• By Brian Killeen
    Sep 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers started the season playing in the first ever Thursday night opener against the New York Giants in New York, where the largest pre-game party ever was taking place with a Bon Jovi concert. In a game that was supposed to be the start of a Super Bowl run for the 49ers, they played just well enough to escape with a victory. There were both, many positives and negatives coming out of this game. Most importantly, the 49ers started with a win. Credit should be given to the Giants for forming a defensive game plan designed to take Terrell Owens out of the game and contain Jeff Garcia, which worked remarkably well. At halftime the 49ers trailed 6-3 and were being outplayed and out-gained 210 to 134 in total yardage. Despite that, the 49ers should have...
  • By Brian Killeen
    May 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    After such a successful off season in which the 49ers were able to re-sign many of their own free agents and bring in other pro bowl type players in Ron Stone and Tony Parrish, the feeling was that they only needed to add depth with the draft and the signings of un-drafted free agents. Free agents signed last season at this time, still with the team include Al Blades, Ben Steele and Jamie Rheem. The positions the 49ers are looking to fill with un-drafted free agents are at wide receiver, defensive line, and offensive line and kick returner. Charon Arnold – WR – University of California A 5’11” 175lb. athletic receiver, who is extremely quick from Torrance California. He has a good hands and a competitive nature. He needs to continue to develop his...
  • By Brian Killeen
    May 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers emerged as one of the NFL’s up and coming teams last season, and expecting nothing les than the same success in 2002. The 49ers had a very successful off-season, leaving expectations high in San Francisco.   ESPN The 49ers held very strongly to their "Keep the Team Together" philosophy by resigning many of their own free agents. Among those signed were Jeremy Newberry, Garrison Hearst, Fred Beasley, Matt Willig, Zack Bronson, Justin Swift, Jonas Lewis, Terry Jackson, Chike Okeafor, Ronnie Heard and Bobby Setzer. These signings really showed the 49ers commitment to keeping as many of the players that contributed to the great turnaround 2001 season. They continued to add talent to the team with the free agent signings of Ron Stone and Tony...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Jan 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    Unlikely Hero, Garrison Hearst, Rushes for 1,200 yards, makes the Pro Bowl and wins the Len Eshmont Award After a 21/2-year layoff from an ankle injury that developed into a rare career-threatening bone condition, Garrison Hearst returned to have what can only be referred to as an incredible season. He became the first player in NFL history to rush for more than a 1,000 yards after a two-year layoff. During the preseason when asked what his goal was by returning, Garrison responded, “That’s what I want, I want to be the same Garrison I was before.” At times during the season he looked as good or better than he did during his record breaking 1998 season. He showed great moves; good bursts of speed, great blocking ability and his usual good hands as a...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Nov 13, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers entered the season hoping to improve on a mediocre 6-10 record. They would have to do this without, Jerry Rice, the NFL's all-time leading receiver and their star running back, Charlie Garner. Instead, it is with new stars Quarterback Jeff Garcia, wide receiver Terrell Owens, running backs Garrison Hearst and Kevan Barlow and a young talented defense. At the midpoint of the season the 49ers are 6-2, already matching their total number of victories from last season. They are winning with an outstanding passing game, a power running game and an improving defense. Although they are winning, the 49ers are yet to have put together a full four quarters of quality play. They seem to either start slow and finish strong or start well and then fail to put the game...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Sep 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    In the week one overtime victory against the Falcons the 49er wide receivers stepped up and made the plays that put the team in the position to win the game. Terrell Owens, JJ Stokes and Tai Streets all made big plays that were instrumental in the victory. Terrell Owens finished with 7 catches for 93 yards, including a 40 yarder that set up a field goal. JJ Stokes finished with 5 catches for 93 yards, including a 47 yarder and a 16-yard touchdown. Tai Streets finished with 3 catches for 81 yards, including a spectacular 52-yard run and catch that set up the winning field goal in overtime. After struggling through the first 3 quarters the entire offense stepped up in the 4th quarter and overtime. Jeff Garcia had a good day throwing for 335...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Aug 29, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers have had a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last four seasons. In  1997 and 1998 it was Garrison Hearst and in 1999 and 2000 it was Charlie Garner. Garner is playing for the Oakland Raiders now and Hearst is attempting to come back from an injury that has kept him on the sidelines the last two seasons. This season the 49ers have several candidates to be their starting running back. This is also the first season that the 49ers have their entire starting offensive line from the previous year returning. The candidates for the starting running back job are Garrison Hearst, Paul Smith, Kevan Barlow and Jonas Lewis. Garrison Hearst is the guy that shattered all the 49er-rushing records during the 1998 season. He rushed for 1,570 yards that season before being...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Aug 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    With the new season upon us, the overwhelming question us 49er fans have to ask ourselves is, Can the 49ers win with youth? The answer is still to be determined, but if the last 6 games of the 2000 season were an indication, the answer would have to be yes. The 49ers finished very strong winning 4 of their last 6 games largely in part to the improved play of the rookies. The 49ers are no longer a team loaded with veterans like Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Ken Norton, Merton Hanks and Tim McDonald. Instead, they are a team loaded with young talent like Julian Peterson, Ahmed Plummer, Jason Webster, John Keith, Andre Carter and Jamie Winborn. As proven last season, the 49ers are not afraid to play their rookies. The young players on the 49ers have proven that they are...
  • By Brian Killeen
    May 13, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    Coach Mariucci has been impressed with many of the free agents that the 49ers signed after the draft. Among those making an impression are David Allen, Grant Heard, Al Blades, Dave Costa, John Schlecht, Tom Ashworth, James Jordan, Wes Call, Dan Goodspeed, Paul Mandina, Jamie Rheem and Stephen Cheek. David Allen is a 5’9” 200 pound running back kick returner. Although small he is a versatile offensive skill player that instantaneously impacts the game with his return skills. He can line up in the backfield or at wide receiver making him a viable third down option. In 1998 he led the nation in punt return yardage. He had a very successful college career that ended with an injury filled senior season. It seems that the kick return job is his to lose.   Grant Heard...
  • By Brian Killeen
    May 7, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    After another successful draft, the San Francisco 49ers have spent the past week signing undrafted free agents. The 49ers have had much success in the past with these types of players. Derrick Deese, Dave Fiore, Zack Bronson and Chad Stanley are some of the undrafted talent that the 49ers have on the team. Last season, the three undrafted free agents that made the team were Cedric Killings, Ronnie Heard and Jonas Lewis. This year the 49ers are looking to find a kicker, a kick returner and add depth to the offensive line, the defensive backfield and at wide receiver with the signing of the undrafted free agents. Jared McGrath - Running Back – Vanderbilt A 5’10” 193 lb running back that finished as Vanderbilt’s fifth all-time leading rusher with...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    We all new that with this being Bill Walsh’s last draft as the head man in the front office he would want to make it a memorable one. I believe that Walsh did indeed make it a memorable one with his trades and his incredible ability to find talent in the late rounds of the draft. The 49ers ended up with 8 picks in the draft. With those picks they selected Andre Carter, Defensive End from California with the seventh pick of the first round. Jamie Winborn, Line Backer from Vanderbilt with the 16th pick of the second round. Kevan Barlow, Running Back from Pittsburgh with the 18th pick of the third round. Cedric Wilson, Wide Receiver from Tennessee with the 6th pick of the sixth round. Rashad Holman, Corner Back from Louisville with the 16th pick of the sixth round. Menson...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Apr 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    In 1994 the San Francisco 49ers dominated the NFL in every facet of the game. They won their 5th Super Bowl; they had the Coach of the Year, the MVP of the league and the Super Bowl, the Defensive Player of the Year and the Defensive Rookie of the Year as well as ten Pro Bowl players. The 49ers also scored the 4th highest point total in league history with 505 points on their way to a league leading 13-3 record. After going four seasons without making it to the Super Bowl the 49ers were determined to do whatever it took to get there in 1994. It all started in the off-season, when the 49ers started to bring in a bunch of aging veteran free agents hoping to end their career with a Super Bowl victory. They signed Deion Sanders, Gary Plummer, Rickey Jackson, Richard Dent, Charles...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Apr 2, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have had several players named as the NFL Most Valuable Player, NFL Player of the Year, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Year. These are all very prestigious honors that have been given to 49er players over the years. I would like to review the seasons and the player performances in which these honors were awarded. Starting in 1985, with Roger Craig’s incredible season. Although, Roger was not awarded with any of the prestigious honors mentioned above, his performance does deserve some recognition. In 1985 Roger Craig became the first running back in the history of the NFL to finish the season with over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. He had 214 carries for 1,050...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Mar 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers took the first step in ensuring success for the 2001 season with the signing of Derek Smith. The 49ers have several needs for this upcoming season, but none were bigger than the need for a linebacker after the release of Ken Norton and Winfred Tubbs. This signing will allow the 49ers to concentrate on the needs at other positions in the draft on April 21st and 22nd. The 49ers still need to fill spots at defensive line, offensive line, running back, tight end and wide receiver. Derek Smith, the free agent middle linebacker from the Washington Redskins, brings a great deal of leadership, experience and toughness to the 49ers linebacking corps as said by Terry Donahue. Derek has been a starter for Washington since they drafted him in 1997 out of Arizona State....
  • By Brian Killeen
    Mar 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    As a fan of the 49ers it is very difficult not to be a fan of Bryant Young also. Bryant Young is a 29-year-old defensive tackle, which the 49ers drafted in the first round of the 1994 NFL draft. He has since become one of the most respected players, not only on the 49ers, but the whole league. Players, coaches and fans all have mutual respect for him as a player and as a person. Bryant Young has also become one of my favorite players in the NFL. Bryant Young went to Notre Dame where he received Honorable Mention All-America status as a junior with 7.5 sacks. In his senior year he was also All-American with 67 tackles and 6.5 sacks. In 1994 the 49ers traded up in the 1st round to draft the highly talented defensive lineman. During his first year with the 49ers Young...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Mar 9, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    The men making the decisions for the San Francisco 49ers are Bill Walsh, John McVay, Terry Donahue, Bill McPherson and Steve Mariucci. These are the men that will decide which free agents the 49ers will sign, which players the team will have to cut, which players to draft and which players will make the team. Each of these men has extensive knowledge about football and the 49ers. Bill Walsh took over as General Manager in January of 1999. As General Manager he coordinates the daily management of the organization and all aspects of football operations including personnel decisions, the draft and training camp.   In 1979 Walsh took over as Head Coach of the 49ers. He was responsible for laying the foundation of success that led to the 49ers becoming the most...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Mar 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    Leigh Steinberg, CEO and Chairman of Steinberg Moorad & Dunn, a law firm representing more than 150 high-profile professional athletes, is probably the most famous of all the sports agents. He is the agent that encouraged former San Francisco Quarterback, Steve Young, to retire after a series of concussions. Mr. Steinberg is the person, whom Tom Cruise's character in the movie Jerry Maguire was based on. After watching that movie many people were left wondering if there is actually more to a sports agent than just getting team owners to pay their client as much money as possible. Although Mr. Steinberg does represent some of highest paid professional athletes, he does have some policies that make him significantly different than other agents. Leigh Steinberg has a...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Feb 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    It is that time of year when the NFL Free Agency starts. This is the time when players either re-sign with their own teams or sign with other  teams. There are four classifications of free agents. Unrestricted, restricted, transition players and franchise players are the four classifications. Many teams can benefit from signing free agents, but there are also consequences of spending a lot of money on free agents. The 49ers are now suffering the consequences of signing many free agents in the 80’s and 90’s as a result of the salary cap. After years of manipulating the salary cap, the 49ers are now in a position where they do not have the extra money to sign free agents and even have to release some of their veteran players just to be under the salary cap. I would like to...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Feb 11, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    Now that the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl are over, the biggest NFL news is about the upcoming draft and all of the free agents that may be changing teams. I would like to focus on the players in the draft. Every year at this time, all of us fans begin to wonder which players our favorite teams will add during the draft. I thought I would introduce some of the top players that will be available in this year's draft. In describing these players I will be relying on ESPN's draft expert, Mel Kiper, for his opinion. Starting with the Quarterbacks, we have the much-hyped Michael Vick, the Heisman Trophy Winner, Chris Weinke, record setting Drew Brees, Mike McMahon and Jesse Palmer. All of these quarterbacks had terrific seasons for their teams in 2000. They all have the potential...
  • By Brian Killeen
    Jan 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    In talking with many friends and people in general I find that the tendency, when thinking about the 49ers, is to think of the 49ers, I like to call the “Old Generation”. The 49ers of the 80’s that were winning 4 Super Bowl Championships and winning their division year after year. When entering a season the 49ers were always considered a team possible to be playing in the Super Bowl. Times have changed and we are now entering a “New Generation” of 49ers. The “Old Generation” had the legendary Bill Walsh as the Head Coach installing the “West-Coast Offense” with Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing passes to Jerry Rice, John Taylor and Brent Jones. Great running backs like Roger Craig, Wendell Tyler and Tom Rathman. An incredible Offensive line with Harris Barton, Steve Wallace,...
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