Even though they went 13-3 in the regular season last year and nearly beat the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers still don’t get the respect they deserve from the national media.
The whole offseason we saw stories that essentially said the 49ers’ previous season was a fluke, that they wouldn’t be able to go through a season with so few injuries, that they wouldn’t be able to sneak up on teams this season. Read More
Clips of “the handshake” started rolling soon after the final snap at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. But as far as 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is concerned, the “mini controversy” is last year’s news. Read More
Coach Jim Harbaugh makes his living by delivering the unexpected.
In 2007, he took over a Stanford football program that was coming off of a 1-11 season and, in just three years, he turned the Cardinal into a national title contender.
The 49ers’ 13-3 record in his first NFL season last year speaks for itself.
But this year’s team is already considered a Super Bowl contender, so how could he possibly shatter expectations again? Read More
It’s put up or shut up time for the Niners’ Michael Crabtree, whose 12-touchdown output in three seasons since being drafted 10th overall in 2009 represents significant underachievement, yet he was handed the starting job opposite Randy Moss for today’s opener at Green Bay.
Why was Crabtree given the start over Mario Manningham, who has 18 TDs in 3½ seasons and a far more favorable reputation as a teammate and worker? Read More
The fortunes of professional sports teams are fickle. Take the Bay Area, for example. The Giants are early into what appears to be another decade of success following the disappointment of 2011. The frugal A’s are in the midst of an unlikely playoff push following years of inadequacy. The Warriors, largely hapless since the 2006-07 “We Believe” season, have rebuilt virtually their entire program in the past year. Read More
The 49ers averted several injury scares during the preseason, but the team wasn’t so lucky with outside linebacker Parys Haralson. Last year’s starter was placed on injured reserve Monday with an arm injury.
If the 49ers had waited until this afternoon, they could have possibly gotten Haralson back for the second half of the season under new NFL rules. However, the 49ers elected not to do that. Read More
Four days removed from the Mile High torching they received via the throwing arm of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the 49ers will face yet another elite QB of the AFC West.
Heading into their final exhibition contest before the start of the regular season in Green Bay, the 49ers will host the San Diego Chargers, and likely quarterback Philip Rivers, today at Candlestick Park. Read More
The 49ers’ starting lineup is mostly set, but coach Jim Harbaugh has plenty he’s looking for his team to accomplish as San Francisco prepares for Thursday night’s preseason finale at home against San Diego. Read More
The 49ers got some good news regarding running back Brandon Jacobs when an MRI on Sunday revealed he had sustained “no major damage” to his left knee, a source told NFL.com.It’s unclear how long Jacobs will be sidelined, but it appeared the injury might be serious when Jacobs left Saturday’s 20-9 loss against the Houston Texans after taking a hit from cornerback Kareem Jackson in the first quarter.He had to be taken to the 49ers’ locker room on a cart. Read More
The 49ers completed their first week of training camp without major issues or significant injuries. However, red-zone inefficiency on offense continued and a clear option at backup quarterback failed to emerge.The 49ers scored points in the red zone on 50 of their 54 drives inside the opponents’ 20 last season, but only 22 of those scores were touchdowns. The 40.7 touchdown-conversion rate ranked third-worst in the league. Read More