1. 49er Fringe Players: A Last-Second 53-Man Roster Prediction

    For years, the "F" word has been labeled as vulgar and offensive. To NFL hopefuls, the word is no different. To any NFL journeyman, practice squad holdover, and rookie selected beyond the fifth ...

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  2. Crabtree Standoff: Calm Before the Storm

    The Michael Crabtree holdout has reached Day 30 (since the rookie report date), Day 28 (since the veteran report date), and Day 27 (since the start of training camp practices).....

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  3. The Jerry Rice Rule: A Proposition To The NFL

    Jerry Rice was the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game of football. Most NFL fans wouldn’t argue against him being the greatest football player of all time...

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  4. Money Doesn't Grow On Crabtrees

    With the 49ers’ training camp rookie report date a day overdue, one 49ers' rookie appears to be missing in action. I’ll give you a hint; it’s not Brett Favre… nor Michael Vick...

    Matt M Written by Matt M about almost 5 years ago 247 reads 2 comments

  5. "Crabtree's All That": Five Reasons To Expect Michael Crabtree At 49er Training Camp

    “I’ll think about” “Maybe, but I can’t make any promises” “All right, fine. Let’s get this over with...

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  6. The 2009 San Francisco 49er Bandwagon: Beat The (Gold) Rush

    When James Wilson Marshall first discovered gold in Coloma, Calif., the date was Jan. 24, 1848. Needless to say, the self-proclaimed “49ers”—named after their 1849 ...

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  7. The 2009 San Francisco 49er Offense: Destined for Raye-Ness

    Although well-versed in the scientific intricacies of a passing offense, mad scientist Mike Martz will be getting a biology lesson come September...

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  8. An Early Look At the SF 49ers' 2010 Draft

    Following the conclusion of the 2009 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers’ roster remained littered with X’s, O’s, and ?’s. This is not to say that the 49ers didn’t land impact players at positions of need...

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  9. San Francisco 49ers' Defensive Line: An Underrated Product of the 3-4 Defense

    When most casual NFL observers read the meager sack totals of the 49ers’ defense, they reach a common conclusion. The 49ers need to improve the defensive line...

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  10. James Harrison: Devil Worshipper?

    As James Harrison addressed the media following team training activities, he attempted to justify his refusing of President Obama’s White House invitation...

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  11. Walt Harris Tears ACL: The Aftermath

    With Walt Harris suffering an ACL tear just two practices into OTA’s, the 34-year-old cornerback is likely done for the season, and possibly his career. What does this mean for the 49ers? Things could be worse...

    Matt M Written by Matt M about 5 years ago 430 reads 9 comments

  12. Got Five on it: Top Five Winners in Undrafted Free Agency

    As the seventh round of the NFL draft nears a close, that’s when NFL phone lines light up like trees on Christmas (or menorahs on Hanukkah, to my friends of the Jewish faith)...

    Matt M Written by Matt M about 5 years ago 1,191 reads 6 comments

  13. For the 49ers' Defensive Backfield, It's Safety in Numbers

    Upon releasing strong safety Jimmy Williams on the commencement of OTA’s, 49er safeties must have felt, well, just a little bit safer. Head Coach and mathematician Mike Singletary described the move as a numbers game...

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  14. 49er QB Coach Mike Johnson: The Walking Lemonade Stand

    Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." That’s what the optimist says as he takes a sip from his half-full glass of citrusy refreshment...

    Matt M Written by Matt M about 5 years ago 2,278 reads 15 comments

  15. The Red and Gold Standard: A Valuation of 49er First Round Draft Selections

    To better quantify a team’s draft success it is best to think like a skilled valuator. Although incompetent when it comes to calculating credit derivatives or effectively stimulating the economy, economists are masters of the art of valuation...

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  16. How to Develop a First Overall NFL Draft Pick

    Like phrenology, astrology, and paranormal studies, NFL scouting is a true self-proclaimed science. As the history of “science” has proven, all great scientists and scientific theories are eventually proven wrong at one point or another...

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  17. The San Francisco Running Back Stable: Earthquake, Coastal Wind and Wildfire

    To some, the words Gore, Coffee, and Sheets may conjure up memories of a crime scene, or worse yet, a bad 1970’s police detective sitcom...

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  18. NFC West Player Watch: The Top 10 Breakout Candidates for 2009

    When wide-eyed rookies catch their first glimpse of NFL life the result is often times overwhelming. The National Football League is the ultimate destination of America’s premier football ...

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  19. San Francisco 49ers' Specialist Al Harris: Dr. Pass Rush

    These days the 49er coaching staff is certainly knowledgeable in the art of the pass rush. In fact, one could say that they “specialize” in it...

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  20. Pass on the Pass Rush: The State of San Francisco 49ers' Outside Linebackers

    Following the 2009 NFL draft, detractors criticized the 49er front office for failing to address their vacancy of pass rushers...

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  21. Tom Rathman Returns to San Francisco As 49ers RB Coach

    Tom Rathman is no stranger to old-time 49er fans. Heck, even this baby-faced young adult gets a smile out of hearing his name...

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  22. Graham Harrell: Where Will He End Up?

    As some readers may have heard in the news, or read in my previous column, Graham Harrell’s NFL stock pulled a Bear Stearns recently with concerns surrounding his arm strength and offensive system at Texas Tech...

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  23. The 2004 San Francisco 49ers: My Favorite NFL Team of All Time

    When most sports fans are asked “What’s your favorite NFL team of all time?”, they immediately envision the grainy Super Bowl footage of the 1994 and 1989 San Francisco ...

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  24. Brian Jennings: A (Long)-Snap-Shot of a Football Legend

    For this assignment I had the pleasure of pretending to interview one of the most decorated and long-standing members of the San Francisco 49ers...

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  25. NFC West Draft Grades: San Francisco 49ers

    With the 2009 NFL draft nearly two weeks in the record books, this sports fan set out to do what every “passionate” (irrational) fan does and grade each team’s selections prior to playing a single snap in the National Football League...

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