Pom Pom Fever

There was a lot of excitement for Jim Harbaugh‘s first season as the 49er HC, but it was muted somewhat by the shortened Training Camp, due to the long battle over the new CBA, which lowered hopes for what he could reasonably accomplish in his first year. When the team went all the way to overtime in the NFC Title game, it was a surprise, more than an expectation.

But it signaled the return of the franchise to its rightful place as a power in the NFL.

In 2012 and 2013, there was excitement. A belief we had the team to win a Super Bowl. We got there and lost in 2012, and came up inches short in 2013, a year ultimately crippled by the loss of Michael Crabtree in the offseason, which exposed a wide receiver group that was flat out terrible. The failure of 2012 first round pick AJ Jenkins was a critical liability without Crabtree.

The excitement is still here in 2014 and maybe more so than ever. Defense may win championships, but fun football ogling is at his funnest when your offense is dynamic and prolific. The team has the WRs to do that this year, the best cast of receivers this century.

Trent Baalke has been good drafting the beef guys and LBs, but not so good drafting the playmakers. In addition to Jenkins, there were Kyle Williams, Ronald Johnson, and LaMichael James. Quinton Patton may yet be a good WR, but he spent most of 2013 on the injured list.

Baalke has preferred Free Agency for his skill guys. A washed up Brayon Edwards, a half-hearted Randy Moss, an oft-injured Mario Manningham, and a host of camp fodder NFL marginals with nary a nugget in the bunch. Not a good track record in FA or drafting.

Maybe he’s learning. Last year, he brought in Anquan Boldin and that move saved the season from disaster. This year, it’s Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd — moves that look good now. We’ll see how they look at season’s end.

But heading into Training Camp, this looks like the most dangerous team of the Harbaugh era.

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88 comments on “Pom Pom Fever
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Winder- Thanks. I appreciate everybody’s opinions too. If we all agreed this place would probably turn into a music video site! LOL! And to have somebody here who actually thinks Mike Nolan was a good head coach, awesome. You just have to love it!

  2. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Alex Who? will have his work cut out for him this year. I project the Chiefs at 1-3 against the NFC West, 3-3 against the AFC West, plus a loss to the Pats (the Steelers might be a challenge, as well). That’s 9-7, which may still be enough for the playoffs in Undead Al’s Conference.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If KC can stay healthy, they should be a little better than 9-7.

  4. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners, the seacrows, the Cards, the Lambs (how will Alex fare against that pass rush), the Broncos twice, the Chargers (loss at home last season) twice, the Pats, the Steelers (?).

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams are a big ? Pittsburgh sucks. Cards/Hawks are beatable on the road. KC’s a notoriously tough yard to win in on the road.

  6. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Steelers finished 6-2 (8-4), with their two losses by a total of 8 points.
    Those monster Chiefs lost all 3 of their home games in the second half of the season. Real tigers those.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, it’s pom pon.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    Um alex was/is a good QB (just like i said) kaep is a better one…end of debate

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Regardless of your feelings about Alex Smith you can conclude that he was a good 49er who helped mentor Kap which helped in getting Kap onto the field quicker at Alex’s expense. In the end Alex was a good soldier who was the ultimate team player.
    When the Niners made the trade with KC they couldn’t imagine
    what those 2 draft picks they got back would yield.
    Baalke manipulated those 2 picks into: defensive lineman Tank Carradine, outside linebacker Corey Lemonier, inside linebacker Chris Borland, running back Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Stevie Johnson.
    Not a bad return for Smith who was booed off the field within recent memory and was a free agent QB looking for a home.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon Davis has reported to Training Camp.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Training Camp and significant football activity is finally here.
    I still remember when the Niners had training camp at Goleta, then Rocklin and then UOP before they decided to keep it in house at Santa Clara.
    One reason they went away for training camp was their facility in Redwood City was only one field which would be difficult for 90 players.

    Training Camp schedule per Maiooco

    Camp calendar
    All times Pacific, unless noted
    Wednesday — Veterans report
    Thursday — First full-squad practice, 2:30 p.m.
    Friday — Practice, 2:30 p.m.
    Saturday — First padded practice, 2:30 p.m.
    Sunday — Practice, 2:30 p.m.
    Monday — Players’ day off
    Tuesday — Practice, 10 a.m.
    Wednesday, July 30 — Practice, 2:30 p.m.
    Thursday, July 31 — Practice, noon.
    Friday, Aug. 1 — Practice, 5 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 2 — Players’ day off
    Sunday, Aug. 3 — Practice, 10:30 a.m.
    Monday, Aug. 4 — Open practice at Levi’s Stadium, 1 p.m.
    Tuesday, Aug. 5 — Practice, 9 a.m.; travel to Baltimore.
    –NFL deadline for a player under contract to report to earn a season of free-agent credit.
    Wednesday, Aug. 6 — Mock game (no media allowed)
    Thursday, Aug. 7 — Exhibition game: 49ers at Baltimore Ravens, 4:30 p.m.
    Friday, Aug. 8 — Open practice with Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, 1 p.m. (ET)
    Saturday, Aug. 9 — Joint practice with Ravens, Owings Mills, Maryland, TBA
    Sunday, Aug. 10 — Joint practice with Ravens, Owings Mills, Maryland, TBA
    Monday, Aug. 11 — Joint practice with Ravens, Owings Mills, Maryland, TBA
    Friday, Aug. 15 — Open practice at Levi’s Stadium, 4 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 16 — 49ers break training camp (no more practices open to the media, except for one remaining open session).
    Sunday, Aug. 17 — Exhibition game: Denver Broncos at 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, Aug. 20 — Open practice at Levi’s Stadium, 4 p.m.
    Sunday , Aug. 24 — Exhibition game: San Diego Chargers at 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, 1 p.m.
    Tuesday, Aug. 26 – Roster cut down to a maximum of 75 players, 1 p.m.
    Thursday , Aug. 28 — Exhibition game: 49ers at Houston Texans, 5 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 30 – Roster cut down to the regular-season maximum of 53 players, 3 p.m.
    Sunday, Aug. 31 – After 9 a.m., clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free-agency credit or who were on the 46-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season(s). A player cannot participate on the practice squad for more than three seasons.
    Tuesday, Sept. 2 – After 1 p.m., a club is permitted to place a player on injured reserve as “designated for return.”
    Sunday, Sept. 7 — Week 1 regular season: 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 1:25 p.m.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Alex Boone wants to remain a Niner he should show up and report today. Holding out is just a ticket out of SF.
    If Alex Boone did show up it would be a nice surprise and you know something will be worked out in the next month or so if possible.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The ‘facility’ in Redwood City was Sequoia High School. Not exactly state of the art. That was back when the players would hang out at Harry’s Hof Brau after practice. Cheap food, and lots of it.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    My step-father worked in the area, and he got me a signed ball from the whole 1972 team (stupidly I used it to play football and trashed it. Hey, I was 11). We also went there a few times and met a bunch of the players.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In looking at the above timeline posted by Bullit, my guess is Alex Boone holds out until 8-5. I would also guess that once he is in camp the 49ers would be willing to negotiate something with him. Whether they come to an agreement is another story.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    They practiced in Redwood City in the 50’s too. You could always see players if you wanted too. It was a different world then.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just saw a video with Maiocco saying that if it looks like Kap is a one read QB it is because sometimes he has only one read. Moments later the interviewer Jim Kozimor called the Harbaugh offense the Bo Schembechler offense. I wonder where I’ve heard that before! Too funny!

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:


    It comes to pass that some of our fears were correct.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Navarro placed on PUP list so he can return week 6 at the earliest.
    Cowboy revealed he was hurt all of last year (and kept it a secret) but offseason surgery corrected his problem so he’s feeling better.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smith on DT Tank Carradine: “He’s an explosive dude. Really strong hands and upper body.”

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags are going to raise $250K to build a statue because they have never won anything and are scared that, that was it.
    Not only will there be Dickie Sherman but the plan is to have
    Michael Crabtree immprtalized in bronze.
    Just to be a fly in the ointment Crabtree should absolutely refuse permission to use his likeness for this and so should the Niners.


  22. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather Crabs let himself be included in the statue, and the Niners acquire 5 more Lombardis so crows’ fans can always look up at that statue and remember their 15 minutes of fame. Heck, even the Jets won 1.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    More like suck the tip . . .

    Hawks fans can do whatever they want. I’m sure they generic it up enough to not need permission.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Browns fan urinates on Art Modell’s grave.

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been waiting for someone to do that on that cadaver in Dallas.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did the Browns fan say what kind of beer he was drinking?

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Probs an Edmund Fitzgerald Porter . . .

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    Training camp is here and vernon davis is in! Awesome!

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith has been summoned to New York for another Judgement Day. With his Monday work crew obligation and having to fly into LAX so he can be reprimanded by the judge Aldon is again waiting in the long TSA security lines which is good therapy.


  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Got to love Goodie Goodell. He gives Ray Rice a 2-game suspension for beating the shit out of his future, and soon-to-be-dead, wife and dragging her around by the hair. Get caught smoking a semi-legal substance and get a 4 game suspension.

    Good to see where his priorities lie. Aldon should have ran over a person instead of hitting a tree while drunk. He’d have gotten a lighter sentence.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Got to get a Sack Francisco t-shirt.


  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Marshawn Lynch did not report to Training Camp and Michael Robinson says Lynch is holding out for an extension and a raise.
    Marshawn isn’t happy that the DBs got huge contracts as well as Percy.

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie ward makes diving int on first day!

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck tru–dat! Goodell is a moron

  35. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Except the NFL isn’t the legal/justice system and the NFL policy on mj is part of the CBA. That’s a players union negotiated deal.

    Smith got off easier than Rice in the courts. Useless anger management vs eleven days (Mondays if that’s convenient for you, sir. Call me if not, we’ll work something out.) of signing autographs for the Sheriff’s Deputies. Neither guy got any punishment to speak of so why should the NFL take the blame for a joke of a justice system’s failure on actual crimes.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rice got 1 year probation, Smith 3. Rice is in some diversionary aggravated assault program. Don’t know how long. If he makes probation, his charges go away. Poof.

    It’s all perception to Goodell. Rice walks around with his new wife. Smoth does rehab. He points to shit that is all smoke and mirrors. Like I said I’d be surprised at this point if it’s over 2 games.

  37. 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: L 10-13
10. 11/9 @ NO: W 27-24
11. 11/16 @ NYG: W 16-10
12. 11/23 vs WAS: W 17-13
13. 11/27 vs SEA: L 3-19
14. 12/7 @ OAK: L 13-24
15. 12/14 @ SEA: L 7-17
16. 12/20 vs SD: L 35-38
17. 12/28 vs ARI: W 20-17
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

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