Really Excited

Oakland has a championship. San Francisco has a championship. Santa Clara has Jed York.

Moving right along, I put on my 1994 Super Bowl Champion 49ers’ T-shirt over the weekend, still going strong after 21 years of careful use, and strolled around town to cheer up any citizens who thought life was treating them too harshly. This is what being a Niner fan has come to. A couple more years of Yorkdom and the locals will be asking me if the 49ers are still a professional football team.

Saints’ owner Tom Benson made it through his mental competency trial recently, thwarting an effort by his children to wrest control of the team from him. Nice kids. 49er fans weren’t so lucky back in the late ’90s, and York is the result.

York Sr. was in the news last week, proving that incompetence is a family tradition. First, the elder York said the football helmet was on its way out, then the next day, no doubt prompted by league honchos, he retracted the statement.

Some bloggers think York Jr. is doing a fine job. This is the new litmus test for discerning the mental competency of any particular fan. Anybody who’s a York lover is probably someone you want to avoid getting stuck in an elevator with.

The team finished its OTA practices in good spirits. The players are really excited about the coming season. That excitement probably won’t last past October, when they realize they are on a long train to nowhere.

This is normally the time I would say, “Just kidding, folks!” But who would believe me?

Nobody wants to read negative news all year — almost nobody, that is. So, I’m really excited about the upcoming Training Camp and preseason games. We’ll be doing our best to find some players to get really excited about. Good players and dreadful ones.

Plus, poor teams usually treat preseason games like they were playoff games, so I’m expecting the Niners to go 4-0. Mike Singletary‘s teams went 7-1 in the preseason games, for instance. With Geep Chryst and Eric Mangini both trying to restore their reputations, and Jim Tomsula trying to get his hands on a reputation, I’d expect these preseason games to be as close as it comes to the team experiencing a winning sensation this year.

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  1. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The question for 49er fans (and I’m not one anymore) but for those who still tune in…. the question will be, as it is with any new team or team that’s rebuilding, is whether or not the 49ers can run the ball and stop the run. That’s any team’s foundation right there. Forget Kaep. Forget Torrey Smith and Tramaine Brock story lines.

    Are the running backs any good? Hunter, Hyde, Bush and Mike Davis? As Harbaugh would say, “They have the license.” But what will a confused, somewhat lackadaisical offensive line do to this group of running back’s giddy up?

    Last year Kaep took a bunch of heat when Boone, Anthony Davis and Iupati were shells of their former selves. Drew Brees sucked last year with a bad O line too. What happens to Hyde, Hunter, Bush and Davis when the O line is less than stellar?

    Personally, I think the 49ers have a better chance of stopping the run, than they do running the ball. Dorsey, Bowman, Bethea are still good, and have pride. But if one of them goes down to injury, watch out. You also have to watch Eric Reid. If Reid is just picking up a paycheck and not sticking his head in there, that could cost the 49ers some big runs.

    If you’re a fan, which again I’m not, you’re watching two things this preseason – can the 49ers run the ball and stop the run? I say no.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Go Raiders

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said before you don’t lose Iupati and Davis and shrug it off by replacing them with Brandon Thomas and Trent Brown.
    Both rookies, one coming off a major knee injury and other a part time starter in college.
    I always thought to play in the NFL you had to be at least an all conference player if not an All American.
    These guys will well be good players when they gain experience.
    It’s the present that’s worrisome especially with Kap needing all the help he can get to succeed.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been highly critical of Kap and I think for good reason.

    The one thing you need to ask yourself is when was the last time you saw him, Kaepernicking? Almoast as long as you saw Tim, Tebowing.

    IMO both are stupid “look at me” TO type celebrations that I could do without. However it’s been more than a long while.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Another season of guessing how brain dead the O scheme and CK’s execution of it is going to be. The inability of replacing AD would seem to indicate a short passing game and heavy use of TE’s in pass routes over the middle. Separation with size rather than speed needs to be emphasized.

    Cannot sit in the pocket like Luck or Rodgers for long patterns. Explosion plays will explode on us otherwise. CK and the OC will have to adapt to this reality. O game planning has to deal with this stuff. It is a regular part of the job.

    Expect no help from the D this year. Some QB’s are Roethlisberger, Flacco, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Rodgers, Cutler, Palmer, and Wilson they will have to work overtime to keep the scoring below 28 pts per game.

    Nick Foles may prove to not be a product of Chip Kelly’s scheme. 4 to 6 wins and only that high if we are healthier than the opponent.

    With this schedule it may be better for me to select the niners for the NFL Rewind. Quality passing attacks almost every game, just from the other team.

  6. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    “the question will be, as it is with any new team or team that’s rebuilding, is whether or not the 49ers can run the ball and stop the run. That’s any team’s foundation right there.”

    That’s real football talk, right there, I don’t care who you are.

    I like your personal protest (I’m not a fan, I’m not a fan), too.

    I thought Kaepernicking was a perfect throw to the cornerback to end the game.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From mini camp it seems like Boone at LG and Kilgore/Martin at C. RG may be platooned among Martin, Thomas, and Looney. A lot of hope at RT with Pears and Brown.

    Looks like setting up Boone to be LT as Staley gets old and injury prone. Smart thing to do is trade CK now if the deal is good.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll do better at run defense than run offense I think. Particularly if both Dorsey and Ian Williams end up in the starting three man line. We won’t do so well at stopping the pass, unless we hit the jackpot big time with the redshirt corners. Not highly likely.

    You don’t lose a Gore and expect to not have a letdown. Remember when guys like Delvin Williams, Roger Craig and Garrison Hearst left. Things got ugly until they weren’t.

    Passing offense of course is going to depend largely on Kappy. If he plays like did in the back eight last year, it will be really ugly. Especially if we are playing from behind a lot. The only thing that gives us any shot at all at avoiding a collapse is, occasionally a young QB will take a step up. If he can read defenses and make plays, Kappy has the raw tools to be very good. If he does not make that jump, 2015 is going to hurt.

  9. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I think NoFear’s making fun of me. Hurtful. Must be my love for Bernie Sanders. Go Bernie, GO!!!

  10. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It would fit the pattern Grumpy = stronger D, stopping the run; weaker O, trying to run the ball. The pre-Harbaugh pattern that is. Stopping the pass well we’ve had a lot of turnover and now have an untested young crew back there. They’ll get tested pretty quick. But we might ace the pre-season.

    Funny if the fans start chanting “Run the ball!”.

  11. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Former Giant, Daryl Hamilton just died in what looks like a murder suicide. Sad day. Also hope Dustin Johnson hasn’t gone back to the bottle. Brutal ending to the US Open yesterday. Gretsky has to be consoling the kid, big time. Makes me root for him more next time. But now ya really gotta bounce back. ‘Cause if you choke again, you’re Greg Norman – who ironically was covering the tourney as a Fox color commentator…. and was horrible early, but in his defense, did get better come Sunday.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Every golfer in the US has stood over a putt on the practice green and thought in their head that make this putt and win the US Open/Masters.
    If Dustin Johnson could make pressure putts he’d be the new Tiger. He is straight and long off the tee and he nukes 5 irons 250 yds.

    I can’t complain because Jordan Spieth is my guy. The consolation to losing is DJ gets to go home to Paulina Gretzky.

    As far as Tiger is concerned he is going the way of David Duval
    who used to be his equal and now a non factor and a commentator.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Initial reports are that Daryl Hamilton was murdered by the female who then killed herself.
    Sounds like another Steve McNair type case where his girlfriend shot him dead and then committed suicide.

    I do believe domestic violence works both ways remembering Andre Rison’s girlfriend burned their mansion down in Atlanta.
    That’s why it’s important to gather all facts and not jump to conclusions.

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I wasn’t rooting for anybody in particular. If anything, you could say I was rooting for the vertiginous Aussie Day. He got to -4 (the winning score) behind Spieth by 1 around the 14th (?). Then he went into a freefall. He went from so good to so very bad so quickly that I have to think the vertigo got to him again. I hope they figure out an easy, permanent cure cuz he’s a talented gutsy golfer.

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Of course Oosthuizen was fun to root for as well. Dude was absolutely lighting it up on the back 9 yesterday. He was the one guy who tamed the greens. He was like the horse that goes into the final turn back 10 lengths, goes into the final stretch back 6, surges to nose to nose with the leaders, but loses by a nose. He just ran out of course. Another 9 holes with the way he was playing and he would have run away from the field.

  16. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    * -5 won it

  17. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Fantasy golf anyone? I’d play some fantasy golf….. maybe next year.

  18. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    “I think NoFear’s making fun of me. Hurtful. Must be my love for Bernie Sanders. Go Bernie, GO!!!”

    Well, I wasn’t, but I see now it works either way!

    Have to say I wasn’t exactly shocked to see you declare your shire all in for the socialist candidate. No heartburn for me there. Whatever grief he can cause the rest of the field is only good for everyone.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bernie is nothing if not entertaining NoFear49er.
    Crazy beats stupid, in my book anyway 😀
    Last great act of defiance at his age perhaps?
    Flip’m all off.

    Hillary is trying her best to avoid confrontational topics.
    Can’t go on forever, not with Bernie and Chafee lurking.
    Should be quite the fireworks display once this thing gets heated up.

    Let’s hope Christie steps in too.
    He and Donald should be quite the pitbull battle.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just poked around on some of the Draft Picks we made.
    Caught a piece regarding Tartt and how Baalke liked the Coaching he received while at Samford.

    Interestingly, Tartt’s position Coach was Sam Shade.

    Shade played in the National Football League from 1995 to 2003. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1995 to 1999. Shade led the Bengals in tackles in 1997 and was second in the category in 1998. For his last two seasons in Cincinnati, his defensive coordinator was NFL Hall of Fame coach Dick LeBeau.

    Shade played for the Washington Redskins from 1999 to 2003 for three different head coaches (Norv Turner, Marty Shottenheimer and Steve Spurrier). He also played for three defensive coordinators (Mike Nolan, Ray Rhodes and Marvin Lewis).

  21. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey good ‘historical’ info on the roots of Tartt’s coaching tree NJ. Who knew? I like history stuff like that even in football. Nice.

  22. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, I’ll give the pols a few more months to see where they are. Yeah, could be entertaining.

    Good stuff on the coach’s coaches.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I do the same thing.
    As we know, football is all about connections to the Coaching Tree.
    Parcells has his disciples, of which we now have 3.
    Baalke, Mangini and Sporano if I have it right?

    Sam Shade is obviously connected through Baalke by way of DC I’d guess?
    Just like the connection Baalke eluded to by way of Spurrier at SCAR.
    Everything seems to get connected, one way or another.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I do like that Tartt has size and speed going for him.
    If Shade did anything along the lines of LeBeau, I’m all for it as well.
    Always liked the Dick LeBeau schemes.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Trump is gonna bury all the rino’s such as Cristie, Kasich, and Bush. No more open borders, big govt, and crony capitalist types.

    Enjoying the hell out of the dems continuing out of orbit to the left. After 8 years of obola FL, OH, PA, and MI has thunder thighs under 50% versus GOP.

  26. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep there’s politics then there’s the really important stuff like football.

    Go Raiders Winder and not to forget the Warriors

  27. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus – anyone look at Chuck’s blog? Mr Breeze or whomever is another Chuck creation. He blogs with him, sees if Mr Breeze gets a reaction, then when he doesn’t, declares Mr Breeze gone. It’s actually sad. He’s doing it with about five other user names. And Nipper and Mr Breeze are so familiar with this blog, it’s as if Chuck uses them to comment on the happenings around here. It’s freakin’ unsettling.

  28. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I think, instead of predicting wins and loses, we should try to predict when Jim Tomsula has his first real public melt down. That’s more fun. It’s harder, though. What constitutes a melt down? Is it getting a TV talking head fired? Is it kicking a player off the field? Is it saying insane things in his press conferences? Do you remember David Letterman spoofing Mike Singletary? Checkout the Youtube link below. It was so bad for 49er fans under Singletary, the entire nation was laughing at the 49ers. Singletary press conference were a nation-wide joke.

    My question is, when will Jim Tomsula crack? This drill, however, could be a lot like the Shawshank Redemption “Fresh Fish” drill where Red bets on Andy Dufrane, and Dufrane never cracks. But me? I think I’ve found my fish….. and “it’s fat ass by a nose.”

  29. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing would surprise me. How did I last 3 freakin’ years talking to Chuck the whole time? Oh right there was some good football being played back then.

    Speaking of good football here’s an article about Roman that calls him an excellent OC:

    Bucky Brooks has a ranking of the top 10 OCs in the league based on the All-22 film and some connections he still has in the coaching world. He placed Greg Roman at number 6. Here’s what he said:

    “Despite the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive implosion during Roman’s final season with the team, the crafty play-caller deserves to be mentioned among the NFL’s best offensive minds. Roman helped the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game three straight seasons, relying on a powerful rushing attack and savvy playmaking from the quarterback position. His creative scheming and clever deployment of multiple tight ends were things of beauty. Yet, it was Roman’s ability to coax championship-level performances out of Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick that earned him high marks in the NFL coaching community. If he solves the Bills’ quarterback dilemma in training camp, Roman could be the hottest head-coaching candidate in the league.”

    (quote from blogger on Cohn jrs site)

    What do you guys think? The test will be the BUF offense this year, huh?

  30. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula will will revert to deer in headlights look by game 12 with arms folded on chest hairs and in full inarticulate mode. Sadly this will be all the evidence we get of a meltdown this year. But it will be telling that he’s upset. Who wouldn’t be at 4-8?

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I hope the best for Tomsula and the Niners and will root for them in every game to win. I just don’t see many wins unless some players play out of their minds.
    Of the six NFC West games we will be lucky to win 2 because there are too many question marks and unknowns on the team both player and coaching.

  32. winderNo Gravatar says:

    “I hope the best for Tomsula and the Niners and will root for them in every game to win.” Me too.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the lead in, spit. Wealth of opportunities for a conservative comic. Thanks grandma, it won’t get any better than this.

    Jennifer Flowers in her book on BJ said he told her that Hillary probably had more women than I had. National Enquirer had an issue on her documented lesbian affairs that seems to have gotten temporarily quashed or maybe GOP paid to get it delayed until grandma’s nomination. One of them was her Muslim assistant huma abedin.

    Wonder if the Koran has anything on lesbian sex toys. Hot times for conservative but dirty comedians next year.

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hillary licks bush, Muslim bush that is. Jeb says illegals come here as an act of love. Target rich environment. How much does running a blog site pay.

    Serious money out there in dirty talking, for both sides to prosper. Spit, stop it with Jed and go jeb.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I have never ever rooted against the Niners since the Dave Parks days when I started following the team and I’m not about to start now. However I am still have my opinions and I voice them rather than sit on my hands.
    You don’t have 3 potential HOF players leave and declare they are easily replaced.

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – I voice my opinions also, and I don’t think this season is going to be easy on anyone. Opinions are good. I gather your talking about Willis, Gore, and Cowboy. They will not be easily replaced. It is what it is. TC starts pretty soon and we’ll know soon enough.

  37. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I’m rooting against the 49ers, heck ya I am. No question about it. When a little pussy like Jed York takes over a team I’ve loved since I was a little kid, and he runs it into the ground, repeatedly, I’m rooting against him. You bet your sweet candy-corned ass I am. If there was hope Jed York would grow-up and turn things around, I’d act differently. But I know things about people. I’m insightful. I may have a ton of bad qualities, but one of my good qualities is that I have a good eye, and I’m insightful. And my instincts tell me undoubtedly that Jed York is a fool and not a leader of men and that now, at 40, he’s going to be the same fool at 80 – always thinking he’s got the goods when he’s miles behind the competition.

    York already had a reputation as being an idiot when he first took over the 49ers. The only reason the 49ers started playing good, hard fought football for the last four years isn’t because of Jed or Trent or anyone else in the incompetent front office. The fought because Harbaugh negated York incompetence. But York decided his agenda, his pride, and his way was more important than Harbaugh’s proven, winning ways. Jed needs to be taught a lesson, again and again, that you don’t put your own emotional needs over winning. You don’t take winning for granted because winning doesn’t come easily in the NFL.

    Am I rooting against the 49ers next year? You bet your sweet ass I am.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Am I rooting against the 49ers next year?”

    Sounds more like you’re rooting against the York ownership.

  39. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder who it was that hired Harbaugh in the first place? Oh yeah, it was that punk-ass idiot that owns the 49ers. Yeah, I guess he is a fool.

  40. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Sounds more like you’re rooting against the York ownership”.

    Good point. Why isn’t it possible to root for the team and be against the foolish owner? That’s my position for sure.

    Meanwhile I can “hope” the Niners do well while not expecting much because I too know how people are = they don’t really change. For the Yorks to get a winning team happens once a decade. Then they fire them.

    But still “hope” the Niners do well by some miracle

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I simply hope the team does well in spite of ownership.
    My fear has been the dreaded meddling angle.

    If Jed can stay away from the football guys, I can accept what happens.
    If he’s creating interference of any kind, we’re all doomed.
    Ala Snyder or Jerruh.

    Be a good owner Jed.
    Pay the football people to do the work and, stay away.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil here’s a good rundown of the Coaching Trees we hit on last night –

  43. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The effects of Yorks sticking his nose in the football operations are still with us NJ = he got the previous HC out and his OL coach candidate in as HC along with a new staff. He can sit back for 5 years and his nose will still be up in there if this crew limps along for that much time. Damage is already done if our fears are borne out.

    In that case it’s too late to say “Hope he stays out”. Right?

    But I do believe in miracles once in a great while = the 2015 Niners are winners going forward. Otherwise the golden goose was slaughtered for nothing.

  44. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks NJ, I’ll check it out now that we have all this time on our hands

  45. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Question on the lineage of Jim Harbaugh per the diagram NJ posted above. It shows Jim in the line down from Walsh via Hackett, Gruden and Callahan. How does that work?


  46. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ok I see Harbaugh coached under Callahan with the Raiders. And Callahan under Gruden who I aasume coached under Hackett.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Phil.
    When I stumbled on the article regarding Tartt, I was curious how Baalke tied his position Coach to Samford.
    That’s when I connected the dots regarding Sam Shade and the Redskins.
    Baalke, like many former Coaches/GMs are tied through their resumes it seems.
    These guys are a Fraternity of sorts.

    As for Jed?
    What’s borne out is, he’s the Owner.
    Very few Owners leave.
    They perpetuate the process of hiring and firing, to facilitate the appearance of progress.
    Good Owners in this business tend to be patient and invisible.
    Whether we have another Eddie, in terms of being impatient, could spell disaster.
    I’d prefer something along the lines of the Mara’s or Rooney’s.
    Provide the bucks to the football guys.
    Give them room to operate.
    Don’t put undue pressure on the timeline.

    Whatever happened to us in terms of the Harbaugh dynamic is open to debate.
    One thing is certain.
    Owners ALWAYS win.

    And, even when they win, they still leave themselves open to losing chemistry and continuity.
    Which is definitely a potential reality for us this year.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing that’s pretty consistent Phil.
    These Coaching Tree Disciples just get recycled from team to team.
    Not many guys like Chip Kelly, who come in ‘green’ and, assume the sort of control he’s been given in Philly.

    We’ll see how that pans out in the near future.
    I’m skeptical.
    Especially when guys like Holmgren, and Parcells, failed to keep GM duties, and HC responsibilities in order, for any length of time.

    Belichick appears to be one of the exceptions thus far.
    Good marriage for him and Kraft.
    Also helps that he found Brady too I’m sure.

  49. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    So we let Iupati go to a division rival so instead of a weak run game they get our all-pro pro-bowler to fill the need. Thanks Jed, and thanks again at least twice a year. If nothing else a team needs to win in their division. Helping your division rivals to hurt you is not really good GMing.

    Now we’re hoping to get a 33 year-old guy coming off an injury and wanting big money to replace him?

    Oh, I forgot, we now have Reggie Bush! Problem solved!! But didn’t we have a younger less injured Reggie Bush type that we couldn’t find a use for? It’s confusing. Westbrook deja vu.

    At least we don’t have to deal with the problem of a GM getting players for a head coach’s system he doesn’t like.

  50. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t forget Belichick’s background is scouting and he learned from one of the best ever.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Most of the GMs in this game came by way of Scouting NoFear49er.
    The Salary Cap Era puts a lot of pressure on them too.
    Belichick has pulled off a pretty impressive run wearing both hats.

    Still comes down to finding the Franchise QB in this game however.
    Makes life much easier I’d say.
    I’m not certain if Belichick Drafted Brady as a GM though?
    Have to check on the timeline with Pioli but, I’m sure he had a say in that decision.

  52. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    This line cracked me up it’s so true. “Hope” we aren’t in this twilight zone NJ:

    “Very few Owners leave.
    They perpetuate the process of hiring and firing, to facilitate the appearance of progress”.

    And NF the point about Iupati playing in our Div is spot on

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh did work for Callahan ad you can connect him to Gruden and then to Walsh when you play six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

    Harbaugh played under Ditka and is a Ditka guy philosophically.
    That makes him more in the Tom Landry/Dan Reeves coaching tree.

    However it seems forgotton by some who choose to smear Harbaugh of his acomplishments after he’s gone that there was a true connection between Harbaugh and Walsh at Stanford.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To me it just seems that the few that seem to be on a campaign to smear and trash what Harbaugh accomplished here are doing so to justify their guilt in endorsing how things went down.

    If an owner’s sole criteria for firing a coach was not winning the Super Bowl than we would have 31 coaching vacancies every year. It isn’t that easy. Everything needs to line up right to succeed. Some seem to forget that and the fact that our rival and nemesis happens to be in our Division which makes it doubly tough.

  55. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – why do you worry so much about what other people say? It really makes no difference to how you feel. I myself complain on this blog but most of mine are about how negative the fans are over here. As far as Harbaugh goes, I thought he was as great as sliced bread until I thought he wasn’t. His teams brought us fans some of the best football played for a few years and I am very grateful. It’s still my opinion that it was time for him to go, but that is just what it is, an opinion.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if some of the guys in the locker room are a bit miffed that long time enemy Darnell Dockett comes here and immediately anoints himself a team spokesman without ever having played a down yet. A bit presumptive, in my humble opinion.

  57. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Winder: “I wonder who it was that hired Harbaugh in the first place…” Jesus. I mean, no. Jesus didn’t hire Harbaugh. “Jesus” because if this isn’t a stretch I don’t know what is. You think Jed York should get credit for hiring a guy who was in his own backyard? Harbaugh fell into York’s lap like a gift wrapped X mas present and Jed shat all over my Christmas. Oakland to SD to Stanford, with his wife and family loving the West Coast and Half Moon Bay? Not to mention years of fumbling 49er coaches with decent McCloughan drafts created a team with talent but no direction, creating the well known, “Best roster in football” label the 49ers had for a while. Harbaugh picked the 49ers because of location. Harbaugh picked the 49ers because of the roster. And maybe he picked the 49ers a little due to Bill Walsh. But, Winder, if you think Harbaugh picked the 49ers because of money or Jed York, or that it was some masterful stroke of York, you need to lay down and take some aspirin. Harbaugh didn’t go to the Dolphins because they had no talent and were too far from home.

  58. winderNo Gravatar says:

    spit – you really don’t make much sense sometimes. Harbaugh was still an unproven talent as far as the NFL was concerned. Harbaugh wanted to be here and Jed made that possible. Simple.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    IIRC Harbaugh was being courted by Miami and they were ready to offer him $2-3 million dollars more than the Niners per year.
    Stanford was sweetening the pot and Denver was about to jump in.

    Too much Kool Aid, Winder? Harbaugh did Jed and the Niners a favor because he was a hot commodity. He took the lowball offer from York which is why I think Harbaugh should’ve gotten a raise in year 2 when they made the Super Bowl.
    Not sure if the Kool Aid made you call him an unproven coach.

  60. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – your not making much sense either. But continue on.

  61. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    As Momma used to say: “A Harbaugh in the hand is worth 2 in Michigan” and “You don’t miss your water until the Harb’s gone dry”. Or something like that. Momma was funny that way. 49 wins including the 5 playoffs is nothing to sneeze at over the past 4 seasons. But some insist on sneezing at all that for their own reasons which as far as I can determine amount to “style points”.

    Style points win no games so they are far down my list of important coaching attributes. Next to irrelevant but if the owner thinks otherwise = we get this. Whatever it is. TBD but Momma always said “Don’t look yer gift coach in the mouth, you may not get another one anytime soon”.

    We’ve been gifted with the owners pet for the sake of style points. Momma don’t say much anymore but I do hear someone rolling over.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Read this piece I posted last night.
    I had read it last year and, thought it was worth recycling.

    From this piece, and others I had read at the time Harbaugh was hired, it’s suggested that Baalke may have gotten the GM nod because of his ability to reel Harbaugh in.
    Jed did his part by opening the checkbook, if nothing else.

    For whatever failings Baalke has had along the way as GM, one thing is clear.
    The dude works his A$$ off.

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, to your concerns about Dockett, I welcome a guy that takes the initiative to lead by example.
    Boldin does the same, however, he’s less flamboyant about it.

    Better to have guys that play with some heart, and determination to win, than guys that show up for a paycheck IMO.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With any luck, Dockett will get Armstead to at least appear meaner.
    So far, I’m not convinced he’s got that sort of edge to himself.

    Obviously, I hope I’ll be pleasantly surprised when the games begin.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN did an article on the impact of Jimmy Graham against NFC West foes. This is what was said of the Niners
    “Adding Graham instantly makes the Seahawks not only the division favorites, but also the conference favorites — which would mean, yes, the hated ones from the Pacific Northwest will be playing for a Lombardi Trophy in the Niners’ house. Swallow hard, faithful, though the Niners themselves probably gulped hardest when they saw this trade go down. The 49ers have no one, really, to defend Graham, though second-year DB Jimmie Ward and rookie second-round draft pick Jaquiski Tartt are candidates. But Graham plays more like a wideout and Ward had his baptism by fire at the feet of Brandon Marshall last year, getting torched for three touchdowns. Another possible matchup, if for no other reason than to put a big body on Graham, would be the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Dontae Johnson, yet even he gives up 60 pounds and five inches to Graham. The Niners surrendered 74 catches to tight ends last year for 848 yards and nine touchdowns, which ranked tied for 21st, 20th and tied for 21st in the NFL, per ESPN Stats & Info. Graham figures to add to those woeful Niners numbers this year.”

    Looks like a double team might be required, especially in the red zone.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore will be missed. Did not realize that he averaged 4.5 yds per carry throughout his career. Last year that dropped to 4.3 per carry still above average.

    As Maiocco said what will really be missed is the other things Gore did especially the blitz pickup. Hyde needs to emulate Gore in this regard and I’m not sure that Bush can pass block.

  67. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Graham is soft. The reason the Saints traded Graham is two fold – one is that Graham is now enjoying life, partying and not working out. You can see it in his physique. But the second reason the Saints traded Graham is because the Saints O line is awful and why put all your money in a TE who doesn’t block if your O line sucks? That’s like getting rid of Iupati and paying Torrey Smith a boatload. It’s stupid. But anyone suggesting that Tartt is going to effectively guard Graham next year is really spinning a yarn. Tartt looks dumbererer than Nate Davis. They’re both fighting over crayons and coloring books. Seattle will no doubt, however, toughen up Graham and get him back into shape. And if Graham does get back into shape, and Graham, Lynch and Wilson all stay healthy, the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl. Health is the key.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Graham is not in there for his blocking.
    If you were the opposing DC you would want to see Graham blocking rather than running pass patterns.

    Unless he’s hurt he’s good for a TD a game and forces opposing defenses to pick their poison, Graham or Lynch.

    The Aints really had no consistent rushing attack to speak of.

  69. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the front row seat guys. Feel the frustration. Great to compare niners against other teams. How does RW generate more offense with mediocre oline and skill positions. WTF now they have a legitimate all pro in Graham. We are clearly out coached and out QB’d.

    If we had a real GM and FO this is the year to show everything and fix it. Only cure is a dominant CK and what the FO does based on his performance.

    Sudden departures this offseason actually a cathartic moment and can be for the better. In season experience for entire roster. Huge salary cap windfall and next seasons draft class can rework all of the failings. Nothing is sacred. Could be CK’s last year. CK or Eli in 2016.

    No Homer here. 4 to 6 wins. CK fails his franchise QB test. Guido and Chryst back to previous jobs. FO on the hot seat.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A smart OC will just send Graham 20-25 yds downfield and he’ll draw 2 defenders. That’s better than a great block on the line because he’s a threat.
    Tis doesn’t seem to register those with low football acumen posting on other blogs.

    Let me say tis again, with a weapon like Jimmy Graham it would be dumbass to ask him to block even 30% of the time.

  71. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    My point, saying he doesn’t block, isn’t that I think that’s Graham’s strength or what I’d use him for. The point is that the Saints’ O line sucks, and if it does it’s not like you’re going to be able to pass a lot from you back – hence the trade. In addition, if Niner fans are offering Tartt as a viable answer to Graham destroying the Tomsula lead 49ers, I laugh. I laugh often and hard. I’m hysterical, really.

    And what’s even more hysterical would be if the Seahawks put Graham in the slot and Tomsula and Mangini had Jimmy Ward guarding Graham. I know a good time when I see one, and that’s a good time…. for a Niner hater.

  72. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I thought what Rick Barry just said about Draymond Green was chicken sheat. Barry said Green shouldn’t get a max contract, and who doesn’t agree with that? But why is Barry inserting himself into the dialogue, and why is Barry choosing to somewhat slight a Warrior immediately after a Finals win. I don’t know Barry, and didn’t watch the Warriors back when he was shooting granny free throws, but shut-up Barry. Do you really need the attention?

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rick Barry is an outspoken guy.
    His granny style free throw style is good for 90% and third all time in NBA history.

    Barry’s comments are because 11 pts and 8 rebounds a game don’t deserve a max contract. Thompson has one max deal and in 2 years you have to pay Steph.
    Klay’s dad Mychal has said he thinks the W’s are going to make a run at Kevin Durant next year when he becomes a FA.
    This will indicate what the W’s are thinking.
    Max would be #16 mil a year but I think he deserves $11-12 a year.
    You can’t pay 2 defensive specialists big money and live under the salary cap.
    Maybe when Iggy retires then he get his spot and money.

  74. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How does a DC stop Graham. LB’s hit him hard and often and IR him with hip injuries. Seahawks need to keep him away from LB and in DB land.

  75. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t get the panic over Jimmy Graham. We had the better TE for the last few years except 2014 where VD was either hurt or un-targeted. Hell, Delanie Walker was a better TE last year. Who’s panicking over defending Walker or Davis?

    Graham was hurt or pouting and loafing when he had Drew Brees looking for him every play. Seattle’s a run-first team and that isn’t likely to change with Lynch still there. Not enough plays or balls in the air to keep that guy happy is my guess.

    If the point is he makes Seattle’s offense better, I’d agree, at this point, on paper anyway. Otherwise, BFD.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On Jimmy Graham even last year he had 85 receptions 889 yds and 10 TDs

    Stats for last 4 years 355 receptions 4396 yds and 46 TDs

    Sorry to disagree but these stats are a big F deal.

  77. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It’s going to be a great one-two punch with Graham and Lynch. Something that Balkey had to figure on by drafting Tartt who is a big and fast hitter. I wouldn’t underestimate Tartt as Balkey does have a good record on getting DBs/Safeties. To say “I know” Tartt and the others in backfield can’t do it is premature to say the least. It’s a challenge but that’s what coaches and players are paid to do = stop the O weapons like Lynch and now Graham.

    Or as Momma would say “You know this how?”. Graham gashes us for a couple TDs per game while Lynch runs wild it’s strong evidence. Which we don’t have right now.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t care much for Jimmy Graham as a person but ever since his 66 yard TD catch against the Nines in the playoff game, which was his second you have to respect his ability and the potential threat when he steps onto the field.
    As tight ends go he’s more dangerous than Gronk and my point is you have to gameplan to stop him.

    Some have brought up Percy Harvin as a reason not to fear Graham.
    Pecy Harvin has constantly underachieved and is all hype and has not lived up to it. He’s never been all pro nor had a 1000 yard season. In 7 seasons he’s scored 21 TDs. The difference is Graham has done it and Harvin hasn’t.
    In other words Harvin could have one monster game a season and some will just remember that game and forget all his inconsistent play. Harvin was a cancer in their locker room and a mistake that cost the Seahag’s salary cap and draft choices.

  79. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not just going to be Graham who dominates the 49ers, it’s going to be a total domination by the Seahawks in all facets of the game. Graham is just another component or part of the domination. And Graham and Percy aren’t comparable unless Graham continues to slack off. But my guess is that Pete Carroll gets Graham fired-up about winning a Championship.

    And Bullit, I don’t care if Barry was 100% from the line in his career with that shot. Pride means nothing? I’d much rather be 90%, shooting like a man. However, if the difference meant I didn’t win championships, I’d pick another sport. But you wouldn’t catch me using the granny shot at the line, ever…. not ever.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You are sounding like some other blog who values style over substance and results.

    Guess you never saw Pistol Pete play. He threw his outlet passes “granny style”. He taught Magic some moves.
    His Atlanta Hawk team mates though he was a showboat simply because the wren’t ready for his passes and were embarrassed when they fumbled them away. Maravich averaged 45 pt a game in college. One of he greats like Ric Barry

  81. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Spit, I *remember* Rick Barry.

    Rick Barry was a super-talented guy, who was one of the biggest assholes ever. By most accounts, his teammates hated Rick, and Rick did not freaking care so long as they were winning and he was getting paid.

    One time in the W locker room, Rick felt compelled to give, “I;m not here to make friends” speech.

    Whereupon, Clifford Ray cheerfully chimed in, “Yeah, Rick… But do you have to be so GOOD at it?”

    Barry was always blunt and unpleasant, though he was usually right. His rep for being difficult is why he never got his shot a being the W’s head coach, despite his considerable coaching talent. No egotistical owner wanted to put up with him being a bigger asshole than they are.

  82. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Back to style points. It’s weak I tell you. Let’s leave those to Jed = “with class”.

  83. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lol Grumpy, perfect example.

  84. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Sure the SEAhags are going to dominate us most likely. The question is, per the discussion, is “Will Graham do it” and to your comment “Can Tartt stop him?”. Agree Graham has been playing soft, that could easily change. We’ll see how effective Tartt is at this top level.

  85. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Clay Mathews does both OLB and ILB. Why not Brooks. Not enough room for 5 OLB’s so Brooks is released, traded, or ILB. Lemonier is talked up recently.

    Reality is with the pads on. Lemonier same size as Brooks. Develop him to be an edge setter and pass defending strong side OLB.

  86. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    So, who’s going to beat us when we face the Rams? Foles? Gurley? Austin? Quinn? Long? Donald? Laurinaitis? or Jo-Lonn IR’ing CK7? Who “SCARES” us? All of them with a good year or two under their belt I guess.

    Let’s take a calm-down break to avoid an anxiety attack and we’ll discuss the Cards next.

  87. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NF, barring injury we lose all 6 games in NFCWest. 3 very solid D’s will make CK look bad.

  88. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Grump – I don’t like Barry either, but I would have liked Clifford Ray. Why Barry decided to chime in on the Draymond Green contract is just a joke. Barry just wanted to feel relevant again. Barry should shut up and go practice his free throws.

    Just read a Matt Miaocco chat that had a fan asking MM if the 49ers’ season was all on Kaep’s shoulders and predictably MM said yes… which is also public opinion on this blog. Nothing could be further from the truth. I read last year someone saying great qb play make he different of two, three sometimes four wins a year. But that’s if the O line can block. I completely agree that great qb play can be a huge determining factor in whether or not a team makes the playoffs, but that’s only if the team gets the building blocks correct and the foundation is in place. If the line doesn’t block for Kaep, or the O coordinator can’t get out of his own way, Kaep will take way too much of the blame next year. But I’ve been bangin’ this drum before and I’ve divested myself from the horror… whorer….

  89. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    *can make the difference*

  90. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wilkerson 3-4 DE plus NY Jets 1st for CK. If throwing in Ahmad Brooks will seal it DO IT. They need OLB help. We get DLINE starter this year. Maybe even a 2nd and 3rd instead of the 1st.

  91. winderNo Gravatar says:

    nofear- Lol

  92. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Graham takes it up the shorts, and we’re gonna make him wish he never came over to this side of football.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    We should have won the Rams game when Kap was mishandling the snap at the 2 inch line and the last play. You have a 6′ 4″ 235 lb QB who can’t get 6 inches?
    Against San Diego it’s 3rd and 20 at your own 22 with a 14 point lead. Kap hold the ball and gets sacked for 14 yards and also stripped ad the Charges score a TD recovering the fumble.

    There are 2 wins that puts the team at 10-6 with better and smarter QB play. There really is no excuse in my mind not to get 6 inches a the goal line with the game on the line and because you’re a big and strong QB.

    Smarter would be not to hold the ball that long looking for a play to develop. Chances of converting a 3rd and 20 are less than 10 percent. Check it down and punt with a 14 point lead.
    IIRC it wouldn’t have mattered if Kap threw a TD pass because they called Staley for illegal formation as he was set up too deep to pass block.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are sounding like a homer. Remember the Bears game. We asked a rookie slot corner #1 draft pick to defend Brandon Marshall.
    Marshall posted up and scored 3 TDs.

    Never seen Tartt play against the likes of Graham. If you remember last years game in Seattle it was their TEs Moeki and Luke Wilson who were burning the Niner secondary. Moeki caught a pass for over 60 yards that went down inside the 10 yd line.

    One thing is certain Willhoite is not nearly as good of a pass defender as Willis mainly because he lacks Willis’ speed.

  95. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – I am a homer, and damn proud of it. i think this year we actually get some pressure on Wilson. I think we will be able to stop Lynch as well as anyone else also. I think our D-line will be a little quicker and hopefully that will make it a little easier on our D-backs.

  96. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s add CB Dontae Johnson to the conversation shall we?
    Who expects Tartt to start as a Rookie?

    He’s a ST contributor until proven otherwise.

    Graham is a wuss.
    Smack him around, he disappears.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    According to the Urban Dictionary you shouldn’t be proud of being a “homer”

    There are 3 definitions according to Urban Dictionary

    1.) A knucklehead or idiot who’s ignorant of the world around them. They lack self awareness and are oblivious to what they say and their own actions.

    2.) A blind chauvinist that displays uncritical loyalty and enthusiasm towards a team, organization, leader, band, institution, etc in spite of their obvious faults and shortcomings. Usually belligerent to criticism no matter how constructive or benign it is to their entity they blindly and uncritically support.

    3.) People who never learn from their mistakes or never learn period. See definition #1.

    Shall I toast you with kool aid if you insist on being known as a Homer?

  98. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I don’t care what you do. I am a San Francisco 49er fan and I stand behind them even if they suck. Make of it what you wish. And, I could care less what the urban dictionary says. I think those definitions are stupid and wrong.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you want to replace Patrick Wilis, Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame has been been the subject of that comparison.

  100. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh’s definitely not for everybody. A buddy of mine is a Seahawks fan and his favorite thing to say to me used to be, “He’s so damn easy to hate.” Harbaugh’s intensity makes easy game for adversaries. Go on a nation-wide recruiting campaign crossing boarders? Good for the team. Bad for relations. Pressure a kid into “walking” away from the team because of health concerns? Good for the team. Bad for relations. Question York manhood. Good for humanity. Bad for job security. Personally, I obviously love the guy. But then again, I’ve never been a Niner homer. I wonder what being a Niner homer is like anyway? It must keep people warm on cold, lonely nights…. kinda like religion.

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember that college sports is also big business. Scholarships are for one year and are renewed at the discretion of the coaching staff. As a player how does it work that the coaching staff is telling you your injury is inhibiting your playing ability but you insist you can play. If the coaching staff says no go how will you get on the field?
    There is a special category where you can still have your school paid for by them putting you on medical scholarship.

    When Charlie Strong took over for Mack Brown at Texas he ran off 11 players, some starters for bad attitude, feeling entitled and lack of effort. This happens all the time in college ball especially with a new coaching staff.

    Much ado about nothing and now the kid has put himself between a rock and a hard place by going public.

    Remember Mike Leach at Texas Tech who was accused of locking up Craig James’ son in a janitor’s closet during practice to discipline him. And recently P Diddy’s son whose dad went after a coach with a kettlebell weight?

    Harbaugh is a lightning rod for attention it seems.

  102. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    He’s also a winner.

  103. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The kid has arthritis in his knee, recently discovered by his surgeon. The surgeon recommended six months rest for the knee. That means no football. The kid can still get paid to graduate.

    If the kid doesn’t rest the knee and keeps playing now he risks losing the ability to have a knee at a very early age. Chuck thinks Harbs is screwing the kid. I don’t see what the problem is with using the medical scholarship rule to help the kid while freeing up the scholarship for the team. That’s what the rule is for.

  104. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    From the little I know about this (one ESPN article) I agree with Rufus T. It looks like Harbaugh has made the right decision for all concerned (he’s probably seen similar a few times before) and given that the kid is seeing he’s probably not going to realize his dream, he’s having a tough time with it.

    Some folks have backed themselves into a corner on Harbaugh. Nothing he says or does can be right, good or unselfish.

  105. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh could save a baby from a burning building and York lovin’ homers would claim Harbaugh wore the wrong colored shoes – missing the point entirely ’cause York reality creates a special kind of denial.

  106. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep the Harbaugh issue has been settled = those who like winners regardless of their personalities and those who dislike his larger than life personality regardless of his accomplishments.

    The science is settled. In this case.

    A fan by definition is a homer = he roots for his home team or favorite whatever. In my view a fan can root for a team and root for his pathetic owner if he chooses. He’s still a good fan (homer) just misguided regarding the value of the owner, a coach, GM or a player. There’s room for debate, no ones mind need change. We can go on happily hoping/praying our team does well while having different expectations of likely outcomes based on our estimation of the owner, coach, GM or players.

    My 2 centabos

  107. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, I hope we go 0-16, not for any vengeful reasons, simply to guarantee the #1 draft position. If they can accomplish that without going 0-16, I’m all for 2-14 or 3-13.

    Two years of #1 overall would do this team a world of rebuilding good. Then we can talk about getting a real coach and being a contender again.

  108. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    As pessimistic as I’ve been about these changes 0-16 would be a shock as would anything less than 4 wins. But I’m prepared to be shocked I guess. I’d be more disappointed than pleased at being able to say “I told ya”. But I can see the wish for a couple humbling seasons to restock with coaches and players IF we could be certain we could get great coaches and players given our owner. Bakkentom feels as you do RT but I would rather see us middle of the road (7-9,8-8) next year and build from there.

    I guess for me mediocrity ‘seems’ to promise eventual success sooner than 0-16. This off season has left me shocked enough and it’s hard to see beyond 2015. You could be proven right.

  109. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s always been my philosophy, Phil, but that’s all it is, a personal philosophy. I look to the perfect example of the ’80’s Cowpatties, though unfortunately we don’t have a youngish Herschel Walker to kickstart the rebuilding process.

    OTOH, you look at teams like the pre-Pat Bowlen’s senility Broncos, pre-Snyder Redskins, the Giants, Steelers,… Those teams never sunk or sink into complete suckitude. Even their worst seasons are average years for teams like Jax and Tampa Bay which seem to have misunderstood the “temporarily” bit from that “losing temporarily is good” idea.

  110. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    RT is exactly right. Under Nolan and Sing the Niners pulled out of the cellar only to find themselves in mediocre purgatory – struggling to get to 500. Lose n find a new coach is the best result possible now. As a Niner hater, I hope Jed goes 5-11 for thirty years straight. And things are looking good.

  111. winderNo Gravatar says:

    You guys are hilarious.

  112. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Chuck was FOS when he kept saying folks here were rooting for the Niners to fail. Predicting it, expecting it, yes, but not hoping for it.

  113. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Only for the short term, NF.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I never have said I root for the failure of the Niners. If it came to that I would just stop watching.
    Football is entertainment and with success you get at the most some satisfaction and bragging rights.

    The problem with the other blog is they are into labelling people and that’s putting it politely. They’ll take the most extreme view (usually Spitty) and smear everyone on this blog with it.

    There are diverse opinions that run the spectrum on this blog
    unlike the other blog where you are expected to agree. That’s why it’s North Korea. No freedom of expression permitted. Toe the line or be exiled.

    I don’t get this crusade to denigrate Jim Harbaugh and his success. Beating your chest every year and screaming that it’s Super Bowl or nothing gives you a failure rate of 95%.
    Unfortunately the one’s that scream and expect it can’t enjoy the journey.

    Too bad and too sad.

  115. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I guess I can see the logic in the draft position argument but the last time we had a first-overall pick it took seven years to recover from it.

    Two more years of drafting failed rehab projects and we’ll be in the market for another Nolan, who’ll want more, if not total, control of the roster. He’ll sign for five years to turn this thing around and get two then a rat/mole/sabotage campaign followed by another now famous world-wide, no-stone-left-unturned search for a new head coach after which our popular LB or D-Line coach will be promoted to head coach/yes-man.

    In five more years we’ll be back to hoping for a first-overall draft pick to salvage something from this perpetual garbage heap the Yorks have brought us. Fans will be sick of the stadium’s built-in flaws and being on the bottom of the division every year. Denise will find a new position in the company for Jed and a new front man will appear. Probably a guy with more cash and connections than Gideon Yu will need to buy a bigger chunk of the team to finance the required stadium upgrades and miscellaneous fixes and hopefully bring more pro football team management sense to the table.

    Meanwhile I watch almost every game almost every week because I like the game and because teams are playing to win. Even the ones that don’t stand much chance.

  116. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Only for the short term, NF.”

    Get the pain out of the way sooner rather than never RT? Yes I can see that if it happens. That would still be rooting for the good of the team even if a crash precedes it. Not really rooting against the success of the Niners, just facing the ‘inevitable’ decline sooner to clear the decks.

    I don’t think hoping for the Niners to crash and burn will really affect York except in the ego maybe. His identity as the grand heir to Eddie is already blown and he is seen as the York he is. So I don’t understand rooting against them long term. Why waste time and energy hanging around fans? What will it accomplish? I think there is a middle ground of supporting/rooting for the team with reasonable minimal expectations. Having no faith in Yorks gives me no hope an early crash will ‘work’. Maybe it would. It would beat years of 8-8.

  117. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “…the last time we had a first-overall pick it took seven years to recover from it”.

    LOL NF. Please tell us history won’t repeat.

    Your scenario of dismal mediocrity is what worries me too but I will continue to follow the Niners with a rooting interest. Too late for me to be switching teams after 34 years. Somewhere there is a balance between wild optimism and depression/anger.

  118. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NF is right.

    The draft is too much of a crapshoot to root for tanking and getting a high pick.

    Unfortunately, rooting or not, it is an unpleasant possibility this year. Singletary mediocrity is an even higher, only slightly less unpleasant possibility.

  119. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Well, hopefully the team will play some good ball this year and make everyone feel better about things. I don’t understand why so many people think that Tomsula is gonna be a terrible coach. All HC’s had to come up through the ranks and it really is possible that he just might be pretty good. Our team is gonna be younger. Losing Willis, Gore, and Cowboy is gonna show with team leadership and quality play on the field. However, the kids who are going to take their places will most assuredly play their hearts out.

  120. winderNo Gravatar says:

    My only real concern is the O-line. I know we have the bodies but I also know it takes time to have a cohesive unit. This is probably the last time I bring up Harbaugh but I think he was doing the right thing with the way he and the Michigan organization was handling the kid with the injured knee. However, if this kid was a ringer I bet they would have handled it a little differently. Growing up playing little league and pop warner football there are only so many spots to fill on the team. If you were not all that great the possibility of not making the team was always there. They made me a Center since I was at the top of the weight limit and to slow for other positions. Lot of fun being a center.

  121. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps this will be the season where all the contract problems and rumors plague and haunt the Seahags.

    Russell Wilson is asking to be the highest paid player in the NFL
    until Andrew Luck has his turn. Rumors abound that RW will be traded or franchised so it’s not all harmony up North.

    Couple that with Michael Bennett bitching for a new contract even though he just signed an extension last year and you have turmoil.

    I have often wondered who advises these clowns (Michael Bennett). Last year the team gave you a bump in pay and you signed a multi year deal. Now you come back and say it’s not rich enough? His TE brother Martellus is also of the same mind and might not be wityhn the Bears.

    In the end it’s all about the green.

  122. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I have read comments on other blogs about the trade value of CK. He needs to prove value this season to up his trade value. All up to him. New offense same as the old offense.

  123. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I like that idea of trading Kappy, if we can get 2 first rounders from a cruddy team.

    Then we could start Gabbert and guarantee the #1 overall. We’d be on the fast track in the rebuilding process.

  124. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    ^Or, RT, we could draft another Alex Smith, Kwame Harris and Kentwan Balmer.

    Nothing is certain when it comes to the draft.

  125. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with you, RT. I know the old curmudgeon brigade of Grump n NoFear don’t like you’re idea, but I do. Maybe York is crazy like a fox bringing in Tomsula to insure first overall picks for at least two years. Maybe I’m confusing fox with loon.

  126. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We can do that anyway, Grumpy, over the course of several years. The quality of your draft picks is an entirely different issue.

    We were trying to build upon a near SB Champ quality team last year and our #1 pick doesn’t even start. This year’s #1 may or may not ever start. This can happen regardless of your rebuilding strategy.

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, to your point about Russell Wilson’s pending Contract situation.
    Seattle paid it’s Defensive side a boatload of money recently.
    Adding Jimmy Graham to the roster complicates things even further.

    Seattle did more for NOLA’s Cap situation then their own.
    Not going to bother me one bit, no matter how they slice it.
    We may have taken a few unexpected hits this off season with retirements but, that money is recouped.
    Seattle has pushed themselves into a corner, so to speak, by not budgeting properly for the most important piece of the team, the QB.

    “Jimmy Graham signed a 4 year, $40,000,000 contract with the New Orleans Saints, including a $12,000,000 signing bonus, $20,900,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $10,000,000. In 2015, Graham will earn a base salary of $2,900,000, a roster bonus of $5,000,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000. Graham has a cap hit of $8,000,000 while his dead money value is $7,900,000.”

    Graham will cost them plenty in the next couple of seasons.

  128. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Torrey Smith is costing the Niners $8 mil a year to stretch the field. He needs to produce bigger numbers than Crabtree.
    All about production. If Graham has an average year for him then he’ll be worth the $10 mil

    Torrey Smith needs to deliver 70 catches 1000 yds and 10 TDs to justify what he’s getting paid.

  129. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Production expectations aside Bullit, Graham’s Contract, added to the Seattle payroll, was what I was shooting for.
    They took on a killer deal with Graham, while having to find the coin to sign the most expensive position on the roster with Russell.

    We basically washed Iupati for Torrey.
    What good is Graham going to do for Seattle, if they can’t fit Russell into the budget?

    Point being, Schneider has a big pill to swallow, unless they resort to the FTag option, which creates it’s own set of headaches, because QB FTags ain’t cheap.

  130. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, we now have a very cheap D dominated by 4 year rookie contracts. Seattle went over the cliff with Sherman and Thomas. We pay the front seven and minus 94, 52, and 91 and the impending release of Brooks we have free coin.

    Why do we have 8 TE’s. Could a VD trade be discussed. Give the O snaps to the future. How can we stress a power running attack with AD gone. VMcD, Carrier, and Bell are pass targets.

  131. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the rub Bakkentom.
    No argument that Seattle paid to retain their Defensive starters.
    They carry the load.
    My POV is, they didn’t manage the Contracts very well, in terms of seeing the need to retain Russell.
    Perhaps they have a Plan B, but that’s a big gamble to take, especially at the QB position.

    We’re unproven in many areas, especially with the retirements, youth and, Staff overhaul certainly.
    Given the depth at TE, we’re either preparing for Vernon’s departure next year or, someone may steal his reps and facilitate a trade before the season starts.

    I’m just a bit surprised at how Schneider budgeted the Cap with the most expensive position left to be completed.
    Other positions will suffer, which won’t kill any of us a 9er fans I’m sure.
    Hope they implode, to be honest 😀

  132. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LB Bobby Wagner is due for a Contract next year too.
    He’s on a very cheap deal right now and is only 25 years old.
    He’d be a guy I’d target as a FA next year, if he gets to market.

    Seattle has just over 50% of their Cap tied up on the Defensive side of their Roster at present.
    Not much room to fit a QB into that budget without some major concessions elsewhere.

  133. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good chance Cliff Avril will be sacrificed, to free up some room for them too?
    See what develops as this thing plays out.

  134. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Cliff Avril signed a 4 year, $28,500,000 contract with the Seattle Seahawks, including a $2,500,000 signing bonus, $16,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $7,125,000. In 2015, Avril will earn a base salary of $7,500,000. Avril has a cap hit of $8,000,000 while his dead money value is $9,500,000.

  135. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    How refreshing hearing the issues SEA is having getting a deal done w/ RW. Yep NJ have to wonder about the cap consequences of signing him to a new deal, good point. May they rot in cap hell, lol.

    Niner Nation has a piece with great sarcastic comments (at the very bottom). SEA has been spending on salaries like mad so I can see this having an effect on their roster.

    Maybe he’s a little more astute than Kap in his salary demands? More guaranteed money, less performance based, no player paid insurance? I said at the time Balkey and Marathe looked to have worked the young guy.

  136. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The issue for the Seahags is they are paying for Percy Harvin
    even though he is gone. Total cap hits are around $13 mil and they are spreading it out over several years as dead money.
    Big setback for zero production of a guy long gone.

  137. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers remind me of the Raiders. The Raiders sucked forever, then hired Gruden, he basically built the team up to just short of a champion, losing the Super Bowl (after he was gone), then Al couldn’t handle Gruden’s persona and Al loved himself (and money) more than winning. The Raiders have sucked ever since Gruden unceremoniously left.

    It’s the same thing with Harbaugh and the 49ers. The 49ers sucked before Harbaugh. Harbaugh came in, made all the right moves, lost the Super Bowl, then York couldn’t handle Harbaugh’s personality and fired him. I mean, at least Al Davis was smart enough to get something for Gruden from the Bucs. What did Jed York get? A handful of Tomsula? In the immortal words of Maggie from Caddyshack…. “Well tanx fer nuttin’.”

    49er fans think they’re better than the Raiders, but over the last two decades, both organizations are very similar.

  138. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Our departed friend MR B who has gone to the safe confines of Fairyland Blog North Korea is stating that if Harbaugh stayed on the Niners would have one of the top 3 picks in next years draft.
    As usual he is very vague and doesn’t justify the statement.

    Pretty laughable BS considering he thinks this a shoo in for the playoffs with Tomsula. That’s how disjointed this hate of Harbaugh has become.

    Why not? When you’re not held accountable you can say anything as long as you please whoever controls the blog.

  139. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit: Who cares? My New Year’s resolution, in July, is to stop reading that blog entirely. This blog has a good thing going, with members who can disagree without going postal. The question becomes, how do we attract more writing talent and help Skeebers become a millionaire? The answer isn’t, and never has been, Berger and Unca….

  140. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the Harvin reference fits the point as well.
    Avril is another.
    Given the number of overlapping Contracts every team faces, Schneider seems to have painted himself into a corner.
    Ravens did it with Flacco.
    Good for us of course, we stole Boldin.

    I see similarities brewing with them getting Russell done.
    Most expensive Contract on the roster.
    Think they might’ve seen that coming and juggled the Contracts a wee bit better?
    Even Jerruh took care of Romo, only to rework his deal endlessly, to pay others.

    Schneider has to find a similar path, with more than a few willing ‘donors’ to pay the QB now.

    Hope they implode.

  141. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Besides the huge contract and guarantees, Harvin cost them a bunch of picks they can’t get back, too.

    Harvin’s dead money can’t be spread over more than two years and only two if he fits the June 1 rule, which apparently he did. When the player is not on the roster all the cap allocation for the money paid to him and not yet cap accounted hits the cap in the next year as dead money.

    Since the cap money must be spent now anyway lots of player contracts can have money converted to signing bonus money and spread over the length of the contract to free up cap money needed for today’s signings.

    Not too much out of reach for a creative contract guy and willing players. Seattle has shown they will take the cap hit on players they don’t want around. It seems to have paid off for them pretty well so far under Carroll and Schneider. If their SB QB wants all the money they may let him move on, too.

    Even though Wilson was a big part of their success, their defense and running game certainly was bigger. Wilson, thinking he is more than he is could end up looking pretty ordinary on a lesser team.

  142. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Wilson is (to steal from Reggie Jackson) the straw that stirs the Seahawk drink. Without him, they’re a really good team. With him, they’re a great team. How Wilson would do on another team is anybody’s guess. Mine is that he would excel on a team like the Harbaugh Niners and be quite good but not great on many other style teams.

    They need each other. Here’s hoping Wilson walks, preferably to the AFC.

  143. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, it looks like Dockett might have some competition on the Leadership Council.
    A Rookie appears to be stepping up to make his voice heard –

  144. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At the start of the offseason the Niners’ Super Bowl odds were 25/1
    The current odds are now 40/1 according to the Vegas sportsbook Bovada

  145. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI as some here are more familiar with football vernacular and jargon than others. This will help in case you didn’t know what an “A” gap was or what a “5” technique pertained to.

  146. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday I compared the 49ers to the Raiders, today CSN Bay Area writes a piece about how both the 49ers and Raiders are predicted to finish last in their divisions, respectively. I don’t live in Geneoushire for nuttin’.

  147. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN rates our coaches 32nd out of 32. Can’t get any lower than that. Kind of like Grandma Kankles sex appeal.

  148. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    “Kinda like grandma kankles sex appeal?” WTF is wrong with you, man? We all try to mess with each other on here, constantly. We all get pure enjoyment out of bringing each other displeasure and pain. However, you’re a rookie… making veteran moves. Slow down. Pace yourself.

  149. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Back to the article about the defensive line terms I fund it quite helpful as I wasn’t up to speed on the terms myself.
    Now I have a better understanding on what is being discussed.

  150. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Spit, had enough of Saul alinsky tactics of the progressive left and Obola and thunder thighs. They divided this country with class and race warfare. Rules for Radicals is the Democrat Party’s bible. Rule #4 ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

    Payback is a bitch. Obama crime family and the Clinton crime family on display every day. Your political mind is twisted rookie.

  151. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    It should be “Your political mind is twisted, rookie.” You missed a comma there. Just sayin’. Have you been listening to my boy, Bernie Sanders? The man is going to be president… if the rich don’t kill him first.

  152. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Another rule is pick the target. Freeze it. Personalize it. Polarize it. Conservative grassroots despises the RINO garbage. Looks like Trump is going to take Bush to the woodshed.

    After dealing with the RINO’s the socialists will have a real fight on their hands.

  153. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    If you think Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee, I’m your new biggest fan.

  154. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    RINO’s got Obama trade and Obama’s immigration crap passed and funded. Trump is exposing that and Cruz and Walker will get the political benefit. White working class will not turnout for a Bush, Kasich, or Christie in big enough numbers.

  155. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom – I fear, and this isn’t a troll, that the United States is about to go on a long run of Democratic presidents, with a Republican controlled congress. If I’m right, that’s advantage Republicans except for two things: Supreme Court nominees and executive powers. And don’t cry about the executive powers because Bush expanded those like no other. Go Bernie, GO!!!

  156. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I will put up two statements

    “I have zero doubt that if Harbaugh stayed we would be sub .500 this coming year. Possibly a top 3 pick.”

    “if Harbaugh stayed on the Niners would have one of the top 3 picks in next years draft.”


    Berger claims I am misrepresenting his statement.
    I replaced his word possibly with if.
    Who wants to blog with someone who writes one thing and then starts spinning what he wrote?
    Berger is happy to be with the deep thinkers. You can’t go against the party line in North Korea.

  157. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The picture heading the story is of my town’s real reason for existence (aside the automobile distribution center run by the railroad)). Yep, that’s a 1 acre pond. That’s it. In this desert, it functions as a very popular swimming hole, but… there’s a natural hole in the underlying limestone that goes 120 ft. straight down. It’s used for training by a lot of divers including big diving teams.

    Our 15 minutes of fame!

  158. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, lots of dive guys, of which I’m not one, seem to like the place. The Blue Hole, I mean.

    Reminds me of a bubble blowers joke.

    First day of Scuba School:

    Instructor: Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off the boat?

    Dive Rook: If they fell forward they’d still be in the “eff’n” boat.

  159. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, using that photo for the headline for New Mexico tourism got a laugh out of me. Unless you’re a diving tourist, there’s no reason whatsoever to go anywhere within 100 miles of here for tourism. Lots to see in New Mexico, but this place ain’t it. If I can figure out a way to afford moving back up to the mountains, I’ll do it. Otherwise, the middle of nowhere is still fine by me.

  160. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit – In any 12 step program the very first step is wanting help and acknowledging you have a problem. You need to acknowledge you have a problem obsessing with Chuck, and you need to ask for help. I’ll be your sponsor. You can do this, buddy…

  161. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hear ya, Rufus. I’m a middle-of-nowhere type myself.

  162. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, NF, the place in the mountains to which I was referring is in the middle of nowhere, too. But it’s a far more scenic and historic middle of nowhere. This town is straight out of High Plains Drifter. That’s why I like it.

  163. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    RT – Did you know High Plains Drifter was filmed right next to Mono Lake in Eastern Cali, off Highway 395? Clint Eastwood built a town there just for the film. If you notice, during the final massacre, one guy runs out to the lake and gets shot while jumping in. That’s Mono Lake. As a high school kid (who really needed a good talking to… or a beating… still can’t decide which) I worked closed to there at a resort and caught monster Rainbows all evening long after work. Nice work if you can get it… and you get it… if you try….

  164. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I did not know that, Spitty. I always wanted to go see Mono Lake, I just never made it for some reason. Strange considering how many times I went to Yosemite. The terrain here is eerily similar to that movie.

    I do know that the The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was shot in Spain, but the entire story was set in New Mexico Territory. The Civil War battle was for a bridge over the Rio Grande, just a bit south of Albuquerque. New Mexico has a great borderline lawless history.

  165. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger also needs an English lesson.

    When you start a sentence you have zero doubt about something that supercedes your assertion of a possibility.

    Typical Berger always sitting on the fence scared to take a stand. He always tries to leave himself an out.

    He asks “Can a man really be this stupid? I guess so, we are seeing it in action. LMAO!” Berger should look in the mirror if he wants to see stupid.

    Last I’m going to say about this.

  166. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    OMG, Bullit. I works if you work it….

    RT – If you’ve spent time in Yosemite, you were minutes from Mono Lake. Yosemite pretty much rocks, though. Have you ever been to Chaco Canyon? I’ve always wanted to go there.

    I love the high desert. If you like to read about New Mexico’s lawless border history, I’ve got few excellent books for you. My favorite, by far, is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. He’s the dude who wrote “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road.” The other book by McCarthy is really a trilogy – The Border Trilogy. One of the books in the Border Trilogy is “All the Pretty Horses,” that was made into a movie with Matt Damon (who I despise).

    Another awesome book, not by McCarthy, that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize is Empire of the Summer Moon. That book talks about how the Comanche fought off the Spanish and the French, and kept them from colonizing America, but couldn’t hold off the English colonies. A lot of the Apache fought to preserve their way of life on both sides of the border, before there was a border. Empire of the Summer Moon doesn’t end strong… because the Comanche didn’t end strong, but it’s a must read if you like early American History.

  167. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    *It works

  168. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Spitty! I will definitely find those books.

    Chaco Canyon is unfortunately for me about three hundred miles from here well off the beaten path in some rough country. My old Mercedes would be eaten alive by those gravel mountain roads. I do have a friend with a big ass pickup – perfect for that drive – who loves road trips, but she’s *there* and I’m *here*. Perhaps if I move back up to the mountains I can hook up with her and make it to Chaco.

  169. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT – At least where ever you are you have internet service. I too in the near future will have to move to a more economical friendly place (out in the boonies somewhere). I have always loved the desert to me it’s beautiful, until you really look it’s amazing just how many shades of brown there are.

  170. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Delay of game. Happened way too much for anybody’s liking.
    Naturally there is a lot of finger pointing.

    My take on this is ultimately the QB determines whether you get the penalty or not. If you are at the line of scrimmage with 8 seconds on the clock you cannot go on long counts or hesitate to stare at the defense for 2 or 3 seconds. You have control of whether the team is going to incur the penalty or not because you are staring at the play clock.

    My frustration is images of Kap barking signals after the clock struck 0 totally oblivious that there was a delay of game. On the face it appeared he was not paying attention to the play clock. It is Kap’s responsibility to call timeout before that clock strikes 0. After years of starting he lacks
    this discipline.

    Kap wears the wrist band with all the plays on it. Also remember the NFL cuts the transmission from coach to QB at the 15 second mark. After that it’s all on the QB. Probably a good idea to go on shorter snap counts.

    It is beyond ridiculous to hold the QB blameless when he can call timeout.

  171. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hi guys. Out of town for a week. Thanks for carrying on with superbly enlightened commentary.

  172. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I find the above commentary extremely patronizing. Happy 4th! Go ‘Merica. Go Bernie Sanders. Anyone see my boy, Bernie, just got the endorsement from the labor unions and the endorsement of Elizabeth Warren? Go, Bernie! GO! F Hillary and her Super Pacs.

    And regarding football, who’s your pick to win the Super Bowl? My pick is the Seattle Seahawks. Actually, let’s do it this way….. top three in order of most likely to win in your eyes.

    1.) Seattle
    2.) Arizona
    3.) Packers
    4.) Colts

    I’d have the Colts higher up but they just committed a cardinal sin when bringing in older free agents at the skill positions. Gore and Andre Johnson are beasts, no doubt, but Chuck Strong Pagano needs to rest Johnson and Gore for the entire preseason, then make sure they only practice once a week – on Thursday or two days before games. If Pagano is smart about giving Johnson and Gore time off, I’d bump the Colts past the Packers.

    But interestingly enough, instead of the battle for the Super Bowl being between the 49ers and Seahawks like it was just two years ago (seems like forever ago already), the battle is now, in my mind, between the Cardinals and the Seahawks for the Super Bowl. That does, however, depend on Carson Palmer and Palmer’s the senior version of fragile Sam Bradford. But with a healthy Iupati taking heat off Carson Palmer in two ways (improved pass protection from his LG position and slowing down the rush with a better running game thus better play action), Palmer could have another great year the likes of which he hasn’t seen since his days in Cinci. If Palmer stays upright the entire year, and the Seahawks continue to have players with contract problems like Micheal Bennett, advantage Cardinals…. but that’s a lotta ifs. Go, Bernie. GO!!

  173. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Colin Cowherd just hung up on Jim Harbaugh. Guess Harbaugh wouldn’t answer certain questions and Colin hung up. I love Harbaugh. This country needs more Harbaugh, and more Bernie Sanders.

    Go Harbaugh! Go Bernie! It’s your birthday….

  174. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh’s claiming 50% responsibility for producing a clunker interview.

  175. winderNo Gravatar says:

    BFD. Maybe you guys should write(no better yet tweet) Harbaugh and let him know just how much you miss him.

  176. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Winder – What I already miss are the wins. I miss the playoff appearances where the NFL isn’t as much of a marketing machine, but becomes more of a battle of wills. I miss winning. I don’t miss Harbaugh. I miss winning. And Winder, next year, so will you. Harbaugh won. Period. Tomsula? Go luck with that.

  177. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:


  178. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, what’s Chuck selling over there that keeps you delusionally happy. I hate having to deal with reality in zeroes economy and would pay a premium for whatever he is providing.

    Thanks to Jed the reality of this fall is so obviously dreadful I have to follow another team. Will keep up on the niners blogs to consistently win money each week betting against them.

  179. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Spit&Tom- Both you guys should play the stock market since, you both have the future locked up. However, to me neither of you make any sense. I don’t pay much attention to people who give up so easily on the 49ers. Good luck with whatever teams you choose.

  180. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Winder: Let me see if this makes sense to you. Do you remember the days of Alex Smith? Of course you do. Pre Harbaugh the 49ers always had Alex who relied heavily on Gore and who dinked and dunked his way down field, scoring lots of field goals. The problem was with Alex the 49ers also had a bad secondary. Alex couldn’t score fast, and our D gave up quick touchdowns.

    Enter 2015. The two biggest 49er concerns today are offensive line and secondary. Am I wrong? Kaep is better than Smith but with this O line, the 49ers aren’t going to be scoring much. And with concussion Reid, old Bethea, turf toe Brock, too small Ward and unproven Johnson (sounds like young porn), you have the exact same old 49er formula of a team that’ll give up quick points but can’t score….it’s a bad formula – one I’m tired of watching.

  181. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What would CK fetch on the trade market. Sam Bradford for nick Foles plus eagles 2nd?????? So replace Sam with colin. Any guesses.

    Cleveland and NY Jets have extra Dlinemen and no QB. If I were TB I would be working this for all its worth.

    If a trade is done and Rivers and Eli are there next offseason how much of a bidding war would it take. Then draft the heir to develop.

  182. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I do not see how the niners can avoid being a top ten pick. Rams got Foles and drafted the top RB and 3 OL for a quality rushing attack. If Palmer is healthy that is 6 losses. Cutler, Stafford, and Rodgers will score at least 5 touchdowns. How about Roethlisberger, Flacco, Dalton, and Ryan versus our young D.

    But hey, we got to believe.

  183. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We even get a close up on Oct 11 with Eli Manning and the Giants.

  184. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Read earlier a brief story on our ex CJ. NJ found a detailed story and put on the Homer blog. His story can compete with Jameis winston’s exploits. Louie Smith loves those alpha males. CJ will be a Buc this year. The women get money and a plea deal.

    And life goes on in the NFL.

  185. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom it definitely makes me wonder whether Baalke knew something about the CJ/BJ report when it came time to make a Contract decision on him?

    9ers and the SCPD must have one heck of a relationship I’d imagine?
    You can’t make this stuff up can you?

  186. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m beginning to wonder, whether the CBA is crafted in such a way, as to allow the League to look the other way with weed infractions too?

    Read a good piece about weed the other night that somewhat suggests that weed might give many of these players the ability to recover faster than the typical Rx options offered to the earlier generation of players.
    Maybe the NFL could be the experimental platform for weed and concussions?

    Might be the safer alternative to addictive narcotics currently prescribed by team trainers?

  187. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, the league will never officially condone MJ, medical or otherwise. There would be no league if it weren’t for the booze industry and its advertising. The booze industry will never allow promotion of MJ.

  188. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RT I’m thinking the CBA is constructed in such a way as to ‘allow’ MJ without ever ‘really’ allowing it?

    Can’t sell beer and pickup trucks on Sundays if they had to actually compete with MJ.

    By giving into the drug testing schedule, the players seem to know what’s coming.
    For all the guys that have gotten addicted to Vicodin and other narcotics, the NFL might just be the ‘secret’ testing ground for weed already?

  189. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The only thing missing from that marijuana advertisement was the locations of the author’s fifty medical marijuana franchise stores.

  190. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s ever going to admit to the side effects of Vicodin, or other team prescribed options for pain?
    Too much liability attached to that avenue of pain management.

    FDA has already begun scrutinizing the trainer Rx histories.
    I believe our 9ers were part of a surprise inspection of those records last year when they came to NJ to play the NYG.

    Easy out for all concerned, if the players can self medicate off the street variety drugs.

  191. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er Colorado is a gold mine for the weed industry.
    All cash, high demand.
    They’re tripping over themselves trying to get into that action.
    The NFL might just be the perfect place to experiment with it.
    CBA spells it out for testing.

    The average Joe/Jane in Colorado isn’t that lucky.
    He/She can light up legally after work, yet run the risk of a Company sponsored drug check at any time.
    Once it’s in your system, it doesn’t leave anytime soon.

  192. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    MJ is officially recommended for PTSD by the New Mexico Nurses Association. I am certain it is beneficial for various head traumas such as are common in the NFL. The official policies of the various major sports leagues are the result of careful dancing between the leagues and the players’ associations.

  193. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who knew John Denver was so prophetic?

  194. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s how I’d describe it too RT.
    A careful dance, a wink here, a nod there 😀

    Beats the sh!t out of narcotic addictions and the costs incurred by both player and team once they’re playing careers are over.
    Newberry and many other former players are seeking damages from the League.

    Seems to me, MJ could be an avenue worth exploring, if the players are already suggesting that it goes on pretty regularly now?

  195. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    *they’re s/b their, apologies….

  196. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Favre’s career almost ended on a Ryan Leafesque note because of Vicodin. That’s why he stunk it up in Atlanta and they gave him away. The Pack rehabbed Favre, got him off Vicodin and began his career.

  197. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton Manning knows the deal in Colorado too….

    Weed and pizza –

  198. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I watched one of those little 30 on 30 shows (I think?) on ESPN recently featuring three difficult college players who all ended up dying from heroin. They graduated to it from the painkillers they were prescribed by team doctors. Kinda makes you shake your head and say, “Hmmmm…”

  199. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh yeah, one thing Peyton is not is stupid. Colorado had the fastest growing economy in the U.S. last year. #1

  200. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody’s smoking to replace any form of hydrocodone. Anyway, if it’s a banned substance it’s cheating. Right? So where’s all the outrage like I saw for Tom Brady and the Patriots when they were set up and suspected of cheating?

    The term PTSD has been so over-used and over-diagnosed it has no meaning anymore.

    I don’t doubt marijuana has some beneficial effects for some conditions. It also has side effects known and as yet unknown. Many not optimal for players of the foosball. Offer it in pill form in prescribed strength and dose instead of hydrocodone and see how popular it is.

  201. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve read many articles over the years where former players cite chronic pain which necessitated the constant struggle for relief.
    Once some left the game, they lost the ability to satisfy the addiction ‘legally’ through the trainers.

    Many turned to the streets.
    Now, many are turning up with Lawyers.

  202. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt there is much to be learned on weed NoFear49er.
    I’m just impressed that the common side effect of turning people into lazy do-nothings doesn’t seem to apply to athletes?
    I’m sure to some, it happens but, for a guy to admit to using weed as a Pro athlete while continuing to perform at a high level makes me curious as to how it helps some while not all?

    Perfect platform for studying the differences between athletes and burn outs perhaps?
    Need a good testing baseline for any comparison.

  203. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The NM nurses are the ones treating NM veterans and trying to get the VA to allow it, not me.

    MJ has nearly 400 active ingredients. Good luck extracting bits and pieces and trying to get the same therapeutic effects. At least people are now allowed to try to do just that.

    Unfortunately for the no-fun advocates, THC is the active ingredient that freaks them out and it is essential for treatment of many conditions including PTSD. And yes, NF, it is fun. And MJ has been used at least since its first recorded use as medicine in China nearly 5000 years ago. I don’t think the side effects are much of a mystery to any who have actually studied it.

  204. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The lazy do-nothing is a Hollywood stereotype. Hollywood knows it can get a cheap laugh from it, just the same as they used to do with black household maids. Until desegration, the Civil Rights Act, and Voting Rights Act. Then that stereotype and those cheap laughs just seemed to disappear.

  205. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, for 2014 GOP ND up 6.3%, TX 5.? %, then WY, CO, and some other oil & gas state were tops in the US. For sure the top 2 were ND then TX. CO was mining both oil and pot, the others just oil.

  206. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Your source is different than the one I used, bakken (which to be honest I would have to find again). CO’s oil and gas was just a part of the increase. Real estate is not booming in the Denver Metro because of oil and gas. One thing is indisputable: CO’s doing just fine economically – don’t forget tourism, too.

  207. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Cops still hang out on I-25 north of me looking for smugglers from CO. LOL – MJ is legal to possess and use in our state capital. But not to grow or sell, except medically. Hmmmm…

  208. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Cheech and Chong made a mint from it too RT 😀

    Heck, if a Pro Football player is motivated to keep those NFL paychecks coming in and, weed helps him do that, why not?

    Curious to see how the overall economy does in Colorado over the coming years, post legalization.
    Willing to bet the crime rate studies will be highly scrutinized.

    Will there be more or less crime, once people can chill with a legal blunt?
    I’d guess there’s going to be a lot more ‘happy’ people in Colorado that won’t see a need to be aggressive.
    We’ll see?

    No surprise to me that the Colorado economy is #1.
    The new Gold Rush is on out there.
    I just can’t see how these legal shops can handle all that cash, without opening themselves up to the threats of robbery.
    Banks and the Fed have to figure out how to handle that piece of the economic explosion.
    Nice problem to have I guess, as an owner.
    Tons of cash, and a banking system, that can’t rake it in fast enough.

  209. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Got mine today from the Bakken weekly. It is free at the truck stops. ND likes to brag about GDP and oil barrels produced. Otherwise it is just a wheat and corn state.

  210. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, don’t forget we now have 2 pound Jerome simpson. Not using the USPS anymore I presume.

  211. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    HSBC got busted for laundering cartel money, on a global scale. Little CO is a swing state so maybe a bribe can keep the DOJ from sniffing?

  212. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Weed certainly has the potential to relieve tax shortfalls.
    We’re faced with constant struggles over State and Fed budgets.
    Not to mention the cost of fighting the illegal trafficking.

    Want to put an illegal drug dealer out of business?
    Cut him out of the process.

  213. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Republican National Convention is still scheduled for Denver, I believe. I sure hope Rand Paul gets a chance to speak. Although I’d be surprised if a pot legalization advocate is even allowed through the doors. Colorado has a conservative base as rabid as the best of them. Rand Paul, if he speaks, will get cheers for his libertarianism and boos for his stance on pot.

  214. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bakkentom, Simpson wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed was he?
    Gotta think he’s wised up some since then, we’ll see?

    But, as I’ve mentioned, I think the CBA spells it out pretty clearly for the those with some common sense.
    Simpson put himself on the wrong side of that process already.
    The trick is, if you’re going to partake, do it on the proper timeline.
    He obviously didn’t figure that out quickly enough.

  215. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CO is diversified for sure. One recession proof biz is that Coors brewery west of Denver. From latest I read the GOP is deciding between Cleveland and Cincinatti. Ohio is a swingier state than CO. OH gov, assembly, and Senate are GOP also.

  216. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Darren Sharper got 9 years for drugging and raping, and more years from other states coming up. He is not as good as Cosby in covering this up. If he did this when Cosby was he probably would have not been charged. Needed to pick his targets better. Women aren’t silent on this like the good Ole days, right Bill.

    Pardon me, alleged drug and rapes, in multiple states with multiple women.

  217. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What gets me Bakkentom is, these guys have money to burn.
    If it’s that tough to get a piece, go to NV where it’s legal.
    Or pay a professional.
    How hard can it be?

  218. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    There are ways to mask the mj in blood. Wonder if those mask chemicals disappear quickly enough. The testers may check for that stuff also.

  219. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Read up on tiger woods. He paid 40K for some kind of sex dating. Tiger has better advisers but what can you expect when net worth of 1 BILLION.

  220. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I know I dropped this song on a blog before I just can’t remember which one it was. The sound quality isn’t very good but it’s a great pot song. Personally, I quick smoking the stuff over 20 years ago but I can see how it might be effective for certain medical conditions. I myself might pick it up again if I get to the point of immobility. I figure then, why not.

  221. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jets DL Sheldon Richardson suspended first four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, per NFL.”

  222. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, I’m surprised you can stand to listen to that pessimistic SOB. Eve of Destruction, indeed.

  223. winderNo Gravatar says:

    nofear- I don’t listen to eve of destruction unless it’s on the oldies station. But, at the time it was a real popular protest song. From reading his bio I guess that’s before he found Jesus

  224. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Richardson and McClain aren’t making much of a case for NFL potheads. I think McClain has retired twice because he just didn’t want to play anymore. Sounds a lot like Ricky Williams and his preference for pot motivation. Yeah, that’s the stuff!

    Winder, ’twas but a joke.

  225. winderNo Gravatar says:

    nofear- I didn’t take it personal. i know your a military man and that song probably does go against your grain. To bad things were not as simple as they were then. It was easier to follow the money.

  226. winderNo Gravatar says:


  227. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for violating substance policy

  228. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Datone Jones 3-4 DE for GB suspended for game 1 for substance abuse. NT Leroy Guion waiting for his penalty for his mj use.

  229. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, I loved the hippie protesters and their music. “fighting soldiers from the sky” oh, wait.

  230. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bakken “IF” Kap is going to be traded (I don’t see it) will be next year at earliest. You are a year early if on the right track. He would really have to stink it up this year for Balkey to quit him tho. Roman in BUF would love to have him and also the Jets I think.

  231. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    2015 is prove it time for CK. Continuity with play books and coaches so he needs to prove he knows all plays inside and out. Be able to read D and audible and know where all receivers are and the times they are open.

    If nothing more than a 2nd tier franchise QB then TB has work to do.

  232. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t understand why you guys hate Kaep? What’s wrong with Kaep? The only thing I don’t like about Kaep’s game is that he can’t throw a touch pass because of his unique throwing motion. But he can throw lasers and rocket balls. I think it’s a trade-off. But if you don’t like Kaep because of decision making or because he doesn’t go through his reads fast enough for you, it’s like Kaep said, “Do know [his] assignments and his reads? Do you know each assignment for each player on the field on any one particular play?” The guy is young. If you don’t like Kaep you either love Alex Smith, you’re a racist, or you have some other ridiculous agenda. The kid is good. Will this coaching staff allow Kaep to continue to grow? No way, Jose.

  233. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap in his fourth year cannot run a hurry up offense when behind.
    He also still stares down receivers. Seattle knows to watch his eyes and you’ll know where he’s going. He has not learned the art of looking off defenders.
    Just some things that are essential for a QB to grow and advance.

  234. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “like Kaep said, “Do know [his] assignments and his reads?”

    If you watch the all 22 coach’s tape you actually see what he sees and read what he reads. So the answer to that is yes.

    Kap is being a petulant child when he gives this smartass answer.

    Obviously he needs to get better and can’t take constructive criticism. Kap needs to develop a thicker skin.

  235. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, CK does not have to stink. Remember drew Brees traded to NOLA so Phillip Rivers could be the Bolts franchise QB.

  236. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The Brees trade was controversial in SD as Brees, who has since won a SB (2009), was pretty good. Rivers as an upgrade is debatable; what’s he done? I realize that the Chargers problems go deeper than the QB whoever he might be. I was a Chargers fan prior to moving up here to Bay Area and Walshs arrival. Poor owner, poor coaches, poor GMs.

    Hey that sounds familiar but sticking to Kap the unanswered question is WHO is our Rivers? We don’t have one so even a questionable upgrade like Rivers is not on our radar. Balkey is not stupid and without prospects will not trade a QB he drafted just for the heck of it…or for crapshots in the draft.

    Do we have coaches who can get QBs to progress? If so why did Kap go to AZ for training? And not get upgraded by our OC/WR coaches? So who is going to train our new 1st round QB? Kurt Warner?

    I’m sure Green Bay, Dallas, NE and other top teams would dearly love to see us dump Kap as we did with our winning coach. But I doubt Balkey is that stupid or that convinced he knows much about QBs.

    So while the idea of trading Kap is popular with some it doesn’t make any sense to me no matter how much his value “may” have peaked (or soon might). In my view he’s not yet reached his ceiling as a QB. Will be curious to see if the Niners can get back to developing QB talent with these coaches.

    Again my expectations are low for our coaching staff in all areas. I’d love to be surprised.

  237. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The idea of trading Kap is ridiculous until you have an alternative in hand. As I do not foresee the Dawn of the Gabbert Era anytime soon, he is not going anywhere this year. If the team completely implodes and we are in position to take a franchise QB next May, then this becomes a real possibility, but we have a few miles to go before than. No question this is a big year for him, though.

  238. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It has amazed me that with all the draft picks that Baalke has had in his pocket out of over 40 draft choices he has only chosen 2 QBs Kaepernick and BJ Daiels.

    That tells me he is all in on Kap and if that doesn’t work out it’s his neck on the chopping block.

    Taking a QB in every draft is not a bad practice. I truly believe ha competition brings the best out of players. With nobody to challenge him Kap has felt too comfortable but he also has not shown any improvement in his play in the last 2 years.

    Kap needs to throw over 30 TDs a season which is 2 TDs a game or this offense will still be ground and pound. This is the season where Kap determines his fate. It’s on his shoulders and there can be no more excuses.

  239. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d expect to take a QB in the draft every two years at least, if not every single year. With half of those QBs being about 3rd round or higher picks. The 49ers’ draft record all the way back to Alex Smith is bizarre in that regard. The position is too vital not to make every effort to get the maximum production out of it. You can scheme and adjust for some shortcomings on the field, to a point, but if your QB cannot make the offense go, you are pretty much up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

  240. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fourth of July Weekend is here. Tomorrow is the USA’s 239th birthday. Happy Birthday America!
    69 days until the NFL kicks it off.

    In case you haven’t seen this ESPN has been airing this video.

    Most memorable flyover for me was the SR-71 Blackbird flying over the Oakland Coliseum during the baseball Allstar Game.
    Awesome sight seeing it come in from distance.
    In college I got to see one close up on a field trip to Offut AFB in Omaha.

    Celebrate and appreciate the freedoms we have.

  241. winderNo Gravatar says:

    what if he only throws 25 and we make the playoffs?

  242. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why are there some bitter clingers when it comes to the QB position. It is the most difficult position. In the current era of ultra athletic D’s, savvy DC’s, and varied and varied, complicated passing O’s the QB must have mental aptitude to handle all facets.

    Only an OC and QB position coach can weigh everything and determine the ceiling and floors of these guys. My advice is don’t ever fall in love with a QB. On field performance in both good and bad times. DC strategies, injuries, and luck are part of the expected duties to adapt and overcome.

    Can the QB handle the mental and dynamic expectations. I am no bitter clinger. The O is not that different. This is the only position that does not rely on athleticism and position coaches.

    CK needs to prove he has it upstairs. It is not the little steps. Is he 1st tier franchise QB quality. Can he get there within 2 years.

    TB has work to do. If CK cannot get us to a ST in 5 years I would trade him for max value. Get Manning or Rivers for 2016 and draft the heir until they get it right.

  243. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The good ones transcend. CK looked great against Dallas and their crap defence. Little pressure and the best receiver – dB separation all season. If the OLINE has injuries or is bad run quicker patterns and get the ball out within 2.5 seconds.

    CK has to own whatever offence he is running. He is a veteran and HE as well as the OC make the scheme, creation of plays, and play calling suggestions. He owns this now. Figure it out, man up, and sink or swim this season.

  244. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Best case scenario for me, teach timing to a strong armed QB.
    If a D has to fear your arm, they won’t sit on the short routes like they did with Alex.
    Kaep should have been better in the short game IMO.
    Maybe that happens this year?

  245. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    I think there were more expectations from Harbaugh, related to Kaeps’ development.
    He likely was given the reigns to replace Alex.
    That nagging term ‘teacher’ might have had something to do with Kaep?

  246. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Grump has made the point in the past… \Why not draft more qbs and put more stock into the position? I started to realize the front office was a joke when they brought in Blaine Gabbert and paid him 2 million when Harbaugh was the head coach. If you have a former NFL qb who can develop qbs arguably better than anyone else in the NFL, Grump’s point is dead on. It’s a travesty that York had backups like Bethel-Thompson what’s his nuts, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy and Blaine Gabbert.

    If Baalke and York had a clue, they’d have drafted two or even three other late round qbs as backups to Kaep during the Harbaugh era and had Harbaugh developing those backups and looking for one to standout. Hell, even if Harbaugh didn’t spend much time with the backup, he’d at least have gotten a small taste of how it should be done. But no… Baalke thought McCoy, JJ, Bethel-Thompson and Gabbert were keepers. What a waste.

  247. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Josh Johnson was Harbaughs guy Spit.
    You can’t put that on Jed or Trent.
    Baalke is a Defensive guy 1st.
    I’m guessing he gave Harbaugh the keys on the QB position.
    Harbaugh relied on the D and ground game.
    I think there’s room to debate how well he mentored the QB position.
    Kaep isn’t ‘there’ yet.

  248. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    I also think Andrew Luck made Harbaugh, long before the opposite is true.
    Harbaugh is Power Run.
    He lacked a passing attack to compliment it.

  249. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Shut up, NJ.

  250. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Remember when the expectations of a 49er QB was the ability to throw receivers open?
    Kap needs to step up and make those around him better.
    He needs to eliminate the big mistake at crucial crunch time moments.

    It’s not the raw number of 25. He has to show the ability to bring the team back and win games. The members of the Kap fan club just want to ignore that glaring statistic that he’s the only QB in NFL history who started 16 games and failed to throw a TD pass in the fourth quarter. What that tells the othe team is if you take the lead against the Niners in the 4th quarter they don’t have the ability to make the comeback.

    Yes it’s entirely possible he throw 25 TDs and they make the playoffs as they have done that in the previous 2 years to last. It just puts more pressure on the running game and the defense. Don’t you think it’s about time that Kap show the team what he can do and assume his role as the leader of the team on a consistent week to week basis? Kap needs to be consistently good and not hot and cold depending on that week.
    If he fails the team will fail.

  251. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    This is hilarious. Alex didn’t even average 1 TD pass per game through the first six seasons of his career. Yet he was always and forever in some hearts, the eternal QOTF.

    The tears of pining for lost love are so romantic.

  252. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Spit go back to Geneoushire and get some facts.

    If they exist there.
    You’re a Michigan fan now.
    Study up on Harbaugh a little.
    Then, STFU.

  253. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    “I also think Andrew Luck made Harbaugh, long before the opposite is true.
    Harbaugh is Power Run.
    He lacked a passing attack to compliment it.”


    Do you say Harbaugh benched Alex in favor of Kaepernick because he handed the ball off better?

    If there was a lack of passing attack, while he won more games than any other team in the league in his first three years, why is that a slam on the head coach, if that was the strength he had in personnel and played it toward the goal of winning games instead of forcing a passing offense without players capable enough to win with it?

    I’d call that smart coaching and what he was paid to do.

    Some fans, the same fans, cry about forcing square pegs into round holes and cry when you play the pegs where they fit, too. Maybe the guy furnishing the pegs has some responsibility there?

    The loudest complaints heard were to turn Kaepernick loose with a passing game. When that was done and failed the blame shifted to Harbaugh, for what? Not going back to the offense everyone cried about previously?

    Fans! Gotta love ’em.

  254. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If York/Baalke had come with disappointment in developing Kap that would be a more palatable reason to part ways with Harbaugh than this innuendo BS that he lost the locker room.

    Please explain
    “I also think Andrew Luck made Harbaugh, long before the opposite is true.”

  255. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – Kappy does have to live up to expectations or the team is going no where. But to put the weight of all the 4th quarters of last years games totally on his shoulders is absurd. There were breakdowns in all aspects of the games during the 4th quarter(kappy’s included). You choose to blame the majority of the problem on kappy. I choose to place most of the blame on the coaches. We sill see if either of us were right.

  256. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er/Bullit my point is, Josh Johnson & Kaep mirror each other.
    Harbaugh likes a versatile QB.
    IMO Gabbert is better than Johnson.
    If Harbaugh couldn’t develop a pocket passer, it might have created that ‘teacher’ comment we’ve all heard about?

  257. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    A running HC just might favor a running QB?
    I’d prefer a passing QB that knows how to run.
    A la Steve Young, once he was taught to pass 1st.

  258. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Alex lacked arm strength.
    Harbaugh knew it.
    All I’m suggesting is, maybe Luck made better decisions from the pocket.
    Kaep lacks the quick decision making ability that Luck appears to have had at Stanford.

  259. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I should have mentioned that Alex did improve to his high water mark of 1.53 TDs per game in 2013, though he had 1.13 last year.

    Not counting his rookie season (and I don’t know why we shouldn’t, but I’m feeling nice today), he left the Niners averaging 1.11 TD passes per game.

    Alex has 6 career rushing TDs in 10 seasons. Kap has 10 in 2 1/2 seasons.

    Alex was the best thing since sliced bread in some quarters. I guess the standards for bread have changed since his departure.

  260. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    If I had one major complaint with Harbaugh, it was timing.
    We lacked rhythm.
    We plodded.
    Defenses began to wait us out.
    Kaep rarely picked them apart.
    Luck was a QB Coaches Son.
    I think he was more polished in College than Kaep was.

  261. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Tomsula and the new Staff working on timing will help us?
    Yet to be determined I guess?
    All I’m hoping for is balance.
    Look deep, dump off, keep a Defense guessing.

  262. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Not to belabor the point, but I just want to know why the standard of success for our QB has suddenly morphed into 2 TD passes/game or else he’s a bum? Why wasn’t this standard in place in the previous 7 seasons?

  263. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, NFL keeps becoming more of a passing league year after year, accentuated by rules changing on QB and receiver protection.

  264. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are incorrect about Luck’s dad Oliver.
    Oliver Luck was a 2 time All American QB at West Virginia and drafted in the 2nd round to backup Warren Moon with the Oilers for 4 years. Did nothing special in the NFL throwing 100 passes in his career.
    He retired in 1986 and went to The University of Texas Law School to get his law degree. In 1980 he ran for Congress as a Republican in West VA and lost.

    After that he spent most of his life in sports administration
    working many years for the NFL and also as athletic director at West Virginia.

    Andrew Luck is the son of a NFL QB but his dad never coached.

  265. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It changed in the last 2 1/2 years, Bakkentom? That’s interesting.

  266. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Harbaugh replaced Alex Smith with Kap because he said he was the more dynamic option that could make the offense better and make it big play.
    So far we’ve seen flashes but those flashes don’t happen often enough to help the team win.
    Something is wrong when you can’t pass for 200 yds a game week in and week out.
    How do you expect to win games when your team passes for below 120 yds 4 times during the season?

  267. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Because this blog certainly wasn’t using that 2 TDs passing/game standard for success prior to 2 1/2 seasons ago.

  268. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has been won through the playoffs to make it to the SB and just barely lost. He made it through the playoffs and made it to the NFCCG twice, winning once and just barely losing once. He was the starter on a 8-8 team.

    That’s his short professional career. 2 1/2 seasons, 1 SB appearance, 2 NFCCG appearances. If you actually look at his personal stats during those years, and remember games like the GB playoff game which he almost singlehandedly won, you cannot remotely compare him to some no talent lucky guy like Mark Sanchez.

    Yet let’s just change the standard of success for our QB and put it on him. I sure didn’t hear that around here for 7 seasons (except from NF and me).

  269. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy is the ONE reason I have doubts about my 5-11 pick. With all the holes and all the question marks this team now has, he is the one guy I’m not worried about.

  270. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I should have suggested QBs Son instead of Coach.
    Point being, I think Andrew was more pocket ready than Kaep.
    Simply suggesting that Baalke might have expected more ‘teaching’ at the QB position than Harbaugh provided.

    Like you, I think Kaep is slow to diagnose a Defense.
    It may have created a kryptonite-type scenario for Harbaughs’ Offense?

  271. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Preseason games should start answering questions on Gabbert. Why isn’t he also being tutored at EXOS?

  272. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Happy 4th of July to all you heathens.

    It’s been offered that this 2015 season is up to Kaep. I totally disagree. This 49er season is up to the 49ers’ pass rush. You get a pass rush, you’ve got a chance. No pass rush, no chance. Know pass rush, know chance. Here’s why….

    Winder said recently I wasn’t making much sense when I wrote about the 49ers and their future losing ways. I explained to Winder that a team without an offensive line and an unproven secondary should be congratulated for having the worst possible blue print for winning.

    Homer NJ, which should be his new permanent name, made the claim that Baalke (Homer NJ’s lover) drafted a secondary last year to provide depth and replace guys like Culliver, Brown, Cox and Rogers. And indeed, the drafting of Johnson, Ward, Acker and Reaser appears to be an attempt at remaking the 49ers’ secondary. But you don’t remake your secondary and your offensive line at the same time.

    If your secondary is suspect, you better be able to control the ball on offense with long, slow, methodical drives that eat clock so your secondary doesn’t give up three quick touchdowns in row, creating a borderline blowout game in the first quarter that forces the team to throw up prayers.

    The remaking of the secondary makes the release or non-use of the franchise tag on Iupati that much more of a homer move by Baalke. You don’t remake your secondary and then let your best run blocking lineman walk. And you certainly don’t remake your secondary and let your best run blocking lineman walk while purchasing a deep threat WR like Torrey Smith (who’s contract is the same as Iupati’s). I mean that’s ridiculous architecture.

    The secondary and offensive lines are attached – they are connected (just like the D line and secondary are connected). A great offensive line slows the game down, giving the secondary time on the sidelines to both catch a breather and also go over photos on the sidelines, trying to understand offensive formations. But if the offensive line is awful, the secondary better be special – not only in shape but also not requiring much coaching because they’ve seen it all as a unit. But that’s not the case with the 49ers in 2015. The secondary will give up big plays…. unless the pass rush kicks in. Reid won’t stick his head in there when he’s asked to come up in the box. Bethea will continue to get older despite the media trying to sell his “seamless transition from Whitner to Bethea” even though the fair market paid Whitner a lot more. Who knows what the 49ers will get from Johnson, Ward, Brock and Tartt? I think the result will be a lot of quick scores on the 49ers’ D, again, unless the pass rush kicks in.

    If Arik Armstead can push the pocket and get a pass rush, and for some reason Tank, Aldon and Dial develop chemistry together and start putting the fear of god into opposing qbs, it might buy the 49ers’ secondary some time to learn to work together. Tank was held out by Fangio because Tank is all pass rush, no run defense. But I could see a scenario where the 49ers rushed Tank, Dial, Armstead and Aldon, with all four wrecking havoc on the opposition and bailing out the secondary…. and thus bailing out Baalke.

    But that’s the four that need to do it – Tank, Dial, Armstead, Aldon. I know Dorsey’s there, and so is Brooks. I know Jerrod Eddie and Ian Williams are around. But it takes more than skill to consistently get a pass rush going each and every week. Players have to feed off each other. When Bryant Young was training up a young Julian Peterson, Julian would make a play and come back to the defense huddle and Young would say, “Now go make another one.” When player geniunely

  273. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I am waiting
    I am waiting
    Oh yeah, oh yeah
    Waiting for some words to come out of somewhere

  274. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I just found out that longtime Berkeley legend Walter Browne died two weeks ago at the age of 66. Browne, came from Australia in the early ’70s, settled in Berkeley just north of Cal, and proceeded to become the U.S. Chess Champion 6 times (or pretty much whenever he felt like it).

    He was widely regarded as the U.S. heir apparent to Bobby Fischer after Fischer refused to defend his world title and went into self-imposed exile in 1975. But, being no money in chess, especially post-Fischer U.S. chess, he became a professional poker player, doing extememely well at it. He remained a world class Grandmaster for a very long time.

    I first saw him play in the Cal Faculty Club in 1976. The guy was great, and pretty well liked for a chess player.

    Walter, you shall be missed!

  275. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Happy 4th of July to all you heathens.

    It’s been offered that this 2015 season is up to Kaep. Wrong! This 2015 49er season is completely up to the pass rush. You get a pass rush, you’ve got a chance. Here’s why….

    Winder said recently I wasn’t making much sense when I wrote about the 49ers and their future losing ways. It was hurtful and I stewed over it for days. I had explained to Winder that a team without an offensive line and an unproven secondary should be congratulated for having the dumbest possible blue print for winning.

    Homer NJ (which should be his new permanent name), made the claim that Baalke (Homer NJ’s rainbow inspiration) drafted a secondary last year to provide depth and replace guys like Culliver, Brown, Cox and Rogers. And indeed, the drafting of Johnson, Ward, Acker and Reaser appears to be an attempt at remaking the 49ers’ secondary. But you don’t remake your secondary and your offensive line at the same time. That’s like building your roof and pouring your foundation on the same day. Your house is gonna be funky.

    If your secondary is suspect, you better be able to control the ball on offense with long, slow, methodical drives that eat clock so your secondary can get a blow and get coached-up about defensive adjustments. Long, slow methodical drives are dictated by great offensive line play…. which won’t be happening in SF in 2015 – unless Martin, Thomas and Kilgore all take a lot of steroids and don’t get caught.

    The remaking of the secondary makes the release and non-use of the franchise tag on Iupati that much more of a homer move by Baalke. You don’t remake your secondary and then let your best run blocking lineman walk. And you certainly don’t remake your secondary and let your best run blocking lineman walk while purchasing a deep threat WR like Torrey Smith when the O line won’t be able to buy enough time for Kaep to look deep. I mean, that’s ridiculous architecture.

    The only saving grace… the key… the only 49er hope is that Dial, Tank, Aldon and Armstead together all jell and start playing inspired ball together in 2015, showing signs of a dominate pass rushing unit the likes of which can win a championship. For as much as I love Eli Manning, the D line of the New York Giants won the Giants two Super Bowls. Manning certainly helped. But without the D line of the Giants, Manning doesn’t have one ring, let alone two.

    The question is chemistry. Will Aldon and Armstead like each other? Will they want to play for each other? Will Tank and Dial or Tank and Aldon want to work together like Justin Smith and Aldon worked together a couple of years ago? If you get Tank, Aldon, Armstead and Dial all collapsing the pocket quickly, and the unit gets a reputation as a great pass rushing unit, the 49ers’ secondary will have a chance, and a slow, somewhat incompetent ground and pound running attack will be more palpable.

    I know one thing: The 49ers’ offensive line and secondary won’t be any good, and it won’t be Kaep that saves either unit, or the team. The only thing that can save a bad O line and bad secondary is an awesome D line. And right now, we’re talkin’ about a lotta ifs. 49ers go 4-12 in 2015…. and it’s all Jed York’s fault.

  276. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I liked it better the second time….

  277. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Independence Day to all. Spit, At least your persistent, even though your not a Niner fan any longer. I could poke holes all through your manifesto but I won’t and please, Please don’t ask me to. I just don’t have the energy and I plan on enjoying my day.

  278. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The release/non-signing of Iupati is a head scratcher and is the worse decision Balkey made. Dumping Harbaugh worse decision York made. Can this squad overcome these two boneheaded moves? Coupled with other retirements and non-signings I think not.

    Our O will be suspect due to questions re: Kap and the new OL. Pressure will be on D to shut down the opposition and get the ball back as mentioned. Going to be hard for us to score enough to win more than 7 games and I’m an optimist.

    Enjoy your 4th!

  279. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Willis and Justin Smith retired and Frank Gore decided to go elsewhere I aid we lost 3 potential Hall of Famers.
    What I didn’t mention was their leadership and contributions of the field.
    These guys were the heart and soul of the team ad the void they left is hard to measure.
    Leadership is taken for granted until it’s lacking.
    Let’s see which playes step up.

  280. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like one of Chuck’s relatives has left the planet:

    “Calais, Maine: During a 4th of July backyard celebration, 22 year old Devon Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head, set it off and died instantly, a spokesman for Maine’s Department of Public Safety said.”

  281. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So Jed wants more teaching out of the coaches. Blake Bortles got training from an offseason camp after his rookie year. Why did not Jed insist on this for Kap.

    Was Harb capable of teaching reading D capably. Kaep’s mental incompetence on the field. Due to Coaches? Slowness of Kaep to absorb teaching? Cannot translate from classroom to on field?

    Why did Kaep take a low guarantee, incentives in contract. Did he put the blame on him. A lot of guilt feelings among the fans supporting him. In life upward mobility is based on performance. No nepotism in NFL. What will CK’s report card look like at end of year.

  282. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lol Skeebers, dang there goes “snarkk”.

    That’s the second one I hear about. Maybe Nipper?

  283. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Leadership void on Niners parallels the one worldwide. Leaders? What leaders? This ‘might’ have an influence on future events ya think? Ours on the field may well parallel but our FO leadership brought us a new stadium… and great coaches.

    Replacing Willis, Gore, J Smith and getting Kap back to the 181 yard thumping placed on Green Bay will take some doing. But it could happen esp. the Kap resurgence

  284. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is what a good QB does for a team. GB receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, D avant Adams taken in RD ?,2,2. TE Richard Rodgers taken in 2nd or 3rd. Look at their 2014 draft. 3 WR and TE will all be used because 3 and 4 WR sets can be designed and handled by their OC and QB.

  285. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty obvious that we’ve addressed the TE/WR positions very heavily this year as well Bakkentom.
    Our passing attack has been anything but scary.

    Hoping that changes this year.

  286. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs look at the other idiot involved with a fireworks mishap.
    JPP of the NYG.
    Almost $15M pending on the FTag, which he hasn’t been signed yet.

    Given the sketchy nature of the reports, he may have lost fingers while playing with fireworks over the weekend.

    Talk now about how to handle that sort of investment, since the guy that likely will replace him, was selected from UCLA this year, DE Owa Odighizuwa.

    Stupid is as stupid does I guess….

  287. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot to include the link – Apologies –

  288. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit there’s a local ILB, Scooby Wright III, now playing for AZ, who could be coming out next year from AZ, formerly with Cardinal Newman HS.

    He’s another guy to keep an eye on this year.

  289. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Andrew Quarles TE of GB will have some kind of weapons charge from yesterday as well so ?? games suspension.

  290. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bakkentom, Quarless has some ‘splainin to do with this one.
    Appears it’s a misdemeanor in FL but, there’s room for NFL punishment pending.

    Another in a long line of NFL players with too much time on their hands perhaps?

    Unlike Plaxico in NYC awhile back, FL isn’t nearly as strict with this sort of thing.
    Thing is, Quarless tried to hide the weapon in a potted plant from some of the reports I’ve read.

    Add another idiot to the stupidity list I guess?

  291. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jordy nelson a 2nd Rd pick in 2008 for GB.

  292. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Again, I missed the link to one of the articles –

  293. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to ignore the WR shortcomings in SF Bakkentom.
    We’ve been lacking anything close to a threatening attack for sometime.

    Guess there’s plenty of room for speculation on that topic.
    Given the attention to the numbers of guys Drafted, (and Undrafted) this year, I think it’s safe to say, they’re trying real hard to find some contributors.

  294. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit pencil in LB Myles Jack from UCLA as well.

    Seems as though he played both RB and LB while also starring on the Track Team.
    He’s listed as an OLB but his size, 6’1″/232 might translate to ILB as a Pro?
    Someone else to keep an eye on for now…

  295. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    His Bio from UCLA –

  296. 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