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    Matthew Barr has been writing for 49ers Webzone and 49ers Hub since 2018 and co-hosts the 4th and Gold podcast which can be found on all podcast platforms. He can be found on Twitter fighting an endless battle to get the underscore removed from his handle, @MattBarr_.

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  • By Matthew Barr
    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers open their season in Florida against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and company will be looking to get off to a fast start, hoping to erase the memory of the disastrous 2018 campaign. Football is very much a team sport, however, each week, certain players prove to be the key to success or failure. Here are the players who could make a difference on Sunday afternoon. Running Back Matt Breida Kyle Shanahan's offense ideally operates at a high level when the running game is moving the chains. When healthy, third-year running back Matt Breida has been as consistent as any runner Shanahan has had. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and only fumbled the ball once on 180 touches out of the backfield last season. Breida...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Jul 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM 2 comments
    The only consistent aspect of the cornerback play for the 49ers in 2018 was inconsistency. The group was dead last in the league when it managed to muster a whopping zero interceptions for the entire season. Despite finishing 11th in the league with an average of 233 pass yards allowed per game, it gave up the second-most touchdown passes with 35. Much of the success of the defense will rest upon the shoulders of the cornerbacks taking the next step. Here is a breakdown of projected starters and backups with training camp right around the corner. Projected to Start Richard Sherman, Jason Verrett, K'Waun Williams Richard Sherman, the elder statesman of the group, was the most reliable player but still had his down moments while recovering...
  • By Matthew Barr
    May 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers enter this season as a team of both hype and uncertainty. Some, such as Peter King, are buying that they will return to the form of their five-game winning streak to finish out the 2017 campaign while others are far more cautious in anointing them as contenders after last year's roller coaster season. The success and failure for Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers rests on a litany of unknown factors. Here is a look at the biggest ifs going into the 2019 season. If All Players Return From Injury at Full Strength It is no mystery that injuries have been a major issue for this team for many consecutive seasons. Last year saw two cornerstones of...
  • By Matthew Barr
    May 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM 1 comment
    The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone and after the dust settled, the San Francisco 49ers had added eight draft picks and eleven undrafted free agents. While the Nick Bosas and Deebo Samuels of the world will garner a majority of the attention, undrafted free agents actually make up a fifth of all NFL rosters. Just last season, the 49ers' leading rusher and leading receiver, running back Matt Breida and wide receiver Kendrick Bourne respectively, were both UDFAs following the 2017 draft. The weakest position group on the team is offensive line and that is where rookie Ross Reynolds could make his impact. Reynolds, a redshirt senior from the University of Iowa, comes with only one year of starting experience but he made the most of it: he was named to the...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Mar 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers made waves in free agency with the addition of defensive end Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander. Ford was acquired via trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and Alexander made his own decision to join the 49ers after leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. While their paths to Santa Clara may be different, they do have one thing in common: they bet on themselves in contract negotiations. Both players signed front-loaded contracts with very little guaranteed money long term. Signing players to team-friendly deals has been how the 49ers have operated for many years. How do they continue to get players gamble on their futures? The most important aspect is clear. The 49ers bring in players who have something to prove in their careers. Bouncing...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM 0 comments
    The 2019 NFL Draft Combine begins Friday in Indianapolis, IN where college players will hope to make a splash impression on the general managers, coaches and scouts who will be on hand. Often a display of raw athletic ability may be enough to have a player have his name called on draft day. The San Francisco 49ers have a plethora of players who have been combine standouts in the past. Here is a look at some of the current players who did not fail to impress in their time in Indy. Marquise Goodwin, WR Probably the most obvious choice on the roster, Marquise Goodwin was a former Olympic long jumper and a burner on the football field. Goodwin broke the 4.3-second threshold in the 40-yard dash when he was clocked at 4.27 seconds. Possibly more impressive, he registered a...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Feb 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM 8 comments
    The EDGE position being one of need for the San Francisco 49ers is no secret. Since Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch took over the franchise in 2017, the position has not been properly addressed. Late-round draft picks, fringe free agency signings and holdovers from the previous regimes have populated the depth chart on the exterior of the defensive line. As it stands right now, the depth chart is a "who's who" of "who?" Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's defensive scheme requires consistent pressure on the quarterback to relieve stress from his oft-injured and young secondary. Outside of DT DeForest Buckner logging 12.0 sacks on the season, no other 49ers' defender eclipsed 6.0 sacks. When NFL Free Agency officially opens on March 13, John Lynch and Co. will have plenty of...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Feb 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM 5 comments
    For better or worse, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay will forever be linked to one another. They are both young, offensive-minded and players' coaches who were hired in the same year. While McVay has seen immediate success with the Los Angeles Rams, Shanahan is still building his San Francisco 49ers roster in his mind's eye. The Rams will certainly look inward after their loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII but what lessons can Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch and the rest of the 49ers learn as well? Quarterback is the Most Important Position on the Field McVay may be an offensive genius but he still needs players to effectively execute the game plan on the field. In the biggest game of his young career, QB Jared Goff played one of his worst games of the...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM 0 comments
    When cornerback Jimmy Moreland finished his college career at James Madison University, he left Harrisonburg, VA with multiple school records including interceptions and interceptions returned for a touchdown. His stellar body of work led to him receiving multiple college post season invites. After standout play at the Senior Bowl for 49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan, I was able to have a conversation with Moreland about his experiences and thoughts on the future. Your stock started to rise during the East-West Shrine Game practices and the game itself. How was that experience? "It was a great experience meeting other players at the FBS level, just getting to know them....
  • By Matthew Barr
    Jan 28, 2019 at 7:30 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff was able to get an up close and personal look at the 2019 Senior Bowl players. Now that the game has been played and the dust has settled, there are some players from both squads that 49ers' fans should keep their eye on throughout the draft process. Here are some standouts from the practices and game who should be on the 49ers' draft radar. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina During the game, Deebo Samuel caught one pass for 15 yards and showed his versatility as a return man. However, the practices are where Samuel was able to shine as he spent the entire week shaking cornerbacks out of their shoes in individual drills. Kyle Shanahan values certain traits in wide receivers and chief among them is the ability to create separation....
  • By Matthew Barr
    Jan 21, 2019 at 4:14 PM 8 comments
    By now, 49ers' fans are well versed in the big names that will be hitting the free agent market this offseason. Earl Thomas, Demarcus Lawrence, Brandon Graham and LeVeon Bell are players who will command a large following from potential suitors. While only a few names will create hype and sell jerseys in the offseason, many more teams really make their money by bringing in players who fill key roles without breaking the bank. Here is a look at some smaller name free agents the 49ers could look to bring in. OLB Preston Smith, Washington Redskins The 49ers biggest weakness on the team is EDGE defender. They were unable to generate consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks which lead to a young secondary getting picked apart from time to time. Preston Smith,...
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