San Francisco 49ers News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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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