Alas, Poor Yorick

Watching former 49er head coach Mike Nolan’s Atlanta defense get shredded Monday night by the Jets(!) and failing to protect the lead in the last two minutes of the game was a painful reminder that it was not so long ago that this time of year was known as “Oh For October” month. The Niners would start off 2-1 or so, drop every game in October, and be eliminated from contention before the BYE week.

Those … were … the … awful days, my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d scream and yell
Forever and a day
We’d root and always lose
It never was good news
Those awful days, oh yes those awful days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la …

Speaking of Dashon Goldson, now playing out a career for the nobody Tampa Bay Bucs that will be remembered more for 15 yard penalties and league fines than excellent free safety work, he got his money and we got Eric Reid, who has looked terrific and hasn’t collected even one dumb penalty. La la la la la la …

Next week, the PUP list guys will be eligible to start practicing with the team, rather than playing air football by themselves behind the grand stands. The team has two weeks, IIRC, to put them on the roster or IR them.

Looking ahead, it would appear that Mario Manningham will be taking Marlon Moore’s spot. Who gets bumped to make room for Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial is a bit murkier guess. When Ray McDonald left the Houston game, it was Tony Jerod-Eddie who replaced him, not Demarcus Dobbs. Could this be the end of the line for the Dobbster?

WR Jon Baldwin played quite a bit in the Houston game and produced a “Jenkins.” IE., he didn’t make a single catch. That was the career total for AJ Jenkins while taking up a 49er roster spot for a year — zero. Since he was worthless as a player, we’ll see if we can make his name worth something, kind of like the Mendoza Line in baseball, named after Mario Mendoza, a notoriously weak hitting shortstop in the late ’70’s, whose average hovered around the .200 mark for all of his nine seasons in the bigs.

The NFC East has become the laughing stock division of the NFL and should probably be renamed the Romo Division, since all the the teams are flirting with .500 records. Except the Giants, who are 0-5. Eli Manning, who was an elite QB a mere two years ago, now looks like the 2005 version of Alex Smith. If Tony Romo can produce his normal .500 season, Dallas might actually get into the playoffs this year.

Quite a few eras seem to be concluding this season. The Steelers, the Tom Coughlin Giants, the Falcons, the Matt Schaub Texans — alas, we knew them, Horatio.

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37 comments on “Alas, Poor Yorick
  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I thought it was pretty telling that Donte Whitner praised Eric Reid so highly, and was quoted on Sunday night as saying that “he’d rather have Reid back there with him than Goldson, because Reid communicates so well and never makes the same mistake twice; whereas Goldson was just looking to make big hits.” Dashon was all about the highlight reel; not so much about making sure he completed his assignment. A lot of us wondered whether Reid was really worth the price of moving up in the first round. So far, the answer is an unqualified ‘Yes’. Another one Baalke got right.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I think the time for a decision needing to be made on PUP players is 3 weeks?
    Grumpy- I was one of those who was not upset that we picked Reid but that we moved up 9 spots to get him. Never mind! Now I am one of those who is happy to be wrong!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Reid definitely complements Whitner (just keep the name as is Donte and tell everyone the W is silent) better than Goldson.
    I always thought Dashon was more of a Strong Safety and Whitner is definitely a SS. Can’t have 2 SS manning the middle of the field.
    Reid is missing the occasional tackle but he hits hard and plays free safety like it’s drawn up, being there as the deepest defender and last guy an offense has to beat to score.
    He’s still learning but this is going to prove to be one of the better trades and picks Baalke has made.
    I still don’t know how you prevent your teammates from 2 sure INTs by lack of awareness and communication. Those plays just kill me.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was referring to Goldson colliding with teammates who had sure INTs (T Brown and Rogers?).
    Failure to recognize your preventing a teammate to make a play is inexcusable.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I need some coffee
    “Failure to recognize your preventing a teammate to make a play is inexcusable” should read
    Failure to recognize and preventing your teammate a chance to make a play is inexcusable.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I look forward to this every week
    and think they do an excellent job of detailed analysis.
    My compliments to the chef!

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Santa Clara County DA files three felony weapons charges against Aldon Smith.”
    This kid’s career is going up in flames.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- On that 3rd pick if Schaub wanted to hit the hot he should have just caught the ball and threw to Daniels. Instead he dropped back and tried to hit him on a curl. That looked like a designed play with the TEs crossing underneath and not a hot read. I will say Schaub should have read the hot and hit Daniels ASAP. It looked like an easy pre-snap read.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “All Don all the time” could be “All Done for quite some time.”

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Damn. Self-immolation at it’s finest.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “If convicted of his recent gun charges, Aldon Smith could face over four years in jail.”

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon has the money to hire the best. I have a feeling the truth will come out but in my mind it’s just some freeloaders taking advantage of the current situation. If the DA really had some dirt on Aldon why wait this long? Smells a little fishy to me.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers acquire former Sacramento State QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, release John Skelton.”

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I always get McCleod and Cloumbo mixed up!

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Forget the joke and go to what I’m really thinking, which is: WTF!

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers cut Bethel-Thompson for Tolzien, then Tolzien for Daniels, then Daniels for Skelton, then Skelton for Bethel-Thompson.”

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe HarBaalke should check into rehab with Aldon.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the Circle of Life and crappy third string quarterbacks. Hakuna Matata – unless one of them has to play.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sheesh. Aldon is proving to be a moron of epic proportions.
    As far as the QBs go, why not stick with a good BJ?

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone see the Showtime piece on LT?
    Comparing Aldon to LT might not be much of a stretch.
    The NYG looked the other way, for quite some time, with respect to Mr Taylor.
    If LT had to deal with the current League drug testing procedures today, he’d likely be in the same soup Aldon finds himself in right now IMO.
    LT admitted that he regularly had others pee for him, in order to get around the screening process.
    Belichick, his Coach for much, if not all of those years, simply looked beyond his weekly party binges so long as he was ready to go on game days.
    Quite a revealing story.
    If you haven’t had the chance to see it, I’d highly recommend it.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also curious about the practice reports involving Justin and Ray Mc?
    Could we be looking to test our rotation out on Sunday in prep for the NFI guys?
    Skeebs, I’m with you on Dobbs.
    Don’t think he’s going to survive if both Tank and QDial impress in coming weeks.
    What I would like to see Baalke do is, get the Bears on the line before the 29th.
    They’re hurting on the DLine.
    Grab another Pick if possible.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Quinton Dial being drafted by the 49ers:

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Nick Moody pick will prove beneficial down the road too.
    Now we need to find some young WRs and DBs for the finishing touches.
    Baalke has done an excellent job restocking this Roster.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s hope Aldon gets his act together too.
    He’s out of control and facing some tough issues ahead.
    If Aqib Talib is still playing football, Aldon might have a chance to avoid prosecution.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith is done this year at the least. IF he avoids jail time. Which he likely will. The rest is up to him. This better be some kind of wakeup call for him.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s got issues Chuck.
    Hope he finds these warnings serious enough to change his ways.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking Dobbs might be better suited to play DE on a 4-3 team. He’s too big for OLB and too small for a 3-4 DE.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners might have to move on and proceed as if Aldon is gone and might not be back this year or the forseeable future.
    Lemonier still does not have Fangio’s confidence because he’s sharing time with Skuta.
    Makes a 3/4 OLB a priority in the draft.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    What do you think about Kyle Van Noy?
    I like this guy and you should know about him because he’s from Reno. He would probably be there in the second round.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I’ve watched Van Noy last year and this year. I don’t know how he does it but he does it well. He doesn’t look very big but nobody stops him. I think he is a 1st rounder.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well according to John Clayton, ESPN wonk, he thinks after Aldon serves 4 games in rehab, he’ll be able to finish out the year while the rest of his legal entanglements are enforced next year.
    For a team that had too many LBs not too long ago . . .

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cutler vs Eli. Let the INTs go forth and multiply!

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    2 Giants drives, 2 Manning ints.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As much as I dislike the Gnats
    and starting 0-6 would be hoot and then some, what’s best for the Niners is a Bear loss because they’re a contender and fighting for a wild card slot at the very least.

  35. 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