Dick Nixon Was Here

The third week of OTAs has come and gone without incident … or interest. OTAs were newsfull in past years, but Jim Harbaugh’s closed practices have rendered these sessions useless as fodder providers to the blogosphere.

Normally we can fill the vacant hours of the offseason by kicking around Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary, who have not yet held retirement press conferences announcing we won’t have them to kick around anymore, but adding an extra month to the offseason downtime beat down might bloody up our venerable duo so much that a reverse psychology backlash of sympathy could set in, disabling these icons as dartboards for the lull hours of future seasons. They might even become … gasp … folk heroes!

As it is, given the outrageous success of Harbaugh and his coaches last season, we are severely lacking in players we can kick around, either. Alex Smith, Michael Crabtree, and Dashon Goldson are the only 49er players generating any regular sarcasm this offseason, any animated debate over their value. This is quite a fall off from previous years, when sarcasm generating entities were in prolific supply.

That will all change next year if the 2012 team fails to win the Super Bowl. It has been deemed worthy of this conquest, the players are openly talking about it, and the fans expect it to happen. This is a recipe for disaster. By going to overtime of the NFC Championship game last year, the team left no regular season or playoff goals for this year that could top last year — except a SB appearance.

Strangely enough, if the team had succeeded in its non-pursuit of Peyton Manning, fans would still expect nothing less than a SB title, but failure to acquire one would not generate as much heat as a failure of Smith to get one. The front office would be seen as bringing in the best and the blame for defeat would fall on either the coaching staff, the players, the referees, or just bad luck.

If Smith doesn’t hold up the Lombardi, though, there is little doubt who will get virtually the entire blame for the failure. Management would no doubt be strongly tempted to jettison Smith in a hurry, setting up a questionable future with one of the young QBs currrently on the roster. Although the window for the team is wide open, the window for Smith is ajar for only one year. Win, and Smith can set up housekeeping for the next eight years or so. Lose, and Smith might fade into the NFL background forever.

Except here in 49er land. Here, Smith would leap frog past Nolan and Singletary to become far and away the offseason leader in kick-the-man retrospectives. His shelf life would last years.

Personally, I’d rather continue to struggle through offseason doldrums aimlessly booting around Nolan and Singletary. We don’t remember our years by what happens in the offseason. And a sixth Lombardi — with zero defeats — would return the San Francisco 49ers once again to the pinnacle franchise in the NFL. Go forth and conquer, guys.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NG

    Working through you tornado of BS
    lets tie up some loose ends.
    A few posts back you launched the idea that Alex Smith might have been devastated being left in the dark while the Niners pursued Manning. A sound conspiracy theory? Not really because Manning and Smith shared the same agent Tom Condon andit was likely that Smith knew more on what was going on with Manning than the Niners. Maybe this makes too much sense.
    As for A Franklin he’s the FA player looking for a job and needs to fit in. To say that he’s only capable of playing a certain technique makes him Albert Hayneworth and he doesn’t begin to measure up in the talent dept. Seems like you;re babying AF and making excuses for him.
    Your statement saying Niner management forced Nolan to play Alex Smith leading to his firing
    is beyond ridiculous when Smith was on IR and missed Nolan’s last 15 games. I just can’t think this through and how you arrived at this conclusion.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Next week the minicamp will have
    2 more dynamic players LaMichael James and Chris Owusu finall done with school and free to participate (this NFL rule has good intention but is a joke)
    I can see some two back sets with James and Hunter in the backfiels
    creating matchup havoc for the opposing defense.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another report from last day of OTAs from CSNBA
    http://tinyurl.com/85phv5j

    LaMichael James won’t attend because school is still in seesion at Oregon.

  4. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Running back is an intruguing spot this year. Is this the year the amazing Frank Gore shows his age? Were there signs of that last season?
    Hunter has skills and speed and played well but is he big enough for every down?
    Dixon doesn’t know he is a 2 yd battering ram, he seems to think he’s a running back and has competition with Jacobs who also has been confused about his role.
    James is the new kid on the block, an explosive player in college no doubt. Seems his role is likely to be ST and gimmick plays since he is a rookie and we have quality players ahead of him.
    Did I miss anybody?

    I didn’t include the ST only running back (name escapes me)
    There is not enough roster room for all of them so who is the odd man ( men?) Out

    Whatever the final makeup of the RB position it looks like HarBaalke have prepared well.

    The big question is will the line be able to block for them especially early in the year?

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rock Cartwright

  6. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Thx Bullit .

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- You are correct. Of course I was saying that tongue in cheek. So if we use your logic on Franklin for Alex Smith, he is about the 3rd or 4th best QB in the league since only Seattle, Miami and us were looking for QBs, right? Just checking.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    You were right.
    I’ll Have Another was just scratched from running the Belmont
    due to an injury per ESPN.
    It sucks that he didn’t at least have the chance to run.
    That Rags horse will probably win now.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Probably too much money in the future for that horse. The trainer thinks he is developing tendonitis. If he falls at the Belmont and has to be shot the owner only gets insurance money. If he loses he gets less stud money than not running. He has so much stud value right now it makes one wonder if the owner just doesn’t want to take the chance of losing. That is the skeptic in me talking. He probably does have tendenitis.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Know you’re not into movies but if you haven’t seen this it’ll be worth your time. My favorite horse
    movie “Hidalgo”

    http://tinyurl.com/ya6vt2a

    If something is not quite right with I’ll Have Another it’s better they err on the side of caution.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. A worse case scenario would be to have to destroy the horse. Better safe than sorry. When I heard the news the skeptic in me emerged.
    &nbsp
    I had a friend named Hidalgo. David Hildago. He’s the lead singer for Los Lobos. Actually, the guy I knew better was Cesar Rosas, the guitarist. I haven’t talked with them much lately except when they were in Reno a few years back. I went back stage after the concert to say hi.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, the 3-4 consultant at your service! I’d much rather run the Bum Phillips system than the Mike Nolan sytem. At least Bum tried to get into the backfield with someone other than the OLB.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NoGutz

    Please show me one quote from Alex Smith where he said his feelings were hurt straight up.
    Too much speculation and innuendo
    and of course you happen top be the drama and gossip quenn of the blog.
    You have been fabricating and floating the idea that Harbaugh has wronged Smith of your BS spin campaign.
    You have no idea how much of a clown you are trying to sell everyone on how great A Franklin is. LOL!

  14. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure about hurt feelings. The NFL is a business first and foremost and driven by talent. HarBaalke have an obligation to improve the roster every possible way.

    If they could have done a deal with Manning that didn’t mortgage the future I have no doubt they would have. The fact is Manning is a risk not worth taking at that price given the level of QB talent we have. Denver needed Manning more than we did.

    It would be a big coincidence that Alex just decided to check out Miami at the point this all came to light. Its reasonable to assume he felt he deserved more money and he felt he was being slighted. From a business standpoint it didn’t hurt for him to remind the niners there are other teams out there.

    Unfortunately for Alex he found out other suiters placed a similar value on him as the niners but he did leverage another million as the niners best option became Alex in the end.

    In the final analysis both sides ended up with the safest decision for them.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nogutz

    You said this about A Franklin
    “Seems to me he set a record for tackles his first season here.”
    He had a whopping 28 tackles and suppose you’re partially correct.
    The problem with your duplicitous post is it was a personal career record for Franklin. As usual
    trying to shade the truth to mislead the readers here?
    Maybe you ought to fact check and use Google yourself rather than mock people for doing their due diligence.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NoGutz

    You are killing yourself with your own words.
    I never said that Franklin wasn’t a very good NT but just like what Goldsonis doing now he overvalued himself and went elsewhere for less. Nobody gave him that long term deal and now he sits with you making excuses as if you were his agent
    Saying he set records for tackles his first year here is very disingenous. You just forgot to mention it was not a team record but his personal best. The article you provided is dated two years later 2009. His first year was 2007. You’ll have to Google and come up with something more pertinent to 2007.
    Now I’m a pitiful weasal because I expose your half truths and outright falsehoods. Tell the truth and you’ll have no worries.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am getting sidetracked by trolltalk here and apologize for
    letting that happen. Talking about the merits of Mike Nolan and Aubrayo Franklin is a sideshow
    and I should know better then to engage.
    Video synopsis of this weeks OTAs
    from 49ers.com is what’s important

    http://tinyurl.com/cgk2pjg

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we need to call the Loveberger out of retirement.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There is no love when the SF Giants are losing.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Barrows Q&A replay in a Live Chat yesterday. A MUST READ as a lot of questions and answers were
    informative

    http://tinyurl.com/bw5pxzj

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Dodgers got no-hit. There is love in the world!

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The blog’s getting no-hit today, too.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My horse, Paynter, just ran second in the Belmont. Although I did have the Ex. Box. But second best? That brings back some painful recent thoughts. As I’ve stated many a times before. I’d rather finish last in the NFC than 2nd. It’s a whole lot easier on the heart and household to accept defeat. And here’s the big picture…It’s a shitload easier on my mental makeup.
     
    Me and Frank CAN’T STAND LOSING! I don’t know how much more succinctly and to the point we can say that again…
     
    FRANK AND I CAN’T STAND LOSING!!!
    It’s simple as that.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Shit. I just noticed that I used both “Me and Frank,” and “Frank and I.” 50% doesn’t cut it in grammar. And the wrong half of 50% when you’re perusing a future HOF QB spits in your face?
     
    It makes me an even bigger fan of 12/21. Go Mayans!

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m serious. I hope to goddamn hell we all go down in a ball of flames this December. Just think of all the money you’ll save on Christmas presents. 😀

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    well … what more can i say !

    You really are a pitiful little weasel spending your life trying to find something to argue about. Looks like you are throwing as mush shit at the wall as you can in hopes something will stick. Damn sad way to live.

    Here’s one of many similar write ups for those know-it-alls who don’t have a clue what they’re seeing when they watch a game. Glad to be in this company of “clowns, btw.”

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    imo i would rather face a tornado of bullshitt than be subjected to something like this !

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg
    ” I’m serious. I hope to goddamn hell we all go down in a ball of flames this December. Just think of all the money you’ll save on Christmas presents ”

    i always thought this mayan shitt was a lot of crap !

    now i KNOW they were right !

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never thought of that. I should start my Christmas shopping 12-22!

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Bob Welch. Here is one of his great songs:
    http://youtu.be/r3SqYMgKhsk

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Are you saying I should do my Christmas shopping early?

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When are our mandatory OTAS and how many days long are they?

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This week, 3 days, Tue – Thurs.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If Goldson doesn’t show, he gets fined $60,000 and loses some perks.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    Too bad I don’t bet on the ponies.
    When I’ll Have Another was scrateched I said the Rags horse would win. Just dumb luck it seems.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I was all over Paynter in the Belmont. I bet him heavy to win. But I also had him boxed in the exacta with Union Rags and Dullahan. Don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for my buddy Bob Baffert. All of his horses (Paynter and Bodemeister) finished 2nd in the Triple Crown this year. And I won’t even venture into how finishing second three times in the Triple Crown in the same calendar year feels to me. Let alone my friend, Bob. He actually trains those 1100 lb animals. In addition to being a future HOF trainer, Bob’s a pretty funny guy and a good tipper. Kind of like myself. 😀
     
    You know who doesn’t know his horses? Alex Smith. Got’cha! 😛

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t Goldson see 1st hand what happened to AF? Hard to believe he thinks he’s in a different situation. He may not like $6 mill for one year, but it beats holding out, falling behind, and ending up either on the bench or sitting the season out.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the 9ers rescind the FTag if he dogs them Chuck.
     
    Things that have been reported on Robinson and Thomas suggest there’s plenty of talent being groomed. Thomas has a leg up too, having played in the System with Harbaugh.
    I love how players feel disrespected with the FTag, especially a Safety.

  39. 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

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
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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