Weak Previews

The NFC seems noticeably stronger than the AFC this year. Only the Vikings, Bucs, and Rams look like possible punching bags in the NFC, while the AFC has a bucketful of laughers — Dolphins, Browns, Titans, Jags, Colts, and maybe the entire AFC West.

Peyton Manning is expected to lift the Broncos out of the muck and trot to the the AFC West title, but that’s a pretty delicate equation, considering his health and age. Every mean hit on Manning will cause the entire Bronco fan base to drop to its knees in prayer. Even the top AFC teams don’t look scary enough to compete with the top five or six NFC teams. The Ravens have lost Terrell Suggs for the year and Ray Lewis is getting close to the line between reputation and liability. Pittsburgh and New England are aging. Only the Texans have the look of possible greatness. Their division should be a cakewalk and they’ll probably get the top seed in the 2012 playoffs.

There appear to be three Tabloid teams this coming year: the Denver Mannings, New Orleans Bounties, and New York Tebows. By tabloid, I mean these teams will be heating up the media geysers throughout the land, spewing hot air hither and yon, whether they deserve to be noticed or not. I didn’t include the Cowboys because they’re here every year, like a plague upon the land.

Teams to watch, initially, in the rising young power category, would be Buffalo, the Bengals, and the Panthers. Miami has a new coach, fresh out of college a la Jim Harbaugh, and a new QB, but the same old GM and owner. They’ll also have to overcome the loss of DC Mike Nolan, who took his complicated, tricky, just good enough to get you beat defense to Atlanta this year — his third job change in the past four years. He will fit right in with the Falcons just good enough to be disappointing team.

The Saints will be an interesting story in the NFC. Nobody knows how they’ll respond to the bounty debacle, Drew Brees still hasn’t signed his tender, and this team absolutely must have home field advantage to have a shot at the Super Bowl. They could be ready for a loud and painful thud this year.

Seattle and Arizona will attempt to ride their defenses into prominence, the Packers will try to wipe the egg off their faces, the Bears will once again believe in Jay Cutler, and the Lions will strive to prove they’re still rising. The Giants will find a way to shoot themselves in the leg — like all New York teams do following a successful season, the Redskins will have more fun losing with RGIII, the Cowboys will continue to be a Married with Children operation, alternately discussing Tony Romo’s HOF credentials and his latest he did what melt down. Beware the Eagles. They will be great a year late or finally get Andy Reid fired.

San Francisco will methodically win games while everyone dissects every aspect of Alex Smith’s game.

And, in the bonus bullshit category, it’s even possible that one or two items posted here will be marginally correct!

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually the Dolphin HC was the Packer OC Joe Philbin and the OC Mike Sherman was fired from Texas A&M and joined the Fish.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner’s workout footage video courtesy of Niner Nation


  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oops. Thinking of the Bucs. Didn’t take long to fog up the crystal ball here.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s early but I figured someone
    would point that out here because we are all experts and opinionated.
    Dumbass Award might got to Alonzo Dennard CB Nebraska. Before the draft some draft publications had him as a first rounder and the third CB until Gilmore rose. Anyway Dennard dropped to the 7th round which was suprising. Why the freefall?? He assaulted a cop before the draft weekend. That’s pissing your life and future away.
    He is quite the dumbass because he faces 5 years in prison if convicted.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since I’m giving out awards the Burn In Hell Award might go to the person that broke into Junior Seau’s house last week and stole a bike. They only got into his garage but whoever did it is the scum of scum. One step from being a grave robber.
    I hope the moron who stole it has a big mouth and brags that it’s Seau’s bike. Somebody will rat the shitforbrains out.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Thanks for being spending the time and doing the research that proved me right. I don’t what compels a person to spend that much time to show he was wrong. Maybe you are just a good friend and I don’t even know it?
    I am willing to spend some time teaching you the 3-4 defense. Let me know when to continue. This is interactive. You are allowed to impart info too. In fact, just to show I think you might have a book or two on the subject, I’ll let you go next.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Is there a reason Nolan got passed over for the interim HC job in Miami?

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’re riding the old guy kind of hard, Berg. Chuck might get jealous.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca is another person the Central Scrutinizer loves to scrutinize. NoFear is an EOS(Equal Opportunity Scrutinizer).

  10. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I can’t pretent to know what motivates people, but this is all supposed to be a place to have fun and lively discussions about the 49ers. Some people just have to hold on to old grudges, past predictions, and positions that have changed over the years.
    I mean, really. Some folks here are still pissed that I dropped off the Nolan train in 2007.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I thought this was a place to post really stupid shit after you’re good and stinkin’ drunk. Maybe I should read the rules. Are there any rules? Best keep ’em to yourself even if there are. That would only provoke me to want to break them doubly.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, there’s no comment section on your new thread. Am I missing something? Can’t blame this one on the alcohol, I’m sober at the moment.
    Someone mark the date, time and make a log entry. Might be awhile before my next sober moment. They make an appearance less frequently than Halley’s Comet.

  13. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    F***ing WordPress is pissing me off. Between the email BS and now this, I may meed to find ANOTHER host.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I let Grump’s comment slide a couple of weeks ago. He made this statement about Crabtree.
    “He is not terrible, but the teams that passed on him in the top ten of that draft were probably right” Looking at that draft I have to take exception to that statement. Drafted before Crabtree was 2 Jason Smith 3 Tyson Jackson 4 Aaron Curry 5 Mark Sanchez 6 Andre Smith 7 Darius Hayward Bey
    I’ve just named six players that were drafted before Crabtree that are mediocre and haven’t lived up to their top ten status.
    Sorry but your assertion is incorrect. In hindsight Oher would’ve been a good pick but we can play that game until we’re blue in the face. Bottom line is Crabtree wasn’t on this team last year we would be in worse shape than the Rams were with limited targets.
    In bring this up in fairness because I backed off last time when I shouldn’t have.
    The line that “No Fear was right about me was priceless” considering who you quoted.
    No personal attacks here and I am just stating a rebuttal to your

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I usually look for a common denominator in these things, Chuck. Hmmmm. What could it be?

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Two weeks later. Really? No hobbies? j/k.
    One assumption in your post. That without Crabtree, we would have no targets. If we drafted Oher instead of Crabtree, we would not have drafted Davis. And would have been more likely to address WR elsewhere in the two following drafts as we would know it was a weakness. We might have ended up *better off* than last year.
    It’s all what-ifs with the draft. And it’s all arguing about angels on the heads of pins. Bottom line is, MC either gets better or someone else will play. That is Harbaugh’s approach to everyone and each position, and with Moss, Manningham and Jenkins on the roster at WR, MC knows it. My prediction, though, is that Crabtree will work harder this off-season and will have his best year yet. Unless he gets hurt or loses his playing time altogether, and I see that as no better than 1 in 4.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    A lot of teams felt the same thing about Oher as he lasted 13 more picks after Crabtree which parallels Aaron Rodgers and the coulda , shoulda, wouldhav arguments made in hindsight.
    Maiocco wrote this last week about Crabtree and he mirrors how I feel.


    When you cite No Fear as an ally you are opening Pandora’s Box.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, but if NoFear is your ally you can get scrutinized for free. Consider it similar to joining Toastmasters!
    Actually, you can get scrutinized for free if you are not NoFear’s ally.
    NoFear, we need some scrutinizing here!

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I like NoFear. But then I like Chuck, Berger, Rob and Skeebs. Hell I even like Spitblood. Not enough to hang out with any of you in real life to save my life, but still. I just don’t take the internet too seriously for the most part. The only people I REALLY don’t like are the ones who post the same venomous shite every day. Ad nauseum. We all know who we are talking about there.

  20. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Bullitt, you can’t argue that the guys in front of Crabs were bad and then say it was all coulda woulda shoulda. Based on the guys who got drafted in front of him, he SHOULD have been drafted higher. The fact that others sucked before and after him doesn’t affect his status, his holdout, his missing of all his camps, his dissing of his QB last offseason, and on and on.
    I hope he does well this year, but I also think he has some gowing up to do. He needs to make it through a camp. He needs to commit to the game more. Yes, he’s becoming a better player. Yes, his blocking has improved. But, he needs to understand the offense better. He needs to get much better at hot reads and become more effective at slants. He to truly integrate himself into the team philosophy by geting through a fricking preseason.
    As Harbaugh has shown, it’s improve or get out of the way. Crabs is as vulnerable as anyone else on the roster.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    We will revisit this topic and one of us will be correct and the other notsomuch.
    Looking forward to the end result.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I never said Crabtree should’ve been drafted higher, In a convoluted way Grump made that statement “He is not terrible, but the teams that passed on him in the top ten of that draft were probably right”
    Given a choice of Crabtree or DHB
    I’ll take Crabtree anytime.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You seriously have to get your facts straight. There was no “shoe gate” last year.
    Please read the Matt Barrows article carefully. Crabtree had to have foot surgery before training camp yet you portray it like he just sat it out because he’s a diva. You are so wrong on this one.


    If I’m wrong please set me straight but with a creditable
    source and link.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree is OK. The guy I wanted was BJ Raji. He was gone, so we couldn’t take him.

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The 10th overall pick just being “OK,” is NOT OK.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Like I have been saying, he needs to grow up. He needs to improve his grasp of this offense. Can he? Sure. Will he? I didn’t really like his attitude regarding Smith before these camps happened last offseason. Then he whines his way about his shoes when he gets there.
    Never saw that article. They didn’t disclose the extent of the injury for 3 months. Whatever. He broke his foot. Got it.
    He has strolled into these last couple seasons as the #1 guy with no competition around him. He sure has more motivation than he ever has. Namely better WRs around him. I want him to do well. Will I glowingly praise him now? No.

  27. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NoFear, Grumpy or anyone else, I gotta question because frankly you might have “a tad” more info ‘n insight than I.
    Question: Do you think (guess?) we’ll see a more wide open offense in general next yeah? Read a post on Inside the 49ers, Avetron said: “We’ll see a pass-first WCO this season. Short passes to prepare the deep ones and to open holes for the running game.” Sounds reasonable wid the new WRs and RBs.
    This was ripped pretty quick by summa the experts ovah there. One said it would be a departure from Harbaugh’s usual run first MO. But recently Del Mar posted that JH has actually Increased the Pass Percentage from “36.9% passes in 2009 to 47.5% in 2011”. Including Luck at Stanford.
    Coach is turning into a pass happy fool! Keeps this up we’ll be well over 55% passes in a couple years especially with the new receivers.
    Any thoughts? Thank you…and welcome to the food fight

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    i agree with NOFEAR , our offense won’t be very different from last year ! we should see more wrinkles added in !

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    speaking of nolan , what is he doing nowadays ?

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    i like crabs !

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    he was worth a first rd. pick

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Rumor has it that NoFear is Nolan.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I see you are ready for you next lesson. Some coaches try to get too cute. Too technical. Like lining up in over/under, which is where you shade a shoulder. Forget that. Get me a D-lineman who can win his match-up and line him in the gap or straight up. This is not rocket science, it is football. Justin Smith and Isaac Sopoaga are two guys with the ability to push people straight back. Forget this Tricky Dickie lining up in over/under. Play football, leave the tricky stuff for losing coaches like Mike Nolan. Line up in a gap or line up over somebody’s nose and get a push. Do it in an organized manner so the LBs can honer their responsibilities. This why we call plays on defense. But nothing beats beating the guy in front of you. If the players are thinking first and then reacting they’ve been Nolanized. Make it simple so they can just react and go to the ball. This is the part of the seminar you will probably have the hardest part with.

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, we will not throw significantly more. We WILL be more creative when we do throw, and receivers will be in position to make plays, which happen quickly enough or AT ALL last year.
    Now, will that translate into more success on third down? To some degree, certainly. The rub is, how much more success? And that comes down to Alex Smith and his ability to see and process the field. I am hopeful but I still think he is a few fractions of a second slow. I *DO* think we will see some improvement, though. We have as good a shot as anyone this year, roughly, and it will be luck with injuries and fumble bounces that tells the tale IMHO.

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, we’re all glad you like crabs. May you always have them. 😉

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A happy face emoticon. Really???

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Staley #67 and Carlos Rogers #69 are revealed in this week’s
    release of the 2012 NFL Top 100

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Montana’s son’s appear to have too much of their Mom Jennifer’s genes in them.
    Nate Montana is trnsferring to his third college going to West Virginia Wesleyan. He started off at Notre Dame and transferred to Montana.
    His brother nick just transferred from Washington to Mt San Antonio College.
    Unlike the Mannings, Joe is the only Montana that would have played on Sundays.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think we will line up in more 3 and 4 WR sets(spread). If that moves the safeties back we will probabaly run about the same. The safeties being back does open the underneath passing game too.  
    Football is a simple game. Get the safeties up, throw over the top. When they are back, work the short passing and running game. My guess is we’ll pass more, but not a lot more. The biggest difference is we’ll see more spread formations.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I went to Mt San Antonio College for a year. I then transfered. Actually Mt SAC is a JC.
    In High School we had our league track & field finals at Mt SAC. I was a pole vaulter and high hurdler. I did well at that track. It is a great track. It is where the Mt SAC relays are held for the pros.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco said it best. To achieve success in third down situations, don’t get yourself into third and long and convert on first or second down. A dynamic efficient offense will get you there.
    I still remember in the Pre-Harbaugh years the 2 running plays
    into the middle of the line and always being in 3rd and 8 situations.
    Seems simplistic but to not getting the team as many 3rd downs
    would be a start. That menas opening up the offense a little.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a discussion on CSN Chronicle Live on our favorite subjects


  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner’s prcatice video courtesy of Niner Nation



    Props to Fooch for making this like a knothole experience and giving a peek at what’s going on in Santa Clara

  44. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, that “Top 100” is a joke. Tebow at 95? That’s funny.
    Staley is a little above average, nothing more. He is somewhat overrated because he is articulate, involved in the players’ union, interviews well and is known through the media. It’s crazy to have him rated over players like Jordy Nelson, Johnathan Joseph, Carl Nicks and NaVorro Bowman.
    I think the Pro Football Focus Top 100, with Justin Smith at #2 and NaVorro at 14, was more accurate.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Donna Summer has passed on.
    The Queen of Disco was 63 years old.
    I was an audience member of the Dick Clark Variety Show in LA that she appeared on in the 80’s and she had a fabulous voice.
    It is reported she died of cancer in Florida.
    RIP Donna Summer. You were Hot Stuff.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Joke or not this Top 100 list was voted only by the NFL Players that were on rosters last year.
    Basically a poll of what their peers think of them.
    I’m just happy that Niner players are on the list.
    I suppose I should add Staley to your sh*t list.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t wait to see where Alex is rated on this poll. The suspense is killing me.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I guess I think a lot more of Joe Staley than you do Grumpy. I love atheltic OTs and he is the proto-type. What are you looking for Grump, a mauler? He is not that, but he sure gets to the spot he needs to be and gets the block. He is as good as there is for that.

  49. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    For those of you that care, my blog is back up and running.

  50. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s (the top 100) just another time-filler for the interminable offseason.
    As far as he offense goes, I think the first 2 picks give one an inkling of what they are planning. They may not go Mouse Davis or run the Pistol, but they are looking to use their newfound speed to their advantage. At least they have the bodies to run 3-4 WR sets. When Swett Brain is your 3rd WR, you have problems.

  51. robNo Gravatar says:

    saw donna summer died at 63 !
    bummer !

  52. robNo Gravatar says:


    NICE POST !!

  53. robNo Gravatar says:

    “For those of you that care, my blog is back up and running.”

  54. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Nice answers guys, thanks. Gives me something to think about during these long waits fer football news
    “As far as he offense goes, I think the first 2 picks give one an inkling of what they are planning. They may not go Mouse Davis or run the Pistol, but they are looking to use their newfound speed to their advantage”…Unca
    “I think we will line up in more 3 and 4 WR sets(spread). If that moves the safeties back we will probabaly run about the same. The safeties being back does open the underneath passing game too”… Bergs
    “Phil, we will not throw significantly more. We WILL be more creative when we do throw, and receivers will be in position to make plays, which (didn’t?)happen quickly enough or AT ALL last year. Now, will that translate into more success on third down? To some degree, certainly.”…Grumpy
    “Without any more info or insight into Harbaugh’s plans whatsoever, I’d say no. He seems too risk averse to me for a wide open game plan and why would he want to go too far away from what got him to 13-3 and Coach of the Year. I think he wanted more play calling options more than a new offense. Must convert more third downs and put more TDs on the board than FGs at the end of the drives”…NoFear

    Thanks again, helpful

  55. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NF mentioned “the Indonesian time zone”. I was surprised earlier to learn the Philippines is in the same time zone as China Standard Time and West Australia (Perth). Prolly the Indonesia time zone as well. Gotta research that one. But come to find out while watching the paint dry and the grass grow that we out here in the Islands are also in the following time zones:
    North Asia Standard Time
    Malay Peninsula Standard Times (Indonesia?)
    Taipei Standard Time
    Ulaanbaatar Standard Time zone. My favorite where ever that is.
    Ok gotta see what Lolong is doing with the freakin paint

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rolando McClain was found guilty
    of assault and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 180 days and this is also pending discipline from the NFL.
    Now that’s a wasted top ten draft pick and leaves the Raiduhs with another huge hole.
    McClain,Jamarcus Russell, DHB, Robert Gallery and Darell Russell are top ten picks that have bombed

  57. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedule
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26 · 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 · 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 · 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 · 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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