Mission Improbable

It’s tough shaking this one off. The Super Bowl loss is not that hard to cope with, but the cloud it casts over the 2013 season is another matter. Only one team — the 1971 Miami Dolphins — has ever lost the SB one year and come back to win it the following year. History does not favor the 49ers this coming season.

Starting all over from 0-0 isn’t very exciting, either. It was all there for the taking and we didn’t take it.


Now we’ve got this miserable month of February to deal with, too. The black hole month of the sports calendar year. Certainly the football calendar year, in case some of you actually get excited about hockey, basketball, and golf. I dimly remember following these sports some long time ago when I gobbled down everything that popped up on the sports pages of the morning newspaper. Oh so 20th century world.

This will be the first offseason since 2007 that we won’t have Alex Smith on the dissecting table. That’s almost the entire history of the Bay Area blog scene. Our new QB, Colin Kaepernick, has been anointed as the franchise guy and, other than some mild critiques of his tattoos or biceps love, is currently beyond reproach. He won’t generate much fire on the blogs at all.

It’s too bad, bloglily speaking, that Alex wasn’t the guy who gagged at the five yard line in the SB. The blogs would be raging right now and far into the months ahead. Instead, criticism seems to be diverted to the referees and the sideline behavior of HC Jim Harbaugh. Not much shelf-life or passion with those two consumer revolts. Harbaugh did bring his buffoonery to a world wide audience in the SB, but unless he quits fielding a winner or gets hauled off to the emergency ward with cardiac arrest, 49er fans aren’t liable to complain too vociferously.

With Kaepernick now in the holy pantheon of untouchables that includes Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Andy Lee, and Patrick Willis, there’s not many players that can generate a lot of discussion. If Randy Moss is re-signed, there will be some well-deserved howling, but surely Trent Baalke won’t be that dumb, will he?

AJ Jenkins looks like a comer in the blog opinion section. They’re going to keep this guy around for at least two more years, maybe three. It’s been awhile since the word “bust” has been hurled around, a tribute to Baalke’s recent draft record. But AJ better catch a few passes in the 2013 exhibition season, or the grumbling will commence in earnest.

All in all, a daunting offseason awaits us, as we move into uncharted calm waters looking for the perfect storm.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not feeling much emotion for sports right now. Not even the draft or free agency.

    As time is going by and I see the replays more and more, I feel the refs were more atrocious each time. We would have been better off with replacement refs. At least they would have tried to be fair. A lot of people here said the replacement refs would cost us a game, turns out it was the regular refs that did that.

    I do agree we could have, and should have won anyway, but now I know how the Seahawks fans felt after the refs gave the Steelers a victory over them in the Super Bowl.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Most of the people I normally discuss the 49ers with do not want to talk about the game at all.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Egos just re-signed Vick to run their offense for 1 year $10mil.

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m going to blow this up right now !
    first of all this is NOT a daunting offseason !

    we have a superbowl team here and we’ll be around for a long long time !

    i haven’t had this big of fire in my belly for the offseason for a long long time !

    so … bring on the free agents and the draft and go niners ! the quest for six begins today !!!

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    HERE’S A good plan imo



    keenan lewis CB pissburgh


    rd. 2 jesse williams NT alabama !

    TRADE two 3rd rdrs. and an extra 4th for WR percy harvin !

    also it looks like legarette blount might be available this offseason !

    we can fill some of our top needs
    at D-LINE , DB , WR and RB !

    we also have tons of draft picks !

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think the team will have a very good offseason too, Rob. They’ll get a quality WR to compliment Crabtree and maybe some veteran D-line help to improve our rotation. What I meant by daunting is more related to the blog and the aspect of spirited debate that might be missing this year.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Fret not Skeebs, we’re now in the mode of NE.
    We have a solid core of talent and, will look to manuever via the Draft and FA to add some depth and a key component or 2.
    As disappointed as we feel right now, I’ve found solice in the fact that we went to the wire with a QB having played only 10 games as a starter.
    I’ll swallow the non call for PI in the end zone.
    What really frosts my berries was the non call on Bruce to open the 2nd half kickoff.
    Blatant BS there.
    Given the circumstances, we’re a monster waiting to find our roar.
    How long has it been since we could have said that about this Team?

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    SKEEBS !

    NOT TOO SURE the word … missing ,
    and THAT kind of ‘spirited debate ‘ really go together , if you know get my drift !

  9. robNo Gravatar says:


    just the thing imho ! we sure as hell are “in the mode of new england ” !

    or in other words … back where we belong !
    we’re at the top of the mountain , and should be for quite some time !!!

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I would be open to the option of adding Harvin to the Roster too.
    He fills a void that will be left by Ginn on PR duty, as well as providing plug-n-play capabilities while we wait for Mario to return to health.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The glass is half full Rob, no need to mourn what could have been.
    We’re young, talented and, for a change, well Coached.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Something else not mentioned in this conversation, we aren’t scrambling to manage the Roster with Cap overages.
    Paraag has been a genius for us since assuming the duties of Cap Mgt.
    Even the topic of AJ doesn’t concern me too much.
    As we saw with Crabtree, WRs don’t often walk into the NFL ready to light the world on fire.
    Takes 2, usually 3 years, before they find their way.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    On the DL,FA-wise, DE Desmond Bryant, & DTs Sammie Lee Hill, Terrance Knighton wouldn’t be bad options at the right price.
    We, as SB participants, can attract talent without having to overspend to get it.

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    yup NJ

    paraag used to be a favorite whipping boy on the blogs ! imho he’s really done a good jo b for us !

    the fact that we’re one of the top three teams in the league , pretty much makes us the new hot favorite free agent stop !

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    or …

    should i say


  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Berger,
    Paul Kruger could hit the FA market from Baltimore.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Desmond Bryant from Oakland looks like a better bargain to me now though.
    Looks a little more versatile and is 6’5″ 290-ish.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Read that he’s also a Harvard Alum.
    Begs the question….What the heck is he doing in Oakland?

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Three things about Harvin.
    He’s had two separate nasty blowups with his two Vike’s Head Coaches Childress & Frazier.
    You would have to make a trade for him as he still has 1 year left on his contract.
    He is seeking a Mike Wallace type long term deal of 5 years at $10 mil a year.
    Belichick really likes him so if they release Welker and Lloyd this is the direction they’re going.
    If I had to choose between Wallace & Harvin, I’m taking Mike Wallace.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be inclined to agree Bullit.
    Harvin at the right price simply for versatility. PR being the top of my concerns.
    His migraines are something else I’d have to question.
    Was there really a health issue or was it an out?
    I’m reading that MN wants multiple picks for him.
    Good luck with that, unless Alex became a factor in the negotiations.
    Wallace however, could be seeking a very huge Contract.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There are ways to get around the final year of Harvins’ Contract simply by negotiating an extension parameter prior to the deal but….
    I’d rather seek straight compensation for Alex before including him in any player for player deals.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    More I dig into Harvin the more I’m impressed with the fit.
    Will be interesting to see how this shakes out.
    Some reports suggest Harvin could fetch heavier money than Wallace due to his versatility.
    It almost seems to me that Harvin has been bitter about the declining production in MN and wanting more money for his efforts?
    Who knows?
    See what happens.
    The best part of this scenario is, MN has their hands tied to some degree, with what might be offered in return for a guy that doesn’t want to be there.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LaCanfora put together an interesting piece on the topic –

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t I get onyone interested in Draft Scouting during these down days?

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The silence has a lot to do with the explanation of the officiating for the Super Bowl:

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    We can all start getting excited about the Draft after the combine.
    The needs will be dictated by who the Niners release.
    It’s difficult to get a read what they’re doing about Goldson because Dashon still wants that long term deal for the big $$.
    When he said he’s open to going to any team that pays him what he wants drew a line in the sand.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Saw this on the Geep’s kid who is an uber talented high school QB
    “Keller Chryst is the son of 49ers’ QB coach Geep Chryst, so you know this guy gets good coaching and understands the position well. He’s also a 6’3″, 215-pounder with excellent physical tools.

    Chryst shows good field vision, is a smart and heady QB with solid instincts and pitches an accurate ball to targets. His arm strength is capable of executing all throws, and he appears to be a future starter at the college level.

    It’s Stanford vs. USC right now.”
    He’s ranked in the Top Five HS QBs

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, we finally lost one of our key front office guys: “Eagles hire Tom Gamble as Vice President of Player Personnel.”

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Gamble must have gotten a big pay bump because it looks on the surface to be a lateral move

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    how does this sound

    WR crabtree WR harvin WR manningham

    QB kaepernick

    TE vernon davis

    RB frank gore RB kendall hunter

    and our offensive line !!!

    sounds like a high voltage offense to me !

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, sounds like an alternate universe where Harbaugh is not head coach.

    You’ll get 6 OLs, 2 TEs, a RB, and 1 WR lining up with Kappy and you’ll like it. #ihatethesco

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gamble going to the Egos makes sense now. I didn’t realize his dad was Harry Gamble who was a long time President of the Egos
    over 20 years ago.
    Since Gamble started in that org he’s going home.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s hope, that the reason we gave Gamble permission, carries Draft Pick (Trade up) compensation by way of a hand shake agreement.
    Eagles are holding numerous Picks and slot in the Top 5.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Goldson can be tagged again.
    If he continues to seek crazy money, he’ll be tagged.
    This Draft class is where I expect us to get his replacment anyway.
    Whitner could also have his successor selected as well.
    As we’ve already commented on, everything we need is where the depth is in this Draft class.
    Culliver could go to FS if necessary IMO.
    Guys like Elam, Cyprien and Duke Williams are all hitters that play well against the run.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The timing with Gamble is curious.
    Gotta figure our Draft Board already has some names and position rankings assigned to it.

  36. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Deluca, I like your twelve man offensive scheme. The dirty dozen package.

    Even better if we can limit their defense to ten.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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 路 10:00 AMCIN
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