Posts tagged “San Francisco 49ers

Five Reasons why Colin Kaepernick erupted so fast


BY HURRICANE-PV, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

 

Colin Kaepernick watched Alex Smith lead the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last season.  

This year Kaepernick is the man and Smith is the understudy. During Saturday’s record-setting playoff performance against the Green Bay Packers,  we all saw that a star was born.

Lets look at how it all came together.

1. His confidence grows weekly

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick broke the NFL postseason rushing record in his first playoff game ever. Photo by: Jason Ku / Flickr

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick broke the NFL postseason rushing record in his first playoff game ever. Photo by: Jason Ku / Flickr

When some guys get their shot as the lead-dog they die on the vine like overexposed grapes. Unlike Minnesota’s Joe Webb, Kaepernick has made the most of every opportunity that he has been given. He is a special talent that can do a lot of great things.

When Alex Smith went down with a concussion and ultimately lost his job to the second-year man out of Nevada, the offense was quietly divided. One of the most important pieces of that unit Vernon Davis, was as assertive as he could afford to be in supporting Smith. To quell what could have been a diplomatic nightmare, Kaepernick earned the trust of his teammates by stepping up and distributing just a little more swagger with each passing week.

Skill players such as running backs and especially wideouts want to get on the ship that is being flown by the guy that performs like he is the man. If Cam Newton is Superman, Kaepernick might just be Rick Flair.

He’s now out-dueled both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. It’s these marquee wins that fuel his personal ability to understand that he is a gamer.

 2. He has developed a Bond with Michael Crabtree

The world has been patiently waiting for Michael Crabtree to stand up and live up to the superstar hype that he had when he was drafted in 2009. (more…)


San Francisco 49ers fans suspect Brandon Jacobs gave New York Giants their gameplan


San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is suspected of giving the New York Giants, his former team, the ‘Niner gameplan before the two teams squared off Sunday afternoon. Photo by: Zennie Abraham / Flickr

BY DAN BENTON, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

Losing graciously is not something that often occurs in the city of San Francisco. Following the 2011 NFC Championship game, players and coaches of the San Francisco 49ers were quick to point fingers at each other, claiming they had beaten themselves. That’s a mantra that continued this week as the New York Giants came to town – a week in which the 49ers vowed revenge. However, after a 26-3 beatdown courtesy of Big Blue, they were left speechless.

The same cannot be said about their fans, however. In a desperate attempt to explain away their embarrassing performance on Sunday, several fans took to 49ers forums and message boards suggesting that running back Brandon Jacobs, angry over not playing, supplied his former teammates with the 49ers’ week six gameplan.

“I’m telling you man, I have a really hard time believing there’s no chance Jacobs did something fishy. It straight up LOOKED like they knew our entire gameplan and everything we were gonna do, then when you factor in we have a player who’s been documented as being pissed at the coaching staff for never playing, AND that he used to play for our opponent and is clearly still very buddy-buddy with them based on his post-game actions, it’s very very very very VERY fishy,” wrote one fan on 49erswebzone.

The conspiracy theorists point to Jacobs’ actions before and after the game, in which he spent with his former teammates both on the field and in the locker-room. And unlike wide receiver Mario Manningham, Jacobs did appear to be doing more than visiting. It’s almost as if he wanted to be packed up and shipped back to New Jersey on the plane, but that is hardly an indication of treason.

“I heard that Ahmad Bradshaw was on the sidelines giving Giants safeties heads up on the routes 49ers WRs were going to run…somethin’ ain’t right,” another fan posted.

After eight years in New York, it’s no real surprise that Jacobs has some close ties to the team. That said, he was hungry and wanted nothing more than to put on the pads and run through the team that opted not to re-sign him. And he most certainly did not hand over any gameplan. But with no straws left to grasp at, 49ers fans are just left tossing that brown stuff up against the walls … hoping something sticks. (more…)


Couch Side Podcast: Episode 22 — Silva the Spider


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul begin their eight-part series that previews the 2012-2013 NFL season. In Title Talk our hosts discuss how good of a fighter Anderson Silva is. And in Quick Snippets, we break down the possible Dwight Howard trade to the Brooklyn Nets and the MLB Homerun Derby.

Click below to stream, download or subscribe to the Couch Side podcast, which now also airs on 89.1 FM every Wednesday at 4 p.m. across the Big Horn Basin.

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Jim Harbaugh: Niners never chased Peyton Manning


BY ZACK KELBERMAN, Feedcrossing.com syndication

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh denies his team ever pursued star quarterback Peyton Manning. Photo by: Derek Peterson / Flickr

Now that the 49ers have gone all in with Alex Smith, coach Jim Harbaugh took the time to dismiss a popular notion of who he supposedly wanted under center.

While addressing reporters Wednesday, Harbaugh stated the team was never seriously interested in signing then-free agent Peyton Manning this offseason, calling it an “erroneous perception” that is “silly and phony.”

Harbaugh then went on to praise the incumbent Smith, who appeared to have one foot out the door despite reaching the NFC Championship Game in 2011.

“I’ve said it all along, Alex Smith has been our quarterback,” Harbaugh said. “There’s no scenario other than Alex choosing to sign with another team that we would have considered him not as our quarterback. It’s time to set the record straight. (more…)


LaMichael James’ Role In The NFL


BY JASON HARTZOG, Feedcrossing.com syndication

Despite having a handful of running backs already on their roster, the San Francisco 49ers selected Oregon running back LaMichael James with the 61st pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Photo by: Neon Tommy / Flickr

With the 61st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers were proud to select LaMichael James, running back, Oregon.

The 49ers are now stacked at the running back position. They have recently signed Brandon Jacobs this offseason and they still have a stud in Frank Gore. Running backs Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter are also on the roster. I look at LaMichael as an upgrade to what Kendall Hunter brought to the table. He is a smaller back with a ton of speed. But James brings a lot more than just speed to the table.

LaMichael knows what it is like to play for a winning program … and produce. His years at the University of Oregon were very kind to him. He ran for 1,500+ yards in all three years to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 conference (formally known as Pac-10) each year. In his final season, he had four 200 yard games that helped him record a college career high of 1,805 rushing yards. This was done even after missing two games in the middle of the season due to a dislocated elbow. In his second game back from the injury he looked like he was back to his old self as he ran for 156 yards and a touchdown after being limited to just 13 carries in his first game back.

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Where is Manning headed?


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchsideshow.com contributor

An ongoing feud between Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may mean the 11-time Pro Bowler could end up with another team this offseason. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

With media from all over the country in Indianapolis to watch the Super Bowl, there has been plenty of time to analyze the Peyton Manning situation. Will the Colts let him go, keep him to teach Stanford’s Andrew Luck, or build around him in this April’s upcoming draft?

The ugly spat between Manning and Jim Isray is very public, and after all the things said in the past week, each day passing, there’s less hope for Manning to continue his career in Indy. With Manning healthy, there could potentially be half the teams in the NFL asking about him. Some obvious landing spots for the future hall of fame quarterback are the Washington Redskins, the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. But keep an eye out for the Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans. The only reason I didn’t put the San Francisco 49ers as a suitor is because as bad as Alex Smith has been in the past, this season he was a Kyle Williams away from heading to the Super Bowl.

Here’s my take on who will wind up with Mr. Manning.

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