Found October 20, 2013 on Pro Football Spot:
Protect the quarterback, protect the quarterback, protect the quarterback. In today's pass-happy NFL, the phrase protect the quarterback might as well be the most popular sports adage in the United States.And even though the 49ers are one of the few remaining powerhouse running teams in the league, they can simply not afford a significant injury to their star quarterback Colin Kaepernick with an unproven Colt McCoy as the backup.Therefore, as frustrating as it might be for 49er fans to see Kaepernick ducking down and/or sliding fairly early before contact on quarterback runs, it has been done for good reason. Not only have NFL defensive coordinators been heavily studying the read-option (hasn't nearly been as big this year around the league) but quarterbacks are now treated as runners and are more prone to big hits on the read-option.Until this week against Tennessee the 49ers hadn't been running the famous play nearly as often. But against the Titans Kaepernick found op...

Report: 49ers WR Michael Crabtree expected back next month

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree worked on his agility and lateral movement last week as part of his rehab from a torn Achilles. “I’m just working, grinding extra hard,” Crabtree said via the San Jose Mercury News. Coach Jim Harbaugh said ealier this month that Crabtree could be

San Francisco 49ers: Let Kaep, Gore run

The San Francisco 49ers have won again.  The 49ers reached over the 30 point mark once again and defeated the Tennessee Titans 31-17 to notch their fifth win of the season.  Frank Gore was the catalyst for the 49ers offense once more as he ran the ball 24 times for 70 yards and a couple of touchdowns.  Colin Kaepernick helped on the ground as well with 68 yards and running for...

Report: 49ers doctor under criminal investigation at time of death

Back on Wednesday the 49ers learned of the passing of their team doctor, Daniel Garza, who had been found dead in his home. He was only 43. Garza also had success as a researcher of concussions and brain trauma as a professor of orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine at Stanford. At the time, the cause of death was not immediately available. Now we’re learning that the coroner’s...

Great Team Win for 49ers Makes Four in a Row

Tramaine Brock (@49ers)   The San Francisco 49ers’ early season struggles seem less concerning now that they have won four games in a row.  In Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans, which improved the team’s record to 5-2, a well-rounded 49ers team handily beat the Titans on offense, defense, and special teams.  All cylinders are clicking for this team that next faces...

Patrick Willis to play in home state for first time in NFL career

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis will play in his home state of Tennessee for the first time in his seven-year NFL career. “It’s going to be fun,” the six-time Pro Bowler said to the team’s website. “It’s going to be a blessing. Nothing would be better than leaving there with a win and that’s our ultimate goal.” Willis attended Central High School in...

Harbaugh tries to break up tussle

Jim Harbaugh isn't going to be intimidated. The 49ers were in Tennessee to take on the Titans on Sunday, and the San Francisco head coach wound up having a front-row seat to a sideline fracas that broke out in the second half. Harbaugh, in case you didn't know, is no normal head coach. Instead of shrinking and letting the referees sort it out, Harbaugh stuck his face in...

Aldon Smith Could Return To 49ers In A “Couple Of Weeks”

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh told reporters following Sunday’s win over the Titans that OLB Aldon Smith could return to the team during the team’s bye week in week 9. “I’m not real knowledgeable on exactly when that’s going to be, but I think it’s some point in the next couple of weeks,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. “I hear things are going very...

San Francisco 49ers activate their fifth round draft pick from NFI list

The San Francisco 49ers have officially made the call for their 53rd roster spot. The team announced they activated rookie defensive tackle Quinton Dial from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Dial underwent surgery on a turf toe injury shortly after the end of his college career, and was placed on the NFI list at the start of training camp. He […]

Kaepernick’s Legs, Solid Defense and a Little Gore win Big in Tennessee

The 49ers headed into Tennessee looking for their fourth consecutive win and after 60 minutes of football they did just that. The 49ers handed the Titans their fourth loss while they improved to 5-2. The 49ers took a 24-0 lead into halftime behind the legs of Colin Kaepernick (11 rushes, 68 yards, 1 TD) and Frank Gore (24 rushes, 70 yards, 2 TD’s.) Once again the 49ers didn’t...

Harbaugh: Aldon Smith might be back "in a couple of weeks"

Jim Harbaugh said today the hope among the 49ers is that Aldon Smith who is currently in an in-patient treatment program will re-join the team in the next "couple of weeks." That could mean that Smith who left the team after its Week 3 loss to the Colts would be back some time during the team's Week 9 bye week which follows next week's game in London. "I&...

49ers thrash Titans, improve to 5-2

The 49ers unleashed quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s running game on Sunday for the first time this season. Kaepernick held onto the ball after a fake handoff to Frank Gore for a 20-yard touchdown run on a third-and-7 play to provide the springboard for the 49ers’ 31-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The 49ers have won four consecutive games heading into next week’s game...

Ball security wil be a priority for 49ers against Titans: 'Probably the best team we've seen at stripping, clubbing, punching the ball out, creating turnovers'

The Tennessee Titans have recovered a league-high four fumbles this season; San Francisco is tied for second with three. So how did they manage to keep pace with the NFC-best Seahawks? Tennessee was able to force five fumbles on the afternoon, recovering two of them.

Michael Crabtree likely back in mid-to-late November

Back in September 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said any production San Francisco got from Michael Crabtree this season would be "gravy." Thanksgiving was floated as the earliest we'd see the receiver play after his Achilles tendon surgery in May but could it be sooner? NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning...

GIF: Jim Harbaugh loses his mind at refs during Tennessee game

Even with his 49ers up by 24 points in the third quarter against Tennessee, coach Jim Harbaugh still lost his mind, yelling at the refs over a call.

Jake Locker will start for the Titans on Sunday

If Colin Kaepernick still has a chip on his shoulder about the Titans’ decision to pick Jake Locker Kaepernick will have a chance to prove that the Titans made a mistake on Sunday. PFT has confirmed that Locker will indeed start the game against the 49ers. The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. (See guys? It’s not that hard to give others credit.) Locker...
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