The Jim Harbaugh Era has officially begun as the NFL kicked off its 2011 season with solemn and sincere tributes to the victims of 9/11 and their families. So what have we learned after watching the premiere of this long-awaited show? Read More
Ready, set, go. Only forget the ready, set.
It’s full speed ahead into the next era of 49ers football, on display for the first time this afternoon at Candlestick Park. No learning curve allowed for Jim Harbaugh in his debut as an NFL coach.
That’s because today’s game against the Seattle Seahawks is the first must-win of the year for Harbaugh and the 49ers. This begins a three-game, season-opening set that this team has to make the most of. Read More
What you saw from the 49ers in the practice games, on offense and defense, was pure vanilla. What you’ll see in Sunday’s opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick will be quite different. Read More
As we get ready to kick off a new NFL season, pull up a barstool 49ers and Raiders fans for the violence-free Bay Area football smackdown:Round 1: Hue Jackson or Jim Harbaugh?
If this were a presidential primary, Jackson’s firebrand speeches would win in a landslide. Unfortunately, nobody in the NFL gets points for being clever at press conferences. Read More
At least for the 49ers, there’s a glimmer of hope.
It took until the final opening quarter of the preseason for the 49ers to provide the first piece of evidence that could be parlayed into a possible recipe for success in 2011.
Unfortunately, a single quarter against a group of half-hearted San Diego Chargers does little more than edge the 49ers from no-shots into long shots. Read More
The first two practice games have been meaningless, but 49ers fans should get some idea of how fast players are assimilating Jim Harbaugh’s offense in Saturday night’s game against the Houston Texans.
The problem with evaluating a team in the first two exhibitions — and the fourth one, when the starters hardly play — is that coaches are calling plays to see how they work in specific situations, not to win that specific game. Read More
Yes, as Jim Harbaugh pointed out, we love talking about the quarterback position. Why wouldn’t we? Arguably, it’s the most important in any team sport. It’s the position that wins games. Or loses them.
We know quarterbacks. We’ve watched Joe Montana and Steve Young and Jim Plunkett. What we don’t know, after six seasons, is whether Alex Smith is the quarterback who will win games for the Niners. Or whether the less-publicized Jason Campbell will win them for the Raiders. Read More
The 49ers have long been true to Bill Walsh’s ban on rookie hazing. Too bad first-year coaches can’t avoid rude introductions to the NFL.
After watching Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick take turns getting pummeled in New Orleans on Friday, Jim Harbaugh sheepishly acknowledged the 49ers, “weren’t quite ready for the Saints’ blitz.” Read More
The 49ers brought FanFest to Candlestick Park and unveiled new amenities to the stadium, but what stood out was the dislike for quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith, the much-maligned signal-caller entering his seventh season with the Niners, has had to adjust to a new offensive coordinator in each of his pro seasons. Smith has also had to work through several shoulder surgeries, but none of that seemed to matter to most of the 49ers faithful in attendance Sunday. Read More
Nothing in sports offers more intrigue in such a meaningless forum as the NFL preseason.
Local fans are understandably excited about the return of football with Raiders kicking off the exhibition season Thursday in Oakland against the Arizona Cardinals, and the 49ers debuting in New Orleans against the Saints on Friday. Read More