Niners coach Jim Harbaugh has developed a reputation as a player’s coach, and he may have reinforced that image Monday when safety Cory Nelms was allowed to leave practice for a short time to watch his girlfriend compete in the Olympics.
Nelms jogged off the field about an hour into practice, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, to watch a live stream of the women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals at the London Olympics. Read More
This should be a very uncomfortable offseason for Michael Crabtree as the 49ers have signed free-agent receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham and drafted A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois in the first round. The message is clear: Quit whining and start playing or you’ll be on the bench. Read More
The NFC Championship Game clearly defined the 49ers’ big need for next season: Wide receivers, wide receivers and, yes, wide receivers. Whether it’s through the draft or free agency, or both, they simply must upgrade at that position. Read More
As the game clock ticked to zero Sunday at Candlestick Park, the feat hadn’t quite sunk in for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
“It’ll probably sink in when I get home. I’ve never been in the playoffs,” Crabtree said after helping his team secure the NFC West Division title after routing the St. Louis Rams 26-0. “It’s something new for me. I can’t wait.” Read More
Ah, those 49ers. They’re boring. They haven’t beaten anybody. Their secondary is vulnerable. Their quarterback doesn’t match up to Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees.
All they do is win. After Sunday’s 26-0 win over the offensively challenged St. Louis Rams, they stand at 10-2, the second-best record in the NFL, and they’ve won the NFC West. They must be doing something right. Read More
Before anointing Alex Smith the 49ers’ savior, take a deep breath and look again at a videotape of last week’s game against the Texans. The next 49ers star is there — it just wasn’t Smith.
Sure, coming off the bench, after the 49ers had been outscored 66-10 over the previous six quarters, Smith did a nice job. He moved the team, threw three touchdown passes and generally looked like he belonged in charge of the 49ers huddle. Read More
Bay Area football fans appear grudgingly pleased with the 49ers’ signing of Michael Crabtree, hailing the news as a boon to the team while grumbling about the top draft pick’s lengthy holdout in contract negotiations.
The 49ers reached a deal with the wide receiver early Wednesday after a monthslong stalemate. In July, Crabtree turned down a $20 million, five-year deal. Read More