Man on the Street

The 49ers are back at OTAs this week. Not that anyone really cares, but, there it is. In depth reporting at its finest.

While strolling down the boulevard last week, a guy noticed my 49ers cap and immediately came over to get in my face and ask me how I thought the team would do this year.

Normally, I don’t appreciate strangers impeding my progress and usually just stab them in the guts and mosey on my way. But this guy looked like George Foreman, minus two hundred pounds, with the same blank happy-idiot face聽Foreman has come to be known for, so I allowed the transgression.

I said I didn’t know how they would do. That’s all he needed to monologue off on a rant about the secondary and how they just never get any decent corners and would never succeed until they did. It was a lot more long winded dissertation than I’m relating here, but you get the point.

When the average non-blogging fan is able to clearly discern a situation, it’s not only a problem, but a long running problem. Most fans are either happy, happy or disinterested. But neither of these types tend to have specific issues or detailed criticism.

The secondary only received a couple of bandaids again this year, and is essentially the same group that produced the worst turnover record in NFL history last season. This year, the coaches are attempting to remedy the failure not by getting better players, but by adopting a schematic change.

According to Maiocco: “The 49ers have made major schematic changes at every level of their defense this season in hopes of generating more takeaways. The biggest change is at safety, where the spots are now interchangeable.”

They’ve also switched to a Wide 9聽alignment along the defensive line. Not sure where the name comes from, but it essentially means the DEs will play wider than last year.

I doubt if my guy on the street will be appeased. And it’s聽 entirely possible none of us will, either.

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30 comments on “Man on the Street
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners move Moore back to play Safety which is probably a better fit and is a position of need because of Ward’s injury.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Count me in regarding need to get younger in the Secondary.
    Lynch whiffed IMO.
    Wide 9 puts pressure on the LBs.
    Not impressed with the current corps.
    See what happens…

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Patience grasshopper.

    There is a cover up going on. Kwon to cover up Reuben Foster mistake. Dee Ford to cover up Solomon Thomas’s lack of pass rush.

    Lynch’s incompetence put us in a box. We bought our way out of it. Dee Ford especially painful, FA bloated contract and loss of 2020 2nd. That pain has to be long term. No way around it.

    FO wanted to win this year and threw in the kitchen sink. Deal with it. All because we may now have a playoff team.

    Miracle needed with TMoore and Colbert fixing the FS and Witherspoon at CB2. Hold on to your ankles boys. Something is coming this fall.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The GM’s job is to constantly do what he deems necessary to improve the team. Lynch is doing his job.

    There is a coverup but it’s happening in DC.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Bosa, Buckner and Ford combine for 30 plus sacks the critic here will develop amnesia and sing their praises.

    Let these guys play some meaningful games before you put them down. I prefer to see the glass half full and am looking forward to a potent pass rush.

    You can choose to be Debbie Downer and we’ll revisit you comments in November.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    You misinterpreted. Am very positive. It came at a price, to make up for the two first rd wastes in his first draft. Thomas now can elevate his play by default with the other 3 betters on the DL.

    Your viewpoint on DC is 180掳 from reality, as usual.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    DC isn’t of interest here, guys.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “FO wanted to win this year and threw in the kitchen sink. Deal with it. All because we may now have a playoff team.”

    I would think any FO would have as a goal a minimum that they have a winning season. To go from a 4 win season to the playoffs is quite an accomplishment. That should be the goal of the FO every season. The Niners still have cap room and they still have their first pick for 2020.

    It doesn’t matter how many draft picks you have accumulated. It’s what you do with those picks. Look at the Las Vega$ Raiduhs. They have plenty of picks because they foolishly had elite players and dealt them away.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    If Solly flops this year then yeah he’s pretty much a bust. Pretty sure Lynch knows more about football than anyone here. If he flops this year then there is a real good chance he won’t make his 6th year. NJ, I can see the frustration in your posts but to go after Lynch like you do I don’t understand. He seems like a pretty good GM to me. No GM is batting a 1.000 and most don’t hit the .500 mark. To put that in perspective I believe Baalky was at about the .210 mark.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke lived around the Mendoza Line. Maybe we should rename it the Baalke-ACL Line.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners needed a Franchise QB. Lynch brings in Jimmy G.
    Niners jettison Hyde and end up with Coleman, Mackinnon and Breida, another upgrade.
    Niners needed a pass rush so Lynch signs Dee Ford and drafts Bosa. All of a sudden their Dline could be the best line in the division.
    Receiving Corps totally revamped with drafting of Samuel, Heard and Pettis last year and TE Kaden Smith. Another improvement.
    Kwon Alexander fills the void left by Foster’s departure.

    Lynch is not staying on what he has but totally gutted this team for the better.

    I see good things happening in the upcoming season and if you’re going to knock what’s been done, have some solid backup to what you’re saying.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Remember the D of IND with Peyton Manning. Opposing teams mostly played coming from behind, all game. Both IND DE’s just pinned their ears back.

    We have Ford and Bosa. Can our QB do a Peyton. Mathews, Kittle, and Toilolo in the red zone for TD’s. No more settling for 3.

    The O needs to be electric. Horizontal WCO spreads the field, allowing playmakers in space. YAC from RB by committe, Kittle, and WR will be there.

    This current roster can excel if we play in the lead.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke’s mediocrity best left in the rear view mirror. So many blown picks.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder frustration is the mild side for me.
    I’m a Draft-nik at heart.
    I simply see things a bit more deeply regarding Draft depth.
    I see/saw deeper value in the Secondary.
    They (Shanny/Lynch) went Receiver.
    See where it goes but…Yes,I disagreed.
    They don’t pay me.
    I’m a fan nonetheless… 馃榾

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed with Baalke at the time with Ward. He has shown great skills but…he’s not durable.
    Bad decision IMO to extend him.
    All hindsight now.
    I would have gone DB over WR.
    See what happens…

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    GB stole my guy Savage.
    May have overpaid…we’ll see.
    Happy to have Deebo however. I see him as John Taylor 2.0.
    If Pettis is legit, we’ll be fine.
    Hurd was a reach IMO.
    Happy to be proven wrong in the end.
    Time will tell…

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We needed a 2 year draft strategy for a playoff caliber roster. Picks 2 and 3 both WR. IOL and secondary upgrades coming in 2020 draft?

    Lynch wanted to go for the gusto now. Can scheme keep IDL from hurting Jimmy. Can better pass rush extend the slow and slowing Dickhead. Can FS and CB2 get solved from the sophomore slumpers and TMoore flip.

    If not that 2020 draft can’t come soon enough.

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- We will know pretty soon about our neglect with DB’s in this draft. It probably will come back to bite us some. I actually was glad to grab the two WR’s when we did but I always have like drafting offense. I think we should have done more with the OL also either in FA or the draft. On paper it looks like an explosive offense but we shall see about that too.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    See your point Winder.
    Hurd, to me me, wasn’t on the radar.
    He’s a project IMO.
    Then again…what do I know?
    Would have preferred a FS/CB there.
    Could/would be happy to be wrong.
    Again, what do I know?
    I simply saw it differently.
    Not down on Lynch so much, simply questioning the dynamics between he and Shanny, and/or Paraag.
    I’m not a fan of Paraag and Jed.
    Surprised? 馃榾
    York Opposition Party. Guilty.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Hurd becomes the next Joe?
    3rd RD steal?
    Hope so…
    Simply don’t see it right now.

  21. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I don’t know about Hurd either. Most of the stuff I’ve read makes him out to be the best thing since sliced bread. Then I read stuff where there not sure his game will crossover in the NFL very easy. But I gotta say the Potential is there. We need a little luck this year the ball has to bounce our was at least a few times. Otherwise I just might start believing in that Indian curse.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hurd is an unknown factor but if he has half the career that TO had as an unheralded 3rd round (89th pick) than he’s a decent pick.

    Shanahan’s offense is looking to cause mismatches. Opposing LBs will have a hard time covering the Niner backs.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Another quality article by Madrid, this time on Deebo.

    Can he replicate this against NFL DB’s. Got a long look at Senior Bowl and Shanahan took him based on film, Senior Bowl, and 39″ vertical showing burst.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    New receivers coach Wes Welker is not your buttoned down conventional coach

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is Madrid on the other WR. Long article but is 6’5″ 226 lbs.

    Our WR group just got big, and versatile.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers announce the players schedule to appear tonight at the state of the franchise event in San Jose:”

    DL DeForest Buckner
    DL Dee Ford
    QB Jimmy Garoppolo
    TE George Kittle
    T Mike McGlinchey
    T Joe Staley
    CB Richard Sherman
    LB Fred Warner

    Which name does not belong on this list?

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. Haters gonna hate.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Add 2 more years for Joe….

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedule
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 10
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05 路 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 路 10:00 AM @ CIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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