Tough Guys Don’t Dance

Anquan Boldin has been impressive in the OTA practices. A couple of the beat guys even said he looked like a true number one receiver. In seven years with the Cardinals and three with the Ravens, however, he was never the numero uno guy. In fact, he’s actually a tad slower than rookie TE Vance McDonald, who is considered a tad slow himself.

The secret to Boldin’s success is simple: he outmuscles the DB for the ball. With a fast WR, the DB can get help from the safety or the team can double cover him. But nobody’s going to double cover a slow WR. So Boldin is always covered by one DB, who can cover him good or bad, but still get beat for the ball. The 49ers tried to psyche him out in the Super Bowl by not covering him at all on a TD pass, but he managed to catch it anyway.

The 49ers have gotten superior QB play the past two years for pocket change QB money. This will be the last year they get away with that. They’ll have to sign Colin Kaepernick to a big contract next offseason or see him walk away after the 2014 season. That will probably bump some high salaried old timers off the team — like Frank Gore and Justin Smith.

LaMichael James added ten pounds over the winter and says he’s now much more explosive. Not sure how he would be able to measure that, but whatever. All an extra ten pounds ever did for me was make me loosen my belt a notch.

AJ Jenkins added ten pounds, too. This should make him wider when he’s wide open.

This should be a fun season to keep track of ex-49ers around the league. In the past, ex-49ers were marginal guys that were hard to keep track of while they were on the team, let alone after they were gone. Or a guy like David Baas, who didn’t endear himself to anyone during his tenure here. But this year, we’ve got some long time Niners out there, guys we liked, either trying to extend their careers or prove they are starter quality fellows. Isaac Sopoaga, Delanie Walker, Ricky Jean-Francois, Alex Smith, and Dashon Goldson, who’s trying to prove he’s got more money than you.

Everyone in the world is checking in with their advice to Michael Crabtree regarding his rehab from a broken Achilles tendon. Here’s the Outsider advice, Michael: don’t dance.

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54 comments on “Tough Guys Don’t Dance
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Did you catch this from Skeebers new write:
    “AJ Jenkins added ten pounds, too. This should make him wider when he’s wide open.”
    Did you ever notice how open he was in college!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We should be fine at WR. We drafted a 270lb slot receiver who is slow but makes up for it by dropping passes.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Be the first on your block to own a shirt from the Jim Harbaugh collection of Tshirtwear.
    There are limits to being a Niner fan and this jumps the shark.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin fits in with this team because he is a tough guy. We pretty much stopped being a finesse(sp)team a long time ago. Just ask Singletary and Nolan and whoever. I think our offense will be a good unit and be plenty above average. It’s our defense that will really have to step up.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It begins and ends with the pass rush. I’m pretty sure our run stopping will be up to snuff. We NEED a more consistent pass rush. Esp late in games. The league as a whole is abandoning the run. The Niners and Seattle excepted. There will be more of this run option popping up, but there are still a ton of drop-back QBs out there. So the need for a strong pass rush is imperative. As we all have said, a strong pass rush makes the DBs look like geniuses. A strong pass rush leads to turnovers.

    Brees, both Mannings, Rodgers, Flynn, Flacco, Brady, Bradford, Stafford, most of the top guys are stil ‘traditional’ QBs. The new guard of Kappy, Wilson, RG III, and Newton is on their way, but the change will be over the next few years. What this means is a lot more rotating D limemen to keep their legs fresh late in games, faster interior guys who aren’t the ‘plug-in-the-middle’ types.

    Which is what we drafted (and FAed) for.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody remind me what a defensive line rotation is for. I must’ve forgotten since it’s been so long since I’ve seen it.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lattimore finally signed a contract.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Which Lattimore? The one that was ringside watching Elmer and Daffy box? Come to think of it. There was something very screwy about that fight. And the dog’s name wasn’t Lattimore in the first place. Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself at the 4:50 mark.
    For one to member an obscure Lattimore reference from an obscure, and not so often shown cartoon, one must have watched many a Looney Tunes back in the day. Or still does. Must likely both.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I think I’m going to start calling A.J. Jenkins “Lucas.” The late Corey Haim (38 of pneumonia) played the title character in 1986 movie. “Throw it to, Lucas! He’s open!” Too bad there’s not a video available. But if you’ve seen “Lucas,” you know whether he catches the ball or not. Hint: Lucas pulls an A.J.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Did you ever notice how open AJ Jenkins was in college?

  11. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Outside linebackers are so fast and hit so hard these days that outside runs are a real gamble.
    The league knows that the passing game makes great TV, which is why they keep changing the rules to make it easier.
    Now we have the Kappy and RG era until they get hurt running.
    Then the league will switch back to Vince Lombardi football (The D coordinator along with Tom Landry the O coordinator on the ’50s Browns).
    Everything goes in cycles.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody still lives in Fantasyland.
    The usual slew of factual errors.
    Lombardi was never a Defensive Coordinator and Landry was never an Offensive Coordinator. And both never coached for the ’50s Browns.
    Par for the course when you post make believe.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would also say that the Niners
    had an equal amount of big yardage plays when they attacked the edges and outside runs are a big part of their playbook.
    When they stack the box you make them pay by attacking the edge.
    Some sack specialists cannot defend the run and that’s why they are not 3 down players.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Mangini officially hired today as senior offensive consultant.

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    His title doesn’t sound right. Mangini is a defensive guy. It would be like appointing Rob the Duke of Periods. It just doesn’t jive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Mangini was NT in college.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A little conspiracy theory behind Mangini’s hiring according to Sando. Just a theory but if it came to pass then Berger was right about the rotation.

    “Mangini has ties to prominent people in the 49ers organization, including general manager Trent Baalke and special-teams coach Brad Seely. And if you’ve been paying attention to the 49ers this offseason, you know Baalke cited “philosophical” reasons for the team using a small rotation along its defensive line. Perhaps the comment was innocent. For me, it recalled Fangio’s tenure as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts in the early 2000s. Back then, the Colts were going with younger, less accomplished players on defense. Fangio was known to favor veterans such as the ones San Francisco has used extensively on its defensive line. Bill Polian, then the Colts’ president, fired coach Jim Mora when Mora refused to fire Fangio.

    I’m not saying the 49ers are plotting to replace Fangio with Mangini. I do think it’s worth considering the history and potential implications associated with adding a high-profile defensive coach when there is already an established defensive coordinator on staff at a time when teams increasingly must win with younger players.”

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It would be nice to have a healthy defensive line at the end of the regular season. Both of the last two years our D-line has been a bunch of walking wounded toughing it out in the play-offs.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Fangio did caddie for Harbaugh at this year’s Pebble Beach tourney. We all know what happened to Alex after he caddied.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    He panicked, then rolled right into the woods and threw his clubs OB.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree just tweeted that he thinks it’s funny that Burger King now delivers. Like he’s in a position to go traveling. A Whopper and fries will be showing up at his doorstep in no time.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And before any of you ask, the answer is no.
    But I do have their to go menu at the ready.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio;s defenses statistically slip the longer he hangs around. Maybe the Niners are going to try and avoid that trend.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I suspect replacing Fangio will be a hell of a lot easier than replacing Justin Smith. And finding Justin’s successor is probably more critical to maintaining our defensive mojo.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio already said he is going to rotate the line more next year. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  26. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Better check your facts, BS.
    Vince Lombardi was the D coordinator of the multiple Championship Cleveland Browns under Paul Brown.
    Landry was the O coordinator.
    As I’ve written often, you’re so full of Sheist you don’t know your panties from your cap.

  27. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I will personally apologize to you BS.
    Lombardi was the OC, it was the New York Giants, and Tom Landry was the DC.
    Between the two of them, they combined for more Champs than I remember.
    Landry was in the Army Air Corps, probably trained by my uncle, so I plead literary license on this one.
    Internet is intermittent here; that’s OK, but it’s hard to fact check memory.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for confirming who the poster that’s full of BS is.
    Normally you just go away for a few weeks when you spin a fairy tale and continually embarrass yourself.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When the Niners came back in the Super Bowl they did so by attacking the edges and flanks of the Raven defense.
    Gore’s TD run was down the right sideline.
    CK’s TD scamper was down the left side.
    Gore’s 33 yard run on the last drive was also down the left side.
    My point is that a good offensive strategy is to attack the entire field and execute at the point of attack. When a team stacks and overplays a scheme you make them pay.
    Offense should dictate and force the defense to make adjustments and then your OC makes them pay for making the adjustment.
    Not being predictable and keeping
    the defense on their heels should be one of your main goals.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, who you kidding. Every poster here is full of BS. It’s just a matter of degree and frequency. Me? I try to keep the bullshit thermometer as red as possible at all times.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our running game was helped immensely in the 4th quarter of the SB by Haloti Ngata being sidelined. We were not running so well with him in the game.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    There is BS and then there is the
    I was a champion athlete on the playground 30 years ago and you weren’t.
    It’s pathetic to brag about ancient personal accomplishments
    on a blog especially when you start embellishing.
    Just won’t let the troll bait me into the mine is bigger than yours pissing contest.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The assertion was made that outside runs were a gamble so that leaves the SCO as the alternative.
    If you don’t threaten the whole field in your gameplan then you are a crappy OC.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ngata getting hurt was a big factor but they started running to the outside with great success in the SB later in the game.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Being behind late in the game is always good for the running game, too.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously. Do you guys have to keep bringing up the Super Bowl? I’ve done everything in my power to try and remove that god forsaken day from my memory bank. Make it go away.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If you guys ever want to make me go away, have us lose the Super Bowl again this year. I’ll be goddamn if I stick around long enough to see the Niners become the Buffalo Bills II.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, you have a choice. Either the Niners can lose the next three Super Bowls or go 0-48. It’s not even an option. Hello, Jimmy Johnson and the Lowe’s Chevy (0 fer) 48 team.

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie with an “ie,” i.e. That’s pretty damn clever right there if I do say so myself.

  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    What’s the latest news on Crabtree

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like he might be ordering Burger King and having it delivered!

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Good chance in a year or two that Alex Smith will be the delivery guy.
    Even better chance Alex will fumble Crabtree’s fries, have 15’s Whopper with cheese intercepted by Ronald McDonald at an intersection and have to burn a TO because he forgot the directions to Crabtree’s crib.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Any of you guys ever work at a “fast foods” joint when you were younger? I never flipped any burgers, but I did deliver pizzas for Domino’s back when I was at Salesians. Good ol’ Don Bosco. Anywho, my Gram (God rest her soul), bought me a 1984 Pontiac Firebird back when I was in high school at Salesian. So that “Knight Rider” car was my delivery vehicle for those Domino’s pizzas.
    Many a times when I was at the door the customer would see my car, with the triangular Domino’s sign atop it and say, “Nice car. You must be doing pretty well for yourself.” I’d shrug nonchalantly. Then they’d proceed to stiff me with the tip. K.I.T.T. and David Hasselhoff Jewed me out of a carload of gratuity.

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Looking gift horses in the mouth, damning your good fortune, and throwing in a little racism to boot.
    Stay classy, Dennis.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I see Denny is still having flashbacks and dreaming of Alex Smith. You miss the guy and your life is empty without him!

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If you haven’t watch this week’s Game of Thrones yet I suggest you
    you find a comfortable and sturdy chair. Wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself falling out of your chair.
    Damn Ned Stark has a lot of company tonight.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I can see that Del misses Alex! He’s the only one still talking about him. Most of us will take up the Alex subject in Sept when we root for him to win 8 games. Del has him on his mind now!

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I believe that’s now twice this week you’ve told me to “stay classy.” What in the name of Sam Hill do you know about class?
    We are all murderers and prostitutes – no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
    —R. D. Laing
    Laing had four daughters and six sons by four different women. Moral of the story? Practice what you preach.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, WTF happened? The Starks are dropping like flies. That’s a shame, I liked Robb. But the one Stark that you, I and all of Westeros should fear is still standing — Arya. That little girl is one tough cookie. Pair her up with The Khaleesi, and there would be no stopping ’em. The Khaleesi and Arya Stark. Now that would be a Presidential ticket that would have me running to the voting booth to pull the lever.
    But what do I get in their stead? Hillary Clinton. You can pull alright. I’m the clay pigeon. Shoot me now.

  50. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Great, BS.
    My point was that I have played and played under Championship Coaches.
    Now I just hike when I get the chance.
    You’re just a windbag.

  51. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Now to the personal attacks.
    If you are so fascinated by attacking me, then explain this:

    Didn’t you write on this very blog that you were happily married with family?

    Why then do you post all day copying from ESPN?

    You’re ruining Skeebs’ blog with your ad hominem assaults, or do I have to explain the term to you?

    All I’m interested in is football and athletics in general.

    You should try some time for the first time.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Again you live in the make believe world.
    I am sorry that a loser such as yourself doesn’t have a wife or a family or can’t grasp the concept. It’s called being normal.
    Sorry troll won’t get drawn into your pissing contest.

  53. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Good one Bullit.
    You insist on being a troll and an offensive one at that.
    I just got done with a hailstorm and now a torrential rainstorm that knocked out the Internet.
    It’s going to be absolutely beautiful up in the mountains this summer.
    Isn’t loser a 2nd grade term?
    Improve your vocabulary.
    Read a book.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17