Brian Hoyer: “This is my team. This is my offense.”

1 SANTA CLARA Quarterback Brian Hoyer answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Take us through the three days you were in Dallas, what was accomplished there? “It was great, first and foremost just to get back around the guys. You get so much time off and you spend so much time with the guys while you’re here and…

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Kyle Shanahan explains why the 49ers did not sign Colin Kaepernick, plus more

SANTA CLARA Head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   First off, is everybody here? What is DL Solomon Thomas’ contract situation? John Lynch: “Yeah, we’re still working on that. There’s been a lot of productive conversations here in the last couple of days. Just left some of those, and we’re hopeful…

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Joe Staley says he prefers to play with players who are “are all about football all the time.”

SANTA CLARA Offensive tackle Joe Staley answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: How big is the challenge of learning a new system this year now that Kyle Shanahan is your coach? STALEY: His playbook is known as being very intricate and it has a lot of moving pieces and a lot of different things that he throws at you and he expects a lot…

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Eric Reid: “I’m confident I will be on somebody’s team next year, whether it’s this one or somewhere else.”

SANTA CLARA Safety Eric Reid answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: What are realistic expectations for the team? REID: For me and I think for the team is to take it one week at a time. We’re not going to settle for anything. We know that we struggled last year. We’re trying get the ship going in the right direction. But for me, I’m trying…

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NaVorro Bowman: “The Achilles is fine. I’m not worried about that.”

SANTA CLARA Linebacker NaVorro Bowman answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: How do you approach this training camp? BOWMAN: Just excited to play again. I’ve been out for a while, so my approach has always been ready to go for minicamp. I’ve been putting the work in. I’ve maintained, if not gotten better, with my body, so I feel excited to be able to…

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Carlos Hyde: “I feel like I fit the scheme very well.”

SANTA CLARA Running back Carlos Hyde answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: What’s the focus for you as you enter training camp? HYDE: Get ready to go. I’m still learning the playbook. I’ve got a good grasp of the playbook, but taking it to the next level with the playbook. This offseason, I was more focused on the passing game because the running back…

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NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal hears Carlos Hyde could be “a surprise cut”

As all of you know, I have said for months that Carlos Hyde may not make the 49ers final roster because he is a poor fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Apparently, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has heard the same thing about Hyde from an inside source. Rosenthal shared this nugget Friday on his podcast when he was playing a game called “What’s more likely?” Here’s what he said: “What’s more…

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49ers season preview: 5 storylines to follow

The 49ers have a new coaching staff, a new general manager, a whole new regime. Their job is to slowly rebuild a team that won only two games last season. Because of a few critical veteran additions and a relatively easy schedule, the Niners could return to the playoffs as soon as this season. But a few things must go their way, especially during training camp. Here are their top…

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Kirk Cousins’ negotiations aren’t hopeful sign for 49ers

1 Let’s talk fantasy and reality — and economic reality, too. Here’s the fantasy: Kirk Cousins will sign with the 49ers next offseason and become the team’s best quarterback since Jeff Garcia. Is this scenario even realistic? Is there a legitimate chance Cousins will leave the Redskins and sign with the 49ers? Let’s address the fantasy first. Click here to read my Wednesday column, and make sure to check out…

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Should the 49ers sign Kirk Cousins if he’s available next year?

The deadline for the Washington Redskins to sign Kirk Cousins to a contract extension before the upcoming season is 1 p.m. Pacific Time this afternoon. According to Adam Schefter, the Redskins are not expected to sign Cousins before the deadline. Kirk Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal by Monday’s deadline, but is open to doing deal with team after season, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July…

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Bruce Arians explains why Colin Kaepernick is unemployed

1 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made some interesting comments about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Wednesday on Pro Football Talk Live: “He can play in the right system. He’s proven that. When he was with Greg Roman, that system fit him perfectly. He’s a read-option, athletic guy. He can throw it down the field with the play-action passes. He struggled against us in the past out of the…

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Ranking all the NFL head coaches

1 This is my comprehensive, highly-subjective ranking of all 32 NFL head coaches, arranged in ascending order and grouped into four tiers. Note: There are only a few accomplished head coaches because owners regularly fire coaches. And there are significantly fewer exceptional coaches in the NFL than in college football because college coaches aren’t restricted to a draft and a salary cap. Click here to read my Thursday column, and…

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20 reasons to feel optimistic about the 49ers in 2017

1 I’m not saying the 49ers will make the playoffs next season. I’m not saying they won’t, either. Here are 20 reasons to feel optimistic about them in 2017. 1. Kyle Shanahan is a major upgrade over former head coach Chip Kelly, who couldn’t build a play-action passing game or make a halftime adjustment. Shanahan can do both. 2. Brian Hoyer is an upgrade over former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s…

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Ranking the NFL divisions

1 Here’s how I rank each of the eight NFL divisions heading into the 2017 season: 1. AFC West. 1. Oakland Raiders. 2. Kansas City Chiefs. 3 . Denver Broncos. 4. Los Angeles Chargers. Analysis: Three of the four teams — the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos — will make the playoffs. And the fourth team — the Chargers — will be tough. They underachieved last season because Philip Rivers’ weapons were…

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