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  • By Jason Aponte
    Jun 18, 2020 at 7:30 AM 1 comment
    With the news of Kyle Shanahan's six-year extension through 2025, let's take a look at the San Francisco 49ers head coach's running scheme since it will be around for a while. After looking through his vast repertoire of running plays, it's easy to conclude that there are so many subtleties that contribute to a play's success. Whether those are blockers understanding their assignments, window dressing, or running different plays from the same looks, they were a recipe for success in 2019. The 49ers finished second in both total rushing yards (2,305) and rushing yards per game (144.1) behind the Baltimore Ravens, who were aided by a historic season from quarterback Lamar Jackson. San Francisco running backs Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert, and even Jeff Wilson, Jr....
  • By Jason Aponte
    Apr 24, 2020 at 10:41 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers went into the 2020 draft with two first-round selections at pick 13 and 31. The team moved back one spot from No. 13 in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected Tristan Wirfs, the offensive tackle from Iowa. On the board at the time were Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. Both were interchangeable as the highest-ranked receiver in this draft. San Francisco decided to address the loss of DeForest Buckner with the selection of Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina. While the pick isn't sexy, I'm sure we'll look back on the selection with a glowing assessment. 49ers fans were left wondering which receiver the team would select from this deep receiver class. Could the team wait until 31 to address the position? The answer came later in the...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Apr 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM 4 comments
    When the 49ers traded away stud defensive tackle Deforest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick in 2020, fans began to salivate at the thought of drafting one of the big three receivers in a deep class. Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III are all ranked as the top three in the class, what order they are in is different depending on who you ask. I have Jeudy, Lamb, and Ruggs ranked in that order, but it's hard not to imagine what Ruggs can add to this offense. Let's start with Ruggs' measurables: 5'11", 188 lbs, and runs a 4.27 40. Tyreek Hill is a frequent player comp for Ruggs as well as DeSean Jackson and (get ready for this one) Marquise Goodwin. Take a look back to 2018 against the Packers to see what Ruggs can bring to the...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:36 PM 0 comments
    Coming off a tough loss against Seattle, the 49ers looked to rebound against an Arizona team that gave them fits on Halloween night. Jimmy Garoppolo had a career night in Arizona and was looking to duplicate that success in Santa Clara in front of the Niners faithful. 49ers fans have grown accustomed to the "Jimmy Garoppolo Experience" as it can be quite the roller coaster on Sundays. This game was no different so let's look back on some plays that stood out to me. The offense came out flat to start while Arizona was off to the races early on offense. The 49ers found themselves down 10 with 3:06 left in the first quarter while facing a third and five. Garoppolo fails to identify the underneath linebacker dropping into coverage (foreshadowing for sure) and places the ball in a...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Jul 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM 2 comments
    The 49ers will head into training camp with a running back room full of talent and questions in 2019. Jerick McKinnon signed in 2018 only to lose his season to an ACL injury, Matt Breida was the fastest ball carrier in the league in 2018 and averaged 5.3 yards per carry (4th best in the league). Tevin Coleman was added to the fold on a cheap deal and is an obvious fit in Kyle Shanahan's scheme. Even in limited playing time last season, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, Jr. contributed admirably. Shanahan's scheme is set up for running backs to succeed, especially given the speed in 2019's running back group. The question on everyone's mind is, who will be the odd man out on game days? Mostert seems safe being a special teams ace, but can the team have five (Hey, Kyle Juszczyk) active backs...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Mar 14, 2019 at 8:34 AM 1 comment
    The 49ers signed Tevin Coleman to a two-year deal worth a maximum of 10 million dollars on Wednesday. Kyle Shanahan will have a familiar face in his running back room as Tevin Coleman reunites with his former offensive coordinator. In 2016, the Falcons scored 540 points en route to a super bowl berth. Coleman finished 2016 with 118 rushes, 520 yards, and five touchdowns but it's the passing game where Coleman excels. Shanahan frequently found ways to exploit mismatches with linebackers for chunk gains. Coleman's receiving line was impressive in 2016 as he finished with 31 receptions, 421 yards, and three receiving touchdowns on 40 targets. In 2018, Coleman finished with 32 receptions, 276 yards, and five receiving touchdowns on 41 targets. The yards per reception...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM 1 comment
    A look back at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's Week 3 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2018 season. The 49ers were fresh off their first victory of the season and headed into noisy Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs in their home opener. A shootout was expected given how good the offenses were and how bad the defenses were. The 49ers would surely have to throw to keep up so this would be a great test for Jimmy Garoppolo. In his first four road starts with the 49ers, Garoppolo threw four touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Chiefs were the talk of the league and scored 80 points combined in the first two weeks. Patrick Mahomes was spectacular to open the season and...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Mar 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM 1 comment
    A look back at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's Week 2 performance against the Detroit Lions during the 2018 season. Coming off his first loss as a starter in the NFL, Jimmy Garoppolo looked to bounce back against the Detroit Lions. Starting the season in Minnesota against the Vikings isn't easy for any team, but the 49ers had chances to win in Week 1. Garoppolo finished with a line of 15/33, 261 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT, and the 49ers lost 24-16. The Lions were embarrassed in Week 1 by Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Darnold threw two touchdowns in his debut and Isaiah Crowell ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach Matt Patricia was hired for his defensive mind and his defense was nonexistent in his debut. Two things...
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