OTA Week II of IV

The 49ers’ will be back at practice today, learning more about the intricacies of the Jim Harbaugh and Vic Fangio playbooks and jockeying for position on the depth chart.

We will be back at work today, creating a bright and sturdy Super Bowl or Bust bandwagon for the 2012 season. Hopefully, the players will not be skipping practice to admire our handiwork.

Recent history suggests that the team does well in exceeding poor expectations (2005, 2006, 2011), but fares poorly when expectations are high (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Expectations are probably higher for the 2012 team than they have been since the final years of the Steve Young era, in a previous century. Gulp. Pass the Kool-aid. Pour a stiff one in there, too.

Everything points to this year’s team being better than last year’s. Better receivers, another year of maturity for the younger players, a second year in the same offensive and defensive systems, with the same coaches and players, and a full offseason to prepare. And yet we also know it is unlikely this team will improve on or even reach the victory total of last year’s team. The 2011 team so far exceeded expectations that it was almost criminal excess.

The reasons cited most for a drop off are a tougher schedule, the unlikely repetition of the gaudy turnover differential from last year, a tougher division, and the ever fickle nature of key injuries at the wrong time. But underlying these reasons is a fundamental doubt. A doubt that this team is a juggernaut in the mold of the dominant Patriots teams that have breezed through the league these past several years. A doubt mostly centered and rooted in one man: Alex Smith.

Almost nobody believes Smith will ever put up the wild and woolly passing stats of the league’s premier heave-hoers. But anybody slightly aware of Harbaugh’s offensive philosophy also knows he’s unlikely to ever field a team that solely depends on a HOF heaver type of QB to achieve success. So, it comes down to whether Smith is capable of having a Bart Starr or Troy Aikman kind of career. Has he really arrived as a big time, big game NFL QB?

To mention there are some skeptics regarding Smith’s arrival would be as obvious as mentioning Unca_Chuck has stinky feet. Doh, or D’oh for you persnickety types.

There is plenty of evidence pro or con this issue. Some of it even rational. But Smith will have to hoist more than one Lombardi Trophy if he ever wants to be considered a great QB or even a QB in the right place with the right coach at the right time.

And it is that coach that gives the most hope that this year’s team will break through the great expectations jinx and deliver the winner that everyone anticipates for the 2012 season. Mike Singletary had almost the same opportunity in 2010 — a full offseason in the same offense and defense — but when the regular season started, out came the exact same lumbering offense as the previous year. Turning the offseason advantage into a useless endeavor.

Smith may have his doubters, but at least in 49er land, there are almost no Harbaugh doubters. And that is the main reason this team is unlikely to crash and burn like its predecessors have when entering a season as the favored team. Plus, this is a really good team. Top to bottom, the best team the 49ers have assembled since the 90’s.

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54 comments on “OTA Week II of IV
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The new mantra of the Alex Smith haters is no other team pursued him when he was available so therefore he sucks. SAmith haters are deep thinkers with pretzel logic. Very soft market in the offseason for starting QBs.
    There was of course the pursuit of Peyton Manning which had a lot of interest but Manning controlled who his suitors were and ultimately it was Denver.
    The other QB was Matt Flynn who had interest from the Seahags and the Fish. He signed with the Seahags but now Pete is having a 3 way QB competition. One things for certain. If you’re looking for Flynn to repeat throwing 6 TDs in one game I’d bet you it never happens again .
    I do beli eve the entire NFL knew that if the Niners struck out with Manning then Alex Smith was their QB and knowing this it was a waste of time to chase him.
    2 QBs moved as potential starters and Denver moved Tebow just to prevent a distraction.
    Not exactly a bullish market.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is never a slow time on the blog when there is Alex Smith to throw around!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not much going on so we must amuse ourselves with minutiaue

    check this guy out. Ball is in the air for 100 yards and over 6 seconds


  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m wondering how long this holdout will be?
    Matt Maiocco is reporting
    “A league source told CSNBayArea.com that Goldson, set to earn $6.212 million in 2012 as the team’s franchise player, is seeking a long-term deal similar to the five-year, $40 million contract safety Eric Weddle signed last year with the San Diego Chargers.”

    If Goldson doesn’t budge off that number I don’t see a contract and if DG signs the tender he’ll be unrestricted next year and done with the Niners.

  5. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Confessions from an ex Smith basher and unbeliever: Last year Alex proved he is the leader of the Niners. The Detroit and New Orleans games said it all, the guy has some moxie with a never give up attitude. The personal we have assembled should give Alex the weapons we need so desperately to jump out in front early and make the other teams play catch-up. I believe Smith will have another great season. I do really want to see how Kaep has progressed because he has that rocket arm.

  6. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    DG should call AF.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m thinking more like three years 22 mil for goldson .

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho goldson needs one more big year to show he’s worth a long term top dollar contract !
    (imo i want to see 70 or so tackles and 7 or so INT’s from him next season !)

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    btw , i’m pretty sure he’ll do it !

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    btw , i’m very confidet he’ll do it !

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg lol

    ignore my last two posts !

    what i wanted to say was that …
    i’m very confident that goldson will be even better this coming season !

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, what you really should have said was, Happy Birthday to Berger. My present to him will be that I won’t rail on Alex Smith today. But I must say one thing. Wondering if Alex is capable of having a Bart Starr or Troy Aikman kind of career is absurd. To steal the running joke from Skip(py) Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, it’s beyond asinine. It’s asi-ten, asi-eleven and asi-twelve!!!
    Happy Birthday buddy.

  13. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    If he’s not stuck on stoopid maybe he will rob. He’s got the talent but something is missing with Goldson in the (social) + (on field) IQ department. He doesn’t seem to understand his value versus what the team can and will afford to give him. He had his ass handed to him last yeah by the Baaalkebaugh and what did he learn? Nothing.
    With the present front office in charge they can find plenny replacements for “The Son of Gold”. His ego is a lot bigger than his brain. He signs long term with us I’ll be amazed

  14. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Happy birthday to the Bergermeister too.
    I thought you said you wouldn’t rag on Smith for once today. I admit yer getting weaker in ‘rag smith’ department tho…”Barn 11 paging Del Mar Dennis; Barn 11 paging…”

  15. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    More like “Clean-up in stall 8”
    And Phil’s right. Goldson spit on the 3/25 offer, looked for a fat deal elsewhere, and got squadoosh in return. He came back w/his tail between his legs and signed for $2 mill. Does he think the offers that didn’t come in last year will come flying in again? He’s (allegedly) nowhere near budging on his 3/40 wants, so it looks like no Goldmember this year.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Happy B Day

    Two birthday wishes for you


    The second one is to provide you with some stimulis

  17. robNo Gravatar says:


    i think goldson’s looking for 5/40 right now . imho after next season ( and a 70-7 ish ) he’ll get a nice fat deal somewhere !
    i hope it’s here !

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    I would shoot out a happy birthday to BERGER , bet he’s probably either too wasted to notice or isn’t ‘available right now’ !

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, he can’t be drunk yet. He hasn’t started posting tonight yet.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Birthday, Berger. May your next year be happy and successful and include a G-D-d Lombardi Trophy.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just remembered, I think he’s watching Manny Ramirez play for the River Cats in Sacramento tonight. Knowing Berger he’ll tell Manny his stance is too closed and he’s holding his hands too low. Always working on the mechanics.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t go to the game. I was just too tired. I got some Thai food and am listening to the Giants on the AM radio. Thanks for the shouts all! Rob, I only drink on Friday nights and Saturdays.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My advice to Manny would be to find a better way to hide his steroid use and he could make it back.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Happy B’Day Berger.
    Goldson’s FTag is a parting gift.
    He’s not getting Weddle money.
    Andy Lee got paid.
    Take the hint.
    Sign the FTag or don’t.
    I won’t lose any sleep over him.

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Happy b-day, bergs. Giants win!!
    I thought you only drank on days ending in ‘y’.

  26. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    With Bergs ya never can tell, his story is ‘never-ending’ and always changing. (He will deny this I’m aware).
    Chuck he Never misses a Y Day, yahaha. Yeah giant mess in Stall 8. Jayzuz!
    Goldson: Sign or get the F*** outta here freak. I’m a cool mellow dude with stacks of Benmore, Tanduay n Red freakin’ Horse in front a me but dude YOU. are. pissing. me. off. Dickwad. Me and my grand a month to live on. Enough.
    OVAH n out already,,,jayzuz!

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody was drinking!

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t wait for training camp, the preseason and Sept to roll around

    Found this video from Legends Event from last year in cae you haven’t seen it


    Some very good stuff

  29. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah true Bergs, had to cut loose. Ah that feels better.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Guys, WordPress has been hacked and I may be on and off line for awhile until I can find a solution. Sorry about the situation.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jim Harbaugh is full of shit. That is all.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dang, Harbaugh is going out of his way to jab all the Alex Haters in the eye and make them all go apeshit.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s some sort of problem with PHP versions. Happening to many WP sites. Working …

  34. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Between locking me out mf my site, and forcing me to log in every time I post, and the g-d emails for every response to any wordpress blog in the universe, Worpress has been dogshit lately.
    And you blamed it on me Skeebs. For shame . . .

  35. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic here, but we went to the Santa Cruz Blues Festival last Sunday. Coco Montoya playing with Jimmy Thackery was a highlight. The brothers Garza (Los Lonely Boys) were incredible. I’d never seen them live, and had no idea how good they are. Elvin Bishop played a great slow blues set (with the eternal James Cotton on harmonica) between the two to calm things down. Johnny Lang was pretty pedestrian by comparison. Especially as the headliner. Henry Garza blew his doors off.
    The only sad note was the fact that Michael Burks was supposed to open the show (never seen him) with the Holmes Brothers (who were great), but he passed away on May 9th. Yet one more of the many rockers who have died recently.
    Anyhow back to the usual . . .

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon Davis comes in at #43 on this year’s NFL’s Top 100 list

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Thackery can definitely jam.
    This isn’t one of his most jammingest(is this a word?) tunes but I sure like it!

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Romo dabbles with pitching in his spare time. He’s looking to be a three sport failure.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Holy crap the Spelling Bee aCtually made a spelling error.
    We all make mistakes and I often fat finger posts.
    Not a big deal unless you make it so.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the Harbaugh press conference with his comments.
    Really much ado about nothing
    and this is actually the first time he’s spoken about Manning
    at least publicly.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Much ado about nothing? Well, in keeping with the Shakespeare theme. Jim Harbaugh? The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The anti AS crowd wants Hatbaugh to say something stupid and shatter the QBs confidence.
    Maybe it’ll happen in Dec when the Mayan thing is supposed to happen and we’ll all float away.
    Kinda seen this and done that with Kurt Warner. It’s called leverage but I find this whole thing strange because Manning never visited the Niner HQ like he did with everyone else in his media circus.
    It’s much ado about nothing bcause it’s a distraction.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure what Harbaugh’s purpose was, unless it was to turn himself into a national joke instead of Alex. They both succeeded, at any rate.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You’re still here even though the fear should be replaced with guts in your name.
    Two people have always made an issue of my name, You and V.
    How I spell Bullit is my business
    You mispelled a word and your panties are in a twist because you were cuaght? It’s petty but you seem to thrive on that.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Throw in the Crabtree “best hands” claim and it looks like maybe the 9ers should think about an offseason muzzle for the HC.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I think muzzle is the right word and Harbaugh will go Belichick towardes the media and not be as open. The media is full of aholes and here’s 2 of the biggest


    The media mentality is to scoop everyone for the story. Lot’s of times Schefter, Glazer, Lacanfora and Lombardi are wrong. Rumors and facts seem to blend together.

    Take the hiring of Harbaugh by the Niners. Right before the announcement these expert rumor mongers said he was going to Miami because the owner was on a plane to give him $8mil, staying at Stanfordwith a raise, flying to Denver and we know how that worked out.

  47. bullietNo Gravatar says:

    happy now?

  48. bulletNo Gravatar says:

    How bout this?

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    OK NG

    The fact that you keep harping on this makes you the chief Petty officer here.
    Like I said you and V are the only petty clowns that feel it’s their place to comment on other people’s names and avatars.
    If this has annoyed you then mission accomplished but be careful not to pop a vein or artery.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday’s practice video courtesy of NN and Fooch.


  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The funniest comment I read about what Harbaugh said was somebody fromm the NY Times who said that Jim Schwartz was right about Harbaugh all along.

  52. 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