Death Rattle of the 2017 Offseason

Less than two weeks, fellow disgruntlements! And a 99.9100% chance that as of 4:00pm ET Monday, Kirk Cousins will become became a 2018 Free Agent.

And in the meantime …

The Vegas odds makers and national media wonks all think the 49ers belong in the NFL basement section, along with the Browns, Jets, and Jaguars. Loser Central.

Not coincidentally, all four of these teams lack what you would call a QB with reputable skills or potential reputability. The Niners have Brian Hoyer, who is charitably called “a bridge” QB and not so charitably as a proven nobody with a victory ceiling of about seven or eight games, and a low bar of as low as you can limbo rock. The only person on the planet who thinks Hoyer can someday be a franchise QB is his mother — maybe.

Kyle Shanahan‘s offense in Atlanta was terrific last year, but the previous two years (one with the Browns), his lads roared out of the gate then splatted badly. The 2015 Falcons began the year 6-1, then lost six straight and finished the year 8-8, even getting shut out in one of the losses.

And that was with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Two excellent offensive players the likes of which the 49ers have zilch.

Maybe the defense can carry the team? There’s certainly some intriguing new guys and a likelihood of vast improvement over last year’s historically awful squad. But still. This is a team game and teams take time to locate the elusive “same page” that epitomizes great teams.

All in all, it will again be difficult for the Niners to escape the NFC West basement. But at least there will be some new young players to watch this year, who will begin to stir some excitement and hope back into this franchise.




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22 comments on “Death Rattle of the 2017 Offseason
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Prediction: JAX needed better coaching on O. Shitcanning Bradley the first step. Bortles back to form and kicks our ass later this year. They fixed their OT dilemna. Draft very good to fix O. Coach em up now.

    Looking forward to many losses. This FO seems like it knows players to pick and can scheme them properly. O roster so bad I could swallow reality and overpay for Cousins. Concentrating on OL and WR is acceptable. Still prefer QBOTF with first pick. But….

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What if old Staley shows mediocre and injuries.

    What if Foster reinjures shoulder.

    What if Bowman just an average MLB from here on out.

    All you Homer’s answer this. I was only voice objecting to the big Bowman contract, after his knee injury. Would Walsh have done that. Hypocrisy? Give Bo a pass yet hammer Vance MacDonald on his contract. He had to field short range fastballs from muzzie BLM anti-cop racist fake QB only an upchuck could love.

    Best for us is #2 behind NYJ to fix this sorry roster. No more Tomsula/Chip/TB. Next draft will finally vault us. But please stink bad this year.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It should be an interesting year. If I was an opposing DC I would be sending the house on most plays. Our OL is probably gonna take a beating. The running game if it clicks may offset much of that but it is a big IF. Just about anything is better than what we’ve had the last few years. Should be fun.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Right off the bat, read this about Kirk Cousins by mosesZD.

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/49ers-sign-kirk-cousins-hes-available-next-year/

    The 3rd comment. If this guy is a salesman he just closed a deal. We can outbid anyone. Our O has so many holes, at all the premium positions where high draft picks are almost needed to fill.

    Football is entertainment. Are any of these guys in 2018 draft an Andrew Luck lock. If we draft in top 5 do trade downs and fix this roster with as many 1st and 2nd round picks as possible.

    Am OK with Cousins if that is KS plan.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Any way you look at it, the Niner QB issue will get settled next year.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    thank goodness for BANKENTOM and his spectacular critique of the jaguars

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Like NJ says, we play checkers while the opponents are playing chess.

    DC’s are pattern matching and mixing zone and man. Changing looks to keep OC’s and QB’s off-balance.

    KS looks to have a mind to counterattack that stuff. Things evolve. Great ones keep abreast of the evolution. Inter and id-game adjustments.

    We looked like sheet and out witted for a long time.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    https://youtu.be/vkwUhu1rS78

    Cockpit view SB 50 flyover

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2017/7/20/15998046/49ers-assistant-coaches-mike-lafleur-mike-mcdaniels

    Really a good feel for this O staff. Sophisticated. Expect inter and mid game adjustments. They may even know what the DC is going to do before he does it.

    3-D chess anyone.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good insight from Phillips on why 3-4 is better than a 4-3. Of course, great 3-4 DE’s are hard to find. Both physically and football IQ. Need to recognize run early and disrupt, otherwise blocking washes them out. Example, Justin Smith and Brett Keiser versus Tank Carradine. Tank may also have been slow to react to the whistle.

    Here is Wade:

    “Anyway, the book is out and you’re with the Rams now and you’ve made the defense switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4. You’ve done that several times in your career, including with the Broncos. Why do you seem to enjoy taking a 4-3 and turning it into a 3-4 so much?

    PHILLIPS: I do think you’re more mobile with four linebackers and three linemen than you are with three linebackers and four linemen. I think every team I’ve been with has been in the top five in sacks, and I don’t think that’s by coincidence; I think it’s because of the schemes you can do with a 3-4. [Indeed, a Phillips-led defense has been in the top five in sacks every year he’s been a defensive coordinator since 2011.] Most of your pass coverage is a four-man rush, so they know where the rush is coming from in a 4-3 most all the time. . . . You know four guys are coming in a 3-4 but you have to account for where the fourth guy is coming from, and I think that’s where it gives you an advantage. The zone blitzes that [Dick LeBeau] came up with and started, those things are a lot easier to run from a 3-4 because any time you drop an outside guy, he’s a linebacker, whereas in the 4-3 you drop him and he’s a defensive end and not used to dropping. . . . In a four-man front, the center either blocks one way or the other to help. And in a three-man front, the center has to block the guy in front of him, so now you get more one-on-ones. Basically they have to block five-on-five because they don’t know where the other guy is coming from.”

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Brett Keisel

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Idea for Rams. Investigate trading Aaron Donald. At top of the heap should get a great deal. Playoff teams needing a 4-3 undertackle. Colts? Vikings? Lions?

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Right on NJ, 100%.

    Always maintain ed Corey Davis to be best WR in draft. Mike Williams had back injury in college, risky.

    https://www.musiccitymiracles.com/2017/7/19/16000280/report-chargers-rookie-mike-williams-might-miss-2017-season

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Just a thought. Niners OL auditioning for trades. Between now and trade deadline in October maybe. In offseason would not place bets on any position.

    Staley is now too old to move. Garnett has potential so less at risk of trade. Brown is limited in run blocking.

    http://ninernoise.com/2017/07/19/49ers-moves-2018-fix-offensive-line/

    “This will take a bit of work. But if we use the same idea that landed the Niners center Jeremy Zuttah from the Baltimore Ravens (trading for a player in line to be a cap casualty), this kind of move makes sense.

    Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz finished last season with a 80.7 overall grade, per Pro Football Focus, and a noteworthy 73.6 run-blocking grade. This would give the Niners a solid option over incumbent right tackle, Trent Brown, who isn’t much of a run blocker at all — 39.0 run-blocking PFF grade in 2016.

    The 28-year-old Schwartz signed a huge five-year, $33 million contract with Kansas City in 2015. And while he has been a major contributor for the Chiefs offensive line, Kansas City is in cap hell right now.

    According to Over the Cap, the Chiefs are in the red and $1,289,566 over the cap this season.

    With younger players on Kansas City’s roster soon to hit the open market after 2017 and 2018 — like linebacker Dee Ford and cornerback Marcus Peters — the Chiefs need to free up some cap space.

    A mid-round pick might be a bit too low, and such a move wouldn’t be quite as simple as the Zuttah deal.

    But if Schwartz doesn’t wind up being the target, look for San Francisco to pursue a similar approach with another likely cap casualty elsewhere.

    An ideal move would also land a long-term replacement for left tackle Joe Staley.”

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    KC let Dontari Poe go to FA. An ATL Falcon now. Still in cap hell? Letting Poe go and picking up Schwartz figures a little but he is cheap compared to Poe or an LT.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Top defenses like SEA need talent and some continuity in the DB and LB units. NE makes good use of their D personnel with advanced techniques. Our goal too.

    “Pattern Matching (pattern reading, match zone)

    This coverage concept starts off as zone coverage, then morphs to man coverage as the play develops. The premise is that an offense has a finite amount of ways it can distribute routes throughout the field of play. Using pre-snap audibles and on-the-fly adjustments, a defense can cover any route while using the defender that is in the best position on the field to cover that route. It attempts to blend the best of both worlds from zone and man coverage. The origin of Pattern Matching came from Bill Belichick and Nick Saban when the two were in CLE where Belichick was the HC and Saban the DC. ”

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/niners/182144-all22-analysis-coverages-amp-concepts/

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looked at some of the all-22 of 2016 first Rams game and comments:

    For all anyone here knows Gabbert might absolutely kill it in practice with outstanding footwork and always setting his feet before he throws but simply reverts back to what he is used to during games.

    Muscle memory and habit are a b***h to overcome and top QBs like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers all still reportedly devoted tons of time to working on their footwork and constantly look to improve upon it to be prepared for any situation that may arise during a game.

    In terms of seeing the field and overall awareness I think Gabbert is quite a bit better than Kaepernick. As jonnydel said, Gabbert appears to recognize what is going on, he adjusts to the defense as the game goes on but his lower body mechanics end up failing him far too often.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The D had a lot of LB screw ups whether zone, man, pattern matching. The Rams QB was just bad and did not recognize blown coverages.

    The D had no game film yet for OC’s to disect and did well against the run. They lucked out with Case Keenum blowing it. Rams D gets tired in 4th qtr from the time of possession always wearing them out.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    All-22 is invaluable to see execution success and failures.

    I understand why Malcolm Smith’s are brought in.

    Show why Jon Baldwin’s and DGB’s fail.

    BG is in a better place in ARI, with Arians and all their weapons. He had football 101 down. We let a promising one get away.

    KS has a clean slate with all O except same poor oline.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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