Mossonian Institute

Randy Moss looked like RANDY MOSS at Thursday’s 49er “Football School.” Fast, tireless, and glue-handed. May as well throw in the towel NFC West pretenders. Start engraving the Lombardi Trophy. The 49ers are a lock for their sixth title.

Pete Carroll just slid onto the bar stool next to Scott McCloughan at the Seattle Slurp and Suck and ordered a triple scotch on the rocks.

A RANDY MOSS Randy Moss will turbocharge the 49er offense, giving it a swagger it hasn’t had since the ’90’s. Michael Crabtree’s fire is finally going to light. Throw in a dangerous Mario Manningham, the two new speedsters collected in the 2012 Draft, Jim Harbaugh’s ever creative running game and you have an offense that will be hell on opposing defenses. The 007 Offense: License to Kill.

Go ahead, be dubious. Toss in the cautious skepticism. Take a seat on the wait and see wagon. Be grumpy. Be harrumpy. You’re only delaying the inevitable fun.

Say good-bye to that safety that’s been in the box for the entire Frank Gore Era. There’ll be none of that now, laddie.

Last year, the 49ers bulled their way out of the endless 8-8 NFC West swamp and took the division by the throat. This year, they’ll be shedding that bayou goo from their wings and taking flight. The other division teams have made modest improvement this offseason, but modest is not going to cut it any more. You gotta be a league contender to even have a sniff of competing in the West now.

The 49ers will no longer be measuring themselves against Seattle, Arizona, and St. Louis. They’ll be matching up against the best in the league, like they did in the 80’s and 90’s, when Bay Area fans were more concerned about the Bears, or Washington, or the Giants, or Dallas, or Green Bay, than they were about the Falcons and Saints. The two or three teams each year that could legitimately book a fight with them.

Division games are always tough, but they won’t define the NFC West any more. Arizona and Seattle better start beating up on the rest of the league if they want to hang in the race. And neither team is close to that yet.

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  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I will be Grumpy, thank you. At least until we see if Alex’s reworking of his mechanics bears some fruit. I look forward to seeing Moss running free in the secondary. I also *hope* to see the ball arriving in his hands. That will be the challenge this year.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Far be it from me to brighten your gloomy days, Grump, but Alex angst is just so last year.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    *So 2010*, shouldn’t it be? Last year was not real angst, just a nagging feeling of ‘is that all there is?’, on offense, at least.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Going through the 2011 season with only one valid NFL WR will do that.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Alex haters are the only ones who liked our WRs last year. Everybody else was noticing the truth, including a QB who went 14-4 with that motley crew.

  6. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Wait till Alex checks down a few times from a wide open Moss, then let’s see if he has learned how to behave like a human being.
    Seriously, I doubt he has the speed left to get open like that anymore. Still, his height and strength could give the Niners an endzone weapon.
    I will go on record as saying Moss will be a locker room “liablility” whose attitude costs the Niners at last one game, maybe two. I’m hopeful that I’m wrong, but I’ll stand by my prediction.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt that RTF. He’s 35. This is his last go round and he knows it.

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s what they said about T.O.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s what who said.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    T.O. and Moss get lumped together, but it’s a bogus comparison.

  11. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Randy “I wouldn’t feed that to my dog. I wanna go HOME” Moss has the same attitude T.O. had in Philly and Dallas. Different prima donnas, but prima donnas nonetheless. Jerry Rice they ain’t.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Moss is about winning. T.O. is about T.O.

  13. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    How’d he do in Minnesota? When it was his last go round and he knew it?
    That’s a winner?

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t say he was a winner. If he’s not winning, he quits. We’ll be winning here. T.O. is always just about himself, no matter what his team is doing.

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    When your teammates have to make public apologies for your behavior (because you don’t), that’s not winning.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever, RTF. You’re a hater. It’s in your blood. Now you’ve got two festering boils to enjoy this year.

  17. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m having trouble with your logic, Skeebs. If the team Moss is on is winning, he’s a winner, but if the team Moss is on is a loser, he just quits. Got it.
    Anyhow, it was fun pretending you were Chuckster for a bit, but I’m going to drop it. I made my statement.
    I’ve got to get busy. I read about the latest Mayan discovery and I have to hedge all my shorts about Dec. 21, 2012.

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Wait a minute, Skeebs. It’s your blog, but if you’re going to go 5th grader on me…
    I’m a HATER? WTF is that supposed to mean? Are we getting into Mother put downs here now, too?

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I read yesterday that a discovery was made that the Mayans had info past 2012? I wonder if the Mayans has any magazines like the Enquirer?

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just yanking your chain, RT. It’s been too quiet lately.

  21. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I also heard that since the Mayans didn’t account for leap years, their end0-date passed 3 weeks ago . . .

  22. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, it was Bullitt that was supposed to be me.
    The thing about Moss is, if he becomes a liability, he’ll get cut faster than shit through Dennis. He’s a novelty at this point. A one-trick pony. If he doesn’t hack it, he’s gone. If he lollygags, he’s gone. If he whines about shit, he’s gone.
    If there’s one thing Harbaugh has a pulse on, it’s the locker room. He’s in the mold of Bill Walsh’s “us against the world” mentality. If someone threatens that from the inside, boom, see ya later.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Only an idiot like Spitblood would think Chuck and I were the same. I’m smarter than Chuck.
    All rookie draft picks are signed except for AJ Jenkins
    The rookie camp is going on

  24. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Uhhh, yeah . . .

    Sounds like there’s a loose nut behind the steering wheel.

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Aunt Esther: My baby sister Elizabeth was as pure as the driven snow.
    Fred Sanford: Yeah, but who was doing the driving?

  26. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    “She’s so tough,
    Pure as the driven slush . . . “

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh said today that A.J. and the other rookie WRs were all out of shape. Sounds like another built-in excuse for Alex when we finish 29th in passing offense once again like we did last year.
    I’m banking on those Mayans being right. I can’t handle another ending to the 49ers season like we had last year. Not to mention that I rented a ballroom and bought a shitload of party favors for December 21.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is a good thing the last day for us on Earth is a Friday. That allows me too drink! I’d hate to float off into space sober.

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you can toast to this tomorrow night at Darlington: you’re second favorite driver, J.J Yeley and his #49 Toyota, will be starting 43rd and last. Hey, it’s better than the last two weeks when he’s been starting from the garage.

  30. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    I always knew the Mayans and Mel Gibson were full of shit.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Free agent rookie in camp Nathan Palmer, nickname is “Na-palm”

    report from TV49 (with footage and interviews)

    report from CSNBA

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Oops the link is incorrect

    Cant’ copy the link for Harbaugh’s interview. Just click on Press Pass on the 49ers website

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Moss is low risk high reward.
    His money is not even guaranteed.
    Some people are too quick to bestow the prima donna label on players they don’t like.
    Bay Area is the home of the biggest diva of all time Barry Bonds.
    Moss will help lead the Niners to the playoffs and Super Bowl. Until he starts acting like one please don’t prejudge.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit and Rob, the Floridian could use it as well…when you want to C&P a link that is long, like most are, try using this little handy-dandy device.
    It truncates the long link into a short and tidy one.
    This link on the 49ers’ rookie WRs just became this:

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Thanx for eduKating me
    I will use it going forward

    here’s my first attempt

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Well played. You suckered me into an Alex Smith Press Pass.
    I owe you one.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Carroll Shelby
    The Cobra you built was a very special car and I used his Texas Chili Mix for over 20 years.

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    godspeed shelby !

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    shelby mustang … doesn’t get any betterthan that !

  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    two bits of good news !

    ” But in the afternoon, Jenkins rebounded nicely and put together a pretty solid showing.”

    imho , jenkins should be a welcome addition to our WR corps !


    harbaugh says alex smith has made ‘dramatic improvement’ in his throwing motion !

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho alex smith is a good QB !

  42. robNo Gravatar says:


    Quarterback Alex Smith has made “dramatic improvements” to his throwing motion, according to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Part of those strides can be attributed to Smith’s visit to motion specialist Tom House over a month ago.

    “Alex was using his head where he’d have a late posture change to get his release point accurate,” House, a former major league pitcher, said Friday in a phone interview.

    Smith’s previous shoulders injuries, House believes, caused him to compensate for a lack of strength, and Smith would move his head to the left as his arm accelerated.

    Smith spent a week under House’s tutelage at USC with fellow quarterbacks Carson Palmer, Tom Brady and Matt Cassel. Using 3-D video and slowing it down to a 1,000 frames a second, the quarterbacks would take two-step drops so House could analyze weak links in their motions.

    As for the company Smith kept, House said: “It was kind of cool because it became a sandlot for quarterbacks. They learned from each other.”

    Harbaugh was pleased Smith worked on his mechanical issues through House’s video and other methods. In the past four weeks of offseason drills on the 49ers fields, Smith has continued to work on his throwing motion, along with his footwork and ball position.

    “I’m finally able to take advantage of this time and go after some things mechanically and fundamentally that I’ve been doing or things I’ve adapted that aren’t good,” Smith said Thursday.


  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob. Take a left. Take a left right into Alex Smith’s hot tub. I wish I could find something derogatory to say, but the 18 has a good chance…
    Good luck.

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, NoFear. Winning the lottery after 8 years of trying is failure? Bad analogy there, as usual, sport.
    Pretzel logic at its best. When the Niners won it all in 1981, did that make their entire history of never winning it all go away? Of course not. It made it all the more satisfying. Only you (well, throw in Dennis and Flying V) would be disappointed by Smith winning a Super Bowl. Gawd, what a maroon…
    Go back to sleep, skippy.

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Glad to see not much has changed.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still amused and amazed that there a few individuals that still are bitching about 2010
    and the years before that and wallow in that rather than realize we have the best defense in the NFL and have added more weapons to make the offense more potent. We are one of the favorites for the Super Bowl and that’s a fact.
    You can’t change history by whining and bitching about things you can’t undo.
    Time to move on or get left behind.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To all the Mothers and Muthas out
    there I wish you a Happy Mothers Day.

    There is much to be optimistic about if these improvements come to pass.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- If you go back to the year Alex worked with Norv Turner you can see his form was almost perfect. I’ve mentioned that here before, only to have the Central Scrutinizer(NoFear) and others exhort their contrary expertise. Unfortunately, Smith was behind the eight ball with Mike Nolan helping him flourish after his injury, only to followed by his hand picked predecessor, Single Neuron. Mike Nolan was a terrible coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He set us back years.
    Can you even imagine we had to endure Donahue, Nolan and Single Neuron consecutively. When Jed took over for Dr John, I was relieved. It did take Jed some time to learn, but he does care more the dad, and that does matter. No more Nolans, a QBs worst nightmare. Nolan is absolutely a classic QB killer.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The thing about Nolan is he was fair. He did not just throw his QB under the bus, he threw everybody under the bus. Even the reporters. Remember when he blamed our losing on Ann Killion! That was classic Nolan.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan never blamed himself, but he sure blamed everybody else. How can anybody think he was a good head coach. Maybe if he gets a 2nd chance he will learn to be accountable.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith never had a chance with Nolan and Nolan’s hand picked predecessor, Single Neuron. Let us see what he can do now with some real coaching.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I remember NoFear central scrutinizing the Harbaugh hire and being one of the very few who wasn’t excited. NoFear’s track record should tell us if he doesn’tlike a coach he is probably a good one.
    Next, I’m thinking of doing a seminar here on the 3-4 defense for NoFear.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops! Good call on predecessor. I had a Mike Nolan moment. I should have use successor.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- It is a good thing you are present. Let us start this seminar.
    In a 3-4 defense there are 3 D-linemen and 4 LBs.
    I’ll go slow for you. Let me know when you are ready for more information.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All you can ask of any 49er team is to be competitive and relevant
    where the other teams in the NFL know if you’re on the schedule it’s gonna be one of the toughest games to win.
    That’s where we once were and we’ve fought our way back to that standard.
    As I’ve said before we’ve had the privilege of having some of the best players, HOFers as well as
    Walsh & Seifert and their staffs.

    Super Bowls are not easily won and it takes a great team, luck with injuries and the ball bouncing your way to win it all.
    The whiners and bitchers here would have you believe we won more than the 5 Super Bowls under Walsh and Seifert. The fact is we fell short in 13 of those seasons.

    So I go back to my first point, we are competitive and relevant and in the hunt for #6. That’s all you can ask for and that’s why I watch the game.

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think Chuck is going to rue the day he started using “Skippy” as a moniker in his replies to irk others. At least I hope he does. I hate that nickname. But they make a mean peanut butter.

  57. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A guy at a bar could insult and denigrate my mother (God rest her soul. Happy Mothers Day Mom) and I probably could keep my composure. But if he called me Skippy, I’d crack him over the head with my Budweiser.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- When Nolan was the coach there was intense competition. We never knew which player would have to take on the Noplan bus next. Player vs bus was the competition.
    Why do I say Noplan? I’m glad you asked. Not only did he have a different OC every year, he had a distinctly different offensive system every year. Obviously there was no plan.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Just make sure the bottle is empty. Wasting a full beer is alcohol abuse. You don’t need to be another day wiser if it is another day with Budweiser.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    With Nolan the talent level in the cupboard was poor and calling it mediocre was a compliment.
    Some of the bitchers and whiners think the salary cap was an excuse when in fact it was a very cruel reality when they had to gut the team.
    I will give Nolan this that he didn’t have much to work with and had to build the team like a new franchise.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skippy makes a very bland peanut butter (Juif and Peter Pan are superior)
    Would you rather be called Skipper? That implies you’re a clueless portly captain of one
    that can get shipwrecked going to Catalina.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Nolan did OK as a GM. Not great, just OK. We can say that now since it is hind sight. But I’ve always said that about Noplan. It is his coaching that was abysmal. It was so bad we almost ran out of buses.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Skip, Skipper, Skippy and Skip to My Lou — they all suck. Anything “Skip” related has to go.
    Although Bill Walsh did skip after we beat the Bengals on the last second TD catch from Joe to Jerry. I’ll give Bill a pass.

  64. robNo Gravatar says:

    maybe we should just skip to the next topic !

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Remember as a youngster how you were taught to “skip” a rock on water?
    Kids woulda been better served if that rock “skipped” off their forehead.

  66. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Rob wants a new topic? OK, fine. The Battle of the Bulge was neither hard nor produced any bulges. Talk amongst yourselves. I’m verklempt.

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I Fing write funnier material than what SNL now puts up at late night once a week.
    I once loved that show. Now? It’s a crying shame.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This makes you wonder “What’s your deal?” The QB revolving door continues with the Seahags.
    Doing the QB shuffle in general doesn’t lead to long term success.

  69. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That doesn’t mean I’m wrong, does it, skippy?
    Perpetual cheerleaders? Well, yer the one who’s been holding Nolan’s skirt for the past 7 years.
    The fact that you choose to live in the recent past says a lot. Keep up the false bravado, skippy.
    Carroll has no choice. He’s got no options. Flynn may be the best bet, but he’s as much a mystery as Russell Wilson. I guess the best hope is more of what Singletarty did and switch QBs every other week.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Come on nofear. Your posts beg replies. Your literal ‘boy it would suck to win the lottery after 8 years of trying’ is classic. Apply it to a football team? Same thing, skippy. Think the Raiders would like a Super Bowl win after years of frustration? Hpw about the Jets? 44 years since they won?

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Carroll should’ve stuck with Hasslebeck who at the time still had a good 3 or 4 years in him.
    Instaed he went with a combo of Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst and now it’s Flynn and Wilson.
    That’s good for the Niners.

  72. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  73. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sticking with Hasselhof would mean still needing a back up, as he’;s old and injury-prone. Esp behind that sieve-like line.

2021 Schedule
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26 · 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 · 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 · 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 · 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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