49ers 17, Falcons 16

A funny thing happened on the 49ers journey toward the number one pick in the 2016 draft. They screwed up and won a game against the fading Atlanta Falcons. Little did they know that their much maligned backup QB Blaine Gabbert would step in and play like a normal type NFL QB. We hadn’t seen any decent QBing in these parts for quite some time.

With Gabbert getting the ball out quickly and decisively, strangely enough, he was not sacked even once. The rest of the team, coincidentally or infectiously, played with an enthusiasm not seen since the opening game against Minnesota.

Each team in the league gets what is affectionately called an “Any Given Sunday” game on its schedule. For good teams, this is the egg layer game. For bad teams, this is the WTF We Won game. It’s the only explanation available for the Niners winning Sunday. They were starting two CBs hauled up from the Practice Squad and Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan should have eaten them alive. Especially with the deep passing attack. Instead, Ryan dinkity-dunked at them all day and came away with only sixteen points. Go figure.

The Niners also held the league’s leading rusher Devonta Freeman to 10 yards on 10 carries, and the Falcon team to a gaspingly teensy 17 total rushing yards in the game. They also sacked Ryan twice and applied pressure on him the whole game. Who are these guys?

For a shocking change, the offense stepped up in this game, too. All it took to revive the worst offense in the league was having all its running backs get hurt and signing two guys off the street and one up from the practice squad. These no-names managed 133 yards for the game, more than any game this year except the initial Vikings game. Appropriately, RB coach Tom Rathman was given a Game Ball afterwards. They should have given one to Atlanta HC Dan Quinn, too. He punted twice in 49er territory and chickened out on winning the game on 4th and goal from the two at the end. This was the sort of timid effort that got the previous coach, Mike Smith, ushered out of town.

But it was Gabbert’s inspirational play that lit the fuse for this bedraggled group. He spread fifteen completions around to six different receivers, threw two pin-point TDs, stood strong in the pocket, and managed the game like a seasoned veteran instead of a league cast off.

So the Niners enter their BYE week with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, but it might be worth noting that they did not score any points in the second half. And the first game after the BYE will be in Seattle, where the entire mirage is likely to come crashing back to earth.

More importantly for the future, this game will feed owner Jed York‘s whisper campaign that the season has been a failure because of Colin Kaepernick. GM Trent Baalke will also be pushing this agenda, since it distracts from the awful job he’s done this past year. There might not be any 49er game this coming week, but there will no doubt be a heightened roar of whispers to feed the PR monkey.

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191 comments on “49ers 17, Falcons 16
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tank Carradine could be history.
    Matt Barrows reported that Carradine went to the coaching staff earlier in the week and asked for more playing time.
    The response was Carradine was active but was the only player that didn’t play. He had zero snaps and did not get into the game.
    Another wasted 2nd round pick by Baalke?

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the Pyongyang N.K. chapter Barnyard according to Chuckles if you criticize Kap you are a racist.
    Pretty much sums it up what an ignorant nimrod Chuckles is.

    News for Chuckles, if a player is incompetent and not performing it’s on that player. Doesn’t matter what shade his skin is.
    Another example of showing what a numbskull and how this idiot thinks to introduce race into it.

    Surprised? No as you expect this kind of BS from that clown when he has no rebuttal..

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also Chuckles is trying to minimize the Niner’s victory because he thinks Atl has a poor defense. Actually they are ranked 10th in the league.

    The truth is both the Ravens and Giants are poor defenses ranked among the bottom five.

    Considering the personnel the Niners won with yesterday it was a solid victory.

  4. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I predicted the Niners would score 16 points. They scored 17. BFD on offense.

  5. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Falcons lost to Jameis Winston and beat Marcus Mariota’s backup by 3 points in the preceding two weeks. I wouldn’t say they’ve been playing exceptionally well.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Shhhh, RT. The Niners think they just beat the Patriots.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Detroit Free Press had article on GM/HC search outfits. Ernie Accorsi and Ron Wolf doing it now for the Lions. Will we be another client.

  8. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Ron Wolf should recommend they hire me. First thing I’d do is become best friends with Trent Baalke. Then I’d trade him Matt Stafford for ten years worth of first round draft choices. I’d also get Kaep, Bowman and Staley for a 6th or 7th round pick.

    Any of you Kaep haters think Gabbert could take any good team to the Super Bowl? Anyone?

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. spit, I’m a Kappy fan too but what Gabbert did yesterday highlighted some of Kap’s weaknesses. The lack of sacks is a big one.
    That cannot be denied. And, he is without a doubt a servicable backup QB. I can just imagine what it’s like for the HC in Atlanta right now. If Kappy can’t get some of the basics down in a hurry then he should hit the door with Baalke.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    BG was 7 of 9 against the blitz for 111 yards. Amazing when the QB can read D and get the ball out quick into the vacated zone. Easy money on short passes.

    The QB needs to have brains. BG also did not bail under pressure. A lot of pass completions occur at the last fraction of a second to let the receiver get open.

    CK does not have it upstairs. Total failure as a pocket passer. One read gimmick plays are defensed and limited by the D.

    BG exceeded the doomsayers who dwelled on the past. Their agenda would not allow maturity, improvements in practice, and thorough knowledge of the playbook while a backup.

    New sheriff in town with a brain. Feel the bern.

  11. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Falcons Strength of Schedule (after the Niner game, which didn’t help) is currently #32 in the NFL. Powderpuff schedule so far = 6-3.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bruce Miller on QB decision: “I would imagine they all get together and have a joint decision. I think a lot goes into it. I don’t there’s one person that would make that decision.”

    Would any player under Harbaugh ever make such a statement? That the HC has no final say on who plays?

  13. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy’s gone, but Gabbert’s nothing more than a space holder. We either start drafting like the Raiders do these days, or we just start looking at a QB-less season next year, and the next, …

    Jim Druckenmiller, Tim Rattay or Cody Pickett anyone?

  14. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not going to get into a Kaep debate vs Gabbert. I don’t watch the games and can’t tell you how one’s regressed or one’s improved. What I can tell you is that at the same time Gabbert was getting bounced out of Jacksonville, Colin Kaepernick was taking his team to the Super Bowl. Two years ago you apes would have been the laughing stock.

    What I also know is that the scouting for Gabbert hasn’t caught up to him….yet. Wait for teams to scout Gabbert with today’s Niners and then see how he does. Good luck with that.

  15. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I bet there are five or six teams right now hoping the 49ers release Kaep. And two of them might be in the division – Cardinals and Rams.


  16. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I would love to see Colin Kaepernick go to the Cardinals. Bruce Arians picking up where Harbaugh left off? That would be too, too sweet!

  17. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone want a good laugh? If you go over to Chuck’s blog, he’s talking playoffs. It’s a Monday afternoon “pick-me-up”…. if you need one. Hee……larry…..us.

  18. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Rex has Tyrod Taylor and he’s looked pretty darn good (season QBR 108.9) coming out of nowhere. Rex also cut Tebow with the Jets. I think you can rule out Buffalo.

  19. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Folks scrambling to cover their asses hanging onto agendas is hilarious and a little sick.

    If Kaepernick had played Atlanta like Gabbert just did we’d be reading about what a great QB he is and how those drops by his #1 WRs are keeping him from looking as good as he is. And how the defense stepped up for Kaepernick’s renewed effort and excellence as a team leader.

    No point in posting anything resembling analysis here.

    And Chuck’s devoted his morning-after blog to how we were handed a game and our no effort defense didn’t even have to try to slow down the best RB in the league. The fix was in. Gabbert was starting.

    Not surprising such a bunch of shit passes for rational thought on the interwebs but it is always disheartening to see the sheep follow along cheering it.

  20. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah cause 17 points at home is something to write home about. At least Gabbert won his first game in 3 years; I’ll give him that.

  21. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear – Did you take your meds this morning? I know that you slept well in your bunker, surrounded by claymores and surveillance cameras, but to keep that fine-tuned bunker of yours fully operational, you’re gonna need your meds regularly or you’ll become the next David Koresh. I, personally, take vitamins with the Sunday through Saturday lettering on top. This level of assurance that I actually take my vitamins is enough for me, but then again, I don’t run a fully operational bunker, waiting for D day. We need more assurance from you and your doctor that you’re not going to accidentally skip a chance to medicate, potentially starting WWIII. Some people worry about the Russians or the Iranians. I simply worry about the powder keg we all lovingly refer to as NoFear.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah RT

    Just look at 4 of the previous 8 games with Kap as the starter.
    The team scored a total of 19 points total in those 4 games.
    This team hadn’t scored a TD in over 2 and a half games.

    Nobody is saying Gabbert is going to lead the team to the Super Bowl. One things for sure he looks a helluva lot more like a Pro QB than Kap. The reason Gabbert is starting is to provide
    a contrast to Kap. Yesterday it showed how a QB could excel if he made quick decisions and was decisive in reading and getting his throws out. Gabbert was throwing his receivers open.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    1. Word from inside the team is that Kappy is gone after this season. The decision has been made.

    2. Gabbert almost certainly *will* be exposed once DCs have film of him in the SF offense.

    3. So, the team, lacking a high enough pick for Goff next May, will almost certainly reach for a QB through the draft or trade. And very probably, the whole stupid Merry-go-round takes another whirl.


  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty keeps going with the talking point that Kap took the team to the Super Bowl.

    Let’s qualify that statement then with not belittling Trent Dilfer and give him credit for “winning” a Super Bowl.

    Based on your stream of logic Trent Dilfer is a notch above Kap.
    Thanks for establishing that.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle is vulnerable to a short passing attack in the middle. Logan talked about the week before the Super Bowl. Brady executed it during the game.

    For whatever reason, CK cannot execute quick slants, etc over the middle. BG starts against Seattle.

    If there was a market for CK, a trade would have happened. No team wants to carry that contract for an airhead. Release in January.

    Meanwhile BG gets seven games to prove whether backup or starter capable. Remember Rich Gannon and other late starters. Keep CK healthy and holding a clipboard.

  26. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Bullit, cuz we all know the Atl D, without any film of Gabbert with the Niners, is comparable to AZ, Sea, and StL. How’s Aaron looked the last two weeks under constant siege? Not so hot, uh? One of the best QBs in the league. Luck before yesterday? Peyton yesterday? Pure stinkeroo.

    You want to go on believing that a guy with a career record of 6-23 is better than a guy who took his team to the SB, then the NFCCG in his first two years? Go for it.

    At least admit that Gabbert’s QBR is lower than Kappy’s for the season, the performance that got him benched.

  27. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Atlanta was 12th in the league in scoring D prior to the game with the 32nd hardest schedule. They lost to Jameis Winston the game before.

    Go for your newfound love. I’m waiting to watch Alex tonight and his 3-5 Chiefs.

  28. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick was benched for his own shortcomings and lousy play, not to give Gabbert a chance to prove he deserved the starting job. The fact remains Gabbert played a helluva lot better than Kaepernick’s been playing.

    The backup’s job is to win a game or two and above all not lose the game for the team if and when pressed into service. Gabbert did that, and very well. He’s not being hailed as the new best thing to play the game. He was always the backup. Not even considered to compete with Kaepernick for the starting job. That some are so defensive that Gabbert may look like the better QB is simply an indication of just how bad Kaepernick’s been.

    BTW, 17 points at home is good when the other team scores 16. That’s how you win.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure where the Chiefs are playing tonight, but the Monday Night game is Bears vs Chargers.

  30. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    My bad, Skeebers. I’ll watch the Chiefs game anyway. It’ll be more exciting.

  31. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert played better than Kappy did against the Rams and Seahawks defenses.

    There, fixed it for ya…

    BTW, why wasn’t Devey benched when Kappy was playing?

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s always the same old crap from the Kap supporters.
    Thousands of excuses.

    Face the facts. yesterday Gabbert was an effective QB. he might have “game managed” a Niner win.

    Nothing wrong with that. The Kap fanboys can’t handle that Gabbert played better than Kap.

    Like I said those excuses are all lame and pretty weak.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What else is weakass is cherry picking guys like Rodgers and Luck’s worst games and justifying why it’s OK for Kap to suck.

    It’s not OK for Kap to suck especially at what he’s getting paid.

    FYI although the Packers lost Rodgers tossed 4 TD passes yesterday and threw for 369 yds. RT says not so hot but Kap would kill for these numbers because after all he has only thrown for 6 TDs in 8 games. Those are the facts.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Rams and WR Wes Welker now have reached agreement on one-year deal.”

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chiefs on their bye, play Denver next week. We play Cutler in a month. Also a good look at the work of Fangio and Donatell.

    No one can rest on their laurels. What have you done for me now, not yesterday, is reality in the private sector.

    Kap may not be an NFL QB after this year. Nessa is his consolation prize.

    How about Armstead and Staley for Stafford. We have the money to eat his big contract and relieve his salary cap hit on the Lion’s. We can even throw in Kap, or a ham sandwich. Their choice.

    Lion’s need OT and DT. Let BG learn and develop behind Stafford. Their new GM and HC may block it. Stafford and Megatron paid too big, their deals before the new labor agreement.

  36. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Kap sucks? Then why is his QBR higher than Gabbert? Why did he have the single worst O-lineman in the league in front of him and Gabbert didn’t (except for 9 snaps). Why are you doing a direct comparison when Atlanta sucks and the NFC West opponent defenses are among the elite in the league?

  37. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Repeat: Atlanta almost lost to Marcus Mariota’s BACKUP two weeks ago. They lost to Winston a week ago. Yeah, that’s a fair comparison to AZ, Sea with Chancellor, and the Rams (2-0 against the Seahawks and Cards).

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why was Kap unable to execute a ball control short passing game, ever. That is all he had to do to be respectable and keep his job. All that was needed is accuracy and quick decisions.

    How do you explain it. BG did it. Why not CK. Having the plays designed to get the ball out in 2 seconds takes OL out of the equation.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Relax. Let the Seattle game answer all questions in 2 weeks. No variables to consider, BG versus CK.

  40. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, I’m having fun with it. If he keeps going the way he is, Bullit will claim that Gabbert has been playing better than Tom Brady.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    News for you. Tiller and Devey have been splitting the amount of snaps the last few games. Based on what you’re saying Kap should not have been shut out like he was for over 2.5 games.

    Seems like everyone else sees what’s wrong with the Niners except Kap’s fanboys. It seems that everyone lese sees it except for the few narrow minded guys in Kap’s fanboy club.

  42. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert had a good game. He got one win. Prior to that, he had a career of suckitude. Cheer him on all you want.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “Oh, I’m having fun with it”

    Did Chuckles send you over to troll?

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I always cheer on the Niner QB.
    With Kap there was nothing to cheer about. HE SUCKED!!!
    The FO and the coaches finally realized this.
    Too bad the fanboys can’t come to grips with it.

    How did Kap get benched? By his terrible play. Next man up happens to be Gabbert.

  45. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy went against two elite defenses in the two losses prior to the Atlanta game. Who has Gabbert played against? The team with the inflated record, with the easiest schedule in the entire league, who were slumping badly on TOP of that? One game when there’s no film on him? Marvy. Think he’s the second coming of Joe for all I care.

  46. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    17 points at home and it still should have been a loss if Quinn wasn’t braindead. Get out your Super Bowl banners.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last week Phillip Rivers played in a game where he had 4 different players at LT. Rivers didn’t complain or make excuses.
    Rivers threw for 301 yds and 3 TDS.

    That’s what a good QB does, he lifts his team and makes everyone better.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Clearly you just can’t handle Gabbert beating the Falcons.
    Too bad for you. Nobody here except you and your mentor Chuckles
    has mentioned Super Bowl this year. Stop making crap up because you’re just trolling.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula just named Gabbert the starter against the Seahags after the bye.
    Tough task in Seattle.

    Too bad fanboys.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “Nobody here except you and your mentor Chuckles
    has mentioned Super Bowl this year.”

    I forgot to add their fearless leader Jed York. He raises Super Bowl banners.

  51. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    As a Colin Kaepernick fan, I seriously hope he “IS” gone at the end of the season because I would like to see him have a chance on a good team with a good owner, coaches and roster.

    Regardless if you’re in the Kaep camp or not, one thing we call agree on is that the 49ers with Baalke and York are all about squandering talent. They just lost a very talented coaching staff, and the player talent suck that followed was one for the ages. It would only be fitting then that after Kaep left SF he, like so many others, thrived on another team.

    And personally, I think one of the nails in Kaep’s coffin was Kaep dating Aldon Smith’s girlfriend. You do that to a teammate and you’re no longer a leader – especially when the teammate then goes out and wrecks his car and gets kicked off the team. Only two weeks after Aldon was released, Kaep was quoted as saying he wanted “to be a better person.” Then there was rumors of Kaep being isolated by the team. Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire (but hopefully not in NoFear’s fully weaponized bunker).

    There were also reports of famous Hip-Hop artists tweeting about Kaep not respecting the “bro code.” And we all know about Florida with Lockette and the Little General.

    Even at the very bottom of the NFL (where the 49ers will now reside for decades) you need leadership and moral behavior from your qb. Kaep is young and he will learn. This benching of Kaep is more about things outside the lines than inside. Right now this kid has a ton of talent, no coaching and possibly a team that doesn’t like him very much. Hard to succeed there.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are spot on. Gabbert executed the offense and moved the team.
    Kap has been in a fog and confused for most of the season.
    His team mates started to turn on him.

  53. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    RT – Bullit is in an old folks home and he’s been shunned by the general population there. When he sits down with his bingo card, most old ladies get up and leave. NoFear lives in a bunker fully equipped to end the world if necessary. Bakkentom is trying to shake-off years of acid-induced hallucinations that got him incarcerated, ultimately leading to his current state of affairs as a grocery store bagger who needs to ask permission to take a piss and occasionally forgets to double bag. Oh, and all three of them prefer Gabbert to Kaep. Go figure.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty says Kaepernick is 100 times better than Gabbert because he has a mancrush on him as the lone reason.
    He cannot offer anything intelligent to support his assertion.

    That leads Spitty to do things Chuckles style and go on inane and insane juvenile attacks because he’s got nothing in rebuttal.

  55. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty, compare Kappy’s career win-loss record, both regular season and playoffs, with Alex’s and Gabbert’s.

    Now factor in time in the league, age, etc.

    You can see why Kappy’s on the bottom of Bullit’s list.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t accept the fact that Kap was playing like crap? He couldn’t hit a RB on a swing pass. No touch whatsoever.
    Why don’t you fanboys convince Tomsula to start Kap again.
    LaCanfora says he’s toast and his source is in the FO.
    Deal with it.

    Doesn’t matter how Gabbert was playing somewhere else. New team new start.

    That seems to be Kap’s fate next year. Deal with that!

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One thing the Kap fanboys have difficulty accepting is they never
    saw Kap hang in the pocket and keep his eyes downfield like Gabbert did on the hard hit.
    Kap get’s hit running but never does he hang in there until the last second, standing tall in nthe pocket like you expect a QB to do. Kap is usually ducking for cover and giving up on the play to take the sack.

  58. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t really care about the stats. What I care about is whether or not a guy is good enough to win big games during a playoff push. Alex Smith and Blaine Gabbert together both have won one playoff game. That one playoff win was a squeaker even after the opposition turned the ball over 6 times. I don’t care about all the other garbage. Just show me that you’re a playoff caliber qb. Period. That’s also why I think Eli Manning is a better qb than Peyton Manning. Eli is about 100 times better in the clutch. Peyton is a big game choke artist.

    Kaep is undoubtedly a playoff caliber qb. Blaine Gabbert is not, and that’s why I said again, Colin Kaepernick is a 1000 times better than Blaine Gabbert because this game is about Super Bowls, and not moral victories like Bullit is all about. Bullit has a pea brain. When the princess felt the pea under the mattress, that was actually Bullit’s entire brain. Bullit’s reasoning is simple: Gabbert is better because Gabbert just replaced Kaep. Simple minded folks with simple minded answers…. Go figure.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last time I looked the Niners and Kap were having problems winning regular season games.

    A couple of posts ago you mocked Chuckles for talking playoffs.

    Gabbert is the backup QB and this is a case of next man up because Kap played himself onto the bench by stinking it up and possible off the team. So much for the 70% surety he’ll be back as the starting QB. According to the leak unlikely.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    OK it’s now Chuckles, RT and Spitty along with Jed York on talking about raising Super Bowl banners.He just revealed that little chestnut.

    Spitty showing his true colors?

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stupid statement of the day

    “Kaep is undoubtedly a playoff caliber qb”

    Not in 2015.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny that Vega$ had the betting line at Falcons being 9 point road favorites.
    What the hell do these guys that set the line for millions of dollars know?

  63. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, who’d have thought the Falcons offense would only score 16 points. It’s nice to know Gabbert plays defense, too. Whoohoo! Let’s see in Seattle. What’s the line there?

  64. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    RT – Trust me. Bullit has no life. It’s not worth arguing with him. I’d almost prefer to argue with Chuck, and that’s saying something.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another misguided statement? “It’s nice to know Gabbert plays defense, too.”

    If I have to patronize you and explain to you how a good offense
    helps a defense out then you’re beyond help especially considering you claim to have watched football for 40 years or so.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Like I said before. Guys like you and Chuckles that go on personal attacks to deflect are the one’s that have drawn blanks in their caper sized brains.

    Both you and Chuckles always do the 180 flip flop.

    Your timing is immaculate. You predict that you are 70% sure Kap is returning next year. 10m minutes later Laconfora comes out with the report at CBS Sports that the FO says Kap won’t be back and has burned his bridges beyond repair. Just like Chuckles you are the gift that keeps on giving.

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s amazing how similar the Kap leaks are in wording and style to the Harbaugh leaks last year. Frayed relationship with management, polarized locker room, etc. The Yorks must have a boilerplate for these leak sound bites. Nobody ever decides anything in Yorkville, it’s always somebody else’s behavior that forces them to act – reluctantly, mutually, blah blah blah. What a creepy FO. Just a pathetic bunch.

  68. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody’s ever accused them of being smart.

    It’s just insulting that they think the public is stupid enough to buy into it. Although they do have some eager for any FO explanation to parrot.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are still looking at RBs


    Make you wonder if Hyde will be back after the bye.

    The fanboys keep forgetting that Gabbert didn’t have the benefit
    of the top rusher and the Niner’s top receiver in Boldin.
    Just a small detail.

  70. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I wrote (on Chuck’s) that Kappy was gone weeks ago. Chuck even titled a thread based on one of my posts. I just find it hilarious how much you like Gabbert. Next up after he fails, Geno Smith?

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:


    See my #3 above.

    This organization is dysfunctional and rotting from the head down.

    I fully expect them to screw the next transition up, just like the recent ones. Larry, Curly and Moe are in free fall with no parachute and no clear plan.

    Hence, F* My Life.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Obviously you haven’t paying attention. I posted months ago why they were paying Gabbert $2 mil and didn’t have any confidence
    to insert him into the game when Kap was having one of his many bad days.

    Kap self destructed and can only blame himself. He was supposed to go to QB school and improve himself in the summer. That was a PR stunt because he learned absolutely nothing.

    I do not love Gabbert but since he’s the Niner QB I will root for him to do well. I can’t help you if you don’t see that he’s the next guy on the depth chart.

  73. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers name Blaine Gabbert starting QB on Twitter.”

    Classy. So much for Tomsula sitting down and discussing with each QB.

  74. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The article is case closed. Glad to hear there was some trading interest. Maybe the dimwit has some residual trade value. A smart GM knows he is a psych case in addition to a project. Not worth a trade.

    Seems he is scared of failure. Has some mental wall he cannot cross. It is hard to make it through life stupid.

    Can’t fix stupid. Let some other team worry about it.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If the Aldon/Nessa/Kaep triangle contributed to the current unrest within the locker room, it wouldn’t shock me.
    With the possibility that Aldon could be available after the season, I’d consider a swap of Kaep’s Contract for the possibility to flip that script.

    Find a way to move on from Kaep, with the potential CAP savings to bring Aldon back.
    I would sink or swim with Gabbert on a minimal Contract, while adding younger talent where needed, OL/DL/LB.

  76. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Problem is, when Baalke brings in young talent, they are usually not very good.

  77. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If Lion’s able to get Goff/Lynch then would they part with Stafford. When the football gods provide these situations the temptation to discard for a newer model can happen.

    How about a trade down if Lions keep Stafford. An Armstead for Lions undertackle plus our 1st may be all that is needed.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Stafford is a flawed QB who is signed through 2018 and who’s salaries are $22.5 mil in 2016 and $22 mil in 2017.

    Too much salary for a guy with shortcomings. I’d pass.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I have a LB to put on the Draft Watch List –

    Terrance Smith FSU – 6’4″/230
    Could find him in RD2-3 as things suggest at this point.

    I also saw a DB from NC State recently who could be worth a Late RD selection –

    Juston Burris – NC St – 6’0″/207

    Nothing spectacular jumped out during the game I watched but, analysts who cover the team indicated that he’s rarely thrown at simply because he covers that well.
    Someone to follow at this point.

    If we fail to land a top 10 Pick I’ll be a bit disappointed.
    Good Draft to get into the top 1/3 IMO.
    If not for a QB, there are several nice options for OL/DL that I’d like a shot at.

  80. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, roster is mostly on rookie contracts now and gone will be Brooks, Boone, Bethea, and maybe Boldin. Lots of Jed money so Stafford if BG is marginal is OK.

    Too many weak teams so we may be #8 to #15 and no Goff, Lynch, or Cook. Lion’s will have incentive to unload his contract.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OLB Joshua Perry from OH St is another guy worth taking a look at.


    “Perry only knows how to play one speed with a nonstop motor, and his approach allows him to make stops other linebackers can’t. He has strong hands and wrists to take on blocks and finish tackles, not allowing road blocks to slow him down in pursuit.
    According to several close to the program, he is the “consummate teammate” due to his mature mental makeup and leadership traits on and off the field.”

  82. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    This is why you morons should never be GMs. The Lions should never pick a qb with their first overall. Never. Especially when they have Stafford. It’s the team around the qb that makes the qb. This is why the Kaep / Gabbert argument is so stupid, and why you morons should never be GMs.

    If you’re the Lions and lets say you have seven pics, the first pick in each round. You draft LOT first, then linebacker second, then D line third and fourth, then guard fifth and sixth and then trade your 7th to the Chicago Cubs for a shot of whiskey.

    You don’t draft a qb with the first overall, even if he’s Andrew Luck. You build the offensive and defense lines first, then move to the defensive front seven. Then move to the pass defense, finally focusing on the qb and wrs last. This is why acquiring Torrey Smith was as stupid as can be.

    And speaking of stupid, the San Diego Chargers are stupid. But before I even address that, how awful is Stevie Johnson? Jesus. Phillip Rivers loses Kenan Allen for the rest of the year and Stevie Johnson has a chance to shine and be the man and he lays a turd the size of a small coffee table. Jesus. He’s awful. And last year people thought our offense was bad because of Harbaugh. Vernon had quit. Crabtree was still hurt and that left Kaep with Stevie, Brandon and Vance McDonald. Jesus.

    Now onto the stupid Chargers. So the stupid Chargers go out and draft a running back with their first round draft choice…. again. Then they put the dude in the pistol or gun next to Rivers when they already have two of the best running backs out of the gun or pistol ever in Woodhead and Brown. Talk about a waste of a first overall pick. The Chargers should have gotten either another O lineman, linebacker or wide receiver. And Mike McCoy is on his last leg in San Diego only because the Chargers are the Lions under Jim Schwart a few years back. The Lions back then could move the ball and score but couldn’t win because they didn’t have a ground game to eat clock and put games away. So the Chargers go out and get a first round running back to do just that (I guess) but only use him in the Pistol and Gun formations – formations he’s clearly not comfortable in. How hard would it be to go I formation? Play action off I formation? Frank Reich and Mike McCoy should be fired, and so should the Charger GM.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Time for you to transition to the Charger blogs and start fresh.
    There’s a whole world out there for you to irritate and annoy and they’re none the wiser.
    Proceed with extreme prejudice.

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Here’s a guy who’s impressive and just as good as the perceived #1 pick Joey Bosa.
    Shaq Lawson is a difference maker and can change a game.


  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Don’t be a lazy ass like Chuckles and do your homework. Have you looked at the Lions’ last 4 drafts? Maybe you should before commenting.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Bullit I’ve seen Shaq play – Would agree about his talent.
    Wouldn’t have a problem with him.
    As always, it comes down to the slot –

    If we land in the top 10 I’d prefer OL/DL at this point.

    Hard to know where they’re going to go with AD right now.
    As stated, I’d consider him at OG perhaps and, look for a future LT.

    I go with the simple philosophy of Protect the QB/Sack the QB.

    Defense wins in this game so long as you can run and keep it close.
    We’ll see how far they can go with Gabbert for now.
    If he’s serviceable I’d restock the OL/DL/LBs.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shaq is guy that likely goes top 15 as it stands now.
    Depending on the circumstances with Kaep, it might be worth considering Aldon on the rebound if all checks out with his issues?

    Putting in a young DT, (A’Shawn Robinson from ‘Bama perhaps?)or another option, (with Aldon) might be a way to go?

    Wouldn’t mind a run at NYJ DT Muhammad Wilkerson either, if he hits the mkt.
    Lots of CAP $$$ coming up, especially if they unload Kaep’s Contract.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good crop of young DTs coming out this year carrying RD1 Grades.
    Dorsey isn’t a Spring Chicken anymore.

    As discussed recently, Myles Jack on medical red-shirt might be worth consideration too if the knee rehab checks out.

    Like several of the young LBs coming out as well.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is interesting –
    Is Jim suggesting the coaches should have told Kaep to see Torrey Smith in StL?


  90. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I guess coaches need to reinforce the basics. Kap is not a rookie (and would have been trained by Harbaugh and Alex Smith) so his screw up is on him.

    Stuff like this begs the question. Is he seriously focused on football. Putting in the hours is not enough. He needs to structure his memory process. Do whatever to make sure the learning sticks, and be able to retrieve it.

    He is being paid a million plus per game to do this. Team player? By not doing this he degrades the team effort.

    I mentioned this before. Does he have some type of learning disability.

  91. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Shaq Lawson lacks the initial explosive burst. If this turns out to be Tank 2.0 with slow response to the hike of the ball, no thanks.

    Scouts must test this.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All comes down to the Draft slot next Spring Bakkentom.
    Shaq is a terror off the edge.
    Whether he’d rate ahead of another position when we’re on the clock is the question.

    I’m all for the BPA approach.
    As stated earlier, I’m all for the trenches. We could stand to get younger there.

    And yes, I agree about Kaep being able to see what’s going on.
    He’s not a pup anymore.
    Some things should be automatic at this point.
    Like, maybe seeing what the Defense is attempting to do to you on every play?

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    MAJOR difference between running the Offense and, just running plays that are called.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The fact that Gabbert is 2yrs younger and, $10+Mil cheaper than Kaep, is another reason to consider the cost involved, with retaining Kaep over Gabbert.

    Put a good young Defense, and some younger OL-men out there and, see what happens.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Found this interesting too –
    If we can buy into all the rumors that get out there –


  96. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, if allowed to walk the most NYJ can get for Wilkerson is a 3rd Rd comp. Simple. Offer them our 3rd or a player plus picks.

    Looking for some research on his current abilities.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a good 3-4 DE Bakkentom.
    He’s been displaced by the acquisition of Leonard Williams.
    I liked him when he came out and he’d make a nice upgrade to Tank if it became an option.
    Wilkerson could hit the street as a FA too.
    May not have to deal for him, though Kaep might be a fit here since they won’t go very far with Geno.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They’re a perfect example of playing good Defense and running the ball.
    With that model, the QB isn’t exposed as easily.
    We did it with Kaep for a few years.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Steelers released one of your favorites Dri Archer last week to sign Jacoby Jones so he’s now a FA.

  100. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Good point about kap just running plays like Robo QB and real QBs running offenses with instincts to counter what the defense is doing on the field.

    Esiason thinks Kap is done as a Niner and doesn’t mince words


  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Kap fanboy club really needs to grow up just like their idol.

    Kap loses his job because of his own poor play and his backup Gabbert becomes game manager and leads the Niners to an unexpected victory. The fanboys are in an uproar forgetting they should rejoice in victory but can’t because their idol wasn’t at the helm so they are dismissive going so far as saying Atl was a weak opponent. This is curious since nobody predicted a Niner victory. The troll said Kap was 100 times better than Gabbert and then stupidly increased that exponentially to 1000 times better dwelling on Gabbert’s past with another team. Any compliments paid to Gabbert has lead to accusations that you are a Gabbert lover.

    In short these Kap fanboys need to GROW UP. Kap LOST his job with poor play and poor decisions. Do the fanboys think that Kap will learn to read a defense, develop touch and get the ball out quickly sitting on the bench? The Niner coaching staff gave Kap more opportunities than he deserved in turning it around. Kap failed.

    I expected big things from Kap and said at the start of the season that the team would go as far as he could take them.
    I also said Kap would have to be better and lift his team mates
    because this offense had some shortcomings.

    Trashing gabber is juvenile and silly because he is the backup QB and the only guy on the roster that can replace Kap.
    Fanboys thanks for revealing yourselves more interested in the success of your idol Kap more than the success of your team.

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco
    “Source confirms the #49ers have signed free-agent RB Travaris Cadet, whom the Patriots released on Sept. 29”

    Another roster cut must be announced to make room. It is curious that the Pats need a RB with Dion Lewis going down and Cadet opted for the Niners.

    Could this mean Hyde is done for this season?

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To exceed Kap’s production against the Seahags, Gabbert needs to pass for more than 124 yds and not get sacked 6 times.
    Mind you that’s a $2 mil backup QB there and not a $14 mil franchise QB.

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco just reported that Pierre Thomas was released to make room for Cadet. The RB shuffle continues.

  105. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Has luck finally crossed our path. BG has changed for the better. 7 more games. Against a mediocre D he showed glimmers of a franchise QB.

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Gabbert had a decent game but not a spectacular game.
    Right now it’s wishful thinking at best. He’s auditioning to be a “bridge” QB.
    Need to draft multiple QBs. How Gabbert finishes determines if Niners bring in a veteran FA mentor type to play for a year such as Matt Moore or Ryan Fitzpatrick IMO.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From ESPN Kurt Warner weighs in on Kap.
    Warner is very honest in his assessment.

    SLIDING INTO A booth at a Scottsdale breakfast spot one morning in October, Kurt Warner is about to try to answer a question that has vexed everyone, inside and outside the 49ers’ locker room: What the hell happened to Colin Kaepernick?

    Not long ago, with a slingshot arm and a deerlike stride, Kap seemed to be football’s future. He had beaten Brady in Foxborough, Drew Brees in New Orleans, Matt Ryan in Atlanta, Newton in Carolina and Aaron Rodgers twice in the playoffs. Ron Jaworski predicted he could be the greatest ever. He was the ultimate sandlot quarterback, led by the ultimate sandlot coach in Jim Harbaugh. But the cracks in his performance that began to form last year, hidden by the drama surrounding Harbaugh’s job status, are fixed in sharp relief now that the coach is gone. Kap has become a football version of Chuck Knoblauch, high and low and unable to execute something that once came naturally. His QBR of 47.6 is more than 20 points lower than it was in 2012, his first year starting. New coach Jim Tomsula finally benched Kap for Blaine Gabbert after Week 8, saying he wanted “Colin to step back and breathe,” a move the coach hopes will serve as a reset, not a permanent solution.

    This past offseason, Kap spent three days a week for six weeks in Phoenix under the tutelage of Warner. Unlike the other quarterback gurus, Warner is one of the few who perfected the craft himself. He possessed the rare mix of quickness, accuracy, heart, brains, work ethic and ruthlessness to become a Hall of Fame — worthy passer. His unlikely story — from stocking shelves in a grocery store to winning a Super Bowl — proved just how undetectable and unpredictable that skill set is. He made for an interesting pair with Kap, whose dazzling running has led to many kissed biceps but also allowed him to avoid learning the position traditionally. Warner’s challenge was to teach Kap how he thinks in an incredibly short amount of time, knowing that only a handful of quarterbacks each generation can process the way he did. Says Warner, “I told him, ‘The hardest part of this process will be that you don’t think like me, and I’ve never been able to think like you.’ When do I stop being a quarterback and become an athlete? I never had to worry about that.”

    Over a cranberry juice, Warner leans on the table and watches video of a play from Week 4. Fourth quarter, 49ers down 17-3 to Green Bay, trying to rally. On second-and-5 from the Packers’ 15-yard line, Kaepernick takes the shotgun snap, sees running back Reggie Bush wide open over the middle for what should be a walk-in touchdown. “A layup,” Warner says. Kap fires it in the dirt. Warner rewinds the clip, then freezes the frame as Kap is throwing. “The biggest thing that I see with Kap quite often — and it’s frustrating — are his feet.” As Kap releases the ball, his feet are parallel to the line of scrimmage, rather than perpendicular. He’s throwing with all arm, rather than with his body. The result is a pass both late — Bush was open by three steps before Kap even noticed — and inaccurate. “Normally good quarterbacks don’t throw like that,” Warner says.

    Warner leans back, disheartened. They had focused on footwork in the offseason. He was even more disheartened when Kap told reporters that he was “not huge” on mechanics. “That tells a big story right there,” Warner says. He isn’t faulting Kap’s work ethic. “He worked his butt off” in their time together, Warner says. He is saying that Kap isn’t really a fifth-year quarterback. He’s a fifth-year player, 28 years old, but developmentally behind the curve. Warner faults the way football is trending, with youth and college coaches putting their best athletes at quarterback and deploying them in the spread, exactly what happened to Kap at the University of Nevada. “So now,” Warner says, “we’re saying — at the highest level, against the best talent — you have to learn how to play quarterback. To me, it sounds impossible.”

    As he has struggled, Kap has become a divisive force in the Bay Area. By all accounts, he’s a good, funny dude, but he can be edgy and distrusting. The unyielding self-belief and loner tendencies — eyes down, ears always enclosed by headphones — that fueled his success and drove the 49ers to within 5 yards of a sixth Super Bowl now seem to rub people in the building the wrong way. His receivers have been visibly angry with him this season, throwing up their arms when he misfires or fails to see them open. The 49ers have tried short, quick throws to restore his confidence, but coaches can mask deficiencies for only so long. Kap is in a cruel morass, as much psychological as physiological, trying to solve problems as elementary as footwork against defenses that require a master’s degree to decipher. “How long does it take to get there? Can he get there?” Warner says. “That’s the crapshoot.”

    Warner moves on to another play, one that, on its surface, shows Kap summoning his old magic. It’s against the Ravens, two weeks after the Packers game. He takes the shotgun snap and looks right, darts left as if to run, spins back right, resets and fires a 21-yard touchdown to receiver Quinton Patton, a combination of arm strength and elusiveness that only a few quarterbacks can match.

    But no. Warner rewinds to the beginning. Kap sees that his first read is covered. Warner points out that his second read, Anquan Boldin, is wide open on a slant. But Kap doesn’t even look his way. Instead, he panics, in a clean pocket. “His feet go haywire,” Warner says. “There was no pressure.” And when Kap throws, his feet are in the same position as they were on the misfire to Bush. It raises more questions than it answers. Can you live with the pass in the dirt knowing that the same mechanics will produce spectacular plays? Can he still be the 49ers’ franchise quarterback — or will it happen elsewhere, with a fresh start, if it happens at all? Like the 49ers, Warner seems resigned. He stares at Kap’s feet, parallel to the line of scrimmage, play after play, and imagines trying to beat NFL defenses from a position of weakness.

    It’s hard to live in that world,” he says.”

  108. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know whatever the hell “fanboy” is, but coming from Bullitt I expect it’s intended as an insult. He’s too stupid to know that this is a 49er FAN site and that I’m not a boy, but whatever.

    Bullitt, all-knowing football god, pray tell us what you would do with a QB who had consecutive games of QBRs 73, 61, 39, 72, 82, 66 – All LOSSES, mind you in mid-season. A promising young QB who had success early and is now struggling in every phase of his game on a team with multiple problems that is going nowhere.

    That’s right, folks. Bullitt would go with his man Derek Anderson, and dump Cam Newton. He’s a big Derek Anderson “fanboy”, you know. Derek is the MAN, and Cam Newton is a bum.

    You heard it here first. Bullitt would’ve dumped Cam Newton last year. If he writes otherwise, he’s lying. Cam’s record last year was 3-8-1 and the Panthers had lost 6 straight, Cam’s QB play below freezing.

    Welcome to Bullitt’s NFL.

  109. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Because Derek Anderson had such a big upside y’know, and Cam obviously couldn’t play in the NFL.


  110. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I know Derek Anderson would have the Panthers at 8-0 this year with wins over the Seahawks and the Packers. He’s da man! Cam was playing like crap and lost 6 straight and HAD to be benched. He’d lost it.

    Don’t let him write otherwise. Cam would be gone on Bullitt’s Panthers.

  111. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – Cadet was hurt when the season began. I believe his strength is catching passes out of the backfield. Kinda like Vereen(sp). Interesting pickup.

  112. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Blaine Gabbert’s record as a starter in the NFL is 7-22. He has a CAREER QBR of 67.1. 67.1!!!!!!! My, my, that’s far lower than Kappy this year in his worst season behind the worst line in the NFL in the last 30 years.

    But Bullitt loves him some Gabbert. He’ll tell you he never would have gone with Derek Anderson. He’ll tell you it was OBVIOUS that Cam would return to form and that benching him for Anderson was just plain stupid.

    Bullitt can see the future. Not only the future to come, but all possible futures based on a small set of data. Amazing, a true Carnac The Magnificient. I’d tip my cap to him if I had a cap.

  113. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke insisted Kappy be benched because he wants out of that contract. Baalke knows best. That’s why he fired Harbaugh.

    Tomsula is just a lap dog. Don’t kid yourself.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Does anyone except you and Spitty really give a shit what Gabbert did at Jacksonville?
    Why is he on the 49ers for so cheap? Because he’s a flawed QB
    trying to resurrect his career. Clean slate, new team new start except for RT and Spitty. What does Derek Anderson have to do with the 49ers? Fishing for rebuttals when you have nothing?
    Sorry if you’re flipping out that he’s keeping Kap on the bench.
    Like I said you seem to root for the player and not for the team. That is the definition of a fanboy and you show it with every post.

  115. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Andrew Luck: partial tear of an ab muscle and a laceration in 1 kidney. Out 2-6 weeks, per team.”

  116. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Poor Bullitt. He benched Cam last year because Derek Anderson led to offense to 17 points in one half in one game, then almost lost the game with a bonehead late pick. But’s he’s da man!

    Cam’s earlier work meant nothing. Kappy’s earlier work means nothing. Gabbert’s earlier work means nothing.

    Crap. Bullitt would bench Aaron Rodgers for Jim Druckenmiller right now. What does it matter what they did earlier in their careers, right Bullitt?

  117. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    “Does anyone except you and Spitty really give a shit what Gabbert did at Jacksonville?”

    Bullitt’s method of fielding a team: Put every potential player’s name in a computerized random team generator.

    After all, you can’t judge a football player by how he’s performed on a football field in his career. That’s stupid.

  118. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Statistics can be tortured to say anything. Does the QB leave plays on the field. Who looks at Gamepass and the all-22 coaches film.

    That is the acid test. Finding open receivers is hard. D’s mask their coverage. Is it zone, man to man, or a hybrid of both. Good and great quarterbacks miss on reading D pre-snap, sometimes. How often does Kap miss on this.

    Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are likened to computers on the field. Ideally for each play they do pre-snap read, aided by motion and scheme. From that, footwork is already determined. Also where each receiver is and when they are open for that given D. Also where is blitzing coming from.

    Post-snap read fine tunes on this. Good and great QB’s should handle this. None of this is covered by statistics. This is the hard work of a pocket passer.

    Only laborious film study can show whether a QB gets this or not. The QB’s that don’t leave open receivers and frustrate the hell out of receivers. The ones that don’t are called sandlot, not competent pocket passers.

    The great QB’s can make all the throws with accuracy and the proper touch. They anticipate throws because in sequence receivers open up, depending on play progression. Back shoulder throws, hot read, and some know adjustments by receivers on the type of coverage they get.

    If a QB cannot master this, he stares down receivers and rifles throws. I suspect Kap fails on a lot of this. Great oline and OC can mask this. Kap had this the first two years. Last year and a half he has been exposed.

  119. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Kaepernick bashing here has exceeded safe decibel levels.

    Any bitterness over Kaepernick replacing Alex Smith should be directed toward Harbaugh not the QB who was a big improvement and better by any metric, at the time and for years after.

  120. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The Kaepernick excusing has exceeded safe decibel levels. Noisy and throwing sheet against the walls.

    Can’t wait for Seattle game. They can be bested with a mastery of the short passing game. Belichek and Brady did it. CK did not, every time he faced them.

    Bullit needs to repost the gif’s from last year on the Seattle game. And the hilarious presser with CK. Guess the suits worked on his BS ability after that.

  121. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought you were ready to dump the Niners as your team months ago. WTF are you waiting for? Things to get worse?

  122. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    RT – Even if there aren’t better things to do with your day… let’s say you’re snowed in or have a broken leg… there’s still better things to do with your day than argue with Bullit. I have an assignment for you. I want you to pick the lint out of your belly button and tape anything you find to a piece of black paper. Then I want you to name all your pieces belly button lint. And trust me, after you’re done, you’ll actually have been more productive with your day than if you had spent it arguing with Bullit. Trust me.

  123. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert is a new ray of light in a bleak season. He seems to have a clue about pocket passing. Can improve, coaching will stick. Maybe he can allow us to spend high picks on non-QB.

  124. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    By your logic Jed/Trent made the right decision to fire Harbaugh for Tomsula. Tomsula’s Niners kicked the snot out of the Vikings in Game 1. You’re just a Harbaugh “fanboy” and couldn’t handle the fact that Tomsula won with the team Harbaugh just lost 4 of 5.

    Who cares what Harbaugh or Tomsula have done in their careers…

  125. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sadly you keep displaying your ignorance.
    Gabbert on Jacksonville is with a different lineup of team mates,
    different offense and different coaches.
    It’s not plug and play. You can’t seem to accept that. Inever heard tyou complaining that the Niners should have a better backup QB. Kap stunk the place up. You choose to look at old news clippings and live in the past. Read what his instructor Kurt Warner said recently on how Kap is a bad QB.

  126. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looked at Carolina quickly at espn. NFC South allows them to play two games each with ATL, NO, and TB. AFC South one game each with HOU, JAX, and TENN.

    Faced a good D with SEA, was that before Chancellor came back. GB and the other recent win against injured D? GB’s DB’s are hurting now.

    Carolina has a great D. Outside of SEA, Cam has faced weak D all season it seems.

  127. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Dodging questions as usual.

    You said “How’s Aaron looked the last two weeks under constant siege? Not so hot, uh? ”

    I replied Rodgers threw for over 300 yards and 4 TDs on Sunday.
    How does that suck?

    Luck is playing with a torn abdominal muscle, a lacerated kidney and he broke some ribs. His team managed to beat Denver. What’s your point?

    I have rebutted your assertions. What do you say?

  128. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    GB has an injured D, Colts a mediocre D. Only good D faced by Cam is SEA, minus Chancellor?? Did Carolina D throttle RW, so TOP in Panthers favor?

  129. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From PFF some grades on Sunday’s game courtesy of Niners Nation

    •Blaine Gabbert earned a +2.0 grade on the day, +1.3 of that from rushing.
    •Gabbert was pressured on 53% of his dropbacks (16/30) but was not sacked
    •Gabbert’s average depth of target on the day was 8.4 yards, which is just higher than Kaepernick’s on the year (7.7)
    • Andrew Tiller played the majority of snaps at right guard and earned a +1.6 overall grade and a clean sheet pass protecting
    • Marcus Martin finished with a -4.0 overall grade and continues to rank last among centers
    • Erik Pears had a -2.6 overall grade and allowed six hurries
    on the day

    •49ers blitzed on 31 of Ryan’s 48 dropbacks (65%). Ryan averaged 4.9 YPA and 74.1 rating when blitzed, 10.1 YPA and 127.6 when not blitzed.
    • NaVorro Bowman blitzed Ryan on 18 occasions, a career high (previous high was 13 on MNF opener vs. MIN). Bowman had a sack, two hits, and three hurries.
    •Gabbert when under pressure was 9/13, 105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 87.0 rating

  130. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This play from Sunday was a thing of beauty.LB coming in on a blitz untouched is defeated by QB keeping his cool and throwing with poise. It was beautifulllllllllllll!!!


  131. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said there is a certain irony to Spitty who has been on every 49er blog and has had the distinction of burning many bridges and being banned for life.
    What’s laughable is he tries to sneak back onto the blogs he’s banned from and everybody familiar knows it him with the same old crap.
    What’s hilarious is he claims he self destructs on purpose.
    That in a nutshell is truly pathetic and he tells me to get a life? I think only V and Spitty have posted on every blog and have similar results of being banned. What does that tell you?

  132. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spitblood, from the bunker, for your interest,


    Real people doing real things. You have an enjoyable Veterans Day.

  133. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Hey thanks, buddy. You too. Did you know there are about…. nope… no. Not going to debate with you military issues on Veteran’s Day. Maybe tomorrow…

  134. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for your service, all veterans


  135. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Veterans Day NF and any other vets lurking here!

  136. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Same here NF, thank you sir.

  137. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ditto NoFear49er and to all who have Served –
    Thank you 😀

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit here’s a possible late RD answer to Borland.

    ILB Joe Schmidt from ND

    Probably a good ST addition if nothing else –
    Hails from Orange CA

    “His motor is always full gear and his “jump on the grenade” attitude projects him as a special teams player at worst in the NFL.
    Schmidt turned down scholarship offers at other schools to walk on at Notre Dame because it was his childhood dream to play in South Bend.
    He became a starter in 2014 as a junior and was the lifeblood of the Irish defense through the first eight starts (65 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles), but a fractured left ankle vs. Navy ended his 2014 season. Despite the injury, Schmidt was voted the team MVP and enters his senior season as the unquestioned leader of the Notre Dame defense.”

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like a current day definition of ‘Rudy’ 😀

  140. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Speaking of which I heard this movie is being well received.
    It’s the true story of Fred Steinmark who played at Texas in the late 60’s under Coach Darryl Royal for the National Championship
    Longhorns in 1969.

  141. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To all who served to protect this nation and to make blogging possible. The Country honors you with Veterans Day. Thank you for your service. Also a time to reflect and honor those who have fallen and their sacrifice for our freedom.

  142. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody here thought Aaron Rodgers played poorly last Sunday.
    4 Td passes, 1 INT and 368 yds is not exactly equivalent to Kap’s non achievements. In retrospect it equals or exceeds Kap’s all time best passing game.

    I asked for an explanation but there’s just silence so I made my point.

  143. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Rodgers threw 48 passes so of course he got something. Didn’t you see him MISS the uncovered receiver on the game LOSING play?

    Besides the happy feet Aaron displayed all game, if Kappy LOST the game by NOT SEEING AN UNCOVERED RECEIVER IN THE END ZONE, we’d be hearing it for weeks from the Gabbert for Prez Club.

  144. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    77 yard passing and only 10 points the week before, what would the Gabbert for Prez Club say about Kappy after a game like that?

    BENCH HIM! DRAFT A QBOTF! Who cares what he’s done in his career, right Bullitt?

  145. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    What do you think Carolina’s record would be this year, Bullitt, after you benched Cam Newton last year for stinking up the place and losing his team and replacing him with Derek Anderson?

    Don’t tell him you wouldn’t have benched him and replaced him either. That’s BS. He was worse than Kappy has been. He at least had a semblance of an offensive line.

    Funny how Tiller and Brown made the first appearances last weekend on the O-line, and Devey was benched, huh. And you think it’s not a setup from Jed/Trent to further discredit Kappy and cover their pathetic asses.

  146. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Read some good stuff on BG in comments @ Grant Cohn. He elevated the oline with his pocket presence and throws before the receiver breaks. Moves in pocket to by a little more time. At least 4 back shoulder throws were made.

    Some commenters had doubts on draftable QB’s meriting a 1st, even a 2nd Rd pick. BG executes like an experienced QB should. He knows the routes and confidently throws with anticipation when oline breaks down.

    Armstead graded out well. TJE getting snaps from Tank.

    NJ, a one up trade: Aaron Lynch for Wilkerson. NYJ get a badly needed OLB and we get 3-4 DE to replace the busted Tank. The Dline has Armstead/Wilkerson/Dial as a starter quality rotation.

  147. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Better yet get Wilkerson for a 2nd, or a 3rd plus a player. We keep Lynch.

  148. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yay! Benching Kappy will bring back Harbaugh!!! I’m glad Bullitt is so optimistic. Our problems are over.

  149. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Stop acting like a little kid and putting words in my mouth.
    I never brought up the litany of players you randomly bring up to try to prove your worthless point.
    Nobody here cares about Cam Newton.
    You’re the one fixated on Kap as if he is your God.
    Just like you love Tebow who is out of football.
    AS I said before you don’t root for the 49ers, you root for the individual player which is pathetic.

  150. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sadly you don’t know football after watching all those years.
    So switching up the Oline is your new solution to what ails Kap?
    Obviously you didn’t read what Warner said looking at film.
    Kap can’t read a defense and make quick decisions. He holds onto the ball way too long.
    Gabbert is able to see what the defense is giving him and hit the open man. It’s that simple.

    But keep going with the conspiracy theories that the coaching staff and front office are now setting Kap up to fail.
    You don’t think the absence of Boldin and Hyde effects the offense more than shuffling free agent and rookie olinemen?

  151. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap does not have confident knowledge of the routes and when those targets are open. He waits for them to be open and then rifles throws throw. No anticipation. Too long in the pocket.

    Warner or Boomer said he will likely get a shot next year with another team. Without big changes within 2 years FO’s will not put up with his crap anymore.

  152. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, no. RT is going down the rabbit hole with Bullit. Just what Bullit longs for. Another human being Bullit can turn into Gollum. Arguing with Bullit is like finding the ring… My precious!! You get ugly, quick.

  153. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    For a guy who doesn’t care about the Niners you sure hang around this blog a lot.
    Like I said and you tell others to get a life?
    Must be at least 20 Niner blogs you have been excommunicated from because you’re schtick is to irritate and bully people just like your mentor Chuckles.

  154. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Bullit. I am saying get a life. All you’re looking for is a fight and to insult others.

  155. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Now if you fire Tomsula and hire Payton, draft a OT in the 1st who can start immediately, draft an OG in the 2nd who can start immediately, get Kilgore back and get ADavis back as a backup OT, get a FA or a surprise 3rd rounder to pass rush, then we might have something.

    That plan leaves a big hole at QB, but since Kappy’s gone, we’ll have to wait a year, or try to get Kellen Moore from the Cowboys and get lucky with him, or some other unusual solution. Have Baalke draft someone with a 2nd or 3rd who nobody’s got high on their radar who pans out, as RW has for Seattle (except for the boo birds calling for his scalp this year; aren’t they going to look silly when Seattle wins the NFC West again this year).

    I don’t think much if any of this will happen because of Baalke. I’m hoping to be wrong and to be surprised.

    Until then, jumping up and down with joy over Kappy’s benching for a career dismal QB is pissing in the wind.

  156. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    David Neumann at NN has extensive all-22 on BG. Thank the Jaguars for the gift. We have our 2016 starter.

  157. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’d wait a bit before making that claim, Tom.

  158. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert has a long ways to go to claim the starting QB job.
    He did play like a NFL starter should and ran the offense well enough to win.
    What you need to give Gabbert credit for was at the end he got the first down that sealed the victory.

    It’s been a while since that’s happened.

    If Kap leaves they still might bring in a veteran to compete for the job with Gabbert and draft at least one QB with a high pick and another with a mid round choice.

  159. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is an article that’s a couple of years old about Josh Freeman. If you substituted Colin Kaepernick’s name for Freeman’s everything would sound very familiar. Pay attention to who’s to blame and the same tired excuses. Coincidence???


  160. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In fact here is the author’s list

    •‘Well, if he’d only be allowed to run more.”
    •“If his receivers would catch the ball more often…”
    •“The playcalling sucks, Freeman is never in a position to succeed.”
    •“The offensive line can’t keep Freeman standing up long enough to get things done.”
    •“His coach doesn’t support him, how can he expect to do well in those circumstances?”
    •“If he only had some consistency at offensive coordinator, he’d be able to grow into a system and develop.”


    Freeman is now playing in an obscure minor football league.
    Because he was stubborn and in the end “uncoachable” he’s no longer in the NFL.

  161. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Waiting for NoFear’s comparison of those remarks to an earlier 49er QB.

  162. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Are you kidding, Skeebers? It’s Veteran’s Day. NoFear isn’t going to be blogging on V Day. That’s NoFear’s Sabbath, cubed. That’s like asking a Jew to give away hundreds of dollars on frivolous purchases on Yom Kippur. It’s heresy, I tell ya…. heresy! And I have Jewish family members, so don’t go labeling me anti semitic. I love ’em all. Just sayin’.

  163. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good article that concentrated on the football failings of Freeman. I believe he also had some drug use issues.

    These guys are paid big bucks and the partying cannot get in the way of developing the mental aspect of the game. Need to get better to not be predictable.

  164. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The acquisition of Reggie Bush signaled a move toward the short passing game to be developed.
    Seeing the shortcomings involved with Kaep’s inability to throw those short passes, pretty much sunk that aspect of Bush’s effectiveness.

    Watch Cadet and Gabbert, to see if those plans continue to be developed vs Seattle.

  165. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Grant Cohn knocked it out of the park. BG stared down the gun barrel. His receiver was being held. Waited as long as he could. Stayed in the pocket and threw off his front foot.

    He saw Wheeler baring down on him. Got the throw off and took the hit. OL love him. Bowman loves him. Two penalties called. DB hold and roughing the passer.

    No more bailing on pressure, no more eyes down and avoiding the hit, no more sacks on the QB. No more caring more about his long skinny legs and Nessa’s sex organ than the team.

    We’ve gotta man at QB. HC, OC, and Logan sleep a lot better now. Hear Ray Charles singing? “Hit the road jack”.

  166. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That has always been the issue with Kaep Bakkentom.
    Happy Feet.

    Hard to break those habits when coming from the College game.
    Guys like him were never asked to read a Defense much.
    Just happy that they didn’t draw up a Jay Cutler-type Contract for him.

    Can’t ignore the age difference between Kaep and Gabbert either.
    Let’s see how Gabbert fares vs Seattle.
    That might be the point at which they decide where this debate takes them in the off season.

  167. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If you have some time, listen to this podcast between Kawakami and Cohn Sr.


  168. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It’s very simple. The 49ers have to decide if Kap is going to change for the better and actually improve as a Pro QB.
    Geep Chryst has already revealed that the offense has been “simplified” for Kap’s sake. Can you be a playoff team and advance beyond with a simple offense? Simple basic offense is what we see in the preseason.
    Vanilla only takes you so far. Bear in mind that Kap will be getting paid like $1 mil per game in 2016 which makes sticking with him excruciatingly tough.
    I was expecting an improved Kap but Niners got the opposite.
    Kap saying he’s not about mechanics should signal he’s not going to change.

  169. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Listen for the comment made about Baalke from Cohn, regarding the Rams game.
    Suggests to me Baalke isn’t sold on Kaep and may have had conflicts with Harbaugh over him?

  170. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’ve been paying attention to Kaep all along.
    Thought his ceiling was higher than it appears to be.
    For the money involved alone, he can’t continue for us.

    I’ve stated for quite a long time that he lacks touch and pocket presence.
    If he’s not going to take mechanics seriously, he’s a lost cause IMO.

    I wanted more WCO introduced to him simply to force him to get the ball out quicker.
    Without short touch and good footwork, it’s never going to happen.

    Listen to the podcast if you haven’t heard it.
    Very enlightening.

  171. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Adding Steve Logan was a step toward the WCO IMO.
    It ain’t working with Kaep, for whatever the reasons are.

    As Warner’s piece illustrated, you can’t throw like a rag doll in this game.
    Never going to work, regardless of arm strength.
    Add to that the fact that he doesn’t diagnose a Defense and you can understand why we are where we are.
    Getting to the Red Zone, where Defenses are condensed, and the QB can’t throw into tighter windows adds up to FGs.

    Said it for several years.
    What could have been, if he had been able to throw a fade in the SB?

  172. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Maiocco posted a piece regarding Tank.
    Looks as though they’re planning another assignment for him.


  173. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Tank a try at DE in the nickel? Hey, Mario Williams is 285 so why not. Ahmad ain’t much, 2 sacks.

  174. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks is nearing the end.
    Might be a good move?

  175. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Does somewhat explain his absence from the lineup recently.

    OLB switch requires coverage duty to some extent.

    Wouldn’t assume he’s going to keep up with smaller quicker RBs but, a guy like Marshawn, or a TE, for short area duty could work?

  176. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks – 6’3″/259
    Tank – 6’4″/295

    We know Tank was a pretty good pass rusher at FSU.

  177. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting resumé on RB Travaris Cadet too.
    Former QB/WR/PR-KR before RB.
    Played with Kilgore as well in College.

    See what the BYE week prep can get him ready for in Seattle.

  178. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The two guys you like are currently available.
    Dri Archer and Ace Sanders both are free agents.

  179. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well now that he have Hayne/Ellington and Cadet I’m not sure we’d need a pocket-rocket scat back now.

    Too bad Shazier isn’t on the list 😀

    Dri is a little dude on a rocket sled.
    Thought of him in the same terms of Tavon Austin.

    Might get some of that from Cadet?
    Interesting signing, especially with the BYE week to prepare him.

  180. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m already drooling for some sort of deal to land Mo Wilkerson next Spring.

    Hoping Philly and NYJ would have enough interest in Kaep, if he becomes expendable before April 1, to leverage a deal?

    If there’s only 1 more game to win this season, I’d like to break the Seattle curse.
    That would be enough to convince me that life after Kaep wouldn’t be a bad move.
    I’m just not seeing enough from Kaep to suggest he’s ever going to get comfortable in the Pocket.

  181. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    For nickel only, a 4 man rush. If any cover duty, the other DE e.g. Lynch could handle coverage. I assume all four rush the passer and if run they fill their gaps.

  182. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always loved the LeBeau/Pittsburgh Scheme Bakkentom.
    Good versatile DLmen can give a QB fits when they drop in and out of pre-snap alignments.

    Remember Levon Kirkland?
    He was HUGE LB in that scheme.

    Doesn’t take much to drop a big guy within 10yds of the LOS, just to clog up a passing lane.
    Granted, they’re not going to chase down a RB but, you’re also not going to run them over too easily with a TE in the running game.
    All about how you scheme the fits.

  183. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why isn’t Hodges playing more?
    If not for Bowman why not give him some of Wilhoite’s snaps?

  184. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good question.
    Maybe it’s a scheme familiarity thing?
    Either way, Hodges would figure to be the keeper after this year.

  185. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wilhoite got 42 snaps vs ATL
    Hodges – 11

    Tiller jumped way up vs ATL
    He played 48/66 at RG.

  186. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We should get Wilkerson. If we have to part with a 2nd, then bundle lower picks with the 3rd to make it a 2nd. Same approach if we part with a 3rd.

    We have loaded our roster with rookie contracts. Enough! Use the low picks to bundle with higher picks. We allowed KC to move up just befure our 3rd, they snatched Chris Conley WR.

    Also no more ACL cases this draft.

  187. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well, as far as ACL tears go, I’d consider LB Myles Jack, if his rehab went well by next Spring.
    He’d been projected as top 10 prior to the injury.
    If he were to slide out of RD1 I’d be curious enough to consider it.

    If we have the sort of CAP relief that’s being projected and, the possibility of reducing, or eliminating, Kaep’s deal, we could easily find a blue chip FA or 2 to plug-n-play while a youngster redshirts, at a position of immediate need, like OL.

    The thing with Wilkerson is whether NY can afford to retain him.
    I think they improved the position with the addition of Williams last year. That alone resets their CAP projection and might allow them to part with Wilkerson to improve the QB position.

    We’ll see what happens…

  188. 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