Coming Attractions

Two more weeks and this long, dreary offseason will end. Hallelujah! Or, as they say in the cartoon world, “Hot d-d-diggedy d-d-dog!”

Some of you might not be feeling elated about the coming season. Condolences. It’s true the 49ers are going nowhere this year, but they do exist as a constant embarrassment to Trent Baalke and Jed York. As we discovered last year, that can be quite entertaining — as long as you don’t get lost in the live and die “I ♥ 9ers” superfan mode.

The Browns game last December was particularly enjoyable. Getting stomped by the second worst team in the league and knowing the evil Yorks had trotted the whole family up to Cleveland expecting to see a team that had turned the corner and instead saw a team heading to the basement — very satisfying. All that massive humiliation huddled up there in one woeful suite.

The Yorks are entirely engaged in the tawdry business of accumulating wealth. Which they’ve done well. However, next month former Niner owner Eddie Debartolo will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame and his accomplishments will resound through the ages. The Yorks? Buried and forgotten. Cheesy bean counters that no one cares about.

Now that Forbes has valued the 49ers at $2.7 billion — a 69% jump in their value — perhaps the Yorks will see this as a good time to cash out and go home. We should be so lucky.

In the meantime, we have an expansion team full of plucky youngsters who will be trying to prove to us that Baalke is not an idiot. This gives us a win-win situation. If the team wins, great. Good job fellas. If they lose, great. Another nail in Baalke’s coffin.

However, if you’re only interested in the playoffs and a Super Bowl run, sorry, but that horse left town. If you’re a 51 year old Browns fan, you’ve waited a lifetime for your team to win a SB. As long as the Yorks own the 49ers, lifetime is definitely in play here too. It currently stands at 22 years without that trophy. Next year at this time, it will be 23.

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33 comments on “Coming Attractions
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Well written lead again. Obvious to everyone a slow build via drafting well. FO wrote off this season for assessment and direction for future draft strategies.

    The Ducks are the building blocks on D. Need a very good 2-gapper from somewhere, somehow, and on the cheap. No more high picks on D. We are exhausted there.

    Competing with CLE for #1 and #2 in 2017, gorging on a draft pick bounty with a trade down. Now it is rebuild the O.

    Nothing more to add. FO sucked it out of us.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why exactly did York choose Baalke over Harbaugh?
    If given a “do over” would he make the same choice?
    Harbaugh was intense and different but there is no denying he was a winner.

    Niners now are in the position to ask who sucks more than we do?
    The Browns? From the top of the NFL to the bottom in 3 short years.

    Thanks a lot Jed and Trent. Go F%$^ yourselves.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If Fitz is QB the NYJ game is -3 to -5 underdog. Auger in. Crash and burn.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just remember the critics of Harbaugh wanted to see a pass happy team. They criticized Hargbaugh’s “Bo Schemblecher” offense even though with a stout defense it proved to be a winning formula.

    If you think back to NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl, what lost the game for the Niners was when Kap went to the air at the end of both games. Those screaming for the sexy offense through the air than asked why didn’t Harbaugh run the ball?

    Monday Morning quarterbacking at it’s finest.

  5. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I would bet Harbaugh kept Kaep on a short leash when it came to passing the ball.
    Most likely, Kaep couldn’t dissect Defenses well enough to be effective.

    As Sherman said after he picked Kaep in the NFCCG, he knew it was coming.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Remember the Alamo? Tough times.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot the link

    I am missing the good old days when winning was paramount over style

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Send in the Clowns. Great song and lots of youtube videos of it with your favorite artists. Like Barbra Streisand, Judy Collins, Jed York/Trent Baalke,…

    What a rapid descent. Great D got old and injured all at once. Kap got figured out and now nothing more than a phantom. Nobody does it better. Thanks for the memories, TB and Jed.

    All I can think of in the ruins are effing songs. Not the promise of this season’s football. Have to look elsewhere for that.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Who has it better than us???!!!

    Well. Everybody, actually.

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol grump, with expectations as low as ours there really in no place to go but up. Even if we lose every game I doubt we could play worse than we did last year. I can only remember playing one good game last year. Anyway, there is really no reason to whine about anything now. It is just another chapter in 49er history. I actually plan on enjoying this year. I still believe with everything I got that Baalky should have been shown the door last year. But o well.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More articles about Baalke’s failures and being on the hot seat.

    This writer is repeating what has been said on this blog for a long time.

  12. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Rob I read where Ian Williams “may not” be ready to start on the DL at the beginning of the season. He’s one of our best linemen; this would hurt our rotation. Hoping for no injuries on the DL…and everywhere else.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cowgirls spent more on their new practice facilty than the cheapass Yorks did on Levi’s Stadium.
    Regardless of what you think of Jerry Jones, he spends money on his team.
    The practice facility has a 12,500 seat indoor stadium and will surely help attract potential free agents.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In case you were missing Aldon Smith, this pops up and then you are glad he’s no longer a Niner. Aldon Smith is a troubled nut case who seems determined to self destruct off the field giving Johnny Manziel a run for his money.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Anthony Davis let 49ers know last week that he planned to file for reinstatement this week. Unknown how long it will take NFL to respond.”

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I guess wrong on everything. Seems he was told to delay. A trade will occur. If so this stinks. His value is pennies on the dollar. If traded this seals it for me. TB must be fired.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers name Tom Gamble assistant general manager.”

    Baby steps.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From maiocco. ” Gamble enters his 29th NFL season, including his 10th with the 49ers. He also worked under Bill Polian with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 through the 2005 draft.”

    Sounds offensive.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We play NFC South. They will have more of these on all of the teams we face before the season starts.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CLE schedule has them playing NFC East and AFC East. Our two bottom NFC teams are CHI and DAL. They have BALT for two games. AFC South bottom teams are TENN and SD.

    Their schedule is quite a bit easier than ours. They lost 3-4 DE Desmond Bryant but gained WR1 Josh Gordon in week 5. With Williams and Dorsey out or out of shape in early games, coupled with run heavy teams in first 4 games the #1 pick is looking better for us.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The San Francisco 49ers are not favored to win a single game in the 2016 NFL season, according to CG Technology. The only other team to suffer this embarrassment heading into training camp is the Cleveland Browns.

  22. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Love the Gamble promotion to Asst GM. Long hoped for. Balkey officially on notice. We can’t blame “49 Wins” Jimi anymore. Gamble and Kelly seem to have a workable relationship. Like the Niner QB situation = We Will SEE soon enough

    AD coming back and Balkey going? Interesting timing…

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke and Gamble beats the snot out of Paraag and Baalke IMO.
    This FO needs to work together.
    Damn the Meddling Minions options.

  24. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Gamble/Balkey seems to be as step in the right direction esp. if Chip is harmonious with both. I just want a functional team who can draft effectively, manage the roster to keep players like Iupati, Crabtree, Gore and avoid wholesale defections of players, coaches, fans. As I have written my hope is that the addition of Kelly and the subtraction of ‘teachers pet’ Tomsula the unqualified, the subtraction of the intense Jimi, the subtraction of bean counter Marathe (we hope) will allow steady, rational growth towards a winning team.

    We are going to see aren’t we? Perhaps the promotion of Gamble to asst. GM is a carrot to induce AD to return? “Anthony you won’t have to deal with TB. You deal with Tom Gamble”. Dunno, whatever works. Hope this is the case and we don’t trade AD as we surely need a decent RT. Are we seeing signs of sanity in the Niner FO?

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always liked AD Phil –
    I’m just a bit curious why he had the falling out when everything imploded around Harbaugh?
    Something just didn’t add up with all the defections/holdouts at that time.
    Now, I have to ask whether AD will be a good fit with the Kelly Offense?
    Much will be cleared up during Camp.
    I can figure AD didn’t help himself with a last minute retirement, which likely didn’t sit well with Baalke, especially when it occurred after the Draft.

    I’ve read that money became an issue, which would have implicated Paraag due to Contract language involved.
    Giving these guys the Tomsula option didn’t make things any better either I’m sure.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gamble and Baalke worked together prior to Paraag as well if I recall correctly.
    Hoping, as you do, that these guys can coexist and, get the job done.
    I’ve had my fill of non-football Minions being involved in things that they aren’t qualified to meddle in.
    If nothing else, it smacks of micro-managing for the sake of ‘involved’ Ownership.
    We see what guys like Snyder, and JJones, do to the football side of the business, when they’re nothing but egomaniacal weenies living in NFL fantasyland.
    Money may buy them their Teams.
    It doesn’t qualify them to build the roster.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I put the Moneyball practices squarely on Dr Daddy and his placement of Paraag into the FO mix.
    Paraag may be keenly qualified to negotiate Contracts but, he’s got no business meddling in personnel/Draft related decisions IMO.
    What GM ever succeeds with these unqualified weenies looking over their shoulders or, having too much input on these decisions?

    Ask Vinny Cerrato how that worked out when he left SF for DC.
    Snyder did all the manipulations from behind the curtain.
    At least JJones didn’t put a fall guy in front of him once he jettisoned JJohnson.
    Once again, his ego wouldn’t allow them to coexist at the pinnacle of their successes.
    Much the same as Jed and Harbaugh.
    Or, perhaps it was Paraag and Harbaugh? Who really knows?
    They give out fancy titles, simply to mask their involvement, until they need a fall guy.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If I were a betting Man, I’d figure Gamble was ousted for Paraag.
    Can’t be sure of the timing but, it seems he took off for Philly knowing full well that his position was reduced by Paraag’s involvement.

    Given the Harbaugh meltdown, I’d also wager that guys like Cowboy, Patrick and even AD, figured, why go through the abuse of almost winning it all with Harbaugh, to starting over with the novice HC Tomsula?
    Meddling of the highest order.
    No one in this game can justify FO mayhem, especially when they’re on a winning streak that ends, as a result of petty BS at the Ownership/HC level.
    It fosters resentment while creating chaos within the ranks.
    Once again, if I have any opportunity to get Jed in my sights while in Canton, I’ll choke him.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And, to a lesser degree, I think Kaep added to the problems after the last NFCCG Pick in Seattle.
    Crabtree soured on him for sure.
    Iupati broke a leg.
    Bowman tore up a knee.
    VD was wide open underneath and didn’t get a look.
    Which, likely added fuel to the decision to holdout.
    You name it, it went bad, from many angles.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IMHO I have always thought that the roster turnover would never have been as extreme if Harbaugh was given an extension. Guys like Willis and Cowboy would’ve have stuck around if they thought the Niners would legitimately compete for the Super Bowl.
    They saw the writing on the wall once York replaced Harbaugh with Tomsula.
    Guys like Willis and Cowboy wanted that ring and Lombardi Trophy
    so bad that if they thought there was a chance they would’ve endured the pain to make the run.

    Once Tomsula was the hire they saw that ship had sailed and they both retired Borland quitting and Bowman’s injury along with Aldon’s dummy antics made the best group of LBs in the league into a group of nobodys.

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