Behind the Scenes Behind the Scenes

Yesterday came and went without a lockout, but it may have closed the door on the 49er careers of Alex Smith and Abrayo Franklin. Neither of these players is expected to re-sign with the team.

The Niners indifference to giving Franklin a long term contract indicates either the team considers him replaceable or the dude just wants Dan Snyder money. Franklin is thirty or so, and this is his one and only chance to max out his bank account, so it’s hard to blame him for being a greedy, me-first, traitorous punk. Whoever signs him is likely to get a far less motivated player than the one who just had two stellar seasons by the Bay. Motivation and smarts were more Franklin’s assets here than blunt force trauma. With motivation dimmed, he’ll have to get by on smarts and that won’t be enough.

It’s doubtful the team thinks it can plug a draft pick into Franklin’s spot next year, so it will be interesting to see how they fill this hole in the D-line. Ricky Francois was moved to the nose during training camp last year, but that occurred under a regime that is no longer here. What the new regime thinks of Francois is yet to be determined.

It likely wasn’t their call, anyway. It was Trent Baalke’s. He’s the roster guy and he chose last year not to re-up Franklin, so we’ll see what Trent has in mind — as soon as the new CBA gets signed. For some reason, I expect Baalke to be proactive in free agency. He’s come across as very self-assured and even grimly enthusiastic about reshaping the roster he inherited from Scot McCloughan.

In fact, the whole new regime — Baalke, Jim Harbaugh, and Vic Fangio — gives off an eager confidence. Mike Singletary pulsed with an arrogant attitude, McCloughan with a timid cockiness, and Mike Nolan with a brisk military approach. But the new guys are eager and excited. I’ll buy that — for openers.

On the CBA front, the owners seem to have lost their war, so to speak. Judge Doty’s ruling wiped out two years of carefully plotted domination and exposed them as the bad guys in the room. If we were capable of imbuing these rich geeks with the savvy to conduct a plot within a plot within a plot, one could be tempted to opine that they got what they wanted: creating a big, hairy scare. Big enough to allow them to siphon a billion or two off the top of a new CBA, along with getting a rookie salary cap and probably an eighteen game season. The players are getting a status quo on the 59% money split, which the plot within the plot had tossed into the arena as being the central interest of the owners.

As you may surmise, I’ve been watching reruns of The X-Files, where nothing is ever what it seems to be. I’d rather just believe the owners are clueless dorks with too much money and too little cool. Big Brother smiles down on my simplistic desires. Go ahead, Big Guy. I’m having more fun than you. Ha ha ha.

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8 comments on “Behind the Scenes Behind the Scenes
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    With as much money as the owners have I would bet many are gastronomes. I’m pretty sure the players aren’t eating a lot of bad food by choice either. Just get this thing done.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That should have read “the players are only eating bad food by choice, either.”

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    gastronomes ? i’m a gourmand myself !

    here’s a repost for you guys …

    Phil Taylor dominated the North team’s supposed elite offensive line, beating double teams and wreaking havoc on the North’s quarterbacks. The NFL Network guys remarked that 335-pound players aren’t supposed to have Taylor’s moves. Taylor could sneak into the bottom of the first round.

    Christian Ponder was the consensus top quarterback at the Combine. He displayed great accuracy and adequate arm strength. He’s currently the favorite to be the third quarterback off the board this April Christian Ponder was named Senior Bowl MVP, going 7-of-13 for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He opened the game with a 49-yard completion to Leonard Hankerson, which was severely underthrown. Ponder’s first drive wasn’t very good, but he improved throughout the contest. He did a great job managing the game,
    Patrick Peterson has really shown how dominant of a punt returner he is this season. His speed and vision really speak volumes as a return man, but he’s also been a beast in run support and in coverage this season. He could go as high as the top three picks especially with the Detroit Lions in need of a cornerback.
    One of the top cornerback prospects to come along in a very long time, Patrick Peterson broke up 13 passes in 2009.

    Amukamara is still playing at a very high level and he looks like he’s in a battle with Peterson for the No. 1 corner spot.

    Brandon Harris is a baller – period. On tape, he produces and plays with the swagger and confidence you want to see out of a cornerback. He’s a missle in run support and shows the ability to take on a block. In coverage, receivers really struggle to separate and offensive coordinators have stopped calling plays his way this season.

    Harris broke up a whopping 15 passes last year and also had six TFL

    Fua has had an impressive season for the Cardinal doing a great job of holding up at the point of attack and taking on multiple blockers. He’s been disruptive and has right combination of bulk and strength teams are looking for in a 1-technique. He’s slowly rising up boards.

    i like these guys a lot !

    tomsula being at the combine makes me think we’ll go d-line pretty high this year !

    how about bringing in vince young to get a look ?

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    how about if we trade our first rd. pick in 2012 to get back into rd. one this year / i really like this draft , and our chances if we add the right players this yr. !!!

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    we tendered ray mac , goldson and lawson according to the insider !
    all good moves !

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, reported that here yesterday. We’re always ahead of the Insider, you should know that. Heck, everyone is always ahead of the Insider. They should rename that blog Yesterday’s Papers.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You could have used “Yesterday’s Papers” when visiting the daisies, Skeebs. Would have saved you a T-shirt.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    7-day extension agreed upon. No moves in the meantime.

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