The first thing the 49ers should do in the offseason is re-sign Alex Smith to a multiyear contract.
I’m sure Alex will be willing. He’s had two chances to leave the Niners, but has returned each time. The first time was after the 2008 season, when then general manager Scot McCloughan said he’d either have to accept a restructured contract, at a lower salary, or leave as a free agent. He stayed. Read More
Defense has been the backbone of the dramatic turnaround the 49ers have made this season, so it only seems fitting it played a huge role in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game.
The game will be remembered for Alex Smith’s fourth-quarter heroics, but none of that would have been possible without the ball-hawking defense. Read More
Playoff football fever is spreading — and mayors are not immune. On Thursday, Mayor Ed Lee announced the terms of a friendly wager he has made with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu over Saturday’s bout between the 49ers and Saints. Read More
They get one shot. That was the reminder from the man who has helped enable them to gain that shot, Jim Harbaugh.
“It’s special being in the playoffs,” said Harbaugh, the 49ers rookie coach.
Special because they haven’t been there for years. Special because six months ago, when the lockout ended and the Harbaugh regime started, few believed the playoffs were possible. Read More
Don’t downplay these 49ers. It’s safe to dream a little bigger.
Sure, simply reaching the playoffs serves as a huge step forward based on their play in recent years, but the 49ers have compiled a 2011 résumé that gives them as many — or more — reasons to reach the Super Bowl as any of their NFC counterparts. Read More
In all but three contests this season, the 49ers have bested opponents with a peculiar — yet familiar — combination.
The 2000 Super Bowl champ Baltimore Ravens continue to serve as evidence that a low-scoring team can still win via stout defensive play. And where San Francisco has struggled at times offensively, its defense, to put it bluntly, has been dominant. Read More
The agent for 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said his client is a finalist to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State. Mike Harrison said Monday by phone that Roman interviewed for the position in November and is on the “short list” at the embattled program, rocked in recent months by the sex abuse scandal. Read More
Don’t underestimate how much the 49ers have grown up over the last month or so.
With the NFC West champions set to finish off a terrific regular season this morning in St. Louis by playing for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs — and a week off — the Niners have stamped themselves ready for whatever the postseason tournament can throw at them. Read More
The 49ers’ success is no fluke, and they once again have the organizational strength to be consistent winners, with Jed York as CEO and Trent Baalke as general manager.
Jed is nothing like his father, John, for which we can all be thankful. Though he’s only 30, he’s grown into the job he inherited, working tirelessly to get the funding for the proposed new stadium in Santa Clara, now scheduled to open in 2014, and he nailed down $850 million in bank loans about two weeks ago. Read More
Forty-Niners Faithful, you are now free to think the heretofore unthinkable. The Niners could very well be playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.
Fresh off their most impressive and important victory in nearly a decade, San Francisco once again holds the NFC’s coveted No. 2 seed, owning a tiebreaker over the New Orleans Saints. Maintaining that slot guarantees that ever important week off in January — and at least one home playoff game. Read More