49ers tight end Vernon Davis doesn’t much care for having to take a mandated week off in the middle of the NFL season.
He would rather build some first-half momentum and move right ahead into the second half — and Davis sure is looking forward to having a bigger impact over the final eight games for San Francisco than he did during the first eight. Read More
Niners left tackle Joe Staley claims he caught quarterback and seatmate Alex Smith checking out his trending Twitter self while on the team plane awaiting takeoff Monday night from Arizona.
Ha, says Smith, who insists he has no idea how to tweet.
“I don’t even have a Twitter,” Smith quipped with a grin Tuesday during a quick walk through the empty locker room. “I don’t know what Twitter is.” Read More
Three touchdown passes, one incomplete pass.
Not a bad night for Alex Smith, and it could have been better, considering that the one incomplete pass was dropped by a wide-open receiver.
The San Francisco quarterback completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns — two to Michael Crabtree and one to Randy Moss — to help San Francisco flatten the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on Monday night. Read More
The NFC West takes over “Monday Night Football,” and this season at least that means defense.
Entering this week, the four NFC West teams ranked among the top nine in the league in defense.
The 49ers lead the way at No. 1 with a powerful, smash-mouth group that overwhelms opponents, particularly with its excellent front seven. Arizona counters with a fast, aggressive unit that rates No. 7 in the league. Read More
Arizona’s gigantic defensive end Calais Campbell talked this week about how he “hates” the 49ers “with a passion.”
That kind of remark might provide bulletin board material if this was some college showdown. These NFC West rivals have played each other enough to know what feelings are and aren’t involved, and that talk is usually just talk.
Besides, Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson noted, Campbell “doesn’t have a filter on his mouth.” Read More
The pass rusher in Aldon Smith is getting a little more excited than usual this week.
That’s a feeling spreading throughout the San Francisco defense as the 49ers prepare for Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, the only NFC West team to beat the Niners during coach Jim Harbaugh’s two seasons here. Read More
On Oct. 16, we learned that our fair city is a finalist to host the 2016 Super Bowl. The other finalist is Miami, and our campaign to win is in full swing. While the headline at sfsuperbowl.com says, “Bring the Bowl to the Bay” it’s abundantly clear that “the Bay” means “San Francisco.” Although the stadium for the 49ers is being built in Santa Clara, that city’s mayor, Jamie Matthews, has been rather subdued compared to our jubilant Mayor Ed Lee. Read More
Preliminary ballots for the Pro Football Hall of Fame are in the mail, and we are left to ponder whether the committee finally will enshrine the most obvious candidate on the list.
That would be Eddie DeBartolo, the former owner of the 49ers. Read More
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declined to comment further on Monday after saying that he reached out to the NFL on Friday to voice concerns he had that the Seattle Seahawks got away with several defensive holding or illegal contact penalties that were not called during the 49ers’ 13-6 victory on Thursday night. Read More
The 49ers sit alone atop the NFC West for now — hardly the kind of firm hold on the division they owned last October.
Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener. Read More