The Gauntlet

Welcome back 2018 49ers. Much will be expected of you this coming season. The past three years, nothing was expected and that is precisely what you delivered, finishing dead last in the NFC West all three years.

At minimum, the team will be expected to climb out of the bottom third of the league and into the middle third, those teams with 7 to 9 wins. They’ll also be expected to escape the NFC West cellar. Anything short of these expectations and the year will have to be considered a failure. Sorry, but we gotta have some ground rules.

Meeting the minimum would be nice, in a meh sort of way. But hardly anything to brag about. For that, the team would need to step up to the next level and a ten or more win season. Ten will almost always get you into the Wildcard round of the playoffs, with the Divisional round reserved for the 11+ teams.

For the past sixteen years, the NFC West has been owned by the Cardinals and Seahawks, except for the first two years of the Harbaugh Era and last year’s Rams team. That’s a long period of irrelevancy, coinciding roughly with the York’s ownership takeover. The Cardinals have beaten our boys six straight and the Seahawks nine straight.

Obviously, the 49ers will need to find a way to beat these two teams if they hope to crawl up the ladder of success. And the Rams are a bit formidable this year, too. Getting past that meh level could be quite a challenge.

Let’s face it, Niner fans have been abused and insulted by the Yorks since the day these carpetbaggers dorked into town. Counting their paperclips and installing their moron son as the CEO, like the franchise was some toy he could play with while he learned about the real world of money, money, money.

The only reason we have decent coaches now and a chance at some superior football again is because little Jed screwed things up so bad that the upcoming PSL and season ticket renewals were not going to happen and the stadium would continue to be sparsely populated. So, he had to get on his knees, open his wallet, and beg Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch to take over his mess and restore it to credibility in the league.

So good luck, 2018 49ers! Bring the franchise back to glory in spite of the goofballs in the owners’ box.

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27 comments on “The Gauntlet
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure what the Rams are thinking because they gave big money to newcomer Brandin Cooks and made Gurley the highest paid RB but still haven’t locked up Aaron Donald.
    Schefter says Donald will not set foot into the Rams facility until he has a new contract.

    If the holdout happens it will be a blow to the Ram D because
    it will expose their weak LB Corps now that Ogletree is gone.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Khalil Mack is also holding out from the Raiduhs.

    There will be speculation if this holdout is extended because Mack has yet to even speak to their new coach Gruden.
    If they can’t reach a deal would you trade the 1st rounder for next year and a 3rd rounder in 2020. That would solve the pass rush problems if the Niners are willing to pay big money to Mack.

    The way I see it is this is the money they would be giving Aldon Smith anyway if he hadn’t gone off the rails.

    Just kicking this around now but maybe in a month it might be
    something Lynch would consider.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners announce signing of 2nd round pick Dante Pettis today.

    All draft picks will be in camp except for those going on PUP.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    That khalil mack proposal could be in play. Raiders do not have a lot of cap room to play with. At 17 mil March 31, 2018 they could sign him, with pain.

    Would he be SAM on base downs and DE on nickel/dime packages. Can we get him for a 2nd and 3rd. 27 yrs old, 4 years in NFL already and how many years to guarantee for a 4 year contract? He is only 6’3″ 252 but DE on passing downs only that size at DE is good enough?

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Handing out long term contracts to high salaried athletes with big guarantees is risky.

    Was JJ Watt a good investment for Houston with his current contract. Big risk for injuries killing the value.

    For the Raiders they made a bet with some big FA contracts to go along with some good draft classes. Then Derek Carr gets injured. Trading Mack has to be an attractive option for them.

    Give him 2 years guaranteed, at most. We wasted valuable 1st Rd picks on Armstead and Ward, maybe Garnett too. Pick up Mack and get Staley’s future replacement in 2019 draft. To get top OT may have to trade up our 2019 1st.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    West Redding on fire. Spitblood country. Firenado’s in a city of 90,000. Fire started by a vehicle pulled over after a tire blowout. Sparks from rim, hot exhaust system,…

    Be safe.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    You can also get live training camp ‘lookins’ here

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This article gets to the heart of the issue.

    Both GM and HC are in the 2nd of a 6 year contract. Teams are largely built through draft. FO probably passes on khalil mack, unless he will go for a fully guaranteed 2 yr deal.

    The only reason there is still hope is the lack of franchise player talent. Late Rd 1st’s if Jimmy stays healthy may force the issue.

    Foster is iffy injury wise. Staley too old. Jimmy and Defo are the only franchise caliber players. Does GM/HC want to build a perennial playoff team with a weak roster.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If I could wear the GM hat here is my plan.

    For continued long term success:

    Franchise QB -> yes
    Bookend Franchise OT -> McGlinchey and Staley heir
    Franchise DT -> yes
    Franchise Edge -> no

    DB and WR are more prone to injury. So not pay franchise caliber money on these positions. So want high quality front 7 on D. Want high quality QB and OL (LT,RT,C) on O.

    I would not risk a spend on khalil mack. The injuries of JJ Watt is my reason. Strong edge class next draft. Would trade up in the 1st to get a franchise caliber edge.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you spend multiple draft picks for a star player you don’t sign him to a 2 year contract, especially a player in his prime..
    Injuries are part of the game and as an organization you can’t sign your players predicated that they’ll get hurt. That’s the attitude of losers.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Mack wants 20 mil a year. No thanks.

    Jimmy already has a huge contract. Goff and Wentz on rookie deals. If Mack gets injured with a 4 yr deal, probably 2 yr guaranteed, unacceptable risk for teams salary cap.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The most underrated assistant coach of all time in Niner history
    was Bobb McKittrick. He was able to build and mold Super Bowl Olines out of fee agents and late round picks.

    To have an assistant of McKittrick’s caliber on the staff would be priceless because draft capital would not have to be spent on the Oline.

    Lynch needs to find another McKittrick.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely, bullit. Steelers are a perfect example with their no name OL (except 1st Rd RG Decastro). It can still be done.

    I think that is what niners are trying to do. OZ needs mobility more than other run schemes. Smaller and capable OL are more plentiful and cheaper. So they can get by with average OG but need better OT and C. Seems the weakness is IOL pass pro on drop back passes. If true then scheme has to help here.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Our OL is cheap. Staley underpaid and will retire on current contract. McGlinchey and Garnett on rookie deals where both include the 5th year option.

    Tomlinson and Cooper on cheap deals. Laken’s extension cheap compared to top OG and OT. Taylor Lewan just got an 80 mil 5 yr deal. Which averages to 16 mil a year.

    Our only expensive OL is Richburg but just barely coming in around 9.5 mil annually. Don’t feel sorry for Staley, he has health, good wheels, and a long career.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Did not include big money RB for our roster.

    Well blocked OZ can turn Breida, Williams, and McKinnon into 1,000 yard runners. No need to pay running back by committee big dollars.

    McKinnon’s contract got bigger from a bidding war.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can we get Mack for a 2nd and 3rd?

    Without Mack will OAK get their 1st within first ten picks. They can get an excellent, cheap, young edge.

    OAK should try and get best deal for Mack, and deal him. We take his salary off their books. They will have an extra 2nd and 3rd, their first 5 picks can be all D if that is what is lacking for them.

    Expectation of 2nd Rd picks is starter quality by second year. How about our 2nd and Attaochu?

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Throw in Armstead and a pet rock if that will seal the deal.

    Save our 1st and 3rd.

    Or Solomon Thomas for Mack straight up. Anyone on our D except Defo is tradeable. What does Lynch/Peters/Mayhew think.

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    Great news, here are the training camp reports on

    Dante Pettis, Fred Warner and D.J. Reed. Pettis showed well in both padded practices. Garoppolo has been impressed by the receiver’s “wiggle” while running routes. Pettis runs fluid routes and has done well to create separation. Establishing a toughness over the middle of the field in traffic will be Pettis’ next stepping stone.
    Warner may already be San Francisco’s best linebacker in coverage. That isn’t a huge surprise given it was a huge responsibility of his at BYU. Warner also appears to be a quick learner at MIKE linebacker, a job that requires him to have a deep understanding of Robert Saleh’s scheme coupled with the ability to communicate the calls to his teammates.
    Reed has looked comfortable at free safety. He grabbed an athletic interception during Sunday’s practice. Reed has also had several standout reps during 1-on-1 drills.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    How about a 2019 1st and a 2019 4th and a 2020 3rd for Khalil Mack ?

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Typical: “Arik Armstead is week-to-week with a hamstring injury.

  21. robNo Gravatar says:

    Some good news

    Seventh-round pick Richie James looks like he’ll be the player that leads the 49ers in receiving during the preseason.

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting wrinkle

    interesting combination too ! I wonder if we’ll use two back looks with these two out there !

  23. 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