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Golden Nuggets: Dante’s Infernoby Ikaros on September 24, 2019 at 9:00 am
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images A collection of San Francisco 49ers related links for Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 A lot has been said about Dante Pettis and Shanahan’s tough love approach towards him. I have mostly tried to stay out of it because I am a big Pettis fan, and I truly have no idea what has been going on behind the scenes. That hasn’t stopped everybody else from offering their opinions and in today’s social media driven world, you cannot expect a young guy like Pettis to remain blind to all the criticism. I suspect that is a part of the explanation, I mean I would struggle under the weight of all that negativity too, but that TD on Sunday must have felt good. I expect we’ll see a different Pettis after the bye, a freer more locked in Pettis. One thing is for sure though, his teammates love him. Here’s what Jimmy Garoppolo had to say: “Dante is phenomenal in practice. I know you guys aren’t seeing all that but he battles his ass off in practice. He has a great mindset of just when his number is called, he’s ready. So you got to appreciate a guy like that. It’s just having all that competitiveness and everything. You love to see that as a quarterback because you can trust that guy.” Then there is this: Everyone wanted a piece of the TD hero @dmainy_13 pic.twitter.com/JDfVj9klhK— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) September 23, 2019 In other news, resident wrestling fan, George Kittle, got a nice little surprise via twitter: IF YA SMELLLL what the NINERS are cookin’.. a long hard road ahead, but 3-0 is a helluva start. Keep havin’ fun boys. #eastbay #peopleschamp #peoplestightend @gkittle46 @49ers https://t.co/sSYqAwsdXw— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 23, 2019 Am I dreaming https://t.co/Peh0c5iouv— George Kittle (@gkittle46) September 23, 2019 Alright, enough of the tweets. On to those links... Dante Pettis vindicated in 49ers Week 3 win vs. Steelers (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise) 49ers’ Dante Pettis says he bruised his hand from high fives after win (Dalton Johnson, NBC Sports) Watch 49ers star rookie Nick Bosa dominate Steelers’ All-Pro tackle (Brian Witt, NBC Sports) San Francisco 49ers: Is this early-season success simply a mirage? (Justin Fried, Golden Gate Sports) 49ers winning ugly in 2019 is proof team is progressing (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise) 49ers CB Witherspoon out 1 month (foot sprain) (Nick Wagoner, ESPN) Next step: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo delivers under pressure (Nick Wagoner, ESPN) 49ers rookie Justin Skule impresses veterans during first NFL start (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports) 49ers grades and analysis following Week 3 win over Steelers (Jeremy Wohlfart, Niner Noise) Stats and Facts: 49ers Turn Steel into Gold in Victory Over Pittsburgh (49ers.com) Around the league... NFL Week 4 Power Rankings: Mahomes sets himself apart in historical fashion (Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire) Saints’ resilience, Steelers’ struggles among trends defining ‘19 (Gregg Rosenthal, Around the NFL) Barnwell: Stacking surprises on the NFL’s seven 3-0 teams (Bill Barnwell, ESPN) 10 most surprising Week 3 NFL breakouts: Daniel Jones leads largest Giants comeback since 1970, Kyle Allen makes history (Dan Schneier, CBS Sports) The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 3 (Roger Sherman, The Ringer) Cardinals cut WR Michael Crabtree after one month (Jeremy Bergman, Around the NFL)
Monday Night Football Thread: Has Trubisky made the Bears unwatchable?by Kyle Posey on September 24, 2019 at 12:07 am
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images Tonight’s game will not pleasant for you QB gurus The Chicago Bears are on the road against Washington tonight in what some are predicting will be Case Keenum’s last start. That feels like a stretch, but that would mean next week we see Dwayne Haskins go against Daniel Jones in the battle of rookie quarterbacks. The Bears continue to have one of the better defenses in the NFL, and on offense, they have plenty of skill players to surround their quarterback. The problem is their quarterback. Trubisky has had a nightmare start to his third season in the NFL. Missing wide open throws, and not looking like he sees the field well. I feel for Chicago fans that have to watch him every Sunday because it’s rough. Naturally, Trubisky will throw for four touchdowns tonight, while Keenum does the same to quiet the Haskins rumors. The Bears are favored by five points, with the total on this game at 42. Vegas is predicting somewhere along the lines of a 24-17 win for the Bears. Who do you think pulls this off?
Injury updates: Ahkello Witherspoon expected to miss a monthby Kyle Posey on September 23, 2019 at 10:31 pm
Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images Welp. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media on Monday and announced that CB Ahkello Witherspoon is expected to miss at least a month. Witherspoon had been playing fantastic in three games and was on his way to a Pro Bowl type season. The key here is “at least.” The team will get a second opinion from a foot specialist. Shanahan mentioned that Emmanuel Moseley is next in line to start, but practice will determine who plays. It’ll likely come down to Moseley or Verrett. Shanahan said he expects Jalen Hurd back against Browns for Week 5. Hurd had a pretty serious stress reaction, and that’s why he missed so much time. Tevin Coleman will return next week as well. Shanahan said there’s a “good chance” Coleman plays Week 5. Shanahan said it’s tough to use four running backs in a game, but that’s a good problem to have. Circling back to cornerback, the next four games are against the Browns, Rams, Washington, and the Panthers. Each of those teams has talented wide receivers and passing games that can hurt you through the air. Here is what Shanahan said regarding a trade: We always look at the trade market and will continue to, but it’s got to make sense for us. How much does it help the team and how much does it help the organization moving forward. You think of the years in advance too in terms of the salary cap and draft picks. This sucks. The defense was playing at a high level, and Witherspoon had a lot to do with that. Not just with great coverage, but Witherspoon was making plays in the run game as well. Look at one of the first couple of plays from the Steelers game. Witherspoon beats a block and makes a tackle for loss. Those are the plays you can’t replace. Get well soon, ‘Spoon. What do you think the 49ers should do for the next month at cornerback?
49ers place LS Jon Condo on the reserve/retired list, sign Garrison Sanbornby Kyle Posey on September 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm
Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images The hunt for a long-snapper continues Kyle’s update 2:35 p.m.: The 49ers are signing Garrison Sanborn, per Matt Barrows. Sanborn tried out with the 49ers last week, along with Drew Scott. Sanborn, 34, has been snapping since 2009. He’s played for Bills & Buccaneers Remember six days ago when the San Francisco 49ers signed long-snapper Jon Condo? Well, today the team placed Condo on the reserve/retired list, per the NFL transaction wire. Condo made his debut with the 49ers this past Sunday against the Steelers. There is no analysis here. The only thing I can remember is one snap went slightly to the left and moved Mitch Wishnowsky off his spot. That is as in-depth as I’ll ever get about a snapper. The timing is strange, as the 49ers waived Colin Holba when they brought in Condo. Kyle Nelson, who signed a four-year extension through 2022, still has three games left on his suspension before he can resume the long-snapping duties. So, bring back Holba? Kyle Shanahan is scheduled to meet with the media at 3 p.m. PT Monday afternoon, so he’ll likely address the situation. We will update once he does. Here is what he said when asked about the decision to sign Condo and move on from Holba: “After a couple of weeks, not just the games, but some things in practice too, we just felt that we could get better and when there was an option out there we pulled the trigger and hopefully we will. “No, he wasn’t perfect so we are just trying to see if we can get someone a little more consistent,” the coach answered. “He wasn’t bad though either. We just thought we could make an upgrade.” Condo reportedly struggled in practices last week. The team has plenty of time to reassess the position. Who knew headed into the bye week that we’d have two position changes in a week at long-snapper.
PFF grades from the 49ers offense from the win over the Steelersby Kyle Posey on September 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Nice to see you, Dante We went over the snap counts early Monday morning, so we can get right into the grades from PFF to see how they thought the San Francisco 49ers performed in their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Top 5 offensive grades Kyle Juszczyk 91.8George Kittle 83.5Jimmy Garoppolo 79.0Weston Richburg 75.2Dante Pettis 71.1 This lines up with what we saw on Sunday. Juice made his presence felt whether he had the ball in his hands or not. Juszczyk is asked to do a lot in this offense, and he continually comes through for the 49ers offense. He had a great game, and a signature play to go along with his performance. Tackle Kyle Juszczyk at your own risk @JuiceCheck44 pic.twitter.com/BGqsbuz09b— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 22, 2019 It will be a surprise when Kittle isn’t a top-five performer. We are going to talk about Garoppolo a lot this week. That’s not anything new, but for the first time in a while, it will be without questions and doubts. He was incredible in the pocket. One thing that stood out was his efficiency. Garoppolo completed 23 passes, and 14 of them went for first downs. Ten of those came when Garoppolo was blitzed, which tells you he was calm and under control. More on that later this week. Richburg is healthy again and has played well in each game. Richburg only allowed one pressure, and the running game averaged 4.3 yards per carry when they ran up the middle. Communication is critical for the offensive line going against a team that runs as many stunts and twists as the Steelers defensive line does. Hello there, Dante. Pettis only had 20 yards receiving, but on his four receptions, two of them went for first downs, and one of them won the game. Pettis also avoided a tackle. This performance should be a confidence builder not just for him, but for the coaching staff to get Pettis involved more. Bottom 5 Richie James 56.7Laken Tomlinson 54.9Levine Toilolo 54.4Raheem Mostert 52.3Mike McGlinchey 35.7 The matchup to watch was McGlinchey vs. T.J. Watt, and Watt won the battle. McGlinchey allowed a sack and a quarterback hit, but this run grade was 28.8. That’ll be something to keep an eye on when you watch the game again. I don’t remember what James or Tomlinson did, so I won’t comment on that. Mostert has to hang on to the football. It’s that simple. He had four rushes go over ten yards, and 30 of his 79 yards came after contact. His fumble could have been costly, though. We’ll have the grades for the defense on Tuesday.