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49ers, Raiders finding similar methods to disappoint different fan bases

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49ers, Raiders finding similar methods to disappoint different fan bases

Roger Goodell Under Fire Again! The Houston Texans Jam A Finger In Their Boss’ Eye! Baseball Caught Using Baby Oil Baseballs! Draymond Green Punished Less Than Others In Incident!

Oh, and the nation is still on fire.

But at least the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers have hit and maintained their stride.

After two essentially identical games – both lopsided defeats in the rain – the two teams are essentially bereft of hope and emanate that feeling to their bewildered customers.

The Raiders were manhandled in Buffalo, getting some meaningless passing yards for Derek Carr’s fantasy holders but little else in a game that rekindled all the suspicions that most of the NFL punditocracy had for them at the beginning of year.

The 49ers are, well, the 49ers – seeking while blindfolded where trying to suss when their full-on hell-plummet ends and earth’s crust begins.

But the difference between 3-5 and 0-8 should suggest a complete lack of similarities between the two teams, when in fact they are in many ways a lot alike.

They are 20th and 22nd in yards gained per game, 23rd and 24th in yards per play, 23rd and 24th in rushing yards per game, 10th and 12th in rushing yards per play, 17th and 18th in passing yards per game, 30th and 32nd in time of possession, and minus-2 in takeaways.

Granted, these are all fairly superficial metrics, and a deeper dive would show the differences you’d be looking for in a team on the far fringes of the playoffs and a team long eliminated.

Then again, the 49ers are trying to figure out where their future players lie, not whether they can go 3-13 or 2-14, so their statistics are not nearly so compelling. The Raiders were supposed to have figured all that out already, but have scored more than two touchdowns only twice in eight games, and the quarterbacks they face have a much better quarterback rating than Derek Carr, who is supposed to be a defining force in the league.

In short, these two teams have chosen similar methods to disappoint different fan bases in different ways. You knew what the 49ers would give you, had no idea what the Raiders had in store, but either way you are longing for something else to do with your weekends between now and New Year’s Day.

Maybe you can get back to watching the rest of the league implode, one billionaire at a time. Or the country, one subpoena at a time.

Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

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Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

The 49ers’ coaching staff made its feelings known to center Daniel Kilgore throughout the season.

But, in the past, that would not have necessarily meant everyone in the organization had the same thoughts about Kilgore, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

“The whole season, coaches and I had a good relationship,” Kilgore said Wednesday on conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Just talking and having one-on-ones with various coaches, I had a positive outlook for the future.

“But that’s just one thing. The coaches have an opinion of you, but then there’s also the front office. That’s two totally different things. And I think for the first time in a long time, our coaches and the front office are on the same page.”

Kilgore was working out back home in Tennessee on Wednesday when he signed a three-year contract to avoid hitting the free-agent market. Kilgore, 30, a seven-year NFL veteran, described the contract as a team-friendly deal.

The 49ers presented Kilgore with a contract offer during the season but negotiations did not get serious until just recently. While the 49ers expressed interest in retaining Kilgore, he said he did not know what the future held for him when he packed his belongings from the locker room on the day after the season ended.

“It kind of makes you nervous because in this profession, people like the younger guys,” Kilgore said. “You just never know what will happen at any time, any given day, in the NFL. So toward the end, that last day of clearing out the locker, I didn’t know if I’d be back. I didn’t know if the Niners would want me back.”

Kilgore was named the winner of the organization’s top honor for an offensive lineman. Kilgore won the Bobb McKittrick Award for best exemplifying the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time 49ers offensive line coach. Kilgore started all 29 games in which he appeared the past two seasons, including a career-high 16 games last season.

"I've been here seven years and I consider the Bay Area my second home,” Kilgore said. “To be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me. This team is heading in the right direction, I wanted to be a part of it."

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

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Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

When Jimmy Garoppolo signed a contract that could pay him up to $137.5 million over the next five years, he was asked what convinced him during his nine weeks with the organization that he wanted to be with the 49ers for the long term.

“I think it was a number of things,” Garoppolo said last week. “The team, the acceptance that they had of me when I first got here from the get-go, the coaching staff, Kyle and Rich. It was a very welcoming environment, and I really liked that. We had some success down the stretch, and you could see that pieces were falling into place. We've got a long way to go, but I think we're moving in the right direction.”

Kyle, of course, is head coach Kyle Shanahan. Rich Scagarello is the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach, and the person from whom Garoppolo spent the most time after arriving in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 after a trade with the New England Patriots.

Garoppolo earned $3.5 million in his first four NFL seasons. His new contract makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player, making an average of $27.5 million per season, with $48.7 million fully guaranteed.

Scangarello, appearing this week on The 49ers Insider Podcast, talked about what he learned about Garoppolo from working so closely with him to teach him Shanahan's offense. Scangarello said there is no question in his mind the money will not change Garoppolo’s approach to his work.

“That’s why it was easy for the organization and everyone to invest in somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo,” Scangarello said. “I just think that’s not the kind of person he is. If you met his family, you know where he comes from, what he’s about. His brothers, his parents, are just good, solid people people. He’s made of the right stuff and I just don’t see that affecting him in that way.

“It’s just not who he is. That’s the fun part of working with somebody like that every day. When they’re really talented and they appreciate everything and they work at it, you have a chance to be a successful organization and they can be a great player. And I don’t think those things will ever affect him.”