Our Man James

It’s been a fun week watching Seattle suffer. Totally fun. Fun noticing the complete absence of Dickhead Sherman mouthing off anywhere. Fun not seeing Doug Baldwin foaming at the mouth to some reporter. Fun seeing Pete Carroll publicly wiggle through the five stages of grief: Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. Ha ha ha. Here’s a spoon, Pete. You know what to do with it.

And the worst is yet to come for dear old Pete. When he finally gets past the past and moves along to the future — wham! Staring him in the face are two games each year trying to match wits with … JIM TOMSULA! Wow. Scary, scary prospect. Whenever Pete gets his boots back on, he’ll be shaking in them, you can be sure.

I’ve been avidly following sports for a very long time. I’ve seen a lot of owners come and go. Dumb ones, arrogant, pathetic, disinterested, liars, crooks — you name it, they’ve trotted across the landscape over the years. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen an owner purposefully downgrade a winning product. Ever. Some teams grow old and have to be dismantled, some owners are cheap and sell off talent rather than pay them, but the 49ers are neither too old nor in need of dismantlement, nor presumably ready to trade off its players.

Welcome to Jed York’s world. JIM TOMSULA. A career backslapper and management stooge. It can’t be that York and Trent Baalke have thrown in the towel on competing for Super Bowls, can it? That’s all they ever talk about. It was virtually a direct order from on high. So, I mean, anything this blatantly absurd, must be brilliant — right? Super secretly superb.

That’s pretty much what we fans are expected to swallow in 2015. That way we can continue to enthusiastically support our troops. Get hyped for the Draft, the OTAs, the rookie mini-camp, training camp, preseason games, jersey buying, and finally jazzed up for the regular season. And what can we expect then? JIM TOMSULA!

This is going to be fun. Not as fun as Pete Carroll fumbling as gallantly as possible through the five stages. But super secret fun. The league has no idea what we have in store for them in 2015. Jed York told us so. JIM TOMSULA!!!!!!

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65 comments on “Our Man James
  1. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, living up to St. Jim’s 1-5 record vs Carroll their last 6 games should be tough.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I agree, Chuck. 1-5 looks a lot more dominant when you leave off the 3-0 that precedes it. But who cares? We’ve now got JIM TOMSULA!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It does really get tiresome to listen to Chuckles the troll rail
    on the best coach the Niners have had in the last decade.
    The fact that he dismisses the accomplishments and the wins reminds you this ignoramus just doesn’t get it. He longs for the Erickson/Nolan/Singletary years because he hates how playoff games intrude on his Sunday schedule.

  4. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pre RW means little at this point.

  5. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You really think the hasselbeck games are relevant to this discussion? Dream on.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I thought you were talking about coaches, Chuck. Now you want to change it to QBs. So the coaches are only as smart as their QBs now? That makes the point of your original statement pretty dumb.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles always cherry picking and skewing things to benefit his agenda.
    You are talking Harbaugh’s NFL coaching record vs Carroll.
    Coaching record is coaching record but the ignorant troll would qualify Kap’s first two years of starting to his inexperience and youth when things didn’t go his way.
    RW came into this league a year later and so did Luck. Nobody seems to use this excuse when they screw up.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Come August it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Niners on this list when they publish it in Aug again.
    That would indicate that the players would come to an org with top notch coaching. That is the only difference between 2014 and 2015.


  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    New head coach means Niners get a 2 week head start and can start minicamp on Apr 6 instead of Apr 20.

    Niners still need to hire a receivers coach.
    I would suggest Henry Ellard who was last with the Aints.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Raiduhs just hired Ken Norton Jr as their DC.
    Seahags lose another defensive coach.

  11. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gawd, you guys are deluded.

    Either march to your diatribe or face the scorn of the uninformed.

    Since I have to spell everything out for you clowns, my point is: what is the recent trend? Improvement? If cherry picking is looking at the recent past, then yeah, I’m guilty. Might as well go with all time record then. Whatever the hell it is.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks to me like Chuck thinks JIM TOMSULA is a better head coach than Jim Harbaugh.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula has a better winning percentage.

    And they’ve both won the same amount of Super Bowls.

    So, even with the epic early days of Harbaugh, the record was 4-5 for St Jim vs Pete the cheat?

    4-5 is good?

    I guess 7-9 would be a successful season.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Carry on, children. Be sure to shoot down anything that shakes your belief that St Jim is the only guy on Earth qualified to run this team.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t follow sports very much, do you, Skeebs?

    Jerry Jones? Familiar with him? Charlie O Finley? Chris Cohan? Donald Sterling? The Bidwill family? The McCaskeys? Daniel Snyder?

    We may not be that far away from shitsville, but then again, you guys seem hell-bent on pissing on this team before they even play a game.

    Like I said, Harbaugh inherited a team with a load of talent. he didn’t get over the hump in 4 years. Too bad. So sad. He should get rewarded for it? I don;t think so. Not with the offense he trotted out there,

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49-22-1 isn’t a belief, Chuck. It’s a fact. It can’t be shaken by a few Harbaugh haters, none of whom will tell us how Tomsula is an improvement.

  17. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The laughable part is that we who question the reactive move of the owner’s child in dumping the only Niner winning coach this century = “hate the Niners and want them to fail”. You see supporting the 49-22-1 coach and vehemently protesting his dismissal for no good reason is, in the amusing world of Charles I, “hating the Niners”.

    Whereas supporting the removal of the winning coach, 90% of his winning assistant coaches for the likes of Tommy boy and the dregs of NFL/college retreads is “Loving the Niners, I’m a great fan and an accomplished football mind”.

    This in the astute world of Charles the First, whose namesake history tells us, had his head cut off for poor insight, poor management and poor judgement by an irate English populace.

    So far only the Niners have lost their head but give it time these things have a way of building up.

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Charlie O. Finley won 3 consecutive World Championships, a feat only matched in the entire history of baseball by the 1949-1953 Yankees, who won 5 straight. Next…

  19. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    That’s when 2 things happened in Phil’s world: 1) my son was born during that run and 2) I became a baseball fan.

    The son is now father to two grandsons and baseball? Meh…

  20. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting review of who Niners might take in draft, trade or FA to back up Run Kap Run:



  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “You don’t follow sports very much, do you, Skeebs?”

    My question is,do you????

    Not sure why you would include Jerry Jones (3 Lombardis), Charlie Finley (3 World Series Wins) and The McCaskeys (1 Lombardi) with these others.

    They might be douchebags as owners but they brought championships to their franchises.

    It appears that once again your ignorance and clueless ways have been exposed because you don’t know what the hell you’re posting. Your throw it against the wall and see if it’ll stick just doesn’t work.

  22. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    With free agency, Finley sold off his entire team to the highest bidders. His teams were so well-loved he couldn’t give away World Series tickets.

    4 years with a stacked team yielded 0 rings.

    We give him 5 more?

    I don’t hate the guy. I just got tired of his shitty passing schemes. The offense stagnated.

  23. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jerry fired Imyy Johnson because he said a trained monkey could win a super bowl with he team he built. Enter trained monkey #1, Barry Switzer. Dallas has won 2 playoff games since then.

    A smart move in Bullit’s world.

  24. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The criteria, dumb duck, was owners who destroyed successful teams. Finley, Jones, et al, fit the criteria.

    Jesus, run Forrest run.

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Finley chose Oakland when he moved out from KC. That was his mistake. Oakland was still Giants territory, they had the Raiders and soon, the World Champ Warriors (that last doesn’t sound believable). Baseball was declining in popularity across the country and Oakland was not the city to revive it. Finley was going broke – well, a multimillionaire’s idea of broke…

    I’m not going to cry about Jimbo’s departure. I’m just going to drastically lower my expectations.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Stick that foot into that big mouth of yours
    “Enter trained monkey #1, Barry Switzer. Dallas has won 2 playoff games since then.”

    In 1995 under Barry Switzer the Cowboys won another Lombardi.
    Under Switzer alone the Cowgurls won 5 playoff games.
    So as usual you make up crap. Not sure where you come up with 2
    playoff games won. Must be that football savvy acumen you think you possess!

  27. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    One off year with half the starters on IR is a trend now? I’m guessing you don’t make a living in forecasting or analyzing trends.

    What about ’82 or ’85? Luckily the bum leading those “trends” survived a down year among the winners.

    BTW, holding another view isn’t the same as clubbing everyone else over the head with it.

    BTW2, Jed wanted Kaepernick to run but didn’t think we needed someone to play QB if/when our starter got hurt? Maybe he should have fired Baalke for that situation. I wonder how he thinks Kaepernick got to start in the first place.

  28. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well NoFear, Kappy had a bad half-season with a tattered o line. Why hold him to that while giving Harbaugh a pass? I hear constantly from this bunch how wrong I am about Kappy. Also how wrong I am about Harbaugh.

    Truth is his offenses haven’t been all that good. Is that point too hard to deal with? I don’t think that Harbaugh and co were going to get it done. Whether the new bunch is any better is beside the point. I wanted a change mainly at the OC spot, which generated derision around here.

    How many playoff games after switzer, dumb duck? Point is the players played well under a bad coach. Once Aikman and co left, they went south. See, players do matter. Just ask Shanny.

    But yeah I don’t think you’ll get your wish to see Switzer in the HOF. I know how much you like gun/toting nutjobs.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are a clueless troll.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Chuckles goes for his usual deflection and obfuscation as we were talking about Jerry Jones and not Switzer.
    Foot in mouth.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The premise was no owner but Jed dismantled a successful team. Finley did it, Jones did it, Snyder did it, and many oothers. Get out of the way, turd blossom.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If you don’t think Switzer was a downgrade to Johnson, you are a mental case.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Jones comes the closest, in getting rid of Jimmy Johnson. We all saw what happened after that.

    Finley was done in by free agency.

    Snyder doesn’t have a successful team, but he spends a lot trying.

    None of the other people you mentioned, Chuck, had successful teams that they purposefully downgraded. Which was the premise, not dismantlement.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, what about all these posts from Bullitt? Is that not clubbing?

    What’s funny is all the protection Skeebers needs from you guys. He’s wrong about his whole thread. Tough shit.com

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It does appear, however, that you agree Jed York has purposefully downgraded a successful team. Trying to imply, by trying to run down Harbaugh, that it was a necessary move by Jed is just baloney.

  36. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Chuck, the advent of free agency had nothing to do with a small market team losing players like Reggie Jackson, Ken Holtzman and Catfish Hunter. Finley dismantled the team all by his lonesome. Forget the all-time great team he assembled.

    Rebuilding the team with Rickey Henderson, Tony Armas, Mitchell Page, Mike Norris, and Dwayne Murphy was blind luck as well.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for protecting me, guys. Otherwise, I might fall apart and end up on Chuck’s blog.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s an interview Jed did admitting his mistake in hiring Singletary because he was never a coordinator. Those are the words out of Jed’s mouth. Apparently Jed doesn’t learn from past mistakes.

  39. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The man’s a fool. Not so much because he doesn’t know shit but more because he thinks no one else does either.

    I told him Singletary wouldn’t work at the time for the very reason he’s “discovered” since. Just like I told him dumping Harbaugh wasn’t the answer.

    The poisoning of the FO and the general work climate by undermining, backstabbing and childish tweeting against his own people was just him proving my point further.

  40. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck agrees with him though, then and now. What’s that tell you?

    ToughShit.com, I like it.

    De Oppresso Liber, Skeebers!

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If counterpunching and rebutting by refuting your feeble assertions is “clubbing” you than I’m guilty by your definition.
    You brought the bat to the fight. I just took it away from you and smacked you around with it.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “NoFear, what about all these posts from Bullitt? Is that not clubbing?”

    Always whining and looking for sympathy or pity like you’re in 4th grade? Grow a pair.

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Really, Bullitt? So you think Jones dumping Johnson for Switzer was a solid plan? Retarto. Or Charlie fin;ey selling off his players>

  44. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest loss in the off season is the silliness which won’t be papered over with actual niner news. Perhaps the whole Tommy boy era will be this nonstop popcorn fodder?

    There are so many self-induced issues with the Niners that only actual games may resolve these mighty disagreements. Luckily popcorn is cheap.

  45. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Is there a 12 Step program for compulsive bloggers?

    Niners? Shit hey hired Tommy and dropped off the face of the earth. No official announcements of any kind except “SB here we come”.

    York is busy processing the numerous cancellations of season ticket holders…and working with Balkey on his 5 step drop

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Steal this guy from the Raiduhs at $3mil year and you can move Kilgore to G. This kind of move gives your team a lot of flexibility

  47. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oher’s available, too, if you want to risk it after a disappointing injury season. A healthy Oher could do wonders for the Niners’ O-line. I wouldn’t want to take on the remaining three years of his 4 yr./$20 mil deal though.

  48. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Honestly, I’d rather give Martin and Albert a year to develop in the middle and see what we have than go after Wisniewski. Oher at his best is way better than Davis but I have my doubts about his long term viability injury-wise. I’d only consider it if he will sign an incentive-laden contract.

    I’d make a run at Cobb for WR, and kick the tires on a CB. And maybe look at a TE if it looks like VD is on the decline. Otherwise I would get what we can get in the draft.

    The key is going to be quarterback. If we can pick up those 100 points we left on the field last year, or even 70 of them, that’s the difference between an 8-8 team and a 11-5 or 12-4 one.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Keep calling him Albert. Its Brandon Thomas. My brain is getting old and moldy.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, comical piece.

    Through all this post season angst we’ve been subjected to, let’s hope ‘Tomsula Time’ produces positive results.
    Hard to be positive I guess, given the nature of the meltdown we’ve endured.

    I am hoping for positive results, from Steve Logan over Chryst, in terms of Kaep’s further development, at least, for now.

    One small ingredient in all of this turmoil might be, the fact that Tom Gamble was brought back.
    For that, I will give credit to Baalke.

    In the grand scheme of things, hiring another qualified FO guy, trumps any of the lesser known, (or lesser popular), Assistant Coaches.
    To me, that’s money well spent.

    For now, I’ll treat it as another layer of ‘Football Guy Insulation’ to keep Jed a step further away, from interfering with the on field personnel procurement.

    Jed isn’t scaring anyone with his proclamation to have Kaep run for 90yd TDs.
    With the possible exception, of folks like us, that is.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kawakami is suggesting that Kap is this year’s lame duck


  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    News that two sports legends passed away
    Dean Smith and Billy Casper
    Both were 83. RIP

  53. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hope you’re right NJ about QB coach Logan ‘fixing’ Kaepernick.

    The Kawakami article is unsettling but puts the spotlight on ‘one’ of the potential problem areas Niners face. Besides questions of coaching, ownership we have the Kap dilemma. Can he or can’t he; will he or won’t he? Be up to the task of running an effective O in the NFL. I’m guessing Yes. Based on his intelligence, motivation and raw ability.

    It seems he is finally at a point (Lousy season) where he must change or perish. The contract, as we see, is performance based and after this year it becomes increasingly costly. Now we know how York is about money and short of top performance from the QB, how patient will York/Balkey be? The choice to keep him is purely in FO hands and I think the leash will be short for CK.

    “Tomsula’s connection with and level of commitment to Kaepernick is unknown and general manager Trent Baalke and owner Jed York are making this call, anyway.”

    The ball, so to speak is in Kap’s court and his future with the team at his current (high) salary will be on him, on his performance this season.

    Those who favor Balkey/York may have to swallow their yanking the rug out from under Kaepernick as we have seen recently with Hendrix. Hope the QB and the coaches get on the same page…real soon.

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the last coaching staff did Kappy no favors by trying to change his game so radically. Throw in the line in juries, and you have a recipe for disaster. Telling your QB to stay in the pocket while the line can’t block isn’t going to work.

    Do you think some of the indecision on Kappy’s part was a by-product of the coaching he got?

    Of course not.

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If you think changing the coaches would derail the team, how do you think throwing in a rookie QB next year would work out?

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Chuckles plan is if Kap plays at the same level as last year we should keep him on at $18mil a year or whatever??

    There will be no excuses for Kap this year unless you are one of the apologists and head of his fanboy club.

    I hope Tomsula has the cajones to pull Kap if he’s not performing.
    It is also time for Kap to take advantage of the technology
    and look at what went wrong rather than just act mad on the sideline. Use the tools that are available to make you better.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Throwing in a rookie QB would mean that the coach has no confidence in the starter and is willing to endure the growing pains because he thinks the starter is a dead end.

  58. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes I think some of Kap’s problems were due to problems with the OL and injuries. What happened in passing game with WRs and TEs I don’t know the extent we can say it was the coaching. QB accuracy and decision making were on Kap to a larger degree IMO.

    Kap is now on a series of one year expensive contracts that he will have to earn each year by his play or he can be cut. Pressure is on him. We see the current FO/owner’s child will not be content with mere victories short of SB or Pro Bowl appearances. Another year like ’14 Paraag will be talking about reducing his salary.

    Does Tommy boy like tats? If not, especially coupled with losses on his watch, HE will be looking for another QB. Balkey is looking right now I’m thinking.

    Lot of bitching about previous coaching regime. Let’s see how the current ones improve or fail to improve Mr Kaepernick.

  59. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Obviously Kaepernick needs to buckle down and study, learn, work during the off season A LOT more to justify his salary. Nice to see him finally starting to do that. He’s not on his rookie contract anymore. This is the bigs with big money involved not to mention the grandiose expectations of York.

    The ice is thin under Kaepernick’s feet no doubt.

  60. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Who will the Niners keep off our squad in free agency? Cohn Jr says “Nobody”. Iupati, Gore, Crabtree, and Gabbert on O. On D he sees Cox and Culliver not returning.



  61. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We gotta keep Cox. Not only did he have an outrageously good season for a backup, but Rob would be heartbroken.

  62. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Blaming the coaching is nothing more than a convenient excuse. Not a single person blaming the coaching knows what the coaching was that they claimed failed or caused the player to fail. They probably blamed their imaginary playmates for being FUBAR as kids, too.

    It’s an argument that comes down to whether the coach-finger-pointer “likes” the coach or not. And that “likes” comes by way of things so unshakeable as two-minute pressers after a loss and a beating in-progress by the local press, or less, far less.

    HOFamer Dick LeBeau is universally considered a good coach. Although he failed at head coaching and his PIT defense was in the cellar this year. How can this be explained by the “it’s coaching” crowd? Damned if I know, but I know it will be.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Henry the LSU receivers coach has been hired to do the same for the Niners. You did not hear this from the Niners but rather the LSU sports info director leaked this out.

    Not sure why there is a news blackout and a veil of silence on the coaching staff.

  64. 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