Combine Coma

Some of you might be busy watching paint dry or grass grow, but for those of us that are more actively inclined, the 2012 NFL Combine heats up to 33 degrees this weekend, becoming a scintillating TV event.

On Thursday, the Group 1, 2, & 3 contestants arrived in Indianapolis and, after an intense two days of medical exams, psychological testing, Union meetings, and media yapping, these hardy fellows will take the field Saturday to perform Timing, Stations, and Skill drills. This group consists of Place Kickers, Special Teamers, Offensive Linemen, and Tight Ends.

Friday, another Group of hopefuls arrive (Quarterbcks, Wide Receivers, and Running Backs). These fellows will strut their stuff on Sunday.

The next group to disemplane in Indy are the Defensive Linemen and Linebackers. They perform on Monday.

And the final group to arrive are the Defensive Backs, who will finish off the Combine on Tuesday.

Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke, and their 49er staff will be eyeballing and interviewing just about all of the arriving NFL hopefuls, NJ49er will be muttering Harrumph! as the TRUE weights and heights are entered into the books, and the rest of us will be waiting for the 40 yard dash times of the WRs and DBs and maybe the RBs.

While this is going on, evil foul-smelling player agents will be greasing through the assembled GMs, tampering willy-nilly with their potential free agents, attempting to secure exorbitant contracts that will make all of us (and a few owners) sick to our stomachs.

Guys can look pretty good this time of year. The ones who do will begin rising up the draft boards of the Professional Draft Gurus. Until such time that these gurus have gotten some feedback from actual NFL Insiders and begin to Readjust their Risers, which makes them Falling Down the draft board. This Updraft/Downdraft weather pattern will continue until the final week of April, when the actual draft occurs and the Gurus all pretend They Knew All Along that so-and-so would be drafted at such-and-such to Insert Team. The rest of us will scratch our heads and go, “Who?”

There are other matters that affect the Draft Boards other than the Gurus getting clued in. Drug tests and criminal records will surface, making some hopefuls become Risks that can be drafted at lower positions than their skill would indicate. Another factor will be the potential free agent players that get re-signed in the next two and a half weeks, deleting their position as a Draft Day Need.

And the last factor affecting the draft is Free Agency itself, which begins on March 13th. Now this is where football starts getting really fun again. It is the period of the NFL year that most closely resembles Fantasy Football.

We all know how this works, but it’s still great fun. Or at least better than nothing at all. Slightly better. Very, very slightly. Infinitesimally slightly. Nano slightly. It’s better. Trust me.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The combine is a glorified PE class. How exciting is it to watch a 6’3″ 330 lb NT get tested for his vertical leap and broad jump?
    Best parts are when they start throwing and catching.
    I can only take it in 20 minute doses as my mind statrts wandering.
    I;m more interested in the news and rumors coming out of the combine than a prospect’s performance.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’re watching it. I knew it.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    RGIII is 6-2, 3/8, not “closer to 6-1”. Let the dollars roll in!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That extra inch might be worth five or ten million.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    For me, I’ll be watching the Daytona 500 Sunday.
    A couple of drills I like to watch are QBs throwing, DBs backpedaling and turning, DB and WR 40s. It is not just the 40 times, but also how fluid they run. I don’t care to watch the vertical and long jump, but these numbers can indicate explosiveness. So I do look up the results.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Closet watcher.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The thing they can’t measure at the combine is a player’s heart and motor. If we could draft 7 players with Justin Smith’s motor
    we’d be doing quite well.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Not a NASCAR kind of guy and all the left turns.
    Used to play with slot cars though but the smaller HO variety.
    Saw on SportsCenter Danica crashing into a wall and walking away.
    Enjoy your Days of Thunder.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    These are good NASCAR days for me. My favorite driver is defending champ, Tony Stewart.
    BTW, my favorite 49er is Justin Smith. Before that, it was Bryant Young. I like D-linemen! It does make sense since I was a DT. I was a TE on offense. Before that I was 5th string QB! LOL, true story!

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Watch this and you’ll wonder about this guy’s creditbility.
    His dad was the main scout for the Niners but his analysis proved this time to be a joke on half the guys he evaluated especially Cam Newton and Aldon Smith.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Reading between the lines if Steelers franchise Wallace the Niners will go to Plan B and select Coby Fleener. Imagine a 3 TE offense and how confused the defense would be not knowing if VD,DW or Coby Fleener are blocking or going out for passes.
    One thing is certain, Fleener can get seperation and catch the ball downfield. All the best offenses in the NFL have one thing in common, outstanding TEs which create matchup nightmares for defenses. Couple that with signing a Pierre Carcon or Laurent Robinson and we’ve improved the pass offense.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I watched Fleener’s highlights and came away impressed and convinced

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A lot of Fleener’s TDs came in the redzone and he makes for a big target inside the 20. Also a lot of these highlights were on wheel routes and skinny posts which are the staples of Harbaugh’s playbook.
    If I were Harbaugh I’d line up with 4 TEs and pass out of it sometimes and run Gore out of it when the coverage follows the TEs.
    You can gain in 25 yard chunks if you have the defense on their heels.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So I just discovered this series of videos from Football Gameplan
    They are pretty thorough and worth a look as they have a video for every position as well as Mock Drafts.

    This is their WR video and he likes Alshon Jeffery although a lot of others will disagree.
    Check out all the other videsos they have when you have the time.

  15. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In what universe was Aldon Smith ever a DB? What a clueless dolt.
    And yeah, Fleener would be good to have. With Bynam coming back, VD on board, Walker and Peele would be gone, and those 3 would be excellent.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You talk the NFL listens.
    You have Roger Goodell’s ear.
    He’d like it back sometime soon.

    That should make it more watchable

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    First FA re-signing: C.J. Spillman for three-year $6 million contract extension. They like this guy.

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon Goldson apparently has ditched Drew Rosenhaus in his pursuit of a deal. . .

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Those flying squirrel suits are nuts. Especially the path this guy was taking flying near a tram’s cables that would cut him in half. That was beautiful but
    you’d have to be crazy to do that.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome, NoFear. I did one of those piggy-back free fall jumps once, but these guys are in another world indeed.

  21. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    More news out of the camps . . .
    Piere Garcon has turned down the Colts offer and is looking to free agency to see what happens there.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just finished watching a blade of grass grow .00001111 millimeter. Any hot news from the combine, guys?

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s got it better than us? Nobody! Yes, I am wearing my shirt!

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Great video. Those guys will be dead soon.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This from SF Gate
    V is up to his usual nonsense troll campaign. Good for grins
    as he is now a scientific man.

    “”In this pole 81% of 49er fans hate Alex Smith, I guess the whole 19% are on this blog. You put this clown in the free agent market and only our team is still interested and that’s a fact!”

    His “pole” says. Now that’s getting too personal. Don’t point that toothpick at me. Yikes!

    V likes to stack the deck with handpicked jury. Hell he needs to
    run a banana republic.
    Usual total BS

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I should call V and see what the heck he is up to. He is really a nice guy on the phone. I ask him why he messes with so many on the blog and he just kind of blows it off and laughs. He and I have had some good scruffs on the blog, but he is a nice guy on the phone. I don’t think I’ve talked to him for a year or two.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just called V and told him “I love me some Alex Smith, I can’t wait to re-sign him. Call me to talk about it.” I’ll definitely hear from him unless he lost my number or doesn’t have caller ID!

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is what my wife is playing in the living room. I’ll need to ask her to play it at least two more times.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t advise asking her to put on a Whitney Houston song.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never liked Whitney Houston’s songs, except the Dolly Parton one. That one she did the best. I just wanted to fuk her. A 25 year old with a hard on makes for a dominant hand. I am such an innocent dude! Every woman wants to be fuked.
    The question isn’t, does she or doesn’t she, it is if she wants to do it with you. Political correctness just does not work for me.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- You are correct, no Whitney Houston songs.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Got Willie Nelson going now! Isn’t he a liberal? Oh well, he does have some good music. Just because he doesn’t have a clue politically does it mean he can’t be called unca chuck!
    Wait! Unca won’t respond to this because he says he is an Independent. Biggest joke I’ve ever known! But I do understand why he is embarrassed t be called a Democrat.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You guys know how honest I am with you. Love me or hate me it’s all good.
    My best 49er friend ever has cancer. Donnie from NY is as good of a human being as I have ever met. Please pray for my good friend. I love my friend Don.


  34. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Embarrassed? You been watching these debates? Now that’s some embarrassing shit. I Ron Paul’s foreign policy wasn’t so bat-shit crazy, I’d vote for him. Sorry, Ron. This isn’t 1896.
    The rest? Criminy, if this is the cream of the Republican crop, then yeah, I’m a Democrat. Obama’s been a pretty big ehhhhh, but he did get bin Laden, got Qaddafi, and the shit hand he was dealt in the economy is slowly coming around. All the doomsayers back in 08, where are they? You know the ones that said we’d all be speaking Arabic by now, and be overrun by terrorists.
    Christ on a bicycle, none of these ‘publicans can even stay ahead in their own race. What does that tell you? That the people like them? No. To me it says they all suck. They want small government, well except women’s right to choose, who you can sleep with, the takeover of the public school system, 1,000 points of light, pre-emptive war, etc… Santorum gets his moment in the sun, and pisses himself in AZ. Too funny. Gee, I didn’t WANT to vote for No Child Left Behind, I took one for the team. Oh yeah, I voted for the bridge to nowhere, and Obamacare. I’d do it different given another chance. Hyuk.
    PS. I hate it when I can’t sleep.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I hope your friend Don beats this if the prognosis is good.
    He’ll need your friendship and all the love and support of family and friends.
    One of my coworkers beat cancer.
    When he was diagnosed I bought him the Lance Armstrong book,
    “Live Strong: Inspirational Stories from Cancer Survivors-from Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyond”
    The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) believes that in the battle against cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis the LAF provides the practical information and tools that people with cancer need to live strong. The LAF was founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and cycling champion Lance Armstrong.
    Anyway Don is my prayers.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    History is the best teacher.
    We did not heed what happened to the Soviets in Afghanistan or for that matter what happened to the british before them. It’s an unwinnable coventional war proven by 2500 years of history.
    The tipping point for the Soviet Union is when they invested 27% of their GDP into their military
    and to fight the war. Their economy, jobs and standard of living all went to hell and collapsed bringing down their government. Sound familar?
    AS long as Pakistan gives the Taliban a safe sanctuary the mousetrap won’t work and will bankrupt us.

  37. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Flying squirrels, the Soviets, Afghanistan, Democrats, Whitney Houston and Flying V. One little fishing trip where my geneous was on full display, and this place goes to the birds.
    Way to sign Spillman. Goldson dumping Drew is a great thing. I think Drew’s overrated. If I was a player, I’d be looking to hire Micheal Crabtree’s agent. If I was an owner, I’d have a strong policy of not dealing with Micheal Crabtree’s agent.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My friend Don flies in from NY to SF most years. I drive from Reno to SF. We spend a week-end at Fisherman’s Wharf and go to a Niner game. We’d usually end up on Sunday night at some dive bar on Lombard St called something like Black Magic Voodoo Lounge.
    On Saturday we usually go to Jack’s at the Cannery and consume massive quantities of beer, and if the music is blues we’ll walk down the block to Lou’s Pier 47 to take in some live music.
    Getting up early for the game is not always easy, but it has to done. I like getting to the game early to either walk around to see some pre-game events, or tailgate.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Holy crap Spitty’s back from the bayou. Some here were hoping you
    would choose to stay. Fishing for Gar again? Good of your brother to provide a video of your visit.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There are fewer than 10 months until election day when the people will decide who will be the next President of the United States

    The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans. It’s that time that we all need to come together, Democrats and Republicans alike, in a bipartisan effort for America:

    If you will support the Republican nominee, please drive with your headlights ON during the day.

    If you support Barack Obama, please drive with your headlights OFF at night.

    Together, we can make it happen.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve got TEs catching passes in the gauntlet. Everyone but Fleener
    who’s not participating due to injury.

  42. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve obviously turned your brain off already, Bergs . . .
    Which of the stellar candidates did you vote for? Oh, you didn’t vote? God for you.
    None of the above would be a big winner were he an option.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, oh yeah. I got a video. A prized possession. My oldest two step-daughters jumped, too. Best rush of my life. The vid is on VHS, though. Maybe I’ll get it converted to DVD and get it posted on Youtube some day.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It tells me something when the right neocon T party repubs
    decide their talking point of the week is to doubt if Obama is a good Christian. If that’s all you’ve got you’re in deep shit.
    Really??? You’ve got a Catholic and a Mormon running and they doubt the President’s Christianity? Yeah the country is broke but Newt wants to inhabit the Moon. Secretly he wants to build a Deathstar.
    And if the 3 stooges fail then bring on another Bush (Jeb). It would be like the 49ers hiring Jimmy Raye to be head coach.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My candidate is ABO. (Anybody But Obama) He is making us the new Argentina. The weak vote for who gives them the most freebies.

  46. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    ” It’s that time that we all need to come together, Democrats and Republicans alike, in a bipartisan effort for America:

    If you will support the Republican nominee, please drive with your headlights ON during the day.

    If you support Barack Obama, please drive with your headlights OFF at night.

    Together, we can make it happen.”


    oh, and btw tell ‘V’ to gimme a ring sometime too ! i seem to have misplaced his number !


    ” And if the 3 stooges fail then bring on another Bush (Jeb).”

    uh oh …
    the sucky part is i think jeb would be the best of the three bush brothers !
    is that a good thing ?

    ” to doubt if Obama is a good Christian. …
    If that’s all you’ve got you’re in deep shit. ”

    ummm as unfortunate as it is , we also have the last four years to think about !

  47. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    fav 49ers

    patrick willis , vernon davis and aldon smith !

    oh , and jim harbaugh ! 🙂

    fav nascar drivers
    carl edwards and montoya … and danica !

  48. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    best news of the day !


    ” Dashon Goldson apparently has ditched Drew Rosenhaus in his pursuit of a deal. .”

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    These 3 kickers are about to get the franchise tag and my question is why? Perhaps I’ve taken this for granted with Nedney and Akers
    but franchising Connor Barth?
    San Diego will have to choose between Kaeding and Novak so one of them will be availanle.
    Jeff Reed is floating around out there.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Kickers franchise at low numbers.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Rob- I wish Jeb Bush would run. I think he would be a good one.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Rob- When we sucked with Nolan and Sing I could never have a favorite player. These days I’m starting to rank them.
    #1 Justin Smith
    #2 Patrick Willis my wife’s favorite)
    #3 Vernon Davis
    If Dashon re-signs and has another good year he will move way up on the board. Alex is ready to move way up too.
    Why do you guys not like Dashon? He looks like potentially to be the #1 safety in this league. Do you guys not have the patience to let a player develop? I’m not saying he will be the #1 safety, but he is damn good. Big, strong, fast and fearless. I see him as a major asset.

  53. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Goldson is still looking for a big payday. I really don’t know how the Niners will play this, but Rogers could end up being the one being tagged.
    Buying votes, NoFear? Seeing as Romney is spending about $50 million per state in his own goddamn primary, what do we call that? Rent? Pocket change?
    Marxist? Wow. Yer farther into the koolaid than Rush Limbaugh.
    Come together, Berger? What the republicans did was obvious from the get-go. and they’ve been saying it from the start. They’d rather bring down the world economy than work with the sittitng president. You know, NoFear, the one that we weren’t supposed to question when he was Bush.
    The overarching hypocracy is soooooooo obvious, even a koolaid swilling neo con such as yourself should be able to see it once in a while.

  54. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, seeing as none of the current Republicans seems to be able to hold a lead, or garner anything resembling support from the base, a dark horse candidate like Christie (or Jeb) could come in and win this shit no problem.

  55. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon wants a huge payday. I just don’t think the Niners go that route. He may get offers that the Niners won;t match. It’s not so much that I don’t like him, I’m just concerned about his recklessness and his inconsistency. He improved greatly last year due to the fact that Whitner and Rogers took a lot of pressure off of him. But he still had fair to poor stretches. I think they are in the stages of moving Culliver to safety anyway, so his loss won’t be as difficult as, say Rogers would.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- The Repubs won’t work with the O? If they work with him and do what he wants we we go down fast. Proven fact. Look at the history of his 1st two years. He had both houses, and everybody agreeing. We had 10% unemployment. Now that the Repubs have the House for the last two years our economy is improving. Look it up. Democrats buy votes which kill the country.
    You must be getting subsidies. You fight very hard for people to get stuff for free. Your boy JFK said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” You no longer agree with that? It seems obvious you are getting money from the government and are in protection mode.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I am predicting if Dashon Goldson stays he will be the most feared safety in football within 2 years. You can try Culliver but not many hit like Goldson. A good free safety is a huge piece of a dominant defense. I would put some money on Dashon. I have a lot of faith in this guy. Our previous problem with him had a lot to do with the coaching. Just my opinion.

  58. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blah blah blah. You act like the world was peaches and cream when Obama took over. It wasn’t. All the talk of who would do what to jump start the economy is bullshit. Not taxing the rich for the past 12 years has done jack shit to jump start the economy. On, NOW it’s working? Don’t make me laugh. The Wall street collapse, and the damage to the world economy is not easily overcome regardless of who you or I want to blame for it. The furking hoops and bells and whistles more regulation/less regulation Congress thinks will help one way or the other don’t mean squat. The Dems are idiots, as is Congress as a whole. Their whole mission in life is to stay within the wall of congress. They are beholden to no one but the lobbyists and the status quo.
    The one thing the republicans have (which is a blessing as well as a curse, which R Paul aptly pointed out the other day) is they put party in front of all else. Including the people they supposedly serve. The Dems waffle too much. Which usually ends up screwing them.
    I’ve been out of work maybe 4 weeks in the past 34 years, Bergs. Don’t pretend to think you know anything about me. I’m just amazed at how easily you can be manipulated by talk radio and Fox news.

  59. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Obama will be the president for four more years. Not that that gutless wonder will change anything. What we need is another FDR. FDR grew up an aristocrat – heir to a huge fortune – but he turned his back on his own class and bullied the rich and fought to empower the middle class once he was in office. That’s what we need in America. A rich guy who sees the game is rigged and decides he’d rather fight like hell for the middle class then worry about a second term.
    Right now the game is rigged. The wealthiest Americans have created a siphon to suck the money out of middle class – making us their slaves. But the middle class doesn’t take in the shorts where you think. It’s not about taxes. It’s about laws against collusion, anti trust laws, usery laws, bankruptcy laws, gas prices, the stock market, and other things like this that zap the middle class’s disposable income and keep them running in their hamster wheels. Me? I fish…. and I have a great CPA.
    Think George Herbert Walker Bush’s NAFTA was about free trade? Think again. What NAFTA was about was destroying anti trust laws. NAFTA was the first “global market” domino to fall. Now we have all sorts of agreements with every country trying to level the trade playing field, and this is why America has become a service country. High paying jobs go over seas – lowering our standard of living for the middle class, but because the anti trust laws are gone, the wealthy get richer.
    Think about what a global economy does to anti trust laws – ATnT’s competition is no longer just Verizon and Sprint (or whomever), but it’s other communication companies from other nations. So in America, ATnT can say to congress, “If you want us to compete globally, you have to allow us to dominate locally,” and that’s what large American companies are now doing – gutting their US competitions and raising their prices- cutting into our disposable income.
    What about gas? Twenty years ago the Geo Metro got 48 miles to the gallon. It was a simple gas engine. Forget the hybrids, the diesel engines, what have you. It was straight gas. They’ve had the technology to create a 50 mile per gallon gas engine for twenty years now. Why isn’t it on the market. ‘Cause it passes on value to the middle class, and that’s a no, no.
    What’s the game with hybrids? They get their money on the front end – raising the sticker price, and by the time the cost of the car has been justified with cheaper gas prices (creating a break even for the wealthy), the owner needs a new one. He won’t drive it into the ground. The car companies know this.
    Do you drive a car that gets better than 20 miles to the gallon? Do you? I don’t, and I drive a Forerunner. People claim it’s because there isn’t a market for fuel efficient cars. But there is. Even Toyota is in on the game. Take the Tacoma for instance. No, really, take it. It’s not even a full sized truck that only gets 14 miles to the gallon. Seriously, think about that for a second. A small sized 4X4 truck that gets 14 miles to gallon? Who would buy that? And they sell like hot cakes. Why? Perception. The Tacoma is the worst deal out there, but Toyota is playing off their name. Not for long.
    We need FDR. He’s dead. I know. But we need him. Obama panders to Wall Street and does their bidding. We need a man in the White House who will return strength to the middle class. It ain’t Obama, Romney or Newt. Ron Paul would be a great choice, but the rich won’t let that guy get elected. All the members of media try to destroy Paul because the media is owned by the rich and if Paul was in the White House, the rich would see their bank accounts shrink considerably.
    Stinkle: It’s your move. My move? No, it’s your move. You got any 69s? I do, but I think we should “Go fish.”

  60. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What cost for Goldson? He really likes the 5 year/$37 mill Antrelle Rolle got. And he turned down 5/25 last year.
    You willing to go 5/35? That’s too steep for me.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    No, the world wasn’t peaches and cream before Obama took over. The Democrats had both houses for the two years before. That is when the downturn started. Look it up.
    Oh, so it is Fox News? Hahahahahnahahnaha! LMAOROTF! I started watching the station again about two weeks ago, only because sports is boring me lately. I actually tried MSNBC first but just too many Unca Chucks there spazzing out.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would definitely pay 5 year/35 for Goldson. The guaranteed part would be 3 year/15 million. Add a bonus here and there with escalating salaries. Done.

  63. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… Goldson is the next Ed Reed. I’d pay him 6 or 7 million a year.
    Berger – It not a Democrat or a Republican thing. It’s a rich verse the wealthy thing. If you make over $250,000 a year, then your talk is consistent with your wallet. If not, you’re a tool for the rich. They’ve brain washed you with talk of the flag, veterans, apple pie and socialism. My uncle’s the same way. His kids went to public schools, he can’t afford to pay for his own medical insurance, but he still rails against democrats and socialism making less than a 100k per year, without an eye on the the lack of anti trust laws in America that the Republicans have removed. Walmart Republicans? -at your service.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well Skeebs, todays’ events did 2 things for me.
    Fleener is still on my ‘List’ even though he didn’t do any drills.
    Ladarius is definitely there too.
    Not sure I’d add a 3rd TE at this point.
    Now it comes down to whether I’d take OG Cordy Glenn over Fleener if both were on the Board at 30.
    He moves very well and has OT experience. Kid is a keeper.
    I was impressed with 2 FBs that worked with the TE Group.
    Drake Dunsmore from NWestern.
    Evan Rodrigues from Temple/
    Both ran well and had excellent hands.
    Problem is Drake is only 6’3″.
    Evan 6’1″.
    I’m more concerned with having the Red Zone threat.
    That means Fleener and Green for me.
    Now is where the GM makes his money.
    Deciding where each guy deserves to get picked.

  65. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I just can’t see the 49ers going TE in the first round. The Gronker was a second round pick, and who knows what Hernandez was? In Harbaugh’s offense, the TE is a big deal, but that just means Harbaugh knows what he’s looking for and, like Belichick, can find deals on TEs. I think the 49ers go WR in the first round. I think they should go WR or safety in the second. That tall safety from USC is interesting…. in the later rounds.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Srtinky- Interesting. I would vote for Ron Paul if he didn’t scare me so much with his foreign policy.
    The first out of the box foreign trade was Nixon and China. It wasn’t free trade but it opened the door for the future of trade.
    Gas prices are going up for a multitude of reasons. Our biggest problem is this President not being pro-active and tough. His actions, or inaction’s, make me think he has many campaign funds coming from abroad. Just a thought.
    Why did the Geo Metro fail? It is nice to get 48 MPG(rated in those days), but can it climb a hill at 55 MPH? Would you drive one?
    FDR started the Socialism in this country. He’s not my hero. He can be your hero. He seems to be Hipolito Irigoyen (Argentina) to me. That country tanked and it all started with what seemed to be a good idea at the time. We could have ended the Great Depression by simply lowering taxes. But then FDR wouldn’t have been able to get high on the ether of the power he amassed.
    What we need is another Reagan, Washington or Lincoln, IMO.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I like the OG from Wisconsin better than Cordy.

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t want a TE in round one. I won’t be upset if we draft Fleener, but I surely wouldn’t be happy.

  69. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – The Geo Metro is just an example. 20 years ago America and (the world really) had the technology to create gas powered engines that were much more efficient. If America wanted to build off that technology twenty years ago, where would we be right now? My answer: Climbing hills, going 65 in larger vehicles, and maintaining 40 miles to gallon. The technology and efficiency of gas powered engines should have improved, not gotten less efficient.
    One of the reasons that gas prices are increasing is the lack of anti trust laws in America. Think about it. Remember the old AM /PM gas stations, or the USA gas stations that were cheaper and drove prices down? Where are they now? The answer is the Chevrons and Shells and now Costcos have bought them all out. Sure, it’s a speculative, commodities market, but the bigger issue is the lack of gas supplier competition. And really, that’s why speculators know the gas commodity is a good bet – because the competition has been eliminated. It’s an anti trust, wall street thing – and only one class is actually benefiting.

  70. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I think Ron Paul is exactly right with his foreign policy ideas. You cited Nixon and China. Nixon went to China when everyone else thought he was crazy for doing so, and it brought less tension, more respect and greater communication to the relationship between American and the Chinese. America needs to do the same thing with Iran – and that’s what Paul wants to do. We need to create a friendly relationship with Iran, but the media is preventing that with scare tactics – claiming Irani is the new devil. I don’t buy it. Sure, they want to wipe out the Jews, but we have so many nukes, and we’re light years ahead in regards to our nuclear technology.
    America plays off the terrorist angle, selling that if Iran got Nukes they’d be bomb happy. I don’t think so. We have enough Nukes to create a crater the size of Texas where Iran once stood. Problem is, America just wants to control the oil because it’s such a huge, huge money maker in America. The whole terrorist angle / nuclear Holocaust threat is just a game, but it’s an effective one because who wants to risk it, right? Problem is, the Republicans already played the scare threat in Iraq and people just aren’t buying it anymore.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- I don’t know where you get your info but gas prices are going up because of higher usage world wide. We produce more oil than ever but oil is now our #1 export. We can drill more but why if the oil companies are just going to sell it abroad. It has nothing to do with anti-trust. This must be a buzz word you are learning in school?
    Our refineries buy oil from the world market. We don’t get the discount we once did from being the largest consumer. It pays more for the oil companies to sell abroad than at home.
    Since we give oil companies subsidies to find oil why can’t we tell them to sell to our own refineries at a discount? Who is on the take? It seems to me somebody wants to be re-elected and needs some money for his campaign. How else can one explain not approving the Keystone Pipeline and allowing the oil to go to China? Oh yes, that and the environmentalists that want gas at 6 bucks per gallon so we stop driving gas combustion cars. He wants their votes too.
    I’m glad George Washington did not think like Obama. There would be no America.

  72. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Horse manure. It’s simple economics. Cut out the suppliers and the profits go up. I’d like to see a study of the number of suppliers in any given town. I know in Redding, in 2008, the town had nine or ten suppliers – USA, AM/PM, 7 Eleven, Shell, Valero, Chevron, Safeway, a three local mom and pops that doubled as markets. Now? There are only four – Valero, Chevron, Shell and Safeway. I bet that’s the case nationwide. I don’t expect you to recognize it, but it’s happening. The gas supplier competition is being wiped out in America. And the speculative markets on Wall Street know it and the only reason those markets are hot is because the lack of competition.
    For someone who cries so much about socialism, you should be on board with what I’m preaching because it’s capitalism. More suppliers drive the price down.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- The President Of Iran has said there was no Holocaust. He also said he wants to incinerate Israel. If you were in my house and said you wanted to kill me I would not ask questions, I would choose to believe you and act. You are dead, or I am dead. In world politics, if it is in your region it is in your house. Iran is a dictatorship, even though technically it isn’t. They are the number one sponsor of terror now that Saddam Hussein is dead. Make a deal with them and it is dead as you are walking out the door. They only make deals to buy time.
    I don’t have the ultimate answer for what to do with Iran but I can tell you I would not be interested in dealing with a delusional liar, which is what the Iranian government is.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nice talking points about gas prices but you are a bit behind the times. Many refineries are losing money these days and that is why gas stations are going down. The government needs to step in and say to the companies drilling domestically, we give you subsidies, you sell to American refineries at a discount. Somebody is being paid off. I wonder who?

  75. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    To be fair, here’s the thing about anti trust in America. In a down economy, the Fed doesn’t break up monopolies for fear of hurting job markets. What the Fed does is benchmark. That means they set prices. So instead of actually creating healthy competition, the Fed lets monopolies stand, but doesn’t let those same monopolies gouge the consumer. The theory is the job markets will grow quicker because those larger systems have the ability create jobs quicker than startups. For instance- let’s say ATnT was the biggest cell phone provider and the entire industry was struggling (which it isn’t). If ATnT wanted to buy up Sprint and others, the Fed might not step in (which they have recently so this is kind of bad example). They wouldn’t step in for job growth. But the point is they would allow the monopoly to grow but then regulate how much ATnT could sell a cell phone for. It’s called “benchmarking.” The Fed does it all the time, with all different sorts of commodities. So when the economy comes back, instead of benchmarking, the Fed then actually starts breaking up monopolies once again. To be fair, that’s the way the system is supposed to work. What throws a monkey wrench in the system is the new global economy and how our boys now compete both locally and globally, and how that affects the American consumer.
    I will say one thing about benchmarking for the sake of jobs. I believe benchmarking is more socialism and profiteering than anti trust. I believe even in down economies the Fed should not worry about jobs and worry more about destroying monopolies. This practice would create a healthy economy in the long run. I also believe the Fed should make American businesses focus more on Americans and less on global markets. Breaking up monopolies would do this because people resent American monopolies. It would get the economy back on track faster, and there would be more of a sense of nationalism. Companies like Toyota wouldn’t stand a chance.
    It’s interesting to me that Americans cry socialism, but don’t mention anti trust. Monopolies and anti trust (and benchmarking) are what’s really hurting America right now. That and our spineless leader who couldn’t win a fight with teenager at the local playground.

  76. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I agree. Armor Dinner Jacket (like Grump calls him) is threes screws short of an orgy (just made that up… I’m awesome). But he’s really a front man for the Supreme Leader so Iran can muddy the water. Armor Dinner Jacket is great at muddying the water. I wouldn’t deal with Armor Dinner Jacket. You see that guy on 60 Minutes? Crazy train. He’s there to confuse and discredit, nothing more. He’s not the leader of Iran. He’s a puppet – like Obama. If I was the president, I’d deal with the Supreme Leader. I wouldn’t go there to talk politics or business. I’d go as a friend, trying to make the lives of my people better.
    You think oil companies are losing money? You just fell out of your tree and hit your head and don’t even know it.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not say oil companies are losing money. Why do you twist my words? I said many refineries are losing money. Oil companies are making plenty of money.

  78. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I think you’re focusing too much attention on the middle man who’s always the scapegoat. Focus on the top of the food chain. The oil companies, Wall Street, The Supreme Leader – they’re the top of food chain. Refineries, Armor Dinner Jacket and Obama are the puppets. Don’t let them muddy the water.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger your OG Zeitler from Wisconsin is solid too.
    I prefer Cordy for his size and ability to play OT.
    Another OG who looked good in drills was Amini Silatolu from Midwestern State.
    He’s similar in size to Zeitler and moved very well too.
    I prefer the model NOLA uses.
    Give me the BrickSh!tHouse-sized OGs and OTs with good feet.
    If your OGs and C can stone the inside you get a pocket.
    Joe and Anthony both move very well on the edge. We got beat more often inside.
    BTW, our boy Kendall Langford looks to be hitting the FA Mkt.
    I am.
    Kick the tires on him and their NT Paul Soliai.
    Soliai and Isaac would be a NASTY rotation.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Who do you think owns the refineries?

    What happened to the oil companies reinvesting their record profits into infrastructure? A lot of their infrastructure are refineries.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Prices at the pumps are nothing but a Political Football now.
    Big Oil and The Gov are in bed together. have been forever.
    Detroit keeps pumping out those Hemi engines and other V8s though.
    Just like Coal.
    We have lots of it at our disposal.
    Who cares if it’s bad for the atmosphere? It produces electricity at the plants we can’t retrofit.
    We have lots of it and there’s money to made.
    It’s the American Way.
    Taxes? Why should we pay?
    We employ people to pay them.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What genius in Detroit thought the American consumer wanted 12mpg or less from their Family Truckster?
    Now the Chevy Volt will save us?
    I sat in plenty of gas lines in the 70s.
    We were gonna be free of Middle East Oil for 40 years now.
    Spare me.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Chevy Volt just means higher profits for the guys providing the electricity.
    Coal anyone?

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In June 2008 under Bush the price of gasoline broke the $4 barrier.
    Please educate yourselves and read this article about oil refineries before sticking your foot in your mouth by making false accusations based on talking points.
    So the root of rising gas prices is refining capacity (the article notes shutdowns by Sunoco & Conoco/Philips). The supply of crude for the current spike is not the primary reason.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I must confess I feel dirty agreeing with Spitty’s take on politics. Too bad he can’t be as articulate and gogent when it comes to the Niners?

    For the other side here’s a girl that should capture your hearts.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Yeah Kickers don’t make that much but by franchise tagging Barth the Bucs will have to pay him Top Five money for the kickers. He’s not a top five kicker im my estimation. He was accurate 26/28 but only ranked 24th in the NFL in scoring

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Michael Floyd just ran a 4.42 which was unexpected and Stephen Hill just moved up a couple of rounds running a 4.3.
    Danny Coale 4.40 and faster than Joe Adams 4.44

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I consider 4.4 plenty fast for a WR. Coale is one of the guys NJ has me sold on.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- In middle 2000’s the problem was the refineries were running at capacity. We used more gas back then and a few important refineries caught on fire. You should know that, two of them were in the Bay Area. Refineries were trying to get permits for upgrading old and building new refineries. The Dems blocked most all of those applications.
    Since then we have a new dynamic. It is not as profitable to sell to America anymore. Because world demand is up the oil is being sold on the world market at those prices. Our refineries buy the oil from the world market. Because of the price of gas, usage is down. Add all that up and what do you get? Higher prices.
    Oil is traded in dollars. We currently have refinery capacity. We give oil companies subsidies. Why is it not OK to mandate they sell their oil to our refineries at a discount? If they don’t want to do that, take away their subsidies. What is it you don’t get?

    BTW, many refineries are owned by oil companies and many are not. The refinery business is a separate business from digging, pumping and selling to the world market.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If you look at the list most of the high capacity refineries are owned by big oil in the US.
    The gas prices went up 25 cents this past week and went up 5 cents overnight.
    So Berger, you ask and you shall receive

    Apparently you’re supporting the wrong side as this was defeated by the Reublicans last year

    Their excuse? “Republicans opposed the measure, arguing the big five oil companies would pass any tax increases to consumers in the form of higher gas prices.”

    Are you sure you’re on the correct side here?

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Please read Forbes analysis of this

    If you find something cto contradict please provide and I’m willing to read and discuss.

  92. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Sanu just ran a 4.65. No word on whether it was a Steinway or Yamaha that he was carrying on his back.

  93. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Andrew Luck ran a faster time than Sanu. He needs to change his name to Sabu. At least then he’d know how to make a bullshot. We already know after that 40 time he can make a shoe smell.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We should be able to get Sanu in rd 2 if we still want him? IIRC, Joe Staley ran a 4.62.

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- You found some nice editorials backing the Dems. Nice.
    My point is not to eliminate the subsidies, but to get something in return. Your articles are for just plain elimination. Not well thought out. It needed to be turned down. Instead of putting up symbolic bills so guys like you can say hooray for our side they should bring some smarts to the table. This bill was nothing but a charade.

  96. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Del – What’s Ruben Randle run?
    Interesting to hear that Harbaugh was recruiting RGIII at Stanford.
    I wouldn’t play for that under achievin’, Alex Smith lovin’ ball coach either.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Now new reports are editorials?
    Editorials have to have a disclaimer. What I presented didn’t.
    I challenge you to show me something the Republicans introduced to eliminate the subsidies. After all the Republicans control the House.
    Aren’t you moving the goal posts here? Didn’t you just say this in your post? “If they don’t want to do that, take away their subsidies. What is it you don’t get?” Didn’t you just say you were in favor of elimination here?

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I’m actually going to help you.
    Look up all the times at this link

    Kendall Wright only ran a 4.61
    Randle ran a 4.55
    Streeter ran a 4.40

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- The Republicans are not helping the issue either. I haven’t seen any politician from either side come up with something that makes sense. The difference is the Dems have the White House and the Senate. Stop playing political games and think of the country first. The problem is the Dems actually want high gas prices. How do you get around that? If you think the bill they introduced wasn’t just symbolic then you are definitely rooting for one side only.
    I vote Republican because I hate the Dems so much. I’m no fan of Republicans either. I consider myself a Libertarian and an Anti-Democrat. I tend to look at things from a broader point than this party or that one.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- One more thing. If you can’t see that the main stream media is just an extension of the Democrat party then you are very naive.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Those 40 times seem slow across the board. Is it making Pro Days more important going forward?

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Believe it or not I watched about half of the Republican Debates.
    They all sound like V. They want to be Reagan just like V wants Montana back.
    Lots of things they overlook,
    Reagan’s budget increased the deficit exponentially.
    Obama inherited 2 wars. Isn’t it funny that Obama decided to start pulling out of Afghanistan when Karzai couldn;t guarantee the safety of Americans and all the Republican contenders cried chicken except Ron Paul.
    This past week the Afghans turned on the US because we keep doing stupid things in their country like pissing on their dead, putting up SS skinhead symbols and now burning their sacred stuff.
    It is time to leave because it is a hostile environment where your supposed allies are shooting you. Funny how the tune has changed with Republicans.
    As long as Pakistan is giving the enemy sanctuary we cannot win.
    Lesson of Vietnam that you must win the local population . They sem to be against us being there so why are we? To flush our infrastructure and future down the toliet.
    Don’t worry when a Republican gets into office we’ll fight get into another war with Iran or Syria. Maybe the deficit will get to Octillion before we leave this earth.

    Don’t take this the wrong way but you parrot Rush and Beck to the T.
    I think we should stick to talking football.

  103. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, Bergs you want the Gov’t to step in to force oil companies to sell domestically at a discount? That’s what’s known as Socialism. . .
    Wow. Bergs goes disavows his party? Hyuk…. what a laugh

  104. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Va-Tech WR, Danny Coale wowed ’em with his combine skills. I believe NJ gets the credit for this one.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Afghanistan is the Democrats war. Iraq was the Republicans. Which one went better? I’m all for pulling out of Afghanistan.
    How is using incentives to get discounts socialism? Please explain.

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bush put Afghanistan on hold to invade Iraq. How can you call it the Democrat’s war? Did I miss something?
    I need to see some hard evidence if you want to pursue this. See what Fox has to say.

  107. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Revising history, Bergs? Bush took his eye off the ball in Afghanistan. The US had almost wiped out the Taliban. They backed off, and while Iraq cranked up, the Taliban once again crept back into power.

  108. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Afghanistan is not very winnable. They are divided into war lord tribes, not very educated and intimidated by the Taliban. The Dems told us for years we should be concentrating on Afghan, not Iraq. The Dems take over power and ramp up the Afghan war. They got what they wanted. How is that working for you?
    Iraq was winnable and we proved it. The biggest sponsor of terror was Hussein, he is now gone. Good riddance. Good strategy. Trying to win a war that is not winnable, bad strategy. I think we accomplished what we needed to do there, now get out.
    I know, hooray for your team.

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Didn’t you pay attention? The Taliban just hides among the women and children or goes to Pakistan. That war is not winnable, Bush did the right thing.
    Sand, insert head, tell unca when to pull his head out and smell the coffee. I know, hooray for your team.

  110. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Give War a Chance” by P.J. O’Rourke. Very good and humorous read by the politically incorrect author. Not for the liberal at heart. You know who you are.

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Obviously you’re having a memory lapse with revisionist history. The whole point of Afghanistan was to avenge 9/11 and kill Bin Ladin.
    I think you got your talking points a little confused. Didn’t Bush say there was nowhere on this earth Osama BL could hide? This was unfinished business and you are so mixed up about this.
    I suppose you forgot that Afghanistan was a haven for terrorists and we wouldn’t be safe until we took care of them.
    When it comes to political matters you really, REALLY need to get your facts straight.

  112. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My facts are straight. It is just that I don’t get them form MSNBC. You can continue be The Ed Show’s biggest fan.
    Afghanistan is where the terrorist trained. We bombed the heck out of them, which we needed to do, but that war is not winnable. The Dems kept saying we should be concentrating on Afghan as part of their continuing Bush bashing. Now thew Iraq war is over. Did you hear we won? You’ve now got Afghanistan. Just what you’ve been talking about for years. Show us what you’ve got. I say get out.

  113. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – “Liberal media?” My ass. Most forms of media are now owned by four or five different companies. The have tight controls over the stories that get run. The same guys who lobby and buy up congressmen and women, presidents and judges, now own the media and control the message. This is why the news is so boring and bland. The Huffington Post? Bought up. Anyone want to make some dough? Start a media outlet of some sort, have a liberal twist to it, and watch the big dogs swoop in and buy you up – controlling your message.

  114. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I get most, if not all of my political news from Bill O’Reilly. I know he gets labeled as being a far right apologist, but despite his conservative tendencies he really is “fair and balanced.” He always provides guests from both sides and gives ’em the “final word.” And his Wednesday segment with Dennis Miller is must see TV. It’s not only informative and funny, but I guarantee you that it will add two or three words to your vocabulary each week. Now you know why I got Berger started on the WOTD. Words are fun. Especially them four-letter ones.

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t believe I’m going to miss the Daytona 500.

  116. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Remember when Dennis Miller was on MNF? That was like a dozen years ago. That was before I even owned a computer. That sumbitch had me grabbing for the dictionary and my Funk & Wagnalls all during the telecast. He taught me a lot, but he also caused me to miss a shitload of MNF because I had my head stuck in a book.

  117. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, the forecast for Daytona tomorrow is a 80% chance of more rain. They might not get shit in until Tuesday. I’m still sticking with Mr. Milquetoast, Matt Kenseth. I got you down for “Smoke.” Rob’s down for Cousin Carl. And we both like Marcos Ambrose as a sleeper. And my super sleeper is Elliot Sadler. Danica? That bitch is headed for the wall once again. Go Daddy!

  118. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe they’ll rerun it on Speed channel at night?

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Missed the better part of the Combine activities today.
    I was able to catch Danny Coale and he didn’t disappoint.
    What did clear up, a little, is that Sanu is NOT a 1st Rd pick.
    I was impressed with Streeter and Stephen Hill, 2 guys that have very limited numbers to digest however,they’re tall and they can run.
    I missed the RBs. Heard Tommy Rathman was running the Drills though.
    Tells me we’re looking for Franks’heir.
    Gotta be Doug Martin for me. Rd 2.

  120. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I like about this Blog is, we’re all 9er Fans and can discuss football.
    Politics? Not so much.
    Choosing a side in Politics is like picking between your children.
    No Party is looking out for me or you. It’s making a sale.
    We each have the right to choose. When I’m behind the curtain, I make a choice.
    Here, I want to talk about football.
    With people who are on the same Team.

  121. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    —>>> 🙂 <<<---

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a little curious about RB Robert Turbin from Utah St now too.
    Close in size to Martin and was VERY productive in College.
    Had an ACL however.
    He’s impressive.

  123. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a small snipet on Mr Turbin.
    Rated by as a likely fourth round pick and the No. 11 running back overall, Turbin rushed for 3,315 yards and 40 touchdowns over his Aggie career. He’s also a reliable receiver out of the backfield, having caught 67 passes for 845 yards and 11 more scores and is among the stouter pass blockers of this year’s running back class.

  125. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – Love your boy, Martin. But I’d be willing to bet you that Detroit takes him ahead of us in the second.

  126. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Why would Tom Rathman be running the scout team if the 49ers were looking to spend a high draft choice on a running back. Doesn’t make sense. Harbaugh and Baalke are looking for a running back bargain, and that’s why they finagled Rathman into the combine. It reminds me of Solari finding Person and Kilgore in the late rounds. The 49ers are looking for a late round running back to replace Anthony Dixon. Me likey.

  127. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, NJ. If there was a little more football to talk about, I’d be right there, but combine? ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz……. The FA period should be exciting.
    If you think Iraq is ‘won’, you are high as a kite, Bergs. Put down the bottle.
    ‘Liberal media’ is the buzzword of the decade for the wallyworld crowd. Like, “If Clinton gets elected, there will be homos teaching your children how to pierce their nipples during math class . . .” “If Obama gets elected, we’ll all be speaking Arabic in 2 years” according to the doom ‘n’ gloom crowd of 2008. Now we have Newt saying these are the most dangerous times in the history of America. Right. Sorry, Newt. I think 1963 was a little bit more dangerous when you had the Soviet Union trying to park 65 nuclear warheads on the island of Cuba. The whole cold war had its moments of the world teetering on the edge of mutual assured destruction. Then Newt says he’s ‘cheerful’? I spit my beer out when he said that one.
    The taliban was disorganized and on the run when Bush shitfed focus to Iraq. For no particular reason but to avenge his father, and crank up the nationbuilding machine. How did Halliburton do during the Iraq war? Or Blackwater? Follow the money, skippy.

  128. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I meant “running the drills….”

  129. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    1.) WR
    2.) FS
    3.) TE
    4.) RB
    5.) WR
    6.) OLB
    7.) DE
    Who knows how the draft will fall? The only thing I know is that the 49ers need two wide receivers, a tight end, a running back and a safety. Free agency is for the birds – unless you’re re-signing your own guys.

  130. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rathman sees the ‘field’ in terms of talent Albert.
    Running the drills at the Sr Bowl got us Willis among others.
    Doug Martin is certainly a keeper.
    The kid Turbin looks interesting too.
    Kid came back from an ACL the following year and kicked some serious butt.
    A lot of this exposure is about seeing who’s coachable and who brings it.
    In Tommy I trust.

  131. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The 2 WRs I mentioned earlier, Streeter and Hill are curious to say the least.
    Very athletic, tall and fast.
    Can they run routes and get open?
    Hill worked in a gimmicky Offense at GA Tech, but he got big chunks for them.
    He could get us the ‘Lid Remover’ WR we seek.
    Can either be considered a 1st Rd pick?
    Maybe 2nd?
    I sure don’t know at this point.
    If I did I’d be seeking employment in the NFL.
    Alshon? A very curious field for how high to spend the pick.
    Jarius Wright separated from Joe Adams now for my Mid Rd pick.
    Still want Danny Coale late.
    Somewhere in the 7 Rds, we likely pick a tall WR and a slot WR.

  132. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not sold on any one position at Pick 30.
    I’m simply looking for the BPA at a position of need.
    I wouldn’t reach for a WR necessarily, but if they do, I’m fine with it.
    Gotta get a productive guy there no matter the position.
    Could be Cordy Glenn, Dontari Poe or whomever.
    Not even sure Fleener fits at 30 but, he’s a great target at 6’6″. Knows the Harbaugh System, steps right in on Red Zone squad.
    Baalke and Harbaugh get paid to get it right.
    I’m with you on the FS getting picked high too Albert.
    Harrison Smith from ND is now my top guy.
    Gotta get after him early if we want him.
    Combine separates the field and clears up some questions certainly.
    The good Teams find the UDFA ranks too.
    Combines are invitees of course, there’s a ton of other guys we haven’t even seen or heard from yet.

  133. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see, Spit. Whitner, Rogers, and Williams didn’t do half bad stepping into a weak secondary.
    A FA WR is HIGH on Baalke’s list. Look at the list of 1 rounds WR flameouts. The recent past has us sucking in the draft and FA wideouts, but there’s a much better shot at getting a bona fine #1 in free agency. Plus, there is a ton of ralent all over the board at WR. Cruz? UDFA . . .

  134. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Sure, Rathman and all the coaches see talent. But it’s the value that makes teams great. For instance, the 49ers, Bengals and Patriots went into the playoffs with small payrolls. That’s value. More bang for your buck. It’s the same with the draft. If a coach is coaching his position at the combine, that tells me the 49ers are looking for value, not just talent because pretty much everyone knows Richardson and Martin have talent. There’s no doubt Rathman will meet with Baalke and Harbaugh and give them his thoughts, but Baalke will be more concerned with value – finding great players in later rounds and paying them less for their rookie contracts. In my opinion, Rathman will love a guy like Martin’s talent, but if he’s a second rounder, that’s not value for a running back who’s going to be a third option next year. Kendal Hunter was a fourth round pick – that’s value. I look for Rathman to find a stud in the later rounds.

  135. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Medeau Williams (or however you spell his name) was terrible. He’s gone. Rogers and Whitner were great, but I always have been and always will be about building your team through the draft. I hate free agency.
    I doubt a free agent wide receiver is high on the 49ers’ list of priorities. They just went to the NFC Championship game without Braylon Edwards and Josh Morgan. They got there with Crabtree, Ginn and Kyle Williams. You draft two more WRs, then maybe bring in a cheap free agent wide receiver who’s marginal if he even makes the team. I’ll tell you one thing, though – Kyle Williams is in trouble, and it’s not because of his fumbles in the NFC Championship, but that’ll be the way the media spins it if Kyle is cut.

  136. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You are wrong, Spit. They aren’t building the team, they are trying to get #1 WR. Mr 60 Minutes (Mike Wallace) would do well here. Drafting WRs in the first 2 rounds is ludicrous. But you know that. Your problem is you throw so much shit around, no one really knows what the furk yer talking about.

  137. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle struggled most of the year. When he got his shot, he didn’t do much to really shine. He was inconsistent. Like all the other wideouts.

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert the name of the game is to obtain talent to improve the Team.
    Gore is nearing the end.
    They took a chance on him in Rd 3 because his medical scared most people off. Obviously he’s paid dividends.
    If Doug Martin is the guy to replace him and they feel strongly about that they’ll assign a grade.
    The WR class is where you seek a value pick.
    I’ve assigned my pick on Danny Coale already,(for what it’s worth).
    Now the question is about what kid is worth the biggest gamble?
    Look at Red Zone threats.
    Need the tall ‘Hands’ kid.
    Fleener fits the tall and hands part just fine. Problem is, he’s a TE.
    Gotta fill the need.
    Sanu didn’t impress. Alshon didn’t run. Hill and Streeter didn’t catch much in College.
    Garcon is proven. Wallace too. A FA is worth the consideration certainly.
    Then comes the Cap.
    The right FA has to ‘Fit’.
    Carlos earned a fat Contract of course. But, he played for it first.
    Braylon could have too.
    That’s the difference between ‘want it’ and ‘get it’.
    Garcon and Bowe proved it with less than stellar Offenses.
    Those are the guys you want to talk to.
    The guys that ‘want it’ may decide to ‘fit’ because they see us as a Team to ‘get it’ with.

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Now Turbin gets into the mix. Compare him and Doug Martin and you have the same size guy and nearly equal ability in run/catch/block.
    Turbin clearly showed no effects of the ACL repair. Came back and put up fantastic numbers.
    Granted, small school competition.
    Tommy gets the benefit of having them for a few hours, running his own evals and seeing what these gys are all about.
    If you miss Martin, perhaps you catch Turbin a Rd or 2 later.
    That’s the rub, grading and slotting.
    You want him in Rd 3, someone else wants him sooner. Gotta know the odds per se.
    We Draft at 30, we may have to pull the trigger sooner rather than later.

  140. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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

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