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What Are The Odds Patrick Willis Will Come Out Of Retirement This Season?

The football loving free world was caught off-guard when San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis announced that he was retiring. He was only 30 and at the top of his game, but he wanted to call it a day while he could still remember walking away. As much as fans hated it, his logic was hard to argue with--but what's to say he will not come back?Lots of guys walk away early...
Via FatManWriting
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

TGS 2015 Preview: San Francisco 49ers

Between now and the end of August, TGS will offer up a quick snapshot of every NFL team heading into the 2015 regular season. Today, the San Francisco 49ers. 2014 in a nutshell: Distracted by controversy surrounding off-field incidents and head coach Jim Harbaugh’s worsening relationship with the team, a squad that went to the conference title game in 2011, 2012 and 2013 wins just...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

TGS 2015 Preview: San Francisco 49ers

Between now and the end of August, TGS will offer up a quick snapshot of every NFL team heading into the 2015 regular season. Today, the San Francisco 49ers. 2014 in a nutshell: Distracted by controversy surrounding off-field incidents and head coach Jim Harbaugh’s worsening relationship with the team, a squad that went to the conference title game in 2011, 2012 and 2013 wins just...
Via This Given Sunday
5 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers 2015 NFL Rookie To Watch

The 49ers rookie to watch in 2015 is their third round pick Eli Harold.  The 49ers defense has had some tough breaks this offseason.  First Chris Borland unexpectedly retires, then Patrick Willis retires,  then DE Justin Smith retires, and just recently Aldon Smith gets in trouble with the law and is booted off the team.  This defense will be looking for someone to step up and...
Via DraftSeason
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis Reiterates His Plans To Return To 49ers In 2016

Former 49ers OT Anthony Davis reiterated that he intends to return to the team for the 2016 season while answering questions on Twitter. “Yes, that’s the Plan,” Davis replied on Monday. Davis surprising announced his decision in June, which was just a few months after linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland elected to retire. Here’s ... The post Anthony Davis...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Releasing Aldon Smith opens up opportunity for rookie Eli Harold

The 49ers' defense was already looking a little thin heading into 2015 after the retirements of Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith, plus the departures of Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver in free agency. In releasing Aldon Smith, the defense appears to have another hole. But it also presents an opportunity for rookie Eli Harold to step in and start right away. Harold...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers: Lose some, gain some– linebacker preview

The letdown of a season ago, finishing 8-8, combined with some surprising retirements and some disgruntled players, painted a gloomy picture for the San Francisco 49ers linebacking corps heading into 2015. Yet, after the draft and a some next-man-up mentality, the linebackers look to be the strength of a top-five defense for a fifth consecutive season. Patrick Willis Patrick Willis...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Why you can’t count out a 49ers’ return to the playoffs

It can easily be stated that no team has had a worse offseason than the San Francisco 49ers; the amount of players they lost coupled with head coach Jim Harbaugh is just unfair. Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Chris Borland all retired due to injuries. Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver left, ditto for offensive stars Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati. you The 49ers went...
Via cover32
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings season preview: Week 1 at San Francisco 49ers

The Minnesota Vikings will kick off their 2015 season by visiting San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium on Monday Night Football, and this should be a very intriguing game for both sides. Many are already calling the 49ers’ the worst team in the league after losing virtually all the talent on their roster: Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Chris Borland,...
Via cover32
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Early retirement: players call it quits in prime of careers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with his own stunning retirement on the heels of his spectacular rookie season, citing concern about head trauma over a hard-hitting career. Tennessee quarterback...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

How Good Will the 49ers Defense Be In Spite of their Losses?

Below is an excerpt from Jake Schyvinck’s NFL Defensive Power Rankings article.  San Francisco 49ers Power Ranking: 15 Click here to see full rankings San Francisco experienced an offseason quite like no other.  Their head coach left for Michigan, and three studs from their defense (Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, and Chris Borland) retired.  Their best corner, Chris Culliver...
Via TopSportsReport
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullying victim Jonathan Martin retiring from NFL

Former Miami Dolphins second-round pick Jonathan Martin is best known for being the “victim” in a bullying scandal that surrounded the team during the 2013 season. After his brief stint in Miami, Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers prior to last season. Filling in for an injured Anthony Davis in his only season with San Francisco, Martin started nine games. Though,...
Via Sportsnaut
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

This sleeping giant will emerge for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015

After an underwhelming 2014 season in which the San Francisco 49ers missed the postseason altogether, an even crazier offseason ensued. Jim Harbaugh and the club "mutually parted ways" and Jim Tomsula was brought in as the new head man. Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith and Anthony Davis all retired. Frank Gore was shipped to Indianapolis. Torrey Smith was signed to...
Via Fox Sports
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

You won’t believe this number on the 49ers’ snap losses this offseason

Names tell part of the story, but numbers really put it into perspective. All those 49ers legends like Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith? Gone in a matter of months. Those names will be remembered by San Francisco’s fans forever. There’s always a chance that the new guys that have been brought in will make a name for themselves, but more likely than not all of these...
Via cover32
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers’ Roster Overhaul Opens Opportunity for Young Players

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The San Francisco 49ers offseason wasn’t pretty and by now it’s hard to ignore the fact that the team may be headed for a rough season with some of the major changes to the coaching staff and roster alike. Veteran leaders like Patrick Willis, Frank Gore and Justin Smith are no longer present, while some of the team’s promising young...
Via The Sports Journal
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Three positions the San Francisco 49ers front office should invest more in

One of the positive side-effects of the fallout from the San Francisco 49ers’ atomically bad offseason is a sudden surplus of cap space. With contracts like Justin Smith, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Patrick Willis’ off the books, the Niners now have around $11 million in cap space and in 2016 that number will jump to about $35.4 million, per Over...
Via cover32
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Look to Rebuild, Eye Interesting Prospects

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: San Francisco 49ers defensive line man Lawrence Okoye warms up during a San Francisco 49ers training session at Allianz Park on October 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) The San Francisco 49ers have seemingly been in a tailspin for the past year. After reaching three straight NFC Championship games from 2012-2014...
Via The Sports Journal
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Are 49ers players walking away because of front office failures?

Over the last couple of days we have been focusing on some of the less intelligent moves that the San Francisco 49ers front office has made of late. Yesterday I wrote about the three biggest personnel mistakes they’ve made this year and this morning Dylan Dunkirk wrote on three reasons why everybody hates 49ers CEO Jed York. All this got me thinking about whether or not these...
Via cover32
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The San Francisco 49ers should not be written off

The San Francisco 49ers have had quite the nightmare off-season with numerous losses from several key contributors. Some of those players were Pro Bowlers and could be potential Hall of famers. Not many teams would know how to face the predicament of losing the talent the San Francisco 49ers have, but I am here to present reasons as to why they will compete and still be considered...
Via EndZoneScore
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Face a Difficult Task of Replacing 7 Key Players

The San Francisco 49ers will have to play without 7 time Pro Bowl linebacker, Patrick Willis, who retired at the age of 30 this off-season. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) The San Francisco 49ers will definitely look different this upcoming season. The team will have to manage without current University of Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh, who took the 49ers to at least the NFC Championship...
Via The Sports Journal
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: This tribute to 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is awe-inspiring

I still find it really hard to believe that we won’t see Patrick Willis in a San Francisco 49ers uniform next season. Of all their personnel losses this spring (except perhaps Jim Harbaugh) the Niners are going to miss Willis more than anyone else. This epic retirement tribute from Joseph Vincent will leave you awe-struck. Check it out: AROUND COVER32 Power Rankings: The best...
Via cover32
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers implosion will invevitably extend home Super Bowl drought

In case you haven’t noticed, the San Francisco 49ers are a mess. The team was already sliding after a shockingly poor 2014 campaign, but then defensive stalwart Patrick Willis retired, as did rising star Chris Borland. Top free agent Mike Iupati skipped town, as did head coach Jim Harbaugh. Frank Gore is gone and there are legitimate questions about the quarterback position. With...
Via Bloguin Best
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers implosion will invevitably extend home Super Bowl drought

In case you haven’t noticed, the San Francisco 49ers are a mess. The team was already sliding after a shockingly poor 2014 campaign, but then defensive stalwart Patrick Willis retired, as did rising star Chris Borland. Top free agent Mike Iupati skipped town, as did head coach Jim Harbaugh. Frank Gore is gone and there are legitimate questions about the quarterback position. With...
Via This Given Sunday
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Who are the top five San Francisco 49ers players of all time?

Who are the five best San Francisco 49ers players of all time? Let’s count them down. 5.  Patrick Willis     The winner of the last vote: Patrick Willis Work has begun pic.twitter.com/NbNwjCyAEl — Joseph Brian Vincent (@BoredFilm) June 10, 2015 This recently retired, heavy hitting linebacker, fills the fifth spot as one of San Francisco’s  all time greats.  Willis might...
Via cover32
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Eric Reid has considered retirement due to concussions

The San Francisco 49ers have seen a rash of early retirements over the past several months. It started with future Hall of Famer linebacker Patrick Willis calling it quits after eight NFL seasons. It then continued with fellow linebacker Chris Borland citing concussions as the reason he hung up his cleats after just one year. Then, earlier this month, right tackle Anthony Davis...
Via Sportsnaut
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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