Mighty Men III Begins

Rookies and selected veterans practiced in full pads Monday and Tuesday. There were no catastrophic injuries reported in this first round of torso colliding. Bravo, lads! Only six more months of pounding to go.

Proving they are in mid-season form right off the bat, Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke held their first evasive press conferences of the year and managed to dodge all questions on anything. Bravo, lads! Only six more months of stonewalling to go.

All veterans not in the “selected” category reported for duty on Wednesday. Thursday, they joined in the torso fun and Training Camp 2013 was officially underway.

Tony Romo says this is the best Dallas team he’s played on. My first thought was that he must have been benched. Then I realized how clever Romo had become. He’s set the bar so low in Cowboy territory that 8-8 seems like a winner and a mere 9-7 season is all it would take to get himself a parade in downtown D. Still, I wonder where they picked up that extra victory between choking away last year’s season and the start of TC.

From deep in the bowels of Geek City, some overamped database miner discovered that Aaron Rodgers is 0-18 in 4th quarter comebacks against .500 or better teams. Good grief! Alex Smith had a handful of those type of wins in 2011 alone, the most visible of which was the playoff game against the Saints. Colin Kaepernick had one against the Falcons last year that put the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Kyle Williams became the first guy from last year’s IR list to return to action when he was removed from the PUP list and suited up Thursday for practice. Kendall Hunter and Mario Manningham are still out of action. Kyle has his best chance this year to climb up from the bottom rungs of the WR depth chart ladder. The #2 and #3 WR spots are up for grabs and he could be ready to grab one of those jobs from the early favorites AJ Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette.

The wide open WR competition might be causing some fan anxiety, but it will certainly make the preseason games more fun to watch this year. The roster has been pretty well set the previous two years, but not this year. In addition to WR, we have the office pool sweepstakes as to which day of TC #1 draft pick Eric Reid will be anointed the starting free safety, putting an end to the Craig Dahl Fan Club.

On a scale of one to ten for excitement, the past week was a zero. But, we’re off and running and the first game is less than two weeks away.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you collect anything 49ers these would be worth having.
    Instead of Wersching or Garcia they should have featured Bryant Young on a ticket.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/49ers-tickets-commemorate-final-season-candlestick

  2. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    From Barrows: The 49ers activated Lamar Divens from the non-football injury list.
     
    I wonder if they needed a bottle opener to complete transaction.

  3. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I proofread that comment twice, and each time the word “that” appeared before transaction when I read it. I think I’ve been assaulted a few too many times with a beer bottle myself. Mine were self-inflictive wounds, however.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, you can’t conduct an office pool sweepstakes when there’s no chance of winning. Craig Dahl will start Week 1 vs the Packers. I wish I were joking.
     
    No need in delaying my Week 1 prognostication: Aaron Rodgers, welsh bettor that he is, vs a Craig Dahl led secondary? Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Hello 0-1 with 0-2 just around the corner up in Seattle.
     
    I had such high hopes for this season. And then training camp started.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Rodgers is 0-18 in 4th quarter comebacks? A very significant and revealing stat.
    If the Pack is behind in the 4th quarter they’re toast.
    Ryan Braun used Rodgers to risk his personal creditbility and integrity to lie for him.
    It’s like giving your best buddy a ride to the bank and waiting in the car while he makes a withdrawal. Your friend comes out in a big hurry.
    Two hours later the cops are slapping handcuffs on you for participating in a bank robbery. Try explaining you didn’t know.
    Braun used Rodgers and is no friend.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harvin joining the Seahags with his old teammate Sidney Rice on the squad? We’ve seen this movie before in 2010 with Rice having his own hip injury. From CBS Sports dated 2010
    “Coach Brad Childress said Tuesday it was hard to give a specific timetable for Rice’s return, but he said typically it takes about eight weeks before a player can get back to football.

    It’s been a bad two weeks for the Minnesota receivers, notes CBSSports.com’s Josh Katzowitz. Percy Harvin has been suffering from debilitating migraine headaches and now the Rice news. What was once considered one of the top WR corps in the NFL has been reduced to one legit starting receiver in Bernard Berrian.

    The team signed veteran Javon Walker on Tuesday to help out.

    After catching just 45 passes during an injury-plagued first two seasons in Minnesota, Rice emerged as Brett Favre’s go-to guy in his third season with 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight TDs. He earned his first Pro Bowl bid, though he was injured in the playoffs and did not play again.

    Favre raved about Rice’s combination of size and leaping ability, saying he felt confident throwing the ball his way even if Rice appeared to be well covered. Favre’s confidence in him allowed Rice to blossom, positioning himself as one of the best downfield threats in the NFC despite a lack of game-breaking speed.

    He saw three specialists in the offseason to examine his injured hip and declined to have surgery, hoping the condition would heal on its own. Rice never participated in a practice during training camp, and it became apparent late last week that the injury was not improving fast enough for him to be ready for the season opener against New Orleans on Sept. 9.

    He had surgery at a clinic in Vail, Colo., on Monday, which was first reported by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

    Suddenly, Favre’s 20th season in the NFL got a whole lot tougher.

    In addition to Rice’s injury, Harvin has been plagued by several attacks of migraine headaches this month, the latest coming last week when he vomited on the field and needed to be taken to a hospital by ambulance. He hasn’t played in either of the first two games of the preseason and never knows when another bout will occur.

    Harvin did not practice Tuesday and it is still unclear if he will be able to play Saturday night against Seattle, the one game of the preseason where the starting offense is expected to play for a significant portion of the game.”

    Sidney Rice had one good year as a Viking. His other 5 seasons he’s averaged 29 catches and 3 TDs each year. Big contract little results. Harvin seems to be following the same track.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, you had high hopes for this season in your dreams, then you woke up and realized you were Dennis.
     

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are gonna be really good again this year. We will make the playoffs. And, I think we start the year at 2-0. I believe we drafted some real talent on our defense and I can’t wait to see some blitz packages for our new DE’s and OLB’s. That pencil-neck Wilson better be really fast.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tarell Brown goofs up big time. He didn’t attend his contractually mandatory OTAs and it cost him $2 mill of his $2.95 mill deal. So, naturally he fired his agent.

    “No one wants to leave money on the table. If I would have known the clauses in my contract — that’s what agents get paid to do, to orchestrate the contract and to let you know what you can and can’t do as far as workouts and OTAs and things of that sort. That’s what he got paid to do. He didn’t do that, so in my opinion, you have to be let go. We all are held accountable for our actions. This is part of the business.”

    Brown said he plans to sit down with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in an effort to work out a compromise of some kind.

    “Hope for the best,” Brown said. “Pray for me.”

    How about the agent? A prayer for him? What a colossal f-up.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe you should read your contract, Tarell.

  11. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys….yea the season is here finally…cant wait for that game with the Seachickens week two. After an off season listening to their fans crap I’ve really grown to hate them more than the Raiders or cowboys etc etc etc …

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The big picture is the Niner FO has to do the right thing here.
    The entire NFL and their own players are watching to see how this plays out.
    Nobody wants to work for a boss that nickels and dimes you and denies you a bonus based on a technicality. There has to be some trust and good faith here
    that you will be taken care of is not just lip service.
    It is in their best interests for the Niners to make things right with a compromise and show the NFL that they take care of their players and make San Francisco the place where free agents want to come to win.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/matt-maiocco/agents-plenty-blame-all-around-brown-contract-snafu

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I was expecting to see a plethora of drunken Berger posts from last night. I must say I’m a little disappointed. I guess Berger was too busy trying to sew the hole in Brandon Belt’s glove. Olé!

  14. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Better yet, sew the hole in his head after his base running gaffe cost the Giants a chance of a big inning. D’oh!

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Tarell Brown went from allowing opposing receivers to hit pay dirt, to having his agent make his pay hurt.
     
    Equipment Manager, Steve Urbaniak best have a lot of soap. That’s a shitload of dirty laundry. The Niners are getting kicked when they’re up, kicked when they’re down. Kick ’em all around.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bBWBG9r2o

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Are you people asleep? My latest Tarell Brown reference/explanation/interpretation was gold.
     
    That’s gold, <Outsiders! Gold!

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Outsiders!
     
    That latest misstep goes perfectly with my Saturday. My ponies took a collective dump today. How bad? It was a dump, but not a $2M Tarell Brown dump. There’s taking a dump at the track, and there’s taking a dump when you’re not even squatting in the stall as your agent asks you to, “Pass the Charmin®”
     
    Even if Elaine Benes doesn’t have a “square to spare,” My comments are gold. That’s gold, Outsiders. Gold!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0qm0KUPeD8

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Other teams have been hit by the injury bug.
    2 big name players were lost for the season today.
    The Egos lost WR Jeremy Maclin to a torn ACL.
    The Ravens lost TE Dennis Pitta to a dislocated hip.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Petey wants Harvin to suck it up and play through the pain.
    Reminds you of Nolan telling Alex Smith that his shoulder was fine
    when it was broken.
    Harvin doesn’t like to play hurt.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/seahawks/2013/07/26/percy-harvin-hip-labrum-injury-surgery-seattle/2591055/?morestories=obnetwork

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    You are slightly off on your take of Tarell Brown. In fact he was the Niner’s best DB in the playoffs.
    “In the postseason, Brown came up with crucial takeaways. The 49ers cornerback intercepted Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. In Super Bowl XLVII, Brown stripped Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and recovered the fumble to set up a 49ers field goal. It was the only turnover forced by San Francisco’s defense in the final game of the season.”

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith should have played thru the pain. He’s a goddamn pussy. If you believe the reports, Andy Reid is going to have the “Game Manager” fling it 40 times a game this year. That will be a hoot. I can already hear the excuses once again, “He had to learn a new offense. He had a bad OL. He didn’t have any receivers. Andy Reid put him in a position to fail.”
     
    All I’ve heard this offseason is, “The Chiefs are a team on the rise. They have six Pro Bowlers on their roster. The Chiefs are a “sleeper” team.”
     
    OK, I’ll be watching. And I want you people to be watching, too. Especially when the Chiefs play the Broncos twice this year. Please watch the QB play intently and ask yourself once again if you’d still prefer Alex Smith > Peyton Manning? Nigga please.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Peyton looked great winning the Super Bowl last year.
    .
    Uh, oh yeah. One ring? Please. With the teams he had, he should have at least 3. Or at least as many as his brother. LOSER!
    .
    How do you spell overrated?

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Then what you’re saying is you are also a pussy because you bitch about your aches and pains on some kind regular basis like a Game of Thrones torture scene.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Get the popcorn ready.
    Maiocco just posted on a favorite topic.

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, if that’s you’re way of saying you were wrong in wanting Alex Smith > Peyton Manning, then god bless ya. Because ya know what? You were…
    W
    R
    O
    N
    G
    Rob exclamation points.

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, last time I checked I’m not an NFL QB. They get paid to play hurt. Me? I pay Anheuser-Busch, the vodka industry and various pharmaceutical companies to stay pain free. And you know what? No one but yours truly gives a flying fig about it. But I’m not on TV every Sunday in the Fall like Alex Smith.
     
    So yes, I have a built-in bitch excuse. Bitch as I might, I’m no King Joffrey. That little shit needs to be hung by his balls — if the little girl has any.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, you know who I would rather have starting at FS > Craig Dahl?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxjw-w-V5k4

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Considering you’d rather watch the Niners lose than win, I suppose getting Peyton would have helped your scenario.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lawrence Okoye, Bullitt?

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Next time provide a link, skippy.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton Manning is the Atlanta Braves of football.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, if Peyton Manning is the Atlanta Braves of football, then Alex Smith is the Brett Pill of baseball. Shit. I’m getting a phone call now. Love ya, Berger.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del, for once in a very long time, I want to see Alex parlay his limited talents into a meaningful return on his Trade Conditions.
    Whatever he needs to do to return us a higher Draft Pick is all good with me.
    &nsbp;
    The Broncos lost Dan Koppen today, which could spell disaster for Peyton, if a qualified replacement isn’t found over the duration of TC.
    All those drunken FO slobs in Denver will have their work cut out for them.
    Getting an intelligent Center on short notice isn’t an easy fix.
    Maybe they can coerce Jeff Saturday to reconsider his retirement plans?

  34. 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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