Opening Bell

I won’t lie to you, football is making a comeback in my heart strings. There’s a little humm baby thrumming in there. I swore I’d give the cold shoulder to this faithless, wanton, hussy for at least six months. Screw you! You ripped my heart out in the Super Bowl. I’m done with you. Eat it. Get away from me!

James Harrison, John Abraham, Cliff Avril, Dwight Freeney, Osi Umenyiora, Elvis Dumervil, … — they’re all out there, or will be, running around free for the taking. We could grab one. Ahmad Brooks, you’re doing great, but pull up a seat on third down. We need some “get outta my way” tally ho over there on your end of the D-line.

Besides, this is greed, not football. I can get behind greed. It’s fun. Just ask Jed York, who’s pocketed $400 mil already for 2014 seats. [roooarrr!]

The 49ers have been visiting with a few of these free agents already, the ones who were fired and can sign with anybody without waiting for tomorrow’s opening bell. They did this with Randy Moss last year, though Moss had fired himself and has now been fired again. He’s ringing up the pink slips in his career. Perhaps we can view him as the Most Fired Wide Receiver of All Time.

Guys who visit with the 49ers are pretty much always the ones you can cross off your wish list. If he’s visiting, the 49ers don’t want him. Trent Baalke likes all his transactions to be WTFs!

Our own Dashon Goldson will soon be one of these free range wanderers, but much to his dismay, there are a lot of other free safeties out of work along with him, depressing the market price for his, some say, overpriced services. It could be another disappointing self-shopping spree for DG, and opens the door a crack to re-signing with the 49ers and claiming his heart was here all along.

A short while after the FA period commences, the name tag of Alex Smith will be peeled from a locker at 4949 Centennial Blvd., ending an eight year odyssey with the team. Having completed his mission of restoring the 49ers to glory, Smith will now take his magic wand to Kansas City and attempt to restore that franchise, too. Good luck, Alex. You will be missed.

The 49er FA least likely to re-sign with us is probably Ricky Jean-Francois. There’s a definite market for a fairly decent 3-4 DE and few other teams have Justin Smith to prevent RJF from getting starter’s playing time — and starter’s money. He’s a good locker room guy and, if he’d played more, would also be missed.

It all starts tomorrow, Tuesday, at Noon. And a brand new season will be off and running.

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130 comments on “Opening Bell
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If RJF did play more it is possible Justin Smith does not hurt his arm?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not good news people: Vikings are trading Percy Harvin to Seahawks.

  3. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I guess Christian Ponder will have to throw incomplete passes to himself now.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “(Alex Smith), having completed his mission of restoring the 49ers to glory, Smith will now take his magic wand to Kansas City and attempt to restore that franchise, too. Good luck, Alex. Yo will be missed.”
    That statement is so absurd that I won’t even dignify it with a response. I can’t. I won’t.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahawks get Harvin and the 49ers get to trot out A.J. Jenkins for a full season. Advantage: Seattle.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I missed Del being away!

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t fret. The 49ers just resigned Ian Williams (who was inactive for all but 3 games) to a 2 yr $3.5M deal.
    Take that Seattle!
    Now you know why I’ve been staying away. Shoot me now.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    With an average pH of 4.3, beer has almost the same acidity as a woman’s vagina.
    The Percy Harvin talk was depressing me. I just wanted to insert a fun-filled fact to help brighten everyone’s day.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Beer and a woman’s vagina…

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harvin being traded to the Seahags could work against them.
    Harvin is demanding a contract like Larry Fitzgerald’s. That pays $15 mil a year. Couple that with Sidney Rice at $8.5mil per year and Zach Miller at $9mil for 2013 and you have 1/4 of your cap going to 2WRs and a TE.
    Okung, Giacomini and Unger have contracts that total $15 mil for 2013.
    On their Dline Clemons and Red Bryant are due to make $12 mil in 2013.
    Add it all up and that’s $60 mil
    for 8 players.
    Their DBs have 2 FAs in 2014 and 2 in 2015.
    Going to be hard to keep everyone happy.
    It’s like trying to herd cats.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harvin asking to be paid like Fitgerald and Calving Johnson is ridiculous.
    Crabtree and Harvin are from the same draft. Crabtree has caught 21 TDs and Harvin 20.
    Harvin has 5 return TDs and 4 rushing TDs.
    My point is his production doesn’t justify his demands.
    Now harvin is the Seahag’s headache.
    His stats and their impact don’t warrant what he’s asking.
    He’s going to blow up the Seahag salary cap.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, the Seahawks could acquire Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Vince Wolfork and J.J. Watt and you’d make it sound like they got a raw deal.
    Percy Harvin makes Seattle a better team. Period.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I’m still laughing at how Peyton Manning guarantees your team participates in the Super Bowl according the the Book of Dennis.
    How’d that predicition work out for you?

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “NT Ian Williams, who went undrafted in 2011: “I came in with a suitcase and some dreams.”
    Gotta like this guy. Great quote.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not so long ago the Vikes traded
    a disgruntled malcontent named Randy Moss to the Raiduhs for 2 draft picks a first rounder and a late rounder and Napoleon Harris.
    This was going to pave the way fpr the Raiduhs to make a comeback to their glory years.
    With Moss they finished 4-12 and then 2-14 and Moss was disgruntled again.
    You don’t want to give up too much for a cancer.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let me just say I’d wait at least until May 1 to give the Division and the Super Bowl to the Seahags.
    A lot can happen between now and then.
    In the words of JP Jones “I have not yet begun to fight!”
    The Niners will prevail as they have in the last 2 years.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Anquan Boldin traded to 49ers for 6th round pick. The fun begins.

  18. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin….great pick up…HE’s responsable for the Raven Super Bowl win…..and Flaccos new contract too………

  19. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    can’t believe we only had to give up a 6th rounder.

  20. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep must be feeling like he just got a Christmas present

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, if the Niners had traded for Harvin you’d be singing his praises high atop the mountains. You’re the self-proclaimed “Company Man.” Continue to embrace it.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If Anquan Boldin is a Christmas present, A.J. Jenkins must be something given to the peasants on Boxing Day.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jim gets a very early X-mas present from John.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Ravens were between a rock and a hard place with Boldin. They couldn’t pay him the $6M and were going to have to release him. Teams knew that. The Vikings tried to jump the gun and offered a 7th rd pk. We upped the ante by a round and won the hand. That’s a good deal. Ante? Hand? Deal? That’s a joke, son.

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Throw in a little brotherly love too.

  26. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    yes Del i got it since i’m in the middle of playing an on-line poker tourney

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You’ve been hibernating but we discussed Harvin here a few weeks back and I said the cost for draft picks and salary cap didn’t equal the return.
    I am not going to depend on a player who can opt out any time by saying he’s got a headache.
    Then he wants a contract like Fitzgerald and Megatron. I think not and I said it weeks ago.
    You like Harvin because you can relate to him when he cries and whines.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    we don’t need harvin as much now


  29. robNo Gravatar says:


    Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun has reported that the Baltimore Ravens have traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick.

    Boldin, who was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, has played seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and the past three seasons with the Ravens. Last season, he had 65 catches for 921 yards and 4 touchdowns.

    Boldin may be a solid compliment to wide receiver Michael Crabtree and yet another target for your quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Boldin is 1 of 17 players in NFL history with at least 10,000 yards receiving in his 1st 10 seasons.

    Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports spoke to Ray Rice on Monday morning. Rice said that outside of quarterback Joe Flacco, Boldin might have been the team’s MVP last season.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cards cut Beanie Wells.
    Another first round pick that was a bust from the get go.
    Rumor is Cards will overpay to get Mendenhall as a FA.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT please it wouldn’t surprise me a bit , the retardinals are a lost cause ! we do have our hands full fighting for the division ! seattle and the lambs look pretty tough going forward !

    what do you think of us picking up boldin ? i know you’ll approve it , it only cost us a 6th rd pick !

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    I was thinking trade for harvin as one of my four moves to make this offseason , but boldin kicks ass !

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin is a good pickup because a sixth round pick is a throwaway
    and he makes $6mil/yr because he’s a 10 year veteran starting WR and has earned it.
    Also as a WR Boldin is a great run blocker.
    Off the field he has his own foundation to help at risk kids
    and does charitable work in Africa. He’s a good guy off the field.

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    now i can amend my offseason wish list !


    harvin (OR BOLDIN !!!)


    jesse williams
    matt elam (#1 if we lose goldson)
    joseph randle


    keenan lewis

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On Rotoworld they are saying the Niners have interest in James Casey TE UFA Texans in the event Delanie Walker signs with another team.
    Casy is also a Swiss Army Knife type versatile veteran player.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon Davis is probably pushing the Niners to sign Josh Cribbs.
    They were high school team mates at Dunbar High School in Baltimore.

  37. robNo Gravatar says:


    you’re 100% correct ! i never thought baltimore would let boldin get away esp. not for a 6th rounder and just six mil ! imo we got a bargain !

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    i didn’t know about
    With nose tackles Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois slated to become free agents, the 49ers made a move Monday and awarded a two-year, $3.2 million extension to reserve Ian Williams. An undrafted free agent two years ago out of Notre Dame.

    “I came with a suitcase and some dreams,” Williams said. —… It’s the tip of the iceberg and I’m willing to dig even deeper to get where I need to be.”

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    OK SO
    we just got boldin away from baltimore to be our other WR !

    suppose goldson leaves in free agency ! what about going after ed reed next !

  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    here’s another one ! how about deangelo hall at CB !

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:


  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seahawks giving up their 1st Rd Pick among others could allow Datone Jones to make his way into an area for us to acquire him now.
    See what happens.

  43. robNo Gravatar says:

    dammm ! as of this minute , we are now a better team than we were when last season ended !
    the so called BEST team , our superbowl foe the baltimore ravens have already lost their starting center , longtime defensive captain and now their starting WR !

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    MN just likely replaced Harvin with Tavon Austin.
    Good move for them if it happens.
    I just like the fact that Seattle gives up their Slot in the Mid 20s and allows a potential Pass Rusher to slide closer to us.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This scenario that the Flacco Deal just influenced is the reason you need good Cap Mgt to keep the pieces intact when you get into the Playoff Round Table.
    Spend wisely or, lose your team chemistry.

  46. robNo Gravatar says:

    where are you thinking jones fits in for us ? think he’s a good 1st rdr. for us ?

  47. robNo Gravatar says:

    gawd i love guiness draft !

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a 6’4″ 280+ DE from UCLA Rob.
    I see him as a compliment to Aldon in the Pass Rush capacity.
    I like Margus Hunt also.
    What’s nice about Hunt is he’s extremely tall, 6’8″ worth.
    Something I’d try to do to Russell Wilson is smother him.
    He’s a short guy.
    Put some obstacles in his line of vision.
    Our challenge is to keep him contained in the pocket.
    We need edge guys and pocket collapser-types.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good chance we won’t see him but, i thought for sure Seattle would have been in line for his services.

  50. robNo Gravatar says:

    (from sando)
    “The Seattle Seahawks were not the only suitor Monday in trade talks for Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin. The NFC West-rival San Francisco 49ers were also involved”

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Glad it was Seattle that overpaid for his services.
    Great player, wouldn’t mind having him but, they gave up a ton in Picks, and apparently, a very generous Contract is being rumored.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    When the Seahags are unable to sign Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner next year the effects of the Harvin trade will be felt.
    They have overpaid on Rice and Zach Miller who will make a combined $17 mil in 2013 and even more in 2014.
    Harvin has done his damage on KO returns and not punt returns.
    You neutralize him by kicking the ball out of the end zone for touchbacks.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Datone Jones might fall to the Niners now as the Seahags really liked him too and we seemed to be the only 2 teams with that crush on him.
    The reason he’s a good fit is he plays both DE and DT much like Justin Smith and we need that versatility.
    To me NT is less critical because
    we seem to always be in the nickel
    without a NT (our NT played 30% of defensive snaps). If they have prepared Ian Williams properly we have our NT on the team and they showed faith in him signing him to a modest contract instaed of overspending on a pert time Free agent.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I believe the Niners will have a surprise or 2 coming in free agency in the coming days.
    Based on the past couple of years the first day’s signings are all splashy and all overpaid.
    The Niner way is to wait for the dust settles and pay good players fair market value rather than contracts inflated by bidding wars fanned by agents.
    So be patient Niner Supporters as in the past panic mode set in for some thinking we were getting shut out and suddenly we have 3 starters inked.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree 100% Bullit, regarding the price Seattle paid for Harvin.
    They could recoup some of the Cap Cash by moving Flynn but, it won’t be easy.
    If Datone gets by MN now we should have a shot.
    I refused to get too excited about him because I figured he’d be gone.
    Should be a fun afternoon later.
    Goldson and RJF are likely moving on now, Ice most likely too.
    Baalke has the throttle in hand once again.

  56. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I have to agree with Bullit on the D-line strategy. I’d still draft a NT this year, but not with one of our first two picks. Unless we can get a guy who can slide to DT and rush inside effectively in the nickel – and those guys are rarer than hen’s teeth. A first or second round player should be a starter and an every-down guy. Concentrate on DE-DT, OLB and DBs with those first two picks. Particularly guys who can make an impact on third downs. Plenty of time and picks later to get all the other pieces – WR or two, TE, T, QB, K, NT, ILB, more DEs, OLB and DBs.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a rumor that’ll spark a lively discussion.
    I’d give him Goldson’s contract from last season with a couple of incentive bonuses (Super Bowl win $1 mil).
    Draft his replacement and have Reed as the mentor.
    Let the bitching begin that we are the West Coast Ravens.
    My first option would be Glover Quin but this is an interesting Plan B.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin was contacted by ESPN in Africa for his reaction to being traded. His response:
    “Anquan Boldin said he considers his trade to the 49ers a “good thing.”
    Boldin had previously hinted that he’d retire if the Ravens cut him. They traded him, but he seems more than fine with the move. “When I look at the organization and what they’re about, and as a football team, the talent that they have, I think it’s a good, good place for me to be,” Boldin said. The transaction will become official once he returns from Africa and completes his physical.”
    Welcome aboard #81

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good day to stock up on popcorn, Grump.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If we would have had a middle plugging NT in on the play where Jacoby Jones caught a 56 yard TD Flacco would not have been able to step up into the pocket and throw that ball to him. Being able to hold the front has to do with collapsing the front of the pocket in the passing game as well as holding the point in the run game. Our pass rushers all got pushed to the side and Flacco just stepped up uncontested and completed the TD pass.
    If a top quality NT is available he needs to be drafted in rd 1, but don’t reach. I’d rather take a WR or CB with the pick if we are reaching for a NT.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skip Bayless just tweeted that if he were the Niners, he’d go after Revis and offer the Jets our 1st rd pk, two 2s and two 3s. That statement is almost as absurd as Skeebers saying that Alex Smith completed his mission of restoring the Niners to glory. Almost.

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    No way in goddamn hell do we draft a WR with our 1st pick. Uh, excuse me. Didn’t we just do that last year? And how’s that working out for us?
    And, Berger. If you tell me one more time how wide open A.J. Jenkins got at Illinois, I’m going to bribe all the liquor stores in Nevada to stop selling you alcohol.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I see the Jones TD play differently.
    On that play the DL ran a looping stunt that created room to step up.
    Poor coverage by Culliver and then to add insult to injury Goldson whiffs on a guy that’s lying on the ground trying to get up.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vikes just released Antoine Winfield.
    Looked at his age and crap he’s
    35 which means he played with Ahmed Plummer at Ohio State.
    Plummer has been out of football
    since Alex Smith was drafted.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- It was uncanny how wide open AJ Jenkins used to get at Illinois!

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Flacco was stepping up into the pocket like that for the entire play-offs. I noticed that before our game with them. If I was the coach I would not have run that double stunt. I would have had a plugger holding the front, which would have kept him from stepping up. I would use the same strategy with Romo because he does the same thing often.
    I like our coaching staff and don’t want a change, but that was a big coaching error IMO. The coaches called a ply that allowed Flacco to play to his strength. I was afraid a play like that would burn us during the game, and it did.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I believe the Niners need a versatile DL like Justin Smith
    who can play inside and outside.
    A pure NT just won’t do it anymore
    when the other team’s offense goes hurry up no huddle. If the NT is weak against the pass then your defense has a big problem and has been exposed.
    Easier said then done because there aren’t Justin Smith clones walking around.

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Have we (officially) traded Alex Smith yet?
    Hurry the hell up before the Chiefs change their minds.

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Delainie Walker is on the verge with signing with the Titans.
    A.J. Jenkins is gonna have to play more now. We need someone to drop all our passes on a consistent basis.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still pissed at Delanie for dropping that TD in the Rams game.
    Catch the goddamn ball!

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Then scrap the 3-4 and run a 4-3. If the 49ers want to run a 3-4 a top quality NT is a must. This can not be negotiated. A 3-4 is centered around a NT who can keep blockers off of the LBs. If you want a 2nd rate NT then scrap the 3-4.

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t mess with Berger and his NT. I learned that a loooong time ago.

  73. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, we run a 4-2-5, most of the time. The 3-4 is just for first downs. That’s the problem. So either you need a NT who has the impact in the pass rush to play on the four-man line – which is not easy to find even if it is the best solution – or you go with a part-time player on the nose, like Sopoaga. The way we stop the run, you naturally tend to worry more about third downs and getting off the field. That said, I’d take either a Wilfork or another Justin or J.J. Watts. Take the best D-line talent you can – and if it’s not there, then look at the secondary.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The trade with KC is official.
    Alex Smith for Chef’s 2nd rd pick #34 in this year’s draft and a conditionmal in 2014 as high as a #3 depending on performance.
    This allows the Boldin trade to happen and they announced that also. officially Boldin for a sixth round pick but it is unclear which one as Niners have 2 picks in sixth rd.
    Delanie Walker has also signed with the Titans.

  75. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “Plummer has been out of football
    since Alex Smith was drafted.” — the sad thing, Bullit, is Plummer quit long before he left. Ahmad just reached a point where he did not seem to care so much any more, and his game went downhill fast. First round skills, arena league heart.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It has hurt Justin Smith when it comes to voting for post season honors. His vote is split between DT and DE because he’s a hybrid.
    That was my suggestion looking for
    a guy like Datone Jones of UCLA who did both in college and did it well.

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Adios Delanie! Have fun losing with the Titans!

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    That might have been the Mike Rumph influence. Boy did the Niners suck under Donahue and Erickson. That’s where the frustration and pent upanger comes from.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I learned most of my coaching philosophies from watching and studying Bill Walsh. He always loaded up on D-linemen and rotated them to keep them fresh. He also seemed to always have not just one outstanding NT but 2 or 3. IMO, our NT situation since 1994 would not have been adequate enough to run a 3-4 if Walsh was the coach. In fact, in 1994 Sieffert scrapped the 3-4 when Michael Carter retired.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Glenn Dorsey DT/DE is visiting the Niners.
    He was pick #5 in the 2008 first round and is 27 years old 6-1 297 lbs

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Mike Wallace is taking his physical prior to signing a 5 year
    65 mil contract with the Fins.
    They overpaid by $3 mil year

  82. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Glenn Dorsey? Tommy Dorsey had more hits then Glenn.
    Strike up the band!

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tampa Bay has sent a private jet to pick up Goldson for a visit.
    Maybe he’ll get his fat contract with them.

  84. robNo Gravatar says:

    glenn dorsey was a name i put up here a few posts ago ! nice to see we’re taking a look ! great minds think alike i see !

  85. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m not sure how dorsey has been used so far in his career , but i really liked him in the draft ! maybe he’ll be looked at as a 3-4 DE here and the position change will be good for him ?

  86. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops ! i guess KC tried him at 3-4 DE !

    I wonder if we’d look at him as the main backup at both NT and DE in our scheme !

  87. robNo Gravatar says:

    maybe we’ll sign dorsey ! imo he could be the main guy behind both sopoaga and mcdonald ! if RJF leaves in free agency this might be a good signing !

  88. robNo Gravatar says:


  89. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Delanie Walker to Titans….think thats why we got Bolden….he’s an upgrade over Walker…

  90. robNo Gravatar says:



  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Walker’s deal with Titans 4 years
    17.5 mil with 8.6 mil guaranteed.
    He’ll be the starting TE

  92. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Darrius Heyward-Bey got released.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is why the Niners didn’t try to trade for Harvin.
    This is going cripple the Seahags and put them in salary cap hell for a few years.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a lot to pay for potential.
    Harvin has yet to even score 10 TDs in a season.
    Just heard Sopa has signed with the Egos

  95. robNo Gravatar says:


    i was beside myself with this offseason and thought we were doing great ! don’t tell me we lost sop ?! are you sure ?

  96. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t think Soap would leave. I’ll miss his hairdo.

  97. robNo Gravatar says:

    DAMMIT we lost sop !

    well if it wasn’t already it sure is now ! our first priority in the draft has to be the d-line/NT !

  98. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They must think more highly of Ian Williams than any of us would have guessed.

  99. robNo Gravatar says:

    IMO we have someone we’re looking at in the draft and are planning to trade up to get him !

  100. robNo Gravatar says:

    the question now is … who is it !!?

  101. robNo Gravatar says:

    hankins ?

  102. robNo Gravatar says:

    OK so we trade up a few spots with our two top picks and grab hankins and elam !

  103. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, the first time I saw a D-line rotated was under Dick Nolan in 1970. It worked damned well. He had so many good linemen that year. Cedric Hardman was a rookie and did not start – and IIRC he still led the team in sacks. Hart, Krueger, Earl Edwards, Roland Lakes, Bill Belk, Sam Silas and I think Stan Hindman made eight. If only we had also had a franchise running back, we would have won our first Super Bowl a decade early.

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Besides Dorsey, Charles Woodson is coming for a visit tomorrow.
    Woodson still plays at a high level at the age of 36. It does seems like he’s been playing forever.

  105. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wasn’t Skip Vanderbundt on that line, Grump? That line was indcredible in its day. Krueger was the man back then.Him and that fricking QB helmet he wore . . .

  106. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Since the Niners play the 3-4 so little I wonder if they scrap it altogether. Get some bookend DTs like Holt and Fagan back in the day.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Woodson would make perfect sense as a FS, just like Ed Reed.
    Short Contract while you develop behind them.
    Rob, Hankins isn’t worth a Trade Up unless it’s in the 2nd Rd.
    Even then, I’d prefer Jenkins.
    I like Brandon Williams as a good fit in the 2nd or 3rd.
    He’s an active inside guy ala Sapp.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Jesse Williams would be the best fit for our DL.
    See what Baalke has up his sleeve next month.

  109. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Vanderbundt was weakside LB. Wilcox strong side, Nunley was the Mike. Jimmy Johnson and a rookie Bruce Taylor at corner, Mel Phillips and his 17th broken arm at strong safety, and old Rosey Taylor from the Bears at free safety.
    Record-setting O-line, Brodie in his best year, Ken Willard at fullback, Gene Washington and Witcher wide, and bob Windsor and Ted Kwalick at TE.
    All that team needed was a durable franchise halfback and we would have won it all. Doug Cunningham was just too light to stay healthy.

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Dorsey and/or Seymour are added prior to the Draft, it could loosen up the Pick order in terms of position.
    I’d then focus on a DE.
    That would make more sense in a Trade Up scenario.

  111. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And on that note, just for old time’s sake, God DAMN the effing Dallas Cowboys. A team worthy of being hated.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Would also open the door earlier for a CB or TE too.
    S should be in the mix for one of the Top 3 Picks IMO.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Always Grump.
    Dallas SUX.

  114. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grump- Great 7:50 post!

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Where we pick at 31 & 34, it seems to me the NT picks would be a reach. We’ll see. I’m going to have to disagree with my buddy NJ about Jenkins. He reminded me too much of Kentwan Balmer the two times I watched him play.

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t overspend for him Berger.
    If he hangs around I’d give him consideration.
    He’s not a guy I’d have to have.
    Just wouldn’t mind having a Channel Marker insider at the right price.
    He’s a wide body with some strength.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kawann Short is interesting as well.
    Jesse is young and played for ‘Bama.
    Pro system and excellent coaching.
    I think he’s a good fit.
    Not crazy about Sylvester Williams either.
    There’s plenty of options into the Mid Rd area.
    Bennie Logan, Josh Boyd,Akeem Spence and Nick Williams are all good looking options also.

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A sleeper I’m banking on is Chris Jones from Bowling Green.

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Would like to see our higher picks go to Pass Rusher and DBs.

  120. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A small snippet on Chris Jones –
    Could get this kid late or UDFA.
    Last season, Jones ranked among the top defensive tackles in Division I football, earning All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America. Jones was the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year this past season after posting 42 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, to lead the Falcons to an 8-5 record, a 6-2 MAC mark and a berth in the Military Bowl.

  121. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jesse Williams would be OK. He has a good motor and is strong as heck. My only problem with him is he has short arms. That makes it hard to disengage for some. But his job would be more to occupy than disengage, so at 31 it seems to be a good pick.

  122. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I really like NTs that can push people straight back. Jesse Williams can do that.

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Give me all these ‘Try Hard’, ‘Wanna Play Football’ guys you can get.
    Screw the prima donas that show up for the bling and endorsement deals.
    I want the blue collar, knock your junk in the dirt guys.

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll get some good young talent next month Berger.
    Right now we need to focus on stocking up for Seattle and St Louis.
    Check out the OLB from So Miss., Jamie Collins.
    If we’re going to be chasing Russell Wilson around we need all the speed we can get.

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Zaviar Gooden from Mizzou is a burner too.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my Top OLBs.
    Jamie Collins
    Corey Lemonier
    Zaviar Gooden
    Ty Powell

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ty Powell – who has played defensive end, safety and now linebacker – stood on his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the vertical jump and three-cone drill). Indianapolis Colts linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald led Powell through a workout that lasted for about an hour. Powell, who is being checked out as a linebacker by NFL teams, looked good in the drills and displayed exceptional ball skills. Powell could be drafted as high as the fourth round and become the first player drafted from Harding in 30 years.

  128. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The signs are there that Woodson will sign with the Niners unless there is a hitch on his visit.
    He owns a winery near Calistoga
    and as I have said previously is a good bridge player and mentor to a player they draft to groom as his successor.

  129. 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