Setting the Bar

Training Camp opens in two and a half weeks, so it’s time to lace up our cleats and get down to the business of explaining to Jim Harbaugh just what he needs to do this year to please us.

With nothing much to go on, thanks to the lockout, 49er fans have been forced to create their own image of how the team will look this coming season. When it became obvious that Alex Smith would be returning for yet another year, many fans experienced a brain-lock which obliterated any ability to imagine an offense all that much different than the one we have seen for the past two years. This despite the fact that new HC Jim Harbaugh is well regarded as an offensive innovator and game strategist. Terms not applicable at all to the previous HC regime, under which the entire team toiled so ingloriously.

On defense, it is pretty much taken for granted that Abrayo Franklin is not going to be re-signed and that Isaac Sopoagna will be replacing him as the nose tackle. There’s a chance Dashon Goldson will not return, and neither will Manny Lawson. So long fellas, have a nice career against everybody but the 49ers. Other than that, no one knows what to expect from new DC Vic Fangio, except some form of aggressiveness.

This site sees it as a given that the 49er offense will be vastly improved this season. There was some debate last year about who was most to blame for the dull and predictable offense — Jimmy Raye or Mike Singletary. But Singletary put an end to the discussion with his infamous miked up instructions to Mike Johnson, Raye’s successor at OC, to make sure he ran the ball more, despite the fact the passing game was torching the Seahawks. This sort of idiot interference will not be occurring this year. And the team will have game plans that will take more than ten minutes for opposing defensive coordinators to prepare against.

There is just no way the offense will not be improved, both in production and watchability. How much it will be improved is the only question. Last year, the offense ranked 24th in the NFL. This is somewhat a tribute to the players’ skills, because the game plans and offensive philosophy had to be ranked 32nd and dead solid last.

How well the team fares will once again greatly depend on the quality of the defense. Last year’s defense was ranked 16th in the NFL, 6th against the run and 24th against the pass. The pass defense allowed opposing QBs an amazing quarterback rating of 90! That sort of QB rating will win more often than not in the NFL, and the defense proved it last year by regularly being unable to hold the few late leads the team provided it or to stop the opposing team from a game ending run out of the clock. Good QBs generally torched the defense and the only victories of the year came on two Hail Mary passes, three wallopings, and a formulaic defeat of the Raiders.

Needless to say, if the pass defense does not improve, this team will not win consistently. The team gets somewhat of a break from the 2011 schedule, which features games against only three elite type QBs (Roethlisberger, Romo, and Vick). Even so, a porous pass defense will generally get you beat in the fourth quarter of any competitive game, and it’s doubtful the offense will be improved so greatly as to provide large enough leads to compensate.

All of which makes the brief and frenzied free agency period, which should occur next week or soon after, pivotal to the 49ers’ prospects this year. Acquiring a top tier cornerback is almost a must if the team is going to have a chance to be a serious contender. Failure to get one would have to reflect poorly on GM Trent Baalke.

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  1. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    When did I miss the rosters being expanded to 90 for training camp? Is that part of the new deal? Just more training camp fodder if ya ask me.
    July 25 to sign UFA and July 28 to sign all others. Assuming this gets ratified on the 21st. If the Niners sign CB Ike Taylor from the Steelers, he’ll be another one I’ll be rooting against. God, am I gonna hate this team this year. Go Brady!

  2. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone catch the Duchess of Cambridge on her trip to California? That girl is fabulous. Kate is tres chic and tres trig.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The WOTD lives on.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The proposed signing deadline for all drafted players can’t be thrilling the agents. Hahaha. No more holdouts!

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    But it’s NOT his fault!

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the very reason why success this year depends on the defense, NoFear. Because we do not have an elite QB. That’s just a simple fact. If someone on the roster becomes one this year, everyone in the world would be stunned. Without one, you need a good D. If success this year depends on great QB play, on that one player, then the team will fail.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    IOW, we can get a very good CB in FA. We can’t get a very good QB. If the defense had been better last year, we would have made the playoffs. The same holds true if the QB had been better. One problem has a solution this year, the other doesn’t.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    For what it’s worth, NoFear, I’ve never been a die hard Alex Smith fan. Heck, I’m more a fan of Clements than Smith. I’m not much of a fan of the other CBs we have, though. A very undistinguished group.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    i agree with nofear and skeebs , clements is a pretty good corner and might be able to be an even better FS !
    the good news for me is the sopoaga at NT talk ! i always wanted him to be used there and hoped his ability to be disruptive in the middle would be taken advantage of by the coaching staff ! since we didn’t go after any big D-linemen in the draft maybe they are looking at sop as the NT for this year !

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Nate Clements is a pretty good (run support) corner, Rob. He couldn’t cover you or me on a slant pass if his life depended upon it. Too bad Ray Charles still isn’t around, he’d tell ’em to “Hit the road Jack!”

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    dennis , good to see ya ! cool tune , but i was ready for a vid of clements looking horrible !

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    this little tidbit from the insider , it wasn’t V but it was in response to his post !
    ” they like to spew their vermin at every opportunity ”

    well i couldn’t find any lo-lights so we’ll have to settle for this to cheer you up a little 馃檪

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    new QB capernicus gets the silly statement award with this comment on putting on a productive mini camp
    “It’s hard when you’re missing the coaches “

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Keep your GD-d vermin to yourself, I say.

    Now, venom, that’s okay.

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    yesterday somebody axed me what free agents i wanted !
    we might start with one of these

    1.Barry Cofield, DT, Giants. Age: 27.
    Barry Cofield is a great interior lineman who excels against the run and provides a decent enough pass rush. He’s due for a big contract this offseason.

    Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks. Age: 26.
    Brandon Mebane has always been great against the run; this year, he added some pass-rushing skills to his repertoire, allowing him to serve as an every-down player in Seattle’s defense.

    Cullen Jenkins, DE/DT, Packers. Age: 30.
    Cullen Jenkins dominates the line of scrimmage when he’s on the field. Unfortunately, Jenkins is often injured; he has missed 17 games in the past three years.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    and one of these
    Brandon Carr (RFA), CB, Chiefs. Age: 25.
    Tendered by Chiefs

    Everyone knows about Brandon Flowers, but Brandon Carr is one of the top No. 2 cornerbacks in the NFL. And he’ll only be 25 in May.

    Brent Grimes (RFA), CB, Falcons. Age: 28.
    Tendered by Falcons (1st)

    Brent Grimes really improved his game and emerged as Atlanta’s best cornerback in 2010.

    Chris Carr, CB, Ravens. Age: 28.
    Chris Carr unexpectedly emerged as Baltimore’s top cornerback this season. Just in time for a new contract too…

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m resigned, and actually liking the fact that Soap will be our new NT this year. Bring it on! One-gap all day, baby. No more of this “holding the point” shit we did with AF. Damn the torpedoes straight into the QB. So the run game will suffer. Who cares? I don’t wanna stop the run any more, I wanna stop the pass for once in my life. Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    jacoby jones
    this former track and basketball star was a late bloomer on the football field. He did not begin playing organized football until his junior year in high school, and actually began his college career on a track scholarship at Southeastern Louisiana before transferring to Lane College in 2003.

    Because of his commitment to the other two sports, Jones missed considerable off-season experience with the football team. He decided to concentrate strictly on improving his receiving skills and improving his strength before the 2006 season. The progress he made was evident. He increased his bulk by close to 20 pounds while maintaining that blazing speed that made him a kickoff return threat as a junior.

    Jones would go on to earn All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors at three different positions (receiver, punt returner, kickoff returner), in addition to picking up SIAC MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors during his final season. The All-American pick ranked fifth in the nation in all-purpose yardage and became the first SIAC player to lead the league in five different categories in the same season (all-purpose, kickoff returns, punt returns, receptions, yards receiving).

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, unfortunately, the 49ers already have that guy. His name is Ted Ginn.
    TGinn: 140/1,827 13 avg. 22.6/10.6
    Jones: 96//1,229 13 avg. 23.3/10.0
    That’s the last 4 yrs for receptions, KR and PR. Same guys, eh?

  20. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    The deal is, whatever progress, if any, is made by the offense could very well be mitigated by the fact that the defense gets weakened at 2 positions if AF goes. Soap is not as good as AF at the nose. RJF and DEvans? Ehhhh. Not much there. Aldon is 20. I don;t expect much from him from the get-go.
    Scheme-wise, we’ll all have to wait and see if Fangio can dial up pressure quick enough to overcome a crappy defensive backfield. Lawson’s a wash. Won’t miss him much. Say what you will about Clements, but his CB days are numbered. I think he ONLY sticks if he heavily restructueres AND moves out of the corner spot. Goldson should move to SS, and Clements to FS. He’s on the books for something like $14 mill with easily reached incentives. Talk him down to $4, and the FS spot. If he don’t like it, bye bye.
    Didn’t Mebane get franchised?

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ray McDonald is slated to take over the LDE spot from Soap.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    For the last Fing time. Nate Clements is not, I repeat, NOT moving to safety. Not here. Not if he leaves to go to another team. Not anyhere. If, and that’s a big IF he returns, he will play cornerback for the 49ers. And once again, we will suck Donkey Kong in pass defense.
    Just say NO to 22.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think Nofear could use someone to help him move the ice blocks for his igloo up there in the Yukon. He can have Clements. Though most black people don’t do so well when the temperature goes below freezing. I’ll buy ’em a nice warm coat if that’ll send him on his merry way to NoFear’s place. At Christmas time you two can go see and perform the Nutcracker (drill) all at once.

  24. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ray McDonald sucks on ice. He gets washed outon so many plays, his uni is cleaner after the game.

    The red blur? More like a red skid mark . . .

  25. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    McDonald’s a free agent as well. Though he’s making noise like he wants to come back. Why bother?

    According to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network (gold, right?), Clements will get his release when the lockout ends.

    Clements has lost his speed, and, with little help from our safeties over the top, was repeatedly burned. Yeah, a new scheme will help, but $14 mill for a guy on the decline ain;t gonna happen. like I said, knock it down 10 mill, and move him to FS, or bye bye.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps a smart move would be to recast Clements’ deal to retain AF while we look to develop his future replacement, (whomever that turns out to be)?

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Clements could be valuable to the young guys back there, FS IMO, would fit for him. TMays could learn from him since Mays needs to work on his coverage skills anyway, let him play more as a SS in the meantime?
    Goldson could be gone too. Clements is a ballhawker now. Run the show from CF and let the Kids grow around him?
    AF is a valuable piece to anyones’ 3-4, hope we can keep him around but, he’s a coveted commodity.

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Until you chuckleheads get that through your thick skull, I’m not talking to you about Clements any more.

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You people need to assay Clements situation a little more closely before you comment hastily and willy-nilly with these silly notions about him playing safety. He’s NOT playing safety!

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco has a good explanation of why Clements will NOT move to safety. Though I disagree with his assessment of Clements value still at corner.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners keep saying he’s not moving to FS, Maiocco keeps saying it, yet everybody on the blogs keep moving him there. A strange phenomenon.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Not strange, Skeebers. I know the blogger’s motives. Bloggers think they (present company excluded) know more about football than the powers that be. It was the bloggers who came up with this harebrained idea to move Clements over to safety. They think if that would happen, his play would improve and that would allow them to utter a blogger’s favorite line. “See, I told ya so.”

  33. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco doesn’t know jack. I’ve been saying all along that the only way to do it is to heavily restructure and make the move. Plenty of other players have made the move.
    Yes, Clements has options, but there’s no way on God’s green earth he’ll remain here and make his $14 mill. Think he’ll take a $10 miilion pay cut? I don’t.

    He’ll try to catch on somewhere else. And yeah, it’ll be as a CB. If he really wants to stay here (hey, it could happen, but it is highly doubtful), he’d have to move to FS.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Why do you keep bringing up the $14 mil, Chuck? It was never meant to be paid and Clements never expected to get it. He just has to negotiate a new deal now. He knows it. He knew it when he signed the original deal. The Niners will have a figure and he’ll either take it or leave. It’s not a pay cut. It’s just a new deal based on his worth now. His old deal has effectively run out.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CBS Sportsline Prisco’s list of top FAs (Sorry long but informative)

    1. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Oakland Raiders: He is the top player on any list regardless of years of service. He will get a top-dollar deal, one that might make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.

    2. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers: At 24, he is coming off his best season and one of the best by a defensive end last season. He had 11 陆 sacks, and he was around the quarterback a lot. He’s also good against the run.

    3. Johnathan Joseph, CB, Cincinnati Bengals: He didn’t have a great season in 2010, but he’s still at top cover player who can play man coverage, which makes him valuable.

    4. Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota Vikings: His best sack season came in 2009 when he had 8陆, followed by eight last season. But some team is going to pay him big money because he’s got the potential for more, and he plays a value position. He’s also pretty good holding up against the run, which means he can play either right or left end.

    5. Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings: He had a breakout season in 2009, but he missed the first part of 2010 with a hip injury. That might be a concern, although he did come back and play well.

    6. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers: He is a rangy safety in a league that craves them. Weddle is a former corner, which speaks to his pass-coverage skills. He will be a wanted commodity.

    7. Zach Miller, TE, Oakland Raiders: He led the Raiders with 60 catches last season despite missing time with a foot injury. He would put up even bigger numbers if the passing game around him was better.

    8. Brandon Mebane, DT, Seattle Seahawks: At 26, he has been a good starter for the Seahawks the past four seasons. He is a perfect 4-3 defensive tackle. Seattle would love to have him back.

    9. Carlos Rogers, CB, Washington Redskins: He’s been a good, sound starter for the past four years. He doesn’t get a lot of picks — bad hands — but he is around the football.

    10. Tyson Clabo, T, Atlanta Falcons: He’s a tough-guy right tackle who makes up for his lack of athletic ability with a fighter’s mentality. He uses all the tricks of the trade.

    11. Michael Huff, S, Oakland Raiders: He was able to void his contract, which puts him on the market at the right time — coming off his best season. He is a cover safety who improved in all areas last season.

    12. Jared Gaither, T, Baltimore Ravens: He missed the 2010 season, but he is a young, athletic tackle who is a good pass protector. The Ravens missed him last season.

    13. Marshal Yanda, T, Baltimore Ravens: Yanda can play both guard and tackle, which will help his value. He played well at right tackle last season, but I think he can be a Pro Bowl guard. The money, though, is at tackle.

    14. Doug Free, T, Dallas Cowboys: He took over as the starter at left tackle last season and was the Cowboys best lineman. Was it a one-year thing or a sign of things to come? The Cowboys want him back.

    15. Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo Bills: He’s not a great athlete, but he’s an instinctive player who has a nose for the football. He is a good, solid starter, but nothing more.

    16. Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets: He is a tall, lanky corner who can excel playing man coverage. But he gives up a lot of plays and gets a ton of penalties. The skill set is certainly there for him to be a top corner, although he doesn’t tackle well.

    17. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants: He’s battled through some injury and fumbling problems, but he’s a good runner who is just 25 years old. He averaged 5.4 per carry last season. The Giants would love to have him back — at the right price.

    18. Stephen Tulloch, LB, Tennessee Titans: He was a tackling machine for the Titans in 2010. He is a smart, heady player who knows how to find the football.

    19. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: He had a career-low 361 yards last season as he missed time with injuries. He is 28 now, so that might be a concern for a team looking to give him a long-term deal. Backs have a tendency to fade when they hit 30.

    20. Jammal Brown, T, Washington Redskins: This former left tackle moved to the right side in his first season with the Redskins and did a decent job. He might be wanted as a left tackle, which would help his value.

    21. Jason Babin, DE, Tennessee Titans: He is coming off a breakout season for the Titans. This former Texans first-round pick (2004) had 12陆 sacks and played the run well. Can he do it again?

    22. Cullen Jenkins, DE, Green Bay Packers: Jenkins is a rare 3-4 end who can rush the passer. He might move inside for a 4-3 team. The Packers would love to have him back but he should be a hot commodity when the market opens.

    23. Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: He has some baggage — see four-game suspension by the league for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse — but there is no denying he is talented. He had 52 catches last season, but made a lot of big ones. The issue is whether he’s worth the risk.

    24. Barry Cofield, DT, New York Giants: He was one of the Giants’ better defenders in 2010. He is a good player against the run and at 27 he has some good football left his body.

    25. Brent Grimes, CB, Atlanta Falcons: This smallish corner led the Falcons in picks with five and earned high praise from scouts. He is a fighter who doesn’t back down from a challenge. He is a good leaper, which helps offset his 5-9 size.

    26. Davin Joseph, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He is a mauler in the run game who missed five games last season after breaking his foot. Joseph struggles at times with quick tackles in pass protection. He was better in 2007 and 2008 than he was the past two seasons.

    27. Stephen Bowen, DT, Dallas Cowboys: He is an aggressive up-field end who is coming of his best season at the right time. Look for the 3-4 teams to bid his price up. He’s a real free-agent sleeper.

    28. Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: At 6-5, he has the speed to stretch a defense. He averaged 19.4 yards per catch last season, which shows his big-play ability. He will be 30 when the season begins, which is a bit of a concern.

    29. James Anderson, OLB, Carolina Panthers: He is one of the more underrated players in the league. Anderson had his best season in 2010 and might be ready to cash in on it.

    30. Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets: He averaged 17.1 yards per catch last season, which shows his big-play ability. He also had seven touchdown catches. He has improved on cutting down his drops.

    31. Quintin Mikell, S, Philadelphia Eagles: He is a solid player, but he’s 30 and he isn’t a difference maker. He isn’t a rangy safety, which sometimes shows up. He missed tackles last season.

    32. Chris Carr, CB, Baltimore Ravens: He was a 16-game starter in 2010 and showed great improvement. He is 28, so he has some good years left. He is also a return man.

    33. Aubrayo Franklin, NT, San Francisco 49ers: This run-stuffing nose tackle was given the franchise tag in 2009, but the 49ers passed on that this time around. He is a good run player, and he improved as a penetrating rusher.

    34. Ike Taylor, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He is 31, so age is a bit of a concern. But he played some of his best football last season. He fits in a scheme similar to the Steelers, who use a lot of zone. He did play more man at times last season and did a nice job.

    35. Jermon Bushrod, T, New Orleans Saints: He was the starting left tackle the past two years and has improved. The question is whether he is anything more than just a solid player. If teams think he is, he could cash in big.

    36. Justin Blalock, G, Atlanta Falcons: He outplayed fellow free-agent guard Harvey Dahl last season, which is why the Falcons want him back. He is good in the run game but has improved in pass protection. That gives him the edge over Dahl.

    37. Kevin Burnett, ILB, San Diego Chargers: He is coming off his best season and with teams moving to more 3-4 he will have a market.

    38. Barrett Ruud, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I had him ranked higher on an earlier list, but after evaluating him I am not as high on him. He’s a good player, not a great one. He does have a knack for getting to the football, but he sometimes isn’t as good in coverage.

    39. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, New York Giants: He played in only three games because of a neck injury, but he had a sack in each one. When he’s healthy — and that’s the key — he’s a good pass rusher.

    40. Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints: He is the perfect slot receiver, a tough guy who isn’t afraid to go over the middle. He has emerged as a big part of the New Orleans offense, and now it’s time he gets paid like it.

    41. Willie Colon, T, Pittsburgh Steelers: He missed all of the 2010 season with a torn Achilles tendon, but he played well in 2009. He has done a nice job as a pass protector while also improving as a run blocker.

    42. Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens: He is a good run-support safety, but he sometimes struggles in coverage. He’s also been bothered by injuries, including a spinal injury in 2008.

    43. Quincy Black, OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He is a physical freak, a speedy, strong player who seems ready for big things. He missed five games with a broken wrist last season. He might be higher on this list at 27 years old if he didn’t.

    44. Manny Lawson, OLB, San Francisco 49ers: He was pretty good in 2010, better than the previous two seasons, but he doesn’t get the sack numbers. That is a concern with a 3-4 rush linebacker. It doesn’t look like the 49ers will bring him back.

    45. Harvey Dahl, G, Atlanta Falcons: This nasty player is another who isn’t great in terms of athletic ability but does a nice job compensating for it with his toughness. His play did drop off some in 2010.

    46. Ray McDonald, DE, San Francisco 49ers: He is a 3-4 end who is just now coming into his own. With so many teams now playing that defense, he will get play on the market.

    47. Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins: He caught 93 passes last season, but his best football is behind him. He isn’t a No. 1 anymore, but he could help as a second or third option.

    48. Clint Session, OLB, Indianapolis Colts: He missed much of the 2010 season with an elbow injury, but he was a standout in 2009. The Colts don’t usually re-sign linebackers, so look for him to go.

    49. Steve Smith, WR, New York Giants: He played in only nine games last season because of injuries, one to his knee. In 2009, he caught 107 passes, so he has the potential to put up good numbers as a slot receiver.

    50. Josh Wilson, CB, Baltimore Ravens: He started the final nine games of 2010 and had a game-winning interception against the Texans. He has good speed and can play man coverage. At 26, he’s the right age.

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    after assaying the clements situation more closely , i still think he would be a better FS than a CB ! i didn’t say i thought he was going to be a FS for us any time soon ! (dennis LOL)
    i still like our secondary CB clements FS goldson SS smith CB spencer .
    NOFEAR my free agent list only had three big D-linemen , three CB’s and a quick WR on it ! LOL
    we should sign at least ONE of the D-linemen , ONE of the CB’s and maybe a speed WR !
    all of those signings would fill our remaining needs (assuming our draft first two draft picks pan out of course !)
    the thing about jones (dennis) is that he sometimes manages to catch the ball even when the other team’s secondary is somewhere out on the field when the ball comes his way !

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    thanks for the FA list bull , i’ve seen it before , but at least it’s longer than my list of FA’s i want us to sign !
    (take that NF !

  38. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I bring it up, Skeebs, because $14-15 mill is what Clements is currently on the Niner books for. It plays a large part in how they go forward with these 12 FAs.
    I think the Niners cut their losses. Unless he wants to restructure to around $4 mill. They need to get AF signed if they

  39. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    want to solidify the line. Losing him weakens a lot of positions.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- your 3 D-lineman wish list is the same 3 guys I told Del about a week or two ago; Mebane, Cofield and Jenkins.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    chuck , i think your issue with clements is the same one most niner fans can’t quite get over ! imo it’s pretty much the same one alex smith faces !
    the big deal seems to be either how much the player is getting paid (10 plus mil per) or where they were drafted (first over all)!

  42. robNo Gravatar says:

    the player were drafted ???

  43. robNo Gravatar says:

    just imho clements should be making a salary just on the high side of the top 15 CB’s in the league !
    oh, and btw alex smith is getting about 1.5 mil per season , good back-up money as far as i know !

  44. robNo Gravatar says:

    one last one
    ray mac is a real favorite of mine , but a good question just came up !
    if i get my way and sopoaga is moved to NT , who goes in at DE to replace him ???!!!
    i’m not sure ray mac isn’t more of a spot pass rush guy than an every down DE (esp vs. the run)

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Rob. That’s the plan. Soap to NT and (sign) Ray to LDE. And, yes, Ray is just a little vulnerable vs the run. But all this talk about McDonald being a pass rusher makes me chuckle. Do you know how many sacks McDonald had last year? Add your, Berger’s, NoFear’s, Chuck’s and my total of sacks together last year and you’ll get McDonald’s — ZERO! I’ll save ya a spot on the Tom Brady bandwagon if like…

  46. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ray McDonald getting more playing time is a bad thing, Rob. He’s vulnerable against the runm, and he usually gets washed out on his pass rush attempts.

    If the Niners are Soap and McDonald, the Niners could have Neon Deion and Eric Wright back there, and they’d still get torched through the air.

  47. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Translation, please, NoFear.

  48. robNo Gravatar says:

    chuck maybe nofear will translate after you tell me what the runm is !
    the point is that ever since we drafted sopoaga i’ve wanted him to be tried out at NT thinking he might be the answer there ! now as soon as i see the good news about him moving there we have to worry about filling his old spot at DE !

    and yes ray mac is stronger vs. the pass than vs. the run . imho he’s a good option on pass rush downs at DE or maybe DT

  49. robNo Gravatar says:

    chuck maybe nofear will translate after you tell me what the runm is !
    the point is that ever since we drafted sopoaga i’ve wanted him to be tried out at NT thinking he might be the answer there ! now as soon as i see the good news about him moving there we have to worry about filling his old spot at DE !

    and yes ray mac is stronger vs. the pass than vs. the run . imho he’s a good option in spots , on pass rush downs at DE or maybe DT !

    we’re thin at DE if sop moves inside so maybe we’ll target that spot as our top free agent need ??!!

  50. robNo Gravatar says:

    holy crap guys !
    maybe the niners are finally getting smart !
    the better move might be sop to NT and sign one of these as a free agent

    Ray Edwards, DE, Vikings. Age: 26.
    Ray Edwards had a tremendous year, registering eight sacks and shutting down the run on his side. The question remains: How will he fare without the opposition keying in on Jared Allen and Kevin Williams?

    Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants. Age: 28.
    Mathias Kiwanuka looked like he was going to have a monstrous season, racking up four sacks in the first three weeks. Unfortunately, he landed on injured reserve with a season-ending neck injury.

    Shaun Ellis, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 34.
    Shaun Ellis terrorized Tom Brady in the divisional round of the playoffs. He had a great year, but the concern is his age (34 in June).

    Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers. Age: 25.
    One of the top young defensive free agents on the market, Charles Johnson became the fifth Panther ever to record double-digit sacks (12) in 2010. He was dominant from the left end position all year. Carolina cannot afford to let him go.

    btw i wanted ray edwards last offseason !

  51. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops i don’t think shaun ellis should be on the list

  52. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Soap isn’t nearly as good as AF at the nose. McDonald was pretty much a flop as a pass rusher, and he isn’t much against the run either. Not sure how weakening the line in 2 spots is a good thing.

  53. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rob – sop is a big strong player that has never stood out at his position. What makes you think he could possibly be a good NT? I don’t see it myself. I see the defense having a difficult time this season unless we unload a lot of dead weight(Sop, clements, McDonald, Lawson, and possibly Goldson), they have all been here long enough for us to see what they can do. I think we need to sign Abrayo(sp) if we can and really go after some FAs. I don’t have the answers on just who but, the players we have just don’t get the job done. Of course, if our offense can finally produce some points maybe that would change the scenario greatly. At this point, I think the team needs a big overhaul, and personally I would be happy with just watching some interesting and fun football for a change.

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    winder/the great one
    (saw you on the insider the other day !)
    and CHUCK
    my main point is that imo sop would be better at trying to be disruptive from the nose than he is at DE !
    the other main point is that our top two free agent needs are
    D-line and CB !
    imo if we fill these two spots , i don’t see any real weak links in our team !
    (WINDER)to me sop is good on the nose , ray mac is a good player on the d-line rotation , lawson is an excellent all around LB and goldson will be fine at FS !

  55. robNo Gravatar says:

    all these players can help the team , upgrades can always be added too !

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Is any of this really necessary for this year? Just give us another 6-10 and let’s move on to 2012.

  57. robNo Gravatar says:

    dennis , lol
    check out the new post on the insider !
    eric branch may be a newbie here , but he’s off to a good start !

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I believe the Niners will be very active players in signing other teams Free Agents.
    They need a playoff team this year
    to create buzz for their new stadium. If they tank it, it could be a very hard sell.
    If the Santa Clara Stadium doesn’t get built then we’re looking at another 10-15 years because San Francisco will not spend any money on this.
    Then you should call it Candlestone Park and the Niners might as well be the Flintstones.

  59. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, we’re looking at York selling to the highest bidder in 4 years.
    If the FO screws up another regime, then all bets are off, and the team could leave town.

    ROB, Yer optimism is astounding. Misguided? Yes, but still astounding.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    When the FA period finally does start, the Niners will need to show some gumption and initiate the process no matter the price tag. Time to make some bold moves. No guts no glory as they say.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s quiet around these parts w/o Berger. And subbing for him with the WOTD is no easy task. I’m going to ask for a salary soon. How much to you pay him, Skeebers? I want at least double that. I figure this to be “hazard pay.”

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    berger snuck in a post yeaterday but no WOTD !

  63. robNo Gravatar says:

    yeaterday ! lol

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This job relocation of Berger’s to Sacramento is kind of suspicious, if you ask me. I thought he was a big cheese at work. No internet connection before or after work now? In Sacto? Give me a break. Where’s he staying? In a sewer? They got computers at K-Mart you can log into. Or the library. Lots of places. I’m beginning to think he got busted and is doing six months in the slammer.

  65. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Heck, you can do everything with your phone nowadays. I tend to agree with you Skeebs, he’s probably doin 90 days in a Reno slammer for whatever was the beer of the day.

  66. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    At least he had the gumption to sneak in a post during his exercise hour in the joint. Poor Bergs!

  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    well berger might be hard to find lately , but since everyone else is here i’ll put up some contact info

    weekend phone # 727-600-9540

    you guys can contact me any time !

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard that!

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    cancel the search and those milk cartons with his picture on em’ !
    it’s berger !

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m busy as hell here in Sacto. I pulled my RV into an RV park for four months. They have WIFI but it never works. They have basic cable, but all I get is news, shopping and Mexican stations. I do get get the majors and have decided Master Chef is a great show. Blondie punks everybody.
    I inquired about cable and internet, but it is 65 per month. I’m already paying over 250 per month for all my cable, phones and internet now. I don’t want to give them another 65. Unfortunately, I might have to for my college classes I want to take. No high speed internet, no college. I’m deciduating(this is the word I was telling you guys about that I made up after hearing about “ideating”).
    Phil, send your coconut guy if he has better pricing than Comcast. I do have a tree outside my RV.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about the USA women in the Cup? You go girls! I can’t wait to watch on Sunday for the final.

  72. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I think the USA’s women’s team is fantastic. Overall, i think soccer is kinda boring to watch, but this is really exciting. Oh yeah, I was just kiddin about the Reno slammer. But, I don’t know what’s worse being stuck in a Sacto RV park or doin some time.

  73. robNo Gravatar says:

    my laptop picks up networks i can use pretty much anywhere !

  74. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, but can your laptop pickup chicks? Wake me when Apple invents one of those.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m conducting job interviews. I think I’ve got a bunch of interviews set up tomorrow for a bunch of people just trying to satisfy their unemployment needs.
    Time to go to my RV hamlet!

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I sure hope your RV has A/C because it must be like a tin can, hot like something fierce.
    I keep getting called a soccer mom by V on SF Gate. He also sez i should take up tennis and listen to the Bee Gees.

    USA All the Way!!!

  77. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Bergs before I dispatch Reynaldo to hook you up let me quote a few prices: unlimited wireless high speed coconut internet by Smart Bro is $20 per month. It’s actually proving to be reliable unlike the other outfit which was via cable. The basic cable 30+ channels I think (never watch) is $5 a month. Can’t beat it man. You see why I retired over here? You could save a bundle and spend it on ‘aircon’. Just let me know.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger in this economy you could likely get a kickback for offering someone a job.
    Knockdown the Company’s mandated salary figure and, have the candidate agree to write you a check for the difference, it’ll cover those necessary internet fees and possibly afford you enough for a new laptop and BEER money.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grab yourself a nice aircard and go wireless from the RV on that new lappie too.

  80. 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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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