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Demand for Niners' tickets drops significantly from 2014

Following an 8-8 season, the 49ers went through a number of roster changes in the offseason. Jim Tomsula replaced Jim Harbaugh. Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith and Anthony Davis all retired. Long-time 49ers running back Frank Gore signed in Indianapolis. As such, the demand for tickets dropped nearly 30 percent from 2014, per TicketNetwork's study on NFL ticket pricing...
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3 hours 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
2 days ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  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...
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5 days ago  |  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
9 days ago  |  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...
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15 days ago  |  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
20 days ago  |  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...
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22 days ago  |  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...
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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...
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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 This Given Sunday
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 Bloguin Best
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...
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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...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The State of the San Francisco 49ers After Another Surprising Retirement

Jim Tomsula speaks during a press conference as San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke (L) looks on at Levi’s Stadium on January 15, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. The San Francisco 49ers announced Jim Tomsula as their new head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) After the San Francisco 49ers parted ways with Jim Harbaugh following...
Via The Sports Journal
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Tomsula was not surprised by Anthony Davis' decision

Former San Francisco 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis had been an intimidating figure on the team’s offensive line since being selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. In his five seasons with San Francisco, Davis started 71 of a possible 80 games. So it was a pretty big shock that the 25-year-old tackle announced on Friday that he was retiring from the game of football...
Via Sportsnaut
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite are developing on-field chemistry

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite spent all of last season replacing all-pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Now that Patrick Willis has retired, Wilhoite and Bowman are playing together for the first time Bowman was so used to playing alongside Willis that they knew what each other would do, but now he is trying to develop that same sort of chemistry with Wilhoite. ...
Via Fox Sports
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers’ Justin Smith announces retirement from NFL

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday that DT Justin Smith will retire from the National Football League. “Tough. Physical. Durable. Hard-working. Dedicated. Selfless. Justin embodies each of those qualities and brought even more with him to work each and every day,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Whether it was chasing down a wide receiver...
Via Sports-Glory
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers NaVorro Bowman ‘Looking Great’ After Recovering From Knee Injury

After losing both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland this winter, the San Francisco 49ers desperately need inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman at full strength for the upcoming season. To this point in the team’s offseason workouts, 49ers coaches couldn’t be more thrilled with what they are seeing. Remember, Bowman suffered a gruesome knee injury during the 2013 NFC Championship game...
Via Sportsnaut
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Five reasons the San Francisco 49ers will finish last in the NFC West this year

Yesterday our own Michael Lococo wrote an article listing three reasons why San Francisco 49ers fans should feel good about this coming season. Today, I’m here to bring you back down to reality. The Niners are playing in the toughest division in football and I can’t see them finishing any higher than fourth place. Here are five reasons why… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: Ten...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers ‘remain interested’ in signing LB Lance Briggs

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers “remain interested in signing” seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs, reports CSNBayArea.com. Briggs, 34, is an unrestricted free agent who has spent his entire 12-year career with the Chicago Bears.  Beginning Wednesday, teams can sign any player and does not count against the NFL’s formula for awarding compensatory...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers draft DE Arik Armstead with the No. 17 pick

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers selected Arik Armstead with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He showed a lot of talent as a defensive end with the Oregon Ducks, and is a massive body. There are some concerns about him, and quite a few believe that this pick was a bit too high for Armstead. That being said, he did end up recording 46 tackles, 2...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Draft Preview: Wide Receiver

For San Francisco 49ers fans, it has been a tumultuous offseason starting with the “mutual” departure of Jim Harbaugh after their final regular season game. Compounded with the unexpected retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, the departure of Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, and Michael Crabtree in free agency, and the uncertainty of Justin Smith’s future, the 49ers looks...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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