Yawn If You Missed It

It’s been three weeks since the 49ers blew the Super Bowl and it’s still two weeks until the March 12th kickoff to free agency, the trading period, and the new league year. The team is primed to be a contender again next year, it won’t get much immediate help from this year’s draft class, a couple of key free agents need to be signed, and nothing much has changed since last week when there was nothing much that had changed, nor will anything change much this coming week, except that February will get the hell out of town, putting an end to the shortest yet longest month of the calendar year.

The Scouting Combine came and went last week and the 49er coaches and GM were there, with Jim Harbaugh giving another virtuoso performance of the eclectic, folksy balderdash that has become his trademark and both amuses the media and provides them with a constant stream of comedic material. After extoling Judge Judy for upholding an honest TV court room, he then proceeded to say with a straight face that keeping Alex Smith on the roster next year was a serious option [gavel slams down in the background]. This was followed a day later by the news a trade had already been finalized but couldn’t be announced until the new league year [Bailiff! Escort this guy from the court room!].

The Combine featured some real speed burners this year. 5 WRs ran sub-4.4 40-yard dashes — Marquise Goodwin, Tavon Austin, Ryan Swope, Josh Boyce and Kenny Stills. If they let you wear pants in heaven, Al Davis’s would be soaking wet about now.

The 49ers are said to be leaning toward not franchising Dashon Goldson this year, so he’ll be a free agent next month. If there’s a team that views him through the zoom lens he views himself, he’ll be gone. It’s doubtful teams are much interested in a seven or eight million a year investment in a free safety, though. Good teams already have good safeties and bad teams need foundation players, not back end guys.

The Read/Option took the league by storm in 2012 and has been discussed so much I’m already sick of hearing about it. Running quarterbacks don’t last long in the NFL, and RGIII didn’t even make it through one year before suffering a serious injury. Colin Kaepernick, however, isn’t really a running QB — he’s a streaker! When he takes off, it’s point A to point B in a hurry, with none of the shifty-nimble running around that gets knees blown out.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Watched 2 DJs go through their paces at the combine that might be a fit for the Niners.
    Dion Jordan DE/LB Oregonran a 4.63 and is being compared to Aldon Smith.
    Bookend Aldon Smith’s?
    Dontae Jones DE UCLA is considered a 3 down player who has slid inside to play DT when the defense goes 4 down lineman.
    He ran a 4.8 and could eventually replace Justin Smith.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So far I have seen 3 Niner coaches implementing on field position drills at the combine.
    Solari with the Oline, Rathman with the RBs and Tomsula today with the Dline.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Dion Jordan is a very disruptive player. He was very noticeable on that Oregon D. I would not be upset if we drafted him.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jordan ran a 4.53 as did Lemonier.
    The 2 guys I mentioned are also being looked at by Petey and the Seahags.
    Looks like Petey/Scottie want to duplicate the Niner model for the Seahags.
    Jordan would only get to pick #31
    if teams were scared off by his shoulder injury which is wishful thinking.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Cullen Jenkins was just released by the Eagles. If he is still as good as he was a couple of years ago with the Packers that would be a nice pick up.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Manti Te’o just ran a 4.81 and a 4.80 in the 40. Ouch. Hello, 3rd round.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The other day the Niners were talking about signing a FA CB if they were to trade AS.
    This is the guy they have in mind.
    He’s 6’3″ which is Seahag CB size and 25 years old.
    “According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, “maybe the most coveted” name on the free-agent cornerback market is Sean Smith.
    Rapoport lists the Eagles, 49ers, Buccaneers, and Lions as teams that “value” Smith. All are cornerback needy, and Philadelphia reportedly likes Smith “a ton.”

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    anybody like this kid ?

    Joseph Randle*, RB, Oklahoma State

    i do !

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    OK so here’s my preliminary very subject to change , offseason wishlist for the 49ers !

    DRAFT:
    1st rd. jesse williams
    2nd rd joseph randle

    FREE AGENT:
    keenan lewis CB

    TRADE:
    percy harvin

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    After seeing some Combine activity today, I’m inclined to think about the possibility of jumping the Field to Trade up for CB Dee Milliner.
    Commentary suggests that the Top 10 is cloudy at best, which might suggest that Teams in that segment may be ammenable to dealing out?
    Time will tell of course.
    Vaccaro came in a little shorter than I expected but, he’s certainly worthy of consideration as another Trade up target.
     
    I am warming up to Ziggy and Dion Jordan after seeing them move in drills.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners want to beef up their Special Team coverage and
    add LBs Iowa State has a pair in AJ Klein and Jake Knott. Klein is projected as a 5th rounder and was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Knott is projected as a 7th rounder or FA. Just 2 smart instinctive football players who both had over 100 tackles for the season. Good size and run 4.7

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I found some new names today Bullit.
    With 14 Picks, possibly more, we can afford to gamble a little on project guys which certainly means ST players.
     
    I liked DT Nick Williams from Stanford too.
    Tyrann Mathieu, ex-LSU would be another gamble I’d take if he slides far enough down the Draft Boards.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Correction to my earlier post –
    Nick Williams from SAMFORD.
    Big kid moved rather well I thought.
    6’4″ 309lbs ran a 4.94
    Interesting option perhaps later in the Draft process.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Millner ran a 4.31 so it looks like he’s going 5th to the Lions.
    Disaapointing time was Jonathan Banks who ran a 4.59 and might start a free fall.
    Donatell was on the field and was chatting with the Honey badger Tyrone Mathieu.
    Cyprien did not participate which was disappointing.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting point brought up was with more teams going to no huddle hurry up offensive schemes it’s important that as a defender you’re a 3 down guy and not limited because then you’re a liability.
    More teams are looking and drafting players without exploitable weaknesses so they can stay on the field.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Honey badger ran a couple sub 4.5 40s. If he’s there in the 3rd, I’d pull the trigger.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unless they dig some more dirt on him or he does something stupid
    Mathieu will be gone by the 50th pick (mid 2nd round) All the coaches were watching him intently.

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    ANYBODY have any input on any of these …

    1st rd. jesse williams
    2nd rd joseph randle

    FREE AGENT:
    keenan lewis CB

    TRADE:
    percy harvin

    ?

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    they say arizona is very interested in alex smith !

    ok now i know we have enough competition in this division with seattle and the rams !

    ummm can we fleece these guys ?
    how about we ask for a 1st and something else ? a player maybe ?

    also , here’s a nice article from sando

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/92439/alex-smith-and-the-cards-a-few-thoughts

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    THE PACKERS
    are interested in ricky jean francois according to reports ! damm those basterds ! i sure hope we sign him first !

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/49ers-jean-francois-could-add-help-on-packers-defensive-line-6d8tk33-193176061.html

    motherfukkers

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Unless AZ wants to give us Fitz, we should tell them to piss up a rope. Arizona has a horrible O-line. It would be the worst place for Alex to land. And I don’t want to do our division rivals any favors. I’m still pissed about the Warner fiasco.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith and 1 of our 3rds for Patrick Peterson.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Then let them pay Goldson.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If nothing else the fact that the Cards are publicly interested can only drive AS’ value up and create a bidding war.

  25. robNo Gravatar says:

    true dat !

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kawakami says the 49ers want at least a #2 pick for Alex. He says we are getting at least a #2 for him.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mathieu reminds me of Darell Green
    played HOF corner for the Redskins
    for over 15 years. There is no doubt he can cover the quick slot guys that seem to kill the Niners.
    Would Baalke/Hrabaugh take a chance that he grows up because there is no denying his talent.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Four guys that were impressive today at the combine and would be 3rd round and later picks were Darius Slay CB Miss St, Shamarko Thomas S Syracuse and the 2 UConn
    CBS Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh Wilson.
    All these guys are solid and would make the team and be an improvement over Tremaine Brock.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why not take a long look at Glover Quinn the Texan FS who is flying under the radar as a UFA.
    Here is his scouting report and he fits the profile of what the Niners need in case Goldson goes elsewhere.
    “Quinn has adequate size for the position but plays the game bigger than he measures and brings a physical style of play to the free safety position. He is a quality starter who understands leverage angles and shows good route recognition and the ability to read the quarterbacks eyes from off coverage. He shows good speed for deep over-the-top coverage and can make plays outside the hash marks as well as up the middle. He gives the Texans a nice last man on defense but has never been a true ball-hawking safety who can consistently find and come up with the pass.”

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There were 60 DBs in this Combine Class.
    That’s ridiculously deep.
    We could find guys into Rd5.
     
    I’m impressed with Gratz, Slay, Wreh-Wilson also.
    I’m still good with Amerson and Wolff from NC St too.
    Trufant did well, Banks ran terribly, wondering now if he’s a consideration for FS?
    Like Alford as a guy for the slot duties too.
     
    This is the Draft where we get younger and faster in the Secondary.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On ESPN there was a Free Agent suggestion that I haven’t heard discussed and makes a lot of sense if the price is right for a short term deal. He is being released by the Raiduhs but still is getting $13 mil guaranteed money this year on a bad contract.
    Might sign a short term deal to show the NFL he still has it.
    Here’s what ESPN says

    Richard Seymour

    “The 49ers don’t have to look far to add a piece along the defensive line that will give them the depth that they need, as Seymour presents a strong option in free agency on a short-term, moderate-value contract.

    After missing eight games in 2012, Seymour needs a season to build back his stock, but at 33 he still has value as both a run defender and pass-rushing threat. He’s a scheme versatile player with rare length and first-step explosion, and would give the 49ers depth behind Justin Smith, who will be recovered from a triceps injury in time for the 2013 season.

    With a talented roster and 11 picks in the upcoming draft, the 49ers don’t need to make dramatic changes to compete for a Super Bowl in 2013 — it’s about beefing up areas of average depth and finding players who can thrive within their scheme. After striking gold in adding a veteran towards the tail end of his career on a one-year deal with Carlos Rogers during the 2011 offseason, the 49ers should set out to do the same in adding Seymour this year.”

    This does make a lot of sense and could work.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When healthy, Seymour played very well last year. He’s been injured a lot lately. A one year deal could work nicely if he’ll take lower pay because of the Raider money coming in.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More from the ESPN analysis.
    I would post the link but it’s
    a premium feature that cannot be accessed without a password.
    They assess why the Niners run the SCO
    “Offense — This is a coaching staff under coach Jim Harbaugh and coordinator Greg Roman that really understands its strengths and weaknesses in terms of personnel. Everything starts with a between-the-tackles Frank Gore run game and they are not averse to using a lot of heavy formations with multiple tight ends and even extra linemen. Their blocking schemes are very creative with pulls, whams and traps from all directions. Obviously with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, the pistol formation and all the plays they can run off of it gives this offense even more looks to defend. The 49ers also block very well on the second level and with Kaepernick’s speed he is always a threat to tuck and run or even run the QB draw.

    We don’t see a lot of spread formations and multi-receiver sets because this offense wants the opposing defense to stay in its base package, and that is what those heavy formations do. In 2013 look for more vertical passes from Kaepernick, who throws a nice deep ball, especially off play-action”

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahags are paying Sidney Rice over $9 mil a year and his contract runs through 2015.
    He had one big year with the Vikes
    and in six years he has scored 27 TDs and caught 228 passes.
    His lack of productivity is great for the Niners as he’s eating up a large chunk of their cap with little to show for it.
    Between Rice and Flynn they are draining almost $15 mil in cap room which is holding the Seahags down.

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Seymour could play a Gary “Big Hands” Johnson role for us, rotating in as needed. I’d love to see him next to Justin in our nickel, with Aldon and Ahmad on the ends.
     
    I’d still draft a defensive lineman or DB with each of our first three picks, though. We were dominant in 2011. Not so much last year. We need to get back to shutting people down cold.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jay Glazer Foxsports is reporting that the deal for Smith with KC is done except for signing off on it 3/12.
    What is stunning to me is the Chiefs are offering their 2nd round pick this year and their second round pick in 2014.
    If true that is one hell of a deal for the Niners and whould be signed at 12:01am 3/12.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Damn if the Niners have the 31st and 33rd picks they can get 2 quality impact players.
    Kudos to Baalke if he pulls this off.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chiefs just became instant playoff contenders.

  39. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s great news….Chiefs 2nd is like a late 1st….

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So it’s pick 34 instead of 33.
    This is no longer a rumor but being reported on all the major networks as a deal that’s done and needs just to be signed.
    Another great thing about this is not even the $1 mil signing bonus will count against the Niner cap.
    Baalke is proving himself to be a helluva GM

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mathieu only did 4 reps on the 225 bench press.
    It was mentioned that Fred Smoot did only 1 rep at the combine and played 8 years as a starting CB in the NFL.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners also announced their 2012 award winners today. Justin Smith repeats as the Len Eshmont Award winner. I really think they should go back to the last home game of the year and honor the winners at that game. Doing this in a press release in late Feb makes it less significant
    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/49ers-Announce-2012-Team-Awards/02c76c93-9a10-4078-bf96-c65c5491053d

  43. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we are turning the page, good luck to you Alex. Sounds like a good deal all around.

  44. robNo Gravatar says:

    OMG ! awesome news !

    now we have a lot of picks in the first three rounds !

    YEEESSSSSSSSSS !

  45. robNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers’ draft-pick war chest would include five of the first 93 selections: No. 31 overall, No. 34 (from the Chiefs), No. 61 (original second-round pick), No. 74 (third-round choice, acquired from the Carolina Panthers last draft) and No. 93 (original third-round pick). They also own two picks in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds prior to the upcoming compensatory choices they’ll be awarded, having accrued those multiple picks via trades with the Indianapolis Colts (fifth round), Miami Dolphins (sixth round) and Cincinnati Bengals (seventh round).

    I REALLY THINK we’re going to win at least one superbowl within the next three or four years !

  46. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The rumor is we are pursuing Revis. OTOH, packaging 31 and 34 would allow us to move up around 13, and throwing in a third could get us to 9 or 10. So if there is someone we really like, we have the ammo.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d pass on Revis now.
    This DB Class is damn near bottomless.
    Moving up for Vacarro or Milliner would be more advantageous with the Rookie Cap numbers.
    Revis will expect a whole lot more.
     
    Even sitting at 31 is great for anyone trying to get in front of Baltimore and Jax if Te’o or Geno Smith are still there.
     
    We’re Golden.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m very happy with the KC deal.
    Didn’t expect a 2 this year, I was thinking more a 3 this year a 2 next.
    No complaints if it turns into 2 2s or a 2 3.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we hold at 31, CB Banks, NT Jenkins, maybe WR Tavon Austin wouldn’t be bad options.
     
    Having the ammunition to deal up now is huge.
    Endless possibilities including a stud DT or DE,DB.
     
    Christmas in February boys.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t rule out a TE either.
    Ertz could land in our lap if we stay put at 31 too.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grump the 31 & 34 Picks alone are worth over 1100pts on the traditional scale.
    Definitely Top 15 area.
    Xavier Rhodes and Kenny Vacarro could certainly be there along with a very good DE.
    Ziggy Ansah or Dion Jordan perhaps?

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I got 1160 on one chart, with the 13th pick at 1150. Add a couple hundred for a early-ish third, and you’re in the top ten. Only question is where the best value lies: two or three good players, or one potentially special one. At that point it is a scouting exercise. Baalke is certainly wasting no time again. Have to love his aggressiveness once he makes up his mind.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Please, do not draft the NT from Georgia, Jenkins.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I agree Grump.
    Having the option to move up is huge.
    I wouldn’t mind Vaccaro or Xavier Rhodes since I suspect Milliner will go Top 5.
    Maybe a DE?
     
    Berger I’m always looking for that Channel Marker inside.
    He’s better than Hankins IMO and holds his ground.
    Jesse Williams wouldn’t disappoint me either.
    Just like the idea of a 350lb immovable object in there.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing wrong with Sly Williams from UNC either.
    It’s just rare to have a 350lb space eater available.
    With a Rookie Cap in place, it won’t kill the budget to have one.
    Depending on the way the first 5 Picks go, Shariff Floyd would also be worth a shot in a Trade Up scenario.
    He was taught by our very own B.Y.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pursuing Revis is a mistake because he’s coming off an injury with a one year contract and he’s proven to be be selfish looking to be the highest paid even when he signs 4 year deals and whining and bitching and always threatening the holdout. No thanks.

  57. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 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
 
2017 Prognostications
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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