Return of the Prodigal Son

One more preseason game before we can forget about preseason games even though there will be one more preseason game to endure.

Friday’s game against the Packers is mainly meaningful because it will mark the first time since the middle of last season that Colin Kaepernick will play in a football game. Does the man from unsnowy Turlock still have any gas in the tank? Will it be enough to unseat Blaine Gabbert, who’s been the presumptive starter for the entire offseason of minicamps and training camp? Not to mention being good enough to impress the 49er WRs who practically held a block party when Kaepernick was finally benched last year.

Pretty long odds, one might say. Especially considering he’ll only play a quarter of the game or so.

Still, there are many fans who believe the steady downward spiral Kaepernick has been on the past three years is all a product of poor coaching and poor offensive line play. He’ll be his old self under Chip Kelly and the rebuilt O-line. Or at least a lot better than Gabbert will be.

The 49er FO group doesn’t want Colin here, however, and probably hopes he plays well enough to resurrect some trade value but not well enough for Kelly to name him the starter.

Marcus Rush and Tank Carradine have generated a buzz with their pass rushing efforts in the first two preseason games. Still, neither of these guys has played against the other team’s first string O-line, or even the second string line. Best to tamper down the excitement a bit until the games begin for real. The best contribution these two guys have made is to finally push Corey Lemonier off the roster. Another third round Trent Baalke draft bust who’s overstayed his welcome.

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41 comments on “Return of the Prodigal Son
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke’s 3rd round picks:

    2011 – Chris Culliver (barely hanging onto an NFL job)
    2012 – no 3rd rounder
    2013 – Corey Lemonier (bust)
    2014 – Marcus Martin (bust), Chris Borland (quit after 1 year), Brandon Thomas (bust)
    2015 – Eli Harold (hasn’t shown anything)
    2016 – Will Redmond (ACL, won’t be ready by season opener)

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah skeebs- I wonder who’s really to blame for the 3 spot wonders. Nevermind, i’ll just go ahead and blame Paarage and Jed.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I dunno but I think it will be enlightening to watch Kappy this week. either way we are gonna see something.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe so, Winder, but we’ve watched Kap for four years now. Doubt we’ll see anything we haven’t seen before.

  5. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We already know what we will see in Gabbert and so does Kelly.

    For your entertainment here is a great thread discussing the pros and cons of the 2 Niner QB competition. All bases covered in the comments with some humor =

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles and his minions in the Pyongyang Fairyland are absolutely convinced that bakkentom and myself are the same person. They are absolutely convinced that we are the same person. I find that hilarious and I won’t speak for bakkentom.
    As far as I know the only common view we share is our criticism of Kap.
    Berger is certain and I thought he was a smarter guy than that but perhaps I was wrong.

    The clowns in Fairyland are good for a laugh.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles thinks the other teams in the NFC West are in regression.
    Last season The Cards beat the Niners twice with a combined score of 66-20, Seahags won twice and the combined scores were 47-16 and the Rams beat us in 2 games 46-22. Thata 101 point differential 159-58.

    The Niners got their asses kicked by the NFC West last season.

    Guess knowing football is not a prerequisite to running a blog
    in the Pyongyang Fairyland..

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    When Dial plays NT does he one-gap? How do they scheme Garrison Smith, like Ian Williams.

    Do we go 4-3 Under as the base D this year.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about busts. Ours were 3rd rders and Tank seems to be reclaiming himself.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    When I am chained up in the winter and sliding off an oil road and down a hill in a 105,000 lb tanker loaded with well site wastewater, that is when bullit can be my body double.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the Pyongyang Fairyland blog if they can’t make a reasonable rebuttal they go the route of trying to smear you with weakass tactics of deflection.

    Common among all that post there is putting Kap on a pedestal and then vying for who is his best fanboy.

    If Kap miraculously becomes the starter the usual litany of excuses will come out shifting the blame elsewhere for his obvious failures.

    The most blatant example is Berger making the excuse for Kap on a errant overthrown pass that the receiver slowed down and wasn’t running fast enough. Same excuse for Kap on errant ankle high throws wherte the receiver had to dive to make the catch.
    Berger criticized the receiver for having to dive.
    Berger even excused Kap’s goal line fumble against the Rams blaming that on the center.

    Bottom line, never ever criticize Kap because someone else is to blame whether it’s the Oline, receivers, TEs or coaching. Someone else is always at fault.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs-I don’t expect miracles but I do expect to see Kappy work with his recievers a lot better. I am not a Kappy apologist but I think he has the most talent out of all our QB’s.

    bullit- i got nothing against you, but I don’t think anyone cares whether you and what’s his name are the same person or not.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just Chuck.

  14. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Any word on the starting QB tonight?

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Treggs, Bellore, Armstead, Dorsey & Smelter will not play tonight. Gabbert starts at QB.”

  17. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Less pressure on Kap off the bench, good. Makes sense.

    Armstead, what the heck? Not good but heard he could play if a reg season game. Seems Kelly really is cautious with injuries

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Disappointed that we will not be able to see Smelter with possibility of him starting on PUP list or IR. Never got to see Eric Rogers either who tore his knee up.

    Not sure why guys like Patton and Ellington are playing like Kyle Williams.

    If nobody steps up tonight then Kelly will be plucking guys off the waiver wire.

    Last year Boldin was the safety blanket. Now that he’s gone it’s hard to determine who’s going to catch 5 passes in a game
    and be the chain mover.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Levi’s is looking 70% empty in the pre game. There are entire sections with one or two people in the seats 15 mins before kickoff.

    Had high hopes for this stadium but it’s proving to a neutral site type of home field.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “who’s going to catch 5 passes in a game and be the chain mover.”

    Holy crap. I’m shocked… You think the chains are going to move?

    Me, I’m hoping for defensive TDs and a couple of 7-3 wins this year.

    Okay, it may not be *quite* that bad. But I think it’s going to be pretty close.

  21. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Have the 49ers replaced Colin Kaepernick with Scott Bull(shit) yet?

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hope Dial is not seriously hurt. Report is a knee problem.

    Ellington has a hamstring issue. Can’t stay on the field.

  23. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’d like to take both Kap and Jim Harbaugh out to the woodshed and beat them both to death with a horseshoe.

    They, along with Roger Goodell have totally ruined my joy and interest for the game. I can totally empathize with “The Mad King,” Aerys Targaryen…

    “Burn them all!”

  24. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    We are the San Francisco Forty Niners: We DO NOT lose Super Bowls.

    Well, at least not until those two choking dogs came along.

    And to think. You people want Jim Harbaugh back? For what? Finish 12-4 each and every year and LOSE in either the NFCCG or the SB?

    Masochists. The whole lot of you.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Same old Kap in the first half. One read and run. Kap doesn’t give Chip’s offense a chance for the plays to develop. 3 series and always at 3rd and long. Can’t win this way.

    These are the facts.

  26. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Injuries galore ugh. Gab far better than the rusty Kap and very likely the starter. Fine let Blaine see what he can do against our early tough schedule.

    Finally got the video just before half time. We are no longer a big priority for the NFL ya think?

  27. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    D can’t get off the field. GB 56 offensive plays, Niners 20. This is more than the QB

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What has happened to Shane Draughn?

  29. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Resting up from the back injury sustained vs Broncos?

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s gonna be another long year. I had thought we been practicing to get better. See ya Baalky. See ya Kappy. This is a total retool. UnF-ingbelievable.

  31. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Does not look good Winder. Let’s see if the OL can do better, see if the WRs can catch and stay healthy (Ellington), QBs can be more effective (Kap esp) and see if the D can stop the run. How did we go from 400+ yds/game on O to less than 200? Kap can’t pull it together that’s no big loss as he will get a chance at least. 4-12 could be the end for Balkey tho.

    Carradine looked good, even Driskel. Redmond and Robinson plus Rush. We have a few pieces but… players are dropping like mosquitoes in a DDT fog. Next week’s game against Chargers should feature our 3rd and 4th stringers.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Packers played keep away and ball control

    39:21 to 20:39 mins almost double

    Packers ran over 30 more plays

    Only 1 pass was completed to a WR

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap thinks he can still win the starting QB job against the Charger scrubs. Is he serious?

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap threw 6 passes and 2 were deflected at the line which shows he’s still telegraphing his throws.

  35. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kap’s game hasn’t improved and neither has his attitude = He sits during national anthem. This annoys me more than his stats.

    Guess he’ll be doing a lot of sitting this year.

  36. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The tattooed one will get more chances from Kelly but getting bubble wrapped becomes more likely given his apparent inability to complete passes. The poor anti-establishment attitude, essentially a FU to the US (refusal to honor our flag, equating US and Confederate flags, siding with the BLM fascists) are dumb attitudes to take for a public figure. The Kaepernick brand is in serious decline.

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Garrison Williams 6’3″ 300 lbs. Purcell even smaller. Dial injured. Long season stopping the run.

    Kap released on Monday? Why keep him, fanboys.

  38. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Fanboys”, whatever that is are NOT what are keeping Kap around. No need to flash the ego. It is the newbie HC who sooner or later will “pull a Philly” and decide CK really does not want to be here which his actions (poor play, sitting) and words plainly show. At that point Kelly will acquiesce to the FO/owner who want Kap out.
    The choices will be to sit him or cut him. There are no trade possibilities for this sourpuss. And there is no point sitting him as “fanboys” will scream for Kap to play if GB goes down. So you may be right, he will be cut failing a miraculous and unlikely resurrection. At some point after the Charger game before Gabbert gets hurt and Kaepernick himself risks injury and a possible $14 Mil guaranteed 2017 salary

    This will allow Ponder possibly and Driskel certainly to be on the 53.

  39. 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