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Golden Nuggets: What do we do with ourselves during the bye week?

Golden Nuggets: What do we do with ourselves during the bye week?

Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Sunday, October 17, 2021 How is everyone spending the bye week? Do you get away from football today or are you tuned in watching Red Zone? Takeo Spikes’ three keys for 49ers’ 2021 season turnaround “No. 1, this team is only converting on the offensive side on third down 35 percent of the time, let’s go back two years ago when they went to the Super Bowl, they were converting at 45 percent. In order for this team to get ahead, they have to do better on third down,” Spikes...
Oct 16, 2021
Golden Nuggets: More details come out about Tom Brady wanting to join the 49ers

Golden Nuggets: More details come out about Tom Brady wanting to join the 49ers

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday, October 16, 2021 I expect the 49ers to name Jimmy Garoppolo as the quarterback not only for Sunday’s game for the remainder of the season. Then, I expect there to be some backlash. If I were the head coach, I’d start Trey Lance. That would have been to begin the season, though. The 49ers are in a place where they have to win. Jimmy Garoppolo likely gives San Francisco the best chance to win “today,” which is how all NFL coaches think: in the now. The Colts are not a good football team and...
Oct 15, 2021
Kyle Shanahan isn’t anywhere near the hot seat

Kyle Shanahan isn’t anywhere near the hot seat

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ This has been the biggest overreaction to the 49ers three-game losing streak It’s the 49ers bye week, which means that organic football talk is hard to come by, and the majority of topics will be manufactured out of sheer boredom/lack of content. The hot button this week has been head coach Kyle Shanahan. A large portion of the fanbase proclaiming his job should be in jeopardy on the heels of a three-game losing streak. Of course, that’s due to his overall record during his tenure in San Francisco, which currently sits...
Oct 15, 2021
Trey Lance is really strong: Three plays to prove it

Trey Lance is really strong: Three plays to prove it

Chris Coduto-USA TODAY Sports In his first start, the future of the franchise demonstrated the many ways that he sets himself apart from a traditional quarterback. Most obviously? His strength. So much of the discussion around Trey Lance coming out of college revolved around his accuracy, processing, and lack of playing time. Some of these narratives have born themselves out to be relevant as he adjusts to the NFL, and others have proven to be nothing more than conjecture with some less than wholesome undertones. An area that remained undisputed by all parties during...
Oct 15, 2021
Cardinals trade for Eagles TE Zach Ertz

Cardinals trade for Eagles TE Zach Ertz

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ The NFC West leader just got better The Arizona Cardinals have traded for Philadelphia Eagles three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz in exchange for CB Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick. The Cardinals lost TE Maxx Williams to a severe injury against the 49ers for the season. The Cardinals will pay Zach Ertz full remaining salary, which should be around $5.6 million. The 31-year-old has 18 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns, including one Thursday night against the Buccaneers. Ertz will be a weapon to an already potent Cardinals...
Oct 15, 2021
NFC West roundup heading into Week 6: The 49ers have some ground to make up

NFC West roundup heading into Week 6: The 49ers have some ground to make up

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ The Niners shouldn’t be in last place after this weekend Week 5 saw the Cardinals come out on top at home against the 49ers and the Rams sneak out a victory against the Seahawks. San Francisco San Francisco is now 0-2 in the division and at home and likely can’t afford more than one more divisional loss if they want to win the NFC West. Here’s a look at the Week 6 schedule for each team. Cardinals (5-0) @ Browns (3-2) Cleveland opened the week as 2.5-point favorites and is now up to a 3.5-point favorite after Chandler...
Oct 15, 2021
49ers in Five: Steve Young thinks fans should trust Kyle Shanahan to develop Trey Lance

49ers in Five: Steve Young thinks fans should trust Kyle Shanahan to develop Trey Lance

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Easier said than done, Steve Steve Young gave a fascinating interview on KNBR earlier this week, where talked a lot about the philosophy of playing the quarterback position, and how that applies to Trey Lance. In today’s 49ers in Five podcast, I highlighted one of the most interesting thoughts from the interview: “Quarterbacking is really about coming to a place where no matter how crazy it is, how intense the moment, it’s how quiet your mind is. Because when your mind is quiet, and you own the data, and you own the moment, then your...
Oct 15, 2021
Golden Nuggets: Joe Staley and Greg Cosell Weigh In On Trey Lance

Golden Nuggets: Joe Staley and Greg Cosell Weigh In On Trey Lance

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Friday, October 15, 2021 Some baseball game last night, huh? Let’s not talk about that. Steve Young Explains What 49ers Game Plan Said About Trey Lance “Quarterbacking is about coming to a place where no matter how crazy it is, how intense the moment — it’s how quiet your mind is. When your mind is quiet and you own the data, and you own the moment, then your body, that’s when the measure of you as an athlete comes out.... It’s a wonderful place to get to, but until it...
Oct 14, 2021
Buccaneers @ Eagles open thread: Tom Brady takes on Jalen Hurts

Buccaneers @ Eagles open thread: Tom Brady takes on Jalen Hurts

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Brady is 0-10 against the spread in primetime games The reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the road to face the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s Week 6, so rooting guides may feel a bit premature. However, I’d say we’re rooting for Philly to lose since it’s a foregone conclusion that the Bucs are likely going to win the NFC South. Center Ryan Jensen will play, but he’s dealing with a hip injury. Of course, that’s the last thing Brady wants: the Eagles have two above-average defensive tackles in Fletcher Cox and Javon...
Oct 14, 2021
Gold Standard: Why is Brandon Aiyuk being singled out

Gold Standard: Why is Brandon Aiyuk being singled out

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ It seems as though Aiyuk is the only player who gets negative publicity During his latest appearance on KNBR, 49ers GM John Lynch said that Brandon Aiyuk “hasn’t made the strides we expect him to.” Whether or not you believe that is true, it does beg a straightforward question that we tried to answer on today’s Gold Standard podcast: if the team is trying to hold people accountable for not improving year to year, why haven’t those standards applied to anyone else? For reasons that continue to make no sense...
Oct 14, 2021
Family, football & BBQ are the foundation for D.J. Jones’ success

Family, football & BBQ are the foundation for D.J. Jones’ success

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports “Anyone can burn a piece of meat, but the secret’s in the sauce.” Every professional football player had that moment where everything clicked, where they realized, ‘Hey, this is what I want to do for a living.’ D.J. Jones had a few. Back in the 1990s, D.J.’s dad, David “Big Dave” Jones, was the executive chef for the Dallas Cowboys, bringing his unique, homegrown BBQ flavor to some of the NFL’s best on and off the field. “Many days going to work, I brought D.J. with me and my other nephew,” said Big Dave. “On one...
Oct 14, 2021
Record predictions: Do you expect the 49ers to make the playoffs after starting 2-3?

Record predictions: Do you expect the 49ers to make the playoffs after starting 2-3?

Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Before the season, most of us predicted at least double-digit victories for the 49ers. Here’s how we think the remainder of the season will go Before the season, many of us expected anything fewer than double-digit wins for the 49ers would mean this year was a disappointment. San Francisco’s win total heading into 2021 was set at 10.5. It wasn’t just the fanbase that expected big things. At 2-3, disappointment would be an understatement. Thankfully, the Niners have plenty of time to turn things around. Here’s a look...
Oct 14, 2021
Former 49ers first-round pick Solomon Thomas is thriving in his first season with the Raiders

Former 49ers first-round pick Solomon Thomas is thriving in his first season with the Raiders

Photo by Chris Unger/ After failing to find consistent success in San Francisco, former 49ers top pick Solomon Thomas is having a breakout season with the Raiders. Former 49ers defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is quietly having the best success of his career in his first season with the Las Vegas Raiders. Despite playing less than half of the Raiders defensive snaps this season, Thomas has already racked up ten quarterback pressures and 2.5 sacks. After struggling to generate consistent pressure throughout his career in San Francisco, he seems to have found success in a...
Oct 14, 2021
NN prediction contest Week 6: Recharging on a bye week

NN prediction contest Week 6: Recharging on a bye week

Photo by Christian Petersen/ It’s the 49ers bye week The 49ers have a bye week which means we’ll get an extra game in our prediction contest. All times below are Pacific Standard time. Dolphins @ Jaguars- Sunday, October 17, 6:30 a.m. Vikings @ Panthers - Sunday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. Chargers @ Ravens - Sunday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. Cardinals @ Browns- Sunday, October 17, 1:05 p.m. Raiders @ Broncos- Sunday, October 17, 1:25 p.m. Seahawks @ Steelers- Sunday, October 17, 5:20 p.m. Visiting Team @ Home Team: Visiting Team score - Home Team score Using the Vikings @...
Oct 14, 2021
49ers in Five: Kyle Shanahan comments on the Jon Gruden situation

49ers in Five: Kyle Shanahan comments on the Jon Gruden situation

Photo by Daniel Shirey/ “I mean, it’s not OK to think those things, and it’s definitely not OK to say those things.” Seventeen years ago, Jon Gruden hired an offensive quality control coach named Kyle Shanahan. Nearly two decades later, that quality control coach is now running the San Francisco 49ers, and Jon Gruden has resigned in disgrace. Gruden’s former GM addressed the situation yesterday, and when Shanahan was asked about Gruden earlier this week on KNBR, here’s what he said: “I think it’s a lesson for everybody. I mean, not just people in...