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San Francisco 49ers News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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3/6/14: Tensions are apparently mounting in 49ers camp as GM Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh are reportedly not seeing eye-to-eye. Harbaugh has proven himself to be one of the best coaches in the league, and former NFL coach John Madden said that the owner should side with him if that is what it comes to. While the tension is now becoming public, it probably started long ago. What it has not affected is the 49ers ability to win, and that ends up being the most important thing. We will see next season if it has any affect on the team.
2/27/14: This is now getting fun. Reports surfaced this week that the Cleveland Browns tried to get the San Francisco 49ers to trade head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh's loyalties apparently lie with the 49ers, who he has coached to three straight NFC Championship Games, and made the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season. Reports are surfacing about the tension within the organization because of Harbaugh. The 49ers have denied the report and are not answering any questions. Harbaugh will continue to coach the 49ers, but one has to wonder if this event will have any effect on or off the field next season. It is tough to find out that your employer seriously considered getting rid of you and everything being OK right afterward.
2/13/14: 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has a pretty good resume at this point. San Francisco has made the NFC Championship Game the last three years and went to the Super Bowl just a year ago. Roman has had interest from teams searching for a head coach, but his success may be holding him back. Since the 49ers are typically busy during interview time, he may have been passed over already. That is good news for the 49ers, as he obviously knows what he is doing. He will get his chance, though. It is rare that highly successful coordinators get overlooked forever.
2/6/14: 49'ers fans must hope this is just a blip on the radar, but QB Colin Kaepernick went on air and said that the late time out that head coach Jim Harbaugh called in the Super Bowl a year ago could have cost them the game. The 49ers had planned to run him on third down for the winning TD before Harbaugh called time out and the play was changed. He thinks he would have scored. Of course, Baltimore held strong and won the game. Generally, it is not good to call out the head coach. That being said, Kaepernick is not in danger of losing his job, and what happened, happened.
1/301/14: The 49ers deserve all the praise that is due to them for making the NFC Championship Game for three straight years. Yes, they lost to their new arch rivals (Seattle) this time around, but just getting to the final four is quite a feat. Don't worry, the 49ers will be back soon enough. That is evident by the nine players the team had that were selected to the Pro Bowl. Most, if not all, are skipping the event, but just being invited is a pretty big honor. The NFC West should be great to watch next year, especially since the Rams and Cardinals should be legitimate playoff teams.
1/23/14: The 49ers made the NFC Championship Game for the third straight year, and this time they had the opporutity to face off against their biggest current rival, the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle led the NFC with a 13-3 record in the regular season, while the 49ers were only a game back with a 12-4 record. However, due to the NFL seeding system, they had the number five seed. San Francisco controlled the game for the first half, and looked poised to win and earn the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. However, Seattle was a different team in the second half and came back to win. The 49ers, however, are poised for more strong seasons considering the eight pro-bowlers on their roster plus head coach Jim Harbaugh.
1/16/14: It's the game that everyone has been waiting for. Well, at least the third game everyone has been waiting for. The 49ers took care of business in Carolina. They avenged their 10-9 loss from a couple of months ago and completely confused Panthers' QB Cam Newton in the win. That means that San Francisco will head north to Seattle to play the Seahawks for the NFC title. The winner, of course, goes to the Super Bowl in New York (really New Jersey). It also goes to show how strong the NFC West is now. Both teams play there, as do the 10-6 Cardinals, and even the 7-9 Rams.
1/9/14: The 49ers survived both the Green Bay offensive machine and the Wisconsin cold to pull out a 23-20 win in the Wild Card Game last Sunday. QB Colin Kaepernick threw for over 220 yards and ran for around 100 to make the difference in the game. San Francisco moved the ball down the field in the final minutes to set up the game winning field goal - a 33 yarder in sub-zero temperatures by kicker Phil Dawson. The 49ers are moving on to the Divisional Round and will be on the road again. They now head to Carolina in a rematch from earlier in the season (where the Panthers won 10-9 in San Francisco).
1/2/14: You know you are in a tough division when you finish 12-4 and are in second place, while the third place team has 10 wins of their own (and even the fourth place team had seven wins). By finishing second in the NFC West with a record that would have won any other division in the NFC, the 49ers have the fifth seed in the playoffs. They start their run toward the Super Bowl by heading to Green Bay. The 49ers demolished the Packers in Week 1, but this is a different time in a different venue. Kickoff is at 4:40 EST on Sunday.
12/26/13: The 49ers closed out famed Candlestick Park in style last Monday, with a 34-24 win over the struggling Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night. The win improved San Francisco's record to 11-4 and secured a playoff spot. Tramaine Block put an exclamation point on the win with a late pick six that sealed the win and essentially closed the stadium for good. While the 49ers will play in a new stadium next season, they are not done with this one. They have an intense divisional matchup against the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) who are still trying to get into the playoffs.
12/19/13: The 49ers look like they are peaking at the right time and took down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14 in Tampa for their 10th win of the season. QB Colin Kaepernick just barely surpassed the 200 yard mark in passing, but did throw two touchdown passes and added another 42 yards on the ground. RB Frank Gore had a solid day with 86 yards rushing and a score. And the team continues to get WR Michael Crabtree in the mix as he had 45 yards and his first TD of the season. San Francisco is firmly in control of the first wild card spot at 10-4. They host the 4-10 Atlanta Falcons in the Monday NIght Game this week.
12/12/13: The San Francisco 49ers extracted a measure of revenge on the rival Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, rallying to win 19-17 in the most anticipated game of the weekend. Seattle thrashed the 49ers in the first meeting of the teams, which was in Seattle. The Seahawks have coasted since then and have won 11 games. It has been tougher for San Francisco. The win put them at 9-4 and in position for a wild card spot. Defense carried the day on both sides, as neither QB threw for over 200 yards. In the end, a 49ers field goal won the game.
12/5/13: The 49ers got a good tune-up for Seattle this week when they hosted the St. Louis Rams. The Rams may not be considered an elite team like the Seahawks, but they do feature an incredibly feisty defense and possibly the best pass rush in the league. San Francisco took care of business in the 23-13 win, especially by blowing up a fake punt in the first half. The 49ers have the inside track for a wild card spot in the playoffs, though they do sit behind the Carolina Panthers who beat them a few weeks ago.
11/28/13: The 49ers rebounded nicely from a two game losing streak to bury Washington 27-6 last Monday Night. Colin Kaepernick returned to form, with 235 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin was a big difference maker with 94 yards receiving and a pair of TDs. Meanwhile, San Francisco's defense simply stifled Washington's offense all night. It was the first time in RG3's career (including pro and college) that his offense did not have a touchdown. The 49ers have activated WR Michael Crabtree and expect him to play Sunday when the 49ers (7-4) host the Rams (5-6).
11/21/13: The 49ers suffered a costly loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, falling 23-20. The loss drops the team to 6-4 on the season and essentially eliminates their chances of winning the NFC West division. Once again, the San Francisco offense struggled. QB Colin Kaepernick is showing that he is not the dynamic playmaker they thought he was a year ago. He was 17-31 for only 127 yards (with two touchdowns). The team needs much better production from their QB if they are even going to make the playoffs, which are in doubt at this point. They have a chance to rebound on Monday when they head east to play Washington (3-7).
11/14/13: The 49ers took a touch loss from the up and coming Carolina Panthers last Sunday. The Panthers defense has been lauded lately for their fine play and they showed it off in San Francisco in a 10-9 Carolina win. The 49ers offense simply could not move the ball or score as they were limited to about 150 yards and three field goals. Additionally, star tight end Vernon Davis left the game with an injury. San Francisco's offense must figure something out in a hurry as the 49ers (6-3) head down to face the high octane Saints.
11/7/13: The 49ers started out 1-2 and several wondered if this team was having a hangover effect. Then came news that Aldon Smith would be out for a while with substance abuse issues. The team regrouped and has won its last five games. Even more remarkable is that QB Colin Kaepernick has not played particularly well this season. He is missing key receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham - both of whom should be back in the next few weeks. San Francisco is a game behind the Seahawks and can make that up later in a rematch. In the meantime, they return this week to host the Carolina Panthers.
10/31/13: If you have to go to London, you might as well win. Fortunately for the 49ers, they were matched up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were 0-7 going into the game. Many may have thought this would be a gimme game for the 49ers, and they would have been correct. The team built up a 28-3 at halftime and won 42-10. QB Colin Kaepernick only had 164 yards passing for one touchdown, but he, Kendall Hunter, and Frank Gore combined for over 200 yards rushing and a few scores to put this game out of reach. San Francisco is now 6-2 as they head into their bye week.
10/24/13: San Francisco got off to a fast start and built up an insurmountable lead for the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. The 49ers took a 17-0 lead into halftime and added two more touchdowns in the second half to win 31-17. QB Colin Kaepernick was not dazzling, only throwing for 199 yards on 13 of 21 passing (zero touchdowns), but he did not have to be. Frank Gore ran for two scores and 70 yards and the defense was its usual stout self. San Francisco recovered one fumble and took a muffed punt in for a touchdown. The 49ers are now 5-2 and still a game behind the Seahawks. It should be another easy one next week when they travel to London to face winless Jacksonville.
10/17/13: The 49ers hosted the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday and exploited the Cardinals major defensive deficiency - covering the tight end. Vernon Davis had a career best 180 yards receiving and two touchdowns as the 49ers rolled over the Cardinals 32-20. QB Colin Kaepernick was solid with 252 yards in the air and the two TD passes. The win puts the 49ers at 4-2 on the season. They are still looking up at the Seahawks, who also won. San Francisco now travels to Tennessee to face the Titans (3-3), who just lost to the Seahawks, this Sunday.
10/10/13: The 49ers took a step towards getting back into the NFC West playoff chase with an impressive Sunday Night win over the Houston Texans. Collin Kaepernick only threw 113 yards, but that included a 67 yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis. Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a score as the 49ers won 34-3. The win put the team at 3-2 on the season and the Seattle loss put them only one game back. San Francisco has a challenging division match this Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals (3-2) make their only trip to San Francisco this season.
10/3/13: San Francisco rebounded from two terrible losses and improved to 2-2 on the season by thrashing the St. Louis Rams on the Thursday Night game. The game was close late in the second quarter before the 49ers scored two late touchdowns. The 49ers defense was impressive, especially against the run. They eliminated St. Louis' running game and forced a lot of bad passes. Frank Gore returned to form with over 100 yards and a TD in the first half alone. That is the defense everyone expected this season. The team returns home in Week 5 to host the 2-2 Houston Texans on Sunday night.
9/26/13: Week 3 is barely in the books and the 49ers do not look anything like the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last February. After getting trounced in Seattle in Week 2, most people thought Week 3, at home, would bring a victory against the Colts. The Colts defense was outstanding on Sunday, limiting San Francisco to seven points and under 300 yards. The loss puts the 49ers at 1-2 on the season, and two games behind the Seahawks. No rest for the weary, though. The 49ers go to St. Louis for the Thursday Night Game against the Rams (1-2).
9/19/13: San Francisco again played in the most anticipated game of the week, this time heading north to arch rival Seattle in a big-time NFC West showdown. Seattle is tremendously difficult to beat at home and was extra motivated for this game. The 49ers, however, were never in the game. The Seahawks blasted San Francisco 29-3 and established themselves as the team to beat in the division. The loss likely did not sit well with coach Harbaugh, so expect a different story this week. The Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck head to San Francisco for a late Sunday afternoon game.
9/12/13: The 49ers - Packers game was among the most anticipated game of the weekend and it did not disappoint. The two teams have a long history, including San Francisco eliminating Green Bay from the playoffs last year. It was a back and forth affair until the Packers finally broke through and were able to stop the Green Bay offense. Both are great teams and no one should be surprised if they meet again in the playoffs. San Francisco gets another rivalry game this Sunday night when they travel to Seattle to play the 1-0 Seahawks on national television.
9/4/13: Former 49er's QB Seneca Wallace was released from the team prior to San Francisco's final preseason game against San Diego. Head coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Wallace was retiring. Wallace and his agent dispute that, and say that he just does not want to be with the 49ers. Wallace actually went so far to say that they brought him in so they could force fellow backup QB Colt McCoy to take a pay cut (which he did). However it happened, Wallace is a free agent and the 49ers have moved on. For Wallace's part, he has no hard feelings towards the teams and understands that the NFL is a business.
8/29/13: The 49ers signed journeyman QB Seneca Wallace this past week, a sure sign that the team is not happy with their back up QB situation. Obviously Colin Kaepernick is the starter, but the team has four QBs on the roster behind him. They are reportedly trying to trade Colt McCoy. San Francisco traded a couple of draft picks to Cleveland for him, but will probably release him if there is no trade. The team also shipped off former first round pick A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs, basically admitting they made a bad pick and need to hit the reset button.
8/22/13: The 49ers defense looks as strong as ever. The team has done a tremendous job over the past several seasons of identifying talent, then developing those players into the best at their position in the entire NFL. The offense looks to be in good hands with Colin Kaepernick at the helm and the ageless Frank Gore getting the tough rushing yards. If there is a concern, it is at wide receiver. Michael Crabtree is likely lost for the season, and 2012 first round pick A.J. Jenkins has not shown that he is capable of playing in the league. The team may be looking for late camp cuts to add a veteran for depth.
8/15/13: The 49ers used a first round pick in 2012 on wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. That did not pan out well for them so far. He appeared in just a handful of regular season and post-season games, but did not register a single catch. It did not matter much then, but he could matter this season considering that leading WR Michael Crabtree is out for at least most of the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Jenkins finally caught a pass in the first preseason game, but then fumbled it. Even though he is still very young, this may be a make or break year for Jenkins, as he has to win the confidence of the coaching staff and the QB.
8/8/13: The team may not admit it, but they are trying to find a replacement for wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon a few weeks ago and is out for the majority (if not all) of the 2013 season. Newly acquired WR Anquan Boldin is now expected to be the number one WR, but he is a possession guy that does not offer the same burst as Crabtree. The 49ers signed Austin Collie to help out, but he is known as a slot receiver and has a history of concussions.It appears time for tight end Vernon Davis to step up an solidify the receiving corps.
8/1/13: The 49ers' made an interesting, and probably smart, decision by bringing in Eric Mangini as an offensive consultant for this season. Mangini is known as a defensive guy, but the theory is that a defensive guy can understand defenses and help out the offense. San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio did some similar work with the Ravens a few years ago and believes that using defensive strategist helps the offense because they can understand the schemes that offenses are using. In a tight NFC West, this may be the difference between playoffs and going home early.
7/25/13: It will be fun to watch the fans and players between the 49ers and the Seahawks sling mud at each other over the next few weeks. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh slammed PED use by NFL players - obviously throwing a shot at the Seahawks a few weeks ago. By doing so, he assumed a holier than thou persona. Yet the 49ers just traded for Eric Wright from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wright was arrested on July 12 for suspicion of DUI. The 49ers knew of the arrest, but made the trade anyway. Again, it will be fun to watch the Seahawks and their fans attack this move.
7/18/13: A big question this coming season is if the 49ers can repeat their second half. Its simply fact that the team was tremendously successful after Colin Kaepernick took over for Alex Smith at QB. At the time, no one had seen him and they did not have a good gameplan for him (looking at you, Green Bay). But seven months later and things are different. Defensive coordinators have been studying and will have an answer. But Kaepernick is a great talent, and that alone may be too much for defenses to stop consistently in the coming season.
7/11/13: Starting QB Colin Kaepernick caused quite a stir among 49ers fans when a photograph of him in a Miami Dolphins hat was made public. Several fans considered it disloyal and wrong. Kaepernick responded by defending himself and the hat - and that only made the 'controversy' continue on. Kaepernick should have said nothing and let the story die. Actually, he should have never worn the hat - a grievous lack of common sense. His coach, Jim Harbaugh, famously refused to answer questions from a reporter who showed up to the San Diego Chargers facility (when JH was on the Chargers) wearing (ironically enough) a 49ers shirt back in 2000.
7/4/13: The 49ers know they have to do something to replace the prodcution from wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree is out for most, if not all of the season, with a torn Achilles tendon. The team signed Ricardo Lockette in the offseason after the rival Seahawks cut him. Lockette and QB Colin Kaepernick are close friends. They met at the Combine in 2011 and hit it off. Kaep went to the 49ers but Lockette was undrafted. He signed with the Seahawks last offseason. Lockette is hoping to prove that he can step in and play in the league - if he can, it is just another 49ers success with personnel, and a bit of a shot to Seattle.
6/27/2013: If nothing else, the 49ers ongoing rivalry and fued with the Seattle Seahawks is entertaining. A few weeks ago, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw out the first pitch at a Mariners baseball game. It was reported that he threw in the high 90's, though the radar gun (apparently) only registered 75. Last week, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick threw out a pitch at a reportedly legitimate 87 mph. Kaepernick played baseball in college, so that number is believable. What is fun, though, is watching these two teams try to one-up each other at every possible turn. Just wait till December when the Rams win the division.
6/20/13: The NFC West is a completely revitalized division. San Francisco and Seattle are expected to compete for the the top two spots, but St. Louis and Arizona should not be overlooked. However, the media focus is on the the the two northwestern teams, so any comment is likely to get blown out of proportion. 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh made a comment this past week to the effect that anyone who cheats has already lost. This is being interpreted as a shot at the Seahawks, who have had six players suspended for PED use since Pete Carroll was hired as head coach.
6/13/13: Since the start of the Tom Brady era in New England, the Patriots have been considered the gold standard on how to run a pro football organization. The Pats are competitive every year, draft well, and do not waste big money of aging free agents. Some now think that San Francisco is claiming that crown. Consider, 70% of their roster for the Super Bowl are players they drafted and developed since 2007. They have made lower draft picks, like Dashon Golden (now with Tampa Bay) all-pros, but managed cap space well when they became too expensive. If there is a weakness this year, it is in the receiving corps, especially since Michael Crabtree is out at least six months with a torn Achilles tendon. However, they still have talent everywhere and should be in the conversation for Super Bowl contenders.
6/6/13: San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh brough in another football mind to help the team. This time it is former Jets and Browns head coach Eric Mangini. Mangini has spent the past couple of years as a football analyst on national TV. He joins the 49ers as an offensive consultant. The odd thing is that Mangini's background is on defense. Perhaps Harbaugh is looking at Mangini to help decipher defenses and train QB Colin Kaepernick and the offensive line on what they should be looking for. In any case, the 'Man-Genius" is back on the coaching side of things as opposed to being in a studio with the comfort of having no pressure to perform.
5/30/13: San Francisco is looking to get back to the Super Bowl this season, and has been amassing more weapons for their already deep arsenal for the past few months. They had the luxury of trading for Anquan Boldin as another wide receiver. Now he is a necessity. 49ers number one WR, Michael Crabtree, is out for six months, and perhaps the entire 2013 season, since he tore his Achilles tendon. Seattle is also suffering, from both injuries and suspensions. All of a sudden, the Rams and Cardinals look a better - making the NFC West the best division in all of the NFL.
5/23/13: San Francisco was awarded the honor of hosting Super Bowl L (that is Super Bowl 50 for those of us who are not Roman). The 2016 game will be played in the new Levis Stadium, which has yet to be built - or at least completed. San Francisco was essentially the default winner after the Florida legislature did not bring a bill to renovate Dolphins Stadium in Miami to a vote in the last session. But this basically follows the NFL's protocol of build a new stadium and get a Super Bowl. San Francisco is a new territory for the big game, and considering the talent and youth on the 49ers, they may have a shot to play at home for the championship.
5/16/13: Historically, college coaches have not had much success in the NFL. Sure, Jimmy Johnson is the exception to the rule, but most (Dennis Erickson, Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz) failed in their times as the the leader of NFL players. Jim Harbaugh seems to have found magic though. After leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl, it seems like everyone wants to play for him. Indeed, the 49ers have very few holes to fill and should be considered a favorite for the championship. But the team could use some depth at center, and even another receiver - there is no way Kaepernick can run as wild as he did last season.
5/9/13: Now San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick can be considered a star. He has gotten his first major endorsements. The second year sensation wrapped up deals with MusclePharm, MoGo Sport, and most importantly, Jaguar. Jaguar may be an odd match, considering the amount of ink on Kaepernick's skin, but the legendary auto company is betting that his rocket-like ascention into fame will bring in buyers. He is endorsing a new $92,000 convertable with 495 horsepower engine and a top speed of 186 mph. Kaepernick is still playing under his rookie contract, but surely his next contract will give him the means to afford one of these machines.
5/2/13: San Francisco had all sorts of draft picks to play with as well as depth across the board. That is a tremendous luxury for any team, but it only makes the reigning NFC Champs more potent for the next several years. The 49ers selected LSU free safety Eric Reid with their first pick (No. 18), then took one of Florida State's three star defensive linemen with Tank Carridine early in the second round. The biggest news, however, was taking South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore in the fifth round. Lattimore is the most talented runner out there, but had two devastating knee injuries and will not be healthy for another year or so.
4/25/13: It seems like everyone wants to play for San Francisco these days. After making it to the Super Bowl and finding their franchise quarterback on the bench and having one of the best defenses in the league and having a coach that everyone loves - well it is easy to see why players are falling all over themselves to get to the bay. And the rich keep getting richer. The 49ers have 11 picks in the draft - they may have too many to use this year. Don't be surprised if the team packages some picks to move up collect more for next season.
4/18/13: It seems like everyone wants to play in San Francisco these days, and for good reason. Jim Harbaugh is considered one of the best coaches in the league. They have a fantastic and punishing defense. And the team is led by young phenom Colin Kaepernick at QB. Wide receiver is a position they have lacked, though Michael Crabtree is developing and the 49ers acquired Anquan Boldin from the Ravens in the offseason. This team does not have many holes to fill, but they may make a move to acquire another wide out in the draft next week.
4/11/13: The arms race is alive and well in the NFC West. Most experts agree that it is two horse race between the 49ers and the Seahawks. Both have brought in talented veterans to solidify their teams - though some people may wonder if they are both pulling 'an Eagles' from 2011. To combat Seattle's trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin, San Francisco brought in cornerback Nnamdi Asoughma. Seattle traded away backup QB Matt Flynn and cleared up cap space, but the 49ers have loads of picks. In any case, it is fun to watch these two teams try to outdo each other.
4/4/13: As fans, we see the hard hits and watch professional football players bounce back up without a problem. We have recently discovered the effects of concussions and head trauma, but can never know what actually goes on. 49ers wide receiver Machael Crabtree spoke about losing his vision temporarily after taking a hard hit late in the Super Bowl. No call was made on the play, and Crabtree regained sight before the next play. However, this could be a wake up call to receivers everywhere that head trauma can affect you in ways beyond just a concussion.
3/28/13: The 49ers are looking for a backup quarterback for starter Colin Kaepernick. The move became needed once the team traded Alex Smith to the Chiefs for the first pick in the second round - after claiming for weeks that they wanted nothing more than to keep Smith. San Francisco is bringing in former Miami Dolphins backup QB Pat White. White had a tremendous college career at West Virginia, but has not been able to last anywhere in the NFL. He could be a nice compliment to Kaepernick, as they both have similar skill sets and can run the same offense.
3/21/13: San Francisco apparently pulled a little rivalry coup by signing former Rams safety Craig Dahl. Dahl spent four years in St. Louis and made 40 starts. But for those 49ers fans who think they are weakening a division rival - a rival they went 0-1-1 against last season - they may have another thing coming. The Rams made a cursory offer to keep Dahl, but it is quite clear the coaching staff and fans had seen enough. Dahl was constantly blamed for coverage lapses in the secondary, particularly in long plays. In fact, many in St. Louis are happy he went to San Francisco, insisting they got weaker by taking him. Time will tell who is correct in this debate.
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3/14/13: San Francisco has had an un and down free agency and offseason. The team lost Dashon Golston to Tampa Bay after the player and team could not reach a long term agreement. San Francisco also lost backup tight end Delanie Walker, who really did not see the field much playing behind Vernon Davis. The 49ers did trade for wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens wanted Boldin to take a pay cut, but he refused, so they traded him away. The team will have Kansas City's second round pick from the Alex Smith trade.
3/7/13: The San Francisco team that made it to the Super Bowl will return largely in tact next season. Former starting quarterback - turned backup - Alex Smith was traded to Kansas City in exchange for high draft picks last week. Now comes word that the 49ers will not resign wide receiver Randy Moss, who Tweeted his thanks to the organization. The team will also likely release kicker David Akers who struggled last year. Akers hit only 69% of his field goals and was set to count $3.6 million against the salary cap in the upcoming season.
2/28/13: San Francisco has repeatedly followed the company line that Alex Smith has a place on the roster next year. Assuming the 49ers have the cap space to pay their back up quarterback 5x as much as their starter, then it does make sense to keep him at least another year. But now comes word that San Francisco have traded Smith to the Chiefs for a second round pick. teams about a trade. No trade be official until March 12, but it looks like Smith will be following Joe Montana's footsteps and assuming the QB role in Kansas City.
2/21/13: The jury is still out on what to do with Alex Smith next season. The San Francisco front office has said that there is certainly a place for Smith on the team. However, it is no secret that Smith wants to be the starting quarterback. That will not happen again in San Francisco, as the job is securely in Colin Kaepernick's hands after leading the team to the Super Bowl. This is a good time for Smith to get moved. Several teams like Kansas City, Arizona, Oakland, New York Jets, and others desperately need a QB, so there is a good chance that the 49ers are only posturing in preparation for trading Smith before the draft.
2/14/13: The NFL is surely happy to have the 49ers back in the competitive mix. After years of mediocrity following the firing of head coach Steve Mariucci, the team finally came full circle. The coaching hires were questionable until Jim Harbaugh - Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan, and Mike Singletary come to mind. But the 49ers finally got it right and built a fine defense. The big difference this year, of course, was promoting Colin Kaepernick to the starting QB job midway through the season. Now San Francisco must decide what to do with Alex Smith - either pay him big money to be a backup, trade him, or cut him altogether.
2/7/13: San Francisco lost their first Super Bowl game in six attempts, falling 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers seemed lost in the first half, mustering only two field goals and applying very little pressure on the Ravens. They fell behind 28-6 early in the third quarter when the power in half of the Super Dome failed. The power outage delayed the game by 35 minutes and stole the momentum away from Baltimore. San Francisco stormed back and made the game very interesting, with three touchdowns and a field goal. But the Ravens were able to hang on and preserve the win, making Jim Harbaugh the first Harbaugh to lose a Super Bowl.
1/31/13: The 49er's went to New Orleans on Saturday, a day before the Ravens. Some analysts speculate that this will give them an advantage because they will have a Saturday night to get the local festivities out of their system. However, Super Bowl week is filled with parties and gatherings all week, so it is unlikely that the extra day will have any effect. San Francisco is favored by 4.5 points, and favorites have a pretty good historical winning percentage. It should be an excellent matchup, with two strong defenses and one traditional pocket passer facing off against a modern athletic quarterback.
1/24/12: San Francisco is heading to their sixth Super Bowl and their first one since 1994. The 49ers have won all five of their previous trips, though those were earned during the Joe Montana and Steve Young glory days. San Francisco earned their trip by heading to Atlanta and defeating the host Falcons 28-24. The Falcons jumped out to a 17 point lead at one point, and had complete control of the game until the 49ers realized they could throw to Vernon Davis at will. Davis had been forgotten when Colin Kaepernick was named the starting quarterback, but was the obvious and open target in Sunday's game.
1/17/13: Any questions about head coach John Harbaugh's mid-season decision to promote backup QB Colin Kaepernick to the starter's role have now been answered. The 49ers made it to the NFC Championship Game last season with Alex Smith, who was having a decent year until he suffered a concussion. In came Kaepernick for good, who accounted for almost 450 yards and four touchdowns in the 49ers 45-31 win over Green Bay in the Divisional Round. The 49ers now have to head the east coast, to face the NFC's number one seed, Atlanta. The Falcons defeated the Seahawks with a field goal with 8 seconds left to win 30-28.
1/10/13: Some of the finest NFC playoffs games featured the Packers and 49ers. The legacies of both Brett Favre and Terrell Owens were forged in these classic matchups in the 1990's. Now, some 15 plus years later, stars like Aaron Rodgers and Aldon Smith have their chance to join the great ones. Green Bay visits San Francisco in the Divisional Round this weekend in a game pitting the best offense against the best defense. The loser is done for the season, but the winner moves on to the NFC Championship Game, and a chance to make this season's Super Bowl.
1/3/13: The 49ers coasted through their final game, but fortunately it was against the hapless Arizona Cardinals so they still won easily. San Francisco only led 7-6 at halftime, but posted another 20 in the second half to put the game out of reach. The win locked up the NFC West crown and gave the team the number two seed in the playoffs. With the second position, San Francisco has earned a bye this week and will host at least one game. The team could use a week to rest up and prepare for their next test.
12/27/12: The 49ers completely owned the Patriots in the first half in Week 15, holding on for a huge win in New England. But they did not have anything left for the soaring Seattle Seahawks in Week 16, suffering a humiliating 42-13 drubbing in Seattle. The win puts the Seahawks in the playoffs. QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 244 yards, 1 TD and 1 pick, but the 49ers could not get into the endzone. San Francisco has not yet locked up the NFC West, but will do so with a victory at home against the hapless Arizona Cardinals or a Seattle loss to St. Louis in Week 17.
12/20/12: San Francisco answered any remaining questions last Sunday, by going into New England and coming out with a 41-31 victory. The 49ers built up a 31-7 lead by the end of the third quarter - demonstrating that this team can score points. But they almost let it slip away in the fourth quarter when Tom Brady led the Pats to 24 points. San Francisco added 10 of their own and was able to hold on. In doing so, San Francisco clinched the NFC West crown again and showed they are ready for the playoffs. Next up, is a road game in Seattle.
12/13/12: While the St. Louis Rams may have the 49ers number, there were no such hiccups this past week against the Dolphins. The 49ers led 6-3 at the half, but really put on the running game in the second half to finish the day with a 27-13 victory. All three second half touchdowns were on the ground, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 50 yard scoring run. San Francisco is now 8-3-1 on the season and leads the NFC West. But SF must travel back east to New England and face the red hot New England Patriots on a surely cold Sunday Night Game.
12/6/12: There are some teams that just have your number. For the 49ers, it is the St. Louis Rams. Just three weeks after playing to a rare tie in San Francisco, the 49ers went to the Midwest to prove that game was just a fluke. But Colin Kaepernick could not repeat his magic as the Rams defense kept the game just within reach, including a fumble recovery for the Rams' only touchdown. St. Louis tied the score as time expired on a 53 yard field goal, then won in overtime with a 54 yarder. San Francisco still leads the NFC West by 1.5 games over Seattle, but is discovering that the division is much tougher than in the past. Next up: Home against the Dolphins on Sunday.
10/1/12: The 49ers did it the old fashioned way this past week, using a strong run game and a smothering defense to defeat the New York Jets 34-0. The 49ers ran for 245 yards on 44 carries, with three touchdowns. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Colin Kaepernick ran for scores. The New York Jets could not get anything going against one of the top defenses in the league. The defense also scored a touchdown on a Carlos Rogers 51 yard fumble return. Rogers scooped up the ball after Jets? receiver Santonio Holmes fumbled the ball and went down with an injury. The 49ers forced three Jets fumbles including Holmes?s. 49ers middle linebacker Patrick Willis also picked off Jets? quarterback Mark Sanchez. The San Francisco special teams also got in on the action and blocked a Jets punt. San Francisco improves to 3-1 on the year and the Jets go to 2-2.
4/12/12 The San Francisco 49ers fell heartbreakingly short of a Super Bowl appearance in 2011, coming within one Kyle Williams fumble and overtime field goal of representing the NFC in Super Bowl XLVI. With free agent acquisitions like wide receiver Mario Manningham and running back Brandon Jacobs, the 49ers have pillaged the rival Giants and have given Alex Smith some new weapons to work with as the Niners look to return to the playoffs in 2012 bigger and better, for another shot at making their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1994 season when Steve Young and Jerry Rice still ruled the NFL.
San Francisco 49ers Tickets - Team History
Established in 1946, the San Francisco 49ers are the only team in the NFL to have won more than one Super bowl without losing any. Their five titles puts them behind only the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have six. Recently, however, the Niners have gone 9 years without a playoff appearance. Somehow, the jury's still out on Alex Smith, who at times has looked like a winner and others has looked like a bust. Despite their QB tumult, the 49ers are a division favorite in the NFC West in 2011.
San Francisco 49ers Tickets - 2011 Season Preview
Like so many other teams, the success of the 49ers depends largely on their success or failure at the quarterback position. Troy Smith will battle Alex Smith for the starting job, with second-rounder Colin Kapernick lurking if either falters too drastically. Frank Gore, if healthy, is about as solid as they come in the backfield. Michael Crabtree may not be the receiver fans envisioned when he was drafted, but he's shaping into a poor man's Larry Fitzgerald and is well above average at his position. Vernon Davis had a monster 2009 and, save the amount of touchdowns, was nearly as good in 2010. One of the true freaks in a league filled with them, Davis is a new breed of tight end and a nightmare for opposing defenses. Let's hope Patrick Willis' new role as Kenny Powers' wingman at KSwiss doesn't detract from his skill set on the field. Something tells me it won't. Takeo Spikes and his inhumanly thick neck are still going strong at 34, and those two linebackers represent a defense that can be the most dominating in the NFC West. A coaching change to Jim Harbaugh, who spent 14 years as a quarterback in the NFL and coached Stanford for 4 years has fans thinking Andrew Luck in 2012. With or without Luck, however, having Harbaugh instead of defensive-minded Mike Singletary will be an invaluable resource for Kapernick and the Smiths.
San Francisco 49ers Tickets - 2011 Schedule
The Niners open with back to back games at Candlestick Park, one of the NFL's most storied arenas. Seattle and Dallas will not be walkthroughs, but it could be worse than home and home to start the year. Their out of conference games are tough but not brutal, including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington, and Detroit. It would be surprising if the 49ers are not playing meaningful games in December this year.
San Francisco 49ers - The Players
The 49ers were happy to re-sign Alex Smith who has improved since being drafted 7 years ago. He is hoping to get more of a chance to throw the ball and maybe can take some of the weight off the back of Frank Gore who has been an absolute animal in past seasons. Michael Crabtree is surrounded by a lot of height but still hasn't shown any promise as a pro bowl receiver. The defense hasn't improved and hasn't made many impressive moves during the off season. This franchise looks to rebuild. With a hall of fame pedigree including Steve Young, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice players for this organization have a lot to live up too.
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