Well, for a couple of decades or so there, the San Francisco 49ers were basically the best franchise in football, from the perspective of bettor, fan or student of the game.
Between 1981 and 2002, running from head coach Bill Walsh with Montana & Clark/Rice through HC Steve Mariucci with Garcia & Terrell Owens, the Niners were an enviable 240-104 SU (a .698 winning percentage, or an average season of 11-5) and a profitable 184-155-6 ATS – plus a 23-13 SU/19-17 ATS postseason record including that 5-0 SU/4-1 ATS in Super Bowls.
Since then, not so much. Of any of it.
49ers WR Deebo Samuel turned down an autograph request from a young fan. FlexWork Sports is proud of Deebo's impact in youth sports.
Trey Lance is the new quarterback for the 49ers.
Austin Mack is unlikely to make the 49ers' 53-man roster in 2022.
Jets, 49ers Dre Greenlaw trade is off.
The 49ers' defensive line and linebackers are the key to their success. The team's defensive front plays a Wide-9 style.
The 49ers are hoping the trend of second-year players taking a massive leap rings true in 2022.
Deommodore Lenoir is down the 49ers depth chart and could be off the team in 2022.
The Seattle Seahawks ranked 8th overall on PFF's list of the best linebacker groups. The San Francisco 49ers were the number one team.
Dallas Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round.
Dallas Cowboys lost to San Francisco 49ers.
Mitchell was a rookie sensation for the 49ers. He is expected to be a star in 2022.
The 49ers' first-round pick from the Trey Lance trade will come to an end in the 2023 draft.
Chiefs Land WR Brandon Aiyuk in Proposed Trade With 49ers. Chiefs training camp starts in less than a month.
The 49ers' pass defense is expected to perform well thanks to Fred Warner and the NFL's best group of cover linebackers. Jason Verrett's health is the X-factor here.
Terry McLaurin and Washington Commanders agree to a three-year extension worth up to $71 million. The contract is of interest to the 49ers as they try to iron out a deal with Deebo Samuel.
Moore is expected to be a key piece of the 49ers' safety group during the 2022 campaign.
The Atlanta Falcons will wear the classic red helmets for an Oct. 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Ryan Harris made headlines in May saying that some people in San Francisco have doubts about second-year quarterback Trey Lance.
Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel are expected to receive a contract extension from the San Francisco 49ers.
After being traded to the San Francisco 49ers, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $137.5 million.
The San Francisco 49ers advanced to the NFC Championship Game last season. The team didn't make a big splash in free agency.
The 49ers start training camp in a month.
The 49ers should be glad they didn't sign these players in 2022.
The Chicago Bears have a new coaching staff and a lot of uncertainty about their roster. The team is preparing for the opening day against the San Francisco 49ers.
Deebo Samuel hasn't rescinded his trade request with the San Francisco 49ers. He is entering the last season of his rookie contract.
KeeSean Johnson is competing for a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster.
Trent Williams is an NFL athlete with a rare combination of size and athleticism. The 49ers left tackle is able to do things like go in motion on a run play to bulldoze defensive ends and linebackers.
Nick Bosa is going to cost the San Francisco 49ers $10.8 million in 2022.
The San Francisco 49ers have to trim their roster to 53 players.
There were 220 names in the draft. Tariq Castro-Fields was picked by the San Francisco 49ers with the last pick of the sixth round of 2022 NFL Draft.
The 49ers have had some great head coaches and general managers.
The team has a win total of 8. After their bye in Week 14, they play the Giants in San Francisco and then home for Cleveland and Dallas.
The San Francisco 49ers did not sign Deebo Samuel to a contract extension earlier. He requested to be traded.
The 49ers made USC EDGE Drake Jackson their top pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.
The 49ers are going to draft a secondary in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The 49ers tried to get the Rams to jump offsides, but it didn't work. The 49er's punted from the LA 49-yard line with 10 minutes left in the game.
The 49ers are moving on from a quarterback that twice got them so close to the NFL mountaintop. The team is doing everything to reach the pinnacle, but it's a razor thin line between good and great.
Trey Lance is the 49ers' biggest question mark going into the 2022 season. His ability to overcome his inexperience will determine how high the team's ceiling is.
The 49ers have a lot going for them heading into 2022.
The 49ers are a run-first offense and have a good wide receiver group. They are looking for some additional depth at the receiver position.
Trey Lance is the San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
The San Francisco 49ers are aiming to win the NFC Championship in 2022.
George Kittle has played 67 games with the San Francisco 49ers, including 59 starts. He remembers one of the craziest plays he's seen in the first NFL game he ever played in.
The 49ers will get a closer look at Lance during training camp.
The San Francisco 49ers have lost Laken Tomlinson and Alex Mack to the New York Jets in free agency.
The 49ers selected Tyrion Davis-Price in Round 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft.
The San Francisco 49ers were close to the Super Bowl last season but poor quarterback play prevented them from reaching their ceiling.
The Green Bay Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoff. The team is motivated by the loss.
The Dallas Cowboys are aiming to be a contender in 2022. They finished second in the NFC East with a record of 12-5 and won a playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers need to find out who will be their starting strong safety. Tarvarius Moore, Talanoa Hufanga and George Odum are the realistic options to earn the starting job by the start of the season.
The 49ers signed George Odum, but not to a contract that signals he'd be a starter. The 49er's draft a safety with one of their first two picks.
Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship on Thursday. San Francisco 49ers fan is inspired by the team's success.
Trey Lance is the unquestioned starter at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in 2022.
The San Francisco 49ers traded for two first-round picks to get Trey Lance as their new quarterback. Lance played in two games last season, going 1-1.
The 49ers have a lot of undrafted free agents following the 2022 NFL Draft. Four of them have the best chance of making the team's 53-man roster.
49ers drafted Tariq Castro-Fields as a cornerback. He has good length, strength and athleticism, but lacks consistency and spatial awareness.
The San Francisco 49ers are going to give second-year quarterback Trey Lance the keys to the offense.
The Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoff.
The 49ers have a very good defense. Their defensive line is among the NFL's elite.
Critics of Pro Football Focus are not happy with where they ranked the 49ers defensive line heading into 2022.
The 49ers have three players on their roster just for special teams. They have two injuries and have to play both offense and defense.
The 49ers added Kalia Davis late in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Jerry Rice is one of the best wide receivers in NFL history. He was selected in the first round of 1985 by the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers are going to pick a quarterback in 2022.
Elijah Mitchell had a disappointing season last year. The 49ers have too many NFL-caliber running backs for one RB1.
The San Francisco 49ers defensive line is ranked sixth in the league. The team has a lot of depth, but it's not as good as the other teams.
Deebo Samuel requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers. There was a lot of chatter about other teams being interested in him.
Colin Kaepernick played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2016. His win-loss record is not good enough to evaluate his value in professional sports.
Nick Bosa is a pass-rusher for the San Francisco 49ers. He is expected to break the single-season sack record in 2022.
The edge defender is one of the 49ers players who could get a contract extension.
Loius Riddick has high expectations for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance.
Brian Schneider has joined the 49ers ahead of the 2022 season.
The 49ers used all nine of their draft picks during the NFL draft. They have held five open practices for the media in the last four weeks.
Brian Schneider is the new 49ers special teams coordinator.
The San Francisco 49ers' first mandatory minicamp practice ended on Tuesday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and several players had a media availability.
Deebo Samuel hasn't yet practiced with the 49ers. He doesn't seem estranged.
The San Francisco 49ers are avoiding drama with one of their players.
Nick Bosa and Trent Williams are at the start of the San Francisco 49ers mandatory minicamp.
The 49ers won five Super Bowls from 1982 to 1995. They haven't won one since.
Deebo Samuel requested a trade in April. He will attend minicamp for the San Francisco 49ers today.
Deebo Samuel is expected to attend the San Francisco 49ers minicamp Tuesday.
Deebo Samuel is expected to attend the San Francisco 49ers' mandatory minicamp.
Kyle Shanahan's 49ers have had injuries and signings during his tenure.
The career tenures of NFL players can be short. Five former 49ers draft picks might have already seen their playing days come to an end.
Terrell Owens supports his former 49ers teammate Bryant Young despite their fractured relationship.
Davante Adams has a good record against the 49ers.
Alex Mack is not returning to the San Francisco 49ers for his 14th season.
Professional sports teams can talk about culture and professionalism, but it's up to the players to set those tones. Frank Gore was a leader for the San Francisco 49ers.
Alex Mack played offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns and the 49ers. He was drafted out of Cal in 2009.
Trey Lance is a young quarterback for the 49ers. Steve Young believes he has a sharp processing mind.
The 49ers wrapped up their third week of organized team activities.
Darqueze Dennard might be the choice to start at nickel cornerback for the 49ers in 2022.
The 49ers didn't make any tight end additions in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, there were some transactions afterwards.
Some of the greatest 49ers sat together on a stage.
The 49ers will have to cut their offseason crop by nearly half to make the 53-man roster in 2022.
Fred Warner is a captain for the San Francisco 49ers. Warner was a first-team All-Pro at his position.
Frank Gore has retired and signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
Alex Mack has retired after 13 seasons on three different teams. The 49ers and Mack confirmed it on Friday morning.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan believes that Alex Mack will excel on the interior.
The 49ers announced the signing of their entire 2022 draft class. All nine draftees signed their four-year deals.
Frank Gore spent his final six seasons playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
Deebo Samuel is unhappy with his contract situation with the San Francisco 49ers. John Lynch says he would be a fool to trade him.
Drake Jackson signed a 4-year, $5,802,392 contract with the 49ers.
49ers sign each of their nine draft picks to four-year contracts.
The 49ers signed all their draft picks to four-year rookie contracts on Thursday.
Alex Mack is retiring after 13 seasons in the NFL. He spent last season with the 49ers.
Frank Gore signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers today.
Frank Gore is signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
Samuel Womack was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was signed to a rookie four-year deal.
Frank Gore will retire from the NFL today. He will sign a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Falcons will debut their throwback red helmets with their 1966 black uniform throwbacks for their home game against San Francisco on October 16.
Deebo Samuel requested a trade from San Francisco in April. He's still a member of the 49ers in June.
The 49ers didn't have a very busy offseason. They didn’t make any big moves in free agency, the draft or on the coaching staff.
Trey Lance is the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback. Emmanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley are skeptical about his ability.
Trey Lance is the San Francisco 49ers' second-round draft pick. He has started two games and made 71 passes in his second NFL season.
Daniel Brunskill is an offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers. He can play any spot along the offensive line.
Trey Lance is expected to be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback in 2022.
Liam Eichenberg is adapting to a new offensive scheme in San Francisco. He had a rough rookie season, playing multiple positions and allowing 62 quarterback pressures.
The San Francisco 49ers will draft a player in 2022.
The 49ers have to make tough decisions regarding their 53-man roster entering 2022.
The 49ers don't have the resources to sign big-name free agents, but they could start right away if signed.
Brian Griese played quarterback in the NFL for 11 seasons and as an ESPN broadcaster for 13 years. He left the broadcast booth two months ago to coach quarterbacks for the San Francisco 49ers.
Brandon Aiyuk is the San Francisco 49ers' new wide receiver. Deebo Samuel is absent from OTAs and is seeking a new contract.
Trey Lance is the second-year quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He has played in just two games.
The 49ers defensive line is deep. Alex Barrett might not be a big presence in 2022.
The 49ers used their top pick of the 2022 NFL Draft on a defensive lineman.
The Colts, Vikings and 49ers have good quarterbacks, good offensive lines, play-callers and pass-catchers. None of them has a hole at running back.
The 49ers will face stiff competition within their own division in 2022.
The Raiders-49ers rivalry is less heated now that the Raiders moved to Las Vegas.
The Dallas Cowboys are the front-runner to win the NFC East in 2022. However, the team was embarrassed at home by the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card Round last season.
Arik Armstead has been a key player for the 49ers defense.
The 49ers signed Charvarius Ward as a free agent. Ward has two seasons where he allowed under a 45% completion percentage.
The Cowboys lost to the 49ers in the playoffs. They have good players on both sides of the ball and good coaching staff.
Anthony Lynn is the assistant head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He is taking over running backs coaching duties in Bobby Turner's absence.
The San Francisco 49ers don't know what they're doing with Trey Lance.
The Niners play an attack defense similar to Fresno State's. Atkins feels that his college experience prepared him for the Niner's defense.
Steve was the quarterback of the 49ers. Charles Haley did not know Steve was single.
The San Francisco 49ers could be making the season opener easier for the Bears.
Colin Kaepernick threw a football at the Las Vegas Raiders' facility on Wednesday. It was his first official workout for an NFL team since his release from the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.
The 49ers have mostly completed the majority of roster-building ahead of the 2022 season.
Brian Griese is the new quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers assistant coaches were available to reporters on Wednesday.
Sports reporter criticized 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. KinLaw replied in an online interview.
In the 15 seasons running from 2006 to ’20, the worst team in week 3 was the Houston Texans at 3-12 SU/5-10 ATS. Four teams went 4-11 in the span: the Cleveland Browns (8-6-1 ATS), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8 ATS), Arizona Cardinals (5-10 ATS) and San Francisco 49ers (5-10 ATS). The worst team to bet, however, was the Los Angeles Chargers, who went such 3-10-1 in the span.
NFL Network analysts discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance. They think the Seattle Seahawks would be the best team to move Garppolo to. Good Morning Football hosts Peter Schrager, Kyle Brandt, Michael Robinson and Will Selva don't see Garopolo as a number one quarterback in the starting line-up. Selv thinks the 49ers should keep him until they know if he's the answer. . The team hasn't seen a dynamic playmaker at the position like Lance in recent years. It's time for the team's head coach Kyle Shanahan to get past his postseason shortcomings.
Austin Mack is a dark-horse candidate to make the San Francisco 49ers' 53-man roster for 2022. Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, Danny Gray, Ray-Ray McCloud and Austin Mack are the main contenders. The New York Giants signed Mack to a reserve/future contract entering 2022, but he has only played seven games in that time.
The 49ers' defensive line and pass rush are the main reasons for their success. The team's linebackers are also key to their defensive success, as they cover well and take away the passing attack.
The Athletic's David Lombardi is a San Francisco 49ers beat writer. He addressed the Deebo Samuel trade rumor during his mailbag session with his readers on Thursday, June 30.
The NFL eliminated the "one-shell rule" in 2021. Teams can wear alternate helmets in addition to their current one. There are currently 14 throwback jerseys in the NFL. Miami Dolphins has the most throwbacks. The New England Patriots haven't worn their throw backs since 2012. The Philadelphia Eagles' throw back jerseys won't be worn until 2023. They will be counted together with the other teams that use home and road throw Back jerseys.
Mike Kaye is the lead NFL reporter for Pro Football Network. He answered fan questions in the weekly mailbag.
Sergio Romo has signed a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was released by the Seattle Mariners last week. Romo will be teammates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on the Blue Jay's team. Shaun Anderson was optioned to make room for Romo. Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with San Francisco Giants. The 39-year-old posted a 2.11 ERA in 25 postseason appearances. His last team was the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since then he has made stops with Los Angles, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Oakland A's, and Seattle.
The New England Patriots selected Alabama quarterback Mac Jones with the 15th overall selection. He went to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 in a recent NFL redraft. Christian Barmore was selected 20th by the New York Giants. . The team selected a defensive back instead of a quarterback.
Deebo Samuel is a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. He had a breakout season with 1,405 yards and six touchdowns. Terry McLaurin received a three-year, $71 million contract extension from the Washington Commanders this offseason. A.J. Brown was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and signed a four- year, $100 million deal with $57 million guaranteed.
It’s not exactly that the San Francisco 49ers have a particularly awful performance as an NFL franchise overall, but rather a tightly compressed era of two decades’ plus worth of domination virtually unprecedented in the post-merger NFL to that point.
The 49ers were one of three teams to make the jump to the NFL when the NFL merged with/bought out the All-American Football Conference after the 1949 season. In that season, San Francisco concluded with a loss to the dominant Cleveland Browns in the last-ever AAFC championship game, 21-7. In the four years of AAFC play, the 49ers went 38-14-2 cumulative (a .722 winning percentage) and had a winning record each season.
Joining the NFL was followed by a thorough drying-out period: Namely the entire span of the 1950s and 60s, with only a sole playoff loss in the entire run. (This was in 1957 when NFL point spreads weren’t standardized, so it’s impossible to say what a ’spread on the NFC Divisional game might’ve been; against then the-daunting Detroit Lions, the 27-20 SU loss could have covered a few bets…)
Throughout this period, the 49ers were quarterbacked primarily first by future Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle followed by John Brodie. Brodie hed the starting QB job in San Francisco for 11 consecutive years, and only in his 10th could the 49ers break intro the playoffs. They did so in’70, ’71 and ’72, finally earning the franchise its first-ever playoff win in the 1970 divisional round against the Minnesota Vikings.
But it would be almost another decade before things really got compelling in San Francisco. Bill Wash took over head coaching duties in 1979 and immediately went to work crafting what would become known as the “West Coast Offense” (a moniker Walsh reportedly hated). First trying out the pass-happy game plan with Steve DeBerg for a couple of seasons – in ’80, DeBerg set the record for pass attempts I a season, but the Niners went a limp 6-10 anyway – the system ballooned in 1981 once Joe Montana of Notre Dame arrived.
Montana, armed with Dwight Clark and later Jerry Rice, got the 49ers into the playoffs in all but one of his 10 seasons in San Francisco and bagged three Lombardi trophies. Coming over from the USFL by way of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to replace Montana was Steve Young. Young teamed with Rice and later Terrell Owens to make the playoffs eight times in his nine seasons and get one more Super Bowl win.
Jeff Garcia, ex of the CFL, stepped into the starting job after Young and kept the 49ers magic going for a few more years – as long as T.O. stuck around, anyway. In summation: Between 1981 and 2002, the 49ers were a crazy cumulative 240-104 SU (a .698 winning percentage, or an average season of 11-5) and a profitable 184-155-6 ATS. In addition, 23-13 SU/19-17 ATS postseason record including 5-0 SU/4-1 ATS in Super Bowls.
We don’t mean to depress 49ers fans here, but compare those postseason numbers to the decades sandwiched around the Golden Age…
The history of the San Francisco 49ers features two running themes, both well more so beginning in 1979: all-star/franchise quarterbacks and winning … lots of winning. To encapsulate an epic story in brief: In the 40 seasons running from ’79 when Bill Walsh became head coach to 2018, the ’Niners ran up an impressive 37-21 SU/30-25-3 ATS in the playoffs – a winning tradition worth the betting!