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3/25/15: There are no two ways around it, the 49ers linebacking corps has taken an enormous hit over the past few weeks. First, Patrick Willis retired and says there is 'zero' chance that he will return. Then Chris Borland retired after only one year in the NFL (giving rise to a lot of discussion about player safety). To add injury to insult, Chase Thomas tore his ACL last week, meaning he will miss part or even all of the 2015 season. This is a very tough start to the Jim Tomsula Era and could sink the 49ers before the season even begins.
3/18/15: What in the world is going on in San Francisco these days? Forget the narrative that the 49ers' brass has been selling - that the players did not want to play for former head coach Jim Harbaugh. It seems that they do not want to play for new HC Jim Tomsula. Frank Gore bolted to the Indianapolis Colts while linebacker Patrick Willis simply retired. There have been others that have fled as well. If it is any consolation, the 49ers did sign wide receiver Torrey Smith, who has been a decent player for the Baltimore Ravens for the past few years. However, it is looking like it may be a long season for the 49ers as they are just a shell of their former self at this point.
3/11/15: In a bit of a surprise twist, the San Francisco 49ers are now offering linebacker Michael Wilhoite in a trade situation. Looking a bit closer, the trade offer makes sense. Fellow linebackers Navorro Bowman and Patrick Willis will be back next season, and Wilhoite looks like the odd man out. He started all 16 games last season and was pretty good. He registered 87 tackles, six defended passes and two interceptions. The 49ers are reportedly not asking for much for the fourth year pro - just a sixth or seventh round draft pick. That is a pretty good deal for an experienced player and someone will probably do it.
3/4/15: When you have a glitzy and expensive new stadium, you need to bring in big time events to fill it up on the 355 days where there is no professional football game. Levi's Stadium hosted an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game a few weeks ago, with the L.A. Kings beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in front of 70,000 fans. Now the 49ers are going to bid on hosting the NCAA Championship Game. They would be bidding on games between 2018 and 2020, with a decision announced this fall. Other teams who may bid are the New York Jets & Giants, the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings.
2/25/15: Now that the unwritten grace period is over, former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and current General Manager Trent Baalke are opening up to the media about Harbaugh's departure from the team. Harbaugh says that he was told his days were over before the end of the regular season while the GM says that Harbaugh always wanted to coach the University of Michigan. This bickering through the media is not accomplishing much other than causing fans to be concerned about how good the team will be next season under new head coach Jim Tomsula as well as questions about the competence of the 49ers front office.
2/18/15: Everyone and their brother knew that last season would be Jim Harbaugh's last season as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He was tremendously successful, getting to three NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl over four seasons. The roster he helped put together largely endures, and former 49ers QB and Hall of Famer Steve Young believes it to be a Super Bowl roster. He is not as sure on the coaching staff, though. He is unfamiliar with new head coach Jim Tomsula and his staff, who are going to be under a lot of pressure from the fans to replicate Harbaugh's success immediately.
2/11/15: Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and all-time legend Jerry Rice is getting some criticism this week. He admitted, ironically just a day before the AFC Championship Game that spawned Deflategate, that he had used stickum to help catch the football when he was playing. He also has publicly said that deflating footballs was cheating. So, of course, the Patriot fans that cannot defend actions by their teams are using the 'everyone does it excuse'. It does not change how good of a wide receiver Rice was, and there is probably no appetite by the NFL to go back and investigate.
2/5/15: Maybe he is just saying all the right things right now or maybe he truly believes it, but QB Colin Kaepernick is on board with the promotion of Jim Tomsula to head coach of the 49ers. Kaep says that Tomsula is a player's coach that will be "a great coach for us". For those that like conspiracy theories, one could speculate that quote was a veiled shot at former head coach Jim Harbaugh, who is known for his intensity and that Tomsula will be easier on the players. Tomsula has most of his staff filled in now, which included the promotions of Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator and Eric Mangini to defensive coordinator.
1/28/15: There were rumors that the San Francisco 49ers were trying to lure Lane Kiffin away from Alabama to be their offensive coordinator. Whether or not the rumors are true is now moot because Kiffin is staying in the college ranks with the Crimson Tide. While Kiffin is largely mocked for his time as head coach of the Oakland Raiders then ditching the University of Tennessee for USC after one season, he is a good offensive coordinator and another year of seasoning will only make him more valuable in the future. In the meantime, the 49ers need to find an OC for next season.
1/21/15: The coaching carousel keeps spinning, but we know the new head coaches of a few more teams these days. The San Francisco 49ers named their replacement for Jim Harbaugh and it is defensive coordinator Jim Tomsula. In promoting Tomsula, the team opted to pass on former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gace. Tomsula wants to get QB Colin Kaepernick to run the ball more, which was successful two years ago, though the team got away from that as they tried to make him a pocket passer, generating mixed results at best. It was when Kaepernick was running a lot that the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl.
1/14/15: The post-Jim Harbaugh era has begun in San Francisco, as General Manager Trent Baalke looks to get his credit for building the team that went to three straight NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. Of course, many of the key players on those teams were actually drafted by his predecessor, Scot McCloughan. The 49ers are still looking for their next head coach, who will not have offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Roman is heading to Buffalo to be the OC under new head coach Rex Ryan. There are a few candidates available still, but the most important requirement seems to be the ability to get along with team management.
1/7/15: Well, that did not take long. For about a year, there have been rumors that the 49ers front office and head coach Jim Harbaugh were having trouble playing nicely together. So Harbaugh was released the day after the season ended - despite the fact that he led them to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl in the four years he was there. Also validated were the rumors that Harbaugh was going to coach the University of Michigan. The day after he was fired, UM introduced him as their new head coach, with the mandate of bringing back the glory of Wolverine football.
12/3/14: The 49ers are running out of Sundays in order to make the playoffs this season. They ran into the brick wall known as the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving. San Francisco managed almost no offense: just 121 yards in the air (and two interceptions) and only 64 rushing yards. The 19-3 loss put the 49ers into third place in the NFC West and two games back of the division leading Arizona Cardinals. There also continues to be rumors that head coach Jim Harbaugh's days with the team are numbered. At least they get a chance at a road win this Sunday at Oakland.
11/19/14: The San Francisco 49ers did not have their best offensive game, but their defense travelled well New York (New Jersey, really). After giving up a first quarter touchdown, the 49ers defense forced five Eli Manning interceptions. There was a Michael Crabtree sighting, as he had a 48 yard touchdown reception in the 16-10 win. Running back Frank Gore had a nice day, finally getting the ball again. He had 19 carries for 95 yards. The 49ers improved to 6-4 on the season and still can get a wild-card spot for the playoffs. San Francisco is back home this Sunday to host Washington, who got routed by lowly Tampa Bay last Sunday.
11/12/14: The San Francisco 49ers did not so much win against the New Orleans Saints as survive. They took an early 14-3 lead and a 21-10 lead into halftime before the Saints battled back to take a fourth quarter lead. The 49er's kicked a tying field goal in the final minute, then strip-sacked Drew Brees in overtime to kick the winning field goal and prevail 27-24. It was a must-win situation for the 49ers who were in danger of being obsolete in the NFC had they lost. Instead, they are now 5-4 and still have a shot at a wild-card spot. San Francisco is back on the road this Sunday to face the New York Giants.
11/5/14: So many people expected the 49ers to rout the St. Louis Rams, especially at home last Sunday. However, the Rams defense had other plans as St. Louis stole a key division game 13-10. The Rams defense was ferocious, constantly forcing 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick into bad decisions or sacks. San Francisco had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but the Rams forced a goal line fumble and recovered to steal the win. The loss dropped the 49ers to 4-4 on the season and into third place in the NFC West. San Francisco travels to New Orleans this Sunday to meet up with the Saints and Drew Brees.
10/29/14: It has been a while since the 49ers played at home in the new Levi's Stadium, but they finally get their chance this Sunday afternoon. The 49ers will host the St. Louis Rams in a late afternoon game. San Francisco rallied to beat the Rams a few weeks ago and seems intent on keeping St. Louis at the bottom of the NFC West. The 49ers may be a little more motivated after getting blown out by Denver in a Monday Night Game where Peyton Manning set the NFL record for most touchdown passes thrown in a career. In any case, the Rams tend to play the 49ers tough, so this should be another classic battle.
10/22/14: The 49ers were again on national television in primetime last weekend, visiting the Denver Broncos. The main focus of the game was on Peyton Manning breaking Brett Favre's record for most touchdown passes in a career. It was not the 49ers night on any level. San Francisco scored a touchdown at the end of the second quarter to get the game close, but the Broncos ran away in third quarter to beat the 49ers 42-17. San Francisco still trails the Arizona Cardinals for the lead in the NFC West, but may be able to catch up over the next few weeks. After two primetime games in a row, both on the road, the 49ers get a chance to rest with a bye this week.
10/15/14: San Francisco got a lot of love following their 31-17 win over St. Louis in the Monday Night Game, but they really got a bit of luck. The 49ers dominated the second half, but it was a phantom offensive pass interference call late in the first half that turned the game. Rams' tight end was called for OPI after converting a first down that would have put the Rams in field goal range, or possibly resulted in a touchdown. San Francisco took advantage of getting the ball back with just seconds left in the half and scored on an 80 yard pass play. That 10 to 14 point swing was the difference in the game. The 49ers are now 4-2 and head to Denver this week.
10/8/14: The 49ers escaped the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, pulling out 22-17 victory with two fourth quarter field goals. While most of the press has been about an apparent rift between head coach Jim Harbaugh and his players, the fact of the matter is that the team is winning and is 3-2 on the season. It is also looking like a good move for the 49ers in having Colin Kaepernick as quarterback over Alex Smith, whom they traded to the Chiefs before last season. Kaepernick is still developing but is finding ways to win, which is the most important stat of all. San Francisco is again in primetime this week. They head to St. Louis to face the Rams for the Monday Night Game.
10/1/14: The 49ers came out last Sunday afternoon and proved to everyone that it is far too early to write them off. After losing late leads to both the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals, many over-reacted and wrote the team off. Instead, their defense held strong and they got Frank Gore involved in the offense for a 26-21 win over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. Key to this game was stuffing the Eagles' running game. LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles combined for only 17 yards on the ground. The 49er's are now 2-2, and expect the media pundits to start singing their praises again this week as they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
9/24/14: Is it time to panic in San Francisco? After winning their season opener, the 49ers have lost their last two games - both of which they led by a comfortable margin at the half. The Bears stormed back in Week 2 and the Arizona Cardinals came back last Sunday. It seems that the 49ers are just not the complete team as in past years - and that happens with a number of injuries and suspensions. The 23-14 loss to the Cardinals put them below .500 for only the second time in the Jim Harbaugh Era. Let's see what they do when they host Philadelphia (3-0) this week.
9/17/14: In a weekend full of upsets, the 49ers were not able to fend off a late charge by the Chicago Bears, and were upset themselves on Sunday night. On the debut night (at least for the NFL regular season) of Levi's Stadium, the Bears rallied in the fourth quarter with three touchdowns for a 28-20 win. The 49ers actually led by 13 points in the fourth quarter, but QB Colin Kaepernick threw two late interceptions. To add injury to insult, star tight end Vernon Davis was injured in the game. San Francisco now sits at 1-1 on the season and head to the NFC leading Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.
8/28/14: Several months ago, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh gushed about the new Levi's Stadium, claiming that their grass would be "like Augusta" - a reference to the impeccably manicured sod at Augusta National (golf course). That is not the case after just a handful of events. The sod was so bad that Harbaugh took his team off of it during a practice last week. A couple of days later and the sod was torn out and replaced. There is not much time before the season starts for the new grass to take root, which may cause concerns (and worse, injury) during the beautiful stadium's first year.
8/21/14: Head football coaches are a funny lot. We all know they say a lot of things that are completely, or at least partially, untrue. Most of the time, we may suspect something, but are willing to let it slide. Then comes something like 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh praising Blaine Gabbert and his performance. Gabbert posted a 1.7 passer rating in the preseason opener. Out of 158.3. He went 3-11 for 20 yards and an INT. Either Harbaugh sees something that no one else can or he may just be exaggerating the truth a bit about Gabbert.
8/14/14: San Francisco does not mess around when it comes to hold outs. They will not negotiate until the player reports. That has led to a standoff with starting offensive guard Alex Boone. Joe Looney is starting in his place right now, but even head coach Jim Harbaugh admits that Looney has work to do to get up to the starting level of the NFL. The 49ers may not have the leverage here, but they have options. Multiple teams are reportedly interested in trading for Boone. Most likely, they would have to give Boone the contract he wants, but at least there is a chance to get rid of this ongoing headache.
8/7/14: This has not been a good offseason for the San Francisco 49ers. There have been multiple arrests, there has been contract stalemates, and now the team has lost Glenn Dorsey - likely for the season. Dorsey stepped in last season for Ian Williams, who was injured with a broken ankle. But now Dorsey is the man on the shelf with a torn biceps. While the 49ers are one of the deepest teams in the NFL, it may be tough to come back from the glut of injures they have suffered of late, in addition to other off-field issues.
7/31/14: With Training camp now in full swing, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the San Francisco 49ers. On the field, they seem fine. They return much of their core that has gotten them to the NFC Championship Game three times in a row and one Super Bowl appearance. Star tight end Vernon Davis reported to camp after threatening a holdout over a new contract. Guard Alex Boon is a holdout though, and underrated running back Kendall Hunter tore his ACL last week. A final question may be if this is head coach Jim Harbaugh's final year, as he has been at odds with the team over his contract for over a year now.
7/24/14: Perhaps the judge was a 49ers fan, who knows, but according to Aldon Smith's father, Smith is happy with his sentence for gun and DUI convictions. Smith was sentenced to 12 days in jail, with one served. That reduced the weapons charge from felony to misdemeanor. The remaining 11 days will be on a work crew for 11 consecutive Mondays starting next week. He also has three years of probation. Now that the legal process has played out, the NFL may weigh in. Smith still could be suspended for a few games, but has to be happy that he is not locked up in prison.
7/17/14: As much as 49er's fans hate it, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks just will not stop talking. Even after he said he would not do that anymore. One of his favorite targets is 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. But give Crabtree some credit. He says that he is not going to talk about any rivalry. Instead, he is focusing on his craft. While that is not good news for the media that likes to conjure up controversy, it is perfect for the 49ers who want to take the NFC West title away from the Seattle Seahawks.
7/10/14: The 49ers are moving into their new home, Levi's Stadium, this season and it is already sold out for the year. The new digs will also host Super Bowl 50, which the team got changed from Super Bowl L (yet the league still allowed Super Bowl XXX several years ago). The team will also get a big new neighbor soon. There is a $6 billion live, work, play complex that is being planned for next door. And yes, it is scheduled to include 49er's legend Joe Montana's place. It looks like it will be the fanciest complex of its type in all of North American sports, which may well raise the bar for teams trying to get new stadiums.
7/3/14: The Vernon Davis contract saga continues to lead the newsworthy items coming out of the 49ers camp during the slow season for the NFL. In its simplest terms, Davis wants a new contract and says he will hold out until he gets one. The 49ers are hesitant to give him a big contract and want him to come in before negotiating. Davis got some support from an odd place last week when Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman said he should stand his ground. The team may also be waiting to hear the verdict from the Jimmy Graham arbitration before doing anything with Davis.
6/26/14: 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is none to pleased that tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone for missing voluntary OTAs and threatening to hold out of mandatory minicamp until they get new contracts. Davis is already among the highest paid tight ends, but seems willing to face fines for skipping team events. The team probably will not negotiate until the players show up. The players (likely) will not show up until they negotiate. It is an odd catch-22. The team holds the leverage in both of these situations and will not want to set a precedent that they will fold under pressure.
6/19/14: Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh and his cheap pants are back in the news, again. Harbaugh's wife caused a little commotion last season when she said that he hates his customary black shirt and khaki '$8' pants. Now that is part of a promotional campaign by Levi's, who makes Dockers pants and is the lead sponsor for the 49ers new stadium. The team, reportedly, allowed Harbaugh to do endorsements for Levi's rather than give him a contract extension or raise. Of course, if San Francisco does not get him a new contract, then there certainly will be many other teams that would be happy to pay him and supply him with as many cheap pants as he wants.
6/12/14: It may have been the biggest piece of news in the NFL last week, the long-awaited contract extension for starting QB Colin Kaepernick. The initial report was that the deal was for $126 million with $60 million guaranteed. That is true and not true. The money is guaranteed through escalator and de-escalator clauses. These are different than incentives in that the team can cut Kaep at any time and not owe the guaranteed money. Actually, agents around the league are blasting the deal, which they think is too team-friendly. So, while it sounds like a big contract, it is doubtful that all the money will be earned or paid.
6/6/14: The 49ers have a big hole to fill at inside linebacker, at least for the first half of the season. NaVorro Brown would be slated to fill that hole, as he has done in recent years, but he will be out for a while with knee injuries. Michael Wilhoite would look to be next man up, but the 49ers also drafted Big 10 defensive player of the year Chris Borland in the third round. So now we have a competition for the job, at least for part of the season. The loser will probably be a backup, but may have to find some place else to play when Brown returns, as there are only 53 spots on the roster.
5/29/14: Many people are just waiting to see running back Marcus Lattimore finally get his chance in the NFL. Lattimore, of course, was among the best running backs in college with South Carolina. He suffered a gruesome knee injury and fought back. He then suffered another one. He spent last season rehabbing, with the 49ers knowing he would be a long-term project. Unfortunately, he is not on the practice field now, as head coach Jim Harbaugh says he is 'working through something'. Here is hoping the talented and ill-fated running back can get back to the top of his game.
5/22/14: Believe it or not, the 49ers still have running back Frank Gore. He is not the flashiest running back in the league, but has been a very solid contributor for years. He is probably on the downside of his career, so the 49ers are making plans for his replacement one day. Last season, the team selected Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina. He had a badly torn ACL so he essentially redshirted last season. Two weeks ago, the team took Carlos Hyde from Ohio State. His presence may mean that Lattimore is out, after never playing a down for San Francisco.
5/15/14: San Francisco did not make much noise on the first night of the NFL draft. They held serve and selected strong safety Jimmie Ward from Northern Illinois with the 30th overall pick. They did make some noise the following day by trading with Buffalo to acquire WR Stevie Johnson for a conditional 4th round pick in 2015. That could turn into a third rounder, though. Johnson will join Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis to form a pretty solid group of receivers next year, so long as QB Colin Kaepernick can get them the ball.
5/8/14: The 49ers tried to make a public effort that they were considering not picking up the fifth year option on Aldon Smith, but, just as most people figured, they waited until close to the deadline and announced they would pick it up. That guarantees the 49ers will have to pay him for the next two seasons (barring some major event, like getting arrested for yelling 'bomb' in an airport). NFL teams are generally more concerned with on field performance than off field behavior, so this should not be a surprise to anyone, though the talk show guys will probably rip the decision.
5/1/14: The 49ers' PR machine has been in overdrive in recent weeks as several players have either been arrested or come under police scrutiny. That includes standout linebacker Aldon Smith (bomb claim in an airport) and starting QB Colin Kaepernick (suspicious incident with a passed-out woman). The front office claims that the locker room is full of good people and Harbaugh is publicly supporting his QB. That being said, the public is often not as forgiving, so the 49ers may have some work to do to clean up their image in the near future for those outside the bay area.
4/24/14: The 49ers have changed their image over the past several weeks. They have moved from a perception of a hard working, team-first franchise to one that has plenty of internal discord and alleged criminals. There have been several reports of a poor relationship between the GM and head coach, and now several players have come under scrutiny of the law. Those players include Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith - two of their stars. The Kaepernick investigation seems to have put on hold any discussions of a contract extension, and many believe that Smith will not be back next season.
4/17/14: The 49ers have a sticky situation on their hands as starting QB Colin Kaepernick was named in a Miami police report involving sexual assault. Kaepernick has not been charged, nor has fellow 49er Quinton Patton or Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Details of the event are still sparse and the Miami PD says only that Kaepernick is a suspect. According to the police report, the three players and a woman had drinks and drugs were present. The team has said they are aware of the report and Kaepernick insists publicly that the media reports are inaccurate.
4/10/14: It is a good new rule, but is coming too late for 49ers and linebacker NaVorro Bowman. The new rule, just adopted by the NFL, allows for replays of potential turnovers, and is now being referred to as the "Bowman Rule". On the play in the NFC Championship Game, Bowman stripped the ball at the goalline and kept possession, all while tearing his ACL. Seattle should have lost possession of the ball, but the play was not reviewable after a bad call on the field. Seattle, of course, went on to win the game and the Super Bowl. Bowman is expected to be back in the middle of the 2014 season.
4/3/14: The 49ers have been busy in the offseason, adding a few players to their ranks - and that includes offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Now they have another issue on their hands. Cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested and charged with two felonies. One was for hit and run, the other was for possessing brass knuckles. Culliver, reportedly, hit a bicycle rider and left the scene. When he was blocked in, Culliver threatened a witness, allegedly. The truth about the incident will come out over time, but it does not look good for Culliver at this point in time.
3/27/14: A month ago, the 49ers made headlines when it was discovered that they considered trading head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Brown. Then it came out that there is a lot of 'tension' in 49ers camp between Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke. Then it came out that Harbaugh has not been able to get the extension he wants (even though it is relatively modest). Last week, the team was in the news for trading for QB Blaine Gabbert and offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Nothing that big this week, as the most notable item is the team giving an extension to fullback Bruce Miller.
3/20/14: San Francisco made some interesting moves during free agency. Obviously, they have a strong organization and it is a desirable place to play, so they can get some free agents over other teams. But they traded a sixth round pick to Jacksonville to get embattled former first round pick Blaine Gabbert, as well as a seventh rounder for offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Gabbert was drafted too high and never had a chance to develop in Jacksonville, while Martin was the victim in the bullying scandal in Miami. Both should do better with a fresh start and much less pressure on them.
3/13/14: For a team that went to the NFC Championship Game three straight years and made a Super Bowl appearance, the 49ers seem to be in a bit of disarray. There have been several reports as of late about the tension in 49ers Park between head coach Jim Harbaugh and the front office. To date, it has not affected their winning - though it could be an interesting side drama throughout the next season and beyond. Harbaugh says he is not going anywhere and staying in San Francisco. The question is if he will stay as an employee of the San Francisco 49ers or just live in the metropolitan area.
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 NF
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|Dec 28, 2014||Arizona Cardinals - San Francisco 49ers||17 - 20|
|Dec 20, 2014||San Diego Chargers - San Francisco 49ers||38 - 35|
|Dec 14, 2014||San Francisco 49ers - Seattle Seahawks||7 - 17|
|Dec 7, 2014||San Francisco 49ers - Oakland Raiders||13 - 24|
|Nov 27, 2014||Seattle Seahawks - San Francisco 49ers||19 - 3|
|Nov 16, 2014||San Francisco 49ers - New York Giants||16 - 10|
|Nov 9, 2014||San Francisco 49ers - New Orleans Saints||27 - 24|
|Nov 2, 2014||St. Louis Rams - San Francisco 49ers||13 - 10|
|Oct 19, 2014||San Francisco 49ers - Denver Broncos||17 - 42|
|Oct 13, 2014||San Francisco 49ers - St. Louis Rams||31 - 17|
|Oct 5, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - San Francisco 49ers||17 - 22|