Pre-Game Nerves

As we head into the last two days of the lockout, 49er fans seem most concerned about the defense. Five starters from last year’s team are currently free agents. And one starter, Nate Clements, has a salary that has ballooned into a no-can-do zone.

That’s over half the defense that is up in the air. By this time next week, it is expected that three of these starters will be re-signed and the balloon will have been deflated on Clements. Beyond that, we shall see.

No matter who is on the defense this year, I expect improvement over last year from the simple fact that they will be practicing all year against an NFL offense, instead of the high school offense brought in by Mike Singletary. The defense will no longer be able to combine lunch breaks with pass coverage duties during practice! Nor will they be lulled into thinking, as they head into the season, that they are a no doubt top five crew.

The offensive line could be the surprise breakout stars this year. They have more or less held their own the past two years, doing nutcracker drills against their opponents, but this year they will actually be freed up to perform tricky shit on befuddled fellows planted in place to stop a basic run up the middle. Oh no, we’ll have none of that simplicity this year. We’ll be moving this way and that like a pea in a shell game.

The 49ers aren’t alone in the holes to fill department, either. All NFL teams have UFAs galore. The new CBA will push a bunch of 4 year guys onto the pile that would have been Restricted guys under the old CBA. Arizona, for instance, is constantly yapping about bringing in a QB like Kevin Kolb, but the team only has ONE offensive lineman currently under contract. Not an enticing situation for a QB to waltz into.

Frank Gore should have a scintillating year in Jim Harbaugh’s offense, where he will get to run in space and not just into someone’s face. Frank is a wily fellow and has preserved himself well by taking some time off each lost season with some sort of ailment or other. He has plenty left in the tank and is backed up by an impressive second year player and an exciting new rookie.

Our tight end crew is perhaps the best group in the NFL and they are with a coach who loves tight ends. These guys will also be filling the H-Back role from time to time, sneaking essentially a fullback into the mix where none existed as the team broke its huddle. No sense wasting Moran Norris’ bench sitting skills by actually having him trot onto the field.

But the defense remains a mystery at this point. We have watched the Nolan/Manusky defense for the past five years, with mostly a bend-till-it-breaks philosophy, designed to provide a lot of time consuming scoring drives for the opposition, which keeps them from just blowing us off the field in one rout after another. Every so often the other team even makes a mistake and we get to engineer a three and out short field three point drive. There is some hope that Vic Fangio will favor a more agressive approach and he will find some way to get these guys to sack the opposing QB instead of just mildly harrass him by waving their hands around at the line of scrimmage.

Lots of fun stuff coming our way. Next week will be one big daily ogle fest. Super duper!

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  1. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Frankly, who they practice agaisnt will have little bearing on how this defense does. AF is the big problem here. Lose him and they are weaker across the board. They seems to have targeted Old McDonald as the guy to re-sign, for some dumb-ass reason. He’s the guy who would take Soap’s spot at LDE when he moves to the middle. He’s also the guy with ZERO sacks last year. The guy who gets washed out with regularity on plays run at him.
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    Yes, schemes are important. And this team had the awful tendency to not know how to adjust during games, but overall, (depending on what they do with all these unsigned guys) they stand to lose a ton of depth on the line, and will be worse for it when the season starts.
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    Unless Aldon Smith comes in like a latter-day Fred Dean as a pass rushing specialist extrordinnaire, this defensive backfield will get riddled by teams with good QBs. Clements, or JJ, or Nnamdi notwithstanding.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m lodging your remarks in my “It” database, Chuck. No going back now. Chuck guarantees a disaster for the defense this year.

  3. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    IF Soap starts in the middle, yes. Disaster.

  4. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    With the middle softened, most teams will run early to set up play-action. See the KC game. If you can’t stop the run or generate a pass rush, it’ll be pitch and catch for the opponents.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to enjoy every losing moment this season. This franchise, and me personally, have it coming for being loyal to fault. Beat us like a drum I say. Jed can kiss my white ass. BTW, Jed. How’d that nation-wide search for a GM turn out? Asshole.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Del Mar Dennis guarantees disaster for team this year. Promises to cut off his ass if wrong.

  7. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    No dearth of opinions on the blog today. Not that there ever is. Seems Skeebs is taking names, keeping score and kicking ass a bit. Fair enough, here’s my opine on the soon to start season: I dunno. Will the D suck? I dunno, prolly. Can we stop the run, the pass, the cheerleaders? Hell I dunno. Will UQB suck? Dunno, prolly, maybe, hopefully not. How ’bout offense? Will we bamboozle ’em with a, gasp, slant pattern / pass, designed QB run, halftime adjustments? Yeah prolly. Will any of it work? Shit man I already said I Dunno. Whaddaya want for nothing?
     
    I know this: G damn it, I’m ready for some football!! Start the F’ing season already!
     

     

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Philippine Fan guarantees he don’t know shit. Sneaky move.

  9. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Told ya he was keepin’ score…

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    talk about pre-game nerves ! i caught our best bud DELMARDENNIS at an SF giants game looking forward to our upcoming 9ers season !
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/U-mad-bro-Young-Giants-fan-pouts-big-time-over?urn=mlb-wp13298

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I watched that live last night. That boy got pissed during last night’s Giants/Dodgers game. That kid is classic. But he’s still 100X happier than I am when it comes to the Niners.

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    sorry dude ! hey this might cheer you up !
    i just read alex smith’s QB rating at home is 98.9 ! not bad ! maybe with harbaugh’s post caveman offense we can move the ball away too ! (until copernicus is ready)

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob guarantees lots of !!! this coming season.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I guarantee I’ll drink a lot this season.
     
    Aw, screw it, might as well start now.
     
    The offense will be better from coaching, but not better enough. The defense will take a step back, but Fangio may be able to keep the roof from caving in completely with his schemes. Final score: another year of mediocrity, with occasional glints of hope and extended periods of hopelessness. 6-10 and two games out of first in our crap division. Yee haw.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Grump Guy guarantees another year of grumpy drunken grousing and grumbling.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear guarantees that everyone will be right even if they were wrong.

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    no skeebs , nofear guarantees HE’LL be right even if he was wrong !

    or maybe that’s me !

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    grump !
    i’m trying not to make this another nolan years revisited !
    every game you’d be buying a drink a minute by half way thru the 2nd quarter !
    i think both our offense and defense will be better ! by coaching yes , but the new 0-linemen have a year under their belt now ! we also have the two good looking RB’s to help gore out !
    the ‘D’ will have another new pass rusher and better coaching too !

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. I’m not guaranteeing nothin. But I am looking forward to seeing this kid Hunter run the football. He’s 5’8″ and has the build of a bowling ball, with speed to the outside. Could be fun fellas

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    ooops – check that, he’s 5’7″, even better, harder to get ahold of.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob: The Nolan Years here were like the Sixties according to Robin Williams: if you remember them, you weren’t a 49er fan. 😉

  22. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Grump – That’s the only reason I thought the other Nolan might have been a good choice(silly me). Pops, coached some pretty good teams.

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’ll draft Hunter on my next FF team.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Winder guarantees that he will not be saying he was saying it all along. The anti-Chuck has arisen amongst us.

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear – Nolan’s downfall was Smith. Overall, between Nolan and McC, our drafts were pretty lousy. I do think he did the best he could though. Not a bum, but it just didn’t work.

  26. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Nolan flamed out. Just like his replacement did. Both undone by high expectations and really offensive offenses.
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    What killed me was Singletary picked right up with Nolan’s “I have to look at the film to see where the train jumped the tracks and plunged off the 300′ cliff.”
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  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with Winder. Nolan did some things right – but he made one critical mistake. He misjudged the QB talent in that 2005 draft, and he paid for it. that’s one spot where if you make a mistake, it’s really hard to redeem later. Losing one OC after another didn’t help him either, but that’s the way it goes.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    nolan was didn’t do much imo ! he 1. was good at finding players who were team players and he
    2. tried to get the best people on staff he could find !
    3.went to the senior bowl any time he could , which is a good idea
    4. i even liked the fact that he knew some players from baltimore and brought them over ! low priced free agents to help fill out our depleted roster like marques douglass and aubrayo franklin

    he’s doing pretty well so far in miami as a DC , but stunk as a head coach !
    i think we have a much better chance with harbaugh/fangio !

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    AH CRAPPY POST ABOVE !

    nolan didn’t do much imo ! he …
    1. was good at finding players who were team players and he
    2. tried to get the best people on staff he could find !
    3.went to the senior bowl any time he could , which is a good idea
    4. i even liked the fact that he knew some players from baltimore and brought them over ! low priced free agents to help fill out our depleted roster like marques douglass and aubrayo franklin

    he’s doing pretty well so far in miami as a DC , but stunk as a head coach !
    i think we have a much better chance with harbaugh/fangio !

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, NJ49er guarantees he’ll still be a Fan and will watch every game they play.
     
    I’ll also guarantee that Harbaugh will rejuvinate the Team Spirit here by bringing a fresh approach to the Offense.
     
    I will not, however, guarantee Alex Smith will make the Pro Bowl.
     
    I’m optimistic because the WCO, when done properly, can take alot of pressure off the QB to be sure. If Harbaugh can teach Alex simple step progressions, I’m hopeful he won’t be holding the ball and rolling right to peg the Ice Chests on the sidelines any longer.
     
    Crabtree needs to work in this Camp too, if he’s mailing it in after this Camp, deal his ass to the highest bidder and move on.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    walt harris was the other one for my 6:28 post

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    NOFEAR
    nolan’s draft was in 05 ! after 06 scott m had more input than your boi in our drafts ! you’ll notice those were the better ones … and nolan’s was the one where we had the no. 1 pick !

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the draft list of “keepers” – guys who are still on the team and productive after three years:
     
    2005: Smith, Baas, Gore, Snyder
    2006: VD, Manny, Haralson, Delanie
    2007: Willis, Staley, McDonald, Goldson, Brown
    2008: Rachal, Reggie, Morgan

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    thx skeebs ! those drafts are somewhat under-rated by niners fans imo!

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No kidding, Rob. The 2008 draft is the weakest and reflects the turmoil at the top, with Nolan on the ropes and McCloughan taking over the draft and hitting the bottle.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That draft had our only first round bust (Balmer), but he was a bottom of the round pick – basically a second rounder.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Please tell me how the hell you can list A*** S**** as “productive” after all these years? Seriously, did you send flowers to his wife as well when she gave birth? Unbelievable.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And Haralson, McDonald, Brown, Rachal and Reggie all can’t play a lick either. Seriously, WTF happened to being objective? I love being a 49er fan as much as the next guy, but let’s get real. This team has sucked and will suck again this year.

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, those drafts are not underrated by most Niner fans. Most of them see those drafts for what they are — horseshit. And it all begins and ends with that #1 overall selection taken in 2005.
     
    Seriously, could any of you please tell me what other organizations, if any, would still be hanging onto A*** S**** at this point? You can’t. Why? Because we’re the only team dumb enough to still be attached to the umbilical cord. Cut that sumbitch and slap that baby silly. Jesus H. Christ. You people are starting to really piss me off and make me sick to my stomach.

  40. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear – Yeah, I like quite few of those names, but I think we shoulda/coulda done much better with the picks we had, and in the FA market. I was pretty much all on board until 2007 when all the wheels fell off.

  41. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, the reason so many of those guys stuck was because there was very little talent in the 1st place. Replacing shitty players with less shitty players is fairly easy.
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    I’m with Winder. I was behind Nolan until he screwed the pooch in 2007. The team was improving until the injury to Smith and the subsequent 9 game melt-down. Nolan’s response to the carnage was “stay the course.” “1,000 point of light.” “I need to look at the film.”

    2007 was their one and only good draft. FAs have been hit or miss as well. TKO, Isaac Bruce, J Smith, and Clements are tempered by Antonio Bryant, Bryant Johnson, David Carr (Scotty’s last act), Ashley Lelie, latter-day Clements, Heatherington, Keasey, JTO, etc.

  42. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    *insert inane name-calling NoFear retort*

  43. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Since Skeebs has it right that I declare I dunno shit I’m gonna follow a policy of detente regarding the upcoming season. And watch and see what leadership at the level of coaching will produce. JH has a pretty good track record so just keeping the faith during this weird off-season. Which apparently will never end…

  44. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. My take is they’ll suck. I have little in the way of expectations this season. If they surprise me, cool. If not, oh well.

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, the record speaks for itself: poor drafts = poor performance = we haven’t had a winning season since 2002. Yeah, not having a winning season for the past eight years due in large part to poor drafting = HORSESHIT!

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Allow me to add, maybe the biggest problem of that drafting was what the Niners did NOT do. They didn’t draft another QB worth a shit. 2006-2010 netted Nate Davis. I rest my case.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, where are all the Nate Davis supporters? What a goddamn wasted pick that was. We draft a retarded (don’t give me the learning disability BS, he’s a moron) quarterback and expect him to p/u an NFL playbook. He couldn’t even learn the rudimentary Sing/Raye crap. Yes, IMHO, that’s horseshit drafting.

  48. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Look in the mirror NoFear. I got off the Nolan train when he hung Smith out to dry. I went to the NO game when it was readily apparent that Smith wasn’t back from his shoulder injury. Nolan didn’t pull him until midway through the 3rd quarter after he had been repeatedly pounded, sacked, and harassed by NO. He missed the next year and a half after that game. Brilliant use of the guy that Nolan himself chose. This while going to the press and the players behind his back. Real stand-up guy that teflon Mike. He’s still taking potshots at Smith. What part of 18-37 doesn’t compute?
    .
    I thought Singletary would do a better job. He didn’t. Oh well. Color me wrong.
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    No NoFear, I’ve been a fan since 1966. I may come off as brash and opinionated but at least I ain’t a pompous blowhard who shoots down others’ opnions while offering none of my own. Eh, skippy?
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    Better a talking donkey than a blathering asshole . . .

  49. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    PS NoFear, don’t presume to tell me where to post. You don’t like what I say? Don’t read it. You want it all ‘happy crappy ain’t life grand’ here in Skeebs corner? Typical of a narrow-minded one tracker.
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    You want peace, love, and granola? Let’s all sing Kumbaya, you goddamn hippie . . . .
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    Gee yer 12:40 post almost offers an opinion. It’s a start, bud . . .
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    .
    .
    How about the defense, NoFear? You think they improve by losing AF? Should they re-sign Goldson? Lawson? McDonald? How about some insight as to the state of the team, instead of your usual potshots at past posts.
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    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?
    .
    We’re waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiting . . .

  50. robNo Gravatar says:

    lol chuck got that one from V !
    btw i thought nobrain as a bum from day one and was against picking a QB with the #1 pick !

  51. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops i mean Was

  52. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    To paraphrase:
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    “I always thought [Hill] was good,” Nolan said via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I would admit to making a mistake not making him a starter at the end. The last year I was there I should have [switched QBs] because he’s a baller. . . . He checks it down. But he’s a guy the players trust will lead them to the end zone. That’s a huge factor.”
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    Woulda coulda shoulda Mike. Face it, you sucked as a head coach.
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    Plus, JT O’Fumbleagain was your QB when you got fired, not Smith. Singletary made the switch to Hill. Smith was out all 2008.
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    The idiot doesn’t even remeber how his job went down the tubes.

  53. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s Caddyshack, ROB!!!!!!!!!

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    i also think we might be in for a much better year than you guys think ! the team will be slightly improved imo and the coaching should be 100% better !

  55. robNo Gravatar says:

    thx chuck lol
    imagine the best we could get from the smart team of nolan/martz was jt o’smellovan

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It was the reporter who got the title of his story wrong, not knowing O’Sullivan was the 9er QB that last year. Nolan never mentioned Smith.

  57. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Then Nolan is whining up the wrong tree. He had 2 chances to promote Hill and didn’t take either one. Once when he was behind Dildo, and also when he was behind JTO.
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    Nolan said when Dilfer got hurt that he was ‘thinking about making the switch at half time”. Thank God Dilfer sufferend a career-ending concussion to make the decision for Teflon Mike. Way to be pro-active there, skippy. 3 years gone and Mike’s ready to pull the trigger.

  58. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, in 2005 they had little choice regarding what to do with the #1 pick. They couldn’t trade down with anyone (no interest), and they had a choice between Rodgers and Smith.
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    Nolan was impressed with the fact that Smith got on all fours and barked like a dog for Nolan. Rodgers wouldn’t, and the decision was made.

  59. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Show me what I copied, NoFear. Why bring up V? I don’t read or post at the Insider due to a bet I made with you. Uh, V. Remember?
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    I am the walrus. Coo coo ka choo.
    .
    Did you comprehend my 2:38 post? Of course not. You cherry pick things to glom onto and beat to death. Blame the writer for misrepresentation, because the inference to the whole article was Alex Smith’s benching at the hands of Singletary. I assumed Nolan was talking about Smith as well.

  60. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yack yack yack, blah blah blah. Yes you did, no I didn’t.
     
    Look it’s simple- We sucked from the top to the stinkin’ bottom. BW was the essential man, irreplaceable architect of our team and when he quit/left it began to decline. No use quibbling over how low we sank with the genius’s of the last 8 years, the record speaks for itself. Now we have a chance to resurrect our fortunes. I could easily be wrong but until proven so I’m gonna keep the faith and look at the future not the stinkin’ recent past. Yack yack yack, lol

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Owners have approved new CBA, 31-0, with Raiders abstaining.

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    PHIL- is right !
    but to get into the rest , i don’t buy the couldn’t trade down thing ! we could have actively pursued trades for picks or players or any combo of both ! we might not have gotten the same value as in some years but oh well . washington liked smith and had two firsts and a second ! tampa liked smith too !
    we also could have gone another position besides QB !
    NOFEAR is right here …
    “But I seriously doubt he was taking a shot at anyone except himself.”
    but i’m not sure chuck said this ?
    ” guaranteed Nolan wouldn’t ever coach anywhere again “

  63. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs i saw that too ! leave it to the raiders to be the only team that could fu(k this up !

    NOFEAR
    your 3:56 was one of your best ever posts ! both skeebs and chuck should make it their ‘post of the year’ !

  64. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs maybe you should take off the fu(king naughty word filter for times like this !
    😉

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t you guys get too excited that football has returned. Early word is that the players will NOT ratify this deal as currently constituted. Stay tuned…

  66. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob. When all the dust settles and this thing gets underway, you have to do me one favor. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT tell me we’re gonna go 10-6 again this year. I just won’t hear it. I’m not happy, and this sure the hell ain’t Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood. 👿

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, BTW, that’ll be my new face for the year. Looks just like that little boy at the Giants game. 👿

  68. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Then tell NoFear to quit casting his stinking net of bullshit around here.
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    Whenever I bring up Nolan, NoFear’s panties get in a bunch and he has to lash out like a cornered dauchshund . . . . .
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    Boot the Suit!!! .
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    (NJ’s infamous sign . . . )

  69. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Rob, Dennis posted that link on my blog. I haven’t been to the Insider in a few months now.

  70. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – Big Al’s holding out for a stadium plan. And, it sure looks like we are gonna be sharing a home with the Raiders. It won’t be the first time, they used to play their games at Kezar too. (is it one o or two oo’s I never remember?)

  71. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey chuck – Can you get your website so I don’t have to sign out of my Google? for some reason my computer has trouble getting back on and it messes with my bookmarks.

  72. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Al’s making a statement by not making a statement.

  73. robNo Gravatar says:

    DELMARDENNIS
    LOL that’s the kid for sure ! don’t worry about me picking us to go 10-6 ! i’m tired of looking like your new face every time i do !
    CHUCK lol i was just having a funny because both you and V were talking about the ‘nolan said’ article !
    NOFEAR
    quit casting your stinking net of bullshit around here !
    No need to have your mommie call to bitch me out …
    but i did send you an e-mail from my new e-mail address !

  74. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes several panties are in a bunch. Sorry I won’t be joining the misery parade, it’s too boring. Have fun!

  75. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck: “I have little in the way of expectations this season.”
     
    This is wise esp. after the past year’s blowout opening loss on top of all the other years of failed expectations, eight years of basically shit, total. That’s 120 dog years people! I want 9-7 but 7-9 would actually be okay. I refuse to suffer over this. (Shit is Skeebs keeping score?)
     

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Everyone likes to play the what if game usualyy with Aaron Rodgers and Desan Jackson.
    I still remember rumors that San Diego might have traded Rivers for the Niner #1 pick in 2005
    That would have changed Niner fortunes dramatically

    http://www.nctimes.com/sports/article_3a78bc0f-9fba-51e9-92f6-39b3700a6af6.html

  77. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT
    that’s funny because i was saying we should trade for brees or rivers at the time !

  78. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    PF, we’re two days into your guarantee that you knew nothing and already you are waffling into knowing something. This is a faster waffling rate than even Chuck, who’s the acknowledged king of the waffle.

  79. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Groan, either would have been an improvement- given decent coaching. But with what we had, not so much.

  80. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Huh? What do I know? Oh that I refuse to suffer? Hey Chuck could be an inspiration! Or maybe Rob!!

  81. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Well this is the FOS Speculation department right? FOS = Full of Shit, right. I dunno…but Chuck has competition around here, heads up dude!

  82. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A keen observation.

  83. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I don’t know if Niner fortunes would have changed much, but Rivers’ fortunes sure would have taken a hit.

  84. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A lot of these player reps are older guys who might not even be in the league this coming year (Spikes & Wragge are the 9er reps). Most of them keep acting like a deal isn’t close, though everyone else says it is.
     
    You have to wonder if a guy like Spikes or Wragge wants this thing to drag out a bit to help their chances of being re-signed, because rookies & young players won’t be up to speed with a short training camp. It’ll be a weird deal if the players vote over-whelmingly for the deal and their reps vote against it. Then again, that’s kind of how politics works, so maybe it’s not weird.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    After looking at the schedule, I predict we will be playing football in January!

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll feign uncaSpitty. I always said then what I read about now.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops! Now that error on the 7:20 post is funny. It should have read uncaSkippy.

  88. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wahh!

  89. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    The ‘what if’ game should include drafting Rodgers in ’05 and somehow keeping McCarthy and shit-canning Nolan in 2006. Hey, they could have just given Teflon Mike the GM spot, and made McCarthy HC.

  90. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, blogspot is a real pain in the ass. I didn’t realize the bullshit it would cause.
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    You should be able to log in with your google account. Just make sure to uncheck the ‘Keep me signed in’ box. On one of my systems, it completely screws up getting on.

  91. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Before Skeebs completely rewrites history to suit his evil designs I wanna go on record (again, again, broken record) and quote myself as follows (2 can play this game Mr Skeebers):
     
    “Seems Skeebs is taking names, keeping score and kicking ass a bit. Fair enough, here’s my opine on the soon to start season: I dunno. Will the D suck? I dunno, prolly. Can we stop the run, the pass, the cheerleaders? Hell I dunno. Will UQB suck? Dunno, prolly, maybe, hopefully not. How ’bout offense? Will we bamboozle ‘em with a, gasp, slant pattern / pass, designed QB run, halftime adjustments? Yeah prolly. Will any of it work? Shit man I already said I Dunno. Whaddaya want for nothing?”
     
    Topics I dunno shit about: The D, the run, the pass, the cheerleaders (hey wait a minute damnit), the offense, the UQB, and will it work? DO NOT swallow the opine of Skeebs that Phil don’t know nuthin’ ’bout nothin’. Bullcrap! I know plenty of shit about nothin’. And don’t forget it man.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- You’ve educated me about nothin’! I feel ready for the world today!

  93. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Heck, I even understood that.

  94. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Billy Preston taught me that “Nothing from Nothing” leaves nothing. Something tells me Billy had the 49ers QB situation in mind when he sang that song.

  95. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    This is one last bit of gamesmanship by the owners. They get to say we’re done! Why are the players holding up the deal? Even if it is a different deal than what the players agreed to. The players will bitch and moan for a couple days, but the work they have all done means something.
    .
    The owners get their egos stroked for a couple days, and the players sign on on Tuesday. Cooler heads will prevail.

  96. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    What, football talk got you guys quiet all of a sudden?

    Childish little potshots are what you do?

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Takeo Spikes is on the set of ESPN Sportscenter
    He thinks the Niners are in a “good place” and he wants to be part of it.
    He says he’s looking forward to the lockout being over so he can talk to Harbaugh and Baalke.
    He sounds like Niner if they will have him.
    He might of had his best year as a Niner last year so they should ask him to come back one more year.

  98. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bill Walsh wouldn’t bring back TKO, I can guarantee you that. Get rid of them a year before, before it’s a year too late.

  99. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a lot of things Walsh wouldn’t have done to reach this point.
    .
    The biggest sin? Releasing guys without viable backups.
    .
    Starting with the Mariucci firing, the front office still hasn’t figured this out yet.

  100. robNo Gravatar says:

    What, football talk got you guys quiet all of a sudden?

    Childish little potshots are what you do?

    i sooo resent that chcuk ! all i have to say to you is nnyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
    nyyyaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !
    i know you are but what am i !

  101. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m rubber, yer glue.

  102. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    If ever there was a topic screaming to be laid to rest . . .
    .
    (hint, hint)

  103. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh made his exceptions though. He tried to replace Hacksaw Reynolds about three years running before he finally convinced him he was done. Walsh knew Reynolds could barely run anymore, but no one could diagnose like he could.

  104. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A Green Bay Packers question?
     
    After the Packers/Bills game, Buffalo released quarterback Trent Edwards.
     
    During the Packers/Eagles game, the Packers injured Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb. Philadelphia then had to play backup quarterback Michael Vick.
     
    During a playoff game against the Eagles, the Packers injured Michael Vick and another backup was needed.
     
    After the Packers/Cowboys game, Dallas fired Wade Phillips.
     
    After the Packers/Vikings game, Minnesota fired Brad Childress.
     
    Four weeks after losing to the Packers, the 49er’s coach Mike Singletary was fired.
     
    During the Bears Playoff game, the Packers injured Jay Cutler and backup Todd Collins forcing the Bears to go with 3rd string quarterback Caleb Hanie.
     
    The Question: Is it just my perception.. .. or did the Packers create more jobs than Obama did last year?

  105. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t hurt yourself there, uncle meat.

  106. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Bummer about the Norway stuff. I need my football distraction, reality bites. Maybe next week?
     
    Bergs is on a roll!

  107. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9, L: Vikings 24, 49ers 16
9-16, W: 49ers 30, Lions 27
9-23, L: Chiefs 38, 49ers 27
9-30, L: Chargers 29, 49ers 27
10-7, L: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18
10-15, L: Packers 33, 49ers 30

10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
2018 Prognostications
Bakkentom: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
Grumpy: 8-8
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Winder: 8-8

Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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