• Brian Renick
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    Brian Renick
    A full-time educator, lifelong Niner fan, Co-Host of The Denim Dungeon podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-denim-dungeon-podcast/id1528816955), and a devout believer in Kyle Shanahan’s YAC Attack.

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  • By Brian Renick
    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:40 PM 5 comments
    The smoke that began rising on Twitter earlier this week about Deshaun Watson being unhappy in Houston has consistently gotten thicker as the week has progressed. Typically, where there's smoke, there's fire. The 49ers absolutely must pursue all avenues available to them to bring Watson to Santa Clara. He would instantly transform this 49ers squad into a perennial Super Bowl contender. Watson finished the 2020 season as the second-highest rated passer in the league behind likely MVP Aaron Rodgers. He accomplished this on a team that was relatively bereft of talent on the offensive side of the ball, and was mired in a terrible coaching situation (Bill O'Brien was fired after four straight losses to start the season). Despite the dysfunction, Watson still led the...
  • By Brian Renick
    Jan 2, 2021 at 12:10 PM 4 comments
    49er fans have been spoiled by the Joe Montana and Steve Young eras. From 1981 (Montana's first year as a starter) to 1998 (Young's last full season), fans grew accustomed to having an MVP-level QB starting for their team each season. Every quarterback who has started for the Red and Gold since 1999 has been judged, fairly or not, against the success of those two legends. One year removed from a Super Bowl run, and after another season derailed by an injury, a majority of fans and 49ers' Twitter have determined that Jimmy Garoppolo is not the future. They have been clamoring for the team to trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft to get one of the top 4 QB prospects coming out of college: Trevor Lawrence from Clemson, Justin Fields from Ohio State, Zach Wilson from BYU, or Trey Lance...
  • By Brian Renick
    Nov 2, 2020 at 3:00 PM 7 comments
    I don't think Jimmy Garoppolo is a bad quarterback. I think he is a good quarterback who, when surrounded by a good team, can lead said team to a Super Bowl, as evidenced by the 2019 season. I also don't think it is fair to judge Garoppolo as harshly as some have this season because, according to reports, the guy has been playing on torn ligaments in his ankle. When healthy, Jimmy has done quite a bit of winning in his career. The only quarterbacks with a higher winning percentage (with at least 30 games started) than Garoppolo's .743 are Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Tom Brady, in that order. That's pretty good company. However, there has only been one season in his career during which he has played a full 16-game season, and that was 2019. Football is a violent game, and injuries...
  • By Brian Renick
    Sep 24, 2020 at 2:47 PM 1 comment
    Alright, now the sky does feel like it's falling a bit. After the final whistle blew last week against the Jets, the 49ers hobbled to the locker room, heads spinning from the sheer volume of injuries that occurred to key players. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with an ankle injury, superstar edge rusher Nick Bosa was lost for the season with a torn ACL, two plays later defensive line cog Solomon Thomas was also lost for the season with a torn ACL, running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman both left with knee sprains, defensive lineman D.J. Jones suffered an ankle injury, and linebacker Dre Greenlaw suffered a deep thigh bruise. Add all of those to the list of players who were already sidelined: George Kittle, Richard Sherman, Dee Ford, Deebo Samuel, Weston Richburg, Jason...
  • By Brian Renick
    Sep 16, 2020 at 11:43 AM 0 comments
    I have recently discovered one of my new favorite shows on Hulu during this COVID-19 quarantine. It's called Letterkenny, and it's a half-hour comedy out of Canada that brings jokes, wit, and one-liners at a pace that is almost overwhelming at times. There is a LOT of Canadian slang (yes that's a real thing, and most of it comes from hockey), and one of the phrases that main character Wayne, the town's champion fighter and tough guy, says often when confronted by nonsense from somebody is "You better settle down over there or I'm gonna come talk to ya." 49er fans, you better settle down over there or I'm gonna come talk ya! The 49ers' performance against the Cardinals in Week 1 was less than stellar. The offense looked disjointed with its top two receivers, Deebo...
  • By Brian Renick
    Aug 31, 2020 at 9:00 AM 1 comment
    Most people know how important the quarterback position is in football. The 49ers are going to go as far as Jimmy Garoppolo can take them. However, there are other people in the organization that will have a significant impact on whether or not the 2020 season ends with the Niners hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. The five 49ers not named Jimmy Garoppolo who will have the biggest impact on the success of this season are Kyle Shanahan, Trent Williams, Richard Sherman, Dee Ford, and George Kittle. Kyle Shanahan Shanahan automatically gives the 49ers the edge in every game they play. His play-calling brilliance comes from a deep understanding of defensive principles, tendencies, and schemes. His personnel groupings dictate which players the opposing defensive...
  • By Brian Renick
    Aug 19, 2020 at 3:42 PM 7 comments
    Alex Smith can be a lightning rod for 49er fans. He is, arguably, the poster child for the lean years of the Nolan/Singletary/Tomsula (1 game) era. There is the ever-present "Smith taken ahead of Rodgers" storyline, or the way he was Wally Pipp'd by Colin Kaepernick on the way to a Super Bowl season. All of that aside, Alex Smith is one my favorite 49ers of the last twenty years. It was not his fault that he was drafted #1 overall to a team that was nowhere near ready to compete. It's not his fault that, during his tenure in San Francisco, he had 4 different head coaches and SEVEN different offensive coordinators (Mike McCarthy, Norv Turner, Jim Hostler, Mike Martz, Jimmy Raye II, Mike Johnson, and finally Greg Roman). That is a Murderer's Row of mediocrity and ineptitude...
  • By Brian Renick
    Jun 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM 3 comments
    Last season, the 49ers initial 53-man roster broke down like this on the offensive side: 3 quarterbacks 4 running backs 7 wide receivers 4 tight ends 8 offensive linemen The makeup of the offensive side of the ball from a roster-building perspective probably won't deviate much from last season. The NFL and NFL Player's Association negotiated a new Collective Bargaining Agreement over the offseason. One of the changes from a roster standpoint is the increase in the active game-day roster, from 46 players to 48 players (as long as one of the extra two players is an offensive lineman). So one change that you may see from last season is nine offensive linemen. This would mean there would have to be a reduction in...
  • By Brian Renick
    Jun 1, 2020 at 4:17 PM 4 comments
    49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 2 yards, or fewer, away from being named Super Bowl LIV MVP. That's how far he overthrew wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for an easy touchdown in the 4th quarter. If Sanders was just a little bit faster, or if Garoppolo's throw had a little less behind it, the narratives surrounding the 49ers and their starting quarterback this offseason would be drastically different. As it is, Garoppolo has faced a barrage of analysis, articles, and tweets questioning whether he is a good starting quarterback, let alone a great one. All of this chatter has come after a season in which he guided his team to a 13-3 record, completed 69.1% of his passes (4th in the NFL), threw 27 touchdowns (5th) and 13 interceptions, and 8.4...
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