Turk Week

It’s the annual NFL Turk Week. This is a fun event for armchair GMs throughout the blogosphere, but not so much fun for about twenty-seven players on each and every team who will soon be hearing the phrase, “Coach wants to see you. Bring your playbook.” Another ten or so players per team will also be sweating out the week, but wake up happily next Sunday morning and realize, “I made it!”

The “Turk” is the designated, steel-hearted management fellow on each team who gets to crush young dreams by delivering the “Bring your playbook” line to the unlucky fellows who will be released by midnight Saturday. Nice job, eh? “Hi kid. You’re toast. Get what I’m saying? Pack your bags and beat it.”

Why this fellow is called the Turk is not precisely known, but those with a historical interest (i.e., older generations), will remember the Turks as the famous villains of the 13th century Ottoman Empire who pillaged their way around Europe and the Middle East stealing your stuff, killing you, and kidnapping your children to convert them into slaves that could be sold on the market. Nice fellows. Anyway, “Behave, or the Turk will come and get you” was a somewhat fashionable threat in days of yore, available to parents who preferred the dictatorial, reward/punishment mode of child raising (i.e., older generations).

Hey, it works for me!

Football fans generally have little interest in the heart-wrenching sub-plots of these young boys, preferring instead to view them as “meat” commodities that can be moved around on a market. At any rate, who gets Turked and who doesn’t will be a hot topic on the blogs this coming week.

It’s possible that the average 49er fan is not paying much attention to this nitty-gritty 53 man roster stuff, but “Guys Who Blog” most certainly do. By now, most of them know all 75 to 80 guys on the team and know which twenty or so gents have no chance to remain on the team. The remaining fellows, the “bubble squad,” are the “meat” that will be passionately discussed this coming week. Who goes and who stays.

These “bubble” guys will usually have very little impact on the team this coming year. Five of them will not even put on their uniforms for game days, and will instead be wandering around on the sidelines looking cool, depressed, slovenly, decked out, whatever. It’s even possible they will be ogling the babes in the stands more than the action on the field.

Still, bloggers like to form attachments to these marginal players. It’s part of being a serious blogging dude. Another part is deploring a guy who makes the team (i.e., Michael Robinson) instead of a guy you were making eyes at (i.e., insert your secret torch here). If you’ve stumbled on this site having Googled a dating agency and wonder what sort of depraved nonsense I’m talking about here, relax. It’s just football. Go to some other market for your meat and leave us alone.

No football scribbler worth an overused Unca_Chuck default all-purpose word can avoid producing his Final Roster predictions. It’s just part of the deal. So, without further ado, here is the 49ers Outsider 2010 53 man roster list projection:

QBs (3): Alex Smith, David Carr, Nate Davis

RBs (4): Frank Gore, Brian Westbrook, Anthony Dixon, Michael Robinson

FBs (2): Moran Norris, Jehuu Caulcrick

WRs (5): Michael Crabtree, Josh Morgan, Ted Ginn, Dominique Zeigler, Kyle Williams

TEs (3): Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Nate Byham

OL (10): Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Chilo Rachal, Eric Heitmann, David Baas, Adam Snyder, Tony Wragge, Alex Boone, Barry Sims

DL (6): Justin Smith, Aubrayo Franklin, Isaac Sopoaga, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean Francois, Demetric Evans

ILBs (4): Patrick Willis, Takeo Spikes, Matt Wilhelm, NaVorro Bowman

OLBs (5): Parys Haralson, Manny Lawson, Ahmad Brooks, Travis LaBoy, Diyral Briggs

DBs (8): Dashon Goldson, Michael Lewis, Shawntae Spencer, Nate Clements, Reggie Smith, Taylor Mays, Tarell Brown, Phillip Adams

Specialists (3): Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Joe Nedney

Special Teams coach Kurt Schottenheimer will have a say in six or seven roster spots, which is a real wildcard here. So it’s possible, for instance, that Jason Hill will be kept for his ST value, not his receiving skills. CB Karl Paymah might also be kept for ST/veteran value. If so, two guys on my list have to go and I’d choose Caulcrick for one (actually, Norris can take a hike, but he won’t). The second guy is too difficult for me to come to grips with. It would involve sacrificing a young player to keep an older guy, or cutting the older guy and risk having to play a younger guy before he’s ready. Gulp. One of the O-line fellows, no doubt. One year of Sims vs lots of years of Boone.

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16 comments on “Turk Week
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care much for these predicting blogs but I guess it is that time of the year. I’m more interested in reading the results this week-end.
    You had some great comments about the serious blogger dudes trading the meat commodities, basically having no heart.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care much for them either, Berg. But I felt like getting Chuck all worked up today. He loves these things.

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think Ndamukong Suh has a future calling as a Turk when his NFL playing days are over. Did you catch him trying to decapitate Jake Dehomme the other night? That’s exactly what I’ll be doing to every man, woman and child should we lose to Seattle. I will not tolerate losing to Seattle. I will not tolerate losing to Seattle. I will not tolerate losing to Seattle.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There is no way I want to lose to Seattle but it is looking like good entertainment off the field if we do!

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve already got my post title for that occasion, should it (shudder) come to pass: Troll Week.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, it’ll be “Get Dennis off the ledge” week.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Personally, I always like to yell “Go ahead! Jump! I dare you!”

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see M. Lewis took a pay cut and is now on his last year of his contract.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, I did not see this play, but it is certainly making the Tweet rounds today. What happened?

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It isn’t cleating someone’s face when they are lying on the ground (Haynesworth), but it’s kinda close.

  11. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    here’s the best 53 prediction i’ve seen so far …

    just add tukuafu , boone and brown to the practice squad and we’re good to go !

  12. ROB_No Gravatar says:

    could mike lewis’ contract redo mean he might retire after this year is over ?

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I don’t think they keep D Evans. He, like JHill and Will James have done little to nothing. I’d rather keep Briggs and lose Evans.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He might get laid off on thursday

  15. ROB_No Gravatar says:

    yup, it’s all a numbers game for us at this point !
    will james i like , even better than paymah , but the injury he suffered was a blessing in disguise for our return starved team … and adams ! maybe we try to sneak briggs to the practice squad and keep evans ?
    maybe we can keep james around on the injured list for a while just to keep him in the mix ?
    no doubt we’ll lose one if not two players we like from the PS , but at least we have a chance that way , instead of just outright cutting someone !

  16. BobNo Gravatar says:

    Reference Suh

    “My name is Suh! How do you do?

    And now you’re going to die!” Johnny Cash

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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
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