Ready to Rumble

Tonight at Candlestick Park, Mike Singletary resumes his quest to become the greatest Head Coach who ever lived. Next step for Mike, convince an owner to hire him as a Head Coach. Minnesota deliberated briefly this offseason about promoting Mike to Defensive Coordinator, but sanity was quickly restored to the deliberation room and Mike will remain the LB coach for yet another year.

Compelling stuff, for sure, but a few of us will be directing our attention to the other sideline where the 49ers will resume their own quest — to be the greatest team in the NFL this year. Not as lofty a goal as greatest of all time Mike, but SB 6 is nice and would suffice.

After Michael Crabtree trots out for a couple of plays and removes the pre-season ZERO from his back, we can all settle in to watch The Battle for Number Two. Normally, folks tend to shy away from observing number twos, but this is football and two is a ripe number for becoming the most popular player on the team — the backup quarterback.

Heading into the first of four glorified scrimmages, the club house leader is Colin Kaepernick. Colin achieved his lead by getting drafted in the second round in 2011 and posting a league low 23 QBR in last season’s exhibition games. As you might surmise, his lead is tenuous.

Sitting at number two in the number two race is Josh Johnson, the sweet throwing import from Tampa Bay, followed by dark horse candidate Scott Tolzien. Scott has acquired a reputation as a gamer, even though he hasn’t played in any real games yet.

Other players to watch in the mayhem of missed tackles, botched blocks, and blown assignments are Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, and AJ Jenkins. These young players will see a lot of action and we haven’t seen any of James’ and Jenkins’ action, so this will be their welcome to the blogosphere moment. In the spirit of the moment, we’ll all wait at least three plays before we start ripping them.

We saw Hunter last season and he’s definitely got some quick to him. Jim Harbaugh went so far as to say Thursday that Hunter has a chance for a “big year” in 2012. That doesn’t sound like a guy who will occasionally fill in for Frank Gore.

Tonight’s opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, are pretty much devoid of interest or talent. They’re losers. I’d blame it on Singletary, just on general principles, but the Vikings have always been losers. Even when they accidentally have a good year or two, they always end up losers. Still, it’s nice of them to fly out here and donate their organs to the 49er 2012 research phase.

Ah, it’s nice to be smug again, able to go smug to smug with any fan base in the league. Time to dust off your smirks guys and tune in tonight as the defending NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers take the field for the first time since last January. Go Niners!

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  1. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Yea Skeebs…its nice to be smug again, oh so very nice….although i would have preferred this game be against New Orleans so OUR guys could blitz the crap out of them on every pre-season play…yea smug is good, i like smug

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about unlucky, Bolts RB Ryan Mathews breaks his collarbone on first carry of preseason.
    He’s gone for 6 weeks

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags might have violated CBA rule when they signed TO and had him practicing in pads 2 days later.
    Petey doesn’t care about rules
    having lost an OTA earlier this year for breaking the rules.
    Some of these rules are pretty lame and dumb but seems like majority is abiding by them.
    Coach Petey has this philosophy that if you’re not cheating you’re not trying.
    Seahags need to forfeit some draft picks to get the message,

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Cheesebergers, brats and 49ers tonight!

  5. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Pete is Schwetting it, Bullit. Maybe they are just looking at the Hawks harder than other teams for whatever reason. Used to be the Niners in that position.
    Anyhow, you guys will be glad to hear I’m out of here. Taking the son to Goose Lake for some dirt biking, fishing, and 4 wheeling. The last hurrah (for him) before school starts back up. Will watch the game Sunday night.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I’m still pissed when they took draft picks away for Briggs. I wanty them to be consistent and punish other violators.

    I’ll stalk you when you return then and just think why they named Sandoval Kung Fu Panda
    (hint: an obese bear)
    Anyway have a safe weekend.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just remember when watching the game tonight not to get too excited about outstanding performances until you consider who the matchup was up against.
    Against second teamer will have some merit.
    Things happening in the late 3rd quarter and 4th quarter are against guys that usually won’t make the team.
    Having Nate Davis and Kory Sheets flashbacks.

  8. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    When Crabs is in the top 5 equivalent of the batting title (top 5 in receptions) let me know. Crabs could learn a LOT about being a pro from Panda.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Unca have a great trip, sounds like it will be a ball.
    bullit, Nate davis and Kory Sheets came when we really needed some new life. That just goes to show what shape our team was in(coaching). I fell into that trap and thought both those players could help us, thank God we have evolved

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – I can’t wait to see what Kaep has and how he can put that rocket arm and legs to use. It still might take another year but he has all the looks of a great QB

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Have a great time unca. Sounds similar to my camping trips, just take the fishing out. It will be great to talk shit about you without you being able to defend yourself!

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m gonna go “rough it” myself. $10 Prime Rib down at the Antler’s while watching the 49ers. Then I’ll wash the food and hopefully all my troubles and sorrows down the pipe with some Budweiser. Then if I’m really lucky, I’ll bump into the former Heisman Trophy winner and tell ’em he still stinks on ice. How the hell Gino Torretta ever won the goddamn Heisman Trophy will remain a mystery.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    First drive was run heavy but almost all out of spread formations. I’m loving it!

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen Kappy make that play at UNR over and over and over. That is a Kaepernick play. He is an incredible weapon with his legs.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve never seen Kappy caught from behind.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzien looked good.

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My prime rib tasted better.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This was our first look at Tolzien since he played against us for San Diego. His accuracy is uncanny and is proving to be a keeper.
    He can play and Josh Johnson will
    hopefully get his chance to outshine Tolzien in the coming weeks but it’s going to be an uphill battle for JJ.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners cannot sneak Tolzien onto practice squad. Another team will almost certainly pick him up as the Niners did last year.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just saw that the Honey Badger
    CB Tyronne Mathieu was kicked off the LSU team for violating a team rule.
    This might drop him out of the first round because he’ll sit for a yaer unless he goes to a non FCS school like Janorius Jenkins did when Florida dismissed him

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The boys looked good yesterday. Confident. A little swagger, even.

  22. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Skeebs, what a difference a year makes. They had the look, a look, of a talented, well coached team.
    * Hard to glean a whole lot out of PS game 1, but the OL looked solid.
    * Maybe JH isn’t just pumping up Hunter — he had some burst (and he can block in the backfield)
    *Al-Don looked fast and unblockable, even w/o Justin next to him (praying injury is not a problem)
    *Smith looked poised. Only a couple passes but the TD was nice.
    *Nothing I saw made me think Dixon will stick instead of Cartright, or Jacobs
    *Dobbs still looks like a keeper
    *Thank god we have JH as our coach
    *CK’s run was electric. As much as the run thrilled, I can’t help but want to be thrilled by passing and poise. He did make a good pass to AJ.
    *Speaking of passing and poise, Scott RR Tolzien looked pretty good, again. I agree that he won’t be able to stay on the PS. Interesting that he went 3rd in the rotation. Might be a portent.
    All in all, it had the feel of a very good team. The Vikings on the other hand…


  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith twitters he is fine. The injury is described as a hip bruise. It was reported he left the locker room with the help of two canes.
    I think going forward he might start wearing hip pads. Cumbersome but they serve a purpose and he wouldn’t be in pain if he had worn them.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I suppsoe the proper terms is Aldon Smith tweets.
    I don’t tweet on Twitter so I mis-spoke,

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like our base formation will be a 3 WR set. That makes me happy.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy’s TD run was typical for him. Any Nevada fan got to the point where we expected to at least one of those per game.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the 52 yd pass play in the first quarter Carlos Rogers clearly got toasted by the Minny receiver Burton. However Our Free Safety had bitten on the play action again and there was no deep help. Rogers had words with Goldson so it might have been Rogers asking Dashon, where were you? Seen this too many times and they need to clean this up as end result is a big play.
    Happened to FS McBath in the second half as the receiver ran by him while he was looking into the backfield.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It was nice to see Aldon terrorizing without the help of Justin Smith. Those two together are going to be quite a weapon.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ponder looked great, especially considering the pressure he was under. How many sacks did Webb avoid with his athleticism? The pass rush looked good, let’s see how it looks next week vs a better opponent.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody know why Justin Smith didn’t play? I know he sat a practice with a sore knee, but that was a week ago.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Barley- Nice assessment.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis O’Donnell said Harbaugh gave Gore, Justin Smith and Manningham the night off. Only Gore dressed for the game.

  33. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzien looks good in games, that may be his curse, if he doesn’t practice the way he plays in games his opportunities to play are hard to come by. I think he belongs in the NFL, as a starter? Need to see more against better quality players but as a backup I think yes.

    Kappy is not Forest Gump, want to win the backup position try throwing down field a bit. He did look much better than last pre season.

    Alex Smith looked comfortable. I can’t remember seeing him look that way before. He was calm and efficient against their ones. If he can carry over that comfort level into the regular games the O has a chance to do well, very well.

    Johnson will get more playing time next game but so far he his 4th on the day.

    We have solid depth with players that can be starters on other teams at just about every position.

    Goldson has to stop biting so hard on play action. 15 yds out of position when the ball was thrown.

    The defense looks like last year.

    Its the first pre season game, all of the above opinions are subject change, results may vary.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- If you watched Kappy for 4 years at Nevada you would think he is Forrest Gump. That 78 yd run was common. It might have been 35 yards this week, 60 yards the next and 80 the next, but that play looked like exactly what he does. The more he plays, get used to seeing that.

  35. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I think he can be a decent QB, looks like he has the tools and a scrambling QB can be an asset, think Steve Young.

    My point is that he needs to throw more and run less or his career will be short lived.

    He had the play of the game but the rest of his night was so so, he seems more likely to run than pass.

    This is the NFL not college anymore, a running QB rarely finishes a whole season without injury and has mixed results ala Mike Vick.

    I know its pre season and the D isn’t up to much but I like the process time of Tolzien to make a decision and throw into pretty tight areas. I want to see him against better opposition but right now he looks like a solid backup with potential starting ability.

    Kappy has more athletic gifts and has a higher ceiling, but I want to see more pocket work out of him, if Alex goes down right now Tolzien would be a more suitable replacement, something one of the announcers made the point about too.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- The fact that Tolzien was playing against 3rd and 4th string DBs hardly gets me excited. He did look good but so did Nate Davis. I saw Kappy in college here in Reno for 4 years. He is a play maker with his legs and with his arm. His only issue is learning to read pro defenses.
    Weak armed QBs usually have an initial edge over hard throwers because to get where they currently are they needed to learn to throw receivers open. Hard throwers did not need that so much in college. When, and if, the hard thrower learns to read pro defenses and throw receivers open the weak armed QBs are usually left in the dust. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Tolzen too, but I think you might be getting a little too excited. Remember, Kappy not only rushed for over 4,000 yards in college, he also passed for over 10,000. He is the only top division QB to ever do that. He would have to lose the back-up spot because talent like his is rare.

  37. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I don’t disagree with your main points but college is over.
    I think Kappy needs to show more pocket play or if out of the pocket try to pass before run.

    I qualified my remarks about Tolzien, its pre season, he is in with lower quality players both D and O.

    I’m not overly excited, Tolzien is accurate, quick thinking and moves the chains in the game situations he has been in. His college career was also remarkable BTW and he had to climb the depth chart too.

    Nate Davis is not a good comparison to Tolzien other than his pre season play was good. Completely different QB skillset.

    The question becomes can Tolzien do the same things when the lights go on for real and I doubt we get to see that, so if his practice play isn’t as good as his game play he is in catch 22

  38. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It will be interesting to see just what JJ brings to the team. Personally I thought it was overkill to bring him in but Harbaugh does know his QB’s and I am sure JJ is special in his own way. I really like the way our pass rush looked and think they should only get better as the season moves on.

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! Guess (Doctor) Who just won the 5th at Del Mar? TIME LORD, that’s who. I can’t say for certain, but I think the horse had a scarf around its neck and the jock had a magic screwdriver in his hands. No, the jockey’s name was not Rose Tyler.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Winder. Good to see you back. Ready for another year of fantasy football? I’m going all in on Berger’s “favorite” QB, Matty “Stinks on Ice” Ryan this year. Me and Tony Romo are getting divorced. I’ve been using that saying for as long as I can remember. I’m never short on ice nor stench. Good luck.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners made a couple of moves today.
    Released S Mark LeGree who saw no action yesterday and signed OLB Kenny Rowe who was in last year’s training camp.

  42. robNo Gravatar says:


    nice one ! do you know who lit and was the first to carry the olympic torch this year ?

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I heard an interview with Shawn Estes former Giant’s pitcher a few weeks ago. He owns a horse who runs at Del Mar so he’s down there for that.
    Claims he’s bleeding money and doesn’t recommend ownership.
    He did say one of the primary benefits was getting chicks.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Who? Woodsy Owl? He’ll be there all week at Hooters.

  45. robNo Gravatar says:

    for me the most interesting battle might be for 3rd string QB between tolzein and josh johnson ! i know johnson and harbaugh have old ties , but i’ve never understood why so may people seem to be so high on johnson ! i live in the tampa area and have never seen anything from johnson to be impressed by ?

    (anybody here know why people seem to be so excited about him ?)

    tolzein on the other hand always seems to look really good ! i’m pretty excited about him ! i just hope johnson’s relationship with harbaugh doesn’t hurt tolzeins chances of winning the 3rd QB job this year !

  46. robNo Gravatar says:

    the best part of this first preseason game for me was brandon jacobs !

    wow !

    if jacobs can be an effective short yardage back for us AND be the thunder to kendall hunter’s lightning … omg !!!

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The pig in the ground was awesome. The collard greens were so good I need the recipe. I thought I was the only white guy that cooked collard greens. I cook them every Christmas. Repo Ed cooked beans with pulled pork, oh my! I cooked zucchini in olive oil and basil. Somebody cooked some great mac and cheese and the Cesar salad was divine. Everything was awesome. The fruit salads and other baked bean dishes were to dream of. Lots of alcohol too. The best tequilas and whiskeys, but cheap beer. If you like good beer and are going to a redneck party, bring your own. You can’t cook better food, you just can’t get worse beer. Redneck parties are the best.
    Now back to real life. Good night.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m pretty impressed by the piece Eric Branch did regarding the relationship between Kyle ‘Fitz of AZ.
    If ‘Fitz is responsible for the positive influence in getting Kyle to strive to achieve, that’s pretty high praise in my book.
    Kyle was a huge disappointment as KR/PR option in the biggest game of the year but, he’s got my vote for working his hardest to improve his game.
    Good Teams win with guys like that.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Make that Kyle AND ‘Fitz. Sorry.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I believe it’s unfair to characterize Tolzein’s perform as Nate Davis like. Tolzein was reading the defense and running the offense based on what the D gave him in a most efficient manner. Nate Davis was freelancing and running around like Tebow and was lucky to have the arm to get the ball to a guy that eluded coverage.
    If Tolzein maintains this level of play Harbaugh being the ex-QB will recognize that Scott has intangibles that takes years to learn and he is doing so in his second year. Should be interesting how yhis plays out.
    SF Gate has a breakdown on how the night went for CK and Tolzein

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I agree with your point, but I think you missed mine. Everybody was excited about Nate Davis when he was going against the 3rd and 4th teamers. That is who Tolzien was working against. Obviously Tolzien looked more poished but they were both going against similar quality.

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzien looks a lot like Shaun Hill to me. He is a guy with some physical limits but in a good offense, with some weapons, he can come in and do a credible job if your starter goes down. He does not have the athletic ability to just ‘make things happen’ and carry the team on his own. But he also won’t make a lot of unforced errors. I think he is a better option at this point for our third QB than JJ.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, “everybody” was excited about Nate Davis…? I recall one blogger never wanting that glove-wearing crayon-carrying super-slacking imbecile in the first place.
    Not I, said Frank the Cat.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzien started the second half and was playing against second and third stringers. The impressive thing was his commaned of the Harbaugh’s WCO and he ran the offense in rhythmn.
    I was not a fan of Nate Davis because he made his mark freelancing and got lucky. He made some spectacular plays but
    where he is now indicates what he did was not susatinable nor could he grow as a QB
    Tolzien has a certain “it” factor
    and I think Harbaugh sees that.
    Time will tell.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic and turning to baseball.
    It has been pointed out that previous to this season the Angels had one rookie of the year
    Tim Salmon.
    This year the hands down favorite is OF Mike Trout.
    Some woulkd find that awfully fishy.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If they would’ve had Kevin Bass years ago he could have been ROY!

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- I sit corrected.

  58. robNo Gravatar says:


    ” I recall one blogger never wanting that glove-wearing crayon-carrying super-slacking imbecile in the first place. ”

    nice one man , who the heck was that dummass btw !

  59. robNo Gravatar says:

    just read a great article on the dangers of drinking !
    omg ! that article scared the shitt out of me !

    so that’s it then … from now on i’m giving up reading

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I woulda laughed at your last comment, but I gave that up a long time ago. 😀

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bad news.
    Delanie Walker left practice with an apparent knee injury blocking in an 11 on 11 drill. He needed assistance off the field.
    Hopefully it’s nothing serious but we’ll have to wait and see what a MRI reveals.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today was the Fan Fest at the Stick and the crows was reported at 32K which is huge,
    Harbaugh commented on the injuries. He said Aldon Smith was out for the Texans game this Sat
    and then it’s going to be how he progresses. Maiocco thinks he’ll be ready for Green Bay but we won’t see him playing in the rest of the pre-season.
    Delanie Walker also dodged a bullet according to Harbaugh. He said that further evaluation was needed by the medical staff.

    Harbaugh made this comment about Tolzein when asked this question
    “Was what Tolzien did in the game representative of what he’s been doing in practices?”
    “Yeah, I think it was pretty accurate of what he’s been like. He’s been real accurate in practice. He was accurate in the game. Good command of the offense. Really gets the ball out quick and makes some real accurate throws.”

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Branch just put up a piece also regarding Tolzien.
    Getting high praise from Whitner among others for his command of the Offense.

  64. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dennis- yeah I’m ready for another year of FF. I hope I can actually win a game, I think I’ll pick Luck as my starter. But, what I really want to see is some 49er football, we are gonna be a force.

  65. 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