Away From the Lights

Last year, the Eagles won the Free Agency PR title and were promptly awarded a berth in the 2011 Super Bowl. Hmmmm. Is “oops” too strong a word?

The actual Free Agency winner was the guy who laid in the weeds, dodging bullets and stink bombs, and charged out when nobody was looking to grab a few guys who were left in the dust of the marquee players’ parade. Our very own Executive of the Year, Trent Baalke.

No one wins Executive of the Year twice in a row, but Trent doesn’t have to rebuild an entire secondary this year, either. Last year, fans watched the premier FA cornerbacks get gobbled up in the first week, while Baalke did nothing, despite the 49ers’ deperate need for a CB. In the second week, Baalke signed Carlos Rogers, who’s reputation was not exceedingly high and his head was more famous than his hands for failed attempts at interceptions. Baalke also signed Donte Whitner while Donte was on a plane flight to sign with Minnesota. Both players had all pro type years and helped anchor a surprisingly good secondary.

This year, the 49ers need a WR. Don’t expect them to bite on the expensive models that promenade their wares during week one of FA. After all, if Ted Ginn and Josh Morgan had not been injured for the title game, the 49ers would have had a defense stretching deep threat and a solid third down receiver and much better results in the passing game. So the situation at WR is not as dire as has been advertised. Of course, both of these guys are FAs, and it’s unsure if they will return, so maybe it is dire.

But it’s still a week and a half till free agency commences, and the top stories of moment are Peyton Manning and Bountygate. We may not have a lockout boring us this year, but these two items are closing in on the dreaded Yawn Zone.

In 1992, the 49ers had a similar scenario as the one captivating Indianapolis. A revered legend comes back from a year on the shelf, the team has a young QB ready to assume the throne, and the legend is sent packing. Joe Montana went to KC and made them interesting for two years before retiring. The 49ers continued for eight more years of excellence. Manning will go somewhere, make a team interesting for a couple of years, then retire, also. Indianapolis will struggle a bit at first, then have another ten years of excellence. Montana might have won another SB for the 49ers, but Manning cannot win another one for the Colts. The only team that makes sense for Manning is the Jets. All the other SB contenders don’t need him and why would Manning eke out another year or two on a non-contending team, with only the flimsiest of SB possibilities?

Bountygate has tabloid ghoul appeal, for sure. This scribe called the Saints pre-season blitzing last year a bush maneuver. Maybe it was even more bush than I imagined. The 49ers got even the old fashioned way by beating the Saints in the playoffs. The Saints went into that game on an unbelievable roll and their momentum was stopped cold by the 49er defense and The Kid From Snowy Utah. They have been staggering backward ever since. We all know what sort of trash talk that team will be getting all next year, long after fans have moved on to the next tongue wagging scandal.

Nobody has yet pointed to even one dirty play by the Saints, however. The same cannot be said for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have been warned, but never investigated or fined. That tells you all you need to know about this witch hunt. Roger Goodell has carefully selected a poster issue for his phony concerned about health crusade. With an eye toward the class action law suit by former players trying to capitalize on the concussion issue. This bounty business can be pointed to as an example of players themselves purposefully hurting each other, diluting the blame for long term injuries away from the league. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar business now and everybody wants to get a finger in the pie. We all know what that means: LAWYERS. Lots of them.

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133 comments on “Away From the Lights
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    4.3 earthquake out of Richmond just tremored up the morning.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just had a quake about 5 mins ago
    4.3 magnitude centered in El Cerrito. Shook for almost 10 seconds. Yikes!!!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon

    making a foo of yourself as usual yesterday by quoting Darren Sharper yesterday.
    Pro Football Talk had this to say to you and to Sharper

    “Williams has confessed, even though former Saints safety Darren Sharper apparently didn’t get the memo. In a statement issued through his new employer, the Rams, Williams called it a “terrible mistake,” and he said “we knew it was wrong while we were doing it.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/05/mutiny-of-the-bounty-monday-edition/#more-342302

    Yoy are dumber than dumb stating Bradford is money and an accurate QB. When it was pointed out he only completed 53% of his passes you pull the statistics are overrated excuse. Just like you said Jake Locker is Steve Young and Goldson is Ed Reed. No foundation or evidence to support your clown assertion.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That was probabaly Dontari Poe running a 40!

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good one!

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bradford is very accurate in the short and intermediate game. He has been more than bad trying to throw deep. He is not a QB that should be used in the Vertical Offense. He should be used in a Spread or WCO system. I predicted Josh McDaniels to be a bad fit for him before last season started. The injuries made it even worse than expected.
     
    Some morons believe that a team should not run a system specifically for their QB. Sometimes these morons coach. Nolan and Singletary come to mind. Bradford is a good QB with a coach who has a clue of how to use him. We are finding out that there are many NFL head coaches who do not understand the importance of special attention needing to be paid to the QB position.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Let rephrase one sentencefromthe last post. “Bradford is a good QB ‘when he has’ a coach who has a clue of how to use him.”
     
    It makes me wonder how many good QB careers have been wasted because of bad coaching?

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One guy I had my eye on in FA was Red Bryant. Now that RB Lynch is signed PFT is speculating Seattle can franchise Bryant. I would. Except for his injuries, that guy dominates. I think the phrase, “hold the point” was invented for when he is playing 3-4 DE.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The most important thing for a QB
    to succeed in the NFL provided you have a decent NFL arm is the ability to see the entire field and read a defense.
    This seperates the men from the boys and QBs with limited vision fail in the NFL.
    So a QB needs to repeat a above average season and repeat it again to be classified as one of the better QBs.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    If Seattle franchises Red Bryant he will be paid 10.4 mil for the year. Marshawn Lynch signed 4 years for 31 mil.
    Bryant has started 24 games in 4 years and has 48 tackles and 2 sacks and 2 INTs.
    He’s steady but nothing special and if Seattle wants to devote 1/10th of their salary cap in him that’s good for the Niners.

  11. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If you remember, McDaniels came over during the strike shortened off season with little time to install his system. The Rams had a tough schedule, ownership was changing and the injury bug hit. It’s easy to go around blaming everyone, point fingers like Berger is. But the reality is that all people mentioned: Spags, McDaniels and Bradford are all talented and could win Super Bowls…. some of them already have.
    .
    When ownership changes, you have a strike shortened year, have to change the offensive system with a Sophomore qb, get hit with the injury bug and have one of the toughest schedules in football for the first half, nobody overcomes that. McDaniels, Spags and Bradford are all talented.

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    But they are still barely a .500 team, Stink. Stl’s offense was anemic to say the least. They gave up a league high 55 sacks. Even if they improve there, their defense was pretty flat, and their run defense awful.
    .
    They have major O line AND D line problems. Problems that aren’t easily fixed. 7-9 would be a success for them at this point, even with all those excuses.

  13. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh should try to dominate Jeff Fisher. Harbaugh already owns Carroll. I hope the 49ers play the Rams early in the year this year. With Alex Smith as your qb, you can’t run up the score on anyone unless 12 field goals is demoralizing for Jeff Fisher. “You’re up by 30 and havin’ David Akres attempt 60 yarders? What’s your deal?” The NFC West is shapin’ up to be a dog fight from here on out. Finally….

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Goodness, Albert. You’re a regular excuses machine this morning.

  15. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Goodness gracious….

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot to smear you in my post today. I’m slipping.

  17. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stink does that fine on his own, Skeebs . . . self-smearing wunderkind . . .

  18. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t take it personally, Skeebs. You’ll do better next time.
    .
    Hey girls…. where’s the Alex Smith contract? Can you say “reality check?” MM said “credible sources” reported that someone is considering 3 years, 8 million dollars, but he said that a month agao. Then again, Harbaugh also took pains to make Smith his caddy and ask Smith to accept his Coach of the Year award. Did Harbaugh also leak to MM the 49ers were considering 3 years for 8 million a year to shut the critics up? Did Harbaugh use MM like a pawn? I mean, if he didn’t, why did Brooks get a huge contract done so quickly without Alex Smith’s contract being the number one priority out there? Why was Dashon Goldson given the franchise tag when Alex Smith is vulnerable? Know why? Because actions speak louder than words. The 49ers don’t value Alex Smith.
    .
    Hey Alex Smith lovers – answer these two questions. Why was Dashon Goldson hit with the franchise tag and not Alex Smith, AND why was Brooks’ deal completed before Smith’s? Can any of you Alex Smith lovin’ fools answer me those questions? Didn’t think so.
    .
    Now, Skeebs, because I’m holding aces, you need to commence with the smear campaign. It’s flattering, really….

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No smear needed, Albert. The franchise tag for QBs is around $15 mil or so, only $6 mil for safeties. Elementary. Especially considering Goldson would walk and Alex wouldn’t.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    By the way, Albert. You need glasses. Those aces were deuces.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Bryant has missed almost 2 seasons with injuries. Have you watched how he dominates when healthy. He is a little slow on pass rush but you just can’t block him when running against him. He is almost the perfect 3-4 DE. Justin Smith is the perfect 3-4 DE. Anyway, that was PFT speculating him to be franchised. That should tell you that some value him much higher than you do. Sometimes you need to be able to see past the stats. My biggest concern with him is can he stay healthy.

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a non-starter Stinkfist. Smith’s contract is going to be the last one that is hammered out. For flexibility’s sake. Franchising Smith would cost $15 mill. They want to work out a deal with him anyway so there’s NO REASON to tag Smith. Duh. Goldson’s tag cost 6.2 (whatever), and they aren’t going to offer him a long term deal. He’s gone after this season.

    So unwad your chicken little panties. It doesn’t mean anything.

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And Dwayne Bowe was tagged by the Chefs. Garcon to follow.

    The Niners will probably get someone like Eddie Royal. He won’t cost a lot, but he’ll improve the WR corps. Maybe Donnie Avery gets a look as well. Plus a couple WRs that are drafted. Someone around here was talking Laurent Robinson. Could be. I’m of a mind that Baalke does what he did last year and that’s to let other teams throw the big money around. As much as I’d like them to go after 60 Minutes or VJJ, they’ll likely go with cheaper guys who can then blossom. Like how the secondary was vastly improved by ditching Clements, and adding Rogers and Whitner. Those guys weren’t the flashy big money Asomauga signing, but they kicked ass once they got here.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Guess I dazzled everyone to silence with these excellent posts.

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I figured my dogging of Nate the Late Clements would have gotten a response from NoFear. . .

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With all this Bounty-gate garbage going on, why hasn’t there been any mention of the Refs?
    If things were as flagrant as suggested, there certainly needs to be some sort of ‘Laundry’ involvement no?
     
    The most flagrant example I can think of was the Favre Viking Playoff game.
    He got clubbed in that game and, I’d be hard pressed to recall any details of Flags that were involved without benefit of replays.
     
    NOLA will get flattened on this one without a doubt.
    Gregg Williams will be the poster child for ‘Good Coach Gone Bad’ but, to what extent? Payton is implicated along with GM Loomis.
    How much did Benson admit to?
     
    Can Czar Goodell take away a mans’ livelihood?
    These Coaches don’t get Player-type Contracts to live on.
    Think DEEP Pockets here.
    Think NFL Concussion Suits that are pending.
    Think NOLA hosting yet another SB to relieve some of the financial pain in pending fines perhaps?
    This is a BIG Fish for the League to fry.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Red Bryant will be available.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And Warner getting knocked out of his playoff game against NO a few years back.

    Could be a year’s suspension.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone notice that Philly grabbed LB Monte Simmons off of our PSquad today?
     
    Rumor from the Philly Nest is that they could be in play for S Mark Barron if he survives the plunge to the bottom of Rd 1.
    Might be an interesting option for us at 30 in Trade back scenario too.
    Philly stepping ahead of the NYG of course.
    Eagles hold 2 Picks in Rd 2 –
    46 & 51.
    That would be an interesting option for us if it were to be available.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pats hold 2 Picks each in Rds 1 & 2
    Eagles hold 2 Picks each in Rds 2 & 4.
    Several other Teams,Bills Browns & Redskins are also holding 2 Picks in Rd 4.
    I suspect there will be plenty of activity under the Rookie Cap rules relating to Trades.

  31. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if the Niners are looking at Carr to replace Rogers. If yer gonna pay someone, pay the younger guy . . .

  32. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If Baalke and Harbaugh feel that Kaep could potential beat out Alex Smith this year, and become the starter, you simply can’t pay Alex Smith for 3 years. Alex has missed targets, not seen open receivers, and probably hasn’t graded out well. Harbaugh always wants to improve his team. If Harbaugh and Baalke feel that Kaep could beat out Smith at any point during the season, they can’t give Smith a three year deal with guarantees. The guaranteed money is always the interesting part of any deal.
    .
    The 49ers didn’t use a second round pick on a guy to sit on the bench for four years. Sure, Aaron Rogers did behind a HOFer, but Smith isn’t a HOFer – not by a long shot. Sure, a second rounder in this era is cheaper because of the rookie salary cap, but that just speaks to starting value more than it speaks to a justification for benching Kaep longer.
    .
    And why wouldn’t the 49ers address Alex Smith first, before Brooks? If they knew the franchise tag was going to Goldson, they had to pick the next most sot after guy who they could lose in free agency to negotiate with. They assessed correctly that Brooks was more likely to leave to than Smith, so they negotiated with Brooks first. It’s a calculated risk on the behalf of Baalke and Harbaugh, but if nobody shows interest in Smith, it drives the price way down.
    .
    Smith had leverage in 2011. The 49ers had nobody behind Smith who could start. $5 million for one year reflected Smith leverage. People think, because Smith had his best year, his salary will increase, but I believe his salary will decrease because of all the factors I just laid out.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert Alex is considered automatic and the FTag for the QB position is too high in comparison to Goldson.
    Alex won’t get a starting job anywhere else IMO.
    Maiocco made that point too.
    If Alex (Agent Condon) doesn’t make the right deal I can’t see the 9ers being forced into something they don’t want to do.
    His Contract has to fit.
    Kaep may or may not be ready.
    I’d venture to say it might be too soon to gamble with him as a starter.
    What could be a smart power move would be to grab Josh Johnson and force Alex and Condon to show their hand.
     
    Our favorite word in Contract negotiations, LEVERAGE –

  34. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blah blah blah blah blah. talk about tornadoes of bullshit. Smith had little leverage last year. They could have replaced him with any number of the clowns you wanted them to. Most of whom sucked harder than you. It was harbaugh’s choice to stick with Alex. Now? Well, he had a great year and won a playoff game behind 2 TDs in 1:30, and he wants to stay. Plus the organization is behind him all the way.
    .
    No matter how much you hold your breath and stamp your little feet, this is a non-issue. They’ll sign him last.
    .
    If the planets align, and somehow they don’t reach an agreement, then you get your wish. Cappy starts. But it is VERY unlikely.
    .
    Quick, 10,000 more words on why Smith isn’t Joe Montana.

  35. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Josh Johnson is much of an upgrade over Alex Smith.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The point isn’t about Josh being any better. It’s about our favorite word, LEVERAGE.
    If Kaep is expected to be the future they’re looking for a value contract for just a few years.
    If Condon thinks Alex is a long term answer and Baalke doesn’t, then you might entertain someone like Josh to keep it in line.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I use Josh simply as an ex-Harbaugh guy who could step in quickly and run the System.
    With Alex it’s all about starting and keeping his number in line.
    Nobody in the League is likely to throw him a starting job offer.
    Condon knows that and, Baalke does too.

  38. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if Smith hit the market, I wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle got him. He’d start there.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Could happen I suppose?
    I’m not worried about Alex.
    I just think he’s not the most important ‘Re-Sign’ we have this week.
    Any deal involves both sides wanting to get it done.
    Seems to me they’ve had plenty of posturing about that topic since the Season ended.
    Could Seattle wow him with an offer? Sure they could.
    I’d also expect Baalke to let Carlos test his worth on the Market too if they can’t agree on the 9er number this week.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You can’t play Daniel Snyder Al Davis football anymore.
    Buying players for headlines is just that, a headline.
    You want the right guys.
    For me, Carlos is a keeper but, not at Nate Clements money.
    I posted on your site Chuck just what you said about Carr and Finnigan.
    There are younger options at CB.
    It’s the System fit vs the player fit.
    Carlos can’t expect to garner ‘Young’ CB money either.
    Baalke knows what type of player he’s after and, what we’re willing to pay.
    All about Cap management.
     
    Jerry J.O. in Dallas wants a secondary upgrade too.
    Haven’t paid attention to his Cap funds though.

    It’s like Skeebs said, it’s new football related news we didn’t have to kick around at this time last year.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You can’t play Daniel Snyder, Al Davis football anymore.
    Buying players for headlines is just that, a headline.
    You want the right guys.
    For me, Carlos is a keeper but, not at Nate Clements money.
    I posted on your site Chuck just what you said about Carr and Finnigan.
    There are younger options at CB.
    It’s the System fit vs the player fit.
    Carlos can’t expect to garner ‘Young’ CB money either.
    Baalke knows what type of player he’s after and, what we’re willing to pay.
    All about Cap management.
     
    Jerry J.O. in Dallas wants a secondary upgrade too.
    Haven’t paid attention to his Cap funds though.

    It’s like Skeebs said, it’s new football related news we didn’t have to kick around at this time last year.

  42. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I thought I mentioned that over there, but it was here. Yeah, I’d definitely look to Carr if they can’t get Rogers back.
    .
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jones go after Rogers though.
    .
    NoFear, are you referring to Kentwan Balmer or Glenn Coffee? Or the entire 2009 draft? Face it, NoFear. Nolan was overmatched as a head coach. He had a couple good drafts. You building him a statue?

  43. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- “btw, with all the shit Nolan and McCloughan have taken from all the so-called or self-called experts here, how do you think their guys are doing now?”
    .
    It’s not about how “their” guys are doing now. It’s about Nolan and McCloughan’s records both together and separate. Mike Nolan has never won anywhere. He’s won one playoff game with the Ravens, and that was a wildcard game against Steve McNair. In all the time Nolan’s been in the NFL, Nolan has only won one single playoff game. In all his time with Dan Reeves, the Broncos, Giants, Ravens, 49ers and Dolphins – Mike Nolan has only won one playoff game. That’s a fact.
    .
    Last year his defense fell apart. The Broncos got out of the gates hot, then the defense (not the offense or Kyle Orton), fell apart, and it was probably because of the way Nolan treats his players.
    .
    Sure, Harbaugh took the collective vision of Nolan, McCloughan and Singletary and went 14-4 with it, but that doesn’t speak to Nolan’s ability to form his own team and win with it. Nolan doesn’t get the big picture. He can do the little things, part of the big picture well, but when it comes to actually winning, Mike Nolan is a loser.
    .
    Sure, Nolan drafted Willis and Vernon, but for every Willis or every Vernon, there’s an Alex Smith.
    .
    Mike Nolan is a below average defense coordinator, a terrible head coach, and a below average GM who loved free agents. Like so many others in SF before Harbaugh, Mike Nolan reached his high water mark in SF because of the York talent void.
    .
    I’d be willing to bet the Falcons don’t make the playoffs in 2012.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another popular cliche’ –
    Opinions are like AHoles, we all got 1.
    It’s a sh!t delivery device.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, Harbaugh may have given him a stay of execution.
    Alex has been perplexing I’ll give you that.
    For now, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that he’s got nowhere to go but up simply because of Harbaugh.
    No, I wouldn’t overspend however.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky reads a Maiocco column and comes on here repeating it like he’s the expert that came up with this info. Too funny. In reading Stinky’s 9:27 post I thought I was reading Maiocco’s column all over again.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of reading and sharing, Mayock has quite the opinion of CB Josh Robinson of Central Florida. He was the drafts fastest player and Mayock thinks his game film backs it up with good technique and tackling. He says no way he makes it out of the first round.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In Portland a 3 year old girl swallowed 37 magnetized steel balls. It’s a good thing she didn’t get near the refrigerator door or she could have gotten stuck.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Would love to see Carlos Rogers back but not overpay for him.
    Let him test the waters of FA and then counter if his deals are underwhelming.
    It has been mentioned that Finnegan and Carr are big targets of the Cowgurls so they might be
    overpriced.
    My fall back plan would take a serious look at Terrell Thomas of the Gnats. Before he went ought for the season last year he was
    a dominant CB. If healthy he might be a lower cost alternative and he’s only 27.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I had the same feeling reading Albert’s Maioccan post. But Al was reeling from betting the house on two deuces and probably wasn’t his usual irrational self. I’m cutting him some slack.

  51. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Only problem is with your Albert is MM theory … I was saying it two months ago.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger/Skeebs

    Yeah imagine Spitoon palgiarizing
    a sportwriter’s column when the day before he posted this

    “Scared little Unca/Bullit – never predicting or analyzing. Always siding with the sports writers, hoping to gain credibility for agreeing with the pros.”

    That’s why I have renamed him Spitoon with the latter part
    representing a cartoon character
    resembling Bozo except what did Bozo do to sink to so low of an analogy?

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon has a solid reputation as MR Flip Flop aka the Waffle Queen.

    He posted following in Dec
    “The 49ers were lucky in their first game with Harbaugh at the helm. Seattle was making a strong comeback until it turned into the Ted Ginn show. Luck turned wayward, though, in the next game against Dallas at home week two when Donte Whitner decided to gamble everything on a Tony Romo play fake. After that it was all gravy. The 49ers rattled off eight in a row before Chilo Rachal single handedly lost the Harbaugh Bowl. During that eight game 49er winning streak, Jim Harbaugh went on an aggressive sales campaign, declaring Alex Smith an “elite” quarterback. 49er fans young and old didn’t care how or why the 49ers were winning – they were just happy it appeared Jim Harbaugh had returned the 49ers to their former days of glory under Walsh and Seifert.

    But now the veil has been lifted. Alex Smith is ranked #1 in the NFL in sacks taken. He’s 18th in overall passing attempts, completions and yards. Smith is ranked 28th in longest pass play from scrimmage, and 13th overall in touchdowns thrown. In era of offensive firepower dominance due to rule changes that protect aggressive passing attacks, these numbers don’t get it done. The cream rises to the top. Eli Manning, Aaron Rogers and Drew Brees are you Super Bowl contenders this year. The 49ers and Alex Smith are feel good pretenders. They are pretenders because the city of San Francisco and all their football fans needed this. They didn’t care how Harbaugh was winning, just that he was winning. They were (and are) happy with the ride.”
    ======
    Two days ago Spitoon posted this
    “Stats mean very little. The situation surrounding the stats is what makes the player. This is why Alex Smith isn’t nearly as valuable as you want to believe.”
    ==========
    So Spitoon reels off stats to support his point of view when convenient but discounts them when losing an argument.
    Yep he’s the Waffle Queen.
    14-4 and Alex Smith went further than Brees and Rodgers.

  54. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bummer is, my sleeper pick for the 1st round, Dontari Poe, rocketed up the draft boards with his 4.8 40 time. He may go top 12 now . . .

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    The measurables are there for Poe.
    The tape reveals that he’s lazy and takes plays off exerting little effort when he does.All the talent and ability gives us Albert Haynesworth. The trick is to harness that talent to get maximum effort which several coaches and teams failed to do with Haynesworth. Niners had a taste of that with Balmer who after 4 years in the NFL is with his 4th team and has yet to record a sack.

  56. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Haynesworth was unstoppabe for his 7 years in Tennessee. I’ll take that in a second.
    .
    Haynesworth got Shanahaned in Washington.

  57. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As far as thast relating to Poe, well, if he’s there, they Niners would probably take the chance.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Aints bounty situation keeps looking bleaker for their followers. Saying this is nothing and it’ll blow over is doing a Kyle Williams and pretending that the ball didn’t hit his knee or maybe nobody noticed.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-silver_saints_bounty_loomis_payton_williams_030512

    The resident foolish troll on this blog was quoting Darren Sharper yesterday which is like putting down Bernie Madoff as a character reference.
    Nothing will happen to the Aints the troll says, they’ll win the NFC South, stone cold lock.
    Stay tuned because the shit will hit the fan and Queen Waffle will be flip flopping away.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Bucs released Haynesworth on Feb 15 so he’s available and still only 30 years old.
    He crapped out for Shanahan because he insisted that he was a 4-3 kind of player and refused to play in a 3-4 scheme.
    Niners couldn’t handle Charles Haley and gave him away.

    The Bears might sign Haynesworth
    as of a day ago.

  60. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Bullitt, you were the one comparing Balmer to Haynesworth. I can’t really figure where you were going with that post.
    .
    I don’t really want Haynesworth, unless he’s cheap, but Poe’s a guy who’s worth the pick at 30.

  61. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You gets caught, you pays the price. The point being, the players can do this shit amongst themselves all they want. When mamagement gets involved, and is providing the scratch to do it, that’s where the problems come. Salary cap considerations being the least of a bunch of problems this raises.
    .
    This is a lot like steroids in baseball. Everyone knew it was going on, but no one wanted to talk about it. Good, bad, or indifferent, some jackhole leaked the ‘sealed’ grand jury testimony from players who were supposed to be anonymous, and the cat was out of the bag. They had to do something. And in Bud Selig’s case it was stick head in sand and deny deny deny and put off testing as long as possible.

  62. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The reason this should be seen as wrong is the fact that you have management (and in baseball’s case, the league office) condoning what is in the real world considered criminal activity.
    .
    Steroid abuse has been illegal in the real world for a long time, but in baseball? Nope. Bonds was never caught cheating because when he was doing it it wasn’t illegal. Football is inherently violent (really?), but paying someone to injure someone else is a crime as well. Granted, getting paid to PLAY the game could be seen as paying to hurt people, but that’s what all these other ridiculous rules are for.
    .
    The way players switch teams, it would seem to be a dicey proposition to be going after people who could end up on your team the next year. And, if you believe the shit that goes on after games (opponents hugging and gabbing with each other, prayers, etc.), there’s a certain amount of solidarity among the players. Band of brothers and all that. To actively condone the intent to injure nakes this one step closer to Rollerball . . .

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would equate this to simple workplace rules. If you are part of management you have an obligation to protect the company or the organization.
    Pull out an employee handbook. It will say gambling is not tolerated and you will be terminated.
    Yet come football season or March Madness time how many pools are floating through all offices?
    The key is not getting caught and
    not doing it in front of the select few who will not condone it such as the auditor or head of HR.
    Goodell is going overboard here because the former players are suing the NFL for concussions and disabling injuries. If you don’t act on this you are sharpening the tip of the spear and most likely you’ll lose in court.
    The Aints were told that they were caught and told by NFL Security to stop.They didn’t and this went on for another year.
    Too bad Loomis, Payton and Williams. You are management and ultimately represent the org
    and you get to pay the proce.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Balmer said the same thing that Haynesworth said in Washington, that he wasn’t sure he was good fit for a 3/4 Defense and the next thing you know Balmer was traded. That’s why I brough him up plus he was a DL taken at the tailend of the first round.

  65. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Balmer has yet to show he is a good fit for ANY NFL defense.
     
    Haynesworth at least is a has-been, which beats a never-was hands down.
     
    No Fear, the NFL will always have a healthy quotient of political bullshit in its management. Too much money involved, and too much liability for a PR-savvy organization not to hedge its bets. The ghost of Daryl Stingley still haunts them, too. I can’t see it ever changing. Not in our lifetimes anyway.

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, as 49er fans, our reaction to this abominable behavior by the Saints can be summed up with one word: hahahahahahahaha!!!

  67. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, what Grump said. Haynesworth got screwed over in Washington. His first 7 years, he was dominant.

    Blamer never showed anything anywhere. Lumping Poe in as a malcontent is jumping the gun a wee bit.

  68. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like I was wrong about Irsay getting compensated for having Manning sit on the bench in 2011 – paying Manning millions. We’ll know Wednesday. If I’m wrong, that’s the first time that’s happened.

  69. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Can you guys imagine what Peyton Manning’s next contract will do to Alex Smith’s contract? I mean, don’t you have to wait and see about Manning before signing Alex Smith? What if you give Smith 8 million a year like its been reported (yeah, right. Sure MM), with Manning available, Baalke gives Smith 8 million, then two weeks later the Cardinals give Manning 6 with incentives based on playing time. A man could get fired over a lot less.
    .
    Manning’s injury is going to drive Alex Smith’s contract down. Skeebs and Berger – is MM reporting that? Not yet. But he will. He follows my work.

  70. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Just fell in love with Jerry Rice all over again. I’m smitten.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/niners-talk/post/Rice-49ers-should-pursue-Manning?blockID=664502&feedID=2539

  71. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    .
    Hey Alex Smith lovers – What are you going to do now? Dump on Jerry Rice?

  72. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I love Jerry Rice.

  73. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Rice also said Crabtree needs to lose weight, which is something else I’ve been saying. Guess I sound like Jerry Rice, too.

  74. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Wow… a triplicate post. Must be a glitch in the system.

  75. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear – apparently you didn’t see that Jerry Rice just endorsed Peyton Manning as the 49ers’ quarterback. The bounties will now officially take a backseat.

  76. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    GM Trent Baalke on KNBR earlier today: “We haven’t had Peyton in here, nor are we talking about those things internally.”

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Albert finally found a dancing partner.

  78. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Manning in SF will never happen. No matter how many blithering idiots repeat it. Up to and including Jerry Rice.
    .
    If you think Manning is going to sign for $6 mill per, you are stupider than you’ve already shown yourself to be, Stinkfist. I’ve got 10 acre plots on the moon that I can sell you. Right next to the base the Newt Gingrich will build.
    .
    Rice ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Yer up there with the crowd that thought the Niners should have kept Montana over Young. The line here is better than the one that got Montana beaten, crushed, and thus knocked out for 2 years, but not by much. Manning is one hit from retirement. If he even comes back in the 1st place.

  79. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    So Jerry Rice is a blithering idiot according to Unca.

  80. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yes. How many Rhodes scholars cone out of Mississippi valley State?
    .
    Who cares? Rice doesn’t run the team or have anything to do with it. He can say whatever the furk he wants. I can find 100 ex-players who think Manning would be great on their team. And I mean EVERY team.
    .
    When Jerry Rice is a GM, I’ll take his blathering a little more seriously.

  81. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  82. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Criminy. 9 year olds can argue better than you.

  83. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oooh. Good one.

  84. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Or go argue with a Hall of Fame player who some consider the best football player to ever play the game. Either way….

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jerry Rice made it into the HOF based on his on the field accomplishments and you must give him his just due.
    He’s neither a football personnel guy, coach or an analyst and that’s for a reason.
    This is his ongoing current gig and what he’s good at

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7jvxqPVPMU

  86. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I love it. Unca in a position to dump on one of the greatest 49ers of all time in favor of Alex Smith. Good thinking. I’d use Bullit’s name, too.

  87. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    According the Unca/Bullit retard show, Jerry Rice doesn’t know good quarterback play. That’s the funniest thing that retard’s posted yet.

  88. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton Manning would make Crabtree, Kyle, Ted and Delanie huge, huge stars. Not to mention dominating with Vernon.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon

    I’ve asked you to stop using a certain word but like the 7 year
    you are you think it’s funny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T549VoLca_Q

    You are just simply IGNORANT

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon

    Yes everyone has an opinion and an asshole.
    Steve Young says Manning is going to the Redskins. So shouldn’t we believe a HOF QB rather than a HOF WR?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/steve-young-thinks-peyton-manning-to-the-redskins-is-a-fit/2012/02/08/gIQAY0pNzQ_blog.html

    Just face it you’re a moron troll.

  91. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Remember when Jerry hated Steve Young? Because the ball rotated differently? Waaah! Rice was a bit of a prima donna. Greatest player? Sure. But a prima donna nonetheless.
    .
    Anyhow, here’s Steve Young’s take on Alex Smith:
    .
    “When you really needed Alex, when you turned to him in a shootout on the biggest stage, let it rip. And he responds.
    .
    “I interviewed him yesterday. He describes it as: ‘Before Jim Harbaugh everything seemed so much heavier and harder and more difficult. To me, what I’m doing now is easier. It’s simple.’
    .
    “Ralph, you asked me before the season if Alex Smith could win the Super Bowl and I paused and I said yes, because the change of somebody that can put the quarterback in a position to be successful, make Alex the centerpiece of not the play calling necessarily, but the centerpiece of, ‘If he’s successful, we’ll be successful.’”
    .
    Wow, my talking head is smarter than yours. Booyah. Suck it, bitch. Ha ha ha hahahahahaha! Loser!
    .
    Manning is a red herring this year. And you know that. You just like being a bitch. Ooooh.

  92. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer an internet masochist. Do you get jolted with electricity when someone dogs you online?
    .
    You must, for all the idiocy you post.

  93. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, BSPN (Chris Mortensen) is reporting that the Peyton Manning era is officailly over. It took Stinkfist 3 months to figure out what I’ve been saying. He will be released.
    .
    So, yer in line to get about 4,000 separate jolts fro all those wrong posts regarding him.
    .
    Looks like a good night for you.
    .
    Enjoy.

  94. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oooh. Good one Bullitt. Notice how we posted at the exact same time to confuse Spit into thinking we’re not really the same guy?
    .
    Actually it’s kinda weird that we both posted shit about Steve Young.
    .
    Cue Rod Serling . . .

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stephen Hill and Georgia Tech had their Pro Day today
    The only team that didn’t have a scout or any representative there were the Niners. What does it mean only time will tell?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bOcKwhR9GME

  96. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    lots of good WR and big D-line in free agency !

    anybody here think we’ll be able to not only re-sign our top six , but also pick up one or two of these ?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=pfw-20120305_pfws_top_100_free_agents

  97. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    omg , are the NFL owners meetings really set for mar. 23 ???!!!

  98. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    oops ! just saw the posts about the “r” word !

    my only question is this … has anyone here ever heard of anybody calling someone who was really “mentally retarded” a …
    ‘retard’ ???

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    I’m very sensitive to this because one of my best friend’s kids is autistic.
    I have been involved with raising money for Special Olympics.
    I don’t want to wallow with Spitblood in the pool of feces that he calls home.

  100. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    OH cool !

    NFL Former Players Clinic coming to Marco island fl.
    By Steve Reynolds, marconews.com
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.
    .
    The NFL players return to Marco on March 28. Greg Kahn/Staff
    This may seem a bit early, but we want all to know that the Greater Marco Family YMCA, in conjunction with the NFL Players Association, will have a clinic with former NFL Players as the instructors on March 29.

    The event will be at the Marco Island Charter Middle School practice field from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The afternoon will be filled with skills and drills, including kicking, blocking, running, passing and receiving.

    It will be an opportunity to meet former NFL greats and a few surprise guests. Best of all, it is free. All attendees will be eligible for great prizes, including autographed authentic NFL helmets and footballs.

    Former NFL field goal kicker Mike Vanderjagt will be on hand, along with players that will be announced closer to March 28.

    The NFL Former Players Football Clinic is designed for children ages 6 to 14. The clinic will be held at the Charter School athletic field at 1401 Trinidad Ave. You can pre- register by downloading the registration form and waiver at the http://www.marcoislandymca.org website. Complete and bring to the Customer Service desk of the Greater Marco Family YMCA, at 101 Sand Hill St., or register prior to the event

    lous bonsai / rd bonsai is now the official bonsai tree of the NFL !

    how you might ask ?

    because the marco island marriot has asked us to provide 7 bonsai citrus trees just for the occasion !

    🙂

  101. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    sorry BULLIT

    but

    i’m just not sure that poor sptitty doesn’t have it worse here than anyone else i know … if you get my drift !!!

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    About six teams have bought their tickets to the Peyton Manning Circus. Some of these teams will self destruct in the process.
    The Jets have to make a decision
    on Sanchez by Mar 27 or they’ll be on the hook for owing him $11 mil. Same goes for the Cards and Kevin Kolb.
    And the team that get’s Manning is a lock for the Super Bowl just like Philly last year with that
    defensive backfiels that was going to be impenetrable.
    Someone forgot to tell Andy Reid you need LBs for a defense to function.

  103. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, cool. I knew I could count on a totally sophomoric response from NoFear and his hopeless school-girl crush on Joe . . . . Only V had it worse.
    .
    Yeah, how dare Steve put the ball in Craig’s gut so he could then fumble the ball . . . which Craig promptly blamed on Guy McIntyre . . . Yeah, bad on Steve. Yer a real hoot, NoFear.

  104. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Some writer guy in Indy says he’s like 95% sure Peyton’s Place will be Miami. For whatever that’s worth.

  105. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blaming Steve Young for the ’92 loss would be like blaming John Brodie for the 1972 playoff.
    .
    Only tinfoil-wearing conspiracy theorists make that commection. You know, the Unabummer . . . hah!
    .
    But then again, common sense is in short order around here.
    .
    Hyuk!

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Supposedly Manning has a house in Miami and live there in the off season plus Miami has that nut owner that will just throw money at Manning.
    How would like to the be the new HC from the Packers or Mike Sherman after they sign him and the owner telling you they’re going do things the Peyton way menaing he’ll make all decisions
    on offense. If they fail it’s the coach’s and OC’s ass.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Actually it’s like Spitoon blaming Alex Smith for losing to the Gnats a few weeks back. Kyle Williams had nothing to do with the loss according to Spitoon.

  108. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Miami would be foolish to go the Minning route. ANYONE would be. The guy can lob deep passes? Ooooh. Here’s a 4 year $65 million contract.
    .
    Ludicrous. Someone will do it though. And give him guaranteed money.
    .
    Speaking of common sense . . .

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Manning to the Fins could also dilute the Trading Power of the Rams 2nd pick too.
    If Flynn is the only hot prospect before the Draft Cleveland may opt to take a shot at him and nix the RGIII option.

  110. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If I’m Miami, I’m going after RG-III or Matt Flynn. In a heartbeat. Going after Manning would be akin to hat Philly did last year in going after high-profile guys who in the end played badly.

  111. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure Manning wants to go to the Dolphins. He’s a free agent. He’s going to a winner, tool time (Unca/Bullit retard show).

  112. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Rob, any word of Peyton Manning showing up at that Marco Island football clinic?

  113. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Miami? Yeah, they were winners in the 70s.
    .
    Shit, we got the Unabummer and soft-serve.

  114. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    According to Eric Branch, 49ers have an offer on the table for Alex Smith.

  115. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I heard what Bullit heard regarding Manning having a home down there and all plus, there’s a huge Billboard courting his services.
    Stephen Ross is all about glitz.
    Celebrity owners, South Beach, Reggie Bush you name it, he’s almost as big a tool as Jerry.
     
    If I’m Peyton, I think I’d steer clear of Tom Brady.

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Rob, any rumors of Glenn Coffee attending the Marco Island affair?
    Spiritually speaking of course.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Manning is a huge health risk at this point.
    If he’s 100% healthy, I’m sure SF would be all in for his services while they get Kaep prepared.
    Peyton is a HOFer.
    Who wouldn’t want him if healthy.
    Not to mention, the influence who would provide to the QB in waiting.
    We are one of those Teams that is most likely to benefit from his experience for a 2 or 3 year window, but, he’s damaged goods now.

  118. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Peter King is reporting that Jed York, Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke are flying to Indy to insure they get the first crack at Peyton. They’ve scheduled a workout, and cleaned out Alex Smith’s locker.

  119. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    For those of you interested, at least in the Auburn/Sacto area, the local PBS channel (KVIE) is showing a Joe Bonamassa concert from the Beacon Theatre in New York at 10:00 (PST of course).
    .
    Check your local listings . . .

  120. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    C. Everett Koops has reported that reading more than 10 posts by Stinkfist in any given day causes irreversible brain damage.

  121. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    That explains your recent incapacitated state.

  122. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And your permanent one . . .

  123. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How about you lighten up, Nancy?
    .
    We’re here to nominally talk football, not whine like little girls. I know anyone that thinks any differently than you is scary and disconcerting. Try to join the 19th century. And thanks for stopping by.
    ,
    Besides, one trick is one more that you got, Unabummer. This ain’t your blog, so don’t pretend to speak for anyone but yourself. You don’t like it? Piss off.
    .
    Hyuk . . .
    .
    BTW, don’t know if you know, Bergs, but Joe Bonamassa is playing in Reno in April 20th.

  124. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What’s your take on the draft, NoFear? Or free agency? Any WRs out there you like?
    .
    I’m sorry. Too technical?
    .
    I know you are well versed in the 2005 draft. And the 2006, 2007, and 2008 drafts.
    .
    How’s that empty suit statue coming along?
    .
    HAA ha . . .

  125. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How many rings did Joe get in KC, NoFear?

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