Category Archives: Podcast

Growth of Nate Davis continues behind the scenes

Alex Smith is making huge strides in the minds of the 49ers’ decision-makers toward entrenching himself as the starting quarterback in 2010. But there are plenty of folks who liked what they saw from rookie Nate Davis in the exhibition season. Just to refresh, Davis showed a certain knack for playing the position after being […]

O-line faces tests against Seahawks and their fans

The 49ers’ offensive line will face a nice challenge Sunday against the Seahawks, who rank 17th in the league in sacks per pass play. Since the beginning of the 2002 season, the Seahawks leads the NFL in home sacks.   Also, the Seahawks’ fans are known for being among the loudest in the league. From […]

Question Lady wonders what 49ers fans want to know

I wanted to give my fingers a rest. Fatigue is setting in after August was spent pounding away on the keyboard with double-day and sometimes triple-day blogging. I want to be fresh for December, so we’re going with a podcast today.   The Question Lady set me up with an open-ended opportunity to speak about […]

Franklin should earn plenty of ‘Benjamins’ next year

Something clicked with 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin in the second half of last season. He finished strong once the 49ers went exclusively to a 3-4 defensive scheme. And he has picked up this season where he left off.   Franklin has provided the 49ers with outstanding play through the first nine games of the […]

Triple-threat Gore faces big challenge against Packers

It’s rare these days in the NFL for a running back to play as much as Frank Gore. But there’s a reason he’s always on the field. Of the team’s running backs, he’s the best runner. He’s also the best pass-catcher. And he also handles all of the blocking chores that come along with it […]

Rodgers: 49ers hold special place in my heart

Chico native and Cal product Aaron Rodgers joined the 49ers writers on a conference call this morning. Rodgers, the starting quarterback for the Packers, opposes the 49ers for the first time in a regular season game. Rodgers said the 49ers still hold a special place in his heart. He said he holds no grudges against the […]

Balmer, 49ers return to work

We’ll get to the news of the day, but first we’ll start you off with a helping of Kentwan Balmer, the 49ers’ first-round pick in the 2008 draft.   Balmer has not been able to crack the starting lineup ahead of Justin Smith, Aubrayo Franklin or Isaac Sopoga, but he gets action at left defensive […]

Should 49ers fans expect playoff appearance?

Quarterback Alex Smith and rookie receiver Michael Crabtree spent extra time together after practice Wednesday. Crabtree said there were some timing issues on the interception in the game against the Titans. Smith admitted to throwing the ball late to Crabtree at the sideline. The pass was tipped and intercepted. “We talked about it and hopefully […]

Davis explains why he made comments

Niners tight end Vernon Davis said he wasn’t trying to “call anybody out” or “put anybody down” on the Chicago Bears’ defense. He said he was just expressing his confidence with his comments Tuesday.   On Tuesday, Davis said, “I think we can destroy their front. The guys up front, I think we can destroy […]

Hang time is key for Lee vs. Hester

Candlestick Park has not been kind to kickers and punters. But don’t tell that to punter Andy Lee, who has established himself over the past four seasons as one of the best in the game.   Since 2006, Lee ranks third in the NFL with a 46.9 gross average and second with a 39.7 net […]

Smith’s short week to prepare; Vernon’s bulletin-board words

Quarterback Alex Smith did not have much time to peruse the game film from the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Titans because there’s a game coming up three days earlier in the week than usual.   Smith joined me for a podcast today before the 49ers hit the practice field for one of their two […]

Walker ready to bust out; Smith returns home

Tight end Delanie Walker has just four catches for 68 yards on the season, but he’s not complaining. “As long as Vernon (Davis) is ballin’, I’m happy,” Walker said during our podcast.