Potential vs Reality

Okay. Enough of the foreplay. Next Sunday the Kyle Shanahan Era officially begins. Good luck, KS. You’ve got big shoes to fill (the Jim Harbaugh Era), and tiny shoes to flick aside (the Jim Tomsula/Chip Kelly Eras).

And, of course, a dickhead owner hanging around ready to corrupt anything you accomplish at a moment’s tantrum.

The 49ers aren’t favored to win more than a handful of games this year, if that, and they won’t be favored this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The only factors working in their favor are the perceived potential of the defense, coupled with the perceived wizardry of Shanahan’s offense, and their recent invincibility on opening day.

The team has won six straight openers — four during Harbaugh’s years, and a couple of complete anomalies the past two years. They trashed the Vikings in 2015 and the Rams last year, before entering season long tailspins of ineptitude.

The Panthers are looking to re-discover their 15-1 mojo from the 2015 season and no doubt figure drubbing the Niners would be a great way to start. They’ve added RB Christian McCaffrey to their arsenal, a guy who’s very dangerous in the open field. Our LBs and secondary will have their hands full trying to contain him.

The Panthers should have as much a clue about what to expect from a Shanahan offense as anybody, since they’ve faced him four times over the past two years as Atlanta’s OC. Whether that matters or not will be disclosed by the experts after the game has concluded.

Speaking of experts, it’s our turn to show what we’ve got. Season predictions can be submitted any time this week, up until midnight Saturday.

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28 comments on “Potential vs Reality
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Current line has Niners as 5-6 pt underdogs

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll stick with 4-12. I still think we’ll be better than last year, when we were *lucky* to win two games… but not better enough to show much in the win column. I hope I’m wrong, because it looks like another long season, but I think real progress in the standings is another year and draft – or two – away.

    And shoving Jed out a window couldn’t hurt, either.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN headline: ‘Scared’ and ‘afraid’ after getting cut, Ahmad Brooks feels at home with Packers

    Yeah, we know how you feel, Ahmad. We were scared and afraid you were lined up in the neutral zone every third down play for the last six years.

  4. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I will go for a highly optimistic 5-11.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cardinals signed former Vikings G Alex Boone.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Quinton Dial has signed with the Packers.”

    Our throw aways are popular.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cards now have the Niner kicking tandem of Dawson/Lee.
    Signing Boone provides them the Niner starting guards under Harbaug in Iupati/Boone

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We also picked up a RB that Tampa cut Saturday. McNicols I think ia his name from Boise State.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the Packers have Dial, Brooks, and Ricky Jean Francois.

  10. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Going to take an optimistic approach Skeebs.

    6-10 馃榾

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t believe it. We just picked up a LB that was waived by the Panthers. That makes 10 on the PS. I wonder if we did it for the playbook. Genius!

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The new PS pickup is Ben Boulware, a short LB in the Chris Borland mode who has a lot of savvy and heart and overachieves bewcause of his lack of measurables.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Robert Saleh says NaVorro Bowman can cover Christian McCaffrey man to man.”

    Hopefully, the DC is jesting. McCaffrey would eat Bowman alive.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    One of the most notable aspects of our new FO is that when either KS or Lynch go to the podium I actually pay attention to what they say. The difference between Shanny and our last two HC’s is like night and day.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers limited in practice again today:
    TE George Kittle (hamstring), DE Aaron Lynch (back), S Jimmie Ward (hamstring).”

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hail to the Chiefs. We won’t have to listen endlessly to 19-0 from the fawning media wonks.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last night Alex Smith did his Brady impersonation and threw for 360+ yds and 4 TDs. His best game as a Pro. He shredded the Pats defense and wasn’t doing it with check downs.

    Kelce got called for a personal foul, taunting but it was far more egregious than that. Kelce took the football and shoved it at the crotch of the guy who tackled him. Talk about low blows. Kelce should have been ejected.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah what the Hell happened to Alex? If he played like that every week KC would win Super Bowls.

    He reminds me of Plunkett. Lost for so many years, people almost giving up on him. Wonder if he can have the same success at the very end.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Time for the annual opening game upset victory, followed by unrealistic high expectations, followed by another Seahawks thrashing.

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That sounds about right.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Niner’s win today 31-27.

    Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen both looked great yesterday.

    Right now Darnold has the “it” factor that Montana and Young had.
    His passes are catchable and leads to YAC.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Haha department: “Matthew Stafford鈥檚 first pass as NFL鈥檚 highest-paid player is a pick-six.”

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    S Jimmie Ward
    CB Ahkello Witherspoon
    LB Aaron Lynch
    LB Pita Taumoepenu
    T John Theus
    G Laken Tomlinson
    WR Victor Bolden

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently, Shanahan’s first words at the post game presser will be “Obviously, we’ve got some work to do.”

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, we look pretty bad across the board.

  26. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So much for winning the opener. About what we expected. Run defense looks marginally better than last year’s dumpster fire, but it is going to take time to show any results on the scoreboard.

  27. 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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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