Can 49ers bounce back? 5 Burning questions for 49ers against Seattle

On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers will look to get their first win of the season when they host their NFC West division rival Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.  The Seahawks were the only team in the NFC West to win on opening weekend, defeating the Denver Broncos on Monday night. This contest is as big as a game in week two can get. A loss for San Francisco would…

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An honest assessment of Trey Lance

There are few places as quiet as a locker room following defeat. Such was the case in the wake of the 49ers 19-10 season opening loss to Chicago on Sunday. As members of the media entered the locker room for the first time following a regular season game since 2019, the frustration was palpable. The players who just fought through rain, wind, and mud for three hours only to come…

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Why adding running back Marlon Mack makes sense for 49ers

The 49ers not only lost to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, but they also lost Elijah Mitchell for about two months. The running back was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Mitchell’s injury marks the second year in a row in which the 49ers have lost their starting running back in the first half of the season opener. During his media conference call on Monday, Kyle Shanahan noted the injury to…

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Overreaction Monday: Who’s to blame for 49ers’ loss in Chicago?

Every Monday during the NFL season is filled with fans and media pundits’ overreactions. Someone needs to be blamed, especially when you are a seven-point favorite and lose the season opener to a team expected to be near the bottom of the league. Here are some of the best overreactions I’ve encountered in the aftermath of the 49ers’ 19-10 loss to Chicago on Sunday. The defense lost this game! San…

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Missed opportunities prove costly for 49ers in 2022 opener; 5 burning questions answered

The San Francisco 49ers were their own worst enemy in a 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Sunday’s loss dropped the 49ers to 2-4 in season openers under Kyle Shanahan. The two seasons they won on opening weekend culminated in a trip to the Super Bowl and NFC Championship Game. The four seasons they lost ended in losing records.  On Sunday, the 49ers defense played lights out during…

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49ers – Bears Live Blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers 2022 season opener against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. I will provide updates and analysis from the Soldier Field press box throughout the game. 8:30 There has been a steady rain for the last 90 minutes. The tarp came off about 30 minutes ago and there are already huge puddles from inside the numbers out to the sidelines.  Players have been on…

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Can Trey Lance manage the game? 5 Burning questions for the 49ers in week 1

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Chicago to open their 2022 campaign at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Bears. Sunday will mark the 69th meeting between the two teams, with San Francisco holding a 35-32-1 lead in the series.  San Francisco and Chicago last met on opening weekend in 2003. The 49ers 49-7 blowout would be the highlight of Dennis Erickson’s short tenure as head…

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49ers announce 2022 team captains, two may not play in season opener

The 49ers have officially named their captains for the 2022 season.  During his Wednesday press conference, Kyle Shanahan announced George Kittle, Trent Williams, Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Jimmie Ward, and Fred Warner as team captains. The six received the most votes from teammates, with no input from the coaching staff.  One name not included was first-year quarterback Trey Lance. According to Shanahan, Lance finished seventh in the balloting and chose…

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Where Trey Lance will impact the 49ers offense

When the 49ers used three first-round picks to acquire Trey Lance in the 2021 draft, it was assumed his most significant contribution would come from his right arm. While Lance will likely make explosive plays through the air, that’s not where his greatest impact on the 49ers offense will be felt. San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan’s most successful seasons have featured a common theme, running the ball often. With…

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Trey Lance shows he gets it

The 49ers held their first practice in front of the media with Jimmy Garoppolo in attendance on Thursday. Afterwards, Trey Lance stood at the podium and was peppered with question after question about what it was like to have the former starting quarterback on the practice again.    To his credit, Lance answered everything that came his way like a true professional. He talked about being “super excited” to have…

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John Lynch on 49ers Roster

The 49ers have cut their roster down to 53 and built a 14-player practice squad. On Thursday morning general manager John Lynch and assistant general manager Adam Peters discussed the construction of the roster. Opening Comments:  General manager John Lynch: “Alright, we’ll get this going. I’m happy to have Adam up here. Adam’s been with us since year one in our tenure here and he’s been a real valuable member…

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How Jimmy Garoppolo’s return to the 49ers impacts Trey Lance

The 49ers are Trey Lance’s team. San Francisco’s decision to bring veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back on a restructured contract has no bearing on this. Since the news of Garoppolo’s return broke, the question has been, how will this affect Trey Lance? The answer to that question is simple; it won’t. Kyle Shanahan has shown throughout his career that he understands how to handle quarterbacks. He showed it once again…

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Kyle Shanahan on the return of Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan held a conference call with media on Tuesday to discuss the return of Jimmy Garoppolo. Here is what they said. Opening Comments:  General manager John Lynch: “It’s John, I’m here with [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan]. We’ve got a lot going on today trying to get to our 53, so we’ll be relatively quick and keep it to questions…

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49ers announce initial 53-man roster for 2022

Here is a look at the San Francisco 49ers initial 53-man roster for the 2022 season. Quarterback (3): Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo and Brock Purdy On Monday, the 49ers shocked most observers when they finalized a new deal to bring Jimmy Garoppolo back to serve as the backup to Trey Lance. Brock Purdy was consistent in three preseason games, beating out Nate Sudfeld for a roster spot. Running Back (6): Elijah Mitchell, Jeff Wilson…

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Post training camp 53-man 49ers roster projection

The 49ers have wrapped up their preseason. The next item of business is to trim the roster down to their initial 53-man roster by 1:00 P.M. Tuesday. San Francisco has a very deep roster. There may be a trade or two which develops. Last year at this time the 49ers sent linebacker Jonas Griffith and a 2022 seventh round pick to the Denver Broncos for a 2022 sixth round pick…

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49ers undisciplined effort leads to 17-0 loss in preseason finale against Texans

The San Francisco 49ers fell to the Houston Texans 17-0 in a sloppy effort at NRG Stadium on Thursday night. Here is what stood out from the game. Trey Lance Lance looked like a quarterback who hadn’t played in a game for nearly two weeks and had only two days of practice in the previous six. At first glance, Lance’s numbers, he completed seven of eleven passes for 49 yards,…

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49ers – Texans Live Blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers 2022 preseason finale against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston. I will provide updates and analysis from the tool shed throughout the game. 8:10 49ers lose 17-0 and it’s a wrap for the preseason. There’s now seventeen days before San Francisco opens the season in Chicago.  I’ll be back soon with my observations from the game. 7:50 Brock Purdy is…

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49ers preseason week 3; What to look for against Houston

The 49ers will wrap up their preseason on Thursday night when they face off with the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.  Here are five areas to watch against the Texans. Trey Lance The game against Houston will mark Lance’s final data point in an up-and-down training camp. As his head coach has stated, the first-year starter has had his good days, and he’s had his bad days.  Facing one of…

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