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Better Rivals Ep. 299: The silence of the Rams

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals Podcast, Oscar welcomes quarterback’s coach and Joe Burrow lover Seth Galina to discuss the 49ers defensive dominance of the Rams. Why were the Rams so successful on their first drive? How did the 49ers adjust? And should you be worried about a mediocre offensive performance? All that plus a spin on spotlight players, Jalen Ramsey the Ram, and Denton Day of the Pig Pen podcast to preview the week 7 soon-to-be win versus the Redskins. Learn more...


Scarlet Jimmies Ep. 5: Rams Postgame

The 49ers are 5-0. This team isn’t squeaking by their opponents. They’re burying them. The final score was 20-7, but it sure felt like it lead was more than that. Rich joins Kyle in the latest episode of Scarlet Jimmies, where the discussion starts out talking about the Rams opening drive, and figuring what adjustments did the 49ers make from there. Here is how the rest of the podcast went: -When will the Rams realize Jared Goff isn’t the answer? -Dante Pettis and his key catches -The...


Better Rivals Ep. 298: 49ers planting their flag as one of the best in the NFL

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, it's the fourth straight Win Wednesday to start a season for the first time since 1990! How did the run game and a dominant defensive effort fuel a blowout win over the Browns? What can the 49ers do to overcome the losses of Mike McGlinchey and Kyle Juszczyk? And will the Rams be the team that finally forces the 49ers out of the favorable game script they've enjoyed for the first month? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Scarlet Jimmies BONUS: Interview with Jerry Rice

On this bonus episode of Scarlet Jimmies, Kyle interviews 49ers great Jerry Rice. They discuss the strong opening to the season, the biggest difference in the game today, and Jerry's love of Jimmy Garoppolo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Better Rivals Ep. 297: Locked on Better Rivals with Brian Peacock

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Brian Peacock of the Locked on 49ers podcast joins Oscar to preview the Monday night showdown against the dangerous Cleveland Browns. Can the 49ers secondary overcome their depth issues? How will the 49ers stop the RPO? And will Myles Garrett kill Jimmy Garoppolo? All that plus wide receiver utilization, punter overreactions, and a bar fight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Better Rivals Ep. 296: Beating Blitzburgh, Jimmy Garoppolo's stellar day, and an underrated secondary

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Oscar welcomes Jeff Deeny, an analyst at Pro Football Focus and a fellow 49ers fan, to break down the 49ers third straight win to open the season. How exactly did the defense stone wall the Steelers? Was this Jimmy Garoppolo’s best game as a 49er? And does this hot start change the season’s outlook? All that, plus Witherspoon’s injury, punter updates, and BMW’s in the backfield. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Scarlet Jimmies Ep. 4: 49ers vs Steelers Instant Recap

How would you describe that game? A beautiful disaster? I think so. Rich and Kyle recap the San Francisco 49ers win over the Steelers and talk about who is the player of the game. One thing you are going to hear a lot about is "the 49ers played a backup quarterback and that's why they won." You know who else did? The Seahawks. How did that work out? We discuss how the Steelers offensive line is very good, and how the Niners defensive line had their way all game. The pressure numbers will be...


Better Rivals Ep. 295: Breaking the Bengals, Oh no - not Joe, Previewing the Steelers

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Oscar and Kyle enjoy the 49ers best win since 2013. It sure is fun to dominate a team and snatch their soul. How did Kyle Shanahan get in his groove? What’s fueling the improved coverage? And how should the 49ers account for the injured Joe Staley? All that plus spotlight players, a test for McGlinchey, and stretching with jockstraps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Scarlet Jimmies Ep. 3: 49ers at Bengals Postgame

Scarlet Jimmies is back to recap the 49ers 41-10 victory. In this episode, Rich Madrid joins me, Kyle Posey, and we bring you our five takeaways from the game. We start out by talking about how the play-action passing game was so effective on Sunday afternoon. From there, we go into some defensive players that stood out. Kwon Alexander made an impact, so we showed him plenty of love for his energy and trash-talking. We go back to the offense, where we gush about the game Kyle Shanahan...


Better Rivals Ep. 294: Celebrating a plexiglass-fueled win vs Tampa Bay

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Oscar and Kyle celebrate a week one win against the Buccaneers fueled by the plexiglass principle. Did the defense turn a corner? How long do you give Jimmy Garoppolo? And why did the 49ers get gashed on the ground? All that, plus players of the game, Louis Vuitton socks, and a preview of the not-so-hapless Bengals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Better Rivals Ep. 293: The final 53, plus a preview of week 1 vs the Bucs

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, football is almost here! Niners Nation editor Kyle Posey joins to discuss the 49ers initial 53-man roster, and help preview the week one matchup against a very beatable Tampa Bay Bucs. Will the 49ers be able to take advantage of Winston’s turnover-worthy plays? Will the coverage unit succeed against Tampa Bay’s stellar wide receivers? And who is Alex Sacka? All that plus De’Coldest ToEvadoit, Beathard’s trade value, and the revenge of the...


Better Rivals Ep. 292: 2019 season preview. Garoppolo knocks off the rust.

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we talk top takeaways from the most important preseason game of the year before turning our attention forward to the 2019 regular season. What did we learn from the starters’ extended action against the Chiefs? How confident are we that Jimmy Garoppolo can lead the the 49ers to a top five offense? And how good does the defense need to be for this team to reach the playoffs? All that, plus we pour one out for Malcolm Smith, hand out some...


Better Rivals Ep. 291: Just Breathe. Top takeaways from 49ers vs Broncos

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast,we’re midway through the preseason and we ask 49ers fans to just breathe. What should the panic level be after a brutal performance from Jimmy Garoppolo against the Broncos? How is the secondary depth shaping up after two preseason games? And whose stock is up(or down) heading into the regular season dress rehearsal? All that, plus a pressure-packed effort from the backup DL, rookie watch, and thoughts on the final construction of the WR...


Scarlett Jimmies Ep. 2: Jimmy Garoppolo, and the process vs. results

My good pal Seth Galina is today’s guest. Seth is a quarterback coach, and has coached at the college level. He writes about quarterbacks often, and does numerous twitter breakdowns. We talk about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at length. We went throw for throw, discussing all the fine details of the play. From who is at fault to the route concepts. If you’re a fan of digging deep into plays, this episode is for you. We also talk about Garoppolo’s ceiling, his mechanics,...


Better Rivals Ep. 290: Stock watch and top takeaways from 49ers vs Cowboys

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, there is actual football to discuss! Who has the edge in the backup quarterback battle? (2:28) What tweaks did we see from the 49ers’ coverages on defense? (14:48) And did any of the team’s young wideouts separate from the pack? (19:38) All that, plus Arrow Up and Arrow Down (32:45), rookie watch, and our top five preseason punter debuts of all-time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Niners Nation: Will the 49ers make it to September with 53 healthy players?

This is the first episode of the Niners Nation podcast. We don't have a name for it yet, but I'm open to suggestions. I ran down the list of injuries that have recently happened in 49er land. From there I recap the game and who stood out, who has to step up, and the rookie class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Better Rivals Ep. 289: It’s a pre-preseason mailbag!

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, 49ers football is nearly upon us and we’re breaking open the mailbag to celebrate! Which players are we irrationally excited about? (17:00) How are we feeling about the secondary considering the reports out of camp? (27:07) And who will ultimately break through the logjam at wide receiver? (36:11) All that, plus a new Bar Fight segment, Tom Brady’s contract, and surprises. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Better Rivals Ep. 288: The Tite front and the future of football

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, our final Scheme Month episode takes a peak into the future of defensive football with a look at the trendy“Tite” front that is spreading throughout college football and starting to pop up in the NFL. What problems have defenses been struggling to answer?(11:41) What exactly is the Tite front?(20:10) And why might we start seeing more NFL teams adopt some traits of this defense?(42:05) All that, plus training camp videos, notes from Robert...


Better Rivals Ep. 287: Joe Woods’ Potential Impact on Coverages

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Scheme Month continues with a look at how the addition of Joe Woods as Passing Game Coordinator could alter San Francisco’s pass coverage. What is the Joe Woods origin story?(16:11) What types of coverages did Woods prefer during his time as Defensive Coordinator with the Broncos?(22:48) And what realistic changes should we expect him to bring to the 49ers this season?(34:53) All that, plus NFL“football guys” rank quarterbacks, NaVorro...


Better Rivals Ep. 286: The Wide 9

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, set sail with us on this ocean of scheme takes: It’s Scheme Month time! We kick things off by diving into everything you need to know about the“Wide-9.” How and why did it originate? (2:45) What even is a Wide-9? (11:30) And what are some of its strengths and weaknesses? (20:50) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit