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  • By Bobby Horne
    Feb 5, 2019 at 3:19 PM
    Continuing the countdown of the top 10 49ers heading into the 2019 season, we will take a look at the top five players and some reasons why they are key building blocks to putting together a successful campaign. These five players embody everything that the 49ers organization wants to represent its team. You can view the players ranking from No. 6-10 here. During the 2019 season, these players will be relied on to make big plays when it's needed the most. So to finalize this series here are the top five 49ers players for 2019: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jan 31, 2019 at 2:00 PM
    As the 2019 NFL season approaches, one thing is for sure, after a 4-12 season the 49ers roster isn't what it needs to be in order to be successful in 2019. Changes must be made at almost all phases. Going 4-12 is not fun for the organization, the players, or the fans. That doesn't mean that the 49ers are just flat out a bad team. As we all saw in 2018, it was more of a mix of devastating injuries and a play or two away from a win that became a loss in multiple games. This current 49ers roster has some very good players who they can build around and sustain success for years to come. We are going to take a look at the top 10 prior to the opening of the 2019 free agent market, after free agency if the 49ers are aggressive this list could change. This...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jan 24, 2019 at 1:45 PM
    Heading into 2019 the 49ers' top priority is to get better in all phases as I'm sure a repeat of 2018 is not something they want. The 2019 NFL free agency period is one of the first chances to do just that. Relying on free agents to take your team to the next level, especially after a four-win season, is not a team's best option as proper drafting and development of younger players is what will ultimately help sustain success for a franchise. But you shouldn't underestimate the importance of what a few good free agent signings can do for a team. They can bring in a veteran presence to an otherwise young team. The 49ers' own Richard Sherman is the perfect example of just that. They can show younger players how to be professionals in their day-to-day duties,...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jan 15, 2019 at 2:02 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers currently hold the second overall selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Now having that selection obviously means one thing: the 49ers were not a very good football team in 2018. However, they are in a good position to turn things around for this coming season. It all starts with their first pick. Bleacher Report's lead NFL draft writer Matt Miller has Ohio State's EDGE rusher Nick Bosa as the top player entering the 2019 NFL Draft. With only 37 sacks as a team in 2018, putting them at 22nd in the NFL, it's easy to see why the...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Oct 17, 2018 at 8:17 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers came into the 2018 NFL Draft as an up and coming team that had a shot at a playoff run. And picking in the top 10 all but guaranteed them a high profile player. Would they go pass rush and try to take a shot at now Denver Bronco Bradley Chubb? Would they take the emerging star in Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Derwin James? The possibilities were almost endless and the fans were excited to get 2018 underway. Well, the 49ers surprised a lot of people and took Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey. I'll even say myself that at first reaction, I was a little disappointed. I thought there were some "flashier" players they could have taken. But as the days went on and I evaluated the roster, the pick made a lot of sense. Perennial...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Sep 24, 2018 at 3:19 PM
    This past Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs was a day to forget for 49er fans. Hotshot Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was rolling, throwing all over the 49ers defense at ease. The 49ers' first half was some of the worst football played during the Kyle Shanahan era as they went into halftime down 35-10 with slim hopes of a comeback. The second half was another story. The 49ers came out looking like a different team, the defense was holding, and QB Jimmy Garoppolo was leading them back. They drove down the field and Garoppolo was putting them in position to score, which would have left them within one score of a tie. 49er fans watching were telling themselves, "This is why he was brought here. This is a guy who can bring back the culture of...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Sep 17, 2018 at 3:19 PM
    After recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in 2017, it has taken only two weeks for the NFL to see that former All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman is back to his old self. The San Francisco 49ers have faced off against two noteworthy quarterbacks, Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins in Week 1 and Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford in Week 2. Coming off a major injury such as a torn Achilles, one would think that would be grounds for being tested early and often. It has been quite the opposite. Sherman has been targeted a mere five times in two games. Among those targets only two of them were completed for a total gain of 28 yards. It's safe to say that QBs are scared to look his way. This has come against wide receivers like Adam Thielen,...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Sep 6, 2018 at 9:09 AM
    The 2018 NFL regular season is finally here. In just a few days we will be watching games that actually matter with the best players on the field. Excitement is at a high level within the 49ers fan base. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ended 2017 on a five game win streak and looked as advertised during the preseason. With that being said, here are five bold predictions for the season ahead that will hopefully escalate your excitement: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports 1. Jimmy Garoppolo will throw for over 4,500 yards and be in the MVP race: I did say these were "bold" predictions, right? With the arm talent,...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:31 PM
    We are two weeks into the San Francisco 49ers' 2018 preseason and they currently have the No. 1 ranked offense in the NFL, averaging 421 yards per game. Sure it's just preseason and stats in the preseason are meaningless but it's still something. Although things seem to be all good on offense by those numbers, the 49ers' rushing attack has been abysmal, accounting for only 182 yards on 53 carries. A 3.4 yards per carry average is not going to cut it in the NFL, even if it is just the preseason. In both games the running backs have looked lost from top to bottom. Is it officially time to hit the panic button on the 49ers' rushing attack? I wouldn't say so just yet. One thing that most people agree on is that running backs Jerick McKinnon and Matt...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Aug 15, 2018 at 1:05 PM
    In what some would call a surprising move, the San Francisco 49ers signed former Dallas Cowboy and free agent running back Alfred Morris. At first glance this would seem like head coach Kyle Shanahan bringing in a guy to fill in for injured RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida. But when you look a little deeper, this signing is a bit more than adding some depth to cover for injuries. Morris has a serious chance at making this football team. Morris stands at 5-foot-10 and 224 pounds, making him...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Aug 7, 2018 at 11:17 AM
    San Francisco 49ers football is finally upon us. On Thursday, the 49ers will host the Dallas Cowboys for their first preseason game of the 2018 season. The 2018 49ers could be the most hyped up squad the franchise has had in recent memory. A five-game winning streak with a talented new quarterback to end the previous season will do that. If you hope to get a large dose of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, or other new key pieces like running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Richard Sherman, don't hold your...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Aug 3, 2018 at 3:01 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have a problem that they haven't had in over a decade. A strong wide receiving corps. It's a good problem to have and something that we fans are just not sure how to react to. If you were alive in 1989, then you were alive the last time the 49ers had multiple Pro Bowl WRs on the same roster, Jerry Rice and John Taylor. It's safe to say that it has been a while since the WR position has been a serious threat on the field. In 2018, the talented group will be led by 10-year veteran...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jul 29, 2018 at 1:29 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have started their 2018 training camp. Tickets went on sale for fans to go and watch them live, but what if you live far away? What if you just can't get there but still want to be part of the action? Well you can pull out your phone (or any other device), open up your favorite social media app and within seconds you can have a live look at 49ers training camp. Just like that, you're there. In today's world in which information is so easily obtainable, we never stop to think about what it takes to make that information easy to obtain. Vice President & Executive Producer of 49ers studios and marketing Robert Alberino Jr. was hired by the 49ers...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jul 25, 2018 at 11:35 AM
    Some great news came across the wire during Wednesday's training camp press conference. It was reported by 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan that star free agent cornerback Richard Sherman has been 100% medically cleared for training camp. Richard Sherman has been cleared. He will practice Thursday. His schedule is two days on, one day off.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) July 25, 2018 Back in...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jul 24, 2018 at 2:52 PM
    Earlier this afternoon the Tennessee Titans announced that they had released former second-round draft selection, outside linebacker Kevin Dodd. After he did not report to training camp, former 2nd round pick Kevin Dodd has been informed he's being released by the #Titans.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24,...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jul 23, 2018 at 2:54 PM
    Arguably one of the biggest surprises of the San Francisco 49ers' 2017 campaign was the production they got out of their fifth-round draft selection, Iowa tight end George Kittle. Kittle, who was more known for his proficient blocking at Iowa and was said to be a little raw in the passing game department, ended up putting in one of the best rookie seasons for a TE in NFL history. Kittle's 43 receptions and 515 yards are the most ever by a rookie TE drafted in the fifth round or later. And he was able to achieve those feats while banged up and injured throughout his rookie...
  • By Bobby Horne
    Jul 18, 2018 at 5:36 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers and disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will continue to be connected to each other throughout the 2018 season and into 2019 free agency for no other reason than money. Bell's contract situation with the Steelers hasn't been a smooth process as he recently declined the Steelers' final offer of 5-years, $70 million and chose to play on the $14.5 million franchise tag for the second year in a row. It's safe to say that in 2019 he will likely be on the market as it seems there is bad blood between the two...
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