1. San Francisco 49ers: Sifting Through the Aftermath of Chris Borland's Retirement

    Chris Borland ’s shock decision to retire at age 24, as first reported on Outside the Lines , speaking to ESPN.com's Mark Fainaru-Wada , is stunning...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 3 months ago 6,731 reads 10 comments

  2. How Can 49ers Fill Hole at ILB After Shocking News of Chris Borland Retirement?

    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland announced his retirement Monday night after only one season in the NFL ...

    Team Stream Now Written by Team Stream Now about 3 months ago 7,371 reads 16 comments

  3. Chris Borland Retires from 49ers: Twitter Reacts to LB Retiring from NFL at 24

    There was some surprising news in the NFL on Monday evening that will have immediate repercussions for the San Francisco 49ers and could have a bigger impact on the league as a whole...

    Scott Polacek Written by Scott Polacek about 3 months ago 305,992 reads 602 comments

  4. Chris Borland Retires from NFL at Age 24: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

    ESPN.com's Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru reported Monday night that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland has retired from professional football over worries that ...

    Joseph Zucker Written by Joseph Zucker about 3 months ago 409,380 reads 388 comments

  5. 49ers Making Bad Decision Shopping Michael Wilhoite Instead of Chris Borland

    The San Francisco 49ers almost have the right idea. The Niners have one too many inside linebackers...

    Grant Cohn Written by Grant Cohn about 3 months ago 7,670 reads 15 comments

  6. Darnell Dockett Signing Gives 49ers the Ultimate Boom-or-Bust Defense in 2015

    Even while the San Francisco 49ers struggled during the 2014 season, their defense was solid. An inconsistent offense ranked 25th in scoring and was held to 10 or fewer points on ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 3 months ago 24,314 reads 49 comments

  7. Chris Borland Has Given the 49ers a Really Great Problem at Linebacker

    The San Francisco 49ers are entering an offseason of change, with several questions that don’t have easy or comfortable answers...

    Sean Tomlinson Written by Sean Tomlinson about 4 months ago 24,958 reads 106 comments

  8. Chris Borland Injury: Updates on 49ers LB's Ankle and Return

    Clint Borland suffered an ankle injury against the Seattle Seahawks . He has been placed on the injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season. Continue for updates...

    Adam Wells Written by Adam Wells about 6 months ago 7,716 reads 27 comments

  9. San Francisco 49ers' Most Important Players for the Stretch Run

    Which members of the San Francisco 49ers need to play great for the 49ers to make the playoffs? There are a couple of ways to answer this question...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 6 months ago 4,592 reads 3 comments

  10. 5 Bold Predictions for the San Francisco 49ers' Week 14 Matchup

    It’s safe to say Thanksgiving weekend was something of a disaster for the football teams of the Bay Area. The San Francisco 49ers , pumped up for a crucial rivalry game against the Seattle Seahawks , laid a total egg...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 6 months ago 7,637 reads 40 comments

  11. 49ers Finding Silver Lining with Stellar Play of Chris Borland and Aaron Lynch

    The San Francisco 49ers ' 19-3 loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13 wasn't pretty, but at least there were a few bright spots that speak to a strong future. Among them are rookie linebackers Chris Borland and Aaron Lynch...

    Peter Panacy Written by Peter Panacy about 6 months ago 11,355 reads 26 comments

  12. The 49ers Strike Gold with Chris Borland, the Next Great 'Too Short' Linebacker

    Last spring, the name Zach Thomas came up in 49ers draft meetings. "Too short, too slow, short arms, but all he did was make plays," someone said...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 6 months ago 249,080 reads 100 comments

  13. Chris Borland's Impact Could Push Willis or Bowman to Outside Linebacker

    Chris Borland is lifting the Niners defense in the absence of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Despite his size and proportions, he is playing at an elite level...

    Team Stream Now Written by Team Stream Now about 6 months ago 8,658 reads 49 comments

  14. Chris Borland Is Emerging as the Top Defensive Rookie of the Year Candidate

    It feels wrong to even give San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland any Defensive Rookie of the Year consideration...

    Sean Tomlinson Written by Sean Tomlinson about 7 months ago 7,904 reads 20 comments

  15. 49ers Rookie Chris Borland Emerging as a Force at LB for Dominant SF Defense

    Rookie inside linebacker Chris Borland continues to show why he belongs in a starting role for what has been a beleaguered, yet effective, San Francisco 49ers defense...

    Peter Panacy Written by Peter Panacy about 7 months ago 8,395 reads 41 comments

  16. San Francisco 49ers Changing Linebackers: Aldon Smith In, Patrick Willis Out

    One in, one out—that seems to be the motto for the San Francisco 49ers at linebacker this season. In this week? Aldon Smith, whose nine-game suspension is finally over...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 7 months ago 6,827 reads 20 comments

  17. Rookie LBs Aaron Lynch and Chris Borland Saving 49ers Defense

    Yes, rookie linebackers Aaron Lynch and Chris Borland are saving San Francisco's defense in 2014. This is with all due respect to players like Patrick Willis , Antoine Bethea, Perrish Cox and Justin Smith...

    Peter Panacy Written by Peter Panacy about 7 months ago 8,847 reads 24 comments

  18. Rookie Linebacker Chris Borland Making Strides in 49ers Defense

    Looking for any bright spots in the San Francisco 49ers' ugly 13-10 Week 9 loss to the St. Louis Rams? You could do worse than taking a peek at rookie inside linebacker Chris Borland ...

    Peter Panacy Written by Peter Panacy about 7 months ago 2,789 reads 5 comments

  19. 5 Bold Predictions for the San Francisco 49ers' Week 7 Matchup

    The San Francisco 49ers face one of their toughest challenges of the season this Sunday, taking on the 4-1 Denver Broncos on a short week on the road with seemingly half of their defensive starters among the walking wounded...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 8 months ago 1,867 reads 4 comments

  20. San Francisco 49ers: Can Chris Borland Replace Patrick Willis?

    One of the bits of negative fallout from the San Francisco 49ers ’ win over the St. Louis Rams on Monday was the injury to Patrick Willis ...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 8 months ago 14,016 reads 45 comments

  21. San Francisco 49ers: 4 Biggest Storylines Entering Minicamp

    The San Francisco 49ers ’ minicamp started on Tuesday, and runs through Thursday. This is the last time the team will be in one place until training camp starts on July 23...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 12 months ago 4,246 reads 7 comments

  22. San Francisco 49ers: 5 Players Climbing the Depth Chart This Offseason

    Because of their recent success and loaded roster, the San Francisco 49ers don’t have much flexibility in their depth chart...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 12 months ago 13,118 reads 14 comments

  23. San Francisco 49ers: Potential Replacements for NaVorro Bowman

    With NaVorro Bowman slated to miss the start of the 2014 NFL season recovering from his torn ACL , the San Francisco 49ers linebacking corps will look a little different to start the year...

    Bryan Knowles Written by Bryan Knowles about 12 months ago 9,323 reads 32 comments