The San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers emblem

BY:Jeff Schneberk

Apparently now, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are even when it comes to stealing each other’s draft choices. Seattle has taken former 9er quarterback B.J. Daniels who had just been placed on the team’s practice squad.

So now, San Fran knows the feeling of losing a guy they supposedly wanted to keep.
“We have a plan for him,” said Niner Head Coach Jim Harbaugh the day before Seattle claimed Daniels off of the practice roster.

If Harbaugh were to offer that exact quote today, if would say ‘We HAD a plan for him.”
Now hopefully Seattle has a plan for him. Of course, Daniels is going to find himself behind one of the top young QBs in the NFL, Russell Wilson.

Before the season, Seattle had released receiver Chris Harper, a fourth-round draft pick and they were reportedly hoping to add him to the practice squad. Instead, the 49ers added him to their 53-man roster.

Now they can all run along and play like the little boys and girls that they were acting like. Ok, I am just joking but you can see the childishness, right?

Daniels said he was surprised he was placed on waivers by the 49ers.
“I’ve never gone through this. To be picked up by Seattle is a blessing,” he said.
He said he doesn’t view his acquisition by Seattle as a way for the Seahawks to get revenge on the 49ers for claiming Harper.

Anyways, on the very bright side, Daniels won’t have to worry about the possibility of hardly ever getting any playing time this season. If current Niner QB Colin Kaerpernick gets himself going the way he did one week ago when he took a bite out of the St. Louis Rams’ defense, and perhaps get back to the Super Bowl, there was not going to be much room in the plans for Daniels anyway.

Now they get ready for their fourth test of the season, the 2-2 Texans. Considering they got by the Packers, lost to the Colts and the Seahawks, Houston should be a good test, and on Sunday night prime time television too.

With the likes of Frank Gore, Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree ready, willing and able to provide touchdowns in bunches, there is no reason not to include SF in any Super Bowl talk.

Albeit against St. Louis, Gore showed just how important he is, despite the NFL being a pass-oriented game. Gore ran for 153 yards –his highest rushing total in four years, having carried the ball 20 times in a 35-11 crushing of the Rams.

Gore’s offense sparked a club that had previously gone flat. It had scored a combined total of 10 points in two games (both losses, duh).
With the receiving corps plagued by injury, SF is going to need all the Gore it can get.

“San Francisco may be the only place where the running game still opens up the passing game,” ESPN analyst Gary Horton said.

“A good Frank Gore day is a good day for [49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick]. … I really think Gore is the most important cog in that offense, and you can’t say that about many running backs in this league anymore.”

Gore has played 3,490 snaps since 2008, fourth-most by a running back during that span.

Since entering the NFL in 2005, Gore has the third-most first downs by a running back (both as a rusher and a receiver). His 9,134 career rushing yards, a San Francisco franchise record, are the third-most since 2005, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

“No question that everybody’s inspired by what he does,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of his go-to back. “Nobody does it like Frank Gore.”

Horton thinks Gore is a “perfect fit” for the San Francisco offense because he trusts his blockers and is capable of doing whatever the coaches want in the running game.

The NIners might be one of the only teams in sport that are appropriately named. The name ‘49ers’ comes from the name given to the gold prospectors who arrived in Northern California sometime around 1849 during the California Gold Rush. Than name was suggested to reflect the voyagers who had rushed to the west to get the gold. It is the only team name they have ever had, and unlike some cities (Washington), nobody is trying to get them to change it for some stupid reason. The Niners are also the oldest major professional sports franchise in California.
They have had their share of success in the league (and of course they are looking for repeat success today). When owned by the DeBartolo/York families, the Niners became known for having one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties. They won 5 Super Bowls in 14 years. Between 1981-94 the 49ers were unstoppable.
Four of their championships came in the 1980s. Led by Hall of Fames Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young and Coach Bill Walsh. The Niners are currently tied with rivals Dallas Cowboys for the second-most Super Bowl wins.

The idea that the team is named after a group of people is fairly appropriate, seeing as today, the team is once again progressing like a group of men in search for the gold. Obviously the ‘gold’ today would be the Super Bowl. The team came to within one play of winning that gold last year. But at least in the process, each one of those football players got what they need to be able to get that far again.

The Niners are one of the most improved teams in the entire NFL. They are no doubt in for a test this weekend though, when they meet the stiff defense of the Houston Texans.

FUN FACT:The Niner cheer squad is called The Gold Rush.


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