San Francisco 49ers

NFC West

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    SF @ DAL

    09/07/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 2

    CHI @ SF

    09/14/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 4

    PHI @ SF

    09/28/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 5

    KC @ SF

    10/05/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 6

    SF @ STL

    10/13/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    SF @ DEN

    10/19/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 8

    bye

  • Week 9

    STL @ SF

    11/02/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 10

    SF @ NO

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    SF @ NYG

    11/16/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    WAS @ SF

    11/23/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 13

    SEA @ SF

    11/27/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    SF @ OAK

    12/07/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 15

    SF @ SEA

    12/14/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 16

    SD @ SF

    12/20/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    ARI @ SF

    12/28/14

    4:30 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

The Catch

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The history of the National Football League is filled with many great players, teams, coaches and iconic moments.  The most iconic moments in the game involve all of the above.  One of the most iconic moments in the game was “the catch”. 

In 1981 the San Francisco 49ers were facing the Dallas Cowboys, a team that had dominated the NFC in the 1970’s.  The 49ers had hired Bill Walsh in 1979 following a 2-14 season and he made Joe Montana the starter in 1980 and in 1981 they found themselves facing America’s Team for a chance to go to Super Bowl XVI.  It was Walsh facing off against Tom Landry and Joe Montana facing off against the Doomsday Defense.

The game was an epic battle that went back and forth.  In the 4th quarter the 49ers were trailing 27-21 when they took over with the ball at their own 11 yard line.  Joe Montana, as he became famous for doing, led the 49ers down the field until they were at the Cowboys 6 yard line with 58 seconds left and facing a crucial 3rd down play.  The 49ers went to a play that worked for a TD earlier in the game; the play is famously called Sprint Right Option.  The intended target was Freddie Solomon, but the Cowboys smelled it out and had him completely covered.  Montana had to look elsewhere, but he was under heavy pressure from D.D. Lewis, Larry Bethea and the 6 foot 9 inch Ed “Too Tall” Jones.  Montana continued to back pedal and looked like he was going to throw the ball away when he pump faked and got Jones to jump and then threw a high pass to the back of the end zone that was grabbed by a leaping Dwight Clark by his fingertips to score the go ahead TD, “The Catch”. 

The Cowboys had a chance to with 51 seconds left and only needing a FG, but Danny White, the Cowboys quarterback, was sacked and fumbled the ball spoiling their chances.  The 49ers went on the win Super Bowl XVI over the Bengals and became the team of 1980’s and won 3 more Super Bowls.  The reason this catch became so famous also has to do with NFL Films.  It was NFL Films that had the camera down behind the endzone that caught the best view of the catch.  I was 7 years old when “The Catch” occurred and watching the replays and seeing how amazing the shot was of Montana throwing over Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Clark making the improbable catch just blew me away, and it still does to this day.  The catch made by David Tyree of the Giants in Super Bowl XLII was great but Montana to Clark is and will always be “The Catch”.


 







 


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Bill Walsh "The Genius"

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There have been many great coaches in the long history of the NFL and each generation has a coach that helps to define the time and change the game.  In the current generation it is Bill Belichick who is considered the genius, but the Real Genius in my mind was Bill Walsh. 
Bill Walsh took over as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers following the 1979 season and quickly built the 49ers into the Dynasty of the 1980’s.  He won 3 Super Bowl’s (XVI, XVIIII, and XXIII), helped to innovate the offensive game with his West Coast Offense and left a legacy of a coaching tree that just adds to his greatness.    In his 10 seasons as the 49ers head coach he amassed a record of 102-63-1, with 10 wins in 14 postseason games.  The 49ers won 10 or more games and made the playoffs in 7 of his final 8 seasons and were the juggernaut in the NFC.  He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

The reason Bill Walsh was call “The Genius” was due to his innovation of the West Coast offense (even though he always hated the name and never used it).  When Walsh took over in San Francisco the NFL model was to have a good running game and a solid defense.  The idea was you set up the pass with the run, but what if you did not have a running back that could carry the ball 25+ times a game effectively?    Walsh had the answer and that was set up the run with the pass. 

The norm for the passing game in the NFL dealt with 5, 7 or even 9 step drop backs, which was a major issue if you did not have the strongest offensive line.  The other norm was that you would have at most 3 options in the passing game with your two wide receivers and your tight end.  Walsh threw all of this out the window and in the end his innovation changed the professional game. 

There were three main principals to his offense:  protect the quarterback, time the pass and use multiple receivers including your running backs.  The other main innovation was going to a three step drop which would force the quarterback to get rid of the ball quicker and not let the pass rush have a chance.  There were also at least 4 if not 5 options for the quarterback in the offense.  The routes they ran were shorter slant routes and precise timing routes so that Joe Montana would throw the ball to the spot before Jerry Rice made his cut.  Utilizing these shorter drop backs and slant routes Walsh was able to ensure protection for Joe Montana.

Montana was the perfect quarterback for the offense because he was so cerebral was able to process all the options in the offense with ease.  Montana and Walsh are forever linked for the greatness they were able to achieve together.  Walsh also knew he needed to have the right weapons around Montana to make the offense work. 

Having Roger Craig in the backfield was the perfect guy for Walsh and Montana.  Craig was tough enough to run the ball inside but also had great hands and was a deadly receiver.  Craig became the first player to ever run 1,000 yards while also having 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

The tight end position was the other key to the offense.  Dwight Clark was another player that fit Walsh’s system to a tee.  Clark was big enough to put on the line and block defensive ends, which allowed the running game in the system.  Clark was also a huge weapon in the passing game, as the offense threw most of its passes up the middle of the field.  Then all you need is one more piece.

Jerry Rice, the Greatest Of All Time, made the offense click on a whole new level when he arrived.  The wide receivers in the passing game needed to catch short passes and break them for longer gains.  It was a ball control type of passing game that made it easy to pick up 5 yards easily.  Rice was able to take a 5 yard pass and turn it into an 80 yard TD. 

Walsh proved that he was always one step ahead of everyone else as he dominated the 80’s with his 3 Super Bowls over a 7 year span.  The 49ers were always relevant.  The thing about Walsh was that he mentored such an amazing group of assistant coaches that went on to great success as head coaches.  Just check out this coaching tree of Walsh below.


Bill Walsh coachig tree

This just showed what kind of a coach Walsh was, that he included his assistants to the point that he was trying to get them hired for other jobs.  He empowered everyone around him from his assistant coaches to his players to everyone he dealt with in his life. 

Bill Walsh passed away from Leukemia at 75 years old in 2007.  He was taken too soon but we can be thankful for the legacy he left and what he did for the game.   Walsh also created the Minority Coaching Fellowship program in 1987, which helped minority coaches get a foothold in a white dominated profession.  Marvin Lewis was among those who went through the program.  Walsh was always about giving back and helping others.

As you watch football now and see all the wide open passing and the scat back running backs that are catching passes all over the place you can think back and think what the game would look like today if Bill Walsh had not come along.  All I know is that I would not be as interested in that game.


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Deion Sanders One and Done with the 49ers

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Deion Sanders became a free agent after 5 years with Atlanta Falcons and signed a one year deal with the 49ers.  Prime Time had what could be argued the best season in his illustrious career. 


It is very safe to say that Neon Deion Prime Time Sanders comes with a lot of bravado and ego.  The team he came to in San Francisco was put together with the sole purpose of winning the Super Bowl.  Prime Time was the missing piece on the defense and he provided the shut down corner that helped change games and win the title.  That would cause friction in the off season as Jerry Rice felt the media gave all the credit to Sanders and not the rest of the players in the locker room.  Sanders left after that year and the 49ers did not win another Super Bowl, maybe they were right. 


In 1994 Deion Sanders was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  Sanders had 6 interceptions during the year along with an NFL best 303 interception return yards.  The moment of the season for Prime Time was his return to the Georgia Dome.  First Sanders gets into an altercation with his former teammate Andre “Bad Moon” Rison, and then he made his impact on the game.  Jeff George had the Falcons inside the 15 yard line when he made a pass toward the sideline at the 6 yard line that was intercepted by Sanders and returned 94 yards for a TD.  As he was running down the sideline, which happened to be the Falcons sideline, he had his arm out and looking at all the player before high stepping into the endzone doing his Prime Time dance. 


 







 


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Fred Dean

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Fred Dean was a dominant defensive lineman in the NFL from 1975-1985.  Dean split his career between San Diego, who drafted him, and the San Francisco 49ers.  Dean’s presence on the defensive line was felt throughout his career.

When Dean was drafted by the Chargers he was moved from linebacker to the defensive line.  His speed and agility made an immediate impact as he made 93 tackles and 7 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries in his rookie year.  His best season as a member of the Chargers was in 1978 when he recorded 15.5 sacks and helped to add balance to the Chargers high flying offense.  Dean’s real impact on the Chargers defense was shown when he was traded to the 49ers.  The Chargers defense fell apart when Dean left and would take years to rebuild. 

Just being traded from one team to another is something, but in the History of the NFL this was a significant trade, due to the fact that it occurred mid-season.  The other stunning part about the trade was that Dean was a man possessed for the 49ers and while playing only 11 games for them was named the NFC Defensive player of the year.

The most telling point for the impact felt was in his first game for the 49ers.  Dean was only able to practice with the team twice before facing the Dallas Cowboys, who were the team to beat in the NFC.  He put pressure on Dallas QB Danny White all day and sacked him 3 times.  Dean only built the legend as the 49ers faced the Rams the following week and Dean led the 49ers to their first win over the Rams at Candlestick Park while recording 5 sacks.  He would finish the season with 12 sacks for the 49ers in 11 games.  That year the 49ers would also go on to win the Super Bowl (XVI).  It is fair to say that if Dean was not traded to the 49ers, they would not have made the Super Bowl. 

Dean would win another Super Bowl (XIX) with the 49ers, but he had his best year in 1983.  He led the NFC with 17 sacks and at the time held the single game record with his 6 sack performance against the New Orleans Saints in a 27-0 victory.  Sacks were not an official stat when Dean started in the league, but his unofficial career sack total has been argued to be between 93 and 97.  Dean was named to 4 Pro Bowls (1980-82, 1984) and while he played for both the Chargers and 49ers he will always be remembered as a 49er.


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Anthony “Tony” Morabito

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Anthony J. “Tony” Morabito was the founder of the San Francisco 49ers.  Morabito had made some good money in the lumber hauling in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in the San Francisco area.  He had a realization that air travel would make it possible to expand the NFL for coast to coast rivalries.  That is what inspired him to found the San Francisco 49ers.

Morabito had been rejected for a few years when he got a meeting with in 1944 with the league commissioner and one of Notre Dame’s legendary Four Horsemen.  They patronized Morabito in the meeting and the lasting impression for Morabito was that he was told “Well, sonny, you better go out and get a football first and then come back.” according to Al Ruffo (longtime friend, teammate, business partner and lawyer).  Morabito did not take kindly to being called “sonny” so he walked across the street to meet with Arch Ward, the sports editor from the Chicago Tribune, who was organizing the All-American Football Conference (AAFC).  Morabito told him he wanted to join the league.  The league had its first meeting on June 6th, 1944 (D-Day), in St. Louis.  They decided the league would begin after the war ended.

On October 27th, 1957, Anthony Morabito died of a heart attack while watching his 49ers play the Chicago Bears at Kezar Stadium.  Morabito had suffered a coronary occlusion in 1952 and had been told he was living on borrowed time.  His doctors did not want him watch or be part of football anymore because of the high emotional factors and the toll it would take on Morabito.  Morabito, though, loved the game of football and could not leave it behind.  He suffered a heart attack during the game and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.  The 49ers were trailing 17-7 at halftime when the team got word of what happened to Morabito.  The football team was notified by a note that was sent to the coach that read “Tony’s gone”.  The 49ers rallied that day and shut down the Bears on the rest of their offensive possessions and in the 4th quarter they surged over the Bears en route to a 21-17 upset victory.  Morabito definitely played a part in that win. 

Morabito is the reason the San Francisco 49ers came into existence, and his passing showed the same determination that he brought to bring a franchise to San Francisco. 


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Leo “The Lion” Nomellini

Leo “The Lion” Nomellini was the first every NFL draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers.  Nomellini was the face of the organization in the early days and will always be remembered by 49er fans for his brilliant 14 year career. 


Nomellini had never seen a football game played when he played the game for the first time, while in the Marines.  He went to college at the University of Minnesota and was an All-American tackle twice.  He was a beast, at 6’3” and 260 pounds, in the era he played in. 


As a member of the 49ers he played in 174 straight regular season games and including all his appearances, played in 266 professional games.  That is a pretty stunning number when you consider the violent nature of the game during the 50’s and early 60’s.  Then you have to realize just how tough this guy was, as he played on both the offensive and defense lines, a true two way player.  Not only was he as two way player, he was the first ever player to be named All-NFL on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.  He was also named to the Pro Bowl 10 times and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969. 


The other interesting fact about “The Lion” was his occupation during the offseason.  He was a professional wrestler, so the nickname of “The Lion” was a perfect fit, and wrestled against Lou Thesz who was the Hulk Hogan of his era.  So you see professional football players have had a fascination with wrestling going way back. 



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From the AAFL to the NFL

Anthony J. “Tony” Morabito was the founder of the San Francisco 49ers.  Morabito had made some good money in the lumber hauling in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in the San Francisco area.  He had a realization that air travel would make it possible to expand the NFL for coast to coast rivalries.  That is what inspired him to found the San Francisco 49ers.

Morabito had been rejected for a few years when he got a meeting with in 1944 with the league commissioner and one of Notre Dame’s legendary Four Horsemen.  They patronized Morabito in the meeting and the lasting impression for Morabito was that he was told “Well, sonny, you better go out and get a football first and then come back.” according to Al Ruffo (longtime friend, teammate, business partner and lawyer).  Morabito did not take kindly to being called “sonny” so he walked across the street to meet with Arch Ward, the sports editor from the Chicago Tribune, who was organizing the All-American Football Conference (AAFC).  Morabito told him he wanted to join the league.  The league had its first meeting on June 6th, 1944 (D-Day), in St. Louis.  They decided the league would begin after the war ended.

In 1946 the 49ers became part of the All-America Football Conference.  The 49ers, the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Colts were the best teams in the league.  The other members of the league were the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, Buffalo Bison’s, Miami Seahawks, Chicago Rockets and the Los Angeles Dons.   The Browns were the class of the league with the 49ers being a close second.  The league expanded football, the way Morabito hoped it would, to cities and areas that had previously been left out by the NFL. 

The AAFC lasted until 1949 when the league dissolved.  The NFL saw many good things in what the AAFC was trying to do, and poached three of the best teams from the league to join the NFL in 1950.  The 49ers, Browns and Colts were the teams that the NFL brought in.  I know you thought it was going to be the Miami Seahawks, so did Jackie Moon. 


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Len Eshmont Award

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Len Eshmont was one of the great men of the game in the early days.  He played his college ball at Fordham 1936-1940 and was known as the “Fordham Flash”.  He then played one year with the New York Giants before joining armed forces in 1942.  While serving in the Navy as a physical education instructor he also played on Navy’s football teams and was named All-Service for 3 straight years, the only player to do so. 


After leaving the Navy he found himself in San Francisco and hooked up with the 49ers of the AAFC.  Eshmont, Frankie Albert, Norm Standlee and John Stryzkalski provided the 49ers with one of the best running attacks in their league.  It seems like a lot of guys in the backfield, but most of the game was running the ball back then.    He averaged 5 yards per carry in his career with the 49ers. 

Eshmont passed away in May of 1957 due to a hepatitis infection.  After his death the 49ers created The Len Eshmont Award, which is given to the 49er player that best exemplifies the “inspirational and courageous play” of Len Eshmont. 


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Lattimore to the NFI

As Marcus Lattimore continues to make his comeback from a torn ACL he suffered in college in 2012. It’s unclear whether Lattimore’s absence traces to the knee or some other injury. The team hasn’t said much about Lattimore’s condition.

The NFI list will mean that Lattimore will not be able to see action until at least practice after the first six weeks of the 2014 regular season. A window then opens for the players to be added to the active roster or placed on a season-ending reserve list.

Pyro's take: Lattimore has tremendous talent, but his tear was absolutely brutal. He has struggled to return, but just can't seem to get there. Since the 49ers dont want to cut him, they chose to place him on the NFI.

San Francisco has a crowded back field with Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, and LaMichael James, so at this point they can take their time with Lattimore, the rest is up to his body to heal properly. He should only be drafted in dynasty or keeper leagues.

08/26/14, 04:58 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Stevie needs to work on chemistry with Kap

From OC Greg Roman's press conference:

I know you made some comments the other day about WR Brandon Lloyd. What about WR Stevie Johnson? Have you seen enough from him to really know how he can fit into your offense?

"Yeah, I think we definitely understand how he can fit in. I really believe [CSN Bay Area reporter] Matt [Maiocco] that we just need to keep working to develop the level of chemistry that we want. And that's an ongoing process. That's not something that'll never stop. Hopefully it peaks the last day of the season. That's something we have to improve upon every day. That's really everything, every player and the unit as a whole. So, I think, really happy to have Stevie and I think he'll bring a lot to the table. Have a good feel for his skillset. I love his energy out there and just us as a unit need to continue to work every day to develop that chemistry."

Pyro's take: This is not the ringing endorsement that things are going well for Stevie in San Francisco. The 49ers are not a team that throws the ball a lot, and with Crabtree, Boldin and Davis being the main targets, that does not leave a lot for Johnson. Add to that Brandon Lloyd has looked much better, Stevie is not a viable fantasy option at this time.

08/21/14, 05:32 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ninersnation.com

49ers waive good-bye to Hunter

The San Francisco 49ers have waived Kendall Hunter in the attempt to resign him, barring he gets through waivers. Hunter tore his ACL in late July, and has an injury tag, also he’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

Kendall Hunter is a valuable resource for the San Francisco 49ers, as he is a durable back-up for them. Especially with the aging Frank Gore, injured Marcus Lattimore, and rookie Carlos Hyde on the roster.

Hunter has rushed for 1202 yards on 262 carries (4.6 ypc) and seven touchdowns. He also has caught 27 receptions for 268 yards and zero touchdowns in 43 games played.

Pyro's take: A team like the Giants, may take a inquiring look at Hunter, but everything is a big risk, knowing he's out for the year and is a unrestricted free agent. Kendall Hunter will find a team, whether its back to San Francisco or another designation. In the mean-time, he should remain off your draft list.

08/04/14, 04:43 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Undisclosed injury

Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd will miss one or two weeks because of injuries that are unspecified but believed to be leg related. "Maybe a week, maybe two weeks," Harbaugh said Friday of Crabtree's status, "and same with Brandon Lloyd."

Crabtree, who did not practice Thursday, is battling a sore hamstring, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Harbaugh would only say that Crabtree's injury is not related to his surgically repaired right Achilles or previously fractured feet.

Pyro's take: Michael Crabtree is a training camp disaster, he always seems to get hurt. A two week injury should not change any of your rankings or projections of either Crabtree or Lloyd.

08/02/14, 02:43 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: www.mercurynews.com

Lattimore on PUP list

On Thursday, Jim Harbaugh explained the reason for the second-year running back's pre-camp designation.

"The trainers, doctors evaluate and they make those decisions," Harbaugh said. "As an organization, we do what’s best for the member of the team, the youngster on the team, because, ultimately, that’s in our best interests."

Harbaugh said Lattimore's setback was due to hamstring and knee issues.

"It’s a combination of the two," the coach said. "Again, doctors would be in a better position to talk about that. [Vice President of Football Operations] Jeff Ferguson, our trainer, would probably be in a better position to talk about that. We believe, talking to them, we’re doing the best thing for Marcus.”


Pyro's take: This is rough news for Lattimore, who now will see rookie Carlos Hyde jump him on the depth chart. This is especially frustrating when you consider that Kendall Hunter was lost for the season, and LaMichael James just suffered an injury that will cost him at least a month. If you stashed Lattimore last season this is bad news. The more time that he misses being on the practice field will see chances of being an impact player fall by the wayside.

07/27/14, 10:43 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.49ers.com

Hunter Tears ACL

"The San Francisco 49ers suffered a significant injury on the second day of training camp when valuable reserve running back Kendall Hunter tore his ACL in a non-contact drill, the team confirmed Saturday morning.

Hunter was hurt Friday while catching a swing pass. He went down to the grass, and several teammates and coach Jim Harbaugh quickly attended to him. Hunter was able to walk off on his own power and was escorted to the locker room without a noticeable limp."

Pyro's take: Hunter was part of what looked to be one of the most talented backfields in the league but is looking thinner and thinner by the day. Hunter will now miss the rest of the season and Carlos Hyde's ADP should begin a rise over the next few weeks, especially with Marcus Lattimore still nursing a number of ailments.

Hunter will now spend the season rehabbing and try to prove to teams he is healthy for next season as he was in the final year of his contract with the 49ers. Frank Gore still remains the starter but he is in the last year of his deal as well so getting Hyde in dynasty leagues just became even more enticing.

07/26/14, 02:07 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: espn.go.com

SF looking to pass more

Jim Harbaugh's key to success has been the ability to have the team run the football, but no offensive coordinator Greg Roman has hinted he wants to open up the passing game. The 49ers have not been anywhere near a passing threat, since 2011, San Francisco has rated 31st in passing attempts.

They brought over Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd in from free-agency, and key players such as Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis are explosive play-maker's.

Another reason, is that Colin Kaepernick is more familiar with the offense. Greg Roman stated about Kaepernick: “That’s definitely a factor,” Roman said. “It really is his second full year starting … So he’s seeing things now that he didn’t see before.”

Pyro's take: I don't believe the 49ers are going to change much of their offense to fit in an a large increase passing regime, but I do foresee an uptick. Something needs to change, and a raised level in passing will put off the wear and tear of the running game. Take a look at camp and see how the 49ers use their passing game, and then adjust your tiers accordingly for players:
Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, and Vernon Davis.

07/18/14, 09:18 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: blog.sfgate.com

Gore's carries expected to decline

According to Bill Williamson via espn.com Frank Gore's carries are expected to slide. Gore is 31 years old, and with rookie Carlos Hyde, second year pro Marcus Lattimore and veterans Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, there is no need to push him, but dont expect a dramatic decrease.

Pyro's take: Frank Gore is entering his final year of his contract and even though its likely that he wont see the 276 carries he did last year, it wont be reduced enough to hurt is free-agency chances. Gore had nine touchdowns and 1,128 yards rushing, with a 51 yard long, which shows he still has "it."

Most likely your going to see a dip in touchdowns as Carlos Hyde will most likely be the goal line back, and for PPR owners he has not caught more than 50 passes since 2009, and has a total of 61 receptions over the last three years.

Its time to put his place as back-up and possible three on your fantasy depth charts, and drop him a tier or so in your books.

07/06/14, 08:26 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: espn.go.com

Kaepernick Signs Extension

Jason La Canfora has reported that Colin Kaepernick has signed a six year extension through the 2020 season. This extension is worth a reported $126 million, and it includes a guarantee of $61 million. This is not a full guarantee, as Colin will need to be on the roster at a certain date, but I don't see the 49ers releasing him in the near term. Kaepernick fits in with the 49ers style of offense very well, and his athletic ability is bar none tops for all quarterbacks. He has led San Francisco to two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl.

Pyro's take: The fantasy angle on this is that he has not been able to elevate his passing numbers. It has taken him 29 games to throw over 5,000 yards, which leads to a 173 per game average, and his touchdowns are low as well at 31 in that same 29 game span. Where he makes up for low passing production is in the running game. He has rushed for 936 yards and nine touchdowns, over the last two years, but a quarterback cannot continue to take that many chances, without getting hurt. When reviewing your fantasy tiers, double check your scoring, because Kaepernick is a liability in touchdown only leagues, but he will bring fantasy gold to those that use standard scoring.

06/04/14, 03:20 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: mweb.cbssports.com

Hyde with 49ers creates a crowd at RB

There’s been a distinct trend with Trent Baalke as the draft-day conductor for the San Francisco 49ers.

The general manager has selected a running back every year he’s been the lead voice in the draft room.

Baalke continued the trend that dates back to 2010 when he selected Ohio State's Carlos Hyde with the 57th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday evening.

“We felt that it was a great value,” Baalke said. “He can give us great competition at the position.”

San Francisco viewed the 6-foot, 230-pound runner as the “best player available” at the time of the selection.

Baalke said it wasn’t indicative of how the team feels about second-year runner Marcus Lattimore. He did, however, admit that Hyde could be part of an eventual replacement plan for 10-year veteran Frank Gore, who enters the final year of his contract.

"I think you can look at it that way in some respects," Baalke said. "But the bottom line is (Hyde) was the best player available."

Pyro's take: This pick was a surprise, and it puts a damper on the early love we have been pouring over Marcus Lattimore. Hyde is a bruising back coming out of the Big 10, a running conference.

The 49ers know that Frank Gore can't last forever, and they have been looking for potential replacements. While finding another Frank the Tank is not going to happen, Lattimore and Hyde could become a formidable duo of the future. What it means for this season is a lot of confusion at this point.

05/12/14, 09:13 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.49ers.com

Johnson traded to the 49ers

"Filed to ESPN: 49ers trading a conditional 2015 4th-round pick to Buffalo for WR Stevie Johnson, per sources. Pick can become a 3rd."

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Pyro's take: Johnson is a useful receiver and is still relatively young at 27 years of age. He will definitely have a quick impact on the 49ers receiving corps. With Johnson now in the fold for the price of a potential third round pick rather than spending a round 1 selection on a wide receiver, the 49ers are a better team than they were yesterday.

The glutton of wide receivers now looks tough for one of the receivers to shine, but with a 1-2-3 punch of Crabtree, Johnson, and Boldin the 49ers might have one of the best receiving corps in the league. As for Johnson's fantasy value it looks to be about the same as before the draft. A 1,000 yard receiver in the past now looks to have trouble surpassing 800 yards with a slew of other options in the passing game.

Johnson should provide a solid ROI for the 49ers but potential fantasy owners should tree lightly until we see how the rotation in going to shake out in training camp.

05/09/14, 03:00 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: bleacherreport.com

It's Super Bowl or bust for Vernon

“We must win a Super Bowl title,” 49ers tight end Vernon Davis tells NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk in an interview that will air on Tuesday. “You play this game, that’s what you play this game for. You play the game to go to the Super Bowl and that’s the only reason why we play to win and make it to the Super Bowl. So anything short of that would not be acceptable and I think my teammates know that as well.

“I mean, we’ve had multiple opportunities to make it and to win it. When we were playing back in New Orleans we played the Ravens we had a great opportunity in front of us but we just didn’t seize the moment but you know what the unique thing about it is we get another chance. We still have the same chemistry, the same guys that are back in the locker room but we have another chance to do it again.”

Pyro's take: I think we all knew that already, but why not fuel the off-season fire. The 49ers will have a more prolific offense this season, with everyone back and healthy. Davis has proven that he is a major redzone threat, and a player who can a lot without a ton of targets(only 84 targets last season).

Davis will be a top five tight end this season, with potential the potential to finish second to Jimmy Graham for a second straight season. Which when you think about it makes him the best tight end, as Jimmy is no tight end.

04/22/14, 11:08 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Blaine Gabbert now Kaepernick's backup

Blaine Gabbert was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, but at no point did he resemble a franchise quarterback in three forgettable seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars... but really, who would have?

With coach Jim Harbaugh still at the helm, the 49ers feel they might be able to turn this kid around, so they traded a 6th-round pick (one of 11 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft) for young Gabbert earlier today.

Pyro's take: No one can teach Blaine better than Harbaugh, so this is a win for everyone.

The Niners, who would have been so fucked if Colin Kaepernick (the 36th pick in the same draft) had gotten hurt last year if they needed to turn to Colt McCoy to run the show! Blaine is perfect backup for this team, and having him will allow the 49ers to let Kaepernick run more during the regular season. Which is obviously huge for all fantasy owners.

Overall a great move by the savvy Niners who don't have to use any of their many draft picks in the upcoming NFL draft on a QB. They are set there: Kaepernick #1, Gabbert #2 and Colt McCoy #3 is a great place to be.

03/11/14, 08:35 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: www.sfchronicle.com

Harbaugh is staying through 2016

In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg, the 49ers' coach addresses rumors of his contract extension, whether Harbaugh desires more power in the organization and his supposed deteriorating relationship with general manager Trent Baalke.

Harbaugh says there is "zero opportunity" of him leaving San Francisco before his contract expires in 2016.

"There was never any opportunity to leave the San Francisco 49ers," Harbaugh told SI.com in a story published Monday night. "If that existed, it existed in somebody else's mind, not mine. I am too fond of my team, the players, the coaches. I really feel like we have one of the best, if not the best organizations in football."

The 49ers' enigmatic coach even went on to deny that he wants more cash in his next deal, admitting that he makes "plenty of money."

"I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football," Harbaugh continued. "They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody -- my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money.

"The other one is that I want more power. I have never said that, nor do I want any more power than I have. I coach the team. I've told my owner I don't want any more power. I want to coach the team. And I've never told anybody else otherwise."

Pyro's take: Jimmy has had a lot of controversies flying around him lately, and he has finally stepped out to squash them. There seems to be a lot of drama coming out of San Francisco these days, and it imprortant for Harbaugh to put an end to these rumors as quick as possible.

The 49ers are in good shape to make another run in 2014, as they have resigned Anquan Boldin, and will have their entire offense healthy for 2014 including Marcus Lattimore. Harbaugh knows that he needs to cut down on the distractions and put the focus back on his team.

03/04/14, 10:59 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com

Lattimore is ready for 2014

Marcus Lattimore feels close to 100 percent and is counting down the days until he can run free and easy for the San Francisco 49ers.

The former South Carolina tailback is back in his home state speaking to church groups and running youth clinics and camps. And through it all, he's got April 21st circled in red when the 49ers open workouts and Lattimore has the green light to run as he did in 2012 before the second of two devastating knee injuries during college.

Pyro's take: I, and the rest of us here at Pyro are so excited to see this kid take the field in 2014. We will get our first look at him on April 21st, and from all reports he should not disappoint when he gets his chance.

Frank Gore is at the point in his career where he will begin to slow down, and the 49ers are hopeful that his heir apparent is Lattimore. The South Carolina product has all the ability in the world, and should be a major part of the running attack for San Francisco in 2014.

02/25/14, 10:04 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.wltx.com

Boldin close to new contract

Anquan Boldin is getting closer to re-upping with the San Francisco 49ers. He has been in constant negotiations with the 49ers brass since the off-season started. He had a revitalization to his career in San Fran as he posted 85 receptions for 1179 yards and seven touchdowns, just below his best marks of 89-1038-11 while playing for the Cardinals in 2008.

Pyro's take: Boldin's numbers were solid throughout the season, and he is putting up numbers like a youngster. The 49ers offense is not going to falter and with Crabtree finally healthy, there is no reason for Boldin not to put up similar numbers like last year.

Boldin is now entering his 13th season, but he wont be relied on for speed, instead he will be a 49er possession receiver, and the dude has hands like silk.

There is very little doubt the 49ers are going to want to see Anquan putting up numbers in some other jersey.

02/25/14, 12:50 AM CST by Vaaal verde
Source: fantasynews.cbssports.com

Lattimore Back in Business

According to 49ers.com Marcus Lattimore is hitting the offseason ready to go. The fourth round pick from last year's draft was basically a medical redshirt this year due to two consecutive seasons of knee injuries. Even though he was never activated last season he did practice in the last few weeks of the regular season. The 49ers will be excited to see this fourth round product with first round talent shine in the upcoming year.

Pyro's take: There is no doubt that Lattimore would have been a first round choice if it was not for his injuries, but with the 49ers having one of the best talent pools at running back there was no doubt he was the right selection for San Francisco. He still has an aging Frank Gore ahead of him, but there will be no doubt he will get his chance to wreck havoc on opposing defenses

01/25/14, 01:35 PM CST by Vaaal verde
Source: www.49ers.com

Harbaugh's sideline antics are annoying.

Every week the younger Harbaugh coach goes ballistic on the sidelines and looks like he's a little brat when the Niners don't get a call their way. The worrying part is that his demeanor is getting worse, not better.

Pyro's take: I've been a Niners fan my whole life and while I know Jim is an amazing coach, he's not setting a good example for his players. He's been coaching for three years in the NFL and is going to his 3rd conference championship game in as many, that's something that has never been done before by any other coach. He's good at what he does, one of the best coaching in the NFL good.

But, as the figurehead for a storied franchise in an amazing city he's gotta take it down a notch and understand that he's the faceplate for this whole thing. I even grimace at how he composes himself on the sidelines during games... so animated and bratty, I can't imagine people that aren't rooting for the 49ers feeling any love for the guy and this team.

Bottle up the emotions coach, cause as you say... nobody's get it better than you.

01/15/14, 08:48 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: ftw.usatoday.com

Kaepernick looking to keep good fortune rolling

In two playoff games, Colin Kaepernick has taken 49ers fans breath away … and not always in a good way.

In wins over Green Bay and Carolina, Kaepernick has thrown near-pick-sixes, but the ill-advised throws were dropped by Green Bay cornerback Micah Hyde and Carolina safety Quintin Mikell.

Kaepernick, obviously, has recently benefited from some good fortune, but he’s also been very good when it comes to avoiding turnovers in his 28-start career: Including playoff games, Kaepernick has thrown 14 interceptions in 777 attempts, one pick per every 55.5 passes (Perspective: His Highness, Joe Montana, averaged an interception every 38.3 attempts).

Kaepernick, though, has been far less successful in Seattle, where he’s thrown four interceptions in 64 attempts in two career starts. In a 29-3 loss against the Seahawks in Week 2, he threw three interceptions and had a career-worst 20.1 rating.

Now, four months later, he will arrive for the NFC Championship Game on Sunday with one interception in his past 146 attempts, while the 49ers have committed one turnover in their past 21 quarters.

Pyro's take: Kaepernick will be the quarterback with the most weapons in this game, and he has also been let loose in the running game this postseason. The issue is the same for all the 49ers; how do we overcome our recent failures in Seattle?

The answer lies with Kap. He needs to be to the one to take care of the ball in this game, as well as keep the Seahawks defense off-balance. That is easier said than done.

This is the ultimate bragging rights game, and the Seahawks own a dominating home field advantage, while the 49ers bring more playoff experience. Experience is what led San Francisco over Carolina last week, but they have also experience a lot of defeat in Seattle.

01/15/14, 07:38 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.sfgate.com

Gore is the key to a 49ers win

Since 2009, Gore has played in nine games for the 49ers against the Seahawks.

In five San Francisco wins, he has rushed for 590 yards on 94 carries, with a high of 207 and a low of 59.

In four 49ers losses, he has rushed for a combined 107 yards on 41 carries, and never more than 38 (he missed a game against Seattle in 2010 due to injury).

“They’re going to get Frank Gore the ball,’’ Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril said Monday, then repeated that “they’re going to get Frank Gore the ball, then maybe take a shot or something like that. But it all starts with Frank Gore.”

Harbaugh is 4-2 against the Seahawks, and in those four wins Gore has rushed for 383 yards on 78 carries. In the two losses, each in Seattle, he has 44 yards on 15 carries.

Pyro's take: The Seahawks defense is going to key in on Gore, just like they have in their last two meetings in Seattle. Last season Gore ran for 28 yards on six carries, and only 16 yards on nine carries this season.

The success Gore has had against Seattle has come at home. The crowd is going to be making a lot of noise, and it will be incumbent on the running game to take them out of the game. This could be a tough day for the Tank.

01/15/14, 07:17 PM CST by Houdini
Source: seattletimes.com

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