Geep Chryst: “Our base offense should be set up to beat your three division opponents.”

This is the transcript of Geep Chryst’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “It was a good win against Baltimore. Had to work a little harder than we had to at the end, but short week so we’re moving on to Seattle.”   What does working under center more allow the offense to do that maybe–? “Yeah. We don’t really have a pitch count one…

October 20, 2015

Jim Tomsula on the status of 49ers’ injured center Daniel Kilgore: “I didn’t ask.”

This is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “Injuries; [LB] Ahmad [Brooks], you saw Ahmad got back yesterday, had a good practice. So, we limited him, and then he’ll be out there practicing today. So, really glad to have him back in the building. [RB] Reggie [Bush], today they’re going to do some work with him on the side and…

October 16, 2015

49ers get smarter in the passing game

This is my Saturday column. Some say the 49ers suffered a damaging blow when the NFL suspended their No. 3 receiver, Jerome Simpson, for the first six games of 2015. Some say they showed no football wisdom in signing him, a player likely to be suspended. I say forget Jerome Simpson. His absence will have zero impact. He wasn’t the Niners No. 3 receiver, anyway – not in training camp,…

August 22, 2015

NFL suspends WR Jerome Simpson 6 games

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers just announced the NFL has suspended wide receiver Jerome Simpson for the first six games of next season. The Minnesota Vikings cut Simpson in 2014 after he was charged with driving with an open container of alcohol and possession of marijuana. Earlier that year, Simpson pleaded guilty to third-degree DUI and careless driving. Simpson’s six-game suspension seems to be the NFL’s punishment for…

August 18, 2015

49ers training camp report: Day 10

SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights of the 49ers’ sixth padded practice of training camp. THE GOOD 1. WR Torrey Smith. Faced Niners’ No. 1 cornerback Tramaine Brock three times during one-on-one drills in the red zone, and beat him all three times. First Smith beat Brock with a fade route to the back pylon. Next Smith beat Brock with a double move – first in, then out. Finally…

August 12, 2015

49ers training camp report: Day 6

SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ third padded practice of training camp. THE GOOD 1. TE Vernon Davis. His best day of training camp, and the best receiver on the field. Made four catches during team drills, including a 50-yard touchdown catch. On the touchdown Davis ran straight down the middle of the field, straight past the second-team defense’s safeties, and third-string quarterback hit Davis perfectly…

August 7, 2015

49ers training camp report: Day 2

SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ second practice of training camp, which took place at Levi’s Stadium. THE GOOD 1. WR Bruce Ellington. Made a team-high six catches during team drills, including two 15-yard catches over the middle and a 50-yard catch for a touchdown. On the 50 yarder, Ellington burned cornerback Chris Cook, and Colin Kaepernick’s pass hit Ellington in stride. Ellington and undrafted rookie…

August 2, 2015

49ers know questions, but can they find answers?

This is my Sunday column. Remember dead week in college before finals? This is dead six weeks for the San Francisco 49ers. They have the next month and a half off to prepare for the exam that will make or break their 2015 season. What questions will be on that test when the Niners arrive for training camp? In ascending order of importance, here are the top five questions the…

June 20, 2015

Trent Baalke answers lots of questions

SANTA CLARA— Trent Baalke answered a few reporters’ questions in the 49ers’ media room Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript of the interview. BARROWS: Has Justin Smith decided whether he will retire? BAALKE: As I said at the end of the season, I think at this stage of his career, he has earned the right to make that decision when it’s right. I think he’s still sorting through that process. He’s…

March 12, 2015

Report: 49ers sign Torrey Smith to five-year deal

The 49ers have signed 26-year-old wide receiver Torrey Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract with $22 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter. Smith is the perfect complement to Anquan Boldin. Boldin is the Flanker — the possession receiver who finds the the open window against zone coverage. Smith is the split end — the sprinter who blows past man coverage and outruns the cornerback down the sideline. When the…

March 10, 2015

Jed York throws Trent Baalke under the bus

Jed York made a vow to win with class on December 29th, 2014. Less than three months later, the 49ers signed Jerome Simpson, who has been arrested three times since 2008. One arrest was for DUI. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving. He was suspended by the NFL when a 2.5-pound package of marijuana addressed to his house was seized by the authorities. Ann Killion recently asked York what was…

March 6, 2015

49ers announce the signing of WR Jerome Simpson

The 49ers just announced they’ve signed 29-year-old wide receiver Jerome Simpson to a two-year deal. Simpson was out of the league in 2014, but in 2013 he caught 48 passes for 726 yards. He was a decent deep threat. Do you think Simpson will make the 49ers’ final roster, or do you think he’s just a placeholder until the 49er draft a couple of receivers in May?

March 5, 2015