The Prodigal Son Returneth

Nothing like the words ‘Alex Smith’ to light up the bloggolands. Our hardly, strictly bluegrass quarterback, Young Sir Alex, makes his return to his old stomping grounds (well not really) to the team (anyway) where he suffered some painful seasons, recaptured his mojo, and was then concussed to a back-up role. All through no doing of his own (insert incendiary posts below).  He returns, leading the 2-2 KC Chiefs against the 2-2 49ers. Both teams coming off impressive wins against tough opponents.  Smith’s Chiefs ran roughshod over the NE Patriots, who appear to be juuust a little bit past their expiration date. The Niners of course pitched a defensive shutout, yet still nearly found a way to lose to the Eagles.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a dark and stormy might. Call me Uncachuck. The Alex Smith drama has been played out over and over, so I’ll just say, thanks for the picks, KC. For the Niners at least, we have a team searching for an offensive identity. They have played well in stretches, but have yet to put anything resembling a complete game together. The new offense isn’t blocking well enough to unwrap their shiny new WRs in Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Wonder. They have made plays, but there still isn’t a deep game to speak of. VD is likely at least hurting and may not provide much, but these other guys need to step up. Carrier has waltzed past VMcD on the TE depth chart and has made a couple tough catches.

Our defense looked a lot more cohesive than in recent games. The DBs especially played very well against a fast Philly team. Bringing in Aaron Lynch in place of Corey Lemonier seemed to light a fire under the defense. They were in the Philly backfield all day, and forced a lot of bad passes from Nick Foles. That being said, Philly was starting 4 backups on their O line, so I’m not sure if the same pressure will be there. KC has a similar underneath passing offense to Philly, so we match up well with them. The defense should continue to shine in this game.

KC? Stop Charles. Pressure Alex. Game over.

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73 Responses to The Prodigal Son Returneth

  1. unca_chuck says:

    And, for what it’s worth, Andy Reidf isn;’t worried about Alex Smith’s emotions. Who knew he had them?

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/chiefs-reid-not-concerned-alex-smiths-emotions

  2. unca_chuck says:

    And for old time’s sake, the ramifications of the Alex Smith trade:

    49ers traded:
    (Includes players chosen in the draft slots the 49ers dealt as part of other deals)
    1. QB Alex Smith to Kansas City
    2. WR Justin Hunter (2013, third round, No. 34) to Tennessee
    3. CB Will Davis (2013, third round, No. 93) to Miami
    4. WR Charles Johnson (2013, seventh round, No. 216) to Green Bay — Cleveland signed Johnson off the Packers’ practice squad last season.
    5. WR Cody Latimer (2014, second round, No. 56) to Denver
    6. WR Jarvis Landry (2014, second round, No. 63) to Miami
    7. LB Jordan Tripp (2014, fifth round, No. 171) to Miami
    8. LB Corey Nelson (2014, seventh round, No. 242) to Denver

    49ers acquired:
    1. DL Tank Carradine (2013, second round, No. 40) from Tennessee
    2. OLB Corey Lemonier (2013, third round, No. 88) from Green Bay
    3. RB Carlos Hyde (2014, second round, No. 57) from Miami
    4. LB Chris Borland (2014, third round, No. 77) from Tennessee
    5. Denver’s fourth-round pick in 2015.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Antoine Bethea, defensive player of the week:

    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/Antoine-Bethea-Named-NFC-Defensive-Player-of-the-Week/de0caac3-0f9d-4d08-981c-e7a1399e6d29?campaign=social_20141001_32650896

    That Baalke sure is a stiff. 2nd best GM in 49er history (John McVay gets the nod).

  4. Nipper says:

    I don’t give a damn. Should I?

    • Nipper says:

      Why look at the past?………you can’t change anything. If one was stupid yesterday chances are you’re stupid today. Goes for teams too. Look at the Raiders…..they keep changing faces but the results are the same. Look at a blog…….the same obnoxious creeps keep posting obnoxious opinions. Will they ever change? Of course not!

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, Nipper.

  6. rtfirefly says:

    Grand Slam, Brandon Crawford!! Yippee!

  7. Bad omen? Tell that to Lee Remick, she knew all about those. Her best flick was “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962) opposite Jack Lemmon in the second greatest movie ever made about alcoholism. The first being “The Lost Weekend” (1945). Of that there can be no discussion. But I digress…

    The bad omen to which I’m referring to tonight involves the largely orange-feathered female mallard who is a regular diner of my select bread down at the creek. She failed to keep her reservation tonight. Her orange and black plumage reminds me of our SF Giants. Thus I have aptly named her “Say Hey, Willie Mae.”

    I just hope her absence didn’t mean Willie Mae got roasted by Bobby Flay.

    Fuck all what I just said…

    Grand Salami by Brandon, don’t call me Broderick Crawford.
    4-0 Damien!

    • rtfirefly says:

      I just posted a brilliant mini review of the movie “A Face in the Crowd”. Lost in the ether. Lee Remick is gorgeous in a minor but quite good role, Patricia Neal, and ANDY GRIFFITH, of all people, going from aw shucks lovable guy to real scumbag.

  8. It never fails. You’re in the middle of typing a long post and something extremely significant occurs that renders said post null and void.

    Oh, well. I’ll take that as a sign from below to stick another stake into the Antichrist’s heart and make Bo Schembechler Jr.™ bleed to death. Or is that blead to death?

    • rtfirefly says:

      Whatever you do, don’t toss Patricia Neal aside for an 18 year old drum majorette. Baaaaaaad move.

  9. Spitblood says:

    I’ve been wondering where the true veteran on this team have been regarding Deion Sanders’ Uncle Tom reporting, and now it seem a lot of the veterans are stepping-up in support of Harbaugh- as it should be. Patrick Willis says Harbaugh’s a great coach who brings an intensity to the team. Bowman says they play, he coaches, life’s good. Colin Kaepernick wonders who Uncle Tom, Deion Sanders’ source is and refutes turmoil in the locker room.

    Where has Jed York been in all of this? If the media attacks the continuity or chemistry of my football team at a vulnerable time of 2-2 with two other teams in the division having better records, I want to put the fire out fast so the focus can again be on the team’s preparation. But not Jed York. And the fact that York isn’t sticking up for his head coach, while the players are refuting reports from a media source owned by the NFL owners, leads me to believe that Jed York is the one attacking Jim Harbaugh through the NFL Network. All I have to say to that is I won’t follow a football team with a coward for an owner if he can’t re-sign Jim Harbaugh.

    If Jed York loses Jim Harbaugh, the way Eddie D lost Bill Walsh or Jerry Jones lost Jimmy Johnson, I simply won’t follow this football team anymore. I’ve been a life-long 49er fan, and I love this team. But Jed York is a child. I can excuse Jerry Jones for making millions in what I think was oil and then wanting the glory – he earned it. I can even excuse Eddie D for being too intense and making life miserable for Walsh after Walsh had won three Super Bowls. But I can’t excuse Jed York, a kid who has done nothing in his life other than be a lucky sperm, for running out the best head coach in SF history since Bill Walsh. Especially the way York is doing it – in a cowardly, passive aggressive way through the NFL Network. If this is the last year Jim Harbaugh coaches in SF, I’m no longer a 49er fan.

    And I’ve been through it as a fan. I watched as a kid when Joe hit Dwight in the back of the endzone in ’81. I went into the bathroom and fist pumped in the mirror, my family still screaming in the living room. I’ve been to at least a game a year, every year – sometimes driving four or five hours to the stadium. I’ve watched every game since I was 9 years old. I hung with this team during the painful Erickson years. And I hung with this team during the comical Singletary era. But if this child of an owner forces out Jim Harbaugh, I promise you all, I will end my following of the San Francisco 49ers, simply because I don’t believe in Jed York’s leadership. Cowards don’t win Super Bowls, and the fish rots from the head.

    • NJ49er says:

      Not many owners address day to day media feeding frenzies Spit.
      Ever heard a Mara come out in defense of Coughlin for example?

      It’s part of the charade of the NFL.
      Without player/coaching controversies, what would they survive on?

      I see no reason for Jed to leak anything negative about a HC he’s paying $5M/yr to run his team either.
      Where’s the justification for that from a business perspective?
      Do you seriously think Jed wants to pay that coin and lose?

      There’s a disgruntled individual with an axe to grind, somewhere in the locker room, with a direct pipeline to Deion.
      No reason to finger Crabtree without some sort of proof so, it’s all conjecture at this point.

      I wouldn’t buy an ounce of whatever Deion sells as fact, until he provides a source, which we all know he won’t do.

      No different than the garbage PFT spews with the headline “Report – blah, blah, blah”.

      Jed and Baalke are tied to the product that Jim is coaching.
      Nothing positive is served in attempting to stir discontent with the media.

    • Wait a minute. For the past two or three weeks hard, and then some prior, you’ve been clamoring like the Bells of St. Mary’s that the rotting fish head was Trent Baalke. Now the dead fish head is Jed York?

      Nigga please. Make up your goddamn piece of shit 4-lb monofilament mind…What is your stance? What. Is. Your. Stance? Is it Baalke’s fault? Or is it Jed’s fault?

      I have a third option for ya. Maybe it’s Jimbo’s fault. Did you even think of that one? Of course not. Couldn’t be St James’ fault. Speaking of St. James…Spit, your undeniable truth and faith in Jim Harbaugh is unwavering. But according to these words from St. James (begin irony), your faith is misplaced…

      “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works (Super Bowl wins) that faith save him? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

      Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith *by* my works.”

      Show me the 6th Lombardi Trophy you big game losing piece of shit.

      • Spitblood says:

        It’s simple. Harbaugh and York were negotiating, and negotiations fell through. I once thought it was about money, but I don’t think so anymore. If I put myself in Jim Harbaugh’s shoes, and I see my GM drafting small guys like La Micheal James, Jimmy Ward, AJ Jenkins and Kendal Hunter (guys who can’t stand up to a 16 game schedule) and duds like Cory Lemonier, Vance McDonald, the entire 2012 draft class and bringing in Blaine Gabbert, while also drafting injured players who suck while I’ve got Jonathan Martin and Craig Dahl as backups, I’m not too thrilled about my GM and I then want more say regarding the draft and the 53 man roster because those Baalke duds effect my legacy.

        Baalke and Jed York are very close. Baalke is Jed York’s bitch. In my opinion, Baalke is a Jed York kiss ass. Baalke does everything York asks of him and York does everything he can to have his considerable media machine spin that Baalke is a great GM, when the reality is (and anyone knows this) you really can’t grade a GM on his performance until 3 or 4 years after his first draft that I believe was in 2011. But for some reason the 49er PR machine has spun that Baalke is a great GM when nobody really knows and signs are point to Baalke being a dud.

        During 2011 draft, I believe Jim Harbaugh had a bigger or more significant role in that draft simply because he then got along with Baalke, but over the course of his tenure his relationship with Baalke strained and then so too did Harbaugh’s influence over the draft and the 53 man roster to a point now where I believe Harbaugh has very little say over anything … and now he’s negotiating for more control, potentially to a point where Harbaugh either wants Baalke out entirely, or Baalke working directly UNDER Harbaugh.

        To further this scenario, I think Jed York thinks (like Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder) that he knows better than Harbaugh, and with Trent Baalke’s help he can find another great coach and win a Super Bowl. So then with Harbaugh, I think Jed York sees that he’s stuck. He can’t trade Harbaugh because Harbaugh would have to agree to a trade and if Harbaugh did that for picks, Harbaugh’d hurt his future team. And Jed doesn’t want to re-sign Harbaugh because if he did he’d have to make Baalke a man reporting directly to Harbaugh, not a GM with the “trigger.” And I don’t think Jed York cares about the remaining 5 million on Harbaugh’s deal in 2015. I think Jed York is trying to smear Jim Harbaugh so when the two part, SF fans don’t hate Jed York or the 49er organization. I think Jed York is Deion Sander’s source, and if it isn’t York directly, York knows who’s working with Sanders and York approves. It is, after all, the NFL Network. The Network itself doesn’t go around attacking teams unless it’s got the permission of the owner. I don’t think it’s the players who are talking to Sanders. Sanders made reference, I believe, to a suit.

        All that said, this Deion Sanders, Uncle Tom report, is a PR stunt by York to slam Harbaugh so when Harbaugh goes his separate way, Jed York doesn’t look like the little punk ass bitch who let Jimmy Johnson or Bill Walsh get out of town. But Jim Harbaugh is Jed York’s high water mark of Jed York’s entire career or ownership of the 49ers. If York lets Harbaugh get away, because his loyalty is to a suit before a ball coach, Jim Harbaugh will be Jed York’s curse of the Bambino, and for me that’s not something I’m sticking around for. If I was a Red Sox fan, and they traded Babe Ruth, I’d become a Yankee fan. Why? Because an organization that stupid as to let the Sultan of Swat walk about the front door isn’t an organization I’d ever want to be apart of. Period.

        And Del, Jim Harbaugh is Tom Coughlin Jr, not Schembechler Jr. It’ll just take a talented and patient owner to handle Harbaugh correctly until Harbaugh matures.

  10. NJ49er says:

    Chuck I’m glad Maiocco posted the details of the Alex Smith trade you posted.

    Shows just how a GM can maneuver the gauntlet of activity associated with the Draft Board.

    There’s a reason the duties of the HC and GM are separate phases of the process.
    This ain’t College recruiting.

    It’s one thing to Scout your College talent, it’s quite amazing to me how they assign a grade to determine where they might find them on the Draft Board too.

    Someone takes your guy, move back.
    Want a guy bad enough, take some extra Picks and move up.
    Baalke got quite a return on Alex.

  11. And, Spit.. ” I watched as a kid when Joe hit Dwight in the back of the endzone in ’81.

    I was fucking *there* when Joe hit Dwight in the back of the end zone in ’81.

    Like it or not. My 49er comments trump yours. Always have, always will.

    • Spitblood says:

      I don’t really give a shit, Del. No one person is anymore of a fan and then anyone else. When I give you shit about not being a fan it’s to get your ass in line and/or to fuck with you, which is futile but fun anyway. If you want to declare yourself super fan, by all means. You’re the greatest.

  12. NoFear49er says:

    I don’t know how it makes sense to anyone that rumors would be coming from the team suits. Winning games is what keeps everyone in their jobs. Losing is what puts everyone on notice.

    It’s not hard to fire Harbaugh if that is what his superiors decide they want. He’s got a contract and he’ll get paid here or not and he’ll have plenty of options if he was let go. No reason to try to make his life miserable enough that he wants out at the expense of a team in turmoil. It’s just nonsense.

    If there’s a rat somebody knows who he is. If he was a teammate of mine I’d want him out. Or at least out in the parking lot to explain the error of his ways.

    • NJ49er says:

      Precisely NoFear49er.
      All these conspiracy theories are total bunk to me.
      Some people just need to rag on the FO to support their theories I suppose?

      And who the eff is Deion?
      That POS couldn’t put a proper sentence together 9 times out of 10.

      Sure, Jed likes to spend $5M/yr on a HC and leak nonsense to Deion, just to create a mutiny in his own locker room, while trying to win a SB with players he’s spending other countless millions on.

      Maybe in some people’s minds that makes sense?

      • NJ49er says:

        One of the best lines I can remember from Parcells, maybe while coaching the NYG?
        Telling the media they were ‘Commies, subversive from within’.

  13. Spitblood says:

    No Fear, I totally disagree with you when you write, “It’s not hard to fire Harbaugh if that is what his superiors decide they want.” It’s the Tim Tebow factor. The best thing about Elway hiring or acquiring Manning was that it not only brought a franchise qb to the Broncos but it also got rid of a hugely popular player who I believe Elways was skeptical of. If Elway just dumped Tebow, there’d have been a backlash or fallout. Dumping Tebow certainly would have affected the fan base, and maybe even the overall value of the organization. Do you know what Good Will is? And not the second-hand store.

    With Jed York, if he even just parts ways with Harbaugh, which is different than firing him, there will be a huge backlash. York could never fire Harbaugh without the entire Bay Area and NFL community telling Jed York he was a complete idiot. Remember ESPN reporting, “The 49ers need Harbaugh more than Harbaugh needs the 49ers?” What do you think would be reported by all the talking heads if the 49ers fired Harbaugh and replaced him with Jim Tomsula? ESPN is definitely in the NFL’s pocket (see Williamson who criticized Goodell and got a short vacation), and some talking heads would certainly support York because that’s where ESPN’s bread is buttered. But fans who could think for themselves would either leave his organization because they remembered Erickson, Singletary and Nolan, or simply grow less enthusiastic about the team, certainly not spending dollars on stadium visits.

    This NFL Network smear campaign that the NFL Network is orchestrating is designed to help lessen the blow when Harbaugh leaves, so the 49er aren’t as affected financially. And you know it’s a smear campaign when Harbaugh has to come out and defend himself saying, “This is total bull crap.”

    • NoFear49er says:

      Nothing you said makes sense to me. Do you think making Harbaugh look bad generates good will?

      Win a Super Bowl with Singletary as the new HC and you’ll still sell out the stadium and all the jerseys, footballs, and helmets you can sign. And half the west coast will be sporting the 49ers gear for the next year.

      Start losing and the fan base turns whether you can make Harbaugh the scapegoat or not.

      Now that I think about it, someone in the FO of the Seahawks org feeding this thing makes more sense.

    • NJ49er says:

      Spit this game is all about winning the hardware.
      Who gives a sh!t about fan reaction to a HC being fired?
      It comes down to winning.
      Harbaugh is winning, so far.
      With the same players Baalke gave to Singletary for the most part.
      It indicates that the talent is/was there when Harbaugh arrived.

      You continue to sell your agenda that Baalke Drafts the wrong players, as a deodorant for the stink that pervades this Offense.
      If Jim could out scheme Pete by putting his players in a position to beat Pete, there might not be any reason for the media swarm of mutiny stories.

      Gonna jump off the ledge on Sunday if Alex and Andy beat Jim and Kaep?

      Jamaal Charles is all of 5’11” 199lbs himself.
      Can he play football?
      Or is he too small too?

      • NJ49er says:

        If Jed wants to waste $5M/yr and lose he’d fire Jim now, if things were as bad as you seem to suggest.
        He doesn’t need the NFL to ‘cover’ him in deodorant for the sake of the fans.

        We want improvements from the Offense.
        Baalke wants the same.
        Players should want to win too, if they have an ounce of competition running through their blood.
        If the Coaches don’t deliver enough of a plan to win with, everyone asks what’s wrong.

        Jed cares about his product and his investments more than we do I’m sure.

        Where does he gain anything by smearing Jim?
        Fuel up the black helicopters, you’ll be circling for a long time I think.

  14. NJ49er says:

    How about CJ Spillman down in Dallas?
    Leaves SF and is now being investigated for sexual assault.
    Go figure?

    http://tinyurl.com/ly4ov72

  15. SEC 57 ROW 5 SEAT 9

    I hope Jim Harbaugh dies of slow eye cancer.

  16. NJ49er says:

    Look no further than Washington and RG III for a situation where an owner undermined the HC Spit.

    That little weasel Snyder sold out for RG III, then chose to fire Shanny, as a way to protect himself and the decision to mortgage the teams’ future, for a squirt of QB who can’t do anything but run and throw.
    Shanny won a SB as our OC, he won consistently in Denver too.
    Do you honestly think Shanny was the problem or RG III?

    You seem to expect Jed to be out in front of the media everyday like Jerruh is in Dallas.
    Where’s that gotten them?

    Most of the prominent NFL franchises have owners that let their HCs run the daily operations without meddling.

    • NoFear49er says:

      LOL! I’m sure Harbaugh is better off without the owner coming out publicly to declare his full support, aka the kiss of death, in answer to every un-sourced rumor.

      • NJ49er says:

        Exactly NoFear49er!

        All this media fueled controversy does one of 3 things.
        Focuses the team, exposes the rat or, causes things to implode.

        Knowing what we know of Jim and his petulant behavior on the sidelines, we can only assume that he feels the problems come from somewhere other than his Coaching Staff.

        I’m sticking to my theory that there are guys on Offense that feel we aren’t doing enough to win.
        Ala Gore and Crabtree coming out with opinions about lacking a killer instinct or, getting too conservative with a lead.

        Our Defense has been the backbone of this roster to date.
        We go as they go.

        Harbaugh promised improvements.
        We’ll see how it goes moving forward.

    • NoFear49er says:

      That was karma for Shanahan though. He was willing to let the QB run the show and play subordinate to Elway when Reeves refused to let the QB run the team in Denver. Funny that a similar situation did him in, albeit this time he was in Reeves’ spot.

      • NJ49er says:

        Very true NoFear49er.
        Shanny knows Offense however.
        No reason to think he couldn’t win, had RG III managed to run the Offense as designed.

        Like the Pats, when a QB can carry the Offense, it makes a lot of the other problems look less serious.

        Unlike the Pats, Shanny rode Terrell Davis to success in Denver too.
        All about balance in this game.

        Crossing my fingers for a worthy passing game to develop in SF.
        We know the power running game can be successful.
        Just need to take some of the pressure off of it with a passing attack IMO.

  17. NoFear49er says:

    I couldn’t follow that whole deal with RGIII. He was hurt and insisted on playing, then he said he wasn’t healthy enough and they made him play? Yeah, Shanny knows offense. He’s a good coach. But maybe a wrong call on that one.

    Balance. I think that’s exactly what we’re trying to do. Your team is better the more ways they can beat an opponent. As we can all see, there was good reason to hold off on the passing taking over the running part. It will get better with enough practice but the question is, can it get good enough before we lose too many games to matter?

    • NJ49er says:

      Let’s hope so NoFear49er.
      I’m OK with keeping some element of surprise until it’s needed.
      I’m just pissed about losing leads and struggling against Defenses like Philly.

      I’d have hoped these ridiculous delay of game penalties would have been corrected by now.
      Especially with Kaep beginning a 2nd full season in the same system.

      For me, it’s beginning to look like the Coaching element is a little too complicated for it’s own good.

      We’d better keep this upcoming game with KC in check.
      They’ve got the WCO elements working pretty well so far.
      Their OLine isn’t going to be as easy to push around like Philly’s was.
      Have to force Alex to pull the ball down and eat it, which he’s been very adept at in the past.

  18. Nipper says:

    In conclusion……..one massive titanic BLEEP!

  19. Nipper says:

    The Niners better win against KC. They barely won last week. Never has 2-2 felt so bad! Mediocrity is no fun. I know.

    • Nipper, you’re not mediocre. You just feel that way because of the company you keep. You wanna feel and look better? Start hanging out with more low-life’s and degenerates.

      Spending more time on this blog would be a good first start.

  20. It’s not even a quarter til ten and I’m already sweating through my t-shirt.
    It’s either the weather or the alcohol’s fault. Fucking meteorologists.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    NoFear, did they find the rat when Singletary was on the outs? No. But it was obvious someone in the front office was leaking info about the locker room. The big difference is that Singletary was hopelessly unprepared to be a head coach. Beyond the rah rah, there was no substance. Harbaugh is in a much different situation, being a winning coach and all, but it appears the front office is using the same tactics.

    If ANY of this was coming from the players, you’d think the local scribes, who are in contact with these guys just about every day, would be the ones writing about this. The heat is coming from the national guys. Which means what? This is coming from somewhere higher up. Deion himself said his info came from a suit.

    When he said that, the alarm bells went off in my head that this is a smear campaign.

    You don’t think front offices undermine their HCs? Jimmy Johnson ring a bell? Walsh himself was undone by his owner. And these guys were HUGELY successful. Parcells in Dallas, Shanny by Snyder, the list goes on for days.

    The scenario Jed has put forth is that Harbaugh wins it all this year or he’s gone. Sewing a little doubt during the season just greases the skids some. The whole trade deal made the front office look retarded. They took one up the ass for that move. Think Harbaugh appreciated hearing that? All it does is fuel his fire to get the hell out of here.

    This may galvanize the troops, or the team is heading for disaster. Wherever this shit is coming from, it’s just one of way too many distractions thus far this year. It may not be hard to fire the HC as you say, NoFear, but if we’ve learned anything from this offseason, it’s that Jed pays attention to social media and tries to gauge the perceptions of the fanbase. The whole deal around Aldon Smith is key to this play.

    Jed came out and said there was ‘little chance’ the Niners would pick up Smith’s 5th year option. He had about a month to stew on the decision, however. About 90% of the comments anywhere in the blogoland was, “Sign him. No harm, no foul. If he fucks up again, cut him. If he doesn’t, you get the best 49er pass rusher this side of Charles Haley.” Plus you get the caveat of looking like the team who stuck by their player when things were down and he needed help.

    The disinformation coming out of the front office is the ploy they used against Sing, and they are floating it now if this season goes south.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Chuck, that is questionable info from a questionable source. Hard to rely on it enough to build a case on it. Just as likely it is completely fabricated.

      Dilfer says the locker room atmosphere is toxic and then says no he meant the offense and then he said no it wasn’t what he meant at all. In fact he knows nothing. He just wants in on the face time.

      It sounds like a lot of horseshit to me. And Deion and the NFL should be sued for defamation of Harbaugh and damage to the team’s reputation and therefore marketability.

      The whole idea of repeating un-sourced and un-founded rumors and accusations is the lowest form of tabloid journalism and Deion Sanders is a guy who needs to be in the spotlight and is not above creating one to shine on him.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Singeltary went from a highly regarded coach to a coaching failure almost overnight due to the ever-silly whims of the fans and the stupidity of Jed York to listen to them.

      If you put a dog behind the wheel of a car is it the dog’s fault if the car crashes?

      They quit looking for the rat because Singletary was fired and the story lost its hot air.

  22. Spitblood says:

    Excellent take from Eric Allen on ESPN on Harbaugh. I don’t have a link. My allegiance goes with Harbaugh.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Well, that’s my point NoFear. You just repeated what I said.

    Either the front office is coming up with this shit to make Harbaugh look bad in case they decide to can him in the future, or the NFL (through its fucking network) is out-and-out lying about this. To what end would the NFL concoct this? They are pissed at Anquan Boldin for talking shit about the refs? They don’t like our brand of physical football? They don’t like Harbaugh’s antics?

    We are finding out this season just how dirty the NFL is, but using their network arm to undermine a head coach from a successful team seems heavy-handed, even for these guys. To create this much bullshit from nothing is far-fetched. Which is why I think this is coming from inside 4949 Centennial Blvd.

    Singletary went from being a highly regarded coach to a joke by his own actions. I was all for his benching VD and some of the changes he made, but the pants deal, the wild-eyed sideline antics, the benching and replacing of his QBs every other day, and just the overall shittiness of the team after 2.5 seasons led to his dismissal. He, and Nolan before him, had the team at the edge of being good. Both failed when the time came.

  24. NoFear49er says:

    You think it’s a tinfoil hat conspiracy. I don’t.

    Why would you think it’s coming from the NFL? That’s like thinking they were behind Aldon Smith’s misdeeds. NFL Network hires loose cannons and they won’t do anything to shut them up if it garners interest unless the complaints grow louder or weigh heavier.

    As far as Jed or the FO being the source, that’s a little like cutting off your nose to spite your face isn’t it? If it’s some flunkie intern Deion-worshiping Seahawks fan, well I could buy that.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Because Deion Sanders WORKS for the NFL.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Sanders is glomming on to reports (mainly from Ian Rappaport, another NFL employee) that don’t seem to be coming from the locker room. Otherwise, guys like Tim Kawakami would have been all over this shit 2 months ago. There hasn’t been a peep from the local media.

    If it isn’t from the NFL Network, or it isn’t from the team, then what’s left? Aliens?

    Shit, dude. You are the king of tin foil hat conspiracies. This is right you your alley.

  27. Remain calm and just follow this “soldier’s” instructions. No reason to panic. No one is coming to get us. Remain calm! I repeat. Stay cool and in control.

  28. Spitblood says:

    NoFear: Think Ukraine. Unca, you’ve got to put it into military terms for NoFear. Why is Russia continuing to fuck with Ukraine? Because it’s in Russia’s best interest to keep Ukraine unstable. It’s the same with Jed York and Jim Harbaugh. At the end of the year, when Harbaugh leaves (for whatever reason) fans will be exhausted by the circus that the NFL Network has been creating around Harbaugh. After the 49er loss to the Bears, it was the NFL Network reporting the “lost locker room” story, then Harbaugh cuts LMJ. After the Philly win, Uncle Tom Sanders, again from the NFL Network, starts in on the 49ers UNDOUBTEDLY at the behest of Jed York. The owners control the NFL Network. These stories are coming from the NFL Network with the permission of Jed York. And if I’m wrong, why hasn’t Jed York stepped-up and tried to minimize the damage? NJ49er couldn’t be more full of crap, offering that owners don’t respond to team issues like this. I’ll tell you why York hasn’t responded – it’s because he’s orchestrating it. Like Ukraine, it’s in Jed York’s interest to keep Jim Harbaugh unstable because doing so means when Harbaugh leaves, 49er fans aren’t as upset and the monetary backlash isn’t as great. Like Ukraine, it’s about money. The strategy is to get 49er fans tired of the circus that some believe(d) Jim Harbaugh will have caused.

    If I’m wrong, answer me this: Why has the story been consistently broken or pushed by the NFL Network? Why hasn’t ESPN (or any of the local writers) been all over this story? Why has the story only been pushed these last few months only by The NFL Network, and again, why hasn’t Jed York said anything publically? It’s because this is a smear campaign against Harbaugh because Harbaugh won’t play ball Jed York’s way. Ed Warner offered this morning that it’s over money. I think it’s over front office control. If it’s over money, Jed York is even a bigger idiot that I thought. If it’s just a money issue, and York lets Harbaugh walk over money, I’ll bitch slap Jed York. But either way, my allegiance goes with Harbaugh.

    • Nipper says:

      I don’t give a damn about any of these guys. Just win baby! Oh damn am I getting the Raiders in this? Just don’t stink baby!

  29. Nipper says:

    Lets all get some Harbaugh pants. Lets have a commitment to Khaki! I’m driving down to Walmart today.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Spitty as good as that sounds, and I don’t dispute the fact that someone in the HQ is floating this shit, Jed isn’t going to hit the airwaves to address every bullshit tweet or misguided interview that hits the world. He’d be putting out 10 fires a day.

    Jerry Jones is the only guy that enjoys that process. He’s an attention whore whose motto is any pub is good. Doing blow off hookers asses in bathrooms? Strippers suing me? Cool! I’m a happening guy! Ain’t I fun? Like he’s trying to out-eightball Johnny Eightball.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Trent Dildo jumped on the story, Spitty, but was silenced by Steve Young. He was trying to be a hot-shit insider, but was chastised and he backpedalled like a mofo on Monday Night Football after the game.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    In other words, ESPN tried to wangle in on the fun, but couldn’t. Their own guys (Steve Young and Ray Lewis) shut them down.

  33. rtfirefly says:

    Giants take the first one from the Nats! WOOT!

  34. 12th man says:

    Ray’s case was sent to the DA’s office. Since the organization has the stance that due process must play out I hope they reject the case and the 9ers don’t end up looking foolish and the team keeps a good player.

  35. 12th man says:

    I don’t buy this “Jed York is undermining his coach and team” for a second, it’s horseshit.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Everyone here denies it, but where is it coming from? The NFL is behind this?

    I sure don’t think Deion and Co come up with this shit out of the blue.

    • Spitblood says:

      I agree with you, Chuck. But I don’t agree with you that the owner doesn’t make announcements regarding this kind of thing. Jed York is a tweetting fool.

    • 12th man says:

      For my money it comes from some players and likely some suits too (there are more than Jed and Baalke wearing them)
      Harbaugh rubs some the wrong way, any shock in that?

      Conspiracy theories of NFL et al, or Jed per se are a bit ridiculous.

      The mans a head coach, getting rid of him is cake.

  37. You know the only HC worse than Jim Harbaugh?

    It’s David Shaw at Stanford. And I’ve been an Indians/Cardinals/Cardinal fan all my life.
    Must be something in the water down on The Farm. Pathetic ideology.

  38. And so help me motherfucking Christ. If the Niners replace Bo Schembechler Jr.™ with David Shaw? Well, let’s just say that my mallards are going to enjoy more of my free time. I won’t watch that shit.

  39. rtfirefly says:

    The Giants score 1 with 2 outs in the 9th to tie, then score 1 in the 18th. 2-0 Giants! Their postgame winning streak now stands at 9!

  40. rtfirefly says:

    *post regular season

  41. Nipper says:

    Today is football! Cal and Stanford are jokes. Niners are the only decent team in this area. Raiders should be paid off and sent home. Their season is fini.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    Game day thread is up.

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