Mild, Mild West

Thanks in large part to the resurgent 49ers, the NFC West lost its distinction last year as the worst Division in the NFL. Thanks in large part to the catastrophic collapse of the Colts, the AFC South assumed that dunce cap.

Arizona and the Seahawks both finished the season strong behind tough defenses, and look poised to make 2012 a three way dog fight. But are they for real? As we learned in the Mike Nolan years, teams that are eliminated by the Bye Week, then play like a riser to close the season, don’t always translate that promise to the following year.

Jeff Fisher played his cards right and made a lot of money this offseason, in a year with no big name coaching candidates lurking over the landscape. Smart guy. But he’s a second tier coach who once again will be working for a second tier, midwest franchise. He’ll make the Rams respectable again, and tough, which will certainly play well in St. Louis for a few years. But he’s not going to build a Super Bowl caliber team.

Ken Whisenhunt looks overmatched in the NFC West. He squeezed out a couple of titles when the division was ultra-putrid, thanks almost entirely to Kurt Warner. Whisenhunt was such a poor judge of QB talent, that only Matt Leinhart’s ineptitude and injuries pushed Warner into the starter’s role, which allowed Whiz to bask in the afterglow for two years, before crashing to earth the past two seasons. Last year, he resurrected his Leinhart folly by squandering millions on Kevin Kolb, who was completely useless in 2011. Now he’s one Larry Fitzgerald hamstring injury away from bottom feeder. He won’t be able to keep up in the West.

Pete Carroll’s a charmer, but he’s lost four straight games to Jim Harbaugh, produced two straight 7-9 seasons, and doesn’t have a QB. He thought Charlie Whitehurst was a good QB and graciously gave a third round pick to San Diego for him, even though the Chargers had no room on their roster and were likely to cut him. Carroll also did not recruit Robert Griffin III out of high school. Not because he didn’t like him, but because he didn’t even know about him. Harbaugh recruited him, though. But RGIII didn’t want to share time with Andrew Luck and went elsewhere. People scoffed at Carroll’s “I had no idea” alibi when the NCAA sent in the black suits at USC, but maybe he was telling the truth. Maybe Carroll is just better at the microphone than on the field.

It’s hard to envision any of these three coaches hanging in there against Harbaugh. Bill Belichick has owned the NFC East for ten years, Bill Walsh owned the NFC West for ten years, and Jim Harbaugh is going to own the NFC West for the next ten years, too.

Still, 2012 will not be the cakewalk 2011 was. The schedule makers could have a big say in things. They handed the Rams such a brutal opening stretch last year that the team favored to win the West completely imploded by the Bye Week. Good, solid teams don’t get derailed by tough schedules, but marginally good teams do. The only non-marginal team in the West is the 49ers.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I expect to win the West this year. I am concerned that we had so many players in contract years last year. By the time we get to the draft we’ll have a good idea of what our team will look like. Every new event allows us experts on the blog to share our expert opinions. I have fun with it or I wouldn’t be here. It seems I’m not the only one having some fun around here! We need to get NoFear to smile 🙂

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear is not good to go on the smile thing. 🙁

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hew’s good to go on critiquing all of us experts. Or as he likes to say, “ex spurts”.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Since “hew” is a word spell check let it go. That should have been “he”. Since he likes to chop up our comments maybe we can give NoFear the first name of Hew. Hew NoFear. It fits! Hew’s reading this and already planning how to cut me up! This should be good.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yew mite bee on two something hear.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We should get a classic line out of this, something on par with “tornado of bullshit”!

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You could have used “awn” for “on”. An awn is often flexuous, as it usually sinouos.
    How about “sum ting”?

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    As I was telling Berger yesterday, RG III should be hated by all Niner fans. Why? Because he’s going to make the Rams a much better team next year. Whichever team trades up to get the Rams #2 overall pick to draft RG III will be giving up a kings ransom to St. Louis. Not only will they still be able to draft Blackmon, but they’ll get an extra 1st, 2nd and possibly even an extra 3rd rd pick.
    The Rams are going to be loaded with high-end selections next year. And it’s all the fault of RG III. I hope his first NFL play results with him getting punched in the goddamn throat.

  9. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    This from last night cracks me up…

    “Unca: You are wrong, Spit. They aren’t building the team, they are trying to get #1 WR. Mr 60 Minutes (Mike Wallace) would do well here. Drafting WRs in the first 2 rounds is ludicrous. But you know that. Your problem is you throw so much shit around, no one really knows what the furk yer talking about.”
    I’m wrong? Amazing Chuck knows the future. Mike Wallace makes Chuck feel good, but if Chuck ran the numbers he’d see a big, expensive free agent isn’t affordable, and doesn’t make sense. Alex Smith can’t hit Mike Wallace deep, or make Wallace worth it in SF. Big Ben can escape the pocket and throw deep ON THE RUN. That’s how Wallace thrives. You telling me that if we pay Wallace 5 million a year Alex Smith is going to maximize Wallace’s talents? That’s right up there with Berger saying the oil companies are going broke. The 49ers will draft two receivers (because it’s a hell of a lot cheaper), and they’ll bring in another scrub like Braylon for a million for one year and make him earn a longer contract.

  10. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Del- The nightmare scenario for us would be the Rams trading the second pick to the Redskins for two or even three more high draft choices then still getting Justin Blackmon.
    I honestly just can’t figure out why Spags dumped Avery and Robinson. Stupid.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There you go being yourself again. I know you can’t help it. I never said the oil companies are going broke. Show the quote. What I said is many refineries are losing money. Quite a difference. Oil companies are making money through the roof. Looks like you want to start talking politics again. You’ll be talking to yourself. Please try not to lie so much.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Enough with the politics, guys. We’re in the middle of football ex purting now.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    So much for your theory of drafting 2 wrs in first 2 rounds. Why bother because you have such a low opinion of the QB?
    You are contradicting yourself here.
    Mike Wallace at $5 mil/yr is a pipe dream. He’ll cost $8/9 year or Steelers will match.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I had 2 sleeper picks I have yet to comment on.
    One was Bruce Irvin DE/LB out of W Virginia. 6-2 245 lbs would’ve been a good replacement for Brooks on rds 3 or 4. He just ran a 4.41 which is eye popping and moved up to at least the 2nd rd and is no longer a secret.
    Maybe one of these three can replace him. Jonathan Massaquio
    DE/LB from Troy or Ronnel or Travis Lewis from Oklahoma. They are worth checking out.

  15. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Paying a receiver even five million with Alex Smith is like investing 20 million in a Candlestick face lift. Why bother?

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My other sleeper is a corner from Virginia, Chase Minnifield.
    His dad was a corner for the Cleveland Browns.
    here is his highlight video

    Look for him 2nd rd BPA

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Whos are the Niners looking at to be their QB
    Peyton Manning? NOPE. Matt Flynn? NOPE
    Alex Smith? A BIG YES

    In Alex we trust. The truth makes you squirm like a worm because of the inevitable.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Hardly major sleepers. I’ve been on Irvin and Minnifield as 2nd and 3rd round picks already. When I asked NJ about Irvin he didn’t care too much for him. With a 4.41 I’m going to do more research on him. Those look to be good calls by you!

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Minnifield is similar to Ras Dowling last year coming out of the same school Virginia.
    The draft gurus like Mayock, Mcshay and Kiper all have their top five at each position and don’t mention Minnifield or Gilmore.
    If a player is nor mentioned by these guys I consider them sleepers.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you may just get to watch the 500 yet. It’s been pushed back to a 4 PM start because of more rain.
    OK. I have to be honest. I’m currently watching 330 lb DL run the 40. That’s only because I’m out of Scotts Miracle-Gro and Sherwin-Williams Eggshell White.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    But I just lost a shitload of respect for Mike Mayock. He honestly didn’t know if the Oscars were given out to movies or TV. I think he watches too much tape. He needs to go see a film or two.

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Spit, here it is in Emglish. I know you struggle with your comprehension. If the Niners go after a FA WR, it doesn’t mean they are rebuilding the team through free agency. They are going after a need. A big need. You seem to merely take the opposing stance in any argument, and half-assedly support that stance with marginal bullshit. Bully. Look at Dwayne Bowe. Look at who was throwing him the ball. If you don’t think the Niners are seriously looking at the plethora of FA WRs, then you are trolling for responses. Like your harping on Alex Smith, it’s pointless and stupid. Like the team is going after Matt Flynn. Right. Like you said yesterday, they were one play from winning the NFC, and likely a Super Bowl championship. This somehow was to support not going after a WR. Huh? Did Ginn’s numbers impress you that much? or his Roberto Duran hands? No. The fact remains, it was pretty damn impressive that they made the run they did with basically VD and a cast of also-rans.
    Yeah, I liked Ras-I last year. He had a solid year, right? He was coming off a dinged-up senior year, but he looked like the real deal the rest of his college days. I need to read up on the DBs coming out . . .

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams will trade out of the 2 spot rather than draft RG-III, Dennis. They need a ton of help. Another QB won’t help much.
    Their biggest problems last year were the schedule and their injuries. They couldn’t rally like AZ and Seattle did, but in the end in meant nothing for all of them. I don’t see the Rams being nearly as bad as they were last year, but I also think the Hawks and Cards are still basically .500 teams at this point. AZ is the best team of the 3 though. We’ll see if they can come out and play, rather than flounder like they did last year.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, huh? Where or when did I ever say the Rams would draft RG III? It’s always been my contention that they will trade that pick and get a shitload in return. Thus making them a better team. That’s why RG III can go F himself. That asshole is screwing us.

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As I was telling Berger yesterday, RG III should be hated by all Niner fans. Why? Because he’s going to make the Rams a much better team next year.
    End quote.
    I guess I skipped the rest of yer post.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I was on to Minnifield last year because I was following Ras I-Dowling. Or however you spell his name. I was on Irvin a few months ago because a mock draft had us taking him in rd 1.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m onto “Who?” That guy worked out great for us last year.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    A mook draft?
    Dennis was the #1 pick, right?

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Should I use on to or onto? What’s the difference?

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I used it incorrectly. “Onto” is getting up on something, “on to” is moving toward something.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Holy moly! Juan Pablo Montoya just ran into a jet dryer and it blew up. I hope it didn’t burn a divot in the track.

  32. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NoFear – Freedom IS actually free. The war mongers sell war through videos like this… because it’s lucrative.

  33. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca – you wrote, “Here it is in Emglish.” I figured that was about as funny as you’d get so I stopped reading right there.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Irvin from WVU was a late bloomer and rather thin.
    He’s not a DE at the Pro Level as he was used in College.
    I considered him a tweener and he certainly looked athletic enough to play OLB.
    I was very impressed with Andre Branch and Nick Perry after watching drills today.
    Either guy would look good replacing Ahmad on the edge IMO.  
    In the 3-4, I’m shopping for the Pittsburgh Steeler type OLB.
    Give me a guy like Perry that can move 260+ lbs like an ILB.
    We’ll get an OLB somewhere along the way in April.
    Cam Johnson and Olivier Vernon still in the mix too.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d put Bruce Irvin in the mix with Vinny Curry, good edge guys that might compliment Aldon on passing downs.
    Massaquoi certainly would fit there too.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not the guy to talk about Irvin. I asked you about him when I saw a mock draft having us take him in rd 1. You would know more than me but that 40 time was an eye opener.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, for those of you paying attention to the Combine times.
    WTF is going on with the 40 times?
    Seems every run is skewed someway somehow doesn’t it?
    Kuechly goes 4.5 to almost 4.8 in back to back runs? Then gets a 3rd attempt to square it up?
    How can you buy all the numbers they’re selling as accurate?
    Guess that’s why they have Pro Days.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I enjoyed the video. I’ve seen it before.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bruce brings it Berger, very fast off the edge. My concerns with him are standing up to the running game and getting swallowed at the point of attack. He’s too thinly built.
    But he could help at the OLB position I’d say.
    Definite Mid Rd guy to me.
    No way he’s a 1.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- That is what I was asking a day or two ago. The 40 times from this year and last year seem collectively very slow.

  41. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Freedom has the word “free” right in it. What about people living in small, rural countries? Who’s taking over them? Who’s enslaving them? They’re free as it gets, pay zero taxes and probably live better lives as long as they stay away from the cities infested with disease. But if an epidemic breaks out, don’t worry – the American tax payer will pay for aid. Our deficit means nothing. Our credit rating means nothing. The American standard of living can once again be sacrificed for other people. They’ll be taken care of. “Freedom isn’t free,” is just military propaganda trying to justify 3 wars at a time when America can’t afford to buy Top Ramen.
    Yeah – I’m sure Iran is going to go nuclear terrorist on us. Whatever. Did we not learn anything from Weapons of Mass Destruction? I heard the bridge over the Da -Nile is for sale, half off ’til Thursday. I’ll make you a deal.

  42. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, my first joke that didn’t go over your head.
    Progress, skippy.

  43. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, it’s that long fake grass at Indy that’s slowing everyone down.

  44. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The only reason it was funny was because I pictured you hopped-up on goof balls, making the mistake accidentally. Now that I know it was on purpose, it was a stinker.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s what I’m saying.
    The times are off by so much it’s laughable.
    All the technology to simulcam etc and they go from televised times to official times that change things sometimes up or down at times by a full second?
    Ridiculous and unfair to these kids.
    But in the end, the Teams get the real numbers I guess.
    We just play along.

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m very proud and very thankful to be an American. And you can add a shitload of luck as well. When people ask me “what am I?,” I never respond with a “white,” a “Catholic,” a “republican,” or anything else for that matter. I proudly tell them that I’m a goddamn American.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!
    Matt Kenseth just won the Daytona 500. Junior finished 2nd. Let me go grab a Kleenex.

  48. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What branch did Toby serve in? Oh, that’s right. Speaking of San Francisco, at least Hendrix served. More than can be said by Toby.

  49. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not trolling. I think America is a war mongering country that is going to get what it has coming to it. I love to read about war. You know how many Iraqis Hussein killed? Over a 100,000 Kurds. You know how many Iraqis died after Paul Bremer disbanded the Iraqi police and declared martial law? 400,000 Iraqis dead. Read the book “The Black Hearts.” Written by a former soldier, it tells of mass genocide while the Americans turned the other way and the American media didn’t tell America what was really going on – while Cheney and Rumsfield censored the media. Shunni and Shia waged war on each other in the streets of Iraq for two years. At the end, the death toll in Iraq was over 400,000 people – 4 times the pain that Hussein brought to his people. Who’s the murderer? America or Hussein? Freedom is free if you lead a peaceful life. If you’re a war monger, freedom isn’t free – and you need people circulating youtube propaganda so the machine can rage on. Now America is selling American people Iran is a growing problem. Give me a break. And Republicans attack Ron Paul because of his foreign policy? Ron Paul’s foreign policy is the only sane option out there.

  50. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and one other thing…. those people who say, “I’m proud to be an American,” never actually leave America to go on vacation outside the states. Leave the states for a month and go in any direction – talk to the natives. They’ll tell you America is a war mongering country that meddles in everyone else’s business. I’ve seen the dis-taste the rest of the world has for America first hand. It’s not pretty, and it’s only getting worse. Leave the states on vacation and tell me you’re proud to be an American. I can’t say that I am. Inside America, it’s fashionable. Outside America, we’re a disgrace.

  51. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear – I can list a million Iraqi war books. Go read Joker One – written by a Harvard grad, and infantry squad leader. He outlines picking up ten and twenty dead Iraqis bodies on the streets on a daily basis – bodies Americans did not kill. Go read The Only Think Worth Dying For – which is about Afghanistan and the rise of Karzai. Go read the Krakauer book on Pat Tillman. That book won’t make you proud. Jessica Lynch? Pat Tillman? Talk about your Rumsfeld propaganda. Tillman resented it. But the book, The Black Hearts, is the best one out of all of them. It’s the most telling regarding the occupation of Iraqi after the invasion. I thought it was written by a soldier, but you’re right – it wasn’t. But it’s still the best read out their (in my opinion) regarding the war. Discredit whomever you want. But read all those books and tell me Iraq was a “just” war.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- With Americans like you, who needs enemies?

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Come on now, that’s another Limbaugh/Beck talking point to question one’s patriotism.
    The truth is we are also bleeding money with the PMCs that are contracted such as Blackwater
    who in the old days we called mercenaries. Their cost is billions hidden not in the DOD’s budget but Homeland Security and Dept of Energy.
    Ssespite all his faults I do not question his loyalty and patriotism. It is a narrow minded world if you start labelling people that disagree with you unAmerican. At least take off your Lincoln stove pipe hat when you say that.
    Let’s just get back to football.
    Gilmore ran a 4.44 just now.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I’m proud to be an American, he is not. Are you? He said outside of America we are a disgrace. That depends who you talk to. He obviously talks to the anti-American crowd and agrees with them. I would allow their opinion but I wouldn’t agree with them. You sound like you just watched another episode of The Ed Show. You are an Ed Show sound bite machine.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    PFT is syaing the cap could be lower than expected.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I really can’t handle another day of politics. Any political posts after this one will be deleted.

  57. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Bergs. If you guys want to keep chewing the political rag, do it on the previous thread. Thanks.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This time period is just waiting for a chain reaction. When teams start franchising players that will determine who’s in play in free agency. As previously stated tampering is rampant as Manningham all but announced he’s going to Tampoa Bay and how does Romeo Crennel get away with saying he’d love to have Peyton when Peyton still belongs to the Colts.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have this dream scenario that’s old school 49ers. There might be a team that really likes a player
    on the board at 30 and don’t think he’ll be there when they pick 5 or 6 picks back. We trade our #1 the 30th pick for their #2
    which is a pick below 40 and also their 3rd rounder pick. That way we end up with 2 scond round picks and 2 3rd rounders.
    The dream would be to end up with Fleener, Gilmore, Irvin and Coale.
    The other scenario is that #1 pick goes to Steelers and we have Mike Wallace in his prome for the next 5 years.

  60. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It’s interesting to me that a month before the draft is when the free agency period starts. It’s almost like the start of free agency is for suckers unless you’re working on your own players.
    The best formula is re-sign your own, draft well, then look for free agent bargains after the draft.
    I hate the idea of best player available – always have. I think you draft for need always, and if you’re smart, you draft to gain leverage over your stars by creating some kind of depth behind them. Sure, the 49ers could always use or “need,” another pass rusher. Aldon Smith alongside the next Jason Pierre-Paul found in the draft would be awesome to watch. But the 49ers’ offense is so far behind its defense in regards to holding up its end of the bargain, I don’t see the 49ers drafting any front seven players on defense this year – or any offensive linemen for that matter.
    Regardless if we’re proud Americans or communists, we can all agree on one thing – if the 49ers do go out and get a bunch of skill position players this off season in the draft, it’s gonna be fun to watch for the next several years. Wide receivers, cornerbacks, tight ends, safeties and running backs. That’s a fun draft.

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    LaCanfora says the 49ers are deep in talks with LB Ahmad Brooks. Deal expected soon in range of 5 years/$35M.

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Good for Brooks. There goes Alex’s 3 yr/$30M deal out the window.
    Spit’s 1 yr $4M deal is looking better now.

  63. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Dennis. Goldson’s the one that gets tagged on this deal.

  64. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or even Rogers.

  65. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Rogers is gone. Alex gets a one year deal.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In case you missed it Kawakami has
    a very revealing interview with Carmen Policy

    Kawakami also interviewed new Prez Gideon Yu and the Niner future looks bright in all facets
    compared to little over a year ago
    when Singletary was let go and the team was going in reverse

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And just like that, Brooks has signed a six year extension. No money mentioned yet.

  68. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Max value of $44.5 mil.

  69. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting that Brooks got signed first. I thought he would be the hardest to re-sign. Six or 7 million is about right. Good for Brooks. Now get me Goldson, Snyder and Ginn and I’m happy….oh, and ABAS. That guy rocks. Great team guy, too.
    Also, I love that Sanu ran a slow time. I doubt he falls to us in the second, but I’d still draft the guy. Separation isn’t just created through speed. It’s created by turning your head at appropriate times, quick hips turns, selling fakes, leaping ability and great hands. Sanu has all the above.

  70. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    $17.5 mil guaranteed.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The usual BS from Spitworld.
    I’ll deflate the hook from the troll and reveal ABAS stands for anybody but Alex Smith.
    How’s Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn coming to the Niners working? Not happening. Go have some gar with your brother.
    He’s got a squirrel for you too.
    Oh never mind he’s just happy to see you.

  72. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    How is the guaranteed money broken down? That’s the issue….

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why would you even draft Sanu in 2nd Rd. His weaknesses analyzed by
    Sanu is virtually non-existent in the deep passing game. He is slow off the line of scrimmage and doesn’t have the speed to get behind NFL corners. He can get lazy in and out of his breaks downfield, and he almost loses interest in competing once the route gets deeper than 7 to 10 yards. He is not an explosive athlete with the ball in his hands and simply gets what he can after the catch.”

    Basically you’re wrong about most anything football so this comes as no suprise. Have another gar ball.

  74. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    6 years, $44.5 million. $17.5 mill guaranteed.
    I’m sure the guaranteed piece is spread out over the life of the contract. 6 years.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks was interviewed
    and said this

    “Why not go on the free agency market?

    “I don’t know. Something was telling me just to sign here. I feel like this is where I should be. These are the people that gave me a chance to go out there and get this contract. From the time I got to the NFL, I felt like I should have been starting and coaches would always be giving me an excuses, like, ‘He doesn’ t know the defense. He can’t learn the defense.’ That’s a lie. That’s always been a lie. We practice the same thing everyday; how can I not remember what I practice every day. I’m happy to get this chance and have a coaching staff that believes in me to go out there and showcase my talents.”

    The Niners are doing things right and this is proof of that.

  76. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, much the same was said about Jerry Rice. His 40 times were flat unimpressive, his route-running was questioned, and he came into the league dropping passes.
    That being said, I wouldn’t waste a #1 on Sanu. or a #2. Sanu has bust written all over him.

  77. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    New England? You don’t march to a different drummer, NoFear. The band is lost in space and you are on a different planet.

  78. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Happy normal? Yer the one living uner a rock, skippy. Your happy normal is raving twit.
    Who’s talking about New England? Oh, that’s right. The internets in general. Your tubes are cracked.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Surprised just a little with Brooks’ deal coming quickly (and reasonably).
    Very manageable contract.
    Love the fact that he sees this Team as a winner too.
    Hoping other FAs, our own included, feel the same way.
    When we sucked, we overpaid.
    Hoping those days are done now.
    Good for Ahmad, good for continuity.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m with you on trading back if the right scenario unfolds.
    Very deep Draft for pieces we need.
    We don’t have to reach for anyone.
    I’d jump on Cox if he slides to 30,(at this moment) but, Fleener could be a nice addition for us too.
    Not sure Fleener would last past NYG however.
    Ladarius would be there later for sure.
    I’d love to have Fleener and Hill if we could.
    Randle in the mix too.
    We need a tall target first and foremost.
    Loved Hills’ speed.
    He will take some time to develop however, came from a gimmicky Offense. Height and speed are what you want.
    He does get down the Field and makes plays so, that’s all that matters.
    Coale will be there late. Might see him in Rd 6.
    With the depth, we can add DL/OLB/DB pieces in the Mid Rds.
    Agree with Albert that the Offense should get the early picks.
    I’d hate to pass on Harrison Smith now too. He lit it up at the Combine today.
    Baalke has his hands full.
    Has to be crafty this year.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    With Brooks signed there’s no urgency to address the DE/OLB
    spot so they might wait till the 3rd day to look at players there.
    Carlos Rogers indicated again on PFT that he wants to be back with the Niners and was happy for Brooks and wants the same.
    I agree Harrison Smith looked good but what Mayock said was he had him graded as a 2nd rounder as he saw all the Notre Dame games so he might have done a Taylor Mays and a workout wonder.
    As for mid round RBs I like Cyrus Gray from Texas A&M. His stats show he’s an all around back catching over 30 balls each year.
    Not sure how long he lasts as his college coach is the OC at Miami.

  82. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    4:40 – that’s funny. Guess even Nazis laugh.
    Wonder who Baalke is working on now? Snyder, Ginn or Goldson? My guess is Goldson.
    Let Rogers and Smith twist in the wind. You tell ’em Hasselhoff.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like our pass rush is set!

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Last night I asked Ian Williams if he thought he would play NT or DE this year. He told me “I play both positions brother”.
    Did you guys know Williams and I are brothers? I just found out last night on twitter!

  85. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking they might go DB with Brooks signed. I wonder if they’ll crack the checkbook for Goldson and Rogers. One of them is going, I’d think. Which puts a need for DBs.
    Claiborne, Jenkins and Dre Kirkpatrick are long gone. A guy like Jamell Fleming could sneak up the board. He ran a 4.43. He’s a solid tackler, and big at 205. 6 picks. He might be there with the Niners 2nd pick.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gilmore at 30 would be a gift too Chuck.
    I’m gonna pass on Janoris. Way too much baggage to take the chance for me.
    I’d try to land a differnce maker at 30 or, like Bullit said, trade back if the op presents itself.
    Poe is long gone now, won’t see him at 30.
    With depth in areas of need we can pull a rabbit out of the hat later I think.
    Grab the BPA at an area of NEED with the 30th.
    Bullit, the OLB position is wide open. I was amazed at the way Perry from USC moved in drills. Freakishly smooth for a big man.
    We’ll do fine waiting on that position for sure.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also don’t think we’ll reach for a DB either.
    More than a few good looking prospects out there.
    Going to enjoy the FA moves in the next few weeks.
    Wallace? Not too sure about him.
    I’m leaning toward Reggie Wayne or Garcon now. Both guys would provide immediate help.
    We’ll likely keep Josh, not too concerned about Ginn.
    He won’t command a ton of money for his receiving skills. He’s a Return Specialist 1st.
    Carlos should see a fair offer and they can always FTag Dashon if necessary.
    Should be interesting.
    Just like that the guys want to be together.
    Great chemistry isn’t paid for, it’s earned.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sando of ESPN says Meacham is the WR that the Niners should target.
    Per Peter King of SI Gracon turned down the $35 mil for 5 years the Colts offered him.
    The franchise tag for WRs is around $9 mil so I think Pierre is getting too greedy. He’s not even a top twenty receiver in the NFL.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’ll be interesting Bullit.
    I was hoping Garcon just wanted to get out of Indy.
    We won’t break any budgets for any FA WR.
    Right guy at the right price.
    Meacham is interesting, not very big though? See what comes.
    We’ll grab a Rookie or 2 in April as well.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Meachem is listed at 6’2″
    Not too shabby.
    Sando could be onto something.

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It would also be nice to weaken the Saints too.
    Do like Meachem for his wheels too.
    He can stretch the coverage for us.

  92. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Meachem couldn’t shine with Drew Brees. So Alex Smith is going to bring the best out in him? Sure…. I can see that. Why not just draft a rookie without the baggage? Not saying Meachem is a headcase, but why not draft a wide receiver for less money who doesn’t have to “unlearn” a system, who doesn’t have preconceived notions about who he is in the NFL. With Meachem, Meachem knows his role and his ceiling. With a drafted receiver you never know. And Meachem could bust just like Edwards, Antonio Bryant, Ashley Lelie and so many other Alex Smith WR free agents. Draft two receivers.

  93. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers are a passing game away from winning the Super Bowl. That’s it. The 49ers can afford to re-sign all their own, and upgrade the passing attack with a few (3) new targets in the draft. Draft two receivers and a tight end, and the 49ers will be right there again regardless if the injury bug hits or the turnover ratio changes dramatically. And the beauty is, no more Alex Smith excuses. Can’t blame the consistency, the wide receivers, the coaches or the offensive line. Can’t wait.
    I love it when a plan comes together. You didn’t know tonight was 80’s TV night?

  94. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Then it’s Crocket and Tubbs to the rescue. Kaep plays Tubbs, Tolzien plays Crocket. And Tolzien already has the feathered hair.

  95. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    When Alex Smith is gone, I’ll jump for joy….

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert I’m sure we will add at least 2 WRs in April.
    Likely add a TE too.
    For FA, a WR at the right price would be fine.
    I don’t advocate busting the budget for anyone, including our own.
    I’m hopeful they can appeal to our own to stick together for the Ring(s) and, play within the alloted Cap.
    It should be fun to see it get worked out.
    Alex won’t command a huge deal.
    I wouldn’t sweat his situation whatsoever.
    Here’s the offer, take it or leave it.
    I don’t see anyone chasing after him. He wants to start, he stays in SF. He’ll get a fair offer.

  97. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If they sign Smith to a three year deal, I’m calling the cops.

  98. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    We need somebody cool to play quarterback.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just remember how Brady got his shot.
    Bledsoe got nailed, injury op for Tom, the rest is history.
    Alex could get a 6yr deal like Ahmad.
    Spread that Cap like mayonnaise…….on a six foot sub.
    Little guaranteed, small bites if he doesn’t complete the term.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Harbaugh wins with Alex just think of the value his backups would command.
    Once the Coach develops the product,(McNabb/Kolb etc), you have Aces up your sleeve for the less fortunate Teams to covet.
    Andrew Luck make Harbaugh or vice versa?

  101. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh will never win a Super Bowl with Alex, and comparing Alex to Brady only hurts your credibility. Mine, however, is beyond rebuke.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not comparing Alex to Brady –
    More about Alex’s Backups.
    1 injury opened it up to Tom.
    Could play that way for the kids waiting in the wings.

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sometimes you’re just full of shit. Hard to understand why you value Ted Ginn so much AS A WIDE RECEIVER. In 2 seasons with the Niners he’s had 31 catches 383 yfs and 1 TD receiving. In 2 years 2 TDs on punt returns and 1 TD on a KO return. You want to pay him $5 mil/yr for production of 4 TDs in 2 years? That’s Devin Hester money and as much as Ginn adds to the return game he’s not Hester. At best Ginn would be a 4th receiver on a playoff team.
    FYI Ginn was targeted with 33 passes and had 3 drops. Crabtree was targeted 114 times and had 7 drops. (2011 regular season only)

    Baalke should make Ginn one of his last signings and give him what we can afford. He should be valued at $2.5 mil/yr for his return skills.

  104. 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