Day Two of 49ers Training Camp and David Baas is still injured.
Each year brings us new Red Flags that can be used to immediately recognize bloggers who don’t have a clue what they are talking about. A lot of bloggers are obvious idiots, and no clues are ever needed. The PD’s Ninermd comes immediately to mind as someone whose every post screams FAIL!.
These are the eyeball rollers that make you shrug and wonder why a person would want to leave a footprint in internet history that could someday be used by the Gene Selection Committee to immediately herd them into a vanishing chamber and summarily erase them without so much as a second wasted in debate.
But many bloggers seem intelligent at first glance or two, so red flags can be quite handy in identifying cleverly disguised gas bags. Sometimes, these revelations are quite surprising. SonomaStateGrad was a recent case. It could be said that someone touting his graduation from Sonoma State would be an immediate red flag all by itself. I once lived a mile or so from this school and though it is a fine institution for various and sundry stuff, it is not considered a high falutin’ think tank by any means.
But Sonoma has posted quite a bit lately on the Insider and seemed to be a fairly level headed, even discerning fellow. Then, out of the blue, he waxed on about this year’s Red Flag: The Nutcracker. His wax was definitely applied lavishly to the “Oh, what’s all this banging good for?” roadster. If you don’t understand the drill, it means you have never played football and haven’t read anything about it and have instead decided to gas away like a flaming numbskull. Sad. So long, Sonoma. You are nothing to me now. Toast. There is no redemption. Any posts you make in the future that sound intelligent will be viewed as just a lucky blather. Sorry, coach’s orders.
The Nutcracker is only viewed as some sort of dangerous Mike Singletary dysfunction by four types of people: dolts, trolls, Sing haters, and journalists. Ah ha, you might exclaim. Are you (meaning me) not yourself a journalist? No. Of course not. Journalists get paid and work for organizations that beat them mercilessly with puny paychecks and lagging readership complaints.
At any rate, for you newbies to the blog scene, there’s your preseason flag tip for today. I’ll have more Red Flag tips as they come off the thumbs of our volunteer bloggers. And thanks, Sonoma, for providing today’s roast meat.
The scariest moment of yesterday’s practices did not involve the you-know-what drills, however. Chilo Rachal, our stalwart and up-and-coming young RG, abruptly collapsed on the field while walking to the line of scrimmage, sucking the wind out of everybody for about eight minutes, before sitting up and heading to the locker room on a cart to get some IV fluids for what was diagnosed as dehydration. This moment provided a stern reminder of just how quickly high hopes can turn to angst in a freak injury second.
Ted Ginn did precisely what I mentioned he would be capable of in yesterday’s post, catching two long bombs for TDs. The more of these he does, the more bloggers are not going to want to see Moran Norris on the field during the season instead of Ginn. And we haven’t yet heard much from Kyle Williams, who has skills similar to Ginn’s.
This one position choice, 3rd WR vs FB, looks like it will become a major blogosphere topic this coming year. Many fear that the conservative approach of Singletary and Jimmy Raye will result in Norris being on the field far too often, at the expense of a guy like Ginn or Williams being out there. If that proves true, and the speedy WR guy is only used in long yardage situations, there will be a sizable amount of thumbs down in response.
Norris, and his backup Brit Miller, have been quite entertaining and effective warriors during the Nutcracker drills, but come game time, it is hoped their manly skills will be used sparingly, and not as standard players in the base offense.
The player most likely to find his playing time reduced because of a solid slot WR guy is TE Delanie Walker. Last year, Walker was basically used as an extra receiver and a matchup problem for the defense, since he could be used to block (not particularly well) or zip out in a pass pattern (not particularly fast). In fact, should rookie TE Nate Byham, a true blocking TE with moderate receiving skills, manage to gain a roster spot, it could very well be at the expense of Walker. Walker has never learned how to be an effective blocker and it’s possible this hybrid player will be turning in the play book at the final cut down.
Looking ahead to Day 3 of TC, this site boldly predicts that David Baas will still be injured.