The 49er Flying Circus is now officially air borne.
Camp got off to a roaringly good start Monday as David Baas made it through day one without getting injured normal start Monday as David Baas limped off the field with a concussion during the very first practice and did not return for the afternoon session. I went for lost the long shot bet in the office pool that had him going down after the last play of the final exhibition game, and immediately being placed on IR with a fractured wrist, incurred while shaking hands at the end of the game.
How could I have been so stupid! Baas and “injured” are practically synonyms! Now he’s added his head to the list of anatomicalities that can be broken. F49er, also known as StonerLab, alleges that Baas suffers from Pumpkin Head syndrome. I’m not sure if this is an insensitive remark or a good, solid observation. It’s funny, anyway. Now I’ve got Baas in my mind as a bobble head doll. Every time you touch it or breathe on it, an arm or a leg falls off.
The much ballyhooed Nutcracker debuted yesterday, with the FB guys getting the oohs and aahs. Brit Miller, the backup to Moran Norris, pancaked Keaton Kristick, NaVorro Bowman, and Parys Haralson. He also caught a TD pass from Smith. This converted linebacker looks like a Singletary type guy all the way.
The primary focus is usually on the base offense getting consistent first downs, but the one player that could make the 49ers scary is Ted Ginn. If the team can hit a quick six from time to time (once each & every game will suffice), it would be very demoralizing on an opposing defense geared to play 60 hard minutes of mano-a-mano football, with not much else to worry about. If they have to start worrying about the back door, the whole offense will open up.
The only quick sixes we got last year were the out of the blue Frank Gore bolts up the middle. If the quick score becomes a staple of the offense, the Niners will win some blow outs this year. Of course, the team has been bringing in guys for this deep speed role for several years now. Ashlie Lelie, Jason Hill, Brandon Jones, Antonio Bryant, Desean Jackson, etc. So far, nobody has panned out. With all those guys, though, it took hitting a deep pass. They didn’t have Ginn’s quickness. He can take a short toss and blow past the secondary in a blink.
Michael Crabtree is so good, nobody much talks about him. Like you wouldn’t bother to mention that Jerry Rice caught a pass, but it would be reported that Moran Norris did. It’s the same dynamic with Alex Smith’s pass attempts. If he completes 20 out of 24, only the four misses get reported.
We can be sure Crabtree’s stats this year will be compared to Dez Bryant’s stats down in Dallas, though. These two guys somehow got linked together via the Diva Dating Agency and we’ll likely be seeing the beginning of a ten or fifteen year battle between these two for WR bragging rights.
How fitting it’s a Cowboys-49ers competition. The Boys are said to have a long standing tradition versus Washington, which is why they are still in the NFC East, but over the last thirty years it seems like Dallas-San Francisco is a lot hotter rivalry. Let’s feed St. Louis to the NFC East and put Dallas in the West and have a real donnybrook each and every year.
Speaking of donnybrooks, the one in Arizona yesterday was a hot item on the Twitter wire. In case you missed it, the Cardinals held their own version of the Nutcracker on Monday by getting into an extended, team-wide brawl. Darnell Dockett started the whole shebang when he flattened Alan Feneca and instinctively grabbed Matt Leinhart’s ankle and took him down. Leinhart then jumped up and spiked the ball at Dockett’s feet and threw a hissy fit, so the fun began. Afterward, Dockett had this to say:
“Every day we step on the field, we have to go harder and harder and harder,” he said. “We got to treat them (teammates) like they’re the 49ers. They have to treat us like we’re the 49ers. That is the only way we are going to be able to compete and that is the only way we are going to be able to back up all the great work and try to win our third title.”
Maybe some blog naysayers don’t believe in the Niners, but their opponents sure do. We’re in their minds!