Core de Corps

Patience holds little value in the blog world, but it is a major contributor to assembling a good team. This past year, we saw Tarell Brown emerge as a solid CB, Dashon Goldson go to the Pro Bowl, Adam Snyder step up as a solution at RG, Isaac Sopoaga become a top tier NT, and Ray McDonald settle in as a high level LDE. Not to mention the flourishing year Alex Smith put together.

All of these guys, except Sopoaga, were drafted in the first three years of the Rebuilding Era that began in 2005. And all of them were considered disappointments to more or less degree until this past year.

Now they represent core team players. And all of them have at least five good years, maybe more, to perform at a high level.

Patience can operate much more off the grid going forward. When the team was bad, fans needed instant production from everybody and were often displeased. Now that the team is good, the next wave of core players can be developed in backup roles without the pressure to be inserted as starters before they are ready.

During the Walshian Era, we saw this happen many times. Jeff Fuller spent three or four years as a situational player before joining Ronnie Lott as one of the most fearsome safety combinations in NFL history. Jesse Sapolu anchored the middle of the line for many years, but battled injuries for five years before arriving. Steve Young chafed on the bench for three or four years before getting his chance to shine. Derrick Deese bounced around on the O-line before settling in as a vastly underrated LT. It took Guy McIntyre three or four years to become a starter.

Of course, Walsh operated in the pre-cap years, and the pre-FA years. You could keep core guys around as long as you wanted them. And their developmental backups. That is harder to do now. Patience has a shorter shelf life. Players get good, their contracts run out, they want more money, and teams have to choose who to keep and who to let go. It’s much more difficult to keep a core team intact.

The 49ers have a few tough choices this offseason, but nothing like it will be in the next few years. Losing teams don’t have players that are in demand, but winning teams inflate the value and league wide visibility of each member of the team. Egos get bigger. Money has a louder voice.

The 2011 49ers offcially and loudly ended the rebuilding era. From here on out, they are a contending team. But they will remain one only if they can patiently develop a continual stream of replacements ready to step in when a core member moves on. They did very well in that regard this past year, with NaVorro Bowman replacing Takeo Spikes. If Trent Baalke keeps supplying the team with Bowmans, this team will flourish for many years. He’s done extremely well in his first two drafts, but the challenge will be greater now as the team begins what will hopefully be a long run at the tail end of the draft, where being a bottom feeder is a very good thing.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tampering will be rampant at the NFL scouting combine next week at Indy.GMs and agents will be discussing FAs of other teams
    privately to get a feel of the interest, who’s available and what dollaers are out there. The NFL just looks the other way on this.
    What pisses me off is the Niners are the only team that has had their hand slapped because of a cell phone call and penalized with having to switch 3rd round picks and forfeiting a 5th rounder.
    Based on what’s going on that’s total BS and I will always hold that against Goodell just because he singled out the Niners and made an example of us.
    Of course nothing happened to the Jets when caught in a similar situation aginst the Niners (Crabtree).
    Sorry to open up old wounds but this continues to bother me whenever I hear the word.
    Isn’t it amazing that some teams are able to sign free agents from other teams 5 mins after they are able to? How does that happen without tampering Commisioner Goodell?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers tampering occurred during the season, which was viewed more harshly than an offseason, business as usual tampering. Not to say it wasn’t b.s., but that was what made it different than the Jets and all the others.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I generally can’t stand Ray Ratto (used to play softball against him in younger days) because he’s a shit disturber. However he hit the nail on the head with his assessment.
    “And updated for contemporary consumption, “If you’re gonna bend a rule, finish the deal.” Because though football fans pretend to be offended by cheating (see the hilariously overblown Spygate), they are particularly offended when their favorite team gets caught cheating without actually getting to hold the goods they allegedly cheated to obtain.

    The old 49ers had been accused of skating close to the line during the Eddie DeBartolo era in many ways, but tampering wasn’t one of them. More importantly, though, because the 49ers won, 49ers fans were fine with anything done in their name.

    But this? Losing a draft choice in exchange for not getting a guy? This is so Little League parents grousing about Timmy’s playing time. This is so beneath what people expect of their pro football teams. This is so … meh.

    The old Raiders did it right, and probably half as often as they were accused. The current Patriots do it right, because they apparently do it Costco style – in bulk. Indeed, most teams do this type of tampering all the time, or a slight variation on it. Call the agent for a guy you own, then subtly change the subject to one you don’t. It’s child’s play, with a ski mask.

    So how did the 49ers get so lucky to get caught, and then to get punished? I mean, the NFL barely recognizes California as it is, and has even less to do with the Bay Area proper. Indeed, the 49ers have such a record of competitive inertia over the last five years (if not for the Raiders, the 49ers would be the flat-line champs) that one suspected with good reason that Goodell forgot there were teams here at all.

    Well, he knows now, because one of them shamelessly (and incompetently) flouts the rules, and it isn’t the one with the eye patch. God, that must gall Raiders fans. To find out the team you hate is a bigger bunch of sneaks than the sneaks you like …

    So what do the 49ers do now, with dirty, red and empty hands?

    One, review their book of cheats, like any good gamer would.

    Two, reorder their cheating priorities. Don’t cheat to get a guy you can’t get, or one who won’t assuredly and dramatically improve your team, like Briggs. If that’s the plan, then cheat to get Peyton Manning.

    Three, succeed at cheating. Nobody likes a bad cheater a lot worse than a good one.

    And four, don’t go on and on about how you were wronged by the mean old cop. You lost only a fifth-round draft choice, which meant whatever you did probably wasn’t worth the bother. After all, as the saying goes, it can’t be much of a crime if you don’t get much time.”

    On a side note Broncos signed Jason Hill who was a FA after being cut by the Jags last year.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone who is paying attention knows the draft is a crapshoot, and you’re going to strike out a lot of times. Walsh had James Owens, his very first draft pick, who never did much. Blanchard Montgomery? Rickey Moore? Todd Shell? Jeff Bregel?
    The difference between good and not good at drafting is incremental, and small. But over time it piles up. Baalke had a good first at bat, now we get to see what he can do for an encore.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh and the Niners had a hard time trying to find running backs in the first couple of rounds.
    Not much luck with Terance Flagler, Dexter Carter and Famous Amos Lawrence. He did hit with Roger Caraig and Rathman so It’s hit and miss.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Maiocco was on 95.7 The Game this morning and gave some news on a slow day for the things NFL.

    Naiocco seems to think the FA WR target might be Vincent Jackson

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More NFL New from 95.7 this time Nate Davis of USA Today.
    USA Today has a Nate Davis and NFL Network has a reporter named Randy Moss.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    SF tops the list as the best fit for Randy Moss according to Don Banks from SI.
    I can already see Moss sitting alone and pouting on the bench after Alex hits ’em on the shoe tops for the third consecutive time.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This ESPN Insider therough FO thinks Carlos Rogers is the keeper of all potential FAs and should be the one franchised if not signed and gives some interesting facts to back up his
    “Carlos Rogers, CB

    A bunch of other cornerbacks could also be franchised (Atlanta’s Brent Grimes and Kansas City’s Brandon Carr come immediately to mind), but none meant more to their team in 2011 than Rogers. Based on FO game charting stats, opponents threw at Rogers 93 times last season. Only three cornerbacks were targeted more often. However, Rogers rose to the occasion, forcing an incomplete pass or a failed completion (at Football Outsiders, we consider a catch to have failed if it picked up less than 45 percent of yards to go on first down, 60 percent on second down or 100 percent on third or fourth down) on 65 percent of those throws.

    There were 108 defensive backs with at least 30 targets last season, and only seven of them had a higher success rate than Rogers. Nate Clements, the man Rogers replaced in San Francisco, had a success rate of only 50 percent in 2010. Rogers deserves as much credit as anyone for the 49ers’ defensive turnaround last year. A few weeks ago, the 49ers took the eventual Super Bowl champions into overtime. This is not the time to let key defenders walk away just to save a few bucks.”

  10. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    ” SF tops the list as the best fit for Randy Moss according to Don Banks from SI.”


  11. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    ” This past year, we saw Tarell Brown emerge as a solid CB, Dashon Goldson go to the Pro Bowl, Adam Snyder step up as a solution at RG, Isaac Sopoaga become a top tier NT, and Ray McDonald settle in as a high level LDE. Not to mention the flourishing year Alex Smith put together. ”

    good , and it’s pretty clear that these six guys are the free agents we really have to re-sign !

    we have others , but the rest of the roster will fall into place just fine imho !

    the best part for me is that all six have always been favorites of mine even in spite of what a good many fans , coaches and “”blogophiles”” have had to say over the years !

    the big difference between now and what went on in the “Walshian Era” is of course that back then we had the luxury (because of the talent we had and the way things were done at the time )to bring players along at their own pace and to do things the right way !

  12. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    what’s even better is that about three of the six have already said they want to come back ! imo when that happens , it usually means … things are going to go the way we want them to !

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What’s so funny Rob? You can’t envision Moss in the red and gold? I guess you’re still mourning the loss of Shawntae Spencer. God forbid if we ever lost Troy Smith again. You’d be in a funk for weeks.

  14. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The thing I’m encouraged about regarding our drafting is we have coaches with systems that add value. Take a guy like Bruce Miller. The coaches knew what they wanted with a FB, and all the coaches were on the same page. You could make the case that the 49ers could have gotten Bruce Miller as as an undrafted free agent. That’s adding value. Even as a sixth or a seventh, that’s value.
    Mike Solari and Mike Singletary coaching together, with Raye and Johnson, were like computer chips and hand grenades. Now our coaches are on the same page, and it makes the GM’s job easier.
    I’ve been writing it as a slight against Alex Smith that Harbaugh has an offensive system that creates products of his system. Say what you want about Alex Smith being a product of Harbaugh, but it’s clearly true for other players. Harbaugh was able to quickly and easily add guys like Bruce Miller, Justin Smith, Isaac, Peele and others to the offensive side of the ball because Harbaugh’s system is quick and easy to learn.
    When I think of complicated systems, I always think of John Gruden admonishing Chris Simms on national television. Gruden’s one offensive play was, “Z scat, red rover, under, foxtrot, alpha, over, 42, waggle, backslash dot org.” It took Simms seven tries to get it right. That’s more a reflection on Gruden’s inability to make things easy than it was on Chris Simms’ inability to quickly pick everything up. With Harbaugh, things are simple, easy to learn and players can focus on visualizing the play before-hand, in the huddle. That visualization was something Joe Montana said was crucial to him. He used to tell Walsh, “Get me the play as fast as you can so I can visualize it.”
    Mike Singletary or Mike Nolan would never have started Gulliver, Hunter, Bowman, Aldon, Brock, and all the other host of contributors that Harbaugh and his staff either started or gave significant playing time to in 2011.
    Harbaugh makes Baalke’s job easier, so they can both take below average and turn them into serviceable.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Moss is a good fit here?
    Only if we are filling Singletary’s position of Shithead in Chief.
    WR, not so much.
    Too many others have been down that path, and found it’s a waste of effort. It’s about the team, not any individual player. And Randy Moss will NEVER understand that.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The fact that the talking heads keep saying this or that player is a good fit with the Niners is just recognition that we’re a relevant team. Junk teams never get mentioned as good fits for any player.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs the turn in rebuilding philosophy started when they (or Baalke), started paying attention to improving the OL.
    Pretty obvious to me that McCloughan didn’t have the eye for the trenches.
    They went quick fix with Jonas Jennings and, missed badly on acquiring guys like Baas and Rachal as well.
    All the more reason to utilize your suggestion about depth for the future to continue to stock the trenches with youth and muscle at every opportunity.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think we will make a smart offer to ABrooks too.
    They won’t get into a bidding war for him or Goldson IMO.
    While I’d like to keep Dashon for continuity, I agree that Rogers freed him up to make more plays in Fangios’ System.
    Bullit, KRandall is interesting.
    I’ve just started playing around a little with the Bio’s of the OLB/DE ranks.
    There are plenty of good looking prospects. Vinny Curry from Marshall is one guy I knew of because he’s a NJ kid. Have a good friend who wanted him to play for Rutgers.
    Baalke will keep this thing chugging along.
    Another interesting aspect to this years’ Draft prep is having the Staff working together for a second straight year, 1st with the full compliment of Off Season FA options.

  19. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “Rogers freed him up to make more plays.” LMAO. That sword cuts both ways.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Meant to say Whitner Albert, my bad.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jags are putting franchise tag on their Kicker Josh Scobee and the Broncos are franchising Matt prater. Last year the Browns did the same with Phil Dawson.
    Philly thought David Akers was done and Baalke took a chance and we now have an All Pro Kicker with a very powerful leg and an
    upgrade over Joe Nedney who was good but not great and a vast improvement over Jeff Reed.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another asinine statement by someone that just likes to hear himself talk.
    “I’ve been writing it as a slight against Alex Smith that Harbaugh has an offensive system that creates products of his system.”
    Pretty ridiculous statement.
    A good coach will realize his QBs strengths and weaknesses and create a gameplan to optimize what he does best.
    Toby Gearhart is backing up one of the best RBs in the league and still managed 700 yds total offense. Marecic is a blocking FB and was drafted as such. You label him as a failure because he only had a total of 39 yds but praise Bruce Miller who has about 50 yds more. Blocking backs don’t
    get touches on offense. All Pro Vontae Leach of the Ravens only gained 104 yds total last season.

    Not sure where you are going with this Harbaugh “system”discussion.
    Everyone with half a brain knew that Harbaugh would get more out of Alex Smith simply because he was offensive minded and an ex NFL QB.
    Do you ever think things through before you post some of your BS?

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Again somebody doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
    To say that Nolan and Singletary didn’t start their tp[ draft picks is another gross distortion of the truth.
    Willis, Staley, A Davis, Iupati,
    Lawson, Rachal, V Davis and Crabtree all started in their rookie years under Nolan and Singletary.
    Two exceptions were Balmer and Mays and they are no longer on this team.
    FYI It was stated that Aldon Smith is a starter and that’s also
    not the truth.

  24. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It’s too early in the morning on a beautiful weekend for Bullit to start it all this retarded. Flush out your headgear, new guy. If I’m gonna get killed for a word, my word is pun-tang.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cheer up, Albert. At least one guy is reading your stuff.

  26. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Everyone reads me. Everyone. You hang on every letter.
    Here’s a good article by Lynch. Interesting that McShay likes Rueben over Sanu. Both are close to the Niners’ 30th.
    Personally, I don’t care if it’s Sanu, Randle or Jeffrey. Just get me a wide receiver. Any one of the three will do.

  27. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    From the Insider Blog
    “By the way, on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Mayock said, ‘I’m not sitting here and saying he’s a Peyton Manning or a Tom Brady.'”
    And so it begins. People are starting to see that Jim Harbaugh players get a huge bump playing under Harbaugh, and then go on to do little else where.
    Alex Smith 3 years for 8 million per year? Pu…… lease.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You do live in a fantasy filled universe Albert.

  29. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    See, you read me too. I just knew it. Good for you, Skeebs!

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s my job. I’m the host. Lots of eyeball rolling moments where you’re concerned.

  31. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    How’s the job payin’?

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not bad. My super successful brother-in-law is jealous. He’s shrunk a foot since I launched this site.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Mayock is a decent evaluator but he’s had his share of misses and failures.
    He missed big time on Jimmy Clausen and followed that up by
    putting down Cam Newton and not worthy of being a top draft pick.
    You seem to seize any tidbit that supports what you say and run with it.
    Anyway nimrod you can only classify someone a product of a “system” if he goes from success and fails in another.
    Luck has yet to do that and Alex Smith found an offense to his liking. You have everything mixed up because it’s all BS.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Mayock is wrong a lot. He is pretty good at evaluating DBs. I think he was one. I would think somebody who knows DBs would also know receivers.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been following the draft since 1970 long before it was fashionable. The greatest draft analyst worked for Pro Football Weekly and passed away in 2002. That would be the late great Joel Buschbaum. PFW is still a good source with draft guru Nolan Nawrocki. Here is his first mock and he has the Niners drafting a corner from South Carolina.
    Another guy I used was Jerry Jones (different from the Cowboy’s owner) who published
    a draft list called his “Drugstore List” I haven’t ordered one in 20 years but to my suprise he’s still cranking them out. He’s very old school and well respected in the NFL.

    His list used to be a photocp[ed little 24 page pamphlet with noting slick about it. Check it out.

    In fact Palmer Hughes is still cranking out his draft guide and I haven’t boght his for 20 years.
    Here’s his link

    I think I’ll reconnect and buy both to compare and see how they compare to ESPN, NFL Network,SI with Dr Z, CBS with Rob Rang and Fox with Chris Landry as their draft gurus.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Found this interesting

    The NFL will cultivate this and it’ll grow.
    Pretty soon there’s going to be 20000 (all in the upper deck) watching this as an event
    because there’s money to be made.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Spit. NINER GENIUS is running in the opener today at GGF. Two questions: why did they spell “geneous” wrong, and who the hell let you out of the barn? I thought you were under barn arrest. Or was that me? I know there’s a reason why my ankle feels heavy. Maybe my gout has returned.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    McShay was saying that Jeffrey was hovering around 230 lbs and might even convert to TE. Wasn’t he the dummy who punched a guy in his bowl game and got ejected? I have no problem with punching a guy in the goddamn throat. Just don’t get caught.
    How much would it cost to move up and draft Blackmon? I’d be willing to give up the 30th overall and Alex. No problem.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, I did not think of that. Moving Jeffrey to TE? He could could tear ths league up from that position. Hello Mr Middle LB, I love your cover two. Can I go one on one with you?

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is some scouting background data of Rashuan Woods which led to the Niners drafting him in the first round. AP article reporting on the scouting combine.

    “Many questioned why Rashaun Woods would even consider working out at the NFL scouting combine.

    The Oklahoma State receiver was considered a certain first round draft pick after a dominating college career. Most athletes in his position choose to hold an individual workout on their college campus, but Woods was eager to showcase his ability.

    “I know what I can do,” Woods said.

    He sure does. Woods wowed scouts with his superb hands and route-running and a blazing 40-yard dash time. Many believe he improved his draft status more than any other player at the combine.

    “We expected him to run in the 4.6-second range and he came out and ran 4.38s,” Miami Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman said. “He helped himself tremendously.”

    Woods’ performance further solidified the notion that receiver is one of the top positions in this year’s NFL draft.

    At least five receivers are projected to go in the first round, with Pittsburgh’s Larry Fitzgerald and Texas’ Roy Williams leading the way. They are all big, fast, physical players who represent how the position has evolved over the last decade.

    Gone are the days when NFL wide receivers were either big, slow possession guys or small, speedy gamebreakers.

    Now executives and coaches want size AND speed, and there’s plenty of both in this year’s crop of rookies.

    “That’s because of Randy Moss and Terrell Owens,” Williams said.

    Moss and Owens helped redefine the position by displaying the size to go over the middle and the speed to stretch the field.

    Fitzgerald, who finished second in Heisman Trophy voting, and Williams both figure to be picked in the top 10.

    Woods’ strong workout may have pushed him ahead of LSU’s Michael Clayton and Washington’s Reggie Williams on many draft boards, but all three figure to be gone in the first round.”
    Of these 5 receivers the only guy that made it big was Larry Fitzgerald.
    Roy Williams had some JJ Stokes type seasons.
    The other 3 never should’ve been picked

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Came across this article which will make you think 3 times before drafting a WR in the first round. Tha stats are scary.

  42. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow: that’s how bad Rashaun Woods was: he almost makes Lelie look good by comparison. And Lelie sucked donkey shit.

  43. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    imho this shows that the scouts are too busy looking at 40 times height and other physical data and comparing one player to the others rather than evaluating what the players can do (in a game )!

    this might mean that each team’s full time scouting department just has too many things to look at come draft time !

    imho , if i were doing it , i might just hire an extra few people around draft time ! some to sort thru the measurables , but more importantly i would hire one person to scout players at each position !
    for example , one person to scout just LB’s one for just QB’s etc !

    you could hire the best people and ones with a proven track racord for finding and drafting players at any given position !
    imo if i were a GM , i would add one temporary scout

  44. ROBNo Gravatar says:



    4th rd., 5th ?

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Caught 3 passes for 13 yards in the title game. A Crabtree-esque performance.

  46. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    13 yards? Shit, that’s ten more than Alex, and Alex had the ball every play.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s exactly it when it comes to WRs in the Draft/
    These guys are well above the College talent but lack the drive to succeed at the Pro level too often.
    Give me the motivated, gotta win-type kid anyday.
    Sanu has that drive, he’s a try hard kid. I just don’t see the experience vs a 1st Rd pick.
    As for Alshon, if I want a TE, I’ll Draft Fleener or Ladarius Green.
    Albert I would consider Randle also.
    Top shelf program, just the reason why I like both guys from Arkansas, Joe Adams and Jarius Wright.
    Don’t sleep on Danny Coale either, he’s my early Dark Horse candidate.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I want to see how hard Tommy Streeter from Miami works at the Combine next week too.
    He’s very light on experience.
    Big target, good speed.
    Curious to see what he has.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Still not sold on any WRs for us at Pick 30

  50. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    LMAO – Skeebers is already….. AL- READY, creating Alexuces. The early worm gets the bird. Skeebers is already playing defense, hating on potential wide receivers like Randle so he can protect Alex Smith. Bad game by Smith, shit…. Randle had 13 yards receiving in the title game. He was a Baalke mistkake. So Skeebers, you a Baalke hater? Skeebers and Gisele hate ’em some WRs, boy. Why? ‘Cause the sand in the clams makes ’em irritated.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ask Tom about a sandy clam Albert.
    When Gisele and beach shoots are finished, there’s plenty of friction waiting in that clam I’m sure.
    Oh… to be a grain of sand on that beach, at the right moment.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Barnacle Bill the Sailor comes to mind

  53. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I like Sanu and Randle. This just needs to be said – we all know it… You just have to wonder about guys like Jeffery who right before they’re scheduled to make millions they balloon up or hit the pipe. Right before you set the tone for your entire career and life after college, given the world’s biggest opportunity, you decide to make pot brownies for six months and eat the house, furniture and work shed out back? Seriously? It speaks to the mental problem with 80% of the wide receivers in the NFL, and I’d pass on Jeffrey because of it ONLY BECAUSE THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS. If the 49ers were stuck, I’d still go with Jeffrey, and that shows the importance of the first round pick (in my mind going to the WR position), because shit, we don’t go receiver, we got another year of Alexuces, and I’m all full up.

  54. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – control yourself. This is a gentleman’s blog.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, Albert. Kind of sensitive tonight, aren’t we? You went one toke over the line again, didn’t you?

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’re all gentlemen here Albert.
    I speak strictly for grains of sand everywhere and, the clams they live to irritate.
    Curious whether Tom finds it irritating?
    Like getting that little spec of shell in your scrambled eggs kinda irritating.

  57. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Sensitive? Don’t you mean insensitive? NJ and are boys. We can correct each other with extreme prejudice in order to maintain a level of decorum only you can beg for. We’re solid.

  58. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ and I*
    NJ – Tom hates clams, or seafood, or anything with two moist soft tissues rubbing against each other. Tom and Romo go to H.A. It’s a twelve step program. Three guesses what the “H” stands for. First two don’t count… in Vegas…. chasing the dragon.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sanu and Randle are basically the same guy.
    Both are Jrs and have similar attributes.
    Strong, hard workers, run hard and play to the whistle.
    Sanu is younger however, by almost 2yrs.
    Might be a benefit.
    Don’t see either guy as a problem if we were to spend a Pick.
    Question for me, is it a 1 or a 2?

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like Tom likes the Pearls?
    That starts from a little irritation too doesn’t it?
    Have to check with the clam.
    Takes a lot of irritated clams to make a necklace I’d bet?

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Everything I’ve read about Sanu says he’s a winner. In watching his hi-light reel he has an afterburner speed. When he sees a lane he can accelerate to get what he needs. In waiting for his 40 time from the combine I’m only concerned about requisite speed. What is that? I’m not sure. Maybe a 4.45 – 4.5? If he runs a 4.4 I don’t think he gets to us.
    Anyway, I’m with NJ in that I’m not sold we have to have a WR with the first pick. Seems like their are lots of them for rounds 2-5.
    I’m glad I’m sitting down, I actually agree with Stinky’s 7:23 post.

  62. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad you’re sittin’ down too because the local Safeway had a special on Torpedos and I’m getting Torpedoed.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke’s going to get the #1 WR we need in FA. A proven talent. We won’t need to go WR in round 1.

  64. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah…. can’t wait for the next Braylon Edwards.

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He looked pretty good till he got injured.

  66. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Damn the torpedoes, full speed down the hatch…
    Or some such shit. 🙂

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Torpedoes + torpedoes = tornadoes of bullshit.

  68. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh got rid of Braylon with alacrity, like getting rid of the clap; like gone yesterday. I can’t see Jimbo doing that with our WR-poor roster unless there are things we don’t know. Blocking, teamwork, whatever.

  69. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Or you can just go for the Cuervo and fire for effect. Yippy Kai Yay, Motherfvckers.

  70. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers – same with Ashley Lelie, Darrell Jackson and Antonio Bryant. They all look great on paper. And yes, I know Jackson was a trade.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good news in this Draft class, plenty of ‘Blue Collar’ guys.
    Sanu and Randle are prime examples.
    If Baalke likes either guy, who am I to argue?
    I’d be happy for Sanu.
    He was a highly touted Safety in HS. Good athlete, very versatile.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thing is Albert, the trend these days is leaning toward the faster more elusive smaller targets.
    If you can add them, your bigger targets don’t need to be that fast per se.
    It’s a Draft ‘Strategy’ after all.
    Get the right pieces within the slots you’re alloted.
    If I could do that, I’d be working professionally in the NFL.
    It’s a fun enterprise if you can get the work.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The article I gave a link to shows 30 WRs drafted in the first round. Of the 30 4 made all pro and had productive careers.About 5 lasted a few years and started
    but were below average.
    The other 21 were busts.
    Some of those busts came through
    and tried to make the Niners
    among them Lelie, Travis Taylo and Bryant Johnson.
    When I think of Peter Warrick, Rob Gardner and Freddie Mitchell
    I realize how dumb it is to draft a WR in the first round becaus ethere are too many question marks..

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another ‘Blurb’ about my dark horse WR candidate, Danny Coale –
    Fearless as a receiver and not afraid to put his body on the line to make catch. Displays excellent field and sideline awareness and shows a good understanding for the down and distance. Is a willing run blocker but can give better effort on a more consistent basis.

  75. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca’s a buzz kill.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Torpedoes are really good, but if I were drinking this week-end I’d be imbibing with the Sam Adams variety pack and growlers of Dead Guy Ale.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit that’s the difference between guys like Braylon and Victor Cruz.
    The College 1st Rd standout often doesn’t feel the need to work after the big payday arrives.
    Give me the ‘try hard’ guy who comes to make plays.
    Pay them once they’ve earned it.
    Bruce Miller is exactly that type of kid too.

  78. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    My liver plays defense like Reggie Smith and Medieu Williams….

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I drink to kill off the dead brain cells.
    Problem is, the live ones enjoy the buzz too much to be useful.

  80. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Screw all of your guys WR draft bullshit. The Sham Wow guy is back on TV. This time he’s selling the Schticky lint rollers for only $19.95. CALL NOW!!!

  81. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    My dog likes peanut butter. Creamy.

  82. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Long pause, then look at Pat Sajak.

  83. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This is 2 mins of comedic and advertising geneous.

  84. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    No N…. hmmmmm…..

  85. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    There’s no way they can do that all day… just no way.

  86. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Someone should hire that guy to sell their big schticky. Problem is, he has a corner on the market.

  87. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve watched that Schticky infomercial a dozen times now. I haven’t laughed so hard since…since…since…Jim Harbaugh called Alex Smith an elite quarterback.

  88. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I haven’t laughed that hard since Skeebers and Gisele blamed the wide receivers.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex did something Romo hasn’t done.
    Called Playoff WIN.
    But to his credit, Romo played Pebble Beach while Alex was only a caddy.
    Guarantee you this, Alex works harder at the QB position than ‘Promo’ does.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Someone needs to get a clue.
    The Niners run a hybrid West Coast Offense.
    Last time I looked every team in the NFL has their “system” on offense.
    This might disable your mind but every team has their “system” on defense too.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    David Boston WR was listed at 6’2″ 228 lbs but looked closer to 245-250. The guy had some kind of moves for a big man. Just pure natural instincts

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One major problem with Nolan and Singletary is they did not have a system for their QB. In fact, Nolan had a different system every year he was here. Stupid is as stupid does. I can’t even imagine a head coach being this stupid. There are some that actually think he was a good coach. Unbelievable.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is not very defendable that a team would draft a QB #1 overall and not have a system planned for him. Can somebody even try to defend this type of idiocy?

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Not having a system planned for a starting QB is like Torpedoing the team. It is just moronic. What moron would not want a system devised for their starting QB?

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Morons unite. If it has anything to do with hating Alex Smith any moronic thing can be said and the other morons will add more moron content. The morons should find out if guest has a blog, then you could have a Moron Convention.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The first item on today’s Moron Convention: A starting QB should not have a system designed for him.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The second item on today’s Moron Convention: Let’s draft a QB #1 overall and not design a system for him.

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The third item on today’s Moron Convention: Let us hire a coach who agrees with this philosophy so much that he changes the system every year.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The fourth item on today’s Moron Convention: This has been a successful convention for all morons. Break out the Torpedoes! Stinkblood and guest call the meeting to a close.

  100. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Shucks, the meeting was just getting good. Don’t they have to pass out the “I H8 Alex” bumper stickers before closing?

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They had to put one on their forehead to be admitted into the convention. They are permanently affixed for life.

  102. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Moron Convention reconvenes: Here ye here ye! All in favor of bringing in a journeyman QB named JT O’Turnover to succeed our #1 overall pick say aye!

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    At this moron convention we won’t tell anybody our #1 overall pick still has a broken shoulder and will actually miss the season. No, we will tell everybody he needs to win the job and when O’Turnover beats him out all the morons can say he had another year where he didn’t do anything. This will hide all the morons lack of being able to identify a QB.

  104. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The other item to discuss at this Moron Convention is when O’Turnover loses his job to some over the Hill back-up, let’s not teach him any mechanics. Then he can go to Detroit where somebody will show him how to throw a football correctly. Morons for squishing QBs unite

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Next. All Morons need to get a new coach who fakes us out by being aggressive as an interim. When we hire him he will run the ball into the middle of the line twice before askng our QB to bail us out. It will then be the QBs fault. Just make sure we lead the league in play-action passes on third and long. This will fake them out into all morons believing we have a clue.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Next! Interview an OC that can’t call plays. They’ll blame the QB. Play the interview tape of Jimmy Raye calling a play: “Red sky is blue, fishing right, THUMP!” He fell asleep while calling plays, perfect! All morons in favor of hiring him and blaming the QB say aye. AYE. Any noes? Silence. He’s hired. It is still the QBs fault.

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Next: Morons have been outed, time to blame the OC. Bring in a new one.
    A few games later while leading a division contender 26-0 in the middle of the 2nd quarter by running spread formations and passing. The QB is looking really good. Something has to be done by a moron. Step up head coach. “I really like what you are doing, keep doing it but now run the ball” A perfect moron saying!

  108. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Famous quotes by the moron head coach.
    “We’re not here to fool anybody.”
    After a Green Bay loss- “We just wanted to hang around until the 4th quarter and see what happens.”
    After running for over two hundred yards against a completely depleted Arizona D-line- “This is my vision for how I want this offense to run.”
    “Troy Smith is the starting QB.”
    “Nobody needs to tell me I’m doing a bad job, I’ll just walk away.” He never walked away.
    “I don’t deal in moral victories.” He should have left out the “moral” part.
    This is a small sampling for all morons.

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We will close this convention of morons because the QB finally has a system. It is going to be too hard to blame the QB now. We’ll have to wait untill a punt returner blows a game, then we can blame him again. One thing that might work, deplete his receiving corps. Everybody drink Torpedoes.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One last quote for all you morons as you leave the convention, “The Qb is not the most important player on the team.”
    – Mike Singletary

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Upon further review I take back that comment that EVERY TEAM in the NFL has their system.
    Clearly the Colts don’t. They cannot function if Peyton Manning isn’t at QB. Dead in the water aqnd that’s why they were that bad.

  112. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Peyton actually called most of the plays. He was the system.

  113. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    LMAO – Berger held a moron convention this morning…. and like a moron didn’t let anyone know. He hosted it, and was the only one in a attendance, and this is why my respect for Berger is growing. Go big.

    Nolan was at the mercy of his OC, which is exactly, EXACTLY why you always hire an offensive minded head coach. Turner, McCarthy and even Martz were good hires. Hostler? Not so much. That was a wasted year…. kinda like 2012 if Alex Smith starts again. The players know….

  114. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    In one year, Alex Smith went to the NFC Championship game with Jim Harbaugh. In one year…. without continuity in the “the system,” an off season, OTAs and a full camp to prepare. If Harbaugh took the Oakland Raider job tomorrow (which I hope he does because I’m a closet Raider fan), Alex Smith would have had great success under another one year “system.” Smith won’t have continuity until next year, so you can’t claim continuity was a factor to Smith’s success. In addition, Turner has gone to the AFC Championship, and McCarthy has won a Super Bowl. Alex Smith is a product of Jim Harbaugh. Plain and simple.

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Was anybody drinking Torpedoes last night? They were flowing at the convention.
    How about having a coach who actually understands the importance of the QB to the team. It is the first time Alex has had a head coach who understands the QB is the one who runs the offense on the field and actually supported him. In the past he’s had a coach who threw him under the bus and one without a clue. Both blamed the QB when they were exposed as incompetent. Harbaugh even said Alex was thrown under the bus by previous coaches.

  116. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, like Norv Turner? Mike McCarthy? You’re right Berger, they know nothing about good qb play…. good point. I thought your moron convention was over…. still goin’ strong?

  117. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – how come you didn’t invite any of us?

  118. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Norv Turner was here one year. It was Alex’s 2nd year and he did well. McCarthy was here for Alex’s rookie year. We played, what, 3 or 4 QBs that year. It was hard to judge McCarthy or any of the QBs that year with such a bad O-line. The problem wasn’t the coordinators so much, but that the head coach changed the system completely every time one OC left.
    We went from McCarthy’s WCO to Norv’s vertical offense. I don’t know what Hosler ran. He did not call one hot read all year. I remember they called it some kind of hybrid offense. Then came Martz, and the Martz offense, who Alex did not play for because he was on IR. Then came the SingRaye offense, followed by some kind conservative spread ran by Johnson.
    You are still selling us your moron convention theories of changing the system every year. I see you participated well at last night’s conference.

  119. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You coy little bastard, I saw you jumping on the table during that commercial while I was trying to show you sales were down.

  120. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “Norv and McCarthy were here one year.” To date, so has Harbaugh.

  121. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh changed the entire offensive system… completely new passing game and running games…all new calls, and he did it without an off season and OTAs.
    That transition from McCarthy to Turner, or Martz to Raye, whatever… it’s the same as Johnson to Harbaugh.
    Smith is product of Harbaugh.

  122. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    After the commercial you guys went to the convention while I got a different job where the system was not run by the Albert Einstinkle Monkey Business System. Nice try to hide from your monkey spanking.

  123. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith went to the NFC Championship game without OC continuity . One more Alexuse removed.

  124. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Since Smith is the product of Harbaugh it makes sense to se-sign him.

  125. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Landry, Parcells, Seifert, Shula,Noll, Jimmy Johnson, Cowher, Belichick, Tomlin were all Defensive Coodinators and won many Super Bowls.
    You always hire an OPEN MINDED coach.
    As usual somebody named Spitty doesn’t know which side is up.

  126. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:


    1.) OC Continuity
    2.) O-line
    3.) Head coach threw Alex under the bus.
    4.) WR
    Alexuces Removed.
    1.) OC continuity was never an issue because Smith just went to the NFC Championship game with a first year OC.
    2.) The O-line is great right now, and will become one of the best in football. Smith held the ball too long in 2012, taking sacks and Alex lovers tried to blame the O line. Nice try.
    3.) Harbaugh is painfully playing wet nurse to a broken quarterback.
    Think Sean Payton needs to make Drew Brees his caddy for Drew’s confidence? Think again.
    4.) Let’s hope they draft some WRs to remove all the Alexuses. That would be a great day. Skeebers already hates any wide receiver possible. So does Unca. That’s too bad they won’t be able to enjoy great wide receiver play in San Francisco when Kaepernick is the qb.

  127. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – “Since Smith is the product of Harbaugh it makes sense to se-sign him.”
    If you can take a broken qb like Smith, who had no success before Harbaugh, and take him to the NFC Championship game without any OTAs or off season training, it would make sense that a qb is pretty easily interchangeable in the Harbaugh offense. Which drives Smith’s demand down. If Smith is re-signed at all, it will be for a one year deal at 4 million.

  128. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    When Alex is re-signed for 3 yrs at $27M, will someone kindly shoot this poor maroon?
    I would have called myself a moron, but I must have lost my invitation to the convention in the mail. Better still. I wouldn’t have been able to attend anyway. I was too busy playing with my Schticky. Only $19.95. CALL NOW!!!

  129. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie D used to take his entire team to Hawaii after Super Bowls. Jed used to take Nolan and company to Wyoming. Late one night Alex walked into a barn and saw Jed using his schticky on some sheep (Jed got a pre-production model). Alex, being the wealthiest 49er, had the latest camera phone and took numerous compromising photos of Jed, his schticky and sheep with their eye bulging out. Thus the 2012, 4 year deal for $40 million was born. Harbaugh was signed with one clause in his contract – You are stuck, like a schticky, to Alex Smith.

  130. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    eyes* bulging out… or maybe they were one-eyed pirate sheep. What kind of pirates? Jed knows.

  131. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s some more observations that Spitty posted. Funny shit.

    ” I swear, Jed York is an idiot. Players build stadiums. Peyton Manning built Lucas Oil and Barry Bonds built ATnT. To get a stadium deal pushed through, the team has to be good. The fans need to think the team has a legitimate shot at winning a championship. Personally, I think Baalke can draft and Harbaugh is a masterful coach, but this team won’t compete for Super Bowls until both men find the Niners a championship qb. Finding a franchise qb is key to getting a stadium deal pushed through. Right now, Jed York’s stadium is deader than a can of corn beef. The Niners and the local media continue to try and pump life into the stadium, but Jed York doesn’t get it. All the big money out there that could potentially get the stadium deal finished is well aware of the potential for investment in the project. It’s not like some big fish is going to wake up and read the paper one morning and say, “Hey Honey, did you know I could invest in the Niners’ new stadium?” The money knows. It’s waiting for the Niners to build a champion. The problem is, when Jed York markets his stadium it shows everyone he’s dead in the water. What Jed needs to do is put the stadium marketing (and really all marketing) on hold until Harbaalke can find their franchise qb. If Jed wants to really get stadium momentum rollin’, he needs Harbaugh to raise Alex Smith stock just enough to trade the guy. That will take a long time for Harbaugh to do because perception is tough to change around the league. Right or wrong, locally, Smith is hated in San Francisco. If you dump Smith, it’s not like Smith supporters will leave. But if you keep Smith, the stadium will continue to be deader than a can of corn beef. Personally, I like that Jed York is so lost on this one. I may be the only person on the face of the earth that likes Candlestick. ”

    Things always just happen to run opposite of what Spitty says. Why is that???

  132. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I know one guy in Rotonda West, FL who’s happy right now. Cousin Carl just won the pole for the 500. Now I really don’t have to ask you for your pick next week.
    You know what you get for winning the pole for the Daytona 500?
    You guessed it. A big Schticky.

  133. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith will sign a contract that will give him between $15 to $20 mil guaranteed and Mr know Nothing Low Ball here will be foaming at the mouth.
    Logical thinking is not in his table of contents.

  134. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- Is the stadium still deader than a can of corn beef?
    We need more comedy, errrr….. wisdom!

  135. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Norv and McCarthy were here one year.” To date, so has Harbaugh.”
    So you can’t figure out that there’s a HUGE difference being in charge ans being second fiddle?
    That there’s a difference in personel when you’re the worse team in the league to adding talent each year for 7 years?
    Spitty might even be a bigger moron than we realized.

  136. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He’s having moron conventions with guest these days!

  137. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    since we have a pretty good team now how about throw in an extra pick and one in 2013 and trade up for this guy ?

    Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Previous Rank: 17
    2/14/12: Floyd roasted many secondaries in 2011. He had big games against Purdue, Navy, South Florida and Michigan. For the regular season, the senior collected 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns. He was extremely consistent as a producer for the Fighting Irish. In 2010, Floyd caught 79 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 44 receptions for 795 yards and nine touchdowns. Floyd had a strong debut as a freshman in 2008 with 48 catches for 719 yards and seven scores.

    The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder has excellent size, speed, quickness and body control. He is a nightmare matchup for defensive backs. The big target also has very good hands and seldom drops passes. Floyd has character concerns, but he is a special player on the field. Floyd looks like a No.1 receiver in the NFL with big-play ability and should be a good fit in any pro offense.

  138. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    this looks pretty good , our top free agents all want to come back ! we’re also 30 mil under the cap !

    “I think those guys are excited about me being there and I’m sure they want me back,” Goldson said. “They’ve expressed how much they want me back. I want to be back there. Like I said, if I’m not there, I’d be shocked.”

    Goldson has made strident statements in the past that turned out to be wrong. Last year, he bid goodbye to his 49ers’ teammates and fans on twitter after he failed to work out a long-term deal. Then he signed a one-year deal.

    Another one-year deal could be in the offing if a long-term agreement is not struck. The 49ers could put the franchise tag on Goldson at the relatively cheap price of $6.2 million. Reportedly, the 49ers offered Goldson a five-year, $25 million deal last season that Goldson rejected. That deal might have to be sweetened because of Goldson’s Pro Bowl season in 2011.

    Rogers’ case might be slightly more complex. He was exposed slightly in the title game against Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who caught eight passes for 125 yards against Rogers in the first half. Rogers said he adjusted in the second half and held Cruz to two catches for 17 yards. Nevertheless, Rogers can struggle with exceedingly nimble receivers, something he doesn’t face often in the NFC West.

    The team might be more high on fellow starter Tarell Brown who has a year left on his deal. Rogers, however, has said several times that he wants to re-up with the 49ers, but the two sides might have widely different ideas on Rogers’ worth.

    Brooks is another interesting case. The team is about $30 million under the cap and since the horrendous cap management days of former general manager Terry Donahue, they like to stay under the limit. That could present a challenge in signing Brooks, with the team also wanting to re-sign Smith, Goldson, Rogers, guard Adam Snyder and several other restricted and lesser known free agents.

    Brooks had a fantastic season. He rarely left the field, amassed seven sacks and 59 tackles. The richly talented linebacker can pass rush, drop into coverage and play the run. However, he can also report out of shape and is not as dedicated as the rest of the defensive front. The defensive line, in particular, are a very close group – they hang out and work out together in the Bay Area, where Brooks works out on his own. And because he doesn’t keep himself in top condition, the team may be reluctant to extend him a long-term deal.

  139. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Michael Floyd could turn out like his ex teammate Golden Tate who was a second round pick. In 2 years he has 56 catches and 3 TDs.
    Not very productive for the Seahawks and he was caught burglarizing a donut shop but Pete carroll downplayed it saying he just had a craving for donuts and the shop was closed.
    Can you say Arnaz Battle also from Notre Dame? And you want to trade up to get him?
    I would pass on Floyd.

  140. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    go carl edwards !

  141. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    floyd seems to me to have everything we need in a WR !

    you seem to be lumping him in with other notre dame WR’s !

    i’m not sure those comparisons hold any weight !?

  142. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Basically Floyd is a wider version of Crabtree. He’s not a burner and I just read a scouting report that says he also might have separation issues in the NFL.
    It’s a crapshoot but I’m not ecited about rolling the disce and trading up for this guy. None of the WRs stand out as sure #1s.
    Rather go FA and look at Vincent Jackson or Colton and guys later in the draft.

  143. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If we sign a FA DL that menas you bench either Justin Smith, McDonald or Sopoanga.You wouldn’t pay big bucks for a FA to be a backup? TThe DL is a strength of the team. We might look for someone to groom in the draft to take over for Justin Smith in a couple of years.

  144. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    funny , but the things i see on floyd say he’s good at seperating from DB’s !
    WOW !

    not sure , but i think i’m reading the right guys !

    vincent jackson has always been a favorite of mine ! he always winds up on my fantasy football teams !

    i would take a look at him for sure !

  145. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    i think i’m leaning towards drafting a D lineman ! there look to be quite a few good prospects out there !

    don’t forget , you can never have enough good D-linemen , and you do rotate guys in out there ! i’m looking for an extra guy to add to the rotation !

  146. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – those comments about the stadium being deader than a can of corned beef were made before the 49ers got a new minority partner who is now the team president – a guy who once ran Google and part of Facebook. They were made before the NFL owners lent the Yorks 200 million dollars. I think even you and your monkeys can fathom the importance of both those developments. None of that would have been done without Harbaugh. Our stadium is the house that Harbaugh built. Why? Because money is about confidence. Plan and simple. Singletary couldn’t raise enough to buy girl scout cookies.

  147. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    3 out of the 4 top Alexuses have been removed. This blog desperately clings to the 4th, hoping beyond hope the 49ers don’t draft one or two top flight receivers.
    The fact is, the team is growing beyond Alex Smith, and this blog doesn’t see it.

  148. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A very tall man walks into a bar, and a lady recognizes him as real Rugby player.
    They start to talk, and eventually go back to his place.
    They start to kiss, and the man takes off his shirt. On his arm, he has a tattoo that says REEBOK.
    “What’s that for?” the lady questions.
    “Oh, I have this so that when I’m on TV, people will see my tattoo, and Reebok pays me.”
    Then the man takes off his trousers, and on his leg, he has a tattoo that says NIKE.
    ‘What’s that ?’ the lady questions again.
    “Just like the Reebok tattoo, I get paid when this tattoo is seen on TV.”
    Then the man drops his underwear and on his penis he has a tattoo that says AIDS.
    The lady screams: “Don’t tell me you have AIDS!”
    The man replies: “No, no…..!!! Calm down,” “It will say ADIDAS in a minute………..!!!”

  149. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    ” This blog desperately clings to the 4th, hoping beyond hope the 49ers don’t draft one or two top flight receivers. ”

    that’s why the hottest topic for the last month here has been which WR we want to add this offseason !


  150. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Guess what, Alex is the QB and we are getting a stadium. Wasn’t that your point, that the stadium is not possible with Alex as QB? You are changing your tune again?
    Here is your answer for you. When Stinkblood talks, the answer is blowing in the wind.

  151. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Rob: One word – Gulliver. Your dismissed to go play checkers with your squirrel in the tree outback. KING ME, BITCH!!!!

  152. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    My point was you aren’t going to leverage you way into a stadium with Alex Smith. And they didn’t.

  153. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- This was your quote. Explain why it not true now that we have a stadium and Alex is our QB?
    “But if you keep Smith, the stadium will continue to be deader than a can of corn beef.”

  154. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Leverage, Berger, leverage.

  155. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Rob (the inspiration for so much great material).

  156. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- So Alex leveraged us into a stadium?

  157. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Gulliver was a giant, but he wasn’t the best giant.

  158. ROBNo Gravatar says:


    ” Rob , gulliver (the inspiration for so much great material).
    good video buddy , but just you wait until gulliver gets to brobdingnang !

  159. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    OK so here’s my offseason strategy for us …

    *1st rd.)
    trade up for floyd WR notre dame

    *free agent pickup)
    vincent jakson WR.

    *2nd rd. draft pick )
    best D lineman available

  160. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    or to make this clear …

    OK so here’s my offseason strategy for us …

    #1 *** 1st rd.)
    trade up for floyd WR notre dame

    #2 *** free agent pickup)
    vincent jakson WR.

    #3 *** 2nd rd. draft pick
    best D lineman available

  161. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Sanders was PrimeTime, Nate Clements tried to be Lockdown…. Gulliver has so many good name possibilities. First off, Gulliver is clearly on an island. Secondly, he’s been tied down. Lost out at sea. A man among boys. I mean, take your pick of seriously hilarious nicknames that will last for as long as Gulliver plays in NFL. I swear, Rob was actually Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman on the airplane when he told Chris O’Donnell – “Pearls, I’m givin’ you pearls here, my boy.”

  162. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Spitty is king of the flip flop.
    He said exactly that in black and white. Basically as long as Alex Smith was the QB no stadium.
    Oh now the excuse is that’s before Gideon Yu came aboard. His post clearly states no big fish will bite. Now Spitty is also saying his statement was before the NFL kicked in 200 million.
    Spitty even said jed York wasn’t capable. Now Spitty is Jed York’s BITCH and Jed is lending him to dad.

  163. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Comprehensive scouting report on Floyd. It predicts he’ll have a tougher time seperating against NFL corners

  164. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Stinky says what ever he needs to say at that moment to make himself feel important. He’s got the memory of a cornerback, which means he doesn’t need to keep his stories straight. Plus, if he covers every angle he can say he’s always right. Of course, he’s always wrong too, but what the heck. He’s the opposite of NoFear. NoFear never predicts anything so he is never wrong. Stinkblood covers every angle so he is always right.

  165. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Was it this year or last year when Floyd got taken out of a bowl game by a future pro CB? I remember all anybody was saying is how he couldn’t get open. I believe it was last year? Seems it was a CB from Miami. Did ND play Miami in a recent bowl game?

  166. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Heck, Maybe it was Florida St? Did they play them recently? You know, this and my last post are total wastes of time. Sorry about that.

  167. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Thinking of dropping by Bullit’s blog? I’ll save you the trouble.

  168. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear doesn’t take a side? Are you kidding me? I don’t think you’ve ever taken a side in your life except against the illegals and to side with Alex Smith. But then again, you did backslide and say, “Whatever Harbaugh decides.” Coward. You don’t take sides and when you finally do, you cover your tracks.
    Regarding the stadium, it’s simple. With Alex Smith the 49ers had to bring in other investors. Harbaugh built the stadium, but Smith caused other investors to be necessary. I wrote what I wrote before Jed lost his presidency and the league lent the Yorks 200 million. I wonder if the the league was hesitant until the Google / Facebook kid came on board – hesitant to lend the Yorks 200 million. There goes the neighborhood.
    NoFear- the real issue here is I’m dumping on Smith, and Berger will defend Smith to the death… Berger loves him some Alex Smith.

  169. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, heard a similar tattoo joke about the guy who tattooed his wife to be’s name (Wendy)on his junk.
    Goes to a nude beach in Jamaica while honeymooning where she encounters a local with ‘W.Y.’ inscribed on his equipment.
    She’s somewhat giddy and tells the man how ironic it is to see the same letters now adorning 2 instruments of love.
    She explains the situation of her name appearing on hubby when aroused and, asks whether his better half might also be a Wendy.
    The Jamaican Man says, great story but no, I’m a native of the island of course and, I work for the tourism board.
    The woman is somewhat confused by his answer and asks ‘Why W.Y.?’
    He then informs her that when fully erect he advertises –
    Welcome to Jamaica, Enjoy your Stay.

  170. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The really big question in all of this is who’s the next great quarterback in the NFL? I mean, we all know about Eli Manning, Aaron Rogers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. We know about ’em. And Big Ben is in there too, somewhere. But the question is – who’s the next quarterback who’s going to climb to greatness in the NFL. Remember, Aaron Rogers didn’t arrive (in my opinion) until 1.) he played Kurt Warner in that track meet in Arizona. Rogers went toe-to-toe all day with Warner while both defenses decided not to tackle at all. But then 2.) he backed it up with a Super Bowl victory the following year. But Rogers is a relative new comer to the elite qb scene. Who’s gonna step up alla Rogers?
    That’s really what Harbaugh and Baalke should be looking for. A truly “elite” qb. I’m certain the tool time crew of Skeebers, Rob, Berger and Unca all believe the next great qb to step up is going to be Alex Smith, but it just isn’t. I’d love it. I would. Alex Smith is a quality human being. Nobody deserves it more, but deserve really, truly, has nothing to do with it.
    So who is it? Cam Newton? Matt Flynn? Will Matt Schaub pickup his game? Colt McCoy? Phillip Rivers?
    What elevates the qb from one level to the next, or from the bottom of the basement to the penthouse, is a simple formula: heart plus skill, plus opportunity. Compare guys. Cam Newton has the skill, but not the opportunity because with Geraldo Rivera as his coach, he’s going no where quick. His coach was out looking for the grave of Jimmy Hofa when he should have been trying to hire a quality OC to help develop Cam.
    Alex Smith? God bless the poor little bugger. He has the opportunity, and the heart, but the skill? It ain’t there.
    Colt McCoy definitely has the heart, but just recently there are questions about the skill and then it clouds the judgment of whether or not his ability creates or squashed the opportunity. We’re all familiar with that debate.
    Phillip Rivers is an interesting choice for the next great player. Nobody can second-guess Phillip’s ability (accept my boy, Grump… don’t think I’ve forgotten). Phillip has all the ability in the world, and he definitely, definitely has the heart. The problem is he plays in San Diego (which, loosely translated means a whale’s vagina… but I digress). Hot weather teams are always soft… always. Miami and San Diego? Tampa? You get asked to turn one of those teams around and you’re up against it, boy – up against it. Hats off to Shula and Gruden, but I digress.
    If Phillip Rivers is to win a championship the Chargers have to do two things – replace Darren Sproles and somehow, someway, Norv Turner needs to toughen up that team. Want to know a good move for the Chargers? Turner should hire Mike Singletary away from the Vikings. I think I read that Singletary is now the DC of the Vikes, so a lateral move isn’t likely, but Norv needs a guy like Singletary to toughen that up that team. Until they get tough, Phillip won’t have the opportunity despite going to the AFC Championship game a few years ago. But I will say one thing – the entire AFC is soft.
    What about Matt Flynn? I think you can tell a lot about a guy in his press conferences. I’m high on Flynn not just for the 49ers, but for the NFL. Matt Flynn threw for a thousand yards and eighty touchdowns against the Lions, and in his press conference Flynn said, “That’s what needed to be done to win THAT game.” Like if he needed to hand the ball off sixty times, he would have done it. That’s a gamer. Plus, Flynn was rockin’ the beard, which Alex couldn’t grow if they made a Chia Pet in his likeness, but I digress.
    Who’s the next great quarterback? Is it Fitzgerald? I say Fitz has the heart and skill, but won’t get the opportunity in Buffalo. Is it Stafford? I don’t think he has the heart – at least not yet. Freeman, Ryan, Gabbert, Cassell, Ponder, Dalton? Who knows? Ryan stinks. Gabbert stinks (Berger don’t know shit about qb play). Cassell stinks.
    The two rookies this year who interest me aren’t Gabbert and Newton, but Dalton and Ponder…. and I’d put Flynn in that same catagory IF, IF Flynn goes to a team that gives him a fair chance to compete for Super Bowls.
    That’s the game in the NFL. Forget all the free agent signings or the draft. Forget the coaching moves. The game is finding the next great qb to compete with Eli, Brady, Rogers and Brees. And my sleeper? Colin Kaepernick.
    Kaepernick, Locker, Flynn and Dalton. I’m also a fan of Ponder, but I doubt his team gets good enough for him to compete for SB for a while….

  171. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  172. roller coaster free gamesNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t even understand how I ended up here, but I assumed this post was once good. I don’t know who you’re but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger for those who aren’t already. Cheers!

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

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