Ahmad Brooks knew where to find the Rams quarterback throughout most of the game, as he came through with two of the 49ers’ five sacks in their 31-17 victory in St. Louis. Brooks may have been a little unclear on whom he pursued and sacked, based on his postgame interview. Q: Ahmad, is there a difference from seeing Austin Davis […]
The 49ers are currently the No. 2 defense in the league in total yards allowed, and they’re allowing the fourth-lowest number of passing yards per game (205.6) and the third-lowest QB rating (75.7). And that’s without a really strong pass rush, which means the secondary — a huge question mark coming into this season — […]
The stats tell a very favorable story, but they don’t tell the whole story. Behind allowing just 22 rushing yards and no points against the Eagles was a week of preparation that got them ready for not just the Eagles’ tempo, but their playbook as well. The result was a game-saving, and possibly season-saving, performance punctuated by […]
Frank Gore couldn’t even bring himself to talk to reporters after last week’s loss in Arizona. The entire team seemed to be pulling in a million different directions, blowing assignments and committing penalties with abnormal frequency for a team that was known for being so solid for three years. After their first win at Levi’s […]
It was a baseball-themed press conference for Vic Fangio, who has a favorite team. “The Phillies, I’m embarrassed to say.” Besides a few mentions of a non-football sport, this press conference was unique in that a reporter from CNN was in attendance and trying to get information out of Fangio that she had no chance […]
At first glance it seems like Shayne Skov chose the bumpiest path to an NFL roster. The former Stanford linebacker may have gone undrafted after posting lackluster workout times (a calf injury kept him out of the combine and a hamstring injury slowed him during his pro day), but multiple teams were interested in his services as […]
This could’ve blown up in their faces. The 49ers sent Aldon Smith off to rehab, or at least convinced him to take a leave of absence, and they were without him for five games. They had no idea what kind of person Smith would be when he got back, never mind the player. Aldon Smith […]
Yesterday I broke down the defenses that the 49ers faced in 2011, along with those they’ll face in 2012. The news was...
San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio answered questions today in Santa Clara, and while he said some things about Aldon Smith (they want him playing every down) and forcing turnovers (they expect to match or surpass the 38 takeaways they accumulated last season), there was a quote I found interesting about the NFL’s greatest […]
When Jim Harbaugh took the job, the San Francisco 49ers were damaged goods. Good damaged goods, but damaged just the same. Not...
Anyone who writes about the 49ers is in a different predicament than usual. Before, it was a race to assign blame. Now,...