Somebody To Love

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine begins this week in Indianapolis. It represents a stirring to life from the NFL football coma that we all lapse into after the end of our particular team’s season. An event that takes place on various days in January for all but two teams, our 49ers being one of the two exceptions. Our season ended a mere two weeks ago, on February 3rd, and not very pleasantly. Making the annual coma more welcome than usual and almost a necessity.

Technically, the 2013 NFL season doesn’t formally begin until March 12th, and this Combine is more an end to the 2012 College football season. Some 350+ chiseled specimens of musculaturity will take their NFL S.A.T. test in a quest to become SOMEBODY. Most of them will only attain a short-lived stay in SOMEBODYVILLE, before slipping quietly back into the American mainstream, known only by their parents, siblings, boyhood chums, neighborhood folks, and local police stations.

The NFL will be introducing a new intelligence/personality test this year which league honchos insist will be more informative and useful than the old Wonderlic Test. The Wonderlic will still be used, no doubt for continuity’s sake, but the new test is culled from corporate America screening processes and will supposedly give GMs a better gauge on whether a player can or cannot flourish at this SOMEBODY level of life.

The Wonderlic handed out scores, which had entertainment value for fans, if not GMs. If a player got a score below ten, you could be fairly certain this fellow was certifiably dumb and/or grossly uneducated. This factoid shouldn’t be humorous, but on a dull day it could be hilarious.

The new score probably won’t have any grades, but it could provoke some behind the scenes chair heaving or GM concussions, which has strong potential to be hilarious, also. We’ll be looking for coaches with black eyes this week. If those coaches are smiling through the shiner, you’ll know they’ve discovered a bona fide defensive line talent. If this test had been around when the 49ers interviewed Chris Culliver, he may have kept his yap shut during Super Bowl pre-week and perhaps we’d all be talking about a sixth Lombardi now.

Teams can officially apply Franchise Tags today, which will take ten or fifteen talents off the free agency list. The 49ers have two candidates for the tag — Dashon Goldson and Delanie Walker. Most reports indicate the team will sign Goldson to some sort of long term deal and use the tag, if necessary, on Walker.

The Combine is also like a league wide coaches convention. Assistants who work for teams that are likely to fire their Head Coach after next season will be handing out Forget-Me-Not flowers throughout the week, attempting to secure future employment.

It’s against the Tampering rules to discuss trades this week, but everybody will be discussing trades, anyway. The 49ers will find out to whom and for how much they can trade Alex Smith. Everyone in the league knows they will have to release Smith by April 1st at the latest, which depresses his trade value. Teams also know the 49ers don’t want Smith to become a free agent and sign with the Cardinals. This makes Smith available at a bargain, trade value wise, but it also creates the possibility of more than one team getting into the auction, which would increase his value.

The two teams most often mentioned as Smith friendly are Cleveland and Kansas City. Smith knows the offensive systems employed by both Norv Turner, the Cleveland OC, and the WCO system run by Andy Reid in Kansas City. Each team has a good defense, a strong running game, and no QB. Getting Smith could immediately vault either team into playoff contention next year.

All good stuff for the offseason grinder, but it will all be hidden from view. Which means this week, for fans, is mostly another yawner.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Because it’s still on my DVR I watched the Niner’s 4 goal to go sequence again.
    I suppose it’s the little things that can make a difference. On the second down play it was a rollout to the right. In hindsight
    if CK had threatened the line of scrimmage and forced the DBs to account for him things would have opened up for the receivers.
    Instead CK was floating to his right waiting for Crabtree to come open.
    In hindsight coming forward 5 yards would’ve brought some DBs to come off their coverage to account for CK potentially keeping
    the ball.
    Time to delete from the DVR and look forward.

  2. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit – You are a stronger man than I. i haven’t been able to rewatch any of that game yet. Heck, I’ve barely been able to bring myself to read most football websites.

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    THIS TEAM WILL WIN A SUPERBOWL !

    we have everything you need to win it all ! TOP 3 DEFENSE , GREAT QB and an awesome 0-LINE/running game !

    imho the question isn’t IF we win a superbowl , but HOW MANY will we win !

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    i JUST can’t help getting excited about this team !!!

    we have a great owner (jed/eddie)

    TOP 3 DEFENSE

    GREAT QB

    and an awesome 0-LINE/running game !

    imho the question isn’t IF we win a superbowl , but HOW MANY

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve rewatched the game several times, simply trying to be objective.
    It seemed to me that plays like Moss not making an effort for the errant pass to Reed, that we flat out weren’t going at 100%.
     
    I harken back to my common mindset that suggests, someone’s family was locked in a shipping container to impact the Vegas Line.
     
    My easy candidate for that analogy was non other than, Chris Culliver.
    Fret not, we have an outstanding nucleus of young talent.
    We’ve found our starting QB for the future and, we simply beat ourselves, (with plenty of help from Officials.
     
    After enduring a decade long embarrassment of football indignity, I remain a PROUD 9er Fan.
    Bring on Baalke, new talent and, a brighter outcome.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    The one thing I hope CK is working on in his offseason training is huddle discipline and getting to the line of scrimmage no later than the 15 second mark and knowing that inside of 8 seconds it is futile to change a play.
    That said Roman/Harbaugh are also at fault and need to be more efficient in calling plays and not shafting the offense by taking too long.
    Clean this up and the offense will click.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49ER AND BULLIT !

    RIGHT ON !

    #6 HERE WE COME !!!

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    OMG we didn’t get that delay of game / timeout on 3rd and goal (or whatever ) we win that goddamm game !

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    or in other words

    if we had just gotten that play off we win that game !

    mothafukka !

    why didn’t we get that one ???

    roman did the best he could , we had the play and everything we wanted , kap was going to take it himself , gore was even there to block , no ravens were close

    WTF !
    why couldn’t we get it off in time !

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    3rd and goal … THAT IS OUR SIXTH SUPERBOWL right there !

    Two minute warning.

    2nd and Goal: Kaepernick rolled out to the right and tried to find Crabtree but it was too wide.
    3rd and Goal: Delay of game penalty pushes them back five yards. Wait, it turns out they called a timeout on the sidelines before the play clock expired.
    3rd and Goal part deux: Crabtree caught it in the flat but couldn’t hang on. That brings up the play of the game. This is it.
    4th and Goal: Kaepernick tried to throw it up to Crabtree and he wasn’t able to break free of coverage. Turnover on downs.

    Baltimore takes over at the five.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Look at the upside Rob.
    Kaep and Crabtree have something to grow from now.
    2 guys playing to win is all you can ask for in the future.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Rambo is a projected 3rd rounder and he is similarly compared to of all people to Goldson.
    There is nothing like having a Rambo in your defense.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1632077

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the NFL dumbass of the month trying to get on a plane with a loaded gun. They should suspend him for the year for stupidity but likely will be suspended just like plaxico Burris was.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/21727341/report-bucs-de-daquan-bowers-arrested-at-airport-on-gun-charge

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Logan is projected as a 4th rounder and is said to have “potential”. I think Tomsula can tap his ability and make him a good pro.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664945/bennie-logan

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Logun’s run in the 40 won’t be important, but Rambo will need a better time than Rocky running up the steps in Philly if he wants to move up in the draft.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I want to take the kicker from Fla St, Dustin Hopkins, in the 3rd rd.

  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    No kicker has been taken in the first three rounds since 2005. Used to be more common. Teams seem to shy away from drafting kickers early now. Hopkins is a good prospect and fills a need for us but I’m not sure we’ll pull the trigger that early. Maybe 4th round?

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have always believed if your team is good enough, you always try to bank on a hurt player in the 3rd or 4th round who might have gone a lot higher if not for his injury. Walsh did this with Kevin Fagan and you can do this and reap the rewards if you have a strong enough roster for this luxury.
    To a certain extent Frank Gore slipped because of his knee injury with this scouting report being pretty accurate
    “What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about FRANK GORE: Miami, 5093 217 4.66. Junior eligible. Explosive power runner with a squatty body who has been limited by an ACL surgery on each knee. Has bulky speed. Good vision. Surprising speed and burst after two operations. Strong lower body. Run with his pads over his toes and low to the ground. Can’t arm tackle him. Runs through tackles. Lacks long finish speed but finishes his runs. Bender-weaver type runner downfield. Will line up in slot at times. Better than average hands to pluck the ball. Can improve routes. Has run skills and production as a runner. Natural instincts and feel for running the ball. Vision and ability to create on poorly blocked plays. Explosive start. Moves the pile in short yardage. Efficient in short yardage situations. Good balance. Gets yards on contact with his leg strength. Late second day pick because of knee concerns and lack of speed.”

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hopkins is projected as a 6th rounder.
    Has made some game winners and lost a game on a miss from 42

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664151/dustin-hopkins

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have tried to make 3 posts mentioning Kevin F*gan and the filters blocked 3 of my posts

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I believe the Niner formula has gone back to taking chances on hurt players in the 3rd round and later with a view towards the future. Their roster strength affords them this luxury.
    In the past they did so with Kevin F%gan and Frank Gore.
    Last year they did so with Looney and Cam Johnson.
    This year maybe they take a chance on Marcus Lattimore in the 4th round?

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Mayock has Lattimore as a 3rd rounder despite his injury
    http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/0ap1000000140351/article/marcus-lattimore-progress-will-shock-nfl-doctors
    If he’s there in 4th round scoop him up

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Poor old Fagan. You can type his name normally now, Bullit. The filter was picking up the first three letters. I removed the search.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not to belabor this, because it’s torture to me as well, but the 3rd down play was supposed to be a run up the middle with Gore. It was put in to set up the 4th down option run if you believe what they said after the game. In other words, the penalty caused them to alter their last 2 play calls.
    .
    Frankly, and this isn’t due to the courtesy of hindsight (I said it at the time), I would have rather they take the penalty and get backed up the 5 yards. As we saw, the Niners could have used that TO to stop Balt deep in their territory for another opportunity to score.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Burriss did 23 months in jail, Bullit.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree 100% with everything Maiooco is saying in this article. In fact, I’ve said it many times!
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/matt-maiocco/why-49ers-pass-defense-faltered-playoffs

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- We have two thrd round picks. The 2nd third round pick should be for Hopkins, the PK from FSU.

  28. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Lou Spadia.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the RB I’d target, assuming we want one, is Le’Veon Bell from Mich St.
    He’s a big bruiser, 6’2″ 240+ that could improve our short yardage/Red Zone situations.
    He’s entering as a Jr and had almost 700 carries for nearly 3400 yds.
    Catches well also.
    Projected as a 4th Rd prospect.
    I think he’d be a major weapon for us.
     
    Berger, I can’t see a kicker until at least Rd 5.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be looking for the Combine performances on the CBs and Ss.
    As it stands right now, I’m down for Eric Reid, David Amerson and and Phillip Thomas at the FS position.
    I’m reading that CB Xavier Rhodes could be seen more as a FS which is fine too.
    I’d be all in if Baalke could Trade Up for Kenny Vaccaro.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rambo is fine, good tackler, good in space.
    The SS Group is interesting.
    I’d prefer the taller guys like Rambo and his team mate Shawn Williams.
    Matt Elam is under 6′ but brings a punch.
    Jon Cyprien is also worth consideration.
    I want to see all these guys at Indy.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Duke Williams from Nevada looks interesting also

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This DB Group is loaded.
    No doubt in my mind that Baalke will find some younger pieces for our Secondary.
    There are several highly rated CBs that could land in our lap in Rd 1.
    Will be interesting to see how he places value between DBs and DLmen.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit to your earlier point about injured players –
    Lattimore is a class act.
    No problem with him.
     
    I’d like to see Jesse Williams slide due to his knee concerns.
     
    Also, several other guys I have from that school of thought –
    DE ‘Tank’ Carradine – FSU
    OLB Jelani Jenkins – UF
    OLB Brandon Jenkins – FSU

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spending a 3rd rounder on Hopkins would be a total stretch. In this draft there are no kickers that should go that high. Fallback position is look at the FAs such as Tynes and Dawson.
    Tough to evaluate kickers because it can be a matter of confidence and their mental state which is tough to gauge.
    Perhaps Berger is right, we’ll just see how it plays out.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vaccaro is a very active Safety
    but a Top 15 pick and out of our reach unless the Niners make a move
    http://youtu.be/0W2vFYz-1pE

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Vaccaro is a guy who comes on the radio during football season and tells us about each game. He is a Las Vegas odds maker.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A guy to keep your eye on is Cal Center Brian Schwenke who’s projected as a 3rd rounder
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1679911/brian-schwenke

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looking ahead to 2015 is the year
    Kaepernick and Crabtree are eligible to become free agents.
    The Niner way would be to lock them up before that date comes.
    With that in mind,I think now is the time to also draft another Guard and a swing tackle for the future.
    Both Iupati and Anthony Davis have 2 more years left on their rookie deals and then will want the big money. Staley’s contract jumps from $2.7 mil in 2014 to $4.5 mil in 2015.
    I see them only able to afford Iupati and letting Davis and possibly Staley go and kicking Boone out to play Tackle.
    Either Kilgore or Looney can then take over at RG.

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Looney’s pencilled in to take over for Goodwin at center.

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Stunning news: JaMarcus Russell’s comeback attempt is progressing slowly, very slowly.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would at least try to cut a new deal with Goodwin for a year.
    Looney has zero snaps in the NFL
    and played Left Guard in college.
    Center is a crucial spot making line calls and snapping the ball
    and an Oline can crumble if this becomes the so called chink in the armor.
    Remember Rachal at G was highly thought of when drafted and Cody Wallace was the strongest guy on his college team and a bust with the Niners as a Center not being able to handle a bullrush.
    The Oline is fine as it is and doesn’t need to be messed with.

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Niners will do all they can to keep the line intact. Goodwin is the oldest, so he’s the one that needs to be dealt with first. Yeah, I’d like to see one more year out of him while they further groom Looney. That’s the best scenario. As well as trying to lock down Davis and Iupati. If they lose both Davis and Staley they’ll be in trouble.
    .
    Which is why I think throwing a shitload of money at Goldson is a bad idea. He’s the one to be franchised. $7.4 mill is the rate for FSs. Shit, Walker would get $6 mill as a franchised TE. Not worth it. He’s good at ST and a solid blocker, but shit, 30% drop rate? That would need to improve dramatically.
    .
    Truth of the matter is, they may not even bother with the franchise tag this year. They could very well let Goldson and Walker go and backfill in the draft. Who else is there? Soap at $8.3 mill? Uh, no.

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The point being, would you be happy paying Goldson 5 years and $40 mill? That’s his ballpark. The Eric Weddell SD contract.
    .
    I ain’t.

  45. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK

    imho we should offer goldson 7 years 69 mil ! asap

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh going to think this is all “Just gobble, gobble, gobble turkey from jive turkey gobblers”
    Jim might have to behave if they enforce this and go the “serenity now” method.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/20/refs-will-flag-coaches-who-leave-the-sideline-to-argue-calls/

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Thank God you ain’t running the team, ROB!!!

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob wants to give 10 mil per year for 5 years to Troy Smith!

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Barrett Jones,Travis Frederick or Schwenke works for me at Center Bullit.
    I’d also like to take a shot at OT Menelik Watson from FSU if he gets into the Mid Rd area.
    Kid is a freak.

  50. 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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