The Hour of the Turk Draws Near

One last practice game Thursday night before the Santa Clara Titanic sets off on its 2016 cruise. It might also be the last game of Colin Kaepernick‘s NFL career.

The game against San Diego will be played mainly by members of the class of 704 guys who will find themselves unemployed by next Tuesday evening. Of that group, 320 will be re-signed to practice squads, thus keeping their faint NFL hopes alive. The remaining 384 guys will go home and hope the phone rings sometime during the course of the season as desperate teams try to replace injured players.

At this point, even Kaepernick’s most ardent supporters are probably hoping he is one of the 384 sitting at home soon. In this regard, Colin joins Jed York and Trent Baalke on the list of guys who have worn out their welcome with the 49ers. Let’s hope that list is pared to one by the end of the season.

In the meantime, we have sixteen games to look forward to losing, possibly sprinkled with an occasional “Shit, we won one!” Sunday afternoon.

Some people think this year’s team will be better than last year’s because the coaching staff is better. But the only part of the team that seems improved this year is the offensive line. And as we saw with Dallas last year, even a great offensive line can’t propel a team to victory all by itself.

The defensive line is noticeably weaker than last year. The team lost its nose tackle to IR, has a rookie DE at one spot who hasn’t impressed anybody yet, and the other DE is a second year player with a bum shoulder. There isn’t anybody behind this group that has done anything but look decent in preseason games.

The secondary remains good, but not great. The ILBs still can’t cover TEs or RBs in the passing game, and our best pass rusher is sitting out the first four games on a suspension.

The offense lost its only reliable receiver, Anquan Boldin, and has replaced him with a whole lot of nothing.

In addition, the schedule looks daunting. Although that part of the equation can change in a Minnesota hurry.

So, will this team be better than last year? We shall soon find out.




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135 comments on “The Hour of the Turk Draws Near
  1. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We’re trying to crawl out of the basement and beat the St. L. Rams.
    LA? OK. We’re trying to crawl out of the basement and beat the LA Rams? LA? Is that right, OK the LA Rams. Thanks, anybody else?

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt we could be worse than last year. I know we won 5 games but most of those wins were gifts from opposing kickers. I gotta em down for 3 wins now and for the life of me i haven’t a clue as to where they will come from. i don’t think we are gonna fool anyone.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Rams stronger in run blocking? Grob article

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2016/8/31/12187480/los-angeles-rams-greg-robinson-draft-bust-potential-breakout-season?_ga=1.88749659.1157255627.1471648999

    I believe the 2nd year RT is also very good in run. Both OG starters from last year injured. Are they good to go.

    Todd Gurley and oline may dominate our depleted dline in runs and TOP.

  4. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I love the sound of cynics in the morning! In the case of our foosball team perhaps it’s not cynicism, they likely will suck. My 4-12 prediction suddenly seems optimistic again. How can we know with that miserable Jihad Johnnie sucking all the air out of the stadium? Magnificent distraction which unfortunately only adds to the cynical’s arsenal. Is it really cynicism if it is really likely? Nope, not really, it’s reality! York will soon be selling Prozac at Levis to prevent fans from hurling themselves off the upper deck.

    But the depressed and angry are not confined to our gridiron prognostications, several see our country’s situation as hopeless too. They are among the cynical and assume the miserable status quo is the only way to go. Fine, have at it but that’s a tough sell from the depressed and angry to those still looking for a better life. Good luck convincing a majority this is the answer. York has a deal on Prozac you might consider!

    NFL execs join the Niners brass in hating Johnnie the violence advocate it is reported. He has crashed the party with an unwelcome message of division, murder and civil discord which we know should be confined to the playing field. I mean the confined violence of the sport is what they welcome. The rest is to be condemned not supported, employed or glorified as we see from the misguided today. The cynical, angry or depressed have had their day but will not have the future too.

    Fitting the Jihad squad play next in San Diego home of many patriotic Americans military and civilian who will be sure to let the weasel known as Kaepernick hear their displeasure with his ugly message of hate. On the field would it surprise you to learn that a growing bounty has been placed on the scrawny neck of JJ? Jihad Johnnie and all the incidents of violence around the world are wonderfully reinforcing the thought in the public’s mind = “Put these people in a cage and elect authorities who will keep them there”. Bring it you suckers.

  5. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m listening to Donald Trump.

    I’ve seen gymnasts, world champions, flip and flop and flip and flop again so that the judges forget what they were judging.

    Trump! And Christie as Attorney General to start civil war in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Colorado on pot.

    The Deportation Squads Trump will install better have guns though when they come to Colorado and New Mexico. They’ll need them.

  6. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *Washington, not Colorado

    Try occupying New Mexico, you ****sucker (wait, sorry that’s Governor LePage speaking about blacks and Mexicans).

    You guys said Bagdhad would be easy. Good luck with New Mexico.

  7. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Simple solution to Kap’s grandstanding during the National Anthem = Confine Mr. Kaepernick to the locker room away from the field during the playing of the Anthem. Takes the spotlight away from him, denies the opportunity to make his disruptive statement. After the Anthem is played release him to enter the arena to face the hostile reception.

    Of course this will not solve any of the larger issues such as his place on the team or violence in America but it will help defuse the Kap power and attention grab.

  8. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Enough with the victimizing games. Even the godless NFL should not allow themselves to be used as a propaganda platform for violence advocates and their deluded supporters like Johnnie. Why should they when they have the power and the right to deprive hostile Johnnie of the spotlight? Send him to his room, the locker room, and lock the door with guards posted while the National Anthem is being performed. No reason to tolerate his hate.

    Bring it on tough guys

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Who is Johnnie?

    Is he an actual person or someone conjured up out of your imagination who you wish to blame for all ills?

    If he is an actual person, bring the scapegoat out so we can cut his throat.

    Donald Trump and his Deportation Squads are not talking about goats.

  10. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick is pulling his stunts at work. Is anyone saying employers at their place of work cannot legally control where, when and how employees perform their assigned duties? If Kap and his apologists want to sue for his “right” to disrupt the workplace they will be spending a lot of their own money on a losing cause. Let them.

    Do not give this troublemaker their spotlight. Lock him out during the Anthem

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I think the bigger issue is whether his OL sees his political views as a detriment to the business of football.
    His blind-side protection Thursday night is coming from a LT that is a member of Law Enforcement family.
    Granted, he too is playing for a roster position at this point but…
    Guys like Boone feel strongly, that what he’s doing, isn’t something agreeable to all who are being paid to work together.
    It’s his right to freedom of expression of course but, it opens his ‘workplace’ to unwanted scrutiny and interference to the job at hand.

    There’s a reason for the joke known as ‘Look Out!’ blocks.
    He risks the trust and respect of the guys paid to protect him.

  12. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Definitely he risks much in terms of alienating his teammates and a whole lot more, ie his faltering career, his market value, his celebrity as a player. I think he knows that and it is worth it to him to gain political street cred supporting BLM and his fiance. Frankly I could care less about this new Johnnie, it’s the team and it’s morale that concerns me. JJ won’t be around in any relevant role mainly because he is a poor QB. JJ has no intention of being anything but a cancer based on wearing socks mocking the police. Pitiful.

    This is a terribly divisive and distracting series of events which has nothing to do with football. To regain control over the morale of the team which is surely shaken the team should take control by locking JJ out of the field during the Anthem tomorrow night for starters. And perhaps they will as you suggest try to break the contract. Tho in my own fit of cynicism I did suggest York would keep him to torment us, lol

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep has been mailing it in in the leadership department for quite some time Phil.
    You’d think with all the money at stake he’d have worked a whole lot harder to keep it.
    It will play out as it will in this game.
    Bottom line for me has always been, play to win.
    Without that ‘drive’, he’s simply taking up space and, collecting paycheck.

    Had much higher expectations for him than he apparently had for himself.
    Teammates showed signs of tuning him out long ago.
    Especially the WRs.
    Seems just a bit curious, that VMcD is catching passes from Gabbert pretty consistently of late too.
    Hope that trend continues when the Defenses really start to defend.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    By default, he SHOULD look like a stud against the final roster wannabes tonight.
    Yeh, it’s the last game but, many of them will ‘sell out’ to put something good on film to keep themselves relevant.
    I won’t be able to see the game until tomorrow via DVR but, I’ll be anxious to see whether Kaep even tries to look like he’s interested.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He assumes his Contract is ‘in the bank’ now I’m sure.
    That will be the focal point for me.
    To see if it’s about playing to win or, just going through the motions.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With his latest antics, it already seems as though he’s ‘checked out’ of his duties, as an NFL QB, for good.

  17. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes indeed. Gabbert tho a lesser QB is a far better team leader than this former star and non-leader. Mailing it in is right,sadly. He made up his mind a while ago and is just going thru the motions now. His interests lie elsewhere, mainly in pleasing his fiance and remaking himself in her image. There is nothing I expect from him teamwise but trouble. He wants attention for his ‘important’ causes and damn the Niners. This is why I say ‘take the spotlight off him during the Anthem’ so his egoic desires are frustrated and the team supported. It is going to be very hard on our players in SD tomorrow night hearing constant boos. I pity these young guys

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    Keeping Kap in the locker room so he can’t do his sit down would be deemed by his supporters as violating his civil rights and against the first amendment.
    If Kap stays on the team this doesn’t go away and there are more questions about the protest than the football on the field. The dumpster fire becomes a travelling circus.

    The courage of Lil Jed and the FO to cut him will cause one or two weeks of turmoil but it will unify the team and stop the circus.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A Lot of people of Kap’s hometown of Turlock are not happy of his antics from this past Friday. Even the hot dog that was named after has been crossed off the menu at a local eatery.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_30314668/colin-kaepernicks-hometown-turlock-turns-its-back-native

  20. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    In any other business the owners would win but the NFL may not want to open that can of worms. So yeah the unfinished business of the FO comes back to bite…

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta admit, I’ve never seen a guy try so hard to lose his job and blame politics rather than face up to the humiliation of not being able to beat out Blaine Gabbert.

  22. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Bingo on the circus bullit because that is exactly what it is. It’s definitely a diversion for what’s really going on. Just curious to see how long it plays out.

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I can almost see Jedo & Baalky crouched in a corning wondering to themselves”how much longer can we get away with the sh*t”

  24. winderNo Gravatar says:

    corner of course

  25. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Winder where would you hide if your starter at QB was mighty Blaine Gabbert with the Turlock tornado a distant second? That’s pretty sad but you are right those two are even worse than our QBs if you can believe it.

    Kelly is lying through his teeth by saying Johnnie Jihad is on track to compete for our starter. Chip you are the only one who thinks JJ gives a shit about playing football.

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    phil- I guess they’re trying to build a little more cap room for next year, knowing that it will take a couple more years for us to figure out that this years draft really did suck after all. I got no faith in what they do.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I am amazed at FO and their coddling of Kap. Squeezing value out of contracts with anal analytical screening.

    Except Kap. Left wing brethren? Effects on a brain dead fanbase. The rebuilt Kap, this time vegetables not steroids and creatine, being exposed to serious injury absent a muscle shield.

    Why is FO putting him out there. Risk another 12 mil base salary inflicted on them by them. Is there some guilt in the FO’s heart in their sadomasachism.

  28. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom, not sure what is going on with Kap and the FO but it is not a clean break- they can’t let go even if he moons the owners suite. Minus Kap, Johnnie Jihad, and Gamble as GM we might have a shot with Watson as QB to have a real team. It’s just no fun sailing on the Titanic for going on 3 years. Grant Cohn sez like you we should tank this season to get a good QB =

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/news/97073-grant-cohn-game-baalke-49ers-could-quick-turnaround/

    Maybe Skeebs is right and JJ is using politics to avoid having to face not beating out Gabbert. Oh the horror. Hopefully JJ reeks tonight and he gets cut (won’t happen) or he shines and we find a desperate sucker to trade for him.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now it’s the socks he was weaing. Kap needs to grow up because right now he’s a petulant child.

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/colin-kaepernicks-choice-of-socks-fueling-fire-hurting-his-message-154902318.html

  30. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Johnnie’s beef along with the BLM cop killers is with Police not the military but Tim Kawakami conflates the two in a recent column hyping this game tonight. Tim, police are not the same as military nice try

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why are the Niners huddling on offense? Cuz Kap is incapable of running a no huddle.
    It was noted on the pregame radio show that last week it took over 10 seconds and longer for the Niners to get their plays off under Kap.
    Getting into a huddle allows the defense to substitute.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Huddling defeats the purpose of Chip’s up tempo offense.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Really disappointed that Eric Reid took a knee with Kap during the national anthem.
    That’s why Lil Jed needs to get rid of Kap because he is a cancer and will influence some on the team.

  34. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is the king of the scrubs. Good point on needing the huddle. Won’t look so good against regulars.

    Eric Reid huh? Missed that. Kap the SJW and great leader

  35. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Driskel hucks one to the DB. He was better running

  36. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Rashard Robinson returns the favor and then gives up 15 yds by running bacwards after the INT. Rookie! Nice catch tho

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Driskel does a Johnnie Jihad and throws a second pick. Rookie!

  38. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ponder brings ’em back in the 4th Q. Marcus Rush looking real good. He’s making the 53 as will Kelvin Taylor. Feel better a bit about our runners with delicate Hyde having some back ups.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Kap were off the team Eric Reid would not be kneeling during the National Anthem. AS long as he’s in the locker room Kap is talking politics and not football.
    He has stated this is more important than football. Lil Jed and the FO should grant him his wish and let him pursue this full time by releasing him before he poisons the entire well.

    This is a huge distraction and Kap said he will not back down.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In an ideal world you would get rid of all criminals. We all know that’s not happening.
    We also know that only a small percentage of cops are corrupt and dirty and in an ideal world they would not exist.

    Neither is going away so we can work to improve the situation but although change would be great, these problems are not going away anytime soon. That is the reality of the situation.

    And for anyone that says Kap didn’t disparage all cops, Kap said that a hairdresser has more education than a cop.

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    More training hours. Which was a true statement.

  42. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    That does it, the next time all hell breaks loose I’m calling my hairdresser.

    More training is always a good thing esp. where guns are involved

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Cohn jr.

    “I feel like I cover COLIN KAEPERNICK

    andthe49ers.”

    No shit.

  44. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    The objective all along for Kaep was to get his money. At least this year.
    No apparent motivation to start in SF or, win his job back.
    Let him have his money, without taking the Cap hit IMO.
    Sit all season and count your bucks while adhering to NFL Rules.
    I’d de-act him if able,every game day and, force him to follow team structure,like everyone else.
    Then, let him sit and watch.
    Make him persona-non-grata and drop his ass before April 1.
    He’s checked out already.

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Our FO deserves everything they get. I get the freedom of speech aspect. But the fact is we are dealing with a terrible QB that is just ‘F-ing’ around.

  46. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, release him now. Picked up for a pittance by another team will subtract from what Jed owes him. Cap needs to be spent on real football players.

  47. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    For all the brave talk by Kaep fans on FB last night, his QB rating for the night was a mediocre 76.9… Ponder had a 79.8, and has been on the shelf the past year. Keep Ponder as # 2, and let Kaep go. Be done with it and end the circus. If he resurrects his career at all, it’s not going to be here in any event.

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/9/2/12772860/colin-kaepernick-likely-to-make-49ers-roster-quarterback

    If the above happens this FO is beyond hope. Dark dies lie ahead. Consider rooting for Oakland.

    Niners are misspent energy better directed towards other teams that have their FO and coaching shit together.

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How is the Ram’s oline, a comment and Grob was there

    LeCharles Bentley is an EXCELLENT Offensive Tackle/Offensive Line coach with the best O-Line Academy in the NFL located in Phoenix, AZ !!!!!
    Arizona’s 2015 1st round pick & future LT DJ Humphries is an absolute beast after working with him since December of last season spending 5 days a week everyday this offseason working with him on his own dime. AZ red-shirted Humphries his rookie year because they had a really solid RT in Bobby Massie in his last year of his rookie contract, now that he is gone AZ is breaking Humphries in at RT & after he is broken in then next year in 2017 to 2018 at the latest AZ 6″8 325pd Elite LT Jared Veldheer (who has ranked as a top 10 OT both seasons in AZ) will slide to RT n Humphries to LT.

    At 6″5/now 320pds with elite athleticism/power & as good of feet as you will find in a OT Humphries has MASSIVELY Improved since working with Bentley & is now showing a full and total understanding of his role in Arians offense & is a massive upgrade over Massie. Humphries is extremely explosive in the run game as he has a rare ability to roll his hips and explode with power thru his hips in the run game & is extremely physical, big time upgrade in the run game & is a big time upgrade in the passing game as well as Humphries has as good of feet as you will find in a LT far better than Massies with Elite Athleticism while Massie had just AVG at best athleticism. Humphries technique still needs to improve a bit in Pass-Protection but Bentley improved his technique 10 fold. DJ Humphries has been absolutely flawless this pre-season & was absolutely dominant against the Texans starting front when he was in there, LeCharles Bentley really helped him grow. The right side of Arizona’s line is going to be massively improved this season with Elite All-Pro RG Evan Mathis who ranked as the NFLs best run blocker last year & Humphries taking over at RT.

    After seeing Humphries improve so drastically after working with Bentley I’d have to assume LT Greg Robinson will to. At the NFL Level Ive always felt that Robinson had slower feet though which causes him to struggle against Elite pass rushers n speed rushers, but if he has drastically improved his technique which we will have to wait to see, he could be improved.

    Posted by Overload5150 on September 1, 2016 | 5:14 AM

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2016/8/31/12187480/los-angeles-rams-greg-robinson-draft-bust-potential-breakout-season

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/09/02/titans-cut-dexter-mccluster/

    We now have a spread offense that needs a RB like this. Titans running a Harbaugh power run game. Jump on it?

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco: “No surprise, especially after Chip Kelly said he’s 1 of 2 best QBs on 49ers, but hearing it’s all but certain Colin Kaepernick makes team.”

    Ugh. Thinking seriously of turning this blog into a Raiders site this year.

  52. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    49er safety Eric Reid sat during the National Anthem last game. Another Seattle player is now doing the same. Colin Kaepernick is the best damn thing to happen to the 49ers since Jim Harbaugh. But most of you are too stupid to see it.

  53. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Please switch to Raiders. 49ers are unbearable this season. Will not follow if idiot is QB1 or QB2.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I must remember not to feed the Troll.

  55. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    You mean the troll that comes on here telling everybody he’s right and they are wrong? I can see that

    If we go Raiders I’ll have to root for Chargers being from SD. In the DNA. Of course they suck and I don’t know them anymore but rooting for sucky teams- that’s familiar. I’ll be the opposing point of view providing a fair and balanced counterpoint. Gotta love sports. Nice distraction while nation slides into chaos.

  56. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Saving the world aside we are going to find out in a few hours answers to some football questions =
    -Who will our QBs be?
    -Which WRs make the team
    -Personnel at ILB, DL, and DB
    -Who will be on the practice squad
    -Do we acquire any FA vets to plug our holes?

    Looking forward to getting the answers tomorrow. But the real answers will come during the season as we find out if any of this makes a difference.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Truth be told the only reason to keep Kap is if the Niners believe he’ll be with the team long term beyond 2017.
    Looking at it strictly from a football point of view the evaluation has to be based on Kap’s ability to improve and do what the coaches expect of him, ability to read a defense, run the offense efficiently and avoid turnovers.

    If you see Kap as nothing more than a backup you cut him because of his prohibitive salary and his age as he turns 30 next year (Nov 3) and he’s way past the learning stage and excuses. He’s approaching the autumn of his career and the fact that he’s on the roster is blocking the development of younger QBs.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just checked and 2 of the Niner starting WRs, Smith and Patton caught zero balls in the preseason games. Patton’s TD was considered a lateral and a rushing play.

    That in itself is deeply disturbing with the third WR the just traded for Kerley in the slot.

    I think letting Boldin go without proven heir apparents in place was a huge mistake. Boldin signed for @2.75 mil for one year with the Lions. Despite his age Boldin would’ve been the most reliable and proven WR on the team.

    Ellington is Kyle Williams 2.0 who is not productive at all and
    injury prone.

    I have always said Baalke wrote off Crabtree too soon and he was steady if not spectacular. Hindisght says both Boldin and Crabtree would be good for 150 plus receptions and 15 TDs.

    Last year with the Raiduhs Crabtree had 85 receptions and 9 TDs for the Raiduhs who he signed with for $3.5 mil.
    IMO Crabtree should have been kept until a viable replacement was in place to take over.

    The sad truth is the WR subs can either be cut or make the roster because that’s how mediocre they are. Nobody has emerged
    which is on Baalke’s shoulders for ignoring the position just like he did with the QBs.

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Minnesota Vikings are trading for Eagles’ QB Sam Bradford.”

  60. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess, with his old team out of the running, we can cut Ponder and then re-sign him after game one.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    he trade makes me wonder what the Vikes would’ve given up for Kap before he poisoned the well by getting political?
    Egos got a #1 and a #4 for Bradford.
    If this crap doesn’t happen they easily might have given a #2 pick for Kap.

    Ph*ck Kaepernick, he is doing everything to screw over the Niners. Cut the chump today and be done with him.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speculation is Niners might be interested in Cecil Shorts, one of Gabberts receivers with Jags who was just cut by Texans.

    Should have kept Boldin. He was a leader in the locker room that seems to lacking on the offensive side

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Reno airport is taking down their Kap display.
    He’s no longer one of their local heroes and favorite sons.
    Has worked himself to person non grata

    https://twitter.com/CamInman/status/772122374036557825/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First waiver is one of my favorites, WR Devon Cajuste.
    Had a tough battle considering he had to share his jersey number with LS Kyle Nelson.
    Maybe he lands on PS for developmental purposes?

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers have [finally] released OLB Corey Lemonier.”

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    How the Browns stay the Browns: “Cleveland Browns made six first-round draft picks between 2011-14 — all six are no longer on the team.”

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Marcus Rush cut.

  68. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Driskel waived. Practice squad prolly>

  69. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    So Kaepernick and Ponder b/ups

    “The 49ers could have Ponder suit up on game day as Gabbert’s No. 2 and deactivate Kaepernick, whose $14.5 million salary in 2017 could become guaranteed if he sustains a significant injury. Kaepernick has a $125,000 bonus per game he’s active this season.”

  70. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cut list:

    WR Dres Anderson
    OL Alex Balducci
    WR Devon Cajuste
    DL Demetrius Cherry
    OL Fahn Cooper
    QB Jeff Driskel
    TE Je’Ron Hamm
    RB DuJuan Harris
    CB Prince Charles Iworah
    OL Colin Kelly
    LB Corey Lemonier
    DL B.J. McBryde
    OL Norman Price
    LB Marcus Rush
    LB Shayne Skov
    NT Garrison Smith
    RB Kelvin Taylor
    WR Bryce Treggs
    WR Ryan Whalen
    WR DeAndrew White

  71. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly’s decision to keep Kaep as the backup is odd, considering how much Kaep makes. I read immediately after the new labor agreement was signed several years ago that teams would be penalized if they dipped below a certain cap number – intending the keep the cheap teams from having little to no budget. I’ve also read the 49ers have one of the lightest salary budgets for 2016. Keeping Kaep on the roster might have been a net zero gain. If they cut him, they may have been penalized by the league for dipping below the Mendoza line, making the decision to keep him almost required. This is simply speculation on my behalf, but it’s the only reason I can see to keep an 11 million dollar backup.

    Aside from that, in my humble opinion, Kaep is clearly mailing it in on Jed York. Why try or bust your butt for this organization? If you’re going to be on a team that’s a laughing stock, why not collect your pay and make a few political statements in between – especially if your agent thinks the team can’t cut you.

    I also read the SF Police department is considering boycotting security detail of all 49er home games. Go ahead and try. That would create a backlash against the SF cops, and they’re receiving a ton of support. Rightly so. The cops in the Bay Area are nothing like the cops in the rest of the country. The South? Please.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners trade an undisclosed draft pick to KC for WR Rod Streeter (ex Raiduh).
    Also do the unthinkable (at least 3 years ago) and make a deal of S LJ McCray for an undisclosed pick with the Seahags.

    Can’t believe MaRCUS Martin survived but Baalke is too embarrassed to cut his draft pick seeing how the Lions cut Brandon Thomas a week after acquiring him in a trade.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since they run a 3 WR set 5 WRs are not enough so they will probably add another or two.

    Phil is on track thinking they’ll shrink wrap Kap all season as inactive for at least the first part of the season.

    He’ll be shrink wrapped just like the Redskins did with RG3

  74. winderNo Gravatar says:

    They should shrink wrap him and dump him in the bay. O wait that sounds just like dennis. Nevermind.

  75. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    They’re keeping him for the afro. It’s his best feature. York, who loves us, knows this will be a special treat.

  76. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yup he’s a backup =

    “In three preseason games, Gabbert completed 12 of 22 passes for 146 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions for a passer rating of 90.3. Kaepernick: 13 of 24 for 117 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for a rating of 67.5.”

  77. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Since we got him I hope he can complete a few passes if he gets in there. No reason to worry about anything might as well sit back and enjoy the show.

  78. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the spirit Winder. Let’s make some lemonade outta these lemons…

    WR still the team weakness. All the UDFAs are gone
    We have three (3) RBs and number one is delicate Daisy
    We sent LJ McCray to SEA for a tuna sandwich. Cheap intel for Pete. This is a head scratcher, ie, stupid. SEA does this to us every year. Because…Balkey
    We kept Marcus Martin
    Kaepernick has a nice afro because York loves us

    Better lemonade than Kool-aide I guess.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vikes took on Sam Bradford’s 2 year contract for $35 mil giving up a #1 and a #4 to get him.
    This is telling on Kap’s value in the eyes of the league where the Niners would have taken a 4th round pick and Kap was $10 mil cheaper for the 2 years.

    Bottom line is the Vikes coveted Bradford more than Kap and the word is out that Kap is a very flawed QB with many weaknesses and shortcomings.

  80. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The Eagles got some of their money back on that deal and good for them. The Vikes got someone who can hand the ball off to AP. Being a Viking WR is probably similar to being a 49er WR, kinda like being on a desert island.

  81. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The only reason to keep both Kaepernick and Ponder on the roster is if the team is waiting for Driskel to clear waivers so they can sign him to the practice squad and then cut Kap. If they do that, maybe they’re not as dumb as they currently seem to be. Otherwise, they are that dumb.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Kap would devote the time to being a better QB as he has to social issues he’d b e so much better.

    Did Kap ever attend a class at Nevada Reno? He has a problem with Cops being put on administrative leave after a shooting.
    Kap is forgetting that investigations are required and you are innocent until proven guilty.

    Generalizing and painting all cops as bad has gotten him into deep doodoo.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you saw the Chip Kelly interview as they were leaving for halftime, you would know that Kelly is trying to protect Kap’s fragile ego.
    Asked why they were huddling, Kelly replied that there were a lot of young players in the game. When Driskel and Ponder were in the game they didn’t huddle.

    You would have to conclude that Kap doesn’t know the offense
    and needs the huddle for himself.

    The pace and tempo of the game seems much slower when Kap is the QB.

  84. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Seahawks claim ex-49ers DL Garrison Smith.”

  85. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Bengals claimed former 49ers QB Jeff Driskell.”

    So much for that plan.

  86. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “WR Bryce Treggs planned to sign to 49ers practice squad, but was claimed off waivers by Eagles.”

  87. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt they’ve even pulled their thumbs out yet. A lot of this is on Kelly.

  88. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Kinda looking like he’s just a more experienced stooge. Kelly that is.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fot the practice squad I would bring in Kevin Hogan, Zach Mettenberger or Aaron Murray now that Driskel is with the Bungles.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners need a QB that has potential that they can develop just in case they miss again in next year’s draft.
    The question now is can they convince these players to join their practice squad because essentially they are free agents?

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So far today other teams are crapping on Baalke’s plans for the practice squad.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have added Rush, Skov and Dres Anderson to the PS.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    TE Hamm also added to PS.
    Nobody claimed Smelter so the Niners can put him on some kind of injury list.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Steelers got a Mettenberger to go along with their Roethlisberger Bullit.

    Here’s what Maiocco has going thus far –
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/49ers-2016-practice-squad-tracker

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Murray went unclaimed from KC – I wonder if we’re simply going to go with Ponder for the time being?
    At least we know he’s got NFL game experience going for him.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Kap, made a big deal of how he was going to attend a church service at 10am this morning.
    He was a no show. The Rev Brown had to cover for him

    https://twitter.com/EvanSernoffsky/status/772489052217937920/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    I have always thought Kap was a phony and he keeps proving it to me by his actions time after time

    Can’t Kap seriously and he should just shut the F up and concentrate on becoming a better QB.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Should read Can’t TAKE Kap seriously…

  98. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2016/9/4/12791926/offensive-guard-josh-sitton-to-visit-chicago-bears

    Why did GB do this, salary cap maybe? Bears should lock this guy down pronto. Bad news for any 49ers starry eyed homers. This is now a tougher match up for us.

    Oline their major hole. Now two good OG. Our big weakness is run D. Is this a factor?

  99. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Driskell and G Smith could have been on the 53 if Kap was cut. FO at their finest.

  100. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is the face of your team. Enjoy.

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kevin Hogan signs with Brownies.
    Why isn’t there a QB on the practice squad?

    Can anyone remember the scrub QB that was on the PS last year?
    Name is forgettable and he was known to Tweet quotes from the Bible. That guy just was a warm body with no chance to make the 53 as they didn’t invite him back to training camp this season.

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Murray is still available.
    Baalke should sign him tgo the PS and get rid of one of the Olinemen. You have 9 Olinemen on the active roster which is overkill.

  103. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Correct Bullit and NJ,we need to stock some QBs developmental players now that our 6th rounder Driskel is in CIN. You guys have some good ideas that we should investigate and grab one for the PS. Right now Kelly seems to be focused on the upcoming season and not long term. Would be good to move in this direction and not ignore this area. Which is what brought us to the present haphazard QB situation of no franchise QB but 3 backups on board.

    Baby steps

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Until we find the next Joe/Steve/Brady etc, we’re gonna need to play Defense.
    Driskel would’ve been a long-shot, and Kaep obviously hasn’t been the answer thus far.
    All fingers appeared to be crossed that Chip could save him of course.
    Not holding my breath any longer for that to happen.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sitton is a done deal in Chi-Town Bakkentom –
    Revenge tactic against GB I’m sure –

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/09/04/report-josh-sitton-signs-with-bears/

  106. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep we don’t have our franchise QB but do we have someone who can help us win 6 games? 2 GB +2 CK +2 CP = 6, yeah maybe. I hope we continue the upgrading of the WRs.

    And Defense NJ what do we have? Of course we’re going to see but PS has not revealed much by design so can we stop the run? Pressure the QB? Defend the pass? Like you said this is going to be our best bet for getting wins.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I’m keeping an open mind on Defense.
    Simply that we have a youth movement gives me some reason for optimism.
    PS isn’t going to show us, or the competition, what we’re up to.
    Good stable of DBs and some young DLmen will hopefully provide some reason to watch.
    Just hope Chip can keep them off the field for 20-40mins/game.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not ready to freak out about the WRs as Chip appears to have brought in some workable talent while the youngsters heal up and catch up.
    All comes down to which QB can put his system into motion.
    Until then, hoping for improved OL play and some success on the ground.

  109. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly as I mentioned before the Anthem flap is Johnnie’s biggest supporter. Now tho Kelly is still just fine with JJs posturing despite the splitting of the team. Cohn sr. sez this will be a problem as losses occur. Cohn spoke with Ira Miller and they discussed “What would Bill Walsh have done?” BW would never ever have let it get to this point they agreed =

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/6048861-181/49ers-should-have-cut-colin

    When losses happen will the team still be ‘united’? Is Kelly just managing dysfunction and not solving it? On top of our other problems (FO, drafting, holes in personnel) how much leadership do we really have with this JJ distraction being swept under the rug?

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the rub Phil.
    Was just reading that Kaep’s jersey is selling like there’s no tomorrow.
    As I’ve stated, it’s not that he doesn’t have a 1st Amendment Right to do it, it’s just not conducive to team unity.
    Even if the number of supporters within the locker room favor his cause, it’s a distraction to the job of football.
    His energy and focus belongs with improving his QB play.
    He’s got to take this rhetoric out of the locker room IMO.
    Give 100% to making this team better, something he’s lacked severely since Harbaugh left.

    As an employer told me years ago, ‘I’m not paying you for your opinion, I’m paying you to make my company profitable’.

    Apparently Reid was able to at least move him from the bench to taking a knee.
    Perhaps some compromise is a small step toward moving this nonsense out of view at some point?
    Can’t come soon enough for me.
    No place for it ‘while you’re working’ IMO.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for cutting him outright?
    I don’t think Ponder is up to speed enough to provide any insurance, should Gabbert lose time.
    And, I’m sure they see Kaep as having potential Trade value if he can’t get to the point of challenging for the starting job in SF.
    Not sure when the Trade deadline is but, there’s at least some time to get him marketable while they decide how to protect themselves from a potential injury situation with his remaining Contract.
    Gives Ponder time to catch up at least, if Kaep’s not serious about advancing his skills.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Look what MN gave up to Philly for Bradford.
    When a team gets desperate for a starter, anything can happen.
    Dallas is relying on Sanchez and rookie Prescott while Romo battles yet another back injury.
    Starting QBs are the lifeblood of any team.
    Having 2, or 3, simply means you don’t have 1 good enough to win with.
    Which is where we are right now.
    Chip has to find ‘that guy’ someway, somehow, in order for his system to work.
    Thus far, Gabbert seems like the winner by default, not by choice.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s just another example of the momentum coming from this circus stunt –

    http://tinyurl.com/hn6wuxv

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Romo is looking at approx 6-10wks of recovery time.
    We likely catch a break with that prognosis too.
    Where that puts Dallas in the W/L column is the question.
    Their season could be over if they can’t ride EzE to victory during that stretch.
    Much like us, trying to get some production from the passing game, with several WRs having to learn on the fly.
    Running and Defense will play heavily into the early going.

  115. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Kelly will pull the plug on our SJW when and if we find him being a distraction and not the hero Chip hopes he will be. A few losses in a row should put the uber tolerance of JJ and any negative effect on the team to a test.

    I think any team wanting a QB will avoid the political activist JJ. But if a trade partner emerges before 11/1 (I think) we should go for it

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What might Denver do if they come out of the gates 0-3/1-4?
    Can they afford to wait on Lynch’s development?
    They’re another Playoff caliber team taking a huge gamble at the QB position as well.
    Kaep can fill in for a QB needy team on a short term basis.
    His issues are self-inflicted and, heavily compensation related.
    But, as MN has already found out, when you’re desperate to save a season, you overpay.
    Bradford isn’t a durable guy himself.
    Plus his Contract is up there too.
    They’re praying that Teddy recovers by next year while hoping they can keep Bradford upright in the interim.
    Again, AP and Defense will be their best options while Bradford attempts to learn another Offensive System.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt that’s the gamble we’re taking Phil.
    Not real concerned with our W/L production.
    We need to get the QB situation figured out for the long haul.
    With Baalke and Kaep ‘having a business relationship’, it sure doesn’t sound like it’s going to go on indefinitely.

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The MN OLine isn’t something I’d consider to be formidable by any stretch.
    Teams will load the box to stop AP for sure.
    We already know Boone is a liability on Pass Pro too.
    Good luck to Bradford early on.
    He’s going to need it.
    He’s not a guy known for his wheels either, especially after a pair of significant knee injuries.

  119. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “USWNT star kneels during anthem as ‘nod to Kaepernick'”

    Your link NJ = This is ‘virtue signaling’ of a high order. The white soccer player is expunging her white guilt by taking a knee and acknowledging a big problem AT WORK. “You see I’m a superior human being tho in fact a white racist like so many of you. I’m okay because I’m making a display of my guilt. How ’bout you racists?” There commenced a lecture about the problems she sees in others and “We need to work on it, mainly you and those horrible people who rejected his methods. Me I’m all over it”.

    Wonderful. But what happens if the goalie and the fullbacks think Kaepernick is full of shit with his own virtue signaling and despise these intrusions of politics into their team? Team unity easily destroyed as is fan loyalty. There are better ways to get the message out but they do not provide an opportunity to appear superior. To you racists. Ugh.

  120. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah NJ the virtuous, concerned citizen Johnnie with the poor work boundaries may look pretty good to a team like DEN with questions at QB. SMH.

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I dunno Phil.
    I think society is coming unglued at the edges?
    WTF is going on anymore?
    Can we just watch a sports event to get away from the madness for a few hours?
    Everybody finds a soapbox in all the wrong places it seems.

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We had a nut-job scaling the exterior of Trump Tower here in NYC recently, using suction cups.
    All in an effort to meet DJT.
    Did he even consider attending a rally?
    The cuckoos are coming at us from every direction.
    Even back-up NFL QBs are joining the circus.

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Time to find a cave and learn to coexist with the grizzlies perhaps?

  124. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Fischer solved this problem with the Rams a long time ago = “You don’t stand with hand over heart for the Anthem you are off the team”.

    Boom problem solved.

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Somehow, I think Kaep’s days are numbered in SF Phil.
    Just a matter of finding the right day I guess?

  126. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    He’s being supported by the HC for football reasons but, otherwise as my link said “Kap can do anything he wants”. Walsh, Fischer would handle it more directly. If we get our asses hammered on MNF will that mean Fischer’s way is the right way?
    No but it’s a tempting thought lol

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    More football – Less Politics for me Phil.
    No need for these distractions IMO.
    Do it on your own time.

  128. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has failed his first test in his activism.
    The lame excuse is “the rigors of training” prevented him from keeping him commitment.
    Now about his commitment of $1mil to charity THIS YEAR which is another big commitment.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_30328467/colin-kaepernick-misses-church-appearance

  129. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As we know with the Political environment we’re in Bullit –
    Talk is cheap.
    He’s fitting right in with the ‘what’s wrong with America’ cliché he claims to be standing up for.
    Again.
    Do.
    Your.
    Job.
    That should be his primary objective.

  130. 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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