12:55 PM EDT, Fri September 30, 2022
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Why Monday night against the Rams is the perfect get right game for Jimmy Garoppolo

Why Monday night against the Rams is the perfect get right game for Jimmy Garoppolo

Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via History would suggest it is, anyway The 49ers are coming off a brutal loss and are now faced with the challenge of facing a talented Rams team on primetime. Sound familiar? Well, it should because we have seen this same scenario play out in the last two seasons. And the good news for 49ers fans is that not only did the 49ers win both of those games, but they also were two of the strongest performances of Jimmy Garoppolo’s NFL career. Let’s start with 2021. The 49ers had lost by double digits at home...
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5 players to watch on the 49ers offense Monday night against the Rams

5 players to watch on the 49ers offense Monday night against the Rams

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Can Colton McKivitz hold up? The 49ers' offense wasn't good against Denver, mustering only ten points on 267 yards of total offense in the loss. Now the offense must turn it around for an important divisional game against the Rams and a defense that held the Arizona Cardinals to just 12 points last week. The 49ers' offense handled the Rams' defense well last season, averaging 25 points per game in their three matchups, but the Rams' defense got the last laugh in the second half of the NFC Championship Game. Kyle Shanahan's...
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Kyle Shanahan brushes off Jimmy Garoppolo lip-readers

Kyle Shanahan brushes off Jimmy Garoppolo lip-readers

Steve Young did not Amateur lip-readers across the internet had fun with a clip of Jimmy Garoppolo saying something after his interception late in the game against the Broncos on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan downplayed the incident to the media yesterday, but Steve Young wondered if there were larger issues at play. First, Matt Maiocco referenced the video and asked Kyle whether he and Jimmy have the give and take to express frustrations to each other in the days after a game. “It’s like it is with one of my friends. Jimmy and I are around each other every single day, so there’s...
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Golden Nuggets: Do the 49ers have creative or toxic tension?

Golden Nuggets: Do the 49ers have creative or toxic tension?

Your San Francisco 49ers news for Friday, September 30, 2022 Steve Young is concerned about ‘resentment’ between Jimmy Garoppolo and 49ers “The thing that I’m worried about, Tom, is that we know what happened at the end of the season,” Young began with Tolbert & F.P. “Jimmy says goodbye. What I don’t want is sixth months of victimization. People saying in his circles ‘Hey, Jimmy you’re getting screwed, you’re 34-14, you’re awesome, you’re the king, these guys suck, Kyle sucks, everybody sucks.’ And then a whole six months of waiting to go somewhere...
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Thursday Night Football thread: Mike McDaniel’s first game on a short week

Thursday Night Football thread: Mike McDaniel’s first game on a short week

Photo by Megan Briggs/ Let’s see what ya got, coach. Tua Tagovailoa is active for the Miami Dolphins after being listed as questionable on the injury report. It was a bizarre situation last week as the Dolphins quarterback left the game with a “back” injury. It’s not just Tua, as Jaylen Waddle is active with a groin injury, and left tackle Terron Armstead is playing through a toe injury. It’s unclear whether either player will be 100%. Plus, Miami’s defense was on the field for what seemed like 150 plays Sunday in that Florida heat. Add in first-year coaches...
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NN prediction contest Week 4: Can the 49ers bounce back?

NN prediction contest Week 4: Can the 49ers bounce back?

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Can the 49ers get revenge on the Rams? The 49ers are back on in primetime on Monday night. Due to our sponsorship with Tallysight, we have to pick every game. But, as we usually do, we’ll narrow it down to six for you at the bottom. Dolphins over Bengals: The gap between these teams is definitely smaller than their records suggest, but it’s still a toss up, which leads me to pick the Dolphins at +170. Saints over Vikings: The Vikings o Falcons over Browns: The Falcons have plenty of problems, but their offense has been...
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Gold Standard: Kyle Shanahan must stop living in his fears

Gold Standard: Kyle Shanahan must stop living in his fears

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Field goals are failures After five years as the 49ers’ head coach, Kyle Shanahan is starting to feel the heat. From roster decisions to play-calling, Shanahan is taking criticism like never before. One area where he has largely escaped many critiques, however, is aggressiveness on fourth down. Levin Black and I discussed that subject on today’s Gold Standard podcast. If there’s one thing we’ve seen in the Kyle Shanahan era, he coaches in his fears. Whether it’s aggression before the half or going for it on fourth...
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Injury updates: Armstead is still out with plantar fascia; Shanahan is hopeful Trent Williams won’t land on the IR

Injury updates: Armstead is still out with plantar fascia; Shanahan is hopeful Trent Williams won’t land on the IR

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Daniel Brunskill will practice with a limited designation The 49ers returned to practice Thursday afternoon, and Kyle Shanahan had the injury report before the team took the field: DT Arik Armstead (foot) LT Trent Williams (ankle) RB Ty Davis-Price (ankle) LB Azeez Al-Shaair (knee) TE Tyler Kroft (knee) TE Ross Dwelley (ribs) Armstead is dealing with plantar fascia, and Shanahan said Arik's the same today as he was Sunday when he was inactive. Despite that, Shanahan remains hopeful Armstead can suit up Monday night against...
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Early offensive struggles and injuries present the 49ers with their biggest challenge yet

Early offensive struggles and injuries present the 49ers with their biggest challenge yet

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ It’s just Week 4, but I think this is the biggest uphill battle that Kyle Shanahan has faced so far in his career. At two different points mid-way through the season, the 49ers were two games under .500, with the postseason looking like a distant dream. Somehow, someway, Kyle Shanahan managed to lead them to a 7-2 record down the stretch to backdoor their way into the playoffs. Then proceeded to follow it up with two road playoff wins, bringing his career postseason win total to four. The 49ers were at a crossroads last season, as they...
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Deebo Samuel already broke ESPN’s new receiving metric

Deebo Samuel already broke ESPN’s new receiving metric

Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/ A new statistic unearthed by ESPN to calculate the value of receivers shows that Deebo Samuel is in a league of his own. ESPN has taken advantage of NFL’s player-tracking data to create several new statistics in recent years. In their latest project, the ESPN stats team has created Receiver Tracking Metrics (RTMs), which use player-tracking data to give receivers a grade from 0-99 (50 is around league average and 99 is the best possible score) in four categories: Overall, Open, Catch, and YAC as ESPN’s Seth Walder broke down some early...
Sep 29, 2022
Talanoa Hufanga’s dedication to being the best has him on a path to stardom

Talanoa Hufanga’s dedication to being the best has him on a path to stardom

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ The second-year safety out of USC continues to impress It's been a rough start for the 49ers as they find themselves at 1-2 heading into a Monday night showdown with the Los Angeles Rams. However, one silver lining to this unfavorable start has been the breakout of second-year safety Talanoa Hufanga. Hufanga was selected in the fifth round with the 181st pick in the 2021 draft. Upon his arrival to the NFL, Hufanga stressed the importance of being able to contribute in any way that he could from day one, and by doing so gave...
Sep 29, 2022
Mitch Wishnowsky named NFC special teams player of the month

Mitch Wishnowsky named NFC special teams player of the month

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Well deserved 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky has been named the NFC special teams player of the month for September. Wishnowsky has punted 14 times for an average of 46.8 yards, including the longest punt of the season, which went 74 yards. Furthermore, Wishnowky has placed six of his 14 punts inside the opponent's 10-yard line, which also leads the league. This is the second time Wishnowsky has been named the player of the month, as it happened in September 2021. Through three weeks, the 49ers have the second-best punt team...
Sep 29, 2022
The 49ers have the easiest remaining schedule in the league with a 49% chance to make the playoffs

The 49ers have the easiest remaining schedule in the league with a 49% chance to make the playoffs

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ According to Football Outsiders DVOA and their future projections If you're unfamiliar with DVOA, it measures a team's efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent. Here's a short explanation: DVOA measures not just yardage, but yardage towards a first down: Five yards on third-and-4 are worth more than five yards on first-and-10 and much more than five yards on third-and-12. Red zone plays are worth more than other plays. Performance is also adjusted for the...
Sep 29, 2022
Peter King: Mike McDaniel was the Deebo Samuel whisperer

Peter King: Mike McDaniel was the Deebo Samuel whisperer

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ “Mike McDaniel was hugely instrumental in changing the direction of Deebo Samuel’s career” Whenever times get tough, people look for answers. More specifically, they look for an answer. They look for one thing or person that they can point to as the reason why things are going so poorly. In the case of the 49ers’ offensive struggles, that thing appears to be the absence of Mike McDaniel on Kyle Shanahan’s staff. Yesterday on 95.7 The Game, however, Peter King pushed back against that idea. “I think Mike McDaniel...
Sep 29, 2022
Golden Nuggets: What is one improvement you want to see out of the offense?

Golden Nuggets: What is one improvement you want to see out of the offense?

Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Thursday, September 29, 2022 Kawakami: 49ers’ defense and favorable schedule keep their playoff hopes very much alive — reality check (paywall) “But the 49ers were fairly calm after Sunday’s loss because they’ve been through this before and they’ve pulled themselves out of it — with the same head coach, same quarterback, same star receiver and same fantastic defense. Is that enough to fend off the Cardinals, Giants, Saints and Bears for the final spot?” Lombardi: How Jimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shanahan can fix the 49ers’...