Serenading the Grinch

Quite a few days left before the 2018 Draft. Plenty of time for another 6,000 seven round mock drafts to clutter up the NFL universe in an annual exercise that is 99 & 100% pure bullshit.

To some, it’s entertaining bullshit, so have at it, you cheerful lunatics. To others, it’s an inducement to become a baseball fan or go stand on the ledge of a ten story building singing “What’s it all about, Alfie?”.

With all the various bodies trotting across the landscape, from the combine through to the Draft, muttering dumb shit right and left — from players, coaches, and self-appointed analysts — this time of year has become a smorgasbord for every two-bit media wonk ready to pounce on every phrase that deviates from the social justice universe preferred by the various hacks.

Niner Nation is virtually unreadable during the offseason, endlessly pushing the Kaepernick agenda and this year adding in the imagined Eric Reid injustice. To these fleebs, these two players are almost superstars. To people who actually watch the games, these two are bench warmers who played themselves out of starting roles and would rather complain about a league-wide conspiracy than admit their diminished skills.

Pro Football Talk started off as a good idea a long time ago, but is now virtually an anti-NFL entity dispensing its own judgments on every issue that crops up in the league and a whole slew of issues that don’t. It’s Mike Florio reverting to what he was — a lawyer — instead of a guy with minimal football knowledge running an NFL rumor and gossip site.

There was a time, and not that long ago, where the blogosphere was Matt Maiocco, Matt Barrows, and Kevin Lynch and the talk was about football, 24/7, with a generous sprinkling of insults thrown about with relish. Now the Chronicle blog is closed, Maiocco’s on TV, and Lowell Cohn’s son is spewing rabble-rousing manure at the Press Democrat.

What happened? Where did all the diverting amusement of the NFL go? The camaraderie of pigskin bloviation? Has it been slain by the relentless march of the politically correct, humorless millennial mob of diptoids?

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44 comments on “Serenading the Grinch
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to elevate from the chaos and confusion is not easy.

    Refreshing that GM/CS has a vision and ground game that makes sense and produces results. Gone are the days of picking through the refuse of the last days of FA to fill major holes. Only to hit the brick wall of even castoffs laughing at us or father time refusing to release to us broken bodies.

    Remember the scrap pile OT at end of career, hoping that his microfracture surgery would give us some use of his knee for the sorry ass roster. Maybe that is where Baalke got his brainfart MO from.

    Soon the draft. Then the offseason doldrums. Still some good reads like Richard Madrid and Brett Kolman, otherwise tune out time.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I prefer the tranquility of this offseason rather than panic moves that were made when Anthony Davis had Baalke by the balls and Trent’s stopgap[ solutions were Erk Pears and Johnathan Martin

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fams are setting themselves up to be one year wonders and come 2019
    won’t resemble the 2018 team because of the salary cap.
    yesterday they got Cooks who happens to be on the last year of his rookie contract.
    Looking at their roster the contracts are up in 20196 or 2020 and are unsustainable. The guy they need to pay is Aaron Donald and it will start on the other side of $15m a year considering what they gave Suh this year.

    Lynch/Shanahan should bide their time, make a push for the playoffs this coming year and target 2019 on to be serious Super Bowl contenders after they shore up the holes on the team. The Rams will implode just like the Seahags this year.

    Reminds me of the year the Niners had to purge the team of Jeff Garcia, T.O. and Julian Peterson among others because they were in salary cap purgatory. That team did not plan for any future and led to a downward spiral.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fams = Rams fat fingered that one

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Rams, relying on emotions is leading to unforced errors. GM gone wild.

    Giving up a first for Cooks! A 2nd for Marcus Peters!

    If Gurley and/or Goff get injured then …

    All to help fill a stadium from the Los Angeles basin transformed by Cali political class that flushed American traditions down the Sir Thomas Crapper.

    Soccer, not football, is what will fill their stadiums. Not enough income in their fanbase to afford the experience. Once again Cali living the dream in a bubble.

    Ram’s owner has lost his senses. This is what follows. 49ers ascent is being handed to them with self-inflicted wounds. Kroenke and Sneed have hoisted their own petards.

    Managing risk is not one of their strongpoints. After all this can they beat the Eagles and Vikings.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    What happened? Where did all the diverting amusement of the NFL go? The camaraderie of pigskin bloviation? Has it been slain by the relentless march of the politically correct, humorless millennial mob of diptoids?

    Seems to me that some of that bloviation found it’s way over to this blog !


  7. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    We need a pass rush and linebackers that can stay with Gurley. Goff seems to be what’s advertised but I haven’t seem him with a lot of pressure yet either. This is definitely a core rebuilding year for us and I can see us playing some pretty good ball. But to keep up with the Vikes, eagles, and stinking Rams is probably not a reality.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    There are some on the blogs suggesting that 2019 edge class may have 3 to 5 better pass rushers than Chubb. If so then may want to ride with what we have and manufacture a top 10 pick for edge next year.

  9. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I will blow a little smoke myself. Now that NE has all these picks it wouldn’t surprise me in we do a trade with em for the # 9. I think Lynch owes them a favor for Jimmy. Getting the # 23 and a couple of 2nd rounders would be a pretty nice deal.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Their FO’s are betting Paxton Lynch DEN and Davis Webb NYG are the heir apparents.

    NYG gets a boatload of picks? Not an Andrew Luck or Carson Wentz in it. Or take Bradley Chubb to replace JPP.

    Belichick likes his 2nd Rd picks. IND and SF burning wireless data lines?

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    Trading down makes a lot of sense. If/when Nelson,Edmonds and Chubb are all off the board I hope we can trade back.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Had to post this again. Jesus, pass pro has to be a lot better. Jimmy G took a lot of hits.

    Trent Brown looked very bad in first 2 vids. Akiem Hicks is not as a pass rusher. I assume TB was playing injured.

    Trainer feedback on Garnett. With the rehab, can his OZ ability be assessed. Targeting an OG early tells us Garnett is not a sure thing.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RG3 is signed by thr Ravens to be a backup

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Korey Toomer 6’2″ 234 seems to have athleticism but lacks the mental processing part. Can he be a big nickel S/LB. Here is from LAC Web site:

    48. Korey Toomer, Los Angeles Chargers
    Pass Defense: 15/25
    Run Defense: 15/25
    Pass Rush: 8/15
    Tackling: 17/25
    Position Value: 7/10
    Overall Grade: 62/100
    Toomer is a spot starter who has seen time in the last few seasons due to injuries above him on the depth chart. He’s an above-average backup but doesn’t look like an average starter.
    He’ll consistently find work as a starter for teams with weak linebacker depth, but Toomer’s best asset is his ability to keep things together in the absence of a true starter. He’s not the guy you want to rely on every week.
    That’s not a bad description. He’s a bit inconsistent, but I do like his aggression. Toomer also struggled in the tackling department, missing 20% of his opportunities. Toomer is an ideal backup and guy you can throw out there on special teams. Solid depth player.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is last paragraph on toomer:

    One of my favorite players on the team. The “mental processing” part is why he didn’t see the field according to Gus Bradley. Though he’s a high-end athlete, he didn’t play fast enough. I hate that the team has all but given up on him. He’s too talented. Yet, here we are. Here’s to hoping he can speed up his reads in the off-season and earn his starting spot back

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Seems to be competition at Will for Malcolm Smith?

    1st Tier and now 2nd Tier needs are being covered in FA. Draft BPA at these positions.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All about the pieces that fit the Seattle Scheme with Saleh –
    He now has 4 –

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And…who knows what’s gonna happen with Foster?
    He’s in line to follow Aldon into the Hall of Shame.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seems to me, these recent additions will serve to put the Rookies in a position to learn from the Vets in Saleh’s Scheme at the least.
    The success of the Seattle Secondary fell on Earl and Dick I believe.
    Close down 1 side with Dick, let Earl clean up the backend.
    Can’t knock it I guess? It did pretty well in it’s younger days.
    Need the pieces to make it go.

    I appreciate the fact that, there at least seems to be, a Plan involved.


  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going extra heavy on DBs with my wish list this year, simply because there seems to be a TON of options.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No particular order involved, just guys I hope to have available as our Draft moves along –

    Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St Height: 5-11 Weight: 183 40-Time: 4.32
    (39″ Vert) (16 Reps) –

    Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn Height: 6-1 Weight: 204 40-Time: 4.50
    (34″ Vert) (16 Reps) –

    M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 40-Time: 4.54 (6.90 Cone) (35″ Vert) (18 Reps) –

    Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois St Height: 5-11 Weight: 205 40-Time: 4.43 (6.96 Cone) (32.5″ Vert) (22 Reps) –

    Tony Brown, CB, Alabama Height: 6-0 Weight: 199 40-Time: 4.35
    (6.78 Cone) (31.5″ Vert) (14 Reps) –

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:


    Derwin James, S, Florida St Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 40-Time: 4.47
    (21 Reps) (40″ Vert) –

    Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech Height: 6-0 Weight: 217 40-Time: 4.47 (41.5″ Vert) –

    Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama Height: 6-2 Weight: 207 40-Time: DNP
    (34″ Vert) –

    Marcus Allen, S, Penn St. Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 40-Time: 4.55
    (37″ Vert) –

    Joshua Kalu, S, Nebraska Height: 6-0 Weight: 203 40-Time: 4.58
    (17 Reps) ( 41.5″ Vert) –

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    FS –

    Minkah Fitzpatrick, S,(CB) Alabama Height: 6-0 Weight: 204
    40-Time: 4.46 (14 Reps) (33″ Vert) –

    Dane Cruikshank, CB, (FS) Arizona Height: 6-1 Weight: 209
    40-Time: 4.41 (6.89 Cone) (38.5″ Vert) (25 Reps) –

    Trey Flowers, S, Oklahoma St Height: 6-3 Weight: 202 40-Time: 4.37 (7.10 Cone) (35.5″ Vert) (18 Reps) –

    Justin Reid, S, Stanford Height: 6-0 Weight: 207 40-Time: 4.40
    (6.65 Cone) (36.5″ Vert) (16 Reps) –

    Godwin Igwebuike, S, Northwestern Height: 5-11 Weight: 213
    40-Time: 4.44 (6.56 Cone) (35.5″ Vert) (19 Reps) –

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Late RD/UDFA –

    Andre Chachere, CB, San Jose St. Height: 6-0 Weight: 197
    40-Time: 4.49 (6.78 Cone) (38″ Vert) (13 Reps) –

    Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane Height: 5-10 Weight: 182 40-Time: 4.32
    (15 Reps) –

    Arrion Springs, CB, Oregon Height: 5-10 Weight: 200 40-Time: 4.38
    (19 Reps Pro Day)

    Grant Haley, CB, Penn St Height: 5-9 Weight: 190 40-Time: 4.44
    (6.51 Cone) (34″ Vert) (15 Reps) –

    Michael Joseph, CB, Dubuque Height: 6-1 Weight: 187
    40-Time: 4.52 (6.89 Cone) (17 Reps) (34″ Vert) –

    Dee Delaney, CB, Miami Height: 5-11 Weight: 200 40-Time: 4.46
    (6.95 Cone) ( 32.5″ Vert) –

    Linden Stephens, CB, Cincinnati Height: 6-0 Weight: 192
    40-Time: 4.38 (7.15 Cone) (34″ Vert) –

    Siran Neal, SS, Jacksonville St.Height: 6-0 Weight: 206
    40-Time: 4.56 (7.00 Cone) (17 Reps) (40.5″ Vert) –

    Troy Apke, S, Penn St. Height: 6-1 Weight: 200 40-Time: 4.34
    (6.56 Cone) (41″ Vert) –

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Saleh may want to do tackling drills like this! Rookie hazing, Eric Reid redemption maybe.

    Does NoFear approve?

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You don’t have the two Texas DBs on your list.

    FS Deshon Elliot looks like a 3rd rd pick and is a ball hawk and hard hitter and I compare him to ex Niner Goldson.

    Holton Hill is a CB with length at 6’2″ and decent speed who was suspended for unspecified reasons (speculation weed). Can be had in 5th rd or later.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rams last year traded for WR Sammy Watkins giving up a 2nd rd pick in upcoming draft and CB EJ Gaines who also became a FA in 2018.

    Essentially that is what they are doing for Brandin Cooks. They might try to sign Cooks long term but they need to seal the deal with Aaron Donald or there will be another holdout.

    Instead of giving SUH $14mil they should have given Aaron Donald a new deal. Rams already have Michael Brockers so this was not a need
    acquisition and seems like overkill.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    The Korey Toomer signing sounds like a good move to me

    Toomer’s best season was in 2016 when he registered 75 combined tackles, a sack, two passes defensed, and three forced fumbles in 13 games and eight starts. He was the most efficient run-stopping linebacker in the NFL (among players in on at least 100 run snaps) that year, stopping 14 percent of the 177 run snaps,

  29. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I had a tough time with the DBs this year.
    Too many to say no to.
    Good I guess, in terms of depth.
    Did see a red flag with Holton and Arden Key.
    Passed on both.

  30. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Hoping to steal Minkah at 9 and maybe a bargain DB late.
    Curious to see how they prioritize their needs early.
    Hoping QBs eat the top 5.

  31. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Also hoping WR Anthony Miller from Memphis gets down to at least RD3.
    I like him over Ridley as a Slot option.
    Very productive.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rumor out there for what it’s worth

    If Pats want #9 I’d trade back for Rams pick and get back the #2 we gave up for Jimmy G.

    With that scenario you take Connor Williams/James Daniels for the Oline and Mike Gesicki TE or Nick Chubb RB with first second round pick.

    Other scenario is Miami would also like to move up so deals are there
    to move back

  33. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I like that idea bullit especially about picking offense with the first 2 picks. Even if that trade happens I bet we go defense with both picks, maybe Landry makes it to 23.

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    I’d love to see us trade with NE and pick up a late 1st and a second ! They have 23 and 31 in rd. one and 47 in rd. two !

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Niners, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I assume that Eric Reid played the 3rd safety in our big nickel. With Eric gone could Toomer fill that role. Can he handle pattern matching in zone defense. Armstrong couldn’t.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to believe and sadly Aldon Smith was arrested AGAIN Friday night for violating conditions of his monitoring advice.

    It appears that Aldon is Humpty Dumpty and all the king’s horses and all the King’s men can’t save him. He has flushed his career away totally especially after given so many chances.

  38. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    That’s why I would be Leary of drafting the 19 year old LB with the 9 pick. That is a lot of money for a kid that possibly hasn’t matured a whole lot. The NFL is full of em most of em don’t get arrested all the time though.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder one big plus for the Edmunds Bros.
    Both are Sons of a former NFL player, Ferrell Edmunds.
    Gotta think they’re ahead of the curve in terms of knowing what is expected.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First time in 3 years that the Niners have to wait until later period to start OTAs as a consequence of not having a first year coach.

    OTAs start next Mon 4/16 with draft 15 days away on 4/26

  41. 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