One Down, Four To Go?

Well, benevolent or not, the 49ers have their man at QB for the next seven years. Or not, but you know what I mean. Colin Kaepernick is signed , rested, and ready to take it to the next level. The next guys who appears to be in the running for  new contracts are Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Jim Harbaugh, and (in his mind anyway) Vernon Davis.

Crabs? He’s a good solid possession WR. Nothing more. Does Kappy want him back? Absolutely. Will the FO oblige? Well, let’s saee the numbers he wants. 5/$40 is what I think he should get. He does not deserve Brandon Marshall money ($10 mill a year). He doesn’t like it? Adios. And take VD with you. It turns out, VD wanted an extension LAST year. How about you honor the deal you signed, skippy? You are still the 2nd highest paid TE in the league. No need to throw a hissy fit. Iupati? Sure, provided he’s recovered from his ankle injury.

Which brings us to Coach Harbaugh.  Jim Harbaugh is a great coach. But here is my dilemma. He was out-coached by his brother in the Super Bowl.  He was out-coached by Pete Carroll in the NFC Championship game. There are times when the 49ers can’t seem to get out of their own way. The offense has a propensity to stutter and stall for long stretches of time. We’ve all beaten the notion to death that the offense needs to take more risks and be more explosive. Not Mouse Davis explosive, but something along the lines of a 2010 offense rather than a 1910 offense. Telling is the fact that Harbaugh has spoken directly to the things that have annoyed me for years.

  • Play clock mangement
  • Simplistic 1-2 WR formations on 1st and 2nd downs.
  • Little to no play-action (except on 3rd and 15)
  • No screen or slants

Harbaugh has said that maybe he should think about putting in more WRs on 1st and 2nd down. Huzzah! He also said that play clock management is an issue that needs to be fixed. Great. However, the proof is in the pudding. Harbaugh KNOWS that this is his year to deliver. Which is why I don’t sign him to his motherlode of a deal before this season. Harbaugh is in the same boat as VD. He’s too far away from the end of his current deal to worry about writing a new one.

Bring home the bacon and you’ll get your stairway Fat City. Come up short, and we’ll see what the future holds. Yes, Harbaugh is worlds better than what we had for the last 12 years, but do we want to hitch our wagon to a coach that can’t win the big one? If he goes into his 5th season as the almost-made-it guy, the window on the team’s success will start inexorably closing and it may not be feasible to re-up the guy.

I’m not 100% behind his future being determined by Super Bowl or Hit the Road, Jim, but at some point when does Harbaugh catch the heat for the team not making it all the way? The Niners should have beaten the shit out of Balt, but let them (and Atl) build huge leads early and they scrambled for their lives in both games. The Seattle game was a hard-fought battle, but in the end, Carroll won.

As was spoken about Don Shula, he could beat your team with his team, and he could beat his team with your team. And that’s what the deal is between Harbaugh and Carroll. Carroll is the better coach at this point. This season appears to be a major barn-burner what with the new stadium, major expectations, and the Seattle factor. Let’s hope we hold up our end of the deal.


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23 Responses to One Down, Four To Go?

  1. Winder says:

    All I can say to that is I really can’t stand Cheaty Petey. I still think he takes it up the shorts…not that there’s anything wrong with that, each to his own. I also think that we haven’t won the big one because of our coaches were unprepared and couldn’t adjust on the fly.

  2. Yeah, I ain’t crazy about it either, but this team was outcoached in the playoffs the last couple years.

  3. Nipper says:

    There was once Napoleon … there is Harbaugh!

  4. NJ49er says:

    Interesting piece on Trent Baalke –

  5. Yeah, he does seem wound a little tight.

  6. Spitblood says:

    It’s the MOST boringest time …………..of…the yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    There is baseball . . .

  8. Nipper says:


  9. Kappy cleared of charges in the Miami incident . . .

    • snarkk says:

      Semantics maybe, but Kap was never charged, so it’s really not that he was “cleared” of charges. This story shows it was a weird situation, but Kap really seems a victim of some bad judgment (maybe) by earlier hanging with this woman, but a victim of circumstance this time. Some more background is probably missing, because I don’t see why he’d agree to see her again. Anyway, he didn’t do anything wrong. This chick is apparently out there in the ozone. If I were Kap, I’d look into some defamation action against TMZ, unless he just wants to move on. But, the TMZ coverage of this WAS bogus and over the top.

      • snarkk says:

        Again, I have no clue why these pro athletes, when they want to get their manhood on, don’t just hook up with the pay-to-play ladies, and then the lady just leaves the room when done. Adios, it’s been real. It’s not like these players don’t have the cash for it. So, is it the ego thing with the groupies? I dunno. Seems stoopid, risky, and way too much to lose, IMO — like this Kap incident. Same with all the DUIs — get a car and a paid driver, you ding dongs…

  10. Right. Although NBA players have been getting away with it for years. Except for those darn pesky kids . . .

    • snarkk says:

      Yep, looks like he’ll just shrug shoulders and be glad it’s done. I suggest he select a better class of lady to hook up with in the future, let his agent do some research for him now that the big contract has hit. At least the kiss and no tell kind for a while instead of the odd groupie outside the stadium or in a bar or wherever he’s been picking his recent talent…

      • snarkk says:

        Ah, the abvoe was supposed to reply to your 3:26, Chuck. Do these NBA guys not know about condoms?…

  11. Nipper says:


  12. OK, cleared of the allegations.

    TMZ doesn’t give a shit about being sued. It’s all about instant buzz. Sue them or not, all it does is validate their agenda of pushing hyperbolic bullshit. Kappy’s best move is to do what he tweeted, and simply move on. .

    Colin Kaepernick ‏@Kaepernick7 ·2h
    As I said from day one, I would never do the things
    that were made up about me. I’m glad this issue is
    resolved. It’s time for football.

  13. Nipper says:

    HEAT FINISHED……..SPURS WILL WIN! Just as I thought.

  14. That was crazy. Bron Bron looked like he checked out half way through the 1st quarter. The game was WAY out of reach by the time he started playing.

    Granted, the rest of the team did nothing, but really.

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