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
Suddenly the 49ers faithful need some good news. And quick.
Losing center-guard David Baas right out of the free-agency starting gate was not what 49ers fans were imagining when they were cheering the end of the NFL lockout. Read More
New coaches and old stadiums. The Black Hole and holes to fill. Pro football is back by the Bay — dare we say welcome? — and now that the talk has shifted from lockouts to wideouts, the major questions are whether there will be a last hurrah for Al Davis and the Raiders and a first hurrah for Jed York and the 49ers. Read More
Jim Harbaugh’s foresight will mitigate the damage done to the 49ers by the NFL lockout.
With a complete turnover in the coaching staff, the 49ers needed spring workouts more than other teams. In years past, teams with coaching changes were allowed an extra minicamp. The 49ers, along with every other NFL team, were prohibited this year from having any spring workouts. Read More
It’s an intriguing trend.
Three struggling Bay Area sports franchises: The 49ers, Raiders and Warriors all hired coaches this year with no prior professional head coaching experience.
San Francisco rewarded Jim Harbaugh for his remarkable gamesmanship at Stanford. But it’s still anyone’s guess whether Harbaugh will be able to outsmart his counterparts in the NFL. Read More
Fans have always been convinced they know exactly how to improve their teams, and they express their views in emails and blogs.
Right now, I’m being besieged by A’s fans who bemoan their team’s lack of hitting. One suggested they should pick up Milton Bradley, just released by the Seattle Mariners. Read More
The entirety of the NFL’s offseason came and went in a blink.
There wasn’t enough to it to be anything more than a subplot to the league’s draft.
Players were there and then they were gone, locks securely back in place. However, in that single afternoon where fans were actually free to think about football again, everything about the 2011 season changed for 49ers fans. Alex Smith got a playbook. Read More
The commissioner, Roger Goodell, says the NFL Draft is one of his favorite events. “Because,” he told USA Today, “it’s all about football.” Apparently so is the honorable Susan Richard Nelson, who has decided people who play it for a living, well, ought to be able to play it for a living.
Nelson is the U.S. District judge in St. Paul, Minn., who ordered an end to the lockout declared last month by the owners against the players. Read More