Knocking the Rust Off

Our loveable brutes strapped on the pads last Saturday. Now they have about three weeks to get ready for the season opener against the Cardinals. Jalen Hurd took the opportunity of the first practice to tear his ACL, which will put him on IR for the second consecutive season.

Brandon Aiyuk is getting good reviews, which probably doesn’t mean much just yet, except it’s better than no reviews or negative ones.

The only eyebrow raiser so far was the egregiously stupid selfie-video posted on the web by Trent Williams and his brother roaring along the freeway at 125 mph. Not sure which was the stupider act: driving that fast or posting it so cops and 49er brass could see the foolishness.

I have to go with the posting option. After all, I was young and stupid once a very long time ago, and late one night while driving from San Diego back to L.A. I punched my ’56 Olds up to 110 mph. Luckily, there were no cell phones or videos available in those days, so I was prevented from compounding my idiocy.

Of course, I wasn’t a $10 million  dollar veteran LT who was supposed to be showing the youngsters how to behave in the NFL.

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30 comments on “Knocking the Rust Off
  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jason Verrett has been getting first team reps at CB in camp.

    After watching him get incinerated last season, I’m skeptical. But the 49ers are talking like he’s in the mix, maybe even as a starter.

    He’s a local guy, grew up here in Fairfield. My kids go to the same schools he did. Be a nice story if can stay healthy and resurrect his career. But it’s got to be considered a longshot.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like quite a few teams are getting hit with the injuries. Video conferences and OTA’s just aren’t the same thing. I bet another week in pads and there will be more crucial injuries for all teams.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco gushing after seeing McKinnon in practice:

    “Oh my goodness. I can see why Kyle Shanahan wanted him.”

  4. BakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Signing safeties. Cyprien is a box SS. Potential injuries, intra-camp competition, insurance for covid.

    One year non-guaranteed money can be swept away in the cuts to 53.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    ○ NB K’Waun Williams will be out for a couple weeks with a calf injury.
    ○ NT D.J. Jones sustained a shoulder injury.
    ○ Richie James, Jullian Taylor and Weston Richburg will not be available to open the season
    ○ C Ben Garland is expected to miss a couple of weeks with an ankle injury.

    Not a good start to things.

  6. BakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Add the WR MIA Hurd, Deebo, and Richie James.

    Jaron Brown looks interesting.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yep. Hard to keep up with the goings down.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s pretty obvious lots of players are not in good shape. With the virus and all the injuries it’s gonna make for a strange season.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Saleh had this to say about 6’4″ 325lb

    “I like Darrion. Daniels is doing a very, very good job. Like I said, it’s early. We’ve got only a few days in the camp and he’s showing some good qualities. He’s got a lot to learn with technique, consistency and all that stuff, but it’s a grind. It’s a different technique than most of those guys are used to when they get here and they’re under working with [defensive line coach Kris] Kocurek and how he teaches. He’s got a little bit of ways to go, but we are pleased with him so far.”

    DJ Jones shoulder is OK so he is an NT for the wide 9. Would like to see if this guy can make the 53 as a NT. How does he compare with Jones.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Stay safe out there. Dry lightning fires burning with large evacuation areas on both sides of Silicon valley. Large areas with very low containment.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Shit. So who is playing center now?

    Fucking fires. We got evacuated for a day here in Fairfield and only now catching up. Now they’re saying we may get more Sunday night and Monday. Fuck 2020 with a rusty flaming chainsaw.

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I have a potty mouth. I blame 2020. So who is at center now?

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ah. Found this at Niner Nation.

    Offensive line

    Before today, Colton McKivitz had struggled mightily. From 1-on-1’s to team drills, McKivitiz was lights out. He rotated in with the first team at right guard due to Ben Garland’s injury and Daniel Brunskill having to slide over at center. McKivitz looked like he belonged.

    Daniel Brunskill continued to shine at center and, in my opinion, is the long-term answer there. Brunskill understands blitzes coming at him and has consistently given Garoppolo a clean pocket to step up in.

    The line as a whole was much better on Saturday against the run. They’re not road-graders, but there were running lanes, and the backs could cutback. This unit was much better overall.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Like you pointed out earlier we live in a salary cap constrained world. One or two units are gonna be weak. Do the best we can there.

    For us it is IOL.Rotate in bodies and use paranoia and competition to bring out the best and overcome deficiencies in talent and size.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Read good stuff about Verrett and McKinnon. Can we get similar from Cyprien and Dion Jordan. Let’s see about the replacement WR’s.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We are playing NFC East teams this season which includes MIA. We got A++ production from our 1st rd pick Bosa. MIA got nothing out of there 1st rd er Christian Wilkins DT, in 16 games.

    Last year I think MIA was tanking and both sides, players and coaches, mailed it in. In general coaching and team attitude are significant to bring out player abilities.

    MIA improved their D this offseason so don’t laugh them off. FA’s brought in at CB, both DE’s, and OLB to go along with their draft and some overlooked starters like CB Xavien Howard and Christian Wilkins. Will be a good game tho we beat in coaching.

    And don’t forget this website for future reference.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ravens release S Earl Thomas for getting into a fight with another DB when Thomas blew an assignment.

    Ravens would be paying most of his salary so could Sherman convince him to check out Santa Clara? At 31 Thomas might have 2 ore 3 more good years and of course the Cowgurls are also interested.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ward has had a good camp. No guarantee he stays healthy, of course, but is Thomas really a big upgrade at this stage in his career and worth the change in chemistry?

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Your Commander in Chief thinks we should rake our leaves better because they are the root cause of the wildfires.

    12000 lightning strikes. Someone should tell this ignoramus to shut up when he threatens to withhold aid to a state that didn’t vote for him.

    Apparently the POTUS doesn’t know Mother Nature among other things.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Three safety packages to fight the air raid O is transforming D’s. More teams using varying percentages of it. Likewise with the D’s to meet this.

    Our approach is do it with low cost. Addition of Jamal Adams SEA and drafting of Isiah Simmons ARI other ways to deal with it.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From the internet,

    That’s true. Looking at fire history across the west there is regular fire until about 1800. Then not a lot of fire, some grazing, some logging, some burning as part of those. Then spectacular fires like 1910 when neglect caught up with us. Then not a lot after that with fire suppression, a different form of neglect. Now that is catcing up with us, although the NFS has done reasonable work in some locations.

    In California the feds burn about 250k of their 45 million acres. But Calfire burns only about 15k out of their 30 million and the state heavily regulates the rest. So it’s almost always too little especially a year or two after wet winters.

    Now, at this moment, it appears that Calfire is doing a bunch of prescribed fire although the newspaper captions always say “backfire”. I look at all those and never see any other fire. I think they are doing quick and dirty controlled burns where there’s a lot of buildup

    BOTTOMLINE state of CAL is responsible

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    50% of California forests are on federal land.
    Revitalization of the timber industry done right and allowing timber exports would help mitigate some of the problems.

    They are evacuating parts of San Jose and Milpitas less than 10 miles from Levi’s.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looked at a recent CZU status and the evacuation zone is well away from skyline rd. There are some previous hotspots on the other side but controlled then monitored. Dry lightning tonight can screw that up.

    A year or two ago (@ Carr fire) read that Cal forests are predominately Doug Fir which have life expectancy of 30 years. After that bark beetles and other stuff take their toll. So identify wide swaths of forest and cull 1/30 every year to prevent these big fires. That probably means logging those strips.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stuff like this doesn’t help.
    Labs can’t be this incompetent?
    I guess they can.
    Someone needs to be fired and the labs better get their shit together

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yahoo Sports is reporting the Niners and the Texans have interest in Earl Thomas. The Cowgurl’s coach McCarthy said thy DON’T have interest.

    Let’s see who’s telling the truth.

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FYI believe it or not

    Contractor I know was called to go to Northern CA today with equipment to fight fires. He is a rather large contractor who BIDs in the off season to hire out to fight forest fires. What happens with Cal Fire is that they often will not honor the agreed upon contract price that is bid and accepted-by them as well as everyone else. Once the contractors show up at the site, the officials from the state will often say they wont pay the contract price to the contractor. Then, when the contractor has over 3 grand, or more, in transportation costs gets there, he can either accept the cut or transport his equipment back out. Today, the guy told them to get —— and he wouldnt turn his trucks and equipment toward CA. He isnt the only one. Said that its well known that CA officials think they can rely on help from out of state and then stiff anyone they feel fit. So now, you have fires running wild, they have stiffed contractors who have high risks for doing that type of work and these guys are not having none of it any longer.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FYI more on above

    if they signed a contract can’t he sue?

    What’s the point? The few shyster lawyers that aren’t in the Beltway are clustered around Ellay, Essef and Sack-a-tomatoes.

  28. 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