The Right Stuff

The 49ers emerged from their long, grueling trek through the NFL discard landscape and on Wednesday hired the guy they intended to hire from the very beginning, the exact same method they used to hire GM Trent Baalke back in 2010. This might be the only consistency the organization has demonstrated in the past ten years.

D-line coach Jim Tomsula has been promoted to Head Coach. He’s the kind of guy you can’t risk saying “Hello” to if you don’t have a half hour to kill. His job will be to make everyone feel good and have a swell time, win or lose, and to teach Jed York a couple of Xs and Os, so Junior can get a hang on this football shit and meddle his way into guy thing discussions without appearing to be a complete dork. And, of course, he must never question anything York or Baalke do.

I suppose it’s possible we’ve got the next Knute Rockne on our hands, but it’s probably just as possible, maybe even more so, that ten years into the Jed Empire, we’re back to square zero. Same clueless owner, less talented GM, and a franchise that won’t be scaring anyone for a long time. The kind of team other teams are eager to see on their schedule.

The hiring of Tomsula also resulted in the loss of the best DC in the league, Vic Fangio, who is reportedly being replaced by the Oakland Raiders’ DC, Jason Tarver, who is not the best DC in the league … or the conference … or the AFC West … or the Bay Area. He DOES, however, have experience in how to work for a dysfunctional organization without making waves.

The improvement of the offense, the be-all-end-all of this whole fiasco, has yet to be mentioned. The epicly great Marc Trestman is the current rumor for the job of OC. Trestman was run out of town as the Niners’ OC in 1997, failed everywhere else, achieved some success in Canada, like Tomsula did in Europe, and most recently Trestman presided over the total collapse of the Bears.

So, we’ve gutted a highly successful coaching staff and replaced it with WTeverlovingF! From York: “Jim Tomsula clearly is the right man to lead this team.” From us, “WTF!!!!”

Ladies and gentlemen, your San Francisco 49ers. Pardon me while I go wrap my arms around the porcelain bus.

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157 comments on “The Right Stuff
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers plan to part ways with all assistant coaches except RBs coach Tom Rathman.”

  2. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    At least we won’t have to sweat out wins and losses. What’s a loss or two or three to the Bears and Raiders?

    Reminds me of the ’73 Niners.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT- we didn’t win a lot of games that year but we sure had some great lines on both sides of the ball.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually Trestman was made a scapegoat by an overly emotional Eddie D when he was with the Niners.

    The ’95 Niners finished 11-5 finishing 1st in points scored and 2 in total offense
    ’96 Niners finished 12-4, 3rd in points and 6th in yards.

    Over these 2 seasons Steve Young was hurt for a total of 9 games, replaced by Elvis Grbac.

    Trestman was treated harshly and unfairly by an emotional Eddie D.

  5. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Man, I just don,t know. I have to wait and see who these guys bring in, but based on the names I’ve seen so far, I’m not very encouraged. Schwartz? Really? Trestman?

  6. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, Bruce Gossett lived in my little town of 12,000 at the time IIRC. Some big names on that roster, but had the worst year in awhile after 2 NFCCGs and 3 division champs. Then promptly went down the tubes. At least the Morabito sisters had an excuse.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With Fangio in the booth upstairs it seems Tomsula was the defacto DC on the field coaching LBs and DBs or maybe clever editing by Niner PR dept.

  8. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What? They didn’t care, RTF? They got old I suppose. What killed them is they had some terrible drafts in those early 70s that doomed the team through the rest of the decade.

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It wasn’t their team, Chuck. They outlived their way into ownership.

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah RT we has some close games that year. The stinkin Rams with that defense used to piss me off to no end. We also played Pittsburg pretty tough. We were aging by then and teams like Minnesota were coming on. Like you said a lot of similarities.

  11. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It was their husbands team. Wasn’t Vic the one that died in the stands during a game vs Chicago?

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to the Niners in the ’70s was the team went downhill after Brodie retired.
    They tried Tom Owen and then old Norm Snead and finally traded for Plunkett who proved to be a disaster.
    Deberg was OK for 3 quartes and made the big mistake in the 4th quarter to lose winnable games.

  13. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The three firsts and a second they traded for Plunkett (with 0 return when they released the future Super Bowl MVP) was the real disaster. I don’t think they missed Tom Owen much, though.

    Heck, that’s even worse than the Jay Culter trade!

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula was/is a known commodity.
    I have no beef with him as a Coach.
    I’ll pass judgement on that aspect when I see how this Staff shapes up.

    I’d venture to guess that Fangio shot himself in the face with the Shanny edict?

    Face it.
    We stunk on Offense this past year. We stunk on Offense in the SB, and the years that followed.

    Let’s put it this way.
    We need someone to nurture Kaep.
    I’m thinking Baalke went to Denver yesterday to tell Gase he has a job as OC if something better doesn’t come along.

    Happy to see/hear the reactions from Boldin and Vernon on this hire at least.

    Stay tuned…….

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT – My 49er roots go pretty far back. We used to live next door to Norm Standlee in Menlo Park. This was in the early 50’s. Sometimes a bunch of players Would come over and Barbecue and filter over to our yard. Around that time my cousin married Art Michalik. He kept in touch even during his wrestling years. My dad worked for the Examiner and was an avid 49er fan and had a bunch of pictures from those barbecues. When he passed I got his scrapbooks and some old Pac 8 stuff but I couldn’t find the pictures of the old Niners.

  17. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  18. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “I’d venture to guess that Fangio shot himself in the face with the Shanny edict?”

    No NJ. He surely knew Tomsula was the favorite as this was no secret. He knew York was going to by-pass him for HC. Hell I knew it a year ago = Hendrix out, JT in. So he just gave York and Balkey the heads up = I’m out of here if you follow through. And good for him while there are still openings to choose from.

    So this is bad and entirely avoidable with adults able to value what they had in Hendrix and what he built here. But no we don’t have that here. We have this. Think 49-22-1 will be happening in the next 4 years?

    Pity, it was nice there for a minute

  19. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cool stuff winder. My step father used to work near Harry’s hofbrau in RC in the early 70s. The Niners practiced at sequoia hs back then and would go there all the time for the cheap food. Met a bunch of the players and got a signed ball from the1972 team.

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I remember Harry’s much better than i remember the early and middle 50’s. Great place to be a kid.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Very plausible Phil.
    I’m guessing the interview process does one important thing for the FO, it gauges input from prospective candidates.
    Adds perspective from people on the outside as to what may need improvements, and how to do it.

    Harbaugh couldn’t get this Offense over the hump.
    I thought Fangio was worth retaining, simply for Defensive continuity.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sure, this process was painful.
    Many felt Tomsula was worthy of consideration, I just didn’t think he’d trump Fangio in the end.

    Fangio may have used Shanny as an out but, he could’ve asked for his release earlier, if he felt he wasn’t a serious consideration too.

    We’ll find out what Baalke is all about post-Harbaugh now.
    I simply want Jed out of the process.

    Let Baalke sink or swim with this soon to be re-org.

    The biggest unknown, for me, is how much pressure does Jed exert on Trent?
    If Trent is your GM, let him run the show.
    Stay out of it.

    If he fails, replace him.

  23. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Quinn to ATL as HC, Fangio to SEA as OC?

    Your daily Niner nightmare courtesy of the “braintrust”

    7-9 in 2015

  24. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “AS DC”

    OC I could live with

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Phil, reports have ATL waiting on Quinn, a job he apparently wants.
    Why not?
    NFC South sucks and, they already have a pretty respectable Offense.

    As for Fangio?
    Hard to predict.

    Denver is now in catchup mode in this re-org process too.
    We’re going to be dealing with LeBeau in AZ possibly, Rams are already tough.
    We haven’t beaten Seattle in quite sometime anyway.

    Not much we can do about those moves.
    Just hope we can find a good Offensive Staff.

    Just reading that OC/OL Coach Bill Callahan may hit the market.
    Wouldn’t mind him as a possible candidate.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    ‘Skins had asked for permission to interview Fangio earlier, maybe they’ll grant it now?

    Being as he’s under Contract, it might be possible to stipulate where he can go, under terms of his release?

    Who eff’n knows how all these Contracts just ‘evaporate’ under these Staff overhauls this time of year.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m trying to remain optimistic Phil.
    This could be viewed as addition by subtraction?

    Our Offensive Staff was quite large under Harbaugh.
    Too many Chiefs perhaps?

    We managed to go 8-8 this year after all.
    Not exactly stellar, considering Kaep has been sliding downward for a couple of years anyway.

    I was surprised that Fangio was trumped by Tomsula but, I haven’t read a negative word about Tomsula since he got here.
    Have to assume he brings something to the table.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Like you, I want Jed to let the football guys run this show.
    I don’t want a meddling Owner gumming up the works.

    If he hired Baalke to run this show, let him handle it.
    Sink or swim as the GM.
    Don’t complicate it by being a rah-rah Owner.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting take from Alex Boone –

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trestman might be a viable and best option at OC.
    He was the OC of the Raiduhs when they last made the playoffs.
    They were #1 in total offense and won 11 games.
    Bill Callahan was their FC and Gannon was their QB.
    It’s another myth by the ignorant that he failed after he was fired from the Niners by Eddie.

  31. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm, VD, Anquan, and Boone all come out publicly supporting the new HC. VDs comments especially ring like someone who was maybe not quite so thrilled with the previous regime. But let’s not jump to conclusions.

    Boldin said it should be easier to play for Tomsula. Who knows? With less pressure and a looser locker room. Maybe they have some fun out there. Something that was missing from the mix last year. Treated like men and not kids, they may perform better as a team.

    Hey, get a good OC and we should be on track.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Boldin said Tomsula wouldn’t be as tough on them.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I heard the Presser to introduce Coach Tomsula is 3pm today on CSNBA

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco lists 4 potential OCs and their background

    Marc Trestman, 59, the recently fired Chicago Bears coach, is considered a top offensive coach and quarterback mentor. He has a cerebral approach to the game and could be a good fit for helping Kaepernick develop his mental game. He previous worked as 49ers offensive coordinator under George Seifert. His tenure ended with former owner Eddie DeBartolo grabbing the microphone during Seifert’s farewell press conference and stating bluntly, “He’s gone.” But a lot has happened since then. And it’s conceivable the 49ers could bring him back to run the offense.

    Bill Callahan, 58, has been an NFL coach since 1995. He was Raiders offensive coordinator for four seasons before taking over as head coach. The Raiders went to the Super Bowl in his first season after taking over for Jon Gruden, but he was out after the next season. The past two seasons he has worked as Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator, though coach Jason Garrett delegated his play-calling duties Scott Linehan, the team’s passing game coordinator. He is not expected back with the Cowboys next season.

    Rob Chudzinski, 46, got a lot out of his talent in two-year stints as offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (2007-08) and Carolina Panthers (2011-12). Chudzinski was hired by Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano as “special assistant” this season when he was fired after just one year as Browns head coach. Mike Singletary interviewed Chudzinski for the 49ers’ offensive coordinator position in 2009, but he is believed to be one of the many who turned down that opportunity. He was offensive coordinator on the University of Miami staff while Frank Gore was playing.

    Adam Gase, 36, interviewed for the 49ers’ heading coaching job twice with Baalke. Since it’s Baalke who appears to be putting together the staff, and the 49ers had a strong idea where this thing was going, Baalke had to broach the subject with Gase if he would be interested in becoming Tomsula’s offensive coordinator. Gase is in limbo with the Denver Broncos after two seasons there as the offensive coordinator, and St. Louis and Atlanta have already reportedly shown interest in him for their offensive coordinator positions. Stranger things have happened.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The story on Vernon Davis last year was he wanted a new contract and held out as long as he could to force something but the Niners didn’t cave. It messed him up for the season because of the changes in the offense and not being around when they implemented it.
    This is Vernon’s contract year. He has to have a productive year to ensure he get’s offers like his previous contract.


  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Maiocco: “One complication in putting together a 49ers staff is the belief around the NFL that GM Trent Baalke is running the show, not the coach.”

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. Only your opinion is correct. Got it, skippy. There’s no interpreting in any of these recent comments that the players are happier with Harbaugh gone.

    Hear that everyone? Bullit knows everything!!!!

    I guess you can shut this down now, Skeebs. The soothsayer has spoken.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I quoted Boldin correctly, you didn’t. You bent his remarks to suit your agenda. You do that all the time. It’s not my opinion, just a fact. You just did it now, regarding my comment. If you just told the truth once in a while, you wouldn’t catch so much flak. You’ll notice I quoted Maiocco and didn’t interpret him.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The new GM of da Bears is Ryan pace who was the Personnel Director of New Orleans.
    He’s looking for a Head Coach.
    He’s NOT bringing Pete Carmichael in for an interview, a guy he’s totally familiar with having worked with him for many years.
    Says a lot for football acumen.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Having observed the roaring enthusiasm the players had for the hiring of Mike Singletary taught me to pretty much disregard how popular a guy is to players. Wins and losses are the only thing that will matter.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, you just unbent something you said wasn’t bent. So there’s nothing to what I said, but you refute it anyway.

    God, toe the line here or face the wrath of the chihuahuas.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow Bullitt. How lomg will you beat this issue?

    God forbid someone doesn’t merely regurgitate someone else’s viewpoint.

    Some of us have free thought and out-of-the-box ideas. Others are so scared (NoFear) as to never say anything that hasn’t been vetted and put forth by someone else.

    Let’s all be different together!

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Bullit, When will VMcD reach the 60 catch 800 yard 7 touchdown plateau he was supposed to reach way back in 2013?

    10 149 0

    Looks like my 3 year guess was a bit optimistic, eh skippy?

    The backup TE?? What a buffoon.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This article was written before last season started as a preview Sept 2, 2014.
    This guy nailed it including:
    “These are the weapons Harbaugh’s and offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s updated scheme will center around. This offense, which has used base “21” (two backs, one tight end) or “22” personnel as often and effectively as any in the league, is expected to feature more multi-receiver sets in 2014. Hence what GM Trent Baalke did with a pair of fourth-round picks this offseason: trading one for Buffalo’s Stevie Johnson (a limited athlete but shrewd route runner) and using one on South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington (a quick, vertically threatening slot weapon). And they also have last year’s fourth-rounder, Quinton Patton, who saw more playing time down the stretch. Plus Brandon Lloyd is back from a one-year sabbatical.

    No matter how many investments are made at wide receiver, Colin Kaepernick will ultimately decide how and where this reworked offense goes. Kaepernick’s physical tools are second to none. His long-striding speed is lethal on scrambles and designed carries. (If you spend a day or two watching all the league’s mobile quarterbacks on film, you see that Kaepernick is clearly the most scintillating and explosive.) His quick-hitch fastball is one of the hottest in the game, allowing him to make all the throws, including those outside the numbers.

    But when it comes to the mental and fundamental aspects, Kaepernick is still unripe. Too often he flees the pocket without even getting to the top of his drop, which is the mark of a quarterback who either has no idea what to do on a certain play or no idea what he’s seeing (or both). If Kaepernick’s first read is not open, the play immediately becomes randomized. Not surprisingly, Harbaugh and Roman don’t even ask the 26-year-old to drop back and scan both sides of the field. And Kaepernick’s understanding of how routes are synchronized and intersected is primitive, at least in terms of how they relate to various coverages.

    The perplexing thing is, even with Kaepernick’s lack of refinement, the Niners have had substantial success. And a lot of that success has been because of their quarterback, specifically his playmaking prowess. Kaepernick has had a lot of ups and downs, but so far, his team has not paid a high price. (Though granted, some of those downs have come in scoring position at the end of big games—like against the Ravens in the Super Bowl and the Seahawks in last year’s NFC Championship. But hey, the Niners were still in those games in the first place.)

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve said I was wrong in my projection on Vance McDonald many times.
    You on the other hand tried to spread another lie about Carmichael that he was in play for Chicago YESTERDAY.
    You could easily say you were wrong and the I’d drop it but instead you try to lie your way out of it.
    You talk the talk, now walk the walk.

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, these guys should be going after Rob Chudzinski. Trestman?

    Right. He did such a bang-up job with Cutler in Chicago.

    Chud did wonders with Newton his rookie year.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oooh. Listen to the keyboard wrangler. Walk the walk? What is this? West Side Story? God, you are pathetic.

    Big talk from a chihuahua.

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, we changed formations so many times and rotated som many guys in and out that i don’t think it really matters.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco reported they were considering Chudzinski, Chuck. It’s not your “thinking outside the box” idea. Just more bentness.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Notice that the guy who wanted Harbaugh out is the same guy bitching and whining about Tomsula and potential coaching staff hires.
    That is why he’s a troll.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s interesting, Grump. Probably not good news for Ahmad Brooks.

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    49ers in 2014 have been almost as dysfunctional as our happy little family here.

  53. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I think Brooks is gone anyway. His character questions were always there, and now Lynch offers more pass rush and youth.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If they went to a 4-3 would you have Borland as the “mike”
    Willis as the “will” and Bowman as the “sam”?

  55. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Doubtful, skippy, but thanks for trying. The defensive leader, the heart and soul of the defense, Patrick Willis, would be the middle linebacker. Hard to think why they’d give that spot to a sophomore.

  56. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, I think they just may rotate between Lynch and Borland. Lynch on passing downs and Borland on running situations. Better yet, get both of them familiar with all the LB positions for more flexibility.

    Who knows? I don’t think they’ll do what they did occasionally the last couple years and tale Willis out of the mix when playing passing teams.

  57. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The only thing I want to know about switching to a 4-3 base defense is who’s behind it.

    Since Baalke seems to be the guy hiring and firing coaching staff I wonder if he’s the guy mandating the switch to fit his idea of what the personnel should be on the team.

    Looks to me like the only thing the FO is getting better at is setting head coaches up to fail.

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If Tomsula was such a great choice, why didn’t Jed and Trent pick him four years ago. Probably because neither of them had any cred in the league yet. Now that Harbaugh built Jed his stadium and made Baalke look good, they both want obedient servants more than cred. Jed wants to prove he’s Eddie and Trent wants to prove he’s Parcells. Harbaugh getting all the credit just wouldn’t do.

  59. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve never had a true plugger in the middle so maybe Tomsula is going with what he thinks will work out better.

    I don’t know how he’ll rotate all these LBs around, but that’s for later this year.

    You really think Baalke is telling Tomsula what defense to run? Of that turns out to be true, then yeah we are, well, you know. . .

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you know football you know that a will LB has coverage responsibilities which is Borland’s weakness. Borland is a undersized but classic MLB and a tackling machine with football smarts and instincts. Willis is better in space and can cover RBs out of the backfield.
    Shows a total lack of understanding in utilizing your personnel
    and no football acumen.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chris Foerster is back as the Oline coach

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Watched the Tomsula intro presser. The press managed to not break out into outright laughter. Branch has already referred to Baalke, York, and Tomsula as the “three amigos,” and that was being gentle. A truly awful clown show.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula said it had been made very clear to him that players had to pick up their trash in the locker room. This was how to take a step toward winning with class.

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula himself looked and sounded like a guy they just hauled out of the kitchen at a pizza joint.

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke made it clear the new staff was an “our” process, not a Tomsula only process.

  66. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve become the Undead Al Raiders.

  67. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Of course he did. “Control of the roster is in my contract.” The rest I do because I can. Who’s going to challenge me now?

    I haven’t had a chance to see the intro speeches but I did hear Baalke’s introduction on Sirius. Him trying to convince the audience that they always knew Tomsula was the guy that checked all the boxes for them was high comedy and an insult to my intelligence at the same time.

    But like he said in a recent interview, “When have we ever been transparent?”

  68. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke also butted in at the end of a long Tomsula ramble, basically avoiding answering the question of what kind of offense we would have, and blurted out that we were going to run the ball.

  69. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “…Baalke, York, and Tomsula as the “three amigos,” and that was being gentle. A truly awful clown show.”

    Luckily I slept through it but the reviews are worse than I imagined. And I have a pretty good imagination. Lord have mercy.

    How about the Three Stooges? Berger tried laying that on some of us but really he should have saved it for this crew. OMG what did people expect? Covert and now overt sabotaging of the team has been going on since York declined to reward Hendrix for taking the sad sack Niners to the SB. No wonder we failed to improve with this kind of leadership. The implosion picks up speed but out in blogsville you hear a few lonely souls intoning “Balkey’s got a plan” while the NFL laughs.

    Even Chuck is getting worried. This is serious.

    Moe: “Hey Curly, pick up that trash doofus!”
    Larry: “And go out and build an Offense you idiot”

    All aboard Last Train to Shitsville people

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula did not get hired for his public speaking skills.
    He was rough and looked uncomfortable and nerves got the best of him.
    Being a position coach he didn’t have weekly pressers to hone his skills.
    I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and I think he can coach better than speak to a pack of journalists.
    The polish will come after he has a few of these under his belt.

  71. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula did not get hired to be head coach, either. He got hired to run Baalke’s team the way Baalke sees fit.

  72. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Singletary pull up yer pants we have the rat: (from cone jr blog)

    “…according to jason cole, inman, and kawakami, tomsula is the mole, so yeah the rest of the assistants probably hate him.”

    “I speculated that Tomsula was the mole in a post yesterday based on the report that Harbaugh wouldn’t talk to him ( big red flag). There had to be someone on the inside of the coaching staff undercutting and working against Harbaugh to explain the lack of effort by some of the players. I have met a lot of ” everybody likes them” individuals like Tomsula who turn out to be slick manipulators who will stab you in the back once the right opportunity presents itself. I also felt early during the 2013 season that something just wasn’t right between the coaching staff and the front office.”

    Tomsula is the rat.

  73. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh didn’t talk to anyone. That’s nothing but idle speculation.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC the “mole” and “rat” witch hunt happened when Singletary was coach.

  75. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The franchise has been dysfunctional for a long time with various elements at war with each other = FO vs coaches, coaches vs coaches is the latest edition. The Rat is York’s pet as someone he can control/own. Jimi wasn’t.

    You can have control or you can win. York, as is his family tradition, opts for control as a meddlesome owner. The Rat is the result. Problem is the HC must do more than placate the FO which is secondary in most franchises. He must win football games with a team of players and coaches the GM has assembled.

    He must win Super Bowls. He must exceed 49-22-1.

    Even 12th Man is getting worried about Balkey. “Power hungry”. Uh huh.

  76. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Baalke is the antichrist and weaver of the deceptive web.
    And Harbaugh was the keeper of light.
    bullit- I agree as one who hates public speaking it’s not an easy thing to get up in front of a bunch of sharks and know they are just waiting for a taste of blood. At first I used to really like listening to Nolan and though he was really smooth up there. Look where that got us.

  77. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula was in the building when Singletron was complaining about a “rat”. Funny then he got Sing’s job.

    Sound familiar?

    This must be the Year of the Rat

  78. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it’s patently obvious that Baalke is picking the coaching staff. And this rarely works out well. It may help a guy like Tomsula who has never done this before, then again, did he pick his staff for the Rhein Firebots, or whatever that NFL Europe team?

    Will they be able to get an entire coaching staff? One that actually functions well? All we need is an offense that works fairly well.

    Then again, it gives Jed his scapegoat if this doesn’t work out.

  79. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So was the entire front office, Phil. Same guys. It doesn’t fit that a guy so well-liked by the players would be the rat. Not one coach, player, or assistant in the past 7 years has had anything bad to say about Tomsula. Might as well say Rathman is the rat.

    Tomsula may be in over his head, but to idly call him the rat is ludicrous for those guys to say.

  80. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You can give the guy a pass on his first presser after being named head coach. But speaking to the media, maintaining a decent relationship with the media is as much a part of the job as finding the right coordinators and other assistant coaches to implement your (the head coach’s) vision. ie: the reason you got hired in most pro football orgs.

    If he can’t do that he didn’t check all the boxes Baalke was implying he did. The boxes Tomsula’s apparently checked have little to do with coaching.

    The idea of even keeping Tomsula, let alone promoting him to head coach, was the continuity that proceeds from that. Well, all the coaches have vanished. Fired or quit or released from their contracts. So I have to ask, WTF?

    I think we’re on board the York/Baalke crazy train and headed for the imminent train wreck that will bring them all down except the guy most responsible for it.

  81. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    No one is going to say anything against the rat in past years or next because ‘everyone’ with a brain on team knows he’s York/Balkey’s boy. But the press who have heard from this guy for years are starting to let the story out. As mentioned above. I don’t deny Balkey in that loop = one of the three stooges, sure.

    Who benefited from the leaks? To establish motive you look at who benefited. Rathman? Right.

    Hendrix knew who the rat(s) are as evidenced by refusing to speak with Tomsula. All Jimis hires are gone, only one’s left are pre-Hendrix.

    Same game used to dump loser Singletron as was used to dump the winner Hendrix = leaks from inside the building. Same guy benefited, the rat. Same as the MO used to hire the GM = the kid makes up his mind, plays at searching nationwide and gets his predetermined guy.

    This should be fun seeing who the GM decides to throw at the HC. Must be some guys out there desperate enough to come to the Niners cheap.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    They retained Geep Chryst who was hired by Harbaugh.
    Not into this BS blame game. Time to turn the page and give people the benefit of the doubt.
    Jed York isn’t going anywhere and you can go Flying V and start wishing personal harm on him or make a decision that some other team might be more to your liking.
    I’m giving Tomsula a clean slate and I’m hoping for the best.

  83. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well NoFear, dealing with the media isn’t as big a deal as finding coordinators. Problem is, he isn’t doing either.

  84. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Oh I’ll stick with the Niners regardless of how dumb their leadership is. And I’ll call it like I see it. Thanks for the suggestions and saying how it is for you.

    For me being a faithful fan doesn’t mean being blind to dysfunction, poor management or ignoring the larger trend in the state of the team and expecting great things from a team in decline. No faith in Tomsula, York or Balkey. IF they right the ship hey good, hope so.

    That’s what I see and I’m not the only one by a long shot.

  85. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    What do you see is the downside in having the GM make all the coaching calls Chuck? Saw your comment above and made me wonder.
    Worrisome JT/GM haven’t got any yet?

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    For grins I hit the archives button for Jan 2011 for perspective.
    In fact you joined the blog back then and you were quite optimistic referring to yourself as a “Jed-I”.
    Like I said it puts everything in perspective and things have a way of working out.
    Chuck was talking about Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn as FA QBs and drafting Andy Dalton.

  87. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “I think we’re on board the York/Baalke crazy train and headed for the imminent train wreck that will bring them all down except the guy most responsible for it.”

    That’s my concern too. I wonder if decent/excellent DC/OC types will suffer from a meddling GM which Hendrix certainly did. May be why no one is signed yet?

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If in fact Baalke is entwined in this then his job is rests with what success or failure Tomsula has.
    If Baalke was hands off he would have wiggle room so “all in” might be a good thing because he also would be fighting for his job.

  89. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah that was before we saw the York II leadership style = covert sabotage and before we saw evidence of what Hendrix could do and did for this team.

    Jedi has morphed into Darth V sadly

  90. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep agree Bullit. The results will fall to TB and that will clear things up to his detriment or benefit. Hope it works out but if not I do hope- I’m a hopeful guy- that York will realize HE needs to build a functional FO team not a one man show as presently.

    Maybe he’ll get it but many are rightly worried at the current configuration it will take a train wreck.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny sometimes how things can change.
    Maybe Baalke will pull a rabbit or two out of his hat and land a Maclin or Demaryus Thomas as FAs. Then he’ll be hailed a hero.
    The way the Harbaugh situation played out was unfortunate for both sides and I hope the Niner FO learned when you do things unilaterally it doesn’t play well.

  92. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the biggest knock on this organization before Harbaugh was that there were too many people involved in the decision making process and that there were no clear lines of communication.

    For good or bad Harbaugh made it clear the buck stopped with him. He was to hire his staff. Not Trent. It obviously ruffled Trent and Jed’s feathers as things rolled on. Was it because of Harbaugh’s success? Hey, could be.

    But the point is, we are back to a situation where the GM is overstepping his boundaries. The owner is throwing in his 2 cents. Shitty communication. Most head coaches are given leeway to hire their staff. Baalke made it very clear that this isn’t the case. It’s all by committee. This usually doesn’t work. Paralysis by analysis.

    If JT was going to be the hire, they ahould have made the decision earl

  93. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Earlier to allow them to fill the rest of the staff.

    Shot, maybe they get chud and the offense flies. I do t know.

    But we seem to be at square -1 right now. They need to act NOW to get an OC and DC. Otherwise we’ll be right back to where the team was when daddy fired mooch and had no replacement.

  94. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It certainly does seem like we are in total disarray at the moment. I believe we had to let go all those coaches go even though they were pretty good. There can just not be any hard feelings left in the building. We shall see.

  95. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jed should have signed the team up for a reality show a year ago. Think how much money he could have made. Everyone on the Drama for Idiots Channel would be watching. Missed an opportunity there, Jed.

  96. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Shanahan has turned down an offer to be 49ers’ OC. After all, he just left the Browns.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Kyle said no because his dad might want the job. Did anyone see this coming? Just speculation now…

  98. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dream on, Bullit.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some men see things as they are and ask why?
    I dream things that never were and ask why not?

  100. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At the Raiduh presser for Del Rio they have their 3 Lombardi Trophies right behind Del Rio on the dais.

    Del Rio is light years ahead polished but he’s done this as a HC and a DC for a long time.

  101. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I see the clowns are publishing favorable quotes from players in an effort to reflect well on themselves. Nine guys so far. What player is going to say he hates the new coach? Nooooooooooobody!

  102. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula would be a fool to bring in Mike Shanahan, for a number of reasons.

    Every player loves a good coach trying to make him better and cheering him on even when he sucks. It’s easy to be the good guy when you don’t have the responsibility of being the bad guy, too. The job of head coach is much different and involves tough decisions that many players won’t like. Do you think Brooks thinks the same way about Tomsula after getting benched?

    Fer chrissakes, it’s the Singletary promotion to head coach sequel. Only in this version the head coach has zero authority with his coordinators or players. Can’t wait to see how this works.

  103. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Florio has a succinct description of Tomsula at his intro: “an affable shift supervisor at a trucking company explaining to his drivers the latest changes to the pre-trip inspection process.”

  104. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula can be the reincarnation of our own Rufus T Firefly. Get a decent coaching staff and all isgood

    Can we though? Shanny would be a gigantic mistake. Even worse than Shanny as HC.

    We’d be his rehab stint.

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dear Jed, you know it’s true. All the things come back to you.

  106. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my self for a term as your HC.

  107. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Questions, doubts and dismay about the dumping of the winning coach and the hiring of the line coach will be answered by one thing: His record.

    “I gotta have SB wins” York may be a genius, ditto for Balkey. This curious move works out, and it may, we’ll have a better record than Hendrix after a few years. Players, GM and owner happy as pigs in slop with 36-36 not so much.

    Yes Kumbaya is nice but it’s not enough. Sometimes friction is the price of success as the Hendrix and Walsh, Lombardi, etc years proved. If Tommy blows the doors off with good vibes, ‘fun’ and a happy GM/owner yeah great. If not we’ll be looking back fondly at 49-22-1 and wishing for a little reprise. Clearly York/Balkey and co were not comfortable with and could not stand up to the friction great success required. So we have this whatever it is.

    Questions abound regarding the ‘big three’ or is that the big two of the SF Niners? We’ll see. On the field, what this crew can do.

    Be nice to get an OC who can maximize Kap’s strengths and a FO/HC tandem that can work together productively. Like the SF Giants someone mentioned. Leadership vacuum at the Niners is ongoing and accentuated by the departure of the Hendrix regime. Show me the wins all is good.

  108. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Some call him ‘Shanarat’ so that would be interesting:

    Report: Mike Shanahan in play for job on 49ers staff

    Others say he’s positioning himself to be next HC.

    Grumpy you got the popcorn?

  109. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Actually Phil the bar is set at the playoffs. Just as they were with Kappy when he replaced young sir Alex.

  110. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Tomsula would be a fool to bring in Mike Shanahan, for a number of reasons.”

    NF it has to be Balkey’s decision on this one, you think? What could be the reasons?

  111. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hell to the no on Shanny.

    His handling of rgiii should be enough to dissuade them.

  112. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Playoff would work for me Chuck but York demands SB wins he said.

  113. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He’s their guy so what does that tell you?

    Well it’s pretty obvious to me that Tomsula has a different target to hit. And that target is playoffs. Respectability. So they can say “look, he got us to the playoffs just like Harbaugh did.”

  114. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah the bar will be lower for Tommy boy no doubt. Dang if he wins a playoff game he better not expect a raise

  115. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Get real, Chuck. The bar was the Super Bowl, else why change anything. York wants an SB and Kap was inserted for that purpose, Alex had already taken us to the playoffs. We were already more than respectable. If that’s how low the bar is now, then we’ve sunk, not risen.

  116. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think people will be surprised if Tomsula does get us to the playoffs, but that’s another matter.

  117. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, Mike Shanahan was just fired for screwing up a QB similar to Kaepernick. Mike Shanahan, if hired as the OC, will be the de facto head coach and a sure way to divide the locker room quickly. And he’s just another guy to scrutinize Tomsula and tell the boss what he would have done instead.

    The only thing he brings to this team is a quick and easy way for the FO to recover from a Tomsula face plant and play like they gave the “good character class man” a shot.

    Whatever his title, Shanahan would be the head coach in waiting and another despicable way for these jerk offs to treat their head coach by hiring his replacement before he has a chance to have his business cards printed.

  118. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The owner’s son emphatically set the bar at Super Bowls.

  119. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula is already Baalke’s Errand Boy. Now we’re going to bring in a longtime head coach, supposedly under him but really under Baalke? And expect no drama?

    There isn’t enough popcorn in the world for this shit, Phil.

  120. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Whatever his title, Shanahan would be the head coach in waiting and another despicable way for these jerk offs to treat their head coach by hiring his replacement before he has a chance to have his business cards printed.”

    Lol sounds about right NF. This odd structure in FO/owner’s son is worrisome. Maybe a guy like M. Shanahan is one of the few who could thrive/survive such an environment? It’s just odd all the way = this is how you build a winning FO team?

    People are mentioning Chudzinski and Gassy still as possible OCs. Tarver as DC, wow.

    (Falls to knees, bows head and beseeches God = “Deliver us oh Lord from evil!”

  121. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Concludes prayer with: “And pass the popcorn”

  122. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Goddamnit, at least Jerry Jones in Dallas is old. They might get lucky and see him stroke out while doing blow with a hooker in a few years. Jed is still a kid. He could be pissing in our cornflakes and running this effing monkey circus for the next 40 or 50 years. Screw the popcorn, bring me the tequila.

  123. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That is the sad ass truth, Grump.

  124. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Former Youngstown State HC Eric Wolford will join the 49ers staff as asst OL coach.”

    We’re dragging ’em in from the sandlots now.

  125. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit, Skeebs. If they were serious about the Super Bowl now, they wouldn’t have undermined the guy they had.

    Jed has his stadium, now he wants his toadie coach.

    If he hires Shanahan, like I said yesterday, it has disaster written all over it.

    Nofear nailed that one on the head.

    It’s like Jed saying “We don’t trust you, even though you were fully our guy yesterday.”

  126. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right Skeebs, This is how you build a Super Bowl team. Let me guess. Eddie went to school with Wolford. Or he babysat him. Or he was Jed’s babysitter. Or some stupid shit like that.

  127. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Do you know who Fergus Connolly, Doc Dressler, Ejiro Evero, Gary Fenton, Tim McAdams, Bill Nayes, Manny Rivera and Scott Rotier
    They were assistant coaches last year on Harbaugh’s staff.
    Not everyone is a household name. The coaching staff has 18 members. Young staff members do a lot of grunt work breaking down film and save the bigger names time for more important stuff.
    Wolford coached 5 years as a head coach and has coached college ball for 20 years. Give a guy hired as ASSISTANT Offensive Line coach a chance. He’s low on the totem pole.

  128. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two college all star games today at 1pm PST
    East West Shrine Game on NFL Network
    NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on ESPN2
    Next week is the Senior Bowl

  129. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFLPA game has an ex-Niner parade of coaches of Mikes.
    Martz, Holmgren and Singletary are all coaching in this game.

  130. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Singletary is actually coaching in Eat-West Shrine Game.

  131. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With talk of our 9ers going to a 4-3 Defense, could there be any chance that Doug Marrone or, Jim Schwartz, would be a factor in our Coaching search?

  132. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Steve Young scrambles to stay alive

  133. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A couple of ILBs coming out in April might work for us in this proposed 4-3.
    Got a look at one of them today in the E/W Shrine game.

    Ben Heeney from KS. Kinda in the Borland mold, small but extremely active.

    The other, Erick Kendricks from UCLA would fit the same mold.

    Both guys are under-sized but tackle very well.

    If Baalke is proposing a 4-Man front, these smaller LBs could work?

  134. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Johnson from TN is a tackling machine as well.
    Little bigger too, 6’2″ 240.

    Have to start planning for life after NaVorro and Patrick.
    This year’s crop of LBs is fairly deep.
    DL also shows good depth.

  135. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There’s good, and there’s luck. And Seattle seems to have both. Russell Wilson has fumbled 12 times this season and not lost even one of them. The Seahawks two biggest challengers – the Niners and Cardinals – were both crippled teams when Seattle faced them.

  136. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I posted the video of Steve Young scrambling yesterday because he was elusive in the pocket and did what it took to prolong plays.
    For the older guys I’ll always remember a different type of QB, Roman Gabriel who was Kap’s size and it used to take multiple guys to bring him down. He would stand tall in the pocket and fend guys off like King Kong until he hit a WR like Jack Snow downfield.
    Kap is fast but not exactly elusive until he gets up to full speed and it takes him a few strides to get going. He needs to decide whether he’s Steve Young or Roman Gabriel. If he does run he needs to finish off his runs and take on those DBs that he outweighs by 50 lbs instead of stepping out of bounds to avoid getting hit.
    IMHO I think they have been too concerned he’s going to get hurt and I’d like to see him play more with reckless abandon.
    A couple of times it’s been frustrating when he didn’t sell out to get critical first downs. I’d say if you’re bigger than the tackler, try to steamroll him. Cutting it close on the sideline invites personal fouls for late hits.

  137. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Buck doing his best to play the shill for the Seahawks and take some of the fun out of watching Seattle take another home beat down. Still pretty good though.

  138. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    That GB fourth quarter collapse had so many WTFs in it that accrued to the Seahawks in their “miracle” comeback the question of outside influence is getting harder to ignore.

  139. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    SEA storming back in 4th and OT to (tie it) win on 35 yd TD pass. Yikes.

    Go Patriots!

  140. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I just saw the last 6 mins. or so. But what I saw SEA looked good.

    Refs on juice?

  141. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, if you saw the last six minutes you know what I’m talking about and it ain’t the zebras.

    GB up 19 to 7, fair catches on their own 13. Starks (the b/u) is in and runs twice for five or six yards total and then Rodgers throws one to the TE who isn’t looking for it. Complete lack of effort on the series. Wilson responds by throwing a good pass that bounces off Kearse and into the hands of the safety (IIRC) who then slides down untouched and unthreatened. The Packers then go with Lacey for three stuffs and punt the ball back to Seattle and then make no effort to tackle Lynch who they’ve kept corralled all day, making their effortless play on the last possession look good.

    The complete an unbelievable failure of defensive effort is only topped by the two-point conversion where they all went home early. Setting up, I guess, the dramatic FG tie to send the game to overtime.

    GB fought hard for the 19-7 lead on both sides of the ball and they were dominating without question. The head-up-the-ass play by GB’s offense and defense after the point I described is utterly inexplicable.

  142. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep NF GB went brain dead at the end and it cost them. Others have done that against SEA including us twice. Gotta stay on the ball for 60 minutes against Wilson, Lynch

  143. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NE playing a full 60 mins. will be key for them to knock SEA off in the SB. None of this 55 minutes and go to sleep crap.

    Go Patriots!

  144. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er I questioned the Pick and slide myself.
    All sorts of green grass ahead of you and you assume you’re going to ice the game with somewhere near 6mins to play?

    GB went TOO conservative throughout much of that game.
    They got what they deserved IMO.
    In a play-in game for all the marbles, you take some chances, BIG CHANCES, if you expect to survive.
    Especially on the road in hostile territory.

    They managed to take the 12s out of the 1st half, only to go into conservation mode and, ultimately tanked the game.

    Had to laugh a little too, regarding the debate I had with Spit, about Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix too.
    That kid wanted NO PARTS of taking on Marshawn in the hole on more than a few opportunities today.
    He’s a FS at best, not a SS who wants to support the run.

  145. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently Mike McCarthy calls his own plays so if you’re looking to can someone he’s your scapegoat.
    On the onside kick I believe the guy who tried to field the ball Bostick, was actually there to block Seahags but tried to field the kick unsuccessfully by muffing it. If he blocked Jordy Nelson was in position to field the bounce.

  146. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Shanahan hired as OC of Falcons before their HC is in place which indicates it’s Dan Quinn.
    Kubiak is close to being hired to coach Broncos and Fox is the head guy in Chicago.
    Looks like all that remains is the hiring of coordinators and staff for all the new coaches.

  147. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Way too conservative Bullit.
    GB had that game.
    Earl Thomas in a shoulder harness, Sherman clearly showing he couldn’t use his left arm.
    Run at them, force them to play maybe?

    If McCarthy was responsible for the play-calling, he certainly is wearing the horns for this one.

  148. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    CBS announced Denver’s hiring of Kubiak at the end of the Chokeo game.

  149. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if Kubiak’s hiring means another DC job for Wade Phillips?

  150. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Curious to see whether Gase will consider an OC job in SF?
    He’s obviously not getting a HC gig anytime soon.

  151. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, just in time for the SB media bombardment frenzy.

    The Swindler Bowl from Tempe.
    Pete-The-Cheat vs Belicheat –

  152. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Should say Glendale AZ not Tempe

  153. 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
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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
Spitblood: 0-17