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  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM 0 comments
    When the San Francisco 49ers were drafting at No. 12, there was a lot of speculation about which quarterback might fall and who that might be. The only quarterback who seemed to have a chance to fall to twelve was Mac Jones. However, the 49ers aren't selecting at twelve anymore because they took a huge swing and traded three first rounds picks to move up to pick at No. 3. This means there will likely be three of the consensus top-five quarterback prospects still on the board. This is my case for Justin Fields. Fields is a unique specimen at the quarterback position. Everyone on Twitter wants to pigeonhole Fields into a "type" of quarterback and what he could become in Shanahan's offense. Some say he's a runner who can also throw. Others say he's a slow...
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Mar 4, 2021 at 7:00 AM 0 comments
    Where there is smoke, there is fire, and there has been a ton of smoke coming out of Santa Clara concerning the 49ers, their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and the future of the two together. Don't get me wrong, the most likely scenario for who starts under center for the 49ers in 2021 is Jimmy Garoppolo, but GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have made it clear that they are open to upgrading the position and moving on from Jimmy G. If the 49ers do move on from Garoppolo, they shouldn't look to mortgage the future by trading a haul of picks to move up into the top 10 or even top 5 for a quarterback. They should pick No. 10 from Alabama, quarterback Mac Jones, if he falls to the twelfth pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Mac Jones is rapidly moving up the boards...
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Jan 19, 2021 at 11:37 AM 0 comments
    Jimmy Garoppolo's career with the San Francisco 49ers has been called into question recently. 49er fans and media speculation have various quarterbacks replacing Garoppolo under center, ranging from a trade for the Texans' Deshaun Watson or the Lions' Matthew Stafford, to trading up in the 2021 draft to select a QB from the college ranks. While all of these scenarios are still on the table, I believe the recent hiring of Rich Scangarello as quarterback coach, a return to the role he had on Kyle Shanahan's staff from 2017-2018, is all the evidence needed to convince me that Shanahan and Lynch want to run it back with Jimmy & Co. one more time. At first glance, this may not seem like a big deal, but if we look back at how Garoppolo played in the final five games of the 2017...
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Jan 4, 2021 at 12:31 PM 0 comments
    The 2020 season has tormented 49ers fans with an unprecedented and shocking number of roster moves and free-agent signings due to injuries, COVID, and poor performance. When the season began, there were dreams of pursuing a sixth Lombardi Trophy, and now, after a Week 17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks that dropped their record to 6-10, the 49ers and their fanbase have shifted their focus to the offseason and the 2021 NFL Draft. With 38 scheduled free agents on the roster, there is one player who John Lynch shouldn't question re-signing: Taybor Pepper. Early on in the season, the 49ers had a crisis at the long-snapper position. Kyle Nelson, the longest-tenured member on the roster after Joe Staley retired, was having trouble with his snap accuracy, at some points even bouncing...
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Oct 28, 2020 at 10:53 AM 0 comments
    First off, I need to put this out there: I was strong-armed into inserting the final portion of this article by my wife. Say what you want about Jimmy Garoppolo, his looks have generated countless female fans around the NFL. The Good: This guy is a winner, plain and simple. He was 19-7 in his final 2 years at Eastern Illinois while throwing for 84 touchdowns. He was then drafted by the New England Patriots, in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft, in the middle of their dynasty, and won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady's backup. The 49ers traded for him at the 2017 deadline, then four weeks later he became the starter and proceeded to reel off five straight wins to conclude the season. His overall record as a starter is 26-8, which is a .765 win...
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Oct 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM 0 comments
    In recent 49ers history, it might be difficult to name a player who draws more criticism for his on-field performance than current starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He is either considered the franchise quarterback who was responsible for leading his team to an NFC Championship and was one deep completion away from being a potential Super Bowl MVP, or he's viewed as a game manager occupying the most important spot on the roster until the real franchise QB is acquired. Despite your views on Jimmy Garoppolo, it's time for Kyle Shanahan to let him sink or swim. The 49ers run game has evolved into a powerful force that most teams have trouble stopping. The scheme employs zone runs, power runs, gap runs, jet sweeps, drop passes (like those to WR Deebo Samuel against the Rams in Week 6)...
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Sep 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM 0 comments
    When thinking about how NFL offenses have evolved over the years, many have moved away from core philosophies like establishing the run game, to a more open, Air Raid-style spread passing attack, with read options and run-pass-options (RPOs). These advancements have put more speedy pass catchers on the field and allowed athletic playmakers to put defenses in difficult situations. Defenses have evolved as well, in order to counter these offensive changes, by getting smaller and quicker at positions that were traditionally manned by larger, more physical players. This has resulted in linebackers who are built more like large safeties, and defensive tackles who are smaller, and quicker, as opposed to hulking, run-stuffers. It appears that Kyle Shanahan is evolving his offense to...
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