Jacob C. Palmer

John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers don’t want to be subject of Hard Knocks

The Niners ended their season as the most intriguing story in pro…

John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Armed with year of experience, 49ers plan to go ‘pedal to the metal’ in offseason

SANTA CLARA — Tuesday’s postseason press conference had a different tone than…

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo happy should be the 49ers' top priority this offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s happiness should be 49ers’ top offseason priority

SANTA CLARA — Keep Jimmy Garoppolo happy. The 49ers’ offseason to-do list has…

Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo happy should be the 49ers' top priority this offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carlos Hyde (28) and the 49ers weren’t going to be denied after their teammate was forced from the game due to a vicious hit in the first half on Sunday. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

49ers finish off dream end to season by blowing out Rams

Jimmy Garoppolo is going into another offseason with an undefeated record. The…

Carlos Hyde (28) and the 49ers weren’t going to be denied after their teammate was forced from the game due to a vicious hit in the first half on Sunday. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Jay Cutler generally doesn’t care about his job, so why would he start now with months of vacation staring him in the face? (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Palmer’s Picks: Tread lightly with meaningless matchups

It’s hard to get excited about the last week of the NFL…

Jay Cutler generally doesn’t care about his job, so why would he start now with months of vacation staring him in the face? (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)
The 49ers’ trade for Jimmy Garoppolo has the Faithful dreaming big about the team’s future. Even if they lose today, 2017 was a banner year for the franchise. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Regardless of Week 17 result, 2017 was a smashing success for 49ers

The five dates that made the rebuilding process take hold The 49ers…

The 49ers’ trade for Jimmy Garoppolo has the Faithful dreaming big about the team’s future. Even if they lose today, 2017 was a banner year for the franchise. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
After cheering on his teammates from the second row of the bench for the last couple weeks, Stephen Curry is set to return to action on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors indicate Steph Curry will be back on Saturday

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors have mostly survived their stint without…

After cheering on his teammates from the second row of the bench for the last couple weeks, Stephen Curry is set to return to action on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo has thrived under pressure thanks to his ability to create “off script.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s genius shines when plays break down

SANTA CLARA — What Jimmy Garoppolo has been able to do with the…

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrived under pressure thanks to his ability to create “off script.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green doesn't care for the NBA's last two-minute reports. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Draymond Green blasts NBA’s last two-minute reports

The Golden State Warriors and the NBA’s officials haven’t agreed on much…

Draymond Green doesn't care for the NBA's last two-minute reports. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant argues with an official during Monday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

KDefense: Durant’s growth as shotblocker empowers Golden State

OAKLAND — The way Kevin Durant sees it, LeBron James is always going…

Kevin Durant argues with an official during Monday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates the San Francisco 49ers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers beat best defense in NFL, dreams of future Super Bowls follow

SANTA CLARA — After Sunday’s masterpiece, there’s no such thing as hyperbole when…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates the San Francisco 49ers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can next year’s 49ers be this year’s Jaguars?

The 49ers’ current three-game win streak has the Faithful think big. And…

John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Bucs lost to the Falcons by a last-second field goal last week. Here’s hoping they can keep another divisional game close. (Loren Elliot/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

Palmer’s Picks: Scores shrink when divisional foes meet twice

It’s taken nearly two full seasons, but Palmer’s Picks saw its first…

The Bucs lost to the Falcons by a last-second field goal last week. Here’s hoping they can keep another divisional game close. (Loren Elliot/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)
Kyle Shanahan frequently says he doesn’t want his team to get too high or too low. Their recent play has tested that theory as good vibes pervade the 49ers locker room. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kyle Shanahan refuses to get too high on 49ers’ recent success

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers facility was livelier than it had been in…

Kyle Shanahan frequently says he doesn’t want his team to get too high or too low. Their recent play has tested that theory as good vibes pervade the 49ers locker room. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry tested his side-to-side motion on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a sprained ankle. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr provides update for injured Warriors: Draymond, Zaza, Steph advance in healing process

OAKLAND — Five members of the Golden State Warriors will miss Wednesday's…

Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry tested his side-to-side motion on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a sprained ankle. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Golden State Warriors lead the NBA in blocked shots and have stepped up their defense as they deal with injuries. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors ratchet up focus on defense with stars out

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors have gotten pretty good at playing without…

The Golden State Warriors lead the NBA in blocked shots and have stepped up their defense as they deal with injuries. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Evan Longoria is coming to San Francisco after the Giants completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Giants add proven third baseman Evan Longoria in exchange for Denard Span, others

The San Francisco Giants made their move on Wednesday, and found the…

Evan Longoria is coming to San Francisco after the Giants completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)
San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) carries the ball against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pro Bowl rosters announced with one starter from 49ers, four from Raiders

The NFL announced rosters for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday and the…

San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) carries the ball against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) steals the ball from Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steph Curry will miss Christmas game against Cavs

When Stephen Curry sprained his ankle at the end of their win…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) steals the ball from Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)