Posted December 07, 2011 on AP on Fox
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Brian Jennings is a long snapper with some serious longevity. An unassuming NFL specialist who has made his living under the radar for more than a decade with the NFC West-champion 49ers, Jennings has survived through five head coaches and years of failure and frustration. That makes the success this season all the more rewarding for San Francisco's longest-tenured player. Jennings is the only one in the locker room who can remember when things were last rolling like this - because he's the lone player still around from the franchise's last playoff team in 2002. While Jennings hasn't spent much of his energy worrying about what went wrong during an eight-year drought, he is thrilled to be part of a turnaround under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh.

Brian Jennings the 'Jedi Knight of snapping'

Brian Jennings turned to social media to share the story of how he shaved off his right eyebrow during the bye week before taking a razor to the other side for the sake of staying balanced. A long-snapper in the limelight, you don’t see that every day.

Gritty Grant fine fill-in for wounded Willis

NaVorro Bowman called it a “shocker” when the seemingly indestructible Patrick Willis went down with a hamstring injury after just five defensive plays Sunday against the Rams. But surprisingly – if not shockingly – the 49ers’ rugged defense hardly skipped a beat without him. That’s because Larry Grant stepped in capably to fill Willis’ shoes, leaving the Niners confident...

San Francisco 49ers WR Kyle Williams: Look at Him Go

Thu, 8 Dec 2011 17:36:13 CST

49ers use plays from offense rarely seen in pros

(12-07) 21:12 PST -- Willamette University's Mark Speckman, the foremost authority on the fly offense, jokes that the system that defines him is like a "useless invention." Speckman remains the nation's only college coach running the fly, the esoteric misdirection attack he is credited with...

49ers' New Stadium Relies on Record Loans

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the 49ers move to a new stadium in Santa Clara is a done deal but that is far from the truth. A more accurate statement may be that Jim Harbaugh's days leading a team onto the field at Candlestick Park may be numbered. The 49ers $1 billion move down the 101 requires a record loan to get the stadium up and running, according to a report in The...

Braylon Edwards: “I don’t want to watch any more clinching going on without me.”

Wed, 7 Dec 2011 16:09:01 CST

A look ahead to the final four games

With the NFC West officially wrapped up, the 49ers are looking ahead to their final four games of the regular season, but with an eye on the bigger playoff picture. While avoiding injuries and resting their starters are important, retaining the position of the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff picture...
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