49ers 23, Rams 13: Grades

SAN FRANCISCO – Here are the 49ers’ grades for their 23-13 win over the Rams. KAEPERNICK: A-. This was the most accurate Kaepernick has thrown the ball since Week 1 against the Packers. Kaepernick completed 68 percent of his passes for 9.8 yards per attempt against the Rams. My only knock on him is he did not play well on third down – the 49ers converted just 4 of 12…

December 1, 2013

Harbaugh on Crabtree: “Let’s just take it one day at a time.”

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh spoke in the media tent Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. staff.   What’s the WR Michael Crabtree update? “Good meetings this morning. Good sessions there. Bright-eyed and ready to go.   Is he ready to play on Sunday? “Wednesday, he’s ready to go on Wednesday it looks like. So, we’ll go out and take a look.”   When he practiced last week,…

November 27, 2013

Road game on a Thursday is not the scenario for a 49ers recovery

Here is my Tuesday column on the upcoming 49ers-Rams game. You don’t have to look hard to find reasons to pick the 49ers to beat the Rams Thursday night in St. Louis. Here’s one: The Rams stink. Last Sunday they got destroyed by the Cowboys, a .500 team the past two seasons. And the Rams showed no emotion while they got stomped. It was like they expected it and didn’t…

September 24, 2013

Fangio: “We were ultimately the second-best defense on the field in those two games.”

SANTA CLARA — Vic Fangio spoke in the media tent Tuesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript courtesy of the 49ers.   We saw CB Darryl Morris got promoted to the active roster. Is that a sign that CB Nnamdi Asomugha won’t be able to play Thursday? “Well, we had the opening with the roster, and we do have some questions with our health at the corner position. So, we just felt it…

September 24, 2013

Carlos Rogers: “My play on the field speaks for itself.”

SANTA CLARA – Carlos Rogers spoke to Bay Area reporters Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said. Q: What do you enter camp feeling like you have to accomplish or work on? ROGERS: Everything. Me and my coach were talking about that, thing that he can see I need to get better at. When you’ve done it so many times and you’re OK at a lot of positions, we try to…

July 24, 2013

49ers’ 2013 draft philosophy, according to Harbaugh: “Big guys that play very physical.”

The 49ers did not draft a cornerback to match the Seahawks’ and Rams’ signature offseason additions – Percy Harvin and Tavon Austin, respectively. Why? It is possible Jim Harbaugh explained why on the NFL Network during the draft. Stanford head coach David Shaw asked Harbaugh to explain his draft philosophy for strengthening the 49ers’ defense, and this is what Harbaugh said: “We got some big guys – size, speed –…

May 6, 2013

Ranking the top 10 wide receivers in the draft

This is my list of the top-10 wide receivers in the draft. I’d be interested to read your top-10 list, too. WIDE RECEIVER 1. Tavon Austin, WVU. Extremely quick and fast, can play split end, flanker and in the slot, not to mention running back and punt returner. 2. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee. Patterson is like a bigger, less-experienced version of Austin. 3. Keenan Allen, Cal. Like Austin and Patterson, Allen…

April 23, 2013

Report: 49ers interested in trading up to 13th or 14th pick

The San Francsico 49ers are interested in trading up to the 13th or 14th pick in the upcoming draft, according to Jason Cole. Here are some players the 49ers potentially could draft at those spots: CB Xavier Rhodes CB Desmond Trufant CB Dee Milliner DE Ezekial Ansah DE Cornellius Carradine DE Bjoern Werner DT Star Lotulelei DT Sheldon Richardson DT Sharrif Floyd S Kenny Vaccaro S Jonathan Cyprien WR Cordarrelle…

April 22, 2013

Peter King: “Jim Harbaugh has been at a high number of receiver workouts.”

In Peter King’s most recent article, he lets us know Jim Harbaugh has been at “a high number of receiver workouts” before this year’s draft. King cites an unnamed NFL G.M., who says this: ‘This isn’t about 2013 for the Niners. Harbaugh knows he’ll be there for a while. They just lost Randy Moss, and Anquan Boldin is there for a year, and they don’t know about A.J. Jenkins. Receiver’s…

April 15, 2013

Report: Tyrann Mathieu to meet with 49ers

The 49ers will meet with slot cornerback Tyrann Mathieu in Santa Clara on April 9 according to the Sacramento Bee and CSNBayArea, both of which cite a league source. Does this news make you think the 49ers are more or less likely to draft Mathieu, and why? The 49ers need a slot cornerback, and Mathieu is one of the best ones in the draft. He probably could cover the slot…

March 29, 2013

49ers interested in Tavon Austin and Terrell Sinkfield – two of the fastest receivers in the draft

As you know, the 49ers need a fast, deep-threat wide receiver. According to reports, the 49ers are interested in two of the fastest wide receivers in the draft – Tavon Austin and Terrell Sinkfield. Matt Barrows reports Austin will come to Santa Clara to meet the 49ers next month. Austin arguably is the most explosive offensive player in the draft. He ran the fastest unofficial 40-yard dash at the NFL…

March 27, 2013

Cosell breaks down the best WRs in the draft

Greg Cosell broke down the draft’s top wide receivers Friday on Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner Podcast. Here is Cosell’s breakdown. On Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patteson COSELL: I think Patterson will be drafted solely because of his size and because of his dynamic movement. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to being a quality receiver in terms of the subtleties of how to run routes. In fact, he’s much quicker and more dynamic…

March 21, 2013

NFL combine results: Deep threat wide receivers

As we know, the 49ers are searching for a deep-threat No.2 receiver to complement Michael Crabtree. That No.2 receiver may or may not be on the roster already. If he is not, he may be at the Scouting Combine right now. So here’s a selected list of the wide receivers’ combine results, sorted by fasted 40-yard-dash time. To see the complete combine results, click here. Tavon Austin: 5-9, 174, 4.34…

February 24, 2013