The Headless Offense

I’m still having trouble grasping why Jim Harbaugh took the job as the 49ers Head Coach. Niner fans and ownership do not believe this is a rebuilding year. He’ll be expected to compete right away for the division title, yet there’s no QB on the roster except David Carr. He’ll also have to teach the team his version of the West Coast offense, with a possibility there will be a lockout that prevents him from doing this in time to be operating smoothly when the 2011 season begins.

This is a recipe for a disastrous pro debut.

There’s a lot of talk about the QBs in this upcoming draft, but none of them are going to start for the 49ers this year. And if they do, the team is not going to win the division. Or very many games.

It’s possible Jed York has privately assured Harbaugh he has a grace period of one year to get things turned around. This is not something fans would want to hear, so they sure as hell won’t hear it.

Still, this all seems a bit risky for a coach who was the hottest HC candidate on the market a month ago and had other options. He could have stayed at Stanford or gone to Michigan, but it seems clear that the pro game was the only one he wanted to play.

So, what attracted him to the QB-less 49ers?

As strange as it sounds, I think it was the offensive line and the tight ends. The O-line has been maligned so long in Ninerland that considering them a foundation of the team’s future seems ludicrous. But this is a line full of young, first and second round draft choices. They are going to keep getting better. And we all know the game is won in the trenches. A good O-line can turn a pretty boy sixth round draft pick into an HOF QB [ha ha, couldn’t resist]. It might, in a worst case scenario, even make David Carr functional. This O-line took quite awhile to build, but it is, at last, built.

From what I have gleaned about Harbaugh’s offense at Stanford, it appears he likes to run the ball and feature the tight ends, and build the play-action passing game off of this. The Niners were built to do precisely this. It is assumed, by fans and Harbaugh, that he will have much better success running this kind of offense than previous tenants who attempted it. When the bar is so low an ant can’t get under it, this is a safe assumption to make.

It seems probable that Trent Baalke gave Harbaugh assurances that he would work a trade for at least a stop gap pro QB for this coming year. I’ve mentioned before that I think Josh Johnson, the second stringer in Tampa Bay, is not only the most coveted trade possibility, but the cheapest. He already knows Harbaugh’s system and could step right in and function immediately.

The main problem now is waiting for the trading period to commence with no idea when exactly that period is going to begin. This calls for Faith. People readily have faith in death and taxes, but not easily do they trust that goodness will come. It might be time to brush up on my mantra skills. Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……



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13 comments on “The Headless Offense
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- It seems you elided right over the results of Groundhog Day!

  2. JoshNo Gravatar says:

    Barring the CBA being worked out, I could see them making a deal for a guy. I like Kolb (as many others do and don’t) and think he would be a great QB to build the future with. Also, I like how you point out that we expect to compete this season and don’t feel like we are in rebuild mode. I couldn’t agree more, we’re not. There is talent on this team, more will be added this year, and we’ve just needed a man to make smart decisions and put these kids in a position to make plays. We have our man. Now the wins better start to fall. With that being said, looking at the teams we play next year (means squat this early, or at all I guess, thinking about last years schedule) I predict a 9 win season. Which seems like a victory celebration would be in order. First winning season in 10 years. Hey, I can dream this early, right..

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Naked rodents only get one day of publicity, Berger. I pre-opted the varmint yesterday. If you insist, however, it will be an early Spring. Spring officially begins on March 21st, so I’m not sure which authoritative entity declares “Spring is here!” before the official date. You are assigned the task of discovering this magic day and bringing the news back to the blog so we can verify whether this hole dweller’s prognosticatory abilities are worth a shit.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, this is two days in a row that you’ve used “Ted” York. Did I miss something, an inside joke perhaps? Is Ted Jed’s evil twin brother?
     
    So Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring? Tell that to all the people down in the Super Bowl freezing their ass off. Screw ’em. Couldn’t happen to a nicer NFL owner and his godforsaken Cowboys. Lucky for JJ it’s the cold and not a heatwave. With all that plastic surgery is face would be melting like the Wicked Witch of the West.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skkebs- I don’t care about Phil the rodent. It was just I nice spot for the WOTD!

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Dennis. Blank spot in my York vocabulary. We’ve addressed this family so long with %$#@*!^% Yorks, that first name basis is having trouble sticking with me.

  7. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No groundhogs here in the New Mexico mountains, but some seriously cold coyotes. They saw their shadow this morning. Marvy. With -12F forecasted tonight and another couple feet of snow to pile on the 4+ already in the past two days, I simply can’t wait for six more weeks of winter. Bleh! Albuquerque needs to host a SB – in an outdoor stadium, like the Meadowlands is planning…

  8. JoshNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if there is a groundhog in Niner land who’s seen his shadow the last 10 years that would explain why we haven’t had a playoff birth. Maybe he won’t see it this year and we’ll have a winning season…

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Josh, the Niners have rats in the building, not groundhogs. It’s all rodents, though. Not good.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    RT, are you anywhere near Silver Springs? One of my sisters lives there.

  11. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, that’s about 100 miles SSE of here on Apache land. NM’s a very big, very empty state, so it’s like being right next door!
    I should get her e-mail from you sometime. BTW, did you ever see the ultra-classic ’50s movie “Them!” – nuclear ants? It was set supposedly just a tad west of Silver Springs. LOL!

  12. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Reminds me that I need to tune in to DVR’d episodes of Breaking Bad. Hooked on that series.

  13. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think I might have asked this before, maybe not. Anyone NOT happy with the Harbaugh hire? If you had your druthers, would you have hired another coach?
     
    No complaints here. Harbaugh’s my guy. Now all I can say is, Good Luck.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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