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  • By TJ Bice
    Jun 21, 2018 at 8:44 PM
    The sophomore season for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan should go much smoother than their first season. For one, they certainly won't be turning over the roster as much as last year. Last year was all about finding the right players to fit in Shanahan's scheme, which meant there were a lot of players from the old regimes who were either cut or not resigned. This lead to a lot of rookies--especially later round picks--getting an unusually early chance to see the field. In fact, the 49ers had a total of 17 rookies playing offense and defense throughout the 2017 season. And according to Pro Football Focus, 49er rookies combined for 5,033 snaps during the regular season--more than any other team in the league by far. In other words, the new kids got a chance to play. But which rookie from the...
  • By TJ Bice
    Apr 26, 2018 at 7:07 PM
    How many draft "experts" saw this one coming? Even the newest addition to the 49ers family, Mike McGlinchey, didn't see this one coming. He said his only contact with the team was at the combine and not a peep since. This might not have been the most popular pick due to the obvious needs in the pass rush and the secondary, but it makes a lot of sense. Yes the 49ers need a star pass rusher, but with Bradley Chubb gone, was one really available at pick No. 9? Same for a true outside cornerback with Denzel Ward off the board early. Inside linebacker certainly would have made sense but Roquan Smith was already gone and perhaps the team has questions about Tremaine Edmunds at the next level. McGlinchey makes sense for a number of reasons. First, and perhaps the most obvious is...
  • By TJ Bice
    Apr 8, 2018 at 5:41 PM
    Two franchises that share a storied rivalry dating back decades have both shown a resurgence this past season, giving their fans new hope. Undoubtedly, the Rams had the better season, going from 4-12 the year before to 11-5 and winning the NFC West last year; an incredible turnaround for rookie head coach Sean McVay. The 49ers had a respectable turnaround as well, ending the season on a 5-game win streak after the debut of Jimmy Garoppolo. And while all football teams and their respective fans have reason for hope with the start of the new league year, it's safe to say that both the 49ers and the Rams expect to be highly competitive teams this year. Both are riding the momentum created last year, and both have made dramatic improvements to their rosters (even before the draft) this year....
  • By TJ Bice
    Mar 11, 2018 at 10:20 AM
    "You mad, bro?" Forget that Richard Sherman personified the archetype villain to 49er fans the moment he tipped a last-ditch effort pass to Michael Crabtree in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, then made a "choke" gesture to Colin Kaepernick, the dejected 49ers bench, and the rest of the entire football-watching world. How about the fact that the 49ers brass just spent a reported $39 million over three years on a cornerback that is turning 30 later this month and is coming off of one Achilles tendon tear in one leg and a bone spur "clean up" in the other? Didn't the 49ers just release NaVorro Bowman (you know, the iconic former face of the franchise in part due to his heroics in that same game) after roughly...
  • By TJ Bice
    Mar 9, 2018 at 2:17 PM
    The Los Angeles Rams have not been resting on their laurels this offseason. In fact, thus far in the NFC West, they have been the aggressors when it comes to offseason acquisitions before acquisitions can technically even take place (the new league year doesn't officially start until Wednesday). Those 'wink and nod' deals will ultimately result in a completely revamped secondary with Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Sam Shields patrolling the field, and all but guaranteeing the exit of Trumaine Johnson. Meanwhile, about a thousand miles north of Los Angeles, the Seattle Seahawks and their bodacious and bombastic 'Legion of Boom' is all but dismantled. The likes of Michael Bennett,...
  • By TJ Bice
    Mar 7, 2018 at 1:42 PM
    Lynch was aggressive in free agency in both volume and spending right out of the gate last year. However, this year he says they will still be aggressive, just more selective. After all, this year, it's more about finding those other key pieces to the puzzle and adding a little quality depth than it is about overhauling a roster like last year. That many moves were a necessity last year because A) they didn't really know what they had as far as talent goes, and B) the little they did know about their inherited roster was that it was glaring with holes. So what better way to fix that roster than by gutting it and replacing it with players familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan's style of offense and Seattle's three-deep zone style of defense and then just let the dust settle? Fortunately,...
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