1. 5 Players Who Must Excel for San Francisco 49ers to Make Super Bowl Return

    Every team has players it can count on. The San Francisco 49ers are no exception. Everyone knows Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman are primed to be two of the best inside linebackers in the NFL in 2013, assuming they stay healthy...

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  2. Analyzing Impact of Eric Wright Signing on San Francisco 49ers' Defense

    The San Francisco 49ers and cornerback Eric Wright agreed to a one-year deal Friday, according to Taylor Price of the team's official website ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 12 months ago 8,547 reads 17 comments

  3. Assessing Frank Gore's Hall of Fame Candidacy

    San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has had an outstanding NFL career. He's 34th on the all-time rushing list and 23rd in rushing yards per game . He's clearly one of the most productive running backs in the league today...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 12 months ago 10,606 reads 38 comments

  4. Why the San Francisco 49ers Can Break the Super Bowl Hangover Trend

    When NFL fans assess the Super Bowl hangover trend, they often think about the winning team struggling the following year due to factors such as lack of offseason preparation and in-season focus...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 13,334 reads 82 comments

  5. San Francisco 49ers Players Facing Make-or-Break Training Camp

    For some San Francisco 49ers players, this year's training camp could make or break their careers. Particularly for the veterans who aren't projected to be starters, the next month of football will be critical for their futures...

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  6. Toughest Games on San Francisco 49ers' 2013 Schedule

    The San Francisco 49ers have a daunting 2013 schedule. With the seventh-toughest slate of games in the NFL (based on 2012 win percentage of opponents), the 49ers will have their work cut out for them to make the playoffs again in 2013...

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  7. A San Francisco 49ers Fan Guide to Hating the Seattle Seahawks

    The San Francisco 49ers have developed a rivalry with the Seattle Seahawks since the Pacific Northwest team became a part of the NFC West in 2002. The rivalry reached new heights in 2012...

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  8. Breaking Down Golden State Warriors' Future with Andre Iguodala

    Everything about the acquisition of Andre Iguodala screams that the Golden State Warriors are desperate to win now. Teams don't usually give away two first-round picks and three expiring contracts for virtually nothing...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 10,502 reads 30 comments

  9. Debunking Myths in Golden State Warriors' Pursuit of Dwight Howard

    For better or for worse, the Golden State Warriors are in the thick of the Dwight Howard offseason circus...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 6,595 reads 24 comments

  10. San Francisco 49ers' Most Under and Overrated Offseason Additions

    For a player to be overrated or underrated, he must be rated first. This seems obvious, but it's worth stating to San Francisco 49ers fans who come across this article...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 19,006 reads 49 comments

  11. Grading Every San Francisco 49ers Major Offseason Move to Date

    It's been a busy offseason for the San Francisco 49ers . General manager Trent Baalke has seemingly been in an arms race with Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider since free agency started in March...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 14,437 reads 25 comments

  12. 8 Early Winners and Losers of the San Francisco 49ers Offseason

    The San Francisco 49ers have had an eventful offseason highlighted by trades, free-agent losses and injuries...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 15,211 reads 32 comments

  13. 5 Games That Will Determine San Francisco 49ers' Fate in 2013

    Jim Harbaugh might say they all count the same, but there are always a few games on the schedule that seem to carry a bit more significance. The San Francisco 49ers have no shortage of games that could change the tide of their season in 2013...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 11,237 reads 124 comments

  14. San Francisco 49ers: 5 Players Whose Stock Is on the Rise After OTAs

    In about three months, the San Francisco 49ers will be kicking off their 2013 season, and a few players have already built some positive momentum...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 21,761 reads 34 comments

  15. Who Will Win the San Francisco 49ers' No. 2 Wide Receiver Battle?

    When the San Francisco 49ers acquired Anquan Boldin in March, their depth at wide receiver was the least of their concerns...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 8,959 reads 65 comments

  16. 49ers Running Back Breakdown: Full Evaluation and Depth Chart Analysis

    The San Francisco 49ers have one of the most productive running games in the NFL . Led by a mauling offensive line and talented group of running backs, the Niners ranked fourth in rushing yards per game in 2012...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 3,386 reads 27 comments

  17. Will the Secondary Be the San Francisco 49ers' Achilles' Heel in 2013?

    We know the San Francisco 49ers can run it, throw it and defend the run. It's their ability to defend the pass that could be the difference between glory and disappointment in 2013...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 8,859 reads 31 comments

  18. 5 Players the 49ers Will Regret Passing on in the 2013 NFL Draft

    The San Francisco 49ers had a great draft. They filled needs, found talent and traded for picks in the 2014 NFL draft. Really, there's not much to criticize...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 17,187 reads 77 comments

  19. Setting Expectations for Each Member of San Francisco 49ers' 2013 Draft Class

    Most experts believe the San Francisco 49ers put together a respectable 2013 NFL draft class. And I'm right there with them. The Niners filled needs and found value with several of their picks...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 year ago 11,211 reads 41 comments

  20. San Francisco 49ers Big Board: Final Pre-Draft Update

    With 13 picks in the 2013 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers will have plenty of opportunities to find their next cornerstone player...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about over 1 year ago 3,907 reads 19 comments

  21. Must-Watch Games, Matchups and Storylines from 49ers' 2013 Schedule

    Five prime-time games, two playoff rematches and possibly the most competitive division rivalry in the NFL . That's what San Francisco 49ers fans will have to look forward to when the 2013 season kicks off in early September...

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  22. Who Do San Francisco 49ers Fans Want in the First Round of the 2013 NFL Draft?

    With the 31st pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select... That's the million dollar question for Niners fans...

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  23. The 10 Best Draft Picks in San Francisco 49ers History

    Thanks to great success in the NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers have one of the richest histories in pro sports...

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  24. San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7-Round Draft

    After receiving three compensatory picks , the San Francisco 49ers now have 14 picks for the 2013 NFL draft. With so many selections and so few needs, expect Trent Baalke and Co...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about over 1 year ago 13,959 reads 46 comments

  25. Predicting San Francisco 49ers' Starting Lineup Post-Week 1 of Free Agency

    After more than a week of free agency, the San Francisco 49ers have one major unanswered question. Who will start at free safety? Since Dashon Goldson fled to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , the 49ers, left with a big hole at safety, signed former St...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about over 1 year ago 22,188 reads 68 comments