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Saquon Barkley is out there, and with every Mock Draft, fans feel like their expertise is more validated. (Courtesy Penn State/Flickr)

The mock drafts, they’ve started and they’re still meaningless

When someone says, “It’s never too early to start thinking about X,”…

Saquon Barkley is out there, and with every Mock Draft, fans feel like their expertise is more validated. (Courtesy Penn State/Flickr)
Ken Norton Jr. was relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in November. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)

49ers add former Raiders d-coordinator to staff

As defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, Ken Norton Jr. oversaw some…

Ken Norton Jr. was relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in November. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)
George Kittle and Trent Taylor grew as players and will provide the 49ers with receiving depth for years. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Grading the 49ers’ promising, turnaround second half with an eye for the future

The 49ers did it all in 2017. They ensured a top-10 position…

George Kittle and Trent Taylor grew as players and will provide the 49ers with receiving depth for years. (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)

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)
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)
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)
San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) celebrates a defensive stop against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It would be a shame for 49ers, Eric Reid to part ways now

Eric Reid flew around the field on Sunday, when the 49ers beat…

San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) celebrates a defensive stop against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (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)
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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)
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)
Jimmy Garoppolo’s strong play for the 49ers will allow the team’s decision-makers much more flexibility this offseason. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

With Jimmy Garoppolo in place, 49ers can focus on completing rebuild

SANTA CLARA — In just three starts, Jimmy Garoppolo has put to rest…

Jimmy Garoppolo’s strong play for the 49ers will allow the team’s decision-makers much more flexibility this offseason. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 381 yards on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, leading the 49ers to a third-straight win. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers flame Titans after they turn up the heat

SANTA CLARA — Everyone around the team knew it was a big deal…

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 381 yards on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, leading the 49ers to a third-straight win. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Adrian Colbert (38) and Reuben Foster (56) are both 49ers rookies who are thriving under the team’s simple defensive scheme. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

How the 49ers rush defense hoisted itself up from rock bottom

SANTA CLARA — Week 7 still haunts 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.…

Adrian Colbert (38) and Reuben Foster (56) are both 49ers rookies who are thriving under the team’s simple defensive scheme. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Marquise Goodwin has reinvented himself as a receiver with the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Marquise Goodwin’s emergence makes 49ers’ search for receivers easier

SANTA CLARA — Before this season, Marquise Goodwin was in a dangerous spot.…

Marquise Goodwin has reinvented himself as a receiver with the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ahkello Witherspoon sure has the look of a ball-hawking No. 1 cornerback for the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special To S.F. Examiner)

Grading the 49ers’ third quarter

The 49ers enter the final quarter of the season with a winnable…

Ahkello Witherspoon sure has the look of a ball-hawking No. 1 cornerback for the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special To S.F. Examiner)
Trent Taylor caught all six passes thrown his way on Sunday despite playing with the flu. He’s one of the 49ers’ several impressive rookies this season. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

49ers youth movement takes hold

SANTA CLARA —  The 49ers entered the season with one of the…

Trent Taylor caught all six passes thrown his way on Sunday despite playing with the flu. He’s one of the 49ers’ several impressive rookies this season. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Robbie Gould celebrates his game-winning kick for the 49ers against the Chicago Bears. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Jimmy Garoppolo, Robbie Gould (but mostly Garoppolo) allow 49ers hype train to gain steam

When an NFL team has a franchise quarterback, it can overcome some…

Robbie Gould celebrates his game-winning kick for the 49ers against the Chicago Bears. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
All signs point to Jimmy Garoppolo being a galvanizing force for the 49ers. But fans should keep their expectations reasonable during his first starts with the team. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Faithful should practice patience with Jimmy Garoppolo

Today marks the official beginning of a new era for the 49ers.…

All signs point to Jimmy Garoppolo being a galvanizing force for the 49ers. But fans should keep their expectations reasonable during his first starts with the team. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)