• By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 18, 2020 at 7:57 AM 0 comments
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Raheem Mostert is a record-breaking running back. His 220-yard, 4 touchdown performance vs. Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game set a record for the most single-game rushing yards in 49ers history. One of the main gripes many 49ers fans have about their team's Super Bowl loss is a failure to feature Mostert more in the 4th quarter. So, why does Mostert only rank 16th on this list? Kyle Shanahan, much like his father, can find a starting RB at a Taco Bell. Before Mostert, Matt Breida was the undrafted free agent (UDFA) who...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 14, 2020 at 7:03 AM 1 comment
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Dre Greenlaw is everything you could ask for in a 5th round pick. In training camp, there were whispers of how impressive this young LB out of Arkansas was playing. Whispers turned into verified statements, and before you knew it the 49ers no longer needed expensive LB Malcolm Smith, as Dre Greenlaw's emergence gave the 49ers the opportunity to move onto a younger, cheaper and better LB. As well as Greenlaw played in training camp and the pre-season, the 49ers were set at LB with defensive captain Fred Warner and coveted free-agent Kwon...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 13, 2020 at 8:23 AM 1 comment
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. On August 31, 2017 the 49ers traded a 5th-round draft pick to the Detroit Lions for LG Laken Tomlinson. Ever since that day, Tomlinson has played a major role in Kyle Shanahan's re-build as he has held down the LG position for the past 3 seasons. Tomlinson is one of the unsung heroes of this 49ers team. Many people don't pay attention to the interior offensive line. While LT is the glamour position of the line, mostly because it is related to protecting the QB, the interior linemen play a major role in the Kyle Shanahan offense. The ability for...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 12, 2020 at 7:36 AM 0 comments
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Emmanuel Moseley was a Godsend for the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. When Ahkello Witherspoon went down in a Week 3 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 49ers fans had legitimate concern for how the defense would hold up. Up until that point, Witherspoon was playing at a very high level and seemed to be finally realizing the potential that caused him to be a 3rd-round selection in 2017. While 49ers fans worried, 49ers players expressed a high level of confidence in Witherspoon's replacement, Emmanuel Moseley. "It's...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:19 AM 0 comments
    This series will be a rundown of the top 20 players for the 49ers' 2020 season. Each player will be analyzed from his 2019 performance, to the cost of the player and what his future with the 49ers looks like. Robbie Gould was one of the more controversial players of the 49ers 2019 off-season. As he held out from camp, the 49ers franchise tagged the veteran kicker and hoped to get a long-term deal done. It was well-known that Gould desired to head back to Chicago, where he played the first 11 seasons of his NFL career. The 49ers didn't budge, and eventually Gould signed a long-term contract with the 49ers that made him one of the highest paid kickers in NFL history. 2019 Performance Gould was 23-31 on FGs in 2019 and...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM 30 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers would like to return all of their starters from the 2019 season. This is according to general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. Doing so won't be easy and could prove impossible. The two starters who could leave in free agency are defensive lineman Arik Armstead and safety Jimmie Ward. Both had break out seasons in 2019 that saw their value in the open market soar. Also factoring into the 49ers' ability to re-sign Armstead and Ward are two big extensions on the agenda. Both defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and tight end George Kittle are heading into the final year of their contracts. The 49ers will certainly give both new deals this off-season, assuming the team can come to agreement with both. Complicating...
  • By Matthew Mani
    Feb 7, 2020 at 12:08 PM 125 comments
    Dear Jed, Kyle, John, and all the coaches and 2019-20 49ers players: Thank you. Thank you for what was an incredible, magical, thrilling season that came so, so close to being perfect. But like most things in life, perfection was just not possible. I am not talking about a perfect record - I am talking about a perfect experience from a fan's perspective. Allow me to explain. I have been a 49er fan for about 46 years. My dad started taking me (along with my mom and brother) to games in 1973, when I was just a little guy. I didn't go to many games until around 1977 or so. I remember 1978 when OJ became a Niner and the team's future went out the window. It was a fiasco. That all changed shortly after Bill Walsh took over, and we had almost 20 years of dominance....
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:20 AM 15 comments
    Jimmy Garoppolo played terribly in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. I drank way too much on my wedding night. Sometimes, in the biggest moments of our lives we aren't the best versions of ourselves. I'm glad my wife hasn't had the same response that many 49ers fans and media members have had towards Jimmy Garoppolo. Message boards and day-time sports talk TV shows are filled with people suggesting the 49ers should move on from Garoppolo. Skip Bayless, celebrity sports clown, suggested that the 49ers cut Jimmy Garoppolo and sign Tom Brady, a past middle aged man who is playing at a past middle aged level. Some have suggested the 49ers turn to backup QB Nick Mullens and outright cut Garoppolo in the off-season. This is what losing the Super Bowl does, it breeds...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Feb 3, 2020 at 1:05 PM 16 comments
    It pains me to say this but the biggest culprit for the San Francisco 49ers' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV is the 49ers starting quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo had multiple chances late in the game to permanently silence his critics. He failed every time. It is what it is. There's no sugar coating it. Receivers were open, the opportunities were there but the ball wasn't delivered. The 49ers should have won. All they needed was one typical scoring drive. It never came. The 49ers were in the driver's seat following their second interception of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. They took over possession leading 20-10 with 11:57 remaining in the game. A touchdown drive ends it. Instead the offense goes five plays and punts. On the...
  • By Matthew Mani
    Feb 3, 2020 at 12:05 PM 9 comments
    Yesterday's Super Bowl is an event that will stay with Niner fans for a long, long time, a black cloud hanging over our heads, a punch to the gut that left many of us feeling almost physically ill. The team absolutely controlled the game for the first 45-plus minutes, at which point it had a 10-point lead. The majority of the fourth quarter, however, was a nightmare that just kept getting worse, the end result being the team's second Super Bowl loss in its last two appearances and Kyle Shanahan's second loss after having a late lead in the past four years. One can not begin to imagine how Kyle feels today, the thousands of hours dedicated to the ultimate goal, the Lombardi Trophy, all snatched away in the blink of an eye. I, like most fans, was left with the huge question of what exactly...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Feb 3, 2020 at 7:24 AM 10 comments
    I sit here teary eyed at my office desk and 9:20am EST. I'm hurt, I can feel it in my chest, my throat and my heart. Walking into work this morning with 49ers argyle socks on my feet and proudly wearing a 49ers cap that is almost as beaten and worn out as the fanbase is, I'm thankful. As fans we could play the blame game, analyze footage and try to figure out how our beloved 49ers let their 6th championship slip out of their hands last night. None of it matters, it is not in our control. Just as the wind blows, we only can adjust to what we're feeling and keep moving forward. What I feel more than anything is gratitude. The 2019 San Francisco 49ers were a magical football team that was much more than that. This team felt like a family. A group of individuals from...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 3, 2020 at 6:56 AM 10 comments
    A Super Bowl win or loss wouldn't have changed the fact the San Francisco 49ers' 2019 season was one to remember. Especially for me, someone who started off casually blogging about the team way back in 2011, only to find myself in a position I never thought I'd be -- someone who actually gets paid to write about this 49ers squad and someone who has the fortunate luxury of being part of the credentialed media. It's hard to figure out where to start with this. So I'll just begin with that 2011 season, which was the very same year I met my wife, Kristy. It helped she was also a die-hard Niners fan, someone who could easily call out the numbers worn by all those 49ers greats over the years, including players many of you have long forgotten about. She'd tell...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Feb 2, 2020 at 10:00 PM 9 comments
    1 - The Key Play Truly Was the Tyreek Hill Bomb With a 20-10 lead in the 4th quarter, the 49ers had the Chiefs at 3rd and 15 at their own 35 with just over 7 minutes left. The pass rush was there but there was a blown coverage on Tyreek Hill and he put a move on Jimmie Ward. The pass rush was a half second from a sack but Mahomes got the ball off in time and completed the pass for 44 yards, which led to a touchdown, cutting the lead to 20-17. If the 49ers were able to make a stop there, they are likely able to kill clock and maybe put up more points. Kansas City had been struggling up to that point and had not made a big play the entire game. Unfortunately for San Francisco, the Chiefs made the play that changed the...
  • By Bill Brown
    Feb 1, 2020 at 11:48 PM 1 comment
    As 49er fans, we teeter on the cusp of history. With the Super Bowl simply hours in our future, some of us may be shaking the disorientation from our brains after the whirlwind season that now seems like a dream. What we may forget is this dream was born out of a nightmare. A year ago at this time, players and fans alike sat at home trying to fathom a lost season that had led many to believe that Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch had no clue what they were doing. That team, so full of potential and ready to make history, limped to the finish without its starting quarterback, without other key members of its team and without hope that any of this would change anytime soon. It was tough being a 49ers fan. That was our outlook last February. What a difference one season...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Feb 1, 2020 at 12:55 PM 8 comments
    It is Super Bowl weekend and the San Francisco 49ers are not on the outside looking in! For the seventh time in history, the 49ers will take the field on the world's biggest stage and compete for a Super Bowl championship against the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams have been tremendous all season. The Chiefs have star power at quarterback in the reigning MVP (for a few more hours) Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City is loaded with offensive stars and have some playmakers on defense. San Francisco has one of the top defenses in the NFL, a very capable quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, and a balanced offense that has showcased the ground game as of late. This should be one of the best Super Bowls we have witnessed over the last 25 years. There have been a lot of things built...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Feb 1, 2020 at 10:29 AM 0 comments
    Earlier in the week, I had a text exchange with two highly respected gentlemen. One asked a fair question: "How much will Shanahan adjust for Sunday? What can he modify?" In three seasons of crunching film, I've watched head coach Kyle Shanahan stick with staple plays and make slight adjustments to others. He's also called concepts and route combinations that look brand new to me. A reporter asked Shanahan about installing a game plan and putting it together during his press conference on January 24, 2020. "No one ever really saves a play. There's not the magical playbook. It's just tying your guys...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:24 AM 1 comment
    Not a lot of people, including the biggest believers of the San Francisco 49ers, predicted that the team would make it to the Super Bowl in 2020. Vegas gave the 49ers 30/1 odds that they would win the Super Bowl before the season began. When the season started, the 49ers were underdogs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals ended up being the worst team in the league, and the Buccaneers finished with a losing record. Even when the 49ers extended their winning streak to four, five and eventually eight games, the team still had its doubters. National pundits, like Ryan Clark, called the 49ers "pretenders" because they had an "easy schedule" to start the year and Jimmy Garoppolo was a liability. Other members of the...
  • By D.C. Owens
    Jan 31, 2020 at 1:06 PM 4 comments
    Before this year's playoffs began, four teams presented mega-match-up problems for the 49ers: the Saints and Seahawks in the NFC, and the Ravens and Chiefs in the AFC. Not that the Niners could not have vanquished any of these contenders – in fact they did beat the Saints and Seahawks during the regular season – just that these squads, for specific reasons which many of the faithful already understand, afforded the most formidable obstacles. Now, only the Chiefs remain, and the 49ers will have to defeat them themselves. Nearly every championship team benefits from some luck along the way, especially the non-juggernaut versions. Even the Chiefs, perhaps a bona-fide juggernaut, needed some assistance, and vaulted into the first-round bye when the Dolphins upset the...
  • By Erik Utter
    Jan 31, 2020 at 11:03 AM 7 comments
    The Chiefs offense is a perfect match of scheme and personnel. It's an offensive coordinator's fever dream made a reality, and conversely, a defensive coordinator's nightmare. It all starts, obviously, with Patrick Mahomes. As is evident to everyone who has watched him, Mahomes has elite arm strength. But a common misconception about arm strength is that its value is in how far a quarterback can throw the ball. Its real value is in with what velocity a quarterback can throw. The less time the ball spends in the air, the less time defenders have to react and make a play on the pass. It seems to be a popular line of thinking among analysts in the media that arm strength is an overrated attribute; it's not. It's why Mahomes has been able to be...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Jan 31, 2020 at 8:23 AM 32 comments
    This 49ers have been my team since I was five years old. As a New Yorker, my father tried his best to instill in me his Giants fandom. To this day I remember the pictures of my brother and I dressed in Giants Halloween costumes, he was Phil Simms and I was Lawrence Taylor. As much as my Dad wanted me to be root for big blue, it wasn't to be. I pin it back to watching them lose a game against the Minnesota Vikings in the late 1980s, I remember telling him I wouldn't root for a team that could lose to the Vikings. Even as a young child I was becoming the person I was destined to be, someone who stood for what he believed in and the San Francisco 49ers were the agent of change that started it all. Super Bowl 54 is two days away. I have been a die-hard 49ers fan ever since my...
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