The kind folks at NFL.com have shared their opinions on the most underrated and overrated players for each team in the National Football League.
On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers underrated and overrated players were unveiled.
Keep in mind, this is the opinion of two NFL.com writers. It’s hard to agree with all of their selections, especially when Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was placed among the overrated players.
Sorry, can’t support that claim.
However, the top underrated player was a solid choice. NFL.com selected former 49ers wide receiver John Taylor.
“Robin to Jerry Rice’s Batman, Taylor was the perfect No. 2 receiving option for the San Francisco 49ers. He was neither flashy nor physically imposing, but he was multi-dimensional — finishing his career with the second-most punt return yards in franchise history. He was also big in the clutch. You might recall Montana’s game-winning touchdown pass to Taylor — not Rice — in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. Taylor is sixth all time in receiving yards in team history, but even more impressive is that he’s one of just two Super Bowl champions enshrined in the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame (Randy White is the other). If that doesn’t epitomize “underrated” I don’t know what does.”
NFL.com selected Garrison Hearst, Frank Gore, Bryant Young and Tom Rathman as San Francisco’s most underrated players.
The overrated list included R.W. McQuarters, Dexter Carter, Kevan Barlow, William Floyd and Montana.
More headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
Tags: Bruce Miller, Colin Kaepernick, John Taylor, Mike Iupati
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Bruce Miller is a talented football player. When it comes to soccer… let’s just say he’s best suited for the gridiron.
We found that out on Friday when the fullback showcased his soccer skills for 49ers.com. Why did he do it, you may ask? It’s because Mexico and Peru will meet in an international soccer friendly next week at Candlestick Park.
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The San Francisco 49ers sold the most team gear in the National Football League last season.
That’s according to a report from NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, who also shared the top 15 jersey sales from the 2012 season. According to Rosenthal, the NFL’s tracking of team sales showed the 49ers last finished atop the NFL’s rankings in 1979 and also finished No. 2 back in 1994 and 1995.
Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis made the top-selling jersey list at the No. 4 and No. 10 spots, respectively.
ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell also weighed in on the team’s booming merchandise sales.
“49ers sell more gear than any other NFL team this year,” Rovell wrote on Twitter. “Congrats @JedYork.”
The 49ers have made an effort to make team merchandise more accessible to fans with the creation of the 49ers Team Store in Palo Alto, Calif., plus an official Facebook account for the store that keeps fans up to date with the latest arrivals.
More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
Tags: Anthony Dixon, Bruce Miller, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Montana, Kyle Williams, Patrick Willis
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Following a fun night full of charity auction bidding for the 49ers Foundation, the 13th annual Winter Fest kept the good times going into Saturday. Friday night’s silent and live auctions brought in nearly $400,000, setting a record for a one-night donation total in the event’s history.
Tags: Anthony Dixon, Bruce Miller, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula, Winter Fest
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The 13th Annual 49ers Winter Fest is in full swing at Lake Tahoe.
The fun-filled weekend got off to a great start on Thursday when families of players, coaches and guests of the 49ers Foundation arrived and took part in a lively welcome reception. Winter Fest marks one of the biggest annual events for the 49ers Foundation, as last year’s gathering raised more than $1 million for local causes in the Bay Area.
Tags: Anthony Dixon, Brian Jennings, Bruce Miller, J.J. Stokes, Jim Tomsula, John York, Mike Iupati, Reggie Davis, Winter Fest
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In the final weeks of the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers wisely hid the quarterback running element of the “Pistol” offense. Colin Kaepernick didn’t leave the pocket often on designed-runs, but unleashed the quarterback scrambles against Green Bay to the tune of 181 rushing yards, the most by a quarterback in any NFL game. Ever.
Do the 49ers have more weapons to unleash this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons with a Super Bowl appearance on the line? CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco believes Vernon Davis is the one that fits the bill.
“After the victory over the Packers, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman pointed out that the 49ers like to keep their ace card hidden until they need it,” Maiocco wrote in a Friday mailbag offering. “This would appear to be the time for Davis to emerge.”
Davis hauled in a 44-yard pass against the Packers last week on a perfectly thrown touch pass from Kaepernick. The 49ers tight end ran by A.J. Hawk’s coverage to make the over-the-shoulder reception.
Could that happen against the Falcons in the NFC title game? It’s certainly possible. Seahawks tight end Zach Miller caught eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in last week’s Divisional Playoff defeat.
Tags: Bruce Miller, Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Steve Young, Vernon Davis
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The 49ers boast arguably the best quartet of linebackers in the NFL. Ahmad Brooks might not get the national publicity of the other players in his position group — Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith — but those around the 49ers know how valuable Brooks is on the left edge of the defense.
On Sunday, the seventh-year veteran showed why the 49ers signed him to six-year extension in the offseason, recording five tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown. Brooks, who is vying to be named to his first Pro Bowl, is among a host of 49ers that are making strong cases to be nominated to the NFL’s annual All-Star game. You can vote for San Francisco’s finest at 49ers.com/ProBowl.
Tags: Ahmad Brooks, Bruce Miller, Donte Whitner, Pro Bowl
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The 49ers moved their record to 8-2-1 with a 31-21 victory on the road at New Orleans. 49ers Public Relations presents the following game notes from the Week 12 matchup.
With a Win…
- The 49ers improved to 47-24-2 overall and 24-13 on the road against theNew Orleans Saints.
- San Francisco improved to 10-3 on the road under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
- In the month of November under Harbaugh, the 49ers improved to 5-1-1.
- The Niners improved to 16-4-1 vs. NFC opponents under Harbaugh.
- San Francisco improved its regular season record under Harbaugh to 21-5-1.
- The 49ers have won 8 of their first 11 games for the 2nd consecutive season (9-2 in 2011), the first time the team has accomplished that feat in back-to-back years since 1997-98.
Tags: Aldon Smith, Bruce Miller, Colin Kaepernick, David Akers, Frank Gore, Jim Harbaugh
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The San Francisco 49ers boast not one, but two of the best running backs in the National Football League. With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter literally carrying a heavy workload for the 49ers, the team has gone 19-1-1 when the duo combine for 20 or more carries.
Such was the case in the team’s recent 32-7 dismantling of the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Gore carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards, while Hunter added 27 yards on five carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run.
The talented running backs share a great deal of respect for each other on and off the field. The bond between the two has clearly translated into consistent success for San Francisco. The relationship of the 49ers running back was further examined in the recent edition of Gameday. Running backs coach Tom Rathman explained the dynamic of his meeting room and how Gore constantly looks out for his younger teammates.
Get to know the hard-working ways of the 49ers running back in the latest Gameday cover story.
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Tags: Bruce Miller, Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Tom Rathman
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The 49ers, Cardinals and Monday Night Football are no strangers to each other. In fact, San Francisco has six MNF matchups with Arizona all-time, including five of the past six years. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group examined tonight’s tilt in the desert and the burgeoning rivalry between the two divisional foes.
“No, it’s not as historic as the Bears-Packers, Cowboys-Redskins or Raiders-Chiefs,” Inman wrote. “It’s also not the type of high-stakes rivalry the 49ers have forged with the Cowboys and Giants. But the 49ers and Cardinals aren’t friendly neighbors in the increasingly competitive NFC West.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best headlines from the weekend and offers more insight on tonight’s primetime showdown.
Tags: Bruce Miller, Frank Gore, Greg Roman, Jed York, Jim Harbaugh, Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Monday Night Football, Tarell Brown, Vernon Davis
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