Fortunate Follies

The 49ers have been a bit lucky in recent days. Some might ask, “What are you talking about, Mr. Skeebaloney? We’ve had two guys flake out on us in the past week, wasting a 2008 1st round pick and a 2009 3rd round pick. We’ve also lost a valuable special teams player and backup linebacker for the season with a torn ACL. How in tarnation is that luck?”

Thank you for asking, Mr. Fake Reader. As we all know, injuries are a part of the deal. Every year, somebody hits the IR list in camp. Maybe it’s unusual for guys to hit the PR (Psychological Reject) list, but the very unusualness of this happening is even more testimony to our luck.

What is truly rare in the NFL is for a lost guy to be replaced by an upgraded guy. That is what has happened with the Niners.

Luck #1: Our head scratcher third round pick this year, NaVorro Bowman is suddenly a necessary pick to replace a less talented, but more game ready, Scott McKillop.

Luck #2: Our underwhelming 2008 #1 pick Kentwan Balmer goes on a sulk out and the team discovers that the 2009 7th round pick, Ricky Francois, has vaulted into the NT slot with stout and immediate vengeance, relieving the team from its patient four year plan for Johnny Come Slowly Balmer.

And Luck #3: the backup RB, Glen Coffee, gets flattened in camp by a marginal linebacker, notes through his earhole that our 6th round pick Anthony Dixon is laughing hysterically on the sidelines, and decides to play the Ministry card the very next morning to weasel out of town without admitting he is just wimping out. Two days later, getting all of Coffee’s carries in the first preseason game, Dixon racks up a hundred yards and does it with the sort of macho arrogance Coffee would never have had. And the very next day, Brian Westbrook and the Niners leap into each others arms, giving the team not one, but two RBs better than Coffee.

Westbrook especially is a significant improvement over Coffee — if he can stay healthy. Actually, each game he is healthy buys one more week for Dixon to learn blitz pickup and make himself game ready. It will be interesting to see how Jimmy Raye uses Westbrook, since he is a far different type of runner than any of the other 49er RBs. For openers, I would expect him to have a set of ten or fifteen plays for special occasions. Unlike a DeShaun Foster type backup to Gore, who would hug the bench unless Gore was hurt, Westbrook is an actual weapon one would want to utilize each game.

Making the Westbrook signing even sweeter was plucking him out from under the nose hair of the Rams, who thought they were about to inhale his services. His enthusiasm in joining the 49ers, after stalling around all off season over which team he preferred to suit up for, was yet another indication of the regard the league has for both Mike Singletary and the 49er team.

Getting some league love, of course, won’t win you any games, but it will score you some points in the violent world of the blogosphere argument wars. Perhaps nothing signifies the return of the football season more than the intense and rapid fire reactions that erupted in the rooms of the internet during the 49ers first game and afterwards.

In that regard, this site has wondered during the off season about where Matt Maiocco’s old readership would settle once the games began — whether his readership would follow him to Comcast or stay on the Press Demo site and learn to live with ex-Raider beat writer, Phil Barber, whose style and intensity are markedly different than Maiocco’s serious, work-a-holic ways.

The results Sunday confirmed what we suspected. The PD site is a bloggers’ site, and it rapidly filled up with the regular crowd as the game progressed and afterwards. The Comcast site barely produced a commenter’s yawn. Maiocco might as well be Joe Fonzi now. He’s toast as a blog host. He still works hard to get the 49er news out, although Matt Barrows is starting to beat him to the punch, and people will still read his timely and informative posts. But they won’t log on and stay tuned all day, and posts that are fluff can be ignored.

Today, we can all hunker down and focus our beamers on “The Return Debut of Travis LaBoy”, our possible second string OLB FA candidate. Don’t laugh. This is serious. Like I said, football is back!!!!



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25 comments on “Fortunate Follies
  1. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, was the PD blog (MM) a heavy site during game days? I’ve always liked to comment along as the game goes, but I only did that over at the Insider. That is until they went all PC and starting deleting comments and the such. I still do, but you (I) really have to watch myself with the 4-letter words. That’s when Chuck started his blog, and I gravitated over there to “yell at my TV” via the computer. That and to yell at Chuck for him wanting the Niners to play Nolan’s “Big Nickel” every down. Just kidding, that had to be the WORST goddamn thing Nolan ever did. And that’s saying something.
     
    Joe Fonzi? What’s wrong with Joe? I like his 49er stuff. I remember after he got sick and he came back his head looked like a melon from all the prednisone. He looked like Jabba the Hut.
     
    Bring me the head of Pete Giddings!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, no slight on Fonzi intended. Or Maiocco. He used to do a live, partly play-by-play, interactive blog on game days last year. Guys would be going nuts after every play. I used to watch the game on TV and simultaneously follow his game cast. Afterward, the blog would rage for two days with instant analysis posters – same as the Insider. There’s some interesting characters on that blog, although only Franchise has commented here so far. I hope a few more eventually find this site.
     
    I’d say Chuck’s blog has been a huge beneficiary of the Chron’s strange censorship policies. An F-bombers haven. I never visited it last year. Must have been hopping.

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I beat Berger again? Must be something in the water up there in Reno. I’m guessing $2.79 cheap wine. I’m already on record, but I’ll say it again: I love the Westbrook signing. We could have sat and did nothing and hoped A.D. was the answer, but one PS game doesn’t prove anything. Although I was already anointing him the next Roger Craig. We were proactive and made a move. I like it. He’s another weapon to our already loaded arsenal.
     
    How’s this for optimism? Mike and Mike have us going 12-4 and 11-5 respectively. Greeny had us with 12 wins, and Berger’s pal, Golic, had us with 11.But I don’t know how much stock I’d put into Golic’s prediction. He still thinks Shaun Hill is our b/u QB (no joke).

     
    Van Amburg. I just always liked saying his name. Great news anchor, BTW. Van Amburg.

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg … fonzi !!! ???

    all i have to say is

    AAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY !!!

    but DELMARDENNIS , it looks like you weren’t kidding about trying to beat berger to the punch and be the first to comment here on the ‘outsider’ !
    next time i’m going to beat you all !
    now if only skeebers would give away an autographed copy of his new autobiography to the one who posts

    FIRST !

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- The wine is 2.99, I’m still looking for 2.79! I got up before 6:00, I forgot to race over here. LOL

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing. The Alex/VD missed TD was on Alex, so says Singletary. “There was one pass “yesterday” to Vernon, that pass there, he’ll do better at. He’ll do a better job.”
     
    We need another QB!

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw that play again. That ball has to be caught. Gates woud have caught it.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    we have agood shot at 10-6 imo !

    for me maiocco was always even worse than the insider for trying to handcuff the bloggers over there ! they got to the point where it took about ten minutes to see your post up , which pretty much ruined the gameday blog over there for me !
    the other problem i have always had with maiocco is his stubborn reluctance to ever venture an opinion on absolutely anything at all … even when it’s a complete no brainer situation !
    i’ve recently come to a conclusion based on his extremely rare attempts at predicting and/or chipping in with his two cents worth , on the one in a zillion questions he thinks are safe enough to dare have an opinion on !
    i’ve noticed that maiocco might venture a comment on something once in a blue moon
    and when he does , no matter how simple the issue
    he will be invariably proven wrong !
    imho he doesn’t dare to say much or deviate from the party line , because he just isn’t the brightesst bulb in the circuit and wants desperately for people to assume he knows his stuff based only on the volume of stuff he puts out and how hard he works at it !
    if he tried to venture an opinion every now and then he’d expose himself as being nothing more than the person who’s employer happens to pay more than anyone else for someone to cover the news around the team !
    his takes on the niner news of the day are sometimes well done and interesting ,but since he moved to the new site and his reports aren’t always the first ones out his very average and vanilla reports have earned him the tepid response such things warrant !
    in other words it’s really no more note worthy than skeebs skimming twitter and putting it up here for us to read !

    oh well , times change and we move on !

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    here’s something from a well respected and knowledgeable NFL analyst with no special axe to grind , about the preformance of our QB’s !

    ahttp://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/21367/reassessing-accuracy-for-49ers-alex-smith

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I read that post and it explains what happened on that play pretty well. Neither Smith nor VD were “at fault” so much as VD throwing in a new wrinkle and Smith not expecting it. That’s what’s good about exhibition games. You can try shit you wouldn’t in a real game. My take is VD always runs a straight route which safeties can anticipate. If he can go one way or the other, the safeties can’t sell out on the destination point. Smith has to be able to read which way he’s going, though.

  11. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my problem with Alex. If VD adjusted his route on the fly, Smith needs to do so as well. “Don’t throw the ball to where he was supposed to be, throw it to where he was going.”
     
    Make a damn play!
     
    And, Berger. If you still think VD should have caught that ball, I can hear the delivery truck pulling up to the store now. ‘Cause they sure the hell out of $2.99 cheap wine.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Catch the damn ball Vernon.
     
    The problem wasn’t VD breaking the pattern as much as when he did he looked back too late to adjust to the throw. When you go rogue, you are still responsible. Just because it looked like the it was QBs fault does it make it the QBs fault.
     
    Vernon says he did tell Alex if the safety does a certain thing he was going to break it off, Alex obviously wasn’t looking for it. The good news of that play is they will probably hook up next time because of a pre-season mix-up. This is the kind of things to work on in pre-season. Our offense had not seen that defensive alignment in practice according to post game interviews.
     
    Next time VD decides to change the pattern he should make a tough catch if he touches the ball. The ball hit him around the elbow, the onus was on him.
     
    Next time try catching the ball and then send me some wine to go with Dennis’s whine.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- For years people complain Alex doesn’t throw receivers open, then when he does the receiver changes the pattern. Now he is throwing too soon. Make up your mind.
     
    I say this is why QBs get better as they play in a system for longer lengths of time. This is one of those things that happen when somebody experiments. I saw the play and saw the possibilities, you see it and complain. Glass half full or half empty? Fill mine with wine!

  14. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs , to me vernon was playing backyard football ! he “beat” the DB and got “open”
    but
    the problem is in the NFL you have to know where the receiver is going to be almost before he gets there !
    just like the espn guys say …
    you can’t blame alex for this one no matter how open vernon appears to have been on the play !

    what’s funny is that when alex tried a seat of your pants , heads up kind of play tossed it to walker it went off the receiver’s hands and got picked !
    walker will probably make that catch next time he gets a chance !

    and

    when smith threw to where vernon should have been if he had chosen to do what he was supposed to on the play it would have been another completion !

    maybe smith is damned if he does and damned if he don’t !

  15. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I’ll be kind and forget the past. But I swear to Christ, if Alex doesn’t produce a winning season, I’ll run the no good sumbitch outta town myself. WIN or else this year. He could throw for 30 TDs this yr., but if we finish 7-9, I’ll kick his ass out the door. Win the goddamn game. Don’t care how you do it, just win the shit. Jesus, I’m starting to sound like Big Al. Time for some more medication.
     
    Just win, baby. 😀

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s only when you start LOOKING like Big Al that you’re in trouble, Dennis.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- If we finish 7-9 I’ll help you run him out of town!

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It ain’t Alex, it ain’t VD, it ain’t, Wesbrook, Dixon or Gore.
     
    It’s the ever loving effing Jimmy Hat Raye that determines this season. Sunday I was beside myself when they opened the game in the 2 WR/2 RB set. My first thought was, how quickly will they fall behind? And, when will they change their look?   Lo and behold, they fall behind 10, their 4 drives in their base offense nets 2 turnovers, one 1st down, and 0 points, and lousy running AND passing out of that set.
     
    But, yeah, keep trying, guys. Maybe by week 17 (just like last year) we’ll still be pounding our heads against this brick wall.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- It was also the I. At least we could’ve gone pro-set. Maybe with Westbrook we can do that.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Time to add Dennis to the list of Alex haters.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s been tiptoeing around it pretty cleverly, Berg, but you may have flushed him out today.

  22. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s just say I’m all outta patience.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good thing you are not a doctor!

  24. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    “And Luck #3: the backup RB, Glen Coffee, gets flattened in camp by a marginal linebacker, notes through his earhole that our 6th round pick Anthony Dixon is laughing hysterically on the sidelines, and decides to play the Ministry card the very next morning to weasel out of town without admitting he is just wimping out.”
     
     

    Outstanding.
     
     

  25. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    love the commentary haven’t been to barbers blog since last season,honesty with humor nice work skeebers, I believe Coffee got creamed,he would have been gone next year any way .
    BT

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