Sic Transit Offseason

One more week, guys. We’re almost there. Rookies report today and the vets next Wednesday. First padded practice the 26th.

The offseason has brought us many entertainments, starting with the trade of Jim Harbaugh to Cleveland — NOT. Then a massive feud between Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke — NOT. Then a Colin Kaepernick will leave after this season if he doesn’t get a $22 million a year contract with a $50 million guarantee — NOT.

Of course, there were some real news items, like Chris Culliver‘s arrest for running down a guy on a bike, fleeing the scene, and threatening a pursuer with brass knuckles. We’ll call this a comic interlude. Followed shortly afterward by Aldon Smith‘s 38th arrest for knucklehead behavior associated with drowning his head in a liquor bottle.

And last, but not least, Mel Kiper gave us an A for our draft!

The only thing missing was the news that Dickhead Sherman had been run over by a bus.

Although the offseason was long, boring, and mostly uneventful for us Outsiders, the same cannot be said for the Niner OC, Greg Roman. Word has filtered down from the heights that the endless criticism of his offensive game plans has caused him to lose two pounds and four stubbles of hair.

RG Alex Boone is not expected to report with the vets on the 23rd. Pity. There’s only one way this hold out will end. He’ll be replaced at RG, then show up near the end of the pre-season, find himself riding the bench, realize his agent screwed up, fire him, discover it’s too late to repair the damage, sulk all year, and finally get traded to Miami for a bag of chips next offseason.

There’ll be lots of stories to this camp. The running back battle, the linebacker who gets to fill in for Navorro Bowman, the OLB who steps in for Aldon during his suspension, the slot cornerbck winner, the progress of backup QB reclamation project Blaine Gabbert, the much anticipated debut of D-lineman Tank Carradine, and how Roman utilizes a six deep wide receiver group.

The 68th year of the San Francisco 49ers is about to begin.





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41 comments on “Sic Transit Offseason
  1. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs, well I for one am looking forward to see some of our ‘red’ shirt players Carradine, Lattimore, and Patton too. The rookies we’ve added and how the overall receiving corps looks this year. At the top of the heap will be the continued development of our young QB. This season will give us a look into the future of our beloved 9ers…. can’t wait….oh and that bus that runs over dickhead Sherman…if it backs up a few times, and runs him over again and again, well that would be ok too ….

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see the words wide receiver and Greg Roman as antonyms.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And Roman loses another pound.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I’d gladly take a pound of Roman flesh for a better passing game.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This from Yahoo is worth a read about our offense. It says we were 27th in the league on third down conversions. Hmmm.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/who-is-49ers–third–or-fourth—receiver-and-how-will-the-offense-evolve-this-season-153201205.html

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve sucked at 3rd down since before the Nolan administration.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When we drafted Patrick Willis I was torn between him and Nebraska DT Adam Carricker(sp). We needed a NT but I thought Willis would be def ROY, which he was. Obviously, we made the right choice. Carricker has been hurt his entire career and therefor never got to show his stuff. He is a rehabbing FA and could probably be signed cheap on a make good contract. Could be worth the chance. He is lifting 500 lbs these days so he looks to be healthy.

  8. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Carriker wasn’t hurt his *entire* career. He never proved his worth as a first rounder anyway. Although I remember lots of people were high on him in the draft. Raymac was probably a better pick.

    Carriker might have played better on our 34 line but we had Franklin and Sopoaga and Franklin worked out pretty well on the nose.

    Anyway, if we’d drafted him Nolan would have taught him bad technique and ruined his career as sure as bad knees.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Franklin had one good year , an OK year and some bad years. I don’t know about the coaches teaching bad technique but what Nolan did is have a certain system he wanted to run and he tried to use natural one gappers as two gappers. IOW, square peg, round hole. We used to say that a lot about Nolan. He needed to get the right players for his D-line play calling or adapt the system, he did neither. He built his defense from the back to the front instead of the normal way of doing it, from the front to the back. Kudos to getting Justin Smith but IMO he waited way to late to save his job. He should have went after players like that as soon as he got here if he wanted to run the Bill Parcells defense. Parcells defense was predicated on his front 7 and not his back 7. IMO, Nolan relied too much on his DBs. The old Berger cliché is D-lines make All-Pros out of ordinary DBs.

    As far as Franklin is concerned he had his one really good year when Nolan left. Franklin was a one gapping NT. When he was asked what is the reason he is playing so well he said, I’m not two gapping all the time. Sounds like he turned the tables on Nolan and threw him under the bus, even Franklin knew he was being misused.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Carriker is a bit of an enigma. He played like a NT in college but he was only about 290lbs. Everybody figured he would bulk up because of his style. He got to a little over 300 lbs and was starting to play really well when he missed an entire season at the front end of his career because of an injury that he was slow to recover from. The Rams traded him to Washington who tried to make him a into a 3-4 DE. Seemed like a good idea but he plays straight forward power technique like a NT. Justin Smith does that but has much better lateral quickness than Carriker. He’s now about 315 lbs and can be a good two gapping plugger in a 3-4 or 4-3 goal line. Carriker does not rush the QB but he is one of those run stopping DTs that offenses have to run around. Williams is a one gapper and Dorsey had a career year last year, can he repeat that? At the price we could probably get Carriker for I would take a chance. If he wants a lot of money don’t take the chance.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing about Carriker. He missed the last year or two because of a torn quad. That is why I think he wouldn’t cost much and might sign a contract based on playing time. I don’t think he would be a starter. I see him as a situational run stuffer. Every team needs those. Remember when the 49ers let little known run stuffing DT Brenston Buckner go to the Panthers? They became one of the best run stopping teams in the NFL on the way to the SB while the 49ers suddenly could not stop the run.

  12. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    well, people that don’t know say a lot to make it seem like they know.

    One gapping is easier than two gapping and it’s more fun and way less punishing. So every D-lineman should never two-gap? Sounds like a lot of BS to me. You do what the team needs you to do, if you can. Seems like you’d prefer the players run the defense doing what they like instead.

    You don’t know about the coaches teaching bad technique? That was your constant rallying cry. That was before you understood there was a two-gap system so I guess you have to say something. See top line.

    Poor ol’ stupid Nolan. Why, every other new HC can change his personnel instantly. And he’s still making that paltry NFL coordinator coaching money while his superiors get paid that big blog money. We’re still reaping rewards of Nolan’s time here. Do you even buy what you say somtimes?

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- You are so sold on Mike Nolan that you can’t see what the truth is. You act like I recently started to understand D-line play and didn’t know what two gapping was. I was a D-lineman. I’ve always known the difference.

    I will agree that 90% of the linemen would rather one gap because that is where the stats are and it is more fun. Not all of them have the ability to be effective at it. It is very easy for me to see what type of lineman a player is and how he should be used most effectively. I’m sure Nolan could see it too. Problem with Nolan was he was so stubborn about running a certain system he should have been the same about getting the front line to match. Instead, he spent his money elsewhere. IMO, it was his demise. That and as he was going down he was throwing everybody under the bus. Championships are won with D-lines.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had a friend, rest his soul, that used to think Nolan’s strategy on defense was to wear out the opposing teams offense. Obviously it was tongue in cheek but is sure seemed Nolan didn’t care about the time of possession stat. Nolan drafted around 10th every year, if he didn’t leave some decent players drafting that high each year he would have been a complete failure instead of just a failure. Of course, he also gave us Alex Smith!

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, the big suck. The bend-and-break defense. The don’t-give-them-a-big-play-just-give-them-20-little-ones defense.

    TOP is still a problem with this team. That, however is driven by the offense now. 3 and outs, and their shitty 3rd down percentage. 3rd and 12? NOW we’ll try play-action!

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Leading causes of death in 2014.

    1) Heart Disease
    2) Cancer
    3) Malaysian Airlines

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Former Nebraska Dlinemen?? I like Jared Crick.
    Like the sound of his name because it sounds like a football player.
    On the other hand Percy Harvin sounds like he should be in the Seattle Ballet.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    This one took a missile, Dennis. A bit different.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Call me uninformed because I haven’t paid much attention to this matter, but if I know a few military planes had been shot down in the area recently, as a pilot I would fly around that area. I’m guessing they will be doing that now. More than likely that missile was intended for a different plane but locked onto the bigger passenger plane instead. Right now it’s all speculation except that IMO flying around a combat zone is just common sense.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Unless they don’t have the fuel for it. That’s a pretty big detour.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This situation in the Ukraine didn’t start after they took off. I’m going to guess other airlines are flying around the area. I’m not saying they are it just seems to be too much common sense. It’s like flying around a big nasty thunderhead instead of through it.

  22. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    WILHOITE will be starting for bowman

  23. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    imo carriker would be worth a look

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners signed Joe Staley to a 2 year extension through 2019 . . .

    Don’t ask, and you shall receive. . . Sucks for Boone and VD.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since Goodell was at the ribbon cutting for Levi’s I am wondering if the FO or Jed had a conversation with him on what kind of suspensions to expect for Aldon and Culliver.
    That would be the elephant in the room because we are a week away from Aldon’s court date for sentencing.

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon’s court sentencing has been bumped up to today at 1:30.
    Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, I beat ya by a split second. It’s for the best.
    Your update didn’t include a Monopoly joke.

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Thank God you don’t hold yourself to your standards, Dennis. But hey, have a nice weekend . . .

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Judge reduces felonies re guns to misdemeanors. Smith NOT going to jail, can serve 12-day term on work crew, per @kaplanreport. Got 3 years court probation too.”

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. Just like I said 2 months ago. Hey, Dennis, maybe you’ll be on the same road crew with Aldon.

  31. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sheist, I got that for my DUI 27 years ago. No other charges, just that. It’s good to be a pro athlete.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Technically he’s going to jail for 12 days.

    However, it is work-release, and it’s 12 Mondays. Which end right before the Monday night game on October 13th.

    With the felonies lowered to misdemeanors, time served on the DUIs, and the airport deal thrown out, he may not get suspended at all. Seeing as he’s been a good boy lately.

    “I would like to apologize for my actions and I will abide by any order you give” said Aldon Smith to the judge.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Attention please; can we get a trash pick on Hwy 101.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just too hard to not play the next song. Great strings (even though it is a Rick Wright on keyboards) with a classic guitar lead by David Gilmour!

    http://youtu.be/rEmTMkx7SLE

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For the older farts here, where were you 45 years ago?
    This is the 45th anniversary of the Lunar Landing.
    I still remember watching Walter Cronkie (who happened to go tp the University of Texas). When I was at Texas he spoke to our class by phone. He was called “the most trusted man in America”
    and there will never be another.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76gl3NZAdxo

  36. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I remember Cronkite as the freakin’ commie sympathizer who told Americans, including all those families who had fathers, brothers and sons fighting there, that the Tet Offensive was a defeat for America, when the opposite was true, and greatly influenced the decision of the North Vietnamese to continue to press the war and wait for the protesters to win it for them. How many lives, American and Vietnamese, did that particular phony “news” broadcast cost?

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Fox Sports
    “FOX Sports analyst and former Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira said the biggest points of emphasis in the NFL’s officiating clinic were illegal contact and defensive holding.

    “Last time the NFL had this as a major emphasis was 2004,” Pereira continued, “and the number of illegal contact fouls went from 79 to 191.” What this may look like in practice is unknown, but it appears the league is cracking down on the physical cornerback play many of the best defenses in the league are built on. This is yet another move which should increase passing and offensive success throughout the league.”

    We all know the team taking full advantage was the Seahags.
    If Dickie Sherman can’t hold at the LOS he’s not the shutdown corner he pretends to be.
    If a defense palyer is holding, keep calling it until he stops.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle’s philosophy on defense seems to be if they call it two or three times a game then that is OK as long as they can keep holding on the other plays.

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    They know the refs will never keep calling it because a) it slows down and extends the game; and b) the fans would never stand (or sit) for it.
    Look for vast disparities in enforcement between crews.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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

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