Up the Down Staircase

The 49ers currently have 39 players on the squad that were selected from the 2013 – 2016 drafts. NaVorro Bowman is the only guy left from the 2010 draft. Nobody left from 2008, 2009, and 2012. Only Colin Kaepernick, Daniel Kilgore, and Bruce Miller remain from 2011. And only Bowman from this bunch is a premium quality player.

With the exception of first rounder Eric Reid, this is the final year of the rookie contracts signed by the 2013 class. Only Quinton Dial has gotten an extension, an extra three years, signed last February. Tank Carradine, Vance McDonald, Corey Lemonier, and Quinton Patton all need to have somewhere in the neighborhood of outstanding seasons this year or they’ll all likely get the see-you-later treatment in January.

Should the above scenario play out as expected, only Dial and Reid will remain from the 2013 class next year. And neither of these two could be described as anything more than average players. In fact, the 49ers have spent high picks in the past three drafts on guys who would replace them.

Trent Baalke‘s “build through the draft” mantra is clearly not producing much of an edifice thus far. It has, however, allowed Baalke to work his way up from the bottom of the draft pecking order into the top ten losers’ bracket. Where even marginally skilled GMs like Baalke stand a very good chance of landing a premium player.

Is Deforest Buckner going to be a Pro Bowl caliber player? He might need to be in order for Baalke to keep his job. Unfortunately, Baalke keeping his job is kind of low on the wish list these days. But it might take a monumental pratfall like Buckner being a washout to finally force owner Jed York to cut loose his long time lapdog.




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  1. shoutrealoudNo Gravatar says:

    At one point San Francisco native Mike Holmgren wanted to become the next head coach of the team but they told him it would be going with a younger guy. Pete Carroll? No we were too busy courting the wrong guys.

    Unfortunately, it is the wrong plan and always has been. Even though he said he’s willing to spend the money to try to lure a big-name coach, they wouldn’t pay a Big Name Coach and a Big Name Coach wouldn’t want to work here under these circumstances.

    Spending money would be good but that’s not in Jed York’s plan. He wants to continue promoting people who don’t deserve promotions, or he hires rejects from around the league. Some say, “Give the guy a chance” I say haven’t you learned your lesson after witnessing Singletary, Tomsula hiring? One look a Kelly like these other two candidates and we’re doomed.

    A house cleaning, a Walsh disciple, someone to get us back on track is what’s needed not a blind hiring, or a shot in the dark. You seen the required changes with The Cardinals and the Seahawks both teams cleaned house and hired the best minds they could find. Until we follow that protocol we will be stuck in limbo.

  2. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Have we forfeited the season yet? No? More incompetence from da Niners. Let’s hire Singletary or Tomsula again and see if that will work better than Dr. Internet’s client poor old Kelly the personality diseased. After all it’s all Kelly’s fault the mess we’re in. Or is it the FO? York? The GM? Where’s Walsh?

    FIRE KELLY NOW! HIRE SINGLETARY! FORFEIT THE SEASON!

    Brilliant

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    here ya go v hope it makes you feel better
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ancmINukY-4

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    opps wrong blog.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Depressing, back to the pre-Harbaugh days of quality FA’s ignoring us and scouring next year’s draft prospects.

    Chip gets a free year with no expectations on O. Be creative and agressive with playcalling, schemes, and the chess game with DC’s finding the best personnel to attack the D of the team that week.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Gonna be a long year. Buy your booze in bulk at Costco and prepare yourselves.

  7. shoutrealoudNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Fisher is bringing in Mike Singletary “Can you find “winners” to serve in a defensive advisory role.

    All I want to know is did he really go back and look at film? I must say I miss him the guy dropped his pants and showed his ass at half time. Who’s next Jim Tomsula?

  8. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yup Grumpy I think you are right = gonna be a long season so stock up. One can hope some kind of a foundation is being put in place with the coaching staff, young players and good drafts. No use getting too excited about our prospects -or too depressed about the long term…yet

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you were asked to name the one strength of this Niner team how would you answer the question?

    Sadly the current Niner team has no identity.
    Can’t say this is a good offensive or defensive team because they both equally suck.
    Just a few years ago Niners had the best LB corps in the league.
    I am not sure why Brooks is still on the team. His salary is not justified by his production. Lynch had potential but his progress flattened out last season.

    Carlos Hyde could be a good running back but has yet to stay healthy through a full season. His running style means he takes too many hard shots and that translates into more potential injuries.

    The QB situation has been ignored since Kap was drafted which has led to uncertainty and still has not been addressed.

    The receiving corps is in sad shape which harkens back to when the team depended on Isaac Bruce and Arnaz Battle.

    You have to point now to the GM who has let this roster go to shit from a star laden team a few short years ago to the current state of suckitude.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Any progress this year will be slow. Baby steps. Seeing some of the defensive line players emerge as potential future stars. Getting cohesion on the Offensive line. Hyde getting through the year without injury.

    So long as the QB position is unsettled, its hard to maintain any positive momentum. So I doubt our record will be even close to good. I’m still feeling a 3-13 vibe from this team.

    As said above, the 2008-2012 drafts loom over everything here. Our roster is not quite as bad as 2005 but it is pretty hollow. The years since have not exactly set the world on fire, either. Baalke needs some results from his draft picks or he should be done here.

    Very frustrating to be back in the shithole just a few years after we were in the Super Bowl. Back to measuring progress in Baby Steps.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The Harbaugh years were exciting. The one drawback was the draft position at the end of each round.

    TB needs to nail the draft the next 3 years. The fist pick of each year must be a franchise star. Starting with Buckner, who needs to be an every down player.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Those first 5 to 10 players in the 1st round should not be just starters. They are expected to be perennial all pro’s and team leaders. Garnett needs to be a starter in game 1. Redmond needs to be a starter at slot cornerback by the end of the year.

    Anything less is unacceptable.

    Justin Smith came in as an affordable FA. Those might be a thing of the past. Especially for the penny pinching FO.

    Niners need to sucked bad in 2016 and 2017. Foundation needs to be built with franchise players.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Manziel is at least busting his hump to keep the offseason lively.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Titans trivia: Remember Michael Oher OT, the lineman we could have got instead of Crabtree in 2009?? draft. The movie Blind Side with Sandra Bullock was on his life.

    He was an FA brought in last year to fix their RT. He got the usual injuries so was released and their 1st pick at #8 after us was Jack Conklin RT.

    Titans draft got starters at RT, NT, OLB, and RB with Derrick Henry platooning with Demarco Murray. We need to repeat what they did in 2017. Let some team overpay in draft picks for a QB.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We did that with Iupati and Davis Bakkentom –
    Now those pieces don’t fit, with the changes from Harbaugh to Kelly.
    If the FO doesn’t just get this thing stabilized, in terms of Coaching, it’s just an exercise in futility.
    Doesn’t matter where you Draft, so much as it is, about finding pieces that fit.
    Our QB situation isn’t settled either.
    Kaep did well in Harbaughs’ style of safe throws and pounding the rock.
    Kelly will likely fall somewhere within the Spread/WCO.
    Hard to know what to expect at this point.

    I’m thinking somewhere between 4-6 Wins until we see some execution from the Offense.

    Just let the football guys find the pieces that fit and, keep Jed and The Minions out of it.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thx NJ. From Cohn, on 3rd down Kelly will send out 3 WR and 2 to the sticks TE/RB. No RB for a dump off @ LOS stuff.

    No way Kap can keep track of all 5 over the full field.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NFL uploading 3 games per team to youtube when preseason starts. Bears have two from 1985 season, Cardinals as SB XX with Patriots. 96 games in all.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. We play Dallas in week 4. Dallas D missing 3.

    Rolando McClain ILB suspended 10 games, Randy Gregory OLB and Demarcus Lawrence OLB for 4 games each.

  19. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I submit my vote for “Jed and the Minions” as the worst band to ever come out of the Bay Area.

  20. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hat Tip to NJ.

    All we ever got from them was lousy chin music, no big hits.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So what is the plan for RT. Trent Brown does not fit a Kelly offense. Will AD come back slimmed and in shape. Are both of these guys to be traded. Will new oline coach be able to coach up the 3 young dudes.

    This O will go nowhere unless RT is fixed. Cannot gameplan around it. DC’s will attack the weak spot.

    Torrey Smith cannot take the top off the D with the QB on his back.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why did TB go CB with the 3rd pick. IMO 2nd pick RT and 3rd pick OG. Why did he not upgrade RT with an FA and dump Pears.

    How TB has left this roster leaves us with a top 5 pick. Is that the plan?

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    C J Spill man convicted of sexual assault, to serve 2 to 20 years. One of TB’s picks? McCloughan’s?

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Spillman was a waiver pickup and with us from 2010 to 2014. Mainly a special teamer and did well enough to get a 3 yr 6 mil deal.

    He was a 2009 UDFA for SD Chargers.

  25. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Must be that Balkey drafted two OTs in 5th round, Cooper and Theus, “hoping” to get lucky with one adequate RT, Tom. But yes how much better would it have been to get an OT in the 3rd round and Redmond in the 4th. If either of those two or any other we slot in there are not up to speed then Chipmeister will be screwed with his O. I’m not willing to say Brown doesn’t fit Chips O but if he can’t get in great shape by TC he will not have an opportunity to help us much. We know the OL will be tested early and often

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Chipski will just have to work with what he has. There is nobody on the O that stands out as a quality player except for Staley. I do hope Brown pans out though. I figure we will fool the league for 2 or 3 games and then reality will set in. I am all for giving the kids a chance to play this year to see what we got, but that only goes so far. This is Baalky’s baby.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Le’Raven Clark and Shon Coleman are both good RT prospects and we’re taken in the 3rd round.

    TB had to have known the physical and attitude status of AD prior to the draft. Even if fit he does not seem what the HC needs.

    TB needs to sink or swim on his decision to take Redmond versus the two RT above. IND and CLE got them. Almost all of our players are young and could have been traded.

    Does not make sense. Must mean AD is getting slimmed down and in shape to be our RT.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So who has the better LT-C-RT? CLE has Joe Thomas/Cameron Erving/Shon Coleman. IND has Anthony Costanzo/Ryan Kelly/Le’Raven Clark. SF has Joe Staley/Kilgore/????

    If I were a diehard fan the above would cause me to throw up. The 3 rookies have very good draft ratings and attributes, lots of potential. NFL.Com draft tracker has very good write ups on all three. Cameron Erving was a late 1st rounder and needs to prove his draft status now that Alex Mack is gone.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I pointed this out previously and waiting for any action. NYJ has 3 top notch 3-4 DE 1st rounders. Too much money spent on the positions.

    So this offseason that add FA Jarvis Jenkins from Chicago. They still need to find cap room to pay Fitzgerald.

    Where is Mo going? CHI already has Akiem Hicks and Jonathan Bullard, as well as spent a lot on FA’s. SD added Bosa. CLE has almost as much cap space as us. GB added Kenny Clark in their 1st. TENN is going 3-4 this year, Lebeau might be there.

    Seems only CLE and SF can afford him. I would cut TJE and Dorsey/Williams/Darren Clark battle it out at NT. Trade Armstead for him if possible.

    The top two 5-techniques are JJ Watt and Mo.

  30. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “This O will go nowhere unless RT is fixed. Cannot gameplan around it. DC’s will attack the weak spot.”

    Indeed but we got our Team ACL guy Redmond in the 3rd round instead of a decent RT so Balkey is happy. Besides Cooper and Theus we have Marcus Martin, Brandon Somebody, Trent Brown who Balkey is hoping will fool Kelly and Flattery for a game or two. But seriously Flattery has coached two SB OLs with the Steelers and ‘maybe’ the coaches are figuring they can do something positive with our stockpile of youngsters?

    Elsewhere in blogland fans are saying this season will be about seeing if some of these young players on OL, DL, TE, WR, DBs and QB! can develop into legitimate NFL guys. The W-L record may not be much improved but will our guys be competitive as the season rolls along? One example was the consecutive 2-14 records in 1978, 79 including Walsh’s first year as HC (and GM?). Same record but one team was slowly improving under the radar and the other not at all. We likely will not be so lucky but it is too early to say no progress is being made and that no progress is possible. A fan will always look for the silver lining in the midst of the Dark Clouds hovering around their team. But a lot of ‘fans’ never get over the tough times and become perpetual haters. Let’s give Kelly a chance

  31. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Comparing the GMs Balkey and McKenzie =

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/rating-gms-trent-baalke-reggie-mckenzie/

    Good comments below the Cohn-head article. I didn’t read it all but think Balkey AT THIS POINT is ahead of McKenzie due to 3 playoff appearances and despite the 2012 draft

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kelly knows O. Should be able to evaluate over the season what we have. Next offseason should yield a good draft.

    If he got overachieving results with Eagles QB’s, BG will be adequate. WR’s and TE’s will be vetted.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good comment about Reggie doing most of his drafting in the top ten. Hard to miss and the 2nd is like a late 1st, where we got Garnett and Staley.

    Now it is our turn. Need a solid oline so both RT and LT drafted within first 3 rounds. Those should be safe picks.

    WR’s have a high fail rate. Chip may have to gamble on that. TB gunshy after the 2012 fail on Jenkins. Smelter and Rogers may surprise.

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Calais Campbell had 5 sacks with a 15 mil salary last year. I have a hard time accepting that he is a good run defender with his height-weight, similar to Armstead.

    NYJ absolutely needs to trade MO if they keep Fitzgerald. They were 10-6 and just missed the playoffs with Fitz. Someone will get Mo in July. Let it be us.

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Just now read the Cohn article and let the drumbeats begin.

    No mention of Jed interference in Harbaugh firing, Tomsula hiring, and Gase ultimatum. Press Democrat no doubt worried about the York clout. Analogous to the Clinton’s soft and hard intimidation pressures.

    Two 2nd round QB’s. What went right and what went wrong. A subsequent article, maybe.

    Does Jed feel guilty about his clumsy and stupid interference into TB’s football decisions?

    Watch Gase turn around Miami’s fortunes. Bears are continuing his O with promotion of his QB coach to OC.

    Reminds me of the old indigestion commercial, “I could have had a V-8”. We could have had a Gase.

    Thanks again silverspoon for all you do.

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    For those who long for the Harbaugh power-gap running years with Gore and Iupati, check out the new TENN Titans.

    Russ Grimm is the new oline coach. Him from the Washington Redskins “Hogs” and John Riggins. TENN RB’s are Demarco Murray FA and 2nd round pick Derrick Henry, 6’3″ 242 lbs for downhill smash mouth running.

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Tom there has been a noticeable crack down on the press/beat writers covering the team this year. York’s legal dept has been busy sending out ‘guidelines’. Cross the line like Steve Berman did apparently at BASG quoting a blogger’s opinion (“Yorks are bad people”) and your credentials to attend Niner functions will be pulled. Just like the Clinton/Obama machine? There are similarities certainly. It’s an old game no doubt. A free press is only so free and does not apply in the private sector mostly. The muzzle is on. The free wheeling days of the Harbaugh regime are LONG gone. Witness the pablum coming out of Matt Barrows @ the Sac Bee these days. And most other writers covering the York Flagship. These blogs are where you find real unvarnished opinions which press/beat writers won’t touch. “You can’t touch this” indeed.

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ran across the D statistic of 28 team sacks last year, 29th in NFL. Some of this is due to opposing teams sitting on a 4th quarter lead.

    Some home games our D looked OK. Only 13 of those sacks were from Brooks and Lynch. We were bad last year, no doubt. Need Eli Harold to step up.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A further nail in Kap’s coffin is the Ram’s D. The one with the infamous 11 in the box with a WR on each side open, at their own 3 yard line.

    The Ram’s bring pressure also with DB’s. This allows their interior rush to be more effective.

    We won the last game against the Rams. Am I right to assume BG can pick up blitzes and audible to another play, but Kap cannot.

  40. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Audibling out to another play may indeed be a Kap unbreakable weakness. Catchable touch passes, reading Ds effectively, scanning the whole field for open WRs, etc. At this point we all have a pretty good idea of his strengths and weaknesses in the systems he has played in. Assuming Tomsula had a system with Chryst. Last year was such a fustercluck I hold back on blaming Kap in part. Hard to evaluate him in that mess in addition to his injuries. He should have sat himself instead of trying to play through. I also think Jimis last year when 5 WRs scheme was installed was botched by Roman to some degree. This in the midst of the York/Marathe sabotage campaign so again the situation was similar to what A Smith faced and was not conducive to growth or success. I still cannot believe York had the gall to pull those stunts on the team, players, coaches and fans. And it will never be forgotten.

    So now I, for one, am willing to see IF Kap can master Chips system this year. If so, great, QB reclaimed. If not then I’m going to have to agree Kap will likely never develop into an effective NFL QB. In my mind Kap will get one last season in a hopefully functional system to prove himself. Kelly should also get a couple years before proclaiming him a failure here. We should let this play out in this new regime before giving up on it and giving up on those two. Honestly I have higher expectations for Kelly than for Kap.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    My 2 cents.

    NN has a Kelly Offense Resource Page that links details about his runs and passes while a Duck and Eagle. Kap could not handle a dumbed down route tree on top of less pass plays in the playbook.

    No way is Kap going to handle this playbook. No way is Chip going to tolerate an idiot as QB. Remember the ARI game with all those early interceptions, Kap was made to do 15 or so runs to settle him down. BS. Chryst did that to minimize the damage so the OC and coaches could figure out what plays Kap could execute against their D. Mathieu knew what was coming.

    Chips’ O requires a QB to read the full D. He has multi-receiver triangle and mesh patterns that require a receiver to make adjustments and be in sync with the QB so INT’s aren’t thrown. So quick decision making while these quick triangle routes happen is an absolute must. The deeper WR running the corner route has man coverage and has to be thrown open.

    Kap is a dud. No more time on him. I would wait for Foles to be released. Pick him up and release Kap.

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ mentioned the Kelly’s system is stretch/WCO. Exactly.

    He stretches the field horizontally and vertically. QB has to see the full field.

    Kelly also requires no huddle in his 2 and 4 minute offenses. Kap cannot do that either.

    He needs to get released and join Hue Jackson with RG3, all on Jed’s dime.

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kelly has his receivers in space, stretching out the line of scrimmage. With less congestion the pocket will not last as long. Need quick decisions and a quick release. And the courage to stand in that pocket and release when 300 lb dline are in his face. Kap fails on all that.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, meant spread/WCO. Bullit complained about all the hard hits Hyde was taking.

    One, IOL is now Beadles/healthy Kilgore/Garnett these guys have the brains to get the scheme right.

    Most runs now out of the shotgun. Hyde is 5.3 yds vs 3.x yds a carry. Out of shotgun is what he did in college.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kelly is more spread out so safeties have to be outside the box. Gore saw 7 and 8 in the box and relied on strong guards to keep dline off him so his hits came from LB that had a harder time finding the smaller Gore.

  46. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I too like the NN Kelly Resource pages by David Neumann. They are very educational and the podcasts with Oscar Aparicio are too. Been listening to them for years back in the 49erwebzone era. They emphasize in one of those that Kelly’s O is actually run heavy with ‘inside zone reads’ as his default/preferred play. Pass to set up the run in some sense. Well worth studying.

    I would love for you to be wrong about Kap’s abilities/limitations but am willing to give him another year in this new system to prove you right. I’m glad Kap is getting the chance here with Kelly. Yep Chip won’t put up with a poor performing QB so the onus is on Kaepernick to perform or else…Gabbert. Hyde assuming health should have a great year in the Kelly scheme as he can also catch out of the backfield.

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Running successfully is paramount. That explains trading higher into the draft to get Joshua Garnett, before Seattle could grab home.

    He is a powerful, experienced run blocker. Sharp so he will absorb his coaching and pick up NFL pass blocking.

    Understand why they jumped on a sure thing. Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas.

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    It was refreshing to see TB bundle picKS to move our 2nd to a late first. A punishing, experienced run blocking guard was necessary to jumpstart Kelly’s O.

    Would like to have seen more of this recently, with bottom heavy drafts clogging our roster with average players. Some say we need to keep a high cap space to extend these rookie contracts when due. Really, if most are average. Please point out any of our young players that could break the bank in two to four years.

    Contrast NO with TB’s usual mo. In this draft NO traded their 3rd and 4th picks to grab safety Vonn Bell in the 2nd. Later they traded their 5th and 6th picks to draft in the 4th a developmental DT from Canada, Onyemato(sp?).

    In the 5th we drafted a swing tackle Theus and a RG/RT Cooper. Great, for 2017. I guess with C and RG taken care, they can live with Pears. Or maybe Jake Long is brought in.

    QB’s health and Kelly’s honeymoon first year depend on preventing RT from sabotaging the introduction of his O.

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The heat is on Zane Beadles. Seems he will be LG this year. In near future could it be LG Joshua Garnett and RG Fahn Cooper?

    Could Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas be packaged in a trade to TENN with their man, gap power blocking scheme? One or both could be released, NN has some gif’s on martin. They have the size but seem to lack in football IQ?

  50. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas would be hard to trade as they haven’t done much yet. Release more likely? Getting Garnett was a great move since Kelly wants to run the ball as a primary weapon. Boone replacement material without the attitude. Depriving SEA of JG an added bonus if true. He will make Kelly’s Inside Zone Read functional. I was delighted with the pick and look to be even more so as the season progresses.

  51. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NN has their review of the 90 players on Marcus Martin today. He looks bad. He gets lowest ranking of C’s by PFF???

    How did our scouts be so wrong on this guy.

    My gut says they wanted him as much for his physical and run blocking ability as for his brains to pick up and absorb coaching like a sponge. He needs to pick up on all the tricks dline uses.

    TENN has a hole at LG that Tiller or Thomas could fill. Trades happen during preseason.

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From what I read Kap was not hindered by those 3 injuries to affect his performance. He played 8 games and I believe one of the injuries affected him on that last game and got worse during his demotion.

    His body of work over 8 games sealed his fate. BG handles pressure better and more courage in the pocket. Wasn’t his last game the Rams’ with 11 in the box. High schooler’s handle that.

    Bullit said it best. Kap executes plays. He has not shown the ability to command an offense. That Ram’s game is probably the last he will start as a niner.

    Best for the niners it to wait for the release of Foles, give him a contract and release Kap. He gets a major injury in preseason or as a backup, our salary cap takes a hit next year as well.

    Foles will be cheap and is able in Kelly’s O. A no-brainer.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    IMO MMartin was thrown into the mix simply due to necessity.
    AD and Kilgore weren’t expected moves that Baalke anticipated when they let Iupati walk, most likely.

    Thomas was slow to come around, Martin had yet to get himself into NFL shape either.
    He got a trial by fire and, hopefully, will do the work necessary to get himself stronger and more fit.
    The entire Offense has changed in terms of OL needs now.
    As Baalke does, he develops guys, on the cheap.
    Whether he’s instructed to do so, (or not), I’ll continue to beat the drum, for the need to have the GM, and HC, work to build the roster.

    The Minion Meddling has got to STOP.

  54. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FYI Perrish Cox is CB2, a starting outside corner on TENN. OK with our approach of having CB’s on rookie contracts. CB’s among highest paid positions.

  55. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Do not feel guilty if we release any of TJE, Dorsey, Williams. SD has no depth on dline after Bosa-Mebane-Luiget. They will grab any of those 3 in a heartbeat.

  56. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Could see us release Dorsey and TJE with Darren Lake and Williams as our NT.

    We should release or trade Brooks asap. Let all the youth get his reps and build experience. Now is the time. Tanking the season intentionally is not a worry.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Couple of curiosities at the NT position too.
    Mike Purcell and Garrison Smith are still unknowns.

    Both guys are on the light side for me but, we seem to favor the lighter 2-gappers in our scheme.
    Our OGs tend to be heavier than the NTs for some reason?
    The one upside to sucking as we have?
    There’s no pressure and, little in terms of expectations.
    We’re going to go as the QB goes in Chips’ System.
    If they don’t give the Defense a blow, it’s going to be a LONG season.

    Here’s the roster as currently advertised –

    http://www.49ers.com/team/roster.html

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m looking forward to the WR competition actually.
    Patton and Treggs
    Ellington and Anderson
    Smelter and Simpson
    DeAndrew White and Torrey Smith
    There’s every opportunity for these guys to steal a starting job with Chip.
    Clean Slate, as it were.

    Safe to assume Rogers and Smith will keep their expected starting status for now?

  59. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “… I’ll continue to beat the drum, for the need to have the GM, and HC, work to build the roster”

    No doubt about it NJ. We can accurately assume the meddling by FO and lack of synergy/harmony between FO/GM/HC is what sank the previous regime of Harbaugh and Co. Tomsula can be laid right at York’s door. He got what he wished for and we got 5-11.

    Right now the #1 issue for the Niners is the OL especially the hole at RT. Evidently at this point the GM thinks Pears next to Garnett at RT will be adequate. Pardon us while we have our doubts. I do hope Chip and Flattery are able to acquire or develop some quality depth at RT and the rest of the OL. Garnett is a good start but we still miss AD. Perhaps Tom is right and we will make a trade for another RT if, as expected, our young OL guys are judged to be lacking.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The kicker Phil?
    Baalke recruited Harbaugh.
    How did that dynamic fail, if not for Moneyball tactics?
    AD still has some value, most likely to the NYJ, as he’s a NJ Kid with some upside.
    Something just doesn’t pass the sniff test with AD as it’s being reported thus far.
    He was a good fit for Harbaugh’s scheme, not so much with Chip IMO.
    We’ll see how this shakes out once TC gets underway.
    Plenty of money on hand, plenty of tweaks to be made as well.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    TBrown is simply a conditioning issue IMO.
    At 355Lbs, he’s much to mammoth to handle an up-tempo Offense at this point.
    No way to have known that at the time he was Drafted.
    If he can get himself into the 325Lb range, I’d bet he’d handle the RT job just fine.
    Even at 355+, he’s got excellent feet for a Big Man.

    As stated, everything took a 180-degree turn when Chip was brought aboard.
    All about getting them on the same page now.

  62. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    With a solid OL we can expect to have a more effective passing attack. Hard to stretch the field vertically or horizontally with the QB on his back. Ditto for the rest of Chip’s schemes in passing game as well as the run game. And the running attack, especially the inside zone read won’t be effective if the pass rushers are penetrating our backfield. It will be interesting to see if we have the personnel to run Chips O schemes.

  63. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes,how will our previously drafted players on the OL mesh with the zone read system the Chipster brought in? Love to see T Brown lose some weight and take the RT spot. Or someone, anyone even the absent AD. What a dilemma.

    Garnett was questioned about running the zone read scheme after he was drafted because Stanford runs power blocking mainly. He said “No problem, we run some of that and it is nothing new. I can do it, no sweat” or words to that effect. Actually it is his pass pro that might be an issue.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Garnett is very similar to Iupati Phil.
    They’ll earn their pesos pulling and trapping, long before Pass Pro is considered.
    If our QB can call protections properly, the interior guys stand a chance of clogging things up.
    Quite often last year Defenses would simply blow up the A-gaps and defeat everything before it ever stood a chance to develop.
    That’s where MMartin looked overmatched.
    Poor balance, weak upper body, limited experience.
    The Perfect Storm of Suck-titude.
    Serves the Yorks right for thinking they could replace Harbaugh with the Minion Squad in the first place.
    As I smash my head, (yet again), wondering why exactly, Baalke went through all the effort to land Gase?

    The Yorks are simply out of their collective minds about knowing the ins/outs of NFL football Mgt.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well, for what it’s worth, the NFL/Youtube Channel will feature our 9ers several times.
    Both as winners and losers.

    http://tinyurl.com/z2p7fd3

  66. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The run game should be a lot better now. Chip’s scheme makes 7 or 8 in the box only a memory from the past. Blitzing will be minimized as well.

    One possible bonus is both Beadles and Garnett should be better at getting to the 2nd level than all previous guards. Both are probably sharper also to help in execution and allow practices to cover more plays.

    If we have any luck, they can handle twists, stunts, and blitzes better.

  67. 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, 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
 
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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