3:56 AM EST, Thu January 24, 2019
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Earl Mitchell sends farewell message to 49ers

Earl Mitchell sends farewell message to 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are parting ways with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, and both parties confirmed the news on Wednesday. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport had the news first, the 49ers confirmed it shortly after with local media, and now Mitchell has offered his own confirmation via Twitter. I’m very thankful for my time with the Niners. I put my heart and soul into this game so as always, I’m thankful for every opportunity. Good luck to all of my brothers especially in the d-line room. pic.twitter.com/NqVemq1bZ9— BIG EARL (@EarlMitchell90) January 24, 2019 The move is not...
9 hours ago
Graham makes a lot of sense if the 49ers draft an edge rusher at #2

Graham makes a lot of sense if the 49ers draft an edge rusher at #2

The 49ers need edge rusher help, and free agency will be something to watch in light of the No. 2 overall pick. The San Francisco 49ers need to add edge rushers this offseason. They might try and make a big splash with someone like DeMarcus Lawrence, but more than likely the top four or five best free agent options are going to be franchised or otherwise signed before the market opens. The 49ers can find options at No. 2 in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the free agent market still offers some talented pass rushers. Philadelphia Eagles edge rusher Brandon Graham is one such talent, and a player...
13 hours ago
Report: 49ers will not pick up option on Earl Mitchell’s contract

Report: 49ers will not pick up option on Earl Mitchell’s contract

The 49ers appear set to move on to D.J. Jones at nose tackle The San Francisco 49ers would appear to be ready to move on from defensive tackle Earl Mitchell. The team is not expected to pick up an option they have on his contract, per NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. At the end of the season, general manager John Lynch told the media they would remain in constant communication with their players, but would not share the specifics at that point. On Tuesday, head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media he thought they would have some decisions made sooner rather than later with regard to both...
15 hours ago
Kyle Shanahan is a month ahead of schedule on his draft prospect evaluations

Kyle Shanahan is a month ahead of schedule on his draft prospect evaluations

An unexpected little twist in the 49ers pre-draft process. Much is being made of the San Francisco 49ers getting to coach the South roster at the 2019 Senior Bowl. They get a chance to see how players take to coaching on the field and in the classroom, and they get a chance to know these players a little better than if they were just in the stands. There is no doubting the direct evaluation value. But there is another part of the evaluation process where this will benefit the team. Kyle Shanahan said on Tuesday that he is already a month ahead of schedule in his college...
16 hours ago
Thoughts on this ESPN re-draft of the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft?

Thoughts on this ESPN re-draft of the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft?

The 49ers don’t change their right tackle situation, but do have a replacement at linebacker. The San Francisco 49ers were plenty busy during the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. On day one, they drafted offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick, and then traded away right tackle Trent Brown. On day two, they traded up from pick No. 59 to pick No. 44 to acquire wide receiver Dante Pettis. McGlinchey is looking like a core piece of the offensive line, and Pettis had a strong run late in the season before a season-ending injury cut it short. Both are looking like...
Jan 22, 2019
Watch Katie Sowers discussing route concepts with Senior Bowl receivers

Watch Katie Sowers discussing route concepts with Senior Bowl receivers

I wonder if she might get promoted soon. The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff is putting the South squad through their paces at the 2019 Senior Bowl, and that affords us a unique opportunity. NFL Network broadcasts chunks of practice, which includes position coaches working with players. Since this is about evaluation rather than winning a football game, the broadcast offers an inside look at the coaching process. The 49ers staff is not concerned about giving away secrets to the Raiders coaching staff, and so we get an inside look at the coaches. Offensive assistant Katie Sowers showed up...
Jan 22, 2019
Live TV is the best

Live TV is the best

Live TV, y’all! It really is the best. NFL Network is providing some live coverage of the 2019 Senior Bowl practices, and with live coverage comes the occasional naughty word. The San Francisco 49ers are coaching the South roster, and head coach Kyle Shanahan had some closing thoughts about being prepared and taking care of their business this week. And he wanted to make it very clear how he felt. VERY clear. You can give the video below a watch. I don’t think it will ever get old hearing coaches actually being real humans who swear and everything. And the awkward scramble by the NFL...
Jan 22, 2019
49ers, Raiders provided advice on late Senior Bowl additions

49ers, Raiders provided advice on late Senior Bowl additions

This offers some insight into 49ers interests. Each year, the Senior Bowl committee selects a roster of players and as is the case with any postseason event, sometimes players have to back out for one reason or another. When it comes to the Senior Bowl, it is usually injury related, although for some players it is to avoid injury rather than simply rehab an injury. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy offered an intriguing bit of insight in the selection process during his recent podcast chat with Matt Maiocco. When January arrives and the Senior Bowl is figuring out replacement players,...
Jan 22, 2019
Mike Lefleur, Mike McDaniel to split Senior Bowl play-calling duties

Mike Lefleur, Mike McDaniel to split Senior Bowl play-calling duties

This will be an interesting test for the two offensive assistants. During the NFL season, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan handles offensive play-calling duties. His offensive position coaches provide input into the game-plan, but during the game it’s Shanahan offering the calls. This weekend at the 2019 Senior Bowl, it appears the 49ers will shake things up with play-calling duties. Shanahan told the media on Tuesday assistants Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniel will split the duties. Kyle Shanahan said that wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Mike Lefleur and run...
Jan 22, 2019
Jimmy Garoppolo is throwing with Jerick McKinnon

Jimmy Garoppolo is throwing with Jerick McKinnon

John Lynch offered the latest update on the 49ers ACL buddies. The San Francisco 49ers are overhauling their training staff and strength and conditioning staff, but rehab work continues apace for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon. And general manager John Lynch had an update on their progress. Lynch spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Movin’ The Chains show on Monday, and he told them that recently he looked out his office window and saw Garoppolo throwing the football with McKinnon. There is a difference between just throwing the ball, and being ready to throw...
Jan 22, 2019
Live Twitter updates from Senior Bowl weigh-ins, practices, & more

Live Twitter updates from Senior Bowl weigh-ins, practices, & more

The big week is upon us, and opens with the weigh-ins and some press conferences. Welcome to Senior Bowl week! The San Francisco 49ers coaching and scouting staff are down in Mobile, Alabama for the first big event of the 2019 NFL Draft offseason process. Teams have been scouting and ranking players throughout the past six months, but this is the first time every team will be together to evaluate a large group of prospects in one place. The 49ers and Oakland Raiders have a big edge this weekend as they are serving as coaching staffs for the South and North rosters, respectively. Every team...
Jan 21, 2019
Replay: NFL will consider rule changes to make PI calls subject to review

Replay: NFL will consider rule changes to make PI calls subject to review

Sean Payton might have a thing or two to say about this. The NFC Championship Game ended with considerable controversy following a missed no-call on one of the more egregious defensive pass interference calls in recent memory. Add in a helmet-to-helmet hit in a season where that has been a point of emphasis, and it is baffling there was no flag. This was the most obvious issue in Sunday’s game, but the Saints both benefited from bad officiating against the Rams and hurt themselves with some shockingly bad decisions on that final drive. The decision to throw on first and third down rather...
Jan 21, 2019
NFL announces International Series, 49ers not headed abroad

NFL announces International Series, 49ers not headed abroad

Some wonder if this will impact a Hard Knocks decision at all. The NFL announced the International Series schedule for 2019, and the San Francisco 49ers will not be traveling abroad. The international slate includes the following five games, with four in London and one in Mexico City. Mexico City: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles ChargersLondon: Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersLondon: Chicago Bears vs. Oakland RaidersLondon: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles RamsLondon: Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars​​ The 49ers beat writers thought the road game against the Bucs...
Jan 21, 2019
How do you grade the free agent addition of K’Waun Williams?

How do you grade the free agent addition of K’Waun Williams?

Time to grade every 49ers roster addition from the 2018 offseason. Today, we look at center Weston Richburg. The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the 2018 season and they have begun their work to prepare for 2019 free agency and the NFL draft. The coaches and scouts will be in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, but there is plenty more to be done as they get ready to build on a disappointing 2018 campaign. We’ll be breaking down plenty of what that means, but in the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at the season that was for the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury sent things south,...
Jan 21, 2019
Senior Bowl probably won’t change 49ers mock drafts, but.....

Senior Bowl probably won’t change 49ers mock drafts, but.....

Quarterbacks Drew Lock and Daniel Jones have a lot to prove this week. The 2019 Senior Bowl gets underway this week, with the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff putting the South roster through their paces. They won’t get to work with Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen, but there is plenty of talent the 49ers will have an edge in assessing. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar is back with his latest 2019 NFL mock draft, and the top two picks remain the same for the fourth straight week. Allen goes second to the 49ers, and Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa tops the mock. Over the past three weeks, Alabama...

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