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49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: RB/KR Raheem Mostert

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). It’s RB Raheem Mostert’s turn. Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that [Read entire story]

A different personnel philosophy for the 49ers

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are bringing a new approach to scheme and player acquisition. The San Francisco 49ers are drastically overhauling their roster this year, and what we’ve seen so far suggestions a radically [Read entire story]

49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: RB Matt Breida

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today - RB Matt Breida Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take [Read entire story]

How the 49ers wooed Matt Breida

The successful approach to a popular UDFA tells us a lot about how John Lynch works We’re still learning how John Lynch operates as GM. Despite his lack of previous front office experience, the [Read entire story]

49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: TE Cole Hikutini

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Next up is TE Cole Hikutini. Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll [Read entire story]

Should the 49ers grab a slider?

Every year some top names fall down the draft board. We break down some past hits and misses among players that slid in the draft. The San Francisco 49ers No. 2 pick in the first round is a terrible slot, unless [Read entire story]

Five draft prospects I guarantee you’ve never heard of

Think you know them all? Guess again, bucko. You’re bored of hearing about Mitch and Myles and Solomon at this point. You even have carefully detailed analyses of Sefo and C.J. and Taysom. But I guarantee you don’t [Read entire story]

How will the 49ers use Kyle Juszczyk?

Do the math: versatile FB + inventive coach = FUN Many NFL pundits criticized the San Francisco 49ers for paying free agent Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk $5 million a year, a record for the position. However, his [Read entire story]

Kyle Shanahan’s quiet confidence

His words were standard but the new coach’s bearing was excellent. Kyle Shanahan’s press conference Wednesday was kind of boring. And I’m pretty happy about that. During years of writing about Chip Kelly, I always [Read entire story]

Kyle Shanahan’s cunning use of tight ends

Atlanta’s TEs don’t actually have a ton of receiving yards, but they’re essential to his offense. Kyle Shanahan’s use of tight ends in Atlanta offers an interesting angle on his shrewd offense. They don’t [Read entire story]

Are GMs avoiding the Niners?

It looks bad, but may not be as terrible as some are saying. The Niners have a lot of problems. No question about that. Now Brian Gutekunst has joined his Packers front office mate Eliot Wolf in withdrawing from [Read entire story]

Did Jed York just bluff out the Rams?

Seems unlike him, but the facts fit. Jed York may have just shrewdly bluffed the Los Angeles Rams into giving him the coach he wanted. It feels odd even typing that sentence given the, um, erratic (?) leadership that the [Read entire story]

Peter King on the 49ers coaching search

The senior sportswriter had a curious note in his column this week Peter King is one of the most accomplished sportswriters in the US. The guy joined Sports Illustrated in 1989, author of five books, an NFL Hall of Fame [Read entire story]

Sorting through the Chip Kelly postmortems

Two major articles offer interesting insights The end of this miserable 49ers season offers two consolations; the simple fact that the pain is over, and a raft of new information about what went wrong. The latter [Read entire story]

Jimmy Garoppolo? Maybe. Trade with Bill Belichick? Never.

You never win with the Patriot’s discards The 49ers need an upgrade at quarterback, and Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo is is on the market with an asking price equal to the Sam Bradford trade (a first and a [Read entire story]

Chip breaks down the 2-point conversion

The coach was in such a good mood after winning that he explained the whole play design. Let’s take a look at the game film. Deceptive plays and formations are such a big part of NFL football that it’s hard to know [Read entire story]

Chip’s no huddle (slow) tempo offense

They still don’t huddle, but tempo is pretty much out of the Niners’ playbook This has been a humbling year for Chip Kelly. He entered the season with a lifetime 72-28 record as a head coach (in college and the NFL), [Read entire story]

The risky need for lots of reps

Carlos Hyde hit career bests this year but ended up injured again. Carlos Hyde had a breakthrough year, with 1,151 all-purpose yards and 9 touchdowns as the only reliable offense on a very bad team. His pounding, [Read entire story]

Chip Kelly and big emotional speeches

They’re not his style. Should they be? It’s the oldest cliche in football movies. The team is behind, they go into the locker room for half time, and the coach (or a player) digs deep for an inspiring speech that [Read entire story]

Talking Chip, Kap, Ducks and Baalke on KNBR

Ray Woodson hosted a wide ranging and somewhat wacky discussion last night With the Oregon Ducks firing coach Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly sporting a 1-10 record at his new job in San Francisco, speculation is naturally [Read entire story]