1. The Case for Brandon Graham: The Best Fit For The 49ers 3-4 Puzzle

    Weeks ago, I wrote off Brandon Graham as the solution to San Francisco's pass rush woes. Focusing on taller, more rangy defensive end types that could convert to outside line backer ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 737 reads 22 comments

  2. Join the 2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick 'em: Round One

    "Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” -Voltaire "If any of my competitors were drowning, I'd stick a hose in their mouth.” -Ray Kroc Enough quotes! Let's get down to brass tax...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 991 reads 14 comments

  3. The All-2010 NFL Draft Team: Best Value Players by Position

    As the 2010 NFL Draft rapidly approaches, mock drafts abound. When a move like the McNabb trade happens, prognosticators scatter like cockroaches when the light comes on. This, on the other hand, is no mock...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 6,123 reads 18 comments

  4. Remembering Bobb McKittrick: A 49ers Legend

    Long before Mike Solari, years prior to George Warhop and Chris Foerster, there was a football dynasty in San Francisco. Much attention was given its skill positions...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 926 reads 8 comments

  5. Donovan McNabb: Go To Oakland! Case Against McNabb in SF and For Him in Oakland

    First and foremost, I am a 49ers fan. That said, I'm not a Raider hater. In my dream of dreams, I imagine San Francisco edging out Oakland in the Superbowl...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 423 reads 10 comments

  6. RB by Committee for More than Frank Gore; the Case for another Running Back

    Frank Gore's opinion on San Francisco moving to a three-back system has been expressed. He's not a fan. Gore would like to do all he can to help the team, and the best way to do this is give him the damn ball—again and again...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 458 reads 22 comments

  7. Alex Smith and San Francisco 49ers Offense: Showing Signs of Life

    In the words of Alfred Pennyworth , "Why do we fall, sir? So that we might better learn to pick ourselves up." It seems a perfect metaphor for Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 4,176 reads 24 comments

  8. The Last Mock Draft Ever: Three Rounds of Foolishness to Kill Time

    As proof to football fans that I have way too much time on my hands, here is a mock draft for the ages: three full rounds of foolishness—because March has indeed driven me to madness...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 1,801 reads 15 comments

  9. 49ers Passing Defense: Using the Draft to Treat Their Secondary "Burns"

    Swiss cheese. That's what the 49ers pass defense was last year against most opponents with quality quarterbacks and receivers...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 1,638 reads 23 comments

  10. San Francisco 49ers Passing Attack: The Case For Jordan Shipley

    After the line has been addressed, after the secondary has been patched, after a pass rusher (or two) has been recruited, after Frank Gore's backup/change-up/successor has been found, ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 3,727 reads 24 comments

  11. 49ers Barry Sims Returns With Veteran Presence

    As the 49ers Faithful anticipates a 2010 draft, preferably full of 300-pound-plus talent at offensive line, Barry Sims quietly returns...

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  12. Lost at Sea? SF 49ers in an Off-Season of 'Uncharted Waters'

    It's late March - several weeks into the first uncapped free-agent season since 1994. Around the league, there has not been as many movers and shakers as some had predicted for this supposed free-agent feeding frenzy...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 185 reads 3 comments

  13. Carr Brings Respectable Attitude To 49ers

    If David Carr thinks he's going to be wearing that number-eight around Santa Clara, he can just think again. But that's not the case. I can already tell - he knows where he is...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 469 reads 6 comments

  14. Red and Gold 2010 Draft : Wishlist by Position (by Round)

    The combine is uneventfully over. The Draft is still more than a month away. In the distance, I imagine Scott McCloughlan crunching away on a calculator while Mike Singletary studies 2009 Division-1 game film...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 154 reads 0 comments

  15. Camilo Villegas Emerging As Golf's Next Superstar?

    With Tiger Woods' "transgressions" stealing the positive energy from the great sport of golf, my pals and I began speculating late last December on who would emerge as golf's savior...

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  16. Franchising Franklin Doesn't Weaken 49ers Case To Draft Cody in Second

    San Francisco is about to label Aubrayo Franklin as their franchise player this off-season - a very good move considering the talent he brings to the middle of the defense...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 410 reads 3 comments

  17. 49ers Off-Season: A Golden Lining for an Improving Offense

    No conversation about the needs of the San Francisco 49ers goes off without mentioning the Offensive Line. It's no secret that the offense lives, and dies by success, and failure of its blockers...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 299 reads 0 comments

  18. 49ers Off-Season: 'Returning' To Glory

    San Francisco is on it's way back to the top; that's what we're telling ourselves anyways. On this road back to triumphant prominence, it would help to have someone to return punts and kickoffs for us...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 341 reads 0 comments

  19. 49ers Off-Season: In Search Of a Golden Pass Rush

    The 49ers have a perfect Gold Rush - the beautiful women who make us smile even during a 45-10 blowout-loss. But the beauties catering to loyal fans need no improvement, and given the team's ...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 246 reads 6 comments

  20. By The Pound: The Case For Terrance Cody and Brandon Carter

    Smash-mouth football. That's what the future of the San Francisco 49er is to be, right? The ability to inflict damage and force your will upon the opposition. Move the ball a mile, and don't let them move it an inch (unless they move backward...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 289 reads 2 comments

  21. Evolution Of A List: Draft By Position According To The 49ers Status Quo

    I said no more draft talk until after the Combine - but that was before the (very irrelevant) Senior Bowl. So here I go again. Need: O-line Any time I mention drafting any other position, I get scolded...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 213 reads 8 comments

  22. New Coaches ; New Hope At 49ers Weak Spots.

    The San Francisco 49ers are putting their cards on the table early, and the coaching changes for th Offensive Line and Special Teams may be revealing their intended draft and free agent plans...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 309 reads 3 comments

  23. The "B" List: Slippers, Sleepers and Steals

    This should be my last (hopefully I can stop thinking about this) Draft article until the combine, at which point I'll take everything I've said so far, discredit it and go the other way with it...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 250 reads 5 comments

  24. 8-8 VS. 7-9: How Much Better Were 49ers In 2k9?

    What's the difference between this year's 49ers and last year's 49ers? In the win/loss column, the difference is 1. In terms of the teams culture, attitude, and identity, the difference is immeasurable...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about almost 5 years ago 262 reads 11 comments

  25. The "A" List: 2010 First Rounders That (almost) Make Sense For SF

    Looking back, the 49ers had a pretty good draft last year. Nate Davis shows potential. Glenn Coffee is adequate and should get better. And Crabtree - well, we know he knows he's good...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about 5 years ago 237 reads 0 comments