SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Former star quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a stance during the San Francisco 49ers preseason only to see it wall on deaf ears. In all of the preseason games, Kaepernick has not stood during the national anthem. Instead, Kaepernick was found sitting on the bench between two Gatorade jugs.
The San Francisco 49ers faced their NFC foes the Green Bay Packers in what is known around the league a dress rehearsal for the regular season which ended in a 21-10 loss. In this game (with the exception of the first quarter) the 49ers offense looked lost and pretty much terrible
The day after Jim Harbaugh was fired by the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York was asked when GM Trent Baalke will be held accountable and he replied, “Do you have a stopwatch?” York would later emphasize the importance of a good 2016 draft as part of Baalke’s accountability
The first and second games of the pre Season carried stark similarities - it was another slow start for the first team offense, before finding their way to the end zone on the third possession.
Despite tying for the fifth worst record in the league last season, the 49ers received no sympathy from the NFL’s schedule makers as they try to climb back to respectability under Chip Kelly in 2016
It was somewhat fitting that Christian Ponder signed with the 49ers last week seeing as I was writing this article about the 2011 draft and the 49ers now have 2 of the 3 major first round busts from that class at quarterback.
The San Francisco 49ers recently signed former first-round pick Christian Ponder to add depth to their quarterback competition. The Ponder move comes a bit of a surprise because the 49ers already have veterans Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert vying for the starting role
Amidst the turmoil of coaching changes, talent departures and ownership hatred, the 49ers have tried to salvage remnants of what was once a dominant team. Out of that rubble they might just have cemented a cornerstone piece of their rebuilding efforts on the right side of their offensive line. The stories of Anthony Davis and Trent Brown differ tremendously, yet fate has brought these two hulking men together on a team which could so desperately use their strengths.
The last time I attended a San Francisco 49ers game in person was Jim Harbaugh’s first regular season game coaching the 49ers on September 11th, 2011 at Candlestick Park; a game where the 49ers beat the Seahawks 33-17, highlighted by Ted Ginn returning both a kick-off and punt for TDs, the latter, 4th quarter TD clinching Harbaugh’s first victory as a coach in the NFL.
The catchphrase of the past week has been “it was week one of the pre-season.” With that mantra, I suggest repeating the phrase to yourself after every paragraph of this article rather than I continuously weave it into every closing sentence.
The 49es opened their 2016 pre-season schedule Sunday versus the Houston Texans, giving fans their first taste of what they can expect from the upcoming season. The focus was largely centered on the quarterback play and new up-tempo offense being installed under head coach Chip Kelly.
I have now lived on the east coast for more than a decade. Being so far from the Bay Area and non-stop coverage of the 49ers has led me to seek out local 49ers fans, be they transplanted Northern Californians or folks who developed a love for the team during the glory days of the 1980s.
Earlier Sunday afternoon, just prior to the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason opener against the House Texans, new coach Chip Kelly announced former Pro Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick would not play in the game.
As the 49ers look set to break camp with a very inexperienced group of wide receivers, the presence and play of Torrey Smith will be a key factor determining how the group ultimately performs in 2016. Smith is the only current 49ers player with a 1,000 yard receiving season