Don’t Even Think About It

When the season began, Monday night’s game against the Cardinals and the season ending game against the same team were thought to be the crucial games that would decide the NFC West championship. As it is, they are only crucial in determining who will have the higher draft pick come the 2011 Draft.

Since the 49ers have managed to do just about everything wrong this year, I am thinking they will probably win both games and end up drafting right after the Cardinals for seven rounds next Spring. This would extend the misery of this season all the way into the future, ensuring that the Mike Singletary era had lasting infamy.

There are currently four teams with worse records than the Niners, though only the Bengals and maybe Carolina have played as poorly as our boys. At a time of year when scoreboard watching should be meaningful for the current season, it is meaningful mostly for the coming draft. Here’s hoping Carolina, Buffalo, Detroit, and Cincinnati all win some games in December, because the 49ers are not likely to.

As Maiocco pointed out some time last week, hiring a new coach this year is a tricky business with the uncertainty surrounding the new CBA agreement. Not to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, but there is a chance that Singletary will not get fired after this season, no matter how badly the team finishes.

If the CBA dilemma drags on past the end of the year, a likely scenario, any new coach would not be able to get in an off season of installing his “system” and evaluating the roster. Hot coaching commodities would be wary of signing on with the Niners, or any other team, until the CBA landscape is cleared. IOW, a January hire would be dicey.

Under this spine tingling possibility, the best bet for the Niners would probably be to retain Singletary, but strip him of any control over the offensive side of the ball. Mike Johnson would be given carte blanche to run whatever offense he chooses. And Singletary would just have to eat it with spoons. Would this proud man accept such a situation? My guess is yes. It’s the only hope he has of retaining his desire to be a big shot head coach in the NFL.

The question of who would play QB for the team would then be Johnson’s choice. This would be exciting news for Nate Davis. Johnson likes Nate and nobody likes David Carr and Alex Smith is going to walk away. The starting QB battle next year would basically be between Nate and Troy Smith, with the early favorite being Nate.

In what may be a lost season, due to the CBA baloney, seeing what Nate has to offer would be, initially, a fan winner and as good a way as any to waste another season waiting for a better climate to hire the next head coach.

And if nothing pans out in 2011, we can all begin to follow the Mayan count down to the end of the world in 2012, which would take care of this endless uselessness once and for all.

NoFear checks in below with a play very reminiscent of the play Gary Plummer made many years ago, that resulted in Lee Woodall grabbing a fumble and going 98 yards for a TD.

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NoFear’s Fotos

Highlights scarce in the TB game. But since we last saw Blount running over some Niners here’s Spikes stuffing Blount in a goal line play. Unfortunately this 2nd down play was followed by a roll-out pass to the OT for a TD but a good effort here nonetheless. Yes, the OT.

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22 comments on “Don’t Even Think About It
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs…i was thinking after last weeks fiasco ….why not play Nate Davis now… let the kid have a crack at starting…he must have a better grasp of the offense (even with his learning disablities) ..than Smith 2….but then again…if Singleberry keeps sticking his nose in the offense,,,,wouldnt matter if Montana was still playing…and watch…Sings gonna screw up the draft for us too….

  2. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, you did raise the hairs on the back of my neck with your scenario of Singletary returning. Simply put; if he does, I won’t.
    NoFear, best Fotos yet. You can clearly see our DL collapsing the line allowing for TKO to take the free and clear shot on Blount. A brief and shiny 49er moment on an otherwise dreadful day.

  3. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    I am simply mortified at the thought of M.Sing for another year of looking at the film and still not getting it,he is just a walking contradiction out of the gate.
    he keeps clinging to the hope that winning the division is a job saver when the reality is, it really doesn’t matter to the fans,they like myself want this guy gone.

    come on Roger get a deal done.

    the battle of the draft pics on mon night football is going to be interesting, to see if the team has stopped playing for Sing, it will be evident right from the kickoff if they have.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of McDonald, he has one more INT (one) than our safeties do this season. And that was a gift from Matt Moore in the Carolina game. We got a free 7 pts. and still found a way to lose to the Panthers. Which, BTW, could very likely be their lone victory of the year. Oh the shame.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bring on those Mayans! It is time.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nevada over Boise State. You must be pleased, Berger.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Go Wolfies! I’m stoked about it. The city is going gaga, including me! Dontay Moch is a beast.

  8. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think we should use a draft choice on that kicker from Boise St. It worked out well for us when we drafted Jeff Chandler from Florida (Hey, Rob!) in the 4th round back in ’02.
    “He doesn’t have a strong leg, but he makes up for that by being even less accurate.”

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger Dontay Moch is on my Draft List already –

    I’m also hoping we’ll consider DT Fairley from Auburn too.

    A CB is a need pick for sure, but I’d have a tough time passing on Fairley at this point, he’s a penetrating NT that keeps on coming –

    BTW, Chuck, I still have issues getting a comment up on your site, the Comment Box doesn’t accept any input for me? No clue why, worked recently, but not now.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Fairly reminds me of BJ Raji with a nasty disposition. I like him a lot.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s on Top of my early list right now –

    Hoping we don’t have to spend the Top pick on another QB –

    Would love Fairley followed by either CB or DE –

    Look for a QB in the later rounds if possible –

    Would like a shot at C Rodney Hudson FSU also –

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another OL move I’d make is taking OT Lee Ziemba/Auburn and putting him in Rachals’ place –

    Ziemba is the starting LT and the knock on him is short arms – Move him inside.

    OT class isn’t stellar and we might Ziemba hanging around in the Mid Rds?

    If we can avoid the QB pick early, the OL/DL need upgrades and there are a few CBs that could survive until Rd 3 –

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Since you are looking for ways to keep Singletary I have a future scenario, just for you!
    Carolina takes Luck and cuts Clausen. Our owner went to Northern Women and will no doubt pick him up off of waivers. Not only do we get awarded the waiver claim because we are the only team claiming him but we get to pay his large remaining contract. I say large because one dollar would be more than what he is worth. Then we make sure we get Ronald Johnson, the USC WR who dropped the sure TD pass last night, the pass that hit him in the chest. Clausen to Johnson with Sing as coach. It is what the Yorks deserve.
    Here come the Mayans.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, joking aside, it is my opinion Singletary will be long gone at some point in January. But let us say he is not fired for some reason. I think our QB for next year would be Vince Young. For dropping passes we could just keep Morgan.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berg, I’m not looking for ways to keep Sing, just wincing at the bleak landscape that could be there in January.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Please don’t go there. I can only shit so many times in a day. Reading of possibilities of Sing not being fired is enough to give one diarrhea.
    Let’s not go there for now, if it happens we can all blast away in January. Let’s try to envision some kind of future for this team. I just want to get rid of anything that has any tie in to Mike Nolan. Of course, Sing is #1. We need to move on. But for now I’m stuck trying to enjoy being miserable about this season. Oh the pain! I think us fans are being screwed up like Vince Young. Where are my Mayan friends?

  17. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jake Delhomme is getting paid $12.75 million by the team he’s trying to BEAT today.
    I’m surprised we haven’t tried that one yet. I guess I should give Sing a little time, he’s a little slow on the uptake. But after he watches the tape, I’m sure he’ll Git-R-Done.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er is probably one of the few guys not bummed out by this season. He gets to start talking about the draft a month early this year. Happy guy.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er had a sign made for tailgating in the Meadowlands parking lot for a 49ers-Giants game, a couple of years ago that said “Boot The Suit”. I know for sure he is not happy.
    The funny thing about that sign was Maiocco and Barrows went out to the parking lot and said hi to NJ but they didn’t want a picture with the sign in the background!

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Yeah, you nailed it! We hire Nolan and get Singletary. Two boobs for the price of one.

  21. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Two boobs for the price of one? I never get that discount. I need to find a more generous street corner.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I just saw your comments about not being able to post. Try clearing your browser cache. That’s usually the problem.

    If that doesn’t work, try turning off pop-up blocker.

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