So Far, So Good

New GM John Lynch had a fairly sensational debut in his inaugural Draft, collaborating seamlessly with new HC Kyle Shanahan. They worked so well together, you could almost feel Jed York itching to jump in and take credit for their efforts.

And last Wednesday, that’s just what the little twit did, using the perceived success of Lynch and Shanahan in the Draft to act like something tremendous had actually happened on the field. Even trying yet another spin on the Harbaugh Era, with the supreme gall to imply we wouldn’t have S & L if York hadn’t “mutually” parted with Jim Harbaugh. For reference, Harbaugh went 49-21. Shanahan is 0-0.

And thus the glow of the Draft loses some luster as we are needlessly reminded yet again that the 49ers will always be one step removed from shitsville as long as York is running the franchise. He just can’t keep his face out of the pudding.

Fortunately, the best part of the Draft was covered by Peter King, and it featured a coordinated team of Shanahan and Lynch, aided and abetted by Martin Mayhew, Paraag Marathe, and Adam Peters, all pulling on the same oar to make good things happen. Let’s hope this team is still functioning smoothly in three years.

At least we know these guys will be decisive. And apparently unafraid to admit mistakes and squander York’s money. That last item was deliciously demonstrated when Saturday, after a mere three days of camp, they cut WR KD Cannon inspite of his $45,000 guarantee. A cynic might think they signed this guy and cut him just to demonstrate how little tolerance they had for guys who didn’t want it enough and also to see if York was going to break out in hives every time a little money left his pocket.

Then again, York has certainly squandered enough money all by himself. Maybe L&S wanted to see if they had the same privileges.




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22 comments on “So Far, So Good
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    MosesZD at the Cohn Zone

    Speaking of rookies. Thomas’ combine was not only good, but when adjust relative to size, and across the whole combine, it was even better:

    Weight adjusted broad jump — 8th in combine
    Weight adjusted vertical — 14th in combine
    Weight adjusted bench press — 7th in combine
    Weight adjusted 40-yard dash — 8th in combine
    Weight adjusted 3-cone drill — 1st in combine

    His total adjusted combine performance was third. However the two ahead of him did not do all the events. In prospects who did every event, he was #1 in adjusted performance.

    In short, he’s an incredible athlete, especially when you consider his size. He’s faster, stronger and more agile/explosive than most everyone there and he has it all, vs being just a narrowly focused athlete with limitations in other areas.

    http://www.footballperspective.com/myles-garrett-is-your-2017-combine-champion/

    So Garrett gets combine Champion, even though he did just four (because even if he did poorly in his DNP, he was still 1st or 2nd in nearly everything). But Thomas is probably the legit #2 since the other guy ahead of him only did two events, which were probably his best two.

    Anyway, I just thought it was interesting.

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    Razoreater May 6, 2017 at 7:48 am
    That’s why he’s fully capable of of rushing off the edge, much to the chagrin of the naysayers on here.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Saleh should know the new D. The decision of a big, athletic DE over a LEO says something.

    Outside of NT the others are interior pass rushers. When Thomas at DE he will be able. Have to trust Saleh made the best choice.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Blaine Gabbert signs with the Cardinals.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Arrian’s did not feel the need to draft a QB. Found an acceptable one on the discard pile of a crap team with idiot coaching.

    He is better than Beathard. That pick was wasted and much better value at other positions of need.

    Tomsula and Kelly CS brought underachieving to a new level.

    The herd at NN sure has hatred. Reflection on Cali not flattering at all.

    Anyone pick up Kap yet?

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom
    Gabbert had his chances with Niners and was found not to be the answer.

    Jury is out out on Beathard. I would not dismiss him just like Shanahan was able to develop Kirk Cousins into a decent QB.
    Cosins was a 4th round pick with similar measurable.

    I just want to know how you know Gabbert is better than Beathard. I wouls give Shanahan a couple of years to develop Beathard.

    I would draft a QB every year and develop them and there is nothing wrong with having 2 or 3 QBs who are capable of starting. Would rather have a wealth of talent at that position rather than the void we’ve had for several years.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert is camp fodder. But, hopefully the Cards will keep him on the roster in case of injuries.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We disagree. Blaine has a future with Arian.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Blaine has a future with Arian”

    Are they planning on opening a solar panel company?

    Gabbert has a 9-31 record as a starting QB. He had 2 seasons to show what he could do here.

    Time to move on and not trash the QB they drafted without seeing what he could do.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The link provided says Gabbert will battle for the 3rd string QB job with the Cards.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If Gabbert can’t beat out Drew Stanton for the number two QB, he really should consider retirement.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, in a previous thread you questioned why I termed Redmond a slot, not an outside CB. The niners CS made that choice. Here is more on that.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2017/5/13/15636416/will-redmond-fired-up-to-prove-he-was-a-steal-in-the-third-round

    Also Blaine Gabbert, from the comments, has some fans saying he would be a cheaper backup than Stanton and they are about the same quality.

    He seems sharp and easily passes QB 101. With no draft picks on QB he should be considered heir apparent to the old Palmer. BG still young and very athletic. Stays in the pocket and makes the reads. Cards obviously have better weapons at his disposal.

    Not to mention size. IMO KS made a bad choice. BG should have been resigned at a prove it salary and Beathard pick a CB or FS. Definitely Joe Williams was a much better pick and lucky they still got him in the 4th.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From DBN and false regrets for letting Pryor go as FA to WASH. We may get both Cousins and Pryor as FA’s next year and they will be a tandem for one year to help sell a deal. Am OK with this so save draft picks while using silverspoon money.

    “Will the Browns miss Pryor?
    I’ve gone back and reviewed most of Pryor’s games from last year. He had some very good moments but as the season wore on it was obvious he could only shake defenders with a comeback move that had him giving up ground on most catches. He dropped a lot of balls that he should have caught and completely disappeared when the team needed him most”

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Website has articles on many teams we will face this season. This one on Tom House and his technical approach to fixing QB mechanics.

    http://insidethepylon.com/nfl/teams-nfl/afc-south/jacksonville-jaguars/2017/05/12/will-tom-house-help-blake-bortles/

    Articles on AFC South and NFC East teams, good stuff.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Over two years ago I offered links to Tom House and suggested Kap use him to fix his footwork mechanics. Instead he opted to go with two high school camp guys in Arizona with Kurt Warner “mentoring” which turned out to be a charade. Warner spent less than an hour a wek for the eight week period and after that summer he distanced himself from his involvement.

    Gabbert had 2 years with the Niners and the job was his for the taking. He couldn’t hold onto the job and did nothing to show that he was the answer against mediocre completion.

    I’ll go with Shanahan’s opinion that Hoyer is a better placeholder than Gabbert. Changes neede to be made and I just can’t see giving Gabbert a third year to show he can’t do the job.

    Time will tell but I think the right decision was made to open up the position to better options.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can inaccuracy be cleaned up with good mechanics. Is that one of the slights on Blaine. What a disgraceful shame on us if that is all it took to right the Blaine ship.

    Not only does he have QB 101 and the leadership smarts. He has the prototypical size and athleticism to augment that.

    Any way that ship has now sailed. He can sink or swim with MUCH better O team personnel and coaching. He found the right environment. Prove it or lose it now for him.

    I hate spinning wheels at QB. We need an adequate, smart Cousins to avoid draining draft capital. Kap was a huge, lingering waste kept afloat in SF by racist chum.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Trent Baalke has officially sold his San Jose home, for $3.1 million.”

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    He sure was well compensated for destroying a franchise that McCloughan built.

    It pays to identify idiot silverspoon owners and manipulate and fleece them.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFL will likely have 2 new rule changes for upcoming season.

    First is allowing activation of a second player that was put on IR. Current rule allows only activation of only one.

    Second rule is during regular season overtime periods will be reduced to only 10 minutes from 15. You either get it done in 10 mins or it’s a tie.

  19. 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, 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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