TC Week Two

The first exhibition game is this Saturday against Houston. Which means we’ll have 49er football games to entertain us each week until January 3rd, when the season ends for our red and gold, or black and atrocious, warriors.

Big year for owner Jed York. He’s screwed up the stadium grass, demolished the team, replaced good coaches with retreads, and presides over the most dysfunctional front office in the NFL. GM Trent Baalke isn’t far behind in the disaccomplishments. Most of his draft picks have either retired, quit, left for other teams, or flamed out.

Niner fans have a few days left to steel themselves for the year ahead. I can almost hear Cris Collinsworth now, leading off a Sunday night broadcast: “Whoa! The San Francisco 49ers. What is going on with these guys?” It might be a good year for the sensitive fans to leave the TV on “mute” while watching the games.

As usual, the starters and the QB are expected to only play the first quarter against Houston before taking the night off. It might be less than a quarter if J. J. Watt flattens Colin Kaepernick every time he drops back to pass. Probably a good time to work on the running game and save the passing attack for a later day.

Still no injuries through the second week of camp, although the release of Aldon Smith is probably at least as damaging as an ACL tear to a major player. More so, since Aldon will not recover in a year — or maybe ever. We’ll always have the memory of Aldon’s 3rd down sack dance, though. A true gem. Racing off the field and taking a seat on the bench. The anti-sack dance.

Meanwhile, ticket prices for the 49ers are down nearly thirty percent compared to the same time period as last year on TicketNetwork.com. They’ve analyzed more than 30,000 NFL ticket sales this year and the drop for the Niners is the league’s largest.




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  1. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers may very well go 2-14 in 2015. All spin and hate aside, look at the schedule. Who are they going to beat? I think the 49ers can beat Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings week 1, and the Atlanta Falcons week 9, and sure “Any Given Sunday,” but I’m thinking 2-14 is actually pretty realistic unless the 49ers pickup some of those garbage, meaningless wins towards the end of the season that were so annoying to hear the 49er organization spin during the Singletary and Nolan eras. Hello 2-14, and thank god Jim Harbaugh left. Winning was getting tiresome.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll give them six wins, though that’s probably generous. But it would make a poetic bookend to the Harbaugh Era: 6-10 before him and 6-10 after.

  3. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Okay… so rationally, who are the four other teams besides the Vikings and Falcons you think the 49ers are going to beat? I understand “Any Given Sunday” but rationally…. who are your 4 others?

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I said I was being generous. They actually have the ability (or lack of it) to lose all sixteen games. The Falcons offense could overwhelm them and the Vikings aren’t a gimme, either.

  5. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Adrian Peterson, week one, could beat the 49ers all by himself. He could beat the 49ers like a nappy-headed step child…. with a switch, forget the step. Who knows what Matt Ryan and company will do with their new head coach? I’m lowering my 2015 expectations from 4 wins to 2, with the understanding that towards the end of the season garbage wins against non-contending teams could inflate the win total.

    Everything about this team says suck. The new zone offensive line with offensive linemen moving all over? The DBs claiming now they have to think? Tons of leadership gone. Players retiring. Retread coaches who weren’t making it in the NFL, given new life by Tomsula because York ursurped Baalke? Tomsula cutting down meeting time because players aren’t concentrating? Older players like Vernon not wanting to go through another rebuild? Kaepernick and the offense needing to learn a new offensive scheme. Eric Mangini. There’s not a single thing I like about the 49ers now except Navarro Bowman. And there’s tons I hate….. like Jed York. Who in their right mind follows a Jed York product?

  6. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    As it stands now, the only week we are favorites is the bye week.

    Howsomever, things change with the first live contact and more so when the actual season begins in earnest. It’s hard to know who we’re facing, or who we are for that matter, until three or four weeks in. We could be worse than we think. That’s a joke, son.

  7. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Enemkpali picked up by Bills… T-Rex has a marvelous sense of humor!

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone here ever see “Better Off Dead”? A little kid on a motorized mini-bicycle chasing John Cusack down the ski slope yelling “Two Dollars! Two Dollars! You owe me Two Dollars!”.

    I can’t wait to see the look on Geno’s face when E. takes the field looking to blitz, yelling, “Six Hunnert!” “Six Hunnert!”

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    (The little kid was the paper boy. Ooops, I left that part out.)

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT- that is funny Rex must have seen something in Enemkpali’s character that he liked.

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Only thing funnier would be a NFCW team picking up Aldon to “crash” into Kaepernick.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    nofear- you know all the west teams want him but real doubtful if he plays for anyone this year. But you can still hope.

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    So i take it you guys think 6-10 is a bit of a reach ?

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Browns and Giants. Browns weak at QB and WR. Giants needed to draft well and get young, especially the oline. Vikings D by Zimmer and 3 high draft picks and O led by Norv Turner maybe the toughest of the 4 games to win.

    What are the Rams gonna be like with a new young oline. Added Gurley as Gore-like and Foles as at worst a game manager like Alex?

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The one thing the Niners have relied on the past few years is a huge question mark, the defense. I will pencil Bowman in as a returning starter and that gives you Bowman, Brooks, Bethea and Reid as returning starters.
    The Niners were a stout team against the run and now that is in question without Justin Smith, Ray MacDonald and Patrick Willis.

    The solution has been discussed to blitz more and blitz often.
    That is well and good if you get to the QB. If the blitz is picked up then there’s going to be some long TDs given up by the secondary.

    This year’s defense is composed of last year’s backups.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anthony Davis should just shut up.
    His blather on social media is not helping.
    If he feels he can play right now, he should be in camp. He’s letting his team down.

    https://twitter.com/NinersNation/status/631585466287038465/photo/1

  17. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I said funny Winder. I hope he doesn’t play this year because it won’t be for us. I could see him fit right into the Cards 34 D though. Might be worth a one year games-played contract just to see what defense Baalke, I mean Mangini, installed here, too.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the official depth chart as of today
    The Oline is noticeably thin looking at the backups.

    https://twitter.com/PGutierrezESPN/status/631651767353118720/photo/1

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s thin looking at the starters, too.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny that Chuckles is providing a link to Brent Jones on KNBR.
    Last year he discredited him time and time again along with Greg Cosell. So all of a sudden Brent Jones is reliable?
    Obviously both Chuckles and Berger have difficulty in comprehending on what was said.
    If you listen to the interview Tom Tolbert tells Brent Jones he’s talking himself into the 49ers having a good year.
    Also Berger seized upon the point the Jones said the 49ers gave up last year. Brent jones didn’t say that. He said that a handful of 49ers gave up. There is a huge difference between the team giving up and a couple of players doing likewise.
    Jones was probably talking about the TE position where there was very little production. Jones didn’t get into specifics.

    Bottom line is Chuckles and Berger embrace Jones as credible because he fits their narrative. Forget about everything they said last year to discredit him.

    Like I said unfortunately they are not good at listening and comprehending and tweak the narrative to their liking.
    Don’t take my work for it, listen to the interview for yourselves and both Tolbert and Brent Jones are having fun with Jones making his prediction of talking himself into it on air.

    http://www.knbr.com/2015/08/11/brent-jones-believes-49ers-will-surprise-the-experts/

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The two protagonists at the Pyongyong N.K. chapter Fairyland Blog
    are still spinning the story.

    I provided the link so people can listen and decide for themselves. Brent Jones clearly says HANDFUL and not entire team.

    My question to Chuckles is why is he quoting Brent Jones when he made every effort to discredit him last year? All of a sudden he’s golden? That’s called the old flip flop and Chuckles invented it.

    AS you can see Chuckles is getting vey agitated throwing insults and profanity all over the place. Why? He doesn’t have a valid rebuttal so it’s back to bullying and name calling because he gets off on it. Bubble boy had 1000 times the courage that Chuckles has so if that’s meant to be an insult
    Chuckles has failed miserably.
    One things Chuckles seems to fight for, it means a lot to him that the team in Washington are the Redskins. Children that are afflicted with disease when they are born mean nothing, but Chuckles gets his dander up when he hears Redskins.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just listen 5 mins into the link provided above and you can determine who is spinning and who is truthful about what Brent Jones is saying.

  23. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom,
    The Rams will roll the 49ers. No question in my mind. The Browns were good last year, much to my surprise. Who’s going to stop Beckham of the New York Football Giants? Bethea and Johnson? Please.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In basketball they are giving crazy money for endorsement deals.
    James Harden just signed with Adidas for 13 years $200 mil.
    Harden gets $17 mil from the Houston Rockets and $15 mil a year from Adidas.
    All so 12 year olds can extort their parents into buying $200 kicks.
    Harden was the runner up MVP.
    When Steph Curry’s shoe contract comes up again he’s going to break the bank.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Heard the first 5 minutes and the Homer blog really stretched what Brent said. He said a handful of guys were dogging it. Also he is optimistic that some of the new guys can play at a high level. He was not specific but by omission said there were not enough of guys that could play at a high level.

    He was worried about the young dline. I did not hear a vote of confidence in the team but for some individuals.

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This preseason will be the tell on some of these players. Scrutinize Blaine Gabbert, he really needs to be QB2. All the young guys need large snaps. Some to show off for trades.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It will be fun watching the young guys that the next coaching staff will inherit.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    All eyes are on SB50 and the host. Jed may be sufficiently embarrassed to pull the plug after the first season.

    Great to read that both QB’s are comfortable with the play calls and the expanded routes for RB’s. Hope that extends to all the other mental aspects.

    Do expect us to be out coached on both sides of the ball. The dline needs time and may not be a force all year with Aldon gone.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Redskins TE Niles Paul IR’D with broken ankle, and 3 other TE’s hurting. What would they offer for VD? Why did we draft two TE’s and have 8 in all. Gotta be a trade coming.

    Would trade VD in a heartbeat.

  30. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The entire podcast featuring Brent Jones was homer Jones joking about, and being joked about, trying to be optimistic about the season. That’s exactly what homers are left with and I’m not being insulting when I say homer.

    I just don’t know why anyone is surprised when certain folks, always the same certain folks, parse and cherry pick quotes, twist words, spin meanings, and stand firmly behind a guy they scorned last week when it suits their agenda.

    Everything real points to the Niners having a losing season. There’s nothing wrong with hoping they don’t, but there’s nothing wrong or immoral about criticizing the idiots who put the team in that spot.

  31. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Why would you trade VD?

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why 7 young TE’s plus VD. Maybe TE attrition rate for CK inaccurate throws over the middle leaving TE’s exposed to big hits?

    VD’s contract up at end of season. If a 32 yr old Boldin for a 6th could we get a 4th for VD. Redskins desperate for TE’s now. McCloughan is there.

  33. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    bakkentom, did you get anywhere with the gamepass info/link I posted?

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Per Guido, Gabbert will play most of the game Saturday versus the Texans.

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NF, thx for link and will try it Tuesday when I have my reset day and have the day off. Need to get in a town for good wireless signal so credit card transaction has a better chance of working.

    Signal strength for Verizon is inconsistent in the ND oil patch outside the larger towns.

  36. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    No TV/Game Pass outside the US NF. So I texted to ask the NFL about “Audio Field Pass” which I’ve been using since coming over here. Couldn’t find it on their website and the guy texted/chatted me back = “Not going to be available henceforward, so you have to buy the Game Pass deal”. Maybe as the season approaches they will add it again as a separate deal?

    When you have a monopoly I guess you (NFL) can do as it pleases. No prob I’ll follow games on NFL.com and watch games on live stream.

    And come here and bitch with you guys.

  37. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, I noticed the live audio was included with what I got this year but didn’t know it was only available now as part of the main service. They do have an international Game Pass version for those folks outside of the “domestic” reach such as yourself. No clue as to what they charge for it though.

  38. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I’m heading to Reno this weekend. The current Over/ Under on Niners wins for the season appears to be 7. I’m thinking a bet on the under seems like pretty good deal. On the other hand, it still feels wrong to bet against my team. Any comments?

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Fletch, just think of it as a bet against York.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, how could you feel good about winning money because the team won eight games? That’s embarrassing. That’s for the Browns, not the Niners.

  41. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Bullit. I wasn’t sure who the local Niner station was. I’ll give that a whirl, see if it works.

    NF I see on NFL.com they do have video plans running from $100 to $200 depending how far you want to bend over. Last year the audio packages ran $15-$30. Now without Jimi around I’m not bending over no how. Then the web over here is erratic. Think coconuts = 3rd world

  42. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, I’ve never been able to get KNBR broadcasts during games online. They want $ for that. Let me know if you do get them.

  43. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, if you have an excellent malware protection software package, try ifirstrowus. eu (no space before “eu”).

    Spitty will attest to how dangerous sites like these are, but I’ve been watching games for years with them. They take awhile to figure out you need to look for the tiny little x on the game screen to click on (to hide the main ad popup), not the big x in the box (or boxes) – those give you popup junk malware.

    HINT: IF A LINK STATES “TO RUN THIS YOU MUST FIRST DOWNLOAD THIS…”

    DON’T

    I’m watching Car @ Buf on it right now.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    KNBR replays games at midnight (PST) on the night of broadcast.
    They might charge for a live feed to the game but you can possibly skirt that by listening to the replay and it would be playing when you’re awake not in the middle of the night in the islands.

  45. robNo Gravatar says:

    So spitblood your royal highness. You posted recently about wanting to bet on the 9ers win loss record this year.
    What’s your over/under on wins ?

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The turf at the Oakland Coliseum is holding up quite well.
    No big divots coming loose like at Levis.
    Seriously the front office should have solved the problem before training camp.
    Guess they never heard of stress tests?
    They should have been testing the field for the same problem back in May or June.
    Front office too bus attending to other things?

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Steelers O should be able to put up big numbers against our young D. Big Ben could rack up 400 to 500 yards with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and TE Heath Miller. Balanced attack with RB Bell and could be lights out.

  48. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep RT I’ve never been able to get the games live on KNBR which was why I went NFL Audio Pass. I’ll try the replay Bullit mentioned on local station if it’s a good game (a win).

    Also do use “FirstRow” and similar for live stream and depending on local net traffic it does work pretty well. Thanks.

    Spit has a virus? I knew it…

  49. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tom House helped Tebow improve his passing mechanics so maybe Kap would benefit from House as Bullit suggested:

    ” The knock against Tebow has been his accuracy. His career completion percentage is 47.9. Tebow worked with former major league pitcher Tom House on his mechanics during the past two years. And, it shows.

    “I think I’ve improved,” he said. “I’m continuing to try to improve every day. It takes time, but it’s been happening, and I just want to continue that process.”

    Teammate Brandon Graham already predicted Tebow not only will make the team, but make an impact

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150814/fbn-tebow-time-1a6fa836db.html

    Tebow from my area and not many football coaches around here

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Sando’s humorous selfie from years on the exhibition road:

    2006 preseason: “Leinart shines in preseason game against Bears”

    1998 preseason: Hard to tell Leaf, Manning apart in preseason battle between Chargers, Colts

    2005 preseason: Packers coaches still behind Aaron Rodgers despite QB’s repeated struggles

    2002 preseason opener: “David Carr proved that all our faith in him was well-founded”

    2014 preseason: Jake Locker sharp while passing another preseason test

    2013 preseason: Coaches, teammates “pretty damn impressed” by EJ Manuel in debut

    2012 preseason: Matt Flynn “solid as a rock” while leading three scoring drives for Seahawks

  51. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Rob – At first I asked people on either blog if they wanted to bet that the 49ers would not win 8 games. And this was a long time ago – long before Willis, Borland, Aldon and Anthony. I had no takers. For as much wind as the 49er homer side brought to the table, nobody wanted to backup their wind that Tomsula and Mangini could even break even.

    Before the onslaught of retirements and drama, I was then thinking the 49ers would go 4-12, but might win two or even three garbage games down the stretch against teams who’s playoffs hopes had recently been dashed and didn’t care enough against the 49ers to put forth a decent effort. So 4-12 can turn into a garbage 7-9 in a hurry.

    Never-the-less, recently, I’ve lowered the bar even more. Nice of you to notice. I now think this team will go 2-14 with a few garbage time wins down the stretch. So this team might go 5-11. I’d bet you the 49ers don’t win 6 games if you’d like. Six games, Rob. What say you and the squirrel in the tree, Robert? And when I win, I’m gonna say, “King me, bitch!!!”

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    At NN the Bookmaker rated Tomsula the fourth likeliest HC to get fired this season. This blog is just not trying hard enough. Spit not posting daily may be the reason.

  53. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Free publicity? Dare you Skeebs. Put a stick on sign saying Kick Me with the website name on a corner. Safer approach is a Photoshop edit.

  54. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Oops slap it on Guido’s butt.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    List of Niner players that will not play against the Texans per Maiocco

    RB Reggie Bush
    RB Kendall Hunter
    WR Bruce Ellington
    WR Dres Anderson
    WR DeAndre Smelter (NFI)
    TE Vernon Davis
    C Daniel Kilgore (PUP)
    DE Darnell Dockett
    ILB NaVorro Bowman
    ILB Nick Bellore (NFI)
    ILB Michael Wilhoite (NFI)
    ILB Philip Wheeler
    OLB Aaron Lynch
    DB Jimmie Ward

  56. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    VD, Kilgore, Dockett, and Bowman are the guys I want in there.

  57. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Sigh. Looks like our secondary is in mid-season form.

  58. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    TD Texans. Well that didn’t take long.

  59. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    And so it begins = long TD on first drive…against our secondary. Gee who’d a thunk it?

  60. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco: “Well, there’s always next year.”

  61. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Please no one get hurt tonight.

    Except maybe Vance McDonald.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is still keeping the bad habit.
    Not sure why he doesn’t throw the ball away out of bounds.
    He likes to run out of bounds for 5 yard losses.
    That is QB 101 that rookies execute correctly. Outside the pocket you can throw the ball away but Kap seems to forget.
    That shows me he forgets he’s a QB that can therow the ball and has a runner’s mindset.

  63. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    163 yards O for the Texans so far.

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows: “49ers defensive strategy in 2015: Allow teams to get to the 1-yard line and then let goal-line D take over.”

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gonna be a snarky year.

  66. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The front seven does not look too bad. Not surprising. With Bowman they’ll be even better. Question is, can anyone other than Brock cover? The 49ers will need some of the young CBs to develop fast. Shareece Wright does not look any better than I feared.

  67. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RT FirstRow working good…but not so great O for us. D good stand at the goal line tho…hey only down by 8

    MM already grumbling? Damn realist

  68. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah chuck is gonna have to start using the ‘Snarkk’ persona a lot more?

  69. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Good, Phil. I got a good feed, too, though it took awhile. Okey dokey, that’s all I really care about in Preseason Game 1. I’ll keep an eye out for promising youngsters for the rest. Who was the black guy with the long hair and the nice stop at the goal line? Guy looks like he’s watch watching.

  70. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Purcell, RT.

  71. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    2nd year nose out of Wyoming, not on the depth chart. Hmmm…

  72. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Purcell in undersized and behind Williams and Dorsey at NT. Please watch and comment on Gabbert and Okoye.

  73. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert does not totally stink in the short passing game. He actually looks more decisive than Kappy on the short routes. Does not mean he has the complete game to challenge for the starting job but he looks better than I expected so far.

  74. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Colin Kaepernick: 1/3, 13 yds
    Blaine Gabbert: 7/8, 83 yds, TD

  75. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s second string time in Preseason Game 1. Gabbert’s a lock for backup, and Okoye won’t make the team.

  76. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What does TV analyst say. Can he read D and get to his 3rd receiver at least in his progressions. Does he stay in the pocket under pressure and step around it. As a jag he got gunshy and got happy feet and got so bad he reacted to pressure and bailed before it got to him.

  77. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers aren’t really asking him to do that tonight. He’s getting the ball out really fast, not going through many progressions. Which is part of why I say I’m sold on his complete game. Still, he does not suck as much as he did last TC.

  78. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hell, I don’t know if Okoye will make the team. I know D line like I know quantum physics. Reno could give a more compelling critique, but he’s on the “other” blog.

  79. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Nice first move by Hayne to elude the tackler on the punt return.

  80. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Gabbert looked like Happy Feet on that one. Might have pulled the ball down and bugged out a beat too fast.

  81. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    That might be a good sign that a short passing game will be emphasized in ball control. Are they doing slants over the middle or RB routes in the flats and screens?

  82. robNo Gravatar says:

    Spit
    nice one.
    Hmm
    How about this
    7-9 is a wash. 6-10 or worse i pay up. 8-8 or better you ,And any other takers ,pay up

  83. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Not much I remember in the middle. Working the edges. Rbs, tight end, slot receivers.

  84. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Rob way to step up

  85. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hayne and Purcell the stars of the first half.

  86. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tom, Kap had Torrey Smith open on a long bomb, but overthrew him by 5 yards.

  87. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Checked the NFL.com play-by-play: two passes in the short middle, one was the TD, all the other passes short right or left. One incomplete deep to Simpson, the other incomplete was the one Hayne had knocked out of his hands.

  88. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Saw a couple nice swing passes to Blake Bell in there

  89. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Those were Gabbert’s passes.

    Skeebs, Smith had several yards on the DBs if that pass form Kap had been on target. If he’d hit him in stride, that was a TD.

  90. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That deep ball to Smith is going to be a real weapon. Look for 2-4 of those per game.

  91. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hayne looks real good. If he can block, the RB depth chart might get shuffled.

  92. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A break for the Niners: “RT Phil Loadholt tore Achilles for Vikings.”

  93. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Smith takes the top off any defense quite nicely. Now it’s just down to Kaepernick getting the timing down with him.

    We did not see enough of Kaepernick to say anything about how his off-season tutoring helped or not. Probably won’t be able to say much until Week One. Also still very concerned about the first string O-line in both the run game and pass pro. And our CBs after Brock.

  94. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hayne again with the second half kickoff return.

  95. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t expect much consistency even from Real Game 1. Too many new faces. I’ll wait and see how the season develops.

    JJ Watt and Cushing didn’t even play and the Texans were getting pressure.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hayne has talent and just might stick. He has some elusiveness and with experience he’ll be a weapon.
    Perhaps he can be our Danny Woodhead/Julian Edelman hybrid.

  97. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hayne, right looking good on punt returns too. Nice 53 yard run to set up the TD. Good KO return to open 2nd half

  98. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Announcers keep praising Gabbert’s decision making. Guess they’re surprised to see him not stink too.

  99. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Was it Sing’s team with the patchwork O-line in Preseason Game 1 so the Broncos blitzed all game long? LOL, that was funny.

  100. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Screen pass to DeAndrew White (?) from BG…good D tho

  101. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think it was the Texans that blitzed us, and week three. That was the year the wheels came off wasn’t it? Or am I thinking of another year?

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There was a preseason game against the Aint’s and they kept blitzing (70%) which the commentators said was unusual because it was first preseason game. Might have been Gregg Williams succeeding in being an ass.

  103. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Who was the CB on the TX TD? Weak

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I believe that corner was Cromartie

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It was Harb’s first game as HC @ the Saints. Yeah, that’s the one. LOL

  106. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Bullit. And how bout our OL with the consecutive sacks? One for the safety

  107. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    3rd string garbage time.

  108. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Reaser had some great hops to block that pass. But yeah garbage time

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Flashback to the dark ages.
    Receivers running 5 yard routes when you need seven for a first down.
    So far tonight Niner 3rd down efficiency 1-9 is horrible.

  110. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Okoye is playing with the last stringers, if that’s any clue to his progress.

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    Okoye is in there with # draft pick Armstead and Okoye looks better as he is doing more.

  112. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Houston possessed the ball 40:06 to Niners 19:56
    That stat means your defense is always on the field and not good for the Niners

  113. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Watching the highlights, oh yeah Hayne’s on my team. I don’t know about Tomsula.

  114. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Rob – You’ve got yourself a bet. What are we betting? $100?

    Skeebers – Don’t look now but without Chuck, you’ve got yourself a nice blog. Now if you had only dumped Chuck before Harbaugh became the head coach, not after. You might be a millionaire. I’m not the kind of guy to say I told you so (who am I kidding) but I told you so….

  115. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The play on which Kap ran out of bounds was 3rd and 7. He had a receiver in sight along the sidelines in first down distance, but a D lineman in his face between them. It was a good play to extend it and try to make the first; maybe he had a chance at the last second to throw it away without risking a turnover. Then again, maybe not.

  116. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    FD Hou 12 SF 7
    TOP Hou 19:45 SF 10:15
    yardage 227 vs. 177, 1/3 of that latter on Hayne’s run

    First Half Stats (NFLN is showing the game)

  117. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about hard luck. I know it pales against our offseason. Bears #1 Kevin White needs leg surgery and could be out for the season. Already Jags #1 Dante Fowler out for the season.

  118. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Nice to see our first stringers in here (the blog) on game day. It’s our virtual bar and makes the game more fun for isolated fans like me. Yep last year was too quiet around here game day.

    Hope it keeps up.

  119. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So the Niners had 22 yards of total offense in the second half?
    They were a yard short of 200 for the game and managed only 8 first downs total.

    If your offense goes up tempo they better get first downs or you leave your defense on the field to get carved up after a couple of 3 and outs.

  120. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We gave up 254 passing yards to their no name QB’s so was our dline pressure inadequate or dB bad. Aldon is gone and lynch did not play so that can explain the lack of pressure.

  121. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Pass rush misses Aldon for sure and so did our secondary who stunk.

    On O here’s an interesting comment from blogger Scooter McGee @ 8:36 pm:

    “The first string OL actually seemed to play pretty well, but I was particularly impressed when they moved Martin to OC, Thomas to RG and Brown to RT in the 2nd Qtr. The right side of the line with those three guys in held up really well in both runs and passes. Thomas/ Brown combined very well on a few plays. Brown looked a different (and much worse) player once he was paired with Silberman at RG”

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/49ers-10-texans-23-grades/

  122. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners completed 9 passes last night. Only 4 catches by WRs and the other 9 by TEs. The RBs didn’t catch a pass and the team didn’t attempt a screen pass.

  123. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Surprise, surprise, we have a difference of opinion or at least in powers of observation or maybe it’s how we view things.

    One of the apologists from Pyongyong N.K. chapter Fairyland Blog
    says he likes what he saw of #1 pick Armstead. I didn’t see much considering Armstead played more than 50% of defensive snaps.

    Fooch of Niner Nation concurs with my observation

    “Arik Armstead has some work to do

    There was nothing particularly great about his debut against the Houston Texans reserves. He did not show much in the way of strength, and generally just did not seem to have a good sense of what he was doing. It’s the preseason, and he comes in as a raw prospect. Football games are a lot different than practice, and this serves as a significant learning experience for Armstead. Even if he shows improvement, he is likely ticketed for a decent amount of time as an inactive this season.”

  124. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A remark we’ll hear a lot of from Tomsula this coming year: “The score was not what we want it to be.”

  125. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One guy that made a lot of plays on special teams was backup Safety LJ McCray. Good on coverage and making several good hits
    he might just push Craig Dahl off the roster.

  126. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you take the punts away the Texans ran twice as many plays
    71-34 which makes winning a game awfully hard.

  127. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I just watched my first Jim Tomsula post game press conference after a loss. Tomsula has gone from winning 100% of his games to 50% overnight. I saw a glimmer of hope in this press conference. I’m referring to Tomsula blowing-up down the road after reporters become increasingly snarky and condescending with Tomsula after the losses pile up. He’ll be sweating and stammering and lose his cool, then, like Singletary, the real fun will begin. At first, Tomsula will try to explain why the 49ers lost without throwing players under the bus (which will be an improvement over the Singletary years), then Tomsula will realize that trying to explain losses is just ridiculous and he’ll find a standard “go to” phrase that allows him to side-step the question of “Why’d you lose another game?” Singletary needed to check the tape. Tomsula will come up with something more diplomatic like, “That’s a good question. I’ll have to get back to you.” But reporters, god bless their black hearts, are A-holes. Someone, somewhere, will ask Tomsula is he thinks, being a simple D line coach last year, that after starting the season 1-4, Tomsula was actually prepared to be a head coach, or put another way, a good choice by Jed York to replace the winningest head coach in 49er history since George Seifert. Tomsula will definitely snap then.

    I’m putting my Tomsula snaps in a press conference over/under at gar 8 of this season, and I’m taking the over…. but it’ll happen, and when it does, I won’t say I told you so.

  128. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It has been noted that Skov and not Moody wore the green dot helmet which allows communication from DC Magini making him the guy that calls defensive signals.

  129. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The production people at ESPN need to learn how to spell
    T-o-m-s-u-l-a.
    https://twitter.com/sky4est/status/632923844399882240/photo/1

  130. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit it was indeed Cromartie on the TD ‘defense’ =

    per Inman:

    — MARCUS CROMARTIE: Allowing a touchdown catch is no way to enhance your prospects on a unit brimming with other young cornerbacks.

    And Skeebs TC wonder Trent Brown OL burned for the safety =

    — TRENT BROWN: The rookie offensive tackle yielded the sack that resulted in a safety. It wasn’t the debut that will help Brown push Erik Pears for the starting spot at right tackle.

    Phils questions answered

  131. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    All this “analysis” after the first pre-season “game”? I guess it has been a long dry spell.

    Alex Smith opened the night with a long bomb into tight coverage for an incomplete. He ended the series a few plays later with an INT. I bet he’s still their starter.

  132. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Oh look, a 49er homer questioned my manhood…. how fun.

  133. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Disappointed to read this at NN but Tank may be slow to react to the play start. This is the brain reacting and sending signals to the muscles. This is genetic and a big problem for a pass rusher.

    Coaches I imagine test each pass rusher. If true why didn’t they do this before they drafted the guy. TB needs to answer for this if true. A high 2nd may have been wasted.

    Article gave high marks to Brandon Thomas. Bad marks to Pears. The 2nd line could be the starting line in week 1.

  134. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Niners coaches tested this reaction time and we’re surprised that Isaac So page was quickest. He beat Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.

  135. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The right side may need a two TE to work on long balls. Need to keep Torrey Smith in play. Lots of TE needy teams had their scouts at the game.

  136. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to Rob, Spit? Did he accept your $100 wager?

    It’s going to be a fascinating season with a whole new cast of characters, players and coaches. Presiding over a losing season will be more entertaining in a sick kind of way = hearing the excuses, etc. Some think Tomsula is one and done if we really stink. If we go 8-8 maybe he gets another year? With Jimi who knew winning would be boring? Last year sucked with the undermine ongoing but this year, meh no sweat, we know what to expect = not much.

  137. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom,

    I found a ray of hope with this comment I quoted above =

    “Martin to OC, Thomas to RG and Brown to RT in the 2nd Qtr. The right side of the line with those three guys in held up really well in both runs and passes. Thomas/ Brown combined very well on a few plays.”

    Right now the coaches are trying out various combinations on OL to see what works best. Maybe C M Martin, B Thomas RG and RT T Brown will be a winner for us? Going to find out soon enough.

    Nice to be analyzing some actual football instead of Chuck’s mental status for a change!

  138. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    One or two trades coming up for our excess TE’s. VD is in great shape and relatively injury free so he also be discussed by GM’s and TB. Tony Gonzalez played until 38????

    Need to keep roster space for Okoye.

  139. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pyongyong, N.K. chapter of the Fairyland blog and it’s members seem to set a very low bar by a moral victory Saturday that no delay of game penalties were called on the Niners.

    Never mind the score, Time of possession 40+ mins to 19 and plays run 2 to 1. 1 in 9 third down conversions and 8 first downs to Houston’s 22.

    The silver lining according to the apologists is no delay of games so we must all celebrate or at least they are declaring success. Team has a very long way to go to making it work.

  140. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, our team, on both sides of the ball looked pretty crappy, but it means nothing at this point. It’s not even a practice scrimmage because nobody cares who wins.

    No delay of game penalties? There is no game plan! Plays are called to put players in certain situations not to win a game.

    The running backs miss cutback lanes opening a mile wide. The o-line gets crushed by a simple stunt. The defense looks like grade school compared to the one we sent packing. The offense certainly no better. And some fools are counting delay of game penalties? “Yeah, we’re great. No delay of game!”

    I agree with you, it’s almost football and that’s a damn sight better than not, but I doubt it’ll put an end to the “I’m right and you’re stupid” follies.

  141. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Clock management is just the beginning.

  142. robNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody here want in on a little wager ? 6-10 is a wash. Anything less than 6-10 i pay up. Anything OVER 6-10 you pay up. Any takers for say 50 bucks

  143. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In a bad PR move the Niners will not reschedule that open practice that had to be cancelled when the practice was moved from Levis due to the bad turf.
    The 20,000 people that had tickets and were looking forward to seeing them are SOL.
    Many practices before the season starts. Suddenly the FO is not fan friendly? They need all the support they can get and IMO this is a bad decision by the FO.

  144. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Quinton Patton was in Saturday’s game for 20 snaps but was not targeted even once.
    Either he’s not getting open or the QBs continue to ignore him.

    The hype was he was having a good training camp so it’s disappointing to see another goose egg for him. You would think it would be a point of emphasis to get him the ball downfield and allow him to show his abilities.

    With Ellington hurt and not making the trip it was Patton’s chance to shine but that was not going to happen.
    Makes me wonder when Patton is going to show his abilities
    because he could be cut.

  145. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    rob is a little confused. Seattle has Ricardo Lockett who went from Seattle to the Niners and back to Seattle.
    Jon Baldwin went to the Lions after he was cut from the Niners.

  146. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLITT
    Im a lot confused as usual.
    That being said IMHO Seattle has signed a bunch of our bubble players and had more success than us recently. I don’t get how a team that I once referred to as 49ers north could sign our castoff players and pretty much show us up.

  147. robNo Gravatar says:

    In other words I contend we had a superior roster but still came up on the short end of the stick vs. Seattle.

  148. robNo Gravatar says:

    To me it seems that the seahawks signed a lot of our fringe players (including at WR) and kicked butt. We on the other hand came up short.

  149. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    MM said CB’s OK but LB and miscommunication the reason for the pass yardage allowed.

  150. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Phil – I don’t know. Rob? Are we on for $100? And btw, you just tried to change the bet. 7-9 was a wash…. according to you (August 15th, 6:21pm).

  151. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The Catch – You’ll have to excuse this blog for not responding to you (if you’re legit). Unca_Chuck has made it his life’s work to bring this blog down by attempting to blog here with various different users names, while also propping his own blog up with the same strategy. And you referencing his blog is curious. So now when newbies blog here, everyone’s skeptical at first. If you’re legit, welcome. If you’re Unca_Chuck, dude… get a life.

  152. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So Skov wearing the green dot helmet was involved in the miscommunication. So not a problem when both starters are in.

  153. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Let the vetting process begin – The Catch, where are you from and where do you live? Not specifically, mind you. We don’t need addresses, just the towns. Skeebers will be able to vet you from the registration side. And I called Chuck a dude … who needs a life.

  154. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula promised the Niner offense would be “Up Tempo” in 2015.
    The Niners ran a total of 40 plays and when you subtract the 6 punts that’s 34 plays from scrimmage total for the entire game.

    Contrast that with what the Packers did in their first preseason game
    “Randall Cobb noted that the Packers fired off 33 offensive plays in the first quarter of their preseason opener.

    After finishing 24th in the NFL in total plays last season, the Packers are trying to up the tempo this year. “We banged out 33 plays in the first quarter, which is unbelievable,” Cobb said. “That’s a good sign for us. We’ve got things we still need to work on, but to come out and get 33 plays in the first quarter.”

    Depends how you define Up Tempo.

  155. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco the Niners have traded TE Asante Cleveland to the Pats.
    What they got in return is undisclosed at this point.

    Maiocco says another TE might be on the trading block and it seems to be fan favorite Derek Carrier. Stay tuned.

  156. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers got OT Jordan Devey in return for Cleveland.

  157. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Rotoworld

    49ers acquired G/T Jordan Devey from the Patriots in exchange for TE Asante Cleveland.

    The 49ers use some of their tight end depth to reinforce their banged-up offensive line. Devey started four games at guard for the Patriots last season, earning terrible grades across the board from Pro Football Focus. Devey can also play tackle. Aug 18 – 12:34 PM

  158. TheCatchNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula does have a mustache so he’s got that going for him and every head coach who needed a lip warmer like that has made it to the Super Bowl. Hey maybe that why Harbaugh’s lost the big one?

    Did you know that Tomsula worked as a Rug Salesman? That’s how he got the job with The York’s, just kidding. No really he was a Rug Salesman and he got tired of people asking him if the carpet matched their drapes.

    He was also the head coach in NFL Europe for Rhein in Germany. He literally named his son “Bear” can you imagine if he was the head coach for Da Bears? He’d be the second coming of Mike Ditka well at least look wise. If he loses to many games he’ll pull a Singletary another Bear and he’ll pull his pants down after the melt down and spanked the moon with his rocks.

  159. robNo Gravatar says:

    I like carrier I hope we trade Vance McDonald instead

  160. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    So Rob? No 100$?

  161. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This didn’t take long: “WR Jerome Simpson suspended 6 games.”

  162. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    “Winning with class”

  163. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Will Brinson: “NFL needs to start announcing when Jerome Simpson is NOT suspended.”

  164. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Will should start blogging here.

  165. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    So much class! Jed thinks he represents class, too, by pretending to insist on it from SOME players.

    Nate Boyer is back on the market. If you want to class the joint up find a spot for him to compete for a job.

    Spitblood, have you stopped following the team yet?

  166. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Simpson was a mistake from the get go.

    Baalke has serious shortcomings in vetting players and embarrasses the team every time he fails. He is solely responsible for bringing these guys in.

    Simpson has had his chances and he tells a good story.
    Needs to released immediately.

  167. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    According to Baalke, they knew he would be suspended when they signed him. It was supposed to be a 10 game suspension, but was reduced.

  168. robNo Gravatar says:

    OK
    I got it

    If we go 6-10 it’s a wash. 7-9 or better I win. If we finish under 6-10 I lose
    The bet is 100$ or 50$
    Any takers ?

  169. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep NF we don’t have much to brag about on the field yet. That no delay penalties happened is good but we have a long ways to go to run sufficient plays, hold onto the ball on sustained drives, score, block, pass, run effectively. Plus no game plan right. Can’t say much of that happened in the first pre-season game when the O was outgained 2:1 in yards and TOP but then we ARE finally looking at practice games rather than just grumbling about whatever.

    Guess I’ll have to stick to the live stream broadcasts which are good when you get them set up finally. Free tho and well within my budget of two coconut per game. And if the Niner do play a good game this season I’ll try the KNBR replays.

  170. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s preseason. I refuse to read too much into it, no matter how much I want to. The Detroit Lions preseason record the year they went 0-16? 4-0

  171. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Vikings draft last 3 years on D, and couple this with Don Zimmer HC who knows 4-3 D.

    2013 Shariff Floyd DT, Xavier Rhodes CB
    2014 Anthony Barr OLB pass rusher
    2015 Trae Waynes CB, Eric Kendrick ILB, Danielle Hunter DE

    These guys look good on paper

  172. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I had forgotten about further punishment for receipt of 2.5 lbs
    of weed.
    Jed York danced around when asked why Simpson was signed and blamed it on Baalke.

    Might as well have signed Josh Gordon who’s more talented and younger.
    When the suspension is served Simpson will be 30.

    This bringing in a F.A. veteran receiver every year rather than drafting one is getting old. Randy Moss, Ted Ginn, Mannigham, Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Johnson all did not contribute as expected and inhibited any chance of developing younger talent.

    Simpson is taking away reps from Patton and Ellington and all the young guys so I don’t see the point of playing him in the preseason.

  173. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Rob – I’ll take your new bet for $100. Confirm by saying, “SSFG, you’re on.”

    NoFear- I didn’t watch the first game, but I damn sure did watch the Jim Tomsula press conference. Think of it this way…. I’m maximizing my entertainment dollar. A football game is three hours of commercials and ultimately a bad 49er product. And we’re trying to entertain ourselves, right? Well, a Jim Tomsula press conference is 5-10 minutes, no commercials and easily the same amount of entertainment as 49er football games. And besides, NoFear, I know what you’re getting at, and I appreciate where your cold, black heart is at in terms of motivation, but if I want to make bets with guys like Rob, fleecing them of their hard earned dollars, I need to be somewhat informed. But I’ll get all the info I need from Jim Tomsula press conferences…. and trust me… they’re gonna get better.

  174. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad you missed Hayne’s runs and returns, Spitty. Truly exciting, he might be the back I wanted the Niners to have the past couple years. He looks like he could break one at any time. I’m biased, though, I like Australian Rules Football. The open field running is similar to rugby.

  175. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dude’s fast. He’d be in the neighborhood of the six fastest back in the league by his times. At 220+, that’s a load.

  176. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    RT – I saw the highlights of his runs and I’ll say one thing – no chance. He doesn’t have the body or the build to be a running back in the NFL. I like him, too. He’s a white boy. Being a white boy, myself, I cheer for white boys. But his body won’t stand up to the beating a running back takes on a weekly basis. Even though he’s a good open field runner, he needs to get out of the gate before utilizing his open field running skills. Getting out of the gate means hitting holes hard and getting out of the way of safeties who are impersonating missiles. Different deal than what we saw in highlights last week.

  177. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I find it hard to believe that the best rugby player in the world can’t take the physicality of the NFL, but hey, we’ll see, eh?

  178. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I played both in high school and college (football in high school, rugby in college) and football is much, much harder on the body. And I can’t even imagine how demanding it is on the body at the pro level. I’ll be really surprised if that dude makes an NFL roster… much less starts at any point in his NFL career.

  179. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Big difference in tackling and helmet-to-the-knee/hip/ribs hits.

  180. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I’ll say for Hayne is, he appears fearless in the punt return game.
    Like his instincts for a guy that just took up the game.
    Hope he makes a contribution for us.

    Like Okoye, there’s a lot to learn at this level.
    Especially for guys that came into the game completely raw.

  181. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think it says something for guys like Rathman and Tomsula too.
    If the players are willing to make the effort, the Coaches obviously deserve some credit for their development.

  182. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    That is one way a rugby player could make the team and that’s as a punt returner. I don’t even think he could be a kickoff returner, but a punt returner, yes. Provided he can run at a wall fearlessly and hope a crack opens up. You have to be able to catch a football in the wind and all the different elements, then run right at a wall, full speed, hoping a crack opens up. If he could that, he could be a punt returner. But there’s no way he’d make it as a starting running back.

  183. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Do you think these guys trying to make the team wouldn’t do the same for any other coach who holds the power over their careers and fortunes at this point?

    The veteran starters are trying to not get hurt before the season starts, the other guys are trying to make the roster.

    Alex Smith was a pre-season star.

    The coach puts the guy who’s played LG his whole football life on the right side to see if he can play with his other foot up and be as aggressive with his first step and punch while maintaining pad level and technique, and if and how he reacts to the safety coming down or the sam’s odd alignment. The particular play going for a gain is incidental.

  184. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You gotta have more in your bag of tricks than just punt returns. I thought Reggie was going to wow everyone as our 3rd down back/returner.

  185. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    btw, Iupati walking through the pulls blocks big holes still and was holding up his end pretty well in pass blocking duties, too, for the Cards. Carson Palmer fast and effortless and a pleasure to watch. At least until we face him.

  186. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Jarryd Hayne super stud rugby guy?

    From Cohn Jr:

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/jarryd-hayne-gives-49ers-right-answers-game/

    “On Hayne’s second carry ever, he burst through a hole on the left side of the offensive line, juked Texans starting free safety Rahim Moore in the open field and finally ran out of bounds after a gain of 53.

    The play was a zone run to the left — Zone runs suit Hayne perfectly. They don’t require him to run with a low pad level, which he doesn’t have — pad level is a foreign concept in Rugby League, a non-padded collision sport.

    In football, low pad level is crucial for running backs to getting through tiny holes between the offensive linemen. But most zone runs go outside the offensive linemen, so running backs end up getting hit by little cornerbacks instead of brawny middle linebackers and mammoth defensive tackles. Pad level becomes irrelevant. Just cut and run.

    Hayne seems tough enough to take hits from cornerbacks. Hayne also looks like he could run over safeties — he’s big, 220 pounds.”

    His punt and KO returns were good, no fair catches. Hope he makes it

  187. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Surprised me that Hayne didn’t seem to be bothered by having a facemask in front of him either.
    Thought for sure the punt return duties would create some confusion for him, seeing as he never wore equipment before.
    All things considered, I thought he looked pretty comfortable out there in Houston.

    I was also impressed with LJ McCray.
    Kid laid some licks out there.

  188. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er I think all these guys get looks at various positions this time of year.
    Both Boone and Anthony Davis played LT in their College years and ended up on the right side as Pros.
    Some guys can cut it, others not so much.

    I always thought Anthony would have been an excellent OG.
    He had a bad habit of reaching a bit too much at times at RT.
    Always loved his tenacity down field however.
    Sorta reminded me of Kevin Gogan when he’d clean off a pile 10 yards downfield.

  189. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A snippet from Tomsula regarding the OLine –

    “Left and right tackle Joe Staley and Erik Pears saw action on the opening drive only. The interior combination of Alex Boone, Joe Looney and Marcus Martin, saw multiple drives at left guard, center and right guard, respectively.

    Tomsula said he liked what he saw from the combination of Looney and Marcus Martin. The coach was also pleased later on with what he saw from Martin at center and Brandon Thomas at right guard. Tomsula suggested the 49ers could continue tinkering with the interior combinations next week at practice.

    “We’re thinking those things through, and we’re going to practice (different) guys together,” Tomsula said.

    The coach went on to add, “Who starts for me right now, it’s not a big deal.”

  190. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Vikings D also has Harrison Smith S and Everson Griffen DE and a nickel LB in Gerald Hodges. Add these to the previous post and looks like we are big underdogs in week 1.

    The O has to standout this year for wins. Our pass rush needs help from the DT so can Tank and Dockett produce. Otherwise the low budget secondary is exposed.

  191. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like TB has a winner in his under draft of medical cases. NN and PFF has good stuff to say on Brandon Thomas. Competition brings out the best so C and RG still fluid but he may be a starter at RG for us.

    Great job TB. Hope Smelter becomes the new Boldin.

  192. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The Catch is Flying V.

  193. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hope Reaser becomes the new Perish Cox. IMO we need to keep and develop Vance MacDonald, Derek Carrier, and Blake Bell. Either VD or Garret Celek gets traded unless we keep 5 TE’s.

  194. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The Catch is Flying V.”

    We have a winner. This is his second go around pretending to be a girl (49erBetty). I was wondering how long it would take him this time to launch into his World According to V diatribes. I doubt he makes it through the day.

  195. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Personally, I think Flying V is hilarious. I don’t know why you don’t like him, Skeebers. The one thing I don’t like is all of the different user names that discourage current members from welcoming new members, but V is harmless compared to other miscreants who, in my opinion, are trying to bring this blog down. But maybe I’m foolish paranoid royalty.

    Either way, The Catch…. did you see the NBA Finals? Any thoughts on Warriors?

  196. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear – What was the O line evaluation website you gave me a while ago? Sorry. One more time?

    Rob – I take it you don’t want to wager with me? King me, BITCH!

  197. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So what happens when you just don’t have an answer and no rebuttal? You resort to personal juvenile insults.
    You expect that from a clueless no class idiot like Chuckles.

    Berger is living proof that things do rub off on the company you keep and he has turned into a mindless lackey of Chuckles.

    Just another day at Chuckles’ Fairyland Blog, Pyongyong N.K. chapter.

  198. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tinkles? Really? What can Soph be studying as a third year grad student at Bryn Mawr? Sustainable debutantism? Pretty clear Soph is a deb.

  199. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles for the umpteenth time is begging me to post on his Pyongyang N.K. chapter Fairyland blog.

    This is the same Chuckles that lobbied Skeebers for 3 days here to ban me from this blog unsuccessfully.

    Apparently Chuckles doesn’t think his shit doesn’t stink.
    Sadly he doesn’t see that he couldn’t get away with his petty sophomoric personal insults and crap on any other blog but his own.

    Pathetic yet funny. Chuckles is the supreme leader and despot in his Fairyland blog, Pyongyang N.K. chapter.

  200. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bills just signed Red Bryant to add to their defense.

  201. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niner luck continues. Won’t have to face the big guy in 3rd game: “Cardinals’ LG MIke Iupati is likely to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week that would sideline him 6-8 weeks.”

  202. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s review.
    I made a comment yesterday on Jerome Simpson and Chuckles attacks me per usual (no surprise) for it because he likes to always take the opposite view, Seems like he get’s off on it. Did not mention either Chuckles or Berger yet they come back like I attacked them personally.
    Maybe they have some kind of relationship with Jerome Simpson.

    No rebuttal on the topic of football, just a bunch of infantile
    personal insults.

    Berger has fallen into bad company but it’s a free country except in Pyonyang, N.K. chapter of the Fairyland blog.

    As I have always said people can make up their own minds just by reading the posts. They don’t need the supreme leader and his lackey to steer the narrative.

  203. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kelvin Benjamin of the Panthers tore his ACL in practice and is out for the year.

  204. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Simple fact. Transmitter to QB’s helmet cuts off at 15 second mark. From that point on it’s the QB’s responsibility to get the ball snapped on time.
    No matter how you spin it you can’t blame the coaches unless they communicate telepathically.

  205. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The apologist just keeps spinning everything to the point of being silly.

    “Here’s the deal. Last year we had trouble with the offense getting the ball snapped. This year we did not have a problem getting the ball snapped in our first game. Same QB, different coach. You think maybe the numbers people can do the math?”

    I did the math. The silly apologist is making a comparison of an entire season to essentially 5 plays. That’s right Kap only played 5 snaps. It appears that math can be a challenge to Berger.

  206. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Kelvin Benjamin and Louis Delmas both tore ACLs in the joint practices being held between Panthers and Dolphins.
    Seems the field might have had a lot to do with it.

  207. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Being the Pyongyang N.K. chapter of the Fairyland blog must really bug somebody.
    Can’t come back with anything original so he has to be a copycat.
    Oh snap, his rebuttal is “No you are”

  208. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Didn’t know Delmas also tore his acl.
    Kilgore needs to be cleared soon or he’s going to miss training camp as Sunday will be the halfway point.

  209. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Being a totalitarian blog, the Pyongyang, N.K. chapter of the Fairyland blog now appears to be into brainwashing techniques.
    The deluded brainwashed lackey is posting this drivel.

    “OK, I’ll state a fact. Harbaugh would have a losing record if he was our coach this year.”

    Far from a fact and unprovable because Harbaugh is coaching elsewhere but the brainwashed is seeing this as reality. Cleary deluded and can’t distinguish what is real to the propaganda he’s been fed and spreads.

  210. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Montana told Cam Inman following on what a QB needs to succeed

    “What’s the biggest mistake people make when talking about the quarterback position?”

    “Arm strength. Everybody thinks you’ve got to have a cannon to throw the ball, and you don’t have to. You can throw the ball 45 yards. That’s under 95 percent of the passes you’re going to throw. Anybody that makes it to that level has got enough arm strength to throw any pass you need to throw. It’s the guys that can make the touch throws that really make a difference. I tell people, ‘In high school, you’ve got a guy open and nobody is three to five yards of him. In college, it’s three yards and under the guy is open. In the NFL, sometimes they’re running across the field, they’re back-to-back, and you know he’s open; you’ve just got to find a way to deliver him the ball. You can’t always throw it on a line. Those are the guys that make it. You look at Brady, you look at Manning, Rodgers, Drew Brees. All those guys have the ability to put the ball where it needs to be, and you have to be accurate. That’s the biggest thing, more so than arm strength.”

  211. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Pyongyang, N.K. chapter of the Fairyland blog is evolving from football to a jackass comedy site.

    Today their supreme leader posted this
    “One play does not release the onus on the other penalties and timeouts. If you want to cling to one play as your basis for the problem, have at it. Just don’t expect to be taken seriously.

    that means one TD pass for Kappy means he’s God”

    This coming from the same guy that kept praising new hire Jim Tomsula’s won loss record of 1-0.

    Guess Chuckles’ can’t be taken seriously with that take and slapped down by his own words.

    Not much happening in Pyongyang N.K. so they all have their tin foil thinking hats on but the reception is hazy because original thought is not forthcoming.

  212. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Earlier in their training camp the Vikes lost their RT Phil Loadholt for the season who tore his Achilles.
    Yesterday they lost backup Carter Bykowski (ex Niner practice squad) to a torn pectoral muscle.

    Lot’s of season ending injuries are happening in non contact practices. The new CBA eliminated the dreaded two a days but it does seem that catastrophic injuries are still happening despite the efforts of the Players Association to take things easier.

  213. TheCatchNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been saying for a long time that Colin Kaepernick is very cute and a sexy man and he is. At the same time I was saying he was going to hold the 49ers back from winning a Super Bowl since Jim Harbaugh doubled down on his commitment to the quarterback following the 49ers’ loss to the Rams on December 2, 2012. His cuteness and dangerous, sexy, robust, mans man appeal sadly doesn’t make him a great one. Kaepernick has always looked his best at the times when defenses have bared their worst, and if quarterbacks were evaluated only on the basis of how well they do only when scheme favors them, Kaepernick would be one of the best quarterbacks of all time. It is what Kaepernick fails to do when scheme does not favor him that makes glaring the gap between Kaepernick and legitimate NFL starting quarterbacks but he’s strong and stoutly built with an ass as hard as a rock. Let’s put it this way he’d bring “vocal enthusiasm” in the bedroom.

    In other news, I read in the paper this morning about this one of a girl…it says, “girl dressed as a football player”. As if a girl can actually play and why don’t they just call her a football player? Really this is one of my pet peeves.

    I mean I can throw a perfect spiral and I can punt farther than most guys, too. Girls football has become so popular in the last several years and in high schools across America several girls have joined the boys football team and boys are forced to let us play and that puts a bright, happy, smile on my face. OMG, I heard a boy the other day say what you think a “chick” could be as good as the “good ol’ boys?” That “chick” comment only makes us women grow bolder in our goals. We woman should be encouraged to strive for the attainable goal that females may one day play in the NFL.

  214. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    V does a better job pretending to be a woman than he does pretending to be a man. Makes you wonder.

  215. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Listen, “The Catch”…. you certainly don’t sound like “a catch.” First off, you’re a Niner fan and no smart woman follows a Jed York product. Here at the 49eroutsider we are skeptical of Jed York and Trent Baalke… and really, the word skeptical has been ramped-up to move past skepticism into blatant disregard. Are you really a 49er fan? And also, if you’re a hardcore chick (and who doesn’t love a hardcore woman?) then you really don’t like NFL football anymore because of the flags and the changing of a game once meant for warriors, not meant for Playboys. And speaking of Playboys, I’m certain you have Colin Kaepernick’s ESPN body issue last year hanging up in your bedroom. Do you play your fiddle while turning the pages? Did you know it’s rumored that Colin Kaepernick was or maybe even is currently dating Aldon Smith’s past girlfriend? I wonder if that’s what drove poor Aldon to drink again? And that would make you jealous, too… Kaep dating Aldon’s girl? Your dreamboat is taken? You knowing that Kaep is dating Aldon’s girl probably will drive you to drink as well, and that’ll certainly hurt your complexion. But, and not to be too harsh, I don’t think any of us care here at the 49erOutsider because you’re a Jed York fan, a Trent Baalke fan, an NFL fan in general, a Colin Kaepernick fan and you probably aren’t a good judge of NBA talent either.

    What’s confused, home alone, pining away for Kaep and not a very good judge of NBA talent? V-TheFlyingCatch

  216. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In 2014 the Niners ranked 6th with fewest presnap penalties at 30.
    Seattle ranked 32nd with 73, Yes 73 followed by Indy ranking 31st
    with 48.

    The apologists argument simply has no legs to stand on and in the big picture was a non factor. Just another straw man that falls apart and is scattered by the lightest breeze.

  217. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Deja vu? Best execution of CK last year was the 1st game against Dallas. Little pass rush. One yard more of seperation DB to receiver than any other game. CK went through progressions more than any other game last year.

    CK ability to perform better and adapt to tight coverage is the litmus test. Can he battle and win against DC’s changing strategies. This game is a good test and build his confidence.

  218. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    You are attributing bad coaching to a total of 6 delay of game penalties in 2014? Total was 8 but 2 were for the punt team and taken intentionally.
    So 6 penalties totaling 30 yards caused the downward spiral???
    Is that what your argument is?

    Pretty weak.

  219. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    You are welcome to refute stats or what you see on video.
    The problem in Pyongyang N.K. chapter of he Fairyland blog is it is all spin with nothing to back it up.
    You guys constantly put lipstick on a pig.
    Nobody is going to take your silly spin on things because you don’t back it up and you fail to do so.

    Look at Chuckles posting from 2012, 2013, the very crap he criticizes me for. You can’t have it both ways but as usual he’s the king of hypocrisy.

    Give me a rebuttal with substance Rob.

  220. robNo Gravatar says:

    Jeez BULLIT all I’m saying is we were about the worst team at getting the ball off on time . it’s not weak and I’m not refuting stats. We were among the worst teams at getting the snap off on time. That’s a fact and It is inexcusable. That BTW did not cause the downward spiral neither did jed’s tweet

  221. robNo Gravatar says:

    That’s as substantive as it gets. Now
    Harbaugh is gone and it’s not the end of the world nor is it the worse thing that could have happened to our team

  222. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    I’m not the one spinning this and making a big deal about it.
    It seems like the Pyongyang blog is constantly trying to justify replacing Harbaugh but failing miserably.

    The Niners had 8 delay of game penalties. The league average was 5.
    Tell me again the impact of 3 penalaties and 15 yards above the league norm?

  223. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    He said she said…some crazy stuff.

    In other irrelevancies being TC and all here is the special teams coach on Jarryd Hayne:

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/49ers-special-teams-coach-thomas-mcgaughey-jr-jarryd-hayne-hes-got-long-way-go/

    Short version = “Maybe…”

  224. robNo Gravatar says:

    Well BULLITT honestly I do think the whole Harbaugh vs. The front office thing was a divorce because of irreconcilable differences. Neither side was blameless here.
    Want a new spin on it.?
    Not so sure that even tho Jed is the new boss so to speak. Imho daddy skinflint john still holds the purse strings. Wonder if when the whole Harbaugh wants a new contract stuff first came up it wasn’t daddy who put the brakes on

  225. robNo Gravatar says:

    Downward spiral anyone

  226. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RG3 is getting killed again and has been knocked out the game with a shoulder problem and possible concussion.
    He was leveled earlier in the game by a brutal but clean hit by LB Deandre Levy.
    The read option has taken it’s toll on RG3 as he’s been punished every time they run it.
    Most teams in the NFL have figured it out except for Green Bay.

  227. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see Andy Lee punting for the Browns and pinning the Bills on their 1 yard line.
    Mike Tirico just reminded the viewers that Lee was traded for a 2017 7th round pick.

  228. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This video is out now and has finally been made.
    Some say he might have been the best QB out of Cal.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXVFue25IrY

  229. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Rob,

    I see you’ve decided to resume your ridiculousness regarding all things 49ers. First of all, how do you know there wasn’t a front office split and power struggle between Harbaugh and Baalke? It makes sense to me. Let’s say you’re a high profile, type A personality who wants to win every second of every day, ultra competitive guy. What’s the single greatest factor that affects your ability to win Super Bowls? It’s the talent on the team. So it makes sense to me that Harbaugh wouldn’t want Baalke around. Look at all the Baalke busts.

    First off, let’s take the high risk players Baalke has drafted. Everyone knew coming into it that Aldon Smith was a character concern. Plenty of organization stated post draft they wanted nothing to do with him pre draft, yet Baalke ignored that, and now the 49ers have nothing for a 7th overall 4 years ago. And what about Jimmy Ward? Due diligence anyone? He had a foot injury in college. Marcus Lattimore? AJ Jenkins. Vance McDonald. LaMicheal James? Those are the glaring busts. But there’s a ton more…

    And trust me, a head coach is going to know long before a fan base does if the GM is a bad GM, and Trent Baalke, make no mistake about it, is a bad GM. Who does brother John Harbaugh have as a GM? Only the best in the business in Ozzie Newsome, and do you really think that Ozzie wasn’t giving Jim Harbaugh, maybe indirectly through John, notes on Baalke’s picks? Baalke completely sucks as a GM. He’s comparable to Terry Donahue. And if I’m right, there’s no doubt in my mind Jim Harbaugh wasn’t going to re-sign in SF if Baalke stayed. And the ultimate insider, a guy like John Madden, doesn’t just publically come out and say, “It’s easier to find a suit” for nothing.

    In addition, it makes total sense that Jim Harbaugh would emasculate Jed York in front of the team by saying, “Men only Meeting.” It’s just a rumor, and I’m not taking it as fact, but it fits. Jed York’s tweeting was ridiculous. “We’re gonna win the division” after Singletary goes 0-5? How’d that workout? “Unacceptable!” Compared to what? This year’s 2-14? “It was a mutual parting of the ways?” With one more year on Harbaugh’s contract? Jed York is an idiot. He’s found a yes man in Baalke. Both together are running a clown show.

    Honestly, how dumb are you, Rob? Are you really that stupid that you think Harbaugh left because John York wouldn’t pay him? If you really think that, you are dumber than the squirrel in the tree you play checkers with.

    And btw… you’re a total coward for not betting. Pussy.

  230. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, lots of QB’S came out of there. Steve Bartkowski carved up college defenses and was somewhere in the NFL in the late 70’s and 80’s. Obviously Aaron Rodgers.

  231. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My “Old Blue” Bear Backers have told me that Joe Roth was special but maybe that’s part of his legend.
    Another talented QB transferred from Cal to Nebraska, one Vince Ferragamo.

    Other notable QBs from Cal, Craig Morton, Joe Kapp and Kyle Boller.

    Watch for the next great Stanford QB. He’s a redshirt freshman and happens to be Geep Chryst’s son, Keller Chryst.

  232. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI Bartkowski played for the Falcons and Ferragamo for the Rams.

  233. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I thought I saw Rob offering to bet $50-$100?

    __________________________________________________Here:

    August 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    OK
    I got it

    If we go 6-10 it’s a wash. 7-9 or better I win. If we finish under 6-10 I lose
    The bet is 100$ or 50$
    Any takers ?
    _____________________________________________________________

    I have no dog in this fight but an offer was made if slightly modified it seems

  234. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    “Ok, I got it” is another way of saying, “Okay, here’s the new, modified terms.” And even after I accepted Rob’s modified terms he still wouldn’t confirm the bet. But that’s not what’s concerning to me.

    I used to intentionally run Rob off the blogs because he’s such a company man he’ll turn a blind eye to anything that attacks the franchise. He loved Alex Smith. He loves Jed York. He hates Harbaugh and wants to blame John York who’s not apart of the organization.- but Rob does it intentionally. Rob is easy to figure out. He’s a lot like Unca_Chuck…. if they’re on the team, Rob and Chuck love ’em, no matter what. And when it comes to blogging, they’ll do everything they can to protect anything 49ers even when the team goes 4-12. But that’s the point…. This year is going to be a blast watching the 49er homers, Rob being one of the biggest offenders, having to eat reality on a weekly basis.

  235. 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: vs. Seattle, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
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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