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49ers defense has stepped up as offense improves

The 49ers defense ranks highly the past month. Part of that is talent, part of that is an improved offense. The San Francisco 49ers have won three of their last four games, and in that stretch we have seen improved play on both sides of the ball. Jimmy Garoppolo has been a big reason for the offensive improvement, but we are seeing the defense benefit from that. The 49ers released a batch of stats on Thursday, and I was particularly intrigued by a string of defensive per-game performance stats dating…

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Trent Brown remains out of open portion of 49ers practice

The 49ers might be starting Zane Beadles for a second straight week. The San Francisco 49ers are wrapping up their second practice of Week 15, and things do not bode well for Trent Brown this week. The 49ers right tackle was not at the open portion of practice. He is dealing with a shoulder injury, and missed practice Wednesday’s practice. Brown missed the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to his shoulder injury, but then played in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears. Last week, he was absent…

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49ers run defense might hold key to Garoppolo’s first home start

SANTA CLARA – You’re starting to see how improved the 49ers run defense is, right? Statistics illustrate that. Quotes provide testimony. Victories reassure that. A better question: Why are the 49ers better at stopping the run? “I really think it’s just a trust level on defense amongst the guys,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “Trusting everybody is going to be in their own gap doing their job.” If the 49ers (3-10) are to pull off their third straight win, their run defense needs to stifle the Tennessee Titans (8-5) and…

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Greg Mabin, Dontae Johnson competing for playing time in Week 15

The 49ers cornerback depth chart remains a work in progress. The San Francisco 49ers briefly swapped out Dontae Johnson this past Sunday, moving Greg Mabin into the starting lineup in the second half. Johnson had a rough day against DeAndre Hopkins, and it appears it has opened the door for some competition. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh met with the media on Thursday, and was asked if Johnson was still his starter. Saleh said Johnson and Mabin would be working through practice, and they will both play a lot of football…

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49ers-Titans media week: Robert Saleh press conference, live stream, injury updates, more

The 49ers are back home in Week 15 to face the Tennessee Titans. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will meet with the media on Thursday. Follow along here for updates. The San Francisco 49ers continue their practice week on Thursday as they get ready to host the Tennessee Titans in Week 15. The 49ers are coming off a 26-16 win over the Houston Texans that saw the defense get some fairly regularly pressure on Tom Savage and T.J. Yates. Of course, Dontae Johnson had a nightmare of a game against DeAndre…

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Robert Saleh explains his view of DeAndre Hopkins Week 14 performance

DeAndre Hopkins had 11 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Saleh is not concerned. The San Francisco 49ers held off the Houston Texans this past week, a victory that came in spite of a monstrous effort from wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans were looking Hopkins’ way regularly, and he finished the game with 11 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He had one miraculous catch, but most of his catches involved him dominating Dontae Johnson and the rest of the 49ers secondary. Johnson and head coach…

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Photos: Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks makes a profit on sale of San Jose home

For more Bay Area housing affordability, home sales and other real estate newsfollow us on Flipboard. Former 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has sold his San Jose, Calif. home for $2.18 million, above the $1.995 million original asking price, reports the Los Angeles Times. The 4,028 square foot Mediterranean-style home has five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. It features a private courtyard, pool and built-in BBQ grill, among many other amenities. Rick Alva with Soto Real Estate and Investments was the listing agent. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the…

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NFL Coaches Primer: AFC North

Our look at possible vacancies continues to the AFC North. This is a bit more unstable. AFC East We’re going to go around the league, looking at each division and seeing what vacancies could open up for Black Monday. Thankfully there probably won’t be any in Santa Clara, but a coach could bail to fill one of the vacancies elsewhere. Today, we have the AFC North. The AFC North has some of the best consistency in the NFL, three of the four teams hae had their coaches for nearly a…

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Zane Beadles: It’s good to see the offense roll

Beadles who stepped in for injured Trent Brown spoke about what Garoppolo brings to the offense The San Francisco 49ers offensive line has done a little shuffling around with starting right tackle Trent Brown going in and out of the line up as a result of a shoulder injury. With Brown sitting out or limited at practice, Zane Beadles was able to get some reps in preparation for the match up against the Texans. His work was cut out for him knowing he would be facing Texans defensive end Jadeveon…

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Odds Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers will win their final three games

The 49ers face a challenging remaining schedule, including the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Los Angeles Rams. The San Francisco 49ers have won three of their last four games, and the last two wins have come in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first two starts for the franchise. The two wins with Garoppolo at the helm came against the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans. The other win was over the New York Giants prior to the bye. All three of those teams are competing for high draft position. The Bears and Texans defenses…

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Dontae Johnson recouped, recovered and played better

Kyle Shanahan detailed how Johnson went back into the game and improved his play The San Francisco 49ers managed to win in Houston but there were still some challenges on the field, and one of them was Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. It should be noted that Hopkins has the second most receiving yards (1,233 yards) in the league after Week 14, behind Antonio Brown. Hopkins dissected the 49ers defense, finishing the day with 11 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The defensive back who spent most of the…

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Kyle Shanahan talks Jimmy Garoppolo risk-taking, the boombox, Titans defense

The 49ers head coach met with the media on Wednesday. We’ve got a full transcript, courtesy of 49ers PR. You can watch video here. With TE Garrett Celek, has his play increased probably because he’s doing well, but also because he knows the offense and he can help maybe get the play call out if there was a problem? “No, he’s gotten better as the year has gone in the run game and the pass game. I know [TE] George [Kittle] has been banged up throughout the year, so George…

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‘Celek Time’ catches on amid 49ers hot streak

SANTA CLARA — Gather ’round. Gather ’round. It’s storytime about “Celek Time.” A phenomenon is encircling tight end Garrett Celek, the 49ers’ third-longest tenured player. Coaches and players don’t know quite how to describe it. San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) celebrates his touchdown catch with teammate Marquise Goodwin (11) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  Celek’s own definition: “Honestly I don’t even know. It was mentioned in a team meeting,…

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Survivor pool strategy and straight-up picks for Week 15

We’re back with more NFL picks, including a look at Week 15 straight up picks, a Survivor pool, and a look at Thursday Night Football against the spread. Welcome to Week 15! The NFL gets things going later tonight with the Indianapolis Colts hosting the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football. The San Francisco 49ers get their own game going on Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers have won three of their last four games, but it is worth noting they played bad teams….

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NFL Week 15 picks: 49ers stay hot, Raiders are not

Long story short, here are the NFL Week 15 picks: Broncos 20, Colts 14: Is this Frank Gore’s final prime-time show for the nation? He says he may play in 2018 if it’s a great situation. Could that be a return to the 49ers? Or maybe remain with the Colts under new coach Jim Harbaugh? 49ers 20, Titans 19: Levi’s Stadium, the house that Jimmy Garoppolo remodeled in his first home start. Jimmy Garoppolo caught a fish this big — or maybe he just improves to 3-0 as the 49ers…

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Golden Nuggets: Delanie Walker Stirs the Harbaugh/Baalke Pot

A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Thursday, December 14th, 2017 edition. Good morning folks, it’s a beautiful day for a football game. Unfortunately, tonight’s matchup promises to be one of the rare strikeouts that fails to excite, despite making perfect sense while the schedules were being put together. At some point in the recent past, the Denver Broncos decided to just stop being an elite team, and the Indianapolis Andrew Lucks are without their hero, savior, and namesake. If you’ve got homework, yardwork, a late night…

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Better Rivals podcast: “A tide that lifts all boats.”

David and Oscar recap all you need to know about the 49ers second straight win and get you prepared to go streaking against the Titans. On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we’re going streaking! How has Jimmy Garoppolo managed to lift a 49ers offense that still has many flaws? (2:22) What did the Texans do defensively that played into Garoppolo’s hands? (8:42) And did Robert Saleh fail to give Dontae Johnson proper help on DeAndre Hopkins? (20:05) All that, plus Marquise Goodwin in the spotlight (36:19), Reuben…

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Former 49er Delanie Walker impressed by ex-team’s recent success

SANTA CLARA — This Sunday, the 49ers will face one of their former star players, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Walker played in the Super Bowl with the 49ers almost five years ago, and caught three passes for 48 yards in the 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. A few months later, he signed with the Titans. To this day, he still watches the 49ers closely. “They’re actually playing very well,” Walker said Wednesday morning on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Probably because of this Jimmy (Garoppolo)….

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