It’s a Mad, Mad Whirl

The 2011 NFL season finally lost all its asterisks Thursday and the new league year is now officially underway. Miilionaires and billionaires can now mingle together in peace and harmony, as the evil lawyers have been banished from the kingdom for ten long years. Roll the credits on this weeper and let’s play some football!

The 49ers endured the slings and arrows of an outraged blogopolis for the first week of the free agency/trading period, then roared into action the past two days, signing a pro bowl center to replace the departed not-even-close pro bowl center David Baas, a super-talented but occasionally miscreant WR, and completely revamping the secondary, leaving CB Shawntae Spencer as the lone holdover from last year’s starting group.

Of course, the wise denizens of Outsider Village are already aware of these news tidbits, which are supplied out of journalistic courtesy for any wayward souls Googling up “Raiders Suck” and landing on this site for their efforts. Hi guys! You’ve come to the right place. Raiders suck here 24/7/365!

So, Jim Harbaugh has about five weeks to get this newly assembled crew ready to whip ass on the Seattle Seahawks. I’ll vote yes, but, hey, I’m a party guy. There are sizeable resistance forces still roaming the streets of the village that won’t vote yes till the 49ers win that ever elusive 9th victory of the season. And that vote won’t be cheerful unless the team wins at least ten games and makes the playoffs.

It does not appear, either, that the team is finished wheeling and dealing. Taylor Mays was dangled by mass email to the entire league on Thursday and Harbaugh admitted that they had received about 8 inquiries regarding Mays’ availability, which prompted the posting of the public auction. Expect Mays to be moved quite soon. There is also the matter of the 3rd QB, who does not appear to be currently on the roster.

Lots of action ahead, guys. An almost daily dose of football activity to bitch and moan about. Blogsty heaven! Get out those tomatoes, fill your quiver with arrows, load up on the sling shot pellets, dip those blow darts in poisonous frog venom. We’re off and running (and passing)!

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  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    whitner
    2009 G10 tackles 42 15 57 INT 2- 104 YDS
    2010 G16 tackles 96 44 140 INT 1- 37 YDS

    4.45 40

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wise denizens!? Where!? 😉
     
    My concept of the Village probably involves a little darker decor than yours, Skeebs. I like skulls on stakes, myself. Alex would make a nice addition.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Alex on a stick. Interesting.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Maiocco:
     
    “49ers’ deal for WR Braylon Edwards is $1M base w/no guaranteed money. He only gets full $3.5M if he catches 90 passes and makes Pro Bowl.”
     
    Whoa. That’s quite a challenge. And incentive to stay out of trouble.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to nickname Braylon Edwards, “Ginsu.” Remember the old Ginsu knife commercial? Given his recent trouble with his cousins in that Michigan night club…”He slices and dices! But wait, there’s more! He drives drunk! 49er operators are standing by. Call now. But remember this is Braylon Edwards we’re talking about. Don’t be surprised if your call is dropped.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis I didn’t know there was a third “Righteous Brother”.
    If he’s a good citizen and productive on the field as a Niner then I am happy.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How the hell is Edwards going to catch 90 passes in this offense with Vernon being the #1 target? Not to mention who’s gonna be throwing him the ball. Not to mention he’s going to get suspended. Not to mention he gonna wear #81. Can you say, “Diva number?”
     
    90 catches and makes the Pro Bowl? Sure. That’ll happen right after #11 throws 30 TDs and makes the Pro Bowl himself. None chance!

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit and Del- I’d say “you’ve got that loving feeling” is not echoing here! But at least you’ve got an “unchained melody” going! Which one of you is the third Righteous Brother?

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis Dave Parks and Russ Francis were not divas

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One week to first Preseason game against the Saints.
    Are you ready for some football?

  11. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dave Parks. There’s a name from the distant past. He was late 60s?

    Dennis, it’s a GOOD thing that Edwards has to work for his money.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dave Parks 49ers first round pick in 1965 out of Texas Tech
    He was my favorite player until he bolted for the Saints through some loophole in his contract
    Do you recall the Niners drafting Terry Beasley out of Auburn with their first round pick in the ’70s, Pat Sullivan’s go to receiver but he turned out to be a bust because of injuries

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, you cannot say anything “GOOD” about the Edwards signing. Need I remind you that on your very own blog you responded to the possibility of signing Edwards with, “f**k Edwards!”
     
    I hope to hell he ends up spending the year in jail. Or at the very least Goodell gives him what he has coming in the form of a 4-6 game suspension.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Edwards contract might not be guaranteed, but if he makes the opening day roster he gets the 1 million guaranteed because of his veteran status.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To quote Hannibal Smith
    “I love it when a plan comes together”
    or would you prefer the BA Baracus “I pity the Fool who done this to me”?

    The Niner “A Team” has struck in stealth mode

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Unless Edwards gets pulled over by the CHP or has one of his cousins stap another bounce before now and Opening Day, he’ll get that $1M. He’s going to be our starting WR opposite Morgan. Do any of you, aside from Bullit, think Crabtree will be ready for Seattle? Me either.
     
    And what’s the deal with Taylor Mays? The Niners will be lucky to get a late rd draft choice at this point. If not, can you say “goodbye to our 2nd rd bust?”

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I’m awaiting for you to take me up on my wager this year. You think the 49ers are gonna win? Say it with your pocketbook. I could use some chump’s money to offset some other chump’s losses at the track.

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    i still say stealth would be good … unless it’s in wins !
    like 6 times in 16 games !

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    i still think we got caught napping ! making a play for nnamdi a. and after it didn’t work we fell apart !
    for a team that said ‘we won’t be major players in free agency’ we signed a boatload of guys !
    we signed about 8 mid priced free agents !
    what happened to building through the draft!
    i guess we only do that when the good free agents are there ! you know , guys like jonathan joseph and cofield !
    imo adding these two to the team we had would have been the way to go !

  20. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, you think it’s better to hold on to Mays?
    .
    Better they cut their losses and be done with it.
    .
    In other words, give it a f*cking rest already. We get it. Anything they do is the stupidest thing possible. Even if you agree with it . . .

    They got Edwards because Crabs is hurt. It’s a one-year deal. You may not like it. I may not like it. But the move makes sense.

  21. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    moaning and complaining about 1 yr contracts whats that all about, there transition players for Harbaugh and if they step up and perform then sighn them again.
    all the while look for the future in the draft, looks like the Harbaugh/Baalke plan is to field a competitive team, part of that means getting some proven players not on last years roster,the culture of the team needs changing and that sometimes requires some personal changes, so far I don’t seen alot of down side to whats been going on,and from the tweeting going on from goldson he is done and so are the niners with him

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis I already replied to your wager proposal.
    You ignored it so I took it as
    you usual hissy fit.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The guys they signed are all unrestricted free agents.
    It’s costing money out of the York
    pocketbook. No draft choices or future considerations.
    Not sure about the whining. What’s the deal?

  24. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey dennis – If I ever have to go to court, please don’t be on my jury.

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I saw you deflected my wager with something about escrow. I’m not talking real estate. Nor does a third party need be involved. I’m not even talking money for that matter. I make bets all the time that involve money. That’s why God invented horses. I’m talking something a little different. A something a little personal. The loser loses his privileges to blog here and at the Insider for the entire year of 2012. And since the world is gonna end 12/21/2012, it’s not even a whole year anyway.
     
    I say the 49ers will not do this year what they haven’t done for the past eight. The Niners will not post a winning season for this year making it nine consecutive non-winning seasons.
     
    I’ll agree to the terms. I’m in. What say you?

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, right you are. I’m sick and goddamn tired of seeing people like Casey Anthony get away with murder. If I’m on yours or anyone else’s jury for that matter I’m not paying attention to anything that the lawyers or witnesses have to say. I’ll be busy working on my fantasy football team during that time. But when it comes time to poll me in the jury room — GUILTY!

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. Speaking of FF I guess I will have to flag BE as a potential starting WR.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis I can’t do that to Skeebers. What will happen to all the kleenex people bought for you?
    First you blast at me to say it with my pocketbook. Then you say it’s not about the money.

    I’ll let you know before the start of the regualr season.

    Let me just ask you this. You say you’ll always be a Niners fan. I just don’t see if this is the case
    how you can bet against them or watch a game and root against them. How do you come to terms with this? I couldn’t root against them especially for a stupid bet.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to 2-14, Dennis? Now you’re all the way up to 8-8 ain’t good enough. Back pedaling, no doubt about it.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m HOPING for 2-14. But I know realistically speaking that’s but a pipe dream. Especially given our shit division and games vs CLE and CIN.
     
    But yes, as a lifelong 49er fan I can honestly say I would rather us finish 2-14 this year and draft Andrew Luck than finish 6-10 or 7-9 again. If we’re gonna lose, let’s really lose!

  31. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis you crack me up. You and Rob gotta be the biggest comedians on here.
     
    BTW saw a report that for Edwards to get the $2.5 mil balance he’s got to have 90 catches OR make the Pro Bowl. Chuck prolly saw the character risks and said ‘no way’ but maybe JE’s connection with Harbaugh through his dad at Michigan will help settle the guy down?
     
    Ok I’m off to the big city. Gonna buy the big carton of kleenex and a couple beach towels.
     

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, aside from the fact that we won’t be drafting Luck and we have Kaepernick for next year and 6-10 or 7-9 is certainly in range of 9-7 or 10-6, then it would seem logical to root for the team this year, which any fan would do. You can’t do it for the simple reason it would mean Smith did well at QB this year which you have assured us is impossible and this would embarrass hell out of you to be so dreadfully wrong. Simple. Case closed. It’s all about Smith.

  33. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Naw that’s too logical Skeebs, couldn’t be that.

  34. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    that may create a real schism in the bogosphere if Smith were to actually perform at a high level.
    and who knows resign for 2 more years can you say melt down by those who have invested so much into bashing smith into the ground while ignoring the mitigating factors such as coaching etc…
    can Colin step up and learn the pro game, he has the tools and is given high praise for his arm strength and accuracy, but his big area of improvement needs to be in pocket presence and getting rid of the ball quickly.
    sound familiar sure it does,allot like Smith, there’s allot of the whole 6 years of fail being thrown out there but smith is only 3.5 years older than Kaep with allot more starting experience good or bad he has been under fire,I am curious to see how well he does when the line keeps him on his feet, instead of running for his life.
    Edwards is going to be looking to prove the nay sayers wrong he knows he needs to get his act together this year would be a good time to start

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Smith has a lot of deep insecurity and bad habits to overcome. Harbaugh is a good QB coach but it’s hard for a guy to salvage his career at QB once it goes off the track. Guys like Plunkett (or for that matter, John Brodie in 1965) are very much the exception.
     
    Kaep is at least a clean slate in the NFL. Lots to learn, but not so much to unlearn.
     
    Much of being an NFL QB is confidence, even arrogance. When adversity comes this year, and I guarantee you we will have our share, watch Alex. If he can learn not to let it get to him, he’ll have a chance of real improvement. But if you see that slumped shoulders, deer in the headlights, slinking off the field we’ve seen in the past… well, then, it’s time to turn the page.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- Add Jim Harbaugh to your list with Plunkett and Brodie. His career turned around in either 6 or 7 when he went to the Colts and finally had a decent offensive coach, Tom Moore. He had always been dragged down by Ditka before that.

  37. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    lets not leave out Mr back up Rich Gannon he really was floundering as a career back up until he and Gruden had a pretty good run to the superbowl

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    first post
    on my ‘new’ laptop !
    yay !

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Have you seen how hands on Harbaugh’s coaching style is?
    He’s a teacher.
    Delanie Walker called him a mad scientist. The playbook has Vernon or Delanie lining up as a H back and sneaking out for passes.
    If nothing else the offense should be opened up.
    Walker also said Harbaugh had a more mental approach to football rather than physical. Shades of Bill Walsh!!!

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, the fact that we have Kaepernick has nothing to do regarding if we would draft Luck next year. The Panthers drafted the Pickle two years ago in the 2nd rd (one pk ahead of Taylor Mays. that makes two busts now) then took Cam with the 1st overall this year. If you think if the Niners had the opportunity to draft Luck and would pass because they already have Kaepernick — you don’t know a damn thing about football.
     
    And if, IF we did well this year, it would be all about S****…getting hurt this year!

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We won’t draft Luck because we won’t go 2-14 like you predicted.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where’s our vet 3rd QB to “compete” with #11? They never had any intentions of bringing in a legit vet QB to compete when Harbaugh and Co. said they would “throw out the balls and let them compete.” They handed the job to the POS 7-yr vet long since ago.
     
    Another bold-face lie by this organization.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Goodness gracious. Haubaugh has not kept Dennis fully informed of his plans. Horrors!

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I should write Harbaugh a letter to tell him to call Del so he can keep him more informed!

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Great idea. Then he could complain about things before they happen instead of afterward.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Where you been, igloo man? I was about ready to send out a sled dog team to check up on you. Got your camera ready for another photo op season?

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis I told you two weeks
    Still time to sign a QB

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Another two weeks? We’d have played our first two preseason games by then. How the hell is this QB supposed to “compete?”
     
    Admit it, you “49er tell it like it is how the team tells to propagandist.” They were handing the job to your boy all along.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ32WH1tGgg&feature=related

  49. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    What Harbaugh is not consulting with Dennis and the rest of us? Holy shit what are they paying us for? Surely this team is ignoring its top-flight consultants and is gonna go off the rails, doomed to fail, fail and fall far short of all the recent glorious success. I hate it when amatuers don’t listen to us professionals. Know what I mean??

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely. How else could we keep up with the intricate details of Alex’s failings, Norris’ whiffs, and Iupati’s pancakes? You might actually have some offensive sequences that are poetry in motion instead of bulldozer vanilla.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good thing we didn’t draft Amukamara. He was last first rounder to sign his contract and then stepped on the field and promptly broke his foot.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cards Adrian Wilson tore a triceps muscle and might be gone for the year. Instead of signing Goldson they opted to sign Matt Ware

  53. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NF what do you think we are going to look like this year? Offense and defense? We’ve had so many changes of personnel, not to mention coaches, I dunno what to think.
     
    Yes vote on the replays!

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I remember early in the off-season the experts were saying Donte Whitner was a bust and the Bills would not try to keep him. This morning I read on twitter a warning from a fan that he will never live up to expectations. I sure hope they are wrong since we just gave him 11 mil. He had about 140 tackles last year. That is not bad. So what is the problem? Is he bad in coverage? I guess we’re about to find out for ourselves.
    .
    BTW, looks like Goldson is visiting the Pats today.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    For the above post, the fan with the warning about Whitner was a Bills fan.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Might just be a Bills fan who expected Whitner to live up to being a top ten draft pick. Doesn’t mean he isn’t a good player and an upgrade for us.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He replaces Goldson. I doubt he could be worse. My point is those comments are not what you like to see when you just shelled out 11 million dollars. I’m hoping those comments prove to be wrong.
    .
    BTW, I read this morning that Goldson wanted 20 million from us.

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Whitner replaces Michael Lewis and Reggie Smith replaces Goldson. A double win as I see it.

  59. robNo Gravatar says:

    goldson to the patriots ? hmm
    i said i wanted to see him play for a good coaching staff ! does the fact that NE is interested in goldson say anything guys ?

  60. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Whitner has worse hands than Ted Ginn, from what I’m hearing. He’s averaged one pick a year for 5 years. Not as bad as Mark Roman – but then is anyone as bad as Roman? – but hardly Ed Reed territory either.

    Considering Goldson was lots of potential but little productivity, it’s probably a small upgrade. I’m higher on him than I am on Rogers. A CB with no confidence is a grocery bagger waiting to happen.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, the coaching staff is the big improvement for the secondary. I would just want to throw up when we would start a game in some form of prevent defense last year. I would rather be aggressive and give up some home runs than to lose the TOP battle each week.
    .
    Carlos Rogers told the press that Harbaugh said to him something similar to this; we want turnovers, we’ll give up some scores but I want to get off the field fast and get the ball back to the offense because my offense will score. I liked hearing that!

  62. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather see more press too, Berger, but Rogers’ game has been keep it in front and give a big cushion. Unless his confidence makes a big tick upward, it’s going to be hard to break that habit.

    One guy to keep an eye on is Tremaine Brock. He’s quietly worked on his game and seems to be pushing Tarell for the NB / dime back slot. Since he is cheaper than Tarell, he might win any ties there. They’ll likely keep Culliver at CB too, as he is very raw but has some potential. That puts either Tarell or Adams on the bubble. I’d rather give Adams time to heal fully than wait another year for Tarell to justify his roster spot.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s what Profootballweekly has to say of Rogers:
     
    “His poor hands have kept him from elite CB status, but Rogers is an excellent cover man with good strength and athleticism. He is the anti-DeAngelo Hall in that regard. Rogers almost certainly is moving on to another team, where his press-man coverage skills could work well with a blitzing scheme. Don’t be shocked if he signs elsewhere within the division”
     
    And this about Whitner:
     
    “Whitner is a playmaking safety, but he hasn’t lived up to his billing in Buffalo after being picked No. 8 overall in 2006. He still has the tools to improve a team’s secondary, but he has not developed into being the top-tier safety the Bills hoped he would become.”

  64. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping the O-line will get better quickly. We have a decent center in Goodwin now – I was never a big Baas fan – and the kids have a year of experience. Right Guard is still a big question mark with Chilo. Either he makes a big jump in production or we look hard at starting Snyder there. Staley will be steady, if not spectacular, but can he stay healthy a whole year. Boone could end up being damned important if not. Iupati should continue to only get better. Davis is young, and a lot of the long term outlook revolves around whether he blossoms or not.
     
    It won’t come together by week one, but by the end of the season, I’m hoping the line will not leak like a sieve with a Chinese Fire Drill in the backfield on every play.

  65. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks NF I’ll study that a bit. Laboy to Chargers, damn.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    IMO, our offensive line is one of our strengths. I expect they’ll be OK by the opening game and really good by game 4.

  67. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I’m getting a good feeling about the direction we’re headed in. Change is good and I think Harbaugh and Baalke(sp) have played it pretty well so far. If I could just get over my anger/disgust/and overall loser attitude about A. Smith, I would say we have a shot at the division.

  68. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The results may not be there for a while, because as the QB position goes, so goes the offense. But if the line gels, his successor will reap the benefits.

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    good info skeebs on the new DB’s ! i thought the carlos rogers signing was a pretty good one ! whitner for goldson … not sold yet ! i still wanted to see goldson and lawson play for a top head coach !

  70. robNo Gravatar says:

    just got back from fishing and swimming with the manatees off boca grande !

    doing this …
    http://www.lousbonsai.biz/

    with the new laptop
    http://ivona.ru/templates/images/texts/3_6652Panasonic_CF-W2_2.jpg

    anybody wanna buy a bonsai tree ?

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob Goldson wanted an elite contract but he digressed last year and wasn’t an elite player.
    Whitner almost had twice the number of tackles Goldson did.
    If Whitner is making tacles the other team isn’t scoring.

  72. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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