Chip and the Dip

Chip Kelly introduced himself to the Bay Area media Wednesday. It went well. None of the grunting, mumbling, sweating, stammering, furtive and incoherent rambling made notorious by his inept predecessor Jim Tomsula. Crisp, witty, intelligent. Terrific.

If this was 2011, I’d be cautiously excited. But it’s 2016 and Jed York just spent the past year sucking the life out of the franchise and squandering a whole bunch of good will in the process. Hauling out the pom-poms at this point is a bit much to expect.

At any rate, we’ll have to reserve judgment on Chip until next September. We’ll definitely see an improved offense, but whether that translates to improved win totals remains to be seen.

York said Kelly would be the coach here for a long time. Period. Not sure what York considers a “long time.” The longest any HC has been here during the York ownership was the four years Jim Harbaugh put in. Two final years of Steve Mariucci‘s tenure, two with Dennis Erickson, three and a half with Mike Nolan, two and a half with Mike Singletary. York just can’t help himself with overstating his decisions and their impact.

But he obviously feels his job is done for now and he can prepare himself to strut around at the Super Bowl, hoping the negative banner flying guys will be pleased enough to shit can their assault. Personally, I hope they get a plane up on the big day and just cut to the chase: “JED YORK STILL SUCKS!”

All we need to complete the misery now is to see the effing Patriots get to the SB and win the damn thing. Please, Lord. I’ll never sin again. I’ll say something nice about unca_chuck, even though it would be a bald face lie. Please, take them out of the playoffs! It’s too much to bear.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember last year Chryst simplified the playbook for Kap.
    That was a red flag.

    Ted Tollner said this

    “That’s an accurate assessment because we really felt like we were making some real strides and the area was anticipation and turning the ball loose and trusting,” Tollner told the media, per Nancy Gay of FanHouse. “Are [the passes] going to be where they belong? Can I turn it loose when the coaches want me, or do I have to wait and use my big arm? We were making some real strides along those lines because you have to at this level. . . .

    “You can’t wait till people are open,” Tollner said. “We made strides and last week we fell back in all those
    areas. That’s disappointing to all of us and we’ve got to get back on track. The answer? I don’t have the answer other than what I just said.
    It’s a number of things that happen and there has been a major emphasis on him, on the QB, we’ve got to give [him] a foot rhythm that allows [him] to turn the ball loose on time and [he needs] to buy into that.

    “And he has, to repeat myself — we were making strides and — bam — we stepped back, and I don’t have the answer other than what I already said.”

    ===

    Tollner was talking about Jamarcus Russell in 2009 but you could substitute Kap’s name and it would be accurate.
    Unless Kap changes dramatically the Niners paying him that salary would be a detriment to the team.
    I would give Kap a chance at a reduced contract $5 mil a year
    but refuse to pay him the $12 mil because he won’t be able to master Chip Kelly’s up tempo playbook because he doesn’t do the necessary homework and it is now obvious.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    By giving Kap a chance I mean in an open QB competition, best player wins.
    Harbaugh’s big mistake was never bringing in a QB to compete with Kap for first string. Kap was too comfortable knowing the job was his and didn’t watch enough film or learn the offense completely.

    Change in attitude and study habits are needed. Constructive criticism is helpful when warranted and Kap has to learn to accept it rather than be flippant and defiant about it.

    Niners hired Ex-Cal Bear Hardy Nickerson to be the LB coach.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kelly hired Oline coach Pat Flaherty who’s been the Giants Oline coach for 11 years under Coughlin.
    The Giants used a Power/Man blocking scheme. Will Kelly do the same?

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I think the Org. has given Kap all the rope he’s gonna get. At this point I really don’t think he’s gonna be able to work Chip’s system. However, with a good Oline and a running game that actually works he can still be very dangerous. If he hasn’t learned to read defenses by now he probably never will and he has to be able to see most of the field on passing plays. Something that didn’t happen last year. But, lets see what happens with this new system. As far as his paycheck goes i don’t care what he makes, it’s not my money. It’s Jeds.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder

    If there was no salary cap then it wouldn’t make a difference.
    However what Kap makes gets you three solid olinmen or a Von Miller and a Perrish Cox.

    After his surgery, when Kap was on the Niner sideline I didn’t see any chance he would be back. Most hurt starting QBs wear the earpiece to hear what plays are being called and keep their heads in the game. Kap was in the background away from the QB coach eating an apple and just being a spectator. Was not looking like a member of the team much less than their leader.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This team needs to identify and stockpile talent. Overall TB has failed.

    We needed impact players in the 1st Rd. None. Jury out on Armstead. Core starters in the 2nd and 3rd Rd. Tank, Vance, MM, Brandon Thomas, Lemonier, and Eli Harold is a bad list.

    Salary cap needs to be pushed with some impact players in FA.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Pendergast gone and Tarver still there. Freed up D coaches from playoff losers?

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Biggest issue with Kaep will be his health come April 1.
    3 surgeries following a benching?
    C’mon Man….

    If that’s not an Agent driven agenda nothing is.
    Let’s hope Cleveland or Dallas will entertain a Trade, once Johnnie Goofball’s situation is settled.
    Only saving grace with Kaep’s Contract is the structure.
    He may well buy an injury settlement from SF which makes that insurance clause an interesting facet.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- the salary cap issue is a good point. There is no telling what the FO is gonna do with it though. They haven’t spent very wisely for quite some time now. What we have to look forward to is another Baalke draft, not an exciting prospect. I do hope Chip actually has some input.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Mack might be available and then you can kick Kilgore over to LG and possibly have an Oline of Staley, Kilgore, Mack, Tiller and A Davis.
    Mack would cost $7 to $8.5 mil. He just turned 30 so he has 3-4 good years left.
    Raiduhs signed Roney Hudson as a FA at C last year and he stabilized their shaky line.
    Could be a similar scenario for the Niners and a smart way to use the cap room.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I was thinking another option at C could be Stephen Wisniewski as well.
    Only 26 himself.
    Have a hard time knowing what this O will be built on, in terms of scheme, given an ex-NYG is taking control of the Oline?
    Total head-scratcher in that regard.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Actually it should be spelled Stefen, not Stephen.

  13. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t hold your breath but there’s still a window for A Davis to come back sez Balkey:

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/baalke-responds-anthony-davis%E2%80%99-claims-return-49ers

    I know it won’t make Bullit happy due to Davis lack of team spirit but hey… True to form Davis has NOT filled the required paperwork w/ NFL. Yeah we better draft an OL

  14. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BASG Steve Berman analyzes Balkey’s efforts at GM again. Last year had his overall performance as a B- but then Tomsula happened and 5-11 happened and a buncha guys + coaches left. Then Berman published a rumor on his blog that ‘some folks say’ some nasty, real nasty things about uh, Niner brass (being vague don’t Mr Berman to get in more of a doghouse). That happened and BASG watches Niners on TV now… soooo here’s the long article about our dear GMs updated performance:

    http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/grading-trent-baalke-49ers-gm-2015-moves/

    Hint = it wasn’t a great year for fearless FO face of the franchise

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke has gotten pretty slick when evading a question.
    When Baalke refers to the medical staff for an answer, that means there will be no answer forthcoming due to doctor patient confidentiality. The Niners have never made their team doctor available to answer questions from the media. In fact the 49er team doctor is an unknown as he’s not listed on the 49er front office flow chart.

    Anthony Davis needs to pledge that by coming back he will fulfill the length of his current signed contract and file for reinstatement. Sometimes you feel that AD is being a kid and pulling everybody’s chain.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s pretty obvious that his heart is not with the team or the game. If he does come back he will probably be a shell of the guy we had a few years back. I would go the FA route and pay a player that wants to play.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anthony Davis is thinking like this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X78i13q-atk

    If I were him and just stay off social media.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thx Phil for the BASG on TB. Inability to replace performance of Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, and Patrick Willis showed in pass defense all year.

    Have to stand back and be objective. Tank was heir to Cowboy in TB’s eyes. Outside of Aaron Lynch and the promise of AA we have nothing to excel in pass rush.

    There are no stars on this team. I think due to this void we have to overpay on FA’s. If NYJ will do a franchise tag on Wilkerson, they need AD and Lemonier or Harold for Wilkerson.

    Good FA oline man are hard to pry away. Leaving high drafts to fill or upgrade too many holes. Would not be surprised if final 53 is without the TB bust’s Tank, Marcus Martin, and Brandon Thomas.

    Those 3 and the 2012 draft is why our roster sucks.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cleveland Browns fired their GM Ray Farmer. Two 1st’s and lots of picks. Failed to coach them up?

    One of the best looking drafts turned into nothing. TB take note. You are next unless April and May remakes this team.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Most of us were watching this game 34 years ago.

    http://tinyurl.com/h3kdfxh

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brady is under siege. He has pass rushers in his face almost immediately, some unblocked.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Carson Palmer melts down as do Cards.
    It must be Coach Bruce Arians and his staff’s fault.

    Palmer still has 2 years left on his extension at $16 mil a year.
    Some say Jake Delhomme lost all his confidence after losing .

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip has hired a DB coach Jeff Hafley who was the DB coach with the Browns.
    Jim O’Neil who was the Browns DC is now considered the favorite
    to be named DC

  25. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Carson Palmer played the worst game I’ve ever seen. Somebody running a Las Vegas book had his wife and kids in the trunk of an old Caddy back in the desert.

    It’s not humanly possible to be that bad by accident.

    Denver’s defense shut down Brady’s offense at will but were more than willing to give up every critical third and long. WTF Goodell? Is this the new pro football? Down to the last second again, really?

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Panthers took the NFC West to the woodshed.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    After Carolina and Denver the safe thing for TB is to overemphasize D. FYI Derek Wolfe extended by Broncos. So it starts. Temper your hopes on FA and if it does dry up then AD is definitely back.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If we have to rely on the draft, and cannot do a trade down, Ronnie Stanley RT at #7. Bump AD to RG and keep Boone at LG.

    If FA dries up then Cordy Glenn LT, Keleche Osemele LG, and Alex Mack C stay home. Staley, Boone, Kilgore/Wisnewski, AD, and Ronnie Stanley as starters.

    If Stanley gone, then 3-4 DE like Buckner or Treadwell at #7. Is Tiller really a capable starter at RG.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco has reported that there have been no contract talks between Boone and the Niner FO.

    That menas like Gore, Culliver, Cox, Skuta and Crabtree, Baalke is letting Boone walk without discussing contract. Trent must think there is nothing wrong with the Oline with his guy Brandon Thomas. Baalke is looking for his next Erik Pears.

    Baalke better bring in some players to bolster the Oline or it will be his ass.

  30. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I don’t get it, what’s Balkey thinking? Let Boone walk to save a few buck and grab some loser in FA? Fing brilliant. Balkey thinks guys like Pears are okay? Cool,another shit season with a million sacks and Thompson can finish up our 4-12 season. And we get a new GM. That will make me look like a genius from the shire but wouldn’t it be better to listen to Bakken and Spit who insist ya gotta build the OL and DLs first? Can it really be that difficult to understand?

    Or is winning power struggles more important than winning, you know, football games?

  31. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Well at least Winston, a certified piece of crap who cost his FSU a cool million to make his crimes ‘go away’, didn’t play at the U of Florida Gators. Why you ask? Simple: Harbs Wolverines slaughtered the hapless Gators 41-7 and that, even without the uh, expensive Winston on board, is enough of a black eye.

    You see what a merciful kinda guy I am? Yes everything relates to Jimi H until Chip or somebody proves otherwise. By Winning. The old fashioned way. (steps off soap box)

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Right now the Niners have exclusive access to be the only ones talking to their FAs.

    Baalke’s method is if he doesn’t sign you to an extension then the Niners are pinning to lowball you with an offer.

    That formula might have worked when the Niners had a rong roster
    but Baalke seems to be unwilling to adjust and that has led to relying on Baalke’s draft picks who are not living up to the challenge.

  33. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep that’s TBs MO which I guess means we can expect a low ball offer to Boone…if Boone crawls first…which has not happened to date. Who needs decent Guards?

  34. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m curious to see how the relationship works out between the GM and the new HC. Maybe Chip can make the draft calls on O?

    Balkey balkey, man how many years does this goon?

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Boone is an alternate to the Pro Bowl.

    Chip prizes accuracy and quick decision making so BG is our starter. Rebuild the lines. Wasted a lot of high picks on S and CB.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Boone is seeking OT money.
    Isn’t going to happen at OG.
    With all the Staff being replaced, makes sense to build the OL with the guys that fit the incoming OL Coach’s preferred style of play.
    We’ve got a ton of Picks to address those concerns.
    First Pick will say a lot about what direction they’ve got in mind between O and D.

    Agree Bakkentom, Gabbert probably the better fit at QB, simply for decision making and accuracy.
    I always lean toward Defense myself.
    Edge rusher to replace Aldon for me.
    FA will impact that decision too, if done before the Draft.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If they go QB at 7 I’ll be mildly surprised, as I don’t think Chip will be seeking a prototypical Pocket Passer.
    At least we’ll a HC with some known quantities on Offense for a change.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    New OL Coach Pat Flaherty comes from NYG.
    Seems like an odd fit for Chip to me.
    He’s been protecting Eli after all.
    At this point, who eff’n knows what to expect?

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All that matters now is, that Chip, and Baalke, agree on what it is they’re trying build and, do it together.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chip dismantled the Philly roster while trying to build the team in his image.
    Obviously didn’t work from the personnel side of the business.
    Contracts are key in the NFL.
    He bungled that aspect of it badly.
    If Chip focuses on O, Baalke on D, this could help them both.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One guy they both might agree on at Pick 7 is DeForest Buckner from Oregon.
    Chip loves his Ducks and, Buckner is a candidate to improve the pass rush.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And since Brady got the snot kicked out of him on Sunday, they fired the OLine Coach.
    Can you say….Fall Guy?

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    So much for thinking this kid was going to fly under the radar.

    http://tinyurl.com/hh65le5

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bothers me that Buckner is only 281 lbs. What will he be at the combine. How good is the comparison to Calais Campbell. From what little have read on him, he is better coming out of college.

    Lots of money to accommodate Boone. The first pick has to be OL or DL. No edge rusher this year.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Will be a curious selection prediction Bakkentom.
    Chip wanting to revamp a starving Offense vs our need for OL and pass rush.

    BPA on Defense would be my initial reaction if I were playing GM.
    Buckner played with Armstead at Oregon.
    Many of the pundits feel Buckner was the better pressure guy.

    We’ll see…..

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Will Chip seek his future QB with Pick 7?
    Wouldn’t shock me.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This article from Aug 2015 was a prophecy as to how the Oline was going to perform

    http://sfbay.ca/2015/08/05/49ers-offensive-line-steamrolled-in-training-camp/

    Seems like our GM thought this would self repair and things would just work out. Baalke was more interested in stockpiling future 7th round draft picks.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip should hire Justin Wilcox who was just let go as the DC of U$C.
    Wilcox is the son of Niner HOF LB Dave Wilcox and considered an innovative DC in college.
    Bring him in to coach on defense and you might have a future DC in a few years.

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If Kap is allowed to stay on this team, he MUST be restructured or released and signed back. At minimum he makes the same as BG, with the same incentives for both.

    Biggest hit to salary cap is QB. Why quibble about Boone and others. Personally I would extend BG now, he has the tools to be the starter. Kap is a dim-witted athlete masquerading as QB. Wasting coaching effort, squandering limited resources.

    Expect Kap to be released and test the market for his services.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Higher ranked RT draftees are Jack Conklin, Taylor Decker, and Shon Coleman. All could shift to LT.

    We can only guess at the draft board and draft strategy. Bad news for WR1: none in draft and FA Alshon Jeffrey will be bid up too high to pry away.

    So if OL and DL is a priority, a trade down to pick up an extra 2nd is a possibility

  51. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FYI both Tunsil and Stanley are 6’5″ 305lbs so LT only. So if OT is first pick for us then those 3 RT/LT’S seem better and at least one of them could be picked in the teens if we trade down.

    They could also prove in practice if capable for LT, whenever Staley steps down.

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed we have the money. So Boone kept as LG and AD as RG is expensive but spend money there instead of overpaying for Osemele. If still deemed too pricey then release Kap and pick up a rookie in the middle rounds, like Hogan from Stanford.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Chip Kelly hires former Browns DC Jim O’Neil to same position with 49ers.”

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    ” O’Neil served in the same position with the Browns for the last two years. The Browns dropped from 9th in points allowed in 2014 to 29th in 2015.”

  55. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From NN and dawgsbynature.Com this DC is bad news. In 2 yrs the Browns always had a bad run defense and it is due to scheme. Players have to think too much, not react. Gap integrity suffers.

    He is a bad hire.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What has been missing from the defense are the turnovers and the big plays.
    Niner defense needs to create opportunities for big plays and force the opponent into mistakes. Need the playmakers and ballhawks on the defense.

  57. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    ” O’Neil served in the same position with the Browns for the last two years. The Browns dropped from 9th in points allowed in 2014 to 29th in 2015.”

    So. He’s now out of Professional Football, then?

    God damn it all to hell. 3-13 this year might be too optimistic.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Boone did not attend the voluntary OTAs and trained on his own.
    Apparently Baalke is holding this against him.
    I wonder what Baalke thinks of AD deciding to take a year off?

  59. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ray Horton was DC before this clown came. Browns were getting better and had good drafts on D. O’Neil screwed it up. Ray is coming back as DC with Hue.

    Without gap integrity our LB’s can be exposed to olinemen more. Not good for their health.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t want Mangini back and Jason Tarver is famous for wearing eye black as a coach and flipping off the crowd with the Raiduhs.

    My choice would have been Ed Donatell but Baalke might consider him one of Harbaugh’s guys.

    Give O’Neil a chance as Niners were 29th in yards and 18th in points given up.

  61. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why take the risk on a new scheme. It is more complicated. Young players will have more difficulty executing it.

    He is not the D line coach here. Who decides on scheme here. Why hire the guy if we do not use his scheme from Cleveland. Why draft a D linemen at #7 if the scheme screws with the front 7.

  62. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Tarver may have to pick up the pieces when this guy gets fired mid-season. Why screw with a standard 3-4 and complicate with a 4-3 under.

  63. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From si.Com link in NN article, the scheme worked with Ravens, Jets, and Bills but Browns had tough time implementing it.

    Would feel better if this means Mo Wilkerson will absolutely be a FA target no matter what so he can help the coaches teach it here.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody’s getting fired midseason.
    For that to happen Baalke puts himself squarely in the crosshairs and it’s open season on Trent.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This mock draft is quite different

    http://thedraftwire.usatoday.com/2016/01/26/2016-nfl-mock-draft-3-0-shocker-with-top-pick/?ref=yfp

    If I were Baalke I would consider Myles Jack if he is 100%.
    Could be another Patrick Willis.

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be leaning toward a Defensive difference maker as well Bullit.
    Whether it’s Jack, or a pass rusher, Defense is for me.
    Not sure we’d have to spend a 7 Pick on Jack however.
    Trading back a few slots for an extra 2 would work in that scenario perhaps?

    All depends on what Chip has in mind for the Offense I think.
    If he wants a QB, Pick 7 could go that route?
    See where the FA money goes prior to the Draft.
    That should set things up ahead of time.
    Not sure what we have with Dylan Thompson in the Chip Offense either?

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Located some ‘fluff’ on new DCo Jim O’Neil –

    http://tinyurl.com/zqxfksa

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the full coaching staff hired by Chip Kelly

    Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Lions/run game coordinator)
    Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Eagles/quarterbacks)
    Running backs: Tom Rathman (49ers/running backs)
    Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell (Eagles/wide receivers)
    Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Dolphins/running backs)
    Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (N.Y. Giants/offensive line)

    Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil (Browns/defensive coordinator)
    Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Eagles/defensive line)
    Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers/outside linebackers)
    Inside linebackers: Hardy Nickerson (Buccaneers/linebackers)
    Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (Browns/secondary)
    Special teams: Derius Swinton (Bears/assistant special teams)

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Head Coach at Cleveland was Mike Pettine who was Rex Ryan’s DC with the Jest.
    From the SI article it seems that the defense was also about disguising pre snap reads. Let’s see if this coaching staff can implement this scheme.

    Last year Tomsula hired a Niner scout to coach the Dline and a radio talk show host to b e the QB coach.
    Clearly these guys weren’t NFL caliber coaches because they were older guys with little NFL experience on their resumes.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When last year’s QB coach Steve Logan was hired, it reunited Tomsula with his OC from the Rhein Fire.

    What Logan said was telling

    “What qualities does Steve Logan want in a quarterback?

    Last week, the 49ers new quarterbacks coach spelled out his top three traits: accuracy, decision-making and mobility.

    “If I was going to make a list of what do you want to coach – let’s draw up a guy you want to coach — those first two boxes you check are accuracy and decision-making. He’s really good with both of those right now. They’ve done a wonderful job, coach Harbaugh and the previous staff. Of course, Geep Chryst, the quarterback coach, has worked with Colin. They’ve done a great job developing him. He’s got accuracy. The other things I would want in dialing up a quarterback would be mobility.”

    Having witnessed the Niner 2015 debacle of a season we realize that Logan didn’t know what he was talking about. His assessment of Kap was he was accurate and made good decisions.
    Observing last season we know these as Kap’s major flaws.
    I wonder what Steve Logan was thinking when Kap was sailing passes 10 yards over receivers heads or short hopping wide open receivers by five yards?

    Can Kelly get Kap to throw with touch and accuracy and learn the playbook to make winning decisions?

    Logan said Kap was a 4.0 student and very smart. Could Kap be “book smart” but not NFL football savvy?

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    If what the draft wire assessment of Myles Jack is true I don’t see how you pass on him at #7 unless he’s less than 100% going into the fall

    “In my opinion, Myles Jack is the most naturally gifted prospect in this class without a shadow of a doubt. His physical attributes and cover traits at the linebacker position are truly unique, in fact, I believe Myles Jack is the best cover linebacker I have seen come into the NFL since the All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly”

    If Jack has the football instincts and health than this would be a “no brainer”. He compares to Luke Kuechely and I’d take Luke at #7 if he was there because Luke is a Top 3 LB.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Potential FA target might be Olivier Vernon DE Dolphins.
    Miami can’t afford him because they are paying Suh $28 a season.
    The Dolphins can’t even franchise him.

    He’ll cost about what the Niners were going to pay Aldon on a new deal.He had 7.5 sacks last season with a career high of 11.5 and he still is only 25. He also has a nasty presence on the field.

    One to keep in mind.

  73. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Is there life after Harbaugh? Yep,if you’re a Wolverine. But we are Niners except for Spitwad who is agnostic tending to full blown atheism, in football terms. And after the predictable fuster cluck of the last two years who can blame him or wonder what that large log shaped object is floating in the kool aid?

    At least we get to sorta wonder this year and not be dead certain going into the season that pure crap lays dead ahead. I hate being right like that. It takes the fun out. Call me delusional, call me a ridiculous hope addict, call me an absurd coconut swilling Jed junkie. Call me what you will (just not Chuck) but I had a moment of hope a couple days ago…for about 4 minutes. I thought ‘Maybe we could win a few more this year’. I confess. I’m sorry. Then I heard we hired a DC from the Browns whose D finished 29th to replace our own DC who finished 28th or something. Immediately I felt normal again. You know, depressed and angry. I’m going to work hard on that hopefulness thing.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trent Baalke on the radio evading tough questions by Damon Bruce on the state of the team

    http://www.49ers.com/video/audio/GM_Trent_Baalke_on_State_of_the_49ers/091980af-5221-4e2d-b40b-2583eb6fc55e

    He makes no bones about Tomsula being a mistake

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Abe Vigoda

    Fish and Tessio is really dead. In 1982 People Magazine reported
    in error that Abe had died.

    For Abe it was nothing personal, just business.

    Jimmy T tried to channel some of that but it didn’t work for him.

  76. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Austin Johnson NT is a name to watch. 6’4″ 323 lbs is likened to Dan Williams. An NT that can push the pocket. Maybe late 2nd and 3rd and we can bundle picks to trade up.

  77. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/1/27/10855404/how-peyton-mannings-retirement-might-impact-the-49ers-plans-for

    Per this fan post and Brooks release we will have 30 million to spend on prime FA’s. So how about Olivier Vernon and Malik Jackson. Also he expects Demarcus Ware and Ryan Clady to be released.

  78. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Oops. Cannot take both, they are olb’s.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The real question regarding the Draft is where Chip goes for his QB.
    If he’s content to take on Kaep and Gabbert, Pick 7 is open to either side of the ball IMO.
    Would Chip covet a stud WR such as Treadwell?
    Would Baalke covet a stud addition to the Defense, perhaps Jack,Buckner or possibly, a shutdown CB?

    FA money is there for us as well.
    Whatever position they make a push for in FA would then set up the Draft Board.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, you and I exchanged thoughts on Jack at the time he was injured.
    I liked both he and Jaylon Smith as potential ILB candidates.
    Now that both have suffered major knee injuries, Smith could likely return to school to get himself healthy for next years’ Draft.

    As discussed, if Jack checks out medically, no question, he becomes a good option for us.

    I simply can’t predict how Chip will view the QB position once Pick 7 becomes clear in April.
    If Paxton, Wentz are there, I could see either being too attractive to pass on, if he doesn’t commit to Gabbert,Kaep or Thompson.

    I’m going to pay closer attention to Dak Prescott now as well.
    Didn’t consider him very seriously before Chip was hired.
    Now, I think he, or Brandon Doughty from WKU could become more attractive, should they opt to pass on the QB at Pick 7.

  81. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe are both DE’S on their 4-3 D. I believe Wolfe is a small DT and he did get an extension. So both Vernon and Jackson are 4-3 with their hand in the ground. Big money for unproven OLB’s?

    Reluctantly, no to both.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It appears that Jaylon Smith has declared for the Draft this year.
    Could he be worth a ‘Red-Shirt’ Pick?

  83. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NFL.Com draft profiles has him at 225 lbs. He should be a safety at that size. Nope.

  84. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How about this. NYJ franchise tag on Wilkerson. AD for Wilkerson, even if we have to throw in Harold or Lemonier. Trade down #7 to mid teens for an extra 2nd. If Myles Jack still there, take him for a new Willis at 6’1″ 245 lbs. If not, get Conklin, Decker, or Coleman at RT. The two 2nd’s are OG and C.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got Jaylon showing at 6’3″/240?
    He’s also flexible enough to play ILB/OLB

    Watched the Senior Bowl practice yesterday – They’re playing ‘Bama ILB Reggie Ragland at OLB.
    He’s in the 250s and, looked pretty stout taking on OTs in pass rush drills.

    Lots of evals taking place over the next 4 weeks leading up to the Combines.

    This Drat Class is absolutely loaded with DLine talent.
    I’m leaning away from spending big money in FA on the position.
    Although, NYJ have a decision to make between Sheldon Richardson and Mo Wilkerson.
    Richardson was indicted recently and could be facing suspension time, while Mo is recovering from a leg fracture.
    An even up swap of AD for either would work for me also.

    Any possibility Chip would chase Bradford and bring him back to the NFCW?
    Personally, I’d pass but, there is the immediate benefit to system/Division familiarity going for that line of thought.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Big question with Jaylon is that he just tore up a knee in Bowl action.
    Jack is ahead of him in terms of rehab progress.
    Either guy could be (potentially), an excellent replacement option to Patrick.

    Another thought, concerning AD is, if you move his Contract in a potential player swap, Boone could then be in the mix for an extension at OT money.
    I liked what I saw of Trent Brown at RT as well.
    Tiller at OG, perhaps Brandon Thomas has something to offer after another year of conditioning?
    Can Kilgore be relied upon in Chip’s system or, does another option become a factor?

    So much rides on Chip’s Offense being assembled and, which direction he’ll prefer to take with his QB.
    With 12 Picks, there’s plenty of ammo to reload with via the Draft without having to overspend in FA.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    When you look at Cam Newton in Carolina, his OLine provides him enough time in the pocket to knit a sweater.
    There aren’t many guys in this league that can boast that kind of time.
    This SB will be determined between Carolina’s OL keeping the pressure away from Denver’s DL.

    Protect the QB/Sack the QB.
    It starts, and ends, in the trenches.
    Peyton may be older and slower physically but, mentally, he’ll tear apart the best Defenses, with less time afforded to him.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about thorough analysis of the Niners Cap.
    Everything you possibly wanted to know.

    http://overthecap.com/49ers-2016-offseason-preview/

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another LB to keep on the radar is Joshua Perry from OH State.
    6’4″/254
    Tackling machine with decent speed and coverage skills.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Caught this kid at Senior Bowl practices –
    DT Matt Ionnidis from Temple – 6’4″/303

    Looked like a load to handle and, he moves around from inside to out.
    Looks like a versatile guy.
    He’s going to replace Hassan Ridgeway for me as a mid RD option.

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another LB to watch for at the Sr Bowl is Josh Forrest from KY
    6’2″/250

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot the Bio link –

    http://tinyurl.com/gnosh63

  93. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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