The Long Road Back

By this time next week, the pads will be on and the 2017 NFL season will be officially grunting with activity.

When Jed York hired John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan, he mentioned the word “culture” about a thousand times. Restoring a winning culture.

That was hilarious, in a dark and twisted way. Because it was York himself who trashed the winning culture established by Jim Harbaugh in favor of a losing culture that was more comfortable for York’s delicate ego.

That winning culture was established six years ago, when Harbaugh came in and ended the Niners string of eight straight losing seasons by taking the team to three straight NFC Title games, and one Super Bowl appearance (that would have been two if not for a Kyle Williams late game melt down). Then York stepped in, undermined the 2014 team, lied to the fans, and handed us one year of Jim Tomsula and one year of Chip Kelly (5-11 and 2-14).

During York’s three year reign of error, attendance at games swirled down the toilet and apathy settled over the franchise. The 49ers went from a respected entity to a laughingstock.

Now, Shanahan faces the same task as Harbaugh did six years ago. Save the Yorks from themselves!

The only way he can do a better job than Harbaugh is to win a Super Bowl. At first, though, his job is going to be much tougher. The 2011 team had continuity. They were a championship caliber team in search of good coaching.

Unfortunately, the team Shanahan inherits is closer in talent to the 2005 team. A few good players and a whole lot of average joes. His first challenge is not measuring up to Harbaugh. It’s exceeding the accomplishments of Mike Nolan.




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24 comments on “The Long Road Back
  1. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I also think it is foolish to expect a lot from the Niners this year. I just hope we can put a product on the field that resembles real football. I am jazzed about the possibilities with some good coaching and am so glad that the wait is just about over.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/1704-film-room-brian-hoyer-distorts-perception-quarterback-performance/

    Comment on this later. This is first in a 3 part series. Also will try to find a similar with Blaine Gabbert.

    Question for me. Did KS make a mistake choosing Barkley over Gabbert.

    Cardinals play 5 preseason games, the additional being the Hall of Fame game Aug 2. Palmer will not play in first game. Stanton and Gabbert will each get a half. Will try to find all-22 analysis of QB’s in this game.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    My gut feel this offseason would be lackluster and D would improve as the season went on, barring injuries.

    Above article was pretty negative on Hoyer. Was writer cherry picking to fit his theme. Or did KS pick Hoyer as a “teacher” but unable to generate come from behind or underdog wins.

    Was Hoyer picked to get us a top 5 draft pick.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The only thing that can save the Yorks from themselves is lethal injection.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Always fun to see the Cowboys make fools of themselves.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IMO I think Shanahan will energize the offense, something I expected from Chip last year.
    A more potent offense makes the games watchable and looking for game to be within reach in the last 5 minutes.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.espn.com/blog/nfcwest

    Good piece on Cooper Kupp. For this year am rooting for Cards and Rams to sweep us.

    “Kupp ran an underwhelming 4.62 40-yard dash, but his times in the 20-yard shuttle (4.08 seconds) and the three-cone drill (6.75) were elite. He comes out of his breaks quickly, runs routes precisely, knows how to get open and has great hands. It was evident throughout the offseason program, and now the Rams are counting on Kupp to be a reliable security blanket for franchise quarterback Jared Goff, who badly needs one.

    Through college, Kupp studied three wide receivers: Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown and A.J. Green, all of whom do it differently.

    After graduating, he studied the three main NFL offenses: Air Coryell, West Coast and Erhardt-Perkins.”

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Reuben Foster is officially medically cleared to practice.”

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Now the acid test of real tackling.

    The Achilles of the front seven still the pass coverage of Bo. Overall pass defense is weakened to cover for it. Attacking it with short and medium passes does not require a weak oline to pass block well. Goff and Palmer, with McVay and Arians will stress the LB and S coverage in the middle for sure.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft/teams/_/name/lar/los-angeles-rams

    Rookies move TE Everett and slot WR Kupp are the weapons to be used in targeting Bo. If Kupp is as schooled and smart in route running and pre/post snap reads and adjustments and McVay can get Goff and Kupp in sync, we will be well on our way to #2.

    No doubt ARI will exploit.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Spitblood had long rants on this. I guess he is not an extremelyExtremeExtremist.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4736612/Math-whiz-Ravens-star-quits-NFL-brain-damage-study.html

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice start to camp: “Jimmie Ward lands on Active/Physically Unable to Perform list with a hamstring injury during the conditioning test.”

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    He was supposed to be our center fielder too. Hope it’s not to serious.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Time for us to see what Lorenzo Jerome can do.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And to watch the waiver wire and look at remaining FAs.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners finally sign #1 pick Solomon Thomas

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How about reform and develop a headcase, e.g. Justin gilbert.

    1st Rd CLE in 2014 draft, arrogant and immature. Stick him on practice squad. CLE traded for Jason McCourtey from TENN. CB that may convert to a FS this year.

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/06/20/justin-gilbert-suspended-roger-goodell-cleveland-browns

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have had enough knuckleheads under Baalke.

    Prefer a roster to be nut free as this offseason has been quiet and without the drama of police reports.

    No to knuckleheads like Gilbert who is a wasted draft pick and a mistake.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two weeks away from first preseason game against the Chefs.

    Something fun to whet your football appetite.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj8G9dGuNkU

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First video features a TD catch by new RT Gary Gillam signed from the Seahags

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    First padded practice today. Let the injuries begin.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid injured, does not appear serious … maybe.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Pass rush looks better in practice. Now to see it, and some actual run defense this year, in games?

  24. 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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