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Author: Ian Smith

The Case for Kevin Mawae for the Hall of Fame in the Future

PITTSBURGH – SEPTEMBER 10: Center Kevin Mawae #68 of the Tennessee Titans looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 10, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Titans 13-10 in overtime. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Kevin Mawae is one of the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame class of 2019, and while he doesn’t deserve to be elected this year, he definitely needs to be enshrined at some point in the future. The 15 Finalists That list of 15 players will be eventually narrowed to 10...

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The Case for Alan Faneca for the Hall of Fame in 2019

PITTSBURGH – DECEMBER 24: Offensive lineman Alan Faneca #66 of the Pittsburgh Steelers blocks against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 24, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 31-7. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Alan Faneca is one of the finalists for the Hall of Fame this season, and based on what he accomplished in his career, he deserves to be elected this season. Guards Tend to be Undervalued Guard is one of the least glamorous positions in football, but absolutely essential to allowing an offense to be as dynamic as possible. Tackles are...

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San Francisco 49ers 2018 Report Card Leaves Room for Improvement

SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers calls a play in the huddle on the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Levi’s Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. The Bears defeated the 49ers 14-9. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) It was a disappointing season for the San Francisco 49ers. Injuries derailed a squad that looked like a potential wild-card team in the NFC heading into this season. Their record doesn’t tell the full story, though, as they let numerous games that were close...

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Reflections on San Francisco 49ers Week 17 Loss to Los Angeles Rams

GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 28: Tight Ends/Assistant Head Coach Jon Embree of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Garrett Celek #88, George Kittle #85 and Ross Dwelley #82 in the locker room prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 18-15. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) The San Francisco 49ers concluded a season largely defined by key injuries throughout the lineup with a 48-32 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers have finished the season 4-12 and will be projected...

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Reflections on San Francisco 49ers Week 16 Loss to Chicago Bears

SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) The San Francisco 49ers lost a close game in Week 16 to the Chicago Bears 14-9, and the 49ers have fallen to 4-11 on the season. The Bears have improved to 11-4 with this victory and still have a chance to secure a first-round bye for the postseason. The Bears had much more to play for in this...

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