49ers coach explains why Armstead-replacement Maliek Collins is a perfect D-line fit
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by David Bonilla
1d ago
The San Francisco 49ers faced a tough financial decision this offseason. Unable to negotiate a salary reduction with defensive tackle Arik Armstead, who had struggled with injuries in recent years, the team decided to part ways with the longtime Niner. To mitigate the loss of Armstead, the 49ers traded a seventh-round draft pick to the Houston Texans for defensive tackle Maliek Collins. San Francisco's defensive line coach, Kris Kocurek, recently discussed the addition of Collins and what he likes about the defensive lineman. "I really liked him coming out of Nebraska — just the explosion th ..read more
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49ers RB Christian McCaffrey on Madden curse: "I'm not superstitious at all about it"
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by David Bonilla
1d ago
The "Madden curse" may be overblown. Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports recently examined the history of the video game covers and assessed whether the curse has any validity. He concluded that 58% of the previous cover athletes experienced misfortune during the season following their selection. However, over the past 10 years, that percentage has dropped to 25%. According to Benjamin, the last year a player was cursed was in 2018 when Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was on the game's cover. The following year, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the cover athlete and ..read more
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49ers on moving past Super Bowl loss: "The wound heals, but the scar is still there"
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by David Bonilla
2d ago
The San Francisco 49ers didn't have to sit with the sting of February's heartbreaking Super Bowl defeat for too long. That's one of the benefits of playing deep into the postseason. Before you know it, you are back at work, preparing for the next season. Two months after the loss, the 49ers reported for the start of the offseason program, which concluded last week with a two-day minicamp. Most of the players and coaches have moved past that game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the memory of it serves as motivation for the 2024 season. That doesn't mean returning after the loss was easy ..read more
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How George Kittle responded to a question about 49ers' Super Bowl strategy
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by David Bonilla
2d ago
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle joined the "Dan Patrick Show" and was asked a question he had not encountered before: What would he change about the strategy the 49ers deployed in their Super Bowl loss against the Kansas City Chiefs? Kittle didn't immediately have an answer. However, after reflecting on the game, he prioritized better ball protection, feeling that might have made the difference. The fumble by running back Christian McCaffrey during the opening drive is the one play that sticks out in the tight end's mind. "I think if we could avoid that turnover, I think that's a ..read more
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Maiocco less confident 49ers will get a deal done with Brandon Aiyuk
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by David Bonilla
2d ago
The San Francisco 49ers have had success signing their big-name players to contract extensions in recent years, securing deals with George Kittle, Fred Warner, Deebo Samuel, and Nick Bosa. However, that last one didn't get finalized until dangerously close to the start of the regular season. This year, the team has been trying to get a deal done with wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. While the 49ers were confident early on, given their successful track record, that a deal would be reached, the two sides reportedly remain far apart in negotiations. Last week, Michael Silver of the San Francisco Ch ..read more
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Six 49ers stars land in NFL merchandise rankings
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by David Bonilla
2d ago
After representing the NFC in last season's Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers are once again poised as championship contenders for the upcoming 2024 season. The team has been to four NFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls over the past five seasons. Success begets popularity, as evidenced by the remarkable presence of six 49ers players in the NFLPA's rankings of officially licensed NFL player products and merchandise. Merchandise featuring Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts led the charts as the best-selling merchandise athlete from March 1, 2023, through February 29, 2024. Th ..read more
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49ers RB Christian McCaffrey named Madden 25 cover athlete
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by David Bonilla
2d ago
EA Sports has announced that San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey will be the featured athlete on the cover of the latest edition of the popular football video game franchise, Madden NFL 25. Your official #Madden25 Cover Athlete @CMC_22 ? NFL Rushing Yards Leader ? 2023 OPOY ? Madden NFL Cover Athlete Coming 8.16.24. Pre-Order Now ?: https://t.co/NpB7qARx5m pic.twitter.com/XSOwlDarfT — Madden NFL 25 (@EAMaddenNFL) June 11, 2024 "It's really a dream come true. I think this is something that I never really expected," McCaffrey told USA TODAY Sports. "When I got the call, i ..read more
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NFL Network will broadcast 49ers' preseason finale vs. Raiders
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by David Bonilla
2d ago
NFL Network announced it will carry 21 live preseason games, including the San Francisco 49ers' preseason finale against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Friday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. PT. This means 49ers fans outside the Bay Area will get to watch two of the team's three preseason matchups. In addition to the game against the Raiders, the Sunday, August 18 home contest against the New Orleans Saints will be nationally televised on FOX, as previously reported. The 49ers will also participate in joint practices with the Saints in Southern California ahead of this game. The lon ..read more
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Brock Purdy shares lessons learned from past 49ers quarterbacks
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by David Bonilla
3d ago
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy recently participated in a panel during the Dwight Clark Legacy Series event. He was joined onstage by several former 49ers quarterbacks—Alex Smith, Jeff Garcia, and Steve Young—each sharing their experiences entering the NFL. While Purdy was the last overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Smith was the first overall pick in 2005. Garcia was undrafted and played in the CFL before getting his NFL opportunity. Young's path to the NFL went through the USFL, and he produced a Hall of Fame career. Speaking at the 49ers' recent "State of the Franchise" even ..read more
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49ers' Brock Purdy: Full offseason has been beneficial
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by David Bonilla
3d ago
Brock Purdy's last full offseason came as a rookie in 2022. However, calling it a "full offseason" is misleading. He was buried on the San Francisco 49ers' depth chart, limiting his practice reps. Despite this, Purdy showed enough promise to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Just months later, he took over the starting quarterback job and hasn't relinquished it since. Last offseason was crucial for Purdy's development. Unfortunately, he was recovering from surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow. Purdy didn't get to throw to teammates until training camp, l ..read more
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