Scouting Combine Week

The NFL stirs back to life this week with the annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. We’ll be hearing about wingspan, 40 yard dash times, bench presses, Wonderlic scores, and a variety of other goofy measurements and drills — all designed to nudge NFL prospects up or down the draft pecking order.

There will also be coaches looking for work, this year or next year after they get fired this year. And this is the official unofficial tampering period where teams can cook up deals with free agent players that will magically be announced two seconds after the beginning of the new league year on March 11 at 4:00 pm EST.

The 49ers don’t figure to be all that active in the tampering game, if you can believe the local scuttlebutt that they are more focused on re-signing their own free agents and free agents to be than they are in filching somebody else’s free agent. That doesn’t make for a very exciting pre-draft offseason for the local fans.

As for the Draft, the 49ers have 11 picks and will be selecting 30th. Most people think the team should draft either a WR or a DB in the first round. In the past nine years, the team has drafted ten WRs (Quinton Patton, A.J. Jenkins, Ronald Johnson, Kyle Williams, Michael Crabtree, Josh Morgan, Jason Hill, Brandon Williams, Rasheed Marshall, and Marcus Maxwell). Only Crabtree and Patton are still on the team. Two have had modest success elsewhere, two are hanging on for dear life in Kansas City, and the rest are either out of the league or so far below the radar that only their moms know where they are. Not a sterling record of WR drafting.

The NFL managed to get through almost an entire week before OFF FIELD ISSUES made their annual appearance. The first to show up was the 144 page report on the Jonathon Martin/Richie Incognito mess in Miami. The Dolphins either have the most dysfunctional locker room in the NFL or, if closer to the norm than Roger Goodell would like you to know about, then just one more reason for parents to dissuade their boys from playing football.

But the strange and terrible saga of NFL Good Guy award winner Darren Sharper’s descent into serial rapist is off the charts bizarre. Arrested in Los Angeles on two counts, and wanted in Arizona, New Orleans, and Las Vegas on five other counts.

Word squeezed out of 49er HQ over the weekend that the team was close to re-signing Anquan Boldin. Boldin will be 33 this year, which is getting up there for a WR, but Boldin doesn’t have to fear losing his speed in the next few years since he never had any wheels to begin with. Donte Whitner and Phil Dawson would be the next guys we would expect to see re-signed before the March 11 deadline. After that, the fate of the other 49er free agents gets a little murky.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Were you lucid when you posted your comments on Sat night?

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Football mouthing off
    “In an interview with reporters from the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel said the Texans passing on him would be the worst decision they’ve ever made.
    “It would be the worst decision they’ve ever made,” he says, smiling. “I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito,” Manziel said. “They’re a team I’ve watched every year since I was a kid,” he says. “I want to be the No. 1 pick. It’s something I’ve dreamed about. With the pieces they already have in place, I could fit in.”

    It has been commented that it would be hard to surpass the worst decision that the Texans ever made, the drafting of David Carr.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I stand by my Roman comments. He is a terrible OC. I can’t answer your Kap/Harbaugh question unless we get rid of Roman and I get a chance to see the offense without Roman. One more play-off appearance and out because of terrible play calling and I want Harbaugh out no matter who the QB is.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I respect you are a Roman supporter but his offense has to be compared with the British lining up in rows during the Revolutionary war. The rebels just took advantage of that like the defenses in the NFL do to our offense al lined up close together. It is antiquated strategy. I know I’m outnumbered here but I am a strategist and not an historian. Most fans are historians and don’t pay much attention to strategy. I regret I have only one avatar to give to the blog!

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Stand by your Roman
    Give him to runs to cling to
    And something jumbo to come to
    When passing and points are lonely

    Stand by your Roman
    Show the world he can’t call plays
    He’s stubborn and stuck in his ways
    Stand by your Roman

    Stand by your Roman
    Others looked but he wasn’t hired
    Now count the days until he’s fired
    Stand by your Roman

    My apologies to the late Tammy Wynette

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Just laughing at all the “world is coming to an end” talk based on if we hire the right or wrong GM and coach. Do these people even have a life outside of things they have no control of? I love sports and am very entertained by it. I even like getting emotional about it, since I can’t afford to do that with things I have control of, but people act like this is life and death.

    You’ll have to excuse me now while I look for a bridge to jump off of if we don’t hire the right coach

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I recommend you stick to blogging. Jumping off bridges can be bad for your health!

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Recognize the writing?
    My last post was written by you in Jan 2011.
    Have things changed so much in a few years?
    You can give speeches about not reaching the Super Bowl but Bill Walsh didn’t make it five times after winning the first one.
    Were you ready to fire him?
    A lot of bravado and drama but all of us want to win #6.
    You need to relax and enjoy the experience.
    We are making it to the NFC Championship Game and we’re almost there.
    You ought to go back and read what you all were saying before Harbaugh was hired.
    Some guys were pushing for Hue Jackson because of his success with the Raiduhs and others for Billick.
    It is good for a laugh and to keep us all grounded.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I was wondering how you all of the sudden learned how to write so well! LOL! You sure love your gotcha moments. Thing is, that was good!

    I liked the Harbaugh hiring as the coach, I don’t like Roman as OC anymore. I’m not sure if it is Roman or Harbaugh as the bane of my fandom. I won’t jump off a bridge over it, just bitch on the blog.

    When some here tell me to be happy about losing in the play-offs I have to call them out. I don’t care if we are better than before, It’s Super Bowl win or bust for me while some just settle for being relevant. Am I being a bit demanding, damn right I am. So was Eddie and he won 5 championships. Jed had better not settle like some here do or we’ll never get another title.

    What you say about Kap is what I’m saying about Harbaugh. Show me one more year before getting a new contract. Right now he looks only like Schembechler, Knox or Schottenheimer. If you are happy with that, it means winning the Super Bowl is secondary over being relevant. I went with that thought process for a while but Roman’s play calling is so bad I can longer feel good about our chances of going all the way.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    In Jan 2011 you were bubbling and effusive that Harbaugh was named the coach. You said you were giddy to have an offensive minded coach.
    Listen to your own words. This is just a game. Sports is entertainment according to you.
    If one team won it every year it then football would get boring really fast.
    The future for the Niners is far from gloomy. I am looking forward to kicking some Seahag ass.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More wisdom from vintage Berger
    “Here is the puzzling part, how come the bloggers know more than the coaches? Maybe the bloggers should coach the team? By reading their comments it seems they know more than the coaches.”
    SNAP!!!!!!

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “I think blogs were made mostly for negative people to have a place to vociferate.”
    Berger incorporating his WOTD (what happened to WOTD?)

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- What did I say above. I said I was happy with the hiring of Harbaugh. Now I am not so sure. I’m not trying to be negative. In hind sight I can see Roman sucks. I want him replaced with somebody who can coach better. I’m telling him how to coach, I just don’t want him coaching our offense anymore. I came in, identified a problem and offer a solution, get a better OC. I see that as positive since I come with a solution. I even gave you a list of good play callers a couple of posts back. That is more than you ever provide. You look for past quotes to try to look smart. It ain’t working. Your technique makes you look like a man who can’t debate on his own merit.

    My quotes you posted are golden, you are looking very negative right now since you have no solutions to our offensive ineptitude except to try to change the narrative with past quotes by me that were good posts. What is your solution to our offense being bad? Do the same thing? Einstein says that is insanity.

    You picking and choosing selective comments from years ago petty. Do you want me to go back and pick apart your comments. You told me I don’t like jumbo and then you try to prove me wrong by showing a designed running play using 4 wide receivers. We gained 58 yards on that play and all you did was prove me right. You obviously don’ know what you are talking about often. The fact you are a Roman backer I will continue to point that out. Please tell why he is good instead just saying you are just happy to be relevant again.

    It is grossly obvious when you take what I say and try to turn the narrative you are searching and grasping. So far your chosen comments have strengthened my point of view. I don’t claim to know more than Roman but I do know he isn’t the answer to our offense if we want to win a Super Bowl. You have already said you are happy to just be relevant again, I am not satisfied with that. I want more and don’t feel like settling for a bad coach, like Roman. Just because I don’t know more than Singletary about football I can tell you he was a bad coach. Do you disagree?

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In the first paragraph above it should “I’m telling NOT him how to coach, I just don’t want him coaching our offense anymore.”

    Although I must say his play calling leads me to think I could call a better game. Still, I’d be happy just having him replaced with a coach that doesn’t make me think I could do better. I will repeat, I hate having him as our OC.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I messed up that sentence again. LOL! Move the word NOT over one word to the left.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Think you’re taking this the wrong way and in the wrong spirit.
    I guess I misjudged your sense of humor about such things.
    I forgot you were a Republican.

  17. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What, I can’t post about Johnny Manziel?

  18. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt’s idea of fun is to ridicule 4 year old posts. Then he calls it entertainment.

    Keep up the good work.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Pulling posts from 2011 is good humor? It’s no wonder you get called names. The good thing is I still agree with those posts.

    Your debating techniq

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Pulling posts from 2011 is good humor? It’s no wonder you get called names. The good thing is I still agree with those posts.

    Your debating technique is to prove people wrong. I’m telling you Roman is a bad play caller and I even give you examples. You even give examples proving me right. If you think he is such a good coach give me proof. Try to prove you are right instead of trying so hard prove someone else wrong.

    Harbaugh was lobbying to get Roman hired away during the play-offs by saying he has smart coaches, someone should hire them. I believe that was targeted at Roman. He even had a transitional plan in place with Christ as the new OC. I gave Roman credit for his play calling improvement after the Carolina game, then we find out Harbaugh took some of his play calling away. What do the Roman supporters say in response to Harbaugh having to do some of the play calling, Oh that’s just Kawakami, he’s a blow hard. Or something similar to that.

    I’ve been hearing from some that we are improving each year and Baalke will do the right thing. If you consider Roman as the weak link on our team, as I do, Baalke needs to pressure Harbaugh to replace him. That would give us our best chance to improve this off season. If the 49ers do that I would be all for drafting WRs. With Roman as the OC I’m not sure they would even get used. Why even take one?

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I find no humor in someone defending the weak link of our team.

  22. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    My guess is all the play calling without a prior green light goes through Harbaugh. If Harbaugh doesn’t like it, it gets changed on the fly. You try working like that. If there’s evidence that Harbaugh took the play calling duties from Roman, besides the rumor monger Kawakami, I’d like to see it.

    Harbaugh is the offense. If anyone gets shit for the plays you don’t like it should be him. Fangio, Donatell, Tomsula and the rest of six or seven guys on defense don’t get the game action scrutiny like the offense does.

    Put Jimmy Raye or Mike Martz in there if you like, with Harbaugh in the middle, it gets to CK7 the same way.

    These guys spend a week of long days and nights putting together a game plan of plays to attack certain players and likely scheme methods they think they’ll face. Not a few minutes looking at the opposing team’s defensive stats. Harbaugh is the lead architect (the MMFIC). Being an offensive control freak, I mean coach, I don’t believe he just delegates the plays installed for the game to Roman without input and review. And I don’t believe they get passed to CK7 without going through him for final say.

    For all you or I know all the plays you want to see so badly may have flopped in practice so don’t make the cut for the game before more work/timing practice/down field blocking/protection is done.

    Just criticizing the plays that didn’t work and saying you’d have done something different doesn’t make you a good play caller. It makes you a blogger flapping your gums through your keyboard.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Your analogy is my fear. That it is more Harbaugh than Roman. The reason I want Roman gone is to see if there is any change in play calling. If not then I want Harbaugh gone.

    I remember you as a “blogger flapping your gums through your keyboard” about Alex Smith. That is how I feel about Roman, and with more knowledge, maybe Harbaugh too. So it’s OK if you are the one doing the flapping but it is not if somebody else does, correct?

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I can appreciate your point of view.

    We all see the results of not getting the 6th Lombardi.
    To simplify the debate somewhat, I, and others, have suggested that improvement from the recent past IS reason to enjoy relevancy, at least for the here and now.

    No, it’s not perfect, until you get the SB win.

    Given the absurd obstacles that stand in the way of greatness year to year, it’s quite an achievement to even be involved in 3 consecutive NFCC games, given our recent past.

    Consistency is a far better measure of dominance IMO.

    We’ve gone from consistantly pitiful, to consistantly relevant, in 3 short years.

    Given our history of getting eliminated year after year, by the Cowboys in the early 90s, it’s satisying to know we’re strong enough now, to have these opportunities of higher expectations once again.

    Using my example of Jerruh and those Cowpatties, where have they gone since those lofty years?

    Because of an impatient, egomaniacal owner, who thought it was so easy to get there, he chose to eliminate a successful HC in Jimmie Johnson.

    When kneejerk reactions such as those are made, it often spells years of frustration to regain superiority again.

    Football is a fine balance between Coaching, Personnel and now, Cap management.

    It’s been suggested, over the past few years, that the advent of the Salary Cap Era brings the NFL down to the College level in terms of maintaining a roster.
    Harbaugh is effusive in, and driven by, the Coaching aspect of the game. Driven to improve, while maintaining consistancy.

    We have a cohesive locker room, a capable GM, an above average Salary negotiator and, we’re winning again.

    I can’t point at the OC directly in this situation, with any certainty, that he’s the single most troublesome aspect of our shortcomings.
    He can be questioned, ridiculed and second-guessed of course.
    I choose to see the forest through the trees.

    We haven’t cleared the SB hurdle just yet but, I choose to think it also comes down to the execution of those play calls, by all the guys in uniform, as well as the intended design of the play calls.

    We don’t know, as NoFear49er pointed out, what the Coaches feel are our strengths, and weaknesses, in any given game situation.
    We can certainly assume that the running game is our featured strength can’t we?

    To that end, our passing game needs improvement, without question.

    Again, I’ll trust that Baalke, Harbaugh, Roman and Jed see it the same way.
    It’s on everyone involved, to improve the weaker areas, while maintaining consistancy in all other phases.

    I’ll take sound management approaches to correct deficiencies, over kneejerk wholesale changes in philosophy anyday.

    Being relevant has it’s merits.
    We could be the Cleveland Browns too.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- about your comment:

    “I can’t point at the OC directly in this situation, with any certainty, that he’s the single most troublesome aspect of our shortcomings. He can be questioned, ridiculed and second-guessed of course.”

    I’m taking the pressure off of everybody and leading the charge. Trust me on this one, Roman is the weak link.

    What is knee jerk about replacing one coach? Harbaugh himself already had him replaced with Christ. When I was giving him credit for the play calling getting better it wasn’t a surprise when I find out it was Harbaugh and not Roman who improved the play calling. I’m glad you are happy. I’m watching a show on Jerry Rice right now and a reporter said not winning the Super Bowl was a losing season for those 49er teams. I am one fan that still feels that way.

    You are entitled to your opinion, and as a good 49er fan I even respect it but I’m allowed to have my own opinion and I think Greg Roman is the weak link to us winning the Super Bowl.

    As far as us having a good running team, yeah OK, against some teams but not consistent enough when it really counts. Our offense is too reliant on spectacular plays by our QB. I’d rather be more reliant on better play calling.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It has to improve Berger, we all know that.
    I’m simply painting with a broader brush perhaps.

    Roman just might be the weak link, I get your argument.
    Yes, we’re all 9er fans here and SBs were an expectation for us.
    What has tempered my view from those years until now is, the Salary Cap factor.
    It’s much, much tougher to maintain continuity now.
    Given that we’re stable means we’ve overcome what many teams are still struggling to control.

    We both agree, in principle, that our passing game must improve.
    I’m optimistic that it will be the driving force, going into next season.
    Unless we’re improving, we’re regressing.
    So far, we’re maintaining consistancy.

    Always room for improvement.
    Maybe the next Jerry Rice is coming to us in May.

    Could be as simple as one more playmaker.
    Or, as complicated as changing OCs.

    We’ll see…..

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I, for one, believe the running game needs to improve too. The jumbo makes it too inconsistent.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Something Rice realized,after leaving SF, in that program is how much it meant to have consistancy within an organization.

    He was used to winning. Who wouldn’t be? Given the strength of those teams in the 80s.

    Can’t buy a supporting cast these days like Eddie did.
    Now, the GM is the Overlord.

    Good teams are easily identified by the talent now, long before the Coaching becomes a factor.
    Get a good GM and a coaching staff to work together, as we have, and you stand to be successful for long periods of time.

    Parity has arrived.
    It’s not an easy opponent to conquer.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’re an excellent team now Berger.
    Something to be proud of.

    No, we’re not the SB Champs just yet but, we’re scaring people again.

    I’m a 49er Lifer.
    I’m also enjoying 9er football again, more now then I have in quite a long time.

    Fear SF. We come to play.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just think if we had an OC that had a little rhythm and modern moxie. At least one SB, maybe two in the last 3 years. Get an OC with a clue while the window is open. It’s not like the 80’s, before the salary cap, when you could keep a window open for much longer periods.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Parity is part of the problem, no doubt, NJ. No team can remain relevant for long periods of time in this incarnation of the NFL. Which worries me about this team.

    We are at the cusp of contract hell with a lot of great players hitting the market soon. Some will definitely go, and as usual, the draft is huge.

    And when all that is said and done, this team has to do something about the anemic red zone offense and do a better job of passing. The run game needs an infusion of different plays and players with Gore getting up there. We’ve all weighed in on the reasons for the inconsistency of the offense, and regardless the reason, it HAS to improve for this team to get over the hump.

    Yes we are close. Madddeningly close. I think we have maybe 2 years of this outstanding defense before the pieces either retire or leave. Yes, they can retool with the draft, mainly because free agency has become a cluster**** nightmare of money, money and insanity.

    Some teams rise and fall like the tide. We SEEM to be built for the long haul, but as ATL showed, get hit hard by injuries and you can watch your season drift away.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly.
    My College analogy applies.

    A roster has to be maintained, with an influx of new talent now.
    And, you have to spend wisely.

    We’ve got plenty of younger guys now, cohesive and talented.
    We’re standing tough.

    Weak links will be replaced, be they Coaches or personnel.
    Not an easy task.

    We’ll be fine.
    Whether it’s with Roman or someone else, it still comes back to execution, by all 11 guys on Offense and Defense.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Precisely why I’m impressed with what Baalke has accomplished here Chuck.
    He’s whiffed on WR Picks too.
    To that single point, you likely answer the question about Red Zone deficiencies.

    A young QB is another important factor.
    Rhythm and timing are paramount to a passing attack.
    Pieces need to work together.
    Baalke has another shot at the talent pool in May.
    This could easily put us over the top if he hits the mark.

    This class of candidates might be the deepest in the past 5 years too.
    Shuffling Picks as he has, keeps his options open going forward too.
    Identifying homegrown talent, extending early, passing on guys like Dashon, at the proper time, also become major mile markers for continuity.

    Iupati could be another of those tough decisions froma Cap health standpoint as it applies to the immediate future.

    Frank has defied the odds on productivity too.
    Can’t ride him for much longer either.
    Always work to be done.

    Baalke found Harbaugh.
    It’s a major step in the right direction.

    It’s far from perfect right now but, it’s miles ahead of most teams in the NFL.

    Lattimore, Tank, Dial are all value Picks that get a year stronger and wiser too.
    Marquardt? Maybe he’s a gem too?

    Time will tell.
    All I’m suggesting is, it’s a juggling act of monumental proportions, in comparison to our Glory years.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One very important ingredient within our Locker Room is, no one berates the play calling or the Coaching, at least that I’ve ever heard.

    Says a lot when guys believe in what they’re being taught or asked to execute.
    We’ve got a very balanced organization, finally.
    Nowhere to go but up.

    Miles ahead of the previous regimes.
    For me, optimism beats pessimism, hands down.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    LMJ is on Twitter voicing his displeasure.
    His clone Kenjon Barner did absolutely nothing for the Panthers this past season.
    Now Deanthony Thomas of Oregon the third coming of LMJ is available in the draft and somebody suggested the Niners take him
    in the draft and that’s just a lousy fit.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tampa Bay thought their Secondary cost them a shot at success just 2 years ago.
    Answer?
    Change the HC and buy (overreact/overspend)on Goldson and Revis.

    Result?
    Mediocrity.

    My kids used to love playing a game called Jenga.

    Kinda reminds me of how anything successful, begins with the supporting pieces.
    Remove the wrong piece and, it all comes crashing down.

    Ask that dumbA$$ Jerruh, about being Americas Team these days.
    One decision to remove Jimmie has cost him over a decade of ineptitude, and middle of the pack production.

    Until he identifies what’s really wrong, it’ll never change.

    Hint Jerruh, it’s called a mirror.

    Stupidity at the top of any organization, perpetuates more stupidity and declining results.

    What’s the definition insanity Berger?
    Ask Jerruh.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit, LMJ isn’t cutting it.

    We definitely need to look elsewhere for that ‘Joker-type’ guy.
    I’d be inclined to start with a kid that loves the challenge of PR/KR assignments.
    Not something that can be taught perhaps?

    My new replacement theory is Dri Archer from Kent State.
    We need a fearless mentality for that piece of the puzzle.
    Someone that enjoys racing into oncoming traffic.

    It’s a confidence thing I think.
    New year, new options are coming.

    Let’s hope Baalke has some Aces up his sleeve.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s obviously going the Brandon Jacobs route.
    B!tch via social media and hasten his departure.

    Good luck with that tactic.
    How about you identify the weakness in your game and work to improve it?

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Let’s see how Archer measures out at the combine.
    He’s listed at 5’8″ 175 lbs.
    Definitely had a great JR year but tailed off quite a bit as a senior.
    His punt career return skills are almost nil 6 returns for 8 yds.
    He fits the mold of the Pats slot guy and went to the same school as Edelman. I believe he’s on the Belichik radar and is on the small size.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s pint sized Bullit.
    I just can’t identify PR/KR stats anywhere.
    Not something that gets publicized on the stat charts.
    For me it’s a speed/fearlessness/diversity thing.
    CB/WR/RBs typically perform those assignments.

    Odell Beckham shows some success there.
    I’m sure there’s more, I just can’t find many of them.

    Get a kid with those ingredients cheaply enough and see if he can win a job.

    Ironically, both Hester and Cribbs are due for FA.
    Neither of those guys would qualify as cheap however.

    It’s a rare talent that succeeds as a multi-faceted weapon like that.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I too thought LMJ had the nature to succeed there.
    Good in space, quick shifter etc.

    There’s more to that picture, that we’re not hearing about it.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Would you pay Devin Hester $2.5 mil just to return kicks?
    Last season Manningham was paid $2.8 mil for a few games .
    Hester averaged 14.2 yds a punt return last year scoring 1 TD on an 80 yd.
    Last year the Bears paid Hester the same as we paid Manningham.
    Hester is 31 but still a dangerous return man.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Leon WEashington is kicking around out there too Bullit.

    No, I wouldn’t pay Hester or Cribbs those sort of numbers, unless they could offer other contributions to the Offense.

    I’d be more inclined to shop via the Draft.

    We have to spend wisely now.
    Especially when Kaep is the biggest concern to long term commitment and potential success.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Manningham getting injured put that signing into the red.
    He just never recovered.
    Again, it’s been a challenge for Baalke at the WR position.

    Let’s hope he gets that monkey off his back in May.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Because this Draft class is deep at both DB and WR, I’d expect Baalke to have some desire to factor in PR/KR ability from either of those positions.

    I’ve even wondered whether WR Devon Wylie has potential in that capacity?
    He’s a little guy too, with some top rated speed.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I look at it as 14-15 yds per punt is a huge swing in field position. You would start most drives between the 25 and 40 yd lines which arguably opens up the playbook.
    The best punt returner in college was Ryan Switzer of North Carolina, averaging 20.1 yds a return and 5 PR TDs.
    Unfortunately he’s just a Freshman so another 2 years but he appears to have the nerves disdain for the fair catch and is also a pesky receiver.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN4Sia8jMAs

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would give Wylie a long look as a return guy and 4th receiver
    as he has some return skills.
    This is Wylie’s 3rd year so maybe the light turned on for him.
    It seems like something like 1 in 5 rookie WRs adapt and contribute in their first year. Most take 2 to 3 years to learn the playbook and adapt to the NFL.
    You never know if the rookie WR you draft will contribute and it’s too bad if you were counting on him and he doesn’t.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit, I’ve seen Switzer play.
    Even mentioned him somewhere along the lines here in the past.
    I agree, Wylie seems like a candidate to me too.

    This is why, as a GM, you keep stocking the development ranks.

    Never know when a guy like Jewell or TBrock will earn some valuable playing time.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the thing I look for, the quick-twitch, catch and go guy.

    It almost requires a certain degree of recklessness to handle those duties.

    Not many players are comfortable accelerating into and, avoiding head-on collisions like that.

  50. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s tough to give up-and-comers any playing time behind guys that are good enough to win 10 or 11 games already. You want to see the kid develop but mostly you want to win, so it’s hard to throw out some new and yet questionable wrinkles too often.

    LMJ probably has a point but what he needs most right now is patience. He wants to try somewhere else and he’ll get his chance now more than likely.

    You know what keeps coaches up at night? Worrying about all the things that can lose a game or ruin a season that are not in their control. They can do everything possible and do it right and the RB puts the ball on the ground at the worst possible time or the QB throws to a LB he didn’t see, somebody gets hurt on the first play, etc., etc.

    Berger, “I remember you as a “blogger flapping your gums through your keyboard” about Alex Smith.”
    Yeah, but I was proven right! LOL. Hey, everybody that learns how to play “Madden” thinks they know more than every HC and assistant. It’s still funny when I see it.

    So, you don’t have evidence for your claim that Harbaugh removed Roman from play calling duties?

    I remember when Charlie Weis at Notre Dame promised a dying kid he would run a play for him to start their next game. The play the kid called was absolutely a bad play in the situation they started in but he ran it and it worked. Point? Execution matters. As an aside, the kid died before the game and Weis ran the play like he promised anyway. It’s a good story about football, players, coaches, fans and perspective. I’ll look it up sometime and put up a link.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jamison Crowder WR Duke looks like he’s staying for his SR year.
    He looks like someone to keep in mind for 2015.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAHaHHwHlz8

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would worry about the competition in the NFC West.
    If the Rams draft Clowney their pass rush would have Clowney, Quinn, Long, Brockers and Langford.
    All 3 NFC West opponents will have a fierce pass rush moat likely ranked top seven in the league.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NFC West is most definitely NFC Best to me Bullit.
    To your point about StL, pass rushers aren’t always stout vs the run however.
    Either way, it’s always about evolving in the NFL.

    Back to my point about the GMs making or breaking a roster.
    Every year is a new dynamic.

    Crowder looks good.

    Keep up or, get left behind.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the basis of the arguments around here NoFear49er.
    Never as simple as it seems with this game, for me anyway.

    Practice is practice.
    Games change by the play.
    Not always about calling the right play.
    Those plays have to be executed at game speed.
    If you’re not comfortable with a specific play in practice, it rarely, if ever, can be relied upon at top speed.

    Makes for good blogging I guess?

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sad story to that end.
    At least Weis honored the gesture he promised.

    Can’t have any negativity toward a kid named after Joe Montana either can you?

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the ESPN article regarding the same Weis story too –

    http://tinyurl.com/c5q74

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Believe it or not NoFear49er, Weis coached at my HS here in NJ.
    Long after I departed however.

    My Dad told me I met him while playing as a youngster in my Township Little League.

    Can’t admit to recalling that particular event however.

    I’ll trust that my Dad wouldn’t pull my leg though.

  58. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s it. Thanks, NJ49er.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My pleasure, good piece.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Nice jab but I think Alex has turned into a very good QB.

    About the play calling situation, let me see, I should go with what you say or with what Kawakami says? I’m sure if he said something you agreed with you would cite him.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The draft is never a 100% thing. Taking the best player on the board is the safest thing to do. What that typically means is the best player on the board who fits the existing system. In our case it means looking for more 270lb slot receivers.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I checked my bestiary I saw the Roman was in there. He is a creature that sits in a coaches box and waits for WRs with potential and makes sure they get stuck on the bench. Myth has it their only chance of escape is by tweeting.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I refrained from replying yesterday not because I didn’t have a rebuttal but to let things settle and cool down.
    To your statement
    “Your debating technique is to prove people wrong”
    Debate is defined: “A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.”
    Honestly I wasn’t looking to “debate” you yesterday but if a person does have an opposing viewpoint how would you approach it?
    My intention yesterday was to get you to lighten up but obviously that blew up in my face.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another draft list of DBs, this list has no first round safties
    so if you believe this Niners have a shot at Safeties Pryor and Clinton-Dix.

    http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=9410

  65. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ripping 4 year old posts is debating, Bullitt? Or some kind of attempt at humor? You constantly rip my suggestions like who I think would make a better OC than our current one, or what will happen with Crabs, etc and you pull out 4 year old posts and caper madly around them and give me endless shit about nearly all my posts.

    Then Skeebs accuses me of going with prevailing sentiment before posting? Hmmm, you two can’t have it both ways, but whatever. It’s too funny that what you guys call debate is merely looking for gotcha moments that you seem to thrive on. Giving Bergs shit for liking the Harbaugh hire? Really? Or me for being frustrated with Crabs slow development 3 years ago? Christ. It’s asinine.

    And I get accused of starting shit. When I reply to some of your more outlandish things, I’m the shit disturber for questioning it. It’s like you don’t care about the team. It’s all about proving people wrong for shit they say here (or elsewhere). Regardless of how it affects the team.

    I can do this shit without getting snippy, but not when you go after shit I post with neverending potshots.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I never said your debating style was wrong, I just pointed it out. If you are comfortable with that then fine. But be aware that said style creates much derision. I also added that you might want to try to prove you are right sometimes with a positive note or two in your own words, like giving an example of why you think Roman is a good coach instead of using our won-lost record to prove I’m wrong. I’m looking past the record and want to know how to take the next step. I have identified improving our play calling as taking the next step. What would your solution be? I’m hearing from some to draft a WR but our play calling would make that an insignificant pick.

    When I kicked it up Saturday night by calling out the Roman supporters, you, NJ and NoFear I went to bed smiling. I figured there to be a dust up. It turned out better than I thought it would. I love having NoFear to debate. He’s like a nemesis but a good one. Through his obfuscations he does bring up some good quality points now and then. I would like to hear if he has a problem with our play calling, and if so what is his solution? My guess is he has no problem with our play calling.

    NJ always tries to be the voice of reason. It’s harder to get him to take sides but it shows. Then he tells us something a good father would say. I love that guy but he needs his feathers ruffled sometimes. You and him are opposite, he doesn’t like to ruffle feathers and you like to be a shit disturber by proving people wrong.

    You like to use others quotes to speak for your point of view. It’s like you are saying I think since this expert agrees with me I must be right.

    I like to mix it up. Just when you think you know me I get bored and throw something out from left field, like Saturday night. Drinking helps with that!

    I think we’re all friends around here. A little dust up keeps things honest. After all, who would want to read a love fest between football fans. Yuck!

    Now you Roman supporters get your act together and come up with something better than I’ve been reading! LOL! Your guy sucks.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I left you out because you aren’t a Roman lover. I’d hate to have you feel unwanted so here is your deal(I stole that from Harbaugh/Carrol).

    You are a shit disturber too. You shoot from the hip with facts that aren’t exactly verifiable and that plays right into Bullit’s modus operando. That is why when you guys get into it Grumpy runs out of popcorn! You like to call people names which elicits more popcorn eating for Grumpy. You and Bullit seem to be made for each other on a blog!

    None of us are perfect, so like Grumpy likes to say, carry on! Skeebers will try to keep it civil!

  68. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. This is a blog, not the Wall Street Journal. I don’t double-check facts sometimes, and yes, Bullit gloats like a mofo over shit like that. Yippee. Every blog needs a schoolmarm or 2 I suppose. I may shoot from the hip so to speak, but sometimes observation IS better than statistical analysis. Seeing the Miami game live was eye-openeing to me as to how Roman ‘attacked’ their defense. This last AZ game as well.

    Also, it goes to my anger at the conservative nature of the red zone offense.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Let me gloat like a Mofo and tell you that unless you’re on some strange calendar 2011 was 3 years ago (you seem to always embellish and exaggerate to forward your viewpoint) or you just can’t add.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Really, Bullitt? What’s funny is you think other people are concerned about the factual veracity of a given blog. Call me out on some numbers? Yippee! Call me out for how I feel about Crabs 3 years ago? Go piss up a rope, troll.

    Here’s a news flash for ya. No one else gives a tiny rat fart about any of the so called ‘gotchas’ you endlessly trill about. Call it poetic license.

    Case in point? Your last post.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    You said it yourself that we lost the NFCCG by 6 inches.
    Having said that if I were to assign blame I would say Kap
    screwed up. Not just the last play but no matter how good your team is nobody survives 3 consecutive turnovers on the last 3 series in an extremely tight game.
    Kap did not come through in crunch time so I’m not buying that Roman was the major factor.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the confession Chuck.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- It was actually more like a foot. Six inches more would have still been tipped away. Kap had been clutch for many weeks in a row. We were in that game because of his clutch running. With most QBs we would have gone into the 4th quarter being blown out. Kap has been taught to look for the exact match-up he threw too. Who do you think teaches him that? If not the coaching staff then who? I did not like the call but he did what he was taught. A better throw and we win but it would have needed to a perfect throw. Asking for that kind of execution is a low percentage gamble by the coaching staff. It is just too bad Kap not being perfect wasn’t enough. If we had better play calling in the first three quarters we wouldn’t have had to ask the QB to bail out the coaching staff in the 4th quarter, like he did in AZ, GB and Carolina.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Here is something you can buy. What was my biggest complaint after last year. The decision by the coaching staff to not rotate the D-linemen. What did they do this year. They did a nice job of rotating the D-line. We went into the play-offs with our pass rush intact this year.

    I’m just trying to help you guys see things that you blame the players for. How can one expect the O-line to perform well when the play calling constantly has them outnumbered and gives the defense the ability to disguise anything. The coach puts the O-line behind the 8 ball before almost all plays are even run. How can one expect great execution form the players when the coach can’t do the same for his players. You might see more players with twitter accounts if Roman does not learn to do a better job with the flow of the game.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Here is what is different this year over last with the play calling. The lowly Rams gave us fits in 2012. In the off season every team on our schedule looked at those games and copied what they did. Our press clipping maven, Greg Roman, did not adjust. Harbaugh took some of his play calling away and tried to even get him hired away. In the end, nobody wanted Roman. Now that we are stuck with the cave man game planner it is wait until next year to see if he learned anything. I’m not feeling good about Roman’s matriculation right now.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    When Kap throws the ball into Chancellor’s arms because he doesn’t see him it’s on Kap. Kap should’ve learned from the Packer game because it was the same play but Kap got away with because Hyde dropped the pick. Chancellor knew it was coming because he saw it on film. It was deja vu.
    Players play the game and Kap screwed up.

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    FWIW, I just deleted about four posts because this site doesn’t care what happens on Chuck’s site, much less two idiots arguing about it.

  78. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think it’s safe to say that Bullit and Chuck are incapable of discussing anything at all without pulling out their weenies and spraying. Ergo, why don’t you two just stop talking to each other and give the rest of us a break. Stick to the topics and not to each other.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That was a bad throw. Should we hang him for you. Maybe you can get Alex Smith back! When you said 6 inches what were you referring to? It wasn’t the Cam Chancellor throw. I addressed you query.

    Since you are probably going to change the question again, I will go over the 3 turnovers for you. The fumble was a pass rusher that flew by the RT and sacked Kap from behind while trying to pass. Was that kap’s fault or Anthony Davis’s fault? If I watched the play again I can usually make a case for it being a bad play design because of the formation. I’ll let you tell me what happened there.

    Second turnover. Completely on Kap, a poor decision and a bad throw. There you go, just what you wanted to hear.

    Third turnover, a decent throw, great play by Sherman, needed a perfect throw on that. Coaching staff is teaching low percentage pre snap reads. I blame that on coaching and the QB being inexperienced.

    You want Kap fired, I want Roman fired. There you go.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    You can blame the sluggish economy on Roman and don’t forget Obamacare. He’s also repsonsable for $4 a gallon gas.
    What can I say?

  81. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now that you mentioned it! LOL!

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is telling that you put Obamacare up there with other major problems. Was that you admitting Obamacare is a problem?

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    No Obamacare is your favorite Babe’s (Michelle Bachman) mission in life.
    It’s a Fox favored talking point just like Benghazi.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    OK! I was just checking.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CBS just dumped Marino and Sharpe and hired Tony Gonzales.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic and a little somber I didn’t realize Glen Campbell had Alzheimers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6J99mWFqMU

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    While living in Phoenix I was a member of the North Phoenix Baptist Church. Glen Campbell was a member too. He gave us a free concert. It was about 1994 and it was fantastic!

    I was told that Sen John McCain, the governor of AZ and the mayor of Phoenix were all members too. I never saw them. I was only there because they had the best indoor basketball court around and many off season pro athletes used to play there. I remember playing hoops with a guy, guarding him rather physically and a few weeks later watching him throw a couple of TDs as a QB in the CFL.

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, that CFL QBs name was Tom Clements.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clements wad a Golden Domer.
    IIRC he went to Notre Dame.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    was = wad
    fat fingered that one

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco has heard the Seahags will host the Cowboys in week one.
    It would be more interesting if the Seahag games are played in the back end of the schedule.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Noticed this in your post from yesterday and it would be hard to argue with the chosen one.
    “He even had a transitional plan in place with Christ as the new OC.”
    With Jesus H. Christ as the OC the Niners can’t lose.
    You meant Geep Chryst right?
    Oops I did it again!

  93. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We need Christ to moderate this effing blog.

    And call our plays. And we could use his draft skills, too. Assuming he is infallible, otherwise call the Pope.

    I’m really getting sick of popcorn. I feel like a Goddamned Nebraskan.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    LOL! Yes it was Chryst. Thanks for the correction. I think I spelled it Christ twice?

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I sense that Grumpy is getting grumpy! Maybe he should switch to Milk Duds or Kracker Jack!

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I’m glad to see you put the ‘father’ tag on your assessment of me being reasonable.

    I’ve learned over the years as a father, that cooler heads typically get more accomplished in any squabble.

    The older I’ve gotten, the more I can appreciate the need to keep one’s cool.

    When dealing with differing view points, especially with passionate fans, I’ve learned that it’s OK to hear those opinions.
    It helps to listen and understand what each side has to offer.
    I find it educational, most of the time.

    In my house, I’m usually the net in the middle of the court.

    I should just wear a black and white striped shirt and carry a whistle.

    When my feathers do get ruffled, it’s rarely related to sports debates, especially when we’re all fans of the same team here.

    There’s only one side to take in this arena, anything that will make the 9ers better.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Cooks is a guy I’ve got on the radar Bullit.
    I did notice that he’s got some PR/KR experience too.

    Right now I think I’d favor Devante Adams from Fresno St as my favored WR but, I’m thinking Baalke could grab 2 from this class.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I have to reject your assessment that Kap’s fumble wasn’t his fault. No question the fumble was a critical error. What you seem to forget is we all saw almost the exact same play in Sept when Avril strip sacked Kap for a turnover in the first game against the Seahags although in that game he rolled right instead of left.
    In both cases he had at least 4 seconds or more to throw as he got outside the pocket. Bottom line is he needs to feel that pressure is coming and know that they will chop the ball out if he exposes it. Sorry to say it doesn’t seem Kap learned from the first Seahag game.
    FYI both plays were run out of the spread with either 3 or 4 wide so I’m not sure why you are blaming the play design.
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000245180/Kaepernick-fumbles-after-sack
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000315407/Cliff-Avril-strip-sacks-Kaepernick

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It doesn’t matter whether you agree or not, it was not his fault. The first fumble was his fault because he was running and didn’t tuck the ball away. The 2nd one he was throwing. What is he supposed to do on 3rd and 5, make a play or just go down? Avril has the 3rd most strip sacks in history, according to those announcers. He does to other QBs often. Is it possible the DE just beat our RT and made a great play? Or do we hang Kap in your dog house at noon? I blame Anthony Davis more that any other because Avril just ran right by him. Does that register in your logical mind? And I can definitely hear what you would say if he didn’t throw it and took a sack, he is indecisive and has happy feet. Give it a rest.

  100. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember Kap also fumbled earlier in the NFCCG on stripped ball but Goodwin recovered for a positive gain.
    The other common denominator is that it was Anthony Davis’ man
    in all three plays that did the damage.
    Some suggest we kick A Davis inside and kick Boone out to play RT.
    My suggestion is to find a taker for A Davis and fleece them for a second round pick (or a third) use Davis’ contract money to sign Iupati and draft a couple of more interior linemen.
    My reasoning is Davis is inconsistent and makes too much coin to play guard.
    Iupati is easily a top five OG and IMO more valuable to the team than Anthony Davis. I am tired of seeing Kap get sacked by
    the guy Davis is blocking.
    http://pandawhale.com/post/36168/wubbly-jonathan-goodwin-fumble-recovery-2014-playoffs-gif

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What I didn’t like about the play design is there didn’t appear to be a hot read but that would be typical for Roman. I didn’t see any underneath routes except some kind of slow developing dump off on the right that wasn’t open. Looked like they were going deep on 3rd and 5 without other options. The formation was fine, the play design was poor. One thing to say about the play design is the Seattle defense does that to a lot of teams so I’m not going to blame Roman or Davis too much. I’m just answering your question that demands a goat.

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    FYI I wrote the above post before I saw your reply

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anthony Davis is still just 24 years old. I think he is a major asset even though he does get beat at times. Usually he is solid. And he is about to enter the prime of his career.

    I can understand you weariness because of some big plays against him but when considering his youth, IMO he is one of the better RTs in football.

  104. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Do you really think Bergs will say “Gee, you’re right, Bullitt. Kappy should be released” or whatever your deal is with Kaepernick? Should we get Alex back?

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    So if the salary cap dictates the Niners can only afford A Davis or Iupati who would you keep?
    My suggestion about trading A Davis is because more than one person has suggested moving him to guard because of his inconsistency at RT and moving Boone to RT.
    Davis might do well at being a guard but why do the Niners pay him tackle money to play guard?
    I have never heard anyone use that excuse of youth on Iupati when he screws up.
    For me Anthony Davis has started 64 games and is entering his 5th year. Inexperience and youth are lame excuses.
    In two games against Seattle A Davis gets beat 3 times resulting in 3 fumbles and 2 turnovers. I am flabbergasted if you don’t consider that a red flag.

  106. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I hate to repeat myself, but some people around here don’t understand the nuances of the game. Yes, underneath routes are needed. Yes, Gore has been asked to block more, so he isn’t targeted as much as I’d like, but he did have a big drop in the NO game. Miller has been fairly good as an outlet, but even he had a big drop before the pick in the 1st Seattle game. Since every play is up for scrutiny and no one is allowed to ever make a mistake.

    My take on their offense is, a lot of times when Kappy breraks contain, everyone goes deep. This nominally should clear out the flat and give the QB spacve to run, but as we all see, this isn’t always the case. Hostler and Jimmy hat did similar things with Smith. Once in a blue moon, you can hit a deep route, but more often than not you have your QB hung out to dry if there is an LB or 2 chasing the play. Rarely is there anyone short or midrange to hit for a decent gain. In other words, its squarely on Kaepernick to get the yards.

    Why this is a pisser is it mirrrors the run game with Gore. As in, lets run up the middle 20 times for 25 yards to hopefully break ONE.

    Hot routes? Please. We don’t do timing routes here. Or slants. Of the 4 slants we threw this year, I think Manningham caught 4 of them. Please fact-check thius Bullitt. These are mere estimates.

    And Bullitt, you do realize of course that Iupati is much better at run blocking than pass pro. Right? At least I hope you do.

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- The Iupati situation is one I don’t have a answer for. Moving Davis to guard is one solution, letting Iupati go is another. One thing I will say and have been saying for a while now, is our O-line would look a lot better across the board if Roman would design plays so that they aren’t always outnumbered on every play.

  108. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- There are so many similarities to Hostler and Raye to Roman it is the biggest red flag on the team for me.

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Give it a rest? It’s your dustup.
    You opened the can of worms.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Then don’t give it a rest. Do as you choose. You want Kap out and Alex Smith back, I want Roman fired.

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Iupati has been named to 2 Pro Bowls and in 2012 was All Pro.
    Anthony Davis has no accolades but you think he’s a late bloomer.
    I am not understanding how it makes sense to let an All Pro type go because you can’t pay him but keep an underperforming RT with a big contract and slide him into the All Pro’s spot.
    Someone says I don’t understand the nuances of the game so maybe you can educate me.

  112. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t answer that one. You pose a good question. I would love to keep Iupati but he and Davis were both offered extensions about the same time. Davis signed and Iupati didn’t. How much do we need to spend to keep Iupati? How much for Kap, Aldon and Crabs? These are tough decisions. I hope we make the right ones. I’m better at on field strategy, I’ll keep contract negotiations to others.

  113. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    That’s where you are totally wrong.
    I have never made any comment that he should be replaced and I dare you to find that comment if you think I did.
    You are hypersensitive to any constructive criticism of Kap and defend him like a mother hen. Time to stop shielding him from criticism that is warranted accept that he needs to get better for the Niners to win the Super Bowl.
    I do not want Kap out. I want him to get better and succeed.
    His success will lead to the Niner’s success, his failures lead to the Niner team failing.

  114. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What I meant to say was ‘of the 6 slants we ran, MM caught 4 of them.’

  115. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The team is at a crossroads here. If they want to build a mo better offense, then they need to figure out who the right pieces are. Especially on the O line. Davis and Iupati are great at run blocking. Pass blocking? Not so much. Boone and Staley are solid across the board. Goodwin is pretty mediocre and should be let go. Looney should be ready for center. If not, well, draft or FA someone.

    But the problem remains that if they want to pass more, they need to do something about the pass pro. And, like Bergs is saying, some of the problems are due to the formations we pass out of, but some of it is just poor blocking. Based on that (and the fact Davis signed) I think Iupati walks (limps) away. He’s going to want a big payday, so adios.

    I wouldn’t reshuffle the line either. Netter has looked good in the action I’ve seen of him. Looney and/or Kilgore are in the mix as well. One of those 3 should be able to pick up the spot.

    Bullitt how disingenuous to play the hypersensitive card. 3 years later and you still badger me about the shit I said about Crabs? Accept? Really? C’mon, man.

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- When you blame mistakes on Kap that aren’t his fault. I can only read between the lines. You put blame on Kap, and there should be some, I put much of his biggest problems on Roman for not helping him along with better play calling. My opinion is Kap will never evolve at the rate you mandate because he is being held back by cave man play calling.

  117. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This website scrutinizes Kap’s season with microscopic detail
    http://instantreplay1.wordpress.com/

  118. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Article about red zone offense favored type of receiver

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/46279/311/nearing-the-goal-line?pg=2

  119. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since you haven’t had your Roman Meal today just released video from the Niners
    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/49ers-Coaches-Scouts-in-Concert-at-Combine/044d844f-bfac-4b17-aade-3e81c6eb7a0e

    CAUTION BERGER: SERENITY NOW and don’t combust spontaneously.

  120. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That video reminded of the somnolent and monotone voice of Roman. I nodded off twice myself before it was over. I now see why we have trouble getting the plays off in time. Listening to Roman all week would put anyone to sleep. No wonder we can’t run the toss sweep. Roman’s play calling makes us all weep. Maybe we should hire Meryl Streep? Ah, the hell with it. As Nipper would say…

    BLEEP!!!

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Sept. 10: vs. Carolina, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Seattle, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams, 5:25 p.m.
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Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
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