They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Glad that’s over with. 49er fans have been correct: the football season ended two weeks ago, when the two best teams in the NFL went 15 rounds in Seattle. This game was a true mismatched clunker. Before the game, Joe Montana said there was nothing about the Denver defense that scared him at all. No shit. Seattle didn’t even need its bread and butter running game in this one, as Marshawn Lynch had only 39 yards on 15 carries.

The only bright spot from the Super Bowl is putting an end to two years worth of annoying “Have we signed Peyton Manning yet?” rants. I can’t imagine these words could ever be written again. The only reason Manning reached this game was he got to play against two other fading regular season wonder QBs, Phillip Rivers and Tom Brady.

If the Broncos are the best the AFC has to offer, that is one sorry ass conference. IIRC, this is the first SB blowout of the 21st Century. And if Denver is any indication, there’s going to be a few more on the way. The Broncos specialize in SB butt kickings. This is their fourth one. Once by the Giants (’86), once by Washington (’87), another by the 49ers (’89), and now this debacle.

Moving right along, February is as close as it comes to the NFL being Closed For Business. It does remain open for press conferences by teams admitting they are aware of the recent arrest of one of their players and have no comment while the legal process is ongoing. Other than that, it’s all Free Agent gossip time, while the pre-draft hype machine gathers a head of steam.

The 49ers are facing some crucial roster decisions for this year and next. Below is a list of current and next year Free Agents. How GM Trent Baalke handles this transition period will be crucial to whether the team remains an elite commodity or gets to spend the next few years getting Denvered by Seattle.

49ers 2014 Free Agents
Anquan Boldin
Donte Whitner
Jonathan Goodwin
Mario Manningham
Phil Dawson
Tarell Brown
Colt McCoy
Anthony Dixon
Eric Wright
Kassim Osgood
Demarcus Dobbs (RFA)
Michael Wilhoite (ERFA)

49ers 2015 Free Agents
Frank Gore
Michael Crabtree
Aldon Smith
Mike Iupati
Glenn Dorsey
C.J. Spillman
Colin Kaepernick
Dan Skuta
Adam Snyder
Jonathan Baldwin
Raymond Ventrone
Chris Culliver
Kendall Hunter
Daniel Kilgore
Bruce Miller
Garrett Celek (RFA)
Tony Jerod-Eddie (ERFA)
Brandon Carswell (ERFA)

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65 comments on “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
  1. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit – I made a similar observation on Wylie a short time back as well.
    Kid has wheels.

    One of the sure options for my 2014 Draft Wish List is RB Dri Archer from Kent St.
    For some reason, LMJ is not even close to what I had expected to see from him since he was selected.
    Loved him at Oregon, thought he’d bring the razzle-dazzle option to this Offense and STs.
    Not sure what his deal is, especially after reading that he’s on record using social media to request a trade already.

    Something smells with that scenario, ala Brandon Jacobs.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve had a tough time finding info on the web regarding DBs/WRs with PR/KR abilities.
    Perhaps these Bio’s focus on their primary starting tools moreso?

    One kid I was able to see, from UNC, was WR Ryan Switzer.
    Again, not seeing a whole lot of info on him just yet.
    Not even sure if he’s entering the Draft either.’

    Not that we need to focus on the position but, LMJ hasn’t busted out as a Return guy just yet.

    Maybe there’s room for improvement there?

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well LMJ seems hell-bent to get his ass out of here. It’s curious at best. Is he that deep in the dog house that he doesn’t even rate any kind of playing time? Word is he hasn’t picked up the playbook or the blocking schemes very fast. But really, who knows?

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    De’Anthony Thomas is a possibility as a PR/KR. He’s a WR/RB besides, and he’s faster than hell. He’s also tiny. 5’9″ 176 lb. Put him in the slot and let him loose.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a headscratcher for sure Chuck.

    S/Teams is one area I thought we were lacking this past year.

    For all the crap I’d given Ginn for running away from contact, he at least was reliable enough to catch and scoot.

    We could certainly benefit from a more productive option there, especially in the PR game.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree with you,D’Anthony Thomas has some skills too.

    He’s gonna go much higher than Dri Archer however.

    As with LMJ, another small RB doesn’t seem to warrant an early Pick IMO.
    If we can get a late Rd RB/DB/WR with Return skills, I’d be all for it.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No question, we need a viable slot weapon.
    Anxious to see how Baalke attacks the Draft Board in May.

    Excellent Class of WRs this time around.
    Have to get younger and faster there.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Might not be such a stretch to think of D’Anthony to replace LMJ if he can bring improvement.

    But, with both guys, size limits what you can expect from either as a RB.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- We have a slot receiver. We drafted him last year and he is two De’Anthonys! He’s the 270lb slot receiver! He’s slow but he makes up for it by dropping passes! He’s the perfect decoy. He goes to the slot, the defense thinks he’s a receiver and then boom, he blocks for a 1 yard Frank Gore running play after being motioned back into a jumbo formation.

    He’s like Gore’s wonderfully designed running plays. Frank gets 1 yd here, 0 there, -1 next and every other game breaks one for 40 yds to bring the average up to about 3+ yards. The 270 lb slot receiver blocks from various positions and every other game gets a pass thrown his way so that Roman can show Baalke he drafted a receiver! He doesn’t need to catch it, Roman just needs to assure Baalke he knows what a pass play is and that his draft choice is a slot receiver.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think DMorris is a good option for Tavon and Pussy Harvin too.
    He might be the answer for our Nickel in terms of speed vs speed.

    I’m thinking either Calvin Pryor or Deone Bucannon would be nice options to consider at SS too.
    Gotta see them move if they have invitations to Indy.

    Also wouldn’t eliminate the option of putting a slower CB with good tackling skills back there either.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Bergs / NJ, the whole Ted Ginn thing was a bit nauseating for me. Here’s a guy we couldn’t use for shit in the passing game, and he flourishes in Carolina. His low in Miami was 34 catches in his 1st year. Last year in Carolina? 36. His 3 years here he TOTALLED 33. A whopping 2 catches in 2012 on a team desperate for WR play.

    It’s shit like that which really worries me about the coaches.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen teams add ‘Passing Game Coordinators’ Chuck.
    We may be in need of such an option.

    And/or, replace our current WRs Coach John Morton?

    With Kaeps’ big arm, he needs a deep-threat option other than VD.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Located this site which claims to have the entire Combines Invitation List –
    Very heavy on WR/DBs as expected –

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2014 Schedule
1. 9/7 @ DAL: W 28-17
2. 9-14 vs CHI: L 20-28
3. 9/21 @ ARI: L 14-23
4. 9-28 vs PHI: W 26-21
5. 10/5 vs KC: W 22-17
6. 10/13 @ STL: W 31-17
7. 10/19 @ DEN: L 17-42
8. BYE
9. 11/2 vs STL: L 10-13
10. 11/9 @ NO: W 27-24
11. 11/16 @ NYG: W 16-10
12. 11/23 vs WAS: W 17-13
13. 11/27 vs SEA: L 3-19
14. 12/7 @ OAK: L 13-24
15. 12/14 @ SEA: L 7-17
16. 12/20 vs SD: L 35-38
17. 12/28 vs ARI: W 20-17
2014 Prognostications
NJ49er: 11-5
Berger: 11-5
Grumpy: 10-5-1
Rob: 13-3
Skeebers: 12-4
Winder: 10-6
Earl: 12-4
Mr Fletch: 12-4
Phil Fan: 11-5
Chuck: 11-3-2
Bullit: 11-5
Bigjon: 13-3
Tony: 14-2
RTFirefly: 11-4-1

2014 Draft Class
1 Jimmie Ward, S/CB
2 Carlos Hyde, RB
3 Marcus Martin, C
3 Chris Borland, ILB
3 Brandon Thomas, OG
4 Bruce Ellington, WR
4 Dontae Johnson, CB
5 Aaron Lynch, LB
5 Keith Reaser, CB
6 Kenneth Acker, CB
7 Kaleb Ramsey, DE
7 Trey Millard, FB