Journey to the Center of Nowhere

The San Francisco 49ers set the franchise’s 21st Century gold standard of stinkitude in 2004, finishing the season with a 2-14 record. That was the last year of Troy Donahue‘s inept GM indifference and John York‘s visibility as the face of the front office. As awful as that team was, though, it might just be better than this year’s team.

The 2004 team’s longest losing streak was seven games. That’s where this team is now. With a road game in Arizona, followed by a home game against the Patriots, the 2016 team will no doubt set the record for this century’s longest losing streak. Who can’t get excited about that? Jed York can officially become even worse an owner than his reviled father John. Wow. I’m getting tingles at the thought.

Chip Kelly seems to be taking all this losing in stride. And why not? He didn’t supply the team with such a big pile of nothingburgers. Plus, he’s got $24 million to fall back on even though a oouple of bucks and a ham sandwich would probably have been more than anyone else in the league would have offered for his services.

The Cardinals are getting perilously close to a lost season themselves. They’ll need at least a 7-1 record over their final eight games to get a spot in the playoffs. So far, they haven’t played well enough to make that kind of closing record seem very plausible. They should be able to dream another week at least, thanks to having the Niners on their schedule.

Arizona RB David Johnson is definitely looking forward to this game. He rushed for 157 yards against the Niners in their earlier game and might very well top 200 in this week’s game.

With the Election finally over, interest in the NFL might begin to rise a bit. Or not. Interest in the 49ers, however, has entered the long, dark night of apathy with no end in sight. And no not about it.

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71 comments on “Journey to the Center of Nowhere
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seems like Kap is just playing activist. No excuse for not voting because there were dozens of issues and other candidates on the ballot.

    Is Kap just a guy looking for attention and the limelight?

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This holds true.

    If you didn’t vote you lose the right to complain.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    This team is closer to the 1978 squad – in free fall, with nary a clue in sight.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Is it worth it?

    75 yard Ingram run all-22 here:

    Here is what broke down:

    So it was 1st down. They used a nickel front due to Brees. Did Brees audible or was it run from the huddle. Was Tartt out there?

    I think the scheme was dumb. Chance of a run high on 1st down. If they wanted a 4 man front the DE’s should have been in tighter.

  5. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er and all who have Served –
    Thank you for your Service and, my respect for those who sacrificed it all for our Country.
    I salute you.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I suppose we should be giving Spitblood the Dead Wrong In Public award for his 180 degree fail in predicting this year’s election, but that would require consulting with my internal hypocrisy board whether I’d be violating my own no-politics rule. Screw it. I’ll just keep mum.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Still, he was kind of a gigantic horse’s ass about it, so maybe it wouldn’t be politics so much as a well deserved red-ass treatment. I’ll have to think about it.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spittle’s MO is similar to Chuckles.
    Go hard and shove opinions down people’s throats because they know everything.
    When they prove to be wrong they disappear for about two months and then come on strong with more blather hoping you’ll forget what happened and how wrong they were and accuse you of living in the past.

    Too much to hope for these clowns to own up to what they said and have some honor.

  9. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Opinions are like assholes.
    We’ve all got one.
    Intelligent people don’t speak through them.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very true about opinions.

    One has to realize that if you shove your opinions down people’s throats there will be consequences.

    Some can’t respect another’s opinion without getting nasty and personal.

  11. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the difference Bullit.
    It’s called respect.

  12. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hear, hear, Spit gets the award for ‘dead wrong political prognostication’ alright. With an extra chevron for excessive obnoxiousness. Him and about 30% of the country.

    But for me, now is the time to sit back and enjoy their over-the-top melt down. Carry on friends.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One common denominator among almost all of Baalke’s draft picks
    is they are all injury prone or were drafted injured.

    This factor has inhibited development of players and there have been many draft picks that neber saw the field like Lattimore and Smelter. Lattimore was a luxury pick and worth taking the chance because the roster was loaded.

    These days with a depleted roster the need is for immediate help and not what these guys can do in their second or third years.

    In his long tenure as the GM, Baalke has run out of excuses and must go.

  14. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    One good thing about this useless season devoid of hope and drama is we get to speculate about what went wrong and how to maybe fix it. First off dump Balkey agreed but our problems are so many that is only a start, if it happens. It is going to be a long slough back to respectability. So we have plenty of time to “what if” this mess. I liked winning better but we have what we have.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lil Jed not very popular in his neighborhood. Getting bad press off the field.

  16. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    You guys are confusing “dead wrong politics” with epic trolls. NoFear, Bakkentom and others were discomforted. Objective achieved.

  17. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I wish I could be a troll all the time. I really do.


  18. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Harbaugh Wolverines laid an egg in Iowa City 13-14. Perfect season gone. Yeah but they don’t lose by 20 when they do blow it.

  19. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    – Harbaugh on how his team will respond to the first loss of the season.


    lol Jimi

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit here’s a sleeper QB that might make sense for Us/Chip.
    Looking at a late RD grade right now.
    Kinda smallish but, Drew Brees isn’t what you’d consider an imposing physical specimen either.

    He’s also the guy throwing to my Top WR, Corey Davis.
    Both guys playing at Western MI.

    I also like another under-the-radar QB Cooper Rush from Central MI.

  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ do you think the balkey one will follow up on some of these suggestions and actually draft a QB -assuming he’s still in position?

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Still think Baalke made blundered when he didn’t pick up Zach Mettenberger or Kevin Hogan when they were waived.

    It really bothers me that there seems to be no plan after this season ends. Not having a QB on your practice squad is just irresponsible on Baalke’s part.

    It boggles my mind how he just keeps ignoring the most important position on the team.

    Again I truly believe that Baalk’s time is up.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also since Chip Kelly runs a no traditional offense having him stock the team with players fitting his scheme and it not working will set this team back another 3-5 years.

    In his 3+ years in the NFL Kelly has only had moderate success
    with 2 teams in the playoffs and one playoff win. In his other two years he’s had one mediocre team and this year’s dumpster fire.

    At the moment he appears unable to get something out of his squad with 6 of the seven losses being in double digits.
    Except for the first game this team has not been in a position to win the game in the 4th quarter.

    Bottom line Kelly is not showing any ability to change things for the better and should be canned along with Baalke to give the team a fresh start. Once they have video of his scheme the DCs of the NFL have been successful in neutralizing his offense.

    The ineptness of the offense has led to exposing every weakness of the defense which can’t get off the field until they give up a score.

    No reason to keep a coach with the league’s worst defense and a bottom feeding offense.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    no = non traditional

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Receiver I would take a hard look at and would be my choice in round 2.

    Right now assuming a top 3 pick I would take Jabril Peppers who is the second coming of Charles Woodson.

    The other option is to trade down and taking a LB like Reuben Foster or QB like Tribusky.

    looks like Garret will go to the Browns at #1 and don’t want to forced into taking a QB that doesn’t check all the boxes just because you need one at #2. The 2018 QB crop looks to be loaded
    and you might want to use a high pick then.

    Deshaun Watson would be a mistake as he too has proven not to be able to to read defenses and has flaws that don’t translate to the Pro game.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Need coffee.

    I left out the reciver’s name and info.

    He is John Ross from UW who has clocked a 4.28 40

  27. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I also agree about Kelly, he’s not fooling anyone and should go. If and when we get a real GM none of them would want to be saddled with Kelly.

  28. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    As I see it, Kelly needs his next Mariotta to make his Offense go.
    Agree, to some extent, that it’s gimmicky at the NFL level too.
    But, Jed appears stuck with him simply because of his track record with dead HC money hanging over his head.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Balai Walsh the Vikes kicker missed his 6th Extra point of the season.

    Makes you appreciate old man Phil Dawson who’s having a great year at age 41, one of the few bright spots this season.

  30. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    This Draft class doesn’t posess a slam dunk franchise QB at the top IMO.
    Hope they avoid Watson and Kizer in favor of D.
    Garrett,Peppers,Foster among others, already on my list as well.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bala should read Blair

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Both Dedlanie Walker and Vernon Davis have TD catches today and are having productive days for their teams.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke just told the press to blame him for what’s going on
    trying to draw fire away from lil cabana boy Jed

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    First quarter: Tards 127 yards offense, 49ers…. 4.

    Same shit, different day.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Then they show Chip after the Cards score and he has this deer in headlights stunned look on his face.

    Kelly is in way over his head. Needs to go back to college.

  36. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie Ward. Another terrific pick by Baalke the Wonder Dog.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    14 points for the Tards, Zero first downs for the 49ers.

    Yep, that’s just about right.

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    David Johnson TD. 13-0

  39. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    we just make it look so easy

  40. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Total yards 145-0. 5 yds for Hyde.10 yd keeper for Kap. 32 to McDonald over the middle, LB’s nowhere near.

    Kersey wide open in corner of EZ. 14-7.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kersey? A Charles Bronson character.

    21 to Brown. Good stuff by D negated by offside.

    2 drops by Cards. Pass done to Fitz. FG good 21-7.

  42. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    AZ forcing Kap to beat them with the Niner passing game as they have shut down Kap’s running for the most part. Nothing new

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Nice drive. Tosses to Torrey Smith and Patton. A Kap run. Looking for points.

    Kap takes a sack then 49 yd FG. Game not a blowout yet.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Nice haul bu Floyd. Ditto. Then Fitz. Then Floyd.

    Floyd out of the doghouse.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    DPI by Reid. OK since he was beat for a TD and now for a FG.

    20-10. Nice coverage by Reaser. Cards could have had more points this half?

  46. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    49ers get new life. Patton on deep ball to 35 of ARI. Run up the gut for 5. Sack on Kap but 53 yards FG salvaged a promising drive gone dead. Kap threw nice ball to Patton deep the star of that drive.

  47. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kap’s passing or lack thereof will determine the outcome of this one. Assuming our D can stop AZ which is questionable. FGs are nice but won’t win it for us.

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    DPI Brock but Reaser forces a punt with a breakup at midfield.

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Story of game so far is ARI left points on board. Pass coverage pretend a blowout.

    Wow, Reid got a gift INT, ball bouncing off of chest of Nelson. In ARI territory on return.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Celek hold sends niners back, Kilgore sends back to midfield on his hold. Have to settle for a punt.

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of EZ points.

  51. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Bakken, we are a creative bunch finding ways to suck

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Game of inches, fortunately ball is thrown just out of bounds.

  53. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bethea, Ward and Reid are just terrible. Worst secondary since 1978.

  54. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    4th Tard turnover gives the 49ers one last chance to steal a game.

  55. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Great back shoulder throw to Fitz gets them to midfield. Next play Palmer blind and misses coverage underneath and INT to LB Hodges. Lot of points FU’D by ARI 2day.

    Come on and lose this thing already.

  56. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    AZ keeps trying to give us the game but so far we’ll have none of it. SCORE already

  57. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    ARI is not any good. Why can’t they run.

    Still time for ARI points. What will Arians call.

  58. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Woohoo. Another back shoulder throw to Floyd. Good coverage.

  59. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Need to stop this ARI drive right here and get ball for reliable Phil Dawson to win it.

    To hell with the #2 pick!

  60. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Fitz again to 36. Johnson escapes Bellore. Down to easy FG, burning clock. YESSSSS

  61. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Gimme. Not to be confused with Gimmiedats.

  62. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Streak is Alive!!!

    Goddamnit. Four AZ turnovers and we still blow it.

  63. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    1-7? Figures

  64. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What happened with the Cards O and no run game. So Evan Mathis was a big loss? Cards have missed their window. Palmer and Mathis old.

    We keep on losing, and that’s a good thing.

  65. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cards should have lost this game. 443 yards and only 23 points.

  66. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    1-8 rather. Lost track in the election hubhub.
    Let’s see if Warriors can do better (Duh!) as they are playing immediately following this one.

    How useless was Hyde? Kap with more yards

  67. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BASG Steve Berman praises Kap’s performance (today only) while bemoaning the overall team flaws. Lack of pass rush, lack of running game, disses Torrey Smith, coaching, etc.

    In the 2nd half of the double header the Ws won going away after struggling early against the other AZ team, the Suns.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit your guy John Ross would fit Baalke’s MO.
    Previously torn ACL and MCL injuries. One on each knee to boot.
    Granted, he’s still quick as lightning though, despite the repairs.
    As I see it right now, RD1 should go to a Defensive stud with a WR perhaps in RD2?
    Corey Davis is taller and could sneak into RD2 as things project right now.
    Assuming we stick in the Top 3, any of the guys we discussed earlier, Garrett, Peppers, Foster, maybe Jon Allen could all be worth the Pick.
    Gotta lose to Chicago and NYJ to have a shot though.
    Be nice if Cleveland could find a W along the way too.
    Losing close, as we did today, is fine by me at this point.
    I’m also of the belief that we not extend Reid.
    Tartt and Ward could likely cover the transition from Reid and Bethea.
    Peppers would be a huge versatility option too. Kid plays everywhere.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another guy I want to see is playing for Chip’s Ducks.
    RB Royce Freeman, 5’11″/230.
    Similar in size to Hyde with better speed from what I’m seeing.
    He’d fit right in with Chip too.
    He’s currently projecting in the higher end of RD2 however.
    Not sure we’d go that high?
    All comes down to needs, and where the talent/value is ranked of course.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jon Allen would be a nice addition to eventually replace Dorsey IMO.
    He’s quick enough to move inside or out as well.

  71. 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