• Gilbert Brink
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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
    Nov 27, 2020 at 7:02 AM 1 comment
    My 6-year-old daughter Gabriela dumped the 49ers this past Sunday. Well, maybe she didn't completely dump them, but she's definitely seeing another football team. With the 49ers on a bye-week, she insisted that we still watch football. I thought to myself "Man, I raised this one well," but the story took a turn. Gaby said that she wanted to watch the Giants play, stating that was his her second-favorite team because its players wore a G on their helmets. I explained to her that she was actually talking about the Green Bay Packers, a team she watched last week when it beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gaby confirmed that she loved the Green Bay Packers and a minor nightmare of mine was slowly becoming a reality. I can't blame her. As a 49ers fan, 2019 was one of the...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 25, 2020 at 7:04 AM 0 comments
    Season Record: 91-69 49ers Picks Record: 4-6 Best & Worst Picks of Week 11 My Best Pick: Titans 27- Ravens 19 Final Score: Titans 30 - Ravens 24 My Worst Pick: Patriots 16 - Texans 9 Final Score: Patriots 20 - Texans 27 Week 12 Picks Houston Texans at Detroit Lions (+2.5) - Texans ride Watson to a road win Texans 24 - Lions 20 Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) - The legend of Alex Smith prevails again WFT 20 - Cowboys 17 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4) - Steelers suffer...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 23, 2020 at 7:46 AM 26 comments
    Face it, most of you don't deserve QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Yes, you, the ones who spend your entire weekend pining over other QBs and lamenting the one the 49ers currently have as QB1. The spoiled, ungrateful brats of the 49ers fanbase who cannot find it in them to show any appreciation for the man they call Jimmy G. Fans like these make a situation insufferable for a player dedicating his life and body to the team. As Garoppolo spends his weeks working his way back from another high-ankle sprain, many 49ers fans are fantasizing about how to replace him. This isn't a foreign concept for the 49ers. No QB is ever good enough for this fanbase. Steve Young can attest to this from his experience in the early 90s. He was never going to be Joe, and that was a big problem for a good...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 19, 2020 at 7:19 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers are off this week, so the misery stops for 49ers fans. While the 49ers enjoy a break, the NFC West features some very important matchups with the Seahawks facing off with the Cardinals and the Rams taking on Tom Brady and the Bucs. Let's get to the Week 11 picks. Season Record: 83-63 49ers Picks Record: 4-6 Best & Worst Picks of Week 10 My Best Pick: Giants 20 - Eagles 16 Final Score: Giants 27- Eagles 17 My Worst Pick: Titans 23 - Colts 21 Final Score: Colts 34 - Titans 17 Week 11 Picks Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-3) - The Cardinals officially...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 16, 2020 at 7:33 AM 23 comments
    Enough Excuses. On Sunday, the 49ers suffered their 3rd straight blowout loss, dropping them to 4-6 and continuing their free-fall to irrelevancy. It was a game they could have won, the opportunities were there, but the 49ers just couldn't muster up more than 13 points of offense. Now, more than ever, the 49ers' 2020 season seems to be completely lost. While many look for a direction to point the finger, and there are a few obvious areas, start with the head coach. Sure, there have been a plethora of injuries, but one side of the ball has been handling those injuries much better than the other. Robert Saleh's defensive unit has been depleted by the injury bug, losing Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, Solomon Thomas, K'waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt and other significant...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 12, 2020 at 7:47 AM 1 comment
    This week will be one that determines whether the 49ers should pack it in, or keep on fighting. In a prior article, I wrote that if the 49ers managed to be 5-5 after 10 games, they would have a chance to make the playoffs. The New Orleans Saints stand between the 49ers and any reasonable chance to compete for a playoff spot in 2020. Week 10 will be a big one. In Week 9 the 49ers disappointed, but my picks hit big. I hit on 9/13 of my picks, so let's keep that rolling and pick the Week 10 games: Best & Worst Picks of Week 9 My Best Pick: Bills 43 - Seahawks 37 Final Score: Bills 44 - Seahawks 34 My Worst Pick: Buccaneers...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 9, 2020 at 7:24 AM 83 comments
    The 49ers' season is all but lost. A once promising "revenge tour" has turned into a sad, spiraling train wreck of injuries and inconsistent play. Make no mistake, this 49ers team isn't going to have some miraculous turn-around. They are who they are, and who they are is a mediocre football team. 49ers fans aren't foreign to this feeling. Watching their team march through the malaise of November and December, trying to find a reason to stay tuned in while other teams forage forward with their Super Bowl aspirations. Quite frankly, this is a challenge that the majority of NFL franchises face every year. Once the realistic opportunity at a Super Bowl run is over, how do teams keep their fans invested in the product they are putting out for consumption? In 2018,...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 4, 2020 at 7:58 AM 0 comments
    Week 8 was my worst week to date. Both with my picks, and as a 49ers fan. Crushed is probably the best way to describe my current state of mind, but forever faithful will always live in my heart. So, in Week 9, we're picking up the pieces and making the best of a bad situation. Onto the picks. Season Record: 66-53 49ers Picks Record: 3-5 Best & Worst Picks of Week 8 My Best Pick: Dolphins 27 - Rams 17 Final Score: Dolphins 28 - Rams 17 My Worst Pick: 49ers 41 - Seahawks 27 Final Score: Seahawks 37 - 49ers 27 Week 9 Picks Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills (+2.5) - Josh...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Nov 2, 2020 at 7:58 AM 12 comments
    The 49ers are going to dump QB Jimmy Garoppolo. It has become apparent that the marriage between the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo has fallen on hard times. There is no banter at the dinner table, no kiss goodbye in the morning before they head off to work, no love letters in the lunch box. No, this relationship seems to be nearing its end. After Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, in regards to his QB's reinjury, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters they could "ask [Garoppolo] on the ankle." Yes, you can feel it, Shanahan seems to be at the end of his rope with his QB. The truth is, Kyle Shanahan needs Jimmy Garoppolo more than ever. He needs Garoppolo to be the scape goat for all the 49ers' problems. It's the best way for Shanahan to keep his reputation in...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 28, 2020 at 11:09 AM 4 comments
    Nearing the halfway point of the NFL season, I got back on track in Week 7. The league is taking shape, and the 49ers are in the thick of an NFC West race. Up to this point, no game has been this big for the 49ers in this 2020 season. Let's get to the picks. Season Record: 60-45 49ers Picks Record: 3-4 Best & Worst Picks of Week 7 My Best Pick: Cardinals 38 - Seahawks 34 Final Score: Cardinals 37 - Seahawks 34 My Worst Pick: Bears 19 - Rams 17 Final Score: Rams 24 - Bears 10 Week 8 Picks Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-2.5) - Panthers get an easy home win vs. a bad...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 26, 2020 at 7:46 AM 9 comments
    The Seahawks just lost their first game of the season. One week from today, they'll have suffered their second loss as well. Russell Wilson cooked up 3 interceptions on Sunday Night Football and in doing so, the Seattle Seahawks were fully exposed. Many already knew it, but the Seahawks are fool's gold. In today's NFL, fans and media alike become deeply infatuated with any QB who can scramble and push the ball down the field successfully. The league has designed the rules of the game to bolster offensive output. This can be seen every Sunday, as mediocre QBs put up numbers that eclipse the legends of yesteryear on a regular basis. No one has played the QB position better than Wilson has in 2020, but football isn't a game about the dominance of one single athlete. The...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 21, 2020 at 9:13 AM 1 comment
    Week 6 was somewhat of a train wreck. Correctly selecting 5 winners out of 14 games is quite bad. I'll take the L on this one, bury the ball, and just get straight to the picks being better in Week 7. Season Record: 51-40 49ers Picks Record: 2-4 Best & Worst Picks of Week 6 My Best Pick: Bucs 31 - Packers 16 Final Score: Bucs 38 - Packers 10 My Worst Pick: Bills 44 - Chiefs 27 Final Score: Chiefs 26 - Bills 17 Week 7 Predictions Giants @ Eagles (-4) - The battle for the bottom, Eagles win in dramatic fashion Eagles 27 - Giants...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 20, 2020 at 9:22 AM 2 comments
    Heading into the 2020 season, the 49ers didn't think they would have to be fighting tooth and nail to become a wild-card team. After nearly capturing a Super Bowl title, the main goal for this team was to make it back, and finish the job. While that may still be the ultimate goal, the 49ers have to downshift into much more realistic ambitions due to a rash of injuries to key players. The 49ers' 2020 motto has shifted from "Legendary Revenge Tour" to "Staying Alive 2020". Suffering a few terrible early season loses have put the 49ers behind the 8 ball, but a big upset win over the LA Rams on Sunday has them sitting even at 3-3. Not the most desirable position to be in, but in the face of adversity the 49ers must look forward, not backwards. There are 10 games remaining. 10...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 14, 2020 at 8:19 AM 2 comments
    Week 5 was my best week yet. Some big underdog picks paid off (Bears, Raiders) and brought me a 10-4 record for Week 5. This coming week is a big one, as teams look to be settling in, and many games have that make or break feel. Let's get to the picks. Season Record: 46-31 49ers Picks Record: 2-3 Best & Worst Picks of Week 5 My Best Pick: Raiders 31 - Chiefs 28 Final Score: Raiders 40 - Chiefs 32 My Worst Pick: Jaguars 26 - Texans 21 Final Score: Texans 30 - Jaguars 14 Week 6 Predictions Bears @ Panthers (-2.5) - Neither team is as good as its record, but Panthers win...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 13, 2020 at 9:33 AM 8 comments
    That championship window closed fast. In January, I wrote a piece about how the 49ers were facing a must-win Super Bowl. It wasn't a popular opinion at the time, but sitting at 2-3 the 49ers have made me look like a sage with boundless wisdom. After getting demolished by Ryan Fitzpatrick this past Sunday, the 49ers look more lost than they ever have under the guidance of head coach Kyle Shanahan. With no identity and no passion, the 49ers have become the stereotypical Super Bowl hangover story. As it often does, failure begins with a handful of bad decisions. After losing 2 team captains, the 49ers replaced them with a rookie and a veteran who hasn't played since 2018. As DT DeForest Buckner...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 7, 2020 at 7:28 AM 6 comments
    The 49ers can still win Super Bowl 55. Many teams can. There has been a handful of teams throughout history that have started off slow and still won the Super Bowl. Sitting at 2-2, the Super Bowl seems like a pipe dream for the 49ers. This is a good thing; perhaps the 49ers were a little too focused on their "revenge tour" and less focused on winning the battle immediately in front of them. After suffering some major injuries early in the season, the 49ers look nothing like the team that took the stage for Super Bowl 54 in early February 2020. That team was driven by a dynamic running game and a fierce defense that got after the quarterback with its front 4. This team is struggling to run the ball, and is playing without defensive linemen Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner, Solomon...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 6, 2020 at 8:16 AM 0 comments
    During Week 4, I bounced back with a winning record, going 9-6 on the week. Let's take a look at the season results, then go on to pick the Week 5 set of games. Season Record: 36-27 49ers Picks Record: 2-2 Best & Worst Picks of Week 4 My Best Pick: Browns 33 - Cowboys 30 Final Score: Browns 49 - Cowboys 38 My Worst Pick: Lions 38 - Saints 27 Final Score: Saints 35 - Lions 29 Week 5 Predictions Buccaneers @ Bears (+5.5) - Foles upsets Brady again Bears 23 - Buccaneers 20 Panthers @ Falcons (-3.5) - Falcons stay winless in...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 5, 2020 at 8:04 AM 12 comments
    Don't blame the injuries. The 49ers fell to an Eagles team yesterday that was just as, if not more, banged up than they were. Now sitting at 2-2, the 49ers look up at the Seattle Seahawks (4-0) and the LA Rams (3-1) in the NFC West. If you want to, you could find a bundle of reasons (excuses) why the 49ers are 2-2. Injuries to cornerstone players like QB Jimmy Garoppolo and DE Nick Bosa are the most prominent ones, but throw a stone and you'll find a fan who'll blame the referees or some other mystical force that is working against the 49ers. No matter which way you slice it, the 49ers are a .500 football club. Looking at their schedule can help us understand the story a little bit better. While the 49ers have 2 dominating wins against the Giants and Jets, they have 2 close...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 29, 2020 at 8:37 AM 1 comment
    After a solid Week 2, I dropped back down to .500 in Week 3. Let's take a look at my season record, identify my best and worst picks of Week 3, and make the picks for Week 4. Season Record: 27-21 49ers Picks Record: 2-1 Best & Worst Picks Week 3 My Best Pick: Bears 23 - Falcons 20 Final Score: Bears 30 - Falcons 26 My Worst Pick: Cardinals 47 - Lions 13 Final Score: Lions 26 - Cardinals 23 Week 4 Predictions Broncos @ Jets (+2.5) - Football's best medicine: the Jets as an opponent. Broncos 24 - Jets 12 Browns @ Cowboys (-4.5) -...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 28, 2020 at 8:27 AM 0 comments
    Ross Dwelley, Kerry Hyder Jr, Jason Verrett. These names are not the players anyone expected to be the stars of a big 49ers victory this season. On Sunday, they were a living testament to just how deep and talented this San Francisco 49ers roster truly is. The New York Giants are not a great football team. The 49ers put that message on display yesterday, but prior to Week 3 the Giants were competitive in their previous 2 games this season. Kyle Shanahan and his band of replacements returned to MetLife stadium this week and dealt another New York team an embarrassing blowout loss. The 49ers weren't banged up this game, they were damn near totaled. It made no difference whatsoever. This 49ers team is the product of struggles that came before the success. There is a...
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