Are the San Francisco 49ers preparing for an identity shift?

In recent years, the 49ers were synonymous with the word defense. They boasted one of the league’s deepest and most formidable defensive rosters. Their linebacking core was a thing of brilliance with Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman anchoring the defense. Only time will tell if the 2014 defensive squad will keep its place among the NFL’s elite. The current 2014...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: San Francisco 49ers rated one of least likeable NFL franchises

In recent days, soccer fans have been coming out of the woodwork, showing their allegiance to “the world’s game” as World Cup fever starts to reach a fever pitch. Jumping on the bandwagon of Team USA makes sense; national pride will get sports fans to tune into almost anything. But the conversations have also revealed that plenty of people in the United States have become fans...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco ILBs Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman named top-3 in NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers’ linebackers are game changers

NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks and Dan Skuta; do you know these names? You will. These are the linebackers for the San Francisco 49ers and they are all game changers. I am a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. And, I am a linebacker fan. My favorite player is second year OLB Jarvis Jones. In a couple of years, as some of the younger linebackers mature, they may once...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Navorro Bowman not a fan of his No. 47 ranking on

Each spring/summer ranks the top 100 player in football. First of all, the very thought of this endeavor is flawed. The ranking should be done by position, not overall. Football is the worst sport in the world to make […]
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Willis Preparing to Move on Without NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis had to admit, it’s a little weird to take the field without longtime teammate NaVorro Bowman. “There’s no question.” Bowman was nowhere to be found on the practice fields during OTAs on Tuesday, as the inside linebacker works his way back from a torn ACL that is likely to sideline him throughout the first half of the season....
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Willis says he might take over NaVorro Bowman’s position

49ers linebacker Patrick Willis told the media on Tuesday that he might move to NaVorro Bowman’s position while he recovers from ACL surgery. Patrick Willis media scrum. LB says he might switch to NaVorro Bowman's ILB spot. — Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) June 3, 2014 var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers to resume contract talks

The San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick will meet face-to-face in the Bay Area this week to continue contract negotiations, reports The Sacramento Bee. The 49ers received a $6.6 million cap surplus when former cornerback Carlos Rogers’ 2014 salary was taken off the books.  The team got another $2.6 million in cap space last month when linebacker NaVorro Bowman converted...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Borland the next NaVorro Bowman?

Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers is an unexpected person to become great. But that’s what defines many great players, the unknowns. They have an x-factor that they bring to the table because they don’t have the size and speed of the expected greats. Chris Borland has an x-factor. Just watch his college game film. The guy is a maniac on the field. Flying in out of nowhere...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NaVorro Bowman restructures deal with 49ers for cap space

The 49ers have been fortunate to have some salary cap flexibility in recent years, which comes from having a cheap, young, good quarterback. But they apparently decided they needed a little extra room. According to Matt Maiocco of, the 49ers have re-worked linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s deal to gain more than $2.6 million in salary cap space. They did it by converting...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Injured NaVorro Bowman still helping San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers woke up Thursday with $2.616 million more in their salary cap room. That’s because NaVorro Bowman restructured his contract. According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the 49ers turned $3.27 million of the injured linebacker’s 2014 salary into a signing bonus that can be dolled out over the course of Bowman’s career. Because of that, Bowman’s salary...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers reportedly rework NaVorro Bowman’s contract

According to ESPN’s Field Yates,  the 49ers have reworked the contract of linebacker NaVorro Bowman in order to save some cap room. Source: 49ers LB Navorro Bowman tweaks contract for 2014. Converts $3.27M of $4M base salary into signing bonus. Cap space creating move. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 22, 2014 var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: 49ers Free Up $2.616M By Reworking LB Navorro Bowman’s Contract

  Field Yates of ESPN reports that the 49ers have restructured ILB Navorro Bowman’s contract and freed up $2.616 million in cap space. According to Yates, Bowman converted $3.27 million of his $4 million base salary into a signing bonus. This leaves his 2014 base salary at $730,000. San Francisco had to do something to create some additional cap space given that they had only ...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers draft ILB insurance in Chris Borland

In the words of the reliable Adam Schefter, the San Fransisco 49ers are “acing this draft.” The San Fransisco 49ers drafted former Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland with the 77th overall pick in the NFL Draft. For those that don’t remember, linebacker Navorro Bowman sustained a serious knee injury during the NFC Championship game versus Seattle earlier this year and many see...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh: Jimmie Ward is a vicious, violent tackler

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says first-round pick Jimmie Ward will compete in the secondary as a safety and a nickel. “Ward is a playmaker, has an instinct for reacting to plays before anybody else sees them,” Harbaugh said. “Just a step ahead of the rest of the defense. Covers a lot of ground. Covers up a lot of holes. I like his ball skills. He’s going to play...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Iupati is expected to be ready for week one, NaVorro Bowman will likely land on PUP

49ers general manager Trent Baalke talked about the health of both Mike Iupati and NaVorro Bowman  While both players are making progress,  Iupati is expected to be ready for week one, but Bowman will likely be placed on the PUP list. “Mike’s in a similar mindset to NaVorro,” Baalke said. “They’re both tough. They’re both highly competitive. It’s very important for...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers’ 2014 schedule a ‘breath of fresh air’

The San Francisco 49ers’ schedule is out, and wow is 2014 going to be fun. The highlights, of course, are their two meetings in three weeks with the Seattle Seahawks. The first of which will be a Turkey Bowl to end all Turkey Bowls, a prime-time Thanksgiving matchup at Levi’s Stadium. It’s the perfect dessert after two other division-rivalry games between the Lions and Bears...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NaVorro Bowman Rehab Update

After 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman went down with a gruesome knee injury during the NFC Championship at Seattle, some were wondering if he would be ready to play at all in the 2014-15 NFL season.Bowman tore his anterior cruciate ligament and his medical cruciate ligament after falling on the ball for what appeared to be a 49ers turnover. Bowman lost the ball after he was down...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers’ NaVorro Bowman ahead of schedule in knee rehab

To update a previous report, 49ers’ linebacker NaVorro Bowman is making significant progress on his road to recovery. Bowman underwent a knee operation in February to repair two torn ligaments, but only two months after surgery, there is no timetable for his return, according to the San Jose Mercury News.Even though his doctors have reassured him that his rehabilitation is ahead...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Bowman recovering well; Harbaugh’s unique way of evaluating talent

Niner News - 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is “ahead of schedule” in recovery from injury, says so-called NaVorro Bowman Rule “doesn’t fix my knee.” (READ) - Chris Culliver’s arrest leaves the 49ers secondary in a state of emergency. (READ) - Catch this: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has a unique way of evaluating talent. (READ) - San Francisco’s OTA, minicamp dates...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NaVorro Bowman says he’ll be back by the middle of next season

var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman told ESPN’s SportsCenter on Thursday that he’ll be ready to go by the middle of next season. #49ers Bowman just said on SportsCenter that he should be ready “about the middle of the season.” In step with team’s timeline. — Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers NaVorro Bowman Expects to Return by Mid-Season

Last year’s NFC Title Game was chalk full of memorable moments. From Colin Kaepernick’s laser jump-pass to Anquan Boldin for a TD, to Richard Sherman’s amazing post-game rant, it was an unforgettable game between two bitter rivals. (Seriously, look at that jump pass!)   One of the moments that made us both marvel at and cringe at the same time was the strip-fumble recovery...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bowman says new rule 'doesn't fix my knee'

NaVorro Bowman is happy that the NFL has tweaked its rule on whether a loose-ball recovery is reviewable. Bowman suffered a serious knee injury in January while attempting to recover a fumble during the San Francisco 49ers' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. Although Bowman clearly appeared to gain control of the ball, officials ruled that Seattle maintained...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman ‘ahead of schedule’ in recovery

NaVorro Bowman is recovering well from the devastating injury he suffered in January’s NFC Championship loss to Seattle. The 49ers inside linebacker told Steve Corkran of Bay Area News Group he is ahead of schedule, per his doctors. Bowman, 26, who tore anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee while trying to recover a fumble, is undergoing rehabilitation...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

NaVorro Bowman says his knee feels great

var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman says his knee is feeling good after tearing his ACL during last year’s playoff loss. 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman signing autographs at Fresh. apparel store in Concord. Said his left knee feels great — Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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