2010 TC II: Red Flags

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.

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17 comments on “2010 TC II: Red Flags
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw sonoma’s comment on the Gate. I was surprised, but he was a QB. QBs should not run the nutcracker. I was a a 4th string QB in HS. The fact that I liked the nutcracker is probably how I ended up being a 175 lb DT and a TE instead.
    The one play I saw us run in TC was in the 21 package with Miller at FB. It looked like a variation of the pro-set. We had two WRs very wide. I would say that would be an improvement over having Walker in kind of wide with one WR very wide.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What is even funnier, as a freshman I was a 120 lb DT! I was the 3rd smallest male at my school and played DT! Now I’m bigger than all those bastards. Let’s play some football. LOL

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m now following you, Skeebers, on Twitter. Don’t let the pressure get to ya. I’ll have you know that I have high standards however. I follow Berger and Rob as well.
    Tweet! 馃檪

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I just returned the favor, Dennis. What’s Rob’s Twitter handle?

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I was half-joking about the beat guys colluding to keep info from us, but now I’m not so sure. Almost 2 hours into the morning practice and not a single Tweet from any of them.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Maiocco (Smith haters beware)
    “Alex Smith threw four consecutive gorgeous deep passes, some 40 yards downfield, during 1-on-1 session.”

  7. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Do you follow Barrows and Maiocco? They’ve been tweeting all morning about today’s practice. Matt is leaving now to catch his flight for the HOF.
    Just click on my head (Secretariat’s actually) and you’ll find Rob and the others I follow. I think he’s under “Robbie,” I was giving him a hard time about it the other day.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to try twitter here at work!

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs , i still have to disagree about delaney walker ! he’s our second tight end and a pretty reliable weapon , even more so out of the two TE formations !
    the big battle is between norris and brit miller (i hope miller wins that spot because he can do more than norris ) and the third TE slot might go to bynam !
    i don’t think walker is really in any danger of losing his roster spot !
    uh oh i’m not sure , but could your conclusion even be grounds for one of those red flags !??

  10. robNo Gravatar says:


  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It wasn’t a conclusion, Rob. It was wishful thinking. But you are probably right. There will no doubt be some teams that Walker could exploit better than Ginn or Williams. Can’t think of any, but I’m sure there must be some. A few. Maybe a couple. He’s a good ST guy, at any rate.

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok skeebs ! there’s still a spot on the roster for the second tight end you know ! you kind of remind me of chuck and his unwavering support of M ROB , he never misses a chance to show the guy some love ! 馃槈

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Delanie Walker is sitting out the afternoon practice with a concussion.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    McKillop just got carted off to locker room with an injury to his leg. Looks like NaVorro will get a crash course now.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sprained left knee for McKillop.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs-From what I’ve been led to believe on the Gate and from PNG reporters, these players only get hurt in the nutcracker. Nobody has been hurt in the nutcracker drills this year. Maybe we should only run the nutcracker?

  17. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    OK, I’ll admit I’m a *little* slow…PNG?
    More Nutcracker more often. Should Nutcracker be capitalized, I always do?

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