New Staff, New Era

Jim Harbaugh has been putting together a pretty impressive staff this past week. On paper, anyway. Yesterday, one of the reputed top special teams coaches in the league, Brad Seely, left his job with the Browns to sign up with the 49ers. It appears there are going to be only three hold overs from the Nolan/Singletary era — RB coach Tom Rathman, DL coach Jim Tomsula, and OL coach Mike Solari.

This methodical assemblage of virtually an entire staff has taken less time than it took Mike Singletary to hire Jimmy Raye. By far. And there isn’t an unemployed distant cousin or boy hood chum in the bunch.

Meanwhile, Singletary is back to coaching linebackers with the Vikings. He’s also comparing himself to Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, who were both fired after their first NFL head coach gigs, and then went on to achieve success. The getting fired part seems to be the only part of his comparison that is accurate. His “vision” of future success seems much more like “acute denial” in action.

Three more games and the 2010 season will be history. Hopefully, this past season will end up being comparable to the 1978 49er season. If that season hadn’t been so awful, we would never have hired Bill Walsh. In that light, disastrous seasons can be a good thing. If the Niners had won the NFC West this year, like they were supposed to, Singletary would still be the HC, and it’s doubtful that the team would be on its way to any lasting significance.

This is not to say Harbaugh’s reign is a shoo in for glory days to come. He might fall on his face just like a lot of other highly touted hires have done. At the very least, though, I think almost all 49er fans, even the citizen of the Yukon, would agree he will definitely be an upgrade on Mike Singletary. In that sense, the 2010 season will have achieved its purpose — making progress toward a return to NFL relevancy.

The games this weekend look to be low scoring head knockers. All four teams have good to great defenses. If it all comes down to QB play, as it usually does, it’s hard to see Mark Sanchez out dueling Ben Roethlisberger or Jay Cutler whipping Aaron Rogers.

Which would mean I’ll be disappointed with the results of both games. Bears vs Jets in the Super Bowl doesn’t get me too excited, but neither of these teams is a threat to posterity. Go ahead guys, win a SB. We’ve got five of them. Packers vs Steelers is a much more exciting prospect, but a win by either team is intruding on the legacy of the Niners. Packers vs Jets would be a great game, Bears vs Steelers would be a real downer.

At least I’ll have my brand new wide screen TV to watch the drama unfold. Both games in outdoor stadiums in cold ass places. Lots of steam in the trenches. None of this Astroturf dome shit. Last call for the two game Sunday ticket. Go football!

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7 comments on “New Staff, New Era
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    America holds the Super Bowl as totemic. It is treated as a right. Avocados are manna. Drinking on Sunday is OK and nobody knows why Monday is not a holiday. Any two teams in the Super Bowl will work out just fine. For me, I would like to see it be the Bears and Jets for the very reasons stated above by the Skeebers.

  2. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    GB isn’t encroaching on anything. But whatever. This legacy encroaching should be the driving force behind what the front office is doing, and it does seem that the job Harbaugh is doing is light-years ahead of what Sing bumbled through 2 years ago.

    Lemme guess. Totemic is WOTD?

  3. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how we forget about “Sixburgh”. But no envy there – we have five plus California sunshine. 


  4. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Watching Rodgers vs. the Jets secondary would indeed be totemic. Or something.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    So nothing official yet on Seely I take it. But it appears to be another nice hire by Harbaugh. We won’t know for sure how things shake out till the rubber meets the road, but I sure do like our shiny new tires.

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    You want totemic? Try Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair. That do has been an symbolic fixture of ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft for years on end.

  7. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Uh, no, NoFear. Wrong again. Singletary couldn’t hire an OC to save his life. It took way too long to get that accomplished.
    At the time, it was noted that he (or the fucking front office) should have had someone lined up to take the OC spot when they canned Martz. They didn’t, and it took too long, guys turned it down, took other jobs a la Chud, etc.
    Harbaugh is also talented. Something the last 2 guys lacked.

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