Easy Pickins

At first glance, the 49ers 2014 schedule looks a bit daunting. In the first seven games, they face three 2013 playoff teams (Eagles, Chiefs, Broncos), a ten win team (Cardinals), a couple of QBs who can be streaky good or streaky bad (Romo, Cutler), and the always tough at home Rams.

In the pre-Harbaugh era, I’d have looked at this schedule, marked down 5-11, and started building my Sundays around drugs and alcohol, with as many pain killers as I could get my hands on.

Now, I mark down 11-5, THEN look at the schedule, knowing I’ll go to bed happy three out of four Sundays, then gloat on the blogs during the following week and complain about the margin of victory, a missed block, a dropped pass, or a stuffed 3rd and one.

The big, bad NFC East is on the schedule this year. They’re no longer big, just bad. Not tough bad, either. The East is home to two of the biggest dipshit owners in the NFL — Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones. The Washington Embarrassments and the Dallas Laughingstocks. Elite has had the “te” stripped from his resume, turning his team into the New York Midgets, which leaves only the Philadelphia Chipmunks to uphold the division’s fading prestige. The Niners went 3-1 against the East in 2011 and could easily go 4-0 this time around.

We also play the AFC West this year, providing the team with its only one, true laugher — a slaughtering of the Oakland Raiders. The Niners crowed after the Super Bowl that they would have whipped the Broncos, too, and they’ll get that chance in October in Denver. Since this is a regular season game, it’ll be tough to beat Manning at home — before the playoffs start, his arm turns into a noodle, and his heart channels Greg Norman.

Throw in a split with the Bears and Saints, a modest 4-2 division record, and voila! An easy 11+ win season and another date with playoff destiny — or infamy.




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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    With the addition of DeMarcus Ware the Broncos should be the favorite to win the Super Bowl. That means Von Miller and Ware will be going after the QB. On paper that looks scary. If they can stop the run too they should win it all.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Party pooper.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Broncos has a few question marks on defense similar to the Niners.
    Starting CB Chris Harris is coming off a torn ACL and is questionable for training camp. Broncos might have to start
    a rookie CB in Roby.
    MLB Nate Irving only has 58 career tackles and one of the DT is second year 1st rd pick Sylvester Williams who has yet to distinguish himself.
    Ware is turning 32 at end of this month. He had 6 sacks last year in Big D. He had 19.5 sacks in 2011. It will be interesting to see if he bounces back to double digit sacks.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Broncos won’t win shit. Well, they might win the AFC but the NFC is still better.

    Ware is on his way down the inevitable slide due to age. He’s 32 this year and his sack totals have dropped dramatically. 19.5 to 12 to 6, and well as his tackle totals. Part of that is Dallas’ God-awful defense, and Ware was keyed on, but he’s also slowing down.

    This isn’t Charles Haley going from the Niners to Dallas to shore up a solid defense. This is Charles Haley going from Dallas back to SF to play out the string.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with the Broncos is they have Peyton Manning at QB.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And their O line is, well, hard to say. They looked pretty good all season until they played Seattle. Then they looked like shit.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle was able to shut the opponents running game down completely last year. Bryant and Clements are gone. They will still be good vs the run but not like last year. They will still have a pass rush and good DBs. The Hawks biggest advantage was completely taking away the run and opposing offenses haven’t figured out a game plan to beat their defensive passing scheme. Teams could not run and they were forces to pass. OC will have studied that defense going into this year and have a better game plan.

    Seattle forced Manning to throw deep and he could not get anything on his deep throws that day. Might have been the cold weather but his inability to throw deep killed the Broncos as that is what Seattle was giving him. He never got it done.

    Teams will be able to run a little on Seattle this year forcing the DBs to honor that. They will still be really good but their defense won’t be the shut down D it was last year.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle has a marginal O-line and so do the Broncos. They were both in the Super Bowl. Like I’ve said many times, give me a good play caller and a weakness on offense can be schemed for, as long as the QB is capable.

    We have the best O-line in football and a marginal play caller. We watched the Super Bowl.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of the Seahags, Dickie just can’t shut up about Crabtree.
    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/07/richard-sherman-michael-crabtree

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Indy and T.Y. Hilton did a pretty good job going deep on Seattle. A fast slot guy (hello Ellington) should be utilized to go deep middle.

    And really, Seattle ONLY puts Sherman on the right side. Move Crabs around. Don’t line up in predictable formations. Spread the ball around.

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Ware has had serious neck issues in the past, he should fit in well at Broncoland. Maybe him and Peyton can go to the same chiropractor. .
    I like the 11 win pick too and I am thinking along the same lines. But since the football is not round and our division is a monster I am leaning toward a 10-6 season/division champs.

  12. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I disagree about Seattle’s and Denver’s o-line. Seattle’s got Max Unger and Okung and pretty decent depth I think. While Denver mainly needs a center that can snap the ball reliably they get Clady back and are pretty strong on guards. I think both o-lines are in good shape.

    And we watched the Super Bowl because Kaepernick blew it. Twice.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What I have noticed without actually studying their defense is Seattle seems to concentrate on stopping the run and putting their opponent in passing situations. Then they use a single high safety as a center fielder. Everybody else is in a combo of man and zone with the outside corners in man. They allow the short stuff and converge. They rely on a good pass rush and not enough time to get a deep ball off. They did a nice job of that last year. Will they be able to keep teams in third and long without Bryant and Clements to stop the run? We will find out soon.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Both O-lines were much maligned by experts during the year. Injuries put holes in each. Unger and Okung might be good when playing, they started 21 games last year between them. I would write home about the other three.

    Denver played without Clady most of the year and I’m not sure who it is that stands out for you at the other O-line positions. We will agree to disagree with your O-line assessment.

    One thing I would be interested about your opinion is what you think of my assessment of Seattle’s defense. I have not taken the time to study what they do and I was just saying what I’ve seen from watching their games. If you have an opinion of this I would like to hear it.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    From my 12:21 post I meant to write, I would NOT write home about the other three.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad we didn’t have Alex, eh NoFear?

  17. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    On Seattle’s defense, I think you’ve got it about right. I’ve said, despite the obligatory hatred of Pete Carroll, he’s an expert at the 4-3 under defense and gets D-line strength where it’s needed with uncanny accuracy.

    So many looks and so much free lancing is hard to follow sometimes in real time watching the games but in the coaches film on play backs that’s about what it looks like.

    They seem to do a very good job of preparing for each opponent and picking up cues and keys. I’ve seen them sell out on primary receivers and yet they managed to blanket all Denver’s receivers.

    They’re also very good or lucky on when to risk various pressures. Seems like they always call it right.

    Carroll is like Walsh in that he knows what type of players fit his system and what he demands of them. We’ll see how that plays this year but I think they’ve peaked. Maybe I just hope so.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I definitely think Seattle is weaker this year. Esp on the D line. They lost some offensive talent as well. Plus they are ripe for the dreaded Super Bowl hangover, no matter how hard Carroll tries to avoid this.

    Carroll, for all the shit many give him (including me), has done a much better job this go-around than he did with the Jets and Pats. He built that team from the dirt in 4 years.

    That being said, the Niners are weaker as well. The defensive backfield is a big ? but it looks like at this point Culliver will be able to drag out his court case til after the season. But Bethea is a concern replacing Whitner, and Cook is a ?. We have a lot of bodies back there. It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

    The biggest concern is Jimmie Ward and his foot surgery. As of now our nickel corners are Perrish Cox and Darryl Morris. Excuse me for not being thrilled by that prospect, but if Ward is slow to recover, that’s who we hit the season with. Other than that, the supposedly revamped offense is a curiosity as of now. I don’t thoroughly believe there’s a sea change coming, but they have to go about things somewhat differently to get farther in the playoffs.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    I say it’s 14 – 2 this year! We’ve knocked on the door the last 3 years! Imo this looks like the year we kick it in! !!

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If Manning could have hit a couple of deep balls early in the SB Seattle would have had to honor that. Instead they forced him to throw short and they had that covered with a coverage that looked kind of similar to a Tampa 2.

    I think that is what they do with their D is run a version of the Tampa 2 with the quarters coverage 5 to 10 yards deep, but play the FS as a center fielder instead of dropping the MLB into the deep middle. There are other differences, like manning up the outside WRs but it reminds me of an off shoot of the the Tampa 2 when I see it.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- He did not have a weakness on the D-line last year. This year’s line is not as deep and does not have the brute stopping ability against the run like they did last year. I would imagine Cam Chancellor will still be great at supporting the run and the LBs will still be very quick but the opposing offenses will not have to run around Red Bryant anymore. So they will be still be good at stopping the run but maybe (hopefully) they won’t be great at stopping the run anymore.

  22. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Germany just scored again.

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    5-4 Argentina over The Netherlands in the semis.
    It’s Argentina-Germany, two historical WC powerhouses.
    (That 5-4 score was in the penalty kick round after 120 scoreless minutes. Buy hey, they could be the Browns.)

  24. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *But
    LOL, I always do that.

  25. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think it’s mainly a cover three they go with and switch up man under and zone.

    Kiffen was a strong influence on Carroll. Probably using some of those Kiffen principles still.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Could be. I could see it as cover three. I do think you are correct about them switching it up a lot.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last football game at the Stick.
    It’s flag football!
    Given the age of the participants this might be a little too much.
    Not everyone is in shape like Rice and Craig in their 50’s and 60’s.
    Just for fun, hope nobody overdoes it.
    http://www.49ers.com/news/blog/article-2/49ers-Legends-Gear-Up-for-Flag-Football-Game/51e3d2a0-effc-4a8c-85c2-ce83ff14c8ca

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I beg to differ, NoFear. Seattle mainly runs cover 1. They press both corners, keep Chancellor close to the line on the TE, and put the FS in centerfield.

    Sure, they mix it up all the time, as we and many other teams dodo, but they live and die for the most part in press coverage.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They do press but they hand off to the center fielder a lot. That would give a cover three effect. I’d say it is a hybrid of sorts. Like a match-up zone. If I had the coaches tape I could qualify it better. NoFear does have the coaches feed which is why I asked him what he sees.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Good eye as this confirms the Seahag D as cover 3 (the author doing the analysis says so).

    http://insidethefilmroom.com/all-22-breakdown-of-seahawks-vs-49ers-part-1/

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- You just posted two examples of play calling that I hate. We had a one WR formation which allowed Seattle to load the box with 9 men. That is the very definition of the Sardine Can Offense. As usual, we gained no yards. Seattle was almost as bad as they allowed us to put 8 in the box. The typical outcome, no yards.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe losing Browner last year got them out of their cover 1 more than they used to.

    The beauty of the Gore run on the 1st play shown is with VD in motion to the right, it is suddenly 5 Seahawks on 4 Niners. That will never work.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That last play isn’t a true cover 3. Sherman is man coverage, the left side of the field is covered by the corner and 2 safeties.

    I hate watching that play as Patton is free and clear, VD is open a little deeper, and Boldin could have been led toward the post for a TD if Kappy sees him early. Beyond that, Kappy has to either throw it OB or give Crabs the only shot at catching it. Underthrown. Picked. F**k.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Cover 1, 2, 3? Matters not. What the Niners needed after that was Covergirl.
    We were beaten and battered. Something to hide those bruises.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Today is National Pina Colada Day. I wish I could make this shit up.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WkR2Tv4dq4

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Worst. Song. Ever.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It does have Dennis’ favorite city in it though.

  38. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, generally it’s cover three. They play a lot of press and jam but the secondary coverage is usually thirds and zone underneath. They can do the press in cover three because their secondary guys are so fast and on the same page with the FS Thomas. Most defenses couldn’t pull it off.

    They vary coverages like everybody but the rule is cover three.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Time for Roman/Harbaugh to design a similar play for Dickie Sherman so Crabtree can say hello. Sherman should expect a lot more of this because of his mouth from all Seahag opponents.
    http://gif.mocksession.com/2013/10/sherman-blown-up/

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ahmad Brooks replied on Dick’s comments via Twitter

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    11:30 PM – 9 Jul 2014

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If you are in press coverage, you are in man coverage. That really isn’t cover 3. What you are saying is man underneath and zone deep. Is that how they play it? You got the tape, but what I usually see is their corners in press coverage most of the time.

  42. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m saying many times they’ll line up in press and bail into their zone at the snap.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks
    “Looking at the All-22 film, I discovered that the Seahawks remained in single-high-safety coverage (Cover 1-Robber and Cover 3) the majority of the night, with the team employing more zone tactics than man coverage throughout the game.”
    http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap2000000323673/article/seattle-seahawks-walloped-denver-broncos-with-simple-scheme

  44. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Of course a team is going to tailor their schemes according to who their opponent is, who is healthy. etc. For example, the Seacrows aren’t going to play the same D against the Niners and the Broncs; they’re completely different offenses.
    During the game, a quality defense is going to mix-and-match defenses based on the O-personnel, down and distance, time of the quarter, quarter, etc., etc., etc.
    I wish the Niners could run sweeps. The Crows’ stengths are their D-line and secondary (yeah, yeah their *cough *cough coaching, too). There is nothing in the world that will take the joy out of the game for a guy like Richard Sherman faster than having to ward off a block from a 290 lb. pulling guard, or a brusising lead back.
    Quick hits to go over the very strong D-line and under the great secondary. Wide plays to make the secondary come up and play the run and get through a blocker or two to play the run.
    And yeah, keep The Bomb in your pocket. Kap can throw it, and he might have VD and hopefully a WR corps (I have serious doubts about this one) to do it.
    Carlos Hyde will be a stud, but he won’t be enough to get by that Crows D-line and the stacked box.

  45. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Did I mention delays and draws, the D-line’s nightmare? The Niners can’t run them worth a sheise, and I put part of that on Frank.
    The Broncs ran (Moreno’s gone, now) 2 plays: a Moreno delay or draw, or a Manning pass. Very simple offense. Right! To the Crows, who were reading his passing calls and knew what the routes were, who the primary and secondary reads were, etc.
    The Niners don’t run those plays. They have trouble enough running on 3rd and an inch. Delays and draws take great O-line juking and a great burst of speed from the back. I’m hoping Hyde can do that. Frank can’t at this stage of his career.

  46. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I like reverses. The Niners don’t run them well, either. I wouldn’t want to run them with Crabtree or Boldin, either.
    The Niners will continue with the power running, Gore and More offense this year no matter what I say or how ineffective it may be against defenses which are expecting it.
    I’m hoping the promised tweaks are more than just window dressing.

  47. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s 3, all football. Bergs’ record is safe for now, LOL. I’ll stop now before I decide I want to give Roman a New Mexico shave.

  48. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    OK, I lied a little. I also want to see 4-5 wide once in awhile (not VD). Test the opposition, and let Kap do a sprintout to the lines to add the run into the equation. Not a regular offense, like the Saints might play, just a changeup to see if the D can handle a blitzkrieg. Deception is the key. Or not, Gore over left tackle again.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Marcus Lattimore feature
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread140709/san-francisco-49ers-rb-marcus-lattimore-nears-end-long-road-back-knee-injury

    You have to root for this guy.
    He’s going to make it all the way back and make an impact.
    Marcus has the “IT” and can be really special.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I always wondered why as long as we were going to use the Sardine Can Offense, why we don’t run more power sweeps?

  51. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, the best guys I ever saw run the sweep were Marcus Allen and Tony Dorsett. I’m not mentioning that guy living off of taxpayer money in your state.
    That’s not in Frank’s skillset. Frankly put (ha, ha), he’s too slow laterally. It’s just not in the Niners O.
    Second, the O-line has been drafted and coached in the power running game. Without a great deal of practice in a different concept, they’ll be tripping over each others’ feet.
    A sweep is not an easy play to run. It’s as sophisticated as any passing play. The Niners have chosen to ignore it, and it will take a back like Carlos (?) or Lattimore (?) to change their minds.

  52. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m watching Marcus Allen highlights, the little I can get off of YouTube atm, and many of his runs were straight up the gut.
    Watch him though, when he runs wide. He usually cuts back inside, but if he gets to the sideline he’s getting yardage.
    Deception is the key. Defenses were terrified of him running a sprint along the sideline, never knew when he was going to cut back inside, and made lots and lots of mistakes along the way.
    That’s a sweep.

  53. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The added bonus on running wide is that

  54. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Computer slept due to overheating. We’re playing in Jerry’s playpen in 58 days. I hope you guys are awake by then.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a Niner sweep with Gore cutting back as the Chefs are overrunning the play
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y1GZkuVQ9U

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- From what I have seen over the years, the sweep is a bit complicated to block. You can draw it up on the grease board but the targets for blocking are coming in from all angles. It takes a little while for the blockers to learn to pick up the targets. Once they get it down it is a great play. It could take over a half a season to get it right and I don’t think most coaches have that kind of patience these days.

    What I loved about the 1989 49er team is they had the sweep working great. Everybody knew it was coming and nobody stopped it. We were running it early in the season and it wasn’t working at all, the fans were complaining to stop running it, then it just started to work. I always assumed that was because we learned how to block all the moving targets after running it so often.

    I think Gore could run the sweep. I do agree it would be better with a faster back but instincts are the most important thing and Frank has that trait better than most.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I do not agree that Frank Gore is slow. He is the one constant of this offense for the last 10 years. I cannot imagine how this team would be without Gore. Kevin Barlow or Skip Hicks? I know with Gore that sooner or later he breaks a long one. He has more speed than some have given him credit for.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgN44Y5DDbk

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Running effective sweeps require your guards to be nimble enough to pull. Iupati and Boone are not there for their footspeed.
    Defenses have very fast players these days and student body left and right is also a relic. It might work in college against a slower less talented team. Not easily done nowadays in the NFL.
    If you want to outflank the defense run the fly sweep with a burner type player.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Gore is slow and IMO, both Iupati and Boone are agile enough to run the sweep. Also IMO, if a team is going to run the SCO they should have the sweep in the normal rotation of plays. It keeps the DE’s/OLB’s honoring the outside edge. Anything that gives more space to run the offense is an important tool.

    Even though Gore is slow he is still very quick. Quick and fast are two different things. IE, Russel Wilson is not as fast as Kap but he is quicker. It allows him to more easily evade sacks. Once running down field Kap is much faster. The quickness/fast comparison is directly related to Kap’s longer legs and longer strides. It is not to say Kap isn’t quick but Wilson is exceptionally quick.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speed is a relative term.
    I may be slow but if Berger and I are being chased by a bear I don’t have to outrun the bear, just need to outrun Berger.(rimshot)
    I equate slow to the Larry Csonka, John Riggins, Jerome Bettis, Ken Willard and Tom Matte types. I suppose youy can call these guys Fullbacks when there was a difference between running backs classifying some as halfbacks and tailbacks.
    When Gore came into the league he ran a 4.62 with a bad knee so it still amazes me that through his career he has outrun dbs in pursuit. He has that gear that allows him to do this but age is catching up to him.
    Still after he retires the Niners should hire him to coach the rbs on blocking technique because he’s one of the best of all time.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t remember Gore out running many DBs. It seems they usually caught up with him. I was at a game in Candlestick when Gore beat Seattle for two 80 yard runs. He had so much of a head start on those two runs he made it to the end zone, but they were closing. Gore is slow, has always been slow and does not have afterburners. What he has is great quickness and instincts. He also runs low to the ground as well as anybody I have ever seen.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I see Gore with a 5 yard cushion with 50 yards to the endzone and the dbs closing but Frank has enough speed to score standing up.
    To score on an 80 yard run in the NFL you can’t be a turtle.
    That’s just my opinion. Frank has always been plenty fast enough to be dangerous and productive.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll go with “fast enough to be dangerous and productive”, but not ‘fast’. His first step is a quick as any in the league. That gets him through the holes. I would even say for 5 yards he is even fast but that is because he gets up to speed so quickly. After that it’s almost as bad as watching Ken Willard go for a 40 yard run!

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s too bad the Boone and his agent are playing hardball especially knowing that Niner management usually doesn’t budge.
    Boone should come to camp and he’ll get a fair deal when his time comes up in another year.
    https://twitter.com/MaioccoCSN/status/487965280337793024

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We could probably get a lot for him in a trade!

  66. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We need Boone in there, our OL is a very cohesive unit and it would not be good to have him out. I do hope he and his agent can come to terms with the brass.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Winder- With our play calling so bad it makes our offensive line that much more important.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since 2006 two things have happened to defending Super Bowl champions. The total number of playoff games won in the year after is still zero.
    Four defending champs have failed to even make it to the playoffs.
    Not easy to defend your title with the target on your backs and everyone circling the schedule to take you down.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Another problem with winning a SB is everybody wants to get paid more. Attrition has to be part of the year after drop off.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As Seattle is finding out, some of the players go into ‘I’m-gonna-get-mine-now-that-I-have-a-ring’ mode. Larry Brown ring any bells? Free agents like to cash in big given the opportunity. Seattle is certainly weaker than they were a year ago.

    Problem is, so are the Niners.

  71. winderNo Gravatar says:

    chuck- with Bowman out I tend to agree. but we have some unproven guys that are really interesting. Tank is one of them and along with our new backfield we also have some interesting OLB’s to see. Our offence is gonna be better and it’s gonna come down to our D. I think we shine this year. But since there is a learning curve we probably won’t win as many games as last year. I still think we take the division though.
    berger- I really like our OL because they are ballers and we definitely need to infuse the new blood this year but as you say the play calling has to change some.

  72. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Winder, it’s all about the D line and the defensive backfield. Even with Bowman out, I think we can stay pretty solid in the LB dep’t. Aldon’s status remains a ?. Having both him and 53 out will be a challenge if it comes to pass. Esp against Dallas. If anything, Romo can torch our defense given time. Lemonyay looked OK in his action last year.

    Dial and Tank, and Ian Williams for that matter. are fairly unproven. Dorsey played about as well as could be imagined, but wasn’t anything more than adequate to decent. J Smith is hopefully good for a solid injury-free year. The rotation is very important.

    In other news, Boone says he’s holding out of TC. No word if VD’s going to join him.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dial could evolve into our key D-lineman. I’m more hoping than predicting. He is a player that can play inside or out and I remember tuning into Alabama games to watch the NT and seeing Dial as the guy who was dominating. If he can get healthy and look anything like he did in college we have our replacement for Justin Smith. I doubt he will be as good as Justin but who is. I’m hoping he will be a fairly decent 3-4 DE in the NFL.

    Something tells me Tank ends up as an Elephant. The 49ers are grooming him to be Justin’s replacement, when I see his college reels he looks more like an Aldon than a Justin.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Rookies report to Santa Clara on Wednesday!

  75. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    VD may hold out after all. From Mike Florio:

    “A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, at the present time, Vernon Davis would not be reporting. That doesn’t mean he won’t show; with nine days to go, Davis can change his mind and change it back again a few times or more before the time comes to report for duty.”

    Said it before and I’ll say it again. If he holds out, trade his ass. Welcome to Tampa Bay, VD. Either that or 2nd-string his ass. Bet his stock goes down.

  76. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Joyeux Jour de la Bastille! Vous savez qui je voudrais enfermer là-bas? C’est ça. Jim Harbaugh. Même mieux. Donnez Jimbo le traitement de Marie-Antoinette. Qu’on lui coupe la tête!

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nice write-up for Frank on B/R –

    http://tinyurl.com/mcdsyr3

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Darius Lipford DE/OLB is coming in for a workout today.
    His production in college wasn’t there but he has “potential”
    Looks like practice squad material at best.
    http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/14/6555304/unc-linebacker-to-work-out-for.html

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Graham agreed to a 4 year deal worth $40 mil with $21 mil guaranteed. The contract is $500k more a year than what the Aints were offering.
    If Vernon holds out he’ll be fined $30k per day. Graham’s contract is about on average $2 mil more than what Vernon is making so I am not sure where VD is going with a holdout that will cost him a ton of money and disrupt the team.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Some say it starts with the first practice on the 24th. Some say it starts when the veterans report on the 23rd. Some say it stats when the rookies report tomorrow. With the rookies reporting the reporters will be there which makes it feel as though football is finally here again!

  81. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s about Goddamn time too.

  82. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2019 Schedule
9-8: W 49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
9-15: W 49ers 41,Bengals 17
9-22: W 49ers 24, Steelers 20
9-29: BYE

10-7: W 49ers 31, Browns 3
10-13: W 49ers 20, Rams 7
10-20: W 49ers 9, Washington 0
10-27: W 49ers 51, Panthers 13
10-31: W 49ers 28, Cardinals 25

11-11: L Seahawks 27, 49ers 24
11-17: W 49ers 36, Cardinals 26
11-24: W 49ers 37, Packers 8

12-1: L Ravens 20, 49ers 17
12-8: W 49ers 48, Saints 46
12-15: L Falcons 29, 49ers 22
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
 
2019 Prognostications

Closest to the Pin:
   Bakkentom: 10-6
   Bullit: 10-6

Grumpy: 9-7
Skeebers: 8-8
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 7-9
Winder: 7-9

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