Post Harbaugh, Take II

And so it begins. The Chip Kelly Era is underway.

Kelly’s Eagles team last year, while “collapsing” to a 7-9 record after two straight 10-6 seasons, still finished 13th in points scored and 12th in yards — yardage stats that dwarf anything accomplished by the 49ers in the past fourteen years. Fans clamoring to see some oomph from the offensive side of the ball should at last get some satisfaction in 2016.

Whether an improved offense translates into a better won/loss record remains to be seen. At the moment, the defense looks entirely unimpressive. There’s nobody to rush the passer and not much in the trenches to stop the run. Still, there are two number one picks on the D-line and two in the secondary. If they all play up to their draft position expectations, maybe the defense will surprise us this year.

But unless the Niners are just being misinforminating, we will at least have a good old-fashioned QB controversy this year to inflame the nerves of the blogosphere. Whether Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert is on the field any given Sunday, you can be sure the fans of the one on the bench will be picking apart every aspect of the on field guy’s game. It’s unlikely this dispute will get anywhere near the decibel levels of the Alex Smith years, but one can hope.

The biggest obstacle facing the team this year is the schedule. Specifically, the year to year unchanging part. The six games against the three other NFC West teams. Those three teams are all playoff contenders this year, and likely to remain so for awhile. The 49ers were lucky to win one game against them last year. They’ll be lucky to win even one this year, too. Until they can contend in the division, they don’t have a chance to contend in the league.




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  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs shoot NOFEAR an email. Chuck’s blog is saying he’s been heard from recently.!!!!

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    In the other just slightly less important good news department. Armstead and Smelter are looking real good in TC.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    See the previous thread, rob. NoFear replied to my email last night.

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome news Skeebs.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome back NOFEAR.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve decided not to give Foles a look after his release. That means both Harbaugh and now Chip Kelley favor Kap over Foles. IMO they both know . Good news for us. If Kelley can make Files look good watch out for us !!!

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A lot was invested in D since 2013. Supposedly TB’s forte. This was the season to see that bearing fruit. Now with IW’s loss leaving a void on run D I am elated.

    No substitute hitting high draft picks for the top talent. Could be 0-16. Can IW be replaced.

    Then I look at Cohn’s blog and astounded to read this:

    4. DC Jim O’Neil. Routinely made his outside linebackers cover wide receivers man to man downfield. On any given play you’d see Aaron Lynch, Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Corey Lemonier or Tank Carradine flailing around downfield with their backs to the quarterback. Using these players in man coverage is a terrible strategy, and a prime example of a coach sticking to his system instead of adjusting to the talents of his players. Sinful.

    I’m sick of this guy already. I didn’t like the hire and reading stuff like this along with all the negativity in Cleveland, just makes me wonder why he has this job? Could Chip really not find anyone better?

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This new DC built a lot of haters if you read dawgsbynature.Com blog on CLE.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    TB needs to reclaim Tank, Marcus Martin, and Brandon Thomas from the abyss. Getting AD back helps a lot. How long will it take to find him in top form.

    Without quality depth key injuries can really hurt.

  10. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    If McNeils D is a puzzle, confusing to OLBs and fans, that may be the reason Chip is reported to have wanted Billy Davis before it getting nixed by the FO/owner =

    Well NJ here is something to curdle your (and my) blood=

    “Billy Davis says Trent Baalke, Jed York denied Chip Kelly chance to hire him”

    SO FO messing with the HC choices? So if our D sucks this year we can blame York and Balkey? UGH. Maybe it’s not true but nothing would surprise me at this point. Addiction to CONTROL is tough to break.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/8/1/12342086/billy-davis-says-trent-baalke-jed-york-denied-chip-kelly-chance-to-hire-him

  11. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Conehead Jr is usually looking for things to bitch about the Niners, Harbs, Kaep like his Dad used to for so many years with Walsh, DeBartolo. Runs in the family. But yep there ARE questions about our D for sure and the DC schemes.

    It must have broken his stony heart to see Kap nudging ahead of ‘confused, rattled’ Gabbert against the first string D yesterday. Chip sez QBs to be graded based on preseason games not on us blog experts, FO wishes or the hopes of the 0-16 brigade =

    http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2016/08/02/chip-kelly-says-preseason-games-will-likely-determine-49ers-starting-quarterback/

    Imagine that.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Message from 0-16 Brigade:

    Similar to this year, probably two pro ready future franchise QB’s in DeShawn Watson (Clemson?) and Rosen (UCLA?).

    So a trade down of the 1st into the teens plus some 2nd and 3rd combos, but at least an additional 1st in 2018.

    Losing Ian Williams severely hurts the run D. If he cannot be replaced with his 2016 output, the above trade back bonanza will be ours.

    So you diehards knock yourself out. How about those Bears and Raiders. Cardinals and Denver in the SB.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Famous words that Lil Jed might wish he never said “We raise Super Bowl Banners”.
    Eddie D and that’s why he’s going into the HOF this weekend.
    Your efforts so far have been pathetic and you are personally responsible for the fall of this team with your cheapass meddling ways.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This line should read

    Eddie D did, not you and that’s why he’s going into the HOF this weekend.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A guy to keep your eye on is Luke Falk from Wazzu.

    his stat line from 2015

    Comp Att Yds % YPA Long TDs INT

    447 644 4561 69.4 7.08 75 38 8

    Question is, is he a system QB? This is his junior year so he can declare for draft after this year. He has remarkable touch
    and throws his receivers open with his accuracy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8gD1BqwbT0

  16. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    0-16, I compliment the far sighted vision you have for this franchise but for myself I want WINS now. So upgrades to coaching staff (done w/questions re: DC), players (Buckner, Garnett, retaining Kaepernick per orders of Kelly, Gamble and I, etc), the return of my man Tom Gamble and his promotion to Asst GM, return of AD, cutting Devey, a healthy Bowman, and ETC ETC are nice steps to WINNING now. We go 6-10 I’ll be delighted, forget the QB possibilities we won’t get.

    I realize you and others are convinced we need a serious upgrade at QB which obviously I disagree with. We need what we have gotten (along with other things like seasoned players and more depth) = Yuuuge upgrade in coaching, removal of Marathe in FO (?), a healthy Kaepernick, competition from ‘nervous’ Gabbert at QB, HC leadership. So I believe we can get good QB prospects without going 0-16 which our already on board HC will develop into good players. Coaching upgrade was Key and we have that. The ‘first round’ fixation is NOT worth going 0-16.

    Question is as Skeebs says above = Can we beat anyone in our div? Baby steps I fear.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Right there with you Phil.
    High water mark for me is also 6-10.
    No clue what to expect Defensively at this point.
    I do like the youth overall but, no idea what the scheme will look like until we see it.

    I don’t see the Division being a total loss either.
    Frankly, I’m hoping for a split with each.
    The rest of our schedule is a bear however.
    For now, it would be ideal just to see Chip and the FO get along.
    Start there, eliminate the constant personal attacks and tweets and, maybe we can resemble a cohesive franchise?

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    On the surface, Chip and Baalke need each other.
    Each guy has strengths the other will need to succeed.
    All comes down to the communication aspects.
    Just hoping the meddling comes to an end in that regard.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For those that have forgotten Billy Davis was the DC here when Nolan was hired and lasted one year.

    Lil Jed keeps meddling on the choices for coordinators. What does Lil Jed know about hiring coordinators? Nothing.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jed has nothing to do but look important IMO.
    He’s trying to do things he knows nothing about.
    How many Owners in this League tinker with their football guys?
    None that are successful.
    He looks so much like Snyder that it scares me.
    Idiots like Snyder, Irsay and Jones just can’t stay out of the limelight.
    Go play golf and, leave the day-to-day operations to the guys that actually know the game.
    He seems to think he has to do something to earn his title.
    All he’s managed to do is screw it up.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Snyder has always manipulated his GMs over the years, to the point where they just go through the motions to appease the boss.
    We’re becoming as big a joke as the guys in DC.

    Whether this is Dr Daddy doing it through Paraag or not, I’ve felt that Baalke is just holding a title to keep his job.
    Total dysfunction.

  22. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m boycotting any reading of the words of Lil Yeb because I’m full up with spin and BS but here is a funny mockery of Dear Leader:

    Why the Niners Suck

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/8/2/12361524/deadspin-is-back-with-why-the-49ers-suck

  23. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The source article @ Deadspin:

    http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2016-san-francisco-49ers-1784694100

    Mockery for everyone from Tomsula to Kelly to York

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Phil, Deadspin pretty much told it like it needs to be told.
    I’ve read recently that there might be plans in the works to add a canopy to the field to provide some shade.
    All that money spent on technology and the geniuses overlooked the sun?
    Whoops.
    Perhaps this could be a factor with the turf getting over-cooked?
    Fans running for shade during games?
    Nothing better than lampooning Ownership from every direction.
    God help us…
    Either way, the comments section on Deadspin were hilarious.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Raise a toast to Eddie this weekend.
    At least we’ll have memories of success during his tenure to reflect on.
    Now we’re stuck with Cheapo’s.

  26. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yup NJ the comments are great too. ENJOY your visit to Canton HOF. You are right, this may be the last hurrah of the great Eddie D Niner era. We are far from having any evidence otherwise…

    Peace, out.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bad decision #1 from Lil Jed forcing Harbaugh out by not giving him a raise and a new contract which started the death spiral.

    #2 you have Adam Gase as your coach but insist on not allowing Gase to keep Fangio as his DC, insisting on rewarding Tomsula with the position. Gase walks and you end up with Jim Tomsula as your coach. And for comedy relief the OC position is inexplicably offered to Gase who tells Lil Jed to stick it.

    #3 Lil Jed is revealed to veto Chip Kelly’s choice of DC, again interjection of Lil Jed into football matters testing the theory that a even broken clock is right twice a day.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    #1 says it all BULLIT. I’m sure the real culprit is Dr.John playing cheapskate owner’s rep. I think Jed really wants to win.

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    Billy Davis doesn’t impress me. His defense was dead last in 06.
    His other runs as a DC were equally uninspiring.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco is reporting that NaVorro Bowman has been extended.
    Great way to loosen up some of that Cap surplus IMO.
    Solid leader with plenty of desire to play.
    Great move 😀

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    PFT is providing some financial details as well –
    http://tinyurl.com/h5ke7z2

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Check out the B&W photo at the top of the piece.
    Who knew….?

    http://tinyurl.com/h5mzpp3

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see and like NJ said great move !!!

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This post from Niner Nation echoes a lot of what has been discussed here

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/8/1/12261370/throwing-shade-at-jed-york

    Jed has to spend money to put shade on the sun side of the field or the Niners will never have home field advantage with so many people looking for relief from the sun. If the butts aren’t in the seats and one side of the stadium is only 30% full after halftime which is a critical juncture of the game
    then they lose home field advantage.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Levi’s Stadium is supposed to be state of the art.
    Lil Jed needs to do whatever it takes to make it that.

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From mmqb article on SD:

    2. With Rivers at the helm, the Chargers are capable of winning any game. Pardon the term, but he’s “elite.” He handles the full gauntlet of pre-snap responsibilities, from protections to route adjustments to full-fledged audibles. He’s willing to not just throw with unblocked defenders screaming at him, but throw downfield and with anticipation (especially outside the numbers against zone). All are marks of big, big-time quarterbacking.

  37. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yawn. I WATCHED an early Rivers game with the Chargers. I don’t remember if it was playoffs or last game to guarantee playoffs, but it was essentially a playoff game. First and goal in the last minute to win. Three downs, nothing doing. Fourth for all the marbles. Rivers gets enough time to compose all the works of Shakespeare. He has a chance to scramble straight in for the winning touchdown, passes it up. Finally throws one OUT of the end zone. Season over. OUT of the endzone, no chance for anybody.

    The guy doesn’t have IT. Never did. He’s just like Cutlets, profoundly talented but a career loser for good reason.
    —————————————
    I’m sticking with 7-9 for now, but I’m reserving the right to up it before the season starts.

  38. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Brees is 37. Matt Ryan is 35 and beat up after years of O-line caused abuse. Romo is 36 and has a screw loose, er in his shoulder. Eli is 35 and has had 4 straight years without the playoffs.

    It’s a new era. Winston, Bridgewater, Wilson and Cam – heck Rodgers is getting to be old guard now.

    Either Kappy returns to form under Chip, or the Niners have to make an awesome and risky draft pickup, massive trade up or a Wilson great scouting of an underrated pick.

    Until then we won’t win anything, but Chip can begin to put all the pieces in place. That’s my hope and expectations for this season.

  39. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rt- I just plan on enjoying the show this year. I believe our biggest stumbling block is our GM, but that probably won’t last to much longer. I would love to see a happy kappy.

  40. Phil ganNo Gravatar says:

    The FO/owners had NO plan when they got the itch to dump 49 Wins. Well they did if you consider drafting Team ACL, firing winning staff for el cheapo variety and hard balling players. And crowing amongst themselves “How smart are we?” So we got Plan B = Tomsula. And that my friends is the large and deep hole we are trying to crawl out of.

    Hyde gets hurt we will have big questions at RB. Maybe the OL is functional this year = marvelous. DL and pass rush, minus “Too much water boy Lynch”, may be adequate. Maybe not tho. There are also questions at WR and no doubt at QB too. I’m sticking with my 4-12 call hoping to be proven dead wrong as too pessimistic. 7-9 would be great but I’m of the mindset “Won’t get fooled again” by any hopefulness.

    We have our first game in about a week. Looking forward to seeing what we have

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid had a very pedestrian ordinary season last year showing little growth. It can be described as mediocre.
    Perhaps it was Mangini’s scheme where he was lining up 15 yards off the line of scrimmage and then blitzing but arriving too late
    to effect the play. The many poor tackling angles he took.
    Reid had zero INTs and 1 forced fumble. Perhaps Reid missed his partner at Safety, Bethea who went down early in the season with a season ending injury.

    The facts are the Niner defense forced a measly 12 turnovers
    which contributed to a crappy defense.

    Reid needs to be a playmaker and more of a ball hawk. Reid needs to really bounce back and have a Pro Bowl year and live up to his first round draft status.

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    My QB’s of the future start with Luck and Bortles. Bridgewater has Norv Turner, Blaine and Alex could really have used that coming in to the Pro’s.

    Cutler still has a weak oline. Should be a good season for the Bears. WHite and Jeffrey all season should compile well over 4000 yards.

    The black on white rapist benefited from 6’5″ WR Mike Evans and Vincent ???? and Doug Martin. So both of your future QB stars were handed NFL life on a plate.

  43. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep we are going to see if the McNeil schemes result in better play out of our DBs incl. Eric Reid. If not then does he get an extension from the FO? Think not. He’s about one concussion from retirement too. But aside from Bowman did Anyone have a good year in 2015?

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “WR Eric Rogers has torn ACL and is out for season.”

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    had high hopes for him.

  46. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Early word is Armistead and Buckner look great. Our D-line should be solid if we get the nose sorted. Could be dominant in years ahead.

    The offense, OTOH… Yeah. It’s going to be a long painful tequila-filled year.

    Everything going forward will depend on draining the FO swamp, getting Jed to take up another hobby, and finding a real franchise QB. Until then, get used to the lower 25% quartile.

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    With a nothing offseason, we really do not have much to look forward to. Contrast with most teams is striking.

    The D is still flawed, even after adding Reid/Bethea/Tartt/Ward/Lynch/Hodges/Armstead/Buckner.

    The O relies on Chip Kelly installing his playbook on the same personnel, more or less.

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why do you give a big dollar 7 year contract to an ILB who is not a Patrick Willis in his prime. 11 mil per year. For what.

    Mo a bit more. But he completes that D. No wait for a top draft pick or FA next year for a quality NT. No expenditure of a high draft pick needed, robbing from some other position.

    Is Jed feeling a little guilty. Jed is an idiot.

  49. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    This team needs veteran leadership and a 4 year extension for Bowman does that. It’s a good move IMO. Sends the message “Loyalty and leadership will be rewarded by the Niners; get on board”.

    This in marked contrast to last 4 years messaging = “We can’t tolerate winning coaches, players (Crabtree, Goldson, Gore, Iupati, etc etc). This is a start to repairing the severe damage of petulantly dumping 49 Wins and his staff. High time.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I agree whith Phil.

    Bowman is the heart and soul of a once proud defense and provides a bridge to that defense.

    Not sure if he’ll ever play at his pre injury level but he was
    head and shoulders above anyone else o the defense and it’s Navarro’s defense for the forseeable future.

  51. robNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. Bowman’s deal is a big first step for this team. I like the tone it sets. Hopefully we keep on this track.
    Think I’ll pick up some Guinness draft to celebrate Eddie D and co.tonight !!!

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Huge amount of dollars for a token gesture. Instead, adding conditional incentives was the way to go.

  53. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bowman is hardly a token on the Niners. I haven’t looked at the contract so you may have a point there but he is well deserving of huge dollars. This team needs leaders and players need to see the FO will reward good players like ‘alpha dog’ Bowman. I’m really glad to see this as the Niners continue to rebuild

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I could see quibbling if we didn’t have 50 mil of available cap space

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie D had a great HOF induction speech mentioning a lot of people that were part of the Niner success.
    Two names not mentioned Lil Jed York and his dad John York.
    He mentioned his sister Denise.

    A wakeup call to Lil Jed to change his cheapskate ways and go back to Eddie’s winning formula of hiring the best. Jimmy Tomsula was an insult to all Niner Faithful and is one of the most unqualified hires to be a NFL head coach ever.
    That hire torpedoed the 49er legacy.

    Hope Lil Jed hears the message.

  56. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly Rob and it’s Bowman not some question mark like Eric Reid who smashed Bowman’s knee. If not Navorro who then is worthy of an extension?

    I want to see others extended too if worthy even if this is a couple years late with many good players gone…

  57. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    This took one (1) week in TC =

    “Buckner elevated to first string; is Garnett next?”

    I guess that Buckner guy is pretty good, huh? How nice would it be to have replacements for Cowboy and Ray Mac on board?

    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article94147177.html

    “We didn’t give him anything,” defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said of Buckner, drafted seventh overall. “He had to earn it. So, he earned our respect. He earned the players’ respect. I think all of our guys know, we don’t care where you were drafted. You’re going to have to earn it. Nothing is going to be given to you, and he’s done a nice job.”

  58. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Dial will be on the nose at least for now. He’s probably not a traditional NT but he’s our third-best lineman.

    Depth needs to be developed. Rotating the D-line will keep them more effective. And, *this year*, we are going to get blown out some. I would designate three good run stoppers without much in the way of pass rush skill to be our designated washout line. The last thing you want is Buckner or one of the others to get a major injury in the 4th quarter while we’re behind by 24.

  59. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Consider playing a base 4-3 for this year.

  60. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve heard playing 4-3 on some downs is possible in some of McNeil’s schemes. Run downs? So Buckner, Purcell, Dial and Armstead in some order or another

  61. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Blair also. 4-3 is OK for one gapping penetrates to disrupt.

  62. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Seems like a good time to catch up with 49 Wins which are 49 wins more than our current Niner coach has. His successor Tomsula is only 44 back. Short story = he’s ripping it up for UM, for sport of football, gaining recruits and fans and having a blast being Jim Harbaugh,

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/ncaa/harbaugh-cusp-being-iconic-figure-recruits

    “”Jim is who is he and he doesn’t ever worry about the backlash,” said Jack Harbaugh (his father). “He took his shirt off at a camp, and people are still talking about it a year later. They asked him to be in a rap video and he had some fun with it. Some liked it. Others didn’t, and that doesn’t bother him.”

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Again from 2003

    “Mariucci held his job by winning 23 games in the past two years, and by signing a contract extension that would have taken him through 2003.

    That it didn’t last that long answers any questions about Donahue’s influence with York, as well as the pecking order for any new coach. The coach will make X’s do things to O’s, run scrimmages and windsprints, and keep his nose to the projector wheel at all times.

    It also shows, if Donahue’s time line is even remotely accurate, that York was gunning for this day for quite some time, and that nothing on the field would save Mariucci from being taken off the field.

    “The relationship eroded over time,” Donahue said. “It’s been strained for the last year, going back to when Steve wanted a new contract, and some of the things that rose out of that.”

    Like auditioning for the Tampa Bay job that Mariucci would obviously kill to have now. Or asking for an office slightly farther away from the elevator shaft.

    York wasn’t buying any of it last year, which leads a reasonable person (or just one with a fifth-grade education) to deduce that Mariucci was tagged and bagged long ago, that those 11 wins this year may as well have been 11 losses for all the good it would have done him.

    This is York’s first firing, and he has shown that for him, performance matters but inter-office decorum matters more. He is not a negotiator but a bestower of edicts from on high. He wants a coach who wins while keeping his fiscal and employment ambitions to himself.

    In other words, Bill Parcells couldn’t coach for John York. Neither could Bill Walsh, for that matter. But York could have all the Rich Kotites and Dave Campos he could ever want.

    Donahue, for his part, has shown himself to be a brilliant in-fighter, a man of both silver-tongued whispering skills and the patience to make those skills pay off.

    And Mariucci? Well, contrary to the old song, breaking up isn’t all that hard to do after all, especially when there is no alternative.
    ====

    So substitute Jed for John York and Baalke for Donahue and we are reliving how the Yorks torpedoed 49er success on the field
    because they want lapdog Head Coaches and are prone to listening to GMs that protect their own turf at the expense of winning on the field.
    Lil Jed made a bigger gaffe than Father John by hiring Tomsula
    instead of an Erickson.

    Both showed a winning coach out the door who wanted a contract extension and replaced them with a crap coach looking for a paycheck. John York set the Niners back a decade. Let’s see if Lil Jed can do worse.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lil Jed seems to have followed his Father John’s footsteps making the very same mistakes.

    With the 49 wins that Harbaugh achieved it was an insult not to give him a raise or an extension.

    Lil Jed showed his stupidity by playing hardball with Harbaugh with no plan of a suitable replacement when Harbaugh called his bluff.

    So Lil Jed was first up to hire a coach and did his extensive search and comes up with Jim Tomsula? In hindsight pretty absurd and shows you how full of crap this whole process was.

    No wonder Eddie didn’t mention Lil Jed by name in his HOF speech because Lil Jed screwed the pooch.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am a 49er Faithful and will be until they bury me.

    I can see it happening once to your team, but repeating the same mistakes makes me hypercritical.

    Jed’s an idiot to repeat his old man’s mistakes.

    The reality is the talent on this team is like an expansion team.

    Just two years ago the Niners were on NBC 3 or 4 times in prime time on Sunday Night. This year not one game.

    Monday night football is not what it used to be but appearing only once show you what the NFL thinks of this team.

    IMHO if you think this team is a 10-6 team and a contender you are in serious denial. This is the reality of the situation.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    HOF game cancelled due to slippery field conditions deemed unsafe. Might be about the paint on the field being too slick.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Navarro Bowman has earned that extension.

    Those who don’t think so forget that he helped the Niners make the playoffs with his INT against Atlanta and the long TD return.

    In the playoffs against ATL he made the stop on 4th down to seal the Super Bowl the year before.

    He hurt his knee forcing a fumble against the Seahags in the NFC championship game.

    Yep, no doubt he has earned every penny that they gave him.

    http://www.49ers.com/video/videos/The-Faithful-The-Return/6b7dd780-8cb0-404c-8cd4-8024b40dca8e

  68. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    With a giant pot of Cap money available I’ve been thinking WHO might be another candidate for a fat extension at some point. As odd as it seems, even to me, after reading this article by Eric Branch could it possibly be Anthony Davis? I realize he signed and extension earlier (? and had to give back some of the guarantee) but Daniel Kilgore is raving about the new man AD appears to be. Wow, what a turn around if true. Sounds like AD came back ready to work and to commit to the program =

    http://www.sfchronicle.com/49ers/article/Thinner-49ers-RT-Anthony-Davis-carrying-less-9128107.php?t=b06c01df3e7d4f3860&cmpid=twitter-premium

    Been doing some ‘interior work’ too. Hope we have a good outcome with this returning RT.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon Davis is with the Redskins this season. Ironically he is on the same roster as Derek Carrier.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2016/08/04/at-32-hometown-catch-vernon-davis-still-has-juice-for-redskins/

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First preseason game this Saturday. With a QB competition going on I hope both QBs play through the third quarter. None of this BS of Kap playing one series. It has often seemed that Kap didn’t get enough work in game type situations before the season.
    The fact that there was nobody on the roster to challenge him for the staring spot added to this.

  71. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Saturday? My schedule sez Sunday August 14, 4pm.

  72. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I betcha NJ was bummed the HOF game was cancelled…

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Phil you are correct, the game is on Sunday. I would’ve turned the TV on Sat expecting a game.
    Then they go Saturday, Friday and Thursday.

    Then they wait 10 days before the first game on Sept 12.

    Very erratic schedule

  74. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Given the contract, does Kap have any trade value.

  75. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Who else do we have on the team that might be eligible for a contract extension? I remember Dial was recently given an extension so he’s locked up. We lost so many good players it’s hard to pick many. We are loaded with youth at at WR, DB, CB, RB so I don’t know. VMac? He needs to have a v good year…

  76. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, no more extensions. Execute on the field. With that bloated Bo deal, Jed should have exorcised whatever residue of guilt he had in him.

    Want to see the new Harold and AD in preseason. I cannot watch and work daily. Please give copious feedback on both.

    It is my duty to flash weekly stats of Cutler, healthy and with White, Jeffrey, and Miller. Kap versus Cutler. Easy in your face comparisons. They have excuses for Kap galore but none for Cutler, whose starting center was just IR’d.

  77. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The art of the DL = What will our DL rotation look like in base and in sub packages? Something to watch on Sunday =

    “We won’t see any opponent scheming on Sunday, but we might start to see some of the rotations the team will use in the base and sub packages. The defensive line will be one to track as the 49ers figure out who fits best in run and pass situations. When Buckner has been in the lineup, Quinton Dial has been the nose tackle. When Purcell has been in the lineup, Dial has moved outside, with Arik Armstead manning the other defensive end position in both instances.”

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/8/8/12405470/what-kind-of-defensive-rotations-will-we-see-this-weekend-and-into-week-1

    So in 3-4 either Buckner-Dial-Armstead OR Dial-Purcell-Armstead. Rotate baby.

  78. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I guess NJs experience at the HOF was not good per his report on Blog X. Police state comes to the NFL. Similar my spies tell me to the SuperBowl City experience here this year = you PAY for what you get otherwise no soup for you. High prices in Canton but Joe would sign a Candlestick seat for $400. Such a bargain. Big business and everything has doubled since move to Levis. For a mediocre team and $100 Million/year in gross profit. I get it.

    I’ll watch games on live stream God willing and save the bucks.

  79. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looked at that picture today of Kap running with Driskell. Kap is super skinny with long bird legs.

    But a lot of bloggers say he’s a man among boys.

  80. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a comment from a cutler article:

    Jay never blamed coaching or the players for horrific line play…. he ran for his life and took a silent beating.
    season after season.

    He forced balls into small windows to receivers that wouldn’t make other teams practice squads.

    He is teflon to the jilted diva’s leaving the team in a puff.

    Had Fox been in Chicago since the trade to acquire Jay, he would be now considered an elite QB.

    There are no coincidences. Brady is that good because Belicheck is that good. Brees is that good because Payton is that good. The revolving door of coaching/philosophy/scheme and management has not provided Jay the tools he needs to succeed.

    Angelo, Smith, Emery, Trestman, Tice, Martz, Turner…. these are the men to blame.

    Jay has just kept slinging it the whole time, trying to make plays in a desperate attempt to win against all odds. Brave in a weak pocket, tough as nails.

    Its about time people considered the macro challenges that contribute to any one players success or failure.

    by Windy Cynic on Aug 4, 2016 | 11:32 AM

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2016/8/4/12376948/bears-kevin-white-jay-cutler-has-bad-rep-no-reason-i-dont-like-it-martellu-bennett-criticism-defends

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Phil, totally disappointed.
    Compared to our visit in ’10 when Jerry went in, this was a complete 180.
    Sign of the times I guess?
    We felt like cattle. Little to no freedom to move about.
    Players were either Contracted for the events or, just didn’t get out into the crowds.
    I managed to shake hands with maybe, a dozen other 9er Fans the entire day on Saturday.
    Pathetic to say the least.
    Nothing but Cheese Heads wearing Favre jersey’s as far as one could see.
    Did get to see Eddie emerge from his limo, from about a 100’away.
    The No Fun League has finally managed to ruin yet another venue we Fans look forward to enjoying 🙁

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Met a 9er Fan from the Philly area who gave me the info on the autographs.
    She too was put off by the prices and, she blamed Panini, who Contracted the players.
    By doing so, as she suggested, it basically binds them to the Contract terms, thereby removing them from Fan circulation.
    I did get a picture with a REAL Black Hole Raider fan, in full Raider regalia.
    Quite the ensemble.
    He even got a moment on TV during the ceremonies, identified by his outfit of course, wearing #24 with the name ‘Destruction’ on his back.
    Raider game days, where every home game is Halloween.

  83. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kap runs the Read Option and the Run/Pass Option far better than Gabbert since he and not Blaine ran them in college. A lot, very successfully. Far better. However Play Action/Rollouts they are approximately equal in potential with Kap maybe having more experience than Gabbert who does have all the skills needed to run this kind of play. It is in the drop back passing sets that Gabbert exceeds Kap and this MAY be a determining factor as Kellys passing attack needs superior ability in this area. The preseason games will tell us (Kelly) who is better at moving the ball and who should start. I agree with Bullit that these 2 QBs need to play a lot in these games to show what they have. Unlike recent seasons.

    Maiocco sez Gabbert favored to start season at QB as he has had more reps in spring OTAs than the ‘skinny guy’. Maybe so, we’ll see, huh?

  84. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sunday Dec 4 in Chicago.

    With AD back the niners will definitely have a better oline than the Bears. Already the starting C Grassu is out with a torn ACL. Bears have much better WR’s.

  85. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep NJ, a sign of the times and a testimony to human greed, control addiction, and maximizing profits at the expense of customer satisfaction. Sad! Sorry your experience was not the best…then the game was cancelled due to poor planning and piss poor execution. BTW were you planning to watch the game?

    Dear me Big Business ain’t necessarily the best business, eh?

  86. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    BG outshines in passing QB 101 with all the mental ability hands down over Nessa’s muslim convert. Mental aptitude and leadership will lead BG to be the starter in short order.

    FO cannot risk those injury guarantees with Kap’s current contract. BG is low cost. Driskell is low cost. Kap would have to exceed BG by a big margin allowing for that contract.

    If Kap wore a mini dress with hosiery who would have the sexier legs, Kap or twiggy?

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No Phil, the game itself was typically part of a ‘Fan Pkg’.
    Seeing as the 2 teams involved were from the Midwest, I’ll guess the majority of those impacted were Cheese Heads.
    Those SOB’s were EVERYWHERE.
    But, it was my feeling as well, that the Security issues dictated the event.
    Got pics of snipers on the roof to boot.
    Sad times for ‘Freedom’ huh?

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As a testament to NFL ineptitude, they didn’t notice the paint until gametime?
    Seems to me, it was more about keeping the coffers open, until the absolute last moment perhaps?
    The NFL Money Machine in Overdrive…

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As Mark Cuban properly suggested regarding the NFL…
    ‘Pigs get fat, Hogs get slaughtered’

  90. Phil fansNo Gravatar says:

    Warriors, who at least have the decency to win a lot, are following the same trajectory of jacking prices as the Niners. Big, huge price increases for the playoffs. Cav fans bitching about the Oracle tickets costing twice Cleveland prices. The price of winning keeps getting higher. But at least they got Durant

  91. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee: W 25-23
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville: W 44-33
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams: W 34-13
 
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
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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