San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers chances of advancing to NFC Championship

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half  at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sat Jan 14, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the 49es podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers (14-4) quarterback Brock Purdy had himself a playoff on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks (9-9) throwing four touchdowns going 18-30 for a whopping 332 yards and three touchdowns for a 41-23 win does Purdy just continue to surprise and amaze?

#2 Joe, after all you have seen with Purdy in his rookie year and being the last pick of the draft people are still waiting for him to have that first rough game but that hasn’t happened yet to the joy of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

#3 Joe after kickoff in the first quarter it really looked like an 11 on 11 ball game as the Seahawks and 49ers played to a one point Seattle lead 17-16 after that first half. After seeing that did you think this was going to be a battle for the 49ers once the second half started?

#4 Joe, talk about the 49ers defense in the third quarter shutting out the Seahawks and holding the Seattle to just six points in the fourth quarter.

#5 Joe talk about next week’s game at Levi Stadium how important is it to have homefield and how you see the 49ers chances of advancing to the Championship?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Bosa expected in line up today; Can Purdy bring another Mr. Irrelevant performance against Bucs?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy addresses the media during the post game press conference following the game against the Miami Dolphins at Levi Stadium (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Nick Bosa nursed his injured hamstring and missed practice and is questionable for today’s game at Levi Stadium.

#2 Receiver Deebo Samuel was trying to recover from his deep thigh bruise he did play against the Miami Dolphins last Sunday what are his chances for today?

#3 Quarterback Brock Purdy brought his A game against the Dolphins and it was good enough for a 49ers win against one of the toughest teams in the NFL. Purdy came in with swagger was pumped up on good plays for his future do you see him being a team leader and a winner?

#4 Joe, Brock looks well prepared and with Bosa in the line up today how do you see the 49ers going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) without them?

#5 The Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and the offense did not score in eight series and scored twice in the next three series enough to defeat the New Orleans Saints. Which team are the Buccaneers the team that struggled to get on the scoreboard or the team that can get things done under pressure?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: McGill ready to fill the bill in place of Armstead and Kinlaw

TY McGill defensive tackle will be replacing defensive lineman Arik Armstead and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw on Sun Nov 27, 2022 against the New Orleans Saints who are out with injuries. (photo from

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) in preparation of today’s game against the New Orleans Saints (4-7) made a roster move promoting defensive lineman TY McGill who is now on the active roster. The 49ers made the move to replace Kemoko Turay.

#2 Joe with Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw both remain out at defensive tackle and the Niners are looking McGill to fill the bill.

#3 McGill has played for 21 snaps which is the most for this season. The coaching staff are happy with what they’ve seen from him. McGill has two tackles a quarterback hit and eight years experience coming into today’s game against the Saints.

#4 Joe, the last time that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was running this good was when he won five straight games back in 2017 so far he’s won five of the last seven games for the 49ers including powerful wins in the last three wins against the Rams, Chargers and Cardnals.

#5 The 49ers kick off at Levi Stadium against the New Orleans Saints today at 1:25 pm. The Saints have lost four of their last six games. The Saints won a close game to the Los Angeles Rams 27-20 last game Joe how do you see today’s match up in Santa Clara today.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Kittle says loss of Verrett sucks soul out of team

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jason Verrett working out with 49ers on Jul 31, 2021. Verrett had been out of action since Sep 2021 he was scheduled to return for his first game this Sun Nov 13, 2022 until he tore his Achilles tendon in practice on Wed Nov 9, 2022 at the 49ers practice facility in Santa Clara (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, I guess San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle said it best on Wednesday after cornerback Jason Verrett on his Achilles tendon injury saying “It kind of sucks your soul out a little bit.”

#2 Joe, it was practice and there are different drills and different plays Verrett was working on with Verrett was trying to get into the line up and get ready for Sunday Night Football against the Los Angeles Chargers. Coach Kyle Shanahan broke the news to the team on the practice field you couldn’t hear a pin drop.

#3 Had Verrett made a comeback this Sunday it would have been his first game back since his knee injury in September 2021. Now with the Achilles tendon injury suffered this past Wednesday Verrett won’t be back until November 2023. He’s tried many times to come back but had injuries which required long recoveries.

#4 The 49ers will have to regroup as a team after the Verrett injury and hope that his absence won’t have an impact on the team’s morale going into this Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

#5 Joe, the Chargers have been playing some good football and have won four of their last five games. Their last win came against the Atlanta Falcons in a narrow 20-17 victory in Atlanta. Please size this one up as the Chargers and 49ers duel at Levi Stadium for Sunday Night Football with a 5:20pm kick off.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Garoppolo working to be effective in areas with new QB coach Griese; plus more

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (right) has a good grasp on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (left) in second half action at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sun Oct 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has got himself a person coach Brian Griese a former NFL quarterback to help Garoppolo improve some of the weaknesses like his accuracy on deep passes.

#2 Garoppolo said Griese knew how to say the right things and piss off Garoppolo at times which was constructive criticism.

#3 In his nine year career this is the first time that Garoppolo has had a coach like Griese or anyone like Griese but seeing Garoppolo over the years how necessary is it that Garoppolo gets a personal coach now?

#4 Joe, one other fun fact the 49ers have had five quarterback coaches and Griese is the first 49ers quarterback coach to be hired since former 49er quarterback Matt Cavanugh was a quarterback’s coach back in 1996.

#5 49ers are coming off their last loss to the Kansas City Chiefs by a wide margin. The Los Angeles Rams have lost two of their last three games and have a long record to losing to the 49ers. With the game in the Southland today and a heavy 49ers fans presence will this be another 49ers win or will the Rams be able to establish home field advantage regardless of the 49ers crowd?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Injuries plague SF still favored to beat Atlanta Sunday

The Carolina Panthers wide receiver Shi Smith doesn’t normally get paid to tackle defensive players but tries in vain as the Panther quarterback Baker Mayfield lies facedown as the San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Mosely scores after making an interception in first half action on Sun Oct 9, 2022 at Carolina. Mosely is questionable for this Sun Oct 16, 2022 in Atlanta. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, wanted to ask you the San Francisco 49ers (2-3) while favored to beat the Atlanta Falcons (2-3) in Atlanta the 49ers second straight week on the road. We’ll go over some of the injuries the 49ers carry coming into this game. We’ll start with defensive tackle Arik Armstead with a ankle injury.

#2 Offensive left tackle Trent Williams remains injured with that ankle injury how soon do you see him coming back and Williams no doubt is anxious to get back in the line up.

#3 Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is out with a knee injury can the 49ers make up for his loss and talk about his absence is impacting the 49ers.

#4 Three players are in question for today’s game as well, Nick Bosa (groin), two starters defensive back Jimmie Ward (hand) and Emmanuel Mosely (ACL) some critical players how will these guys be missed and how will head coach Kyle Shanahan handle replacing them.

#5 After taking a look at this week’s 49ers IL how do you see the 49ers faring against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Bosa could haunt Mayfield again this time in Carolina Sunday

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa jumps on the back of the Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford at Levi Stadium on Mon Oct 3, 2022 as Bosa and the 49ers face the Carolina Panthers on Sun Oct 9, 2022 in Carolina. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the last time the San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa faced quarterback Baker Mayfield was in 2019 when he was with the Cleveland Browns and gave him a time he would never forget with five quarterback hits, two sacks, Bosa also forced Mayfield to fumble resulting in a recovery.

#2 Now in a Carolina Panthers uniform Mayfield could once again feel Bosa’s breath on his neck when scrambling to get rid of the ball. Joe is this Panther’s offensive line better than the one that tried to protect Mayfield when he was in Cleveland.

#3 Joe after four weeks of football Mayfield is now scrambling again of the top ten teams that have seen quarterback sacks surmount the Panthers have seen Mayfield sacked 11 times already in this short month of the season tying him with 8.6 sack percentage for the eighth highest.

#4 On Bosa’s side of the coin he leads the NFL going into week 5 with six sacks already and he’s getting a good read on the opposing offensive line and able to get to the quarterback. He was good in 2019 and he looks like he hasn’t lost anything off getting to sack quarterback some three years later.

#5 Niners and Panthers kick off at 1:05pm talk about how you see both teams matching up on both sides of the football this afternoon?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Charlie O: Garoppolo says he’ll be ready for the Rams on Monday Night Football

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) converse following their contest at Empower Stadium in Denver on Sat Oct 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Just wanted to ask you about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo saying that he didn’t go through OTAs and training camp saying that he has to get in the game and get in shape referring to his rough loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday in Denver.

#2 Garoppolo in a news conference saying this past week said that he did lack rhythm in his last start and had arm fatigue after the 49ers had scored a field goal in the last 53 minutes of the ball game.

#3 Garoppolo was also asked when he was seen on camera yelling during the frustrating contest with the Broncos if he was voicing his opinions of the offensive play calling by head coach Kyle Shanahan? Garoppolo said “I don’t know I don’t read lips” and “You say a lot of things in the heat of battle” and “Me and Kyle are cool.”

#4 Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw missed two straight practices due to a knee injury he did play 42 of 74 snaps in Denver. How much will Kinlaw be missed out of the line up for Monday Night Football?

#5 Talk about Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford who went 18-25 for 249 yards and threw no touchdowns or interceptions against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. How do you see him throwing against the 49ers defense on Monday Night Football?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: How big a hole does Kittle’s absence create for today’s game against Seattle

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle runs for it against the Houston Texans during Jan 2, 2022 game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Kittle is unlikely to be in the line up for today’s home opener against the Seattle Seahawks. (AP News file photo)

On the SF 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, just how much of a hole does it create for the 49ers facing the Seattle Seahawks in today’s home opener with tight end George Kittle out of the line up.

#2 Kittle was listed as questionable but most likely will not make his 2022 appearance as he’s been out with a groin injury he suffered in practice back on Sep 5.

#3 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Kittle looked “awesome” during half speed sessions. Rain is in the forecast for today’s game in Santa Clara but Shanahan said that the wet weather did not play a role in whether or not Kittle will play.

#4 49ers offensive line coach Chris Foerster said that the Seahawks defensive line have “really, really big guys” Foerster said that when he reviews video of their defense they take up a lot of the space on the frame. Joe would you say the key reason the Hawks were able to edge the Denver Broncos last week was because they do have a big sized line?

#5 The 49ers this week were able to sign punter Mitch Wishnowsky 30 to a four year extension that would have him playing in Santa Clara through the 2026 season. Wishnowsky was 22nd in punting in the NFL with 45 yards.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Sudfeld most likely back up quarterback to Lance

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nate Sudfeld (7) prepares to heave one against the Minnesota Vikings defense on Sat Aug 20, 2022 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, there was a combination of back up in Saturday night’s game in Minnesota for head coach Kyle Shanahan to evaluate we’ll start with the back up quarterbacks vying for a job at the quarterback position Brock Purdy and Nate Sudfeld what impressed you most about their work under center?

#2 Sudfeld went 13-17 for 102 yards and a touchdown he’s been getting a lot of looks in the last two pre season games.

#3 Brock Purdy could end up as the third stringer for Trey Lance, Purdy 14-23 for 128 yards from the sound of head coach Kyle Shanahan he’s pretty keyed in on Purdy.

#4 Joe, talk about the defense they held the Vikings to seven points is this reflective of the kind of defense the 49ers will have in the regular seaon?

#5 49ers return back to Santa Clara on Thu Aug 25th against the Houston Texans. Will Lance get to play the first half in this one and what are some of the things that coach Shanahan looks for in this final pre season game.

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