Fantasy Football News & Views
49ers | No rushing TDs for Carlos Hyde after October Mon Feb 20, 01:01 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde scored six times as a rusher in September and October, but he failed to find the end zone on the ground after that, settling instead for three receiving touchdowns over that time. In addition, five of Hyde's rushing scores came against NFC West division rivals.Link to story
Carlos Hyde player page
49ers | Earl Mitchell to meet with 49ers this week Sun Feb 19, 02:14 PM
Free-agent DT Earl Mitchell (Dolphins) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: This is one of many stops for Mitchell. He was slowed by injuries during his time with the Dolphins, but he could be a rotational run-stuffer no matter where he lands.|
Earl Mitchell player page
49ers | SF interested in Jacob Tamme? Sun Feb 19, 10:01 AM
The San Francisco 49ers could be interested in impending free-agent TE Jacob Tamme if he doesn't re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple sources.
|Footballguys view: Tamme should follow Kyle Shanahan. He knows the system and could help guide the young players on the 49ers as they learn the complicated language of the offense.|
Jacob Tamme player page
49ers | San Francisco wants big plays Sat Feb 18, 12:19 AM
San Francisco 49ers running backs coach Bobby Turner said the plan is to use the running game to set up big plays down the field. 'It's tough to run the ball,' Turner said. 'We might only get a yard on that play. But by doing that, being consistent and continually trying to run the ball, you exploit them through the air with the play-action game.'
|Footballguys view: Carlos Hyde is the player to focus on here. In a contract year, Hyde is going to be in a very RB-friendly system and if healthy he could have a great season. Behind him, we're interested to see how Mike Davis continues to develop as a pro.|
49ers | Kyle Shanahan eyes long-term QB answer Sat Feb 18, 12:08 AM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he doesn't want a 'short-term fix' at the quarterback position and is looking for someone the franchise can commit to.
|Footballguys view: Shanahan has a six-year contract, so there's no rush for him to immediately tie his future to a quarterback. They'll be patient and find the right passer to lead the team into their next chapter. However, there's a possibility that quarterback isn't picked up this year in free agency or the draft.|
49ers | Torrey Smith excited for new offense Fri Feb 17, 10:58 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith said he is excited for head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense because he 'tailors it to people's strengths.'
|Footballguys view: He tailors it to the strengths of the players on his team...unless your name is Roddy White. The 49ers have many things to improve, and it remains to be seen if they'll add a true WR1 to the mix for 2017.|
Torrey Smith player page
49ers | Brian Hoyer on San Francisco's radar? Fri Feb 17, 10:22 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer could be pursued by the San Francisco 49ers, according to beat writer Matt Barrows.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers don't have to rush to find their franchise quarterback. However, they could use a veteran like Hoyer to start while a young player is groomed (or while they wait to find him).|
Brian Hoyer player page
49ers | San Francisco adds two more coaches Fri Feb 17, 06:13 PM
The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chicago Bears assistant special teams coach Richard Hightower as their special teams coordinator and former Cleveland Browns inside linebackers coach Johnny Holland as their linebackers coach.Link to story
49ers | San Francisco to talk with John Benton Fri Feb 17, 05:51 PM
Denver Broncos assistant offensive line coach John Benton will interview for the San Francisco 49ers offensive line coaching position, according to a source.Link to story
49ers | San Francisco will use 4-3 defense Fri Feb 17, 05:31 PM
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team will use a 4-3 defensive alignment next season.Link to story
49ers | Carlos Hyde has room to grow Thu Feb 16, 11:38 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is a 'work in progress,' according to former running backs coach Tom Rathman. 'He's moving in the right direction,' Rathman said. 'He still has some growing to do as a football player to get to the level of player that everybody wants to be.'
|Footballguys view: Hyde is going to have a great opportunity to shine in 2017 under new head coach Kyle Shanahan. Entering the final year of his contract, Hyde could make a lot of money if he stays healthy and shines in Shanahan's RB-friendly system. Hyde is a player we're excited about for the upcoming season.|
Carlos Hyde player page
49ers | San Francisco hiring Daniel Bullocks Thu Feb 16, 09:45 PM
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as their assistant defensive backs coach, according to sources.Link to story
Daniel Bullocks player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick open to returning to SF Wed Feb 15, 01:00 AM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is open to returning to the team in 2017, according to 'those close to him.' The 29-year-old is due to earn nearly $15 million in base salary, but he can also opt out of the deal and enter free agency, which begins on March 9. San Francisco also has the option of releasing him with little ramifications to their salary cap.
|Footballguys view: New head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn't have a system that would work well with Kaepernick's skill set. We just don't see them keeping Kaepernick around in 2017, and the direction they go in at quarterback is a huge unknown. However, with six-year deals for both Shanahan and new GM John Lynch, the 49ers don't have to rush into any decision.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
49ers | 49ers expected to switch to 4-3 defense Mon Feb 13, 11:58 PM
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to switch to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.Link to story
49ers | San Francisco adds two to coaching staff Mon Feb 13, 11:24 PM
The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of two new members of their coaching staff Monday, Feb. 13, adding Taylor Embree as an offensive quality control coach and Mike McDaniel as a run game specialist.Link to story
49ers | Tom Rathman will not return Mon Feb 13, 07:39 PM
San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Tom Rathman will not return to the team for the 2017 season, according to a source.Link to story
49ers | San Francisco hires Robert Saleh Mon Feb 13, 03:55 PM
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh is joining the San Francisco 49ers as their new defensive coordinator, according to a source.Link to story
49ers | NaVorro Bowman rehabbing well Mon Feb 13, 03:41 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (Achilles') said his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles' tendon has been easier to deal with than his rehab for a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year.
|Footballguys view: Bowman added that there is no timetable yet for when he'll be cleared to fully participate in football activities.|
Navorro Bowman player page
49ers | Ray Wright hired Sat Feb 11, 11:18 AM
The San Francisco 49ers have named Ray Wright to be their head strength and conditioning coach. Wright had previously filled the same role with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.Link to story
49ers | Nick Kray hired Sat Feb 11, 11:13 AM
The San Francisco 49ers have hired Nick Kray to serve as an administrative assistant to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Kray had spent the last two seasons as the assistant director of football operations at North Carolina State University.Link to story
49ers | T.C. McCartney rejoins SF coaching staff Sat Feb 11, 11:03 AM
The San Francisco 49ers have hired T.C. McCartney to serve as an offensive assistant. He was an offensive assistant for Louisiana State University in 2016 and previously filled the same role for the 49ers in 2015.Link to story
49ers | Rich Scangarello to be 49ers QBs coach Fri Feb 10, 05:34 PM
The San Francisco 49ers have hired former Atlanta Falcons assistant coach Rich Scangarello as their new quarterbacks coach.Link to story
49ers | San Francisco to talk with Robert Saleh Fri Feb 10, 04:26 PM
Los Angeles Chargers linebackers coach Robert Saleh is scheduled to interview with the San Francisco 49ers for a spot on their coaching staff, according to sources. Saleh could become a co-defensive coordinator if he is hired.Link to story
49ers | Jerome Henderson to interview with 49ers Fri Feb 10, 10:06 AM
Atlanta Falcons defensive pass game coordinator Jerome Henderson will interview with the San Francisco 49ers for their defensive coordinator position, according to a source.Link to story
49ers | Kyle Shanahan talks QB position Thu Feb 9, 09:54 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he wants a 'pure thrower' who is 'fearless' as his quarterback.
|Footballguys view: We'll have to see what that means for the quarterbacks there now, but we expect him to take a long look at players in the draft. He could make a run at a guy like Kirk Cousins, but the price there might be too high.|
49ers | Coach, GM will meet with Colin Kaepernick Thu Feb 9, 05:46 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will meet with general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. Kaepernick has reached out to both men.
|Footballguys view: Kaepernick had some good moments, but not enough for the team to feel completely confident in him. Shanahan did a lot for Matt Ryan in Atlanta, though, so he could be a good guy to fix Kaepernick's issues, if anyone can.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
49ers | Kyle Shanahan will control roster Thu Feb 9, 05:09 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will have control of the 53-man roster, while general manager John Lynch will control the 90-man roster, free agency and draft moves.
|Footballguys view: The two have to work together though, because Shanahan will need some influence on the larger roster to get his 53 guys. It's a whole new world for the 49ers with no Trent Baalke looming over the precedings like a Grim Reaper. We hope it works more smoothly.|
John Lynch player page
49ers | Martin Mayhew joins 49ers Thu Feb 9, 04:52 PM
Former Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was hired by the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive Thursday, Feb. 9.Link to story
49ers | Mike LaFleur joining 49ers staff Thu Feb 9, 12:50 PM
Atlanta Falcons assistant coach Mike LaFleur will join the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff as their new wide receivers coach, according to sources.Link to story
49ers | Jeff Zgonina to join 49ers staff Wed Feb 8, 08:19 PM
New York Giants assistant defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina will join the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff as their new defensive line coach, according to a source.Link to story
Jeff Zgonina player page
49ers | Eric Sutulovich to talk with 49ers Wed Feb 8, 03:26 PM
Atlanta Falcons assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich is expected to interview for the San Francisco 49ers special teams coaching position, according to a source.Link to story
49ers | Colin Kaepernick still undecided Wed Feb 8, 02:54 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has not decided if he will opt out of his contract this offseason, according to a source. Kaepernick has not talked with head coach Kyle Shanahan or general manager John Lynch at this point.
|Footballguys view: We just don't see Kaepernick as a fit for the Shanahan offense. The 49ers don't have a quarterback of the future, but they've got the time to find the right guy. Some speculate they could make a move for Kirk Cousins, but that would be somewhat costly as they'd have to surrender valuable draft picks. They could move forward with some journeyman quarterback this year until the right player comes along in the NFL draft.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
49ers | Bobby Turner coming to 49ers Wed Feb 8, 12:54 PM
Atlanta Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner was hired by the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the same capacity.
|Footballguys view: Turner is one of the best running backs coaches in the league, and the 49ers will have an improved ground game in 2017. The Kyle Shanahan system emphasizes the run, and the starting running back Carlos Hyde should benefit greatly from this coaching change. Entering his contract year in 2017, Hyde could be in for a big season...provided he can hold up to what should be a large workload.|
49ers | Kyle Shanahan to handle OC duties Wed Feb 8, 12:24 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan plans to handle offensive coordinator duties.
|Footballguys view: Shanahan gets plenty of power for a first-time head coach...and for good reason. The 49ers have a massive rebuilding project to undertake, and Shanahan will get to craft an offense with new GM John Lynch.|
49ers | Kyle Shanahan to have say about roster Mon Feb 6, 07:36 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is expected to have control of the 53-man roster while general manager John Lynch will handle other facets of the roster.
|Footballguys view: Shanahan is getting a lot of power in his first head coaching gig. Recent coaching hot names like Josh McDaniels and Chip Kelly probably had too much rope, but the 49ers will likely be more patient with Shanahan than Philadelphia and Denver were with Kelly and McDaniels.|
49ers | Kyle Shanahan officially hired by 49ers Mon Feb 6, 07:26 PM
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has officially been named the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
|Footballguys view: The worst-kept secret in the NFL is now official. Shanahan is quickly assembling his staff and getting to work, which is probably merciful considering how his very successful stint in Atlanta ended. His first order of business on the player side will be finding a quarterback.|
49ers | Jon Embree joining 49ers staff Mon Feb 6, 07:16 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach Jon Embree will join the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff as their new tight ends coach. Embree will also serve as the assistant head coach.
|Footballguys view: Embree worked under new head coach Kyle Shanahan in 2010 in Washington as a tight end coach and he also has head coach experience at University of Colorado. He has overseen the development of Cameron Brate in Tampa Bay over the last two years.|
49ers | San Francisco may look at Robert Saleh Mon Feb 6, 02:56 AM
The San Francisco 49ers may be interested in former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant coach Robert Saleh for their open defensive coordinator position.
|Footballguys view: Saleh and the likely 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan served together on the Texans staff from 2006-2009. He could join his former boss Gus Bradley on the Chargers staff if the 49ers go in another direction at defensive coordinator.|
49ers | Kirk Cousins remains No. 1 choice Mon Feb 6, 02:20 AM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins remains the top choice of the San Francisco 49ers, should Cousins file for free agency.
|Footballguys view: Kyle Shanahan should be able to have as much success with Cousins as Jay Gruden, assuming he can surround Cousins with a similar cast as the one he has in Washington. Still, the chances of Washington letting Cousins get away are small with the short supply of starting quarterbacks on the open market and the risk of taking one high in the draft.|
Kirk Cousins player page
49ers | San Francisco eyeing Brian Flores? Sun Feb 5, 07:11 PM
The San Francisco 49ers could interview New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores for their vacant defensive coordinator position.
|Footballguys view: Flores is future head coaching material in the eyes of some, and his position as the linebackers coach means the Patriots likely see him as a future defensive coordinator. Landing him as defensive coordinator would be a coup for San Francisco.|
49ers | San Francisco interested in Matt Schaub? Sun Feb 5, 11:03 AM
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Schaub could be of interest to the San Francisco 49ers if offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan joins the organization as their new head coach, according to multiple sources. However, it is uncertain if Schaub would be used as a starter, backup or bridge to a future quarterback.
|Footballguys view: Schaub would be assistant coach as much as backup quarterback because of his knowledge of Shanahan's system and philosophy.|
Matt Schaub player page
49ers | John Lynch to ease into role Sat Feb 4, 09:02 PM
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch will ease into the role by leaning on Tom Gamble, the team's 2016 assistant general manager, and Paraag Marathe, who is expected to be in charge of contract negotiations.
|Footballguys view: It sounds like Lynch will be given up/down calls and set the tone for the direction of the franchise, but not have to be thrown into the deep end. The 49ers are starting from square one, so this situation can accommodate Lynch learning on the job.|
John Lynch player page
49ers | Kyle Shanahan a fan of Jimmy Garoppolo Sat Feb 4, 08:58 PM
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's No. 2-ranked quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft, according to a source. 'He was a very good thrower,'' Shanahan said. 'Tough guy, kept his eyes down the field, could get rid of the ball fast.'
|Footballguys view: This is hugely relevant for the upcoming offseason because Shanahan will take over the 49ers head coaching job, and San Francisco could get into the derby for Garoppolo's services as an alternative to the 2017 draft quarterbacks.|
Jimmy Garoppolo player page
49ers | Mark Uyeyama not retained Sat Feb 4, 09:09 AM
The San Francisco 49ers have decided not to retain the services of Mark Uyeyama, who served nine seasons on the team's strength and conditioning staff, according to multiple league sources. He spent the last two years as the club's director of human performance.
|Footballguys view: Uyeyama oversaw a good run of injuries not affecting the team as much during the Harbaugh years, but the last few years have been brutal in terms of lost games. Kyle Shanahan will likely be wanting to bring in his own choices from top to bottom.|
49ers | Colin Kaepernick likely to opt out Fri Feb 3, 11:16 AM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his contract when he's eligible to do so March 2, according to a report by ESPN.
|Footballguys view: Kaepernick is probably just a backup at this point, but one that should be one of the better backups in the league. He has rehabilitated his standing to some extent and should be able to pick a team with a culture and system that suits him.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
49ers | San Francisco suing Aldon Smith Tue Jan 31, 07:50 PM
Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith is being sued by his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, for more than $340,000 in signing bonus money. According to the lawsuit, Smith was obligated to repay the 49ers for part of his signing bonus after being suspended nine games in 2014 for failing a drug test. Smith has paid $844,396.82 of $1,186,027 that he owes San Francisco. Thus, the 49ers are seeking $341,630.18.Link to story
Aldon Smith player page
49ers | Adam Peters hired by 49ers Tue Jan 31, 10:32 AM
Denver Broncos director of college scouting Adam Peters was hired by the San Francisco 49ers as vice president of player personnel Tuesday, Jan. 31.
|Footballguys view: Peters has been part of two very successful organizations in the Broncos and Patriots. New 49ers GM John Lynch is getting off on the right foot with his first hire.|
49ers | 49ers' power structure in place Mon Jan 30, 11:27 PM
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch will have the 'final say' over the draft, free agency and the 90-man roster. Meanwhile, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is likely the team's next head coach, will have the final say on the 53-man roster, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers are giving Lynch a lot of power in his first personnel job, but the hope is that Shanahan had input in his hiring. This is the picture of an organization truly rebuilding from the ground up.|
John Lynch player page
49ers | San Francisco to talk with Adam Peters Mon Jan 30, 07:54 PM
Denver Broncos director of college scouting Adam Peters has received permission to interview with the San Francisco 49ers for a top personnel position in their front office.Link to story
49ers | Tom Gamble may remain with 49ers Mon Jan 30, 06:06 PM
San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Tom Gamble will be given the chance over the next few months to prove that he should remain with the organization, according to sources.Link to story