Unfinished business. That was Alex Smith’s explanation for returning to the 49ers last spring when logic dictated he take his battered psyche and repaired arm to another franchise.
“It was important,” said Smith. “I felt like I had unfinished business here.”
Business he barely had a chance to start. Business which none of us ever believed he would get the opportunity to complete.
And now business that would make his story enthralling. Read More
The 49ers lost the game in Houston but they found the quarterback they need to fuel a playoff run.
Alex Smith came on in the second half on Sunday to throw three touchdown passes and nearly bring the 49ers back from a 21-0 deficit. Smith’s superior athletic ability, both passing and running, gives the 49ers a much better chance than Shaun Hill can with his limited physical skills. Read More
The 49ers re-emerge as one giant question mark.
Will they be the team that was so impressive during the season’s first four weeks that fans began talking playoffs? Or will they be the team that self-destructed against the Atlanta Falcons?
I can guarantee one thing. Nobody knows. Not even Mike Singletary.
That’s because, no matter what things look like on paper, football is played between the lines, with a scoreboard all lit up, and a clock running. Read More
So you think you know Bay Area sports? Take the 10-question challenge ...
1. If as Mike Singletary says: “Every work day is critical to building a championship team,” how can longtime holdout Michael Crabtree be ready to play, let alone start in Sunday’s 49ers game in Houston after all of two weeks of practice? Singletary is: A. Delusional, B. Desperate, C. Convinced Crabtree is the next Jerry Rice. Read More
What a great weekend to forget about the 49ers. The bye gives Niners fans seven more days to rekindle the optimism generated by the three months leading up to last Sunday.
For all the praise Mike Singletary has received — and I have doled out my fair share — he deserves a few lumps for the debacle that was the game against the Falcons. Simply put, after that 45-10 beating, it’s fair to question any progress the 49ers appeared to have made. Read More
The Atlanta Falcons exposed the 49ers in their 45-10 thrashing on Sunday: The Niners have no offense, largely because Shaun Hill is a below average NFL quarterback.
The 49ers had started 3-1 because of a strong defense that held their first four opponents to 53 points. But even then, there were signs of a coming breakdown because the offense scored only two touchdowns in each of those games. 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
Relatives of a Sacramento man who was killed after being trampled by a runaway police horse outside Candlestick Park have sued The City and the San Francisco 49ers in what the family’s lawyer said will be a multimillion-dollar case.
Eugene Caldwell, 78, was killed Aug. 30, 2008, when a spooked police horse threw off its mounted officer and ran frantically into a crowd gathered outside the stadium to attend a preseason 49ers game. Read More
After driving 250 miles each way to the Oakland Coliseum, a caller to last Sunday’s Raiders postgame talk show said when his beloved Silver and Black played as poorly as they did against the Broncos, they deserve to be booed.
Judging by the barrage of criticism that rained down from the stands with every errant JaMarcus Russell throw, it wasn’t just out-of-towners venting their displeasure with the struggling quarterback. Read More