The Suck Pit

Embarking on Day Three of Coping With Tragedy. Shock, denial, anger, grief, acceptance. Blah, blah, blah. This sucks.

Holy banana peels! How could we not get that ball into the stinking end zone? Then again, why not? We beat ourselves the whole game, it was fitting to beat ourselves at the end, too.

With 15 seconds gone in the second half, the 49ers trailed 28-6. That is flat out embarrassing. How could a team have two whole weeks to prepare for the bigggest game of their lives and come out and flop like that?

The Jim Harbaugh, Greg Roman, Vic Fangio triumverate of excellence took a big credibility hit in the Super Bowl. The team wasn’t ready for this game and neither was the coaching staff.

Since doubt is cirulating through the room, it’s hard not to sprinkle some on Trent Baalke, too. His entire 2012 draft produced almost nothing during the season. LaMichael James looks like a keeper and made some sparkling plays, but first rounder AJ Jenkins managed to go squat for the year. That is hard to do. No one else looks like anything more than maybe decent backup material.

The team has a lot of picks for the 2013 draft, but mostly in the lower rounds. You can’t move up very far in the first or second round with low round picks. We’ll be drafting next to last in every round, meaning we essentially don’t have a first round pick. Meaning we are unlikely to get an immediate impact player from this draft, either.

The 49ers are as good as any team in the NFL, and they’re set to be contenders for a long time.

But they’re not head and shoulders above everyone, as we just painfully witnessed, so getting back to the Super Bowl is no given. In fact, winning the NFC West again next year is no given, either. Because the Seahawks are also set to be contenders for a long time, and look every bit as formidable, if not more so, than the 49ers. Home field advantage for Seattle is practically a free ticket to the SB.

The 49er offense seems to be in good shape. If Baalke can get a speedy WR to replace washed up asshole Randy Moss, the team could be a scoring machine next year.

But, as everyone has noticed, the defense has issues. When Justin Smith got hurt, the whole pro bowl shebang became ordinary to awful. That’s a frightening amount of dependence on one player. During our stay at the top of the draft boards, where the super premium players reside, not once did the 49ers draft a stud D-lineman. They got pass rusher Aldon Smith in 2011, which was great, but no beef boys.

It looks like we’re going to have to hope that somebody will step up next year, like Ray McDonald and Ricky Jean-Francois eventually did, from the likes of Demarcus Dobbs, Ian Williams, and Will Tukuafu. Because the 2013 draft looks like another one that will be devoted to developmental players. It’s a critical year for Baalke. He’s got to find some hidden talent this year.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The missing ingredient to the offense is the genuine deep threat that can catch and opposing defenses have to account for.
    That would just open everything up
    for both the running and the intermediate passing game.
    If the goal is to get Gore and Justin Smith a ring then spending on a free agent such as Mike Wallace would be necessary and solve the problem.
    CK can throw deep but he needs someone that can get open for those deep shots.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It makes sense to have a vertical target for Kap going forward. Only question with Wallace is cost and cap; if he does not fit then we draft and develop. We also need to work on some big-bodied Red Zone targets. A more traditional TE of even medium skills like Pitta will probably be more productive at the goal line than a deep guy like VD. That should be available in the lower rounds. A bigger WR in the mix would be nice too.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think your first 4 draft picks have to be defense. With Kap we can score and manufacture offense. But on defense, as Walsh always said, there is only so much you can scheme: you need players. We also have to begin considering Life After Justin. A NT, a DE, a CB and a S would do nicely. Then an OLB pass rusher from a small school later. Other picks that remain after trades and such, throw at WR, TE, maybe a RB and a developmental QB.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and of course, we need a kicker. Akers lost his confidence this year, can’t count on him finding it again.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You cannot count on Manningham being ready to go in 7 months.
    At the Super Bowl Mario was still on crutches.
    His injury is a lot worse than Kyle Williams knee injury.
    Manningham tore the ACL and PCL in his left knee.
    Manningham’s 2013 contract is $3.5 mil plus but it is not guaranteed. There is the possibility of giving him an injury settlement and cutting him if he can’t play.
    Considering Fitzgerald and Vincent Jackson are around the $13mil per year salary and DHB makes $8.5mil a year I would pay
    Mike Wallace the $10 mil/year he was asking for because that is the going rate.
    It becomes critical if Manningham is not 100%.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Amendola is an UFA.
    Make him an offer and you solve the slot receiver problem and you also get a very good punt returner replacing Ginn.
    Of all the regular Niner opponents
    he’s the peskiest WR (yes more than Cruz) and you gain by taking him away from the Rams and not having to face him twice a year.
    He’s played with Crabtree as they were teammates at Texas Tech.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Only thing about Amendola is he also has injury issues which requires you to evaluate his health before anything can get signed.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Gnats just waived Ahmad Bradshaw so Jacobs might have a chance with them

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lost in all the pissing and moaning about the early lead is that the fumble by LMJ was huge. The Niners were poised to take the lead. Instead they go down 14-3. Balt isn’t a bad team. They took advantage.
    The 2nd half? Well, the mugging of Miller on the KO return helped. Miller’s the guy up the middle, and he was held. Since the other guys were in their lanes, well, he got through.
    IMO this officiating was worse than the Seattle/Pittburgh Super Bowl. And that’s saying something.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Terrible news for Delanie Walker. His aunt and uncle were killed by a drivk driver on their way home from the Super Bowl.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:


    horrible , horrible news

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit another guy that would likely work for us in the mid to late Rds at WR is Marquess Wilson from Washington St.
    He had the infamous falling out with HC Mike Leach, he of the Crabtree TTech connection.
    Kid had monster numbers prior to departing the team too.
    He’s 6’4″ and thin but, has plenty of game and a frame to handle added bulk.
    Another plus, previous Washington St Coach Paul Wulff is on our Staff as well.
    As mentioned, Amendola is a consideration, however, he’s fragile and, doesn’t stay on the Field with any consistency.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been data mining and looking at options for our DLine ad nauseum.
    I’d consider taking a chance with one of the Wide Bodies early, just to have that individual available in a 2 down capacity vs the Run.
    Hankins and Jenkins could be options at 31, along with Jesse Williams.
    I think the game is going to be more about Nickel pkgs however.
    Perhaps the plan would be to have more DE-type rotational options that are sure tacklers going forward?
    We have Tony Jerod-Eddie, a huge DE-type, possibly a 5T already on the roster too.
    I’d consider loading up on DL rotational guys in the Mid Rds.
    Beefing up the LB level and getting Willis and Bowman some rest could also make sense.
    There are plenty of options in that group too.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For me, I’d look at a CB/FS with 1 of the 1st 2 Picks.
    FA will certainly be a factor too.
    Getting a 2, possibly a 3 for Alex would be huge.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I kinda thought Larry Grant was there for breathers, but it sure looked like the Niners didn’t do nearly the amount of rotations than they did last year. Haralson? Any word on his recovery?

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    IMO we played flat Chuck.
    We looked tired and ill prepared.
    Starting from the 1 effn play of the game covering up the TE and negating an easy pitch and catch for a 1st down.
    Geez what an atrocious effort.
    I have a standing joke over here when Teams or players look so out of character.
    “Someone’s Family was locked in a shipping container”.
    To hear Vernon say “it wasn’t our time (or turn)” just makes me think of the Godfather or any other Vito Corleone-type you care to mention.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    1=1st play of the game, sorry.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The stats say Sopoanga only played 31% of the snaps because the NFL has gone away from 2 receiver formations making a nickel or dime defense what’s on the field the majority of the time taking the NT out.
    With that being said it makes drafting a NT a lesser priority
    if you have a serviceable player only on the field 3 out 10 plays.
    Still think Keeping SOP or developing Ian Williams or Jerod-Eddie will do the job.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I understand what you are saying but I strongly disagree. A team that can run the ball will do so instead of passing. They will then use the clock and limit the other teams oppoertunities. A NT can play 3 technique on first down and any other run downs for nickel. This makes the case stronger for a reun plugger since the need to stop the run with less front line personnel is paramount. I think teams play that D wrong a lot. On the play where Flacco threw a 56 yard TD, no one stopped him from stepping up into the front of the pocket. If a NT were holding that spot that play would not have occurred. That 7 points was the difference in the game. Since I am a huge proponent of a good D-line rotation, a run stuffing NT, or two, should be part of that equation. Outside of Sope, we don’t have any other NTs proficient at run plugging up the middle. Just look at how poor our ability to stuff the run was for about 4 or 5 games when Sope hurt his knee.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio is caddying for Harbaugh at Pebble this week. Kiss of death. Wonder who our next DC will be?

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Drafting 31st we’re going to have to take a BPA attitude within our primary needs. If a player at one of our targeted positions is there, you’ve got to take him, regardless of how you stack your needs. Be nice if it broke CB-DE-NT-S but the board will dictate to us on the day of the draft. Just do your scouting, get the best talent you can, and hope for a little luck, too.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, the Niners could trade 5 picks to get a better 1 and still have 10 picks.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Harbaugh has his episodes on the sidelines he’s just following the example of another Stanford alum.

    The King of Tantrums and Mr Spoiled Brat…

    Same style, same type of personality and yet top of profession success

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Raiduhs are shrinking their stadium to seat 55,000 to prevent TV blackouts. They are also reducing their ticket prices.
    So for the A’s and the Raiduhs they will tarp off the seats on the 3rd deck.
    Unless the Raiduhs agree to share Santa Clara with the Niners their stay in the Bay Area is unsustainable.

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    With the SB being such a bitter disappoint I find that I cannot dwell to long on it. This one just gets shelved along with the Craig fumble and the handful of other self imploding games. However, I am already looking forward to a true rivalry between us and the Seawads and fully expect to see ole Petey take it up the shorts.

  26. robNo Gravatar says:


    our players are pissed and determined to win it all !

    i like our chances !

  27. robNo Gravatar says:


    before we turn to what comes next , it’s important to remember one thing !

    WE WERE …

    one special teams breakdown/TD away from being superbowl champs !

    one second (on the delay of game on the last series )imho, away from being superbowl champs!

    one non-mugging-call on the last play away from being superbowl champs !

    having said that imho finding the next frank gore and justin smith should be as high on our to do list as anything else !

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    SO …

    imo we go after WR , D-LINE , RB and CB in both the draft and free agency !

  29. robNo Gravatar says:


    #1 WR
    #2 D-LINE
    #3 CB
    #4 RB

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Ginn is gone so the question is do you bring in another specialist?
    Two of the best are soon to be available as Hester is going to get cut and Josh Cribbs is a UFA.
    They are 2 of the most feared reyurn men in the NFL.
    Hester was due to make $3 mil this coming year and just wants to be a return guy. Ginn made $1.4 mil in 2012.
    The Niners can attract elite players like this being a Super Bowl contender.

    Here is a list of 2013 Cap hits for the roster

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Special teams gaffs have done us in two straight years.

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    HERE’S part one !


    keenan lewis CB pissburgh


    rd. 2 jesse williams NT alabama !

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    ANYBODY got a good WR for rd. one and a RB later on ?

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    we’re going to get number six !!!

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree was was miked up for the Super Bowl.
    Some good stuff here. Different angle of the 4th down play showing clearly he was fouled.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some milestone dates coming up courtesy of Fox Sports

    March 9-11 • Teams can negotiate with unrestricted free agents

    March 12 • 4 p.m. EST deadline for clubs to exercise options on all players with option clauses
    • Clubs must submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents by 4 p.m. EST
    • Clubs must submit minimum salary offer by 4 p.m. EST to players with less than three seasons of free agency credit and expiring 2012 contracts
    • All 2012 player contracts expire at 4 p.m. EST
    • Top 51 begins: All clubs must be under salary cap by 4 p.m. EST
    • 2013 League year and free agency period begins at 4 p.m. EST
    • Trading period begins at 4 p.m. EST

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I got to see the re-air of the game the other day also.
    Not going to cry about the officiating since it is what it was, a joke.
    What is comical however, was Ray Lewis calling Vernon a joke.
    It’s almost, ALMOST, worth the loss just to get rid of that overrated POS.
    What was a glaring problem for us was defending the deep middle.
    Whitner is too short and rarely in position to defend the Post.
    Culliver might make sense at FS.
    Perhaps having him deeper will keep him from getting double moved and turned around too much.
    For me, we need to look for better pass defening Safeties.
    I saw that we have taken care of securing a huge DT and 5 others with Future Contracts.
    Lamar Divens was on the PS late in December and, has been retained.
    6’3″ 340 is some serious beef.
    Perhaps this opens the conversation for prioritizing a DB as the early Draft favorite?

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Divens has traveled around a bit.
    He played in Baltimore, TN and SD.
    A NT is one of those positions that is hard to qualify, just like a WR.
    Ice was a 4th Rd pick.
    Perhaps the answer is to look for the skill position guys earlier and seek the development angle for the DL rotation?
    Aldon needs a bookend.
    I like Jesse Williams, extremely strong kid but still raw in terms of football experience.
    Baalke will have a plan.
    As several have eluded to, moving up or back, is something Baalke has shown to be very creative with.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m beginning to wonder how viable it would be to part ways with JGoodwin too.
    If we have a shot at Barrett Jones I wouldn’t be disappointed.
    For me, an extra 2 is the perfect solution.
    Pick 31 is, for all intents and purposes, a 2nd Rd Pick.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One guy that could hit the FA market is FS Jairus Byrd from Buffalo.
    I’d pay attention to his asking price when the time comes.
    Philly has a boatload of Cap Money to play with and, they are desparate for a S.
    Goldson isn’t a slam dunk for us if he continues to seek the large Contract money.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was watching the Showtime Inside the NFL recap of the Super Bowl and it is excellent using NFL Films footage with players and coaches miked.
    What John Harbaugh was going crazy about during the blackout had to do with the headsets.
    The Niner headsets were out because of the power outage and the NFL was going to turn the Raven’s communications off too.
    John Harbaugh wanted to know from the NFL if they did that would they give him enough time to have his coaches come down from the pressbox. The NFL official wouldn’t commit to anything so John Harbaugh became agitated at the lack of info.
    Like I said the Showtime program was well worth watching.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Alex Smith is traded or waived you need a QB that can run the read option like CK.
    Why not Vince Young? He’s looking to get back with a team and his asking price would be backup scale.
    One thing I do know, Vince Young can run the read option. You just have to look at the two Rose Bowls where he ran it to perfection beating Michigan and U$C.
    One thing Harbaugh has to consider is your backup better be able to run 2/3 of the plays CK runs or else the entire offense will be dummied down in case CK gets injured.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Bullit.
    Ray Lewis was my target from the get go, I really would have liked to see LMJ featured more against him too.
    Middle screens could’ve been leathal.
    Vernon punked Lewis early and often, as did Crabtree.
    Ray calling Vernon a joke, was The Joke.
    Ray was playing on reputation, he was strictly a plugger.
    Can’t run or cover worth a damn.
    We need AJ and Colin to become as automatic as Colin and Crabtree are now.
    I don’t think we look for a WR too high in April but, we certainly have concerns for the injuries/recoveries to Kyle and Mario.
    Of the group we extended with Future Contracts, WR Ricardo Lockette is among them.
    Very possible WR Chad Hall or Kyle could assume the PR duties for Ginn too.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Vince Young is interesting.
    Physically he’s got it, it’s the space between his ears that warrant concern.
    Too many bad decisions that killed drives have haunted him.
    May also have Josh Johnson to consider if Tolzien doesn’t stick.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzein woukld be a viable backup if Alex Smith were your starting QB.
    If the pistol and the read option
    are part of your base offense then he’s a poor fit.
    At Wiconsin he ran the ball 88 times for minus 9 yards.
    Vince Young has talent and his problem was maturity after losing his job with the Titans. He’s used to being “the guy” and when he was benched he didn’t handle it well.
    If he embraces the role he would be the perfect backup for CK.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt Bullit, he’s a solid fit athletically.
    See how it shakes out in April, if not sooner.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Vince Young had to be talked out of suicide. No thanks. I’d rather have Josh Johnson.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Combine Invite list is out.
    I believe the total was 334.
    DE David Bass will be there.
    As will WR Marquess Wilson.
    Many of the guys I’ve been reading about will participate.
    I want to see several of the lesser publicized TEs after Ertz and Eifert.
    If we were to lose Delanie, I’m interested in guys like Escobar,McDonald and Fauria among others.
    Great number of guys at all the positions we’d likely be shopping in.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    2 good DEs from LSU invited too.
    Lavar Edwards and Sam Montgomery.
    Auburn DE Corey Lemonier also.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

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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
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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
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Grumpy: 13-4
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Skeebers: 14-3
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Rob: 17-0
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