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Kaepernick vs. Manziel & NFL combine’s fastest

By TED SILLANPAA This is an interesting look at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick running his 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine — with the Combine 40s of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Johnny Manziel added to create a computerized race (sort of) between the four fastest quarterbacks in the history of the scouting showcase. The Race We’d Love to See We can take anything we like, or nothing at all, from the four fastest 40s run by quarterbacks… Read More »

Criticism of 49ers’ Kaepernick pure nonsense

Colin Kaepernick  Ryan Pickett

By TED SILLANPAA Look, I understand how easy it is to watch an NFL game and criticize the quarterback play. Even people who should absolutely know better get caught up in thinking the game they see unfold on television is moving at the same speed as the game unfolds from the pocket with a passer under the pressure of a pass rush with defenders disguising coverages in the secondary. So, I understand how even the folks who sit in the… Read More »

49ers have to get trade leverage, but they’ll reward Alex Smith

By TED SILLANPAA The 49ers took an incredible risk by turning the quarterback job to Colin Kaepernick. The kid blossomed into one of the top prospective superstars in the NFL. The who Kaepernick could’ve been disaster if Alex Smith hadn’t opted to handle his demotion with professionalism sadly missing in professional sports these days. During the pre-Super Bowl preparations, the Niners said they’d reward Smith by trading him or releasing him to hook on with a team where he can… Read More »

Is everybody insane? If Moss was dogging it, he wouldn’t have been in the game

By TED SILLANPAA I just heard two national sports media guys swear that Randy Moss didn’t run pass routes very hard in Super Bowl XLVII. They said he was dogging it. Not hustling. We already know that Comcast analyst Bill Romanowski said that Moss didn’t make enough effort on the pass interception thrown by Colin Kaepernick. Come on. Moss was flanked left in the formation that the 49ers used for the 2-point conversion try to, potentially, tie the game after… Read More »

Is everybody insane? Harbaugh has accomplished amazing things with 49ers

By TED SILLANPAA I’ve read that Jim Harbaugh is just a little too cocky given that he hasn’t really accomplished anything particularly special coaching the 49ers. I read somewhere, and can’t remember where, that he hasn’t done anything “great” in his two season in San Francisco. In a society of sports fans and media members that use the word “great” far too quickly and often when it’s not merited, who on earth can say that Harbaugh getting what was a horrible… Read More »

Is everyone insane? Kaepernick called audible on the last play

By TED SILLANPAA Quick hitter…tired of the Super Bowl and tired in general. But, I’m still hearing 49ers’ fans and members of the media criticize the play-calling on the final series inside the goal line against the Ravens. Where were the running plays? Well, was fixing to run a misdirection play around left end, with Frank Gore lead blocking, when Jim Harbaugh saw the play clock running out and called timeout. I’ve not seen or heard any gas-bag writer or… Read More »

49ers owe it to Alex Smith to set him free after Super Bowl

By TED SILLANPAA It’s not news to hear that Alex Smith doesn’t want to be with the 49ers next season. That hasn’t stopped sports talkers and sports writers from turning the report circulated Monday that the quarterback wants to be released from his contract after the Super Bowl into some sort of revelation worthy of much discussion. Smith has been a good teammate since getting hurt and losing his starting job. He’s a good guy, clearly. He’d played well enough… Read More »

It says here the Falcons will win, and cover the spread

By TED SILLANPAA It turns out that the Falcons not only have a chance of defeating the 49ers in the NFC Championship game Sunday, but that it’s a certainty. And, you can take the Falcons … and the points! Bovada.com, the online wagering website, has the 49ers as 5-point favorites on Saturday night. So, bet Atlanta and you’re getting nearly a touchdown. How can I be so sure that the Falcons will win? Well …. Mark Bradley’s written sports for… Read More »

49ers Kaepernick Might Be One of a Kind

By TED SILLANPAA 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick is getting national media attention for kissing his own biceps after he scores a touchdown, but he should be getting it for being an other-worldly quarterback prospect. It seems silly to consider him a prospect after his record-setting playoff performance against the Packers, but he is still a work in progress … an amazing work in progress. Kaepernick is making it clear that even the most prominent, knowledgable NFL analysts don’t know what… Read More »

Make judgments today about 49ers, Packers

By TED SILLANPAA Everyone will have an opinion on the quality of the 49ers play-calling and the direction the club is taking in the Jim Harbaugh era … after Saturday’s NFC playoff game against the Packers. Then, it’ll be easy to spit out results-based opinion. So, let’s agree on a few things right now. Colin Kaepernick is the best quarterback for these 49ers. Harbaugh had this game in mind when he replaced Alex Smith with Kaepernick. Kaepernick earned the No.… Read More »