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  • By Allan McBride
    Sep 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM 1 comment
    In 2019, the San Francisco 49ers beat their divisional rival, the Arizona Cardinals, twice during the regular season by a combined 13 points, as both games went down to the wire. The Cardinals offense was able to move the ball against the 49ers top ranked defensive unit. The Cardinals averaged 311.5 total yards of offense, and 133 rushing yards per game, both well above what the 49ers defense allowed on average. Defensively, the Cardinals shut down the 49ers rushing attack, allowing only 135 total rushing yards in the two match ups. It was evident that the Cardinals' game plan was to take away the 49ers' strengths, and force them to throw the ball. Their strategy was effective, but the 49ers were up to the task, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led his team to two crucial...
  • By Allan McBride
    Sep 1, 2020 at 7:28 AM 0 comments
    In the NFL, opportunity is everything, and training camps provide that chance for many players who have to earn their spot on a roster. Annually, players report to camp, optimistic and ready to make a name for themselves. It is the time of year for outliers such as late-drafted rookies, undrafted free agents, injury-prone veterans, and NFL journeymen to come together and fight for a spot on an NFL roster. The days of camp are long and intense as players battle each other in the unforgiving heat of August. There are usually only a few roster spots up for grabs, and the players understand the consequences if they are unable to standout. This year's training camp has been unlike any camp before, as teams are reacting to the NFL's COVID-19 restrictions and protocols. With no...
  • By Allan McBride
    Jun 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM 2 comments
    There has been a lot of attention surrounding the 49ers' young wide receiver group this offseason. Much of the discussion has been focused on the emerging leadership from 2019 rookie standout, Deebo Samuel, the excitement of the explosive first-round pick, Brandon Aiyuk, and the dedication of Kendrick Bourne, who has been working hard this offseason to improve his craft. The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver group is young, talented, and its members all understand that there will be opportunities to earn a key role in Kyle Shanahan's offensive system. In 2019, the 49ers offense relied on a strong running game, where they were 2nd in the NFL in team rushing with 2,305 yards with 498 attempts. Through the air, they were just 17th in the NFL in passing, with 4,029 yards with...
  • By Allan McBride
    May 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM 6 comments
    Over the past couple of weeks, NFL insiders and fans have been engaged in a heated debate about whether former 49er, Frank Gore, belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While most agree that Gore will eventually be honored in Canton, there are those who believe his enshrinement will be due to his longevity and inflated statistics. These critics will argue that Frank Gore has never been able to establish himself as a dominant running back at any point in his career, and even though he has always been a consistently good running back, he has never been...
  • By Allan McBride
    May 20, 2020 at 7:15 AM 8 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers declined to pick up the fifth-year option for DE Solomon Thomas, who is being labeled as a "bust" by analysts and fans alike. Expectations are high for a third overall draft pick, and Thomas has been unable to live up to the hype. So, what exactly went wrong with the development of Solomon Thomas? The 2016 49ers were abysmal on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 32nd overall, allowing 406.4 total yards per game and ranking in the bottom half of the league with only 33 team sacks. The 49ers desperately needed a game-changing defensive end, who could generate pressure against opposing quarterbacks and set the edge against the run. In the 2017 NFL Draft, the 49ers filled that need by selecting Thomas, who was considered one of the nation's top...
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