Trivial Pursuits

The AFC SB contestants are a never ending parade of Peyton Manning teams, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger, with a one year fluke appearances by Joe Flacco, Trent Dilfer, and Rich Gannon. Going on 16 years now. Just those 3.03 guys, representing just six franchises.

The NFC likes to spread the wealth around. Kurt Warner, Kerry Collins, Brad Johnson, Jake Delhomme, Donovan McNabb, Matt Hasselbeck, Rex Grossman, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Colin Kapernick, Russell Wilson, and now Cam Newton. Thirteen different guys, representing eleven different franchises. The only NFC franchises not to make a trip to the SB this century are the Vikings, Lions, Redskins, Falcons, and Cowboys.

The NFC West is the only division in the entire NFL to have all of its teams get to the SB this century. Five trips, with only one title to show for it.

And that concludes our Super Bowl coverage for 2015. Now back to our local affiliate, the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s generally considered that Jed York hired Chip Kelly out of desperation. York needed a big name after the Jim Tomsula fiasco and Kelly was just about the only one out there. This is good. Left to his own devices, York rarely makes good decisions. When cornered, though, he leaps into any lifeboat available, like the villain in The Titanic.

That’s how we got Jim Harbaugh, and maybe Kelly can provide some magic, too. At the very least, he’ll be more than interesting. After a year of Tomsula et al, that is probably all we can expect for now.

Besides, this year is not about the HC. It’s all about the GM, Trent Baalke. York and Baalke have managed, for now, to place all the blame for last year on Tomsula and his laughable staff. But these two hired Tomsula after coming to the conclusion that Harbaugh was not so much a great coach, but just a guy who had a great record. We can imagine that neither of them was sitting over a bowl of peyote when they deduced this gargantuan idiocy, which leaves us with nothing to imagine except York and Baalke are just plain stupid.

At any rate, if 2016 doesn’t pan out, it might be Baalke who finally gets the blame and the axe. This would really put York out of his comfort zone, forcing him to bring in a bona fide GM, and not just a brown nosing bum sliding into the vacuum left when Scot McCloughan was fired. And that is probably the best thing to hope for. An uncomfortable York, surrounded by guys who know football, might be just the ticket for inducing him to finally get his meddling butt out of that end of the business.

Or York could just flounder around ineptly forever. But, hey, I’m trying to restart the fan engine here. Some willing suspension of disbelief should certainly be forgivable.

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151 comments on “Trivial Pursuits
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Reading comments at Cohn there is some sanity in the DC hire. O’Neil via his NYJ stint has lots of great experience with results with top rated secondaries.

    Analogous to Peyton Manning and Colts D strategy. O puts lots of points on the board and opponent has to resort to the pass right away. Pass rush and pressure is top priority. That is where O’Neil excels.

    Maybe they go back to standard run fits for the front 7. We have more experience with 3-4 than Cleveland so maybe we can take the more complicated approach that worked with Ravens, Jets, and Bills.

    Imperative that we get top talent for pass rush now.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Azzinaro has 4-3 experience from Eagles so could see a lot of both 3-4 and 4-3 Under and hybrids of them. I believe that is used by Rivera at Carolina. Looks can be changed play to play to fool the offense.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Ya gotta just hope that Yorkie is actually trying this time. I don’t expect a whole lot from the team this year but we should get a fairly good view of things to come pretty soon. It’s Baalke that scares me at this point. As far as the draft if Goff is there at #7 I would take him. If not, I would bolster both lines with the BPA with the first few rounds.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of direction to spend the ammunition. Denver can keep Von Miller, Malik Jackson, and … by releasing Peyton. That is the smart move, and that’s what Elway does.

    Expectations are low for FA. We are the current niners and have to overpay. That may not be enough.

    Have lots of picks, in the 4th, 5th, and 6th. If FA is lackluster and some stars are gone before #7, a trade down for another 2nd is there.

    Reality meets optimism. TB needs to start hitting on all high picks.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Browns are said to favor Wentz and Lynch at #2 and not Goff.

    If Goff is there at #7 will the Niners pull the trigger?

    The question is do they think Goff is Aaron Rodgers or more like Kyle Bollar.
    Both were #1 picks with Bollar being a bust.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    There are no guarantees with any draft picks. But it’s a good sign to me that the Browns like other QB’s at #2. There track record speaks for itself.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Browns could be spreading noise to provoke trades.

  8. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Broncos will be the only team to score in the SB. Why? Because the grounds crew painted the Denver logos in both end zones. Sheeez, Niners

  9. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Good thing the country isn’t run like that. Oh wait…

    Did you hear the (tin foil hat) speculation that the many fiber optic hacks in SF area might be related to anarchist-morons wanting to black out the SB? That would be bad but luckily the Niners aren’t going to be playing.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Rising on draft boards is OLB Leonard Floyd of Georgia.
    Speed rusher who still has his best football in front of him.
    There is a little Aldon in him (on the field football)

    There is always Scooby if he lasts until 3rd round

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if Baalke wants Boldin back. Boldin will be 36 and his production fell off so will he be offered by the Niners to come back?
    Torrey Smith is not a volume move the chains receiver.
    Would have liked to have seen Smelter in the last few games to see what he could do. Baalke didn’t want to waste a contract year to have look.

    Second round pick at WR might be Will Fuller of ND. He is capable of taking the top off a defense and has several gears
    to his blazing speed. He might be there when the Niners choose in round two. Fuller’s 6ft tall but he’s a playmaker.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bills, Steelers, Saints, Dolphins, and Jets are the 5 tightest teams up against the salary cap. NN fan post lists some names that might be available in FA.

    I keep repeating a trade of a franchise tagged Mo Wilkerson for AD plus ??? if needed for a deal. A plus plus for needs of both teams.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We need star talent, NYJ needs salary cap relief. This trade makes huge sense. Salary cap relief by itself is part of the value.

    Franchise tagged Mo will hurt NYJ dearly if kept. Draft is weak but strong at OL and DL.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Floyd has been on my radar –
    Here’s the early list I’ve assembled.
    Waiting to see some of the times at the Combines to whittle it down.
    I’m also going to stick with Dak Prescott as a potential Chip Kelly fit.
    He’s going to need some work but, he looks like a natural to me.
    Good game in Mobile today as well.

    OLB –
    Jaylon Smith – ND 6’3″/240 (ILB)
    Joshua Perry – OH St 6’4″/254
    Jordan Jenkins – UGA 6’2″/250
    Leonard Floyd – UGA 6’4″/230
    Jonathan Allen – ‘Bama 6’3″/264

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another kid that impressed me was former QB Braxton Miller from OH State.
    He’s nothing close to a polished WR right now but, he’s working hard at it.

    Saw a little Anquan in him to be honest.
    Kid just ‘wants it’.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a Chris Borland-esque LB from Temple, Tyler Matakevich.
    6’1″/235 is a tad short and, his 40 time, (4.8s) is what will sink him unless he improves it.
    But, in terms of production, this kid blew it up.
    49 games, 493 TKLs/7 Sacks/11 PBUs/7 INTs

    Kid is a pit bull.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the UGA LB pair of Floyd and Jenkins was a good one.
    Between the 2, we could be happy with either.
    One thing that benefits Jenkins is the Aldon-like wingspan of 82.5″
    Though shorter, he’s got 4.6 speed and the long limbs are a huge benefit to a pass rusher.
    He’s also a tad stockier which compliments his impressive speed.

    Lots to be intrigued with as we approach the Combines.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if we’d be seeking a TE this year but, there’s an impressive option from So Carolina – Jerell Adams 6’5″/244 4.65
    Former Power Forward with comparisons to SD Chargers TE Ladarius Green.
    Posted nearly 15yds/REC
    Good speed for a big guy.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Full write up from CBS –

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a pocket-rocket I’m sure Chip will lobby for on Draft Weekend –
    Oregon WR Bralon Addison – 5’10″/190 4.45

    Missed a year due to an ACL tear but, returned last year to post 63 RECs/804 YDS/10 TDs with AVG of 13yds/rec.

    Similar in size to Bruce Ellington.
    Haven’t located any PR/KR duties in Addison’s rèsumè however.
    As a slot WR, he’s drawn comparisons to Brandin Cooks, which isn’t a bad thing.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Addison could be a better fit than Corey Coleman of Baylor, due his knowledge of Chips’ system.
    Both guys are about the same size/speed too, with Addison being a possibility beyond RD1.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per ESPN Megatron aka Calvin Johnson has decided to retire at the age of 30.
    Having a hard time staying healthy and not the player he was a few years ago.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit, CBS picked up on the report as well.
    He’s taken a beating in recent years.
    One man show.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Hayne will get a shot with Chip as well –

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How about Derek Loville getting busted for involvement in drug/racketeering ring?

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if this was shared?
    But, here goes the Kelly Run Philosophy –

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Because this has been revealed does this mean that the chances are slim and none that Niners draft him?

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Have him on my Risk/Reward List already Bullit.
    Along with Nkemdiche and Spence.
    The Carroo story was somewhat puzzling around this area regarding his arrest.
    Talk of the ex being somewhat of a stalker, which he simply should have just ignored if he were smarter.

    I know one thing, kid can play and, Rutgers isn’t known for a potent air game, which makes his numbers even more impressive.
    He played 13 games as a freshman with ‘zeros’ across the stat line, meaning he put up about 2400yds/29TDs in 3yrs.

    At the right price, he could be worth the gamble.
    I have Tyler Boyd from Pitt rated ahead of him strictly on stats but, Boyd carries a higher Draft Grade, for good reason.
    Boyd put up about 1000yds more in the same 3yrs.
    Still comes down to the QB for us, as it always does with WRs.

    Still like the versatility and upside of Braxton Miller because of his speed and determination.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As with any Draft strategy, slotting the guys you want is the reason GMs earn a living in this business.
    Comes down to putting a value on the position and slotting them within your Board.
    This is where the extra Picks allow for some maneuvering up and back.

    Now we have to factor in the Chip Kelly changes on Offense as well.

    I’ve been on the fence regarding an extension with Ian Williams too.
    This DL Class is rock solid.
    Could preclude the need to overspend on Ian, though I think he’s done well, he also missed a LOT of time with injuries.
    Might be wiser to look to another option either in the Draft Class or FA?
    See how it plays out…

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Couldn’t understand how/why Chip dealt away DJax and, didn’t retain Maclin in Philly.
    He didn’t get much from Cooper either.
    Given his failings in terms of roster management, if he simply finds a way to work with Baalke and the Scouting Staff, I’m sure they can find the pieces he wants as well as the pieces Baalke seeks on Defense.

    Our WRs are pretty deep right now in terms of head count/potential but, until they decide who’s going to be running the show at the QB position, 10 WRs equates to none, if you don’t get the ball to them.

    Guys like Patton and Ellington have been woefully under-utilized to date, which plays to the OL/QB issues we’ve had in terms of timing.

    One big head scratcher as to how to anticipate the Draft strategy concerning those elements too.
    Do you seek to fix the OL or, the QB situation first?
    Chicken/Egg theory I guess?

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The DL completely trashed the OL in the Sr Bowl.
    Seems to me the OL talent is much less talented by comparison.
    Pick 7 will be an interesting one come April.
    A QB selection there isn’t going to start for us immediately anyway.
    Be nice if they sought a long term option after RD1 but, that goes to Chip IMO.
    The kid from WKU, Brandon Doughty, completed nearly 70% of his passes.
    Probably find him or Prescott in the RD3-4 area?

    But, do you pass on a kid like Lynch/Wentz or Goff if you have a shot?
    I was initially hoping to find Wentz after RD1, he may not get out of the Top 5 now.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Chip values an accurate QB with quick recognition skills.
    To date, that isn’t something Kaep excels at.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chip also has a former Duck at OT that could be had late.
    Tyler Johnstone is also a victim of the dreaded repeat ACL tear in his right knee.
    Another Risk/Reward kind of guy.
    Prior to the injuries, the kid was recognized as a top talent at OT.
    One thing is certain, Chip collects his Ducks.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting read on QB Dak Prescott.
    Comparisons drawn to Tebow and Kaep in terms of College production.

    The obvious connection between Tebow and Prescott is, current Ole Miss HC Dan Mullen, who was Tebows’ OC while at UF.
    They do credit Prescott with improved decision making capability.
    One thing appeared evident at the Sr Bowl, he comes to play and, exhibits good leadership qualities.
    Took the Most Outstanding Player Award in the process.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Correction – Mullen/Prescott are at MS St, not Ole Miss.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    IIRC we both thought Baalke should have taken a long look at Stephan Diggs in last years draft. He turned out to be a steal in the 5th round.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Bullit, hard to know how his Board was prioritized but, Diggs made ‘The List’ for us.
    I find it odd that he stockpiled WRs later too.
    Admittedly, I had Smelter on my early radar and removed him due to the injury concerns.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This year, I’m feeling similarly with Jaylon Smith.
    I’ve read that Smith could be borderline cleared to participate by the start of Camps.
    Curious to see if they roll the higher Pick on him come April.

    This is what keeps me involved with the process.
    Trying to figure out how they prioritize the slotting.

    I’d be very surprised to see a WR taken early this year, only because of those he’s already stocked up on.
    Adding Chip, only complicates the take on the ‘inventory’ now.
    I’d be leaning toward Defense.
    Trenches and LBs.
    But, Chip is here to cure our Offensive woes.

    With that, the QB is what makes it go. Always.
    I think Gabbert is the better fit, simply for the accuracy concerns.
    Kaep is now 3 surgeries and $14M worth of questions.
    For me, I might roll the dice on Smith as a ‘difference maker’, even it goes the Smelter route of wait and see.
    Tough call at this point with Chip.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty tough to figure out if Paraag tempered the process with Cap concerns too?
    These ‘Whiz Kid’ types are probably very necessary in terms of managing the Contracts but, what, if anything does it do to Baalke slotting the talent?

    We’re going to find out soon enough, if he and Chip, can balance the ‘wants vs needs’ between O&D.

    Pick 7 likely spells it out, right out of the gate, if they go QB there.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Having Jaylon and Bowman together would be a nice pairing.
    Especially with the work Bowman put in to get himself back from a similar injury.

    I think the DL talent is extremely deep to where waiting a couple of RDs wouldn’t be that harmful to the process.
    I firmly believe you take the BPA with the early Pick regardless of position.
    However, the QB makes, or breaks, the overall chemistry of Chip’s style of Offense.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We could see OT Ronnie Stanley staring us in the face at 7 too.
    Is he worth more down the road than Jaylon?
    Is a QB that sits for a year worth passing on Jaylon or Stanley, maybe an elite DL-man/Pass rusher?

    All comes down to the value they’re seeking and which side of the ball gets the early call.

    A FA signing to clear that question up too.
    Can’t see Chip wanting an older OL-man, for example, since he was killed in Philly, for treating the Pros like College kids in terms of pace.
    His style of play favors younger OL-men due to that quick tempo he prefers.
    He could seriously kill AD too.
    Especially after missing a year of game activity.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I do think AD would be better off inside at OG anyway so, that might become a factor too.
    Kick AD over to LG perhaps?
    Give TBrown a shot at RT?
    Who knows where we stand with BThomas?
    The key ingredient for Chip might just be a Center?
    Can Kilgore make it go or, do they spend a higher Pick on that position?

    Harbaugh’s guy at UM, Glasgow is extremely tall (6’6″) for the position too.

    Totally up in the air for me at this point.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Here’s a sleeper for you
    ILB Nick Kiatowski West Virginia
    Projected as a 7th round pick this guy plays like a Penn State LB and has the football instincts a nose for the ball. He was All Big 12.
    He has “it’ which is something that you can’t teach.
    Take him in the 5th round if you passed on Scooby Wright.
    I like Kiatowksi better than Blake Martinez ILB out of Stanford.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Just can’t get past the idea of paying a guy OT money and moving him to guard.
    AD is playing games again. He should have applied for reinstatement already if he was sincere about coming back.
    The longer he draws this out the more reason to think he’s going to flake.
    If he is for the team then he should make his intentions known so they can plan for what happens.

    Remember just last week Baalke signed the CFL Olineman Kelly.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I mentioned Glasgow as a potential size upgrade.
    He’s had some off field issues as well.
    Just curious if we’d seek a bigger guy there?
    He seemed to handle the duties fairly well at the Sr Bowl and, he’s played for Harbaugh in a heavy run program, as did AD.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Could very well be the case Bullit.
    I was extremely disappointed in his timing to take the time off.
    Granted, if health was concerning him I can understand the decision.
    I wouldn’t worry too much about his Contract as that can always be renegotiated.
    He will show his hand and they’ll go from there.
    They can put pressure on him by having another option at RT, which could be TBrown.

    If he wants to bow out, ala Borland, it’s his life to live, I can’t make that decision for him.
    Baalke has to move ahead and force his hand.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure how the money is accounted for on the retired list either?
    Kelly is a Camp body at this point so, I wouldn’t consider it a major move just yet.
    It could simply be an option to Boone’s potential loss.
    Personally, I think TBrown has better feet than AD and could be a viable option at a much less expensive Contract.

    AD has a history of bucking authority, going back to Schiano at Rutgers.
    If he’s motivated to compete he can be a beast.
    Don’t know what’s going on between his ears at this point.

    All we can assume is that Baalke and Chip are doing what they can to improve the Offense.
    Hope to get AD back, if he’s ready to contribute at 100%, otherwise, time to look ahead to the guys that want it.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pears was a direct result of the poor timing involved with AD.
    I’m gonna believe Pears was signed to replace JMart, not AD.
    Pears was OG in Buffalo.
    Pretty obvious he struggled at RT.

    One thing is clear, Chip does things much differently with his OL.
    We could be in for wholesale changes, everywhere but LT.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I posted a link earlier from NN about Kelly’s run game.
    He spreads things out more than Harbaugh did.
    Might think that alone would lend itself to longer armed guys that resemble OTs?
    AD has the wingspan going for him and, he’s more of a mauler.
    He’s struggled himself with speed guys at times.
    If he’s trimmed down, more like Boone and Staley, he’d certainly help his own case for his OT money.
    We’ll see where it goes…

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A kid like Glasgow could be potential fit for Chip?
    And, if so, he’s not going to be a guy that would be going until the Mid to Later RDs as it stands now.
    He’s another of those Risk/Reward toss ups like Boone was when he came out.
    Glasgow could be a carbon copy of Boone.
    Drank himself into stupidity while in school and got nailed for it.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Like any Draft prospect, you can choose to take the NFL seriously, and work at it or, you can be Johnnie Goofball or JaMarcus and torch your earning potential by flaming out from stupidity.
    Again, things that keep GMs up at night.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What’s your take on Stanford OT Kyle Murphy?
    He’s carrying a RD3 Grade at this point.
    I haven’t seen him play beyond the Sr Bowl but, his measurables look good.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wouldn’t mind Wentz’s LT Joe Haeg either.
    He’s a kid with something to prove.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta like those guys that want to prove they belong.
    He started on the right side of the line before moving to LT as well.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another guy that looks good at OT is Jason Spriggs from IN.
    Like Staley, he did well in other sports beside football.

    Spriggs did Track/Basketball and Lacrosse in HS.
    OTs need good feet and balance just as much as size and strength.
    Depending on the values Chip and Baalke assign, there are good OL prospects beyond RD1 to be had if they can work the slot magic.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Have to start thinking about the guy that will take over for Joe soon too.
    Creating roster depth is always a good thing.
    Gets back to my curiosity of how Paraag might have influenced the positional values in comparison to expiring Contracts?
    Things that are necessary evils in the Cap Era.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Don’t know much about OT Murphy. Niners have had no luck lately
    with Stanford Olinemen. Last two Jonathan Martin and Kwame Harris
    have been disappointing.

    Niners should look at a C after the 2nd round. Jack Allen out of Mich St, Mike Matthews Texas A&M and brother of Jake and Jake Brendel UCLA would be great pickups in the middle rounds and allow Kilgore to move back to guard.

  58. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    As long as Baalke runs the show we’re not going to pay guards so there is no need to draft one in the first half of the draft. Which makes the drafting of Iupati a glaring eff-up. I have to assume that was Singletary’s influence, or that Baalke is just plain dumb.

    And he cannot draft WRs or CBs worth crap, so again, why waste the pick? And he has no stomach for the gamble on a QB, let alone the judgment to get it right.

    Draft OT, D-line and LB in the first three. Accept that next year will suck as we lack reliable offensive firepower. Hope that after Baalke’s demise this can be corrected.

  59. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Grump- Not looking forward to another Baalke draft. Like teaching an old dog new tricks. I have always put some of the blame for our WR drafting on the scouting guys but in the end it is all Baalky’s baby.

  60. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is double the cap expense of both Torrey Smith and Joe Staley. He needs to be paid for what he is.

    Does he and agent come to the table and do a one year prove it contract of 2 million or so. Or is he released and has no leverage. Either way base 2 million with incentives on achievement.

    Smart thing for Kap to do. Get released and become Carolina’S backup.

  61. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Groundhog day everyone. Comedy Central has Groundhog Day on all day today.

    FYI the movie was shot in Woodstock, Illinois. The home that was the bed and breakfast he slept in netted the owner 2 months and $40,000. Owner kept all improvements on the property free of charge.

    That nice looking square is actually Woodstocks downtown square. The square and Opera house (bldg he jumped from) was redone before this movie chose the site. Foresight worked well. Businesses got free publicity, such as Frames.

    On the chase scene with the abducted groundhog the stone arched bridge is in Woodstock city limits and the gravel quarry where the truck took flight and the fiery end was shot in neighboring town just east.

    No doubt they saved $$$, and producer Harold Ramis started his career in that Chicago comedy club (Second City?).

  62. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The movies bed and breakfast was 344 Fremont Street, Opera House/Old Courthouse/Old Jail and Frames clothing all on the square. Quarry scene actually shot in Rockford Illinois. Bowling alley is Waynes City Lanes just one block north of square.

    The diner is no longer there. Burlington Northern railroad tracks go right through town.

  63. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Frames, Stones, and Woodstock Jewelers is in a scene and are on the east end of square.

  64. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Some of the moving car scenes were shot on Country Club Rd.

  65. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NN has piece on Kap wanting out to go to NYJ. That is Nessa territory.

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I knew something was fishy with Kaep when he opted for surgery after being benched.
    The timing sucked and, gave the impression his Agent was playing games with the deadline and injury settlement aspect of the Contract.

    If he wants out, adios.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    By not disclosing his aliments, prior to the benching, he was handicapping the team to begin with.
    I don’t think he takes the job seriously enough to want to win at all costs.
    He simply runs plays IMO.
    He’s not commanding the Offense or seeing things clearly enough to know what a Defense is doing to him pre-snap anyway.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This news of his desire to seek a job with the NYJ could open the door for a Contract swap too.
    NY isn’t playing with much Cap space to begin with.
    They have to make decisions on Fitzpatrick/Richardson and Wilkerson.
    They can’t afford them all.
    If they take Kaep that would mean nothing left for Sheldon or Mo unless Kaep restructured a new deal anyway.
    The better move would be for Baalke to make a move in March to ‘wash’ his Contract and seek some compensation via Trade.

  69. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has the hardware, he lacks the software. It tells me a lot that he has not worked seriously on his weakpoints. I think he has but cannot show results.

    He is stupid. Would release him and that big contract goes away. We eat some dead money but the cancer is gone.

  70. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The virtual reality headsets that were highlighted by Carson Palmer in the MMQB article was used by 8 teams. We were one of them.

    So Kap could not use that advantage to help read D’s.

  71. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jets need salary cap relief.

    We need Mo Wilkerson. Also an experienced QB to compete with Gabbert and then start or backup.

    NYJ needs OT, OLB, salary cap relief.

    We trade Kaepernick for Fitzpatrick. We eat some of Kap’S salary.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sad reality with Kaep is what he squandered in terms of off season work last year with Warner.
    His mechanics/footwork are still atrocious by NFL standards and, he doesn’t seem to think it matters.

    For me it’s not so much the intelligence factor as it is his desire to succeed.
    He seems to think it doesn’t matter.
    Signs of a complacent slacker.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bravo to Paraag/Baalke for structuring his deal as they did.
    They obviously had their reservations about his ‘ceiling’.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t be too concerned about what team he wants to go to anyway.
    He’s not calling the shot until the decision is made on his future in SF on April 1.
    If he doesn’t come out and deny the report, he or his Agent, are pushing the envelope, which is why I thought the surgeries were done for leverage from the start.

    Ball is in his court now to deny the story.
    This whole timeline since the benching has been beyond peculiar.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Biggest disappointment with Kaep is his lack of dedication to the position.
    Can’t figure him out.

  76. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Draft picks in trade. Our 2nd plus Kap for NYJ 1st?

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh saw that piece earlier Bakkentom.
    Mehta is a hack for the most part so, Kaep needs to be put on the spot, regarding the piece, and take a position on it.

    I still think Gabbert is the better fit with Chip going in.
    Problem is, Chip won’t have an option to work with either guy until April 4.
    Hence, the ability to evaluate Kaep’s health status is the issue for his Contract on April 1.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Take his Contract off our hands and I’d take a Pick next year.
    We already have a boat load of Picks this year but, if someone offers another one, why not?
    Having extra money now is just as beneficial IMO.
    Cleveland makes sense to me also.
    Hue already suggested he wanted Kaep while he was in Oakland.
    Kaep to Cleveland and a 2 next year would work for me.

    Problem is, Cleveland already plans to Draft another QB.
    See whether this ‘report’ from Mehta has any credibility once someone sticks a mic in Kaep’s face about it.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s all a leverage game now.
    But, it’s more advantageous to seek a deal before making a $12M decision on April 1.


  80. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, have you read anything about Wilkerson and his broken bone. Was it a clean break and easy to heal back. Or a complicated break that may not heal back to full strength.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Non weight bearing bone which is the better situation Bakkentom.

    Last thing I saw –

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With the stacked Class of DTs coming out, I wouldn’t expect Baalke to throw huge money at him but, his leverage is somewhat limited now due to the injury.

    I’m not even sure Ian Williams is worth spending big money on right now either for the same reason.
    Get the younger guys on the cheap while the getting is good.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Look how quickly Carolina turned around with Lotulelei and Short.
    Good Class to get the DL stocked with young guys this year.
    If Pick 7 goes to the QB position it will definitely change the Board for us.
    I can’t predict what Chip has in mind for ‘his’ QB at this point.
    I could see a guy like Dak Prescott from MS St being a good future fit.
    Use RD1 and 2 for more pressing needs IMO.

    LB Jaylon Smith is intriguing but he’s coming off an injury similar to what Bowman just recovered from.
    Little risky but, the kid is a difference maker when healthy.
    Should be an interesting situation to watch come Draft Weekend.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if Kaep is feeling the pressure of beating out Gabbert?

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Now this is some funny sh!t –
    Watch the video clip –

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have said often that Kap is immature and can’t handle adversity. His responses to failure have been head scratchers and mind boggling. When a play fails to win you the game you don’t respond and I’ll paraphrase that “he wouldn’t change a thing and would call the same play” Hey Kap, how about throwing a more accurate pass, a pass that the receiver can actually get a hand on?

    Kap get’s benched and now wants out? Typical and he wants to go to NY? The media there has 20 Kawakamis and Cohns. If Kap doesn’t excel in NY the media will make mulch out of him.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has always been one of the first to arrive in the building and stays late. That’s admirable but what he’s doing inside is working out and sculpting his body and doing little to exercise the muscle between his ears.

    Kap is by no means “football smart” because he has been lacking in his study habits and trying to skirt by, by just doing the minimum film preparation. That has become evident when he has a hard time with reading 3 progressions and an inability to execute a 2 minute offense. That was highlighted when both his WRs Boldin and Torrey Smith were uncovered and Kap just ran the play unaware even thosde both players were jumping up and down.
    That was the ultimate tunnel vision.

    And Chuckles has accused me in the past that I’m a racist by saying Kap doesn’t exercise his brain too much. It’s not about the color of their skin. Russell Wilson and Cam Newton have
    football smarts to continually put their teams in winning situations. It’s not a race thing which is just an overused
    affirmative action excuse used by Chuckles. I’s simply either you have it or you don’t.

  88. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jets are in the top 5 in salary cap constraints. NT Damon Harrison is FA and had a good year. Excellent upgrade if TB takes it.

    We do not have enough high picks, so would pay for Damon.

  89. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Blaine is the best Chip has had and has excellent QB smarts. Need to have some OC in the QB to assist in game planning and in game adjustments.

    For Kap to have a chance, he needs oline and receivers in place. NYJ does not have that. Carolina does.

  90. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina is a 4-3 and almost plug and play for DT’s. Tand could not pick up the complexity of 3-4 DE, whether reaction time or IQ.

    Why take that risk with #7. Only Buckner fits us and may be gone before #7. Wilkerson is Justin Smith like and had an all pro season. Both fit our system.

    Decision on Wilkerson happens by the end of March. Draft is April 28. So #7 is free to use for edge rusher, OT, or trade down. A trade down for an extra 2nd into the teens may have all three RT prospects and Myles Jack still there.

    DT is not putting pressure on our salary cap. Kap and Brooks are. Wilkerson is a star. Kap a dud and missing the software which is death for a modern passing attack.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think Kap wants out also because he knows he failed to lead the team when they needed a veteran to lead. I did not see him with an earpiece and he distanced himself from Gabbert and the QB coach where most hurt starters would be there to offer some advice and insight.
    At 28 Kap is still a big kid that is very immature and sensitive to criticism. His standard is putting on the Kap and posing instead of meeting with the QB coach and looking at the pictures of what the defense is doing. No concern on the guy he didn’t see when he threw the pick or what the defense was doing.

  92. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Coincidental? Yesterday was Groundhog Day, Feb 2. In the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, and Chris Elliot.

    Yesterday the father Bob Elliot, of Bob and Ray fame, died at the age of 90.

  93. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday was Groundhog Day, Feb 2. In the movie Groundhog Day (starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell), Chris Elliot played the cameraman.

    Yesterday the father Bob Elliot, of Bob and Ray fame, died at the age of 90.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the NYJ are giving my Pocket Rocket Dri Archer another chance –

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    So much for that tactic…..

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh landed the Top HS recruit in the Country.
    DT Rashan Gary is a local kid from here in Northern NJ –

    He’s been getting mentored by former NYJ LB Bart Scott, who happens to be from Detroit.
    Looks like Bart did Jim a solid 😀

  97. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Cool NJ thanks for posting re: Rashaun Gary going to UM. This is what I was expecting this year when I predicted before last season that Jim would have some good recruits coming in to upgrade the team. He’s always been good at attracting talent at all his stops. When he left, well different story for Niners. Team exceeded even my optimistic prognostications for Wolverines in his first year. Others cautioned “they aren’t all that” but hey coaching counts. Even the QB improved all year up to the pasting of Florida in Citrus Bowl.

    Looking forward to this years campaign.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Maurice White

    Another music legend has left this planet.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Steve Young on the Kaepernick situation

    Thinks somebody needs to grow up fast

  100. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I hope we give Kappy one last chance. There is just to much athletic ability with the guy. But if he can’t learn to read defenses then there really is no need to keep him. As far as his paycheck goes I think the team can carry him for one more year and not get hurt by it. There is plenty of money to buy some FA’s.

  101. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are one of the 8 teams with a virtual reality headset. With that, looking at film could have a whole new meaning if “old” film can be converted to the virtual system.

  102. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Referencing the NN article about BG getting a jumpstart on the QB competition with film of the Oregon and Philly teams with Chip Kelly.

    Very impressive that we have a 1st round QB on the roster that has the capacity to absorb and analyse like an OC. A cerebral QB is refreshing after the dumb jock.

    Those rumors of NYJ dreams most likely put about by someone in Kap’S camp. Successful OC’S need intelligent give and take with their QB. So Kap has cut the cord and is moving on. The surgeries were for future employment elsewhere.

    Peyton Manning is his own OC. Blaine has the smarts and that is what he inspires to for that extra edge for one of 32 positions in the US.

  103. robNo Gravatar says:

    “He’ll flourish,” former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday morning during an appearance at Moscone Center leading up to Super Bowl 50. “He’s a great talent and one of the ultimate competitors, so he’ll flourish

  104. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Montana at 59: He can’t run or jump, can’t play basketball, can’t ski or play with his kids. Already has had three neck fusions, looking towards a fourth, and a knee replacement.

    This game has a Hell of a price.

  105. robNo Gravatar says:

    More from Harbaugh
    “Yea, that was disappointing because nobody fights for their team like Colin Kaepernick,”. He is a competitior at the very highest level, very similar to the two quarterbacks you’re going to watch in the Super Bowl in Cam Newton and Peyton Manning

  106. robNo Gravatar says:

    So good new for us.

    Jim Harbaugh predicts Kap will flourish with Chip Kelley here. Says he gives his all for the team and is a great talent. Compares him favorably with cam newton and Peyton manning.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The BS that Kap pulled last season waiting 5 weeks or longer to fix his injuries shows he doesn’t give a crap about the team.
    That is further evidenced by his having his surgery and recuperation in Colorado.
    I’m done with the big crybaby. I guess he’s still fooing his fanboys. How many more years are you going to give this guy?
    In Nov he’ll be 29.

    Kap makes about 3 truly spectacular plays a year. Unfortunately the rest of the season is inconsistency, mediocrity and excuses.

    Kap does not have field awareness or “it”. I’ll remind those who want to forget on his 3 turnovers in the 4th quarter that prevented the Niners from meeting Denver and winning a 6th ring in the NFCCG against the Seahags.

  108. robNo Gravatar says:

    Those are comments from Jim Harbaugh.
    Hardly a fanboy imo

  109. robNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Jim Harbaugh was a highly regarded figure on this blog

  110. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree comments on Kap. Hasn’t spoken to him since he left although he keeps in touch with other Niners. Crabtree says Kap needs to hit the books and study film which has been revealed to be the root of Kap’s inability to learn the offense.

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Funny how you slam Nolan an ex head coach in one post and praise Harbaugh another ex head coach in another post.

    Mostly everything you’ve predicted in the last season, the opposite has come true.

  112. robNo Gravatar says:

    If you can’t figure out why I hold Harbaugh in high regard but don’t care much for Nolan I pretty much give up

  113. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh may be politically correct and give hope to Kap. His comments were general. He never talks accomplishments. Contrast the comments about CK and BG.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You’ve made a lot of comments trashing Harbaugh. That’s my point.

  115. winderNo Gravatar says:

    “F-it” lets have a music video.

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a kid that could thrive in Chip’s Offense too.
    Brandon Doughty from WKU –

  117. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good news. Eddie D is now in the Pro Football HOF.
    Well deserved and about time.

  118. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not so fortunate was TO who did not make it into the Hall.
    Some of his antics cost TO some crucial votes.

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Canton Road Trip this Summer!
    Kudos to Eddie D!

  120. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Super Saturday.
    Jim Harbaugh and Beyoncé are at Oracle to watch the W’s play the Thunder. Another milestone game for the W’s with great national attention.

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks as though Dungy and Harrison are also reporting induction to HOF by way of Irsay –

  122. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two others with Niner ties made it to Canton this year.

    Kevin Greene who briefly was a NIner and Dick Stanfel who was an Oline coach for 4 years in the early ’70s.

    Also the late Raiduh Kenny Snake Stabler is also in.

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin was announced Saturday as the winner of the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award at the NFL Honors night.

  124. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Stanfel also played on the great USF team I believe.

  125. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Owens was a head case at times off the field but no one else since Rice has been as dominant at the position, IMO. Not even Megatron or Fitz. When T.O. was at his best, he took over games and made defenses look hopeless. Even being an ass at times, he belongs in the HoF.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’ll get there Grump.
    I just think the WR position is a tough call for the 1st ballot, unless you’re Jerry Rice.

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Happy for Eddie though.
    Long overdue IMO.

  128. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For those who might have missed this

  129. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t heard Bill Ring’s name in several years.

    Swiss Army knife player who was Danny Woodhead and Julian Edelman long ago.

  130. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit here’s a kid I’m hoping will get to the Combines –
    DE James Cowser from So. Utah.
    Kid racked up 291 TKLs/80 TFL and 42.5 Sacks.

    Crazy numbers, even for a small program.

  131. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    “Cowser set a Southern Utah freshman record with 7.5 sacks in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since, earning All-Big Sky honors each year of his career, including the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 while breaking several records previously set by longtime NFL standout Jared Allen, including career sacks (43) and tackles for loss (80).

    The majority of Cowser’s production came against weak competition but he fared well against FBS teams and offers a blend of athleticism and high-revving motor which could help him beat the odds at the next level.”

  132. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Glad to hear Eddie made it into HOF. He was deserving for sure. About time already. TO will get in pretty quick too I’m sure. Ton of talent 2nd to Jerry in recent years. Boldin gets Man of the Year much deserved. These last several years would have been much worse w/o Anquan on board.

    My guess is Kap will get traded or cut if Chip thinks there is someone draft-able they can get. But I wish they would keep him for another season to see what Kelly can do with all the talent. Niners Can afford Kap for another year if Kelly wants to give him a shot.

    Panthers likely to win but I’m pulling for the geezer guy.

  133. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Given a choice I’ll root for the Broncos.

    I have a problem with a QB who celebrates every first down and shows his opponent up.

  134. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t like either one of them and frankly don’t give a damn. To bad they both can’t lose.

  135. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Woohoo, watching the SB and I’m with Bullit = glad Manning is leading at half. Yeah he’s a dinosaur but still has class which Cam has “not so much”

    “I have a problem with a QB who celebrates every first down and shows his opponent up.”

    Winder if there is justice Cam will throw the game losing INT

  136. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Will you settle for the game losing fumble?

  137. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Cam stripped by Von Miller and THEN doesn’t dive for the fumble. Well, well, well what have we here? Justice? Dunno but the old farts including me- I’ll take it

  138. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cam Newton has just shown when the game is on the line he doesn’t bother to dive for the ball after he fumbles.
    That hesitation just might haunt him for the rest of his career.
    What was superman thinking?
    That’s the dagger that will seal the victory for Manning and the Broncos.

  139. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No dabbing today just like the Kaepernicking has been extinct for a few years.

  140. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon Davis is going to get a Super Bowl ring.

  141. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Oh hell yeah Skeebs. I’ll take ‘er anyway we can git it. Woooohoo!

  142. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Happy for VD Bullit. Forgot about him; did he play much? Still a ring is a ring

  143. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I saw Vernon #80 just in on one play in the 1st quarter.
    At least he was active and suited up.
    The road to Vernon getting his ring was fortuitous to say the least.

  144. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder how Newton will be after this game?
    He didn’t handle the end very well.
    Panthers thought they were going undefeated and then they were heavily favored. One hit wonders???

  145. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ron Rivera took a page out of the Tomsula playbook by punting in the 4th quarter down by 14. It was 4th and 24 but they were looking for the miracle anyway but instead gave up. By going for it you still have a chance and they can call holding or a PI on the defense. By punting Rivera was waving the white flag.

  146. robNo Gravatar says:

    “On behalf of my family, the San Francisco 49ers organization and our Faithful fans around the world, I would like to congratulate my uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., on his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said CEO Jed York. “There could be no more appropriate setting for this honor to be bestowed on him than during the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl in the region to which he delivered five Lombardi Trophies. Uncle Eddie’s impact on the game of football runs much, much deeper than simply the championships won by this franchise. He is the best owner in the history of the NFL because of the culture he created and how it still impacts the game to this day. Just walking through the city with him this week, you could see the love that remains for him from his former players, those his teams competed against, and fans from around the league. I think I speak for them all when I say, congratulations Mr. D. We love you.”

  147. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “The quarterback found himself calling audibles on blitzes that never came. The throws went everywhere — high, low, right, left and into the arms of a defenders. He had happy feet when he needed to stand in the pocket and was as leaden as Manning when he needed to be looking to run. When he wasn’t overthrowing receivers he wasn’t seeing open ones.”

    Looks like an assessment of Kap after one of his losses but this was an account about Cam Newton yesterday. Newton made the big mistakes at crunch time. Newton sulked after the game and refused to answer questions at his press conference final doing a Marshawn Lynch and walking out abruptly.

    Easy to be a winner the in your face I beat you swag. Not acting like a spoiled brat after a defeat appears to not go well with these guys that like celebrate.

    Newton and Kap can leran from the guy who lost last year’s Super Bowl.

  148. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The true measure of a great QB is one that can rally his team to victory when the game is on the line at the end. Giving the ball to Montana, Brady, Big Ben , Brees or Peyton in his prime with 2 mins left on the clock meant you were about to lose the game.

    Until you prove you can drive your team from behind and carry the team to victory under adverse conditions you will never be considered to be an elite QB. Kap had his chance in the Super Bowl and again in the NFCCG against the Seahags and failed in both instances.

  149. 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