Gone Fishing

The much ballyhooed offseason practices are in the books. Ballyhooed? Where were the flaming Tweets? The yellow headlines? The steaming trailers? True, there was little hoo in the bally, but the mere existence of offseason practices, where the 13-3 club had none, was cause for unseemly exhuberance at the prospect of improvement that surely must come when there was adequate prep time versus none. Are we clear on the Bally?

Somewhat anticlimactic were the practices themselves. Four weeks of them slipped quietly past us without causing an erection. Presumably, we will be more titillated once the real head knocking begins. Which would be six weeks from now when Training Camp opens in late July, and the long, hard road in search of a magical sixth Super Bowl trophy begins.

Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman explained that “situational” football was an area that gets a lot of attention in the offseason practices, an area that could not be properly addressed last season due to the lockout. “Situational” is code for 3rd downs and Red Zone plays, both eye sores for last year’s team. Either these two areas will be vastly improved this year, or Roman was just covering some butt for last year’s ineptitude. Take your pick. Believers to the former, scoffers to the latter.

There’s not much doubt that all eyes will be on the offense during TC and the exhibition games. The defense will be presumed to pick right up where it left off last year, but the offense will be expected to finally resemble a high octane 49er offense. If it does, look out world.

Last year, three NFC teams had 13 or more wins — Green Bay, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Of course, the 9-7 Giants won the Super Bowl, beating two of the top three aforementioned teams on the road on their way to the SB. We’ll leave that quirky piece of crud for the history books, however. Prior to TC, we’re only focusing on the regular season and homefield advantage in the playoffs.

With the return to health of Jay Cutler and the not-yet-proven-but-highly-suspected further emergence of Detroit, Green Bay does not figure to waltz through the season like they did last year. New Orleans faces stiffer competition in the NFC South this year, too. The NFC East and West look to be dog fights. It doesn’t appear that it will take a 14-2 record, or even a 13-3 record, to acquire the top NFC seed in 2012. The 49ers, despite their difficult schedule, will enter the season as likely to earn that prize as any team in the league.

One thing that won’t happen this year is entering a game wincing that the team will get blown out of the stadium, and hoping only for the team to put on a respectable, unembarrassing losing effort. Those days are long gone. We have entered the golden age of relevance.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I read ther’s still a rookie minicamp next week where LaMichael James will be present. Harbaugh won’t be there as he’s going to Peru to build houses for
    his church group doing some philanthropy.
    After that minicamp comes the dead period unless there is an unwelcome headline of someone getting in trouble.

  2. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Regarding the 13 win teams, expand the list and include AFC, and 12 game winners too.
     
    GB, NO, NE — Great offense, mediocre (or worse) defense
     
    Baltimore, Niners — Great defense, mediocre (or worse) offense
     
    Pittsburgh — good, but inconsistent, defense and offense
     
    NYG — strong defense, good offense
     
    I know that peaking at the right time is part of the equation for a 9-7 team winning it all, but in the end, it is having that balance. This year the Niners will have that. The defense will be great. Our offense, IMO, will be better. Not GB/NE prolific, but they won’t, and don’t, need to be.
     
    I still think we’ll win less games in the RS, but we’ll be a better team.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Did GB do enough to fix their defense? I don’t know, but I don’t think so.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did we do enough to fix our offense by signing Peyton Manning yet?
    I don’t know, but I don’t think so.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Good story from Dan Brown (Merc) detailing Harris Barton’s fundraiser. The quintet of QBs scheduled for the charity affair aren’t too shabby either. http://tinyurl.com/6ojka8n

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The offense will be fine, Dennis. Green Bay spent 6 of 8 picks on their D so you knowhow they feel about things.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brian Jennings has won the job of LS. Niners released his competition Ryan Pontbriand today.

    Matt Barrows observations

    http://tinyurl.com/7q9p227

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the recounting of the pancake breakfast that Dennis posted. . .

    http://tinyurl.com/6psxj9n

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Video from Minicamp courtesy 49ers.com

    http://tinyurl.com/75kz96d

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The pancake breakfast I want to see is the one on our first Sunday morning game when our O-line is flattening the opposition!

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Expanding on Dennis’ earlier post
    a wonderful video

    http://tinyurl.com/73fmr4x

    In the presence of the best of the best.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At the US OPen at OLympic Club they just did a piece on that hamburger I was talking about.
    It’s called a Bill Burger. The NBC video is not available but…

    http://tinyurl.com/6u2k9ya

    It is truly a very very good tasting burger and I rate it top five.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t have any paint to watch dry so I watched about two hours of golf. The hole in one was cool, and the amateur kid is an interesting story. I think the best parts are the blimp shots of the city and Bay Area.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m looking forward to the drama of Goldson and the FTag next month.
    After that, staying healthy through Camp / PS and, getting a win on the road in GB to get a leg up on the NFC Playoff seeding for home field advantage.
     
    Skeebs I’m with you, been waiting years to be relevant again.
    I will say this for the majority of my NYG buddies, we’ve earned their respect.
    Not many felt they were the stronger Team, just took advantage of the breaks.
    Respect is fine for now.
    I want the Hardware now.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW –
    Happy Fathers Day to 1 and all.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the biggest fallacies and jokes on blogs is a fellow poster
    breaking down a game based on the TV broadcast. We all know that the camera follows the ball but these savants have the ability to tell ua what’s happening on the other side of the field sight unseen.
    The football gurus go by the premise that although they can’t prove their contention there is no visual evidence to disprove their expert opinion.
    Those days are now over. To make more bucks the NFL is now offering 22 angles of coach’s film
    called NFL Game Rewind for a modest price of $39.99.

    http://tinyurl.com/79lqeje

    Regardless some fools will tell you with a staright face that the sun sets in the East.
    Anyway it seems to be a good product and tool if you’re really into the game.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see, do I watch the grass grow or golf? I think as long as Peterson and Hossler are still viable I’ll watch. That is IF I watch, because there is grass growing around here. I’ll look at both and see which has more action. Maybe if Tiger is falling apart it would be fun to watch. Maybe Lefty will make an amazing charge. Hossler is the one story that interests me. Just don’t let him coach our offense.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Hossler is a future Texas Longhorn as is another amatuer
    Jordan Spieth. Texas just won the 2012 Men’s NCAA Golf Championship.
    Berger do you play golf? On SF Gate I was belittled by V for playing golf and tennis which in his myopic world are pussy sports.
    I used to play softball until sliding became a life threatening experience. The bones and muscles or lack of on an old person precludes contact sports.
    Just do things that you enjoy and with people whose company makes you happy and screw the judgemental idiots like V.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomlinson is retiring today signing a one day contract with
    the team he made the most noise with, the Chargers.
    He was a helluva running back when he was healthy.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I used to golf a lot. With my Peyton Manning neck injury I don’t have much feeling in my hands. It makes gripping a club an adventure. I still love playing golf, but don’t care much for watching it. Too boring. I do like this tournament because of the blimp shots and the amateur angle. I would play tennis if I had somebody to play. I used to play a lot in my teens and 20s. I would not be very good today, but the exercise would be great.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Dale Jr. finally won another race. Barry Zito is pitching better than Tim Lincecum. Tiger Woods is +10 on his last 27 holes of a Major Championship. Our Niners are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
     
    I’m telling ya. Those Mayans are on to sumthin’ this year.

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    OH NO !

    ” “He didn’t play with the first- or second-team offense on Tuesday, and he didn’t catch a pass in scrimmages on Wednesday,” the newspaper noted. “He had trouble staying on his feet all three days, which was odd considering it was a non-contact minicamp.”

    AJ jenkins isn’t looking good so far !

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not worried whatsoever about AJ Rob.
    He’s not going to be the difference maker this year anyway.
    Anything he can contribute will be a luxury.
    We need Alex and the WRs to show up on 3rd Downs and in the Red Zone.
    Give me TDs inside the the 30.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jenkins needs a full off-season, January through July, in the weight room. He needs to rebuild his body, add about 15 pounds of muscle to his upper frame. Then he’ll be able to beat the jam and fight his way through NFL defenders inside. Right now, he is just too small and too easy to knock off his stride. He has a lot of work ahead but so far I’ve seen nothing to indicate he cannot be a very good player in a year or two. It’s just going to take a lot of hard work first.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He’s probably just trying too hard. The speed of the pros is much faster than college, even the practices, with most coaches. He does need to get stronger, but so does every college player. We drafted him for his speed and hands. Right now he is probably concentrating on getting his routes and timing right while going full speed. My guess is once his routes become instinctive he will improve in every facet.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It can mean that Moss, Crabtree,Manningham and K Williams
    are better at this stage and this bodes well for the passing offense this year. Jenkins will be fine but does have to get stronger and learn the pro game.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RIP RC Owens.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    just saw the news about RC owens .

    one of our first and greatest legends has left us !

    RIP RC !

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Randy Moss looks good and I think he’ll have a superb year and contribute mightily. Opposing DCs have to account for him and that’s picking your poison.

    http://tinyurl.com/d54la3m

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This article is for open minded fans. The Alex haters need not read, for they will shit their pants. We do need any accidents around here.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/football-san-francisco-niners/niners-talk/49ers-offseason-Smith-leaves-no-room-for?blockID=727040&feedID=2800

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, NoFear needs to read the above article so we can get a classic hater rebuttal!

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    DelMar needs to read the above article so we can hear what Peyton Manning is doing these days.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy needs to read the above article so we can hear how Alex needs to perform, or else….

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob needs to read the above article so we can hear how good Troy Smith is.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    sophrosyne needs to read the above article so we can hear how great Nate Davis is.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    V, Stinkblood and guest need to read the above article so their heads will explode!

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger needs to draft Alex in our fantasy league so he can lose again. He are Alex’s projected 2012 stats from ESPN: 297/496 for 3,415 yds, 16 TDs and 8 INTs. Whoop-de-friggin’-do! Those are some sorry-ass sad-sacked projections. Manning on the other hand is projected for 371/569 for 4,516 yds, 30 TDs and 17 INTs. But you guys wouldn’t want those numbers. Mooks.
     
    Did we sign Peyton Manning yet?

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And, Bullit, if by Moss contributing mightily and having a superb year equates to his fantasy projections, we can expect: 32 catches for 434 yds and 5 TDs. What time’s the parade?

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    As I recall, last season’s stats were 14-4 with 21 tds vs 5 ints. I also recall having Alex on my team two years ago while winning the championship! Call me crazy but I like winning more than stats. Romo the loser has stats. Alex the winner was in the NFC championship game with wins.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Alex is projected for one less TD and three more INTs than last year? Shit. I’m not even waiting for the Mayans. Kill me now.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jake 2007 needs to read the above article so he tell us about his superior education and question us Alex fan’s matriculation.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    sonomastategrad needs to read the above article so he can tell us about how his coach ruined his career while flip-flopping on Alex, again, for the umpteenth time.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you put Romo on our team last year and we’d have that 6th Lombardi Trophy. You know it. I know. Everyone knows it. You just can’t admit it.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I do not admit it. Romo is a falure. He’s had superior talent for his whole career. Tell me what his play-off record is? He is a fantasy QB, not a real QB.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Since I hate the Cowboys I love they have Romo as their QB. I’ll take Alex Smith any day over Tony Romo. You know I’m right, admit it.

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    16 TDs and 8 INTs for 2012. That’s how much they think of Alex Smith. You should be embarrassed and ashamed.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How bout dem Cowboys!

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The next next time I rely on fantasy stats to pick a real QB I’ll be ashamed. The stat I like is 14-4. You are ashamed of 14-4?

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Romo is the Barry Zito of QBs.

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    LeBron James is slowly inching his way towards being #2 on my hatred list behind only Alex. But LeBron still has a ways to go to catch Alex. Hell. He’s even further behind than Twice A Prince was when Secretariat finished ahead of him in the Belmont.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Romo throws ints, Zito throws homer balls. They are very similar. Did you see all of the come from ahead losses Romo had last year while Alex had 6 come from behind wins?

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    LeBron is winning while Romo continues to lose wirh all of that great talent. Romo could be the most over rated QB in NFL history.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, if you could have any current NFL QB start for the 49ers this year, who would it be? If you say Alex, I’ll never speak to you again.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Westbrook from the OKC Thunder reminds me of Romo, he has great stats, is an all-star, has great talent around him and just continues to find a way to lose. Like Romo, he is a turnover machine in the clutch.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I guarantee it wouldn’t be Romo. If you say Romo I’ll want to talk to you soon so you can hear me laugh uncontrollably.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Remember when you were in love with Jose Guillen?

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Where did you go? Was it something I said?

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I had to fix dinner, take Frank for a walk and work on my Tony Romo collage. I have to keep my priorities straight.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That’s what I love about you, nothing! LOL!
     
    Tell Frank “Let’s take an old fashioned walk”!
    http://youtu.be/Hj7wlLwd4o0

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did someone say Tony Romo????

    http://tinyurl.com/43zaooq

    This is how I’ll always remember him.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Then tell Frank there isn’t much I have learned through all my foolish years except that life keeps running in cycles, first there’s laughter, and then those tears. Then tell him,
    I’ve been told and I belive
    that life is meant for livin’
    And even when my chips are low
    There’s still some left for givin’
    http://youtu.be/KcCXK6bjOEE

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    John Brodie was once asked why he holds the ball on field goals. He replied if he didn’t the ball would fall over. Tony Romo can’t say the same.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Romo learned behavior from Charles Schultz

    http://tinyurl.com/3sps5vy

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m fairly certain that from everything I’ve read, if I followed the 49ers in the 50’s my favorite player would have been Leo Nomellini. I read that some old timers have said he is the greatest D-lineman of all time. Even if that isn’t true, he must’ve been a fun player to watch play.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Giants just gave up 3 more runs. It is now 12-5. I’m off to bed.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One last thing before I go. What happened to Frank’s cigarette in the Cycles video. He lights it up, starts singing, never puffs it but keeps looking at it. Near the end of the song he was looking at it like it was about to burn his hand, then it is gone. We got a good song and a disappearing cigarette magic trick in the same video!
     
    The cigarette did look silly but it was Frank Sinatra. I’m thinking, Frank, lose the cig. Then there was the disappearing cigarette trick! Obviously Frank was in control!

  67. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Love the Brodie quote, Bergs.
    .
    How were Romo’s playoff numbers last year, Dennis? Hmmmmm. Let’s take a look at playoff winning precentage.
    .
    Smith .500% 5 TDs 0 ints 101.0 QBR
    Romo .250% 4 TDs 2 ints 80.8 QBR
    .
    Romo has had a good to great team behind him for about 7 years. He’s turned that into a 1-4 playoff record.
    .
    It’s all about the numbers, right?

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All draft picks have contracts

    http://tinyurl.com/7lclzm9

  69. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Beuller? Beuller?

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    30+ days until training camp so there is a lack of Niner news.

    Totally off topic but Helen Mirren is looking good for a 63 year old

    http://tinyurl.com/7ac237l

    She looked like this 30 years ago

    http://tinyurl.com/7pcah7g

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Smith is ranked 17th in the NFL Top 100 for 2012. That’s Justin Smith and he’s moved up from his
    ranking of 55 last year.
    One more Niner to go and he’ll be top ten. Obviously it’s Patrick Willis but the question is wherher he’s in the top five.

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I just watched Helen Mirren with Robert Redford in “The Clearing” last week. According to her bio she’ll be 67 in July. Attractive woman at any age.

  73. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    He may be top 3.

  74. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tho he’s probably 4th behind Rodgers, Brady and Brees.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually Suggs might be ahead of PW because he was voted the NFL Defensive MVP last year.
    So maybe 5th on the list?

  76. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Suggs was #11. I *think* Willis is the lone remaining defensive player. I take that back. Andre Ware has yet to be named. I think he and Willis are the lone two defensive players remaining.

  77. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    *DeMarcus* Ware. I don’t know why in the world I was thinking of the former Heisman Trophy winner that took the word “bust” to a new low.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    Must have been thinking about Helen Mirren. Didn’t pay too much attention to 11-20
    except for Justin Smith.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Has Alex Smith been named yet? Are we thinking top ten? Del, any thoughts?

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- LeBron just won a title, is Alex next?

  81. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
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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