Where’s Waldo?

I’d forgotten what it was like to watch the playoffs without the 49ers’ involvement. Pretty much sucks, to say the least.

It’s safe to assume that the first priority for the 49ers FO in their head coach hire will be to save face. The league is laughing at Jed York and Trent Baalke. Pure and simple. They’ll mention winning Super Bowls, but all they want now is to get through one year without looking like complete dolts. Actually, they look like dolts now. One year without confirming they’re dolts.

You would think that two guys who planned a year in advance to fire Jim Harbaugh, whether he won a Super Bowl or not, would have taken some time to figure out who his replacement would be. In the past week, they’ve interviewed all kinds of different guys — defensive guys, offensive guys, big names, inhouse names — you name it, they’re had lunch with it. Except a black guy to fill the Rooney Rule requirement or just because there might be a black guy who knows how to coach.

What this looks like is probably what it is: two morons trying to find out what everyone else thinks is wrong or right with the Niners and how they would fix it or improve it. Lord knows, York and Baalke don’t have a clue.

It’s doubtful they will risk hiring an unknown, up and coming young coach again, either. That would demonstrate some balls, and they don’t have any.

Harbaugh is going to be a tough act to follow. Fans might be pleased to see the offense look flashier, if it does, but if the Ws don’t appear as well, that pleasure will be short lived. Harbaugh never cared about stats or style points. It was all about winning for him. And he was very, very good at it.

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114 comments on “Where’s Waldo?
  1. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The laughing is inside your head. 99,999,998 people understand the situation and how it played out.

    You tell people to move on yet keep harping on this.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Harping on what, Chuck? The team is looking for a new coach, are they not? But you are right, people do understand the situation. That’s why they’re laughing.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The only fallout I hear about is from uninformed fans who have no clue what transpired.

    Like the unwashed masses clamoring for Mark Jackson to come back at all costs.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Then you haven’t read much over the past week, Chuck. Ann Killion sums it up pretty well:


  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, why do you keep bringing up Mark Jackson? I wasn’t aware he led the Warriors to three straight title games. Or even barely scratched the surface in the playoffs.

  6. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Killion? Wow. One local writer = the whole NFL.

    If you can’t see the similarities, then I can’t help you. Jackson took a moribund team that couldn’t reach the playoffs for years and years. And he got them there through the strength of his defense. The offense suffered, and the coach was an abrasive sort that managed to alienate everyone around him.

    Ring ANY bells?

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Killion, Bruce Jenkins, Brian Murphy, a week’s worth of Pro Football Talk, Pete Carroll, Bruce Arians, the “49ers Are Idiots” piece linked to in a previous thread … Can you name even one person outside your blog that thinks York and Baalke are competent?

    So, Jackson did not take his team to any title games and his stature as a coach isn’t even remotely comparable to Harbaugh.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Scott McCloughan will be Redskins new GM.”

    He’s desperate and so are they.

  9. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The owner’s acumen will be determined next season based on it goes. Not on your hurt feelings over Harbaugh.

    And there is a pretty long list of folks in the NFL who think Baalke is a very good GM.

    As far as Scotty goes, he isn’t the desperate one. Danny Snyder is.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t have hurt feelings about Harbaugh, Chuck. I don’t know the man at all. Where do you get crap like that?

    So, no names, as expected.

    Scotty has great talent, but a booze problem. He’s lost two jobs over it and he’s still drinking.

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dan Snyder is Jed’s future.

    I don’t know why, but I’m glad to see Scot get back in the game.

    The list of guys who think the next coach won’t have nearly the roster to work with the last coach did is longer as is the list of guys who think he and Jed are a couple of egomaniacal jerk offs.

  12. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Idiot Snyder would be well served to find out what Scotty’s favorite brand of Scotch is and send him a case of it.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dumb and Dumber are in lock step spewing their vortex of hyperbolic BS.
    Comparing the NFL to the NBA shows how clueless you guys are.
    In the NBA more teams make the playoffs than don’t. The NFL is do or die, lose and you’re out. The NBA plays series which means a potential 28 more games in the playoffs.
    Since you guys are flapping your gums on how great Mark Jackson is ask yourself this question. Is he currently coaching anywhere? That says it all.
    Saying they were not the in playoffs for years and years shows how little you know.
    The Warriors were out of the playoffs for 5 years. Naturally you exaggerate and make it seem like a decade. It wasn’t.

    More background on Mark Jackson is he banned Jerry West who is a Warrior EVP from watching practices. He also banned Jim Barnett who does the Warrior color commentary from practices.
    Then you have the dysfunction of 2 assistant coaches getting fired because Jackson though they were spying for the front office and hiring more as confidants than good assistants.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Good for Scotty, hope he can dig himself out of the hole of addictio(alcohol is a drug for some). Just curious but wasn’t he the GM when we drafted A. Smith. Everyone seems to blame Nolan for that one. i guess I am one of the few that honestly think Harbaugh’s time was through here. I don’t see any prior accomplishments that Jed has had that ease my mind about his decision for the next HC but I am hopeful he gets it right. We still really don’t know the whole story. And, I don’t think Baalke has near the power that is expressed by some here.
    off topic: Chuck on your new post I couldn’t find a way to post anything.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC when Nolan was hired he had final say on the roster.
    Eventually those powers were taken away from Nolan.

    Anyway as I also recall there was no clear cut choice to use on the #1 pick and nobody was interested in trading up.
    I also recall there was talk of San Diego trading Phillip Rivers for the #1 pick and some other considerations but that was just talk. That trade would’ve changed NFL history if it had come to fruition.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think you got it right about Nolan bullit. If we just would have had a decent OC at the time things might have been different also.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    He did with his first 2 OCs. Unfortunately they were both hired away as head coaches. The irony for the Niners were they were too good and in demand.

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    My memory is pretty short some times, I just remember some untried OC”s. I did really like Norv though. Mike McCarthy(sp) was one of the fist I think, and Green Bay swooped him right up>

  19. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, there are some who think nobody knew what to do with the first pick and we tried to trade it but couldn’t find any trade partners. Along with a lot of speculation about who influenced the choice between Rodgers or Smith. Given that Nolan was always a defensive guy I’d say someone like McCloughan influenced the pick but Nolan did have the final word at that time, whether he used it or not there I can’t say.

    He brought in McCarthy to get back to the WCO. He also kept four QBs on the roster to avoid having to play Alex before he was ready. Unfortunately they all got injured behind a sad o-line. McCarthy left for the GB job and Nolan brought in Turner with his digital down the field offense. Nolan got Jennings and Allen and Gore set the NFC rushing record and power running has been the offense ever since.

    Hope you got jackets over there. I hear it’s getting down into the 50’s these days in paradise.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yep your memory is OK.
    The Niner FO knew Harbaugh was history.
    The disappointing thing is they are talking to almost every candidate who wants to be a HC which indicates they really are confused. What is really going to hurt and I hope doesn’t happen
    is they finally make a choice and get turned down and have to settle for second or third choice. That would be horrible for York/Baalke.

  21. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, the story I heard was Nolan, on the course of interviewing Rodgers and Smith, asked them to do something ridiculous (bark like a dog or some shit).

    Rodgers deferred. Smith didn’t.

    What that played in the decision isn’t known, but there you go.

  22. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Asking you guys to draw comparisons is like getting blood from a stump.

  23. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m guessing you heard all the stories everyone else heard. That was just the one you liked best. And only after you decided you were anti-Nolan.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seems to me like posters are barking like dogs on Chuck’s blog on a regular basis.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Winder. I fixed the problem.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, NoFear. I can make uninformed decisions all by myself. I wanted Rodgers mainly because he played in a pro-style offense at Cal. And I’d seen him play. Nothing too hard to figure.

    You on the other hand say nothing very eloquently.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seems to me if you left, Bullit, there’d be a lot less bullshit on this blog.

    Just my $0.02 . . .

  28. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Uninformed decisions, like uninformed opinions, are reactionary, knee-jerk and usually wrong. I’m faced with the evidence of your abilities there almost daily.

    You wanted Rodgers? Yeah, who didn’t?! Right?! Well you sure got behind Alex and smeared those who didn’t jump bandwagons as fast as you can. And off again, on again, off again. Who can keep up?

    You, on the other other hand, make it quite the point to argue with “nothing” constantly.

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    for some reason i can’t post on ur blog from my phone. Not sure if the prob is on my end or yours

  30. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    God damn. Go dig up old posts with your altar ego.

    I said smith was the victim of bad coaxing since 2007.

    You on the other Hans want him back after crucifying him for 7 years. Til he started winning and you not-so-mysteriously vanished like a fart in the wind.

  31. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Can power down and power back on, ROB???

    I had a problem earlier that I fixed. You might need to refresh.

  32. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    HC to choose the GM? What a concept. Never happen in Ninerland with the current FO geniuses in control. Would that work? Where? Look no farther than the great N/W = SEA.

    Fellow said: “I think more teams should do what the Seahawks did and let the head coach hire the GM. So many coaches get killed by stupid GMs who don’t get the players the coaches need to succeed. I could never figure out GMs who think they know more about football than the head football coach and the players he needs to have success. It needs to be a team effort like Carroll and Schneider have. Not very many teams are willing to do that. Matter of fact the Seahawks are the only ones I know of.”

    On PFT. Seems to be working pretty good up there if it’s true Carroll is calling the shots on players he needs. Might have made a difference to our now departed recent HC. This however will never happen with Balkey around.

    Eagles, now Redskins, SEA are going this route = make the HC not the GM the focal point of power on the team. And keep owners out of it.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan had GM authority and they took it away from him in 2008
    and promoted McCloughan. Then Scot ended up firing Nolan.
    Seahags had the same problem with Holmgren and they eventually took the power away from him.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CSNBA has just reported that Kap has chosen to train with ex-Card QB Kurt Warner in the offseason.
    He will be in Phoenix and joined by Patton, Ellington and Bruce Miller.

  35. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Football is training with Johnny Walker Red in Houston. And Cleveland. And Vegas. And…

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What seems to have been overlooked in the piece Skeebs is, the apparent disconnect with the QB development phase.

    If Harbaugh selected Kaep, Baalke likely deferred to him on that selection.
    I also feel that LMJ came by way of Jim as well, though my opinion comes from information I’d read, regarding how much Jim hated playing/planning against him, while at Stanford.
    A mutual admiration sort of thing.

    Our biggest, and most glaring deficiency, has been an inability to develop a Pro-caliber passing attack.

    You can hang Baalke out to dry for AJJ, maybe.
    Seeing as Trent went out and got Veteran talent in that dept suggests to me, he was doing what he could to provide weapons to Roman and Harbaugh.
    By and large, the TE position was under-developed, under utilized.
    Vernon checked out, no one behind him made any contributions either.

    I put the onus of that, squarely on Coaching, before the GM.
    We were Offensively challenged, which goes back to the SB.
    It hadn’t improved and, we’ve lost ground to Seattle as well.

    I’d had hoped for a long tenure of Harbaugh vs Carroll however, the Offense never materialized.
    For me, as much as Jim produced W’s, he didn’t evolve on Offense.

    I simply think they peaked and were figured out.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit here’s a good example of my concerns regarding Shanny.


  38. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear- Thanks that puts a lot of Nolan’s first year into focus, I do remember it now. I have been over here so long this time that I actually get cold if it hits 62 or 63 degrees. i think the 50’s was on the Big Island. But I am suffering from Island fever and should be back on the west coast in a year or two.

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I vaguely remember 62 degrees. I think it was about 5 or 6 snows ago.

  40. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit good that the team has tried to give the HC power to get the players he needs to be successful (Nolan). Too bad it didn’t work out but not every coach is a good player evaluator. I doubt the ‘institutional memory’ of the Niners includes this possibility- being long ago. And with the York/Balkey cabal running the show it won’t be employed.

    York is not secure enough to boot Balkey upstairs and let a winning coach have primary responsibility to build the team. As Lurie in Philly is. Balkey won’t voluntarily relinquish his hold on this duty. We’re stuck with what we have. No new coach will get the “trigger”.

    Hendrix was wasted due to this management problem and a dismal draft in 2012 (+ questionable one in 2013 and all these wounded players, a Balkey trademark). Pity

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I think Baalke can work with the HC.

    I’d simply prefer that Jed just stay out of the process.
    He’s no smarter at the football side of this business than we are.

    What took place this past week in Philly, came at the expense of Tom Gamble.
    A guy Spit thought was a better GM than Baalke.

    What’s missing in our repertoire is a cohesive plan on what we’re attempting to build on Offense here IMO.

    I’m pretty sure it was Baalke who brought Jim here to begin with?
    What went wrong from there we may never fully understand.
    He likely gave Jim the latitude to select Kaep.

    What may have driven the nail into that relationship could have been the timetable to develop him?

    We’ll see where Philly goes with Chip at the helm.
    His Offensive style puts a lot of pressure on his Defense.
    That’s where his shortcomings show IMO.

    I’m going to go our on a limb and predict he pulls a ‘Ditka’ if Mariota declares next week.

    We’ll see….

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seeing as we’re now at the crossroads of Scot/Trent on the Offensive side of this equation, the new HC will be instrumental in driving the direction of the Offensive selections we’ll need to make.

    I just hope they address it with an eye focused on Kaep’s development and the players needed to run it.

    The HC hire could remain in-house with Fangio, which doesn’t really address the Offensive side of this situation.

    Again, let’s all hope they can find some common ground, to work together and, get this thing back on the rails.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure who’s seen this info, regarding Kaep working with Kurt Warner during the Off-season.

    Interesting to see the list of players expected to attend.

    2 guys I like at the WR position for the Draft are also scheduled to attend.
    Jaelen Strong and Kevin White.

    Good opportunity for Kaep to ‘Test Drive’ some potential WRs perhaps?


  44. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seems Greg Roman is in high demand these days. Hard to believe with so many blog ex-spurts claiming he wouldn’t/couldn’t get a shot anywhere by anyone since he was such an idiot.

    Maybe not so hard to believe since these are the same ex-spurts who said Mike Nolan would never coach again, even high school.

    What is clear is these ex-spurts don’t know much of anything.

    HC/OC – Bucs, Bills, Buf, Jags, who else now?

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s connected in JAX NoFear49er, I’ll put my $$$ there because of his ties to GM David Caldwell.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think you were the person that mentioned the possibility that Harbaugh had final say on the plays at one point along this long debate trail?
    Hard to figure what the disconnect was with our Offense.

    Was it Roman or, was it Harbaugh, that dictated the scheme?

    We’ll see where the Michigan Offense goes now, while we wait to see where Roman ends up.

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    What was wrong with the scheme? Or rather, what are you calling scheme? Too much Kaepernick, too little Gore? Too much two-TE? Not enough WCO?

    Just want to be on the same page with terms.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The lack of consistency with the passing phase NoFear49er.
    Never seemed to graduate from the Pistol to Pocket.

    Much of that could have been related to what Kaep was able to generate certainly.

    That’s what I’ve had trouble with.
    Did Kaep hold them back?
    Was Jim not able to get him up to speed quickly enough?
    Where did the Offense sputter and why?

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What exactly is Jed suggesting with the need for ‘A Teacher’ is bugging the H3LL out of me too.
    Is he suggesting Jim/Roman/Chryst et al didn’t get him where they expected him to be?

    This whole meltdown in general is hard to fathom.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Scheme = Offensive Identity perhaps?

  51. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    TB and Jax for a lateral move is high demand?

    What I don’t get is if St. Jim was so intent on sticking with Roman, why didn’t he bring him to the Big House? They could have cut him loose just as easily.

  52. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, if the 49ers improve their offense next year from 25th in points scored to say 15th, will that be enough to get them to the playoffs?

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Only a Neanderthal football challenged moron would even make a statement like ‘TB and Jax for a lateral move is high demand?”.

    Since you lack football acumen let me explain things for you.
    There are only 32 OC jobs in the NFL with a handful of vacancies.
    Most of the other OC jobs won’t be filled until the Head Coaches are hired.

    The complexities of the NFL seem to be a little too much for your feeble intellect.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, try to make your point without all the name calling.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    11 wins will be enough to make the playoffs, Chuck. All the other stats don’t guarantee anything.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    15th in points scored is setting the bar pretty low for the big offensive improvement we’re supposed to get. The 2011, 2012, and 2013 Niners were 11th.

  57. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What is 25th then?

    This is my biggest issue with this offense.

    The lack of ability to put games away, and the inability to adjust on the fly.

    I’m not sure why they had such a hard time scoring this year but it appeared to me that the red zone and 3rd down issues that were in the background the last couple years came to the forefront in a big way. Things got worse instead of better.

    And it looked to me as if they never changed their approach. Sure, they mixed up the formations and decided to throw more, but the routes were the same. The same as they were 3 years ago.

    No growth = regression. We can all point out the various reasons why we think it went bad, but it went bad in a big way.

    Seeing as they hadn’t changed their approach up to this point, I didn’t gave faith they’d do things different next year if they did re-up Harbaugh.

    He may have canned Roman and went a different direction. We’ll never know, but nothing in the recent past points to that.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to the narrative of “team mutiny” that half the team stopped playing for Harbaugh?
    Chuck proclaimed that half the team would have to be replaced if Harbaugh stayed. Unsubstantiated BS.
    Still waiting for one player to come forward and badmouth Harbaugh as Chuck predicted.
    Same old hyperbolic BS.

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They gave Kaepernick four good WRs this year and changed the focal point from Gore to Kap, expecting him to take off this year. He was not up to the task, however. He flopped. If your QB stinks, the offense cannot be productive.

    Routes are routes, Chuck. Every team runs the same routes. There’s nothing magical about it. Some teams have better WRs running those routes and some teams have better QBs utilizing his WRs.

    A season that goes bad has lots of reasons. Shit happens. Throwing out the coach is what knee-jerk owners do, to please knee-jerk fans. If you really think Harbaugh isn’t smart enough to fix things, then it’s impossible to explain his three years of phenomenal success. I guess you think he was just lucky.

  60. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, they don’t. teams throw slants. We don’t. Teams throw screens. We don’t. Teams throw quick passes off 3 step drops. We don’t. Our WRs are notoriously slow at getting separation off the line. We don’t use our weapons correctly.

    Ellington/Patton should be used on go routes a few times a game. Instead we use Miller for that. TEs vanished this year. They refuse to exploit match ups and instead play their same plays.

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We ran all those plays, Chuck. You should have watched the games.

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, saying the league figured us out and stopped us is tantamount to saying this coaching staff was so brilliant it took the entire league three whole years to figure them out. Yet these brilliant coaches couldn’t come up with anything more to get an advantage. Not exactly plausible.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The overriding concern here is the owner. He sabotaged his own team this year just to prove who’s boss. If that makes you confident for the future of the team, then have a big glass of Kool-Aid – you’ll need it.

  64. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jed didn’t call the plays. The subterfuge will never be known to the extent of who initiated what on terms of the front office goings-on. Harbaugh played his part in creating thrash himself.

    To fall back that this is the sole fault of the owner is naive.

    Kappy bears part of the blame for the collapse but the truth remains this team had a lot of 2nd half leads that they lost. They were out scored by a large margin.

    That being said, Kappy’s numbers up until the bye week were fairly consistent with his previous output. Mid 90s rating. The cratering started after the bye week. Why? Because Harbaugh was fed up with Jed and Trent?

    For all the angst, the Niners beat philly, KC, and Dallas before the bye. 5-3 isn’t great, but they were in position to make their run. They failed despite their easier 2nd half schedule. They had no business losing to Oakland, SD, and stl. How that falls on Jed I don’t know.

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The future falls on Jed, Chuck. That was the point. And he pissed on his own team this year, twice, in public.

  66. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the recent past lies with Harbaugh. A guy who admittedly likes turmoil.

    Strictly from a personnel move aspect, I don’t have a problem with dismissing Harbaugh. The offense was stale and I didn’t see any changes in philosophy on the horizon.

    Despite past success.

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Colin Kaepernick’s accuracy % on passes of 20+ yards, per PFF: 2012- 60.6 (best in NFL), 2013- 45.6 (11th), 2014- 33.3 (29th).”

  68. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That points to coaching, Skeebs. Kappys not improving because they are messing with how he plays his game.

    The Seahawks run plays based on RWs skills. They give RW outlets on EVERY play. We don’t. He misses guys, yes, but more often than not when he breaks contain he has nowhere to go with the ball. Rarely do we bring guys back toward Kappy. It’s jailbreak, everyone go deep.

    This same shit was happening with Smith as QB under Harbaugh. It’s not like Kappy was lucky through college and 2011-12 and suddenly forgot how to play.

  69. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    > 11-13 <

  70. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gore had a bad year in his blocking. Way down, actually. As did Vernon Davis. Boone came back from his holdout (or should I say holdup) and played like shit. Iupati coming off a broken leg and wasn’t up to speed most of the year. I haven’t seen anyone say that points to coaching. So why is it when Kaepernick struggles some people insist it is coaching that’s the problem?

    He had a bad year. Lots of QBs reach that point in their first two or three years where nothing goes right while they figure out timing, receiver reactions, pass rushes, pressures and defenses on the pro level.

    Coaching is not the cause. Coaching might be able to help but the player practicing and working harder and longer is the cure.

    Which games did we lose where Kaepernick had a good game? Just one. 2nd Seattle game. Think there’s any correlation?

  71. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “That points to coaching, Skeebs. Kappys not improving because they are messing with how he plays his game.”

    That’s one of the most hilarious bits of nonsense you’ve ever posted, Chuck, and you’ve had some doozies. It’s a record of a QB not throwing the ball accurately, and getting worse. Regressing. The coaches don’t throw the ball.

  72. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Continuing the late edition discussion with NJ re: Hendrix vs Balkey…

    To use a Bullit term NJ you seem to be an apologist for the GM (as I am for Jimi).

    To wit: “…I think Baalke can work with the HC.”

    He sure couldn’t with Hendrix so not sure why you think this?
    Evidence? Rather we have a draft during our SB year that harmed our squad going forward. AJJ, there’s evidence of Balkey failure on an epic scale = the whole 2012 draft. And Hendrix didn’t like it one bit as he was stuck trying to build an O around a 5th round WR bust. Our #1 pick. This makes the Alex vs Aaron dilemma look like a small thing in that Smith was/is functional…just not when he’s throwing to AJ.

    I really think the 2012 non-draft was the issue that set Balkey and Hendrix at it. And it had long term implications we are still dealing with. Yes York came along and backed the wrong horse but he’s a York = wrong and late = further fallout from the blown draft of 2012 is our current Singletary-esque prolonged hunt for a HC = “OK Trent I canned him now will you finally tell me WHO we’re gonna get??”. So not sure why you say Balkey can ‘get along’ with a HC with this on his resume = Blow the draft, blame the coach. Right.

    “I’d simply prefer that Jed just stay out of the process.”

    York is up to his childish eyeballs in the process of mismanaging this team. This hardly makes Balkey look better no matter how close these two are. Balkey blew the draft in 2012- and the 2013 draft is looking shakier going forward, no?- and York backed him over the HC despite this epic fail. Let me repeat that = YORK backs him despite that epic fail. Ongoing. Not fixed despite (y)our preference. “Management problem” per Madden ongoing.

    “What’s missing in our repertoire is a cohesive plan on what we’re attempting to build on Offense here IMO.”

    When the GM who blows drafts and gets a pack of injured players ‘cheap’, fails to get adequate players on O yes this impacts any hope of a cohesive plan. But to join the York/Balkey duo in targeting the winning HC as responsible for not spinning straw into gold is to go further down the path of enabling systemic dysfunction.

    Let’s hold the owner and GM responsible for their huge part in dismantling the team

  73. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So much for intelligent talk. You’re going with he forgot how to throw? Right.

    What’s funny is his numbers didn’t change all that much from last year to this. In fact he had a higher completion %age and more yards this year than last. He even had more rushing yards this year. Curious, no?

    2 less TDs, 2 more picks. 91.6 to 86.4 rating.You act like he fell off a cliff.

  74. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RE: ” our current Singletary-esque prolonged hunt for a HC” =

    NFL exec: “So coach you went in and had an interview with York and Balkey for the Niner HC spot. How did it go?”

    Winning coach: “I got nervous when York started tweeting in the middle of the interview. It was a joke. Felt like I was applying for the Jr High squad in Alameda with the principal running the show. I turned ’em down politely. You think I’m suicidal with a wish to have my scalp nailed up next to Hendrix?”

    Frankly I’d rather have a round of pants dropping than this charade

  75. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The TEAM’S struggles were due to the crappy scheme.

  76. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Good points NoFear. Which is why I said the team’s struggles. Kappy’s numbers look pretty much like last years. The rest of the team besides Boldin?

    No. The offense regressed amid all the issues bandied about. But the issues from the past couple years were magnified. Mainly red zone scoring.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember Chuck and Berger declared themselves so football savvy laughing at posters that use numbers to illustrate their points.
    As usual their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  78. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, as for the teacher comment, I think he was just using teacher as another word for coach and nothing more. That’s what coaches do, teach.

    I think the big picture was to get off all the complicated running plays, tricky formations for variations of the read options, to make it simpler for players to know where they line up and the QB getting the offense set, and progress the offense to more of a simplified pass and run balanced attack.

    Injuries (and bad subs) on the o-line and a bad year for Kaepernick together with a new emphasis on passing was difficult. On top of that the fine folks in the front office working overtime to undermine and diminish the head coach took its toll on the players’ confidence and had them wondering where they’d be or who they’d play for next year.

    If you look at the season it was that four-loss stretch that killed it. If we’d split the Seattle games and beat OAK and SD where are we with all this? Harbaugh is still gone, apparently, casual fans and Baalke’s family still screaming that Roman is an idiot, and Kaepernick still needs to up his game considerably in many respects.

    In the home game against Seattle and the Oakland game Kaepernick played his worst games of the season with the exception of the Rams game following the bye.

  79. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think the regression by Kappy in deep accuracy is mental, and it’s about the defenses. Teams no longer play him vanilla. They disguise what they’re doing and the complexity of it has overwhelmed his limited understanding of the game. Now he is thinking and hesitating instead of cutting it loose – and NFL windows close too quickly to do a lot of pondering out there.

    Unless he takes a major step forward in his understanding and ability to process what he is seeing, next year will not magically get better. He’d better work hard this off-season, with Warner and on his own for long hours with film, to get over that hurdle, or he won’t be a starting QB for long.

    Note that Montana and Young got good because they spent a LOT of time looking at film, in addition to their talent. Walsh felt that film study was almost as important as practice time for a young QB. Kappy needs to show that kind of mental commitment to his craft over this winter and spring.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very good points of emphasis Grumpy.
    I would add Kap needs to finesse throws and cut down on velocity for accuracy and lead receivers to increase YAC.
    Kap need to be aware of the playclock because that is his responsibility. If there’s only 7 seconds you can’t go on long counts.
    If Kap better understands the playbook he can run a hurryup two minute offense without huddling and wasting an extra 15 seconds.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hope the Niners come to an agreement with Gore because I still think he can play and is a good leader.


  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs the point I’m attempting to understand with this whole mess is, whether Jed/Trent felt as if we’d hit the ceiling with the Offense?

    The comment I made regarding ‘figuring us out’ is, that we never got over the loss of our Power Run identity.
    Nothing materialized in terms of a Plan B.

    I question as well, whether Kaep didn’t progress because he wasn’t running as much?
    Didn’t work hard enough?
    Didn’t get ‘Taught’ well enough?

    This emphasis on ‘Teacher’ suggests to me, Jed MAY feel there was an impasse reached, between the HC and his self-selected Franchise QB?
    Were there unrealized expectations with Jim’s ability to get Kaep up to speed?

    It’s a complicated debate, with many here taking sides on what, or who, sabotaged the HC.

    That answer? We simply don’t know.
    We can all agree that it’s hard to understand how so much success could sour so quickly.

    What’s done is done.
    It’s the search for answers that drives the angst among us.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I did believe that Baalke and Harbaugh were close enough at one point to agree to work together.
    I also believe Baalke deferred to Jim on the selection of Kaep, possibly LMJ.

    I have no intention to make apologies for Baalke.
    He’s got a job a to do, a VERY important one, if this team is to realize any long-term success.

    I’d hope he was smart enough to know that a successful union with the HC means having a common vision on the roster.

    I’ve made the point, repeatedly, that Jed gave Trent the title of GM.
    For me, that means, let Trent run the show, with his HC.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Where the dysfunction surfaced is the driving topic of our continued debates here.
    Did Jim make demands for a revision of his Contract?
    Did Jed suggest he would be willing to do so with a Title?

    Plenty of topics and speculation to point to along the way.

    All I’ve asked for is that Jed stay away from the GM/HC dynamic and let them work together.
    I despise meddling Owners.

    Many felt that Jed should have stepped in when reports of the discord surfaced between Trent and Jim.
    Obviously Jed did, and made a decision to part with Jim.

    I’m just trying to understand, like we all are, which of the trio lit the fuse?
    Water over the dam at this point.
    However, with all this emphasis on finding a ‘teacher’, I’m trying to understand whether Jed/Trent felt Kaep couldn’t improve under the Coaching Staff that took us to the Playoffs the past 3 years?

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er, that’s the topic I’ve been attempting to clarify.

    Beyond the rifts reported with Jim and Trent, the perception that Jim wanted a raise for losing the SB, control over personnel, etc, I’ve been obsessed with this term ‘teacher’ being so obvious in hindsight.

    We can all agree, firing a successful HC looks completely asinine on the surface.
    Something, maybe the cumulative effects of everything reported, drove this thing into the wall.

    I’m just speculating here that they may have felt Kaep wasn’t being taught properly?

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit your UT DT Malcom Brown is my #1 DT right now.
    The question becomes what the priority will be for us at 15.

    Identifying the talent is important, slotting them on the Draft Board is where the Big Boys earn their money.

    As these Draft Experts draw things up, the Scouts and GMs have to put their work in, to identify the guys most worthy of getting the higher selections, based on team needs.

    It’s a fun process for me but, it’s a business for guys like Baalke.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Article from Niners Digest regarding Kap and attending Summer School with Kurt Warner.
    Sidebar that he will also have tutoring sessions with Steve Young and Trent Dilfer. That might not sit well with those who hold Dilfer in disdain.
    Significant take from the article “Instinctually, when Kaepernick feels pressure, his first move is to bring his eyes down and try to make a play with his legs. It would often lead to giving up his reads down field too early, running right into a spying linebacker or defensive lineman keen on not letting Kaepernick get up field.

    The best quarterbacks make very subtle movements within the pocket to avoid the rush while keeping their eyes down field – and only leave the pocket if it’s the last available option.
    According to Pro Football Focus, Kaepernick was allowed an average of 2.96 seconds to throw from the pocket, the third-highest number for quarterbacks that took half their team’s snaps. His high sack total wasn’t just on the offensive line.

    It wasn’t that Kaepernick was incapable of making the right reads, it’s that he gave up on them too soon and too often, perhaps having too much faith in his legs to bail him out. It will be a tough habit to break.”
    That dispels the myth by the apologists that Kap had little time to throw. The metrics say he had the 3rd most time in the league contrary what the apologists have been spinning to shield Kap.


  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Bullit, regarding the OLine being the main source of sacks.
    Yes, the OLine was injured, shuffled and re-shuffled but, Kaep complicated things for them all too often.

    Any OLine in this game needs to know where the QB is setting up in order to provide the proper protection.
    Learning the finer points from EXOS is something we all hope will pay dividends.

    Further fuel for that loose term I’m obsessing over, ‘teacher’.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RG III acts as if he has a week to throw like he may have had at Baylor.
    Kaep acts as if he has a nano-second to decide between pass or take off.

    It’s a major hurdle for a Pistol/Option QB to become comfortable in the Pro Offense.

    Kaep needs to learn the difference, to slow his instinct to run.
    If a QB isn’t calm enough to function in tight quarters and make his reads, he’s not going to last long.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another trait that was favored in the past was a QB with a quick release.
    I have always thought that Kap’s windup and arm motion along with staring down receivers makes it too easy for the DBs.

    Here’s hoping that Warner is able to tap Kap’s potential that everyone has been waiting to be unleashed.

  91. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, the big disconnect I have is that Harbaugh did not know how to use LMJ in any kind of meaningful way. Or maybe he just never got out of the dog house for the fumble in the Super Bowl.

    Hey Bullit, how long does it take to make a 5-7 step drop?

  92. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit why do you pin the delays on Kappy when we had the same problem with Alex?

    Why is it we ran no-huddle for one drive in one game and never again?

    Not going to a quicker pace near the end of the SD game isn’t because Kappy is taking too long, it’s because the coaches aren’t doing any adjusting to get the plays in faster.

    These fundamental problems are not new. You act like this hasn’t been going on since after Norv Turner left.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On third down when they are in shotgun .1 seconds.
    PFF says Kap had the third most time of all QBs.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This term ‘teacher’ has been eating at me.
    Teaching is Coaching as NoFear49er suggested.

    If, BIG IF, Jed/Trent felt Coaching was to blame, I would assume it hinged around Kaep?
    There too, how much was Kaep a part of the regression?
    Did he work hard enough?
    Were there too many Coaches involved with that process?

    Agree Bullit regarding his wind up and mechanics in general.
    There again, did Jim thwart any changes within the Staff?

    Dozens of questions, little sense to be made of where those answers lie.

    I just can’t figure out where all this internal sabotage jargon originated?
    Players seemed frustrated with the ‘scheme’, Vernon disappearing as he did, etc.

    The whole thing sucked A$$.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I was reading last night, about some opinions surrounding the possible consideration of Auburn HC Gus Malzahn, as an OC candidate.

    If they opt to stick with Fangio over Shanny & Son, I’m not so sure Gus wouldn’t be a decent option.
    He worked with Cam Newton and faced Saban at ‘Bama with decent success.
    Fangio does present less upheaval to the Defensive side of the roster, which played extremely well given the injuries we incurred.

    From what I’ve gathered, Malzahn did a pretty good job of marrying a power running game with the Spread game.

    Curious, but interesting, nonetheless.

  96. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, your rationale seems to be centered on what happened to Harbaugh happened as a result of the team losing too many games due to a collapse of the offense.

    It looks to me like what happened was already largely done before the season even got started. Possibly a different ending was to be written if Harbaugh conceded some power or other point of his authority.

    If so, Kaepernick’s development had little or nothing to do with any of it. Remember Jay Glazer reported at the beginning of the year Harbaugh wouldn’t be back. That couldn’t have been because of the season yet to be played. We were still considered a shit-hot team at that point.

    Anything Jed says is like PR BS. His Dad is not going to be proud of a winning team. His Dad is going to be proud of profits and asset value.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er the long running question I’ve been trying to answer has been the Offense.
    Were there expectations placed on Kaep’s development?

    Why the sudden departure from the Pistol?
    Fat new Contract-based, no more running?

    It would be so much easier if we all got together at the local saloon and chewed the sh!t on this topic I think 😀
    All the keystrokes involved are clouding perceptions for all of us.

    Yes, the Glazer’s, Deion’s and others seemed at the time like disgruntled players to me.

    I’m now wondering whether the loss in Seattle in LAST year’s NFCCG was the basis of young Harbaugh’s post you shared?

    Lot’s of things just don’t add up.

    Hate to think Jed would be that ignorant, as to get his stadium and PSLs secured, only to sabotage his product.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As stated, I despise meddling Owners.
    If there’s any truth to the Trent/Jim discord, perhaps Jed just couldn’t find a happy median between them?

    Adding this ‘teacher’ tone, after the fact, now has me thinking they expected more from/for Kaep.

    Add the Tweets from young Baalke and Jed, following the Turkey Day debacle and I can’t think young Harbaugh’s alleged post occurred after that game now.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All these ingredients, going back to the SB loss, regarding Contract re-negotiations has me thinking a fuse of some sort was lit since the deal didn’t get done?

    Add Singletary’s Rat Hunt to this mix and I can totally understand how the York’s can get implicated.
    I did however, think Jed was a major step forward from Dr Daddy, a clueless profit-driven moron, as you aptly suggest.

    If Jed can just stay the eff away from the HC/GM it’ll be that much easier to know where Baalke rates as a talent evaluator.

    It’s a good point in time now, to put his own stamp on this Offense, once Crabtree, Vernon, Iupati face possible departures, as holdovers from the McCloughan transition.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I spare Baalke any major culpability in this mess, simply because he brought Harbaugh here.
    Something worked then, but took a major dump somewhere early on, that seemed to stick to everyone’s shoes.

    Disagreements occur in every Draft Room, to what extent it happened for us, we ain’t likely to ever know that answer.

    I do however, credit Harbaugh with the most important Pick, Colin.

    I now think there is something related to his development that scorched the Offense overall.
    Never took the next step from Pistol to Pocket.
    Stuck somewhere in between it seemed?

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Possible that Kaeps’ enrollment at EXOS is GM driven?
    Seeing as the theme of the Post-Season is ‘Teacher’.

  102. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, working under center is a different animal than never having to turn one’s back on the defense or rushers. I think the difficulty for Kaepernick has more to do with his tendency to bring the ball down and run instead of stepping up in the pocket and even taking a hit in order to get that pass off. He relies on his running ability too much and before it’s necessary. That’s a problem a lot of QBs never face not having Kaepernick’s ability to run.

    It’s quite possible we could have run more plays that allowed Kaepernick to remain undisciplined and won a few more games but if Kaepernick’s to be the QB of the future that short-term view would have stunted his development and our offense eventually.

    On Harbaugh, there could be many scenarios where Harbaugh would be interested to know if he had a long-term commitment besides the ever-popular highest-paid-coach motive we hear repeated. He might have known of another interested team ready to offer a five year deal with more control, for example. Only a few know the details and nobody’s doing much talking.

    On moving ahead, if we hire a HC from the defensive side then we should have an OC with extensive experience and impressive credentials. Likewise if we hire a HC from the offensive side the DC should have extensive experience and impressive credentials.

    It’s pretty rare to have all phases clicking at the same time and it looks like the defense, too, is going to have a new coach one way or the other and it’s going to have some serious holes in personnel. An offensive HC will usually fill in the offensive personnel first.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All good perspectives NoFear49er.

    It does seem to me that much more was expected from Kaep’s development. Seeing as he’s finally going to seek QB specific training.
    When the QB doesn’t improve, the Offense suffers.

    Who do you see them going for in this great Coaching search?
    Offense or Defense?

  104. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ha! I don’t even know if they care that much about getting it right. I tend to think they’ll try to get a big name hire thinking they’ll be off the hook when we don’t duplicate the records of the regime they shit-canned.

    Only thing is a big name might be less than impressed to have the GM telling him he has roster control in his contract when they first meet.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got no clue what to expect NoFear49er.
    Shanny and the WCO is enticing, as I’ve often thought a timing Offense would benefit Kaep.

    But…he’s in his 60’s now.
    How much juice does he have left is the question?

    Just find a guy Baalke can work with and have at it.
    Lock Jed in the Ivory Tower and let him Tweet himself to sleep.

    I like Fangio, wouldn’t kill me to see him get the nod.

    Still doesn’t answer the Offensive side of my concerns.
    Whatever comes, it ain’t gonna light my confidence afire until I see some results.

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Someone here is all charged up about Dean Blandino being on the Cowgurls party bus last August. Florio interviwed Blandino on Tuesday and this is the last question and his answer unedited

    Florio: One last thing, because the tinfoil-hat crowd is out now because you were on the Cowboys’ party bus back in August and it’s finally come full circle. Dean’s presence on the Cowboys’ party bus means that the Cowboys win on a controversial call. How do you react when you hear that stuff, because obviously it’s all been kicked up again in the last 18 hours?

    Blandino: Sure, that’s something that it happened, one had nothing to do with the other. I understand why some people might look at that and there’s a perception there and obviously I’ve been through that and my personal growth and what I need to do. It’s just something that has nothing to do with how the game was officiated. There are calls that go for or against the Cowboys all year. There was a replay review that happened earlier in the game that I’m a part of that decision that went in favor of the Lions. People can believe what they want to believe, but one had nothing to do with the other.

    When Florio said “tinfoil-hat crowd” that was LMAO funny.
    Hey look a black helicopter or is it just dark navy blue?

  107. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    VP of NFL officiating partying with an NFL owner at numerous strip clubs.

    No conflict there. Jesus. Just like Donaghy acted alone. Rube.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is the NFL and you keep talking NBA. Are you lost?
    Maybe you should be on a basketball blog.
    The ball they use here is in the wrong shape.
    Tinfoil hat is your style.

  109. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Some failed at connect the dots as a kid.

    What the Donaghy case showed was ‘someone’ could get to a pro official.


    Having a high-ranking NFL reffing official hanging with a team owner opens up questions about the reasons for why he was there at all, does it not?

    Even you have to see the conflict of interest. Do the words integrity and culpability spring to mind? This is the Refs boss, mind you.

    Is the NFL, a multi-billion dollar enterprise subject to people trying to gain an unfair advantage?

    Oh, no. It’s perfectly clean.

  110. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So you’ve been connecting all the dots since you were a kid?

    What happens if Dallas loses this weekend? If they have Blandino in their pocket how does that happen? According to the tinfoils the fix is in.

    What does that say for you if you believe the NFL is corrupt and games are fixed that you still watch? Maybe you should dismantle and shutdown your blog if this is all a sham.

  111. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  112. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You really expected Blandino to come clean? I can see it now:

    Florio: (Batting practice fastball question)

    Blandino: Of course the fix was in. Could you imagine the ratings for Det @ Sea, Car @ GB??? We’re talking tens of milliona of future ad revenue here. And you know how big a bud Jerry is to the league. Look at how much league money went to Jerry for his stadium – then when that York kid wanted help later, we told him our pockets were empty, we’d already spent it all. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! That was fun!
    Jer’s best buds with Christie, too. They’ve got some stuff goin’ on with the Port Authority there. We have two of our biggest market teams in his state, remember. And it really is HIS state. Look how good a job he did for us on that Super Bowl. We made tons of money with his help, doing everything we could to restrict attendance to our ueberrich corporate clients.
    Yes, a couple refs had orders to throw whatever key calls they could in Jer’s favor late if the game was on the line. Not too blatant, mind you. They really blew it on that DH/PI/UC play. Too obvious. Never should have thrown the flag. Any flag. Like that mugging of Suh when he was about to nail Romo on that 4th and 6. Saved the Cowboys ass. Just don’t throw the flag. No problem.
    So yeah, I’m guilty. Damn straight. A few other peeps, too. Excuse me now, I’ve got to catch the redeye to Mexico City. Can’t miss that flight and my connection to… what was the name of that country again? They like greenbacks there, that’s all I remember. You don’t think I’m going down like Kennedy, do you? They’ll be trampling each other trying to whack me.

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
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12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
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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