49ers or Raiders? Closer than you might think

This is my Sunday column. Better team right now: Raiders or 49ers? Serious question. Less than a year ago it would have been a joke question, but the Raiders are on the rise. And the Niners have plateaued – that’s the nicest thing you can say about them. A harsh observer might say the 49ers have gotten worse. There’s truth to that. The Niners won 12 games in 2013 and…

May 9, 2015

Raiders overmatched even against lowly Texans

This is my column on the Raiders’ upcoming game against the Texans. WARNING: This is a Raiders column. 49ers fans, feel free to skip this. You know what Sunday’s Raiders’ game is? It’s the Raiders’ best chance to win a game until late October. They are playing the downtrodden Houston Texans. If the Raiders lose this one, they’ll be 0-2 and their next three opponents will be the Patriots, the…

September 13, 2014

Grant’s updated 49ers mock draft

This is what the 49ers will do in the draft: 1. Trade up to the 18th pick to draft CB Desmond Trufant from Washington. The 49ers will give their early second-round pick – No.34 – and both of their third round picks to the Cowboys in the trade. 2. Trade back with the Jets for the Jets’ third-round pick and the Jets’ 2014 first-round pick. The 49ers will give up…

April 16, 2013