Camp Karaoke

Another week closer to the start of the 2016 season. And, for the first time since 2009, there will be a QB competition to provide some drama to the exhibition games.

Shaun Hill got the nod over Alex Smith in 2009, but was rudely dumped at midseason for Smith, then sent packing during the 2010 offseason. In 2010 Mike Singletary played musical chairs with the QB position, to little avail, before he was rudely dumped with one game left in the season.

My. Weren’t those fun years.

Like 2009, none of the contestants for QB this year have convinced anyone that they are starting caliber NFL material, but at least there will be a competition, which might even be interesting or at least entertaining. Beggars’ banquet.

Both of these QBs seem more likely to wind up having lucrative and stress free careers as journeyman backups than top of the line starters. In that regard, Blaine Gabbert seems better suited to accept this kind of humbling outcome. If Colin Kaepernick heads down this road, he seems more likely to throw in the towel and call it a career rather than acknowledge or accept that he just isn’t good enough. IOW, it’s much easier to envision Gabbert knocking around the league than Kaepernick.

One big difference between these two QBs is fan reaction. People feel passionate about Kaepernick, both pro and con. Gabbert doesn’t generate much either way. He exists mainly as a not-Kaepernick alternative.

Another roster competition worth half an ogle involves the wide receiver group. Currently, there are about 12 of them on the team. Only six or so will make the final cut. For those interested in who will represent the Niners this year, the final six will capture your attention. For those drawn more to the painful side of life, the discarded ones will provide your amusement. These boys will be deemed “not good enough.” Harsh. When you’re not good enough for the 2016 49ers, your NFL career enters improbable territory.

At any rate, at least football will soon be returning to our Sundays, giving us all the best excuse in the world to sit on our rears all day doing nothing but staring at the tube and consuming all sorts of legal and non-legal goods.




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55 comments on “Camp Karaoke
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3448955/posts

    Post 51 interesting, obviously being censored especially after the latest polls from OH, PA, and FL.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Loomis caved. May have been an offer he could not refuse.

  3. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Everything is politicized these days even sports which really should be separate from politics as most fans would agree. Players may feel compelled to speak out (usually before the facts are known re: gun toting felons) but to cover it up as the MSM happily does is just politics. Players and teams should expect negative fan reactions. No excuses, consequences. Voters not fooled by the continual MSM games.

    Kaeps comments pale before those of the Browns RB but he has raised questions about his judgment. Again via Twitter. Perhaps Kaep will have a future career as a SJW?

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/5844674-181/grant-cohn-finding-five-wins

    For those in the 4 to 5 wins this is a good read. As usual also read the comments.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    The best comment was on your first link.
    Isn’t it punishing the public to not police the browns stadium ?
    Which is the onus on to act responsibly. The kid who plays football posting on social media or the chief of police

  6. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Rob I just don’t see any upside for athletes or entertainers injecting their personal political opinions into the public. No one will be convinced by a Beyonce politicizing the SB halftime show or even a Kaepernick playing the victim card = “Lynching; Under attack, etc” before the facts are known (2 armed felons resisting the police). Social Justice Wimps will applaud but how does this help the player, the team or the fans?

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    You know the worst part PHILL ? People will be influenced by Beyonce and bjork etc. LOL !!!

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    Kap ? Well I don’t know all the facts in this latest incident. What I do know is that for whatever reason or reasons there have been far too many shootings of young kids. Most of them black.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    Blame society, poverty, racism past and present ? There have been far too many incidents lately to ignore. Whatever factors are involved this really has to be addressed.

  10. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to keep the discussion related to football in some way so won’t address the larger issues in our society here. Yes no doubt about it there are problems. Hatred and violence will solve none of them unfortunately.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2016/07/13/49ers-valued-at-2-7-billion-after-insane-69-percent-increase-per-forbes/

    Not just politics, but there is blatant bias in sports reporting as well. Does this author have a reputation of wearing out his kneepads with York?

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No mention of season ticket sales trending down, PSL activity, self-funded banners by plane at home games. No analysis of a bad team dragging down the financials, tho offset by non-football events for now.

  13. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep why sing off key at Camp Karaoke during our Happy Days? But the worst part is how much this looks like “I got my money making machine so now I can afford to cut back coaches, players,jack prices and fans,players,coaches and TEAM be damned”.

    Now I’m really rich, screw all of you peasants. Oh and go niners.

    Yeah sure

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed and Baalke have let the air out of the balloon by their apathy.

    I just can’t get enthused about the upcoming season.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6gDeGdQ3rM

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Good stuff.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “OLB Aaron Lynch has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating league policy on substances of abuse.”

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jets’ DE Muhammad Wilkerson signed a 5-year, $85 million deal that includes $37 million in first 2 years and $54M in first 3, per source.”

  18. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Eli Harold and Carradine better be good if Lynch is out for 4 games. Os will be passing like crazy on our young secondary with less pressure from our best pass rusher. Nice move Aaron you dumb douche

  19. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Jets’ DE Muhammad Wilkerson signed a 5-year, $85 million deal…”

    No problem we have A Lynch to rush the passer…oh wait…shit

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    LA Rams week 1 with green rookie Goff. Week 4 with Dallas. Good chance we are #1 in 2017.

  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    You’re an optimist.I’m holding out for #5.

    As far as looking forward to the rest of this year for thrills the Niners season is far down the list. Baby steps and getting the answers to questions about the new HC, our coaches and players. Remember 49-22-1? Now that was thrilling.

    Thrills to come this year = 1) Dubs, Durant 2) The general election

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    Alshon Jeffrey doesn’t have a deal. Only No got one.Not sure how that works, is there any way we can get into the mix ?

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch going out. Not good at all. Not sure but I think Tank is going to be even better . When we get both rolling our pass rush will too.

  24. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I have hopes for Tank too Rob. Losing Lynch hurts tho. Some have said we (DC O’Neil) may rush our Oregon Duo Armstead and Buckner from the edge to pressure the QB. Stopping the run and the pass is going to be a tall order against these top teams on our schedule.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Excuse me for indulging. I still get a kick out of viewing the first two gif’s in the comments. Superman indeed.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/6/21/11993510/a-picture-is-worth-1000-words

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Another nail in the coffin, from NN comment:

    Just my opinion
    But I think the biggest reason for our red zone play the last five years has been QB play. Both Alex and Kap IMO are terrible red zone QBs. Alex with his ultra conservative mindset and very limited arm strength to fit passes into small spaces and Kap with his slow decision making and terrible ball placement and anticipation. These things get magnified big time in the red zone. I’m not trying to say Gabbert is the answer at QB because he’s probably not but he was the highest rated red zone QB in the league last year and a huge upgrade from what we’ve had in that aspect in years. The terrible red zone play was enough for me to want to move on from Kap. You can play very well In between the 20s but if your kicking a FG every time down what’s the point? He got away with it when we had an awesome running game and defense to control the game but them days are gone we need TDs now.

    by nick.hardman49 on Jul 16, 2016 | 3:25 PM

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This will blow your mind if you still have one.

    Nolan favored Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers because he saw Alex open the car door for his mom. That was the kind of guy Mike Nolan wanted to draft. F*cking unbelievable.

    Little things that matter and change the course of a franchise’s fortunes.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/aaron-rodgers-explains-why-49ers-passed-on-him-with-no-1-pick-in-2005/

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NYJ massaging contracts will find a way to keep their core and Fitz. Small chance Mo could figure in a trade, but the partner cannot use salary cap leverage.

    So we are stuck in a slow build. Follow and root for other teams this year.

    Losing Desmond Bryant pushes CLE ahead of us for #1. Can we stop the run? Not with both ducks in the game.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Baltimore_Ravens

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Cleveland_Browns

    Just curious who has the most demoralized fanbase. Has to be CLE. It could have been us without Harbaugh.

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Once we get rid of Baalky the Niners will be alright. It will take some time, but there really is no alternative.

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If we stick with both ducks in the 3-4 then we may need a 2-gapper that is healthy. Future draft pick?

    Sammie Lee Hill, 29 but not sure of his injury history. TENN let him go after 3 years in a 4-3 as their big man like Brockers. Did Lebeau not think he coulD 2-gap? One of their three 2nd Rd picks is the new NT.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammie_Lee_Hill

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5348/sammie-lee-hill

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap’s position got bitch slapped in this CNN interview. As more cop’s get assassinated the paying public will turn on idiot footballer’s comments. Kap is history.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3450331/posts

    Comment 14 has the youtube, the CNN punk is pissing in his dress.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Zane is a big fan of Ellen. Opportunity knocks. Who wears the pants if these two hook up.

    http://www.parentherald.com/articles/55110/20160715/ellen-degeneres-portia-de-rossi-divorce-couple-slams-breakup-rumors.htm

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If Kap gets released, and there are no takers there is always this

    http://classylegmodels.photoshelter.com/index

    Would Nessa approve? Female models make great money.

  35. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    If as Winder says our future will only improve when Balkey is gone, do we have a possible new GM on staff in Tom Gamble? Wonder if he has any history as a GM? Currently our Director of Pro Player Personnel a position he held with the Eagles. I won’t trust Kelly as GM after the Philly experience. Let him focus on coaching full time. Gamble may be qualified to be our new GM if him and Kelly can cooperate on duties like running the draft.

    If we stink this year we may be in the market for a GM who will work under York.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s been my gripe all along Phil –
    Is the GM working autonomously under the title he wears?

    We’ll see whether Paraag really is out of the picture soon enough.
    I really don’t think Jed has the stones needed to intervene in Personnel/Draft decisions but….
    I guess anything is possible in the Meddling Minions realm.
    These clowns have a scapegoat positioned on the plank at all times apparently.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love (cringe) over the piece NN did months back, titled “Paraag Marathe – The Man behind the curtain” if you’re wearing the title of GM I guess?
    He’s behind the curtain while the GM is midway along the plank, telling the world HE’S got final say on Personnel decisions.
    Question I’ve had along, is whether the Moneyballer selected the Personnel or, to what degree did he influence said selections?

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping Chip and Trent can coexist while working to their individual strengths.
    Chip on Offense.
    Trent on Defense.
    If so, there might be something to positive to gain moving forward.

  39. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes the message is going out there to ‘cool the divisive racial rhetoric’ from on top Finally so maybe Kap and other sports figures will fall in line. Even if they won’t admit it, whatever. We do not need a cop killing war in this country = bad for business, bad for elections and for democracy. Bad for quarterbacks, sports teams.

  40. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We’re on the same page with this one NJ = York and Marathe the amateur football business guys must Stay Out of football operations, stick to business or whatever. One good coach was wasted and the team crushed. Maybe we have a decent coach and a chance to rebuild on a good foundation in Kelly. We need to find out before changing GMs which means using this season to evaluate our players, coaches. See if Kelly and Balkey can put a decent team on the field next year. If not then easy to figure who the next guy to walk the plank will be.

  41. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think Baalky’s had more than enough time to prove himself.

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/7/7/12124412/defensive-line-recap

    Mind you, I did not see the games. But NN has respected posters, and this is one of them.

    He is saying have 6 DL on the 53 roster. Dorsey to be cut if found lacking in run support, nothing in pass rush. TJE and Purcell cut.

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2015/2/16/8046089/adam-gase-jim-tomsula-san-francisco-49ers

    Cannot fault TB here, as NJ et al have said. The secret of keeping the high dollar positions under control is overdrafting and keeping them on rookie contracts as much as possible, until a franchise player is found.

    On D, TB has done ok with CB and OLB. On O, OT was OK until AD retired. Drastic fail at WR1 and QB.

    Gase could have fixed that. Now Chip gets his turn. Kap NEVER should have been given a franchise QB contract. 2014 should have been a prove it year, judged as a complete QB. So big money was committed to him and a QB should have been drafted that year as well, for competition and to keep the price down.

    QB was the big fail. Did TB allow Jed to bully him into Tomsula. Or TB’s choice. We are in deep doodoo by sticking with Kap so long.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The Kawakami article is the must read link. So once Gase was given the ultimatum, the OC job was now a transition job to HC.

    To do that effectively, an OC needs a smart, adaptable QB. Cutler made that an easy decision. Insiders know the QB flaws. 2014 exposed Kap. The film does not lie, borrowing bullit’s phrase.

    2014 our oline was hurt. Good to great QB’s overcome that. Choosing Cutler was a no-brain er for Gase.

    Who was responsible for Kap’s contract? TB, Harbaugh, Jed and who made that final decision.

  45. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “I think Baalky’s had more than enough time to prove himself.”

    Well okay but what does York think? “Balkey will be here for a long time”. Fans need to continue to be VOCAL if we continue to stink. It’s our only hope

  46. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    More from nick at NN:

    I would say Gabbert starts
    I think he improves on what he did last year and wins the job. I saw a very good process in Gabbert last year. The results were never gonna be great with any QB in this offense but the process was very solid. He looked comfortable and looked like he knew where to go with the ball especially in the red zone which was a breath of fresh air. I also loved the way he played against our division rivals and loved how clutch he was in the few close games we had. Gabbert gets my vote.

    by nick.hardman49 on Jul 18, 2016 | 5:13 PM

  47. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The only ‘vote’ that matters is Kellys. He is going to choose the best QB to run his system and his schemes. If its Gabbert, fine. If its Kaepernick, fine. This will be abundantly clear who gets Kellys vote and why. I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it, our problems are many and go high up the food chain. Going to take time, lots of baby steps and slow painful growth. May never happen with this FO/ownership crew…

  48. robNo Gravatar says:

    D-line prediction from RD.
    Buckner,Williams, Dial start. Armstead,Purcell, Dorsey rotate in. Blair challenges for spot as 7th DL.

  49. 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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