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  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 17, 2018 at 9:09 AM
    When Richard Sherman signed a 3-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March, only days after being released by the Seattle Seahawks, the move didn't garner as much attention as it would have under normal circumstances. The 4-time All-Pro has consistently proven to be the best cornerback in the NFL, or Top 3 at worst depending on who's judging, but was recovering from surgery on his right Achilles, which he tore in November. In March, he had a minor surgery on his left Achilles as well. Concerns about his ability to fully recover while playing the demanding cornerback position significantly lowered expectations for his 2018 campaign. After two weeks of play, those concerns have been dispelled. Sherman has rarely been targeted in the first two games against the...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 7, 2018 at 9:02 AM
    The season-ending ACL injury suffered by 49ers top free agent acquisition Jerick McKinnon put a damper on the enthusiasm of a fan base starved for a winning team, and understandably so. Despite the fact that McKinnon has never truly been the featured back on his team, and only posted a 3.8 yards per carry average last season, head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch told everyone how important he was going to be to this offense and demonstrated their faith in him by making him one of the highest-paid running backs in the league. Therefore, everyone took their word for it because they are both on a short list of the most respected football minds in the NFL, especially Shanahan's. The apparent silver lining in these conversations has been Alfred Morris. Signed by...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Oct 22, 2017 at 10:14 AM
    Video gamers have always utilized cheat codes to skip ahead in games and reach the exciting climax more quickly. In Super Mario Brothers, players could use the warp zones to skip from level one to level four, and level four to level eight, jumping ahead to the final battle with King Koopa and rescuing Princess Toadstool in a much shorter amount of time. Fans of Mike Tyson's Punchout often utilized a cheat code to skip past the other thirteen fights and get right to the championship showdown with Iron Mike. Fans of legendary two-player shooting adventure Contra can still rattle off the cheat code by memory: up, up, down, down, left, right, left right, b, a, start. Players entering that code were provided with 30 lives to make it through the alien invasion and save the day, as opposed to...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 18, 2017 at 7:12 AM
    In the 49ers' 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, free safety Jimmie Ward returned from his hamstring injury, and it didn't take long for him to get back to work. On 3rd-and-8, on Seattle's first possession of the game, quarterback Russell Wilson dumped the ball to running back C.J. Prosise who quickly got up field for a nine-yard gain and a first down before being tackled by Ward. What was notable about the play was the tackle itself. Because he was moved to the cornerback position after college, and is relatively small in stature, people tend to forget how physical of a player Ward is. Prosise is listed at 6'1" and 225 pounds. Ward is listed at 5'11" and 193 pounds. That's a 32 pound difference if you're counting at home. Ward didn't go low and cut Prosise's legs out from under...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 11, 2017 at 12:44 PM
    The day after a disheartening opening day loss provides ample opportunity to go on and on about how the sky is falling, the team is even worse than we thought, the season is over, etc. That's a rather easy thing to do. Let's also remember the opening game the past two years when the 49ers played extremely well and blew out the Vikings and Rams by a combined score of 48-3, before turning into one of the worst teams in the league for the remainder of the season. If any fan base should know that things are not always as they seem on opening day, it's this one. I believe that the team has far more reason for optimism than yesterday's result would suggest. Here's why: 1) The Run Defense Conventional wisdom suggests that if you can run the ball and stop the run in...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Aug 20, 2017 at 10:36 AM
    When Eric Reid joined the 49ers as a first-round pick in 2013, he was fearless, and perhaps a slight bit reckless. Maybe it's better to say that he played with reckless abandon. By all accounts, Reid is a very cerebral player, but he was a big hitter in college, and he brought that same mentality to the NFL. However, NFL players are bigger and much more physical than college players, even those in the SEC, so Reid suffered a couple of scares during his rookie year that appeared to cause him to re-evaluate his style of play. Having already suffered his first concussion earlier in the year while tackling Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice, the scarier moment came in November against the Carolina Panthers. As he always did, Reid closed quickly and crashed into Panthers...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Jul 27, 2017 at 1:08 PM
    When Colin Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following a meeting with new general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan, there was an abundance of speculation about what that would mean for his career going forward. When he went through the entire offseason unsigned, while a number of less-accomplished quarterbacks found jobs, the theory emerged that Kaepernick was being blackballed by the NFL for his stance on social injustice in America. Several league officials and media personalities scoffed at this assertion and argued that his lack of employment stemmed from the fact that he simply is not a good quarterback. However, when this line of reasoning is...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Feb 28, 2017 at 1:36 PM
    Josh Gordon is a name forgotten by most NFL fans, but one that has almost certainly come up in nearly every front office in the NFL at some point this offseason, even if only to dismiss the possibility of signing him. To dismiss him though, you must first acknowledge him. He is still under contract with the Cleveland Browns, but reports have indicated that they are done with him, and you would have to believe that he could be acquired for a relatively low draft pick, or that the Browns will cut him and he could be signed for a minimal salary. There is a very small group of NFL receivers who are so dominant in all aspects of the game that they can almost single-handedly change the fortunes of a franchise. Attaining one of these receivers usually boils down to the good fortune...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Feb 23, 2017 at 4:37 PM
    There are a lot of people with significant public platforms trying to convince anyone who'll listen that regarding Colin Kaepernick, don't believe your own eyes and don't believe your own ears. Michael Lombardi of The Ringer is the latest to join the circus. On the latest episode of "The NFL Show" on The Ringer, Lombardi said, "This is the biggest joke to me in the league right now – is Kaepernick wants a meeting with the 49ers." That meeting between Kaepernick and the 49ers took place on Wednesday, so obviously General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan didn't think it was such a joke. As a matter of fact, they've both had several positive things to say about Kaepernick since taking over their respective positions, and again after the...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:54 PM
    Newly hired 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan held their introductory press conference on Thursday, and quickly dispelled the popular notion that it is a foregone conclusion that quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not be on the team during the 2017 season. "Colin reached out and we plan on visiting, that's something Kyle and I committed to," Lynch revealed. "In order to find out what you need, you first have to really take inventory of what you have. We'll sit down with him and if we see fit that he's a part of it, we'll commit to that. If not, we'll figure things out." "It starts with me with just studying people," Shanahan added, "I need to go watch it on tape and Colin, like any other player, is someone I'm going to be watching a lot...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Jan 23, 2017 at 8:08 AM
    When Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee suggested that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan may want to keep Colin Kaepernick around if he becomes the San Francisco 49ers' next head coach, the response was predictable. It was split between those who are in favor or at least would be willing to take a wait and see approach, and then those who spit out their morning coffee, drove their cars off the side of the road or fell out of their chairs backward onto the floor. Ok, so maybe I'm just imagining those reactions, but there are obviously those who very clearly think that would be a grave mistake: and they are passionate about it. After all, Colin...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:34 PM
    The 49ers-Seahawks rivalry will be renewed on Sunday, albeit with the luster gone from previous matchups in the series. The Niners are playing for pride and momentum heading into the offseason, while the Seahawks are preparing for another postseason appearance. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the team back from 14 points down with slightly over ten minutes to play last Saturday as the team defeated The Los Angeles Rams 22-21, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, along with several of the defenders tasked with stopping Kaepernick this Sunday, noticed the difference in his play from the last time they saw him in person in 2015. "Colin has looked really effective and he's back to playing comfortably and running and throwing and scrambling and doing all that...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Dec 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM
    With the possibility of a winning season way, way back in the rear-view mirror, evaluating the entire 49ers organization has been the priority for the team for a better part of a couple of months now. What a difference a week makes. Last week, the 49ers were the most optimistic 1-10 team I can ever remember seeing. After constant improvement with the passing game and run defense the past few weeks, players spoke openly about finishing this season strong and setting the tone for a more successful campaign next year. This week, the optimism came crashing to a halt. First off, the hours leading up to the game saw the leaking, or publication if you'd prefer, of two pieces of important news regarding the 49ers: the fact that quarterback Colin Kaepernick will apparently...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:58 AM
    NOTE: If you're a person who believes that we should only discuss negative points about the 49ers because they are coming off yet another loss, then I'll warn you ahead of time: this article might not be for you. The 49ers have the worst group of wide receivers in the league. Isn't that what most people agreed on prior to the season? I hesitate to speak in such absolute terms about matters that involve opinion, but by any measure, if they are not the worst, they are certainly the least accomplished. Also, 8% of the passes attempted by 49ers' quarterbacks this year have been dropped by receivers. Not 8% of the incompletions, but 8% of the attempts. That's a staggering amount of dropped passes. The league average is 5%. Yet, here we are, six games into...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Nov 14, 2016 at 8:12 AM
    As head coach Chip Kelly accurately pointed out after the 49ers 23-20 loss, "They aren't handing out participation trophies in the National Football League." Still, it was hard not to feel good about the performance of the 49ers on the road against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. In this article, I originally wrote that the Cardinals boast the league's number 2 overall defense, as well as the #2 defense against the pass. Actually, going into the game, the Cardinals were the league's top-ranked defense. The 49ers actually bumped them down to number 2 after yesterday's game. The struggles of the 49ers' running backs was a clear indicator of how formidable the Cardinals' defense is. Carlos Hyde finished with 14 yards on 13 carries, and backup DuJuan Harris equaled that total on...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Oct 21, 2016 at 8:54 AM
    On Torrey Smith's weekly appearance on KNBR's Murph and Mac Show on Wednesday, he discussed the 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. His comments about quarterback Colin Kaepernick's performance in his first start provided some valuable insight to Kaepernick, and what we might expect going forward from both Smith and Kaepernick in this offense. "Before, it's been times I've been open, and the ball was gone before it got to my part in the progression," Smith explained. "Actually, [in the Buffalo game] the majority of the passes that I caught, I wasn't really the first read. So, he just went through and the ball happened to come to me this week which is always exciting to feel like you can get a look." One of the biggest criticisms of Kaepernick's game is the...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:59 PM
    Towards the end of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco, a disturbing pattern emerged. Anonymous sources began conveniently popping up with increasingly creative ways to cast the former coach in a negative light on his way out the door. Those anonymous sources were never identified, yet they created so much negative publicity, and dissension within the organization, that by the time the season was over, Harbaugh's departure seemed to be a foregone conclusion. This pattern continued during last season's quarterback transition from Colin Kaepernick to Blaine Gabbert. Mysterious anonymous sources again appeared with inside information about everything from Kaepernick's alleged standoffish attitude towards teammates, to his lackluster study habits. All of a sudden, these...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 27, 2016 at 9:04 AM
    We have to find something positive to point to, don't we? Well, maybe we don't have to, but let's try anyway. That's not an easy task at all considering the steep decline in production of the 49ers in all facets of the game in the past two games. Sunday's 37-18 loss in Seattle was the exclamation point. If you wanted to place blame on the defense for surrendering a ton of early points and putting the offense behind the 8-ball, or the offense for not being able to put together any sustained drives, then you could. Apparently the special teams didn't want to be left out. Phil Dawson's 53-yard field goal attempt midway through the second quarter not only missed, but looked like he was aiming for another dimension. Then, in the third quarter, with a chance to pin the Seahawks...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 20, 2016 at 11:01 AM
    After the first two games of the season, three of the four 49ers' starting defensive backs are ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions according to Pro Football Focus. Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea are the #3 and #7 ranked safeties respectively, and Jimmie Ward is the #9 ranked cornerback. Tramaine Brock ranks in the middle of the pack. Of 64 starting corners, Brock ranks #39. Despite their rankings, the 49ers defense surrendered 353 yards and 4 touchdowns to Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday in a 46-27 loss. Immediately, comparisons were made to last year's week 2 performance against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the two games were entirely different. In last year's 43-18 loss to the Steelers, Roethlisberger...
  • By Anwar Jamison
    Sep 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM
    "I know the 49ers are bad." Dan LeBatard, star of Highly Questionable on ESPN spoke those words on Tuesday when the question was posed as to whether Monday night's 28-0 49ers victory over the Rams was because the Rams are a bad team, or the 49ers are a good team. LeBatard seemed to opt for none of the above, asserting that both teams are bad. Bomani Jones, LeBatard's co-star, chimed in on his on syndicated ESPN radio show, The Right Time with Bomani Jones. "Wow, this roster is bad," added Jones while scrolling through the 49ers' depth chart. In both of their defense, they are both hosts on national platforms that don't only cover football, but all sports. Even analysts who focus on football can only watch but so much film on 32 teams. How many national sports...
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