Damage Control

Wildcard weekend was mostly entertaining. All four home teams lost. Two were beaten soundly and two snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, one via thug idiocy and the other via the traditional mode of gagging. If it’s any consolation, none of the losers had a prayer in hell of advancing to the Super Bowl anyway.

Back on the home front, we’re actually having to watch the 49ers chase after Hue Jackson to be the next Niner head coach. This involves an alternate definition of the word “gagging.”

Not that it matters much for the coming year or two or three or more. The only thing Jed York is looking for now is a modicum of respectability. Firing Jim Harbaugh revealed York to be a guy you don’t want to work for, and then hiring Jim Tomsula proved York is a flaming idiot, also. These two blunders will take years, perhaps decades, to recover from.

No, 8-8 territory will be just fine for the little round headed kid. He’ll act like we’re on our way to the top. Jackson is probably as good a guy as any to waste the next three or four years of our lives. More or less.

At this point in time, the HC is not the problem. He’s not the solution, either, but until we have a roster of good players, the franchise will be spinning its wheels. And the reason we don’t have good enough players is GM Trent Baalke. What he’s done to the roster over the past five years borders on criminal negligence.

At any rate, the Mediocre Era enters Year II. Time to pull up a chair and watch another exodus of players while Dumb and Dumber flounder through the offseason, trying desperately to bring the fans back to the stadium come September.

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127 comments on “Damage Control
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Giants have granted the 49ers permission to interview Tom Coughlin.”

  2. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t want Hue and I don’t care for the spelling of his name. It reminds me of an ancient capital city in South East Asia destroyed by the commies and Walter Cronkite.

    Coughlin would be much preferred, as Agnews-by-the-Park is as good a place to burn out as any.

    Speaking of damage control, what happened to the page format?

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oops. Really paying attention here today. Thanks, NF.

  4. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Hue Jackson will go to the Giants. Coughlin, if he coaches again, will go to an up-and-comer that needs leadership like the Titans or Bucs, and be closer to home. The Eagles will have to go with a no name to wash their Chip Kelly sins away – but they’ll find a decent one. Looks like McCoy and Fisher still have jobs. How, I don’t know. Chip Kelly will go back to college. That leaves us with the Bucs and 49ers. The Bucs will welcome back Koetter. The 49ers? Ha ha. You’re kidding me, right? It’s called the curse of Jim Harbaugh, son…. Hope it lasts longer than the curse of the Bambino. York deserves hell. Actually, hell and satan are too good for that piece of shit.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How about this for Shitz & Giggles?
    You give Coughlin a final ride in SF, to lay the groundwork for Sean Payton?
    Get some structure in place that would carry over, with the least amount of system disruption.
    Probably writes the ticket out of town for Kaep in that scenario however.

  6. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys, haven’t posted in a while, but i always read your blog Skeebs. guess i’ve been to depressed to make any comments. So here we are looking for a head coach again. A few years ago i was pounding the table (keyboard ) for Harbaugh. I think after the Tomsula experiment it’s time to revisit college ranks again. I know he says he isn’t interested but another Stanford coach (Shaw) works for me. There’s a great track record there. Also like Irish head coach….i want new blood Jed or your blood !!!

  7. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Of current NFL asst. wouldn’t mind Josh McDaniels of Patriots

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hue Jackson wants final say on the roster and that seems to be the tipping point.
    Brownies are making a big push for Hue and the Giants have also complicated the picture by entering into the mix.

    Baalke might be the roadblock to getting any competent coach because he won’t share final roster say. Sooner or later Jed has to realize that Baalke is the deal killer.

  9. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The coach isn’t going to matter too much if the owner’s rep and his pet goat don’t change their approach.

    We had a good coach, winning more games than anyone else in the league and we ran him off after making his life here as miserable as possible instead of helping him win. We had a bumbling clueless doofus for a coach and made excuses for him while losing game after game. Now we’re looking for another coach to take the blame, I mean, lead this team, and some folks think that’s going to change things?

    It’s a big shit sandwich we’re eating here and changing the bread it’s served on doesn’t change the taste or smell much.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll see what happens. I could see us stringing this out for weeks as other teams make their choices, because no one will commit to come here as long as another possibility is in play.

    The longer it goes on, the more chance we get stuck with someone like Kelly or another retread, and my fears of an even worse 2016 take another step towards fruition.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I may be ignorant but here is my two cents.

    Hire Todd Haley (or a similar) as HC but offload the entire D to Mangini. Need to concentrate on fixing the O.

    Need to settle on Blaine Gabbert as at minimum a 2 to 3 year bridge starter. For now, too high a draft price and developmental and injury risk to spend on a franchise QB search. Especially when Blaine may turn out to be the guy.

    We may never draft this low for 10 years. Need OT or DT stud with #7. Next two picks are IOL or WR1.

    Glaring mistakes are Tank Carradine, Marcus Martin, and Brandon Thomas. Never again.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Myth busted. Yorks are cheap. 4 yr guaranteed contract for Tomsula. So Jed will have to overpay to right this ship.

    Do not settle for a HC. Take a chance on an offensive mind. Job 1 is institute a modern high level passing game. D can always be fixed with talent from the draft and/or impact FA.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    League has approved Rams moving back to L.A.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Having a state of the art stadium seems to be necessary these days. Weak markets lose out. Rams-Chargers to Inglewood will allow funding to help out the loser build a new stadium for the Raiders. Enough money in Bay Area to keep two teams.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    St Louis lost auto jobs and became per capita lower income. They are an urban island. Cincinnati can draw from Dayton, Columbus, as well as Kentucky.

    Economy has been hard on the middle class. NFL expansion hard to justify in island cities.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL’s version of Affluenza Bakkentom.
    Average Joe’s BEWARE, your tailgating and rowdiness are nearing extinction.
    Corporate shills are taking away our Fanhood.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rams are the second team in the NFC West to leave St Louis.
    Still remember St Louis Cards with QBs Charley Johnson and Jim Hart and Safety Larry Wilson and CB Roger Wehrli.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t laugh. Mike Nolan had as OC Mike McCarthy and norv turner.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Affluenza. More and more of America is leaving the affluent society. Global warming BS is something an affluent nation could tolerate.

    Democrats may get their clock cleaned in November.

    The rich can take over sport franchises. Political organizations can be run off the tracks by looney rich donors.

  20. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Rams to LA, that’s good. Starting next year (2016). That’s a natural rivalry and one less long trip per year. Plus who doesn’t hate LA? I mean really.

    Never get a good coach in here with Balkey grabbing power to get his crap players on board. With the fate of Niners paralleling the nation it’s going to take a few years at least… And by then York will be all grown up and keep his dumbass hands off the product…then I woke up screaming.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    It really amazes me. NFL is huge stable money. Even more so in a down economy for most. The labor market is still dynamic, for both players and coaches.

    Not a free market. Still a cartel of 31 wealthy owners and the public company known as the Green Bay Packers. The market for coaches at all levels is still dynamic.

    So Sean Payton and Adam Gase avoids the Jed and TB stench. Lots of upwardly mobile OC candidates looking for the guaranteed HC contracts. The brown-nosing, unqualified, incompetent sure made out like a bandit.

    Should be no lack of aspiring NFL OC’s and college HC offensive types looking to move up. The goal is a prolific modern passing O. The path is a Todd Haley or similar. Find em.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    OC’s from the losing teams join the candidate pool on Saturday and Sunday nights. Cheer up. Put the pistol down.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What is wrong with Nick Foles. Was it the Rams stale coaching and schemes. Can he be rehabbed? Trade for him with a lucky number 6th rounder.

    Why spend draft capital and incur risk when 1st round talents were abused by previous coaching and available on the cheap.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think the line of thought has already played out with Gabbert Bakkentom.
    See if it improves on the Kaep shortcomings….

    By the departure of Foerster today, it might suggest the ZBS idea has run it’s course?

    I too have made a pitch for Todd Haley.
    Josh McDaniels could also be an Offensive option once he’s available for interviews.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As far as former 1st RD talent comment is concerned….

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    DC’s took away the TE medium field pass and shut down Boldin. Torrey not a factor for the long game since oline would not hold up.

    Blaine passes QB 101 and takes hit’s in the pocket, not bailing like CK. He had to take what the D left him.

    High picks on oline with AD will fix some. Need good coach to draft and not waste a WR1.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Not rocket science. Emulate Arians. First fix oline. All pass patterns on film. Easy.

    Cull the stupid, especially QB. No more CK. Receivers need to recognize D and adjust and know who is the hot read.

    Simple stuff. Now draft and develop a WR1 stud.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    As far as McDaniels, leave control of the roster to TB. He drafted Tebow. As coach only, maybe? Everyone learns by mistakes.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well that’s the rub in SF.
    GM holds roster control, which isn’t unheard of in most situations.
    Baalke needs a HC he can work with.
    Given the Parcells alignment, he’s likely to shop in that arena.

    Haley’s Dad gave Baalke a job back in the day, if memory serves?
    There has to be some cooperation involved on both sides.
    A common vision as it were.
    Agree on what that vision is, shop for the groceries together.

    I’m open to a stud pass rusher at Pick 7 to replace Aldon.
    If it’s a QB, so be it.
    For me, you have a high Pick this time around.
    Find a difference maker, regardless of position.
    Just get on the same page and, put something in motion to fix this mess.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m lobbying for QB Carson Wentz from NDSU, who looked like a possible RD2 option.
    He’s gaining some momentum apparently, which could push him into RD1 now?

    See how that all plays out when it’s time.
    For now, get a qualified Staff in place and cross the bridge regarding Pick 7 when the time comes.

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    An interior pass rusher amplifies what the edge guy can do: Justin Smith-Aldon Smith, Cullen Jenkins-Clay Mathews.

    Lots of ammunition, draft and FA. Can we get Mo Wilkerson and probability of clean or complicated break recovery in leg. Is draft strong or weak at pass DT?

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    DT is stacked.
    Edge guys I’ve got in my sites thus far –

    OLB –
    Jaylon Smith – ND 6’3″/240 (ILB)
    Joshua Perry – OH St 6’4″/254
    Jordan Jenkins – UGA 6’2″/250
    Leonard Floyd – UGA 6’4″/230
    Jonathan Allen – ‘Bama 6’3″/264

    Shaq Lawson – Clemson 6’3″/270 (OLB)
    Emmanuel Ogbah – OK St 6’4″/275
    Jonathan Allen – AL 6’3″/283
    Jonathan Bullard – UF 6’3″/283
    Anthony Zettel – PSU 6’4″/278

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:


  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jaylon Smith tore up a knee in an earlier Bowl game.
    Could return to school because of it.

    Myles Jack is another possibility from UCLA.
    He too is coming off a knee injury.
    Plenty will develop as we progress through the Senior Bowl and Combines.

    I’ll keep working on it….

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mo Wilkerson has been on my radar since he came out of College.
    Leg break could influence his cost/availability but, he’s a talented kid.
    Offense starts and ends with a qualified QB of course.
    Have to address the position directly with the next HC.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Early shopping list on my DT radar –

    A’Shawn Robinson – AL 6’3″/312
    Jarran Reed – AL 6’3″/313 (DE)
    Andrew Billings – Baylor 6’1″/310
    Kenny Clark – UCLA 6’2″/310
    Sheldon Rankins – Louisville 6’1″/303
    Hassan Ridgeway – TX 6’3″/314

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    DT Andrew Billings from Baylor hasn’t declared for the NFL so, he might not be an option.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Scratch that – Billings has declared.
    He’s my favored guy for Fat Man in the Middle thus far.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is where all the extra Picks we’re holding allow flexibility, to move up, to snag guys that won’t survive a wait into the following RDs.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There is a clone of Chris Borland in the draft and he’s projected as a third round pick

    Scooby Wright from Arizona would be a good solid 3rd rd pick and fill your ILB need.


  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think a priority is for the Niners to re-sign Ian Williams
    as the NT/DT. Baalke should have locked him up during the season.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Browns now finalizing deal to hire Bengals OC Hue Jackson as their next HC, per sources.”

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Does anyone have an opinion on Glenn dorsey. Now that Armstead has some experience and healthy and hit the weights hard now, Dorsey best at platooning with Williams at NT.

    All the extra picks are in 4th, 5th, and 6th. So no picks for NT and we keep Dorsey.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hue sigh of relief. Did not want Jackson. Todd Haley, Dirk Koetter, maybe Mike Shula. Need quality OC as HC for a full featured passing attack.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Nolan as Browns DC maybe.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ian Williams played well this year, one of the best players on the defense. But Niners signed him to 3 year extension 3 years ago and he then spent first two on IR. Reluctance to extend him again is understandable. But he can now go get money somewhere else and it will undoubtedly be more than what the Niners would offer.

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of draft picks but please no more safeties. And light on the defense.

  48. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Hue Jackson and Gase off the market. I’m going to love watching the knuckleheads York is forced to hire after he treated one of the best coaches in the NFL like dirt. Chip Kelly: “So…what exactly happened with Harbaugh, Jed?” Enter Lane Kiffin (who would probably turn York down… ps, he’s bangin’ Saban’s daughter…. pps…. good for him).

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like it’s going to be Shanahan. He’s desperate and so are the Niners.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Key is OC. Could be leverage to get a better OC out here.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Might be the last we hear about Lawrence Phillips a very bad human being who is suspected of ending it all in his jail cell.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Reports are the Bucs are hiring Dick Koetter.
    Baalke is coming up short with all his interviewees.

    Clearly last year they interviewed 10 coaches and settled on Tomsula who nobody else wanted?

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Giants are reported to be promoting their OC Ben McAdoo to head coach. That would make 3 jobs filled today and Baalke looking to hire the leftovers which is not a good look.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now it’s being said that Koetter to Bucs is not a done deal.
    Baalke better strike fast if he wants him.

  56. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan looking like the one. Can he get along with the Niner ‘brain dead trust’? Can he get the OC, DC, position coaches he needs? Can he get the players despite Coach Balkeys meddling. Can he get 8 wins?

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I’m cool with Shanny if it goes that route.
    Don’t want his kid as the OC however.

  58. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NFL HC is the ceiling for most coaches. Only 32 and maybe 4 to 8 open up each year. Some OC and DC go back to college.

    For most the endpoint is NFL HC, where the big money is and guaranteed for the full contract it seems.

    This will not end like last year. Even a dope can take only so much ridicule and embarrassment.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If you get the right gig in College, like Saban, Meyer, Harbaugh, you can make a financial killing and, stay until you’re dead.
    NFL can’t touch the Contracts some of these guys get.

    And you wonder why all this TV money doesn’t lower tuitions for the non-athletes.

  60. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers expected to choose between Chip Kelly and Mike Shanahan for their next HC, per league sources. Decision likely within next 24 hours.”

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If they hire Kelly the defense will suffer with being on the field for the majority of the game. Three and outs hangs the defense out to dry.

  62. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    If they hire Kelly, the players won’t play for him. If they hire Shanahan, the players will play for him for a while but once his ways are seen as antiquated in the locker room, the team will just go through the motions. Either way, if either coach had a good GM drafting good players, both head coaches would only max out at 8-8. But with a bad GM, they’ll both be lucky to reach 6-10 as their high water marks. Jed York is the worst owner in the NFL.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    YorK: After a thorough search, Trent & I are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new Head Coach of the 49ers.

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting that York didn’t leak this news to any of the national media, like he usually does. Announced it himself, like he’s firmly in charge or something.

  65. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Nines definitely made a commitment to the O. Lots of ammunition. Every position can be BPA’d in the draft. Gabbert fits what Kelly needs. Torrey Smith a lock at WR2.

    D will have to settle for FA’s.

  66. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The players won’t play for Chip for very long, which will be interesting because this roster is one of the worst in the NFL – meaning this roster needs to play hard because it’s close to watching football on Sunday. The intrigue will be what Chip does with Kaep….. yawn.

  67. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Only ONE reason to hire Kelly. He’s stated publicly for all to see, he doesn’t want control of the roster. And Baalke loves that about him since control of the roster is Baalke’s without question. It’s in his contract!

    No surprise that the team’s fortunes are secondary to Baalke’s ego, once again.

    Now we get the offense that all the fun fanatics have been crying for. Funny thing is, now that they have it they don’t know about it. Yeah, winning games is now on the line instead of just bitching about the manner in which we win.

  68. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “This could be a hilarious coincidence but… Kaepernick gear isn’t on sale anymore after the Chip Kelly hire.”

  69. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Typical bullshit panic move. My early prediction is 3-13 next year. Yes… It can get worse.

  70. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The New York Post goes full hit piece on Baalke. Not a fan of the press, but it couldn’t happen to a nicer asshole.


  71. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    See how much of Eric Mangini on down stays. D gets a few bones, er FA’s and is not an issue.

    Chip Kelly seems smart. All eyes on play design, playcalling, and personnel added and subtracted. Will he adapt to DC’s, both week to week and intragame.

  72. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Eagles fan David K. on ninersnation spills the beans on Chips O. Could be an impending disaster.

    Blaine Gabbert would be the best QB he has had in the NFL to implement his approach. Kaepernick has a better chance with this offence. If he doesn’t restructure in a big way, would still release him.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mangini’s defense ranked 29th. Too many gimmick disguise plays where the Niner D was more confused than the opposing offense.

    Hire Ed Donatell, Mike Pettine or Lovie Smith to be the DC.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Steve Young on the hire and what Kap needs to do


  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another DC that might be available is Ray Horton of the Titans.
    Depends who Tenn hires as HC.

  76. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    This blog needs a LIKE button for individual comments. But since it doesn’t I’ll do this the hard away =

    Bullit “If they hire Kelly the defense will suffer with being on the field for the majority of the game. Three and outs hangs the defense out to dry.” LIKE, this is true

    Bakkentom “Niners definitely made a commitment to the O. Lots of ammunition. Every position can be BPA’d in the draft. Gabbert fits what Kelly needs. D will have to settle for FA’s..” LIKE, nice synopsis of Kellys likely impact

    Spit “The players won’t play for Chip for very long, which will be interesting because this roster is one of the worst in the NFL – meaning this roster needs to play hard because it’s close to watching football on Sunday.” LIKE, all of ’em, every Sunday, sit

    NoFear “Only ONE reason to hire Kelly. He’s stated publicly for all to see, he doesn’t want control of the roster. And Baalke loves that about him since control of the roster is Baalke’s without question” LIKE LIKE LIKE, Bingo got a winnah

    Grumpy “Typical bullshit panic move. My early prediction is 3-13 next year. Yes… It can get worse.” LIKE, I’m an optimist gonna go with 4-12

    The O has been destroyed by the Niner brain dead trust now let’s get to work on the D.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly is getting $6 mil a year for 4 years.
    For all Jim Harbaugh’s success he never got a penny more than the $5 mil a year he originally signed for.
    I just wonder what makes Chip Kelly worth #1 million a year more than Harbaugh? I was always in favor of giving Harbaugh a slight bump in pay for the success he brought the Niners. It would have been based on merit.
    Instead Jed stuck with Baalke and made a $14 mil mistake with Tomsula.

    I’ve vented and I’ll turn the page and hope for Kelly to be successful going forward.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ryan Day the Egos QB coach could be Kelly’s choice for his OC.

    Day has never been an OC but since this is Kelly’s offense that might not be that big of a deal.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ryan Day was the QB under Kelly when he coached at New Hampshire


  80. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    TB is next on the hot seat. Combine that with the Eagle’s D under Kelly.

    NN commenter said some agreement or acknowledgement that D has first priority in acquired talent, whether draft or FA. 3-4 DE stud is absolute need.

    Mo Wilkerson jumps to mind. Buckner from Oregon is a 3-4. Both are ready to go. Wilkerson OK for training camp. Kelly’s O needs rotation on the D line to keep the D fresh.

    Ideally would like to see FA Wilkerson and #7 Laquon Treadwell as WR1. Or a trade back for a mid-level 1st and an extra 2nd. So first 3 picks for WR1, OG, and OC.

    The added stress on D can also mean roster allocation has 1 or 2 more D players. Projects like Brandon Thomas and Marcus Martin may be traded. Tank will be on a short leash also. If part of his problem is reaction time off the snap, he may be gone also.

  81. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Some higher quality FA are Cordy Glenn LT from Buffalo and Keleche Osemele LG. Both will have to overpay for. OC has some decent FA’s like Wisniewski. Alex Mack and Manny Ramirez may be too pricey.

    TB may have to swallow hard and his 3 busts may have to be traded.

  82. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sheet, Treadwell listed as 6’2″ 210 so would pass on him. Need a bigger WR1 to complement Torrey Smith. Maybe we stick with Boldin/Smelter.

    Lots of FA money and Jed is embarrassed. Considering the weak WR draft class, Alshon Jeffrey probably too expensive. Also Kelly’s O based on a strong running game. Wilkerson, Glenn, Osemele, and Wisniewski would be an excellent FA class for TB to save his job.

  83. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    So they’ll pay Harbaugh 5 million a year, but Chip Kelly 6? Sounds like someone’s desperate.

    I don’t know, but in 2015 it seemed like they paid Harbaugh and Tomsula to coach the 49ers, and now in 2016 and 2017, the 49ers will pay Tomsula and Kelly to coach the 49ers.

    Reminds me of Bobby Bonilla – still getting paid by the Mets ten years later. Desperate morons….

  84. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The cost of dumb mistakes:

    “Between Kelly and Tomsula, 49ers will pay $34.5 million in head-coach compensation over next 4 years ($8.625 M average).”

  85. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Which makes it seem close to certain that Kelly will be here at least 3 years.

  86. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Add the moneys lost on coaches to the ghost town that will be Levi Stadium next year and York’s got some financial problems. Even worse, York still hasn’t figured out that Baalke sucks. The next three years will certainly payoff for me and my declaration not to watch Niner games. I love it. I’m not a self-proclaimed geneous for nothing.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ibanez on KTVU says a source says RG3 might come to the Niners as a backup.

  88. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CK and RGIII. Gabbert better ask to be released, with a leak to the press. This team will have turned into a huge joke. Levi’s will be a ghost town and Jed never able to show his face in public.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Likely to be the hire as Dline coach, a guy who’s been with Kelly since New Hampshire.


    Kelly has a meeting with Rathman next week. Keeping Rathman would be a very positive development as he’s proven to be an elite RB coach.

  90. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I dunno how all this is going to shake out but it is hard to see it being worse than last year. I don’t think we will be in much better after another Baalke draft. I do hope the leash tightens around his neck after this year.

  91. winderNo Gravatar says:


  92. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It does my heart good when the Packers lose a playoff game.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly is expected to add Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell for the same role, according to FOX Sports NFL reporter Alex Marvez. Bicknell was Kelly’s wide receivers coach for all three seasons of his tenure in Philadelphia.

    Last season Tomsula considered Bicknell for OC but Bicknell elected to stay in Philly and shunned the promotion.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner WR coach Adam Henry goes to the Giants.

    The list of potential DCs is familiar to Niner fans and only Singeltary and Fangio is missing. I still think they should approach Ed Donatell.


  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    are missing

  96. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kind of enjoying this Panthers game – so far.

  97. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t bring enough humiliation to some of those Seahawks self promoting players and the bandwagon Seahawks fans!

  98. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    As if having the dynamic duo of Buck and Aikman slobbering all over you isn’t enough.

  99. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I love it!

  100. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    If I didn’t know better I might be inclined to believe a couple of these playoff games were scripted by Goodell’s Hollywood project arm.

  101. PHIL fanNo Gravatar says:

    GB AND SEA gone in first playoff game? Yahoooo, I’m with you Winder

  102. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’d have preferred a 62-0 final score, but bye-bye Seahawks is good enough.

  103. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep 62-0 woulda been just fine too. SEA is the new Rams back when they meant something. Love to see them lose. Rams they don’t really count now but maybe a new / old home for ’em in LA will revive ’em. Then we beat a good team.

    Meanwhile Niner have plenty work to do. AZ winning okay too tho I like GB better going back to the Lombardi Pack of my HS years.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Goodell influence wants another Peyton/Brady Championship rematch if I was a conspiracy theorist NoFear49er.

    Which of course, I am 😀

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just don’t want to see Scam Newton playing in the Big One.
    Go ‘Fitz….

  106. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad we couldn’t make a trade for Steelers’ GM Colbert. These guys have some quality depth, losing their #1 WR, #1 & #2 RB and QB. No drama, no power struggles, no ego on display.

    Don’t understand all the vitriol for Cam Newton.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just a little too over the top in terms of celebrations for me NoFear49er.
    Nothing personal.
    Didn’t appreciate all the ‘Kaepernicking’ crap either.
    Guess I’m just a ‘keep it professional-type’.

  108. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wasn’t you I was referring to, necessarily. Your comment just brought it to mind, NJ49er. I’m not a fan either, but if he keeps up his ‘footballs to kids in the stands’ program I’ll write it off as a wash.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh NoFear49er, the kids love him for the free souvenirs, no doubt.
    No issues with that aspect of his escapades.
    Would like to see Baalke bring us a couple of Fat Men in the Middle, like Carolina has, with Short and Lotulelei too.

    Good crop of DTs coming out this Spring.
    With Chip at the helm now, I’m not sure how they’ll assemble this roster?
    Always loved the LeBeau Steelers D but, with the potential for Chips’ Offense to keep the Defense on the field too long, they might have to change up their thinking?
    No doubt he’ll be lobbying for some of his pieces from Philly in FA.
    DEs Vinny Curry, Cedric Thornton and C David Molk could be options?

    I’m also going to move OR DE DeForest Buckner up, to the 7 slot on my Draft Board, since Chip is well known for collecting Ducks.
    Would still prefer a Defensive stud there at that selection personally.
    See what happens in FA first….

  110. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I think our guys in the middle are already fat, they are just not all that good.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They’re not Vince Wilfork-fat Winder 😀
    Our DLine is mostly comprised of FAs and late RD guys.
    IF we land a pair of monsters like Carolina did, we could improve there.
    I’ve always liked those brick sh!thouse-types inside for a 3-4.
    Micheal Carter, Ted Washington-sized Middle Cloggers.

  112. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah me too. Most of my all time favorites are linemen.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We seem to migrate to the leaner more active interior guys.
    See how the new regime handles things.
    Will depend on the DC I guess?

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all in for the trenches.
    Starts and ends with the Big Boys controlling territory inside.

  115. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Should be a good matchup next week with Iupati and Co vs the Carolina Fat Men on D.
    I think the team that runs and protects the QB will play in Santa Clara.

  116. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to say what we will be running for a defense. In fact it’s hard to say what we’ve been running. Nickel and other sub packages seem to dominate the schemes and game plans. The ideal personnel and position prototypes are more up in the air these days.

    I thought it was hilarious when the big nickel of Fritz Shurmur was the new ‘hot defense’ the last two years or so but when Nolan brought it to the Niners along with his hybrid schemes, also popular as new hot defensive coordinator thinking, it and he were mocked as clueless.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wasn’t Billy Davis on Nolans’ Staff NoFear49er?
    If so, he was running the D for Chip.

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As stated, I’ve always been a fan of LeBeau in Pittsburgh.
    Really can’t predict what changes we’re in for until the DC is hired.
    But, Chip didn’t do his D many favors in Philly with all the 3 & Outs his Offense is subject to.
    He’s got to get better at TOP to give the D a blow.

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to see Chip get ST Coach Dave Fipp from Philly if possible.
    They’ve always had a good group there in Philly on ST.

  120. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, Nolan’s problem wasn’t scheme it was personnel. He could never seem to get the key pieces. He missed on Alex. He essentially missed on Manny Lawson, who was a good player but not the edge rusher he needed. With a QB who needed the offensive continuity that a defensive HC could not guarantee, and not much pass rush and not enough quality at NT, Nolan and his coordinators could scheme all day but it was not going to happen on the field. Like his dad before him, given more support from a better GM he might have achieved more. McCloughan took over personnel as Nolan’s star fell into decline and brought in some very good players – but again, not at the key positions, especially QB. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. Nolan needed a quarterback who could thrive despite the turnover and change on his offensive staff, given that keeping McCarthy and Norv was always going to be tough. Alex was never going to be that guy.

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting perspective on our new HC –


  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m already thinking, Anthony Davis better REALLY be in shape, before he makes an attempt to return.
    Chip is likely to kill him otherwise 😀

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another thought….Will Kaep adapt to the mental requirements quicker than Gabbert or, will neither play a role?

  124. 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