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  • By Jesse Dumas
    Nov 1, 2016 at 2:51 PM 17 comments
    It's been over 10 days since the last Webzone exclusive article went up and if there was any more clear indication that things are bad in the 49er football world, I dare you to find me one. We all do this truly for the love of writing and the love to the team. Neither source of motivation has made much of a muse for any of us so far this year and it doesn't look like things are getting better anytime soon. If you look up, you'll see where we smashed through rock bottom roughly 2 weeks ago. If you look down, you see precisely where we're headed and there's truly no end in sight. The end of the 2010 season was, for me personally, the worst time in my near 30 year history as a fan of this team. Not only were they bad on the field, it seemed like the front office had...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Aug 15, 2016 at 2:25 PM 5 comments
    Preseason football is so difficult to extract information out of. Teams are playing bland schemes with unusual combinations of personnel and that makes for an ambiguous measuring stick to judge your own team's performance. That being said, it was good to finally see the Chip Kelly-edition 49ers take the field and at least give us a feel for what this will look like. It wasn't the most impressive outing and although technically meaningless, it's still a better feel to win the game than to start things off with a loss. The first half had some good storylines and here's some other things I walked away with after watching the first kinda/sorta contest of the year. This no huddle thing is going to take some getting used to but you can definitely see how it would give an...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Jun 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM 9 comments
    Whew, much has happened since the last time I posted an article on the Webzone. That week, all the way back in November, Blaine Gabbert had taken the reigns of a sputtering offense and any hope that the remnants of 2012's Super Bowl roster would find some kind of resurgence went straight out the window. Gabbert, as we know, was marginally more successful than the man he took over for, but that still resulted in a 5-11 season and another coach fired. It was difficult to watch and even more difficult, as a fan, to sit down and put in writing just what we were watching happen, the rapid decent back into NFL irrelevancy. Having said that, the brilliance of sport is that every season brings on hope for what may come. Success comes from the most unlikely of places at times and 49er...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Nov 6, 2015 at 3:40 PM 18 comments
    I stated a few weeks ago that I thought Colin Kaepernick should sit down for at least a few games and he of course promptly went out and beat the Ravens. I was happy to be my own jinx in that situation, but eventually my opinion became a reality. Kaepernick returned to his low-form and now we're looking at a new starter for the matchup against the Falcons. Blaine Gabbert, for some of us anyway, represents an all new low. For some others, there's still a hint of hopefulness that this former top-10 draft pick will show some of the flash that made him so highly regarded before getting depantsed in Jacksonville for the better part of 3 years. What he actually produces in his first opportunity with his new team will probably fall somewhere in between atrocious to mediocre...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Oct 6, 2015 at 7:29 PM 14 comments
    This isn't about throwing mechanics or making reads or knowing when to keep your eyes down field on a given play, this is about a young man's confidence and how none of the skills necessary to doing his job are available to him when that confidence is shaken. What we're seeing on game days out of the 49ers' quarterback position is an example of what happens when a talented individual over-thinks his role, presses too hard, and starts to work his way out of a job. What's worse, the individual in question, his drive, and his personality are making the situation much harder than it ought to be. Let's be honest here, is there anyone outside of the 49ers organization that doesn't think Colin Kaepernick is having a mental breakdown right now? We know he has the physical...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Sep 17, 2015 at 9:25 PM 7 comments
    This was the most satisfying week 1 victory I've watched since the 49ers beat the Packers at Lambeau in 2012. Nevermind the fact that Berman and Dilfer calling a game is positively brutal in every way, this was fun to watch and sorely needed. My personal enjoyment comes partly because I live in Minnesota and the misguided Viking-Hype Machine had been in overdrive for about the last 3 months. You'd think Viking fans would know better by now, but aside from a couple of significant injuries on the offensive line (and a history of success slightly better than the Cleveland Browns), the Vikings had every reason to be optimistic not only about week 1, but for the entirety of their season. A promising young quarterback, the return of their exiled superstar running back, and a...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Sep 5, 2015 at 5:41 PM 7 comments
    49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick has had a pretty lousy preseason. 13 pass attempts have yielded only 5 completions for 40 yards plus he's been sacked 3 times, once for a safety, and fumbled once. He's looked as dangerous as ever running the ball, gaining 62 yards on 4 carries, but that's been mostly on scrambles out of broken pass plays when the defense isn't looking for him. Kaepernick has fortunately been able to avoid turnovers, but there's been scant little else to rave about in his 3 partial preseason games of work. To be fair to the 49ers signal-caller, his sample size for preseason work has been comparatively low. His NFC West rival and chief antagonist, Russell Wilson, has had nearly 3 times as many throws in the exhibition season, and it's difficult to...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM 3 comments
    I've watched too much football over the years to put much faith in pre-season performance as an indicator of actual success. There are simply too many variables in play to ever truly know what it will translate to when the games start counting and records are kept. Nevertheless, these 49ers probably had the most psychologically beneficial (for the fans anyway) preseason victory in team history this past Sunday and some questions are finally being answered. For essentially 8 long months, it's been nothing but bad news for this team. Public perception has been that if it can go wrong, it will for San Francisco and probably in pretty spectacular fashion. It had gotten so bad by the time Aldon Smith made his fateful decision to once again take his chances behind the wheel that...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Jun 5, 2015 at 6:18 PM 62 comments
    There's a stench in Santa Clara, and it's got players leaving in droves. It would be unfair to pin this trend of rapidly-retiring players on Jim Tomsula, who's got to be just as dismayed as any of the 49ers suddenly-tortured fans by this exodus of talent. It would also be an oversimplification to say that if Jim Harbaugh had been retained after last season that none of this would have happened. The fact of the matter is that players are thinking more and more about their own well-being and how that's compromised by playing the collision-intensive sport of football. Early retirements will likely be more prevalent in the league as the data pours in regarding the damage done to players and how they suffer later in life. Players young and old know now the risk they...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Mar 17, 2015 at 1:49 PM 69 comments
    This is what happens when you cut the head off an organization. All hell breaks loose. It's well past time to stop lamenting the loss of the finest head coach this franchise has seen in the last 20 years, but holy-living-Christ, do the hits just keep on coming! I'll admit, I scoffed initially at the narrative that all the players were jumping ship due to the regime change. Losing Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, the cornerbacks, all that was to more or less be expected considering the free agency talent pool and the cap numbers in play. But the early exits of Pat Willis, now Chris Borland, and more than likely Justin Smith (ok, a not-so-early exit in his case), smack of a team that has no reason to keep fighting the good fight. No hometown discounts this year, no...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Jan 7, 2015 at 7:12 PM 13 comments
    January's have been rough for 49er fans the past four years and 2015's version has been no exception. This is a different kind of anxiety obviously, but thanks to the departure of the 49ers most successful coach in roughly two decades, the fans are predictably on edge. There's a lot of questions to be answered after a disappointing 8-8 season, none of which can really start to getting answered until the next coaching regime is selected. Meaning, the only question that matters right now is who'sgoing to take the reins of this thing and hopefully guide the team to the almighty promised land. A lot of names have been floated out there for perhaps the most ready-to-win coaching gig in the NFL, some great, some not so great. None of them carry the energy and excitement that came...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Dec 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM 12 comments
    Four years ago as the 2010 season was coming to a close, the prospects for the San Francisco 49ers looked pretty bleak. They'd missed the postseason and posted a non-winning record for the eighth season in a row and there was little promise that things were going to improve with the ousting of then Head Coach, Mike Singletary. If you were to sum up the state of the franchise at that point in time in one word, it would be "rudderless". People were pretty well aware that the team had talent, drafting in the top 10 year after year should assure that generally speaking, but nothing on the field indicated that they were capable of putting together a winning scheme and start to learn how to win football games, especially the close ones. The 2010 team lost five games by one score...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Dec 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM 20 comments
    It's Friday and Christmas is finally behind us. Rest assured, not many Colin Kaepernick jerseys were exchanged on Thursday Morning this week. Any 49ers fan, myself included, really doesn't want to dwell on thinking about the season behind us nor even the one solitary game that lies ahead. Losing your last 5 games in a row to close out a season never leaves a good taste in your mouth, and considering this is Jim Harbaugh's last game, the sentimental notion of seeing him go out with a victory is legitimate. Yet if the team wins, they lose and so do we. A win obviously affects next year's draft position, a most pivotal draft in light of the changes to come, and it would all but assure Seattle would lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Dec 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM 4 comments
    Well, we can finally put this story to rest, at least in the context that this is a San Francisco 49ers-centric website and Ray McDonald is no longer a member of the team. Obviously, more will come to light as this new situation unfolds, and it will at least let us cast a final narrative about what went on with this player and his strange season, though little of it matters now. Regardless of what happens going forward none of the potential outcomes at this point are any kind of happy news to 49er fans. It would seem that the front office knows more about McDonald than they're letting on, hence the hasty decision to separate him from the organization. One would hope that's the case anyway and this isn't just a knee-jerk reaction to more bad press. This is also decidedly more...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Dec 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM 20 comments
    Man it's hard to write when you're angry. It took me a long time to build up the nerve to revisit the game from Thanksgiving but I finally went to the DVR and reviewed all the footage I could. I promptly deleted all of that s**t soon thereafter. Some specific footage in particular provided me what I needed to see and in my perception it means one of two things. Either the fix was in and the 49ers had no interest in winning that game, or this season is going to go from bad to worse in one hell of a hurry. Not all of our readers have access to the Showtime Network's "Inside the NFL" but if you do, I suggest you catch their weekly recaps. You get some pretty fantastic NFL Films shots of the game and they have a lot of sideline action with audio. The...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Nov 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM 7 comments
    With all due respect to the Arizona Cardinals, this is Round 1 of the NFC West Championship. It certainly feels that way at least, especially in light of Arizona seemingly getting punished for actually daring to lead the division at the hands of the defending champs in Seattle. Carson Palmer maybe could have won that game on the road, he did last year despite throwing 4 picks, but asking your number two guy to go in there and get a win is rough. Drew Stanton is a decent quarterback, but "decent" doesn't really cut it in architecturally designed noise-reverberation domes of questionable officiating history. So on a really short week, the Seahawks reward for administering that ass-whipping is a trip down the coast for another sizeable divisional...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM 18 comments
    So the 49ers did what they were supposed to do and beat the Giants and have thus kept this desperate season alive. It's an ironic stretch of 14 days that has seen the team face two relatively-recent Super Bowl champions. The Giants and the Saints uniquely showcase just how fickle the NFL is when it comes to bestowing power upon franchises. The obnoxious neighbors up the Pacific Coast are finding this out as well, and it casts a truly defining light on just how fleeting a team's chance at winning a NFL championship can be. Something the 49ers were already acutely aware of. Sitting at 6-4 (with a sorry-looking Washington team set to visit), the 49ers are hardly in the dire straits they were two weeks ago. Yet, they're far from out of the woods schedule-wise and...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Nov 4, 2014 at 7:06 AM 6 comments
    Denver was a bad loss. Getting whipped on Sunday Night Football in front of the entire NFL universe was one thing, but losing a game against a floundering and weakened opponent when you desperately need to keep pace with your divisional opponents is much, much worse. Even more troubling is that at halfway through the season, this offense is having a major problem being successful in any agenda they set out to accomplish. They're caught between their roots of power-run, smashmouth football and their desire to spread the ball around to a multitude of talented playmakers, and it's killing this season. The real problem is, they're not very good at either right now. Yes the offensive line has looked embarrassingly bad in pass protection, but in fairness to those veteran players...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Nov 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM 6 comments
    Count me as one of the unpopular voices that thought the 49ers should have sat Ray McDonald (with pay) until there was some kind of resolution to his pending legal troubles. Had I known how ridiculously long this all would have dragged out and how little evidence would actually come forth, I would have thought differently, but you know what they say about hindsight. Today, we learn that there likely won't be any charges against McDonald at all (although the DA is now saying no decision has been made). Certainly there have been a lot of developments in the story over the last 2 months, but still very few facts have surfaced that have given us real insight as to what took place at Ray's big birthday bash. We know cops were there, some who were supposed to be,...
  • By Jesse Dumas
    Oct 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM 12 comments
    As the voices around the league start to subside in their assertions that Jim Harbaugh is on his way out after this season, the team has again taken on a familiar winning edge. Sitting at 4 wins and 2 losses a month and a half into the season with significant pieces missing on both sides of the ball is a decent situation to be sitting in. However, the negative reports about the cohesiveness of the Coach-Team relationship have not been redacted by the more credible voices and questions linger about what will really happen as the season concludes. I'm a firm believer that where there's smoke, there's fire. But the whole storyline of Harbaugh getting forced out never made a great deal of sense. Roughly 8 months ago we were seeing images of a team united, "woo-ing" it up with...
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