Trent Baalke

Robert Saleh. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

49ers D-coordinator doesn’t mind giving up high completion rating — plus notes on NaVorro Bowman, Reuben Foster

49ers Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh wasn’t thrilled that his group allowed the…

 

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald (89) carries the ball down the field for a touchdown against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers trade favorite of previous regime, Vance McDonald

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers signed Vance McDonald to a three-year, $19.65…

 

Deshaun Watson would look good quarterbacking the 49ers offense. (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch/TNS)

Is there hope for the Faithless? Mr. Watson, we presume

Think the Faithless would be excited to swap out the quarterback who…

 

Levi's Stadium was filled with fans wearing Seattle Seahawks colors and empty seats on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

49ers end lost season with a whimper

Chip Kelly becomes second coach in a row to last just one…

Levi's Stadium was filled with fans wearing Seattle Seahawks colors and empty seats on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Jed York said he was embarrassed about the 49ers’ performance in recent years. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

New Year, same Jed: 49ers CEO explains himself after firing coach for third-straight year

SANTA CLARA — Jed York is getting pretty familiar with explaining lost…

Jed York said he was embarrassed about the 49ers’ performance in recent years. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Some thought Colin Kaepernick’s activism would splinter the 49ers locker room. The players proved otherwise by voting for him for the team’s most prestigious award. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Myth busted: Kaepernick divided 49ers

A lot of people in this country hate Colin Kaepernick. But they…

Some thought Colin Kaepernick’s activism would splinter the 49ers locker room. The players proved otherwise by voting for him for the team’s most prestigious award. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
A plane flew above the stadium before the game calling for Trent Baalke’s firing. The 49ers did little to negate that possibility during their loss to the lowly New York Jets. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

The 2016 49ers: Making the unbelievable believable

March toward one-win season continues with collapse vs. Jets SANTA CLARA —…

A plane flew above the stadium before the game calling for Trent Baalke’s firing. The 49ers did little to negate that possibility during their loss to the lowly New York Jets. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick came two yards short of delivering the 49ers their second win of the season. Before that loss, Trent Baalke said he took reponsibility for the Niners’ lost season. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

Kap shakes off questions about future as Baalke plans for it

The 49ers’ season was functionally over weeks ago, leading many to look…

Colin Kaepernick came two yards short of delivering the 49ers their second win of the season. Before that loss, Trent Baalke said he took reponsibility for the Niners’ lost season. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)
(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chip gives Baalke a vote of confidence

Trent Baalke is no stranger to being under fire. Ever since he…

(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) and Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) pose for a photo at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on October 6, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers rule out pair of recent high draft picks for rest of season

The San Francisco 49ers have been weighing placing Arik Armstead on the…

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) and Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) pose for a photo at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on October 6, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Earth to Planet Baalke: Why is Kap still here?

Balls needs help. And, no, it’s not what you’re thinkin’. Can somebody…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bowman’s future in doubt, and Niners are poorer for it

Just when the Faithless thought the news in Santa Clara couldn’t get…

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s time to cancel Kap drama

Now that Colin Kaepernick has mastered the quarterback position, he can share…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) reacts to not converting for a first down against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kelly’s Niners do impossible, make Tomsula’s look better

Almost nobody in his drug-free mind believed in miracles after Chip Kelly…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) reacts to not converting for a first down against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Colin Kaepernick’s roster spot safe for the moment

He’s dominated the national discussion since sitting out the national anthem before…

Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball during the afternoon practice at the team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Nothing would be finer than Prescott as a Niner

While Balls wonders if the 49ers’ quarterback situation is the worst since…

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball during the afternoon practice at the team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)
Chip Kelly didn't have a solid diagnosis on Thursday for what is keeping Colin Kaepernick off the playing field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chip Kelly cheerfully vague about Kap’s status

The San Francisco 49ers are tooling up for their second preseason game,…

Chip Kelly didn't have a solid diagnosis on Thursday for what is keeping Colin Kaepernick off the playing field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
NaVorro Bowman celebrated his contract extension with his family on Wednesday. (Courtesy NaVorro Bowman/Twitter)

49ers, NaVorro Bowman agree to extension

The San Francisco 49ers and NaVorro Bowman agreed to a four-year contract…

NaVorro Bowman celebrated his contract extension with his family on Wednesday. (Courtesy NaVorro Bowman/Twitter)
Jim O’Neil is Chip Kelly’s guy on defense this year. Hopefully, for the Faithful’s sake, he’s up for the task. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)

Niners’ shotgun marriage could be doomed to backfire

Nobody runs defenses into the ground like Chip Kelly and his frenetic…

Jim O’Neil is Chip Kelly’s guy on defense this year. Hopefully, for the Faithful’s sake, he’s up for the task. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)
The NFL ruled James Jones' hooded sweatshirt look illegal for next season. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

NFL rules against Cali swag

The NFL has found a new way to crack down on its…

The NFL ruled James Jones' hooded sweatshirt look illegal for next season. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)