's not how the San Francisco 49ers attacked the market last year during general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan's first offseason together. The 49ers were aggressive last March, but they were also patient and methodical in their approach. They targeted players that fit Shanahan's system and not just players that produced significant numbers in a contract year. An excellent example is wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who, while in Buffalo, was used almost exclusively as a speedster outside of the numbers. His best season was his last with the Bills when he caught 29 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns in that role. "It...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    January 18, 2018 at 2:33 PM
    2018 NFL free agency: Is wide receiver Allen Robinson Worth four-years and $58 million? Robinson has had some history with lower leg injuries and has been on injured reserve twice during his four NFL seasons. Jacksonville Jaguars' Allen Robinson was a Pro Bowl receiver in 2015. He stands at 6-foot-3 and 220 lbs., and is likely looking for something close to a four-year, $58 million deal as a pending free agent (per Rotoworld.com). The salary desired by Robinson might look familiar because it's the same contract that...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    January 16, 2018 at 11:07 AM
    Turning something negative into a positive: For every minor setback there's a major comeback, featuring "Reuben Foster." How we got here Prize rookie LB Reuben Foster has been in the news recently for marijuana possession (via NFL.com) and potentially stands to lose millions based on the language of his contract (per CBS Sports' Joel Corry), and a possible suspension (via NFL Network reporter...
  • By Al Sacco
    January 11, 2018 at 10:01 AM
    What if I told you that, in their first season together, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and his lieutenants would hit a home run in the NFL Draft? Would you have been able to imagine Lynch, his staff, and head coach Kyle Shanahan working in lockstep to acquire what appear to be six long-term starters? Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Well, that's exactly what the new regime did. The 2017 draft helped lay the foundation for a rebuild that was greatly accelerated by the arrival of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and now it seems like a team that was destined for a long grind back to the top is primed for a playoff run next year. With the season now in the rear-view mirror, here's a look at how the draft class did, and what we might expect from them moving...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    January 9, 2018 at 8:21 PM
    Recently on Niners Live, I made a strong case why Marquise Goodwin deserves a contract extension. Now I'll try to make an even stronger case for why kicker Robbie Gould deserves a contract extension. Related: Why Marquise Goodwin Deserves a Contract Extension The San Francisco 49ers and General Manager John Lynch wasted no time in signing free agent kicker Robbie Gould, who stands at 6-0 and weighs 190 lbs., to replace former Forty-Niners' kicker...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    January 4, 2018 at 5:12 PM
    Recently on Niners Live, we dropped: Why the 49ers should Re-sign Carlos Hyde; but Will They? And now we take it a step further: What Carlos Hyde would bring to the playoff table if re-signed in 2018. Wait, what? Playoffs?! Don't talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?! I'm just hoping we can win a game, another game! (In the words of Jim Mora Sr., and no pun intended, of course). Yes, this article is about to come from a different perspective, indeed, and if you have been tuning into Niners Live you know how we move and do it... The Forty-Niners are expected to make the playoffs in 2018, so says NFL...
  • By Site Staff
    January 4, 2018 at 3:39 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers' 2017 season is complete and it's a safe bet that, no matter what you predicted, it didn't go exactly how you thought. The 49ers started the season by losing nine consecutive games and then won six of their final seven, which included three straight victories over playoff teams to end the year. Before the start of the season, we asked members of our staff to predict the number of wins the 49ers would have in 2017. Shockingly, most were very close if not right on the money. After the first nine weeks worth of games, most probably second-guessed their predictions. Below is a breakdown of each writer's prediction from September 7 and their thoughts on it...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    January 3, 2018 at 10:12 PM
    Taking a look back on Elvis Dumervil's impact as a pass-rusher within defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's defense. The narrative over the last few years (since Aldon Smith) for the Forty-Niners' defense has been finding a pass-rusher that could generate consistent disruptive pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which would equate to showing up in the sack column. When General Manager John Lynch signed ex-teammate Elvis Dumervil, who stands at 6-0 and weighs 255 lbs., to a two-year deal worth $8 million...
  • By Richard Madrid
    January 1, 2018 at 3:09 PM
    Below is a listing of links I have written that cover the 49ers offense and defense under Kyle Shanahan/Robert Saleh for Fansided Niner Noise and our very own 49ersWebzone. There are also 4 articles on the 49ers quarterbacks this season. Feel free to read them all and drop any questions or comments you have in the comments section. Appreciate the support! OFFENSE 49ers Film Room: Kyle Shanahan's Running Game 49ers Film Room: Kyle Shanahan's Passing...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    December 21, 2017 at 5:40 AM
    Imagine the humans who lived 6,000 years ago and observed the change of the seasons. As the autumn days grew shorter and shorter, people across the globe knew what was coming: the frozen grip of impending doom. It must have looked like a fantastical power from a celestial being in the stars, testing the souls of mortal men walking the earth. Only deep faith and belief would keep these people safe from the Grim Reaper's icicle scythe. I imagine my skepticism would have had me burned at the stake for witchery in early civilization. "It's science!" I'd scream. "Look at the abacus and these numbers! And the written history! We don't need to tithe to the high chieftain! He won't make the sun return! Winter happens every year at this...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    December 8, 2017 at 5:50 AM
    The valiant Arthur, who was at that time the commander of the soldiers and kings of Britain, fought against [the invaders] invincibly. Twelve times he led in battle. Twelve times was he victorious in battle. - Henry of Huntingdon. Historia Anglorum, c. 1130 Ancient myth and wild fantasy are vital elements that make up the legend of King Arthur. One of my favorite Arthur prophecies states that he returns to Great Britain when the kingdom needs him. Supposedly, Arthur 'fulfilled' this divination as Winston Churchill during World War II to lead the island nation through the relentless air attacks from the Luftwaffe. Myths make up the fibers and history of athletics. Without them, sports are nothing more than a bunch of adults on...
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