A New Year, A New Day, A New Coaching Staff, A New Offense . . . ?

Well, the Niners apparently spent 6 hours the other day talking to their DC Vic Fangio in an attempt to understand what he has in mind if he was named head coach. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind seeing Fangio stick around. he has done a very good job with this defense amid a ton of injuries and an ineffective offense on the other side of the ball. Yeah, we’ve beaten that subject into the ground, but here’s what I’m wondering now. If the Niners do decide to go with Fangio (and in my mind, if they are going to hire a defensive coach, they’d go with Fangio since he’s familiar with everyone, and he’s a top defensive coach and they couldn’t get anyone better), who should they get at their OC?

The names that are there are the always-semi-available Rob Chudzinski, He of a ton of teams and jobs, but his work with Cam Newton and the anemic Panther offense back in 2011 was a big turnaround and you’d think he’d fit right in with Colin Kaepernick. Another name that has popped up is Clyde Christensen, he of Fresno City Junior College fame. He’s been in the Colts system as an OC, QB coach, WR Coach, and TE coach for these past 12 years. Some good players have rolled through there, and hes been exposed to some very good offenses.

From the college ranks, you have to wonder if a guy like Tony Franklin in on their radar. He’s Berkeley’s OC, and a guy that has put together very strong passing offenses in Tennessee under Mike Leach, and now here at Cal. No NFL experience however. Another dark horse candidate from the college ranks is Scott Frost, Oregon’s OC. ‘Nuff said there. He worked under Chip Kelly and is still running one of the most high-powered offenses in any sport. No NFL experience as well, but he’s got to be someone who they look at.

You guys got any names?

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75 Responses to A New Year, A New Day, A New Coaching Staff, A New Offense . . . ?

  1. Winder says:

    To me names really don’t mean that much, we need to find someone that can utilize Kappy’s skill set. We need an OL coach that can teach pass protection. Kappy’s got a rocket arm but I think we move more toward the short passing game. We need to improve on time of possesion, and the hurry-up offense. That will open up the ability to make some plays downfield.

  2. snarkk says:

    I heard on radio today that Roman is interviewing with the Bucs in Tampa for OC. If he was such a central problem in the Harbs contretemps with Jed/Baalke, then why didn’t Harbs bring him along to Michigan? Anyway, I got no names for OC, leave that to you Chuck. Just get a guy that can get this offense from 30th in pass yds/game (only the Jets and Jags worse) to around 15th to 20th. That would be enough to get back to playoffs with this defense. If I were Fangio, I’d say hire me now as HC or fire my ass so I can look elsewhere. They couldn’t do better than Fangio as a defensive HC. He’s a fiery SOB, and he actually talks to the media. I don’t see a downside on him as HC as long as they get an OC in there that actually can get Kap to get a snap off with about 4 or 5 seconds left on the play clock. Simplify the damn offense so he has one play call, then can audible off to something that will work because he actually has time left on the clock to scan and react to the defensive set…

  3. Berger says:

    I’ll throw out a couple of names that come to mind. In Dallas Bill Callahan is the OC and run game coordinator. Scott Linehan is the play caller and passing game coordinator. I would take either. Feel out the Philly situation. There some turmoil there, see if Pat Schurmer is available. he did a great job with Bradford his rookie season. I’m sure Fangio has some names he’s already thrown out. I posted an idea on the last thread and I’ll give it one more go.

    Fangio or Tomsula as HC. The other or Rex Ryan as DC. For OC see where Mike Shannahan’s head is at. He has plenty of money, see if he wants to come here and be part of some winning again. If not Shanny, try Callahan or Linehan. Who knows, it’s fun to guess!

  4. ewisco says:

    i don’t see fangio working for tomsula. but getting tomsula some time at dc with fangio hc might be a good idea. that would set him up for a future hc spot. looking at the names being tossed out i think an oc could be had. there sure are a lot of openings though, with all the same retreads being mentioned. it will be interesting to see how the chips fall.

  5. Berger says:

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  6. NJ49er says:

    Rex has a TV gig lined up if he doesn’t secure another HC stint for 2015.
    He’s getting paid by the Band Aid Billionaire for 2015.
    Word has it, he won’t take a DC gig this year.

    We need someone to get Kaep into the Pro realm as a pocket passer.
    Plenty of debate about what/who sent Harbaugh packing.
    I’m going to stand pat on lack of Offensive output and leave it there.
    Losing the last 3 to Seattle probably didn’t help either?

    Let’s just hope they find some pieces that can work together, that’s all I want.

  7. NJ49er says:

    Berger I got my 1st chance to see Danny Shelton play the other night.
    Mostly I’m more or less, uninspired.
    His line-mate Hau’oli Kikaha looked more impressive to me.
    Also liked the kid from Mizzou, DT Harold Brantley, I don’t think he’s Draft eligible this year however.
    Lot’s of homework to do but, I’m not willing spend a 1st RD Pick on Shelton at this point.

  8. snarkk says:

    Pretty amusing commercial.

  9. Nipper says:

    Just my two cents…..yeah I know it’s worthless….. but the Niners will go in-house. Fangio just might take this HC job. …….And for 2015 Chuck will be bleeping on this blog! Go Chuck!

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Hey, Wisco! Yeah, that’s been my thought all along. My first take when Harbaugh left was to put Fangio in as HC and promote Tomsula as DC. Still think that is the way to go. They need new blood on offense, not defense. I’d keep Solari and Rathman and get rid of the other 34 guys Harbs had as offensive assistants.

    Rex Ryan aint going to be a DC anywhere. He’s a head coach or talking head. I have no idea where Devon Smith, the Ohio St WR looks to go but he had a great game the other night. Created separation early and stayed open. Great hands. Used his body well to maintain separation.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Sad new from ESPN. Stuart Scott, long-time ESPN sportscaster, passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Boo-yah and cool as the other side of the pillow (describing Joe Montana werw among his catchphrases.

  12. Berger says:

    I think Phil Simms is as good an announcer as there is. While so many are trying to be the next Madden, Simms just goes slow and explains insights from a former QBs perspective. He is better at saying the most with the least amount of words than almost all announcers. He also tells it like it is. When a QB misses a throw he’ll point out a bad route where a former lineman will just say it was a bad throw.

  13. What time does our playoff game start today?

    I sure hope Harbaugh and Roman finally remove their collective heads from their asses and call a good game. And so help me Christ if Harbaugh loses another challenge today I’m gonna lose it. Just 3 for his last 14 when throwing the red flag. WTF is he doing on the sideline anyway. Makes me wonder if he’s even watching the goddamn game. Challenge results like those won’t help Harbaugh any when he asks Jed for a raise.

  14. This just in: Andrew Luck is…

  15. Winder says:

    Just checked out next yr’s opponents. It’s gonna be a brutal one for both home and away. At least the Ravens come here this time. Lots of east coast traveling. Whoever we pick for HC and OC better not have a weak heart. Priority: Linemen.

  16. Winder says:

    Oh yeah, Go lions. Sad but I’m at the point of just hoping Dallas gets their ass handed to em.

  17. NJ49er says:

    We 9er fans live for a good Dallas A$$-kicking Winder.
    Some things never get old.

    Nothin’ better than Jerruh in the Glass Palace in Primetime, especially with a loss.
    Go Lions!

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. This crew is realty pulling for Dallas.

  19. NJ49er says:

    Now, can Detroit make a game winning drive?

  20. Berger says:

    Isn’t Suh a free agent!

  21. Alleykat says:

    Boy did the Lion’s take it in the ass from the refs on that no pass interference call? Clearly a penalty, that changed the game for the cowpokes!
    Then to just pick up the flag with no explanation was even more BS(can you say fix was in?)and then having Dez Bryant on the field yelling on that play without his helmet on, which should have been a 15 yard unsportsmanlike like penalty, just ridiculous ! This crew should all be banned for the rest of the playoffs and beyond!!!!

    • NJ49er says:

      The Great Equalizer Alleykat – Officiating.
      Absolutely criminal how easy it is to change the flow of a game.

      Look no further than the NBA and Tim Donaghy.
      Easily done.
      Las Vegas runs this game, the Owners/League/Networks are the beneficiaries.

      • NJ49er says:

        Not sure how true it is but, there’s a buzz circulating, that Head Official Dean Blandino was on the Jerruh Party Bus today after the game.

        How exactly does that happen, if he’s supposed to be running the ‘Uber Replay Studio’ in NYC?

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus, didn’t hear that one. Unconscionable that they picked up that flag. Like the Gronk NE game a while back when the refs picked up the flag and ran off the field.

    The good news is Dallas has to go to Green Bay. Don’t see them getting past them. Although GB has their share of issues. Shame the refs are getting to completely change momentum in games like these.

    • NJ49er says:

      It’s almost a foregone conclusion, that GB will play the NFCCG in Seattle, for the chance to right the replacement Refs ‘Fail Mary’ game back in ’12 Chuck.

      This sh!t is looking more and more like the WWE.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Exactly, NJ. I can’t believe how fast that shit was swept under the rug.

    It’s the dirty little secret that no one talks about, Funny thing is, I just read the book Casino.

    It’s a true story about the days when Vegas transitioned from the mob to the mega-corporations. The main guy, Frank Rosenthal, came up through the ranks in Chicago as a bookie and oddsmaker. He said the mob influence in the pros and college was widespread in the 60s and 70s, Mainly through the players but there was talk of trying to get to the refs.

    Got to see the movie. . . .

    • NJ49er says:

      Where there’s money, there’s corruption Chuck.
      Not that hard to connect the dots, it’s all about selling the story line.

      Like Donaghy shaving points in the NBA, it’s not that tough to swallow a whistle or, like today, pick up a flag or, keep it in their pockets, for idiots like Bryant coming onto the field without his helmet to argue the call.
      Totally impossible to take this garbage seriously anymore.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    he fact he was on the field should have drawn the penalty.

    • NJ49er says:

      Seems to be some question, whether that Party Bus episode occurred today, or during the Summer?
      Either way, a Conflict of Interest is still the flavor of the day after that debacle.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    NJ, the SI article was published in August. The TMZ video must be that timeframe as well.

    • NJ49er says:

      Either way Chuck, it paints the picture of corruption IMO.
      Like Roger being in place simply because the Billionaire Boys Club put him there.

      I’ve joked for years about the Smoking Jacket Committee.
      All the filthy rich Owners sitting at the Country Club deciding the ‘script’ for any given outcome they’d like to control.
      Why not?

      Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money.
      Just like the Wayans Bros laid out years ago on In Living Color.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Homie don’t play that shit.

    Yeah, that’s a big deal.

    • NJ49er says:

      Roger is Homie The Clown.
      To the tune of $44Mil/year.

      Mo’ Money…….

      • NJ49er says:

        Just like our POS Gov Christie, rubbing elbows with Jerruh while our State budget is in the toilet.
        He’s too busy having fun everywhere but here, where he was elected to run our State business.
        Gotta love Politics and the High Rollers they run with don’tcha?

        We’ve got potholes bigger than his backside, that aren’t in the repair budget out here.

        Glad to see his State salary is generous enough to cover his expenses for his love of Dallas Cowboys home games at least.
        No doubt the private runways he’s using are nicely paved.
        Dirt bag.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    YEah, he was at the game last week as well. What a crock of shit.

    • NJ49er says:

      Here in NJ, Politics and Organized Crime are synonymous.

      Only difference being, Politics affords Executive Privileges.

      Just like NFL Officiating in a way, make the rules, control the process.

  28. snarkk says:

    If the refs were going to rail this game for the ‘boys, they wouldn’t have done it that way. Too conspicuous. Inept is more like it, which maybe is just as bad as a fix. The NFL has turned the corner towards its decline. This kind of crap should be reviewable, and even then, it could be garbage. MLB umpiring is far better. As for Donaghy, he was the lone wolf on the take? Yeah, sure he was…

    • NJ49er says:

      Yeh Snarkk, the only thing Donaghy did wrong was, getting caught.

      • snarkk says:

        Stern buried that Donaghy story as fast as he possibly could. The law cooperated and gave Donaghy a break on his plea so that sucker could be wrapped up ASAP with no further leakage, no trial. ESPN did a full court press to NOT dig into that story. No “30 for 30” on that one, can’t bite the hand that feeds you. Donaghy basically alleged that the NBA league office had officials try to fix games, it wasn’t the refs going rogue on their own. Conspiracy theories are not hard to promote…

      • NJ49er says:

        Las Vegas Snarkk.
        All about the Benjamins…..

        Follow the money, you’ll find the rich bastards behind the curtain pulling the strings.
        It’s called insulation from prosecution.
        Mo’ Money……

  29. Berger says:

    A game that is officiated like this can’t be good for retaining fan interest. I would imagine pass int calls will be replayable soon. There will be some who feel they are watching nothing more than WWE. This game might not have been fixed but it is hard to believe there wasn’t some bias.

    • NJ49er says:

      Jerruh throws big parties Berger.

      They do things BIGGER in Big Duh.

      Hookers, liquor, you name it, it’s yours, just like those seats at the Jerruh World SB several years back, that got sold but, never saw any butts in them.
      He knows the right peeps.

  30. Nipper says:

    AT&T is everywhere. Naming rights for that air hanger in Dallas. No wonder my phone bill always goes up. All I do are yell BLEEPS at bill collectors into it. I owe you money? BLEEP YOU!

  31. Berger says:

    I’m reading that some thought the non PI in the Det-Dal game was a good non call. Some have even tried to sell the fact they see it as a non biased informer by saying they don’t have a dog in the hunt. Those people obviously have a dog in the hunt. How could one not see the blatant push by the LB with his left hand on the WRs right shoulder that didn’t allow him to come back and compete for the ball. That PI was as obvious as it gets.

    • Alleykat says:

      Berger…Not to mention dumbshit Dez Bryant pleading his BS to the ref for a non call on the field, without his helmet on which it is an automatic 15 yard penalty, except in Dallas, total fix was on.

    • Berger says:

      It’s hard to believe no games are fixed. I don’t think this game was but I do believe we might have encountered a biased ref.

      • NJ49er says:

        The guys normally referred to as, Homers.
        If you’re paid as an Official, know the rules at least.

        Moreover, make all plays reviewable if the Officials can’t be trusted to interpret them at game speeds.

        Interference is normally interpreted as ‘not playing the ball’.
        Clearly the Dallas LB Hitchens wasn’t playing the ball.

        If there’s indecision involved with the other members of the Crew, review it.
        Don’t just pick up the flag and proceed as if nothing happened.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Faceguarding is not a penalty in the pros, NJ (college, yes). However, pushing the receiver away from the ball with your arm while faceguarding is clearly impeding the receiver’s attempt for the ball. That is a penalty

      • NJ49er says:

        True RT but, I’ve seen plenty of lesser calls made, mostly on DBs, where TV calls use that term, ‘didn’t turn his head’ as reason for the PI.

        Hitchens was guilty enough to get the call in the 1st place, debatable certainly.
        Tugging and contact was evident, yet not called for whatever reasons.
        Either these guys see it, or they don’t, hard to fathom.

        The more important ingredient for me, was the Officiating Crew.
        These guys are there for one purpose. Keep the game moving within the Rules.
        They came off as incompetent boobs on one the NFLs bigger stages.

        There needs to be more scrutiny put on how these Officials get assigned to elimination games for me.
        Grading them perhaps on crew reviews, makes more sense to me, than putting guys together that don’t work with each other throughout the regular season.

  32. NJ49er says:

    Bad calls/non-calls hurt every team in this game.
    It’s just less acceptable in an elimination game setting.

    Detroit played their a$$es off in that game.
    Granted, they shot themselves in the face in the 2nd half on more than a few occasions.
    But, that particular penalty sequence, screwed momentum and took the wind out their sails in a way.

    That guy they call ‘Mo’, swung the ‘Boys way, after that Officiating blunder IMO.

  33. NJ49er says:

    Berger I’ve been picking through the underclassmen entries –

    OLB/DE Eli Harold – UVA is headed for the Draft.
    Interesting kid, I’ve seen him play a little.
    6’4″ 250 / 4.75
    Early Grades for RDs 2-3.

    High motor kid with the ability to get after the QB.
    Someone to add to the watch list.

  34. Berger says:

    My biggest point in this officiating debacle is say PI is a penalty that should be reviewable. These penalties can be for 50 yards and often are game changers.

    Anybody who says that non-call did not have a big affect on the game is a person who needs to understand how momentum is a big factor in the outcome of games. Anybody who thinks that non call didn’t effect the game does not know football very well.

    Detroit still had time to get things in order and win but momentum is a powerful tool in sports. We can never know for sure the outcome if Detroit gets that obvious call but anybody who knows the game well can clearly see that play was most likely the difference in that game. Anybody who thinks otherwise can’t have very good football acumen. They might even border on stupid. If not stupid then maybe just ignorant.

    My point is pass interference should be reviewable.

  35. Berger says:

    Unca- I think I had a post go to spam?

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Not sure why it atè that, bergs, but I released it.

  37. Berger says:

    I just got off the phone with a friend who was upset when the Warriors fired their most winning coach in ages last year. He thought it was a terrible mistake to fire Mark Jackson. He was looking at the numbers and could not see the issues at hand, he just saw the wins. He is now acknowledging the move to upgrade the coach was a wise one.

    The Warriors situation reminds me of the 49ers situation. A winning coach who has his team playing great defense but not much of a clue on offense causing massive amounts of turnovers by the star point guard. Jackson also had an issue getting along with the front office. Sure sounds like the Harbaugh regime to me.

    So the Warriors went out and got a different coach, upgraded the asst coach talent, especially on offense, and upgraded the depth of player talent on the team. Finding the right coach can backfire but the Warriors owners took the chance and look to have gotten the right man for the job.

    What Jed is doing is very similar to what Joe Lacob of the Warriors did. It can be risky but obviously the goal is higher than just having a winning record for these two owners. I applaud the guts Jed is showing in the face of much criticism from so called experts like Lowell Cohn and others. BTW, Cohn might be the biggest boob in the Bay Area sports media scene. Lacob faced the same criticism. Hopefully Jed’s results will be as good as Lacob’s. The critics with 20/20 hind sight won’t see the guts, They just know they got their feelings hurt because their popular coach got fired and they need to vent. Then they’ll just say I told you so no matter the results. For me, I know it can backfire, I’m just glad he has such a desire to win and the guts to do something about trying to take the next step. I hope he makes the right moves. This thing could work out great and it could end up as back to the drawing board.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I said ghat last year bergs. These calls are too brutal to not review. These newly called illegal hands to the face calls also shouldn’t result in a 1st does if they are going to call them 5 times a game. Illegal contact as well,

  39. unca_chuck says:


    New thread is up.

  40. Berger says:

    unca- There is no “comments” icon on your new thread.

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