Chips & Dips

It’s a great feeling watching all these teams interviewing new HC candidates, doing the Rooney Rule dance, looking for franchise redemption, and knowing the 49ers have solved this riddle for a long, long time.

Not that everything is going to be peachie keeno forever. That would inhuman. But Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke have established a formidable aura of success at Centennial Blvd. this year, one that will keep the team in contention for many years to come. A winning record and a playoff appearance will no longer be the yearly prayer. It’s all about winning the Super Bowl now, just like it was for the last twenty years of the twentieth century.

Jeff Fisher seems to be the hottest coaching candidate this year. Nothing against Jeff, but he’s no savior. His teams play tough, hard nosed football, but he’s only had 6 winning seasons in his 17 years in the league, with five 8-8 teams, and only the AFC Championship in 1999 to hang on his wall. Some of that might be Peyton Manning’s fault, but not all of it. As franchise saviors go, Jeff is definitely second tier talent.

This is the first playoff season in eight years where I get to root FOR a team. That would be the 49ers, in case you wondered. Still, rooting against teams is part of the playoff fun. So, this weekend I’ll be rooting against Pittsburgh, against the Saints, against the Giants, and don’t give a crap who wins the Texans/Bengals game.

I’ll always root against the Steelers until the 49ers have more SB trophies than they do, even though I’m not exactly fond of the Broncos — too much ink for too little importance. The Saints are too full of themselves. It would be nice to see them humbled. The Giants are New York and East Coast darlings. Puke. Send them home and spare us all the hype.

As you can see from my choices, I’m not likely to cash any winners this weekend. All three teams I mentioned are the favorites. But there could be some somber on field gatherings over a key maimed player that could fetch my interest. Not that I’m an ambulance chaser kind of guy. A good healthy drive-by gawk and wince, perhaps, but that’s all.

The Jets didn’t make the playoffs this year, but they’re still making news. They bragged all season about how good they were and now they are bragging about how bad they are. I guess what can you expect from a bunch of guys who work for a guy who brags about his wife’s feet? I always think about this whenever I drive through a suburban area, with row after row of nice neat houses. Somewhere inside just about every one of those houses, someone is acting straaaaaannnnnge in some kind of way.

The Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs, either. Again. They did appear on prime time TV a couple hundred times, but people enjoy seeing these bloated pendejos choke. Their owner gave himself a vote of confidence, presumably to fend off suspicions that he was basically a clueless idiot. Which really aren’t suspicions so much as certifiable facts. But, hey, Jerry, where there’s you, there’s hahahahahaha.

Some of the other notables who didn’t make the playoffs: Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren, Pete Carroll, Norv Turner, Andy Reid, Scot Pioli, and Al Davis.

Come Sunday night, there will only be eight NFL teams still playing football. And the 49ers will be one of them. The Elite Eight. That’s a long ways across the galaxy from wondering when the lockout would end and how many games Alex Smith would start before being replaced by Colin Kaepernick. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”

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150 comments on “Chips & Dips
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The best thing about this week-end is knowing we get to advance while resting our players.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder if McDaniels is trying to wiggle out of the Rams contract and go back to the Pats now that O’Brien is coaching Penn State. If do it would force a new OC on Bradford which would be good for the Niners.

    O’Brien has only been an OC for 3 years and has no head coaching experience. He is way over his head for this program and I see him as a 2-3 year solution until the scandal blows over. At that point they go after who they really want.
    It’s really the kiss of death when you follow a legend.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I still do not think Bradford can accurately throw the ball deep. He is as accurate as I’ve ever seen short and intermediate. Watching Schurmer use his skills to Rookie of the Year was a thing of beauty. Pioli would need to adapt. Can he? And now Brady is telling reporters it is more important to move the chains instead striking quickly. Pioli needs to learn the horizontal game a bit better, even with Brady. I think he will because it is too obvious not to do it.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seem like Raiduhs are going to hire Reggie Mackenzie as their GM which doesn’t sit well with Hue Jackson. THe soap opera scenario has some predicting Hue will be shown the door as he’s fighting for too much control.
    Ray Horton Card’s DC is interviewing for the Colts HC
    position but it might be just to satisfy “the Rooney Rule” which in itself is a sham and a shame.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What do this blog and 49er practrices have in common? Music.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sometimes we have piped in noise, too. Although it’s been quiet the past couple of days.

  7. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit — did I miss something? Is Caldwell out as HC in Indy?

  8. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As far as I can see, Caldwell’s still the HC . . .. . .

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barley, that was a typo by Bullit. Horton’s interviewing for the Rams HC job, not Colts.

  10. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Predictions for the weekend:
    The Rapist vs. The Genuflector
    The hallowed one out-uglys the hobbled one. Steelers 20, Broncos 9
    Rookie QB I. vs. Rookie QB II.
    A better running game, home field, and the better D prevail. Texans 24, Bengals 14
    Manning (3-4 playoff record) vs. Ryan (0-2)
    Giants sack Ryan 5 times, but he manages to toss 3 TDs. In a loss. Giants 31, Falcons 21.
    The Saints (“they’re so hot right now!”) vs. Detroit
    NBC’s wet dream prime time game won’t disappoint — unless you’re a Detroit fan. The Lion’s don’t have any answer for Graham (wait, do we?) Saints 38, Lion’s 24

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Your cup runneth over, Barley. Good one.

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Houstons are too beat up. Cincy takes that one.
    I’m with ya on the others . . .

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry guys for the error. No caffeine which means drink coffee before posting.
    Yeah it was the Rams and I doubt if he get’s the job which is a shame.
    How stupid is a rule to satisfy a quota?

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, you heard from Phil? He seems to have lost his coconut internet connection . . .

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t heard from Phil in several months, Chuck.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I know that Thailand just had the flood of all floods in Nov
    Phillipines get some of the same weather.
    Go to Best Buy and they limit the amount of Hard Drives you can buy due to floods. The price of rices has also spiked.

    A real tragedy and not sure why the weather in the world is becoming so extreme.

    It breaks my heart. Hope Phil is OK.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The AP All Pro team has been announced. 5 Niners on the first team, the most of anyone.

    AP All-Pro First Team


    QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
    RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville and LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
    FB: Vonta Leach, Baltimore
    WR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit and Wes Welker, New England
    TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England
    OT: Jason Peters, Philadelphia and Joe Thomas, Cleveland
    OG: Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans, New Orleans
    OC: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh


    DE: Jared Allen, Minnesota and Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
    DT: Haloti Ngata, Baltimore and Justin Smith, San Francisco
    OLB: Terrell Suggs, Baltimore and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
    ILB: Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco and Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
    CB: Darrelle Revis, NY Jets and Charles Woodson, Green Bay
    S: Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh and Eric Weddle, San Diego

    Special Teams

    K: David Akers, San Francisco
    P: Andy Lee, San Francisco
    KR: Patrick Peterson, Arizona

    AP All-Pro Second Team


    QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans
    RB: Ray Rice, Baltimore and Arian Foster, Houston
    FB: John Kuhn, Green Bay
    WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona and Victor Cruz, NY Giants
    TE: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
    OT: Duane Brown, Houston and Joe Staley, San Francisco
    OG: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore and Logan Mankins, New England
    OC: Ryan Kalil, Carolina and Nick Mangold, NY Jets


    DE: Justin Smith, San Francisco and Jason Babin, Philadelphia
    DT: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati, Vince Wilfork, New England and Richard Seymour, Oakland
    OLB: Tamba Hali, Kansas City and Von Miller, Denver
    ILB: Brian Cushing, Houston and London Fletcher, Washington
    CB: Johnathan Joseph, Houston and Carlos Rogers, San Francisco
    S: Ed Reed, Baltimore and Earl Thomas, Seattle

    Special Teams

    K: Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland
    P: Shane Lechler, Oakland
    KR: Devin Hester, Chicago

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Golly, it seems like only yesterday I was bugging Reno about Pierre-Paul, South Florida.
    To repeat, it’s St. Tim over the Steelers at John Elway Stadium. The Steelers are banged up; St. Tim is due.
    If Tebow learns how to pass, he could be the next Steve Young. Of course, if I could learn how to pass like an NFL QB, I’d be making big bucks and getting all the cheerleaders I wanted as a QB coach somewhere. Tebow runs for 2 TDs, Broncs 14, Steelers 10.
    My only other prediction is that the Niners will somehow make it to the Division Round. Given my track record this year, I’m not so sure. I should pick them to be eliminated against “Bye”.
    I’m pumped; Springtime in the Rockies and it’s only Jan. 6th.

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Several months, Skeebs? I thought he was posting here regularly . . .
    He was posting on my blog up until about 4 days ago.
    Maybe he’s still hung over from new years . . .

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, four days ago. Coincidence?
    Venomous denouncing of the unholy tends to annoy some folks.
    😉 (*Gay-ass winking smiley*)

  21. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    (laughing quietly to myself)

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rufus, it’s nuts out here in Cali. There is absolutely NO SNOW in the mountains around Tahoe. It hasn’t rained or snowed around these parts since late October . . .

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like McDaniels is leaving the Rams. OC #3 coming up for Bradford. Only 4 more to catch up with Alex.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Turner would be a good fit for Bradford, as an OC that is . . . .

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Someone say floods in Thailand? My security DVRs have all gone up over 200 dollars is wholesale cost. Hard drives must be less abundant than cassette tape recorders? If you can find cheap rice you’ll probably find some hard drives too.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody notice Justin Smith made the All-Pro team twice. He is the first team DT and 2nd team DE!

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Turner runs the verticle offense. Bradford needs to run the spread.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Vertical vertical verticAL . . . Bradford did fine under Shurmur. Who runs the Holmgren style WCO. Deeper passes . . . Either that or Josh McDaniels . . .
    I thought the hard drive shortage was due to the earthquake/flood in Japan . . .

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard it was because of floods in Thailand and Myanmar. This is what the wholesaler who sells DVRs to me told me.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Shurmer ran more spread for Bradford. He designed a horizontal, move the chains, game plan for him. So what did geniuses Sing and Munusky do? Run a shell defense. The worst defense possible to run against that offense. I could not believe what I was seeing. They let him complete everything short. Of course, we lost the game.
    Shurmer tried to run a verticle offense in the first game against us and Bradford could not complete anything deep except one ball that was terribly underthrown. Remember the TD that was reviewed and called back. Bullit pointed out he had shoulder surgery the year before. Point taken, except he couldn’t throw deep this year either.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER ! i’ll call you back asap !
    since you’ve decided to chat about wholesale dvr prices in myanmar in 2 of your last four posts …

    i’ve decided to call DELMARDENNIS instead !

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I posted earlier that Thailand was under water and I repeat the tragedy in pix


    They have a lot of shrimp frams also. Price of shrimp should also spike

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- So can I call you AL?

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    i hate when bad things like that happen !
    thailand in particular really intregues me !

    too bad !

  35. robNo Gravatar says:


    where you at ?

    haven’t got thru to you in quite a while !

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You think Chuck is Al Davis?

    Saw Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol and it was very exciting and a good movie

    This movie coming is a must see.
    They are advertising it as a man’s movie

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Tom Cruise, here’s a great mailbag item from Bill Simmons:
    “Doesn’t Tim Tebow remind you of Tom Cruise? There’s a hyper, uber-personality to both. They’re both devoted to small, intense religions (Scientology and the Church of Bob Tebow), yet we know very little about what goes on in both religions. Neither person seems quite “normal.” It’s almost like both are acting and saying things that they expect real humans would do and say. Their careers don’t really make any sense anymore, yet they’re still considered successful. Their fans are cult-like in their devotion and their inability to question either.”
    Here’s another one that’s pretty funny:
    “Nickname for Tebow: “Tim Placebo.” Spirits are up. Players are blocking and making plays. They have started winning. In spite of all that, he’s not actually doing anything!!!”

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg , my battery on my phone just died !

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok , after reading the last few posts on here the big question just has got to be …

    is anyone on here NOT drunk yet !

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- I’m not drinkng this week-end. I’m trying to get in a better shape than round. But, I’ve got a bottle of Chianti for next week’s Niner game.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- That was the video of Paul Simon and Chevy Chase on “You Can Call Me Al”.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Read about the Steeler RB coach Kirby Wilson getting burned in a fire at his home.
    Turns out to be life threatening
    as 50% of his body was burned and he’s now in a medical induced coma.
    He’s in my thoughts and prayers.
    Tough week for Steeler running game.

  43. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Just FYI… I’m the greatest fisherman, ever. Now onto the 49ers.
    You guys wanna see the future of the 49ers? Look at the New York Jets over the last three years. That’s the 49ers ark or path or ceiling of success – maybe a little less because the NFC has the Saints and Packers and the Jets compete with the Ravens and Steelers. The NFC is stronger (past two SB winners being the evidence).
    What am I writing about? Defensive minded football teams with game managing quarterbacks are Super Bowl pretenders. The Jets had Favre, then Sanchez, went to the AFC championship game twice, now they’re out of the playoffs and exposed as Super Bowl pretenders, possibly looking for a new quarterback because the players are outwardly criticizing the organization’s support for a lemon of a quarterback. You heard it here first – The 49ers are the New York Jets.
    On the Jets, guys like Revis, Scott, Cromartie, Pace and Harris are now a year older, and it will be difficult for the Jets to get back into the playoffs next year.
    This is the future of the 49ers if Jim Harbaugh re-signs Alex Smith. If Smith is the starting qb next year, with Kaep on the bench, the 49ers will fight with Seattle and the Cardinals for the division and then fail again in the playoffs because of Alex Smith. Then one day (two or three years down the road), when Justin Smith, Soap, Frank Gore and Carlos Rogers are past their prime, another team in the division will step-up and dominate. The Harbaugh window of opportunity ironically created by McCloughand and Nolan will have closed.
    But what if the Seattle Seahawks, 30 million under the cap, go out and grab this year’s free agent Drew Brees? You say Matt Flynn is Kevin Kolb, I say he’s Drew Brees. What if the SeaChicken, who are already competitive with the 49ers, go out and improve their qb position dramatically?
    If Pete Carroll improves the quarterback position while Jim Harbaugh is stuck on stupid with Alex Smith, the Seahawks could overtake the 49ers next year because Lynch is younger than Gore and Flynn is light year ahead of Alex Smith. Think about it…. Lynch, Flynn and the SeaChickens drafting a wide receiver before the 49ers? The future is bleak in SF if Harbaugh is stuck on stupid with Alex Smith.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What everybody thought was a typo
    is not. Justin Smith was voted All Pro at DT First Team and at DE
    Second Team. Pretty remarkable.


  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody is stuck on stupid around here, but it isn’t Harbaugh. You’re repeating yourself endlessly, Albert. Find a new topic or it’s off to the spam room. FYI, the 49ers are in the playoffs NOW. Next year can wait. If all you got is “Alex sucks” then post it once a day and shut up.

  46. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting to see that Mark Davis did the interview for the Raiders’ GM job along with John Madden. This means that Mark Davis is pretty much the owner and operator of that team. Their next move should be fire Hue Jackson. Any coach that comes out and blasts his team like Jackson did is done. Next year the Raiders aren’t going anywhere unless this new Packer GM can get Hue’s head screwed on right. Interesting that Mark Davis is calling the shots….

  47. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It looks as though the 49ers’ stadium is going to get done without the help of the Raiders, and that’s a good thing because you don’t want Mark Davis as your scrabble partner, much less your almost billion dollar stadium partner. The Raiders are goin’ down…. Say what you want about Al Davis, but he kept that team a float. John Madden helping Mark Davis isn’t going to be enough. The old guard like Ron Wolf and Madden can help and try to plug in Raider front office talent, but at the end of the day the owner’s nutz need to be the backbone of the team. Mark Davis makes Howard Stern’s Beattlejuice look like Mozart.
    How’s this for a winning formula – a team with a fan base of convicts in a run down town – an owner who’s inherited everything and probably can’t spell cat. An older stadium, a head coach who calls out his team when the blame should be on him, then gets a pedicure and manicure.
    Poor freakin’ Carson Palmer. Dude holds out from his former team to watch them go to the playoffs while he joins yet another three ring circus. Some guys have all the luck – Carson ain’t one of ’em. Raiders fans are in a world of hurt.

  48. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Today’s picks – Bengals and Saints. Tomorrow – Broncos and Giants.

    Tebow in mile high is that much closer to Jesus and the Steelers’ O is in trouble with all the injures. Can you imagine the uproar if Tebow beats the Steelers? I may have to put a bounty out on Skip Bayless’s noggin.

    I could get three out of the four pikcs wrong, but I know the Saints are gonna punish the Lions. If we’re lucky, Jim Schwartz throws a hissy. Honestly, a good idea would be “The Schwartz Camera.” That guy’s more entertaining than the game itself.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkbood- I seem to remember you being the #1 supporter of “Dirty” Sanchez. Are you admitting you were wrong?
    I think the biggest problem with the Jets is the coaching. Schottenheimer doesn’t have much of a clue how to call a game and the head coach is actually the head goof ball.
    I haven’t made an opinion on Sanchez yet. If he ever gets some decent coaching I’ll do that.

  50. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Berger. I did like him. I liked his nickname and his heritage. I make a lot of racist jokes, but I don’t believe any one race is superior to another. I liked the possibility of a Mexican playing well for his heritage and thought that may bring Dirty Sanchez a new spark and additional leadership qualities. Looks like all that got confused by Rex Ryan, the New York circus and GQ covers.
    The first couple of years are always interesting in every quarterback’s career. A lot of the development has to do with coaching – like you wrote. Nobody knows if it’s the chicken or the egg (coach or raw talent that gets them over… or their own moxy). But whatever the entire process of making a great NFL quarterback…. I like watching it regardless if the guy is a success or failure. I think Sanchez is a failure, but I was pullin’ for him. Now, I think the Jets should cut bait and fish else where. I also think the Jets should fire their head coach. I think Brian Schottendinger did a good job with Sanchez the first couple of years, but the momentum clearly has died with the Jets. Rex Ryan’s act has grown tired. Sanchez will now suffer the emotional scars Alex has battled through. Can Sanchez overcome? I doubt it. The only thing I give Alex credit for is the fact that he fights on. But I can’t even really give him credit for it because it might be the single reason I’m now certifiably insane.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You might be onto something, Albert. The guy you like sucked and the guy you don’t like is 13-3. Sounds like certificate material to me.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    What a fraud you are claiming to be a Niner fan.
    You just keep the anti Niner propaganda flowing like your buddy V.
    All Niner fans are enjoying the success of the team with the exception of you two clowns.
    You are a Niner fan like Lee Harvey Oswald was a patriot.
    In fact I’ll start referring to you as Lee Harvey Spitty.
    Lee Harvey Spitty is this blog’s village idiot.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is my top QB list for this draft.
    1. Andrew Luck
    2. RGIII
    3. Nick Foles
    4. Tennehill/Weeden
    Did I miss somebody on my top 5?

  54. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The only prediction for this weekend I didn’t already make is the Bungles over the Texans. That’s because I thought Undead Al was, indeed, dead but it appears that his spirit, at least, lingers on (Raiders flopped on the WC).
    Andy Dalton is Rookie of the Year. Wade Phillips, run out of Arlington on a rail, is Defensive Coordinator of the Year. I haven’t seen the Texans play this year. Is Phillips running the 2-7 he was talking/joking about before the year? Too bad Schaub’s out; the Texans could’ve gone all the way. Not that I have any fondness for a) Houston; b) Texans in general, but they would’ve added a nice addition to the Pats/Steelers/Ravens power trio.
    So that makes Bungles, Saints, Falcons and The Man Who Would be QB (terrific movie with Michael Caine and Sean Connery, for those of you keeping score).

  55. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Colts would take a $38 million cap hit for trading Peyton. Reno, what would you do?

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    So you think Kellen Moore is Ty Detmer?
    How about Case Keenum?
    Ariz St 6’8″ QB Brock Osweiler
    has also declared for the draft.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I just had this discussion on the phone with Del. I’ve been wanting to run the spread here for years. Alex does best when he runs the spread. Peyton Manning, Brees, Brady and Rodgers all do best when they run the spread.
    Would we run the spread for any of those QBs? I would hope so, but then if we are going to run the spread we already have a QB that runs it very well. I will go with my standard answer, I’ll go with what Harbaugh wants. I actually trust he knows what he is doing at the QB position.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I like Moore and Keenum. They are probabaly 6 and 7. I don’t care for Osweiler. He got hot and beat USC but generally sucked besides that game. Another name right outside the top 5 is the guy from Wisconsin. His first name is Russel. If Tuel from Wazzu is comming out, I don’t know what class he is in, he would be top 10. Arkansas has a good QB, what class is he in?

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton Manning will be released. The Colts aren’t going to pay him that huge bonus. Manning will become a FA. And, if the Niners have any intentions on winning their sixth Super Bowl, they will sign him. Then they should draft either Tannehill or Foles next year. If it were up to me, I’d draft both of them. Just to be on the safe side. You can never have too many good quarterbacks.

  60. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, I agree with you on this. I have written in the past that I believe Walsh would have pioneered these modern hybrid offenses had he continued as HC. My thoughts are a) The hurry-up goes completely against the Harbaush family ball control philosophy; and b) If the Niners want to run the shotgun on an regular basis, they need a new set of tackles. Staley and Davis aren’t going to cut it in full-time pass protection mode – Staley especially.

  61. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  62. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If Harbaugh knows what he’s doing with the quarterback position how do you explain him passing on Jake Locker and Andy Dalton for Colin Kaepernick? If they pass on Flynn and he becomes a star, Dalton is already a star, and the 49ers are wallowing in playoff mediocrity, Harbaugh’s stock will plummet. I’ll give Harbaugh some time, but all indications are that Harbaugh and Mike Singletary share mental crib notes on the value of the quarterback position.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lee Harvey Spitty

    3 wins from the Super Bowl and you call that wallowing in playoff mediocrity??? That’s why you’re the blog village idiot but there’s a good chance you’ll be made blog regional idiot.
    As far as last year’s draft we selected Aldon Smith you nimrod.
    It seems you’re the only person on this planet that has a problem with that pick.
    I expect your civil rights will be violated soon.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- In the spread you don’t have to hold your blocks as long. Any half decent OTs can run the spread. It spreads the defense so the QB can more easily find pre-snap positive match-ups. Typically, the ball comes out quickly. It also gives RBs more room to run. Del was telling me NO had more rushing yards than us this year. They mostly run the spread.
    No matter the system, football is football. Get the safeties up and throw over the top of them. When they are back go underneath. It never changes. What changes is how you do it. The most prolific offenses do it with the spread these days.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Locker sucks. End of story. He will do well until enough film bores him out. About 3-6 games. Then Locker will be nothing but a great guy to have on the bench.
    Dalton, I liked very much. Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought Dalton went ahead of Kaep? Anyway, I watched Kaep for 4 years at Nevada. He is better than you know. He is physically a much better QB than Dalton, Dalton is more developed for the pro game. When you asked me last year about my opinion of Dalton I told you he was a 1st rounder. I was surprised he went 2nd round.
    My thoughts last year were we wanted Dalton or Kaep. When Dalton got drafted we traded up to make sure Kaep didn’t get away too. I do not know how accurate that thoght is, but it is what went through my mind.

  66. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:


    Locker will be one of the next great quarterbacks in the NFL. He’ll be the second coming of Steve Young. You wait. Your evaluation of him means nothing because you loved Blaine Gabbert and Alex Smith. Now you’re trying to hedge your bet on Smith, but I won’t let you. How’s your love for Gabbert working out for ya?
    Dalton went one pick ahead of Kaep, but the 49ers could have traded up to get Dalton, instead they decided to pass. The traded up for Anthony Davis and traded up for Colin Kaepernick, but they neglected to trade up for Dalton. That’s not evaluating Dalton properly. In retrospect, he’s clearly a first rounder, and I was saying that before the draft. Ask Del. Bastard.
    “He is physically a much better QB than Dalton…” Really? He doesn’t look like a running quarterback to me, and really, I’d rather not have a running quarterback anyway. Kaep running against division II is one thing. Kaep running in the NFL is another thing all together. But right now, from what I’ve seen from Kaep and Dalton, Dalton is light years ahead of where Kaep is regarding being a pocket passer – light years. I’d rather have a pocket passer with vision and arm strength who makes good decisions than a division II running qb who looks lost right now at the NFL level and may not make the transition from the pistol. The 49er didn’t evaluate the Colin Kaepernick / Andy Dalton situation properly, and once again, it will cost them. Kaepernick/ Dalton is Rogers / Smith redux.
    If the 49ers just re-sign Alex Smith, the evidence will start to pile-up that Jim Harbaugh doesn’t value the quarterback position.

  67. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Cincy took Dalton right before we moved up and took Kaepernick. I have to agree with Berger that Dalton was ready to play as a rookie. Kaepernick clearly was not. But Kaep does have the athletic skills and could throw it all over the field in college, he might bloom over the next two years. If he can adjust to the speed and complexity of the game in the NFL, which is ALWAYS an open question for all young QBs, he could yet be the guy here by 2014 at the latest. I’m ambivalent about bringing in another QB in this draft. I want to see what we actually have in Kaep and Tolzien too, and there are not enough reps in TC for three young QBs. So unless something just falls into our lap, I’d rather focus on WR, FS, OLB, DL, OG and TE this year.

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be rooting for the ginger. The kid’s got moxie.
    Ginger? Root? Ginger root. “That’s a joke, son.” —Foghorn Leghorn

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If you guys only knew how much my life if patterned after the Looney Tunes. You’d either have a good laugh or have me committed.

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- There you go lying again. That is your specialty. I never said I wanted Gabbert. Quite the opposite. I don’t care for gunslingers as my QB. He is a gunslinger. What I did say is he will be a first round pick. I believe he was a first round pick. What surprises me about Gabbert is his being so timid in the pocket. He needs to get over that if he is going to be successful.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- You talk about pocket passers and then say you like Locker. That is why he sucks. He can’t throw from a pocket. He does run well, and he throws well on the run. But if that is what you want, Kaepernick is much better, except Kaep can throw from a pocket. Did you smoke two joints this morning?

  72. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The “wait until something falls in our lap approach” regarding the qb position just doesn’t work. You have to take an active approach, find a guy and aggressively go after him. I guess the 49ers did that with Colin Kaepernick, but they went after the wrong guy. He looks lost, doesn’t throw a touch pass, and in a season when Andy Dalton is taking the Bengals to the playoffs, Colin Kaepernick doesn’t know which way to turn when handing the ball off in garbage time. And the clock is ticking on Dalton. Dalton is learning, getting better. Kaep is holding a clip board.

    Dalton / Kaepernick is Rogers / Smith redux. But I have a good idea, let’s bet the farm on a division II kid and not bring in a guy like Matt Flynn for a workout. Lol. Harbaugh’s ego is going to get the better of him, and he won’t win Super Bowls because of it.

    Saints 40, Niners 6.

  73. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    You never said you wanted Gabbert for the 49ers, but I didn’t say you did. What you said was Gabbert was good and that you liked his game, and you evaluated him higher than guys like Dalton. You were a Gabbert fan coming out of college, and we all know it.
    In addition, what I’ve said all along about Locker is that he’ll make the transition to the pocket alla Steve Young. I don’t think Locker will be good because he runs. I think Locker will be good because he’s a leader of men, and that’s why your boys Alex Smith and Blaine Gabbert fail. Leadership is also why I took a flier on Sanchez, believing that because he was the only Mexican in football, he’d show some heart. I was wrong about that, but I’m not wrong about Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Jake Locker or Matt Flynn.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- I would like to re-sign Smith just to piss you off. But then, I think Smith is a good QB.

  75. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Your last sentence is geneous. I know it’s a troll and I still can’t handle it.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is spelled genius, Stinky.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In the cimmerian mind of Stinkblood, football is dedicated for not enjoying the moment.

  78. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Albert just cares about winning Super Bowls. Running qbs don’t win Super Bowls. Game managers don’t win Super Bowls. Steve Young didn’t win the SB on his legs, in fact, he set the record for passing TDs in the SB. Accurate pocket passer, leader of men = Lombardi Trophy.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lee Harvet Spitty

    Do you even know what you’re posting?? I thought not. First you declare that the first couple of years are crucial to a young QBs development through coaching.
    Yet here you are annointing Locker as the next Steve Young and proclaiming Gabbert a bust.

    Given a choice between Alson Smith and Locker I think we made the wise and right choice with no regreats.

  80. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, get a load of this: Andy Dalton led his team to a TD in the playoffs before Alex Smith ever did.
    I find that gut-wrenching hilarious. I think that’d make a great Bugs/Daffy cartoon.

  81. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, prediction #1 down the drain. Texans @ Ravens forcing Tebow to travel to godless Massachusetts.

  82. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s okay, RTF. You can have a gut-wrenching hilarious time seeing yet another Del Mar fave go up in a 3 pick smoke of Tony Romo choke.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, get a load of this: Andy Dalton threw 3 interceptions in a the playoffs before Alex Smith ever threw one. I guess Alex will need to wait until the 2nd round of the playoffs to get his chance.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, is Romo or Dalton still playing? How about Alex Smith? It must be terrible to have to root against the 49ers when they used to be your favorite team.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Watching the Lions-Saints game. What is the LE for the Lions doing?
    He’s taking himself out of plays by anticipating blocks and it looks like he’s laying down.
    Lions are missing a lot of tackles
    and letting Saints off the hook.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Turnovers are the Saints weakness.
    They were -3 for the season and today are -2.
    Lions up 14-10 at the half.

  87. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Detroit’s tackling is terrible.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Saints now lead by 10 24-14.
    If they win and meet the Niners two storylines for that game.
    Franklin vs Goodwin. Two players that switcged teams going against each other. Also since Kreutz quit on the Saints their new Center is La Puente who was with the Niners for a while.
    Yeah if Lions could only make open field tackles. Everyone is missing and they’re getting gashed for 10 yds at a time.

  89. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NO looks eminently beatable based on this game. The Niners tackle much better, and their pass defense is worlds better. NO is getting beat all over tthe field defensively, and Bress should have 3 picks by now.

  90. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Typical Berger. Dalton got valuable playoff experience and lost to a better team and Berger tries to defend his favorite quarterback, Alex Smith. In addition, Unca – the Saints looked terrible, and they still hung 50+ on the Lions (a team that took us to the wire). That grass better be long. How the hell are the 49ers going to score?

  91. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This just in: Francis Albert Sinatra hates Alexander Douglas Smith. How much? Not as much as strangers. Frank loves strangers…

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    L.H. Spitty

    Your BS is amazing. Saints hung 50+ on Lions you say? They scored 45 nimrod.
    I would go so far as to believe
    Casey Anthony was a good mother rather than you being a Niner fan.

  93. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    45 pts and down to the two yard line before the two minute warning…and kneeling on the football. Hanging 45, 50, 60 pts? What’s the difference? It would take the Niners two games to score that many points… maybe three.

    Andy Dalton just took another quick step in the NFL qb maturation process. Now Dalton has a full year under his belt and he’s experienced starting a game in the playoffs. After one year in the NFL, he’s ahead of Alex. Plus, the Ravens have a bad quarterback, the Steelers are getting older, and the Bengals just fleeced Hue, Mark and Amy for a couple of extra first rounders. I’m sure Mike Brown will find a way to screw things up there, but the Bengals look to be sitting pretty.

    Interesting note – Jerome Simpson’s pot bust before the 49er game was associated with a package from Humboldt County. Know who’s from around here? Ray Maualuga.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- You should send Brees some pot this week. Actually, send it to Brees and Colston!

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- Actually I like Dalton and am a fan. I was just defending my 13-3 QB who earned a spot in the 2nd round without even having to play in the 1st round. I am absolutely positive, no matter what you say, you want us to lose this week. Your hatred for Smith overshadows your 49er fandom. It is an obvious observation.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lee Harvey Spitty

    Every time you lie (which is often) comes with what’s the difference? So you like to exagerrate and embellish the truth.This is part of the hater’s code.

    So are you gonna do something or just stand there and bleed?

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Strangers in the night is a good song for Stinkblood. At the end Frank says some magic words for Stinky. Doobie, doobie do! It might actually be doody doobie do, but since Stinkblood reminds us of Howdy Doody, close enough.

  98. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    1. The weather could make a difference. A drier, faster field helps the Saints more than us, and that looks like what we’ll get, as we are apparently never getting rain again around here.
    2. Our defense is very, very good. Their offense is very, very good. It’ll be interesting to see who has the upper hand, and how the momentum shifts. I think we’ll hold them to under 600 yards and 45 points… LOL at Detroit’s supposedly *good* defense…. but even at 23-27, that puts pressure on out offense to move the ball and score TDs.
    3. Their DC Williams made us look awful in August with constant blitzing. It isn’t August anymore, but the questions about our pass pro against the blitz linger. NO will come early and often, trying to get Alex to make the mistakes he has avoided this far this year. The challenge is obvious but considerable.
    4. The book on Alex is, he cannot beat you deep – between his inaccuracy, his lackluster receivers, and the shaky line, it just won’t happen. We’ll see a lot of blitzing and tight defenses. There WILL BE opportunities deep, if the team can seize them. If they can, we should win; if not, this could turn into another Ravens’ game.
    5. Whatever your thoughts on Alex Smith, this is the biggest game of his career. Either he starts to get the gorilla off his back here, or he proves to just be what most people said he was – good game manager, but not a guy who can win championships. It’ll be very interesting to see how he does. For our sake, he’d better have one of the better games of his career. Not so much in yardage if we can run, but in efficiency. If we can move the chains, string together drives (25 FDs), and score 27 to 30, we should win. Unfortunately, that consistency on offense has been a hit or miss thing this year.
    Should be a very good game. My ulcers are already flaring in anticipation.

  99. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I umbridge with #4. I’d like to re-write it.

    “The book on Alex is, he cannot beat you deep- between his inaccaracies, his lackluster vision, slow delivery, torn rotator cuff and shoulder surgery, it just won’t happen.”

    See, no need to make excuses.

  100. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty spot on, Grump. I’m not a DC, nor do I play one on TV, but if I was Williams, I’d stick eight guys in the box and run blitz every freaking play. JH has to design something that takes advantage of this. With our pedestrian WR corps, AS is going to have to take one shot to beat a man on man in this situation.
    Beyond this obvious key of Smith being able to run an offense not resembling ours in the Ravens game — the other key, and it is the we-are-going-to-lose-for-sure-if we-can’t is that our front four HAVE TO be able to pressure/disrupt/sack DB. I can see no way to win if that dude has time to throw.
    They need to hire some stealth groundskeeper to sneak in and water the shit out of the field for the two days prior. Sure gonna be along week.

  101. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think Alex has a Lloyd Christmas chance of out-performing Brees and the Saints next Saturday…

  102. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think that was Berger’s FF LB, Lofton, who had a chance to stop Jacobs in the backfield on that 4th and inches.
    Like I’ve been saying since I was wearing short pants…football is a simple game. You block, and you tackle. Simple. Lofton didn’t make the tackle. And don’t even get me started on the “tackling” in college ball. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    And this is what happens to liars and imposters when exposed

  104. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now see, I know most, if not all of you will disagree with this statement: but I’d rather finish 6-10 then have a great reg season then lose in the playoffs. Those years when the Niners lost in the NFC Championship Game to the ‘Skins, G-Men and ‘Boys were the worst years of my life. I can’t handle losing. Especially losing games like that. If we have to lose, lose early and often. Don’t tug at my heart strings. I seriously can’t take it.

  105. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What a load of crap.

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If you allow football to affect your life and ruin it, then I suggest you stop watching.
    Your statement is a load of crap
    and you were right that most would disagree.
    So you were a happy man last year
    under Singletary, Raye and Manusky. You’re saying mediocrity is the way to go.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Enjoy life while you can
    cuz you only live twice

  108. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Skeebers can take it? Figures. I knew you didn’t love the Niners as much as I do.

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Falcons are being handed their heads by the Giants.
    So much for screwing the pooch for
    the elite WR Julio Jones.
    Jones didn’t make the Falcon passing attack appreciably better
    in fact their record was worse with his addition.

  110. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    No, Bullit, I’m a man of Frank Sinatra’s words. Always have been and always will be…”All or Nothing at All.” Composed by Arthur Altman. Lyrics by Jack Lawrence. Arranged by Andy Gibson for Columbia Records in 1939.
    Either win the Super Bowl or not. Nobody remembers nor cares about those that don’t. Finish first, or don’t finish at all.

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I tried to give you Nancy Sinatra
    but link was disabled.
    Somehow I don’t think you want to be in the Raiduhs shoes watching Tebow back his team into the playoffs where you should be.
    Just like I’m happy to be in the playoffs instaed of that jerk Pete Carroll.

  112. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And, if any of you ever heard Frank sing, you’d notice that he gives credit either before or after each and every song to the writer and the arrangement. As much as I bow to the Frank Sinatra Altar, Frank wouldn’t have been shit w/o those wonderful, meaningful story telling songs and w/o those great lyricists and band leaders. And Frank, himself, knew it as well.
    Not only was Frank talented, but he was grateful and humble. There have been, and are many talented people in this world. But those last two qualities are few and far between with today’s “stars.”
    If you were to ask anyone who knew Frank to think of the first thing that came to their mind, they’d say Frank was a good friend. And in the end, isn’t that what’s all about?

  113. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I’ve think I’ve told this story many a times before, so I won’t bore you again. But I will remind you that Frank Sinatra kissed my mother and gave her his one and only orange hankie that night. That hankie is framed and continues to hang in my family room. I think that, and my ticket stub from the 1982 Championship Game are my two most prized possessions. Might not sound like much to others, but they mean the world to me.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Falcons got stomped.
    Improved passing attack by giving up a bushel of picks for Julio Jones. Doesn’t seem like such a good idea now? Did it make Roddy White better? Is Roddy still tweeting about Alex Smith?
    Did you know Alex Smith is Falcon’s head coach Mike Smith’s nephew?

  115. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis. Seriously. You’d rather miss the playoffs than get there and lose in them?
    So you can whine about how bad the team is.
    Very V-like. What a buffoon. I suggest you stop watching altogether.

  116. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Teblow is on FIRE.

  117. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow first half: only 5 of 11. But 185 yards: 37.0 per completion. Ridiculous. And hysterically funny.

  118. robNo Gravatar says:

    go tebow
    go broncos

  119. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If Tebow and his Broncos hang on and beat the Steelers, I guar-an-damn-tee Rob and I will take one gigantic pee…

  120. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Denver was getting hosed on the calls. It is good to see the “make sure we get the calls” Steelers lose

  121. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    No still means no. Tebow 3:16. Mile closer to Jesus.

  122. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously, my boy Eli could win another Super Bowl this year.

  123. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The interesting thing about Tebow is he did it in such a profound fashion. First play of OT? It’s almost like Jesus is telling us to behave.

    Matt Ryan is garbage. People need to start lumping that guy in with Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez when talking about game managers who will never win the big one. Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez…. not good enough to win a SB with. I’d put Alex Smith in that group, but it would insult everyone involved.

  124. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep I survived the floods over heah but old Ben R. and his boys didn’t survive the mighty T Tebow. I’m good with that!

  125. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I haven’t been this drunk since yesterday.

  126. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have a magic number for the Niners to beat the Saints. That number is 8. The magic number is a combination of Saints punts and Saints turnovers. So if they punt 5 times and have 3 turnovers equalling 8 then I think the Niners win.
    My theory is based on the Niner Defense stopping the Saints and forcing punts, something the Lions never did. Saints did not punt once last night.

  127. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Glad to hear you are well. We take things for granted in the US such a electric power.
    I know the PI has rolling brownouts so with a flood on top of that it could be hell.
    Be happy that the Niners are dancing.

  128. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    3 turnovers? The Dolphins could beat the Packers with three turnovers. Great insight. Why do I keep reading you? Must be the booze.

  129. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Spitty, you’ve been on and off every QB not named Alex Smith, so I guess that means you get to call Eli your ‘boy?’ Right. Like your call that every team in the West improved but the 49ers.
    Too funny.

  130. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t believe how much I enjoyed seeing Timba Rainbow beat the fracking Steelers. Maybe I’m not going to rot in hell after all.
    Welcome back Phil — hope you’re drying out. Please send some of that rain to the West Coast.
    Have they stopped calling holds in the playoffs?

  131. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Eli’s been my favorite player in the NFL for a while now. Who was my starting qb on my Insider fantasy team? Was it Eli? I think it was. Got him at a bargain, too. Just wish Andre Johnson and DeShaun Jackson played this year. It would have been more fun.
    But you’re right, my qb list does evolve. Know why? ‘Cause qbs evolve. Like Sanchez. Forever a stinker now because he got too GQ, dating Hollywood actresses, at an important time in his maturation process – not focusing on his craft. Matt Ryan is done. Still love me some Charlie Whitehurst even though his stock is lower than Enron’s. Who else? Still believe in Bruce Gradkowski. Definitely love me some Matt Flynn and think he’s the next Drew Brees. Hate Culter and Shaub because I think they’re wimps. Cutler quit on his team in the NFC Championship last year. That’s a perfect example of a player’s career evolving. He’s done. I’d almost put Stafford in the wimp category as well after this year. Watched a lot of Lions’ games and Stafford cried a lot. But he’s still young. My opinions on qbs change but once they’re set in stone, there ain’t no goin’ back. Alex Smith is for the birds… but what bird would have him? Maybe a turkey vulture – but he’d have to be hungry.

  132. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lee Harvey Spitty

    You always make these moronic statements. Lions had 2 turnovers last night and could have had more if their DBs had better ball skills.
    So as usual pinata boy you have no clue what you’re talking about.
    We know how you are with numbers
    and the word “IF”

    You have forgotten your fanboy team of the day the Bungles.
    It seems like every QB who has a decent day you jump on their bandwagon. Still talking about Whitehurst??? He couldn’t beat out an injured Tavaris Jackson who had a seperated shoulder.
    Whitehurst and his 62 QB rating. He’s the future according to you.

  133. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit – I stopped reading you at “hello.”

  134. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert –
    Matty Ice wasted way too much time trying to audible and play ‘Peyton’ at the LOS. Fact is, he can be rattled and the GMen did just that.
    Another thought, WTF did Mularky show in that game today that screams hire me as a HC?
    Between him and HC Mike Smith, they shat the proverbial linens with game mgmnt and 4th down calls.
    Tony Gonzalez is looking his age too and, that D can’t tackle.
    OVERRATED comes to mind.
    Mike Smith is showing signs of Marvin Lewis in Cincy.
    Good enough to get there but, brings a knife to the gunfight.
    I’m willing to bet Harbaugh has a few surprises for all of us on Saturday too.
    Whether you’re confident or concerned right now about our chances, I’m glad to be here with this Defense and, a HC that brings something to the party.
    3 game Season now, 1 step at a time.

  135. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be curious to see if Alex has the poise to control his emotions in his first Playoff game as well.
    It might,(MIGHT), be a good thing for him, from a maturity position, to have taken him this long to arrive.
    I’m betting Harbaugh won’t allow the stage to be too big for him. This is where the HC has a major influence on the QB position, much as Walsh did.
    Jim shows these guys that it’s a team effort and what it means to execute a plan. We’ve lacked ‘A Plan’ for too long.
    They’re having fun and staying focused.
    I like our chances.

  136. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebers — just read your comment on the Bill Simmons bit on Tom Cruise/Tim Tebow. Excellent. And here’s a shout out to Bill Simmons in general — dude is the funniest sports writer out there, IMHO.
    My hate for Rapistburger and the Steelroids had me fist pumping and yelling at the TeeVee today. Really glad to see God’s Chosen QB vassal beat them. Live it up, choir boy, you’re going down next week in NE.

  137. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    NJ — in some ways, AS’s 7 year ordeal (for lack of a better term) might actually benefit him here. Whatever one thinks about him, he’s been through some shit along the way. I actually think he’ll play ok with a big “provided that”, and that is that the OL and the play calling can give him some time to throw. If it is a PS game one or a Ravens redux, then forget about it.

  138. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    No problem. Total annihilation on a daily basis would be a little hard for a fool with no self esteem to stomach such as yourself.
    Still if I feel a response is needed to any of your insipid posts I will apply a scorched earth approach just for you.

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Barley I’m happy to finally see a Post Season game again.
    Sure, I’ve got the concerns I’m sure we all have. Been so long since we’ve had a shot and now Alex is in the spotlight for the 1st time.
    No one knows what to expect but, isn’t that the essence of the love for the game?
    Are we as good as the record suggests or is this all a big bag of fluff?
    I like what Harbaugh and Staff have done all Season. The guys are focused, well coached and, hungry for the shot.
    Can’t ask for more than that.
    IMO, I think Harbaugh has concocted some off the wall strategies just waiting for the Post Season opponent. Can’t wait to enjoy the game.
    My concerns right now are for Willis’ hammy to be 100% and some new wrinkles to spring on NO to get us an early lead with which to dictate tempo and keep the Defense fresh. Hoping to play with the early lead, don’t want to be in catch up mode with Brees.
    Classic battle between Great Offense and Great Defense.
    For those out there in the Bay Area going to the game, BE LOUD – BE PROUD!

  140. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    barley, bullit,

    Rain stopped but only after hundreds got swept out to sea downstream from us. All good here and would love to send ya some serious rain before Saturday. Lemme turn on the Tebow mojo machine and see if it can be arranged…

    Recalling the heavy soaking rains before the NFC 9ers v Cows game in 1982. That field was perfect…

  141. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Should be a good chess match between Harbaugh and Payton.
    Since Payton felt snubbed with Pre Season Etiquette maybe Harbaugh can return the favor somehow to atone?
    Can Alex beat a blitz when it counts?
    Lots to anticipate.
    We’re rested, playing at home and facing a top notch Team.
    Who’s got it better than us?
    Noooooo Worries!

  142. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil good to see you active again. Hope all continues to improve for you.

  143. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW get a loud of this –
    I see our old friend GeoMak is still flaming people too over on the SFGate site –

    GeoMakS 9:11 AM on January 8, 2012
    This comment is hidden because you have chosen to ignore GeoMakS. Show DetailsHide Details

    Response to Roostercrow wrote on 12:50 AM on January 8, 2012.

    Your use of the word ‘Troll’ is obviously used like a form of abuse. Your level of ignorance Embarrasses Me.

    I hope the public doesn’t judge the subject by ur truly, enlightened, analytical, well thoughtout statement! Not.

    Your posts take up bandwidth. You are out of your depth in this subject and I can’t even summon up the abstract concept of debating this subject with you. Do something proactive.

    If differing opinions bother you go join the sympathy support group blog.

  144. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks NJ.

    Yeah I got the Tebow mojo machine all dialed in for the big rainstorm. Problem is not able to get the time frame right. Prolly gonna cut loose when the 9ers victory parade is marching down Market St…damn it.

  145. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “I think he’ll play okay.” The problem is, Smith’s play will be exactly that… just okay. Smith will throw the ball underneath, and he’ll throw the ball down the sidelines, out of bounds. He’ll audible, depend on the running game and rely on David Akers. He won’t move the ball (see his 3rd down conversions), and he won’t score enough in the redzone, but he’ll get his 185 yards passing and maybe, maybe a touchdown. You’re right… that is “okay” (if you like losing by two touchdowns). If the 49ers re-sign Smith, get used to it. The 49ers need a guy like Matt Flynn who can keep up in a shoot out. With Alex Smith it’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight.

  146. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  147. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stealing lines from others, and stealing ideas from posters?
    Check and check. Got it, Spitty. You were giddy shooting down my trade idea for Flynn last year. He may be good, he may not. He’s Nate Davis redux. An unknown entity. The name Clint Longley ring any bells?

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11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

Grumpy: DNP