Glass Houses

It’s a good thing the NBA playoffs will be over soon, and not just for the usual reason of taking up space in the sports world. The recently deposed ruler of the Clippers, Donald Sterling, has hired 4 Private Eye firms to track down dirt on the league and its owners. This could be sensationally ugly.

Vetting candidates is a common practice in the higher eschelons of the political world, but it would surprise me if the NBA checks out anything much more than its owners’ bank accounts before handing them a key to the league. We don’t know how much dirt is going to be uncovered and broadcast far and wide, but there will be dirt. These PI firms aren’t going to go down swinging during this kind of national exposure.

The NBA Commissioner was widely praised for his decisive and swift rush to judgment in banning Sterling from the league, but that was more about ensuring that the playoffs didn’t get torpedoed by an ugly player strike than it was about the Commissioner being a swell guy. Pissing off a really rich old rebrobate will have its consequences, though.

The NBA owners are going to have a lousy and anxious summer. They’ll have to hide their mistresses, gay lovers, and pedophilia camps and hope its not too late. Or they could be clean living solid citizens and have nothing to fear. Suurrrrrrrrre.

For those of you that like to fret about extraterrestrial events, some big ass solar flares are supposed to disrupt communications today. I mention this to ward off any complaints about the blog suddenly going down and preventing us from exercising our hyperbolic rights today.

The OTAs have mercifully ended. And without incident. No torn ACLs or shredded Achilles tendons. Only one hurdle remains, and that’s next week’s mandatory minicamps. Of the two salary malcontents — Vernon Davis and Alex Boone — Vernon is expected to attend next week and Boone is not. Not sure Boone’s making the right move here. Offseason acquisition Jonathan Martin could get all the RG reps next week and move into contention to take Boone’s job.

Interesting, but not nearly as fraught with intrigue as a bunch of billionaire owners sweating out the summer, waiting for the inevitable press conference to deny whatever allegations should bubble to the surface. Time to lay in a good supply of popcorn.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the this year’s NFL Network’s 100 Best Poll of players it was a surprise that Frank Gore was voted 46th one slot ahead of Navarro Bowman at 47th.

    This article shows the essence of Frank Gore and what you get from it is he’s not ready to stop playing football.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It sounds like today’s solar flare will be a little bit more powerful than the Roman Candle Offense!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Steve Kerr of the Warriors is looking to fill out his staff.
    Per Mark Stein of ESPN
    “Some coaching stuff: Word is Warriors would love, if they could pull it off, to hire Alvin Gentry, David Blatt AND Chip Engelland.”
    FYI Blatt just won the Euroleague as head coach of Tel Aviv.
    He played under Pete Carril at Princeton and is regarded as a top notch offensive innovator.
    Engelland is the shooting coach of the Spurs and knows Kerr from their high school days.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Donnie Tokowitz is a confused clown.
    Nothing like announcing your extortion plans to win public favor.
    Almost as good as going to an all black church top prove you’re not a racist.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Chiefs just released Brandon Flowers. Unless he has a couple of Jones fractures himself, we should pick him up. Flowers is better then any of our shitty corners.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Chiefs just released CB Brandon Flowers. He was scheduled to make over 5 mil this year. I keep hearing he is a really good player. I don’t know much about him. Should we be interested in going after him?

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Andy Reid’s offseason thinking: Hmm. Peyton Manning torches our secondary twice a year. How are we going to fix that? I know. Let’s release our best corner. That’ll show that Manning a what fer.

    Stick to play calling you stupid mook.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Certainly Flowers is worth a look. He’s only 28, and Culliver’s status remains uncertain.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Flowers can still cover, but he is short (5-9), and he was too expensive for the Chiefs.

    If he clears waivers, I would be open to at least kicking the tires. But it would have to be a short term deal, and he might get better than that somewhere else.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And Flowers’s replacement will be: Marcus Cooper, the 7th round 49er pick last year who got away.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Andy Reid’s the head coach not the GM, skippy.

    John Dorsey released Flowers.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I liked Cooper. He was torched badly at times last year, but he played well overall. I’d say FLowers was in the same boat as Carlos Rogers, but Flowers is younger and better. Certainly woirth kicking the tires on.

  13. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Better watch what you say about “knuckles”. He’ll find you and run you down on your bike.

    I thought the movement was toward press/man corners. Flowers ain’t gonna make no nickel slot man either. Strictly zone coverage and probably as a backup only there.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ward’s got the slot. If he healthys up. Culliver is a possible suspension. Brock and ??? Cox? Wright? No. Are they press? No.

    At this point we need decent bodies back there. Flowers is better than Wright or Cox. The rest are rookies. Hope one of them comes through I suppose, but Flowers would at least be insurance.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It may be the trend be we don’t have press guys.

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I used to know a thing or two about solar flares back in the day. Let’s see. I know I was in class that day. Oh yeah. Now I remember. They’re pretty hot.

    I wasn’t top of my class for nothing.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Have we forgotten the play of the year last season?
    The play that enabled the Niners to return to the playoffs?
    One of the most special plays in 49er history.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck Noll passed away.
    He was 82 and one of the all time great NFL coaches.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Almost done.
    20 plus years late but a case of better late than never.

    Can’t wait for the Grand Opening!

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What is missing from the stadium is the artwork.
    The plan is to have giant murals of Niner legends on the stadium facades according to released renderings.
    It will be a thrill to see the 5 Lombardi Trophies in person close up at the 49er Museum.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The new stadium is 20 years too late? I’ll tell ya what’s 20 yrs too late, our 6th Lombardi Trophy. You can keep the new goddamn digs. I don’t care if we had to take sloppy seconds after the Raiders and play in the Oakland Coliseum. Win another Super Bowl.

    Giant murals of 49er legends? Who gives a rat’s ass. Are those murals going to help us win any games? I know what the new stadium is NOT going to have. The raucous and deafening noise that the Seahawks enjoy for a decisive home field advantage. I’ll take sitting on cement in the cold and rain while still creating 137 dB over playing at the Taj Mahal any day. But I’m sure the fans at the new Levi’s Stadium will enjoy the benefits of getting great Wi-Fi. All the better to ensure they’ll receive my halftime tweet reminding them what a shitty head coach Jim Harbaugh remains.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    An entire 1981 game vs. the Oilers is up on Youtube, if anyone wants to a walk down Nostalgia Lane.

  23. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Gifford Nielsen? And I thought Alex sucked.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Gifford Nielsen just needed a little motivation. A pep talk from Leslie Nielsen would have done him wonders…

  25. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bob Trumpy: “Believe me. I played for eight years. Sometimes guys just play out the string.”
    I thought all players and coaches were all professional and out to win at all times?
    Leastways, that’s what someone on here posted on numerous occasions, though I don’t have personal archives of old posts for each and every poster to prove it.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The other day this was stated

    “The Bill Walsh philosophy was always go for the throat, get as big a lead as possible, and coast to victory. Playing it safe and then turning the ball over greatly affects the outcome of games.”

    Last season the Niners won 12 games in the regular season.

    The margins of victory for the Niner wins were 6 pts,24,31,12,14,32,21,10,2,19,10 and 3 pts.

    Just pointing out the Niners won big often in many blowouts.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Regular season means diddly squat. We’re the SF goddamn effing 49ers. We used to win Super Bowls and the preceding NFCCG that led to those 5 Championships.

    Now? We have a HC whose legacy thus far is guiding our team through three great regular seasons only to END when all the big chips were on the table.

    You gonna settle for another heartbreak year again? F that. Jim Harbaugh best win the SB this year or I’m done with his shit. I have the Bill Walsh coaching mentality; I don’t enjoy winning, winning is a relief. Losing? Now that’s a different matter. I despise losing. Losing sucks the last living breath from outta my soul.

    “The very thought of losing is hateful…”

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And from what I can gather after three years, Jim Harbaugh doesn’t hate losing. Or if he does, he doesn’t hate it enough.

    When directed with a purpose, hatred is much more then just an emotional state. It’s a genuine attitude and disposition. One must truly loathe losing in order to win.

    And with that, I’m changing my rallying cry this year from “Hit Somebody!,” to “Hate Losing.” Hate it. Hate it. Hate it with every fiber of your being. Just effing hate it and don’t you dare accept it. Losing the NFCCG or the Super Bowl again is no longer acceptable.

    Hate losing.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Inre to your 4:46 post. Unca posted that post and I agree with him. You sir are the king dick of this site.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So I misspelled my email, Bullit is still the king dick of this blog.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Some see the glass as half full, some as half empty and in your case you broke the glass long ago.

    Just for you

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    How wrong you are when you say regular season doesn’t mean “diddly squat”. You guys are just full of slogans.

    In case you weren’t paying attention the Niners were one REGULAR SEASON loss away from sitting out the playoffs.

    So BS to that and the nag you rode in on.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As for old decaying stadiums and how some don’t think they’re a problem.

    Maybe the guy will be sitting on the throne when the sewage backs up and the lights go out to change his mind in his “perfect storm”.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, what arew you saying Bullitt? That Harbaugh rivals Walsh in offensive philosophy? Number play ain’t my thing.

    What about the playoffs? What were those margins of victory? If you think regular season blowouts over shitty teams like Jax and the Rams mean as much as playofff wins, go right ahead. Not ever trying to attack the end zone in the 1st offensive series of the Seattle game was very conservative. They have taken a lot to red zone trips w/o attacking, but merely settling for 3.

    You talk about the pays that ended the Sea game, I think the 1st series did it’s share to determine that game. Keeping SF out of the end zone was a big confidence boost to their defense. Something Seattle remarked on.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What are you saying Bullitt? You cite all these numbers as if they answer some greater question, but I don’t know what the question is.

    Are we too aggressive on offense? We need to run more? It sounds like you want to take the ball out of Kappy’s hands.

    Surely that isn’t your suggestion. Is it?

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You’re the guy that put it out there that Harbaugh played games
    close when in fact last year’s scores didn’t reflect that.
    When the numbers don’t line up to your point you obfuscate and suddenly you’re not a numbers guy.
    As for the Playoffs can I get a duh from you? Surely even you aren’t that stupid to suggest that you expected the Niners to blow out three of the NFC’s best all on the road?
    I take that back, maybe you are.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    A very simple question which you have been dodging for months.
    What is the outcome of the NFC Championship Game if the Niners play a clean 4th quarter without turnovers?

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I forgot your disdain for Harbaugh.
    You’re the guy that was extolling Pete the Cheat last week as a superior coach to Harbaugh.
    Petey won the last round but Harbaugh has beaten Petey 4 times to 3.
    But I’m sure you’ll obfuscate and say you’re not a numbers guy and can’t tell the difference between 4 and 3.
    What next? Are you going to say what a great owner Jerry Jones is?

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll answer that. If we had no TOs it would most likely be because we did not play to score. We would have ran the ball from tight formations and would have gone 3 and out the rest of the game. Seattle would have scored and we would have lost anyway. I would much rather lose while playing to win than to lose because we played not to lose. I would have liked to have seen better play calling but I did like the attitude of the players and coaches.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca’s post was about Walsh’s style of play and game planning. I completely agree with what he said. You turned it into a numbers post completely disregarding his point. It’s like you just want the last word and need to prove to somebody that you are the one who is right. You changed the subject to prove something, maybe that you can start an argument.

    Walsh would often be up by over 20 point midway through the 2nd quarter. He would come out after halftime and run the ball to eat clock. Harbaugh usually runs from tight formations from the start of the game making it harder to get a big lead early. That’s all Unca was saying. You are trying to obfuscate the point to win an argument.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Your logic for the hypothetical 4th quarter is flawed because all 3 turnovers were on passing plays.
    You are erroneous in your assessment.

  42. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Beyond the fact that we’ll never know the outcome should the turnovers not happened, what do you want? A gold star for stating the obvious? The Niners were behind already before the turnovers.

    Do you think the game goes differently if the Niners score 21 points on their first 3 possessions instead of only scoring 10? They had a 1st down on Seattle’s 15 for God’s sake.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, even in your warped Company Man mind you cannot possibly fathom that Harbaugh is a better coach then Carroll. You just can’t. 4-3 career record vs Petey, and 0-1 in the game that mattered the most. That’s Jimbo in a nutshell.

    Your defense of the everything Niners has no bounds. If Cersei Lannister announced she were a Niner fan, you’d say what a benevolent and loving queen she is.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t you Fathers have anything better to do today then bitch and moan to each other about our Niners? I’m sure Hallmark makes a card for that too.

    Dear Dad,

    You’re a no good know-nothing 49er blogger who spends all of his free time condemning other no good know-nothing 49er bloggers instead of spending some quality time with your loving children. We never saw you on a fall Sunday or Monday night for that matter. And god forbid the Niners would lose that week. You’d bypass the dog and go directly to us and bust out the whopping stick. Our ass still hurts from those Alex Smith years.

    But without your guidance and ever present example setting, we couldn’t have become the alcoholic, chain-smoking, cussing and abusive parents to your grand kids.

    Happy Father’s Day

  45. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m no “company man” and not a big fan of Harbaugh’s style, but for all the ridicule he takes here for his formations and game plans, he’s put together more wins in his first three seasons than Bill did in any three in a row during his dynasty years, including years he won fifteen games. And Harbaugh’s done it with a mediocre QB and an inexperienced one as a replacement. Shame on him that he couldn’t use game plans like the offensive genius and pretend he had a guy under center with anything close to Montana’s football IQ, accuracy and touch.

    It’s pretty ridiculous to rate everything, every game and every play, good or bad by whether the formation is spread outside the numbers or how many true WRs are in the personnel package. When your only tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail, I guess.

    Just as ridiculous to say we got as far as we did despite Harbaugh, and Kaepernick should be blameless for his terrible decisions and mistakes that directly lost the game. (I seem to remember universal blame on Clements fumbling away an INT to ATL, what’s the difference?)

    Obviously every fan is the perfect head coach and GM and would always make the right call and can only hope the pros catch up to their football brilliance someday.

    If one believes the old saw that wins and losses are the only stat that matters, there’s no denying Harbaugh’s done very well. To say his methods are wrong or bad is simply whining that he hasn’t done it your way. It’s like complaining about the guy who made millions in IT instead of in oil or real estate, like it should be done.

    Glass houses, indeed.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del –
    Hallmark on line 1-
    There’s a job waiting for you in the greeting card business.

    LMFAO –

    Happy Father’s Day Gents, to one and all.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I like Harbaugh for his wins and losses. If that is your standard you should really like Alex Smith as a QB when Harbaugh arrived. I’m absolutely positive you’ll have a double standard for Alex.

    Bullit is saying if we don’t have 3 TOs we win. Probably true but not a gimme because our offense would probably need to much more conservative to accomplish that, so probably just a bunch of three and outs. I’m saying the type of passing plays we call have high risk factor. We scored a TD on a play that could have been picked if not a perfect pass. The play calling and moreso the play designing, could improve drastically to cut down on high risk calls. Some fans can see that and some fans can’t.

    Bullit and I are both agreeing to cut the turnovers. He is just saying don’t do them and I’m giving a solution to cutting them out. When the passing offense is based on receivers winning 50/50 balls turnovers are going to come in bunches. The QB can’t always be perfect and the receivers are not always going to win those battles. But those are the plays Greg Roman designs which makes it amazing to me that we don’t have more turnovers. Alex didn’t like taking those chances while Kap just fires away. I think this style is going to blow up in our faces if we don’t start designing a better passing game. Then we’ll be right back here, you and Bullit blaming Kap and me blaming the risky play calling in the passing game that was used because of the conservative play calling in the running game wasn’t moving the chains that day. You and Bullit seem to be fans of the Sardine Can Offense. It is an offense that is rife with turnovers when trying to come from behind late in the game. Just like what happened in the Seattle game.

    I used to watch the PAC-10 beat the Big-10 in the Rose Bowl almost every year because big bad mid-west school would come in with their SCO, get behind and end up throwing ints late when they needed to do something different that plow teams over. Guess what our offensive style is? Big bad mid-west school, where Harbaugh just happened to go to college.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The word before ‘plow’ in the last paragraph of my last post should have been ‘than’ instead of ‘that’.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I’m having an equal amount of angst with the WR coaching as well.

    We have had a blind-spot with that position for quite some time.

    I’m at the point where I can no longer think that Baalke can’t find them, so much as I’m thinking, we flat out can’t Coach them.

    As you suggest, 50/50 balls aren’t so much a design of the OC IMO, it’s part and parcel of the Routes being utilized, and the guys running them.

    OC or WR position Coach? One in the same?

    We still lack speed beyond VD, which IS on Baalke.

    Crabtree and Anquan are your 50/50-type WRs.
    Possession guys that lack speed.
    They depend on ball placement and body positioning.
    In tight quarters, any DB and WR are 50/50.
    We lack separation because of speed and route designs IMO.

    I’m with NoFear49er regarding the inexperience factor with Kaep too.
    We all expect him to improve beyond the pre-snap reads.
    He’s not there yet.

    Alex was limited with arm strength, something Defenses knew and exploited.
    Kaep makes more plays by breaking contain, something Alex just didn’t do much of.

    We’re still in a state of flux at the QB position, until Kaep can shred a Defense with his arm/eyes, as keenly as he can with his legs.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    To be clear, I’m with you regarding some different wrinkles.
    This should be the last look for Roman IMO.

    Jim has to be realistic about finding other options.
    Sucks for Roman in either scenario. This could all be on Jim, who’s to know?

    One way or the other, Jim controls the direction of this team’s Offense through Kaep.

    Year 3 is typically the ‘Light comes on’ year.

    We shall see whether it’s QB,HC or OC squeezing the reigns on Red Zone production.
    We may never know.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- The best rushing offense I ever saw was the Chris Ault Pistol at Nevada. They are the only team in Division 1 to have three 1,000 yard rushers on the same team in one year. While everybody was saying it was a gimmick passing offense what I saw was a fundamentally sound rushing offense. I predicted it would have widespread use in the pros and I was told I don’t know what I am talking about by a few here. Almost every team uses some form of the Pistol even though some bastardize it, like us.

    If you watch how the Pistol achieves rushing success it is an offense that uses formations to get the match-ups needed to simplify blocking. That and the fact that the top two rushers from the NFL ran from wider formations in KC and Philly you have to wonder why the Sardine Can Offense is even used much. I don’t even like the Sardine Can formations for goal line.

    I love the use of the running game and think if a team can run at will they will not lose that game. My problem with our offense is I don’t think it is a very effective rushing offense against good run stopping teams. Obviously a team is going to have less rushing yds vs good run defense but it should get stopped cold like what happened to us many times this year. Even worse, because of the formations we use on offense it allows defenses to stack the box and disguise almost any scheme they want to come at us with. Then the dumb fans blame the offensive line for not being able to block when the problem is the coach who thinks he can run over any other team with enough fullbacks and pulling guards. Then when trying to implement a passing game the QB has time for only one read because if he tries to go to his second read he gets sacked. This is because the tight formation allows the defense to run blitz and if a pass is thrown they just go for the QB instead. It really diminishes options when you allow the other team to stack the box.

    If you want to know how to run the ball watch some Pistol from Chris Ault teams at Nevada. It is scary simple. I want to run the ball and have better design in our passing game. The main thing I would like to see is very simple, formations that do not allow the opponent to stack the box. The 2nd thing is get the plays called quicker so the QB actually has time to scan the defense for pre snap reads. Right now Kap can’t be worrying much about pre-snap reads when he has to concentrate more on just getting the play off in time.

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s just as ridiculous to pin the blame solely on the QB for the failings of the coaching staff, NoFear.

    Just as it is equally ridiculous to think we didn’t have the horses to beat Balt.

    Bullitt likes to point to certain plays, and while I do that as well, my point is that our conservative nature in general, and especially in the red zone, limits this team’s scoring opportunities. Winning in the regular season is all well and good, but what is the goal? Relevancy? You can have that.

    Bullit talks of stopping turnovers, but doesn’t ever say how. All I can guess is that we should run more. Or play smarter. Which you’ve often stated. Not sure how that helps, but we do have a new running back and our red-shirt guy Lattimore.

    Point being, all through your post, NoFear, as usual you don’t offer anything in the way of solutions of your own, just how stupid we all are for questioning how we think things can be tweaked. Just pretend you are Fox News and Jim Harbaugh is Obama. I’m sure you’d question him then.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I too thought Ault would have been sought by our Staff when he left Nevada.
    How he got to KC was strange to me.

    I hear your philosophy.
    Whatever the answer is, Harbaugh runs this thing and, we know there’s room to improvise, whatever that takes.

    Nothing beats a solid ground game for controlling TOP and wearing down a Defense.
    I think Harbaugh is too conservative in that regard.

    I’m an old WCO guy like most of us would be having followed the 9ers for as long as we have.

    I’d like to see more WCO influence introduced. Timing-type stuff wears down a Defense too if you’re moving the sticks.

    Let’s hope they can find some balance this year.

  54. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I brought up Ault last year and was roasted for it. But like NoFear says, you don’t question the man in power. Until you disagree with him.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I felt Ault would have made an excellent addition Chuck, simply because of the relationship with Kaep.

    Either way, we all see things the same, only differently.
    All the points made here are valid, they’re opinions.
    Personal and varied.

    In the end, we came up short in the bigger games.
    Simply says, to me, you have to find a way to improve.

    Be it players, coaches, or new ideas, try something that you didn’t try before.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- The thing is we are a WCO. We use the old fashioned SCO version with Power I. We even go Power when using the Pistol with that diamond formation. Then everybody wonders why we can’t run the read option. Our coaches don’t understand the importance of spacing for the read option. In fact, I don’t think they appreciate the advantage of spacing. They are more of a mid-west power mind set. Or as NoFear termed it, Cave Man Offense! NoFear comes up with another classic!

    The big question is what is the WCO anymore? Teams learned how to stop the original Walsh version by stacking the box, the zone blitz and the Tampa 2. That version is what I call the Sardine Can Offense(SCO) because the formations are so tight they can fit into a sardine can. RoBaugh runs them even tighter than the original by going two TEs and Power I. I’m not sure that should even be called WCO because there is zero thinking of Walsh’s philosophy of getting the ball into playmakers hands in space.

    I think Walsh would have evolved his offense to resemble what the Patriots run except Walsh would pay more attention to running the ball. The reason for my opinion is Walsh’s philosophy for his offense was to get the ball in the playmakers hands in space. IMO, Andy Reid probably runs what most resembles what Walsh would have turned his offense into.

    WCO is a fairly broad term anymore.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For me Berger, the WCO was always a controlled passing game.
    Getting a WR or RB on a LB to put it simply.

    I agree about the playmaker principle too.
    Which is why I thought LMJ would have been an asset in that regard.

    Open field, dump-off sort of stuff.
    Be it the OC, the HC or, LMJ not making progress as I had expected, he’s being labeled as a Baalke Brainfart Pick.

    We can never know the reasons but, we see the results.
    I think Rathman is putting pressure on him for ball security as well.
    His fumble in the SB was costly and, maybe, an indication that he can’t be trusted enough to be relied upon too heavily to this point in time?
    Who really knows beyond the Coaching Staff at this point?

    I’m hopeful that VMcD and QPat will deliver more this season as Ellington and Hyde take their turns with the training wheels.

    We have Stevie to add some plays also.
    New year, new players, new reason for optimism.

    No matter the opinion, we’re still a well stacked roster with much to prove.

    I just hope we deviate from the status quo.
    I put as much burden on Jim as I do Roman.
    That relationship has to test some new options, which I’m hoping will include more from the WR group in general.

  58. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I guess I should say I was roasted for the Ault idea by our resident Richard Cheesehead.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Overall, I think our Staff is solid.
    We prepare well, we’re not embarrassed as a rule and, we’re always in the moment.

    Polish up the timing on play calls, add some wrinkles.
    We just need some imagination on Offense.
    Sounds simple but…..something/someone has to spark this Offense up.
    Be it Year 3 and a hefty pay raise for Kaep or, a rookie surprise or 2, business as usual isn’t fooling anyone.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to see us emulate the Chip Kelly model a bit more too.
    Shady gets his yards as does Foles.

    In that comparison, it’s not on Roman for me as much as it is on Jim.
    Jim is conservative, Chip wants to run up the score.
    That is one game I’m looking forward to this Fall.

    Can Jim go up tempo?
    We’ll find out.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- We have the ability to stay in and win games with our good defense. We would not have a winning record with this offense if not for the quality of our defense.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I believe Kap has to learn pocket awareness and sense pressure and the rush. When things are collapsing around him he needs to
    take care of the football rather than try to make the heroic play. Protect the ball.
    In the first regular season Seahag game Avril did the same thing to Kap that he did in the NFC Championship game
    Next time we play the Seahags and (God Forbid) IF you see this happening for a third time what are you going to say?

    This is IMO too easy for the opposing defense. If Kap doesn’t have a clean pocket he needs to protect the ball. No matter if he has receiver wide open if he can’t get clear to pass the ball it’s going to be a giveaway turnover.

    Note the Niners are in a spread but KW is in as Crabtree was out. Gore would be a checkdown but Kap is rolling the opposite way. I am sure they will clean this up.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sad and shocking news.
    HOF OF Tony Gwynn passed away from cancer.
    He was 54.
    RIP Tony Gwynn

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Gwynn’s passing reminds me that another great OF Kirby Puckett passed away at the age of 46 from a stroke.
    Two great hitters who left this earth much too early.

  65. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Puckett was a great hitter. Just ask his wife. And his numerous mistresses. He’s the Ben Worthessberger of basebsall.

    Wow, Bullitt. Kappy fumbled?

    Funny thing is, let’s look at the numbers, stat boy, Kaepernick was 23rd in # of fumbles with 6. Alex Smith was 17th with 7. RW was 3rd with 10. Matthew Stafford was #1 with 12. Tom Terrific had 9. What do you make of that? Nothing. QBs get sacked and they fumble from time to time. They also throw interceptions.

    I guess we should g back to the Flying V offense to mitigate turnovers.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Really, #23 in fumbles with 6. I guess stat boy forgot to look that up. I think that was just too hard to read through his Kap hater glasses.

    Look Bullit, we all know Kap has to improve. There is nobody that denies that. But is that the real problem? He makes up for his turnovers, which comparatively he has few, by making big plays. All QBs need to improve, especially ones in their 2nd full year of staring NFL football games like Kap. Tell me what your solution is since you don’t want Kap. Who should we go get or play instead?

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    First it is hard to deal with the heads of the Kaepernick fanboy club.
    Learn to read. I already made the recommendation at 8:26.
    You might be a Roman hater but I have never said I hated Kap.
    Yes I am critical of Kap and do not hold him to your low standards and excuses. I have never made the suggestion that
    he should be replaced. I might if he continues not to improve.

    Where did Chuck got his stats? Not correct but you guys brought it up. Chuck makes crap up and Berger just follows.
    Kap was 6th in fumbles but considering he had over 200 less passing attempts than the other guys on the list.

    From Pro Football Reference 2013 Number of fumbles

    1. Matthew Stafford · DET 12
    Russell Wilson* · SEA 12
    3. Robert Griffin · WAS 11
    Peyton Manning*+ · DEN 11
    5. Tom Brady* · NWE 10
    6. Ryan Fitzpatrick · TEN 9
    Colin Kaepernick · SFO 9
    Ben Roethlisberger · PIT 9
    Ryan Tannehill · MIA 9
    10. Joe Flacco · BAL 8
    Alex Smith* · KAN 8
    Geno Smith · NYJ 8

    Care to explain the discrepancy? In fact look for yourself

  68. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    “Waaah! I’m a little bitch! Validate me!!!”

    Why do they have 6? I don’t know. Still and all, Kappy was far from the leader in fumbles by a QB. My point.

  69. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Do you hear complaints from Seahawk fans regarding Wilson’s fumbles? Or Denver with Manning? Tom Terrific and NE? No. Why? Because it’s an occupational hazard, you ignorant twit. They’ve all fumbled more than CK. But it doesn’t matter in their case. And (*gasp*) they all throw interceptions.

    You so like to find ONE thing and beat that one thing to death at the exclusion of all else. Like you’ve discovered alchemy or the fountain of youth.

    Carry on, MacFluff.

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullits says:
    “Kap was 6th in fumbles but considering he had over 200 less passing attempts than the other guys on the list.”

    Hmm,!!! 200 less attempts. And this is the offense you are protecting? Stat boy is just exposing his bad offense over and again. It’s hard to get good at passing when you don’t throw the ball like the big boys.

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says: lists Kap with 6 fumbles in 2013 also. Not sure why PFR has 9. Unusual for them to have an error.

  72. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting fact:

    Kappy, 417 pass attempts – 9 fumbles
    Wilson, 407 pass attempts – 12 fumbles

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I thought you said those other guys had 200 more attempts than Kappy. Someone is shooting fast and loose with the facts again.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It’s verified on Kap’s individual stat page as 9

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You can cherry pick one guy off the list but the rest of them
    have a lot more attempts and that is my point.
    1. Peyton Manning*+ · DEN 659
    2. Matt Ryan · ATL 651
    3. Drew Brees* · NOR 650
    4. Matthew Stafford · DET 634
    5. Tom Brady* · NWE 628
    6. Joe Flacco · BAL 614
    7. Ryan Tannehill · MIA 588
    8. Andy Dalton · CIN 586
    9. Ben Roethlisberger · PIT 584
    10. Carson Palmer · ARI 572

    As usual the point is even if Kap had only fumbles all season, if the 2 fumbles contributed to a loss than it’s 2 fumbles too many.

    These fanboy excuses just keep showing how much in denial you are.

  75. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Turmovers in general?

    21 for Wilson: 12 fumbles, 9 picks
    14 for Kappy: 6 fumbles, 8 picks

    I wonder what is going on here?

    Funny, this shows 6 fumbles as well . . .

  76. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cherry pick? Wilson won the Super Bowl you, snivelling idiot. No one begrudges ANY QB fumbling. Unless it’s tiny hands Alex, or you reach something like 15-16 fumbles a season.

    Right, like you said poor Tony Romo catches undeserving heat for throwing picks at the wrong time. Which side of that are you on? Oh yeah. Both. You are a complete and utter idiot if you think that 2 fumbles is too many. Stupid shit, skippy. You’ve outed yourself as an unrelenting troll. Again.

  77. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Okay, I figured it out.


    Kap had SIX official fumbles during the 2013 regular season, so that’s the official stat. He had three more in the playoffs. Note that only one of those was lost, though.

    PFR is wrong on that one – post-season stats should not be appended to regular season ones. One of the few they miss.

    But Kap DID have nine fumbles, in 19 games. Comparisons with guys who played fewer games, obviously, have to be taken with a grain of salt there.

    I also found somewhere else – lost it now – a reference to three of his fumbles being ‘rushing fumbles’. Presumably after he took off running.

    So it would not seem that he is markedly fumble-prone in the pocket, compared to most other NFL QBs.

    I’m more concerned with the development of his field vision and going through the progressions. THAT is where he has to get better this year.

  78. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I see, Bullit. Your point is that you can fumble 12 times a season if you throw over 600 passes, but you can only fumble 2 times with 400 attempts.

    That’s some fuzzy math, skippy.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners played Seahags 3 times last season.

    Kap threw 6 Ints and had 1 fumble.

    7 total turnovers against our main division rival whom we lost to twice.

    Spin that one fanboys and keeping making up excuses.

  80. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That wasn’t the argument, skippy. As usual, you’ve changed horses mid-stream 3 times as the fact came out.

  81. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, it’s 6 INTs and 2 lost fumbles. He had a fumble in the first Seattle game, too.

    He certainly contributed to those two losses. But you need to remember that turnovers come in bunches, like sacks – when a team is having to throw to come back, bad things often happen.

    He had only one INT in the win over Seattle at home.

    Yes, he needs to grow as a player – but, also, yes, putting yourself in a hole early so that you need to climb back out of it is setting yourself up for failure.

    Go back and look at some of uglier, more painful failures of the Montana Era. The Giants games or the Vikings game in ’87. If your defense has lapses and you get into a hole, even a very good QB cannot always dig you out. And Kappy, while he has some talent, cannot even be compared at this stage of his career to Joe.

    None of these factors is in a vacuum – the QB, the playmakers, the defense, the coaching ALL have to perform. And ALL of them here in SF have something to prove this year, IMHO.

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with Grumpy!

  83. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    There are a lot of factors that contributed to the playoff losses the last three years.

    One of these is uneven QB play in the playoffs, from both Alex and Colin. Both have played very well (Alex vs. the Saints, Colin in the comeback wins in 2012 in particular) and both played poorly (Alex vs. the Giants, Colin in the first half of the SB and at Seattle).

    One of these is coaching versus John Harbaugh and Pete the Cheat. I felt like our guy and our staff got outcoached both times. I have been particularly unhappy with the way we have come out flat and looking ill-prepared in so many playoff games and in the Super Bowl.

    Probably the biggest thing, to me, was the injury to Justin Smith. As much as I love Smith, he has not shown that he can be the same great player since that injury, and our run defense has been vulnerable since that night. A corollary to this is the continuing instability at nose tackle. We’ve gone from Aubrayo to Sopoaga to Ian to Dorsey. A second corollary to this is the lack of quality depth, which means our starters are worn down by December. We’ve addressed this in the draft; we’ll find out this year if we addressed it successfully.

    The crap with Aldon and his distractions did not help, either.

    Another factor is the receiver situation, with us bringing retreads with limited upfield burst in to play because we have not drafted well at the position. That’s on Harbaugh and Baalke.

    We’ve had difficulties also in getting the right CB / secondary mix behind our very good front seven on defense.

    None of these problems or limitations has kept us from winning a lot of games in the last three years. IMHO, the Combination of all of them, has kept us from getting another Lombardi Trophy.

  84. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Your original point was Kappy was fumble-prone, Bullit.

    Now it’s what? We turned the ball over too much? Thank you, Captain Obvious.

    The first game was a slaughter, but it was still in reach at the start of the 4th quarter, at 12-3. The game was highlighted by Bruce Miller’s drop of a TD pass on the 1st drive. The next pass bounced off VD and was picked. Even until the 4th quarter, the game was still in reach at 12-3 for all the mistakes.

    BTW, look at the end of the 1st half in that 1st game. 1st and goal at the 10 and we get 2 runs and a sack to close the half out. Love that aggressivre style of play.

    Harbaugh got picked in the 1st quarter down close, so he stopped being aggressive for the rest of the season.

  85. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, yes Grump. Something I’ve been trying to point out to Sir Richard Cheese is the fact that there are numerous reasons why shit went wrong. Poor decisions, lack of focus, Zeroing in onone guy, pre-snap reads, inopportune devensive laspses, especially in the last Seattle game, on and on. Bullit is pointing at Kappy and only Kappy as to why we lost all those games. Even the Giants game!

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You need to stop lying and putting words in my mouth.
    Learn to read and stop the BS and the namecalling.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    See Chuck I can’t help it if you can’t read.
    You asked the question which I answered on how to fix the turnovers.

    I said “I believe Kap has to learn pocket awareness and sense pressure and the rush. When things are collapsing around him he needs to take care of the football rather than try to make the heroic play. Protect the ball.”

    At 9:48 you went down the fumble wormhole denying that Kap fumbled and posting stats. You steered the conversation onto fumbles from turnovers.

    The other guys can all read what you said.

    Spin away and dig deeper and deeper.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waaaah! You were the one that posted the fumble vid. as if it was some overarching problem. I refuted those claims with facts. Sorry to have disarmed your claims. You are the one changing arguments. As usual.

    But carry on, MacFluff. Ooooh, is that too mean? Cap’t. Obvious? Gee, skippy. No need to be so sensitive. We’re guys here, right?

    Oh yeah.

  89. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You see, oh blind one, my point is other QBs fumble, throw picks, and generally have bad shit happen to them as well. At a greater rate, I might add. You don’t see anything but Kappy as the problem.

    You have painted Kappy to be the outlier with the team and the league. The guy responsible for all the losses yet none of the wins. Butr that is patently untrue. Carry on, skippy.

    Besides, Sir Richard Cheese is awesome. Didn’t you like Gin and Juice?

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The floor is yours, MacFluff. I’m done with this.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think you are totally misinformed about Kirby Puckett
    Senor Carlos Y Queso.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    George Seifert will be the lone enshrinee into the 49er Hall of Fame this season. He carried on after Bill Walsh which was a tough act to follow and kept the winning tradition.

  93. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, you do the math, skippy. If he was innocent of the myriad charges made by his wife and mistresses over 18 years, why did he resign from his job as twins VP? False imprisonment?

    Read Frank DeFord’s article.

  94. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    5th degree sexual assault? This was no misunderstanding. Big Ben before Big Ben.

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers are playing the Cowboys in the 1982 NFC championship game on the NFL Network. I sure hope we win! It’s a good thing Bullit wasn’t on the blog back then, he would be hanging Montana and replacing him for fumbling the ball while getting hit from behind while in the pocket and also throwing 3 interceptions. According to what Bullit is saying about Kap, Montana must be a terrible QB. It’s a good thing we had a good play caller to make up for Montana’s terrible turnovers! We are leading 21-17 after 3 quarters.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Damn! The Cowboys just took the lead 27-21 after another turnover. I hope we have a good play caller to get us through all of these turnovers! 10:41 left in the game.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Q. Wart did they call Robert Newhouse’s dad?

    A. Oldhouse!

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Damn, Montana just threw another interception. Bullit must want him dead by now.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Montana just missed a wide open receiver in the flat. Bullit is calling for the back-up. It’s a good thing our play caller had confidence in Joe and called a great game.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Montana just missed a wide open Solomon in the end zone for a TD. I don’t see how we are going to win now, that was our chance. Bullit is looking for old posts by fellow bloggers to prove he was right about Montana not having enough experience and you can’t win with 6 turnovers. He will be right and he’ll go on for a month to prove it. All old post will be reposted if necessary! Anybody who has ever made a post about Montana is getting ready to tell Bullit to blow it out his ass!

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Third and 3, bullit is calling for jumbo formation so we don’t turn it over. But what happens, TOUCHDOWN CLARK. Great throw by Montana. Good thing Walsh and Montana weren’t afraid like Bullit always is.

  102. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Great bull rush by Pillars who was leading a stunt with Stuckey who pounced on the loose ball. Game over and 49ers win despite Bullit’s stats that prove(for the last month) we couldn’t. It sure is a good thing stats don’t win games unless the that is the final score. Go 49ers. It’s Cinderella vs Cinderella! 49ers vs the Bengals. The 1982 Super Bowl is on the NFL Network next! I sure hope we win!

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Stop fixating on my ass you pervert. And stop talking about blowing because Senor Carlos has his mouth open and seems very eager.
    You’re getting his hopes up.

  104. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Damn, Amos Lawrence just fumbled the opening kick-off. Bullit is showing stats that say we can’t win now. Bullit also has stats to show Walsh did not get 20 point leads by halftime and that Harbaugh is a better coach for the beginning of his career than Walsh.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Balls are being thrown receivers open in space. I forgot that was possible in football after watching Greg Roman call plays for three years.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How ’bout that! Milt McColl, my old team mate from POP Warner just recovered a fumbled kick-off just before halftime! Walsh has a 20-0 halftime lead! Bullit is looking up stats to show us Harbaugh can do that too and is a better coach! Damn that Walsh, he is really pissing Bullit off now.

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is where Walsh used to drive me crazy. He used to get a big lead and sit on the ball. I used to go nuts over this. At least he tried to get a big lead before he went conservative, unlike our current game plans.

  108. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I love watching the goal line stand!

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My brother played for San Diego State. He said when they played Missouri, Eric Wright made a pick just like the one he made in the Super Bowl.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We win!!! Super Bowl champs. Boy was I nervous! Harbaugh has the better record after three years but Walsh has a Super Bowl victory. I’ve learned that some here (OK, only one) might think Harbaugh is the better coach. I’ll take Walsh!

  111. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That was fun!

  112. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How dare you bird-dog Bullitt, Bergs! Only Bullit is allowed to do that here.


  113. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Extrapolating that era and comparing it to Bullit’s RoBaugh coach’s butt sniffing was perfect timing. The difference for that year and this last year was Walsh was a superior play caller and had the answers that RoBaugh doesn’t have. RoBaugh makes assignments a lot more difficult for his offensive players than Walsh did. Our current receivers catch balls in tight spaces, Walsh’s receivers were open in space. Walsh’s formations were fairly spread out for that era, Robaugh’s are tighter than sardines packed in a can.

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How tight you ask Berger?
    Titus Fishcunt would know.

    Quite the tight-wad that Titus.

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Stats can be used to prove whatever. They have validity but can also be very misleading. The game is still designed by coaches and played by players. I would rather have a more dynamic offense that can overcome turnovers easier than the keep it close to the vest and conservative offense than we currently run. In the end the conservative offense often has more turnovers because when asked to open it up for a comeback they just don’t have the precision needed because of a lack of experience trying to run such a system.

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I had originally written “tighter than a 40 year old virgin” but changed it to fit the Sardine Can Offense bitch I’ve been harping about!

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s just say Kaep isn’t Joe just yet and, we’ve been vertically challenged for years in SF.

    We’re spoiled 9er fans of the 80’s/90’s and, I think, we all want to see this Offense evolve beyond the Bulldozer approach.

    I’m going to remain optimistic that Jim and Roman can get this thing into another gear this year.
    We’ll see……

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still not sold on Johnnie Morton as the WR position Coach either.
    Something smells, when you continue to see, year after year of the same confusion out there with WRs running into each other.

  119. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Yes, I agree Kap is no Montana, but who is. Having said that, IMO, Kap is closer to being Montana than Robaugh is to being Walsh.

  120. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Morton has to sell what the coach is designing. Remember that our offense is big bad mid-west power football. Passing is not what we try to do well unless it is the result of the element of surprise. Problem is we are so predictable that we rarely surprise anybody anymore. I’m not sure how you can even rate Morton when he is selling big, bad midwest power offense.

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well Berger, this year is critical for us going forward as an Offense IMO.

    Either Jim puts this thing into another gear or, we have to think seriously about getting another variety of Offense intoduced.

    I go back to the Aikman-era Cowboys, as something that we could possibly identify with or, aspire to duplicate.

    Emmitt got plenty of production from a power running attack under Norv during that period.

    But, they also took the top off pretty well too.
    When teams know you can run, play action should be something to have in the arsenal as well.

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pass to get a lead, run to wear them out.

    Whatever the answer is, we need to add some pizzazz to this beast.

  123. 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