Roll Another One

The new league year starts next week, although this is probably significant only to the NFL bean counters. For us, the important date is March 11 – 13. That’s when Free Agency begins.

It’s a three day period for legalized tampering, so guys can negotiate contracts and wait until Free Agency actually begins before actually signing the contract. This used to be the illegalized period for tampering, but the NFL had to legalize it because every team does it and they couldn’t punish everyone like they did to the Niners a few years back.

When people wanted to legalize things before, they just beat you up or put a bullet in your brain. Or hired a tough guy to kick open the door to 49er HQ, waving a shotgun, and demanding, “Who’s the fellow owns this shithole?”

But now only cartels south of the border and somewhere in Eastern Europe still use this cave man tactic. In America, we just legalize you out of your house or job or family or sanity. All very clean and legal.

Where was I? Oh, yeah. Baseball has opened up its training camps, the NBA is halfway through its mostly meaningless dunk and preen season, ditto for hockey with brawls substituted for preening, March madness is right around the corner, and PGA golf is well underway.

There was a time I followed all these and revelled in the endless cycle of sports in America. I even followed bowling, track and field, boxing, and tennis. I still have some great tennis equipment from laying around.

Then one by one these interests fell away. Not the interests, really, so much as the passion, the involvement, the desperate caring.

The NFL seemed headed that way, too, in 2003 and 2004. The long running 49er Dynasty was kaput and didn’t look to revive itself anytime soon. Then the blogging world came along and “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”

So, here we go, off on another year of internet blogging. Cheers to the hardy souls who have stuck with it all these years.

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70 comments on “Roll Another One
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It is true that priorities change especially when we get older and I couldn’t tell you who is doing what in bowling, tennis, golf, and at this point baseball even though it is my favorite game. 162 game season is just too long anymore. Even though the NFL is trying to make people believe it is a year-long game in that there is always something happening. Well, that might be so for some but not for me all this pre-draft crap is just that, crap. It doesn’t break my heart if the Niners lose anymore, I just wish they would play better. But, for the most part blogging is kinda fun it keeps me a little more interested. The world has changed.

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t wait for the free agent chips to fall !
    So far I like Allen with our first pick and Roger Saffold in FA

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Who are we competing with for quality FA’s? Remember dogshit IND. Luck came back to full health. GM killed it in the draft last year. Saved his salary cap. $106 million, gulp.

    FA’s needed are WR’s and edge.

    Colts had a late season run and got into the playoffs so drafting around low twenties in each round for their picks. In 2nd they also have NYJ’s in front of us.

    Who’s got it better than us.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Colts went from last to first in sack prevention. It looks like IOL and edge are very strong in this draft. Lucky for us.

    Maybe #2 for pass rush. 2nd and 3rd picks IOL?

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A Chuck twitter alias? From CWBChicago:

    A thoughtful person sent a bag of candy penises to @jussiesmollett in care of CPD’s 1st District station. Unfortunately, Mr. Smollett is no longer at the address and the “bag of dicks” has been returned.

    I’m betting nobody ever did that to Tupac.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From Fox News:

    “Dinosaur Bar-B-Que” is facing backlash over a sandwich named after Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner who was arrested Friday in connection with a prostitution and human trafficking sting at a Florida massage parlor. The Syracuse-based chain posted an image on its Facebook and Twitter page of a pulled pork sandwich, which was named after the 77-year-old. “This week ONLY stop into the Syracuse Dinosaur to get a ‘Robert Kraft’ aka the Jerked and Pulled Chicken Sandwich,” the caption read.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm. We could have done this with Trent Baalke with the driver an irate niners fan distraught over repeated draft fails.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:



    Billionaires who seek cheap sexual pleasure?

    This just in…
    You’re Fukn rich.
    What’s your conflict?
    Can’t pay the going rate?

    You deserve the humiliation.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Smaller hands, bigger apparatus

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not the number but the lumber.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kraft at 77 still believes in happy endings.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners used franchise tag today on Gould

    They can still strike a longer term deal with him or trade him to Chicago for a second round pick if they’ll bite.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to the court papers Kraft was the Patriot. He was no Minuteman, he was timed at 14 minutes.

    Rimshot… low hanging fruit

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe good luck won’t be a random thing for us this year.

    Cleveland Browns, yeah those stumblebums if you listen to blog exspurts. They took a chance at LT and gave us Shon Coleman.

    Picked up #2 Glen Robinson who failed with LAR, then the Lions. He earned his way up last year from a glimmer of hope to their starting LT by midseason. Just got a new one year contract.

    Shon will have a full offseason for us then get him 100% of preseason snaps at both OT. Some of that Glen Robinson mid-career magic needs to transfer to him.

    Limited picks this year for pass rush and IOL. Both are strong this draft so let’s belly up to the bar. No bidding wars for FA’s. Still in a rebuild, save the cap for next year.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom the stats will start flying at the end of the week in Indy.
    All the guys involved with protecting Kyler Murray are on my radar.
    Depending on the results from Indy, OG Cody Ford is likely the top rated Sooner on that OL. He also appears to be the slowest.

    Hence, we should stand a good chance of seeing Ben Powers, Bobby Evans and Dru Samia later than RD1. I was pretty impressed with Samia’s nasty streak in Mobile too. Good OL options should be very affordable down the Board.
    Center Erik McCoy from TX A&M is another guy I’ll watching for.
    All comes down to Bench Reps and movement skills for me.
    Crossing my fingers for Deebo with our 2nd RD Pick. Hope he makes it.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bungles are dangling WR John Ross who was a 1st round pick 2 years ago as 9th pick. Might be had for a 5th rounder.

    He ran a 4.22 at the combine and needs a change of teams.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m going to have 2 Longhorns on my radar in Indy.
    Charles Omenihu and Kris Boyd.
    Hoping either/both will be around in RD3/4.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Saw Omenihu and liked his motor in Mobile.
    Want to see Boyd in drills/40 –

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pats are looking good for the Draft – 12 total Picks, 7 in the 1st 4 RDs.
    JAX with 6 in the 1st 4.
    Be nice if we could add another 3 somehow. We have no 5 or 7.
    Gotta see who’s willing to buy Pick 2.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Boyd needs to be more consistent he makes the big play and then a quarter later gets burned Could have value as a 3rd round pick.

    Omenihu will be gone in the second round so it depends what they do with first pick.

    If they still need a WR in 4th round and Denzel Mims, Hakeem Butler or LJ Humphery are there then I’d take one of those guys.

    Adding one of the top 3 TEs with second pick would be a great move.
    All of the sudden Hockensen has moved in front of teammate Fant. or Bama TE Irv Smith Jr would make Kittle even more dangerous in Shanahan’s offense when they go 2 TEs. If one of those guys are there
    when Niners pick in second round I’d consider taking one of them.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Both of you get into the details starting with March 1 OL. Samia 297 lbs? If any of these guys cannot anchor and do good pass pro, should be DOA for our draft board.

    Athletic and big DT’s blew up Person and injured Richburg. Need athletic but big IOL @ 310 lbs please.

    ARI has GM on death watch and needs to be safe for #1. Doubt he goes insane for a midget QB at #1. Or any team does a trade up. Dangle AA for #1? FA planning can become crystal clear.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom a College kid can easily add 20lbs of muscle with an NFL Trainer.
    ZBS requires agility first and foremost.
    Walsh McKittrick made a living with smaller mobile guys.
    Strength and agility still have my attention.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ask Peyton about a guy named Jeff Saturday.
    He was a technician and considered undersized too.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Remember Randy Cross?
    I know you do.
    Not a big guy either.
    You can protect the Center with larger OGs.
    Coaching matters just as much.
    Where’s our next Bobb?

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bobb McKittrick was a wonder as the Oline coach.

    A guy still coaching that was an old Niner Olineman is Howard Mudd. He’s been around for 40 years coaching so he must doing something right.

    Dan Audick was the Niner’s Super Bowl LT and he was 6’2″ 270 lbs.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers commit to a fully guaranteed salary of more than $9 million for defensive end Arik Armstead for the fifth-year option for the first-round draft pick of 2015.”

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Commit, sounds like lawyerspeak to me. How about Muhammed Wilkerson for AA, one up. Mo can be our nose tackle on base downs. Both are one year deals.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, just frustrated with AA and Thomas. Mo is an FA now.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Alex, I will take overdrafted NFL players for 100 dollars.

    Jeopardy host: Jed York, 49er president, recently admitted to $400,000 in psychiatrist bills. What caused this.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    SF-Troop Bakkentom…Hekawi Tribe.
    Crazy Cat (Jed) likely needed a little time with the Medicine Man, Roaring Chicken, to get that overly circular head of his back on it’s axis. Gravitational/Lunar forces and all..Plus, the grind of running a once proud NFL Franchise off the cliff takes it’s toll.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Chefs have put Justin Houston on the trade block.
    By trading him now they save $14 mil in cap space.
    His base salary is $15 mil and he’s 30 years old. Last year he had 9 sacks in 12 games.

    Offer a 4th round pick in this year’s draft OR a 3rd rounder in the 2020 draft for Houston who has at least 4 more productive years left.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Assessment of Earl Thomas.

    If Niners add Thomas and Houston they severely upgrade the defense by expending a middle round pick.

    Cowgurls have plans to lock up Demarcus Ware and Ezekiel Elllot and have to lock up Amari Cooper. Do they have the cap room for Thomas?

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Jest have declared that their 3rd pick in draft is up for trade and now Seattle has their first rounder up for trade because they only have 4 draft picks this year.

    Seems like there’s going to be a lot of teams willing to deal and a lot of competition.

    Should be interesting

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Comes down to slot value for me too Bullit.
    This system is all about Picks.
    If you can acquire extras, you weigh that against your Scouting.
    Many GMs have died because Scouting and slotting didn’t produce.
    Hypothetically, you think Omenihu is much better than a guy everyone ha hyped. If another GM wants the hyped guy and, has plenty to offer, why the Fuk not?
    Usually it’s QBs, this year it’s pass rushers for the most part.
    Top slots are valuable.
    Pretty simple.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Everyone remembers the busts.
    No one forgets the steals.
    JaMarcus or Joe?
    Find the steals, (Buy Low)…
    Sell the slot, (Sell High)

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Cards are falling in love with Kyler Murray and Bosa is theirs for the taking at 2. The trend has been a QB always emerges that people fall in love with. Kyler Murray is being considered the hybrid of Mahomes/Mayfield, a QB that their new coach Kingsbury would love to have and fits his offense.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Garrett Bradbury runs a 4.92 Bakkentom.
    Mobility looks good for a ZBS no?

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    34 Reps too.
    I call him legit.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Short arms and reports of poor pass pro and anchoring need checking out.

    Jenkins, Lindstrom, and McGovern may be better?

    Will any of these guys turn out better than Jonathon Cooper, Bradbury and Lindstrom similar size. Cooper not so good in pass pro, anchoring and power.

  40. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    34 reps with short arms.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, need to thoroughly vet these picks. Enough misses and cannot make it over the finish line. Detroit Lions wasted Stafford.

    Jimmy G needs enough quality teammates since he is no Andrew Luck.

    No T Rex’s on the OL might be a good thing. Cooper must have killed the combine to go #7.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Short arms are typically an indication of IOL vs OT.
    I like Lindstrom too.
    Bench reps is good star for the Center position IMO.
    Need upper body strength to stone NT. Anchor important too, no doubt but, he’s got good mobility which matters as well.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Niners are meeting with some receivers at the combine

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a sign.

    No draft picks on DB’s this year. Lighten the draft board. Focus on key position groups.

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- it’s also good to have a low center of gravity if you are a center.
    I wouldn’t believe any coach or GM as far as the draft and FA goes right now it’s their job to keep other teams on their heels.

  46. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    KS had Alex Mack in CLE and traded for him a few years later in ATL. One of the best. 6’4″ 311 but ran a 5.17 40 back in his combine.

    Jenkins and McGovern diD not run the 40. ZBS phobic? Do Lindstrom and Bradbury have body types to put on muscle without losing mobility. 315 lbs with killer reach blocks and able pass pro possible?

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Mack and Weston Richburg make the same per year. Believe it or not. 9.5 mil per year.

    Trust the draft board. Bias toward edge, big WR, IOL for first 3 picks. GM getting an idea if Thomas, AA, and BDN have acceptable trade value and letting other 31 know the three are available for bundling on draft day for trade ups. Field calls and let the draft board guide 2nd and 3rd picks.

    Those 3 position groups are a strength this year and fit our needs perfectly. Lining up for Lynch’s best draft.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One guy the Niners probably won’t draft is DE Jachai Polite from Florida based on what he revealed after the interview

    “Yeah, I talked them the first day. They bashed again. A lot of people bashed me I’m not going to lie…they didn’t even really speak about football.”

    When asked details Polite said they asked him a lot of “why” questions”

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Edge 40 times great for Montez Sweat 4.46, good Brian Burns 4.64, good Bosa 4.79, so so charles Omenihu 4.93.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Large enough IOL that are ZBS OZ capable in this draft. A 2nd should mean potential starter in rookie year.

    3 mil a year is OK for backup. Lynch could be going overly conservative. Hedging is not a bad thing for that amount. CYA mode apparently.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping Deebo makes it to RD2. All hinges on Pick 1.
    If Lynch slides back things get interesting.
    Rashan Gary ran well and Clelin did well too.
    Still don’t know if Allen as OLB makes sense in slot 2.
    I still see him more a fit in a 3-4.

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    There is at least 5 good IOL from late 1st into all of 2nd. Like the WR and IOL draft pool for 2nd and 3rd pick.

    Read that Gary is not a bender around the edge.

  53. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We could double dip on edge. This class is deep, some great combine scores. #2 LEO/edge1 then in 2nd SAM/edge2.–edge-defenders-winners-losers-and-risers

    Some good guys may drop to our 2nd pick. We have a 3rd and 4th that can be traded up for quality players of need. We can get 4 starters from day 1 and day 2.

    Remember KStreet is basically in this draft class also.

    Actually the above is the conservative draft. I prefer #2 QWilliams and LEO/edge1 with second pick.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners just signed Person to a 3 year extension.
    Per PFF Person graded out 17th out of 70 guards with 400+ snaps last season.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Omenihu is still on my Board Bakkentom. Yeh, the 40 wa meh but, he moves well, has the the long arms and, just looks more promising to me than Bosa.
    Sorry but, I can’t get into all the Bosa-hype. Not on my radar.
    Sweat has some baggage but, I don’t think it’s a deal-breaker? Have to follow up on it. Even so, Sweat rates ahead of Bosa for me too.
    Still think Quinnen/Gary/Ferrell are better options if Lynch sticks at 2.
    Could you see a deal where Shanny takes DK with the 1st Pick?
    If Lynch sells out of slot 2 for an additional 1, I could see it.
    Right now, my perfect ‘steal’ would be to pair Andy Isabella with Wes Welker.

  56. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    My limited view on Jimmy is he is great with short and intermediate passes with his quick release motion. He cannot use that with long passes. DK uses all of the field with his size and speed.

    Until Jimmy can prove he can execute the long passing game as well as short and medium, I would not take a 1st on a WR1 yet.

    IMO the best strategy is #2 QWilliams to pair with DeFo for a killer interior rush in the nickel-dime that is 60-70 % of the time. Those two are a force multiplier on the less capable edge 1 and edge2 so we can draft an edge with the second pick and have patience to develop an Omenihu or Polite, who will drop after his bash stuff.


    Kind of ignorant on WR’s but seems to be more good big WR’s for day 1 and 2. If Shanahan sees enough in Garnett maybe we have our IOL already at least for 2019. Person and Richburg cannot handle pass pro with quality DT’s. Pocket collapses quickly on BDN and he saved a sack by getting the ball out early. Prefer IOL in April but need to trade up the 4th and 3rd to get better chance of a starter caliber IOL in 2nd.

  57. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If we get QW at #2 then he is big end on base so AA gets traded. Can keep Thomas for edge2 since two picks on pass rush is enough for this draft. So Thomas is edge2 only. If he is not good enough then trade him.

  58. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Gary and Ferrell gone in mid teens at latest. Burns and Sweat also. From what I read. I don’t watch games or video.

  59. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    KS saw a lot from Senior Bowl week. Am just leery of getting cute and waiting on targeted players to drop to us. To be safe am hoping the 3rd and 4th get traded up to the 2nd.

    I like to think KSTREET is our 5th. Do not want to trade down for more picks. Like the 2nd for better odds. Pick up the shoulda been 1st’s.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Knowing that Polite is trouble why would Lynch draft him????

    Draftng QW is repeating what the Jest did in expending first round picks on interior Dlinemen. Jest could not tie up salary cap and end up letting two of the three Richardson and Wikerson walk in 5 years.

    The team needs to use one of their first 3 picks on a WR and another pick on a TE that can be a receiving threat in two TE sets.

    They also need to draft a LB to replace Malcom Smith.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Draft will come down to who they sigh in free agency.

    They can fill some holes with Free Agents which will determine who they draft.

    There is now a 50% chance that the Cards draft Murray at #1 which would allow the Niners to take Bosa.

    To trade the pick at#2 would take a 1st rd pick in top twelve as well as 2 number 2 picks and 3rd and 4th rounders.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t you like the sound of those extra Picks falling into the kitty for that 2nd Pick Bullit?
    I sure do.
    I’ve been running through Combine numbers and can’t believe the talent that is coming into this Draft.
    Sheer numbers are easy to compare, interviews etc are another story entirely.
    I’ve had my eyes opened to several guys from Penn St this weekend.
    DE Kevin Givens is one, 6’1″/285 with a 1.59 split, and 32 Reps was impressive. Had me thinking of Ahmad Brooks, in a heavier package.
    So many ways to evaluate the strategy if slot 2 is sold.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kawakami is reporting that the Giants have an offr of OBJ for the #2 on the table.
    Lynch/Shanahan have indicated they have not spoken to Steelers re Antonio Brown.

    Over the weekend Brown didn’t help himself by saying he doesn’t need football or the money at this stage of his life. That’s why Niners should stay away from this guy who will be trouble.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thought this guy was impressive in Indy also –
    Hakeem Butler- Iowa State – 6’5″/227 – 4.48 – 36″ Vert 35-1/4″ Arms.

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17