Is this the end for Joe Staley?

April 25, 2020

Acquiring Trent Williams for a fifth-round pick in 2020 and a third-rounder in 2021 is a bold move for the 49ers. But it almost certainly signals the end of the road for dependable left tackle Joe Staley.


Javon Kinlaw: boom or bust

April 23, 2020

Yes, a wide receiver or an offensive tackle might have made more sense at pick No. 14 (after the 49ers had traded down one spot). But selecting a physically dominant, versatile defensive tackle carries its own logic.


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

Live blog: 49ers vs. Browns

SAN FRANCISCO — This is the live blog for the Niners week 8 home game against the Cleveland Browns. I will update this frequently from the Candlestick Park press box. 11:52 The 49ers’ inactive players are Scott Tolzien, Brett Swain, Tramaine Brock, Moran Norris, Daniel Kilgore, Mike Person and Ian Williams. So, Braylon Edwards is active for the game, however I was just on the field and I did not…

October 30, 2011

Wednesday’s injury report

SANTA CLARA — Here’s what Wednesday’s injury report looks like. 49ers: Did Not Participate in Practice: RB Moran Norris (fibula). Limited Participation in Practice: CB Tramaine Brock (hand), WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), C Jonathan Goodwin (concussion). Full Participation in Practice: CB Shawntae Spencer (toe). Browns: Did Not Participate in Practice: G Shawn Lauvao (knee), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), S Raymond Ventrone (hamstring),…

October 26, 2011

The lowdown on the 49ers quarterback meetings

Here for your pleasure and enlightenment, and because it’s a Bye Week and nothing’s going on, I wrote a piece about what happens in quarterback meetings, focusing on 49ers quarterback meetings. The article follows. SANTA CLARA — What happens in an NFL quarterback meeting? And specifically, what happens in a 49ers quarterback meeting? You’ve probably wondered about all that. A quarterback meeting is something you never can attend, a place…

October 19, 2011

Could the Niners beat the Packers or the Patriots?

Last week I ranked all 32 teams from best to worst. I ranked the 49ers fifth overall, but even that was too low. This week, I’m ranking only the top three teams because I say the Niners are the third best team in the NFL. ESPN says they’re the fourth best team, one spot behind the Ravens, but I say nuts to that. Why? Because the Niners have more talent…

October 18, 2011

Week 6 grades: The Niners comeback and beat the Lions in Detroit 25-19.

Here are my week 6 grades for the 5-1 49ers. Alex Smith: B+. He played an efficient first half and an awful second half, but he made the touchdown throw on the fourth and goal at the end of the game and that’s all that really matters. The fumble on the first offensive play was more Staley’s fault than Smith’s. In the second half, Smith constantly missed targets high, and…

October 16, 2011

Live blog: 49ers vs. Lions

This is the live blog for the 49ers week 6 road game against the Detroit Lions. I’ll be updating this frequently from my living room. 8:48 The Niners inactives are Scott Tolzien, Braylon Edwards, Tramaine Brock, Moran Norris, Daniel Kilgore, Mike Person, Ian Williams. That means Demarcus Dobb and new WR Brett Swain are active for today’s game. 9:02 Ted Ginn Jr. will start at wide receiver in place of…

October 16, 2011

Week 5 grades: Niners annihilate the Bucs 48-3

Here are my week 5 grades for the 49ers. Quarterbacks: A. Here’s Alex Smith’s stat line: He completed 11 of 19 throws for 170 yards, 3 TDs and QB rating of 127.2. His first TD throw – the long one down the seam to Delanie Walker on the Niners first drive – was perfect. His screen pass to Joshua Morgan in the third quarter was perfect as well. He also…

October 9, 2011