Forbes' 2017 NFL valuations: 49ers tie for second smallest increase


Forbes' 2017 NFL valuations: 49ers tie for second smallest increase

The numbers are in.

Forbes released its 2017 NFL franchise valuations on Monday and the 49ers are worth an estimated $3.05 billion -- the fifth highest mark in the league.

Last year, Forbes estimated that the franchise was worth $3 billion -- the fourth highest mark in the league.

Washington, who was fifth in 2016 at $2.95 billion, is fourth this year at $3.1 billion.

The Cowboys ($4.8 billion), Patriots ($3.7 billion) and Giants ($3.3 billion) are the Top 3.

The 49ers' two percent increase is tied for the second smallest with the Tennessee Titans.

The only team whose valuation stayed the same -- the New York Jets.

From Forbes:

Levi’s Stadium hosted more non-NFL events in its first three years than any other new stadium. Top events included Wrestlemania, the NHL Outdoor Game, the Pac-12 title game and several big-name concerts. The stadium generated more than $8.5 million for the city coffers in its first two years. But on the gridiron, the fall of the 49ers has been swift. After three straight conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance between 2011 and 2013 under coach Jim Harbaugh, the Niners opened their $1.2 billion new stadium in Santa Clara for the 2014 season. The last two seasons have been a disaster with only seven wins in 32 games. Coaches Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly both lasted only one season. Fans aren't happy and some have dumped their Stadium Builders Licenses on the secondary market and recouped less than half their cost. The 49ers required season ticket holders to buy SBLs costing as much as $20,000 per seat to fund Levi's Stadium. Sales of the SBLs raised $553 million. The team hired new coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch in the offseason. Both received six-year contracts to engineer the large rebuilding effort necessary. The 49ers will pay more than $15 million to Shanahan and their two recently fired head coaches in 2017.

The 49ers lost to the Seahawks, 12-9, on Sunday to fall to 0-2 this season.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo 'got some heat' from The Faithful


49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo 'got some heat' from The Faithful

SANTA CLARA -- One of the big obstacles that kept Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined for his first three games with the 49ers was adapting to his new team’s terminology.

Learning the language of Kyle Shanahan’s playbook was one thing. Learning how to properly address the 49ers’ fan base provided another learning moment this week.

Garoppolo will make his first start at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. After back-to-back road victories at Chicago and Houston, Garoppolo said he is looking forward to playing in front of his home fans.

“It’ll be fun,” Garoppolo said. “Our home fans -- ‘The Faithful,’ I found out, got some heat for that, for saying, ‘49ers Nation.’ But, ‘The Faithful,’ they’re an awesome fan base. It’ll be fun to get in front of them this Sunday.”

Garoppolo said he received some feedback this week from a friend who was monitoring Garoppolo’s mentions on social media after the 49ers' victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Garoppolo referred to the overwhelming support the team received at NRG Stadium in their 26-16 victory.

"I mean, 49ers Nation, I said it in the locker room before it was loud out there," Garoppolo said on Sunday. "There were a couple of 49ers chants that you heard. I was shocked this being the first time I’ve really seen that. It’s impressive how well they travel. That just makes it great and gives up that much more energy on the sideline.”

The reaction was swift, and Garoppolo set out to correct his error Wednesday during his next appearance in front of the media.

“My friend sent me a couple of tweet reactions,” Garoppolo said. “They didn’t get on me, it was in a good way. I don’t know who they were specifically. My friends in a group text all texted me like, ‘Man you’ve got to get this right. Come on, these are your fans now.’ So it was just a little funny thing.”

49ers take on role of spoiler down the stretch


49ers take on role of spoiler down the stretch

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers’ three victories over their past four games have come against teams in the bottom quarter of the league.

The competition gets a lot more challenging for Jimmy Garoppolo and Co., as the 49ers close out the season against three teams currently jockeying for playoff positioning.

First up, the Tennessee Titans, who come to Levi’s Stadium on Sunday as the current No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs with an 8-5 record. After back-to-back road victories, the 49ers can finish the season with some momentum against teams that are playing for their postseason lives.

“I think getting these last two have been big for us,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We got close in a number (of games) early in the year and then came up short, which I think got real frustrating. We hit a lull with that and with the little bit of injuries in the same span.

“Then, I thought we rebounded where it started versus the Giants, then had a setback versus Seattle and then played better versus Chicago and that led to us playing better last week versus Houston. I hope that continues to lead us into playing better this week. The more you win, that’s how you develop real confidence and the more you win players believe truly that they have a chance to win instead of just hoping. The more that happens, the easier it gets.”

Garoppolo will face his biggest tests since arriving on the scene with the 49ers. His 624 yards passing the past two games are the most in franchise history for a player making his first two starts.

But after facing the Titans (8-5), the 49ers conclude the season against Jacksonville (9-4) and the Los Angeles Rams (9-4).

“We have a little bit of momentum with us right now,” Garoppolo said, adding that the 49ers first must concentrate on putting together good practices.

“I think that’s what’s really helped us these last two weeks is we’re putting in the time, practice has been good tempo and everything and I think that carries over to Sunday.”

After facing Tennessee, which as the league’s No. 18 pass defense, the 49ers face the best pass defense in the league when the Jaguars come to Levi’s Stadium on Christmas Eve.