Frank Gore’s highlights are a little more crowded this year.
When Gore breaks into the opposition’s secondary on one of his long runs, he usually has company as he weaves his way through those linebackers and defensive backs.
That’s because Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Adam Snyder or Anthony Davis is usually out there running with him. 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
In a 49ers season of bad turned worse then not so bad, the season-ending injury to Frank Gore could wind up having the greatest impact.
Not because of any question marks surrounding Gore’s future or what his absence means to the 49ers on the football field, but because it gives Mike Singletary and his coaching staff an excuse if things go south from here. Now they can blame any slide on the fact that they were robbed of Gore’s contribution. Read More
Five keys to the 49ers' season
1. Smith takes control Read More
In Mike Singletary’s first full season at the helm, the 49ers finished at 8-8, the first time the club had finished at .500 or better since 2002. Now with Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin out of Arizona, the Seattle Seahawks undergoing a major makeover under new coach Pete Carroll and the St. Louis Rams still bumbling along, the NFC West is wide open. Anything less than a division title should be considered a disappointment. Read More
I’m not trying to be a wise guy, but the 49ers’ 2-0 start runs deeper than their record.
And goes beyond their head coach, who deserves plenty of credit for bringing a sense of order to the franchise that has suffered through a dysfunctional decade of disappointment. Read More
Now do you understand why Mike Singletary made the running game the key to the 49ers’ offense?
When Frank Gore was stopped cold by Arizona’s run blitzing in the opener, Singletary was criticized by media and fans, which echoed fan sentiment in my e-mail, even though the 49ers won a road game against a team that had been in the Super Bowl in February. Read More
I simply can’t imagine what Mike Singletary can do for an encore this afternoon against the Seahawks.
The guy who doesn’t want to be the Niners’ story this year made as good a coaching move as there was last Sunday with 1:32 left in the third quarter and his defense reeling. Burning a timeout to bring the team together for a sideline refresher course is nowhere to be found in the handbook NFL coaches play out of. Read More