Scraping the Barrel

Jed York took a weekend break from his whirlwind tour of beaming like a dunce while trying to sell Jim Tomsula to a highly skeptical world. Too bad. The laughter was just starting to make me forget how screwed the 49ers are.

The intro presser made it clear that Tomsula is the new HC in name only. He couldn’t answer any questions on his own, deferring to Trent Baalke like a mob underling does to the capo. The only thing we’ve learned from Tomsula is that there is someone in the payroll department named Joan.

As if Tomsula’s hiring wasn’t enough to make Niner fans cringe, we now have who knows how long to await the frightful choices made for our new OC and DC. Can they find anyone competent who’s willing to work here and have no idea who his real boss is? Or that retaining his job will not necessarily be a performance based issue, nor even under his control.

Trent Baalke said he wanted as much stability as possible for Colin Kaepernick’s development. How gutting one of the best coaching staffs in the league, and all of Kaepernick’s coaches except Geep Chryst, achieves that is a mystery. Baalke said Tomsula will run the ball. That is the only info provided about what kind of team the 2015 49ers will be.

With a year to plot the demise of Jim Harbaugh, clearly the only thing York and Baalke were interested in was showing the world who runs the team. Lip service to class and high aspirations is all these two are currently offering.

Over the next two years, time will run out on quite a few long time Niner players. Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin. It’s already run out for Ray McDonald and probably Michael Crabtree. There’s going to be a big leadership void. Who’s going to fill it? Colin Kaepernick, presumably. If he thought he was under pressure to succeed in 2014, get ready, kid. It appears the whole ball of gum is going to rest pretty much entirely on his shoulders.

Kaepernick is down in Arizona at the moment, trying to learn the fine art of being a pocket passer. A role he failed to succeed at this past year. Meanwhile, his bosses up here are preparing to return him to a run at the drop of a hat QB. Perhaps he missed the memo.

At least Baalke has finally come out from behind the curtain. If the team succeeds, he can take credit. If it fails, he can blame everyone else. His years with Jed have not taught the man nothing.

Some of you are trying to soldier on with the pom-pom waving as though nothing has happened. An admirable fan activity. But … seriously?

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    While Russell Wilson sucked for most of the day he threw 2 perfect passes in OT to beat the Pack.
    They were thrown with perfect trajectory and touch and were like 35 yard handoffs.

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it beats whining about this shit for the next 7 months.

    If they get Chud, I’d think they have a pretty good shot at getting back to the playoffs. Hire Kiffin, and we’ll be in for the long slow slide into mediocrity.

    Rah rah, skippy.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully we will find out pretty soon who the “F” is gonna be our OC. I really don’t want Kiffen, but I got no say. I still think Tressman (sp) is the best shot but it doesn’t look like management thinks that way.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jim Tomsula’s salary with 49ers is believed to be $3.5 million annually.”

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kiffen is “Mr Stepping Stone” and would just be passing through.
    Would be a big mistake to hire this temp.

  6. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    3.5 mill as the DL coach? Or as the head coach?

  7. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s like picking which clowns you want in support of the clown in the center ring. The only thing that matters is we’ve got Baalke running the team like it’s his new toy train, and he’s a porter. You think which clown gets an office is going to change anything for Baalke or Jed? Send in the clowns.

    The Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl yesterday with another super-super-Cinderella finish. While the NFL is using slight of hand and throwing the spotlight on under-inflated balls. As a fan you’ve got to accept some things are just hard to explain but I don’t believe in fairy tales, especially spectacular, outrageous, miracle upon miracle, ones.

  8. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmmm, I was the one with the aluminum chapeau last week.

    I mean how could gb not know Sherman was hurt? They barely ran or threw at him after he was obviously injured.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    3.5 as HC. Only three HCs in the league at a lower rate.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When you get spanked 45-7 I wouldn’t complain that the footballs were underinflated.
    You got your ass handed to you so go home and shut up.

  11. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah that Wilson guy can play some football. Helps to have some stability and at the top I hear. Then good coaches and players. I guess one out of three ain’t so good. Going to be a good SB and we’ll see if there is one team out there who can stay awake through the end of the game. Rooting for Patriots to be the ones.

    I get a laugh out of Skeebs monologues above and previously. Those and some of the comments are entertaining in a popcorn sorta sense. There are those who want to indeed act like it’s business as usual with the mighty Niners. The rest of us will have to be satisfied with laughing at our team’s ineptitude off field between seasons. Then pray next year provides no new material to guffaw at.

    ‘Tommy’ Tomsula? Hell Maiocco mentioned him as the FO favorite right after the aborted trade of the winning HC to CLE. This was a year ago. Damaging the master plans of the Niner architects Jimi refused to play along necessitating Emergency Plan B which required demolishing the team, the 2014 season and scrapping the coaching staff including the still functional defensive staff. Remember them? Great thinking York, Balkey and the other stooge.

    Win a Super Bowl with yer new product I’ll change my mind and forgive what my lying eyes tell me = Kids wrecked their new train set on Christmas Day because, because, just because. “It’s the HC fault, doesn’t matter how many he won (49-2-1)”. “He refused to bow enough that ungrateful winner”. “Yada Yada Yada, with 12 slices of baloney and no evidence”. “Man that HC he was too tough for us men in the FO, good we sabotaged his butt”.

    I’ll get over it when York wins a SB with or without Balkey and his new crew of ass kissers. Meanwhile who the hell is going to coach this team beyond Tommy boy? OC? DC?

    Brilliant, just brilliant

    Talk about class, this isn’t it

  12. phil fanNo Gravatar says:


    Yeah blown out 45-7 you want to say it was the f-ing footballs?

    Hey let’s hire their Special Assistant for the O = Chudzinski.

    Seriously that may be our best bet

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Green Bay has their own Preston Riley now.

    Having been there for the original, I can’t kick them when they’re down.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Two of the biggest heartbreaks I ever had was the 62 series, and the 72 game against the Cowboys. And by 72 I wasn’t a kid anymore. I hate that playing it safe bull$hit and I bet most of the players do to. Prevent only works when your at least 2 scores up. I just hope NE has something up their sleeves because the whole league knows to put pressure on Brady. The smart bet is the seawads.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Much as I hate the Seahawks, I can’t root for the Pats.
    Way too many issues about their credibility to ignore.
    Besides, I don’t want Brady taking any records away from Joe.
    Former 9er fan or not, he’s not a 9er now.

    Big question for Seattle will be, how a 1-armed Safety, wearing a shoulder harness, will manage to defend a huge TE like Gronk.
    That goes double for Sherman attempting to tackle with a bum elbow.

  16. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite former Niner backup QB is the new OC of the Raiders. Bill Musgrave will take a lot of pressure off of Carr. I’ll look to the Raiders maybe drafting O-linemen and a RB. At least one BA football team seems to have a clue, even if it took ages to get it.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil the Indy loss had nothing to do with the pressure, or lack thereof, in the footballs.
    It speaks to the ongoing practices of deception and, perceived under-handed antics, that have plagued the Patriots under Belichick.

    He’s an excellent Xs and Os guy, he just compounds the scrutiny for all the wrong reasons when crap like this continues to surface around his team.

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Indy reported underinflated balls it discovered in their Nov. game. The question is not if it affected the outcome of the AFCCG(no), but how could Belicheat get away with it again if the league already knew about it.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Only fitting to have the Cheathawks and Belicheat in the SB I guess?
    The Swindler Bowl 😀

    Heard a good twist tonight on Sports Radio, The Delinquent Patriots.

  20. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco sez ‘it’s not about money’ = the dump of the winning HC for Tommy boy. This is clearly about York going cheap on coaches.

    Super Bowls, plural? Class? TEACHER? Tommy boy a teacher, sure.

    It’s about money York is not going to invest in MY team.

    Nice stadium tho

  21. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, it’s over. Move on. Money isn’t the only reason. Harbaugh WANTED to go to Michigan. His offense was regressing. The players were dissatisfied. He pissed off everyone in the building.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck’s latest version of history.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio surprisingly decided to be the DC of da Bears.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis Allen rejoins the Aints

  25. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The only under inflated balls were Andrew Luck’s.

    What’s your version, Skeebs? That St Jim didn’t want out? He wanted to walk to Oakland?

  26. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Across the bay, that is.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll break it down (again) for you, Chuck. Not that it will dent your consciousness:

    1. “Money isn’t the only reason.” No, but it was one of the reasons.

    2. “Harbaugh WANTED to go to Michigan.” Only after it was clear he was going to be forced out.

    3. “His offense was regressing.” Kaepernick was regressing and the offense was injured.

    4. “The players were dissatisfied.” Complete baloney.

    5. “He pissed off everyone in the building.” No proof of that, just idle speculation. And so what?

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Chud or Kiffen, I guess it’s all come down to this. Whooopeee. But, there are ways to look at things and maybe all one can say at this point is that at least it isn’t Roman. Personally, I think the way things have played out it’s more like a “which way did he go George” kind of situation. I wonder if Kiffen’s and Chud’s philosopy is similar since they seem to be the last men standing. Glad baseball is close by.

  29. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kiffin has a shitty track record as a play caller. Chud has had success in Carolina and elsewhere.

    Keep that head firmly planted in the sand, Skeebs.

    Why is that our red zone offense suffered under 2 different QBs? Getting plays off was a problem for 2different QBs?

  30. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh wanted to play there Michigan when he was a boy.

    He wanted to coach there when he was a boy. He was their QB under Bo Schembechler for gods sake. It’s not like this just came about.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    How touching.

  32. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How the 4 year pattern of his last 3 positions?

    Coincidence? Got it.

  33. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So is your ignorance.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s known as rising up the ladder, Chuck. Like all coaches do if they have high aspirations. Small school, big school, NFL. 49ers are only one that wanted him gone.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    As I recall, Stanford wanted to outbid the Niners in order to keep him. Doesn’t quite jibe with you clowns insisting he always wears out his welcome.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Morgan Burnett should never have given up on his INT by sliding.
    He could easily have advanced it into FG range and that would’ve sealed the game.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    But this is all part of the effort to re-arrange history, Chuck, to protect yourself from this York led disaster. Harbaugh was forced out. That’s a fact. If you can insist he initiated his departure or somehow earned it, then you don’t have to own the crap York is giving you for the upgrade you and your clown buddies loudly demanded.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I will at least give you credit, Chuck, for being the only one with the nerve to try floating the nonsense on this blog.

  39. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    My point is, you brainless twit, is that St Jim bears some of the responsibility. Due to his actions over the life of this deal, and the team-wide failure this season.

    Is that so hard for you to swallow?

    No. To you York is responsible for the injuries, the shitty play calls, and every conceivable problem under the sun.

    McCarthy is being roasted alive in GB for going conservative in the 2nd half. We did that all year.

    9th in scoring in the 1st half. Last in the 2nd half.

    Must be the owner.

  40. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    So you think McCarthy and “going conservative” while leading the game on the road was the reason Green Bay lost?

    Did you watch it?

  41. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Cheap York refused to reward Hendrix after taking the sad sack Niners to the SB as J Jones was pleased to do w/ his HC after one (1) playoff win. One playoff win. One. Playoff. Win. One. Million dollar win. Million dollar raise. Who is the cheap ass here?

    Fine. Using the gold standard of ‘I want SB wins (plural)’ York began his sabotage the HC media whispering campaign to force out the winning coach. Michigan was an afterthought which gratefully took Hendrix off the ingrates cheap hands.

    York heads the three headed rat. This has been the case since forever as we see with the destruction of the team to save bucks. This after the stadium Hendrix built has elevated the Niners into the top 5 NFL teams in revenue. Brilliant.

    Cheap ass ingrate. Think the rest of the NFL knows this? Who wants to work for the three headed rat? Singletary?

    Nice stadium tho

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners hire a special teams coach Thomas McGaughey.
    Brad Seeley signs with the Raiduhs.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the talent drain continues.

  44. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hopeful note:

    “Gamble was viewed by many as a key cog in the development of the roster when Jim Harbaugh arrived, and was viewed as a conduit between Harbaugh and the front office.”

    Link –

    I’ve speculated losing Gamble to Philly was part of the FO problem = one less buffer between HC and FO. Balkey will be busy coaching Tommy boy and the players so this will help in personnel evaluation.


  45. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Trent Baalke said he wanted as much stability as possible for Colin Kaepernick’s development. How gutting one of the best coaching staffs in the league, and all of Kaepernick’s coaches except Geep Chryst, achieves that is a mystery.”

    Simple Skeebs. Balkey hires Jesus H. Chryst as the new OC. Our passing game flourished under him right? This is in keeping with the FO MO of pretending to seek outside coaches and promoting inhouse dudes by prior agreement. Voila problem solved.

    Then in keeping with the nationwide search for candidates who want nothing to do with the Niner FO will come the elevation of Mangina as our new DC.

    Niners gonna save a bundle on our new coaches. Good thing Jimi stocked the cupboard before he got replaced.

  46. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Re: the “Get over it” comments now being preached by the supporters of the three headed rats =

    Hey fellas YOU get over the “Get over it” phoney mantra you are trying to sell. How convenient. Yes that would suit the agenda of ‘I love Balkey and co’ but unfortunately for us will do nothing to help us assess the results of the recent brilliant moves initiated by York and the other guy. That will be determined on the field of play over the next several years. You know, winning Super Bowls. A big improvement in accomplishments, class and football IQ led by the teacher Tommy boy.

    That accomplished THEN will be the time to ‘get over it’. Not now apologists. So get over it already with the ‘it’s over’ baloney. Please.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “Due to his actions over the life of this deal, and the team-wide failure this season.”

    Most important is 44-19-1 .695

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil we’re all feeling the angst of the failed Harbaugh Era.

    Keep in mind that Baalke brought Jim here to begin with.
    He allowed Jim to bring in his own Staff as well.

    For whatever took place after that, all of them, Jed,Trent and Jim, needed to work together in order to find success.

    Yes, the record was excellent.
    Something didn’t click.
    Losing a SB and 2 NFCCGs suggests to me, and many, that something needed to improve.

    Whether Jim didn’t agree or, wouldn’t make adjustments to his philosophy, COULD have been a major issue in this parting of ways.

    Some things may never get answered.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With what we’re seeing now, Baalke is apparently looking to assemble a Staff that can share a common vision perhaps?
    If this is Trent’s team, let him sink or swim with this attempt to right the ship, post Harbaugh.

    If this fails, it’s on him.
    No one wanted to hang the guy for bringing Jim in to begin with.
    As fans, we’ll be happy with a successful run, regardless if Tomsula is running the show or, Trent.

    All we know is, getting to the big games and losing, sucks just as badly as not getting there at all.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some reports out there suggest that Trent and Tom Gamble could be reunited as well.

    I believe Trent is doing all that he can, to make this team successful.
    Whether Jed is the problem or not, we sure can’t know with any certainty.

    Gamble likely left because he felt he’d have more opportunities in Philly.
    Obviously, that didn’t go too well.

    If Trent and Tom can find a common ground, I’d be happy to have him back.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said when the mutual separation happened, be careful what you wish for.
    Big shoes to fill and a tough act to follow.
    Seems like the guys who wanted Harbaugh gone are also the ones bitching about the staff changes and possible coordinators.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit it’s never easy to swallow changes of this magnitude.
    Playing the blame game serves no purpose.
    All I’m looking for is what Jed and Trent are seeking, successful progress.

    Fox in Denver couldn’t do it with one of the best QBs to ever lace them up.
    It takes a cohesive organization to pull it off.
    Something didn’t work within our organization, for whatever those reasons were.

    Jed wants SBs.
    So do we.

    Let the football guys make those decisions.
    If they fail, look for other options.
    Simple as that.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    GMs typically have the job of assembling the roster, having a vision in mind, for where that roster is best suited to succeed.
    If the Coaches can’t ‘teach’, the talent can’t succeed.
    Tomsula has always been credited as a teacher.
    We’ll see how well he can manage an entire roster now.

    Jed knows squat about personnel, schemes, Xs and Os in general.

  54. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The failed Harbaugh era? We must not be looking at the same teams.

    I disagree about the notion that no fans care about a screwed up three ring circus running the team.

    I also have to laugh about the idea that there’s nothing to be gained by questioning the wisdom of blowing up such a winning operation and how it happened. As opposed to what exactly? All there is to be gained by speculating on which passed over or failed assistant will be desperate enough to sign on here under the worst of conditions as his last chance to keep working in the pros. Or why you or anyone think so many potentials are passing on the opportunity to work for that star (comedy) team of Jed and Baalke? Yeah, those things are much more productive.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to your avatar NoFear49er?

    I used the failed Harbaugh era loosely as a reference to whatever it is that failed.
    Mostly that failure occurred within the FO I’m sure.
    Personalities? Philosophies? Who among us knows for sure?

    We can agree that it didn’t work.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My guess would be that they weren’t looking to blow up the entire Staff either.
    Fangio made the most sense to many of us.
    Perhaps his choice for OC changed those plans?

    We’re starved for QB development by my view.
    Sure, injuries contributed to great extent as well.

    We’ll see where this thing goes.
    We still need an OC to bring Kaep along.

    With the additions of some of the pre-Harbaugh Coaches, it might suggest that Harbaugh had carte blanche authority to run this show after he was hired?

    Several of those former Coaches have opted to return, as it’s being reported now, Tom Gamble could be one more.

    As stated, I think 3 cracks at the Lombardi failed for the same reason, no ability to score when it mattered most.

    Front and center in this debate is Kaep’s regression.
    Which is where I’m betting that ‘Teacher’ reference is focused.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s also give some credence to the fact that, not only are there questions about Ownership/Mgt in SF, the NFC West is a meat grinder.

    There were all sorts of misgivings surrounding the Bidwells in AZ for years.
    They took a chance on Arians and scored big.

    Dan Quinn likely didn’t want to appear disloyal to Seattle by returning to SF either.
    He picked the weakest Division in the NFC, with a stacked Offense.

    Smart move by him if it turns out as reported.

  58. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Must have typo’d the email part.

    Yes, we agree it didn’t work. And now that all the guys who some think were the reason it didn’t work are gone, it should work perfectly now. Lombardi #6 is a done deal.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    What you seem to forget is in 2 NFCCG and 1 Super Bowl Harbaugh had the Niners one play away from winning those games.
    Better throws and better choices by Kap and bonehead mistakes by Kyle Williams cost this team.
    Fox had the Broncos putting up big numbers and expectations in the regular season and getting blown out and imploding in the playoffs.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For what it’s worth the Colts denied the Rams permission to interview Chudzinski for their OC. Will it be the same for the Niners?
    Will it come down to anybody but Kiffen?

  61. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, when gb had the ball at the50 after the pick, gb ran 3 times and punted. You can’t tell me that a FG there doesn’t ice the game. Next possession? 2 runs up the middle for -6 yards.

    Brilliant. That’s how you play not to lose.

    Funny that when they needed to move down the field for the FG, they did it fairly easily.

    Point being Seattle played the run and GB obliged.

    To say those two 3-and-outs didn’t play a part in the loss, well, there you go.

  62. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We need to go assistant HC with Chud.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Colts are blocking offensive assistant Rob Chudzinski from all of his interview requests.”

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Shanahan is not looking so bad now.
    Some chatter about Tony Sparano.
    Maybe they go back to Gase?
    Again the Niners are going through what’s left over and not getting who they want.

  65. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shanny is was and will be a disaster. Based on his recent work.

  66. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Assistant HC is a promotion. Can they block that?

  67. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I thought if the job was an upgrade that teams had to let them interview. But I guess once you sign a contract you don’t have that luxury. Except for the Kiffen choice I’m just pissed that this so called process has taken us to this point. It’s obvious that there was no plan in place and it truly is looking somewhat like a circus. O’well we have all been here before.

  68. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Chud’s contract expires next week.

  69. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, some of the problem is that there’s a game to be played yet.

    But If their plan is Chud they have to wait anyway. You’d think Indy would release him now if they were going to give him up tho. Maybe they don’t want to. Hence the BS assistant HC title.

  70. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, that situation is part of the inexplicable play to lose the game I was talking about on Monday. BTW, one of those three and outs was BEFORE the interception.

    The score was 19-7 at that point. There was no reason to get reckless. On the other hand Lacy hadn’t been hurting Seattle much with his runs. After he was stuffed for losses on 1st and 2nd down I thought it was setting up for a play action there to convert, maybe score, and the runs did force Seattle to burn two TOs.

    I can’t explain the third down run attempt up the middle or the lousy punt that followed. Or why Burnett goes down instead of gaining more field, or how Lynch was wide open for the deep pass or how the onside kick got flubbed or how the Packers quit tackling Lynch after controlling him all day or how the 2pt ball floated for thirty seconds and no GB player tried to make a play on it or how GB sends two guys and a spy and drops eight into coverage, and Wilson still completes a pass with all day to throw after GB kept him out of the game all day.

    Another FG would have won the game? Yeah, or a failed two-pointer, or a dozen other things. The only points Seattle scored all game until just before the two-minute warning was off a fake FG. That’s what playing conservative did. The ending was something else entirely.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Colts are just being dicks about Chudzinski.
    His contract is up end of Jan. He might still be in play if they wait.
    Tarver was hired as a special defensive asst in charge of LBs.
    He was not given the DC title.

  72. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fluke things happened. The play calling was terrible. The decision to play coverage was also disastrous

    It baffles me when teams who are winning change their strategy to try and minimize risk. GB was bringing pressure and it worked up until THEY stopped. They were doing OK moving the ball through the air til THEY stopped. That’s the pisser. GB stopped themselves. The other shit is out if their control. The scheme was their choice. And it killed them.

  73. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Point being, the onsides kick was a fluke. The 2 pt conversion was a fluke.

    The decision to go conservative was their choice.

  74. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “With what we’re seeing now, Baalke is apparently looking to assemble a Staff that can share a common vision perhaps?”

    Yep NJ it’s the common vision of Denise, the kid and the other two rats = dump the 49-22-1 guy and bring in Tommy boy at half price to save bucks and wear and tear on the collective egos of big boy Balkey and the tweet. And the York pocketbook.

    Because NJ 49-22-1 was not the result of a common vision = winning football games.

    ” Something wasn’t working ”

    We should be so lucky something won’t work so well any time soon. Despite the new common vision.

    Grumbling about grumbling that York is wrecking his new train set is convenient for those who do not want to be held accountable for supporting him/her/them = Yorks and the GM.

    “Ladies and gentlemen sit back and enjoy the music while we rebuild the ship after that little bump with the iceberg. No need to worry the Captain knows exactly what he’s doing. We’ll have a new crew in here any day now, swear to God.”

    Ship still going down, no new crew on board yet and ‘Just get over it’?

    Sorry that will take some time so we can assess how the new regime stacks up. On the field not on the financial report.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil it’s not as easy as just getting over it.
    Given the Dr Daddy approach, Jed was an improvement IMO.
    Harbaugh turned out to be an excellent hire.
    For which I give NO credit to Jed.

    This whole situation sucks. I think we can all agree about that.
    From my perspective, the Offense just never got to ‘that next level’ when all was said and done.

    Be it Harbaugh, Jed, Trent, Roman, it just failed to materialize.

    I’m as bummed with this whole process as the rest of you.

    I’m also thinking that the plan was to unload the Offensive aspects of the Harbaugh regime and, remake the Offense.

    Something failed with that plan, obviously.

    Perhaps it was Fangio’s desire to bring in Shanny?
    I really don’t know.
    Tomsula made sense, to a degree, to keep some semblance of continuity with the Defense perhaps?

    Sadly, we’re stuck with Jed.
    If this failed experiment turns into the NYJ West, Baalke is the next Man Down.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er, Lombardi #6 may be a long time coming.
    I think that window closed after failing to hoist that hardware over the past 3 years.

    We’re now looking at aging Stars fading into retirement, along with whatever becomes of the Tomsula Staff over the next several weeks.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I agree about Kaep being a MAJOR contributor, to the Offensive shortcomings, in those big game moments of recent vintage.

    Hence, I’ve posted often, that there may have been expectations on Harbaugh and Staff, to have him better developed at this point.

    Hearing, (and beating the issue to death), I’ve focused on that term ‘Teacher’, as being a direct shot at Kaeps’ regression under Jim’s watch.

    And yes, I’ve been recording the Senior Bowl practices this week.
    Glad to see them focusing on Crowder.

    I had several opportunities to see him play this year.
    Like my never-ending search for the Fat Man in the Middle, I’ve been looking for that game changing Slot/PR/KR specialist, to add to our roster for years.

    Crowder could be a special ‘Little Guy’.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Gase followed John Fox to Chicago.
    Cross him off the list apparently.

    We still need someone to develop Kaep.
    Ought to be interesting now to see who else surfaces for the interview parade.

    Baalke is in Mobile Scouting the Senior Bowl.
    Doubt we’ll be seeing anything significant on the OC watch until next week now.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Garcia is openly lobbying on the radio to be hired as the QB coach.
    He thinks he can transform Kap. Coached this past year in Montreal tutoring their QBs.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They could turn to Charlie Weis or Brian Daboll for offensive coaches.
    Weis was terrible as a head coach but a brilliant OC both designing and calling plays much like Norv.
    Daboll is still coaching with the Pats and will be available after the Super Bowl.

  81. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Garcia would be a great hire, but then I’m biased. Gilroy to SJSU, undrafted – I’ve always been a big fan of his. He didn’t have half of Kappy’s talent, but he had the mental side of football pegged. I believe that’s Kappy’s big problem now, mental. He reacted badly to last year’s season ending pick and let it get to him this season. His confidence is shaken, which is probably virgin territory for him. Garcia can help with that bigtime. The mechanics will follow, especially with his offseason work now.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve thought about Charlie Weis as well Bullit.
    He had some pretty prolific Offenses back in the day with the Pats.

    If we’re to buy the ‘Teacher’ line, we’ll need someone with an eye toward development for Kaep.

    Saw mention made by Maiocco that Sparano could be on the radar.
    I’ve got no problem with him as a candidate.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the defensive side Jim Schwartz runs a 4/3 and the Bills were #2 in defense last year.
    Perry Fewell the ex Giant DC was considered a top DC just 2 or 3 years ago. He was replaced this year by Coughlin probably as a scapegoat.
    If not Mangini maybe one of these guys for DC.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh, Schwartz isn’t a bad idea either.
    Not too worried about the Defensive side as Tomsula has some input there.
    If I was handicapping Baalke, he’s stronger with the Defense too.

    Need an OC with some ideas about what might work best for Kaep and the future Draft Picks.

    This is where the Tomsula resume hurts.
    He’s less connected within the NFL.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    After watching the fallout of Idzik with the NYJ, and his selection of Geno, I gotta wonder how much of the Harbaugh drama was attached to his protege Kaep?

    Especially now that he’s seeking off-season tutoring, for the first time since he was Drafted.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    La Canfora makes some sense of the Merry-Go-Round of Coaches –

  87. 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