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  49ers | Aubrayo Franklin hired    Wed Jan 28, 10:04 AM

Former DT Aubrayo Franklin was hired by the San Francisco 49ers as a defensive assistant coach Wednesday, Jan. 28.

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  49ers | Tony Sparano good news for Vernon Davis?    Thu Jan 22, 10:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Tony Sparano tutored Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten in his first two years in the NFL, and ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez believes TE Vernon Davis could benefit from having Sparano as a position coach.

Footballguys view: Davis needs to bounce back in a big way in 2015. His 26 catches were the lowest total since his rookie season of 2006 (20), and his 245 yards receiving were a career low. Basically, anything can help here.

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  49ers | SF tight end production was awful    Thu Jan 22, 06:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had just two touchdowns in 2014, and they both came in Week 1. He also wasn't targeted at all in the red zone after the opening weekend of the regular season after catching 13 TDs in 2013. San Fran tight ends combined for just 39 catches for 423 yards (10.9 yards per catch) in 2014.

Footballguys view: Awful might be a nice way of putting it. As Charles Barkley would say, Davis was "turrible" in 2014. The Niners and Davis hope that the hiring of Tony Sparano as the new tight ends coach can fix that heading into 2015.

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  49ers | Eric Mangini gets three-year deal    Thu Jan 22, 06:02 PM

Updating a previous item, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini was signed to an undisclosed three-year deal to serve as the new defensive coordinator.

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  49ers | Tony Sparano being hired    Thu Jan 22, 02:22 PM

Former Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is being hired by the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Jan. 22, as their new tight ends coach, according to sources.

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  49ers | Pursuing Tony Sparano    Thu Jan 22, 04:20 AM

Tony Sparano, the former Oakland Raiders head coach, is being pursued by the San Francisco 49ers. The team may be looking at Sparano for the tight ends coaching position, which Sparano did early in his career.

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  49ers | Marc Trestman a candidate for OC position    Mon Jan 19, 06:30 PM

Former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has been linked to the offensive coordinator opening for the San Francisco 49ers.

Footballguys view: Trestman can build a successful offense when he's not shackled with a quarterback like Jay Cutler. Things didn't work out for Trestman as the head coach with the Bears, but he's still has a sharp mind for building offensive football.

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  49ers | Eric Wolford to become assistant OL coach    Mon Jan 19, 03:11 AM

The San Francisco 49ers will hire Eric Wolford, the former head coach at Youngstown State, as an assistant coach on the offensive line.

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  49ers | Mike Shanahan may be OC candidate    Sat Jan 17, 02:41 AM

Former head coach Mike Shanahan (Redskins) may be a candidate for the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator job.

Footballguys view: This is Mike and not Kyle Shanahan. It would be interesting if the senior Shanahan went back to being an offensive coordinator. He won two Super Bowls as the head coach of the Broncos, but his time as Washington's head coach did not turn out well. We thought Shanahan would take some time off then get a head coaching gig, but perhaps he will start back at the coordinator level with his old team. He was the 49ers OC from 1992-94.

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  49ers | Kyle Shanahan turns down interview    Fri Jan 16, 11:39 AM

Free-agent offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (Browns) turned down an interview request for the offensive coordinator position with the team, per league sources.

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  49ers | Vic Fangio officially leaves team    Thu Jan 15, 01:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has officially left the team and is a free agent, according to a league source.

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  49ers | 49ers to promote Jim Tomsula to HC    Wed Jan 14, 05:13 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are set to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach. The two sides are ironing out the details.

Footballguys view: Tomsula leapfrogs defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for the job. He was also the interim coach between Mike Singletary and Jim Harbaugh. This signals that the 49ers don't want to make any major changes and believe their blueprint and personnel are still championship quality after a down year. They were a play away from a Super Bowl title and a play away from a Super Bowl berth from 2011-2013, so that approach seems wise.

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  49ers | Shayne Skov signed to futures deal    Fri Jan 9, 05:23 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed LB Shayne Skov to a futures contract Friday, Jan. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Skov is shot out of a cannon as a run-defender, but he lacks the agility and speed to cover at the pro level. He's a two-down thumper only.

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  49ers | Vernon Davis' spot may be in jeopardy    Fri Jan 9, 02:59 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis' roster spot for 2015 could be in jeopardy, because he is scheduled to make $4.95 million next season.

Footballguys view: To quote Charles Barkley, Davis was 'turrible' in 2014. His 245 yards receiving represents a career low for the veteran tight end. His two receiving touchdowns ties a career low as well. We're likely to see Davis move on for 2015.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick to develop as pocket passer    Fri Jan 9, 01:00 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has enlisted the help of former QB Kurt Warner this offseason in order to help him develop as a pocket passer. "He's gotten by on athleticism, and he's made some great plays and had some great games. But I think the goal is in the time that I'm going to have with him is just to see where he's at and what he knows about the position and how far we can push the envelope as far as helping him develop as a pocket passer,' Warner said. Kaepernick ranked 20th in the league with a career-low 86.4 passer rating this season.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick is a 'pure-sight' thrower. This means he fails to anticipate where receivers are going in their routes and he just throws to a spot. He needs to develop better passing skills or the 49ers are going to move on. Former head coach Jim Harbaugh was a big believer in Kaepernick, but now he's gone to Michigan. Any new coach will have to figure out a way to improve Kaepernick's raw skill set.

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  49ers | Rex Ryan has 49ers as first choice    Fri Jan 9, 07:35 AM

Free-agent head coach Rex Ryan (Jets) has the San Francisco 49ers atop the list of teams he would like to coach, but it is not known what the 49ers' choice is at the top. Ryan's second choice is the Atlanta Falcons.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the coaching carousel gets going here in a bit. All of the openings are still open at the time we write this update. That's unusual for this point in the NFL postseason.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick to train with Kurt Warner    Wed Jan 7, 12:29 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will train in the Phoenix area at EXOS performance where he will study with former NFL QB Kurt Warner and quarterback coach Dennis Gile during the offseason. Warner will work with Kaepernick on film study and 7-on-7 drills.

Footballguys view: This is a positive sign for the young quarterback as he needs all the help he can get. Kaepernick is a pure-sight thrower and currently lacks the anticipation to be an effective pocket passer. We'll see if working with Warner can help.

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  49ers | Lawrence Okoye signs    Fri Jan 2, 05:16 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed DE Lawrence Okoye to a Reserve/Futures contract Friday, Jan. 2.


  49ers | Rex Ryan to interview with Niners    Tue Dec 30, 09:56 PM

Updating a previous report, former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has an interview scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers for their vacant head coaching position. The interview is scheduled for sometime next week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Ryan is going to be one of the hottest--if not the hottest--name for teams to look at as a head coach. Things didn't end well with the Jets, but Ryan will get a chance to prove himself with another team.

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  49ers | Vic Fangio interviews for top spot    Tue Dec 30, 09:55 PM

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio interviewed for the team's vacant head coaching position Tuesday, Dec. 30, a source said. Fangio has been the team's defensive coordinator for the past four seasons.

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  49ers | Sign several to Reserve/Futures contracts    Tue Dec 30, 04:24 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed RB Kendall Gaskins, TE Xavier Grimble, WR Lance Lewis, OT Chris Martin and DT Garrison Smith to Reserve/Futures contracts Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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  49ers | Jim Harbaugh and Niners part ways    Sun Dec 28, 08:10 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and the organization have agreed to mutually part ways, free-and-clear, meaning no money is owed, he wasn't fired, and he will not be traded.

Footballguys view: This is an unusual arrangement, despite its simplicity. The bottom line is that both parties feel like they'd be better off paired up with someone else. It is widely believed that Harbaugh will take over at his alma mater, Michigan.


  49ers | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 28, 03:48 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Ahmad Brooks, RB Carlos Hyde, FS Eric Reid, QB Josh X. Johnson, CB Perrish Cox, WR Stevie Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock inactive for Week 17.

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  49ers | Friday injury report    Fri Dec 26, 06:45 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle), WR Stevie Johnson (knee) and S Eric Reid (concussion) have been ruled out for Week 17. CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), LB Ahmad Brooks (thumb), CB Perrish Cox (shoulder) and WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) are questionable. CB Chris Culliver (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (groin), C Marcus Martin (illness) and DE Justin Smith (back) are probable.

Footballguys view: Frank Gore will get another full workload with Hyde out, but the Cardinals are one of the worst matchups in the league for running backs not named Marshawn Lynch.

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  49ers | Michael Crabtree listed as probable     Fri Dec 26, 06:42 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) is probable for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Crabtree could play more snaps than he did last week against the Chargers, but he's still not a great play against Arizona. It will be fascinating to see how the free agent market handles the former top 10 pick.

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  49ers | Alex Boone, Raymond Ventrone to IR    Fri Dec 26, 06:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone (knee) and S Ray Ventrone (groin) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Dec. 26. CB Cameron Fuller was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster, and the team signed WR Trindon Holliday to an undisclosed two-year deal in corresponding moves.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick could work with QB coach    Fri Dec 26, 05:40 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is open to the possibility of using an independent quarterback coach in the first three months of the offseason. Players aren't allowed to work with their NFL coaches from the end of the season until April 6, at the earliest. "It's hard to break habits in season," Kaepernick said. "You don't want to completely try to change something because it can throw off everything else you're doing.'

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  49ers | Sign Trindon Holliday     Fri Dec 26, 02:51 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed WR Trindon Holliday (Giants) Friday, Dec. 26. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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   49ers | Michael Crabtree ready to go    Thu Dec 25, 09:38 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) was a full participant in practice for the second day in a row Thursday, Dec. 25.

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  49ers | Thursday practice report    Thu Dec 25, 09:32 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone (knee), CB Perrish Cox (shoulder), RB Carlos Hyde (ankle), WR Steve Johnson (knee), FS Eric Reid (head), DE Justin Smith (back) and SS Ray Ventrone (groin) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 25. C Marcus Martin (illness), CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), LB Ahmad Brooks (thumb), CB Chris Culliver (knee) and WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) were limited participants, and WR Brandon Lloyd (groin) practiced in full.

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  49ers | Bruce Ellington limited in practice    Wed Dec 24, 07:26 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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  49ers | Michael Crabtree goes full out    Wed Dec 24, 07:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde misses practice    Wed Dec 24, 07:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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  49ers | Wednesday's practice report    Wed Dec 24, 06:43 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone (knee), CB Perrish Cox (shoulder), WR Stevie Johnson (knee), C Marcus Martin (illness), FS Eric Reid (concussion), DE Justin Smith (back) and SS Ray Ventrone (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 24. CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), LB Ahmad Brooks (thumb) and CB Chris Culliver (knee) were listed as limited participants, while WR Brandon Lloyd (groin) took part in a full session.

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  49ers | Michael Crabtree uncertain about future    Wed Dec 24, 06:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree is uncertain if he will be back in San Francisco next year. Crabtree will be a free agent next year.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if Crabtree returns to the 49ers. Once a favorite target of Colin Kaepernick, Crabtree is nearly irrelevant in this offense.

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  49ers | Frank Gore wants to stay in SF    Wed Dec 24, 05:15 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore said he would like to return to the team next season. Gore is the franchise's all-time leading rusher, and he needs just 38 yards in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals to reach his fourth straight 1,000-yard season and eighth in 10 seasons.

Footballguys view: Gore said he hasn't had talks with the front office about returning next year, but general manager Trent Baalke said there is mutual interest in keeping him around. The price will have to be right for the veteran back to stick around in San Francisco.

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  49ers | 49ers work out Zach Hocker    Wed Dec 24, 12:01 AM

Free-agent PK Zach Hocker (Redskins) worked out for the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, Dec. 23.

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  49ers | Michael Crabtree expected to play    Tue Dec 23, 03:34 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (back) is expected to be ready for Week 17, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Footballguys view: Crabtree is pretty much a non-factor this year for the 49ers. He's yet to record a 100-yard receiving game this year, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 11.

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  49ers | Sign Garrison Smith    Tue Dec 23, 02:09 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent DT Garrison Smith (Saints) to the practice squad Tuesday, Dec. 23.

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  49ers | Chris Borland to IR    Sun Dec 21, 07:27 AM

San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland (ankle) was placed on injured reserve prior to the team's game Saturday, Dec. 20, against the San Diego Chargers. LB Chase Thomas was promoted from the practice squad to fill the roster spot.

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  49ers | Bruce Ellington, Brandon Lloyd injured    Sat Dec 20, 11:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's Week 16 game, and WR Brandon Lloyd (groin) is questionable to return.

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  49ers | Eric Reid ruled out    Sat Dec 20, 10:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers FS Eric Reid (head) has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's game Saturday, Dec. 20, after being diagnosed with a concussion.

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  49ers | Eric Reid suffers head injury    Sat Dec 20, 09:11 PM

San Francisco 49ers FS Eric Reid (head) left the team's Week 16 game against the San Diego Chargers Saturday, Dec. 20, and is being evaluated for a head injury.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde inactive    Sat Dec 20, 07:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) is inactive Saturday, Dec. 20.

Footballguys view: We'll see Alphonso Smith with a larger role this week for the 49ers.

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  49ers | Week 16 Inactives    Sat Dec 20, 07:01 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Ahmad Brooks, OG Andrew Tiller, RB Carlos Hyde, OG Joe Looney, QB Josh X. Johnson, WR Stevie Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock inactive for Week 16.

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  49ers | Frank Gore will play Saturday    Sat Dec 20, 03:48 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) will play Saturday, Dec. 20, against the San Diego Chargers.

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  49ers | Frank Gore questionable    Fri Dec 19, 05:34 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is questionable for Week 16.

Footballguys view: As long as Gore is cleared, he'll get the start and the bulk of the workload against the Chargers.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde ruled out    Fri Dec 19, 05:23 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not practice Friday, Dec. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

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  49ers | Michael Crabtree questionable    Fri Dec 19, 05:19 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (back) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is questionable for Week 16.

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  49ers | Friday practice report for Week 16    Fri Dec 19, 05:05 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland (ankle), CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring) and WR Stevie Johnson (knee) all did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and have been ruled out for Week 16. LB Ahmad Brooks (thumb) and OT Anthony Davis (concussion) both were limited in practice and are questionable. CB Perrish Cox (ankle), CB Chris Culliver (knee), DT Quinton Dial (knee), DE Tony Jerod-Eddie (foot), OT Jonathan Martin (illness), C Marcus Martin (knee), LS Kyle Nelson (back) and DE Justin Smith (back) all fully practiced and are probable. S Ray Ventrone (groin) and LB Michael Wilhoite (hip) both were limited in practice and are questionable.

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