5:04 AM EDT, Fri October 21, 2016
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Shot of the Game: Chemistry on display on Marleau goal

Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture played tic-tac-toe en route to a goal against the Penguins.

Team unlikely to pass on quarterback in ’17

Kizer (Notre Dame), Watson (Clemson) and Kelly (Mississippi) could be the top quarterbacks in the 2017 draft. The three-day event is 189 days away, but supporters of going-nowhere teams (hello, 49ers) with quarterback issues (hi, again) already have circled the dates in red ink on their calendars. “I don’t believe that there is an absolute slam-dunk franchise quarterback — at least there doesn’t appear to be — right now,” Rang said. The 49ers are one of four teams (Chargers, Falcons, and Panthers) that hasn’t used a top-200 pick on a quarterback in the past five drafts and...

Charles Haley talks about his demons

Remember when the 49ers and Cowboys once dominated the NFL landscape? It’s hard to believe that for some of us that was 20 years ago. So for those who do remember those years, or want to know more about 49ers’ history, THE key player in that rivalry, Charles Haley. He just came out with a book, “Fear no evil: Tackling quarterbacks and demons on my way to the Hall of Fame,” tracks Haley’s struggles and triumphs during his quest for five Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and Cowboys. Swapped to the Cowboys after the 49ers tired of him in 1991, the Cowboys quickly gained the upper hand...

Chip Kelly on Colin Kaepernick: “The wind was a bigger factor I think in his first time out.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Chip Kelly’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   With the second full week of practice that QB Colin Kaepernick has taken most of the reps, is there anything specific that you look for him to build on during the week of practice? “I think […]

Kelly on commitment to 49ers: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

The 49ers won’t have their fourth head coach in four seasons in 2017. Today, Kelly, who signed a four-year, $24 million contract in January, was asked if he was committed to staying with the reeling 49ers beyond this season. On Wednesday, CBS Sports reported “several coaches” in the NFL expected Kelly to leave after the season and return to college, where there could be openings at LSU, Texas, Penn State and Oregon.

Draft gaffes leave glaring roster gaps

In Week 4, 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a torn Achilles tendon that ended his season. In Week 6, running back Carlos Hyde sustained a shoulder injury and head coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday it would be a “stretch” for him to play Sunday against Tampa Bay. The deficiencies at the positions at least partly explain why the 49ers (1-5) are on their first five-game losing streak since 2010 and have the NFL’s third-worst point margin (minus-58). Baalke’s decisions were questioned in April when he didn’t select an inside linebacker and waited until the sixth round...

Chip Kelly’s play-calling sabotaged Colin Kaepernick’s return

This is about Colin Kaepernick, Chip Kelly and cognitive dissonance. You’ve heard of cognitive dissonance. It means “mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs.” In the case of the 49ers, there are two big existing beliefs — “Chip Kelly is a good coach,” […]

One problem with the 49ers? They’re a poor judge of character

If there’s a theme to winning in sports lately, it’s character. The San Francisco Giants won three titles in five years, not because they had the best talent, but because they acquired gritty players willing to sacrifice and who performed well in the clutch. The Patriots’ unwavering run of success is based upon a head

49ers RB Hyde expects to return after bye

Niners running back Carlos Hyde acknowledged today he probably can’t reach his offseason goal of making 16 starts, but 15 remains within reach. Hyde said he expects to miss Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with a shoulder injury, but he’ll be able to return after the bye when the 49ers host the Saints on Nov. 6. Hyde said running backs coach Tom Rathman eventually pulled him from the game. Hyde missed 11 of 32 games in his first two NFL seasons, nine in 2015 when he sustained a stress fracture in his foot. Cornerback Rashard Robinson, who has replaced Ward in the starting lineup,...

Many unhappy returns: Kickoffs another issue for 49ers

The 49ers’ offense is ranked 32nd in the NFL, their defense is ranked 27th and, well, their special teams isn’t doing so hot, either. The 49ers rank 30th in the league in yards per return (17.5) and they have lost fumbles in their past two games that have set up short scoring drives. On Sunday, in a 45-16 loss to the Bills, wide receiver Keshawn Martin lost a fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a 27-yard touchdown drive and a 38-16 lead. In Week 5, in a 33-21 loss to the Cardinals, cornerback Chris Davis lost a fumble in the third quarter that led to a 14-yard touchdown drive and...

Kelly: 49ers RB Hyde unlikely to play vs. Bucs

Carlos Hyde won’t practice again today and it would be “stretch” for the running back to play Sunday when the 49ers host the Buccaneers, head coach Chip Kelly said today. Hyde sustained a shoulder injury Sunday in a 45-16 loss to the Bills and his right arm remains in a sling. Hyde, who is averaging 3.9 yards a carry, ranks 11th in the NFL in rushing yards (429) and is tied for second with six rushing touchdowns. Of the 82 running backs with at least 10 carries this season, Draughn (2.1) and Davis (1.8) ranks 78th and 79th, respectively, in yards per attempt. The other...

The Mission gets a new mural honoring Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick now has the distinction of having two murals in the Bay Area.

49ers’ Jim O’Neil finds positives in his struggling defense

49ers’ Jim O’Neil finds positives in his struggling defense Say this for 49ers’ under-fire defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil: Five losses later, it might be one of the best calls O’Neil has made this season. The 49ers have followed their 28-0 victory over the Rams with a string of ugliness. During their five-game losing streak, they have allowed five 100-yard running backs and averages of 37 points and 430.8 yards. Given those unsightly stats, it was surprising that O’Neil began his weekly news conference Tuesday on a sunny note. After surrendering 491 yards — and 28...

Plenty of big-time performances in NFL Week 6

Plenty of big-time performances in NFL Week 6 The biggest news from Week 6 was Ben Roethlisberger’s knee surgery, which will sideline him for an undetermined period of time. Or that the young Jedi went to Lambeau and beat the cheddar out of the Packers? No wait, it had to be Zeke Elliott racking up 157 rushing yards against what was allegedly the NFL’s stingiest run defense. Drew Brees’ 465-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Panthers broke a tie with Peyton Manning for most 400-yard regular-season performances in a career. Despite some reservations, I feel compelled...

Jim O’Neil: “Obviously right now we’re not where we want to be.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Jim O’Neil’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   Opening comments: “Obviously right now we’re not where we want to be as a defense. But, on a positive note, I do see growth. I do see some young guys getting a lot better. I saw […]