Source Code

Jim Harbaugh and Anquan Boldin stepped to the plate this week and smote down just about all of the “insider” stories of 49er discord, locker room disenchantment, egos run amok, coach and GM not on speaking terms that viraled through the internet for a couple of weeks. It was a thorough smiting, and not a peep of righteous rejoinders has been heard from the smitten down authors responsible for the viral content. Not a single “I stand by my source” huff n puff has limped forth from their smited lips. All dismissed with a true, and named, insider chuckle.

The Bay Area writer who led the attack, Ann Killion, has not yet responded to being smacked down. No apology, no “Ooops,” no “never mind,” no vigorous defense. Pretty lame, Ms. Killion.

Anonymous “sources” are the meat and potatoes of Sports World, USA these days, usually gussied up with assurances that these faceless entities are “highly reliable” so us gullible blarney swallowers will believe some high ranking official has leaked the truth, no doubt for noble and courageous reasons and his/her identity can’t be divulged lest he/she get knocked from the ranks on high. This is occasionally true, once every blue moon or so, but mostly it’s not.

Mostly, sources aren’t revealed because they would immediately tarnish the credibility of the story. Secretaries, trash collectors, janitors, disgruntled nephews — noble professions one and all — but not necessarily the possessors of intimate or ultimate knowledge.

A great many rumors are started by agents. These fellows were not included above because their profession is not noble in any way. Greed is the only driving force for the efforts put forth by these civilization wrecking slime balls.

Still, the rumors did keep the blogs lively for a week or two, moving us ever closer to next week’s start of Free Agency. While fans look forward to this period, hoping their team will sign AN IMPORTANT DUDE, it’s a mixed bag for the players themselves. A handful will sign lucrative and ridiculous contracts they will never live up to, many will find out they’re not worth nearly as much as they thought they were, and the vast majority will simply be unemployed. And ready to begin a career as an “anonymous source.”

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you like Fales as you are not alone as you share that opinion with Grant Cohn.
    Cohn is saying things like:
    “Fales has a stronger arm than Montana had. Fales can make all of the NFL throws. You guys are too hung up on velocity. Bill Walsh wanted his QBs to throw soft, catchable passes.”
    “Seems to me Fales’ arm only can get stronger as he gets into an NFL strength program. He only had two years in an NCAA strength program.”

    Actually they have a good dialogue going but what’s entertaining is having Grant Cohn’s weaky leak defense of Fales’ QB skills.

    read for yourself and laugh or cry

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You spelled baloney wrong, Skeebs.

    What exactly is your point, Bullitt? I’m to assume Fales is a bust because Douchebag Jr likes him? Or you agree with DJ’s hyperventilating post as to why in God’s name would a coach work out a QB a few weeks before the draft?

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t use the word “baloney” Chuck, unless that’s your clever way of depicting the content of today’s post.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You have said in the past how much you admire Chip Kelly and his OC Pat Shurmur.
    Today Kelly/Shurmur are contemplating either trading Desean Jackson or cutting him because they can’t afford his $10 mil contract after re-signing Riley Cooper and Maclin.
    (Geoff)”Mosher of CSN Philly said during PFT Live that Jackson could be “one false step away” from being cut. With tight end Zach Ertz expected to play the slot and Cooper and Maclin under contract, it could be an easy move for the team to make — especially with a buyer’s market in free agency and a deep draft at the receiver position.”
    Kelly and Shurmur also going for featuring a 260 lb slot receiver. Who woulda thunk?

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Some swallow blarney, some swallow baloney. It’s a joke, son.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always said I’m a fan of our 270lb slot receiver. I think he’ll do better this coming year because of how much he is asked to do he was probably a little overwhelmed. The game should start slowing down for him. When you run 4 WRs post teams use 1 TE somewhere wide, sometimes 2, and very unusual to use more. The slot is usually smaller so he doesn’t get jammed at the line. Having a 270lb slot receiver is something that sounds funny to me. But if it is affective, go for it. I like what Kelly and Shurmer did when they lined up 4 TEs very wide and ran at will between the tackles because of the match-up it left in the box.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    McDonald needs to work on his hands next year to earn more time. He was pretty shaky catching the ball at times. VD had the same kind of issue once upon a time.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jason La Canfora said this on Twitter
    “Several teams trying to retain CBs before they hit the market. 49ers making a push to sign Tarell Brown prior to March 11”

  9. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    No word from Hitner or his agent. Contract negotiations radio silence…

    Am I the only one who thinks the Niners will surprise us all and grab that Louisville slugger, Calvin Pryor? That is assuming Hitner bolts. May only have to trade up 5 spots for Pryor as opposed to 15 for Evans.

    Calvin rings more chimes than a cuckoo cuckoo clock. Plays with urgency. And has bricks in his shoulder pads. The thought of both Pryor and Reid as our outfield for the next decade intrigues me.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pryor is worth a shot Franchise.
    I like Deone Bucannon and Ahmad Dixon too.
    Even Jimmy Ward or Jonathan Dowling wouldn’t kill me.

    Pryor’s teammate Hakeem Smith is pretty talented as well.

    Deep class coming out.
    Should be an interesting Draft for our future in the Secondary and WR groups.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Several taller CBs, plenty of smaller quicker guys too.
    I’m on the fence with Jason Verett.
    He’s a burner with talent, very under-sized but, he leaps well and plays with attitude.

    Need a guy like him for the likes of Harvin and Austin/Bailey.
    Not sure I’d be looking to pull the trigger on him with a 1st RD pick but, it wouldn’t kill me.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d love to see Baalke make a pitch for CB Justin Gilbert.
    He’s gonna be a highly sought after guy though.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tell you one kid that could be a sleeper of sorts at the SS position is FS Dontae Johnson from NC St.
    CB ability and plays physical.

    6’2″ 200lbs

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    LaCanfora now has Kap’s reps wanting to start at $20 mil per year which I find damn ridiculous since it was $18 mil yesterday.
    What happened in the course of 24 hours to ask for $2 mil more a year?
    If the Niners pay Kap top five money he better perform like a top five QB and carry the team with no excuses. Expectations will be sky high because they are not paying that kind of money to hand off. 35 TD passes and 4000 yds should be his minimum goal.
    Not sure what happened to Kap understanding that he needs to have reasonable contract expectations for the Niners to be successful.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh was in Lawrence, Kansas at the Kansas Jayhawk basketball practice. Harbaugh might wear the same clothes 365 days a year. Anyway he did something spectacular in his outfit.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe he’s Scouting LT Cornelius Lucas Bullit?

    6’8″ 316 from K-State.
    Projected as a late RD/FA.

    Lucas is a large human being with a naturally wide base and an engulfing wingspan to eat up rushers off the snap. Lucas works hard to gain correct positioning and win with angles, staying balanced and patient with good reaction quickness to trust his eyes and quickly adjust. Really benefits from his aggressive mean streak.

    Analysis: He is much more athletic than most his size, but he still plays like a tight and needs to show more natural knee bend, struggling with leverage. Lucas also needs to refine his hand use to better land his jabs and control defenders.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lucas committed out of high school to the Wildcats over hometown Tulane. He saw little playing time as a freshman and sophomore, admittedly because his heart wasn’t fully into it.

    But when the opportunity opened in 2012 to compete for a starting job, the “light finally turned on for him,” according to offensive coordinator Dana Dimel, and he rose to the occasion, earning the left tackle job and starting every game.

    Lucas earned All-Big 12 First Team honors by the coaches after his junior season and emerged as one of the top linemen in the conference and arguably their most attractive NFL prospect. As long as he stays motivated, Lucas is an intriguing NFL prospect and a player that grows on you the more you watch him.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    FS Ty Zimmerman is there too.
    Another late RD projection.

    6’1″ 204

    256 Tkls
    13 INTs

    Decent speed as well.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh was in Kansas for his father-in-law’s birthday and was invited to give the Jayhawk BB team an inspirational talk.
    He switches out of the sweatshirt and khakis when he goes undercover.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke was at the Wisconsin Pro Day allegedly there to see WR
    Jared Abbrederis. Abbrederis would be a good pick in the 3rd rd
    as he a smart route runner who is similar to Jordy Nelson.
    Jared is simply a football player and will be a good pro.
    Some talk that Niners might be interested in WR Mike Evans of Texas A&M but that would most likely entail trading up into the top 12. Niners sent their director of college scouting Tom Malspina to that Pro Day.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I’ve been zeroed in on Moncrief since he was a freshman.
    I think he’s a special WR.
    I also like Abbrederis and wouldn’t hesitate taking him in the 3rd rd and Moncrief in the 2nd and we’ll be set at WR depth wise. He is relatively unknown outside of the Big 10 but his highlight package is impressive.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From SB Nation and the Fieldgulls (Seahag) website.
    Article gives perspective of the draft process.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt La Canfora pulled that $20 mill number out oif his ass. It didn’t come from Kappy or his agents.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And who was laughing when I brought this up 2 months ago?


  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some guys always order the Bologna sandwiches.
    They just love and deal with Bologna everyday.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would be OK with Abbrederis. He catches the ball in his body too often for my liking but he goes after it aggressively when needed. He looks like a potential punt returner too.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Of course the 49er approach to scouting involves Harbaugh and Baalke going into a darkened comference room and beating the shit out of each other until a victor emerges.

    Yes, Bullit. Baloney sandwiches were a staple as a kid growing up in the 60s. I moved on. You still enjoy being packed full of baloney.

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s Lowell Cohn on Colin Kaepernick:

    It’s like he’s saying, “To hell with the team. I want mine.” There are words to describe his position starting with “hypocrite” and ending with “phony.” You can fill in words in between.

    Kappy’s mom (!!!) replied with:

    Teresa Kaepernick @mommakaep
    When one has an inability to articulate their thoughts intelligently, they often resort to namecalling. Isn’t that right @lowellcohn ?

    Lowell Coh’s reply:

    And make no mistake, Kaepernick has failed twice. The Niners gave the team to Kaepernick to win the Super Bowl. Not to lose the Super Bowl. They expected him to deliver. He did not.

    If he wins the Super Bowl, sure, give him Cutler money. If not, well things will get real interesting. But, please, make his contract performance-based, not extortion based.


    Lowell Cohn doing what he does best. Instigate bullshit.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funnier still is Cohn as ‘Media Hack for the Snta Rosa Press-Democrat.’

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lowell Cohn is a troll.
    Responding to trolls is a mistake.
    Having your mother respond publicly to defend you and give the story life is not Kap’s finest moment.
    By responding mommy made it a bigger deal than it ever was and bigger than it should’ve become.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niner FO lets Kap play out his current contract and then puts the franchise tag on him for 2015 ($18 mil) they’ll have control of Kap for $9 mil a year. Franchise him again in 2016 ($21 mil) and they would have Kap for 3 years @ $13.3 mil a year.
    Niners can franchise Kap for a 3rd year @ $26 mil which puts the yearly average at $16.5 mil for control of 4 more seasons until 2018.
    You have to think back to when you first heard of the Cutler and Romo contracts announced. Most of the reactions were the Bears and Cowgurls were pretty stupid to overpay less than elite players this kind of coin. Not sure why smart teams should follow stupid teams that set a false market bubble.
    The comparable QB to Kap is Rothlisberger and the 8 year deal he signed that averages $14 mil a year $35 mil guaranteed.
    Their stats are on a similar trajectory (actually Rothisberger’s far superior) and Ben has been to the Super Bowl 3 times winning 2 so that cherry picked playoff record goes out the window as a Kap talking point.
    Both Rothlisberger’s and Tom Brady’s contracts are fair to both the player and the team and allows them keep some players although their teams are almost past their prime.
    If the starting point in Kap’s mind starts at $18-20 mil than Kap should expect to be franchised and forced to show what he can do because the Niners can keep him through 2017 at less than what he’s asking which gives them leverage.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17