NFC Rules

Trent Baalke’s drafts don’t tend to light a fire under the fan base that burns brightly for several weeks, accompanied by lots of gushing and slobbering. Just the opposite. Head scratching is more like it. With Baalke, you have to wait to see them play. And with last year’s number one pick, AJ Jenkins, we’re still waiting.

It’s amazing how many teams look like contenders after the FA period and the draft. It’s tough figuring out which of them still aren’t worth a crap.

For openers, in our own NFC West division, Arizona seems to be hands down POS #1. This is as close to a sure bet last place team as there is in the NFC. New AZ head coach, Bruce Arians, must have been really, really desperate to be an HC to have taken this job.

But, AZ won’t be the worst team in football. Those candidates are all in the AFC: Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New York Jets. You can practically write in the AFC playoff teams for next year: New England, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and one other wild card team from the likes of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Kansas City, and Miami.

The NFC is a different story. The weakest division might be the NFC East. But you’ve got the every-other-year Giants, the rising Redskins, the unknown Chip Kelly Eagles, and the fail-in-the-clutch Romoettes. The East Coast media will carry these lunkards on their backs all season long, whether they’re wheezing or not.

The NFC South looks like a fireworks display among Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan, with a dogged defense-and-running-game contender in Tampa Bay. The Bucs were this year’s Free Agency Dream Team winners, with high-profile, big dollar, signings of Darrell Revis and Dashon Goldson. They still have Josh Freeman at QB, though, and that is not a good thing.

The NFC North is the Packers and whoever bubbles up this year among the Bears, Vikings, and Lions. Those three have traded second banana top billing the past three years and are going to make it a fourth. None of them are SB contenders and all of them are barely in the running to squeak into the wild card round of the playoffs.

But the NFC West is going to be a bruiser, folks. The early power polls are out, and Seattle and San Francisco are right up there on top of it. The place usually reserved for the Patriots and Packers. St. Louis isn’t ready to be an SB contender, but they went 4-1-1 in the division last year — a better mark than either SF or Seattle. They can compete with anyone.

All in all, the NFC looks like a dog fight this year. It’s hard to see any team launching a 14-2 or 13-3 type of season. There’s just too many good teams and most of them are playing each other. NFC South vs NFC West. The conference is liable to be decided in those games and they should be exciting.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about another Bob Frost poem:
    Thine emulous fond flowers are dead, too,
    And the daft sun-assaulter, he
    That frighted thee so oft, is fled or dead:
    Save only me
    (Nor is it sad to thee!)
    Save only me
    There is none left to mourn thee in the fields.
    The gray grass is not dappled with the snow;
    Its two banks have not shut upon the river;
    But it is long ago–
    It seems forever–
    Since first I saw thee glance,
    With all the dazzling other ones,
    In airy dalliance,
    Precipitate in love,
    Tossed, tangled, whirled and whirled above,
    Like a limp rose-wreath in a fairy dance.
    When that was, the soft mist
    Of my regret hung not on all the land,
    And I was glad for thee,
    And glad for me, I wist.
    Thou didst not know, who tottered, wandering on high,
    That fate had made thee for the pleasure of the wind,
    With those great careless wings,
    Nor yet did I.
    And there were other things:
    It seemed God let thee flutter from his gentle clasp:
    Then fearful he had let thee win
    Too far beyond him to be gathered in,
    Snatched thee, o’er eager, with ungentle grasp.
    Ah! I remember me
    How once conspiracy was rife
    Against my life–
    The languor of it and the dreaming fond;
    Surging, the grasses dizzied me of thought,
    The breeze three odors brought,
    And a gem-flower waved in a wand!
    Then when I was distraught
    And could not speak,
    Sidelong, full on my cheek,
    What should that reckless zephyr fling
    But the wild touch of thy dye-dusty wing!
    I found that wing broken to-day!
    For thou are dead, I said,
    And the strange birds say.
    I found it with the withered leaves
    Under the eaves.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Winder is correct, what exactly did he say? I’m going to read some more of his stuff to take the Bob Frost challenge. The challenge is to make sense of one.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In honor of Mr Frost I will write a poem.
    Yonder and hither I see a light.
    A dead bird in a pile of leaves.
    I think a bridegroom is having a fight.
    They came in on the eve.
    A poem by Frost goes something like this
    His mind is neither here nor there.
    Even the hoerses are confussed and bliss,
    while he writes like he is on acid and beer!
    There is my impromptu Bob Frost poem!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It might be time for Harbaugh to rush in here with his panic face.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Outsider turning into Poetry Corner. I will share one of my favorites by Rudyard Kipling simply called ‘If”. Not hard to understand and words to live by.

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings — nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run —
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Marshawn Lynch has court dates coming up for his DUI arrest from last year. Speculation is if he can’t beat it that NFL will suspend him for 6 games because he had 2 other incidents when he was in Buffalo. Something to keep your eye on because he failed the breathalyzer and tested well above .08 . He’s filing a motion to suppress the evidence because he’s Marshawn Lynch and is entitled to drive enebriated.
    Skittles anyone?

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Poor, poor Outsider
    Once a decent football blog
    Now just poetry.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams were going to draft a RB to replace Stephen Jackson.
    They drafted Zac Stacy in the 5th round.
    So when playing the Rams you will now face Isaih Pead, Daryl Richardson and Stacy.
    Their running game has taken a big step back and might allow teams to beat the crap out of Bradford knowing he has to pass.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or not. Until they hit the field, they are unknowns. Zac Stacy could be the next AP for all you know.
    You spelled inebriated like you are drunk, Bullit.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Here I sit, brokenhearted . . .

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger- Good luck with that. I think he made some shorter ones that might make better odds. Anyway, Skeebs you are so right about our division. The Rams are relevant again and I am sure they will be a royal pain in our ass.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I post one Robert Frost poem and now look what’s happened. I feel like Victor Frankenstein. I created a monster.

  13. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Scheist, Dennis.
    I’ve been messing with a SoCal beauty who has gone back to her hubby the cop!
    I need me some Madeline.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Livin’ on the edge there RTF.
    Uh, Dennis. You ARE the monster.

    What hath thou done?

    Just crank up the Blue Oyster Cult there, RTF.

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:
    Freebasing cocaine I consider living on the edge, Chuck.
    Doing the naughty with a straight, honest divorced woman teacher former sales manager in Hi Tech who could light your eyes on fire is, IMHO, not living on the edge.
    Besides, she’s a self made millionaire. I pick and choose very carefully.
    I’m so bloody conservative it would blow Reno’s socks off.
    I hear Quinton got cut, eh?
    Has rookie camp started yet?

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now we’re going from Poetry Corner to Penthouse Forum here, where all the unbelievable exploits are true cuz it’s on the internet.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Warren Moon came out and said Tebow couldn’t play in Canada because they throw the ball up there and Tebow can’t pass. Ouch!

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I was hoping to sell Tebow to the Seahawks.
    But I am scared about that idea.
    The guy has won everywhere he’s played. Don’t ask me how.

  19. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Unbelievable exploits are the best because Fact Way Beats Fiction.
    Face it, you’re jealous.
    I have gal friends (friends) I always keep in touch with.
    One sends me business brochures every month to see her remodeled Art Gallery in Vail.
    Jealous much, Bullit?

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Call it divine intervention RTF, or a giant cosmic joke, but where would Timmy Tee-Time play? You think he beats out Russell Wilson?H-back? RB? LB?

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve got me, Chuck.
    I think he got ruined by New York (den of iniquity or something).
    And that day John Elway and Peyton Manning were practicing, I think he blew a gasket.
    I’ll stick with Kappy. He only started for a year, though. Got to give the pup time. Every scout in the league has the book on him.

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    ” I hear Quinton got cut, eh? ”

    PATTON CAME IN EARLY and had to go home ! he’ll be back !

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Who would be jealous of somebody sending remodeled pictures of an art gallery? Now if she is hot and the pictures are of her naked we can talk about being jealous.

  24. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Lou Lou is the owner, Bergs, and I could mebbe get you discounted tickets.
    It would take time. Women are weird.
    And don’t count on seeing her nakid.
    She owns half the State of Colorado.
    Has rookie camp started yet?

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit one last thought tonight.

    I’ve been to Willie Mays’ homefield and watched the kids play.

    Kids that are now men now.

    It takes a lot more than just talent to make the bigs.

    It’s heart, desire, and passion.

    That is what I look for in life: FF, One Woman, whatever.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Money can raise the status of a woman’s looks! LOL

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I must say I was wrong about Andrew Bogut last year. Good call bullit. Go Warriors!

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, Tebow didn’t get ruined by New York. He didn’t do anything. The Jets chose not to use him after the grand hoohaw around getting him. It was a publicity stunt that in the end revealed the enormous cracks in the Jets franchise. It got GM Tannenbaum fired., Tebow was released, and the team was ridiculed for going after him so hard in the first place. Ryan didn’t want him. Tannenbaun did. Nutjob Woody stoked the flames of idiocy by playing into the madness. Ryan simply refused to play him for fear of something good happening I suppose, Never has so much been said by so many for a guy with so little to offer. Tebow makes Alex Smith look like the 2nd coming of Joe. Broadway OR cool.

  29. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, Tim is the greatest non-story in football.
    I listened to the Broncos games on radio, and they went from crybabies to winners in half a season.
    He even got John Elway excited.
    Got him to get Peyton because he wanted to get a QB who could throw.
    In 2 years, Mr. Elway might regret that decision.
    You just never know.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow is a legend that guys like you made up in their minds.
    Tebow did not make Denver winners.
    Broncos were 8-5 and lost their last regular season games in an ugly way. In those 3 games Tebow threw 1 TD pass as the starting QB.
    Denver limped into the playoffs with a record of 8-8 which is not a winning record. They were tied with the Raiduhs and Chargers who also were 8-8, but got on by the skin of their teeth on the tiebreaker.
    Tebow is a joke because almost every team in the NFL issued a statement this week saying they were not interested even though Tebow cleared waivers and was a freebie.
    Tebow is in limbo just like Jamarcus Russell. Both were overrated.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why would I be jealous of your supposed stable of rich women?
    I am happily married and my wife takes care of me and is there for me.
    I have a companion that I enjoy life with not to mention our family.
    I don’t see anything you have to be jealous of.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Thanks in Pro Basketball you latch on to a center that can play. Bogut makes all the difference in a game.
    Coincidence that Bogut was the #1 pick in 2005 in the NBA draft just like Alex Smith in the NFL draft and bot were Utah Utes.
    Tonight’s clinching game was stressful when they almost gave it away with careless turnovers.
    Jarret Jack dribbles straight into double teams and throws the ball away. Happy with the win but they might be at the end of their playoff run with the Spurs.
    Anyway Go Dubs!

  33. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I don’t have a stable.
    I was waiting for that rebuttal.
    But good women are hard to find and you work your butts off to find 1.
    My model friend read Robert Frost’s poem and nearly croaked on the spot.
    She has a full day driving tomorrow, and she’s scared.
    I will be with her when she gets back.
    Is it rookie camp yet?

  34. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    She’s 36, Bullit. Just so you don’t get any ideas.
    Is it rookie camp yet?
    I’m tired and ready to hit somebody.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s what makes me skeptical.
    Initially you describe this person as “honest divorced woman teacher former sales manager in Hi Tech who could light your eyes on fire. Besides, she’s a self made millionaire.”
    And now she’s 36 and a model?
    Good luck to you and damn nobody has it better than you.
    I also congratulate you on the your crowning achievement of 2012, winning Dennis’ fantasy football league which you seem not able to let go and keep reminding everyone. Way to go! A big attaboy to you!

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick makes the NFL Top 100.
    Niners now have CK and Boldin on the list. Shaping up to where they have between 8-10 players on the list. Having 10% of the 100 best in a NFL of 32 teams means your team is stacked in the eyes of your fellow players.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That as $5.00 gets you a cup of coffee at Starbucks . . .

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    KPIX Channel 5 has just extended their preseason broadcast contract with the Niners until 2023.
    In other news Niners might be a lock to host Super Bowl 50 (L) in 2016 as Miami is not willing to cough up $350mil to remodel their stadium.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert, Blackmon and Jones-Drew weren’t available?
    CK now has a very nice ride.—-and-arms—-for-jaguar.html

  40. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dang, Bullit, you think no women have brains?
    My gal once swam in the fountain in Trafalgar square.
    At midnight while she was on holiday from her Honors Program studies in Spain.
    I’ve known her for years and she is a real sweetheart. Almost more conservative than me.
    Which is why it amazes me why she would want to spend so much time with me.
    I think maybe the Robert Frost. I still have no intention of trying to figure him out.
    Now she has enough money bankrolled that she works her pretty tail off for fun.
    You spend too much time on the Internet.
    You should get out some, and spend some time with a real woman.

  41. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just psyching up for camp.
    It’s almost time to put full pads on and start hitting.
    Or are women Taboo? I happen to know that all professional football players are virgins, too.
    I’ll have to call my lawyer because, as I’ve mentioned, her brother works for her.
    John Brodie saved his life.
    John will always be a friend to us for far more than that, but that’s plenty.
    I hope he hasn’t lost the pics.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’re a regular bullshit factory these days, RT.

  43. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    If only it all weren’t true, Skeebs.
    Susan is still married. I didn’t know (sniff, sniff).
    I really will have to call Michele to get her brother to dig up the pics. Just John and his daughters and him at home before John had his stroke. Domestic stuff, no scandals.

  44. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    John’s daughtes did alright for themselves.
    Except that one married a Card.
    John’s old now, can’t walk and can barely speak.
    Good memories, though. He has those to spare.

  45. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m tired of all the running, Coach.
    Can I hit somebody yet?

  46. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I beat Reno’s team by 0.12 points the second game, after he beat me by like 100 in the first.
    You just never know unless you try.
    Just chillin’. The weather has gone up 50 degrees in a week and every Looney Tunes in five states is on the road.
    Joseph still can’t find those pics of John and his daughters. He’s a busy man these days.
    Just prom pictures and stuff. Boring, which is why I never tried to pass them on. Besides, I’m not sure the chiquitas would like the invasion of their privacy.
    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
    Enough BS for the day Skeebs?

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Chiquitas worrying about privacy? Do you spy on your bananas?

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The day you really start worrying is when your bananas are spying on you.
    Afghanistan banana stand!

  49. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, Reno. No honestly I think they’re pretty happy and want to keep a low profile.
    No, I don’t know John personally.
    My lawyer’s brother does. Very well. And John’s daughters.
    We all keep in touch.
    Niner Football Fan for 53 years and you find everybody knows everybody.
    Can I hit somebody yet?

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waiting for Dennis to chime in . . .

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What about the pickles that “aren’t bitter, just dill”, in the Erik’s commercial? I ccould see them doing some spying!

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In 2016 looks like Santa Clara will be hosting Super Bowl 50
    Miami can’t get it done.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Waiting for Dennis to chime in? OK. Just returned from the Antler’s. Still pisses me off to no end that I have to look at that Gino Torretta jersey that’s framed on the wall each and every time I frequent that Pinole historical landmark. Gino Torretta? Mook. Their prime rib tonight was once again top notch. Top notch! (Judge Smails voice). I Couldn’t even eat half of the extra rare slab of USDA prime that was sent my way (Frank Sinatra). Took the remainder home with me that will be consumed tomorrow on Derby Day. Speaking of Derby Day…Who you like?

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Giant Finbish. Who else?

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Buster Posed his will tonight!

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ran across this.
    Lon Simmons will always be the voice of the Niners in my book.
    Brings back so many great memories
    even though the Niners weren’t always a powerhouse, there were “The Faithful”.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The link above is to the website.
    I specifically like the last selection of great 49er plays.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are not the only guy here that plays fantasy football.
    But it is obvious you are the only one living a delusional fantasy life.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- RT was the league champ this year. Let him crow, then we’ll kick his ass! It’s all fun!

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I was in Dennis’ ESPN league so I didn’t have the pleasure.
    Just replying to him telling me to try it sometime.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am hoping that Tomsula can bring out the best in Dorsey.
    Justin Smith spent 7 years with the Bengals and went unrecognized for postseason honors. In his second year with the Niners he started his Pro Bowl run and he now has 4 in a row.
    Dorsey has talent that just needs fine tuning.
    He’s one of the keys to getting back to the Super Bowl.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You should try to get into the Yahoo league. We only take 8. If a spot opens up, grab it. I’d love to banter back and forth with you for the season!

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually I was in the Yahoo league 2 years ago but I was on vacation when the invite came and by the time I replied it was filled.
    Participated in the ESPN league and CK was one of my QBs.
    I’m in a FF league that has been going on for 25 years and we meet
    at a sportsbar, restaurant or a company conference room for a live draft.
    Drafting face to face, nothing like it and a chance to belittle your fellow participants.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I feel sorry for ORB now. He has the trifecta whammy going against him. Berger, Rob and I all like him to win the Derby. He has NONE chance now. At least he has the Joe Montana factor working in his favor. ORB is #16. Go Joe!

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Well what do you know? That SOB won. Good for ORB. And really good for his trainer, “Shug” McGaughey. One of the finest horsemen in racing. Shug’s good people. On to Pimlico and the Preakness…

  66. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or so you’ve heard, bullit.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    What are you referring to?

  68. 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