Squinting at the Horizon IV

The 2010 49er’s secondary will probably open the season with the same top 5 players as last year: Dashon Goldson, Michael Lewis, Nate Clements, and Shawntae Spencer as the starters, and Tarell Brown as the nickel back. Dre Bly could arguably be considered one of last year’s top 5 DBs, but he was the sixth DB while Clements was healthy, and even though he then supplanted Brown as the starter after Brown replaced Clements, we’ll leave this hi-steppin’, hi-falutin’, heaved off the squad hot dog in Mark Roman’s backyard drowning some brewskis and talking about the time they used to play in the NFL.

It’s a fairly decent bunch, failing against only 3 teams in 2009 (GB, Houston, and Atlanta), though Lewis is a liability in pass coverage and one concussion away from Palookasville. Hopefully, Reggie Smith, Taylor Mays, or Curtis Taylor, the surprisingly decent 7th round pick from the 2009 draft, can take over if Lewis should go dancing with the stars. Those in the blogosphere (hint: Unca_Chuck) still blathering about moving Clements to safety should just stop that nonsense right now. We have safeties. The CB situation, however, is not nearly so comfortable.

Behind the Big Three of Clements, Spencer, and Brown are some 7th round/UDFA unknowns and a Who Dat list of guys who did not need a U-haul to bring their Resumes to 4949 Centennial Blvd. I’d say the glove compartment might have done the trick. Karl Paymah (5 year vet), Will James (10 year vet), and Keith Smith (6 year vet) are the Dats. Phillip Adams (7th round), Tramaine Brock (UDFA), Patrick Stoudamire (UDFA), and LeRoy Vann (UDFA) are the unknowns.

I would imagine we will keep at least two of the Dats to have some experienced players ready to step in if needed. Probably Paymah and James, since we lured them in as FAs. Smith, on the other hand, drifted onto the squad late last year just in time to be the guy who gave up the game deciding pass reception in the tragic Seattle loss. One play, especially for a CB, does not usually define a career or earn a ticket out of town, but who wants a Who Dat who wears a “who’s he?” avatar that reminds whomever of a painful moment in Whoville? Plus his name is Smith. We already have maxed out our quota of Smiths on the team. No chance for this guy.

All the unknowns have Practice Squad eligibility, so I’m sure we’ll keep at least one or two safely stashed there, leaving one or two more to make the roster and grab a spot on Kurt Schottenheimer’s Special Teams unit. This leaves one of the unknowns looking for work elsewhere at cut down time. The obvious choice is Brock. And the 49er brain trust has already decided his fate by issuing him Mark Roman’s old uniform number (as astutely pointed out in Tuesday’s “Comments” by NoFear, the blogosphere’s grizzled vet from Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and a long, long, way, way, long time pointer-outer expert). This uniform number (26) will be issued henceforth only to no-chance training camp fodder fellows.

At last, we have chaffed the wheat, milled the kernels, and sifted the flour to produce our pre-season watchables for today: Vann, Adams, and Stoudamire. Vann will make the roster if he can return punts or kick offs better than Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams, but probably not because he also plays CB. Ergo, look for Stoudamire and Adams to battle it out for the 53rd, and final, roster spot, and the loser going to the Practice Squad.

No matter what happens, though, everybody will be gluing on Vann and rooting for him to make the team. He already has one of the all time best Youtube highight videos, by a long shot. “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”. If you are one of the few remaining 49er fans who have not seen this guy’s sensational feats, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4NvCMMHXgg.

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10 comments on “Squinting at the Horizon IV
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve writen a letter to Sing covering two subjects. The main topic is the Sardine Can Offense. The other is a suggestion to move Vann to the Sproles position.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    How long was the letter? Too long to share with us here?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I haven’t sent it yet. Should go out tomorrow. I wrote it early last week and am still editing it. I don’t write as well as you my friend. I have to look at it a few times and still I never get it exactly right, but at least I can catch most of the spelling mistakes. I’m not sure if I want to share it, but I might? At least I could probably share some excerpts. Let me send it first before I decide.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the paragraph I wrote about Sproles. The Sardine Can Offense part is a page and a half.

    “In watching youtube video of LeRoy Vann, it seems as though he would be greatly suited to be a better change of pace/scat back than a CB. Watching him run reminds me of Darren Sproles. I think he could be that type of back for us. Anyway, just a thought.”

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, forgot the nabisco.

  6. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve heard some excerpts of Berger’s letter, it’s well thought out, not overly critical and informative. I’d encourage him to share, if he likes. One small addendum you might consider before mailing: tell Jimmy Raye, “Stop thinking with your dipstick!”

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t help but imagine Sing getting a big laugh out of your Sardine Can description. Don’t know if Raye would find it amusing. He’s a bright guy, though. Maybe he’d just start calling his offense that to see if Tim Kawakami’s head would explode.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- If He stops thinking with his dipstick how would he know what oil to use in his car?
    Anyway, This guy was driving down the road when he ran out of gas. When he came to a stop, a bee flew into the window and asked what was wrong? The man tells the bee he ran out of gas. The bee says I’ll be right back. A couple of minutes later a swarm of bees flys into his gas tank. They then fly out and the bee tells the man to start his car. It starts right up. The man asks what the bees put in his tank. The bee says BP!

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sing: Jimmy, I got a letter from a guy calling your scheme last year the Sardine Can Offense.

    Raye, peering over the top of his glasses: Hmmm. What a perceptive fellow. He correctly deduced that sardines are best left in the can. When you spread them on the plate, they stink.

    Sing: But Jimmy, this letter wasn’t a compliment.

    Raye: Oh.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, I belong to the Bruce Jenkins school of Dead Wrong in Public and additionally the Gregg Easterbrook university of All Predictions Wrong or Your Money Back.

    One thing I won’t do is gloat (should that unexpected opportunity arise). There are enough bloggers by far who make a big deal out of guessing right about something, with a certain fellow at the top of that list. No need for me to join this clogged arena.

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
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01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
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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
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