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  • By Richard Madrid
    June 21, 2018 at 8:28 PM
    This is the first part of a two-series on running back Jerick McKinnon and his potential fit in the 49ers offense. The first part examines his ability in the running game. Part two will examine his role in the passing game. The 49ers signed running back Jerick McKinnon to a four-year contract this offseason after electing to not re-sign Carlos Hyde. The deal surprised a number of people, especially...
  • By Richard Madrid
    May 11, 2018 at 5:54 PM
    This is part 5 in a 5-part series examining quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's 5 game stretch in 2017 that will examine some troubling trends in the quarterback's performance. Parts 1-4 are linked at the bottom of the article. In the first four articles of this series, we spent a great deal of time examining all the things Jimmy Garoppolo does well. His accuracy, decision making, third down efficiency, and poise under pressure and against the blitz are borderline elite for a quarterback who's started just seven games in four years. However, no examination of a quarterback would be complete without highlighting the areas he needs to improve. There are not many but they are enough to cause some concern going into the 2018 season. Quarterback evaluations are...
  • By Richard Madrid
    April 22, 2018 at 7:13 PM
    This is part 4 in a 5-part series looking at quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's 2017 season. Part 4 looks at Garoppolo on 3rd down and utilizing play action. Parts 1-3 are hyperlinked at the bottom of the article. In part 1 of this series, we looked at Garoppolo's accuracy across 5 games. In part 2, we looked at his performance under pressure. In part 3, we looked at his performance against the blitz. Today we'll briefly examine his performance on 3rd down and utilizing play action. Source: Pro Football Reference On...
  • By Richard Madrid
    April 7, 2018 at 2:31 PM
    This is part 3 of a 5-part series examining Jimmy Garoppolo's 2017 season. Today, we look at the quarterback against the blitz. Part 1 and part 2 are hyperlinked at the bottom of this article. In part 1 of this series, we examined 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's throwing accuracy. He was the 11th-best quarterback in accuracy rating in the NFL per Pro Football Focus. In part 2 of this series, we looked how he was successful under pressure. Under pressure, he led the NFL in completion percentage (33-53, 62.3% completion) and yards per attempt (8.3 YPA). Today, we examine him against the blitz and why he was successful. Against the blitz, Garoppolo led the league in yards per attempt...
  • By Richard Madrid
    March 25, 2018 at 2:07 PM
    In part 1 of this series, which you can read here, we looked at quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's film for passing accuracy. In part 2 here, we look at Garoppolo under pressure. In the first part of this series on Jimmy Garoppolo's season review, we looked at the quarterback's accuracy ranking and showed how and why he was one of the NFL's top passers in that department. This week, we'll look at how he performed under pressure and use the film to show how he was successful. Before going any further, it's important to define what a quarterback under pressure is as it differs from the blitz. A quarterback can be under pressure from a three or four man rush as long as the...
  • By Richard Madrid
    February 12, 2018 at 10:58 AM
    The following article is part 1 of a 5-part series examining 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Part 1 will focus on Garoppolo's accuracy. The 49ers shocked the NFL world in late October 2017 by trading one of their two 2nd-round draft picks for former New England Patriots back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The trade shocked both fan bases, and there was some turmoil in particular in New England leading up to the trade, as noted by ESPN's Seth Wickersham. Garoppolo was a quarterback that the 49ers tried to trade for back in the offseason but it never materialized. After sitting...
  • By Richard Madrid
    January 1, 2018 at 3:09 PM
    Below is a listing of links I have written that cover the 49ers offense and defense under Kyle Shanahan/Robert Saleh for Fansided Niner Noise and our very own 49ersWebzone. There are also 4 articles on the 49ers quarterbacks this season. Feel free to read them all and drop any questions or comments you have in the comments section. Appreciate the support! OFFENSE 49ers Film Room: Kyle Shanahan's Running Game 49ers Film Room: Kyle Shanahan's Passing...
  • By Richard Madrid
    December 7, 2017 at 11:02 AM
    Last Tuesday, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that the Jimmy Garoppolo era would begin, thus ending the C.J. Beathard era. For now, Beathard finishes with a meager 54% completion, 1,430 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions provided he isn't called upon again this season. Early on it appeared that Beathard might have at least been the short-term answer at quarterback to finish the season and appeared to play decently enough to hold the job after his first game and a half. But the problems continued in the ensuing weeks as Beathard continually failed to...
  • By Richard Madrid
    November 5, 2017 at 2:36 PM
    Three weeks ago, I wrote an article ushering in the CJ Beathard era. I thought he displayed enough traits to earn the starting job over the long term, but the last couple of starts have shown that he is a limited passer independent of the problems on the offense (drops, poor pass blocking). In the short term, it still appears to be the Beathard era. But that is all likely going to change very, very soon...again. On Monday this past week, the 49ers traded their own 2018 second-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, according to ESPN's Adam...
  • By Richard Madrid
    October 19, 2017 at 9:18 AM
    I think we can officially say, barring any injury, that the Brian Hoyer era is over for good in San Francisco. It was not fun while it lasted. He was never going to be the long-term solution at quarterback, despite knowing the system, due to his glaring flaws as a passer. According to the Fox Sports broadcasters on Sunday, head coach Kyle Shanahan has been searching for the right time to insert rookie third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard into the starting rotation. He found his opportunity midway through the second quarter last Sunday against the Redskins. Hoyer was benched Sunday after a shaky start and largely abysmal performances through five weeks....
  • By Richard Madrid
    July 24, 2017 at 10:53 AM
    This is the first in a three part series examining the current 49ers quarterbacks. Part one will focus on Brian Hoyer, part two will focus on Matt Barkley, and part three will focus on CJ Beathard. The current offseason for the 49ers, for lack of a better term, is wild. Coming off of a 2-14 season, the 49ers fired head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke and interviewed a dozen general manager and head coach candidates, such as Louis Riddick and Tom Cable. Owner Jed York eventually hired former NFL safety and Fox Sports NFL commentator John Lynch to be the GM and former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to be the head coach. They've signed a multitude of players, including wide receiver Pierre Garcon, linebacker Malcom Smith,...
  • By Richard Madrid
    April 11, 2017 at 1:17 PM
    It has been a wild two years for former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The once fan favorite quarterback has turned into a sort of pariah among the football world over the 9 months since he chose to exercise his right to protest in a way most deem inappropriate. It's over a month into free agency and he still remains unemployed, despite, as this article will show, the argument that he can still play the position at a high enough level to win a team some games. The main narratives surrounding Kaepernick this offseason are that 1) his protest and social justice are preventing teams from taking a chance on him and 2) that he's regressed severely as a passer. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report...
  • By Richard Madrid
    March 10, 2017 at 11:56 AM
    In an earlier post, I covered the outside zone and the play-action variants that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan uses in his playbook. Today we'll look at another variant to the play-action Shanahan uses that builds off the running game: the "split zone" and "yankee" concept and how he dresses up the formation for just such a play. SPLIT ZONE One variant of the zone running game is the "split zone," a play often run last season by the 49ers under former head coach Chip Kelly. The split zone, as the name implies, aims to "split" the defense in half to create a seam for the ball carrier on the backside of the play. To accomplish this,...
  • By Richard Madrid
    March 5, 2017 at 3:22 PM
    The 49ers' newly acquired head coach Kyle Shanahan brings with him an explosive offense that ranked 7th all-time in points per game (tying the 2000 St. Louis Rams "Greatest Show on Turf"). Under my personal favorite metric, Football Outsiders DVOA, the 2016 Falcons offense ranked first overall by a wide margin. DVOA measures efficiency on a per-play basis and the Falcons ranked first in the passing game and seventh in the running game. In a couple...
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