All Quiet On The Western Front

I’m having trouble deciding whether the current 49er team is a group of over-achievers or a group of under-achievers. If it’s the over, then we just need more good players and/or more maturity. But if it’s under, then we need different players, and that could be problematic.

The 2011 team seemed to over-achieve, and the 2012 team undered. The biggest noticeable difference was focus, which the 2011 squad relentlessly had and the 2012 version occasionally lacked.

Year number three of the Jim Harbaugh era will stroll into view beginning next week at the annual NFL Combine. Barring a late departure, it appears the team will be returning the same coaching staff intact. This is a three year continuity streak not seen since the late 90’s during Steve Mariucci’s five year tenure as head coach.

Bill Walsh won the first of his three Super Bowls in his third year as HC and you can bet that everyone in the upper echelon at 4949 Centennial Blvd. is well aware of this historical footnote, especially Harbaugh. If I possessed the skills, it would be fun to do a split screen collage of Walsh on the sideline during a game versus Harbaugh on the sideline during a game. Discerning viewers might be able to notice at least one thing these two gentlemen had in common demeanor-wise. Maybe.

Discerning readers may also have noticed that this scribe rarely knows what’s going on. Some have chalked it up to plain old ignorance. Hahaha. Actually, it’s a life choice. Awhile back, I happened upon the notion that a life of careful diligence toward knowing what was going on had not changed a single thing, except the lining of my stomach. Goings on went on whether I discerned them or not. All that I had acquired in my careful awareness was a group of acquaintances that were boring and forced me to spend all my time avoiding them. Since I adopted ignorance as my motif, these people now avoid me. For the first time, I had achieved a meaningful, positive change in what was going on. And it was free!

Fortunately, football does not require knowing anything, which probably explains its immense popularity. Anybody can be a football fan, even dogs. In fact, a mere dog is just as likely to pick a Super Bowl winner as a highly paid expert. I’m tempted to say “more likely,” but I don’t want to start an argument.

At any rate, those who have come to this site today to find out what’s going on will no doubt be disappointed. Nothing is going on. Take my word for it. Next week the combine will be going on, but this week it’s nothing. And even if I knew what was going on, it would still be nothing. Shoot the messenger if you like, but it won’t change a thing. It’s National Nothing Week, if that makes you feel any better.

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57 comments on “All Quiet On The Western Front
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have nothing to say this morning!

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It would be my guess that more than 60% of football related posts
    were connected to Alex Smith.
    Now that even in games the director doesn’t go to the “poor Alex Smith” shot at least 5 times a game especially when CK messes up it is quiet.
    Some of the blog participants need to find a new lightning rod to focus their rants on.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    One of Belichick’s many draft busts, a second rounder if memory serves:
    “Redskins announced that they have signed former Patriots nose tackle Ron Brace.”

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I recall more than a few on the Niner blogs that were lobbying for the Niners to take Brace.
    Then some others were lobbying for Everett Brown dissing the Niners for trading the pick that allowed them to draft Joe Staley and missing out on him.
    Both Brown and Brace have been busts. Everette Brown is with his 4th NFL team in five years.
    A few picks later Broncos took Darcel McBath who is now on the Niner roster.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The same critics seem fixated on the Nate Davis, Kory Sheets, Thomas Clayton types.
    Sorry but none of these guys have proved the Niner talent evaluation process wrong by letting them go.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure you can find detractors for Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Colin Kaepernick and every other pick in recent memory. Right or wrong. Lots of people say lots of things, Bullit.
    Have at it. I liked the AJ pick because he brings speed. Will he work out? We’ll see. But it doesn’t look very good so far. But he did say he’d dedicate himself to working out with Kappy this offseason. The good news is he’s got nowhere to go but up (or out). Liked tha Kappy pick as well. Mainly because a good friend of mine saw most of his games at UNR (his daughter is there) and he said it was like watching a man among boys . . . What does it all mean? Nothing. Some of us are right, some of us are wrong. All of the time.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I liked Brace and Brown. Brace turned out to be about who I thought, a rotational run plugger that doesn’t pass rush too well. I thought Brown would be much better, that was a big miss. I didn’t care for Nate Davis. I loved him in college until he choked badly in his last 2 or 3 games his senior year. He was terrible against Buffalo and Tulsa(conferece title game and bowl game) which made me fall off the bandwagon. I liked Sheets because of his speed, which we had little of back then, and Clayton was OK, great in preseason, but we had Gore.
    I’ve called a few incorrectly but my track record is generally good. I don’t really care, but it is fun to predict.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ 49ER
    and all

    how about
    Kawann Short, Purdue: Short was a dominating force at the Senior Bowl, where his combination of size, strength and quickness certainly caught the attention of the scouting community. He has the tools to play in either front and he’s very likely to get picked in the middle-to-late portion of the first round.

    in rd. one

    and or jesse williams in rd 2

  9. robNo Gravatar says:


    i have to admit to having been a fan of both kappy and brace !

  10. robNo Gravatar says:


    i still like harvin ! that article makes me feel even better !
    it says …

    “played like an MVP candidate through 9 games ”

    “considering the leverage he holds the vikings might only be able to get a 3rd round pick …”

    (or something to that effect)

    imho if he agrees to sign at the right price , why not ?!

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How did Frank Sinatra get such great horn arrangements every time!

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was lucky enough to see the Chairman of the Board in the 80’s at the Circle Star.
    This song tells what is in store
    for our Niners
    Has that horn arrangement

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Our favorite corner Dick Sherman was on NFL AM this morning.
    Can’t stand this idiot but this bit he did is amusing.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Frank made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the best and most clever nicknames I’ve heard in a while.
    For Buc RB Doug Martin
    They call him Martin ScoresEZ.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Of the five highest paid QBs in the league, three didn’t even make the playoffs, and the other two both lost.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lot of big names getting cut. Rob must be salivating.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ahmad Brooks is taking a paycut because of a de-escalator cutting his contract.
    The Rams really cost Brooks some serious money with their win and that tie.
    From Maiocco
    “According to an NFL source, Brooks scheduled 2013 base salary of $4.3 million was lowered to $2.7 million because he did not meet certain requirements.
    The “de-escalator” would have voided if the 49ers had won 12 games in the regular season and Brooks had played 93.2 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps. The 49ers finished 11-4-1, and Brooks took part in 92.2 percent of the play time.
    Talk abot splitting hairs but it’s business.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Can Carlos Rogers still play at
    the level expected of him?
    Here’s a free agent alternative that’s worth looking into.
    The analysis is detailed and thorough and some other names to be considered.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How dare you guys play Sinatra when I’m not around? Well, I’ve been around, I just haven’t been, well, you know, around. I love Frank. My entire music collection, what little there is consists of nothing but Frank. I have a 24KT gold plated single of “New York, New York” I have an extremely rare collection of master recordings that just happen to be on 16 vinyls. Not to mention the one of a kind Frank Sinatra orange hankie that was given to Mom after Frank kissed her. What’s my cat’s name? Thank you.
    Bullit, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the Chairman of the Board thrice. Once in your aforementioned Circle Star. And then twice in Reno (Hey, Berger!) at the then MGM Grand Hotel. I’ve told lavish stories on each and every encounter countless times before. Not going to regale tonight. Just dropped by to say hi to my fellow Outsiders.
    Favorite Frank song? That’s like asking who’s your favorite child? Thankfully I have no kids. It’s “The Summer Wind.”

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I bought Frank some of his favorite food today, cooked shrimp. Waterfront Bistro; 51/60 $6.99/lb. I got it on sale, it’s normally $9.99/lb. It’s people food. I usually only dole out a couple on special occasions. That SOB has wolfed down 18 shrimp tonight. I’m sitting here starving. Frank eats better than I. “That’s Life…”

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Since everybody seems to be playing their favorite Frank song, I might as well play mine:

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a spam comment that’s hilarious:
    “Thanks for the good writeup. It if truth be told used to be a entertainment account it. Glance complex to more introduced agreeable from you! However, how can we communicate?”

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think that’s how Yoda talks when he’s drunk.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And so, the Titus Young Era comes to an end for the Rams, after about 4 days.
    Wow. That must be some weapons grade shithead-itis there.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob I’m leaning toward Jesse Williams over the Kawann Short option at this point.
    I see no way any of the well rated DTs make it to our Pick 2.
    If I were to put my Picks out right now for the DT position, I’d go Jesse,Sylvester Williams followed by Short.
    I’d still be curious about adding John Jenkins simply as a NT, ala Wilfork.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    From a value standpoint, (making the assumption we stand at Pick 31), I’d be inclined to take a higher rated DB/DE there.
    Our pass rush disappeared late in the Season and we got torched.
    All comes down to the Players on the Board at the time we’re on the clock.
    I would consider trading up for either Sheldon Richardson or Shariff Floyd if it became an option.
    Those are my 2 Top DTs, because there’s no way we have a shot at Lotulelei IMO.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That fact that we signed Divens to a Future Contract might suggest that he is our answer to the NT position?
    Got him listed at 340.
    We seem to favor the quicker more agile DTs that can be interchanged and moved around.
    For that reason, I favor Jesse Williams and, I also like Bennie Logan from LSU.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, another pass rusher would be nice. DB-wise I’m not sold on anyone not named Tarrell Brown. Rogers is the best of a group that tailed off badly last year.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dolphins are undergoing a makeover
    on their unis and logo.
    Here is one of the frontrunners
    as they haven’t decided on a finalist. It makes sense as the team is nicknamed “the fins”

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A lot will hinge on what happens with Goldson once again Chuck.
    The FTag remains an option and buys us another year if a deal can’t be worked out.
    Due to the depth in this Draft Class, I see us adding at least 2 DBs.
    IMO, a SS makes sense as Whitner is the elder statesman back there with the least amount of coverage skills.
    NoFear49er made a good point recently, suggesting that we don’t employ a typical SS/FS label in Fangio’s system.
    For me, a taller cover guy with good tackling ability would be an upgrade.
    I still don’t rule out Culliver moving away from the CB duties in the near future.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Landing guys like Eric Reid, Jon Cyprien or Matt Elam would suit me just fine.
    Cyprien is a tackling machine.
    Elam is shorter however, almost identical to Whitner.
    A guy like Amerson is very similar to Culliver, a CB that has S experience and tackles well.

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    we’re going to keep our key free agents . i think goldson will sign a long term deal !

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, there were plenty of times Whitner was lined up deeper than Goldson. Whitner was usually on the right side, and Goldson on the left. Although that even changed.
    I don’t think Goldson signs a long term deal here. He’s not gonna get what he thinks he’s worth. He’ll be furious if he’s franchised. This’ll be an interesting situation.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t see yer 5:42 post Rob.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The best Safety on the board is Kenny Vaccaro but he’ll go in the top 15 and be gone before the Niners pick unless they trade up.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, Vaccaro is the Top dog Bullit.
    He’s a guy worth considering in a Trade Up scenario.
    I would also go after Sheldon Richardson if the opportunity presented itself.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Vic Fangio said earlier this year that we don’t play a weak and strong safety. He said our safeties are interchangeable.

  39. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – then they should BOTH be able to cover. Whitner can’t. Goldson can, but needs to stop peeking in the backfield and just do his assignment.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Whitner also drops a lot of interceptions thrown right to him. He had an easy pick 6 in the Vikings game that could have changed the outcome, but with the receiver on the ground he could not catch a ball at the numbers. He had nothing but green field in front of him.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    ANYBODY think

    cordarelle patterson

    might be worth looking at ?

  42. robNo Gravatar says:


    ” DB-wise I’m not sold on anyone not named Tarrell Brown ”

    ” I don’t think Goldson signs a long term deal here. He’s not gonna get what he thinks he’s worth. ”

    don’t count goldson out imo !

    not only is he our best DB , but i think he’s just playing it smart by asking for the moon when going for his next contract !

    imo we can get him to sign if we offer him a fair deal (top 10 FS money) with a 5 or 6 year deal and as much gauranteed/frontloaded money as possible !

  43. robNo Gravatar says:


    since we’re going there …

    my mom’s favorite is ‘it was a very good year(when i was seventeen)

    my new favorite (since i’ve been going to the farmer s markets here in fla and got a chance to hear my new pal jimmy mazz )

    might be

    ‘that’s life ‘

    but i still have to go with

  44. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg the frank sinatra impersonator doesn’t just sound like frank , he TALKS just like him !
    and jimmy ! what can i say besides …
    that’s amore !

  45. robNo Gravatar says:


    omg the frank sinatra impersonator doesn’t just sound like frank , he TALKS just like him !
    and jimmy ! what can i say besides …
    that’s amore !

  46. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops i mean


    omg the frank sinatra impersonator doesn’t just sound like frank , he TALKS just like him !
    and jimmy ! what can i say besides …
    that’s amore !

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You don’t give a 29 year old a 6 year deal especially when he has stated he’s looking for Eric Weddel money. Especially not a Safety that’s great on one play and “oops” on another.
    I still say he’s too inconsistent to warrant the contract he’s shooting for.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Frank would like to dedicate this next song to the Niners. “Bless them all.”

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    IMO, Whitner is a higher priority to replace as he was dreadful in PD this year.
    Two rookie safeties is asking for trouble.
    If Jairius Byrd hits FA, and the money is roughly equal, Would we make the switch? And draft Whitner’s replacement?

  50. robNo Gravatar says:


    don’t miss my 6:24 post ! here’s my favorite frank and some cool dudes i know doing some cool songs !

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I say we’re going to get the future replacements for Carlos, Donte and Dashon in this Draft.
    I also join the side that says Goldson doesn’t get Weddle money.
    The new CBA screwed the players royally.
    No way Goldson gets what he’s after.
    He’ll probably get FTagged again, at a number that is lower than he got on the tag last year.
    This years avg $6.798Mil.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I would make an effort to Trade up for S Kenny Vaccaro if he gets close enough too.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, WR CPatterson is likely a Top half of Rd 1 guy.
    I see no way that we spend a Pick on a WR until at least Rd 3 or 4.
    But, I never saw AJ coming last year either.
    I’d have to think DL/DB early.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My Top WR right now is De’Andre Hopkins from Clemson.
    Most likely he’ll go higher than Rd 3 however.
    We’ll see what Baalke does when the time comes.

  55. 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