Dancing with the Stars

As most fans are aware, blog superstar Alex Smith will be coming into our view Friday as QB of the Kansas City Chiefs, our second preseason opponent. For the Smith Haters, this will be a chance to root against the Smitman without any pangs of 49er disloyalty. For all the other well-balanced, intelligent fans, this will be an opportunity to see if our new secondary can avoid being shredded by one of the premier QBs in the league.

The secondary fared pretty well last week against Peyton Manning, who slunk off the field after one failed drive and hid on the sidelines the rest of the game. But that was more the result of a good pass rush than outstanding coverage. And that’s pretty much the case for this team: as the pass rush goes, so goes the secondary.

Somewhere out on the NFL landscape there’s an upwardly mobile team or two that will surprise us this year, much like the 49ers did in 2011 and the Colts did last year. And another team or two that will be disappointments. But some teams are like money, year in, year out. The Patriots will be good, the Raiders will be lousy, and the Cowboys will be mediocre.

The 49ers won eleven games last year, and there’s no reason to think they won’t do as well, or better, this year. But they’ll again face some of the best QBs in the league. The season begins with Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Sam Bradford, and Matt Schaub before easing off into the lesser lights for a couple of games. Later on, the team will face in succession Cam Newton, Drew Brees, RG3, Bradford and Wilson once again, and then later still Matt Ryan. A little bit of a brutal schedule if our pass rush should falter like it did late last year.

24 days till we tee it up for real.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex a blog superstar? Ain’t that the truth. He’s incited more comments than any 49er player ever. Now Skeebers is dancing on the haters! Guaranteed they’ll be flocking to unca’s blog.
     
    The “one of the Premier QBs in the league” comment will be noticed by the haters. IMO, he could turn into one of the premier QBs but I would not go that far at this point. I always said Andy Reid would be the perfect coach for Alex. We will find out if that is true this year.

  2. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “one of the premier QBs in the league.”
     
    Skeebers, I’m sending you the bill for the Merry Maids service that will be needed to clean up the humongous spit-take of my morning coffee. My coffee spewed left, right, up, down and into the ground. Just like an Alex pass when he’s flushed out of the pocket and rolls right.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I take it you are mildly critical of my unbiased reportage?

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You “unbiased” in regards to Alex Smith? That’s another incomplete pass. You’re now facing 3rd and long. Maybe you and Alex should call a T.O. and think up a play for 3rd and long. But beware: His average depth of target of only 8 yards was the fourth-lowest of all quarterbacks and only 8.7 percent of Smith’s passes traveled 20+ yards downfield in 2012. Among quarterbacks who started at least half their games, only Christian Ponder had a lower percentage.
     
    They don’t call ’em Checkdown Charlie for nothing.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    Lest you forget you paid Alex Smith some compliments.
    You were almost there as Mr Peabody accessed the wayback machine

    Del Mar Dennis Says:

    January 15th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Any room left on the Alex Smith bandwagon? Don’t worry, I’m not jumping on it. Not my style. But I would like to say that was one helluva performance from Alex yesterday. I’ve seen some great, clutch playoff jobs before in my life. That one ranks right up there. I’m happy, proud and humble enough to say he proved me and a lot of other doubters wrong. Bravo.”

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since I have access to the wayback machine here is a case of how wrong can a person be? I give you a classic post from a departed poster for it’s pure entertainment value and how big of a jackass one can be.

    “Spitblood says:

    September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    The Ray Ratto challenge. I don’t accept. Why? Because until Harbaugh sacks Smith for good, I want to see Candlestick empty and the stadium in jeopardy. Peyton built a stadium in Indy, Smith (if they keep him around past this season) will kill a stadium deal in Santa Clara. So forget keeping quiet about how bad Alex Smith sucks, let’s talk about it until people are so sick to their stomachs they don’t even watch the Niners and Jed York is forced to look else where to increase ticket sales. I’m sure Jed would love it if Niner fans stopped talking negatively about Smith, and Ratto does have a point that it’s more tired than Rip Van Winkle after reading Unca Chuck excerpts. But what Ratto doesn’t realize is that keeping the Alex Smith debate alive keeps the fan base from buying tickets. Personally, I’m utterly disgruntled about Alex Smith and the state of my Niners. I won’t go to another game until Smith is off the roster entirely. Secretly, I want the general idiot Niner fan (you know the type – you’ve talked to them at games) to stay away, hate Smith and maybe never return or give Jed York another nickel of their family’s money. So, stir the tired pot, I say. However, for the rest of us who’ve earned our Niner stripes, I think now is a great time to buy Niner season tickets. I won’t. I’m really caught in a Jimmy Clausen.”

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And now And Reid wants Alex to “air it out?” That will be a hoot.
     
    Reid: Throw it deep, Alex.
    Alex: I don’t want to.
    Reid: What’s wrong?
    Alex: Nothing.
    Reid: Then throw it deep.
    Alex: I can’t.
    Reid: Why the hell not?
    Alex: I’m afraid.
    Reid: Afraid of what?
    Alex: I’m afraid of getting intercepted.
    Reid: I should have stayed at home with my dysfunctional family.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I notice Spitty thinks Niner fans are idiots too in line with somebody’s recent post here.
    I have solved that mystery as it’s a simple case of Spitty in deep conversation with Chuck at a game and they both came to that conclusion after picking each other’s brain. What are the odds?
    Who would’ve thunk?

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well Dennis, it’s definitely going to be an interesting season for the Chiefs. Coming off a 2-14 debacle of a season, they can’t really go anywhere but up. Gone is the semi-Nolan/Hostler Sing/Jimmy-Hat Romeo Crennell/Brian Daboll offense, and in with the uptempo Andy Reid/Doug Pederson offense. They promise to do a lot of throwing, but I’m curious to see how the throw. Multi-WR sets? A spread offense? Certainly some Pistol. Once Crystal Peyton goes down, the division is there for the ghost of Hank Stram and Lenny Dawson to win.
    .
    Good to know the archives are in safe hands . . .

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If Jamaal Charles can remain healthy this year he could very well catch 100 passes outta the backfield. I might have to draft that sucker this year. But that would mean rooting for an Alex completion. I’m torn.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Rip Van Winkle line was good.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Spit and me are the only people on the face of the earth that think football fans are dumb.
    .
    Most fans are fairly ignorant, Bullitt. And fickle. Like it or not. That’s not a diss. It’s the truth. 75% can’t tell the difference between a slant route or a fade. Most don’t know what a stunt is. And 90% don’t know the diff between a 1-gap NT and a 2-gap NT.
    .
    Who’s starting this round of bullshit? You, of course. I’m not going to play this time.

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, since you mentioned “Once Crystal Peyton goes down,” they had a survey this morning on the Dan Patrick Show. It had to do with Brady “hurting” his knee: Do you root for players to get injured if it would help your team? 67% replied No. Paging Dr. House. Dr. Gregory House white courtesy phone please. “Everybody lies.”
     
    I don’t like to see guys get hurt in practice, but you best better believe when we play the Pack Week 1 I’ll be rooting like hell we break Rodgers in two the first time he drops back to pass.

  14. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Chuck, can I put you down as picking the Chiefs to win the AFC West this year? Can’t be any worse than last year’s pick of you taking the Raiders.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ouch.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why not? I was 1/2 game off with the Niners. And 6 yards short of predicting the Super Bowl win. What did you say, Dennis? 7-9 for the Niners?
    .
    Hey Bullitt, why don’t you make yourself useful and dig out what we all predicted last year? I’m curious to see what I picked.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The wayback machine shows Chuck predicting an Alex Smith trade to Cleveland to reunite him with Norv Turner.
    On the same thread this post appeared
    bullit Says:

    January 30th, 2013 at 5:45 am

    You guys are missing a very obvious choice.
    The Chefs are in need of a QB and Alex Smith fits into what Andy Reid needs in his offense.
    KC will look at Flynn and Smith as alternatives to Cassel and Quinn because they do not want to burn the #1 pick in the draft reaching for a QB.
    A trade I would make is trade Alex Smith and our #2 pick for their #2 pick. That would give you
    picks #32 and #33 in the draft and move you up 31 spots in the second round.
    The roster needs quality over quantity because if they draft 10 players only room for about 5 players.”

    As it turned out we got way more for Alex than I could imagine.

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, Skeebers had all of our predictions on the right-hand side of the page for the longest time. I predicted 9-7. And as it stands now, I’ll stick with those same numbers again this season.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here we go from last year:
     
    Berger: 11-5
    Mr Fletch: 10-6
    Bullit: 12-4
    Chuck: 11-5
    12th Man: 11-5
    Grumpy: 11-5
    Rob: 11-5
    Winder: 10-6
    Tony: 14-2
    Barley: 10-6
    NJ49er: 11-5
    Dennis: 9-7

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My big and bold prediction for this year? It’s going to be a bad year for Clarice Starling. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) is over. The Lambs will once again be screaming. Not only in the slaughterhouse, in Clarice’s dreams but on the football field. The Lambs, I mean Rams, finish 10-6 and win the NFC West.
     
    Man, all this crazy talk and I’m not even drinking.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I had a thread on my blog about a month before your ‘prediction.’ How where Alex would go to. I also predicted the Niners getting a 2 and 4 about 3 months before anyone else.
    .
    Skeebs, I’m talkin’ bout all of our divisional predictions. AFC East, West, North, etc.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? No. AZ? SD? KC? NYJ? Cleve?
    Posted on December 19, 2012
    .
    http://ninersforever.com/2012/12/19/mr-smith-goes-to-washington-no-az-sd-nyj-cleve/
    . . .
    KC is another possibility. Matt Cassel isn’t reminding anyone of Tom Brady anymore, and is considered pretty much a bust at this point. I know little about the Chiefs, but they have some good young players. Would Alex fit there? Sure. Why not? KC will likely get a slew of new coaches after this nightmare of a season. They might shoot for an established QB as well.

    So, what do the Niners look to get in a trade? A 2nd and 4th pick? Sure. Strangely enough, the Niners have upwards of 13 picks in 2013 due to trades and supplemental compensation picks.
    .
    Ride the coattalis, Bullitt.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What’s funny is about 4/5th of the posts are that Smith won’t get traded.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t we predict all the division winners?

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    What matters is what you said on Jan 29 on this blog. Posting 5 teams is not a prediction. Also you were saying they would release
    Smith just a couple of hours before the post below so you can count yourself among the 4/5.
    unca_chuck Says:

    January 29th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I think Cleve is his best bet. Beyond the fact that he’d ba back with Norv, they have some good young talent and he could do some real good there. Yeah, Smith’s something like 6 months younger than Weeden.
    .
    And I think the Niners will try to make a trade for anyone but the Jets. That would just be piling on. They won’t trade him to AZ either. If he is released, I’d damn near guarantee he goes to AZ.”

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Is there an easy and fast way you guys are finding all of those old comments? If not, you guys have even more free time on your hands than I do. Either that or I’m one lazy SOB. Probably a little of the former and a lot of the latter.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Fans are fickle? How about you?
    You said this in June about the Playoffs and Super Bowl in contrast to your comment above
    saying you came 6 yards short of predicting a Super Bowl win.
    The lights went out for both teams.
    Just like winds and rain. You adapt and overcome and you deal with it, not make excuses.
    “If giving up 24 points in the 1st half is putting your team in a position to win, then you are dumber than you sound. The D came out flat in the 1st half of the NFCCG, and they followed that by coming out even flatter in the Super Bowl. Without the power outage, the Niners may have lost by 28.”
    “How does the game turn out if the power doesn’t go out? (I’ll give you a hint here. MANY Balt players said it rattled them. The Niners, who had gone through this already, came out of it a different team)”

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NaVorro Bowman said he’s looking forward to getting the chance to hit Alex Smith tomorrow night.
     
    Knock his ass out 53!

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If the lights don’t go out we lose by 3 TDs easy. That’s the only thing that saved us from being completely embarrassed.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, there was nothing on this blog except predicting the Niners record.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Brownies are looking mighty good tonight. I wonder why? They have Norv as their OC! OC, yes. HC, no. Their TE Jordan Cameron is having himself a night. Norv loves to use the TE. Sleeper TE in FF.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of FF, one spot still remains in our yahoo league. If you’d like to play, send me an e-mail dunkirkwantsrevenge@comcast.net and I’ll send you an invite. Thanks.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ahh, thanks skeebs. Maybe it was mine.
    .
    Nice backpedal, Bullit. Not sure what your point is with that last couple, but carry on, MacSkip.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My point is unlike previous years
    where it was a given when falling behind you could turn your TV off at halftime because the talent on the team wouldn’t allow a comeback.
    Their comeback in the Super Bowl
    IMHO was not attributed to a power failure. The team dug deep and mounted a fierce comeback which I found exciting and showed character and heart. The defense tightened up and the offense started rolling.
    All the Niner fans I watched the game with never gave up and were in a frenzy with the comeback.
    Here’s the big question.
    If the Niners had pushed the ball across for the final TD would
    Chuck and Dennis feel the victory was tainted?
    I sure as hell wouldn’t and would have gladly celebrated the victory with no regrets.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    No backpedal here on my part.
    You cannot list five teams that need a QB and then claim you predicted where Alex Smith would go in Dec especially when in the following month you post that Cleveland was the best fit.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gawd. Shut it already. The only thing tainted around here is your brain. Do you really believe the inanities you post? Yes, you save all your regrets for your real life.
    .
    Many players on the Ravens were rattled by the power outage, and admitted as such. The Niners, having gone through that, weren’t. I think there’s a very different outcome if that didn’t happen.
    .
    Troll away MacSkip.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry but that sound like a BS lamo Raven excuse.
    Different season, different stadium, different type of game.
    It works both ways and affects teams equally. The main concern for both teams was worrying about the safety of their family and friends in the crowd. Explain to me how one team gets used to that.
    So when the Niners were down 22 did you give up on them?
    You didn’t answer the question.
    Would you be calling the Super Bowl Win tainted if they pulled off the victory?

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This is getting really, really tiresome, guys. Stop monopolizing the blog for your petty, ridiculous arguments.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is the oracle thread! Everybody knew everything! It is so much like a blog.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Thank Christ for gun control. Second-grader Josh Welch was suspended for two day in March from Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, MD. for nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun, which he then waved around.
     
    This country is well past going to hell in a handbasket — it’s arrived. Thank you for flying Beelzebub Airlines. Please exit to your left and have a pleasant stay.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Amen, Skeebs.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Didja hear about the deaf kid named Hunter, who can’t have other kids sign his name because the sign for Hunter is holding your hand in the shape of a gun?
    .
    Brilliant.

  43. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I love how this blog was so behind Alex Smith and how blind everyone here was to how awful Smith was even with Harbaugh. Berger and Skeebers? Lol. They both had their heads up Smith’s arse so far it was ridiculous to blog here. Then Harbaugh comes along and trades Smith. You guys must still feel awful about that. I mean honestly, Berger and Skeebers had so much riding on Alex Smith and for him to get traded like that… Does Andy Reid get a free bowl of soup with that qb? Hope it looks good on him. Alex Smith sucked, and Berger loved him with Colin Kaepernick right in Berger’s backyard. The horror for a blogger. No credibility for Berger. Berger loved Blaine Gabbert for Christmas sakes alive. And Skeebers? He loves him Alex Smith. Tomorrow night is gonna be hard for poor Skeebers. Cheer up, Skeebers. Cheer up, Naziberger. Another HOF qb will play in your backyard again someday.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI
    Two books that Niner fans might consider picking up

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-day/201308/hill-san-francisco-49ers-dan-brown-roger-craig-jerry-rice-nfl-running

    The other one will come out next month and is written by Matt Maiocco and looks worth buying

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/san-francisco-49ers-matt-maiocco/1114955979?ean=9780760344736

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    spitty loves to smoke dope and lie about everything. Nothing changes in his delusional world.
    http://youtu.be/h0i62GnQoo0

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon also missed the boat on Peyton Manning being released by Indy. Posted about 50 times that it wouldn’t happen. He was willing to bet his left testicle
    but we knew that was an empty promise because he didn’t have that asset nor the right one.
    Spitty foolishly touted Ginn as the outstanding WR and Whitehurst, Locker and Flynn as can’t miss QBs.
    One of Spitty’s most foolish statements from the wayback machine
    “Have we ever had a Bullit / Unca Chuck debate on here? I don’t think we have. Do the other members of this blog know that Bullit and Unca Chuck are the same dude? I mean, I’m kinda new around here. I’m just now catchin’ on.”
    A regular Sherlock Holmes that Spitty.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Even though I never wanted Gabbert I did say he would be drafted in the 1st round. The closest I came to endorsing Gabbert for the 49ers was to say I’d be OK if we drafted him but I wouldn’t because he is a gunslinger and I don’t care for gunslinger QBs. I always loved Kaeprnick. Del used to yell at me on the phone for wanting to draft him. Where I was wrong was in thinking we could get him in the 3rd round. He would have been long gone. When we moved up to pick him Del called me up yelling. I told him I will admit we probably reached a little but I still like the pick.
     
    I think Spitty is running a diversionary tactic because he was selling us on Whitehurst, Flynn and Locker. Jawarski just rated Flynn and Locker as the two worst starting QBs in football. So much for trusting a Spitblood talent evaluation, LMAO!

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    40 Oz to Freedom, baby.
    .
    Hey Spitty who said Ale would get traded? And would get a 2 and 4 for him?
    .
    I see you’ve bored the Merc blog to death. Slumming?

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What does A.J. do first tonight, drop a pass or fumble another one away? I say neither. I’ll say he commits a false start penalty. He has to show the coaches he’s diverse. Exhibit every facet in being a 1st rd BUST.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If the coaches are thinking straight, they would throw a simple slant or hitch to AJ Jenkins to get him a catch. Whether he deserves to be on the roster or not we owe him 700K this year and 1M next. That isn’t even the bad part. If we cut him he counts 2.5M against the cap this year. He is unlikely to be going anywhere. Since he is obviously pressing, get him eased up a little by getting him an early catch.

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The other night on Y! Sports Talk Live they asked the panel to grade Alex’s career as a Niner on a scale of 1-10. The first guy gave him a 5. The next said 4 and the last guy gave him a 3.
     
    Good thing I wasn’t on the panel. We would have had to introduce negative integers.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Roman/Harbaugh/Kaepernick have to learn from Bill Walsh’s example.
    You must get your playmakers involved early and then probe for weaknesses.
    It is inexcusable not to target someone like VD at least once every quarter.
    Since this game is meaningless go to AJ Jenkins often and let him prove that he is a first rounder.
    First play tonight run a combo pattern where VD draws the double from the S underneath and have
    Jenkins run a deep post.
    Let it fly!

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If the coaches and GM were thinking straight they wouldn’t have drafted the POS in the first place.

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aj gets his first TD as a Niner.

  55. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Watch for the tear tonight in Reno and Skeebers’ eye when Alex Smith takes the field in a Chiefs’ uniform. It will shake Skeebers to his very foundation because Skeebers truly believed in Alex Smith’s ability to win a Super Bowl. Skeebers got character mixed up with talent and hitched his wagon to a flop of a qb who couldn’t throw deep, couldn’t move in the pocket or throw on the run, and loved the check-down. But that didn’t matter to Reno or Skeebers. They saw a guy who was embattled and yet still a stand up guy and they threw all their support behind him, making this blog intolerable because they were so blind to the reality and made up so many Alexcuses: Poor O line (now widely considered the best in football), too many new systems (when the system became consistent the head coach traded Smith), and the WR sucked (Kaep took those WRs to the Super Bowl and Crabtree had a breakout year when Kaep got behind center).

    What I’m basically saying is that Skeebers and Berger don’t know sheat about good qb play. Berger can duck and wiggle but we all know Berger’s horse in the draft a few years ago was Blaine Gabbert. Berger did his work – he watched Gabbert on Youtube, studied Gabbert’s throwing motion, and so on, and Berger came out saying Gabbert was his boy – someone Berger would enjoy watching develop in the pros. All the while, we heard nothing about Colin Kaepernick and Kaep was playing football in Reno’s backyard. What am I saying? Reno and Skeebers don’t know sheat about good qb play, and tonight, secretly, both guys are going to shed a slight tear as Alex Smith wears a new uni in KC. Me personally? I’m just so freakin’ thrilled that POS isn’t in a Niner uniform, I don’t know what to do with myself. Alex Smith was the worst qb to play for the 49ers (and start for a significant period of time) in the history of this organization. Harbaugh dumped his ass the first chance he got. Oh, and over on CSN Bay Area, three sports writers rated Alex Smith’s career in SF a 3, 4, and a 5 …. out of 10. And yet Skeebers and Berger built a blog around loving that guy to death. What smucks. Zero football knowledge credibility. ZERO.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Weren’t your horses Whitehurst, Flynn and Locker?
    I recall you called Locker the second coming of Steve Young.
    So what exactly do you know about QB Play?
    You swore that there was no way the Colts would just release Peyton Manning outright or have you forgotten?
    You went a week trying to get someone to bet you on this.
    If your life was worth something
    you might have found a willing participant.

  57. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I still think we were outcoached in the SB and that’s why we lost. But that is all in the past and I think that we have a better team now. I could give a rats a$$ if Smith shreds our d at this point. It’s still an audition and we need to clear the air to get a clear picture. I just can’t wait to see Tank, Aldon and Lemmonier(sp). I also think Mangini(sp) is here for more than input on the D. What a great time of year.

  58. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I’m goin 10-6 again with a division championship. This season should be one of the best we’ve had in years.

  59. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Unca/Bullit/Retard Show: I stopped by your blog last night.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFEY9RIRJA

  60. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I read on here a few days ago that Del and Unca think the Rams are going to do well this year. Horse cookies. The Rams are going to take a step back this year. Here’s why.
    .
    First off, losing Steven Jackson is a bigger loss than you think even though Jackson was always hurt in St Louis. Last year the Rams won a ton of close games without scoring many points. You can’t keep doing that, especially with the Niners and Seahawks in your division and the Cardinals improving. Plus, the Rams lost
    Danny and Stephen and replaced them with Austin and Cook. That’s not enough. Their running attack features who? Daryl Richardson and Peal? I’m terrified. I wet my panties just thinking about them. What does a TE like Cook need? He needs a power run game to get the linebackers and safeties off him. Not this year, Cook. I wouldn’t respect a Rams play action this year, and the league won’t. Austin, Bradford and Cook aren’t enough.
    .
    I do love what Jeff Fisher is doing with the Rams on defense, and I think the Rams will be good when they get a few more offensive weapons. Long, Brockers, Quinn, McDonald, Jenkins, Finnegan and now Ogletree? That defense is getting better and better. But so are the NFC West offenses. Kaepernick is primed to be a star. Russell has a year under his belt, and Arians is going to lead the Cardinals to a good year, narrowly missing the playoffs. Carson, Mendenhall, Fitz and Micheal (.08) Floyd? And the Cardinals D isn’t bad, especially if the Honey Badger keeps making plays.

    Niners
    Seahawks
    Cardinals
    Rams

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What’s going to hurt the Rams is their Oline still stinks and until they fix that they can’t compete. They are also breaking in 2 new safeties and now one of their starting backers is suspended.
    I also said that losing Steven
    Jackson would cripple the Rams and make them one dimensional.
    Chuck said that Zac Stacy might become an All Pro running back.
    That sounds strangely like a Spitoon ridiculous prediction.
    I’m waiting for that to evolve and happen so he can prove me wrong.

  62. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The saga of Alex Smith: The man, the myth, the legend. Actually i hope he connects on a nice long one to Bowe before he exits. Give the KC fans something to feel good about. And, he has to be good enough to beat the Raiders this year, he just has too.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Losing Steven Jackson will cripple the Rams? His tot. yds. rushing for the last four years has DECREASED. The days of “S-Jack” totin’ the rock 300+ times/yr are long gone. Not to mention Jackson has now reached the magical RB age of 30. Might as well give him an AARP card and start his Social Security. Daryl Richardson is much younger and faster. And the Rams did upgrade their OL. They brought in Jake Long to play LT which allows Saffold (injured now, expected to play Week 1) to move over to RT.
     
    ***Reminder*** The Rams got rid of Craig Dahl and we picked him up. -2 games right there. I’m sticking with my prediction — The Rams will be butting heads this year.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I forgot to mention, the Rams had 16 rookies on their roster last year. That included key contributors, Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers and Chris Givens. They’re younger than we are and are only going to get better. Why? Because the goddamn Redskins gave up the farm to draft RG III. I hope the ‘Skins saved enough to buy RG III a wheelchair.

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And as Columbo was wont to say, “Just one more thing.” Who had the best division record in the NFC West last year? No need to call information, it was the Rams at 4-1-1.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty- Tell us again how stupid we were that we didn’t get Charlie Whitehurst when Seattle gave up the farm for him! That was classic. We want to hear it again! Better yet, maybe bullit will just dig it up for the sake of your memory!

  67. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Del – Who am I arguing with here, Bullit/Unca? Cripple? That rhymes with your Ripple. I just said losing him is a bigger loss than you think. Last year Jackson was instrumental in game that Smith was knocked out in (there is a Jesus.. he’s my savior…. I don’t deny him…. I haven’t been to church… I owe him for Smith being removed from my team) and the Rams tied the 49ers. I want to see Daryl and Peal (laughing) carry the load all year. That outta be rich.
    .
    I’m not denying the Rams are building a monster with RGIII picks. It’s one thing when a bad team gets a lot of picks. The Rams, back in the day, squandered pick they got for Dickerson. Now? They’re converting. But this year? Not a chance. They simply don’t have the offensive firepower, and the 49ers aren’t going to be tipping plays or starting Alex Smith.
    .
    You tell me if this is right… We pickup Craig Dahl and that’s two games we lose right there because of the acquisition. But we dumped Alex Smith. Conversely, we should win 6 Super Bowls because of that trade alone if your Craig Dahl logic holds up.
    .
    Here’s something we can agree upon – Tonight’s game. The 49er defense should simply stack the box against Smith. Don’t let him throw underneath. If Smith can connect deep to Bowe, great. But we can’t lose on deep connection from Alex Smith because like Brian Billick once said, “No reception in the history of the game has been caught ten yards out of bounds.” Stack the box and get after the qb. I don’t know the status of my boy, Tony Moauki (sp?), but he’s Alex Smith’s only hope. Is it bad that I’m hoping for a blood bath?

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You provide the blood, and Alex will play the role of Sissy Spacek as “Carrie.” (1976).

  69. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – ABAS. I wanted anyone to come here to SF to unseat the tick, Alex Smith. He was dug in. Nate Davis, Charlie Whitehurst, Matt Flynn, McNabb, Hasselbeck – you name it. ABAS!
    .
    Now that that’s settled, tell us again about Blaine Gabbert’s release and poise in the pocket? What’s your excuse? And while we’re talking about excuses, what’s your excuse for living literally within twenty minutes of where Colin Kaepernick played college football and you never once mentioned him on this blog except when Nevada beat Boise State but even then you didn’t mention Kaep, you just talked about their poor kicker. I mean anyone…. ANYONE who blogs as much as you do on a football blog and has a future HOFer in his backyard playing college ball should at least talk about him from time to time. That seems logical to me. How’d you miss that kid? What’s your excuse?

    Does it bother you when you watch Colin Kaepernick suit up for the 49ers? With all that love and time invested in Alex Smith? Breaking down his release…defending him…. talking about his poor support? That’s gotta bother you that a guy in your backyard who you overlooked unseated your favorite 49er? I bet you just watch the defense play, eh?

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Jackson still was a 1000 yard rusher last year. He had almost 1400 yds total offense.
    Playing the Rams with Jackson is a lot more daunting than Darryl Richardson and Pead running the ball. We shall see.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Game time has arrived.
    Go Niners!

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Good news. “General” Patton was catching passes with both hands in pregame warmups. That was a WR selection I thoroughly backed and enjoyed. Rooting for that kid. But he wears #11. Patton might need to call an audible and reconsider. Because remember, “no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Spiity- I addressed your ongoing Gabbert and Kappy lie above. No more needs to be said about your obfuscation. You can continue with it, as being an idiot is your forte.

  74. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, being a 1,000 yd rusher equates into avg. 62.5 yds/gm. That is the most overused and overstated stat in football. Means nothing.
     
    Look at all those KC fans disguised at seats. Full price for preseason football. That’s outrageous.

  75. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is winning 7-3! Great things happen when Alex is on the sideline.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex already has KC up 7-3! LOL

  77. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger reduced to calling people a liar? It’s really a sad day for Berger. Name calling and Alex Smith in a Chiefs’ uniform. We might need to get a cop car to drive by Reno’s house on suicide watch if Smith throws an INT tonight. Skeebers is already inconsolable.
    .
    What if Kaep throws for two TDs and Smith throws a pick six? We might have a double suicide on our hands. That’s okay. Skeebers and Reno slept with silver dollars on their eye lids from 2005 to 2011 anyway while preaching the words of Alex Smith. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Alex has yet to throw the ball more than 8 yds past the LOS.
    Somethings never change. 11 in the box!

  79. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Two beautiful throws to Doug Baldwin…. five yards out of bounds…. against the Niners’ second team D. Laughable. So glad I don’t have to watch that anymore.

  80. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And what happened when Alex did throw his first pass > 8 yds past the LOS? He overthrew it 8 yds into the EZ. Seriously. I wouldn’t play any defender deeper than 8 yds vs Alex. One doesn’t have to be a brain sturgeon to figure that out.

  81. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Berry stopping Jewel Hampton. That says it all – first stringer against our fourth?

  82. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    That looked like a back shoulder fade from Tolzien to Jenkins and Jenkins never turned. Could have just been a bad pass that turned into an INT, but AJ Jenkins is lost.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t throw a back shoulder fade when the receiver has a step. If the QB read back shoulder fade it was a horrendous read. I’m hoping that that was just underthrown or a bad route by the WR. If the QB read back shoulder his ability to read that play is in question.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The under the radar player two games in a row is Purcells. We might have a NT that can hold the point. I would like to see him against the ones to see if he can do the same thing. So far, he is an impressive plugger.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I watched BJ Daniels play against Nevada last year. He was awesome. I actually expected to see him do well vs the 4th Q players. Having said that I don’t think McCoy or Tolzien orchestrate that TD drive. I want to see more BJ Daniels.

  86. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Leave it to guys in SF to get a rise from a BJ.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We might have to keep AJ Jenkins just so we can keep Parys Harelson. Cutting Jenkins will cost 2.5M against the cap. That could mean needing to cut another decent player to cut the AJ strings. It is probably the only thing Jenkins has going for him.

  88. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I was watching the game via Chiefs announcers on Vipbox and Trent Green was saying it was a back shoulder fade that Jenkins just didn’t turn around for. I’ll take an ex qb’s assessment over the guy who loves Blaine Gabbert.
    .
    BJ Daniels did look good. Question is how will he look against the twos? Never mind the starters. That kid is short. And he’s not Drew Brees or Russell Wilson short. He’s Webster short. That’s my new nickname for him. But I like me some Webster.
    .
    My not so under the radar player is Nick Moody. That guy’s a beast and he’s everywhere. In four years, Patrick Willis won’t have nearly the bargaining leverage if Moody is still around. Moody’s a stud, and he’ll only improve.
    .
    This could prove to be one of Baalke’s finest drafts – even better than his Aldon / Kaep draft. Best part about it – we’ve got a boat load of picks next year as well.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers announcers even said it looked like a back shoulder throw. I agree with that, it did. No debate there. I’m just hoping it was something else because if it was it was a poor read by the QB.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Couple of mistakes in identifying players by the know it all Spitoon.
    Th Chief player was Jonathan Baldwin. Doug Baldwin plays for the Seahags.
    Also it was McCoy that threw the pick and not Tolzien.
    How can I take you seriously if you misidentify players all the time???

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Spitty is too in love with Blaine Gabbert to identify anything in his life. He is using me and his lies to keep him in the minds of all. He is the one who absolutely loves him. I heard Spitty paid to have a tattoo on each Gabbert butt cheek. It was a ‘W’ so that when Blaine bent over for him he could say WOW!

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil Dawson is an improvement over last year’s head case Akers.
    Pretty impressive drilling those 2 55 yarders which would have been good from 60 yds.
    Dawson is a definite upgrade.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “Survey says!”

  94. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t give a shit if Warren Moon threw the back shoulder throw and Alex Smith overthrew Alex Baldwin. The points were that AJ and AS suck my nutsticels.

  95. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Alec.

  96. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Survey says? Every minute, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. Every month, 1 billion unique visitors go to the site to watch 6 billion hours of video. It’s this rate of consumption that prompted brands to invest in video content, but it’s the results that compel them to create full-fledged marketing campaigns around digital content.
     
    F that. Frank just got a bug up his ass and squeezed his fat ass underneath my porch railing. Frank is now underneath my back porch.
    Not a happy camper.

  97. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’ve made this perfectly clear. Frank is a indoor cat. I’m at a loss for words. Frank, however, is stickin’ to yours truly left and right.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon

    Deflect, attack, deflect attack are your present tactics.
    You need to answer your lame and failed endorsements of Whitehurst, Flynn and Locker
    before you try to attach Gabbert.
    Still think Locker is Steve Young?
    Wonder if Steve Young feels the same?
    Stop comparing rookies to HOF legends. Step one the rook needs to win some games and accomplish something before you mention them in the same sentence. If they can’t even win a starting job
    you’re just talking out of your arse as usual.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Noticed a big difference in talent level between Vance McDonald and Garret Celek.
    McDonald gets open and makes himself available whereas Celek
    labors to get separation and is not a downfield threat.
    I saw that McDonald’s injury is he tweaked his hamstring so maybe he’s back next week.

  100. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Next game is a long ways off
    8/25 Sunday Night against the Vikes on NBC and then a short week before they play the Bolts on Thurs 8/29.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lu26bHbk8k

  101. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Good morning.The Pinole racoons thankfully didn’t eat Frank last night. His fat ass is safely sleeping in my bed. All is right with the world.
     
    Do you guys know what today is? It’s Saturday at the track.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXxbwp17YDc

  102. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You can ask, Berger. I couldn’t tell ya how many phone conversations I cut short. “They’re loading in the gate at Saratoga…”
     
    Saturday racing. That’s when the “Big Boys” come out of the barn.

  103. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith stats from last night: 7 of 16 for 62 yds.
     
    3.9YPA. That’s even “suckier” than his usual crap. And the Chiefs us TWO select draft picks for that shit? Saps!

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    On your comment on 1000 yd rushers
    being a overrated stat I disagree.
    Only half the teams in the NFL had a 1000 rusher in 2012 and only 2 players averaged over 100 yds a game.
    A stud bellcow RB is second only to an elite QB to make an offense go.
    The lack of a top ten back have held back the Pack, Aints and Lions in recent years and to a certain extent the Pats and made these teams one dimensional.

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Three other teams hurt have been
    the Cards and the Cowgurls not having a dependable ball carrier.
    Everything went downhill for the Chargers after Tomlinson left.
    And then you have the Raiduhs
    the bottom feeder who can’t keep their so called “elite back” McFadden healthy.

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Being a critical Captain Obvious here but Kaepernick can’t afford to miss wide open receivers like he did Chad Hall last night when they play for real. That was an easy TD if they played pitch and catch.
    The two things CK needs to improve on is huddle clock management and the right touch on some passes.
    Also Frank Gore looks good to go
    and is far from being finished.
    If he stays healthy this won’t be his last year.

  107. winderNo Gravatar says:

    If you ask me some of our play calling still sucks. Of course last nights game is no real indication of what’s to come. And, I guess it’s smart to save your ammo for the real thing.

  108. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    This 2013 49er draft looks amazing. As long as the 49ers keep fleecing teams like the Chiefs for high picks, and Baalke keeps drafting like he has been, and our coaching staff continues to be the best in the league with good coaches like Mangini waiting in the wings, the 49ers are going to be Super Bowl contenders for a long, long time – especially now that we have Kaep.
    .
    I really believe the key to Baalke continuing to have a lot of draft picks is tied to player development. An example is with Harbaugh developing qbs. Alex was around the league forever, but Harbaugh was the one who really developed him. There are a ton of qbs like Alex Smith out there for Harbaugh to develop and trade.
    .
    Last year I was high on Scott Tolzien, but not anymore. I think Tolzien is a dud. I don’t think he’ll ever have any real trade value, and if he doesn’t emerge as the backup to Kaep, Harbaugh is going to have a tough time making McCoy the backup only because McCoy is still learning the offense. I’m certain Roman can cater an offense around McCoy if necessary, but if that happens we’ve wasted a lot of time and energy on Tolzien.
    .
    McCoy and Webster could be good, and it’s still really early for both backup qbs, but the goal should be to have backups like Steve Young and Bono on the sidelines, waiting for Baalke to turn them into more picks. Unlike the Montana and Young days, Kaep is young and he has a good ten years ahead of him, maybe even fifteen. Identify, acquire and develop potential starting qbs in the NFL and then trade them for future picks. Harbaugh’s got the reputation. However, all it takes is for Alex Smith to really bomb out in KC and then the next time Harbaugh has a backup qb the 49ers market, the rest of the NFL might be a little reluctant to give up two high picks. That puts Alex haters in the rare position of wanting to see Alex do well in KC – not for next year’s pick, but more for Harbaugh’s reputation as a HC who develops quality NFL starting qb material behind Kaep.

  109. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It will be damned hard for any team to ever have another Joe and Steve Young situation. The ruthless erosion of teams by free agency and the Cap means you have to fight just to fill holes every year. Even this very good team had to reach a bit for Reid because of the hole at safety, still has a hole at WR because of Jenkins not panning out and Crabs blowing his Achilles out, and has a potential abyss at CB looming if Nnamdi and Wright do not work out. Teams having ‘extra’ 1st or 2nd picks to use on a backup QB, is just not easy to do in 2013. Probably a Joe and Steve Bono situation is the best you can hope for today. IMHO, Colt might be that kind of guy, once he settles in. But this year, we’d better hope Kaep stays healthy. Which is why the continued fascination with using the pistol all season long, as opposed to just the playoff stretch, makes me queasy. “Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose,” is a wise way to go.

  110. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose.”
     
    Grump, you’d be the biggest party pooper at the track. We degenerate gamblers have a different motto. “Don’t go home with a dime in your pocket.”
     
    I’d be more than happy to buy you a beer at the bar. Just be sure and catch me before the last race. 😛

  111. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I disagree with your comment about you disagreeing with my comment about the 1,000 yd rusher.
     
    All that aside, ***This Just In***
    The NFL is now a passing league. Will someone please tap Bo Schembechler Jr. on the shoulder and remind him of this…
     
    THROW THE GODDAMN BALL!!!

  112. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I don’t know if it’s Steve Young or Steve Bono behind Kaepernick, but the main idea is the backup, after a few seasons of proving himself behind Kaep, needs to be tradeable. I don’t think Tolzien is tradeable.
    .
    Young was under-utilized and under-appreciated in Tampa Bay. That same situation is repeating itself all over the NFL right now. It happens all the time. I thought the 49ers had found their backup gold in Colt McCoy because he was a determined winner in Texas. It’s too soon to tell about Colt, but for my money, it’s not too soon to tell about Tolzien. He’s a stinker. Kick him to the curb with AJ and give both opportunities to other players.
    .
    There are some other gbs in the NFL with talent who are being squandered by their respective organizations. Before I go there, think about the smarts it took for Shannahan to draft both RGII.5 and Cousins. At some point the Redskins will trade Cousins for more than the fourth they used to draft him and Cousins, in his first year, helped get the Redskins to the playoffs.
    .
    Around the NFL I see guys like Jake Locker, Matt Moore, Fitzpatrick and others who either didn’t get the right coaching, never got a true opportunity, or didn’t have the personnel around them to be worth a piss. Hell, I think Phillip Rivers is a great qb, but I also think his talent, because of coaching and front office decisions (letting Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles and others get away), is killing his NFL stock. You give Phillip Rivers another two years of ineptitude in SD and the fans will be calling him “washed up.” But the Niner game has got to be finding younger talent, not older talent like Phillip Rivers. Matt Moore and Jake Locker are my only two guys right now I’d try and trade for (giving their respective organization very different payouts). But I’m still interested in what happens with Colt McCoy. Right now it’s way too early to tell what Colt’s future will be.
    .
    If I’m Harbaugh, Colt’s my number 2 and Webster’s my number 3. Tolzien’s gone. Then I’m looking to dump Webster and bump McCoy to 3 in favor of a guy like Locker, Rivers or Matt Moore. And I’d even consider trading for a qb alla Bill Walsh for Steve Young. The 49ers traded a second and a fourth round pick for Steve Young. I bet, at some point this year, you could offer a second and a forth to either SD for Phillip Rivers or to Tenn for Locker – they both won’t have good seasons. (I don’t think we’d get them for a second and fourth, but you wouldn’t be laughed out of the building).
    .
    Kaep needs some competition behind him. He doesn’t have it right now. The 49ers are reporting that Kaep is making his backups look bad. Well, they may suck or Kaep might be amazing, or McCoy might need time to grow in the offense, but the bottom line is the guy who’s been here a long enough time to be putting pressure on Kaep isn’t getting it done – Scott Tolzien.
    .
    I just read somewhere that it’s okay that teams are one qb injury away from having their Super Bowl chances squashed. No it isn’t. Not with Harbaugh. It doesn’t have to be that way – even in today’s salary cap era. Ideally a qb comes in to win a few games during the regular season and keep the team on track for a playoff run and keep the seat warm until the starter gets healthy. But there are some teams who have lost their qbs and still gone on to win the Super Bowl. In 1990, Simms broke his foot and Jeff Hostetler (sp?) won the Super Bowl after Roger Craig fumbled (actually twice in the fourth quarter) in the NFC Championship game at Candlestick – preventing a three-peat. Don’t tell me it can’t be done again in this salary cap era.
    .
    Sure, the 49ers aren’t built like the Parcels’ Giants, with a run the ball attitude, and Hoss wasn’t a Steve Young, but the point is that just because a guy like Brady or Rogers or Brees goes down, it shouldn’t mean, even in this salary cap era, that your team is done and you just throw TJ Yates out there collecting your playoff revenue. Particularly not with a head coach like Jim Harbaugh who’s played the position before in the NFL and already developed two of the best up-and-coming NFL qbs in Luck and Kaepernick. I say we go after qbs. Find the teams that aren’t using them correctly and trade for them. Don’t waste your time on guys like Scott Tolzien.

  113. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus H. Christ! Spit, you’re talking ’bout the 49ers b/u QB. If it gets to that point God forbid. Our chances are over and done with.(please excuse me for ending that last sentence with a preposition. But it was needed.
     
    Catching any fish lately? I haven’t dropped a sinker in awhile, but when I take my 30 min.daily walk ( Dr. prescribed,)I see some Koreans on the Pinole Shoreline every day dropping a line.
    &nbsp:
    Ye-jun and Kun-woo haven’t caught shit. I asked them what they used for bait. They said, Alex Smith.

  114. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Del, do they keep casting their line to the right and out of the water?

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I was about 12 or 13 I went to visit a relative in Seal Beach, CA. I got bored and decided to go fishing at the canal that emptied into the ocean. I had my fishing pole and tackle box, I knew that might come in handy since they lived at the beach, but I was out of sinkers. I walked to a garage and pulled a few spark plugs out of the dumpster. I was now stocked with sinkers.
     
    With my awesome sinkers I was able to get to the middle of the canal. I was catching rock cod and throwing them back. About 30 yards away a family of Orientals was fishing. They saw me throwing the fish back and ran over to tell me, we take them. I gave them a couple of fish.
     
    Next thing I see is the DFG talking to them. They did not have a fishing license. They get a ticket and the extra fish I gave then were being weighed for a fine by the ounce. I felt bad but I had to laugh.

  116. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone watch the Seattle / Broncos game last night? Great first half. Didn’t feel like a preseason game. Peyton got pissed and wanted to win the first half of the game but his team gave up a kick return and then there was no instant replay on a fight for the goal line that saw the ball get stripped and then returned 100 plus yards for another TD. From my view, it looked like the runner got into the end zone before the ball came out. Maybe I missed a rule about no pre season red flags from the coaches.
    .
    That game was a lot closer than the score indicates but it’s exactly how the Seahawks operate: take advantage of a situation that goes their way and then try to build quick momentum off it in their loud stadium. Then let the media blow their day out of proportion. Reminds me of the Green Bay win with the replacement refs and Pete Carroll running along the sidelines fist pumping.
    All that BS really does is just inflate their reputation and create harder crashes for their fans and players when their season comes to an end. I for one don’t think Seattle is that good. I’d put ’em top ten, but not top five. If that Broncos / Hawks game was a regular season game, and there was instant replay, I think the Broncos win that game in Seattle. Peyton was dealing.

  117. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the way I look at the season:

    1.) Niners
    2.) Ravens (surprising after they let everyone leave)
    3.) Falcons
    4.) Broncos
    5.) Packers (if they can start blocking for Lacy, watch out).
    6.) Seattle (overrated – but maybe I just hate ’em.)

    Fun to watch:
    Bucs
    Browns
    Chiefs
    Bills (EJ can play)
    Eagles

    Prove you’re good:
    Houston
    Indy
    Bengals
    Lions
    Giants

    Patriots get lucky again with the loss of Dustin Keller. I hate the Patriots… and the Seahawks.

    Super Bowl Pick:
    Niners / Broncos

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m just hoping that our game in week 2 doesn’t go their way early Spit.
     
    They’re attempting to set a Guinness Record for outdoor stadium crowd noise and, of course, it’s a highly anticipated matchup in Primetime.
     
    Hoping like H3LL Harbaugh and Solari devise a No Huddle/Silent Count repertoire, to take those 12th Step idiots off their intended game.
     
    Right after the Cowpatties, I’ve developed a rather large chip on my other shoulder, for Pete the Cheat and his Seahawks.

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for your predictions.
    Don’t sell the Saints short.
     
    I think Atlanta will improve if they can get Steven Jackson to contribute in a balanced attack.
    RGIII?
    I think he takes a step backward.
    Dallas?
    Better, if they too can produce a ground game and, a Secondary.
     
    Surprise Teams?
    Philly, Cincinnati and Miami.
    Nothing changes for the NYJ and Raiders.

  120. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As we’ve all seen in SF, Teams with a solid QB have a shot.
    Teams that Run and, defend the Run, typically have a spot in the Playoff conversation.

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I believe the NFC West is going to be the most competitive Division in the NFL this year.
     
    I see us going 10-6.
     
    Should be enough to take the Division again, if Seattle falters on the road.
    They truly do own a very healthy home field advantage, especially in the late Season, when weather gets ugly.
    Much like GB.
    If you can’t run the ball in December in certain stadiums, you don’t give yourself a chance at the Road Win.
     
    We need to split, at the very minimum, within our Division.
    Every NFC opponent is the target.

  122. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think we’ll go 4-2 in the division, 11-5 overall. We’ll win the division. We might win one playoff game, but lose the second. Too many injuries, and time for us to slip a bit. Still, we’ll be close. Next year, we try for the top of the mountain.

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Always comes down to being healthy and rolling in December Grump.
    I actually think we’re stronger on the DLine right now.
    All hinges on the Secondary changes to stay cohesive.
    A better pass rush can help there.
     
    I think Kaep will provide the passion that Alex lacked.
     
    Comes down to who can make plays in the passing game for me.
    Hoping Vernon and Boldin become a tandem so Vance and LMJ can exploit the seams.
    Anything from AJ would be gravy.

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Need some improvement from our kick return and coverage units too.
    Cox looks good in PR duty.
    Be better if LMJ could excel there.
    He’s a dynamic open field runner.
    I see him and Kendall killing people in the Screen game.

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m anxious to see how they find ways to get BJ in this mix too.
    He’s showing signs of being that ‘Swiss Army Knife’ too.
    Baalke has acquired some pretty interesting athletes for Roman to tinker with.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also wondering whether Baalke has any moves up his sleeve to deal a player after next weeks’ game.
    Could Tolzien be worth a Pick to someone?
    Harbaugh is gaining traction as a QB whisperer.

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2019 Schedule
9-8: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25pm
9-15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10am
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
 
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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