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  • By Jon Delmark
    Nov 23, 2019 at 10:23 AM 0 comments
    This Sunday's game between the 49ers and Packers could almost conjure memories of the 49ers-Packers games of the late 90s. Both teams come in with high scoring offenses, with the 49ers and Packers ranked 2nd and 9th in points-per-game, respectively. Also, just as in the 90s, the matchup features one head coach being the former assistant of the other and both teams running nearly identical offenses. However, how these teams are built are quite different. On film and on paper the Packers's defense is built from the outside in with 2018 first round pick Jaire Alexander and free agent edge players Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith. What this means: For Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense to operate effectively they'll need good games from their 3 interior...
  • By Jon Delmark
    Oct 18, 2019 at 10:54 AM 20 comments
    As the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins kicks off this Sunday afternoon, it will be the first time George Kittle and former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, will be playing on the same field at the same time. When the 49ers selected tight end Vernon Davis as the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, fans and coaches alike were expecting him to be a premiere passing game weapon, not just among tight ends, but among all players. His measurables coming out of college had never been seen before from the tight end position. Davis posted a 4.39 40-yard dash, 42-inch vertical leap and recorded 33 reps in the bench press (225 lbs). In the past 14 years his combined results rank 1st, 3rd and 4th, respectively, among all tight end prospects, making him a...
  • By Jon Delmark
    Oct 6, 2019 at 5:58 AM 2 comments
    Since Nick Chubb became the full-time starting running back in Cleveland, he has quickly been establishing himself as one of the league's best running backs. In that time he has amassed 1,221 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in just 14 games to go along with 4.8 YPC average. As San Francisco looks to keep its undefeated record, it is going to have to find a way to limit Chubb's productivity. Stopping the run is nothing new to playing winning football but a closer look at the statistics tells exactly how Robert Saleh and his defense, which currently ranks 3rd in the NFL in YPGA (yards per game allowed), must limit Chubb. Cleveland is 7-7 over its past 14 games. During that time, in games where Chubb had a YPC (yards-per-carry) average over 4.4, the Browns were 5-0. In games...
  • By Jon Delmark
    Oct 1, 2019 at 1:41 PM 1 comment
    George Kittle ended last season as the single-season record-holder in receiving yards for a tight end. Many fans expected Kittle to soar to even greater heights this season after, what appeared on his social media, to be an off-season filled with hard work. His unique blend of speed and strength, as well as his hard-finishing running style, make him a concern for opposing defensive coordinators. While Kittle's numbers haven't matched the expectations this year, he has nevertheless still had a significant impact on the team's offensive performance. Kittle is gaining the same kind of attention from opposing teams that top wide receivers typically get. This has opened up opportunities for other players and allowed head coach Kyle Shanahan the ability to utilize role...
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