New Era

Message to NFL players: do not report concussions. Message to 49er players: do not believe a word I say. Message to 49er fans: the 49ers will win the Super Bowl this year.

Jim Harbaugh delivered the messages Wednesday evening in the kind of bold and ruthless fashion that great coaches and great leaders, if not great men, do — decisively and without regard to public opinion. To justify this inseason move, Colin Kaepernick must win the Super Bowl. Anything less will be nothing more than what Alex Smith has already accomplished, and perhaps less than Smith would have accomplished if he had remained the starter.

Is that enough pressure for you, Kaepernick? Welcome to the big time, big guy. You’ll either be a hero or the guy who couldn’t carry Smith’s jock.

This is precisely the sort of pressure Harbaugh no doubt wants Kaepernick to feel, because it’s the only way to tell if the guy can cut it. There’s no room for losing games. He must win and he has to start Sunday in New Orleans. A loss there would be unacceptable. The Saints are a team with virtually no defense. They should be shredded more easily than the Bears were shredded last Monday night.

As for Smith, he’ll accept this latest bit of shabby treatment with the grace he’s demonstrated throughout his career. And he’ll have no ill will. After all, Harbaugh resurrected his career and allowed him to prove he could win games in the NFL. In the offseason, he can demand his release and get it and, unlike last offseason, teams will believe he has a desire to play elsewhere. There should be several suitors available.

Harbaugh runs some risk in the locker room and plenty in the halls of the hindsight pundit vulchers if this doesn’t play out well, but it can’t be any greater than the risk he pulled off when wooing Smith to be his starter for the 2011 season. The man is either going to be a legendary coach or a guy who ends up in a padded room, perhaps mumbling about Waterloo, while hilarious Youtube videos capture his every wild and wacky career moment.

We’re leaning toward legendary at the moment and will sit down today and be thankful. Our coach has just guaranteed a 6th Lombardi for the San Francisco 49ers! May the league tremble before our mighty might men!

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  1. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs…i disagree with you on the statement:….. To justify this inseason move, Colin Kaepernick must win the Super Bowl. Anything less will be nothing more than what Alex Smith has already accomplished, and perhaps less than Smith would have accomplished if he had remained the starter……… Assuming he starts the next six regular season games…if we fail in the playoffs …personally,id be disappointed to be sure….but we have a ‘potential’ star QB starting his first full season next year, with a handfull of games of expieriance…as for Alex…i dont think he goes anywhere…not that he wouldn’t be wanted by other teams…i just dont think he’d want to leave….and personally i want him here…he’s a team guy…always has been,,,and i truly admire that…..Good luck Kappy and Coach….go niners!!

  2. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    And as for the teams reaction..there was a sampling from Davis, Gore, Crabs, Aldon after the game …gushing over Kappy’s performance….and during the game…the look on the faces of the “rested’ defensive lineman as the niners scored on their first 4 or 5 drives…Alex is a very good QB….but the team can see Kappy’s a star in the making…he’s that missing piece…As for Smith…like i said yesterday…his home is here…his young family is here…(most) SF fans love him now thanks to Harbaugh… why go anywhere else? just to startfor a crummy team again while a team grooms another young QB? why?….he can stay as a player/coach…maybe become a coach when he’s done playing….and im sure his young wife would prefer he make a millon a year and not get killed every weeked….Alex are you listening!!

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, you are overreacting here. Until Harbaugh says something other than all this hearsay shit flying around, there’s nothing decided.
    The facts are Smith hasn’t been cleared to play on Sunday.
    That’s it.
    And to say the Saints defense is easy is ludicrous. The saints are at home, they have a very loud crowd, and they run a much more confusing defense than the Bears even dream of. Cappy (or Smith) will face a lot more blitzes and different disguised formations and packages set to confuse. The Bears are about personnal. They played it straight up man to man, and the rarely blitZed. The Niners took it to them. Cappy played great.
    You are building a scenario that sets up Cappy for no good result. If he wins, well, he beat a shitty defense. If he loses, then it was a horrible decision.
    So, should Cappy play this game, I’m sure next week the smoke screen will still be in place, and eventually Smith gets his job back.
    Yes, Cappy is the future, but Alex is the present. But until he gets cleared to play, there’s really nothing to all this shit flying around.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The QB discussion has been a focal point and has dominated the back and forth.
    Sliding under the radar might be this from Maiocco

    “Three of the 49ers top five defensive backs were listed as limited participants Wednesday due to injuries: safety Dashon Goldson (ribs and calf), and cornerbacks Tarell Brown (knee) and Chris Culliver (shoulder).

    Brown and Goldson were new additions to the 49ers’ practice report. Culliver was limited last week due to a shoulder injury but played Monday night.”

    Maybe it’s just Harbaugh putting guys on the injury report but the fact that they didn’t practice fully might raise a red flag especially against the pass happy Aints.

    Those guys need to heal fast.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’re not keeping up, Chuck. Smith is out, CK is in. Not injury related.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Denial is just not a river in Egypt.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How should I celebrate the rightful relegation of Alex to the bench?
    A) Go shout it from the mountain tops.
    B) Start my own one-man parade in downtown Pinole.
    C) Buy the house a round down at the Antler’s.
    D) Attend Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph’s now that my faith in God has been restored.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I guess you forget, you hate Kaepernick too. You are the Tolzien supporter.

  9. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “You’re not keeping up, Chuck. Smith is out, CK is in. Not injury related.”
    Based on what? All the CK is in, AS is out articles are based on ONE report from Trotter at SI that has been disputed by ESPN. All of em. We don’t know. Unless you have some other source than Trotter.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Every writer in the Bay area is talking about it like it is a fact. I doubt they would do that if it weren’t true.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The best news for us is we don’t have to worry about the #1 QB going down like most teams do. Alex leads the league in throwing percentage, he is third in QB rating and the stat I think that is most important except for wins, yards per throw, he is third. You don’t change out a QB like that unless the guy replacing him is a potential star. I believe Kaep to be a potential star.
    I’m not sure this switch is permanent. I have to agree with unca’s post above. My instincts tell me it is permanent. We’ll see.
    The cool thing is the whole country is talking about this situation, its not just us. Kappy is creating quite a buzz.

  12. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen that — but they’re feeding off each other and the origins are still the Trotter article. Maybe it is true and ESPN’s version is wrong, but nary a peep from 49er central. My guess is that the media is taking some serious liberties. Maybe the “he’s getting reps” morphed into “he is the starter for all eternity.”
    I don’t know. My sense is that JH would start CK to give AS one more game to recover from the concussion. Outright benching I actually don’t agree with, despite doubts I carry about Alex.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Signs are all pointing to the switch being permanent but I have not read anything concrete to tell me that. Just strong speculation. My opinion is it is permanent but we just can’t say it for sure.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49er PR guys could have diluted or disputed this story at any time, privately or publicly, but they haven’t.

  15. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nice eulogy, wordsmithy.
    I especially like the POV that can’t have it turn out good for Kaep. Nice touch.
    Alex figures out how to tuck the ball on a sack and he’s the star of the game. Kaep tears up a highly touted defense and it was no defense. “Impossible to be unsuccessful” as another less than unbiased blog ex-purt puts it. Sounds about right from an Alex fanatic.
    Whatever. It makes exactly zero difference who’s “named” the starter. Especially if it came from Harbaugh. He loves the disinformation campaign and there are no rules in the NFL that say he can’t “name” the other guy next week if he wants to. If he can convince Alex that he was never interested in Manning and the rest of the team that Alex is his guy, this little naming of the starter episode is child’s play if need be.

  16. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I do agree with with you on one point, howsumever. I don’t see the need to create the controversy here. Kaep would have been the starter without making it “official”.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Already making excuses for Kaep should he fail to take the team to the next level? That would be the SB, right?

  18. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Company man Maiocco disagrees with the benching but says his sources say Alex won’t protest it.
    I agree with Skeebs, it’s a done deal leaving a small crack for Alex to return as a starter.
    Beat guys would like nothing more than to upstage a national guy like Trotter who is a highly regarded guy BTW.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is a good deal for a starting QB at 8 mil per year. He’s very expensive as a back-up. What do some of you out there think he can fetch for an off season trade?
    I think he can bring as much as a #1 but probably a #2.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I expect us to win the Super Bowl whether it be Smith or Kaep.

  21. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, the team went to the NFCCG with Alex last year. They are in place to do the same this year by half a game with a few very tough road games between now and playoffs. The scenario you are painting is crazy biased. There is no guarantee we repeat last year or improve on it with either guy and you know it so knock off the nonsense.
    Harbs is making the switch because he believes we go further with Kap and not for any other reason, plain and simple.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, if you think Alex could garner a first or second round pick in a trade, I need to tell you this: STOP THE DRINKING NOW!!!

  23. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I am not convinced Alex will be gone next year despite the 8 mil.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to feel sorry for Smith. He’s making good money and has made about 60 or 70 mil so far in his career. He’ll land on his feet as always. I hope we find a way to keep him unless we can fetch a 1st round pick for him.

  25. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    If we deal Alex I would think a 3 and a 5.

  26. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Jacksonville would give a 1st and every firstborn male child.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    They aren’t going to trade Alex. They will either let him go before the 4/1 signing deadline, or re-sign him.
    The only thing factual coming out of 4949 Centennial Blvd is that Smith isn’t cleared to play yet. All the rest is bullshit.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    12th, where have you been all year? It’s SB or bust around these parts. That was the burden laid on Smith. It’s now the burden laid on Kaep.

  29. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    5 Lombardi Trophies will do that to a fan, Skeebs.

  30. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs you’re throwing a tantrum.

  31. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, Alex gets a million in March then 7.5 in April. Alex and Kap combined equals a top tier QB contract value so it’s not impossible. Having said that, if Alex is benched going forward I hope he moves on for his own benefit. He has made a ton of money from the Niners but treated poorly many times and I say that despite supporting this change.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    12th, just stating the facts. Save the mommy talk for your kids.

  33. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs you sound like one of them today. You tell me, why has Harbaugh made this change?

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If you’re too dense to understand the dynamics, I can’t help you.

  35. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I think I understand it just fine, it’s your understanding I’m interested hearing but if you are too butt hurt to share that’s up to you.
    That steaming pile you wrote for todays thread wreaks of hurt feelings, is crazy biased and you set up Kap for failure no matter what the outcome and all because your fav QB is being beat out for the job. What happened to supporting the team blah, blah, blah. The coach of the year changes the QB in a winning season with playoffs up in the air and sits the proven winning guy. Gee I wonder why.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m enjoying the shift in expectations, 12th. You seem like the guy who’s getting steamed to me.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Personally, I feel the same as Berger. I expect an SB no matter who the QB is. Sorry you didn’t like my post.

  38. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Texans have a hole in the middle of their line you could drive a Mack truck through.
    Detroit has no secondary.
    Next up, RG III.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Texans seem to be falling apart lately. Maybe you will get your Denver SB wish after all.

  40. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, not excuses, just don’t care for the set up for failure no matter the outcome. Besides if we fall short of getting to the big dance with Kaep under center, who’s the culprit, Harbaugh or Kaep? You know, the guy whose judgment has been beyond reproach here, until he crossed the line, that is.
    Nevermind, 12th man just posted this. I’ll leave it stand for the question it contains, who’s to blame, Kaep or Harbaugh.
    Anyway, the Lions got robbed on Thanksgiving. They usually just play like the turkey. Today they’re killin’ it and the officials can’t stand it.
    I hope we get officiating crews like that with Kaep playing. That way the pissed off Alex fans can give any wins to them.
    Got family coming. Don’t nobody get cardiacly infarc’d over this now.

  41. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    My expectations have risen if anything Skeebs, we made the NFCCG by herculian efforts in the 4th quarter from the team and especially Alex. The kind of play from him very rarely seen and likely unrepeatable. If Kap works out he is capable of that type of play at any time, ergo I believe we are more likely to be back in the championship game with Kap starting. Does that mean SB win or Kap was a failed experiment? Thats a childish proposition.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Look, 12th, if you want to voice your opinion or disagree with me, fine. Have at it. If you want to keep calling me childish for not agreeing with you, that’s immature and weak argumentative baloney.

  43. 12th manNo Gravatar says:


  44. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I said the proposition is childish, it was when Maiocco made it too.

  45. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    In other news this Lions Texans game is very entertaining.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s all over the web, 12th. “Harbaugh goes all in with Kaepernick”, “Harbaugh hits on 17”. Is everyone childish? The only covenite so far that’s just joyful is Dennis. Where’s all the confidence and embracing the challenge to greatness? All I hear is guys pissing on my POV, like what I think matters a hill of beans. I’m just a blog host.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    After that horrible non-reviewable play gave the Texans a gift TD, I’m surprised they didn’t trot out Phil Luckett for the overtime coin toss.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Roman and Vangio press conference coming up shortly. I wonder what the first question will be?

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The one answered with “Next question.”

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Good one, Skeebs.

  51. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Ok Skeebs, this is a big news story, probably unprecidented given all the circumstances right? Of course there will be sensational headlines. Your blog however is not a news source, it’s your opinion and you and your bretheren have pushed this Alex is great theme forever and any other opinion has been labeled a hater although I grant you less so from you personally. Now one is silent, another is jumping ship and you are in mourning, forgive me a moment of relief from the onslaught.
    I agree your just a blog host, and I enjoy this blog, it was the first one I joined so don’t take some critisism so hard.
    Your title piece today is unfair and sets you up to gloat either way, Alex is your preference and I get that. You may well be right, indeed just about every indicator says stick with Alex, it’s the percentage play. Harbaugh clearly feels the Niners have a better opportunity to go to the bowl with Kap. That takes guts to buck the trend like that and of course I hope he is right. Not because Alex is out and Kap is in but because I believe as Harbaugh does. This team can be just about unbeatable with a more dynamic offense.

  52. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Schwatz is a rotten, rotten coach.

  53. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Wow this game is feeling like the Niner Ram game

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    12th, you think you understand me, but you don’t. And it’s insulting that you keep pretending that you do, that you know how I feel, blah, blah, blah. What a load of condescending manure. And this blog has never pushed “Alex is great”, except in jest. It has defended him from the endless “Alex is shit” comments, though. So, you don’t even understand that. Go eat some turkey and give it a rest.

  55. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    If you see your blog that way you are kidding yourself, but this is not so important to me. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  56. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Alex has been cleared to play, still won’t start according to ESPN.

  57. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:
    Alex is the best 2nd string QB in the league.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Which one am I supposed to be, jumping ship I presume? Not true, I’ve always wanted Kaep to start since we drafted him. Difference is I wasn’t advocating for him to start until ready because we already have quite a capable QB. In the pre-season I said Alex is the starter but don’t get hurt because he might not get his job back. The Oracle Berger saw the future.

  59. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I’m imagining what Cappy will be like in 7 years. Happy Thanksgiving all.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I know about Kappy from watching him in college, he is a winner.

  61. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    3 touchdowns passing, 1 rushing.
    The first half is over, are the Cowpattties done yet?

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Were they ever alive?

  63. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, well you’re sure not the silent one lol.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ya know, if we would have signed Peyton Manning this conversation would never have come up. Manning would never find himself on the bench. And that includes if he ever became a judge. Peyton is “Above the Law. Much like Steven Segal in the aforementioned title.

  65. robNo Gravatar says:

    nice to see ex niners shanahan and morgan go into dallas and beat the cowpies !

  66. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Get aome new materiial, Dennis. Manning didn’t want to come here. Get that through your pea brain.

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I’ll get some new material as soon as you admit you were wrong about our Niners being better off with a QB who now sits on the bench than if Peyton Manning would have chosen to sign here.
    Let’s see…Peyton Manning or a guy holding a clipboard? That’s a toughie.

  68. robNo Gravatar says:




  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Between Smith and P Manning? I’ll take Kaepernick!

  70. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Can Sanchez look any more inept than that?

  71. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Pats 27 Jets 0.
    2nd quarter
    I can find you a good home on the beach in Costa Rica, Rex, small commission.
    NOW will you give the ball to Tebow?

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! Like I just told ya a minute ago over the phone, my next door neighbor brought me over a Thanksgiving plate fit for a king. Turkey and ham plus all the fixings. Not sure if I’m royalty or not, but I’ve put in a lot of time reading the newspaper sitting on the throne. 😀

  73. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Ax #1 and it surprises me:
    Rex Ryan
    And I thought Norv was a shoe-in.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jets are down 28-0 and running the ball. On 3rd and long Sanchez is sacked. Patriots get the ball and go no huddle. I would just hate having Rex Ryan as my coach.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    35-0 Patriots.

  76. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    35-0 now. This looks remarkably like the day the Cowpastures quit on Wade Phillips.
    How long until Woody pulls the trigger after this one?

  77. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t worry, though. Rex’s Dad managed to blow a 35-3 halftime lead in the AFC Championship Game.
    Rex still has more to prove.
    “When everyone around you is panicking, and you are calm and lead”, maybe you’re in the wrong business.

  78. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Thinking of Bum Phillips, my bad.
    Rex, resign gracefully after this game.

  79. robNo Gravatar says:

    OUTSIDER MUSIC FANS …joe bonamassa in concert on PBS now !

  80. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wouldn’t want to have a nightcap at the Ryan households tonight.

  81. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Moe to Kerley, fumble. Moe to Larry in the endzone, can’t hold on. Amazing the stooges put up 3.

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Schwartz yelled accross the field at Harbaugh last year “know the rules” when he threw the challenge flag when he wasn’t supposed to. Harbaugh got a penalty. Today Schwartz did the same thing and cost his team a win!

  83. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    No way the Texans should get credited a touchdown on that play when they obviously didn’t score a touchdown.
    15 yard unsportsmanlike fine. But you can’t put up a score you know the team didn’t make. Just plain stupid. And Goodell preaches about the integrity of the game.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. But it is still funny Schwartz yells across the field at Harbaugh “know the rules” and then does the same thing.

  85. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL replay makes even Bud Selig laugh to himself.

  86. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Same thing happened in the AZ game last weekend.
    Of course the 1st reaction of the coach is to throw the challenge flag. Cancelling the challenge and not reviewing the play is 2 wrongs making a 3rd wrong. Stupid stupid stupid.

  87. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Giving them the TD being the 3rd wrong . . .

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maiooco says Alex Smith is not cleared to play yet.

  89. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s because they’re not trying to clear him. If CK bombs Sunday, Harb wants to blame the clearance issue and call all the demotion talk just internet gobble, gobble. If CK puts up another brilliant show, he’ll probably play the we’ll see how it goes card.

  90. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The whole charade is pretty simple. CK has been their guy (Smith was Nolan’s guy) since the moment Harbaalke drafted him. Smith has complicated the takeover by playing brilliantly for a year and a half. The concussion gave them a free chance to give CK a test run.

  91. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the stats that earned Smith his demotion:
    “Smith is 35-of-38, 385 yds 5TD 1 INT 140.2 rtg since halftime vs Seattle win on Oct. 18”

  92. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Smith was Nolan’s guy? Not in 2007.
    Skeebs, you’d better run after that turnip truck. You fell off.

  93. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The whole charade? Wow. I hear gossip girls has an opening for a new character.
    Still no definitive word from the team yet. That doesn’t come from the team. It comes from the independent nuerologist. Is he in on it?

  94. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’re doing a good ostrich act, Chuck.

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep’s performance should have given Alex balsamaceous powers. I think if Kappy did not play so well Alex would be good to go. This is a freebie for Harbaugh. I’d be using it too. Smart coach if you ask my opinion.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This allows Harbaugh to not have to make a decision until next week. It is a nice luxury not normally afforded.

  97. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ever try an ostrich burger? That’s some damn good eatin’ right there. Pair it with a full-bodied cab and you’re good to go.

  98. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Has the winter solstice been moved up to Sunday in the world of the Smith is the be-all-end-all? Is it really going to be all over if Smith is benched for a player with loads more upside?
    If you accept the reasoning, “Smith has complicated the takeover by playing brilliantly for a year and a half.” maybe so. Sell all your stuff. I’ll take your guns and your 49ers trinkets.
    With Harbaugh’s record and current COY status he doesn’t need political cover to make the move. Besides, everyone’s seen Alex play the game. All his hidden talents have been on display and the concensus is he’s a game manager. Trying to move up from a game manager is not that difficult to justify, even for the last couple of coaches here.

  99. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh still refused to name the starter just minutes ago, but he did say he expects Smith to be cleared tomorrow. But we already know who going to start, and sources have already said that Smith was cleared to play. So as usual Harbaugh conveys nothing of relevance at his press conference. Marcel Marceau used to say more.

  100. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “I’m imagining what Cappy will be like in 7 years.”
    I’d say about 32.
    That is all.

  101. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, I think Smith played at least a little part in the 20-6-1 record under Harbaugh.
    I don’tthink thisois the right time tomake a switch, but then again, no one has confirmed a switch has even been made. Cappy gets this start.
    That’s it. Everyone wants to read everything else into this. bt Harbaugh cold very well say on SUnday night, Smith is te starter going forward.
    Harbaugh has talked to his Qs. They know what the situation is. The rest is gobble gobble turkey jive.

  102. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I think for sure CK will start this weekend. My most immediate concern is not who gets named starter after that. I think JH is playing the media, possibly unintentionally. My immediate concern is that I am having trouble seeing CK coming out and lighting it up in NO. I get that their defense sucks. But after just the one brilliant game, and with all the hype it’s received, I have a bad feeling in my stomach that his start Sunday will look very different. That doesn’t detract from what he showed he can do, I just have trouble believing he’ll just step in and pick up where he left off. Would surely love to be wrong.
    With all the conflicting reports, and leaks and what not, I have to believe that JH has informed his team, and just doesn’t give an iota for informing the press (and NO). The media circus that has unfolded has taken on a life of its own.

  103. winderNo Gravatar says:

    If I’m Coach I want to put Cappy out there for no other reason than to see what the kid can do. He may bomb but he also may shine. Alex is still the leader of this team and we all pretty much know what he will give. Alex has been phenomenal the last two years and no one can take that away. Cappy gives the team far more options to operate the long ball passing game which of course helps up our running game. Cappy deserves to start this game whether Alex has a concussion or not.

  104. robNo Gravatar says:

    interesting take WINDER ! I was thinking smith would start !

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s an interesting little bio of a very good, but not great QB who was relieved when the game counted most. Undefeated as a starter in 1972.

  106. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey rob good to see ya. WWWD?(what would Walsh do) My guess is he would sit Alex and go with a hand that is possible the future of the org. I bet he would be crapping golden eggs just thinking about it.n Remember he trade Lott and he had a couple of good years left.

  107. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m reading the Jets’ blogs and I’m laughing so hard I can’t post.
    Alex or Kappy?
    Kappy or Alex?

  108. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    For the Jets, it’s more like arsenic or strychnine.
    VX or Sarin.
    Firing squad or hanging.

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Smith is the starter here period. There is no debate. Harbaugh has a freebie week to analyze, why, because Kaepernick is so dynamic the media can fabricate a controversy to sell advertising. Plus, I want him to start.
    Fuk Del and NoFear. I am the smartest poster here at the blog with the smartest posters in 49er blogdom. LOL! NoFear, Delmar and their band of idiots are just that, idiots. The truth is Harbaugh will pick the QB he thinks will help us win the most, despite what NoFear and DelMar think. Since I live in Reno, I hope it is Kaeperenick.
    Del and NoFear, Smith haters be damned.
    You idiots are not allowed to root for Kaepernick because you hate Alez Smith so much. Go away you antis. Never post here again. Go to Unca’s blog. This place is too Alex for stupid fans like you two! I think Alex is a good QB. Go see unca or come after me you idiots. Intelligence is not something you two possess.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen stupid, then I blogged Del and NoFear. One thing I know for a fact, if Dallas wants to win they would trade a #1 for Alex Smith. Tony Romo is a Del Mar loser.

  111. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you’ve left me five drunken phone messages. Have you passed out yet or would you care to leave a sixth? Lord knows you’re all out of fifths.

  112. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, renoberger, you sound like a spoiled five year old brat not getting his way, but we know that much stupid takes a lot longer than five or fifty-five years to accumulate.

    Your good fortune is that your blog nanny prefers to jerk off to your drunken disparaging rants and lists of youtube links. On a blog that wasn’t intended as a gossip column you’d be put out with the rest of the trash.

  113. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Del, it was three and the third was to tell you I was kidding.

  114. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Just messing with you and Del while drunk! That was fun. I was laughing when I wrote those posts. If it offended you, that would make it even more fun! How ’bout that Alex Smith! Have you seen his stats from the last two games he played in?

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, If Dallas wants a QB they should try to acquire Alex Smith!

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, I’d hate to see Alex go to the Cowboys. They would start reaching and winning play-off games if he did. Watching the Cowboys win a play-off game would be tough to see.

  117. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I think selected today’s WOTD in your honor. Their timing is impeccable given your rants last night. I’ll leave you the honor to use it in a sentence. Best down another fifth of whiskey before you write it first.

  118. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis usually gets drunk and potvalliant! Last night I turned the table around!

  119. winderNo Gravatar says:

    berger- With the Cowboys running game Alex would be ground round.

  120. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. Having Alex throw 50-60 times a game wouldn’t work out too well.

  121. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, probably, Chuck. But he’d still probably be better than Tony Blowmo.

  122. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

  123. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, that’s not nice.
    We don’t *know* that Berger is fat.

  124. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Great movie, especially the part where Balushi said the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!

  125. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Talk to Dennis about Tony . . .

  126. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Old Rob must be pretty happy right about now. His Florida Gators beat their big rivals, The Florida St. Seminoles. I’m pretty sure Rob favors UF > FSU. Or does Rob prefer FSU > UF?
    Doesn’t really matter. When I think Rob, I think FU. 😀

  127. robNo Gravatar says:

    gators can beat anybody in the top five !

  128. robNo Gravatar says:


    can your USC buddies do me a favor and beat ND ?

  129. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Whittek looks good, maybe! Problem is USC’s defensive line can’t control anything.

  130. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, he’s getting flustered. That INT was a bad mistake, and his pocket awareness is less than desired. But that’s understandable considering his lack of experience. USC is going to need Lane Kiffin to pull something out of his hat to win this game. And that’s going to be hard to do considering his head has been up his ass all year long.

  131. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I see you’re advocating for Kaep and orchestrating a Trade for Alex already?
    When I was suggesting similar scenarios I was saying Alex sucked and labeled a hater?
    See how easy it is to aim higher and keep an open mind?
    Kaep deserves a shot in a tough spot.
    Alex can always come back before the Season ends if things don’t pick up momentum.
    I’m anxious to throw a curveball at Vitt and the Saints since they’re looking at what Alex did to them last year to derail their Playoff run.

  132. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For the record, if Kaep steals the starting job and, if we feel Alex is expendable, I’d deal him to the AFC.
    There’s more opportunities to garner a higher pick from the likes of Cleveland,JAX and possibly SD.
    Conversely, you might consider dealing him to Oakland, which would afford him the ability to remain grounded in the Bay Area with minimal disruption to his personal and family life.

  133. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ-I’m not advocating to trade Alex. I just asked the question of what everyone thinks we can get because 8 million is a lot to pay a back up. We don’t even know if he is going to be the back up. I will say I’m rooting for Kaep. I would definitely start him this week, not sure who should be permanent after this week. I’ll get back to you next week on that one. In the mean time, I’m rooting for Kaep, the local guy from Nevada Reno!

  134. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- If Harbaugh goes with Smith as permanent starter I’ll be happy with that decision as much as going with Kaep. Alex is 3rd in the league for yards per attempt. For me, that is the most important stat except for wins. That stat shows he is more than just a game manager. Alex is a winner. Heck, he has a winning record with Nolan and Sing as his coaches the first 5 years. That is saying a lot. I just like Kaep because he can do some things most QBs can’t, he can stick a 30 yard out and run for big yardage. Plus, he is our local guy here.

  135. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cappy’s from Turlock, Bergs.

  136. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CK played his college ball at Nevada Reno.
    That’s what really matters to most.

  137. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well Berger that’s all I’ve been saying forever.
    Smith is OK, Kaep adds speed and accuracy.
    Not sure where all this hater stuff started.
    $8mil is well below average for a starter in this League, making him a very attractive option for Trade purposes.
    Not that I’m shipping him anywhere until Kaep proves his worth of course.
    By holding his rights Baalke controls where he goes, if he goes.

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    From a pure business standpoint, Alex’s stock is at it’s peak right now too.
    Though we didn’t buy low, we’d certainly want to sell high.

  139. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Kappy is spelled with a “K” and he went to college in Reno. I thought you knew that?

  140. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I agree.
    The hater stuff is because all of the hatred for Smith. If one can’t see that, one would be a hater. I was called by some Smith lover for not hating on him. I took a side last year when I finally saw him with decent coaching. Now I do support Smith.
    IMO, we can definitely win this year’s SB with Alex Smith at QB. Does Kappy give us a better chance, we are all watching and opining on that one. It is exciting for me to have two good QBs. I hope Kaep takes the job because one would think that would mean an upgrade at the position no matter what one thinks of the current starter. I happen to think the current starter, Smith, is good, some here do not think so highly of him, so if Kaep takes his job everybody should be happy.

  141. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He grew up in Turlock. Pitman high.

  142. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- I doubt any football fan in Reno doesn’t know we recruited Kappy out of Turlock and he was adopted as a child by his current family.

  143. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I just think this is a crazy time in the season to make the switch if they do it. Smith certainly didn’t lose the job.
    I think it’s all hot air from Harbugh anyway. Smith’ll be back under center next weekend.
    Thiz looks like another throw-away game like the Giants game seemed to be.

  144. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick was working the school gift store as a Senior. A lady came in and wanted a jersey for the starting QB but couldn’t think of his name. Kaep was the one helping her. Her sold a Kaepernick jersey and never told her who he was.

  145. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- You make a good point. I agree that Smith did not lose his job, but Kaep might just take it anyway. This week is a freebie for Harbaugh as far as public scrutiny goes, not that he cares about that. But I think it is wise to use this timing to give Kaep another start and make sure Smith’s concussion has less chance of recurring since we have the luxury of that at our disposal. If Kappy takes the job, so be it, if not Smith is a QB I have confidence in. Regardless, I do believe Kaep is going to be the QB next year.

  146. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the major strengths of this Niner team is team chemistry,continuity and unity.
    Only because of injury is a change of QB necessary.
    When Alex Smith is healthy and able to practice fully logic would
    dictate that he should be the starter. For Harbaugh to do otherwise would be an admission on his part he chose the wrong guy at the start of the year and failed in his evaluation process.
    CK is untested and short on experience. Will he make mistakes?
    Most definitely. Some people like the gunslinger type QB like Favre and want CK to be that guy.
    That approach netted Favre only one Super Bowl ring so you can say the risks he took cost him some rewards.
    It’ll be interesting when things don’t go as planned who’s going to throw CK under the bus.

  147. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Without Rob to remind me, I have no idea what today is.

  148. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody will throw CK under the bus, Bullit. If he’s not ready and this doesn’t work out, the only one to blame is Harbaugh.

  149. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Squawks lose to the Dolphins!

  150. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Miami just gave us a big boost, beating Seattle.

  151. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our 1st half play calling was abysmal. Going bunch formation and putting one WR into the pattern on 2nd and 20 is Jimmy Raye like.

  152. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    2-0 in the new era.

  153. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is the new starting QB of the San Francisco 49ers

  154. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    But there is no joy in Mudville, mighty Kaep didn’t strike out.

  155. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    This kid is special and did it again in one of the hardest places to play against a team that was hot as shit and wanted to beat us more than any other team in the league, what more can anybody ask than what he showed again?
    Alex has played well and wins, he simply isn’t as talented as Kap and now we are seeing what all of the Niner O can do and he did it with very little running game to help him.
    Heck of a game and a solid win that puts the Niners in second place again.

  156. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah you are right NF, where is the joy for a huge road win on this blog, I wonder why?

  157. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m celebrating and I’m sure Berger’s celebrating, like we both do when the Niners win. It’s the churls like NF, and maybe you, that take pleasure in losses or player failure. I’m sorry we haven’t rushed in here fast enough to please you. If you paid much attention, I hardly ever comment until Monday morning. I hope you don’t need us to feel sad for you to be happy. But it wouldn’t surprise me.

  158. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear and 12th- Who would be the ones happy if Kaeppy struck out?

  159. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    speaking for an elated me, I was wondering where the blogsters who pound the Alex is best stuff were when he was on the bench and I think that the deafening silence covered it adequately. I was for Alex to start until Kap played the Bears game and showed what this offense is capable of and by that I mean all the offense not just the guys standing 15 yds from the LOS. The kis did it again today and not a freakin peep over here. You told me you saw this blog as defending Alex more than cheering for him, really?

  160. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been on the phone with Del, NJ and my friend Don in NY. Every one of us has been happy as a pig in shit! Sorry I didn’t get to NoFear and 12th 1st.

  161. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    He didn’t, Reno. Two games against two of the best teams in the league and Kappy is 2-0 as a starter.
    Ask me after the Niners lose with Kappy as the starter.

  162. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- I think you are over reacting. I have not talked to any one yet who wasn’t excited about Kaep. We all agreed he just took the job. Most of us thought he already had, but left a little room for seeing what Kappy would do in a hostile environment. He passed the test through some very poor play calling by Roman.

  163. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I expected what I saw today because I watched Kappy for 4 year at Nevada. I just wanted to see it translate from college to the NFL. So far so good! This town will be rocking tomorrow! I think Kaep could have done much better with better play calling. Kaep and the 2 ints saved Roman’s ass.

  164. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon Goldson shined again. Does anybody think opposing WRs know he is back there?

  165. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Kyle and Kendall are OK. I think we see AJ Jenkins activated next week.

  166. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, I think the receivers weren’t on the same page as Kappy early on. Frank lined up as a wideout and despite being waved back, Kappy had to call timeout. There were more miscommunications.
    The TurfTrackDome is deafening.

  167. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I think we expected some of that. All in all, I thought Kaep handled the situation quite well.

  168. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know if there are many QBs in the entire NFL who could have overcome the bad play calling and mistakes we made today. Kappy was just outstanding.

  169. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The whole school girls clique that this blog has become is looking pretty stupid now. A few days ago one was either in the bag for Alex or shouted down by Skeebers and the Pips. Today it’s hard to see through the dust kicked up by the furious bandwagon hopping.
    I guess Harbaugh is one of those churlish Alex haters now, too.
    What’s the new play? Just pretend Skeebers and the Pips never happened? Yeah, that’ll fly. Deny and obfuscate. It works mostly. Some of us know better anyway.

  170. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags are toast as they are about to lose their starting corners for the next 4 games because they’re cheaters including their coach.

  171. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    RT / Berger – I’m less ocncerned about the ongoing drops than about the inability of our center to snap the ball correctly. In addition to the ground ball that led to the pick, there were 5 or 6 others that were dangerously low. Not sure what Goodwin’s issue was today, but that needs to get fixed, pronto.

  172. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear is working hard to protect his precious reputation! This is an entertainment bonanza! A complete tornado of bullshit obfuscation! I need a few drinks to get that emotional.
    It is obvious NoFear is happier to see Alex go than to see Kaep win. Me, I’m just excited to upgrade a position that wasn’t even needing an upgrade. I couldn’t be happier! Plus, the fact it is Kaepernick is a huge bonus, I’ve been watching him for over 5.5 years now!

  173. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- Agreed. We haven’t been dropping as many balls for about a month or more. The first month we were leading the league in drops, I doubt we’re even close now.

  174. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, the miscommunication was neither Kappy’s fault nor the receivers.
    Simply a place where good teams can’t hear signals and go to die.
    Kappy was sterling. Solid silver.

  175. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Smith, how about AllDon all the time!

  176. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The good news is the hanging posse can now disband. They don’t need to get back together unless Kaep gets hurt. We can all get along now! Well, maybe not, this IS a blog.

  177. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bigger bonus for us.
    Sherman and Browner in Seattle looking at 4 game suspensions for Adderall abuse.
    Kaep shows his mettle, Defense scores twice, Alex can thanl Harbaugh for driving up his value in the Market.
    I’m going to add KC and NYJ to the possible landing places in the AFC for Teams that need a quality starter at the QB position.

  178. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    actually Bergs the hanging posse just got bigger, as did the coven, now anointed with silver.

  179. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Goodwin has to adjust to the taller QB in the shotgun and, Receivers have to adjust to the velocity change between Alex and Kaep.
    We’re looking good for the month of December now is Seattle loses their 2 pill popping cheaters in the Secondary.
    Good game on the road with a shorter week of prep too.
    IMO, leave Kaep in there.
    There’s an obvious change in Team chemistry with Kaep in there.
    I’m anxious to see the game again without all the pressure to see just how calm and poised Kaep was when big conversions were needed to milk the clock.
    Another difference with Kaep and Alex, calm under pressure.
    Kaep keeps a play alive, Alex too often pulls the ball down and takes a loss via sack.

  180. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- I would think every one here would be happy to have a back up QB the quality of Alex Smith. No? Who wants to hang him now?

  181. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon should have no problem wrestling the 2 year sack record away from Reggie White now either.
    Let’s get AJ and LMJ into some action in December and get everyone comfortable for the Playoff run.

  182. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I thought it was a great game, very tough from start to finish. I thought our D shined and I loved the way Cappy played his position today. You can bet the league is a little more worried about us than before.

  183. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger the rub around here has been we either loved Alex or hated him.
    Some of us simply challenged the notion that Alex had obvious shortcomings.
    A game manager title isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement for any QB in this League.
    I can be critical and, have higher expectations from the QB position, without hating the guy.
    With his Draft position and all the expectations that came with it, some of us realized that maybe he had hit his ceiling.
    Tip of the cap to Baalke, once again, for improving the deficiencies, post McCloughan and, getting pieces that have improved the Roster and added depth as well as competition.

  184. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Special Teams had problems today.
    Akers missing from 50 in a dome
    and then getting one blocked.
    He’s going through a phase like he did in Philly.
    Ginn had a brain fart trying to field a punt in heavy traffic and muffing it.
    KW did only slightly better but why would you fair catch a punt at the 5? Doesn’t matter now because KW seems to out for a while with a knee injury so Ginn is still the better option.

  185. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    12th, you’re damn skippy he is. That “skippy” was for Chuck. Anyone who still thinks Alex should be the starting QB is in need of more therapy than yours truly.

  186. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That is worrisome about Akers, last year he was so clutch. I don’t know if it’s a mechanical problem or a mental one but we better figure it out soon, he is a key to us going to the big show.

  187. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I think Kyle was under strict orders just to catch the punt after Ginn’s fumble.

  188. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah what NJ said. There never was a hanging Posse, Alex was solid but not spectacular. Some QB’s are just good enough to get you beat. Alex was just good enough to make playoffs if everything else on the team was clicking, anytime another facet faltered so did the team because the O was not dynamic enough to overcome it with a small handful of exceptions.
    Any voicing of the opinion that we needed a more dynamic passer to make full use of the playbook and offense was jumped on with stats thrust forward as though that somehow changed the issue.
    Alex is a decent QB, a little above average in a good system on a good to great team. Kap is more talented and has shown that in his 2 starts. he will falter, Niners will lose again this season, as they would have with Alex. Difference is they now can shoot it out with anybody if they need to and the shot plays make every defense back up off the LOS in a way it never did with Alex under center. There are no buses to throw anybody under, the team made a decision that was gutsy and against the norm and it has paid off to date handsomely.
    I was never a Alex hater nor am I a Kap cheerleader, we upgraded an already solid position that’s all.

  189. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh made a stupid decision to go for that FG at the end that was blocked. If the Saints had gotten a lucky bounce and run it back 80 yards for a TD, your game is suddenly a hell of a lot tighter.
    We may see AJ active next week with Kyle likely out for a while, maybe even the year.
    Kap made two bad decisions I remember: the pick (rushing to make a play after the botched snap), and the end zone toss to Moss (throw the fade and let Randy use his height and jumping ability). Other than that, he was very solid for a second year guy. Anytime a young guy wins on the road against a decent team, you’ve got to be impressed.

  190. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was an Alex cheerleader, and now I am a Kaepernick cheerleader. If Kaep gets injured I become an Alex cheerleader again. I think we can win the Super Bowl with either QB! If not for the Mayans I would predict it. In fact, if we are all here on 12-22, mark it down, I’m predicting it!

  191. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    12th, Kaep isn’t afraid to thread the needle and has a fearless approach to making a positive play out of nothing.
    You can’t help but be impressed with his mental makeup.
    Grumpy, the play to Moss in the endzone was off target but, tip your cap to Moss for a seriously Veteran move to break it up without drawing OPI.
    Moss seems genuinely involved in the QB change and, was seen ‘coaching’ Kaep up on the sideline today as well.
    We’re better off with Kaep and Alex being ready to challenge each other down the stretch now.
    Kaep clearly has the arm to take the top off the coverage.
    Can’t say the same for Alex.

  192. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I was not happy at all when we went for that FG. I completely agree with your assessment and was questioning the exact same thing before we even lined up for the FG.

  193. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger we should all just agree to be 49er Cheerleaders.
    This game is brutal.
    Having more depth and legitimate options on both sides of the ball are essential.
    We’re a solid contender now.

  194. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    He does at the moment NJ because most everything he has thrown has worked well except for the pick that has some mitigating circumstances about it. It will be his next test to see how he handles some real adversity but I see nothing so far to think he will fold his tent.
    I also liked that Moss was coaching Kap, or maybe lobbying for a ball or too.
    No way do they go back to Alex next week as some are still saying. It would take a couple of lousy losses to reverse it now.

  195. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Moss saved CK from a sure pick and it would’ve been back to a one score game. I am still waiting for the “alley-oop” ball to Moss.
    VD was only targeted once and dropped the pass.

  196. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon got me zero points for my fantasy team.

  197. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I agree 12th, Kaep sparked the Offense when Alex stalled early and eventually left with the concussion vs the Rams.
    Now he can likely have benefit of 2 loud crowds to work on the audibles and gets the kinks out with the OL.

  198. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Moss ran the wrong route on that one.

  199. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Packers look like they could use Alex Smith tonight!

  200. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for Akers?
    Maybe he was just hotter and looser last year because he was used so much?
    Could it be he’s getting tight and rustier from less activity?

  201. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Seems you missed the TD Alex threw while going 7-8 before he left with the concussion. He seemed mto be just heating up.

  202. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Moss was supposed to run a goalline hitch, but tried to run a fade.
    Kappy has a long way to go before he can throw an NFL fade.
    Just a screwup. Expect more from a young QB.
    Now in the dome in StL and then later Seattle, which might as well be a dome.
    There will be screwups again.

  203. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We got skunked on the call with Crabtree being called down today too.
    I thought the Officiating was pretty pedestrian to be honest.
    Holding calls on the OL were killers today as well.
    Just glad TBrown and Carlos were flagged late during crunch time.
    They allowed light contact to go unflagged.

  204. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We should look into drafting Dustin Hopkins this year. He is the kicker from Florida State.

  205. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I saw Alex stall early too.
    Kaep lit a fire when called upon.
    I just feel that the ceiling is higher for the Offense with Kaep in the mix right now.
    Let’s see where he can take us.

  206. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I want another Rush OLB/DE and a NT.
    Add another DB too.
    If a kicker hangs around, why not?

  207. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve got at least 10 picks. I think it is more like 12? A good kicker with a 3rd or 4th round pick is well worth it. We have two thirds this coming draft.

  208. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve got a pocketful of options in terms of picks.
    In Baalke I trust.

  209. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve got 2 3s,5s,6s and 7s.
    Shopping money.
    Think of the possibilities of having Alex available to add to that.

  210. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s just hope Kappy keeps it up and some team wants a QB who can start immediately. But that is for after the season is over. For now we need Alex to mentor Kaep and be insurance for an injury to him.

  211. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Right now the interesting Pick is Carolina’s 3rd Rounder.
    We hold Indy and Miami as well.
    Panthers suck more however.

  212. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I believe we hold 11 total and have the potential for Comp picks too.
    A couple of young DBs and DL additions would work for me.
    Have to add to the pass rush rotation too.

  213. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We lost more FAs than we gained so, Comp Picks should be automatic.
    Especially Snyder and Rachal.

  214. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Josh Morgan was our original pick also.

  215. robNo Gravatar says:

    next year CB , DL or WR ?



  216. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NT, OLB, CB. Your defense is your strength. Keep it that way, and work on developing Jenkins and James on offense.

  217. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Why not another WR Rob?
    I’m curious to see if we line LMJ up in the slot to be honest.
    We need a Welker-esque jitter bug to really work the middle of the Field.

  218. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We let Reggie Smith go too.
    Maybe Trenton Robinson is his heir apparent, maybe not?
    Add to the Secondary and the Pass Rush.
    Our DL needs more depth too.
    Ice and Justin aren’t getting any younger.
    We’ll be fine.
    Plenty of Picks in our pocket right now.
    I believe we actually have the most shopping money heading into the Draft in April.

  219. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    D-line for sure, but they need some serious depth on the O-line. Wouldn’t be a bad year to take a flyer on a linebacker. So goes Patrick, so go the Niners.

  220. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grant is still tearing up special teams. LB is pretty far down the list of help needed. Shit can we get Costanzo back from da Bears? ST is all f’ed up since he left.
    D line needs depth in a big way. DBs as well.

  221. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RT I’m curious to see who might be the heir to Goodwin?
    Is it Kilgore or Looney?
    ‘Bama has 2 excellent OL prospects.
    OG Chance Warmack and OG/C Barrett Jones.
    If Baalke wants either guy we could see them late in Rd 1 as it stands right now.
    Warmack is a Iupati-like, mean road grader.
    Jones, a bright do it all OL-man.
    Our OL is doing well thus far but, you can’t have enough talent in the trenches as far as I’m concerned.

  222. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The O-line got waxed in the first half, NJ.
    Goodwin, who is the best center the Niners have had in years, couldn’t read the blitzes and snapped low play after play.
    He’s a great player, Goodwin, and I cheered when the Niners got him.
    Just need to draft O-line.

  223. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Goodwin is holding the spot until his replacement is ready RT.
    I give him the benefit of the doubt regarding low snaps since Kaep is taller.
    He’ll clean it up.

  224. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He was an upgrade over Baas IMO.

  225. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Those were feet snaps while he was calling out the line assignments.
    This line better shape up.

  226. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh, not one of their better showings for sure.
    Let’s hope they clean it up before the trip to St Louis next week.

  227. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We don’t have room for that many picks. Heck we can’t even get last yrs draft on the field. It’s a given that Baalke will package some of those picks for a targeted playa or two. Or we could get one of everything kinda like a Smorgy

  228. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Always helps to have the ammo to deal with Winder.
    I read a piece that SI did related to how Baalke obtained the additional picks.
    It all occurred with the Joe Looney target.
    Baalke had him slotted perfectly.
    Continued to move down and grab picks along the way.
    No doubt in my mind that he’ll package and target again.
    GMs make the Team go.
    Look at Tannenbaum in NY.
    NYJ are a joke because of several failed Contracts and personnel moves.
    How great does it feel to finally have a guy like Baalke, that hits on more picks than he whiffs at?
    This is where we pick for depth.
    Maybe find another slam dunk like Aldon?

  229. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17