Long Odds

Your faithful scribe has been offline for a couple of weeks. In my absence, the 49ers have apparently been flying under the radar also, content to remain inconspicuous while the Warriors, Sharks, and Giants capture the attention of the Bay Area.

The beat writers have been trying to get us interested in who will play ILB alongside NaVorro Bowman, among other inconsequential efforts to arouse our appetites. Poor bastards have to make a living, I suppose. Covering a team that has little appeal and little chance to succeed.

Jimmie Ward has been moved from slot CB to full time outside CB across from Tramaine Brock. Which begs the question, why did Trent Baalke spend six picks in the past two drafts trying to find somebody to fill precisely that role? Maybe this is the first indication of Chip Kelly giving the finger to Baalke’s GMing skills?

As noted by our readers, the Vegas boys don’t think much of the Niners this coming season, installing them as underdogs in all sixteen games. The Browns share that dubious distinction as well, further driving home the point of awfulness served up by Baalke and Jed York since dismissing Scot McCloughan and Jim Harbaugh.

The Browns and the Niners both have new HCs with a certain repute as offensive wunderkinds (Hue Jackson and Kelly), so you would think Vegas would be somewhat impressed and look for each team to improve on last year’s records (3-13 and 5-11). The Browns have a proven track record of swallowing up any and all talent that wanders their way, so Vegas skepticism is probably warranted.

But the Niners? How can a team win five games under Jim Tomsula and less than that under Kelly?

Mostly, Baalke has done nothing to improve the team this year. He replaced Alex Boone with an aging and fading Zane Beadles and let leading receiver Anquan Boldin walk away. Right tackle is still a black hole. Right guard will have last year’s returning mediocrities or rookie Joshua Garnett, who can’t pass block. Top pick Deforest Buckner might be good, or even great, someday. But he’s not likely to be an impact player this year.

The best we can hope for out of Kelly is a more competitive team, even with lesser players. Last year, the Niners were soundly trashed in nine out of sixteen games. Losing respectably isn’t much to get excited about, but we’re in Browns territory now, and these are the terms of endearment.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bruce Miler is lining up as a WR in addition to TE as he looks for a new job because Kelly’s offense doesn’t use Fullbacks.

    I wonder if there was any thought in moving Miller back to DE, the position he played in college.

    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article81576877.html

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ouch. No stretching of reality needed for dramatic effect.

    AD a non-entity. Thanks TB. DL a slow work in progress.

    Our DL cannot handle Dallas with a healthy Romo and Elliot with their oline. SOS is killer.

    The O will be as bad as last years. Only hope is new coaches and playcalling.

    Looking forward to next year’s draft.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Still looks like 3-13 to me.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can Brandon Thomas and Marcus Martin be rehabbed. Maybe our oline coach and OC Modkins can be our Tom Cable.

    Passing attack will take more time. At least Chip not pressured and can do things to fit a longer term outlook. Probably an emphasis on running, play action passes, and short to intermediate timing routes. Torrey Smith needed to pull safeties out of the middle.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bears now have Akiem Hicks, 3-4 DE 6’4″ 324 lbs along with the 2nd year for Eddie Goldman NT, 6’4″ 333 lbs. to anchor the dline. LB’s roam free behind that.

    Bears FA along with draft are being transformed. Add a healthy Kevin White WR1 to complement Alshon Jeffrey.

    This time we lose.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Once again, our top 4 of 5 picks are for D. Did our oline really improve. Joshua Garnett will need a full season to overcome rookie-itis. Staley another year older and what are odds he escapes injury from all of the collapsing pockets this season.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NFL.Com draft tracker had Cody Whitehall rated higher than Garnett. Bears got him a full round later with pick 25 of 2nd round.

    He has shorter arms for an interior lineman so I guess that is why TB passed on him. He played a lot of OT in college and is a better pass protector.

    We could have gotten an RT with our original 2nd and moved up our 3rd into the 2nd for Whitehair. This tells me the run game will be emphasized and established to make the passing game work.

    Need to watch Flaherty and Modkins develop and choose the right players to get the run game a consistent week to week staple of this O. The ass kicking done by Cleveland and Seattle on our dline was priority one not to repeat.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sink or swim with Trent Brown RT? Pears as his backup. The other 4 linemen as a unit will be better than last year, which will elevate Trent Browns play?

    The OG play is targeted by HC as a must for better oline play. Get better yardage on first and second down will make things a lot easier for the third down pass choice.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Did Colin Kaepernick doom last year’s O coaching staff. Inquiring minds want to know.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Colin Kaepernick won’t be medically cleared to participate in the 49ers’ three-day minicamp this week.”

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    That says it all. He will not be available to media until training camp. Leaving time for TB to dispose.

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We’re Number One. Hooray and FML.

    “49ers roster worst in NFL”

    http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2016/06/06/espn-pff-rank-49ers-roster-worst-in-nfl/

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    PFF rated rosters and who are in our neighborhood, and what did happen in their offseason.

    CLE, like us, is relying on the draft and had poor high picks or bad coaching and have a depleted roster.

    CHI last year had good coaching and planned well in both 2015 and 2016 draft. Kevin White IR’D for all of 2015 but their 2nd Rd pick Eddie Goldman NT is a future star for them. Used FA to add two starting ILB’s that can play all 3 downs and a 3-4 DE that can team with Goldman to upgrade their run D. Their 2016 draft added an OLB, 3-4 DE, and OG to a mediocre oline.

    TENN already has O building blocks of Marcus Mariota QB, Taylor Lewan LT, Chance Warmack RG, and DGB as potential WR1. In draft they added Jack Conklin RT, Kevin Dodd DE/OLB, and Austin Johnson DT/NT.

    JAX has an excellent roster that killed this draft and some good FA’s last year and now.

    So what the phuck am I saying. Fans of CHI, TENN, JAX, and our OAK neighbors have to be psyched up with the promise of their rosters.

    CLE and SF have hit rock bottom. CLE at least has some extra high picks next year. Jed and TB have had years to yield this stinking corpse of a roster. TENN has oline guru’s Mike Mularkey HC and Russ Grimm oline coach.

    I look at this team and wish them luck in their slow build. I am rooting for them to lose all of their games this year. Chip Kelly will have a slew of high picks to fix the O next year.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CHI has so lifted their front seven via both draft and FA. Fangio knows OLB and he moved up to #9 for one, who is tall and skinny. Otherwise they have Pernell McPhee OLB, Danny Trevathan ILB, Jurrell Freeman ILB as their starting LB’s.

    They can draft for their oline and secondary next year. They have a plan and used their draft and salary cap to improve their roster in one offseason.

    Contrast that with ours. I still cannot stomach spending our 3rd on an undersized CB, an ACL project.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CHI suffered key injuries last year so they probably were not as bad as their record. But even they had some star players.

    Kevin White WR1, Alshon Jeffrey WR1, Jay Cutler QB, Kyle Long OG, Eddie Goldman NT, Pernell McPhee OLB, and Kyle Fuller CB.

    Who are our stars or budding stars? Staley, Lynch, Bowman, Armstead?????? BG may develop under Kelly’s scheme and playcalling.

    TB and Jed are a disaster.

  16. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Miller may be the Swiss Army Knife we’ve been missing since the original Delaney Walker went to TEN =

    “Bruce Miller’s transition to tight end continues to be going well. He worked primarily with the first team in ’12’ personnel (one running back, two tight ends) alongside Garrett Celek. Vance McDonald rotated in with the starters while second-year player Blake Bell worked with the second unit.

    Miller made a number of catches in the middle of the field and could be turning into a valuable piece of Kelly’s offense. He’s lined up just about everywhere, including in-line tight end, H-back and receiver.”

    GO Bruce!

    http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2016/06/07/observations-from-49ers-minicamp-practice/

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    PHIL
    My biggest area of concern right now is at TE so it would be huge if Miller can become our starter there !

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hmm… Jared Cook at GB and Zach Miller at CHI compared to McDonald/Celek/Bruce Miller. Who would you choose. Jared Cook may be Jermichael Finley 2.0 and Cutler-Miller were making the highlight reels in December.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    Compare you say. Well for one thing Zach and Bruce will both have Miller on the back of their jerseys. Lol
    Now if Bruce can play TE …

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    That will be Grump’s excuse for downing beer’s during another blowout.

  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Wait, Grump Needs an excuse for downing more beer? I don’t believe it.

    BTW if my addled memory serves me right, I think it was Grumpy who called for Chip to go to the NFL, maybe to PHI. Ironic that we now have Chip here…

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This offseason the niners did the bare minimum. Cleveland endured a FA exodus. That is a major contrast. Curious to see how the fans react.

    FO and TB accepts a bad team. They assume Marcus Martin, Brandon Thomas, and Tank Carradine were victims and can be rehabbed to match their draft status. That has to happen this season since the two 1st Rd players need development and most likely not have a serious impact in 2016.

    Will Eli Harold morph into a serious starter? Will anything come out of the mid and low level WR picks? Can Chip Kelly succeed now that the DC’s know what to expect.

    This is all very depressing to me. This time niners need to match realistic expectations and get #1 slot in 2017 draft. Accept nothing less.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Grandma Kankles looks lovely, basking in the glow of her victory.

  24. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ain’t that sweet?

    1 more day of OTAs and another dead zone til late July. Ugh. So far, apart from a couple early draft picks, the best moves the Niners have made would seem to be Chip Kelly and the upgraded coaching staff. A start perhaps in undoing the horrendous debacle of dumping the Jimi regime? Because 49-22-1 wasn’t good enough for dipshit and the FO minions. Whatever. This crew lives down to expectations then maybe not…

    Dubs in another dogfight w/ the Cav-men. Very glad we have home court advantage as the refs seem determined to extend this series with the ticky-tacky foul calls on the Dubs. Curry and Klay are getting shut down pretty good by CLE.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In game 4 the W’s need to have a better gameplan. Cavs are contesting the 3 point shots often sending 2 players at the shooter. That means there has to be a player unguarded.

    Ball movement and passing were not crisp and the careless turnovers led to too many empty possessions. The W’s dug a hole when they had something like 10 turnovers in the first quarter.

    Curry and Thompson are getting mugged and held and the refs are letting it happen. Cleveland said they played more physical so expect more of the same.

    In game 3 the Warriors sucked and did not play their brand of basketball.

  26. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kap now sez he’s ‘fine’ with playing for the Niners; trade request (by his agents who are rookies) unexplained.

    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article82835592.html

    We will see won’t we

  27. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Great interview with Draymond Green who says “We lost because of our lack of effort. We got punked from the jump. No Xs and Os adjustment will fix this. We need to work harder. We didn’t, they did and that’s why we lost”.

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2016/06/09/draymond-green-10/#more-32009

    I guess it wasn’t the refs…clearly

  28. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting comment from poster on Cohn’s blog re: Kap’s trade request. If this is correct and this is from a reliable poster as far as I know, then the trade request is entirely understandable. Evidently Paraag “The Knife” Marathe demanded Kap take a substantial pay cut just prior to the request from Kap’s camp. Hmmm…Is there any wonder the Niners have been dysfunctional since forever? This is shit management.

    “sebnynah”
    June 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    “I would just like to point out that Kaep’s reps asked permission to talk with other teams just minutes after the leaker, Paraag Marathe, demanded that Kaep take a pay cut. Sounds like the Niner FO was playing hardball, and it backfired spectacularly on them. Kaep essentially destroyed any trade value, so now he is getting paid fully, and is seriously competing for the starting QB position, despite the FO animus”.

    We are cursed with morons,idiots and dipshits locked into place so don’t be getting any hopefulness going for yourself. It remains to be seen if a good relationship with a decent coach will result in better play from Kap and the team. And York had the nerve to compare this team’s FO with the Warriors? This is the drooling of insincere idiots like so much else oozing out of the hierarchy.

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    Article above is Kapernick answering questions from reporters. He seems be making an all out effort to do the right things. I like the kid.

  30. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    And we wonder why the word dysfunction is so easily associated with SF?
    It comes naturally.
    Right after the D and the Y.
    Dumb
    Yorks

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chip’s O demands quick decision making, read D pre-snap, accurate passes on timing routes with quick release, and occasional deep passes to keep the safeties and LB’s in pass coverage honest.

    Look forward to the QB competition. Kap loses on all of the above to BG. If FO is wise, he will be released before training camp. His contract is DOA on injuries and other GM’s, if any are still interested, will wait on his release and pay the minimum. Have democrap Jed pick up the rest.

    What a wise investment FO foolishly made giving him a franchise QB facade when coaches knew full well he fails on all the mental requirements a top QB needs. The FO were morons and fools for giving him that contract.

    TB wanted Gase and silverspoon demanded Tomsula as DC, shitcanning the accomplished Fangio. Jed needs to butt out of football and concentrate on political pay to play.

  32. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Niners tried to dump Kap already and it blew up all over them with his righteous refusal to be bullied by The Knife. Niners in turn let him explore the FA market where the best offer (only one?) was equivalent to the Niners scam reduction. Kap wisely said “No deal”. He reported at full pay so screw you dipshit,knife and Balkey. Kaepernick HAS ALREADY given the Niners a break by taking less money than he could have gotten “So the team could sign and resign the best players”. As we are well familiar this did not happen. Instead dipshit fired the winning coach, dumped many of the best players and ignorantly hired Tomsula. The rest is history and we suck.

    Now Chip is very happy to have Kap on board to evaluate what he can do- from what has been reported and there are some who speculate that Chip made it a condition of his employment that the NINERS QUIT SCREWING the Pooch esp.with Kap if they wanted Chip here. So hopefully the decision to keep Colin will be Chip’s not the knife wielding bean counter or dipshit’s. You know, keeping the orgs word not lying, manipulating and spreading bullshit to players and fans. And letting the HC make the call on who stays on the team. Not some third rate hack politician wannabe and his bean counter/thug.

    Chip Kelly was raised by a lawyer father who was a former Jesuit so this little matter of “Keeping one’s word” is not a small deal. Hopefully the FO/dipshit have had enough fans, coaches, players hating them that they will get off and stay off their drunken, power mad addiction to CONTROL everybody and keep their word.

    I rest my rant.

  33. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Unlike football, basketball is a global sport played worldwide so the NBA Finals are being televised here in a few minutes. Curry, Dubs, go get ’em!

    Here’s Dr. Berman’s diagnosis and prescription of what the Dubs need now = good game from their leader Curry.

    http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/all-eyes-on-stephen-curry/

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If FO really had their sheet together they should have traded him after the Super Bowl loss to the Ravens.

    Harbaugh and Roman were on record about having to not show too much Kap. Knowing full well he was a system QB and not show enough of Kap allowing DC’s to contain him.

    He was at his zenith at that time. We’re there any trades for him from gullible GM’s. FO knew his deficiencies then and should have did the trade. Instead they extended him a contract he did not merit.

  35. robNo Gravatar says:

    Good points about Chip Kelley PHILL. I hope ur right about him !

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    Oh BTW I think it’s important to point out the real culprit behind the throne … One Dr John York

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There was once a hope among the Faithful that Jed was more like Uncle Eddie than his dad.
    The last few years have proven that it is what it is, like father, like son.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember at the end of last season when the company line was they had $60 million in salary cap room to restock the team?

    They signed Zane Beadles and Thad Lewis.

    The Niners have many holes and some say they have a bottom five talent supply. So WTF is Baalke doing to improve? Absolutely nothing so far.

    Maybe Jed is using the $60 mil to buy another minor league soccer franchise in Fresno so he can expand his sports empire.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hope all experienced the 80’s and 90’s here.

    I guess it is inertia. How else to explain following this team.

    This FO needs shock therapy. Huge loss of season ticket holders and 0-16 record still may not be enough.

  40. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Chip’s system fits Kaps skills so it is said. It is likely this O will exceed the Tomsula crews train wreck. Now whether the W-L record is better I doubt due to new coaches, young team, many holes and unknowns. But baby steps? Will our D be effective? Can the Niners be a Team again after the recent debacles?

    Tomsula’s charade was rock bottom I believe so I don’t see us being too much worse but 4-12 is worse than 5-11. I ascribe that to our horrendous schedule this year which is a ball breaker.

  41. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep our owners suck. No getting over that. Eddie D, Walsh, John McVay have never been replaced certainly not by these businessmen. Business before football does not a winning franchise make.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Warriors had, and I repeat HAD an horrible owner in Chris Cohan who hardly ever showed his face at games. He sold the team to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber for a record amount of money ($450 mil) at the time. The fans treated him like he was Chris Cohan
    when he spoke in front of the fan base. They were skeptical when he promised greater days ahead and tried to boo him off the court.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbij4VY6UiE

    Lacob delivered and the Warriors won a title within 5 years of that promise and are about to do so again. Lacob as the owner made all the difference in the world in shaping the success of the team as he hired the best management team possible with Jerry West as a consulatant.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwZQ6SL60Nw

    Sadly I don’t see Jed York following the same path with the Niners. He was on the right path with Harbaugh and then he decided he wanted to navigate and now the team is lost.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I still think the root of the problem is Dr Daddy and Paraag Bullit.
    Jed is simply the ‘face’ of the Franchise, while Paraag carries out the money manipulation for Dr Daddy.
    His Moneyball tactics put Baalke’s efforts of finding football players into a psuedo-mix of stats and projections.

    As some have offered in recent months, there seems to be a convenient structure of ‘fall guys’ being administered by Paraag and Dr Daddy behind the scenes.
    What’s the purpose of holding all this Cap Surplus while continuing to bargain hunt like it doesn’t exist?
    Once a cheap bastard, always a cheap bastard I guess?
    It would appear as though Baalke wears the GM Hat simply for appearances, while Paraag crunches data and feeds it into the Roster Assembly Budget-Miser 1.0 Operating System.

    Pathetic.
    Non football guys playing make believe at the NFL level.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I have to wonder whether the meltdown with Harbaugh began with Paraag or Kaep before it festered with Baalke?
    Too many suggestions that Paraag was the source of the backdoor stories that likely created the air of distrust within the walls of 4949.

    Dysfunction of the highest order IMO.
    Meddling fools don’t succeed where it matters.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, businessmen or douchebags. Let others be the judge. Each team gets common benefits so the weak get something. What % does each get.

    So Paraag has calculated a breaking point that the niners have not crossed yet. At some point the value of the asset gets low enough for the Yorks to pay attention.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you are a meddling owner like Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder
    who are constantly putdown and derided here for their ways, at least they are not adverse to spending money on their franchise no matter how foolish.

    To me it beats a meddlesome owner who is also a tightwad.
    The poorest owner in the league who owns the team across the bay consistently outspends Jed.

    Jed needs to explain how he has all this cap room but refuses to spend significant money on replenishing the roster.
    Building from scratch and relying on the draft makes your team an expansion club.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I hold Baalke responsible for letting for instance Vernon Davis
    and Boldin go this year and Crabtree in the previous year and not having legitimate replacements in place.

    They spent $80 mil on Torrey Smith who is a deep threat but is he capable of catching 5 passes a game on average and keeping the offense moving? The other options are Patton and Ellington
    who have yet to step up and have any breakthrough games.
    The Niners now have slow lumbering TEs in Celek, McDonald and Bell.

    Baalke is too quick to dismiss players like Crabtree and Boldin
    because they both can outperform the players you have on the roster and in Crabtree’s case he signed a one year contract with Oakland for $3 mil a year before the poorest guy in the NFL rewarded him with Torrey Smith money.

    The combination of uncertainty at the QB position and an unreliable unproven receiving corps will lead to stacked boxes
    to stop the running game and essentially an anemic offense.
    Kelly will have his work cut out for him.

  48. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I think there’s enough blame to go around, everyone will get their fair share and none will be shorted. Obviously Yorks are cheap on investing in coaches and players. We see, and ‘suffer’ the depleted roster in the brand new stadium where the Niners struggle to win. A cheap picture in a pretty frame, how nice. Also on the list of York sins to be damned is a delegating excessive authority to bean counters like Marathe who know jack about football inspite of their pretensions to have some ‘analytic’ expertise in the subject. Pure nonesense like putting Marathe in charge of calling for challenge flags.

    We saw last year Balkey the General Manager COACHING DBs! A prime example of an owner not enforcing boundaries where the GM sticks to player acquisition (since Marathe has usurped the contract negotiation duties?) and leaves coaching players to competent COACHES. Oh wait we didn’t have any last year. But how many opportunities did Balkey have to suggest to our gullible owner “I can do it better”? With a weak coach that may not be so bad but with a Kelly or a Harbaugh = Watch Out!

    Kelly is no Tomsula and has just experienced an ugly conflict with the Eagles GM over players and a power struggle with him for their owners support. Chip Kelly is no fool (and is far less abrasive towards mgmt. than Jimi) so knowing the Eagles conflicts AND the Niners similar dysfunctions I’m inclined to credit the current speculations that Kelly has iron clad guarantees from York that he, Kelly, will have absolute control over who makes the team and who stays on it. This will hopefully diminish The Knifes authority based on money consideration and Balkeys based on infringing on who makes the roster, who stays on it, who gets extended, who gets cut.

    Kelly has three years of NFL HC experience and surely does not want a repeat of the the Eagles trauma. It is easy to credit the speculation that Kelly will have absolute authority in team composition as well as coaching! OR ELSE. What? “Mr York we have a problem…You recall our contract no doubt…That’s right Sir, fix it or I walk with full contract amount in hand…”

    He would never sign on here without Yorks full agreement and support…in writing.

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Silverspoon can do whatever he wants. No checks and balances. He can tell the others to pound sand. If he can live with what he has done to this team, so be it. He and his family are the owners.

    Deal with it. Stay away from the stadium. No shirt buying. Follow and root for other teams.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Zane Beadles, a big fan of Ellen and on her show. He is soft and twisted. Oblivious to peer pressure, like silverspoon.

    Anyone expecting great things from him. Want a football player spending dollars on UFC, not Ellen.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, as Phil suggests, there’s plenty of blame to go around.
    I simply question the scope of responsibility afforded to Baalke as the ‘GM’?
    If his duties are being diluted by the penny-pinching/stats-driven analytics agenda of Dr Daddy and Paraag, God help us.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t wrap my head around this Moneyball approach in the NFL.
    There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that our current Ownership doesn’t invoke standard ‘football’ practices in their dealings with the product that gets put into the locker room.
    Personal conflicts between a CFO/HC/QB, whomever, is a recipe for long term disaster.
    As I’ve contended all along, let football people run the team.
    HC/GM/Coaches should shop for the talent with, (hopefully) a common vision for the foundation to build upon.
    Working the Cheapo Circuit puts us in the same conversation with the likes of Cleveland.
    Who just went the same route with another Moneyballer plucked from the ranks of MLB.
    Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta are the direct reflection of York and Marathe.
    Go figure?

    Analytics my A$$.
    Might work great for Contract structures but, football is done in a tighter production window with much higher odds of injuries than MLB.
    You don’t roll out a bullpen full of QBs to match up one-on-one when the game is on the line.
    Coaches and players execute those strategies.
    Not some Whiz Kid in the booth playing the odds.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone surprised at the leaks/conflicts involving Harbaugh and Cleveland?
    There’s an Ohio Connection involving a certain Dr and, the proximity to the Mistake by The Lake perhaps?

  54. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CLE owner Jimmy Haslam probably not a good compare to the Yorks. Haslam family are owners of the private Pilot/Flying J truck stop chain.

    Tho like with Eddie, he may be looking at jail time and/or fines for defrauding customers. He is no silverspoon.

    I believe RG III brought in temporarily to appeal to a certain fan segment and will deliver the 2017 #1 for them.

  55. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CLE had many of their best players FA and exit this offseason. I feel TENN did better than CLE in trading out for draft picks, but especially who they chose.

    TENN similar to Dallas with a young oline of 1ST RD picks and a franchise QB. TENN has it better with young Mariotta. Will DGB become their Dez Bryant? Both are weak on D.

  56. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, good stuff for someone who thinks like an investigative journalist. Better money blowing smoke around Jed, but you will have to stand in line.

    Many have kneepads. Hard to compete with a Jennifer Lee Chan.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom the crux of this issue for me is a clear ‘business model’ being implemented by non-football-types.

    It’s like playing Fantasy Football IMO.
    Do we honestly think a guy like Joe Montana could have been pulled from the analytics of ND football and projected to the success he enjoyed in SF?
    Walsh had a System that needed a specific skillset to run it.
    Where does that involve anything but a football guy seeing a football player that fit his vision?

    It’s about a physical/mental makeup in football guys.
    Not some Whiz Kid, calculating College stats and, figuring some schmuck HC can be placed in the Locker Room to show them what needs to be done between the lines.

    Football guys know football players.
    It’s about finding enough football players and giving them proper Coaching to get them all on the same page to execute a specific strategy.
    Not that complicated IMO.
    If the non-football-types stay out of the process.

  58. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    PFF has a piece on NT Danny Shelton of CLE. He was rated better than Goldman of CHI for the draft. Their high picks included Ogbah OLB and Nassib, a tweener DE. Our new DC helped their D under achieve the last 2 years. Barkevious Mingo OLB has been a bust so far.

  59. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Admiration of football guys may lead you to TENN and JAX. Mularkey should bring that young oline to prominence. Watch Gus Bradley with their bounty of FA and draft picks on D. JAX could be a perennial playoff team starting in 2017. One year of seasoning for their draft haul.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Haslam is no Eddie either.
    Eddie didn’t defraud any of his customers.
    He simply got greedy and waded too far into the political realm of lining pockets for personnel gain.

    Eddie was devoted to his 9ers.
    Genuinely so.

    Jed and Dr Daddy are simply looking to ride those of us that bled for Eddie’s Era 9ers, with smoke and mirror tactics that appear to be just as greedy as Haslam screwing his customers at Pilot/Flying J.

    Haslam and York – Mirror images of Corporate Greed.
    Sports for profit I guess?
    Fan loyalty be damned.
    I’m in the camp that doesn’t go away.
    I’m with those that put those planes in the air over the stadium on Sunday.
    Fuk Greed. Call ’em out at every opportunity.
    I support the guys wearing my colors that want to win.
    If Ownership isn’t in it to win.
    Drive’m the EFF OUT.

  61. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jed and the Yorks have contempt for the fan base they inherited. Definitely elitist in mindset.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Trust me Bakkentom, the only math these clowns understand is bad publicity.
    Eddie spent lavishly on his team.
    Players appreciated that down to a Man.

    I will be in Canton in August to honor Eddie’s commitment to the 9ers I bled for, as he did.
    It might be the last chance to see the Dynasty Era 9ers I’ve enjoyed for decades.
    If Jed has any clue, he’ll open his eyes to the obvious.
    Uncle Eddie took care of his players.
    Those players remain loyal to this day.
    If Jed and Dr Daddy don’t wake up to reality that cheap doesn’t cut it, they’ll be seeing plenty of season ticket holders finding other ways to entertain themselves soon enough.

  63. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Damn if Green has to sit Monday’s game. Best outcome will be Dubs taking the trophy w/o him on the court in game 5. Warriors going to be pumped sky high to do it for the Greenster the victim of LBJ, Cavs baiting. This is pissing the Ws off royally and no further motivation needed tho Green needs to restrain himself a bit. Clearly. Should Cav-men win game 5 there will be a slaughter of the Cleveland whiners in game 6 on their court. James is a loathsome manipulator whom the gods will never reward with another championship.

  64. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ it’s commendable and a worthy hope that money boys will put love ahead of their true goal = more money. Unlikely to happen despite the mountains of bad publicity earned by such a focus in recent times here. Resulting in massive implosion of team morale, fan morale, coach flight and subsequent collapse. Yes this hurt the bottom line so maybe a ray of light penetrates the heart of darkness at the top. Maybe. Long odds, yup.

    It took a change of ownership to get the Warriors off the mat so that likely is the case here too. Meanwhile you are wise to go see Eddie who did indeed LOVE the Niners, the players, the fans get honored in the NFL HOF in Canton. That is a fitting tribute to the man who learned from his mistakes and built the greatest era in team history. Maybe to be challenged only by the Golden State Warriors who are challenging for the title “Greatest Bay Area Franchise Ever”.

    For me it’s a thrill watching the Dubs fight forward but football is my first sporting love so there is no substitute for the Red and Gold. Basketball is now a global sport played worldwide with many many Dubs and NBA fans here and there can never be enough championships from my home area. So while Niner owners wander in delusion I’ll root for the newest prospective dynasty.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil as an East Coaster who has ALWAYS followed the 9ers from afar, I’m disgusted with the entire chain of events surrounding our current era 9ers.
    I feel for those faithful followers who have shelled out astronomical sums for seats in Levis Stadium too.
    If I were one of them, I’d be there every home game simply to protest Ownership.
    I protested years ago in the Meadowlands parking lot calling for York to sell.
    The Good Dr simply shuffled the deck chairs on the Titanic.
    Jettisoned Nolan, slipped Paraag into an authority position, (synonymous with his cheap business tactics) and, put the Jedi at the front of the line.
    I firmly believe he castrated Baalke in favor of analytics and Cap savings too.
    If I so much as get within shouting distance of any of the 3 Blind Mice while in Canton, I’ll make myself heard.

    What Eddie built, these clowns are tearing down brick-by-brick.
    Absolutely embarrassing IMO.
    Eddie deserves a better legacy than these 3 Stooges.

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    But.
    Hell NO, I won’t go away quietly.
    I’ve invested too many years of loyal support to let these A-Holes pocket the profits while demonstrating no feasible intentions to win.
    If Eddie taught them anything, he clearly put his money where it mattered.
    In the team he loved.

    Until these clowns get that fact and, practice his passion, we’re going to be protesting for a long time I’m afraid.
    All that can be done now is to call them out. ENDLESSLY.

    Embarrass them as they’ve embarrassed us.

  67. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Well said NJ. I hope shame and fear of losing more money (fan support) will wise up our bean counters in charge. Marathe an absolute disaster appointed by ownership. Kelly hopefully has York by the balls on his duties as HC with severe penalties for violations. Niners problems start and will one day end AT THE TOP.

  68. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BTW sincere condolences for the victims of Islamic terror in Orlando. Sad unnecessary situation. When will York speak out about threats to LGBT community in addition to his support for gender neutral bathroom facilities? SILENCE and PC dissembling is not working people…

  69. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, Hillary and Obama are open borders, lax enforcement, and pro-muslim. Terrorist attacks by muslim immigrants need to be quashed by the media asap.

    Democraps like silverspoon keep quiet, hoping it blows away so their dumb voters forget about it.

  70. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, forget all the mass shootings in the USA by Christian nutjobs. When will Grandpa Pumpkinface use the term “Radical Christian Terrorists?” Oh yeah, he won’t.

    Forget that this guy was American born, hated gays, had passed an FBI check, and got a special weapons permit from the state of FL.

    Forget that Repubs in Congress shot down the law that would have prevented this guy from legally buying an AR-15. I suppose he could’ve killed 50 and wounded 53 without much effort with a club or a knife. “I NEED my AR-15 to hunt deer! They’re quick!”

    But it’s Obama’s fault. Pffft

    Donald’s plan to stop Americans from killing Americans right here in the good ol’ USA? “I’m gonna find me a general, I’m, gonna get me a general, like Patton or MacArthur (Donald, we already have generals and those two guys are dead), and we’re
    gonna bomb the hell outta them (even though we already do unless they’re holed up in cities with large populations of civilians), we’re gonna take their oil, we’re gonna take their oil and give it to Shell…”

    ISIS is going to pay for the war just like Iraqi oil paid for the Bush/Cheney snowjob.

    Geezus, this guy is just a silver spoon chickenhawk used-car salesman. I’ve got a house here in NM I’ll sell you, it’s got a UUUUUUUUUGE ocean view.

  71. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes that is true Tom. Hoping people wake up before the game is over. Have long maintained there are parallels between the fortunes of sports teams and larger groups like nations. However our situation is not a game. No one is immune. Like the Niners our rot is within.

  72. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Nevertheless, condolences to the LGBT victims of Islamic terrorism. That’s real

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The sad reality with this sort of violence is that anyone can do it.
    In an open society, anyone with freedom to purchase weapons, go undiagnosed, with mental/personality disorders, can flip at any time.
    There’s no easy answer either.

    It’s simply become a political football, to stir controversy or animosity.
    We won’t be happy until we’re all fitted with microchips and, Big Brother can monitor our every movement.
    Freedom?
    At what cost?

    Condolences indeed.
    To all who enjoyed their freedom and, paid with their lives.
    Sad. Sad. Sad.

  74. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not over yet NJ but we are getting close to running out of time. It’s war but only one side is fighting. Anything less than the equivalent of Montana to Taylor in the last seconds of the SB for us is not going to cut it.

  75. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs. Carolina, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Seattle, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams, 5:25 p.m.
Oct. 1: at Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
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
 
2016 Prognostications
Closest To The Pin
  Grumpy: 3-13
  Spitblood: 3-13
  Winder: 3-13
Bakkentom: 0-16
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 8-8, 7-9, 9-7, 10-6
Mr Fletch: 4-12
NJ49er: 5-11
Phil Fan: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 7-9
Skeebers: 6-10

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