The Vultures Are Circling

The 49er players have now firmly taken a back seat to the 49er front office in terms of scrutiny and speculation. The rest of the season will be less and less about whether the team wins or loses games, and more and more about what to do with the mess at the top of the organization.

Or more precisely, what sort of spin job Jed York and Trent Baalke are going attempt to foist off on the fans. Because there really isn’t anything that can be done with the FO dysfunction. York won’t abdicate. Baalke won’t get fired. Paraag Marthe is not going anywhere. And who cares what happens to Jim Tomsula? All we can do is watch these morons squirm. Some of us will enjoy it, some of us will be outraged.

In the meantime, Arizona comes to town this Sunday, fresh off two last minute wins over Seattle and Cincinnati. Maybe they’ll be overconfident facing the lowly Niners. Not likely with Bruce Arians as their HC. They squoished us 47-7 in September, sending former QB Colin Kaepernick into a death spiral and fans expecting a decent season into shock therapy centers throughout the Bay Area.

It’s a home game, so the 49er defense should play much better this time around. Although that unit may have thrown in the towel. Run stopping was the one consistent forte of the defense, but Glenn Dorsey tore his ACL early in last week’s Seattle game, and the Seahawks proceeded to run wild for the rest of the game.

The 49er offense is feeling more pumped the past two games with Blaine Gabbert taking over from Kaepernick. And they have clearly played better. But, let’s face it, they still have only managed a 17 point effort against the Falcons and 13 points against the Seahawks. Not exactly a scary, HOF caliber unit.

A more efficient offense won’t save this season, but it may delude the York/Baalke team about next year’s needs. Not that they need anything much to trigger delusional thinking, since that is pretty much a way of life with these fellows.

If the defense turns in another shoddy effort this weekend and gets blown out at home, it could be the final nail in Tomsula’s coffin. If he was supposed to know anything — and our researchers have yet to uncover any evidence he does know anything — it was his boys on defense that didn’t consider him just another meathead D-line coach. If they’ve quit on him, it’s over for the Catawba College wannabe.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Romo injury might not bode well for the Niners.
    It might lead to changes that directly effect the Niners.
    Dallas might be in the mix to draft a QB in the first round.
    Romo has been on the IR more than on the field in the past few seasons.

    If Sean Payton and the Aints part ways Dallas might make a run at him if they decide to can Jason Garret.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    KTVU just reported Niner tickets are going for below face value on Stubhub.
    Upper level seats priced at $85 are now going for $30.

    So if you want to visit Levi’s and watch the Niners most likely get their butts kicked this would be the time to go.

    Take public transportation because the parking might cost as much as your bargain ticket

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ideal situation is for both Baalke and Tomsula to be kcked out.

    Nothing like another one of Jed’s “leave no stone unturned” searches. It’s all optics and staged theater.

    In the last search for both coaches and coordinators it was telling how many coaches turned down the chance for promotions
    from their present positions because they viewed the Niners as a trainwreck or else Tomsula’s tenure with the Niners to be short lived. Why uproot your family if you think you will be looking for a job after one season?

    Jed has to see that Baalke clearly has lost touch with what the Niners really need and thinks this team is in a “reload” position. Baalke is central to the problem and not part of the solution. Time for Jed to clean house and put out the dumpster fire.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Jed can’t clean house. To do so would be to admit the one guy who was any good in the building – Harbaugh – was the one he fired to create the current mess. There’s no way this little germ can own what he did.

  5. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    After watching the Detroit game yesterday against admittedly a terrible Chip Kelly team, Detroit is a much better team than the 49ers. Detroit is going to beat the brakes off the 49ers. The only other team out there that could be worse is the Cleveland Browns, and I suspect they’ll beat the 49ers. My 2-14 prediction would have come to fruition is Norv Turner hadn’t had a complete brain fart meltdown week 1 and actually decided to run AD out of the I formation instead of the gun. WTF? Oh well, when predicting we must account for the flukes and the brain farts.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I try to be optimistic and BG and AA help. But look what could have been.

    Mike McCarthy and Norv Turner, here and gone. Why not fire Nolan and promote either of those two.

    In 9 days we will be punished and embarrassed by Adam Gase and Vic Fangio. Here and gone. Per rumor, Gase was on the verge of HC until boy Jed insisted on Guido as DC.

    We are going to see the fruits of their coaching IQ up front and personal. O lost Kevin White to IR in their OTA’s. Alshon Jeffrey was injured or playing while injured all year. Oline not good. Cutler elevated the other WR and TE.

    The Amazing Fangio and Donatell. D is still missing talent. They have them overachieving.

    Last game is at Levi’s. From commenter at Grant Cohn, have a block of seats with every one wearing Jim Harbaugh masks. Media would pan to it and make jokes off of it.

    From a NN Fan post at start of season, “I invite Jed York into the octagon where I can payback all the fan anguish he has visited on us” IIRC.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jason Garrett and Mike McCarthy get a pass with their injury plagued seasons. GB has a new playcaller this year. Jordy Nelson IR’D and Cobb and Jones playing injured.

    Lack of a Romo backup is more a GM than a HC gaffe. If Jerruh stupidly releases him, then go get ’em.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Say what you will about TB, but he did get BG for a 6th RD pick. Romanowski got fed info from Marathe? BG did 5X the film work vs dummy was from tablet usage.

    Bridge or starter QB, an incoming offensive mind has in BG a coachable, all-around performer. No more worries about getting KICKed.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Who has it better than us? Certainly not the Rams. LG Roger Saffold IR’d, OG Jamon Brown IR’d or injured, deep on the depth chart Raney and Wichman are the guards now. RT Havenstein still out so another rookie is there until he gets back.

    Maybe they keep Foles out because of their oline situation. Keenum is dline fodder.

    Barrows says CK may still land somewhere after what Cam Newton is doing. Need strong run game and big D like we had in 2012 and 2013 to cover up his flaws. NYJ and BUF possible? Don’t think HOU HC O’Brien would take a running QB.

  10. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, everything 49ers sucks.

    Even Ann Killion is tired of trashing the team.

    Kaepernick likes Eagles colors and their hats. I hope he finds a team that likes headphoned and hoodied QBs kissing their biceps.

    The Denise & John York 49ers are proving their worth as a coach killer. Avoid at all costs.
    Or is it a void at all costs, for coaches? “Scapegoat city, dude. Don’t go there, I’m tellin’ ya.”

  11. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear – That’s why the 49ers will suck for decades – or for as long as York owns the team. The NFL is all about coaching. If you can’t recruit a coach because you disrespected and smeared a good one, you’ll never go anywhere. That’s why I don’t watch. What’s the point? But it’s still fun to bash ’em.

  12. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve heard rumors (mainly from whispering to myself) that Chip Kelly will be available on the cheap. The added bonus to saving money on the HC’s salary would be that leaks could immediately be started on horrid Kelly was as a GM, making Baalke look good by comparison (in Jed’s warped mind).

  13. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *how horrid

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Even if we did draft the best QB imaginable in the first round… Who the Eff is going to teach him how to be an NFL quarterback? Ron Jeremy? Geep? Paraag? Pedro the water boy?

    This organization needs an enema. Not a laxative, mind you, but the Full I Hate My Life Pre-colonoscopy Clear It All Out Special.

    Until then, and as long as the Jedster and his Merry Band of Morons are running the shop, I hate thinking about next year, because it’s easier for me to imagine the ways these mooks will screw it up and make things worse, than the ways it can be fixed.

    By next year, we could BE the Browns or the old Lions. Sucking for decades with no clue how to stop.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Carlos OUT – Season ending surgery a possibility.

    Sit him. Surgically fix him, if necessary.
    No need to mess up our Draft slot or, his future health situation.

    Ain’t worth it.

  16. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Next year the 49ers could draft Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Jerry Rice but without Bill Walsh those four would go no where. And yes, they did okay with Seifert but the organization had been so built-up by Walsh by then that it didn’t matter if Beettlejuice was the coach. Nobody good will coach for Jed York for years. The NFL knows the 49er ownership is a joke and smeared Harbaugh. Draft choices won’t matter if they aren’t developed and without good coaching, they won’t be developed. Those talented players will be improperly used, then move onto different organizations where they’ll flourish. Get used to it.

  17. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, let me ammend that before everyone (without a life) starts crying troll. Montana, Rice, Craig and Lott would all be successful else if they were drafted by other teams but they wouldn’t have been as successful as they were with Walsh. Craig might never had been discovered or been presented with a real shot at starting considering he went from FB to RB. Lott would have been good with anyone. Montana? Who knows? He was complete stud, as we all know, but confidence is built up over time with great coaching. What if Montana had gone to the Falcons? His talents probably still would have shined through, but you just never know. Rice’s work ethic would have created a HOFer pretty much anywhere, but what if the team was so dysfunctional that it created resentment in the players and Rice didn’t want to work hard for the organization. My point is that even talented guys like the HOFer above needed the opportunity that a good coaching staff can create. Bad coaching staffs don’t create opportunities… they create obstacles.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers are 10-point home underdogs for the first time since Oct. 15, 2006.”

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s truly amazing that York & Baalke have managed in just one offseason to erase ten years of progress. Epic incompetence.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t wait for the deafening crescendo of Harbaugh/Gase/Fangio versus Guido/Chryst. Started with Kawakami.

    Pointed attacks on boy Jed, TB, and geek Marathe. YBM, mocking the FO. The justified hating on YBM on a simmering boil.

    The schedule is our friend. Exposed Kap for what he is. YBM nurtured and protected dummy.

    The sports media is our friend. Blast away.

  21. winderNo Gravatar says:

    yeah skeebs the short amount of time and the level of incompetence is astounding. When a new building falls down who do you blame, the owner, the architect, or the builder? Without a doubt in this case it’s all the above. Someone has to go if for no other reason than to make it seem like you care. Jed is in a corner.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Look what Adam Gase has done rebooting Cutler with limited talent O. Is he HC material.

    What happened? Kawakami is just starting. Love YBM, it uses the Silicon valley ethos to body slam the FO.

    Next week will be just a taste of SB 50 week. The detonation of YBM.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers have allowed 500+ yards in 2 of their last 6 games. They allowed 500+ yards in two games from 2008 to 2014.”

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Without a pass rush, the no-name D of the Chicago Bears has limited 5 QB’s such as Carson Palmer, Derek Carr to under 200 yards passing. Nick Foles an even 200 and Aaron Rodgers to 202 on Thansgiving.

    So YBM needs to be asked why Fangio and Donatell were let go. What it would have taken to keep them here.

    Bears secondary is the top unit on that team. Ray MacDonald and Jeremiah Ratliff let go for off-field reasons. Lamar Houston moved to OLB. Ego Ferguson is on a suspension now. Jared Allen traded to Carolina.

    Unbelievable those two coaches were allowed to leave.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What did we get in return for delivering Fangio, Donatell, and Gase to the Bears.

    Bears fans are euphoric right now with an outside chance for the playoffs. In return for our generosity? An ass-kicking in 8 days.

    YBM has a lot of splaining to do.

  26. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Niners 30 Cards 27 (OT)

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rt- love the spirit but I’m pretty sure the Cards are a team that would love to kick us while we’re down.
    34-9 AZ

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta go AZ as well Winder.
    With the hope that Gabbert can deliver in the Red Zone.

    34-23 Cards

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We just don’t have the horses any more. 31-20, Cards.

  30. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Two. hundred. forty. seven to six. Cardinals. And that 49er 6 points is going to come from an 80 yard touchdown strike from Palmer to Fitzgerald and just before Fitz crosses the goal line he drops the ball alla Deshaun Jackson and one of the pathetic 49er DBs sees it and picks the ball up and runs it back the other. Normally, he’d be tackled and the 49ers would go 3 and out, punting the ball back to Palmer for him to throw another 80 yard touchdown to Fitz but in this case all the remaining Cardinal offensive players have walked off the field not even bothering to celebrate because in the immortal words of Glenn Campbell in the movie True Grit, “You’ve done nothing when you’ve bested a fool.” So the 49er DB runs the ball back the other way for an uncontested TD and the odds makers in Vegas who put the spread at Cardinals -242 are now pissed because the Cards didn’t cover.

  31. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are 31st in overall Offense. Down from 30th last week. That’s 31st passing, 23rd rushing.

    Cards are 3rd overall in Offense. Same as last week. 2nd in passing and 21st rushing.

    Niners are also 31st overall in Defense. Again down from 30th last week. 31st against the pass and 30th against the run.

    Cardinals are 4th in overall Defense. Up from 6th last week. That’s 4th against the pass and 7th against the rush.

    Sum= 3rd OFF vs 31st DEF; 31st OFF vs 4th DEF

    Thanks Jed York and Trent Baalke! This winning with class thing stinks!

    You were right about not raising any division or conference banners. Hell, thanks to you idiots we can’t even hold our heads up anymore, much less championship trophies.

    Picking scores is like wondering how bad the damage will be to the blocking force of the old, sick and feeble when the Spartans rolled through.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I liked what I saw today from MI State Center Jack Allen.
    He’s likely to be somewhere in RD4-5 at this point.

    Also saw OT Germain Ifedi from TAMU as well.
    Ifedi is likely a late RD1 early RD2 Pick so, I’d guess we’d miss out if interested.
    Appears as though he’s versatile at either OT spot and inside at OG.

    If we land top 10, I’d be looking at OT/DT or Jaylon Smith as it stands right now.
    Not sold on any QBs that early.

    We need to get the trenches younger IMO.

    OT/DT/OLB depending on who’s there.

    Like the DT from Baylor, Billings if we have a shot.
    Still looking for my Fat Man in the Middle 😀

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OH State OG Pat Elfein kicked some A$$ today as well.
    He’s slotted RD3-4 right now.

  34. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ok prognostications,late edition:

    Bakkentom: 45-31 ARI. SEA got 60% of pass yards after the catch. 60% of run yards after first contact. Is the D starting to give up. On players or coaches? ARI wins 45-31.

    Phil: 24-17 ARI. Back to reality after a pleasant delusional call for Niner win in SEA. Jeez what happened to da D? Coaching too soft prolly. Gee how did that happen?

    rtfirefly: Niners 30 Cards 27 (OT)

    winder: 34-9 AZ. rt- love the spirit but I’m pretty sure the Cards are a team that would love to kick us while we’re down. 34-9 AZ

    NJ49er: 34-23 Cards. Gotta go AZ as well Winder. With the hope that Gabbert can deliver in the Red Zone. 34-23 Cards

    Grumpy Guy: 31-20, Cards. We just don’t have the horses any more. 31-20, Cards.

    One brave soul, RT, thinks we’ll squeak out a win. Spit thinks AZ will squeak out a win by a couple hundred. Everyone agrees we got trouble, trouble right here in River City

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Jared Goff led Cal from 17 down and marched the team the length of the field for a game winning last second FG. 5 TDs 0 INTs and
    542 yds.
    Goff scrambles and moves around the pocket like Russell Wilson and finds open receivers because he keeps his eyes downfield.

    Then again Paxton Lynch threw 7 TD passes in the first half against SMU.

    I think Niners have to draft a QB if that QB is not considered a reach.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If they want to spend some money the Niners can make a run at Von Miller who’ll be a UFA. They can afford paying him given that Aldon and Brooks are gone and that combined salary was around $15 mil a year. With Lynch and Miller they’ll have a formidable pass rush.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I watched the Cal comeback on Ariz St and Goff kept scrambling when protection broke down but was always looking for receivers downfield. He is a very accurate QB who throws receivers open and hits them in stride. He has touch and throws a catchable ball. Let’s see how he does at the Combine and where Niners are drafting.

  38. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Is their motto “Winning with Class,” or “Losing While Showing Your Ass?”

  39. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If you don’t have a franchise QB, and you have a chance at a franchise QB, you take the kid. No-brainer. However, you’d better ALSO get yourself an offensive line so that when he plays he isn’t killed the first year. Our O-line stinks. Staley is playing well, but he is the only one doing so, and his age is becoming a concern. Boone is not the player he was, and thinks he is better than he is. Marcus is garbage. Kilgore can’t stay healthy. Who knows what we have long term in Tiller? The FAs we brought in are utter shit. The kids we have drafted must be even worse shit if they cannot break into this lineup.

    An organization needs three things at a minimum to have success: A coaching staff that can teach and bring out the talent; a GM that has an eye for that talent and understands how college / past performance might translate to performance in the NFL in the offensive and defensive system we are running, and an owner who keeps his mouth shut, does not cause controversy and writes the checks.

    We have NONE of that right now.

    This is why I fear things actually are going to get even worse before anything gets better.

  40. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers would be better off next year just using all their picks on offensive and defensive linemen. Nothing else. Forget a franchise qb. That’s a wasted pick with this merry bunch of morons. Even if the 49ers used all their picks on the O and D lines, they’d still F it up and the coaches would put a clear defensive nose tackle at left offensive guard, etc. But my thought is that at least you have some talented players there to allow to grow (literally get bigger, not growth in technique or football knowledge) and then if York accidentally backs into a good football coach in five years, maybe the lines will be worth a shit. But drafting a qb now is a mistake because even if they draft young offensive linemen in 2016, those guys won’t be good until 2018.

    If I owned the team I’d draft all O and D linemen and hope my team was still losing in 2017, then I’d find my franchise qb in 2018. That’s why I’d keep Jim Tomsula around for two more years – Guaranteed higher draft picks. Ron Jeremy knows what’s important. He’s all about the money shot.

  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think Jed will throw Tomsula under the bus in January. Unfortunately, I don’t see him cutting Baalke loose as well, which means the same flawed personnel evaluation going forward that has led to where we are today. I do not see Jed as being strong enough in character to admit the past two seasons were a total complete mistake and to start over again, giving someone new the chance to rebuild the roster. Jed is a weak guy who is too prone to surrounding himself with cronies and yes men and rats. Things will have to get much worse – like serious booing and chanting at the games, insulting signage, etc., before he will swallow his pride. Right now these things are happening at a low enough level that security just deals with it. If it gets to a point where the family is being humiliated on national TV, Mommy Denise will call him on the carper and we’ll see change. I don’t expect things to get to that point until next year. I see 2016 right now as a God-Awful year for this franchise. As in Sack of Rome awful.

  42. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And when we cut Ron Jeremy loose, don’t expect to replace him with someone better. After the Harbaugh debacle and the Gase thing this last Spring, NO ONE with other options in life is going to want to come work for the Yorkies. Forget that nonsense about Sean Payton. We’ll get someone promoted from within, Mangini most likely, or someone who has no other options. I bet Jimmy Hat Raye is available…

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The solution to the Oline might be hiring the coach out there who can do the most with late round talent and develop them into outstanding blockers. I know Bobb McKittrick is in Pigskin Heaven but if they identify a coach who has similar teaching skills then that coach should be paid like a coordinator.

    When Baalke used two #1 picks on Olinemen by picking Iupati and A Davis he screwed the Niners from a salary cap point of view.
    When it comes to contracts you cannot spend big dollars on 2 guys whose contracts are up. Baalke talked to both and Davis bit first and took the deal. Teams cannot sustain having too many high draft picks on a line. If that’s the case somebody is going to think he’s getting the shaft and go elsewhere.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A banner flying around Levi’s Stadium reads: “Jed and the 49ers should mutually part ways.”

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Spend big for Wilkerson and Von Miller. Draft high picks all O. QB, WR1, OL.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:
    RB Carlos Hyde
    OLB Ahmad Breooks
    LB Ray-Ray Armstrong
    OL Silberman & Thomas
    WR DeAndrew White
    CB Chris Davis

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy

    Articles like this from East Coast papers might catch Denise York’s attention.

    http://nypost.com/2015/11/28/how-49ers-went-from-consistent-power-to-complete-mess/

    Kawakami said this once

    “Or else the 49ers will be headed in the wrong direction, which was not the plan for Jed York at all.
    For instance: There have been whispers for years that York has been considering using the Levi’s experience as a springboard into California politics.
    It’s no secret that state power-broker Michael Rossi — a 49ers “senior adviser” — is among York’s innermost circle.

    But Jed York can’t credibly step into the political realm if the 49ers are a local and national embarrassment, which circles back to Levi’s Stadium.
    ===
    Jed’s gonna reap what he’s sowed. Solution is to fix it now.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the Iupati/AD Picks have been attributed to Scot/Singletary at that time.
    Had read that Sing lobbied hard for both.
    Nothing wrong with the big horses up front in my book.
    What hurt the most, beyond the Harbaugh meltdown, was the timing of ADs hiatus.
    Pears was a knee-jerk reaction to that development IMO.
    I believe Pears was seen as the move to replace JMart as the swing OT?

    Either way, we need to decide whether we’re going to turn back to a Power Run team, or whether the ZBS is going to continue.
    Most of the OL right now is caught in that flux IMO.
    If we assume Boone moves on, we should be in the market for an OT somewhere in the first 3 RDs.
    If Goff is the answer, then do it.
    If not, I’m all for the trenches, or simply, the BPA wherever we land in the slotting.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I really want to see Brandon Thomas on the field.
    Is he still hurt or does he really suck that bad?
    Put him into a game and see how he does.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s one of those guys I’ve assumed was better suited for the power run approach to replace Iupati?
    Agree about seeing what we have, which would include some action for TBrown at RT for me.

    Let’s see how they rearrange the deck chairs once Kilgore returns.
    If they bounce Martin to the sideline in favor of Tiller, I’d like to see TBrown in that group.

    Nothing to lose at this point.
    Mix-n-match, see what we have.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Baalke signed Pears I went to the Bills blog and they were ecstatic to get rid of him. Did some more digging and PFF has him rated as one of the worst.
    Then you read Tomsula saw him play in NFL Europe and liked him.
    That’s why Tomsula has to go. He’s just not NFL Head Coach material.

    I watch this guy on the sideline and he looks misplaced.
    He always looks bewildered. He’s stealing Singletary’s line about looking at the film before he can comment because apparently he doesn’t see what’s going on.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well?
    Are we surprised about Tomsula?
    He was Jed’s pet apparently.
    I’m beyond finding any sort of reason regarding his promotion other than the NFLE connections and Dr Daddy.

    For Trent to be chasing Gase early on, hours and hours of reported negotiations at that time and, Jed sinks his efforts with Tomsula for DC?
    This is part and parcel as to why Fangio and others sought other options.

    I’m now wondering just how much Paraag is manipulating the processes?
    Total Dysfunction Junction.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There were always hints of the DeBartolo Mob influences back in the day.
    Could there be some sort of DEEP ‘family’ connections, (wink wink/nod nod), that simply can’t be undone?
    If you know what I mean?

    Like Jimmy T knows people, who know people in the European travel business, that send people on permanent vacations? 😀

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sparse crowd in the stands at Levis

  55. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. 40 yr old noodle armed Matt Hasselbeck notches another win. With skill players Gore/Hilton/Moncrief he whipped Lovie’s alpha male rapist with Doug Martin/Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson.

    SD won but TENN lost in the draft derby.

  56. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Two turnovers already. Inferior teams cannot afford mistakes and hope to beat a good team.

  57. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tenn was robbed. A Yeti-like 4th down defensive holding call at the end let the Raiders keep the ball, and they went on to score the game winning TD. Carr should’ve been the goat for a 4th qtr fumbled snap that Mariota capitalized on for what “should have been” the game winning TD.

    The Dan Snyder Washington Redskins now lead the NFC Least on tiebreaks. When was the last time they were #1 this late in the season? I don’t remember, either.

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A little sarcasm from Cohn, Jr.: “Blaine Gabbert throws a gutsy four-yard pass to Shaun Draughn on third-and-14.”

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Second best thing about the game is what the cheerleaders are wearing. Tight fitting leather like catsuits.
    All they need are whips.

  60. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    VMac with 2nd career TD from BG after the swing pass to B Bell for the long pass.

  61. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert’s strength so far seems to be in the short game, getting the ball out quickly and accurately and giving his receivers a chance to make yards after the catch. His weakness seems to be going deep. Bad things seem to happen a lot when he tries to go downfield. My worry is that this is the same temporary improvement we saw with guys like Shaun Hill. Once DCs start loading the box and playing tighter more aggressive coverage, it may evaporate.

  62. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The defense has actually done a good job today. On paper, this looked to be every bit the bloodbath we feared. Holding the Cards to 13 through most of three quarters after the wheels coming off last week is actually pretty good.

  63. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Another longish pass to Blake B, then Torrey Smith hauls one in deep.

    We’re hot, hot I tell you

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert is actually out-playing Palmer. So far.

  65. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know who these guys in black and red are. Offense and defense. They came to play today and they look good. Lots of cash lost on the betting line, too.

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think AZ thought this would be an easy win.

  67. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    D is playing well, at home we’re a lot tougher as someone pointed out while back.

    BTW why is A Brooks not playing?

  68. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Concussion.

  69. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Are we seeing the rust coming off Gabbert? He’s looking more confident/effective. Tied 13-13 in 4th. D keeping us in it

  70. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    12 penalties on Niners. Ouch

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Stupid mistakes. Dumb sideline penalty gave Palmer one more chance and he made the 49ers pay for it.

  72. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Three time outs and the two minute warning. Plenty fo time, but you have to play for the TD not the FG. Biggest challenge yet for Gabbert.

  73. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Moving the ball well. Now we have to avoid mistakes, not leave *too much* time on the clock, and make the TD play.

  74. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well damn it. Close but no cigar.

    Not real pleased with the second down call, going long on 2nd and ten sets you up for 3rd and ten and turns the pass rush loose.

  75. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I love it. Another moral victory for Tomsula. And the Blaine Gabbert fans have more to confirm their belief that he’s the man. Nothing better for a 49er hater.

  76. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Temporarily now #4 (Cleveland, Tennessee, San Diego) pending the Clash of the Titans tomorrow night. Should the Ravens beat the Browns, we’d stay there else back to #5.

  77. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RT ‘almost’ got his cliff hanger win but sack on BG put an end to the heroics. I called AZ by 7 so looks like bling hog gets his acorn finally

  78. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I thought you win a Jed-autographed pineapple and a Nerf football.

  79. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Coconut, my bad – lol.

  80. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Pineapple does sound good too. Sick of coconuts. Around here street vendor sometimes comes by w/ pineapples on a cart. This in addition to other carts with fruits and veggies every day.

    I’ll pass on the nerf ball tho

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Fisher with a Denny Green-like media session today.

    ‘Kiss My A$$’

    Nice 😀

  82. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    There was a banner that flew behind a plane over Levi Stadium today – circling multiple times – that read, “Jed York and the 49ers should mutually part ways.” Gotta love it. We need more of that in SF. I will not be a fan again until Jed York is gone.

  83. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are now 0-5 versus NFC West. Can the Rams complete the shutout?

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit there’s plenty of F-U in FUN, when it comes to protesting Ownership.
    More power to anyone challenging York authority.

    Let’s hope so Skeebs.
    No sense screwing up a good Draft slot now.

  85. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Mood in 49ers locker room: players saying there’s no moral victories, but they were clearly happy w/ playing better/not getting blown out.”

    Ladies & gentlemen, your 2015 49ers.

  86. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks mighty cold in Denver. Bet that naked-guy-in-a-barrel is glad he’s dead and doesn’t have to tough this one out.

  87. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    A sure sign of a lousy team is being happy that they played well in the loss. You never see a winning team being happy that they lost but played well.

    Having said that, it looked a little strange today seeing the 49ers playing like a real pro football team against a top opponent.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Better yet, seeing the youngsters hanging tough.
    Plenty of mistakes, even more BS calls, to extend AZ chances as well.

    Get the OL restocked, Carlos healthy, and improve the deep throws and this thing could actually get off the ground.

    Is it me or, does Lemonier look bigger?

    Talk about Officials controlling the Vegas line?
    This is beyond contemptible.
    Seems like Blind-ino in NY got the call wrong too on the illegal touch in the end zone.
    Being suggested that it should have been treated as an incomplete pass. Not a 5yd do-over.

    Crock-O-Sh!t

  89. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s no point in fixing the o/u or the spread for Vegas. Winners equal losers, in theory. The profit comes from skimming a percentage off the top either way. Now, if we’re talking individual bets, that’s a horse of a different color.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Boone has his opinion on the Officials today too –

    “I thought those refs sucked”

    http://tinyurl.com/h9c5qxx

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s gonna be a few bills lighter in the wallet later this week but, good for him.
    He called Roger out by name too 😀

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Washington Post article

    http://tinyurl.com/jepn2vj

  93. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I couldn’t disagree more, NJ49er. Not saying there weren’t some iffy calls but so what? That’s part of this man’s game, too. If you can’t take the heat, take a seat.

    Boone’s the biggest cry baby bitch playing this man’s game today. I’m sorry he’s on my team. He gives fuel to the “forty whiners” tag with his crying.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All good NoFear49er, I just think these guys enjoy tossing laundry way too much at times.

    Not making excuses for sloppy play but, there were a few calls today that simply should’ve just been ignored.
    Tim Ryan made an observation, on the LFitz PI call in the end zone, suggesting he, (Fitz) baited the Official into the call by running into Reid who had position.

    Bowman had a reasonable approach to it, simply suggesting that you can’t let them zap your intensity. Play through it.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Like it, or hate it, Boone speaks his mind.
    I’d rather see that sort of passion, than a guy collecting a paycheck and, going home.
    At least I can assume it matters to him.

  96. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe he should lead a protest march and refuse to play anymore. Smash windows, steal some TVs light up some police cars.

    Everybody gets bad calls. Boone chooses to cry and blame the refs for sub standard play. F him.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a Wild Child NoFear49er.
    I’ll give you that 😀

  98. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You ever hear the winners say they should have lost the game but for the bad calls they got?

    I’ve heard Boone complain about just about everything but his lousy playing.

    How about overcoming the obstacles put in your path and win the effin’ game instead of blaming circumstances for all your failures.

  99. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Kubiak is soooo stupid. First and goal at the 8 and he calls a qb run with a 6′ 8″ qb. Then he throws the ball two more times. The last one results in a touchdown to take the lead but running the ball was the call to take all the time off the clock. And the Broncos will probably win because Gronk is out, but still…. Kubiak is a stupid coach.

    I’ve seen a lot of stupid coaching the last two weeks – Fox lost the game last week for Chicago with bad calls. Jeff Fisher should be fired. Mike McCoy is done.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    When you’re right, you’re right.
    It goes to the frustration factor to a great extent I’d say.
    Just glad that he’s bothered by it. (in a way)

    Like Bowman suggested, it doesn’t change anything.
    Wasted energy.
    Man up, control what you can control.

    He’s just an excitable boy blowing off steam.
    Problem is, it’s gonna cost him some coin in the end.

  101. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hate it when those “stupid coaches” beat the unbeaten league leaders, too.

  102. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I told you they’d probably win, but it was a dumb series for Kubiak. He’s not a championship caliber coach. Championship caliber coaches know better. I love Elway as a GM but Kubiak was a bad move. However, Kubiak and Fox both suck so Kubiak might be an upgrade over Fox.

    Osweiler might just have put Manning on the bench for the rest of the year. Osweiler looked great.

  103. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    This was the last game I thought the Pats had a chance of losing, so I’m ecstatic for that. The Panthers, OTOH, have a whole lotta nuthin’ left on their schedule. Maybe Winston can pull off the miracle road upset in Game 16, otherwise the only way the Panthers lose is if they beat themselves.

  104. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the Pats are probably blaming the refs. NOT!

    The Broncos might have beaten them worse, and in regulation, if Thomas could have caught some of those dozen balls thrown at him.

  105. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The Bucs are playin’ some good football right now. They’re fun to watch. They’ll give the Panthers a run for their money. Washington is also playing good football. Washington hung with the Panthers for a while, and the momentum game was in their favor until the refs took over. That Washington team is better than people think. Too bad they just lost Culliver. McCoughlan and Gruden have that team playing well.

    Bucs and Redskins are my two favorite teams to watch right now. Winston can sling it. Nice job, Lovie Smith.

  106. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Tom Brady might not be blaming the refs post game, but he was sure complaining to the refs during the game. And I agree, Thomas couldn’t catch a cold. It almost looked like he owed a bookie money.

  107. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Scotty will have that team deep in quality, if Dano can keep his hands off of it. A few years back, Yahoo had one of those “10 most/least/best/worst” BS links that are all ads, but this one was the 10 worst FA pickups of all time. Snyder accounted for 7 of them, and I remember thinking while going over the list that they were all excellent all-time selections.

  108. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The thing about McCloughan is that his mentality regarding building a team really matches up with John Gruden’s philosophy of playing football. John… not Jay. So I can see John putting a bug in Jay’s ear that he’s really got a good thing going with McCloughan thus creating a lot of coaching momentum with Jay Gruden – potentially making Jay a star if (like you just wrote) Daniel Snyder can completely stay out of everything Redskins’ football, which is, as we all know, a big if.

  109. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Google the hunting ground, also http://thehuntinggroundfilm.com and get a little insight on campus rape. Seems Lovie and the Bucs FO had to weigh the wisdom of making a rapist the #1 draft pick, and it’s ultimate reflection on them.

    I read the police report and will try to find and post it here

  110. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how Goodell can weigh and dish out all these suspensions and fines for pot etc. This case stinks. All of it needs to come out, and into the sunshine.

    She can be sued for libel at any time.

  111. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Majority of journalists are female. Exposure of this will explode.

    Changes will be coming. NFL coddling of criminals will come back to bite em in the ass.

    NFL lawyers have a lot of money at their disposal. This can get into political campaigns. Ironic tho, “a war on women” is actually coming from a Democrat voting bloc.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit there is a PK that could be coming out this year, Roberto Aguayo from FSU, carrying a RD2 Draft grade.

    “Aguayo has a career 92.3-percent field goal percentage (48-for-52), which is a school record, and has made all 149 of his extra point tries, giving him 293 total points entering the 2015 season.”

  113. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    No way I would draft a K in the first 6 rounds. At 40 years old Dawson is still one of the best and I’d re-sign him.
    Andy Lee was traded and it was characterized as a salary dump.
    So what has Baalke done with the $13 mil in extra cap room?
    Absolutely nothing.
    In fact Baalke has blown over $10 mil on free agents that haven’t panned out. Dockett, Simpson, Bush and Shareece Wright
    all epic failures. You could include Pears but he is playing at a low level at least.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    In other words there are many holes to fill and kicker isn’t one of them. Worst case scenario is you can find a reliable kicker in free agency.
    Only if a kicker comes along that consistently drills 75 yd FGs
    would I think about drafting one in first 3 rounds.

  115. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    “I think it’s terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after winning seven tour de France races while on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn’t even find my bike.” – Willie Nelson.

  116. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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