Bird Cage Liner

The 49ers are as quiet this week as they were noisy last week. Apparently, they are waiting for the shoes to drop and the dominoes to fall over at Stanford before Jim Harbaugh fills out the vacancies on his coaching staff.

Eight NFL franchises are still talking about the 2010 season, but everyone else has moved along to Mock Draft 2011. The college season ended Monday, but between now and April the value of a lot of its players will be moving up and down these mock boards like they were still out there playing games. It’s quite a phenomenon.

Serious drafnik fellows seem to love this time of year almost more than the actual football season. Some of them [hint: all Outsider readers] actually know what they are talking about, but most afficionados will just be parroting info picked from any one of the thousands of internet sites devoted to condensing a player into a one paragraph list of good points and bad points. Stuff like hip movement, leverage, initial burst, arm length, etc. will come pouring out of these plagiarist lips like they were speaking familiar English straight out of their own brain skulls.

My own method of dealing with this period is to listen and learn and wait till April before getting pumped up about it. So if any of you Outsiders want to regale us with draft info, feel free. You’ll get no smart ass remarks from me. Have at it.

Unless the Carolina Panthers repeat their dismal 2010 season next year, they will spend the next decade paying for their bad Luck. Some teams get the first choice when Peyton Manning is available, some when Alex Smith is available, and some when nobody is available. Houston had this fate a few years back, opting to pick Mario Williams over Reggie Bush. It was a good decision, but as good as Williams is and will be, he hasn’t turned that Texans defense into a powerhouse. In fact, they stink on that side of the ball and it’s keeping them from being a playoff team.

Meanwhile, there’s four games this weekend and I have little idea who I’m rooting against. I’d like to see the Steelers lose, so they don’t have a chance to stretch their SB victory lead on us. I’d like to see the Patriots lose because I love seeing Brady and Belichick die in public. I guess I’d like to see the Packers lose, too. Just because. But I’m a little stumped over the Seahawks and Bears. Part of me wants the Seahawks to get to the title game and piss off the NFL East. But part of me wants Pete Carroll to eat shit. I can’t remember ever rooting for the Bears, but this weekend might be a first.

Sorry for the boring column today. I’ll try to do better tomorrow. If I was a QB, I’d have been benched after two paragraphs. I hope Skeebette doesn’t log in today. She might tell me it’s time to do something meaningful with my life. I’d get huffy and point out that Monday’s dinner was a bit meh. Next thing you know, it’s one of those days with the sullen black clouds filling the house with surly silence. Or worse. Oh, oh. Here she comes. Better get this posted and hit the Boss button.

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10 comments on “Bird Cage Liner
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve creolized some thoughts today, kind of like what the 49er offense has been for the last 6 years. A little of this, a little of that. But never an identity for more than one season, sometimes, not even for a season.

  2. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t worry about it, Skeebers. Just tell Skeebette you’re using the off-season to stay in blogging shape and work on your fundamentals.
    Walter Football now has the Niners getting the Prince, Devlin, Robert Sands, Lawrence Guy and Dantay Moch in the first 4 rounds.
    Those guys all have tremendous ath-a-letic ability and huge upsides.
    (I tried to fit creolized in here and failed.)

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- That draft looks decent, even though I don’t know who Sands and Guy are! Moch will be a 2nd rounder after the combine.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Prince is the guy I’ve wanted since I first thought about the 2011 draft a couple onths ago. Big, tall, fast, can hit. Not spectacular in press coverage, but great recovery speed, and breaks very well on the ball.
    Lets hope his stock doesn’t go up too much. Peterson is dropping for some reason. I think because NFL teams think he’ll make a better FS . . .

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t find today’s column boring in the least. Although a good case could be made to have your journalism credentials revoked for using Peyton Manning and Alex Smith in the same sentence. And what the heck is the “Boss” button? I’ve never been too big on Springsteen, but I’m hip to Hugo.

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Pat Devlin in the 2nd round? No thank you. He checks down more than Alex. Next.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, the Boss button is the icon you hit to change your computer screen from naked babes to the work you should be doing when the boss comes strolling down the aisle in your direction.

  8. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    I think that’s the most likely draft scenario RT. As much as I’m personally smitten with a quarterback who can throw a 58 yard strike across his body with no time to set his feet, Harbaalke will prefer to dip into the mid-round pool of 9mm guns with higher football IQ.

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Because of the possibility of a lockout, draft speculation is even more moot than usual (mooter? does that classify as a WOTD?).
    Ceteris parabis, I’d draft Prince, throw the whole enchilada at Aso, and have a secondary for the first time in years.
    The Saints in 2008 were a very good team w/o a secondary. Three new starters and voila, SB Champs.
    Seattle tore them apart last weekend with Malcolm Jenkins out. Pass coverage really, really helps.
    Add Orton or McNabb, and take a chance on another youngster now that my guy Nate is gone, but…
    QB I’m actually going to try to avoid speculating on; I’ll leave that to Harbaugh.

  10. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    With Shaw being named the new HC at Stanford, I think it’s only a matter of time till Harbaugh names Roman and Fangio as his coordinators.

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