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  • Tim Sprinkles
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    Tim Sprinkles
    Lifelong 49ers Fan. Father. Husband. Full-Time Educator. Co-Host of The Denim Dungeon Podcast.

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  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Oct 28, 2020 at 10:53 AM 1 comment
    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 1 comment
    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 1 comment
    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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