Turn on the Bubble Machine

The trade that sent AJ Jenkins to Kansas City in exchange for Jon Baldwin just about wrapped up the wide receiver competition. It looks like the 49ers will be keeping Anquan Boldin, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore, Kyle Williams, and Baldwin. That’s 5 guys, leaving only one spot remaining, if they keep the normal six. Chad Hall or Austin Collie look like the best bets to nail the final spot, with Hall having the best preseason performance and Collie the best NFL career.

Or they could keep Ricardo Lockette because he rooms with Colin Kaepernick, plays special teams, and might actually learn how to play WR in the NFL sometime in the next year or two. He’s got the size and speed and heart, that leaves “If I only had a brain!”

The Jenkins trade also unleashed a nationwide rash of media snickering at Jim Harbaugh, who had loudly chided said media, or “so-called experts,” when they had questioned Jenkins worth in the past. Of course, Harbaugh’s opinion of Jenkins was demonstrated loud and clear in 2012, when he pretty much refused to put Jenkins on the field. Perhaps Jim will learn to be less strident in the future when covering Trent Baalke’s ass. And perhaps not. “He’s gotta be he. What else can he be but who he am?”

The third exhibition game will be occurring Sunday at Candlestick against Minnesota and maybe we’ll get to see more than one series out of the first string units. Or maybe Harbaugh has decided to adopt a college approach and only play them when the games count. Of course, if he does that and the Niners win the Super Bowl, half the coaches in the league will emulate him next year.

With all the offseason notoriety and accolades being showered on Kaepernick, you have to think Seahawk QB Russell Wilson is doing a slow burn and licking his chops to whip our butts in the second game of the season up in Seattle. That game is going to be a Sunday night ratings monster. It also will go a long way towards revealing which team rules the NFC West. Seattle and San Francisco might very well start the season ranked 1 and 2 in the league. Let’s hope our boys put on a better show up there than they did late last year.

It’s probably killing the East Coast biasiters, but there’s no doubt the NFC West has supplanted the NFC East and AFC North as the premier division in the NFL. I’m sure we’ll still get those boring 13-10 Prime Time games involving Pittsburgh and the Ravens and Bengals, but the real action is out here on the left coast. If the Rams and Cardinals can muscle up a bit, we’ll have a blood bath out here this year and in the years to come.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think it is possible we keep more than 6 WRs. One or two could be listed as Special Teams. For example, Osgood was signed for special teams play and not as a WR, yet he is listed as a WR. Lockette is another that could fit the same description. I expect Lockette to be on the practice squad. He is 6’2″, 230 lbs and one announcer said he is the fastest player on the team. Something inside tells me I want this guy to be good for us.

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The hope is we actually try to get the ball to the WRs this upcoming game. With our starting QB.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a 1st degree murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd by a Massachusetts grand jury.”

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The other night on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” fans learned a bit more of the psyche behind Taylor Mays. You know what he collects? Backpacks. That’s right. Taylor has all kinds. Big, small, girls and even cartoon backpacks. He proudly put on a mask and headband as he wore his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack. I believe Mays was Donatello.
     
    Donatello, btw, is the least violent turtle. He uses knowledge to resolve conflicts. That about sums up his play at safety — soft.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers sign QB Seneca Wallace; waive WR Ricardo Lockette.”
     
    Huh?!

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Niners just signed Seneca Wallace and released Ricardo Lockette.
     
    That move is Donatello gay.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Doesn’t bode well for McCoy and Tolzien, I suspect.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    He’s another guy who played at CLE under Mangini. Is he running things now? Harbaugh, what’s your deal?

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Wallace wasn’t even on an NFL roster last year. He could have been a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for all we know.

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow i’m really surprised we released lockette !

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nice read Skeebs. It’s hard to believe anything we hear coming out of TC, at one point Lockette was pretty much a sure thing. And, we do have to beat the stinking Seawacks in week two. It will be a playoff game for sure. On a scale of 1 – 10 the seawad fans have to be the most delusional in the world. I give em a 10.

  12. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Lockette showed nothing but an ability to cover a kick. Not enough return for all we’ve invested in him. Hope some other team picks him up so we’re not obligated / tempted to put Lockette back on the practice squad (if he’s eligible). Don’t know if I like the Seneca Wallace pickup, but I don’t like Tolzien. It’s too early to tell about Colt and certainly with Webster, but not with Tolzien. He stinks. Hopefully there’s a bus ticket in Harbaugh’s office with Tolzien’s name on it.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “S Darcel McBath heads to injured reserve, LB Joe Holland claimed off waivers from Bucs.”

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What’s interesting is both Daniels and Wallace are listed at 5″11″ whereas Kaepernick is 5 inches taller.
    Wallace is a puzzling signing at 33 years old and a career of not holding a starting job.
    Of games he has started he has 6 wins and 15 losses and a QB rating
    of 76.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Even more interesting is how little they thought of Lockette. Not even good enough for the 90 man TC roster.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bummer 🙁

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lockette working with Kaepernick and being his roommate had no bearing because he had no production in the 2 preseason games except for a wicked special teams tackle which in hindsight was more sensational because the punt returner fielded the ball on his 3 yard line which was a brain fart.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke must have really not liked the QB play he saw last week.
    .
    They should trade Tolzein pronto. J-E-T-S. Get a 4th rounder for him.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t want to say just how badly our back-up QBs have played so far this year but BJ Daniels improved his QB stock with our team in the 1st pre-season game by not playing!

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now that Baalke and Harbaugh have assembled the worst group of backup QBs in the history of football, there’s only one thing left for them to do.
     
    Bring back Alex!

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, you couldn’t get a 14th rd pk in return for Tolzien let alone a 4th. Do you pay your neighbor good money and then go over and pickup his trash? Didn’t think so.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    KC did . . .

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    You would rather have David Carr, JT O’Sullivan, Jamie Martin, Josh McCown or Troy Smith instead?

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Do you ever watch “Strike Back” on Cinemax?
    Last season Tyrann Lannister was the bad guy. High quality action series so check it out if you can.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhKfC2LMkMI

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody in the league put a waiver claim on Lockette.

  26. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Apropos of nothing, I’m sure you saw and enjoyed this article about the exalted, now retired ‘leader’ of the Ravens.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/flacco-says-lewis-speeches-made-152032522–nfl.html

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I usually don’t get too excited to watch a preseason game other than the Niners, but Seattle at Green Bay has piqued my interest. For all the obvious reasons.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Earl! Welcome!

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    PFT says we are going to play all 5 QBs Sunday. I can’t say this makes me very happy for the 3rd pre-season game. The next game OK, but this game should be about getting our starters a little rhythm started.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Raiduhs might be even worse this year than last.
    Matt Flynn was 5 of 6 for 19 yds
    and unfortunately for him 2 of those completions was to the Bears.
    Flynn might be beaten out by Pryor
    and he can’t seem to hold a starting QB job when it’s handed to him.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jimbo is playing Sunday’s game, the practices and this entire preseason “not to get Kap hurt.” That’s just like win you play a game “not to lose.” We all know what happens then.
     
    Say hello to Kap on crutches and 5-11.

  32. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone watch the Raider game last night? Terrelle Pryor is fun to watch. If he actually had a coach and team around him, the Raiders could have something with Pryor provided he protects the football unlike Vick. Because of McKenzie’s cut and dump of the roster in Oakland, this will be a tough year for the Raiders. Anytime you have a tough year it puts pressure on the quarterback. Remember Troy Smith beating out Alex Smith? I could see the Raiders going 0-6 and having the fan base crying for Pryor to start by week 7. If he did start, it would be chaos, with mixed results and possibly people thinking that Pryor is a wild backup only. But if Pryor had the coaching and the players around him, he could potentially be mentioned as a junior version of all the up and coming running qbs that are taking over the league. Success or not on Pryor’s behalf, and turmoil in Oakland, will make a fun season to watch.

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jadeveon Clowney has already been fitted with a black #1 Raiders jersey for next May at Radio City in NY.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I watched the Raiders game last night. What’s sad, or funny, depending on your allegiance is that QB play might be 3rd or 4th down the list of their problems. Matt Forte was running through holes like Moses was parting the Red Sea. And this is the Bears OL that has nearly allowed Cutler to be decapitated and is now starting to rookies on the right side.
     
    I think I saw one book offering 20/1 on the Raiders going 0-16. I’ve made worse bets in my lifetime.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, they’ll win the west!

  36. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    NFL Network is saying the Packers will release Graham Harrel. I bet if they release him today we can him starting in our six man rotation tomorrow.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Graham Harrell is Scott Tolzien. Same guy, same noodle arm, same lack of an NFL future.

  38. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I was being ironical.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sarcastic. Irony would be you having to root for Alex Smith so we get a better draft choice.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Never too old to lose it:
     
    “C.J. Spiller’s step-grandfather, who was 72, killed his longtime boss, 80-year-old Marvin Pritchett, and also killed former co-worker Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, who was 28, then killed himself.”

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    AZ’s top draft pick guard broke his leg yesterday. His backup: Chilo Rachal. Time for Carson Palmer to up the coverage on his insurance policy.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Typical Smith game yesterday. Went into halftime tied 10-10 with Pittsburgh, 17-24, 1 TD, no picks, 158 yds, 102 QBR and all anybody wrote about was how good Roethlisberger looked.
     
    Meanwhile, Peyton throws 34 passes in the first half for 234 yards, but only 10 points, with a pick six going the other way.
     
    It’s a funny game.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A.J. Jenkins played 18 snaps last night (13 pass routes) and did not catch a pass (one target).
     
    “New beginning. Fresh start. Change of scenery.” Good to see it’s helping.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ravens just cut Streeter, who has Zero catches in two years. We should sign him.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Zero catches in 2 years, would that be A.J. Streeter?

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Jets QB situation gets more zany by the day!

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m watching the replay of the Jets/Giants game from last night. Geno Smith threw three picks and for an encore unwittingly ran out of the back of his own end zone for a safety. Rex then brings back in Sanchez in the 4th quarter only to have his throwing shoulder get pummeled. Rex will be lucky if he’s still coaching at the bye week.
     
    But the strangest thing to happen in the game was that Curtis “Peter Paul & Mary Jesus & Joseph” came in an outplayed Eli. We could use a backup.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers are making calls & trying to trade QB Colt McCoy. If no takers, a release is likely.”
     
    Bill & Jets are looking for QBs.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Shit. If Chuck thinks we can get a 4th rounder for Tolzien I’m expecting a 2nd rd pk in return for Colt.

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So tonight is basically an open audition for Colt McCoy. No added pressure there. If Colt goes out and continues to suck he’ll draw no trade interest and be released. However. If McCoy should go out tonight and play exceptionally well and throw a couple of TDs and look like our best backup, we’ll trade ’em away. That makes a lot of sense.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think we are outsmarting ourselves. I’d rather see Kap go for a half to get the starters into a rhythm. Then use the QB you think will be the back up next for a quarter.

  52. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Berga. I ‘ve been saying that all week. With little offensive continuity, they look to struggle on offense for the first couple weeks. Not a good time to be practicing.

  53. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I agree. The last Exhibition game is when you let the scrubs play. Kaepernick needs to get into rhythm before the bell rings for real. I hope this does not cost us in the first couple of weeks.

  54. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, unless Harbs thinks we’re so good we don’t need practice. I wouldn’t play McCoy at all but just show him sending in plays like a good backup should. I have a feeling the org is gonna lose some money on this one,

  55. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I think Harbaugh’s right in making a hard search for a backup. I don’t by the rhythm for the regular season argument. We’ve found our replacements for RJF, Ice, Culliver and Goldson. We need to find a replacement for Smith. Tolzien sucks. McCoy? Jim knows best, but I don’t have enough material on him to have an opinion. Wallace, Daniels? Doubt it. Gotta find a backup. Could cost us a game or two if we don’t. Next year we either draft another qb or we find someone on the free agent market. Hell, I could see us picking up another qb after cut downs. Doubt there’s any trade value for Tolzien or McCoy but I said that about Alex Smith. Reid’s a sucker.

  56. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers love him some Alex Smith. LMAO!

  57. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Ian’s now reporting the 49ers have restructured Colt’s contract so it’s likely he’ll stay with the team.
    .
    In other news, the Raiders are looking to cut Josh Cribbs. Ian Rap thinks it’s because Cribbs never got healthy. Is there room on our PUP list? I don’t keep track of those numbers. With Cribbs being cut, we could get a discount. But I like what I’ve seen from James and Perrish Cox regarding our return game.

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s much more whether or not Cribbs ever got healthy, he treats the football like it’s a hot potato. Did you see him vs the Bears? He can neither catch the kick cleanly or hold onto it if and after he does. That’s kinda important when its comes to being the return guy.

  59. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I did see him vs the Bears, and it was a little embarrassing. But you’re never as good as your best day, or as bad as the 300 pounder you brought back from the soup kitchen to your mattress under the bridge.

  60. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ah. The Voice of Experience.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well things got a wee bit more interesting for the NYJ.
    Leinart signed in Buffalo.
    Could there be a glimmer of hope for Baalke to acquire another Pick or do the NYJ play the odds of waiting for his release?
     
    The Plot Thickens.

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    She was only 295 lbs. The soup made her stomach upset and she took a shit in the river before hitting the mattress.

  63. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve had a similar experience. Maybe it was the same girl. Did she have the name Spitblood tattoo’d on her right canckle?

  64. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Stay classy, my friends… LOL

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Got my anti-blink eye drops handy. Don’t want to miss the first team in action.

  66. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    It means a whale’s vagina…. oh, I forgot, Del thinks he’s a hack. Maybe so but it means a whale’s vagina none-the-less.

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A hack? I’m not a licensed camel jockey to drive a surfaced yellow submarine with wheels. That’s not a towel wrapped around my head. That’s just me waving the white flag after our Niners start 0-2.

  68. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    We could beat GB with a towel wrapped around our eyes. Seattle is a horse of another color, from another mother.

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Garcia was the 49er honorary capt. for the coin toss. I think I saw some Jack-In-the-Box tacos in his back pocket.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Wilhoite is my new favorite guy. Best backup we have. Maybe he can play QB in a pinch.

  71. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ahmad Brooks just hit Ponder over the hear with a beer bottle. Or something like that. Fumble!

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How bout the General? Just like Old Blood and Guts fought to Seine, they both hit pay dirt.
     
    Love me some #11. I guess that jersey isn’t jinxed.

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob? Cox just got sucked into the end zone for a flag that gave the Vikes a 1st and goal which led to a TD on the very next play.
     
    I hope that POS Cal Bear Lavelle Hopkins enjoyed his 2 mins. of fame w/ that k/o return and all that ensued, because that dirty Bear is not going to make our 53-man roster. Go back and sit on Tightwad Hill and save a goddamn tree.

  74. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    First half was Patton and Moore’s coming out party. We’ll be fine at receiver, and it’ll be interesting when Mario and Crabtree come back.
    .
    Colt McCoy doesn’t look like he’s up to the challenge. I could see him doing okay if the 49ers are patient with him, but that’s not Harbaugh’s strong suit.
    .
    Kendal Hunter looks like his old self with fresh legs. Eric Reid looks great hitting, covering and tackling. Donte Whitner is still lost in coverage…. like last year. I think the 49ers start the season 2-0.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Patton displays the hands we need in the Slot too.
    Looks to do damage after the catch as well.
    Kid will be fine.
     
    Hawkins didn’t help himself with the celebrations but…He could bump Osgood if he can handle KO duties.
    LMJ is still looking a little unsure with the PR duties.
    Not impressed with McCoy at all.
    Noodle arm and restless feet.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Be happy to take the game in Seattle myself.
    Be very happy with the 2-0 prediction though.

  77. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    How in the world did the Chiefs give up on Jon Baldwin? That guy’s a stud. We just fleeced the Chiefs…. again. Baldwin must have been having butt sex with Andy Reid’s prized chickens in the locker room or something. That guy’s a stud.
    .
    Christian Ponder is worse than Colt McCoy. Ponder is horrible.

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Guys. Take your lifelong and deep emotional affiliations out of the equation. What makes you think we beat Seattle, IN Seattle, come Week 2?
     
    That’s jumping ahead, and I don’t like do that. But, I’m really worried when our new stadium starts in ’14. All I’m hearing is how it’s going to be “tech savvy” and the fans will have all this access to their phones, I-pads, tablets and what have you. I think they’ll be watching the game on video, while the game is happening right before their very eyes.
     
    I hate Seattle as much as the next guy, but they DO have a distinct home field advantage. Their 12th Man ain’t no lie. What do we have? An aged hippie playing the banjo in the stands.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a game we need to show up for Del.
    No argument that it’s a tough place to play.
    Harbaugh needs to get a grip on that if we’re to be succesful up there.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hawkins is looking for a way to finish the decision process for himself tonite.
    Can’t make a play without calling attention to himself in all the wrong ways.
    Clown.

  81. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    BJ Daniels should:
    A. Start Game 4 of the preseason.
    B. Be our backup over Tolzien and McCoy.
    C. From now on get all second team reps.
    D. All of the above.

    He was the second best qb on the field tonight.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d like to see BJ behind the starting OLine too.

  83. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I know I’m probably dating myself, but when I was sitting in Sec. 57. Row 5 Seat 9. The Banjo Man was strumming away. The only difference was his beard wasn’t grey, and I still had hair on my head.
     
    But I’ll let you guys in on a little secret: Sec. 57 was a tough group to behold. Not literally tough, but we had Niner pride like none other. There were season ticket holders from men and women who witnessed the AAFC. We’re talking “Old Timers.” I was just a young pup at the time, but I soaked up stories like you’d never believe. I don’t know how many of you guys “do” Twitter, but the #NinerFam, #NinerEmpire, and #QuestForSix is strong.
     

    I’ve lost my train of thought, I’ve had too much to drink. But I’m sure my next line(s) would have been nothing short of “Pearls Before Swine.”
     
    http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/

  84. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Seattle game week 2 will be a freaking war. Teams already hated each other last year before all the PED talk. It’s going to be a painfest with bleeding and contusions for all.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ponder looked good tonight. He plays in a QB unfriendly system. It is an offense built around a RB and the QB is just another player. Having Jennings will help make some plays that weren’t there last year.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Colt McCoy showed me he should be the back up. He did OK. He is the obvious choice for back up. BJ Daniels probably got Tolzien cut tonight.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ponder has happy feet Berger.
    He’s not the answer for them.

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid looks great so far! I’m starting to like McDonald. Patton looks fantastic.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hawkins has talent but seems he lacks in the smarts department. He is making a difficult decision easy.
     
    Looks like our pass rush will be good to go at the start of the season.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be surprised if McCoy and Tolzien weren’t cut actually.
    McCoy had trouble just feeling the pocket let alone finding a target.
    BJ behind the starting OLine would probably look much better.
    See how it shakes out.
    Buffalo signed 2 QBs.
    Can the NYJ still be an active participant?

  91. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    This draft class is amazing. Baalke should take a bow.
    .
    Ponder looked good if you like qbs who throw off their back foot, flutter footballs and miss their targets. But oh yeah, it’s Berger. He loved Alex Smith.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Ponder was under siege. He looked fantastic for the pressure he was under.

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not a fan of Ponder Berger.
    It’s the NFL, this happens regurlarly.
    He and Cassel are not going to scare anyone.
    They go as far as AP carries them.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was just told that Harbaugh just announced that McCoy is the back up. Anybody else hear that? Let me know. My friend said he heard it on the post game show on the radio. I have no idea what some people see but I would guess they see what they want to see. I thought McCoy looked good enough to be the back up tonight.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon was rocking their Rookie LT pretty well too.
    Kalil was getting just a wee bit agitated too.
    Landed a couple of 15yd penalties in the process.
     
    Didn’t like the shot Looney put on Williams either.
    Not a very smart move on his part.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Did you see how bad Cassel looked? That should be your comparison. Ponder was making plays under siege while Cassel could not do anything. They play in a system built for a RB.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Looney block was an embarrassment to the 49ers.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Opinions are what they are Berger.
    McCoy getting the Harbaugh Seal of Approval could be the beginning of the end.
    Not too impressed with McCoy either.
    I still think he’s Trade bait.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Cassel was pathetic.
    Trades like his to KC and Kolb to AZ show just how desperate Teams will get trying to obtain a starting QB.
    Harbaugh being the QB whisperer he is, could net us a Pick very soon.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is possible Harbaugh announced that so create more value in a potential trade, but I think McCoy is the legitimate back up at this point.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seneca fits the Harbaugh Model better I think.
    He just hasn’t had enough time in our Offense to take him too seriously right now.
    We’ll see what happens by Tuesday.

  102. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I thought Colt looked good enough to be the backup tonight also. I didn’t think he stunk. He’s elusive enough, and he’s smart enough. Don’t think he’s going to win us the Super Bowl, though. And honestly, that is what Harbaugh should be looking for – a backup good enough to win the Super Bowl with. I wouldn’t be heart broken with Colt and BJ backing up Kaep for 2013, but in 2014 I’d be looking to draft another qb.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We could see them hang onto all the QBs just to test the Trade Mkt too.
    Should be interesting.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s what I got for the McCoy backup topic Berger –
     
    SAN FRANCISCO — Colt McCoy says he restructured his contract for the season late Saturday, and coach Jim Harbaugh has indicated the quarterback is in line to win San Francisco’s backup job behind Colin Kaepernick despite an inconsistent preseason.

    Harbaugh says, “I feel real good that Colt’s the backup” after McCoy went 11 for 15 for 109 yards, an interception and a sack in the 49ers’ 34-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.

    While neither Harbaugh nor McCoy offered specifics, McCoy’s deal is now believed to be for the league minimum of $630,000 with incentives if he were to reach certain playing time marks — down from the $1.5 million base salary he would have been due. McCoy said he still will be a free agent after this season.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps the League Minimum pay adjustment saved him a Roster spot?

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think we’d better pray we don’t need a backup QB anytime soon.
    But, since he took the pay cut, his insurance premium is much more Cap friendly for the time being.

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Colt McCoy has the experience and has ran the read option. BJ Daniels is more talented but there is no way to let him be the back up. When the regular season starts teams will be disguising coverages. He has not seen that yet.
     
    In time BJ can be a legitimate back up in this league. We all saw McCoy play in college, he is a system QB and has some athleticism. When the 49ers drafted BJ Daniels I knew who he was because I saw him play in college. He is not a system QB, he is just a playmaker with a big time arm. What I like about him the most for this season is how he can emulate Russell Wilson on the scout team.
     
    It will be interesting to see what happens between Wallace and Daniels.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    McCoy got duped tonight on the pick he threw too.
    He just seems to be too uncomfortable in our scheme or something.
    Not sure who got that pick, Greenway?
    He just never read the bluff and made up his mind where he was going with the throw instead of seeing what was there.
     
    I just think McCoy is rushing everything and making poor reads.
    He completely overshot Chad Hall on a gimme throw too.

  109. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think we’re going to be much of a read option team this year. Colt’s experience running it won’t mean very much if we don’t run it with Kaep. I bet Harbaugh views the read option as a way to get a young qb’s feet wet. However, I could see the 49ers using the read option in the playoffs, especially when teams aren’t prepared it for after the 49ers have gone more conventional on offense all season long.

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think BJ has more pocket awareness than McCoy has shown to be honest.
    Tolzien also stands in there with confidence too.
    We’re probably between a rock and hard place at this point to keep McCoy since he’s got starter experience and Seneca hasn’t been in the program long enough.
     
    Either way you slice it, we need insurance.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Raiders are having their own issues with the QB position as well.

  112. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I recently read about this Harbaugh INT. Before the game, the Bears had decided because of the Vikings’ crowd noise they wouldn’t audible. Jim Harbaugh audibled anyway and threw an INT because his receiver didn’t hear the change and the Bears lost the game, prompting a classic Dikta tirade. Jim Harbaugh later said it was one of the lowest points in his career. I wonder how it affects Jim now when he’s starting to prepare for the Seattle crowd week 2. He shouldn’t tell his players the story.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noF-xIf5QjA

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping he devises some sort of silent/hand signal plan for those 12th Step idiots.
    With them shooting for the outdoor volume record in Prime Time for Guinness, this will surely be an impossible place to audible in.
    Holding hands and all that will help fight false starts but, we need to come up with something new.
     
    Didn’t Steve Wallace, or the entire OLine, wear some sort of hearing apparatus at one time?
    Not sure if that’s allowed under current League rules?
     
    Either way, it’s going to be one tall order to overcome the decibels for that matchup.

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not the least bit certain that the noise level isn’t aided through amplification either.
    Years ago in the old Meadowlands, rumors had it that, there were service doors opened and closed in the stadium, that generated unfavorable wind conditions for the kickers heading into the Players tunnel at one end of the Field.
     
    Guess that’s what Home Field Advantages are all about.
    Hate to think Teams would cheat to win though, TIC.

  115. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Seattle has much of a pass rush. Irvin will be out and I don’t think he’s much of a threat anyway. Clemons and Avril? Clemons is coming off an ACL injury in December. I’m sure he’ll get some push, but not be his former self. One of the things that makes a crowd noise nerve wracking is when there’s a big-time pass rush coming and you need to get your pass protections set. No Irving with Clemons on the mend means Kaep could have all day to throw.
    .
    If it’s me, my game plan for Seattle is have the wrs do scramble drills and have them go deep. Kaep sits in the pocket with some time, play breaks down, he moves outside the pocket and I hate it when receivers are standing around with their thumbs up their keesters. Go deep, turn the db’s hips and run the other way. Do something. Scramble drills with Kaep will be huge in the Seattle game unless Chris Clemons actually plays to his former level. I’m not worried about Kaep outrunning Red Bryant.
    .
    Somebody better tell Quinton Patton to get down in the Seattle game, though. Kid could get killed if he thinks it’s college still.

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gonna be a head banger for sure.
    Another way to slow down a pass rush is with a good ground attack and quick slants.
    Just hoping to see something new from Harbaugh for that game.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Patton is a scrappy kid.
    Not sure I want to change the way he plays just yet.
    Sometimes you need to be aggressive in order to win.

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Think there’s any chance they stash Kyle on the PUP for a few weeks to give Collie or Chad some extra time?

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Have to figure Hawkins cut himself with the extra curricular antics tonight?

  120. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Just read Football Outsiders take on both the Seahawks and 49ers. Interesting read. It said that Earl Thomas ranked top 10 in the NFL in broken tackles, that their O line was patchwork (implying they got lucky last year the damn didn’t break), and that they’re going to have pass rush
    troubles (and that Bruce Irvin is only a 3rd down specialist at best). It also said that statistically Alex Boone was a better run blocker than Mike Iupati, and that Iupati was a much better pass blocker than he is a run blocker. The book didn’t give a good review of Mike Iupati, and that’s probably why, like I’ve been writing, the 49ers aren’t looking to extend Iupati with Crabtree, Aldon and Kaep looking to get paid.
    .
    The best part about the book was hands down it’s statement that the 49ers’ front seven is the best to ever play the game. I concur. Aldon, Justin, Brooks, Bowman, Willis, McDonald and Williams? Who’s better? ’85 Bears? The book said, “49ers fans are experiencing a treat in SF, watching the best front seven to ever play the game.”
    .
    The book also said Glenn Dorsey is a complete bust. No question about it. Interesting read.

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Dorsey could be valuable in our scheme once he’s completely comfortable with it.
    Nodoubt Ian Williams is the better player at this point since he’s had benefit of being in it longer.

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Bruce Irvin was a reach for them anyway.
    He’s precisely the kind of guy the Read Option would kill anyway.
    Heck, they swallowed Clay Matthews with it pretty well last year.
    Seattle has faults like any Team.
    On the surface, they’re a very good Secondary.
    We never really tested them with Alex.
    Hoping Kaep will have some wrinkles for them this time around.

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also have to admit that Anthony Dixon is looking better.
    He ran with some authority tonight.
    Be nice if he can be counted on in short yardage situations.
    Though he did it against the ‘B’ squad, he’s looked better with his decision making.

  124. 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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