Mystery Theater

Hard to believe we’re only five days away from the start of the 2011 football seaason. It kind of snuck up on us. Five days till we finally get a peek at what the heck this team is going to look like this year.

Last year at this time, we all knew pretty much what to expect out of the 49ers. The defense was entering it’s fifth year under Greg Manusky and the players were all intact from the previous year. We thought they would be good and they weren’t. We also knew what a Jimmy Raye offense looked like and were fervently hoping it wouldn’t look that way again for another year. Surely it would open up, wouldn’t it? But, no, it did not.

This year, WTFKs what we are going to see? The secondary is different, the D-line is different, the LBs are different, the Kicker is different, and the coaches are different. The offensive personnel is mostly the same, but they won’t be running the West Coast Thud this year, which is terrific even if it isn’t.

I’m excited about this year, but I’m also acutely aware we are pinning all our hopes on the expected wonderfulness of new HC Jim Harbaugh. This new HC enthusiasm hasn’t exactly played out too well around here the past eight years. Another pratfall on that front would be very hard to swallow.

I can’t imagine Friday’s game will be anything but a vanilla effort by both teams, with starters playing very little. A lot of the starters for both the Saints and the 49ers will only have had one week of practice by game time, making this game more of a scrimmage than an actual contest. That will make a lot of Niner fans happy, though, because we’ll be getting an extended look at Colin Kaepernick at QB.

There’s going to be some ragged football games at the beginnning of this season, with teams that are mostly the same as last year having a distinct advantage over teams that have made big offseason personnel or coaching changes. All the teams in the NFC West qualify on the disadvantaged list, naturally, but none more so than the 49ers.

Long odds to overcome this year. The Rams will probably be the early division favorites. Not that this distinction will win them any games, as we all know from last year. Right now, I’m tinkering with my Optimism Face. The mask I wear when marginal fans ask me how the team will do this year. Why they would ask me is a mystery, since I’ve not been right about anything for the past five years. Still, if you wear this mask with the proper nonchalant assurance, it seems to elicit positive feedback. Maybe this year these marginals will experience a breakthrough in wisdom and hand me a “You’re full of shit” reply. But I doubt it. Afterall, guys who pay attention all year long have an arsenal of useless information to marshal up at these critical social junctures. Tough for a marginal to compete with.

Anyway, the Optimism Face. Firm, guarded, tentative, wishful, prayerful … lots to pick from. I gotta see this game before I set my lineup, face-wise. See how our rookies look and how our guys stack up on just a basic physical scale against one of the premier teams in the NFL. I trust Harbaugh and Vic Fangio to eventually supply some clever game plans and schemes, but they won’t do a hellava lot of good if our guys just don’t have any, or nearly enough, talent.

For now, it’s a whisper from the back of the crowd. go niners!

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49 comments on “Mystery Theater
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows reported some ominous sounding tweets from Reggie Smith late last night. It could be he got a serious injury in Saturday’s practice. Or a personal tragedy. Not sure which yet.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rams have a brutal first part of their schedule
    They start with Eagles, @Giants,
    Ravens, Redskins, Bye,@Packers,@Cowboys, Saints

    Looks to me either 2-5 or 1-6 is most probable. If they start 4-3 they will be a force and most likely win the division

    Niners might start 3-3 and then
    win 3 in a row and go 6-3

    let’s see how they look in pre season

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson is re-signing with the 49ers.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    One year deal.

  5. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Just saw that Skeebs. Wonder if Williams is gonna sit or be cut? Any more news on R. Smith?

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No news yet on Smith. I’m hoping it isn’t the dreaded ACL. If so, the Goldson signing is important.

  7. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Seems we ought to root for losses in the preseason. 4-0 didn’t help much last year! Of course, losing badly didn’t seem to help in 2007.

    2010 – 4-0 (6-10)
    2009 – 3-1 (8-8)
    2008 – 2-2 (7-9)
    2007 – 1-3 (5-11)

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The only reason the Rams would be considered the favorite to win the division is because they have a QB. The reason Seattle probably isn’t favored is because they don’t. Where does that leave us? Oh yeah, I think AZ might be in the mix this year too.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    i didn’t get to respond to you about goldson , but you know i’m happy he’s back ! a one year deal gives us a chance to see what he really has ! imo he will be a playmaker for us ! the two safeties we signed will add some veteran experience and help goldson imo !
    too bad about spikes and lawson , i wanted to see them back too

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    YUP ,i live near tampa fl . the year tampa went 4-0 in preseason they went 2-14 ! we were 1-3 in preseason and had me worried when we lost our last one like 37-6 ! that was 1984 !

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It helps to have sense of humor if your a 49er fan. The one thing about Goldson I like is that he does hit hard and we need people that can do that.

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson certainly knows now he needs a big year to generate any interest in a big payday. Not sure if he was coasting or dinged up last year but the results just weren’t there.
    IMHO the timing of this suggests Reggie is not going to be a quick healer on this one. Too bad.

  13. robNo Gravatar says:



  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    49ers FS Reggie Smith will reportedly require surgery on an undisclosed body part and is out for an undetermined period of time.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Only a meniscus tear and out only a couple of weeks. Good news. Unfortunately, he’ll lose his starter spot to Goldson during that time.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs , imo goldson and smith are the best FS and SS on the roster !

  17. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Which is why this secondary is in trouble, Rob. Neither are very good. Spencer and Rogers (or whoever) have their work cut out for themselves. Unless Fangio really is a great coach who can get a pass rush going with these guys.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! This was reported by Mike Sando today:
    •This was the crispest, most efficient practice I’ve seen while visiting NFC West camps over the past week. Coach Jim Harbaugh was everywhere, including deep inside the offensive huddle. The 49ers practiced with purpose. Harbaugh called this the best 49ers practice since camp opened. There was frequent give-and-take between offense and defense. Newly signed receiver Braylon Edwards dominated at times in the red zone. Fans in attendance cheered his every move, no matter how ordinary. Edwards’ overhead touchdown grab against cornerback Tramaine Brock was a highlight.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    the secondary should be pretty good this year ! we might even have a passrush to help them out !
    sounds good ! maybe we have a coach here who’ll make our players look good for a change !

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex made a comment today about last year’s offense, something to the effect of doing the same thing over and expecting it to change is the definition of insanity.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Kind of like starting the same quarterback and having him do the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and expecting him to change is the definition of insanity.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone have an idea that last post was coming?

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you keep setting up #11 on a tee, and I’ll keep on hitting him outta the park.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Getting excited about practice, Reno?
    Be still my heart.
    Fricking Maiocco and Barrows were wetting themselves over the ‘new commanding presence of A Smith’ last year.
    Harbaugh and co. give me hope that they have more coaching acumen than the last 4 HC’s combined, but this still comes down to another HC that has not very much NFL experience.
    But, like Skeebs,I’ve been dead wrong the last 4 years, so hey, if I’m wrong, at least I’ll be happy this time.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jeesh, I saw something positive, that we ran the crispest practice of any team in the west, and the Debbie Doomsayers are taking their familiar spot in the peanut gallery acting like the experts of negativity. We could win it all and the comments would be about let’s see you do it twice.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure what Del saw in Singletary, he just keeps defending him. I guess defending Sing is called hitting a home run.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Keep an eye out for Corey Nelms CB
    undrafted FA from the U (Miami)
    trying to make the team.
    He had a pick and made several plays in the practice per Sando of ESPN.
    Then again it might be because he is third team. Nevertheless he wears #32 and should be on the field in the second half gainst the Saints Friday.
    He’s 6 ft 190 lbs and has 4.38 speed

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sing was a great boat designer, Berg. Just ask NoFear.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I complained about the same ole’ play being run over and over last year and when I find a quote that agrees with me Del comes to Sing’s rescue. Maybe he was on board his boat rearranging the deck chairs?

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not going to go all a twitter over anything that happens in the preseason. As I recall, we went 4-0 in the exhibitions last year. We all saw how much that meant once the season started. So it’s nice that practice went well. Now wake me in mid-September and then we’ll talk.

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Re Goldson from Maiocco:

    He is expected to officially sign a one-year, $2 million contract on Tuesday — three days after his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, sent an email to all 32 teams stating Goldson would be willing to sign a one-year deal worth “approximately $3,000,000.”


    Wow. No one even wanted him at a discount for one year.

    Here’s the thread, with MM’s musing on our depth chart:

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson needs to learn to make simple fundamental tackles instead of trying to blow up people and semiwhiff. Stop them in their tracks and don’t allow them to fall forward. Simple textbook tackling.
    He’s a safety and when he misses
    the YAC piles up for our opponents. You can’t blowup every
    offensive player so you need to pick your spots.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- He also needs to stop biting so hard on play-action fakes.

  34. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, Reno. The deal is, we’ve been down this road before.
    In 2007 the Niners were the darling upstarts of the NFL. Crash, burn. Carnage. HC/GM canned. 2009? Same thing. Poised for greatness. Crash, burn, debacle. 2010? Overwhelming favorites to win the west.
    Last year it was all about how awesome Smith looked in practice, and his newfound command of the huddle. Crash, burn. Carnage. Coaching staff canned.
    Here we are. 2011. The team decimated its defense. They are going younger. They re-signed Alex, for God’s sake. This year is a wash, and most involved with the team know this.
    They had a great practice? Yay! Pinch me. Super Bowl here we come.
    Debbie Doomsayer? Blow it out yer ass, skippy. There’s so much positive to say about this team. Like, uh, well, we have a young dynamic coaching staff, and just let half the starting defense go. I’m HAPPY about that. Well, not AF. But I’m glad they said adios to Clements, Lawson, and TKO. Look, if they somehow go 8-8, I’ll sing Harbaugh’s praises to the heavens. He and the coaches will have done a marvelous job with a depleted team.
    Just call a spade a spade, and admit that post was for trolling purposes only.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Our DL depth chart should put Berger into stupor far greater than any done by Dogfather beer. This is just putrid.
    LDE — Ray McDonald, Demarcus Dobbs, Ian Williams.
    NT — Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois, Sealver Siliga.
    RDE — Justin Smith, Will Tukuafu, Brian Bulcke.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    UncaSkippy- I sense there is a tear in your beer.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I’m not exactly thrilled with our D-line. Smith is awesome and Sope should be OK. Not sure what we get from McDonald. Depth does not seem to be an asset. All I am hearing about Aldon Smith is good, we’ll see about that.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Barges don’t steer, they need some kind of tugboat.
    No joke, I heard he was going into politics later on. LOL!

  39. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sing is going into politics? Prolly Minnesota. They like steroid-laden ex-jocks as governors.
    Well, the thing is, here we are again on an uncharted path into unknown waters. Did the captain cause the leak? Did the 1st mate? Was it the crew? Was it the previous captain that damaged the ship? Is the ship salvageable? Or will this shit be scuttled?
    We will all know soon, as the stomach turns . . .

  40. winderNo Gravatar says:

    What’s even worse is when your ship sails and your left standing on shore looking like an idiot. God, I hate that.
    I don’t like our Dline all that much either, but I do like our LB’s, lets see what Aldon can do for us. Once again it’s all gonna come down to u know what, (hint: the QB) and I’m not gonna hold my breath this year.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    49ers fans with dr deyorkian as owner …
    “when your ship sails and your left standing on shore looking like an idiot. “

  42. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes the Dline is questionable. Will Fangio be able to engineer this leaky barge into a position of blockading the opposition? Again can we stop the pass? Looks like the emphasis has been on rebuilding the secondary so I think there is more hope for that eventually. Stopping the run is where the doubts are. Looks like we have given up some reliable pieces of the blockade in Spikes, Franklin, Lawson. Do we have adequate replacements? Dunno, gonna find out soon enough. Hopefully (that word again) our pass rush, blitzes will reinforce the blockade with our leaky barge.
    Got more faith in the offense and Harbaugh even if we only have AS and some rookies. Liked the 45 yard scamper by CK out-running Taylor Mays to the end zone! Sorry I got excied there for a second…

  43. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Also got excited!

  44. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    My upcoming schedule is going to preclude my listening to the Saints game Friday evening (Saturday AM here). I will be able to listen to it later on replay at NFL Field Pass. Hopefully with a decent scotch in hand. So guys I want you to know 2 things: I’m not voluntarily missing the first preseason game of the year, it’s family duties and 2) I’m counting on all of you to post your usual insightful/grumpy/outraged comments for my further enlightenment. I know you are up to the task and won’t let me down, thanks.
    Unfortunately the NFL Game Day broadcast is blocked to this country, whaaaa…

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smiley just told the Raiduhs that he’s retiring.
    He didn’t think he could make it through training camp.

  46. robNo Gravatar says:

    what’s wrong with smiley ?

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob Smiley quit cuz he couldn’t handle the one a days in training camp.
    Last year they were running two a days

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