On The Clock

It’s a New Year, and the 49ers are once again facing an uncertain future. And once again the dreaded sounds of snickering are echoing throughout the league. Sigh.

It’ll be a week or two before the front office clowns trot out the guy who will lead the team in 2015. When they do, hopefully, the snickering won’t turn into a deafening howl.

We’ll be assured this new guy is an awesome fellow who will be a teacher, win with class, and lead the team back into the playoffs next year. Yada, yada, yada. Yawn.

49er owner Jed York started the 2014 season as the guy who got a new stadium built, a legend in his own mind, and ended the year as a sputtering nincompoop who couldn’t give a straight answer about anything. If he manages to escape the press conference announcing the new coach without getting a tomato in the face, he’ll be lucky.

The guy on the hot seat after York scurries back into hiding will be GM Trent Baalke. His position is described by Bill Walsh as a guy who has a comfort zone with the owner and nobody can figure out how he got the job in the first place. Trent will be laying on the bullshit about how his exhaustive interviewing led him to choose the brilliant new Head Coach.

The new coach will either be a guy Trent believes will actually make for a great coach, or a guy who will provide locker room continuity like Vic Fangio, or he’ll be a big name fellow like Rex Ryan who will help put some butts in the Santa Clara stadium next year to keep it from being a sold out joint with only half the seats filled with real, live, sweaty, pimpled posteriors.

This whole process exposes what is wrong with the Niners management. What if Baalke just isn’t any good? There’s no one to hold him accountable except York and team president Paraag Marathe. Both of those guys are business boys who don’t have a clue about football. Baalke is it. The whole ball of wad. All the phone calls in the world to Uncle Eddie are not going to help. If Baalke sucks, the only way to find out is through a succession of poor drafts or poor HC hires that are so long term that York can no longer feel in a comfort zone with Trent.

Meanwhile, we fans have to pay the price and eat the shit. As you may have surmised by now, I’m not real sold on Baalke at this point. But I’d like nothing better than to be wrong.




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  1. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s all I’ve been saying, sidewinder. We need a better offense. However, the rainbow pony brigade has been pissing all over me in their childish attempts to blame Harbaugh’s dismissal on me.

    The knee-jerk fan base out there who don’t understand the vast limitations of this offense these past 4 years think Harbaugh’s the only guy in the world who can lead this team to glory. A better offense wins a couple Super Bowls these last few years.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Face the facts.
    Better QB play means we win at least another ring.
    You have posted the pathetic litany of excuses including presnap reads and how there was no option and it was a good throw, just a foot underthrown.
    Locking on to one receiver and staring him down has nothing to do with scheme. It’s what’s between the QB’s ears.
    Reality is a bitch.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The “limited offense” made it to 3 NFCCG and 1 Super Bowl.
    Player mistakes in the form of turnovers derailed the team.

  4. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Did the ravens win their first Super Bowl with their offense?

  5. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No. Teams can win it all with a superior defense. It just doesn’t happen all that often.

    A better offensive scheme wins the Niners a couple more Super Bowls. Why is that so hard to acknowledge? As a sidebar, why has Greg Roman, the supposed genius behind this offense, been overlooked consistently as a HC candidate?

    Put it this way. How many blowout wins has this team had under Harbaugh? How many close wins? How many close losses? And, again, why does this team score early, yet not late?

  6. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmmm, the QB that got them to the Super Bowl and last years NFCCG gets no credit for that yet he bears the blame for this year?

    Sounds like bullshit to me. The Niners best offensive year yardage wise came on the back of Kappy energizing this moribund offense with his stellar play in 2012. Other than that, this offense is a bottom-feeder. Despite a strong run game, this offense rarely ranks high In Time of possession, 3rd down conversion rate, or red zone effectiveness. And this goes back to the Alex Smith days.

    They took away his running this year (among many other things) and it hurt the offense. Big time.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Blah, blah, blah. Chuck, we know you’d like to babble on forever repeating the same tired opinions that we’ve heard for several weeks, but we’re trying to move on to current events now. Like the search for a new coach. Try to catch up. Harbaugh and Roman are gone. Get over it.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, Chuck, we’re all waiting anxiously to see what sort of mind-boggling nonsense you can regale us with this year.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Another franchise with management problems: “Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has expressed interest in getting out of his contract.”

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Just to clarify from the last thread: Fangio can interview for the Redskins’ DC position, but ONLY if the 49ers give him permission.

    If Baalke sees Fangio as a “Harbaugh Guy” and expendable / replaceable by Donatell or Tomsula, he might give him that permission. Or he might not. But Baalke has that choice.

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Big problem with any head coach hire is Jed York. As soon as the coach pushes for something he wants Jed will start leaking again. Jay Glazer citing unnamed inside sources said Harbaugh would not return as head coach next year AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. That was before the offense had a chance to slide for youse guys that like to forget things which don’t advance your personal agenda.

    Chuck thinks he’s the only one to see we had a crappy offense and then brilliantly deduce a better one would be better. Although his failing to see the obvious problems with the guy running the show calls his powers of deduction into question for the most part.

    And I don’t remember reading anyone saying Harbaugh was the only guy who could win, just that he was the only guy here who had, for a long, long time and we dismissed him for reasons so rational and solid that no one is allowed to know what those reasons are.

    Kevin Lynch, long-time personal friend of Alex Smith, had a “things he’ll miss about Harbaugh” column and strangely enough winning games didn’t make the list.

    I guess he’s a lot like Chuck in that way, just another guy to cheer for then turn on. Whose up next?! What fun!

  12. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The “knock” on Fangio when he came here was that his defenses always go from good to bad in a few years. So I guess the know-it-all pundits missed on that one, too. Especially since the biggest reason to promote him to head coach is to keep his defensive unit’s continuity.

    Fangio deserves the credit he’s getting for keeping the defense playing hard and well with all the starters he had injured. But there’s something to be said for the quality of players he’s had to fill in for those injured, too. He could have had a bench of Lemoniers. Then what?!

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Clarification: Allowing Donatell to interview in DC for the Redskins’ job. And not Fangio.

  14. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    As bad as things might be in the FO here, it can’t be better in DC. These guys are interviewing for a DC for Gruden to work with or is it a Ditka/Ryan kinda thing there?

    I can’t imagine Fangio would rather be DC there but since there is no guarantee he will be promoted here he should be able to interview for another job as it’s more than likely he will need one if someone else is brought in as HC here.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Donatell is supposedly the guy Tomsula would want for his DC. It will be interesting to see how the dominoes fall.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More of the daily BS.
    “The Niners best offensive year yardage wise came on the back of Kappy energizing this moribund offense with his stellar play in 2012. Other than that, this offense is a bottom-feeder. Despite a strong run game, this offense rarely ranks high In Time of possession, 3rd down conversion rate, or red zone effectiveness. And this goes back to the Alex Smith days.”
    ===

    Damn Chuck is still reveling in the accomplishments of 2012
    but we just completed the 2014 season and it is now 2015.
    Imagine Chuck using a string of stats to embellish his point. How can that be? Chuck and berger both said they’re not numbers guys but instead have football acumen. They’re egg- spurts. The usual daily dose of hypocrisy and therefore we get Dumb and Dumber.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly wins in his fight with GM Roseman. Kelly now has final say in personnel matters and Roseman was given a meaningless title.
    Chip Kelly makes $6.5 mil a year ($1.5 mil more per year than Harbaugh) and in 2 years has gone to the playoffs once and lost that game. But he’s a damn fine playcaller so he deserves every penny. Dumb and dumber will make excuses for Kelly because they are apologists.

  18. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad York loves him some Balkey and dumped the winning HC unlike the Eagles who chose to keep the winner.

    So this Balkey guy, how does he grade out?

    http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/grading-trent-baalkes-tenure-as-49ers-gm/

    Here it sez overall grade is a B- with As in 2010, 2011. F in 2012. C+ in 2013 and B+ 2014 for TBs drafts. He also covers FA and trades in this evaluation of our GM

    He concludes: Overall grade for Trent Baalke: B-

    ***

    His toughest challenge starts now: The 49ers have gone from young up-and-comers to an aging group that needs a new head coach. Can Baalke “retool” without a major regression?

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    49ers allowed Roman to interview for the OC job in Tampa Bay. Sounds like they expect a new OC to go with the new head coach. No surprise there.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Earlier this day there was a rumor that the Egos might part ways with Chip Kelly and the 2 teams they thought might have interest were the Raiduhs and the Niners. The price would’ve been the first round pick.
    Imagine if the Niners pulled the trigger on this trade? Giving up the 15th pick in the draft for Chip Kelly who makes $6.5 mil
    a year. It’s hypothetical but you are paying Kelly for what he might do for the team and not for any accomplishment in the NFL.
    The name is intriguing but giving up your top pick to replace Harbaugh and paying him 25% more than what Harbaugh was making just would make the Niners look stupid. Won’t happen now because Kelly has new powers in Philly.

  21. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Come on Bullit, didn’t you get Skeebs memo? Move on already.

    Or better yet dig up some old Crabtree posts. Hyuk!

    Grip, I’m surprised roman hasn’t been fired yet. TB must be looking to run more. A lot more.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners just re-signed Lawrence Okoye.
    The project continues.

  23. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit grump, autocorrect comes up with some good ones.

    Phil, this team isn’t in rebuild mode. D line depth, o line depth, a speed WR they is actually use would be nice. Sign Gore, get Hyde and hunter back maybe an FA corner.

    Coach? There’s about 50 names being thrown around for HC. The ones I’ve put out there have been shot gunned by the local crab.

    Who do you like Skeebs?

  24. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Uh, Bullit, you call a 6 hour interview a rumor?

    Thank you Cap’t O’Blivious.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the earlier topic about trading for Chip Kelly
    https://twitter.com/caminman/status/551141395637866496

  26. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Chip Kelly already had some of the GM’s personnel duties. This is not the place for expanded powers for a new HC. And why would he want to come here? Most teams are too smart to let go of a winning head coach anyway.

    Such a long interview for a guy they know so well could only mean everybody in the building had a shot at him. Well, he can’t say they didn’t give him serious consideration. Maybe he asked for some assurances, too.

    He’s a great coordinator and all, but defense is all he’s done. I thought the great hue and cry was to fix the offense. Why does a coach from the defensive side look like the answer. Just to keep the defense together? Harbaugh staying solves that before it even becomes a problem.

    I know he’s been around the NFL long enough to know everyone but he also thought going back to college was a good move just a few years ago. Is he going to pick his own OC or is that what most of the meeting was about?

  27. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NF asks: “Is he going to pick his own OC or is that what most of the meeting was about?”

    My guesses = Yes he would like to pick his own OC and surely he has a list of names for the job. Why take the job otherwise? If VF does not have connection to an OC ready to go now why would he even interview since as HC he’s going to be responsible?

    And yes, that is what most of the meeting was about IMO. With York, Balkey and whomever throwing in their 2 cents worth. There must have been a discussion/negotiation about who would be OC, DC, and other coaching positions.

    I hope VF gets the HC job and has some very good answers re: our O. This would seem to be the most painless way to fix the coaching part of our leadership. It is hard to have faith in our FO after the Hendrix debacle tho.

  28. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, no doubt in my mind Fangio has a list of favorite guys he would love to have as assistants. But, my question was more about will he be free to hire and fire his own staff as he sees fit or only with approval from Baalke/York/who knows?

    Why else take the job? It’s a chance to be a head coach in the NFL.

    BTW, did you get a new network/broadband router or woodworking router? We talking Cisco or Bosch?

  29. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lol Cisco clone NF = some portable Chinese wi-fi brand.

    Yes I suppose the chance to be a HC in NFL is the top goal for many coaches even with a meddlesome owner. But isn’t it a set up to fail if you have to work under the thumb of the owner/GM? Maybe failing at HC is better than never having the chance? (like marriage lol).

    In the case of Chip Kelly and Jeff Lurie owner was at pains to emphasize how good his relationship is with Kelly when the HC got “the trigger” to select his players and Roseman got booted upstairs. Jimi and Jed not so much

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why is Harbaugh the only guy for the job, NoFear? Part of Harbaugh’s problem was sticking to Roman. Jed didn’t fire him, but he damn well could have. Funny that Jimbo didn’t hire him to be his OC in Michogan. Which partly leads me to think he didn’t care all that much what happened this year. He wanted the Michigan job.

    Donald Duck could run a better offense. If Vic finds a solid OC, then all is well. I mean, what? We averaged 23rd in offense these past 4 years? It’s not like the bar is very high.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Chuck’s new black helicopter conspiracy theory is that Harbaugh deliberately tanked the season to pave the road to the Michigan job?
    Now your daily dose of humility and reality. There was no job opening at Michigan until Hoke was canned on Dec 2. So Harbaugh orchestrated 1/3 of his roster getting hurt, some seriously because 18 players were put on IR. You have quite the vivid imagination but in your haste to smear Harbaugh you just keep making a fool of yourself.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure why they are interviewing Teryl Austin DC of the Lions.
    This is first year as a coordinator anywhere and he has no Head Coaching experience anywhere.
    Not enough experience to lead this veteran team and if he has a head coaching future it’s another few years away.

  33. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit _ I don’t think it is in Jimbo’s nature to knowingly throw a game. He’s a fierce competitor and that’s obvious watching him on the sidelines. I’m not an x’s and O’s guy, meaning that I don’t break down plays to see how they work. I’m just a fan who as a very you kid fell in love the 49ers. Injuries killed us this year, I can’t ever remember when we had so many key people out. What I saw was play calling that continually didn’t work. Either we didn’t have the personnel to adjust on offense and/or we kept trying the same stuff over and over. You can’t win game doing the same stuff that doesn’t work. I think we got the best of Jimbo and for his/and the 49ers sake it was time to move on.

  34. winderNo Gravatar says:

    as a very young kid

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder
    The one thing that Harbaugh/Baalke did that cost the team the last few years IMO was not making the QB position more competitive. If we had a more capable player at QB Kap could have been replaced when he struggled. Instead we had to go with Kap no matter the outcome or how badly he was playing.
    Last season they paid Gabbert over $2 mil to do nothing. When the team was eliminated they might have put him in to see what he could do.
    Gabbert will be a UFA and I wouldn’t want him back for the high salary.
    IMO it’s very important they bring in QBs to compete, one vet and either draft a QB with a mid level pick or bring in discard like Locker or Ponder (ideally a Bradford) and have them fight for the job. It will make Kap a better player because a competitive situation brings the best out of players.

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- totally agree, I thought we should have sat kap down if for nothing else from continually getting slammed. He needs to improve greatly from his performance this year or we don’t get very far next.

  37. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to see us get some real competition at the QB spot this coming year. I think that Kap has the ability to be one of the top QB’s in this league. This will be a telling year coming up.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners lose TE coach Reggie Davis. He’s going to Nebraska to be the RBs coach.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I hadn’t seen this essay on evaluating players by Bill Walsh who wrote this in 1997. Most will find this fascinating and well worth reading.
    http://www.sportsxchange.com/DS97/walsh/WALSH2.HTM

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grant Cohn who I’m not a fan of actually led me to the Walsh essay by doing his own analysis of Kap using Walsh’s criteria in his article.
    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/judging-kaepernick-walshs-qb-standards/

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ginn just tried to return a kickoff from 9 yards deep and fumbles at his own 5. Turnovers will kill your team. Not a smart play. That breaks the game open in the Panther’s favor.
    Last year Ginn was a Panther and Fozzy Whittaker the guy who scored for Carolina on a screen pass was a Card.

  42. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit asks:

    “Not sure why they are interviewing Teryl Austin DC of the Lions.”

    He’s black, Rooney rule smokescreen me thinks

  43. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit says: “Not sure why they are interviewing Teryl Austin DC of the Lions”

    I believe he’s black

  44. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    oops double post = very sloooow internet this morning.

    Cards are done.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil
    They have already scheduled Todd Bowles (also black) to be interviewed.
    A guy that’s not finished his first year as a coordinator is not head coaching material for a competitive team.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cards set a playoff record low with 77 yards total offense.
    Arians is supposed to be an offensive genius and a master playcaller.
    Wonder what the egg-spurts analysis will be when your QB can’t function and keeps turning the ball over.
    77 yards total offense! Donald Duck where are you?

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    One and done in the playoffs? I guess that’s it for Arians. Half his team’s injured and he couldn’t get it done. He’s gone!

    No wait, even the crazy Bidwills aren’t that crazy.

    But look out Tomlin! Oh, no wait.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m surprised Arians held it together as well as he did once Palmer went down.
    Stanton beat us, held it together fairly well after Palmer too.
    Biggest issue with AZ, no running game.

    If we can find a way to get Kaep to beat a blitz, we’d have likely seen the Playoffs ourselves.

    This debate over Harbaugh will continue until we find a better Offense no doubt.
    Let’s just hope the new regime can function at the Field level.

    As I’ve mentioned, York is here to stay.
    I just hope he stays away from the daily running of the team once they do find their next HC.

  49. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NJ49er,

    Jed York here to stay? I thought Eddie D was, too. Even if he is, he could get smarter. I just have my doubts about it. And just because he’s here doesn’t make his stupid decisions and childish actions any easier to accept.

    So for me, it isn’t about Harbaugh anymore, but it is about having to live with the stupidity of the owner’s rep. I don’t have to like it just because I can’t change it.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No, we don’t like it NoFear49er.
    The tweet episode about sums it up no?
    Totally ‘Irsay-ish’ IMO.

    I would simply hope, he stays out of the locker room is all.
    Yeh, he’s the owner, we don’t have to like it.
    Just don’t meddle.

    I’d assume he’s given the football side of the ops to Baalke.
    Let Trent sink or swim with that assignment.

    I’d give the hire of Harbaugh to Trent, long before I’d credit Jed with the smarts to have done that to begin with.

    I’ll try to remain optimistic that Trent can find a good fit going forward.
    I buy your premise that having this sort of ownership intervention, (meddling), likely scares away some potentially worthy candidates however.

    All I can do at this point is hope they don’t eff it worse than it already is.
    We need someone to get Kaep to the next level.
    I hope they put the Offense first in this search.

    We’ll see where that road takes us soon enough.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I still can’t quite get my bearings on the ‘teacher’ aspect of the recent Press Conference?
    Was that meant to put Kaep’s development on trial or, a shot at the off field troubles that plagued the season?

    Too many gray areas to interpret for me.

  52. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick and his new coaches are going to have to determine if he’s capable of playing in their system. I just hope it’s not mandated that he play by the GM now.

    Hey, here’s something you’ll appreciate as a fan and collector of team memorabilia: My grandson, stationed at Ft Lewis, WA, Lewis McChord Joint Base now, made it over to the Seahawks / Rams game being a big fan of the Rams and recently returned from A-stan had the chance to go.

    At the end of the game as the players were heading for the locker rooms and he was cheering them on, Robert Quinn stopped and took off his cleats and gloves and gave them to him. Aaron Donald also pitched in a glove and Gregg Williams threw in a headband. The nearby ‘Hawks fans were in awe and after giving him a hard time all game had to admit that was pretty cool.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sorta on the fence with the Kaep/GM aspect myself NoFear49er.
    By and large I believe Harbaugh made him the choice over Alex and, did what he could to bring him along.
    Pretty clear to me, Kaep isn’t ready for the pocket game.

    I do think there could have been some ‘suggestions’ that they keep him from running too much however.
    Price tag and all that it involves with their investment?

    Nice haul by your Grandson too!
    That’s something to be proud of, in the enemy camp no less.
    Can’t buy that stuff at the local Mall.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN Radio and Schefter just reported that Mike Shanahan is the front runner for the Niner’s HC job.
    Always thought Shanahan wanted control of personnel so we’ll see how this plays out.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not so sure about Shanny Bullit?
    Like his WCO-influence but….can he develop Kaep?
    Again I ask, ‘teacher’?

    Likely means his Son Kyle could be attached to that potential hire.
    I’ll give it a ‘meh’ rating at this point.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    While you’re here Bullit, what’s your take on TX DT Malcolm Brown?

    Good size, might he be worthy of a 2nd RD Pick as he’s rated right now?

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seems to be favored more for a 4-3 front?
    But he seems to get high marks for his ability to hold up vs the run.

  58. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan pretty much ended RG III’s pro career. A QB similar to Kaepernick. Not the guy I would pick. But Jed/Trent probably are more interested in saving face than anything else. Big name guy = perfect escaped goat.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Eff the ‘escaped goats’ NoFear49er, 😀

    If the operative word is ‘teacher’, I’d be more inclined to go with someone a bit younger for Kaep.
    Willing to bet Kyle is attached to Daddy too, which means nepotism 101 to me.

    I will say this regarding the RG III ordeal, Shanny was fighting Snyder in that relationship, to a large extent, IMO.

    No one wins with that Owner.

    I’d hope, AGAIN, Jed isn’t in that level of meddlesome ownership?

  60. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Won’t be any different here, NJ49er. For Jed, this time it’s personal.

    I admit not thinking much of Shanahan since he took Dan Reeves’ job in Denver by taking a back seat to John Elway which Reeves would not do.

    Many say Shanahan hasn’t done much post-Elway. I’m not in that group but I don’t think much of him and having his son as his OC doesn’t help either.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not thrilled with that prospect either NoFear49er.
    WCO?
    OK by me.
    Shanny and Son?
    Not so much.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Malcolm Brown would be a solid draft choice.
    Kiper now has Malcolm Brown as borderline 1st rounder.
    He can anchor a Dline and has an amazing ability to penetrate and disrupt and his motor keeps running and he’ll run down guys from the backside which Justin Smith does all day. He’ll give you a good push up the middle to collapse a pocket. He is a Jr but he’s declaring for the draft. I’d take him in the first round and doubt he’ll be there past the 40th pick in Rd 2.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For all the blather and animosity towards Harbaugh wanting a raise this chart will show you Harbaugh wasn’t out of line in wanting to be compensated. NFL coaches are making a lot these days.
    http://coacheshotseat.com/NFLCoachesSalaries.htm

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    This team needs a fast WR. I think they just about have to go WR. Although they sure missed the boat in that regard last year. Plenty of guys out there, but they whiffed. Ellington actually looked good in his limited opportunities, so there might be hope with him. Patton? Again, hard to tell with the very limited opportunities. You’d have to wonder if Kelvin Benjamin would have even gotten any looks this year.

    Move along, Bullitt, Harbs is gone. Harbaugh got a great deal, with no pro head coaching experience. 5/25 was a top-tier payday. He, like his TE, bitched and moaned about it after a year in the deal.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I posted that chart because everyone thinks he ranks among the top 5.
    Still worried about how Jed spends his money?
    Shanahan will cost $6.5mil plus.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cards are in a bind because they owe Fitzgerald $23 mil next year. They claim they’re going to pay him but a contract like that cripples your team.
    Fitzgerald is also on the downside of his career and his big impact years happened years ago.

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You gotta be kidding. The Bengals just punted from the Indy 39 on a 4th and 3!

  68. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see – Marvin Lewis just finished coaching his 12th regular season with the Bengals at a .526 clip. He has yet to win a single playoff game in five attempts.

    Andy Dalton just finished his fourth regular season. He has a 85.2 career QBR. Alas, he too is winless in the playoffs at 0-3. He, like Lewis, has yet another chance today to erase those career goose eggs.

    I’m sure glad Harbaugh and Kappy suck so bad. I mean, I’d hate to compare records or anything.

  69. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Before today, Dalton’s playoff line: 1 TD, 6 INTs, 3 fumbles. I didn’t bother calculating his QBR. Yeah, that Kappy guy sucks. No way the Bengals, say for example, would trade their QB straight up for him.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone catch the not-so-subtle FO move in Philly the other day?
    Former 9er FO man Tom Gamble ousted.

    Could the Chipster be setting himself up for the Ditka-type Draft Day Sell out for Mariota?

  71. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    So far, Dalton has avoided being Andy. But he’s avoided doing anything much at all, too.

  72. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    One of the problems with Dalton, and Kaepernick, is consistency. They both have games in which they are pretty good and they both have games in which they are pretty bad. And both have more bad ones this year.

    I don’t think they would trade either, RT.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another 1-and-done for the Marvin Lewis regime.
    How long does his tenure last I wonder?

    The Brown family has to be the most patient Owners in the NFL, in terms of sticking with mediocrity.
    By comparison, we have the least patient Owners apparently.

    Go figure?

  74. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not convinced the 49ers roster is as good as people think anymore. Justin might be gone, Navorro is a question mark after the injury, Reid because of the concussions, Willis is getting up there in years. Gore is either done or damned close. VD tailed off dramatically at 30. Young guys still have lots to prove. QB is an open question.

    With that crew, I do not subscribe to the “We’re one player away school.”

    So I’d pretty much take the Best Player Available in each of the first four rounds. I *hope* one will be a WR, but if not, fill that hole by FA again.

    Until you are SURE otherwise, proceed as if rebuilding will be necessary.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Much will depend on the new HC I think Grumpy.
    We need a more dynamic Offense.
    I’m leaning toward an OT at 15 at this point.
    See how the Draft shapes up in the coming months.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Don’t agree on kicking Anthony Davis inside to Guard unless he takes a pay cut.
    If Iupati would accept what we’re paying Davis I’d do that and trade Anthony Davis and kick Boone out to RT and go with Kilgore or Thomas at RG.
    Davis lacks consistency and is a good not great run blocker and mediocre pass blocker. He is often defeated by the speed rusher.
    I’m not paying a guy starting tackle money to play guard. That would discombublate the salary structure of the Oline.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    U$C WR Nelson Algohor declared for the draft and he might be a possibility at #15 if the Niners think WR.
    They should draft at least 2 WRs and 1 TE (or convert this year’s draftee Trey Millard to TE).

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Depends on where the market takes the price tag for Iupati Bullit.
    Anthony has certainly played better, no question.

    Hard to know regarding the timing of his injury last year.
    I’ve always liked his mean streak so, he’d fit at OG if necessary.
    Iupati isn’t much in Pass Pro either so we’ll see how it shapes up.
    Much will depend on the type of scheme we’ll be expecting with the pending HC hire.
    If they go with Shanny, we could be looking at a zone blocking agenda.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The OT from TX A&M, Cedric Ogbuehi is interesting.
    He’s currently slotting anywhere between 10-15, which certainly could change in the coming months.

    Drafting a rookie OT offsets any Contract extensions as well, to either Boone or Iupati.
    Our depth appears thinnest at the OT position too.
    All comes down to how Baalke sees our Scouting grades of course.
    Could always look for help at OT in later RDs.

    I do like what I’m reading about your TX DT Malcolm Brown.
    Hoping to see him in the Combine process.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There will be some good options at 15 if they choose to shop for a WR as well.
    I’m shopping for OT/WR/DT in RD1 at this point.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan was interviewed in Denver yesterday by Baalke & Marathe.
    KPIX just showed a picture of Shanahan in San Francisco this afternoon sent by a viewer from the Embarcadero.
    Shanahan said he was here to further talk to the Niners.
    Take it for what it’s worth but he might be the guy because he was supposed to be in Buffalo today.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I liked Mike when he was here with Steve Young Bullit.
    Like 20+ years ago.
    If Jed is H3LL-bent on SB glory, Shanny was the last tie to success in ’94.

    I’m having my reservations on how much he has left, in terms of ‘teaching’ a young QB like Kaep at this point?

    Obviously, we live with the selection that’s made but, I’m not ready to do cartwheels at this point.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan was the OC when we last won the Super Bowl.
    A lot of guys here talk about WCO. He’ll bring that and 2 Super Bowl rings as a head coach.
    If you believe Steve Young he gives Shanahan all the credit for making him a HOF QB.
    Would really be good if they convince Fangio to stay as the DC with Shanahan as HC.
    I think he’s a good choice if the offense needs to be fixed.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m onboard for the WCO influence he has Bullit.
    For me, it’s all about his ability to get Kaep up to speed.
    He’s in his early 60s now.
    Which might suggest his Son Kyle comes along be default.
    No debate about retaining Fangio,I’m down for that.

  85. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If Shanny is the guy, I’m giving up on Jed and the team. That would be a disastrous move. One that would screw the team for a good 4-5 years.

    How bout them refs, Jerry?

    http://fansided.com/2015/01/04/dean-blandino-cowboys-party-bus-twitter-blown-pass-interference-call/

  86. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Does the work Shanny did with RG III, work that was a lot more recent and damaging than the eons ago he was here, play onto your thinking at all, Bullit?

    Just curious.

    If they pay Shanny $6.5 mill to coach here, they should examine Jed’s head for the presence pf grey matter.

  87. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The VP of officiating partying with the Cowboys I’m sure had no bearing on the call-non-call today.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So much for “Red and Gold til I’m Dead and Cold”
    This guy Pete Carmichael is really in high demand.
    He’s interviewing with no teams so far for their open HC position.
    More of your football acumen on display.

  89. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You think Shanny is worth 6.5 mill? Nose, meet glue. You were the one giving up since St. Jim left.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000453846/article/bills-seek-interviews-with-pep-hamilton-hue-jackson

    Doh! Your idiocy is on fully display.

    Your inability to be human is on display

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That would be the Raiders and the Bills in case you can’t navigate that link. Hyuk!

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Again you just are a giver and prove your reading comprehension skill is non existent.
    So where in the link you provided is a reference to Pete Carmichael?
    Time to stick foot in mouth.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Suh wins the appeal, The League handles the Officiating I guess?
    Un-eff’n-believable.

  93. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing makes sense anymore, NJ. The NFL is on thin ice regarding credibility. You have this, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Blandino on Jerry’s party bus, insanely blatantly consistently horrible penalties called in every single game, on and on. It’s like the owners decided that once the fans flipped out over the replacement refs, they figured they can get away with just about anything since the regular crews are back.

    Oh, who cares, Bullit? Go piss up a rope. No one but you really gives a shit who says what when. Only you. Pep and Pete have been hand in hand in my possibilities for HCs in my posts here. You post what others say about HC s in consideration, yet bleat about who I think would be a worthy HC. Real charming, skippy. Try using your own brain for a change. It’s easy to sit back and take potshots at others while providing no options on your own.

    Since you guys don’t get out much, sad news regarding the passing of Stuart Scott:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/04/remembering-espn-s-sly-cocky-and-cool-anchor-stuart-scott.html

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I get the human element in sports, nothing is perfect.

    What galls me is, having challenges introduced to the game, to thwart blown calls yet, they’re still covered for getting calls wrong.
    Conveniently ‘scripted’ to have ultimate control when needed?

    If you’re gonna protect the ‘integrity’ of the game, then leave all options open to get it ‘right’.
    What’s another 30 minutes per game?
    More ad time, no?
    Mo’ Money….

    Watch for the ‘Fail Mary’ rewrite in Seattle next week.

    Unless of course, Jerruh made a REALLY BIG contribution, to the Old Officials Home, aka, the Billionaire Boys Club discretionary fund.

    Kinda funny how ‘Ol Jerruh ‘had a feeling’ about his team making it to the Playoffs this year?

    Can’t discredit this sh!t after what took place on the field in Big Duh today can we?

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Correction –
    Watch for the ‘Fail Mary’ rewrite in Seattle next week. (2 weeks)

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Again learn to read. I just posted that Shanahan had two interviews with the Niners in 2 days, one in Denver and today in SF. That’s what Dennis O’Donnell and KPIX reported.

    You weigh in with this post “If Shanny is the guy, I’m giving up on Jed and the team. That would be a disastrous move. One that would screw the team for a good 4-5 years.”

    I suppose you think you can constantly shoot down what others have to say and your often dumb takes on everything football should get a PASS? We all know you are D-E-L-U-S-I-O-N-A-L.
    Can you say HYPOCRITE with your usual blather???

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why do I think Shanahan is a good fit for the Niners?

    He’s coached and won Super Bowls both as HC and as an OC. Both Montana and Young are pushing him to be hired and that is based on his ability to develop a QB.

    This interview from 2012 on ESPN and Shanahan’s comments
    “It’s kind of funny, because when I had Steve Young and we had to run a West Coast offense [in San Francisco], and Steve was so much different than Joe Montana, you know, it was different. And then [John] Elway — Elway didn’t want to run the five-step drop. We were in a shotgun formation all the time. He hated the West Coast offense of three- and five-step drops, so with John it was a seven-step drop and a lot of shotgun. And then we wind up getting a guy like Jake Plummer, and of course Jake… totally different. He had to be outside the pocket, all those quarterback keeps, boots, none of the drop-back, none of the seven-step drop. He was good on the run, good on the play action, but the drop-back wasn’t his game.

    “So what you’ve always got to do is, whatever quarterback you have, you adjust your system to your players. The one thing I think I have been categorized with is the zone blocking scheme. People say, ‘Oh, he loves the zone blocking scheme.’ So I think I’ve been stereotyped there, relative to the running game. But in the passing game, if people look at what we’ve done in different places, they’re gong to say, ‘Oh, he adjusts the passing game to the quarterback.’ Like with Rex [Grossman]. You can’t run quarterback keeps with Rex, but you can do it with John [Beck]. So whatever somebody can do, you try to adjust accordingly.”

    And this is what Jon Gruden said about Shanahan also in 2012
    “”Some of the best tape that I’ve ever studied was Mike Shanahan and John Elway in Denver,” Gruden said. “The back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams, they took advantage of John Elway’s mobility. A lot of people forget just how extraordinary Elway was handing the ball off to Terrell Davis, and those naked bootlegs off of those stretch plays were devastating.

    “What Mike did in San Francisco with Steve Young, another mobile quarterback, those were as good of offensive tapes as I’ve ever seen. I think when you get Robert Griffin, one of the most explosive quarterbacks to ever play the position, in a Mike Shanahan-type system, the possibilities are very exciting, I think, with Mike Shanahan’s imagination.”
    ===

    The knock and criticism of Shanahan is what happened with RG3.
    Shanahan paid for that with losing his job. Because of RG3’s recent problems with his new coach Jay Gruden it might not be on his coach, just a player that refuses coaching.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’ve been asking for a WCO-influence for Kaep for some time, just because of the timing it requires, both from the QB and the potential Receivers involved.

    Again, I’m not trashing Mike.

    I felt he was in a no-win situation with Snyder’s hand-picked Diva QB in DC.
    Kaep is a much more fiery competitor IMO.

    I’ll simply question his age and, whether Kyle is worthy, of the same credentials Mike has earned, simply by being related.
    It almost seems like a package deal?

    I’m a 9er fan, always will be.

    I just hope, that if Shanny is the next HC, that he’s as dedicated to our/Kaep’s success, as we are as 9er fans.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Not certain that the Browns will let Kyle out of his contract so it might not be a package deal so we’ll see.
    Kyle Shanahan was a backup WR for the Texas Longhorns and hardly played. He was a roommate of QB Chris Simms and his best buddy. Kyle is in his 30’s and still learning his craft and not the most accomplished OC yet.

    I don’t think the Niners need a first time head coach at this point and like Shanahan because he has shown he has adapted his offense to the QB’s skillset but the QB has to do the work and learn his offense. That would mean the team goes to a zone blocking scheme. He might be one of the better options to develop Kap which is a plus.

  100. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody saw the league’s appeals guy give Suh a pass with a relatively paltry fine after so many repeat offenses of the same damn dirty plays with obvious intent to cause injury to players after the play is long since finished so he could play against the Cowboys and take Romo out, too?

    And nobody saw the blatant bad calls and no calls that went in favor of Detroit? A lot of fans hate Jones and Romo and can’t see anything past that I guess.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m all for continuity.

    Plain and simple, win games, be competitive, organized, command the team.
    If Shanny still has the fire burning for the game, more power to him.

    I was a firm believer in him in ’94.
    He had that team clicking on Offense.
    Call me skeptical perhaps, simply because it was over 20 years ago.

    I’ll give him his due if he’s hired.
    If he’s still got it, I’ll pull for him to get Kaep to the next level, that’s all I’m asking for.

    Work with Baalke, improve this Offense and I’ll be a happy camper.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er, I think the League simply didn’t want to come off as having influence on a Playoff game by removing Suh from such an important venue?

    In hindsight, what took place with this Officiating Crew today was a complete joke.

    How do you not enforce something as simple as Bryant charging into the field of play, without a helmet, to argue a call?
    Unsportsmanlike, automatic, no-brainer.

    I haven’t seen the PI in question yet, so, I’ll reserve comment until I have that opportunity in the AM.

    Yeh, as a 9er fan, hating Jones comes naturally for me.
    Guilty as charged 😀

    The bigger issue is, what good is a possible apology from Blandino, when the Officials influence such an important game, with what appears to be an almost comedic sequence of events?

    Add to that comedy, the Blandino party bus appearance?
    Conflict of interest questions can’t be ignored in that situation.

    We’ve debated Officiating here in the past.
    For all the attempts to get it ‘right’, they’ve left a very big grey area, in which credibility is sucked into a black hole of ineptitude.
    These guys aren’t rent-a-refs this time around.

    The great debate rages on after today, can this game be fixed?
    Preferred match-ups validated/dictated by the Networks, League, Vegas?

    Integrity of the game took one on the chin today. Big time.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As NFL fans, I don’t think it’s too much to ask that the VERY best Officials preside over these elimination games.
    It’s totally unfair to wreck the flow of a game of this magnitude with a crew that can’t keep the rules in order.

    It’s just embarrassing, to call that sort of Officiating Professional, by any stretch of the imagination.

    No apology in the world can make it right at this point.

    53+ guys from Detroit won’t feel like their efforts mattered one iota.
    Game Over. Season over.

  104. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, I wasn’t aiming my comments at you, even though I know you are a hardcore Jones/Romo/Cowboy hater.

    What apology? I saw the play and didn’t think a penalty should have been called. I could see why it was and plenty like it have been flagged but it could have gone either way and I agreed with the decision to pick up the flag. No contact or very damn little, the defender was just in the way.

    I saw at least three Lions holding penalties which had a direct effect on the play and weren’t called. And a roughing the kicker that was almost the same play that was called on Dallas not called against the Lions. No tears there?

    I didn’t see the player (Bryant) on the field so don’t have much to say about that other than it happens in a lot of games and gets called pretty rarely.

    It’s hard to be objective about such things when you have a dog in the fight.

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lions can cry about the bad call, but that is the nature of football and all teams need to overcome them.
    After that call the Lions choked. It was 4th and one at the Dallas 46 with 8:18 left in the game and Lions had a 20-17 lead.
    They could’ve gone on 4th and 1 to sustain thei drive. Instead they took a delay of game penalty and their punter shanked a punt for a net 10 yards.
    The Lion defense couldn’t stop Dallas from driving for a TD eliminating the Lions from the playoffs.
    The Lions can cry and whine all they want but there was still a lot of the game to be played and they didn’t do their jobs and should blame themselves.
    The bad calls that hurt the most are late in the 4th quarter
    that swing the game. Ronnie Lott called for holding against the Redskins comes to mind. That happened when there was time to overcome the call. That’s when whining is appropriate.

  106. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What irks me is, back in the day you could point to 3 or 4 bad calls a year as being game-altering. Now, with all the grey areas around intent you have 2 or 3 questionable calls per game. The Niners had about 8 bad calls in the first 4 games that directly affected the outcome. Many teams had game changing calls against them.

    And yesterday’s call non call was the definition of face guarding. Reminiscent of the Gronk call non call where therefs reversed the call and ran off the field. No explanations in Either case.

    All it does is either call into question whether they have a pre-game bias, or if these guys are just absolutely horrible at their jobs.

  107. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You get to choose when whining is apropos?

    Got it. Seetroit isn’t whining. The millions of fans who watched the game are questioning the veracity of the officiating crew. Whether they have a dog in the fight or not. It’s these kinds of weird decisions that may lose the casual fan of the game.

    Right or wrong, the perception is that the refs altered the outcome of the game.

    Throw in the blandino party bus story, and it isn’t too difficult to draw the lines.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ever with the drama? The call cost the Lions a first down and not the game. It did not give Dallas the lead.
    A lot had to happen for Dallas to earn the victory.
    But I forgot you’re the black helicopter guy with the tinfoil dunce cap.
    Billions are bet on the sport but Chuck has discovered the fix is on.

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The betting line for the Cowboys-Lions game was +7 points Cowboys.
    If the game was fixed for Dallas somebody blew it with the math because they did not cover the 7 points. If you bet Dallas you were a loser. The conspiracy theory has many holes. Time to adjust the tinfoil dunce cap.

  110. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Broadcasts have become more sophisticated over the years.
    In the old days they had 3 camera angles. Nowadays with playoff games you have 10 cameras in HD including the Spyder cam on top.
    Same goes for baseball with wrong calls because they now show 4 or 5 angles of plays.
    If you want a totally sterile game where they take the human element of officiating out then you’ll just have to live with mistakes by human officials.

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan was in San Francisco yesterday but now it’s reported that he was in town to meet with the Raiduhs.
    You would never think that Shanahan would ever work for the org that screwed him out of the balance of his contract.
    Since Al is dead anything is possible.

  112. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s all well and good, Bullit, but it doesn’t address what I’m saying.

    The play was a penalty. It was called a penalty. They marched off the penalty.

    Hochuli picks up the flag and moves the ball back to the original LOS without explanation.

    Did that win the game for Dallas? No. But it certainly changed the immediate future of the game. Detroit had a decent drive going. The outcome from that point foward was altered to the detriment of Detroit. Read NJs take above.

    No animosity directed at him for his view? Or the millions of others?

  113. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First of all you have the wrong ref. It wasn’t Ed.
    It also all depends on who you’re rooting for when a bad call occurs. Two years ago Bowman was holding Tony Gonzales on a 4th down play. There was no call and ATL screamed bloody murder.
    The Niners said good no call and we’re going to the Super Bowl.
    You can bitch and whine but this is just part of the game and if you’re expecting the refs you’ll be sorely disappointed.

  114. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So you are happy with the refs, not the players, deywrminig the outcome of games.

    I suppose you are fine with Dean Blandino and a bunch of strippers hanging on Jerry Jones’ Party bus last August.

    Welcome to the carnival. Step right up . . .

  115. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jeez – determining

  116. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Given that the receiver grabbed the defender’s face mask at one point and that face guarding alone is not a penalty why shouldn’t they pick up the flag?

    I’ve been as disgusted by the terrible officiating this year as anyone. But here the complaint is the zebras suck by getting the original call right and reversing it in a blatant attempt to fix the outcome?

    And, by the way, Golden Tate’s got no juice crying about bad calls. He’s been on the right side of a bad call important enough for him to STFU about bad calls for life.

  117. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ’s take? He said he hasn’t seen the play yet.

  118. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The defender clearly held the receiver’s jersey (not legal) for seconds before the faceguarding. During the (legal in the pros) faceguarding while the receiver was attempting to reach back for the ball (legal), the defender clearly pushed him away (not legal).

    Counting the non-call on Dez, there were three obvious penalties against the Cowboys on the play, any of which by itself was an automatic first down Lions deep in Cowboy territory with a 3 point lead and 8:30 left.

    The league (or just the referee) wanted the Cowboys to win and/or the defending champs to get Carolina instead of Detroit.

    The fix was in.

  119. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    This has nothing to do with Golden Tate. It comes down to the refs picking up the flag with no explanation after they had marked off the penalty.

    Anyone else notice these company-liners completely glossing over the Blandino situation? I’m sure it was pure coincidence.

  120. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone else notice that Chuck all of sudden is a proponent of TMZ when it suits him? When TMZ was posting stuff about Kap you comdemned them as sleazy journalism.
    Then their last few stories you give them reliable source status?

    Story was from August but you see conspiracy as usual when nobody else does.
    Chuck you are outraged and leading a charge but nobody seems to be following.
    You need to do a better job of inciting the masses.

  121. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I missed the game with a bum net connection and so missed the drama, thankfully. I can understand the angst about ‘bad calls’ and truly the Niners were burned last season aplenty. But then I root for the Niners so it gets muddled.

    I don’t think the league wants to eliminate the human factor. If they did they would have by now. I do think the NFL likes the idea/fact of giving the refs ‘the call’ for their own reasons.

    I’m not a bettor but millions are and it is logical this can have an influence.

  122. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Remember when Lappy was exonerated of all charges?

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/08/07/nfl-official-dean-blandino-jerry-jones-party-bus.

    The above link is from SI. Heard of them?

  123. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well read my blog. Oh yeah u already do.

    Or look at Phil’s comment above.

  124. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Missed calls on both sides, RT. If “the fix” was in, why wouldn’t they call all the penalties the Lions did commit at the very least? And how does Suh’s suspension get reversed if the league was orchestrating a Dallas victory? Why overturn an obviously deserved suspension only to have to call or not call penalties at critical points in a game?

    The zebra who threw the flag is the one who decided to pick it up after hearing from another who had a better view. He wasn’t over-ruled, he changed his own call.

    The call and the play can be debated but nothing shows it was a conspiracy. Of course if one is convinced that every game played is won or lost by some foregone conclusion, why watch any of it?

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I did see the info that Shanny interviewed with the Raiders as well.
    Interesting turn of events, considering the legal battles Al had with him over his Contract.

    It was also reported that Son, Mark, has been doing his best to right some of those wrongs created by his Dad’s combative approach.

    There were also reports of 9ers requesting permission from Cleveland, to interview Kyle Shanahan, which leaves open, the possibility that Kyle and Mike could still be in play for a package deal perhaps?

    No clear picture just yet, as to which direction our contingent is leaning so, the drama continues.

  126. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, did you see the Cowboys’ winning drive? Detroit received two separate PI-related automatic FD penalty calls to greatly aid the Cowboys. Neither of those fouls were as blatant or obvious as the uncalled PI and Unsportsmanlike by Dallas.

    Calls earlier in the game did not favor the Lions. No uncalled fouls were as obvious. Moreover, earlier calls may or may not significantly influence a game’s outcome. It is possible if there is a pattern of repeated missed or non-calls, for example, I believe that was the case in at least two of the Niner games against the Seahawks in the last two seasons. That wasn’t the case here.

    In the fourth quarter, however, a single call/noncall is magnified in importance to the point where it can decide a game (see Packers @ Seahawks 2013).

    This was an All-Star crew. They know the rules. One ref, at least, was paid off or under orders from above.

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RT that’s the most disturbing aspect of this controversy for me.

    All-Star Crews that don’t normally work together?
    The whole process just magnifies in intensity with a Playoff game.

    Elimination game, you stop play, bungle the communications, ignore obvious infractions, then, act as if nothing happened?

    Dez was as clear as day in that whole series of events.

    He’s arguing with an Official. Unsportsmanlike.
    He’s on the field without a helmet and, wasn’t involved with the play. Unsportsmanlike.

    If you’re an ‘All-Star’ Ref what exactly are you being paid to ‘SEE’?
    What do the rules call for?

    It’s as if they made it up as it went along.
    Totally unacceptable, especially in an elimination game.

    They gave the appearance of replacement Refs, trying to get it right on the fly.

  128. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    RT, I saw those calls, too. Both were blatant fouls. On the first one called on the DB Carey, he had both arms wrapped on the receiver (Beasley?). On the second one, the LB (Levy?) tackled the RB to the ground on his route.

    There was also another defensive holding on the Lions guy covering Witten. Grabbed and stretched his jersey. No call. It was 3rd and 8 on the DET 44 if you have it recorded. The Cowboys ended up going for it on 4th and 6 from mid-field and converted. No credit to the Cowboys?

    If you can see those plays and seriously say they fixed the game by calling those defensive holding penalties there’s no way I can convince you of anything else.

  129. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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