Dream Teams

NFL teams are all holding their rookie minicamps these days (the 49ers’ begins Friday), and hope blooms recklessly in the hearts of fans everywhere. Every team had a “killer draft,” it’s players are all “vastly improved,” and it’s coaches are all “really excited about this team.”

When the 49ers spiel out this baloney, it’s all good stuff. Excellent even. After all, the Niners are the champs, so eat my shorts if you beg to demur. Better yet, eat Chuck’s shorts.

But when fans in St. Louis begin to chat excitedly about the Rams chances of having the biggest one year turn around in NFL history next year, I gotta go lie down for a minute.

Uh, Ramsters, in your very own division, the 49ers had a seven game turn around just last year. Remember? Ran over you guys twice. You’d need eight wins to top the Niners’ feat. 2 + 8 = 10. Ten victories in 2012? And what will cause this massive improvement? There’s your new HC Jeff Fisher, who hired a cardboard cutout to be his Defensive Coordinator this year. Who needs those guys, right? Vic Fangio can take the year off and nothing will change for the Niners. But what a draft! Sorry, guys, but a DT, a headcase CB, a backup to Stephen Jackson, and a rookie WR are not going to get you eight more wins, or even maybe four. Then there’s the 2012 Rams schedule. Miami and Washington are the only teams in the first ten games you have a fair chance to beat. You’re opening the year at 2-8 or even 0-10. So long, dreamers! Scare me next year.

Seattle and Arizona fans can smoke the pipe dreams a little more realistically. Arizona beat the Niners last year and Seattle lost two close games. Each finished the season strong, with their defenses leading the turn around. And each doesn’t know who’s going to play QB for them this year. Seattle is using the throw shit at the wall approach, bringing in a FA and a draft choice to compete with leftover Tavares Jackson. Arizona prefers using the same ingredients as last year and hoping the cake turns out better.

Those two franchises are probably wishing most that the 49ers’ 2011 season was a fluke and the team will settle back toward them this year. That’s a concern locally, and probably a sure thing nationally. But isn’t it just as possible that the team will be even better this year?

If Jim Harbaugh is so effing great that he can coax thirteen wins out of Alex Smith and some guys who never won more than eight games, it’s hard to see him getting new weapons and a full offseason and then achieve a whole lot less. And maybe these 49er guys really are just some damn good players. Maybe 2011 was no fluke at all.

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27 comments on “Dream Teams
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams should be much better this year, if for no other reason than being less injured.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They might be better, but their record won’t show it.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There is an indication that Niners might bring in Chris Crocker S who last plkayed for the Lions and made his name as a Bengal for a look see.
    For depth purposes as the Niners lost Reggie Smith, Madieu Williams
    and also as a hedge because Goldson hasn’t signed his frnachise tender yet.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Piggybacking on my post from yesterday that Tolzein was ineligible for rookie minicamp
    I;ve found the explanation.
    “The distinction is a player gains an accrued season if he spends six or more games on a team’s active, inactive and reserve lists. But a player can gain a season of pension credit by being on any of those for only three games.”
    Players with pension credit are ineligible and that only takes 3 accrued weeks.
    Six games gives you a full year to advance in the salary structure of the NFL.

  5. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, when yer 2-14, there’s not much room to get worse.
    Seriously, though, they didn’t improve enough to get to .500 let alone an 8 game turnaround. I see 7-9 for them. Sea and AZ have better reasons to feel optimistic. Sea has the one-game-wonder Matt Flynn as their newly annointed starer. We’ll get to see if he’s Kevin Kolb redux, or Aaron Rodgers Jr. Speaking of Kolb, he’s still in the mix in AZ, along with Red Skelton, and SD State phenom Ryan Lindley. Wonder if Whizzenhurts goes with the hot hand or that moneyed guy. And yeah, as Skeebs said, both defenses are strong, and they could very well be a big challenge for the Niners to repeat as division winners. PLus, go with Skeebs shorts. He has a lot more chocolate frosting in his . . .
    As of now, the NFC West looks like a much stronger division than in years past, so the intradivision games look to be big. I don;t think the Rams are quite there yet.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The difference maker on defense this year might be Perrish Cox
    replacing Spencer as a CB who never got onto the field last year and now plays in the black hole.
    Cox might be a better alternative to cover the slot receiver and neutralize Amendola and Cruz who have tormented the Niners from the slot.

  7. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not a Kolb guy, so I don’t think AZ will be anything but a dangerous nuisance. They’re working on another great WR core, though, and once they get a QB they could be truly dangerous again.
    The Rams, OTOH, were decimated by injuries last year. Really hard to predict them, especially with Fisher. I never could make up my mind on Fisher – solid, better than average HC who will never lead his team to the promised land, or simply a very, very good HC who was always stymied by cruddy Titan management.
    The ‘Hawks would be dramatically better at QB with Flynn if they ran GB’s offensive system. Under Carroll, who knows? In any case, Harbaugh will continue to own Carroll. I said it before last season, and I’ll say it again.

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just an add-on. Flynn won’t do anything if the ‘Hawks aren’t better on the OL than they showed last year. Their pass pro was abominable at times.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think Kolb loses his job this year. Going forward, his successor will probably do better. AZ bought a lemon in Kolb.
    The Rams were worse than they ‘really were’ last year because of the mismatch between Bradford and McDaniels. They’ll be better this year, but realistically even getting to .500 is going to be tough.
    The Seachickens have an overrated QB, and RT is right, Jimbo owns him. Still, with the Seattle homefield edge, I expect them to be around .500 and possibly to beat us when we play up there.
    Barring an injury-fueled wholesale collapse, we’re better than even money to win the division again. Over-under of 11 wins. Expectations for SF have risen though, and judgments will be made this year on what happens in the post-season.
    However things play out, it will be a fascinating year.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Iupati brothers will be going at it in TC. Mike’s brother Andrew is trying out for NT.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    cool news !

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    my prediction for 2012

    niners go 12-4

    and win the superbowl !

  13. ZeldaNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for finally talking about > 49ers Outsider

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    From an article on PFT:
    San Francisco 49ers
    •2012 Grade: F
    •Original Grade: B
    •6 selections
    •No Pro Bowlers
    •No players remain on roster
    Kentwan Balmer (1st – 29th pick) was one of the biggest draft disappointments in 49er history. The only guy who made any impact at all was WR Josh Morgan (6th) and it was minimal at best and G Chilo Rachal who was replaced in 2011. The rest of it is worth forgetting.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think Josh Morgan is a good football player, and I think getting him in the sixth round was very good value. It’s just unfortunate that he got hurt last year and now has left. But the rest of that draft, yikes. McClueless, indeed.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    2012 draft ?

    i still like chilo btw

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    Kentwan Balmer

    North Carolina

    Pick from the Indianapolis Colts



    Chilo Rachal




    Reggie Smith

    Swapped picks with Chicago Bears due to tampering



    Cody Wallace


    Forfeited due to tampering


    Josh Morgan


    Larry Grant

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    2008 draft ???

    balmer was a head-scratcher at the time but i think that even with the fukkingover we got from the so-called comissioner we got some ok picks in there !
    i still like chilo and reggie smith !
    now , wallace was crap as a 4th and our 5th needs no explanation (other than thanks dr. york , mike nolan and your awesome hire scott m.) , but josh morgan in the 6th and fan fav larry grant in seven were good picks too !
    imho given the screwed up 3rd and 5th balmer be dammed i’m going up to a c- grade for this draft !

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, you’ve got to be Chilo’s last and only fan at this point. You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din.

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    after watching some tape of him i really think he’s put more people on their backs than heide fliess (sp)

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Heidi had better technique.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Chilo sometimes had trouble keeping his pads low. Heidi never had any problem going down. Game film doesn’t lie. 😉

  23. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s an article from Barrows on the thickening plot at RG:


    “Reluctant at first, Boone now embracing new position”

    – Boone called it “a little bit of a shocker. … At first I wasn’t for it in my own head.” And now? “I love it.”
    – At guard, the contact is immediate. “It’s a lot more violent in there, so I like it,” he said.
    – “You’re never too tall to play anything,” he said. “As long as you can sink low enough and get leverage on guys.”

    I hope Boone succeeds. I really like his attitude. He’s 6’8″ and could pack more meat on his frame. I think he was 330 lbs and flabby when he came in as a rook. Competition is with Kilgore, Person (2nd team) and Looney when his foot gets better

    With Chilo the plot never thickened, it merely sickened.

    (groan) Re-post from Chuck’s (groan again)

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  25. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers. Ever the spy

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