Some Spicy Meatballs

Jim Harbaugh told the fans attending the Pasta Bowl fundraiser Tuesday night that his team will be pushing a tempo that will “eventually overwhelm our opponents.”

This comment is similar in purpose to Mike Singletary’s “impose our will” battle cry, but vastly different in technique. Singletary wanted his team to out-physical its opponent. A sort of “our fat boys are tougher than your fat boys” approach. Harbaugh wants his team to set a pace that will exhaust the opponent fat boys, both physically and mentally.

It appears that Singletary’s vow to not out-think our opponents has been retired from the 49er lexicon.

What Harbaugh didn’t say was whether “eventually” referred to each game we played or how long it would take for this approach to work. We’ll assume it will be evident for the first game of the season against Seattle. A good, solid thrashing of Pete Carroll’s boys would be an excellent way to begin the new era.

One thing we do know about Harbaugh is that he won’t be sitting on any leads. Not in the fourth quarter and certainly not in the first, second, or third quarters. After all, nothing stops the opponent’s running game quite like a twenty-one point deficit in the second half.

When Jimmy Raye exited the premises last year, he took with him a remarkable stat of never producing any opening drive points during his tenure. His replacement, Mike Johnson, promptly produced an opening drive TD in his very first effort. What happened after that opening TD? Out came the running game and bye-bye went the momentum. We’ll have none of that nonsense now, laddy. Oh, no. Not here.

Some of our bloggers feel this is a rebuilding type of year for the team. That may be true for the defensive secondary, but it certainly isn’t true for the rest of the team. In fact, this is a team poised for a break though year. They’ve been more or less poised for two years, but have been held back by an archaic coaching philosophy that shackled their efforts. Do not be deceived, as many are, by that 6-10 record last year. That was a Mike Singletary production, through and through. As he melted down, so did the team. And his melt down began after the very first game in Seattle.

Some bloggers will say we’ve played the “break through year” card before and look what happened. What if that playing card was true all along, is still true now, and we simply had a dunce playing the hand. Surely, there can be no argument that our card player was heavily related to some form of mutant Ozarkian species. Does that mean the cards are no good?

By now, many of you are probably either rolling your eyes or reading some other blog. A few dedicated meanies will remain to scoff on my sleeve, however. We have another new coach, you will say. We’re starting all over again. The team has a learning curve to overcome. How can we expect any initial success?

It’s true we have new offensive AND defensive philosophies — again. BUT, we have a new HC. That is much different than just a new OC, which has pretty much been the norm around here the past six years. New HCs often have early success. New OCs do not rejuvenate a team’s spirit, but new HCs do. Pete Carroll did it in Seattle. Ken Whisenhunt in AZ. Our own Mike Nolan started off with a rousing squashing of the Rams. Even the maligned Singletary got off to a promising beginning that may have led to a division crown if not for a treacherous Hail Mary in Minnesota in game three of the 2009 season.

So go ahead, scoffers. Scoff and harrumph till you weep. Not me. I’m all in for the Harbaugh Era. This team is going to shock the league this year. I can’t see us finishing with anything worse than an 11-5 record.

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  1. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I love it Skeebs! 11-5 wow fantastic! In your faces Niner grumps! Hahaha what a great thought!

  2. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    11-5? I’ll have what you’re having.

    @ Cin
    @ Phi
    @ Det
    @ Was
    @ Ari
    @ Sea
    @ Stl

    Rough last 6 weeks of the schedule, with 4 away games, and hosting Pittsburgh and Saint Louis. Optimistically, I see about 9 wins. If we can get through the first half of the season at 6-2 (losses to, say, Phi and TB), then I’ll be more positive.

    I see us more like 4-4 at the halfway point, and the part of me that’s been used and abused over the past decade of 49ers football fears 2-6.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- It is refreshing to see some optimism around here! I thought I going to be scoffed at for predicting 9-7 or 8-8. You just took some heat off of me. 11-5 would be great, I just don’t see it. I am rooting for you to be right!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I was being conservative. I actually think we’ve got a shot at 13-3.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    But I think we might tank the last couple of games while we’re resting up for the playoffs.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t see us beating the Giants or Steelers, even at home. 6-2 if everything comes up roses. And 5-3 on the road? Not yet. This team still needs to learn how to win on the road.

    There will be a learning curve as guys settle into new positions. I expect some Jekyll and Hyde up and down as the team tries to figure out its identity on both sides of the ball. The coaching will make us better, but it might take as long as half a season to kick in. Injuries, as always, are an unpredictable factor. Alex looms as the huge limiting factor as always: a typical Alex year, and we have a little success and a lot of frustration. He suddenly “gets it”, and things would look very different.

    7-9, but realistically the team could pratfall early and stumble to a 4-12 / 5-11 year, or gel quickly and make it to 9-7 or even 10-6. Just too many new factors (coaches and players) to nail it down better than that yet.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Sounds like you are having flashbacks to 1981!

  8. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs…great to hear some optimism …intsead of the constant sea of whoa…you probubly dont remember…but after the first few games or so last year i was calling for dumping Singleberry and i wanted Harabaugh (and Luck) after the season…i was sick of the runs up the middle on 1st and 2nd downs…throw on 3rd and 9 …then punt…and when (if) we got a lead it was run up the middle on first second AND third down …punt…I wanted Harbaugh because he’d pile up points (theres a few USC games that come to mind…(“Whats the deal man”)…shit i loved that …pissing fricken Carrol off…i know he’s got to be squirming knowing Harbaughs gone a get him again….cant wait….GO NINERS!!

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sea of whoa? That’s a new one. Good surfing day, right? “It’s a sea of whooooa, dude! Check out the waves!”
    I thought Rob was the king of rainbow pony land. Looks like there’s a new king. All hail Skeebs.
    Last year, I had high hopes. The caveat being SF running their run, stun, and done offense with Jimmy-hat. Well, it did come to pass, and the regime fell. In the end I suppose that’s a good thing.
    This year? We get to find out how much of this team was held back by our 1960s style coaching ideas, and how much a progressive coaching staff helps out with decent to nominal talent.
    I have no fricking clue. Once bitten, thrice shy. I think 8-8 is their high-water mark, though.
    Again, this team with last year’s schedule? Cake city. This year’s schedule is much tougher.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy The NY Giants are a mess.
    They have no TE, their #1 draft pick went down, one of their CBs refuses to become a safety, OSI is pouting, Steve Smith is out for the year. It’s a winnable game.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, we opened the season last year with five straight games against playoff teams, three of them on the road. In the first five games this season, only Philly can be called a for sure playoff team.

  12. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle was a playoff team Skeebs. The Niners had a cake schedule last year, and blew it. They lost to Carolina and TB for God’s sake. I still blame the front office for not canning Singletary after the Panther loss.
    KC and Seattle were barely playoff teams that trounced SF early. And no one saw either as a playoff team. Talk about playing in a weak division. KC takes the cake. Dallas has a new system, and should be much improved. Cincy? Blehhh. Detroit is much improved. Blah blah blah.
    Game one is a big test. At least it’s at home. The last 8 games are all against quality opponents.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. Go Niners.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Wasn’t it Kolb that shredded the Niners last year. We will be facing Bradford and Kolb twice, at best I see a 4-2 division record and probably more like 3-3. That is of course Smith can learn to throw a decent dump-off/screen pass. And, maybe actually connect with a receiver not named Vernon. I love our Niners and the direction we’re moving in but all the teams in our division have gotten better this year.

  15. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, I think Seattle regresses. TJ and Wisenheimer ain’t getting it done at QB. AZ is trolling for last, and the Rams look to win the division.

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The blog host sees nothing worse than an 11-5 record? I’m sorry, I was looking for a Forty Niner blog. I obviously stumbled across either a Patriots, Eagles or Packers blog. Sorry to bother you.

  17. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    11-5 may be a tad optimistic but there seems to be a culture change going on with this team, the coach has a confidence that sing didn’t have
    sing wanted the brute bully team, that supposedly would push the little guy around, a bit like himself, with little emphasis on strategy and deception.
    Harbaugh is the polar opposite he wants to pound you all right, after he has thoroughly, frustrated you, this is really exciting times the reality is can in the shortened camp/preseason, the team gel to the point there executing the game plans well enough to win games.
    my impression is that there’s going to be some ups and downs but a 9-7 record is a possibility, and if things go better than expected 10-6 which in this division is a playoff berth,truth is by week 4 of the regular season we will all know what the team has in store

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Even Saint Bill took three years to raise the dead. 馃槈

  19. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey. Could be. This year isn’t about wins and losses, though. It’s about evaluation and improvement.
    If they sneak up on some teams, all the better.

  20. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Personnel wise, they’ve moved back a little. Coaching-wise, they’ve improved immensely.
    By all appearances anyway.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You guys are going to like Kaep. I’ve been watching him for 4 years at Nevada. I’ve never seen him caught from behind and he just has a way of winning. I’d be surprised if he isn’t starting by next year. It would not surprise me if he takes over at some point later this year. I’m sure he will, at least, get some playing time this year.

  22. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit, NoFear. Teams that are rebuilding often dismantle the existing structure, bring in new guys, and go young. KC for example. When they ditched Herm and Gunther in 2008 and went with Todd Haley in 2009, they turned over their roster and got a QB. Even then, they were 4-12. Evaluating the talent they had. 2010? 10-6. Playoffs.
    The groundwork was laid before the 2009 preseason. Much like what is happening here. Which is why I don’t really care about what happens this season. As long as they are coached better and look like a decent offense.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh went 2-14 in 1979, same record as before. the astute fans could see the difference though. We weren’t getting blown out as much, we just weren’t good enough to win, particularly at QB. In 1980, they started 3-0, then injuries and more QB issues sunk them. In 1981, with the QB position fixed, there was dramatic improvement.

    No guarantee history will repeat itself. But history does suggest that initially, there will be a period of limited improvement, until or unless things really fall into place.

  24. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I was trying to be less obvious and a little more current, Grump . . . !

  25. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok so i’ll bite !
    since we’re going there …
    i’m back to happy pony land after my brief visit to the ledge with dennis !
    imo we’re a little better off in the secondary and missing some on the linebacking corps !
    the d-line might not be quite as good vs. the run , but we’ll be ok with a better pass-rush and better scheme !
    we might use more 4-3 this year , does anybody know fangio’s defensive preferences ?

    on offense we added an experienced center and a new QB and didn’t lose anybody ! it’s hard to see why we wouldn’t be much better off offensively !

    i was going to say 7-9 , but i’ll be optimistic and say 8-8 with a chance at 9-7 !

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I agree!
    In fact, Walsh said he thought about quitting.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- It has been written that Fangio is a 3-4 coach who will drop into 4-3 often. It is also been written that if you want to know how he runs a defense just watch a Dom Capers defense. But Fangio said we wouldn’t look like the Green Bay defense because we have different personnel who have different strengths. He has said often he will match his defense to what his players do well.
    In my book, so far so good. Now let’s wait

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    for the results.

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow !
    MARCOS posted this on the insider !

    7:38 AM on August 10, 2011

    This comment is hidden because you have chosen to ignore Marcos. Show DetailsHide Details

    Chances are in Fangio’s various schemes, the OLB are not going to have great pass defending responsibilities. When 3, 4 and 5 WR sets are deployed you can expect liberal substitutions or specific defensive packages. Nickle corners and any number of safeties will take the receivers. Even in Base coverage schemes it would be surprising that either OLB would have more responsibility than the Flat and short zones over the middle. Harralson is slow, he can not chase receivers around the field. Without question, Lawson was much faster but not necessarily that quick. Bowman and Willis both possess excellent speed and have shown they can run sideline to sideline. Depending on an opponents’tendencies and down and distance situations, I would think we will see a 4 man line with Smith dropping down to DE, MacDonald moving inside and the other OLB replaced by Cullver or possibly a safety. Fangio has been doing this for a long time and his approach thus far has been to reserve judgment until he determines players capabilities, not from film but from play.”

    i sure hope he knows a lot about fangio !

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    good news ! imo we finally have a coaching staff that knows how to use their players and won’t try to force square pegs into round holes !

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    btw , good one on the …
    results !

    here’s one in case you missed it !

    here’s the new laptop !

    anybody wanna buy a bonsai tree ?
    we ship to california all the time !

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    we didn’t sign this guy at LB did we ?
    Marshall Applewhite
    known among his followers as “Do”, was the leader of the Heaven’s Gate religious group. A self-proclaimed prophet and messiah, he died in the group’s mass suicide of 1997.

  33. winderNo Gravatar says:

    No rob, we signed Alex Smith instead.

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    SHIT, Winder!!!

    I would have rather had the dead guy.


  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Marcos was the guy who always liked the two TE set, which I hated because it meant the D would load the box and we would run up the middle. With Harbaugh I think I will like this set because in college he would come in with 2 and 3 TEs, force the D to load the box, and then he would spread them out and throw all over the place. With Walker and Davis this should be a great strategy.

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    yup , two TE’s in the caveman meant a sure run up the middle with nothing to make it work !
    two TE’s with a real offense means we’ll be playing to our strengths on offense too !

  37. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, do you understand the difference in coaching situations? Say Coach A is entering his 3rd year as head coach. By that time, he’s got his coaches in place, he’s weeded out the players he doesn’t like, and has installed his system. This is when the coach is supposed to win. If said coach pukes on his shoes, he may or may not be retained. If he further pukes on his shoes to start the next season, he doesn’t last.
    To hold a new coach to the same standard is asinine. Which is why Harbaugh will be held to a different standard than say, Tin Mike was last year. Not that Harbaugh can’t match Sing’s record, just that this season they made a lot of changes, and they are installing a new system offensively and defensively. He gets leeway to fully implement his ideas. Which is why he got a 5 year deal. Do you really think that if Harbaugh goes 6-10, he’s going to get canned?
    This is basic shit, NoFear. Unless you want to do things like dirty Al does, and fire your HC every year.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs there are those that see that glass half full and those…..
    I buy your optimism strictly on the Harbaugh influence. I too believe we can sneak up on the Division if, and only if, Alex can make intelligent decisions in the passing game.
    If tempo is being employed, as it should with the WCO, that could keep him from thinking too much and killing the plays before they develop.
    Me, I’m inclined to go with 6-10 and look for a change of Chemistry and Attitude as the bonus.
    Either way, the Team should learn to compete and stay focused on our assignments with Harbaugh and Fangio. Much as Carroll did in Seattle last year, the new energy should be contageous.

  39. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Glass half empty? Naw that only happens when I drain it down too fast.

    So this is happy pony land? Hey it sure beats the sea of whoa…

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have agree with NoFear that JH inherited an 8-8 team. IMO, we went 6-10 last year because of bad coaching. I think we go 10-6 just because of JH and his staff but I have to subtract 2 wins for having a new system in place. I’d guess this is an 8-8 team that will go 8-8.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    hey i’m the one that’s been saying we have 8-8 talent !

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If we were an 8-8 team under Singletary, it means we were really a 10-6 team. Adding Harbaugh and staying the same would equal 10-6. I’m figuring we will improve. Ergo, 11-5.

  43. RufusNo Gravatar says:

    I hear the above and below number out of Vegas for the 49ers is 3. Sounds like this crowd should lay down some money on above 3.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    No, Rufus, the actual Vegas O/U for 49er wins is 7 1/2. I believe 3 is the O/U on the amount of times A*** S**** will have to have Vernon speak up for him this year and tell the new coach to let ’em please stay in the game. Pussy.

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, how many times have I told you? Repeat after me please: A team with NO quarterback has no talent at all. You try it.

  46. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, NoFear. You think losing nearly half of the starting defense won’t affect how the team plays this year? You think designing a new offense and defense is that easy? Duh. Talk about clueless in California . . .
    See, when Singletary took over for Teflon Mike, the theory was Tin Mike would make the SAME TEAM better. He wopuld improve on Nolan’s record. Ror the most part Singletary ran the SAME OFFENSE, the SAME DEFENSE, used the SAME COACHES, and used the SAME PLAYERS. The problem? The REUSLTS were the same. He didn’t improve the team. They backsluid. They were a 6-10 team last year. Based on their record. (hyuk)
    Cut to Jim Harbaugh. He got rid of just about all the coaches on offense and defense, he dumped (or lost) AF, TKO, Clements, and Lawson. Goldosn and Mays were demoted and left twisting in the wind. There’s a new defensive backfield in place. AND he kept Alex Smith.
    The Niners are going to run a new offense, a new defense, and they have a lot of new players implementing these changes in the shortest offseason in NFL history.
    So, no, NoFear, I won’t fret if the team goes 6-10. There will be growing pains. 8-8 would be gravy. You laugh at Skeebs saying 11-5 is in the cards, yet you don’t take into account the fact that they have completely changed the team and you expect them to improve off a record (8-8)they didn’t even reach.

  47. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, read my above post. This team isn’t starting from where they left off last year. They weren’t an 8-8 team last year. They were a 6-10 team. Were they the most talented 6-10 team? Sure. Did Sing hopld them back? Damn straight. But the fact remains, they backslid by losing their very strong NT. I think that’s their biggest weakness going into this season.
    Yes, new coaching will help immensely. But I think they lost about 20% of their effectiveness on defense by who they lost. I think the coaching should be around 60% better. How do I know this? I don’t.
    But I do think the improvement in coaching will not overcome the deficiencies they currently have to make a serious playoff run. Alex Smith being PART of the problem, not part of the solution. They’ll likely end up around 8-8.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Yes, new coaching will help immensely. But I think they lost about 20% of their effectiveness on defense by who they lost. I think the coaching should be around 60% better. How do I know this? I don鈥檛.

    That about says it all, Chuck. Since these percentages are obviously ridiculous, why post them and then tell us that even you think they are ridiculous?

    The secondary has two new starters, both of whom are probably upgrades over the people we “lost.” Whether Soap is as good as Franklin, or nearly so, remains to be seen. AND we have added a bona fide pass rusher. There’s just as good a chance that the defense will be better this year as there is that it won’t be.

    In the end, you can have any opinion you want. But it’s all speculation at this point, so why try to make it some sort of scientific analysis? You’ve been saying all week we’re in rebuilding mode and now you say we’ll finish 8-8. Those two ideas are incompatible.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yep. But five new starters on defense and 11 wins might just be stretching it a tad too, Skeebs.

    I do not think this is a horrible team. But I do think it’s a work in progress, and there will be some learning curve to climb.

  50. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit, Skeebs. The 49ers are in the NFC West. 8-8 is attainable in rebuild mode. Look at what Seattle did last year. I can safely say the coaching will be 1000% batter. No one will argue that. How THAT translates to immediate improvement is the question. I said it on my blog 3 weeks ago. They’ve lost talent on defense, but gained a ton in coaching. How that affects wins and losses is the question.
    11-5 (shit, you said 13-3) based on who the team lost on defense, coupled with the short transition time isn’t rainbow-pony time? We have added a bona fide pass rusher? Really? How many sacks did he have in the pros last year? Aldon Smith is 20 years old, and is at best a work in progress. He likely makes his mark in 2013.
    I admire your optimism, however, I don’t share it.
    This is the shortest preseason ever, and it has to be taken into account that the Niners are trying to install a new offense and a new defense. Plus they have lost their run-stuffing NT. Soap is a provn mediocrity at the nose. McDonald at LDE was a wash. Thus, I think positions are weaker because of AF leaving. The secondary overhaul is encouraging, but these guys weren’t the cream of the FA crop. Rogers is close, but he has confidence issues.
    YOUR post is full of probably’s. If everything aligns perfectly, sure they could end up 9-7. Anything over that is a pipedream. 8-8 is the best-case scenario.
    I’d love to be wrong, however. I could hop on ROB’S rainbow pony and say we’re going to win it all. Super Bowl here we come.
    My overall point is, teams that go through an overhaul like the one seen here usually take at least a season (usually two) to get on track.
    KC is a recent example. Dump the coaching staff, dump a bunch of players, rebuild. As was the 1979 49ers . . .

  51. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Look at their last 8 games, Skeebs. Tell me who they beat. They could concievably go 5-3 to start the season. However, they likely go 2-6 to close out the year.
    AZ? Sure. 2x? Possible. Seattle in their house? No. Pitts? No. Balt? No. Stl 2x? No. So, yeah, you get 3-5.
    Ergo, 8-8.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From ESPN’s Sando:

    “Franklin was a pure two-gapping nose tackle. His replacement, Isaac Sopoaga, might be better suited for Fangio’s slanting 3-4 scheme featuring fire-zone tactics in doses. The 49ers see the middle of their defense as even stronger following free agency. They love their depth at safety and are expecting a breakout year from NaVorro Bowman at inside linebacker next to Patrick Willis.”

    Obviously, the team agrees with me, Chuck. And they are 1000% better at knowing what they are doing, by your own admission.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Unless you change it back to 60% better, which still equates to better. Just not as much better. But better is still gooder, we can all agree on that. Not that you will, because you’re Chuck, and that’s 4000% worse than being, oh say, me.

  54. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Might, Skeebs. Aldon might be a great pass rusher. The team might integrate all this new stuff real fast. NoFear might make sense. I ain’t holding my breath, though.
    As usual NoFear, you bring nothing to the argument but your preconcieved notion to disagree with anything I say.
    I expect whiny shit from NoFear, but not you, Skeebs. So I don’t agree with 11-5. That makes you a better person? Christ, spare me.
    I guess you want this to be happy pony land. No dissanting views. Let’s all agree with Skeebs and say this is the greatest season in the making. . . yay!

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am very interested to see how Sope plays the nose with a more aggressive attitude from the coaching staff. I think it will work to his strengths and he’ll end up being an upgrade. It will be an area I will be watching closely. I just hope what I am predicting becomes reality. I can’t say for sure I am correct but I do feel confident about him being an upgrade with an aggressive game plan.

  56. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, I’ll address you when I want to talk to you (rarely).
    Skeebs can fight his own battles (on his trusty unicorn).

  57. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, you say the Niners are already an 8-8 team. Based on what? You might want to check out the 2010 schedule to see what the Niners’ record was. It wasn’t 8-8. It was 6-10.
    Skeebs, one last thing. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but the Niners were a 6-10 team last year, not 8-8. You are basing your prediction on false information.
    8-8 this year IS an improvement.
    I’m sorry if trying to agrue using reason and facts is a little too much for you guys to handle.

  58. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    And you do? To protect young Skeebs honor?
    Once again, a post with nothing relevant in it, NoFear.
    As usual you are in over your head, so you name-call. I thought Skeebs was a little better than that, but I stand corrected. I thought elephants were supposed to be smart. There’s exceptions to every rule, right dumbo?

  59. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, can’t you just feel the love?

    Oh, never mind, it was just gas. 聽

    Please, gentlemen, continue…

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I look at those first six games before the bye, and 2-4 hits me square in the nose each and every time.
    2 ‘n 4 and suck some more.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot the goddamn semicolon. I hate when that happens.
    Almost as much as when A*** S**** starts at QB.

  62. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny thing is, half the people here feel like there will be a learning curve, and adjustment period for this team to overcome before they challenge for the division.
    Dennis? Well, he’s out on the ledge. Rob joined him, if only for an hour . . .
    Yet NoFear (and his trusty sidekick, Skeebs) go after me for this very same opinion that Grump, NJ, Berger (I think), and other have.
    Why is that?

  63. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I dunno Chuck, good question. I dunno a hell of a lot as I’m firmly on record as insisting, you may recall. Actually it’s great to as dumb as a box of rocks on a lot of this cause I can always change directions and claim some fabulous insight here and there selectively. Like on the cheerleaders for example.

    As for the NT I think AF was allowed to walk because the brain trust figured Soap could work effectively in their new scheme. Too bad he’s hurt or ‘working through something’ as JH testily insists. “Don’t ask again or else we ban you from the field” sez our occasionally red-ass coach. Ok then thanks for clearing that up coach, sir. Why else would they let AF walk? They must figure it’s an upgrade right? Meanwhile Ian Williams is gonna get tossed around like a rag doll in hell. Oh yeah and RJF too.

    I’m rationally and scientifically predicting 9-7 based on my own secret formula AKA a wild ass guess. I can see anything from 7-9 to 10-6 and will gladly hop on that 11-5 pony and ride should it show up.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My good friend, Berger has been eerily quiet about our D-line situation. I know why. Deep down he knows it stinks to high heaven. Depth? What depth? We’re in big trouble along our D-line.
    And I can’t tell ya how many countless conversations I’ve had with Berger where we’ve both agreed that QB and DL are where you build and win championships. Well? No one, unless they’re being completely dishonest with themselves cannot say that those two positions are our weakest links.
    What rhymes with links? We stinks!

  65. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I suppose Kerry didn’t earn his medals. His service was some sort of left-wing plot. God, you are a nimrod.
    Typical, though. Obfuscate and confuse the issue. Call names. Pretty pathetic that it’s all you have to fall back on, sport.
    The issue is, no 3rd year coach is held to the same standard as a 1st year coach. Especially one who has changed things as much as Harbaugh has, amid a shortened preseason and 5 different defensive starters.
    Teflon Mike failed miserably his 3rd year. He got and extra .5 to right the ship. Crash. Burn. Out. You blamed everything BUT Mike on his downfall. Why is that? Waaah!
    Sing? 2.5 seasons before the shoe fell. Why? Because he had a decent team to work with, and he didn’t change ANYTHING around the style of play or coaching staff.
    Again, Obi-wan-ka-doofus, wins aand losses at this point aren’t as important as improvement. Anyone with a brain can understand that.
    Maybe you should put in an order . . . you obviously didn’t work in intelligence.

  66. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “IOW, it鈥檚 not the opinion, it鈥檚 the asshole it鈥檚 coming out of that鈥檚 the problem”
    FWIW, Del found that statement to be extremely persuasive and hilarious.
    Do like I have for years on end: Vote For Reagan!

  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow ! snippy it’s getting today !

    just one point . imho this team has the peices to go 8-8 ! last year’s record was on the poor gameday coaching and caveman offense !

    I told you i like copernicus ! i think he might start before the end of this year !

    the d-line should be pretty good ! i hear fangio uses alot of 4-3 when it’s called for .
    imo the combo of justin , raymac and sopoaga with aldon smith up on the line should bring some (much need )heat!
    now if they unleash willis in the passrush … look out !

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, anyone who thinks that Ronald Wilson Reagan isn’t the best president this country hasn’t seen since the end of WWII can go sit in the corner.
    And by “go sit in the corner,” I really mean…
    You, your mother and grandma can go screw yourselves till kingdom come. This country needs another man like Ron to come along and tell everyone else who’s in charge. I mean who’s really in charge.
    You wanna be #1 in this world? You best come out swinging. And God bless Ron for all the rounds he sweated and bled for this great country of ours. He may not have won every round, but I’ll be goddamn if he didn’t go down swinging.
    Thanks for swinging Mr. President. I’m voting for you again next election.

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I like this one better, Rob.
    I’m voting for that guy.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sando of ESPN has a very concise and interesting analysis of the 2011 Niners

    I’m ready for some NINER Football!!!!

  71. robNo Gravatar says:

    鈥he quote of camp so far came from another Smith, Alex, when asked about changes on offense: “Obviously, what we were doing wasn’t working — all of us, me included. That is the definition of insanity, right? Doing the same thing and expecting a different result.”

    One veteran player said Smith never lost the locker room, in part because teammates knew the deck was stacked against him. “It’s hard to describe what it’s been like in the past as far as schematics go and how difficult it is to deal with, the situations we’re put in as players,”

  72. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit & Rob, this caught my eye:

    “It’s not unusual for the 49ers’ first-team offense to execute four or more two-minute drills in one day, up from one in the past. Harbaugh frames most practice reps within down, distance and time”.

    It’s been a long time since this team ran a good two-minute offense. Sad, because at one time, we were the masters. It would be nice to see that again.

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Well, crap. I guess my last post towards a man (NoFear) who fought for our country went to the filter.

    Like I say about that action and Skippy’s next pass..

    F~U~C~K T~H~A~T.

  74. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    But, hey, Grump? Just off what ya said, who’s the same QB?
    Luv ya too. See ya when we get a realQB.

  75. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t speak for the rest of you life-ling 49er fans, but something tells me I can…
    We need a goddamn quarterback!

  76. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, the thing I admired about Reagan was he wasn’t afraid to piss off his own party. He knew the cold war was going to cost billions. So he raised taxes. It ended up biting Bush I in the ass, but that was after the fact. Bush I stuck his foot in his own mouth and sealed his own fate.

    As of now? Well the republicans would rather bring down the global ecomony rather than consider a tax hike. Even though we’ve been involved in 2 wars for 8+ years, bailouts, and the like.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- You can shove your tax hike up your ass! But then, while you are talking out your ass, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and send the government a little extra cash each year when you do your taxes. You talk bold, do your part and send them extra money. And while you are at it, tell your idiot Democrat friends to send more money too, since they like to talk about it. Or are you hypocrites, just talk big and don’t send extra money?

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger Here’s one of your guys talking taxes

  79. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  80. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    You make over $250,000? Bully if you do. If I was making enough money that would get taxed, I wouldn’t mind. The tax hike doesn’t hit the middle class, skippy.
    Why have taxes at all, Berger?
    EVERY time the US goes to war, taxes are raised to support the war effort. What is different this time? Well, the fact that China is more than happy to float us billions.
    Gee, i wonder why . . .

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