49ers-Rams tickets currently cheaper than tickets to the Grand National Rodeo

If you want to go to Levi’s Stadium and watch the 49ers play the Rams Thursday night, you can buy two tickets for $20 each right now on StubHub. That’s cheaper than the cheapest tickets to see Cal play USC at Memorial Stadium this Saturday. Cheaper than the cheapest tickets to see Comedian Jeff Dunham and his puppets perform at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on September 29. Cheaper than…

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Small improvement in passing game would give 49ers a chance to defeat Rams

1 Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks was no moral victory. Moral victories don’t exist in professional sports. No one cares the Niners played tough against a good team on the road or that the game was close until the end. A loss is always a loss is always a loss. But you must admit, the defense played well. And the running game was effective. And the special teams were good,…

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Brian Hoyer on the lack of deep passes: ‘We just didn’t have the right looks to throw them.’

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Brian Hoyer’s Week 2 Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   You’ve been in this situation before with people saying, ‘What’s wrong with the quarterback?’ ‘Hey, should we replace the quarterback?’ You’ve been here. “Yeah, I’ve been through it all.”   How do you deal with the inevitable criticism that comes with the job? “First of all, you don’t listen…

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Robert Saleh on containing Russell Wilson: ‘We had him. We had him in our grasp.’

SANTA CLARA Here is the transcript of Robert Saleh’s Week 3 Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   We’re two weeks in. Just an overview, how do you feel about the way your defense has performed? “Both good and bad. The results are not what we want. If you look at yards and all that stuff, we don’t look at that stuff. The bottom line is points….

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Evaluating Kyle Shanahan’s reason for not throwing deep vs. the Seahawks

During Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, Brian Hoyer threw zero passes more than 20 yards downfield and only two passes more than 10 yards downfield. I asked Kyle Shanahan during his Monday conference call why Hoyer never threw deep. Here’s what Shanahan said: “We had a couple shots early and the protection didn’t hold up. Then it was basically what they were giving to you. If you sit back and…

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Help Kyle Shanahan game plan for the Rams defense

This weekend, I posted five pass concepts the 49ers could have used to attack the Seahawks’ Cover-3 defense down the field. The Niners used none of those concepts. Some of you have said those concepts were impossible to execute for a variety of reasons. I appreciate your candor and football expertise. Since you know what does and does not work, I encourage each of you to draw up one play…

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Kyle Shanahan: ‘We had a couple shots early and the protection didn’t hold up.’

Here is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Week 3 Monday conference call, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   S Eric Reid said that he was going in for an MRI today. What was the result of that? “He’s got something with his knee. He definitely won’t play this week. You know, the good news is, he’s not going to need surgery, so it will heal on its own. But,…

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49ers 9, Seahawks 12: Grades

Here are the 49ers’ grades after their 12-9 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks. QUARTERBACK: F. Statistically one of the worst performances we’ve seen from a 49ers quarterback in a long time. Brian Hoyer threw no touchdown passes, one interception, completed just 56 percent of his passes and threw for a mere 99 yards. Ugh! Instead of signing Hoyer, the Niners should have signed Jay Cutler, as I wrote during…

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49ers @ Seahawks live blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 2 road game against the Seahawks. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room. 1:02 Here are the 49ers’ inactives: WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, FS Lorenzo Jerome, DE Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster, OL Erik Magnuson, DT Xaveri Cooper. 1:03 Jimmie Ward is active, but he may not start. Jaquiski Tartt most likely will…

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How to beat the Seahawks in Seattle

Let’s not kid ourselves. The 49ers probably won’t beat the Seahawks on Sunday. The game will be in Seattle, where the Seahawks have lost only five times the past three seasons. But that doesn’t mean the Niners are hopeless. It means their burden of execution will be extremely high. Here are the five things they have to execute perfectly to win this Sunday. 1. Improve their TPS Report. Before even…

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Robert Saleh: ‘I felt like we could have kept (the Panthers) under 10.’

1 SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Robert Saleh’s Week 2 Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Bear with me, I’m doing a story on the history of this defense that you’re playing. I was just wondering how far do the influences go back? Can you go back to the old Raiders and how they played press and maybe former NFL defensive coordinator Floyd Peters…

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Fact-checking Kyle Shanahan’s assessment of the 49ers’ outside-zone run game

1 SANTA CLARA Wednesday afternoon, I asked Kyle Shanahan why his outside-zone runs didn’t work against the Panthers. Here’s what Shanahan said: “Just the same reason any one is. You don’t make the blocks. You don’t get the hole. We did have an outside zone one that I thought we had everyone blocked and we just tripped going through the line. If we would have hit that one, it would…

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Kyle Shanahan explains why the 49ers run game struggled against the Panthers

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Week 2 Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   You added a linebacker. Why go get somebody from outside the organization instead of having somebody who has been here? “Well, the person who had been here had only been here for three days. We went out there, I don’t really get to see the guys this time of…

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Brian Hoyer breaks down the key to beating the Seahawks

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Brian Hoyer’s Week 2 Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Given that you go against such a similar scheme, is there anything they can do Sunday that would be unexpected? “I think we talked about this in the past, too. I think every coordinator even though they come from the same tree, whether it’s offense, defense, they put their own spin…

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Breaking down the 49ers’ new linebacker, Elijah Lee — plus more

I had some time to kill before Kyle Shanahan’s Wednesday press conference, so I went on Periscope and discussed the 49ers new signing — rookie linebacker Elijah. I also discussed other 49ers topics, the Raiders win and the A’s new stadium. You can check out the video below. Thoughts on Elijah Lee, the 49ers loss, the Raiders win and the A’s new stadium. https://t.co/AQvzRcx67r — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 13,…

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49ers sign LB Elijah Lee

SANTA CLARA The 49ers have signed rookie linebacker Elijah Lee from the Vikings practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport. With rookie Reuben Foster likely out about a month with a high-ankle sprain, the #49ers signed LB Elijah Lee off the #Vikings practice squad — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2017 I like this signing. Lee was one of my favorite linebackers coming out of college this year. I had the…

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49ers film review: The outside-zone run game isn’t working

1 I just re-watched every 49ers run play from their Week 1 game against the Panthers. Here’s my breakdown. CARLOS HYDE Carry No. 1. Play name: Outside zone. Personnel grouping: 21 (two backs, one tight end) Result: No gain. (No play — illegal formation) Notes: Right guard Brandon Fusco misses a block on outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who tackles Hyde at the line of scrimmage. Carry No. 2. Play name:…

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