The Exodus

The retirement of Patrick Willis on Monday was a big shock to 49er fans, but everything else this week has played out like expected. Anyone who could leave town, did. The team was unable to re-sign any of their free agents, except 2nd string QB Blaine Gabbert.

One of the lone bright spots this week was luring speed receiver Torrey Smith to re-join his Baltimore fellow WR, Anquan Boldin. Why Smith would exchange playing for one of the best deep ball QBs in the league, Joe Flacco, to play for an imploding team with one of the most erratic deep heavers, Colin Kaepernick, is a mystery explained only by mucho dollar signs.

Boldin claimed credit for helping recruit Smith, showing that the old veteran is no dummy. With Smith around to draw double coverage, Boldin will be singled covered all year.

Thank goodness we have an outstanding coaching staff to row the boat through these troubled waters. A QB coach who was out of the league for three years, an OC who last ran an offense fifteen years ago, a DC who last ran a defense ten years ago, an HC who’s never been anything more than a D-line coach, and a D-line coach replacement who was a scout last year. Are you guys feeling the tingle of excitement here?

Despite the mass exodus of players and coaches, the Niners still have a team good enough to beat somebody in the NFL. Seriously. All they need is a RB, LG, RDE, LDE, an ILB, a CB or two, and some leadership. An accurate passer might help, too, but let’s not be greedy. It’s definitely not going to be the roster we’ve all gotten familiar with over the past five years. More like the new coaching staff — a patchwork quilt. The coaches have to learn to work together, and so do the players.

Still, not to sound heretical, but this might be a good year to cultivate a secondary NFL rooting interest, just in case the 49ers fall out of contention by, oh say, October. Frank Gore and the Colts is a solid choice — and an SB contender, no less. Who wouldn’t like to see Gore get a ring?

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC last year at this time we were among the favorites to win the Super Bowl at 6/1.
    Today per Bovada Las Vegas we are at 40/1 and picked 3rd in the division.
    So what changed between this year and last?
    Just the coaching staff.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s put what Gore said yesterday during his introductory Colts
    press conference.
    “I’ve been in San Fran for 10 years with a great organization. At this point in my career, I want to be with a team whose got a shot to get the trophy. When you play this game, when you’re done, you want to be able to hold the trophy. And I think me coming here — on the field, off the field — I can help this team out a lot.”

    Per Dec 28, 2014

    “During his press conference following the 49ers’ win over the Cardinals, Gore said that he will wait until a new staff is hired before making a decision about his future.”

    The apologists don’t think this is a case of cause and effect.
    That’s called being in deep denial.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very bizarre that Baalke announced Brooks was staying and wouldn’t be cut.
    More bizarre is Iupati revealing he played last year with a broken foot and when asked Baalke claiming he knew nothing about it.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to Sportrac Brooks cap hit is going to be $7 mil plus.

    I do not see him as a $7 mil player at the age of 31 considering how he behaved last year.
    Baalke says he’s not going anywhere but if he doesn’t take a pay cut this is a failure on the FO.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Red Bryant is getting cut by the Jaguars. He’d be a good run stopper at either LDE or RDE, leaving Dockett and Carradine to rush the passer as nickel DTs.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unless Bryant is done with the Seahags they will make a run at him depending on cost. Then again with Graham on board not sure where Seahags stand on their cap especially with Wilson having to sign a new contract.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bryant’s last contract with the Seahags paid him $8.5 mil
    He would’ve made $4.5 mil this year before the Jags cut him.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    OMG, we are so doomed. But, on the bright side, we will have endless fodder to proclaim how incompetent the 49er organization truly is.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the spirit, Winder. How’s this for insulting: “The 49ers now have 50/1 odds to win the Super Bowl, the same odds as the Lions, Texans and Rams.”

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Rams and 49ers duking it out in the NFC West for … last place.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Murray signs with the Egos and the Chipper pulls his offer out from Mathews nose even though they had an agreement in principle.
    Which led Schefter to comment
    “Who knew that one of the single most significant off-season decisions would be Frank Gore changing his mind about going to Philadelphia…”

    That started a domino effect on RBs and left the Cowgurls with their chaps down.
    If they draft Todd Gurley they could be very scary.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Copy of the police report on the Bruce Miller incident
    Doesn’t look like any crime was committed.
    I wonder what happened to “It takes two to tango” and “No harm, no foul”?

  13. JedYorkisanidiotNo Gravatar says:

    Not only has the talent suck begun, but the days of 49er fans and the 49er organization overselling new player acquisitions, free agent or via the draft, is now once again upon us. Sadly, according to some fans, the players who leave suck and the new players the 49ers acquire are all the greatest players ever.

    Someone explain this to me…. I think, if I read correctly, that Iupati is making 8 million a year, and so is Torrey Smith. I think the length of contracts are both similar. So riddle me this, batman: Why pay a deep receiver threat the same as one of our own lineman who could help buy time for Kaep to throw deep? Doesn’t that seem like Baalke has the cart before the horse? Additionally, Joe Flacco isn’t much, but he is one hell of a deep ball thrower, and Torrey Smith was still inconsistent with a damn good deep ball thrower. Anyone seeing a problem with this Baalke move? And I’ve read a lot about Torrey Smith’s inconsistent hands. Seems like a lot of money for a one trick pony with bad hands. And didn’t Tomsula and Baalke just say they were gonna run the ball? Then they buy a deep threat receiver over one of their own players?

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie Johnson visiting Browns and Culliver visiting Redskins

  15. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Because an offense needs a legit deep threat to keep the defense honest and backed off just a little. A throw in his direction once or twice a half, completed or not, is all that’s required to keep two defenders deep. Steve was the go-to Smith for Flacco it seemed although Torrey contributed some nice TDs.

    And we should’ve kept Iupati. We still need a run game and a guy who can collapse a d-line like Iupati can always get some help in protection if need be.

    I guess it matters little as the new coaching staff under Baalke’s direction and York’s meddling should be able to beat all comers, right?

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Iupati is a good run blocker but he’s not much of an asset pass protecting. The new guy, Thomas, is at least more balanced / better at pass pro.

    Baalke says they’re going to run. Without Frank, though, this team might have to pass more.

  17. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to see how these pieces are going to fit together on O as mentioned by JedYorkisanidiot = if we need a deep threat to keep 2 DBs back why would Simpson not work? He’s a burner. Cheap too not problem with that. Could have kept Iupati in that case. But Mike I. did get 22 million guaranteed and TS a lot less, do tell. So maybe it came down to York saving a buck. Ok then…

    And true who will be blocking for Hyde/Hunter? I know B Thomas is slated for the LG spot. We do have some pieces drafted recently to plug in so maybe it’s not a total rebuild on O. Like Ellington, Patton, Carrier. But the flop in 2012 still hurts and Vance Johnson is verging on bust territory, are they not?

    D that’s another matter with ILB, DL and CB up for “reloading”. Interesting none of our starter FAs wanted to resign here. Bullit has it right = “Going where the Rings are”

  18. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    While we’re rebuilding can we get some front line coaches who are experienced? How about a new owner? Right didn’t think so.

    Ok go Colts and U of Michigan. You think Frank or Hyde will have more yards next year? Niners RBs or Colts?

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Will always be a Niners fan and root for this team.

    Just wish York didn’t insult the 49er Faithful intelligence and tell us we got his first coaching choices where clearly they settled after much fliling and floundering. Niners were rejected numerous times as coaches did not want the higher position. It might have to do with how the previous coaching staff was treated. Guess what we end up with leftovers from the staff and they sell it as promotions.

    Sadly this reminds you of a the distant past when they hired Jimmy Raye and told us he was the best choice after being turned down by 3 other candidates.

    It seems the Niners have regressed back to that level in the eyes of the NFL.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The apologists spent the last 2 seasons bitching and whining about Roman and how he had to go because of his “playcalling”.
    Then they moved on and questioned Harbaugh.

    The QB coach in all of this was Geep Chryst. It has been revealed that he also had a hand in the playcalling specifically in the red zone.

    Interesting how the apologists can turn a blind eye to Chryst being the OC and thinking he’s going to bring a new look to the offense when he was rooted deeply with what has been happening and being bitched about.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In case you were hoping Culliver might come back he just signed with the Redskins.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Culliver signed for $32 mil over 4 years. No word on how much is guaranteed.
    McCloughan got one from his own team but it seems they grossly overpaid for Culliver.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    own should be old

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody seems to be knocking on Crabtree’s door yet.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Breakdown on Culliver contract with Redskins
    4 years, $32 million, $5M bonus, $16M gtd, salaries $3M, $8M, $8M, $8M, 2015-15 salaries full gtd.

    McCloughan once overpaid for another CB Nate Clements.

    Plus side: Culliver now takes his brass knuckles and legal issues to DC.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chipper Kelly now has full control of Egos personnel.
    Egos drafted Marcus Smith OLB last year who was the head scratcher of the first round in last draft.
    Marcus Smith was inactive for most of the season. He played 72 snaps and recorded 0 stats. No tackles, no assisted tackles, NADA.
    Chipper thinks outside of the box but often times it’s high rish with little reward.

  27. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree has an opening in NOLA now.
    Kenny Stills dealt to Miami

  28. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Houston is another landing spot with Andre moving on.
    Culliver is overpaid Bullit.
    Comp Pick credit to Baalke.

  29. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Culliver can go be overpaid elsewhere. He got signed before Cox which really isn’t too surprising. Let others do the overpaying we have to look out for our own cap issues. Acker and Reaser get ready to show yer stuff = our 5th and 6th round draft picks of last year.

  30. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “The apologists spent the last 2 seasons bitching and whining about Roman and how he had to go because of his “playcalling”.
    Then they moved on and questioned Harbaugh.”

    Phoney outrage a favorite tactic of those with their hands caught in the cookie jar. Eventually it catches up and they get what they said they wanted = this. Fine, history repeats. Glad someone can keep track of the serial flip flops.

  31. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    You got it Phil.
    Younger, cheaper, hopefully, hungrier options.
    We’ve improved our Cap situation and, improved Comp credit for next year.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers could be making late push for Percy Harvin.”

  33. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep that’s the long term view and will keep us ‘competitive’ over time. Far better than the cap hell we were in after Mooch/Owens/Rice. Trick will be to get the back ups/new guys to play at a high level to replace the ‘old guys’ now departed. The expensive old guys and the plain old old guys. Managing the cap very critical or you wind up like Cowboyz, Redskins, NOLA and lose guys you would rather not.

    Can our coaches get the O, Kap, passing game, run game up to speed? How ’bout the D with the CB situation, LBs, DL? Bowman returning is huge for our run D. May take awhile. We will see if the current theory = get the players and coaching will take care of itself is good enough.

    This year’s draft is going to be critical to fill key positions, get depth and insurance at others and build another contender.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing like a team losing veteran leaders then bringing in guys who can’t play nice with others such as Harvin.
    Remember he refused to go back into games and with the Vikes had headache issues.
    Nothing like a headache as an excuse as it’s symptoms are not detectable and easily diagnosed.
    Keeping Brooks who had similar issues with Tomsula last year is not the perfect cocktail for team chemistry.
    Very bad move IMO as it’ll stunt Ellington’s development.
    We have the burner in Torrey Smith so I don’t get Harvin.

  35. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Percy Harvin? Good idea if we can get him at our price. Is he a character guy to keep Yorks happy or just another bad guy with talent to help us win?

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Happy to say Harvin is signing with Buffalo after all.
    He was probably using the Niners as leverage.
    I for one am happy he’s not a Niner.

  37. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ok see Bullits post re: Harvin now.


  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Buffalo will be Harvin’s 4th team in 4 years.
    Doesn’t that scream to you he’s trouble?
    If he was that good a team keeps him and tolerates his BS grinning and bearing it.

  39. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    4th team in 4 years? Right might be a bit of a problem child. Finding replacements for vets who are a) affordable, b) talented, c) team players/character guys, non-wife beaters that’s the way to go. Not so easy but they are out there.

    Assuming all that at key positions will our coaches be up to speed? Is it really that easy to replace a winning regime?

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Wallace was just traded to the Vikes for a 5th rd pick.
    Just like Stills was traded to the Dolphins for a 5th rd pick earlier.

    Sean Payton is trying to give Chipper a run for his money as a wheeler dealer.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shareece Wright CB Charger FA is the latest to visit Santa Clara.
    He’s 27 years old and started at CB for the Bolts.
    Wonder where Chris Cook is looking to play?

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A good must see 30 min video of Steve Young talking about his career.
    He admitted he was too short to be a QB. He actually measured out at 6′ 3/4″ tall and not the 6’2″ that the programs said.
    He had to learn how to find open passing lanes because he was shorter.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco the Niner FO has not been in contact with Cox and
    there is little chance of re-signing Cox.
    Cox might be seeking a similar contract to what Culliver got.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rams re-sign Kenny Britt to a 2 year contract.
    Makes you wonder if this takes them out of the equation to take a WR with their first pick?
    Seems like if CB Waynes is there at 15 he’s our pick based on need. That would be 3 DBs drafted in 3 drafts with top pick.
    Still would consider one of the big 3 WRs to groom because Boldin can’t play forever with Strong as a wild card.
    The Olinemen are just a bunch of faceless names with nobody standing out.
    Might even consider Landon Collins S as insurance for Reid and again to groom as Bethea’s eventual replacement.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It looks like for the second year in a row we are going to let our starting CBs walk.
    Not sure why Baalke didn’t try to sign Cox Or Culliver to something like they gave Brock (4 yrs $16 mil).
    Brock was undrafted and played at Belhaven (?)
    The rest of the CBs are Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker who were the 4th,5th and 6th rd picks last year.
    We also have FAs McFadden and Cromartie.
    They need one solid veteran to stabilize this bunch.
    Bear in mind the DB coach is no longer Donatel so it’s not plug guys in anymore.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Reggie Bush and 49ers reached agreement, per sources.”

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke’s making it interesting, I’ll give him that. Not sure if these big name signings are more to improve the team or to help keep the stadium full – for awhile.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “OL Erik Pears (Bills) reached agreement on a two year deal with the 49ers, per source.”

  49. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pears? We’re just signing warm bodies now.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pears is very lowly rated among Olineman per Pro Football Focus, second from bottom.
    Wisnewski would’ve been the way to go. He was asking for $3 mil a season. Now seahags are pursuing him to replace Unger.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Bills blog does not care for Pears as a player.
    I fear we might have a mediocre OLineman to rival Chilo Rachal.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Snyder might have been a better choice than Pears since he’s still a FA.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I gave him too much credit. pears was ranked last per Maiocco.
    The question is why sign this guy???

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “CB Perrish Cox has just agreed to terms with the Titans.”

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s six starters that have hit the road.

  56. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, but it’s not about the money. They just hate the direction the FO is taking.

  57. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers have signed CB ShareeceWright to a one-year deal. He led the league in pass interference penalties last year.”

  58. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, sign him up.

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever, Winder. I’m hard pressed to remember any starters leaving in the recent past, let alone six of them. Money takes on greater significance when players don’t believe they’re playing for a contending team any more.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Not true. Last year 3/4 of the defensive backfield Whitner, Tarrel Brown and Carlos Rogers left.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m wondering why the FO is keeping OC Chryst and DC Mangini under wraps.
    Normally they introduce them at a press conference and have a Q and A with the media.
    Baalke is speaking for everyone and has become a control freak.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At least they did re-sign Chris Cook today.

  63. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Cook and Wright have ONE combined career interception.

  64. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pears PFF grade (-25 overall) ranked him 76th out of 78 guards ranked. He, apparently, ranked last out of the 44 guards who played at least 75% of snaps. Probably better than Martin at O-tackle, still plenty of better OGs out there, OTs, too.

    49ers are pretty good at valuing players below market. Hard to fault guys who are left to test FA for taking better money and terms than the Niners are offering. Not like Crabs holding out for more than his draft slot or Boone staying out of camp because he wants more money than he agreed to play for.

    Always have to figure on over-paying for the top FA guys. After all, they’re proven players ready to go.

    I guess Baalke, too, thinks any trained monkey can run a top five defense with the players he finds in the bargain bin and rehab rooms.

  65. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Obviously it’s both money and (lack of) direction/leadership that have doubled our yearly exodus of players from 3 to 6 so far. Players want a chance to win it all -or more than they figure they’ll get here. More money elsewhere helps as they see a team willing to pay for results. And we know the FO would rather pay far less than others especially lately.

    No more ‘home team discount’, no more ‘sacrifice for the good of other players we can keep’.

  66. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “The signings so far fit Baalke’s M.O. =

    Fill all the expected “need” areas through free agency and leave yourself open for the draft.

    “Now they really have set themselves up for a BPA draft. That’s why im assuming a CB might get signed soon. In my opinion that’s now our biggest “need”!!

    Couple comments from Jr Cohn’s blog about our FA signings. Looks like we’re going for BPAs if these are correct

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, in Bullit’s world $12 mill = $4 mill. Gore can say what he wants about his decision, but he had $8 million reasons to move on. Indy might actually do something in the playoffs.

    Overpaying for Cully is a good idea. Cox? Well, I wanted him to stay. Oh well. Still plenty of time to find other players.

    But, go ahead, cluck away. “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

    You are hard-pressed to remember a lot of shit, Skeebs. As recently demonstrated.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    These FA moves aren’t earth-shattering by any stretch.

    What it does is, set up Cap structure and perhaps, provide some direction to the Draft valuation process.

    From what I’ve seen thus far, I’d be surprised to see a WR selected at Pick 15 right now.
    I think there are several options at WR that could be had later if the perfect guy doesn’t make it to 15.
    If that plays out, you can put a guy or 2, behind Anquan and Torrey to develop.
    Again, Draft Picks are cheap.
    Get as many as you can and see what can be had down the road.

    Should be interesting come Draft weekend.

    Baalke typically treats FA signings as ‘fill ins’.
    Gives him the opportunity to go BPA perhaps?

    Defense works for me early this year.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for Frank, I’ve gotta wonder, how many times he’s thought about the SB in NOLA.

    Much like Marshawn this year, had the ball been handed off just once, inside the 5, could Frank have gotten his Ring?

    Oh what could have been…..

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Much as I hate to see him depart, he’s got a good chance in the weak AFC South now.

    At some point, I’d expect to see him sign a 1-Day Contract and retire as a 9er.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It was pointed out on ESPN that Saturday the Niners relived the 2000 Presidential Election.
    The majority of the people wanted Gore, but they got stuck with Bush.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mindi Bach CSN reported that Niners offered Gore a 1 year deal of $4 mil all guaranteed.
    The deal that Gore signed with Indy was 3 years $12 mil with $6.5
    mil guaranteed.
    The third year of Frank’s deal is not guaranteed and just fluff.
    If Gore had a decent 2015 season staying put the Niners would give him a similar deal and it would’ve exceeded what Indy guaranteed.($8 mil vs $6.5 mil)
    I take Gore for what he said publicly and on the record which was to stay with the Niners the coaching staff hired would be a major factor.
    Arriving in Indy he publicly stated he needed to be somewhere
    where he had a chance to win a ring.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am lukewarm to the Bush signing because of his age affecting his speed which is key to his effectiveness.
    I think there is a lot of redundancy with Bush’s skills and Hunter’s.
    Bottom line for me is how much did they pay Bush?

  74. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bush is not going to carry the ball 200 times a season at his age and in his condition. Give him a handful of carries a game and more importantly a few catches out of the backfield as a third down specialist. So long as the contract reflects that reality I think its an okay deal. If we offered him more than we offered Frank that would be crazy.

  75. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You are comparing apples to carburetors, Bullitt. Woulda coulda shoulda isn’t going to cut it with your projections.

    The ball was in Gore’s court. He took the money. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Reggie White said much the same thing when he spurned the 49ers when he left the Eagles. He wanted to go where he could do the most good in the community with his preaching. So he went to that hotbed of inner-city strife in Green Bay. Of course God said take the money Reggie.

    Grump, do you think Gore gets 200+ carries in Indy? I don’t. If they are smart, they’ll do the same kind of thing.

    BTW, where’s NoFear to attack Bullit’s pro-Dem post there? Curiously silent is he.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Apologists and followers keep putting forth the idea that Harbaugh had a top 3 roster to work with and failed to win the big prize.
    One little thing they are overlooking. That thing is the exact focus of their constant excuses. The most important position of the roster has not performed at a championship level. Logic will tell you that your team will only go as far as your QB will take them.
    History will tell you that in these losses insurmountable mistakes were made by the QB. No team can overcome a QB making 3 turnovers on the last 3 possessions of an one score game.

    It is very true that there was talent on the team. It is too bad that the QB position wasn’t up to par with the rest of the talent on the team.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kentucky wins the SEC Tournament and foregoes the traditional cutting down of the nets. The bravado talk by the team is they don’t hang SEC Championship banners, they hang National Championship banners. Sound familiar?
    Talk the talk, now walk the walk.

    When unfulfilled the slogan becomes another empty bumper sticker.

  78. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick did not play perfectly in the one Super Bowl he reached – but he was good enough to post a 91.7 rating that day. That’s not total chopped liver. He had one costly INT – but that alone does not explain the Ravens jumping out to a 28-6 lead. The fact is, our defense was not what it should have been in that playoff run either. Justin Smith with one arm was not nearly the same as before the injury, and I really think that may have been the difference that day. In any event, I would not lay that one at Kaepernick’s feet, or at least not primarily so.

    Now last year, Kaepernick was leaving way too many points on the field. DCs have gotten inside his game, and he either learns to adjust or he’ll be out of a job soon. But then last year we would not have gone far in the playoffs anyway – revolving door on the O-line, McDonald’s distractions, Aldon’s drama, Willis going out, NaVorro never coming back – last year was not going to be our year anyway as far as a championship – but CK probably made it worse and was probably the difference between the 8-8 record we posted and something more palatable like 11-5.

  79. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Note that Joe Flacco hung a 124.2 on our pass defense that day in Super Bowl XLVII. When you let an opposing QB have the time and get comfortable and he has numbers like that, you’re almost always going to lose that game.

  80. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Agree w/ Grumpy and Bullit that Kap was a factor last year in our record being 8-8 not 10-6 or 11-5. The whole year was tough for the team as GG noted. But Kap was not very good and he will need to improve greatly this year…or else… Niners will be looking to draft/acquire another QB to be a possible replacement. His contract makes it v. easy to move on from #7 if need be.

    To blame coaching 100% for Kaps performance is not accurate.

  81. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ here’s another piece about Balkey and the draft:

    “… the draft is far more important to Baalke and his roster-management philosophy than free agency. If fact, Baalke is merely using free agency as a tool to set up the draft.”

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil that’s pretty much the way I see it with Baalke.
    Like him, or not, I think he’s a pretty shrewd operator in terms of Cap Mgt.
    The life-blood of any good Team in this League, is youth, inexpensive, developmental, youth.

    To burn Cap money in FA, I’d have to see a situation where you’re 1 player away, ala Deion in our ’94 run.

    FAs buy time for youth to develop IMO.

    In this year’s move, Torrey replaced Crabtree.
    For better or worse, Torrey brings the speed factor which Crabtree never possessed.

    Because of that move, and Simpson, I’d think our focus at Pick 15 would move away from a WR now?

    IMO, that 1st Pick should seek a rarer talent.

    My favorite right now is a pass rusher.

    I’d put my 2-cents on Bud Dupree if available.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For me, I like my O-Linemen to be nasty and, my D-Linemen to have a non-stop motor.

    There’s a DE/DT from Miami that might not be a bad bet to replace Justin, Anthony Chickillo, 6’3″/270.
    Could likely find him in the Mid RD area too.
    He’s a weight room rat with a high motor, a developmental-type player.

    This Draft Class is loaded with Defensive talent that likely can be had beyond RD3.

    Replacing RayMc with Dockett was another quality signing IMO.
    He’ll be here to groom a Rookie, as will Anquan.

    No doubt in my mind that Baalke will add some important pieces to the Defense next month, at many positions, including CB.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In terms of the Comp Pick Parade, Baalke is smartly playing the ‘Addition/Subtraction’ game pretty well too.

    By signing guys that were released, he stays ahead of the curve.
    My guess is, he’s done in FA until the 2nd wave of releases occur post-Draft.

    Erik Pears is no big deal, in terms of talent but, he’s probably an upgrade over JMart as a swing guy.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would like Baalke pick up a backup QB with more starting experience than Gabbert because that has been sorely lacking.
    Names that come to mind are Matt Moore, Jason Campbell or Matt Schaub. Sign them to compete and you can cut the lesser guy in training camp.
    Then draft a QB on the 3rd day to develop.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Not so sure Pears is an improvement over Martin.
    Pears has been around for 10 plus years and he still sucks.
    There is a possibility Martin can get better because this was past season was his second year.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Pears is a ‘Mehh’ signing to me.

    Not sure how he figures to be utilized at this point?
    JMart hasn’t impressed me in terms of ‘nasty’ either.

    I’m wondering, in some way, whether Boone could be offered up in a Trade?
    I think he’s done after this year anyway, with a ‘No Tag’ clause added on.

    Almost spells ‘Trade Me’ IMO.
    Let the next suitor give him the longer deal?

    Anthony Davis had some injury issues but, he’s still young, and signed already, on a pretty Cap friendly deal.

    Anything could happen on Draft Day.

    I think the run at the top end will involve WRs and QB Hunters, (minus the 2 QBs and whomever makes a play to get one of them.)
    Can’t rule Cleveland out, especially with 2 1st RD Picks in their pocket.
    Tossing in a Boone or Davis, (Ahmad?) might give Baalke enough insurance to get ‘his guy’ if he feels it’s necessary to jump ahead of someone.

    Always a fun day when the clock starts ticking.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Much as I love Bud Dupree at Pick 15 right now, nothing would surprise me, including an OT.

    For me, the ‘rare talent’ should go to that Pick.

    Of the ‘rare’ group, Pass Rushers and shutdown CBs would make the most sense to me.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for Gabbert, he’s at least ‘battle tested’ in terms of experience.
    To be honest, he’s a much better pocket passer than Kaep at this point too.

    Gabbert was tossed into the deep end, much as Alex and David Carr were, in their Rookie years.
    No support in terms of an OLine.

    We could do worse than Gabbert at this point I suppose?

    I do see a QB selection coming this year, maybe after RD4?

    Curious about Shane Carden from ECAR, simply because of Steve Logan having connections there, if nothing else.

    I like Bryce Petty the most of the remaining QB Class, but he’ll likely go earlier than that, we’ll see?

    2 positions that scare me the most, QB and WR.
    The bust rates are just too high for my liking.

  90. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ray Mac suing the woman who filed unsubstantiated charge that he raped her. Which led to York getting fed up and firing dude. It’s all on camera (weird?) so no doubt police saw the alleged “rape” and yawned. But the victim is McDonald’s career in the NFL. Kinda poor judgement him being engaged and all- or was that blown up by the other false allegation?

  91. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    They supported him the 1st time around Phil.
    2nd allegation, no such luck.
    Bigger question?
    Can the video be used without her consent ?

    Again, the weird becomes weider in 9er-land.

    Curse of Santa Clara uncovered with the new stadium construction?


  92. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Anything been disclosed on Reggie Bush’s Contract terms yet ?

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest thing before the draft is whether Justin Smith retires.
    The fact that he hasn’t said he would retire is a good thing so there’s still a chance.
    Cowboy also is a straight shooter so I doubt if he’ll do a Favre.

  94. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Petty was pretty erratic at the combine didn’t see his pro day. If it even happened.

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Torrey Smith was the biggest offensive player free agent signing since Jonas Jennings.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sterling Moore FA CB who played for the Cowgurls last year is coming to Santa Clara for a visit.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chipper Kelly likes to be in the headlines.
    He brought Tebow in for a workout with the Egos and made Matt Barkley available for trade.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Finally a Mangini interview as the DC for Niner PR.
    Also some other defensive coaches profiled too.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IMO Baalke overpaid for Pears

    Per Maiocco
    “Pears signed a two-year, $4.7 million contract with the 49ers that includes $1 million guaranteed, according to figures reported to the NFL Players Association. Pears started 16 games for the Bills at right guard last season and after spending the previous three years at right tackle.””

    Wisnewski would’ve cost a little more and he’s a much better Olineman. Last Bill’s Olineman Niners signed didn’t work out so well either.

  100. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Good question Bullit. Why TB didn’t sign Wisnewski? He seems comfortable working with the Bills,ie Stevie Johnson, for some reason. Odd tho when an apparently better player is available.

  101. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah NJ McDonald was asking for it and he got it for sure. Poor decision making there.

    My guess is the activity took place in his home with a willing woman so her discredited (by non-police filing) claim of rape and the “clear evidence” would be allowed in the case.

    If anyone is stupider than McDonald it is this type of opportunistic woman who seeks to capitalize on anothers fame and presumed riches. Sadly too common those types but Ray should have a clue.

  102. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers LB Chris Borland retiring b/c of concerns about long-term effects of head trauma.”

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just saw that Skeebs.
    Any indications from the Santa Clara Stadium site, that they may have desecrated spiritual native grounds during construction?

    Geez, this stuff is eerily ominous in it’s presence no?

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my work-list on the ILB position.
    Might have to add some other options before the end of April.
    Looking more and more like a position of need suddenly.

    ILB –

    Stephone Anthony – Clemson 6’2″/245
    Eric Kendricks – UCLA – 6’0″/232
    Benardrick McKinney – MS State 6’4″ 245
    Bryce Hager – Baylor – 6’1″/234
    Ben Heeney – KS – 6’0″/231
    Taiwan Jones – MI St – 6’3″/252

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think anyone saw Borland’s announcement coming.
    Somehow you would think he would give it a few years and if nothing else bank some money.
    It’s a free country but he’s left the team in a bind. The guy that I’m worried about is Reid because he has been hurt by several concussions already.

  106. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Borland’a health and well-being don’t matter. Come on Chris, kill a few more brain cells for the team. Ungrateful bastard.

    It must be because St Jim left.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gary Plummer ex Niner LB is suffering from early stages of dementia now. In this article Plummer claims Junior Seau in his estimation suffered 1500 concussions in his career.
    Interesting read but football is a high risk job and that’s why the pay is in the stratosphere and a few years playing football is more than most make in their lifetime.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Glenn Coffee was also a 3rd rd pick who quit after a year.
    He quit at first to find God and become a minister.
    Then he joined the US Army and now is a paratrooper with the Airborne.

  109. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Glad Chris Borland is taking care of himself, not so happy with the effect on our team. Looks like the draft will include one of NJs ILBs. And what if Bowman can’t go at a decent level? Yikes.

    Borland = “It’s just not worth it”. Wonder how much that includes an unsaid “Playing for York”?

    Skeebs your post titled “The Exodus” is too correct.

  110. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Phil. You are on glue. Sorry, bud but you seriously think Borland based the hardest decision of his young life on the fact that we switched coaches?

    Borland: “I’d sacrifice my health for St Jim, but not Tomsula.”

    Your brain has officially left the station.

  111. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, Bullitt thinks Borland is selfish for retiring, and Phil thinks that Borland quit because Harbaugh is gone.

    Welcome to bizarroworld.

  112. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of players refusing to sign/resign with the York team. Lots of coaches refusing to come here too. Players retiring due to poor Niner leadership starting with the sainted owners child in addition to “maybe I’ll get hurt some more” is not implausible.

    The sociopathic commenter quickly reverts to name calling on a chronic basis. Troll is too good a word for your favorite fan Bullit. But the fact remains as the title of this post says = players, coaches are leaving in droves. Ever wonder why?

  113. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Willful distortion of facts are a well known hallmark of social psychopaths. So they can continue the hostile displacing of rage onto others they need to try to dominate.

    So if someone says “Playing for York is not worth it” the sociopathic tainted will, to take a wild example, come back with = “You said he’s leaving because of the coach”. Right, the former coach, sure fella.

    You see Bullit there are worse things than trolls.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It’s always been obvious that Chuckles is way short of a lot of usable brain cells which is responsible for his constant trollish behavior. That’s why the lights appear to be on but nobody’s home. That might explain his continuous erratic behavior.

  115. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco was just on CSN saying Borland has not had a documented
    concussion since he was a sophomore at Wisconsin which is 4 years.

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guessing the one he suffered in Camp caused an abrupt about face?
    He’s not a big gut either.
    Different breed of animals at the Pro level too.

    If it had to happen, he’s at least given Baalke an opportunity to fill his slot too.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    ‘Big guy’ that is….

  118. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Unfortunately the great plan of York to get rid of the winning coach(es) in the underhanded, devious manner employed has not solved the problems on the team- as could easily be seen.

    Problem is Yorks are still in charge and a pack of new coaches cannot and will not erase the sordid history prior to their hiring. The boneheaded decisions like hiring the great Mike Singletary and firing Hendrix continue to have their serious consequences.

    So players don’t know this? And partially base their decisions on where to play on the well known history? Right. No the issue of the unceremonious exit of the last coach is not the issue as far as I’m concerned. The issue is the owner’s poor leadership. Only a tiny minority want to deny this, that’s no big deal but the problems are not getting fixed.

  119. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Big gut. I thought that was an instant classic NJ.

  120. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Guessing the one he suffered in Camp caused an abrupt about face?”

    Also he took a wicked tackle from that brute QB Wilson that knocked him out for the season vs SEA. All in all he’s just not a big gut I guess.

    As for the thesis that the Santa Claus Stadium is on INDIAN BURIAL GROUND now that could have some validity. Or the gods are angry about putting stadium building ahead of team building?

    Dunno. Praying J Smith sticks and Navarro comes back intact.

  121. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I want my own fan too. One like you have. One who always has a cheerful insight to share. I’m jealous my friend and I’m working hard to get one just like that you dog.

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Phil, I’m seriously wondering about ancient spirits and, the possibility, that someone along the order of ‘Higher Beings’, be it spiritual or otherwise, is casting a long, and unforgiving, shadow on our 9ers.

    Patrick I can somewhat understand, he’s had a surgical procedure after apparently attempting to play through some bothersome foot/toe issues.
    Will miss him immensely, along with Frank.

    Huge pressure on Bowman to recover as well.
    His injury involved multiple ligaments.
    There’s the physical, then the mental hurdles to overcome.
    Not expecting much from him until he’s mentally satisfied that he can trust the repairs.

    Tough sledding for sure…

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As far as timing goes, Baalke has a chance to cover the loss.
    Problem is, the ILB Group isn’t very deep this year.
    It also impacts the strategy for Picks in other areas as well.

    No doubt, the DLine needs an infusion of youth and speed but, at least, Tomsula has had a good history of developing the later RD guys.
    Not sure what to expect, in terms of Coaching, at the LB position.
    Jason Tarver was aboard when Patrick came in as a Rookie, so that might be a good sign?

    Clancy Pendergast is also involved with the LBs now but, I’m not very familiar with his body of work, other than his work as a DC, both in College and the NFL.
    Decent resume at least.

    Going to be one of those years for us.
    Have faith and see what happens.

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As it stands now, we’re down to Bowman, Wilhoite, Moody and Chase Thomas.

    Thinking a little harder now, about the possibility of adding His Largeness, NT Danny Shelton, to plug up the middle?

    Don’t know what to expect from Mangini at this point, in terms of his preferred personnel for the 3-4 scheme?
    He might be in favor of the traditional ‘Big Man’ inside, not sure?

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Shane Skov is still aboard as well.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Checked the timeline between Mangini and Wilfork.

    Vince came in in ’04, Mangini was the DC there in ’05.
    So, for whatever that’s worth, maybe Shelton has a place in his scheme if available?

  127. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ nice getting your thoughts on how we might compensate for the loss of Willis/Borland. Big gut in the middle ala Wilfork – your suggestion is Danny Shelton. I do think the DL has to beef up to keep our ILBs clean what with our various losses. Sure hate to see our run D degrade and put further pressure on the DBs.

    Re: the new stadium and run of injuries, turmoil and chaos around our team = it could be both physical injuries as well as psychological/karmic/voodoo whatever plaguing us. Hell of a run of crap luck. Now is the test of hanging tough and keeping the faith while the good ship Niner gets back on track no matter how long it takes.

  128. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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