Fox Hunt

The 49ers travel to Chicago this weekend to resume their quest for a perfect 0-8 road record for 2015. They’re at 0-5 now, so the tension for perfection is building with each failed effort to succeed. Or is it each successful effort to fail?

At any rate, it should be a fun game. Former 49er coaches Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell have transformed the Bears defense and turned last year’s 30th ranked outfit into a 16th ranked and rising group. Their replacements on the Niners have turned a top five defense into a 30th ranked one. Wondering if any comment is needed here. Hmmmm.

Adding to the suspense of this tension packed game, a 49er loss will guarantee the first losing season since … gosh, let me look this up … since the PRE-HARBAUGH era! This Jed York fellow sure knows how to go retro. But maybe his wife should tell him that retro works great in the fashion industry, but not so well in the football industry.

Actually, I can’t get this picture out of my head of Jedly wobbling along on a horse in his riding britches at the back of the pack on an English fox hunt, fitting right in with the inbred royals, where all sorts of round headed morons cheerfully waste their lives tally-hoing about one idiotic thing after another. Gruesome image.

Fangio’s Bears players are raving about their new DC, and rightfully so. A former player under Fangio says it isn’t Fangio’s schemes that make him so good, it’s his awesome ability to anticipate what an opponent will do in any given formation they might line up in. He’ll have three of Blaine Gabbert‘s games on tape to work with this week, which should be enough to make life difficult for our new QB come Sunday.

Bears OC Adam Gase has resurrected Jay Cutler‘s career and image this season, which should qualify him for consideration for a Nobel Prize in WTF Accomplishments. Or at least a cameo in the next incarnation of Mission Impossibe.

As we all know, both Fangio and Gase could have been running the 49ers this year instead of making John Fox look good, except for the round headed moron’s interference. A rather bald example of ineptitude that we’ve come to expect from the kid who can’t tell the front end of a horse from the back end. It’s all tallyho to him!




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody here saw this one coming. The first move has been made and it’s Parag getting reassigned. The Yorks are feeling the Niner Faithful’s displeasure and wrath with the banners and half empty Levis.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/12/04/reports-49ers-demoting-team-president-paraag-marathe/

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    KTVU has just identified Parag Marathe as the alleged source of the leaks. Jed is throwing Parag under the bus. Looking for a complete housecleaning. Too much to ask?

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Schefter: “This was Marathe’s decision; gives him a chance to do more things and be equity partner in York family ventures.”

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    Not buying that this was Marathe’s decision. According to this article he’s going to concentrate on the York’s minor league soccer club in Sacramento? Al Guido is the new President of the Niners.
    bakkentom might want to stop referring to Tomsula as Guido as it’ll get confusing.

    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article47927730.html

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kawakami said this on Twiiter

    “My sources indicated tonight that Marathe’s deposing is indeed a firing, though the 49ers won’t announce it that way.”
    ====

    “Team CEO Jed York, in a text message to this newspaper earlier Thursday night, said Marathe was “still the president” and “going to be part of the team and businesses that my family runs for a long time.”

    Vague statement by Jed.

    Would serve the Niners well to bring in a football guy over Baalke to keep Trent in line and hold him accountable and fire him for his failures.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Beware of Yorks selling baloney sandwiches.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Preposterous to believe Marthe leaked anything without Jed’s approval.

  8. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Who cares? Marathe was never apart of any football decisions (except for whether or not Nolan challenged field goals), so his comings or goings aren’t relevant to football issues. It’s not even a scapegoat scenario so why bother?

    Fangio was the clear choice to replace Harbaugh but York is dumber than a box of turnips sitting on the tailgate for months in extreme temperatures while hungry, timid little birds fly down when nobody’s around and peck holes in the soft, chewy turnip goodness. As far as IQ goes, those turnips are actually one of the dumber species known to mad, and York is dummer. Do you believe turnips sitting on the back of a tail gate in extreme heat for months could see the geneous in hiring Fangio as the head coach? No way.

    And I’ll tell you one more thing: Vic Fangio is soon to be one of the new big names for a head coaching job in the NFL. And when he gets one, I’m gonna be a fan of that team. So many offshoots. The Redskins and Scot McCloughan are fun. The Bears and Fangio are fun. The Bills and Roman are fun. The 49ers? Not so much…

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner Nation talking about all the spin

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/12/4/9848922/paraag-marathe-49ers-spin-control-is-underway
    ====

    Curious that this comes out at this time on a Thursday Night.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of Marathe’s many titles was “Director of Football Operations”.

    He might have served as Consigliore to Jed York similar to Eddie D and Carmen Policy.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ratto affirms what I said previously that Jed York listened to Marathe in making decisions.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/santa-clara-get-out-wheel-lands-marathe-why

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Time for Niners to add WR Smelter to the roster and see what they have and say goodbye to Jerome Simpson. At 30 Simpson has had no impact on the offense except negative. Give the rookies a chance and let them get some game time experience.
    Same goes for Brown at RT.

    The season is lost so prepare the team for 2016. Working against this is Tomsula trying to save his job by getting 2-3 more meaningless wins. 5-11 or 6-10 isn’t going to cut it.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “And I’ll tell you one more thing: Vic Fangio is soon to be one of the new big names for a head coaching job in the NFL. And when he gets one, I’m gonna be a fan of that team. So many offshoots.”

    That about sums up what a front running bandwagon fan is.

    Have fun with your new team.

  14. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bullit – When you get yourself a life, let us all know. We’ll celebrate.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the Spirit of Christmas…
    Peace on Earth good will towards trolls.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed’s email to the Niner office staff.
    He claims he wanted this transition to happen after the Super Bowl.

    Scuttlebutt per Tomsula’s presser today was Jimmy T and Parrag went at it on Wed and Tomsula left the facility early. Tomsula denied this at his presser.

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers/2015/12/04/22418/

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The banner that flew over Levis really got under Jed’s skin.
    Here’s Levis security trying to stop the plane

    http://ninerfans.com/sakamoto-49ers-tried-to-stop-anti-york-airplane-banner-from-flying-over-levis-stadium/

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Tomsula Presser from today.
    Around the 1:05 mark Jimmy T will tell you he doesn’t have a clue. (taking it out of context when asked about Marathe)

    http://www.49ers.com/video/videos/Jim-Tomsula-Updates-Health-of-Kilgore-Hyde/be99f273-0339-4ee1-a164-86265c27462e

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Watch for Alshon Jeffrey against Jimmy Ward. Also Matt Forte, Jeremy Langford, and Kadeem Carey are different runners. Will our D be coached to recognize that. Cutler is always dangerous.

    31-20 Bears.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    This team is one huge drama fest. Laughing stock of the league, right here. smdh.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Marathe going to develop a minor league soccer team and building a 20,000 seat soccer stadium in Sacramento isn’t a demotion?

    More on the demotion and the breaklup of the BIG THREE

    http://tinyurl.com/he6ufd6

  22. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not surprised being the one who brought the Marathe story here from BASG Steve Berman. The finger was pointed at him several weeks ago as possibly the rat in the building. The talent evaluator extraordinaire, the computer whiz, yack yack. Good to exterminate the rat but what about the meddling owner,the GM, the coaches, the players?

    Yeah yeah I know one (middle index) finger at a time.

    It’s war at 4949 Centennial…and soon everywhere. Ignore Nostradamus at your peril. Oh and the Niners will get kicked in the teeth by the Fangio/Gase Bears because this franchise deserves it.

  23. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I’d much rather go build a soccer team than work with Jed York. That’s a raise. That’s a huge raise. That’s winning the f’n mega lotto.

    Chuck’s blog has once again lost more credibility with all things 49ers because now Chuck is bashing York. Before, during the York and Harbaugh fight, Chuck’s blog lined-up on the wrong side of history (again) and Chuck bashed Harbaugh for his offense and losing the locker room, etc. etc. And the now defunct NaziBerger, formerly known as RenoBerger, was so far up York’s keester he was camping out in York’s lower intestine. Both Berger and Chuck were firmly in the York camp. But now that history is showing Harbaugh to be one of the single greatest things to ever happen to York, along with York now being demonized (and rightly so), Chuck now is bending with the breeze, hoping to save a little face while bashing York, and Berger is no where to be found. It’s kind of like NJ backtracking on his Baalke love. The fish you swim with defines the species. I’m a shark, and they’re a bunch of sucker fish.

  24. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s hilarious that folks think Jed found the rat and punished him for it.

    Smoke and mirrors. Shuffle around like you’re making an effort to appease the disgruntled fans and ‘hope springs eternal’ as ever.

    Didn’t anyone notice how quickly the Yorkies jumped to refute the rumor mill on Marathe’s move instead of the usual dumb silence? Managed messaging, that leak business. Jed will make a better POS politician than he makes a POS CEO of a pro football team.

    The wrong clown-prince got dethroned. Denise is a crafty one, but didn’t do a thing to win a single game more or change the inmates running the asylum culture in Santa Clara.

    More Flying Banners, for the press to publicize!

  25. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Paraag had his finger in an awful lot of Niner pies. If you want to get thoroughly depressed, start with this:
    http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/niners/183738-there-report-paraag-marathe-leaker/page27/

    It’s page 27 of comments on an article on the “reassignment”. midrdan begins there and continues through other pages giving a thorough history of Paraag’s jobs and actual “accomplishments” through the ages, using published main stream media reports and such.

    These comments by midrdan are a real eye opener, especially if you somehow, some way have any respect for the Yorks in the football arena.

    From having the power to override Bill Walsh and John McVay on the draft, using his analytics, to dictating game plans and even individual plays using said analytics, it’s a true football-knowledgeable fan’s nightmare.

    It’s depressing to think that Jed sided with his BFF Moneyball idiot over Harbaugh (once Paraag succeeded Gideon Yu as team prez), but then backed Tomsula. It’s depressing to note that Paraag is still the salary cap guy and chief contract negotiator, which he’s proven he does well, but which still allows him enormous clout within the building.

    I hope it shakes out as a true demotion that shows a glimmer of sense on Jed’s part. Reading through midrdan’s comments though will cause ye to abandon all hope.

  26. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Page 27 on forward in time, BTW, to page 28,29…

    Just in case you’re interested because there are thousands of other speculative comments.

    midrdan’s are pretty much narratives based on published history.

  27. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, yeah, amongst other Paraag successes: the Niners had a chance to pry Mike Holmgren from his Seahawk contract after 2004 and two straight playoff failures. Instead Paraag’s analytics chose Mike Nolan. Holmgren stayed with Seattle and took them to the Super Bowl. Nolan was, well, Nolan.

    Yet Paraag kept getting promoted and given more real power. It helps to be the boss’s BFF I guess.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Paraag’s face is still in one piece, so I’m guessing he never tried to tell Harbaugh what plays to run.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit you’re nothing if not bipolar.
    Where have I backtracked on Baalke?
    I might be the ONLY guy around these parts, that feels his work is better than average.
    You’ll continue to trumpet the AJJ whiff, and others that have yet to get a Pro Bowl bid, while ignoring many of the other starters/FAs acquired on his watch.

    No GM in this League bats much above .500

    Funny how we have TE’s like Celek and VMcD, catching TDs after Kaep was replaced huh?

    My concerns have had more to do with the potential meddling, in and around, the GM duties.
    In light of recent admissions, Paraag appears to have had plenty of guilt associated to his involvement, in that arena.

    The bigger problem IMO is Ownership, not the GM.
    Baalke is the only guy in the FO with any NFL experience to speak of.
    How successful can he be, if the Whiz Kids are interfering in his assigned job capacity?

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Tomsula trumped the HC field due to his involvement/agreement in the analytics environment?
    Appears from the timeline, Marathe goes back to Dohahue.
    Yeh, Terry Donahue, Mr Absentee GM himself, sought a ‘new book’ on how to Draft.
    Enter the Whiz Kids.

    Donahue apparently sought an easy ‘out’ from the GM duties he was woefully unqualified to handle in the first place.

    By systematically replacing the ‘old school’ network of Coaches and systems associated with each, we appear to have arrived at Billy Beane-like practices at the NFL level.

    Let’s not forget, Baalke was instrumental in securing Harbaugh’s services too.
    In hindsight, it now appears that Marathe had issues with Jim, and Kaep.
    Fuel enough, for something to ignite in that combustion chamber, known as the FO?

    Once the football guys are displaced by Whiz Kids, all those York Analytical Models produce what we’ve gotten.
    Great numbers guys, with no one left to teach the game of football at the NFL level.

    What’s next?
    An EA Sports Game Designer/Programmer on the sideline?

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Phil, if you’re still keeping track of this Lost Season?
    I’m expecting another road loss.
    24-20 Bears

  32. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    31-27 Niners – Gabbert goes on a rampage.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Through 11 games the defense has managed only 8 turnovers.
    The previous 4 seasons total turnovers forced by the defense have been 29, 31,31 and 44.
    Unable to force the turnovers this defense has been anemic for the most part.
    Fangio was able to do this with a base defenses and little blitzing and produced a defense consistently in the top five.

    This year’s version under Mangini ranks 29th currently because the lack of big play turnovers. I wouldn’t classify the defense as the strength of the team which it used to be.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Current draft order positions as of today before kickoff

    1. Tennessee Titans: 2-9 (.511)
    2. Cleveland Browns: 2-9 (.517)
    3. Dallas Cowboys: 3-8 (.525)
    4. San Diego Chargers: 3-8 (.528)
    5. San Francisco 49ers: 3-8 (.534)
    6. Detroit Lions: 4-8 (.534)
    7. Miami Dolphins: 4-7 (.477)
    8. Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-7 (.489)
    9. Baltimore Ravens: 4-7 (.494)
    10. Philadelphia Eagles: 4-7 (.508)
    11. St. Louis Rams: 4-7 (.517)
    12. New Orleans Saints: 4-7 (.520)

  35. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Vic Fangio is going to shutout the 49ers. 0 points. Remember Norv Turner spiking the football in the 49ers’ locker room after beating the Raiders? It means something to these guys. Fangio wanted the job and he was the best man for it, unquestionably. The Bears’ defense improves weekly, which means guys are buying in. The guys care about Fangio they’ll pay extra attention to the details today and help Fangio make a statment. And if it were me, I’d love to play for Fangio. No nonsense.

    39-0, Da Bears in a game where Fangio dominates the 49ers’ O.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives: RB Hyde, TE Celek, G Thomas, WR White, G Silberman, WR Simpson, CB Davis.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Smelter is healthy you cut Simpson and see what you have with the young guys at WR.

    I just don’t understand why Jerome Simpson is on this roster.
    He is not the future because he’s 30. Waste of a spot on the roster and moves like this inhibit development of younger guys on roster.

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Despite Cutler’s gift, Fangio has our number so far. Close score now but 7 first downs to zip suggests this will get uglier as the day goes on.

  39. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    ‘the drone’ has been a pleasant surprise to me. He looks to be the guy Fangio doesn’t have nailed down.

  40. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t think much of Forte ripping through our short-yardage D but they’ve made some good plays today, on the road and all.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner players are dropping like flies.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Torrey Smith limped off but now he’s OK and back in.

    Down to one TE I hope they cross trained Bruce Miller to play H-back/TE.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Techincally Long Snapper Kyle Nelson #86 is also listed as a TE. Could he get some snaps there if he practiced as a TE?

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kilgore has played 2 snaps and lined up as a TE.
    Wonder if that tips the Bears that it’s a running play?

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are playing like they’re an expansion team.
    Inman reported that on the last punt return the Niners only had 10 men on the field.
    Same thing happened on first FG attempt by Bears.

    That’s on the ST coach. Why is this happening? Somebiody is daydreaming on the sideline or they are not communicating.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Strange game plan from Gase.

  47. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Give our defense credit – they have kept this game deadlocked despite the offense only getting nine first downs through three quarters plus.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bears just don’t seem to want to win this game.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Bears are doing everything possible to let us win this game.

    Only question is whether we can avoid handing it right back to them.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Guess that ends the dumbass comments that Gabbert is a loser.

    Different team different situation.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have not won in the regular season at Soldier Field since 1974.

  52. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe so, but you’re only talking about five or six games there in that span.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bears lost because their kicker missed two very makeable FGS
    from 40 and 36 yds.
    For an NFL kicker from 40 yards in is a chip shot.

  54. winderNo Gravatar says:

    lots of kickers miss FG’s. The Bears lost cause we were better today.

  55. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations to Stanford, Rosebowl bound.

  56. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise = a Niner road win in CHI which I of course predicted. And Gabbert like I said all year long should be our starting QB. York yeah I knew he was great too. Then I had a cuppa joe and realized I wasn’t Chuck or Renoberger and it all made sense.

    Hey couldn’t make the 3 AM start for this outfit and my record of calling for outright losses is 100%… wrong. So like Berger I’m perfect. Can’t even get it up to predict a score like half the bozos around here,serves me right. Lazy punks. I should just blanket call for road losses for the remaining road game against CIN and DET which I also will not be getting up at 2AM to witness and THEN we’ll have a decent shot at my 6-10 call. That’s right gentlemen there is more than one geneous around this watering hole.

    BTW Spit I’m reading Cormac McCarthys Cities of the Plain.

    So yeah WWIII may be off for a few weeks but damn it I’m all over exterminating the miserable rat Marathe and on board with nailing him as the prime cause of the Niners long agonizing descent into pure shit. Geek freak running the player selections, the coaching searchers and evaluations? Shithead couldn’t evaluate a naked cheerleader. Not to exaggerate or anything.

    So da winnah is clearly RT this week and you did call for a good game from the Gabb too. Congratulations. And you should read C McCarthy with the setting in Cities being the desert around your locale. Dusty, dry, where’s my coconut juice?

  57. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I don’t know if you’ve read it or not but try Blood Meridian. It’s a good one.

  58. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    If I’m not mistaken from looking it up last time Spitty mentioned it, the McCarthy trilogy is set in New Mexico/West Texass.

    That’s 1 clear win and 1 tied win this season, Phil. *Blows on fingertips*

    We’re now #11 I think, but we’re still good for 2 more wins and possibly 3. With 6-10 or 7-9 with our SOS we’re not getting any special position in this year’s draft.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pyongyang N.K. chapter barnyard has gone back to disparaging Fangio because the Niners pulled out a victory.

    Chuckles flips and flops more than the breakfast cook at the Pancake House.

    Fangio has clearly established that he is a top five defensive coordinator. What the barnyard forgets is Fangio inherited a team that was 5-11 and 8-8 in previous seasons.

    I would take Fangio over Mangini any day to be my defensive coordinator. There is a reason that Mangini was not coaching for years before he came to the Niners as a consultant.

  60. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Winder I’ll look it up and try to d/l on torrent. Who is the author?

    RTs hot I tell ya. Yes that’s the locale and the characters are cowboys and the occupants of a cathouse. Spare writing style like Hemmingway sorta.

    Ok while not into moral victories I’ll take a worse draft position for 3 more wins. If we can pull 7-9 outta this trainwreck I’ll be jazzed. Next victim = da Browns 3 AM

  61. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ok got it Winder, thanks. Looks good

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if it’s possible for the Niners to have a “trap game” being that mediocre.

    Recall last year when the Raiduhs were slaughtered by the Rams
    52-17. The Niners rolled into Oakland and got their asses kicked.
    At the time the Raiduhs were 1-11.

    The Browns lost by over 30 points today and they are 2-10.
    I hope the team isn’t taking the Browns lightly as some people are. Just a few weeks ago Niners were averaging 5 points a game in their losses.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Schefter said his source said the Niners were open to bring Kap back next year.
    Isn’t that the same thing the FO said about Gore, Crabtree, Iupati, Culliver and Cox?

    More baloney???

  64. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    …and Harbaugh. It’s the kiss of death for Kaepernick.

    What are they gonna do, pay Kaepernick $15M to sit on the bench behind Gabbert?

  65. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Gents – I read all of McCarthy’s books two years ago when I was getting sober. The Border Trilogy is amazing but it’s not the McCarthy book(s) I remember the most. The McCarthy book that I love is a book called Suttree.

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The all important ‘physical’ could determine Kaeps’ fate come March Bullit.
    Not sure how exactly the ‘Insurance’ segment could/would become a factor, (if at all), as it relates to Cap-O-Nomics?
    I’d tip my cap to Paraag if he’s been masterful enough to offset that sort of coin, with an insurance clause.
    But, I don’t think the League accepts that sort of Accounting?
    NoFear49er? Can you add any clarity to that?

    If he were forced to stick as a result, it keeps a potential Trade option open beyond April 1 I suppose?

    Right now, in rehab, he’s got little chance of being seen as viable starter at his current compensation level.

    Might have to simply play him, (sparingly enough), to show that he’s capable, (post surgery), to potentially invite a Trade Partner before the Trade deadline in ’16.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Is it possible that the insurance clause cleverly pays out somehow, outside the framework of the NFL Cap?

    Don’t quite get that stipulation, to be honest.
    Hadn’t heard of it being used, prior to Kaep’s Contract either.
    Curious to see how that shakes out if it were to occur.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I have another guy for the Watch List –
    Currently listed as an OLB but could project Inside due to his height.
    I gotta think the review is flawed below.
    No way he’s got 20 INTs. More likely it’s reversed with Tackles.
    But, he’s obviously good enough in coverage to take on some CB responsibilities.

    Deion Jones/LSU – 6’1″/228

    Projecting right now in RD3.

    “Numbers don’t do his play justice as the tape shows a highly active and instinctive linebacker with the athletic range to be a three-down player.
    Jones has above average reactive athleticism to trust what he sees, work off blocks and drive to his target to secure the tackle.
    He also does a nice job in coverage with decisive, smooth strides to stick with tight ends, even lining up at cornerback on some snaps.

    Jones also plays on special teams coverages, doesn’t have any obvious flaws and is considered one of the smartest players on the team.
    His NFL arrow is pointing north.

    It’s tough for SEC senior prospects to be underrated, especially at LSU, but that’s the case with Jones who is flying under the radar as a next level talent.
    With only one career start to his name entering 2015, he was unranked by most NFL teams over the summer. But through six games, Jones is tied for the team lead in tackles (41) and is among the team leaders in tackles for loss (5.0), sacks (1.5) and interceptions (20)”.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Make that, possibly reversed with TFL, which would make more sense.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Fact of the matter is Kap is who he is and has indicated he’s not willing to change. His public comments will tell you all you need to know.

    He’s not into mechanics which would cure part of his problems of accuracy. Kap would prefer to work all day on his glutes and biceps rather than watch film.

    After a 3 and out Kap will go to the sideline and put on his cap and stare pensively instead of going to the tablet to look at what just happened like 98% of QBs do.

    If Kap is willing to come back at $ mil a year and compete for the job than I can live with that. But at $15 mil a year and in a fair open legit QB competition I do not think Kap’s fragile psyche and ego would do well.

    Without massive changes in his makeup Gabbert or any decent QB would send Kap to the bencvh.

  71. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    No argument there Bullit.
    He’s more or less damaged goods right now however.
    I’m fine with Gabbert.
    He’ll cover the needs at a fraction of Kaeps’ cost.

    We may have no choice, but to prove he’s healthy or, eat the Cap hit.

    LCohn suggested that Baalke shared some insight into FA targets recently.
    If Kaep is serious about his future, restructuring his deal is absolutely necessary.

    Otherwise, I agree, find a suitor to absorb his Contract.
    That may be cutting it close prior to April 1, given his rehab schedule.

  72. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Coincidentally, if Baalke and Kaep did speak to potential FA targets, that may have been a step toward discussing a new/recast Contract?

    See what develops…

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I meant to say he could come back at a cap friendly $4 mil a year with incentive laden sweeteners based on performance.

    Gabbert showed yesterday he can run too as an option. The difference is gabber tries to pass first and runs as a last resort or when it’s wide open.

  74. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

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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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