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Ep. 254: Saleh can’t strap on a helmet and play. Talent matters.

10/17/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the Elegant Tank paints its masterpiece. What on earth was happening as the 49ers’ defense alternated between disaster and decency? (0:56) How did Beathard beat the hardest he’s ever beaten? (15:53) And where did things ultimately fall apart in the fourth quarter? (22:25) All that, plus Marquise Goodwin in the spotlight, pleas for a mercy rule this week against the Rams (41:58), and it’s been 10 days since Solomon Thomas has rushed the...

Duration:01:03:49

Ep. 253: It could have been a blowout (By either team)

10/11/2018
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This week on the Better Rivals Podcast Oscar welcomes Ted Nguyen, NFL staff writer for the Athletic to discuss how the 49ers lost a game where they dominated in nearly every phase (1:37). How did Shanahan’s game plan take advantage of the Cardinals defense? Did the defense actually play well or was Rosen just abysmal? Then, friend of the pod and former NFL cornerback Erick Crocker joins for a deep dive into the state of the 49ers secondary (29:20).

Duration:01:00:28

Ep. 252: The Elegant Tank is BACK

10/3/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the elegant tank is officially back on. How did Beathard perform relative to expectation in his first start of year two? (1:30) Are the defensive struggles really all on Robert Saleh? (16:27) And are the 49ers really better than the Cardinals right now? (38:48) All that, plus George Kittle continues to be an absolute boss (26:56), Earl Thomas-to-the-49ers speculation (30:01), and Casey Jarrett is the recipient of the football world’s...

Duration:01:01:08

Ep. 251: JIMMY NOOOOOOOOOO

9/27/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, it’s the whompiest of Whomp Whomp Wednesdays. Why did the Chiefs offense meet such little resistance from the 49ers defense? (2:25) Were there any bright spots to take away from Sunday’s performance? (17:57) And of course, where do the 49ers go now without Jimmy Garoppolo? (32:48) All that, plus expectations for C.J. Beathard, (43:41) where the Chargers will be looking to attack on offense, and matchups we’ll be focused on in Los Angeles.

Duration:01:09:41

Ep. 250: The blueprint for grounding Garoppolo?

9/19/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Oscar and special guest Jerod Brown discuss the 49ers first win of the 2018 season. Why was the Lions defensive game plan successful? (3:05) Why are there so many defensive lapses? (11:25). What does this all mean for a week three game against the cheat code that is the red-hot Chiefs offense? (42:31) All that plus a new rushing Leadah (27:00), a check in on Mike McGlinchey (33:16), and an exploitable Chiefs vulnerability.

Duration:01:00:21

Ep. 249: “I mean, what did you expect?”

9/12/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Jerod Brown joins the show to recap a closer-than-expected loss against the Vikings. How was Kyle Shanahan’s game plan successful? (2:37) Did Jimmy Ward finally find his niche? Should you be alarmed about Jimmy Garoppolo’s miscues? (18:30) All that plus a preview of the week 2 matchup versus the Detroit Lions (41:22), and Jim Bob Cooter musings.

Duration:00:57:14

Ep. 248: Test against the best. Previewing week 1 vs the Vikings

9/4/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, REAL FOOTBALL IS HERE. Jerod Brown, fellow Scouting Academy alum and writer for Bleacher Report’s NFL 1000, joins to discuss the final 53 man roster (9:01) and preview the week one tilt vs the Vikings (16:13). Why is the Vikings D effectively a mirror image of Shanahan's offense? What will the Vikings offense look like under new OC John DeFilippo? And is Kirk Cousins tailor-made for this offense? All that, plus a farewell toast to Jerick...

Duration:01:04:08

Ep. 247: Best and worst players vs the Colts, and final roster projections

8/28/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Chris Biderman joins to recap the weeks news (2:15), including the surprising(?) Eli Harold trade. Eric Crocker, a former NFL and AFL defensive back, joins to discuss the 3rd preseason game against the Colts (8:07). Did Josh Garnett do enough to win the starting role? Why is Cole Wick beating Cole Hikutini for the 3rd tight end role? And a look at Mike McGlinchey’s rough run-blocking day. All that, plus a few roster predictions leading up...

Duration:00:59:03

Ep. 246: Best and worst from Houston, and a Cardinals season preview

8/23/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Chris Biderman joins Oscar to discuss Bill Barnwell’s attempt at a Jimmy Garoppolo article. Chris also helps break down the best, and worst, players from the 49ers second preseason game. And Blake Murphy from Revenge of the Birds joins to preview the Cardinals 2018 season. All that plus the beauty of analogies, the best burger in Tempe, and a potential Better Rivals curse.

Duration:01:18:00

Ep. 245: How hard will the Rams hit the plexiglass?

8/16/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, (preseason) football is back! Jeff Deeney from Pro Football Focus joins to discuss which players helped themselves, and which hurt themselves, in the first preseason game (:56). Then Joe McAtee, editor of Turf Show Times, joins the show to answer the key questions that will define the Rams 2018 season (21:38). All that plus a Harry Potter-themed roster quiz, and a Phillips over McVay TAEK.

Duration:01:13:22

Ep. 245: How hard will LA hit the plexiglass?

8/15/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, (preseason) football is back! Jeff Deeney from Pro Football Focus joins to discuss which players helped themselves, and which hurt themselves, in the first preseason game (:56). Then Joe McAtee, editor of Turf Show Times, joins the show to answer the key questions that will define the Rams 2018 season (21:38). All that plus a Harry Potter-themed roster quiz, and a Phillips over McVay TAEK.

Duration:01:13:22

Ep. 244: Are the Seahawks rebuilding or reloading?

8/7/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Brandan Shulze from the SeaHawkers Podcast joins the show to preview the Seahawk’s 2018 season (11:03). Will the Seattle defense be able to sustain a high level of play despite a talent drain? How bad will Brian Schottenheimer’s offense really be? Will the offensive line improve? All that plus a training camp review from PFF’s Jeff Deeny (:36) and a Seattle-specific speed round (53:04).

Duration:00:58:14

Ep. 243: Questions that will define the 49ers season

7/31/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, football is right around the corner and it’s season preview time! Will Jimmy Garoppolo be able to sustain his excellent play over a full season? (9:19) Does the pass coverage take a significant step forward? (19:47) Will the 49ers be able to generate more edge pressure this season? (27:56) All that, plus record predictions, superlatives, and a fond farewell.

Duration:01:19:23

Ep. 242: Robert Saleh’s pressure packages and their effectiveness

7/26/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we put a bow on Smart Football Month by taking a look at Robert Saleh’s pressure packages and their effectiveness. How often did the 49ers stunt or blitz last season relative to league average? (18:11) Were they actually effective when they did? (30:47) And how should we expect that to change in the coming season? (44:18) All that, plus takeaways from the Football Outsiders Almanac, Jimmy GQ feature week, and real football is right around...

Duration:00:57:03

Ep. 241: PFF’s George Chahrouri on the value of advanced stats, season projections

7/19/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, George Chahrouri of Pro Football Focus joins us in an analytics-slanted episode of Smart Football Month. What are expected points and how can they help evaluate decision making? (10:21) What is clustering and how can it help us group quarterbacks more constructively? (42:14) And most importantly, what does the data tell us about the 49ers in the coming season? (53:59) All that, plus a lightning round from the dark web, Witherspoon gets...

Duration:01:13:10

Ep. 240: PFF’s Zac Robinson on Garoppolo, the West Coast system, and evaluating QBs

7/10/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Smart Football Month rolls on as Zac Robinson from Pro Football Focus joins us to discuss all things quarterback. Just how tough is it for a quarterback to pick up the West Coast system? (11:41) What does Jimmy Garoppolo need to do to improve in year two? (21:24) And what should you be looking for when trying to evaluate quarterback play? All that, plus Reuben Foster is suspended, the five most important players for 2018, and cat murder.

Duration:00:57:21

Ep. 239: Jimmy Garoppolo, Jalen Ramsey, and passing from run personnel

6/28/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we kick off Smart Football Month by diving deep into Kyle Shanahan’s passing attack out of run personnel. Were the 49ers actually successful throwing out of run personnel last season? (3:06) How does Shanahan set his players up for success in these situations? (25:28) And what made the Jaguars game the finest example of how this strategy can be successful? (34:38) All that, plus Laken Tomlinson gets an extension, Jalen Ramsey’s recent...

Duration:01:04:57

Ep. 238: “Are you concerned about Garoppolo’s deep ball?”

6/13/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we have officially ended our holdout and reported to (dis)organized podcasting activities. Will Jimmy Garoppolo ever complete another deep ball? (9:38) How will things shake out with the linebacker corps? (22:04) And how will the 49ers overcome the lack of quality edge rushers to get after the quarterback? (28:20) All that, plus the importance of tackles and centers in Shanahan’s offense (37:49), breakout players (50:00), and more as we...

Duration:01:10:29

Ep. 237: “Why take another one with a torn ACL in the 4th round?”

5/23/2018
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On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we wrap up our coverage of the 2018 NFL draft. Was Kentavius Street worth the risk in the fourth round? (:53) How will D.J. Reed fit in with the current secondary? (16:59) And which late-round player has the best chance of finding the field early? (37:25) All that, plus the importance of athleticism for the current 49ers regime, why the 49ers are basically the hopeless romantics of the NFL, and any lingering concern with the absence of an...

Duration:01:10:07

Ep. 236: “It’s a pick that shows how the team views pass coverage.”

5/17/2018
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Ep. 236: “It’s a pick that shows how the team views pass coverage.” by Niners Nation

Duration:01:10:59