Fourteen Days

Training Camp is now two weeks from lift off and heading into it, the starting lineup appears to be set. This is good, but it also sucks. Most of the mystery of TC will be absent.

The pecking order at QB behind incumbent starter Alex Smith will generate the most interest. During the OTAs last month, none of the three candidates — Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson, and Scott Tolzien — emerged as the clear cut favorite for the number two job, or the clear cut favorite for the waiver wire. If it stays that way through TC and pre-season, Kaepernick, by virtue of his 2nd round draft status, will again be the backup to Smith. He certainly won’t be cut, leaving that dramatic option to either Johnson or Tolzien. Smith has never had back to back injury free seasons, so this backup contest is more than just good fun. The success of the season could depend on it.

Other camp items of interest: will Kyle Williams make the squad, will Demarcus Dobbs continue to impress, will Delanie Walker make the cut over Konrad Reuland, will Alex Boone be good or just average at right guard. We’ll have great interest in the progress of our first two draft choices — AJ Jenkins and LaMichael James. Jenkins isn’t likely to play much this year, but it would be nice to see him look good, at least. James is a more intriguing prospect who could give the offense a whole other dimension for opposing defenses to deal with. He did not appear during the OTAs, so we have yet to get our eyeballs on him.

Dobbs took some snaps at TE during the OTAs, which could impact whether blocking specialist Nate Byham makes the team in his comeback from last year’s ACL injury. If Jim Harbaugh only keeps two TEs, Dobbs could be an emergency option, but it would also signal that Harbaugh has more plans for three WR sets this year and less of the packed two TE formations that were common in 2011.

Two more weeks, two more weeks, …

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One week (plus a day) if you count rookies and selected veterans reporting!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s counting?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:


  4. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s selecting?

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    nice post !

    first question … is tolzein eligible for the practice squad

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So. Drew Brees got his Megamillions after all.

  7. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzein’s eligible for the practice squad.

    I think you need 3 years being on an active roster to un-taxi-squad yourself.

  8. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll post this here since there’s little lese going on.

    Here’s Bob Kraft, owner of the NE Patriots, helping his ‘friend’ (wink wink) get a part in some movie.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzein is a smart, weak armed, fan favorite. He’s the odd man out. The thing is, I don’t know much about Josh Johnson, so Tolzein does have a chance. Who really cares? Alex Smith is the starter and the back-up job is Kappys’s to lose. Third string QB is not a reason to worry about.
    Oh wait, we would have never won a SB without Guy Benjamin!

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, Del hates Alex Smith and Kappy. I’m sniffing SB! Del can take it up the ass with Romo! Del loves Romo. If you poked your finger up Romo’s ass, Del will sniff it.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Romo rhymes with Bunghole, sorta.
    Jerry looks like a Bunghole, because his face has been lifted so often his a$$ cheeks are very close in proximity to his ears.
    Sorta resembles a talking bunghole doesn’t he?

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last year the NY Gnats got hot just at the right time. I respect their Super Bowl win but sometimes better lucky than good.
    I still remember midesason when they were around .500 and in danger of missing the playoffs.
    THey were on the brink of firing Coughlin.
    From outhouse to penthouse thanks to two punt return blooper gifts from the Niners.
    I will be forever pissed at the ball that brushed Kyle Williams knee. THat was and forever will be THE BONEHEAD play of the decade.
    In previous game KW was making high risk plays as the PR on the sideline to gain 5 yards so it was inevitable it would blow up.

    Ball security, ball security, ball security.

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, sometimes your backup’s backup DOES matter. Mike Moroski and Steve Bono and Bill Musgrave all saw the field a little in their day. You’re only two shitty, unfortunate plays from JJ or Tolzien being your starter. So for every decision, choose wisely!
    Alex will need a lot of luck to stay completely healthy two years in a row. So the cast behind him is VERY important. As is, the continued development of the Offensive Line.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I don’t remember Alex being completely healthy for two years in a row. If you are going to go to the 3rd string QB it is probably better to have an athletic one so they can improvise a bit. That would give the nod to Josh. But really, I don’t care.

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, Del hates Alex Smith and Kappy. I’m sniffing SB! Del can take it up the ass with Romo! Del loves Romo. If you poked your finger up Romo’s ass, Del will sniff it.”
    Alex is so gay I could poke my entire left fist up his ass and still not find a completion to a WR nor a 3rd down conversion and nary a Red Zone touchdown.
    When asked which current QB reminds him the most of himself, Brett Favre answered Tony Romo. I don’t know about you Berger, but I wouldn’t mind having #4 as my QB.
    Tony Romo = Brett Favre. Alex Smith = Horse Souvenirs left on the track.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Good to see you back! Did you ever notice Romo rhymes with homo?
    The only reason Favre won a SB was because of Reggie White. No Reggie, no SB for Favre. I’ve got news, Reggie is dead. Romo’s SB hopes are dead too!

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    ANYBODY HERE remember matt cavanaugh , steve bono , bill musgarave and elvis grbac … among many others ?

    these are all 3rd string QB’s who have stepped in and won games for us over the years !

    some of them even went on to start for other teams ! imho every spot on your roster is important !

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    OMG !

    YOU GUYS , anybody planning a trip to florida anytime soon ?

    if you are , just wait till you get to tampa intl. airport , the hub of the (other) bay area !

    when visitors arrive the first thing you will see is the official tampa bay welcome video !

    you’ll see the governor of the state marco rubio , the mayors of both st. pete and tampa …

    and you’ll see me !!

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Selling a Bonsai tree?

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We should start calling you Guvnah! That is short for Governor!

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Give us a link so we can check it out.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! Did I ever tell ya about the time I met Steve Bono? No? Well allow me…Moms and I were conducting our annual Christmas shopping trip to the City circa 1992, and after I parked my Pontiac Fire bird at the Union St. Garage, we walked down to the stoplight, and lo and behold, there was Steve Bono standing up against the pole. I introduced myself and told him how much of a Niner fan I was, and ask for his autographed. Steve said, “No problem,” and I looked for something for him to sign…The only thing I could come up with was a $1 Dollar Bill. Bono signed it, shook my hand, and he, Moms and myself went on our merry way…

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where is that $1 Steve Bono signed dollar? That’s for another day…
    Good luck.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey. I really could use this late PK 4 at Hollywood. Any fingers crossed, lucky 8 Ball sayings and lucky horseshoes would be much appreciated.
    Good luck to one and all…

  25. robNo Gravatar says:


    can’t wait to hear what happened with the buck !


    do you really think there’s a ‘LINK’ to the welcome video at tampa intl airport ?

    (come to think of it , maybe there is … off to try and find it now ! )

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you could give us a link I could point out to everybody I know this guys thinks Troy Smith is a great QB!

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    V is the gift that keeps on giving. In SF Gate he had another classic Vism

    “Remember Jerry Rice said it and it naturally fell on death ears”

    Needs a refresher ESL class as his phonetics aren’t cutting it.

  28. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “V is the gift that keeps on giving.”
    So, like, gonorrhea?
    I can see that…

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob what gives?
    Are you a tourist ambassador now?
    I’m hoping to live in the Sarasota Area someday so let me know what you’re planning to do for the 49ers on the Gulf Coast before I get there.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I don’t know why you even read V. He’s helpless.
    Once we win he’ll have nothing left to b!tch about.
    Ignore him or, just read all the replies, they’re more entertaining.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Except for one or two posts on Unca’s blog, I haven’t read a V post in years.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The bookie at the MGM Grand must be a Niner fan. He has the Niners as THE FAVORITE to win the Super Bowl at 4-1 today.
    Goldson has a little over 13 hours to get a long term deal with the Niners or sign the franchise tender. I agree with most of this viewpoint from this Niner blogger from Niner Nation

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d echo that sentiment as well Bullit.
    Goldson is a SS trying to play FS.
    Bad angles, missed tackles and poor coverage don’t get you Ed Reed money.
    Trenton Robinson or CJ, maybe Culliver, could likely replace him at a fraction of the cost.
    Goldson is being rewarded for his service this year with the FTag.
    I can’t see him landing a lengthy high dollar Contract with us.
    We’ll see how he plays it.
    Is he ready physically after working out elsewhere on his own?
    I see a pulled muscle sometime in Camp, (assuming he shows on time), then he pulls an Aubrayo and sees the FA mkt again next year, eventually playing for another Team.
    If we win it all, he’ll benefit like Larry Brown did.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- That article was a joke. He even said that was his point. Basically, it was an editorial and no different from what you or I would post here.
    When healthy Goldson is a very good safety. He has size speed and leaping ability. And for the first time, last year he played in a scheme that utilized his strengths. How important is good coaching? He went to the Pro Bowl. I think his problem is staying healthy.
    My opinion is to offer him 5 or 6 mil per yr for as many yrs as he wants, but guarantee only two yrs.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I see Goldson as a FS. I know he likes to bite on the run, which I’m guessing is why you see him as a SS. He covers too much ground to be put in a SS role. SS are usually the slower, bigger hitters, like Whitner. Goldson is a big hitter but he also is fast and a really good leaper. With last year’s scheme, and being healthy, he was quite an asset.
    The other thing is in todays NFL, the SS and FS designations are going away. When playing a Spread offense the two positions are usually the same.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The other two franchise tagged safeties have gotten their long term deals. There is a reason from the Niner management point of view that Goldson hasn’t been offered what he thinks he’s worth.

    Twitter is no friend of Goldson.
    He hurt himself by tweeting this last year after the Niners signed Madieu Williams “”To answer sum of the ?’S I’m not sure wht tht move by the 9ers was for, I guess to scare me … well it didn’t work. Try again,” he tweeted. “I’m definitely keepin an open mind. Meanin I won’t mind takin my talents else where to a place where I’m wanted”
    He also said following
    “”Sorry guys thanx for all ur support but not gonna be back. See ya,” he tweeted last Thursday.

    Earlier, he said, “I wanna be in San Fran and in camp jus as much as u fans want me to be but as we all experienced the last 4mnths, its a business side to it.”
    He made his bed last year and now must deal with the fallout.

    IMHO not good to negotiate publicly. He overestimated his worth to the team and fan reaction. Apparently $5mil a year for 5 years is not enough.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He hasn’t helped himself on twitter. I think what happens is he plays for 1 yr and 6.2 mil. That is good money and if he does well he gets his big deal next year. We’ll have a player in a contract year. That seems to often get the most out of a player.

  38. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Ok its silly season but since there’s nothing meaty to get into.

    PFT has been rolling out their version of team rankings. According to them the Niners play 10 games against teams ranked no better than 18th.

    It will be interesting to see what they think of the Bears.

    Lets hope PFT knows what its talking about. Lets also hope the Vegas bookie has a clue too.

  39. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, he may get his deal, but it will not be here. I think there’s about an 95% chance that Goldson plays elsewhere in 2013. This has nothing to do with talent, but has more to do with age and perception. He’s not as good as he thinks he is, and they have MUCH cheaper options in-house already, plus another draft. Seeing how the Aubrayo Franklin and Alex Smith negotiations went gives a clue to how the Niners are playing this. The front office made him their best offer (5/$25 mill last year) and he turned it down. He will not get an offer like that again. Guaranteed.

  40. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Unless Goldson suddenly stops overpursuing, taking wrong angles, and generally being out of position half the time, the Niners will move on after this season.

  41. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why so sad, 12th?

  42. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed Chuck, 1 year and done for Goldson.

    If he has a probowl year he will be too expensive and a down year means the niners were right not to overpay him.

    Either way he’s gone.

  43. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    In other words, Bergs, they will be looking to extend Navorro Bowman rather than tie up money with Goldson.

  44. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, huh?

  45. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer little pick nut is frowning . . .

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Willis’s contract makes room for Bowman. The team is taking something like a 17 mil cap hit this year and then it goes to about 5 mil next year. Bowman is already accounted for without worrying about Goldson.

  47. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s all well and good, Bergs. It sure doesn’t mean they are earmarking money for #Hawk38. They HAVE Culliver, who was planned to be moved to FS anyway. They HAVE 2 rookies in Trenton Robinson and Michael Thomas who can take his spot at 1/10 the price. They are not going to be giving a soon-to-be-30 year old guy a 5 year deal. No way. No how.
    If he lowers his demands after this season (say 3/$12), then they MIGHT work something out. But his previous actions would lead one to think he’s going to hit the market. And, since he was stiffed before, we’ll see what the offers are. I don’t think many other GMs will be jumping up and down to sign a 29 year old FS to a 5 year deal.

  48. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Football Outsiders did their statistical voodoo and predicts the 2012 49ers will win somewhere around 7.2 games.
    No, that’s not a typo: 7.2 is what they said.
    Only way I see 7 wins is if the defense is crippled by injuries, and the offense, rather than being better with the addition of Moss and Manningham, and the subtraction of Snyder and Chilo, is actually a little worse.

  49. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Vegas has the Niners over/under at 10 wins. A more realistic number. And the action on the team is to bet the over. Might need to get a little action down.
    Football outsiders doesn’t take bets, do they? I would love to put money down on the over for 7 wins.

  50. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, all i could find was 2011 for Football Outsiders, and they had the over on the Niners at 7.5. They are saying the Niners will do WORSE this season that their 2011 prediction? Crazy.

  51. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I will take the over on 10.

    We have a lot of draft picks lined up for next season. I’m pretty sure we can get a decent safety out of it if that’s the way they want to go.

    Chuck, it assigns a different avatar each time you sign in.

  52. robNo Gravatar says:

    the world just became a lot less beautiful a place to live in today

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry to hear that rob. He did some work with Joe Bonamassa.

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    or i should say …

    he did a lot to make this a better world to live in !

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I consider Goldson a SS because he can’t cover.
    In the scheme we used last year he had less responsibilities, because Whitner called the shots.
    Goldson is a hitter not a tackler.
    IMO, he doesn’t deserve a fat payday.
    He’s being acknowledged for his efforts with the FTag money this year.
    Like many before him, he seems to treat that as a slight, rather than an informed business decision.
    He’ll earn $6.2M for doing the job he was paid $2M to do last year.
    I’d like to b!tch about tripling my income.
    We should all have those kinds of problems in our lives.
    I see a youth movement taking place in the Secondary over the next 2 years.
    Goldson will likely move on.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Goldson is the FS he should play like one. Too often I have seen him late in his deep coverage leaving the corner hung out to dry when he had over the top responsibility.
    Another peeve I have is to play smarter. If the CB has an interception lined up don’t come in and also try for the pick knocking the corner off the ball with end result incomplete.
    Sometimes I think “the hawk” nickname goes to his head.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dez Bryant was arrested on a domestic violence complaint today, posted bail and is now out of jail. No suprise because that’s his rep and he can’t seem to shake it.
    He’s what we don’t want Aldon Smith to turn into.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Back to Goldson and playing the speculation game (cuz I’m bored).
    What if T Brown wasn’t hit by Goldson and made the pick. Niners were up 14-10 and would have the ball around the 50 towards the end of the 3rd quarter.
    Might have made a huge difference in the outcome of the game.

    Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed Bullit, Goldson is not all that instinctive which most FSs tend to be.
    I like the theory Baalke seems to apply to the FS position.
    He wants CBs 1st, which means, know how to cover.

  60. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit – If Goldson plays a little smarter, and Alex completes a couple of third down passes, Kyle Williams is never desperate to “make something happen”… never makes the first of his bonehead errors. We win, then beat the Patriots for Number Six.

  61. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    No deal for Goldson. Once he signs his tender the money is guaranteed so injury would not be a factor. Will he pull an Aubrayo? Be selfish and sit it out until the season and likely have a down season because he missed TC and disappear as Aubrayo largely has.

    Stay tuned.

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson said he’d sign the tender, but I haven’t heard anything. Frankly, I don’t care. They have options already. He’s only hurting himself at this point.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For Goldson the writing was on the wall when Andy Lee was extended and locked up long term.
    Lee still had 2013 left on his contract.
    I hope Dashon is smart and signs his tender and misses no TC. He has already missed the OTAs and the minicamp and is behind.
    At this point missing time only hurts the team and himself. He cannot be offered a multi year contract until the end of the season.
    Time to put the team and a Super Bowl run first instead of pouting.

  64. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    He has said he will sign but not when. He is the best FS option on the roster, staff believes it or he wouldn’t get the tag offer.

    Will he man up and go to work for a poultry $6.2m or be a Diva all summer?

    He SHOULD sign and get his butt into camp. Since this is his contract year he can maximize his next payday, likely somewhere else, by a full TC and solid season.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Only 4 days until rookies report!

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Marshawn Lynch was arrested for a DUI yesterday.
    He was previously suspended for 3 games while with Buffalo for a weapons charge.
    The question here now is will he get suspended again for 3 games?
    This is a case of a team having too much faith and overpaying a guy that hasn’t done it on the field.
    The Seahags are a hot mess cutting Mike Williams yesterday
    and one writer thinking they might start rookie Russell Wilson at QB as Flynn has been less than stellar.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Flynn might be an example of how much good coaching and a good system, along with familiarity, can make a QB look like a great one. Just like Rodgers looked terrible when they got pressure on him last year, including the play-offs. Flynn looked better than Rodgers in his one game. Is it the system and coaching or is it the QB? I say it all works together. Bad coaches make for bad QBs.

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dez Bryant was arrested for pushing his mother. There are few things more despicable than that.

  69. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, that is one of my problems with Goldson. Game awareness. The 1st int that he broke up was a bang-bang play. The 2nd one, where he nearly killed T Brown, the play was in front of him. He wasn’t aware that Brown was going to get the ball, and instead leveled him.

  70. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I heard Deion Sanders was there to show Dez the proper technique.

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Flynn might be good – but we have the cautionary tales of Kolb and Cassel before him. Brees and Schaub are the only recent QBs to change teams and have success that I can think of off-hand.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Everyone wants to find their Steve Young or Favre from another roster.
    Depends what your definition of recent is but Kurt Warner comes to mind.

  73. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I wasn’t thinking that far back, just guys in the last five to seven years or so.

  74. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Regarding Goldson, I have read some comments that Goldson crashing into Brown was another example of going for the big hit. I finally watched the replay (below) in slomo, and if you really look at it, there is not a defender in sight, he was clearly going for the INT and may not have seen Brown. I am guessing that his eyes lit up with anticipation of an INT he got tunnel vision. It is not an uncommon.

    It is easy to armchair criticize that he didn’t have the awareness to know Brown was closing, but in the Championship game, adrenalin pumping, an INT coming into your territory (Brown was playing off his WR’s route to track the ball thrown behind the receiver), I don’t think it is so cut and dried that him going for the ball was idiotic. It was an unfortunate play that would rarely happen because balls are usually not thrown to areas so utterly devoid of intended targets.

    Here’s a good look at it:

  75. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I still think Goldson’s job is to be aware of his surroudings. And my problems with Goldson go beyond that one play. He’s out of position a lot, takes bad angles too many times, and he gives up too much shit over the top. THAT is his job as FS. Not going for the highlight reel hit. He plays like a SS when he should be playing like a FS.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson had the int with momentum going forward. Why shouldn’t Brown be aware of Goldson about to make a pick? I agree with Barley, it is too easy to be an arm chair QB. I don’t blame either. They were both being aggressive. It was a bang-bang play. I’d rather them both be aggressive than being passive. That was the problem we had with Mark Roman.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I consider the FS to be the centerfielder and the last guy between the offense and the goal line. He must always be the deepest defender on the field un less Fangio has designated that responsibility to someone else for that play.
    I will agree to disagree with your assessment of the play.
    Goldson is 10 yards deeper than T Brown so the play is in front of him. T Brown has his eye on the ball and a bead on the ball.
    T Brown does not have eyes in the back of his head. The play was IN FRONT of Goldson. Not being an armchair QB but these are the realities of this play.

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They were both running toward each other. Why does Brown need eyes in the back of his head?

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am not a fan of the Cohns,either father or son nor of Football Ousiders.
    This is what they said about Goldson at the tail end of last season.

    Besides his INTs DG was credited with one other pass defensed.
    That’s a red flag for a Free Safety.

  80. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Because Brown’s looking at the BALL, Berger. Brown is in man coverage. Brown’s the frigging CB. Goldson’s the FREE SAFETY. He’s playing the left side of the field. The play is in front of Goldson. There’s a fundamental difference between playing CB and guarding a man, and playing FS and guarding a deep area.
    Put it this way. Where were the both of them at the start of the play? Brown’s on the line playing his man. Goldson is 10-15 yards deeper playing his zone. He’s supposed to be aware of what’s happening in front of him. I’ve said for 3 years now that he doesn’t have very good field awareness. This remains true in my opinion.
    Another problem with Goldson is he gets beat over the top too much for my liking. He jumps routes instead of staying in his area. That very well could be the case on that play. He goes for hits instead of wrapping up. None of this is new. It just is.

  81. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, all that shit doesn’t matter. They are not going to open the vault for him after this latest contract impasse.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to Maiocco the contract
    impasse is all about Goldson’s belief he’s worth more than offered, if you believe the sources that know what’s going on.

    It’s a free country but I don’t think Dashon learned from last year when he shopped himself around and nobody was willing to pay him.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This contract thing is a a business. It is what it is. Nothing else. I don’t read anything into the outcome. Just like Crabtree, I hope Goldson does well. He is a 49er.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Have you guys ever had to catch a football in traffic? Have you ever been blown up while catching a ball? I have. I been on the ground thinking I might be paralyzed for a minute or two, I had the wind knocked out of me multiple times. It is possible that is how I hurt my neck, that and flying off of motorcycles. If you are a pass catcher you can not be distracted. You must focus on the ball. You do not see the players around you, you see the ball. I think Mark Roman saw the players around him when the ball was in the air and that is why he did not make the plays. You guys are blowing hot air on this one. Let us agree to disagree.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Top Free Safeties have 360 degree awareness Berger.
    Tunnel vision gets you beat.
    This is why Goldson gets out of position so often, he’s focused on making contact too often IMO.
    Hence his SS-like disposition.
    Guys like Ed Reed bait a QB to throw, but rarely leaves his area of responsibility vulnerable.
    Goldson needs to have the sense of real estate responsibility, not to anticipate routes.
    I agree he’s a 49er and I want his best play but, he’s not a natural FS.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Once the ball is in the air, if you are not afraid, you concentrate on the ball. You look for where players are until the ball is in the air. If you are looking around once the ball is in the air you are afraid of being hit. (see “alligator arms) If you have been blown up by a safety or LB catching the ball, feel free to argue your point. And I do mean catching the ball, not dropping it.
    I’m bowing out of this one. You arm chair QBs go ahead. You will not sell me on this one. I’ve been there.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll give you one exception. I the ball is a floater and you don’t have to run hard to get to it you can take a peek. If you have to extend for the ball you must focus on the ball.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, Bergs, I played a little HS ball myself. Big frigging deal. We can go back and forth all day on this, but the fact remains that Goldson, while a decent FS, isn’t in the Niners long term plans. He’s not worth what he thinks, and he’s playing himself down the depth chart with his actions. Much like Spencer did last year and AF before him.
    The FS is supposed to be aware of his AREA of the field. Zeroing in gets you beat. Goldson overpursues too much, and gets beat deep too much to boot.

  89. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Watch the link again. Play/pause it. Look where Brown comes from and where DG is simultaneously. Sure it was all “in front of him”. Free safties also are allowed to look for INTs too. That piss poor pass was ear marked for DG. It was thrown nowhere near where Brown had been running. Brown was off his man moving laterally, and came in fast from DG’s right. I acknowledge DG’s shortcomings, but I wonder if it was Troy Palomau if he would have played that ball any different. Seriously. It looked like a FU when it happened — in real time. But I don’t think so anymore. 
    At least it gives us something to argue about other than AS. TC countdown continues…

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not just the TBrown play for me.
    It’s plays like the jump ball against LFitz where he’s late to the spot, doesn’t wrap up and got beat in the end for points.
    Technique and instincts just seem to be missing too often.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Matt Barrows had this in his column today in the SacBee
    “While Goldson’s aggression fits San Francisco’s physical and punishing personality on defense, it also has gotten him into trouble. He was burned for critical touchdowns in last year’s loss to Arizona, he overran the play on a late touchdown pass to Darren Sproles against New Orleans in the playoffs, and he crashed into cornerback Tarell Brown on what would have been an easy interception in the championship game against the Giants. Brown had to leave the game, and his replacement, Tramaine Brock, was in coverage on the Giants’ final touchdown.”
    Not fair to speculate what other safeties would’ve done in that situation. Just don’t see that many players as out of control as
    Goldson was. Field awareness and instinct is part of being a superior player.
    What Barrows said is the general consensus and the reason DG didn’t get his huge contract for top dollar but I do think the Niners offered him what he’s really worth.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve got him for another year. I know I’ll be rooting for him until he is not a 49er.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco says he was offered 7 mil per yr with 14 guaranteed. I will agree he was nuts not to take that deal.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seven mil per yr with 14 guaranteed says the 49ers think he is better than you guys think. I find it hard to believe he thinks he is worth more than that.

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever, Bergs. Parse it however you want. I couldn’t find out the years on the offer, but it is career suicide he’s dancing with. All he’s guaranteeing that he doesn’t get a big deal here.

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    When he got snubbed in FA last year he (and his Agent), likely figured it was due to the lockout I’m sure.
    I’m just hoping he doesn’t turn this into a distraction for the Defense.
    ‘Me’ guys are never a good thing in any Sport other than Tennis.
    Take your FTag deal to the bank and help your team mates win the Ring.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger it isn’t about what we think he’s worth at all.
    He seems to think he’s entitled to Top FS money for some reason.
    If the reported offer numbers are true, he’s right there with QB money on this Team.
    Either his Agent is filling his head with sh!t or he’s totally full of himself.
    Whatever the reasons, he’s got the next move now.
    If he plays this like Aubrayo did, I’m not going to feel bad seeing him go away next year.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now the question is whether he’s going to act like a Pro and see the big picture. That would mean signing the franchise tender and being in camp on Day 1.
    Everyone else has been at the OTAs and minicamp except Goldson.
    Regardless what he does now it’s going to be $6.2 mil for 2012
    It’s time for him to wear some big boy pants and stop pouting.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    3 days until rookies report!

  100. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, the team is covered either way. He would be a distraction, but he’ll get pushed down the depth chart like Spencer did last year.

  101. robNo Gravatar says:

    go training camp !

  102. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho goldson will play this season , have a very good year and sign a nice long term deal in 2013 !
    imo both goldson and the team are going to wind up in a win-win !

  103. robNo Gravatar says:

    did i mention i think we’re going to the superbowl this year ?
    and will win it if w get there ?

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cleveland Elam a member of the DL
    nicknamed “The Gold Rush” passed away at the age of 60. No details have been given.
    The famed DL consisted of Elam,Cedrick Hardman, Tommy Hart and Jimmy Webb. Elam had 17.5 sacks in 1977 and was All Pro,
    but his career was cut short due to injuries in 1979. RIP #72

  105. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit. Loved Elamwhen he was a Niner. Dud was crazy tall (6’9″) and when he was healthy was unstoppable.

  106. 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
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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