Playoff Blues

It’s been a month since the 2018 regular season ended. During that time, the Seahawks went to the playoffs and the Rams went to the Super Bowl. And the 49ers assumed their customary position on the spectator couch. They finished six games behind the second place Seahawks and went 1-5 in their division, so it was not a close-but-no-cigar situation.

Most fans seem to be avoiding the implications of Kyle Shanahan‘s first two years of unimpressive coaching by choosing instead to play the armchair GM game regarding the upcoming FA period and the draft. Sure, why not? Pitting your wits against John Lynch is easier and the results are much nearer on the horizon and more readily analyzed.

It’s nice to dream. To dream that a key FA and a high draft pick will magically transform the team from a loser to a winner. The Niners are in a division with two teams above them that have better players, better coaches, better front offices, and better owners. All the 49ers have is the potential of Jimmy Garoppolo. A guy entering his sixth year in the league who has yet to play a full season or even accumulate enough starts to achieve a full season’s worth.

Some of you will strongly disagree with this pessimistic assessment and insist better days are ahead. There’s even a slim chance you will be right – some day, some year.

But this time of year is pretty gloomy. Watching other teams play in January while your team doesn’t. The Niners have made the playoffs only three times in the past sixteen years. The Patriots have made it fifteen out of sixteen, just like the 1983 – 1999 49ers.

From where I sit, if the 49ers want respect and optimism, they have to get out there and earn it on the field. It should not be just an offseason fantasy football mirage.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI
    Fri Feb 1 6 PM PT ESPN 2 2019 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
    This event has already taken place and taped for TV (spoiler alert here are results)
    https://www.wltz.com/2019/01/28/2019-state-farm-all-star-football-challenge-results/
    Some participants are draft picks on the Niner radar

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Have to be optimistic because you get your starting QB back, starting RB and your next two injured RBs have a chance to heal and be healthy.
    The patched up RB corps still managed 4.5 yds a carry which shows a potent running game.

    Add 2 or 3 significant FAs and a productive draft and this team improves by a minimum of 3 games up to 7 games and a contender for a playoff spot.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s all about what Lynch gives to Shanny for me.
    Not impressed with Saleh or Solomon in that dynamic.
    Lynch is a Defensive guy yet,a guy like Kittle makes a bigger contribution?
    Lynch is the weak link.
    If Shanny’s choices on Offense are making progress, Lynch and Saleh need to keep pace.

  4. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners’ only threat to opposing defenses in the Shanahan/Lynch era is the fluke big play. Nobody gave a shit about Breida or the Niners’ running game period and Breida’s stats are bullshit because of it.

    Does anyone think Breida and his perpetual “I’m hurt again” act could have gained any rushing yards beyond the LOS facing the defenses Gore used to face?

    So Shanahan’s ‘brilliant’ offense depends on a TE staying healthy? Ol’ Jimmy Raye and Singletary played that game already and nobody’s trying to make them out as foozball genuses. Actually team Singletary/Raye did much better than the Shanahan/Lynch circus and they were fired as they should have been.

    NFL football is going to Hell anyway. With the social justice warriors taking over every aspect and two hours of TV ads crammed into every game and even split screening more into actual game play, bad enough without even considering all the unnecessary flags (or commercial breaks as I call them), it really is becoming very hard to watch mediocre efforts from so many overpaid crybabies. Now they’re considering giving the coaches extra challenges (or commercial breaks as I call them) to placate poor little Sean Payton.

    I say take away all the wins from the Saints’ record which were affected by a favorable bad call and give them to whoever cries the loudest. How far can we be from a “nobody wins / everybody wins” league?

  5. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Right, NoFear. Kittle had 88 fluke catches for 1300 fluke yards. Breida is the back up BTW, skippy. McKinnon is the guy we need. Who knows if he ever sees the field though. Take Goff off the Rams, Brees, Brady, Mahomes, whoever. The game is about attrition now. Lose a key player, lose a season.

    We had the worst set of WRs and no pass rush and we were down to 3rd string offensive players across the board. The offense isn’t the problem. It’s the pass rush and the defensive backfield.

    Spare me the poor old white guy mad about social justice. Waaah. Poor you. No one is holding a gun to your head to watch the game. You are so cute, NoFear. Go yell at the squirrels in your yard who are chewing your nuts.

    Beyond that, I say make PI and unsportsmanlike calls reviewable. The 15 yard penalty on the guy brushing Brady’s shoulder was horrible. There used to be 3-4 bad call a season. Now there are 3-4 a game.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I will always wish the best to the Niners. If we are gonna win we need quite a few better players, our team is young and they play their hearts out. How long it will take to win again I don’t know but it will happen. I agree about the NFL going to hell, it’s not the game that I love any longer. Way to much money involved. However, I am in the camp that both Lynch and KS are the right people for the job. Not so sure about Saleh but that is on both KS and lynch.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As for Quinnen Williams this from MMQB

    “Teams might question whether the 19-year-old’s maturity level, and one scout said teams just don’t know enough about his character to check off that box, but his play on the field is a sure thing”

    A couple of red flags have been raised. They’ll need to figure this out at the combine and all the interviews. Don’t need repeat of another Aldon or Foster

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I do not want another problem child. And I’m skeptical of sudden maturity on the eve of the draft.

  9. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Josh Allen it is. Still leaning toward that pick.

  10. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck,

    The first two words in your 1:21P post is the only thing you’ve said, for a long, long time, that makes sense.

    Where was your ‘lose a key guy’ defense of Nolan? Oh, that was different. Oh, yeah, all the local press morons turned against Nolan and are still for Shanahan, what else can a po boy do but go along like an ignorant lemming. Idiot!

    It’s always about wins and losses for a head coach. And Shanahan/Lynch’s damn few are largely due to the football personnel expertise of Bill Belichick. So no excuse for Shanahan for losing him to injury. What was left is what Shanahan/Lynch produced for the season and called good.

    It must be hard to think hiding under that pink pussy hat, eh? But try to remember that in the future.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hmm. I suspect we’ll see a flurry of “boo hoos”, “wah wahs”, and “skippys” trampling through our otherwise erudite site today.

  12. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Only from you, skeeves. Nolan had what, 4 years, NoFear? And he steered the ship to a stellar 7-9 record his 4th season. And he had his guy at QB 3 of 4 years.

    It is about wins and losses. 23-41 is AWESOME! Right? Only a sycophant of the highest order gives Nolan any credit as a head coach. He was over his head and was slow to change to things going south and threw his players under the bus.

    Remember when you said he’d be back as a head coach in short order? He’s a fricking LB coach yet again. He and Singletary will go down as the Pete McCulley and Fred O’Connel of the 2000s. But keep your thoughts and prayers going for him to once again run another team into the ground.

    When was the last time the Pats missed the playoffs? 2008. Hmmm I seem to remember someone getting hurt. Some guy named Tom something.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    2008. Wasn’t that the year the Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel as the QB?

  14. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. But they missed the playoffs, didn’t they, Skeeebie?

    Oh NoFear. Your childish insults are so presidential. Good to see the world stage dumbing down to your level of cretin. You feel right at home with the proud boys, dontcha?

    Speaking of pussies, remember when you stopped blogging for an entire season because, oh, you were a raging coward who couldn’t show his face because the 49ers were doing well? On a fricking blog no less. Jesus, how wimpy do you have to be to do that? Ultra-wimpy.

    Hah! At least I don’t run like a chicken to the safety of mom’s basement when things don’t go my way.

    I just get blocked. But that’s a different matter. Right, Skippy?

  15. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, how insane do you have to be to think anyone shows their face on a blog? It’s the very reason you can imagine you’re a tough guy on the blogs, remember now?

    You ever hear when you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail? It seems when you’re a talking jackass every blog looks like a barnyard.

    NObody likes to post on the barnyard where you pile your bullshit, horseshit and chickenshit. Not even you.

    Maybe quit trying to stink up Skeebers’ blog so it ends up smelling just like yours.

  16. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Man, you turtle so hard, I’ll start calling you Mitch!

  17. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Then why did you run away for the 2011 season, NoFear? Did it have anything to do with the fact that Alex Smith led the 49ers to the playoffs? Once they lost that Giants game, you majically re-appeared. I’m just curious about the timing. Well, not really. I just think it is hilarious that you couldn’t even get the nerve to post while the team was winning. Blame it on social justice.

    You can thrash people left an right, but ooooh nooo. Poor little NoFear gets all angry when called out. Awwww, poor little fella. Turtle up with Mitch.

    Let’s see your blog, skippy. Start one. You and Spitty can revel in the silence.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Cali for opening up our eyes. And shoving this down our throat.

    http://www.realclearlife.com/daily-brief/cheerleading-first-super-bowl-liii/

  19. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    If you hadn’t posted this, we wouldn’t have known. I guess ‘male cheerleaders’ is part of your browser history,

    You can’t look away, can you? Try as you might.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners rank 3rd in NFL with $35 mil available in cap space.

    Browns are #1 with $56 mil and Colts are second.

    Niners can be major players in free agency.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The cap space figures in previous post are the rollover amounts from 2018.

    The actual cap numbers should be much higher

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “Can Be” != “Should Be.”

    We’re far enough from a realistic playoff run that breaking the bank and going into cap hell to win an extra 2-3 games a year right now would be stupid. I won’t rule out the careful and judicious acquisition of one or two players after careful vetting. We’d all love to find another Justin Smith. Just remember, for every Justin, there are a few so-so guys and a couple of dozen Antonio Langham bags of dog shit.

    I’d rather build through the draft until or unless we really have a shot at a ring. That will NOT be 2019. Even with a healthy and productive QB situation, this team is still not much better than .500 IMHO.

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I agree Grump, we have to hit on the draft and we have to be able to coach and teach the younger players the type of football we want to play. We need offensive line help just about as bad as we need a good edge rusher and CB. We still have way to many holes. I am sure we will pick up some FA’s and hopefully we will pick some good ones. But we are nowhere near being serious contenders.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Extending DeFo makes Cap sense too.
    I can see a run at Earl, simply because Saleh knows it’s plug and play. Why Coach perhaps?
    Lynch and Saleh better get the Draft right, in terms of ‘System’ fits. This Draft class amounts to not finding water if falling off a boat, if they don’t.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Do we let our FS situation ride with new DB coach. How much will Earl Thomas take. Will he accept no more than a 1 year guarantee? Do we want to make a big spend with him.

    Younger quality FA’s at positions of need may be Anthony Barr LB and Tyrell Williams WR.

  26. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    This is the NFL. Everyone, except the Browns, are only a couple players away. The bears went ffrom5-11 to the playoffs by getting Khalil.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Keep in mind GB D is a mess. They have picks #12 and #30. They need new OLB’s. Mo Wilkerson IR’D last year on a one year deal.

    Thomas and AA can find new homes there. Mike Pettine stays as their DC. New head coach. Big moves on D could be happening there. Especially if a run on edge occurs before #12.

  28. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    It wasn’t just adding Khalil Mack that turned the Bears around.

    All sorts of new players, and coaches in Chicago since Pace took over as GM. New HC, new offense, new QB, new WRs, new TE, new RBs, beefed up OL, Vic Fangio, Roquan Smith and oh, yeah, Khalil Mack.

    He was a big add, maybe put them over the tipping point, but hardly the only thing that changed the team’s win count and it would have been foolish to pay so much to add him to a team so far away like the Niners. If only it were that simple. Besides how many teams would, or could, pay two 1st round picks and $140MM for him. Big guaranteed money, too. I forget how much but it was like $100MM.

    Somebody gave Nolan a bunch of shit for signing Justin Smith for so much money, IIRC, a pittance of Mack’s contract and no draft picks.

    Vic Fangio, now called a defensive mastermind. Wasn’t he a Niner guy? Who hired him and who let him go, I forget. Nevermind. I remember now.

  29. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the Bears went from Mitch to Trubisky from 2017 to 2018. Huh? My point was they went from 5-11 to 12-4 in 2 seasons. Comprende? No. OK.

    EIGHT starters on defense were the same from 2017 to 2018. Six starters on offense.

    If i said the sky was blue, you’d argue.

    When will you get off Nolan’s dick, NoFear? He was fired what, 11 years ago? How many games has he won since then. As a head coach I mean? Awwwwww. Sorry. Thanks for trying though. I liked Justin Smith. Not sure what the veiled meaning of that was. I didn’t like Nolan because he couldn’t adjust to save his life. He threw his players under the bus. THere are a ton of reason to dislike Nolan but J Smith wasn’t one of them.

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    An observation about how the Patriots draft and the kind of players they look for. Like them or despise them, given their success in the last decade plus, it’s worth thinking about. Don’t draft assholes. No matter how talented.

    https://taskandpurpose.com/an-unusually-high-numbers-of-patriots-players-come-from-military-and-law-enforcement-families?fbclid=IwAR27WXDC3ltpiV9U2VFumSlGg1KmsALNn7orsComT81QFFPIBWiz4OGSA20&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer56989&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Super Bowl Sunday

    Phuck the Rams!!!

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Old Coach schools the young phenom.

    Mcvay totally outcoached by Billy B. Evidence where the Rams got caught in a shift change with 14 guys on the field giving Brady a free play.

    McVay only gave his best weapon 11 touches and claims Gurley was not hurt. That put everything on Goff’s shoulders and he was clearly not up to the task. Rams players were casually jogging to the sideline when ball was snapped.

    Rams will look different next season as they opened their piggy bank to win this year and it’s not sustainable next season.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pats “no name defense” was able to shut down the Ram offensive juggernaut.

    Rams have all the “star” players on their D who get paid megabucks.

    Before yesterday’s game could you name 6 players on the Pat’s D? If McCourty was one of your answers you have to give the first name of the twins.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When you really look at yesterday’s game McVay and the Rams came out with the most vanilla of offenses. It was almost like a preseason game.

    When things were stagnant and you have punted 7 times you couldn’t call a play that would energize the team. NO trick plays, misdirection or reverses. No sense of urgency as Pats took any rhythm from Rams offense. Rams hardly usedv running backs and TEs in their passing offense.

    Stage too big for young coach???

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2019/2/4/18201520/pff-qb-annual-nick-mullens-takeaways-49ers-quarterback

    PFF report on BDN among QB rankings. Analyse as cautious and less inclined to attempt difficult throws, like Alex. Ranked among Alex, Keenum, and Foles.

  36. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    All I ask of Mullens is that he comes off the bench to give us a shot at winning 2 or 3 games a season when the starter is hurt.

    If you lose your starter for longer than that, your season is screwed. Punt, and wait for the draft.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pats are winning without a legit deep threat at WR.
    No Josh Gordon and they traded away Cooks.

    Edelman is amazing and I hope Pettis or Taylor can become a similar type slot.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI

    49er’s draft situation

    49ERS DRAFT PICKS
    1. First round: No. 2 overall
    2. Second round: No. 4 in round; No. 36 overall
    3. Third round: No. 3 in the round; No. 67 overall
    4. Fourth round: No. 2 in the round; No. 104 overall
    5. Sixth round: No. 3 in the round; No. 178 overall
    (6. Sixth round: Projected compensatory pick)

    –Fifth-round pick traded to Detroit for G Laken Tomlinson, 2017
    –Seventh-round pick traded to Cleveland for T Shon Coleman, 2018

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This red flag should preclude the Niners from making an attempt to trade for Antonio Brown. Too much risk and he’s a diva.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/02/05/antonio-brown-involved-not-arrested-in-january-domestic-dispute/

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The rumor becomes reality

    Niners have hired Wes Welker as a receivers coach

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/05/report-49ers-add-wes-welker-to-coaching-staff/

    This should help their young receivers

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sure fire way for AB to get released in Pittsburgh too 😀

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Draw up a Contract with lot’s of conduct clauses in it, Draft a young protegé and, hope he continues to play at a high level?
    I wouldn’t do any deal involving Draft Picks.
    Money can be worked.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a protegé I’m high on too 😀

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78dXIumTJSs

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This guy would be an immediate comparison to Welker too –
    Andy Isabella UMass 5100 190 4.40

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jyy1oqlu24

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Time to pump the brakes on thinking what Mullens will get you in return if you trade him. Egos are asking for a 3rd round pick for Foles.
    IMO you’d be lucky to get a 5th round pick for Mullens.

    https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/how-49ers-qb-nick-mullens-flourished-despite-low-pro-football-focus-stats

    Mullens has trouble getting the ball downfield more than 15 yards.

  46. Charlie KrueggerrNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know why I post my condescending bullshit here. I’m always half drunk and I think I’m a football guru when I run a blog that gets two comments a day.

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    https://www.dawgsbynature.com/2019/2/6/18206870/the-cleveland-browns-and-pattern-match-zone-former-coach-nick-sabans-cover-3

    http://insidethepylon.com/football-101/football-basics/2016/07/14/identifying-pass-defenses/

    Our pass defense coaches took the fall. Above two links can help understand the learning curve that Witherspoon and TMoore are contending with.

    Here is the comprehensive link for detail maniacs. May take the fun out of the game, beware.

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

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2019 Schedule
9-8: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25pm
9-15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10am
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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