Halftime Highlights

Halfway through the season, the Niners have become the musical chairs franchise. QBs in, QBs out. RBs in, RBs out. CBs in, CBs out. TEs in, TEs out. RG and RT in and out and in and out. Apparently, our new coaching staff has trouble figuring out who to play and why. Decisions that are normally made in the offseason OTAs and Training Camp.

Tank Carradine was drafted at OLB weight, beefed up to DT weight, and now Jim Tomsula, his former coach on the D-line, is thinking, after three years of evaluating him, that Tank needs to find some other weight or role. Decisive leadership and coaching acumen at work. Perhaps it wasn’t the best use of a second round pick on a guy who couldn’t play for a year and was better suited to a 4-3 DE instead of the Niners’ 3-4.

It was a tough week for Colin Kaepernick. At least in the public arena. A bit testy on the blogs, you might say. If anyone on the planet failed to weigh in on his worth or lack of it, they’re probably soccer fans. Privately, maybe Kap is relieved to let someone else bear the brunt of Trent Baalke‘s blunders.

Hopefully, newly installed QB Blaine Gabbert is enjoying his new found respect and its prolonged timeline due to the BYE week. Next up is a trip to Seattle, where Blaine may find a more challenging venue to exhibit his momentarily resurrected career. Kaepernick has never won a game in Seattle, so a Blaine victory there would be quite an achievement. Or it could be three interceptions, two fumbles, and an inglorious end to the Gabbert Era. Pretty exciting stuff, considering how pathetic everything else is this year.

Nobody but the punter has contributed from the 2015 draft, although Jaquiski Tartt has recently played well relieving Antoine Bethea. The 2014 class has stepped up this year, with Jimmie Ward, Carlos Hyde, Kenneth Acker, Aaron Lynch, and Bruce Ellington playing well. Marcus Martin is playing like the worst center in the league, and Brandon Thomas is playing like a guy who isn’t playing at all. Thomas is the biggest disappointment, since it is obvious Baalke had him penciled in as Mike Iupati‘s replacement and he can’t even beat out Jordan Devey.

The only consistency so far this season is the Niners’ offense plays okayish against poor defenses and plays like a dog against good defenses. The defense plays good at home and lousy on the road. This is life for 6-10 type teams. They can beat another 6-10 team once in awhile, and lose almost every game against a decent team. All three of the 49ers’ wins have come at home. All four road games have been losses.

In the final seven games, the Niners face four good teams with good defenses, and three beatable teams that are just about as bad as the Niners are. Unfortunately, all three beatable teams are road games. Good luck getting three more victories this year. Good luck getting even two more wins. Do I hear one?




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lately reports are that WR Smelter won’t play until the 2016 season if at all.
    The concept of drafted hurt players works if your roster is deep.
    Those days might be over as the team needs immediate help.

    The calculation that players with knee problems that require surgery are a year off has proven incorrect. It’s taking 2 seasons for these players to be close to 100% and then they’re rookies. Look at Carradine and Brandon Thomas. Darius Fleming really never made it back as well as Lattimore. For every Acker there is a Ramsey.

    If Baalke remaind he better abandon this failed strategy or the Niner roster will continue to pay.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely must get Wilkerson. Can check dline off the fix it list. Feel good enough about BG to allow high picks for oline and WR1.

    On paper thought the 2014 3rd RD picks a master stroke. Turned out to be a TB hand job. NN has a tweet from AD with his intent on coming back. If so, try and keep at RT.

    I hope we lose all 7 for draft position. But BG needs to do well to allow us to sell quality FA’s on us.

    OG, WR1, 3-4 DE, and ILB are the must fills. Must get Wilkerson.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hodges may be the ILB. Has the athleticism and height for TE coverage. Talk is that he improved on tackling and added muscle. Hope he can be quality on all downs.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    2011 draft:Cam Newton1, Jake Locker7, Blaine Gabbert10, Christian Ponder14, before Kaepernick taken in early 2nd.

    BG thrown in early on a crap JAX team as crappy as our O, if not worse. Took bullets starting early season 1. Rode a crap team for 2 or 3 years until driven out of town.

    May have uncovered a gem underneath all the sheet from fans and media. Who brought him in, TB or Harbaugh? Reads D, goes through progressions, defeats pressure with pocket movement, anticipates throws, and RB dump off.

    Give him 7 games before a shitstorm. He earned it.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you’re watching Bills-Jests you’re probably thinking

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmc9gfowJmk

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking my eyeballs are getting fried.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Curry scores 46 as W’s win 10th straight to start 10-0.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Mid-season Harbaugh scoreboard:

    Michigan: 7-2
    Cardinals: 6-2
    Bills: 5-4
    Raiders: 4-4
    Colts: 4-5
    Bears: 3-5
    Redskins: 3-5
    49ers: 3-6
    Titans: 2-6
    Chargers: 2-7

  9. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers’ circus is sure a pathetic one. The heart of the 49ers’ problem is the smear campaign York and Baalke ran last year on Jim Harbaugh. It’s not because I loved Harbaugh that I write this. It’s because I believe firmly that the NFL is all about good coaching. I can spot bad coaching a million miles away, and I know when a team is going to rise or fall. I know when a coach is on the hot seat before the media talks about it (Mike McCoy). If you don’t have good coaching, you’re sunk out of the gates. Great talent evaluation is apart of the puzzle as well, obviously, but you can have a great roster with a mediocre coaching staff and you won’t win much.

    So it comes back to the smear campaign York ran against Harbaugh. And if you don’t think there was bad blood between the two men, I hear Jed York removed all the Harbaugh stuff out of the 49ers’ museum at Levi Stadium. That’s telling. Skeebers has already convincingly linked the leaks about Kaep to the leaks about Harbaugh and even Singletary. The 49er/ Jed York leaks are juvenile and almost transparent. The question isn’t whether York ran a smear campaign against Harbaugh in Harbaugh’s final year in SF. The question is how badly will that hurt not Harbaugh (he’s doing fine in Michigan, and so, btw, is Roman in Buffalo) but how badly will it hurt York and the 49er organization.

    Yes, there’s life after Tomsula and this abortion of a 2015 season, but there’s not much of a pulse to that life if the coaching staff isn’t improved…. and the talent evaluator himself isn’t upgraded.

    I’ve written it before, and I’ll write it again – York has backed himself into a corner. He can’t go out and fire Tomsula and Baalke this year. No way. He chose those two over Harbaugh. 2016 is going to feature those two continuing to blame players (Kaep). At some point they’ll obviously get fired, but who in their right mind (that’s talented) would want to coach for Jed York? He’s already gaining a reputation as being a weasel. I went golfing yesterday and the four-some I was in all (without me urging) declared Jed York already a bigger weasel than anything Al Davis ever was. That was certainly hyperbole, but there are a lot of other people who see that Jed York is a weasel. If fans see it, good NFL coaches will certainly see it. And yes, coaches will still come to the 49ers for the money, but not the cream of the crop. Not the coaches, like Harbaugh, who you need to compete for Super Bowls.

    This team is done. It’ll be a least a decade, but probably a lot more, before this team competes for Super Bowls again, if ever, under the watchful stink eye of Jed Dork. And that’s why Spitblood has left the building. But not the blog…..

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    In 12 years as a head coach, I don’t think Harbaugh has ever had a losing season.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I stand corrected. Losing seasons his first two years at Stanford.

  12. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    It doesn’t matter. He’s a stud. Like Pete Carroll said, “Harbaugh’s a stud.” But, turn the page. Problem is, the whole book is a horror show…

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Jaguars tried out former 49ers RB Kendall Hunter.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Horrible situation in Paris. They are on the brink of mertial law.

    This weekends sports events will have air tight security because a soccer stadium with 80K fans was bombed with the president of France also attending.

    Casualties are now over 100 dead as terrorists also took over a theater and started executing everyone.

    The world now is a screwy place.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Corrupr, airhead politicians allowing Muslim immigration 100% responsible.

  16. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Merkel’s toast in Germany and she’s from the conservative party, the Christian Democrats. She not only didn’t lock it; she opened the barn door in Germany.

  17. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Are they looking for those crazed white Christian NRA members and returned US servicemen? Militant Buddhists?

    This is what “contained” looks like. The only “JV team” is the one running the US currently. Thanks to the clueless who put them there.

    Freebies and wide open borders. Seriously, what did you expect?

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Judicial Watch did an FOIA and found FBI has 1000 investigations on ISIS. We are next.

  19. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I can think of one guy worse than York. Yep, JV brought in 10,000 new ‘freedom fighters’, moderate refugees of unnamed belief system. Into Norleans last weak, Press black out, going to be shipped around country.

    Don’t worry most all are males 18-45. Only folks dumber than Niner believers are the clowns who voted o’treason in twice. Luckily there’s only one party in DC now. The party of power and corruption. Then there is the rest of us, the grassroots. War, get used to it.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, between the govt funded refuge Trojan horse and the soros funded black lives matter, a revolution is brewing.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Lions have NOT hired a search firm to help locate new president and or GM, per league sources.”

    Shades of Jed York. Give fans the sincerity spiel and then shine it on.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And we all know how well the Lions have fared under the Ford leadership.

  23. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The Lions should absolutely hire me. The second thing I’d do (after becoming best friends with Trent Baalke) is throw a boat-load of money at Harbaugh. A boat load. I know he probably wouldn’t leave the Wolverine, but he’s close. Then when Harbaugh rejected me, I’d hire Greg Schiano from the Bucs. You think he was a terrible coach, but he was saddled with Josh Freeman as his qb and that roster was bad. I’d only hire Schiano temporarily, to toughen up the team kinda like Singletary did with the 49ers pre-Harbaugh. Then I’d draft McCoughlan big bodies and fire Schiano after the roster was solid and look for a Super Bowl caliber head coach. Oh, and I’d get Schiano to build up Stafford’s confidence and his stats and then trade him high for a 3rd round draft choice replacing Stafford with a Cousins or Dalton type. I could get that team to compete with and beat the Packers in 3 years. I’d also trade Megatron for a 4th right now.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like benching Kap has killed the blogs. Momentarily. Gabbert should lay an egg in Seattle and we’ll have some new meat.

  25. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not just the benching of Kaep. It’s also that people genuinely see the hopelessness of being a 49er fan for the next decade or so. Extremely hard to get excited about a Jed York product.

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    spit- I have never felt hopelessness were the Niners are concerned, and I’m not gonna start now. It’s pretty much either anger or joy depending on the play.

  27. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I felt pretty hopeless when Joe Thomas traded five draft picks for O.J. Simpson, or maybe it was the 2-14 record or maybe it was the two HCs, #2 and #3 in two years.

    At least Vida Blue had just finished a good season for the Giants and I got to go to a lot of games that season or else 1978 would have been a complete waste.

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rt- that trade just pissed me off.

  29. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert beats SEA blogs will show some life. He loses, blah. Love to see ’em win one up there for a change.

    But ol’ Jimi had the UM Wolverines win a tough one @ Indiana today. 48-41. Double OT. 8-2, Yayhooo! QB Rudock went for 440 yds and SIX TDs. What was that about Harbs not having a QB this year Spit? He MAKES QBs better, don’t need anymore proof. Well you could look at Kap, poor guy.

    So Penn State then the biggie against Ohio U. Yep shoulda kept the winning coach

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the Pyongyang N.K. chapter barnyard the guy who runs it and thinks he has high football IQ has once again put his foot in his mouth.

    Making up crap now to put down Harbaugh he is ridiculing Michigan for having only the 31st toughest schedule in college football.

    Anyone that follows college football will tell you most of these schedules are made 5 to 7 years in advance. Basically Michigan’s schedule was set when Harbaugh was coaching at Stanford.
    Obviously Chuckles doesn’t know there are 127 teams in division 1 college football. 31st out of 125 means the team has a schedule in the top 25%.

    Chuckles comment on Harbaugh “And folks are tripping over their dicks to kiss his ass”. Works both ways and the barnyard will go way out of their way to disparage a coach that brought the Niners to great heights. Chuckles and lackeys prefers this year’s mediocrity just so they have something to whine about.

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Guido and staff trying to keep their jobs to the detriment of the 2016 team. Why are Brooks and TJE getting so many snaps. AA needs more action. Bring up Marcus Rush from PS. He is this year’s Skuta. Harold on pass downs. Skuta on run downs.

    BG avoided Paul Worrilow blitzing on the A gap and hit a crossing Patton for a big gain. Others commented on the poor C-RG-RT blocking but looked like a screen with ATL allowed into the pocket and BG hitting the RB as a designed play.

    SEA uses cover-3 and gives up the short middle. Attack just like Brady in the Super Bowl. Now that brain dead CK is clipboard manager the short game that needs read D, quick decisions, quick release, and accurate passes can be used every time the SEA D gives that look to us.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bears eating up the Rams with the short passing game. Zack Miller TE and Jeremy Langford RB each have over 100 yards. Our OC needs to copycat whatever Gase is doing.

    Full playbook opens up the O again. Shackles are off with BG. Until a healthy Hyde is back, the short passing game is our ball control offense.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tampa over Dallas. Always fun to see the Cowboys eat it.

  34. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    More importantly, the Bucs and Bears both won their 4th games, thus keeping the Niners ahead of them in draft position! Losses by either or both would have worsened our position due to SOS.

  35. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Add the Fins to that list – an excellent day for the Niners!

  36. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    And the Redskins – I missed that. Bunch of 3 win teams winning today…

  37. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I figure the Niners are now pretty solid at #10 after the Texans and Chiefs lose today.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Pity the idiot Lions. Had GB beat, but kicker misses extra point. GB scores, but fails to convert 2 pointer. No problem, Lions botch the onside kick, and GB then misses the game winning kick. Easy victory.

  39. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I love it. I can’t stand GB.

  40. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is doing a number on the Broncs in Denver. If he can hang on, we’ll find ourselves set at #9 after tomorrow night’s game.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie D say it isn’t so!!!

    http://tinyurl.com/nflo8q4

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure it’s so much what Alex is doing, but what Manning is: “Peyton 4-15 for 30 yards with three picks and 0.0 passer rating at halftime.”

  43. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Policy is everywhere, the Raiders are gone for good just a matter of time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g8gC8OfqzE

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Manning sets all time yardage record, then gets benched for Osweiler.

  45. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    35 yards with 4 interceptions in the second straight loss – not sure Peyton and Bronco fans are savoring that record right now.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Always pleasant to see Sherman beat for a TD.

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Surprising these zebras allowed it to stand. They’ve been doing everything possible to turn this game in the Seahawk’s favor. It’s really embarrassingly obvious anymore.

    And the idiotic commentators can’t stop drooling over anything ‘hawks.

    A pretty good football game made almost hard to watch by the Goodell Goon Squad.

  48. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, I particularly liked the call when RW was throwing the ball away from the endzone and it landed a full 3 yards shy of the LOS. It wasn’t even close, but the ref ruled that the ball reached the LOS therefore no safety. What a joke.

  49. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly, RT. Blatant, and even after a conference of the clowns. The pro-Seattle announcers were in disbelief, too.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good news: “Update from hospital on Cardinals G Mike Iupati: CT scan & MRI both have come back normal.”

  51. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Now this is rich! Intentional Grounding on Palmer on an almost exact same play as the non-called safety on RW. Wow. The NFL strikes again.

  52. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Now they give Seattle on extra yard on the spot to turn a 4th down to a 1st down. These refs are on the take in this one, no question about it.

  53. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    At least the review official is getting it right, but if I’m Arians I’m pizzed. Arians now has to use his last challenge after the generous 4th down spot. This is ridiculous.

  54. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I read something the other day that said all three undefeated teams are cat teams. The Panthers, the Bengals and the Cheetahs.

    I assumed cheetahs = Pats, but maybe it was a more fitting reference to the zebras.

  55. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    It’s funny how nobody on these blogs is drawing the comparison between Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. Both Kaep and Russell Wilson were great two years ago, but now that both have terrible offensive lines, they both suck. And Russell is better only because his defense is largely the same. But Kaep has no defense, no coaches and no offensive line.

    Two years ago, both players were the future of the NFL – the talk of the town and toast of the league. Now, both are only average to below average NFL qbs. It’s funny, but for as much as you all profess to know about football, not one of you is understanding that both players are still just as good, just as capable, but that football is the ultimate team game. And it’s bad enough that bloggers don’t get it, but it’s even worse when your owner, GM and HC don’t get it. QB play is extremely dependent on other positions and quality of roster. It’s an indicating species, like a butterfly. When the butterflies are gone, the area is tainted with some chemical and there’s been a pollutant in the air or water. When the qb goes, it’s an indication the team stinks…. and this 49ers team stinks. Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick – pretty much the same player.

  56. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Incredible. The offense died when Iupati went to the hospital.

  57. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Palmer just singlehandedly gave the Seahawks 14 points, Peyton threw for 35 yards, Rodgers lost his 3rd straight as D’s have figured out to keep him in the pocket and make him throw it from there, and Luck has sucked all year.

    But Kappy’s a bum.

  58. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, when Kaepernick starts standing in like Palmer and making plays regardless of the pressure in his face and reacting to adversity like Palmer does, no one’s going to call him a bum. But, he doesn’t. He’s like the opposite of how Palmer plays.

    I’m not sure what you two see when you see Kaepernick play but rose-colored glasses don’t do it justice.

  59. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s comparing Kaepernick to Palmer? Not me. You are. Two different style of qbs in very different stages of their careers… but you know that already.

  60. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Also, NoStones, did you see your boy, Manning getting benched after throwing 4 ints? League high 17. Are you listening yet, NoStones?

  61. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    F*#k off troll.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And Palmer put up almost 400yds on that Defense.
    There’s a difference between a running QB and a QB that runs.
    That’s how you should compare Kaep and Wilson.

    If Kaep ever learns to stand and deliver, he might be seen as something more than the next coming of Mike Vick.

  63. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    What did RW do against AZ’s defense? After 2 safeties early, 14 points. The rest was scored by the D on the Palmer fumbles. His 52 yards running was great, but his 67.2 QBR is nothing to crow about. Safeties don’t count extra against QBR either. This is with Marshawn Lynch, plus the Seahawks help from the refs, home game and kick return teams consistently giving the Seahawks better field position… Still couldn’t do it – just 14 points.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Have the game taped RT – Simply looking at the stats for now.
    Totally agree about the ‘Home Field Advantage’ when it comes to the refs too.

    Seattle gets away with murder when it comes to the refs up there.
    I just can’t understand how Dino BLINDino gets away with this crap week after week.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I still think old Dino has connections to the Vegas Mob.

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Probably had to make up a few bucks after losses by the ‘Boys, Saints and Packers today.
    Not to mention the Pats not covering.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guess we can throw Denver and StLoo in there too?
    Total meltdown in terms of the ‘Favorites’ today.

    Not sure too many folks had Miami winning in Philthy either.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting perspective on the play of Palmer and Wilson –

    http://tinyurl.com/odhlmtr

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One analogy attributed to sacks for Wilson –
    He leaves the pocket too frequently.

    A stat you can’t hang on the OLine at will.

    Another, he holds onto the ball too long at times.

    Sound familiar?

    Let’s also highlight this comment from the article –

    Related: the Seahawks are terrible when it comes to defending tight ends. In fact, Football Outsiders ranks them 31st in the NFL. And if that route looks familiar, it should.

    Seahawks should see that route every week in the red zone. That’s where you want to target Cover 3.

  70. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    “There’s a difference between a running qb and qb that runs. That’s how you should compare Kaep and Wilson….”

    I see dumb people….

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I see one dumbass here.
    He’s the queen who knighted himself and proclaimed that he’s a genius.

  72. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    I would see nothing but dumb people too if I lived in Geneoushire.

  73. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The spread distorted a lot of perceptions when it came out of college. Elevating athletes at QB to ridiculous heights only to come crashing down when confronted with NFL playoff caliber defenses.

    How do you screen for IQ in picking up an NFL pocket passing system. Big mistakes were made with RG III and Kap. Brought into the league as franchise QB’s turned into very expensive mistakes.

    Harbaugh assumed Kap could pick up the NFL system by repetition. The coaching staff would elevate him. Poor oline and WR’s and pass TE’s exposed the lack of QB IQ in Kap.

    Never again. Take draftable QB’s from pro-style college offenses. Not worth the risk. The long term ramification’s of trying to develop these types is not worth it.

  74. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How good is the QB class this year. Can Goff, Lynch, and Cook fall into the 2nd RD. Are we better off rolling the dice with Blaine Gabbert and not knowing what his ceiling is? At worse can we accept a Brian Hoyer and spend draft capital on immediate help positions.

    A can’t miss star may be out of reach if we win two more games. OT, DT, and OLB elite will be picked off early. Most of the bad teams already have their QB’s. Lots to debate as we are bottom dwellers once again.

  75. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s face it; it’s been a weird year, to Kappy or not to Kappy. 3 9-0 teams, 2 7-2 teams and 2 6-3 teams. That’s it. 7 teams with decidedly superior records. We also have a 6-4 team and 2 at 5-4.

    Of the really superior teams, 1 of the 7-2 teams has lost 2 straight, just lost their QB indefinitely and he’s 39 to boot. Of the 6-3 teams, 1 has lost 3 straight. The other has lost 2 straight, 3 of 4, and the 1 win in there was by 3 over a lousy team.

    You got your Patriots on Tier 1. You got your Bengals and Panthers on Tier 2. You got your Vikings on Tier 3. I’d add the 6-4 Steelers to Tier 3 now that Worthless is back. That’s pretty much it. I’d like to add the Packers to that, but how can I with a 3 game losing streak and losing at Lambeau to the Lions for the first time since 1991???

    That makes 27 teams with real problems. Some are more promising, some only have temporary problems, whatever – they’ve got problems.

    Let’s just flip a coin for the Lombardi – heads Patriots, tails anybody else – and call it a rebuilding season.

  76. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina really lucked out on their strength of schedule this year. 3 bad teams in NFC South with six easy wins for them. Then one each with AFC South.

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Patriots have had cushy schedule for 15 years. Guaranteed 6-0 or at worst 5-1 in the pathetic AFC East every year.

  78. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looked at espn stats and see Carlos Dunlap listed as DE as a sack leader. So that is what Tank is being planned for. A 4-3 DE in our nickel package.

    So do we keep him for nickel use only or trade him to a 4-3 team? As a bad team, we can showcase to future trading partners what Tank can do. He has more value to a team like CNN or CAR.

    Tank and AA need to see a lot of snaps from here on out. Wonder if AA’s limited snaps are due to keeping him healthy for a strong offseason weightlifting program.

  79. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Geez, I completely forgot AZ – again (it’s a recurring and terrible habit). They’re surely Tier 3 along with the Vikes.

  80. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – Do not attack The Shire. We are a peace and fun loving people. We don’t suffer fools. Therefore, you are not invited.

  81. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It serves Manning, Elway, Kubiak and whoever else decided to leave the record two yards off last week so it could be a big deal home game celebration right, to get Manning in there before he drops to get the record and then play so badly he has to be benched on the same ‘big day’. Fools!

    Reminds me of the forever tainted sack record of TV personality Michael Strahan and Favre laying down for the record sack. It’s all bullshit.

    Green Bay and Rodgers ain’t done. Division game can always be tough there. The little I saw looked like without Nelson available they focused on taking away Cobb and bringing pressure to force the QB to look for lesser targets too quickly. Hell, Megatron let the onside kick get away and Crosby follows suit and blows the kick. Tough day at the office.

  82. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Rams are going to Case Keenum as their new starting QB; Nick Foles to the bench.”

  83. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    There are conspiracy theories with Rams pending move to LA. Put in a terrible QB to continue losing. Another reason to justify moving the team. Just like Kap, Ravens can make Foles look better than he is and win a meaningless game.

    No need to play to a local fanbase. Cannot risk a win. Draft slot is paramount.

  84. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Foles had a ridiculous winning pct. with the Eagles. They won the NFC Least two years ago, and were leading comfortably when he got injured last year. It’s just that Fisher has never understood offense, with the Titans or Rams, and Fisher’s offense doesn’t match Foles skillset at all.

  85. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    It is time for Fisher to be let go or fired. A quality O HC/OC can vault them to the top in a hurry.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting 3 weeks upcoming.
    If Gabbert is swallowed up by the Seahags do you go back to Kap against the Cards who shut him down last time in his worst game as a Pro? Then if you wait another week it’s the Fangio defense
    waiting for Kap and Vic knows what Kap likes and what makes him uncomfortable.

    Perhaps this is all moot if Jed and the FO have decided to go in a different direction.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Does Kap have an on/off switch where he’s going to improve and suddenly shed all his bad habits by standing on the sideline?

  88. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    And the beat goes on… Rob Ryan out as Saints DC. Hmmmm. Will Fisher last the season?

  89. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cutlets had his highest QB rating, 151.0 against the Rams. New targets are Zach Miller and Jeremy Langford. To go along with Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, and Matt Forte. Last 3 often injured but Cutler gets it done.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Both the Packers and the Seahags offenses are stalling because of offensive imbalance.

    For whatever reason Packers benched Lacy who is a 1000 yd rusher
    and have given up on running the ball becoming one dimensional.
    Yesterday their RBs ran the ball less than 10 times.
    Same with Seahags with Lynch hurt he only carried the ball 8 times. When Seahags get away from running the ball they are not at their best.

    Difference between Palmer last night and Kap is when Palmer made his bonehead turnovers he led his team back and won the game. With Kap the turnovers make him fold and he’s useless and unable to rally the team.

  91. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Rob Ryan might be worst D coordinator in the history of the NFL. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he was named 49ers’ D coordinator next year.

  92. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahawks sucks because their offensive line is ranked as one of the worst in the NFL – worse than the 49ers’ O line. The Packers’ O is stalling out because the wide receivers aren’t very good and can’t get separation. The Pack passes to setup the run. They can’t pass and all of a sudden Eddie Lacey is fat. Sounds like San Francisco.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday Rodgers passed for 333 yds and 2 TDs and in the previous week 369 yds and 4 TDa. With all these passes thrown he was only picked off once.

    By the way the Packers lost because Crosby didn’t make the FG. Rodgers got them into position for the winning kick.

    In 9 games Rodgers has thrown 21 TDs with 3 Ints. That seems to be a pretty potent passing attack to me. They just ended up on the wrong side of the score.

  94. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Rodgers threw 61 (!!) times against 1-7 Detroit. I hope he got some yards. The Pack scored 3 pts. until the 2nd half of the 4th qtr. Then 1-7 Detroit did everything humanly possible to keep the 23 year winless streak going, but Rodgers still couldn’t get it done. They got 16 whopping pts.

    My point? No QB is perfect, not even Rodgers, and it is a TEAM game. No support, even a great QB can lose at home to 1-7 teams.

  95. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The Packer passing numbers are always going to show a potent passing attack because that’s what they do. But there’s levels of nuance to their passing attack that right now they can’t execute a part of and this inability to execute isn’t reflected in the numbers. Watch a game.

    For a while, James Jones was filling in admirably for the loss of Jordy Nelson, but Jones has been hurt and not the same player he was weeks 1-5. Devanta Adams back helps, and he’s getting a lot of targets, but he’s not an impact player – yet. You give Aaron Rogers a real number one threat and Eddie Lacey will be his old self in no time. And with an ability to once again run the ball, their defense will get better as well.

  96. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Texans won. #8 in draft order.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just want to see Gabbert get the ball out quickly in Seattle.
    Many have echoed the sentiment that the Seattle Defense can be had with a short passing attack.
    Unfortunately, that’s the area Kaep seems to have his biggest issues.
    Short touch passes aren’t his strongest attribute.
    Don’t care if we lose again up there as much as I care to see some success on the scoreboard.

    As suggested by some, the TE is probably the best weapon, after a RB on a LB perhaps?

    See what they’ve cooked up during the BYE.
    Cadet should help as the Reggie replacement.

    Have to take some shots inside on these guys IMO.

  98. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve never seen so much complaining about teams that win in bad divisions or schedule makers supposedly favoring certain teams with larger markets or richer owners or bigger influence, whatever, creating championships where none deserve to be. And in the next breath citing all the upsets in a given week.

    Ridiculous. The fiction of absolute parity has gone to your heads.

    Some of you math majors come up with a superior algorithm meeting all the demands of individual team’s stadium availability, home games, Thursday games, short weeks, byes, travel weeks and mandated match ups, and don’t forget the games across the pond that should precede a bye, and get back to me how many proposed schedules can even go to the league brass for approval. And then we’ll discuss all the opportunities that don’t exist for the league to throw in ‘cake’ games, much less ‘cake’ schedules just for teams they like.

    Anyway, I don’t remember too many Niners fans complaining about winning too many games in our division for way too many years. I guess when the team is as bad as ours is it’s human nature to look for unfairness everywhere. I doubt any of it matters when you win. I know none of it gets in the record books or footnoted on the Lombardi.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think many in the Billionaire Boys Club plotted to undo the Eddie monopoly years ago NoFear49er.
    Small markets, East Coast bias etc were all real issues at one time.
    During those years our 9ers routinely logged the most air miles.
    Having Atlanta in the NFCW sure contributed to that during that era too.

    It’s all about the NFL Revenue pie being divided to suit the Owners.
    Schedules, to some extent at least, favor the Advertisers willing to bid for specific slots too.
    Teams like JAX aren’t selling out here, so they opt for the London venue.

    Money and ratings….Cha-Ching.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This why we often squawk about the Officiating.
    Last piece of the ‘human element’ they can control.

    Since when is video technology too expensive for Billionaires?
    Bull-dookie.

    All about having the power to control the revenue stream.
    Supply and demand in overdrive.

  101. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    That was before the big cable and network TV contract money era, NJ49er.

    Games might move to a different time slot for the market but no team can pay the league for a softer schedule of teams to play as some seem to believe.

  102. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Automate using machine vision for line of scrimmage penalties, ball spotting, etc.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree NoFear49er.
    All about the bidding wars that ensued with the various carriers looking to sell ads.
    I still succumb to the powers that be at DirecTV, simply to see my 9ers, because they control the Sunday Ticket Pkg.

    I did get a chuckle out of the Pats/NYG game Sunday, simply for the timeslot.
    2 East Coast teams playing at 425PM ET?
    That was a revenue maker made easy for the National audience.

    Yet, when our boys fly East, they almost always get the 1PM ET slot.
    The East Coast bias does still exist for the most part, by handicapping the West Coast teams coming East.

    But, I guess for those of you out West, you get the convenience of starting earlier than those of us out this way.
    Remember seeing T.O. standing on the star in Dallas years ago, while in Hawaii having breakfast.
    Thought that was the greatest thing ever at the time 😀

    Football early, beach all afternoon.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Bakkentom.
    They could eliminate a ton of wasted time with these idiots in stripes by using the proper technology.

    But, then again, they’d part with ad time.

    They control us.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chain gangs?
    Really?
    Who watches them during the game?
    They could wander back and forth at will and we’d never notice until they’re called upon.
    The entire game could be made foolproof with electronics.

    But then again, without the fools, who’d control the Vegas Line?

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    These meatwhistles on the Competition Committee still can’t agree on what constitutes a catch in this game.

    Just more confusion added as fodder for the production controllers like Dino and his Wiseguys in stripes.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That State Farm Insurance ad with Rodgers and the Official in the tunnel is classic.
    Officials huddling with the mic on to get their schtick straight.

    I wouldn’t doubt it for a minute.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Then you read stories about those games that got tilted by bad Officiating.

    Gee John, we blew that one. Sorry.
    But hey, you get to keep the loss.

    http://tinyurl.com/p4wlscv

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners added two players to Practice Squad yesterday, offensive lineman Donald Hawkins Texas and tight end Brian Leonhardt Bemiji State.

  110. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Manziel starter remainder of season for Browns. Heeeeeeeres Johnny!

    Why aren’t the niners saying that about BG? His rap from JAX was a coward that bailed out of pocket early.

    He stared down the gun barrel and made the pass and took the hit from Wheeler. Looks to me he takes a can of man before every game now. Wants to be a starter again.

  111. 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: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
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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