Twitter posts seem out of character for Willis

When the 49ers drafted Patrick Willis in 2007, he was a shy rookie who kept his mouth shut and did everything asked of him. Three years later, he’s a soft-spoken three-time Pro Bowl player with a blue-collar work ethic. He does his talking with his performance on the field. He has never said anything controversial to generate a headline. That’s why this is difficult to believe.

March 5, 2010

Singletary’s strength? Definitely on third downs

The burden of proof was on Mike Singletary when he took the interim position on Oct. 20. Many in the organization felt the 49ers had to hire an offensive-minded head coach at the end of the season, so the club would not run the risk of repeating one of the big problems from the Mike Nolan era.

December 26, 2008

Bits and pieces from the 49ers’ first half

Today in the paper, I touched on some of the highlights and lowlights of the first half of the 49ers’ season. (And before any of you get started, I wish to remind you that I wrote every word of the article, but I did not write the headline.)

November 2, 2008

Is Seahawks game a must-win for Nolan?

When looking at the schedule prior to the season, it was easy to predict a four-game losing streak at this point.   After all, the 49ers stood little chance at Saints, home against the Patriots and Eagles, and then back on the road against the Giants. Right?

October 20, 2008