Bargain Hunting

The 2013 offseason has been a bit of a yawner so far. Not that we expected much more. When you have fourteen draft picks, it’s pretty obvious where the mustard will be squoozed this year. Getting Anquan Boldin for virtually nothing, and two high draft picks for Alex Smith was excellent work by GM Trent Baalke.

Summarizing the other FA transactions, the Glenn Dorsey signing was a solid move, also. He’s never lived up to his top 5 status in the 2008 draft, but is a solid player with stats similar to Ray McDonald. Ss a replacement for NT Isaac Sopoaga, Dorsey looks like a downgrade. But as a replacement for Ricky Jean-Francois, he might represent an upgrade, or at least a wash.

The latter view is supported by the voiced opinion of the 49er brass that Ian Williams is ready for brick wall duty. He’s been carried on the active roster for two years, despite rarely being activated for game days, so they certainly haven’t wanted to expose him to waivers or even the Practice Squad. Putting the success of the 2013 run stopping effort squarely on his shoulders butt isn’t going to make any of us fans sleep well through the summer, but we also slept fitfully in 2011 when the team let Abrayo Franklin walk away and replaced him with Sopoaga, and we know how well that turned out.

There’s pretty much no way to view the signing of FS Craig Dahl as a solution to anything, let alone filling the position vacated by Dashon Goldson. It’s possible Chris Culliver can move to FS and Dahl can mentor him, it’s possible we’ll sign a vet like Charles Woodson, and it’s possible we’ll draft a FS, but it is not possible that Dahl is the 2013 49er FS. Not if we hope to compete with Seattle. The 49ers also have Darcel McBath, Trenton Robinson, and ST standout CJ Spillman who can all play safety, and give us all about the same amount of excitement as Dahl — nano whoop-de-doos.

If we’re fretting about filling one or two holes, imagine how the Ravens fans are feeling — other than smug as hell about lucking away with the Lombardi this past year. Enjoy it, punks, you won’t sniff another one anytime soon. Their team has lost both safeties, three of their four LBs, and Boldin. Half their defense, gone with the wind.

It does seem clear that for the first time in nine years, the offense is the strength of the team. Whether the defense measures up will depend on how well Baalke plays his draft cards. And for that, we’ve got another month to drum our fingers and speculate.

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42 comments on “Bargain Hunting
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Ravens are the Florida Marlins of the NFL.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our defense took a McBath too. Maybe not as bad as the Ravens did, but we have definitely downgraded our defense.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Levine Toilolo had a good Pro Day
    running in the 4.7s.
    Take him in the 5th round and you might have a Jimmy Graham type TE
    He started ahead of Fleener until he injured his knee.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Toilolo was often a go to guy at Stanford.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was thinking Fauria from UCLA as a late round TE pickup but I think Toilelo has better skills.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I had to chirp in this morning with the WOTD. But I will not be using it in a sentence. Today’s word is best used and illustrated as a video clip from an uproarious scene from a movie comedy. Roll the tape…

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In Reno, actually I think it is in Sparks, if you take I-80 and get off at Rock Blvd and go south, after a couple of blocks look to the left. You’ll see a building with a big ‘Del Mar’ on it, the next building says ‘Berger Building’!

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I suppose the next building is an IPA brewery that says, FREE BEER!

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So I see that Mark Duper is the early frontrunner for the Father of the Year Award. What do you give him for Father’s Day, a restraining order?
    “Puttin’ on the Hitz”
    Dressed up like an angry party pooper
    Beaten son now looks like Gary Cooper
    Super Duper!

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    And if it had WiFi I could drink and blog. Unca and I could talk politics all day!

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A Super Duper is a lure I used to use years ago to catch trout.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, the sign says “Free Beer Tomorrow”

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    I SAY free beer when we win the superbowl ! i offer anybody that calls me after we win our 6th superbowl one free beer !

  14. robNo Gravatar says:


    a few responses !

    1. ” we also slept fitfully in 2011 when the team let Abrayo Franklin walk away and replaced him with Sopoaga, and we know how well that turned out.”

    i for one had been pushing for sop at NT for quite some time !

    2.” There’s pretty much no way to view the signing of FS Craig Dahl as a solution to anything ”

    wrong , you answer your own querry a bit later …
    “Seattle. The 49ers also have Darcel McBath, Trenton Robinson, and ST standout CJ Spillman who can all play safety”

    imho dahl will be the main backup at both safety spots ahead of all of these ! not a bad move at all !

    more to come !

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    IMHO we might find filling the free safety spot easier than the NT spot sopoaga had ! i like dorsey in for RJF okay , but it’s a big reach imho to expect to fill sop’s spot with glenn !

    ” If we’re fretting about filling one or two holes, imagine how the Ravens fans are feeling — other than smug as hell about lucking away with the Lombardi this past year. Enjoy it, punks, you won’t sniff another one anytime soon ”


  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    OKAY , so here goes !
    round one … elam FS florida
    round two … jesse williams NT ala !

    ok not to bad imo !

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There is a sleeper at CB that Mike Mayock has given a first round grade if he checks out medically. Much like Star Lotulelei DJ has a heart condition
    from being injured in practice that put him in the ICU.
    He has great CB skills but his hurdle is medical.

    Might be worth looking at.

  18. robNo Gravatar says:


    A league source confirmed the team is battling the Chicago Bears for free agent defensive lineman Israel Idonije. The 32-year-old lineman started 11 games last season as a defensive end in Chicago’s 4-3 defense, finishing with 48 tackles and a solid 7 ½ sacks. was first to report the 49ers’ interest. Idonije had a half sack in a 32-7 loss to San Francisco this past season.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    HERE’S a bit BERGER will like

    “The team’s interest in linemen could signal more platooning along the defensive front than occurred in 2011 and 2012 when the starters – when healthy – played virtually every snap. The 49ers’ pass rush waned late in the season and into the playoffs”

    would explain the signing of dorsey.and the pursuit of idonije

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  21. robNo Gravatar says:

    former 49er anthony adams has retired …
    see him go out in style

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I used to email back and forth with Anthony Adams before he went to Chicago where the Bears shit. It was abouot the time he married his wife Andolika(sp).

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When somebody asks you a Q, if the answer is yes, simply reply, does a Bear shit in Chicago?

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How bout that new Pope Frank? He still shits in his litter box.

  25. robNo Gravatar says:

    what about that new pope !
    if you were a man and you had to pick a name … would it be francis ! omg ! lol

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    so you think he’ll take a lot of ribbing in the college of cardinals ?

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was thinking that a Catho must be a young boy and that is why it is called the Catho Lick religion? Makes one wonder how many Cathos Francis has licked to get to where he is?

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    JESUS CHRIST BERGER ! what tact , what decorum ! i see you’re a model of restraint !

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- I’m not the one molesting the kids. Then they try to protect each other. And we are supposed to be tactful? Not. I can’t say I have much respect for those hypocrites. But make sure you put your money in the dish, right?

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh BERGER , i was just thnkin there might be a catholic or two on the niner outsider ! most of them probably haven’t molested any kids lately ! well our elephant in the china shop , got the names of any good beers i should try ?
    i just found two good places to try up in st. pete ! one is called crumms and one is a world of beer !

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    i think barrows says we’re interested in this kid ! could we like him as a FS ? I HOPE he lasts until round three !

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    David Amerson*, CB, N.C. State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2013): 2-3.
    1/31/13: Amerson had a good 40 time at the Combine to help his stock. It was needed as there were speed concerns surrounding him. It wouldn’t be surprising if he rises leading up the draft as teams begin to feel that his flaws are correctable.

    Amerson probably should’ve returned to school following a disappointing junior season, but he entered the 2013 NFL Draft instead. The real problem for Amerson in 2012 was that he was often caught gambling with his coverage and, consequently, gave up a number of scores. Amerson was very vulnerable to double moves. His stock has fallen dramatically since this time last year.

    Amerson had a rough first week of the season as he was beaten for a 41-yard touchdown and a 72-yard touchdown by Tennessee’s dangerous passing attack. The junior recovered from those two early mistakes and played better for the rest of the game.

    Amerson performed awfully versus Miami as he was beaten for two touchdowns in man coverage. Amerson had snagged interceptions in three straight games prior to that against the Citadel, South Alabama and Connecticut. He totaled 61 tackles, five interceptions and 12 passes broken up in 2012.

    9/1/12: Amerson has a special skill set with size, speed and ball skills. He was simply phenomenal in 2011. Amerson totaled 13 interceptions to lead the nation. That set both school and ACC records since it was the second highest total in FBS history. He also had 59 tackles with five passes broken up. The All-American started nine games as a true freshman in 2010 and had zero interceptions with 57 tackles and a forced fumble.

    When the ball is in the air, Amerson is extremely aggressive. He looks like a natural wide receiver with his hands and body control. Meanwhile, his innate ball skills are extremely rare.

    Amerson played some safety in high school and should be able to play the position in the NFL if a team wants to move him there. That may be considered if he fills out his frame and gets bigger as he ages.

    Teams will avoid throwing in Amerson’s direction this season, so it will be hard for him to lead the nation in interceptions again. If he plays well in his best matchups against talented receivers (Tennessee and Clemson) that should help offset the drop in interceptions.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ruthless Rye by Sierra Nevada. It is 6.6% ABV, very bitter and a bit hoppy. I doubt you have Icky there but if you do try some. The actual name Ichthyosaurus Pale Ale by Great Basin Brewery. As always, for a lighter beer with a full taste try some 140 calorie, 4.7% Newcastle Brown. And don’t lick any Cathos along the way.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Your Amerson bio reminded me of Mike Rumph. That is not a compliment.

  35. robNo Gravatar says:

    how about this one in four …
    Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 208. Arm: 30 1/4. Hand: 9 1/4.
    40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2013): 2-4.
    3/9/13: Thomas led the nation with eight interceptions in 2012. He had three picks against Colorado, returning two of them for touchdowns. Thomas also recorded 82 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up and four forced fumbles. He really put himself on the map with his big plays and made up for lost time.

    Thomas played well at the Senior Bowl, which helped his draft standing, but he was underwhelming at the Combine. Thomas took a medical redshirt in 2011 and missed the entire season after breaking a leg and dislocating an ankle three days before the first game. He had 64 tackles and three interceptions in 2010

    i’m not so sure we like him because baalke likes picking kids who do well at the combine with big measurables ! i think he sounds like he’d be worth looking at with one of our 4th rd. picks !

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER i thought you were going to say amerson reminded you of ahmed plummer ! what worries you most about him ?

    oh , newcastle brown is a damm good beer , i like it a lot !

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    if you get a chance i just tried one called SAM ADAMS DARK DEPTHS ! awesome beer !

    my all-time favs include tucher dunkel heffeweisse , heineken dark , guiness draft , kostritser swartzbier , hopf dunkel , youngs oatmeal stout and that sam adams dark depths !

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Plummer never got fooled on a double move because he always payed it safe, too safe for my liking. Rumph bit on a lot of double moves.
    Sam Adams has a lot of really good beers. I’m not a fan of Oatmeal Stout.

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER i don’t like many oatmeal stouts in the craft beers either , but youngs is from england and it’s really good ! it’s not easy to find but give it a try if you get a chance !

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Michael Bennett the DL that Petey and Seahags “stole” from the Bucs has a torn rotator cuff and is not the bargain he appeared to be.
    It all depends if he’ll play in 2013 as he’s on a one year contract.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Red Hook has an oatmeal stout that surprised me. Good stuff.

  42. 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