Break on Through to the Other Side

One by one, segments of the 49ers’ roster are being packed with talent. Five years ago, there wasn’t one area that had depth or quality. This team has been rebuilt and will definitely be a contender every year for the foreseeable future. The dog days are over.

Is there a team in the league with a group of young safeties as deep as this year’s 49ers’ group? I doubt it. As good as our linebackers group? I doubt it. As deep as our wide receivers? Not many. As talented as our tight ends? No. In another year or so, the same will likely be true of our offensive line and our running backs. A solid year from Alex Smith, coupled with a year of growth by David Carr and Nate Davis, will make the team 3 deep at quarterback. The defensive line is solid, but needs new blood and the same holds true for the corner backs. But that’s it. Not a hole in the roster anywhere. Even our special teams return game is loading up with young, dynamic talent โ€” not old, last legs talent.

Being a contender, of course, is different from being a winner. But you must first establish yourself as a contender and maintain that status on a yearly basis, to have any chance of becoming a winner. Winning in the NFL is extremely hard and often elusive. The Patriots won three SBs in four years to begin this century, then never got another one even though the talent on their team improved measurably from those first three teams, to the point of dominance in 2007. The Colts could probably have gone to the SB last year undefeated, just as the Patriots did in 2007, and would still have emerged as the loser. Still, the only way to get one of those rings is to be in the playoffs each year and take your shot in the post-season crap shoot. No teams any more are throw down locks like the Packers, Steelers, and 49ers were in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

Some fans like to belittle other fans for being “content” to make the playoffs, sneering that they should only be aiming at SB victories. This, of course, is a ridiculous sentiment and is made only by dwits who set the bar at the highest level in order to afford themselves the most room to bash the 49ers and the fans who root for them, and still leave themselves plenty of room to complain should the 49ers do anything BUT win the big one.

There are currently only six, maybe seven franchises and their fans that can have that attitude: the Patriots, Colts, Chargers, Eagles, Cowboys, Vikings, and perhaps the Steelers. Why can these teams have that attitude? Because they have all been serious contenders for most of the last decade. Three of them have failed every year to even get to the SB (Chargers, Cowboys, Vikings), and the Eagles, despite four straight NFC Championship playoff games and eight years of appearing in the playoffs, got to the SB but once and barfed the deal.

This year the Eagles are retooling with a new QB, giving up on Donovan McNabb as a guy who can get to and win a SB, so they would probably settle for making the playoffs this year, as validation for the QB change. The Vikings are desperate. This might be their last year to get there. Their window is propped open by an old man who could crap out at any time. Some say he’s crapped out three years in a row, but at least it was a spectacular crap out, even quite enjoyable if you have a loathing for this old fart who has managed to be a thorn in the 49ers hide for the past 15 years.

The Cowboys are similarly desperate, having acquired a playoff choker label over the last five seasons. One more gag effort this year might cause Jerry Jones’ head to explode, which occurrence he would surely have the good business sense to televise live in a sold out stadium. Most certainly another crap out would send HC Wade Phillips to the never-get-an-HC-job-again unemployment window.

As for the Chargers, they have been laying playoff eggs for four straight seasons. One more could let the air out of the team for good. How many faces of anguish does Norv Turner have, anyway? Is one more kerplop the final splat to his HC career? Is there a final anguish face yet to be unveiled?

The 49ers have not been to the playoffs for seven years. It is time they returned. This is the year the 49ers launch their quest to become perennial contenders. They will have at least a five year window to get that elusive 6th ring. And if they draft well, the window could be open for the entire decade.

The team has thoughtfully provided the Outsider with a sneak preview of this year’s promotional video which launches their quest for the Golden Nugget. It is presented below.


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26 comments on “Break on Through to the Other Side
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- You should put in an application at the Gate for Kevin’s post. You never know. get yourself on the radar and let them know about this blog.
    It wouldn’t be mission impossible and you wouldn’t need the nabisco with their site!

  2. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Give that squirrel a contract and suit him up. He’d be an upgrade over M Rob that’s for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be interested to see how the team reacts to being the team to beat this year in the division. We’re expected and favored to win the West. Added pressure? Perhaps, but no excuses. Get the job done.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody got any thoughts on what’s going on with the Insider and Lynch not posting anything this past week. Only one feeble post the week before that, too. You’d think if the guy was in ICU or had croaked someone at the Chron would post some sort of Sorry Folks note. David White is supposed to be sharing the posting with Lynch, and he didn’t show up either. I’ve never seen a site just get abandoned like the Insider has been. Really weird.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I see this as your opportunity to pounce. Go get it young man!

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not getting the sense that the Chron gives a crap about the Insider blog or the Niners. Lynch doesn’t get paid to do it, IIRC, so maybe he’s just tired of the gig. I’m guessing he agreed to do it, after he got laid off by the Chron, just to keep his hat in the ring. Maybe he’s staging a Franklin type hold-out to at least get some sort of salary and nobody else is willing to do it for free. Yet. Just speculating. Very unprofessional of the Chron to just let it sit there and rot.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh …lynch even mentioned the golf tournament that’s going on right now in one of his posts ! i bet he’s watching it ! the funny part is they have some new guy over there and he’s not posting either ! maybe both of them are watching golf and trying to make a statement to the chron ? what if they hired that other guy to try to spur lynch on to pay more attention to the blog and it backfired ? and they both told the (cheapass )chron by what they’re doing now to take a hike !!! ???

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we should ask Sophrosyne what the “whispers” in the Chron locker room are saying.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Somewhere I heard he gets half the advertising dollars generated. I don’t know if that is correct. I know he is taking classes at SJ State and might have finals this week? Even with that you would think he would post a shorty just to keep us at bay.
    I was not joking about you applyng for the spot. You are a good writer.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder what classes he’s taking at SJ. Spelling and grammar? lol.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Sociology. I assume it is to help him be a better Democrat!
    Actually, Kevin is a good guy, just a bit confused.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is what I think of the government.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It didn’t copy and paste correctly. Tim Hawking does a song about the government set to the music of Candy Man. It says it all.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t know if you caught the live chat a month or so ago which had Maiocco, Barrows, and Dan Brown on it. Lynch was part of it, too, but he logged in about ten minutes late and they started it without him. When he finally arrived, the other guys started calling him “Lynchie.” A friendly, but not very respectful term. Maiocco even asked Lynch if he had been detained on his flight from Mexico – giving the possible implication that Lynch was a well-known stoner hauling back some contraband. Pretty amusing stuff.

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    whispers over at the chron … LOL !
    speaking of soph , she hasn’t checked in lately either !
    i guess she’s busy with school or she’s off for the summer and trying to get away …

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    berger ,dennis and all
    i put this over on the gate but in case you didn’t see it …
    someone stole my cell with all my numbers in it ! i’m bummed because it had all the numbers from my insider contacts in it !
    you guys should call or e-mail me with your numbers ๐Ÿ™‚ !
    anyone here who hasn’t talked to me outside of the blogs can too !
    my e-mail is
    my nummber is

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs , i’m betting lynch is very well liked by the other guys and is someone they have a lot of fun with !
    hey maybe he even hooks em’ up when they all hang out together !
    he’s well regarded imo
    check out our hero in this vid ..

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t question Lynch’s football acumen, which is probably much greater than mine. I judge him as a journalist, though, and in that capacity he is sorely lacking.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I guess as long as we have Skeebs hanging in trees we can wait for Kevin!

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t think old Thnkbg was expecting to get ambushed when he squatted down for the usual grunts today. Hahaha. Fun and games.

  21. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs , you probably know this but …
    with your writing skillz you should go to any small publications in your are and try to get a part time gig ! my brother who is by no means a writer , got on with some rinky dink local by sending in things he wrote about the local train scene and other topics of interest to him ! the fun part is they gave him a ‘press pass’ that actually got him in to a few venues and events in the area !

    it might be fun to see just how far you could get !!!

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    good post again skeebs , i was going to post to V on the insider about some recent stuff in usa today and a few of the football preview mags ! one of them has what they call “a view from the other side ” where they ask anonymous sources (mostly from coaching staffs )from teams in the division to put their two cents in about the team !
    in the past they would say a few nice things about players like willis and what not and then some critical bits about this and that ! this time they raved about us and were saying things like …
    you know the 49ers will always be able to compete for a playoff spot because singletary does an excellent job of coaching !!

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I checked to see if you provoked V and noticed you didn’t. Not that it would matter. I clicked the “Ignore” option on him and never see a thing he blathers about anymore. I know exactly what I’m missing, too. It’s hilarious when he’s on a roll and putting up a lot of posts and they are all squashed into nothing.
    BTW, I see that Maiocco is going all in on the TV guy gig. He changed his avatar from “the photo my wife took” to a guy with a suit in a studio and a professional photographer and makeup girl.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco definitely has a face for radio!

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure he made the right career move here. He’s lost his readership in exchange for being on TV on a channel that nobody much watches. If that station thought he was going to drag in a whole new audience, I think they were mistaken.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have to disagree with on that one Skeebs. I read all his stuff but don’t want to sign on to the site to comment. I wouldn’t comment here if I had to sign in. I’m sure he is getting plenty of hits on his site. Plus I’m thinking he got a handsome raise? Wait until the TC starts, I think you’ll find him to be one of our best sources.

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 ยท 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 ยท 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 ยท 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 ยท 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 ยท 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