Ambulance Ambiance

The unmistakable sounds of NFL football are pealing in the air throughout America now: “MEDIC! We have a man down here!”

Achilles, Triceps, ACLs, MCLs — these are the dreaded words that signal a major, year-ending injury. The avant garde 49ers got their man on IR over with in the May OTAs — we hope — when Michael Crabtree popped his Achilles. It happened early enough that Crabtree might actually return for duty in late November or early December. If it happens in TC, though, it’s “see you next year.”

As I’ve noted before, one of football fanning’s most charming aspects is the ability to suspend the traditional Judeo-Christian morality system that hovers over our lives with a wagging finger, without punching a ticket to Hell. At least I think you can. It’s convenient to think so, anyway, and that will have to be my defense later on should this prove not to be the case. At any rate, plunging recklessly forward, I admit the words I would most like to hear this coming week are: “Percy Harvin out for the year with Bo Jackson Hip Syndrome. Career in doubt.”

Nothing personal, Mr. Harvin. But you had the enormous bad taste to sign with the Seahawks. Off with your head, er, hip.

The most impressive, and perhaps crucial, player in the first week of the 49ers TC has been nose tackle Ian Williams. It was presumed that FA pickup Glenn Dorsey would get the job that for years belonged to Isaac Sopoaga, but so far Williams is the clear front runner. He’s not only holding the point, but pushing his way into the backfield with great regularity.

Like most of you, I grew up in a different time zone, where players scored touchdowns and merely dropped the ball on the ground and trotted back to the bench. Baseball still conducts its game with a modicum of humble behavior, but football and basketball are all about posing for the cameras after every positive play, no matter the score or relevancy of the contribution. Cameras are everywhere now and it won’t be long before we’ll see bank employees kaepernicking their briefcases for the omnipresent CCTVs, before heading into their offices to take your money and squander it and then take your money again to bail them out so they can continue to take your money and squander it and ….

Civilization. What a joint.

And so, without further ado, we bring you TC Week Two.

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  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Darius Fleming blew out his knee again, apparently. Some guys just cannot stay healthy and have all the worst luck.
    I hope Ian Williams takes that NT job. The line will be far stronger and more flexible if Dorsey is available to rotate in all along the line to keep the starters fresh.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see us playing a lot of 4-3 this year.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ian Williams was given a suprising
    bonus and extension so I think the Niners see a lot of playing time for him.
    I posted this 2 years ago but enjoyed watching it again because it give you perspective.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks bullit that was great.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The first time I really took close notice of Ian was that preseason game last year where he chased the QB out of the pocket, took a very nice angle, and kept up his pursuit about 30 yards across the field, eventually forcing an incompletion. That was good penetration, good hustle, a good athletic play for a NT guy that big. But I never expected him to be in the conversation to be a starter this year. He’s done a helluva job working at his game and getting ready for his chance, and I hope he makes it.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    People thought the same about Ice when he was called upon to replace Abrayo Franklin. Let’s hope the results are similar.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ian Williams will make a great play and then get blown up on the next. One thing Ian is very inconsistent at is holding the point. But this guy can get in the backfield if asked. He is one quick sonovagun for a 300 lb man. He is the opposite of Sopoaga who was just shear strength with some quickness. Williams is awesome quickness with some strength.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, you can always get stronger, but it’s hard to get quicker.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    good to see ian Williams is having a good camp so far ! it will be very interesting to see how Williams and Dorsey will do at NT !

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    JUST purchased my tickets for niners bucs here on dec 15th guys !
    got club seats , section 237 , visitors side !


  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    OUR 0-line is impressive as hell out of me ! it’s good to have Snyder back !
    wow !

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    eric reid’s first INT is great news !
    even DELMARDENNIS should be happy !
    hey his came a lot sooner than dana hall got his first one right !?

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good point Skeebs.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- You should have asked Del about the Mayans and 2013 before you purchased tickets so far out. I haven’t heard anything but Del hears things we don’t!

  15. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “Like most of you, I grew up in a different time zone, where players scored touchdowns and merely dropped the ball on the ground and trotted back to the bench.”
    Amen. Now this behavior is relegated to the rare tackle eligible TDs scored by some behemoth lineman. Or a monster spike of epic proportions.
    Trying not to live in the past. It is what it is. As long as we’re treated to a bevy of 49er TDs, then they can prance and dance all they want and we’ll hold our collective noses and secretly pine for the days of a Dwight Clark TD spike.
    God I fell old sometimes.

  16. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Falling old. Aack. Freudian penmanship.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing you take from the Ian Williams story is motivation.
    Hate That Train
    Hated more not to be Drafted.
    Tomsula’s value to this Staff can’t be praised enough IMO.
    Give me guys like Ian, who ‘REALLY WANT IT’, and you’ve got guys to win with.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, good piece.
    One thing about Harvin.
    I don’t see him as a guy that ‘Wants It’.
    I’d put him in my usual place, the ‘Got Paid/Got Lazy’ category.
    Never want to wish injury on anyone but, he impresses me as a guy looking for a reason not to play more often than not.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Just got back from seeing Tinsley Ellis. Might go see him again tomorrow. Definitely seeing Jimmy Thackery next Tuesday at Squaw Valley.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent options Berger.
    Love them both, as you know…..

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The way the NFL works today with situational offenses/defenses and matchups, starting a game is overrated except maybe for the player’s ego for the applause of the pregame player intros.
    Number of snaps played seems to be the important stat.
    Patrick Willis sat out a majority of a few games due to matchups.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Barrows just moments ago on KNBR: “He can’t seem to stay on his feet. It’s like the other 89 players are standing and there’s A.J. Jenkins sprawled on the ground.”
    But Barrows neglected to mention, “He’s WIDE OPEN sprawled on the ground!”

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe AJ was on the ground after your guy Dahl laid him out.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Teammates‚Äô nickname for 6-1, 305-pound NG Ian Williams: Tree Stump.”
    Good one!

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “… sorry to half [sic] to report that my injury will require surgery …”
    Gee, Mr. Harvin, we’re all choked up at the news!!!!!!

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love a NT getting the tag of Tree Stump Skeebs.
    Even better when he can get into the backfield too.

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I have confidence that whatever he does well, Tomsula will maximize that and get the most out of him. We are very lucky to have maybe the best DL coach in the league.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My sentiments exactly Grump.
    Okoye should have a fighting chance to make it too, just because of Tomsula.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahag return game is going to suffer as they went all in with Harvin cutting Leon Washington who was a very dangerous return guy.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We certainly won’t lose any sleep over that now will we Bullit?
    Screw Seattle.
    I’m looking forward to LMJ driving a few daggers into their hearts this Season.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Lloyd is just floating out there without any offers.
    Although productive no team wants to carry the baggage that comes along with the talent.
    Same can be said of Brandon Jacobs who has no takers.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The other half of the Seahag ex-Vike receiving combo. Sidney Rice had one big year in Minnesota and parlayed that into a big contract.
    Trouble is he’s always hurt.
    Training Camp opens and you’re in Europe getting your knee treated?
    Can Petey count on Rice???
    They’re auditioning Early Doucet now.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From ESPN one more take on the Harvin surgery.
    “The specialist Harvin visited for a second opinion apparently recommended surgery. Did the Seahawks’ doctors see things differently? Different doctors have different opinions. Coach Pete Carroll recently noted that safety Kam Chancellor played through a similar hip injury last season, which could have implied he thought Harvin should do the same. Harvin is new to the Seahawks. The parties haven’t been around each other long enough to build trust. How will this situation affect those dynamics?”
    Contract is signed, now it’s time for Petey and the Seahags to meet the real Harvin, the guy that the Vikes “misunderstood”.
    Problem child in Minnesota, problem child at Florida.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers DL Ray McDonald: “Nothing against Isaac (Sopoaga) or Ricky (Jean Francois), but we think he (Ian Williams) is an upgrade.”
    Very encouraging.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tarrel Brown has hired a new agent
    Joel Segal of Lagardère Unlimited.
    Segal happens to also represent another Niner CB Chris Culliver.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Segal now represents a homophobe and a dummy who pisses money away. Shit. Segal should come represent yours truly and he’d get the same two for the price of one.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ian Williams has played like a total, TOTAL of 39 snaps in his entire career and now he’s the next Michael Carter. I know Carter won the silver medal in the ’84 Olympics for the shot put. The only thing Williams has captured is the Silver Splinter Award for time spent on the bench.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And basking and reveling in Schadenfreude over Percy Harvin’s hip surgery is all fine and well, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that our WR corps still stink on ice. In Sando’s latest blog entry over at ESPN, the NFL scout has our wideouts ranked last in the division. No rebuttal to that statement.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are bringing in Laurent Robinson and maybe Austin Collie
    to audition tomorrow.

  40. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Jenkins had better show something soon, or he is going to be wide open, as a free agent.

  41. 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