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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) at the end of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: 49ers undefeated start is for real

The picture-perfect offseason machinations have produced a team whose 5-0 start is unassailable

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) at the end of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Justin Skule (67) starts against the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Ahkello Witherspoon, Joe Staley to return from injury soon

Undefeated San Francisco 49ers could get two starters back within the next three weeks

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Justin Skule (67) starts against the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt (24) knocks down Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett (81) short of the first down in the third quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco 49ers shut down Rams in decisive win

Robert Saleh’s defense doesn’t allow a score after the first drive, holds Jared Goff in check

San Francisco 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt (24) knocks down Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett (81) short of the first down in the third quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) before playing the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

George Kittle active for 49ers against Rams

San Francisco opens divisional play with one of its most crucial offensive weapons

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) before playing the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) rushes for the first down and is tackled by the Rams defense John Johnson (43), Ndamukong Suh (93) and Black Countess (24) during the second quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

How do 49ers adjust to Rams without potentially four starters?

San Francisco heads down to Los Angeles without at least three starters on offense

San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) rushes for the first down and is tackled by the Rams defense John Johnson (43), Ndamukong Suh (93) and Black Countess (24) during the second quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey stands on the sidelines during training camp practice on August 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

With injuries to McGlinchey, Juszczyk, 49ers run game adjusts

What do the San Francisco 49ers do without two of their top blockers?

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey stands on the sidelines during training camp practice on August 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) celebrates in the end zone after breaking away from the Cleveland Browns defense on the first play of the game to score a touchdown at Levi’s Stadium on October 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Niners are 4-0, so what does that mean?

Niners’ hot starts have historically ended in the playoffs, but there are warts on the 2019 team

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) celebrates in the end zone after breaking away from the Cleveland Browns defense on the first play of the game to score a touchdown at Levi’s Stadium on October 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks during a post-game conference after playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on October 5, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

Steve Kerr and NBA reckon with China problem

Outspoken Warriors head coach prefers not to go too deep on NBA’s biggest international partner

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks during a post-game conference after playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on October 5, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
San Francisco defense silences Cleveland on Monday Night

San Francisco defense silences Cleveland on Monday Night

Niners win 49th game on Monday Night Football with comprehensive thrashing of Browns

San Francisco defense silences Cleveland on Monday Night
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) gets tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) and safety Darian Stewart (24) during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

Tevin Coleman, Dee Ford active for 49ers on Monday Night

San Francisco 49ers go for 49th Monday Night Football win with Tevin Coleman, Dee Ford back

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) gets tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) and safety Darian Stewart (24) during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during Saturday’s preseason game, Aug. 24, 2019, at Arrowhead Stadium. (Chris Ochsner/Kansas City Star/TNS)

On Sports Media: 49ers have history of shining on Monday Night

San Francisco 49ers are no stranger to primetime Monday Night Football games

  • Oct 6, 2019
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during Saturday’s preseason game, Aug. 24, 2019, at Arrowhead Stadium. (Chris Ochsner/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Justin Skule addresses the media before San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp on May 2, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Skule set to face another big challenge in Myles Garrett

San Francisco 49ers rookie Justin Skule will be tested Monday night in his second career start

Justin Skule addresses the media before San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp on May 2, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd (17) listens to coaching during a rookie minicamp on May 3, 2019 at the team’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

49ers Jalen Hurd, Jason Verrett head to injured reserve

San Francisco 49ers get thinner as they head into Monday Night Football against Browns

San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd (17) listens to coaching during a rookie minicamp on May 3, 2019 at the team’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers left guard Laken Tomlinson (75) blocks Pittsburg Steelers defensive tackle T.J. Watt (90) during run play in the 4th quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Sept. 22, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Big Brain: Laken Tomlinson hopes to pursue neurosurgery

After football, 49ers offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson has lofty ambitions in medicine

San Francisco 49ers left guard Laken Tomlinson (75) blocks Pittsburg Steelers defensive tackle T.J. Watt (90) during run play in the 4th quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Sept. 22, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon goes through practice on Dec. 17, 2018 at the team’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F.Examiner)

Ahkello Witherspoon to miss four weeks with foot injury

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon went down in Week 3 win

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon goes through practice on Dec. 17, 2018 at the team’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F.Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quaterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) rolls right to avoid a pass rush by the Pittsburg Steelers to try to connect wide receiver Dante Pettis (18) in the end zone during the 4th quarter at Levi’s Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Niners overcome penalties, turnovers to beat Pittsburgh

San Francisco turns ball over five times but elusive Jimmy Garoppolo leads 49ers to win

San Francisco 49ers quaterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) rolls right to avoid a pass rush by the Pittsburg Steelers to try to connect wide receiver Dante Pettis (18) in the end zone during the 4th quarter at Levi’s Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Terrell Owens has some words for Antonio Brown

Terrell Owens has some words for Antonio Brown

Niners Hall of Famer Terrell Owens talks about another controversial receiver on day of enshrinement

Terrell Owens has some words for Antonio Brown
Wide receivers Trent Taylor (left) and Jordan Matthews work on footwork during position drills at 49ers training camp on July 27, 2019 at Levi’s Stadium. Taylor was placed in injured reserve Friday with a foot injury. (C.J. Peterson / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Trent Taylor placed on injured reserve, 49ers sign Sam Young

San Francisco 49ers placed dynamic receiver Trent Taylor on injured reserve due to foot issues

Wide receivers Trent Taylor (left) and Jordan Matthews work on footwork during position drills at 49ers training camp on July 27, 2019 at Levi’s Stadium. Taylor was placed in injured reserve Friday with a foot injury. (C.J. Peterson / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Justin Skule addresses the media before San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp on May 2, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Justin Skule will start for 49ers against Pittsburgh

San Francisco will stay in-house with their replacement for All-Pro Joe Staley

Justin Skule addresses the media before San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp on May 2, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley watches offensive line drills during practice at Levi’s Stadium on July 27, 2019. (C.J. Peterson / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Niners looking for solution to replace Joe Staley at tackle

Justin Skule will get the first look as starting left tackle in All-Pro Joe Staley’s absence

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley watches offensive line drills during practice at Levi’s Stadium on July 27, 2019. (C.J. Peterson / Special to S.F. Examiner)