Tour de Farce

Chip Kelly got a whirlwind tour of the 49ers’ dysfunctional front office last week. First, the 49ers went public with how excited they were to have Colin Kaepernick on the roster come April 1. Kaepernick’s agents then went public with Kap’s desires to be traded. Next, the 49ers leaked that two teams were interested in a trade for Kap. Followed immediately by both teams denying they have any interest in trading for him.

Welcome to the Funny Farm, Chip.

Actually, Chip probably wonders if he’s still in Philadelphia, where a dysfunctional front office was the norm, too. The GM there — Howie Roseman, a Trent Baalke look-alike — battled with Chip for control of the team and eventually won that battle, getting Kelly run out of town. This year, the Eagles will finish dead last in the NFC East and the owner will be calling Jed York for tips on how to eat humble pie.

Last year at this time, there was a lot of talk about a new up-tempo offense. That talk persisted the entire offseason and through the first game of the regular season. Three shellackings later, the up-tempo was never mentioned again.

That shouldn’t be a problem this year. Kelly’s offense is up-tempo in the extreme. There will be no snack or pee breaks between plays this year. Those will have to be scheduled while the defense is on the field, which should be quite often.

Every now and then, you see happy, enthusiastic Niner fans displayed on the 49er Twitter feed and I can’t help wondering, “Are these people terminally stupid or just incredibly shameless?”

It’s a mystery. Maybe the Yorks have more illegitimate children than previously suspected.

The Combine, and February, are mercifully done. Next week, the 2016 NFL year kicks off and the fun begins. Baalke has to fix the O-line before the Draft. Anything less will be considered yet another failure. Nothing like having your job on the line to bring out the best, or worst, in someone. Let’s see how our GM handles what surely is the most stressful period of his tenure.

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22 comments on “Tour de Farce
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Not sure if Treadwell wants being picked at #7. If Treadwell were in last years draft he might have been the 4th or 5th receiver picked.

    Still like Goff at 7th if he’s still there. Like his quick release and his understanding of playing the QB position.
    He has field vision and the ability to find the open receiver just like other great QBs.

    If he checks out close to 100% I would consider Myles Jack.

    Not sold on Buckner and I’m wary of taking two guys from the same defensive line in consecutive drafts at #1.

    If someone from #20 wants to move to #7 I’d consider making the trade if I could get their #1 and #2 from this year and a #2 from next year.

    With the traded 1st rd #20 pick I take Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia who will be a great edge speed rusher. Then with their own pick in 2nd rd I take Ryan Kelly Center Alabama and with the traded #2 pick acquired I take WR Will Fuller ND.

    Instead of settling for a pick you’re lukewarm on I think the combination of Floyd, Kelly and Fuller would be a good haul.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    In the late 5th round you take a chance on RB Keith Marshall from Georgia. He ran a 4.31 and would be worth the chance if he can overcome the knee injury. He came back and played 3 games after Chubb went down in Ga so it’s a matter of analysis of his injury and if he’s limited.

    Worth the risk with a supplemental 5th rd pick.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The CB from Samford James Bradberry probably has Baalke’s interest.
    he’s a tall corner at 6’1′ and ran a 4.5
    Think he projected around 5th rd

  4. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m relieved. It is this pungent comment from our fearless leader Sir Skeeber from the House of Skeebs that done it for me:

    “Every now and then, you see happy, enthusiastic Niner fans displayed on the 49er Twitter feed and I can’t help wondering, “Are these people terminally stupid or just incredibly shameless?”

    That’s the spirit. No risk of that dreaded hopefulness dysfunction so prominently displayed amongst the deluded. Yes it is true we have few of them Here anymore but yep there are plenty wandering realms of fandom out there. Well maybe NJ. And I am happy to report there has been NO relapse in my case. I’m sticking grimly to the 4-12 call until we get well into training camp.

    Skeebers you set a fine example for us all.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unfounded optimism leads to disappointment.
    This team is a shell of what it was 2 years ago.
    Signing “splash” free agents will only yield marginal improvement.
    Have to improve the core of the team to be competitive for playoffs. Too many holes to plug in the coming year.

    If Niners were playoff bound then you would spend $8 mil on Alex Mack but hindsight says that when the team is really ready to oompete Mack will be at the tail end of his career because Mack is already 30.
    They are not a player or two away so that mindset should be put on hold.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I’m too deep into my fandom to lose my mind at this point.
    The fear that I have, is that Jed is channeling his inner Jerruh.
    Meddling Owners do nothing but dig their franchises into holes.
    If Daddy and Paraag are tinkering with the pesos or, dictating practices related to personnel, we’re in for prolonged agony.

    I root for the guys wearing the helmets and pads.
    So long as they make the efforts to win games, I’m good with it.
    When those guys start mailing it in, it’s time to find another hobby.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW – Has anyone heard from NoFear49er?
    Been AWOL for quite some time now.
    Smoke signal maybe NoFear49er?
    Hope all is good my friend….

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some nostalgia from the beginning of happier days

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The SI article shows Wade Phillips took a page out of Bill Walsh’s book to throw something new at the opponent during the playoffs.

    this year Phillips came up with defenses to confound the Pats and then the Panthers adding wrinkles that their opponents didn’t prepare for. That tipped the scales in the Bronco’s favor.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dianna Russini reports Staley redid his contract recently

    “49ers redid OT Joe Staley’s contract, creating cap room turning 4 million of his 5.4 base into a signing bonus per source.”

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    He really has turned out to be a good Joe afterall. I guess that’s where the bean counters earn their bacon.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting takes on Goff in this article.

    This is a remarkable fact about Goff
    “He never threw a red-zone interception in his career.”

    The knocks on Goff have been his thin physical frame and small hands. In hindsight if that were the case the Niners wouldn’t have a guy named Montana who also didn’t have the ideal physical attributes.

    The big debate of the past decade has been what might have been if the Niners had taken Aaron Rodgers instead of Alex Smith.
    IIRC Rodgers wanted to be a 49er (having grown up as a NIner fan but it also could be he wanted to be the top pick in the draft) Goff has also reiterated he has grown up as a Niner fan.

    If he is there at 7 I believe they have to take Goff based on history.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cowgurl’s owner Jones says they will not take a QB at #4.
    Browns seem to favor Wentz at #2. Still other teams can leap frog Niners by trading up.
    If Goff is still on the board at & it’s a no brainer.

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see we brought back shaun draughn.
    Baalke seems to like Connor Cook. I wonder if we might grab him in 2

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I totally agree. Goff is the best chance we have at the moment of getting out of this mess and of having a QB for the future.

  16. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Unfounded optimism leads to disappointment.
    This team is a shell of what it was 2 years ago.” Zactly Bullit. That’s a wise position you take. Yeah I could afford getting pumped when we contended for Super Bowls and such. Screaming for the Hendrix crew to pull it off…but now there must be firm resolve to avoid hopefulness because, well we ARE a shell of the contenders we used to be. I suppose all that cap space, and the Kap space we’re soon to realize will be a plus….but Damnit, there’s that hope addiction again.

    Actually NJ your assessments are pretty realistic so you know I’m just kidding. As for NoFear I dunno..Hallou NF, you there?

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Gase now HC of Miami Dolphins, thanks again Jed.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The End is Near for Flawed QB’S Griffin and Kaepernick, wrote Andy Benoit in mmqb. He doubts either can attain ten wins before they are out of football.

  19. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tom I won’t bet against your “10 wins won’t happen” quote as you pretty much called the decline of Kap right on the money. I’m betting any wins he may have in his future won’t be in SC however. Kap is heading for a new home address and a substantial pay cut

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pre-Draft visits from Walter Football –

    San Francisco 49ers

    Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon (COM)
    Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (COM)
    Parker Ehinger, G, Cincinnati (EW)
    D.J. Foster, WR/RB, Arizona State (SR)
    Jared Goff, QB, California (COM)
    Shaq Lawson, DE/3-4OLB, Clemson (COM)
    Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (COM)
    Keanu Neal, S, Florida (COM)
    Dadi Lhomme Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech (COM)
    Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State (COM)
    Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (COM)

    SR – Senior Bowl meeting.
    EW – East-West Shrine meeting.
    COM – Combine meeting.
    INT – Interested.
    VINT – Very Interested.
    PRO – Pro Day or campus meeting/workout.
    LOC – Local visit.
    PRI – Private visit.
    WOR – Private Workout.

  21. 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