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    49ers outsider, residing in the Hudson Valley, representing 30+ years of the 49ers experience

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  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 22, 2020 at 11:31 AM 1 comment
    I, like the San Francisco 49ers, experienced a bounce back performance in week 2 of the NFL season. After going an even 8-8 in Week 1, I improved to a respectable record (here) in Week 2. Let's look at the season so far, and then get into some Week 3 picks. Season Record: 19-13 49ers Picks Record: 1-1 Best & Worst Picks of Week 2 My Best Pick: 49ers 38 - Jets 12 Final Score: 49ers 31- Jets 13 My Worst Pick: Vikings 23 - Colts 13 Final Score: Colts 28 - Vikings 11 Week 3 Predictions Dolphins @ Jaguars (-2.5) - Feisty Fins keep this one close, but the mustached...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 21, 2020 at 7:22 AM 3 comments
    Sure, it was just the Jets, but it meant everything. The 49ers' best player, DE Nick Bosa, had just been carted off the field and the 49ers were staring down a season completely unraveling before their eyes. A hobbled Jimmy Garoppolo knew the 49ers needed him badly. The Jets had gotten away with a cheap shot on Garoppolo earlier in Sunday's game, diving at his knee, which might have caused 10 flags to fly if he were Drew Bress or Tom Brady. The answer from Garoppolo would be resilience, as he led the 49ers down the field on a 14-play 67-yard drive capped off with a touchdown pass to TE Jordan Reed. It was a much needed message from the franchise quarterback to his team: the 49ers aren't going to fold. The limp was painfully present. With so many stars out, you...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 15, 2020 at 1:08 PM 0 comments
    Week 1 of the NFL season is generally a crap shoot. My picks for Week 1 were a good example of that, an even 8-8. Each week I will cover my best and worst picks from the prior week and pick the upcoming games. Let's get into it. Season Record: 8-8 49ers Record: 0-1 Best & Worst Picks of Week 1 My Best Pick: Jaguars over Colts 34-30 Final Score: Jaguars over Colts 27-20 My Worst Pick: Cowboys 45 - Rams 20 Final Score: Rams 20- Cowboys 17 Week 2 Predictions Bengals @ Browns (-6) - Burrow's better than Baker, but who isn't? Bengals 23 - Browns...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:26 AM 21 comments
    Odell Beckham Jr. is a toxic person. At one time, OBJ seemed to be on track to be an elite wide receiver who was carving out a Hall of Fame career with each spectacular grab he made. It is no longer that time. 2019 was littered with headlines related to Odell seeking employment elsewhere. As a New York Giant, Odell was disgruntled about his money. The Giants gave Odell a fat contract, only to have him show up on ESPN, accompanied by Lil Wayne, to...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 14, 2020 at 7:18 AM 6 comments
    Wake up, Kyle Shanahan. As of September 14th 2020, Super Bowl 55 looks like a distant pipe dream. Yesterday, the San Francsico 49ers fell to the Arizona Cardinals in the opener of the 2020 NFL season. After getting off to a blazing start, jumping out to a 10-0 lead, the 49ers couldn't keep the heat on and lost at home to a team that accumulated only 5 wins in 2019. This Cardinals team isn't special. Often fans can find solace in a loss by heaping praise upon the opponent. Not today. Arizona signal caller QB Kyler Murray will be praised in the media for his efforts, but in reality, Murray was inaccurate often and relied heavily on newly acquired star WR DeAndre Hopkins to carry him through this one. Murray threw the ball 40 times for 230 yards, registering a measly 5.8 yards...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 9, 2020 at 6:29 AM 0 comments
    The NFL is about to embark upon a season like no other in history. 32 teams have compiled active 53-man rosters and 16-man practice squads during a global pandemic. For much of the offseason, it felt like we may not have any football in watch in 2020. Due to the diligent efforts of the NFL, players, coaches and trainers, the league is ready to kick off this Thursday night. Let's all pause for a second and be grateful that America's game will be played this Sunday and we all will be there tuned in for a much needed day of entertainment. If you want to know what is going to happen this season, you've turned to the right place. This season preview will discuss division winners, wild-card teams, annual awards, and even the Super Bowl winner. Why waste anymore words? Let's get...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 4, 2020 at 11:24 AM 1 comment
    Beginning this week, and following every week this NFL season, I will predict the scores of every NFL game. I'll sum up the results in one sentence for each game while providing an in-depth analysis of the 49ers' match-up. 2020 is set to be a unique season for fans, players, and the NFL as a whole. Quite frankly, I believe we're all just glad to have football back on Sundays after what has been an incredibly difficult year so far. Let's get to the picks! Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5) - Texans' lack of firepower prevents them from keeping up with the champs. Chiefs 27 - Texans 16 Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings (+2.5) - Rodgers acts his age, Vikings surprise at home....
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 31, 2020 at 7:17 AM 19 comments
    Again, the 49ers drafted a 1st-round defensive lineman that isn't ready to contribute. His name is Javon Kinlaw. Just like Solomon Thomas in 2017, Kinlaw has done little to impress in his first training camp. Kinlaw was selected 14th in the 2020 draft to fill the gap left by the trade that helped acquire him (sending DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the 13th overall pick). If early results are any indication, the 49ers may have another high first round pick who struggles to contribute. Prior to the 49ers drafting Kinlaw, the word on him was that he was a raw prospect who relied heavily on size and athleticism to win on the college level. Training camp is drawing to a close and thus...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 26, 2020 at 7:33 AM 10 comments
    It's a harsh reality to face, but the 49ers' Super Bowl window is rapidly closing. A team that had just returned to national prominence is already looking at the end of its championship window. For so many teams, that time-frame in which a championship is possible is an incredibly brief one. Look no further than the team the 49ers lost to in their last Super Bowl appearance in 2013 for a prime example of how small a championship window can be. Capitalizing on the final year of QB Joe Flacco's rookie contract and the twilight years of Hall of Fame level defensive talent S Ed Reed and LB Ray Lewis, the Ravens seized the moment and defeated the 49ers in 2013. Since then, the Ravens paid Flacco a big contract and saw those great defenders move on, leading to just 3 playoff...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 21, 2020 at 7:38 AM 0 comments
    For some, failure fuels the fire. 49ers WR Dante Pettis has been accustomed to failure as of late. Dennis Waitley once said, "Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end." 49ers WR Dante Pettis has become accustomed to failure as of late. Though Pettis' team was incredibly successful in 2019, Pettis' contributions towards that success were mostly unnoticeable. Once a highly touted 2nd-round draft pick, Pettis found himself slotted to be a starting WR for the 49ers heading into the 2019 season. Rewind the clock to August 2019 and the seeds of doubt began to settle around Pettis during training camp. Arriving to camp out of shape and struggling to make an impact, Pettis' poor preseason performance...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM 0 comments
    Nothing about WR Kendrick Bourne stands out, yet he always makes a big impression. Compared to most NFL receivers, Bourne isn't fast, big, tall or incredibly athletic. Coming out of Eastern Washington in 2017, Bourne was one of the first WRs 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (a former WR himself) added to rebuild his moribund receiving corps. Shanahan liked Bourne, but not enough to lobby to draft the young WR. No, like many other 49ers starters, Kendrick Bourne went undrafted. Passed over 253 times, and yet here is Bourne, a presumed starting WR for the defending NFC champions. The role that Bourne plays on this team is more important than ever before. So far this offseason, the 49ers have suffered 3 injuries to wide receivers: WR1 Deebo Samuel is out with a lisfranc foot...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 17, 2020 at 8:11 AM 0 comments
    The game of football is about chemistry. Without chemistry, a roster full of talented players becomes a collection of individual parts working independently towards uncommon goals. Quite frankly, it's a recipe for failure. Today, the 49ers are one of the most revered franchises in American sports. This wasn't always the case. Prior to the arrival of a young QB from Notre Dame in 1979, the 49ers couldn't lay claim to any national glory. Established in 1946, the San Francisco 49ers were an also-ran for the majority of their existence. From 1946-1980 the 49ers only appeared in the NFL playoffs 4 times. It's hard to imagine this franchise being that irrelevant. Many current fans painfully recall the dark years of the early aughts, remembering that horrendous 9-year drought...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 13, 2020 at 9:05 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers won big today. George Kittle, the unquestionable best tight-end in the NFL, signed a contract extension to the tune of $15 million a year for 5 years. It took longer than expected, but the cornerstone to the 49ers offense is now locked in for the long-term. Much was made about the size of Kittle's contract, and debate circulated around his value being comparable to a tight-end or that of a wide-receiver. In the end, the 49ers and Kittle came to a conclusion that I proposed back on June 1st 2020 "Both sides should split the difference between top TE and top WR and meet in the middle, making him the highest paid TE in NFL history with a deal in the range of $15 million...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 11, 2020 at 9:03 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers will cut good players in 2020. When you have a Super Bowl roster, sometimes good isn't good enough. As the 49ers currently work their way through an augmented and abbreviated training camp, the importance of analyzing talent is stressed now more than ever. During a regular training camp, coaches are able to evaluate their roster through drills, padded practices, inter-squad scrimmages with other NFL teams and most importantly, actual pre-season games. Many of these tools have been stripped away, and now coaches are left only with their padded practices to determine who will make the team. These next 4 weeks will serve as the initial building block for success, or failure, in the 2020 season. Let's look at 6 key players, and determine whether they should stay or...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Aug 4, 2020 at 9:07 AM 1 comment
    Imagine this, the San Francisco 49ers have won Super Bowl 54. Jimmy Garopppolo is the new NFL golden boy, Andy Reid is still notoriously snake bitten by the football gods and the 49ers are tied with the Patriots and Steelers for most Super Bowl wins ever. This easily could have been the case if a a few things broke the 49ers' way in Super Bowl 54. In 2020, the 49ers have carried over the vast majority of their roster from 2019. Only 3 starters from that Super Bowl team are not present on the roster in 2020: LT Joe Staley, DT DeForest Buckner and WR Emmanuel Sanders. The big names to replace those 3 players have been well-touted. Veteran star LT Trent Williams will fill the gap left by Staley while 2 first-round draft picks, DT Javon Kinlaw and WR Brandon Aiyuk, will be tasked...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Jul 29, 2020 at 6:48 AM 5 comments
    It's been 7 years since the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title. It's been 6 years since Russell Wilson completely blew the Seahawks' chance to win their 2nd Super Bowl title. Yes, Seattle has been a playoff contender for nearly every season since, but it's hard not to acknowledge that the 49ers' neighbors to the north have underachieved since the last time the two teams met in the playoffs. Seattle once brandished the most dominant defense in the NFL with a peak Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennet, Cliff Avril, KJ Wright and Bobby Wangner. Listing those names gives you a sense of just how formidable and dangerous that unit was. On the other side of the ball, Pete Carroll had a young Russell Wilson at quarterback to create magic with RB...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Jul 24, 2020 at 11:16 AM 3 comments
    John Lynch, if you're reading (you're not) whatever you do, do not trade for Jets SS Jamal Adams. Once again, Adams has made the headlines with another attempt to force his way off of the New York Jets. This time taking shots at Jets head coach Adam Gase and GM Joe Douglas. Adams questions Gase's leadership and Douglas' experience in his recent interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Earlier in the week Adams tweeted his...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Jul 22, 2020 at 9:56 AM 0 comments
    We need football, badly. Americans turn to entertainment to escape the troubled realities of their daily lives. Whether it be the job you hate, the relationship you're stuck in or the general emptiness of your bank account, we collectively turn to entertainment as a way to escape unpleasant situations and engross ourselves with ones that bring us a much needed distraction. In 2020, now more than ever, we, as a nation, need that beautiful distraction known as the National Football League. Four of the five most watched television programs in the US last year were NFL games. We need football, badly. Shortly after 49ers fans suffered a heart-wrenching loss in Super Bowl 54, the country would be hit with the tidal wave that is COVID-19. In March 2020, the country shut...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Jul 15, 2020 at 8:53 AM 2 comments
    Championships are built on the backs of young players. History shows, as much as the flashy free-agency signing steals the headlines, the DNA of consistent contenders can be traced directly to the NFL draft. The San Francisco 49ers' recent ascension is a fine example of this team building strategy. Temptations of July center around players like NY Jets mega-star SS Jamal Adams, but the 49ers steamrolled their way to the Super Bowl due to a deep roster filled with young, hungry and humble men looking to make their mark. Players like George Kittle, Fred Warner, Deebo Samuel and Mike McGlinchey. Three men are the current cornerstones on the 49ers franchise. When Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch took over the 49ers in 2017, one of their earliest moves would be to gut the...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Jul 9, 2020 at 8:40 AM 4 comments
    The last 3 months of our collective lives as Americans has felt like a terrible hangover. 2020 will not be a year many look back on with fond feelings and memories. The nation's hangover started in March, but the 49ers' hangover began on February 2, 2020. The dreaded Super Bowl hangover is a powerful mythos in the lore of American sports. It doesn't make much logical sense, a team talented enough to reach the Super Bowl shouldn't magically be transformed into a less capable team due simply to the fact they scored fewer points than the opposition on the first Sunday in February. Yet, there are countless examples of this wretched hangover indeed visiting the 2nd best team in football on an annual basis. Look no further than the NFC West to find an example of how ominous the...
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