Better Rivals: A San Francisco 49ers Podcast
2020 recap: What did we get right (or wrong) about the 49ers’ season?
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, it’s time to put a bow on a forgettable 2020 season by taking a look back at what we thought would happen before it all started. Which players lived up to the hype? Did the defense manage to stave off regression? And did we learn anything about Jimmy Garoppolo in his limited action this season? All that, plus quick thoughts on the Seattle game, an ode to Robert Saleh, and cedar fever.
Cardinals recap: Have you ever been choked out?
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers find a way to end 2020 with a win. How did the Cardinals defense get choked out by the 49ers’ ground attack? Are the 49ers really that bad at containing QB scrambles? And, as we look ahead to the offseason, is there a path to a good QB in 2021? All that, plus Verrett vs. Hopkins, the Class of 2017 comes through, and getting our faces twisted off.
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Cowboys recap: Let #EvaluationSZN officially begin
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers playoff hopes are officially dead. What ultimately killed the 49ers’ changes against the Cowboys? After getting a close-up look at CeeDee Lamb, how are we feeling about Brandon Aiyuk? And, as we start to turn our attention toward the offseason, which pending free agents do we have our eyes on? All that, plus looking back at players the 49ers have traded up to get, we have some Pro Bowlers, and the return of The Gauntlet.
Washington recap: WTF against WFT
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers lose to a team with no name. Is the 49ers’ offensive line actually bad? Why does Nick Mullens struggle so much under pressure? And what stood out from a defensive effort that was good enough to win? All that, plus pouring some out for the homies, Shanahan’s fourth down decision, and thoughts on a better matchup against the Cowboys.
Bills recap: Josh Allen throws darts right through our heart
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Josh Allen and the Bills stomp both the 49ers’ playoff chances and our hearts. What on earth happened to San Francisco’s pass coverage? Does Sherman have anything left in the tank? And why wasn’t Nick Mullens & Co. able to keep pace? All that, plus a surprisingly good game from San Francisco’s barnacle, poor Tevin Coleman, and what to expect against the Football Team.
Rams recap: So you’re telling me there’s a chance!
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, a win over the Rams has the 49ers taking a whiff of that playoff air! How did the secondary help fuel an unexpected win? Has anyone managed to tackle Deebo yet? And what happened to that whole holding down Aaron Donald thing? All that, plus Mullens gonna Mullens, the 49ers viability for a playoff spot, and quick thoughts on the Bills.
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Let’s be real - 99% of fans have no idea what’s going on on a football field. Is the RB good or is it his O-line? Why the heck is that guy so wide open? What adjustments are being made to strategies on both sides of the ball throughout the game? Is the QB making the coach look good or vice versa? Is that draft pick showing signs of being a legit NFL player? These guys answer all those questions and more.
Perfect pod for me
I’ve played and coached for over ten years each, so there are few football pods that don’t feel insultingly stupid to me, but this is one of them. This is the ONLY podcast I ever want to listen to after my Niners lose. Oscar and David help me to intelligently make sense of everything happening with the Niners. They know football, and balance X’s and O’s with analytics without losing a “feel” for such a visceral and emotional game. They balance sober analysis and humor like nobody else. Any Niner fan who actually wants to learn football needs to check them out and keep listening.
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