Free agency: The Niners have the cap space to sign Mike Wallace

According to Matt Maiocco, Ahmad Brooks will count $2.85 million against the 49ers’ salary cap in 2012. For all the figures of Brooks’ deal, read Matty’s article here. Just know that Brooks’ cap figures significantly increase in upcoming seasons, but in 2012 he’ll be a relative bargain. Here’s how this affects free agency: Currently the Niners have about $23 million in cap space. If they cut Shawntae Spencer, then they’ll…

March 1, 2012

Vic Fangio: “Our pass rush was not an issue in that game.”

SANTA CLARA – Here’s the transcript of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s Thursday afternoon press conference, courtesy of the 49ers. [LB] Patrick [Willis] was talking about the goal line stand that you guys had in Baltimore a week ago, how he was able to call out the drop there with QB Joe Flacco in, said that was something you showed them on film, even though Baltimore hadn’t run it all season….

December 1, 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

Fangio: “I don’t see anybody running the West Coast Offense.”

SANTA CLARA – Here is the transcript of Vic Fangio’s press conference from this afternoon, courtesy of the 49ers. How do you expect to use your third corner back this week, third corner? Who do you expect it to be and how do you plan to use them? “I think it will be kind of similar to what it’s been lately. [CB] Shawntae [Spencer] is improving, he’s still not 100…

October 27, 2011

Harbaugh: “We know our secondary will be challenged. We know Calvin Johnson will be doing the challenging.”

SANTA CLARA – Here’s the transcript of Jim Harbaugh’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers. How would you gauge the pulse of the team a couple days before this game? “Good week of practice. Locked, loaded, ready to leave fully loaded for Detroit.” A lot of people are calling this NFL’s game of the week. Really, you can’t have games with much more magnitude in October. Does that altar…

October 14, 2011

Isaac Sopoaga and Shawntae Spencer do not practice

Update: According to Matt Barrows, Isaac Sopoaga has a staph infection. Here’s what Wednesday’s injury report looks like. 49ers: Out (Definitely Will Not Play): CB Tramaine Brock (hand), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), RB Moran Norris (fibula) Did Not Participate In Practice: DT Isaac Sopoaga (infection), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe) Limited Participation In Practice: WR Michael Crabtree (feet), RB Frank Gore (ankle), G Mike Iupati (neck), G Adam Snyder (hamstring) Buccaneers:…

October 5, 2011

Shawntae Spencer talks about his hamstring and Michael Crabtree’s foot

SANTA CLARA – Shawntae Spencer spoke yesterday at his locker about two injuries – first, his hamstring pull, and second, Michael Crabtree’s recently-healed foot fracture. From what Spencer said, both he and Crabtree seem on track to play week 1 versus the Seahawks. You can read Spencer’s words for yourself. Q: You’re back on the practice field. How’s it going? SPENCER: Still playing it safe. Last two days I just…

August 31, 2011

Shawntae Spencer “not concerned” about his hamstring

SANTA CLARA – Shawntae Spencer just spoke at his locker about his hamstring injury, and here’s full the transcript of that interview. As you may remember, Spencer pulled his hamstring on the second day of training camp, and then he pulled it again at the Fanfest at Candlestick Park. Q: At the Fanfest you practiced a little bit but since then you haven’t since. Did you reinjure your hamstring that…

August 23, 2011

The defensive backs

The 49ers ranked 24th against the pass in 2010, and their secondary could be even shakier in 2011. Their best cornerback, Nate Clements, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Trent Baalke has yet to sign anyone to replace him. He did sign a safety today. His name is Madieu Williams, and he presumably will replace free agent safety Dashon Goldson. Baalke says he has a plan that requires patience. How…

August 1, 2011

Pre-practice Q&As

SANTA CLARA – Rapid fire, here are selected quotes from four different group interviews from this afternoon. They feature Josh Morgan, Shawntae Spencer, Patrick Willis, and Taylor Mays. The first practice of the season starts at 2:30 and goes to 5:30 and I am not allowed to tweet but I will take diligent notes and report back to you tonight. After practice we will interview Coach Harbaugh, Vernon Davis, and…

July 29, 2011

NFL Draft: Could a Prince solve secondary woes?

By the time Roger Goodell announces the No. 1 overall pick, we’ll be able to pronounce Prince Amukamara, tick off Von Miller’s time in the three-cone drill and compute the average Wonderlic score of Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton and Pat Devlin faster than you can say “blue-chipper with a high-end motor and a huge ceiling.”

January 19, 2011