Out From The Shadows

It’s unlikely we’ll ever know how much of a role GM Trent Baalke played in decimating the 49ers’ coaching staff at the end of the 2014 season. There’s no doubt about Jed York‘s role. He wasn’t clever enough to disguise it and looked like a fool trying to disown it.

But Baalke, as he always has, flew beneath the radar. This is a guy who seized his chance when former GM Scot McCloughan drank himself out of town and made the most of it. He’s outlasted two head coaches and carved out for himself perhaps the most powerful role in the organization in the process. And all without ever saying beep about squat.

He stayed in the background while Mike Singletary bungled his way out the door. He stayed in the background while Jim Harbaugh turned the franchise, including Baalke and York, into a roaring success. And he let York be the point man in sabotaging Harbaugh.

But he won’t be in the background any longer. When he blurted himself into the introductory presser for Jim Tomsula, he let everyone know who was in charge, who was THE MAN.

Without Harbaugh around to work miracles even if Baalke flunks FA or the draft, Baalke will have to succeed or fail on his own now. Tomsula is his guy. The players are his, too.

Harbaugh provided Baalke with a safety net. In 2012, Baalke hit a complete zero in the draft, but Harbaugh went to the SB anyway, and nobody thought to criticize Baalke. But he’s up on the high wire alone now. His FA signings and this 2015 draft will be more scrutinized and pawed over than at any time in his tenure. Let’s hope he enjoys the exposure. And that he’s as good as he thinks he is.

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155 comments on “Out From The Shadows
  1. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus Chryst. We get it. That’s 29 of your last 30 threads disparaging the decision to move on from St Jim. Can’t get enuff, eh?

  2. Jon DuarteNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t wait to see the moves and schemes. I think there’s a lot talent to work with. I just want to see an offense that can score 27 a game and that alone should help the defense. And get a return man!!

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Jon. Just get the offense rolling to a top third team, and we should be fine.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Go Niners.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed needs to show some class.
    Now he’s acting like a spoiled brat.
    No class taking down the Harbaugh display and acting like the last 4 years didn’t happen.
    Someone needs to teach Jed York how to be the bigger man.
    Read the article and you’ll see Jed is visiting Cuba.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dockett is visiting Niners tonight.
    Cards have a $2.5 mil deal on the table for a year.
    Hopefully the Niners give him a little more provided he’s cleared medically.
    Dockett could slide into Ray McDonald’s spot on the Dline.

  7. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie did the same shit.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    How so? 49ers didn’t have a museum until this year.

  9. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    York is an asshole. Nothing new here, move along. You expected anything different? Wake up.

    Now Balkey better produce SBs or he will find himself in York’s rather large doghouse.

    49-22-1 is going to be tough for old Trent to match with his new dream team.

    Yeah yeah yeah

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers and rugby league star Jarryd Hayne (possible running back and return specialist) agree to terms.”

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good news on Haynes.
    I think he just might help in the return game.
    I wonder how far he can punt a ball.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs I think the Draft process speaks for itself with Baalke.
    He hasn’t mortgaged the future with frivolous Trades during his tenure.
    He has been at most, a conservative bargain hunter.
    He’s helped himself to many Trades into the future, which has largely improved roster depth.

    Granted, the 2012 Draft might have been a whiff, in terms of ‘keepers’, however, there really wasn’t much room on that roster for turnover.
    The ‘brains’ behind this Org belong to Marathe.
    He has been the Cap strategist.
    Keeping Contracts fluid is a VERY big deal in the NFL.
    Sure, personnel is important, no argument.
    But when you’re up against the Cap, cheaper development guys are where you want to shop.

    Baalke’s biggest ‘blind-spot’ has been with WRs.
    Whether that has been a result of poor evaluation or, lack of Coaching development, his biggest challenge remains at that position.
    However, he’s not alone.
    WRs and QBs carry the biggest bust rate in the College to Pros transition for a reason.

    Let’s hope he comes out of this Draft with a bonafide #1.

  13. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He removed all trace of the Morabito ownership of the team, and their past successes, and all references to the previous coaching staffs.

    He rubbed lots of people the wrong way for being a brash young punk who had no idea what he was doing. Especially after he installed Joe Thomas as GM, and fired Monte Clark, a very good coach who had the team playing well after some terrible seasons.

  14. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, if Tomsula reaches the playoffs, what will you do?

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The former WR coach was John Morton not to be confused with former U$C and NFL receiver Johnnie Morton.
    Trying to sign Cobb might be too big of a financial burden as the Raiduhs reportedly will go hard after him and they a lot of salary cap room to make stupid offers.

    I heard a report on the radio today that the Niners will bring in Jeremy Maclin and Julius Thomas for visits.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Understood Bullit, I’ve called him Johnnie out of habit.
    Maclin and Thomas are fine with me as well.

    I’d also expect the Raiders to make a run at Suh as well.

    The beauty here with the WR position is 2-fold.
    Crabtree/Stevie get into a wage war of sorts and, it could afford Baalke an extra RD or 2 to make a selection on a Rookie in the Draft.
    There’s a very good chance that the coveted WRs will be gone ahead of Pick 15.
    If they can land a bonafide FA, it could afford them a Pick for development beyond Pick 15.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Raiders will easily have a shot at the Top WRs in the Draft at little to no expense in comparison to the FA targets.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    After crunching through the Combine numbers, I’m gonna add the WR from GA Tech to the Wish List.
    Darren Waller – 6’6″/238/4.46

    I’m sure he’s gonna need some development so, there’s a good chance he’ll be around in the later RDs.

    Great size, maybe a consideration for TE, and a 37″ Vert.
    Big targets with that sort of speed are pretty rare.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m sure this won’t disappoint you 😀
    I’m making ‘cuts’ to my Wish List.

    Going to replace Sammie Coates with Kenny Bell from NE.
    Much better options with Kenny, both on STs and KR/PR ability.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bubba Ventrone is now a member of the Pats coaching staff.
    He is starting his coaching career as a ST assistant.

  21. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting article. Blast this front office as you will, but these guy work the cap better than anyone.


    A couple cuts here and yhere and they could free up another $15 mill on top of the $7 mill they already have.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s no surprise the most functional part of the FO is the money man.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To get that $15 mil requires Juatin Smith retire and Brooks cut in June plus Aldon agreeing to a restructure.
    Just not ready to see Cowboy retire as he’s playing better than anyone who could replace him and he’s got at least one more good year in him.
    Would get even more with Bowman and Willis restructuring if they needed to shop for FAs.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Both Maiocco and Barrows believe Cowboy will return for the final year of his contract.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gil Brandt is reporting Randall Cobb is asking $11 mil per year on a new contract.
    Too rich for the Niners to pay a slot receiver.

  26. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Playoffs are not the point. We hang no banners for that, ask York.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Bills have notified LB Kiko Alonso he is going to be traded to Philadelphia for RB LeSean McCoy. Trade official next week.”

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With Dez Bryant franchised the Cowgirls also signed WR Cole Beasley to a 4 year $13.6 mil deal with $7 mil guaranteed.
    So much for Crabtree being a Cowgurl.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tayvon Branch released by Raiduhs and Trent Cole released by Egos.

  30. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Good for Crabs. You think he’s coming back?

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Only Niner FO, Crabtree and his agent knows.
    I have always thought it was a myth that Crabtree was waiting for his contract to be up so he could bolt for Dallas.
    That has as much validity as Tom Brady coming back to the Bay Area and signing with the Niners.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What is Chip Kelly doing?
    Shady McCoy is a top five RB and 26 years old.
    Trading him for a LB you coached in college who sat out last year with a torn ACL makes little sense.
    Definitely a salary dump.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ??? Ted Ginn will visit Santa Clara tomorrow looking for a contract.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree could be in play with Houston too.
    Andre Johnson is pretty much done there.

    Crabtree would also make sense in NE with Brady, if the money he seeks isn’t over the top.
    Pretty clear at this point that Crabtree isn’t a valid #1.

    Like RBs, the Market for WRs is starting to soften up big time.

    I’ve gotta hunch the last fat money FA WR deal went to Mike Wallace.
    Miami is already experiencing buyers remorse on that deal too.

    Dez might be the highest valued guy at WR but, as we all know, he’s carrying major baggage.
    Jerruh is between a rock and hard place once again in terms of Cap Mgt too.

    Poor Clown…..

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly is relieving himself of the guys that don’t buy into his System.
    Yes, Contracts on Shady and DJax were a consideration but, both guys whined about the fatigue factor involved with the Kelly System.

    Chip thinks his former Ducks are the answer too.
    Bank on Chip making a huge wager on Mariota too.

    Philly has a boatload of Cap money to spend in FA.

    I’m willing to bet he’ll buy the pieces he needs on the FA Market and tank Draft Picks for a move up on Marcus.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’ll get some mileage out of the NYJ if Mariota is there at that slot too.
    Offer up Foles and Picks and I’d bet NY would bite.
    Let’s see how desperate he becomes once the clock starts ticking.

  37. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ginn has as much a chance of sticking here as Crabs does. They both can go team hunting together.

    Philly’s problem is defense. No problem with them looking for help there.

    Ol Chip thinks he can plug another RB to fill the void. It’s all about the system with him. Rare to see a trade of this magnitude though.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All about former Ducks with Chip I think.
    Now he’s got Kiko, coming off an ACL.
    I still haven’t been sold on what it is he’s so good at in the NFL.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Now he has control of the Roster and, likely the Draft.
    I smell a Ditka Deal coming for Marcus.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly is paid $6.5 mil a year.
    The apologists will tell you what a great play caller he is.
    The Egos were last in the NFL turning the ball over 46 times.
    21 Ints and 25 loat fumbles.
    Gimmick offenses surprise but once they get film on it DCs find a way to stop them.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And the Philly Fans hated Andy Reid – Go figure.
    They deserve what they get from Chip.
    They just gave him more control too.
    Good luck with that.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A guy I work with is a die hard Eagles fan.
    Besides being clueless, he, and the rest of his tribe enjoy misery, whether they’ll admit it or not.
    Just this AM he was singing the praises of Shady.
    Can’t wait to hear his excuses regarding the trade for a former Duck with an ACL on his resume in the AM 😀

    At least this time Shady wasn’t dealt to an NFC East rival like DJax was.

  43. winderNo Gravatar says:

    McCoy was pretty much invisible last year. They are probably just dumping him salary or not.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a whiner and he’s overpaid Winder.
    Combination of Shady challenging Chips’ System and not being open to reducing his salary.
    Roman and Rex will get more from Shady but, they’ll pay him for it too.
    Buffalo unloaded a damaged LB who’s still gotta prove he’s healthy enough to survive.
    We have similar concerns now with NaVorro.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With social media and cellphone cameras it’s hard to travel anywhere unnoticed. Someone posted photo of Ted Ginn taking Southwest to Nashville on Monday. I suppose these days you need to travel in disguise if you want to keep it private.


  46. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, if they get a full season out of Doles, they will do OK.

    Mark Sanchez started 8 games for the Eagles. That didn’t affect things at all, did it? When your number 1 QB goes down it’s an excuse? And NE wins the Super Bowl with jimmy Garoppolo starting.

  47. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Foles! Hate typing on the train.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shady is not happy about being traded to the Bills.
    Says he’s only played football in Pennsylvania and nowhere else.
    Bills will honor his $10 mil plus contract.
    Time for Shady to wake up to the fact that Philly doesn’t want him and the Steelers don’t need him.
    McCoy needs to expand his little world.

  49. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Any offense that can make Mark Sanchez look decent has to be doing something right.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Barrows: “Sources: 49ers trying to trade LB Michael Wilhoite, who started 16 games in 2014.”

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke trying to regain the 4th he spent on Stevie Johnson, probably.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Asking for a 6th or 7th rd pick for Wilhote.
    Philly went from 15-1 to 20-1 to win the Super Bowl at the Sportsbooks in Vega$ after Shady was traded.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip traded away the guy responsible for 28% of his offense. The puzzling factor is Alonso is coming off a knee injury and it is still unknown what player Egos are exactly getting in return.
    He might medically check out but there is no telling if his speed and quickness has been impacted.
    Like I previously said Vega$ didn’t like the trade and the odds are a little longer now to win the Super Bowl.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The latest on Dockett from Phoenix Sports Talk Radio.
    Question is Dockett doing a Kurt Warner and using the Niners for leverage? Baalke should give him a take it or leave it offer unless he wants to jack up the Cards salary cap.


  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jason LaCanfora and Jason Cole think the Niners will go after Trent Cole.
    That might only happen if Cowboy retires.

  56. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    There’s RayMacs spot to fill as well.

  57. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny thing about the article is, the team very well may have imploded under Harbaugh this season, but that isn’t considered a possibility.

    I mean, given all the flux they are talking about. All this same shit exists regarding the players if Harbaugh is still here.

    A bit disingenuous. If Harbaugh lost with this roster, what would the talk be? Oh, the roster’s old. They didn’t retool fast enough.

    If Tomsula falls flat it’s because Harbaugh left and he’s a shitty coach.

    Got it, Jason. Way to cover your bases.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shady is whining about being traded?
    What a shock.

    The reason he was dealt in the 1st place is, he simply whines too much.

    If playing in PA was so important to him, he might have thought about keeping his mouth shut to begin with.
    But, then again, Philly is full of whiners.
    Must be contagious.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Williamson of ESPN has declared Iupati to the Bills per his sources. If true sorry to see Mike go.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    GRo East Bullit –
    We can’t afford him.
    1st RD Comp Pick next year for us, which ain’t hard to take.
    Might get the same consolation prize on Crabtree too.

    2 1st RD Comp Picks is smarter than killing our Cap Budget for other needed extensions.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Watch and see who Fangio attempts to pick up from us in Chicago too.
    Nature of the beast when Staffs get relo’d.
    With the deal for Shady in Buffalo, we can probably remove Frank from their potential FA RB list too.

    I’m hoping Frank finishes his career with us but, money talks.
    Being a Miami guy, Frank may opt to seek interest from them too?

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s been reports of the ‘Skins having interest in Iupati as well.
    McCloughan connection is another avenue to watch for in DC.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It would just kill me if Gore signed with the Seahags or to a lesser degree the Cards. Those games would be hard to watch.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t think Frank would stoop that low Bullit. Honestly.
    If we make him a fair offer I think he’d accept.

    Can’t see too many teams throwing big offers at him, simply due to his age.

    See how it plays out, hope for the best.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I was on the fence, between SCAR RB Mike Davis and, TX RB Malcom Brown.

    These guys tested damn near identically in Indy –
    Malcom had more carries than Davis, yardage gained, about tied too.

    After seeing these stats, I’ve put Malcom in, Davis out.


  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The overlooked component for future Niner RBs is their blocking and ability with blitz pickup.
    If this is missing from your makeup and if you can’t learn this fast then you are useless.
    RB Malcom Brown already has this ability and should be a late round pickup possibly with a supplemental draft pick.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another article with interview of Hayne.
    He’s a longshot at making it as a RB but if he can return kicks
    he could make the team as a ST guy with a plan to develop him as a safety. One report is he’s clocked 4.47 and has football speed and another gear. If this is the case it would be easier for him to be on coverage teams to adjust to the NFL.
    Credit Tomsula for sealing the deal on Hayne as he was all but signed with Detroit.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What Kiper thinks about potential first round WRs

    The elite trio
    Should go in top-10 range, can be impact NFL players early on.

    Amari Cooper: There really isn’t a flaw in Cooper’s game at this point, and running a 4.42 40 at the combine eases any long-speed concerns. I had Cooper as my No. 1 WR even with some questions as to whether he was in the same “athlete” class as some other WRs in this class, but the distance between him and even the athletic freaks is almost negligible now. He caught 84 more passes than the next-closest Bama player. Think about that.

    Kevin White: White is probably closer to Cooper on most boards than he was heading into Indy. He ran 4.35 with a 1.52 10-yard split, so there’s no question about the quick-twitch explosiveness now. He has star potential, especially if he continues to improve.

    DeVante Parker: He’s A.J. Green Lite — but not that light. Given his big catch radius and ability to beat defenders at the catch point (see: arms longer than 33 inches), running 4.45 at 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds puts him in a top class of athlete as well. A difference-maker and potential No. 1 receiver.

    Any of these guys could land in Round 1 and have a chance to help a team soon.

    Devin Smith: He didn’t measure as big as he plays, at 6-foot and under 200 pounds, but Smith is plenty fast (4.42) and has down-the-field credentials, where he flat dominated at the catch point last season. If you ran a reel for Smith’s best catches, you’d assume he was 6-3.

    Dorial Green-Beckham: Let’s be clear here: Yes, DGB has the body type of Calvin Johnson, at 6-5 and 237 pounds. But let’s remember Megatron ran a 4.35 with a 1.52 10-yard split at 6-5 and 239 pounds. Johnson also had a 42.5-inch vertical. DGB is plenty athletic, with a 4.49 40 time and a 33.5-inch vertical. But he also has off-field questions to answer. Still, the size and skill set (while raw) is tantalizing.

    Breshad Perriman: We won’t see Perriman run until his pro day, but at 6-2 and 212 pounds, on the tape you see a sure-handed receiver who morphs into a running back with the ball in his hands. He’s been a favorite of mine who I feel is a first-round talent.

    Phillip Dorsett: Having 4.33 speed can move you up on a lot of boards, but Dorsett isn’t just a track star — he’s a capable receiver and can help a team out immediately. A star at the Senior Bowl, he’s now clearly in the Round 1 mix.

    Jaelen Strong: Another player who saw himself shrink in Indy, Strong measured under 6-3 after long being listed taller than that. Still, he’s a force down the field and on contested balls, and the 4.44 speed is really good for a physical matchup threat who will play near 220 pounds.

    Devin Funchess: He’s 6-4 and 232 pounds and has been listed with the tight ends for a while, but Funchess is really just a size matchup wide receiver, and was used in that way by Michigan. He could land in Round 2 but is certainly going to be in the discussion for a few teams in Round 1. It just depends on how the board lines up.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The interesting thing about Jarryd Hayne is he’s already commented on “Kill Kill” when changing a play.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t think Philly runs a gimmick offense?
    Quoting Chip Kelly
    “I try to say this all the time. Here’s our offense. We run the see-coast offense. If we see something, OK, and we like it, and we think it fits, we’re going to run it. The Philadelphia Eagles run the see-coast offense. Let’s run with that today, and we’ll go from there.”

    Want to know why the Egos defense is so bad? Their offense leaves them on the field too long and the best defenses will crack. Philly was last in the NFL in time of possession last season. Fast break offenses have their consequences.


  71. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Former Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett signed a 2-year deal with the 49ers, per Rosenhaus.”

  72. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess Darnell don’t hate us any more.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Provided he’s close to 100% an outstanding signing.
    Dockett will stabilize the Dline

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Details of Dockett contract
    Dockett signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the 49ers that includes $5 million this year and $2 million guaranteed

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pats are releasing Vince Wilfork and he still wants to continue his career. Will the Niners become the old timers haven of defensive linemen?

  76. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Darnell Dockett has career +50.2 pass rush grade, but his -122.9 run defense grade is lowest of any interior DL over PFF era (’07).”

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Agent Tom Condon informs teams Santa Clara DA will not pursue charges against Ray McDonald for 12/14 allegations and incident.”

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have added WR Jerome Simpson by having him sign a 2 year contract

  79. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    12 to 14 allegations. Perfect.

  80. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers announce they’ve signed WR Jerome Simpson to two-year deal. Simpson has been arrested three times since 2012.”

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Again with the reading skills?
    Your bias shows 12/14 is a date and not a number of allegations.

  82. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Humor is a concept that continues to elude you, skippy.

    You are almost lifelike at times. This isn’t one of them.

  83. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers and Aldon Smith have restructured his 2015 salary. He’ll still get $9.75M but it’s no longer fully guaranteed. New salary will be based on monthly and weekly roster bonuses. Allows team to part ways if there are any off-field issues.”

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    For all your yearlong outrage and rants against McDonald you now think rape and violence against women is funny? You want everyone to see the humor of the situation?

  85. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well you are the one who wanted him on the field, skippy. What does that say about you? That your talk, like St Jim’s, is all hot air when the rubber hits the road. You support women when it’s convenient, not when it matters.

    The stand I made, unpopular as it was around here, turned out to be right. RayMac has anger issues with women.

    And you call my joke a slam on rape victims?

    Just how Clueless are you? The joke is a slam on RayMac. Figures this joke, like all the rest, sail like sparrows over your confused little head.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Marshall has just been traded to the Jest pending a physical. Now they have Marshall and Percy Harvin.

  87. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- that’s gonna make the Jets interesting this year. Only in NY.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ann Killion
    Asked Jed York about 49ers signing thrice-arrested Jerome Simpson. He said “You have to ask Trent. I don’t know what the thinking was.”

    Didn’t Jed say that the buck stopped with him? Didn’t Jed say in the news conference that you could hold him accountable.
    So much for “winning with class”.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Marshall only cost the Jest a 5th round pick so it would have to be looked at as a salary dump.
    The thinking is the Jest are going to cut Harvin because his salary doesn’t match results.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The Ray McDonald drcisons was above Harbaugh’s pay grade.
    If the Niners wanted to suspend him it would come from York/Baalke. You keep blaming crap on Harbaugh but it wasn’t his decision. Obviously you can’t comprehend the Niner power structure and their organizational flow chart.

    Ray MacDonald made some dumb decisions as far as his lady friends. He has never been convicted of a crime. So how can you claim to be right?

  91. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rothlusberger was never convicted. Neither was Michael Jackson. Would you leave your kids with them? I wouldn’t.

    So playing an arrestee is winning with class but signing a previously busted guy isn’t?

    Selective judgements there skippy.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco

    “The 49ers have tendered exclusive-rights free agents Michael Wilhoite and Tony Jerod-Eddie.”

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Why are you being a drama queen with your hyperbolic reaches?

    Roethlisberger has no interest in taking care of your kids and you can’t afford his babysitting fee.

    Not sure why you are mentioning kids here and why you’re bringing a dead guy, Michael Jackson into this.

    Oh I forgot you are a hyperbolic drama queen.

  94. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m right because they RELEASED him, skippy. So, you would be fine with your daughter dating RayMac? I mean providing you ever found a woman that you could talk to without first giving your credit card number to.


    They should have released him when the shit went down originally. Not when the next allegations came out. And then the previous one.

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Adam Schefter, Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a new contract with the Seahags.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Ray McDonald was released because Niner management told him no more “incidents” no more bad press and he made the wrong choice.
    Keep proclaiming yourself right and patting yourself on the back.
    You keep missing the point that it was not Harbaugh’s decision
    but you keep blaming him for it.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    ” I mean providing you ever found a woman that you could talk to without first giving your credit card number to.”

    That’s your lifestyle and if you want to come clean so be it.

    Why do you always insist on getting personal? Because you’re a bullying troll?

    This is a 49er football blog meant to talk football.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Marshawn Lynch has a one year deal worth $11mil with $9 mil guaranteed

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    New details on Marshawn Lynch contract which is 3 years

    Lynch gets $12 million this year, in the form $7.5 million signing bonus and a $4.5 million fully-guaranteed base salary.

    In 2016, Lynch (if he plays) will get a base salary of $9 million. In 2017 (if he plays), it’s a base salary of $7 million in 2017 along with a $3 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the 2017 league year.

  100. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m blaming the organization, twitboy. Your defensiveness around St Jim follows you around like a puppy.

    Personal? I can dig up 10,000 posts of yours . . .

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Your words blame Harbaugh so it’s more spin and BS from you.
    Last night at 8:47pm you blamed Harbaugh
    “That your talk, like St Jim’s, is all hot air when the rubber hits the road. You support women when it’s convenient, not when it matters.”

    More lies from Chuckles? Expect a daily dose of it from you.

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed should really shut up because he has few supporters
    Nobody is letting his comment slide and if he hadn’t gotten the message of the feelings of the fanbase previously, this should make it crystal clear


  103. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Then go become a Cowboy fan with Dennis, Bullit. If this disgusts you so much, give them up.

    You and the poor fans. Boo hoo. Waah waah. All I’ve heard here for 3 months here is whining about St Jim and what an asshole the owner is. This all may be true and they may crash and burn for 10 years. Or not. Point being, whining on a blog gets real old real fast. Hence my posting a lot about how lame it is to spend the last 30 threads whining about this same shit,

    Move on already. Or stop following the team. See? Easy.

  104. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, Bullit, the post at 8:47 is the ONLY post I ever made about the situation. Right?




  105. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jed could have ZERO supporters. What does that change? Nothing.

  106. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It changed the entire coaching staff this year, Chuck. I’d say that matters.

    Jed’s in the news. He put himself there. You’re the one who keeps whining about the news and trying to label this blog for discussing it and criticizing it.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Remember I used to be criticized for being the optimist and the company man.

    Didn’t realize you have accepted the position of being Jed’s bitch. Yep bend over open wide and try not to pucker up.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles went from being a “Super Bowl or Bust Guy” to
    “This all may be true and they may crash and burn for 10 years. Or not.”
    Flip flop Flip flop

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Nelson re-signs for 4 years and Garret Celek signs a 1 year deal with Niners.

  110. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s not flip flopping fumbduck. It’s called reality. Try it some time. You little kids are cute.

    I’ve already said I think the offense improves from the blandness it has been. The O improves, and the D stays solid, we’ll certainly be better than last year. Reach the playoffs, and Tomsula has accomplished what Harbaugh did. And that’s reach the payoffs.

    Did Harbaugh win the Super Bowl? No. Would he have? No. Not with Roman. Those are the facts, Jackies.

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As long as the QB position produces just one TD pass a game the offense will be stuck in neutral.
    Last season was all about Kap’s inability to produce. All we heard were the excuses when he screwed up.
    This coming season because of his salary the expectations for Kap will be ramped up. No more excuses and nowhere to hide.
    That is the reality of the situation.

  112. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If Devante Parker slips to 15 Baalke should take him otherwise I would consider Jaelen Strong because he’s going to be taken in the first round.
    Strong had a very good pro day yesterday.


  113. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Chuckles says the reason Harbaugh was fired was he couldn’t win the Super Bowl and predicted that he never would despite the true facts that Harbaugh got the team down to the 5 yard line and critical QB errors prevented a score and potential victory. Yep Harbaugh was a bum and a lousy coach, how dare he get us into 3 straight NFCCGs, one Super Bowl and not win a Lombardi.

    So Jed cleans house and we have a different coaching staff and now Chuckles lowers the bar and says making the playoffs is acceptable. Funny I said that a few years ago and Chuckles, Denny and Berger ridiculed me saying it was Super Bowl or Bust for them and settling for being in the playoffs was not their style.

    Carmen Policy was interviewed this week and what he said rings true and is the reason for the outrage
    “And that Policy and Eddie D would have figured out a way to keep Harbaugh, instead of undermining him for a full season before dismissing him.”

    If Jed didn’t want Harbaugh as his coach he should’ve canned him before the 2014 season. The outrage is the backstabbing and subterfuge behind the scenes. My question is why would you waste an entire season undermining a popular coach instaed of being upfront and firing him? Apparently the chickenshit approach works for Jed York.

    Policy also confirmed that Eddie is fond of Harbaugh

    How much Eddie D. likes and admires Harbaugh, and why he invited him to the DeBartolo Family Foundation Gala last week in Tampa (which Harbaugh couldn’t attend because it was during Michigan spring practice).

    And no, Policy wouldn’t have signed off on removing the Jim Harbaugh exhibit from the 49ers museum at Levi’s Stadium so quickly after Harbaugh’s departure.

  114. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    News just keeps getting worse for York and better for Jimi.

    Just wow. Love hearing the history lessons on the serial flip flops from Charlie the First and the sidekicks.

    Hitching your credibility to York is dumb but it is mildly entertaining to witness.

    Obviously the Niners will play better than the FO/leadership. Right?

  115. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some positive news from Jed per Branch
    “Jed York to @annkillion on possibility of keeping Frank Gore: “I think we’ll figure out a way. That’s my feeling.”

    I will give Jed kudos if this happens. Gore still has a place on this team.

  116. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners need to sign a veteran backup QB.
    It appears the Texans are going to sign Hoyer so they might release Ryan Fitzpatrick. I’d go after him or Matt Moore.
    Fitzpatrick could be a good mentor to Kap and they could draft another QB to develop. Gabbert and Josh Johnson are a waste of time.

  117. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Aldon didn’t agree to the non-guaranteed contract the Niners would have cut him.

  118. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Details of Jerome Simpson contract Key factor ZERO guaranteed money

    Jerome Simpson two-year 49ers deal: $1.73 million, no guaranteed money, annual $50,000 workout bonus, salaries $745,000, $885,000

  119. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie is fond of hookers and blow as well. What’s the point?

    Yes, Boooowwwwit. Harbaugh didn’t get the job done. The offense was stagnating. They moved on. Time for you to do the same. Yes, they are held to the same standard. Happy now? The Browns and Jets are held to that standard. Whoopie. That and $5.00 gets you a cup of coffee.

    You guys say this is unprecedented and then ignore Jimmy Johnson/Jerry Jones. Short term it worked long term not so much. What happens now? Well, you ‘fans’ here are hoping against hope for a crash and burn to feel vindicated by the moves Jed made. I wonder why you even bother anymore. Just go be Raider fans. Or Cowboys fans Spare the rest of us the constant whining about St Jim.

    You guys are very silly. They may very well go to hell in a hand basket, but that doesn’t mean I’m flip flopping. That means the best laid plans of mice and men can go awry . . .

  120. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit –
    Kevin White was my #1, until it became clear we’d have no shot at Pick 15.
    Of the remaining group of Top 20 guys, Amari was also a stretch.

    DeVante Parker was then penciled in as my #1 with Jaelen Strong a close 2nd.
    I don’t think Strong is a Top 20 guy but, the fact that he’s been working with Kaep could change that.
    I’d be fine with Baalke taking the BPA at 15 if he sticks on that slot.
    If not, slide back and look for Strong there.
    Not sure he’d make it to our 2nd Pick?

  121. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I don’t think Strong will get past KC or Cleveland’s 2nd first round pick and then Ravens. Strong will be a top 25 pick IMO.
    He has proven that he’s a hands catcher and he will learn to post up smaller DBs and use his size like Brandon Marshall does.

    Twitter rumors Niners will offer Torrey Smith which would give them the Raven’s starting duo with Boldin & Smith.

  122. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You seem to hold Jerry Jones in high esteem just like you did with Deion and Michael Irvin.
    One can only think you’re a closet Cowgurl supporter.

    Something that Jerry Jones did in the past is a very poor example. Then again when you flip flop Chuckles you have few choices.

    You think Jed might pattern himself after Jerry Jones and eventually declare himself the GM? What does Deion and Micahel Irvin tell you?

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Quite frankly Bullit, I’m more interested in using Pick 15 for the trenches.
    If there’s a Top OT/DT/DE available there, go for it.

    Protect the QB/Sack the QB.

    If someone covets Pick 15 from the Playoff Group in late RD1, sliding back for an extra Pick wouldn’t be a bad move IMO.
    I think there’s enough depth at the WR position, to wait beyond RD1 if necessary.
    Should be interesting to see how this plays out.

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Very good chance that someone of Aldon’s caliber could be there at Pick 15.
    DE ‘Bud’ Dupree is growing on me as a potential selection there.

  125. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cobb just re-signed with the Packers 4 years $40 mil

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting thing about Cobbs’ Contract is, there’s only $17Mil guaranteed.
    Figure he’s good for at least 2 of those years at $8.5/year.
    He may not see the full 4 years by that math?

    Dying to see what the Market does for Suh.
    Dez down in Jerruh Town ought to be interesting too.

  127. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you listen to Gore’s trainer you wouldn’t bet on Gore coming back.

  128. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore’s trainer? Jesus. Really? Is this the Enquirer? You blast Kawakami til he agrees with you and now you lsiten to Gore’s trainer?


  129. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Still with the stick up his ass.
    I’m sharing info but I forgot you don’t know how to read.

  130. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Open wide. Time for your daily foot in mouth.
    This is why you’re a moron.


  131. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I hope the reports on losing Gore are premature and somehow Baalke pulls a rabbit out of his hat. Nobody but the Niners can sign Gore until Tues.
    Without Gore in the backfield the Niners are going to miss the blitz pickups by Gore and his downfield blocking. There have been many times where Gore has taken out two guys to spring open a big play.

  132. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Egos have a bigger offer for Gore than Niners want to spend


    Will finalize Tues 1pm but some truth to it as Carlos Hyde has said goodbye to Frank on Instagram

  133. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Free-agent RB Frank Gore has told people he will sign this week with the Philadelphia Eagles.”

  134. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All the major NFL reporters are saying Gore to Egos.

    Never doubt Frank’s trainer. Never doubt Brent Jones.

  135. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Closet cowboy supporter. You are a testicle supporter. Who cares, Booooowitttt? You aren’t right about anything. Did you say yesterday ‘I think Gore will sign with the Eagles?’ No you posted a link to an article this mormning. Ooooh.

    You post links and act like you wrote them. Sorry, skippy. You don’t get points for not having a life.

    This place is a laughingstock of childish bullshit.

    My stance, which I posted in a more sensible place, was if Gore wants to stay on a team-friendly deal, he can stay. If he wants to go for more $$$, adios.

    Frankly, Frank was dogshit picking up blitzes last year. Which led to a lot of broken plays. Wonder what AP is up to. Does he fall under the winning with class argument? Or does his ability overcome that?

  136. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    49ers now resigned to losing Gore.

    Again we put the “fun” in dysfunctional.

    And the beat goes on.


  137. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Gonna miss Gore, what a “F-ing” great football player. Not sure if he makes the 10year wall but certainly hope so. One door closes and another opens up. I have a feeling the power run game is gonna be altered a little. If we pick up a Spiller or someone like him we will have to have a little different blocking scheme going on and maybe this is the time to open up the offense for sure.

  138. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Going for the daily double? You do have two feet and one giant mouth. You are the joke that just keeps on giving.

    You just randomly post BS “Frankly, Frank was dogshit picking up blitzes last year”.
    Now you’re just making crap up. Care to provide some evidence?
    Gore might not be 100% perfect in his blocking but he’s around 90% which is damn good.

    One observation from Jan 2015
    “In addition to his running ability, Gore is also an outstanding blocker in pass protection. He does a tremendous job in blitz pickup, far better than any of the other San Francisco running backs.”


  139. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Suh is going to the Dolphins. Wouldn’t even visit the Raiduhs.

    Per ESPN
    “Suh will sign Tuesday for about $114 million over six years with $60 million guaranteed, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said.”

  140. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I have said this from day one. I share info that I hear and try to provide the source usually with a link.

    As I have said before nobody is forcing you to read anything.

    You enjoy shooting the messenger because you are a petty troll.

  141. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per ESPN Maclin will sign with the Chefs.
    Maclin will join his old HC Andy Reid.

  142. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A name from the past. He’s an enigma who doesn’t start but some team still want to give him first day free agent money.


  143. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Torrey Smith’s 2011 NFL Combine video


  144. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A RB to watch for in the Draft, Jeremy Langford from MI St.
    Quick hitter, good blitz pickup guy as well.

    Sad day to see Frank go to Philly but, it’s his last Contract.
    I have nothing but respect for him.

    He got paid very well on his final deal from SF too.
    Sorry he opted out, but I get it.
    He’s got to look out for his financial health as well.

    Class guy.

  145. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Smart move restructuring Aldon too.
    That move freed up Cap space, as well as, putting some serious financial responsibility on Aldon to earn his keep.

    Looking like good news with Torrey Smith also.
    Boldin likely had major influence on that decision, if true.

    Adding speed is what we need.
    Nice moves from Baalke and Marathe thus far.

  146. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A named source in Houston reporting Kaep on the Trading Block –
    Jayson Braddock of KBME in Houston…

    Can it get any weirder?


  147. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Can it get any weirder? Sure it can. These are York’s Niners,

    Also NF liked your post on WRs couple days ago and with the Kap trade maybe we’ll get an accurate downfield QB? Hey someone has to get the ball to Torrey Smith and Jerry Simpson. Our new burners

  148. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Balkey sez “The media reports suggested otherwise are without merit, and quite frankly, ridiculous”

    Yeah ridiculous was Tommy boy’s word when refuting the sandbagging he did for York on the winning coach.

    Gotta love these guys

  149. 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