1. San Francisco 49ers' Quarterback Problems with Colin Kaepernick

    The San Francisco 49ers are in deep trouble. They are not proficient enough on offense to get to the playoffs without going through the Wild Card Round. A Super Bowl appearance in 2013 is becoming a distant and almost unattainable goal...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about 1 year ago 4,739 reads 38 comments

  2. San Francisco 49ers Look Human vs. Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts

    The high-flying San Francisco 49ers have come down to earth and are looking human again. For two seasons they have been winning more than two-thirds of the games they play, often looking unbeatable...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 1 year ago 1,276 reads 3 comments

  3. San Francisco 49er vs. Seattle Seahawk Game: For Real?

    After watching the San Francisco 49ers badly lose a game to the Seattle Seahawks for the second time, I’m struck by the incompetency of the strategic play calling against a beatable team...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 1 year ago 2,799 reads 114 comments

  4. NFL San Francisco 49ers and the Church of Football

    In the classic film, "Bull Durham," (1988), the actress Susan Sarandon playing Annie Savoy delivers a stirring monologue on "The Church of Baseball." To this day, it is the most quotable monologue about any sport...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 1 year ago 2,460 reads 15 comments

  5. San Francisco 49ers in 2013: Impertinent Questions That Need Answers

    The 49er personnel picture is a lot clearer now that free agency and the draft have passed. Now we can look at problems other than the “filling of holes” on the 49ers ...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 1 year ago 2,701 reads 49 comments

  6. San Francisco 49ers Force a Fair-Weather Fan to Eat Crow

    I never did like crow. Even during the below-poverty-level times of my youth, I avoided the delicacy (ugh), even though it was readily available around the ranch...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about almost 2 years ago 2,226 reads 4 comments

  7. San Francisco 49ers Will Miss the 2012 Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl at the end of the 2012 season will not feature the San Francisco 49ers . Reality bites, and we all try to duck it, but it is there in our faces and we must acknowledge it...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about 2 years ago 4,057 reads 25 comments

  8. 49ers-Dolphins Aftermath: Are the 49ers Ready for Prime Time?

    The 49ers - Dolphins game gave something for everyone to cheer and to groan about. It is clear that Colin Kaepernick , as leader of the team, is not yet ready for prime time, yet he shows flashes of what the team hopes he will become...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about 2 years ago 6,207 reads 137 comments

  9. 49ers Alex Smith: NFL's Completion Percentage Leader Replaced by Kaepernick

    The mid-season benching of Alex Smith could not have come at a worse time for him. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback's level of play was at the highest point of his career...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about 2 years ago 3,508 reads 15 comments

  10. San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Controversy Is Real

    The Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers introduced a valid and soon to be raging quarterback controversy into the Baghdad By The Bay area...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about 2 years ago 4,823 reads 7 comments

  11. San Francisco 49ers' Vaunted Harbaugh Rushing Attack Loses

    For the second time in the 2012 season, the San Francisco 49ers were served up with a humiliating loss...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about 2 years ago 2,067 reads 40 comments

  12. Packers and Seahawks: NFL and Scabs Blow It Big Time

    The final straw came at the end of the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks . The two temps wearing stripes ruled against each other...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 568 reads 1 comments

  13. San Francisco 49ers: Underrating 49ers Quarterback Alex Smith

    Okay, I’ll say it out loud and in public. I think nearly everyone underestimates Alex Smith and his record and his abilities. I also think nearly everyone underestimates his intelligence and his motivation...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 6,283 reads 102 comments

  14. NFL Preseason Football—It Was the Best of Times...

    Most of the third round of NFL preseason games are behind us. The first regular season game will be played in a few days. For NFL fans it's surely the best of times...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 698 reads 0 comments

  15. San Francisco 49ers Find a Way to Snooker the NFL Player Rules

    The San Francisco 49ers are embarking on a serious run at the Super Bowl during the 2012 season. They have the tools to get there. By any measure, their defense is one of the premiere units in the NFL ...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 3,926 reads 23 comments

  16. San Francisco 49ers: Expectations in 2012 a Stark Difference from 2011

    The expectation levels for the San Francisco 49ers between this week and the corresponding week in the 2011 preseason are starkly opposed. In 2011, we were hoping the new rookie coach could somehow eke out a winning season...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 1,846 reads 9 comments

  17. San Francisco 49ers Have a 'Window' for Reaching the Super Bowl

    Every sports team has its day. The strength and success of any team ebbs and flows like life itself. There are so many variables in putting a successful team together that the lack of any one may send the team down from the heights...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 2,638 reads 11 comments

  18. San Francisco 49ers: Can They Repeat Their 13-3 Record in 2012?

    When a team has a great year, the possibility of a letdown the next season is considerable. It has happened to many teams—the great year followed by a surprising losing record the next...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 3,130 reads 11 comments

  19. San Francisco 49ers: Who Is the No. 1 Backup to Alex Smith?

    During the offseason, the 49ers acquired another quarterback to join the competition for starter. Josh Johnson, who played with Harbaugh from 2004-2007 at the University of San Diego , was added to the roster...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 4,113 reads 15 comments

  20. San Francisco 49ers: Can They Match Their 13-3 Record from 2011 in 2012?

    The San Francisco 49ers made key free agency acquisitions and added some hot rookie talent during the offseason...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 2,675 reads 31 comments

  21. San Francisco 49ers: 7 Reasons Why I Am a Fan

    The San Francisco 49ers captured my loyalty when they developed winning ways in 1981. It seemed sudden. A team that had losing seasons seemingly forever, lovable but clumsy, cute ...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 270 reads 23 comments

  22. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith Will Throw over 4,000 Yards in 2012

    The knee-jerk habitual thinking is that Alex Smith cannot throw a ball far downfield. This idea has become a shibboleth oft repeated by NFL pundits, both amateur and professional...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 6,152 reads 41 comments

  23. 49ers 2012 Divisional Championship: Last 2 Minutes from the Nosebleed Seats

    San Francisco NFL fans have spent energy, time and emotion on cheering on, complaining about, theorizing and contemplating their 49ers. As one of them, I have watched from the affordable seat: my easy chair in the living room...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 977 reads 6 comments

  24. San Francisco 49ers: Will Alex Smith Remain as Quarterback?

    On March 21, 2012, several sources reported that the San Francisco 49ers had again signed quarterback Alex Smith ...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 3,627 reads 22 comments

  25. San Francisco 49ers Threaten the NFL's Balance of Power

    The NFL is among the rare professional sports leagues that has designed a form of parity among the 32 teams it represents. They have established a salary cap, to assure that no team has a significant advantage in being able to buy talent...

    Keith Mathews Written by Keith Mathews about over 2 years ago 6,403 reads 18 comments