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  • By Chris Wilson
    Oct 27, 2020 at 12:37 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers were full of studs during their 33-6 thrashing of the New England Patriots in Week 7. Selecting "Studs and Duds" from a Niners squad that put on a clinic against the perennial Super Bowl contender Patriots is a difficult task. But while the struggle is indeed real, it's an enjoyable challenge. Weekly "Studs" such as 49ers linebacker Fred Warner won't be found in today's list, although the All-Pro contender played the part on Sunday. As for the "Duds," they were hard to find. Does defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw's rookie blocking mistake on special teams overshadow his work on the defensive...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Oct 25, 2020 at 3:48 AM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers describe their head coach as a "detailed wizard," and an "aggressive guru," but Kyle Shanahan's actions -- and words -- tell a different story of a man struggling to find a path to greatness. Prior to the San Francisco 49ers' NBC Sunday Night Football matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya asked each player from both teams for three words which best describe their respective head coach. The point of the exercise was to highlight the similarities between the two young coaches, which was a common theme throughout the broadcast. Four of the words provided were identical, and the remainder were relatively similar. However, Shanahan's descriptors formed the image of a "smart" and "relentless"...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:38 AM 1 comment
    As the San Francisco 49ers enjoy their first-round bye in the 2020 NFL playoffs, here's who Niner fans should root for during Wild Card Weekend. Although the San Francisco 49ers earned a weekend off by defeating the Seattle Seahawks in last week's 26-21 thriller, the team and its fans will be glued to their televisions on Sunday for the NFC's pair of Wild Card matchups. Today's playoff slate features two exciting games, beginning with a rematch of the Minneapolis Miracle, as the Minnesota Vikings travel to the Bayou to take on the New Orleans Saints at 10:05 a.m. PT. The NFL's 2020 Wild Card Weekend then comes to a...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:50 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo compiles quarterback rating of zero in his first game action since ACL surgery. San Francisco 49ers franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's highly-anticipated return to the football field didn't go according to plan, as the QB failed to gain a first down -- or a yard through the air -- during his three drives under...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:41 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers safety Adrian Colbert is forced to exit early in his second consecutive game. A week after being ejected from the San Francisco 49ers' first preseason game, safety Adrian Colbert's first-half hamstring strain will keep him out for the remainder of the Niners' Monday Night Football matchup with the Denver Broncos. 49ers defensive lineman Damontre Moore will also miss the rest of the game after injuring his thumb. DB Adrian Colbert (hamstring) and DL Damontre Moore (thumb) are ruled OUT for the remainder of the...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Aug 11, 2019 at 4:36 PM 0 comments
    In a phone call with reporters, head coach Kyle Shanahan discussed the San Francisco 49ers' preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys, including injury updates and the team's position battles at quarterback and wide receiver. The San Francisco 49ers' 17-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys left head coach Kyle Shanahan with more questions than answers regarding the Niners' cadre of wide receivers and the team's backup quarterback competition. Shanahan also provided updates for a number of players who sustained injuries during yesterday's preseason game. When asked whether the team's wide receivers -- including rookies Jalen Hurd and Deebo Samuel -- helped provide clarity to the 49ers' depth chart, Shanahan stated, "The rookies, they made some good plays last...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jul 22, 2019 at 1:08 PM 0 comments
    2018 was a short and disappointing year for San Francisco 49ers franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after a Week-3 knee injury prematurely ended his first full season as a starting QB, as well as the Niners' lofty preseason expectations. For the second consecutive season, sophomore quarterback C.J. Beathard took over under center as the team's de facto starter for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately, just as he was forced to during his QB's rookie season, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan replaced the third-round draft pick after five uninspiring performances. Beathard was afforded the face-saving excuse of a finger injury as the reason for his benching, although he was healthy enough to suit up for...
  • By Chris Wilson
    May 4, 2019 at 3:38 PM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers added another young dual-threat runner to their growing list of running backs on Saturday, as the team signed rookie running back and slot receiver Austin Walker after a positive rookie minicamp tryout. The signing was first reported by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle: 49ers signed former Rice RB Austin Walter following a successful rookie minicamp tryout, per a source @RiceFootball #NFL...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 6:02 PM 0 comments
    The numbers are in on running back Tevin Coleman's new deal, and the contract details are better than expected for the San Francisco 49ers. On Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and the San Francisco 49ers came to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract on the first day of 2019 NFL free agency. Coleman, who played under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during their shared time in Atlanta, appeared to accept somewhat of a "hometown discount" -- albeit in a different city over 2,000 miles away -- in order to be reunited with his former offensive...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 4:53 PM 0 comments
    In the same official press release, the San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of inside linebacker and special-teamer David Mayo, as well as the release of inside linebacker and special-teamer Brock Coyle. Soon after the 49ers' official announcement, Coyle took to social media to thank the 49ers organization for re-signing him last offseason, and to explain that the neck injury he sustained in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season will force the veteran to leave the game: Thank you...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM 1 comment
    On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers added additional veteran talent to the team's roster when they signed former Carolina Panthers inside linebacker and special-teamer David Mayo to a two-year contract. News of the signing was first reported by Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area: The #49ers signed LB David Mayo to a 2 year deal.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 14,...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 9:45 AM 2 comments
    Former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati will remain in the NFC West in 2019, as the veteran offensive lineman signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The news was first reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network on Thursday morning: #Seahawks are signing G Mike Iupati, source says. One-year deal for the former #Cardinals and...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 19, 2019 at 9:49 PM 9 comments
    In Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft 1.0, the San Francisco 49ers select an unexpected defensive lineman with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Every January mock draft is far from perfect, but's latest 2019 NFL mock draft is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Daniel Jeremiah's first mock draft of the year includes a number of surprising selections -- particularly as the first round progresses -- but even the top of his mock draft includes some head-scratchers. Kicking off his mock, the Arizona Cardinals select the top prospect of 2019, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa. But then Jeremiah begins to go against the grain. To date, the vast majority of mock drafts have the San Francisco 49ers selecting one of three defensive linemen with...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 19, 2019 at 2:39 PM 1 comment
    Hue Jackson is the Arizona Cardinals' latest interviewee as the San Francisco 49ers' NFC West rivals continue their search for an offensive coordinator. The Arizona Cardinals' efforts to fill the holes in their coaching staff continued on Friday, as the team interviewed former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson for their vacant offensive coordinator position: The #AZCardinals spent today interviewing former #Browns...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 18, 2019 at 2:47 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers lost another assistant coach on Friday, as the Green Bay Packers hired Adam Stenavich to be the team's new offensive line coach under head coach Matt LaFleur. For a four-win football team that owns the second overall selection in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, members of the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff continue to be surprisingly hot commodities. Two days after the Denver Broncos officially hired former 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello as their new offensive coordinator, NBC Sports Bay Area's...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 18, 2019 at 1:15 PM 0 comments
    The Professional Football Writers of America named San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle the NFL's Most Improved Player of the Year in 2018. San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle continues to receive honors and accolades after his record-breaking 2018 season. On Friday, Kittle received his latest award for the NFL's Most Improved Player of the Year in 2018 from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA): San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, who set an NFL record for most single-season receiving yards by a tight end with 1,377, was selected as the 2018 NFL Most Improved Player of the...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 17, 2019 at 3:40 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers officially hired former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who will coach the Niners' defensive backs and coordinate the team's pass defense in 2019. On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers officially announced the previously rumored hiring of former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods. Woods, who was the defensive backs coach for the Broncos prior to his two-year stint as defensive coordinator in Denver, will serve two roles for his new team. The 49ers announced Woods' official title will be "defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator." Woods will replace San Francisco's former defensive backs coach...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 17, 2019 at 10:09 AM 5 comments
    In his 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, Mel Kiper predicts the San Francisco 49ers will draft EDGE Josh Allen with the second overall selection. With draft season in full swing for the 28 NFL teams not in playoff contention, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. released the first round of his first mock draft of the year on Thursday morning. In his 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, Kiper predicts the San Francisco 49ers will use the second overall pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft to address their most glaring offseason need -- an outside pass rusher -- by drafting University of Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen. It's...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 12, 2019 at 12:05 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers utilized All-Pro tight end George Kittle at an unsustainable rate in 2018. The availability of Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. provides the Niners with an opportunity to prevent an impending problem before it comes to fruition. The San Francisco 49ers had a dangerous addiction this season, and one that few offensive masterminds other than 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan would have been able to mask. While that addiction proved to be dangerous for opposing defenses in 2018, a failure to act this offseason would have dire consequences for San Francisco once the 2019 NFL season begins. Despite failing to meet preseason expectations, the 49ers' passing attack performed surprisingly well in 2018, given the storm the team's offense was...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Dec 20, 2018 at 4:20 PM 1 comment
    If you're surprised by the San Francisco 49ers' lack of takeaways in 2018, you're not alone. 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh can't believe it either. In his weekly press conference on Thursday, Saleh spoke at length about his defense's failures in the turnover department this season. "There's no reason why we shouldn't be in the middle of the pack with all of the opportunities we have had," Saleh told reporters. "We're almost snake-bitten. I should probably go to church a little more." The 49ers' turnover differential, which currently sits at a league-low -22 on the year, has been a point of concern for San Francisco over the entire 2018 season. But while the Niners have been able to protect the ball on offense in recent weeks, Saleh's defensive unit has...
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