• Michael Cataldo
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    Vallejo native, San Francisco sports fanatic, and unprofessional chicken wing eater.

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  • By Michael Cataldo
    Apr 19, 2021 at 6:30 PM 0 comments
    Let's be honest, we can use a breather from debating about the No. 3 overall pick (#FieldsAt3). Hear me out before you dismiss my prediction with "any undrafted running back can thrive in Shanahan's system". I think the 49ers may just trade up for a running back in the early rounds and there's plenty of reasons why this is a likely possibility. 1) Depth and Injury History are Concerns There's no denying that Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. are awesome. The reality is that both running backs play extremely physical and have missed time in recent years while never handling a full season of consistent work. We also haven't seen enough of undrafted backups JaMychal Hasty and Austin Walter so the 49ers could have a serious problem on...
  • By Michael Cataldo
    Sep 19, 2020 at 8:07 PM 0 comments
    With multiple starters out tomorrow versus the Jets, there's no surprise that the 49ers' depth will be tested. Here are 3 players who will step up to propel the 49ers to their first win of the season. 1. Ross Dwelley Ross Dwelley did well filling in for George Kittle when the latter missed a few games in 2019, including 2 touchdowns against the Cardinals. Jordan Reed will undoubtedly be more involved, but I'd expect Ross Dwelley to be more engaged in both the run and pass game. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman should be featured all game long, setting up easy play action passes to Dwelley. Prediction: 4 catches for 45 yards, 1 TD 2. Emmanuel Moseley Expect Emmanuel Moseley to rebound from Week 1's...
  • By Michael Cataldo
    Sep 13, 2020 at 8:45 PM 0 comments
    Almost everything went wrong for the 49ers today, but they only lost by four points. Four. Give credit to the Cardinals, but you could argue that they played their best ball on the "road" and barely scratched out a win. If Jimmy Garoppolo hits Kendrick Bourne's hands rather than Patrick Peterson's helmet, I wouldn't be writing this right now. Let's pump the brakes on the criticism, take a step back, and look at the game objectively. I'm usually the pessimistic type, but there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic after this tough loss. Here are a few: 1. Kendrick Bourne KB's stat line will not wow you (2 Rec, 34 yards), but the route he ran to free himself in the 4th quarter summarizes his growth perfectly. Deebo Samuel and Brandon...
  • By Michael Cataldo
    Aug 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM 0 comments
    To commemorate George Kittle's 5-year extension with the 49ers, here are my Top 5 plays of his in the Red and Gold. It wasn't easy to choose only 5, so there are a few honorable mentions at the end. 5. The Birth of the Jimmy G <> Kittle Connection Week 16 vs. JAX - December 24, 2017 Now the play itself is not amazing, but this is the first time Garoppolo and Kittle connected for a touchdown together in their careers. This score gave the 49ers a 23-19 lead in the 3rd quarter in what turned out to be a shootout, ending in a 44-33 win for San Francisco. Way to make an impact...
  • By Michael Cataldo
    Jun 17, 2020 at 11:35 AM 0 comments
    Continuing Nick Newman's Power Rankings at Wide Receiver, here's how the 49ers defensive linemen stack up against each other. Tier 1: Superstars 1. Nick Bosa Hard to argue this one. Just take a look at the accolades for the rookie sensation: AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year PFWA Rookie of the Year 9 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT, 16 TFL Most pressures ever by a rookie (69) #41 on PFF's Top 50 Players No. 41 on the PFF50:Nick Bosa...
  • By Michael Cataldo
    Apr 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM 0 comments
    What a weekend. The last three days for the 49ers organization and fanbase has been a roller coaster ride. Losing Joe Staley to retirement is going to sting, but gaining Trent Williams to replace him makes the healing process much easier. The collaboration that Shanahan and Lynch have proved is commendable. It is not just with their words on every news conference they join together, but with their actions that truly demonstrate their outstanding partnership--something that Niner fans can appreciate. With the 2020 draft now over and next season around the corner (hopefully), here are two main takeaways about the 49ers regime we should remember for future drafts: 1) Defensive line will always be the 49ers'...
  • By Michael Cataldo
    Apr 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco quarterbacks have been spoiled with blindside protection side 2007 thanks to Joe Staley. He is beloved among fans as he's been through it all, from playing for suit-wearing Mike Nolan to snapback rocking Kyle Shanahan. It would be difficult to see #74 hang up the cleats since this is arguably the best team and front office he's experienced in his accomplished 13 year career. Father time is undefeated and even Joe Staley would admit that being a father is the most important job in the world. Although it would come as a surprise if he does retire, the front office will have a plan in place for both scenarios. Here's how his decision impacts the draft: Scenario 1: Joe Staley...
  • By Michael Cataldo
    Apr 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM 12 comments
    If you told 49ers fans a year ago that Arik Armstead would be the remaining Oregon Duck on the 49ers defensive line over DeForest Buckner, they would have rioted. But if there's anything we know about football, things change rapidly. George Kittle and Buckner appeared to be staples on both sides of the field, with a massive extension looming for the captains. Then, Nick Bosa happened, becoming the face of the most feared defense in the league in 2019. Fast forward a year later, and Buckner is shipped to the Colts, becoming the second-highest-paid defensive lineman behind Aaron Donald. What does that mean for our defense? Should John Lynch draft Buckner's replacement early in the draft? He should not, considering the lack of depth at secondary and wide...
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