• Levin T. Black
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    Levin T. Black
    A graduate of Ball State University in 2009, Levin was a full-time sports journalist for a few years until he transitioned into a more lucrative career. He began writing for Webzone in 2018 in order to scratch his journalist itch.

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  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 25, 2020 at 11:45 AM 4 comments
    Dear Mr. Joseph Andrew Staley, For all the San Francisco 49ers fans who had the pleasure to watch you chucking pass rushers aside for the past 13 years while donning the red and gold, allow me to simply say thank you. The decision to retire when the team is so close to completing the quest for six must have been difficult. You will find no ill will here. You've been a reliable and stabilizing force on the 49ers for more than a decade. Who can forget the ridiculous block you made in the 2012 NFC Championship game? A game changing block nearly 20 yards downfield! I know you're getting up there in years so I included the play below just in case you don't...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 24, 2020 at 5:02 PM 5 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers reportedly got their top guy when they traded up from No. 31 to No. 25 in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated they had wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk as the No. 1 wideout in the draft class. Yes, No. 1 over Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs III. That may surprise some but you better believe Shanahan is being honest. He is not the type who lies after the fact to talk up a decision and make it seem better. He has consistently told the truth in interviews and is considered to be as honest as they come in press conferences. While the drafting of Aiyuk has a lot to do with improving the offense and giving the 49ers a true deep threat, his ability in another area likely means the roster spot another wide...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 23, 2020 at 8:43 PM 5 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has to be excited after the team took a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft. General manager John Lynch pulled the trigger on a trade that moved the 49ers up from No. 31 overall to No. 25 to take receiver Brandon Aiyuk out of Arizona State. The trade-up is significant. It means the 49ers viewed Aiyuk as a difference-maker. To get to No. 25 the 49ers gave up the fourth-round pick they acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the draft (No. 117) plus a late-fifth round pick (No. 176). Aiyuk will likely join Deebo Samuel as an outside starter for the 49ers. Like Samuel, Aiyuk is known for his after the catch ability. Aiyuk also has some intriguing athleticism. He ran an unofficial 4.5-second...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 23, 2020 at 7:05 PM 6 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have traded down one pick in the first round for the second time in four years. This time the 49ers traded the No. 13 overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for pick No. 14 and a fourth round pick (No. 117). It is the right move to make regardless of the selection made at No. 14. The 49ers are able to take whoever they would have at No. 13 by trading down one spot while making sure the Bucs selection is not the player. This is similar to what they did in 2017 when they traded with the Chicago Bears. They moved from No. 2 to No. 3 that year and ended up taking defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. While Thomas hasn't developed into the type of player you would expect from No. 3, the trade was absolutely the correct move at the...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 15, 2020 at 7:00 AM 22 comments
    Making the right selections in the draft is imperative to winning in the NFL. Yet, bad drafts can be the downfall of so many front offices. No NFL team is perfect in the draft. Hitting on half the picks would make a team elite. To this point, the San Francisco 49ers have done pretty well since general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan took over. The 49ers have two first-round picks. Making the right moves with the No. 13 and 31 overall picks is imperative if the 49ers want to remain a contender for years to come. What follows is my ideal 49ers draft. It includes trades and selections. This is not what I think will happen. Some of these things aren't very likely, and predicting trades that you think will actually occur is akin to spinning the wheel...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 13, 2020 at 7:09 AM 7 comments
    A Super Bowl contending team has few weaknesses. The San Francisco 49ers made the Super Bowl last season with a top scoring offense and defense. Simply put, they were one of the most balanced teams in the NFL. If they want to remain on top of the NFC, they must improve at one of the most vital positions. The 49ers have a weakness at the wide receiver position and must address it in the 2020 NFL Draft. There is potential on the roster, sure, but contending teams can't afford to count on hope and that's exactly what the 49ers receiver group is full of. It's Deebo Samuel and a bunch of depth guys who could blossom or amount to nothing. The 49ers have to take a wide receiver early in the draft because they can't count on Dante Pettis, Jalen Hurd, or Trent Taylor for...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 3, 2020 at 1:48 PM 5 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have an abundance of options with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and some aren't at the widely assumed position. It is true that wide receiver seems the likely path, but it is not a slam dunk. The team could surprise and go with another position. It wouldn't be the first time this offseason that the 49ers shocked fans and pundits around the league. No one thought defensive tackle DeForest Buckner would be traded until it happened. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will ultimately make the draft decision together. The 49ers have been working out offensive tackles in recent weeks. They could choose to grab Joe Staley's heir at left tackle and play him at guard for a year or two. Or they could go with...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:18 PM 11 comments
    Extended runs of success in the NFL don't come without moving on from some great players. To build a winner a team must acquire talent. To remain a winner a team must master the balancing act between the salary cap and keeping that talent. When 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan were hired the team was as deep into needing talent as a franchise can go. After making the Super Bowl, the pendulum has flipped completely the other way. The 49ers are on the mountaintop of the National Football Conference. They've entered the delicate balance time period where they must make the right call on a string of crucial personnel decisions if they want to remain at the top. A vast majority of the time teams make the wrong choices. In fact, only one team, the New...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM 30 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers would like to return all of their starters from the 2019 season. This is according to general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. Doing so won't be easy and could prove impossible. The two starters who could leave in free agency are defensive lineman Arik Armstead and safety Jimmie Ward. Both had break out seasons in 2019 that saw their value in the open market soar. Also factoring into the 49ers' ability to re-sign Armstead and Ward are two big extensions on the agenda. Both defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and tight end George Kittle are heading into the final year of their contracts. The 49ers will certainly give both new deals this off-season, assuming the team can come to agreement with both. Complicating...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 3, 2020 at 1:05 PM 29 comments
    It pains me to say this but the biggest culprit for the San Francisco 49ers' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV is the 49ers starting quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo had multiple chances late in the game to permanently silence his critics. He failed every time. It is what it is. There's no sugar coating it. Receivers were open, the opportunities were there but the ball wasn't delivered. The 49ers should have won. All they needed was one typical scoring drive. It never came. The 49ers were in the driver's seat following their second interception of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. They took over possession leading 20-10 with 11:57 remaining in the game. A touchdown drive ends it. Instead the offense goes five plays and punts. On the...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 2, 2020 at 5:58 PM 0 comments
    [UPDATE] Staley has returned to the game in the fourth quarter [UPDATE] Long-time San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is questionable to return after suffering a hand injury on the 49ers' first drive in the second half of Super Bowl LIV. The 49ers took a 13-10 lead on the drive. Staley is the only player on the 49ers' roster who also played in the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Staley was drafted out of Central Michigan University by the 49ers in the first round in 2007. Justin Skule replaced him. This story will be updated when more info is...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 2, 2020 at 5:45 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel was six yards away from the rushing yards record for his position in the big game at halftime of the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs matchup in Super Bowl LIV. It took three plays in the second half for him to get the record. He picked up 14 yards on an end around to the left side. The rush gave him 53 yards in the game. The previous record was 45. It was set by Percy Harvin in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks. Samuel found success when carrying the ball in the regular season. He had 159 yards, leading all wide receivers in the NFL. However, he had just 14 rushes in the 15 games he played. Samuel being utilized in the run game has become more prevalent in the playoffs. He had 43 yards in the NFC Championship...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 2, 2020 at 5:23 PM 0 comments
    At halftime of the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs matchup in Super Bowl LIV, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has 39 rushing yards. The record for rushing yards in the Super Bowl by a wide receiver is 45 yards. Percy Harvin owns the record. He set it in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks. Samuel, who had 159 rushing yards in the regular season, has gotten his 39 yards on just two carries. They both came in the 49ers' opening drive. On the third play of the drive Samuel took the ball around the right end and found daylight en route to gaining 32 yards. The remaining seven yards came when Samuel got the ball and looked to pass but scrambled for the first down instead. Samuel leads all players in yards from scrimmage with 62 yards at...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 2, 2020 at 4:14 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers starting safety Jimmie Ward stayed down following a big hit on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Initially appearing to be a major injury, Ward was shown returning to the field following a commercial break. It occurred on a 3rd and 11 play late in the 1st quarter when Mahomes was scrambling. The tackle likely stopped a touchdown and forced a 4th and 1 play the Chiefs converted. With Mahomes running full speed for the end zone, Ward came in the opposite direction and the two collided head on. The Chiefs later scored the game's first touchdown on the...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Dec 23, 2019 at 10:36 PM 0 comments
    Rob and Levin return in the latest No Huddle podcast to break down the Rams game, including strong criticism of offensive play calls. They also preview the likely-to-be-epic showdown against Seattle with the help of Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest. Fann provides an interesting perspective, having covered the 49ers in the four years before covering the Seahawks this season. You can...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:00 AM 4 comments
    Something truly special may be brewing for the San Francisco 49ers. The 2019 draft class shined in the first preseason game on Saturday. If that game is a sign of what is to come, the 2019 class could be the catalyst to a new era for the franchise. An era of winning consistently. Sure, it is very early. So much is still unknown. So much could still alter the course. The sky is the limit though. It's not just about the quality shown so far but the quantity as well. Let's start with a quick note on the team's first overall pick Nick Bosa, who didn't play on Saturday. Yes, he's currently hurt and that is becoming a growing concern. That said, Bosa was impressing in his first training camp before an ankle injury sidelined him. Nothing else needs to be...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Jul 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM 5 comments
    As the San Francisco 49ers begin the 2019 training camp, it seems a good time to put some bold predictions on record that I think have a strong possibility of happening. Making predictions before training camp happens is generally unwise. Still, I'll put my name, for as little as that is worth, behind these. 1. C.J. Beathard is treated as the No. 2 but does not end up on the 49ers roster The battle for the backup quarterback position is perhaps the most intriguing of all the position battles this year. In one corner you have Beathard, who is a former third-round pick who was taken because head coach Kyle Shanahan saw the makings of a great QB in his system. Things haven't gone well for Beathard during his first two seasons. Given ample opportunity...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Jul 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM 3 comments
    What a difference a year makes. The San Francisco 49ers enter the 2019 season with wide receivers being one of the deepest position groups on the team. This hasn't been the case in recent seasons. The 49ers have a few veterans mixed in with a group of young, super high potential youngsters. Other position groups have led the way in the past. George Kittle emerged as a force as a tight end last season, fullback Kyle Juszczyk has been the best receiver at his position for a few years now and the running back position has multiple players known for their receiving skills. Previously, the wide receivers had lagged behind but coming into 2019 the 49ers wideout options are so deep that last season's leading receiver is on the bubble for making the 53-man...
  • By Levin T. Black
    May 3, 2019 at 7:00 AM 1 comment
    Jordan Holland may not be a household name but San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has known him for years. Holland, a defensive back, will be taking part in the 49ers rookie minicamp this weekend. When he steps on the field for the first practice later today, Holland will be fulfilling a promise he made to Shanahan back in 2016. "I told him that one day I would get the chance to play for him," Holland said through email. It was a bold promise to make. To understand how unlikely it must have seemed to Shanahan at the time you need to know Holland's story. Holland's football career has been anything but conventional. It started normal enough. He played for Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. Without a Division I scholarship offer he...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:27 PM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers took punter Mitch Wishnowsky in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Yes, a punter in the fourth round. Many are upset with the pick but make no mistake it was a quality choice. This is simple. The 49ers de facto biggest need was punter because it was the only position the 49ers didn't have any options at on the roster. Furthermore, Wishnowsky is not just the top punter in the draft, he's the only punter worth drafting this year. Could the 49ers have passed on him in the fourth and taken him in the fifth instead? Perhaps. He may have made it to the 10th pick in the fifth round but there was no guarantee. The risk outweighed the reward. There aren't any quality veteran punters available. The risk of missing out on Wishnowsky...
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