Sifting Through the Rubble

The faint-hearted whiners were out in force over the weekend, whipping the hysterical alarmists into a frenzy. Despite dire warnings of imminent collapse, however, the sky over the Bay Area remained intact, as no pieces of it were located anywhere on the ground or floating on the Bay. Meanwhile, the 49ers went back to work Sunday, with four weeks left to get ready for the season opener. For the first time in training camp, Isaac Sopoagna finally suited up and practiced.

Pre-game information disseminated by HC Jim Harbaugh assured us that all four 49er QBs would play against the Saints, but only two of them did. This seems a clear indication that Harbaugh will be a “watch what I do, not what I say” kind of guy.

It also indicated that he has no intention of bringing Colin Kaepernick along slowly. He wants him ready to play by September 11. And the other two QBs are just camp fodder. Somewhere between now and opening day, a vet will be brought in to be the third string, dire emergency QB. Reports surfaced Sunday that Daunte Culpepper would be trotted in to audition for this role. It’s not a role he would have considered in the past, but a year in the UFL has a way of getting your attention as to your perceived worth, so who knows? If he watched Friday night’s game against the Saints, he might be tempted to think the 3rd stringer could definitely see some action this year.

There seems little doubt Alex Smith will start the season against Seattle. But Kaepernick is going to play each week, too. My guess is he’ll initially have some situational packages in the Red Zone or short yardage, where his dangerous running ability can be utilized for real or simply to neutralize an agressive defense. Harbaugh is a creative guy. He’s not going to let a talent like Kaepernick just take a rain check on his first year.

The bad news is we will probably not see any of these packages in the preseason games. When these gems are unveiled during the real season, we’ll be just as surprised as the opposing defense. Kaepernick definitely showed off his speed and agility in the Saints game. And his arm. That 20 yard pass down the middle to Lance Long was a true bullet. Too quick for the TV camera to track it in the air.

Kaepernick has more ability than Smith is ever going to have. Whether he can handle the pro game, physically and mentally, and how fast he gets a handle, are the only questions remaining. If he’s a quick learner, Smith would have to shock the world this year to make it through the season as the starter.

Next up on the 49ers preseason schedule are the Raiders, who we may have mentioned more than once, suck. They did provide Mike Singletary with his first victory last year, in the sixth game of the season. But that is no reason to look kindly upon them. They suck, their fans suck, and Oakland sucks for letting that franchise back into town.

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39 comments on “Sifting Through the Rubble
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nice early post this morning. Unless you are Phil, then it is always a late post.

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    WOW
    how did it get so late !
    early bird berger , like my fish ? caught these jack yesterday off boca grande !

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Have you quietly abandoned the WOTD, Berger?

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now that football season is here there are more polemic confabs, taking up more time. But now that I have the internet strung to the coconut tree outside my trailer in Sacramento I might get back to it.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I keep forgetting you’re in that trailer park. Have you run into FlyingV rummaging through the dumpster yet?

  6. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Damn if they didn’t set off another bomb down south of here today. That’s par but way down there, no trouble here.
     
    Hopefully the offense doesn’t set off any more bombs! Man that was brutal. I like the thought that Skeebs has that CK will be playing sooner rather than later. Hopefully he’s a fast learner, we need help at QB ya think?
     
    Ok it’s 9PM here (Monday night). I’m guessing it’s 6AM over there

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s correct, PF. You’ve already botched another day of your life, but we state siders have yet to squander it.

  8. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    You see Bergs it’s always tomorrow over here. I should just watch the game and post the final score for you guys, whaddya think? Maybe this could help Dennis in his pony betting racket?

  9. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Ha Skeebs, not as bad as I botched yesterday. Here’s what your Monday is going to be like: a good day, with fair to moderate blogging and intermittent coconuts. Of course

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So when the Beatles wrote “Tomorrow Never Knows”, they weren’t in the Philippines?

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    V is too busy buying ink so he can write the same thing over and over.

  12. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Correct Bergs they weren’t over here because here tomorrow does know. I think.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For Culpepper it would depend on his knee and what shape he’s in.
    If his knee makes him a statue then you look elsewhere.
    Worst case scenario is to sign Troy Smith again.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is a direct link to the Ian Williams video I mentioned yesterday

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6854740&categoryid=3286128

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First cut day is 8/30 from 90 to 75 on your roster right before 4th preseason game.
    Sept 3 is final roster cut day
    from 75 to 53.
    Very late and a very small window to look for a QB

  16. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    so many people are really revved up to get Kaepernick in there what happened to the lessons of Alex, like don’t rush a rookie in when you don’t have to, are fans so desperate for wins there willing to screw up another QB by forcing him into situations he isn’t ready for.
    one things for sure he aint ready for prime time, kids got talent and can really put some zip on the ball but he has a way to go before he’s ready.
    as for Culpeper wow had to be his agent shopping him there’s no way the niners called him, and if they did that’s just sad,I know the FA crop of QB’s is a little slim but Dante,that dude is done 10td’s and 12 pics in the UFL that’s back up to the back up ## for sure but its onlt one pre season game 3 to go before the real panic attack can start

  17. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, this smacks of desperation pretty early in the preseason. And not much of a ringing endorsement for Sir Alex.
    .
    Especially when they had the shot to sign Hasselbeck. As iffy as that would have been, it’s light years ahead of Cupepper.
    .
    And yes, I don’t think anyone inside the building wants to put Cappy in there any time soon.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    A glint of light amidst the gloom, courtesy of MM:

    Defensive Play of the day: Rookie outside linebacker Aldon Smith deflected Alex Smith’s pass at the line of scrimmage on third-and-goal from the 2, which prevented what should’ve been an easy touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis. He also batted down an earlier pass on first-and-goal from the 10.

    *****************************

    The more we see this kid, the more he seems the real deal.

  19. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I recall your pulling your hair out over the 9ers not signing a vet QB. Looks like you had that right.

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    YES GRUMP
    one big reason i came in from the ledge (with del) is because of the good reports on aldon ! his ability to perform … and right away , would make a huge difference in our ability to go with both our 3-4 and 4-3 defense !

  21. robNo Gravatar says:

    looks like the pats scouts know their stuff ! ;D

  22. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t say ‘pulling my hair out’ but it was a concern of mine.
    .
    Aldon did look good for his first taste of NFL action.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    For you Nate Davis fans, he’s now been cut by the Colts, too.

  24. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    He’s available?!?
    .
    Be still my heart . . .

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    OLB Thaddeus Gibson waived. That was a Singletary pickup late last year.

  26. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, that’s great news for the defense, but yet another sign that Alex does not have the timing or touch to make plays.
    .
    Same thing happened in the Iggle game. If he floats a pass, or waits a 1/2 second, he gets the ball to Gore in the flat for what looked like about a 25-40 yard gain. As it was, the DB batted it down. Smith got picked off the next play on a desperation heave into triple coverage.
    .
    Ball game.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    But it’s not his fault.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    it’s not nate davis’ fault he was cut by the colts ?
    i still like troy smith for 3rd QB and nate for the practice squad !

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All of a sudden Rob looks like a genius for pushing for Vince Young, the move taht never happened.

    The three guys you heard they were after all signed with other teams. Bruce Gradkowski, Trent Edwards and Adam Froman.

    Would you consider Kerry Collins or Jake Delhomme as vet QBs that are available?

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – You are so right, the Raiders do suck.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT
    i see you’re starting to catch on ! 😉
    imo vince young will have a better career than any of those other guys !

    WINDER
    yup the raiders really do suck !

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Raiders suck but so does Alex. What happens when a moveable object meets a resistible force? Most likely, a shitty game. But you know we’re all going to watch it anyway. Hopefully we don’t give the B-holes an easy cheap win. 😉

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    i saw on the insider that camp reporters are saying smith has been throwing deep more often and much better lately !
    i hope there’s nothing fishy going on !

  34. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    supposedly the QB comp consists of smith getting 40 snaps to Kaep’s 4 on 1st team, he did get 17 on the second team but there is a serious disparity here.
    check the interviews D.Walker said he was glad the saints blitzed like hell it exposed there weak points and there working to correct the problems, its not like he was going to say yea we got our asses handed to us but he was putting a positive spin on a dismal showing

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The whiners have nothng positive to say because they have lost hope. They need to learn to be polysemous so they can see that there is more to life than hating Alex Smith.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tank Johnson released by Bengals. How many seconds will elapse before Rob says we should sign him?

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wanted him a few years back. I hear he could have a bum knee these days.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

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
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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