The Enabler

New HC Jim Tomsula has stated that he won’t be involved in the offense or the defense this coming year, he’ll just be an “enabler.” Very clever. He can’t be blamed for a lousy O or a lousy D. I guess he can’t take credit for any goodness achieved by either entity, either.

Which begs the question: what exactly IS his job? Merriam Webster defines “enabler” as: “one that enables another to achieve an end; especially : one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior (as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior.”

Well, that explains it. Just as everyone surmised, Tomsula is Jed York’s life coach! It will be his responsibility to allow Jed to continue to be a douchebag without any consequences!

Some readers have complained that we don’t publish any good news about the Niners this offseason. Hey, shoot the messenger, why don’t you. The fact is, there hasn’t been any good news. Not nationally, not locally, not on any of the other blogs, and not even from the people who are complaining.

Voluntary offseason workouts begin today. It will be interesting to see if all the players show up for it. Alex Boone and Vernon Davis blew these events off last year, and not coincidentally, each went on to have a crappy year. Patrick Willis was quoted as being excited to play for Tomsula, then a few weeks later Willis retired. So there’s that to consider, also.

This will be the first time Colin Kaepernick will work with his new QB coach, Steve Logan. Kurt Warner, like Steve Young before him, has stressed to Kaepernick that he must think like a QB first, in the pocket, and not like an athlete/runner who makes one read and takes off. Logan and York, of course, have maintained they want Kaepernick to run more this year. I’m sure this conflicting advice will work itself out — somehow.

At any rate, we might be able to hear some hard, football enabled news this week. We’ll see.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ray Ratto had this to say this morning

    “Kurt Warner worked with Colin Kaepernick as you know, and one of his points of emphasis was staying in the pocket longer and relying less on his legs. Now which former coach who has an overactive and quirky Twitter account tried to say the same thing and ended up getting shown the door?

    Oh, yeah. Mister Judge Judy.”

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – This is one of the best posts I’ve read in awhile. I have been associated with enablers my whole life. They drive me “F”ing crazy. They say it all runs downhill and surely we are being set up for a ‘potential’ stinker. I mean how do you lay blame when there’s no one at fault. Then again maybe the ‘team concept’ is totally at work here. Whatever, I still think we will be a better team this year than last. Why, I don’t know. But, what I do know is that I have had to endure multiple pathological liars in my life and each of them had enablers to clear the debris from their path.

  3. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing reflects confidence in the team like no one claiming responsibility for its performance.

    What I want to know is who is filming this remake of the three stooges take on the NFL.

  4. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Funny that dysfunctional but forceful people have so many willing helpers on their path of (others) destruction. We see it in all areas of life even here in the NFL fan world, etc. Sad but a fact of life. In mine too unhappily. No coincidence I live quietly where I do but it is as a direct result and by my choice.

    Yesterday we went shopping and the wife bought some good quality lipstick. Not sure if there is enough lipstick in the world to pretty up all these ugly pigs = enabling fans, coaches, egotistical owners, relatives and formerly, co-workers. That’s a lot of lipstick which doesn’t work anyway. Looks pretty good on the wife tho.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I used a similar description of Tomsula months back.
    Like Carroll, I call Jim a ‘Back Slapper’.

    All I can hope for is that he keeps the team focused and productive. Loose, but prepared.

    Given the need for ‘unity’ in this game, I just hope he keeps his Coaches engaged, his players focused and, the Owner at bay.

    We’ve debated the dynamic of the FO and Harbaugh for an eternity.

    I think the simplest explanation, in all of this mess, has been a lack of harmony.
    For all the distractions, innuendo, media leaks, you name it, it was a major distraction. Everything tanked.
    A change had to be made.
    Now, we settle in for the aftermath.

    This picture isn’t pretty. By a LONG stretch.
    For now, I’ll be happy to see a unified effort from all involved.
    No holdouts, no griping, no sniping, no excuses, no finger pointing.

    We’re in for another ‘do-over’ now.
    Come what may.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our ‘window’ opened briefly with Harbaugh.
    Close, but no hardware.

    Sadly, Frank, Patrick and all concerned were turned away, Ring-less.

    Can’t bring myself to think we’ll taste another run for awhile.
    I’m a Fan, I’m vested.

    I can accept what comes in terms of an Owner doing the unthinkable.
    Goes on in every corner of the League.
    Doesn’t mean I agree with it however.

    I just want to be competitive, balanced and relevant.
    If the players simply show up for a paycheck, as it appeared last year in too many phases, it’s painful to watch.

    Tomsula has his work cut out for him.
    Back slapping is necessary in times such as this.
    Too much ‘rah-rah’ and too little attention to winning is a ready made disaster in waiting.

    I’m an optimist when it comes to our 9ers. Fight the good fight.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The simplest translation?
    United We Stand….

    New beginnings. All over again.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    We just need to look across the bay to learn from a similar situation.
    The Raiduhs got rid of Gruden because they wanted a more vertical downfield passing attack and that Gruden was also in the last year of his contract and would’ve cost them a hefty raise of $2-3 mil a year. Sound familiar?

    So Al gets 2 #1 picks for Gruden and Callahan has one good year as coach before his next year goes down the toilet with 4 wins. Callahan’s year after succeeding Gruden is the last winning record the Raiduhs have had.

    13 years later and a won loss record of 69-141 under 8 coaches is where the Raiduhs are today.

    Davis made the mistake of getting rid of a top coach under the illusion he could be easily replaced. History shows us that was a fatal move. The Niners seem to be headed down that same path.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden was traded after his 4th year with Oakland on a 5 year deal. His 4 year record was 38-26.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit don’t think I haven’t had those visions, of the Raiders/NYJ/’Skins and ‘Boys through all of this.

    Having survived the years between Mooch et al, we’ve been down this path before.
    I’ve prayed upon the Blog Altar that Jed isn’t going that route.

    B!tch as we might, he’s the one ingredient in all of this that controls the Reactor Core.

    We can’t vote him out no matter how hard we try.

    We can only hope, that he puts enough good football people in place, to make him look like a Boy Genius.

    I understand the power-play that obviously took place with Harbaugh.
    Sucks to see a successful run come crashing down.

    I just don’t want an Owner that makes a habit of implementing this sort of Scorched Earth Policy without regard for the inevitable consequences that ensue.

    Namely, the re-balancing phase that comes along with such moves.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Using the Raiders as the example as we are.
    Al plundered the Draft process for years.
    He was a Blueprinter for guys like Jerruh.
    Egomaniacal Owners who think they can Draft, manage the Cap, you name it.

    At least Al began as a football guy.
    He just never conceded control, when the game changed as it did, over the years.

    I don’t think Jed meddles nearly as much as Jerruh or Al.
    My concern is, he’s hampering the efforts of Baalke and the Locker Room.

    We’ll see how they treat Tomsula soon enough.
    If it’s Baalke’s show to run, let him run it, without Jed’s shadow looming over his efforts.
    If Baalke and Gamble can’t find the formula, replace them.
    I simply don’t want my Owner doing anything but writing checks, selling PSLs, and Marketing his Team in a positive light.

    Be silent Young Jedi.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I just have a problem with some idiots telling us how much better off we are now than last year.
    These apologists swear that Tomsula is an improvement and keep trying to sell that.
    We have all learned that losing teams suffer from continuity issues changing systems every few years.
    I had thought we escaped that cycle in 2010 but we just might be headed in that direction again.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Like whistling past the graveyard Bullit.
    We all see things differently I guess?

    I’m well aware that opinions vary widely when it comes to our team.
    I’m just hoping Jed isn’t making changes for the sake of change.
    It’s never as easy as some Owners make it seem.
    Very much a continuity business in the NFL.

    There are the Belichick/Kraft relationships which endure and, there are the Snyder and Jones’ who think they know better.

    I’m hanging onto hope that we don’t go the route of the latter.

    I’ll give Tomsula this much, he isn’t anything right now but another guy trying to make it go.

    If the FO supports him, so be it.
    He’s got to get the players to buy in, just as Harbaugh did.
    Let him have his chance to show what he’s got.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There are guys like Chip Kelly who sway an Owner to buy in.

    There are Owners who recycle Coaches religiously and, hope for better production.

    If there’s a common Plan involved, GMs/Coaches who share the Plan, things typically improve gradually.

    When an Owner is constantly changing the Plan, it brings everything down.

    I believe in a system where the GM needs to shine.

    If Harbaugh and Baalke couldn’t agree on a Plan, that’s problem enough.
    If the Owner can’t repair that dynamic or, managed to make it worse, I think we get what we got in SF.
    Total dysfunction.

    Let’s just hope it’s not a trend.

  15. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Point being, Bullitt et al, we might not be headed down the wrong path. To deny the possibility and complain about what went down incessantly does what?

    Jumping the gun by 5 months is a bit premature.regardless of what happens.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s not the point at all, Chuck. That’s just wishful thinking. The point is we had a good coach and staff and if they were still here, we’d be talking about whether we could topple Seattle this year and win a SB. Instead, we’re talking about whether we can even have a winning record this year, or for the next five or ten years.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    It’s you and the other apologist who have stated categorically that this current team has a better chance under the new staff than if Harbaugh and his coaching staff were retained for 2015.
    That’s some weak ass straw man.
    I like Tomsula as a person but find his constant talking about NFL Europe annoying. Tomsula won the League in NFL Europe’s last year with a team that was 6-4.

    The bottom line as I have always said is the team will go as far as Kap can take them. If Kap doesn’t improve they are dead in the water.

  18. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, that is wrong, Skeebs, because the team would still have the same issues of an aging roster, free agent defections, incorporating a new WR corps, retirements, the impending draft, and a weakened defense.

    This is why I get frustrated with the outlook here. You purport that things would be peachy keen if they somehow patched things up with Harbaugh and carried on the same path. The internal strife was not imaginary. The sluggish offense was not imaginary.

    As if Patrick Willis would have healed had Harbaugh stayed. Borland would have played had Harbaugh stayed. Gore even. Cox and Cully would have stayed, etc. None of this is true.

    Gore likely would have taken the Indy deal anyway. And the thing is, gore is a 31 year old guy. Yeah, I love his vet presence, but we have Hyde and Hunter. Shit happens. Montana, Rice, Lott, Craig, and countless others were traded or left to sign elsewhere.

  19. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not a straw man, skippy. It is my opinion. Until there are actual results, you can blab incessantly about how you know they will fail. It changes nothing. The team may do better.

    If they go 10-6 and win a playoff game, then they are on track,

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It is a straw man because you project a Tomsula coached team to have a better record than a Harbaugh coached team.
    Problem is Harbaugh is no longer the coach yet you and the other apologist make an absolute statement that the change is better but you give no factual reasons.

    If Jed had stepped up to the podium and announced that Harbaugh, Fangio and Roman were no longer on the coaching staff and were being replaced by Tomsula, Mangini and Chryst
    I wonder what your reaction would’ve been?
    Instead they went on this charade of an extensive coaching search and this was the best they could do? That tells me that they approached a lot of coaches and they all decided to steer clear of the 49ers.
    You might want to ask yourself why is that?

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hilarious, Chuck. If Harbaugh went 10-6 and made the playoffs, you’d want his head on a platter. Hell, you wanted him gone for 3 title trips and an SB. Right track? No matter the roster, a team always has a better chance to succeed with a good coaching staff than a poor one. It’s not rocket science.

  22. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Willis and Borland really hurt and they will be missed. The way it sounds though Willis probably couldn’t play at 100%. The reason I think we’ll be a better team is we will be younger and faster. There were lots of players that stepped up last year and there is certainly room for many more to do the same this year. If they don’t I seriously doubt it would be from a lack of motivation from coaching. I’m looking forward to see how this plays out.

  23. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s obviously disingenuous to hold the position that this team will be better or anywhere near as good as Harbaugh’s team at this point. But it’s the safe bet. It’s always the safe bet to say the team will do better than it does. You’re just being a loyal fan, after all. Who can blame you for that? It’s easy to explain away an overly optimistic outlook. And easy to brand those who don’t follow as haters.

    Chuck says he’s courageous to spew out lame predictions in every direction like a popcorn machine. Now he’s floating trial balloons trying to find a spot to walk back his Super Bowl or nothing reasoning for dumping Harbaugh. Not very courageous.

    History shows Chuck has come out in this same manner for every head coaching change since the blogs began. And just as surely changes his tune early on to bash the new guy relentlessly. York could hire Mr. Ed to run the team and Chuck would cheer for the future and call every dissenting opinion holder an idiot, for or against as time goes on. So Chuck ends up being the idiot because he never sees it coming and it upsets Chuck when others do.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Boston Marathon Terrorist Bomber found guilty of all 30 counts. Death penalty is on the table.

    One down with Aaron Hernandez to go.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder

    Also the absence of Ray McDonald and possibly Justin Smith is going to hurt.
    With Cox and Culliver going elsewhere the defensive backfield is again a question mark.

    Nobody really knew the extent of Patrick Willis’ injury. If he thought the team had a legitimate chance at a Lombardi I don’t think he retires because his announcement came out of the blue.
    Same for Justin Smith and Gore. I’m convinced they would come back for a legit shot to win it all.

  26. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    There you go. Rosy hindsight. If Willis could play, he would. To think otherwise is calling him a chickenshit player. Same with JSmith. BYpung could have left. He didn’t.

    NoFear. You are so full of shit it defies reality. You never say anything other than generic platitudes and your obsession with me. The fact you still carry a torch for Nolan explains a lot.

    Hey my prediction is they’ll fall somewhere between 10-6 and 6-10. That was spectacular in its risk factor of 0, NoFear. Funny thing is they went 11-5 that year. With a four game spread you still missed.

    Yeah I think they’ll do better than last year. Don’t need to walk that back, chicken hawk. You just feel the overarching need to project your inadequacies as these pointless little screeds. Boo hoo. Make a stand at some point in your blog history

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Boy, Chuck. NoFear sure gets under your skin.

  28. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not me so much as the light of day.

  29. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Now that was fun! With the Chiefs clinging to a 3 pt. lead and under 3 minutes to go in a sloppy, penalty-filled game at Mile High Stadium, Elway hits Shannon Sharpe, who fumbles the ball away! Game over. Not quite. On the very next play, Marcus Allen fumbles the ball away! 2:23 left. Setup for an Elway miracle? On the very next play, an early shotgun snap catches Elway by surprise! Ooh, he saves the play for a good gain. Elway leads the go ahead drive and throws a TD pass! Not quite. Receiver out of bounds, came back onto the field prior to catch. Penalty distance AND down! No matter, Elway throws a TD pass anyway. What’s that? Not 7 men on the LOS? Ooh, replay shows 7 on the LOS but only 10 Broncos on the field – no penalty, TD, Broncos lead by 4, 1:13 left.
    But wait! That’s a guy with 4, count ’em, 4 Rings now QBing the Chiefs. The only stadium in the league he has never won in is Mile High. 1:13 left, 3 TOs, 80 yds. to go. NO PROBLEM FOR JOE! Jennifer caught on camera going berserk. With only seconds left, game iced.
    October 1994.
    Sometimes NFL Network has its perks.

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Good times.

  31. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NFL maybe hearing the howling fans about quality of refs? About time:

    Dump =

    Jeff Triplette
    Ed Hochuli
    Walt Coleman
    Jerome Boger

    Firings have taken place already, names to follow. Now for the love of the Almighty get some more cameras in the EZ and use them.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/08/nfl-has-fired-some-of-its-worst-officials/

  32. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Nice memories RT!

  33. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right Skeebs. John Q Milquetoast got my goat. I’ve never met a more mealy mouthed blogger in my life.

    Poor little guy is afraid of his shadow and is scared by people that actually stand for something instead of rolling with the crowd. Which is why this is his little safety zone. He dare not post anywhere else.

  34. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You’re getting carried away with your delusions, Chuck. Remember, you’re only a tough guy in your dreams, and behind that keyboard. Real people aren’t scared away by your keyboard bluster and bullshit on a blog.

    Now say something stupid and leave the tough-guy talk to folks who spend more time in reality.

  35. winderNo Gravatar says:

    J.D. Smith passed, he was always one of my favorite players. Definitely old school. RIP

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Exhibition opponents have been released with dates to be determined

    49ers exhibition schedule
    Week 1: at Houston
    Week 2: vs. Dallas
    Week 3: at Denver
    Week 4: vs. San Diego

    Maiocco has noted that for the first time in several years there are no national network broadcasts.
    Which leads you to wonder how many Sunday Night games will there be in the regular season?

  37. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t watch, Bullitt. If this is all such a tragedy, leave the football to the fans, not the whiners. I mean really. Here it is 3 months since the crucifixtion and you still can’t stop bringing it up.

    Oh NoFear. You never disappoint with your holier-than-thou drabble. You fling hyperbolic bulldust with the best of ’em, yet cry foul to Skeebs.

    Sorry. Too rough? Awwwww.

  38. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Cry foul? Only in your delusions tough guy.

    Too rough? You? As a bag of wet hair, maybe.

    But thanks for saying something stupid anyway.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    It seems the truth irritates you.
    Where did I say it was a tragedy?
    I’m just reporting the exhibition schedule and the facts.
    It seems something is causing you to react in a negative manner and lash out.
    You are not the center of the universe but seem to think posts are directed at you.

    Chuckles just can’t suppress the bully within and because of his troll DNA he needs to pick a pissing contest.

  40. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are again in a “prove it” stage with the national broadcasters due to certain recent changes in leadership. Maybe they will redeem themselves maybe not. If so games can always be added to the network slate. But why take a chance on airing/investing in a dog?

    Prove it. All will be forgiven. Otherwise no soup for you.

  41. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bay Area Sports Guy ranks Niners draft needs:

    Top Five include =

    1) ILB due to questions about Bowman, departures of Borland, Willis
    2) WR even with T Smith signing due to Patton regression, departures of Stevie, Crab, Lloyd
    3) CB due to annual makeover
    4) OLB due to Aldon questions
    5) T due to not getting one last year in draft

    http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/ranking-the-49ers-draft-needs/

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Troy Polamalu announced his retirement.

    34 year old rookie trying to hook on with a team.
    Where has he been? Fighting the bad guys and protecting our country as a Green Beret.

    http://mmqb.si.com/2015/04/06/nate-boyer-long-snapper-green-beret-nfl-draft/

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Hau’oli Kikaha was highly productive with 25 TFLs and 19 sacks last season. In 3 yaers he has 33 sacks.
    Projected as a 2nd rd pick he’s on the Seahag radar.
    I think he’s better than Dupree

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnB0KrxTS1s

  44. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Only concerns I have with Kikaha are the knee surgeries Bullit.

    Dupree needs some Coaching for sure, they all do.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One Seahag teammate just can’t let it go.
    He just doesn’t like Jimmy even though he’s one of them.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/michael-bennett-on-new-seahawks-teammate-jimmy-graham–still-overrated-125548345.html

  46. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    A new 36 hole record at the Masters: 130, -14. Ties with 3 others in history the 36 hole record at a major.

    Jordan Spieth – age 21 and already going bald. But is he the new Tiger?

  47. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Maybe he’s going bald so young from all the new designer drugs that are floating around.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Talking Masters, how about Jordan Spieth!!!
    Crenshaw is playing his last Masters and Spieth is in the lead to win his first. Hook’em!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpN0kZVA84U

  49. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Any truth to the rumor Balkey is trying to sign this superior athlete?

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see if Jordan Spieth is ready to win The Masters.
    A lot of pressure for a 21 year old.
    He’s certainly knocking on the door having finished second in last year’s Masters when he was 20.
    If he can handle it then we’ll have another dominant force in golf.

  51. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t look now, but Tiger is 4 under today through eight (!) for -6 and tied for six overall. 8 shots back with 54 to play; good thing he’s taken so much time off; he might have gotten rusty.

  52. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Football is out of rehab. I, for one, am willing to give him a chance. Lest we forget, Brett Favre started his career with a bigtime opiate addiction (Vicodin, a steppingstone to heroin for some athletes). It took him quite a while to get on track.

    Not that Johnny deserves to even hold Favre’s jock when it comes to talent, but he has his own intriguing bits.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This portion of the offseason workouts is strength and conditioning.
    I don’t recall the Niner FO announcing a new Strength and Conditioning Coach to replace Mark Uyemura who served under Harbaugh.
    The 49er website doesn’t list a Strength coach.

  54. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, that skinflint Jed probably doesn’t think we need one this year.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Near as I can see, Uyeyama hasn’t gone anywhere Bullit –

    http://www.49ers.com/team/coaches/mark-uyeyama/49e6b54b-debb-47bb-94ff-b25faed024d5

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With all the buzz surrounding LSU CB Jalen Collins, I’m not sold.
    He’s got very little playing time for one.
    Good size and speed though.

    For my money, I’m more interested in Eric Rowe from Utah, who might be available to us at Pick 46.
    Gotta love the strategy aspect of the Draft process, if nothing else.

    First you identify the guys you like, then,try to figure out how many other Teams want them too.

    After that?
    Try to predict whether they’ll come close to your slots.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rowe also possesses that CB/S experience Baalke seems to shop for.
    If Baalke takes a CB in RD1, I’d say RD2 goes D-Line, perhaps ILB?

    Another head-scratcher is WR.
    If Kaep hit it off with Jaelen Strong in AZ, would Baalke spend Pick 15 on him?
    I see him as 1st RD talent, maybe not as high as 15 though?

    Should get interesting once the Picks start flowing.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit here is my list of possible conversion candidates –

    Conversion Candidates –

    Lynden Trail (OLB/DE) – Norfolk State 6’7″/260 (TE?)
    Darren Waller – (WR) – GA Tech – 6’6″/238 (TE?)
    Shaq Thompson – (OLB) – UW 6’2″/227 (SS?)
    Paul Dawson – (OLB) – TCU – 6’1″/235 (ILB?)
    Kwon Alexander – (OLB) – LSU – 6’1″/227 (ILB?)
    Karlos Williams – (RB) – FSU – 6’1″/230 (S/ILB?) Former S/Excellent ST resume

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Thanks for the info on Uyeyama.
    Wasn’t sure if he had been replaced.
    For me it seems like all info is filtered and coming from 49ers.com

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NP Bullit –
    The link came up on a search, wasn’t linked from the 9ers site as part of the Coaching Staff for some reason.

    I guess with all the changes, they managed to overlook the Training Staff?

    Just another hurdle to add to all the off-season flux I guess?

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, if you’re visiting this side of the Blogosphere, your site isn’t presenting a comment/reply option, again?

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Berger broke it – Figures….. 😀

    April 12, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mobile app version is read-only as well.

  64. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    WordPress is getting flakey again . Thx NJ. Saw hat on Bart this morn.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They lit the Tower last night for Jordan Spieth, Masters Champion

    Hook’em!

    http://texas.247sports.com/Bolt/UT-Tower-lights-for-Jordan-Spieth-classic-photo-is-the-result-36757374

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Once a cancer always a cancer.
    No redemption for Lawrence Phillips.
    He would be eligible for parole in 2032 but that ship has sailed since he just killed his cellmate in state prison.
    He might be the most despicable 49er of all time.

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Raiders expected to sign Michael Crabtree as soon as tonight.”

  68. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Wasn’t he the RB who didn’t block the DL who creamed Steve Young, ending his career? Did Walsh bring him in? Yeah who would be worse?

    BTW reports say we will get a comp pick since Crab is signing before May 12th. Wonder what he’s getting paid on this incentive heavy deal.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    Yep that’s what Lawre4nce Phillips did.
    Pure scumbag
    He was the first round pick of the Rams and the sixth player picked
    Character does matter.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Phil, he was the dip-sh!t that basically ended Steve Young’s career, by missing his block on blitzing AZ DB Aeneas Williams.
    Remember it like it happened yesterday, unfortunately.

    Agree Bullit, Phillips would get my vote as well.
    Total garbage. Right up there with Ray Carruth.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Crossing my fingers on Crabtree myself, Skeebs.
    There’s a 2016 Comp Pick riding on him finding a job before May 12th.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like a done deal –

    UPDATE 10:44 p.m. ET: Crabtree has tweeted that he will indeed be signing with the Raiders.

  73. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Phillips was a rapist going back to his Cornhusker days, IIRC. I remember being pizzed when Walsh tried him out.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh RT – Walsh surprised me with that signing as well.
    Many speculated that he was desperate after Hearst went down.

    Either way, Phillips was a mental midget, with WAY too much baggage.

  75. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Nebraska gave us Roger Craig and Tom Rathman. Walsh thought Phillip’s “flaws” might not overshadow his Cornhuskerness, I guess.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I have another ‘Husker on my Draft List this year too RT.
    WR Kenny Bell – 6’1″/197 4.38

    I think he’d be a good Mid-RD option to step in and handle PR/KR duties right away.

  77. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The only Niner picks I’ve ever gotten right are Nate The Great and Taylor Mays, so I’ve considered giving up the biz. Either that or become a celecrity draft prognosticator like Mel Kiper, Jr.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s damn tough to nail RT.
    Too many variables with 32 teams looking for talent improvements.
    I stack an imaginary Board, with guys I think could help us and, see what happens.

    Strictly an exercise for ‘Draftniks’ like myself I guess? ;-D

    That’s why the GMs make the big bucks.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll share my list over the next week or so.
    See if Baalke agrees with any of my ideas, when it’s over and done with.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the KR piece of my homework –
    Most of these guys are WRs so, it’s possible they could develop into bigger contributors with some position Coaching –

    KR –
    Stefon Diggs (WR) – UMD – 6’0″/195
    Adrian Amos – (CB) – PSU – 6’0″/218
    Phillip Dorsett (WR) – Miami – 5’10″/185
    Kenny Bell (WR) – NE – 6’1″/197
    Ty Montgomery – (WR) – Stanford – 6’0″/221

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I enjoy the strategy of GMs negotiating moves when the clock starts.
    Many of the ‘Experts’ suggest that this Draft really only affords about 10-15 ‘true’ 1st RDers.

    This is the reason deals occur.

    If Baalke doesn’t feel comfortable with the value at 15, he likely tests the waters, for takers willing to come up.

    I think the value is pretty solid in RDs 2-4 for positions we’d likely be targeting.

    We’ll find out soon enough.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree to the Raiders on a 1-yr deal –

    http://tinyurl.com/ol689mk

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting piece on the Raiders Draft blunders under Al Davis –

    With Al Davis calling the shots, the Raiders became enamored with speed rather than skill. From 2008 to 2011 the Raiders took either the fastest or second-fastest player at the combine, and none of those players turned into above-average assets. Recently, the Raiders seem to be on the right track after a successful 2014 draft, but the Raiders have a long way to go to make up for previous mistakes.

    Snapshot of his selections followed by the guy taken next –

    2007 JaMarcus Russell / Calvin Johnson
    2006 Michael Huff / Donte Whitner
    2005 Fabian Washington /Aaron Rodgers
    2004 Robert Gallery /Larry Fitzgerald

  84. 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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