Changing of the Guard

By all accounts, Aldon Smith is having a superman TC so far. That’s the good news. The bad news is multiple reports are predicting a six to eight game suspension for the 2014 season.

The silver lining news is that he’ll be back for the second half of the season and the playoffs. Wreaking havoc on opposing offenses — if he stays in shape and out of trouble. Without him and Navorro Bowman, the 49er defense will be a notch or two below its best during the first half of the season.

A whopping 21 guys are currently on the team from the 2013 and 2014 draft classes. And none of them look to be in danger of getting cut this year. That’s some pretty good drafting by GM Trent Baalke.

Of this group, several are poised to become household names over the coming years: Eric Reid, Tank Carradine, Jimmie Ward, Carlos Hyde, Quinton Dial, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, and the next Bill Ring type overachiever Chris Borland. The franchise is in good hands these days.

With the exception of Colin Kaepernick, however, the core leadership of the team was assembled by former GM Scot McCloughan. Frank Gore, Joe Staley, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Ray McDonald, Justin Smith, and Patrick Willis. A couple of these may well be in their final year here, but the rest still have several good years remaining.

The team has three new starters in the secondary this year (Chris Culliver, Antoine Bethea, Jimmie Ward) and this group will get a nice work out Sunday afternoon against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. At least for one or two series, before Manning tiptoes off the field to take his geriatric supplements.

This could be a critical game in the Alex Boone holdout saga. A good, solid showing by his replacement Joe Looney will put a lot of pressure on Boone to show up for camp or face a lost year, or even a year as a backup when he finally does report for duty. It’s possible Boone wants to force a trade, so he can get big money elsewhere, either as a guard or the more lucrative tackle position. His days as a Niner seem numbered, any way this unfolds.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Scratch Blake Constanzo as the Niners just put him on IR.
    Per Maiocco

    “The 49ers placed linebacker Blake Costanzo on the injured reserve list Wednesday morning with an undisclosed injury and signed three-year veteran linebacker Kion Wilson to replace him on the 90-man roster.”

  2. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I have to return to morbidity for a moment before Dennis fries my butt. Dark Passage was a terrific Bogie-Bogart flick, a personal favorite. Passage to Marseilles was a piece of schlock which somehow managed to be schlock despite Bogie, Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet. Besides, it didn’t have Lauren Bacall.
    Mourning over, back to Niner Football…

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Found the following item while looking through the messages folder on my Facebook page. It’s dated 4-3-10, about a month before I started this blog:

    “All the Niner blogs have some element of “Insider” involved, so I was thinking of naming the Blog “49er Outsider”. The search engines would pick it up when anybody Googled for “49ers”. I looked around on the web and nobody else is using it.”

    The message was addressed to the fellow who was screaming awhile back that he had named this blog.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, changing of the guard is probably gonna happen. I truly liked Boone but the organization isn’t likely to let him hold them hostage just to cave in at another time. It’s a baffling situation to me.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard it said on TV today that the 49ers are one ankle sprain from making the play-offs. They were talking about Kaepernick. I never thought of it that way but it could be true.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, I missed an important word. They said we were one ankle sprain away from ‘NOT’ making the play-offs.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of injuries, we got 6 new healthy bodies back today at practice, including 3 on the D-line, Williams, Smith and McDonald.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like LMJ, Lloyd and Crabtree practiced yesterday and we also got a couple CBs back. Harbaugh wasn’t exaggerating when he said reinforcements were on the way this week!

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In Packerland it is reported that Tolzien is running ahead of Matt Flynn as the backup to Rodgers.
    Flynn had the game of his life against a depleted Lions secondary
    and has failed to even come close to looking like that QB.
    Two teams got duped, the Seahags and then the Raiduhs.
    Now Flynn is struggling on the team where he was the backup for a couple of years.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, if Tolzein passes you on the depth chart, it’s time to start thinking of a new profession. Scotty had a nice tiny-hands moment last week.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    well as season gets closer I’m pretty happy with where we are ! it would be really nice if Dorsey makes it back at some point but we look to be ok on the D-line ! dial and Williams should help us out there ! with Justin and raymac coming back and tank in the mix we look pretty good up front !
    imo wilhoite is a good backup for bowman at ILB !
    the big question for me is at CB ! I like brock , but I’m not too sure about Gulliver at this point ! the good news is that our #1 pick ward has looked pretty good so far ! the safeties are going to be very good too with bethea joining reid back there !!!

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    on offense I’m excited to have stevie Johnson and ward added to our arsenal !

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cook has apparently looked good as well, ROB!!!

    Might be going to the game this Sunday.

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    Oops i mean hyde lol

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Since 49er “Insider” and “Outsider” are already taken, I guess if I were ever to start a blog I’d have to be the 49er “Middleman.”

    It would never flourish. People already looking to cut me out.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of changing of the guard, here’s a Bob Dylan song of the same name covered by Patti Smith:

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    49er company man is already taken?

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Paul McCartney closed down Candlestick last night.
    I saw McCartney & Wings when they played Berkeley Memorial Stadium about 25 years ago.
    Last night was reportedly a traffic nightmare to and from and brings back the fact that it always took a couple of hours unless you got there real early or left 2 hours after everyone else did at the Stick.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Does anybody know how many people showed up to the McCartney concert last night?

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They sold 50K tickets.
    The concert started an hour later than scheduled but a lot of people didn’t make it because all the dirt parking lots weren’t available or so I heard.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If you took the back roads out of the Stick you could get out in 30 minutes. Hit 280 south (if you were going that way) and avoid the traffic altogether. Follow the lemmings out to third street and it took a while.

    I used to park on Geneva street and walk through the tunnel, but I missed tailgating so I figured other ways around the traffic.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The best plan in going to the game was tailgating after the game and letting traffic clear out.
    You had to be strategic in where you parked if you wanted to getaway quickly which meant parking in the lot by the office building by 101. It was a longer hike but walking was faster than the bumper to bumper traffic.
    In the last few years paying 10 bucks to Samtrans and parking the car in Sam Mateo seemed like the better option.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    For all the hooraw around the Beatles last concert ever in ’66 at the Stick, there were only something like 18,000 people that showed up.

    I heard it was around 50,000 last night.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tailgating after a game was banned after the Raider fan shot the other Raider fan following a pre-season game a few years ago.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Last time went to a game I took Samtrans.
    So if you just eat leftovers out of your trunk and wait for the
    traffic to thin out you’ll get in trouble? They force you into your car to create gridlock? If you don’t they’ll violate your civil rights?

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I posted “Yesterday” just for you because you have made it clear that you believe in yesterday.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I learned a lot of football from Bill Walsh and I love talking about his football philosophies. If that is “yesterday”, stay tuned in for more to come!

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh is where I learned my #1 philosophy, D-lines win championships. He never said exactly that, and I never really realized it until Seifert’s tenure was over but in retrospect it was what he did. I think either he greatly influenced Seifert or Seifert influenced Walsh on this one but either way they both believed the same thing and with 5 Super Bowl rings who’s to argue!

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Another huge philosophy I learned from Walsh is how important play calling is. He used to say he can scheme an offense around a weakness but there is no scheming for a weakness on defense. He drafted one O-lineman in the first round and was never known for a very physical O-line but he knew how to create space for his playmakers and do just fine. If our current coaching staff understands this it does not show. Our current offensive philosophy requires a great O-line and is predicated on out physicalling the guy in front of you instead of designing plays that allow playmakers to do their thing in space.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Another great rule some of us learned from Walsh is how important QB throwing mechanics are.

    I was throwing rocks at a telephone line with a friend one day. This guy was a good friend of George Brett and was a great softball player. He told me I was not going to hit that line throwing like an infielder. I did not know there was a difference. Considering his credentials I asked questions, listened and practiced. What a difference in playing the outfield!

    A few years later I saw a Walsh instructional video on throwing a football and flashed back to throwing a baseball lesson I had previously learned. I practiced all of what Walsh taught us on video and it all worked really well. Ever since, I watch a QBs mechanics.

    Kap has trouble lofting the ball over the LB and in front of the safety because he doesn’t throw over the top. For the same reason it is also why he lacks some touch at times. I would try to change his throwing angle during the off season and if it cost him his accuracy I would just let him throw sidearm and design my plays accordingly. IMO, an OC should know this kind of stuff about mechanics and his QB when he designs pays. I’ve seen over the years that more than a few coaches don’t seem to understand this. Walsh sure did.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I can talk Walsh and football for long periods. He was called “The Genius” for a very good reason, he was a genius! He probably changed football more during his tenure as a coach than any other coach during his time, maybe ever. I’m proud to say he was a 49er!

  32. winderNo Gravatar says:

    berger – loved the Patti Smith cover,quality stuff.
    bullit- thanks for the video. Getting out of candlestick is nothing more that dog eat dog. I used to go through Bayview and I was always outa there and on the bay bridge in practically no time.Nice guys finish last in traffic.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Graham has a lot of talent. But he’s a dumbass selfish stubborn knucklehead. Yes you scored the TD but knowing you’re going to get flagged for 15 yds and still doing it because it’s his “signature celebration” is lamebrain and shows he puts himself before the team.
    These idiotic TD celebrations have always been stupid.
    Act liked you’ve scored a TD before.
    The Aint’s should start fining Graham for being stupid.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Winder- I’m glad you liked it. If you get the CD the whole thing is good. She covers 12 songs and does a great job with each. I’ll give you two more. Gimme Shelter:

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more, Smells Like Teen Spirit. This one is really different. It is played with a stand up bass and a banjo:

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    berger- can’t recall ever hearing those either. Good stuff. Patti covers a lot of artists but she is not commercial about it, unique in its own right.

  37. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bergs, RT, NJ. Internet access issues in coconut land but all good. Hopefully the Niners use other formations than their ‘power run’ favorite a bit more this year- or Vernon deep. Agree the OC needs to step up. We’ll see soon enough.

    If the OL allows a couple more big hits on Kap this week it might be time to cut a deal w/Boone. Kap gets hurt and the fingers will be pointing big time

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The perception is that the Niners offense was anemic and impotent last year or at least that’s the talking point getting hammered over and over again here.
    Would it surprise you that Bill Walsh’s highest scoring offense
    the 15-1 Super Bowl Champion 1984 49ers scored 69 more points in the season than last year’s Niner team? That’s 4.2 points a game on average. It amounts to a field goal and an extra point a game or the so called red zone failure of one TD instead of a Field Goal a game.
    For the record I believe Bill Walsh is the greatest coach to grace the sideline in the NFL. So don’t come back with a BS rebuttal that I’m a Bill Walsh hater.
    My point is last year’s offense scored over 400 points. The 2007 49er offense was impotent scoring an anemic 219 points.
    That means the 2013 Niners would outscore the 2007 team by 12 points a game on average.
    It’s more on the style than the substance that some have a problem with.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I keep reading that the Niers offense failed in the first half of the 2012 NFCCG against the Falcons.
    Either somebody has a faulty memory or we were watching different channels or a different game.
    IIRC the Niners went on 80 yard and 82 yard TD drives in the 2nd quarter. Even the harshest critic would say that offense was clicking. 163 yds in a quarter is an offense that is clicking.
    Just think that was a BS argument lacking substance.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    LaMichael James is back in action and ready to be run over while attempting to pass block.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Graham’s meathead antics hit the fan.
    Sorry, but if I’m on the Aints defense I don’t appreciate the 15 yards of field position just so you can have your signature celebration. No coach in the NFL will tolerate this in the regular season.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, you cannot be serious! *John McEnroe voice* Comparing last year’s offense to that of the ’84 squad? Back in those days the NFL actually allowed teams, and defense’s in particular, to hit people! Quarterbacks included. Putting up pts. like that wasn’t so easy like it is in today’s POS “don’t hit me, don’t hurt me” trumped up version of what the kids now call football.

    Every single new goddamn pussy rule favors the offense and hinders the defense. This league has become a laughingstock. And I’m this close to not watching any more. It’s so much easier to score today given how the game is called. 32 penalties in last night’s TEN/NO game. Not a typo. That’s THIRTY-TWO.

    So please don’t even compare the two. Last year’s offense wouldn’t come close to putting up those numbers under comparable circumstances. Vernon would have a more productive year with his water colors if he had to play back in 1984. And given VD’s artistic prowess, that’s saying a da Vinci full.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Do you really think Graham will dunk in the regular season and cost his team 15 yds? He got his point across in a meaningless exhibition game. And I don’t blame ’em. Another asinine rule intended to make the game less enjoyable. And I’m sure each and every NFL fan will enjoy seeing the yellow come out when a DB even thinks about breathing heavy on a WR. What a joke.

    I hope Roger Goodell gets run over by a cable car. The Powell-Hyde line would be my car of choice.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for proving my point.
    I have often said you cannot compare different eras.
    I hear a constant stream of what would Bill Walsh do?
    Bill Walsh last coached a game 25 years ago.
    Niners last won a Super Bowl 20 years ago.
    Until Harbaugh showed up my bet is Denny would have given his left nut for a playoff team since the Niners haven’t sniffed that in 10 years.
    You are right, new rules, new type of players but you have no problem making the comparison when it casts a negative light on the present day squad. You can’t have it both ways Denny Littlefinger.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Roger reads this blog and has word is he knows how fond you are of ducks. He also knows of you cable car comment.
    Word is he’s chartered one of these to flatten you.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Walsh would get a lead and then sit on the ball to run clock. Harbaugh is always trying to score while usually sitting on the ball except a surprise play now and then that the other team always seems to know is coming. My guess would be Walsh had much more scoring in the first quarter while much of Harbaugh’s would be in the 4th. What is ‘much’? I don’t know but I’d say that is where the numbers will lean. IOW, Walsh had the capability to score much more if he wanted to, Harbaugh scores every time he can and already scores to his potential. Your numbers that you post are for those who did not pay attention to the Walsh 49ers. You can fake yourself and some others out with numbers that don’t tell the whole story but some of us know the difference. You are definitely not selling me on the Roman offense until I see a difference from Roman.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think there is more of a chance that Roger Rabbit reads this blog than Roger Goodell.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Everyone knows Roger Rabbit is illiterate.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Rodgers goes 6/6 for 47 yds and a TD as he leads the Pack on a 12-play 86 yd opening drive vs the Rams vaunted 1st-team defense.

    I’d say Rogers is ready for the regular season already. I’d sit his butt the rest of the exhibition season and let the huge GoT fan watch reruns of the Imp shooting his father with a crossbow while he’s taking a dump. That’s how I wanna go.

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m beginning to seriously doubt Sam Bradford ability of ever becoming top-notch NFL QB. He still hasn’t improved on his deep ball. Misses way too many open WRs down the field. You only get so many chances. They’re going to regret not taking Johnny Football. But they robbed the Redskins blind on that RG Knee trade, so it might even out in the end. Best DL in football? Hard to argue against.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- If he can’t read use bigger print!

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny Lttlefinger

    Before you check out this should be on your bucket list.
    This fantasy can come true McDuck.

  53. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dennis – lol, I don’t know WTF u are talking about, an imp? Anyway, i agree that the league is getting way harder on defensive penalties and hope they don’t go to much farther. The average player nowadays is much faster and stronger than they were 30 years ago and with the money involved being a human missile is pretty much commonplace.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never new Bullit was a duck? Now we assume we know, just like Roman’s play calling lets us know he was a nose tackle.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So the league makes it easier to show pass and Bullit is still proselytizing the Roman offense. Things that make you say hmmm!

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit just called me after the last comments. I told him I’m drinking my ass off to lower my IQ. That allows me to reason with unca chuck!

    Have a good dinner Bullt!

    Unca- I’m good and drunk,I can shot from the hip with my facts and talk politics with you, just like you do when you are sober! Only thing is, thatbores me, so I’m probably out anyway. You can start if you would like and we’ll see where it goes.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite play in football is the old fashioned sweep. Some call it the Green Bay sweep, some of us old USC fans call it student body right or student body left. Whatever it is called, when an offense runs it correctly, like the 1989 49ers did, it is awesome. That team usually wins it all if they have a really good defense. The best formation for the classic sweep, Sardine can! Why we don’t run the sweep out of the SCO kills me. Either spread it and create some space for Gore or do what we’ve been doing and run the sweep. If that requires a different RB then so be it. When working properly, nothing is more dominating than the old fashioned sweep.

  58. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Did you see Hyde pop that off-tackle outside last week? There is hope. But don’t let Martin lead block. One untouched faceplant per season is plenty for me, thank you!
    My current NFL rankings now that I’ve seen bits of most 1st teams:
    (excluding the Broncs & Niners)
    1-3 (tie)- Green Bay, New England, Seattle
    4 – New Orleans
    5-30 – everybody else

  59. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I slighted Carolina; I haven’t seen ’em yet. Rank=?

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I never know what you are saying but I love you anyway. Hitler was a socialist no matter what you say. Call me!

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I watched Dial shoot a gap last week and the commentator said he made a mistake. Tim Ryan was the commentator. Without knowing the DT assignment I would tend to think the LB is who made the mistake. Dial dominated every assignment he was given. To think he shot a gap without discipline is just something that does not make any sense at all. NoFear heard the commentator and acted like a maven saying Dial needed to learn more. Reality is Dial did right as far as I could tell and the LB is who screwed up.

  62. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    FOS as usual blowhard-berger. I said that about Mike Purcell playing nose tackle.

    About the sweep… I’d call that some bold talk for a one-eyed fat man who cries whenever there’s a FB in the personnel package. Walsh ran Lombardi’s sweep when McKittrick could still cut block the backside pursuit and the frontside and the linebackers weren’t the speedsters of today.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My first lesson of this was as a 12 year old. I was playing for the West Covina Bruins Peewee team in Junior All American Football. We were in the Kick-Off Classic. I was a DT and shot the inside gap on the first play. Duarte ran a dive to the outside gap. They got about 30 or 40 yards on that play and the LB got severely thrashed by the coaches for not covering the hole. After many years I realized it was the coaches fault and not mine or the MLB because the coach never told us about the strategy of the play. We just did what got us into the starting line up. I guarantee that happens in the pros. the average fan thinks that is impossible but I guarantee that it absolutely happens. I think Dial shot the gap and the LB missed the assignment. We will never know for sure but my instincts are usually accurate when it comes to DL play.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Are you calling me a one eyed fat man? I like it! Keep the BS coming. I agree about one thing you said, LBs are faster these days. What does that have to do with picking a block on the fly? I think the sweep can be a valuable tool in any era.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- You said it about Dial and not Purcell. Do you want me to go bullit on you and produce the post?

  66. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Please do.

  67. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You talkin’ ’bout this here one?

    NoFear49er says:

    August 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Randy Moss talks about players complaining? Who, hisownself a serial complainer, is he talking about? Moss, Brandon Jacobs, James? BFD, the guys on the bench have to complain or somebody might think there’s a good reason they’re riding the pine.

    Pre-season one in the books and it wasn’t about winning. Well, maybe just a little, but both coaches had more on the agenda than winning a pre-season scrimmage. Jim’s old Stanford pal is a bust. No wonder they bullied him! He stinks.

    D-line takes great conditioning to play more than two snaps in a row. Purcell hung in at the nose but looked pretty easy to control and take down on some plays. Funny thing about playing another team… I’ll bet he did learn a lot about what a ridiculous position NT is to play, especially the head up two-gap variety. I want to see him again in the third or fourth PS game.

    How long has Dial waited for that debut? Coach him up on the twists and stunts and four man pressure will be fearsome with Justin just-in.

    Nipper says:

    August 9, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Complaining is as common as breathing. As a nurse once said to me while I was laying in a hospital bed, “looks like you’re too sick to complain.”

    Berger says:

    August 9, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Good post NoFear!

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Harbaugh already has a deal with Dockers and doesn’t even say a word.

    and the making of the spot

    IMO whatever salary Jim Harbaugh makes should be of no consequence to any fans. Unlike players which effects the salary cap the coach’s salary is whatever the owner feels they can afford. I am not sure what concern it should be with 2 years to go. There is nothing to see here, move on. Seriously
    does anybody feel sorry for the Yorks if they have to pay an extra million or two coming out of their deep pockets?

    Anybody bringing this up now is just into distractions and seems to love conspiracy theories.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Exactly! Good job brother! Don’t tread lightly. You were talking ’bout Dial. Histrionics say that was a great post! You are a numbers guy like bullit. I am a football guy that actually played the gamne. I trump both of you. I played while both of you studied numbers.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    When you talk about your football prowess I always think of Al Bundy

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I like it. I hope he got laid by the bitch! I’d do her!

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    This one is even better and it even reminds me more of you when you talk about past exploits which makes you superior

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Where’s NJ. He can spend two paragraphs and say nothing. At least you two have something to say whether I agree or not.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the dialogue going on over on Chuck’s blog has been more about Spit and the Harbaugh dynamic.
    I’m sure you’ve read it.

    There seems to be a belief from Spit that Jed is being cheap and/or low-balling Jim in this process.

    I’m advocating for the possibility that there’s more to it than just the dollars involved.

    My reason for the Dockers comment was to suggest that Jim can attain plenty in endorsements beyond what Jed might have to cough up.

    I happen to like Jim, I just wonder if this is truly about the money or, whether there’s another sticking point going on?

    Jim seems to suggest in some reports that it isn’t all about the money.
    Spit feels Jed is a moron.

    What more can I say, other than Jim is impossible to read at face value.

    Spit enjoys being divisive.

    I agree with your assessment, no Cap on the HC.
    I also don’t believe Jim needs to be the highest paid HC after just 3 years of work and, no Lombardi to show for it.

    We’ll see what comes but, I don’t buy Spit’s theory that Jed is dumb enough to let his ego come between his Team and it’s future, ala Jerruh in Dallas.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I never scored a TD but at least I spell renoberger correctly instead of choosing secondary name because the name I wanted was taken. Bullit is actually spelled with two Ts. I would not have settled like you and Roman.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What exactly is saying nothing supposed to suggest Berger?

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sonovagun! NJ said something substantive! He usually says nothing in two paragraphs.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Burger is not lucid.
    Time for some shuteye. Good Night Al Bundy.
    Kickoff is 12 hours away.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I can talk 9ers all night, never been accused of saying nothing before, I’d be more inclined to plead guilty of saying too much.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- You are usually a fatherly figure. You usually take the high road meant to stay out of controversy. I think you just want everybody to like you, which I never care about! Step out on the wild side occasionally! Nobody here will ever not think highly of you. If you told me to fuk off I would probably call you and have a good laugh on the spot, as long as it was legitimate. I do deserve that at times!!

  81. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you’re what they call uncoachable. Meathead. A guy who knows more than the coaches can ever hope to know. In other words, the guy in the stands.

    Where did you play ball?

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit is still learning how to spell Bullitt. Go to bed Bullit.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear- Good post! I played while you didn’t!

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The funny thing s numbers people always seem to know everything even if they never played.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I do agree that I could be uncoachable.

  86. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I played high school ball but who didn’t? I’m wondering where you played to get your much-trumpeted degree in football. The Grand Pooh-Butt of Futbol or some such.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m an even keeled sort Berger.
    Not about being liked or disliked for me.
    Just shooting the sh!t about our 9ers.

    I try to be relevant without taking myself too seriously.
    I learn from reading and accepting perspective from everyone.
    That’s what makes the World go ’round.

    Some people just feel the need to dismiss competing opinions as trivial or irrelevant.
    I’ve played the fuk-off game with Spit over on Chuck’s site.

    No harm. No foul. It’s just the way he rolls.

    I live by the simple premise that opinions are like A$$holes, we’ve all got one.

  88. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a good premise NJ49er. The problem is some folks have one and are one.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I was a light-weight in HS.
    150lbs soaking wet.
    Baseball and Basketball along with some gymnastics.

    No organized football for me.
    Plenty of pick up games with the guys that did play.
    Much as I loved playing QB and WR, I’ve always enjoyed the trench warfare, just wasn’t big enough then to survive.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    True again NoFear49er, 😀

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I love you ass holes. Who cares. The reality is just because NoFear says it does it make it accurate. Although usually it does because he only speaks in retrospect. He does not take chances that could make him wrong. Everybody has 20/20 hindsight. NoFear is the master of pointing that out to us.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I do appreciate the analysis both you guys bring.
    I’ve learned to appreciate the strategies involved with building Teams overall.

    I got very engrossed with the Draft when my oldest Son was young and we’d try to predict which guys our 9ers would Draft.
    Long before Salary Caps, internet and NFLN ever existed.

    Obviously, I’m still a junkie to this day.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I only played HS football. I was a 160lb DT. Obviously a one gapper. I still kick myself for not playing pro soccer. I was the best scorer I ever saw outside of Pele. Oh well. Now I criticize coaches. Half of them suck. Some fans look at win loss records and just bow.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- You are the master of the draft around here. You always pick everybody because you always mention everybody!

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve learned to appreciate the art of stacking a Draft Board Berger.
    Hats off to guys like Baalke for getting the evaluation process down to a manageable science.

    One thing that amazes me is, we’ve had success with the DL without spending high Draft choices on them.
    That goes, without question, to Coaching, especially Tomsula.

    Ian Williams, TJ-E, Purcell, maybe Okoye, Kaleb Ramsey, all coming as UDFAs.

    Some smart FA additions like Dorsey and Justin too.

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Berger, wanted to tell you that Warren Haynes(Gov’t Mule) is going to be playing in Reno next month.

    Good show if you can get there.

    September 25 @ Grand Sierra Resort.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    GSR kicks butt. Fly out my friend. You can stay at my house. I’ll be watching the Robert Randolph Family Band in about two weeks at them Best In The West Rib Cook-off!

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d love to.
    Have to make a trip to see our 9ers 1st.
    It’s on the Bucket List, seeing as I never got to the ‘Stick.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got a cousin living in Hollister who wants me to do a Sturgis Bike Week trip too.
    Another item for the Bucket List.

  100. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting discussion of 2 of Niners favorite plays (most used) on a podcast @ = 49ers 101: San Francisco’s Favorite Offensive Plays
    -Power Run (aka Sardine Can formation, Bergs) Blocking schemes, gaps, player responsibilities, etc

    -Smash (passing concept/scheme) = Combination of 2 receivers on one side. Think Boldin to sideline and VD deep to corner same side of field.

    This starts at about the 40:00 min mark of the podcast. Might be interesting for some. A little technical for me but still some might find it useful.

    Podcast starts with an audio clip of Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society and ends with 15 minute discussion of the Rams prospects this year beginning @ 1:04:30 mark

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It is funny that you and V are the only people that have ever pointed out to me the spelling of Bullitt.
    Apparently Flying V was legally representing the Steve McQueen estate and tried to issue me his internet cease and desist order.
    What I do know if you start rebuttals with minutia like spelling you’ve got nothing and it’s just a feeble ass attempt to keep sense of dignity.
    If it bothers you so much I’m glad to be the irritant. You have a long ways to go before you reach V and Spit jackass level but I see you’re working on it.

    Stooping down to your level
    Burger is the proper spelling because that is appropriate for a meathead.

    Yours Truly,


  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Fooch and Niners Nation something I wasn’t aware of

    “We’ve got some good news about the televised broadcast of the game. NFL Network is providing national coverage of the game, and the original plan was to have Ari Wolfe and Kurt Warner once again call the game from NFL Network studios in Los Angeles. Fortunately, NFL Network changed their minds, and will instead carry the 49ers broadcast feed. That means we will get Ted Robinson on the play-by-play, with Tim Ryan handling color and Dennis O’Donnell handling sideline work.

    And more importantly, it means we will hear announcers actually at the game. The whole notion of having announcers broadcast a game from a studio hundreds of miles away is absurd. I would hope they had the announcers in the studio last week because they could not get a booth at the Ravens stadium. If they could get a booth and just figured they would save money, that’s ridiculous.


    My 2 cents, networks are trending to save money (like they need to). It is really sad not to get a first hand account of the game and they are duping the fans by doing play by play by watching a broadcast monitor. The trend here is the producer and director are controlling every aspect of the broadcast
    by what they show the announcers.
    I first saw this when the NBA Warriors went to China last year
    for preseason and the play by play was done in the studio.
    This totally sucks.

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This might be of special interest to Berger. I had not seen this
    piece until today so in case you also missed seeing it, a story from blog.

    I especially like:
    “In the words of “The Genius” himself, when you preach accountability and leadership, the score takes care of itself.”

  104. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday was my one drinking day for the month. It’s always entertaining to read what stupid things I said the previous day when I bring my IQ down to the level of a Democrat. This time I taught Bullit how to spell his name! LOL!

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Overall, I like Harbaugh as our coach. My big issue with him is his Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler offensive strategy. The rules have changed drastically to allow a more dynamic offense these days and Harbaugh is still stuck in the ’70s. I’m anxious to see what this “new flankered offense” is this year. Maybe he is seeing the light!

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Jim Harbaugh went to the top of Levi’s Stadium and was given these 5 axioms by a representative of the Late “Genius”.
    A code that you should try to adhere to especially #3 & #5 which isn’t in your DNA and which Denny would sooner pluck his eyes out than adhere to.

    This Standard of Performance there are key points that Harbaugh draws from daily. Walsh’s “dont’s” list – although simplistic – is a perfect description of Harbaugh’s personality:
    1.Don’t ask “why me?”
    2.Don’t expect sympathy.
    3.Don’t bellyache.
    4.Don’t keep accepting condolences.
    5.Don’t blame others.

  107. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- i think the Sturgis run just ended, or is just about over. That thing has grown way big since it first started. A bunch of fat drunk bikers with fat drunk women, my kind of party.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Video from Fooch at Niners Nation. I think Fooch lines up with how I feel about Crabtree

  109. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That’s because Fooch is every bit the Company Man that you are.

    I’ll be watching Joe Looney, Kilgore and our Rt. side of our OL today. God forbid Anthony Davis is ready for the reg. season and we have to play Jonathan Martin at RT. We’ll have to change our name to the San Francisco Obamas. Everything we run will be to the left.

  110. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My grammar/spelling today is more atrocious than Blaine Gabbert.

  111. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This from Cohn the Lesser:

    SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning warmed up differently before Sunday’s exhibition game.

    Kaepernick started by dropping back and throwing passes to Jim Harbaugh who was standing straight in front of him. Then Kaepernick took snaps from a ball boy and threw passes to the right and then to left left. A static warmup.

    Manning started his warmup by throwing straight, like Kaepernick. Then Manning did a pocket movement drill — sliding left and right and forward and backward while looking downfield. Then Manning took snaps from the shotgun and threw four short passes in a row rapid fire — left, right, left, right. Then Manning threw quick short passes off his back foot, lofting the passes as if a lineman was in his face. A dynamic warmup. Manning was preparing for a game, not limbering up his arm.

    Did we sign…ah forget it.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Winder, Sturgis is an August event every year.
    My cuz is a transplanted NJ guy and since getting out to Hollister, he’s been a regular.

    But I’d definitely love to do it once just to see it in the flesh.

    Nothing wrong with hangin’ out with the bikers and drinkin’ some cold ones.
    From what I’ve seen, not all of those babes are fat, seen plenty that would qualify as PHAT, 😀

  113. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Dahl comes in to replace an injured Bethea and is immediately beaten like a redheaded stepchild.

  114. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And now Dahl just got beat even worse on that Manning TD pass.
    Niner fans have to root for Dahl to tear his ACL. He’s that bad. There is no other option. Root for Dahl to get injured. It’s what’s best for the team.

  115. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That was on Borland. Helped short but left deep middle wide open.

  116. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Borland should have provided help underneath and to the outside. Dahl got beat over the top and to the inside. If Dahl’s on the opening man 53 we deserve every bad play coming to us.

  117. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just when you thought Blaine Gabbert couldn’t play any worse…

  118. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Guys! We’re in MID-SEASON FORM!!!!
    Unfortunately, that would be as in, mid-season, 1978.

    Hopefully, we get this shit worked out in the next couple of weeks.

  119. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, the Broncos were finally stopped! Of course, they stopped *themselves* with a penalty, but today, that counts as a 49er highlight.

  120. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, the anthem came off perfectly. I thought the ones didn’t look too bad, if you don’t count the o-line and the d-line and the defensive secondary.

  121. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln…”

  122. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    …and the lbs and the kicker…

  123. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, Jim may be going too far with the ‘let ’em think we suck’ ruse.

  124. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Preseason or not, this is a total embarrassment.
    Here’s a thought: maybe we’re just not that good.

  125. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And by “good,” I mean as compared to last year.
    We’re still good enough to beat the Raiders. I think.

  126. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It was 10-6 with the first teamers…well, except for the missed FGs. But even that was sloppy ugly except for the kick return team.
    They looked good early.

  127. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    And so it ends on the Denver 1. LOL

  128. winderNo Gravatar says:

    WTF was that.

  129. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’m going to be OK with the new offense. Gore and Hyde were getting some room to run. The timing was a little off on the pass plays but there were some plays to be made. We were moving the ball with the ones. A lot of things to work on. The D will look much better with Willis, Justin and McDonald in there. We are a out of sync but I think we’ll be OK when the season opens.

  130. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rule #1 – It’s Preseason
    Rule #2 – Get your work in
    Rule #3 – Stay HEALTHY
    Rule #4 – Who cares if you win or lose?
    Rule #5 – See Rule #3

  131. robNo Gravatar says:

    Omg our offensive scheme today made me long for the days of mike johnson as OC

  132. robNo Gravatar says:

    I better see a lot more on offense next week

  133. robNo Gravatar says:

    Wow acker looked real good when he was in there! What have we got here? I want to see more of him next week. Might we have found our 5th or even 4th corner?

  134. robNo Gravatar says:

    The backup quarterback situation is becoming a big concern. I wonder if we might consider letting them all go and trading for someone

  135. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, you want to see a lot more on offense next week?
    Watch Peyton Manning and his Broncos play their next preseason game. 😛

  136. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, what’s up with the Avatar?
    Is that an axe wound or a uni-brow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  137. robNo Gravatar says:


  138. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I want Kellen Moore, 3rd yr Boise St. and Detroit’s 3rd stringer, if they don’t keep 3. Guy looked like a world beater in garbage time 1st game. 17-21 171 1 0 in 2 games.

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Trent has plenty of film on Gabbert to ask him to restructure now at least.

    $2M for high and wide ain’t gonna cut it.
    Unless it was guaranteed? Then he’s stuck.

    It’s all about the Contract numbers now.
    Gabbert sure hasn’t shed the stigma of Jax to this point.

  140. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I hate to bring it up again, but Colt McCoy was 8/9 for 102 yds and a TD last week. Get to see him again tomorrow night on MNF vs Johnny Football.

    Preseason or not, his numbers dwarf those of Blaine Gabbert thru his first TWO games: 11/25 for 60 yds and 2 INT. 25 pass attempts netting only 60 yds. That’s a YPA of 2.4 TWO POINT FOUR.

    My Lord. Gabbert makes Alex Smith’s YPA look like Otto Graham’s.

  141. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll be facing Denver in their bldg on 10/19.
    No sense showing them too much at this point.
    When it matters, I’m sure we’ll like much better.

    Let’s hope by that time Gabbert won’t be a factor.

  142. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner’s locker room at new stadium is impressive

  143. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta wonder where to get those engraved cabinet doors Bullit –

    Lighted name panels can’t be cheap to replace either?

    All that posh wood cabinetry and folding chairs?
    Ehh, it’s still a Locker Room afterall I guess.
    Far cry from the ‘Stick to be sure.

  144. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

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  145. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

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  146. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

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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
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