Could the 49ers pick up a Steel?

(.. do you see what I did there? Steal? Steelers? bwahaha…)

The expiration date to lock up the NFL’s franchise players has come and gone, and there are a few receivers to take a look at in free agency. I wrote about Marques Colston from the Saints, but there’s another possibility out there that won’t break the 49ers’ bank.

This is the most enticing argument for chasing after a young, talented restricted free agent such as Mike Wallace, who might qualify as the best deep-threat receiver in the NFL. NFC West fans might remember Wallace’s 95-yard touchdown reception against Arizona last season, or his 53-yard reception against Seattle, or his 46-yarder against St. Louis. Wallace would give the 49ers the deep-threat wideout their rotation has been lacking.

There are a few factors to consider for both the team and the free agent:  Continue reading “Could the 49ers pick up a Steel?” Could the 49ers pick up a…

Can the 49ers tear into the Lions?

The San Francisco 49ers are sitting atop the NFC West with a 4-1 record and are heading to Detroit to take on the 5-0 Lions. It’s a wholly exciting game on paper, much more so than most of us would have figured just a few short months ago. I was hoping the Bears would win, despite how much I hated the idea of Chicago taking a victory, but any way to keep the Green Bay Packers at the #1 spot I’m okay with.

The 49ers find themselves in a pretty good situation. Despite a win by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, they remain in a great place atop the NFC West division, two games above the next competition, sporting a 4-1 record; the lone blemish being an overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a blown play. They’re coming off a dominating win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a good win that just might have sucked the rest of the life out of Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, overcoming a 20+ point differential to win in impressive fashion.

The Buccaneers had been 3-1 coming into the game at Candlestick Park, and the 49ers executed on all levels. They stopped LeGarrete Blount, they made Josh Freeman look terrible, and they dealt with the Tampa Bay defense like no team has this season. That’s an awfully good Buccaneers team, and a great win, especially by such a margin. Now, they’re hitting the road before a bye week, to take on the Detroit Lions.  Continue reading “Can the 49ers tear into the Lions?” Can the 49ers tear into t…

The art of returning kicks in the NFL – part 2

Safety matters, right? And that was the idea of starting kickoffs from the 35-yard line instead of from the 30, to help force teams to down the ball in the endzone for the touchback, starting off the drive from the 20.

Given the added 5 yards, we saw a record-setting number of touchbacks in just the first game of the 2011 NFL season, when the New Orleans Saints visited the Green Bay Packers. However, these young players that return kicks and punts always have something to prove. Their speed, for one, and here is the reason:  Continue reading “The art of returning kicks in the NFL – part 2” The art of returning kick…