As you read this today, I’ll likely be in the icy Pacific Ocean off the coast of Aptos, atop a boogie board. Grinning ear to ear, I’ll be dropping into a smallish wave that will take me all the way to the shore and into the unconditionally giddy embrace of my 8- and 9-year-old daughters.Unless, of course, they drop into the wave before me — or muscle me off it. Read More
Jim Harbaugh didn’t spend any time wallowing Monday after the most lopsided loss in his two seasons as coach of the 49ers.
He has only three days to prepare his team for Thursday’s key NFC West game against Seattle, which is tied with the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals at 4-2, and he might have to do it without the services of Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Staley. Read More
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The San Francisco 49ers are everything Rex Ryan wishes his New York Jets were.
San Francisco used a solid running game, a smothering defense, a little bit of the wildcat-style offense and even blocked a punt to cruise to a 34-0 victory Sunday. Read More
Last year, 49ers fans were happily surprised by the team’s record. This year, the happy surprise will be a revitalized offense.Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman kept the offense basic last season for two reasons: 1) Quarterback Alex Smith was learning a new system — again! and 2) The 49ers didn’t have the receivers to open up the field. Read More
They didn’t have a prayer.
Or that’s what the “experts” opined.
“We all know [where] they thought we were going to finish last year,” Alex Smith said recently, “and how right they were about that.”
The “they” whom the 49ers quarterback — who will enter his eighth season with San Francisco — was referring to were the slew of media wise guys who predetermined that the 49ers’ 2011 season was one destined for mediocrity.
“They” were proven wrong. Read More
Rookie offensive lineman Jason Slowey, a sixth-round pick out of Western Oregon, was one of 12 players cut by the 49ers on Monday as they had to trim their roster to 75 players. Slowey saw limited action in the preseason.
Receiver Joe Hastings, who was on the practice squad last year before a late-season call-up to the 53-man roster, was also let go. 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’ defense was their strength last season, and could be even more dominant this season, so defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was somewhat disappointed with what he saw in the team’s first exhibition game, a 17-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. 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
The 49ers’ pick of Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the first round Thursday night demonstrated conclusively what they felt their biggest need was.
And this after they’d already signed Randy Moss and Mario Manningham as free agents. Michael Crabtree had better check his ego at the door and start working hard at running his patterns or he might find himself on the practice squad. Read More