The 49ers offense dekes Reuben Foster during his first practice with the starters

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SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Monday morning. THE NOT SO GOOD 1. LB Reuben Foster. Last week, NaVorro Bowman described rookie Reuben Foster as an aggressive “downhill” linebacker. In this context, “downhill” means Foster wants to explode into the backfield and tackle the running back behind the line of scrimmage. This is a good quality for a linebacker to have, but also one the offense can take advantage of. And that’s exactly what the 49ers offense did …

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Brian Hoyer: “This is my team. This is my offense.”

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… have to deal with the unknown a little bit when it comes to that. That’s always nice, especially being a human being. You can tell yourself not to worry about things as much as you want to, but you know those thoughts creep up in your mind. So now just to be able to go out and focus and take control and know this is my team, this is my offense. It kind of eliminates that and you can just focus on the football side of it.”   Did you consult with any coaches or anyone else and say hey what do …

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49ers offense and defense built to address growing trend

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… Robert Saleh can limit the stress plays put on Bowman, his defense should see benefits. The 49ers are surely aware of this dilemma as head coach Kyle Shanahan excels at targeting linebackers in coverage. Shanahan is the best play caller in the league at creating individual matchups that favor his offense. Much of that comes from scheming to put skill position players against linebackers in coverage. One of Shanahan’s favorite concepts last year as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta …

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49ers improvement on offense starts with O-line

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The 49ers had production issues from nearly every position group in 2016 leading to their 2-14 finish. As always, winning starts at the line of scrimmage. And San Francisco’s 31st-ranked offense the last two seasons wasn’t nearly good enough at the point of attack. Improving there has to be an emphasis for first-year coach Kyle Shanahan as …

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