Wild Card Weekend

Two games on Wild Card weekend will determine the matchups for the Divisional round.

In the AFC, it’s the Colts vs Texans game. If the Texans win, they go to New England and the winner of the Chargers vs Ravens game travels to Kansas City. If the Colts win, they go to KC and the other winners go to Foxborough.

In the NFC, it’s the Eagles vs Bears game. If the Eagles win, they go to New Orleans and the winner of the Seattle vs Dallas game goes to Los Angeles. If the Bears win, they go to L.A. and the other winners go face the Saints.

Meanwhile, the 49ers are where we are – Outsiders. Haha. Pull up a chair, fellas.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that your HC Kyle Shanahan thinks you should have won seven games this year, not four. He didn’t say who was at fault, but we can all guess he doesn’t think it’s him. Still, it wouldn’t be fair to you fine lads to omit mentioning that it was Kyle who didn’t recognize that his backup QB wasn’t nearly as good as his backup’s backup.

The Eagles have a similar situation. For the second year in a row, the starting QB Carson Wentz has gotten hurt and been replaced by backup Nick Foles. Both times, the team then began to play better. All the way through the Super Bowl last year. This year? We’ll see if Foles’ magic act can survive against the Bears defense in Chicago.

Maybe there’s something about this “Nick” thing. Should we draft a guy each year solely because his name is Nick? Many GMs could do worse, probably.

C’est la vie. Time to sit back and watch three straight weekends of do-or-die football. Fun stuff after yet another year of brutal Niner football.

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98 comments on “Wild Card Weekend
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Reuben Foster wiggled out of yet another DV prosecution.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Foster is just going to keep fracking up until he hits the Big Time. Even more so now because he probably believes no one will EVER hold him to account. What a waste of a life.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My hope is the NFL suspends him for a year because it’s his second incident,

    His “girlfriend” went on Good Morning America and told the entire country how he abused her.

    The NFL should automatically put players who have incidents like this on a suspended list if a team chooses to waive them with cause. When they are reinstated they should go through a special supplemental draft. You forfeit the draft pick in the round you pick him.

    That would be the correct way to handle this. The same for Kareem Hunt. When the NFL clears him to play it should be through a draft to prevent the free for all and questionable ethics issues for teams that try to do the right thing.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Oh yeah I forgot to say PHUCK THE RAMS!

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    PHUCK Jerruh too.
    Much as I (we), despise Pete, I simply don’t want to see Jerruh, and his Cowpatties, get past game 1.
    Phuck Da ‘Boys.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t stand any of them Phuck them all’

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the last game with the Rams the Niners basically gifted them with 28 points and the final margin was 16 points.

    The Rams are going to have some changes next year due to salary cap and with injured players coming back I think we can go toe to toe with the Rams.

    So phuck the Rams.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe good news from Garnett’s play after Tomlinson hurt. Some say he did well.


    He has put on the fat again.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Big change as the Niners announce new radio play by play voice next season.
    The new voice of the Niners will be Greg Papa with analyst Tim Ryan staying put.
    Ted Robinson will remain an employee of the Niners employed in a different capacity.

    Papa is a helluva play by play announcer, one of the best so I can understand the change as Ted Robinson seems to be OK with it.

    IMO the two worst radio guys the Niners had were Don Klein and Joe Starkey. Those were the days were the host radio station dictated who the announcer would be.

    The best in my opinion was the incomparable Lon Simmons period.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Tomlinson went out you heard the announcers only mention his name as a replacement. Foe an Olineman you don’t want to be mentioned unless you pancake someone with a devastating block.
    Otherwise you are doing your job.

    Give them time I think Garnett and Thomas will contribute going forward. Garnett’s just had health issues which he needs to shake.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Would not give an FA contract to any DL. Many are living off a reputation and are diminished due to age and/or past or current injuries.

    Most important it diminishes the draft choices. FA’s for edge will come with guarantees on a big contract as a further negative.

    One FA is palatable to me. Dee Ford is an OLB. He can be SAM and nickel edge without a doubt, in addition to demonstrated double digit sack ability. If he becomes a niner, Josh Allen should not be drafted. Same body type.

    Bosa is an all down DE. We have a logjam at big end. Why did we pick KStreet and Julian Taylor? Seems irrational unless they intend to trade AA and Thomas.

    I suspect first choice is Bosa. But that is after FA starts. I feel Dee Ford SAM/edge2 and Earl Thomas FS will be the major targets and big contract with guarantees is very OK for both. With Dee Ford they will trade Thomas. A LEO/edge1 will be found in the draft.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Oops. KC will not let him get away.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This guy says better about allen’s 3 sack effort here:


    I must have been watching the wrong game…..
    Because who I thought was Josh Allen – Kentucky, the one being hyped as the next coming dynamic edge rusher that the Niners should take at pick #2, to me, wasn’t there. I never saw that guy in the game. Am I wrong?
    Yes, he had 3 sacks, but: only 1 sack was engaged with an OL, and he won with his pattened speed outside rush; while 1 other sack was a result of a stunt giving him a clear land to the QB; and the final sack came when he had a clear run directly at the QB with no one blocking him.
    He had about, 3-4 tackles, of which I don’t believe he ever had a running down played directly to his position. Yes, he used his hands to hold the tackle edge at times, but, there were no plays to him, so there was not result in seeing just how well he could set that edge and make a tackle on forced runs to his position.
    His big impact play was getting enough hand on a FG attempt to keep it from reaching it’s mark.
    To be honest, I was more impressed with Penn St. ‘team’ D line team rush for sacks on Kentucky.
    To be honest a 2nd time, for me, there is nothing close in player impact to their position when I watched Q. Williams vs watching J. Allen. Q wins this eye test hands down.
    Will be watching Q again next Monday to see just how consistent he can be.


    by M16FM on Jan 1, 2019 | 4:15

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Find it hard to believe we get first pass rusher from FA. Most will be franchise tagged or a new big contract. Most are on bottom 20 teams. Maybe DET will let Ziggy Ansah go since they are #5. Quinn is getting old. 3 yr contract LOL. His play is falling off.

    Bosa is polished. QWilliams close to an Aaron Donald 2.0

    Most edges lack in some way, risky.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Jimmy gets ball out quick. The OT’s do not have to be Ryan Clady. We need to allow him to move up in the pocket if needed.

    If Shon Coleman can handle OZ well, he has the athleticism, mobility, and size to be coachable for good pass pro. He also has long arms.

    Can Garnett at least be the mirror image of Tomlinson, marginal in OZ. Our OG’s need size for pass pro and average in OZ is OK.

    For us, OT’s and OC need to be masters in OZ. We should have the OG’s already on the roster. CS, do your job. Or get fired.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Shane Ray or Dante Fowler as SAM/edge2?

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Twenty years ago today. Where were you?


  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Allen has never been a guy I’d put in slot 2 Bakkentom.

    He’s an OLB first of all.
    Lean, tall, quick.
    That’s Aldon. That’s 3-4 to me.
    My new interest, is a guy I posted here last night, from LA Tech, Jaylon Ferguson.
    Keep him on your radar.
    He’s going to likely be working with the South Team in Mobile, directly with Saleh.
    If he holds up to the improved competition he’ll face, his stock will rise.
    Currently ranked as a late RD1, he could be a nice target in a Trade down scenario, if Lynch gets a sizable offer.

    It would likely involve passing on Quinnen or Bosa however.
    I’d prefer Lynch to seek to acquire additional Picks.
    One guy at Pick 2, vs several guys, makes more sense to me.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hearing Lon Simmons’ call makes me happy


  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, comes down to risk. Trade down can always be defeated, he is grabbed earlier by someone else.

    Lynch got egg on his face two years ago. He needs a consensus sure thing.

    We missed two years ago. This first pick MUST be a franchise starter.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Similar to us, it shows that the Cardinals are going to draft the best player available who ALSO fills a deficiency on their Roster. Cards are set on the edge and weak on interior. 9ers are strong on interior and weak on edge. Why is this hard to understand?

    by HumanLarvae on Jan 3, 2019 | 11:

    So it looks to be DT Williams or OT Williams. Either way we get Bosa in our lap.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d pass on Bosa.
    Favor Quinnen to improve IDL.
    BUT….I still covet extra Picks, simply to have ammunition for additional moves.
    I see enough depth at DE to take a good offer, should it come.
    Just don’t think Lynch & Co has the savvy needed to play the Board.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Scouting, and slotting, is how good teams remain solvent, when they don’t suck like us and (Browns), constantly waste time taking Top 10 Picks year after year yet never improve.
    It’s as much about Coaching once you have those Picks too.
    More bullets, more shots.
    Need ammo.
    Saleh is no Fangio/LeBeau either.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You need to slow your roll on criticizing Lynch on his first draft. Of the 10 players drafted 8 remain on the roster.
    Foster and Williams are gone.

    Remember 2014? Our GM touted he had 15 draft picks that year.
    Niners actually drafted 12 players. Only guy from that draft left on roster is Jimmie Ward.

    Quality trumps quantity and it really does matter who’s doing the evaluation. Whiffed on all 3 third round picks in Marcus Martin, Brandon Thomas and Chris Borland. With Borland there’s an asterisk because he was a good player but he didn’t want to play football anymore for fear of injury.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For me I still think Thomas can contribute in a big way going forward


    A decision has to be made with Armstead because you either overpay him or he walks. Niners still have 2 years to see what they have with Thomas.

    Jury is still out on Thomas and I think it’s premature to label him either way.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smith made the Pro Bowl with not very gaudy stats.
    In his 7 years with the Niners he had 43.5 sacks which is a little over 6 sacks a season and about 50 tackles.
    The reason he got the recognition is his play demanded that he be double teamed and it made it so much easier for Aldon Smith to get his sacks.
    I am certain that without Justin Smith, Aldon wouldn’t have had half the success and sacks he did.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My point on Justin Smith is Solomon Thomas is shaping up to be a similar player who will help others on the line achieve success.

    And in case you think Solomon Thomas is too small, Justin Smith was 6’4″ 270 lbs, Aaron Donald 6’1″ 280 Solomon Thomas 6’2″ 280

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers fire head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright.”

    Someone had to pay for all the injuries.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Let me correct your facts.

    Is that Justin Smith in college. I saw 285 at CINN,as rookie. 300 as RDE with Fangio.

    AD saw 285. His secret is burst.

    Thomas is without burst. So 276 does not get it done inside. Poor with sacks, he needs to settle in somewhere at ROLB in a 3-4 to maximize his tweener body. That is not with us.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    That is Justin Smith fro Pro Football Focus

    Justin Smith

    Justin Smith

    Position: DE

    6-4, 270lb (193cm, 122kg)

    Born: September 30, 1979 (Age: 39-096d) in Jefferson City, MO

    College: Missouri

    Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 98 (144th overall since 1960)

    High School: Holts Summit (MO)

    Draft: Cincinnati Bengals in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.

    Just seems like you have it in for Thomas because you read too much Cohn. I have a different opinion. You just want to get rid of guys and replace them with your “finds” The Niners don’t need any more D Lineman

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The strength of the team is the Dline.
    There are weaknesses in the LB corps, secondary, WR and Oline.

    Whys do you keep insisting on drafting another Dlineman, especially a DT when you have a stud in Buckner?

    Please explain and cut the BS that so and so is the second coming of…

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The current team cannot draft Best Player Available when they have holes to fill. BKtom has them on this track where they are spending first round picks on Dlinemen and giving them away for 5th round picks. The Niners still have Street and Taylor who they’re developing so it makes little sense to draft another DT that high when you have the talent and an excess supply of players at that position.

  33. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Seems the Outsider has found its new Chuck, minus a sense of humor, warped as it was.

    Get in step you idiots and morons.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phuck the Rams, Cowgurls and Seahags

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    PFF is garbage @Justin smith weight.

    Fangio ran a two-gap 3-4. On base downs RDE, NT, and LDE expected to two-gap.. They reacted to the blocking presented to them. All 3 have to be bigger than a 4-3 lineman. Those 3 linemen must handle the 5 or 6 blockers to allow the LB’S to run free.

    JSmith was mentioned a lot in print as a 300 lb’er.

    Perfect exhibit of a homer. Any more BS for me to swat down. The DL is poor against the pass. DeFo will get help in this draft.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “JSmith was mentioned a lot in print as a 300 lb’er.”

    Show me proof. Give me a credible link. I don’t want something a nobody posted on anther blog.

    You’re the one disparaging players you don’t like as small or not powerful.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Read it and weep from NFL.com


    Who’s the Bullshitter?

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The San Francisco 49ers had two players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL. FB Kyle Juszczyk was selected as a starter, his third-consecutive appearance, and TE George Kittle was selected as a reserve, marking his Pro Bowl debut. In addition, DL DeForest Buckner, K Robbie Gould and LB Mark Nzeocha were selected as alternates.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    My post at 10:25 am states 285 lbs. I saw that a lot but there were many references to 300 lbs in articles. Rep as a run stuffer. For a DL that means more that 285 to me. I can believe he was 300 at start of season.

    Beieve what you want. You stated 270, I did 285 in Jan 4 blog entry. So who’s the bullshitter.

  40. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    DeFo not a starter, nor reserve, but an alternate to pro-bowl.

    League more pass happy. Other niner DL not on top 48 sack list.


    DL a strength? Yikes, you have a low opinion of our D in reality.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I count 7 teams below us in team sacks.


    Our D is mediocre,especially against the pass. Lots of holes, fix DL pass rush first. Bears did and voila a CB and S are pro-bowlers.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Your assessment of the QB situation with the Niners when you touted Blaine Gabbert as the answer at QB to lead the team back to the Super Bowl. That staement makes your creditibility questionable when evaluating football talent. Blaine Gabbert in 56 games 48 TDs 47 Ints
    exudes mediocrity and pushing 30 he’s shown what kind of QB he would be in the NFL.

    Then just a few threads ago you doubled down at Gabbert saying Gabbert has never gotten his shot which is laughable.He failed with the Jags and couldn’t hold the job when he stepped in for the Niners and the Cards when the starter went doen. The only other QB less deserving to still be in the NFL is Mark Sanchez. His stats are similar to Gabbert’s in 79 games 86 TDs 89 Ints.

    Touting Gabbert as a quality NFL QB is just nonsense and a waste of time by someone that likes to hear himself say dumb things

    Just like Mexico will pay for the wall.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You said
    “Let me correct your facts.
    Is that Justin Smith in college. I saw 285 at CINN,as rookie. 300 as RDE with Fangio.”

    What’s wrong with that statement? You are rearranging the deck chairs and moving the goal posts by shuffling facts.

    Look at this link which shows his draft profile and weight at 267 lbs and actually is a very good article on Cowboy.


    Still waiting for any link you can provide from a credible source that he weighed over 300 lbs as a 49er. Sorry but reading it somewhere just doesn’t cut it.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From that aforementioned article about Justin Smith this is absolutely true

    “Smith cancelled scheduled visits with other suitors and signed a six-year, $45 million deal to join the 49ers.
    At the time, it made a decent amount of sense. Bryant Young, a mainstay on the 49ers’ defensive line for 14 years, had just called it quits. Someone had to replace him. But the general reaction once Smith signed on the dotted line was…lukewarm, to put it lightly.
    The move was panned by fans and critics alike. I don’t believe in public shaming, so I won’t name names, but a simple Google search pulls up some pretty sweet archived forum posts that call it “the worst free agent signing ever.” That the 49ers “overpaid” for a “mediocre, aging” player. And my personal favorite: “I’d rather have Marques Douglas.”
    In retrospect, we know now that none of these comments are true. They actually couldn’t possibly be any more false. Smith turned out to be, easily, one of the greatest free agent acquisitions in recent memory and, arguably, the most important chess piece in what was a period of great transition in San Francisco.”

    Yes the skeptics did say signing Smith was a joke and waste of money but he ranks as one of the best moves the Niner FO ever made.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A lot of twisting there to justify a failing #3 with Justin Smith observations. Fangio had Smith transition from 4-3 DE to 3-4 RDE. He had to put on muscle for the 3-4 and will stick with 285 to 300 lb range. Nfl.Com and 49er.Com stats are not rock solid either. He was a smaller DE at CINN and 270 was history before his salad days with us.

    You are a brainwashed lefty living in a bubble. Your Mexico line is typical for a Cali opinion. Any response I have would be deleted by skeebs so it is wasted effort for me.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last time I looked San Francisco was in California.
    So what’s your problem?

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit would like to apologize for dragging his political views in here. Very tacky.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Colts are destroying Houston 21-0 in 2nd quarter.
    Andrew Luck makes a difference.Go figure what a franchise QB will do for your team.
    Last season Colts were 4-12 without Luck. This year they are a wild card playoff team improving to 10-6, an improvement of 6 games.
    In 2017 the Colt defense ranked 30th.

    Niners can follow same trajectory next year if healthy and if things break for them they’ll be contenders.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No politics here. Phuck the Rams, Cowgurls and Seahags.
    Crash and burn time tonight for Cowgurls-Seahags

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Colts started season 1-5 and they never gave up and won 9 out 10 to make playoffs.

    Good reason never to give up. They are about to advance in the wild card and will play Chefs next week. They have won 10 out of 11 now.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clemson at Levis for the National Championship Game.

    When they got to the stadium they noticed “The Catch” trophy with ex Clemson Tiger Dwight Clark.

    Not that they need the motivation but they have dedicated the game to DC.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Gase came pretty close to being hired as the 49er head coach after Harbaugh. Depending on what story you wish to believe he couldn’t accept the provision that Tomsula would have to be his DC so he passed and instead took the OC job with the Bears.

    A year later the Dolphins hired Gase as their head coach. Before Gase the Fin offense ranked 26th and uner Gase it went to 24th then 25th and this year 31st. That most likely is the main reason Gase is looking for a new job.

    Gase’s success was as the OC of the Broncos. It helps when your QB
    is a guy named Manning. So the jury is out on Gase who was a favorite of many on this board because he was an offensive guru.

    I compare Shanahan to Gase and I think the Niners have the superior offensive mind. The offense under Shanahan has ranked 12th and 16th
    since he took over. 16th is a remarkable number considering that for 80% of the season the team was going with 2nd and 3rd string QBs, 2nd and at the end 5th string RBs and 3rd stringers on the receiving corps with the exception of Kittle at TE.

    Shanahan has been criticized but just before week one he loses his RB which was his main off season acquisition and then in game 3 he loses the franchise QB, yet he still was able to put on the field a competitive offense which would prove effective until they shot themselves in the foot by making ill fated and frankly stupid mistakes that resulted in turnovers.

    The team is different under Shanahan then his predecessors both Tomsula and Kelly. Those teams had no energy nd the post game pressers with the coach reminded me of the Iron Mike days where the coach was clueless and had to look at the tape. That became the mantra.

    The difficulty with Chip Kelley was he was supposed this innovative offensive genius but it seemed his concepts don’t work in the NFL.
    His uptempo offense resulted in too many 3 and outs and managed to put tremendous strain on the defense who were constantly on the field due to the ineffective offense.

    With Jimmy G back and running backs Mackinnon and Breida the offense should be more dynamic and dangerous. I look forward to year 3 of Shanahan as head coach.

  53. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Totally agree bullit- I think the team on the field played their hearts out. We do need some better players but I think between Lynch’s drafts and Shanny’s scheme we are moving in a positive direction.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bears lose as their kicker doinks what could’ve been a game winner off left upright.
    Robbie Gould was in attendance at that game and his family still lives in Chicago.

    Niners might possibly be looking for a new kicker next season as the pressure will be on for Bears to bring back Gould..

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The pressure is on us to keep him Bullit.
    Chicago has already paid Parkey.
    Swing. Miss, with them letting Gould go.
    I think he’s earned an extension and, I hope he gets it from us.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I do think Gould’s heart is with the Bears just because his family is still there and he attended the game.
    If offers were equal I wouldn’t hold it against him for going back and finishing his career as a Bear.

    Pinion is also a UFA and it might surprise you that he ranked 25th in punting stats so he’s no lock to return.

    We have been spoiled by Gould, Dawson and Nedney who have been highly reliable kickers who always make the kicks that count when the game is on the line.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gould kept his family in Chicago due to his Contract situation Bullit –
    Meanwhile, Chicago already paid Parkey – He won’t be UFA eligible until 2022 – If we pay Gould, I’m sure the family situation would be a no brainer.
    Not to suggest the Bears wouldn’t eat the Parkey deal of course. Just makes it more expensive to do so.

    Cody Parkey signed a 4 year, $15,000,000 contract with the Chicago Bears, including a $2,250,000 signing bonus, $9,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,750,000. In 2018, Parkey will earn a base salary of $1,250,000, a signing bonus of $2,250,000 and a roster bonus of $2,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $3,812,500 and a dead cap value of $9,000,000.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If Gould is willing I’d give him an extension for 4 years because he is money.

    The sentiment in Chicago must be like how we felt about Kyle Williams
    and his fumbles in the NFC Championship against the Giants. Still can’t forgive Kyle Williams and Bears fans will always remeber his miss every time he’s kicking. That’s just the nature of fans especially in a playoff. Parkey missed 10 kicks this past season so he’s not living up to his contract.

    So the FO might as well do their best to get Gould an extension and we’ll have one less thing to worry about as the kicking gamem will be solid.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Lynch/Shanahan 2018 recap presser


    Tomlinson should only be out for 3 months which is good news. Shanahan thought the Niners should have won 3 more games and identified the Cards game with the turnovers, the packers and Giants games.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s my take with Gould as well Bullit.
    Whatever it takes to keep him here is fine with me.
    His family will live rather comfortably in the Bay Area, once he’s got some security in the bank.
    Shouldn’t be a tough Contract to handle either if they’re serious about keeping him here.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is interesting piece as well – He’ll be on display tonight at Levis.
    Definitely a guy I’ve got on the radar if he declares for the Draft –


  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Another pass rusher to keep on your radar Ronheem Bingham from Arkansas state. A little undersized at 6’2″ 245 but his production and tape is off the charts. Let’s see if he’s at the Senior Bowl and at the combine.Unless things change he’ll be around late first to second round.


    There are no draft sleeper unknowns anymore.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Would like to see the Niners draft another TE to complement Kittle as another TE threat would be devastating in Shanahan’s offense.
    I can see that wreaking havoc.

    Here’s one from Stanford and another from Kittle’s school who is the second TE on the team as Noah Fant is projected as a first rounder and another from Stanford.



  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Another edge rusher who’s been invited to Senior Bowl


    Would be a sleeper in old days but there’s no such thing in todays world of information and social media.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Senior Bowl is on Jan 26 and complete rosters are going to be released on Jan 16. Interesting that Senior Bowl practices are being televised on NFL Network.

    Here is a partial list of invited players who’ve committed to playing


  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tonight is the College Football National Championship Game at Levis Stadium

    “Thirteen years after delivering one of the greatest individual game performances in college football history, Vince Young is now a Hall of Famer.

    The former Texas star quarterback headlines a star-studded 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class that also features former Notre Dame returner and receiver Raghib “Rocket” Ismail and former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis, who both will participate in the coin toss in Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Clemson,”

    So Patrick and the Rocket will do the coin toss.

    I’m happy for both Vince Young and Pat Willis. Congrats to P Willis and hopefully he gets into Canton soon.

    Young was phenomenal in college but his game wasn’t suited for the NFL. That tale has been witnessed over and over.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In what I might consider a minor gift, DB Coach Jeff Hafley is leaving for Ohio State.
    No worries for me. Secondary was easily our lousiest unit anyway.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another coach who has had little success is Chris Kiffin who’s supposed to be the pass rush specialist. What pass rush?

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Watch the matchup between DE Clelin Ferrel and LT Jonah Williams.
    2 top tier talents that will definitely be NFL quality starters.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Then…there’s this –
    Parkey Parole? Parkey Protection Program? 😀

    You can clearly see the ‘fingers flutter’.


  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit to your point about another TE, add ‘Bama TE Irv Smith to the list.
    I agree, another young TE to pair with Kittle would be ideal.
    Irv has great hands and, excellent size – 6’5″/241

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some phenomenal talent on ‘our field’ tonight.
    I’d rocket Clelin to the top of my wish list, if he declares for the Draft too.

  73. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Q Williams being negated by the quick passes. He’s not getting in fast enough.

    On the other hand, Trevor Lawrence is the real deal. True freshman no less.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Irv Smith might be first round pick much like OJ Howard.

    Was looking to pickup someone like the Iowa second TE T.J. Hockenson or Kaden Smith who might be there in 3rd or 4th round.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All about the slotting…..Not as easy as it might look.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom – If Clelin Ferrell declares for the Draft, I’ve got him as my Pick at 2.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lot’s of assumptions made as to who will be top 3 picks. Wait for Senior Bowl and combine for that picture to be clear.

    If another team has their eye on a certain player Lynch might be able to strike a deal. I agree with NJ that if someone is willing to deal to get to 2 you at least listen especially if there is not that one player that will make an immediate impact.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rumor mill is churning and Fangio is now the favorite to become the new Broncos head coach with Gary Kubiak as the OC.
    With Packers hiring Lafleur and Arians now the favorite at Tampa Bay some of the vacancies are filling up.

    McDaniels is staying put with Pats so he’s the prince in waiting for King Bill to step down.

  79. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, there are 3-4 very impactful pass rushers in this draft, esp as NJ sez, if Ferell foregoes his senior year. They will all go in the top 15, if not top 10. Sure, I’d love to get more picks, but at the cost of a pass rushing stud? No. If we trade down we’ll miss Ferell, Bosa, Q Williams, and Josh Allen.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cards are going to hire Kliff kingsbury as their new head coach which is a real head scratcher. He was recently fired by Texas Tech for having a sub winning record in the Big 12.

    Now he’s expected to bring the “air raid” offense to the NFC West. Another bonehead move by the Cards who basically had a better offensive coach in Arians just a year ago. This is a similar move that the Niners made in hiring Chip Kelly.

    I have heard the big difference in college offenses and the pros are the hashmarks. In the NFL the hashmarks are only 18ft 6 inches apart. In college they are 40 ft apart which is more conducive to wide open passing offenses. The difference in 22 ft makes a big difference creating a lot more room to operate depending where the ball is placed.

    We’ll see if Kingsbury is a genius move or a bust in the next year or so. The Jest were also interviewing him so it’s a case of each team trying to hire a QB whisperer.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cards are hoping Kingsbury can turn Rosen into Mahomes.

    If you wanted the “air raid” offense in the NFL you would hire Hal Mumme or Mike Leach who originated that concept.

    Seems like NFL Coaches like McCarthy and Gase aren’t getting the interviews you would expect them to.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember “the Pistol”. It was going to revolutionize NFL offenses. It went the way of the “wildcat”. as defensive coordinators figured out how to defend it.
    With the pistol you just force the QB to keep the ball and beat the hell out of him when he’s carrying the ball. Then you also crash into him when he pitches the ball. The pistol looked good when the QB was running free and very ugly when the QB was taking unneeded punishment.

    The thing about the NFL is defenses adapt quickly and gimmick offenses have limited life.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here you go Bullit –
    Lil’Jordan Humphrey enters draft – 6’4″/225 😀

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    AZ holds all the potential Draft ammo in terms of making a deal.
    Should Haskins be the target for a QB needy team, we’ll be next in line to hold ‘Court’ on offers for a coveted DE.

    With the depth of talent at that position alone, Lynch could likely gamble, on losing out on someone, in exchange for additional Picks or, simply take the guy he wants most.

    Nice position to be in, potentially.
    I’d temper my own enthusiasm by saying, I’d stay in the Top 10 if a ‘nice sized’ offer came along, (if I were Lynch of course).

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bucs hire Arians, give AZ a 6th RD Pick in exchange for a 7th RD Pick also.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    LJ Humphery is in the draft yesterday as is Hakeem Butler from Iowa St, two WRs I like along with Denzel Mims. Looking at all these guys on Day 2 or 3. Humphery and Mims are tall receivers and Mims is the burner.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mccarthy says the only team he’s interested in are the Jest.

    How would you like to be Marcus Mariota of the Titans? He’s hurt again and this upcoming season will be the 5th OC he’s had in his five seasons as a Pro. Talk about stunting your growth as a QB.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio is reportedly the choice to coach the Broncos and they’ll announce officially today.
    Kitchens is the choice for Cleveland’s coach.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of attention on the hiring of Kingsbury at Ariz as being overreach and a guy way over his head.
    He might have a difficult time assembling his coaching staff because he has no NFL experience.


    He can look for Geep Chryst or Eric Mangini or even Jimmy T.
    This could be the end for Steve Keim the Cards GM who does not have a clue what he’s doing. It could make a difference in the #1 pick strategy if Cards decide to pick offense.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looking like McCarthy ran out chairs when the music stopped.
    Maybe he’ll land in AZ as OC?
    Rodgers put the hex on him in GB, which has probably caught the attention of everyone looking for a HC.
    He may have to return to OC duties, maybe with Fangio?
    I think Roman is looking for work now too?

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kingsbury is doomed anyway, as long as Bluto Keim remains at GM.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t look now but the Cards could go QB and take Kyle Murray as he is going to declare for the NFL Draft. That puts the Niners in the driver’s seat if this happens


  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They just paid Rosen last year Bullit – Highly doubtful.
    I could see someone offering to deal up for Haskins however. NYG/JAX?

    That still leaves us (potentially) with offers for a DE.
    My proposal all along is to field offers, for what could be Bosa/Quinnen etc, to see who might throw the house at us.
    I could live with several guys at slot 2 if we stay.
    If he declares, Ferrell would be my preferred 4-3 DE.
    Josh Allen, (seems to me), is more a 3-4 OLB.

    I’m not a fan of Bosa however.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The fact that Kingsbury is even talking about Murray says he ain’t too smart. Only reason he’s there is to develop Rosen.
    Throwing him under the bus already? The ink on the Contract hasn’t even dried yet.

  95. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Two examples of a better approach to IOL on display this weekend.


    Remember DAL dominating our DL in early 90’s, e.g. Larry Allen. Doubly tough for us to mold a successful IOL with size and mobility.

    DAL may have injuries ??? IND has Quenton Nelson LG, Ryan Kelly OC, and Braden Smith RG that could be a winner against KC. Beat them up?

    No playoff dreams for us until Richburg and Person have serious upgrades.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Taking too many defensive linemen with your first round picks reminds me of the Jest who from 2011 to 2015 drafted Muhammed Wilkerson, Qoenton Coples, Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams are with first round picks. During that span the Jest are 60-78 and the only player left on the team is Williams. These guys formed a very good Dline but not an elite line and when it came time to pay them on second contracts the Jest let them walk or traded them for later picks.

    That’s why I am wary of drafting too many first round players that are redundant.

    Donald was outstanding for the Rams but Suh just had an average year and the other players on the line were anonomys. Ronald Blair had 5 sacks for the Niners and Suh had 3.5 which was half a sack more than Armstaed.

  97. 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