Mountains & Mole Hills

Mike Singletary was in the news last week, both directly and indirectly.

The indirect link to Mike occurred via the Tampa Bay Bucs and their comical search last week to find OCs and DCs for their new coach’s staff. This had nothing to do with Singletary, since he wasn’t involved, but as one candidate after another turned down the offers or were refused permission to seek them, it brought back the woeful first month of Mike’s first days on the job as official Head Coach, after his mostly popular tenure as interim HC. A month that saw one coach after another pass on running Singletary’s offensive vision, and eventually finding only Jimmy Raye willing to do it.

Raye knew more about offense than Singletary will ever know, but his chief credentials were his willingness to carry out Mike’s plan and march straight into retirement as a result. As Singletary’s world began to collapse in year two, he put the blame on Raye by firing him, and Raye returned the favor by claiming the Good Soldier defense.

But the most direct link to our old linebacker head was the razing of Mt. Singletary at the 49ers practice field. Like many endings, this pile of dirt bit the dust rather ignominiously. It was removed to make room for a new road, somehow linked to the beginning stages of prep work for the new stadium. At least that was the official word. Privately, it might have been more like “Get that hunk of shit outta here.”

That hill and the Nutcracker drill will be forever linked to Singletary’s stewardship of the team, and nobody wants much to remember him. It might be fair to say, however, that the current team’s toughness owes itself in part to Singletary’s ways. Fairness is not a hot commodity in the blogosphere, but it deserves mention anyway.

“Fair” has come up lately regarding the contract that will soon be finalized between the 49ers and their QB Alex Smith. Some still cling to the belief that Alex has no value to any other team. Since no other team is going to get a chance to sign him or even make an offer, this is only a bogus, theoretical topic that gives Alex haters a chance to establish their own value for him, which is close to nothing. No surprise.

But the question of what to pay Smith and for how long has nothing to do with the money itself. Smith has plenty of money. His contract is about respect and team chemistry and confidence. If you treat your QB like he’s just some marginally talented, easily replaceable meat, it dents the all important family chemistry that Harbaugh has installed in the players. It also sends the message that ownership doesn’t believe in Smith, so why should a guy like Michael Crabtree. You can’t go into a season expecting to contend for a Super Bowl with a disrespected, lame duck QB.

Smith is a leader on this team. If you don’t treat your leaders right, you soon won’t have any leaders. Guys who can produce in the clutch, with the game on the line, don’t grow on trees. When you have one, and your team believes in him, you keep him. And you pay him accordingly. It has nothing to do with leverage or his fair market value.

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109 comments on “Mountains & Mole Hills
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This from Matt Barrows is an update on what’s going on and will
    put a time frame on when things should start happening.

    Every soon-to-be 49ers free agent I’ve spoken to in recent weeks says he wants to return to the 49ers. I bumped into one of them, right guard Adam Snyder, at the 49ers facility today as he was leaving after a workout. Snyder, who is close to Joe Staley and Alex Smith among others, said talks have not yet begun on a new contract.

    Those discussions usually begin at the scouting combine at the end of the month. This year, there is even less pressure right now because free agency begins two weeks later — on March 13 — than it has in recent years. In a few days, Snyder and his family will head to Oahu to attend Mike Iupati’s wedding. Isaac Sopoaga, Anthony Davis and other 49ers players will also be there. Snyder, who surfs, said he’s going to attempt to teach the young 49ers’ offensive linemen the sport. Three hundred-pound guys on the North Shore? I can’t wait for the video.”

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Seems like you’re dodging responsibility for your idea last year of trading for Donovan Mcnabb and giving up Frank Gore/Vernon Davis. If you had your way the Niners would’ve been crippled
    as if you were Terry Donahue Jr.
    You would have traded for a washed up has been QB one of your primary offensive weapons. The worst thing would’ve been Mcnabb’s contract that would’ve hamstrung the team for 5 years.
    here is how McNabb’s contract was structured according to Adam Schefter ESPN:
    • 2011: $10 million option bonus/$2.5 million salary/$750,000 if active 16 games/$250,000 workout/$2 million possible playoff incentives

    • 2012: $12.75 million salary/$750,000 if active 16 games/$250,000 workout/$2 million possible playoff incentives

    • 2013: $13 million salary/$1.5 million if active 16 games/$250,000 workout/$2 million possible playoff incentives

    • 2014: $13.75 million salary/$3 million if active 16 games/$250,000 workout/$2 million possible playoff incentives

    • 2015: $13.55 million salary/$2.25 million if active 16 games/$250,000 workout/$2 million possible playoff incentives

    Please share what you were thinking?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did Stinkblood really say Alex Smith has no value to any other team? The thing is he probably actually believes that. I know we laugh at him instead of with him, but it is hard to get comedy like this when it is paid for. It is nice for a blog to have a volunteer court jester.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    How goes the domestic skirmish?

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I also love the bloggers holding on to Alex has no pocket presence, or has bad footwork. It is obvious some do not know what they are talking about but obfuscate to try and sell some as to why we should hate our QB.
    I am looking forward to a much more aggressive offense this coming year with Alex Smith as the QB of the San Francisco 49ers.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- She is coping with my idiocy. This will take some time. The difference between guy and gal is if the gal says what I did it makes for great conversation, and probably sex. If the guy says it, it leads to a few days of not having to talk to your wife!

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are in unfamiliar territory drafting 30th in the first round.Last time they had a draft choice in this area code they took Balmer and we know how that worked out. No sure things at #30. History will tell you 2 positions to avoid in the first round are defensive backs and wide receivers because we’ve had no luck in the past 20 years.
    We did hit the jackpot with Rice and Lott but have suffered since
    with disappointments. First round DBs drafted have been Dana Hall, Ahmed Plummer, Mike Rumph and R.W. McQuarters . Painful to think about that group.
    We were doing well with WRs having drafted two of the greatest
    Gene Washington and Jerry Rice.
    Hell I remember when I first started watching football and we drafted Dave Parks who was All Pro.
    Since then we drafted in the first round Terry Beasley, JJ Stokes, Rashuan Woods and Michael Crabtree. The jury is still out on Crabtree but a lot of people have been disappointed. We traded Woods for another #1 pick Sammy Davis and all that accomplished was trading one bust for another.
    To suggest that we use the first two picks on WRs is suicidal.
    The only sure thing is Blackmon
    but he went to the same school as Rashuan Woods. All other top tier
    WRs have questionmarks. Is Michael Floyd going to be Golden Tate who is also from Notre Dame and has been a disappointment after 2 years. Is Rueben Randle another Buster Davis who the Bolts drafted in our slot #30 in 2007 and has been waived and out of football.
    You just need to take the best player on the board at 30 and possibly you’ll get somebody who’s in free fall that you thought was top 15.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another circus for some team.
    Hopefully the Niners aren’t even considering this.
    He’s 35 years old now he’s channeling Favre.

    Some guys just need the limelight.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- We did pretty well with Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield. The trade down for Rashaun Woods was especially bad since Vince Wilfork was sitting there the year our coach announced we were going to change to the 3-4. But we did get Sopoaga later in the draft with one of the acquired draft picks. I love Sope, but Wilfork is Wilfork.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Speaking of Bryant Young Spitty made another asinine declaration that the Niners have lacked leadership since Steve Young retired. Apparently he had a brain fart and forgot BY who won the Len Eshmont at least 7 times.
    How can you forget Bryant Young and his leadership with a titanium rod in his leg for most of his career. Somebody need to get his head out of his ass.
    Spitty also dismissed Patrick Willis as a team leader saying he was too “commercialized”.
    It makes you wonder what the hell Spitty is watching to make such moronic observations.
    I can only attribute this to his being a hating troll.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    R.W, McQuarters wasn’t very good as a Niner and lasted only two seasons but he goes to the Bears and becomes a decent starting CB and an above average kick returner.
    It upsets me to think about Dana Hall and Mike Rumph, especially Mike Rumph. What were they thinking?

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bryant Young was as good of a leader as we ever had. I can’t talk about my all time favorite 49ers without mentioning Bryant Young.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dana Hall was the weak link in a great UW defense. I moaned when we drafted him. Same as Rumph, who was the 3rd CB at Miami. We’ve had some bad talent evaluators at times. I did like RW McQuarters and did not like it when he got away.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yes I totally agree. BY was Justin Smith before Justin Smith.
    Unfortunately he came in at the start of the downslide and watched
    all the superstars bail to greener pastures and the $$ yet he was our best player for a decade and always gave his most showing his Niner Pride.
    He’s one of the rarities spending his entire career and retiring as a Niner.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s been mentioned on other blogs but don’t be too suprosed if the best player available at #30 is a TE. Delanie Walker will be a FA after this coming year
    so if Fleener is there you just might snatch him.
    Lot’s of quality for 2nd and 3rd rounds too icluding Swayne Allen, Orson Charles, Ladarius Green and
    Michael Egnew.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brace yourselves. QB John Beck is about to be cut from the Redskins.
    He’ll probably be this week’s Alex Smith replacement that will be pushed here ad nauseum.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have carried over 12.6 mil to their 2012 cap, per new CBA rules. Franchises that don’t carry their money over will take heat for being cheap. Owner is pocketing money instead of improving team.

  18. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Berger – What team will want Alex Smith next year? Can’t name the team, can you? Know why? There isn’t one. No team is in a situation where Alex Smith is a good fit.

  19. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bullit – I just went by Chuck’s blog. That’s a sweet special effects with the tumble weeds you guys pulled off.

  20. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I guarantee you one thing, Berger won’t be able to come up with another NFL team for Alex Smith. He’ll try to go with the Redskins because they’re about to dump Beck, but Shanahan loves to draft and develop his own quarterbacks. He did it with Plummer and Cutler. He’ll use a first round pick on a qb and probably start him in his rookie year unless the FDA approves brain transplants and Rex Grossman is the first recipient.

  21. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit — regarding WR’s and the first round, of the top 15 WR’s last year in yardage, only six were from the first round. Two were undrafted, two in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, one each in the 4th, 6th, and 7th. As badly as we need WR’s, if our scouting is up to snuff, then BPA at 30 really does make sense. There are gems to be found. I have to hope that Baalke has his game on again.

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, look how well those guys turned out . . .
    No matter what these guys are not drafting a WR in the 1st round. Unless they have a sleeper in mind.

  23. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers will pick a WR in the first round, and they’ll do it again in the second round. It’s because of Micheal Crabtree’s contract. Crabtree is making 5 or 6 million a year – which by anyone and everyone’s standards is way, way overpriced. The Raiders just dumped Stanford Routt. But the 49ers haven’t dumped Micheal Crabtree even though he’s past the guaranteed part of his contract. Why hasn’t Crabtree been cut? The Niners don’t have good options behind him – or the leverage to ask Crabtree to reduce. Drafting receivers in the first and second rounds creates about 2.5 million in cap space just because of the Crabtree reduction or potential cut. The 49ers will draft a receiver in the first and second rounds.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Bullit is bookmarking all these Albert gems so we can all have a steady stream of laughs this year.
    Keep those clunkers rolling off the press, Albert.

  25. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers – will do. Do us all a favor, keep brushing up on your general football knowledge – you know, turn a weakness into a strength. In addition, keep playin’ is safe, signin’ the party line. You can write, though. I’ll give you that. The content… well….
    Just saw that Eric Branch wrote an article about wide receivers in the draft. That must be where Unca got the asinine idea we aren’t drafting receivers. Does anyone on this blog think for themselves?

  26. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The Bleacher Report just made the claim that for Alex Smith to improve he needs to be more aware of his check downs. LMAO. I’m sure Unca and Skeebers will pickup the story and run with it….

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, it appears you’re the one who ran with it, Al.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the article was written when? I’ve been saying it for a while. There ain’t anyone worth that high a pick at WR. They’d go with Fleener before they did that. But you know that. Yer just a little princess who begs for attention.
    “Look at ME. Look at ME!! PLEASE. Respond!! It validates my pathetic life!!!”
    So, furk off skippy. I’m sorry I wasted a bottle of Jameson’s on yer sorry ass. I should sent you a bottle of T-Bird.

  29. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Chuck – that’s why your blog died. You can’t evaluate. You don’t understand that guys like Toby Gerhart and Owen Marecic are products of a Harbaugh system. It’s the same with Alex Smith and probably Fleener. The Harbaugh / Walsh analogy works for Harbaugh because, like Walsh, Harbaugh’s system produces success. This is why Stanford players haven’t gone on to do much in the NFL, but, I admit, it’s still a little early to make that claim completely. Fleener is the same way and yet you think he’s worth a first overall. Again, this is why your blog died.

  30. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Freddie Solomon, dead at 59.

  31. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Marecic is a 4th rounder, for God’s sake. The Browns took a flier on the guy. Why the Vikes traded up for Gerhart is anyone’s guess. He’s a backup as of now. Who knows? Maybe he breaks through while AP rehabs. He’s really an undersized FB who is great catching balls in space and running over LBs and DBs.
    Fleener with Harbaugh. Gee, why would that work out? Look at Grbak. How did he do on the Niners? Or Bono? How did they do in KC? You may think I’m arguing your side of the argument, but Fleener with his college coach? A big, fast, strong TE who catches well and blocks well?
    Truth is Fleener likely is gone by the 30th pick. Soooooo, I guess I’m not the only one who feels this way.
    Your problem is you change your mind like my daughter changes clothes. You take every side of every issue and point to the ones when they happen. Very V-like. Oh yeah, that’s NoFear.
    Yeah, tell me again how McNabb was a steal at 3 years/$15 mill, or how Charlie Whitehead was going to tear up the league. Kolb was going to bring AZ to prominence? Or 6,000 other dogshit call you made.

  32. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I guess you like the abuse, Spit. I imagine it’s why you spit blood all the time. You like it in the mouf.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Freddie Solomon was very important in the early years
    of the Niner road to success.
    A very classy man who will be missed. RIP #88

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow it seems Baalke did Donatell a huge favor by blocking him from
    interviewing to be the puppet DC.
    What kind of BS are they pulling so Butch will still get his sdverance package? It’s called fraud and it makes Tampa Bay look like shit.
    read the article for a HUGE suprise.
    Spitty will be so happyand I can see him running down to Champs to buy his LeGarret Blount jersey
    What the hell is Schiano thinking????

  35. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    49er fans need a site like this.
    I want to know where Micheal Crabtree is at with his guaranteed money.
    Look at the comparables. At this point you throw out draft position. Maclin is making 3 million per year, Dez Bryant is making 2 and change. Crabtree is making 5.
    If you go to that link, you’ll see the Eagles prorated Maclin’s signing bonus through the length of the contract, almost assuring they wouldn’t cut him. I’m sure Crabtree’s agent is smart enough to do this. The 49ers could just be stuck with Crabtree until his contract is up. That would suck. This is probably part of the reason McCloughan got fired. The longer Crabtree held out, the more leverage McCloughan had…. and McCloughan still gave away the farm.

  36. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see who can get this trivia… don’t think you can google the answer. What position did Freddie Solomon play on his last play as a San Francisco 49er?

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Paraag would be the one who negotiated the contract.

  38. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    You think McCloughan just sat out the process? Sure.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Paraag has been the cap manager for many years. McCloughan may have had input on parameters, but yeah, he would have mostly been a spectator.

  40. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Lol… Scout likes a player he runs it by McCloughan, McCloughan sets the strategy for the draft. Scout still has a say. Same with the cap. Paraag negotiates and runs it by the guy with the final say because that’s the guy the buck stops with. If you think Paraag just negotiates and then signs deals without the GM both setting the strategy AND being apart of the process AND signing off on the final deal, you’re out to lunch. The buck ultimately stops with the GM.

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Paraag reported directly to York.

  42. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Sure. Bypassed McCloughan all together. Lol.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the facts, Al. You can look it up. What makes you think McC would be involved in the money/cap issues anyway? He drafts the player, Paraag negotiates a contract, York signs off on the money.

  44. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I know, I’m positive you can run a team and be the GM without making any decisions regarding the salary cap. Makes sense.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Policy was the cap guy in the 90’s while Clark was GM.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are wrong again.
    To confirm what Skeebs said here is an excerpt
    “Now there’s a report of a requested meeting by the president of the club, Jed York, to try to inject a fresh new voice into the negotiations, which have been handled by the club’s able contract negotiator, Paraag Marathe. This is a nice public relations move by the team to show it’s doing everything it can to sign the player, although probably not something that will have much effect.”

    The author is Andrew Brandt Former Green Bay Packers vice president, salary cap manager and negotiator, player agent, World League general manager – Brandt draws upon nearly three decades of experience.

    The link to the article

    It is quite obvious Spitty likes to “wing it” and make up things with BS. A little research will help you avoid embarassment and constant humiliation. But then again you’re a moron hater troll
    so what should I expect?

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, Alex’s pending offer should be ‘Fair’ in terms of respect.
    He has value to this Team moreso than another so, that gives us a comfortable position to negotiate from.
    Alex has benefited from Harbaugh’s coaching to I’d say. He should stick around for more QB focused guidance.
    He surely benefited this past Season.
    How about the Dis from NYG RB ABradshaw to Tony Romo?
    More truth about ‘Columbia’s Team’.
    Romo has done squat in terms of Playoff production yet, he’s in the Pro Bowl converstaion all the time.
    Talk about drinking the Kool Aid.
    Now there’s talk gaining traction for Peyton to Big Duh.
    You can’t make this stuff up.
    I HATE the Cowpatties.

  48. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Isn’t the bleacher report the same source that just said Alex Smith needed to work on hitting his check down better next year? LMAO.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s something we can all get behind, NJ – well, all except maybe Dennis.

  50. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – two million isn’t respectable? That’s what Matt Moore is getting.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Andrew Brandt was the source, Albert.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert you kill me.
    Why would Harbaugh want to start over with another QB when he just got this QB to within a whisker of the SB?
    You have to pay Alex to keep continuity.
    You won’t have to break the bank to do it.
    Keep it ‘Fair’. The ‘Fair’ number is yet to be determined.
    You say 2-4M, I’ll guess 6-8M.
    They can roll out a fat long term number for multiple years.
    It only hurts if they can’t realize SB results before it ends.
    The only thing that matters is what’s guaranteed money over the length of the deal.
    Kolb got like 60+M but only had like 20M guaranteed.
    Alex should see a deal for 3-5yrs at his age.
    They might only guarantee 4-5M/yr?
    We will see.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Found this info regarding Kolbs’ Deal.
    Not too painful to handle I’d say.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The only thing painful was his production.
    AZ got more from Skelton.
    Think what we could do with LFitz catching for us.

  55. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers – if anything, that article proves me right, not you.

  56. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – you just touched on something I brought up earlier today – the guaranteed money. Checkout that link I posted about Maclin. You’re right, and it could be an interesting game Harbaugh could play with Smith to keep the haters off Smith for another year. Harbaugh could sign Smith to a 3 year deal, but it really could be just a one year deal. Harbaugh could sign Smith to a 3 year deal with only one year of guaranteed money. For instance, he could do 15 million for 3 years, with 5 million guaranteed, and put all 5 of that towards the salary cap this year. Then the 49ers would be free to cut Alex the next year. And they have the cap room.
    What did Alex Smith say about Harbaugh after the Seattle game? When Smith was asked about Harbaugh gathering the offensive line around Harbaugh in the 4th quarter of the Seattle game on 4th and 1, giving Carroll the idea he was firing up his O line to convert the 4th down only to call a play action pass, Smith said, “With Jim Harbaugh, nothing would surprise me.”

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Smart Contracts are written to protect both sides.
    If done properly, there are incentives to create and maintain ambition while also keeping the base number low to protect Cap health.
    Writing a deal like Haynesworth got is likely never going to happen again.
    The Rookie Cap will also influence future deals too. When a Team can make a choice between paying DeSean for example or, Drafting his replacement, there’s the option to utilize the FTag while they take a look at the Rookie.
    SF has the right approach.
    Extend the guys that produce on their Rookie Deals and, work to avoid overpaying a less productive option.
    The Steelers are old, overpaid and, faced with major areas of need.
    Watch what Loomis has to deal with in NO with all the money Brees will be looking for while still trying to retain other key FAs.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This was invented just to shut up a yapping Spitty who just rambles and makes no sense.” If anything it proves me right” is the response from an analytical mind???
    Yep this expression was coined for Spitty

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another thing Skeebs.
    I was one of the guys in favor of going after Randy for the stretch run last year.
    We could have had a motivated deep threat for the cost of a 1/4 the going rate. Merely a rental.
    Wonder if it was ever given any merit?
    Randy is a head case to be sure but, he would have seen real opportunity to snag that Ring.
    He certainly could’ve helped on a couple of those deep balls Alex missed on too perhaps.
    Ahhh….the possibilities.

  60. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit – wouldn’t it be healthier if you just didn’t read me? Lol. I thought you were leaving anyway. Didn’t you tell Skeebers, “I’m out. Nice blog until he got here?” That lasted about a day. Nice to see you’re a man of your word.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I never said I was leaving. You’re the moron that thinks I’m Chuck. That in itself is verification your’re a true idiot.
    Have fun at work tomorrow. LOL!!!!!

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LOL Albert.
    Was that the ‘Wheel’ epidsode that prompted South Parks’ spoof I wonder?
    ‘People who annoy you’?
    Randy Marsh using the NWord.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I think Spitty is about to crack and have a meltdown.
    He wants me gone.
    Music to my ears and more reason to torment and humiliate him even more.
    Typical little boy response with he was right and no explanation.
    I’ve always said he’s a poser and a hater troll pretending he has knowledge. When push comes to shove he won’t do the work tio verify cuz he’s also a lazy slacker troll.
    Just like he posted about Jeremy
    Maclin earlier and said he wished the Niners had a similar website.
    Don’t tell the simpleton moron but they do. He’s just too dumb
    and lazy to find it.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When you’re a hater troll like Spitty the bitterness just consume you. We can cue the music
    for the following rant after the Aint’s game. We are playing the Doobie Bros featuring Michael McDonald singing “What a Fool Believes”

    “AlbertEinstinkle Says:

    January 15th, 2012 at 10:24 am
    The best part about this win yesterday is that it expedites the fans base’s expectations. Alex Smith would have been better off losing last night. Now the 49ers are in the NFC Championship game. 49er fans will get more hungry for Super Bowls, and Alex will be pushed even harder. There is no sleep for Alex Smith. Terrible qb under Singletary and Nolan who the fans booed mercilessly, now it’s Super Bowls or bust under Harbaugh. With an emphasis still on “bust” even after Smith’s best game of his career. Smith would have been better off losing the division round so he could enjoy going through the stages a little slower. Now he’s in the Super Bowl arena, front and center. Let’s see what he’s got!”

    Don’t forget Spittys gold standrad
    of how we evaluate QBs is Matt Moore.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith has us in a Super Bowl or bust mentality? I thought it was a team game? It is nice to see Stinkblood thinks Alex is a good QB. Or maybe not, Stinky talks from both sides of his mouth so he can always say he told us. He might be correct about every issue, but he is also incorrect. Cue the Stinkblood anthem:

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So nobody read that article about Schiano and Tampa Bay I posted the link to yesterday?
    You missed the fact that Greg Schiano has Jimmy Raye on his staff as a special offensive consultant. Jimmy Raye lives and still has a life in the NFL with the Bucs.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco had a comprehensive answer
    to a question about Crabtree

    “Any chance of Crabtree getting traded for a pick or player? Seems to be only player who doesn’t fit Harbaugh’s team 1st mentality. (@Mike Spediacci)
    The 49ers ended the season so short on wide receivers that on third downs in the NFC Championship Game they went with tight end Delanie Walker, playing for the first time after missing a month with a fractured jaw, instead of their No. 3 wide receiver, Brett Swain.

    The 49ers need a wide receiver or two. So there is no reason for them to get rid of their best receiver — the player who led the league’s No. 29-rated passing game with 72 catches for 874 yards. (Vernon Davis had 67 receptions for 792 yards.)

    Coach Jim Harbaugh would definitely challenge you on your statement that Crabtree does not fit into his team-first mentality. Crabtree turned a lot of heads this season with his willingness and effectiveness as a blocker.

    Crabtree, on more than one occasion last season, said he was willing to do whatever it took to win. He said he doesn’t look at his stats because he only cares about winning.

    When he failed to catch three passes that hit his hands in the playoff game against the Saints, he said “it haunted me.”

    And after the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants, in which he caught just one pass for 3 yards, Crabtree showed his frustration more than anybody on the team. He said he saw other teams throwing passes to receivers who weren’t wide open, allowing them to make plays. He said he wanted some of those chances, too.

    Crabtree is signed through 2014, and he figures to be an important piece of this offense at least through then.”

    If Alex Smith wasn’t around, Crabtree would be the target for all the whining haters.
    I still believe Crabtree will live up to his potential.

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think what hurt the WR corps the most in the Giants game was not having Ginn to take the top off of the defense. Ginn and Vernon create space for Crabtree and Williams. With Ginn out, there was not the double speed threat. Receivers did not get open in tighter coverage. Ginn being out hurt us in more than just the punt return game.

  69. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I was of a mind after the playoffs of ditching Crabs. Mainly because of his disappearing act in the playoffs. He came up very small. That as well as his reluctance to get any kind of training camp his 3 years in the league bothers me.
    My feeling now is they wait and see what happens with acquiring new guys. I guess I’m fine with Crabs if they can get a true #1 guy. Crabs did make strides this last year, and his blocking is an underrated part of his skill set, but he still needs a lot of help regarding the WR position. Hot reads, game/situational awareness, making it through a training camp.

  70. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If Crabs ‘wants his chances’, that’s all well and good, but too many times this year, the guy was not looking for the ball. You don’t catch it with your ear hole, Mikey. You Want Chances? Show some awareness in the passing game and look for the ball when the other team is bringing pressure.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What the Niners need is a pesky
    slot receiver that always seems to be open for that first down. Both Victor Cruz,Danny Amedola and
    Wes Welker were all undrafted free agents. Antonio Brown a 6th rd draft pick and Jordan Shipley a third round pick.
    Kyle Williams could fill that role
    but we’ll just have to see how his pysche is.

  72. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly. They showed it 2x in the NY game. Smith gets flushed from the pocket, and Crabs is looking downfield. If the play is still going after 4 or 5 seconds, Crabs NEEDS to pick up Alex and give him a target.
    There’s throwing guys open, Mike, and then there’s throwing to a guy who isn’t looking for the ball. The reason they don’t run many slants with Crabs is he doesn’t seem to ever get his head around fast enough.

  73. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Welker isn’t going anywhere. Cruz? Colston? V Jackson? Manningham? The Steeler whose name I can’t recall? No. They are all likely getting monster deals to stick around. One of the Giant WRs may fall out of the mix. Dwayne Bowe would be great, but again, he’s going to command a lot of attention. And a big deal. With all these top flight FA WRs, DSJ may be the odd man out with his antics last season. I’d take his act in a heartbeat. If he isn’t too costly. He’s better than Ginn as a KR and a WR. And he can rehab his rep closer to home . . .

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Patrick Edwards U of Houston WR
    This guy is no longer an unknown
    as he made an impression at the Senior Bowl. He had a horrific broken leg like Theisman but rehabbed and seems to be OK now.
    Projected as a 5th rd to FA pick

    These are highlights so he has to look good but he’s impressive nevertheless.

  75. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Any relation to Braylon?

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here are some significant dates

    The NFL Scouting Combine starts next week Feb 22-28 with top 300 prospects in attendance.All on NFL Network

    You can put a franchise tag on one of your players until Mar 6.
    New CBA has compensation for a high end Free Agent as a #1 only instead of a #1 & #3 in the old CBA. Currently Steelers don’t have cap room to even franchise Mike Wallace WR and Restricted Free Agent now. If Niners signed him to an offer sheet that Steelers couldn’t match they’d have to give up just their Rd 1 pick at 30. I’d do that in a second.
    They would have to wait until Mae 13 1pm when you can sign other teams’s Free agents.
    Draft is at end of April

  77. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Funny…. When Del posts twenty times in a row he calls Berger. When Chuck posts twenty times in a row he just logs on as a different user, or loser.

  78. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger/NJ, you guys know much about Dontari Poe, DT? Far as I can tell, he might fall to the Niners at 30. Dude is 6’5″, 350 lb but quick on his feet. Hard to pass on a guy like that.
    When you post 20 times in a row, Shitty, I do a lot of scrolling. Yawwwwwwwwwn. Bringing the C game, I see.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Does Robbie have a sense of humor?
    I sure hope he doesn’t hold grudges. I sure hope so for your sake.
    Anyhoo aren’t you the football guru who said that Tarrell Brown was trash and to get rid of him and Alton Smith didn’t have any pass rush moves? Typical dumbass
    comments from Mr Know Nothing.
    If I were trying to write a comedy no one would believe there could be an individual as dense
    and ignorant as yourself.

  80. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Back the crazy wagon up.

  81. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    No Fear – You get a blitz or a unique coverage and there’s an open window to complete a pass before the route is designed to take advantage of the opportunity, I want the qb and wr to improvise. They only way they can do that is if the wr is looking for the football, and the qb can improvise – which Alex can’t.
    I think Grump’s right, but it doesn’t matter because Crabtree’s head on a swivel would only help him watch the ball go five yards out of bounds a little easier. I think if we had a good qb, Crabtree would be looking back more often.

  82. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NOFear, the 12.6 mil was the full amount, according to Maiocco, giving the Niners about $30 mil in cap space. Interestingly, Willis has the highest 2012 cap figure at a whopping 17.7 mil.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    OK time for some more fun.
    “Personally, I think I’m good at evaluating quarterbacks. I don’t look at the quarterback’s arm, or the quarterback’s footwork. I mean, those are important, but what’s more important is if the guy is respectable in some way. Quarterback leadership is hard. It’s not just if the guy has a strong resolve in the face of adversity. It’s not just if the guy looks the part, or has great character. Players eventually get to really know one another. The offensive guys around the quarterback spend time off the field with the qb. They’re up in each other’s personal business. If the quarterback isn’t respectable, in mostly all facets of his life, the team isn’t going to follow him.”

    Doesn’t look at his arm or footwork??? Evaluates a QB by his looks and how he carries himself?
    That’s why Spitty fell in love with Jim Druckenmiller had their bromance and the rest is history.
    That first line “Personally, I think I’m good at evaluating quarterbacks” tells you a lot
    when Spitty’s guys are Nate Davis, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Whitehurst, Kevin Kolb, Troy Smith and Donovan McNabb.
    Remember I only posted this for comic relief.

  84. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Manning’s numbers – 17 million if kept, 10 million if released. Irsay jockeying for position. What’s the position? No release, new contract. Why? So Irsay gets compensated. Irsay wouldn’t be making these moves if he didn’t think Manning was going to play in 2012. Irsay and Manning will workout a fair deal that allows Manning to chose where he plays, and Irsay to get compensated. Like I’ve been sayin’ all along…

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Your usual football source?
    Ms Cleo? No linky from Stinky?

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Keep in mind what Spitty said above that he fancies himself good at evaluating QBs.
    Spitty posted this:

    “I’m kinda with Phil Simms when Simms recently said, “I don’t see NFL throws from Luck.” I like Luck – the kid has heart. But I don’t think he’s a slam dunk like everyone else on planet earth believes. I think he still needs good coaching around him, and the hype alone is gonna put a whole hell of a lotta pressure on Luck his first few years in the league. We’ve seen teams overpay for Kolb and Palmer recently with little return thus far. I wonder if that will effect the offers given for Andrew’s services. Probably not, but it should.”
    Now didn’t Spitty say he didn’t look at the QB’s arm or footwork?
    Yet he’s knocking Luck because he
    doesn’t see NFL throws from him?
    I suppose Spitty forgot about the new CBA and Luck’s first contract is more or less determined already but yet he’s talking Kolb and Palmer??

  87. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, restructuring was your idea? I’m sure Irsay had never thought of that.Gawwd. Do you really believe your own bullshit? You didn’t know that it was either $23 million or nothing if the situation didn’t change.
    You’re welcome.
    Irsay’s compensation, nimrod, is not paying the scheduled $23 million bonus this year and bail on the rest of the original $90 million contract. The Colts can opt out of the remaining millions owed. Which they probably will.

  88. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or they restructure. But you didn’t ‘call’ shit, skippy. You didn’t understand the situation. Again, you’re welcome.

  89. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Great story about Freddie Solomon:

  90. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll credit Dennis with that link. He posted it on my blog . . .

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Oh great self proclaimed evaluator of QBs.
    You annointed Eli Manning the equal of Jor Montana???
    Did you know that Eli Manning has thrown more INTs (129) in his career than Joe Montana did as a
    49er (123)??? Another foolish BS comment.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I’ve gone on record for keeping either DT, Cox or Poe on the Board for consideration at Pick 30. I also like Crick but, 30 may be too high for him.
    We could always use another ‘Big Man’ in the DL rotation. There’s also a very impressive DT from MI that could be there for us in Rd 3 or 4. Mike Martin. A technician with a wrestling background who is very active like Justin.
    A little shorter though.
    Bullit, take a look at WR Danny Coale from Va Tech as a guy for the slot too.
    Excellent speed, decent size and caught a ton behind Boykin as the number 2 option.
    There a plenty of smaller ‘Burner-type’ WRs in this Class.
    We’ll be fine in the Mid to Late Rds shopping for WRs and CBs.
    Quite frankly, Pick 30 is a headscratcher for me right now.
    Gonna depend on the deals we can get done with the FAs before the Draft I think.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I really like Patrick Edwards and Tommy Streeter. One’s a burner and a returner and the other is a tall lanky receiver along the lines of what the Chargers have.
    Bothe are 3rd to 5th rounders.
    Also think Ryan Broyles will be there as well as Jweff Fuller although Fuller seems to have digressed.
    Things will become much clearer at the combinr next week.
    Don’t you think Poe has to go to the Baltimore Ravens?

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I like Streeter too.
    He’s light on experience however.
    I’ll check into Edwards, haven’t uncovered him yet.
    I think I’d pull the trigger on Alshon over Sanu right now if I was forced to choose, only because you can’t teach HT/WT.
    Quite frankly, for size and effectiveness alone, I’d probably choose TE Fleener over both guys at Pick 30.
    I like both WRs from AR too.
    Joe Adams and Jarius Wright are almost identical, stats wise.
    Arkansas threw a lot, both guys put up excellent numbers.
    Plus, it was a Pro Style Offense.
    Like AL, AR played tough competition too.
    I’ll be watching the Combines to see actual 40 times and how the WR field moves in drills.
    We’ll need a slot CB too.
    Would you pass on Janoris at 30 if he’s still there?
    I’d have a tough time saying no.
    He’s had some serious baggage though, a big concern.
    Could end up with another Pac Man scenario.

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I posted Edwards hihlight reel earlier today. Check it out.
    He had a broken leg during a game acouple of years ago similar to Joe Theisman. Still has the speed.

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for Poe, he’s Haloti Ngata-like.
    Baltimore has a very formidable front right now.
    They grabbed TCody recently too. They might not rate another DT that highly?
    Cox or Poe could easily be gone by 30 but, if given that chance, I’d certainly give them serious consideration.
    If we want a dominant front, we need young talent whenever we have the chance to acquire it.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Drafting at the bottom now we’ll have a much better view of the ‘Value’ guys too.
    Might pull the trigger a little earlier on a guy with less risk due to decreased cost factors.
    Whole new mindset now then in years past where the talented guys were there for the taking.
    Baalke seems to have plenty of talent eval skills.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    That was a literary refrenece because Edgar Allen Poe is from Baltimore and actually that’s why the team is named the Ravens based on his poem “The Raven”.
    Sorry if I wasn’t clear.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OK, right over my head Bullit, sorry.

  100. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I missed it too.
    Quoth the Raven, nevermore . . . At 6’5″ and 350 it’ll be all Poe all the time.
    Yeah, until the FA things shake out, it’s hard to figure where they will focus with that pick at 30.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not to mention the BPA angle will factor in as well Chuck.
    Typically the perennial Playoff Teams that Draft at the bottom of the Rds grab depth and those gems that slide.
    That’s why I wonder about Janoris just a little.
    So much goes into eval on these kids.
    Tarell Brown slid to us on character concerns. He’s been a model citizen by all accounts.
    Janoris is top 15 talent, could go to then bottom of the Rd.
    Gonna be interesting.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, watch the WR from LSU, Rueben Randal at the Combines.
    Another guy that hasn’t lit it up in terms of stats.
    Played in the SEC against top competition.
    Good size, decent speed.
    He’s right there with Alshon in height and obviously saw better coaching competition etc.
    Rated very well by most people who play the circuit.
    Great time of year to see who will emerge and surprise everyone.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Should say Coaching.
    Alshon plays in the SEC also.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    After further review –
    Alshon has superior numbers.
    Have to see him work out now.

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