Power Shifts

The first decade of the 21st Century was dominated by three teams: the Colts, the Patriots, and the Steelers. Those three teams accounted for six of the ten SB champions. Philadelphia, Baltimore, and San Diego had good teams that always came up short. And the AFC was the stronger conference.

The landscape seems to be changing in decade number two. The Colts have already collapsed, and both the Steelers and Patriots seem to be living on borrowed time. San Diego has fallen from best team to always fail to just average. Philadelphia and Baltimore are still good, but not good enough. And the NFC appears to be the stronger conference now.

In the AFC, the Texans appear to be emerging as a powerhouse, but none of the other teams currently exhibit that potential. In the NFC, however, there are several big time teams that will be good for many years. The Saints, Packers, Giants, and, yes, our very own San Francisco 49ers. It’s gonna be a ten year war, folks.

Of these four NFC teams, three have already won SBs and the other one, we’uns, haven’t. The 49ers first have to prove that 2011 wasn’t a fluke year before anybody outside the Niner fan base would consider them in the same elite breath as the other three teams.

The Giants are a weird group. They tend to flounder around each season, never more than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, and every fourth or fifth year, when the planets align correctly, they ride their defense and luck to a title. They are more likely to be unseated in the NFC East next year by the Eagles than go 13-3 and wow the league.

The Saints are the NFC version of the Patriots. All offense, little defense. Awesome regular season, phhffftt in the playoffs. Drew Brees is 33 and his window of excellence, like that of the soon to be 35 year old Tom Brady, will be closing soon. There’s also a young QB rising in Carolina that could make it a tough haul in the NFC South in the coming years.

The Packers look good to go for many years, especially if they fix their defense. And the 49ers can join them with another superior performance in 2012, especially if they fix their offense.

It might be noted that the Cowboys have not been mentioned here. Hahaha. Those clowns will never win anything as long as Jerry Jones and Tony Romo are running the circus. Even if Romo goes, there’s still Jerry. Jones is heading down Al Davis road. But Davis knew football. Jones doesn’t. It can’t get anything but worse as his brain cells fail to keep up with his face lifts. That’s another difference between Jones and Davis. Al rode his face hard and scarred to the very end. Real football guys just don’t do cosmetic surgery.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lot’s of times it seems that personal opinions are presented here as facts. I always try to provide the name of my source or a link.
    Yesterday a juvenile posted this
    “Manning’s numbers – 17 million if kept, 10 million if released”
    I requested a source or a link and was met with the usual stonewall silence.
    I try to fact check or provide a creditable soirce to most everything I post.
    If proven wrong I believe an apology is in order.
    Just too much BS and it only comes from a few whose judgement is clouded by hate and they end up reaching cuz otherwise they have nothing.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last night the Santa Clara City Council voted 5-1 for the new stadium to begin construction.
    That should start in May and be completed by Aug 2014.
    As an end result the Niners are consideringmaking a bid to host Super Bowl L. That’s Super Bowl 50 if you’re Latin challenged.
    http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2012/02/the-l-word-49ers-could-host-50th-super-bowl.html

  3. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Bucs just hired Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant. The operative word being senior. I can hear Jimmy using his head to work his magic up in the booth now — THUD!

  4. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Unbelievable, Dennis. I mean his body of work here is enough to keep him out of the league. But then again, I thought the same thing for Nolan . . .

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The return of the SCO! Perhaps we should send some informative info to Tampa Bay bloggers on this sensationally dull concept.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Raye needs to just enjoy his golden years, enjoy life. The NFL is a younger man’s game and too fast now for Jimmy as evidenced by his last stint with the Niners.

    Imagine Raye running the Oregon offense implementing a fast break offense every 23 seconds using signal boards. Interesting

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0eXg4GUui4

  7. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, I forgot Teflon Mike went to the Falcons. And Aluminum Mike is clinging to his Vikings LB coach job . . .

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Mark Sando ESPN.
    His thoughts on Eddoe D and the HOF.
    Eddie really does really care for hisex players and has a big heart. He was with Freddie Solomon during his final days.

    “•Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. did not make the reduction from 15 to 10. I think it’s tougher for voters to quantify how owners and even coaches — think Bill Parcells, who missed the cut from 10 to five — contributed to their teams’ success. The discussions for Parcells (55-plus minutes) and DeBartolo (42-plus minutes) were more than twice as long as the discussions for other candidates. Hall bylaws prevented voters from considering the legal troubles and suspension that preceded DeBartolo’s exit from the game.
    •DeBartolo was a finalist in part because he hired Bill Walsh, promoted a winning culture, cared tremendously for his players and helped win five Super Bowls. He spent this weekend with former 49ers player Freddie Solomon, who is in the final days of a battle with cancer. The 49ers’ renewed success this past season also reflected well on DeBartolo, who has become a tremendous resource for current team president Jed York, his nephew.”

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN just eliminated Jaworski from the Monday Night Football team. It will now be just Tirico and Gruden in the booth.

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If Peyton is forced to retire, he’ll be the third in the booth.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Don Banks from SI if reporting that Manning underwent a fourth unreported neck surgery. They’re pulling out the chair in the booth for him now.
    http://tinyurl.com/6qgjnao

  12. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It’s been rumored for a few months now that Manning went to Europe to get one or even two more surgeries than initially reported.
    .
    Thank god Jaworski is out. Now we need to work on Chris Collinsworth. I love Al Micheals, but Collisworth makes Al annoying … and that’s hard to d ’cause most Als are geneouses.
    .
    T-minus 27 days and counting before we know the real story about how Jim Harbaugh feels about Alex Smith…. and about how the rest of the league feels about Alex Smith….

  13. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Manning’s also rumored to be interested in the Texans.
    .
    That’s a smart move on Manning’s behalf if he’s leaking that interest. It puts pressure on Irsay. Irsay doesn’t want Manning in the division. Irsay made a smart counter move yesterday, however, claiming, “Nobody wants to be the bad guy,” probably responding to the rumor Manning wants to play in the division, for the Texans. Talk about going from hero to zero in Indy if Peyton does that, and Irsay’s right to shed light on it. It’s the game outside the lines that the 49ers were so bad at for the last ten years. I mean, how’d we let TO go for a can of beans?
    .
    CBS has the Texans taking Mohamed Sanu in the first round of their mock. That means Sanu wouldn’t even be available to us. That would suck. But can you imagine the Texans getting Manning and Sanu? With that defense and that running game? Manning to Andre Johnson? If it happens, Kubiak wouldn’t be worried about Schaub’s feelings like Harbaugh would be about Smith’s. Kubiak would just be attacking Super Bowls, while Harbaugh played wet nurse to a broken kid.
    .
    Both the Texans and 49ers have great defenses. Both have great running games. The Texans play indoors, which Manning is more accustom to. The Texans have Andre Johnson. The 49ers have Vernon Davis. But Kubiak’s not stuck on stupid with his qb position like Harbaugh. Even if Irsay cuts Manning, Irsay still loses 10 million. Irsay’s in a pickle. I look for him to start talking a lot over the next 27 days. Wigglin’ like a worm on a hook.
    .
    CBS has Alshon Jeffrey falling out of the first round. I’d take Jeffrey even if he ran a 9.2 at the combine. But then again, I recognize there’s no such thing as a reach…. unless you’re talkin’ Micheal Crabtree – who, btw, was projected to go earlier. HA HA… Draft experts… and those who believe ’em. All knuckleheads.

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If DeBartolo hadn’t gotten into his legal jam, he’d be a shoo-in for the Hall.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Texans were on their way to top seed in the playoffs before Schaub went down. They don’t need Manning and have said so. Kind of a ridiculous rumor, but there’ll always be plenty of idiots who would bite on it.

  16. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Or plenty of idiots who think Alex Smith can win a Super Bowl.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thank goodness one of them is our coach!

  18. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Thank goodness the blog host is dumb enough to think so.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I really liked Alshon Jeffrey until Stinky endorsed him.

  20. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I really liked BJ Raji coming out of college, and would be soaking up the glory if it wasn’t for you endorsing him and subsequently turning my stomach. So we’re even.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Mayock is so many words just called Jeffrey a “fat, slow slob who can’t separate.”

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now Kiper and McShay just got through ripping him on ESPN.
    He’s a cinch to be a 49er now.

  23. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Jeffrey is slow, but his separation comes up high, not with his legs. We need a tall receiver who can leap in the back of the endzone – and we need a fast one – Sanu and Jeffrey. Get Sanu in the first and Jeffrey in the second. Doubt Sanu’s there in the first, and I doubt Jeffrey falls to us in the second, but get one of them. If that means drafting Jeffrey in the first, so be it. Don’t give me this crap about a reach. Nobody knows. I would, however, like a conditioned wide receiver. Crabtree is a lump, and if we had Jeffrey, that would make two lumps. Sanu is cut, and could take-up the Jerry Rice conditioning reins.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kiper’s about as spot-on as our resident feeb.

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Look how well Julio Jones worked out for Atl.

  26. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He was the missing piece for the Super Bowl run. Oooops.

  27. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Julio Jones was expensive, but what Julio did for the Falcons was point the finger at Matt Ryan. Ryan either needs to pickup his game, or be dumped. This is why the 49ers need to draft two wide receivers in this year’s draft – to finally eliminate all the Alex Smith excuses. But I’m sure Skeebers will find something else to point the finger at if Smith is re-signed and then plays horrible football. Can’t be the O line. Can’t be the coaches, or inconsistency there. If you draft wide receivers, it’s not the receivers’ fault either. But I’m sure Skeebers will blame Baalke. Oh wait, his stock is high right now. Whatever will Skeebers do? At least the Falcons know for sure Ryan’s a stinker. I know Alex is a stinker, but this blog is light years behind.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If it were up to Spitty we’d have traded V Davis/ F Gore for Mcnabb.
    We’d be in great shape now wouldn;t we?
    It’s obvious this know nothing fool is trying to destroy the 49ers.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not worried about Smith playing horrible because he won’t. You’re sure worried about him playing great, though. And rightly so, you should be worried.

  30. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I enjoyed it when he played “good.” I also enjoyed Halley’s comet.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When the ignoramus speaks shit just flies out of his mouth.
    Matt Ryan threw for 4200 yds 29 TDs and has a 92.2 QB rating.
    Damn what a horrible QB. Hey Eli Manning had a 92.9 QB rating and according to the troll he was the best QB in the NFL.Spitty the self proclaimed QB Guru has no clue what he’s saying as usual.
    Just like that crap about Irsay cutting Peyton Manning loose to be a free agent but giving him $10 mil. Pure BS.

  32. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Halley’s comet, Bullit – did you know that you’re scheduled to get a hit on your blog about the same time it returns? Can’t wait… Hope it’s a good one, buddy.

  33. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34IvWAefyjA&feature=related
    .
    Proof there’s life on Chuck/ Bullit’s blog.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Ryan’s been good in the regular season, but has yet to win a playoff game. I think he’s 0-4. I wonder if the HC Smith is equally at fault, kind of a modern day Schottenheimer. His playoff game plans have been conservative and timid. His defenses have been ordinary.

  35. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Well it’s good to know you’re consistent with making excuses for weak quarterbacks. It’s okay if you like weak quarterbacks, Skeebers. It’s just your thing. I, however, enjoy consistent, great quarterback play…

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Everybody enjoys great QB play, Albert, but many are better at recognizing it than you are.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There certainly wasn’t any consistent great play from your touted fellows that Bullit so kindly listed.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the one QB you consistently panned led his team to the playoffs and won an epic game against the Saints.

  39. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Eli Manning…. enough said.

  40. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    That is kind of what Chuck’s blog has become, though – an archive or historical reference piece. It’s almost like if we want something we have to go down to the basement and dig out stuff from Chuck’s blog. It’s pretty funny, really. I wonder if Chuck has my stuff on microfiche.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the conundrum with Alshon.
    He was a man among boys in College, excellent numbers and won battles due to size.
    Sanu is a battler, similar to Braylon IMO, but Rutgers wasn’t a passing Team.
    Hence, if both were available at 30, I’d add TE Fleener to the mix since he might be more versatile and, about equal as a Red Zone weapon.
    None of the 3 I mention are fast, get separation-type guys.
     
    Might be wiser to land a quality FA WR if we can,then add a mid round burner or 2.
    I mentioned Danny Coale from VA Tech, he’s a 6′ guy with good hands and runs very well.
    There are more than a few guys like him too.
    I’m going to be paying close attention to WR Tommy Streeter from Miami at the Combine.
    He’s big and fast. Not much experience though.
    Might be a good development guy if we can find him in a good spot.

  42. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Read that this draft is full of tall receivers. All I want is some receivers who play with instinct and moxie. Moxie, I tell you. Aldon and Kendal have it.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sanu is great kid. Hard worker and very determined.
    Problem for me is that Rutgers wasn’t anything close to a WCO.
    Maybe he’s a fit? We’ll see what Baalke has in mind.
    One thing for sure, plenty of good WR options coming out in this Class.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Fuller from TX A&M played under ex Packer HC Mike Sherman.
    Problem is, he’s not a separation guy either.
    Big and tough, not sure how to evaluate him either.
     
    With all the focus on the passing game these days the Welker-type slot guys are much tougher to defend, especially if they can work the middle and get isolated with LBs.
    That’s where I think the most depth is as well.
    Victor Cruz made a huge impact and we could use some similar burners to compliment our TE game.

  45. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’m confident Baalke will find us not one but two receivers, another tight end, a safety and a running back. It’s hard to tell right now what receivers they will take, but if they don’t take one with the first pick, it’s a mistake.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    See how things develop at Pick 30.
    I’m sold on RB Doug Martin from Boise.
    My FS safety pick right now is between Harrison Smith and Markelle Martin.
    I overlooked Smith initially because he’s been listed with the SSs.
    After doing some reading, he apparently has plenty of ball skills to handle the FS duties.
    Markelle is faster by the times being advertised now.
    Combine will separate plenty of guys.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be very happy to add either guy from AR.
    Jarius Wright or Joe Adams.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Got a great prospect for DE too.
    He played with Aldon at MO –
     
    Jacquies Smith
    Let’s add another Smith to the DL.
    Kid is durable and quick.
    Looks like he could be a late Rd option too.
    He’s got a Combine invite as well.
     
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1630792/jacquies-smith

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Practice what you preach?
    Words to live by but Spitty never does. He just gives us worthless inane drivel.A couple of Spitty’s Rules for Bloggers
    “Rule Number 1: A player’s draft position and college success does not equal NFL value. A high draft choice only means the team spent more resources to acquire the player. It does not insure said player is equally as good as a lesser round draft choice, or even an undrafted player.”
    “Rule Number 5: Statistics are an important part to winning an argument; however, stats never tell the entire story. Winning is the ultimate measuring stick. I’ll take a qb who wins with a low completition percentage any day over one who just puts up nice numbers year after year but doesn’t have the heart to carry that to a Super Bowl victory”

    Spitty posts his rules and then
    goes against them which is utter nonsensical BS.

  50. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, the best bet at this point is to ignore speckledick.
    .
    He’s trolling. For 2 years all we heard was never to draft WRs inthe 1st round. Now he wants to draft 2 with our first 2 picks. He’s Mitt Romney. Or John Kerry oif you prefer.

  51. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – What the Unca Chuck / Bullit retard show doesn’t realize is that wide receiver is the last part of the puzzle you draft, and you don’t invest high priced draft choices in receivers until you have a quarterback who throw the football – and can actually throw spirals and hit receivers deep with regularity. However, it appears there’s a chance Jim Harbaugh will get stuck on stupid with Smith. The team is growing past Alex Smith, and the result will be friction, but I advocated drafting receivers now because this is the last part of the puzzle the 49ers need to establish. And if you remove all the excuses, and the team is amazing with a mediocre qb, then that’s everyone’s legacy involved in five years. “They had the best team, but Harbaugh couldn’t dump Smith so they never won Super Bowls.” The 49ers did, to Harbaugh’s credit, use a second round pick on Colin Kaepernick who is ready right now. Normally, I’m not a wide receiver in the first round kinda guy, but now the situation calls for it. A wr in the first, a wr in the second.

  52. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    throws*

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not sold on the WR Albert, especially at 30.
    Part of the issue for me is the fact that we got skunked for so many years with poor late Rd picks.
    Alshon scares me, and many of the ‘Pundits’ like Mayock too.
    I see him as being a man among boys in School and lacking the next gear to succeed at the Pro level.
    But, what the hell do I know?
    I read a ton of info, try to dissect numbers and then try to see effort at the Combine.
     
    This WR Class appears to be more condensed with the slot-type guys.
    Manningham for example, the 6′ avg speed, good route runner type.
    I trust Baalke much more than I did Donahue and McCloughan.
    It would not surprise me to see him go after a kid like OG Cordy Glenn, TE Coby Fleener or possibly gamble on CB Janoris Jenkins at 30, only because of the high value associated with guys like that.
     
    I have no doubt that we’ll grab a WR in FA and likely add a Draft pick or two at the position as well.
    I enjoy the research phase and guessing what our Staff will be shopping for.
     
    I also think ABrooks could walk without too much impact to the D.
    Of the FA group, Carlos and Dashon will likely get the most effort to be retained.
    I see plenty of worthy options in the Draft to replace him if he goes.
    Aldons’ buddy, Jacquies from Mizzou, could move to OLB.
    Looks like he’s pretty athletic.
    That’s where the good Scouts make the ‘money’ calls.
    Tweener guys that they can convert.
    Perfect example, Bruce Miller.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe it’s Sanu?
    I’m gonna watch and listen closely to what Tommy Streeter does at the Combine too.
    Tall kid with good speed.
    I think our biggest problems in the WR area were Red Zone effectiveness and Route running.
    Josh should return and help Crabtree with the underneath stuff.
    We need a taller TE with good hands.
    Fleener appears to be a perfect fit.
    Ladarius Green put up good numbers in a smaller school program too.
     
    Spend some time with the CBS link I poster earlier.
    You can sort their database by Pos/speed/height etc and see who jumps out.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a small blurb from ESPN related to Danny Coale VA Tech –
     
    Possesses natural hands. Consistently plucks the ball away from frame and rarely lets ball into frame. Appears natural stabbing the ball on the move and doesn’t break stride. Displays good body control and can open up and make tough catch outside of strike zone. Times leaps well when elevating to high point the football. Flashes ability to fully extend and pull in circus catch.
     
    Sound like a guy we use? Plenty of them to chose from.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the guy he played behind at VA Tech – Jarrett Boykin –
     
    “Has massive, strong hands. Shows the ability to pluck on the run without losing stride. Displays good focus attacking the ball in traffic. Has been very reliable throughout career. ”
     
    Does a nice job of working back to his QB on broken plays. Never gives up on a play. Not afraid to work the middle of the field. Competes hard for the ball in traffic. Has good instincts around the goal line. Physical runner after the catch. Gives solid effort as a blocker. Will work to get into position and has enough size/strength to usually wall off the DB. Overall effort and execution as a blocker is above average for a WR.

  57. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ –
    The 49ers need to create more offensive weapons. They need to upgrade their backup tight end, and move Delanie Walker to backup FB / TE / H back.
    .
    I could see Baalke and Harbaugh winning a Blount, undrafted free agent running back battle for a third RB this year. Harbaugh can recruit, and it’s widely know he has a sophisticated running attack. The third running back just need to hit the hole, know his assignments and not fumble.
    .
    I wouldn’t draft a Stanford guy in the first round until one proves he can be a star on his own without the Harbaugh system. I think Andrew Luck might be more questionable than people in the Bay Area want to believe. Fleener isn’t for me because of the Harbaugh influence.
    .
    The 49ers need to create a wide receiver trio like the Packers and Giants have. Kaepernick will need weapons. Kaepernick will be able to maximize them. Alex Smith will keep Kaep’s seat warm in 2012 if Smith is even on the team.
    .
    Dennis wrote that Mayock spoke poorly of Jeffrey. Mike Mayock is usually pretty good about choosing his words wisely when criticizing players at the combine or at their pro days. Mayock knows his words cost kids money. So if Mayock was critical, there’s a good reason for it, but it’s never as bad or as good as people make it out to be in practice. Show me what you got in games, and Jeffrey was a stud on Saturday. For my money, though, the 30th is for Sanu if he’s there. To me it doesn’t matter if Sanu played at Rutgers. The kid can catch, run, leap, and I have faith Harbaugh could make him into a star regardless if Alex Smith is throwing Sanu wounded ducks or passes at his laces. Eventually, Kaep will be throwing him lasers, and I don’t mean the lasers from two feet away Alex Smith throws.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be just fine with Sanu because I know him to be a quality kid.
    He’s gotten plenty of press in my area from HS to Rutgers.
    I compare him favorably to Braylon simply because he battles to make the catch in traffic.
     
    Agree about Alshon. Seems he’s way outta shape which would send up red flags about work ethic.
    No doubt in my mind that Baalke has his plans scripted for the guys he wants from this Draft. We are solid on D and we’re a young Team.
    I want 2 starters from this Draft.
    Gotta have a WR and another TE.
    I see us making alot of effort to get this Offense on the rails this Season.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s what I like about RB DMartin.
    North/South no gimmicks.Good hands, very versatile.
    See how they play that card.
    They can’t be too impressed with Dixon at this point, dances too much.

  60. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ –
    The 49ers just need to draft a lot of offensive skill position players. If they do that, watch out. Either watch out for the offense in 2012, or watch out the Alexuses.
    .
    The 49ers do need a safety, but I think Goldson is a Niner one way or another next year, so the 49ers will only be drafting to replace Reggie Smith. Reggie played terribly this year. If the 49ers can find a backup safety in the later rounds, I’m find with everything else being offensive skill position players in the draft even if the 49ers lose Carlos Rogers – which I think they will. Culliver, T Brown, T Brock and Holcomb could do the job. Just get me some receivers, tight ends and running backs. I like your kid out of Boise State, but I’d be willing to bet he goes to the Detriot Lions in the second round, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to them in the first round. The Lions need a durable running back who can run single back. Also, I look for the NFL to start using the pistol more often. It’s one thing to have the running back next to the quarterback in the gun, but five yards behind is better. However, having a running back ten yards deep in the backfield won’t fly in the NFL, so I wouldn’t be surprised if teams started going with a mini-pistol – shorter shotgun, shorter running back drop behind the qb.

  61. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    fine*

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ just got me paying attention to Boykin and Coale.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of DTs in this draft, Berg. You should be happy.

  64. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “…on Colin Kaepernick who is ready right now. ”
     
    He is? Who knew!
     

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- A lot of these DTs are pluggers. That is great for what we used to run, but we seem to a lot more penetrating now. Look for decent size athletic guys. Not huge pluggers. We can easily get what we need in rd 1 or 2.

    For NT, there are no Wilforks or Rajis this year. But there are some pluggers. Do we reach? I wouldn’t. I go BPA in 1st round and maybe even in the 2nd. We picked up a guy last year that looked decent for a rookie. Dobbs. And I think Ian Williams might be more of a 3-4 DE than a NT. He is very quick. But our DC seems to like that in Sopoaga. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  66. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fleener would be a great pickup. The little I saw (granted it wasn’t much) of Sanu, I wasn’t all that impressed. He strikes me as being a big guy in a small conference. One who was able to beat press coverage because of his size and strength over inferior talent. Much like VD. The point being, there are MANY talented guys they can get (speed burners like Jarious Wright) in later rounds.
    .
    Yeah, why would we want Fleener when he’s merely a product of Harbaugh’s system? Who would his head coach be if he went to the Niners? That would be like the Niners not going after Joe Montana because of Walsh’s system. Hmmmm. Might want to rethink that one, skippy.
    .
    If the Niners keep Goldson at the price of Rogers, well, they’ve seriously weakened their secondary. Rogers may be older, but Rogers is directly responsible for Goldson’s INT numbers this last season. I don’t see them going that route. They either keep both of them, or let Goldson go.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You can probably find this guy in the 3rd round(scouting report)
    Kheeston Randall Defensive Tackle Texas #91 Senior Pros Physical Ability: Randall has the physical ability and strength that you look for in a defender. Durability: Randall rarely gets injured. Size: Kheeston Randall is 6 foot 5 305 pounds. He has the size to play the 3 technique as a 4-3 defensive tackle or the 5 technique as a 3-4 right end. Learning Rate: Randall learns to adjust to defensive schemes at a really fast rate. Football IQ: Randall has a good football IQ. He came to Texas for the Academics and the Athletics. Some players just come to college for the show, playing as an athlete. Randall is a sharp player he does not play football for those reasons. Awareness: Randall displays good play recognition and awareness skills. Intangibles: Randall showcases some quality intangibles when you watch his game tape as a defensive tackle. Speed: Randall has the speed to play on the defensive line. Pass Rusher: Randall can be an effective pass rusher rushing the quarterback

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Monday 2/20 is the first day teams can slap a franchise tag on their players and have until Mar 6 to do so. This article predicts who might get tagged.
    The prediction is Mike Wallace of the Steelers might escape being tagged. Thinking outside of the box the Niners could make him a contract offer because he is a Restricted Free Agent. Sign him for $45 mil for 4 years. Wallace is a burner and one of the premier deep threats in the NFL.
    Steelers are in Salary Cap Hell and are talking about cutting a bunch of starters to get under.
    If they don’t match the Niner offer it costs you just a #1 pick.
    That would be an ideal trade off.
    Something to think about and most likely wishful thinking.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/16/forecasting-the-franchise-tags/#more-257555

  69. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Still like Poe Poe in the 1st . . .
    .
    Exactly, Bullitt. The thing is, Bowe, Wallace, Colston, or V-J-J could all hit the open market very soon, depending on how shit goes down. All those guys are proven commodities that would easily be worth the pick.
    .
    There’s no telling what happens in the draft until this FA shit happens.

  70. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It took Joe Montana a year and a half to take over the starting job from Steve Deberg. A year and a half. Jim Harbaugh is a master of sales and marketing. You don’t think he loves the Harbaugh / Walsh comparisons? Don’t think for a second he would pass up the opportunity to put Kaep on the same timeline as Montana. Rode the pine year one, took over year two, won the Super Bowl year three? Think that’s lost on Harbaugh?
    .
    At the start of last season Harbaugh said,” Colin could start in the NFL right now.” The owner of the 49ers, Jed York, told the media “Alex Smith is still a young quarterback.” My boy, Troy Aikman, heard that and basically said, “Hogwash, Smith’s been in league eight years,” during the Niner / Giant regular season game. Point being that the 49ers are trying to sell you that Alex Smith is still learning and that his best years are ahead of him. That makes me laugh. Aikman knows. You’d think it would drive me insane, but now it makes me laugh. Where was I?
    .
    Like Urban Meyer said, “Alex Smith can’t extend plays, throw deep, or throw receivers open.” Oh, wait… maybe that’s a misquote. Anyway, what Meyer was basically saying was that there’s not improvisation in Alex’s game, and this is what cost us the NFC Championship game. The qb has to be able to go off the script. Smith isn’t going to learn that, but every year there’ll be alexuses and new spin. Last year it was Camp Alex, this year it’s Caddy Alex.
    .
    Colin Kaepernick is also learning on the job, so by York’s standards, he’s ready. In 2011, Smith basically looked at his primary read and waited for him to get open before he threw the ball. If the guy wasn’t open, he ran for it or threw it away – Very few attempts, completions and the high sack total.
    .
    I don’t remember Smith going through his progressions, throwing for a touchdown. Ha… find that one for me. A second option touchdown that wasn’t a checkdown to a running back. I can only remember Smith extending one play that became successful improvisation in 18 games, and that was the pass to Kendal Hunter in the Philly game. I fell out of my chair, and scharted. (I threw the C in there to make it more ‘c’risp – give it definition. Get off the fense, schart).
    .
    Anyway, Mike Sando wrote that Colin Kaepernick will probably take over as the starter in 2012.
    Put it all together. Montana started a year and half into his career. Harbaugh loves the Walsh / Harbaugh comparisons. Montana was a third, Kaep was a second. Both Kaep and Smith are learning, Smith laid an egg in the championship game. To me, that spells a one year, 4 million dollar deal for Alex Smith, and if Smith don’t like it, he can find it someplace else. Colin Kaepernick could start right now.

  71. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke reportedly scouting a player named Abas hard. Not at the scouting combine. Division II player, maybe division III. Not sure yet.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    As usual you’re jerking everyone off with misinformation.
    No such player and this an old troll trick.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI Spitty was trying to set someone here up to ask about what he said.
    It’s been used by the haters before

    Anybody But Alex Smith (ABAS)

    Sorry but Spitty’s a juvenile tool.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shawntae Spencer is gone.
    The Niners gave him permission to seek a trade

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/niners-talk/post/49ers-expected-to-allow-Spencer-to-seek-?blockID=652458&feedID=2800&awid=6494282577381336253-766

    The youngsters just out performed him.

  75. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT

    i always liked spencer ! do you think he’ll get good money somewhere ?

    imho he’s a pretty good #2 corner !
    i’m not sure why , but the current coaching staff doesn’t seem to like him much !

    is there a chance he might not get any good offers and re-sign here ?
    (probably not huh )

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    When he was inactive for most of the year and healthy the writing was on the wall. They were more confident in their other corners.
    He had his good moments and unfortunately when he was good enough to start the team sucked.
    He was too expensive to keep to not play.

  77. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    yup BULL

    i guess having rogers , brown and gulliver at CB and rogers and goldson as key free agents leaves spencer the odd man out !

    imo the biggest issues here are salary (spencer vs. brown and gulliver) … and spencer’s struggle with the injury bug .

    btw , watching spencer over the years , i still think that when healthy he could be a good starting , #2 corner for most teams out there !

  78. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Starting number 2? He was our 5th, and inactive most games. I forgot, Rob. You’re a big Reggie Smith fan.

  79. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    omg skeebs !

    “however, there are several big time teams that will be good for many years. The Saints, Packers, Giants, and, yes, our very own San Francisco 49ers.”

    props to you !

    imho you might be the only person anywhere to predict we would do as well as 11-5 !

    well guess what , as many a so called 49er fan lambasted you for it … you were right !

  80. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Chuck,
    I just found the edge of the face of the earth. Thought you’d like to know. I went to the edge, looked over, and there was your blog. Your blog fell off the face of the earth. Just FYI.

  81. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    AL-LPIT

    as far as i know we went with #1 rogers #2 brown #3 gulliver .

    imho spencer is just as good if not better than gulliver and brock !

    my point is that his history of injuries and bigger contract must have been the main reasons he got handed his walking papers !

  82. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Gulliver’s Travels…. priceless. I’ll probably use that.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    This Spitty is the clown that bought Raiduhs gear when they last played us in the regular season and rooted for the Niners to lose.
    I’d just stop watching football rather than root against my Niners.
    It’s like betraying your family
    something that will haunt you for the rest of your life. This troll did and bragged about it on a blog. Nobody should be suprised.

  84. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit – now you’re gettin’ the hang of it.

  85. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    omg
    i really really really want to say more here …
    but i think i just heard the bell for recess !!!

    back in a jiffy !

  86. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Gulliver – big fish, small pond.

  87. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Harbaugh will hire the Liliputians as strength and conditioning coordinators. Tiedown Gulliver to the beach and see if he can get up. Tie ropes to Gulliver’s ankles and see if he can run?
    .
    If Harbaugh hires them, Chris Gulliver should be an All Pro in year two.

  88. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Spencer was okay at corner, but he was hurt every other year. You can’t commit to a guy like that, knowing you’ll have to fill a hole in your lineup all the time. Culliver is younger, and while raw, he could easily be better in time. Draft another guy and move on. Shawntae will get a look somewhere and might last a year or two if he is healthy, but his time is running out.
     
    Lilliputians? Aren’t they running the Raiders? Hmmm, maybe some other tiny brain people I’m thinking of…

  89. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Geneouses can’t have tiny brains. You must be thinking of the dinosaurs. They’re extinct, like Chuck’s blog…

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty seems intent on defending the silver & black. Closet Raiduh fan?
    It wouldn’t suprise me at all.
    Spitty speaks pirate and wears an eye patch. Arghhhh!

  91. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I used to love the Raiders… when Mike Singletary was the 49er coach.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    So you went over to the darkside and they sucked worse than the Niners. That must have made you comfortable because you are a natural LOSER.
    Thanks for admitting you were and still are a Raiduh.

  93. 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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