Reasonable Doubt

Trent Baalke drafted well in 2010 and 2011, getting immediate contributions from players in both drafts, even Pro Bowl performances from four of them. But 2012 was a different story. That draft came within a LaMichael James of being a complete whiff.

Of course, that’s only the verdict after year one. It’s still possible that AJ Jenkins will catch an NFL pass before his four year contract expires. And that Joe Looney, Darius Fleming, Trenton Robinson, and Cam Johnson will actually wear a uniform on a real NFL game day. Robinson might have slipped one on last year in the first game or two, but it was a fleeting fashion show. Jason Slowey is currently out of the league, so it’s probably a safe bet he won’t be making any contribution now or in the future.

If Baalke had put up that kind of showing in his initial year of 2010, that nationwide search for a 49er GM would probably at least have gotten out of Santa Clara, if not all the way beyond the borders of California.

The 49ers have enough ammunition to move up to 15th in the first round, one spot ahead of the Rams, should they really like a player at that draft slot. But it has to be appealing getting two guys at 31 and 34, and using the ammo to move up in later rounds, where the price for ammo is a lot less expensive.

The concussion lawsuit against the NFL took a credibility hit recently, as a couple of guys who were members of the suit decided to resume playing in the NFL despite their claims of debilitating injuries which impaired their normal lives, let alone their NFL lives. Obviously, these players were either straight out liars and greed heads concerning their injuries, or their brains really are so severely ruined that they are now attempting legal suicide by resuming their careers. Perhaps Jim Harbaugh can get Judge Judy to weigh in on the matter.

One guy who’s not currently a member of the class action lawsuit, but perhaps should be, is our very own special teams guy Tavares Gooden. He’s currently a free agent and has adopted the curious strategy of announcing his retirement while also looking for a team to sign him up for next year. This does not appear to be the action of a guy whose brain has passed its smog test.

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26 comments on “Reasonable Doubt
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is what’s good about football. It’s back to being a kid and building loyalties to a team you look up to and in the old days legends you would idolize.
    This young man’s name is Jack Hoffman and he is 7 years old. He’s been battling brain cancer
    and the Nebraska Cornhuskers made his football dream possible in their Spring Game.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In watching the video you will notice that Jack took the handoff on the read option.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners were interested in Matthew Mulligan a reserve FA TE who played for the Rams but he opted to sign with the Packers.
    In the late second or third round Niners will kook hard at one of the 3 TE E’s if still on the draft board, Eifert, Erst or Escobar. Or in the 4th or 5th round look at McDonald, Kelce or Tuliolo.
    Another alternative is to take Kyle Juszczyk the best Hback in the draft in the 4th round.
    Yes he’s out of Harvard but he can block and has TE skills with good hands.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Allforfunandplay tore Cohn up on this thread. The 49ers base defense is a 3-4. The pass defense resembles a 4-3 because the Elephant has his knuckles on the ground. But he’ll usually be in a 9 technique, which IMO still makes it a 3-4. This can be debated all you want since there are crossover alignments but I say a 4-3 has the weak side DE in 5,6 or 7 technique and a 3-4 uses the 9 technique. It doesn’t really matter what it is called as long as the players know how to align and run it.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In a curious move the Seahags signed Brett Swain WR and ex-Niner today.
    They worked out the leftover QBs but signed a WR.
    Would be funny if Petey signed Leinart.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, there’s usually 5 DBs on the field so its a 4-2-5 but who’s counting?

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    when they are in their pass defense I should say.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since Harbaugh was gushing about him a few weeks ago I am anxious to see how much Lockette has improved and in fact if he has moved ahead of Jenkins on the depth chart.
    Last year Anthony Dixon looked like a goner. He worked hard to improve himself and beat out Rock Cartwright as the backup RB/Special Teams guy. Dixon did less dancing in the hole and had some decisive runs at RB.
    When the Niners had to decide to let Brandon Jacobs go, Dixon made that decision almost a slam dunk.
    Dixon will be challenged by Jewel Hampton and whatever RB the Niners draft.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Keenan Allen had his personal workout day today.
    Per Mike Mayock his 40 times were 4.71 and 4.75.
    That makes him more of a possession receiver than a home run hitter.
    Mayock still thinks he’s a #1 pick but only for the right team looking for his specific skillset.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    4.75 is not even a possession receiver these days. Hell, a lot of linebackers can run that fast now. I would not draft a WR in this era who cannot run at least a 4.5 forty.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    4.7 is TE range by todays’ standards.
    You can keep Keenan.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brady Quinn signs on with the Seahags and Chilo Rachal with the Cards.
    Carson Palmer might want to retract his statement that the Cards have a decent Oline.
    And this just revealed about Anthony Davis and the bubba Paris clause in his contract.

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Carson Palmer is going to be the Piñata Poster Boy for 2013.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’d better update his life insurance policy. Snyder & Rachal: dueling turnstyles.

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Palmer’s ass will hurt so bad from getting sacked repeatedly that he’ll be hearing, “You sure do have a purdy mouth” in his sleep.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A lot of these ex U$C guys are UFAs such as Leinart, Ellis and Rachal and Petey won’t touch them with a 10 foot pole no matter how cheap.
    He knows the quality of those players.
    Roy Williams of Texas was a #1 pick and Dwayne Jarret of U$C and Limas Sweed of Texas were second round draft picks. All are out of football and were highly touted receivers like some of the guys in this years draft. Crapshoot

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And that’s why drafting a WR in the first rd is highly inadvisable. You just can’t afford to make a mistake with your top selection on a position that is so hit and miss.
    And so help me Christ if the Niners draft another WR with their first pick again in two weeks their next course of business best be announcing they’ve cut A.J. Jenkins. Because drafting another WR after they just drafted A.J. would be admitting it was a colossal mistake. Is Baalke going to try and emulate Matt Millen and keep on drafting WRs in the first rd until he finally gets lucky? How did that work out for Millen?

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    DEL two words … jerry rice !

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Did you notice how AJ Jenkins was alway open in college?

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    When the ball clanks off the wide open hands of A.J. Jenkins who was covered in vain by Craig Dahl hits the turf as Dennis turns off his TV is disgust, does it still make a sound?

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    DJ Hayden CB Houston has made it into the first round per Todd McShay of ESPN.
    He was downgraded because he had a heart problem which has since checked out. (more and more of this among elite players)
    Someone to keep your eye on.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  23. JuliaNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll immediately grab your rss feed as I can’t to find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Kindly allow me realize so that I may just subscribe.

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