Perspective Detective

Last week was hard to digest. Tough for us 49er fans, and no doubt tougher for the team and coaches. But they get paid for their grief, and we don’t.

Kyle Shanahan has been roasted a bit, while Andy Reid has been elevated to the genius room. Never mind it took Andy twenty years to win his first Super Bowl and most of the ones roasting Shanahan now were roasting Andy during his long travails in the Can’t Win the Big One category. Since Shanahan took his team to the SB in only his third year on the job, it seems premature to paste a loser label on him.

The same holds true for Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s getting more thumbs down than his HC, with some idiots even suggesting the Niners should dump him. Goodness. He led his team to the SB in his first full year as an NFL QB. I can’t think of any QB who has ever done that. Maybe I’m forgetting someone, but there couldn’t have been many.

Besides, Garoppolo is in some pretty good company. “Franchise” QBs who have lost SBs (without being targeted for the scrap heap): Ben Roethlisberger (honked out in his own territory against the 2010 Packers), Tom Brady (three time loser), John Elway (four time loser), Peyton Manning (two time loser, tossed a game ending int late in the fourth quarter against the 2009 Saints), Brett Farve (four straight incompletions with the game on the line against the Broncos), Russell Wilson (goal line int to lose an SB) …

At any rate, the 49ers have more pressing needs this coming year. They have to figure out a way to defend against mobile quarterbacks. The team lost only four games this past year, and only one of the losses featured a non-mobile QB – Atlanta and Matt Ryan. Plus there were two nail-biters against the five win Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray. And in all those other losses, the defense could not contain the scrambling QBs in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers will be hard pressed to repeat their 2019 success next year, but with the FO finally achieving harmony and competence, the team should be a contender year in and year out for the next decade at least. After two straight mostly botched decades, that’s amore, footballationistically speaking.

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19 comments on “Perspective Detective
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday the Bay Area endured a severe wind storm with gusts up to 75mph. It was pretty bad and we lost power for about six hours
    starting around 2pm.

    I’m just thankful it happened yesterday and not a week earlier.

    People are idiots when it comes to driving. When the stoplights are out it’s a four way stop but some morons just go barreling through intersections.

    Was watching the XFL and they have some interesting tweaks to rules. They don’t kick extra points. You have a choice of going for one XP from the one yard line, two XP from the 3 yard line or 3 XP from the 10 yd line. Scoring a TD can lead to 9 points if you choose to go for 3. This makes for a more exciting game because XPs are when everyone gets a snack or goes to the bathroom because they are such blah moments.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If the 49ers were to do these three restructures, along with tendering their six exclusive rights free agents(Nick Mullens, Jeff Wilson Jr., Ross Dwelley, Daniel Brunskill, Andrew Lauderdale, & Emmanuel Moseley), they’d have close to $50 million in cap room.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit –
    (S) Kyle Dugger (6’1″/215) is on the Combine Invitation List.

    He’s my Top ‘Tweener
    Anxious to see how he fares in Indy.

    Gotta think Lynch will be shopping to replace Witherspoon with the 1st Pick if he stays put.
    Not sure if Dugger is that guy there however?
    Much will depend on how they handle JWard I’d imagine?

    Combine Time 😀

  4. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (6’4″/220) from Liberty also got an Invite to Indy.
    Very impressed with his showing in Mobile.
    Heck of an athlete with great size.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He and Mims from Baylor will be 2 guys I’ll be focused on in Indy from a performance perspective.
    They’re both showing 4.5s/40 times and that will be cleared up in Indy.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Be a great problem to have if Tee Higgins made it to slot 31 too.
    Highly doubtful.

    My very early watch list – Subject to revisions 😀

    Baylor WR Denzel Mims (6’3″/215)
    Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (6’4″/220)
    Clemson WR Tee Higgins (6’4″/215)
    OK WR CeeDee Lamb (6’2″/189)
    UCF WR Gabriel Davis (6’3″/212)
    TN WR Jauan Jennings (6’3″/208)

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Put ND WR Chase Claypool on the Indy radar too.
    I think this is a great WR Draft Class coming.
    I’m ready to replace Pettis with a bigger target –

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Claypool is looking like the fastest ‘Big’ WR at an early glance.
    Given his Offense at ND, he was never in a high octane venue either.

    If his numbers in Indy stack up, he could be a steal by comparison to the better known schools’ participants.
    My early sleeper, Jauan Jennings is likely to get bumped, if he doesn’t run well.
    Too many other options IMO.

    Thinking DB/WR with the 1st Pick if Lynch stays put.
    Gandy-Golden being one of them.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta wonder what Lynch/Shanny would do if RB JK Dobbins were on the Board at 31 also.
    He would be a phenomenal option to JMcKinnon IMO.
    Kid is an all-around yardage machine.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    (S) Ashtyn Davis from Cal will be in Indy also –
    Great productivity from the numbers I’m seeing.
    Excellent speed (4.39) –
    Would be a consideration for me, along with Dugger, (4.46) to let JWard go for a Comp Pick.

    Both 40s will become official in Indy of course.

    From the looks of the stat line, Davis is a converted CB too.
    Curious to see whether Dugger can go the other way, S to CB.

    Smacks of versatility in my book 😀

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Ohio medical board committee says Browns’ and Bengals’ fandom not enough for medical marijuana.”

    Worth a try, anyway.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think they should approve it out of sheer kindness. Although it probably wouldn’t help all that much.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Myles Garrett is trying to become this year’s Antonio Brown.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Gonna be tough to run a blog this offseason. Loss of draft capital hurts. Mortgaging the future with 2/3/4 gone, even tho well warranted.

    With this coaching and scouting staff, squeezed performance out of every roster position. Hard part now is looking at play design and playcalling to get to the next level.

    #31 at the end of each round essentially got a 3/4 in 2020 downgraded to 4/5 in 2019 in SF draft dollars. Denver did not get what they hoped for.

    Cheer up. Jalen Hurd’s back healthy will add to the WR/TE/FB unit. TMoore has to be coached up to be starter quality at FS. Can they get off a decent trade for AA for a late 2nd or 3rd if they roll the dice on a tag. Fix Witherspoon’s technique.

    The offseason challenges are different at the top.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Peter King reading our minds….

    Yikes. The 49ers have a denuded draft this year. In fact, nine weeks before the draft, the 49ers have just one pick in the top 150. They pick 31st in the first round and then, because trades to acquire Dee Ford and Emmanuel Sanders in 2019, they won’t pick again—barring trades—till pick number 156. (That’s assuming there will be a total of 18 compensatory picks after rounds three and four, which would push San Francisco’s first fifth-round pick, the 10th in the round, to 156th overall.

    I tried to put myself in GM John Lynch’s shoes here—really, Lynch and team president/cap guru Paraag Marathe, who mans the phones on draft weekend—to see how they might be able to work that 31st pick in the first round into a bevy of picks to address roster depth and perhaps some upgrades in the secondary with the return of valuable safety Jimmie Ward (due to be an unrestricted free-agent) in question. To project the Niners’ path, I looked north for a clue. The arch-rival Seahawks, with ever-restless GM John Schneider, provided an excellent example in 2019 of how to turn one first-round pick into a bevy of picks, replenishing what would have been a thin crop.

    The trades:

    Seattle traded its first-round pick, 21st overall, to Green Bay for the 30th, 114th and 118th picks.
    Seattle traded the 30th pick to the Giants for the 37th, 132nd and 142nd picks.
    Seattle traded the 37th pick to Carolina for the 47th and 77th picks. At 47, Seattle picked S Marquise Blair.
    Seattle traded the 77th and 118th picks to New England for the 64th pick. At 64, Seattle selected WR DK Metcalf.
    Seattle traded the 114th pick to Minnesota for the 120th and 204th picks.
    Seattle picked WR Gary Jennings Jr. at 120, S Ugo Amadi at 132, LB Ben Burr-Kiven at 142, and RB Travis Homer at 204.

    So Seattle turned pick 21 into picks 47, 64, 120, 132, 142 and 204 . . . two second-round picks, two fourth-round picks, one fifth-round pick and one sixth-round pick.

    Jimmy Johnson used to say he wasn’t any smarter than most NFL personnel evaluators, but if he had a lot more picks, he figured he’d have a better chance to hit on one or two winners. In this draft, John Schneider got a first-rate receiver (Metcalf) and special-teamer/budget roster-fillers. All but Jennings contributed to the Seahawks 2019 playoff run.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    AA is considered a top 5 Big End/pass rush DT. There may be a bidding war to make his contract too high. The tags are outrageous.

    Read at NN recently that a 4 yr or so contract might be doable as low as 12 mil a year. Elsewhere seeing 15 mil range. Can our cap handle 12 mil, maybe. Will AA go for the dollars elsewhere.

    Our DL makes him part of an ensemble. His weight and body type work well here. 12 mil may allow FO to keep him here. We know what he is.

    OTOH Ronald Blair can be the substitute and we can get draft pick on day 2. All up to KS/Saleh/Kocourek. He has been healthy in 2018 and 2019 and only 26. Is Blair an equivalent? KStreet? Both have injury issues.

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