Opening Bell

It’s one week until the gates open on the 2018 NFL season. Which means it’s time to throw our brains on the table and cough up our annual predictions of what the 49ers’ record will be this year. As usual, predictions will be accepted until next Saturday at midnight.

Some of you might be revising early estimations in light of the season ending injury to RB Jerick McKinnon at the tail end of Saturday’s practice. Jerick was the prize free agent acquisition this year, a guy who would make the Niner’s offense more explosive with his open field quickness. The team had avoided any major injuries all the way through training camp and the exhibition season until the last play of the last practice on Saturday.

This is the second consecutive season the 49ers have lost their prize FA signing to season ending IR. The previous year, it was LB Malcolm Smith. Smith was an overpriced, non-elite talent who was easily replaced by draft pick Reuben Foster. But McKinnon’s skills can’t be duplicated by any player on the roster. The recent signing of Alfred Morris will give the running game punch, but will not enhance the downfield passing game.

So, unless Dante Pettis goes wild somewhere along the way, we’ve got pretty much the same offense this year as the one that went on a five game roll at the end of last season. We’ll soon see whether that was a mirage or real.

And we won’t have to wait long because right out of the box the team travels to Minnesota for what Maiocco likes to call a GPS game. A game that measures where the team is in relation to the contending teams in the league. The Vikings are legitimate Super Bowl contenders; the Niners are merely a team expected to rise up the ladder this year.

The Vikings have a good defense, especially when they play at home, which will be good test for Jimmy Garoppolo and the rebuilt offensive line. Their offense is expected to improve with the addition of the extremely expensive QB Kirk Cousins. Personally, I’m not sold on Cousins. He piles up good stats, but not correspondingly good wins. I’ll be surprised if he does much better than last year’s Vikings’ QB, Case Keenum, who’s now playing for the Broncos and at a much more affordable cost. Cousins is the QB Kyle Shanahan wanted and Garoppolo is the one John Lynch brought in. A Garoppolo win here would be a mighty big feather in Lynch’s GM portfolio.

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16 comments on “Opening Bell
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    8-8. Hoping even worse for the best edge in the draft. Rotating DT’s at Leo does that to me.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Even with McKinnon I was going 8-8 nothing. I will stay with that. Nobody is gonna sleep on the Niners this year.

  3. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going with 7-9 this year. I think the offense will be improved from last year, but I see the pass D as a serious weakness, and I think the team just won’t have what it takes to overcome early opponent big plays.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sticking with 9-7 even without McKinnon.

    Morris is a good signing and at worst will produce like Carlos Hyde did.

    If the Raiduhs dropped Bryant I wouldn’t touch him with a 20 foot pole. They gave up a 3rd round pick for him. Why would you bring Lynch back? Never lived up to expectations and Fangio thinks he’s not worthy of a roster spot.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    More roster moves today

    “The San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday they have signed DB Antone Exum Jr. and OL Matt Tobin to one-year deals. In order to make room on the roster, the team placed S Marcell Harris and RB Jerick McKinnon on the Injured Reserve List.”

    Also some number changes

    OL Shon Coleman 78
    WR Richie James Jr. 13
    DB Tarvarius Moore 33
    RB Alfred Morris 46
    DB D.J. Reed Jr. 32

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gonna go the optimistic route as well this year Skeebs.
    9-7 seems possible to me, even with the loss of McKinnon 馃榾

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we’re all gonna be around .500 this year. I’m going to have to agree. 8-8.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Florio reports that the Rams were in the mix to trade for Mack

    Isn’t there a salary cap? How can you invest $60 mil year for 3 players on your Dline and still field a team?

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    ROB, you magnificent bastard. Don’t overdose on the homer koolaid.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags had CB Dontae Johnson as one of their starting CBs.
    He has sustained a groin injury bad enough where they just put him on IR

    Makes you wonder if Niner reject Johnson was the best they could do.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thought the same thing. If he was a starter, their secondary is in big trouble. Of course, having Earl Thomas at FS cures a lot of CB ills.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners win today IF they can put up 27 points.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers inactives
    WR Richie James
    LB Malcolm Smith
    OL Erik Magnuson
    OL Shon Coleman
    OL Matt Tobin
    DT Jullian Taylor”

    Smith has yet to suit up for a single game going into his second season.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Not a good game by Garropolo, four turnovers, and one unbelievable bonehead penalty by Solomon. And that’s your game.

  15. 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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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