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  • By Andre Tameta
    Mar 10, 2015 at 11:36 AM 22 comments
    Yesterday was simply known as "Black Monday" for the San Francisco 49ers after a multitude of reports ranging from an early retirement to an arrest on suspected spousal battery. After Jim Harbaugh's departure, many wondered if matters could get any worse and apparently they have. Despite the bleak off season that is just beginning, is it possible for the 49ers to reload their golden luster with the appropriate talent and game plans? If history is to repeat itself, the answer would unfortunately be an emphatic "NO," but all is not lost. The last time the 49ers had a tumultuous off-season that is comparable to the current situation, San Francisco initiated their almost decade long descent into the NFL cellar until the Harbaugh hire. Prior to Steve Mariucci's firing...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM 1 comment
    It is evident that the 2012 San Francisco 49ers will have plenty of offensive weapons after a strong performance that culminated with a decisive defeat of the Minnesota Vikings in their first preseason game. The 49ers dominated time of possession and rushed for 260 yards en route to a 17-6 victory that showcased their signature defense and a plethora of competent running backs. Alex Smith continued to build on an impressive 2011 season as he lead the 49ers on a 12 play 84 yard drive that chewed up 7:21 of the game clock highlighted by a 4 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brett Swain. Newcomer Brandon Jacobs who played for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants last season excelled in his role as a short yard specialist while incumbent backup Kendall Hunter consistently...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jan 7, 2011 at 8:23 PM 2 comments
    Both Bill Walsh and Jim Harbaugh were hired respectively to be the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers at 47 years old and the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions? It must be fate, the work of angels and the divine, or maybe it's just history repeating itself almost to a T. However before history does repeat itself, Jim Harbaugh must somehow turn the 49ers into a contender again and rebuild the lost legacy of Bill Walsh's offense that left when former offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy became head coach of the Green Bay Packers. After McCarthy's departure, the 49ers completely scrapped out the West Coast Offense when they hired Norv Turner to fill the same capacity. Gone were the WCO principles and here came the "digital" version of...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Oct 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM 1 comment
    Original article can be seen here: http://www.49erswebzone.com/content/commentary/view.php?id=748 (A Preview of the 2009 San Francisco 49ers, July 29, 2009) The San Francisco 49ers have turned some heads with their 3-1 start to the 2009 regular season but it's no surprise to me. I predicted a 3-1 start early in the summer and I've been dead right so far. The play of Mike Singletary's football team might be better than the 9-7 football team I predicted for them during the training camp. They could very well be a 10 win football team and it's quite possible they could sweep the NFC West, which I also predicted. I can't take back the...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Sep 9, 2009 at 6:11 PM 2 comments
    On Oct. 2, 1994, Steve Young finally lost it as evidenced by the profanities and obscenities he hurled towards head coach George Seifert in an angry fit. Things weren't going to well for Young in San Francisco since taking over as the 49ers' starting quarterback in 1991 when Joe Montana was sidelined with elbow injuries for almost two seasons. Young waited since 1987 for this opportunity. As a result, the veteran Montana was dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs in April 1993. Despite winning two NFC West titles, three passing titles and an NFL MVP award, Bay Area fans made it clear to the media and the organization that Joe Montana was still their favorite son due to the Dallas Cowboys defeating the San Francisco 49ers in two consecutive NFC...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Aug 12, 2009 at 7:14 AM 0 comments
    No man defined the Monsters of the Midway more than San Francisco 49ers' head coach and Hall of Fame middle linebacker Mike Singletary. As Chicago steamrolled the NFL to a 15-1 record, Singletary won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and led the relentless defensive unit to the number one ranking overall (and probably the number one defense in NFL history) culminating with a 46-10 dismantling of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Terry Blount of the Houston Post described the intense Singletary as "the best middle linebacker in football" and "the heart of the Chicago Bears defense." The anchor of the world champion 1985 Chicago Bears was also the original "Minister of Defense," before the great Reggie White was given the same...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:31 PM 7 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers will be tested in the 2009 regular season because they face seven teams that made the playoffs in 2008 and a Monday Night Football battle with the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, who swept the 49ers last year. Week 01 Sunday, Sept. 13 at Arizona Cardinals 2008 Record: 9-7 (NFC Champions) What the Offense Must Do to Win: This unit needs to take a look at Super Bowl XLIII. The Pittsburgh Steelers marched 78 yards and scored on Santonio Holmes' six-yard game-winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds left to win it all. The Cardinals' defense is good enough to bend but not break completely (except for the Super Bowl's final scoring drive) so it is imperative the 49ers...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:13 PM 1 comment
    Rabid San Francisco fans absolutely hated the man because he was a 49er killer. But as a man, Brett Favre is the kind of guy that many can all relate to. From his personal tragedies to his down to earth nature, he is still a likable figure in the NFL. When the smoked finally cleared after his first retirement at the end of the 2007 season, Favre was the holder of an astounding 11-1 record against the San Francisco 49ers. Ouch. Major ouch. But, "glory, glory hallejuah," the San Francisco 49ers finally beat Brett Favre again with a 24-14 victory over the New York Jets on Dec. 7, 2008, making a slight dent in the inflated record to a somewhat respectable 11-2. All anyone can do is simply commend the man for what he has been...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 18, 2009 at 4:27 AM 6 comments
    Although his final memory to some 49er fans is a costly fumble that enabled the New York Giants to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the 1991 NFC Championship game, Roger Craig and his distinctive high-knee running style was no doubt an integral part of the innovative San Francisco offenses during the 1980s. Craig's numbers and three Super Bowl rings should qualify him to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the first running back to be elected to the Pro Bowl at both fullback and halfback, the first offensive player to run and catch for a thousand yards in a season and he also appeared in the playoffs every year of his illustrious career. He was the Marshall Faulk of his era. The San Francisco 49ers drafted the versatile Craig in 1983 out...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 18, 2009 at 4:22 AM 5 comments
    Last year at 49er training camp, San Francisco General Manager Scot McCloughan told me the 2008 San Francisco 49ers would be employing a hybrid 3-4 and 4-3 defense. Well scratch that idea now. Hall of Fame Chicago Bear linebacker and San Francisco 49ers' head coach "Samurai" Mike Singletary wants an actual identity. Physical with an "F," I believe. In order for this to be achieved, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky must stress 3-4 defense fundamentals and be creative with his defensive play calling to overcome the 49ers' lack of a playmaking free safety and solid pass rush. The 2009 San Francisco 49ers' defensive personnel fit a 3-4 scheme and they should not deviate from this course. The roster lacks two very...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 15, 2009 at 5:38 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers have been around this block on more than one occasion. For the last seven seasons actually. Mike Martz, despite having some success with the 49er offense, was given the boot by Mike Singletary due to conflicting offensive philosophies. Then Singletary hired Jimmy Raye, a grizzled old veteran that knows a similar Coryell style digit offense that former offensive coordinator Norv Turner implemented during his one year in San Francisco. The Coryell Offense combines deep and mid range passing and powerful inside running, an apparent must for Singletary's vision of the team. Pass protection is critical to the success of the play because at least two of the five receivers will run a deep in, skinny post, comeback, or crossing patterns that...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM 1 comment
    One was an undrafted free agent that played in NFL Europe. The other was a highly touted NCAA quarterback that was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Shaun Hill and Alex Smith now vie for the job to be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback, but their journeys to this 2009 competition have been extremely different. Hill was not highly recruited out of high school and spent his first two years at Hutchinson Community College. He earned honorable mention honors as a freshman and sophomore, garnering mild attention from the University of Maryland's football scouts. Hill served as Maryland's backup quarterback in his first year but eventually led the Terrapins to an ACC Title as a senior in 2001, their first since...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 14, 2009 at 5:59 PM 0 comments
    In the 1995 Pro Bowl after the San Francisco 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowls, there was a banner that read "Smile George" from San Francisco fans that made the trip to Hawaii. It was time for the low key San Francisco native and his 49ers to smile and bask in the glory of winning the World's championship for a second time under his watch. Former 49ers' head coach George Seifert was Bill Walsh's defensive coordinator for six years and was promoted to the top spot when Walsh retired after San Francisco's 20-16 Super Bowl XXIII victory in 1989, allowing continuing cohesion of an already talented championship team. The Cornell grad often did not show emotion on the sidelines, but off the field his players thought of...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 14, 2009 at 5:55 PM 2 comments
    Newest San Francisco 49er—cornerback Dré Bly—has played for a Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams team as a rookie in 1999, has been a two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Detroit Lions in 2003 and 2004, and has also led the Denver Broncos with five interceptions in 2007. The 49er Faithful are buzzing with excitement about San Francisco's May 21, 2009 signing of Bly as a suitable replacement for the injured Walt Harris and there is a chance the 32-year old free agent could be a mainstay like the veteran Harris, shutdown corner Nate Clements who was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills, former New Orleans Saint Toi Cook or even solid cornerback/safety Marquez Pope who signed with the 49ers after playing with the Los Angeles Rams. There may be a possibility Bly...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Oct 14, 2008 at 10:26 AM 6 comments
    Another game, another loss. Head coach Mike Nolan's seat is getting warmer and is on the brink of losing the team. Is it time for Nolan to go? Many in the Bay Area believe so. What constituted Nolan getting another shot? Nolan's best record as 49er head coach was 7-9, not exactly a winning season. When is enough, enough? Nolan's game plan and conservative defense played a huge role in the 49ers' losing ways. His meddling of coaching personnel has hindered this team and his time is now coming to an end in San Francisco. Although firing Nolan mid-season may not be the recourse the 49ers want to go, but a change is necessary if the 49ers are to return to their glory years, which almost seem like an eternity ago. With Mike Holmgren leaving...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Sep 8, 2008 at 9:39 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers started the season off with a thud in a 23-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals today at Candlestick Park. Things could have been worse as the 49ers turned the ball over five times in the loss. After a close half that was tied 10-10, Arizona dominated the time of possession battle in the second half, only letting the 49ers go on offense twice. Although the 49ers were on the short end of the stick today, the 49er offense looked able to sustain drives in the new offense, highlighted by Frank Gore's 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. J.T. O'Sullivan had a respectable performance going 14-of-20 and passed for 195 yards, however his two fumbles and interception put a damper on his effort today. For most of the game, the Cardinals had great field...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jul 26, 2008 at 3:41 PM 3 comments
    Santa Clara, July 26, 2008 - The San Francisco 49ers of 2008 will be employing a hybrid 3-4 and 4-3 defense and an aggressive downfield passing attack on offense according to General Manager Scot McCloughan. The 49er WebZone staff was invited to a VIP tour of the 49ers' training facilities in Santa Clara. Today was day three of training camp and there were many observations made of the practice from WebZone staff. We were later addressed by McCloughan before practice began and had a private tour of the facilities once practice was over. The off season brought many changes to the 49ers, a dark horse sleeper last year that fell flat on their faces and stumbled to a 5-11 record. Expectations were high after the 49ers went 7-9 during the 2006 season that saw Norv...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:32 PM 2 comments
    If Mike Martz livens the offense up, the 49ers should have a decent year and may exceed some expectations. The 49er defense is sturdy enough to keep the team in games and if the offense is improved from last year's horrid Jim Hostler mess, the 49ers could surprise in the NFC West. The 49er offense is now predicated upon a complex passing system that Mike Martz has mastered throughout the years, culminating in Super Bowl appearances as a member of the St. Louis Rams. Question marks at quarterback and wide receiver still plague the team, but Martz's direction may do the trick for Alex Smith. If Smith grasps the offense, expect a decent year out of him and his receivers. Although Shaun Hill and J.T. O'Sullivan are battling with Smith for the starting position,...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Apr 26, 2008 at 5:16 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers made the most out of their two picks in the first day of the 2008 NFL Draft. Time to welcome Kentwan Balmer and Chilo Rachal to the 49ers. With their first choices, the 49ers addressed the retirements of long time 49er stalwart Bryant Young and offensive lineman Larry Allen. With the retirement of two possible Hall of Famers, the 49ers were in a bind to find replacements at those vacated positions. Although unspectacular to the average Joe Schmo, Balmer and Rachal will follow in their footsteps. The 49ers are now anchored by young talent on the respective lines. Balmer is a pure nose tackle that eats up lots of space and Rachal has a Larry Allen-like mean streak and size that will prove valuable to the offensive line and the...
  • By Andre Tameta
    Mar 13, 2008 at 6:36 PM 2 comments
    For the last few days, many so called experts have questioned the 49ers' off-season moves. What's there to question? The 49ers have vastly improved their roster with their many key additions. There hasn't been a big Nate Clements signing like last year, but the 49ers have added plenty of good role players and added a lot of depth to a team that faltered last season when injuries struck early. Justin Smith's low sack totals during his final Bengal year are not a reason for concern. His contract may be a little hefty, but it's not like the 49ers spent the house on him. Isaac Bruce? Sure he's a little older now but he knows Mike Martz and the offense. He will be the only receiver with some semblance of a clue when the 49ers run...
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