OTA Week I of IV

The first of three OTAs, plus a concluding minicamp, begins Tuesday. I’m not sure if the players get to actually touch each other yet, let alone play partially real football. The offseason rules of the new CBA are convoluted enough to get a mistrial, let alone absorb themselves neatly into the partially existent brain cells of yours truly. If they can mash into each other, the coaches will get a first glimmer of who’s going to play right guard this year.

That the 49ers haven’t seemed in any real sweat over this hole in the lineup, and have made no attempt to sign a veteran, indicates they think any of the candidates currently on the squad would be equal to or better than the departed Adam Snyder. And if that is true, Chilo Rachal’s value certainly plummeted since Mike Singletary said he would be something special in this league, a mere three years ago. Now playing RG for the 49ers: Anybody.

I guess we’ll have to trust management on this issue. And we’re prepared to do that, which is quite a departure from previous regimes, where trust had as much value as a politician’s campaign promise. It’s also possible that Jim Harbaugh has roared into the league like Mike Smith of the Falcons did a few years back, only to settle into a niche as a competitive team that lacked the fire to compete in the playoffs.

That would be a major surprise and disappointment, however. Fire and Harbaugh seem welded at birth.

But the league will be primed to whip him in his second year. Or try. The acclaim he received for his first year no doubt made a lot of other coaches a bit jealous and motivated to hand him his ass this time around. Not to mention the Detroit handshake that set up an immediate grudge rivalry with the Lions and their coach Jim Schwartz. Seattle coach Pete Carroll might be desperate enough to beat Harbaugh this year that he puts in a call to Tonya Harding.

Other coaches are also going to be intimidated by the innovative game plans and plays that Harbaugh came up with game after game in 2011. With new offensive weapons at his disposal, that intimidation will be even greater. Unlike bloggers, coaches are human beings with insecurities and failings. The best they can do when overmatched is try not to let the fear show in their eyes when around their players. If successful at that, they can then blame the players for losing and not themselves. Of course, this only works for about three years, before even a dumb owner knows it’s easier to fire the coach than the whole team.

Some suggest that the whole year depends on Alex Smith now, but that can be said of any team’s QB. No NFL team can succeed if its QB plays like a dog all year, or even for several games. It’s also suggested that Smith needs to step up his game now, but all he really needs to do is play as well as he did last year. Having wide receivers who can actually get open on a regular basis will be the biggest difference in the offense and its increased production. That and the addition of some home run talents like Randy Moss, AJ Jenkins, and LaMichael James. Only Vernon Davis could be called a dangerous threat on last year’s team. And he might be even more dangerous this year.

Time to dust off those pom poms, guys. The 2012 season is coming into view.

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92 comments on “OTA Week I of IV
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grant Cohn has an aerticle on how to attack and defeat the Niner Defense


    Talks about perceived weaknesses
    First premise is running the ball is futile

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My wife actually has a set of 49er pom poms!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very true that most on this blog
    care very much for the Niners
    and we pull for the team every week during the season with much passion and angst.
    It has been suggested by the troll haters that if you root for the team you’re a cheerleader like that’s some kind of insult.
    I get quite animated when the Niners score and it is quite a natural high when they win.
    Just imagine the haters booing the following highlight


    So if I am branded a cheerleader
    so be it.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I got slammed for providing links
    to podcasts and articles on things I find interesting mostly related to the Niners although in slow times we go off on tangents.
    I found this podcast with Joe Montana hawking avocadoes on a Dallas TV station but the interview is riveting as he talks about Eric Wright saving the game
    and how he overthrew Freddie Solomon on the play before “The Catch”


    I do believe this is a function of the blog to share info and I’m happy I found this and am able to link it.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Found another interesting interview which I would like to share on a slow news day


  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco reports the following on the Niner OTAs

    “The 49ers begin organized team activities this week with three practices. Under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, clubs are allowed 10 days of OTAs over a three-week period.

    For the first time, the veteran players are allowed to wear helmets on the practice field this week, but there may be no live contact and no offense vs. defense drills. (During the week of June 11 when the 49ers conduct their mandatory minicamp, offense vs. defense is allowed.)

    Each NFL team is required to open one day of practice every week to the local media. The 49ers’ open two-hour practice is slated to begin Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Coach Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to address the media after practice Wednesday.”

    So Wednesday afternoon will give everyone a glimpse of what’s going on.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always preferred logic to a variety of unspecified reasons that boil down to nothing but a lead in to spit on the player who put the egg on your face last year. It’s understandable, but not very convincing.

  8. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Well bullit as the chief news aggregater of the site I do appreciate your efforts to link to other sites for 9er news. Too hard to drill down that deep from here. And yer not even our QB…
    “Unlike bloggers, coaches are human beings with insecurities and failings”. Funny that…

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Do you take risks like that all the time, Super Skippy?

  10. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    By ‘weak showing’ do you mean 5 TDs and 0 picks in the playoffs?
    Or do you mean 1 muffed punt from going to the Super Bowl?
    The point being, Skippy, is you’d still be deriding Smith had they won it all.

  11. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit, NoFear. You are so scared to say anything relevant or positive that it clouds every post you make. And, no, you were wrong about Alex last year. If he does well again, that’s 2x.
    You relentlessly dog the team yet never say how you think they will do at any time. They win what was one of the most exciting playoff games in the history of the NFL, and to you it was the Niners to give away. They won despite themselves. No credit for anyone. Least of all Alex Smith.
    Now? You expect them to fall short of the huge gains they made last year. Big talk. Where was your talk last year? As the team did well, you vanished. Which the definition of being a weenie. And don’t say you had better things to do, because once they lost the NFC Championship game, you were right back here dogging Smith. They very well may fail, but every year, 31 teams ‘fail’ to more or lesser degrees. Rodgers, Brees, and Brady had ‘great’ years, yet they all fell short. Smiht had a solid year, and yes, fell short.
    Hate to break it to you, Skippy, but Teflon Mike isn’t coming back. Neither are Joe, Bill, Steve, or Jerry.
    The team is on the track for being a relevant powerhouse in the immediate (and possibly long term) future. Can you say anything remotely positive?
    I mean, what do you expect at a Goddamn Niner blog anyway? Whiners? You take up that position well enough for 3 other guys.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Chuck, you have no idea what I’d do or think or say if some event that didn’t happen actually happened. You’re just braying to hear yourself bray, again.

    Hell, you don’t even know what you think until someone else tells you.”

    So sez the guy with all the canned talking points. The independent thinker who professes
    an 18-37 record is to be admired
    and celebrated whereas 14-4 and a trip to the Championship game is lucky. I don’t speak troll but that seems to be your constant message just like your brother V.

  13. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    “Chuck, you have no idea what I’d do or think or say if some event that didn’t happen actually happened.”
    “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”
    Clue me in, Skippy. How do you think the Niners will do this year?

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The biggest joke on this blog is the halo you profess to wear and the hypocrisy of being right is of little consequence to you and you never personally attack anyone.
    Hint: the only person here fooled is yourself

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the Steve Young interview his
    words on retiring are so true and prophetic. He says it’s like falling off a cliff and some guys don’t get up because they don’t know what to do.
    Sadly that was true with Junior Seau and his restaurant/sports bar shut down for good last week with his passing with 50 people losing their jobs.

  16. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Point? Show me a point you made, NoFear. Better yet, tell me how you think the teams does this year.
    No, we don’t blame others for our own proclivities. You were a blogging maniac whan things were going badly. Mainly during the kerfuffle around Teflon Mike Nolan and his hired gun, Aluminum Mike Singletary.
    A season of successful football was followed by crickets emanating from the NoFear environs, wherever that is.
    Revisionist history now? I will say, that last line gives me hope that you understand what humor is.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am willing to commit to a prediction. To me to be successful Alex Smith must throw for 3800 yards, 25 TDs and 14 Ints
    for the team to move forward.
    Would be nice to see some numbers
    from Alex Smith’s basher who just can’t commit to anything. Must be that flip flop in him cuz he sure loves his waffles.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Those numbers sound approximately right to me. I’d probably offer something like 3800-24-12. I’d like to see our third down conversion rate move up sharply as well – somewhere north of 35% maybe? Do all of that, and avoid killer injuries that cripple the running game and defense and ST, and we have as good a shot as anyone of ring number six. Maybe even better.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cam Inman shares how the players are situated in the Niner locker room which is fascinating considering Harbaugh assigned the spaces,

    “Here is what the locker-room alignments looked like a couple weeks ago, at least:

    North-side wall: CB Perrish Cox, WR Kyle Williams, CB Carlos Rogers, QB Alex Smith, CB Tarell Brown, WR Michael Crabtree, CB Tramaine Brock, WR Brett Swain, CB Chris Culliver, WR Ted Ginn. Note: The corner locker sits empty, formerly belonging to Frank Gore, who’s relocated to the east wall. Smith moved a couple lockers down from last season but still in the vicinty of the area once occuiped by the likes of Steve Young and Jeff Garcia.

    West-side wall: S Donte Whitner, RB Frank Gore, S Dashon Goldson, RB Anthony Dixon. Note: I may have missed one or two guys in this mix, but that quartet usually has enough to say for the whole locker room.

    South-side wall, Part I (next to bathroom/shower entrance): LB NaVorro Bowman, RB Kendall Hunter, LB Patrick Willis, RB Rock Cartwright, DB/WR Colin Jones. Note: Hunter isn’t the first to get smashed between the 49ers’ All-Pro linebackers; OL Daniel Kilgore served in that capacity last season as a rookie and emerged ready to do battle for a starting RG spot.

    South-side wall, Part II (from bathroom entrance to lounge access): RB Brandon Jacobs, LB Larry Grant, TE Delanie Walker, OLB Ahmad Brooks, FB Bruce Miller, LB Tavares Gooden, C Jonathan Goodwin, NT Isaac Sopoaga, C/G Daniel Kilgore, DL Ian Williams, OL Kenny Wiggins, DL Will Tukuafu, LT Joe Staley. Note: Good that Staley got an end spot since he has more room for the crush of media that enjoy the Joe Show.

    South-side wall, Part III (from lounge door to corner): DE Ray McDonald, OL Alex Boone, OL Derek Hall, RT Anthony Davis, DL Ricky Jean Francois, LG Mike Iupati, DL Demarcus Dobbs, OL Mike Person.

    East-side wall (from corner to practice-field door): DL Justin Smith, WR Mario Manningham, OLB/DE Aldon Smith, TE Nate Byham, OLB Parys Haralson, WR Randy Moss, LS Brian Jennings, TE Vernon Davis. Note: This wall certainly doesn’ t lack for star power and I bet Moss and Jennings will share quality veteran insights about the game.

    I didn’t list who occupies the other north-side wall but I believe it is occupied again by K David Akers, P Andy Lee, QB Colin Kaepernick, QB Scott Tolzien and newcomer QB Josh Johnson.

    What does all this mean? Will new neighbors become fast friends? Will the 49ers be mad for letting out this in-house info? Just take it for what it is: A glimpse inside the locker room of a Super Bowl contender.”

    What I noticed is guys on offense sit next to guys on defense that they directly practice against daily.

  20. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well (channeling NoFear), Smith MUST throw for 5,500 yards, 53 TDs, and 0 INTs for this to be a successful season.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Even Brees is not throwing for 5500 in this offense, Chuck. Somewhere around 3800 is reasonable. Really, Alex just needs to not hold back the team. He doesn’t need to carry it all the time with our D and ST and running backs. It requires that he play better than last year in some respects, but he doesn’t need to go all Johnny U. on us. Just also don’t go dead cold for long stretches. Consistency of some sort is the key for him. It’s not an insignificant step up, but it could be an attainable goal with Harbaugh coaching him. If not, J.J. will get his chance.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You rang, Rob?

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags gave up a 7th round pick for Kellen Winslow. Seems like Winslow has been around for a long time but he’s turning 29 this summer and is the same age as Frank Gore.
    There were suggestions in the past years that the Niners trade away Vernon Davis. You’d be lucky to get a second round pick back for VD and then who would you replace him with? Many people overvalue their assets.
    Taylor Mays should have told you
    the worth of players you want to dump. It’s a buyers market unless you’re the Raiduhs.
    Then again they traded a 7th rd pick for Aaron Curry plus a conditional 5th rd pick.
    Curry was the 4th pick of his draft.
    If you’re looking to dump a player you just won’t get good value back for him.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Rob Rang is a football writer for CBS Sports

  25. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, you could trade him for other players, Bullitt.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seems like in football the trade
    is a memory from the past especially players for players.
    I cannot remember the last time we traded a player for another.
    Rashuan Woods for Sammy Davis comes to mind.
    Most trades are made for draft picks.
    Maybe someone else can tell me when is the last time the Niners traded a player for another.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Sammy Davis we got never even sang for us!

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cowboys and Redskins lost their appeal on their salary cap violations.
    And just like Goldson, Drew Brees is sr=taying away from Aints OTAs
    this week trying to gain leverage.
    Apparently Brees wants to be the highest paid QB in the NFL.
    This can only hurt the Aints because they are already without Payton so the offense is headless.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson will go the route of Aubrayo.
    1 year payday and adios.
    A FS will be high on the Draft List next April if we don’t find a better option already on the Roster.
    And, for the record, I’m not a huge Goldson Fan either.

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think Goldson is good – but not as good as he thinks he is. And I do not think he would look as good on another defense, without a half dozen Pro Bowlers and alternates and several more solid starters around him.
    Don’t forget we drafted a FS this year. Robinson is at least a year or two away, but he has some potential.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore has arrived for OTAs and is talking


  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I was kidding about Alex, Grump, as you may have gleaned.
    Yeah, I’m not one of Goldson’s bigger supporters either. He’s too reckless for me. Situational awareness isn’t what it should be. Short term? Yeah they could go Culliver. He played a lot of FS in college. One more draft out there as well. I doubt Goldson sits thisz year, but you never know.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Grump, Goldson benefits from the scheme and Whitner took control of that pretty well.
    Goldson IMO is a SS trying to play FS. His coverage skills suck.
    Culliver is the better coverage guy for sure. Whether it’s Culliver or Robinson, I don’t see Goldson getting a long term deal with us.
    We’ll see.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like I might be the only Goldson fan here. He’s big, fast and intimidating. Receivers fear him. He is also a big time play maker. I hope we get him re-signed. If not, we move on.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Goldson is too inconsistent and is either very good or terrible.
    This play sums up how I feel about him (not worth the money he’s demanding) as he makes 3 mistakes on the same play

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Breaking news from Matt Maiocco
    “Confirmed that 49ers agree to contract extension with P Andy Lee. No details, but expect it to be in $4M annual range.”

    Best punter is now locked up for 4 (?) more years

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Andy Lee may have been the most important player on the roster last year. His punts might have made a 10 to 14 point swing in some games. Just by helping to dominate field position, even when we were not moving the ball all that well. Keeping him in SF can only be a good thing.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers now have 23 of 25 core players signed through 2013.”

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Andy Lee deal is for 6 years.
    He’ll be locked up through 2018.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Video from yesterday’s closed OTA session courtesy of 49ers.com


  41. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone that can punt successfully at the Stick is pretty valuable.
    Back in the day, seeing some negative yardage punts wasn’t a rare occurence.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith on new additions to WR corps: “It’s kind of like waking up on Christmas — you’ve got a lot of new toys out there.”

  43. robNo Gravatar says:


    my omg was because someone posted where the players’ lockers were !

    imo that’s about as bad as posting a link to a site where you can ” watch the stadium being built ”


  44. robNo Gravatar says:

    i am excited to see the mini camp has started ! imho we should know quite soon how good our new draftees are looking !

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Secret video from Bill Belechik
    spycam of today’s Niner practice.
    very hush hush


    actually courtesy of Niner Nation

  46. robNo Gravatar says:


    now that we have real coaches , i think goldson will be just fine !

  47. robNo Gravatar says:


    this one is for you !


    guess what ?

    if our new WR is as good as i think he is , alex boone holds up and we stay healthy i say smith is at least a pro bowl alternate next year !

    how about you ?

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Goldson asking for a long term deal that might break the bank. Still has a lot to prove to me before I give him that deal.
    In another year Niners will have to decide how much to pay to re-sign Bowman. If you overpay Goldson you can say goodbye to Bowman.
    It comes down to your opinion as to who’s more easily replaced.
    My opinion is to bank that slary for Bowman.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I agree that Bowman’s value outweighs Goldson’s.

  50. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    When you look at the backups, it isn’t that big a drop for either. That is if they roll Culliver to FS and let Goldson go. In fact, that would likely work out better for the 9ers. Larry Grant isn’t a big drop off either, should he replace Bowman.
    That being said, Goldson looks like odd man out since all the others are signed. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Bowman is signed through the next 2 years. He’s a FA in 2014.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Driver TD was zone coverage.
    Goldson bit on the play action and came up early not dropping back deep enough leaving Driver wide open that is cystal clear.
    He has a shot of tackling Driver at the 20 and whiffs and another shot at the 4 and misses that one too. If you watch the entire video
    they isolate on Goldson at the end and he comes up for no reason
    in my mind because it’s 2nd and 16 and blows the coverage.
    As the Free Safety you have to make that last tackle and I don’t buy that lame excuse that others missed tackles too. If you want be paid like an ALL Pro play like one.
    When you miss two tackles on the same play shame on you.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let me just add when you are out of position in a zone you basically have given the offense a big window of opportunity and it’s your breakdown that has led to the D’s vulnerability.
    Goldson should have dropped back deeper and Driver would not have been that obviously wide open by seven yards.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson or Bowman is a no-brainer.
    Agree Bullit, Cap dollars for me favor Patrick/NaVorro over Whitner/Goldson.
    Goldson is no Ed Reed and doesn’t deserve a big payday IMO.
    He’s taken too many lousy angles for me to even consider him a top talent at his position.
    Bowman on the other hand, makes you look twice to see if he’s wearing number 52 or 53 very often.
    That, in itself, is enough reason to make him want to stay around, by making an offer he can’t refuse.

  54. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You try tackling the newest DWTS winner. Driver has moves on the field and dance floor. His partner’s name is Peta Murgatroyd. Heavens to Murgatroyd! Exit, stage left Snaglepuss.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I agree that Goldson blew that play. We were talking about this play on thew blog 1.5 years ago and I was the first to point that out then. Having said that, I like Goldson as our free safety. Also, saying to not pay a guy now for somebody next year is not a good observation. We can have both if we would like, if for no other reason than Patrick is about 17 mil against the cap this year. The team decided to take the big hit on his salary this year. next year his cap hit is much lower. But I think the main reason is if you like a player you don’t play that game. I think you sign him when you can. We will soon see how much the 49ers like Goldson. I think he is worth 5 years, 25 mil with 3 yrs guaranteed.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear’s break down sounds logical. Like I said above, I was the first one to blame Goldson.
    Using NoFear’s logic and adding some Burger complaints about that season, we used to play the cover-3 and cover-4 coverages a lot. I used to call it the umbrella defense. The Packers might have just noticed that tendency and beat it with a great play call.
    Mym logic may not fly because the umbreela coverage was supposed to keep the play in front. It was 2nd and 16, so maybe Manusky was trying to stop the slant and Driver faked us out with a sluggo. Whatever happened, we looked bad on that play. It is not good to be the other team on a hi-lite reel like that.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did somebody steal NoFear’s identity? He just had two real good posts in a row!

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I see Goldson being allowed to walk into FA last year as the 9ers having little intention to extend him long term.
    He came back, had a good year and got the FTag.
    Now he’s pulling the Aubrayo bait and wait game?
    Baalke has another plan IMO, and I don’t believe they give him the deal he’s expecting.
    As for Patrick, yes he’s a heavy Cap hit this year and it’s likely a strategic move to keep guys like Bowman happy in the near future.
    For me, Culliver could be an excellent option in the FS slot.
    One thin I do think we do very well is manage the Cap.
    Guess that ‘tip of the cap’ goes to Paraag.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- It is obvious I am out numbered here about Goldson. I like him as our FS. I think he will be a Pro-Bowler this year if he stays healthy. Maybe I’m wrong, we’ll see soon enough.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I see it differently especially if you watch the iso where Goldson is going in the opposite direction of where the ball went. I’ll just leave it at that.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All of us see things differently Berger.
    Goldson lacks coverage skills IMO. He’s more of SS. Good hitter,but takes lousy angles and isn’t a consistant tackler.
    I’d much rather have an Ed Reed-type of centerfielder who makes interceptions instead of tackles.
    All part of the scheme I guess, we could do worse.
    Just don’t think he deserves a fat long term deal.
    We’ll see how it plays out.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Next year Tim McDonalds’ Son TJ is coming out from USC too.
    He’s a kid to watch as a possible FS Draft option.
    Good size at 6’2″ 205 and, has that Centerfielder Tag I’d like to see us shop for.

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d love to have a shot at LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu as well. Helluva Defensive Weapon –
    Again, from CBS –
    Captured the Chuck Bednarik Award that goes to the nation’s top defensive player, giving LSU the award in back-to-back seasons after Patrick Peterson won it in 2010 … Career Stats: 127 tackles, 15.0 TFLs, 14 PBUs, 11 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 6 sacks, 4 INTs and 4 TDs.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    We shall see about the guys you just mentioned. Tyrann Mathieu is the Honey Badger, has great stats but he’s listed at 5’9″ 176 lbs so remains to be seen if he’s actually that big.
    Mcdonald is a good story and would be a great legacy pick.
    However the last 3 guys we’ve taken out of U$C have been busts.
    Ronald Johnson, Taylor Mays and Chilo Rachal are wated #6 and 2 #2s.
    We have a full season to determine a good fit and hopefullyt we’ll be drafting at the tail end of first round with the 32nd pick.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Story of an undrafted Free Agent
    trying to make the team as an O lineman. From SF Gate and you have to root for the guy as the odds are long. Like to try to develop him on practice squad as he was a teamate of Chris Culliver
    and he sounds like a Harbaugh blue collar guy.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Andy Lee contract extension is a message to Goldson
    that the money he’s seeking long terms might not be forthcoming.
    Whitner was signed for a little under $4 mil/year and WEddel,Reed and Polamalu make over $8mil/yr.
    Goldson’s only chance is if offered to take last years deal 5 years at $25 mil if Baalke put that back on the table.
    Otherwise Dashon might be looking for another team in 2013 and finding the market soft for his services.
    Remember last year he literally tweeted he was gone and came back playing for $2 mil/yr.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday’s Harbaugh post practice comments in typical Harbaugh speak


  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hakeem Nicks of the Gnats broke his foot today and will miss training camp and is out for 12 weeks.

  69. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson is getting his one-and-done deal. That much is obvious. He’s been asking for for a money shot for 2 years now, and he’s not getting any response from the team.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Asking for a money shot? No response from the team?
    Sounds like they need to hire a fluffer.

  71. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think they got Culliver to be Hawk’s replacement.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Could also be Spilman as they are going to use him at Safety. I am curious if Colin Jones will also get a chance.

    Last year Goldson reportedly was looking for 6 years $40 mil and laughed when offered 5 years $25 mil.
    It is not certain that Baalke is even willing to put their last best offer back on the table.

    My opinion of the comment made that Goldson wasn’t responsible
    for Driver’s TD is whitewash especially saying he was covering the back when clearly that was Spikes assignment.

  73. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    And I’m sure yer man enough for the job, Dennis.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I stand by what I said.

  75. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    One play doesn’t make a portfolio of any guy. But, Goldson has had too many games where he’s taken the wrong route, been burned deep, or flat been out of position. He was VERY inconsistent until the rest of the team aound him improved.
    Say what you will about the play in q

  76. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    uestion, but Goldson shouldn’t be cheating that far up on 2nd and long.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson makes receivers have alligator arms. I really like that. I’m still a Goldson fan. I think he is one of the better safeties in football.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s an different type of metric for measuring a defensive player http://tinyurl.com/c7afld8

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I did not know Goldson is turning 28 this Sept.
    Whitner is a year younger.
    DGs age might factor into the Niner’s hesitating because Goldson thinks this might be his last big contract.

  80. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    We’re gonna win the SB this year.

  81. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    OK, that might have been the gin talking.

  82. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    But when gin talks, people ________.

  83. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Despite my skepticism about AS, I really do think he’ll play better. He’ll need to take more chances though, IMO. 17 TDs won’t cut it. Our D (which is getting some serious hype) will not dominate like it did last year (injuries, funny bounces & less turnovers). AS will need to throw for 25-30 TDs.
    What are my biggest concerns? Offense. Avoiding injuries on the offensive side of the ball. The right side of the line is a big unknown to me. I think our OL has the **potential** to be dominant, or at least pretty freakin’ good. Pass protection is going to be crucial.
    I can’t believe we’re still in May.

  84. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    My question is what had Goldie done before last year? He had a few stretches of good surrounded by looong stretches of fair to poor.
    Is he improving? Sure. Some. But I think he was helped more by Rogers being much better than Spencer at taking away the deep ball, and by Whitner taking care of the underneath.
    He ha his moments. But he also wants 3/40 or some shit. Bottom line, he ain’t gonna get it here. He isn’t worth it.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got an idea. For you guys that don’t like Goldson we can try to get Mark Roman back!

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last year when Goldson was looking for a new contract he opened his mouth too much on twitter


    He took the wrong path and went public

  87. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Michael Thomas (Stanford) is another safety to look at who signed a UDFA deal with the Niners. He’s smallish for a safety, but he’s got great cover skills, and is very smart.
    Per Matt Barrows:
    S Michael Thomas: Like draft pick Trenton Robinson, Thomas is on the small side – he’s a shade under 5-10 and weighed 185 pounds at Stanford’s pro day. But he’s been productive with the Cardinal and is very familiar to Jim Harbaugh having played since his freshman year. Thomas showed very good athleticism at his pro day (10-foot, four-inch long jump; 38-inch vertical jump) but perhaps his biggest advantage is the lack of bodies at safety. Taylor Mays, Reggie Smith and Madieu Williams are no longer on the roster and Dashon Goldson likely will miss a big chunk of the offseason. That means Thomas and some other young safeties – such as 2011 practice squadder Cory Nelms – promise to see a lot of action this offseason.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners right now have 4 guys better than Roman, and one who is likely Goldson’s equal. Cullver can slide to free safety and not miss a beat.
    You want to give him 5/40, Bergs?
    I like the guy, but not at that price.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I did post a day or two ago that I thought he was worth 5 mil per yr for 5 yrs with 3 guaranteed. 5/40 is too much, but not if the guaranteed part is 3/15.
    I think you guys know I was kidding about Mark Roman.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If you said Mike Rumph at CB it would be on.

  91. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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
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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