One Weak Wonders

The Great 2011 Free Agency Manhunt enters its seventh day this morning and a football starved world has come out of hiding to gush and moan for six solid days. The Eagles and Jets have generated the most buzz, but the Eagles actually signed some guys and the Jets just pursued everyone and landed only Plaxico Burress, which did nothing to eradicate the egg on their faces when CB Nnamdi Asomugha gave them the old middle finger salute.

The 49ers joined a group of thirteen other franchises that more or less did not bite. Tennessee, Tampa, Pittsburgh, the Giants, Jets, Colts, Packers, Broncos, Raiders, Cowboys, Browns, Ravens, Bills, and the Niners all had five or less free agent signings.

In the NFC West, Seattle replaced Matt Hasselbeck with Tavaris Jackson, added WR Sidney Rice and LG Robert Gallery. The Rams added RG Harvey Dahl, WR Michael Sims-Waler, CB Al Harris, and S Quintin Mikell. And Arizona traded for QB Kevin Kolb, but lost WR Steve Breaston and CB Dominique Rogers-Cromartie. The once vaunted AZ receiving corps has lost Anquan Boldin and Breaston in consecutive years, and is now down to Larry Fitzgerald and some other guys.

The Niners have lost C David Baas, replacing him with all world backup Adam Snyder, and CB Nate Clements, apparently intending to replace him with Tarell Brown or one of the young CBs on the roster. Manny Lawson, Dashon Goldson, and Abrayo Franklin are all still unemployed, with Franklin scheduled to meet with the team today to re-assess re-signing after re-evaluating his expected re-wards from the re-ally big free agent market.

The 49ers are not practicing today, taking the rest day mandated by the new wimped up CBA.

It will be interesting to see how Ray McDonald reacts if Franklin rejoins the team today. Ray signed a five year contract last week after getting assurances from the team that he would have first shot at left defensive end, with Isaac Sopoagna moving to the Nose. Will Ray play the sulk-to-Seattle card employed last year by Kentwan Balmer? Or will the Niners consider going to a 4-3 defense? It seems preferable to have McDonald on the field, rather than Parys Haralson, who’s not particularly good at pass rush, run defense, or pass coverage, making him not particularly good at anything. It appears that he will even be replaced on passing downs by number one draft pick Aldon Smith.

While it is known that Vic Fangio favors a 3-4 defense, it is also known that he employs a defense suited to the skills of his players. Maybe I haven’t communed enough over a few Dogfathers with the resident D-line opinionator, but it appears to me that Haralson is becoming to the defense what Moran Norris has become to the offense — namely, somebody you would like to see sitting on the bench fondling a ticket out of town.

While we await further news on this marginally interesting topic, another full day of front office inactivity lies ahead for our viewing pleasure. I, for one, will have my eyes focused on the Twitterwire, keeping track of what other teams in the league are up to. I could get a life, I suppose, but I worked so long and so hard to not have this one that it’s hard to consider an alternative.

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  1. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers joined a group of thirteen other franchises that more or less did not bite. Tennessee, Tampa, Pittsburgh, the Giants, Jets, Colts, Packers, Broncos, Raiders, Cowboys, Browns, Ravens, Bills, and the Niners all had five or less free agent signings.
     
    The Steelers, Jets, Colts, Packers and Ravens all made the playoffs last year. The Bucs and Giants narrowly both missed at 10-6. Those teams had no reason to “bite.” So that leaves the Niners lumped with the Broncos, Raiders, Cowboys, Browns and Bills. Those teams had a combined record of 39-73 (.348) last year.
     
    I’ll ask the question again: are you beginning to see the pattern here?

  2. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    It seems to me that all signs are pointing to a return to the 4-3 defense, if Franklin resigns. Fangio hasn’t (according to reports) handed out a playbook yet and wants to tailor his D to the skills of the team. Spikes left, leaving a hole at the 2nd inside linebacker spot. We have Aldon Smith to play a sort of 3rd down Elephant position.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, we definitely see your pattern, Dennis. 🙂

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You are correct Mr. Fletch, I forgot about Spikes in my list of Niner losses. I think Bowman would have unseated him this year anyway. He shared time last year.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Is this a league-wide mandated off day, or are the Niners using today as their off day? It just doesn’t make much sense to practice for three days then take a day off when you’ve been off all spring and summer.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Teams have to give one off day in the first six days of camp. With Gore coming back today and maybe Franklin, it makes sense to take that day now, I suppose.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wednesday was supposed to be an off day and they decided to switch
    today for Wed
    There are new league rules as to how many days in a row you can practice in pads

  8. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    It is only a day off from practice, not a day off from classrooms and other team activities. It makes some sense, for a new coach, to have a few days of (filmed) practice followed by a day of “looking at the film” in a classroom setting.

    And, as mentioned, this is a new rule in the CBA, so all the teams have to take the time off.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So who are we not gonna sign today? I say we don’t sign Carlos Rogers.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Randy Moss decided to retire, so we didn’t get a chance to not sign him, Dennis. Does that count?

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Byham has torn ACL. Out for the season. That’s a tough loss.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Randy Moss? Nah, I’ll let that one slide. But if they don’t at least try to land Olin Kreutz, I’ll count that one. He may just decide to retire, but we should at least make him think about it. Snyder at center? He has as many starts there as you or I do.
     
    Byham is a tough loss. Injuries mounting and nary a big FA signing to be found. I’m defnitely seeing a pattern here.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    V is on his usual roll on SF Gate

    He has come up with ” he’s tired of being asked to be “patients”
    (patience), out of the “wood works” (woodwork) and “A49erGirl is really Ceram Wrap Girl!”

    How can one person butcher English like this?

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, this is the third straight year we’ve had a player tear his ACL right off the bat.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Injuries happen and it’s part of football.
    I wasn’t too thrilled when Singletary got crucified for running the infamous “Nutcracker”.
    Football is a gontact sport and you can get hurt doing a conditioning drill which happened to 7th rd pick Holcombe when he blew his knee out. This was non contact.
    Shit happens.

  16. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, Dennis. What TEs won’t we sign?

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My bad, Holcombe popped tore his achilles and not his knee.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Barrows Niners just
    “agreed to terms Monday with former Bengals and Vikings safety Madieu Williams. Williams, 29, has been a starter since entering the league out of Maryland in 2004. His imminent signing may signal that the team has moved on from Dashon Goldson, a 49ers free agent the team had been trying to re-sign.”

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve ruined Delmar’s day, Bullit.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If Williams is indeed replacing Goldson, we just got weaker at another position.
     
    This from Sando: “The reality was he was never the same player after suffering a severe neck injury during his first training camp with the Vikings [in 2008],” Vikings beat reporter Judd Zulgad wrote following Williams’ release from the team.”
     
    “[He would] like to get more hands on balls, and he’d like to get more turnovers, like to be a little better tackler in certain situations,” Frazier told reporters in March. “Those are all things that I’m sure he’d say he wants to improve on, and he will. He still has a chance to. But I still think that neck injury has kind of stuck with him a little bit. But I’ve seen him improve in some areas where he was good at in the past — even this past season in certain instances. So, I think he’s getting better at some things, but this offseason will be critical to his future success.”
     
    “There was no real offseason in the NFL this year. Williams’ high base salary made him vulnerable to release. The 49ers would be better off at free safety with the younger and more physically imposing Dashon Goldson in the role, but Goldson remains unsigned.”
     
    Actually, you just made my day, Clint Eastwood.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So I’m starting to see the 49ers plan come into focus now. Wait until all the good and healthy players are off the board and signed the handicapped. At least we’ll get the good parking spots.

  22. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blah blah blah Dennis. Goldson had a good 6 game run in 2009. He hasn’t done much before or since. So you want to throw a blank check at him?

    Nope.

    Stupid move keeping him. Let Undeal Al sign him for 4/$30 mill.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis would bitch if we kept Goldson, too. It doesn’t matter what the team does or doesn’t do, he’s going to bitch about it anyway. Somehow, he finds this enjoyable.

  24. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer just mad because they cut Clements, NoFear.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Clements signed a two year deal with the Bengals for $10 mil.

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I know I’m in the minority here (like on most causes) but I do not, I repeat, DO NOT want the 49ers to re-sign Franklin. Do I think he’s a better NT than soap? Yes I do, but that’s not my or the Niners objective. Losing AF and inserting Soap in the NT position signifies a change of philosophy. A change I wholeheartedly agree with — stop the pass first. I’ve already gone into detail the vagaries of the switch, so I won’t bore you again with the details. Now, am I happy with McDonald at LDE to go along with Soap at NT? Hell no! Why we didn’t make a bigger push after Berger’s Cullen Jenkins is a mystery. Well, not a total mystery. This organization is intent on not spending a dime this year. Unless of course if it’s a March of Dime’s that helps the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s only a matter of time before the Niners and Jerry Lewis strike up a deal. “Hey, laaaadies!”

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    i just joined delmardennis in the ranks of the doom-sayers ! every team in the league has signed 3 to 5 top free agents and one or two more ! we signed our draft picks to try to focus attention away from our bull-headed refusal to sign any free agents of any worth ! dr deyorkian still is controlling the purse strings imo !

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m with you del ! franklin is a mediocre one trick pony at NT ! we need a big time pro bowl type NT if we want a good 3-4 defense !

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    no CB signed in free agency and letting clements walk means the team thinks GULLIVER is the answer at CB !
    good luck with that !

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    JED YORK … PLEASE DO THINGS YOUR WAY OR STEP DOWN FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION IN THE FRONT OFFICE !
    YOU CAN’T BE SUCCESSFUL WITH ONE HAND TIED BEHIND YOUR BACK ! !!!

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am not commenting much about the D-line until I can figure what is going on. So far, I am not much impressed. Kelly Gregg and Cullin Jenkins were right there for the taking at reasonable prices. At this point in time Franklin is looking good to me. A 3-4 must have multiple quality NTs to put out a consistent product. I like McDonald but if he is our starting LDE he will need to play better than in the past. I think it is possible RJF beats him out.
    .
    Parys Haralson is a good physical run stuffer and he comes at a good price. I’d rather have Manny who can do that even better and pass cover with any LB in the league. So he is not a great pass rusher, he does have excellent value, in the mode of a Keena Turner.
    .
    I can’t figure out our plan unless it to get as many compensatory picks for next year and to get in the Luck sweepstakes? Could that even be possible? I hope not. Developing a culture of losing scares me more that anything. Intentionally going after Luck by losing is exactly that.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you can’t figure out our “plan?” I couldn’t either a day ago, but it’s becoming a little clearer now…Tramaine Brock and Tarell Brown look to be our starting corners. It’s B & B. I’d rather play some D & D. Send us to the dungeon and beat us with the dragon.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is all about being selective IMO Berger. Harbaugh/Fangio are removing pieces from the Nolan Era that they feel won’t improve the picture IMO.
     
    I would have preferred Whitner over Williams, losing Goldson doesn’t bother me at all, Manny either, both are Comp eligible.
     
    Do any of us truly expect this Team to jump into the mix in year 1? Alex in a timing system, Crabtree once again, absent from the process? Gore sliding out of the picture? We’re in for a wait and see Season. I go the youth route and look for Harbaugh and Staff to keep morale up through the learning curve myself.
     
    8-8 probably won’t be realistic.
    I’d just like to see a Plan and good positive improvement from week to week.

  34. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who? Hill? Please. They may forego the splashy signings, but at this point they still need a backup QB, a CB, and LBs to fill in for Haralson and Lawson . . .

  35. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Hill comment’s for NoFear.
    .
    Yes, I think the players they lose aren’t going to hurt much in the long run. Crabs should be traded as soon as able. Morgan, Ziggy? Not much. RJ’s their best WR and he hasn’t played a down in the NFL.

  36. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Mainly because RJ has played in a program (USC) the more closely resembles an NFL offense than anyone on the team has.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Being selective is one thing, not selecting is quite another.
    .
    I think I’m just spoiled by all the years watching Bill Walsh put together those talented and deep D-lines. Even Siefert did that. I’m starting to think I’ll never see that again as a Niner fan.

  38. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    The thing is Berger, I think Harbaugh at least wants to turn this roster over. Lawson? F*ck him. Haralson? Same deal. Crabs, Goldson, Clements, TKO, are all expendable and their spots are to be filled by young guys. Gore? Either way, ehhh. Great Niner, but since he ain’t holding out, hey come back, have fun. he’ll miss 3-6 games anyway.
    .
    Yeah, they ain’t doing much. I just think they want to try and run their system with what they have. See what the really have, and what they need to get. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but it appears to be their game plan.
    .
    My other hope is that the system they run will at least show overall team improvement at the expense of players in the short term.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lawson is now a Bengal – Another Comp eligible opening has been completed.
     
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/02/manny-lawson-lands-in-cincy

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I’m in the same Camp, find a deal for Crabtree and move on. The guy is Glass and all the Diva baggage is certainly looking to be accurate.
     
    Goldson has to be thinking about grabbing any offer that crosses the table now, just move onto another Club.
     
    That would complete the Comp Pick Trifecta, so long as we don’t screw it up further with douchebag FA signings of our own.
     
    Again I ask, why not Whitner?

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That we will. The new CBA is a watering down process I think. Teams like Philly and NYJ think they’re ready to break through and added the premier guys to get them there.
     
    We’re a headscratching bag of confusion right now. Franklin shouldn’t be a mystery too much longer if the reports of his visit are in fact true.
     
    I’ve also been somewhat curious about Tambi Hali from KC. Any opinion on his game?

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tamba Hali of course.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er I do believe the Jets are perceived to have done a lot but in fact are almost the same team as they were in 2010. They resigned Holmes and Cromartie and added Burris but let Braylon Edwards go.
    The only new addition is Plaxico
    and it’s debatable if he’s an upgrade over Edwards considering he’s been out of football and his advanced age.
    You guys are giving the Jets way too much credit.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Following article is interesting
    and again goes to the general
    misconception of the Niners being cheap and hoarding money.It might suprise some of you here.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/02/11-teams-still-have-20-million-or-more-in-cap-room/#comments

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    OOPs! Never mind my previous post. The Niners do have $30 mil left, I missed that when I first read the article with my rose tinted glasses.
    I was wrong. Need coffee as it’s way too early.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs FYI Cam Inman is now covering the Niners for the SJ Merc and Brown is not doing sports but doing regular Jimmy Olson type reporting.
    Should be an improvement.

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Bullit. Change has been made.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So V posted following on SF Gate

    V-67
    10:34 PM on August 1, 2011

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – ALL DOPES, NO HOPES FOR FAILING FRANCHISE

    The San Francisco 49ers continue their downward spiral under the leadership of Jed York and his father John. When the team retired Steve Young’s jersey, it would have been a great time to retire the York family from the ownership of any professional sports franchise on the planet Earth.

    It was reported that Eddie DeBartolo couldn’t attend the retirement of Young’s number from the Niners’ lineup because of medical reasons. We hope that Eddie D. is ok, but we strongly suspect that the medical reason was that he would vomit at the thought of being in the same arena with his unctuous brother in law, John York. Too bad that Jed York possesses none of the hot-blooded desire to win or spend money-to-do-so that Eddie did when he owned the team.

    Jed and his Papa John York (he’ll only spend money on things that cost less than a Papa John Pizza) have driven the team as close to Hell as anyone could imagine (with the possible exception of Al Davis, whose sole role in the NFL is to make John and Jed York look like geniuses).

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should take mercy on 49er fans and placed the team in receivership and turned it over to a real owner who wants to win.

    The 49ers have ‘papered the house’ and bought as many tickets as necessary to keep the stadium ‘filled with fans’ so that games will continue to be televised because no one in their right mind actually wants to see the team play live (rumor has it that the York family has spent $15 million to purchase un-bought tickets this season).

    The Front Office, comprised of bozos Jed, John, Lisa Lang, Paraag Marathe, Lal Heneghan, and bean counter Larry McNeil, have run this team into the ground permanently.

    5 October 2008 BY PAT MURPHY
    Sentinel Editor & Publisher

    Wow that was in 2008! Just think how he feels today after witnessing several more years of this nonsense!

    =============
    Never heard of San Francisco Sentinel so I Googled it

    The San Francisco Sentinel is a Gay Jewish website.

    Of what you know of V or the little that I know you can appreciate the humor and irony here.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Paul Soliai seems to be the preferred NT in Miami. I wanted either him or Jason Hill with our 3rd pick that year. We got Hill so I can’t comlain, except for the way we used Hill. Miami took Soliai in the 4th.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If it is just being cheap, Manny for one year 3 million is a no brainer. There is more to this story than just money. I’m not just talking about Manny, but the whole scenario. I think Harbaugh is turning this roster for a reason.

  51. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why did Nolan? He (they) want guys they think will either buy into the system they are proposing, or they want to get rid of percieved ‘problem’ guys.
    .
    Lawson and Goldson have been making noise for a while now about how they want their paydays. The reluctance to sign them can mean Harbaugh doesn’t want ‘me-first’ guys, or Jed doesn’t want to pay them, or they don’t fit the system Fangio is installing.
    .
    Which is it? No one knows without being inside the walls.

  52. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, that is too funny.

  53. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I always knew he protested too much.

  54. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh well. James Jones (a gimme if the Niners wanted him) signed a 3 year deal to stay in GB.

  55. robNo Gravatar says:

    it’s becoming clear that the niners were trying to do the usual ‘sign your own ‘ and add a kicker and a backup in free agency thing and got caught off guard by the post CBA free agent spree ! the funny thing is the only free agent we might re-sign might be the one i don’t want !
    franklin is getting the proper amount of interest from other teams in this free agent frenzy … none ! laugh at flying V all you want he’s been right all along ! we’re handicapped by dr deyorkian’s stubborn refusal to sign any free agents of value !
    imo before this free agency period we needed a CB and NT !
    now we need
    a CB , NT , OLB , ILB , C , QB , CB , WR !

  56. robNo Gravatar says:

    i predict 6-10 this year 7-9 next year and harbaugh goes on to one of the top college programs and wins a national title !
    we promote an assistant and go 4-12 !

  57. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Come on, Rob. You can’t go from happy pony land to Dennisville in one day.

  58. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Signing a boatload of free agents is a stop-gap measure, Rob. It won’t get them over the hump and long-tern it does nothing. Especially since they’ve tied their wagon to Alex Smith. This year is an evaluation period. No need to spend a shitload of money on guys who would more than likely get one year deals.
    .
    Harbaugh will get 3 years to do his thing. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this team can’t be fixed in one preseason. It sucks that this season is a wash before it starts, but going the free agent route will only prolong the agony. We might go 8-8 or 9-7, but then what? False delusions of growth. A let down in 2012.

  59. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    …happy pony land to Dennisville in one day.

    Chuck wins the internet for today.

    Its all going to come down to the QB. Alex will be mediocre this year, and with the weakened defense, will probably keep us under .500… then it’s just a matter of whether Kaep is the man, and how long it takes for him to get there. If not, we find someone else. I still say we draft a QB in the first round until we find what we need.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The best way to surmize our off-season so far is ‘No news is Niner news’.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca is coming up with some good stuff here lately!

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK
    i didn’t want a boatload of free agents ! i wanted lawson , goldson and spikes re-signed !
    i wanted franklin to be let go and clements released or restructured !
    i wanted one of my top three D-line free agents (cofield , mebane or jenkins ) and one of my top free agent corners (joseph or carr) !
    lastly either re-sign baas or go after kreutz !

  63. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK

    none of my free agency ideas were unrealistic !

    also i wouldn’t be surprised if harbaugh jumps ship to a top 5 college program after only 2 years here !

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Welcome to the land of plans coming to not!

  65. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER
    it’s plans coming to naught and if you read my 9:35 you’ll see my thoughts on that !
    oh, and btw what are you doing on at this time of day ?

  66. robNo Gravatar says:

    coffee break ?

  67. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Naught . . .
    .
    But I digress
    .
    Lawson, Goldson, and Spikes? Oh my . . .
    .
    Frankly Rob, I’m exactly opposite on who I think they should have kept. AF is looked upon as one of the better NTs in the league. He’s not getting money thrown at him, but that’s a side issue. It could change soon. Lawson has shown very little to warrant a multi-year contract. Same with Goldson.
    .
    Yes, I wanted them to go after Carr. And Kruetz. But they are in evaluation mode. They want to assess what they have before hitting the FA market. Next year will be a lot different.
    .
    Either that or they are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. If that’;s the case, then the wheels will fall off yet again, and we’re back to square one.

  68. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK
    I hope you’re right , but i think my 9:35 is !
    lawson only got 3 mil for one year !
    losing players and not getting any is no way to win !

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    anybody want to buy a bonzai plant ?

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Is that a Bonzai plant or Nate Clements in man coverage.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- I’m in between appointments. I’m here for another 30 minutes, please tip the waitress and try the veal!

  72. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Between the 37 LBs they have, they’ll be able to cover the limited production given them by Haralson and Lawson.
    .
    As OLBs their job 1 in the Nolanuskytary defense was to get pressure on the QB. Neither did much in that regard. Why sign Lawson for anything? Goldson is tweeting smack out there. What has he done? Short of a good stretch of 6 games in 2009, he hasn’t done a hell of a lot. Last year was a big regression for him. Ergo, no multi-year deal.
    .
    The times have changed due to the weird FA period. Sorry, guys . . .

  73. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Abrayo Franklin signs a 1 year deal with the Saints. Rob & Ray McDonald can sleep easy tonight.

  74. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    One problem with the defense is that Fangio has not had an opportunity to see his players on the field before a couple of days ago. Because of that, he has not decided exactly how he is going to structure his defense (supposedly it will be to our strengths – and I suppose one could, without being facetious, reply, “What strengths?”, but we digress).
     
    Kind of hard to fill slots when you have not decided exactly what you’re going to do.
     
    The only spot on offense I would look at a free agent for (other than QB, which will not happen, as they are way overpriced and underperforming), is center. And even there, there are two kids that Harbaugh is going to want to look at.
     
    I’m willing to very grumpily concede this year as an evaluation and rebuilding year, and not get ourselves into Cap Hell trying to fill way too many holes. But we better damned well see some progress by this time next year. Either that, or the effing Mayans had better be right.

  75. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Well said Grumpy, agree all the way:
    1) evaluation mode should have happened months ago but no, CBA lockout instead. We are far behind established programs going into FA period and the season.
     
    2) applies to offense and especially defense.
     
    3) Unca has it right: lower expectations for upcoming season, hand we are dealt is very poor.
     
    With Franklin gone to Saints I don’t expect we’ll be signing any other NT. After pre-season and the coaches have a clue as to what we need and what’s available we may pick up a few players to plug holes. Agree, it’s a 3 year plan and there’s nothing we can do change the situation we are in. Which sucks

  76. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    seems to me this is a paring of the discontented ones,Franklin was a bum until his contract year then he became decent enough to get the franchise tag, now he gets a 1yr deal with N.O.
    Lawson he’s another guy who never lived up to his potential and made a good pile of cash after blowing out his knee and then playing middle of the road he gets a 1yr deal 3mil good luck in the pit thats called Cincy.
    clements another guy who holds himself in high esteem mr lock down no ball security lost us at least 2 games single handedly % mil a yr for 2 yrs there’s a constant theme going on here these guys are not getting long term deals because there really not that good.
    I like the develop some of the young guys and build through the draft that Bill walsh used when the team gets better the top free agents will know it and will want to come here as the team sits now rookie HC and the lock out makes the 9ers bottom feeders or big payers, better to hold the fort and work towards a gradual rise than try to buy your way up and put your self in a huge hole like the team was in after the 94 season blown cap and needing to dump the best players for inferior talent, with a HOF QB didn’t get too far in the play offs after that, just got schooled by GB and Favre every freakin year.
    I want to see how well the team performs with this new structure, might just catch a few teams by surprise 12 days till the first pre season game

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This could be a year heavy on the 4-3.

  78. robNo Gravatar says:

    first bit of good news this month ! aldon smith is getting raves from camp !
    aldon lined up next to mcdonald , sopoaga and justin s. might give us our first decent pass rush in years !
    now if they just get willis in on the pass rushing !

  79. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Keep the faith Rob!

  80. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I knew the doomer suit didn’t fit you, Rob . . .
    .
    Cheers

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Comp Pick Trifecta almost complete.
     
    We apparently are waiting to see what we have as Grumpy has already mentioned and, we’ll likely be seeking some less than stellar FA options closer to the middle of the pack. Wait until a game or 2 of Pre Season activity is in the books, watch the waiver the wires, then pick and choose accordingly.
     
    Maiocco reporting CB CRogers and C JGoodwin have been in for visits so, we can assume the needs are still there and being worked on. Both guys are durable productive guys that can be had off the bargain rack.
     
    I’d still be interested in Tamba Hali, Donte Whitner, Gerard Warren and maybe Pat Williams to help on the Defensive side too.

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is Tamba Hali available? This guy is a premier pass rusher. Donte Whitner is a major bust. Gerrard Warren is useless these days and Pat Williams might have another year left, but he sure didn’t look good last year. Plus IIRC, he will be suspended for his first 4 games for Starcaps.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just read that veterans that have to wait until Thursday to practice don’t count against the cap until Thursday. Expect a new wave of free agents the next two or three days. Is this what we are waiting for?

  84. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I think there’s going to be some bargain basement guys available once teams get an idea of where they stand re the cap. This team barely has the bodies to fill the roster so they’ll get M-O-R guys.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners got their veteran CB
    They just signed Carlos Rogers
    to a one year contract

  86. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    Rodgers gets allot of good reviews his only knock it seems is his catching ability when he has a ball hit him in the hands he has a hard time pulling in the int.
    he is a solid pick up another good addition

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Waiting to see how the Asante Samuels situation in Philly will shake out too.
     
    He’s due some heavy coin and they just added DRC and Nnamdi of course. Not sure if he Cap straps them but, I wouldn’t deal away any picks to get him, they may have to take a chance on the waiver wire with him.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    bigtim, I’d be happy to see him break up passes. Our secondary has consistantly been a step late and, int’s have pretty much not been a strong suit of ours.
     
    Hopefully he comes to play as Clements did and improves the on field results.

  89. robNo Gravatar says:

    amobi okoye and pat williams sound good !

  90. robNo Gravatar says:

    not bad ! carlos rogers sounds like a good replacement for clements ! rogers was drafted in 05 in rd. one and timed at 4.4 n the forty , so he should be better deep/vs. fast WR’s than clements !

  91. robNo Gravatar says:

    antwan odom would be worth looking at !

  92. robNo Gravatar says:

    now olin kruetz please

  93. robNo Gravatar says:

    osi umenyiora for a 2nd rd. pick !

  94. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  95. club penguin cheatsNo Gravatar says:

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2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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