Streaky Clean

Twelve games into the 2015 season, the 49ers have yet to win so much as two games in a row. They’ve lost four in a row, and have a couple of two game losing streaks, but all four victories this year have been onesies and donesies.

They’ll have no better opportunity than this weekend against possibly the worst team in the NFL — the Cleveland Browns — to finally put up a two game streak. If two games can actually be called a “streak.” For this year, and this club, it will have to do.

The Browns got off to a 2-3 start this year, then lost seven in a row. Their two victories were against the Titans and Ravens, a couple of teams like the Niners that are in the mix for a top ten pick in the 2016 draft. For the Browns, that’s pretty much a yearly occurrence. It’s a place where players, coaches, and GMs go to die.

On the bright side, however, if the Niners somehow lose this Sunday, they’ll be officially eliminated from the playoffs. Or if both Seattle and Minnesota win, it would be bye-bye Niners. We’re talking officially here, of course. Unofficially, they were eliminated last January when Jim Tomsula replaced Jim Harbaugh and everybody worth a shit skedaddled away from the franchise.

If Jed York thinks last week’s firing/demotion/reassignment/dismembering of Paraag Marthe is going to be all he needs to do to appease the disgruntled masses at season’s end, he’s got another … well, maybe he’s right. We are talking about “masses” after all. They tend to slurp down any horseshit spread out on the table in front of them.

And the feel good atmosphere at Centennial Blvd. this week seems to indicate that four victories is all Jim Tomsula needed to achieve to keep his job. Anything more will be deemed a roaring success. Never mind that a 2-5 start got Mike Nolan fired and a 5-10 mark got Mike Singletary canned. And last, but not least, Harbaugh’s 49-21-1 record earned him a pink slip. But here we have Tomsula, the worst HC of the lot, being hailed for a 4-8 record.

Obviously, we’re not dealing with a football organization here. Or any other entity related to sanity and competence.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to give Tomsula the benefit of doubt but it seems we have a buffoon as head coach who is extremely uncomfortable fulfilling his public speaking obligations 3 or 4 times a week.

    https://twitter.com/Eric_Branch/status/674780551341936640/photo/1

  2. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs I’m curious to see how the Sean Payton situation develops.
    He’s under Contract in NOLA thru ’16 if memory serves?

    One more year with Tomsula could be the plan?

    Still think Baalke needs an Offensive HC he can work with.
    Peyton has those ties, along with Mangini and Sparano.

    Could it be a Parcells Staffers Reunion in ’17?

    The same problem always remains in Yorkville though…

    Money.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have also seen posts where some think this year’s defense is doing OK.
    Reality check time. The Niner defense ranks 32nd in both point given up and yards given up. That’s rock bottom dead last in the NFL.

    Last year’s 8-8 defense under Fangio still ranked 5th in the league.

    On this roster that used to have 10 all-pros maybe Bowman might get consideration for the Pro Bowl.

    Baalke calls this raging dumpster fire a reload.

    Who is stupid enough to believe his bullshit?

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nj

    Baalke is the architect of the Niner demise.
    He needs to go. The sooner the better especially if he thinks they can stand pat with this coaching staff.
    How do you go from having a top five defense to the worst?
    The head coach you hire is a defensive coach.

    Jed is staying (nothing can be done about that) so he needs to clean house and do it this year because next year might be even uglier and more embarrassing for the franchise and for York.

    Next year there will be multiple planes flying banners and maybe a blimp or two over the stadium asking Jed to mutually part ways.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I would expect that this is the Super Bowl for the Browns. A chance to kick a team that’s as down as they are, on their home field. Since our Super Bowl was beating a flawed Bears team that tried all day long to hand us the game until we finally won in OT… an ugly loss would not surprise me. Probably depends on how much the Browns can get out of Loose Cannon Manziel at QB.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s be honest: We deserved to lose last Sunday. The Bears blew it and gave us extra chances and we (finally) did not fumble one right back. Anyone who thinks that stinker of a game that opened with THREE 49er Three-and-outs represents some great leap forward or return to NFL relevance needs to put down the crack pipe. We have numerous issues to fix, and the biggest ones, which are organizational, will almost certainly get swept under the rug this Winter by the Boy King. To invoke our old friend Dennis, this team still Stinks on Ice and I do not foresee that changing real soon. Jed and Baalke and Ron Jeremy are perfectly capable of destroying any progress this team makes and making 2016 even worse than this year.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin seems very happy with Gabbert.
    Remember they weren’t thrilled with this year’s version of Kap and were very animated on the field.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/12/10/boldin-on-gabbert-hes-been-a-blessing-in-disguise/

  8. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The buzz around the 49er blogs is the 49ers drafting a qb high in 2016. That would be a huge mistake. The 49ers are going to be bottom feeding for years, so early draft choices are going to be common place for Jed and Trent. They’ll have high draft choice options down the road after the necessary support structures are in place. The problem is that Jed and Trent bend with the breeze. They try to make the splashy or popular picks (ie Bush, Torrey Smith and not Iupati, etc). So instead of creating a support network of O linemen, a defense and coaches, the new qb will have nothing and will once again be destine to fail.

    A smart GM would use the first round pick on a LOT, playing him immediately at LG, then switching Staley and the LOT in a year or so as Staley winds down his career. In the second round, the smart GM would take a DT or NT depending on what this merry band of morons want to run next year for a defense. Then in the third round he’d have to make a choice to make between a linebacker or guard.

    If the GM was any good, these players would start immediately because the 49ers’ roster sucks. But… as a Jed York hater, I honestly hope the 49ers draft a qb next year because it’ll insure the 49ers suck for another ten years.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Staley is getting up there. We’d be better off moving him to the right side next year I think, and dump AD.

    I’d take a QB if the right guy is there, and IF you have a coach that can teach him the NFL game, and a GM who can build a supporting cast around him.

    Yeah. Good luck with that.

    But you’re right: Baalke needs a splashy, mediagenic pick that will have everyone happy with the circle jerk.

    QB it is.

  10. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert and Baalke are making fools of the ex-spurts. I guess they were already fools, Gabbert’s just exposing them now.

    I’m good with Gabby, until he starts kissing his biceps on TDs anyway.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Reunion weekend.

    We get to see ex Niners Whitner and Andy Lee.

    Ex Browns Dawson, Draughn and Mangini visit Cleveland.

  12. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Personally, I love watching teams build and re-build or “re-load” as Baalke was trying to sell 49er fans. There are crucial components to the process I’m not privy to like team chemistry and personalities that affect that chemistry, but for the most part you can tell who will fail and who will succeed. I am 100% positive that no matter what the 49ers do they will fail. And even if Baalke does magically follow my advice of LOT in the first, NT in the second and Guard or Linebacker in the third, those new players still won’t be inspired to play for Tomsula, who, in my opinion, will be back next year along with Baalke (because Jed can’t fire either of them without having more egg on his face).

    At this point, Jed York looks like a gay porn star with so much egg on his face.

    The Raiders’ rebuild is interesting to me because Carr is having success without a great defense – which is tough to do because bad defenses put a lot of pressure on young qbs. McKenzie brought in a decent O line, Carr, Murphy, Crabtree and Cooper – obviously building the offense first, which is tougher, in my opinion, to do.

    McKenzie also brought in great defensive minds in Del Rio and Norton. So McKenzie, interestingly enough, built offense first and settled for less defensive talent with better defensive coaches. To me, that’s geneous. But I wonder if it was premeditated.

    Now the Raiders’ defense needs to stop the run next year and make teams one dimensional on offense. If McKenzie drafts next year to stop the run, the Raider will compete with the Broncos and Osweiler for the division crown. I knew McKenzie was good after Madden recommended him to BowlCut Davis. But McKenzie is about to be celebrated… and Del Rio is going to be a happy man in 2016, but then the true pressure to produce will begin.

  13. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    But regarding GMs, don’t sleep on John Elway either. Elway, in preparation for a transition from Manning to Osweiler, created a great defense for Osweiler as a support system. That’s geneous. And another reason I love Elway as a GM is that he brought in Osweiler from Montana to play in cold games at Mile High – the kid’s a mudder. His mudder was a mudder. Those two GMs, Elway and McKenzie, are very smart.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That’s great spit, sounds like your new team will be the L.A. Raiders. But, I do agree about the GM he’s seems like he knows what he is doing. But then again with all the low picks they had over the years they should be good by now.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    W’s win 24th in a row in 2OT

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s good, because interest in the Niners is on life-support right now. Bizarre seeing the team & FO jumping for joy over their 4th win and everyone else just tuning out the whole farce.

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I like the players showing emotion on a win like this. The worst thing I think could happen is the team just excepting losses. This is still a relatively young team. The FO is an other story. We now have some proof that Jed will react to the fans and that maybe, just maybe if the right kind of pressure was put on him he might actually do something “creative” (right). My interest still hasn’t waned, it’s just disguised as disgust for the most part. But of coarse I’m not a paying customer any longer.

  18. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Winder – For the first time ever reading you I’m caught wondering if when you realize your misplaced optimism is pathetic, will all of us here on the mainland have the pleasure of hearing the loud popping noise generated from when you remove your head from your ass? It’s a legitimate wonder. Will weather patterns between California and Hawaii affect our chances of hearing the pop? Will it need to be a clear day? Inquiring minds want to know.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    lol. It could happen, I’m not giving up and I’m not holding my breath. But, I don’t think my optimism is misplaced, whining about things are not going to help and I’m not gonna change colors. However, I will wait for perfect weather conditions next time I gotta pop the old noggin out.

  20. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    4 games left in the glorious first year post-Jimi. Can we extend our 1 game ‘win streak’? Road game in CLE in December. I think it’s on the tattered D to keep da Browns shut down.

    rtfirefly: Niners 27-17 Johnny Freefall has a decent, at times good, game. Gabbert has a fun day with what Browns fans laughingly call a defense.

    winder: 17-13 browns

    Phil: 24-17 Niners. Win streak continues, ripping off another one to screw our draft order, give hope to distressed fans and ensure delusions of relevance to bloom in the minds of hope addicts.

  21. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny IS fun to watch. For all his warts, he’s still the best QB the Brownies have, though granted that’s not saying much.

    He’s shown the ability to really move the offense and put points on the board at times. He’s also shown the ability to look overmatched and unprepared for a game. Sometimes both in the same game – it will be interesting which Johnny shows.

  22. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t think your optimism is misplaced? Wanna bet?

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, seeing as we should have lost last week in Chi-Town, I’m thinking they may have found a little momentum for another.
    Put me down for a 2nd road win.

    21-13 9ers

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another guy who might make sense, if/when they opt to replace Tomsula.
    Todd Haley.

    Fits the Offensive HC scenario I think Baalke needs.
    Comes from the Parcells Tree, which might make him an easy fit.
    He would probably like the chance to have a couple of shots at AZ every year in the NFCW.

    However, we’re probably looking at another year with Tomsula, which might give them a chance to consider Sean Payton in ’17 too.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You must be dreaming, NJ. There’s no way Payton or Haley or anybody decent will come work here. Not without getting rid of Baalke and having total roster control. There’s no scenario in the world where a good HC and Baalke would ever exist.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives: LB Lynch, TE McDonald, LB Wilhoite, G Silberman, G Thomas, CB Davis, WR White.

  27. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    I’m following the Parcells connections for that very reason Skeebs.
    Caveat being, will they get paid well enough by El Cheapo Yorko?

    Payton is very well compensated.
    A guy like Ross in Miami would waste no time opening the checkbook.

    Jed needs to practice that approach next time around. Which I’m sure, would have me dreaming.

  28. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a small town in North Idaho near where the Clark Fork river dumps into Lake Pend Oreille named Hope. Along the highway there’s the sign that announces, Hope, Idaho. A bit further along the route the sign says “Last Hope” and a bit further, “Beyond Hope.”

    Been there before. It’s a long walk home.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Kilgore is on the bench and the Niners keep the Oline status quo because they are doing such a great job.
    Tomsula shouldn’t be a Head Coach because he’s unable to make a decision no matter how obvious the choice.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No pass rush.
    Defense is getting shredded.
    Brooks has been a non factor for most of the season which is not good considering the big bucks he’s making. Not playing up to even close to his contract.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If I’m a Browns fan, I’m thinking: “This is going pretty good. Wonder how we’ll screw it up.”

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    These two losers are living down to their reputations.

  33. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Your 49ers First Half: 48 total yards, TWO first downs.

    Against the Cleveland Browns.

    Like I’ve been saying: Things can still get worse.

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Four of our six first half possessions were Three-and-Outs. To be fair, we got three points out of one of them, after a mighty six yard drive following a turnover.

    It is not all on Gabby, but I fear teams are getting the measure of him in this offense, and are learning how to stop him.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m just wondering if the Niners have a game plan for the offense?
    They have only run the ball 6 times and the Oline is not pass protecting.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Browns have turned it over three times but still lead time of possession 20:50 to 9:10.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin has not bee thrown to.
    He’s running clear out routes.

  38. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just getting dominated by a 2-10 team – how the hell did we beat the Bears last week?

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Browns are 31st in run defense so naturally a smart OC will try to pass the ball.
    Chryst has a poorly thought out gameplan.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Eight sacks for a Browns defense that had 17 — third-worst in the NFL — entering the game.”

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Total yards: Browns 384, 49ers 105.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Jed will be so embarrassed by their performance before his real hometown that he’ll clean house.
    Wishful thinking.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder if Denise will be trotting down to give Tomsula a hug after this game.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Next week’s last home game might be against a Bengal team without Dalton who was knocked out of the game against the Steelers.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Panthers are a bunch of arrogant SOBs.
    Offense including Cam Newton posed for a selfie on the sidelines
    at the 2 minute warning.
    Crap like that seems to come back and bite teams.
    Big fine should be coming because cellphones are banned from the sideline.
    What is the need to show up the other team?

  46. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    What’s funnier?

    A.) NoFear has been beyond hope and doesn’t want to go back there.
    B.) Grump thinks the NFL has caught up to Blaine Gabbert.
    C.) Bullit and Winder both think Jed knows how to do something about this mess.
    D.) Rob, Berger and Dennis no longer blog anymore.

    I just watched the Redskins / Bears game – the Bears really suck. Fangio and Fox have their work cutout for them.

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wrong, once again. Nothing I’d like better than to be back on Priest Lake depleting the population of kokanee and cutthroat.

  48. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Backup QBs often get away with a couple of wins, because no one has film of them. At least not in their current system.

    But with every play, the DCs learn more about tendencies, where the guy’s comfort zones are, and how to beat him.

    The end result usually looks a lot like today. Or like Rattay, or Shaun Hill, or J.T. O’Turnover, or whoever.

    When a guy has limitations at QB in the NFL, teams *will* eventually expose them.

    There are no surprises here. Except may be to Jed, Trant and Ron Jeremy.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Third down efficiency today for the 49ers: 2 of 13. 15 percent.

    and 1 of 3 on 4th down.

    That’s ten possessions killed.

    That alone will cost you most games.

  50. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, it’s not Ron’s fault. Like Singletary before him. Not many position coaches are going to turn down an owner asking them to play the part of head coach. It’s York’s stupidity putting them in a position of certain failure. Set back Singletary’s coaching career, maybe for good, and Jimmy T can’t even coach the d-line now. York is a serial screw up.

  51. robNo Gravatar says:

    So
    If we win 2 or three of these last games and finish like 7-9 just one game off Harbaugh’s last effort here with the team does Tommy get to keep his job ?

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob,

    If I win the fracking lottery three weeks in a row, can I buy the team and have Trent Baalke stuffed for fans to piss on?

    I like my chances better than yours.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kilgore just unknowing (I presume) called Staley’s remarks about overlooking the Browns “just stupid.”

  54. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought 8-8 was the reason floated for those “Harbaugh must go” folks.

    If Harbaugh was 4-9 would you be hoping for the impossible win out scenario and a losing season to save his job, or demanding his head? And he took us to three Conference games and a SB.

    The whining about play calling and hard-nosed coaching never stopped for Harbaugh and his crew. Now 4-9 is excused and even cheered as a good effort. Fans are funny folk.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dalton has a broken bone in his wrist.
    Looks k=like Niners will face AJ McCarron next week.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dalton has a fractured thumb on his throwing hand.
    he hurt it making a tackle after throwing a Int.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For what it’s worth, Cleveland might just think Manziel did something worthy of keeping him aboard next year as the presumptive starter.
    Whether that changes any strategies in our FO, regarding a QB, is the question.

    Seems to me, our Lines need the immediate attention.
    Protect the QB/Sack the QB….

    Good Draft for the DLine this coming Spring.

    J-E-T-S… Just End This Season…Sheesh.

    Bullit, I’m hoping the final home game brings out the Bag Heads for Jed, along with a few more aircraft with banners in tow.

    He’s already dodged the National Media embarrassment angle, by having the game Flexed out of Primetime, (possibly at his own request?).

  58. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Love how Rob just tried to strrreeeeeetch three more Tomsula wins (which won’t happen) into Harbaugh territory.

    Rob is the biggest 49er homer…. ever.

    The 49er Homer List (in case you were wondering).

    1.) Rob (Clearly the overall biggest 49er homer ever… clearly.
    2.) NJ (NJ is a never second-guess anything 49ers homer but nothing compared to Rob).
    3.) Chuck
    4.) Winder (The difference between Winder and Chuck is that Winder is a homer with class. Chuck? Chuck’s just an ass.

    What the hell happened to Kyle Shanahan’s Falcons? Blanked by the Panthers? It’s hard to tell if he’s any good or not.

    Coaches who will be fired (or should be) after the season.

    Mike McCoy in San Diego (How do you draft a running back in the first round, then have Rivers throw 95% of the time?)

    Chuck Pagano (I said it last year before the Irsay / Pagano rift was made public that Pagano sucks as a head coach. I’m not a fan. I told you all a long, long time ago that Rob Ryan was a horrid D coordinator. I’m telling you now Chuck Strong is also terrible.

    Jeff Fisher (The fire is gone. He’s pissed and frustrated but don’t confuse that for coaching fire).

    Chip Kelly (I don’t care about McCoy. That’s just a distraction. The reality is Chip’s nothing special and Philly demands special).

    Coach or Coordinator of the Year Candidates:

    Lovie Smith and Dirk Koetter (Cotter?) – Like what they’ve done with the Bucs.
    Gus Bradley and Greg Olson – I wonder if any Jags fans want Gabbert back?
    Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan – Keep Daniel Snyder on permanent vacation.
    Bruce Arians – Probably will win the Super Bowl.
    Greg Roman – Bills’ O is fun to watch even though the Bills’ qb (Taylor) can only throw touch passes along the sidelines.

    GMs of the Year

    McKenzie
    McCloughan
    Elway

  59. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot to include Jason Garrett in the “should be fire” category. Jerry won’t fire him, but he’s not a good coach.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Had to go back to find this Spit but, it does a good job of summarizing the constant recycling of NFL Coaches in this game.
    The Old Boys Network keeps being recast. Year. After year.

    http://tinyurl.com/z8vly6g

    Hence, IMO, if Jed stays away, along with his counterpart, Paraag, maybe the football people can put this wreck back on the rails.

    Where Jed needs to take a page from Uncle Eddie’s playbook, is to release his grip on the checkbook, which likely is tethered to Dr Daddy with anchor chain.

    Football guys will work with known football guys, so long as the Owner isn’t a meddling buttinski.

  61. robNo Gravatar says:

    Ok so how about two more wins and a tie .
    A 6-9-1 finish.
    I mean we did beat the sacred cows last week.
    Who would have predicted that after all

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    Omg
    Signs of intelligent life on …

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And who are you to challenge anyone as second guessers Spit?
    You’re a fan then, you’re not.
    You waffle more than a line cook at Waffle House.

    You simply can’t allow long rooted 9er fans to take our meds in situations such as this.
    We’ve sucked for years, which has coincidentally, been aligned with the Yorks’ control.

    Baalke ain’t perfect but, he’s a long tenured football guy.
    Jed is a clueless twit with respect to football acumen.
    Hence, my support for the football guys.

    Meddling Owners are the reason for the majority of NFL failures in the locker room.

  64. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    VD drops a 20 yd. 1st down pass right in his hands on 4th down in the 4th qtr. while trailing 15-12. He was so wide open I think he started painting his next self-portrait while he sat there waiting for the ball.

    Glad you’re having fun in Denver, VD!

  65. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    VD loves him some VD. Didn’t see the play. Watching the Packers and Cowboys. Mike McCarthy is now once again calling the plays and the Pack looks like the Pack.

    Hey Rob and NJ – Don’t worry. Next year the 49ers are going to be great!!! LMAO!

  66. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Demaryius Thomas had a similar drop that cost another critical conversion. Those two drops gave the game to Oakland.

  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    Aw man NJ don’t pick on poor SPITTY.
    I mean if it weren’t for guessing he’d have nothing left

  68. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just posted this on Chuck’s where it will get ignored. Here we can all pile on:

    The Browns came into the game with 887 yds. rushing in 12 games. They got 230 today.

  69. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Wow… Andy Dalton out for the year. The only AFC team in my opinion with a chance of beating the Patriots in the playoffs is the Steelers. The Bills might have a chance if Taylor plays way, way over his head.

  70. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    9 sacks on Gabbert, highest of the season. He’s holding onto the ball too long (3 were caused by him running OOB instead of throwing it away), his receivers don’t trust him and he can’t throw an NFL pass. LOL

  71. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The Bills probably won’t even make the playoffs, but they’d be my second pick behind the Steelers for who could beat the Patriots.

    The 2015 playoffs?

    Patriots and Steelers in AFC and Cardinals, Panthers and Pack in the NFC. Even though Russell Wilson is playing better, I don’t see him carrying his bad O line to a Super Bowl birth, much less win.

  72. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    My guess right now is a Cardinals / Patriots Super Bowl with the Patriots repeating.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RT both the Lines need major attention in the off-season/Draft.
    Be nice if we could take advantage of our crappy season with a higher Pick, that isn’t spent in RD1 on a QB.

    If they opt to go QB, it’s basically a wait a couple of years and, see what develops scenario.
    But, there’s only so many Montana/Brady Picks out there I guess?
    See what shakes out.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When the Niners activated TE Leonhardt they put Carlos Hyde on season ending IR.
    Missed that news.

  75. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The only team I see beating the Seahawks right now is Carolina, and even at home in the playoffs that’s iffy.

    Those 2 with AZ are the class of the NFC and any of them would make a good conference rep.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Why risk Carlos Bullit?
    Smart move.
    He’s not going anywhere with this sad-sack Offense anyway.
    Get repaired and save the wear and tear until next year.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m putting my chips on AZ RT.
    Carson is playing lights out and, Arians likes to push the Offense.
    They’ve got to stay healthy of course, as we see what happened with Dalton today.
    One key injury can spoil it in a hurry.

  78. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    It’s weird but the Cardinals, Panthers and Seahawks all don’t have a very good pass rush. Whomever (of those three) develops a pass rush in the playoffs will go to the Super Bowl.

  79. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I really don’t think Seattle or Green Bay has enough offensive or defensive juice to get to or win the Super Bowl.

    Steelers / Patriots – Panthers / Cardinals.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Remember Tomsula let Hyde play for 3 games on his broken foot saying it was just a bruise.
    Seeing how much pain Hyde was in indicated it was something way more serious.
    They should’ve put him on IR when he was first hurt.

  81. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    16 TDs with 0 INTS in the last 4 games. I dunno, Spitty, I think RW and Seattle have plenty of juice offensively. Their D looks as good as past years as well.

    It doesn’t mean they can’t lose, but they have got the playoff experience and they’re firing on all cylinders now. I’m not a betting man, but even if I were I wouldn’t bet against them the way they’re playing. They’ll get a bye first week (Redskins, Eagles, Giants, Cowboys – it’ll be a good practice).

  82. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You mean the medical staff told Tomsula that Hyde’s foot was broken and Tomsula insisted he play anyway? Scandalous!

  83. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    RT – I hear ya that Seattle is surging but they just lost Thomas Rawls for the year and sports hernias aren’t anything to play with… or depend on. I also don’t think Seattle has much of a pass rush or a very good offensive line. They are winning now with Russell Wilson deep passes, and that’s awesome, but it won’t last or happen as much in the playoffs. Teams will take that away and make Seattle run… and they won’t be able to. And Seattle will have to win on the road. I don’t see it.

  84. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    What do the Seahawks do without Beast Mode or little beast for a running attack to open up their passing game? They going to face dime defenses now with more QB pressure?

  85. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, I didn’t know Rawls is out for the year. Yeah, that will change things. The last team to beat them was AZ, too, who pinned 39 on that D. Should be interesting, and if GB can somehow catch fire, it could prove very interesting.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula is the mouthpiece that releases injury details.
    Just to remind all what happened two months ago where Tomsula said it was a bruise.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/184482/jim-tomsula-carlos-hydes-sore-foot-not-plantar-fasciitis

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m not sure where/if there’s a disconnect, between Team Docs and Tomsula.
    Same nonsense went on with Kilgore.
    Thought our Med Staff was better than it actually appears they are, concerning these time parameters.

    Granted, every injury is specific to the player but, this is getting to be a major concern.
    Glad this madness has almost run it’s course for ’15.
    Waiting for the Grand Finale next week as they close out the home schedule.

    If it were me, I’d be in full visual protest capacity.
    Tweet ‘dis Jed.
    Cheap ‘fuk.

  88. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers close out season at home against Rams.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Bullit, just read recently that DE Shaq Lawson from Clemson is planning to enter the Draft.
    He’s on the List for sure.

    This is where the QB Pick becomes a major decision.
    Is Goff legit, in a year or 2, versus passing on some of the top end DLine talent, that IS expected to be available?

    After today’s debacle, let’s hope we stay a slot ahead of Cleveland, just in case.
    Hard to predict how they’re going to play the Board with Manziel vs another QB Pick.

    We need to address our own Lines early.

    I’m waiting to see whether ND St QB Carson Wentz is healed up enough to participate in the Draft prelim venues.

    Goff/Lynch/Cook are all likely early RD1 guys.
    StL is likely thinking QB, maybe the Browns?

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thx Skeebs, 2 shots to eff with Jed. Even better 😀

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers

    Fox had a graphic showing the Ram game as an away game when they posted rest of the schedule on the broadcast

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs is right Bullit.
    Cincy next week at Levi’s, at Detroit, home for StL.

    Tank’em all.
    Who eff’n cares?

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And, of course, speaking to the QB Picks, will Jerruh even THINK about Drafting Promo’s replacement?

    He may have to wait 5-years just to avoid the Cap Hit on all those leveraged extensions he’s written to Promo 😀

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For all the success they had in Big Duh with that retooled OLine, they allowed Murray to walk in favor of Run DMc and, Promo is getting beat up back there because of it.

    Jerruh The Genius Cap Manipulator.

    Pour money into all the wrong places and reap what you sow.

  95. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Outside of the Browns, and the Titans with Mariota, all of the teams ahead of us have big name, big contract vets. Ravens, Chargers, Cowboys, Lions. Personally, contracts notwithstanding, I’d say any of those latter except Detroit that passes on a QB is nuts.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I have mentioned this before.
    One of Baalke’s biggest failures is with all the accumulated draft picks he has not drafted a QB in the last 4 drafts.
    Not sure what he was thinking but this has put the team in the bad position they are in today.

    Very bad decision on Baalke’s part. If he was also “all in” with Kap then he must go if they’re cutting Kap loose.

    If Baalke had taken care of the position by developing a backup with a mid round choice the team might not have to use a higher pick to draft what is now a position of great need.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit my position has been that Kaep was the expected replacement for Alex from the start.
    Speculate as I will, I think Harbaugh was given the keys to start that phase.
    We saw Josh Johnson getting recycled numerous times during that stretch too.

    I think the whole QB situation was a good reason for the discord between Baalke and Harbaugh, specifically his Pocket development.

    We may never know.

    It’s just ridiculous to think that they couldn’t find a way to put their differences aside and get it corrected.
    Having to make the huge investment in Kaep just compounded things.

    I don’t see the deal for Gabbert as a bad move either, considering the relatively low cost involved.
    He’s miles ahead of what a Draftee would bring.
    We’re still in the chase for a franchise QB that we can call a steady guy too.

    Only saving grace with Kaep’s deal is the way it’s structured.
    However, he may not pass a physical in time to consider moving on come April 1.
    Unless of course this Med Staff is making that prognosis.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And, at this point, Baalke brought Dylan Thompson onboard, who may or may not amount to hill of beans in this pathetic Offense we’re attempting to function with.

    I like the ideas they’re attempting to develop, there’s just no balance.
    OLine isn’t blocking well enough to sell a running game, hence bring the house into the box, short-circuit the designs.

    We’re showing no signs of improvement.
    Constant hit or miss.

  99. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy, AWESOME post on Niners Nation on keeping/not keeping Baalke.

    LOL

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Got a link RT?

  101. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/12/13/10040720/49ers-eliminated-from-playoff-contention-and-jed-york-cant-really-say

    The article and the comments are just a general bitch session for Niner fans. Grumpy’s comment:

    “Keep Baalke, and we get another lousy draft and 2016 could very possibly get WORSE.

    Dump him, and you have an idiot deciding who replaces him.

    And people wonder why I drink.”

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thx RT, I’d have to agree.
    We drink to soldier on with this circus.

    Too much media fluff with Jed.
    Fans will be patient if Ownership shows patience.
    Let football people handle the football decisions.
    If Baalke goes Matt Millen on us, it becomes obvious that he isn’t qualified to construct a roster.

    I can live with a solid Defense, which is where I think Baalke is best qualified.
    Given the transition from Power O to what appears to be an attempt at a ZBS, we just don’t seem to have the pieces in place.
    How much did Paraag have in terms of influence as well?
    Too many Chiefs vs Indians?
    Who knows?

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke needs to go along with Tomsula. because no decent coach will serve under Baalke with all the shenanigans that went down last year.

    At this point Dylan Thompson is just a body. He’s not a legit NFL QB yet. Thompson wasn’t invited to the combine. Like I said he’s just a body and nothing special.

  104. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Niners Nation is great. You get Alex-lovers, Kappy apologists, Jed supporters (few, but that Harry Berezin guy is a riot), all kinds. They had one gal on there today offering to pay a young chick to drive around the stadium with another anti-Jed banner, naked. She wrote that she would’ve done it twenty years ago if she were drunk enough.

    The guys and gals on there with their hyperbole and convulated rhetoric makes us look tepid.

  105. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “We drink to soldier on with this circus.”

    Bingo.

    That Awful Moment, when you realize, ‘Oh F***, Those ARE my monkeys and This IS my circus.’

  106. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    “convulated” – geez, I wish I could say I wrote that on purpose. It looks good that way in that context.

  107. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder what Jed York’s record is without Harbaugh. Because if I remember correctly, 8-8 was his high water mark without Harbaugh. I gotta look that up. I’m too lazy right now but maybe when I’m at work. Lol.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, the GM is the football guy in this FO.
    Jed is a clueless twit.
    Sure, Baalke has his limitations, but, there needs to be a defined chain of command between the Coaches and the GM to get the proper pieces to assemble a roster.
    WTF does Jed, or Paraag, have to do with that?
    Neither guy is/was or, ever will be a football guy.

    This is why I think things came apart with Harbaugh.
    It’s been written that Paraag had issues with Kaep and Harbaugh.
    So, if we buy those reports, what’s that got to do with Baalke and Harbaugh?
    Was there backstabbing taking place?
    Again, who knows?

    Thompson was brought aboard by what was reported as Baalke’s appreciation for his development in Spurrier’s system at SCAR.
    Some of these guys take 3-4 years to show anything worth speculating on.
    The major concern is, what are we developing?
    We’re adrift of a system right now.
    Are we going with the Pistol/Read Option approach as we have with Kaep?
    Or are we back to square one with trying to retool a more conventional Pro-Style Pocket approach?

    And, where does Tomsula/Chryst take that idea?
    We’re back to needing another HC to bring a system in that can be taught to the future QB.

    Which is why I think Baalke needs to go, as he did with Harbaugh, to another HC with an Offensive philosophy to build on.
    Gase was a smart attempt IMO.
    Again, who brought Tomsula into that arrangement and, why?

    Jed just needs to get the ‘eff out of the picture.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dorks like Irsay Tweet like school boys.
    Do we see long standing franchises like the Steelers or NYG Ownership Tweeting about their teams?
    Fuk no.
    I despise meddling Owners like Dan and Jerruh.
    They do nothing but pollute the Locker Room and destroy chemistry from within.

    I’m just afraid Jed is paddling down that same polluted stream.
    Just because he’s Uncle Eddie’s Nephew doesn’t qualify him as the second coming of Eddie DeBartolo.

    The ONLY reason there was all that celebration following the game in Chicago last week is because it likely made the Yorks feel like they chose the right Coaches.
    We all know the Bears simply found a way to lose.
    But, to Denise and the Yorkees, they WERE right to let Fangio and Gase out the door in Santa Clara.

    Kinda nice that they got embarrassed on home soil today in Ohio.
    Karma.
    It’s a Bitch.

  110. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    “Which is why I think Baalke needs to go,”

    I thought you were coming around there for a minute, NJ49er.

  111. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It occurs to me watching this Pats game tonight that the only equitable way to allocate the challenge flags is to replace in coaches’ inventory each challenge flag which successfully challenges and so results in correcting a bad call in the game.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er, I’ve tried my best to separate the GM from the Owner.
    That’s simply where I think the dysfunction begins, and ends.

    Given the choice between Jed and Baalke, I defend the guy that earned his stripes while actually being employed in football.

    I know I’m in the minority but, I can accept a good debate.
    We’ve all got our opinions.
    Nothing wrong with that.

  113. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t know until tonight that NoFear smoked weed.

  114. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing wrong with differing opinions, NJ49er. But Tomsula’s a “football guy” too, as is Harbaugh. Doesn’t make them always right, or even competent in some cases.

    Just having some fun with your choice of wording on the quote.

  115. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Understood NoFear49er.
    I keep coming back to that infamous ‘teacher’ quote from the Wunderkind himself.
    Was there some sort of belief among the Whiz Kids that Harbaugh wasn’t a good teacher?
    It’s looking as though the pupil, specifically Kaep, was learning very well.

    I’m all for a good Fan Rally.
    If Jed only raises Championship Banners.
    Maybe it’s high time the Fans raise those banners, attached to Cessna’s above Levi’s Stadium, a couple more times before this season is mercifully concluded.

    It’s looking as though Tomsula is a ‘made guy’ perhaps?
    I’ll call him ‘The Vacation Planner’.
    He must have made people go away for the DeBartolo Family, when they needed to have people disappear?

    He specializes in vacations to Europe apparently.

  116. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know how many draft picks we have this year but hopefully a lot. We have the worst OL in the game with absolutely no depth, in fact we don’t have any good players on offense and you can throw depth right out the window. This is Baalke, there is no other way to look at it.

  117. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula should be fired for his pressers alone.

    And Baalke for not sending him to a Dale Carnegie short course in the off season.

    Baalke’s the general manager of this mess. How can he escape culpability?

  118. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    … like Winder said.

  119. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I think we have an ungodly amount, Winder, unfortunately that’s 1 each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd plus 3 each 4th, 5th, and 6th.

    A great draft for projects with torn ACLs who’ve been out of football two years.

  120. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I bet Baalke does just that if he’s still here.

  121. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The compensation draft choices are a formula that the NFL guards closer than Coke does for its Coke recipe (I’m sure claiming this will send Bullit searching the internet for the actual formula). However, if incompetent ownership and front office management is factored in, the 49ers should have 20 or 30 picks in 2016…. of which Baalke will find one starter who’s very average.

  122. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    (I was being serious, BTW. I saw somebody detail our picks somewhere. I’m not sure I remember it precisely right, but I think so.)

  123. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I gotta take back what I said a little bit ago. We do have one good player and that’s Boldin but with this supporting cast he’s pretty much useless. I guess that long-bomb to Torry in the Bear game just goes to prove the blind squirrel theory.

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Should’ve read – Kaep wasn’t learning very well

  125. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    and which of those two is qualified to judge if Harbaugh, the proven coach and quarterback, can teach quarterbacks? That’s ludicrous. I guess Baalke couldn’t blame the player he drafted. That might reflect on him and his ability to scout players.

  126. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Pfft I had to look.
    1 1st
    1 2nd
    1 3rd
    1 4th
    2 5ths (ours + Chargers’)
    2 6ths (Cowboys’ + Broncos’; ours ? site says might have been traded for Hodges, not sure if it’s our pick or Cowboys’ that was traded)
    1 7th

    Plus, estimated 1 4th, 1 5th, and 1 6th comp picks
    —————————————————-
    You’ll also be happy to note that we also an extra 5th, 6th and 7th rounder for 2017!

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Talking Jed and Paraag NoFear49er?

  128. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We gave a 6 for Hodges – Got it back for Vernon

  129. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We traded a 7th rounder this year to the Cowboys for next year 6th. It was whether it was that one or our regular pick that the site was unsure was traded to the Vikes for Hodges. We still have 2 6th round picks.

    We also have a guesstimated 5th rounder from the ‘Skins for Derek Carrier.
    http://www.prosportstransactions.com/football/DraftTrades/Future/49ers.htm

    I got the comp pick guesstimates from another site.

  130. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *Derek Carrier 5th rounder in 2016

  131. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon returned a pair of 6’s – 1 in ’16, 1 in ’17
    Also got a 7 in ’17 for Andy Lee

  132. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Carrier was a 5 in ’17?
    I’ll see if I can find it

  133. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes a conditional Pick for ’17 –

    http://tinyurl.com/hh2e43c

  134. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Today it looked like we got a bargain. VD dropped his way into never having a pass thrown his way in crunch time ever again. Ever. Really, though, it was a fire sale price for a good player who was going to desert this sinking ship anyway.

  135. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Right on Carrier, NJ. That was the mistake my * was meant to correct, only I just repeated it.

  136. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No worries RT – This sh!t is getting more complex than nuclear physics lately.

    What happened to good old, football players playing football?
    Damn Corporate mumbo-jumbo any more.

  137. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought the same thing last week with Ted Ginn vs NOLA.
    He dropped his share of big catch opportunities as well.
    One thing that Cam has going for him is good young Linemen on both sides of the ball.

    The teams that will give him trouble are the one’s with good Secondary play, like Seattle.
    If he has to hold the ball too long, he’s not the nimble scrambler Russell Wilson is by comparison.
    Take away Olsen and Ginn tends to disappear.
    Should be an interesting Playoff phase in a few weeks.
    Cincy will be hard-pressed to cover for Andy’s absence now too.

  138. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This DT was supposed to be the first Dlineman off the board in the next draft. What happened changed his status dramatically.
    Another bonehead move.

    http://texas.247sports.com/Bolt/BREAKING-Robert-Nkemdiche-falls-from-fourth-story-window-42000004

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Took him off my list because of that report Bullit.
    Been reading some negative stuff on him of late.
    Reports of weed involved too.
    Some question his work ethic as well.
    Being said that it comes too easy for him, thus he’s not motivated to put in the work to improve.

    Plenty of depth at this position, especially to take that sort of risk with a top 5 Pick IMO.

  140. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    These are the DTs I’m going to be keeping an eye open for, through the Bowl games, Combines and, leading up to the Draft –

    DT
    A’Shawn Robinson – AL 6’3″/312
    Jarran Reed – AL 6’3″/313 (DE)
    Andrew Billings – Baylor 6’1″/310
    Kenny Clark – UCLA 6’2″/310
    Sheldon Rankins – Louisville 6’1″/303

  141. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RT, I found this, as the current status for the SF ’16 Draft –
    12 Picks total.
    1 each in RDs 1-3, 3-(5th)’s and, 4-(6th)’s, which could provide ammunition to move up, with willing partners of course, assuming the Comp Picks will be available to Trade.
    Potential to pack the entire Draft into RDs 1-4 in a perfect scenario.

    1st Own pick
    2nd Own pick
    3rd Own pick
    4th Own Pick
    4th Comp pick (Mike Iupati)
    5th Own pick
    5th San Diego Chargers (2015 draft-day trade)
    5th Comp pick (Perrish Cox)
    6th Dallas Cowboys (2015 draft-day trade)
    6th Denver Broncos (Vernon Davis trade)
    6th Comp pick (Dan Skuta)
    6th Comp pick (Frank Gore)

  142. 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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