Leftover Stew

Free Agency 2012 burned up its drama in about ten days. By Friday of last week, the top headliners had all been signed. Over the next few weeks, the off Broadway guys will be trickling in hither and yon throughout the league with very little fanfare. In 49erville, the only signing that would cause a stir would be a veteran to plug the gaping hole at RG, somebody like Kyle Kosier, who is a versatile O-line guy and was recently released by Dallas due to age and salary.

Troy Aikman thinks Tony Romo is a better QB than Aikman was. There’s probably better ways for Aikman to get inside the ropes at Romo’s next golf tournament, but old Troy is a lot like old Steve Young. My mouth is working, but my head has blown a fuse.

What Aikman probably meant was that Romo has more QB skills and more talent. Romo probably has more skills than Joe Montana, too. But skills alone aren’t the defining excellence of a QB. The fact is, Romo makes a lot of dumb decisions on the football field. Decisions that get his team beat. In general. And in comprehensibly.

The 49ers have two young QBs, Josh Johnson and Colin Kaepernick, who both have superior skills and talent than incumbent QB Alex Smith. At least that’s the widely held opinion. But Smith excelled last year in making smart decisions. Smart decisions lead to victories, and the 49ers had a bunch in 2011. If Smith continues to make smart decisions, he will be difficult to unseat. Except the way Montana lost his job — through injury.

With the defection of Adam Snyder to the Cardinals, Smith and Frank Gore are the last men standing from the 2005 draft. It’s hard not to wonder if both of them are wearing the red and gold for the last time this year. It’s expected the 49ers will draft an RB to eventually take Frank’s starting job, and our brave hearted warrior is obviously wearing down. These two guys have seen the best and the worst of NFL life during their seven years here. One of them will always be remembered fondly in Ninerland, the other will be remembered, but perhaps not so fondly.

The new CBA signed last August includes a restraining order on the coaches. They cannot come within a playbook or a practice field of the players until April 16th. They can wave from across the street and monitor rehab progress, but no more. The players can workout at the team’s headquarters, as long as it is unsupervised. They can also practice on their own and study the playbook on their own. It’s kind of a Camp Alex time of year.

Bountygate has not played its hand out yet, since the players who enthusiastically participated have not been punished. Punishing players means stroking the NFLPA first, so that is probably the reason for the delay. While everyone continues to nod solemnly and give lip service and appropriate hand wringing to the impropriety of the bounty hunters, it is also routine to refer to the “whistleblower” as a “snitch.” These two words are worlds apart in terms of respect and courage. A word to the wise seekers: read their lips.

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35 comments on “Leftover Stew
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We probably already have our RG on the team, but I’m sure we would bring another in at the right price.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I hope so, but A. Davis came on big last season and I’d hate to see him regress by having to worry not only about his job but the virtual rookie next to him.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody here was alluding to Boone not being big enough. He is 305 and is a mauler. That is big enough for me. And if he can pull because he is lighter, perfect. I like athletic linemen. Also, Kilgore looked good last summer. I think Snyder was good, but not great. I would be surprised if he was difficult to replace.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That doesn’t say much for Chilo then, does it?

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It appears that lately we have
    whiffed when drafting a player out of U$C. Ronald Johnson,Taylor Mays and Chilo Rachal just don’t hold a Candle to Lott, Ellison and Deese.
    I would hesistate next year in drafting Matt Barley given the tough times his predecessors Mark Sanchez and Matt Leinart have endured since joining the NFL.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Better not draft a QB from Texas. You could get another Colt McCoy!

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Be careful Skeebs, NoFear predicted Chilo Rachal to be our starter a RG for this year.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Texas QBs haven’t made it in the NFL. Last won with success was
    Bobby Layne.
    A Texas kicker onced played for the Niners. Can you name him?

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Stumped me, Bullit. I can remember the one from Croatia, but I cannot for the life of me think of one from Texas.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Testy little brat. Are you mad because we are dissing Chilo? Is this going to be another one of those Nolan things?

  11. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d think they’d keep a look-out for another lineman. Not sure who’s left, but I heard our old reject Kosier might be available?

    He’s 33?

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All especially Grump

    Brain fart from me. I thought Raul Allegre was with the Niners
    but I was wrong. Sorry about that.

  13. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Was that Steve Mike-Mayer, Grump?
    Bruce Gossett? Tommy Davis? Those are the oldest guys I remember as kickers. No idea if they are Texans . . .

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fat Ray wasn’t Texan . . .

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s got the story on Aldons’ bandaged hand?

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows is the only guy I noticed mentioning it, but he had no details except he was wearing a soft cast, not a hard one. Pretty big bandage, for sure, apparently involving his pinky.

  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:


    Google Momcilo Gavric… University of Belgrade, I shit you not. 1969. Best 49ers trivia answer ever.

    Bullit, actually… did Erxleben spend a training camp with us late in his career? I might be thinking of someone else… he never made the roster if I’m recalling correctly, but that would qualify after a fashion.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I can’t remember but for some stinking reason maybe Allegre was in camp towards the tail end of his career and got cut.
    Don’t remember and hard to find anything about it.
    Gavric was here when the transition to soccer style was happening. I still remember those square toed kickers shoes and some guys pulling the toe up with shoelaces to create a flat surface to strike the ball.
    Bruce Gosset might have been our last straight on kicker. The Gogolaks and Jan Stenerud brought in soccer style and that changed the kicking game forvere.
    I think Mark Mosely was the last of the great straight on kickers.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The great thing about soccer style kickers was it brought out the phrase, “He keeks a touchdown!”

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’d have gone with the WOTD, Berg.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    WOTD- Five Dollar Footlong! Jalepno Tuna Fish at Subway is $5.00! I’m off to Subway.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just got an email that’s a phishing scam.
    If somebody says your password is expiring and sends you an email
    with 20 other email addresses on it they’re trying to steal your money. Same by phone. Never give up info on something you didn’t initiate. Lot’s of crooks out there.
    Just delete the eamil and never click the link.

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Just cuz you fell for it doesn’t mean we will!
    I kid, I kid . . .

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Did you enjoy your trip to London to collect your inheritance from the Nigerian solicitor?
    I read an article about the 5 online scams that were making the rounds.
    Speaking of scams how do you give up a #1 draft pick and 2 #2’s for Carson Palmer? 13 tds and 17 ints

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The latest one is they call you on the telephone, and a fvcker from India tells you that his Windows server has reported you as having a virus-infected computer. He will, if you listen, ask you to check your event log in Windows (full of crap but meaningless) to scare you, then log on to his suite so he can remote access your computer. Which I laughed at, of course.
    I got my call a week ago. There is an asshole in India who’s ears are still ringing and who has a somewhat more deep and sophisticated command of English profanity now.
    I also reported him to the FTC Do Not Call List and the FBI, just for fun.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Does that make you a whistleblower or a snitch?

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Just an asshole who likes to torture telemarketer criminals. It gives me a warm, tingly feeling. Everyone needs a hobby or two.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    i still like chilo !

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, they call your regular phone number. They figure most ppl have computers with Windows. If you don’t, I’m sure they just shrug and hang up. It’s a volume business – there are always going to be a few folks who panic and do what they ask without thinking it through. Even if they only pull CC numbers out of the cache once every couple hundred calls, it’s profitable.

  30. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fvckin’ a . . . just got a call from ‘Utah’ from a guy who wanted to speed up my system. Computer Stack Global or some shit.

  31. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, my machine works great now!!

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some weird revelations surrounding the chase for Peyon Manning.
    Pete Carroll flew all the way to Denver to try to meet with Manning and got dissed.
    Harbaugh and Roman watched Manning workout from their rental car and then pulled the hoodies on and went on the field to get a closer look. They didn’t want to be seen or captured by an Iphone video. Funny stuff and part of the Manning Circus.


  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Best way to eff with Telemarketers?
    Take it from a day sleeper.
    “Hello… is ??? there?”
    “Let me check”
    Put the phone on the floor and wait for the dial tone.
    Say nothing, waste their time like they waste yours.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You want entertainment? Have one of those fun telemarkerters call me on a Saturday afternoon when I’m lit up. I’ll sell them something! Then I’ll give the phone to Repo Ed to verify the order!

  35. 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