August Previews

For the past few years, the 49er starting lineup has been a pat hand heading into Training Camp. It can be debated whether they have had the lowest form of pat hand — a straight — or a somewhat higher rated variety, but they have certainly not had the highest — a straight flush, nor even the winning hand.

This year’s TC will be different. There are some actual jobs up for grabs and the pre-season games will be all the more fun to watch because of it.

We’ll find out who Frank Gore’s eventual successor is. If this were a cruel and unusual franchise, and Marcus Lattimore or Carlos Hyde looked ready to start, Gore and his hefty salary would likely be cut. That would leave him 33 yards short of 10,000 and 1 year short of a ten year 49er career. What evil monster would deny him the chance to achieve both goals?

We’ll also find out how much of Justin Smith’s shoes Tank Carradine will be able to fill. The defense has a lot riding on Carradine’s effectiveness. If he’s a Pro Bowl talent, the D-line will continue to be a force. If not, get ready for some burnt secondaries.

The slot CB position is wide open going into camp. The contenders are Perrish Cox, Eric Wright, and first round pick Jimmie Ward. You know which way this competition is weighted. The 49er brass wants Ward to be the clear winner, just like last year’s FS competition that first round pick Eric Reid won handily. Reid was only competing against Craig Dahl, however. Not much of a challenge.

The battle to fill-in for the injured Navorro Bowman should be a sprightly affair, too. The contenders: Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody, and Chris Borland. This could be the only time any of these three ever get to start in SF.

With Carradine and Lattimore, Trent Baalke’s draft grade for 2013 is on the line. If those two pan out, that draft could be a great one. If not, it could join 2012 as wasted effort.

There’s been idle chatter that Jim Harbaugh must win the Super Bowl this year to keep his job. That seems pretty far fetched. He’s got two years left on his contract and he’s brought instant excellence to the franchise. The only thing that seems to be at stake in the SB or bust conjecture is the size of Harbaugh’s contract extension.




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48 comments on “August Previews
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It doesn’t seem that Harbaugh’s job would beat stake if he makes the play-offs. That would be what Eddie would do but not what the new York 49er, Jed would do. I do agree that not winning the SB could greatly affect his contract from more guaranteed money to more incentivized money.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is possible Gore could be cut. I would hate to see that. The business is what it is.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The point being with Harbaugh is, will they lame-duck his ass if he doesn’t win it this year? I think not. The Niners won’t give him what he could get elsewhere (Dallas) and they will part ways.

    I think a big part of Jerry Jerkoff’s strategy of keeping Jason Garrett for one more year is the slim hope he can throw $10 mill at Harbaugh next year.

    Cutting Gore would be a PR disaster. It may happen, but I sure hope not. If they can trade Joe, they can cut Frank. If they can let Jerry, Roger, and Ronnie walk away, they can cut Frank. 10 years, 10,000 yards, and Super Bowl victory would be an anwesome send-off for him, though.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ is the short straw. He is expendable. Can you imagine having a fresh legged Gore in Dec. opposing D’s would be taxed for sure.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, with Ellington on the team, LMJ won’t even be the #1 return guy let alone on the depth chart as a running back. Only a matter of time before a trade. He’s got 2 years left on his deal, so they likely won’t just cut him.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From ESPN FYI ON NFL Officiating crews
    “Most noteworthy has been the largest turnover of officiating personnel in 12 years. According to FootballZebras, a website that tracks officiating assignments throughout the year, Blandino has replaced 11 officials — including two referees — through retirement and attrition. (Blandino has confirmed the retirements of referees Ron Winter and Scott Green, but in general the league does not comment on the status of officiating personnel.)

    There will be a total of 12 new faces in 2014, a number that might not seem like much when you consider that it’s less than one per crew. But in the insulated world of NFL officiating, it is more replacements than in the past four offseasons combined, according to FootballZebras. In all, it represents roughly 10 percent of the league-wide officiating staff.”

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Winter-Green team retired?

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The NBA has announced that they are going to a central replay
    at league headquarters rather than courtside.
    So all four sports have now followed the NHL lead and moved the replay from the game and into the league office.

  9. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, how about Shayne Skov in the middle backer mix?

    This year’s TC will indeed be different.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed York has tweeted that there will be several Niner open practices at Levi’s Stadium during the upcoming preseason.
    Should be a worthwhile trip to see this year’s version of the team and take a look at the new stadium.
    York said stay tuned for further announcements.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Las Vegas Hilton has their preliminary win total for the Niners at 10.5 for the upcoming season along with some odds from National Football Post.
    Vegas seems to think the NFL will be more balanced this year with nobody running away with a division. It’s going to be close according to them.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/LVH-releases-2014-NFL-season-win-totals.html

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the link bullit. Hopefully, none of them hold grudges against us. I think having a new stadium will bring us some leverage with league policy, which years ago we didn’t seem to have.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Many ex Niners have worked for the NFL Head office.
    Gene Washington and Merton Hanks come to mind as NFL VPs.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Loved Washington, Hanks was a good Niner too. I was mostly joking about holding grudges since Jimmy Hat worked for just about every team in the NFL. And, Singletary was just who he was, a hard-nosed football player that was a great defensive player. However, while HC here things were pretty cloudy at times. And, judging by his character I doubt he would do anything malicious against us.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Newberry left the Niners he could barely walk.
    It surprised me when he latched onto the Raiduhs and the Bolts and played another few years.
    I would like to see the attorneys filing the suit to say they are doing this pro bono. This just seems to be another frivolous lawsuit for money because I doubt if they can prove they were coerced into taking the drug in question and all it’s effects.
    Here’s the story of Newberry being cut
    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/49ers-done-with-Newberry-Center-seeks-shot-with-2618840.php

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder

    This hiring by the NFL affirms that Singletary’s future is not in coaching.
    Jimmy Raye should just retire and enjoy life while he can still walk.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, this sounds like the late 60s-early 70s when player sued for similar reasons. Cortisone injections and the like. Dick Butkus, Charlie Krueger, Ray Nitscke and many others sued their respective teams for the team doctors putting the team in front of player health. It worked to varying degrees of success as some kind of settlement was reached, but not enough to really make a difference. Changes were instituted, but apparently they weren’t enough as this still goes on.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with all this is, when these guys are in the middle of it, they’ll do anything to get back out there. Legally or illegally. When it’s over and the damage becomes fully realized, then it like, gee, maybe I shouldn’t have taken those injections and those roids.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I lived in Antioch for 20 years, Newberry’s dad was a cop there for a long time. The 49er Newberry had a history of being a bully and I believe that it continued off the field while with the Niners. This is all word of mouth from when I lived there and was much younger. Anyway, he was a good 49er, he was tough and that’s just what you need in an OLman. They will probably get some compensation out of this and really, good for them.

  20. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think the kids in Pop Warner should pre-emptively sue the NFL now that it’s been accepted that they will be treated like cattle and/or slaves, concussed and bullied, lied to, cheated on and treated like dirt throughout their entire pitiful lives.

    I’m just waiting for the class-action for fans. I’m joining that one.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Super Bowl 52 in 2018 will be held in Minnesota at their new stadium.
    Beats out Indy and NOLA.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit –
    Ziggy Wilf needs that SB revenue to help with the lawsuit he’s been embroiled in here in NJ for years.
    The NFL should be embarrassed having that idiot involved in their Ownership Group.

    Sad for him too that they’ve pursued at as a RICO-based crooked business practice.
    Racketeering is common practice out here in the Great Garden State.

    Screw your partners and then, tie them up in Court forever.

    http://tinyurl.com/n9zhtr7

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Court handed down an $84.5M judgement against the Wilfs.
    Somehow I just knew the SB would go his way.
    Billionaires looking out for their own.
    What else is new?

    http://tinyurl.com/nzekzbq

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Aldon Smith is due in court today at 1:30 p.m. He does not have to attend hearing. A plea bargain is possible.”

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    21 YEARS, NJ??? Jesus.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith pleads no contest to weapons and DUI charges. Sentencing hearing to be held in July.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He can get anywhere from 0 to 13 years fro the weapons charges, and 0 to 6 months fro the DUI case.

    Methinks the weapons charges are reduced to fines, and the DUI is time served in rehab. 2-4 game suspension.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It is significant to get the weapons charges reduced from felony to misdemeanors.
    California has a minimum sentence for felonies of one year and one day.
    Aldon plead no contest to 3 felony weapons charges if it was reported and I read it right..
    Perhaps there is a deal behind the scenes but right now it’s mandatory jail time.
    Niners should prepare as if Aldon was out for the entire year and groom his replacements.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    PFF put out their Top 101 players
    Kap is not even close to being on their list according to their metrics.
    Kap is ranked as the 16th best QB.
    Tom Brady is only ranked 90th among their top 101.
    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/05/16/the-pff-101-top-to-bottom/

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    My guess is Aldon gets a suspended sentence and court ordered probation. In football terms a 6-8 game suspension

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Chuck – You like that huh?

    Wilf screws his business partners and, ties them up in Court, 20+ years and counting.
    Now he’ll go through the appeals process and hope they die off.

    Gotta love the legal system.
    Effn joke.

    The system is rigged, so long as you have enough money to play the game and, keep your lawyers retained long enough.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Al Davis started the trend of screwing your partners long ago.
    Davis had 2 partners and owned 10% of the Raiduhs.
    While one of the partners Wayne Valley was at the Munich Olympics he convinced the other partner Ed McGah to make him the managing partner and fought it in court and won.
    He showed you can own a small piece of a team and cheat your way to becoming the owner by screwing your partners.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hear ya Bullit.
    Hard to make any sense of how this system can be played like it is in the business world.

    I’m just as amazed at how the NFL caters to some of these clowns, simply because they hold bank accounts that few people can match.

    All about the Benjamins in the NFL.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL suspended Marshawn Lynch in 2009 for a concealed weapon charge. He was found with a 9mm in his backpack while under probation for his DUI.
    Tank Johnson of the Bears was suspended 8 games in 2007 for violating probation on a weapons charge.
    The pattern of behavior closest to Aldon was from the late Chris Henry
    “Arrested four times in three states after being drafted in 2005 on charges that included reckless operation of a car, misdemeanor marijuana possession and a felony gun charge, the Bengals wide receiver was suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 season.”

    Similar to Chris Henry is all this stuff Aldon did was in a short period of time showing he was out of control.
    Best thing that can come out of this is the punishment will scare Aldon “straight” and he’ll finally get it and stop being stupid.

    Niners should prepare for a worst case scenario based on what’s been handed down in the past.
    Just don’t see Aldon dodging NFL punishment if he manages to stay out of prison.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner Nation explored various aspects of what happened yesterday with Aldon and some points have merit.
    Aldon has to overcome two hurdles, his legal entanglements with
    the courts and NFL Justice.
    Wishful thinking is the judge delays a decision until after the upcoming season is over and the NFL also waits. That would be a dream scenario but I just can’t see how that happens.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2014/5/22/5740108/aldon-smith-plea-deal-no-contest-pr

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    There’s obviously a deal on the table that hasn’t been discussed outside the courtroom. His lawyers aren’t going to plead ‘no contest’ and take their chances in sentencing without a 99.9% idea of what they will bring down. “Sorry Aldon, you get 3 years in jail on the weapons charges.” I’d shoot my lawyers if that’s how it goes down.

    Think he’d be better off pleading innocent? If they were going to stall, they wouldn’t have pled no contest. They would have pled innocent and dragged out the jury selection, court date, venue, blah blah blah.

    It’ll be probation, comminuty service, and time served. I still think it’s only a 2-4 game suspension.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon should have hired Ziggy Wilf’s attorney and found a way to move the case to New Jersey, hope they wouldn’t reach a decision for 20 years. Then the NFL could suspend him after he retires!

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The perception is that he is contrite, has done his rehab, and is being a good boy.

    Jolly Roger is all about perception.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the Santa Clara Deputy DA stating there is no plea bargain and no deal in place. He is very clear and asked many times confirms it. Straight from the horse’s mouth and on the record.
    What was revealed that there was also a charge that Aldon switched the license plates out on the truck he was driving in his DUI/accident which is curious.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/deputy-da-brian-buckelew-recaps-aldon-smiths-no-contest-plea

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting is the fact that all parties involved met for 2 hours before the trial started. I guess they were going over the judge’s gun catalogs. No deal, my ass.

    The odd thing is the 2 month delay in sentencing. They usually only take a week. And the sentencing is RIGHT when camp starts. Curiouser and curiouser.

    He keeps his nose clean, they’ll likely go easy on him. If the court cases are resolved without any jail time, I still think it’s 2-4 games.

  41. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Bowman is a class-act and I hope we can get the 100% version back as soon as possible. He is definitely a leader of this team.

  42. winderNo Gravatar says:

    One thing about pleading not guilty is that you better have some kind of case. The state doesn’t like it when they have to spend money on trials, take up the judges, and juries time just to prolong a case. I think Aldon did what was best for him by the no-contest plea. And chuck, you are right about there being some kind of deal in place. That’s what lawyers are for.

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In other words, they are waiting to see if Smith can stay out of trouble for 2 months. If so, all is good. If not, then he’s going to jail for a spell . . . .

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Final seat was installed at Levi’s Stadium today.
    Jimmie Ward and Chris Borland signed their contracts today.

  45. 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
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  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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