Desperate Guys’ Club

The Santa Clara Yorkies hired an actual NFL head coach last Thursday. Last year’s meathead D-line coach experiment might have seemed cutting edge to Jed York and Trent Baalke, but the 2015 season revealed that edge to be as sharp as the cognitive process of a guy in a coma. Baby steps back to reality for the dysfunctional duo.

The Chip Kelly hire has generated a lot of buzz, both pro and con. However it plays out, at least the franchise will inch away from being a league wide joke. For York, that’s all the win he needs at this point. It’s doubtful he’s ever before experienced the humiliation heaped upon him last year. And all of it richly deserved.

It also conveniently moves the spotlight off him and onto Kelly and Baalke. Two guys with dinged reputations, probably determined to restore their good names. Maybe they’ll succeed. Maybe they’ll fail. Maybe they’ll come to blows. Whatever, at least the Niners will be interesting next year, something last year’s team was not.

Of course, none of this means the Niners will be contenders in 2016. Just not an embarrassment. Maybe.

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  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to predict they way things will go at this point. One thing I know is with the talent level we have we cannot afford any discontent within the ranks. The QB and OL are our biggest issues and will not be easily rectified. We need a solid draft and the FO needs to cut loose of that money they’ve stockpiled and buy some good FA’s. We have lots of needs.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know if it’s just me but ‘Chip’ reminds me of My Three Sons. Pretty sad.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. At least I’m not alone.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Film study and reading defenses have not been Kap’s strong suit. If Kap wants to be the QB he’s going have to devote more time to working out his mind.

    It has always been reported that Kap is in the building a lot. It’s mainly been to work out his body and not his mind. Kelly is going to demand Kap know his offense inside out and that’s where Gabbert right now has a huge advantage.

    Romanowski says they use the Ipads now and the coaches can monitor how much time you study film on them. The fact that Gabbert spent five times as much time studying as the backup than Kap says a lot.

    Kelly’s offense demands 3 to 4 reads on each snap. Whether Kap is willing to change will determine his future with the Niners.
    His QB improvement sessions last off season proved to be a PR sham.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To execute Kelly’s offense you need to be able to make multiple reads. This is something you can’t fake and there will be enormous pressure on Kap to prove himself and it will be obvious if they have a truly open QB competition.

    Chip values accuracy from his QB which seems to be Kap’s weakness because of his mechanics.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One guy who can’t be happy that Chip was chosen HC is Bruce Miller.

    Kelly doesn’t use a Fullback in his offense. So unless Miller converts to a TE he’s probably history.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Glenn Frey

    The Eagles will never be the same without him.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ditto Bullit.
    Bowie and Frey within a week?
    Absolutely loved the Eagles myself.
    RIP Glenn
    Thank you for the music legacy you leave for all to enjoy.

  9. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy, if the point is turning around the worst team in the league and taking on both the GM and HC roles is too much for a first timer, I agree.

    But I’d say Nolan made huge strides in getting in the personnel needed to take the team from the bottom to the top. Not enough of them, but plenty of big difference makers. Between his drafts and FA acquisitions it’s hard to deny he built much of the team that became the winningest in the league under Harbaugh.

    He was aggressive in filling holes and weaknesses. The o-line was so bad when he got here we went through four QBs in his first year. He got Jonas Jennings and Larry Allen and Frank Gore set a rushing record. He brought in Nate Clements and a safety I can’t recall right now to give the defensive secondary some help. He brought in Franklin who became a very good 3-4 NT. Not to mention the endless stream of receivers and many more quality if not top players.

    McCarthy and then Turner getting hired away would have stunted any teams’ offensive growth. Hostler sure didn’t help, but it was a stab at that continuity thing. The alternative to hiring the best is bringing in guys like Jimmy Raye and Geep Chryst who won’t get hired away. But a case can be made for the continuity on defense as well as or maybe stronger than continuity on offense. We’ve made a living off our defense for years and many other teams prefer that formula.

    Lots of teams lose their OC every year. It became a built in excuse for Alex Smith, admittedly with some basis, and for some inexplicable reason, a built in knock on Nolan and his “ruination” of Smith.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Vrabel Texans LB coach is being interviewed for the DC position.

    IMO they should move on from Mangini because the defense went south last year from what Fangio was able to accomplish.
    As I previously said too many gimmicks.

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t remember who the coach was when we picked up Cowboy, but that turned out to be one of the greatest pickups in 49er history. With Fred Dean and Wendell Tyler being right there with him. We need to find another nugget such as those in FA. From what I read ‘Chip’ is actually respected by quite a few people. Vrabel was a hell of a player but so was Singletary I don’t know if we have the time for a newbie in the DC position since our HC says he totally stays out of the defenses way. But, then again you have to start somewhere.

  12. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    “I can’t remember who the coach was when we picked up Cowboy, but that turned out to be one of the greatest pickups in 49er history.”

    And that goes to my point. Nolan went out and got Justin Smith and was slammed for it at the time.

    He was tarred and feathered in the press. That’s all most fans remember. He needed a slimy liberal mealy-mouthed press secretary more than Goodell.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners canned 10 asst. coaches yesterday: offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, quarterbacks coach Steve Logan, receivers coaches Adam Henry and Ronald Curry, secondary coach Tim Lewis, defensive line coach Scott Brown, defensive assistants Ejiro Evero and Aubrayo Franklin, and offensive assistants T.C. McCartney and Joe Scola.

  14. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan, to date, has been the York’s second best head coaching hire (which, no offense to NoFear, isn’t saying much considering the York’s overall record and football / business acumen). Nolan’s strengths were his sense of purpose and his own self confidence. Nolan was organized and he was also well-connected to others around the league. Because of his connections and football relationships, Nolan could hire coordinators and knew who the good ones were. That was an asset to the Yorks who, prior to Nolan, were running things from a knowledge vacuum they now appear to be working diligently on gaining a patent for. The Yorks have been looking for some time for an unintellectual property rights lawyer.

    But Nolan certainly had his faults. A lot was made that Harbaugh lost the locker, but that was never true. It was certainly true, however, that Nolan lost the locker room prior to being fired. It’s my opinion that Nolan lost the locker room because he was demanding while offering poor schemes. If you and your coordinators offer the players poor schemes, you have to be humble. There were times, with good coordinators, that Nolan’s schemes were good. But with the bad coordinators, instead of being humble and realizing the fault was with the coordinators, Nolan demanded more from the players – asking them to spin straw into gold… and it got old.

    Nolan and McCloughan had their fair share of wins and losses in the personnel department, but most were wins. Nolan’s biggest personnel lose, however, might have contributed more to his downfall than any other single factor – the drafting of Alex Smith.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    No team gets very far without a competent quarterback.

    It’s tougher for a defensive guy to groom a young QB because you’re at the mercy of the competence of your OC and QB coach, and cannot control if they leave.

    Alex was a guy who needed first rate coaching and support to become the middle of the pack guy he finally is now. Nolan, partly for circumstances beyond his control, could not give him what Harbaugh could in the way of coaching. Turner was responsible for a certain amount of improvement in his second year but Norv was never going to pass up a chance to be HC again.

    The error of picking him was compounded by years of not getting anyone to compete against him. And that was not just Nolan, but also McCloughan and Singletary. Leading to damnfoolery such as the J.T. O’FumbleAgain era.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And here we go again Grump.
    New HC, starting his legacy while seeking his OWN QB, to right the ship.
    Hit on the QB and, all is generally right in the NFL World.
    I’m 70/30 that Kaep can’t handle Chip’s System.
    I just don’t think Kaep has the touch/accuracy working in his favor.
    Time will tell.

    Once again it centers around the ability of the GM/HC to work together.
    Baalke = Defense
    Chip = Offense

    Question of the decade –
    Can Jed stay the fuk out of it?

    Gamble has succeeded in selling Chip to Jed because of his relationship in Philly.
    Advantage Gamble.
    That move alone has already put him a step ahead of Baalke if expectations aren’t met to Jed’s satisfaction.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Read recently that Jed was doing his own recruiting of potential HC candidates.
    As if to suggest that he ‘wasn’t’ working in unison with Baalke.
    Therein lies the scenario that brought about Tomsula last year.
    Baalke working on Gase.
    Jed gumming up the process with Tomsula.

    Somehow, I don’t see anything positive in that dynamic going forward.
    Jed is looking more, and more, like Danny in DC to me.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chip appears to be a ‘splash’ hire by Jed.
    Chip and Baalke are the latest coming of The Odd Couple.

    SB caliber Coaches such as Coughlin, Shanahan and Holmgren weren’t flashy enough I guess?

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smith was drafted into a 4-3 DT Bengals D. Even he had to take a year or so to learn 3-4 DE. Was it 2008 and last year of Nolan. The media pack wouldn’t give him any credit? Figures.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    KICK def’n: Kaepernick = coach killer

    So Tomsula-Chryst-Logan are deceased and still some fans want to place a Kick Me sign around Chip and his OC’s neck. Kaepernick is like the grim reaper.

    Kaepernick either has a learning disability or is stubborn stupid. He cannot make quick decisions. How many more coach hours are you gonna waste on the dude.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What is wrong with this picture. QB is the most important position. Chip Kelly, with a hybrid college scheme is going to judge the niner career’s of two with established on field resume’s.

    Jed is a bonehead.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep could find his way to Cleveland with Hue Jackson.
    Seems Hue wanted him while in Oakland.
    Would love to see Johnnie Goofball in Dallas.
    Perfect fit the Jerruh Circus IMO 😀

    Chip will find his next protégé in April.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chip seems to be the modern day equivalent to Mike Martz.
    Mad Scientist of the Offense.
    He’s unconventional in his approach too.
    With 12 Picks anticipated, he and Baalke have to draw a line in the sand on how to divide them.
    Give Chip the Offense and let it play out.
    Chip’s Offense depends on quick decision making and accuracy from the QB.
    Kaep already fails those requirements.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Long read but, pretty insightful.

    Chip’s College QB/New 9er QB Coach, put up better TD production at UNH than Jerry did.

    It’s just going to involve Chip getting the horses he needs, to run this crazy Offense of his.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    At what point will mama Jed remove him. How low will the asset be tarnished. At some point Roger Goodell has to slap the sheet out of Jed and mama Denise.

    Animated cartoons should have been running wild on those two. Run episodes on the Internet so mama and papa can’t buy off and silence the ridicule.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It almost seems that Chip isn’t looking for the prototypical Pocket QB either.
    Which might suggest he won’t spend Pick 7 on his next pupil?
    The kid running the show in Oregon now, Vernon Adams, is a pip-squeak in terms of size, just 5’11″/205.

    Memphis QB Paxton Lynch is huge by comparison but, most everyone with an opinion on Lynch, points to his accuracy as being top notch.

    One thing is almost guaranteed.
    Chip will be connected to former Ducks, who are familiar with his approach.

    Could LMJ get another shot in SF?
    Always thought he’d at least have been used as a PR/KR specialist if nothing else.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is my beef with Jed Bakkentom, stay out of the way.
    If your GM can’t fix it, replace him.
    Don’t conduct interviews and candidate searches separate of the duties you pay the GM to conduct.

    This was my point last year with Gase/Tomsula.
    One guy goes in one direction, the other, on a different course.
    That sh!t is why Danny in DC hasn’t had any success since, forever.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is interesting.
    Kelly met with Kaep but, he’s prohibited from ‘talking football’ until April 4 by League rules.
    Decision on Kaep is due by April 1 regarding his 2016 Contract deadline.
    How exactly is that supposed to work?

    This sh!t is more entertaining than discovering Oz behind the curtain.

    “Hi Colin, I’m Chip. How’s the rehab going?”

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Cosell backs Gabbert. Manuskey LB coach for Redskins.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has decide to stop working of his abs and pecs and devoting more to the muscle between his ears.

    Hard to suddenly study and five times the film to learn what defenses are doing to combat your offense. Easier for Kap to freelance and wing it but he’ll never become an elite QB with his work habits that understands progressions.

    When things have gone south for the Niners the reason/excuse has been poor execution. The other 10 players can execute their assignments perfectly but if the QB doesn’t stick to the play called and the gameplan you have a clusterph%ck.

    Last offseason Kap’s QB training was a sham and all for show.
    Kurt Warner met with Kap for an hour a week for 6 weeks.
    The only thing accomplished was Kap shortened his throwing motion in the offseason but it did little for his accuracy and footwork. Kap has a hard time throwing touch passes.

    If Chip decides he can reclaim Kap it’ll be a tall task.
    I say good luck to that.

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap does not have the mental capacity to handle a complicated, modern passing game. He can struggle and cram to get to basic QB101.

    If he gets therewith huge effort, so what. The basics have to come easy. President and post snap reads of the D have to be accurate. DC’s and OC’s constantly playing cat and mouse. This dynamic has to be communicated between OC and QB.

    Receivers make adjustments depending on D and whether CB is inside or outside of his path. Blitzes have to be recognized by both receivers and QB. Hot reads done automatic by all parties.

    Lots of situations to Phuck up. Mega more confidence that BG can do it. His release should not be a saga, prolonged and detrimental to team.

    By March 31 collect all health data on dummie. If need be do an
    injury settlement. Whether a clean break or abjudicated, jettison and move on.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If pudgy determines much on his own and sends plays in for QB’s to execute, this will end up bad. Much better to have QB and OC interact. Feedback from QB helps the playcaller. This dynamic needs to happen.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jeez, now NN has pudge getting the nod over Shanahan, may be willing to salvage CK at minimum for trade value. Shanahan wanted QB for #7.

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Draft/FA should fix both lines on D and O. Arians, McCarthy, Todd Haley, and other O gurus trounce pudge.

    Need to follow ARIZ, GB, and Pitt next season. Pudge is a football geek, not a whiz kid.

    The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” had no impact on Jed and TB. Either drugs or genetics impacted those two.

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jed looks good in a suit. Nice threads. Thanks for leading. You are the best.

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kudos to FSU rapist James Winston, 4,000 pass yards and 22 TD’s.

    With a little help from his friends, disabled law enforcement uncovering evidenced uncontested for trial.

    For a job well done, Lovie Smith under consideration for DC.

    Obama’s America, gotta love it.

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Just signed CFL standout receiver Eric Rogers, 6’4″ 215 lbs. Got 13 offers but chose us. No doubt we have weakest roster for him to make team. Was Blaine a clincher?

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers have offered Mike Vrabel the DC job. 49ers waiting to hear his answer per sources.”

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bills are a landing spot for CK. Also where Doug Marrone lands as a coach.

  40. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    GB and others incorporate some of this stuff. Does Chip also do power runs, medium and long passing plays. This is not new. DC’s can defense this stuff now.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Defenses can figure most anything out.
    It’s up to the Offenses to execute before they can stop it.
    Offense always has the advantage of knowing the play.
    Have to beat the Defense to the punch.
    We haven’t had that benefit since I can’t remember when?

    Staring down targets, or simply holding the ball too long, kills everything you’re trying to do.
    No rhythm, no execution, no urgency, equates to no success.

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, my gut reaction says we need a full featured O. Many can run a full series of no huddle. If ZBS demands athletic Oline then that usually means better pass pro also.

    NE uses Oline rotation for a faster pace offense or just to combat attrition.

    Hopefully then his O can go with typical roster, no fatties. AD and Trent Brown hit the saunas.

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Read that Chip uses 5 targets alot. Then BG the starter and dummie gets released. Is a major restructure for backup or trade even possible?

    Outside of Buffalo or here where can CK go. Suspect he gets released, then signs a backup salary.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Rogers will have to choose a new number if he’s on the Niner roster

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I watched Roger’s highlight film and I was amazed to see how small, and slow the defenses were. That’s not gonna happen in the NFL.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Mike Vrabel has turned down the 49ers DC job.”

  47. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Another one passes on the Santa Clara circus.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They normally don’t let anybody know they offered someone a job, so they must have expected him to take it. Egg on face. And another miscalculation.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Vrabel turning down the DC job is…

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last guy Niners signed off the Calgary Stampeders proved pretty good.

    A QB named Jeff Garcia.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder if Vrabel turned down Yorks or Kelly. Or both.

  52. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly would be back in college ball if it wasn’t for the desperate Jed York. Kelly, like the now probably retired Mike Martz, is better suited for college football where an up-tempo offense can eventually break a defense. In the NFL, it can’t. In fact, in the NFL the only defense an up-tempo offense breaks is its own.

    In the very weak NFC East, Kelly went to the playoffs only once, in his first year, then subsequent years were mediocre at best. That was against the likes of Jason Garret (who’s one of the worst coaches in the NFL), Jay Gruden in his first attempt as a head coach, and Tom Coughlin who was all but out to pasture. Kelly should have dominated.

    Now Kelly gets to go up against Bruce Arians, Pete Carroll and the overrated but newly inspired now that he’s in LA, Jeff Fisher. Last year was the first year, in about 30 years, that the 49ers were swept in the division. It’ll happen again in 2016. That leaves 9 more games in Chip’s maiden voyage with the Niners. Hope some of them are easy, or Chip won’t make it through year two.

    Baalke and Kelly together will try their very best to upgrade the roster into something that Chip can win with. But those two together aren’t especially talented unless you consider inflated egos a way to measure talent. Just win, baby. Baalke and Kelly are now on their last legs as GM / head coaches in the NFL. Kelly might not finish out year two. Baalke? Seems like he’ll have York buffaloed for years… But once York dumps him, Baalke won’t get another chance as a GM.

  53. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chip did his first stint as HC in the NFL. Learning under fire. Maybe he will change.

    He really stresses the D. Maybe Mangini stays because no other DC candidate wants to face that acid test.

    Vrabel may have been counseled to stay away from Chip. DC is much harder with him and his O. Bad for his resume.

  54. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Nines REALLY need to generate a pass rush. Without Wilkerson, #7 probably goes for that.

    Gabbert is the best QB for his offense while in NFL. So Chip will go along with TB and get an interior pass rusher, which makes the edge rushers better.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cutting or trading Kap and using his bloated salary to sign two quality free agent Olinemen is the way to go to solve the Oline problems.

    Comparisons have been made to Kelly’s rhetoric about Foles when he was hired at Philly and the less than enthusiastic response to Kap here.

  56. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    MMQB “Brady’s Guardian Angels” explains the train wreck of 37 different oline combinations this year.

    He gets the ball out average 2.3 seconds. The ragtag, motley crew are disciplined enough to hold blocks and pick up stunts in that time.

    Kap is gone. Just waiting till end of March to give best chance to give a clean bill of health.

  57. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A waste of talent. A failed experiment. A coach killer.

    Per Grant Cohn that was the assessment by Shanahan of CK. His total rejection of CK maybe the reason he lost out to pudge.

    Grant points out CK using backhanded lawyer tactics to grab the bloated Jed money by not getting cleared in the physical.

    Doesn’t want to look bad to Nessa. All he is worth is Gabbert’s backup contract of 2 mil a year.

  58. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kawakami does nice piece on reading between the lines with Chip on Kap.

  59. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Vrabel was a hellova player but if he turned down the DC job because he felt he couldn’t succeed then it just shows he wasn’t up for the challenge. If he’s worried about his resume then to me it makes it worse that he declined. The people who know football know what it’s gonna be like here with Chip.

  60. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From what I read, the only positive for him would be to accept DC and coach up the D to be top 10. Very difficult to do, safer to stay put in Houston and Romeo Crennel may retire next year whether voluntary or forced out. Read also he got a raise when this interview happened.

    Remember, TB is on the hot seat. Safest thing for him to do is use the 1st on pass rush. I vote for Wilkerson or similar. Can always trade down and pick up another 2nd.

    Look what Jameis Winston did with 6’5″ Mike Evans, 6’5″ Vincent Jackson, and that big TE drafted with Evans.

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers are hiring former Lions RB coach Curtis Modkins as their offensive coordinator.”

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers have fired defensive coordinator Eric Mangini.”

  63. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Curtis Modkins



    Good grief.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Modkins is not the playcaller, That is Chip’s domain.
    Modkins won’t be a traditional OC and might be up in the booth
    relaying info down.

    Glad Mangini and his gimmicks are gone.

  65. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Winder makes me laugh. He’s drinking the koolaid…. again. If last year didn’t teach him anything, he’ll be damned sure to beat his head against the wall again. He’s determined to support his team no matter how much egg on his face he endures.

    Winder – Would you like to know why Vrabel declined the job? It’s because football is played in concert between the offense and defense. Both rely on each other. If your offense is slow and methodical and runs the ball, eating clock, it helps the defense. That’s the kind of team you want to be a D coordinator for. If the offense scores quickly, or goes three-‘n-out quickly, it put more pressure on the defense – and so far all Chip Kelly defenses have broken and haven’t been able to stand up to the pressure his offensive schemes create. And oddly enough, all that running and cardio that’s so necessary for both a Chip offense AND a Chip defense, creates, by default, smaller soccer-like players. So bigger teams can steamroll them while chewing clock. Vrabel knows all this. If you add to the poorly designed Kelly scheme the terrible Baalke roster, this team won’t 7 games.

    You wrote, “The people who know football know what it’s gonna be like here with Chip.”

    Yeah… I know football. It’s gonna suck. Wanna bet?

  66. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    * won’t “win” 7 games…

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    East West Shrine Game on NFL Network 1pm PST/ 4pm EST.
    Chance to look at some middle tier QBs and a bunch of sleepers.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember last year Chryst simplified the playbook for Kap.
    That was a red flag.

    Ted Tollner said this

    “That’s an accurate assessment because we really felt like we were making some real strides and the area was anticipation and turning the ball loose and trusting,” Tollner told the media, per Nancy Gay of FanHouse. “Are [the passes] going to be where they belong? Can I turn it loose when the coaches want me, or do I have to wait and use my big arm? We were making some real strides along those lines because you have to at this level. . . .

    “You can’t wait till people are open,” Tollner said. “We made strides and last week we fell back in all those
    areas. That’s disappointing to all of us and we’ve got to get back on track. The answer? I don’t have the answer other than what I just said.
    It’s a number of things that happen and there has been a major emphasis on him, on the QB, we’ve got to give [him] a foot rhythm that allows [him] to turn the ball loose on time and [he needs] to buy into that.

    “And he has, to repeat myself — we were making strides and — bam — we stepped back, and I don’t have the answer other than what I already said.”


    Tollner was talking about Jamarcus Russell in 2009 but you could substitute Kap’s name and it would be accurate.
    Unless Kap changes dramatically the Niners paying him that salary would be a detriment to the team.
    I would give Kap a chance at a reduced contract $5 mil a year
    but refuse to pay him the $12 mil because he won’t be able to master Chip Kelly’s up tempo playbook because he doesn’t do the necessary homework and it is now obvious.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    By giving Kap a chance I mean in an open QB competition, best player wins.
    Harbaugh’s big mistake was never bringing in a QB to compete with Kap for first string.

    Change in attitude and study habits are needed. Constructive criticism is helpful when warranted and Kap has to learn to accept it rather than be flippant and defiant about it.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hardy Nickerson has been hired as the LBs coach per Alex Marvez.

  71. 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