1998 Redux

What a great weekend of football. Mostly. Two down to the wire thrillers, and two blow outs — one enjoyable, one boring. Which reminds me, the AFC truly sucks. How about getting some decent teams over there?

Peyton Manning is a class act and a terrific regular season QB, but when the playoffs start, he somehow morphs into Tony Romo. For all that offseason hand wringing he did over which team to choose to make $20 mil a year from, maybe he should have factored in how his old, broken down, noodle-armed body would feel in a ten degree January climate.

Did I mention that the Seattle Seahawks, the team coached by Pete “The Weasel” Carroll, choked away their game on Sunday? A mere 31 seconds from going to the Title game, they coughed up three quarters of the football field and got beat by a second try field goal. Did I mention that the first field goal missed, but Carroll had called a timeout? I wonder if Pete will have any witty remarks for the Seattle press today about his coaching ineptitude. My guess is, he’ll be yapping about great strides and next year while playing dodge ball with the facts.

So, here we go chasing the ghosts of the 1998 season. A divisional round win over the Packers followed by a trip to Atlanta. That one ended poorly for our boys, especially Garrison Hearst, and it represented the last best chance we had to win a SB with that 90’s club. These current 49ers are on the rise, though, not on the decline.

Can a kid with a mere nine games of NFL playing time actually lead his team to a Super Bowl title? I’m guessing it’s never been done. Then again, no NFL HC has probably ever stuck a virtual rookie into the final eight games of a playoff run based mostly on said youngster’s potential. But that’s what Jim Harbaugh did. And … so far, so good. At the very least, it’s ONE GAME BETTER THAN PETE CARROLL! Hahahahahahahahahaha!

Okay, so I hate Pete Carroll. It’s not like I’m the only one. Writer extraordinaire Bill Simmons hates him, too. God is probably getting counseling from Jesus because God hates Carroll, too, and that’s a no-no from the Big Guy who loves all his children. Pete, why don’t you do us all a favor and dive into a meat grinder this week. Clean up this mess called you.

Did anyone notice Atlanta HC Mike Smith reacting to the game winning field goal against PETE CARROLL Sunday. He wanted to jump for joy, it started to leave his body in an uncontrolled fashion, but he quickly wrestled himself down to earth and acted like nothing much happened. ONLY YOUR COACHING LIFE SPARED FROM IGNOMINY, MIKE!

At any rate, we have at least one more week of 49er football, fellas. Let’s hope it drags on about two more weeks afterwards!

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gore took himself out of the game in the 4th quarter and that’s why Dixon was in for the final TD run.
    He won’t say what’s wrong (Harbaugh will be sure to disclose it at his presser today, NOT!!!) but he had some had some xrays done on Sunday and if you had to speculate
    it would probably be the ribs he injured a few weeks back.
    Frank’s a warrior and he told Maiocco not to worry avbout it.
    Frank will be there and he’ll give the Niners 100 yds on Sunday.

  2. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Pete carrol…hahahahahahaahaa…i hate that POS too….loved the ‘ice the kicker’ routine.. Pete carol…hahahahaha…and Kappys taking us to the Super bowl

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    John Abraham DE left yesterday’s Sehag game with an ankle injury and never returned. Losing Abraham
    is equal to the Niners not having Justin. That is one of the factors the Seahags were able to come back in the second half.
    A pass rusher with a bad wheel becomes a non factor. Keep your eye on what’s said about Abraham during the week.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More reasons to love Richard Sherman. Hewre’s two of the NFL’s supreme trash talkers going at it. Mind you Sherman just got toasted on a long TD catch by White.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t Tom Brady come in at about the same time as Kaep in his 2nd season, for Bledsoe, and win a Super Bowl?

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Pete Carrol was reduced to a play-off also-ran.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Can we get a repeat on the play calling for the next game? I’m not so confident that will happen. It needs to for this week, especially because Atlanta has had a lot of difficulty with dual threat QBs this year.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have that same trouble, but none of the teams still in the hunt have such a creature – except us.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a fun video of Iupati meeting Clay Matthews.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Iupati was thinking about IHOP
    and there was Matthews so he decided to make his own.

  11. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    John Clayton is an idiot (ok, ok, not exactly a news flash).
    Matty Ice will be the difference? Really? Um-kay. His East Coast bias is so entrenched I don’t think he could pick SF out on a map. But I prefer it this way. I hope he and his brethren pick those mighty peregrines to win. It’s always better to be the better team…and the underdog.

  12. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    We trounced GB’s defense but good. But let’s face it, GB’s defense isn’t really that good. It will be much tougher against a better defense. I’m happy to say that that better defense is NOT Atlanta’s. They are mediocre, at best. In fact I think they’re rated in the bottom half.
    They have two really good WRs. Their OL and DL are nothing special. Ryan can be good if you give him time and if your coverage isn’t special. We won’t, and ours is.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We should be used to Teflon Mike’s defense by now. He gives up a lot of yards. And he gives up yards and points to good offenses. Atlanta coasted into the playoffs on a cake schedule. Thisd one shouldn’t be too too difficult.
    This one will be about the pressure. Matty Dreadful won;t have time to hit the deep shit. But, Goldson really has to stay home . . .

  14. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    This one’s for you Skeebs, Pete Carroll whining:

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you watched the postgame show on CSNBA Mrs Harbaugh was on and they pointed out to her that Harbaugh was wearing his turtleneck backwards with the logo
    at his six.
    She said that’s Jim and wasn’t surprised because he’s so absorbed in the game prep.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The would mean he’s wearing it sideways, and popped himself some new armholes.

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Does that mean he’s the coach of the 64ers? No that’s just stupid. Anyway, loved the way Petey was mumbling. I think Seattle has truly risen to the highest point on my enemy meter. But when you think about it they are so easy to dislike.
    I think we take Atlanta this week, they are a good football team but we are better.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When I say logo at his six I meant
    facing backwards. Simple

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    When they showed it on TV it was at 3:00.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And yes, you are simple . . .

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing Nolan and his D allowed all afternoon was, Seattle’s TE to run through the middle of the field unmolested.
    This game is about wearing out their D and, turning down the volume on the crowd noise.
    They damn near squandered a 20 point lead in their own building and, if not for a stupid call or 2 on Pete The Cheat’s part, would have lost in Grand Choker Fashion.
    I take no road game lightly, especially in the Playoffs so, let’s hope for another stellar effort from the Men in Red and Gold.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can we finally pull that Ace that Roman claims to be holding under his leg and feature our Top 2 Draft Picks?
    AJ and LMJ are little known commodities, as is GCelek.
    I want to destroy the middle of that Defense on Sunday.
    Hit them early, wear them out.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s been a long time since so many teams have been looking for new Head Coaches and GMs.
    It is chaotic with agents leveraging the interviews to squeeze every cent out of a team.
    It’s a circus especially for teams that get rejected and then appear to settle on their second choice.
    Still think one of most outrageously mishandled attempted hiring was the Fin’s trying to interview Harbaugh when they still had a head coach on their payroll. Unprofessional and highly unethical with how they blundered that process.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If any team should be familiar with Nolan’s defensive tendencies, it’s us. Nolan want to 5 DBs in the 4th and all of a sudden it was open the floodgates.
    I think Nolan comes out defending the pass and plays his usual underneath zone. If he starts out with his 4-2-5, pound the ball up the middle. If he comes out with his 3-4, send VD on his deep middle routes.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stupid was Singlstary firing Mad Mike Martz with no one lined up to be his replacement.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Stupid is the NYJ trying to give the impression that they actually have a structured plan to correct their myriad leaky practices.
    Good move to clean out the office of GM Tannenbaum with him in it.
    Problem is, no GM will want to deal with Rex having carte blanche to stick his notoriously large personna into the decision making process.
    Best they can hope for is to buy a candidate, preferrably one who will offer us a Pick for Alex to fix what ails them,
    His Regal Highness, Mark ‘Pick 6’ Sanchez.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, Matty Ice will fold under pressure.
    We need to beat them inside and make him think about the pass rush.
    His weapons are the deep routes.
    Kill his timing.
    Defeat the running game.
    We can take this game.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle lost Clemons and Bruce Irvin was invisible.
    They gave Matty too much time in the pocket on Sunday.
    We have to make him move his feet or, better yet, just plant him on his back.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh NJ, I have no illusions that Atl will do very much against our defense. We can get pressure on Natty Dreadful and stop their deep game. Although I’ll say, Goldson needs to stay home and not bite on play action/double moves.

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If we can rattle Rodgers, we can rattle Natty Ice.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Ryan deal is very similar to the Niners looking for a GM when they had Nolan in place. Don’t be surprised if the Jets hire from within.

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The only thing I am worried about is ourselves. Our weird tendency to come out flat and unready every three weeks this year. If we are ready for this game I think we win pretty easily. We’ve just had enough inexplicable bad games this year where you cannot be 100% sure. But, we SHOULD win by 17 at least. Atlanta is good but nothing particularly special.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I don’t think there’s anything of value ‘inside’ the NYJ Organization.
    PT Barnum might have a descendant or 2 kicking around these days?
    Not sure if they’d enjoy the Faux NFL Counterculture taking place over there however?
    Big Red Nose, pontoon shoes and lot’s of makeup would certainly help though.
    Woody can supply the medical supplies, he has those in abundance.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rex has too much authority over there Chuck.
    What potential GM candidate wants to walk into such an important role being told that Rex stays?
    Any decent GM wants control over the decision tree and organizational structure.
    As is par for the NYJ, they put the cart in front of the horse.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grump I have feeling, to a man, nobody has forgotten the lesson from last year.
    I’m tickled to death that Crabtree and Kaep have a chemistry going strong right now as well.
    Both guys have the fire to win.
    Add Gore and, everyone else on the Offense, and I’d guess they want to atone for coming up a step short of the Top last year.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just hope Delanie and Vernon can get on the same page with Kaep as well.
    Catch the damn ball.
    Vernon is an arm/body catcher and never had phenominal hands but Delanie?
    What the heck happened to him?

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The more I pick through Draft Bio’s and review possible targets, the more I’m placing high value on TE Zach Ertz from Stanford.
    If he gets to us late in Rd 1 I’d have to give him some serious consideration.
    I can’t figure Delanie getting an extension at this point.

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Both Delanie and VD had five targets in this game. Both made just one catch. 2 of 10 combined. Kappy was IIRC 15 of 21 to everyone else. Draw your own conclusions, I say.
    I also have to again point out the last two times we have faced an onside kick situation with our “Hands” team on the field, the ball was kicked straight to Delanie. Apparently we are not the only ones who think his hands suck. Just effing call him Venus de Milo.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, you got that right Grump.
    He’s at least getting open more than Vernon but?
    The job is to catch the damn ball when it comes your way.
    Word is Celek has bad hands too.
    At least he’s aware of it and working to get it right.
    Be nice if he shocked the GA Dome and gets some big catches ‘under the radar’.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We better have some new weapons/wrinkles ready for Nolans’ Defense.
    Time to go ‘All In’.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Because AJ has not done literally anything yet except cash his paycheck, in hindsight I was liking and hoping for Coby Fleener. He had a so so year with 26 catches 2 TDs and the second TE Colts drafted had 45 catches.
    Ertz is projected as a late first rounder similar to Fleener. Comparing the two I still like Fleener.
    Notice that Harbaugh has yet to draft any Stanford guys and all the FAs that were on the Practice Squad are gone.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    A few days ago I suggested this guy
    “Joseph Fauria, 6-7/258 TE UCLA. Raw but a Gronk kind of guy size wise and a good receiver.
    Start considering taking him in late third round.”
    Niners are more likely to spend
    draft pick later on a TE.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The wrinkle they featured against the Pack was the read option play action pass. That is really hard to defend and reminds me of ancient times when QBs used to hide the football on their hip on a bootleg.
    Because the Niners have defenses on their heels I think it’s important that everyone CK and the running backs carry out their fakes even if they don’t have the ball. A split second hesitation by the defense can result in a long gain.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What should worry Nolan and the Dirtybirds is Kaepernick on artificial turf. He can turn the turbos on with the superior footing the turf affords.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did I mention I hate Richard Sherman’s antics?
    He was running around making the
    loco gesture and now it’s been defined.
    Did I mention I can’t stand this buffoon?

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I thought Fleener or Doug Martin would have made sense for us in Rd 1 last year too.
    Never entered my mind.
    Only saw Ertz a couple of times but I was impressed with the way he moved.
    Appears to be an excellent blocker too, which was a knock on Fleener.
    Celek has to work on his hands too.
    I hope we destroy Atlanta.
    Yes, I can’t stand Sherman either.
    He’s got some skill but, his mouth needs to stay out of the equation.
    Act like a Pro perhaps?
    No one needs to hear his punka$$ trash after every play he’s involved in.
    Maybe a couple of taunting flags can be tossed to shut him up?
    Just glad they’re home watching us play now.

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Davis’ target vs catch numbers are more than a little misleading. He was thrown to six times.
    The first was the INT on the game’s first series. Not even close to Davis.
    The second was in the next series, the play with an empty backfield. Davis should have kept that one but Woodson hit him as he caught it and knocked it out.
    The third pass was tipped away by the GB corner before it reached Davis. No chance.
    The fourth pass was a bad throw into the ground short of Davis.
    The fifth pass was way long and Davis was held and drew the penalty on the GB defender.
    The sixth pass was the one caught and YAC’d for 44 yds.
    In Walker’s case:
    First pass was knocked out by the safety.
    The second went through his hands.
    The third was a good catch but he landed OB with it.
    The fourth bounced off his hands.
    The fifth ball he caught.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another guy that I’m impressed with declared as a Jr,
    SS Matt Elam from UF.
    He’s a carbon copy of Whitner.
    Wouldn’t mind him and CB/S David Amerson from NC St playing for us in the near future.
    Like the size of your TE Fauria.
    Nephew of Christian Fauria too I see.
    CBS has him slated as a Late Rd pick right now.
    Will keep an eye on him.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good info NoFear49er.
    It’s been a struggle lately with the TE targets.
    Fortunately Crabtree seems to have the ‘sticky hands’ thankfully.
    Obviously Kaep has a stronger throwing arm, which appears to be what the problem is?
    After seeing Seahawks TE Miller running free all afternoon, I’m licking my chops to have one or more of our TEs take it to them also.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I recall similar complaints from GB WRs with Favre and the ‘Rocket Balls’.
    Kaep and the guys are still somewhat new to one another.
    Have to get that cleaned up.
    Crunch Time now.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon seems to have a better time with the balls that come over the shoulder or hit him in the chest.
    He and Delanie are much different in the way they catch.
    Vernon is not an extend and grab kinda guy like Delanie.
    If we could put Crabtrees’ hands on Vernon we’d have the perfect Beast.
    Speed, Size and Snatch-Catch ability.

  52. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, I think most QBs are encouraged to throw as hard as they can until they get to the pros or get with a coach like Bill Walsh. I remember Phil Simms saying he saw a whole new side of quarterbacking after just being worked out by BW for a couple hours.
    With defense I think you just have to prioritize what you’re going to try to take away. With SEA Lynch would be up there pretty high and Wilson’s run ability for the front guys. Coverage dictates front so it has to first mesh with the coverage that’s called and a TE that isn’t a huge weapon may get through. We always had a TE weakness unless we could man up a Lawson on one to contain a guy like Gonzo. We need to be covering theirs, too.
    I don’t know, Vernon’s made some pretty impressive catches. Granted, it’s not his claim to fame. I’m just happy to see this whole farce of “Vernon’s not open” going away.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All good points NoFear49er.
    Be interesting to see how Roman goes at Nolan.
    Vernon has worked on his hands very judiciously from everything I’ve read since Camp started.
    I completely buy his point about being challenged with Kaep and the heater, especially after all the reps he’s shared with Alex.
    Looking forward to the game, hoping we can spring one of the Rookies into the spotlight and open this game up quickly.
    Be a huge advantage to quiet the house.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, just wanted to let you know Paul Kruger has 2 ‘Little’ Brothers, Dave & Joe, also playing for Utah.
    Dave 6’5″ 300 DT
    Joe 6’7″ 280 DE
    Not sure if one, or both, are coming out in April though?

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Joe is listed as a Jr and ranked much higher than Brother Dave.
    Just throwing it out there, this DE/DT Class is stacked.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Actually found a piece that states Joe is coming out as a Jr.
    Currently ranked as a 4th Rd Prospect.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    People are betting heavily on the Niners. As of yesterday evening the Niners were now giving up another point to 4.5 points as a road favorite as the betting line keeps getting bumped up.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I know about Joe Kruger. I didn’t know about Dave. I just assumed Joe was Paul’s bro but didn’t know until you pointed it out.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Every time this year we have looked like we are at the vertex of our game we go out and lose. We win two and then lose or tie one. We need to break that trend Sunday.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would think the defense that will be used to try to stop the read option is the Tampa 2. The other option would be to run a version of basketball’s box and 1. Have a player watching for that play. He’ll need to know what the DE is going to do and cover the other option.

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated. We’re doomed.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kruger is a sold Niner name but the guys you mention are misspelling it.
    It’s spelled Krueger and belongs to #70, Charlie.
    70 is a retired Niner jersey to honor this great Niner DT. That did not stop him from suing and winning $2.3 Mil from the Niners because of pain and suffering from injury.
    Charlie Krueger seemed to wear a helmet that was too small and he had that double bar QB face mask rather than the cage that most Dlineman wore.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dirtybird CB Assante Samuel is said to be a poor tackler.
    On the Seahag first TD the other CB Duntae Robinson does a poor job coupled with the Safety Decoud being late.
    Translation YAC will be a huge factor on the passing game and when CK tucks it in and is running downfield.

  64. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Krueger’s beef IIRC was that the team did not fully disclose how bad his injuries were. Apparently he played the last half of his career with extensive knee damage, both ligaments and cartilage. Guy could not even walk later in life. Still, he played very well, hardly missed a snap most years, and was often double teamed. He was seriously underrated his whole career as the 49ers in the 60s were mostly off the national radar screen, only having a couple of halfway successful seasons. By the time real success arrived in the 70s, younger D-linemen like Cedric Hardman and Tommy Hart got most of the attention.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The SD Bolts are hiring Bronco OC
    Mike McCoy as their head coach.
    Broncos should eliminate the OC position because Manning is essentially calling his game.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the post on Krueger I meant to say Solid and fat fingered it to sold.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jenkins lack of playing time is curious in that Ginn is barely a 3. You’d think they could get Jenkins and his speed in there for some trick pays at least. Or a couple deep routes.

  68. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Then Manning should be fired from his OC job for wimping out on the 3rd down play near the end of the 4th quarter. 3rd and 7 you have to go for the 1st down. They get it, they win. Yeah, you have to hope your defense can close the deal, but in this case some shit happened.

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    four days to go !!!

  70. robNo Gravatar says:

    i think maybe tomsula can help us this week by going over ways to beat nolan’s defense !

  71. robNo Gravatar says:

    well , i hate to say it , but i think atlanta is a better matchup for us than seattle !

  72. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m now off to the atlanta falcons blog !

  73. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I just visited the SB Nation Falcon blog and it looks to me like everyone thinks that the Birds will win if they play the game like the Rams and Seattle had agaist us. Personally I don’t think these fans have a clue.
    They say Kappy is predictable,(Really)? I’ve been watching him from the begining and i can’t tell what he’s gonna do and with these high stakes it will be a different Kappy and 49er team. But, I am just a homer and maybe shortsighted like the Falcon fans i just read.

  74. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I’ve seen very little of Atlanta, but really, Ryan wasn’t all that great last week. Atl ran better than I thought, but I don’t see that happening vs the Niners. I also don’t see Ryan getting the time he got last week vs Seattle.
    We bring more pressure, therefore Ryan isn’t as good as he seems to be.
    And certainly we can beat Teflon Mike’s defense. Kappy may have to show more patience, mainly because Nolan’s tendency is to play an underneath zone, therefore the running lanes won’t be as free and clear as they were against GB. But, that should open up the deep middle for VD shots.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Against the Rams, in both games, we ran the SCO, which allowed them to stack the box and stop the run, as well as generate a pass rush. If we run the same formations as we did last Saturday we will win. It is impossible to do what the Rams did if we spread the field with formations that do not allow the Rams strategy to work. As for the running game, look how well we did in the running game this week by spreading the formations. But leave it to Roman/Harbaugh to find how to use a shotgun SCO, the Diamond formation, or as the 49ers call it, the Q. At least out of that formation we usually motion into something sensible.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The payroll book keeper at my office and his whole family, wife and two daughters, got in a fight at the Packer game. Yes, his whole family got into a fight with another family! He’s about 50 and the other family was much older. Both families got kicked out of the stadium after they were detained by security. Of course, the book keeper is a Packer fan with his stock certificate proudly shown on the wall.

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    First pearls from Nolan:
    Mike Nolan on 49ers offense: “Greg Norman (sic), the offensive coordinator, does a great job at utilizing the players’ strengths.”

  78. robNo Gravatar says:

    SKEEBS did he really say greg norman ?

  79. robNo Gravatar says:

    only you would have a story about work , bookeepers , families and battling football grannies !

  80. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m afraid so, Rob.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan is daydreaming and focising on his golf game.
    If Nolan gets a Head Coaching job he most likely won’t be hiring Roman as his OC because he doesn’t even know his name.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ball control and speed in the middle should be a recipe for success for us.
    Looking forward to getting the NFCC Game hurdle conquered this time around.
    Road Playoff games are never easy but, I’m hopeful we’re hungry and focused this time, especially after coming up short last year.
    Time to pull out the Ace.
    Randy, LMJ and Kaep have to come up BIG.

  83. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I do worry a little about their run game, Turner is a big hard runner and they got a RB close to the LMJ $ Hunter style. In fact it’s their run game that scares me.

  84. robNo Gravatar says:

    the more i find out about atlanta , the more i like our chances !

    ” Smith was not happy with the pass coverage against Seattle, especially against tight end Zach Miller, who was targeted nine times. He caught eight passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.”

    could this mean vernon has a big game ?

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gil Brandt is a relic and he just came out with his mock draft.
    30 years ago he was the draft guru
    working in the NFL with the media draft guru being Joel Buschbaum who passed on a while back.
    He has Hankins, Jenkins and Short at the end of the 1st round.
    Niners will be picking last for obvious reasons.
    Some might find this interesting

  86. robNo Gravatar says:

    does anybody know if nolan is doing anything different on defense lately ? it doesn’t sound like it to me ! imo if that’s the case , i like our chances ! i just hope his defense is as frustrating to atlanta fans this weekend as it was to us all those years ! no pressure , can’t stop em’ on third down and lots of passing yards given up !

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m in for Hankins and Short Bullit.
    Soured a little on Jenkins when he was pulled for the Bowl game due to academic issues.
    I’ll have a final list when we get to the Draft.
    I’ve been doing this with my Son for years.
    Trying to build a Draft Board of candidates to see whether we can guess which guys our 9ers actually take.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Atlanta doesn’t possess great speed in the middle of their Defense.
    The NYG nearly blanked them last year in the Playoffs, pre Nolan of course.
    Again, it all hinges on Roman and Fangio having the right game plan.
    Either way, I’m happy to have the shot.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Getting Hankins would be wonderful!

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for the Kruger conversation.
    From what I’ve located on the Web, the Kruger family shows the Parents as Paul and Jennifer?
    No mention of Charlie.
    I think these Krugers are not related to Charlie Krueger of the 9ers.
    Either way, these kids are all HUGE.

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hankins and Sheldon Richardson would be my Top 2 right now Berger.
    I’ll be dancing if we land either guy.
    Check out the DE Margus Hunt too.
    6’7″ 280 from SMU.
    Can’t get over the depth of options at the DE position this year.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sylvester Williams from UNC
    Shariff Floyd from UF
    Jesse Williams from ‘Bama
    All good looking prospects as well.
    No doubt Baalke will have a card or two turned in for a DT in April.

  93. robNo Gravatar says:

    hankins would be a good pick for us imho ! the kid from alabama would too if he’s still there when we pick in rd. 2

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Margus Hunt is discus and shot putter too.
    Shades of Michael Carter in terms of athleticism.
    As I mentioned, the class is DEEP where we would seem to be shopping.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also want a S and CB from this class.
    Aldon needs a complimentary assistant, ala the NYG.
    Can’t have too many QB Hunters.

  96. robNo Gravatar says:

    the best news for us imo is just how good baalke/ harbaugh are at not only picking players , but picking the kind of players they NEED !

    WHEN we needed a QB we got kap in rd 2 ! when we needed to find backs who would be the lightning to gore’s thunder we got hunter and lmj in rd 2 !!!

    WOW !!!

    i like the fact that they have so many picks coming up in 2013 !

  97. robNo Gravatar says:

    thx for all the good news !
    i’m looking forward to seeing your draft board !

    this will be a good year to guess our picks since we have so many chances ! maybe even i’ll be right this time !

    speaking of shot putters don’t 4 get about jeff stover !

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I started following the draft in 1972 and the Niners actually drafted the guy I wanted Terry Beasley WR Auburn but he was always hurt and never made it in the NFL. My first guy was a bust.
    The draft is a crapshoot and if you hit on 7 out of 10 picks you are way ahead of everyone else.
    Listening to the draft on the radio was brutal back in the day.
    No ESPN and no internet. You had to buy the next day’s paper to find out how everyone drafted.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I need to look up the TE bullit mentioned. His size is awesome. Time look at some film.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I remember Beasley. I was glad we took him too. He was the WR for Heismann winner Pat Sullivan.

  101. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Almost everything we drafted from 1971 to 1973 was a bust. A lot of our later 70s drafts were not much better. The 49ers had drafted very well from the mid 60s through 1970. Then head scout Pappy Waldorf started easing into retirement. The guy who replaced him, IIRC his name was Howard White, wrecked Dick Nolan’s team with some awful drafts. He hung around the organization until ’79, when he made a power play against new HC Bill Walsh and got canned.

  102. robNo Gravatar says:


    You had to buy the next day’s paper to find out how everyone drafted.


    i remember that monday paper !

  103. robNo Gravatar says:

    that monday paper was the shitt ! but

    you only got like two capsules and a list of names !


  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We lived with Pro Football Weekly’s Draft Edition and SI Bullit.
    I know the drill very well.
    My oldest Son and I got to know the Draft Prospects just like I do now, reading Bio’s and trying to watch the occassional NCAA game.
    Much easier now than 25 years ago for sure.
    We typically list 3 players at each position and tally those we get right.
    I nailed Anthony Davis and Bruce Miller in recent years.
    My kid has held his own too, he treats the Draft like a Holiday.
    He started doing this when he was about 8 years old, he’s pretty good.
    Lot’s of fun for us.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My kid wanted Brees and both of us damn near fainted with the Druckenmiller and Israel Ifeanyi picks as well.
    Naturally, I wanted Wilfork as well.
    Talk about all the ones that got away?

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dana Hall, Todd Kelly,
    Rashaun Woods, JJ Stokes and on, and on…..
    Geez, I shudder to think of some of the ridiculous picks we’ve made over the years.
    Makes you appreciate just how important Scouts and GMs are to an organization.

  107. robNo Gravatar says:

    the closest i’ve ever come to being right and us picking someone i wanted was just a few years ago ! i think i was one of about two people who thought we had a real chance of getting crabtree at #10 , and said so !

    kap was another player i liked that we actually picked !

  108. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit’s Fauria kid can play some football. He is a willing blocker, he looks terrible doing it, but he seems to get the job done. He has good hands and is a good leaper. Looks like a possibility!

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We still hold Draft Parties together to this day.
    Nothing better than having 9ers football passed down to my kids and Grand kids.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del and I joked on draft day that Al Davis would take Darius Heyward-Bay and Crabtree would fall into our laps. Then it actually happened. I thought if he fell to us we would have to take him even though I wanted Oher.

  111. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ and I talk often on draft day. All the Niner fans are involved. My buddy Don calls from NY. Rob and Del call. Renojim comes over. The blogs are churning out a lot of comments. The BBQ is fired up. It’s a fun day!

  112. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hankins falling to us would probably be the best scenario I can think of. I seriously doubt Hankins is getting out of the top 10. Star Latulelei would be the only guy I’d rather have, unless Luis Nix suddenly comes out.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I was in for Oher as well.
    I enjoy trying to guess what the GM will do by position and, in what order.
    Never saw AJ coming, thought we’d look for Franks’ successor.
    Perhaps they got that with Jewell Hampton?
    Time will tell.
    Right now, my favorite WR is Justin Hunter from TN.
    Another in a long line of Jrs that declared early.
    Kid is tall, and a former Long Jumper.
    Pretty athletic.
    Keep an eye on him as well.
    Might see him in Rd 2 or 3?

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be floored if Hankins got to us also.
    Frankly, I can’t see that happening.
    It would look like Shariff Floyd, Jesse or Sylvester Williams,
    Kawaan Short to be more realistic at this point.
    I’m curious to see whether Baalke waits for the DL picks and goes for the DB or DE earlier.
    I think there’s plenty of DL value later.
    Grabbing a stud DB might be the wiser move?
    See how it shakes out.
    But, I’ll trust Baalke to have that figured out.

  115. robNo Gravatar says:

    the SI cover is awesome ! i’m going to have to get that !

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wait until we win Rob.
    SI covers are almost as bad a jinx as being on the cover of Madden.
    I’m all about MOJO.
    Don’t bring bad MOJO into your domain until he’s over the hurdle.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll get whatever publication comes out after he WINS the SB.

  118. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You can see Joseph Fauria playing this Sat in the East West Shrine Game. 1pm NFL Network
    Used to be a big deal when they played it in SF but got moved to Florida and looking at the rosters
    I will be polite and say it’s well stocked with sleepers.

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    PFT reporting Trestman got Da Bears HC job.

  120. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17