April Daze

There’s been a lot of quotes from Anquan Boldin recently. Apparently, he’s appointed himself team spokesperson, in lieu of anyone else filling that role.

On Friday, however, the 49ers trotted out Colin Kaepernick, Jim Tomsula, Vernon Davis, and Antoine Bethea to speak glowingly about each other and the state of the team. They were all seated on a bench together, like old chums on a log in front of a campfire.

Our heroes. Four guys trying to prove in 2015 that they deserve to be employed here next year. Bonding in vulnerability.

The Draft is only two weeks away. Whoever Trent Baalke selects with the 15th pick will no doubt be expected to contribute immediately. That means one of the currently penned in starters will be losing his job. While most of us watch the draft more or less dispassionately, at least 3 players will have a keen and focused interest.

The starting jobs most likely up for grabs with that 15th pick are CB, ILB, and LG. Those spots are manned by Dontae Johnson, Michael Wilhoite, and Not Yet Revealed. Not a formidable group of units to displace.

Baalke is probably finalizing his draft board these days. Let’s hope he hasn’t written down his choice on a piece of paper like he claims to have done in 2012 before wasting a pick on AJ Jenkins. A double faux pas.

Pardon me if I find the 49ers to be a cruel joke these days. It’s no fun to write about them because it seems so pointless. And nobody wants to talk about them, either. Fans I meet that were enthusiastic before, now just shake their heads, spit, and change the subject. When you’ve danced with the stars, wiggling around with a mixer crowd just doesn’t cut it. You guys who want to give it the old sis-boom-bah and kid yourselves that an 8-8 record next year will be wonderful, have at it. I’ll pass.

This will be the first time in four years that the Niners will not even remotely be considered SB contenders, even if they have an SB quality team. And the sad thing is, that’s not likely to change for many years to come. Not as long as Jed York involves himself in the workings of the team. Go home, Jed. Disappear. You suck, little man. You truly suck.




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  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – I feel your pain, I truly do. I guess you can look on the bright side,(if there is one)you can free up your Sunday’s. But I still don’t see how we could play any worse than last year.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Last year was an aberration, Winder. 20 guys on IR and Jed leaking shit all year long. Even so, we were 7-4 and tied with Seattle before the infamous “Tweet” game home loss.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Unfortunately, last year’s aberration is going to become the future norm.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs- Granted, York is a meddler and bothersome to most fans. However, blame for the “tweet game” surely cannot be put on York. It was more of a total lack of playing half-way decent football on all fronts.

  5. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Fans are still complaining about Mariucci getting canned (after he said he was taking another job) even though his record cratered way worse than Harbaugh’s. Yeah, he walked into a pretty good team, too. But in Mariucci’s case we were perennial contenders for many years running before he came in. Nobody talks about his record head coaching the Lions, however, or Seifert’s in Carolina for that matter.

    The biggest reason some folks are cheering this year’s team is that they’ve actively campaigned for Harbaugh’s firing for so long they are grasping at anything to put some lipstick on this pig that is the fallout from it.

    Not so long ago Singletary was their hero for turning in an 8-8 season (his high water mark, IIRC). Thanks to Harbaugh and the crew he assembled that record is now reason to be fired along with your entire staff following a 39-11-1 record that included conf/superbowl/conf appearances, and losses by the thinnest of margins, two of which were one play away.

    The same folks that insisted playing well and winning meant nothing without a Super Bowl trophy to show for it are now hoping, HOPING, for an 8-8 season. The very benchmark that triggers blowing the entire system up by their reckoning. Maybe that makes sense to someone, but I don’t see it.

  6. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep the pickings are slim at old Camp 49er these days Skeebs. Sizzle is off the steak and we’re down to hotdogs and marshmallows. Sitting around here on the Outsider log with a few regular dudes chatting about old times is what we got. But that is still something even if Lawrence Phillips is the topic.
    It’s an adjustment from the taste of maybe some more glory years for sure.

    Hey anybody seen the mustard? RT? NJ? Bullit? How about NF? Where the hell is the mustard? Hold the freaking lipstick.

  7. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Q: What is the only NFL team to ever lose 12 games in which they had the lead at one point?

    (It seemed an appropriate question given the topic.)

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, I expected a rebuilding year in any case. We were facing a TALENT GAP, Patrick’s and Borland’s retirements notwithstanding. We need much better depth and more balanced blockers on the O-line. We need a young Frank Gore (perhaps Hyde?). We still need a dominant WR, and at the moment we need a TE who shows up to play. On D, where to begin?

    Only teams like the Pats and Steelers seem to get by with only minor rebuilding. Most teams have to fall, and I’d rather crash and burn, gain draft position and cap space, hire a real HC, and return to business in a couple years.

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    A: The ’79 Walsh 49ers. That after a decade which went from two straight NFCCGs to one above .500, but non-playoff team, after ’72.

    “Now them days was tough.”

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah RT, in Walsh’s initial years our D couldn’t hold water.
    As far as Harbaugh is concerned I loved the guy and only thought he should go after repeated instances of losing in the manor that we did. It’s not so much the losses it’s the way we did it.

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a lot easier to plug guys in to your system when you’re set at QB. In my estimation Harbaugh’s biggest misstep, if it was one, was to keep putting the offense on Kaepernick’s passing game. A tough choice to go back on after you make the commitment to your QB.

    I thought our o-line would have been good once J Martin was kicked off. Another Harbaugh misstep, perhaps. I’m not sure how we replace Iupati though. I would have paid him.

    It’s true, the dynasty days weren’t quite as good as we remember them, but it was fun and I’m just glad I got to see Joe play and Walsh coach for as long as I did.

    Mustard’s gone. Baseball guys must’ve stolen it for their pitchers. Still got some of these little tabasco bottles though and plenty of ice for the beer.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ted Robinson was on the radio this morning saying the Oline is being reshuffled with Boone moving over to LG and Pears penciled in at RG at start of training camp with Thomas and Martin challenging him. Kilgore at C and Davis at RT.
    Robinson also said that Kilgore being lost hurt the Oline because Marcus Martin didn’t excute the line calls and Kap had to
    help him which took away from what Kap was focusing on.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are bringing in Nate Boyer for a pre draft workout.
    I have provided links to this Green Beret’s story previously.
    Most likely just a courtesy extended to an American hero.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/4/14/8417279/49ers-nate-boyer-34-year-old-long-snapper-draft-prospect-2015-nfl-draft-workout

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Saw one of your Oline wish lists and you left a guy I think would be a steal in the 3rd rd, AJ Cann OG South Carolina

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/_/id/38038

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs we all feel the pain regarding the changes.
    As fans, it’s all about optimism in the face of adversity I guess?

    One thing about this game?
    Anything can, and usually does, go against common wisdom.
    Coaches Coach, players play.
    Once the players fail to execute, no Coach survives.
    Hard to know what went on with Harbaugh, the split Locker Rooms, the play calling, etc.

    All we have now is, another makeover.

    I’m with you regarding Jed.
    He’s the Owner.
    We have ZERO influence on what he does, or doesn’t do, behind the scenes.

    I’m just hoping, that he isn’t complicating the process of football in SF.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Bullit, Cann was on my radar.
    The reason I removed him was due to his projected slot.
    He comes in high in RD2.
    Given our needs, I thought other positions might be more worthy of that slot.

    I’m torn on how much value Baalke might place on the OG position in general.
    Foerster might not be seeking the larger OG, which I tend to favor for the running game.

    That’s the beauty of the Draft IMO.
    Anything can happen depending on who falls on the slot-range.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Everything I’ve uncovered on Cann is that he’s a mauler in the run game but lacks agility and, pass pro is suspect.
    Love his size and strength though.
    I just decided that we might wait until later RDs to address the OG position, we’ll see?

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Baalke spends a higher draft pick on a OG than it’s an indication that Baalke is going to let Boone walk.
    Looney seems to be a wasted pick just collecting a paycheck and hardly contributing just occupying a roster spot..

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I was talking with my Son recently, about the possibility of Boone being dealt.
    Hard to know how he’ll be treated, as he’s in the final year of his deal.
    We’re thin at OT, IMO.

    I’m not going to be shocked at all, if Baalke takes an OT at 15, to be honest.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Behind Staley and Davis, there aren’t any names to mention, beyond Pears, who was just signed.
    I see him as the guy that replaces JMart.

    The only other guys I can find on the roster at OT are, Chris Martin from UCF and, Fou Fonoti from MI St.
    Neither guy suggests star-power at the OT position.

    Brandon Thomas, Looney and, Marcus Martin, are interior guys, along with Dillon Farrell.

    Baalke has to be shopping for some OT depth somewhere along the line.

  21. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    May 2nd gonna be a big day, lots will get decided and a bunch of questions answered. The NFL draft right? Naw that’s NJ dept along with Bullit’s suggestions.

    I’m talking about the big Pacquiao/Mayweather fight the whole nation over here will be tuned in along with the rest of the fight world.

    http://www.badlefthook.com/2015/4/1/8326387/mayweather-vs-pacquiao-full-fight-month-coverage

    Go Manny and may the local boy from my island win.

  22. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Pacquiao and popcorn; Mayweather and marshmallows. We got some serious mustard coming up.

    Ali/Frazier, Forman, Holyfield, Duran, Leonard man those were some battles back in the day.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Aaron Hernandez convicted of 1st-degree murder.”

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They ought to have Hernandez share a cell with Lawrence Phillips.

    So much for the apologist prediction Hernandez would be back in the NFL within a year because he could buy superior legal representation to get an acquittal. The evidence prevailed and was damning. Justice prevailed.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to feel any sympathy for Hernandez who was making millions for playing a game but still had to be a thug and a gangster.
    A knucklehead and jackass moron who couldn’t turn his back on being Scarface.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    Not much of a boxing fan but this fight should have happened a good 8 years ago when they were in their prime.
    Now it’s two over the hill guys cashing in on one last payday.
    Manny could be President of the PI if he wins.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When I say I’m not a fan of boxing it’s because it has lost it’s appeal with MMA and that style.

    I can’t name the Heavyweight champion in boxing and whether they have united the titles from the different entities.

  28. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep should have happened 5 years ago anyway but Mayweather would have none of it until now. They are still good boxers even if past their primes.

    Boxing has certainly declined in popularity and this match up is the exception in the USA. Still popular in many other (poorer) countries around the world tho. Obviously my current interest is due to the local boy finally getting a shot at loud mouth/hype guy Floyd M. Manny is a class act who has made good on many levels in life. Gotta love the guy.

    Will football go the same way as boxing? Criminals like Aaron Hernandez, Philips don’t help but the bigger issues are health related = concussions and other injuries which will keep parents from allowing their children to ever play the game.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    In boxing theres no hiding that your goal is give your opponent a concussion so bad that he can’t get up. Bonus for cuts and blood.
    A most brutal way to make a living

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Chuckles is still lamenting that Aaron Hernandez deserves due process after his conviction for murder one.
    At the time of his arrest Chuckles was the only and repeat ONLY fool defending him.
    In life one has to pick and choose his battles and I have no idea why Chuckles chose this one. Chuckles was still chirping innocence when the maid service came in to clean up the crime scene with the media camped outside his house.
    I wonder what goes on in that pea brain.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats to the Golden State Warriors on a most excellent season.
    67-15 record and 39-2 at home. One of the top ten best records in NBA history.
    Go W’s!!!
    A NBA Championship is there for the taking.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bullit –
    I caught an interview on TV today with MI State HC Mark Dantonio.

    He was asked about his players entering the Draft this year.

    I have several of his guys from their Defense on my Wish List.

    I also have WR Tony Lippett as a possible Mid RD option.

    Dantonio said Lippett actually played CB for them as well.
    Very interesting wrinkle, as he’s 6’2″/192.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also have RB Jeremy Langford on the list.
    He might be a nice option to follow Kendall Hunter next year?
    6’0″/208 with 4.4 speed.

    Very productive at MI State too.
    Almost 3000yds on the ground with 40 TDs.
    Catches very well too.

    See what happens…

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ
    It is imperative they draft a QB with enough talent to play in the NFL. I’m thinking 4th or 5th round unless they feel strongly enough about a guy and he’s there in the 3rd rd.
    I think Grayson will go in the 2nd rd but I’d take a hard look if he was still on the board with the Niners pick in the 3rd rd.
    Otherwise I’d consider Sean Mannion in the 5th rd.

    It’s do or die for Kap and the team will only go as far as Kap takes them. He needs to become a 49er QB. That’s a QB that will take the team on his shoulders and win games in crunch time. That’s what is missing.

    If Kap can’t do it you need a capable backup to insert. The Niners have handcuffed themselves with Gabbert who the coaching staff has no confidence in to insert when things are not working for Kap.
    Sometimes benching your starter is a good motivator.
    They need to do something in a year with a weak QB class.

    Last year they could’ve plucked Mettenberger or Aaaron Murray
    with a 6th rd pick. They didn’t.
    Baalke needs to do something in this area this year.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    The Spartan player I like is Trae Waynes but he most likely will be gone by the 15th pick.
    The rest of the Spartan players are 3rd day players.
    I thought Lippet worked out as a WR and a DB at the combine.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit, a Late RD QB makes sense to me as well.
    Not sure if I shared this or not but, I’m completely blind to QB predictions, too many whiffs.

    I like Mannion as well –

    Sean Mannion – OR State – 6’5″/227
    Bryce Petty – Baylor – 6’3″/230
    Shane Carden – ECU – 6’2″/221

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for CBs, I figure Waynes to be gone by 15 too.

    I’m down for either Marcus Peters (if he checks his attitude issues at the door) or, Kevin Johnson from Wake Forest.

    Either guy could be valued at Pick 15 IMO.

    I see plenty of Defensive options on the D-Line beyond RD1.
    All comes down to how Baalke values his Board.

    If I’m gonna make a prediction on the BPA-model, I’m gonna give the edge to DT/OT or CB at 15.
    I like La’el Collins/Ereck Flowers, maybe Sherff there, if they slide through.

    I’d have no issues with DT Malcolm Brown either.
    I’ve liked him from the start of my research a couple months ago.

    A WR makes sense of course but, I don’t think any of my top 3 guys will make it to us there. (KWhite/ACooper/DParker).

    I like Jaelen Strong but, not as much as either Peters or Johnson at that slot.
    Should be interesting to see how Baalke plays that slot once the first 14 Picks come off the Board.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You mentioned RB Todd Gurley a short time back.
    What happens if say, Dallas is drooling for him while we’re on the clock?

    I think Carlos is a keeper for us long term, as Frank’s replacement.

    I wouldn’t mind dropping into the 20’s if we could land another 3rd RD Pick from someone, (assuming of course the guy(s) Baalke wants at 15 are off the Board).

    I can’t see Baalke trading up from 15 either.
    We’ve got several glaring needs on D that have to be addressed.
    More Picks makes more sense to me if we can’t find value at 15.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for Gabbert?
    Like any backup QB, we hope he isn’t needed.

    Drafting a backup is simply opening up competition to be No2 or No3.
    If Kaep is improved from the pocket after his stint with EXOS, great.

    Otherwise, we’re hitching our wagon to another change at the QB position anyway.

    Gabbert has at least played at this level already, albeit, not too spectacularly.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen several Mocks in recent days, which have us taking Mario Edwards Jr as the ‘perfect’ replacement for RayMc.

    I had him on my radar early on.
    I’ve since replaced him with Anthony Chickillo from Miami, simply because I think he’s got the ‘motor’ and strength, that Justin plays with.
    I figure Chickillo can be had later/cheaper too.

    This Draft-game is all about slotting, and value for any given slot.

    Most GMs can look good in RD1.
    It’s all those guys between RD1 and beyond that make the difference.

    This year, the depth is especially good on the D-Line.
    Good value can be had between RDs 2-4.
    Baalke needs to hit on Picks 1 & 2.
    Then, I could see him trading up into RD3 or 4, for additional targets.

  41. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    What can we expect from Kap this season after his QB guru session? Good discussion here and continues in comments section.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/3/28/8305073/colin-kaepernick-throwing-mechanics-dennis-gile-quarterback-coach

    We go as Kap goes. And as Tomsula goes. And as Balkey goes.
    Jed? He knows where he can go.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I still see the WR position as a position of need.
    Boldin is on his last legs and we need to look ahead and groom his replacement.
    Patton has shown very little in his career. One fantastic catch against the Cards and a lot of head scratching.
    Right now he’s on the same career track as Jason Hill.

    Perriman has moved up into the first round and I still think Strong has a future and he should get a look at #15

  43. Joe16No Gravatar says:

    Just like Alex Smith you fans just can’t tell the difference between a good or bad QB. You’ll spend seven to eight years figuring it out when it takes the average intelligent fan just a few games. Kap is a loser always will be and NO ONE can change that. Yeah bring in blah, blah, blah, wow he’s really looking good BS and the simple fact is he’s still a loser. If you’re satisfied in supporting this low class fool then knock yourself out after seven more years will start this all over again. Where’s Eddie and Walsh to make these winning decisions! Sadly fans here that once saw true winning ways obviously can’t tell the difference anymore, GO JED! Lol!

    If you believe your QB is vital in winning then Kap is not the guy. He’s not in the same league as Rodgers and Wilson so put your crack pipe down and face the real world for once. Being a true fan still holds the responsibility of holding people accountable not just supporting anything they throw out on the field. We have unca_chuck’s in the world wearing skirts and waving pom poms no matter what transpires.

  44. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Heya V!

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps just a negotiation leverage ploy.
    But what in the wide world of sports is the Seattle GM thinking?
    Could be all the rumors and back biting is in Seattle this year.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25151841/would-seahawks-let-russell-wilson-walk-gm-hints-that-its-possible

  46. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Negotiation ploy. Must be getting close to an agreement

  47. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    I love reading this blog and these so-called “knowledgeable fans.” I love NJ in particular. I remember last year NJ was just gushing over Baalke and how smart Baalke was. NJ clearly took the side of Baalke in the Harbaugh / Baalke debate. John Madden said, “It’s easier to find a suit,” and NJ disagreed. NJ loves him some Baalke with his 2012 draft, and star players like first rounder AJ Jenkins, second rounder La Micheal James, the entire 2012 draft, 3rd rounder Vance McDonald, 4th rounder Cory Lemonier…. and the list of bust draft picks goes on and on and on… But NJ would rather have the Bustable Baalke than a coach who was easily the best coach in 49er history since Mooch, and maybe the best head coach since Walsh. What an idiot.

    How do you like your reality now, NJ? I remember lurking here, reading your conversation with the guy who called himself a geneous, Sir Spitblood. He thought you were an idiot for siding with Bustable Baalke over Jim Harbaugh who won how many games in four years? How many games do you think Tomsula will win now, NJ? I think in two years he’ll win a total of 10 games, then be fired. What say you, NJ… you idiot?

    And one of Sir Spitblood’s main points was if you get rid of Harbaugh all the talent walks out the door because Harbaugh attracted the talent. And Sir Spitblood was right. Immediately after Harbaugh left, Gore chose a different team. Culliver left for Washington. Cox to Tennessee. Crabtree goes to the Raiders. Fangio, Roman and Seeley leave. Skuta leaves. Mike Iupati walks to San Diego. Willis and Borland retire. That’s a ton of talent walking out the door. And no doubt the stupidest blogger in 49er history, NJ49er will say A.) we didn’t need ’em. B.) it’s all part of Baalke’s master 35 year rebuilding plan. C.) Harbaugh was a jerk and I’d rather lose with a nice guy than win with a jerk. D.) I didn’t say any of that (oh wait, that would be Chuck’s reaction. E.) Let’s just focus on the draft.

    But what really gets me about bloggers on this site and Chuck’s site is the pure stupidity. These two blogs (almost collectively) think 2015 is going to, in Winder’s own words, “surprise a lot of people (implying we’ll win more games than most people think).”

    No we won’t. Here’s why. Jim Tomsula’s coaching staff isn’t as good as Jim Harbaugh’s. And since Harbaugh’s left, the 49ers have lost Willis, Borland, Iupati, Crabtree, Cox, Culliver, Skuta and more. So last year we went 8-8 with a talent level of say 8, and this year we’ve got a less experienced coaching staff with the roster talent of say, 5?

    The endlessly optimistic 49er fan who really… let’s face it…. only has the 49ers in their lives, thinks all we can do is hope for the best and let’s just forget reality for a while… shall we? Until the season starts, so we can live with our miserable selves, let’s construct an alternate reality we can live with based on hopes and delusions and self medication. Let’s forget the fact that you don’t add to an 8-8 season thru subtraction. Let’s forget all of this for at least the off season, because we all secretly see the pain looming on the horizon. We all know the 49ers are going 4-12 in 2105. Any of you overly optimistic morons wanna bet? So until then, let’s keep it cheery. Let’s find the silver lining. Because when the season starts, the reality of what we had and ultimately lost because of Jed York’s unconscionable blunders will deliver crushing and demoralizing blow after demoralizing blow to 49er fans. And me, BigJimSlade, will love to come to this blog and lurk, reading the ridiculously “optimystiques” in Unca, Winder and NJ. What sad lives they must lead not to be able to face reality…..

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ” We all know the 49ers are going 4-12 in 2105. Any of you overly optimistic morons wanna bet?”

    Spitoon is back. I do not think I’ll be around in 2105 but carry on since you want to predict 90 years in advance. I am sure they will be in a different stadium than Levis in 90 years.

  49. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    So pointing out an inverse number typo is your witty response, Bullit? Figures.

  50. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Good movie reference anyway..

  51. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    One thing worse than morons who come on too often here to bitch at others and yammer about how right they are, always, are those who come on here disguised and bitch at others and yammer about how right they are always.

    But then a new brand of popcorn is amusing once in a while.

  52. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The slow days in the season are here = so this is what we have to look forward to with the great coaches, owner, departed talent? The horde of bitches whining about how wrong everybody is. Especially those who have some positive take on the Niners

    Yes very likely it is. Wait till we’re 3-6 and then listen to the same old same old. We know all that over here. Already.

    It is obvious. Try the rainbow pony brigade unless you got banned.

  53. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, reality really is subjective and I certainly don’t need anyone telling me mine. But if it makes you happy…

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nate Boyer had a good showing at yesterday’s local Pro Day

    http://tinyurl.com/lr4mde9

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Go Warriors!

    First playoff game today against the Pelicans and the Unibrow.

    This has been a season for the ages so far. 67-15 or better has been done only 9 other times in NBA history.

    Steve Kerr achieved all this in his rookie campaign as a head coach.

    Now the twisted logic of some of the clueless egg-spurts on this board said that Harbaugh was a victim of his unexpected early success which contributed to his firing.

    So if you follow this warped thinking then Steve Kerr is in trouble because this regular season will be hard, almost impossible to top and will be extremely difficult to duplicate.

    Myself I don’t buy this BS type of thinking. Elite coaches are hard to come by and you ought to hang onto them because the alternative is a hard pill to swallow.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    One can hope, Phil.

    Pulling for a shitty next decade? Fun.

    Spitty, what you fail to acknowledge is that 99% of what ha[pened would have happened with Harbaugh here. You think Gore wouldn’t have taken the Indy deal? Or Cox? Or Cully?

    That’s rainbow pony talk right there, skippy. This team would be facing the same problems regardless of St. Jim’s whereabouts. Willis and Borland would have retired. To think otherwise is koolaid consumption by the gallon.

    So there you have it. The defense is weaker regardless of who the coaches are. The offense? That’s the dilemma. If it gets better, the team has a good shot at a playoff run. If the offense stays shitty, well, we are done. I think we can guarantee the offense would be a slow-moving train wreck had the previous regime stayed. I mean, they made the decision to go with 4 play callers. They hosed up the deal with too many chiefs and little cohesiveness.

    Oh, yeah, the injuries only affected the coaching staff. It had no effect on the players.

    But keep talking, Sir Barfsalot.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    That is total BS to say that 99% of personnel moves would have happened regardless. Total BS.
    Sorry I’m not buying that spin.

  58. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    I love the two-man blog over at NinersForever. Unca and Berger begging to give Jed York head. Begging. Unca writes a blog about how he won’t miss Harbaugh. Why is that, Unca? Because you like losing? Do you really think Jim Tomsula is going to win? Really? So you won’t miss Harbaugh because you’re a loser. That sounds about right.

    And Berger… poor Berger. What a typical Republican head case. Let’s deny global warming so someone notices me and gives me a job… and let’s create a story about Harbaugh losing the locker room so the rich can dump Harbaugh without backlash. Nevermind that players across the board when Harbaugh was here were backing him in the media. Nevermind that players like Dahl and Culliver were intercepting footballs and giving them to Harbaugh mid game…. with Culliver eventually spurning the now pathetic 49ers for the powerhouse Washington Redskins. Nevermind that after Harbaugh left so did about twenty other great coaches and players…. of their own accord. Berger was also… and this is funny…. hoping to hear that Dan Skuta, while walking out the door, was kicking Harbaugh. Hilarious. Uneducated Berger doesn’t know that Dan Skuta was a Flint Michigan boy, like Harbaugh, and both guys had each other’s backs. What Skuta was saying upon arrival in Jacksonville was that it was time Harbaugh and Jed York parted ways. There’s no shot at Harbaugh there. Jed York just wasn’t worth Harbaugh’s time.

    And to all of you who loved Jed York and Trent Baalke, because that’s where the ultimate power is (and you’re faithful to the end), I say good luck to you all watching terrible 49er football for the next decade. I’ll be watching Michigan football. Any bets regarding who wins more games in 2015? Harbaugh or Tomsula? LMAO!!! Good luck with that ya morons.

  59. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/jim-harbaugh-michigan-summer-swarm

    This is why Jim Harbaugh is my boy. He only cares about results. Just win, baby. Everyone else here on these blogs are Terry Donahue fans. Donahue said, “I want players who go to church on Sunday and play like hell Sunday afternoon.” Harbaugh knew you can’t win that way. Del cries because Harbaugh didn’t win with class…. while Del falls out of his chair drunk, blowing out his hip. Irony ain’t just a river in Egypt.

  60. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    ” What a typical Republican head case. Let’s deny global warming so someone notices me and gives me a job… ”

    What a typical Dem-wit argument. Let’s get everyone in a panic about something so made up we have to get “scientists” to cook the books to support it so I can build myself huge mansions and fly in jumbo jets everywhere on their dime and hold “global warming” protests in ice storms, just to show how far useful idiots will go when their icons snap their fingers.

    btw, the term has been reincarnated as “climate change” since that is inevitable in near terms and doesn’t sound so stupid in ice storms. But let’s protest against it anyway. It says “we care and you don’t.” Typical liberal claptrap.

    You want to protest something? Protest that your anointed one isn’t recognizing Patriots Day and what it celebrates. I’d be willing to bet you were schooled more in the fake “global warming” and the hatred you were supposed to hold toward the founders’ generation than anything of importance in the real world in your liberal indoctrination centers.

    Is that where you guys learn that your opinions are the only ones that matter? And that making up facts is how you support ridiculous arguments?

    http://www.bartleby.com/42/789.html

  61. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    My apologies, NoFear. Global warming or climate change isn’t real. I’m a fool. The polar ice caps melting are doctored pictures made-up in a liberal studio somewhere – probably the same studio that doctored the pictures of the moon landing. And NASA’s comments about climate change? I mean, I agree. It’s all a scam, but how do you reconcile NASA’s comments, NoFear? I mean, as a military Republican who loves our government, how do you reconcile NASA’s comments? I want to know because I want to follow you blindly. The ice caps are melting, the seas are rising, we are experiencing drought and the world’s major super powers are going to great lengths to extract more and more oil out of the earth. Must be a coincidence. It has to be. What else can explain the seas rising and our droughts… and NASA’s latest prediction that the world will experience maga droughts? NASA’s a bunch of liberal Obama worshiping fools. Am I right? Will that be your game? To discredit NASA? I just want to know because I’ll attack NASA with you if you say so.

  62. winderNo Gravatar says:

    This is fun.

  63. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Winder. It’s about as much fun as lying to yourself about how great the 49ers will be in 2015. How’s that working out for you?

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Back to football

    20 years ago on this day Joe Montana announced his retirement at Justin Herman Plaza. I was there to witness it.

    20 years sure flies by quickly.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uuL507cA_s

  65. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Spit – I never said they would be great, but other than that everything’s ok. Thanks for asking.

  66. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, Bullit. You want to talk football? Okay. Did you know I have a crystal ball? I do. It works, too.

    Next year the 49ers are going to have a tough time stopping the run on defense, and running the ball on offense. It’s all well and good that guys like Winder and Berger and Unca didn’t like the 49ers’ offense last year, but the reality is that my crystal ball shows the 2015 Niner offense is going to be worse than last year.

    But let’s talk about defense, first. Kevin Lynch once wrote that the 49ers need edge players (this was in something like 2008 or so) because the game is played on the edges. But what Lynch didn’t realize is you have to earn the edges. Teams earn playing on the edges by having stout defenses up the middle with guys like Whitner, Willis, Bowman, Goldson, McDonald, Smith and Soap or Dorsey. Those guys were studs who stopped the run. Teams didn’t dare attack the middle. But those guys are mostly gone now having been replaced by lesser players in Eric Reid, Bethea, Moody, Wilhoite, Williams and Jerod-Eddie. It’s great that the NFL selling machine has duped guys like Unca into believing that Bethea is still good by making him a Pro Bowler, but the Pro Bowl is a selling vehicle only, and Bethea is no Whitner, and Reid is no Goldson and Williams and Jerod-Eddie aren’t Soap or Justin or McDonald. Nobody is Patrick Willis. So forget the edges. Teams are going to run the ball right up the middle on the 49ers. It’s going to be painful for you all to watch (I’ll be watching Michigan football). Then, when Mangini, who was just working for ESPN not too long ago because his NFL career was almost over, starts committing too many players to stop the run… you guessed it – long pass over the middle, “Touchdown other guys.” If guys like Tank, Dial, Jerod-Eddie, Wilhoite, Reid and the “Ancient One” Bethea can’t stop the run up the middle, this team won’t win 8 games. And I don’t think those guys can stop the run up the middle, so this team won’t win 8 games. And that assumes all of those guys stay healthy. What if Bowman gets injured or Dorsey? If those guys go down, forget about 8-8. That’s why I say this team is a 4-12 – at least defensively.

    On offense, who knows what’ll happen? Mike Iupati is gone and he’ll probably be replaced by Alex Boone, but maybe Brandon Thomas or Marcus Martin, who knows? But whomever replaces Iupati, it’ll be a downgrade. Carlos Hyde was impressive early on, but later in the year he was pedestrian. Reggie Bush and Kendal Hunter are China dolls, hoping not to break in pre-season but will certainly be broken by week 8. The interesting back in the 49ers’ offense is Trey Millard, but any chance that Tomsula uses him correctly is somewhere between slim and none.

    If that rushing attack, and these coaching jokers with all this uncertainty, doesn’t surprise or produce… who cares about Boldin, Torrey Smith and Jerome Simpson? Forget Vance McDonald, Derek, Patton or Ellington. If the 49ers’ can run the ball and stop the run, they’ll go 4-12. And my prediction: The 49ers won’t be able to run the ball or stop the run.

    But he’s the best part of the 2015 season. I’m not going to watch 49er football next year, but I’m damn sure going to watch Jim Tomsula post game press conferences. Simply for the laughs. Remember Mike Singletary needing to “check the tape?” That’s still a good one. Jim Tomsula will be hauled out in front of a hungry press needing to explain to the press why Jed York fired Harbaugh for the likes of Tomsula. Now nobody will be asking Tomsula that direct question, but they will be hungry to make a fool out of Tomsula, and because Tomsula is a meathead, usually hungry for D line blood, you aren’t going to get articulation at the podium. You’ll get a sweaty, stammering fool trying to explain why the 49ers suck. One week Tomsula will offer an impassioned speech saying, “This wasn’t good enough, it’s on me and we’ll get better.” But how many times can Tomsula say that? Once? Maybe twice a season? Then what? Then it’s just good old fashioned Mike Singletary frustration with no answers. And that’s exactly who Jim Tomsula will be in Santa Clara by week 8. Exactly.

  67. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I forgot. St Jim would have healed Willis’ toe, and protected Borland’s head.
    I mean really.

    He IS God.

  68. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Good to know that Bullit, spitty, NoFear, and Flying V still love me.

    What would they do without me?

  69. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spitblood,

    Did you mean these comments?
    “Former NASA Scientist: Global Warming is Nonsense”

    Here’s a POV from other than a government entity struggling to survive another budget:
    http://onforb.es/1zwhMKP

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not all scientific research is tied to government grants.

    There is nothing cur nor dried about climate science. I certainly don’t buy in to the ‘tipping point’ bullshit the bell-ringers spout. Mainly because all the talk 10 years ago was the the ice caps would be gone in 5. The mean average temp for the past 17 years has remained constant. Some ice packs are shrinking, yes. But some are growing. Like politics, climate science has its demagogues and ranters.

    That being said, there’s absolutely no reason to go on burning fossil fuels at the cost of developing alternatives. Go to Shanghai and try breathing in the toxic shit they call air.

  71. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    Okay, NoFear. I’m on board. There’s no global warming. Hurray!

  72. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and Chuck… This is an A and B conversation, so C your way out. Who the hell wants to debate with Chuck? I’m sober. I’ll reference his foolishness, but debating with the guy is like listening to golf on TV.

    Did the 49ers get a new owner last night? Any updates? I read somewhere Jed York was going to sell the team. Or was that a dream? A beautiful dream….

  73. BigJimSladeNo Gravatar says:

    I mean “listening to golf on the radio…” – Sandy Alderson

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So the Egos sign Tim Tebow.
    How many QBs does Chip need?

  75. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow’s still better than Mr. Buttfumble. Finally an NFL HC has the guts to sign him. Instead teams get guys like Johnny America.

  76. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Eagles will miss Foles for sure. But is he always injured because of bad luck or is he just brittle? Guess we’ll find out behind that Ram O-line.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit here’s another QB I’ve got as a possible late RD option for us.

    Chris Bonner – (QB) – CO State-Pueblo –
    6’7″/235 (6700yds/63 TDs/17 INTs)

    From what I’ve seen, he’s listed as a RD7/UDFA option.

  78. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll see on the field this year. Will this bunch perform at a winning level now that the horrible winning coach was dumped? That horrible grating locker room divider? Replaced by the back slapper sanctioned by his owner. Yeah show me and in the meantime STFU.

    Ball is in their court to prove these violent convulsions are positive- which I doubt. All the self-serving finger pointing by fans at other fans about what went down and the probable outcomes = useless. All the political bitching is less than useless but Winder might find it entertaining (so do I). And the quasi-religious yammering about golbal warming = yikes, absurd but enjoy your theology. Useless all.

    Also useless is the media persuasion now appearing that “Of course, there’s also been no hue and cry now that he’s gone or a sense that the 49ers are doomed without him”. Yeah it’s all good, always was and always will be. Whatever, my income does not depend on being in York’s good graces so don’t need to kiss anyones ass.

    Comes down to this despite the media, poltical, religious hysteria = Show Me On The Field.

    The rest is just popcorn

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty much Phil.
    It is what it is now.
    We’re stuck with Jed and all that it suggests.
    As a fan, I’m an optimist.
    Comes with the territory I guess?

    We won’t know what we’ve got until we see the product.
    I can’t get overly excited for a 1st year regime, simply because of all the pieces that have been changed.

  80. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ let us know if the draft goes according to your expectations. Not necessarily our draftees but how Balkey runs the board this year : )

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I make my predictions on the players I’d like to see Baalke shop for.
    The rest is up to him.

    With the losses of Patrick and Borland, coupled with an ILB Group that seems under-sized this year, it’s going to be interesting to see how he covers those losses.

    I’ll share my list of ‘Wish List’ guys.
    Just to see whether there’s anyone I like, that he does as well.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I truly don’t know how he’s going to attack the 15 Pick.
    My gut says DT or CB simply because of the value that could be there for us at that slot.

    I originally wanted a WR there but, I now figure that the 3 guys I wanted will likely be gone, KWhite/ACooper/DParker.

    Kaep worked with Jaelen Strong and DGB this off-season in AZ.
    Could either guy be worth the Pick at 15?
    I’m also not going to be surprised if an OT sneaks through the 1st 14 Picks and lands in our lap either.
    In the Draft business, it’s all about BPA for most GMs.
    Many GMs favor that model, regardless of specific/immediate needs.

    DGB is a freak, ala Randy Moss/Dez Bryant.
    With that said, DGB has some serious baggage concerns that have to be considered.

    I like CB Marcus Peters over Trae Waynes too.
    He too, (Peters) has some character issues, that need to be reviewed carefully as well.

  83. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks. We’ll see a week from Thursday who that 15 pick is…or a trade down?

    BTW here’s one take on the possible Niner draft: (podcast)

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/4/15/8425721/crafting-the-49ers-perfect-draft-strategy

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    On most draft boards both Perriman and Strong are ranked as first round receivers.
    I still think Waynes or a WR because sooner or later Boldin will retire and the WRs that might be there with the second pick fall off in quality.
    I would be ok with Malcom Brown but Baalke has stated he doesn’t need to replace Justin Smith regardless of his retirement or not. Smokescreen?

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Bullit –
    Having Boldin aboard for this year, his influence on a young WR could pay huge dividends, especially with a guy like DGB, if Baalke feels comfortable with him.

    I’m aboard for Malcom Brown, good piece to have behind Dorsey going forward.
    I’ve passed on Arik Armstead at 15.
    I like Derek Anderson from Stanford as a possible 2nd option to Armstead at a cheaper slot.

    Many ways to move, which all depends on the Picks that occur ahead of us for sure.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil the podcast was interesting – Thx.

    Trading down is something Baalke isn’t shy about doing.
    That’s a clear indication of the value aspect the GMs play.

    If we pass on a D-Line addition at 15, CB/WR easily become factors in RD1.
    Depending on whom they’re targeting, sliding back could still get them the guy they want, while also adding another Pick in RD3?

    Will be interesting to see what comes.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guys I’d like to see at Pick 46 in RD2 are Stephone Anthony (ILB) or Danielle Hunter (DE).
    Again, my predictions are largely based on the slots the Pundits place them at overall.

    GMs get all the Scouting and film that most of us never see.

    With Kaep spending a good long time with Strong and DGB, I’d have to assume he’s going to have some important input on where Baalke will value them, if at all.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit my mistake earlier – It’s DE Henry Anderson from Stanford, not Derek Anderson.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Henry Anderson would be a solid pickup in 3rd or 4th rd.
    Still like Davis Tull OLB

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Same here – I have Tull as a Late RD/UDFA hopeful.
    Could convert him, and maybe several other guys like him, to ILB perhaps?

    Most of the ILB candidates this year are in the 6’0″/230s range.
    Moving a guy like Tull/Jake Ryan Inside might be a nice option?

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I have OLB Kyle Emanuel from ND State as another Late RD/UDFA hopeful as well.

    Zach Vigil – (ILB) – Utah ST – 6’2″/235
    Damien Wilson (ILB) – 6’0″/245
    Davis Tull (OLB) – UT Chat – 6’3″/246
    Kyle Emanuel (OLB) – ND State – 6’3″/251

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Damien Wilson is from Minn – Forgot to add his College.
    He racked up 257 TKLs in 35 games.

  93. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

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
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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