San Francisco 49ers

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)
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the third quarter on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Raiders disappoint as 49ers ride hype train

October 30, 2017: A date every football fan in the Bay Area…

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the third quarter on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
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)
Eric Reid announced he had removed himself from a group of players working with the NFL for social justice on Wednesday. He has bigger goals in mind. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers’ Eric Reid knows activism could cost him his job, fights anyway

SANTA CLARA — Eric Reid is one of the best safeties in…

Eric Reid announced he had removed himself from a group of players working with the NFL for social justice on Wednesday. He has bigger goals in mind. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo won’t have much time to prove himself worthy of a major contract with the 49ers this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers like franchise tag for Jimmy Garoppolo

SANTA CLARA — Before the final minute of Sunday’s game, 49ers fans…

Jimmy Garoppolo won’t have much time to prove himself worthy of a major contract with the 49ers this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) runs onto the field during the final minute of gameplay against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers tap Jimmy Garoppolo as starter for Week 13

The wait is over. Jimmy Garoppolo is officially the 49ers’ starting quarterback.…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) runs onto the field during the final minute of gameplay against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
With injuries plaguing their secondary, the Seattle Seahawks have looked past their prime. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)

Seahawks serve as a reminder of our mortality

Neither team playing at Levi’s Stadium today will win the Super Bowl…

With injuries plaguing their secondary, the Seattle Seahawks have looked past their prime. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)
49ers fans are anxious to see newcomer Jimmy Garoppolo, right, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan intends to play CJ Beathard, left, until the time is right. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

CJ Beathard remaining 49ers starting QB is another sign Kyle Shanahan is rebuilding team his way

SANTA CLARA — Before the bye week, the 49ers answered the biggest question…

49ers fans are anxious to see newcomer Jimmy Garoppolo, right, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan intends to play CJ Beathard, left, until the time is right. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
CJ Beathard, seen here in November of 2017, was strip-sacked for the final score in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s time to see Jimmy Garoppolo lead the 49ers

Enough of the love fest for C.J. Beathard after his sizzling performance…

CJ Beathard, seen here in November of 2017, was strip-sacked for the final score in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) celebrates a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Adrian Colbert joins ranks of injured 49ers safeties

Like Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Eric Reid before him, Adrian Colbert…

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) celebrates a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) runs against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bye week temporarily delays 49ers’ quarterback controversy

A day after CJ Beathard’s best performance as a pro, head coach…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) runs against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) fights off the New York Giants defense for a touchdown at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Marquise Goodwin ‘adamant he wanted to play’ after son’s death

Marquise Goodwin was the hero of the 49ers’ first win of the…

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) fights off the New York Giants defense for a touchdown at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carlos Hyde projects to be a highly sought after free agent this upcoming offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can Raiders, 49ers lock up their best players long term?

Carlos Hyde has been a source of steady production for the 49ers…

Carlos Hyde projects to be a highly sought after free agent this upcoming offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)