Oh, My Darling

Today’s topic is Patrick Willis. He’s great. He’s awesome. Everybody agrees.

Next up, the NFC West now has the 2010 (Sam Bradford), 2011 (Kevin Kolb), and 2012 (Matt Flynn) QB debutante darlings. And nobody’s darling, Alex Smith.

Looks like the 49ers have the short end of the beauty contest here. Fortunately, this is football, and we all know who is holding up the NFC West trophy for 2011.

Last year, Bradford was mostly regarded as the top QB in the West. He responded by missing six games of a 2-14 season, putting up a 70.5 QBR, and a 53.5% completion rate. Honk!

No matter, the division had Kolb! He was signed for mega-millions to lead the Cardinals back to the top. He responded with seven games on the bench and a 81.1 QBR with a 57.7% completion rate and fighting it out with John Skelton for the starting job. At season’s end, he was sitting in a railway station with a ticket for his destination when abruptly brought back and rewarded with a $7 million roster bonus. Honk!

Seattle had Tarvaris Jackson, who was lumped together with Smith as chump change. He responded appropriately with a 7-9 record, a 79.2 QBR, and a 60.2% completion rate. Mild applause. Smattering of boos.

This year Seattle borrowed a page from the Cardinals and signed a career backup with two NFL starts on his resume to mega-millions. He is expected to be the next Kevin Kolb that was supposed to be before he wasn’t. Audience sits patiently, arms folded in skepticism. One frizzed out electro shock survivor cheering wildly from outside the theater.

And then we have the 49ers very own Smith. He was expected to be relieved for general ineptitude about mid-season by Colin Kaepernick. Instead, he confounded all the experts by going 13-3, with a 90.7 QBR, and a 61.3% completion rate. Bravo! Ole! Right?

Oh, no. Not here.

And not anywhere else, either. Not even in the 49er front office that had delivered eight consecutive seasons of awful, playoffless years of football.

No, Smith’s success in 2011 was entirely the product of Jim Harbaugh. It was Harbaugh who threw 22 TDs against only 5 picks. It was Harbaugh who trotted out onto the field six times trailing in the fourth quarter and led the team to a winning score. It was Harbaugh who outdueled Drew Brees in the playoffs with two epic, franchise thundering fourth quarter TD drives that set off seismic tremors in the Bay Area.

So it is Harbaugh who gets the wild cheering. Smith just gets the Rodney Dangerfield vest.

Smith gets polite, reluctant clapping and a double-dog dare to prove he can do it again! Merely as Harbaugh’s functionary, mind you. Harbaugh’s virtual reality essence.

People who don’t follow football might read this and wonder, “What’s the deal here?”

The deal is that in the blogosphere, winning isn’t everything. Being right is all that matters. And not many were when it came to Smith. In fact, about the only one who was right about Smith was Jim Harbaugh.

At any rate, the 2012 season approaches on the far away horizon and Smith is once again expected to have too low a ceiling, to fail, to get replaced, to not be good enough. Smith has been upgraded slightly from He Stinks to He’s Just a Placeholder. So it will be Placeholder versus the Clementines this year in the NFC West.

Should Smith somehow prevail, you can be sure of one thing: the first topic of the 2013 offseason will be whether Smith should be released.

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90 comments on “Oh, My Darling
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    my sources say we’re making a hard run at mike wallace ! anybody hear anything ?

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    another report says we’re not too happy with colin k’s progress at the moment !

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    that throws some light the josh johnson signing !

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops , i mean …
    if true , that would shine a light on the josh johnson signing !

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    HA

    it looks like my sources were pulling an april fools on me !

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I just discovered an interesting message on my Facebook account, sent to me on March 17th. I don’t go to FB much and missed it until this morning. It was sent to me by Spit Blood:
     
    “I strongly suggest for Sean’s sake and for your sake that you erase your last post from your blog. I know how to get to both of you, and I will hurt you both…. down deep. And I also know what I’m doing putting this in an email. You want to play, you’re playin’ with the wrong dude.”
     
    Who’s “Sean”?

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It looks like Spit has been kicked off Facebook, too. Next stop: deportation proceedings.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sean Hannity? I’d be fairly certain he doesn’t like him.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think it is fair for the Smith haters to say show me again. Smith’s coaches were so historically bad for his first6 years it is hard for some to dsecipher how much of Smith’s perfomance during that time was because of it.
     
    Yeah, Nolan brought in some decent OC’s, but who with any semblance of knowing what they are doing would change the offensive system every year?
     
    I have no doubt Smith will have a good year. Many just want to see it again before actually deciding they need to stay away so they can run to protect their prescious opinions. For now they have a few eggs left to throw at us. They are so wanting to use them. I do believe that many Smith haters would rather see us lose than win if Smith is the QB.

  10. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be very surprised to see the Niners make a run at Mr. 60 Minutes. As for JJ/Cappy? my 1st thought was that it was a response to the progress (or lack of) by Cappy. To think he’s pushing Smith is a bit off the mark.
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    If by ‘Smith haters’ you mean Trent Baalke and the front office, the answer is yes.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let me define “Alex Smith Hater” from my perspective.
    A Smith Hater can’t bring themselves to give Alex an ounce of props for the Aints playoff game ignoring the 2 comeback drives. They instead point out all the negatives that Smith was allegedly responsible for.
    THe best way to describe it is being obsessively nitpicky about all things Alex Smith and not enjoying a top ten Niner win.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Alex Smith stinks up the Stick he deserves all the criticism especially for bonehead plays. I have no problem with that.
    However when I have pointed out in the past that Joe Montana really had a crap game (5 turnovers 3 ints and 2 fumbles) before he drove the team 90 yds for “the Catch” I get called all kinds of names. Just telling it like it is.

  13. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well Bullit, historically, Montana had a lot more good games than bad ones. To pick and choose is disingenuous at best.
    .
    Smith has said himself he felt that he HAD to try and do too much a lot of the time based on the game situations, and the lack of any offensive continuity in past seasons. This led to bad decisions and turnovers.
    .
    Now, he has to go out and prove himself once again. Which is as it should be. I thought it was a little chickenshit of the front office to lowball him how they did, but I’m sure it’s just another reason for Smith to go out and try to silence his detractors. Again.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, that was not one of Joe’s best games. OTOH, he clearly was not supposed to win, according to the power brokers of the league, and the officials in that game were doing their best to ensure that. Dallas always got the benefit of some very questionable calls whenever we played them.
     
    Alex had a few games last year where he was a major component of the 49ers winning, and a few more where he rode the coattails of the defense, Andy Lee and David Akers. I’m actually curious as to how he and the coaches will respond if they do not get so much support. He is a guy who can play brilliantly, then look utterly lost and pedestrian for the next five quarters. He has come farther than most of us thought he would in 2005, but to really finally silence the detractors he is going to have to do it more consistently. Harbaugh clearly served notice this Spring that while he is the QB for now, Harbaugh will not hesitate to look to replace Alex if he is not the best option. It will be an interesting season, however it plays out.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I expect both the coaches and Smith to at least *try* to be more aggressive this year on third downs and in the Red Zone. The success or lack thereof which we have will be the determining factor for our season, and for Alex’s future in the NFL.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Really a no win situation to compare Alex Smith to the all time best and HOF QB.
    Joe seems to be the standard that all Niner QBs will be judged.
    I would settle if Alex played like Jeff Garcia.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear said- “constantly crumbling fortifications of their opinions.”
     
    That was good but not a classic. I used one of your classics in my above post! I’m sure you noticed.

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That cuts both ways, NoFear. Answer one question. Was last year a successful season? Did the QB have anything to do with that success? Objectivity, please. For all the hooraw thrown around, I predicted 8-8 and a playoff win a year ago. I figured a WC game victory and imcremental improvement by Smith. Turns out their one win was the divisional win over NO and Smith did beter than I thought. He cut down his mistakes and the team won games.
    .
    Do you take back your ‘coach killer’ moniker? Or are you going to hide behind your usual “To some minds…” “Most everyone forms…” “they choose to heed…” “typical of folks…” Christ, you sound like a politician, not a fan.
    .
    There have been a lot of people who have said that Smith has been not given very good coaching most of his career. When a known QB-friendly coach got here, what happened? Well, he improved. As did the team in general. They started looking like a team rather than a collection of players (as they did under the last two coaches).
    .
    Where do you see this mocking of the job Harbaugh did? No one who is anywhere near reality is discounting the job he did with the team. That being said, Alex DID lead six 4th quarter comebacks. 2 in the last 2 minutes of a playoff game. Something I don’t think has been done by anyone anywhere. Funny how you were absent the entire year while this happened.
    .
    You constantly shit on Alex as if last year was a mirage. Thing is, he’s still on a short rope. Harbaugh has an out. What does it mean? That he has to prove himself.
    .
    The annoying thing (to me) is you see the team through your shit-colored lens of hate for Alex. You offer NO opinion about the team in general (or specifics for that matter) without lengthy bullshit regarding Smith.

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, it comes down to the new weapons. VD was constantly doubled down in the red zone and taken away, Crabs couln’t get open to save his life, and KW got lost in the wash. Ginn was wont to lateral the ball to DBs behind him. Edwards was supposed to be a big target, but he washed out. Walker had a couple catches down close. It’s the chicken-egg thing. Did Smith suck because guys weren’t getting open? I recall maybe ONE play where Smith missed Crabs coming open where he checked down to Gore inside the 10. Harbaugh also missed throwing a red flag where Crabs didn’t go OB as the ref said on what would have been a TD catch.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Remember Steve Young won only one SB, when Eddie basically bought him an All-Pro defense. Even good QBs cannot win without support. Montana could not pull it out in ’82 or ’83 or ’85 because his supporting cast was not up to it. Alex is far south of where they were as QBs. Or even Garcia, as Bullit says. He can win, but he needs VERY strong support – or he needs to get better. I am very curious about the coming season.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Last year was not a mirage Chuck – but it is still an open question whether we can come close to matching the effort on defense and STs again next year, and whether the offense can make up any difference. I think it will be tough to go 13-3 again.

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Because you ascribe so little of the season’s success to what Smith did, NoFear. Those of us in the real world saw it for what it was. Improvement across the board. Frankly (and I’ve said this a bunch of times as well) THIS is the fvcking team the Nolan wanted to build. THIS is the team that Singletary wanted to build. Pound the ball behind Gore, and stifle the opponent with the defense. In 2009, the Niner defense had a similar season. 4th in the league scoring against. It was the offense that let the defense down back then. Care of the Jimmy-Hat offense and the yo-yoing of the QBs.
    .
    No one here paints it as black and white as you do, NoFear. But that’s your usual tactic.
    .
    How do you get into FG position, NoFear? Magic?
    .
    This team had success running the football, NoFear. Is that because they didn’t trust Smith? No. That would be like saying Chuck Noll didn’t trust Terry Bradshaw. In other words, horseshit. Did they come out slow? Yes. But by the NO game, Harbaugh felt comfortable enough to go aggressive with the play calling. And it worked.
    .
    But no, Smith was total digshit last year. He road the coattails of everyone else. Funny thing is, you give Tebow props for being such a great leader, but he is a large smelly turd according to anyone who has seen him live and in practice.
    .
    So, according to you, if Smith was more outspoken in his religious beliefs, he’d be a much better QB.

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, I’m under no illusions that the team improves its record this season. I’m thinking 11-5 is what likely happens. It’s the playoffs that will be the test.
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    Yeah, it’d be pretty tough to get those kinds of numbers +/- TO wise. But there’s no reason to think the D can’t be nearly as good at stopping oponents or keeping the other teams off the scoreboard. You you said (I think), it’s incumbent on the offense to sustain drives and pick up the slack of not getting as many TOs as 2011. That is very true.
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    Grump, there are a lot of people who think the 1987 team was the best Niners team out there. 13-2 and they rolled into the playoffs on a 6 game winning streak capped off by a 45-0 crush of the Rams. They were squashed in the playoffs by Minnesota. Montana was pulled after doing nothing in the 1st half, and Young couldn’t overcome the deficit.
    .
    Even when you ARE the best team out there, shit can derail.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Most teams get 20-50 yards to reach FG range. The same is true of SF.
    .
    Asinine or not, at least I can spell it. You have been the one waxing poetic re: Timmy Face-time. Why? Because he’s so good? Because he’s so misunderstood? What’s the attraction, NoFear?

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The ’87 team ran into matchup problems. It was very strong overall, but had a few problems. Number one was that the young CBs, McKyer and Griffin, played well in Seifert’s schemes but were not the one-on-one CBs that Wright and the younger Lott had been. Along came Anthony Carter, who had a career game and tore them up. Number two was guy McIntyre, a very good player who wore down over the course of a season. His ending weight was like 230 or 240 IIRC. He ran into a buzzsaw of power and quickness named Keith Millard, and got overwhelmed. With Doleman causing problems off the edge, and Millard up the middle, it was a long day for Montana, who got the snot kicked out of him. Walsh went with Young because he could run away faster, knowing we were probably going to lose anyway. Bad matchup mojo, an uncharacteristically bad day coaching, and the shock effect of being taken apart after the 49er team thought they were on their way to their third SB and that was it. It was a bitter pill that took two-thirds of the ’88 season to shake off. But when they did… they went into the ’88 playoffs on a mission. And accomplished it.

  26. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Whether you blame Alex, the play calling, the line, or the alignment of the planets, these numbers are worth considering:
     
    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/2012/04/inside-the-49ers/alex-smiths-problems-on-third-down/
     
    Turnovers alter the flow of a game the most: the team that wins that battle will usually win. If it’s essentially equal, then the ability to move the chains becomes dominant. Harbaugh needs to focus like a laser on improving in this one area for 2012.

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    FEAR
    this coming from the most uncompromising person on the blog is pretty funny !

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    GRUMP

    that article is very flawed imo
    it goes back as far as 06 ! heck joe montana would have struggled on third downs here with our 0-ffensive ‘schemes’ from 06 thru 2010 !
    don’t forget , last year we lost both of our second and third WR’s to injuries !

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    my VERY preliminary draft wishlist !

    1st pick
    trade up ( our 4th in 2012 and a 4th in 2013 )
    mike floyd WR. notre dame

    2nd pick
    cordy glenn G ga.

    3rd pick
    josh chapman NT al.

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    ANYBODY here know how these guys did at the senior bowl … and anything about chapman’s injury history prior to last year ??

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Grumpy liked that article because it contained information that, consciously or subconsciously, reinforced his own biased logic.

  32. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Subconsciously reinforced logic. Great band name . . .

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    SKEEBS
    lol

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t read it, NoFear. The title and the author gave away the slant in a glance.

  35. robNo Gravatar says:

    FEAR

    NOT too surpised 😉
    lol

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did anybody hear that somebody is reporting the 49ers are breaking ground on the new stadium 4/19?

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The interesting thing, Rob, is despite what you say, Alex had more success statistically on third down in 2006 than he did last year. Interesting, no?
     
    Some of that is Norv Turner’s play calling, I think.

    Skeebs, I’ll try to find a happy little My Little Pony article for you, free of any slant.

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    OMG
    you guys are the best !

    and imho we are/should be the favorites to win it all this coming year !

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That would be true, Berg. Invitees only. I was at a ground breaking once – for a new church. Eleven year old altar boy putting the symbolic first spade in the ground and getting my picture in the local newspaper. It was probably the last pious performance of my life.

  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    GRUMP
    IMO it’s because we surprised a lot of teams with the amount of talent we DID have here in 06 ! of course norv was the key to our success that year .

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Only to provide blistering criticism, NoFear, trying to knock me off my happy little pony.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    Your choices are pie in the sky.
    All of those guys have first round grades and will be long gone
    when we pick 61 and 93.
    To get Floyd might take moving up 10+ spots and trading 2 #4s won’t get it done.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Was NF being sarcastic? I can never tell.
    Anyway this was one beautiful game
    and I enjoy watching the highlights.
    http://www.49ers.com/media-gallery/videos/Highlights-49ers-36—Saints-32/2e6f05b5-49a7-4e70-a99f-f414432507f0

    Joe, Steve and Jeff might have performed to equal the outcome but they caouldn’t surpass what was achieved.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Yep 4/19 is the date and they’re shooting for 2014 to open.

    http://blog.49ers.com/2012/04/02/stadium-groundbreaking-slated-for-april-19/

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith is the #1 gift to anybody running a blog in the last 5 years. Come to think of it, blogs have only been around for about 5 years. Just mention Alex Smith and any 49er blog lights up.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s creating some big shoes for whoever follows him to fill, that’s for sure.

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s why Grant Cohn titled his article “alex-smiths-problems-on-third-down” rather than “49ers-problems-on-third-down.”

  48. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve already got Timmy-Face-time.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve yet to read something by Grant Cohn worth reading.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I have a proposed Trade with Philly  
    We send LB Bowman to Eagles
    They send RB McCoy to SF
    We then swap 2nd Rd Picks.
     
    Getting close to Draft time, I’m bored.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They need LB help, we’ll need a replacement for Frank.
    Money will be the key in this Trade.
    We likely won’t be able to pay Bowman and Willis.
    McCoy wants an extension on a Roster with alot of big dollar Contracts in play.
    Philly is holding 2 2nd Rd picks.
    I’d ask for the higher value Pick at 46.
    We could then think about living with Larry Grant.
     
    I love Bowman, just thinking about getting into his Contract year and whether we can afford to keep him.

  52. robNo Gravatar says:

    GRUMPY


    The interesting thing, Rob, is
    that
    Alex had more success statistically on third down in 2006 than he did last year. Interesting, no?

    Some of that is Norv Turner’s play calling, I think.

    yes and yes !

  53. robNo Gravatar says:

    yup , groundbreaking is 4/19 !
    yay !

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT

    ” Rob

    Your choices are pie in the sky. ”

    according to my two best draft resources (walter football and PFW)we should have an outside shot at all of these guys ! my other point i failed to make is that since our roster is pretty stacked right now , trading up is also an option !

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Montana

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Fred Astaire

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Annette Funicello

  59. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Henry Fonda
    .
    Uh, what game is this?

  60. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rope-a-dope.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was trying to see if just mentioning Alex Smith starts up the blog. I think NoFear is still asleep and Del is away for a while because Alex is our QB.
     
    The reason I said Fred Astaire is he is always my answer when I am dancing around the answer. It is a metaphor.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Scaramouche Scaramouche can you do the fandango?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKo4FMzt_hM

    Nothing really matters, nothing really matters to me. Anyway the wind blows…

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags showing off new Nike unis.
    Look a lot better than their lime green atrocities from a couple of years ago

    http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/photo-gallery/Photos-New-Uniform/d8a6def9-2713-40e2-bc03-3d5846d98dab#07f70484-2e77-4807-8060-a27759d309f3

    Wonder if Niners will have any minor changes?

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we smittyed ourselves into smithereens yesterday and don’t have a smith to smite with today. Is Mark Roman around anywhere? We haven’t kicked that dog in awhile.

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And then there’s Morris Claiborne making headlines for getting a 4 on his Wonderlic test. Wonder what his SAT score was to gain entrance to LSU?

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nick Fairly got busted for pot.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The “FACE” of the 49ers
    (click onto the 49ers logo to see)
    https://apps.facebook.com/nikenfl/

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Those gloves are spectacular.
    Nate Davis would be proud.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Quick, cover NoFear’s eyes. Don’t let him see bullit’s link!

  70. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Morris is still not at the Dexter Manley IQ level. He’s a Rhodes Scholar compared to that tape dispenser.

     

    On Dexter’s wonderlic when asked to fill out his name, he wrote ‘True’.

     

    Not kidding.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Check this kid out – See ya later Larry Grant?
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtlONCH8jPA

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mr Burris is all over the field.
    Inside and Outside, sideline to sideline.
    Comes off the edge very well too.
    Might say ‘later’ to Mr. Haralson too.

  73. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ryan Leaf arrested for second time in four days

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/02/ryan-leaf-arrested-for-second-time-in-four-days/

    There’s Willis and then there’s Leaf

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is the LSU QB Jordan Jefferson and his response shows you he’s academically challenged
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxrSuMGvtnI

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- The good news for Jordon Jefferson is he can only start “movin’ on up” from where he is at!

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What we have here is a case of musical guards in the NFC West.
    The Cards signed Adam Snyder, the Seahags are considering Petey’s old U$C player Deuce Lutui formerly of the Cards. The Rams brought in Chilo Rachal for a worlout. Now the Niners are seriously considering signing Jason Brown of the Rams for far less than the $7mil /yera he was making in St Louis.
    Would be too funny if this happened and everyone in the NFC WEst ended up with a OL from a rival to replace the guy thta moved on.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What’s on tap for today? The NFL reveals the 2012 Presason Schedule
    woo hoo! It doesn’t get any better than this.
    Here’s a story from yesterday’s uniform event

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIBkL7vbGjI

  78. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Reggie Smith will be playing for the Panthers next year.

  79. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Deuce Lutui may be 420 lb by the time the season starts . . .

  80. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That leaves Larry Grant as the only man left from the 2008 draft.

  81. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers preseason schedule: MIN, at HOU, at DEN (Fox), SD.
     
    Peyton & Singletary should spice up the preseason some.

  82. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    2008 draft, bottom of the barrel about the time old Scottie was hitting the bottom of the bottle.

  83. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So, we see Houston again for week two.
     
    Should be a good test for our first team offense in the first quarter. As I recall, they did not fare too well last year. The lockout had us back on our heels a bit. This will be a chance to demonstrate some early progress.
     
    Manning in week three will be overhyped. Not as bad as the Harbaugh Bowl, but pretty close. The first half QBRs will be hyperanalyzed with the fervor of political pundits reading the latest polling tea leaves.

  84. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On tghe day of the Aints appeal to the commissioner some explosive stuff has come up from the playoff game against the Niners and also from Carlos Rogers when he was with the Redskins under Gregg Williams.
    The appeal should be denied because what Williams says before the game targets Alex Smith,V Davis Gore, Crabtree,K Williams and Hunter.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fhnn9kbqQUA

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-silver_gregg_williams_speech_saints_49ers_bounty_040412

    Gregg Williams also refers to the preseason game with the Niners so there was a purpose to why they blitzed so much. That assbite should never coach again in the NFL talking about hitting Gore in the head and blowing out Crabtree’s knee. Darren Sharper
    you want the truth? Get a hearing aid because this crap happened and was caught on tape.

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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