A Joyful 49er Homer


written by Andy Hawk, ESPN 1320’s resident 49ers Homer

Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Brent Jones sure do look great this year.  At 6-1, The 49ers are ranked by ESPN as the #2 team in the NFL.  Don’t mind me, I just have that tingly feeling anytime someone says anything about the NFL or even football in general.  Come on… six and freaking one!  How did this happen?  It’s felt like an eternity since our team was a dominant force on Sundays.  I mean Alex smith is our QB!  I thought we had holes in the offensive line?  I thought the Niners were too weak at the WR position?  Isn’t Frank Gore too old?  No, nope, nah, and not at all.  The San Francisco 49ers have improved every week in almost every facet.  The defense is so good they’re physically knocking star players out of the game every week. 

 

The 49ers run the ball and can’t be run on.  This spells very bad news for the hapless Redskins on Sunday.  John Beck, you’re in trouble.  I’m so excited for Sunday at 10AM, I can’t stand it!   As the playbook is evolving we are starting to see some serious creativity coming from coach Harbaugh.  Never in our wildest dreams would anyone have guessed Joe Staley and Isaac Sopoaga would both have huge catches for first downs.   I’m not even going to try and predict what trick play we might see on Sunday morning

 

I’m Andy Hawk, your San Francisco 49er homer, reminding you to catch the game this week on ESPN 1320 and hold on…pregame at 9:00am, kickoff at 10:00am, with Ted Robinson and Eric Davis.

November 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Brian Lopez's Blog, Uncategorized | No comment

Alex Smith.. At Last…

I just want good things to happen to this guy.  No, I didn’t expect him to return to the 49ers this season.  He’s been vilified, spit on, virtually tarred and feathered… and blamed for everything including the Lindbergh kidnapping.  To say his first six seasons were a little rocky is the understatement of the year.  But look what’s happened.  Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter says Alex is “reborn.”  With Jim Harbaugh on board… and with essentially the same roster as last year… the Niners are 5-1.  I thought if Alex Smith was just decent this year, it would be a confidence boost for him.  He’s been better than that.  And this humble kid (who’s the same age as Tim Lincecum), still gives credit to his teammates.  And his guys love him back.  The other day, Frank Gore said “Number 11’s coming!  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”  If Alex keeps this up, he’ll be more than the Comeback Player of the Year… he’ll be Comeback Player of The Decade.  No, Alex Smith is not Joe Montana.  The good news is…. he doesn’t have to be.  In this week’s SI, Peter King suggests that Alex Smith vs. Aaron Rodgers in the NFC title game is not impossible.  Yes, this is the same Peter King who picked the Rams to win the West.

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October 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Excited About The 49ers Yet?

Written by our resident 49ers Homer, Andy Hawk

 

Digesting everything that happened last weekend, with the Niners winning another game on the road that no one (NO ONE!) thought they would win, are you pumped on this team yet?  With the lockout,  a new coach,  and Alex Smith returning as QB it seemed that if everything went as well as possible a 2-2 start would be perfect after four games.  If you read my last couple of Niners Homer blogs I practically predicted this play per play, with a big apology to Frank Gore.  Frank I’m sorry and stand corrected.  Frank Gore has gas left in the tank!  Kendall Hunter is less Gore’s completion but maybe the best thing that has happened to him.  With a two back system the burden is not solely on Frank, and less touches will help Gore last a lot longer this season.

 

The 49ers front seven is as good as it gets right now with the #1 run defense in the NFL.  Isaac Sopoaga is finally playing his true position, plus Ray McDonald and NaVorro Bowman are joining Willis and Justin Smith as standouts at their positions.  Not to mention rookie Aldon Smith is starting to look scary-good.  The secondary is gelling, the tight ends are being used correctly, and Alex Smith has not been making mistakes.  The offensive line finally putting it all together against the Eagles last week seemed to fix every problem.  Funny how that works? All hail Coach Jim Harbaugh!  Like I said no one thought San Francisco would be 3-1.  Except me!  I know we covered that.

 

Tampa Bay will be tough but they have to travel after playing a Monday night game.  That puts them in a tough spot, and a perfect equation for your San Francisco 49ers to go 4-1.  I’m Andy Hawk your San Francisco 49ers Homer reminding you to join me in listening to the Niners beat Tampa Bay this Sunday on ESPN 1320.

October 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Brian Lopez's Blog | No comment

Dream Team Experiences.. A Nightmare…

Oh the 49ers didn’t do much.  They only came from 20 down midway through the third quarter to upset the Philadelphia Eagles on the road… and are now an unlikely 3-1.  Yeah the Eagles, known as The Dream Team, amassed a staggering 500 yards on offense… and Michael Vick is as dangerous as advertised.  So how in the world did this happen?  That’s what Philly coach Andy Reid is wondering.  His tight-lipped post game comments were priceless… he was STEAMING.  Did the Eagles aid in their embarrassment?  Of course… two field goals missed and a couple of big fumbles.  But the 49ers took advantage… and with every first down, every completed pass, every dive into the end zone…. their confidence grows.  And it looks like DeSean Jackson likes to trash talk before the game’s over.  You know what that makes you?  1-3.  Hilarious.

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October 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

A True Homer Is Ready For A Change

Written by ESPN 1320’s resident 49ers homer, Andy Hawk

You might be expecting me to go off on how an ugly win on the road is a good win, and we should get pumped on this team.  The Niners are 2-1 which is a great start.  Heck, if the 49ers beat the Eagles on the road this week I might start talking Superbowl. Well, maybe I’m getting carried away.  However, it will be crazy if they head home 3-1 with complete control of the NFC West.  At this point we can surely talk playoffs.  Besides, an injured Vick with no Maclin could struggle against San Francisco.  LeSean McCoy has looked invincible, but could the Niners #1 defense against-the-run make Philadelphia very vulnerable against the 49ers this week?  Hmmm?

 

What I, and many other 49er fans, really want to see is the beginning of a new era, or at least a look, in  the backfield.  Frank Gore has looked terrible this year. TERRIBLE.  None of us want to see an injured Frank Gore NOT be able to hit the holes and stumble for 2 yards a carry, again and again.  Hunter and Dixon were the highlights of the NFL pre-season.  Let’s see what they can do!  PLEASE!  Let Gore get healthy or right.  C’mon, he’s had bad ankles for years, bad knees, and he’s coming off hip surgery.  I’m not surprised he has looked the way he has.  Seeing Kendall Hunter exploding through small holes and catching the ball out of the backfield, and moving the chains is what I’m looking forward to watching and listening to on Sunday morning on ESPN 1320.

 

I even have a new Niner shirt to wear this week. 3 and 1, coming home baby!

September 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Brian Lopez's Blog | No comment

The Niners in 2011 = Surprise

The following is the latest entry from our resident “49ers Homer,” Andy Hawk.

 

Can you say this years Tampa Bay Bucs?  I think we can.  SURPRISE!  The element of surprise will work this year for the Niners.  Everyone looked at a very talented Niner roster last year and said 9-7, maybe 10-6 if all goes well.  Subtract some bad luck with bad bounces of the ball and the Niners are 8-8 easy last year.  Plus, anyone in the NFL will tell us that the Niners were the worst coached team in league last year. 

 

Now with a stronger roster and a much better system for Alex Smith and the young offensive line, everyone in the national media is predicting our favorite team from the Bay to be terrible.  SURPRISE!  Talent wise with the West Coast offense, solid running game, and improved defense, 10-6 is realistic.  San Francisco is this year’s Tampa Bay. SURPRISE to all not paying attention.   You heard it here first.

 

I mean you believe a team led by Patrick Willis, Frank Gore, and Vernon Davis can’t win the division, why did you think so last year?  So, now that we feel confident about the coaching and system is everything I just said really a fantasy?  Nope.  While the NFL is overlooking the 49ers, we will see some surprising rookie performances from Aldon Smith and Kendall Hunter, along with breakout seasons from Navorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks leading the way to a 3-1 start filled with 27-17 victories.  SURPRISE SF to be NFC West Champs.

 

I’m Andy Hawk your 49er homer and I will be listening to the first Niner win this Sunday on ESPN 1320.

September 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Brian Lopez's Blog | No comment

Frank Gore Discusses New Contract and 49ers Future

Frank Gore signed a three year extension the other day for $21 million. Here he talks with CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach on the deal, and where his head is at.

September 1, 2011 at 9:59 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

49ers Likely Out of the Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes

So 49ers fans, how are you feeling? Michael Crabtree out with serious foot issues, Frank Gore’s a holdout, there’s virtually no secondary, David Baas is gone, etc. Your big splash is that you’ve signed a much injured kicker, and now it looks like you can waive goodbye to Nnamdi Asomugha. The Jets and Dallas are said to be the major players left.

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July 29, 2011 at 8:55 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Patrick Willis in the Top 25 For NFL Network’s Top 100 Players

It’s nice to see Patrick Willis make #23 on NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2011. You mean, Alex Smith didn’t make the list? No sorry, but I’m sure Jim Harbaugh would have already put him in the Top 5.

Is Ray Lewis better than Willis? The experts think so. Even Willis was less than thrilled in this tweet

“number 23 hmmm. Its doesn’t matter where I start its where I finish that matters most to me. In time my friends. ” I have to Keep grinding”

If this motivates Willis to destroy his opponent even more, then it’s a great ranking, and I wish they would have put him 55th. By the way, Running back Frank Gore was ranked No. 94. Tight end Vernon Davis came in at No. 88

June 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

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