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Better Rivals: A San Francisco 49ers Podcast


Better Rivals: A San Francisco 49ers Podcast

Better Rivals: A San Francisco 49ers Podcast


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Better Rivals: A San Francisco 49ers Podcast




49ers draft scouting reports: Aaron Banks and Jaylon Moore offer polar opposite options at guard

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, our scouting reports on the 49ers’ draftees continue with a look at Aaron Banks and Jaylon Moore. Banks is a large human, but does he play that way on tape? What does a successful rookie season look like for the second rounder? And will Moore be the next 5th round success story for Lynchahan? All that, plus early thoughts on the schedule, answering Patreon questions, and vacation beers.


Can a QB improve their accuracy? A look at the jump from college to the NFL; 49ers Draft Scouting Reports

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we take a deep dive into improving QB accuracy and kick off our draft scouting reports. Have we seen QBs improve their accuracy when moving from college to the pros? Why does it ultimately matter if Trey Lance improves his accuracy or not? And which draft pick in the secondary do we think has the best chance to become a contributor for the 49ers defense? All that, plus Champions League, Cinco de Mayo trivia, and margaritas?


Trey to The Bay: A Round 1 reaction

On this special NFL Draft episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers finally have their QB of the future! We offer up our reactions after a crazy day that ended with Trey Lance as Kyle Shanahan’s hand-picked signal caller.


Shanahan get defensive in his press conference

Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch discussed a lot without saying much in their pre-draft press conference. That didn't;t stop Kyle Shanahan from getting defensive about quarterback evaluation. Did we learn anything new? We discuss in the first of a few shows coming this week.


Best DB options for the 49ers on day 2 of the NFL Draft

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we turn our attention away from the QB conversation to take a look at DBs who could be on the board on day two. Which slot/safety hybrids do we think have the skills to transition well to the next level? Who are the top options at outside CB outside of the first round? And how are we feeling about this DB class and the 49ers’ chances of finding a quality player on day two? All that, plus pre-draft signings, number anarchy, and the Super...


Do Pro Days matter? A conversation with Dan Hatman

This week, we're joined by Dan Hatman, the Director of Scouting at The Scouting Academy. A veteran of three NFL front offices, Dan joins to discuss the inner workings of the draft process and helps answer the question on everyone's mind: Do Pro Days really matter? All that, plus wild workout tests, a burger pivot, and plants growing before flowers.


NFL Draft Preview: Mac Jones and Trey Lance

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we continue our deep dive on the top QBs in the 2021 draft class with a look at Mac Jones and Trey Lance. Do Jones and Lance share any similarities? What will the selection of either of these prospects say about what Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers are looking for at the QB position? And how do these players stack up with Zach Wilson and Justin Fields? All that, plus what we value at QB, what we think Shanahan values, and which player we’d...


NFL Draft preview: A conversation about Zach Wilson and Justin Fields

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we kick off our deep dive on the top QBs in the 2021 draft class with a discussion on Zach Wilson and Justin Fields. What is Kyle Shanahan looking for in a QB and has his profile changed? What traits make both Wilson and Fields fits for the 49ers? And what will each prospect need to work on to reach their ceiling in the NFL?


EMERGENCY POD! 49ers trade up to No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft

IT’S AN EMERGENCY DRAFT TRADE POD! We answer all of the important questions after the 49ers’ blockbuster trade to move up to the No. 3 overall pick. Why make this trade now? Is a QB really worth everything that they gave up? And do we have any idea who they might be targeting?


Free Agency Wrap-Up: Run it back. But this time with an insurance policy.

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers close out the second wave of free agency by pairing some returning starters with a new insurance policy. Will Tavon Wilson challenge for a starting safety spot? Why is Zach Kerr our favorite newcomer? And what’s the state of the 49ers roster as we pivot into draft mode? All that, plus positions to watch in the draft, jean shorts, and screaming at Jared Goff.


The Juice Is Worth the Squeeze (When Marathe is involved)

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the offseason is officially off and running! Did the 49ers make the right moves in retaining their own? What can we expect from new edge rusher Samson Ebukam? And will Alex Mack be the player who finally solidifies the fulcrum of the offensive line? All that, plus positions of focus over the rest of free agency, saying goodbye to some now former 49ers, and juice takes.


Free Agency Preview: Replenishing the pass rush, plus our plan for a cash-strapped FA period

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we conclude our free agency preview with a look at how the 49ers could restock along the defensive line. Does it make sense for the team to spend significant cap space on the DL this offseason? Which high-impact target would we consider splurging for? And, if we were in charge, what would we prioritize when free agency kicks off next week? All that, plus the team’s likely cap situation, who should the 49ers look to re-sign from last year’s...


Free Agency Preview: Re-signing Trent Williams, paying Alex Mack, and what to do about Juice

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, our free agency preview continues with an eye to the offensive side of the ball. What could the 49ers do at tackle if they don’t manage to keep Trent Williams in the building? Is Alex Mack worth the money at this stage of his career? And is Kyle Juszczyk so unique that the 49ers should pony up again to bring him back? All that, plus the barren guard market, a few names at WR and TE we find interesting, and French fries on cheeseburgers.


Free Agency Preview: Finding fits for the 49ers from a deep DB class

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, it’s time to kick off our free agency primers with a look at DB options in this year’s class. What type of players do we expect the 49ers to target? Will we see the team look to add multiple players at CB? And while there are a number of talented safeties set to hit the open market, do any of them make sense for San Francisco? All that, plus lessons from Shaq Barrett, the glut of available slot CBs, and surviving the Texas Hunger Games.


What can the 49ers Learn from Super Bowl LV?

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, George Chahrouri, CXO at Pro Football Focus and fellow 49ers fan, joins to discuss the lessons learned from Super Bowl LV. Was the 49ers roster building strategy validated? And what moves should the 49ers make to get back to the mountain top? All that, plus rage eating an avocado, QB word association, and being besties with Richard Sherman.


The antidote for Matt Stafford is... Kirk Cousins?

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Joe McAtee from Beyond the Horns joins to discuss what Matt Stafford shows about the Rams team building philosophy, and whether they will be able to sustain a winning roster. And Jeff Deeny, fellow 49ers fan and analyst at PFF, joins to discuss whether or not Kirk Cousins is actually any good.


Matt Stafford or Jimmy Garoppolo? Seth Galina joins to discuss which QB is a better fit for the 49ers

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Seth Galina joins to discuss the question Shanahan and Lynch are likely discussing right now: Should the 49ers trade for Matt Stafford? From decelerating your front half, to bender seams, and even some draft talk, we look at the best path to keeping the 49ers Super Bowl window open.


Matt Barrows joins to talk DeMeco Ryans, Martin Mayhew, and other staff changes

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Matt Barrows of The Athletic joins to discuss all the recent coaching and front office moves. What kind of coach is DeMeco Ryans? What does Saleh’s promotion mean for the rest of the coaching staff? Why did Martin Mayhew get a GM role before Adam Peters? All that plus a Cowboy burning some furniture, Deshaun Watson trade packages, and Scangarello’s son vs Shanahan’s son.


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.