Four Part Harmony

The first part of the offseason deals with hopes and needs (FA and the Draft). The second part features high (or low) expectations (a whole lot of bullshit). Then there’s part three, Training Camp and Preseason, when expectations are diluted by injuries. And finally, part four, when the season starts and we face reality.

It’s a nice, tidy annual four part drama.

Currently, we’re in Part Two, the bullshit sector, with a little over three weeks until things get interesting and NFL camps open for business.

This is normally the period where I would devote an entire post to the noble art of farting, but one of my nieces is writing a summer school paper on deviants in the family tree and I’m trying to stay under the radar a bit. At the moment, she thinks I’m a kindly old relic, and I’d like to continue her misconceptions a bit longer.

As far as I know, our family tree doesn’t feature any wild and crazy deviants, although the historian in the family has traced our roots back to one of the English kings in the Dark Ages, when powerful fellows seemed to have a great interest in cruelty and the instruments of torture, so who knows. Powerful guys nowadays seem more interested in paedophilia and trafficking children. It’s not hard to opine that the human spirit has not made much progress as time has marched along.

The 49ers haven’t made much progress for awhile, either. Maybe this year they’ll rise up out of the ashes and stun us all, like Bill Walsh‘s 1981 team did or Jim Harbaugh‘s 2011 team. Or maybe we’ll have to look back here from October or November and admit we were suckered in – once again – by the bullshit period of 2019.

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12 comments on “Four Part Harmony
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Have become an optimist. Offseason two problems were addressed enough to launch us to playoffs. Shanalynch threaded the needle with limited draft capital to address all the flaws.

    D was poor in 2018. Rush was OK but pass D horrendous. DL fixed and LB upgraded. Allows DB’s to prove themselves with fixes Mar/April 2020.

    O film showed receivers not open enough. Better OL not a fix for that. Rush O was OK. 2 WR in draft, Mathews in FA, also Tevin Coleman gets better seperation on routes in flat. Pass O improved. Allows IOL to prove themselves with fixes April 2020.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    For offseason moves this is the bell ringing winner. High and low expectations bullshit all in one.

    I get it. Lynch got tired of looking in the mirror with cold sweats after another bout with sleep apnea. Foster and Thomas will do that to you. I can feel his pain.

    Shanalynch no Mas on looking at film breakdowns on pass coverage with Elijah Lee and our safeties. Wish for the best. And send bottles of Tequila to Lynch as well. Memories of Don Meredith in the MNF booth and the not for prime time singing.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    For me the 2018 draft class included Jimmy Garrapollo. The 2020 draft class includes Dee Ford. How inflated were his sack and pressure numbers due to Arrowhead noise.

    Ford and Kwon have questions to be answered this fall. Lynch needs the right answers.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy G is back in the Bay Area after training with Tom House down South. From The Athletic.

    “It’s a good opportunity and I’d be foolish to pass it up,” he said — when it came to working with House, a former major-league pitcher and pitching coach who now runs a quarterback clinic called 3DQB out of Huntington Beach. House has worked with some of the most notable passers in the NFL, a group that includes Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Alex Smith and Garoppolo’s former mentor, Tom Brady. The 49ers quarterback said he texted some of those players before his first workout with House prior to the 49ers’ offseason program earlier this year.
    Garoppolo said there were about four sessions per week during his most recent Southern California foray in which he focused on everything from perfecting the deep ball — often cited as the weakest element of Garoppolo’s game — to making the most basic throws in the playbook.”

    “It was about fixing little things in the throwing motion, trying to do things that I’ve never thought about before, helping me make the weird, awkward throws that are tough and you’re not used to all the way to making the most basic hitch throw in the book, but doing it perfectly,” he said. “So I think it was a good opportunity to get out there and kind of break down those guys’ minds and see what they saw in my game. And I think it’s really helped.”
    In some sessions, Garoppolo said, he worked on the most elemental facets of throwing and only required a stationary target. During others, he would take on something like the deep crossing routes that are essential in Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system. On those days, he needed a quality target and said he had a “little group” of 49ers pass catchers to work with there.
    A larger group has been on hand in the Bay Area. Players are allowed to work out at the 49ers’ facility before training camp, but nothing formal can be conducted there. So for the second straight summer, Garoppolo has organized the skill position players for what he says are good timing- and chemistry-building sessions before training camp starts.
    “I learned last year — a lot of guys stick around the area,” he said. “I mean, I can’t imagine why not. It’s unbelievable here. It’s exciting. Especially this time of year before training camp, it kind of gets the juices flowing.”

    Good to see there is a lot of work being done to have Jimmy G in synch with his weapons before training camp.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For you old timer Niner Faithful from Kezar sadly Bob Fouts has passed away. RIP Bob Fouts

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    At a time when so many of the older 49er family are passing it is comforting to know that much of their work has been recorded. So, in many ways they are still here. RIP Bob.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wasted high draft pick SEA, LOL. Does he top Reuben Foster?

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can see why Elijah Lee is on team as good depth.

    He fits as a 3rd Safety in a dime package also. Combine measurements more reliable than hand timed pro day. Would keep him over Malcolm Smith? How is his football IQ.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Josh Norman is an idiot. He is one of the most highly paid corners and the Redskins are depending on him . Why would you do crap like this about a month before training camp? Daniel Snyder must be thrilled and shouting out a big Ole.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    How spending a 4th round pick on a punter came to be

  11. 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