A Long Way From 1990

Okay, two wins in nine tries. We can build on this! Maybe.

Nick Mullens will get a chance to prove or disprove that he was a one-shot wonder against the Raiders when he goes up against the free-falling New York Giants next Monday night. The Giants aren’t going anywhere this year except into the top five in next year’s draft, but it’s hard to fathom how they could be tanking the rest of the season worse than the epic disinterest displayed by the Raiders.

The Giants and 49ers have a lot of history between them and they now share the same fate. After dismissing proven winners Jim Harbaugh and Tom Coughlin, they’ve both skidded downward into the NFL basement.

After Monday night’s game, the 49ers don’t play again until  November 25th. By that time, most of the 2018 drama might be over with. In the AFC, it looks like the Patriots, Texans, Steelers, Chiefs, and Chargers are playoff bound. That leaves one wild card entry up for grabs, probably some team from the AFC North.

The NFC has some team from the NFC East, probably the Eagles, plus the Rams, Saints, Panthers, and some team from the NFC North. The final wild card team will come from the Seahawks or Falcons or some team from the North.

The true test for Mullens will come the following week, up in Seattle, where no 49er QB has won a game since Alex Smith was the starter here. Seven years ago. If Mullens wins that game, CJ Beathard may as well pack his bags and wait for the axe to fall on his 49er career.

In fact, if Mullens pulls that off, even Jimmy Garoppolo might get a little sweaty in the rehab room.

But that’s enough “maybe” stretching for today.

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22 comments on “A Long Way From 1990
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NYG spends big on an average LT, compelled to for the wrong reasons. Not much of an improvement over Ereck Flowers.

    Stuck with an old franchise QB, overpaid with a no-trade clause. A gift that keeps on giving.

    So with bad oline they pay huge money to OBJ.

    Can fans sue their FO.

  2. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    It’s an asses-in-the-seats problem, bakkentom.

    Nobody’s paying to see Eli try to throw his classic fade to the back corner to Sterling Shepard.

    There is the new kid Barkley I guess, but the days of a RB wowing the fans is fading faster than that TD pass play and Eli.

    I think they did Coughlin a favor, btw, albeit unintentionally. The fans and the press around that team give stupid-drunk a bad name.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Richburg makes an average of 9.5 million a year, 28.5 guaranteed. So it looks like we have him for 3 years. If he gets better maybe we can trade him.

    Would like to see us use our 2nd on OG that in 2 years can move to C.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Fun watching Eric Reid stink up the joint at FS for the Panthers last night. He’s become an expert at covering empty space.

  5. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    He got ejected for a hit to the head on a sliding QB, or GP, ie: he had it coming. I wonder who he’ll sue next.

    Was Roethlisberger the only Steeler who didn’t carry one across the goal line last night?

    How much did CAR pay to help the league quash the conspiracy lawsuit, I mean bring in Reid to help their D?

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If you have a better replacement you then can get rid of Richburg.

    PFF had Richburg as the #5 Center in Oct 2017

    “5. Weston Richburg, New York Giants

    PFF Grade: 71.3

    PFF Pass Block Efficiency: 98.6

    Richburg has been a strong spot on the Giants offensive line in pass protection. On 162 pass block snaps Richburg has yet to allow a sack and has given up just three total pressures.”

    He got the contract based on reputation and unless you have a replacement ready to go, you will always be in this Merry Go Round of trading starters for late round draft picks.

    Lynch made an evaluation that Richburg was superior to Kilgore so he was signed and Kilgore was jettisoned for a later pick.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Would like to see us use our 2nd on OG that in 2 years can move to C”

    And in the meantime who do you play at Center???

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Dez Bryant tore his Achilles on the last play of practice today.”

    Well, he did tear his Achilles, which is too bad, but HAHAHAHAHA!

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, the pickings were slim at C in FA. In taking McGlinchey at #9 a big hole was left so no way Frank Ragnow #20 and Billy Price #21 would be available.

    We had to get better than Kilgore so we did the best we could. With a 3 year guaranty of 28.5 mil we have a very capable OZ run blocker but average pass pro for 3 years minimum.

    That is our reality. Have to cover up with playcalling and scheme.

    Our IOL was eaten up by Donald and Suh. Just proving PFF stats are not infallible.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Last year I heard the same chatter about Tomlinson at G but now it seems he’s settled in. My point is to give the unit a chance to gel
    rather than have knee jerk reactions when they lay an egg in a given game.

    Niners rank 3rd in the NFL in rushing offense just 80 yds behind the Rams which is quite remarkable considering you are playing with backups and 3rd string QBs and RBs.

    Niners currently rank 15th in total offense.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Tomlinson has size. He can anchor in pass pro. Richburg is 297 lbs and Person is 305 lbs.

    Look at the video’s of Rams game. What I saw was interior pocket collapsing every time. In GB game Kenny Clark NT had his way with Richburg, Clark @320 lbs.

    Our roster is mediocre. Read about Shanahan’s OZ scheme is both tackles and center are most important. That is why Richburg got his contract with the big guaranty. Not paid like a Mack because he cannot anchor and handle the Clark’s and Donald’s.

    A big test will be against Tampa Bay. Vita Vea may be injured but when healthy he will own whoever we have across from him. NYG gave away Snacks for a 5th so maybe our IOL looks good on MNF.

    I hope I am not working, want to see the game. How big is Mullens, seen 187 and 210 lbs for him.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Look good on O not hard with some of those D’s like GB and OAK.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Only three more days until we stop being assaulted with Le’Veon Bell updates.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I course I drafted that A-hole on quite a few teams.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    BDN origin?

    Best Answer
    Bachelor Party w/ Tom Hanks

    The girls go to a male strip club. Tom Hanks and his pals sneak in the back and get this guy “Nick the Dick” to put his member in the bun. He takes the tray to the girls and she asks “Is this the footlong?” he replies “And then some”. She then starts tugging on it until she realizes what it is. But she doens’t let go!

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Stan Lee Marvel’s King of Comics dead at 95


  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    How many of us get to live to 95? And see our life’s work go from a sort of fringe thing to mainstream culture, embraced by Hollywood and damned near all of the world. Hell, they’re some of the only movies with good box office these days.

    Stan had a HELL of a run. He enters Valhalla a happy man.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    LB Reuben Foster
    SS Jaquiski Tartt
    WR Pierre Garcon
    DL Jullian Taylor
    QB Tom Savage
    OL Erik Magnuson
    OL Shon Coleman

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17