Keeping Up With The Daubers

The football offseason usually plays tricks on the mind. The general hue of this trickery is rosy. A team that stunk the previous season somehow begins to look much improved for the upcoming season. It doesn’t take much to inflate this pink balloon. A free agency acquisition, a happy draft, a new coach. Any of these sources can set off the upwardly mobile illusions.

For the 49ers this year, it was a new coach. The wildly popular hiring of Jim Harbaugh in January proved an instant sedative to dull the pain of the embarrassingly bad 2010 season. Optimism for the future abounded throughout the blogopolis.

But a strange thing happened on the way to Pleasantville. Harbaugh actively and agressively wooed favorite 49er fan whipping boy Alex Smith to re-sign with the team for one more year. From that point on, aided and abetted by the sourness of the CBA labor dispute and subsequent lockout, the blog world has not only lost its rosy view of the 2011 season, but has adopted a thoroughly pessimistic one instead.

Fans in general have not taken this bitter pill, judging by the fact that ticket sales to 49er games this year are moving briskly and rank in the top five in the league for improved volume over the previous year. I mention this only for perspective, not for argumentative cachet. The blogs don’t care about the fans, and the fans don’t care about the blogs. Blogs are year around football guys. Fans are only seasonal enthusiasts who have other lives.

At any rate, for the first time since 2006, hardly any blognoscenti are predicting a winning season for the team. This could be a reaction to the ongoing embarrassment of annually predicting success, only to witness failure, demonstrated epicly by the 2010 team. Perhaps it’s a subconscious reverse psychology effort that realizes it’s a win-win deal if you predict failure. Either you have the satisfaction of being right for a change, or you are wrong again, but happily so, instead of miserably so.

The pessimism seems real, however, and not some concoction of the freudian id factory. This blogger does not share that pessimism. Last year at this time, it was widely acknowledged that the 49ers had the best talent in the NFC West. They still do.

The team bellied up last year not from lack of talent but from lack of spirit. Mike Singletary imploded after the first game of the season in Seattle and turned on his players. He never got them back. In fact, the team’s disgruntlement with the offensive game plans, or lack of them, which had been an ongoing complaint from the previous year, became a malaise which infected everyone on the team. The players could also see, just like all the fans and bloggers, the sheer incompetency Singletary displayed as the losses mounted and his press conferences became a grisly spectacle of a clueless coach who had completely lost his bluster, the bluster that was the foundation of his entire “vision”.

Harbaugh will rejuvenate this team’s spirit. He will also make football fun to play again. These guys have had six straight years of playing for coaches who were stern and humorless fellows. Try to recall one time you ever saw Mike Nolan or Mike Singletary laugh or seem to enjoy his job or the game itself. Good luck.

We’ll continue our foray into happy talk 2011 in subsequent postings, hopefully undeterred by the loud booing which these efforts are likely to engender. Go 49ers!

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I predict 16-0 and Alex starting so that the haters can shit their pants every week.

  2. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Last year at this time, it was widely acknowledged that the 49ers had the best talent in the NFC West. They still do.
     
    See, that’s the number one misconception widely held my many. The 49ers do NOT have the best talent in the NFC West. Just because people keep saying it, doesn’t make it so. Who’s the Niner’s best player? Patrick Willis, hands down. But he plays ILB, not a huge impact position like DE or OLB/rush linebacker. Who’s the Niner’s 2nd best player? Frank Gore. But he’s coming off of hip surgery and isn’t getting any younger. 3rd best? Vernon. But again, the TE position isn’t as high on the food chain as is the WR. 4th? Justin Smith. Very solid all-around guy. No knocks. But he isn’t a difference maker. 5th best? Hell, I could make a case for our punter Andy Lee. That should end the story right there.

  3. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And don’t even get me started on the QB position. The Rams have us over a barrel. I’ll take the Rams talent over ours any day of the week and especially twice on Sunday when we play.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del, you know I love you, but I think Justin Smith IS a difference maker.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Who did we use our draft pick on that we received for Shaun Hill? That sucker better be good. The Kentwan Balmer pick I could give two shits about.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like I’ll be playing my Amy Winehouse CD today. RIP.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    or be as dumb as a post !

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smith is a special DE. But he and Willis are only two guys, and defenses have a nasty habit of only being as good as their weakest links. With no pass rush from the OLBs, and substandard play in much of the secondary, we have had a tough time getting off the field on third downs. Meanwhile, our offense cannot stay ON the field on third downs. Maybe I’m just crazy, but that does not seem to be a winning formula to me…

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob. Who do you have coach for your team to win the big game, Nolan or Singletary?

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, we’re not here to fool anyone.
     
    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    DELMARDENNIS
    singletary !
    at least sing would have the guys reay for war !
    at best he might lose the caveman offense and decide to get a big name offenseive and defensive coordinator like he should have done from the beginning !
    imo his ability to rally the troops combined with having first rate coordinators in place would be the way to go !
    since you gave me the the choice !

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    lol or some pretty offenseive spelling !

  13. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer killin me Grump! 2 sentences I NEVER want to hear for the rest of my life are “I need to look at the film” and “We’re not here to fool anybody.”
    .
    Skeebs, not 5 minutes ago I wrote very much the same thing on my blog. To wit:
    .
    Can better coaching/schemes overcome the general shittiness/rawness of the players?
    .
    Yeah, I was one of many who had hoped the team would finally get their shit together and play well last year.
    .
    The main reason I’m lowering my expectations is to keep my blood pressure down. If I don’t expect much, and that’s what they deliver, well, I’m fine with that. If they surprise me, hey, good for them.
    .
    2007 and 2009-10 were just brutal from this fan’s standpoint. They were their own worst emeny.
    .
    Rob, loved the 3:14. And picking between Nolan and Sing to coach a big game is like picking between contracting VD or Crabs . . .

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The NFLPA Executive Committee have scheduled Monday as their voting day to ratify the new CBA
    The NFL has agreed to end the lockout and open their facilities
    on Wed. You can sign your ownd FAs
    as well as rookie unsigned FAs on Wed.
    Training Camps will start on Saturday as well as league wide Free Agency

    The NFL will give the players union time to recertify itself
    and operate business as usual
    unless the 2000 member players union votes down the new CBA which would be foolish.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    What’s a dauber?

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It was an area of the body or soul that old SF Giant manager Roger Craig advised his players to not let get down. Could be expressed as “keep your daubers up” or “don’t get your daubers down”.

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still confused. Is a “dauber” somatic or nonphysical? If I go look in the mirror, can I see if my dauber is up or down? No need. When it comes to the Niners my dauber can only be pointing in one direction. I wonder if they make a blue pill for that?

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – Thanks, I have heard the term before but it’s been awhile.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wasn’t there a dauber named Pam.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Na-Nu Na-Nu.

  21. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow it’s great to have football coming back ! here’s the yahoo sports headline !

    Could Brett Favre return to the NFL? A report says one high-profile NFL team might try to pull the legendary QB out of retirement

    oooh boy !
    LOL

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh … the
    e-mail robde.luca@yahoo.com
    and phone
    727-600-9540
    are both sorted and officially back in action ! (and i’m sure this time !)

    anybody and everybody is invited use them anytime !
    but only if your name isn’t skippy !
    😉

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    we should pick up vince young this off-season !

  24. robNo Gravatar says:

    vikes player rep steve huchinson says he thinks there will be good news coming on monday !

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey rob- whatcha think about Kendall Hunter (sp)?

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    WINDER
    just got done fishing , talking to berger on the phone and ate dinner !
    don’t know much about hunter , but it’s starting to look like one of our better draft picks !
    ” It’s never easy fully evaluating smaller running backs. In fact, it’s sometimes downright impossible. But with the man they call “Spud”, it’s a bit easier. Hunter was a middle grade running back coming out of John Tyler High in 2007. He was ranked the 40th running back in the nation, and his biggest doubters were the ones saying that he was too small.

    Hunter came in immediately and made an impact for Oklahoma State, however. In 2007 he rushed for nearly 700 yards on just 107 carries. He followed it up starting every game in 2008 with a 1,555 yard performance as a true sophomore. But 2009 was a bit different after Hunter missed six weeks with an ankle sprain, and never fully recovered from it the rest of the season. Hunter’s 2010 resurgence quieted down the haters, however, and he’s not being looked at as a Top 5 running back in the 2011 NFL Draft.”

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    we needed a fast change of pace back and he looks like a good one ! i like our backs with gore dixon and hunter !
    of our draft picks i think aldon smith , copernicus and hunter might be the best !

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were all 27-years-old when they died. Guess who is 27 and plays QB for the 49ers? There’s still hope yet.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Daunte Culpepper looking for a job. Waiting for Rob to log in and suggest Niners sign him and Randy Moss.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Schefter is saying teams can sign their own free agents this afternoon. We might see today which of our guys are coming back among Baas, Goldson, Spikes, McDonald. Lawson & Franklin presumed not coming back.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    ooooooh duante ! lol
    no really , vince young is the only QB option left to us with any real ‘up-side’ imo ! he could be a bust or a star .imo young might be gotten for a fairly low price , less than kolb for example ! if we add him to the QB mix , i wouldn’t be surprised if he’d be our starter right away !

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    good news skeebs ! i want all these
    Baas, Goldson, Spikes, McDonald. Lawson

    we should pick up one of my top 3 big D linemen and let franklin walk imo ! the money we don’t have to pay him would petty much get us his replacement !
    cofeild , mebane or jenkins !
    don’t be surprised if we wind up with mebane !

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Mebane would be doubly sweet. Seahawks get Balmer from us & we get Mebane from them. Hahaha.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The handsel of that signing would be that we would have Mebane and Balmer would be their bane!

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Especially if Red Bryant gets injured (again!).

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess we’ll also find out today which players get removed from FA because they re-sign with their own teams. We’ll put Rob in charge of keeping track of this. Some of the guys on his FA list, like Mebane, might not be available anymore.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Alex will be re-signing today, too! Breaking the hearts of 31 other franchises.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And all the members of the Smith Haters Club.

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! Vince Young? Are you nucking futs? He’s a bigger mental case than I am. I don’t want that mental midget anywhere near here.
     
    Breaking the hearts? I was thinking more along the lines in what our old DT Dana Stubblefield used to say when we played the Rams. “Same old shitty Niners.”

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I dare the 49ers to sign that worthless piece of shit to a two-year deal. I dare them. You’d never see a guy transform from a former Niner-turned-Tom Brady-fan into a Raider fan in your life.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You should of heard Mike and Mike this morning laughing at the 49ers. I’ll paraphrase…”Jim Harbaugh has forgotten more about the QB position than I’ll ever know, but how in the world can he be tying his saddle to A*** S****? They have talent and play in that weak NFC West. If they got Kyle Orton from the Broncos, they’d be in the drivers seat.”
     
    Sorry, Mike and Mike. We out here in San Francisco enjoy sucking golf balls through tailpipes for a living.
     
    NoFear, I guess the US Marine Corps taught you some morals. Because I actually do wish A*** S**** ill will. And I’m not ashamed to say it. For the good of the 49ers Corps, I wish that sucker was dead.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yuck.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Yuck what? I guess saying I’d turn into a Raider fan if they re-sign A*** S**** for two more years was over the top. I take that back.
     
    But I still wish he was dead.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN reporting latest timeline

    • Teams can sign their own free agents and begin talking with other unrestricted free agents Monday afternoon.

    • Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents Tuesday at noon ET but those contracts would not take effect until Aug. 2.

    • Teams can begin talking trades Monday afternoon. Any trades would become official on Saturday, July 30.

    Players would begin to report to their teams on a staggered scheduled. Another league source said it was unclear what teams would be allowed to do between the opening of camps and Aug. 2, when the league year officially begins.

    According to the proposed timeline, 10 teams would report on Wednesday, 10 more on Thursday and 10 additional teams on Friday. The New York Jets and Houston Texans would be the last two teams to report, on Sunday.

    The report dates would be back-timed to 14 days before teams play their first preseason games.
    =======

    Looks like we’ll have a lot to talk about. It’s gonna get busy!!

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Rob – I think this years draft was pretty good too. Now it’s time to find out.

    dennis – Lol, dead is just so final, I just wish him on any of our division opponents.

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, that Mark Herzlich (OLB, BC) said he wouldn’t mind signing with the 49ers. Great story that kid is recovering from cancer and coming back to play for the BC Eagles. You have to root for a guy like that wherever he signs.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to Gil Brandt these are the top unsigned rookie free agents

    1. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware: Has size needed to succeed at the position, to go with accuracy and football intelligence.

    2. Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College: His battle against cancer is well documented and speaks to his hunger to play. If healthy, he can play all downs.

    3. Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky: Has quickness and speed needed for success at running back.

    4. DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson: Has all the traits needed to be a good safety.

    5. Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU: A former high school basketball player who is strong and smart and has traits that remind some of Colts veteran Jeff Saturday.

    6. Mario Fannin, RB, Auburn: Oustanding speed and pass-catching ability. Makes a lot of plays.

    7. Nick Bellore, LB, Central Michigan: Very competitive linebacker. One of the all-time top tacklers in the MAC. Great special teams player.

    8. Willie Smith, OT, East Carolina: Smart offensive tackle with long arms and good athletic ability. Excellent pass blocker.

    9. Ray Dominguez, G, Arkansas: Strong guard who has the chance to start for someone in his second year.

    10. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: Needs to add weight but has the frame to do so. Very active.

    11. Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah: Strong at the point of attack and reminds some of another Utah product, Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai.

    12. Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State: Slot receiver who will catch the ball across the middle and has outstanding hands.

    13. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina: Lacks great speed but makes up for it with quickness and ball skills. Very good tackler.

    14. John Clay, RB, Wisconsin: Strong, inside runner in the mold of Blount.

    15. Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame: A four-year starter at Notre Dame who is very strong and athletic.

    16. Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley State: Teams love speed, and he is the fastest player available of all undrafted free agents.

    17. Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin: Smart quarterback with good but not great arm. Has been very successful with accuracy and ability to hit the right receivers.

    18. Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia: Not tall, has great speed, production and hands. Possible WR/KR prospect.

    19. Kyle Hix, OT, Texas: Long arms, very strong. Doesn’t have good enough feet to play LT but could be good on right side.

    20. Zach Hurd, G, Connecticut: He played guard at UConn but his best position might be as a RT because of his size and strength

    I agree Herzlich would be a solid
    signing as well as Ian Williams.
    I also like Henry Hynoski
    FB out of Pitt. He hurt his hamstring at the combine but he’s a hell of a blocker and short yardgae back. Puzzling why he was undrafted

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Screw Pat Delvin. Every time I watched him he never threw down the field. He checks down more than A*** S****. And he has a weaker arm. No thanks. Sign the Sausage King of Chicago, Abe Froman and trade for Orton.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been touting Kendric Burney since Senior Bowl practice week. Screw his slow 40 times. The kid makes plays and has a great nose for the ball. Excellent instincts that can’t be measured by a stopwatch. I think I had the Niners drafting him in the 4th round. I’d sure the hell sign him as an UFA.

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the latest timetable according to PFT:
     
    On Tuesday, trades can begin.

    At 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, teams may sign drafted rookies, undrafted rookies, and negotiate with (but not sign) their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive-rights players, and franchise players.

    Also, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, teams may negotiate with, but not sign or give offer sheets to, other team’s unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, and franchise players.

    At 4:01 p.m. ET on Thursday, teams may waive or terminate player contracts.

    At 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams may renegotiate existing player contracts, sign their own unrestricted free agents, sign their own restricted free agents, and sign their franchise players.

    Also at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams may sign unrestricted free agents from other teams, restricted free agents from other teams, and franchise players from other teams.

  51. robNo Gravatar says:

    DELMARDENNIS
    signing alex smith for two years might make us wish WE were dead !

    hell watching the york/nolan years made us wish we were dead !

    vince young would fit right in here !

  52. robNo Gravatar says:

    WINDER
    i like copernicus the best and have hopes for smith and the RB we picked ! a lot the rest of our draft look like they might be reaches and could have been picked later in the draft.

  53. robNo Gravatar says:

    the deal is done !

  54. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Finally some good news. Let’s see what the new regime can do. Also congrats to the fans (around here anyway) for hanging in there.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Baalke will be up late tonight. FA & trades can be agreed to beginning at midnight. Not official till Friday, but deals can be made now.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hey PF, you can report the FA news here from midnight to 3 or 4 when the morning crew arrives.

  57. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my new time limited avatar in honor of the stalwart labor leaders who got ‘er done. Wretch…or is that ‘retch’?
     
    Ok Skeebs you can count on me as the junior cub reporter to have something on the 49ers FA situation before ya wake up tomorrow.

  58. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    “My mind is made up,” Smith said Monday. “It’s been made up a long time. I’m not going to wait for anything. I’m just waiting for that opportunity (to sign a contract). I’m sure it will be pretty quick. I’m sure it’ll move fast. It’s pretty well set in stone, I think.”

    Looking to warm the cockles of Dennis’s heart…

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Per Sando at ESPN: The new NFL labor agreement will not let players without contracts for 2011 practice before Aug. 4 upon signing new deals. That includes you know you.
     
    Sounds like another built-in excuse to me. How lucky can a guy be?

  60. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, you tied yer wagon to Mike & Mike on BSPN, Dennis?
    .
    Good luck with that. Clown and Clownier . . .

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cheer up, Alex haters. Big rumors that Hasselbeck could sign with the Niners. Surely he can beat out Alex, right?

  62. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If he has anything left in the tank he should. Not so sure about that. But even on empty he’s better than Carr. 😉

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, the only thing I’ve tied is “one on.”
     
    What would you guys say to Matt Hasselbeck coming in and competing for the starting QB job? Steve Young thinks it would be a great idea. Said so himself today. I might actually get excited again. Anybody, I mean ANYBODY other than A*** S**** would get me excited.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, you could beat out A*** S****. Remember, he lost to both Tim Rattay and J.T. O’Sullivan in his other tries.
     
    Now there’s a change of plans. First I want him to lose the starting job to Hasselbeck, then I want him dead.

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but if this Hasselbeck signing comes to fruition I’m going to have a whole new outlook on this season. Seriously, how the hell any of you could have been excited for another season with A*** S**** at quarterback is beyond me. Silly really. Just plain dumb. Moronic. Asinine.
     
    WAKE UP PEOPLE! We’re talking about A*** F**KING S****!!!

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    49ers go 16-0 and Alex Smith starts every game!

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have signed UFAs Chase Beeler (center) and NT Ian Williams. We’re rolling!

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Stanford center, Chase Beeler is going to sign with the Niners. Cool. He can hike the ball to Matt Hasselbeck.

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you shouldn’t be drinking when you’re training those new employees. That’s OK, I won’t say anything — as long as we sign Matt Hasselbeck.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Another DL for Berger — Demarcus Dobbs, Georgia.
     
    BRING ON HASSELBECK!!!

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- That 7:02 post was special, just for you! I thought you would enjoy that.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yeehaa!!!!! Ian Williams. Could it have been the ND coach Bryant Young connecion? Doesn’t matter, I’m stoked. Now go get the QB Froman.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    From what I’ve read, Dobbs is nothing but camp fodder.

  74. robNo Gravatar says:

    so dennis you want alex smith to start for us ?

  75. robNo Gravatar says:

    WTF
    IS THIS THE GUY WE GOT ?
    Ian Williams (born August 31, 1989 in Altamonte Springs, Florida) is an American football defensive tackle for the University of Notre Dame. Williams is currently regarded as one of the top pure nose tackle prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft
    Williams grew up in Altamonte Springs, Florida,

  76. robNo Gravatar says:

    He was SI.com draft analyst Tony Pauline’s No. 1-rated undrafted prospect. Williams played nose tackle in Notre Dame’s 3-4 defense, so he’ll at least be familiar with the formatting of San Francisco’s defensive system. It’s also a great fit for the 6-foot-1, 319-pound prospect

  77. robNo Gravatar says:

    WHY DID HE GO UNDRAFTED ???
    New Irish defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco, switched the defense back to a 3-4 scheme.[9] Williams thrived in a return to his natural position at nose tackle, anchoring the middle of the Irish defensive front and recording 37 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception in 7.5 games. Williams suffered an MCL sprain against Navy on October 23, 2010. The injury did not require surgery, but it did force Williams to miss the last four games of his senior season. Prior to the injury, he was one of only two players to appear in every game of his four year Notre Dame career !

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret…
     
    I WANT MATT HASSELBECK!!!

  79. robNo Gravatar says:

    lol thx for the news on williams ! walter had him rated as highly as one i liked … sione fua ! i also remember liking williams now !

    4/8/11: Ian Williams improved upon his 40 at Notre Dame’s Pro Day, but stood on the rest of his numbers. Mike Mayock called Williams a 3-4 nose tackle who will be taken in Rounds 4-6.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Ian Williams was way at the top of my UFA wish list. Next, Froman and Herzlich.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    In the words of Hannibal Smith
    (no relation to Alex so backoff Dennis) of the A Team

    “I love it when a plan comes together!”

    We both said Ian Williams a while back and it happened!

    I need Herzlich and Jeff Maehl to get signed also.

  82. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco reports Froman will NOT be signing with the Niners. I guess Hasselbeck told Harbaugh I can beat out S****, but not Froman.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Barrows is on top of the undrafted FA signings

    His updated list
    C Chase Beeler, Stanford
    NT Ian Williams, Notre Dame (reported by Roto Word’s Evan Silva)
    OL Donovan Edwards, Cal
    DE DeMarcus Dobbs, Georgia (NePatriotsdraft.com)
    WR Joe Hastings, Washburn
    WR Dontavia Bogan, South Florida
    WR Tyler Beiler, Bridgewater

    The last 3 guys are huh???

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I was always onto Williams. Problem was I thought he was about in the 300-305 range. I still wanted him because of his agility for a big man. Then you came on here and informed me he was 319. Immediately I went gaga over this guy. Thanks for the info.
    .
    IMO, NT is the most physically demanding position in all of sports. He won’t tear it up immediately, but I think in time he will be very good. He might even be able to contribute a little this year. That would be a big bonus for any 1st year NT, let alone one that was an UFA NT.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Glad to see Ian Williams and Chase Beeler. My TE, Brett Brackett went to Miami however.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Also looks like my man Anthony Gray went to Pittsburgh.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is post from a South bend paper saying e is 305?

    Former Notre Dame nose guard Ian Williams will sign a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday morning.

    Williams, an undrafted free agent, confirmed the news late Monday, hours after the NFL lockout came to an end.

    “It feels great,” the 6-foot-2, 305-pound Williams said via cell phone. “It feels great to finally get it over with.”

    The list of teams interested in Williams reached double-digits, which made for lots of phone calls from teams and lots more from well-wishers once an agreement was reached.

    “My phone’s been blowing up,” he said.

    Williams whittled the list to three teams – Miami and Dallas being the others – before deciding on the 49ers, where he’ll be coached by former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

    “It fit everything that I was looking for,” Williams said.

    Williams played in nine games for the Irish last season. He recorded 38 tackles, had 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. A knee injury knocked him out of four games.
    .
    I’m still glad we got him, but I’d sure rather see him at 319.

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is from Wikipedia:
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    Ian Williams (born August 31, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Notre Dame.
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    Wikipedia has him at 319. I know he was 319 at the combine. That is where the announcers said he was 305 but he weighed in at 319.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a high motor guy Berger, can’t go wrong with that.
     
    Glad to have him, he’s a scrapper inside. Haynesworth couldn’t handle that part of the position.
     
    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/on-down-the-line-notre-dame-football/2011/01/ian-williams-dominates-in-the-senior-bowl.html

  90. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

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
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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