1. 49ers 2010 Roster Preview: The Road To 53

    Who will be on the 53-man roster for the 49ers when the 2010 season begins? Some of the cast members are obvious. Others, not so much. There's a long, hot summer left...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 4,292 reads 40 comments

  2. 49ers Pass Defense: Secondary Burn Treatment

    "Our philosophy on first and second down is to stop the what? Stop the run..." There's some debate who said it first, but Greg Manusky said it recently in a session of the 49ers' coach-run Football 101 ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 4,819 reads 45 comments

  3. Patrick Willis and the San Francisco 49ers Defense: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

    This isn't your dad's 49ers. Is that getting old, already? Didn't think so. While the statement holds true for the 49ers current offense and special teams, it's also accurate for their 2010 defense...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 3,229 reads 36 comments

  4. 49ers Rushing Attack: Of Beasts, and Bulldozers

    A couple years ago the New York Giants shocked the New England Patriots with a 17-14 victory in Super Bowl XLII. The game was a spectacle of the American dream...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 7,531 reads 19 comments

  5. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Fabulous Floyd and Mysterious Manny

    In my recent article "Pacquiao and Mayweather: Manny's Magic and Floyd's Fear" I let my bias hang out. And it was hitting the ground; yes, my bias was that big...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 9,393 reads 159 comments

  6. 49ers Passing Attack: The High End of Lofty Probability

    The 49ers 2010 aerial assault is taking shape, and it could be good. Real good. It could be atrocious—make no mistake—but it's likely that their passing game could end up being one of the leagues most efficient attacks...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 2,767 reads 19 comments

  7. Are San Francisco 49ers' OTA No-Shows Really No Big Deal?

    Manny Lawson, Aubrayo Franklin, Kentwan Balmer, Nate Clements, and Shawntae Spencer were some of the most notable players missing from OTAs (organized team activities) but rest assured—it's nothing to panic over...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 3,383 reads 23 comments

  8. San Francisco 49ers: Perfect For HBO's Hard Knocks?

    This year, it's the Jets on HBO's "Hard Knocks" series. This is understandable. Rex Ryan runs a solid camp with a fun atmosphere. Their physical style of play and talented group of youngsters make the Jets an appropriate team to feature and follow...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 2,353 reads 10 comments

  9. 49ers 'Return' To Glory: The New Crop

    The golden age of San Francisco football was one thing, but the blood-red 49ers of 2010 are going to be a different creature entirely...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 2,952 reads 40 comments

  10. San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis: Show Him the Money!

    Vernon Davis is next in line for a big pay bump, and he's gonna get it. Why? Because he's earned it, and he's worth it. That's why...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 2,989 reads 38 comments

  11. A's Dallas Braden: Flawless Victory

    We knew Dallas Braden was good. We knew he was tough. We knew he had a bit of fight in him. But just how good he could be was simply astonishing. Who knew he could be perfect? 27 up, and 27 down...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 97 reads 0 comments

  12. 2010 TPC: Island Green at 17 Makes Sawgrass' Signature Special

    Every golf course has something going for it. At The Pheonix Open, it's the rowdy and rocky 16th; Augusta National's treacherous 12th comes complete with shady shadows, cobble bridge ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 1,001 reads 1 comments

  13. 49ers Getting To Be Family Again—From The Top Down

    Ask a 49er legend what made the golden years so golden, and they're likely to mention a feeling of family. The first great 49ers dynasty was born and thrived under the thoughtful ownership ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 476 reads 12 comments

  14. NFL: Mike Holmgren Shows 49ers How It's Done

    Mike Holmgren and the Cleveland Browns just gave the 49ers and the rest of the NFL a schooling in outside the box scouting strategy. Take notes, Trent Baalke...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 733 reads 2 comments

  15. Pacquiao and Mayweather: Manny's Magic and Floyd's Fear

    There are some things Money just can't buy. These days, it's the title of pound-for-pound best boxer. He can roll with $100,000 walk-around cash, but that only gets you so far and only nets you so many things...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 4 years ago 2,613 reads 79 comments

  16. Plaxico Burress Part of San Francisco 49ers' Passing Future?

    It's no secret that this is the year for Alex Smith to break out. If it's going to happen, 2010 is as good a time as any...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 6,927 reads 61 comments

  17. 2010 NFL Draft: How Sam Bradford Helped the 49ers

    At one point, Ndamukong Suh was the undisputed No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. This seemed pretty cool—having the legendary Husker defensive tackle and Heisman hopeful appraised as the best player in college football, hands down...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 1,786 reads 26 comments

  18. NFL After-Draft Aftermath

    The big excitement is over now. What has happened has happened, and all that remains is interpretation and analyzation...

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  19. 2010 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers' Picks Big and Bad—In a Good Way

    First, let me say this: Mr. Davis, Mr. Iupati, welcome to San Francisco. The 49ers, as Tim Kawakami phrased it, went "big and boring" last night...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 2,423 reads 13 comments

  20. 2010 NFL Draft: 49ers Legend Roger Craig Talks Niners, Draft, and Fishing

    You can cast 1,000,000 times, but without a bite you're just throwing a worm around with a stick. Yes, catching a good one takes patience and luck. I got lucky yesterday, when Bobb Bartels gave me an offer I couldn't refuse...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 2,635 reads 17 comments

  21. 49ers 2010 Draft: Trench Warfare From The Top Down

    "I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord" So I'm ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 787 reads 20 comments

  22. Imagining a 49ers World Without Alex Smith

    For the record, I think Alex Smith is going to have a career year this year. My projection: 3,500 yards, 28 touchdowns (three by way of rushing), and 11 interceptions, leading the team to an 11-5 record, then going 2-1 in the playoffs...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 1,619 reads 39 comments

  23. Travis LaBoy Still Out There for San Francisco 49ers

    With the 2010 NFL Draft now days away, it seems I've looked at pass rush improvement options everywhere from Brandon Graham to Clifton Geathers, but Travis LaBoy remains an option as well...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 960 reads 13 comments

  24. 49ers 2010 NFL Draft: Ready for War?

    Tipping your hand in poker can cost you a large pot, but it can cost you solid players in the NFL Draft. Trent Balke carefully covered his cards in a sit down with media grunts Thursday, ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 796 reads 12 comments

  25. 49ers' Retaining Linemen: Noteworthy Pre-Draft Moves?

    One week to the draft. Two veteran offensive lineman brought back. And about a million noteworthy offensive line prospects about to enter the league...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 1,140 reads 16 comments