The Price of Admission

OTAs are in the vicinity — around the corner, down the street, across the field, up the tree — somewhere out there. You can find them if so inclined.

Not that your search will be rewarded, even if successful. Organized Team Activities. Whenever you see a title this vague and boring, you know lawyers have been busy diluting the meaning of existence.

Pimping for Kaepernick is all the rage among the media moralists and PC police these days. Not sure why these fellows are so desperate to find him a job. Or are they just more interested in complaining about it and speculating endlessly about the integrity and awful motives of the owners, hinting at a grand racially motivated collusion.

Apparently, the NFL owners are required to give this prima donna douchebag a job whether they like him or not, and whether he’s any good or not. Seattle is reportedly ready to give him a minimum salary backup job, which would be hilarious. Kaepernick in the humble shadow of Russell Wilson? I’d pay to see that. Can’t wait to hear how the negotiations broke down. Somewhere out there, RGIII is thinking, “Hey, I’m black, too. Why no love for me?”

The blogosphere seems a little jaded and apathetic this offseason. The hiring of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch should be generating the same kind of buzz as the hiring of Jim Harbaugh six years ago, but it hasn’t. We can probably thank the specter of Jed York for the muted excitement, looming over the franchise like a deadly virus.

August can’t come soon enough.

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  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Compare the pro-BLM anti-cop print versus Blaine, or to Cutler, or to any forcibly retired white QB.

    A badge of honor to be anti-white. Racist to be pro-white because to the libs/Spit/Chuck that is a dog whistle to be anti-black, anti-latino, anti-asian, anti-LGBT.

    OK for others to be tribal. Not whitey.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There’s nothing pro-white about my post, Tom, but you do have to wonder if the media would be pounding the moral outrage gavel for Jay Cutler if he’d knelt for the Anthem. I doubt it.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Seattle takes Kap, it couldn’t happen to a better franchise, and fan base. And yeah, August can’t come soon enough. I don’t know if it’s just me or not but the sports media has taken another ‘holier than thou’ stance when it comes PC issues. I certainly don’t need some hack telling me what’s right or wrong, they can all go F-off.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ouch. What will the moralists say now?

    Tony Dungy: “If people perceived Colin Kaepernick as a difference maker, as a guy who could be their starting quarterback and help them win games, he would be signed now and people would deal with the repercussions. If not, it’s not worth the headache, it’s not worth the distraction, it’s not worth the number of fans we would turn off.”

    IOW, it’s pretty simple folks, if you take off the blinders.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FO provides no anguish this year. They are stellar. That explains the quiet.

    Incredible we got Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew. Especially RB coach Bobby Turner for bird dogging Joe Williams and shining the light so others could see.

    RB’s are instant payoff unless pass blocking on 3rd down is an issue. Williams value the most noticeable of entire draft class.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If only you were zealous when Gabbert was here.
    He’s gone, time to move on and turn the page.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Len Rohde, a stalwart on the Oline during the late Kezar days.

    The name on his uniform says Rohde and not Rhode.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bucs sign Fitzpatrick as backup QB. Media squeals with indignation. Hahahaha.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Wayne Walker, the best Niner color analyst period and alo best local Bay Area sports anchor ever.

    Many great memories

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll always associate Walker with the 1981 season. I can remember watching his pregame show every week, as the team just kept getting better and better. It was obvious that Walker really admired Walsh and was sort of a fan of the team. At some point in the second half of the season, he stated flat out that the 49ers would be favored in his opinion in every game from here on out, including the Super Bowl. For a team that had never won a championship, that was a magical year. RIP Wayne. See you on the flip side.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Our version of Marshall Faulk? Joe Williams. All about making plays in space. A better fit with the outside zone. As injuries occur before trade deadline, Trent Brown traded to a new home? Gary Gilliam now higher in the RT depth chart?

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    JAX great spot to look for a trade with Trent Brown their new RT.

    Robinson is ready to play a major role in the initiation of the team’s new offensive ground-and-pound identity that should feature heavy doses of RBs Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory, and T.J. Yeldon. The Jaguars are in a comfortable position having a rookie in Robinson who is ready to make an impact at LT if needed, and the potential luxury of upgrading the LG spot if / when Albert decides to show up.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:


  14. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Sad to hear that Wayne Walker passed away. For me, Wayne started my Sunday football mornings. The family would get up, have breakfast and turn to the Wayne Walker show.

    Wayne’s interviews with Bill Walsh, Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott were always great T.V. Loved watching him recap the week before’s highlights and make his weekly predictions. I remember for his weekly predictions, Wayne would throw velcro balls at a velco dartboard. The man was deadly with a velcro ball. He never missed…. the board.

    Wayne was a gentleman. His smile set everyone at ease. His love for the 49ers was obvious, and we loved him for it. Thank you, Wayne, for a childhood full of great 49er TV shows.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Had to repost this. Articles in past week are light and boring.

    With the Demarcus Ware – Solomon Thomas connection it looks the front 4 of the nickel will have Solomon Thomas LDE and Aaron Lynch RDE. On the inside will be the Ducks.

    Lots of rotation on dline with Brooks, Blair, Dial, Mitchell. Will they keep 8 DL on roster. Brooks as SAM and Mitchell as NT in the base 4-3 Under.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Great discussion of ZBS run blocking technique. Ravens do ZBS. So substitute Zuttah for Pocic.

    ATL O really took off when Alex Mack came over as the FA Center.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The mediocre oline will sink the team this year. Don’t care what the Homer’s at ninersnation say.

    The famous Mike Tyson quote will apply.

    “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.”

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Amusing NN comment.

    I thought McDonald had some nice plays last season
    and he really was not having that bad of year before he got hurt. I am surprised more 49ers receivers did not have meat slabs for hands from trying to catch Kap’s hardest throws from 10 feet away. I am interested to see how they do with a real NFL quarterback and not some hack that came out of Reno’s casino district.

    Posted by Joe the Wizard on May 26, 2017 | 6:42 AM

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, it will be a draft for O in 2018. Our first 3 picks were all D. After taking CB Witherspoon with the 2nd pick of the 3rd RD the next pick (from CHI) was traded for NO’s 2nd in 2018. QB Davis Webb was there and we passed.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Seems like Thomas is an edge rusher all the way. No wonder he is getting tutored with Demarcus Ware. SDE in Leo and LDE in nickel.

    He was not overdrafted. In the NFL he is not an interior pass rusher but a stout DE against the run and burst to help his development as an edge rusher.

    Feel very good about Thomas and Lynch as 3 down DE’s. Very good run D coming.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Put this guy on the practice squad. If his last year of rookie contract is fully guaranteed then CLE is paying him. We check him out for the minimum.

    If he does not qualify for PS then put him on 90 and let him prove it in August?

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Salute to our brave warriors.…6500.52186.0.53119.….0…1.1j4.64.tablet-gws..3.23.4987…0j0i131k1j0i20i46k1j46i20k1j0i20k1j0i22i30k1j30i10k1.YaVDyMvmb5A

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    DL and LB looking solid. SAM (Brooks/Harold), WILL (Smith/Foster), and MIKE (Bo/?).

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A niner podcast also touting Matt Breida. Cons for Williams are poor pass blocking and excellent olineman at Utah upped his performance. Remember Trent Richardson and Alabama.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    BG versus Barkley, an ongoing saga. Not even a phucking trade, just released him.

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Oct 22 we get to see one of the best LT’s. In 2018 or 2019 we need to draft what will kick our ass on that Sunday.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert needs to show what he can do on the field in real games and so far it hasn’t been pretty.
    Gabbert was handed the starting job on a silver platter last year and couldn’t hang onto to it. He was a QB that was tentative
    and that worked against him.

    Like I said it’s time to turn the page and move on. From this point on even if he becomes a HOF player I ‘ll have non regrets
    simply because Gabbert didn’t show me that he could consistently play at a high level and maintain it.

    As I said previously turn the page, that ship has sailed. You can look great in OTAs because there is no contact but suck when the hitting begins.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Our toughest teams to play against were in the beginning of the season that BG faced. He was not a coward in the pocket like the BLM racist. His eyes were downfield and took big hits as the ball was released.

    Pudge Kelly needed to win games to save his fat ass. I strongly believe the FO badly wanted to get rid of the contract and guaranteed starter time for the SJW pea brain for the rest of the season. Why else would they play him if the renegotiated contract allowed them to dump him in 2017.

    Pudge tried his best to make it work. BG will be backup to Palmer. Not the best line but the weapons he has now along with their intelligent schemes and gameplanning will showcase what we gave up.

    He may show up in our two games this year. So will continue to follow him. And compare him to the middling WCO types that KS has this year.

    Look forward to KS and Lynch answering questions on why they preferred him over the three Alex Smith game managers.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Oops preferred should be let him go.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the Fairyland blog we have one of the minions actually siding with Brandon Jacobs’ take on Harbaugh.

    Holding out that Harbaugh was not the main reason for the turnaround you have to wonder what would possess any Niner fan to cling to a malcontent like Jacobs and take him as gospel.

    Recently even Jed York has come out publicly in his interview with Peter King stating that he has regret in how his relationship with Harbaugh ended.

    Harbaugh made the Niners winners and anybody who can’t see that is just a stubborn old coot who has little football acumen.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jacobs just won’t shut up.
    Jacobs is making it his life’s mission to get Harbaugh fired.
    Good luck with such a wonderful retirement with such lofty goals.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    While dwelling on Harbaugh history, let me go back and pose a few questions.

    2011 Draft: Cam Newton (1), Jake Locker (8), Blaine Gabbert (10), Christian Ponder (12), Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick.

    This was the year of the College read-option QB and the next challenge for DC’s in the NFL. I could understand why Aldon Smith was chosen instead of a QB at #7. Did not want to upset the incumbent Alex Smith.

    Question 1: With recent busts like JaMarcus Russell, why the lack of scrutiny of basic QB 101 understanding by Kap. He was Harbaugh’s choice and could coach him up we were told.

    Question 2: After the SB season why did they keep him. They knew his mental capabilities and what he could accomplish against NFL D’s. Harbaugh and Roman were careful not to show too much of Kap to reveal the flaws he had allowing DC’s to pounce, which happened next season. How many high draft picks could they have gotten while unloading the dud at this apex of his career.

    Harbaugh, Roman, Baalke, etc failed their due diligence test in drafting this dud. Compounded it by keeping him knowing full well at that time he lacked the mental capability and discipline to master and command an NFL offense.

    TB not only could not evaluate College offensive talent across all positions. He failed to identify Kap’s irredeemable flaws and stuck with this dud all the way until he had ZERO value in other GM’s opinions.

    Absolutely no one wanted this garbage, except Chuck and Spit.

    Harbaugh, Roman, Baalke failed the 49’ers legacy by not realizing what Kap was. A QB mistake they could have unloaded for multiple 1st and 2nd picks after the SB. Squandered was a defense this team may never see again.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Very good piece on the 4-3 Under SAM. Replace Dante Fowler with Ahmad Brooks.

    We are playing all AFC South teams this year. This link refers to a good primer on 4-3 Under and 3-4 comparison. Good stuff. Enjoy!

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, Will is the natural position for Reuben Foster. From uw:

    The Will requires the least size of all three linebackers. He should be unblocked, and has the duty to flow to the ballcarrier if his gap (weak-side A-gap) isn’t being immediately threatened. Like was mentioned before, the defense tries to force running plays to the Will, because he is unblocked. He will typically be the best cover linebacker, being the smallest and the quickest of the three, He has a shallow zone or the flat to his side of the field in zone, or the second running back out of the backfield

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Some kind of player trade proposal:

    JAX Dante Fowler (SAM) for SF Trent Brown (RT)

    Former 1st Rd pick Fowler is a backup DE with poor pass rushing moves. Otherwise very athletic, fast, quick 6’3″ 267 lbs 33 3/4 arms. JAX runs a power run blocking and Fournette suited for that.

    SAM may be on field 25% of the time. Was not asked to cover at JAX tho. RT plays 100% of snaps. We also should get a draft pick.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Memorial Day 2017
    A day to remember and thank those who served and their sacrifice for our Freedom.

    I found this story inspiring

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Malik McDowell, 1st Rd pick of SEA, is 6’6″ 295 so is similar to Buckner and Armstead. Fieldgulls did a video piece on him and said suitable for the WDE alongside the LEO. The 3 technique is supposed to be the best pass rusher out of the 3 interior linemen non-LEO.

    SEA fans must know this D. See how Saleh builds the front 4.

    Also curious about the SDE. SEA settled initially on the 2-gapping Red Bryant. I imagine our counterpart to their 1.0 version is Quinton Dial.

    Their 2.0 version Michael Bennett would be our Solomon Thomas. If anyone has a link comparing their 1.0 versus their 2.0 dline please post.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you study the Seahags you will see that their success has been based on a ball control running offense complemented by a stifling defense. Both teams under Harbaugh and Carrol were top five in rushing
    and bottom five in passing, but the end result is 10 plus win seasons and participation in the NFC championship game, one step away from punching your ticket to the Super Bowl. These ball control offenses still rank in the top half of the league.

    Can’t argue with a winning formula and success that both Niners and Seahags shared in the Harbaugh era. That led to some epic games that were circled and featured by the league.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As for Kaepernick and the Niners it is a fact that Baalke only drafted 3 QBs as the GM. It also has been revealed since Baalke has left that he didn’t listen to his coaches when it came to personnel matters evidenced last year by Chip Kelly being very interested in drafting Dak Prescott and Baalke insisting on drafting Will Redmond with a knee injury instead. It has come out that Baalke held a firm grip on deciding who to draft and didn’t listen to his coaches.
    That seems to be the reason why so many defensive players were drafted and so many offensive skill position players were not because Baalke was clueless.

    After Harbaugh Baalke drafted his third QB in Jeff Driskell and promptly waived him trying to sneak him onto the Practice Squad
    but miscalculating and the Bengals scooped him up.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ninerrs are working out ex Bills/Aints safety Jairius Byrd today among a group of DBs according to Schefter.

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A Byrd hire will have to happen if he still has his wheels. At FS Lorenzo James is slow as the backup to Ward. Ward is prone to injury. James would learn with Byrd and go to the PS in September.

    A concern is his contract and how much guaranteed. Worth a bidding war? Rookies develop better on the 53 versus PS.

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