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8 San Francisco 49ers Who Could Drop Down Depth Chart in 2012

The word is "competition" and the modus operandi is bringing in a bunch of players and letting them settle it during training camp. That’s the way it is under general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh.The coach has ... (Continue reading)

8 San Francisco 49ers Flying Under the Media’s Radar Heading into Camp

For all intents and purposes, the San Francisco 49ers are set. Now that the first offseason team activities (OTAs) are about complete, of the top 24 positions (11 starters offense and defense plus kicker, punter and returners), the Niners have ... (Continue reading)

10 Best Late-Round Draft Picks in Recent SF 49er Franchise History

It is a testament to the information age that, if you play college football and you meet certain physical specs, there’s a good chance you’re going to get scouted. Teams put so much effort in developing their own talent that ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers’ Best and Worst Moves of the 2012 Offseason

The San Francisco 49ers had an eventful offseason. When your first free-agent signing is a receiver who will be 34 this season and had last played a meaningful game in November 2010, the ripples resonate throughout the league. In my ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers: 10 Players Most Responsible for Success or Failure in 2012

As we proceed with the offseason team activities (OTAs, otherwise known as “let the coach see that you’re in shape” time), it’s safe to say that the San Francisco 49ers are going to capture a lot of attention as a ... (Continue reading)

Top 8 Position Battles to Watch in SF 49ers Training Camp

Even the most casual observer of the NFL has to know that the San Francisco 49ers, those noted upstarts of 2011, seem to have loaded up for bear in 2012. Key free-agent acquisitions coupled with intriguing draft choices will make ... (Continue reading)

5 Reasons the 49ers Could Field an All-Time Great Defense in 2012

Consider the best defenses in the recent history of the NFL, teams like the 1976 Steelers (28 points allowed over their last nine games), the ’85 Bears (10 points allowed in three playoff games, including two shutouts) and the 1990 ... (Continue reading)

4 Scheme Adjustments the SF 49ers Should Consider in 2012

Looking back over the 2011 season, the San Francisco 49ers were limited in scope on offense but effective nonetheless. The offense struggled on third downs and in the Red Zone, yet finished 11th in scoring. Credit a stout defense and superb ... (Continue reading)

The 20 Most Overrated San Francisco 49ers (1960-Present)

The San Francisco 49ers go back 65 years. They were the first professional team on the West Coast. Care to guess the team’s first-ever draft choice (anyone, anyone?) Glen Davis, the famous halfback out of Army. In those days, teams ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers: 10 Reasons the Niners’ Record Will Improve This Season

No team surprised NFL fans more in terms of success during the 2011 season than the San Francisco 49ers.Despite having a new coach who had limited contact with his team due to the lockout, the 49ers—coming off a 6-10 record ... (Continue reading)