49ers Breida Analysis Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: RB Matt Breida’s shovel-pass touchdown

We break down QB C.J. Beathard’s shovel-pass touchdown to RB Matt Breida. The score was Breida’s first NFL TD, and one of the Niners’ few highlights from their Week-8 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. There wasn’t a lot for San Francisco 49ers fans to enjoy from the Niners’ 33-10 lossto the Philadelphia Eagles, but one bright spot was the play call and execution of a shovel-pass screen in the third quarter of the game. The 21-yard pass from rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard to rookie running back Matt Breida was a perfect play…

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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 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 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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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 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 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 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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49ers Murphy Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Wide receiver Louis Murphy

When the San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent wide receiver Louis Murphy last week, they added some height and size to their receiving corps. Who is Murphy as a receiver, and what can the Niners expect from him in 2017? The San Francisco 49ers  — who have the shortest group of wide receivers in the NFL — found some size in the free-agent market with their signing of veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy. With five assumed receiver locks on the roster and no true backup for top wide receiver Pierre Garçon, the…

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49ers film room: Cousins is not a franchise quarterback – Part 1

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 first installment of a two-part series analyzing Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins’ Contract Status When the Washington Redskins failed to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal last week,…

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49ers Robinson Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson

The San Francisco 49ers have a new group of wide receivers for 2017. Free-agent acquisition Aldrick Robinson — who followed Kyle Shanahan from the Redskins to the Falcons to the 49ers — is more than merely a veteran presence on the roster. If there is one wide receiver on the San Francisco 49ers roster who knows head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, it’s Aldrick Robinson. Drafted by the Washington Redskins, Robinson followed Shanahan to the Atlanta Falcons before signing a two-year deal with the 49ers this offseason. Robinson — who has just…

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49ers film room: Why Carlos Hyde will start at running back

After drafting speedster Joe Williams, the San Francisco 49ers have a competition at running back. We review the film, discuss why Carlos Hyde is the best fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offense and why he’ll be the 49ers’ starting RB. When San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan talked general manager John Lynch into adding running back Joe Williams to the 49ers draft board, and then moving up 22 spots to select him, many in the media concluded RB Carlos Hyde’s days with the team were numbered. Williams is likely the 49ers’ running back of the future….

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49ers film room: Kyle Shanahan’s red-zone weapons

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is bringing his historic offense to a new team with new personnel. We analyze Shanahan’s red-zone offense and break down the top-10 red-zone weapons for the 2017 49ers. Kyle Shanahan’s 2016 Atlanta Falcons offense was the best offense in the NFL; the 540 points the Falcons scored was the seventh highest total in the history of the league. Will Shanahan be able to duplicate his offensive success with the 2017 San Francisco 49ers? Shanahan’s 2016 offense led the league in Football Outsider’s DVOA. Last year, the 49ers…

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49ers film room: Simplifying Robert Saleh’s 4-3 base defense

The San Francisco 49ers, under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, are installing a new 4-3 under/over-hybrid defensive system for the 2017 season. We clear up some common misconceptions surrounding the Niners’ new base defense. Over the past six years, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh worked for some of the top defensive minds in the NFL, including Pete Carroll, Dan Quinn and Gus Bradley. During Saleh’s tenure, all three coaches ran a similar style of defense, and the 49ers hope Saleh will be as successful implementing this defensive system in San Francisco. The 49ers’ new…

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49ers film room: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin

The San Francisco 49ers have a new group of wide receivers for 2017. Free-agent acquisition Marquise Goodwin — a wide receiver known for his blazing speed — is working to become a complete receiver, and may be primed for a breakout season. The San Francisco 49ers finally have the deep threat they were looking for in Torrey Smith. Wide receiver — and track-and-field Olympian — Marquise Goodwin can score from anywhere on the field. But is he anything more than a deep threat? Niner Noise 18hSan Francisco 49ers: Who is defensive lineman Noble…

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49ers film room: QB Brian Hoyer’s vertical passing game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer has struggled in the vertical passing game during recent OTAs. Does Hoyer have the ability to complete the deep passes that fuel head coach Kyle Shanahan’s explosive offense? Newcomer Brian Hoyer will be the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback when the upcoming 2018 season begins, but members of the media are questioning whether he has the deep-passing skills necessary for the 49ers’ new offensive system. In a recent article, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco noted that during a day of practice, 49ers quarterbacks…

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49ers film room: Kyle Shanahan’s slant flat vs. Seahawks pass defense

Before the San Francisco 49ers can become a playoff team, they need to beat their rival Seattle Seahawks. We take a look at the film behind Kyle Shanahan’s success against the Seahawks, through his use of three effective passing concepts. This is the final segment in a three-part series on San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s success against the Seattle Seahawks pass defense. As an offensive coordinator, Shanahan was 3-2 against the Seahawks, and displayed the ability to score on a defense that was regularly dominant over other opponents….

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49ers film room: Shanahan’s horizontal stretch vs. Seahawks pass defense

Before the San Francisco 49ers can become a playoff team, they need to beat their rival Seattle Seahawks. We take a look at the film behind Kyle Shanahan’s success against the Seahawks, through his use of three effective passing concepts. This is the second segment in a three-part series on San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s success against the Seattle Seahawks pass defense. As an offensive coordinator, Shanahan was 3-2 against the Seahawks and displayed the ability to score on a defense that was regularly dominant over other opponents. The 49ers,…

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49ers film room: Shanahan’s vertical stretch vs. Seahawks pass defense

Before the San Francisco 49ers can become a playoff team, they need to beat their rival Seattle Seahawks. We take a look at the film behind Kyle Shanahan’s success against the Seahawks, through his use of three effective passing concepts. The San Francisco 49ers’ main rival in recent years has been the Seattle Seahawks. And with good reason. When the 49ers are able to beat the Seahawks, they’re usually playoff bound. When the Niners lose to the Seahawks, the 49ers’ players watch January football at home from the comfort of their couches….

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