Al Free Zone

Al Davis said Tuesday that he likes Jim Harbaugh, but doesn’t think he can succeed with the 49ers. Davis did not elaborate whether this failure would occur because of who Harbaugh is or who he works for.

Just wanted to see if I could write a paragraph about Al Davis without telling a joke or snickering. It was tough. Took me almost an hour. Uncle!

Harbaugh filled a couple more coaching positions yesterday, which have not yet been officially announced. I guess he’s planning to introduce everyone at once, like they do the astronauts in The Right Stuff.

In the meantime, we’ve got your basic dead air. This is normally a time of year that people weigh in about who will be the Niner’s starting QB this coming season. There aren’t any on the roster now, but nobody seems to care. The assumption is whomever Harbaugh throws out there will be okay. Or perhaps it’s just that it’s tough to complain about anyone if no one has yet been signed. And, with the CBA uncertainty, it’s possible no one will be signed for quite some time.

This is also a time of year to rake last year’s team over the coals and discuss who needs to go and who needs to improve. But last year’s team belongs to the Assistant HC/LB coach of the Vikings now. It has no relevance to the mystery team we will see emerge this coming season.

Trent Baalke blamed the offensive line’s problems last year, specifically Anthony Davis’ struggles, on the QBs we trotted out there. They took too long to make decisions and heave the ball somewhere. This also made it impossible to properly evaluate our wide receivers. In one swoop de doo, Baalke tossed not one, but three QBs under the bus. He did not throw Mike Singletary under the bus. Singletary was hired by Jed York, though. Our QBs were hired by Scot McCloughan and/or Mike Nolan. The offensive line that Baalke defended was hired by Baalke in last year’s draft. Hmmmm.

For myself, I’m going to throw Al Davis under the bus. He ruined my post today. Yesterday’s news was all about him. But the man’s kind of old. It’s not nice to poke fun at old guys. Unfortunately, poking fun at Al is, like, you know, what else can you do? He’s up there rambling away for two hours with a bandaid on his forehead, a welt under his right eye, and his skin’s falling off. He’s reminding people he was right about something that happened 30 years ago. He’s hiring a new coach while explaining that he’s right about recognizing that the previous coach he hired was a douchebag and the one before that was a liar and the one before that was a failure even though he whipped Al in the 2002 Super Bowl. He’s bringing up wives and girl friends taking road trips and doing stuff other than focusing on the game to be played. I half expected him to haul out some soiled underwear as evidence.

But Al isn’t ultimately what’s funny. What’s funny is Raider fans who still think he’s a great owner. Actually, what’s funny is the very term “Raider Fan.” This is pretty much like saying “Nutball Society.”

At any rate, it’s Al’s fault that I couldn’t write about him today. Thanks, Al.

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7 comments on “Al Free Zone
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Sounds like you fain for news on Al. Are you a closet Al fan? Al fains for winning but he should fain for skin that stays on his head. It was hard to watch the highlights of his press conference.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Count me in as a fan officially worried about Baalke. He says our O-line played well and the problem was the QBs not getting rid if the ball in 1.5 to 2.5 seconds.
    So let me do some thinking and recollecting. It takes a fast player 4.3 seconds to run 40 yards at the combine. In full uniform and while making moves and being impeded by a defender is takes even more time. Fans complain about Alex checking down and the coaches are telling the media they want our QBs throwing deep. So Baalke thinks we need to throw deep passes in 2.5 seconds. It could be time to start worrying about this guy.
    If the QB has to get rid of the ball in 1.5 to 2.5 seconds that means everything is short, IOW, and offense consisting of 15 yard throws being deep. The only exception being an unimpeded go route in press coverage. Many games do not feature that opportunity even once.
    Why do I feel I’m being bamboozled by a politician? This is a major red flag for me in the case of Trent Baalke.
    I think Skeebers nailed it with his 6th paragraph from above. Basically Baalke is saying he drafted 2 O-linemen and the owner hired the coach, therefor that caouldn’t have been the problem. They didn’t have anything to do with the QBs so it must be their fault. Just pure bullshit. Anybody besides Baalke think our O-line played well this year?
    This worst thing about it is he has a built in legitimate excuse. The line is young and they will get much better. I do believe that.
    The other way to look at this expect a short, check down passing game next year, which I do not believe. I just hate it when somebody pisses on my boots and then tells me it is raining.
    It looks like accountability will just be a buzz word next year with not much substance.
    Good thing he hired Harbaugh because it is obvious Baalke knows very little about the QB position. Who ever the next QB is better know how to throw mostly short if Baalke gets his way. Can anybody say Pat Devlin?

  3. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t worry, Reno. Baalke is far enough away from the nuts and bolts operating of the team to this not being an issue.
    Once Harbaugh gets his staff together and the players going, he’ll do what he does. It is disheartening to hear that kind of talk out of the GM though. I mean, really. Getting the QB pounded repeatedly in under 4 seconds and expecting a successful deep passing game is ludicrous. The few passes that Troy hit deep were of the roll-out variety.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I nominate “who gives a rat’s ass” as the WOTD.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When Brady has less than 3 seconds to throw he can’t win. I guess he couldn’t play for Baalke.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Staley was off his game, 2 Rookies and Chilo Rachal flanking a heavy footed replacement Center?

    Can you say underachievers?

    Once Anthony learns to stay low and stop reaching I’d flip him with Staley.

    Then I’d consider adding a younger Center and maybe put Baas at RG to help him along?

    Our OL is nowhere near close to gelling. Coaching?

    And Skeebers I’m sorry, but how does anyone take Undead Al seriously anymore?

    He’s a walking corpse, which probably explains why it’s all the rage to wear Halloween costumes to Raiders games?

    It’s Crypt Keeper Day every Sunday at Home Games in the Black Hole.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW –

    Get a look at UCF DE/OLB Bruce Miller –

    Gets after the QB (36 sacks) and defends in the passing game.

    Goodbye Travis LaBoy, hello Bruce?

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
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2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
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5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
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