Same Old, New Old

The blogs have been around for only about five years or so and this will be the first 49er offseason of that era which features a winning team and organization as its subject matter. Uncharted waters.

And calm waters, versus troubled. Troubled waters call for a lot of screaming and yelling on the decks as the crew attempts to stay afloat on the NFL ocean. Calm waters would seem to indicate a lot of staring peacefully out to sea, sunning on the poop-de-doo deck, and lots of yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Nice, but possibly boring.

Thank god for Alex Smith!

Early returns from the offseason chatter indicate Alex (as usual) will be topic number one, with Michael Crabtree occupying a distant number two spot. At least until Free Agency begins on March 13th.

Some old standbys from recent years will not be appearing, though. “York is a dork” and the “franchise is a laughingstock” and “we need a real GM” have pretty much been erased by 13-3, NFC West champions, a scheduled ground-breaking on a new stadium, and an epic win over the Saints in the playoffs. So long, punching bags. Have fun in Maui!

Between the blogs and the O-lines, Alex has absorbed more punishment than all three Ali vs Frazier fights combined. His psyche should have caulifower neurons.

Still, there has been a dramatic shift in abuse from previous years. Alex is no longer a guy who is nothing but a second stringer, and no longer a guy who will get benched after six games, and no longer a guy who will NEVER take his team to the playoffs, and no longer a guy who will NEVER win a playoff game. No, those assurances by Bloggers Who Know, Inc. have been replaced by Alex Will Never Win A Superbowl! One blogger, whom I will not name out of respect for NoFear’s privacy, even suggests the bar of Alex acceptance should be He Will Never Win TWO SBs.

My, my, my. How far we’ve come in Year One of the Harbaugh era.

Year Two has already been anointed as a We Won’t Be As Good year. The early Vegas lines seem to think so. The Niners are only around the tenth favorite to make it to the SB. Last year, Vegas had them at about the 27th least likely to get there. Again, My, my, my, how far …

Still, some things don’t change. Last year, Harbaugh was stupid to re-sign Smith and this year he’s expected to be stupid again. Hmmm. Give me some of that old time stupid!

The real question of the offseason, IMHO, is whether Trent Baalke can repeat or even approach his near flawless efforts of 2011. His FA signings were sensational contributors and his draft produced FOUR major first year contributors. Plus a talented QB to groom for the future. It will be tough to replicate that golden touch. Especially from the bottom of each and every draft round.

The first solid inkling is that we are not seeing Trent hamming it up at Pebble Beach this week or spotted at a local bar slugging down tequila. In fact, he is not visible at all. We shall surmise he is hard at work attempting to stay off the front pages of the blogs and back on page six, where the real news is carefully hidden.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the course of the 2011 the plan on how to integrate Kaepernick into the offense changed. Originally you though Harbaugh would utilize CK in featured plays once or twice a game.Kaepernick only appeared in 3 games with 2 being mopup duty in blowouts. He gained very little on the field experience to challenge Alex Smith in 2012 despite his interview bravado.
    There is no substitute for playing time in a meaningful game.
    I believe if CK is the future Harbaugh will get him into games where he can throw at least 50 passes and get his feet wet by feeling a pass rush and dissecting a defense. Harbaugh needs to prepare someone in case of injury to the starting QB.
    It’ll be interesting if they brought in Josh Johnson or whomever.
    Someone has also suggested they sign Jason Campbell to compete with Smith.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t believe you sign Johnson or Campbell at this point unless you KNOW Colin cannot get it done. Because neither is going to unseat Alex. Both of those guys are journeymen. You develop CK unless you make the determination he has no future, and if so then you draft another QB before bringing in a very limited and expensive FA.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Vernon Davis: “Ok so I’m trying to decide which suit I want to put on but I just forgot my 10 best fitting shirts are in the cleaners. Bummer dude!”
    It’s so tough being rich and famous.

  4. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, Cappy;s progression depends on what the Niners do with Alex. If he gets a 3 year deal, then Cappy will likely get mop-up duty late in the season. Depending on how fast (or even if) the Niners get the lead in the west. If they fro some reason sign him to a one year deal, then it’s a differentscenario. I don’t think it plays out that way, but you never know.
    As far as Crabs goes, per the last thread, Crabs is on my shit list. yeah he came around toward the end of the year, but he vanished in the playoffs. He was gutless in the NO game, and a non-entity in the NYG game.
    What he needs to do is attend and participate in a training camp.
    And, Spitty, changing QBs like you change your clothes (once a week) ain’t gonna cut it. Cappy could win the west. Or he could struggle to a nice 8-8 record, and we’d be on the outside looking in while the QB that actually played pretty well in 2011 is sitting on the bench? It makes no sense. A team that was 13-3 isn’t about to waste a season developing a young QB. No way. No how.
    Geneous. Brilliant. If Harbaugh and co. came out and annointed Cappy as the starter for the 2012 season, the backlash would be incredible. Mainly in the locker room. How would benching Smith be justified after the season that just happened? For all the talk of guys like Dildo and Simms, look at their numbers. Dildo was something like 13 TDs/17 picks. Horrendous. Smith put up solid numbers running this offense in (fairly) safe mode. How about you let the young guy sit on the bench and learn the game? You know. Like Aaron Rodgers did. Cappy’s tall, athletic, and has a cannon for an arm. What is the point of rushing him into the starting job when the team was one play from the Super Bowl.
    You think it’s worth taking a chance and starting the 2nd year guy while he may or may not catch on, at the cost of winning games and reaching the playoffs? Because you think Smith isn’t the answer? Boo hoo. Too bad for us, we have to hear this shit for another year.

  5. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    At this point, the Niners are standing pat at QB. They are not going to go nuts and get some one like Campbell or Flynn or Manning. The ony reason they’d do that is if they didn’t sign Alex Smith. Very unlikely at this point.
    Vey bad news for this blog as we get to hear Spitty whine about this for the foreseeable future.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If your reasoning that Crabtree hasn’t been in Training Camp or past OTAs then it was because he was hurt. I believe this is a little more sophisticated than calling in sick or telling them you have an “owie”
    The trainers and med staff check you out and if there’s swelling or some kind of trauma to the injured area they shut you down.
    This is the part of Crabtree that is misunderstood. Everyone thinks he’s taking a vacation.
    His contract is structured so he can opt out of his sixth year if he meets certain performance standards.I do think Crabtree is ready to breakout and I would hate for it to be on another team.
    Like I said we can’t trade him until we have 2 players better than him.
    This might be the “Curse of TO” because we have been searching for his replacement since he forced that trade.

  7. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, for whatever reason, the Crabman act is wearing thin. Maybe he is misunderstood by the fans at large. I don’t know. The players seem to think he’s busting his ass. Maybe he really was hurt, but between the holdout, his dissing of his QB last year, and the new shoe problem in camp, it sure seems like he’s looking for the easy way out.
    All I’m saying is if there’s another mystery injury and he misses significant practice time, I’d really be hesitant not to cut the guy. Edwards was the same deal to a certain extent. Harbaugh felt he wasn’t bringing enough in practice, so he was cut. For all of Singletary’s talk of ‘can’t win with selfish players’ Harbaugh doesn’t talk, he acts upon it. No gabbing to the press, no teeth-gnashing about it. Poof, you’re gone.
    Crabs had a decent year last year. However, he had a lot of drops, and plays where he didn’t get his feet down when he should have. These are mental errors. Ones that come about from not enough reps, and not enough care for what you are doing. And certainly Crabs and Smith struggle with consistency. Something that can ONLY be helped by them practicing together. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now, but another missed camp? Forget it. That will be his last bridge, and the obvious tell that he wants out.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the New Orleans game Crabtree was credited with dropping 3 passes. If you recall one of the drops was on a tipped pass which shouldn’t have been held against him.
    Regular season Crabtree has 7 drops which ranked him tied for 10th in the NFL. Roddy White led the NFL with 15 drops followed by Dwayne Bowe with 12 and Desean Jackson with 9 drops.
    No excuses but Crabtree definitely must improve on this weakness to his game.

  9. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    my biggest problem with Crabs is his attitude. He held out because he didn’t feel he was getting what he ‘deserved’ because of DHB going in front of him. He follows that up with decent season, but nothing where you go Wow! Look at that! Is that on Smith? Sure, to a certain extent, but he doesn’t take care of the ones he SHOULD catch, let alone make the difficult ones.
    I mean, take a look at Dwayne Bowe. A guy who has less then stellar QBs throwing to him (and I think we can agree than Smith is better than Cassel and Palko or Orton.
    The point is, Bowe made those QBs look BETTER. As did Manningham and Cruz for the Giants. They made tough catches during crunch time. Crabs did little to help Smith.

  10. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Gisele Bundchin blamed the receivers… ’cause that’s what girls do.
    I watched Josh Johnson closely this year. Johnson did get in some regular season games. That dude is a backup quarterback. Nothing more. Johnson, Campbell, Smith? Talk about the C team. Since when are Niner fans so adamant about having terrible qb play in SF? It’s like, if the guys good, we don’t want him because he could beat out Alex Smith…. hilarious. Campbell and Johnson?
    I’m beginning to think Harbaugh makes qbs great underneath him, but then they suck else where. I’ll be really god damn interested to see what happens with Andrew Luck his first couple of years in the NFL.

  11. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Jim Harbaugh’s never won a championship at any level. Re-signing Smith to a three year deal will insure that trend continues for at least three more years.

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What if Cappy craps out this year as the starter since you appointed him the next Nate Davis? What then? Tolzein? Draft 14 more QBs between now and the 2013 season? Brilliant!

  13. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Neither had Walsh. What’s your point?

  14. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The New England Patriots:

    The AFC flat out sucks. The only reason the Pats were in the Super Bowl is because the AFC sucks so bad. The Giants, Saints, Niners and Packers could have beaten the Patriots.
    Next year the AFC doesn’t get any tougher or better. Does anyone really believe in upcoming teams like the Broncos, Raiders, Bengals and Texans? I mean as legit Super Bowl contenders? The AFC is void of dominant teams so the Patriots could continue to walk through to the Super Bowls for a few more years. Hopefully they’ll keep losing and destroying their legacy – a legacy that should rightfully be more tarnished than it currently is because of Bill Belichick’s cheating. To me, that’s a bigger deal than people made of it. You cheat in the Super Bowl, even if there weren’t rules against it at the time, you should be disciplined heavily by the commissioner. The league can (and has) found general rules for players and applied them to transgressions that technically have nothing in the books making the act illegal. They could have prosecuted and suspended Belichick. They didn’t, however, do anything to Belichick because Bob Kraft makes the NFL a boat load of money. So once again, the rich buy off the system.
    Now, however, the AFC is weak and the Patriots, with Brady and Welker and a shell of a defense, are going to be contenders regardless if they’d be the fifth or even sixth best team if they were in the NFC.
    If they lose another Super Bowl, their legacy will be really, really tarnished, and guess what – they deserve it. I’m hoping, however, a new AFC power house will emerge. The Steelers are getting old, and the Ravens have Flacco….. sigh.

  15. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Take a look back at Elvis Grbak, Guy Benjamin, Bill Musgrave, and Steve Bono. These were all servicable backups to Montana/Young. How did they do elsewhere? They sucked. What’s your point? It’s a bad thing to make QBs look good in the system you are running?
    As usual, you throw 200 lb of shit against the wall to see what sticks. Unfortunately for you, the shit only sticks to you.

  16. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, thatlast one was 500 lb of shit.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The truth detector has gone off again and shows you to ba a liar.
    This post you made “Jim Harbaugh’s never won a championship at any level” is a lie perprtrated by a troll.
    The truth is as Univ of San Diego
    Head Coach Harbaugh won 2 championships.
    “The following year, the team improved to 11–1 and won the 2005 Pioneer Football League Championship. In 2006, USD again went 11–1 winning their second consecutive Pioneer League title in the process”.
    And being the idiot you are your selective memory has forgotten he won the NFC West Championship this year.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Poor Spitty now that Harbaugh has decided to go with Alex Smith,Spitty has decided to turn on the coach and trash him too.
    That’s what hater trolls do.
    Always making up BS and presenting it as fact hoping that nobody does a fact check.
    Spitty should definitely be branded as a lying piece of roadkill.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Further update.
    Spitblood Chronicles has had a total of six comments cince the end of Nov and 3 of them are from Spitty.
    The Spitblood Cheonicles might be the most sorry ass 49er blog in existence. It sucks and it’s sorry ass pathetic. It’s a joke jist like it’s namesake and founder.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If it were me, I’d spend $29.999M of that cap space on a new QB(s).

  21. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Del – what about dumping Smith and just starting Colin Kaepernick? Tolzien as the back? Yates did okay for the Texans. You’re smart enough to see that Harbaugh can protect and coach Kaep the exact same way he’s quickly developed Josh Johnson, Andrew Luck and Alex Smith. If Harbaugh can do that with those guys, that quickly, surely he can win the still weak NFC West with Kaep. That would save the 49ers a lot of “Kaep space,” and the 49ers would then be able to re-sign everyone and be able to afford additions beyond just their draft class. Peyton would be a stop gap, and we’ve had enough of those around here. I want a long term franchise qb. The best two options are Kaep and Flynn, and Kaep is a whole hell of a lot cheaper. Plus he’s homegrown. The only concern I have with Kaep is his deep ball, but it’s not like Smith’s deep ball is Rivers-esque. Let Kaep learn on the job to throw the deep ball, alla Steve Young. Alex Smith is an old dog, and you can’t teach an old dog to change his brand of peanut butter.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


  23. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    You mean “floundering” like Gisele Bundchin – blaming the wide receivers? That’s what girls do… they blame the receivers.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Glub, glub, glub.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Does it bother you that much that a non player stood up for her husband while being heckled?
    She didn’t get into a fetal position like you would do and strt weeping and sucking your thumb.
    Maybe you should watch the game again and realize she spoke the truth.

  26. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    You know I kinda like cruising like this on the good ship Forty Niners. Plenty of sun, nice weather, so clear you can almost see a bright future right from here…
    And wasn’t that great when the crew forced that one guy, whatshisname,to walk the plank?

  27. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:,0,3915651.story
    Maybe Unca’s right? Even a psychopath finds a blind nurse to give him shock therapy once in a while.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No Fear

    The fact that Harbaugh announced the other day that Alex Smith is his guy just sticks in your craw.
    It’s quite amusing to watch you haters squirm and whine.

    We all know this because the only time you post is to bash Alex Smith or whine.

    To help you keep track the Niners lost a total of 4 games this year
    with the last one courtesy of Kyle Williams.

    14-4 is pretty damn good when nobody was expecting much. Just not good enough for the haters.

  29. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoCheer, the funny thing is you don’t post anything about the 49ers. You never say things like wow, the team really did well this year. Harbaugh did a nice job righting the ship in short order. How about that draft by Baalke? You know, some kind of acknoledgement of the turnaround.
    EVERY post is Alex Smith bashing in one way or another.
    I mean you seem relatively intelligent (or maybe I’m mistaken) and can put thoughts to paper well enough, but you have a fixation on Alex to the detriment of whatever insight you have to offer.
    I know why Spitty does it. You, I just don get.

  30. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmmm. 3 neck surgeries in 19 months. No playing time last season. Reports from Indy that he’s not healing right. That’s what I based my idea that Manning won’t play this season. Not wished, hopes, or prayers.
    Unlike you, I don’t just make shit up, post it, and call it gospel.

  31. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, Alex has had his struggles, eh? But name me all the QBs who have gone 13-3 and were then benched the following season.

  32. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously… backup the crazy wagon. All aboard, Unca!

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I neglected to mention that the remaining $1,000 from my cap space would be blown on Budweiser and a 5/2 shot at Santa Anita. But I think that was a given.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Look in the mirror to see who’s crazy. Everything you say here is media hype. From Brady’s wife, to Eli Manning to signing Peyton Manning to Matt Flynn.
    Hell you just let the headlines run your pathetic little Xbox life.
    Not sure whether it’s funny or pathetic but you were trying to strongarm Skeebs into making a stupid bet with you about Peyton Manning. That bet had loser written all over it for you but naturally a moron doesn’t see it coming.
    Just like everything else the truth flies in your face.
    Just like your little speech that Peyton was going to showcase his arm in a media event like TO had.
    How many times can one person be wrong Spitty? Just pitiful.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    When a moron imbecile troll such as yourself calls other people crazy what does it mean?
    Absolutely nothing.

  36. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Just a thousand dollars? Paarage’s their accountant. He’s an oil man. Saudi oil. They understand large expense accounts, and they also like the ponies. I think if you had excess to the extra cap money, you could recreate Bruster’s Millions – which is a fine movie in its own right. Is that John Candy over there?

  37. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:


  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think you mean “Brewster’s Millions” with Pryor and Candy. I wouldn’t have any problem blowing $30M in 30 days. Peyton’s bonus nearly wipes it all away. And the remaining $2M might last me the weekend in Vegas. Hookers for everyone!

  39. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    No, I meant Bruster’s Millions. That’s the spelling on the title of the original manuscript. The studio changed it, but I won’t – due to added hilarity. And I don’t like hookers. In the immortal words of George Constanza – “Why pay for something when you can just apply a little effort.” Now I’m not knocking hookers (Great Knockers!), but I am saying I could create a little more “Kaep room,” for the party… which in no way increases my odds of being invited, or liked, which makes the entire fantasy more realistic… and enjoyable.

  40. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, NoFear? Can you provide that list?

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Raiduhs just released CB Stanford Routt. As of tomorrow anyone can sign him if they wish.
    “Oakland released cornerback Stanford Routt on Thursday, less than a year after the team gave him a “five-year, $54.5 million” contract”
    Way overpaid for being just average.

  42. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear – Unca is Bullit.

  43. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Slighted? By who? You? Of course you don’t answer any questions, NoCheer. My ambivalence toward Alex was always tempered by the fact he never had an offensive coach.
    You on the other hand, provide nothing but vitriol and hate, as usual. That’s why I keep steering you toward spitty’s blog. You 2 would make a fine pair. Of something.
    Let’s hear your thoughts on Steve Young.

  44. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ah… Can’tcha just feel the freaking love?

    I need more popcorn…

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nofair If I’m a Chihuahua then you’re a titmouse. Curious that V pointed out the spelling on SF Gate. Guess it never occured to you or your alterego that Bullitt was already taken.
    Pat yourself on the back you won today’s spelling bee.
    And by the way the truth hurts doesn’t it? It’s either whining and bitchin or nothing from you and everyone sees it Gomer.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Of the group, which is the most productive?
    Our ‘Core’ needs to get help.
    Harbaugh provided some insight this year.
    They learned to win, they saw what they could do.
    We’ll need help for the WR.
    Gore got needed rest from Hunter, Vernon learned the WCO and grew into a ‘Receiver’ role.
    Alex learned to manage a game.
    Big question remains, can Alex learn to be a pocket passer?
    Can he take more shots into tight coverage? Ala Eli to Manningham in the biggest game.
    We’ll have a normal Off Season this year to address our roster and FA.
    I want to see which guys stick for the shot to win and those that ‘opt out’ for a bigger payday.
    I trust Baalke will make fair offers to those he feels belong and will have alternate plans for those that get away.
    After all, it’s a business.
    There are those that play to win and, those that play to get paid,
    (Braylon, Aubrayo).
    It’s a delicate balance.
    Good Teams do it well.
    So far, I consider us a Good Team.
    After a successful Season, other FAs will also feel we are a good Team.
    Perhaps that leads to another FA bargain like Carlos or Whitner?
    That’s what keeps your Cap in order.
    Good GMs find good personnel fits at the right price.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s also remember that the NYG squeaked into the Playoffs late and ran the table.
    We’re being built from the ground up.
    We’re young and still learning to be successful.
    Our Division is weak and we now have a ‘Leg Up’.
    Let’s hope we can add some pieces on both sides of the ball to make us stronger for the long haul.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Yes it would be nice if you took your own advice and cheered for this team.
    Instead your stinkin attitude is status quo from last year when they were 6-10. A +7 in wins should be commended by any fan except you.
    We get it, you’re bitter and like to complain no matter how looney.

  49. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kumbaya this motherfurkers.
    Criminy, NoFear. A little humor would help out some. Take a chill pill and chiiax. You need to unwind a bit and take it down a few notches.
    Nominally we’re here to talk about the Niners. A team that make gigantic strides to becoming a force to be reckoned with. You don;t like the QB? Gee, I think we get it. Your last 3,298 posts have one topic. Sir Alex Smith.
    Most of the people here are fairly realistic about the team.

  50. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I honestly want some of Unca’s meds. I’m not kidding.

  51. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, skippy, you need to taper off.

  52. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s why I said most people. You don’t qualify as a person.

  53. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca Chuck = Bullit = both crazier than a sh!t house rat. Sh!t house rat? What movie’s that from?

  54. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yo mama . . .

  55. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You barely qualify as a life form.

  56. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    In celebration of Chuck going nuckin’ futs.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- “taper off”? Do you know why shit is tapered?

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So your ass don’t bang shut!

  59. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Awwww, man – you guys are in luck, boy – in luck. Ole’ Stinkle has the case of the stinkles and he’s knee deep in Copehagen and Tecate. YOU. ARE. IN. LUCK.
    So let’s put down our swords, our pre-conceived notions, our hatred, and let’s talk. Let’s reason with each other like the gentlemen that we are. There’s no reason for the bloodshed. There’s no call for it. I’m human. You’re human. The 49ers are great. They’re struggling to return to dominance, and we all disagree about how to get there. Can’t we all just get along for a minute? Okay? Great. I feel the love.
    Try this one on for size with me. First off all – can we all agree and recognize that the 49ers are a ball control, field position, make no mistakes, team? Can we all agree on that? Sure we can. What imbecile would claim the NFC Championship game was realized through lights-out offensive displays that gave grandma an orgasm? Nobody.
    So the 49ers are about to go into the off season (well, they’re actually there now) with about 30 million in cap money available. It’s widely recognized that the draft class needs about 5 million of that 30 million, so that leaves 25 million left for 2012. Are we all still here, buddy, buddy? Gettin’ along great? Fantastic.
    That leaves the 49ers with 25 million, and I think all of us, being reasonable men, think our first priority is re-signing our own. Is that a “yes,” Einstinkle? I think it is. We have guys like Goldson, Rogers, Brooks, Snyder and others awaiting big paydays.
    The 49ers are also about to start embarking on the new challenge of drafting late in rounds, so keeping our own is even more important because it will grow harder for Baalke to replace guys like Brooks in the draft. Still with me?
    So now, with that 25 million left, the 49ers could resign Rogers at 7, Goldson at 7, Snyder at 3 and Brooks at 4. Those are admittedly rough numbers. But the total is 21. That, after the rookies are signed, leaves 4 million for the rest, and other less priorities on the periphery.
    Ah, but wait, we have a problem, don’t we? What about the quarterback position? If we re-sign Goldson, Brooks, Rogers and Snyder to handsome contracts, that leaves no room for Alex Smith. God help us. What do we do?
    The answer is Colin Kaepernick. Wait, wait, wait. Don’t get your quells up. What did we all just agree upon at the very top of this lecture, this uniquely geneous diatribe? We agreed this team was a ball control, field position team. We agreed this team is all about game management, don’t turn the ball over. Don’t go back on your word now.
    If Alex Smith is a game managing quarterback who isn’t going to shoot the lights out, and the 49er formula for success is field goals, punts and running the ball well, why can’t a guy who developed Josh Johnson, Andrew Luck and Alex Smith (with a quickness), also develop Colin Kaepernick with that same expeditious, fevered pitch? The NFC is weak, man… weak.
    Start Kaep keeps all the veterans. Harbaugh gets to, “Bring the band back,” so to speak. But with one small detail changed – the qb. See, everyone’s happy. We all get along. There’s peace at the Outsider. Amen.
    It’s not personal, it’s business, Sonny. I’ll put the gun behind the old toilet, and you come out blastin’. But do it right around 11. 11pm. Square … in the noggin’ – at 11.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    2nd Year in the same System for Alex is more realistic than banking on Kaep and ‘A New Guy’.
    Baalke has a realistic view of Team payscales.
    We should offer fair Contracts to retain our guys.
    Alex will allow that flexibility.
    The task at hand is keeping the Team continuity.
    If Carlos and Dashon can’t fit the budget long term, they can play the FTag card.
    Don’t see Snyder getting a fat offer either.
    Chilo is history, so is Shawntae. There’s money from those guys to recycle.
    This Draft will net ‘Depth’ and perhaps 2 early starters if done well.
    Snyder and Brooks were offered extensions and balked. Perhaps they reconsider, perhaps not.
    Let someone else overpay, we have a good group of guys here, can’t break the budget for any one of them, especially when the glaring need is a WR.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad we had the chance to retain Fangio. He’ll get to call some shots on who comes into his Scheme on D in April.
    Great crop of DBs and DL options.
    LBs aren’t too shabby either.
    We will continue to add the ‘Right’ pieces now that we have a cohesive Staff in place.
    What do pay Ted Ginn this year? He’s not really a Top Flight WR but, he has value in the P/KR game.
    He’s a headscratcher in this FA mix.

  62. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I have numerous predictions for next year’s Forty Niners Team:
    1) 10-6, wins the NFC West and at least one playoff game (Full disclosure- I called for one and done in playoffs this year due to no WRs but Saints game opened my eyes)
    2) Berger will remain even keel yet humorous and insightful, however he will consume his body weight in preferred adult beverages. No one will complain.
    3) Despite our best collective efforts to derail him NJ49er will remain on message and continue to analyse our strengths and weaknesses and offer his many solutions to strengthen our guys. He will make several surprising calls that turn out to be on the money. Perversely he will insist this IS a 49ers blog.
    4) bullit and unca chuck will continue their heroic efforts to contain, refute, defy and ridicule subversive negative nabobs who will not take 14-4 in ’11 as good enough. This will force several more episodes of ‘walking the plank’. This alone will be worth the price of admission. Popcorn extra.
    5) Skeebers, winner of the most recent “11-5 IN YOUR Face Award” for precision analysis and forecasting will steadfastly refuse to gloat more than 6 times over this in 2012. He will be a serious contender for the “I Gave Spitwad a 7th Chance Award”
    6) Grumpy Guy, provider and consumer of popcorn extraordinaire, will gradually lower his costs, increase his margins and make out like a bandit providing popcorn to us mental cripples- And for the distraught here and elsewhere- he cleans up hawking hankies, tissues along with the usual pithy analysis.
    7) Phil will find a dozen new ways to jam his feets in his mouf come 2012 season.
    Yeah, that’s how it’s gonna be. Book it.

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Phil, pretty astute analysis all around.
    What is interesting around here are the personalities.
    Proving once and for all, 9er Fans come in all manner of excitability.
    We can disagree and beat each senseless with opinions but, I think we all agree that the dark days should be done for awhile.
    Everyone wants the next Joe and Jerry.
    That’s what makes Football fun, these guys don’t show up everyday, maybe but once in a generation.
    Nice to know they were ours for as long as they were.
    The Gold Standard was created in SF.
    Hard to top perfection isn’t it?

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No Fair

    “Weak-minded pinheads almost always operate under the theory that their pinheaded view of the world is the only view of the world.”

    Before you even begin making asinine statements like this i would suggest a self evaluation.
    Just like V when losing control of the topic you resort to politics to garner favor from those who share your political bent. The subhect is football and your tactics are old and tired.
    If you can’t discuss football without referring to Obama than you are ill equipped to engage in this discourse.
    Don’t you think the tactic of going after the low hanging fruit and attcking Alex Smith gets very old? Ad Nauseum attacks just don’t hold much water when the team went into overtime in the NFC Championship and was one quick whistle or a muff and a fumble away from the Super Bowl.
    My challenge to you is to come here with something fresh and different if you’re capable.

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I couldn’t figure out what NoFear was trying to say (I don’t speak Igloo as well as I once did), but the “pinhead” reference brought back fond memories. My dad once called an usher a pinhead as he knocked him out of the way for trying to block us from leaving church early. Good old, pops. He had his moments.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Upon further examination you ask the question how many players has a team wanted to jettison after a bad year. That’s a fair question.
    Now how fo you justify jettisoning a QB that led his team to OT in the NFC Championship game with 17 TD passes, 5 INTs and a 91 QB rating?

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is one writer’s list of Free Agents and opinions that I find very interesting and let’s see how many the Niners sign. Wondering if Tyvon Branch or Dwight Lowery might be better options than Goldson.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You follow the same gameplan and read from the same playbook as V and Spitty. You are as predictable as a jimmy Raye running play. Same tired message everytime

  69. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Roethlisberger is whining about having to start over with a new OC, claiming it will set him and his WRs back two or three years. Wimp.

  70. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bet he feels the same way about his new parole officer too. :/

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ben should call Alex. This new coordinator thing is old hat for him. He could give him some advice.

  72. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Nice pass. The crazy baton went from Stinkle to NoCheer in the looneytunes relay race. Yer catching up to Foghorn Leghorn and the Roadrunner. Meep meep!
    Yer not myopic, yer looking thru a microscope, skippy. And you are fixated on Alex Smith. Before that, it was Steve Young. Remember how you used to (spit) when you mentioned him? Is that a tell? Hyuk!
    Pinhead? How about nattering nabob of negativism? If the foo shits . . .
    Since NoFear won’t answer the question, how about you, Spit? Name a team that has gone 13-3 only to bench/trade/cut their starting QB?

  73. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Reading Unca in the morning. What a terrible way to start your day. Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer – don’t know their regular season records, but they won the Super Bowl, and the next year were benched. The difference is, Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer are far superior quarterbacks to Alex Smith. Know why? Both of them have a Super Bowl ring. Alex Smith never will….

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Friday Morning Update

    Spitblood Chronicles 7 days
    zero posts. All quiet on the
    Sociopath’s blog.
    Somebody give him a mercy post and this time he won’t require the reach around.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They have started doing preliminary work in building the new stadium. They got rid of Singletary Hill and it’s a formality when they have the Groundbreaking Press Conference
    where Jed puts the shovel in the ground and the photo ops.
    Matt Barrows does report of Niner Free Agents too.

  76. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kory Sheets now playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

  77. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca Chuck loved Kory Sheets. Chuck wanted Sheets over Gore. He’ll deny it, but he’s crazy anyway.

  78. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, you’ve completely absorbed the V argument for football success, nimrod.
    That Trent Dildo is better than Dan Marino. That Brad Johnson is better than Dan Fouts. That John Gruden is better than Marv Levy.
    Even your trolling is getting tired and lame. What’s left. skippy?

  79. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s getting hard to keep track of all the Skippys on this blog.

  80. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Spitty professes Barry Switzer to be a better coach than Bud Grant.

  81. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone can be skippy. Just post ridiculous inane drivel over and over. Poof! Yer skippy.

  82. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And, Spitty, you didn’t answer the question. Name a team that benched its starting QB that went 13-3? It hasn’t happened.
    Ha ha. By your criteria, every QB in the league should be benched/traded/cut (except for Eli- can’t spell illegitimate without Eli) because they all failed to win the super bowl.
    Let’s see the furious backpedal.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty says he’s never wrong.
    Here’s some predictions in his own words from hia wrethed blog.

    ” Charlie Whitehurst is going to be a star in this league. I really believe that, but Pete Carroll is a ground and pound head coach. Pete wants to control the line of scrimmage and set up the run with the pass. His offensive line is terrible in Seattle, so that, along with bringing over Minnesota’s OC, is probably why Carroll has elected to go with Tavaris Jackson as his starter this year. I can say I blame Carroll. If the offensive line is terrible, you need an athletic qb to play sandlot. But the minute Carroll and Cable get their O line together good enough to create pockets for Whitehurst, watch out”

    “Jake Locker is Steve Young. I’ve been saying it all along. And Jake Locker is a testament to the stupidity of NFL analysts. Micheal Lombardi said Jake Locker was going to the a second or third round pick. Nobody thought Locker was accurate, and everyone pointed to his low Wonderlic score. Paralysis by over-analysis – just watch the kid play. If Jake Locker gets any kind of line protect throughout his career, Locker will be a Hall of Famer. Am I bitter the Niners didn’t take my boy, Locker? You betcha.”

    “Mike Holmgren is one hell of a team president. I love what Holmgren said this off season: The Browns will build slowly through the draft. Browns football is fun to watch because of the new faces that are emerging on that team. Holmgren knows not to get stuck in no man’s land: 7-9 football. You either suck or you’re great, no free agents!”

    The moronic nature and stupidity of these comments speak for themselves. They are 100% Spitty’s
    rants. Spitty is able to predict future HOFers and the Browns are fun to watch and doing it the right way by having 5 straight seasons of 4-12 football. Brilliant analysis on how to build.

    More moronic gems to come for your amusement only.

  84. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Masterful Troll – One little comment and Unca / Bullit have five entries. Who reads that stuff?
    Unca’s crazier than that, “looney up in the nuthouse in Toucus.”

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Maybe we can put this on a Tshirt
    and make tons of money

    Spitblood Chronicles Who reads this garbage? NOBODY!!!

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco the Ray Mcdonald dustup has been resolved with no further penalties warranted especially from the NFL

    “Ray McDonald said proper paperwork was filed to the right place and on time. He was released after the situation was cleared up.”

  87. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er per yer 1:19 AM-

    Amen brother, amen! Gotta agree the nightmare is Ovah!

  88. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, skippy. For the 2,500th time it was the coaching. Mooch was the last coach the Niners have had that was remptely offensive-minded.

  89. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The question is WHY are you posting? Not a peep all season, and now this? You need a lot of cheese to go with that whine.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From SFGate posted by V who now is Badfinger
    “You have Stoner, Kauai, Bullit, Wong, Razor, Faithful, Kevin Lynch, Eric Branch and many others that hand a brain transplant the day the York’s hi-jacked our football team and simply don’t remember Eddie, Walsh and Montana and how they did things the winning way and the standards they left us to defend not to flush down the toilet.

    Then you have Smart, No-Nonsense, fans like Bad Finger, Guest, No Fear, and Nowforsomeoffense, fans who remember and are not easily fooled and don’t just accept and defend anything because they happen to wear our colors. Yes instead of a Sheep just going with the flow, they do the unpopular thing and call out incompetence when seen. They feel a Real Die Hard Fan’s duty is not to accept but to call out the very people who have embarrassed the organization and are the complete opposite of the standards that we should be accustomed to after being known as a once proud dynasty”

    Very funny shit.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This will make you wonder if Spitty is even a bigger Douchebag
    Liar than he’s led us all to believe. Spitty’s post about his past history from Spitblood Chronicles unedited
    “When I was in college at Chico State in 1996 I started blogging under the name Smashmouth. Later, my hatrid for Terry Donahue got me hooked on blogging because Niner fans were used to following their leaders without question (and with good reason). I saw early that Donahue was awful and couldn’t believe other hardcore fans couldn’t see it as well. Then, in 2005 I started using the name Spitblood only because I couldn’t remember good ole Smashmouth’s password. Spitblood is, if you can believe it, a little less out-o-control than Smashmouth was; however, Spitblood’s still been kicked off the Insider for threatening to burn down San Francisco after the Crabtree selection (notice the move from first to third person distancing myself from the banishment?). Matt Maiocco gave Spitblood all of about two weeks on the Press Dem before he saw the shannigans weren’t worth the trouble, and he booted me. My boy, Matt Barrows and I are still good buddies (sweet transition back to first person), with my kind still welcome at the SacBee. But now it’s onto my own blog, with my own ideas, conspiracy theories and geneous hyperbolic arguments.”

    Now if you notice right off the bat he starts the trail of lies.
    In 1996 there were no blogs. Blogs didn’t become mainstream until 2004 so where was he blogging? Donahue was GM from 2001-2005.Notice how he initially spelled the word (geneous)?

    For amusement only. And by the way still no new posts and it’s been a week.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Breaking News: Niners name new President and co-owner. Trent Baalke’s contract extended–Co-Owner/27463750-0b73-453b-bac0-f8326253baf7

  93. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Jed York has lost his presidency to a guy who partly ran Facebook and Youtube. He’s a minority owner. There goes the neighborhood.
    Question is – how much say is this person going to have regarding football matters? If he’s a minority owner, he doesn’t have much. But making him the president is an interesting twist. The 49ers must have either really needed the dough to strengthen their borrowing power from the rest of the owners (league), or Jed York didn’t think the title of president meant much. Either way, Baalke gets a 3 year deal, and Harbaugh has ownership over a barrel, more leveraged than Countrywide, before the purchase / bailout. Ownership doesn’t mean much now, but in five years, it could be significant – especially if Harbaugh hang his hat on… gulp… number 11. He’s a coach killer. Without Harbaugh, the stadium deal never gets done, but with Smith, a Super Bowl will never get realized.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This blog is starting to resemble the insider of yore when us knuckleheads took up the space. You know, before the new knuckleheads showed up!

  95. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I know a lot of you don’t read MM much (actually, I don’t either), but he offered a pretty level headed assessment of AS. Here are some snippets:
    “Perhaps the biggest knock on Smith is that he is reluctant to throw the ball unless he sees a receiver wide open. That’s part of the reason he was so good about avoiding interceptions…”
    “…Smith made a couple nice passes on deep balls to Davis for touchdowns against the Giants. But he missed a potential big-gainer when he did not pull the trigger on a pass to tight end Delanie Walker on a wheel route along the left sideline early in the third quarter. For the most part, Smith did not make his receivers or offensive line better. He did not “throw open receivers” with regularity. And he often held the ball too long and took unnecessary sacks. Smith was sacked 44 times. He could’ve avoided a good number of those sacks.”
    full link is here,

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    All banks are leveraged about the same. That is how the securities market works. Countrywide was no more leveraged than any other major bank. Their problem was they were leveraged with too much bad equity. They securitized too much sub-prime paper. While Chase and B of A were hoilding mostly A paper, Countrywide had too much B paper. This was a bad analogy.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Smith pulled the trigger on the Walker wheel route. Problem was he overthrew it. He throws two perfect long passes for TDs and overthrows one, just like Brady overthrew Welker in the Super Bowl. Difference is one is Brady and one is Smith.
    Here comes the Welker should have cought it excuses from the same people who would be burning Alex at the stake for the same throw.

  98. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “This was a bad analogy.” That’s masterful. It really is. It’s a great troll, and I like trolls. Partial to ’em, actually.
    It’s a great analogy. Money lent, verse value held. B and C paper, which was the most lucrative with credit default swaps, was the pool of rot Countrywide swam in. 2 star became 5 star on the back end, and this is the basic reason we are where we are right now. If there’s one thing you point to regarding our sputtering economy, it’s that. It’s not Obama, Bush, oil, Iraq or the Nazis invading Reno Nevada. Countrywide intentionally lent to sub prime borrowers. Some call it predatory lending. Wonder why CW is no longer in business? – before the lawsuits hit, they got out. Speaking of lawsuits? Anyone see that BofA just settled a “global suit,” which will pay out hundreds of millions?
    Interesting side note to BofA. One of my professors said that Julian Assange (Wikileaks) had so much information on the unscrupulous business practices of BofA that if Wikileaks published it, BofA would go out of business within six months. BofA falls, America falls. Where’s Assange now? Like the CIA would let him dump that information. If it’s true, BofA must be doin’ some dirty-ass stuff. Anyway, nice Troll. Well played.
    Barley – If those are MM’s quotes, he just got some credibility with me. That’s what I’ve been saying all winter…. that and girls like Gisele blame receivers… how was that one for an anology, Berger? Haven’t heard a single person here on this blog full of excuses blame the receivers for a while.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Your biased professor has told you enough to anger the youngsters. Some truth to what he said but very selective. This is what some teachers do and why they are dangerous mind benders. Either that, or you just picked out what you liked.
    Like I’ve been saying for years, the world economy fell because of the Democrats corruption in the mortgage securities market. It is good to see you are finally starting to see this a little. I’m sure you’ll exonerate the Democrats.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    While you are laying blame to help your being upset the 49ers won with Alex, it is time to move forward and watch us improve from here. At least for me it is.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- I dug up your anthem:

  102. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – trust me, I’m not easily convinced of anything, especially in school. However, the instructor who said it was a guy I respected very much. And guess what? He was the former CEO of the Mad River Brewing Company. You know… the one with the Steelhead on it? Maybe that’s your point, though. He had me at hello.
    The mortgage securities market wasn’t a democrat or a republican thing. It was a greed thing. Both Democrats and Republicans raked it in. However, if you look at all the former CEOs living abroad, most of them were Republican. Newt Gingrich? Huge donations from the mortgage industry. But, to be fair… Chris Dodd got a ton of CW money. To clean up his image, Dodd created and sponsored the Dodd / Frank bill that gave foreclosed homeowners money and a pillow to bite. Then Dodd and Frank retired. They’re all dirty.

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever. Refer to your anthem.

  104. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I just found your anthem on YouTube, but even I can’t post it here, and that’s saying something.

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Spitty was blogging about the Niners before there was a Niner blog,He was blogging about Donahue
    before he was GM.
    Spotty was blogging before Al Gore invented the internet and IBM started manufacturing PCs.
    That’s what a visionary we’re dealiong with here.
    99% bullshit.
    Spitty predicted greatness for Whitehurst, Jake Locker posing as Steve Young and the Browns flourishing under Holmgren. 5-12 and then 4-11 with 2 coaches in 2 years. Holmgren has them on track.
    As everyone but Sputty knows Holmgren is a decent coach but a horrible executive. That’s why he was stripped of his GM title.
    Just like Nolan in SF.

  106. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It was just the opposite with Nolan. Not bad as a GM, not good as coach.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You sure this isn’t Spitty’s anthem?

  108. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- While IBM was packing PCs Stinky was packing PCP in his joints.

  109. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a little early for anyone to claim they know anything about Locker, Holmgren or Whitehurst in finality.
    Nolan’s problem was he believed in buying free agents. Holgren doesn’t. That’s the way…

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Nolan would pick ’em and then throw ’em under the bus.

  111. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, it was a strange M.O.

  112. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger’s right. Nobody can circle the wagons like the Buffalo Bills, and nobody could throw ’em under the wagon like Nolan.

  113. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- You played a great song. You did something good!

  114. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I shower this blog with grace, geneous and beauty.

  115. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You say It’s a little early for anyone to claim they know anything about Locker.
    You’re the one that posted this
    ““Jake Locker is Steve Young. I’ve been saying it all along. And Jake Locker is a testament to the stupidity of NFL analysts. Micheal Lombardi said Jake Locker was going to the a second or third round pick. Nobody thought Locker was accurate, and everyone pointed to his low Wonderlic score. Paralysis by over-analysis – just watch the kid play. If Jake Locker gets any kind of line protect throughout his career, Locker will be a Hall of Famer. Am I bitter the Niners didn’t take my boy, Locker? You betcha.”

    Putting out too much bullshit to keep track of evrything. To proclaim somebody Steve Young before they have earned a starting job is pathetic.
    Nut then you are quick to annoint anybody and diminish the accomplishments of the great players with mediocre suggestions
    because you are a FANBOY.

  116. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I don’t actually remember the play. I have not had the heart to watch the game again. I have read by a number of pundits that he did indeed have Walker open and that he didn’t throw it. Regardless, there are some obvious conclusions that I find hard to refute. Smith just posted his best season as a pro. The 49ers came within a hair of the SB. He has had shitty coaching. He has shitty WR’s. Our D, ST and TO proficient team will have difficulty repeating the same formula. The O has to step up. Can AS make the “throw receivers open” throws? Can he pull the trigger when he is not behind in the game, in the clutch. I don’t know. I do have doubts, despite that I earlier (after the euphoria of the NO victory) told anyone to tell me to STFU if I ever doubted him again. But I have. My take is that he’ll have to keep improving. He’ll have to make tough throw into tighter windows, and that is after the given that he gets some decent WR’s to toss it to.
    I also acknowledge that I doubted Young for years – until he finally got the monkey off his back. Either way you cut it, he’ll be back, he’ll be the starter, and he deserves to be, no matter what Alberto says. Whether he can be The Man with a D, ST and TO ratio that is not as favorable is not a given to me because IMO he has not done it consistently. Not trying to bag on him (I’ll leave that to Spittoon, who is adept at Smith bagging), but the bar is high in 49er land. It is what it is.

  117. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Barley – He doesn’t deserve anything. Nobody “deserves,” anything. You win positions through competition on a yearly basis. Period. If the coaching staff isn’t interested in upgrading the quarterback position, because they are worried about protecting the feeble psyche of their fearful leader, that’s a mistake with the coaching staff. People like to compare Harbaugh with Bill Walsh, but Bill Walsh brought in Steve Young to push or provide depth. Bill Walsh benched Joe Montana for a few games in the 1985 season. That’s a endless drive to improve at a fever pitch. Go look it up. If Jim Harbaugh just protects Smith, because Smith “deserves,” another shot, without creating competition, and Harbaugh gives Smith a 3 year deal, Jim Harbaugh will be jeopardizing his own legacy because in 3 years, guys like Justin Smith and Frank Gore will be gone. That will be on Harbaugh. At that point, Harbaugh will be no Bill Walsh in my opinion. Bill Walsh would be doing everything in his power to bring in truly talented quarterbacks – Smith’s feelings be damned. Bill Walsh was ruthless about upgrading and depth. Harbaugh needs to take a step back from his politicking and realize what he’s about to do.

  118. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Baloney. He deserves to be the starter entering into next season based on his play. Just like any other starter in today’s NFL deserves to go into the next season unless the doubts outweigh the expectations. Your argument is about that. Your doubts clearly outweigh JH’s.
    Whether he deserves to REMAIN the starter is based entirely upon his continued winning performance. It ain’t rocket science. That’s the way it is Jack. If he wins, he’ll continue as the starter. Whether it will be enough to get a SB ring is the big question, but he’ll be the starter next season.
    I actually agree with you that Harbaugh will be judged ultimately on the big prize. If we go season in and season out making the playoffs but losing and not getting to/winning the SB, then he’ll be judged on that. No way around it. Pining for another QB to get a shot is in my mind a precursor to the inevitable. Eventually, via injuries or a sting of crappy losing play, another QB will start instead of AS. But come opening day 2012, it will be AS, for good or your continued misery.

  119. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Baloney, yourself. No free agent who is mediocre deserves to be handed anything. Barley – it’s the most important position in sports. We aren’t talking about outside linebacker, or a right fielder. We aren’t talking about the small forward. We’re talking about the F’n quarterback. He impact his game more than any other position in any other sport because on every play he handles the ball.
    You don’t just say, “He played well so we aren’t going to look at other options.” If Smith won the Super Bowl this year under Bill Walsh, Walsh would be looking to upgrade the quarterback position. That’s partly what made Montana great. It was skill and cool and all that, but it was also knowing that Walsh was a ruthless talent evaluator and upgrader, and that Montana still won the job despite all the bullets that Walsh could fire at him. Walsh benched Montana for two games in 1985.
    Is Jim Harbaugh doing that? No. He’s too busy playing wet nurse. Worrying about Alex Smith’s feelings because Singletary and Nolan threw him under the bus. But Alex Smith deserves nothing. Harbaugh’s trying to protect Alex Smith’s psyche and sacrificing both his own legacy and the chance for Justin Smith and Frank Gore to win a championship.
    Football is ultra competitive. If you aren’t trying to aggressively upgrade everything, and you get stuck on stupid, the other guys will pass you by. Why? Because they are more disciplined and more dedicated to ultimate competition at every position. NO MERCY.

  120. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    John Clayton used to write frequently about how a team’s window to win Super Bowls can close. I think this is happening with the Ravens and Steelers. The Ravens are trying to make a switch from Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith. The problem is, Flacco and Torrey Smith aren’t as good and can’t sustain Super Bowl runs on their own like Lewis and Reed could.
    It’s what happens with NFL teams. They suck, then they go out and draft a ton of good players in the early rounds, then they get good, draft later in rounds, and the players retire. The Ravens are a perfect example. The only hope is as the HOFers retire (guys like Ray Lewis, Troy P, Harrison, Ed Reid, etc.), the GM can find late round gold.
    But the 49ers are interesting. Their clock started ticking in 2005, now eight years ago. With all the talent this team has, the 49ers are one good qb away from winning Super Bowls. The problem is that admittedly Alex Smith has not been developed like guys like Patrick Willis and even Ray McDonald have, because the team has been coached by defensive minded quarterbacks. But the bigger problem is that lack of development clouds everyone’s judgement. When evaluating Alex Smith, Harbaugh needs to see deep down into his quarterback’s heart and ability, and judge whether or not his qb has what it takes to win a Super Bowl.
    What if next year the 49ers make the playoffs and Alex Smith hears that all his throws were “safe” in the NFC Championship game against the Giants, and to win in 2012 he has to take chances, and Smith takes chances only to see 3 turnovers and the 49er go one and done? What happens then is that it’s a wasted year. What happens is that Gore and Justin Smith are one step closer to the pasture because Harbaugh felt he “owed” it to Smith. Horsepucky. Harbaugh “owes” it to Justin and Frank. They “deserve” better.
    I think Baalke can find late round talent enough to keep the 49ers afloat for years to come. But people who say the 49ers’ future looks bright, need to see that their window with talented veterans is closing and the decision to re-sign Alex Smith is huge because it’s a choice between Smith or Goldson – Smith or Brooks.
    Alex Smith doesn’t deserve anything. You want to talk “deserve?” Frank Gore and Justin Smith “deserve” a quarterback who can actually win Super Bowls. Alex Smith can’t. He never will. And in three years, when the window has closed, Harbaugh will be asking himself if Smith was worth it? Good kid. No doubt. Not worth everyone’s legacy…

  121. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Defensive minded coaches*

  122. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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