As the Alex Turns

The first week of the 2018 offseason has passed quietly into history, taking with it all the nothingness of its existence. Although, to be fair, 1,063,462 persons around the globe croaked last week, so perhaps the week has significance to those who knew these departed souls. Or, in the case of Hell, perhaps the week was the last semi-pleasant moments for the bad apples for the rest of eternity.

Harsh stuff, this bad appling business. Somebody should warn Jed York before it’s too late. Or maybe not.

Alex Smith is back in the NFC, traded to Washington on Tuesday night. In the past seven years, Smith-led teams have missed the playoffs only once. He’s becoming a specialist in resurrecting franchises, then handing them off to young QBs. The first youngster was a spectacular failure. Will Patrick Mahomes fare better with Kansas City or flame out, too?

The NFC East will now have two teams led by older QBs and two by youngsters. It will be the Generation Gap division.

The NFC West will have Jimmy Garoppolo, Russell Wilson, Jared Goff, and … Kirk Cousins? If I’m Cousins, I’d think hard about signing with the Broncos. With their defense, he might finally make an SB run. Right over Kansas City, if the football gods have a quirk of amusement available.

The NFC South is set at QB, with Brees, Newton, Winston, and Ryan. And the North has Rodgers, Trubisky, and Stafford. Which leaves Minnesota and the Cardinals with the only QB vacancies in the NFC.

You can bet the media will re-launch their failed Pimping for Kaepernick campaign from last offseason regarding these two openings. Can’t wait to see the howls of protest when their boy is passed over yet again.

wordpress stats plugin

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Vacant Observations
50 comments on “As the Alex Turns
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    you suck Skeebers !

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    Hey at least alex is still helping us out ! now we can get either Garappolo or cousins !

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    I’m excited by our chances ! We came back under Harbaugh for a while but with our HC , QB , and GM in place things are starting to fall into place !

  4. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t want to see it but if Cousins goes to AZ that would make a very competitive division. I do hope he goes to Denver. If he goes to Cleveland that will really screw up the draft board for us. Anyway, even though Cousins has a higher ceiling than Smith the Redskins obviously didn’t want to pay him.

  5. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Not a done deal until they can actually sign the papers many weeks down the road.

    It would be terrible news for the WAS WRs but Jordan Reed should be hotter than he already was, if he can stay healthy. Vernon Davis is cringing. Perine is working with the JUGS machine nights and weekends for his new #1 receiver role.

    If the deal goes through as expected, Alex will indeed be one of the richest mediocre QBs the NFL has ever been produced.

    I thought MIN was knee-deep in QBs (sorry Bradford), but I guess contracts are expiring there, too. The Kaepernick whining is really getting boring and useless. He wanted nothing more than to “sacrifice” for his “cause” so let him sacrifice already. The XFL might have a spot for him.

    I can see his nameplate now, “HEHATEME II.”

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the Smitty love keeps truckin’ along.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    T. O. finally gets into the HOF. Can’t wait for his induction speech. He don’t do humble very good.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And, he declared he wouldn’t ‘go in as 49er’ Skeebs.
    Happy for him in a way, only because he put up the numbers to get him there.
    Conversely, Roger Craig did too, which should have gotten him in too.
    Strange process, this HOF enshrinement stuff.

    Lynch deserves to be there too. Hope his day will come.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    T.O. is getting football confused with baseball. In football, a player goes into HOF as himself, not associated with any particular team.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From GOAT to goat. How sweet it is.

  11. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I am glad NE didn’t win that one too.

  12. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Brady’s never been the GOAT but his record speaks for itself.

    The Eagles took out the Pat’s big play receiver early and it didn’t hurt that they were gifted two TDs either.

    I didn’t want either team to win so it was only a matter of which team would disappoint by winning.

    I have to give the Eagles credit for some bold plays like the potential coaching career-ender on fourth and goal.

    Patriots defense (mostly) stopped the run and couldn’t stop much of anything else. Their DBs generally sucked and Belichick will never live down the benching of previous SB star CB.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed NoFear.
    Hard to figure, what the tilt was, on the Malcolm Butler benching, (in the biggest game of the year)?

    Cooks getting ear-holed, had to be the tipping point that bit them in their collective A$$es. Made the blanketing of Gronk all the easier.

    Brady also, ham-handing that potential walk-in TD on the sideline, a close 2nd.

    Good game nonetheless.
    I’ll deal with my friend, the resident Philly Fan here, in the AM.
    Assuming he hasn’t burned his neighborhood to the ground during the festivities 😀

    Congrats Philly. Nicely played.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some sketchy rumors circulating the Web, that suggest Butler got caught in a rift with Coaches, (while trying to duck in late for curfew), while having weed in his possession.

    We may never know what’s true, and what’s not, but….the fact that he didn’t play, may well have made a difference in the final score.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Then…there’s always the Vegas Influence I guess?

  16. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NJ49er, if one of the two “iffy” TD decisions would have gone their way I could chalk it up to the new normal of bad calls ruining the game but when both go to the underdog to keep the game tight (read interesting enough to keep viewers’ interest and therefore eyeballs on all the ads to the end) I have to call bullshit.

    I thought the play to Brady was hilarious. I suppose it looked good in practice though. LOL. Another good way to get your QB killed.

    I don’t know what happened with Butler but he dressed so it couldn’t have been that much of a thing.

    Then there’s the Ricky Jean Francois curse…

    And another idiotic effort from a coordinator leaving for promotion to head coach.

    Eagles fans! This is why we can’t have anything nice.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    True to all of the above NoFear.
    110+Mil in viewership – Keep it interesting.

    No knock on Philly’s effort.
    Thought right out of the gate, they looked MORE ready to play.

    The Malcolm Butler tears during the Anthem sorta had me curious from the start.
    Call me a cynic. It’s Goodell’s NFL. The Billionaire Boys Club in action.

    Read some interesting opinions relative to the Power Triangle in NE.
    Some speculation that might add fuel to the Jimmy Deal that came our way.
    Discord between Kraft/Belichick/Brady spawning a bit of a hissy-fit coup?

    The drama factor seems to be more entertaining than the on-field results in said SB.
    Can’t see how they keep it together with both OC/DC moving along too.
    The entire League is pushing me to put them in the same box with the WWE at times.

    Stay tuned….

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Poor old Andy Reid. In 20 years as an HC, he’s never brought home the trophy. Then his OC goes to Philly and wins it all in his second year.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’ a tweet from Brandon Browner regarding the Malcolm Butler benching at the SB:

    “He not the first to get caught with weed, curfew also meant we are not allowed to have guest especially women. I’ve ate chicken(Popeyes) in the room with a player and his wife after curfew. Bill seen that look in Toms eyes last night and thought we can win without our role players. Tom played the greatest game last name in super bowl history (statistically). But when you do wrong, nothing good can come out of that. Tom did everything he could do last night. Tom Brady was the goat last night. Malcolm’s presence was missed and felt last night.”

    My question is: Does Browner purposefully butcher the English language here or is it just a relentlessly successful effort at avoiding education?

  20. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Pederson is certainly a product of Reid’s coaching/mentoring but one stuck with his QB (or was stuck with) and the other moved on to make stars from two others.

    I’m not saying who, but someone here predicted Reid’s fate when he traded for the benched QB to lead his team to mediocrity.

    As the Alex turns… on to the next poor sucker. Wait, it’s Dan freakin’ Snyder, nevermind.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Reid didn’t even recognize he had an SB MVP riding the bench behind Smith.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Browner could be the poster child for CTE Skeebs.
    Too many blows to the head, it’s impact on speech and cognitive thinking, can certainly have a place in the same debate I think.

    Say what you will about Doug Pederson, he’s a (lucky) gambler.

    If either of those 4th down plays had failed, Philly Fans would have lynched him, the moment he stepped off the plane.

    The one TD catch in the back of the End Zone was clearly bobbled, and likely would have been overturned 10/10X during the regular Season.
    Being the big stage that it was, my guess is Dean Blind-ino/Al Riveron were too busy with booze and lap dances to give a sh!t.

    Philly wins, the Pats’ Dynasty seems to be consuming itself from within and, the rest is history.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    McDaniel’s agent has quit on him. He was York’s first choice for HC here before moving on to Shanahan. A lucky break for the lucky sperm.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Where you at Bullit?

    Combine List has been released –
    Who’s on your radar?

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the List Bullit – Let’s get crack’n 😀

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s 3 of my early OLB preferences – Pending Combine stats –

    Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech Height: 6-5 Weight: 250 40-Time: 4.80 (LB12)
    40 226 35.0 10.0 5 1

    Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina St Height: 6-3 Weight: 235 40-Time: 4.75 (LB25)
    43 393 53.5 21.5 7 6

    Fred Warner, OLB, B.Y.U. Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 40-Time: 4.70 (LB40)
    49 264 32.0 6.5 13 7

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This kid is tad short but, I’m curious to see how he fares in terms of drills/40 – Stats are impressive.
    Curious how he managed 27.5 Sacks with a 4.8/40.
    Competition quality I’m guessing?

    Darius Jackson, OLB, Jacksonville St. Height: 6-3 Weight: 242 40-Time: 4.80 (LB19)
    50 183 60.5 27.5 3 2

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And here we go:

    “49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo agree to five-year deal”

  29. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Jimmy!
    Paraag gets a High FIVE!

  30. WinderNo Gravatar says:


  31. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    If I’m trying not to be negative, some other teams would have been as stupid, probably.

  32. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Oh C’mon NoFear there is nothing negative about this deal. He will make the 49ers a place where players want to be. He is worth every penny of that contract.

  33. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    He’s also gonna put butts in the seats. This move should pay-off big for the organization.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Signing Garoppolo is the Niner’s FO finally investing in a franchise QB.

    You could be in the Browns orbit wasting first and second round picks on their future QB and getting absolutely nothing.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Looking forward to the Combine and then we can speculate on who to draft.

    One guy that was snubbed and did not get an invite to the combine was Poona Ford DT from Texas. 6’2″ 310 lbs he has skillset similar to Casey Hampton and Malcolm Brown 2 other DTs who went high in the draft.

    Ford could be a steal on Day 3 in the 6th or 7th round.

  36. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, it’s a big gamble. It’s like that Eagles’ play to the QB on fourth and goal. If it works, everyone’s a genius. If it bombs, it stings for a long time. The only difference I see is that the TD play had much better odds of success.

    I remember everyone so anxious to back up the brinks truck for Shit7torm, too. Pay him! Pay him! How many guys “got paid” big recently because they played a few games and looked pretty good only to bust just as big?

    Personally, I couldn’t give a shit less who a team that endorses pissing on the U.S. flag and national anthem and awards Krapperfck the Eshmont for his inspirational anti-Americanism pays or how much. I was just commenting as a disinterested spectator.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC I was branded as anti Niner when I didn’t hop on the Kap bandwagon because I saw his flaws and stated them on this blog.
    Chuckles and Berger thought it was blasphemy that I saw the huge flaws in his game because they were in love with his running ability.
    It was only a matter of time that DCs in the league figured out how to contain Kap and force him to do the uncomfortable things to beat them, which he failed.

    I said hell no to giving a flwed one dimensional QB like Kap a big contract. Chuckles wanted to give him $25 mil a year at the time which would’ve set this team back another 10n years.

    In a way we have to thank the inept Baalke for his poor drafts which led to our salary cap situation. Baalke drafted mostly crap so there were no players to give big extensions to which leads us to the $100 mil slary cap space we have today.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Signing Garoppolo early probvably saved the Niners some money.

    With paydays coming for Cousins, Brees, Rodgers and Ryan the price of QB could well be ob=ver $30 mil a year when the bidding really starts.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My NFL Unrestricted FA shopping list

    Andrew Norwell G Panthers
    Allen Robinson WR Jags
    Kyle Fuller CB Bears
    Ryan Jensen C Ravens
    Malcolm Butler CB Pats
    Rashaan Melvin CB Colts

    Norwell and Jensen would bolster the Oline, Robinsin would give them an elite WR and one of these CBs would solidify the secondary.

  40. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear- It is a big gamble but I think it’s a good one. I believe every team in the league has a few players not standing for the anthem, I don’t like it either but our constitution gives them the right to do so. I was one of those that thought the contract that Kap signed was a fair one. And it did take me some time to realize just what a crappy QB he was. The difference with Jimmy is that you can see the kind of player he is. He sees the whole field, reads defenses, makes quick decisions, and throws a very catch-able ball. He may bomb out but I kinda doubt it.
    bullit- I would love to get Robinson in FA he is a favorite of mine at WR. I also think it would be a good idea to get some seasoned CB’s and Olinemen in FA. That way we can take a shot at a couple of OLB’s and RB’s in the draft. Either way is should be a very interesting off-season.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    My thoughts exactly

    “Garoppolo’s deal undoubtedly caused jaws to drop because he became the NFL’s highest-paid player. That’s a title he probably won’t hold for long. Kirk Cousins is expected to be the centerpiece of a competitive bidding war as soon as he hits the open market in March. He could easily surpass Garoppolo’s deal a little more than a month from now.

    Also, both the Atlanta Falcons and, fittingly, the Packers, have made it clear that they intend to sign quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Rodgers to big-money contract extensions this offseason. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Seattle’s Russell Wilson could also be in line for new deals sooner than later. It’s not out of the question that Garoppolo’s deal will be surpassed multiple times before this offseason comes to a close.

    In the meantime, the Niners have put themselves in an ideal position. While we don’t yet know how Garoppolo’s contract breaks down, the Niners have well over $100 million in salary-cap space. If they wanted, they could easily put a huge cap number on Garoppolo in the first year of this deal and still not have it affect their ability to build around him.

    With the stability the Niners now have at head coach (Shanahan), general manager (John Lynch) and quarterback (Garoppolo), they are also now a more attractive destination for top free agents.”

  42. robNo Gravatar says:

    I think BULLIT is right , we should be able to find a good CB in free agency ! hey, btw what’s up with Vontae Davis ?

  43. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    “I don’t like it either but our constitution gives them the right to do so.”

    Winder, that’s absolutely wrong. If you’re referring to the first amendment it only prohibits government restriction of private speech. The Constitution is all about restrictions on the government, not citizens.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    Now the Olympics are tainted with all the Shit7torm wannabes and everyone can thank Goodell and the NFL for it. No one should tolerate it, especially when paying for the privilege.

    How are you going to feel when you take the visiting in-laws to a nice restaurant and the maitre d recites to you his list of grievances and his hatred of the USA before seating you, the waiter repeats with his version before taking your order and then the server follows suit along with every other staff person you encounter? Nice evening, huh? Well it likely won’t happen because private employers CAN put a stop to it AND it being bad for business they DO so without a inkling of remorse or putting themselves even remotely in danger of violating the Constitution.

  44. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    In the Salary Cap Era, EVERY starting quarterback is a gamble. If you get it wrong, you’re screwed for a half decade at least. But if you never take the gamble, you are also screwed. Just because the Garoppolo deal *could* blow up in our faces in any number of ways does not mean we should not take the risk. You can do every single thing in life right, make the best choices possible, and still lose. That is just life. But it beats the Hell out of never taking a chance, laying down and waiting to die.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I have a sleeper DT similar to your guy Poona Ford –
    Thought Poona was a tad too short but, Aaron Donald is no giant either.

    Here’s a guy I was hoping to see in Indy but he didn’t get there.
    Like Poona, he could be the type of late RD pick up that could get a shot –

    Bruce Hector, DT, South Florida Height: 6-2 Weight: 296 40-Time: 5.05
    43 90 28.0 18.0

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we got another wasted draft pick.

    “Reuben Foster arrested in domestic violence case. Foster was also booked on suspicion of possessing an assault rifle.”

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully not true about Foster but 2 arrests in 2 months?
    Looking like Aldon Smith 2.0.

    Get him some help and give him a very short leash. The talent is there
    but his character is very questionable.

    this could change the draft dynamic where they draft the Georgia MLB Roquan Smith with their first pick provided they win the coin flip as the Raiduhs also covet him.

  48. 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