49ers Kittle Analysis Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Top 10 plays from Week 5 vs. Colts

We break down the 10 most important plays — from a win-probability perspective — from last Sunday’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers’ 26-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts marked the Niners’ second straight overtime loss, and their fourth straight loss by three or fewer points. Today, we’re going to break down each of the 10 most important plays of the game. Play importance will be determined by calculating the play’s impact on each team’s probability of ending the game with a…

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49ers sacrifice 2017 productivity, betting on future success

t’s no secret that 2017 is a rebuilding year for the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers general manager John Lynch would never admit it – nor would he attempt to rebrand the team’s rebuild a “reload” like his predecessor – but his offseason actions speak louder than his words. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, like all competitors, hates to lose. He doesn’t try to hide his frustration during post-game press conferences, or after errant third-down pass attempts: Every NFL franchise wants to win, but over the offseason, the 49ers prioritized winning in the…

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49ers Cardinals Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Trent Taylor’s 3rd-down targets vs. Cardinals

We break down each of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer’s 12 third-down pass attempts to rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor during the Niners’ Week 4 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Earlier this week, we discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer’s reliance on wide receiver Trent Taylor on third down in the team’s overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Today, we’ll take a look at each of Hoyer’s third-down attempts to his rookie wide receiver. Taylor played only 56 percent of the 49ers’ offensive snaps on Sunday, but he…

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49ers Taylor Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers vs. Cardinals: Trent Taylor’s 3rd-down usage

In Week 4, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer attempted 13 passes to rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor — and 12 of the 13 were thrown on third down. Unfortunately for the Niners, only two of those 12 third-down passes to Taylor were completed and converted for a first down. Sunday’s Week 4 loss to the Arizona Cardinals was more of the same for the winless San Francisco 49ers; the Niners accumulated far too many penalties, converted only 26 percent of their third-down attempts and failed to score a touchdown in a…

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49ers Rams Analysis Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Breaking down safety Jimmie Ward vs. Rams

On Thursday night, San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward returned from injury for his first NFL start at free safety. We break down Ward’s performance against the Los Angeles Rams.   When the San Francisco 49ers decided to change their defensive system to a 4-3 Cover 3 Press last offseason, many questioned the move, because the 49ers lacked a player on their roster for the scheme’s most important position — free safety. The 49ers already had two potential strong safeties in first-rounder Eric Reid and second-rounder Jaquiski Tartt. Still, some…

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49er Cardinals Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers begin difficult stretch of 4 of 5 away games

The San Francisco 49ers – winless in three games — now begin the most difficult portion of their 2017 schedule. Over the next five games, the Niners play four games on the road — three with 10 a.m. starts — and a home game in name only.   The San Francisco 49ers were certainly dealt a difficult early schedule for the 2017 NFL season. After opening the season against the dangerous Carolina Panthers, the 49ers travelled to a Seattle stadium where they haven’t scored 20 points in a game since…

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The statistics behind QB Brian Hoyer’s Week 3 breakout

After failing to lead the San Francisco 49ers into the end zone in the first two weeks of the season, quarterback Brian Hoyer finally came alive in Thursday night’s shootout with the Los Angeles Rams. What did the Niners’ QB do differently in Week 3?   The San Francisco 49ers looked like a different team…

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49ers film room: Breaking down QB Brian Hoyer’s interceptions

In his first two games, San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Brian Hoyer has been intercepted by two different middle linebackers. We break down both plays, and analyze the mistakes that led to the two costly turnovers.   If you watched the San Francisco 49ers’ first two games of the 2017 NFL season, you likely noticed quarterback…

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49ers Foster Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

Reuben Foster is the new heart of the 49ers’ defense

For the first 11 minutes of the 2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers looked like a new team — until rookie linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the field due to a leg injury. It took less than a quarter of regular-season football, but Foster has already become the new heart of the Niners’ defense. Sunday’s Week-1 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers was a tale of two games. Prior to Foster’s injury near the end of the first quarter, the Panthers’ offense accumulated just one first down and a total…

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49ers Seahawks Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers vs. Seahawks: Breaking down San Francisco’s game plan

The San Francisco 49ers visit the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 of the 2017 NFL Season. What is head coach Kyle Shanahan’s game plan for his debut against the Niners’ NFC West rival? The San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks began the 2017 NFL season with different expectations, but enter Sunday’s game with identical 0-1 records: Last week, the 49ers lost their home opener against the Carolina Panthers, who capitalized on two turnovers and two failed fourth-down attempts by the 49ers — turning the four mistakes into four scores, en route…

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49ers Shanahan Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

Analyzing Kyle Shanahan’s fourth-down decisions

After Sunday’s Week 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was criticized for his aggressive play calls and his aversion to punting on fourth down. We break down each of the Niners’ fourth down attempts, and the plays that led up to Shanahan’s decisions. The San Francisco 49ers didn’t lose to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 because head coach Kyle Shanahan kept his offense on the field on fourth downs. But it sure didn’t help. The 49ers defense was surprisingly stout against Carolina’s offensive attack, but their offensive…

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49ers Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

Round Table: How many wins will the 49ers have in 2017?

With the season opener just days away, we asked the 49ers Webzone staff to predict the number of wins for the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. The team is at the onset of a roster rehaul that has seen most of the players from a year ago ousted. Over half of the 49ers roster, which consists of 14 rookies, have three or fewer years of NFL experience. It’s a young team learning a complex scheme and nobody expects a massive improvement overnight. However, improvement is expected and all of the 49ers Webzone staff sees…

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49ers Panthers Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

Panthers vs. 49ers: Breaking down San Francisco’s game plan

On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers kick off the 2017 NFL season at home against the Carolina Panthers. What is the Niners’ game plan for victory in Kyle Shanahan’s head-coaching debut? San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan began mental preparations for Sunday’s game when he originally set his sights on becoming an NFL head coach, and well before he signed his six-year contract with the 49ers earlier this year. Four years ago, Shanahan didn’t know his first opponent would be the Carolina Panthers, but he was well aware he would have something to prove…

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49ers Cooper Analysis Featured News and Analysis News 

49ers DL Xavier Cooper stats and highlights

On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers claimed former Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Xavier Cooper off waivers. Cooper — who will likely play defensive tackle with his new team — should play an important role for the Niners in 2017. The San Francisco 49ers — holding the NFL’s second highest waiver priority — surprisingly claimed only one player on Sunday, defensive lineman Xavier Cooper. In 2015, the Cleveland Browns moved up to select Cooper in the third round of the NFL Draft. Cooper measured in at 6-foot-3 and 293 pounds at the 2015 NFL Combine….

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49ers Mid-Preseason Final Roster Projection

When the San Francisco 49ers began the 2017 offseason, they started with a clean slate. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan — a first-time head coach who was new to the 49ers — began installing his signature offensive scheme that Bleacher Report recently declared the best offensive scheme in the NFL. 49ers defensive coordinater Robert Saleh — also a first-time coordinator and new to the team — quickly implemented his version of the 4-3 under/over hybrid Cover-3 defense that he studied during his time with the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars. Finally,…

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49ers Hyde Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

Fantasy football: 49ers to target in your 2017 draft

We analyze the Average Draft Position of the San Francisco 49ers’ fantasy assets, and tell you which Niners you should target in your upcoming 2017 fantasy football draft. The 2016 season was a letdown for the San Francisco 49ers, both on the field, and among the fantasy football community. While many experts predicted head coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense to produce a wealth of fantasy productivity, the 49ers provided the fantasy world with few worthwhile assets. Thankfully, in 2017, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan brings a new fantasy-rich offensive scheme to…

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49ers Preseason Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Offense’s opening drive vs. Vikings

The San Francisco 49ers’ first-team offense shined during their third preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. We break down the film of the 49ers’ first offensive drive of the game. On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers got their first taste of the offense they ordered when they signed head coach Kyle Shanahan earlier this year. Shanahan had his offense — which Bleacher Report recently ranked as the best offensive scheme in the NFL — running on all cylinders with his starting squad. Since the third game of the preseason is generally used as a “dress rehearsal” for opening day, the 49ers’ offensive outbreak came…

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49ers Shanahan Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Shanahan’s preseason clock management

The 2017 NFL Preseason is an opportunity for Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers’ coaching staff to learn about their players — and a little bit about themselves. We break down the Niners’ two-minute drill at the end of the first half of Preseason Week 1. In today’s NFL, a game’s outcome is often determined in the final minutes of each half of play. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan understands this, and regularly practices two-minute drills — as he did last week during situational drills prior to the 49ers’ NFL Preseason Week 1 matchup with…

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49ers Preseason Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: First-team Defense vs. Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-17 on Friday, but the Niners’ first-team defense is still a work in progress. We break down the film of the Chiefs’ first drive against the 49ers’ starting defense. The San Francisco 49ers, under head coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, have a new defensive scheme in 2017. In their first preseason game, the 49ers defense showed flashes, as well as potential areas of improvement; the first drive of the game had a bit of both. The 49ers started the…

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49ers film room: Cousins is not a franchise quarterback – Part 2

Quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely be a free agent after the upcoming season, and may have his sights set on joining the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, Cousins — who will be 30 years old at the beginning of the 2018 season — is still a developmental project who expects to be paid like a franchise quarterback. This is the final installment of a two-part series analyzing Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. In the first installment of this series, we analyzed Cousins’ film, dug into his stats, and discussed the reasons…

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