The Tangled Web

We’re half way through the dead zone called February. You know it’s a nothing time when the dread word “basketball” creeps into conversations. Thank god we have Jed York to kick around for a few more weeks, until the start of free agency.

Actually, I’d expect York to go into hiding to avoid having to split hairs about the meaning of “mutual parting.” The 49ers are sounding more like a bad Bill Clinton knock off than a football operation.

Or maybe York is thinking about suing Jim Harbaugh for not adhering to the end-of-season charade which featured his signature on a statement describing his firing as a “mutual parting.” Of course, this mutuality occurred two weeks after Harbaugh had in fact been fired. And it’s uncertain whether the document has any legal significance, although York surely hoped a few gullible sections of humanity would actually swallow this nonsense as a backslapping adios among old chums.

But Harbaugh blew the whistle on the baloney in an interview with Tim Kawakami last week, and also left the strong impression that Jim Tomsula’s role in events was anything but noble and above board.

The effort by 49er HQ to force Tomsula upward on the coaching chain can’t help but look a bit fishy at this point. Former Broncos’ OC Adam Gase was apparently offered the HC job here, and Tomsula wasn’t one of his staff choices. But when Baalke returned home and presumably talked to York, suddenly Tomsula had to be Gase’s DC. That was a deal breaker for Gase.

Pushing Tomsula into either the DC or HC role automatically sent most of the successful defensive coaches out the door, so what exactly was so valuable about Jimmy T. that made gutting the whole coaching staff acceptable collateral damage? He’s been a D-line coach for seven years. Nobody was knocking on his door for anything. What suddenly made his star so transcendent?

This is where the long standing rumors that Tomsula was a locker room mole for HQ begin to make a little sense. Was Tomsula promised a promotion for ratting on Harbaugh and the team. Did he rat on Mike Singletary, too? Did he actively campaign to get Harbaugh’s job while supposedly working for Harbaugh?

Or maybe it’s just a simple matter of Tomsula being the only NFL guy so lacking in personal integrity that he’s willing to grovel at the feet of Trent Baalke, if that’s what it takes to run home and yell, “Hey baby! I’m the Head Coach of the 49ers!”

When the cancer is in the locker room, it can be cut out. But when it’s sitting at the top of the food chain, we’re all just SOL. And when the guy you wouldn’t mind seeing get run over by a bus is not on a hated rival’s team, but is running your own team, a long cold winter is coming to our world.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Frank is waiting for the Niner FO to be classy and be true to what they said. Test #1 is here
    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article10440425.html

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why would the front office give that much of a shit about Tomsula anyway? For ratting out Singletary he gets carte blanche for the rest of his tenure?

    And why would the front office change the offer after having put one in place? For sowing dissent?

    I mean, the players aren’t stupid. They’d know if he was the guy leaking stuff. Are they all scared of him? The front office as well? The entire organization?

    He knows where the bodies are?

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Albert Breer just provided more info
    “Source said Adam Gase’s pitch to the Niners was to a) keep Vic Fangio as DC if he was willing or b) hire Vance Joseph from Cincinnati. …”

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It is combine week and it starts tomorrow with registration and the beginning of the medicals and interviews.
    The stuff they broadcast doesn’t start until Friday.
    Most likely Tomsula will have to grant an interview or two as well as Baalke and they’ll have to answer some more tough questions. Like it or not as long as questions linger they will be the elephant in the room.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Are these the same sources that you didn’t believe regarding Harbaugh and the locker room?

    Just askin’.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kawakami and Maiocco are the sources for this news. I’d say they’re a bit more authentic than Deion and Spikes, the only two guys you’ve ever cited.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, Kawakami? You guys were roasting him weekly for his anti-Harbaugh articles. Funny how the worm turns.

    Albert Breer? Oh yeah, he’s one of the national guys who uh isn’t, uh well, a glory-hounding guy. Yeah, that’s it.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t recall roasting Kawakami here. And he did speak directly to Harbaugh and quoted him.

    If you want to believe flimsy guys like Deion who provide no quotes and no sources, instead of real reporters who do, that’s your privilege, Chuck. No one expects any sanity from you, anyway.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The old ‘I don’t recall’. Good one. Brent Jones didn’t provide quotes either, but you lapped that shit up.

    I just don’t see why there’s so much toed to Tomsula, but hey. Could be.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t lap anything up from Jones. I said his opinions were more viable than Deion’s. I still think so.

  11. Rex BauersNo Gravatar says:

    All one has to do is listen Jim Tomsula in a interview to know who’s really in charge and who’s the puppet. The guy has no business being a Head Coach and this shouldn’t be another Erickson, Nolan, Singletary wait and see what happens moment for all of you. With what’s transpiring now in the NFC west don’t be surprised if we’re at the very bottom this year. John, Denise and Jed got the stadium they wanted and now its back to business as usual.

    No Fear my friend, “This is America” No citizen should be threatened for engaging in free speech this is a violation of the Constitution which I understand you can’t enforce especially when dealing with liberal media and little girls like Unca_Chuck.

    They seem to somehow have convinced themselves that they and only they have a right to speak freely and lose their collective minds when they do not agree with the speech. If you as a true conservative believe in the First Amendment then engaging and agreeing with someone like Unca_chuck knowing he’d wipe his ass with the Constitution you become part of the problem.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jon Middlekoff of 95.7 just revealed on his show that another guy that turned the Niners down for the DC job was Jeff Ulbrich
    who went to ATL.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brent Jones has a weekly radio show and if you listen to his podcast he is very quotable. Because he is on air it makes him very accountable.
    Rathman and Jones were talking to each other at the postgame party after the touch football game. Yet Chuckles thinks he knows better selectively believing Deion and Irvin.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The 49er owners invested in the San Francisco minor league soccer team Republic FC. Jed York was introduced at a Republic FC
    event announcing the investment and York said that the Niners had more season ticket holders from Sacramento then San Francisco.
    That may be true but what a lousy thing for the owner to say at this time.
    This whole investment reeks of greed and is a PR faux pas.
    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/mls/article8604596.html

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Kawakami story is based on a podcast where Kawakami interviewed Harbaugh. Straight from the horses mouth and not from a “source”.
    Chuckles has his head up his poop chute as usual.

  16. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Again you cherry pick things Bullitt. Whatever.

    Good to see flying vagina back. I’ve missed his Eddie filled rants.

    Still listening to dokken?

  17. Rex BauersNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, one must remember the spoiled rich like John and Denise have created in Jed have a harder time recognizing the effect of their actions on others, and privilege leads them to become more insulated from society. Like any pampered, spoon fed, pompous ass as they rise in ranks, they become self-focused. Eddie like most great leaders realized he was good at spending money and he had the true desire to win, then he surrounded himself with winners then got out of their way and let them do the job they were paid well to do.

    The York family never had the true desire to win, all they were interested in doing was expanding their empire while fooling the fan base that they actually cared about winning. Some may ask how do they get way with it and all one has to do is look at fans like unca_chuck who would accept the first female QB, Flag Football and complete transformation of the game without a whimper. That is how people like the York’s get away with it, the weak minded like Unca_chuck allow a tragedy like this to take place in the first place cause they would never raise a flag of discontent.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    What exactly am I Cherry picking?
    BS on the whatever.

  19. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like the rainbow pony unicorn brigade is getting out voted by those of us who are not sold on the happyland version of what is going down in Ninerville.

    Again, reality is a bitch. I’m willing to wait until the season gets underway to confirm my skeptical judgements, so we’ll see. However I’m not expecting a lot of presents from Santa in 2015.

    Sure it’s nicer when the Niners win but can we really expect that with these great owners? “Coaches, Bah who needs ’em?”

  20. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    More pissed off writers and fans in comments section:

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/1412-classless/

    Do you really think there is a Santa in Santa Clara?

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The irony of what’s transpired is Adam Gase is the OC and Vic Fangio is the DC of the Chicago Bears.

  22. Rex BauersNo Gravatar says:

    Phil Fan, thanks for the link I enjoyed finally someone reporting the truth. It’s alarming when you have Sfgate, San Francisco 49ers forever and other blogs spewing out the same propaganda pieces year after year no matter what transpires. Jed could just pay one guy to spew out his rederic to try and fool the general public and all Unca_chuck and his clones would have to do is just Cut, Copy and Paste.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, we remember your copy and paste fiascoes, V-boy. Hows that guvmint cheese? In the end, well, its Jed’s toy. We’re all along for the ride. As #%$ed up as it may be. Crowing about being right must really be a thrill that gets you through the tough times. Which very well could be heading this way.

    Me? I’ve witnessed 9 championships between the Warriors, Giants, and Niners.

    If none of these teams win another goddamn thing, I’ll still die a happy man.

    Piss and moan away, V-boys. They don’t owe you shit. Or quold you prefer the Harbaugh Niners playing in LA???

  24. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, with flying vagina in your camp, what could be better?

  25. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And mind the escaped goats. . .

  26. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey v, where’s Dennis ?

  27. Rex BauersNo Gravatar says:

    Chick, the Warriors Stink, The Giants are great because of our ownership gave Bochy everything he needed to win. The 49ers greatest came and left with Eddie DeBartolo period! Supporting, defending and believing that you can still win with a proven bad ownership like the York’s is a fairytale dream. I would MAYBE understand you if you never saw an organization ran properly but I’m sorry you have no excuse sir!

    There is no denying that a “true” fan loves his team but a smart fan will not stand by silently and witness with a smile it’s demise. Criminal minds like the York’s want to continue to fool you out of your money and if you allow it to happen to you standing behind team pride you’re considered in society a worthless person.

  28. Rex BauersNo Gravatar says:

    Chick, where’s Dennis? I don’t know did you ban him as well?

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To show you how disingenuous Chuckles is he went from Super Bowl or Bust and Harbaugh should be fired for not winning the Lombardi period.

    New coaching staff and all of a sudden the parameters and goals have changed. Now Chuckles can die a happy man because the Niners last won a Lombardi 20 years ago. Just shows you how full of crap Chuckles is which is symptomatic of his being a troll.

  30. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No v I didn’t. But Skeebers did. Selective anger?

    Troll? Why don’t you dig up more 5 year old posts, skippy. Boo hoo I’m disingenuous. At least I have a sense of humor. You’re an idiot.

  31. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest troll of all time lives here. Party on Garth.

    The point is, brainless one, that Harbaugh COULDN’T win it all. Therefore Tomsula shouldn’t be held to the standard Harbaugh couldn’t reach. His goal is reach the playoffs.

    Duh!!!!!!

    It doesn’t really matter whatI think, besides, nimrod. Or you. Jed may tweet to the fans, but he doesn’t really give a shit about them.

    Funny how v pulled a NoFear by disappearing during the Harbaugh regime. Why was that, dood?

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly, the biggest troll lives here and his name is Chuck.
    I do dig up old posts to shut you up with your own words.
    That’s only because you are constantly flip flopping and bending the truth.
    Anyone notice lately that when Chuckles is really off the path on one of his rants it becomes, “I was just kidding, where’s your sense of humor?”

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s the nimrod?
    Any coach hired should be held to the same high standard.
    This goal of just making the playoffs is a reset back to Singletary and shows your total lack of confidence in these hires.
    You tried to spin it positive for a week but with every new revelation on how this all went down you are now acting like a rat trying to find his way off the ship.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Again, who gives a rat’s ass what I think about the team? Why do you care so much to refute my position? Does that change anything in the grand scheme of things? Will it change Jed’s mind in any way? No. I can pronounce that I think 8-8 would be a successful year based on all the turmoil with the coaching staff.

    It’s called an opinion. You have to flame-on about everything I ever say. And notice that I DIDN”T SAY THAT.

    All this shit surrounding the team right now IS a distraction. Just like last year, it deflects from the task at hand. I hope this shit dies down, but in the end all this bullshit speculation means nothing. NOTHING. Sure, I love to tweak your proverbial nipples, because you get so hot and bothered so easily about everything I say, and you make pronouncements like ‘true fans do this’ and ‘true fans do that” like you are some kind of arbiter of the fan base.

    At this point, Jed needs to sit down, shut up, and let the football people do their jobs.

    If this team comes out and plays well on offense, something that was a little stagnant these past couple years, then they should be fine. They have the players. They need to develop a consistent repeatable offense.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some good news that Gore’s agent is talking to the Niners about a new deal

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/2/17/8047557/frank-gore-contract-free-agent-agent-49ers-nfl-combine

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Sleeper WR Stefon Diggs from Maryland. keep your eye on him at combine. He was coming off a broken leg from 2013. Projected as a 4th or 5th rounder. Can return punts.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYxFESYGYvY

  37. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder why Gore felt the need to ‘feel the love’ from the front office, according to bleacher report.

    Check before you tweet?

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Jenkins and Donnie Avert just cut by the Chefs

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Jed’s a habitual liar and Tomsula’s The Rat. Kawakami tries to pull his punches but can’t.

  40. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Intriguing if Jimbo and Fangio knew Tomsula was the rat all along, as TK intimates.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trent Baalke is scheduled to speak to the press on Wed 7:45am
    PST and Jim Tomsula Thurs 9:30am PST.

  42. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just Spin Baby

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    An article that was written just after Harbaugh left but gives insight to what went on
    http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/12/29/jim-harbaugh-jed-york-san-francisco-49ers-coaching-search

    Peter King of SI wrote this

    “For eight straight years pre-Harbaugh, the Niners didn’t have a winning season. In his first three regular seasons, he restored the glory of the franchise. San Francisco went 37-10-1, a stunning turnaround, and reached the NFC title game three years in a row. Then this 8-8 disaster happened. For the sake of a proud franchise, I just hope CEO Jed York and GM Trent Baalke know what they’re doing, letting Harbaugh walk instead of doing major surgery on their relationship and somehow, some way finding a way to make it work.

    In October, I ran into Ronnie Lott in Chicago. He was stunned the Niners seemed ready to divorce Harbaugh, and recalled how uncomfortable it often was playing for Bill Walsh. “Getting guys to play at their highest level is not always a comfortable thing to do, but that’s what Bill coached us to do,” Lott said. “I wanted a coach who’d get the best out of me, out of us. I didn’t want a buddy.”
    After a 7-4 start this season, Harbaugh’s Niners limped to a 1-4 finish down the stretch. (Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB)
    After a 7-4 start this season, Harbaugh’s Niners limped to a 1-4 finish down the stretch. (Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB)

    That led me to call Carmen Policy, team president/ombudsman during the Walsh era, who I recall was so often the referee between Walsh and many in the organization, occasionally owner Eddie DeBartolo. “There were times under Bill where it was a constant crisis-management situation,” said Policy. “But you’re winning, and so I’d say, ‘If we can just keep it together for the next month, month and a half, we’ll be okay.’ Eddie had this insatiable desire to win, and Bill did too. Life at the 49ers wasn’t about being easy, or about everyone getting along. It was all about winning, every day. I don’t know that any players loved Bill, but they had respect for him, and they knew he could lead them to the promised land.”

    Walsh lasted 10 years. He won three Super Bowls. He averaged 10.2 wins a year, including the postseason.

    Harbaugh lasted four years. He won no Super Bowls, losing the only one he coached in. He averaged 12.3 wins a year, including the postseason.

    York said Sunday night that Baalke would be in charge of the coaching search. And boy, will there be pressure on the next head coach. I hear a few things: Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will be interviewed, and he has a chance to get the permanent job; Fangio is very well-respected within the building, and in particular on the staff. I hear Baalke may have interest in UCLA coach Jim Mora, who was San Francisco’s defensive coordinator for five years (1999-2003). And I hear the offensive staff, at least most of it, is likely to be purged—though Baalke and/or York could make a couple of aides (offensive line coach Mike Solari, running backs coach Tom Rathman) part of the deal for the new coach.

    Whoever gets the job will have much to live up to, and many problems. Can Colin Kaepernick be saved as a player? He has regressed significantly this year, and the most important coach on the staff may not be the head coach but rather Kaepernick’s mentor. Who will that be? Is Vernon Davis any good anymore? Can the aging and rehabbing defense rebound?

    Fans don’t care who’s at fault. They don’t care that Harbaugh was increasingly difficult to get along with. They know that he, probably more than any single person, was responsible for taking the Niners from irrelevant to the Super Bowl. And so they’ll be watching, warily, as York and Baalke make a crucial hire for the future of the franchise.”

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Will do Bullit –
    I’m sold on Jamison Crowder as that PR/KR weapon, depending on how cheaply he can be had.

    I’ll be looking toward Defense in this Combine.
    DL/LB/DB.

    Not sold on any WR at 15, with the possible exception of DeVante Parker.

    I’m also leaning toward OLB Lynden Trail being a conversion to TE for us.
    Strong enough to block, athletic enough to assume some receiving responsibilities as well.
    Very interesting kid.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another kid I like for the PR/KR duties is WR Rashad Greene from FSU.
    Little bigger, little faster than Crowder.

    Be nice if Baalke could finagle an extra Pick in the top 3 RDs.
    Be nice to acquire a DT/CB/WR plus have an extra Pick to address a future OT.

    The kid I liked coming into this process, OT Cedric Ogbuehi got injured in the Bowl game.

    Projected Top 20 talent, that likely falls out of RD1 due to that injury.
    Like Brandon Thomas, getting him on a ‘Red Shirt’ deal wouldn’t be a bad move IMO.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    IMO this team has some holes to fill and trading back to acquire
    extra picks might not be the right strategy for this year.
    Drafting an injured player that won’t contribute until 2016 isn’t a good idea in the first 5 rounds.
    Too many question marks with FAs that might leave holes.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Few Draft Picks contribute immediately anyway Bullit.
    For me, Picks are cheap, the best way to acquire depth.
    FAs are fine for a quick fix, but, obviously detrimental to the Cap health.

    Comes down to value.
    If you can get a 1st RD talent in RD3, most GMs make that deal, assuming you have starting talent to afford them time to develop/recover.

    Losing Crabtree and Drafting a rookie WR is pretty much a push.
    Gotta hope Ellington/Patton can pick up that slack.
    Otherwise, a FA WR could be in our future, which isn’t cheap.
    Guessing Stevie gets restructured, as a possible remedy to that problem.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Given the loss of RayMc, the uncertainty of Justin and maybe Brooks, the D looks to be the biggest area of need right now.

    Your Man, DT Malcolm Brown is my top Pick at 15, as it stands now.

    Linemen afford the best value in the 1st RD IMO.
    Longer careers, lesser bust rates too.
    I hate the structure of the F-Tags on OL too.
    All positions are covered under the same value system.
    Figure we’re losing Crabtree and Iupati.

    It will afford Baalke 2 Comp Picks next year at least, depending on the offset of signing anyone else of course.
    Don’t mind 1st RD Comps at all, given the nature of the process.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What concerns me is losing 3 CBs who are UFAs Culliver, Cox and Cook. If Justin Smith retires than you need to replace 2/3 of the Dline.
    If Gore leaves then a draft pick needs to go for another RB.
    Watch for Trey Millard who will be a hybrid fullback/Hback/TE.

    Those are the FA holes that they need to fill and there might be more like Skuta going elsewhere.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The way I see the Draft, guys picked between RDs 4-7 are 50/50.
    Those are guys you try to develop.
    If you steal a winner, like Bruce Miller, Aaron Lynch, all the better.
    Otherwise, take a shot, see what you can develop.
    Doesn’t cost much.
    The one’s that hurt are, the top 3 RD-ers that can’t make it.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke loaded up last year on DBs.
    He’ll likely grab another this year.

    We could retain 1 of the 2, between Cox and Cully.
    Guessing it’ll be Cox, seeing as Cully has had some off-field concerns and, likely would cost more?
    We’ll see.

    Millard was another ‘damaged’ guy that should pan out for us.
    CBs Aker and Reaser could emerge as well.
    Baalke does a pretty good job assigning value to his selections.
    Both Borland and Dontae Johnson made some decent progress for us last year.

    Gotta think about getting some depth behind Patrick and NaVorro now too.
    Both coming off injuries and costing big bucks.
    Moody looks OK, not impressed with his tackling though.
    Borland is a heat seeking missile, like Patrick and NaVorro.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    ILB might be our deepest position. With Wilhoite, Borland and Moody there isn’t room for another player provided Bowman and Willis are healthy.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Might lose 1 of those 2 also Bullit.
    Wilhoite/Skuta could get swept away in FA.
    Look no further than Fangio and Chicago.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guessing Fangio will be looking to carry on his system in Chicago.
    Not sure, what their Cap situation looks like there but, I’d expect Fangio to make a run at guys that know what he’s doing.
    Brooks in a deal perhaps?

    Many things will get tweaked between now a Draft Weekend.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just saying Moody is iffy, Patrick and NaVorro costing big bucks, coming off injuries too.
    Another ILB or 2 wouldn’t kill us for depth down the road.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If da Bears give up a 3rd rd pick this draft I’d make the deal and let them have Brooks

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a potential Legacy Pick for us too.
    ILB Mike Hull from PSU.
    Kinda in the Borland mold.
    Smaller kid with great instincts.
    His Dad was a 9er Pick back in the 70s.

    I like ILB Eric Kendricks from UCLA as well.
    There’s some interesting options at that position that could be had in the Mid RDs.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d take whatever we could get for Brooks.
    It’s more about unloading his Contract at this point.
    Now that we’ve paid Kaep, we need to unload some Cap money, for other positions of need.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Still have some major concerns about paying Aldon too.
    Big year for him to show something.
    Good options to Draft at his position this year too.

    Great Draft Class to improve the DLine.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Baalke can add some beef to the DLine, smaller ILBs wouldn’t be too risky.
    Especially if you can keep them ‘clean’.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chicago is middle of the pack in terms of Cap space.
    We’re under water –

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cap/

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another ILB that might make sense for us is Taiwan Jones from MI State.

    Guarantee you Baalke will like him for size and long arms –

    “In a class full of undersized inside linebackers, Jones bucks the trend. He’s a big, powerful body type paired with very long arms. The thick and explosive downhill linebacker played safety, running back, wide receiver and quarterback in high school.

    Weighed just 205 pounds as a true freshman in 2011, and finished with 18 total tackles. As a sophomore, he made four starts and had 38 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack, including 10 tackles in his first career start vs Iowa. He started 13 of 14 games in 2013, finishing with 67 tackles and seven tackles for loss. Moved to inside linebacker for the No.1-ranked run defense in 2014, totaling 60 tackles, 12.5 TFL, four sacks, two passes broken up, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

    Jones is a true downhill linebacker with more than enough length, strength and girth to come in and start immediately for a NFL team running a 3-4 defense. With better field awareness, he could develop into a solid starter in a scheme that requires him to primarily focus on the run game. “

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s carrying a 5th RD grade too.
    Can’t see him lasting that long but, I’d put him on the shopping list.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Put Zach Hodges of Harvard on your shopping list.
    Another projected 5th rounder

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXql2ZdA3zk

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hodges isn’t bad Bullit –
    I’ve seen him listed as an OLB.
    I have Jake Ryan in the mix with Hodges. Almost identical.

    Hodges 6’3″/235 – 4.75
    Ryan 6’3″/236 – 4.70
    Kinda ‘Tweener’ LBs.

    No problem moving a smaller OLB inside.

    Ryan has the edge in Tackles for me though 😀

    The ILB Group tends to be shorter this year.
    OLB Group is deeper but, guys like these probably fit better inside due to size/speed.
    If you can steal them between RDs 4-7, why not?

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    ILB Eric Kendricks from UCLA is a Borland-type.
    Excellent tackle numbers but, he’s short.

    I have Taiwan Jones and Stephone Anthony penciled in as my top 2 ILBs right now.
    Hopefully I’ll get to see some of these guys move in Indy this week.

    That’s the trick with the Draft.
    Every GM knows what he’s shopping for but, stacking the Board in the right slots, is where you make, or break, your shopping trip.
    All about value, Round by Round.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    2 guys I’d consider as conversion players are-
    OLB Lynden Trail to TE and,
    OLB Shaq Thompson to SS.

    Both are good athletes.
    Thompson was a S before being moved to OLB.

    He’d be a similar fit to what Seattle did with Kam Chancellor.
    A thumper Safety at 6’2″ 231 perhaps?
    He tackles well and can defend the pass reasonably well too.
    Lot’s of possibilities to shop for.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    “Thompson predominately starred at outside linebacker for the Huskies but was recognized with the Paul Hornung Trophy as the nation’s most versatile player in 2014 after the junior rushed for 456 yards on just 61 carries (7.5 per rush average) during the regular season. Thompson’s natural running skills warrant consideration at the next level, but Thompson was every bit as productive at linebacker, scoring four defensive touchdowns for the Huskies in 2014 alone.

    Regardless of where he lined up for the Huskies, Thompson’s athleticism and instincts on the football field stood out. He’s a fluid, balanced athlete who changes directions easily and accelerates smoothly. As a defender, he locates the ball quickly, is poised in coverage and is a reliable tackler.

    Thompson’s talent is undeniable. There is, however, some question as to where he fits best in the NFL. Physically, he appears best suited to the weakside linebacker role in a predominately 4-3 scheme. Given his football intelligence, Thompson might be able to handle a hybrid role in which he’s asked to play linebacker and safety, on occasion, giving a creative defensive coordinator a moveable chess piece to matchup against today’s athletic tight ends and massive slot receivers. “

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another kid I want to see is WR Breshad Perriman from UCF –
    6’3″/214
    Comparable size to Kevin White with a cheaper price tag in terms of Draft slot.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ditto for his fellow UCF SS Clayton Geathers –
    6’1″/212

    “Geathers spent his entire football life playing running back until he stepped on campus at Central Florida. His cousin Jarvis Geathers, who played defensive end for the Knights, was a big influence on his decision to play at the school.

    Clayton Geathers redshirted in 2010 and earned Conference USA All-Freshman Teams honors in his redshirt freshman season in 2011.

    Starting all 12 games for the Knights in 2011, he finished the season with 67 tackles and emerged as the leader of the secondary. He finished his career with the Knights tied for the UCF career record with 53 games played overall and third in the school’s history with 383 tackles. Geathers finished second in combined tackles every season since 2011 from the safety position.

    Named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team in 2014, Geathers earned an invite to play in the Senior Bowl.

    “On the field it just comes out,” Geathers said at the Senior Bowl, referring to his mild mannered demeanor off the field compared to his “animal” attitude on it. He is an intimidating safety in the mold of Brian Dawkins who could turn out to be very special player in a few years. “

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unrestricted FAs that they should at least kick the tires on are:

    Buster Skrine CB Browns
    Alan Ball CB Jags
    Brndon Harris CB Titans
    Jared Oldrick DL Dolphins
    Tyson Alalu DL Jags
    Hakeem Nicks WR Colts
    Cecil Shorts WE Jags
    Virgil Green TE Broncos

    There could be value in signing a few of these guys who won’t break the bank but have untapped talent to fill in.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Some are bolstered as to what QB coach Steve Logan might bring to the team. I remain skeptical because he’s the QB coach and the guy they hired by default to be the OC Chryst was the guy who’s been QB coach for the last 4 years.
    Reason for my skepticism is that as the QB coach Chryst was the invisible man. He was unknown for 4 years with Roman taking most of the heat for the perceived shortcomings of the offense.
    Chryst stayed under the radar and didn’t get either accolades or criticism.
    Will he give Logan a free hand in helping shape the offense?

  73. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Chryst stayed under the radar and didn’t get either accolades or criticism. Will he give Logan a free hand in helping shape the offense?”

    He might need to Bullit if he, Chryst, is in over his head as OC. Might welcome a guy like Logan with some ideas of how to shape the O, especially the passing game, to suit Kap’s strengths. In any case Logan as QB coach will need to maximize Kap’s abilities. Or else…he’ll be hearing from the Balkey kid.

    I wasn’t much impressed with the former QB coach, Morton I believe, as Kap didn’t seem to progress much once teams figured his game out. We’re going to see on the field.

  74. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Oh Chryst, it was Chryst who was coaching the QB? Chryst almighty!

  75. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Some positives about Chryst:

    http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2015/02/16/10-reasons-to-like-geep-chryst-as-the-49ers-offensive-coordinator/#30489-8

    Some of these are very weak but consider:

    – Colin Kaepernick likes Chryst. Here’s what he told CSN Bay Area’s Mindy Bach at the Super Bowl: “Great person, brilliant guy. And I think he’s very open to what the players’ input is during the game, during the week. And also open to taking shots down the field and opening up the playbook. So, excited to see what he has in store for us.”

    -The 49ers retain some offensive continuity and familiarity with Chryst

    -Chryst devised the “Vernon post” play that beat New Orleans in the epic 2011 NFC divisional game.

    So how will Logan and Jesus H work together? Good question

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    I was happy when I heard they were retaining Rathman as a coach.
    To be honest when I heard they retained Geep Chryst as a coach I was indifferent. When they failed to even talk to Chudzinski. got turned down by Gase to be OC and by the Egos WR coach and settled for Chryst as OC I was bewildered and my first reaction was “say what?”
    I don’t think Jed or Trent can stand before the press and say they hired the “best coach” for the job and keep a straight face. We know at the very best Chryst was their 3rd choice for the job and possibly 5th or sixth choice.
    That does not instill confidence but I’ll give him a chance.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Notice they did not have a press conference to announce the other coaching hires besides Tomsula.
    In 2011 Roman met with the press on Feb 16

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2011/2/16/1998010/49ers-offensive-coordinator-greg-roman-press-conference-transcript

    Why didn’t the Niners follow suit and introduce their coordinators as they previously did? Jed/Trent are starting to run scared with choices made.

  78. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It will be interesting to see if we can pull this all together with the staff we have. I’m not gonna hold my breath. All I know is that if I had to sit and watch another game played like we did last year I would probably throw-up. We’ll know right away if Baalke is over his head or not.

  79. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Run scared? They aren’t you, skippy.

    Winder, this will come down to the Geepster and the offense these guys put together. Tomsula will pretty much do with the offense what Harbs did with the defense. And that was to leave it up to his DC (funny that the D was statistically superior to the offense in a landslide). People here should be concerned that we lost Fangio, not Harbaugh.

    Except of course that Tomsula will give the offensive reins to Geep and let him run it how he sea fit.

    Which is the biiiiiig unknown right now. Encouraging is the fact that QB coach Steve Logan is a big WCO guy. Let’s hope they come up with something better than the recent past.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke also touched on Kap’s progress down in AZ

    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/49ers-GM-Trent-Baalke-Applauds-Colin-Kaepernicks-Offseason-Work-Ethic/10767f5e-603e-4347-9629-d5ca3b4b1dca

    Guess what? Baalke mentioned taking something off the ball.
    IIRC I was ridiculed by the apologists for talking about the fast ball. Their football acumen said it wasn’t a factor.

    Baalke just refuted that

    “Baalke mentioned footwork, delivery and changing throwing platforms as some of the many techniques that Kaepernick is developing under Warner’s watch this offseason.

    “He’s working on all of that stuff and being able to take a little pace off the ball when he needs to take some pace off of it,” Baalke added.

    The GM also complimented Warner’s willingness to share his knowledge of the game with the 49ers starting quarterback.

    “Kurt knows a little something about the game and his willingness to share that to a young guy like Colin I think is admirable,” Baalke said.

  81. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Nice in depth discussion re: Eddie vs Jeddie boy over at Cohn’s:

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/raiders-davis-emerges-owner-respect/

    Good comments too which I’ll plow through manana as it Zero Dark Thirty over here

  82. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, after years of dissing the Cohn Clones, you now follow them religiously, Phil? Odd.

    Funny thing is, is why didn’t Harbaugh teach the guy he hand-picked in the draft? Or are we disavowing that factoid as well? Kappy threw underneath passes and screens in college. It’s not like he can’t make the throws. He wasn’t asked to make them very much.

    I thought Harbs was the QB whisperer. Bullit, you are ridiculed for many things. Least of which is your football IQ. Go ask Brent Jones how much film study Kappy partakes in. I’d love to hear the answer.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    This the only thing Chuckles has said worthwhile in months.
    He said it yesterday.

    “Again, who gives a rat’s ass what I think about the team?”

    The answer to this and anything else he posts

    NOBODYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    On a daily basis you prove with every post you don’t know football.

    You wouldn’t know what football IQ is if I spotted you the I and the Q.

  85. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Once an apologist always an apologist. It’s hard to change, most never do. Case in point.

    Chuck doesn’t like it because most commenters on Cohn’s agree Jimi got a shabby deal and the Niners have regressed as a result of the brilliant York moves = coaches do not want to come here and work for Tommy boy/York. Chuck in his role as Charles the First has lost his head over York and Kap.

    BTW many/most fans and followers of the team are dubious this was handled well or will work out well. The folks who defend the Niner brain trust are shrinking as a result of the ongoing lunacy out of 4949. The Chucksters are regressing you might say. Luckily we have our very own apologist right here to keep us entertained.

  86. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The SF Chron article I linked above about Chryst is labeled a mockery of Chryst by some = weal sauce. As I keep pointing out “We will see” how these coaches do in the W-L stat as well as teaching Kap.

    Kap hopefully is not stuck on stupid like passing poorly to Crabtree to end a couple of our season. He could be stuck there for sure. Maybe he’s more motivated these days? Maybe he never will learn zip beyond Run Kap Run and hammer that ball in there. Dunno. Hope so. But I’m no hope addict.

    We’ll see won’t we? Over the next couple seasons.

  87. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    ‘Weal sauce’? Is that like veal sauce? Ah, ‘weak sauce’. Got it.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The apologists are into hyperbole stating last year’s offense couldn’t be worse.
    How soon they forget. The 2007 Niner team was last in points scored and last in yards. The 2005 team wasn’t much better ranking 30th in points and last in yards.
    In fact from the dark ages of recent times there have been 6 teams that have performed worse.
    Apologists just make blind assumption because they are football smart. LOL!

  89. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    York may not have lost the locker room- yet- but he sure has lost the fans and now some of the sites/writer who cover the Niners. Headed by Cohns and Kawakami. And national reporters all over the place.

    Here’a a couple more sure to appeal to Rex Bauer but not to Charles the First:

    Jed and Trent’s fumble could hurt the 49ers for years

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/1413-jed-trents-fumble-could-hurt-49ers-years/

    And

    49ers’ roster is not Super Bowl caliber

    http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/49ers-roster-is-not-super-bowl-caliber/

    These are not hard to find. These local sites represent a large, growing segment of fans who love the Niners but hate York family bungling.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure what fuels the apologists who resort to making up the usual BS and crap because they can’t find any evidence to support their view.
    Making stuff up is not an opinion, it’s a fairy tale, fiction.

    The Niner fans are united in letting Jed know their displeasure with his bumbling decision. I would say single digits for percentage of his dismissal of Harbaugh.

    If Jed had a brain he might have transitioned it like Walsh to Seifert by setting up Fangio as the head coach. That would’ve have been the smarter move.

    More will be revealed and we shall see.

  91. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Bay Area Sports Guy stole my stuff.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A conceptual new design for all helmets in the NFL.
    The person who did this is talented and most the designs look good.
    http://imgur.com/a/QaZHX

  93. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “The Bay Area Sports Guy stole my stuff.”

    He’s pretty good RT. I was wondering where he got all that good stuff. You, huh? Nice

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All is not well in Ramland
    Bradford given permission to seek trade and if really unhappy with no takers they’ll let him walk.
    This is contrary to reports that they hired coaches to please Bradford but possibly Bradford didn’t like the pay cut they were asking him to take because he’s due $13 mil plus.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/report-bradford-granted-permission-seek-trade-rams

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fitzgerald redid his contract with the Cards. He signed a 2 year deal with $22 mil guaranteed. By doing this he saved the Cards $7 mil in cap room.
    Willis and Vernon would be good candidates to help with the salary cap signing for more guaranteed money and less total inflated contract amount.

  96. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You say wait and see, Phil, yet you’ve already called them dead and buried.

    Funny how all the news coming from the national press last year regarding the upcoming trouble around the Niners was ignored as bullshit. Now it’s gospel?

    That’s cherry picking, corksoakers!

  97. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said, folks, most fans are fairly clueless. Lots of fans loved the Singletary hire. Lots of fans thought Nate Davis should be the starter. If this coaching staff does well, they’ll be on board as if they were right now.

    Word of the day is ‘fickle’

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the dynamic between Kaep and Chryst will remain intact I’m sure.
    Calling the plays is more of a solo effort for Chryst I’d imagine?

    For all the volatility that has gone on since Jim was released, this might be a good time to iron out the chain of command, in terms of play calling, and play delivery.

    I’d expect more continuity between Logan and Chryst now.
    Tomsula is a Defensive guy. Less interference from the sideline, might be a good thing?

    You and I, several others here too, have called for a better ‘touch’ game from Kaep.
    For me, that means more WCO-influence. Short dump offs, quick hitters.

    Seems from the reports I’ve found on Logan, he values that system.
    Kaep working on his mechanics can’t hurt either.
    I’m an optimist for the most part.
    What’s done is done, fix the faults, work to improve.
    We’ll see how it shapes up come Summer.

    I’d be happy just to see a simplified scheme that clicks.
    Less fluff, more focus, better execution.

    The WCO is all about timing. That can’t hurt, especially when Kaep is holding the ball too long, trying to make a splash play that ends with sacks, or wasted downs.

  99. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    How’d Sing do as interim HC compared to Nolan, Chuck? Big turnaround, no? Do you honestly think VD would have become the player he was without Sing as HC? Patrick and the rest of the linebacker corps?

    I wanted Sing to get a 1 yr contract as HC. York gave him 3. It’s easy in hindsight to say that it was a bad move. Sing as “permanent” HC was a complete unknown. Sing did instill an attitude, a toughness, in the Niners that had been sorely lacking for years. Do you really think it was completely Harbaugh that made the Niners so incredibly good “overnight”?

    As far as Nate The Great, I would’ve been much happier with Jake The Snake or Jeff Garcia, but they weren’t in the ABAS claiming race. Nate has proven in Texas that he is an outstanding QB at a lower level.

    Hindsight is your middle name, Chuck. Just on Alex alone you’ve contorted into so many positions over the years based on which way the wind is blowing that I’m surprised you don’t have a FT chiropractor. It’s easy to ridicule others’ past opinions when your own current reality of your past opinions are like something out of 1984.

  100. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick engaging a twitter heckler, again, to trade childish swipes.

    Better grow up son and realize the big money and face of the franchise thing come with a fair amount of folks who will voice their disgust at you even when you’re doing everything right, let alone playing as poorly as you and yours did last year.

    Maybe he didn’t get the patented “Win with Class” talk yet. He’s not doing himself or the club any good with such childish rants on twitter.

    Next comes the phone call from the handlers followed by the phony apology. And Harbaugh explaining he’s just a passionate guy who loses self control when he sees criticism. Oh, wait. Those excuses will have to come from someone else now, but who?

  101. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt Kappy has to develop a thicker skin. I believe the psych part of Kap the QB was a big part of his down season. After the NFCCG against the Hawks, he was way overly defensive, hostile, and it carried over into last season. He should’ve just manned up after Sherman’s play.

    Will he have a mentor to teach him this? Time will tell.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the World we live in with these athletes I guess?
    Indeed, grow up and do what you’re paid to do.

    EXOS is a start in the right direction,(I hope).
    Nothing but respect for Kurt Warner.
    Hopefully some of that maturity will rub off onto Mr Kaep.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep should take a lesson or 2 from RG III in DC.

    That clown is so busy marketing ‘his brand’ and, engaging his Twitter Nation, it’s a wonder he finds any time for football.

  104. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9, L: Vikings 24, 49ers 16
9-16, W: 49ers 30, Lions 27
9-23, L: Chiefs 38, 49ers 27
9-30, L: Chargers 29, 49ers 27
10-7, L: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18
10-15, L: Packers 33, 49ers 30
10-21, L: Rams 39, 49ers 10
10-28, L: Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
11-1, W: 49ers 34, Raiders 3
11-12, L: Giants 27, 49ers 23
11-25, L: Tampa 27, 49ers 9
12-2, L: Seattle 43, 49ers 16
12-9, W: 49ers 20, Broncos 14
12-16, W: 49ers 26, Seattle 23
12-23, L Bears 14, 49ers 9
12-30, L: Rams 48, 49ers 32
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
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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