2010 TC XI: Oopsie Doopsie

Last Friday, this site proclaimed the end of Training Camp, complete with a Eulogy. FAIL!

Aside from shoddy reporting, that effort was a throwback post, recalling the days long ago when the 49ers “broke camp” after the first two weeks and returned to home base from desolate areas such as Stockton and, my favorite, Rocklin — usually with much player jubilation. Nowadays, however, camps don’t break. They merely resume. With two a days, no less.

And so it was that on Tuesday, not only did TC resume, but so also did Travis LaBoy and Brandon Jones. Taking their places on the shelf were Kyle Williams and Will James, casualties of the weekend game in Indianapolis. Williams appears to have shown enough promise during camp and on Sunday to be safe from the Day of the Turk, but for James, who had come on strong last week, it could be a fateful injury.

The next two weeks will be critical for LaBoy and Jones if they are to stay on the roster. During LaBoy’s absence Diyral Briggs has continued to impress. He still has Practice Squad eligibility, but I doubt he’d clear waivers at this point. A rising young talent who can rush the passer is always worth risking a spot on any team’s roster.

Jones appears to have little chance at staying on the team. One more missed day or nick of any kind and I doubt he will even be given any further camp reps. Too bad. He can play. He just can’t stay healthy.

Kentwan Balmer’s serious personal problems seem to have cleared up over the weekend in the magical air of Seattle. Apparently, the cause of his personal issues was being a stiff on a good team and now that he’s on a bad team, he has miraculously returned to happy campersville. Who knew that becoming a second stringer, instead of a third stringer, could cause such a turn around.

The big news Tuesday, of course, was seeing Brian Westbrook standing on the sidelines next to Tom Rathman, observing his first 49ers practice. Some time this coming year, the 49ers will have Westbrook, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, and Vernon Davis all on the field at the snap of the ball. Perhaps Ted Ginn can even step in briefly, with his blazing speed, for Josh Morgan. By any standards, that is a potent and dangerous group of playmakers for a defense to cope with.

It has been a long time since any defense in the NFL has had to fear the 49er offense. I can think of only two reasons that trend will continue this year: Right Tackle and Jimmy Raye. The RT problem is well known to any 49er fan who has not been on an extended space trip. The weight of the franchise is bearing down on Anthony Davis to shore up, once and for all, this swinging door to the QB. Davis is a 20 year old rookie. We’ll see.

Raye has yet to impress anyone in the blogosphere. In fact, he has yet to even get an endorsement from his mother. I thought last year was not a fair test of his ability to call a successful game. There was too much turmoil and adjustment going on during the year. That cushion no longer exists. He has players in place with a year under his tutelage and his offensive system. Fair assessment is now in play. As is “Kill the sumbitch!” Or, more hopefully, “Nice going, Jimmy. Very superb.”

We will probably get some idea of Davis’ ability during the remaining exhibition games, but we will not get the answers to Raye. Exhibition games are pretty much here’s Vanilla. That’s all we’re selling. If razzle-dazzle is going on at the practices, the beat guys are forbidden from leaking it through the knothole to us outsiders. The suspense is killing traumatizing me.

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22 comments on “2010 TC XI: Oopsie Doopsie
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    More two-a-days plese!

  2. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    More two-a-days? How ’bout more completions to Vernon when he’s wide open by our QB? MM had a great answer in his mail bag segment this morning in response to a Q if Frank and Westbrook will be used in the same backfield?
    “It MUST happen.” Ya hear that, Jimmy Raye? Open your goddamn ears and listen for a change. “it MUST happen.” It better happen or else. Regardless if it does or not. Something tells me that “Kill the sumbitch!” is the leader in the clubhouse over “Nice going, Jimmy. Very superb.”

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You created a monster, Berg, when you outed Dennis yesterday. He’s throwing grenades all over the internet now.

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow ! dennis just says everything the rest of us wish we had thought of !
    of course since he saw fit to make hay over my use of the popular slang term oxycotton in reference to my drug of choice , i might just refer to the preformance of our man nate davis and compare it to his boi curtis (the house) painter !!!
    heck , i wouldn’t be surprised if my guy
    UDF john parker wilson is a better prospect …
    “opportunity for me.”

    Competition At Camp: Coming into camp, it was clear that Matt Ryan was and is the Falcons’ starting quarterback. It is not as clear, however, who will be in the backup role come opening day.

    Currently, that job belongs to Chris Redman. Second-year quarterback John Parker Wilson, however, could vie for that position.

    “We know what Chris can do,” head coach Mike Smith said. “Chris has been our backup for the last two years.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    If “Kill the sumbitch!” is reserved for Jimmy, what are we gonna use for Alex?
    Really kill that sumbith!

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Travis LaBoy is NOT practicing again. Buh-bye.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:


    I of course had high hopes for brandon jones and travis laboy !

    i also saw the risk/reward nature of both of them based on our recent approach to free agency and the track record of the two players !

    imo the real reason why both are on the fast track to being failures is the inability of both to stay healthy !
    imo both have good backup/marginal starter type skills (laboy has an even higher ceiling imho)
    but as you so rightly pointed out , both are one false move away from hitting the street !

  8. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Killing Jimmy and Alex will have to wait, the next bullet has Glen Coffee’s name on it. Worthless piece of shit. Left college early because he was “done with it.” Thought if he got paid for it, he might be able to “tolerate it.” Conniving son of a bitch. You and your ministry can go rot in hell.

  9. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the piece on that no good SOB, Coffee. He never wanter to play for the 49ers or anyone else for that matter. That’s why I was screaming at Scoty M. for not delving deeper into his background/psyche and realizing he wanted to find Christ or whatever the hell he wants to do and NOT play football. We wasted a pick on a priest. Fuck you, Father.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t yet seen Coffee return the wad of dough he lifted off the Niners. I’m sure the check is in the mail. Nothing can be done, of course, about costing the team a valuable 3rd round draft pick and all the wasted hours coaching him. He quit on his teammates and his contractual obligations and his word. What kind of ministry is founded on that?

  11. oneninerNo Gravatar says:

    Nice Job Skeebers…..I like the site…..Good Luck…Go 49ers

  12. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, what gets me, aside from Coffee (pulling a fast one) is that how didn’t any of our coaches/scouts/players/team chaplain not see this coming? Coffee told no one? His love for God and the ministry was a total mystery? No chance. He never should have been drafted in the first place. As much as I’m mad at Coffee right now, the same can be said for my complete and utter dislike of Scoty and Co. WTF???

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oneniner. Good to see you stopping by. Don’t be a stranger.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, that’s another part of the less than honorable Mr. Coffee. Nate Davis stepped right up and revealed his reading difficulties. Coffee didn’t say boo about his “reservations.” Nobody would have drafted him if he had. I don’t fault McCloughan. Singletary was surprised and his best bud M. Robinson said he was shocked. They had no idea.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a laugher. The Seahawks just traded DE Lawrence Jackson to the Lions for the same price they paid to get Balmer from the Niners. Lawrence was drafted one slot above Balmer in the 2008 draft. Are they upgrading or downgrading? Not a single D-line guy in the first two rounds of that draft has been worth a crap.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs , here’s something that won’t make you laugh !

    the lions got the short end of the stick on this one ! balmer is better than jackson , so why didn’t we trade with the lions directly and get a better draft pick (detroit’s in 2011 instead of seattle’s ! ) ?!!
    to me this highlights one thing ! in spite of the good job baalke did in finally filling some needs this offseason (westbrook , williams , mays , and the two 0-linemen etc)
    we showed our inexperience in the front office by trading away our 4th round pick in this year’s draft (something i doubt we had to do) , and then sending balmer to a division rival , and watching as seattle immediately thereafter makes a better trade with detroit !

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    nofear , welcome back form space , but i hate to say it , but didn’t you just compare our current offense with hostler’s ?
    you do remember that hostler and nolan’s 2007 offense followed norv turner’s mediocre one with one that was historic in it’s ineptitude and set itself among the worst offenses of all time … ?

    thank god nolan , martz and o’sullivan are gone ! too bad for us even sing couldn’t do better than 8-8 in 2009 , in spite of having to try and pick up the peices after these guys ! even tho dr york’s reputation as a cheapskate meddling loser only allowed us to end up with jimmy raye as our OC , instead of someone better , this team is closer to being a good team again than at any time since mooch was let go !

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops , here’s a better post than my 1:30 one !

    nofear , welcome back form space ! i hate to say it , but didn’t you just compare our current offense with hostler’s ?
    you do remember that hostler and nolan’s 2007 offense followed norv turner’s mediocre one with one that achieved historic levels of ineptitude and set itself up among the worst offenses of all time … ?

    thank god nolan , martz and o’sullivan are gone ! too bad for us even sing couldn’t do better than 8-8 in 2009 , in spite of having to pick up the peices after these guys ! even tho dr york’s reputation as a cheapskate meddling loser only allowed us to end up with jimmy raye as our OC , instead of someone better , this team is closer to being a good team again than at any time since mooch was let go !

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Whoa! That was abrupt. Brandon Jones just got released. No more reps, indeed.

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow , brandon jones is gone ! too bad , i had hoped he’d contend for the third WR spot ! too bad he couldn’t stay healthy !

    NOFEAR , your raye/hostler comparison has some merit ! we can always hope raye hasn’t hit his ceiling yet … hey , maybe he’s just a late bloomer !!!

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I think we have a problem at RT for right now, but I believe we will be OK there by the first game. Either Davis will get it, or Simms will be there.
    Glad to see you finally complaining about the play calling. I never thought I’d see it. Welcome aboard!

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    LaGarret Blount just punched a team mate.

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