Tag Archives: Patrick Willis

Packers have a painful plan for 49ers, but a solution is in the strategy

Here is my Friday column previewing the 49ers-Packers game. Jim Harbaugh has to understand Clay Matthews isn’t bluffing. Matthews wants to take out Colin Kaepernick. Every Packer does. Matthews said so. If the 49ers run the read-option, the Packers will try to hurt Kaepernick. They’d be nuts not to. It’s legal. It’s smart. Knocking him […]

Bowman on Wilhoite: “He’s not too far from me and Pat.”

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman spoke in the media tent Monday afternoon. Here’s what he said. Q: How much has Michael Wilhoite improved this offseason? BOWMAN: He’s definitely a lot more focused. He understands that he has a chance to be the next guy up. I think that’s what he’s been waiting for. He’s definitely […]

NFL teams need to rethink regimens for players’ safety

Here is my Friday column on the recent rash of NFL offseason and training camp injuries. Have you noticed how many NFL players already have torn ACLs or Achilles’ tendons this offseason? We’re not even two weeks into training camp, and already nine NFL players have torn ACLs and three have ruptured Achilles, and most […]

Report: Patrick Willis fractures right hand

ESPN just reported Patrick Willis slightly fractured his right hand yesterday in practice. Willis apparently broke his hand when he crashed into Bruce Miller in a blitz pickup drill. Chris Mortensen tweeted Willis will be “ready for regular season.” Do you think this injury could affect Willis’ season in any way? Why or why not?

Fangio says Ian Williams has “played very well” in training camp

SANTA CLARA — Vic Fangio spoke in the media tent after Tuesday’s practice. Here’s what he said.   How has NT Ian Williams looked with the first team handling the nose tackle responsibilities? “He’s doing very well. He’s having a good camp, so far. Ian’s worked extremely hard since he’s gotten here from day one […]

Training camp report: Kyle Williams, Chris Culliver and Eric Reid stand out

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me at the 49ers’ Thursday afternoon pad-less training camp practice. THE GOOD 1. Kyle Williams – He looked as explosive and fast as he did last offseason. In 7-on-7 drills, Williams blew past Marcus Cooper on a deep route and easily caught a 40-yard toss from B.J. […]