Top-5 defenders not named Smith, Willis, Bowman or Smith

Nothing’s going on at Niners headquarters this week, we’ve broken down the offense, now let’s talk about the defense. It’s the best defense in the league – we know that. It has no weak links. Last year I wrote that Dashon Goldson was the weak link, and that was pretty silly, I admit. The entire starting lineup is strong. We know there are two great players – Justin Smith and…

May 16, 2012

49ers hedging their bets on Alex Smith

Alex Smith wants a five-year contract, but the Niners only want to sign him for three years – that’s what the Sacramento Bee is reporting. What does this say about the Niners’ true feelings towards the quarterback they call “their guy?” It says Smith is their guy for now, but not for the long-haul. They like Smith and they want him presently, but they also want to keep their options…

March 8, 2012

Baalke’s top-five moves of 2011

Trent Baalke is having a monster year. On Friday, the 49ers extended his contract through the 2016 season, this coming a few weeks after he won the NFL’s Executive of the Year award. Almost every move he made in 2011 worked out. It was like he was on a heater at a craps table in Vegas and he was hitting ten the hard way over and over again. Here are…

February 11, 2012

Harbaugh heaps praise on Aldon Smith, Tarell Brown, Ahmad Brooks, and more.

SANTA CLARA – Here are more quotes I selected from Jim Harbaugh’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers. Larry Grant has played really well with Patrick Willis out. Have you thought about, are there different ways you’re going to look to get him involved when Willis comes back? Are there other ways to get Larry Grant on the field more than he had been before the last few weeks?…

December 20, 2011

Week 15 NFL picks: Why the Niners will beat the Steelers 9-6.

Here are my Week 15 NFL picks. 49ers vs. Steelers: 49ers 9-6. The Steelers should struggle to score points. They won’t be able to run the ball – not against this front seven. So they’re going to pass, their offensive line is mediocre at best, and one of their best linemen, center Maurkice Pouncey, has a high ankle sprain and he’s questionable for Monday night. Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ray…

December 17, 2011

What I want to see from the Niners

The Niners are going to have to be creative and efficient to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. Here’s what I want to see from them. It’s a given the Steelers are going to blitz, blitz, blitz the Niners offense. They will bring extra rushers up the middle and other times they’ll overload the right side of the Niners’ O-line – the Anthony Davis side – and run four-man…

December 14, 2011

Jim Tomsula: “I begged to get Ray McDonald here.”

SANTA CLARA — Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula sat down in the press trailer and spoke to a group of Bay Area reporters for an entire hour about all kinds of things this Monday. I’ll post a few excerpts of that interview for your enjoyment. Here’s what he said about defensive tackle Ray McDonald. Q: In the offseason, the team made a big commitment to Ray McDonald. Did you always…

December 6, 2011

Friday injury report: Frank Gore, Ray McDonald and Tarell Brown are Questionable

Here’s what Friday’s injury report looks like: 49ers: Questionable: CB Tarell Brown (knee), RB Frank Gore (knee), DT Ray McDonald (hamstring) Probable: LB NaVorro Bowman (neck), WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe) Cardinals: Out: LB Joey Porter (knee), S Kerry Rhodes (foot) Questionable: CB Michael Adams (hamstring), T Jeremy Bridges (back), TE Todd Heap (hamstring), TE Rob Housler (groin), T…

November 18, 2011

Friday’s injury status report: Ray McDonald doubtful for Sunday

Here is what Friday’s status report looks like. 49ers: Doubtful: DT Ray McDonald (hamstring) Questionable: RB Moran Noris (fibula) Probable: CB Tramaine Brock (hand), WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), S Dashon Goldson (knee), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe) Redskins: Out: RB Tashard Choice (hamstring), WR Santana Moss (hand) Questionable: S Oshiomogho Atogwe (toe, knee), CB Phillip Buchanon (neck, knee), TE Fred Davis (ankle), T…

November 4, 2011

Fangio: “We’re a lunch-pail-and-bucket type defense, and we’ve got to do our job the right way all the time.”

SANTA CLARA – Here is the transcript of Vic Fangio’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers. Vic, [LB] Aldon Smith was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month, is he just providing everything you could have hoped he would at this point? “He’s played well in this last month. His pass rush has really picked up. He’s had games where he’s had opportunity to play more because the type…

November 3, 2011

Injury report: CB Tramaine Brock participates

Here’s what Wednesday’s injury report looks like: 49ers: Did Not Participate in Practice: DT Ray McDonald (hamstring), DT Justin Smith (veteran’s day off). Limited Participation in Practice: WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), S Dashon Goldson (knee), RB Moran Norris (fibula) Full Participation in Practice: CB Tramaine Brock (hand), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe). Redskins Out (Definitely Will Not Play):  RB Tashard Choice (hamstring), WR…

November 2, 2011

How Ray McDonald spent his Bye week

SANTA CLARA – Here’s the transcript of today’s Q&A with Ray McDonald from the 49ers locker room. Q: How did you spend the Bye week? McDONALD: I got a chance to sit around and kick my feet up and get my legs and my body back. So any nick or bruise I had before the bye week, I was able to heal up. Q: Coach Harbaugh cited that teams are…

October 25, 2011

Which free agents the 49ers should sign

Now that the lockout is over, let’s look ahead to free agency, which starts this week. Who will the 49ers sign? Alex Smith, for starters. Smith stated in a text message this morning he won’t hesitate to sign with 49ers. So we can count on him. Who else? The 49ers first have to decide which of their own players to resign. The big names are: MLB Takeo Spikes, S Dashon…

July 25, 2011