Facial Recognition Teamware

The 49ers’ first three day OTA has concluded. There will now be a four day rest period before the next OTA. Gasp. Wheeze. C’mon, man!

What we’ve learned so far is that Frank Gore is primed for another year of being Frank Gore (half a season of effectiveness). Kyle Williams is a very good number two return man (as long as he’s number two). Michael Crabtree is looking better than ever (he’d better be). Randy Moss is terrific in every way (for now). Alex Boone is doing great at right guard (blocking imaginary defensive linemen). Anthony Davis has improved his footwork (call DWTS now). Daniel Kilgore is comfortable playing center (or anywhere else he’s told to play). Alex Smith is thrilled with his new WR group (is the feeling mutual?). And, gosh, omg, and another gosh on top of that.

The best news was there were no injuries. Except for this year’s fifth round draft choice, OLB Darius Fleming, tearing his ACL and having to red shirt his first NFL season on IR. So long, Darius. We will remember you next year when you will be considered an extra fifth round pick of the 2013 draft.

And so the long, not as hard as it used to be road to the 2012 season has officially begun. Ultimately, its success will depend entirely on what happens next January. But between now and then, we are almost guaranteed to see a whole bunch of exciting and entertaining football games.

Unless the team loses two games in a row, or more. They did not do that at all in 2011. As such, we have never seen the Jim Harbaugh press conference loser face. If he stays in character, he will have to throw himself under the bus, and not his players. It’s a smart move. Reporters are apt to be much less nasty when the object of their cruel remarks is beating himself to death right in front of them. As long as he doesn’t get the Singletary Face of vacant, helpless dipwaddity. That look is a coach killer. Heck, it’s a marriage killer. A solid reason to become a teenage runaway.

The dipwad face is fairly common in the real world. You see it all the time. Sitting in the car next to you at a stoplight. Standing across the room from you at an extended inlaw gathering. Often times staring out at you on a TV screen from the highest levels of government. It’s part of the idiot village landscape.

But you do not want to see that face on your football team. In the owners box or along the sideline. The loser face, however, lurks within all of us — mostly unobserved. Not so in the highly televised world of the NFL. We have the Manning Face, the Brady Face, the virtually every game Norv Turner Face. The Wade Phillips Face. As yet, there’s no Eli Manning Face because his face always looks halfway between dipwad and goofball, whether he’s winning or losing.

The 49ers haven’t been national celebrities long enough to have earned their very own faces. It’s still pretty much a faceless, anonymous bunch of warriors. The addition of Randy Moss adds some national recognition to the team, but it will take another superb year or two or three for any of our guys to become household mug shots.

For the coming season, a faceless overpowering force will be just fine. It’s even a bit scary. “Who are these guys?!” can be read from lip to frightened lip on opposing benches. The faces of fear. Intimidation. Defeat. Hahaha. Whip they asses, red and gold nobodies. May the face be with you.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Video from Santa Clara OTAs

    http://tinyurl.com/bpdjfcn

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roberta Flack had facial recognition in 1971 with the #1 song! I have to say, it is a very good song.
    http://youtu.be/r9jmusgMgro

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start to summer.
    This is not just a 3 day weekend
    with an extra day off for a picnic and barbeque. Please take a moment to reflect and say a prayer for those who served and have given their lives for us to have our freedom.

    When’s the last time you’ve seen a jug played?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM&feature=related

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about the Jugband Blues? This is early Syd Barret Pink Floyd. Syd is the original member that was kicked out for being on drugs.
    http://youtu.be/wzIkTjkfDkM

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    How many fishnet shirts do you still have? So you should’ve been
    in SF last week when Roger Waters
    was here for The Wall concert at AT&T Park.
    I myself am not into Pink Floyd.
    Not a rocker and definitely not a metalhead.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw Roger Waters about 5 years ago in the South Bay. The show was more of a political proselytizing event for the side I don’t support. If he could play music without preaching I would go. No more Roger Waters concerts for me.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never had a fishnet shirt, but I did have a leisure suit!

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Know you’re not into movies but this is coming out in a few weeks
    and you might make an exception.
    Actors as you’ve never seen them before

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USxhXb5VC5E

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- 1. It is a movie. Almost anything is better than a movie. 2. It is hair bands. I was never into the hair band movement. From reading one of your previous posts, metal music of the 80’s and hair bands are the same thing. There were some goods songs but most of them were tiring. 3. From the trailer it looks like another Hollywood proselytizing event. I doubt I’ll ever see it.

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Almost anything is better than a movie”
     
    I can rattle three things off the top of my head that aren’t better than a movie.
    1. Alex Smith on 3rd down.
    2. Alex Smith in the red zone.
    3. Alex Smith watching a movie.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to take a guess that Del likes movies more than Alex Smith?

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I’m going to bet Del likes a colonoscopy more than Alex Smith.

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, ever have one? They let you watch the monitor (if you so desire) during the procedure. The only thing worse would be if the monitor was showing Alex Smith highlights while they had that tube shoved up my ass.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Hewre are some Alex Smith hi-lites for you. Now you won’t need that colonoscopy!
    http://youtu.be/5-Nj7TassIg

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, that was a touching story. Thanks for that. But a Methodist?
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km7WD8wkb1c
     
    Happy Memorial Day

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Maiocco has a prediction

    http://tinyurl.com/863mer6

    Get your tickets as the train is filling up fast
    http://tinyurl.com/7qgl6rf

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Super Bowl Favorites
     
    Pats 5/1
    Pack 6/1
    Eagles 8/1
    49ers 8/1
    Texans 10/1
    Broncos 12/1
    Saints 12/1
    Giants 15/1
    Ravens 15/1
     
    Further down the list at 25/1…How ’bout dem Cowboys!

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco predicting a 49ers Super Bowl. Does he not know that 6 of the last 7 teams that lost the NFC Championship Game failed to even make the playoffs the next year? I sure do.

  19. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waaaaaaaah! Don’t watch, Dennis. No one is holding a gun to your head. If it is too much to bear if they don’t win it all, then save yourself the aggravation.
    .
    Or save us your incessant whining.
    .
    Either way, a win-win.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niner defense and special teams are the best in the league
    so why not? Enhanced weapons on offense.
    Nobody expected 13-3 last year so this team is full of suprises,

    So get on that train, The City of New Orleans aka The Super Bowl Express.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, you’d be surprised what’s held to my head when watching the 49ers. I think Alex is already setting us up for more 195 yd passing games next year. Here was his quote that made him lots of friends with the Panthers…
    “I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith said. “I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you’re losing games in the second half, guess what, you’re like the Carolina Panthers and you’re going no-huddle the entire second half. Yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games. That’s great. You’re not winning, though.”
    Jon Beason tweeted back: Alex smith, don’t hate on Cam Bc your stats would’ve gotten u cut if Peyton decided to come 2 San Fran.Truth b told..That’s after a 13-3 yr.
     
    Harbaugh, Baalke, Jed and the entire organization were going to toss Alex to the curb if only Peyton would have chosen us. If only…if only…if only…

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Of course Alex thinks throwing for 300+ yds/game is a “totally overblown stat.” This coming from a guy who has two, TWO, T W O 300 yd games in 70 career games.
     
    After being reminded of that stat I feel like play golf with Tony Romo.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s raining in Pinole. Is it snowing in Reno, Reno?

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It has been snowing all day. It stopped less than an hour ago. Nothing stuck. It is kind of nice outside right now. I’m going to stop working and clean the RV so I can use it tomorrow.
     
    Everybody in the neighborhood with an RV is setting up at the Twisted Sisters’ lot to start the camping season with two days of neighborhood drunkenness! Even the couple who own the local bar will be there. Of course, Repo Ed will be there too. Since it is only 4 lots down, about a few hundred yards, I’ll be able to come home during the week-end and make some drunken comments!

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cam Newton threw for 300+ yds 3 times last season and the Panthers were 0-3.
    Nothing to brag about.
    There’s only 3 teams in the NFL that Peyton Manning wouldn’t start. Just talking smack like Roddy White who ate his words last year when he said “Why is the 49ers wasting their time with alex smith they need to move on better yet try to get luck next year would be good for them”

    Roddy stuck the boot in his mouth and it tastes like crow, after barely making the playoffs and being one and done.
    .

  26. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    barleyfreak sez:
    .
    “I can’t believe we’re still in May”.
    .
    Prolly we’re trying to make up fer last yeah when there was the strike and we had nothing better to do than bitch about AS, Singletron and NoWin. This yeah we got the whole buffet.
    .
    We got bullet and no beer debating the merits of of the Son of Gold in the Three Dog Night cover package. We got it all man, in May

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This video is about Patrick Willis from ESPN E60. In many ways his upbringing was similar to Michael Oher’s.
    Warning some might find some scenes very upsetting causing flashbacks to a darker time.
    So in case you haven’t seen this
    http://tinyurl.com/7dqmjn8

  28. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    bullit can you fix this? When I click the link I get:
    .
    “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.
    Sorry about that”.
    .
    Prolly not you ‘the uploader’ dang

  29. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    What was Cam’s record last year, Dennis?
    .
    Oh, that’s right. You’d rather watch your team go 6-10 rather than have a shot at the Super Bowl.
    .
    Carry on, Skippy.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    Go to youtube and search for Patrick Willis E60

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Billy Belli spycam was at work again. Video of yesterday’s practice courtesy of Niner Nation and Fooch

    http://tinyurl.com/6t8hlw5

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Count me in as fan of wins over stats. I think Cam will be really good. Alex should have dumped on Romo. That would have been more accurate. Romo is a fantasy football mavin. A classic case of stats more important than winning. Cam will be a winner soon.

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    this could be the best news yet from ota’s

    http://www.mercurynews.com/49ers/ci_20704258/49ers-notes-patrick-willis-randy-moss-forge-bond

    will randy moss really follow willis’ example ?

  34. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Romo’s playoff stats:
    .
    1-3
    4 TDs
    2 picks
    80.8 QBR
    .
    Alex Smith playoff stats:
    1-0
    5 TDs
    0 picks
    101.5 QBR
    .
    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I see you haven’t taken the http://tinyurl.com/ to heart like Bullit. Snap to it! Who do you like in the Coca-Cola 600 this Memorial Day weekend? No need to ask Berger, he’s taking Tow-neee as usual. JJ and the 48 Crew are a prohibitive 3-1 favorite to win. 3-1? You never so those kinds of odds in NASCAR.
     
    Del Mar + Chalk = Weasel

  36. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dumping? Of course NoFear reads his bias into that quote. Smith isn’t dogging Cam, he’s saying when you are down in the 2nd half, you are forced to throw a lot. Duh. I thought even you could figger that out.
    .
    Is it surprising that NoFear doesn’t understand it? For someone who supposedly doesn’t form his opinion by the writings of others, NeFear takes to heart what some Yahoo sports clown writes. And who the f*** is Jon Beason? I sure wish the Niners played the Newtons this year.
    .
    Here’s ‘clever’ writing by Chase:
    .
    “I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith told reporters. [Wait, so he’s saying he cares a little bit?].
    .
    Wow. 3rd grade put-downs? Good one Chris. Wait, maybe that IS NoFear! There’s a big ‘Hyuk’ for ya, Skippy!

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Career QBR: Romo; 96.9 Smith; 76.4
    Chuck, it’s not even that close. You find me one other GM who would take Alex over Romo and it’ll be a first. And if I got Baalke good and stinkin’ drunk even he would admit his true preference between the quarterbacks. As you, Berger, I and everyone else knows, drunks speak the truth. And sometimes the truth hurts. The truth is…Tony Romo is a better QB than Alex Smith. End of story.
     
    Tony Romo is my hero. How ’bout dem Cowboys!

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did we sign Peyton manning yet?

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Alex will have a lot more yards this year. If he has over 4000 yards we are in trouble. It just would not be a Harbaugh offense. Somewhere around 3500 yds passing is what I think we need. That would mean the running game is working and we are being aggressive in the passing game.
     
    Cam Newton had 21 TDs and 17 ints. Alex had 17 and 5. Hmmm? Call me crazy, I would rather have 17-5.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey youse guys. CSN took my Giants question and submitted it as their poll question for the day. A little pub is better than no pub. Not the same as having my name up in lights, but it’s the poll question nonetheless. Beats smoking pole. That’s Alex Smith’s job.
    Vote here if ya like: http://www.csnbayarea.com/baseball-san-francisco-giants

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Romo is a terrible QB. All stats, one play-off win. I would never want him as my QB. He is terrible. He and other teams making comeback wins are synonymous.
     
    The girls tell me he is cute. I guess that is why you like him.
     
    Call me, this should be good! I can tell you’ve been drinking, you are lauding Tony Romo. No sober person would laud Tony Romo. Alex Smith is the superior QB, and he is a 49er. Go 49ers! I do not root for the Cowboys, unlike you.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- You are the Romo smoker.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, call me crazy, but I would rather have…rather have…rather have…ah, shit. I’ll Have Another instead. Sorry to say, but I don’t see him winning the Belmont and becoming the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. Just over to weeks to go, and I’m thinking Dullahan or maybe even Alpha at a big price. It’ll all depend on who Rob takes in the Coca-Cola 600. If Danica finishes Top 10, I’ll buy everyone on this blog a 12-Pack. I’m thinking 36th place for her.
     
    Favorite 49er #36? That’s easy, Paul Hofer. How much so? My Confirmation name was Paul, and we named our black lab Hofer. I’m a goddamn 49er Faithful. But I still love Tony Romo. 😀

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “A girl phoned me the other day & said ‘Come on over, there’s nobody home.’ I went over. Nobody was home.” ~Rodney Dangerfield

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard Romo is a Chas Bono. OK, just kidding. But any true 49er fan would not say “how ’bout them Cowboys.” I am so happy to be rooting for Alex Smith instead of Tony Romo. What say you, you Romo fan?

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “When I played in the sandbox, the cat kept covering me up.” ~Rodney Dangerfield

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Romo missed his calling card. He is a golfer, not a QB. Yeah, he can put up some stats, he just can’t win. He should be playing an individual sport like golf. Romo reminds me of an advanced JT O’Sullivan. Stats yes, wins? Give me Alex Smith over Tony Romo any day.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “I was so poor growing up – if I wasn’t a boy – I’d have had nothing to play with ” ~Rodney Dangerfield

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “I told my wife I was seeing a psychiatrist. She told me she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers & a bartender.”~Rodney Dangerfield

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t know Rodney Dangerfield was black? That is the old joke. Why don’t black parents let their children play in the sand box? Because the cats keep burying them.

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “My family were big drinkers. When I was a kid, I went missing. They put my picture on a bottle of Scotch.” ~Rodney Dangerfield

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “I’m taking Viagra and drinking prune juice – I don’t know if I’m coming or going.” ~Rodney Dangerfield

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “I thought I was a football player and then they told me I was a golfer.” -Tony Romo

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “I like stats more than winning.” -Tony Romo

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “How did Alex Smith out duel Drew Brees? I’m the stat guy.” -Tony Romo

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “Chicks dig stats, winning is not important.” – Tony Romo

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “Fantasy football is more important than winning.” -Tony Romo

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “My owner, Jerry Jones, loves stats so we can make money off of fantasy football. He has a fantasy fotball team, so stats are more important than winning.” – Tony Romo

  59. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    That doesn’t sound like Alex – he’s channeling Jimbo. Soon he’s going to start belittling Lowell Cohn in interviews.  

      

    Can he back up the swagger with moving those chains on 3rd downs with more urgency, and hit the deep outs with 84.  

      

    Stay tuned.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.” ~Rodney Dangerfield
     
    This isn’t a joke — my next door neighbors moved away today without even saying goodbye. Time for a new deodorant? Put on shorts when I take Frank for a walk? Only dress up as Sherlock Holmes twice a week when I ask friends and neighbors, “Would you like to see what I have underneath my magnifying glass?”

  61. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, NoFear, I just think it’s funny you accuse me of reading others for my opinions, and you can’t even glean what Smith said. You go with the breathless sensationalizing ‘reporter’ who feeds you your reaction with a spoon.
    .
    And, where’s the personal attack? I mean, I should really do something to be accused of that, Skippy.
    .
    So, how do you think the Niners do this year, NoFear?
    .
    Are you able to answer that, skippy?

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    Love Rodney Daingerfield.
    Don Rickles is another funny guy and getting very old but still funny as hell.
    http://tinyurl.com/7ohhusr

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    All that Tony Romo blasting could not get Del to call. Two drunks yelling and laughing could only be fun for the two drunks. A missed opportunity.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see Willis and Moss have been fishing with Owen Nolan.
    http://blog.49ers.com/2012/05/24/willis-and-moss-become-fishing-buddies/

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del wasn’t drinking last night. But his poll question is now on the front page of CSNBA.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF

    Talking donkeys? The word is you speak Mule or is that some kind of donkey code?
    http://tinyurl.com/3gg7r7r

    So NF abhors personal attacks but doesn’t mind taking his usual cheap shots.

    Maybe you should relearn the rules of engagement and how to honor a ceasefire?

  67. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger: only six drunken posts in a row? That was weak for you. C’mon, man, step up your game, we know you can do better, we want to see at least 15 in a row. No wonder Del did not call you. lol

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Willis posted this tweet Friday night: “Wins are Wins I stand with My Qb Alex Smith and all my teammates. I can’t wait for the season. #49ers”

    Well said PW, well said.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting perspective from a HOF QB putting this in proper perspective cuz he lived it.

    http://tinyurl.com/6o9sbw8

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I already have the record. It was about 30 in a row? Nobody wants to go through that pain again, not even me. But there is more beer and whiskey to drink so you never know!
     
    I talked to Del this morning. He wasn’t drinking last night. He probably didn’t feel like talking to a drunk. I don’t blame him. The only good time to talk to a drunk is when one is also drunk.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was going through some CDs at Walmart when I saw Joe Montana had a CD. I picked up the case only to find it was Barry Manilow. I put it back, looks like I(we) made it! Actually, don’t tell anybody but I already have Manilow’s greatest hits.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I saw Manilow when he was at HP Pavillion about 3 years ago.
    His sound system or audio engineer was horrible.
    Had to look up Pavillion to make sure I spelled right otherwise the resident spelling bee might sting me.
    Barry’s show was so so and he might think about hanging it up.
    If you ever have the chance go see David Foster and Friends. He is able to pull together a great group of performers such as Michael Buble.
    One of the better duets you’ll ever see http://tinyurl.com/d565v3y

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s true I was not drinking last night. But as I told Berger, I was hepped up on so many pills you couldn’t tell the difference. I was at the ER on Thursday. I got another case of cellulitis in my Rt. elbow. Damn thing looks like a small grapefruit. So I got some antibiotics and some more pain meds to go with the multitudinous stash already assembled in my medicine cabinet. Houston, hello!
     
    Nothing wrong with Manilow. I dig Barry myself. Favorite song? That’s an easy one. Her name was Lola…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P28Nzge5YJs&feature=related

  74. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You guys ever look at your last comment and see what number it is and think of a 49er who wore that jersey? My latest was #79, so I immediately thought of Harris Barton. Who can forget that winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII when Joe said to Barton during the commercial break, “Hey, H! Isn’t that John Candy sitting in the stands?” Joe Cool. 8)

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now your last comment was Jerry Rice.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is always good to see Joe Montana perform Copocabana. Here is my favorite Montana song.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops! I guess it would help if I attached the url. The funny thing about this song is he didn’t write it.
    http://youtu.be/w-fev20voMc

  78. robNo Gravatar says:

    NOFEAR
    who’s in your pic ?

  79. robNo Gravatar says:

    DEL
    send along some of those happy pils to your favorite blog buddy
    😉

  80. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg

    like i said …

    The 49ers exceeded all reasonable expectations in Jim Harbaugh’s first year as head coach.

    That will not happen this season.

    That’s because the expectation for the franchise is to win Super Bowl XLVII.

    In the coming months, you will see predictions of a 49ers championship from a lot of pundits, publications and sites.

    So let me be among the first to get the formality out of the way and declare the 49ers as my pick to hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.

    The 49ers return every key player on one of the league’s most dominant defenses. And two new starters — as well as the additions of several other top backups — should provide much-needed upgrades on offense.

    When a reporter mentioned this week to Harbaugh that the 49ers seem deep at “just about every position,” Harbaugh responded, “Yeah, I would agree with that.”

    The 49ers are deep and talented. They will not finish the regular season with a 13-3 record because of a difficult schedule. Heck, I’ll probably even pick them to lose the season-opener at Green Bay. But they should be a better all-around team than a year ago.

    The front office kept the defense intact with the re-signings of Carlos Rogers and Ahmad Brooks. And they’ve added multiple big-play threats to assist an inconsistent offense.

    But this prediction is less about the newcomers pushing the 49ers over the top than the players already on board getting better. After all, the 49ers came within an overtime loss of advancing to the Super Bowl last season. And they did it while mostly learning their new systems from scratch upon reporting to training camp.

    A year ago, the 49ers did not have an offseason program with the coaching staff due to the lockout. When the players and coaches finally got together in late-July, the work began at a hectic pace.

    “It was like a sprint from Day 1 last year,” 49ers quarterback Alex Smith said. “Let me tell you, things have not changed. From the first day of football school, if you talk to anybody about the first day of football school, it was like, ‘Holy smokes!’

    “I think it blew everybody’s mind. It was 100 mph. We were not slowing down. This coaching staff, coach Harbaugh, only knows one speed. It’s not relax time. If anything, it’s full-throttle even more.”

    Even compared to offseasons when there was no lockout and fewer league-mandated restrictions, the work getting accomplished on the 49ers’ practice field is far greater than what anyone has previously experienced.

    “It’s tenfold from what we’ve done in the past,” said left tackle Joe Staley, who enters his sixth season. “It’s all under (NFL) guidelines, but we’re also getting a ton of work done. We’re splitting fields and getting more reps in. I think everybody’s buying in. You don’t hear any complaining. Coach Harbaugh makes sure we’re doing a lot of efficient work. It’s going to set us up well for training camp.”

    And it should also set up the 49ers to become a popular pick to win the Super Bowl, and Staley knows that.

    “If anything that makes us hungrier because we know how fleeting that is,” Staley said. “I’ve been here a couple years when we were the chic pick. . . . We were the popular, sleeper pick before and we had a horrible year. . . . Also, knowing how close we were to getting to the Super Bowl last year and losing in overtime, that just made us realize how close of an opportunity and how great of a football team we have here.”

    49ers VIDEO POWERED BY SPORTSNET CENTRAL

    49ers linebackers — call them elite
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  81. robNo Gravatar says:

    the above is from matt maiocco

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you hate the 49ers you will not like this so don’t waste your time.

    Whoever put this together did an
    incredibly professional job.
    Broadcast quality hightlight package.

    http://tinyurl.com/d2gkpkm

    Lot’s of sideline and behind the scenes footage.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Drinking and blogging!
     
    Boy was I glad to wake up this morning and discover that I didn’t blog last night!
     
    The good thing about drinking and blogging is you can check to see what time you went to bed the night before.

  84. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    That’s interesting Bergs…so, tell me was I drinking last night? It’s hard to tell as I know I wasn’t blogging

  85. robNo Gravatar says:

    i know one thing … there will be a lot of drinking and blogging today !

  86. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit may have posted this already on AS comments:
    .
    “In his 12-year career, Aikman never threw for more than 3,500 yards, 30 touchdowns nor had a quarterback rating of 100.

    Aikman, by all standards today, is not fantasy football friendly.

    He is in the real world, however, a three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and a Hall of Famer”.

    .
    “San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith Hits the NFL with Some Cold Hard Facts”:
    .
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1197732-san-francisco-49ers-alex-smith-hits-the-nfl-with-some-cold-hard-facts#

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- If you would’ve blogged you could tell if you were drinking by the comments and you would also know about the time you went to bed by checking the time of your last post! Me, I knew I was drinking last night without checking the blog.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some people do have that cookie cutter mentality loving those big fantasy football numbers.Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Dan Fouts are HOF QBs with the stigma of not taking their teams to the ultimate prize. Big numbers don’t always produce desired results.
    On the Bills OJ ran for record yardage and his best years produces a second, third and fifth place finish.
    One just has to look at the 2000 Niners and Jeff Garcia. Garcia threw for almost 4300 yards, 31 TDs and only 10 picks yet the team was 6-10 and a disappointment.
    I’d like the deep thinker on this blog to explain that one.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also in 2011 two QBs had similar numbers to Alex Smith and both were playoff teams yet nobidy was screaming to have those QBs replaced. Look at Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco’s numbers.
    That’s why it’s called a team.
    Neither Joe nor Steve singlehandedly carried the team to win Super Bowls. The rest of the team had a big hand in the team’s Super Bowl victories.
    If not for Dan Bunz we would only have 4 as an example.

  90. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Marino and Fouts would not have NEEDED to post those numbers if they had ever been supported by decent defensive play. Especially Fouts. He won a bunch of 45-38 games, but he lost a lot of them, too.

  91. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, my in-laws are in Maryland, and there is a lot of doubt about Flacco. Just like here, there is a sense that he does not measure up to the rest of the team and needs to step it up this year. As for Atlanta and Ryan, if he has another unimpressive year, I think he’ll be under pressure, too.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Marino was a classic example of a great passer who wasn’t a great QB. I know most will disagree that he was a great QB. I say he scored too fast and wore his defense out. Montana was very cognizant of first downs vs TDs. He didn’t want to score too fast because he wanted the defense rested. Joe was the best QB ever because he thought of these things. Marino could pass as well as any QB ever, but he was not the great strategist that Montana was.

  93. robNo Gravatar says:

    looks like flacco and smith are pretty close ! imho smith is better than flacco .

  94. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Nice icon there NoFear. Happy Memorial Day to all.
    .
    The premise would seem to be ‘a good team can win without one’. But I also see Alex getting better next year (passing yards, TDs) just as he did last year (wins). Grumpy and Chuck were talking about what would be reasonable numbers for AS this year and something like 3800 passing, 25? TDs, 100 QBR? were mentioned. Aikman rarely if ever got those numbers but he does have 3 rings + in the HOF.
    .
    But yeah, turn yer back the pie will be launched. Kinda like driving over here: Blind spot in the road? Guaranteed a Semi, van, motorcycle, dog, pedestrian or chicken will be in it trying to pass you on the right. So for us “No pie shall remain unthrown” for whatever reason

  95. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Berger- Oh ‘check the blog’. Gotcha. Fer a minute there I thought you said ‘check the bong’ which would be unlikely as this place unlike No. Cal is dry, dry. And that’s preferably fine.
    .
    Funny you mention that- sometimes I do wake up knowing I’ve been drinking and blogging and I DO wonder what the hell I wrote. Haha, loopy stuff sometimes but not sure if I’m in yer league yet Bergs

  96. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! Did you ever make your pick for the Coca-Cola 600? I went with JJ and the 48 Crew. They seem to own Charlotte. The guy I was rooting for (Dario Franchitti) won the 500 today. Ya know why I was rooting for him? Because I wanted to see more of his wife, Ashley Judd in the winners circle. Mission accomplished. Brooklyn Decker helped give the “gentleman start your engines” for the 600. That makes two hot pieces of ass I’ve seen at the tracks today. If I was guaranteed of seeing a third, I’d make the trek up to nearby Antioch and watch the Dirt Modified races. That would make three hot pieces of ass in one day. That’s never happened before. I’ve been around a bunch of plain old asses quite a bit. Most recently when I visited Chuck’s blog. 😀

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- LOL!

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just got drunk with most of the neighborhood. Instead of blogging, I’m going to bed. I’m not sure how I got so responsible? Phil! Quit talking me off the ledge.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, the Eli face has been coined here in NY Media circles as
    Aw Shux.
     
    Can’t argue with that one.
    He’s the little Bro after all too. Used to taking a Big Bro Beat Down growing up no doubt and, wearing that turmoil on his face when faced with snitching or getting more of his a$$ handed to him.
     
    I do normally give the little Bro more respect tho. I am the older and know full well what my sibling endured.
    He HAS to hold his own, if wants any respect.
     
    Good piece.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I did find interesting over at CSN by Maiocco was the contact and interest AJ Jenkins is getting from Rice and seeking from Moss.
     
    Run hills with Jerry, swim laps with Moss?
    It’s about dedication to your Profession.
    The body and mind need to share the same focus on the game that pays your way.
    I want to see the desire to WIN show up with both Crabtree and Jenkins.
    If that happens, we’re GOLDEN.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, from the last thread, I’m with you on the Safety position.
    I too think we’re looking at some future foundation efforts being laid.
    Not to beat Dashon into a pulp but, he’s an out of shape injury waiting to happen by sitting on this FTag offer.
    I completely agree with his position benefitting from the scheme moreso than his individual contributions last year.
    Baalke seemed to suggest along the way (since the Draft) that, the Safety position may actually be migrating to smaller faster guys? Makes sense.
    It’s a pass-happy League, less run support may be in the cards if you expect to stop the high octane Offenses.
    Colin Jones is a burner and could very easily fill a slot on Defense before any extended Offensive duties. Robinson is also a willing tackler tho also small in size.
     
    Harbaugh/Baalke seem to have versatility atop their list of job requirements.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Which brings me to your reply Bullit, regarding Mathieu from LSU.
    He almost seems like a perfect Baalke-type selection.
    Of course time will tell as the year rolls on where we’ll see a need in April.
    Can’t go wrong in Secondary or DLine upgrades IMO.
     
    Great tackling LBs like Willis and Bowman also lend great support to smaller DBs.
    I can only assume Baalke wants to keep these two guys together for the long haul.
    Won’t be easy unless Bowman WANTS to be here long term.
     
    It’s a nice problem to have.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not to mention Bullit, Andy Lee got the long term extension before Goldson.
    Gotta wonder how long they’ll remain patient with his absence?
    One guy missing from the ’11 Defense at OTAs is fine.
    If that guy starts missing TCamp time the ability to replace him won’t be all that tough when there’s a full Camp to bring someone else up to speed.
     
    I’ll stop now before I’m assumed to be drinking.
    Been away from the keyboard for a few, just trying to get current again.

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Nice find on the FO article.

    In next year’s draft most likely the Niners will be looking for a Safety, Running Back and DL and will be dictated by how some of the younger players on the roster develop.
    If it’s Safety I’d take a hard look at Eric Reid.
    http://tinyurl.com/7dnybhe

    Other guys McDonald U$C, Kenny Vaccaro Texas and Tony Jefferson Okiehoma are all quality safeties.
    If Mathieu is good as advertised he;ll be a top 10 pick following Petersaon and Claiborn and out of the Niner drafting position (I hope)
    If the draft happened tomorrow Reid would be my choice.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    R.I.P. all the heroes that make our way of life possible. I thank all of the soldiers for being there for us on this day saved for remembering, Memorial day.

  106. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth

  107. robNo Gravatar says:

    memorial day
    thank you to all our servicemen and vets

  108. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not even going to attempt any humor or sly remarks on a day like this. I’ll just express my sincere thanks to all the men and women who have made so many sacrifices to provide this great country of ours the freedom for which it stands. Thank you.
     
    I always try and watch at least one war picture on Memorial Day. I’m watching one of my favorites as I type, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957). Not your typical war picture as there’s very little battle and carnage. Rather it’s more of a psychological study and how one deals with morality and principles. Excellent performances by Sir Alec Guinness (Best Actor Oscar) and William Holden make this movie a classic.

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Memorial Day
    You will be inspired by these stories honoring our troops last night US Marine Dakota Meyer is a 21st century Sgt York.

    http://tinyurl.com/72vybw2

  110. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9, L: Vikings 24, 49ers 16
9-16, W: 49ers 30, Lions 27
9-23, L: Chiefs 38, 49ers 27
9-30, L: Chargers 29, 49ers 27
10-7, L: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18
10-15, L: Packers 33, 49ers 30
10-21, L: Rams 39, 49ers 10
10-28, L: Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
11-1, W: 49ers 34, Raiders 3
11-12, L: Giants 27, 49ers 23
11-25, L: Tampa 27, 49ers 9
12-2, L: Seattle 43, 49ers 16
12-9, W: 49ers 20, Broncos 14

12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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