San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Injuries stacked against Niners; Mullens tuned up getting tips from Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens throws over the New York Jets defense last Sun Sep 20, 2020 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford in second half action after starter Jimmy Garoppolo left. Mullens will start against the Giants Sunday for the injured Garoppolo. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the 49ers are needless the say the walking wounded the list runs long but let’s take at the first two players who are lost for the season Solomon Thomas DT (knee ACL) and Nick Bosa DE (knee) how will their loss for the rest of the season impact the team.

#2 Talk about quarterback Nick Mullens and how he steps into the position for injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who will be advising Mullens on the sidelines.

#3 Joe a lot of the players on the 49ers injured list were key players who helped San Francisco get to the Super Bowl last season. Tight end George Kittle is a huge loss what he did for 49ers on offense talk about it translates into Sunday’s game with the New York Giants.

#4 The 49ers Tevin Coleman RB is out with a knee injury for three weeks and Raheem Mostert (knee) and are both out for this Sunday’s game against the Giants Joe talk about much these guys will be missed at the running back position?

#5 It’s only two games in and the 49ers who are 1-1 have lost a core of their players and really have to rely on their second stringers to help the get to 2-1 will they be able to do it against New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and company?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: With all the injuries can the 49ers beat a struggling Giants team?

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Solomon Thomas gets a ride on the back of a cart as he suffered a first half ACL knee injury one of many 49ers who went down to an injury on Sun Sep 20, 2020 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ (AP News photo)

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David:

#1 David let’s take a look at some of the 49ers biggest loses to injury we’ll give you the first set of names and let you give analysis and how their absence will impact this team against the Giants in the Meadowlands this Sunday, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (high ankle sprain), Nick Bosa DE (knee out for the season), George Kittle TE (bone bruise MCL sprain) Kittle is practicing but talk about these three players absence.

#2 Next on the 49ers injured list, Solomon Thomas DT (knee ACL out for the season), Tevin Coleman (knee three weeks), Raheem Mostert RB (knee), Richard Sherman cornerback (two weeks), Deebo Samuel (foot), Dee Ford (back), how will these players absence will impact San Francisco this Sunday.

#3 David talk about the New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones who was 25-40 for 241 yards and one interception and the Giants who are 0-2 and lost to the Chicago Bears by a narrow margin on Sunday 17-13 considering all the injuries the 49ers have do the 49ers have a chance against a struggling Giants team?

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Friday at

San Francisco 49ers preview report: New York Giants are 0-2 but with 49ers injuries NY just might a have a chance

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a first half pass before he suffered an ankle injury and left the game against the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ on Sun Sep 20, 2020 (AP News photo)

By Jermiah Salmonson

The San Francisco 49ers got back on track last a Sunday. After losing the first game of the season to the upstart Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers took on the Jets last Sunday in New York. The game was won handily by the 49ers by a final of 31-1. The 49ers moved to 1-1 on the season.

Unfortunately, last week’s game did prove costly in terms of injuries. The 49ers star tight end George Kittle left the game with an ankle injury. The 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Both injuries seem mild but nonetheless could impact Sunday’s game.

George Kittle practiced in light practice both of the last two days but is still likely to sit out on Sunday. For Jimmy, it seems even more of a guarantee he sits on Sunday. It’s a blow to the 49ers but they do face a week opponent this week.

The 49ers will take on the New York Giants as they stay in the city that never sleeps for this week.

The Giants are 0-2 on the season and suffered a brutal injury of their own last week. Star running back Saquon Barkley has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. On the positive side for the Giants, it appears Barkley will make a full recovery and be able to play the remainder of his career.

The injury riddled franchises kick off at 10 AM PST in New York.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders head to New England can they keep it going?; With many injuries do 49ers have a chance against Giants?; plus more

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hoists one of 28 passes for 282 yards on Monday Night Football in week 2 of the NFL season against the visiting New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Raiders are in Foxborough for this Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, how surprised were you that the Las Vegas Raiders had gone on a 2-0 start was it a matter of getting the lucky breaks or they are good as they look?

#2 Talk about Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Monday Night Football he threw  28 for 38 for 282 yards for three touchdowns against a very good Saints team.

#3 The San Francisco 49ers have a vast number of injuries Jimmy Garoppolo QB (ankle), Nick Bosa DE (knee), Solomon Thomas DT (knee ACL), Tevin Coleman RB (knee) and Raheem Mostert RB (knee). They just got by the Jets last week and face the Giants Sunday will they be ready?

#4 The Oakland A’s are headed to a three game wild card series they won the AL West and unlike last year’s wild card when they hosted the Tampa Bay Rays for just one game and were one and done they get a possible three game series out of the first round of these MLB playoffs.

#5 The San Francisco Giants who defeated the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night 5-2 are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the last and final eighth spot in the NL Wild Card Standings which means every game until the end of the day Sunday count for a lot for the Giants to get in the playoffs.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports every other Thursday at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Kittle out with knee injury; Former 49er Gore to start for Jets at running back

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) on the run against the Arizona Cardinals Bubba Parker (32) during the first half of Sun Sep 13th’s game at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

San Francisco 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was in so much pain this week that he could not practice due to a sprained knee and will miss this Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium.

#2 Kittle was a key guy last season and he played all but one snap in last Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle has played in 45 of his last 49 games and has reportedly nine different types of injury on his body.

#3 49ers tight end Jordon Reed who played last week against the Cardinals looks to be Kittle’s replacement. Reed had two catches for 12 yards it was his first game with the 49ers. Reed didn’t play last season because he was suffering his seventh concussion and has missed 28 of his last 42 games.

#4 Former 49er running back and current New York Jet Frank Gore will be playing in his 228th game an NFL record against his former team the 49ers today. Gore is the back up for Le’Veon Bell but will get the start on Sunday.

#5 Joe taking a look at this match up how do you see Jets quarterback Sam Darnold after he went 21 for 35 for 215 yards, one touchdown and one interception and a loss to the Buffalo Bills 27-17 in week 1 last Sunday.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Garoppolo looking for first win this Sunday vs. Jets

San Francisco 49ers quarterback throws one of his passes against the Arizona Cardinals  last Sunday at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara ( photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, how concerned should head coach Kyle Shanahan have to be after things melted down towards the end of the game for the 49ers after the defense allowed two Arizona Cardinal touchdowns in the 24-20 loss at Levis on Sunday.

#2 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 19-33 for 259 yards and two touchdowns how do you see him throwing against the New York Jets defense on Sunday.

#3 The 49ers are in New York against the Jets and quarterback Sam Darnold, Darnold in his last game against the Buffalo Bills struggled in a ten point 27-17 loss. Darnold  in Sunday’s game 21 for 35, 215 yards, one touchdown and one interception. How do you see Darnold, the Jets and the 49ers in this coming Sunday game?

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San Francisco 49ers preview: 49ers one of the bottom offenses in the NFL looking to right the ship

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo watches in the second half of last Sun Sep 13th’s game at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara where the visiting Arizona Cardinals won by four points in week 1 of the NFL season (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The San Francisco 49ers are headed on the road for the first time this season. After opening the COVID season at home last Sunday the 49ers head out on the road to New York where they will take on the New York Jets.

The Jets, are coming off a disappointing first game of the season in which they lost to Josh Allen and the Bulls by a final of 27-17. The 49ers in the other hand also had an underwhelming performance in the opener against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals led by Kyler Murray managed to beat the 49ers by a final of 24-20.

The 49ers after week one sit in the bottom half of offenses in the league. Certainly not what head coach Kyle Shanahan envisioned coming into this year. The 49ers will have an opportunity to right the ship against a sub par Jets team this coming Sunday Sep 20th at the Metlife Stadium.

The game is set for 10 AM PST on Sunday in New York.

Cardinals,Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins spoil 49ers’ home opener with 24-20 victory

By Joe Hawkes

SANTA CLARA, Calif — The San Francisco 49ers’ “Revenge Tour” for 2020 didn’t get off to the best start, as the Arizona Cardinals slipped by San Francisco, 24-20, in Week 1 of the NFL season on Sunday afternoon.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom the Cardinals acquired in the offseason via a trade with the Houston Texans, dominated a usually formidable 49ers defense for much of the game. Hopkins finished with a career-high 14 catches for 151 yards in his debut, set up running back Kenyan Drake’s 1-yard go-ahead TD with 5:03 left in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Kyler Murray, last season’s Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, picked up where he left off, threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and ran for 90 yards and another score to help the Cardinals (1-0) overcome a pair of fourth quarter deficits to the reigning NFC champion 49ers (0-1) in an empty Levi’s Stadium in smoky temperatures.

There were growing concerns all week that the game could be postponed because of poor air quality from fires from across Northern California. The Air Quality Index remained below the 200 threshold and the game kicked off on time.

Murray completed 26-of-40 passes and was sacked twice on the day. Murray actually rushed for 100 yards before two kneeldowns at the end for minus-10 yards.

49ers running back Jerick McKinnon caught a 5-yard TD pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in his first game since Dec. 31, 2017, to give San Francisco a 20-17 lead with 8:38 left in the fourth quarter before Murray engineered Arizona’s comeback.

Murray’s 33-yard connection to Hopkins to the 49ers’ 1-yard line would setup Drake’s score on the very next play, putting the Cardinals up for good.

San Francisco’s defense registered just one sack by defensive end Kerry Hyder and one interception by safety Jaquiski Tartt. It was San Francisco’s first recorded interception by a safety since Oct. 28, 2018, coincidentally, by Tartt against the Cardinals when he picked off from first-round pick Josh Rosen.

Tartt recorded the interception in the second quarter off a tip pass from second-year starting linebacker Dre Greenlaw.

The defense looked extremely gassed in the fourth quarter after Arizona went on a 14-play, 94-yard drive that covered 6:48 minutes that resulted in a 22-yard TD run by Murray that gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game at 17-13 with 10:26 remaining.

Garoppolo, who finished 19-of-33 passing for 259 yards and two TD’s, moved San Francisco to the Cardinals’ 16-yard line before throwing an incomplete pass to wide receiver Trent Taylor on fourth-and-5 that sealed the 49ers’ fate.

San Francisco jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead, highlighted by a 76-yard TD catch from running back Raheem Mostert from Garoppolo. Mostert’s score reached a maximum speed of 22.73 MPH, per NFL Next Gen Stats.

It was the fastest TD since Tyreek Hill in 2016.

As a whole, San Francisco struggled on offense against a very improved Cardinals defense for much of the game. The 49ers couldn’t convert on third down, going 2-for-11 on the day and got nothing from its wide receiver group.

Taylor (5), Kendrick Bourne (5) and Dante Pettis garnered just 11 targets while mustering just 41 yards among them.

By that same token, fullback Kyle Juszczyk had one catch but that went for 41 yards in the fourth quarter.

Tight end George Kittle, the 49ers unquestioned best offensive player, caught four passes for 44 yards in the first half before leaving late in the second quarter for the locker room with a scary looking leg injury. Kittle jumped high for a pass from Garoppolo on the left side of the field. The All-Pro tight end was tackled around his waist by Cardinals safety Budda Baker just as he landed to the turf.

It appeared that Kittle’s left knee just hyperextend. Kittle did return in the second-half, but was a virtual non-factor in the offense.

San Francisco looks to get into the win column next week as they travel to New York for their first of two games in the Big Apple, when they take on the Jets in Week 2.

The Jets (0-1) fell to their AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills (1-0), 27-17 earlier in the day.

Nothing went well for the Jets, who opened the game with three three-and-outs, combined for 23 yards of offense and one first down on their five possessions, and trailed 21-0 before anyone blinked.

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold completed 21-of-35 passes for 215 yards, one touchdown, one interception and was sacked three times.

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder had himself a game, hauling seven catches for 115 yards which included a 69-yard TD catch from Darnold that briefly cut the Bills’ lead to 21-10 with 5:10 left in the third quarter.




San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Air Quality looks pretty good for kick off at Levis on Sunday

The San Francisco 49ers Tevin Coleman (26) talks with Matt Breida (22) and Raheem Mostert at practice on Jan 16th 2020 prior to their NFC Championship game vs. Green Bay. Coleman has the sickle cell trait and may not play Sunday if the air quality is poor at Levi Stadium. (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe taking a look at the Arizona Cardinals defense from last season they had a problem covering the tight ends with the addition of linebacker Isaiah Simmons covering San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle how do you see that match up and improvement for Arizona?

#2 Last season Kittle caught six passes for 79 yards and got a touchdown against the Cardinals and he did it with injuries to his ankle bone and a popped knee capsule on the 49ers first offensive drive.

#3 San Francisco running back Tevin Coleman did not practice on Friday as he has the sickle cell trait and may not be able to play on Sunday if the air quality conditions remain over 150 which is the air quality limit.

#4 The NFL might consider cancelling the game if the air quality gets over 200 which is the NFL limit. Doctors have noted that football players breath hard and with wild fire smoke thick as it’s been the league and the 49ers are concerned about heavy smoke inhalation by the players.

#5 Joe finally talk about the quarterback match up between the Cardinals Kyler Murray and the 49ers Jimmy Garopplo and how you see the match up Sunday?

J Hawkes does the 49ers podcasts each Sunday and does the 49ers post game recap at

San Francisco 49ers podcast pt 1 with David Zizmor: Aiyuk and Samuel will they be ready for the opener on Sunday?

The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) was at practice on Thursday and is reportedly still nursing his hamstring injury. Aiyuk could be ready by Sunday for the opener against the Arizona Cardinals (photo from

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 The 49ers are trying to be optimistic about the return of wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring)  and Deebo Samuel (foot) both sat out of practice on Wednesday but could you see them getting in for the game on Sunday?

#2 Two more injuries to ask about is center Ben Garland who is listed to limited action and corner back Jason Verrett (hamstring).

#3 David talk about the defending against the pass and how you see the 49ers attempting to shutdown Arizona quarterback Klyer Murray and the pass?

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