Bubble World Blabber

Most of the news lately has been which players are opting out of the 2020 season. That all ended, presumably, at last Thursday’s 1pm deadline. At this point, you’re either in or you’re out. Sixty-seven players took the out. For the 49ers, three guys opted out: swing tackle Shon Coleman, center Jake Brendel, and WR Travis Benjamin.

Raheem Mostert has managed in one offseason to go from quiet, scrappy underdog to blowhard whiner. First griping about his contract, then pounding his chest, claiming to be the fastest guy in the league and promising that he’ll be known as a “badass mo-fo.”

Geez, kid. There was a guy previous to you named Matt Breida, who was pretty fast, too. Had a big year, then got hurt, then came back late last year with the dreaded fumble-itis.  Now he’s in Miami. Being a sentimental guy, I’ll be following him this coming year, wondering how he’ll do without those big holes Kyle Shanahan‘s offense provides.

The first preseason game was scheduled for last Friday. If you blinked, you would have missed it if it had been played which it wasn’t. Trying now to overcome the sense of loss that a game which would have been boring and mostly meaningless was ripped from our lives, denying us the chance to use a fake football game as a desperate salve for six months of no football at all.

RB Jerick McKinnon has been turning heads in camp. Shanahan had big plans for him heading into the 2018 season, before a knee injury sent him to IR for two years. If he’s fully back from that, the offense will get a big boost.

In the meantime, the new season is still a month or more away. But at least it looks promising that there actually will be a season, after all.

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31 comments on “Bubble World Blabber
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, It’s pretty sad when you miss TC. I liked that we did scrimmages with other teams during TC. Even though they were meaningless i thought it was a good idea. I still don’t see how we can have a successful 16 game season but what do i know.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Mike McGlinchey says there’s been a combination of Daniel Brunskill and Tom Compton lining up next to him at right guard.”

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Pant, pant, pant … “First padded practice is Aug. 17.”

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Garoppolo is no longer wearing a brace.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers are going to sign free-agent WR Tavon Austin.”

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, TA another overdrafted 1st rd bust St Louis Rams to join the other overdrafted bust Dion Jordan. At least now they are paid what they are really worth.

    Maybe KS can bring the best out of both. Worth a try.

    The addition of Kinlaw, Aiyuk, and Williams made this a phenomenal offseason. The trade of DeFo for the draft of Kinlaw is A++. Kinlaw will shine being surrounded with the DL and LB starters we have.

    Phucking psyched.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tavon Austin is Percy Harvin Lite.
    Both have underachieved and never lived up to their draft status.
    Harvin wants to make a comeback. Guess he ran out of cash.
    When you don’t play for 3-4 years it’s time to look for a different line of work.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kittle has gone on Twitter himself to shoot down Cohn’s report that there is a deal. Kittle went out of his way to shoot Cohn down.
    More often wrong than right Cohn will post anything with the theory that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Howard Mudd

    He didn’t survive injuries sustained in his accident.

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That really sucks about Kittle. I was totally happy to hear he was signing. The Niners should really get it done.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tavon Austin has not signed and is coming in for a workout later this week.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers & star TE George Kittle are in agreement on a 5-year, $75M extension.”

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And Kelce takes less in KC.
    Changing of the guard

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Tavon Austin wasn’t the only free agent wide receiver that the San Francisco 49ers worked out — or plan to work out — this week. The team also reportedly brought in Donte Moncrief and J.J. Nelson, according to Field Yates of ESPN.”

    Moncrief would be an interesting addition.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers plan to sign veteran WRs J.J. Nelson and Tavon Austin, pending physicals.”

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Coach Kyle Shanahan seems cautiously optimistic the 49ers will have receiver Deebo Samuel for the opener against the Cardinals.”

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More Shanahan comments on the WR corps after Saturday’s practice

    “Taylor has returned to practice following a wasted 2019 season due to a problematic foot injury that required five-plus surgeries. After Saturday’s practice, coach Kyle Shanahan said, “I was really happy for him, how he’s overcome a lot with infections and rehab. To get him back out there is a huge deal. He looks like the same guy.”

    “Hurd practiced with the team during the first portion, but then went to the sideline for the second half. It likely means he’s close to a full return.”

    On the rookie Aiyuk “”He knows how to practice like a pro. You can tell he comes prepared every day. He’s not a guy you’ve had to teach how to act or teach how important it is to learn this stuff. You can tell he understood that before he got here.”

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jags Pro Personnel Director Trent Baalke has just signed ex Niner Bruce Miller who has been out of football for 4 years.

    IIRC Miller had anger issues first with his significant other and then he went on a rampage at a hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf attacking a senior citizen and his son.

    Maybe he’s overcome his demons?

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Really good to hear about thw three WR’s. More snaps to help incorporate everything being taught, with Deebo out.

    Kinlaw could be a seamless fit from week 1, with all starters around him. OL looks great, starters and KS-experienced Trent Williams.

    OL should shine and dominate a young, inexperienced DL of ARI. 3-4 takes two years for rookies to learn and execute it. Look forward to another high victory season.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This is the latest salary cap. Does not reflect Kittle contract yet. Probably want to reserve space for Trent Williams next year as well.


    Next year we do not have our Rd 3 pick, going to Washington. Need more rookie contracts on our roster.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The vast majority of season ticket holders weren’t comfortable going to games at Lambeau Field during the 2020 NFL season.

    Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy revealed that, given the opportunity, over 80 percent of season ticket holders decided to opt out of tickets for this season, a factor that contributed to the Packers beginning the season with at least two home games without fans.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FYI read this on the internet.

    Millionaire knuckle dragging morons taking a knee because they’re oppressed killed all enjoyment of sports for millions of us. Let these leagues die the slow and painful demise they deserve. I’d rather go fishing anyway

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I have not had any contact yet for the $99 of NFL gamepass for this year’s games. Usually get that sent to me by now.

    With empty stands maybe they will decide to reduce the price?

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not impossible we unload Witherspoon for a low draft choice before the season starts. More likely he leaves after this year. He just hasn’t been consistent enough to justify his next contract when we can draft another prospect next May.

    He has talent, but talent alone doesn’t get it done.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jalen Hurd having an MRI this morning. Possible torn ACL.

    Some guys cannot catch a break.

  26. BakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    OTOH Mosely is tiny st 5’11” 184 lbs and prone to injury. Sherman older and slower. Is he. Worth big dollars on a next contract?

    First two picks in 2021 both CB? Need cap for kittle and trent Williams. Hate to spend big at CB in FA. Keep Witherspoon as bridge cb, maybe.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17