Final Days of the Harbaugh Era

One more butt kicking to endure and the 49ers are out of here until next August. Who’s gonna be on the team then and who’s gonna be coaching it are currently a mystery. If only the identity of the owner were also in question, it would be a fair enough deal.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to see why a decent coach would want to come here. The front office meddling and back-stabbing is bad enough, but the new coach would be stuck with Colin Kaepernick as his QB, and four years into his career, he remains absolutely clueless how to play QB in this league. He can’t even grasp the concept that taking time off the clock requires staying in bounds.

It’s tough to put a good face on this mess. The Niners have been an elite team for the past three years and suddenly we have to start over? Back to a bush league franchise?

I don’t understand the glee some fans have over Jim Harbaugh getting pink slipped. The guy comes in, takes a floundering franchise to three title games and a Super Bowl, provides the excitement that gets a new stadium finally built for the owner, and now fans are happy to see him leave? I could understand fans thinking he needs to go (not really), but why aren’t these yahoos sad about it?

One is tempted to think fans like to yell and scream about shit a whole lot more than they like rooting for a winning team and a winning organization.

Once the spotlight is removed from Harbaugh, it’s going to fall directly on GM Trent Baalke. I don’t mention Jed York here, because he’ll be hiding in the shadows preparing to distance himself from anything bad that happens and positioning himself to take center stage if everything goes well. Beat it kid, you bother me.

Baalke has certainly been good at acquiring power in the organization, mostly thanks to Harbaugh making him look good. His GM record is hardly the stuff of legends, though. Not counting his first year on the job (2010), when he mainly stepped in to select guys from the board Scot McCloughan had already set up, Baalke has drafted only one Pro Bowl player in four drafts — Aldon Smith.

Harbaugh will be fired within 48 precise hours after the end of the season. We know this because Jay Glazer knows it because the York minions leaked it. I suppose this is calculated to make Jed look decisive. LMAO.

At any rate, the ball will then be in Baalke’s court and we’ll see what he does with it.




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205 comments on “Final Days of the Harbaugh Era
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    More great news: “The bombshell in the affidavit regarding Ray McDonald is that he had been drinking with Aldon Smith, who is on probation for his 2013 DUI.”

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting quote from Harbaugh: “Well, as you know, I’ve not participated in any of these speculations and unnamed sources, the rumors, I would ask you to have Jay Glazer go back and ask his sources for more clarification,” Harbaugh said. … “I haven’t participated and I don’t intend to now. And this has been a good 12 months of this kind of thing. No reason to start now.”

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, like Harbaugh doesn’t have any part in all this Bull$hit. Harbaugh wants more money and now he’ll be able to get it. kinda like a boxer taking a dive.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    100,151,105 and 92 and 4 losses.
    Those are the net passing yards in those 4 losses.
    These numbers are embarrassing and pathetic.

  5. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    By your rationale, we should be cursing Harbaugh for drafting Kaepernick in the first place. But he gets a pass on that. QB whisperer my ass.

    Isn’t the HC responsible for wins and losses? Last time I checked, that was his job. Harbaugh’s floor is $10 mill a year per the Michigan offer. Are you willing at this point to go higher, Skeebs?

    Say 5 years, $55 mill? Or we get the usual blather with no actual content?

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    1. Harbaugh didn’t draft Kap, Baalke did.
    2. Michigan rumored offer was 8.5, not 10.
    3. Who cares how much York pays Harbaugh? It’s not a salary cap issue.
    4. Blather with no content is your specialty, Chuck. I wouldn’t dare intrude.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I take number 4 back, Chuck. Blather with false content is more your specialty.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Next year regardless who is coaching I do believe the team doesn’t have the luxury of the special team only guys like Costanzo, Ventrone and Osgood. Don’t think the roster was strong enough to carry these guys for coverage teams.
    This mindset cut CB Marcus Cooper who ended up starting for the Chiefs and is a good young CB.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh was the one who promoted Kap to the starting line-up because of his superior skills. He still has those skills. But no one can predict whether a guy will get the mental side of the game. And he has not gotten it.

  10. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    A couple-a things;

    I like Coach Cowher, but coming off fifteen years on a team that doesn’t change head coaches he has very little perspective from which to speak on this. Bill Parcells complains about not being allowed to shop for the groceries and he’s branded a hero, not a malcontent.

    Today I’m reading that Roman magically “learned” good play calling overnight. And Kaepernick was badly coached to run out of bounds to help the Chargers’ cause. I think maybe there are too many Niners fans who love the agony of defeat and think themselves better off to be on the bottom of the heap because there’s just so much more whining to do down there.

    Meanwhile, Patton says he should have held the ball up and tighter as he was coached to do. Heavens! A player saying he didn’t play up to his coaching! I’m sure others will insist it was bad coaching that caused of his OT fumble anyway.

    And how in the hell does a proven dirty player stomp a DTs ankle after a play’s over and he’s on the ground and get a suspension for one meaningless game as a punishment? And Coach Caldwell says I believe it was unintentional. They both should be gone for the remainder of the season. As they would be if they SAID anything un-PC. Did they both attend Suh’s class on being a classless punk and getting away with it?

    And can broadcasters love the Seahawks any more than they do now? I’m sorry, they aren’t that good. And not nearly as good as the Cardinals made them look last night. Wilson? I give him all the credit for his play. Cool under pressure, makes good decisions, escapes pressure with ease and makes great throws. Who else? Lynch? OK, but some of those tackles he ran through last night were pitiful.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    Hey what happened to the predictions? Delmar Dennis was right, but i don’t even see his prediction anymore

  12. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Answer the question, Skeebs. Would you pay Harbaugh 5/50 mill?

    The Michigan offer was 5/49 mill. Michigan must have liked the irony of that number . . .

  13. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Of course it is important. Harbaugh wants to be paid. A lot. This was the starting point for the wrangling with Jed and co.

    That’s what Rathman’s gardener said to Brent Jones, anyway.

  14. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lotsa fluff there NoFear.whats your point? Oh yeah, pare things down to one play that you can show to make all your blather correct.

  15. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The douchebag is rumored to be banned, taking all his whiny predictions with him to the children’s blog. If true whatever.

    I see the sidekick is now enthusiastically calling fer Hendrix head, a quick change from couple weeks ago. Maybe figures dumping Jimi will explain the QB play. Right “it’s the coaching”. Selectively. Whatever.

    Next year is set up to be a disaster with this rudderless bunch reverting to Singletary competence. Say 7-9? Imagine the whining, angst and rending of garments to look forward to gleefully.

    It’s good to be a loser. Man that winning was hard to take.

  16. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, over your head doesn’t equate to fluff. I was writing mostly for the guys that understand the language and the game over an elementary school level. If you have nothing to say, STFU.

    Wow! I just realized the world changing implications of my last line.

  17. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ridiculous! How much would Eddie D pay for a W/L record that matches Harbaugh’s? It’s not about the money. That’s your spin.

    Players have a good year, a single year, and hold out for more money at the expense of the team and some are all for that. Why should top coaches settle for less than top pay?

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s rewind to earlier in the year. Our Kap apologist stated here that giving Kap $25 mil a year was not out of the question
    because he would get that from someone else and he would be worth every penny. That would’ve hamstrung the team salary cap wise giving one player 20% of your cap.
    Now in a situation where paying Harbaugh is basically coming out of the York’s wallet with no impact on the team he says that iy might piss Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder off. As if anybody cares. I think most here would welcome the chance to punch Jerry Jones in the nose.
    We mustn’t piss off the other owners? Chikin Litl lives.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    3 of this season’s elite receivers were not first round draft choices
    Emmanuel Sanders and TY Hilton were 3rd round draft picks.
    Antonio Brown was a 6th round draft pick.

    Some of the greatest Niner WRs John Taylor and T.O. were 3rd round picks with Dwight Clark a yth round pick.

    Front office needs to break their crappy streak of misjudging talent and start finding diamonds in the rough. Good time to start would be the upcoming draft.

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    Um anybody see my last post ? Any answer ?

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Aldon Smith, per agent D. Hendrickson, was not drinking at Ray McDonald’s house last week; gets tested twice a week & has never failed.”

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We have 8 losses, Rob. Nobody won. Dennis doesn’t live here anymore.

  23. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Aldon isn’t as stupid as we are led to believe. Maybe he is in compliance with his probation terms. Maybe Ray Mac just wanted company while he hustled the chicks and got juiced. Maybe.

    Here’s one thing we can be fairly certain of = the leadership deprived Niners can ill afford another off season of player misdeeds. So expect more Ray Mac terminations to include Ballskey’s pet Aldon should “a pattern of poor decisions continue”. This is needed if there is any hope of righting the capsized ship. (Kapsized? Nevermind…) Lots of veteran leaders will be gone I’m guessing = Gore, J Smith, many. So…

    With the owner child hacking at the leadership of the HC it falls to the next neck on the block to get off his passive aggressive ass and enforce discipline, standards or get the ax himself. Short leash on all Niner players my guess.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I think Baalke has made that point, zero tolerance, pretty clear, with the dismissal of RayMc.

    Aldon and others, (Culliver)need not wonder what the Company Line is from this point forward.

    I don’t expect Jed to have much to say.
    He gave that voice to Baalke.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er I like both Cowher and Tuna as well.

    Cowher’s perspective, regarding the pecking order comment, was interesting to me.
    At face value, it suggests that the HC has a job a job a to do, as much as the GM does.
    If those lines of responsibilities clash, so too do the results of achieving a common goal.

    Tuna yielded to Acorsi I believe in that era, but I never considered him a malcontent, anymore than I believe Jim is one himself.

    It’s as simple as Cowher suggested, 2 jobs crossing lines.
    Either it’s mutually corrected/accepted or, things change.

  26. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    There is no reason to believe that York will sit back with his yap shut. It is a matter of common sense that York jr. is the source of the leaks re: Hendrix, the supposed locker room rift, etc. He chose to leak the trade to CLE to local reporters earlier this year and when the fire got too hot for the Maioccos of this world (Ratto. Killion, Kawakami) with fans screaming he switched to east coast media mouthpieces. The idea that Jr. is not deeply involved in this sabotage by media- and that we should assume he will “continue” being a hands off owner is absurd.

    The kid purposefully went out to rid himself of a winning HC- the first one since Bill Walsh or at least Mariucci this York family chose. Now “he’s going to keep his mouth shut” and let TB do whatever?

    Naw it’s not so easy to blow off what happened and has been happening periodically with these owners. It will happen again, and again.

    I don’t believe the happy talk. Jr. is an activist owner from a family of owners who have a very long track record of firing winners. This is nothing new, this is a revision to means =
    mediocrity. 7-9 coming up.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who knows at this point Phil?
    Eddie did it to Bill with little effort to be covert.

    I think Jed knows enough to know, he doesn’t know much about the football side of this business.
    He likely knows a lot more than his Mom and Dad do however.

    Trent runs this Operation IMO.
    Leaks can occur from anywhere, including Agents, Players and anywhere in between.

    All we know is, Trent and Jim can’t work this out.
    In the end, low Man gets the shaft.

    Deion is well connected to Crabtree, no secret where those dots can get connected.
    Vernon spoke volumes with his comments regarding ‘staying in his lane’ too.

    Something stinks.
    It couldn’t be fixed apparently.
    Sad, but true.

  28. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit there are a variety of apologists which is perfectly fine but you are right to label some QB apologist. Me I’m an advocate for Jimi Hendrix and if that makes me an apologist so what? We also have GM fans and fans of the York family of owners. They seem to do a lot of apologizing/advocating too. No problem.

    That’s all fine. But fair too to label those apologists who do not acknowledge the flaws in their heroes- or simply ignore those flaws. Fair and balanced, right?

    Part of the fun in participating here is to hear both sides of the arguments and then decide.

    Here’s my argument: 48-21-1. Until I see that matched or exceeded I will continue to listen with a very skeptical ear to the reasons “why this is the way it is”. And I’ll stick to the theory that it doesn’t have to be the “way it is” but specific individuals are responsible for making it so.

    It should be pretty clear why the Niners were 48-83 (roughly) between Mooch and Hendrix and WHO are those responsible for that.

    That’s my non-apology.

  29. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NJ49er,

    Nothing wrong with the owner, or owner’s rep in this case, laying down the structure of the org and the responsibilities attached to each. If the goal of said org is to win games as the source from which flows the happy fans and the new stadium and the money that supports each and everyone in it, maybe a little accommodating of the guy that’s bringing that with him is in order.

    If Harbaugh wants to be the GM or be the guy with the “trigger” on personnel and the owner doesn’t agree, all that’s required of an owner is “just say no.”

    I think, by the way things are progressing, Jim has upset the boy king himself, and personally. But after seeing the method little Jed chooses to assert his authority I think he’s a typical momma’s boy and not much else with no business trying to play the owner of a pro football team. Bring back Big Daddy. He’s a cheap jerk but at least he probably knows a winning coach is better than a new one.

    This is just the way Singletary hired an OC. That worked out about as well as I expect this new regime to work. And I’d rather cheer on a team in the playoffs with a shot at the big prize than not. I’m not the frontrunner that claims a team only after winning the Super Bowl. It’s the goal, not a requirement, for me.

  30. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my assignment of blame metric:

    -Owner fires winning HC and team stumbles to worse record over whatever period of time =

    100% of the blame is on the owner for the worse record.

    -Owner fires losing coach and team improves record over whatever time period =

    100% of credit for being a genius.

    Now, what is the record of the owners of the Niners after firing winning coaches?

    It is piss poor including Monte Clark, Seifert, Mooch and likely Hendrix. I am not optimistic this family is able to pull off successful coaching changes when firing winning coaches. 7-9 next year for me Skeebs

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All good points NoFear49er.
    Good reason to think Jed is more closely aligned to Uncle Eddie IMO.
    I’d hope he stays clear of Dr Daddy though, who really knows?

    I’ve been attached to this team for too long to be surprised by turmoil.

  32. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “This is just the way Singletary hired an OC. That worked out about as well as I expect this new regime to work”

    Yep. The onus is on the child not anyone else.

    Over at the happy talk blog they are thinking this is a good thing.

    I just hope we don’t have another egg shortage

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m convinced Jed wants to stay away from making ‘important’ decisions on football matters.
    I think he leaves that to Trent, for better or worse.

    His tweet was enough to turn my stomach as well.
    I get that he’s disappointed, who eff’n wasn’t?
    Keep that sh!t behind closed doors.

    This situation is ugly and, I suspect there’s a faction within the locker room that tuned out long ago as well.

    It doesn’t surprise me whatsoever that Trent and Jim just can’t agree on a common plan.
    2 Type-A personalities that cancel each other out.

    The fodder from which has just continued to erode at the core of the team, as is evidence with this years’ struggles.

    I do believe Jed was forced to choose between his GM and his HC.

    Stupid?
    Of course.

    Something had to be done, since neither Jim or Trent, could meet on anything productive by the looks of it.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, I hope Trent has learned something in this fiasco too.

    Yes, it sucks big time.
    Winning sure beats losing, until we started losing this year.
    I’d have been fine with removing Roman or, at least trying something more than was attempted.

    There’s a major investment in Kaep so, no surprise that they may have curtailed his open field endeavors.
    What didn’t work, was Kaep being functional within the pocket.

    Somewhere in between Pistol and Pocket, the Offense imploded.

    I think that Trent may have put that on Roman, perhaps the others within the QB development Staff, to force changes?

    Harbaugh likely didn’t want to concede perhaps?
    Who knows at this point?
    All there is to do from our side of the tracks is to speculate and devour the scraps the media provides.

    All I know is what I see on the field on gameday, which has been mostly painful to watch.

  35. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Good points NJ fair enough.

    York jr. clearly chose the GM and let the leaks fester until the local media had enough then he “had to” deny / acknowledge something about the brilliant trade the HC idea. That had York’s blessing of course- you don’t think Baalke came up with and executed that on his own do you? NOOO, it had York’s blessing all the way.

    Then when Maiocco et al. had enough York switched to east coast media stooges to continue the plan = dump the HC.

    The dysfunction has undermined the Niner brand with players, fans, and likely people like Josh McDaniels who declined to interview w/ York due to “management structure”.

    How many will stay away due to this well know fact? Dunno but it won’t be top notch coaches lining up for this mess. IMO

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil there’s also room to think the impasse between Trent and Jim prompted conversation with Cleveland, to facilitate an easy ‘out’ for all concerned too, no?

    Could easily have been Trent before Jed perhaps?
    Wasn’t Lombardi working in Cleveland at that time? Not sure but, Lombardi and Harbaugh are connected via Oakland.

    As Cowher suggested the other night, regarding pecking order, know what you’re getting into when you sign up for a HC gig.

    Perhaps this is why Cowher has remained on the sidelines?

    No doubt no one wanted to trust Dr York at the time of all the revolving HCs.
    I think the placement of Jed was a means to an end, getting the Dr out of a picture he had no business being involved in.

    As I recall, when Jed and Dr Daddy went about finding their GM after McCloughan moved on, The Tuna recommended Baalke.
    As we know, that was a no-brainer, as Trent worked with Parcells.

    This League is tied to the ‘Old Boy Network’, always has been.
    Jed hands the keys to Trent, with Parcells’ blessing then, tells him to run the show as he steps aside perhaps?

    Trent likely thought bringing in an established Staff with Harbaugh was an answer to all the previous missteps I’d imagine?

    Unfortunately, Trent didn’t anticipate a power struggle to ensue I’m sure.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As dumb as I think Jed is regarding football ‘The Business’, I would prefer to think he’s smart enough to know how little he knew at the time.
    He was ‘smart’ enough to put Paraag in place at least.

    I reached my boiling point with Dr York and vented my frustrations with the whole mess during the Nolan meltdown.
    I was a one Maniac Picket Party in the Meadowlands parking lot.
    Covered my car with ‘Sell York’ signage at the time.

    Thankfully, he got out of the picture.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There was also talk of Mike Lombardi being placed in the GM seat ahead of Trent too, if I recall the timeline correctly.
    Lombardi might have turned it down, I honestly can’t pull it all off the top of head right now.

    I believe The Tuna vouched for Trent, Lombardi vouched for Harbaugh?

    Match made in H3LL as it turns out.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As NFL Owners go, give me a Mara, a Tisch or a Rooney, before giving me a Snyder, Jones or an Irsay.

    Keep your face away from the cameras and mics and, stay the fuk away from Twitter.
    Thank you very much.

    Go sit in the Ivory Tower and count your PSLs.
    Be the CEO, look after the stuff behind the scenes.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In the end Phil, I think this is ALL about irreconcilable differences between Trent and Jim.

    Once it infects the locker room, it’s over.

    I simply hope that Trent has learned enough to go forward with a Staff he can work with.
    Let the chips fall where they may at this point.

    Can it get any worse?
    Let’s hope not.

  41. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, Phil, et al, one thing’s certain in all this. We don’t have the facts and probably never will. But what I can’t buy is, York, faced with a choice between the winningest head coach he’s likely to employ, ever, and a solid GM with a not-so-great drafting track record, decides trying to find a new head coach is the right choice. And undermining the coach thereafter is the way to get him to leave and welcome a new coach to replace him.

    If one wanted to destroy a team, what’s happened here with Harbaugh is the way you would do it. And that doesn’t look good for anybody here now.

    I think what you see as an old boy network is just a community of pro coaches that have worked with each other in various stops and know each other or rely on someone they trust recommendations from.

    The “happy talk” blog reads more like a Niner haters blog and has for a while now.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All we can do at this point NoFear49er is hope after all these screw-ups, they find another Arians or Caldwell.
    Yeh, it’s a screwed up recipe to be sure.

    As a fan, all I can hope for is that Kaep can progress.
    I’m having my share of concerns as to why things got this bad for all factions of the franchise.

    Not what any of us would have wagered on this far into it.

    I’m still trying to figure out how the visit with Peyton got into this picture too?
    Were there misgivings about Kaep or, simply to apply some pressure to Alex?

    A topic probably best left alone at this point.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s possible, I suppose, that Jim asked for this to end quickly as well.
    He’d likely have trumped any trade efforts anyway.

    Jed will get his $5M covered from the next suitor in the process.

    Fun to have had some respite from the lean years, at least for a little while.
    For whatever that’s worth at this point.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Band Aid Billionaire here in NJ is using Charley Casserly, from reports we’re hearing out here, to help him sort through the same process with the NYJ NoFear49er.

    Round and round it goes, recycling the Old Schoolers in an effort to answer the current dilemmas.

    Every now and again, a diamond turns up I guess?

    Black Monday cometh.

  45. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    On a different note- all my pissing, moaning and bitching sure worked up a powerful appetite tonight. “Luckily” I had a make up call to make due to a ‘roughing’ penalty during last game and felt obliged to take the gang out to Shakey’s pizza for a make up call. It happens.

    Good food @ US prices tho but you have to pay for your fun sometimes, no?

    Like a bad call from the refs during a game- what can we do? In this case I would rather be wrong and see us thrive but…

    Over in Fantasyland only 12th seems unbiased. For the rest maybe they just can’t admit their pain at the whole mess so blame the HC I guess?

    Time will tell re: Niners leadership including HC

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was hoping that somrthing last minute would happen and they would work it out where Harbaugh would remain as the Head Coach.
    Then I heard Harbaugh confirm that he’s done with the 49ers.
    That what John Harbaugh said on Monday.
    “Ravens coach John Harbaugh seems to acknowledge the obvious: Jim is entering his final days as the San Francisco coach, after taking the team to three straight NFC title games (and one Super Bowl) in his first three seasons.

    “I know just from Jim’s standpoint, he’s done something there that’s been absolutely historic and amazing, it’s never been really accomplished in the history of football before, in terms of what he’s done for the city and for the fans there and for the players there,” John Harbaugh told CSNBaltimore.com on Monday. “And I’m proud as heck of him. Whatever’s next for him, he’ll do a great job there, whatever it is. He’ll be fired up and excited to do it. So I’m proud of him no matter what happens. I think they had a great coach there for the last four years, and they were blessed and fortunate to have him. I know the fans realize that and the players realize that, and that’s really what counts.”
    ==========

    Pressure is on for who they hire. Anthing short of a playoff team will be a black eye for Niner’s management.
    Some are skeptical if the truth will come out. That is preferable than spin and BS.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll give my 2 cents that if the FO looks outside of the org I think they should hire Mike Shanahan for the short term (3-5 years) since Shanahan is 62 years old. He has Niner roots and runs the locally favored WCO. The sticking point would be he would probably want control over the roster.
    The Washington Post had this story
    http://tinyurl.com/o6romcj
    NY Times had a story on Shanahan being a no nonsense ruthless coach which might be what this current team needs
    http://tinyurl.com/k6w79tv
    Based on what has happened this year we just might need an outsider to come in and kick some ass.
    I really like Tomsula but I think he’s too nice of a guy to straighten things out butI could be wrong because this is the perception when he doesn’t have the big stick.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There was a huge brawl after the Miami City Bowl Game between BYU and Memphis that lasted several minutes yesterday. So much for Christmas spirit from a faith based school with a strict honor code.
    The dumbest thing you can do as a football player is to take off your helmet during a fist fight. You have protection with the helmet on and are inviting someone to use your head as a punching bag which was done in this brawl.

  49. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What I find funny is all the posts directed to other places, like you guys own the truth. Everyone knew going in that Harnaugh was abrasive and often wore out his welcome.

    Yet he’s absolved of his actions because why? He wins? Well, he fell short. No crime in that, but when you throw in all the other machinations you have the mess we appear to be in.

    As you said, NoFear, we don’t know the real story and probably won’t. But all the garbage coming out preseason did play a part in why this season went bad.

    What I don’t get is, why is harbaugh afforded the benefit of the doubt here, but his hand-picked QB isn’t? Kappy has won in the playoffs on the road. All the turmoil surrounding the team is ok to affect everyone else, but not the QB? And Skeebs, you say that Baalke picked Kappy is beyond dumb. Whole technically true, everyone who follows football knows Harbaugh was behind the pick. Let’s start Gabbert? Please.

  50. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well, you’ve been a fan of every new coach brought in since I’ve been on the blogs. And you’ve always blamed the coach, exclusively, for any team failures, real or perceived. Same shit different day for you.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This week’s Greg Cossell Show from KNBR with a bonus comment from Brent Jones on how open Vernon Davis has been but for some reason he’s not seen or being ignored by the QB.

    http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=851&c=4801&f=3782723

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco is writing articles on what Greg Cossell is and has been saying.
    If you look at the cover story in this week’s Sports Illustrated
    Austin Murphy also has analysis from Cossell.
    Obviously his opinion is valued and respected.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/cosell-kaepernick-not-intuitive-pocket-movement

  53. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Again, I can find 25 articles on how badly designed this offense is. And Greg Cosell is a film critic.

    No one is disputing Kappy needs to do a better job. No one disputes he has room to grow. The diff is you think everything else is fine. It isn’t. This offense is still poorly designed. The players themselves noted it at various times this year. You all listen to Tom Rathman’s Gardner, why don’t you listen to them?

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    25 articles is hyperbole

    Post links to 5 articles if you can

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Cossell was also on with Ted Robinson, the voice of the 49ers yesterday. Twice in 2 days on the flagship station of the 49ers.
    http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=851&c=4831&f=3780923

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco juat made an interesting comment.
    The supposed friction between Baalke and Harbaugh have been overblown.
    Nobody has factored in the animosity between Harbaugh and the guy he really can’t get along with in the front office, the President of the 49ers.
    In case you’ve forgotten the Prez of the Niners is Paraag Marathe.
    Makes a lot of sense with the strictly football guy clashing with the bean counter/business end guy.

  57. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s all cherry picking, skippy.

  58. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody has factored it in?

    Seriously? The problem is with Harbaugh and the front office. Which includes the spreadsheet guy and the owner. Not just the GM. Just because you thought of something doesn’t mean it’s news to the rest of us.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You can’t even find 5 articles when challenged to do so.
    The usual hyperbolic BS and feeble response.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    News to the rest of us? The us seems to be just you.
    When front office is mentioned it has always been Baalke and York. When have you or your sidekick ever mentioned Marathe?
    I was just sharing something Maiocco said but as usual you act as the troll and attack the messenger and not the message.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Only 2 Niners selected for the Pro Bowl and both from the offense and both are Olinemen.
    Staley and Iupati were picked.

  62. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco brings up another false target to focus on at this time because attention is getting closer to the child. MM is and has been doing the bidding of Niner brass until it got too hot in the initial phases of the sabotage by media campaign “Trade the winning coach”. Brief pause then next wave is ‘leaks reported by east coast media’ stooges = “HC losing locker room”.

    Like the ‘Trade the winning HC’ campaign the use of east coast media has the full blessing and support of York jr. Marathe only shields York by providing a plausible ‘reason’ why Niners must dump the winning coach = “Jimi is such a brute, can’t get along with anyone”. Plenty of fans will be duped by this just like the earlier manipulations have fooled legions for awhile.

    This is why some have said the kid is a coward for using others to hide behind while doing his dirty work. Unlike his uncle who had no problem being the tough demanding boss.

    The blame for a lesser Niner record will not rest with Paraage Marathe but with the idiot child in control.

  63. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit you are correct = the “look at me guy” has a bad habit of coming on here disputing, arguing and asserting endless baloney.

    This devolves into an attack on those who do not buy his POV rather than an adult agreement to disagree or to find common ground. Entertainment, getting his rocks, whatever the motive it is indeed the behavior of a Troll. Many have commented on this but the attention whore just can’t help himself.

    People don’t change and neither will this poor fellow

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    Just like any work situation you have to respect the chain of command and know who’s the boss.

    If you look around all pro sports the owners incorporate their kids into managing their teams when possible. From Jerry Jones to the Rooney Family, The Maras, the Krafts, the Hunts, the McCaskeys, the Bensons, the Bidwells to Mark Davis. All have emmbers of the family heavily involved with their teams.
    In pro basketball the Warriors have Lacob’s son Kirk in the front office. the Lakers have the son and daughter of Jack Kent Cooke running the team so it’s common for owners to give their kids jobs in most sports.

    Jed York is refreshing compared to his old man. Still he’s going to make mistakes and has made many this season. Jed’s not going away anytime soon.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually if you go to the Niner website and look at the 49er ownership they list the York family and the following:

    John M. Sobrato Co-Owner
    Mark Wan Co-Owner
    Gideon Yu Co-Owner

  66. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I think we can assume Sobrato, Wan and Yu did not initiate the sabotage by media campaign. No this is strictly in the York/Debartolo family tradition =

    Dump the Winning Coach.

    Brilliant

  67. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Iupati in the Pro Bowl this year shows what a joke the voting is. It’s like Madonna getting an award for chastity.

    Staley has been mostly solid, but Iupati has been as shaky as the rest of that line.

    On defense, I think Justin Smith and Bethea, at least, were overlooked on what is still an excellent unit.

  68. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not to mention Borland, Frumps. Sorry, that’s your name now. Boone gets in as an alternate? How screwed up is that? This line couldn’t block a field of grandmas.

    All have emmbers of the family? Who’s on fire, skippy?

    And Phil, are you OK? Seriously. You act like it’s the NFL, ESPN, the media, and the government vs. Harbaugh. He’s played his role in this whole fiasco. Regarless of what the rest of these monkeys say.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry you posted 3 links that all are basically Barrows article about 12 offensive coaches.
    Still trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes?
    You are still 3 links short.
    Imagine it would kill you if you had to look for 25 articles you claim you would be able to easily find.

  70. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    48-21-1.

    I got it, a brilliant idea = “I got the funding for my new stadium, what do I need this winner for? I’M the winner now! Trent assures me winning coaches are easy to come by so let’s go with that. I can always blame Baalke or Marathe if it doesn’t work out. Hendrix is so demanding. Ah for the good old days of the undemanding Singletary! He was great. Let’s solve all our problems by dumping the winning coach.”

    York will bare the blame for future failures to win at an equal pace of 48-21-1. But there will be plenty of egg to go around for the howling fans who think dismantling the coaching staff is the answer.

    Children

  71. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Imagine having a life, skippy. Try.

    You posted 17 articles with Greg Cosell’s name on them.

  72. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    7-8?

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for providing a link that proves my point (might have to do with your reading comprehension) Direct from your link unedited
    “Kaepernick went 0-of-10 on throws of at least 10 yards in Thursday night’s 19-3 flop against the Seattle Seahawks, and both of Richard Sherman’s interceptions came on two such passes.

    “It’s not an evolved passing game. It doesn’t seem like cutting edge,” said Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton, an all-time great deep threat.

    There’s no doubting Kaepernick has one of the league’s strongest arms. That helped make him such a fascinating prospect when he replaced Alex Smith in the midst of a 2012 run to the Super Bowl.

    Kaepernick’s accuracy, however, ranks 20th when it comes to passes of 20 yards or more, according to the stat gurus at Pro Football Focus. He’s attempted a league-high 61 passes in that range, and he’s completed 20, with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

    Ever since his 2012 breakout season, Kaepernick’s skills have been picked apart. Can he go through his progressions, past one read? Can he succeed in the pocket? Can he read defenses like his cerebral predecessor, Smith? Can he put touch on the ball?

    Now, can he go deep?

    None of those questions haven’t been answered consistently, nor can they fairly be after what amounts to two full years as a starting quarterback.

    “We keep working. That’s the only way it’s going to get right,” Kaepernick said in very humble fashion Thursday night, after he owned up to “bad throws” that led to Sherman’s interceptions.

    A more peculiar answer came when he was asked why so many other throws went awry, and overthrown, and out of bounds, and to a covered receiver instead of an open one. Why? “I wish I knew,” Kaepernick responded.”

    ===

    Thanks for re-enforcing what Greg Cossell and Brent Jones have been saying.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This link is just a story about offensive line injuries has nothing to do with play design
    http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2014/12/11/39806explaining-offensive-struggles/

    Now you’re just posting just anything

  75. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not an evolved passing game. It doesn’t seem cutting edge.

    -James Lofton.

    Gee, do the line injuries play a part in the offensive struggles, fumbduck?

    Of course they do. Everywhere but denial-land. How did Peyton Manning look yesterday under 2nd half pressure? Oh, That’s right. Pressure is nothing but an excuse. In denial-land.

    Nitery night skippy. Damn Warriors almost pulled to out after playing their worst game this season.

    Funny how a team can radically improve with an offensive coach.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, it’s a collection of a lot of variables for us.
    It might be as simple as Jim not finding a comfort zone for Kaep or, Kaep not meeting expectations within the scope of Jim’s plans for him?

    It’s 50/50 there IMO.
    Kaep is not comfortable in the pocket, plainly obvious.
    I also think Jim/Roman put too much emphasis on predictable pass patterns.
    Likely over simplified for Kaep to absorb perhaps?

    Bottom line, for me, Kaep doesn’t see the field well enough.
    More weapons are great, if you utilize them.
    Too much focus on deep stuff for me.

    I firmly believe a young QBs best friend is a TE and a running game.
    Once that was taken away from him, nothing else developed.
    Maybe a quick hitting scheme is the next step?
    No idea why Jim didn’t look to that option or, just flat out couldn’t get it to take shape in practice, who knows?

    I’m not much for good records overall, if I can’t see progress in the areas that prevented us from getting over the hump.
    We’ve taken a major step backward this year.

    Put me down as one fan that believes the scheme, and Kaep, aren’t a good match at this point.

  77. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The child owner has his supporters who want to shield him from blame for dumping the winning coach. Maiocco, Deon, and at the bottom of the list there’s this apologist:

    ” You act like it’s the NFL, ESPN, the media, and the government vs. Harbaugh. He’s played his role in this whole fiasco”

    I see so it’s not York the child owner that has put the knife in the incredibly winning coach? No per apologist above it’s my view that “the NFL, ESPN, the media, and the government” did. That’s what I’ve been saying yep. Okay there’s no point correcting the intentional misstatements of the incorrigible. But Maiocco, the local lap dogs and the national media ones would be proud of the defense our bottom of the barrel commenter has offered. York thanks you. Pointing it out for the latest serving of baloney that it is.

    With no evidence, NONE, the glib apologist justifies York’s heinous sabotage of Hendrix by uttering this:

    “He’s played his role in this whole fiasco. Regarless of what the rest of these monkeys say”.

    The children in kiddieland are content with unsupported accusations as above but normal adults require facts, evidence. But from the lynch mob you do not get them. You get a blame game devoid of reason, justice or common sense.

    York bears the burden of the York family tradition of firing winning coaches. 48-21-1

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil there’s a certain degree of arrogance with any Owner I’d say.

    Eddie was a perfect example of a guy that put everything into ‘his’ team.
    He and Walsh had one of those perfect love/hate relationships in the Pro sports domain.
    Walsh withstood the heat, Eddie usually found time to cool off, things were highly successful for a long time.

    Ahh, The Good ‘Ol Days.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In this scenario, Jim appears to be firmly entrenched in his position, with his guys, and doesn’t feel he needs to deviate from his plan.
    I can respect that.

    He has a vision, a track record and, a belief that he CAN do it his way.

    Where I think things got off the rails is, having to work with a GM, not an AD.

    Unlike Walsh and Eddie, free spending is tabu in this era of Cap structure.
    Jim is a throw-back of sorts.
    Wind him up, get out of his way perhaps.

    I will miss his dedication, he’s not a phony by any stretch.

    Sadly, for whatever the real reasons, he’s a mad scientist of sorts.
    Doesn’t seem to work well with others, accept change easily or, allow adversity to change his gait.

    I had hoped that changing Roman, or experimenting with another approach, might have been all that was needed.
    He remained loyal to his Staff, which likely forced the direction of this journey in the end.

    As I see it, Jed, Baalke, maybe Jim, will each feel they did what they had to do.
    It’s simply reached critical mass.

    All we can do at this point is, hope they can pull another successful rabbit out of the hat.

  80. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Personally, I don’t know where the blame on Roman comes from. It’s been reported that Harbaugh wants final say in the plays called in to his QB. And the view of him on the sidelines during the play-calling sequence would seem to confirm that. If that is the case, certainly one can’t believe that Harbaugh wants to be a micro-manager on game day but lets the OC design his own offensive scheme without any oversight or input from the HC for the weekly game plan.

    The only “scheme” that fits Kaepernick so far is the zone read he mastered in college. We played the crap out of it and tried all sorts of variations of it. How does one witness that and then say Roman won’t design plays that suit Kaepernick?

    Some fans have convinced themselves that they know things they can’t know. Like the discussions had to create the game plan. Who has input and how much input. How the QB performed in practice and on and on. Yet some are certain Roman, and therefore Harbaugh, is stupid or just wants to put in hundred hour work weeks to watch Kaepernick fail.

    We can’t play the zone read forever. It’s time for anything more than a few plays per game is gone. Kaepernick has short routes when he wants to use them. The Seahawks game they all were short passes.

    What tells the story in large part for me is how much effort the QB makes on his own to get better. In the off-season on his own time. If all he cares about is showing up in front of the cameras with his hat on bass-ackward and his headphones around his neck and showing all the hip-hop rappers that he’s a big deal and the rest of us that he doesn’t give a shit then he probably won’t end up with much of a career in the NFL under any OC/HC anyway.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s something along those lines I’m sure NoFear49er.
    As I’ve attempted to convey for some time, there’s a pistol-to-pocket hurdle to cross here.
    For whatever the reasons, it’s stalled, if not hit the proverbial wall.

    I can respect your position on the Roman/Harbaugh dynamic, as I’m not certain where that line is drawn.

    Agree completely that Kaep isn’t ready for the pocket approach.
    He’s at the center of the play execution certainly.

    My thoughts regarding a change at OC have simply been based on the lack of production, normally associated with the OC.

    I don’t question Jim’s methods so much as I challenge other options to improve the results.
    Again, as you suggest, we don’t know what limitations Kaep puts on any other options either.

    Bingo on your remark about wanting to use them.
    Having 4 WRs in routes is moot,if he’s not seeing them in his progressions.

    As noted, I’m not sure where we rate Kaep in terms of development.
    Hoped he’d have flipped the switch at this point.
    Obviously not.

    Somewhere in all this subterfuge, there’s a void that appears to have widened this year.

    Funny how we’re hearing reports of Kaep seeking a QB guru now too huh?
    Perhaps the message is being delivered from on high,(Dad,GM)like changing his attitude with the media in recent weeks?

    What a mess.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Possible there’s some resentment between Baalke and Harbaugh on Kaeps’ development to date?

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Browns are already exploring all options for their QB.
    Johnny Football got hurt because what worked for him in college
    doesn’t in the NFL.
    Either he adapts to the NFL game or he will join Tim Tebow out of football.
    Hohnny says they’ve onlt seen 7 quarters of him starting. That is apparently enough for the Browns to form an opinion.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/24/manziel-questions-fairness-of-browns-looking-elsewhere-for-a-quarterback/

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vince Young started 50 games in the NFL and had a record of 31-19 as a starter. Young threw 48 TD passes and ran for 12 more TDs.
    He was out of football at the age of 28 because he couldn’t read defenses, go through progressions and found that his speed and running ability only worked occasionally in the NFL because the LBs were just as fast as he was and could track him down and hurt him. Defensive Coordinators finally had a plan to stop Vince and he couldn’t overcome that and adapt to be that QB so his NFL career ended in 2011.
    Kap is in a similar place. Defensive Coordinators have a gameplan to stop him. If Kap doesn’t adapt and overcome then
    he will find limited success at best.
    I don’t want to say in a couple of years that this is a common tale.

  85. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    For quarterbacks, like coaches, it’s something of a truism: more fail than succeed, in the final analysis.

    And it’s less about physical tools than the ability to see a snapshot of the defense and then know and execute the proper reaction.

    I’m not ready to write Kaepernick off just yet – but if he does not improve that mental side of the game, then, yeah, he won’t last long.

    This off-season is going to be critical for him. He might want to put less time into commercials and other incidental pursuits and a whole lot more into film study and practicing his footwork. A few days with Doctor House on throwing fundamentals couldn’t hurt, either.

  86. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh has had a pretty good track record with quarterbacks elsewhere. So why has he struggled this year to get anything out of Kappy down the stretch?

    Possibility one: Kaepernick is hurt, and the 49ers are keeping it quiet. It’s possible, but I doubt it. For one thing, his difficulties do not seem to be physical – he can still make a few startling plays – but rather mental.

    Possibility two: Harbaugh is so caught up in the inter-office drama that he is no longer effective. For most of the year, I doubt this. The man is too Type A to let this shut him down.

    Possibility three: Kappy, for whatever reason, either temporarily or permanently, is not coachable. Whether this is something new borne out of ego after his initial success, or whether it is just a feature of his personality, or whether it is a function of a strained relationship with Harbaugh, Kappy is not learning and progressing and he himself is the problem. The troubling thing about number three is, even with Harbaugh removed from the equation, there is no guarantee that anything will change next year.

  87. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, you guys are fine paying Harbaugh (and by extension Roman) $50 mill to stay? You are fine with the soon to be 7-9 season? If Kappy is so responsible for the downturn, why doesn’t the guy that picked him catch any heat?

    This offense has never been very explosive. Under Smith or Kappy. We run the same passing routes that we ran 3 years ago. We are a power running team that went away from that this year. To terrible results. I don’t see much adjusting to teams that figure shit out mid-game. Hence the huge disparity in 1st half to 2nd half points scored and given up.

    People blame Gore for getting old but he had nowhere to go. Much like the Singletary days when everyone knew he was getting the ball. The diff this year is we couldn’t block for him. Or Kaepernick.

    Again though through all the distractions and bullshit I come back to the fact that this team lost 7 first half leads. They were in position to win a lot of games they ended up losing. Teams made 2nd half adjustments the 49ers couldn’t figure out. Over and over. With the O going 3 and out, the D was left on the field all 2nd half. We just saw this in the SD game.

    Doesn’t scheme play a part in any of this? Or did Kaepernick send the tape et from Michigan?

  88. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, you guys are fine paying Harbaugh (and by extension Roman) $50 mill to stay? You are fine with the soon to be 7-9 season? If Kappy is so responsible for the downturn, why doesn’t the guy that picked him catch any heat?

    This offense has never been very explosive. Under Smith or Kappy. We run the same passing routes that we ran 3 years ago. We are a power running team that went away from that this year. To terrible results. I don’t see much adjusting to teams that figure shit out mid-game. Hence the huge disparity in 1st half to 2nd half points scored and given up.

    People blame Gore for getting old but he had nowhere to go. Much like the Singletary days when everyone knew he was getting the ball. The diff this year is we couldn’t block for him. Or Kaepernick.

    Again though through all the distractions and bullshit I come back to the fact that this team lost 7 first half leads. They were in position to win a lot of games they ended up losing. Teams made 2nd half adjustments the 49ers couldn’t figure out. Over and over. With the O going 3 and out, the D was left on the field all 2nd half. We just saw this in the SD game.

    Doesn’t scheme play a part in any of this? Or did Kaepernick send the tweet from Michigan?

  89. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think the distractions do play their part in this. I think that Harbaugh did lose the locker room to a certain extent. WhenFrank Gore is questioning things, well, there you go.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very simple explanation for the limited success of the running game. Defenses are stacking the box and daring Kap to beat them with the pass. The result in the last 4 games proves Kap is not up to the challenge. You will not win averaging 110 yds passing and .5 TDs a game.
    Every defense has a weakness and a vulnerability and Kap needs to find it and exploit it.
    The film shows open receivers that Kap is either not seeing or he’s ignoring. The guy who says the game film lies is so full full of crap and himself. These excuses are one big joke. If Kap doesn’t change and a new coaching staff comes in it’ll be more of the same excuses next year if Roman is gone. Then who will you blame?

  91. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think Kap is second guessing himself and hesitating much the way Alex Smith did after he got hurt.

    Alex got his career somewhat turned around when Harbaugh arrived. Though his struggles to connect with his WRs this year show that there are limits to that. But he became a serviceable starter, after some years of struggle. Years when teams “loaded the box, and dared the 49ers to throw.”

    Now the question is, can someone do the same for Kaepernick? I think, the answer is only Kaepernick can do that, though he can seek help if he is willing. He needs to study film, and get comfortable finding the right receiver and letting it fly.

    As to the overarching Year of Chaos bullshit we’re going through, I think a lot of this is just frustration. We got so close, three years in a row, and there is just frustration and dissatisfaction at coming up short, which has opened fault lines between guys in the organization who were maybe never completely comfortable together anyway.

    The team has been dysfunctional for years, going all the way back to the Joe Thomas coup that toppled Monte Clark. Walsh kept a lid on it by winning, but eventually even that was not enough. When the team passed from Eddie to the Yorks, things only got worse. Harbaugh won his first three years, and put a happy face on things, but the same old power struggles and bullshit were there waiting patiently for the winning to end. The question now is, how many years of losing are we heading for before the ship gets righted again? I would not be surprised to see a Marathe-Baalke struggle next year if we stumble out of the gate. This is not a happy or healthy organization and I for one do not believe a new coaching hire is suddenly going to make the Bluebird of Happiness fly up everyone’s ass.

  92. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Grump – I don’t know some of those pre salary cap days were pretty much party till the cows come home. It’s just too bad our owner got busted. Hey, it could happen to anyone.

  93. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Staley and Iupati deserve their Pro Bowl spots, especially Staley. Even though both weren’t the best at pass blocking, their run blocking was top notch and so their overall value was as good as nearly anyone else selected at their positions.

    Bethea I thought was a shoo-in.

    Some players were left out by a crowded field, like Eddy Lacey, CJ Anderson and Odell Beckham, but Marcel Reece over Bruce Miller? No!

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very interesting interview with Todd Husak former Stanford and NFL QB and now the color analyst for Stanford Football. He breaks down Kap’s mechanics.
    http://media.957thegame.com/a/100395858/todd-husak-talks-bay-area-qbs-how-kaepernick-can-be-fixed.htm

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Husak mentioned that Kap throws a ball with the nose pointed down
    which is the reason so many receivers have to dive to make catches which eliminates any YAC which is an important component
    for any passing game.

  96. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bethea turned out to be a really solid pickup this year. We have not missed Donte Whitner and his penalties at all. I think Bethea got screwed by the general decline of the team around him. And Borland just did not quite get enough starts to build the resume he would need.

    NF, Agree on Staley, who is *usually* pretty reliable in pass pro too – he has his one game a year or so when someone gets the best of him, but he is solid overall. Iupati is a tremendous one-dimensional player. It’s an impressive dimension, I’ll agree, but I think a pro bowler should bring a solid all-around game to the table.

    I actually think Boone had two seasons – the first half was pretty rough, but the second half he’s been rounding back into form. Not sure he deserved the votes he got either, but I believe he’ll be okay next year and going forward.

    If we can successfully acquire a number one WR and get everyone back healthy next year, we could bounce back on offense – but that depends on Kaepernick. This off-season will be huge for him. He’d better show something next year, or the team will have to start thinking about moving on.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our 9ers are at a point in time, where age, and salaries, are going to determine it’s future.
    The jury is still out as to whether Kaep can/will be the long term solution, at the most important position on the team as well.

    Many of us agree, Harbaugh can Coach.
    The term ‘scheme’ has had varying degrees of definition among us but, it’s pretty clear that scoring points in the Red Zone has been a challenge from Day 1 of the Harbaugh campaign.

    Be it rifts between Jim/Trent/Jed/Paraag or, whomever, our Offensive production has continued to slide South.

    Whether Jim has refused changes or, been unwilling to accept other options, we’ll never know for sure.
    The facts remain obvious, declining production.

    At the center of that debate is Kaep.
    It’s likely, for me anyway, that Mgt feels it’s time to seek another option, to explore other possibilities.
    I don’t put that entirely at the feet of Jim either.

    About as simple as I can assess it is, they’ve reached the threshold of irreconcilable differences.

    Time to move on.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guys, have a very Merry Christmas!
    Good health, good times to one an all.

  99. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Everyone throws the ball with the nose down. On shorter passes. Watch tom Brady or Peyton manning on short passes. The nose is down.

    AD had some nice things to say about his OC:

    Bam Davis ‏@AnthonyDavis76 6h hours ago
    Greg Roman to me when I was 21: “You know we can get someone off the street to do what you do.” #LifeComesAtYouFast

    His deleted response? the irony.

  100. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s funny. Davis came out of college with a rep as a slacker. Roman was probably trying to get his attention. I’m sure guys like Parcells said things a lot worse to his players. You anti-Harbaugh/Roman guys are desperate for credibility.

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Merry Christmas!!!

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Garcia is willing to help Kap and is offering.
    Garcia also sees many correctable faults and lists them.
    The list is everything that has been posted here.
    Too bad the Kap apologists are still in denial and keep making the same lame excuses.
    The latest laughable excuse was the question, have any of us been crushed by a 320 lb lineman and it’s not easy being a QB in the NFL.
    My response would be I don’t get paid a million plus to play QB plus all the endorsements and side benefits. Getting hit comes with the territory and all NFL QBs get hit.

  103. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree: “Harbaugh one of my favorite coaches ever.”

    I guess Deion misremembered.

  104. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Life after Hendrix how will that look?

    Possible wish list:

    -New OC, DC?, several new coaches

    -Improved O, personnel, play calling

    -Improved QB Play

    -Improved FO = added VP of Football Operations to buffer HC/GM/bean counters/owner

    -Improved drafting of O personnel

    -Someone to replace departed Tim Drevno to coach OL

    Please Santa? Ok on to my coffee

  105. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Whats funny is the reaction to anything that paints the coaching staff in a bad light.

    Knee

    jerk

  106. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Are you guys happy with the red zone offense? Either QB.

  107. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Merry Christmas to you Bullit. And may we have a happy new year too.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke wants Gore back next year*.

    *I am sure it depends on a cap friendly contract but Gore has been the heartbeat of the offense and has not passed off the torch just yet.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/exclusive-gore-next-year-kap-will-get-back-himself

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In case you haven’t been paying attention those red zone opportunities have diminished lately.
    110 yards per game passing efforts is a key factor as to why they’ve been inept.

  110. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners put 2 more guys on IR today, Alex Boone and Bubba Ventrone.
    They signed KR Trindon Holliday who is 5’5″ 166 lbs to the roster
    and also CB Cameron Fuller.
    The count is up to 17 players on IR this season.

  111. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see: ridiculous injury count, 8 different starting O-line combinations, QB regressing big time. It must by the play calling!

  112. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah you must be right Skeebs since the O has been statistically amazing all 4 years. TD in the RZ percentage, 3rd down conversions oh and led the league in FG.
    It just shows more this year with injuries.

  113. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners were 11th in pts scored in 2011, 2012, and 2013. 28th this year. If they were 11th again this year, they’d be in the playoffs. No matter how frustrated some or all of us get with the style of offense, it was good enough to beat every team in the league, except one, the past three years. If the next coach can do better, hats off to him. I’m not betting on it, though.

  114. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Some fan you are, Skeebs.

  115. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Check out the turnover ratio those years. The defense gave the o a lot of great field position. YEds per game? 3rd down conversion rate? Red zone scoring? Fair to poor.

    Yeah my hope is a better offense. I’m not hoping for the next coach to fail.

  116. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t see me saying I hope the next coach fails, Chuck, but reading comprehension has never been your strong suit.

  117. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Irony Skeebs:
    the injuries and O line lineup changes excuse the lack of O production from the coaches (Roman) yet condemns the QB (Kap)…OK

  118. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I keep thinking about the Kappy that just lit up Green Bay, a couple of times. He had some truly pinpoint passes in those games. Maybe this year he just he forgot how to play the position. Not likely.

  119. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, you only like it when Bull(sh)it makes outlandish inferences?

    Well, at least I get football. How many players questioning the plays will convince you that the players have no faith on the coaching staff?

  120. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And I will say dickish nebbishism is a strong suit of yours.

  121. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seems some folks are so anxious to find a voice to support their view they’ll grasp at anything. Now these guys, all claiming to want different things from our offense/coaching staff, all say some disgruntled player, thinking bashing coaches who won’t be here next year is going to make him look like a better player, is evidence they are on to something when all this player is supporting is more power running which every one of the coaching staff detractors was dead set against. Smart folks, some of those Niners fans.

  122. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bottom third in FG attempts under 40 yards this year.

    We moved the ball well enough in the first half of the season. Did the coaches forget how to coach after three and a half years at the bye this year?

    I seriously don’t see how anybody can watch Kaepernick play these games in the last half of the season and wonder what’s happening in our offense? Has no one ever seen a QB in a similar fog?

    It’s so obvious that all the guys who were crying about all we do is run are saying why don’t we run more. But still they can’t say there’s some problem at the QB position. Anyone still think there’s no personal agendas to defend here?

  123. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That is pretty funny. Davis’ dissatisfaction with Roman is more important to the local mob than what he’s actually saying, which is let’s go back to what the mob complained about all last year. I’m surprised Davis has the nerve to open his mouth. He only started six games this year and didn’t finish two of them.

    The entire league is surprised at the regression of Kaepernick this year, which is clear to any observer not running an agenda. Kap himself says he needs to improve. Bruce Arians and Pete Carroll are shaking their heads that the Niners would run such a good HC out of town, but the local mob would rather pay attention to Trent Baalke’s daughter, the very embodiment of an ignorant fan.

    The thing about a mob, though, once they get up a head of steam, you can’t reason with them. The more you try, the louder and more insistent they get.

  124. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Last year, Ben Roethlisberger complained publicly all year about his OC, Todd Haley. Pittsburgh missed the playoffs. Did they fire the OC and HC? No, they regrouped and are on the verge of winning the AFC North on Sunday. Roethlisberger quit complaining, learned the playbook, and had some phenomenal games this year. That’s what stable franchises do. This franchise is not stable.

  125. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, everyone but the HC is at fault? Your view, as usual Skeebs is simplistic and wrong. NoFear? Ditto. Well, you are the strawman guy. The point I’ve been making for the past few years was to not be so obvious in the formations and play calls. Not to go Mouse Davis, like you crow about incessantly. Run the bulk of the plays out of similar formations. Not the jumbo in the red zone all the time. Not the jumbo on 3rd and short all the time. I’ve heard from other teams, and now our own players, how predictable the play calling is. StL, Seattle, Denver and other teams have said they knew what to expect when facing us. They knew when we were going to pass. They knew when we were going to run. Based on formations.

    Disavow that as you like, but football becomes a lot easier when you know what is coming. Execution is important, but running up the middle on 3rd and one against 9 in the box is not going to work 80% of the time. Our horrendous 3rd down conversion rate and red zone offense bears this out.

    Fine. Some of us grasp football concepts and some of us provide Harbalibis for the head coach. Yes, the injuries, especially to the O line, affected everyone but the quarterback?

    Got it.

  126. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The QB isn’t speaking out against the OC here. Its linemen, WRs, Gore, and VD. And those are the ones who went public. This isn’t an isolated case. It’s 5 guys now. Team leaders like Staley, Crabs, VD, and Gore. LMJ was a given, but Crabs leaked the dissatisfaction bit to Deion months ago. You can ignore that all you want, but the truth is somewhere along the lines of dissension in the locker room. Not that all these comments by the players are based on nothing. For quite a while now. Not happy-rainbow-pony-land in there.

  127. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s very obvious that Kappy regressed big time this year, maybe it’s the headphones, maybe it’s all his fault, and then maybe he had a lot of help.

  128. winderNo Gravatar says:

    “Who’s got it better than us,” well quite a few.

  129. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, Gore reluctantly blamed the QB a few weeks ago, Crabtree just last week called Harbaugh one of the best coaches he ever had, VD implies he’s getting open and nobody is throwing it to him, and Staley vented his frustration after a butt whipping. This is your big list to build a case of team dissension, completely ignoring that player after player all year long has called this accusation bunk.

  130. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s kinda hard to tell what’s really going on behind the scene. It’s like any other job you either tow the company line or you don’t. In this case it seems you can do both.

  131. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some of your complaints might make sense if this was the first year of the Harbaugh regime AND we weren’t decimated by injuries AND your complaints weren’t spread over the entire spectrum like an unchoked shotgun blasted at a wall so you can choose the shot hole that suits your purpose of the day.

    But none of that is true. Harbaugh’s proved his system wins games. More than any other team in the league for the past three years. And all while you and your sidekicks complained about it all and had Gore gone years ago because he was DONE! Today he should have run more?! Priceless.

    And you’ve seen saying EVERYTHING for years. So get off it, skippy. Everyone here has read your bullshit for too many years to confuse you with someone who possesses some superior knowledge of football or even a passing one. Talk about simplistic. Your rap has always been to blame the coaching no matter the problem.

    It’s not all Kaepernick’s fault. But when the QB is having a bad game, a bad game is usually had.

  132. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    “VD implies he’s getting open and nobody is throwing it to him,”

    The all-22 coaches film confirms it. Nobody wants to hear that shit, or Crabtree’s reply to a direct question. Innuendo and rumor are so much more fun, and pliable.

  133. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bleacher report has Harbaugh confirmed by team sources as going to Michigan.

    Shocking. To some of you. Staley complained of dumb schemes. AD rails against his OC throwing players under the bus. Crabs complains about the offense. VD says he’s just trying to do his job on yhis tragedy of an offense.

    Keep denying reality folks.

  134. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    200 first half points. 9th in the league. 83 2nd half points. Last.

    I guess kappy forgets how to play in the 2nd half.

  135. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You keep stating the first half vs the second half as if it’s proof of bad coaching. There is no ipso facto there to hang it on coaching. And saying it’s the same players is about as lame as it gets. It’s the same coaches, too. The same coaches who coached all those playoff second halves and regular season second halves to get there.

    Many things could/do change. The team is ahead and tries to close out the game by not passing as much in order to burn time off the clock and keep control of the ball, for example. Or the team is too far behind to not go to all out passing, which hasn’t gone too well this year, in case you haven’t noticed. Players can wear down in the second half. Have you heard of that? Especially ones playing with injuries.

    What’s the attraction with ignoring everything you can see in favor of something you can’t? Do you think that makes you a shit-stirring sportswriter?

    How does one complain about the offense and at the same time insist the offense is separate from the quarterback?

  136. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So you are going with kappy forgets at halftime?

    Got it.

  137. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It isn’t, but how do you separate shitty coaching from lousy output?

  138. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You look at the film, Chuck.

  139. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Easy, by looking at the film evidence and determining what went wrong. And applying a little common sense.

    Although that doesn’t work for those that refuse to be convinced that Kaepernick locking onto a receiver for three seconds or holding the ball for six isn’t coached that way.

    And you have to accept that there’s something wrong with Kaepernick’s playing first before you can proceed to the coaching aspect of it. Most I’ve read in your camp, don’t.

  140. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Stay tuned for the new regime announcement and the brave face Niners will put on it.

    QB? Coaching? Execution? Scheme? Yes.

    I’ll believe what I see on the field next year. Not the spin outta 4949 and the local media dogs. Not the brilliant GM mantra or the pro-active owner crap. Not the happy talk outta the new crew coaching. Not the tweets and the passive aggressive leaks.

    Next year on the field. Show me.

  141. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What I saw was teams changing their approach to how they played us after falling behind. How many first half leads do you have to lose before you wonder about adjustments? Or poor red zone offenses?

    What I also saw was the Niner coaching staff failing to counter teams adjusting to what we do. Whichj is how we scored.

    Bye Bye Jim.

    Good luck vs Ohio State. Comcast is confirming (via his buddy Feldy) that Harbs is taking the Michigan job.

  142. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Which is how we scored so little in the 2nd half.

    They Niners will likely win tomorrow with all the pressure off.

  143. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Phil if we get a better offense out of the deal. I’m all for it.

    Not sure what this means for the defensive coaching staff, but I would like to see Fangio stick around.

  144. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder how long before Pete ends up at Ohio State?

  145. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ohio State is small time compared to coaching the SB champs. Which is why I thought Jimi would stay in the NFL. But maybe like Pete who needed a return to college ranks- USC- Hendrix knows he needs more seasoning to “get it” to succeed being HC at pro level.

    Clearly there have been deficits in O approach. Hendrix must know this and $8 M beats most NFL salaries. “Following” Pete’s career path he could get more experience and maybe win a championship then possibly come back to coach the Rams, lol

  146. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You dicks are so stupid it is fun to read your comments and feel superior! I feel I will be banned soon for disparaging RoBaugh. I am the maven here. I told you this would happen a year ago. You three stooges just go by numbers. I watch the games.

    I said I will come back when there is a change. It isn’t official but the change is done. Harbaugh is just a Roman suck in the pros. Period, end of story. He needs to be in college with that Skeeber, NoFear, Bullit offense. You three stooges talk about how I am an anti. I’m loving it.

    I can’t wait to laugh, please reply.

  147. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did any of you three stooges notice that Seattle beat us last game without their two best O-linemen? Oh my gosh! How did that escape you little stooges? Excuses are made for Harbaugh that don’t pertain to Kap. I love to laugh.

  148. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never realized how much this site sucks until I went elsewhere. I made two posts and they have disappeared for a while. I forgot about that. That never happens at Unca’s blog.

  149. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    WTF are you quacking about? Their center and their tackle who played half the game? I think that only escaped you.

    Did you know our center was out? Not the starter but the starter and the backup. Did you know Joe Looney played at center and Jonathan Martin at RT. And Asante Cleveland, Dillon Farrell, Andrew Tiller, Garrett Celek and Alfonso Smith played on offense?

    I thought you were already banned here. Did you notice the site suck seems to follow you?

  150. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well the blog you’re now pushing is the one everyone went to when you were one of the stooges.

    It’s where Chuck says, “Don’t see too much chance in AZ for a win.” and comes on here and says, “They Niners will likely win tomorrow with all the pressure off.”

    No wonder you feel at home there.

  151. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I have no idea what you just said. You are so out there, nothing changes. I love you, you make me laugh!

  152. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What it means for the most part is, we’re looking at the roster depth for the final games, in order to evaluate where we might go, with the Draft and FA I’d surmise?

    Yes NoFear49er, our O-Line was stretched to it’s core last game.
    As were RB, LBs and the Secondary.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that JMart and Looney could be looking for work next year.

  153. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As I recall, McCloughan didn’t value OGs as 1st RD selections.
    An OT on the other hand?
    That could be something that might fall into Baalke’s lap next Spring?

    Pretty sure Trent plays the BPA angle when prioritizing his Draft Board.
    We’ll see where it goes.

    Our 1st order of business is certainly more focused on who’s going to Coach them at this point.

  154. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh has already checked out on The Three Stooges(Skeebers, NoFear, Bullit). The Stooges keep wanting a man who doesn’t want them. I love laughing.

  155. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio for HC to preserve continuity for half the team. Then we’ll see what FO/HC cooks up to bolster the sagging O = OL, RB, WR, TE (?). Then stick with the power run game or what?

    We’ll not have GRo around to blame but it won’t be hard to figure out who once the new crew is on board. Will be interested to see how the players buy in to new coaches

  156. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil the BIG assignment for the next regime is, to determine what to do with Kaep IMO.

    He’s GOT to learn the pocket passing phase of the position, if anything useful is to be gained from him.

    I’m hoping we go with someone familiar with the WCO.
    Plenty of answers coming in the weeks ahead.

    I’m all for his idea of seeking a QB guru as well.
    The sooner, the better.

  157. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes certainly agree NJ about Kap. Huge part of the sagging O. I assume he’ll be back and will need lots of coaching in a functional O set up. We still don’t know if Balky can draft decent offensive players that whoever can develop.

    But we don’t know if Fangio is sticking around either and if not then the D will have plenty of questions too.

    Might be a good time to whip off the shades since the future may not be a bright as once we hoped

  158. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You made the right choice going to Chuck’s site, Berger. You’re not rational any more. Part of me is embarrassed for you at your public melt down, and part of me is worried about you. You sound like a guy going over the edge.

  159. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- You are a funny man. I guess I’m not rational because I don’t agree with you and your suddenly irrational posts. Got it! I love to laugh. Keep posting.

  160. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, NoFear, if you don’t see a difference in the team’s outlook before the head coach has committed to another job and after, during the season no less, then well, I guess you don’t understand much of anything.

    Really?

    The only way to keep Harbaugh in this situation would be to dump half the players and rebuild the team with a bunch of unknowns. Like Nolan and Singletary before him, Harbaugh lost the team and it turned to shit. Yet you guys want to pay him $50 million to stay. Brilliant. And don’t hide behind the “I don’t care what it costs” argument. He had a high price to stay here, and you sheep merely hide behind the non-cap issue. Money DOES matter, as Jimbo just made apparent by not even waiting for offers from other NFL teams. I don’t think he’s as highly regarded by the NFL crowd as he is by colleges. Namely Michigan.

    The suitor who I thought would really go for Harbs was Dallas, but with Garrett and his newfound defense, he’s safe. At least until they implode in the playoffs.

    I mean, really. Why would the Raiders (or the Jets) want him when he took a vastly superior team into their house, a team fighting for its playoff life, and lost badly? This team showed no commitment to Harbaugh and all those bullshit reports from earlier in the year were right. All i can picture here is 3 or 4 people with their fingers in their ears, their eyes closed, and they are singing la-la-la-la-la-la-la!!

    Kappy had the wherewithall to not harp on Harbs, but you know damn well he’s very happy about seeing Jimbo hit the road. He’ll never admit that, tho, but I’m sure he’s looking forward to anyone but Roman next season.

  161. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    the wherewithall?

    Take your fingers out of your ears, open your eyes and quit singing for a minute.

    No commitment to Harbaugh? With the owner’s rep making it clear all year Harbaugh wasn’t going to be around much longer and making a public show of no commitment to their head coach, I’d say the team’s made a remarkable commitment to their coach all season.

    No, Kaepernick’s not happy. After some of his games this year, he may well have to fight for the starter’s job. Harbaugh had faith in him. The new guy’s gonna want to see something from him besides attitude and headphones.

  162. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder how Michael Strahan would feel losing the sack record if Rivers would have rolled over for Justin Houston like Favre did for him.

  163. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    AD is worse at pass blocking than his backup J. Martin (and that’s bad, folks). He should probably quit drawing attention to his crappy playing with his bad-mouthing of the coach.

  164. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, AD just praised Harbaugh today as a great coach. I guess he just doesn’t like Roman.

  165. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Niners putting up a good fight vs AZ so far 13-7 going late 2nd Q. Giving up yards in the air

  166. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe he’ll say something different tomorrow. Diarrhea’s tricky.

  167. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes a lot of laundry is going come up to be washed pretty quick. AD for openers

  168. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Players have been subject to this all year too but yeah AD, chill man

  169. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Well dang TD AZ in the air again

  170. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina looks like a completely different team since Cam came back from his accident and injury. Should the Rams hold on against the Seahawks and the Niners lose today and assuming the Packers maintain their Lambeau dominance over the Lions, there would be a suddenly intriguing WC game of Sea@Car.

    That’s how it would shape up if the season ended right this minute. (The other WC, best I can figure, would be Det@Dal.)

  171. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RT keep on analyzing for us. My few remaining brain cells are still processing ‘life after Hendrix’. Thanks

  172. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s about it, Phil. The Div round would likely be Sea@AZ and Dal@GB (how’s that one for a matchup).

    All offseason to lament the coming “rebuilding” years.

  173. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Boo birds will have to wait a little longer for their much anticipated and ballyhooed second half collapse. Nice touch pass for Kaepernick there, too.

  174. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is having his best game in a month and a half.

    Unfortunately, he waited until our pass defense has packed it in for the year. Too many people hurt. You can’t start guys like Dahl and Dontae Johnson and McFadden and not expect to get burned alive. I hope we can hold on but it’s looking dicey.

  175. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pass rush misses RayMac. Aldon sure looks like he’s packed it in. And AD’s penalties makes me think we have Kwame back at OT.

  176. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    All of a sudden with return of A Davis our run game is clicking. Funny huh? Man the OL was a mess most of the year which did not help our O.

    Yeah let’s hold on here late 4th and keep the negative nellys at bay for once. Go into off season on a positive note to face the music

  177. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Ray Mac hurts. No pressure on AZ QB

  178. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Good stop good tackle by Wilhoite. He’s having a good game.

  179. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon what’s up?

  180. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Running a nice four minute offense here injuries and all.

  181. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Gore running wild. Think he’s motivated and rested? Hyde helped spelling him most of the year. Frank wants another year leading this bunch.

    Delay of game on Kap. Must be coaching.

  182. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Ryan blames coaching for not fixing all the delays to ‘some degree’

  183. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dahl Redeems himself. No meltdown. No losing of the locker room.

  184. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    LMAO… and who seals the win? Craig Effign Dahl.

    The Gods are having their little jest today.

  185. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    AD is distracted thinking about his post-game tweets.

    INT by Craig Dahl to save the game.

    8-8 and a win against NFC West

  186. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NF right the locker room never quit unlike the F ing owner

  187. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Crowd is jazzed. I can actually hear ’em for a change

  188. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Turned out to be a good finish to an injury-wracked season despite all the doom and gloom predictions.

  189. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dumber has come back here to post to support his brother Dumb.
    Ranting that this team had a mutiny and would lay down. Total crock of crap or so it seems. Listen to these two Chikin littles
    proclaiming that they knew Harbaugh was done a year ago.
    Remember they don’t believe in numbers but sure refer to them
    when it advances their propaganda.
    Dumb and Dumber are good for laughs.

  190. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Officially Harbaugh is out. Niners and Harbaugh released a statement saying they have mutually agreed to part ways.
    With that said whoever comes in to replace him has some big shoes to fill.

  191. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is that complete press release from the Niners and Harbaugh

    “The San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have mutually agreed to part ways. The 49ers organization has begun its search for the team’s next head coach, while Harbaugh is now free to consider his next coaching opportunity without any constraints.

    49ers CEO Jed York and General Manager Trent Baalke will hold a press conference in the Levi’s® Stadium auditorium at 1:00 p.m. PST on Monday, December 29, to address the announcement and the organization’s subsequent coaching search.

    “Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,” said York. “We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best.”

    “For the last four seasons I have had the great privilege to coach one of the storied franchises in the history of football,” said Harbaugh. “We accomplished many great things together as a team during this period, which is a tribute to the incredible efforts of some of the most dedicated players and coaches in the NFL. I will miss competing alongside this group of players and coaches, I have the utmost respect and admiration for their hard work and support. It has been my honor to share the sideline with these mighty men. I will always appreciate and remember fondly, the passion and support of our Faithful fans, and want to express my particular thanks to them.”

    York added: “We are now squarely focused on finding the next head coach of the 49ers and I am very confident in Trent’s ability to lead that process. With the great leaders and talented players we have in our locker room, we are ready to move into the next chapter of our team’s history.”
    Harbaugh, who just concluded his fourth season with the franchise, led the 49ers to an 8-8 record in 2014 and a 49-22-1 overall record (5-3 in the postseason). During his tenure, the 49ers won two NFC West titles, reached the NFC Championship game in three consecutive seasons and advanced to Super Bowl XLVII. Harbaugh is the only coach in the history of the NFL to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first three seasons, and his 44 regular season coaching victories rank second in the NFL during his four-year tenure with the 49ers.”

  192. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Jed and Trent will have to field some tough questions tomorrow at 1pm press conference.

  193. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore is having a press conference and he just said Greg Roman is a great offensive coordinator. He also said his best years with the Niners were under Harbaugh and he is a great coach.
    He said when his son’s are old enough Harbaugh can recruit them to Michigan.

  194. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bittersweet does sum it up today Gents.

    For whatever the reasons behind the scenes, money, control, you name it, the team and Mgt was divided.
    Once a locker room is fractured, it’s time to move on.

    All that remains now is to see how the Staff is divided between Harbaugh and SF.
    I’d be willing to bet the next HC is already in house.
    Perhaps Tomsula or Fangio?

    For me, Frank would be welcome to return.
    He’s a valuable asset, always has been.

    He did mention the need to see what direction the team is leaning with the incoming Staff but, he singled out Rathman specifically, whom I think should be retained.
    We will see where the chips fall soon enough.

2019 Schedule
9-8: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25pm
9-15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10am
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
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
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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