New Blood

When the 49ers start the 2014 season, almost half the defense will be different than the one that started the 2013 season. DC Vic Fangio will have his biggest challenge since taking over the job in 2011.

The team will have a new base CB to replace Tarell Brown, slot CB to replace Carlos Rogers, ILB fill-in for a rehabbing Navorro Bowman, and a pass rushing ROLB to replace a suspended/released/jailed Aldon Smith. Fangio will also be working Tank Carradine into the D-line rotation. Chris Culliver was supposed to fill the base CB role, but he’s facing a possible league suspension.

Most teams use the Free Agency period to improve their teams, but the 49ers have taken the novel approach of weakening theirs. I’m sure it’s just a cunning new strategy from our all world GM Trent Baalke.

For the past decade, the defense has been the better half of the team, but that may change this coming year. The addition of Brandon Lloyd gives the offense three veteran and productive wide receivers — an almost unheard of situation. On a team that rarely uses three wide outs, however, let alone four, how many opportunities is promising 2013 draft pick Quinton Patton going to get? It will be an important Training Camp for him.

With LaMichael James on the trading block, the entire 2012 draft class can be considered a total bust. Not an all world performance from Baalke that year. The 2013 class will be more or less good or bad depending on the the performance this year of Carradine and RB Marcus Lattimore, and the growth of TE Vance McDonald. If these three guys do well, joining first round pick Eric Reid, then 2012 can be viewed as an aberration and not a trend.

All in all, a challenging year ahead. It might be difficult for HC Jim Harbaugh to maintain his streak of finishing three straight seasons with the second best team in the league.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ must really be pushing hard to get out making Baalke reverse his statement of just a few weeks ago that LMJ had a place on this team and wasn’t on the trade block.
    At least this will allow the Niners to look for a guy with return skills in the draft.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The amazing thing is why we would even draft a player like LMJ who does not fit our play calling. He does need to go elsewhere to see if he can play in the NFL. The 49ers offense requires backs who are one step and down hill.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Free agency didn’t weaken this team. The stupidity of Culliver and Aldon Smith weakened this team. The team was pretty much the same after losing Rogers, Whitner, and Brown and picking up Bethea and Cook. The rest was supposed to be dealt with in the draft.

    Still don’t know who goes to jail and who gets suspended for how long.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    After the events of the last few weeks, expect the term “Character guy” to make an appearance early and often on draft day.

  5. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not here . . .

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The most return they can get in a trade of LMJ would probably be in a draft day trade package where they trade one of their 3rd rd picks and LMJ in return for a 2nd rd pick.
    The question is if there’s another team that values LMJ to do this.

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lattimore and Tank are the eggs in the basket.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We probably end up with a 6th for LaMicheal.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah LMJ has no real track record of success to demand any significant price. I’d be shocked if Winder is not right.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some 49er history.
    Ronnie Lott is the hardest hitting Niner of all time, no question.
    Who is #2?
    Ever hear of Hardy Brown? He played in the early 50’s so it was before my time. Known as the dirtiest man in football before Conrad Dobler.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHRwf4LSIZo

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hardy probably hit *harder* than Ronnie. He was brutal. He left a trail of concussions everywhere he went. Literally *dozens* of guys were carried off during his career.

    It probably caught up with him, though. Brown died of dementia, and you have to wonder if all those collisions, even if he was the initiator, did not contribute to that.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, my father in law watched a lot of those guys play. Night Train Lane, Marion Motley, Hardy, McEllhenny, the million dollar backfield. He was a big Niner fan back then. Loved to talk about those games. When the Niners started out in the AAFC, he’d drive up from LA to go to games. He hated Norm Van Brocklin.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Crazy what they could get away with in the 50’s. Even the 70’s when you watch Mel Blount, George Atkinson, and Jack Tatum.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Everything that happened in the past week will really hit home on Monday.
    Most of the players will be in Santa Clara to face the media and answer the barrage of questions on the off the field stuff.
    Harbaugh and Baalke might be out “scouting” players in parts unknown just to avoid Cohn and Kawakami.
    Harbaugh can’t do any coaching for another 2 weeks.

  15. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why trade the guy if there’s little return? I think he stays. If he pouts, too bad. He’s our KR.

  16. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The day Harbaugh backs off from the press is the day the earth stands still.

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Klaatu Barada Nikto. Classic sci-fi movie line or our 6th rd selection of a FB from Nigeria?

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I guess some bay area fans are upset over the new BART colors. They just installed new seats that are the Seahawks’ neon green and blue. The current BART GM was director of the Seattle Department of Transportation previously.

    That team owns us on and off the field.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fun times at the airport (Aldon should have seen this but it was cut because of 9/11)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY_mtfhiMJw

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Never heard of this guy until today.
    James Gayle DE Virginia Tech 6’4″ 259 lbs 4.7
    He’s projected as a third rounder. Might be worth taking.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehX0gSnxKm4

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I like ’em. Always been a closet Hokie fan. Love coach Beamer. He’s a winner. Although Jimbo kicked his ass a few years ago in the Orange Bowl. Hell. I could win the Orange Bowl if Andrew Luck was my QB. Try as he might, even Jimbo couldn’t eff up that game.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    All kidding aside, I told Berger months ago in our mock draft that I’d take Stephon Tuitt, DE, ND. Tuitt’s a bigger and better version then Gayle.

    But in Walter Cherepinsky’s latest mock, Tuitt’s going one pick ahead at 30 to the Patriots.

    Goddamn stupid Pollock.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    11:11 My favorite numbers and time of day.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And of course the posted time is a minute late.

    Goddamn stupid Irish Mick.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wisdom from Bill Walsh on catchable passes and what he what he wished he could have told every player who played for him.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCyDtgvkU78

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a late rd sleeper for ya. Harold “Gator” Hoskins — TE/H-Back/FB from Marshall. 25 receiving TDs the last two yrs for the Thundering Herd! “All he does is catch touchdowns.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA7ASYOdHxs

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Had DE James Gayle on my Wish List until recently too.
    I’m going to replace him with a small schooler –

    Howard Jones from Shepherd.
    Could be had a little later perhaps and, he’s faster.

    Going to go for the measurables on this one.
    I think Jones can play OLB while still getting after the QB.

    I’d still like the shot at Ryan Shazier too.
    Wouldn’t surprise me to see Dee Ford sneak through either.

    Going to be an interesting 1st RD I hope.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Also moved DE Chris Smith from Arkansas into the finals too.
    Another long-armed guy that should get Baalke’s attention.

    One thing all this nonsense Aldon has produced for the team is, clearing up Cap considerations for Iupati.

    Going to be interesting once May 3 arrives and a decision is needed for Aldon’s 5th year option.

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s another guy who I think is worthy of a late rd flier — Jeff Janis, 6-3 220 lb. WR from little D-II Saginaw Valley St. His superlatives are too numerous to mention. The one negative? He’s a white guy playing WR. 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx3iUkmS8bU

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting that I just advocated for two guys known for their pass catching abilities for a team that doesn’t throw the goddamn ball.

    Maybe I have inside knowledge of an imminent coaching change. 🙂

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He made my list of small school guys too Del.
    The way I’m guessing this Draft goes for Baalke is about getting depth beyond this year.
    Look for some project picks perhaps that can be developed.

    I’m pretty set with these guys so…Here goes –

    Small School – Late RD/UDFA

    Dri Archer – Kent St (PR/KR/WR/RB) All around Joker –
    Jerick McKinnon – (RB) GA Southern
    Terrance West – (RB) – Towson
    Jimmy Ward – (SS) – No. IL
    Mo Alexander – (SS) – Utah St
    LJ McCray – (FS/SS) – Catawba
    Kendall James – (CB) – Maine
    Pierre Desir – (CB/FS) – Lindenwood
    Sammy Seamster (CB) – Middle TN St
    Josh Walker – (OG) – Middle TN St
    Matt Feiler – (OG/OT) – Bloomsburg
    Jeff Janis – (WR) – Saginaw Valley St
    John Brown – (WR) – Pitt St
    Albert Wilson – (WR) – GA State
    Willie Gibson – (WR) – Cumberlands
    Jordie Tripp – (OLB) – Montana

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Actually – I already moved SS Jimmie Ward to my Final List
    Might have to go after him earlier.
    He’s not flying under the radar anymore.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dri Archer could be another guy that won’t last too long.
    Love the kid simply from a speed and versatility standpoint.
    Not sure he’s going to last beyond RD3 but, I’d be happy to have him as our version of Tavon Austin.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Sammy Seamster? That guy was tailor-made to play corner. 🙂

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I read that SF had reps in attendance for his Pro Day too.
    Might be an option for us?

    “This is a day you wait for. I had fun,” Seamster said. “Scouts were pulling at me left and right, and that’s exciting.”

    Seamster, a defensive back, measured in at 6 feet, ½ inch and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds. He has been clocked in the high 4.3s in other workouts in preparation for the NFL Draft on May 8-10.

    Seamster also put up good numbers in the 225-pound bench press (15 reps), broad jump (10 feet, 4 inches) and vertical jump (35 inches).

    “I think a mixture of size and speed is what (the scouts) like the most about me,” said Seamster, who had a career-high 33 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception last season.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
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.
Oct. 1: at Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2016 Prognostications
Closest To The Pin
  Grumpy: 3-13
  Spitblood: 3-13
  Winder: 3-13
Bakkentom: 0-16
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 8-8, 7-9, 9-7, 10-6
Mr Fletch: 4-12
NJ49er: 5-11
Phil Fan: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 7-9
Skeebers: 6-10

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