Sixteen Reasons

The Twitter news feed has been bonkering hot this week, for those of you who are Twitterholics. Leave the computer to take a leak and when you get back there’s a message: “29 new Tweets.” Goodness!

The Jets make the feed with great regularity, even though they stink and haven’t done anything at all in Free Agency. They have skillfully managed to run an endless loop of leaking news that they are trading Darrell Revis and then publicly denying their own leak. You’d think the media would catch on to this hucksterism, but they are too busy tripping over themselves trying to out-Tweet each other.

True to form, GM Trent Baalke has pretty much slept through the first three days of Free Agency, allowing us all to work ourselves into a lather of fretfulness and anxiety. The Seahawks are making it worse by loudly beefing up their defense and turbo-charging their offense, while our own defense has lost three key players.

But, Baalke always has a Plan. The first item in his Plan is to convince us he actually HAS one. So far, we’re biting, though it goes against our nature not to whine when certain phases of the Plan involve doing nothing. The second item is to storm the Twitter wire in the second tier of Free Agency with a rapid series of helpful, if not spectacular, signings.

Unfortunately, the Plan this year is called 16 Draft Picks. It would seem to make little sense to fill out the team with a slew of second tier free agents when these very positions will be filled in the draft. If the Plan goes according to plan.

Baalke filled one key role late Thursday by signing special teams ace and backup LB Dan Skuta. We all noticed, mostly in horror, what happened to our Special Teams last year when Blake Costanzo departed for greener pastures elsewhere. Most notably we noticed this in the Super Bowl during the first ten seconds of the second half when the game went from serious trouble to emergency room life support.

Baalke also signed widely viewed underachiever Glenn Dorsey to help shore up the D-line that has lost Isaac Sopoaga and stalwart backup Ricky Jean-Francois. To less than awed reaction from us blognoscenti, I might add. Dorsey will join the mix of Demarcus Dobbs, Ian Williams, and Will Tukuafu to fill in around mainstays Ray McDonald and Justin Smith.

That leaves a Free Safety replacement for the departed I’ve Already Forgotten His Name. That is probably the one position we need to fill in Free Agency that we can’t fill in the draft — not for this year, anyway. I’d expect the replacement to be signed today or some time this weekend, with Charles Woodson the current front runner. And there’s a good chance we’ll sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha shortly, too. Forcing me to finally learn how to spell his name without looking it up.

And that’s likely to be a wrap for our FA action this year. Sigh. Not very sexy, that’s for sure.

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81 comments on “Sixteen Reasons
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    i for one am happy about the dorsey signing !
    i do think we can replace goldson in the draft , it’s elam from fla !

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    don’t worry about not being able to spell asomough’s name ! nobody else can spell it either , so nobody will know the difference !

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    hey , i beat BEGRER to first comment !

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    asomough would be a nice pickup too imo !

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops i mean A-S-O-M-U-G-H-A !

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    SEE what i mean ! ?

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps we’ll have to adopt the Bart Simpson spelling: ass oh moo gah!

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- You’re 3 hours ahead of us out here. I would love to see your Bonsai Bob comments when I tune in each morning!

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody watch the Food Network? I stayed up late last night to watch Americas Worst Chefs. That is a funny show!

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe it is called the Food Channel?

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I replied to your RJF post in the last thread
    It is Food Network and I watch “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”
    Try Travel Channel with “Man vs Food”

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I agree we are low on funds and signing RJF to what he got would have been difficult. My point was that he is a good player and I knew he would get his pay day. His loss creates a big hole in our (lack of) rotation if others do not step up. I did not think much of him as a NT but he was really good at DE.
    PFT is saying we are in serious talks with Woodson and Asomugha.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just thinking that Fangio and Tomsula didn’t think RJF could be either Soap’s replacement or eventually replace Justin Smith so they let him test the free agent waters and he landed for him paydirt. Let’s see how he does in Indy.
    They have been right on most of the guys they let go such as Spikes, Lawson, Snyder, Rachal (that’s too obvious), Spencer, Balmer, Clements, Morgan and Mays.
    Back to last year if only we had drafted Jared Crick…

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Remember our pass rushers were
    Lawson (sort of), Travis LaBoy and Tully Banta-Cain?
    That was like 3-4 years ago with
    Lewis and Roman as our safety tandem.
    We’ve come a long way.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I hope the Jared Crick sentence was a joke.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just reviving our discussion from a year ago so not a joke.
    I would take Crick over Looney and
    we won’t know how this works out for another 2 years.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jive turkey gobble gobble Petey?
    From ESPN
    “Coach Pete Carroll insists that the Seahawks will remain a run-first team.
    Last year, the Seahawks ranked dead last in pass attempts at just 25.3 per game. That led to a career-high 315 carries for bruising feature back Marshawn Lynch. Now that Percy Harvin is in the mix and Russell Wilson has a year of experience under his belt, it would only make sense to open up the passing game more despite these claims from Carroll: “We’re gonna do exactly what we wanna do with continuing to send the message about how physical we are, how we attack with the running game and fit off that. … This is not a change at all.”

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus H. Christ couldn’t raise Asomugha from the dead last year. From PFF: Nnamdi allowed > 66% of passes his way to be completed. He allowed 15.9 yds/catch. And to top it off, Asomugha yielded a 120.6 passer rating to QBs which was second-worst among ALL cornerbacks. And to tippy top it off, he’s a Cal Bear. Next!

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, who’s Seattle going to add to their arsenal today?
    Pete the Cheat is kicking our collective off-season ass.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Holy crap… we already have a useless POS who gave up a 120 rating in Donte Whitner. We’re trying to upgrade, not give opposing passers an early Christmas gift. Besides, any guy whose game suddenly disappears when gets paid is not on my nice list. Nnamdi can shuffle off to buffalo IMHO.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Elvis Dumervil has a huge contract with a big guaranteed amount
    “Signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract. The deal contains $43.156 million guaranteed, including a $3 million signing bonus and Dumervil’s first, second, and third years’ base salaries. 2013: $12 million, 2014: $10 million, 2015: $8,193,335, 2016: Free Agent”

    Elway is now going public and bitching that Dumervil’s contract is “out of whack” and he should take less money. Dumervil had 11 sacks last year.
    Denver gave him the contract and Dumervil has honored his end. Asking Dumervil to give up guaranteed money would be stupid on his part.
    Bronco management is having regrets in the middle of the deal. Possibly they should have had heavy incentives in the original deal but they didn’t so John Elway is crying.
    It’s all about good faith and Elway gave Manning $20 mil/yr and didn’t blink with another $40 mil guaranteed if Manning takes the fiels in Game 1 of 2013.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Luis Delmas won’t be playing for the Niners.
    He re-upped with the Lions for
    two-years, $9.465 million contract.
    Ed Reed might be in play leaving Houston without a deal.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dumervil just caved and took a $4 mil pay cut.
    It appears contracts are now made to be broken both ways.
    Might as well just make them all one year deals.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Denver screwed up the paperwork and filed the Welker deal which caused Dumervil to be released. He’s now a FA. Hahaha.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Paraag would never bone head one like that.

  26. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow that’s awesome. And right after they tried to cut him 4 Million? Gee, think he might be looking for a payday now? I almost wish we were in a position to bid him up, just to eff Elway over one more time.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denver is forced to release Dumervil and pay him $12 mil for 2013. That’s all dead money.
    Screw with the salary cap and try to be clever and you get burned.
    Broncos trying to buy a Lombardi Trophy and failing miserably.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The dead money is $5 mil for Denver

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    i think nnamdi asomugha deserves another chance ! last year was bad for him but he was playing in the wrong scheme for him and didn’t have any d-line/passrush help at all ! 2011 wasn’t too bad for him in philly , and he was considered a top 5 cornerback when he was with oakland !

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    we’re looking at craig dahl from the lambs ! he looks pretty good as a SS candidate ! imo he’ll be a backup at both safety spots , but maybe a replacement for whitner ? anybody have any thoughts on dahl as a potential starter at SS ?

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT are you serious ! know what else is funny ? they say he and his agent failed to fax the broncos back in time to meet the dealine ! will he really make out like a bandit now ? he now becomes a UFA ! hey if he gets tons of money and still CAN SIGN ANYHWERE maybe he’ll come here for a chance to win a superbowl and only take 2 mil more ! that would give him 15 mil this year !

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    This from Howard Balzer Sporting News on Dahl just tweeted
    “Dahl was routinely burned in coverage with the Rams, and was caught numerous times tackling the air around him. He started all 16 games last season, but he will never be viewed as a starter at any point over the rest of his career. Dahl isn’t a capable replacement for Dashon Goldson”
    Just one man’s opinion but Sporting News is based in St Louis.

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    getting back to reality here’s one from

    ” that the team is engaged in ‘serious’ discussions with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha ”

    so suppose we sign nnamdi , if we do you have to figure it’s rogers and asomoghua starting at CB for us ! if this happens , does anybody think moving culliver to FS might be something we’d consider ? ( i heard the possibilty raised somewhere ) anybody think gulliver would be good enough at FS to be a satisfactory replacement for goldson ?

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith had surgery to repair his torn labrum.
    He should be good to go.
    They need to bring Kerry Rhodes in
    to play FS and Nnamdhi works on a 3 year deal for $18 mil back loaded.
    Otherwise I would take a long look at UFA Brent Grimes CB Falcons coming off an injury but visiting the Fins today.

  35. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT thx for that ! i was thinking of him more as a SS , not a replacement for goldson but maybe for whitner who is no spring chicken imo . from that report it looks like he’s being looked at as an extra DB, maybe the top backup at both safety spots ? from what i’ve seen he doesn’t look to bad of an option there .

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    I’M very happy to see we signed a spec teams ace ! can’t have too many of those imo ! if we had him in the superbowl to stop that KR we might have not been in position to be the victime of the crabtree hold / non call ! we might have taken home our 6th ! good offseason so far imho ! so we’ve been picking up help in areas where we struggled in that superbowl! spec teams and WR! now on to DB !

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It would be tough to replace both starting safeties in the same year.
    I am pushing for Rhodes who can also bring the wood and is a good cover guy

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    man BULLIT ! MY HOPE was that we’d keep goldson and replace our weakest link (whitner vs. the pass) ! now we have our work cut out for us ! i was thinking we might grab a safety with coverage skills to take whitner’s spot ! your boi rhodes might fit the bill there ! imho from what i see the niners are trying to add help in free agency but go after our eventual starters in the draft ! we now are going to draft d-line and safety high imo !

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    as far as asomogha goes , i was thinking something like three years 18 mil with incentives ! like making the pro bowl and 7.5 picks or more ! this way if he’s serious and he values a chance at a title more than anything we might be able to sign him ! (imho we’re taking our time with him trying to get our best deal !) this way if you play like an all pro you get paid ! if you play like an average joe , it’s take what you get and it’s good to go !!! 😉

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco just wrote this:
    “The 49ers figure to be the most active team in the NFL during the draft with an expected 14 draft picks, including an anticipated three compensatory selections.

    It led one prominent league source with intimate knowledge of the 49ers to predict plenty of surprises during the three-day draft, which runs Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27.

    “The 49ers have the firepower to make more moves and influence the draft more than any team in the NFL,” the source told “With all those draft picks, and half of them who can’t truly make the 49ers’ roster, they will be the most dangerous player in the draft. They’ll shake it up like we’ve never seen before.”

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Maiocco:
    Prominent source predicts 49ers to “shake it up like we’ve never seen before” in draft.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No time to be impatient.
    The last 2 seasons should tell you that Baalke doesn’t overpay
    and gets good players when the dust settles.
    Seahags gave Harvin a huge contract that will severely impact their salary cap.
    This is the same guy that’s openly clashed with his last 2 head coaches Childress and Frazier
    and who’s told his QB he wasn’t good enough to be on his team.
    You want to talk about prima donna divas?

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If things don’t go as well as expected for the Seahags their 12th Man will look at Harvin and Percy will likely start throwing
    everyone under the bus.
    That scenario should be most amusing.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I hope to hell they “shake it up like we’ve never seen before.” What do we have, like 16 picks? They need to package them up and come out drafting no more than six total. Move up twice into the middle of the 1st and nab Vaccaro and the DT on top of their wish list. Follow that up with a CB, DE, WR and TE. That makes six. Now. Was that so hard?

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And if you go by the “Draft Pick Value Chart,” our top two picks (31) and (34) overall would jump us up to (13). That’s part A done.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have signed safety Craig Dahl. Pardon me if I’m not thrilled.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And we just signed Dahl to a 3-yr deal. A shitty safety who also happens to be slow and white. Are we not even trying now?

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This move thoroughly pisses me off. If anyone remotely likes this move, STFU and keep it to yourself. That means you, Rob.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That might as well just sign Nnamdi to a 4-yr deal and completely ruin my day.

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “They” “They” (2002) was a Wes Craven presents horror flick that was almost as bad as this Dahl signing. Almost.

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke on Dahl: ” “He is an experienced veteran with excellent intangibles, who has working knowledge of the NFC West.”
    He’s the Alex Smith of defense. I hate him already.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del is on a roll!

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Pro Football Focus ranked Dahl 78th out of 88 safeties. The other ten were either blind, crippled, dead or registered Democrats.
    That punchline was for Berger.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Ed! I’ll just say this:

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dahl’s a ST guy, Dennis. Unwad your panties. I liked you better when you were silent. What a goddamn worthless fan you are. 8 years of whining about Alex. So now it’s piss your pants about every other decision? Spare us all and shut the f*** up.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pro blogger daily ranked you 999,999 out of 1,000,000 bloggers. You beat out Flying V. Barely.

  57. robNo Gravatar says:

    signed craig dahl !
    imho he’ll get a look as both a FS and SS ! maybe he’ll get a shot at whitner’s spot at SS ?

  58. robNo Gravatar says:

    DEL this is just for you !

    i like the craig dahl signing !

  59. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, but you like Cox, too. Just sayin’…

  60. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho DAHL will be the main backup at both safety spots ! that puts him as our 6th DB ! that’s before the draft ! i fully expect us to use a 1st or 2nd rd. pick for a safety ! i like the kid from fla elam !

  61. robNo Gravatar says:


    hey who knows maybe we’ll draft dick johnson !

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    DAHL is also a help on special teams ! we needed that !

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I know you missed me when I was gone. You’re just too ashamed to admit it. That’s OK. Unlike you and Stuart Smalley, I don’t require daily affirmation. Nor do I crave the attention. Now if you’ll please excuse me, I’m headed down to 4949 Centennial Blvd. to hold a candlelight vigil for our secondary — it’s dead.

  64. robNo Gravatar says:

    NICE offseason recap !

    add …( dahl is a good backup at both safety spots imho and a help on spec teams !)

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Matt Barrows Dahl signed for
    three-years, $5 million deal (with an $800,000 signing bonus)
    No mention of guaranteed amount.
    This signing gets you as excited as when they signed Haggans last year.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If we would have puchase Barbie Dahl it would have cost much less!

  67. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Barbie probably had a better year last year, too. But can she change direction or she is another Taylor Mays?

  68. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    She’s flexible anyway…

  69. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You guys seem to know a lot about Barbie. I’m looking the other way now.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, they didn’t sign Dahl to backup both safety spots. The Niners signed him to replace Goldson.
    “They told me that there was an opportunity to play in the voided safety position in the secondary,” said Dahl, 27. “I’m hoping to come in here and mesh well with the secondary and fill that void.”
    He’s going to be our starting safety. Digest that for a moment. Has it sunk in yet? It doesn’t need to be St. Patrick’s Day to drive one to the bottle after finally realizing that news.

  71. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did you know? The Barbie Doll has had over 43 pets including 21 dogs, 12 horses, 3 ponies, 6 cats, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a panda, a lion cub, a giraffe and a zebra.
    I wonder how many of those animals she had sex with?

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    On this St Patrick’s day and after hearing Dahl is going to be our starting safaty, I’m feeling a little snake bitten!

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You know why St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland?
    He couldn’t afford the plane fare.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, I heard airlines are charging for food now!
    BA DUM tssshhh.

  75. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. Just got back from Houston on Unicont. You had to pay if you wanted to eat.
    Airplane food is bad enough without the insult of having to pay for it. No goddamn peanuts even.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a place holder for the transformation of the Secondary.
    Fret not faithful.
    We are but a work in progress.
    I could see Woodson coming on to assist with the needed transition of the youth movement.
    Beware the Pass Rush additions.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You buy the booze Chuck.
    More kick for your traveling dollar.
    Helps with the overweight nudges that clog the aisle too.
    Had to deal with one of them on our flight to Vegas last year.
    500Lb backside in a 100Lb Coach seat.
    She felt the need to spread her cheeks in the aisle rather than cut off the circulation to her lower extremities apparently.
    There should be a flight requirement forbidding that sort of harrassment.
    If your carry-on has to fit in an overhead bin, your butt should have parameters equal to seat width.

  78. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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
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