Let the Games Begin

Less than a week until we get our first look at the 2016 49ers. Hopefully, it won’t dissuade us from continuing to watch them as the season unfolds.

There hasn’t been any viewing competition in the Bay Area for the Niners in recent times, but that could change this year. The Raiders are getting a lot of positive press lately, like they might actually win eight or more games this season. They came close in 2015, finishing with a 7-9 record.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on the QB and WR battles during the preseason games, but the two bookend DEs — Deforest Buckner and Arik Armstead — might have more to do with the team’s success or failure this year than anyone else. It’ll be fun to watch them and see if the raves they’re getting in Training Camp carry over into battle against other teams.

The ILB spot next to Navorro Bowman remains a competition among hamburgers. Nothing was done in the offseason to address this hole in the defense, so it will remain a weak link the entire 2016 season. The OLB contestants aren’t generating any buzz, so there won’t be any consistent outside pressure on the QB this year, either.

Between now and the start of the regular season, the only news of any consequence will be the bad news. The injuries. A few teams have already been hit hard, losing key players and jeopardizing the hopes those teams had for the coming year. Last year, the 49ers entered the season with a clean bill of health. It didn’t matter, though, because the team stunk and all that happened when the inevitable injuries did come was that they got a little more stunkier.

Still, it will be good to finally see the team on the field again this Sunday. We’ll have a chance to critique them ourselves, without having to rely on the coaches and players to polish their own apples. Time to sharpen the spears, replenish the rock pile, and get ready for another fun year of blognosticating.

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  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs-It is still hard not to be a little excited about the team at this point. Hopefully it will be growing pains and not another temporary bandage.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It all depends on whether Baalke drafted some players or some bums.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    not holding my breath for that one.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good choice.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC last year Tomusla tried to run a easy training camp and the injuries just mounted.
    Training camp needs some hitting and you’re doing your players a dis-service by taking it easy.

    Harbaugh ran tough camps with 3 hour sessions to simulate games and it helped condition the team.

    Niners are in no position now to take it easy in training camp or in the pre season games.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    Gerald Hodges is going to be our starter at ILB next to Bowman. He’s a pretty good player not a hole in the defense or a hamburger lol

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dolphins give Culliver incentive-laden, one-year deal


  8. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep the Tomsula approach weakened the players by not demanding much of them. Sad! But they liked it. Also the QB competition means they need to play a lot in preseason games so Kelly can get the right guy. Coaches need to be tough, fair leaders not codependent good guys.

    I wonder how our pass coverage will be by the ILBs? Bowman is not good right now and last year the ILBs gave up a ton of passes. Looks like a weak spot to be aware of against Texans. How is Hodges in coverage?

  9. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    He’s continuing to play it close to his vest = Kelly names both CK and Gabby as “Co-starters” at QB for Sunday. We will see what happens in the game. Who will score the most for the O?

    Garnett practices in Beadles spot next to Staley with Tiller at RT. Tiller 24th ranked G last year. Beadles ranked 64th and was victimized by Buckner and Armstead in practice.

  10. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tiller at RG. Correction. AD still getting into shape, playing with 2nd team

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nice problems to have Phil.
    OL competition is heating up.
    I’m going to guess MMartin is going to be pushed by Balducci too.
    We’ll see…?

    Balducci is a conversion project from the DLine at Oregon.
    My guess, Balducci is stronger, unless Marcus got the hint and did some work in the weight room over the off-season.

  12. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I was reading Maiocco’s blog and the point was made that Martin is still the youngest OL on the team (X Balducci) and should continue to get stronger as he matures. So maybe he will stick around as he matures. Yep it’s nice to have some upgrades incl AD on the OL this year. Maybe Beadles will sit as Garnett played tougher next to Staley

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All about depth IMO Phil.
    No problem having a Vet like Beadles in the mix either.
    Whether he starts or, backs up, he’s good for the youngn’s.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    AD is also a relatively young guy with experience as well.
    Nice to see him trimmed down and making another run at it too.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Beadles could push Pears off the depth chart as well.
    Pears got a bad rap last year but, IMO, he wasn’t brought in to play OT.
    He was forced to cover for AD, who took a late sabbatical, which left us in a pinch.

  16. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    What if San Diego, my former team until Walsh came up here, had chosen Buckner instead of Bosa? We wouldn’t have DeForest and possibly would have gotten the Crabtree hold out with Bosa who is doing it with SD. Messy and Bosa, meh. Loved this comment on PFT =

    “Just a quick reminder, the San Diego Chargers have NEVER won a super bowl. Never. Anyway, never means never. Nothing. Oh that’s right, the official language in San Diego is Spanish. So ok then let’s say nada. All this fuss, for what a dude that’s never played in the NFL and the Chargers have NEVER WON a super bowl. Oops, I meant nada. Adios.”

    LOL, things could be much worse.

  17. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes NJ Beadles figures to be good depth if not a starter. Beadles, AD and Garnett figure to be great upgrades to the OL which was tragic last year. Maybe we won’t lead the league in QB sacks, beat up QBs and have an O that moves the ball and SCORES.
    Concept. Our OL has greatly declined since the 49 Wins era for certain.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s funny Phil, I was an Air Coryell guy too as a kid.
    Go figure…
    Always loved the passing game I guess.
    Came to the same conclusion when Walsh showed up with the WCO and actually built a Defense.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Air Coryell, Dan Fouts was our QB in High School.
    He was a senior and I was a freshman. Very tough league, the WCAL. A few years earlier Dan Pastorini was at Bellarmine. Then cam Serra with Lynn Swann and their QB Jesse Freitas.
    Even with Fouts SI did not win the league.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bet you didn’t know if you are watching the Olympics you might see an ex-Niner’s daughter contend for a gold medal.


  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, was your HS Marin Catholic? Fouts went there if I remember correctly. I lived in Marin for many years once upon a time. They always had a pretty good football team as do many Catholic schools. Pastorini went on to the Univ of Santa Clara when I was there. Then there was Brent Jones prior to Niners drafting him long after my time.

    Air Coryell, now there’s some memories. Had some influence on Walsh if I’m not mistaken.

  22. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Looked up Fouts on Wiki =

    “Fouts was born in San Francisco, California. He went to Marin Catholic High School, which is located just north of San Francisco in Kentfield, California for his two first years of High School, and was starting for the varsity team by his sophomore year. He decided to transfer to St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco, CA) for his final two years of high school.”

    Got it. AND as you know Bullit he went on to the Univ of Oregon as a proud and successful DUCK.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Fouts was a St Ignatius Wildcat.
    He’s the son of a Bay Area sports anchor Bob Fouts.
    I went to SI as a freshman in it’s old location at Turk & Stanyan.
    As a sophomore we moved to a new Campus out in the Sunset at 37th Ave. Brand new school.

  24. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    More on Fouts and Bill Walsh =

    “Fouts’s first few years in the league were inauspicious, but with the arrival of head coach Don Coryell in 1978 the Chargers’ fortunes turned. Yet it was actually two years earlier, with the arrival of Bill Walsh as the Charger’s offensive coordinator, that the seeds of success were planted. Under Coryell, the Chargers were known as Air Coryell for the deep passing game and the involvement of the tight end as a key receiver. This required a tough, intelligent quarterback with a strong arm. Fouts fit the bill.

    Fouts was not a mobile quarterback and the deep passing game led to many hits. Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, a Chargers assistant coach in 1976, said “Dan Fouts had a cool, steel-like nerve and courage … He took a lot of beatings, a lot of pounding, but continued to play, hurt or otherwise. He played more physical football than anybody on his team, including the linebackers”.


    In that Wiki article mention is made of the loss of Fred Dean as “perhaps the biggest blunder in franchise history”. Amen!

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chargers loss of Fred Dean is just like the Niner loss of Charles Haley.
    Eddie D acknowledged Haley leaving cost the Niners at least one more Super Bowl.
    If you saw the group pic at the HOF ceremony Haley had his arm around Steve Young. I think old age has mellowed everyone out.

    Just like Montana and Young sitting next to each other and joking around.

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I loved Eddie’s HOF speach, even though at times I thought he was blowing his own horn a little too much. But, he has the right to do that if he wants.

  27. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Amazing how the loss of one key player can change the fortunes of a team. Also how the acquisition of same can take a team to the top. Think Durant going to the Ws…could be.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Andy Benoit doesn’t know squat compared to the three on blog X. Thought I’D post this anyway. Who am I to question the IQ of those three.

    Cutlets served for your pleasure.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From the Cohn zone:

    I love the part about Blaine throwing a TD off a second read and that the first read was on the other side of the field. What goes unstated in your text, but not in your tone: Kaerpernick could never make it through his progressions to the second option, let alone to the opposite of the field. Nice!

    Kap fans are nervous Grant. Expect an over-analyzation and micromanagement of your notes as the preseason winds down because it’s hard to wear a second string Kap jersey into the regular season taverns

  30. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Another and sounds like me:

    Can a leopard(jaguar) change it’s spots?

    Is it time to throw Kap in bubble wrap so they aren’t locked into his (guaranteed for injury) salary next season?

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    2. Those spread formations that have come to define Pittsburgh’s aerial attack do wonders for helping the wide receivers. Because those wideouts—Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and now, Sammie Coates in place of the suspended Martavis Bryant—are all so fast, defenses play them with extra cushion. That only amplifies the spread’s quick slants and receiver screens.

  32. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bullit did you make it to the Kezar practice Thursday? The old place looks to have been up graded quite a bit

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Didn’t make it and what I read didn’t really miss anything.

    They knocked down the original Kezar and made it a high school field with bleacher seating for 9,000.

    Kezar Pavilion still stands seating 2,500 with obstructed views and all. High school games were and are still played there as well as SF Summer Basketball League.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how some people develop amnesia on the reality of situations.

    Some say that Fangio’s defense fell off in 2014. They seem to have forgotten that 3 of the 4 starting LBs missed the majority of the season. Bowman was out for the entire year, Willis was only available for 6 games and was hurting in the games he played. Aldon was busy self destructing and a shell of the player he once was. Brooks only had 6 sacks for the year.

    The LB unit was the strength of the team and was decimated. Yet the team was still 5th in yards given up and 10th in points given up. Basically a top seven defense with a patchwork LB corps.

    Fangio is a great DC despite what others say. Huge mistake to let him go.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lil Jed wouldn’t give Harbaugh a raise to reward him for the success of the team. Harbaugh started and left earning $5 mil a year.
    Chip Kelly was given a $6 mil a year contract which defies logic.

    Lil Jed is on the hook to pay out the remainder of Tomsula’s #3.5 mil a year deal.

    Basically the Niners are paying $9.5 mil a year for the next couple of years for letting Harbaugh go which defies logic and
    something really makes little sense if you want a winning team.

  36. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The whole Fangio situation was misplayed by York/FO. He should have had a shot at HC but instead had Tomsula crammed down his throat. So he left, wisely. York is now paying for the idiocy of putting the teachers pet line coach in as HC. But more importantly We are suffering through a major rebuild after all continuity was abandoned for purely egotistical reasons. Pathetic. Stupid. I don’t give a shit about the Bears except I hope their D is top notch…except on the day we play ’em. It remains to be seen if O’Neil is up to VF’s speed. We should be so lucky

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kap may be hurt or simply struggling to get in shape after long time off. Didn’t practice today “a planned day off”. Cohn said it looked like He tweeked his arm Wednesday. I guess this is not his throwing arm. Some will say he just wants to sit and collect next year’s salary but I think he learned something about NOT playing through pain as he tried to do last year. In my mind he should sit and get into shape gradually. We have Gabbert and he is healthy if limited in his own way. Doubt Kap will play much against Texans and of course my 4-12 call looks about right if CK’s out this season.

  38. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Buckner shouldn’t have flattened him in practice the other day?

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Came across a Ray Ratto story about what happened to Mooch in 2002. Interesting reading and you need to replace Mooch’s name with Harbaugh’s and see the same scenario repeat itself a decade later.


    It just seems the Yorks just can’t stand success, twice pulling the plug when the team is poised to contend and replacing the coach with mediocrity which has lead to the Niners becoming bottom feeders.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Details of Navarro Bowman’s new contract courtesy of Niners Nation


  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What I’m saying is in the last 20 years since Seifert last coached when the Niners had a good game going, the Yorks like a petulant spoiled brat grabbed the ball and went home with it claiming it was their ball. They dismantled a contender and I can’t believe it has happened again and the 9er Faithful have to relive this crap scenario again.

    If you have a successful coach you need to reward him. Terry Donahue was the worst mistake of Bill Walsh’s career. He was a part time GM who spent half his week at home in LA.

    You reward coaches by giving them raises and extensions. It has been folly with the parade of coaches that followed Mooch until Harbaugh and hiring of Tomsula to replace Harbaugh.

    If the Yorks don’t finally “get it” Niners are doomed to be simply mediocre.

  42. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah but we have a real nice stadium now. Sarc. Agree 100% looks like we have a pattern here so caution is advised this year too. What if Kelly got real successful? Yep, fired!

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Am glad AD is back and as a starter asap. Oline looking good. Beadles is no lock at starter. Can Tiller, Martin, and Thomas do zbs. If not will TENN take them as a package deal for a draft pick.

  44. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We’re keeping Tiller based on his performance of late. Martin is getting tossed around Still so I wonder how long they keep him. Balducci pushing to be back up Center. Thomas I haven’t heard anything good on him so dunno. No big loss. Our OL on right side got schooled against some of Tex pass rush incl. Garnett, Brown. AD here we come…

    Looks like Gabby starts against Texans; maybe Kap for a couple series afterwards. Gabs won the competition due to sore arm of CK looks like.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Jed hosted the SB. He NEEDED to get the stink of the 2016 season out of sight. Politicians of the East and West Coast know how to deflect and not to discuss old history.

    Books have been written on it. Jed just followed the script. Any questions on Chip, fine. Everything else is old history, not worthy of discussion.

    Only agree to interviews with media that are bought whores. Like Colin Kaepernick interviews with blog X.

  46. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    6 mil a year a small price to pay to cover his tracks. It is very expensive to clean up after himself, after benefiting from hindsight pointed out by others.

    History can hurt. Nice to be able to buy a coverup. He learned from masters with his political party by choice.

  47. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Well maybe fans and voters are not so stupid and forgetful as our masters hope. This is why I feel it is wise to be a faithless fan. A fan but one of little faith in FO/owners. Still interested but realistic…like Skeebers, Bullit or NJ I guess. We should not underestimate how much damage has been done to this franchise in our enthusiasm for a new season, new coaches, etc. There’s plenty of Kool Aid on offer right now that you should pass on. 4-12 maybe 6 wins max.

  48. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Well Phil 4-12 doesn’t really shout out enthusiasm but that’s what I see too. Anyway, I don’t expect very much so I think that I will at least be somewhat entertained this year. None of it changes the fan that I am though.

  49. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Winder, me too. This seems like the most reasonable path forward = Taking pleasure in the little things. Baby steps…

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how the supreme blogmeister in the Pyongyang fairyland still discounts the impact of Harbaugh leaving to the current state of the Niners.

    The Fairyland actually thinks that letting Harbaugh go and replacing him with Tomsula and his band of misfit assistants was a brilliant move.

    The offense went from 20th in Harbaugh’s 8-8 last year to dead last. The defense went from 7th to 30th.

    Harbaugh deserved a bump in pay and an extension simply based on the team’s improvement and merit. The Fairyland has a habit of forgetting how they felt under Erickson, Nolan and Singletary wondering when this team wouldn’t even sniff the playoffs. They seemed to have forgotten how in his first year Harbaugh improved a 6 win team to a 13 win team which is an unheard of plus 7.

    Discarding an elite coach sends a message to the entire league that you have a loose cannon owner and a dysfunctional team that will make a successful coach walk the plank and is too cheap to reward success.

    Lil Jed fired Harbaugh without a plan to replace him. The FO flailed in their attempts to land a decent head coach. They hired Tomsula and then had trouble hiring assistants that they wanted and had to settle. Last season Baalke offered the OC position to Bob Bicknell who chose to remain with Philly as their WRs coach. Guess who the WRs coach of the Niners is this year? That same Bob Bicknell. Coaches didn’t see any future being an assistant on Tomsula’s staff as it was going to be a temp job and they were right.

    The Fairyland seems to underestimate the value of a strong coaching staff. The Niners had to settle for Mangini and Chryst
    as their coordinators simply because nobody else was willing to come aboard.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The state of the roster falls squarely on Baalke’s shoulders as that is his main responsibility. Parts of this team got “old” because Baalke’s draft picks fizzled.

    For 3 straight years the Niners had more draft picks than any other team. How did those picks turn out? The travesty was the most important position on the team, the QB was never addressed in the draft. In Baalke’s 6 drafts as GM he spent 3 draft picks
    on QBs. The same can be said for his draft picks at WR, TE and CBs.

    The state of the Niners is that Baalke’s picks have to step up because otherwise this team is going to fail and Baalke will be kicked out.

  52. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It’s got to be pure denial over at Blog X, the effect of sabotaging 49 Wins, the coaching staff and team, fan morale. Pure nonsense just to be contrary and to ‘explain’ rooting for the teachers pet. Yeah Mr 5-11, that worked out. Laughable. I haven’t been over there for over a year but I wanted to see who was left standing. I don’t see Dennis at all so maybe he succeeded in destroying himself. No surprise sadly. 12th Man is an alter ego of the blogmeister me thinks. I wonder if they are all optimistic over there? If so why?

  53. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Coaches didn’t see any future being an assistant on Tomsula’s staff as it was going to be a temp job and they were right.”

    Ditto for FAs who are not interested in the Niners until we get better (if ever). The longer term of this franchise is too uncertain and depressing so I’ll try to find the silver lining week to week. Yep baby steps

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil there’s an inherent issue that surrounds SF Ownership.
    When we’re viewed as impatient, meddlers, and cheapskates, there’s really nothing attractive about it.
    I can understand where Harbaugh didn’t ‘play nice’ with Ownership but, he did what you pay a HC to do. He won.

    Ownership is too close to the core of football functions.
    They’re clueless nitwits with ‘business’ agendas.
    IMO, football people don’t need to be ‘managed’ as these stooges feel the need to do.
    Get the eff away from the locker room, the GM, the Coaches etc.
    They seem to feel that titles in the NFL equate to management levels in Corporate America.
    As if to suggest, everyone reports to the CEO in Board Meetings.
    Eff that concept.
    Let’s just pray they’ve learned something since last season.
    You don’t ‘promote’ some loyal employee within the Organization to replace a football guy you didn’t get along with.
    You get football people to find football people, from one end of the process to the other.
    Let Ownership go ‘manage’ somewhere/something else.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It was very petty and childish for Lil Jed to order Harbaugh’s display removed from the 49er Museum. It shows how shallow and immature Jed really is.

    Since the Yorks took over the ownership they’ve had only 2 successful coaches. In both cases they refused to reward the coach with a raise and an extension letting them become lame ducks.

    Eventually Donahue went out the door with Erickson after the hit rock bottom at 2-14.

    The choice of trying to go with Rattay instead of retaining Garcia was a disaster. Releasing Jeff Garcia saved the Niners just $1.7 mil in cap room. They fumbled the most important position on the team thinking Rattay could do the job when it is obvious he couldn’t. Rattay only won a total of 5 games as the Niner starting QB. Ken Dorsey, Cody Pickett, using the #1 pick on Alex Smith, Trent Dilfer, Shaun Hill and JT Osullivan

    It wasn’t until they hired Jim Harbaugh and his tutoring of Alex Smith and Kap that made things right after 8 years of missing the playoffs and not being over .500

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit these clowns are thin-skinned and, clueless.
    They simply don’t fit in the NFL.
    I favor ‘quiet’ Ownership, much like you have in Pittsburgh.
    You don’t hear of the Rooney’s making waves through the media.
    They let their GM and HC run the show.
    All this meddling and constant turnover just perpetuates the revolving door of nonsense.
    Let’s hope Kelly and Baalke can work together, without these idiots ‘overseeing’ every little detail of their ‘business’.
    It’s gotten to the point where people in the football community, simply avoid the drama and, look elsewhere for employment opportunities.
    We’re not a desirable destination, as we once were under Eddie.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just can’t get beyond the Gase scenario.
    It showed just how little control they gave Baalke to make ‘football’ decisions as a GM.
    He’s wearing a title that holds no influence unless the 3-Stooges approve.
    What a joke.

  58. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “You don’t ‘promote’ some loyal employee within the Organization to replace a football guy you didn’t get along with. You get football people to find football people, from one end of the process to the other.” Well said NJ.

    And Bullit gave a perfect example too by reminding us of the ‘thought process’ that went into dumping another winner Garcia for 5 Wins Rattay. Management is SO inept that they can’t stand success. Can’t stand it. This is what is so infuriating about this outfit = this destructive meddling by mgmt. in football operation where every single time it turns out worse. Like they save a few bucks at the expense of the fans, players, and the team, so They are pleased. Everyone else gets depressed and discouraged however. Yorks need to figure out how to make $100 million per year and not destroy the team periodically.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Even Chip comes as a somewhat desperate candidate.
    One possible upside is him getting 2 of his former DLmen and DL Coach.
    IMO, our D is likely to determine where we go this season while the O finds it’s way in year one under Kelly.
    If Chip is given ample room to build the O and Baalke can concentrate on the D without interference, we might get out of this downward spiral quickly.
    All comes down to getting a QB to run Chip’s system effectively.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I think these idiots are on a power trip.
    Typical Corporate pecking order/respect my authority stuff.

    I can easily see where Harbaugh would’ve pushed back on that philosophy.
    He likely drew the same line I do.
    Football guys in the locker room.
    Corporate weenies in the Board Room.

  61. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Harmony between HC and GM would be better than the 49 Wins regime with the HC vs the entire FO and the owner listening to the suits. Still a functioning stable franchise requires a wise leader/owner and so far we have an inexperienced, immature one.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is where Eddie was able to make that transition without interfering.
    He was a blue-collar guy at heart.

    Jed is nothing but a silver spoon-fed blue-blood, trying to ride on Uncle Eddie’s legacy.
    He’s missing the ingredient Eddie was able muster without effort.
    Eddie gave control to his football guys and, simply showed his players how much he appreciated them and their efforts.

  63. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Corporate power trip” is exactly what we have. And please “only men in the locker room” lol

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie was all about ‘family’.
    The York’s are all about ‘business’.
    It couldn’t be any further apart.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I imagine Harbaugh as the type of guy that looked at Jed/Paraag and saw them for what they were.
    The kids from the chess club trying to tell the jocks how to play football.
    Those were the guys we used to ‘rat-tail’ with wet towels when I played HS sports.

  66. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It was the blue collar guys/gals that built this country and it took the same to build a Niner dynasty. Football is as blue collar as it gets. We don’t have that at the top anymore so it’s empowered bean counters for us.

  67. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh for all his sophistication in building teams was a blue collar guy at heart who loved boxing, football and understood the wisdom of the ‘rat tail’

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In typical fashion the wingnut fairyland blogmeister takes a shot at me for mentioning Mariucci, using his usual profane personal attack saying I live in the past.

    The lamebrain hypocrite in his very next paragraph starts talking about how it was with Lombardi and George Allen.
    Chuckles constantly has his head up his ass and keeps proving it.
    Because he’s a clown he’s good for a laugh.

  69. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers not playing in preseason opener:


  70. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck gonna be Chuck Bullit. Nothing we can do to help him since he likes being contrary.

    No surprise with Kap sitting out. Nothing too serious I hope. Armstead also out, ditto. We’ll get to see Buckner for a bit tho. Looks like I will be able to watch this on live stream. Game time 7AM Monday…because the world is round lol.

  71. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch: “Bigger crowd at the Starry Plough in Berkeley last night than here at Levi’s.”

  72. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    30 seconds for the first 3 and out.

  73. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks offsides: Season’s officially underway.

  74. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t post here when game is on live stream, bandwidth issues, but the couple times I tried “the connection was reset”. Whatever…

    What did we learn in this game? Posting more if this goes through

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be watching tomorrow Phil.
    Simply from the stat lines I’d have to say we ran the ball pretty well early on.
    Can’t excuse the fumbles though.
    Need to get that fixed.
    Tommy won’t be too happy with Carlos and Draughn tonight.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    So, until I can watch for myself, I’ll assume the OL was able to create those lanes.
    Yardage output in the 1st half was pretty gaudy as a result too by the looks of it.
    Reasons to be cheerful?

  77. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep NJ based on the first half we CAN run the ball against a team with 2-3 top defenders out.
    Our OL while it’s a work in progress (who goes where) blocked well for the run and for passing game. AD gave up a sack.
    Chip is a good play caller, kept HOU off balance. He grumbled twice about the fumbles.
    Mike Davis ran like he wants a job. Heavier and stronger.
    Gabby took awhile to settle down but then had a nice throw to VMac. VMac runs well in space. Hyde is a beast.

    I never did see Buckner due to inattention. Ray Ray played well. Bellore reminds of that LB who quit last year, the rookie.
    Acker did himself no favors. Chris Davis did tho. Ward too.
    The fast pace did seem to wear out the TEX D when it was sustained.

    Look forward to your thoughts NJ

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I had read a media suggestion or 2, that VMcD was having issues with the speed of Kaep’s fastball.
    Certainly could go 1 of 2 ways with that assessment of course.
    He’s either being honest or, he’s looking for an out.

    I did think highly of his Draft selection at the time it occurred, as he was a very productive WR while at Rice.
    Maybe it’s the ‘touch’ thing I’ve harped on with Kaep, maybe he and Gabbert have a better relationship in terms of ‘catchable’ balls?
    Be nice to see him stay on the field and, provide some production for us.

  79. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    VMac expounds on the speed of Kelly’s O. He may thrive in this O and maybe he’s more in tune with Gabs, who knows? The TE gets a lot of work in the Kelly O. Busta Anderson and Blake Bell got a few looks in this game. TEs may be better than our WRs?


  80. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    You know who else had good plays? Carradine and even Lemonier were effective in pass rush and TC in coverage if I remember correctly. Aaron Lynch played and got double teamed a few times. I don’t recall how Eli Harold did tho

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looking forward to seeing the recording Phil.
    I’m a Defense 1st kinda guy myself.
    We’ve gotten considerably younger on that side of the ball, which I’m anxious to see.
    If we can stop people, and keep it close, the O won’t be under as much pressure to produce.
    Given our eternal debates over everything post-Harbaugh, it would be nice just to see something close to organized football again.
    Ownership not withstanding.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Darughn didn’t fumble, it was Dejuan Harris near the goal line.

  83. 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