Coming Attractions

Less than three weeks until the 49ers’ Training Camp opens and we start separating the men from the boys. One of my favorite times of the year.

All the OTA standouts and over-hyped draft picks get their first taste of reality when the pads go on and the hitting begins. Last year, highly touted 4th round RB pick Joe Williams wasn’t ready for the NFL show at all. Instead, undrafted Matt Breida came in and took his job right out from under his nose. The Niners then stashed Williams on IR for the year and he faces an uphill battle to make the team this year.

The most important draft pick this year is RT Mike McGlinchey. If he’s not ready for prime time, it will be a long year for QB Jimmy Garoppolo and the entire offense.

The most hyped pick this year is second round WR Dante Pettis. He could be a game-changer type of player or a bust, but he’s also the draft pick who whose failure would affect the team the least. Trent Taylor would just continue to perform the duties he did pretty well last year before Pettis was drafted to upgrade him.

When he was drafted, third round LB pick Fred Warner looked like he would have an important role for the 2018 season. Reuben Foster was facing a seriously long suspension and backup Brock Coyle was looking like an unattractive option to fill Foster’s shoes. But the Niners and Foster caught a break, the suspension was only two games, and the need for Warner to make an immediate impact diminished considerably.

One or more of the later round draft picks will probably surprise us, which is more than you could say when Trent Baalke was the GM. Last year, the final pick in the Niner draft, Adrian Colbert, stepped in at FS for an injured Jimmie Ward and played so well that Ward lost his job and has been shunted back to CB and all around fill-in DB this year.

All of this unpredictable mayhem and more will be coming to town in less than three weeks.

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40 comments on “Coming Attractions
  1. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    It is going to be interesting to see how our DB’s and WR’s shake out. If they keep only 3 RB’s Williams probably goes to the PS. Always somewhat excited this time of year but even more so this one.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Confuse the offense, who is the SS with the interchangeable Fred Warner in the box.

    “The strong safety drops into underneath coverage and can act as a contain/force defender against the run, a flat-pass coverage defender, or as a middle hook defender inside the numbers, essentially acting as a robber”.

    Both outside CB’s need do press man and flip hips and stay with the WR going deep. Also needs football IQ to pattern match and deal with man beater bunch formations. Tarvarius Moore and Ahkello Witherspoon need to be the starters asap.

    “good defenses’ do an excellent job disguising their looks by either switching their alignments, rolling their safeties, selling the blitz, or by executing any other sort of unconventional coverage. The tricky part of a Cover 3 defense is that it can look very similar to a Cover 1 defense pre-snap.

    “You can see the similarities between the looks: one deep safety, corners isolated on outside threats, three linebackers and a player showing blitz; can he be the 4th underneath defender? Offenses that are not sure use motion to see if the defender follows the player, but here it’s a bit more obvious if you look at the play and notice the offensive personnel. The Vikings are in a pistol formation out of 21 personnel with the FB to the boundary, which is the weak-side. This keeps those linebackers in the box and aware, while the outside corners are three yards off the wide receiver, in more of a press look, which isn’t traditional with the Cover 3 defense that is usually played in off man coverage. Teams like Seattle, during the Legion of Boom’s hay day, would run their Cover 3 defenses out of press at times because their corners ability to disrupt at the line of scrimmage and flip their hips to get back, but traditionally the corners being that close to the line of scrimmage indicates that it is Cover 1 not Cover 3”

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    McGlinchey is very sound in technique. In fact if Jonathan Cooper is RG would not be surprised if OZ and screens worked better on the right side, from week 1.

    What does Tomlinson extension mean. We will know by preseason game 3.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Both 3rd RD picks are starter quality. Love both. Malcolm Smith still can make roster but Warner starts early this season.

    Will (Foster), Mike (Warner), Sam (Harold)

    How soon will Moore start, 2019 or 2020?

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Frank has one career record that may stand forever, 12 straight seasons of 1200 yards from scrimmage. Can he add to it this year? No other player even close to this. In 2010 he broke his hip in the 11th game and got to 1200 that game.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What about the higher paid new FA’s. Some ways to use Jerick McKinnon in passing attack, either in backfield or split out wide.

    Madrid has film on 4 verticals and mesh. These can be done with 13 personnel. 3 TE’s like Kittles, Hikutini, and Jusczuk have speed to clear out the middle for McKinnon with a shallow cross against LB’s that may even misread coverage allowing huge gain for RB.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is Madrid on McKinnon in the running game.

    “In 2016, the Falcons under Shanahan ran outside zone 35% of the time and in 2017, and per Pro Football Focus’ Jeff Deeney, the 49ers ran outside zone 43% of the time while running the inside zone 37% of the time. The 49ers ranked 4th in total outside zone runs in the NFL with 175 behind Atlanta (214), Dallas (198), and Buffalo (187).”

    So only 43% OZ, 37% IZ, 20% power so Tomlinson not out of his element.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Shady needs to submit to a lie-detector test. To clear himself right away.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    hey TOM my sources tell me Reuben Foster was his accomplice on that one !

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    Here is Madrid on McKinnon in the running game.

    “In 2016, the Falcons under Shanahan ran outside zone 35% of the time and in 2017, and per Pro Football Focus’ Jeff Deeney, the 49ers ran outside zone 43% of the time while running the inside zone 37% of the time. The 49ers ranked 4th in total outside zone runs in the NFL with 175 behind Atlanta (214), Dallas (198), and Buffalo (187).”

    So only 43% OZ, 37% IZ, 20% power so Tomlinson not out of his element.

    What do you mean by this

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    LT better at non-OZ run blocking. Would like to see game video on his OZ. Seems not good with it, but C and OT being good is absolutely necessary. OG being poor not a killer.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Reuben needs to go through stages of apprenticeship to get to shady’s level, it seems.

    Read the comments in that forum, police have some work to figure this one out.

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah TOM
    Now we have Mcglinchey in for Brown and Richburg in for Kilgore with Staley back at LT . I really think the coaches are serious and it’s finally clicked for Tomlinson.
    This from PFF
    “For the final games of the season, with Jimmy Garoppolo starting at quarterback, he graded out as a top ten guard.”
    Now if Garnett comes thru …

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A lively offseason.

    Pushing the limit. Jameis Winston drug rape at FSU and free gropes being copied. Marcel Dareus, Brandon Browner, and many other ballers.

    Shady thing is taken to another level. As long as the perp is not caught and linked to shady. A new house security system just put in by shady and she has no control over it. Conveniently no cameras at front door. Perp covered in black, probably fake license plates in a stolen car.

    Karma my ass. Justice system is broken. Only negative he will feel is loss of future income after this contract. He is a pariah now and will be blacklisted. Goodell may get him off the roster with full pay. Too much of a black eye to NFL image.

    He will have a future with drug cartels, … Have no pity for him.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Goodell should force shady to take a lie-detector test after police get enough circumstantial evidence. If he refuses at minimum loses his roster spot for rest of contract. Keep his pay for the moment.

    Let lawyers figure out the contract clauses and if money can be cut off and be banned from NFL. Very bright spotlight on the league now.

    This stuff dwarfs Kneelers stench. NFL tolerates criminality. Tepper shelled out 2.3 billion for CAR.

    Some here said wise investment. Also needs to be issue in midterm elections. So what party wants to be first to protect women from the ballers.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Add this fella to the list.

    National Felons League

    Which Pol will put out legislation to protect females from the ballers? Who tweets first.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Perp in witness protection program?

    How does perp get paid. Advise avoiding Fort Marcy Park for the transaction.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NFL set up a fund to protect women from ballers. Medical expenses, psychological counseling, etc.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Saw a comment that DeBartolo’s ranch is in Whitefish, MT.

    Directly north of Kalispell, pretty country. Flathead Lake reminds me of Lake Tahoe.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wed July 25 is when both rookies and vets report for training camp.

    Pre season games just around the corner and playing for real is inside of two months.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Preview of Niner training camp Maiocco’s Podcast

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Glad I don’t own any Papa John’s stock.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Will Shady be released, too toxic for the NFL image?

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Skeebs, Papa John and the legendary ‘sensitivity training’ exercise, turned Corporate extortion apparently.

    Like many NFL sponsors, he was pretty vocal about Anthem protests costing ‘HIM’ money.
    If I had his loot, I’d burn mine.

    He claims the Marketing Agency involved was willing to keep it quiet for a cool $6Mil.

    Life in the Big Boys’ Club.
    Payoffs to keep the heat off.
    No money..No mercy.

  25. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    I guess all the America-hater sympathizers aren’t going to raise their phony ‘freedom of speech’ or ‘collusion’ protest banners for poor John.

    People think it’s funny but they should maybe consider just how close we are and how willing we are to march folks off to the re-education camps for the crime of merely uttering the wrong word or any words that rile the self-righteous morons who spend their days patrolling social media.

    “Anyone see Papa John lately?” “Not since he was reported by his neighbor for whispering one of the words on the official list.”

    Ayn Rand or George Orwell? Or choose your (least) favorite PC dystopia.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sadder yet NoFear is the extortion angle of his Marketing Agency.
    If true, this happened behind closed doors.
    “$6Mil can keep this under wraps John”

    Jimmy the Greek and many others simply got cut loose for their indiscretions.
    Sad state of affairs when a simple apology isn’t worth the tongue time to defend yourself anymore.

    Given the high profile/high stakes involved with the NFL, it’s gotten way too politically toxic to simply have 3+ hours on any given game day to forget about all the external B*Sh!t for awhile.

  27. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Try Handmaid’s Tale, NoFear.

    You vilify PC correctness, but only as it applies to whitey. You bemoan Papa John’s fate at his poor choice of words, yet you have no problem with scores unarmed black kids being shot in the streets. And the silent protest around that.

    All I can say is wow. False equivalency runs strong in you.

  28. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    What’s funny is you’re not even embarrassed by your ignorance.

    How many blacks have been so punished by you SJWs for saying the same word? Or for the likes of your _bold_ use of the derogatory “whitey” to defame a RACE? It’s the very definition of racism.

    Please show me where, say just three, of your “scores (of) unarmed black kids being shot in the streets” have been shot while complying with the police.

    The entire “Hands up, don’t shoot.” protest, from which Shit7torm took his, is based on a lie, a total fabrication. But, while we’re at it, how many police have been ambushed and actually murdered for simply wearing the uniform?

    I’d say you’ve taken “False equivalency” to a level only surpassed by your hypocrisy.

  29. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick has stated (in the press) his idiotic anti-American worldview reasons for his protest. So you don’t get to make it up.

    Your explanations don’t fit. You even got the colors wrong.

    You’re just a raving lunatic at this point anyway.

    No matter Bullit’s decided to bring his TDS to match your own derangement so you got this thread bounced. Good for you asshole. If you post here again I won’t see it.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Raiduhs are the Raiduhs because of WTF moves like this.

    Replacing the voice of the Raiduhs Greg Papa with 79 year old Brent Musberger could only be surpassed if they found Chris Schenkel but unfortunately he passed away in 2055. RIP

    Jed York might prove to be more likable than Mark Davis as far as owners go.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Oops. should read passed away in 2005.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Film analysis of JAX game, no doubt the sealer game for the 137 mil contract.

  33. 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