San Francisco 49ers

NFC West

2013 Schedule

  • Week 1

    GB (28) @ SF (34)

    09/08/13

  • Week 2

    SF (3) @ SEA (29)

    09/15/13

  • Week 3

    IND (27) @ SF (7)

    09/22/13

  • Week 4

    SF (35) @ STL (11)

    09/26/13

  • Week 5

    HOU (3) @ SF (34)

    10/06/13

  • Week 6

    ARI (20) @ SF (32)

    10/13/13

  • Week 7

    SF (31) @ TEN (17)

    10/20/13

  • Week 8

    SF (42) @ JAC (10)

    10/27/13

  • Week 9

    bye

  • Week 10

    CAR (10) @ SF (9)

    11/10/13

  • Week 11

    SF (20) @ NO (23)

    11/17/13

  • Week 12

    SF (27) @ WAS (6)

    11/25/13

  • Week 13

    STL (13) @ SF (23)

    12/01/13

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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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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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 Michael Valverde
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 Michael Valverde
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

Kaepernick runs wild in the playoffs

Colin Kaepernick has 362 rushing yards in 4 NFL playoff games during his short career, ranking him fifth all-time. Steve Young has the most postseason rushing yards by a QB in NFL history, ending his career with 594 rushing yards in the playoffs, which took him 20 games.

Pyro's take: If the 49ers go to the Super Bowl this year, the bicep kisser will possibly end up at the #1 spot, but he'll for sure beat out John Elway (Elway #2 - 461, Roger Staubach #3 - 432, Donovan McNabb #4 - 362) for the #2 spot, this year! That's incredible. It took Elway 22 games to get 461 yards, Kaep could feasibly do it by his fifth game, all he needs is 99 yards on Sunday.

I pushed hard for Colin in my preseason TIER RANKINGS... I thought he was gonna run, and I didn't think he'd miss Crabtree as much as he has. But really it just looks like the 49ers know they are a Super Bowl caliber team and have told Colin not to risk it by running in the regular season, for fear of their franchise QB getting hurt.

Now I know... Colin isn't gonna run around like a Gazelle in the regular season, if goes down the season is lost for the team. Meaning bump him down on your boards next year even if he wins a ring this year and rushes for 300 more yards. During your fantasy season, it ain't happening.

01/06/14, 02:51 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: www.google.com

Crabtree having an effect on Boldin's output

It wasn’t a catch, but a complaint that let Jim Harbaugh know wide receiver Michael Crabtree was feeling comfortable in his 2013 debut on Dec. 1 against St. Louis.

On the sideline, Harbaugh heard a player squawk: “What do I have to do to get the ball?”

His reaction: “Alright, Crab’s back.”

Anquan Boldin is averaging 7.5 catches and 95.5 yards the past two games. In his seven games before Crabtree’s return, Boldin averaged 4 catches and 50.3 yards.

On Sunday, Boldin, who caught six of the eight passes thrown his way for 93 yards, said he benefited from coverages that differed from those Seattle employed in a Week 2 win. Boldin had one catch in that game – a 29-3 yard loss in Seattle.

Said Harbaugh of Crabtree’s impact: “That’s another high-level guy that’s got to be accounted for.”

Pyro's take: Boldin has finally reemerged since his breakout game against the Packers to open the season. Two weeks ago, against the Rams, Boldin had more than 10 targets (14) for the first time since that week 1 game. Over the past two weeks he has 22 targets.

This week the 49ers will square off against the Buccaneers, and that means Darrelle Revis. The good news for Boldin is that Revis should spend most of his day following Crabtree, which means Boldin is the receiver that has the chance to do real damage Sunday.

12/13/13, 07:19 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.sfgate.com

Crabtree to meet Sherman this week

Sherman, of course, is a compelling figure in the 49ers-Seahawks series given his not-so-cuddly relationship with Jim Harbaugh, his former coach at Stanford, and the fun he’s had at the 49ers’ expense in the teams’ last two meetings.

In the Seahawks’ 42-13 win in December, Sherman had an interception, returned a blocked field goal for a 90-yard touchdown and limited Michael Crabtree (4 catches, 65 yards). In Seattle’s 29-3 win in September, Sherman made Anquan Boldin invisible (1 catch, 7 yard), celebrated an interception by boogying on the sideline with the SeaGals and patted Harbaugh on the rear after the game.



Pyro's take: When Crabtree is on the field it is likely that he will see a large dose of Richard Sherman. That is bad news from a fantasy perspective. It is also bad news for the receivers as a group.

The Seahawks are dominating defense, as if you didn't already know that, and are third best against receivers allowing only 14.4 points per game to all receivers. While Kaepernick has been playing better, this is just the type of match-up that can set you back. Crabtree can pay dividends, just not this week.

Same can be said for Anquan Boldin.

12/07/13, 06:50 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.sfgate.com

Gore looking to get back on track against Washington

On Sunday, against a Saints team that was ranked 23rd in the league against the run and was allowing a league high average of five yards a run, Frank Gore carried 13 times for 48 yards (a 3.7 average).

The Saints defense is vastly improved this year, but Gore said: “It was more us making mistakes. I give them credit, but we made a lot of mistakes.”

Gore was stifled, save for on 24-yard run. But, as they did a week ago, the 49ers seemed to want to win or lose the game on Colin Kaepernick’s arm. Gore carried the ball just six times in the second half, gaining just 15 yards.



Pyro's take: Gore has been held under 100 yards rushing and without a touchdown over the past 2 weeks. The 49ers have not featured a dominant offense this season, but Gore has been one of the stronger performers.

The Tank has a good chance to have his third 100-yard game of the season, as the Redskins are allowing running backs to score over 22 points against per game. Frank should be able to rush for a touchdown this week as Matt Forte rushed for 3 touchdowns against Washington in week 7.

11/20/13, 07:45 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.sfgate.com

Vernon Davis status for this week is unknown

Without Davis this season, Kaepernick has completed 22 of 49 passes for 229 yards with three interceptions (33.5 rating). With Davis, Kaepernick has completed 102 of 171 passes for 1,446 yards with nine touchdowns (seven to Davis) and three interceptions (97.3 rating).

See the difference? Kaepernick does.

“Vernon changes defenses,” Kaepernick said. “He makes them adjust differently. He makes them do things that they don’t normally do. He’s a big loss."

The 49ers have had 18 full drives without Davis this season. The results: 11 punts, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles, downs, touchdown.

At this point, it’s not known if Davis will be available for Sunday’s game at New Orleans after he sustained his second concussion since Dec. 23.

Pyro's take: Davis suffered a concussion last week, and the 49ers offense went into a coma. Vernon has been the only consistent threat for fantasy points in the passing game for the 49ers. Kaepernick has been absolutely horrible, and without Davis he has been putrid.

Davis is going to need to play if the 49ers have any chance of keeping up with the Saints. If Davis does play, he will be heavily targeted in this game.

11/13/13, 05:37 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.sfgate.com

I'd pick this fella up.

Michael Crabtree is practicing with his team... just getting acclimated, nothing that will happen to quickly... but a top 10 wideout is available in most leagues and will play this season.

Pyro's take: If you have a bench spot and a team that will be in the fantasy post season, this is a guy that could help you down the stretch... if you are looking for #FF points right now, Crabby isn't your guy.



11/09/13, 02:05 AM CST by d-Rx
Source: www.sfchronicle.com

Kaepernick getting incentive to run

Titans coach Mike Munchak would like Colin Kaepernick to keep doing exactly what he’s not doing: running.

In five of the 49ers’ six games this season, Kaepernick has rushed for fewer than 23 yards. In his last four games, he’s averaged 15.8 yards, and he’s had 172 yards this season. That’s nine fewer than he had in last season’s division-playoff win against the Packers, which helped inspire an avalanche of how-will-defenses-stop-the-read-option stories in the offseason.
Munchak’s message in advance of the 49ers’ visit on Sunday: Keep it up, Colin.

“I hope he continues not to run against us,” he said on a conference call this morning with the Bay Area media.

That sounded like a one-liner, but Munchak went on to hail San Francisco’s approach with their franchise quarterback.

“I don’t think he should run,” he said. “You don’t want a quarterback running so much. You’re not going to hold up. I don’t care who you are. And so I think it’s smart. The less he runs probably the better … I think when you have Frank Gore you want him running the ball as much as possible”


Pyro's take: I find it hilarious that Munchak would say this, and I am also very happy he did. Munchak is using the old scare sell tactic to keep Kaepernick from running against him, but, as often happens with this sales approach, it is going to backfire on him.

I have been screaming at my television all season, while watching 49er games, for Colin to RUN!!! He will be a much more successful quarterback by keeping defenses off guard and opening more opportunities for his receivers to get open. Munchak is trying to get a win and is hoping that warning of injury will stop him from running, but here’s to hoping that backfires and we see the running gunning Kap this weekend.

10/17/13, 07:03 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blog.sfgate.com

Michael Crabtree could be back by mid-November

Coach Jim Harbaugh expects top 2012 wide receiver Michael Crabtree to return to game action in mid- to late November after recovering in quick fashion from a torn right Achilles tendon that required surgery.

"It's been very good. It's more November, middle to late November is kind of what we're hoping for," Harbaugh said. "He seems to be on track for that. That's what we're hopeful for, being able to play."

Crabtree recently resumed running as a significant step in his progress.

"I catch it now and then, sometimes even when we're practicing he's doing his rehab work, pretty much talk to him every day and things seem to be going well," Harbaugh said. "He's been very positive and very upbeat and feels like things are progressing well."

Pyro's take: Well, if Crabtree is able to get back by then it would be a major increase to the wide receiver talent of the 49ers. It would also be a major boost for Colin Kaepernick, who has struggled with no other weapons besides Boldin and Davis.

This return would also get Crabtree back before the fantasy playoffs. So...If you have a spot that can hold on your roster and did not grab Percy Harvin, then don't miss out on Crabtree. This is the type of waiver wire add that could win you fantasy playoff games and a championship.

10/07/13, 08:56 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.sfexaminer.com

Vernon Davis expected to play against Texans

TE Vernon Davis (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday. He is expected to play against Houston.

Pyro's take: Davis should be on the field for the 49ers this weekend, which is great news for Colin Kaepernick, but he won't be 100%. Davis showed that he can still be a factor in the redzone while injured with a touchdown last week, but that was about all he gave fantasy owners. If you own him you are going to start him, so let's just hope he is back to form this week.

10/05/13, 01:26 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: sports.yahoo.com

Blaine Gabbert gets vote of confidence from Gus Bradley

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was pretty emphatic in his support for quarterback Blaine Gabbert after Sunday's 37-3 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

He dialed it up even more on Monday afternoon.

"I would probably be stronger now after watching the tape," Bradley said.

Bradley said he saw progress from Gabbert in the areas the coaches had stressed with him last week. He played looser, he took a few shots down the field and he scrambled out of the pocket to try to make plays. Those things didn't always work, but Bradley was encouraged by what he saw.

"I saw him use some freedom," Bradley said. "I saw him scramble around and make a play to Clay Harbor. I saw him scramble around and throw it to Ace [Sanders] on an explosive play. I saw him do some things. He took off and ran, although we have to teach him how to slide better.

"If you watch the film in that matter, you'd say, 'OK, we've got to find ways to help him.'"

Pyro's take: What is wrong with these people? Do they not see the same game film that we see? How many times does Gabbert have to fail before you say okay the experiment is over.

I have no idea what Bradley is talking about when he says he saw him do "some things". I saw him do some things too, like only complete 17 of 32 passes for a measly 179 yards. I also saw him throw 3 interceptions, and to me that does not give me any confidence. It is time to tell Bradley to give up on Rick Mirer...I mean Blaine Gabbert.

Chad Henne should be the starter for this team and will be as soon as the head coach stops sniffing Gabberts jock.

09/30/13, 05:45 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Vernon Davis a gametime decision, but likely to play

Vernon Davis has returned to practice and all signs point to him playing, after sitting out last week. Davis will be the biggest loss for San Francisco if unable to play, as the offense needs as many playmakers as possible on the field, and Davis is the only receiver with any chemistry with Colin Kaepernick.

Pyro's take: This is big news for Vernon as well as Colin Kaepernick. The Kap has been a disappointment the past 2 weeks, and is in desperate to get Davis and his firepower back in the offense. If Davis plays he should see a healthy amount of targets, and Kaepernick will have a great chance to deliver for fantasy owners.

09/26/13, 04:59 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: sacramento.cbslocal.com

Vernon Davis a gametime decision for Thursday Night

49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who missed Sunday's loss to the Colts with a hamstring injury, probably will be a game-time decision Thursday in St. Louis, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. Davis was limited in Monday's practice.

Pyro's take: This is a tough break for Davis owners as the 49ers are on the short week turnaround. Davis is absolutely essential to the success of the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick this season and they need him back on the field. That being said I hope he does not rush back and reaggrevate the injury. If it ends up he does not play in week 4 he is 95% assured to play the following week.

09/24/13, 06:02 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

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