Episodes
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...
Published 04/08/21
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?
Published 03/31/21
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?
Published 03/27/21
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.
Published 03/25/21
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...
Published 03/10/21
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.
Published 03/04/21
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.
Published 02/24/21
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.
Published 02/11/21
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.
Published 02/03/21
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.
Published 01/27/21
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.
Published 01/22/21
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.
Published 01/06/21
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers find a way to end 2020 with a win. How did the Cardinals defense get choked out by the 49ers’ ground attack? Are the 49ers really that bad at containing QB scrambles? And, as we look ahead to the offseason, is there a path to a good QB in 2021? All that, plus Verrett vs. Hopkins, the Class of 2017 comes through, and getting our faces twisted off. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
Published 12/29/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers playoff hopes are officially dead. What ultimately killed the 49ers’ changes against the Cowboys? After getting a close-up look at CeeDee Lamb, how are we feeling about Brandon Aiyuk? And, as we start to turn our attention toward the offseason, which pending free agents do we have our eyes on? All that, plus looking back at players the 49ers have traded up to get, we have some Pro Bowlers, and the return of The Gauntlet.
Published 12/23/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers lose to a team with no name. Is the 49ers’ offensive line actually bad? Why does Nick Mullens struggle so much under pressure? And what stood out from a defensive effort that was good enough to win? All that, plus pouring some out for the homies, Shanahan’s fourth down decision, and thoughts on a better matchup against the Cowboys.
Published 12/16/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Josh Allen and the Bills stomp both the 49ers’ playoff chances and our hearts. What on earth happened to San Francisco’s pass coverage? Does Sherman have anything left in the tank? And why wasn’t Nick Mullens & Co. able to keep pace? All that, plus a surprisingly good game from San Francisco’s barnacle, poor Tevin Coleman, and what to expect against the Football Team.
Published 12/10/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, a win over the Rams has the 49ers taking a whiff of that playoff air! How did the secondary help fuel an unexpected win? Has anyone managed to tackle Deebo yet? And what happened to that whole holding down Aaron Donald thing? All that, plus Mullens gonna Mullens, the 49ers viability for a playoff spot, and quick thoughts on the Bills.
Published 12/03/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we take a look inward and do some self-scouting with the 49ers on bye. What should the 49ers do with Jimmy G after this season? Is Shanahan actually being too conservative on 4th down? And will the coming reinforcements be enough to help the 49ers push for a playoff spot? All that, plus defensive tendencies, quick thoughts on the Rams, and Jolly Jumpers.
Published 11/25/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers nearly followed the underdog game plan to an upset win in New Orleans but couldn’t hold on. What is the underdog game plan? Where did things start to fall apart? And what are the questions we’re starting to think about for 2021? All that, plus an over-performing defense, Jordan Willis wasn’t terrible, and breaking down the Sicilian defense.
Published 11/18/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, a depleted 49ers roster gets run out of the building by Aaron Rodgers & Co. How did Rodgers and the Green Bay passing attack pick apart San Francisco’s defense? How did the team’s tinkering along the offensive line play out? And where do things stand with Kyle Shanahan and Robert Saleh as we begin to look ahead to 2021? All that, plus Richie James as Brandon Aiyuk’s stunt double, Ahkello Witherspoon going full Pettis, and Kevin White...
Published 11/08/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, it might be November but it’s time to dawn those Elegant Tanks. What did we learn from an absolute beatdown at the hands of the Seahawks? What happened to the 49ers’ offense and why weren’t they able to keep pace? And are the 49ers already starting to look ahead to 2021? All that, plus Brandon Aiyuk as one of the lone bright spots, moving on from Kwon Alexander, and quick thoughts on Thursday’s matchup with the Packers.
Published 11/04/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers dominate the Patriots in a much needed win to keep their season on track. How did Shanahan attack New England’s defense with another excellent gameplan? Why wasn’t Cam Newton able to take advantage of a 49ers’ defense that has struggled against QB runs? And how did San Francisco’s makeshift secondary hold up in coverage? All that, plus Fred Warner for DPOY, checking in on the playoff picture, and what we’ll be looking for against...
Published 10/28/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, the 49ers keep their season alive with a win over the Rams. How did an excellent game plan from Kyle Shanahan get the 49ers out to a fast start? Was Jimmy G actually back? And where did the Rams miss some opportunities that could’ve made this a much different game? All that, plus it’s nice having multiple competent CBs, expectations for Jordan Willis, and a pulse check on the 49ers’ season entering this week’s game against the Patriots.
Published 10/22/20
On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, things sure aren’t feeling great after the 49ers were embarrassed by the Dolphins. Where did things fall apart defensively against Fitzmagic & Co.? Why was the offensive performance even more concerning? And is there any hope that they’ll be able to turn things around and get back into the playoff hunt? All that, plus offensive line issues, Robert Saleh’s share of the blame, and a fantasy football update that no one cares about.
Published 10/15/20