Category Archives: Inside the 49ers

Vernon Davis on new deal: “It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it.”

Vernon Davis recently spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about his contract holdout. Davis: “It hasn’t been difficult at all. There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about. It’s obvious that we want a new contract. I want a new contract. It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract. […]

Davis is a football player before he is a businessman. He's more worried about coach Harbaugh's potential facepalms tha... - Lyle

Who has the biggest impact on the 49ers’ offense?

Who has the biggest impact on the 49ers’ offense? Is it Vernon Davis? Is it Colin Kaepernick? It’s neither. Greg Roman has the biggest impact on the 49ers’ offense. He orchestrates it during the games, makes sure everyone is in tune. He determines when and how often to call each offensive player’s number. Yes, Jim […]

I agree but, let's face it, overall, the execution by all the players on offense have a bigger influence, even than Roma... - J

Five most essential 49ers

Our very own Jack Hammer just published an interesting article on the five most essential 49ers. To read it, click here. Hammer inspired me to make my own list. I’d be interested to read your list, too. 1. Vernon Davis. He makes everyone on the 49ers’ offense better. 2. Eric Reid. The 49ers’ defense did not […]

The 49ers are bending over backwards to not lose him again........ - Razoreater

Lincecum makes it look like fun

This is my Wednesday column on Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter. WARNING: This is a baseball column. Feel free to skip this. SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum’s curveball dropped 18 inches. Will Venable drove the ball into the dirt a foot past home plate. The ball bounced five times – it took forever getting to second base. […]

Jack is right. The offense would be a congested mess without him.... - Grant Cohn

NFL cheerleading a rah deal

This is my Tuesday column. The NFL treats cheerleaders like indentured servants. Geishas come to mind, Japanese hostesses who danced and sang for rich samurai soldiers. Cheerleaders currently are suing five NFL teams – the Bengals, the Bills, the Buccaneers, the Jets and the Raiders. HBO is airing a 15-minute documentary about the lawsuit tonight. […]

Aduroson it's worth noting that the sentences you dislike are from Grant's personal frame of reference. He didn't say, ... - Victor Daniels

Which QBs are surrounded by the most talent on offense?

Does Colin Kaepernick have more offensive talent around him than any other quarterback in the NFL? He may. According to Pro Football Focus, Kaepernick is surrounded by six high-quality players (Bruce Miller, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Joe Staley, Mike Iupati), and four good players (Frank Gore, Stevie Johnson, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis). […]

Crabtree, Boldin and Staley are good starters but not elite. Elite WR cant be locked down like they were against the Sea... - Nueasfinest

Expanded change-of-pace-back stats

Here’s how Kendall Hunter’s rushing and receiving stats the past two seasons compare to the top change-of-pace-backs in the NFL. KENDALL HUNTER RUSHING 150 carries 729 rushing yards 4.86 yards per carry 2.69 yards after contact per carry 5 rushing TDs 1 rushing TD every 30 carries RECEIVING 11 catches 73 receiving yards 6.64 yards […]

I didn't say Hunter was a sub-par receiver. I don't think that.... - Grant Cohn

Is Kendall Hunter the best change-of-pace back in football?

Pro Football Focus has been publishing depth charts which they grade position-by-position. They recently published a 49ers’ depth chart and graded Kendall Hunter as a below-average “HB2,” or change-of-pace back. Here’s how Hunter’s rushing statistics the past two seasons have stacked up against the change-of-pace backs whom PFF rank as “good” or “high level.” Kendall […]

Rocket Don't leave me out of the race....I'm a LMJ believer all the way. In that I question most of JH's personnel m... - OREGONINER

Why Vernon Davis deserves to be the highest-paid TE in the NFL

These stats indicate that Vernon Davis currently is the best tight end in the NFL, despite being a poor route runner. VERNON DAVIS 2013 regular season stats Yards per reception: 16.3 Receptions per touchdown: 4 Percentage of Colin Kaepernick’s targets: 19.7 Percentage of Kaepernick’s TD passes: 61.9 Kaepernick’s passer rating when targeting Davis: 127.5 Pro […]

M&M lays out why VD will not be payed like Graham.... http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/davis-keeping-eye-graham-... - Razoreater

Why the 49ers need Vernon Davis

This is my Friday column. Forget about contracts and holdouts for a moment. Let’s focus on why Vernon Davis is vital to the 49ers’ offense. Before I hit you with a barrage of X’s and O’s, there’s one stat you should know about Davis. He scored a touchdown once every four catches last season — […]

Agree, Brodie. Very strongly stated position, and well supported by good examples... Nice job, Grant. I think you're p... - Rusty_in_SoCal

Kaepernick: “Bruce (Ellington) has been amazing.”

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick was interviewed by Bay Area reporters Thursday afternoon. Here is a transcript courtesy of the 49ers. What did you get out of this three-day minicamp? “We got more work with our receivers, with our running backs. Great opportunity for us just to get better.” Are you a better redzone team […]

The 49ers have already recouped the pick they gave for Johnson. They effectively got Johnson for the price of a 7th roun... - Scooter_McG

Harbaugh: “Kendall Hunter had a great camp.”

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh was interviewed by Bay Area reporters Thursday afternoon. Here is a transcript courtesy of the 49ers. How would you asses this three-day minicamp? Did you guys get out of it what you wanted to? “Outstanding. Really pleased. Thought our players are getting better and better at multiple positions on our […]

Okoye's so tall he has trouble keeping pad level low against the run. He seems better suited as a specialist... speci... - Brodie2Washington