Lockout Free Zone

The 49ers have not yet signed their top four choices from the 2010 Draft class. In fact, unless I missed it, not a single first round pick by any team has signed a contract. Newly anointed NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith blames this tardiness on collusion. Aarrggg! Here we go again.

He meant “by the owners”, but it could just as likely be by the agents. And the more appropriate word could just as easily be “confusion.” Both sides of the contract equation are eyeballing the impact of these contracts being the last ones that will be signed under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expires this year. The owners are hoping it’s the last time they need a Brinks Truck to get a clod from college to lace up his cleats, and the agents are hoping they can squeeze the maximumest moola possible from the gravy train that has come to the end of the line.

This legalese buffoonery of a “lock out 2011” season will dominate the news during this coming season and irritate hell out of all football fans. It’s lawyer time, folks. These strutting, posturing puckermouths will be having their time in the sun this year, and we all know how it will play out. Nothing will get done on a new CBA contract until the very last second possible.

It’s exactly the same as a movie about a guy getting electrocuted at midnight unless the Governor phones in a last second pardon. The clock ALWAYS ticks down to 11:59:59 before the phone rings. Sometimes, it rings at 12:00:01 and they have to bring in the miracle team to revive the guy who’s already got one foot in heaven’s door and probably doesn’t want to come back anymore. Especially not with burned innards and a fried scalp.

WE’VE SEEN THIS MOVIE, YOU KNUCKLEHEADS! But they won’t listen to us. If the press duly reported the various tick-tocks of this ongoing clockdown, it might be tolerable. We could all just yawn. Unfortunately, though, many bloggers are not yet aware of how this whole charade works and will actually get concerned and even ask effing questions about it.

Jaaa-eeeze-zusss. Puleeeeze. It’s going to be horrible. If these bloggers asked me the questions, it could be fun. But they won’t. They’ll ask Maiocco. And he will give them very serious replies. Over and over and over again. C’mon, Matt. You’re a TV head now. Give them a knucklerub. Snort on their sleeves. Anything to shut them up.

Other bloggers, such as the annoying chucklehead Diamondeye, will enjoy hell out of this topic. He’s a definite “suit” guy and this is a “suit” issue. He’ll talk about it lovingly, as though it was a workforce he was laying off from his toy factory. He’ll even try to crack a funny about it, causing everyone’s teeth to wince. The permanently disgruntled old Nofear will not be able to resist chiming in because he’ll actually read the whole current CBA (probably already has read it) and will be armed to the teeth with pertinent facts and phrases to poke pertinent holes in impertinent posters.

I’m pretty much inclined to make this site a “CBA/Lockout Free Zone” this coming year. No peeps or poops about the damn thing. I’m getting it over with today. Spoiler alert! Here’s how the movie ends. A new CBA will be signed and there will be a 2011 Draft and a 2011 season. End of story. Details to come in a thousand articles about what the new deal will mean to life on planet football.

Meanwhile, thankfully the 49ers are one of the last teams to put the pads on for Training Camp. The other teams will have to start the dominoes falling on the draft slot dollars if they want to see their guys in camp, giving the Niners just a wee bit longer to make sure our boys are all signed and in camp ready to rumble.

Are you hearing me Davis & Iupati? Haul buns, guys. The Nutcracker is anxiously awaiting your arrival.

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31 comments on “Lockout Free Zone
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So let me get this straight. If we read this blog we aren’t allowed to poop this coming year? That would make us just like Elvis! Fat and dead. Do we have to grow long side burns too?

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m post this from the previous post, cuz I want to:

    Well, Skeebs, I still have various problems with how the offense played last year. I was mostly very disappointed in the job Jimmy Raye did. Especailly when Singletary encouraged the players to tell Raye they needed to open things up. That in itself is fine.

    The part that pisses me off is Raye DIDN’T SEE the obvious schitzophrenic nature of the playcalling, and how there was no flow or continuity in 2/3s of the drives they went on. The Niners led the league BY FAR in 3 and outs. Smith faced too many 3rd and longs, and was subsequently flushed from the pocket. Raye’s game plan for this contingency was to send all the WRs deep. NO ONE came back as a safety valve for him to dump the ball off to. So, he most of the time ran out of bounds. Brilliant. Of course, most people blame Smith for this problemm, when in reality, Raye isn’t scheming this out well enough.

    My point from the middle lf last season until this very day is, this team will only go as far as the offense allows them. Whether Raye is Singletary’s puppet, or whatever, doesn’t change the fact that if this offense goes nowhere, we are smack dab in the middle of the 2007 season. If Singlstary does what Nolan did (nothing), then the chips WILL fall. How hard? Unknown. But Smith, Raye, and Singletary could all be on the outs if this season goes bad.

    This team doesn’t have any stability at any important position. The only thing keeping this team together is Singlatary’s vision. Good or bad, he’s the ONLY guy in the organization that has any kind of overarching plan for the team. This could all work out, and the team rolls into the payoffs. Bud if the shit hits the fan, what then? Smith won’t be resigned, based on the contingency that it will be the offense that somehow lets the team down. Raye? Gone. Will Singletary pull the trigger on Raye? Baalke? Who’;s fucking job IS it to oversee this? Paraage?

    After all this, there’s still no real structure to this team that is even remotely like any other team in the NFL. My feling is it would HAVE to be Jed to make the call to can Raye. There’s no one else in power to DO it.

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Leave it to Chuck to post something semi-serious and relevant after Reno was just getting us starting on what most assuredly would have been a never-ending string of Elvis jokes. Party pooper.

    Q: What was Elvis’s last great hit?
    A: The bathroom floor!

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m in accord of this and every other blog being a “Lockout Free Zone.” But, since you broached the subject…Jeff Pash was on Mike and Mike this morning in response to what DeMaurice Smith had to say Wednesday. It wasn’t half-bad for labor talk, If that’s humanly possibly.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus Christ, sorry about the grammatical boo-boos. “getting us starting,” “humanly possibly.?” I should lock myself out.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Adverb challenged there, Dennis?

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m post this?

    Gee, I guess I whould reread my stuff as well . . .

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I just don’t see what’s confusing about the team’s hierarchy. Singletary hired Raye and would be the one to fire or retain him. York hired Singletary and would be the one to retain or fire him. That’s pretty SOP throughout the league.
    I think it is arguable whether the offensive ineptitude last year was a fault of Raye, or player execution, or overall conservative strategy that took into account the players didn’t know the playbook well enough to be trusted with complex game plans. I personally don’t know and don’t think any fan can know for sure.
    As for all the “what happens if we stink” scenarios, isn’t it kind of obvious that a massive failure by the offense to improve would signal a need for changes? If Brady threw 50 INTs, wouldn’t someone consider benching him? Of course. What those changes would be for the Niners would depend on what the failures were. But the chances of the offense being worse are pretty slim and none, don’t you think? I mean, do you really think Raye will slit his own throat by calling plays that don’t work game after game? His play calling in the Red Zone was in the top echelon of the league. The man is not stupid. Why go ape over a situation that has little possibility of happening?

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Dennis! Did you ever hire that guy to tell you when to add verbs?

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skkebs, the only reason I say this shit is because Raye himself has said things like he didn’t see problems with how they did things last year.

    On the outside, all I saw was a lot of 3 and outs, a lot of 3rd and longs, no offensive flow or continuity, and bad game plans. The only time the team moved the ball effectively was when the team was 21 points down. Raye apparently doesn’t see things this way based on his conversations with Alex Smith a little while ago.

    THAT worries me.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca gets a lot of pressure from others for trying to be positive. His response is to say if this happens then that will happen. They got to him, just like the lefty press. This is what happens when one spends too much time with the negativos.
    I think we’ll have a good season which will end up in the play-offs. I have no time to talk to V, zero, or any other negativo to tell me why I am wrong. If I am wrong, so be it, I can’t worry about that. Life is too short to worry about losing. I focus on winning and when I fall I get up and do it again. One of the lessons from the nutcracker. I especially can’t worry about about millionaire players and billionaire owners. I’ll watch and want to be entertained and this year, for the first time in a long time, I expect to win. Talking with the blog commenters the last few years has taught me something I already knew but forgot, there are a lot of losers in this world.
    unca, you are turning into the people you are debating. Don’t be like V. Be positive and be happier, and never mind the bullocks.
    And never mind Skeebers directive, you need to poop. No need to be like Elvis too!

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If they can’t GET to the red zone, BFD. If you get there once and score once, you have 100% red zone efficiency. But you lost 28-7.

    Fuck that.

    The last Seattle game was horribly managed. The play calling lost that game. The last drive, the Niners should have been killing time. Instead, after a 7 yard gain on 1st down from their own 18, with 52 seconds left they throw 2 20+ yard passes. They burned 8 seconds, punted the ball, couldn’t pin the returner, and Hasslebeck drove them down for the game winning FG.

    All of a sudden getting aggressive on your own 18 is ludicrous. Drag a TE behind the LBs? Sure. A safe 10 yard pass? Sure. But both routes were deep outs. Fucking brainless calls that pretty much lost the season.

    The Minnesota game was the opposite. There was much more time left, and the Niners chose to try and run the clock out. They did force Minn to burn TOs. But they couldn’t run for the 1st down, and gave up the ball with too much time.

    Both of these instances point to bad play calling. Both of theese instances, the defenses we faced KNEW what the Niners were going to do. Both times the Niners played right into it.

    Much like trying to run against 9 man fronts ad nauseum.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, YOU coined the SCO Reno.

    If it comes to pass . . .

  14. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not my wont to play the “what if” game, but I’ll say this. IF our offense fails to improve this year and causes us to miss the playoffs. Regardless of who is chief to blame, the first head to roll will be that of Alexander Douglas Smith. That of which I am certain. As we like to say on another blog, “Book it!”

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I agree 100% with your 10:15 comment. The thing is we started the Jax game with a spread formation game plan and had a 20 point lead at half. Sing, Smith and Raye have made comments this off-season to make me believe we will be more like that this year. I am very hopeful of this, We shall see. I sure am not going to waste my time on the Gate trying to convince losers that a positive attitude just makes one happier. I’ve spent too much time trying that over there already.
    One thing that I also found out last year is some that I thought knew what they were talking about know very little. Like when you an I would talk about spreading the formation and some would say something like, “We ran shot gun in the first half”. What? Huh? Some people just don’t get it. It is hard to debate incorrect info, you know, those that make up what they want to win a debate, like Obama.

  16. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, I think it should have been “chiefly to blame.”
    “Sorry about that Chief.”

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- The SCO is a point of how we ran our offense much of last year. The problem was we showed we can open it up and be very efficient, but what do we do, we run more SCO and are losing 3-0 at half against the worst team in the league, the Rams. You are right. I was analyzing the present. I think it will be different this year.
    All of this positive BS I’m throwing down goes out the window if we run the SCO this year as a base, but I can’t let it occupy me for now, it is summer and I am getting anguished by the Giants instead. LOL! For now, my 49ers are tied for 1st place!

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- I have no doubt they will blame Smith, even if the problem is the SCO. Some things in life are certain.
    The best example is the Rams game. SCO in the first half = losing 3-0. Spread formations in the 2nd half = 28-6 win. Smith was a bum in the first half, he was excellent in the 2nd. How many fans do you think noticed the difference in formations? Based on my debates last December, not many. All they were saying is why did it take him a whole half to get going. Duh!

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    But for now, I am hopeful we will go SCO as base. I’m fairly sure of that. I can only hope for now, we will see soon enough.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, that should read, ‘not’ go SCO as base.

  21. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we’re all having a little trouble with the English language today. Did you know?

    “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
    Alyssa Milano just tweeted that, so it must be true. She wouldn’t lie to me, would she? Yes, I’m following Alyssa Milano on Twitter. Don’t ask.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- If you get any naked pictures of her, e-mail them to me!

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, I had a little heart attack there Reno.

    Not indeed.

    I really think that they HAVE to open things up, but when Raye said he didn’t see a problem with the progression of the offense last year, I was alarmed, to say the least.

  24. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Might have already seen this, but this question was asked to Maiocco in regards to opening up our offense this year.
    Q: With a competent offensive line, Smith in year two of the offense and Crabtree with training camp under his belt, do you see Raye getting a lot more inventive with the play-calling? (Steve Busichio)
    My response: The 49ers’ offense will not suddenly turn into the second coming of Boise State. Jimmy Raye is not going to be dialing up plays like he’s working a video game. But, yes, I would expect there to be more variety because Raye should feel comfortable putting more on Alex Smith’s plate. Generally, I’d expect a meat-and-potatoes style of offense, but the offense should be a little more flavorful than a year ago when Raye had only enough confidence in the offense to stick with a mostly bland approach.

  25. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    So I guess we’re meat-and-potatoes this yr. with a parsley garnish. Yippee!

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It had better be filet mignon and au grautin potatoes, rather than cube steak and french fries . . .

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would expect similar play calling with more spread out formations, and that would make me happy.
    Spreading the formations has nothing to do with run/pass percentages. A team can be a running team with 3 wide outs. And spreading the formations has nothing to do with what percentage the QB is under center or in shot gun.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of parsley! What is the difference between pussy and parsley?
    No one eats the parsley!

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Reno, you’ve touched on the biggest dilemma of NoFear’s life. He can’t differentiate between spread formations and shotgun formations. The spread doesn’t have to be run from the gun, and the bunched formations aren’t always run from behind center.

    He still doesn’t get it.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- It was something I did not expect when I could not get through to NoFear on this subject. I always considered, and still consider him, one of the smarter posters.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the games late in the year, when these guys opened things up in the passing game, they RAN better. Gore had to get used to being a single back, but he figured it out well enough.

    They HAVE to show different looks this season.

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