http://49ersnews.com Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:29:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Report: Ahmad Brooks Benched Himself http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/report-ahmad-brooks-benched/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/report-ahmad-brooks-benched/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:29:57 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9125 Reports are that Ahmad Brooks was unhappy with the linebacker rotation and benched himself during the Giants game...

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During the 49ers game today a lot of us were asking ourselves where was Ahmad Brooks. With Aldon Smith back and getting playing time, it seemed like we’d get a nice rotation of Brooks, Smith and rookie Aaron Lynch, but as the game progressed we saw Brooks on the bench and Corey Lemonier getting snaps over Brooks. The biggest question was why? Harbaugh was asked about it after the game and he told the media that ‘They were working through something.’

What that something was, no one knew at the time. Mike Garafolo was the first to report that Brooks was upset with the coaches’ decision to take reps away from him and give them to Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch. Word is Brooks felt he should be playing every snap and didn’t like being part of the rotation, so he pulled himself out of the game. He even went so far as to remove his cleats and sit on the bench.

Not sure what will come of this, but my guess is 49ers go the route of Brandon Jacobs and make him inactive and then figure out what to do with him in the offseason. Stay tuned, I’m sure this will get interesting.

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49ers Defense Wins 16-10 http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-defense-wins-16-10/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-defense-wins-16-10/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:26:12 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9123 The 49ers defense beat the New York Giants 16-10 to improve to 6-4 on the season.

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First off I just want to thank the San Francisco 49ers for winning this game today. Outside of the first series they played there asses off.

They intercepted Eli Manning five times and put the 49ers offense in position to win this game big, but the 49ers offense shit the bed again and could only scrounge up 16 points. I understand a win is a win, but the offense better pull their heads out of their asses quick. They can’t keep relying on the defense to win it for them week in week out.

I know I need to take a deep breath and enjoy this win, but this game should not have come down to late heroics again from the defense. I can’t say it enough. Eli Manning threw five interceptions and you only win by 6. I’m sorry, but that is unacceptable.

The 49ers move into a tie in 2nd place after the Seahawks fell to the Chiefs. They have the Redskins next weekend and should be heading into the Thanksgiving matchup at 7-4 against the Seahawks.

Let’s hope by then the offense can finally get their shit together.

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Vine: Borland Intercepts Eli Manning http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/vine-borland-intercepts-eli-manning/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/vine-borland-intercepts-eli-manning/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:03:07 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9120 Chris Borland intercepts Eli Manning...

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Chris Borland who has been filling in nicely for Patrick Willis had this nice interception to add to his resume.

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A Visitors Guide: 49ers vs Giants http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/visitors-guide-49ers-giants/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/visitors-guide-49ers-giants/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:22:39 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9117 The New York Giants are slipping away at 3-6, but still have a faint chance to turn things around with a huge clash with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.

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The New York Giants are slipping away at 3-6, but still have a faint chance to turn things around with a huge clash with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. The 49ers come in severely undermanned and potentially vulnerable, with All-Pro linebacker and defensive leader Patrick Willis done for the year.

Even if Big Blue can’t put together a big run to make the playoffs, they are hopeful that they can help send the Niners home in January as well. Either way, topping a fellow wild card hopeful is extremely key if the G-Men are to have any chance down the stretch.

Niners fans looking to make the trip out east can find cheap flights to NYC from Hipmunk with Giants vs 49ers tickets coming in at $372.91 ($127 to get in), as this is clearly a big game that fans will want to check out in person. New York has found most of it’s 2014 success at home, and will enter this matchup with a real chance at pulling up to 4-6 on the season.

Things look bleak for Eli Manning and co. at first glance, but they actually have a direct path to success if they can get past the 49ers. With three NFC East battles and four total games against teams with losing records left on the docket, the Giants could still control their own playoff destiny.

It all starts with an upset over Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers, though. Kaepernick isn’t easy to contain, but if the Giants are to get the win, they’ll have to force the Niners quarterback to win from within the pocket. Getting too comfortable in the passing game will keep the 49ers balanced and unpredictable, and the last thing the Giants want is Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde running freely around MetLife Stadium.

San Francisco probably still boasts a solid defense without some of their star players, but no one is more key than Willis, and he won’t be available again this year. Rookie Chris Borland has stepped up big in his absence, though, so the Giants will have to find a way to drive plays at him and keep him on his toes, rather than allow him to attack and make plays. If the Giants can take control and dictate how San Francisco plays their game on the road, they could have a chance at ending a four-game skid and starting a winning streak. Niners faithful would be wise to find hotels near MetLife Stadium to avoid the heavy traffic that comes with playing in the NYC area.

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Patrick Willis Headed to Injured Reserve http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/patrick-willis-headed-injured-reserve/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/patrick-willis-headed-injured-reserve/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:16:05 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9114 According to league sources, Patrick Willis will undergo season ending surgery on his toe...

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Just when things were starting to turn around for the 49ers defense, reports are coming out that Patrick Willis will undergo surgery on his toe, thus ending his season.

Earlier today news came out that Aldon Smith returned to practice. Reports yesterday mentioned that NaVorro Bowman would have an MRI done to see if he could start practicing and it was looking more and more like Glenn Dorsey would return soon and now the Willis news.

Damn. Thank god Chris Borland is playing his ass off.

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No Charges Filed Against Ray McDonald http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/charges-filed-ray-mcdonald/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/charges-filed-ray-mcdonald/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:18:55 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9112 The Santa Clara District Attorney's office has declined to file charges against Ray McDonald due to insufficient evidence.

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Ray-McDonald

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has found insufficient evidence to criminally charge Ray McDonald. The decision follows a comprehensive police investigation and legal review of an alleged act of domestic violence by the professional football player earlier this year.

McDonald was arrested in late August on suspicion of committing domestic violence against his fiancée, hereafter referred to as “Jane Doe.” Conflicting versions of the incident, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses, and a significant lack of cooperation by Jane Doe, left investigators uncertain exactly what happened. Left with insufficient evidence, it is not permissible – by policy or law – to charge a crime.

“All domestic violence complaints deserve our concern, sensitivity and careful review,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “After our thorough review of all the facts, we do not have evidence sufficient to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. McDonald committed a crime against Jane Doe.”

The incident happened in the early morning of August 31 during a birthday party McDonald threw for himself at his San Jose home. An investigation determined that, during an argument, Jane Doe struck McDonald, who then tried to physically restrain her. The two scuffled. McDonald then forcibly attempted to remove her from the home. At 2:39 a.m. McDonald called a San Jose police officer, saying he needed to get “a female” out of his house. Two minutes later, Jane Doe called 911, resulting in McDonald’s arrest.

The legal and factual analysis by the District Attorney’s Office, fully described in a public memo included with this release, determined the incident consisted of a physical struggle between two parties, each party blaming the other, no verifiable eyewitness accounts, and no one left with significant injuries. The only prior police-involved incident between the couple was an unsubstantiated report in May that Jane Doe fired a weapon into the ground during an argument with McDonald.

The memo concludes: “It is our solemn duty to analyze this case based on the evidence and triability and not based on politics or public sentiment unrelated to the likelihood of prevailing before a jury, and that we have done.”

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49ers Beat Saints in OT http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-beat-saints-ot/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-beat-saints-ot/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 22:09:05 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9108 The 49ers came back to win it in OT against the Saints and avoid a three game losing streak under Harbaugh.

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I already had the title of this article in mind with around 2:00 minutes left in the game, the Saints driving for the go ahead touchdown. It was titled ’49ers Shit the Bed…Again.’ But somewhere the Niner Gods were looking down on us Faithful, seeing how we could not endure another tough loss, which would have been the 49ers first three game losing streak under Harbaugh.

Then it happened. 4th and 10 last chance for the 49ers to try and win or tie. Colin Kaepernick rolls out and somehow throws it about 800 yards across his body to a wide open Michael Crabtree. The 49ers did it, Kaepernick did it. The 49ers were now in field goal range. Of course, they couldn’t just get 7 and win it at the end, no they had to make this game go to Overtime.

The Saints won the toss and started driving, but somehow, someway the 49ers defense found it in themselves again to make a huge stop and force the Saints to punt. It was now once again on Colin Kaepernick to get his team downfield to win this game, unfortunately they fell short and had to give it back to Brees.

I may be the only one, but after giving the ball back to the Saints, I wasn’t having the best feeling. The defense was gassed, they were playing their asses off and we had to call on them once again to come up with a huge stop. Then it happened, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees, put them in 2nd and long and Ahmad Brooks came around and knocked the ball loose out of Drew Brees hand, fumble, Chris Borland recovered. Are you shitting me? Did that just happen.

At that moment it was like redemption for Ahmad Brooks, same place last year where he causes a Brees fumble, only to have it called for a flag and we all know how that game ended.

The 49ers go to 5-4 on the season, head to take on the Giants next weekend, the good news is Aldon Smith is back. Time to make a playoff run.

Fun Facts:
– The 49ers avoided their first 3 game losing streak under Harbaugh.
– The Saints 20 consecutive home game win under Sean Payton came to an end.
– Chris Borland continues to play his ass off filling in for injured Patrick Willis.

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49ers Sign Kendall Hunter to One Year Extension http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-sign-kendall-hunter-one-year-extension/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-sign-kendall-hunter-one-year-extension/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:42:35 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9104 The 49ers signed running back Kendall Hunter to a one year extension today.

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With reports that running back Marcus Lattimore may retire, the 49ers announced today that they signed running back Kendall Hunter to a one year extension.

Hunter was scheduled to be a free agent after this season, but with Lattimore most likely out and Carlos Hyde the only running back on the roster for 2015, the 49ers made sure Hunter didn’t go anywhere.

Hunter is currently on IR with an ACL injury.

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49ers Embarrassing in Loss to Rams http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-embarrassing-loss-rams/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/11/49ers-embarrassing-loss-rams/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:14:00 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9101 49ers drop their 4th game in an embarrassing fashion, well at least on the offensive side of the ball.

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The 49ers came out of the bye and looked like crap. Well at least on the offensive side of the ball. Early the defense gave the 49ers offense every opportunity to go up big, but shit play by the offensive line and Colin Kaepernick led to 8 sacks and one turnover.

I can’t recall the last time the offense looked this bad. I mean they were downright awful. The refs were awful as well. Late in the game the 49ers had it on the goal line and Kap scored a touchdown, but the refs said he fumbled and gave the ball to the Rams and that ended the game. Such bullshit.

The 49ers now fall to 4-4 on the season. I’m not sure what will happen from here on out, but the offense needs to hurry and find their identity, cause at this time they are sitting in third place in the division and time is running out.

Two positives: Boldin reached 900 receptions and Chris Borland had 18 tackles.

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Aldon Smith Back After the Bye? http://49ersnews.com/2014/10/aldon-smith-back-bye/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/10/aldon-smith-back-bye/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:23:35 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9097 Multiple reports are saying that Aldon Smith's suspension may be reduced and he could be back after the 49ers bye week.

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Reports around the NFL are saying that Aldon Smith may be able to have his suspension reduced a game or two for good behavior and if so could be back after the 49ers bye week.

Both Chris Mortensen and John Clayton are confirming reports that the reduction could take place. However, Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke have both said they have not heard anything from the league office about a possible reduction in games.

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