Ye Olde Pot Bellied Shoppe

The NFC won 13 straight Super Bowls from 1984 through 1997. They have won 3 straight currently. They’re liable to win some more, too.

The AFC just doesn’t look very formidable right now. There isn’t a dominant team. This was probably one of the reasons why Peyton Manning chose the Broncos over the 49ers. The path to the SB is a lot easier in the AFC, beginning with winning the AFC West, arguably the worst division in pro football.

The NFC has the powerhouse teams now. The 49ers, Packers, Saints, and Giants are all superior to any teams in the AFC. The Steelers and Patriots are getting old, the Texans lost key FAs this year, and the Ravens can’t get past choking big games. The NFC has rising young teams like the Lions and Panthers and Seahawks. The AFC has three clown franchises in New York, Miami, and Oakland. And, most damning of all, the AFC has Norv Turner occupying a Head Coach position!

If the Saints are going to continue to hang with the big boys, they’ll have to do it like the 1989 49ers did — by going on a mission to prove that they were not just the product of their fabulous head coach. Sean Payton is definitely fueling those fires now, by courting the old gas bag who turned Miami into its current disaster area — Bill Parcells.

Payton is doing this to help save his own neck, by not giving any of his assistants a chance to succeed just fine without him and give owner Tom Benson an easy avenue to just not hire him back next year. Of course, this message is already being heard loud and clear by his assistants, who may feel a diminished capacity for their Payton enthusiasm should he take the reins again next year. What a mess.

This is the second straight offseason that the departure of Alex Smith has been cruelly dangled before the hate filled eyes of The Club, only to be rudely undangled. Perhaps it’s time for these fellows to switch tactics and try killing old Alex with kindness.

It’ll be a sad day when Smith to Warm Body ceases to be an infamous blogosphoric blasphemy, though. It’ll take a few years for whoever finally replaces him to build up a vehement pit of vipers to hiss and fang at his every move and nuance. Somebody we can all get polarized about and keep the blogs humming along with the old yappity yap.

Speaking of yap, there isn’t much yip in it the past week. It’s been at least sixteen, maybe seventeen minutes since the last scandal broke out and that’s way too long for the NFL to drop the ball on holding our interest. Whenever Parcells rolls his tub of jelly onto the scene, you know there’s a void in the news. Personally, it seems to me that if you want to strike a tough Marine pose, you ought to clean up the abs jiggle above and below your belt. The big, old power belly of Rex Ryan is a far better look. That kind of gut suggests serious devotion to duty. But the flab jiggle gut just seems like lazy overeating.

March is doing its duty by going out like a lion this week in the Bay Area. Next up is April, where we have some serious old disagreement about purpose. On one side, we got Pat Boone goop and on the other we got T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. And the dang thing kicks off with the feast day of fools and ends up with the NFL Draft. Good old God. April is His kind of month. [Cue the lightning bolt.]

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32 comments on “Ye Olde Pot Bellied Shoppe
  1. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tub jelly? Is that like bathtub gin?

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Jacobs looks be in our backfield this year.

  3. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton chose the Broncs because the Broncs appear to have had all the ingredients for a contender with the exception of an NFL quarterback. Now they have one.
    That and, as the man I love to hate (Jim Rome) said, Harbaugh was a better QB than Alex. John Fox was not a better QB than Peyton. Could you imagine Harbaugh getting in Peyton’s grill, head-butting him before games? I can’t. Fox will let him run the show, and if Peyton is truly healty, the Broncs are instantly in the AFC could-be-elite.
    Well, Skeebs, looks like we’re stuck with another year of Mark Sanchez NFC version. Enjoy one more year of contention before sinking back into the QB-less mire.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Feeling ill, Berg? You look a little peaked today.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What Berger was trying to say is that we signed Brandon Jacobs.

  6. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I like the Jacobs signing. He’s going to be a quality back-up when Frank goes down for his annual 4-6 week injury stint. He’ll pair nicely with Hunter. No ST use for Jacobs, but that’s okay.

  7. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, he’s at the least our 3rd down back. Dixon failed miserably last year trying to do that.

  8. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fletch, Hunter is Gore’s backup. Jacobs will be a 3rd down/short yardage guy.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- This is something we agree on!

  10. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He’s better than Dixon? Apparently. Miller isn’t really a true FB, so they got the squishy guy.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now Parcells says he’ll coach the Saints if asked. The Tuna is getting stupid in his old age.
    If he’s going to the HOF wouldn’t he want it to happen while he’s still alive? He’s going to be 71 this year but he thinks he can afford to delay it another 5 years? Not sure if he’ll make that great of an impact as he’s always been on defense and Payton is offense oriented.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/28/parcells-if-payton-asks-me-to-coach-saints-thats-what-friends-are-for/

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, there’s something about Dixon they don’t like. Whether it’s conditioning or coachability or whatever, he’s in the doghouse. As much as I dogged Crabs for his disappearance in the playoffs, the guy has improved his game. His downfield blocking has markedly improved, and he did have a decent year.
    .
    The point being he isn’t a #1 guy. He’s not the deep threat they lacked. Whether that turns out to be Moss, we’ll see. But if anything, it should give the safeties domeone to worry about.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not sure Jacobs is better than Dixon. I don’t know who is better between the two. We’ll see soon. Jacobs is straight ahead and not much of a pass catcher. Dixon has some moves, probably blocks better and catches the ball fairly well. Plus he is good on special teams. The only advantage I see for Jacobs is he can bull somebody over a little better. But, maybe that is the feature we are looking for.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dixon and Jacobs are the same guy.
    Neither likes contact.
    It’s a push.
    Don’t care for Jacobs’ mouth either.
    Jerry was right, Jacobs is soft.
    Anthony is a special teamer.
     
    Get me Doug Martin or Robert Turbin next month.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That Jacobs would sign here knowing he’s just Gore insurance must indicate the FA RB job openings out there are pretty slim pickings.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers the RB position is a joint effort these days.
    1 workhorse and several specialists.
    This is a passing league now.
    I think Bruce is more of a threat than Jacobs.
    We’ll see if he makes the starting lineup in August.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It also suggests that Jacobs had nothing else to latch onto.
    Credit Baalke for finding non-toxic contracts too.
    If it were Tannenbaum and the NYJ they’d guarantee all sorts of $$$

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d also consider Drafting (S) Harrison Smith early next month too.
    Goldson and Smith are very similar guys.
    If Dashon doesn’t get the long term deal he’s seeking, Smith could be a very Cap friendly alternative.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    hmm , i’ve always kind of liked jacobs

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s okay to like him now, Rob. He’s a Niner. Don’t listen to these naysayers. Hold firm. !!!

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh verbally fencing with Ian Rappaport of the Boston Herald
    about Randy Moss. Basically Harbaugh doesn’t care what Belichick thinks.
    http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/index.php/2012/03/28/49ers-coach-jim-harbaugh-i%E2%80%99d-like-to-see-randy-moss-put-a-stamp-on-his-great-nfl-career/

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It is a known fact that Alex Smith’s uncle is Mike Smith head coach of the Falcons. What I didn’t know was Brian Billick is Alex Smith’s uncle by marriage.
    Billick is married to Alex Smith’s dad and Mike Smith’s sister.

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Brian Billick is married to Alex Smith’s dad?

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Your typing has never been the best, Bullit, but this is a whole new ball game of mis-somethingorother.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    ROTFLMAO. Bullit unintentionally wins the internet for today!

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I can hear NoFear now: “Well, that explains EVERYTHING!”

  27. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if Billick and Alex Smith’s dad are married, that would be his son . . .

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oh jeez, this is good stuff!

  29. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shades of Chinatown . . . !

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ok I meant to sayd Alex Smith’s dad’s sister who is also Mike Smith’s sister. Skeebs gotta work on a redo button.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Too late, Bullit. The Google bots will pick up “Billick is married to Alex Smith’s dad” and feed it up to all queries about “Smith+Billick”. Good luck with the lawsuit(s).

  32. 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: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee: W 25-23
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville: W 44-33
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams: W 34-13
 
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
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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