Breaking News: Viewer Discretion Advised

We now temporarily interrupt the astute observations and cogent insights of the Outsider commenters to bring you an ever more sporadic and vacant new post.

As many of you have noticed, there is nothing happening and news is confined to trivial pursuits. Who’s working out, who’s not. Who’s been arrested. Who’s making a public display of charitable deeds. Who’s talking tough and who’s getting weak kneed. Stuff nobody would be noticing (or doing) if there was a normal OTA filled June underway.

Poor June. This fine little lady normally prances into view bearing sunshine, summer, weddings, graduations, and our beloved return to football. This year, however, she is limping onto the stage wearing rain gear and doing Rodney Dangerfield impressions. It’s enough to make a grown man weep.

Sniffle. Sniffle.

I guess you could say there is some significant 49er news, but it isn’t news some of our stalwart bloggers can absorb without violent and hysterical mixed emotions. There’s no getting around it, though, the hero of the 49ers’ off season is turning out to be none other than Alex Smith.

Since the lockout began in early March, Smith has taken it upon himself to organize, schedule, and finance team workouts and is now about to gather the entire offense for a series of mini-camps, designed to familiarize the players with the basics of Jim Harbaugh’s playbook. Wednesday, Smith was interviewed by Tim Kawakami, Dan Brown, and Matt Barrows. For those who have not yet read this interview, or depend on the less than reliable Coconut Internet Provider, here’s the link:

This announcement by Smith not only promises to provide some football news to famished Bay Area fans in the coming weeks, but even die hard anti-Smithers have to concede these mini-camps will give Harbaugh at least a fighting chance to succeed whenever the lockout finally ends. And the longer the lockout lasts, the more vital these camps will be.

Actually, it’s hard to fathom why anyone is against Smith’s return to the team in the first place. Surely, if he is as bad as some would describe him, he will be easily beaten out for the starting job by Colin Kaepernick or whichever QB Harbaugh acquires when the Free Agency/Trading period eventually occurs. Right? Ipso facto dohso. So his contributions on the leadership front now are simply an unexpected plus. We can all get behind that, can’t we? Come, let us reason together. When in the course of human events, . . .

Another 49er player making the news is the team’s enigmatic number one WR, Michael Crabtree. Crabs, as he is affectionately (perhaps … for now) known to Niner fans, has been in the Bay Area for a week or so, but has not seen fit to join his teammates for any workouts, or otherwise exhibit any camaraderie efforts whatsoever.

When it comes to wide receivers, game day production is far more important than a scintillating off field personality. Crabtree is entering a pivotal year in this equation, though. His game day production has been less than super duper thus far and another ho-hum, indifferent year in 2012 could bring the howling dogs of the blogosphere within fang’s range of his precious bodily ankles. Hopefully, we’ll soon learn he has been busy shopping for a home in the area and is moving here from that awful state of Texas so he can be all in with the red and gold, leaving this site chagrined at doubting him. That would be okay. Chagrin is much better than expletive deleted.

And that’s the up to the minute hour day week news. We now return to our regular programming.

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142 comments on “Breaking News: Viewer Discretion Advised
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree isn’t doing himself any favors.
    He has a chance to squash the “diva” attributed to him
    or to reinforce.

    It would be very bad for him not to show up when the rest of the offense does.
    I wonder if he still has that cockroach agent Eugene Parker/
    That guy just disappeared after Crabtree finally signed and never made a public comment on his failed holdout.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When Alex Smith was intestable, because he was only 3 years old, some fans were growing brain cells to hate him. They did not know what was happening at the time but it is now much clearer for some of us to see from the outside. It is a love hate relationship from within. They love to bring him in blog conversations, and they love to hate him by going out of the way to tell us how terrible he is. I think Alex’s purpose in life is to allow bloggers to never run out of confabulation.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think what Alex is doing to organize mini camps has sealed the fact he is coming back.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    From the last thread @PF: Manu Tuiasosospo, nose tackle on the 1984 super bowl team.

  5. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Ah Bergs you are being too kind in saying Alex is intestable because he was too young. Others will jump in and say he is intestable because he is a lunatic. Not that I agree with them mind you. But it will be a shock if he doesn’t return at this point. Funny how it seems to be working out, huh?

    Was it you who said ticket sales are actually running ahead of last year at this point? Wonder why that is??

  6. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Of course Grumpy, Tuiasosospo! How could I forget? Thanks. With Reynaldo out of action for a bit I guess I will have to blame the scotch for the memory problem.

    That was a real good team and it proved to me that BW was special and that we had a great future ahead of us. So many gifts we got from his leadership. I’m hoping BW’s final gift to us will prove to be his mentoring of Jim Harbaugh.

  7. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    It will be interesting to see how Crabtree works out in the JH regime.
    I could forgive the me-first attitude if coach can get this guy to reach his potential.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I like the anti-Smith talk. It keeps the blogs moving along. Those who don’t like him are entitled to their opinion. If we all agreed there would be nothing to talk about. Frankly, they could be right. I think he’ll do well this year but I wouldn’t guarantee it. At least I can say I’m glad he’s coming back and that should put me squarely on the anti’s hit list. This is good stuff. You gotta love Del, RT and NoFear, they are sticking to their guns. I just hope they prove to be wrong.
    Yeah, I find that ticket sales are up amazing. Maybe some are thinking this is an opportunity to get decent seats?

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Crabs has not had the benefit of a HC who knows game strategy. Sound familiar? We should get some answers this year to some offensive questions.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have always believed that the
    QB that gives you best chance of winning should start. That said instead of looking for a guy to fall on his face so you can use the “I told you so”, let’s get behind him for the bigger picture, the success of the team.
    With this stance I have been branded as an Alex Smith lover and apologist just because I choose to pile on.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I should have said I choose NOT to pile on.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- You are a brave man!

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with all of the anti-Smith boobirds is they like to take their shots but rarely offer alternatives. If they give alternatives it’s usually historical with we should’ve drafted Aaron Rodgers or Shaun Hill should never have been traded. However that’s all water under the bridge and without benefit of hindsight they are not willing to stick their necks out by offering names.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would also trade for Kolb for next year’s #2 and following year’s #3 picks or take a shot at Orton for a #2 pick.
    Contrary to a wide held belief I am not “all in” with A Smith but consider him the lesser of all evils now on the roster although technically he’s not. I would not expose CK to the NFL during a lockout. That’s a good way to shatter his confidence.

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    With my eagle eye, I noticed the QB rating is a wee bit under the overall Niner rating (reposted because my eagle eye had a tear in it from watching the Eagles-Niners game again and missed this new thread).
    Every year Adam Schein of puts together his grades of the 32 NFL organizations. Schein grades teams on a 1-10 scale based on owner, quarterback, head coach, front office, coaching staff, and intangibles, which includes facilities, fan support, and public relations. This year the 49ers find themselves in 24th place overall, which I figure is better described as ninth worst in the league. They were 25th last year and 23rd in 2009. In grading and describing the team, Schein said:

    Owner: 5
    Quarterback: 1
    Head Coach: 6
    Front office: 4
    Coaching staff: 7
    Intangibles: 5

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- That would seem very unlikely to me since we moved up in the 2nd round to get CK. Besides, I watched CK for 4 years up close here in Reno and think exposing him is not a big deal to him. It could hurt our offense for a while but it won’t hurt CK. He started as a freshman and has 4 years under his belt. The Pistol offense is closer to a pro offense than people who haven’t watched it know. It is not a gadget offense. CK has a way of just making plays out of nothing.
    I’d much rather have CK than Orton or Kolb. With CK it is star or bust, nothing in between. With Kolb it is all in between. No star, no bust, and we already have that with Alex. Some would say he is a bust but I think his coaches have been the busts. I would like to have a star and CK has a chance to be that.
    The funny thing about Orton is he was a clown in Chicago. He goes to Denver and has a coach that understands offense and suddenly he is in demand. Anybody who thinks a coach doesn’t make a difference for a QB isn’t looking at the whole equation, IMO.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- So who is the QB in this equation? The only QB under contract is Carr. My guess is that is the criteria for a 1 in that column.

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The QB was not named in the article (neither Alex NOR Carr). Since it was published today, I must believe he knows that guy is coming back.

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll take my shots at Alex, especially when his passes sail high or over the sideline. However, I strongly concur that there are NO alternatives this year. Between the limited QB class in this draft, and the damnable lockout, we have what we have – which is Alex. Kaep is nowhere near ready yet, and David Carr gets my vote for the antichrist. Or at least the worst QB in the NFL.

    It is going to be Alex in 2011, barring totally dramatic developments, and assuming there IS a 2011.

    I’m reminded of the old saying: “Who knows? Maybe the horse will learn to sing.” Harbaugh has his work cut out, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. And maybe Alex will learn to sing. I wouldn’t lay money down on it, but we can hope.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- You know what they say about assume. Obviously you are propagating since you don’t really know.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- We have enough Smiths on the team to form a barber shop quartet, “The Singing Smiths”!

  22. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, he gave Hasselbeck a 2 and Hasselbeck actually won a vital season ending game against the Rams. Then went on to thrash the defending Super Bowl Champions in the playoffs (something Alex will never be on the field for).

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Did I miss something? I did not see Hasselbeck mentioned. My guess he is not on the roster so he is not in the equation. How can you count a player who is a UFA? Where did you see he is in the equation?

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The owners and DeMoron Smith met yesterday in a “secret” meeting in Chicago without lawyers, except DeMoron. This can’t be bad, right?

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Schein gave Alex a 2 in 2010, unless you’re assuming that Schein was not talking about the named starter for the Niners.

    For 2011, Schein clearly noted he was ranking the Redskins without McNabb, and the Cards with Kolb for examples. It is widespread knowledge that Alex is coming back, so you can grasp straws as you wish.
    It’s only one man’s opinion, anyway.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So where does he say these ratings include Alex/49ers and Matt/Seahawks for 2011? Please show me. I’m not saying you are wrong, even though my opinion is you are, but I don’t want to assume.
    The only one who matters in the opinion front is Harbaugh and we know how he feels.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So with Singletary Schein gave A*** S**** a 2 rating. With Harbaugh, he now receives a grade of 1. But I thought it was all about the coaching. People say “poor A*** has never had any good coaching.” Which is a misnomer, btw. He had McCarthy, Turner and Martz. What did he learn? Are they poor teachers? What happened?
    I’ll tell ya what happened. All the teaching in the world goes out the window when a 300 lb lineman or a 250 lb LB comes running your way. Instincts take over. The playbook is now moot. The call in the huddle is now moot. Whether you’re running the SCO or WCO is now moot. It’s now time to make a play on your own. That, my friends, is where A*** S**** fails miserably. Coaching can’t help you once the ball has been snapped and chaos ensues. It’s time for the QB to step up and make things happen. Our quarterback, excuse me, your quarterback is incapable of making things happen. Palin and simple, A*** S*** doesn’t make (good) things happen.
    “Enjoy” him if and when this NFL year begins. I, however, will not watch. Will not cheer. Will not support. I’m done.

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Plain and simple.” I’m sure my buddies Berger and Rob enjoyed that typo. Palin in 2012!
    Talking about A*** S**** has upset me. I think I’ll go hit my annoying upstairs neighbor over the head with a 2×4. I think he’s both an A*** S**** fan AND a Democrat. I think I’ll hit him twice.

  29. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, they don’t specifically mention them as you know. I’ve pointed out 2 examples of obvious assumptions (based on current gossip) used by the author.
    I’ll be content to be right again with Alex, just like I was right last year when I wrote that he sucks and the Niners would never make the playoffs with him as the starting QB.
    Just like I was right in 2009, when I wrote that he sucks and the Niners would never make the playoffs with him as the starting QB.
    Remember you warning me not to argue with Sonoma, since he played QB in college? Have you seen any of his postings in the last six months telling me that I was right and he was wrong about Alex (the opposite for my guy Nate, who never got a chance to play).
    Sonoma, YOUR expert, has seen the light thanks in part to me.
    I have to wait and see, since Harbaugh has made his decision. It is a leap of faith – or an assumption – that the 22nd ranked QB in the league in 2009, 25th ranked in 2010 (I don’t count Futility Bowls at the end) is going to improve significantly in his 7th year with a new HC/OC in a new offense he doesn’t know.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Coming up on the 3rd at Belmont. #1 All About A***. 7/2 I wouldn’t bet ’em with your money.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The POS ran third out of a field of five. But the horse had to change jockeys at the 1/4 pole. “If only poor A*** would have some continuity…” If only.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, you’re right about Sonoma over on the Insider. He made some great points and analysis on A*** S****. I would have done the same, but I had to change keyboards in the middle of my post. “If only I had some continuity…”

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Look if they run an efficient offense everyone should look better.
    Facing 3rd and 2 is much easier than 3rd and 11
    A smart OC will call a game that makes the QB excel with what he does best

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And just what, if anything, does A*** S**** do best? Pray tell?

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m at work and can’t comment now. Keep rolling guys. I’ll catch up later.

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Just thinking about Alex on this years team makes my head hurt.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, winder. Good to see you again. If I do the FF thing again this year I’m going to add A*** S**** to the Puppy Killer on the list of players that will not receive any points. That’s how much my head hurts.
    So be forewarned fantasy football players. Do NOT draft A*** S****. I don’t even want to see his name associated in fantasy football.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I have great news: ESPN now has their FF rankings. A*** S**** is not rated 32nd like he is over at yahoo, he’s ranked 31st. Yahoo!

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I said the QB would have a better
    That’s still TBD.
    You guys are hand wringing on the unknown

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I love it! You guys are cracking me up! NoFear is even prepping to be wrong by going future defensive. You can’t beat this stuff.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Was it something I said? Where did everybody go?

  42. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, naw not you Bergs. It’s the topic. Alex, to be or not to be. What more is there to say? We all got our positions staked out. I’m playing it safe and saying let’s give him a chance under a good coach to redeem himself, the Yorks, the self-respect of the 49ers, etc.
    What would it take to convince the skeptics? Win the SuperBowl? The NFC West? Go 9-7? What? Never gonna happen?

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF you post you don’t count “futility bowl” stats for Smith. Unfortunately that’s not the way it works in the NFL as the other QBs stats are being counted regardless of situation.
    I see in your post you’re just making the point that you have been right the last 2 years about Smith.
    What you fail to mention is Smith only played in 11 games in 2010

  44. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers is a sly dog, no? The blog sets a new world (local maybe?) record for posts, mostly mindless drivel (but hey where else can our talents be appreciated?), wanders off into bad jokes with the occasional football reference, so old Skeebs yanks out the trusty Alex Smith dilemma in an heroic attempt to get us back on topic. And it works for a good 40 posts while the warriors pro and con whip out their newly sharpened blades of contempt, disgust, cynicism and irony to go mano-a-mano with those espousing tolerance, forgiveness, faith, hope, charity and a general sweet idealism. Like the master manipulator he must be, Skeebs, ignoring all catarrhs in his path, cleverly sets the stage for (I hope) a gigantic pratfall of the so-called haters OR the ultimate disgrace of the ridiculous believers in gridiron miracles (God forbid).

    Yep Bergs, the anti-Smith crowd makes it fun. It’s good there is an honorable opposition facing us. What more can you ask for in our endless quest for truth, justice, sainthood and personal salvation in gridiron terms? And is it not a fine thing that we can co-exist with our honorable opposition without death threats, insults, hate and other moronic tactics? Correct answer: Yes, it IS a fine thing, Coconuts.

    I believe it, I really do. Thank you Bergs and all you gentlemen and scholars! And GO Alex.

    (this scotch is just so-so, I better get a new supply of the good shit…okay heading down to the big city (pop: 4013) on Sunday)

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    PF, that’s the weird part. The topic really wasn’t about whether Smith is, isn’t, will, or won’t be a good QB. It was about him organizing offseason workouts and helping the players get familiar with Harbaugh’s playbook.
    It was beginning to look like the team would be so far behind the curve when the season finally begins that they would have no chance to compete. These workouts are critical for the team’s success this year, and have nothing to do with Smith’s value as a QB. Plus offseason workouts give us some actual football news in this barren year. 🙂
    But those topics got barely any discussion. If anyone else was organizing these workouts, everybody would be talking about how great it was. Maybe Del & RTF are right. We should not mention Alex’s name and just substitute the word “UQB” (unidentified quarterback) instead. I’ll give it a go in the future. See if it helps.
    Then again, maybe the arguments are more fun and more instructive. How else would I have learned what Fantasy football addicts think, as well as learning about a super scientific rating system invented by a writer at SI which conclusively proves that a UQB in SF has a value of 1 with Harbaugh and a value of 2 with Singletary?

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- If you put that fantasy info in your decollete I’m sure plenty of cleavage would still show. I had Alex and his 2 rating last year as one of my QBs and he scored plenty of points for me. The best news for Alex is NoFear is already setting his defense for him having a good year. Seems one anti is worried he is going to have a good year.

  47. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear is it possible the coach who shall not be mentioned simply parroted the company line and (foolishly) anointed the UQB with no competition whatsoever? That’s bad coaching right? I thought the crap flowed downhill? But no?

    Well the UQB’s efforts to help the team with the workouts is a good thing right? I don’t see Crabtree doing anything to help. Just helping his oversized ego fer chrisake…UQB may be crap on the field (we’ll see for sure soon by end of season) and he may simply be a reflection of dumbasses Singletary, Nolan, Raye et. al. who were substandard coaches all. Correct? How would you like to go into battle with crap commanders, captains, platoon leaders? Not a pleasant thought is it and could we blame you if the results were not good? NO we could not…
    I see the UQB as a pawn in a poorly managed squad, platoon and company in the past. Frankly this year I’ll be thrilled with 9-7 but I’ll be the first to eat crow if the UQB stinks it up personally. But I think he’ll be okay with good leadership.

  48. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, the coordinates of the palm tree are highly classified as a matter of national (not to mention personal) security. Besides the US wouldn’t send a strike force into a foreign country to eliminate a US citizen would it?

    Well maybe for a Raider fan.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF let me refresh your memory of last year. Do you not recall that A Smith was injured in the Carolina game? That’s a hell of a big difference from being benched.
    Does that ring a bell?

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Not to mention when he effectively said leadership from the MLB position is not the same as from the QB position, he might as well just said I won’t be playing here anymore. UQB throwing Sing under the bus was my favorite moment of the season. Nobody wanted to say anything, but UQB took charge to tell us the king had no clothes. The fact UQB even got on the field after that shows how bad Troy Smith was. But obviously UQB had enough of the fucked up Nolan coaching tree and just said fuck it, I’m saying what needs to be said.
    Just like how UQB is taking control now during the lockout. It will be interesting to see if UQB can ultimately survive the Nolan Coaching Tree(NCT). Just surviving the NCT should put one on a wall of fame somewhere. If you look at our drafts since Nolan planted his tree, it is a place where many get drafted and most fall into the Nolan abyss never be heard of again. Look at those drafts, they were mostly abysmal. Let us face it, Nolan sucked and he tree(legacy) is worse. Can UQB survive the NCT? I guarantee Aaron Rodgers is glad he was not influenced by the NCT. Really, when you look at our futility the last 6 years it all comes down to the NCT. He was in charge of the drafts and brought in Singletary.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NCT + SCO = UQB

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It doesn’t take an Einstein to see that equation is obvious once in print, but it takes a Skeebers to label it. Nice job.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers first mini-camp scheduled to kick off next Monday.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    With coach UQB running the show!

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- BTW, good call on Sonoma. I did notice.

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Is it the coaches fault that his balls get batted down at the LOS? No! It is the coaches fault that when the play breaks down his first instinct is to roll right and throw the ball OB? No! Is it the coaches fault that when hurried, his already tiny hands get even tinier and fumble the ball? No! Is it the coaches fault when he overthrows a 5 yd screen pass? No! Is it the coaches fault when the ball sails over the WRs head on a 12-yd out? No! Is it the coaches fault when the ball lands at the feet of the receiver on 15-yd button-hook? No! Is it the coaches fault…
    What am I saying? We’re talking about A*** S****. Of COURSE it’s the coaches fault. My bad. Carry on.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is the coaches fault when running the ball into the LOS creates constant 3rd and long situations. It is the coaches fault when the whole offense, let alone the QB, has to learn a new, and completely different, offensive system every year. It is the coaches fault when most of our FA and draft pick attention is on O-line and we can’t block. It is the coaches fault when they can’t get a play in on time and we have to burn all of our time outs. It is the coaches fault when 3rd and 6 is actually 3rd and short because of two running plays on 1st and 2nd down are typical. It is the coaches fault when the game is on the line, they finally pass, send all receivers are deep and nobody is open because they didn’t send somebody on a short pattern across the middle to either draw attention or just be open. It is the coaches fault when they play two gap defense and allow the other team to eat clock all day with the passing game limiting our opportunities. It is the coaches fault when they play shell defense and allow a short passing game to eat most of the clock limiting out opportunities. Oh wait, UQB called all those strategies. I forgot.
    Let us review. We can’t stop the pass because or CBs suck, we can’t pass rush because we have no pass rushers. We can’t block because we have bad O-linemen. Our receivers do not run good routes. Our special teams can’t get in the top half of the statistical realm. But the problem isn’t the coaches, no it is UQB. I got it.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You said you were done.
    Your posts indicate otherwise.

  59. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Futility Bowls do not count one iota towards the Super Bowl. Not one. The Saints, Vikings, Cowboys, Cards, Eagles, and Packers were not impacted in the slightest by the final Niner games against the Lambs and the Lions in 2009. Nor, for that matter, were any other teams in playoff contention at the time. Did I mention Alex’s 40 QBR, 3 first half INT game at Philly that DID count and eliminated the Niners from playoff contention? If not, I will do so now.

    The Super Bowl in the 2010 season was not affected by Alex’s 4-0 record in preseason games, the best in the league (even though Carr and my guy Nate led fourth quarter comebacks to win three of those).

    The Niners-Cards game finale in 2010 , held no meaning whatsoever to the Packers, Bears, Seahawks, Falcons, Eagles, and Saints, nor to the Giants, still in contention.

    They only meaning these games held was for draft position, with the LOSER taking the prize.

    Tell me how, please, any of those play-out-the-string games meant anything to the Super Bowl Hunt. You can’t, because they didn’t.

    I do not evaluate veteran players based on such fill-out-the-schedule-because-it’s required-by-law games unless they are returning from injury or there is some other mitigating factor to give a reason why otherwise useless games should be considered in making an evaluation.

    As far as coaching and the rest of the team, since the team went 3-3 in Shawn Hill’s starts in 2009, without Frank Gore, aka “Bell Cow”, in three of them and his first game back from injury in the other, and since the team went 3-3 in Troy Smith’s starts in 2010, it only stands to reason that they would have performed significantly better with proper coaching and superior players.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nate ws just arrested on DUI charges. Not Nate Davis, he couldn’t read the bottle to even know he was drinking a beer. No, it was Nate Montana, Joes son.

  61. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    My guy Nate could read the bottle, Reno. It’d be too much work, though. His coach and his brother would probably have to hold him down and tape his eyelids open.
    Nate Montana could be the stud in the 2015 draft. He’s what, 19?

  62. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Nick, of couse. Nate is the “other” son. (Note to self: read before you post!)

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF Nate Montana washed out at Notre Dame and transferred to of all places Univ of Montana.
    He has too much jennifer in him.
    Nick Montana might be the stud.
    He’s 19 and at Univ of Washington
    Nate might be 21 or 22 now as he left ND once already to go to a JC

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- He’s 21. He couldn’t play at Notre Dame and was scrutinized for being at a party with a lot of drinkng while he was underaged. So he transfered to Montana and is treying to reak the starting line-up. I think you are talking about the one at Washington. I heard he is supposed to be pretty good.

  65. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, I just got the names confused. Nick was a redshirt freshman this year who was much more highly touted than Nate (maybe because Nate already has a reputation, I don’t know).
    That doesn’t mean much, really. We’ll see in 3-4 years if he’s Peyton or Eli (or Heinrich, Archie’s unknown basket weaver son).

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I started writing and before I could finish the FedEx truck pulls up. My friend from NY sent Maryland crab cakes. Yum. Well, when I got back to the keyboard, finished and hit send, you and bullit were already all over it. Sorry for the redundancy.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF I will never root for a team that deliberately throws a game as you’re suggesting with your “futility bowl”.
    You simplify the game too much.
    You think players have an on/off switch? There is such a thing as ethics and professional integrity.
    Because people pay good hard earned dollars to see a game they should get maximum effort out of everyone on the field.
    If it ever looked like one team was throwing the game that would ruin the NFL.

  68. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, find me where I said that teams would deliberately throw games (though you might read up on the reasons for the NBA Lottery if you are so naive as to think that it never happens in professional sports).
    I have noted the difference in level of competition between games played for championships and games played out of league requirements.
    If you do not understand the fundamental aspects of competition that would make these games different, I cannot help you.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF Now your talking like a politician I’m not going play this game with you as it’s clear
    what you wrote. Talk about cherry picking stats.

    Why are you avoiding SF Gate Insider?
    Somebody is waiting for your comment over there. Try to give him a straight answer.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF A Smith started the Carolina and was hurt. He did not play again until Dec.
    We are talking his statistics here
    and all I did was point out he only played in 11 games.
    I would say that it takes at least 4 weeks for a sprained shoulder to heal. He missed 5 games. Was he well enough to start? Do you know? This is a very petty argument

  71. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a lot of good history and arguments made on both sides of these debates. A lot of it before I got here so I dunno (Eagles game for example). The UQB dilemma has riled fans forever- before Nolan and after Garcia. Sadly it won’t be resolved here by us but it’s fun and actually educational to hear the many informed opinions. We don’t get much of that out here in the palm trees otherwise.
    The only way this gets resolved is a lotta wins or a lotta losses on the field. It will all be clear then and the pro and anti UQB forces will gladly eat the necessary kilos of crow. Long suffering 9er fans deserve to see a well coached, well led team from top to bottom. Long time no see! If the UQB steps up and delivers, great. If he doesn’t then coach will make the right decision and we’ll get CK or whomever. My point is it will only be decided on the field but it is great fun discussing all this here.
    Off to the big city for shopping and to lay in a supply of the good stuff (early morning over here) Cheers

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Your arguments are worn out. Saying Martz didn’t want to play Alex is a classic tornado of bullshit. He had just come off of surgery, never fully healed and was on the IR the entire year. Martz could not have played him, as he was unavailable. Save that propaganda for the Afghans. They might believe it. I’m sure RT and Del will.
    Alex told the world a MLB does not know leadership from a QB perspective, and he still played eventually even though Sings head was exploding. Alex knew he wasn’t going to play after that comment, but he had too because he was the only decent QB we had. Sing had to give in.
    Your point that Alex had McCarthy, Turner, Hostler and Martz is exactly my point. He them in 4 years. Four different OCs and 4 distinctly different systems in 4 years. Wow. Has that ever happened before the genius of Mike Nolan? Thanks for helping prove my point.
    Did you like how I stole one of your classic lines? If you keep coming up with good lines I’ll keep using them. You write pretty good stuff at times.

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    209/357 for 2,472 yds with 15 TDs and 11 INTs. That’s ESPN’s FF projection for your San Francisco Forty Niner quarterback. That projection tells me one of two things; 1 – ESPN projects that A*** S**** would even finish the season (like previous ones) due to injury. OR, 2 – most likely, A*** S**** will get replaced at some point during the season by a backup (once again) because of lack of performance (once again).
    (once again) Need I tell you (once again), that A*** S**** stinks on ice? Please (once again) give me another excuse that’ll drive me to drink (once again) talking about A*** S****. Not that I’ll need one.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Just don’t drink and drive. BTW, how did that BBQ for the UQB go? If you are going to drive to drink come on over and bring NoFear. I’ve got a fridge full of Sam Adams, Miller High Life and Sierra Nevada Glissade! I think I’ll grab my 1st beer(Glissade) now.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- It is my wife’s B-Day. She would love it if you called and wished her a happy one.

  76. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, where did I write what you said I wrote.

    “I’m not going play (sic) this game with you…”

    What game won’t you play? Writing “RTF I will never root for a team that deliberately throws a game as you’re suggesting” and then actually showing my post where that is true?

    Stop with the nonsense of lying about what I wrote. If you won’t “play this game”, if you choose instead to make ridiculous, unfounded accusations against me, then admit you’re making ridiculous, unfounded accusations against me. Stop with the nonsense.

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    All the 49er QBs have been yanked in and out of the line up since 2005, not just UQB. He’s the only one to play a whole season, actually. The reason is the HCs need someone to blame for why their team is failing. It’s a time honored scheme and a lot of fans fall for it. The HCs eventually get fired anyway, but they buy a little extra time before it’s obvious that it’s the HC that’s the one failing.

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, my very good and dear friend, you need to stick to the DL. Each and every time you utter even a single hint of praise in the direction of one A*** S**** makes you sound more and more like a Democrat.
    You keep heaping praise on A*** Smith, and I’m gonna start to call you Berger Dukakis. Harry (Reid) up Berger, tell me some more good things about A*** S****. Barbara Boxwhore and Nancy Peloser wanna buy his #11 jersey as well.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF Your premise is all BS
    You can’t judge players cherry picking stats
    When Brady threw 50 TDs did he need them all? Let’s take away 20 of them because the games were against eliminated teams.
    Sorry I don’t buy your BS

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF You have remembered incorrectly. It happens.
    After the Denver Game it was reported Smith had a seperated shoulder and Adam Achefter of ESPN reported he was out for an additional 2-3 weeks.
    So I hoped your memory is “jogged”

  81. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ouch! That does hurt. Call me anything but don’t call me a Democrat. It is the worst thing anybody can be called. I’ll come up with an equalizer. Just give me a little time.
    Thanks for calling my wife. She loved it and loves you. So do I. But fuck you for calling me a Democrat.

  82. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A*** S****’s career record as a starter for your 49ers – 19-31. Shaun Hill – 10-6. They both played under the same coaches and conditions. Which guy did we trade away again?

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bob hope knew about Democrats.

  84. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You are full of BS, Bullit. You lie about what I wrote (misrepresent, to be kind), then dodge and weave because you can’t defend your statement.

    You call what I write BS because you cannot come up with an intelligent argument. BS is not any argument at all – it is insult and contradiction.

    Were the Patriots playing while alive for the playoffs at the time of those 20 TDs? I think so. Then the games count towards the playoffs, and the level of competition will be higher, in general. It is the nature of competition. You see, it’s simple.

  85. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess we can’t count any of Hill’s stats for 2007 and 2008 then.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually we had three OCs who knew what they were doing. McCarthy, Turner and Martz. Alex played for McCarthy in his rookie year with possibly the worst O-line ever. What did we use that year, 4 QBs? Year two was decent under Turner. It hurt when he left. Alex did not play under Martz. Martz did have a good sense of strategy and I was impressed how Hill ran the offense. I always thought Hill was a good QB but had funky mechanics. Detroit fixed those mechanics and he is now a really good QB. If you asked me to choose between Hill and Alex I would take Hill with the new improved(after he left SF) mechanics. I don’t know how Alex would have done with Martz but I do know Hill did poorly with Raye. He ended up getting replaced by Alex who still didn’t have full shoulder strength.

  87. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, that’s the penalty you get for supporting A*** S****. Tell Linda I love her but if she starts to support A*** S**** like you, I’ll have to direct my love toward the “twisted sisters” up the road. I don’t wanna have to do it, but they’re the lesser of two evils when the other alternative is A*** S****
    Happy Birthday Linda. Let her know she also shares a birthday with one of the funniest guys in show biz, and a guy I’ve patterned my humor from, Chuck Barris. Chuck is 82-years-old today.

  88. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And it goes without saying, A*** S**** needs to get GONGED!

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I pattern my humor after NoFear and even steal his material!

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF did you not write this
    “though you might read up on the reasons for the NBA Lottery if you are so naive as to think that it never happens in professional sports” and now you’re indignant?
    Pure BS and stupid concept to start evaluating stats like that.
    The only stats that don’t count are for the preseason.
    Get it? Got it? Good!

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Democrats, where’s Unca? Maybe Bob Hope got a hold of him. Or maybe he is having an affair with Sarah Palin? Maybe they are just having a tea party?

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF Is this what it’s going to be?
    Petty pissing contests all the time?
    “Associated Press
    Published: Nov. 16, 2010 at 09:39 a.m. Singletary said Monday that Smith will remain the team’s starting quarterback this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers even though Alex Smith is healthy and cleared to play for the first time since separating his left shoulder Oct. 24.”

    Key words being first time cleared to play
    and seperated shoulder.

    This is not worth the time to argue but your contention is false and you are incorrect by minimizing the injury.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- The reason I posted your SFGate post was because I was curious as to what advice you gave. I then followed that up by telling you why, IMO, you never give advice. I’m trying to be fair here, except the “humor mentor” part, that was a friendly jab. I should have added that you never give advice because then you would be subject to scrutiny. You would rather be the teflon scrutinizer. I doubt you ever gave any advice except in hind sight. Your answer was to call me a dumb ass and a dumb fuck. I’ll go with that as your answer.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF if I’m irritating then here’s more. I looked at the evolution of our topic and it started with you contending that A Smith was benched twice and replaced by the 3rd string QB. You also pointed ou that A Smith could’ve played in the Denver game and wasn’t really hurt.Then it evolved to it was not his throwing shoulder that got seperated.
    All I’m saying is #1 he was hurt and I have found evidence he projected to miss 4 weeks.
    You are echoing Nolan in 2007 when he said Smith was fine and fit to play.
    #2 Troy Smith was always the defacto backup QB. The proof was
    in Singletary’s actions when Carr never saw the field again after Carolina.
    There is no reasoning with you because your bias overwhelmingly clouds your judgement here so this is a big waste of time.

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF By the way Berger is correct.
    You never stick your neck out by offering a solution.
    Your contention that the Niners would be better off starting ANY journeyman QB and they would be better is laughable.
    Take Derek Anderson for example.
    His QB ratings for the last 3 years have been 65.9, 42.1 and 66.5. or Brady Quinn and his 66.8 career QB rating. Let’s put David Carr in.Let’s bring in JaMarcus Russell cuz he’s in great demand.
    Do you seriously think these guys are upgrades?
    THat’s what you get for not being specific and naming names. You allow me to fill in the blanks
    and shoot down your failed statement.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- The anti UQB crowd is good at foisting a statistic out of context on us. You and I are just seeing it as it is. We are both rooting for Alex to do good in light of what he has been through but we know he hasn’t sold us that he is the guy. I think the difference is he hasn’t sold us that he isn’t the guy either. With the antis, they are sold he is not the guy. What is funny is what they are really trying to tell us they know more than Harbaugh. We’ll find out soon.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT,NoFear- About Sonoma,who you guys brought up. He complained vehemently a year or two ago that his QB career was ruined by a bad coach. Now with Alex he is saying a QB is a QB no matter the coach. I guess it is whatever fits the debate. I use to think he knew what he is talking about, now I’m not sure what he is saying since he is talking out both sides. In his case coaching matters, in others it doesn’t.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF your “futility bowl” stats have one humungous gaping flaw.
    All games in the NFL schedule are relevant. You claim some are not.
    Playoff tiebreakers come down to strength of schedule as one of the tiebreakers. That can determine the seedings, who has home field advantage and possibly eliminate a team from the playoffs.
    So much for your failed concept.
    Is this argument clear enough and intelligent enough for you?

  99. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, backed into a pedantic corner again defending Alex Smith?

    Futility Bowl games are end-of-season-play-out-the-string games that have 0 meaning towards the playoffs FOR THE TEAMS ACTUALLY PLAYING THE GAMES – happy for the MEANINGLESS clarification?
    Meaningless, in my context of meaning something/anything towards the playoffs, AS I HAVE STATED MANY TIMES. Tell me how the

    Non sequiturs (both of the following examples qualify), outright fabrications (my player evaluation posts becoming a generalized statement that teams throw games – not the Houston Rockets exception I specifically pointed out as you stated a generalization, deflection tactics (what does the Insider have to do with Skeeber’s blog, and why do you want me to respond to your “Jerry Rice was Considered a Failure on his Way to Being Voted 1985 UPI NFC Rookie of the Year” post again? It was nonsense the first time).

    Since you insist on being an argumentive, inaccurate troll on here just as you are on the Insider, I will ignore you just as I do there (with that one exception that screamed for a response LOL). Go argue with V again and tell him how you need bad owners, bad coaches and bad QBs to win. That’s your troll MO, is it not?

  100. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Strike the “Tell me how the”.
    Bad edit job.

  101. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    When the first few games of the season get wiped out by the lockout, I can already hear the new excuses coming…”A*** would have won those games. Those were gonna be some “easy” games for A*** and the Niners. It’s not fair that A*** only gets to start when the schedule gets “tougher.” If only. If only…”
    Personally, the lockout can go on for the entire year for all I care. No football is better than A*** S**** football.

  102. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just to change the subject for a moment, why the hell haven’t the 49ers still said what type of surgery was performed on Kaepernick’s leg? Why won’t they tell us? Why won’t Kaepernick tell us?
    Nothing but more bullshit coming from this horseshit of an organization. And people wonder why the Niners haven’t had a winning season since 2002. Mickey Fucking Mouse.

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Thanks, I might use that. Give me some more ammo! LOL

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RTF How do you explain things to
    a moron troll such as yourself who doesn’t listen?
    Stay tuned

  105. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Dennis, why tell anyone what an injury is if you don’t have to? Belichick hides injuries all the time, even tho’ he’s not supposed to. Your Pats don’t seem to be a horseshit org. To you, anyway.

  106. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Apples and oranges, Skeebers. The Pats are trying to gain a competitive advantage withholding their injuries on game day. What advantage are the Niners gaining by not revealing the exact injury? So the old lady at Safeway doesn’t bang into Kaepernick’s leg with her shopping cart? Mickey Fucking Mouse.

  107. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And WTF aren’t guys like Barrows and Maiocco pressing for this information? I’ll tell ya why. Because the Niners foist upon them with non and disinformation at their behest and tell those little pussies if they want to keep their little kiss-ass jobs they’ll take it and like it. Pussies.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis CK has not even signed a contract. It shows me a lot that he’s practicing.
    Officially he has no contact with the Niners and is not under contract so how can the Niners release a statement on his condition and violate his privacy?

    The two guys that impact the team
    that I am curious about are Gore and Heitmann. Their health will determine how this season goes.

    You are barking up the proverbial wrong tree here.

  109. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Because Kaepernick doesn’t have a contract the Niners can’t say anything? A*** S**** doesn’t have a contract and Harbaugh and the Niners are sleeping, making and giving his bed turndown service on a daily basis. Bullit, what paper do you cover the Niners for? You’re a bigger toady than Barrows and Maiocco.

  110. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And Gore and Heitmann will NOT determine how this season goes. It’s ALL about the quarterback. Always has been, always will. Wake me when the Niners finally find one.

  111. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Ok back to the soothsayers den for a minute, or is this the Mud Bowl? I don’t believe I’ve ever seen so many prophets and oracles gathered together in one place before. Not to mention the character analysis and finger pointing…but hey this is good fun stuff, no?
    Rather than try to foist my dim vision of the unknowable future and fate of the 49ers off on you, never mind my hopes, fears and cogent analysis (worth 6 pesos), I come here to report briefly that 4 bottles of the good stuff were successfully acquired down in the big city today. Oh and the wife got 34 used books to enjoy up here in the mountains.

    Carry on then

  112. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You’re among the idiots that are getting all bent out of shape over Alex Smith. I’ll take this as an admission on your part that he has the talent to win a starting job.
    See I think it’s too early to call
    and there’s a ton of variables and unknowns out there.
    If you want to act like chickin Little, knock yourself out.
    Have you heard or read that Harbaugh has definitively proclaimed Alex Smith his atarting QB?
    Your panties are all in a twist now? You lose a discussion and resort to namecalling and intimidation? Bring it and I’ll feed you some used kitty litter
    cuz you’re not good enough for anything else.
    I’m just returning fire Goober.

  113. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    LOL sounding more like the Comical Insider here every day.

    Let’s all join hands around the fire and sing Kumbaya, Boys.

    Everyone except V, of course. Eff him. He’s roasting over that effing fire.

    “Someone’s laughing, Lord, kum bay ya;”

    Oh yeah. That would be Grumpy…


  114. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    More tea leaf reading on Alex:

    Analyzing what Alex Smith is really saying

    By Craig Massei publisher
    Posted Jun 2, 2011

    Alex Smith has a way with words, and he was gushing forth with them this week after an impromptu workout with teammates, one of several Smith has organized during the NFL lockout. Smith is all honesty when he speaks, but he also manages to stay politically correct. He’s too nice a guy and too smart an individual to overtly rag on others, but it’s not often difficult to read between Smith’s lines.

    Here, we read between the lines and translate what Smith is really saying during his wide-ranging interview with a few Bay Area writers after Wednesday’s session at an undisclosed South Bay location. What follows are some of the most thought-provoking and significant of Smith’s cryptic comments from a lengthy transcript posted by Tim Kawakami, the acclaimed columnist of the San Jose Mercury News.

    Smith technically still is a free agent, but he sure is sounding more and more like the man who will be leading the 49ers into the season as their quarterback later this year. He’s already doing plenty of auditioning for that role now.

    Smith says: “I wouldn’t be (organizing practice sessions despite his free agent status) if it wasn’t for the relationship there, to be honest with you. For the feeling I got from (coach Jim) Harbaugh, the offensive coaching staff, from every time I’ve been in there, from before the lockout, from when the lockout ended that day and a half… But I have such a good feeling. I feel they’ve been up front about everything they’ve told me.”

    Translation analysis: Smith is taking full advantage of the vacuum that has been created among the 49ers by the circumstances of the NFL lockout. He has been given an opening by Harbaugh to return as the starter and is taking the lead and running with it. Smith is no dummy. He sees an opportunity to get out front of this unique situation and is doing just that. If it happens to give him a certain leadership status he never has had with the team before, all the better.

    Smith says: “I guess I’ve slowly dealt with (his possible replacement being on the field next to Smith in workouts Smith’s arranging). I don’t think I’ve had a year without competition, really, in the last four years. But yeah, with the new guy (Colin Kaepernick) drafted, it did remind me a lot of when I came in, and Tim Rattay, to be honest with you. That situation. And I did think back about how good Tim was. How easy it would be to be bitter and to be an ass. Those guys did it the right way with me and I’m going to do the same thing.”

    Translation analysis: Smith already has been through so much and had so many challenges to his starting job with the 49ers that he’s barely even blinking after the team brought in an heir apparent at quarterback with its second-round draft pick this spring. And he’s too big a person with too much integrity to freeze out Kaepernick, no matter how often it is said the rookie was drafted to be San Francisco’s next franchise quarterback, a tag attached to Smith when he was drafted in the first round in 2005.

    Smith says: “Yeah, it did feel good (that Harbaugh has praised Smith publicly). Here’s a guy who’s had a lot of success as a head coach, who played the quarterback position, an offensive mind. You know, this is the first for me, to have an offensive head coach, especially someone who played the position and really knows what it’s like to sit back in the pocket and all the different things that can impact your play. This is the ultimate team sport and I really feel that the quarterback position is the epitome of that. You rely on so many people, coaches and players alike, to have a chance of success.”

    Translation analysis: Thank God, Smith is saying, that he finally will be playing for a NFL head coach who knows a little something extra about offense and a little something extra about what it’s like to be inside the head of a quarterback. The way Smith has been pinballed between different offensive coordinators and different offensive systems since he joined the team may be the one most damaging thing that has held him back from reaching the next level as a quarterback. Smith isn’t about to bolt from the scene just as an offensive-minded head coach who actually takes him seriously is arriving.

    Smith says: “No question (Smith has considered moving on to other teams as a free agent). Absolutely. Yeah, without a doubt. It’s been such an awkward offseason, because the day I became a free agent was the day the lockout began and I wasn’t allowed to talk to anybody… Obviously you try to find out what’s out there and potential destinations. I think the nice thing is just getting away for a little bit and clean your head and trying to make an unbiased decision. What’s the best place for me? For my career, where I’m at right now? I really believe I’ve done that, in my head.”

    Translation analysis: Smith has had some offseason feelers from other teams, and he certainly could find a new destination once free agency actually begins. But the feelers aren’t actual bites that are promising Smith a starting position. Smith has come to the realization that, yes, he could find another home, start over and try to work his way up again, but San Francisco still offers him his best shot – and perhaps his only shot – to be a starting NFL quarterback in 2011.

    Smith says: “It is different, no question, that I’m the guy, I’m not even on the roster and I’m calling up guys to get this together.”

    Translation analysis: Again, Smith is taking the ball and running with it. He has to show the new regime that he can take command of a situation and have his teammates rally around him. And besides, what better way to ensure that the Harbaugh regime keeps its spoken commitment to Smith than for him to take charge during this offseason uncertainty to the point that the team can’t comfortably move forward in 2011 without him?

    Smith says: “The biggest thing is… from the little bit I’ve been around (Harbaugh’s offense)… is decision-making, the details of decision-making. That’s something that has come and gone for me, year to year, based on the system I’ve been in. But I do look forward to how much detail they do have in the decision-making process, both in the run game and the pass game. There’s going to be a lot of things done with the game plan. It’s going to be complex and going to need a quarterback that can make decisions and can handle a lot of volume. And I feel like that would be to my advantage.”

    Translation analysis: Smith’s biggest fear – and the biggest challenge facing him – is that he won’t be able to handle the quick decision-making that is essential to becoming a successful quarterback in the West Coast system. Since decision-making has been one of the weaknesses in his game for six NFL seasons, Smith is hoping he can rely on his intelligence and veteran ability to absorb change while he attempts to nail down this vital element of Harbaugh’s offense.

    Smith says: “Nothing against decisions that other guys have made in the past, I feel like it’s such an easy way out (to find another NFL team after experiencing adversity with their first). I don’t know of any other guy that has ever attempted to do what I’m doing. If there’s anything that I feel like I stand for as a person, not even a football player, it’s that. A lot of decisions would’ve been easier, to go to a new place, a fresh start, and maybe I should’ve. But at this point, I’m happy with where I’m at and really attempting to be about something different in this league.”

    Translation analysis: Smith is milking his last-chance comeback with the 49ers for everything it’s worth. Since his last chance with the team was supposed to be last season, he’s feeling pretty heady about the current situation. He’s starting to buy into the hype that getting another shot with the 49ers after so many years of failure makes him something unique and that the odds of him making it, finally, must be swaying in his favor since the team hasn’t already completely erased him from its future plans.

    Smith says: “For us, learning a new system here… given the playbook and stuff, it’s a different task. It’s trying to become familiar with as much as you can before you get coached. And that’s a fine line. Because the details of it you don’t have. You just have the bigger picture. So for me at this point, it’s becoming familiar with the terminology, the formations, the motions, the concepts, things like that. So that whenever this thing ends, you’re not having to re-learn that, you can move on to the real bulk of the coaching. Verbiage-wise, (Harbaugh’s offense) is very different. Most similar to my rookie year with Mike (McCarthy). Everything since then’s been a variation of the digit-system, using numbers. This is all different now. Words for pass plays, mostly numbers for protection. So basically totally reversed.”

    Translation analysis: Man, there’s a lot to learn with this new offense, and Smith and the rest of his offensive teammates already are falling behind. Having a copy of the new playbook has made Smith realize that he better do everything he can to pick it up fast and work it as much as he can with his receiving targets before performing before the watchful eyes of coaches.

    Smith says: “I wanted to have a good enough grasp of the offense so that when we do get together I could at least give these guys something and help them out. So we’re going to be getting together here shortly and probably do a series of minicamps depending on how long this lockout goes. I don’t know if we’ll be doing 7 on 7 competitive, versus the defense. We might get to that. But early on, it’s literally going to be kind of our own shop. Really, we’ve got enough on our plate. We don’t need to be going against those (defensive) guys. Calling the plays, getting lined up right, running them on air. Getting familiar with all that. Snap counts, huddles, all the procedural things, the foundations of the offense… I think you’re trying to get as much under your belt as possible before this ends.”

    Translation analysis: As can be expected, there really is no organized plan once a larger group of Smith and teammates are assembled on a Bay Area practice field. The terms “minicamp” and “organized team activity” are being tossed around, but unlike more established NFL teams that saw their veterans map out the logistics and implementation of such workouts much earlier and more efficiently, the 49ers are basically putting theirs together on the fly and without a blueprint.

    Smith says: “I’ve called ( Michael Crabtree), yeah. (And why isn’t Crabtree here at the workouts?) Great question. Asking the wrong guy, honestly.”

    Translation analysis: Smith has done his part to reach out to the enigmatic wide receiver and get him on board, but just like everybody else Smith is wondering why Crabtree doesn’t put out the extra effort to join Smith and teammates to build a rapport in the passing game that was obviously missing last season. Smith can’t answer for a guy who is in town but stays away, even though Crabtree’s game can certainly use the work after the first two offseasons of his career basically were a wash.

  115. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Give that man (Grumpy) a Kewpie Doll. He wins the prize that has surrounded the neck on the godforsaken POS excuse for an organization for the past nine years. I woulda rounded it up to ten, but believe it it or not, I’m a fan. Not any more. The more I think about it, the more I think the 49ers should rot in hell with yours truly.

  116. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    F Crabtree. Classic passive-aggressive moron. As Ronnie Lott said he heard from Eddie D. when he was holding out briefly in rookie season “WE DON’T NEED YOU!! Stay out then Lott!” Crab needs to hear this from management or better from coach. As someone said, I too look forward to Harbaugh stalking up to a pouting MC in practice, knocking the cups of gatorade in his direction and yelling in his face, “What’s your deal?” Singletary is not the only one who can treat a player with the disrespect he so richly deserves.
    Crabtree is not going to last on our team I predict he’s outta here sooner or later. He’s in for a rude awakening when he gets a taste of the new regime leadership’s refusal to coddle his sorry ass. Seriously does anyone believe this baby boy has an emotional age greater than 12? Do you seriously think this well honed strategy of his is going to change, really? I think we’re looking at another McCloughan bust due to emotional problems, ego, identity, whatever. JH is not going to let this guy undermine team unity.

    But I do send thanks that his moronic behavior has highlighted the difference between leaders and children on our team. Also this gives me something to talk about besides reading the tea leaves re: the UQB.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be happy to see a Deal proposed to the NYJ for Crabtree.

    They get the guy they were accused of tampering with and, we take one of those young DLinemen they Drafted this year?

  118. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I think Bergs has it right- the horse whisperer has a secret man crush on the UQB and the 49ers. “The man doth protest too much” and “A denial is as good as an affirmation” Carl Jung. That’s sweet!

  119. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, sounds real good. Anywhere but Dallas (or NFC west). Old Rex Ryan, think he’s gonna stand for the baby tantrums? How ’bout the NY press? Perfect

  120. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree to NJ Jets? Hell yeah. Let me be the foist to second d’motion foist proposed by NJ49er: we foist our foist round bust(er) to does guys and den dey foist der foist round dlineman onto us.
    sorry too early for scotch

  121. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    What the hell happened with the 8th Circuit yesterday? Nada?

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    8th Circuit Court apparently gave each side a little reason to worry about the pending ruling and, appeared to suggest that they work this out or, “be unhappy” about the final ruling.

  123. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I dialed you twice. Nothing really to say but hey. Whatever. I would like to rewhash the draft when you have the time.

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger timing is bad tonight, don’t forget we have lots of UFA options once the Labor unrest is settled.
    We need the NT position addressed and, guys like Anthony Gray and plenty of other big bodies are waiting for an offer.
    Pat Devlin is out there too.
    Hate the lull created by these effn greedy Bastards but….?
    Whatch gonna do?

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All this Alex Smith-ing Debate is getting boring.
    Can’t say I want him, can’t say didn’t wish for other options but, I completely understand why Harbaugh took the shot.
    He has chemistry with the Offense for whatever that affords but, he,(Smith), has got a chance to learn from a former Pro QB, which can’t hurt I suppose?
    We know to date, he hasn’t learned to grow a pair but, he likely isn’t gonna see a better option than he’s got here to start this Season, if and when.

  126. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nj I’m not ready to give up on Crabtree yet. Everyone was saying the same crap about Vernon Davis
    and we know how that turned out.
    What I find curious is with all the putdowns of Alex Smith why wouldn’t this have an impact on his receivers such as Crabtree if the guy throwing him the ball isn’t doing his job?
    If you want to deal Crabtree you have to have someone who can step in or you’re just chasing your tail.

  127. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ/PF Trading Crabtree to the Jets for Kenrick is not my idea of getting fair value.
    A rookie 3rd rd pick with legal problems?
    What did I miss here?

  128. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree has million dollar talent. With a ten cent head.
    If we are lucky, he grows up a little with time, a la VD. If we’re not, he continues down this road, becomes a locker room distraction, and gets his ass run out of town.
    I find it real hard to care much when the guy doesn’t seem to want to be here or to work hard. Alex may suck, but at least you know he is trying, even if he has his limitations. Better that than a guy who just smirks and loafs and does not give a shit.

  129. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a lot of talent that might go in supplemental draft

    Janoris Jenkins is a very good corner that has weed issues and Michael Floyd is a David Boston type WR from Notre Dame. They are projected as possible first rounders. Would you spend a
    third rounder on either?

  130. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NF Who keeps donkey feed?
    Is that for your talking pet monkey V?

  131. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    More of my ramblings cross posted from the Comical Incisor:
    There are two things a WCO QB cannot succeed without. Those are DECISIVENESS and TIMING.
    When you earn your money throwing short, the defense is going to tighten up. The windows you have to deliver that ball are brief. You cannot deliberate. You cannot hedge your bets. You have to process what you see, and make the throw, NOW. If the play breaks down, then you need creativity, but in the initial phase, you need to perform like a computer – fast, methodical, unerring. The throw has to be the right throw at the right TIME.
    Now think about Alex’s game throughout his career.
    This is a guy who overthinks, who analyzes, who is too often hesitant.
    The past is key to the present. Alex was awful as a rookie in the WCO under McCarthy. Under Turner in the Digital system, he was markedly better. It wasn’t just a few games of experience at work there. Deeper patterns, potentially bigger windows, more time to process.
    This is why, though I hold out hope, I have few or no expectations of success for Alex in the WCO. At best he will probably be average, with occasional DeBergian moments of panic and error. I see him as a placeholder, for Kaep, or some other QB of the future.
    I hope he proves me wrong, I really do. But I have no such expectations as of now.

  132. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    LOL and one of these days I might even learn to type… 😉

  133. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s an ampersand, Grumpy, not a percent sign. But you’re getting close. 🙂

  134. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The f word is censored. I had two posts deleted last night. Just letting you guys know. BTW, I’m OK with the f word being censored.

  135. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Was that here Bergs? I assumed the big F would be just about anywhere in blogworld. That’s why I exercise remarkable restraint and simply use ‘moron, idiot, ass, crap’ and other favorites.

    Reading Branch blog I see even there they are getting tired of the UQB dilemma and are shifting over to pondering the question of ‘MC, useful idiot or just plain idiot?’ I welcome this discussion and reposted my not so humble opinion above over there. But I’m afraid I’ve taken the Del Mar option and have already concluded it’s just another Fail from McCloughan. He shows me zero as teammate. Do you in your wildest nightmares think JH would have drafted this guy with his deficit of passion for the game? Move over Dennis you’ve got company…

  136. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes bullit VD deserved most of the contempt directed his way in those days. If JH can perform a similar brain transplant on Crabcakes as the on-air operation we witnessed by Dr. Singletary on VD then we might have something. But until then we just have another underachiever…
    I’m straining to be polite here

  137. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I brought that post over here because this is where we talk. When was the last time we talked on the insider? I can’t even remember. I am still curious as to what your advice(not in hindsight) was.

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, my point on Crabtree is his willingness to work.
    This Camp of sorts is an impromptu Team gathering which of course, is not in his Contract. My curiousity with him is his association with said advisor, Deion. It’s no secret, Deion was not in favor of Alex, moreover, the SF Offense. I’d say this, if Crabtree doesn’t engage himself with the Team for these activities I’d consider him a malcontent who just might have value to the NYJ and the Big Stage of NYC.
    That said, I’m still in pursuit of my Fat Man In The Middle, Kenrick Ellis.
    No, I wouldn’t want the legal problems but, if he’s able to be had and is cleared of his problems, it could provide an answer for the missing NT and rid us of a guy who’s not willing to do his part to improve the Team.
    New slate for everyone here, Harbaughs’ Offense should suit Crabtree, will Crabtree suit the Offense?

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That said, Kenrick plus other considerations might just be in order?
    We haven’t touched FA or the UDFA market of course so, I have no ideas on where the 3-4 pieces will be obtained for Fangio.
    I’m purely pondering an option for yet another 1st Rd pick, Crabtree, who isn’t contributing in any meaningful way. Running routes with and, for your QB, is pretty important to Offensive continuity. His lack of Pre Season dedication is starting to draw some scrutiny and, deservedly so.

  140. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree still has me scratching my head. Both he and Alex need to get off to a solid start with Harbaughs’ Offense to be sure.
    AFranklin could be an answer if the CBA params are favorable. Still need to get some youth in there, RJF? Not sold yet, but like his work ethic and desire to improve.

  141. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    The wage scale for all players is going to collapse. Then they will give AF his much reduced due. The Owners are holding the high cards not the employees. When they understand this they will come back much humbled.

  142. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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
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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
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Bullit: 12-5
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NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
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