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    23 hours ago
    Coach Tony Sparano spent one season as the San Francisco 49ers' tight ends coach in 2015 under head coach Jim Tomsula. He spent the past two seasons as the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, who announced his unexpected passing on Sunday. "Our hearts go out to Jeanette and the entire Sparano family as we all mourn the loss of Tony," said Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf via a statement. "Tony was a passionate and driven individual who cared deeply about his family, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Tony's presence within the Vikings organization will be deeply missed. We are only thinking of Tony's family during this incredibly difficult time. We ask that the entire NFL and Vikings family keep the Sparanos in their...
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    July 20, 2018 at 11:23 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers' new all-white alternate uniforms, which are inspired by the fan-favorite throwbacks worn during the 1994 Super Bowl season, will be worn during the team's Week 7 contest against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium. The Sunday Night Football matchup will be played on October 21 (tickets available here) with a scheduled kickoff of 5:20 p.m. The #49ers will wear their...
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    July 20, 2018 at 12:31 AM
    The NFL and NFL Players Association issued a joint statement on Thursday night announcing that league and team policies surrounding conduct during the national anthem are temporarily on hold. "The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue," read the statement. "In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing. "The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are...
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    July 19, 2018 at 12:41 PM
    Training camp cannot get here soon enough. TMZ released video of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on a date. By itself, the tabloid news site may not have found the story of much interest. Of course, who the date was with, adult film star Kiara Mia, made it a story. Reports TMZ: "26-year-old Jimmy G and Kiara Mia hit up Avra restaurant in Beverly Hills ... where they walked in arm-in-arm and toasted with wine together at the dinner...
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    July 16, 2018 at 8:56 AM
    Two weeks after our own Al Sacco joined popular Niner Empire online show Ronbo Sports, it was the other half of the 49ers Webzone No Huddle Podcast's turn. Zain Naqvi joined the show last week to share his thoughts on the team's roster as it prepares to head into training camp. Naqvi discussed what fans should expect out of rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey and what the selection means for the offense in 2018. Are you worried about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's five interceptions last season? Naqvi explains why that statistic isn't as important as some within the media are making it out to be. Other topics of discussion include the impact of veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, the receivers, and the battle at...
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    July 14, 2018 at 10:07 AM
    When KNBR's Larry Krueger joined the 49ers Webzone No Huddle Podcast this week, he joined Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee – soon to be of The Athletic – as the only three-time guests of the show. Earlier in the week, Barrows had a conversation with Krueger, along with Gary Radnich, on KNBR and said San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon might be a good fantasy football pickup this season. "If they get 750 rushing yards out of Jerick McKinnon, I think that they would love it because they're expecting to get at least that much in the passing game from him,"...
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    July 13, 2018 at 11:46 AM
    San Francisco 49ers fans who listen to KNBR know Larry Krueger well. The popular radio host joined the latest 49ers Webzone No Huddle Podcast episode and shared many of his thoughts surrounding this year's roster. One of the positions discussed at length was the wide receiver group. The 49ers lack that big-name, big-body red zone threat at wide receiver. That doesn't mean head coach Kyle Shanahan won't be able to scheme big plays out of the group. Krueger believes there are reasons to be excited about the receivers currently on the roster. "This is another area where I think you've got to be really excited," shared Krueger. "I mean,...
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    July 1, 2018 at 10:49 PM
    LeBron James is headed to Hollywood. The four-time NBA MVP announced on Sunday that he is signing a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. James' former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last month. While the Warriors' championship didn't elicit many responses from San Francisco 49ers players, the biggest sports news of the weekend did. Below are what several 49ers players said on Sunday via Twitter. @Lakers heyyyyyyy👀— AC...
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    June 29, 2018 at 9:09 AM
    49ers Webzone senior writer Al Sacco joined popular Niner Empire online show Ronbo Sports this week to discuss the team and the numerous offseason roster competitions. Sacco discusses the battle for the two guard spots along the offensive line, including what Joshua Garnett has done to prove himself to Kyle Shanahan and the coaching staff. Some fans weren't fond of the decision to extend the contract of guard Laken Tomlinson or even the 49ers picking up the fifth-year option of defensive end Arik Armstead. Sacco explains why San Francisco made these decisions and what the team likes about the two players. Other topics of discussion include which wide receivers are likely to make the team, the looming suspension hanging over second-year linebacker...
  • By Site Staff
    June 22, 2018 at 10:06 AM
    News of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggling during the team's most recent minicamp has been in the headlines. Cornerback Richard Sherman even identified a minor flaw in his play on the practice field. Are these issues as big a deal as the media is making them out to be? Zain Naqvi and guest co-host Dylan DeSimone of Fourth and Nine discuss the reports and why fans shouldn't be too concerned with them. Hot on our latest Round Table question, the duo also goes through a list of offensive and defensive players who could have breakout...
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    June 21, 2018 at 4:44 PM
    The 49ers Webzone staff takes a stab at predicting the San Francisco 49ers' breakout player for 2018. Who will be that San Francisco 49ers player to elevate his game in 2018? We asked that question to our staff of writers and received numerous answers. There was just one limitation: quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was not an option it could name. Below are the responses from our writers, in alphabetical order by the potential breakout player's name. Kendrick Bourne Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne is my choice for breakout player. The experience he gained from last season, a good offseason, and getting bigger and stronger will lead to success in 2018. Bourne has also been working on his mental game with film study and perfecting his route...
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    June 14, 2018 at 9:14 PM
    Former San Francisco 49ers tackle Keith Fahnhorst passed away on Tuesday, June 12, at the age of 66. The team announced his passing on Thursday night. The 49ers made Fahnhorst a second-round draft pick (No. 35 overall) in 1974. He spent all 14 of his NFL seasons with San Francisco, appeared in 193 games with 160 starts, and started all 10 of his playoff appearances. Fahnhorst was a two-time first-team All-Pro (1983-84), Pro Bowl selection (1985), and two-time Super Bowl champion (XVI and XIX). He was also a two-time recipient (1981, 1986) of the Bobb McKittrick Award, which is awarded annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity, and sacrifice displayed by the longtime offensive line coach. Fahnhorst retired from football...
  • By Site Staff
    June 13, 2018 at 4:06 PM
    Listen to Audio You've been called James by CB Richard Sherman. "I haven't been called James probably since my grandma was calling me James. So, it's been a little while, but it's all in good fun." Can you give us the story behind that? "You'll have to ask [DB] Adrian Colbert about that. He'll give you a good story." You guys are about to take a more than a month-long break. Are there any thoughts or plans to get together with your skill guys at some point during the intermission? "Yeah. I think there's going to be a good amount of guys here. So,...
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    June 13, 2018 at 4:03 PM
    Listen to Audio What have your observations been of inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans in his new role this season? "DeMeco's been great. He's got a good demeanor. Players love him. Just how he carries himself, especially having the respect of what he did in his career. He's a very humble guy who is still trying to learn and he's ready to be in the role that he's in, but he's not satisfied with that. He's always trying to ask questions and do stuff each day. I think he'll get better as he goes." He has some younger guys in his room. I know you probably don't spend a lot of time in the linebacker room, but...
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    June 12, 2018 at 3:43 PM
    Listen to Audio Are you getting anybody back as far as guys that missed some time in OTAs? "Guys that have been held out aren't practicing, but we've got a few guys going into individuals. We're going to let [CB] Richard [Sherman] go in individual today. [WR] Max [McCaffrey] is going to do individuals. He's been out with a hamstring, McCaffrey. And [DB] Jimmie Ward, who missed last week with an ankle, so he'll get some work today, too." So, LB Malcolm Smith isn't full-go? "Sorry, Malcolm is a full-go also." Is Richard still on track to return day one of training...
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    June 12, 2018 at 10:07 AM
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced the names who will be part of the team's 2018 Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship. They are Nick Ferguson, Robert Flagler, Van Malone, Ricky Manning Jr., Lamar Owens, Chris Samuels, Roman Sapolu, Jonathan Scott, Chidera Uzo-Diribe, and James Willis. The program's objective is to use NFL clubs' training camps, offseason workout program, and minicamps to give talented coaches opportunities to observe, participate, and gain experience in coaching with a goal of landing a full-time NFL position. The program was designed as a vocational tool to help increase the number of NFL minority coaches. All 32 teams participate in the program. The 49ers Communications department provided the following information...
  • By Site Staff
    June 11, 2018 at 9:18 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers are collaborating with Mark Mastrov, Chairman of New Evolution Ventures and founder of 24 Hour Fitness, to create a 36,500-square foot team-branded fitness and recovery center called 49ers Fit at the Westgate Center Outlet Mall in San Jose. It is scheduled to open this fall. The space will feature 49ers-branded strength and conditioning equipment, an innovative recovery lounge, a diverse slate of boutique-style group fitness classes, and a wide range of first-class amenities. The recovery lounge will feature cryotherapy, NormaTec, hydromassages, and more. The center will also have a 40-yard turf area for sprint work. "49ers Fit is going to be cutting edge in every sense of the word and...
  • By Site Staff
    June 5, 2018 at 4:09 PM
    Listen to Audio A couple months into the offseason program, I know you guys are basically down to your last week with minicamp coming up next week. "Yeah. It's been good. I think the team is making a lot of progress in a lot of different areas. It's been good competition between the offense and defense, which you love to see this time of year." WR Kendrick Bourne is a guy who looks really confident right now. You're pretty tight with all of the receivers, but it seems like you've connected with him a few times. What have you seen from him in the time you've gotten here and his growth to...
  • By Site Staff
    June 4, 2018 at 10:07 PM
    The NFL world mourns the loss of Bay Area icon Dwight Clark, who succumbed to ALS after a long and brave battle at the age of 61. The San Francisco 49ers legend touched the hearts of so many people during his life. Clark's catch in the end zone during the NFC Championship Game on January 10, 1982, propelled the franchise into relevance. Zain Naqvi shares his thoughts on Clark, his passing, and the impact the 49ers great had on the franchise, Bay Area, and the...
  • By Site Staff
    May 31, 2018 at 3:53 PM
    Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus stops by the 49ers Webzone No Huddle Podcast to talk about the draft, the development of Solomon Thomas, and how some of the new additions will gel with the team. Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant would love a chance to play for the San Francisco 49ers but is he a good fit? Al and Zain give their opinions on the star receiver. The duo also discuss the growth of the defense, and if expectations for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo have gotten out of control. You can listen to the episode below. You can also find it, along with all of our previous episodes, on our dedicated podcast page,...
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