Bowling For Dollars

The Senior Bowl is being played this weekend in Mobile, Alabama, serving as a sort of unofficial launching of the 2011 NFL Draft process. NFL coaches, GMs, scouts, and beat writers will be there all week to watch the practices and the game itself, getting an up close look at players they might want to draft in April.

49er GM Trent Baalke is attending the game, along with the Niner scouts. But Jim Harbaugh is not, choosing to stay home and concentrate on up to snuffing himself on the players he will be coaching this coming year and introducing the page that his new set of coaches must all get onto in order to be synced up with him.

This choice is perfectly understandable, but since it was a choice, it also became the first opportunity for Harbaugh’s leadership to be hauled into question by the hungry blogomob that always knows what a coach should and shouldn’t do. By not attending, the Niners’ Draft clearly became the sole responsibility of Baalke, who has yet to generate as much fan applause as has Harbaugh.

There is no doubt that the Niners will draft a QB at some point in the April draft, and that Harbaugh will be the one who picks this QB. The rest of the draft, however, will be Baalke being Baalke. Last year, Baalke was presumed to be heavily influenced by Mike Singletary in choosing players, so this draft will provide a purer example of just how good or bad Baalke is going to be as the new GM.

In a side note, since all the college bowl games have been played, the Senior Bowl represents the first time that the college players can take money and gifts from the top of the table in plain sight, rather than under it in the Reggie Bush room. So this is an exciting week, if not for the players, then certainly for their kin and entourages. Many homes, cars, and babes will be dreamt of in the upcoming weeks and months.

Monday was Weigh In day at the Senior Bowl, a sort of mini-preview of the annual Combine show coming up later on. This is the first event where weight and height exaggerations are exposed to the harsh reality of scales. Several players who had been 6′ 4″ all year, were suddenly only 6′ 1″. And OLB prospects that were 250 pounders ended up being only 230 pounders. The rationale for lying all year about these measurements eludes me.

When I was growing up and not paying much, if any, attention to the NFL Draft, the Senior Bowl was known more as the North vs South game. This harmonized with the East vs West game, but it made the Blue vs Grey game a bit of a redundancy. Mercifully, for nerds bothered by such things, the Blue/Grey game went out of business in 2003.

The only game now missing from the roundness of things is an Up vs Down game. Perhaps Tim Tebow can get this game launched when his playing days are done. Unless DelMar Dennis launches it first and calls it the Over vs Under game. Or maybe I’ll launch it and just call it the Beetlejuice Game.



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6 comments on “Bowling For Dollars
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Singletary probably used the darna initiative to get what he wanted from Baalke. I’m sure Baalke and Harbaugh talked about how to handle personnel before Harbaugh was even hired. In any event, we’ll see how they do in April. I’m sure Harbaugh will have plenty of input.
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    I don’t wanna go, but I gotta go.

  2. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Devlin took a dump at the shrine game. Several actually. Tune in for the South Squad practices today – TCU’s Andy Dalton will be in the spotlight.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Franchise. Our roving ethernet scout is on the job.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m watching the morning practice session from Mobile. If I had to set an OVER/UNDER on the number of times I’ll hear the words “upside” and “next level” throughout the week, I’d put it at 1,816, 399 1/2. And that’s being conservative.
     
    “Joe Blow really has some upside, but the question remains if he can transfer that talent to the next level.” That’s kind of the reason I’m tuning in. I was hoping you could tell me that, Mr. Expert.

  5. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    You need to listen to “Down on the Upside” by Soundgarden, Dennis . . .

  6. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Dalton interview on NFL Network: 
     

    Q: Define yourself as a leader. 
     

    A: I’ve taken alot ownership of the team later on in my career. I understand what it takes to motivate different guys – everybody has something different, different ways that motivates them. So to understand my players, and understand what it takes to push them to the next level, that’s one thing that I’ve done a good job. 
     

    If this kid can hit the 40 yard square outs with zip during practice and gametime, Baalke is going to hand him a free ticket to 4949 Centennial before draft day. 
     

2021 Schedule
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26 · 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 · 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 · 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 · 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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

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