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    36 year old husband & father of 4, life-long 49ers fan living in Hudson Valley New York.

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  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 13, 2020 at 12:03 PM 2 comments
    Transformative. How many players can completely change a team just by stepping on the field? Defensive end Nick Bosa did just that for the 49ers in 2019. For years 49ers fans would watch opposing quarterbacks enjoy a comfortable pocket to pass from as they carved up the 49ers secondary. Thanks to the #2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, the opposing quarterbacks weren't afforded that luxury. Bosa won the 2019 Associated Press Rookie of the year award and there was a point in the season when he was contending for Defensive Player of the Year as well. Offenses struggled to stop Bosa as his supreme technique, indefatigable effort and superb athleticism dominated the field on Sundays. Pro Football Focus actually noted...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 13, 2020 at 11:09 AM 3 comments
    Jimmy Garoppolo; Super Bowl winning quarterback. That will one day be a headline that you will read. Though the 49ers signal caller came up short in the biggest moment of his career in Super Bowl 54, there are many more moments to come. Garoppolo is 28 years old coming off his first full season as an NFL starter. Recency bias has caused many to question the ability of this rising star. The final 3 games of the 49ers season have caused some to neglect the 16 games that came prior. In those 16 games (the NFL regular season), Garoppolo ranked 5th in completion percentage, 5th in touchdown passes, 8th in passer rating and 3rd in yards per attempt. All of this, in his first full season as a starter. Despite the statistical production, the Super Bowl appearance and...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 13, 2020 at 8:25 AM 0 comments
    George Kittle is the best tight end in football. There is no argument to be made against it. No tight end does for his team what George Kittle does for the San Francisco 49ers. Kittle is an unstoppable force in the passing game, displaying an elite ability to gain yards after the catch with the ball in his hands. In 2018 Kittle set the NFL record for receiving yards for a tight end with 1,377. That alone exemplifies the value he brings to the offense, but when you pair his ability catching the ball with his blocking ability, you really begin to see what makes Kittle so special. Not only does Kittle excel on the field, he is essential to the success of the 49ers off the field. Kittle brings a jovial attitude to the game that is infectious. A leader in every sense...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 12, 2020 at 12:24 PM 0 comments
    DeForest Buckner was a great 49ers defensive lineman before it was cool. Prior to the acquisitions of Dee Ford and Nick Bosa and the emergence of Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner was the only dominant force on the 49ers defense, period. One only must go back to Super Bowl 54 to see the importance that Buckner plays in the 49ers defense. Registering 1.5 sacks, he was a half-step away from sacking Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes on the now infamous 3rd and 15 bomb to Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill. Buckner brings havoc from the interior line and must always be accounted for by opposing offenses. Buckner is a defensive leader and a key to sustained success for the 49ers. 2019 Performance Buckner's statistic production saw a decrease from 2018, mostly...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 12, 2020 at 7:17 AM 1 comment
    On the field defensive end Dee Ford is a dominant force. A blazing quick edge rusher who can completely wreck a passing offense with the pressure he puts on the quarterback. When the 49ers traded for Ford and paired him with defensive end Nick Bosa, they created a 1-2 punch on the defensive line that propelled the 49ers into title contention. It's hard to find anything bad to say about Dee Ford, but there is one obvious flaw in his game: his ability to stay on the field. Through 6 seasons of his career Ford has only one when he played all 16 games. The 49ers knew this when they traded for him in 2019, and while Ford missed nearly half the season due to injury, his return in the playoffs aided the 49ers defense on its road to the Super Bowl. Only one player on the...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 11, 2020 at 7:22 AM 1 comment
    Tyshun Raequan Samuel is a bully. His play on the field lives up to the character his nickname is derived from, Deebo, from the classic comedy "Friday". On Sundays he will punch you in the face, take your beach cruiser and the chain your grandmother gave you. If any receiver epitomizes the mentality that Kyle Shanahan is looking for from the wide receiver position better than Samuel, show him to me. I don't believe he exists. When the ball is in his hands, Samuel turns from wide receiver to running back and brings a punishing running style that eludes 1 tackler and puts a beating on the next. The 49ers' top two targets towards the end of the season shared this common trait, both Deebo Samuel and George Kittle played with a toughness that cannot be found on paper. No statistic...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:23 AM 0 comments
    Heroes aren't always who you expect them to be. The name Richard Sherman was a vile one to 49ers fans prior to 2018. A hated rival, who took joy in gloating over the fallen 49ers teams of the past. This long-time Seahawk personified the heated rivalry between San Francisco and Seattle more than any one player. Heroes aren't always who you expect them to be. January 19th 2020, Richard Sherman intercepts Aaron Rodgers and seals the 49ers 7th trip to the Super Bowl. One of the most hated rivals in 49ers history has become a 49ers legend. January 19th 2014, Richard Sherman seals the Seahawks Super Bowl birth by tipping away a Colin Kaepernick pass into the hands of linebacker Malcolm Smith. What a difference 6 years can make. Richard Sherman was a hero for the 49ers...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 9, 2020 at 7:07 AM 1 comment
    Fred Warner is the heart and soul of the 49ers defense. Drafted in the 3rd round in 2018, the 49ers saw a rangy hybrid linebacker who represented an evolution of the position. Warner was not meant to be the run stopping middle linebacker from a bygone era, Warner's skills perfectly matched the current state of the game. A game in which passing is emphasized by coaching and officiating, where a good QB earns $30 million a year while the very best running back can't make $15 million. Though the 49ers drafted Warner with this in mind, they got so much more than they bargained for. Upon his arrival the 49ers hoped to pair him with Rueben Foster as their 1-2 punch at linebacker. Foster was their first-round pick from 2017, and looked to be the future of the defense. This made it...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 5, 2020 at 7:16 AM 0 comments
    Joe Staley is the 49ers. San Francisco needed a left tackle in 2007 to protect the blind side of its recently drafted franchise QB and it turned to Staley with the 28th pick in the 1st round. 14 years later Staley still holds court on the left side of the line every Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers. During his 14-year career, Staley has been part of some of the best and some of the worst teams in 49ers history. He has played for 2 Super Bowl teams, he also has suffered a 2-14 season. In the beginning of the Shanahan-Lynch era, Staley was pondering retirement. Head coach Kyle Shanahan was able to persuade Staley to look for the light at the end of the tunnel, coaxing him to stay and help the 49ers acquire their 6th Lombardi trophy. Staley stayed, and on February...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Mar 3, 2020 at 7:28 AM 0 comments
    The most important ability is availability. In 2019, for the first time since 2015, free safety Jimmie Ward played 16 games in a season. For much of his career, Ward felt like a man without a country. Constantly being shifted around the secondary nobody knew what Ward was, aside from injury prone. In 2019 Ward started off the season unavailable. This was a common theme for Ward, who has lovingly gained the nickname Jimmie "Hospital" Ward from a portion of the 49ers fanbase. His absence gave free safety Tarvarius Moore an opportunity to take over as the starter. Nonetheless, 3 games into the season Moore relinquished that job back to Ward after numerous examples of taking poor angles and blowing assignments. This was a disappointing development. The 49ers had...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 28, 2020 at 8:24 AM 0 comments
    Football isn't always sexy. As much as the fans love to watch 400 yard passing games and huge breakaway runs, none of that happens without the 5 men hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage. In 2018 the 49ers spent the 9th overall pick on RT Mike McGlinchey to be a cornerstone of the offensive line. Coming out of Notre Dame McGlinchey was known for his run blocking talent, which is exactly why the 49ers coveted him so much. In 2019 the 49ers running backs ranked 1st in the NFL in total yards gained. In the playoffs the 49ers literally ran over their opponents on the way to Super Bowl 54. This run game was the manifestation of the Shanahan offensive vision, one that Mike McGlinchey played a critical role in. As Shanahan dialed up runs coming from every angle and...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 27, 2020 at 1:15 PM 1 comment
    Arik Armstead was by far one of the best defensive players on the 49ers roster in 2019. A first-round pick in 2015 under Jim Tomsula, Armstead has been around for the 49ers struggles over the first 4 years of his career. In his 5th year, Armstead was a major contributor to the resurrection of the 49ers into a championship caliber defense. Prior to this season the 49ers picked up Armstead's 5th year option on his rookie contract. Despite how well he played this season, if you turned back the clock to last off-season not everyone thought that was a wise decision. At his very best, Armstead was a good player. The 49ers struggled to find a fit for Armstead as he moved all around the line in his first 4 years, never tallying more than 3 sacks in a single season. In fact, in...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 25, 2020 at 9:05 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers were pleasantly surprised by their secondary in 2019. Boasting the #1 pass defense in the league and allowing the lowest number of passing yards per game in over 10 years. An offseason question mark transformed into a regular season strength. Much of this can be attributed to an improved pass rush, and as good as they were, the 49ers were even better when their 2 best safeties were on the field. In the past few years it was a rare to see SS Jaquiski Tartt and FS Jimmie Ward on the field at the same time. Hell, it was even rare to see one of them on the field. Injuries followed these players like a lost dog looking for lunch. In 2019 both safeties were able to stay relatively healthy, and what a difference it made. First on our list we'll look at the less talented of...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 21, 2020 at 7:04 AM 1 comment
    When Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch began their journey to rebuild the 49ers, one of their most controversial signings was fullback Kyle Juszczyk. For starters, the NFL has been phasing out the fullback position for some time now. The majority of NFL teams do not even carry a fullback on their rosters, and here were the 49ers not only signing a fullback, but giving one a 4-year, $21 million contract in the 2017 offseason. The 49ers viewed Juszczyk as much more than a Fullback, they labeled him as an offensive weapon (OW). Fans were unaware at the time what Shanahan had planned for Juszczyk, but over the course of the next 3 seasons it was apparent why the 49ers valued Juszczyk as much as they did. Juszczyk has filled the traditional role of a fullback...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 20, 2020 at 7:45 AM 0 comments
    Be Legendary. This is the mantra for 49ers LB Kwon Alexander and it also became the mantra for the team in 2019. During the 2019 offseason the 49ers made an initial splash by signing LB Kwon Alexander to a big contract. There were questions regarding this signing, as he, just like two other key 49ers, was coming off an ACL tear during the 2018 season. Alexander made a name for himself in Tampa Bay as a ferocious linebacker with great speed and the ability to run sideline-to-sideline and make impact plays. The general idea behind the signing seemed to be that 49ers GM John Lynch missed on his impact LB in drafting Rueben Foster in 2017, so Alexander was the man to fill that void. While I myself was skeptical about this signing, originally a 4-year $54 million dollar deal, when...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 18, 2020 at 7:57 AM 0 comments
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Raheem Mostert is a record-breaking running back. His 220-yard, 4 touchdown performance vs. Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game set a record for the most single-game rushing yards in 49ers history. One of the main gripes many 49ers fans have about their team's Super Bowl loss is a failure to feature Mostert more in the 4th quarter. So, why does Mostert only rank 16th on this list? Kyle Shanahan, much like his father, can find a starting RB at a Taco Bell. Before Mostert, Matt Breida was the undrafted free agent (UDFA) who...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 14, 2020 at 7:03 AM 1 comment
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Dre Greenlaw is everything you could ask for in a 5th round pick. In training camp, there were whispers of how impressive this young LB out of Arkansas was playing. Whispers turned into verified statements, and before you knew it the 49ers no longer needed expensive LB Malcolm Smith, as Dre Greenlaw's emergence gave the 49ers the opportunity to move onto a younger, cheaper and better LB. As well as Greenlaw played in training camp and the pre-season, the 49ers were set at LB with defensive captain Fred Warner and coveted free-agent Kwon...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 13, 2020 at 8:23 AM 1 comment
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. On August 31, 2017 the 49ers traded a 5th-round draft pick to the Detroit Lions for LG Laken Tomlinson. Ever since that day, Tomlinson has played a major role in Kyle Shanahan's re-build as he has held down the LG position for the past 3 seasons. Tomlinson is one of the unsung heroes of this 49ers team. Many people don't pay attention to the interior offensive line. While LT is the glamour position of the line, mostly because it is related to protecting the QB, the interior linemen play a major role in the Kyle Shanahan offense. The ability for...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 12, 2020 at 7:36 AM 0 comments
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Emmanuel Moseley was a Godsend for the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. When Ahkello Witherspoon went down in a Week 3 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 49ers fans had legitimate concern for how the defense would hold up. Up until that point, Witherspoon was playing at a very high level and seemed to be finally realizing the potential that caused him to be a 3rd-round selection in 2017. While 49ers fans worried, 49ers players expressed a high level of confidence in Witherspoon's replacement, Emmanuel Moseley. "It's...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:19 AM 0 comments
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Robbie Gould was one of the more controversial players of the 49ers 2019 off-season. As he held out from camp, the 49ers franchise tagged the veteran kicker and hoped to get a long-term deal done. It was well-known that Gould desired to head back to Chicago, where he played the first 11 seasons of his NFL career. The 49ers didn't budge, and eventually Gould signed a long-term contract with the 49ers that made him one of the highest paid kickers in NFL history. 2019 Performance Gould was 23-31 on FGs in 2019 and...
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