One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONNIE!!

Or, the George Thorogood school of thought. To paraphrase:

Everybody funny
Now, you funny.too

The media in general, and especially locally, seem to be making a case that the 49ers are all of a sudden a lousy team looking up at the rest of the division.  Funny thing is, as I’ve said before, 98% of these issues would have come to pass regardless of the martyrdom of St. Jim. Not going to rehash that, but just say that I think the offense improves. Why? Because it has never been very explosive these past 9 years, and has been on a downward spiral lately.

Yeah, we had injuries, but the defense suffered many more devastating injuries and was able to keep it together. The offense floundered terribly amidst missed blocks, bad line calls, and shitty play calling. Happy regressed as the directive seemed to be to take away one of his weapons in running when things broke down. By the 12th game, guys like Frank Gore, VD,  Crabs, and Joe Staley were openly questioning Roman and the offense being trotted out there.

Truth is, the 49ers lost halftime leads in something like 6 games. Defenses seemed to be able to figure out how to stop us at will while the 49ers couldn’t adjust to save their lives. Even some of the wins (Wash, NYG) were exercises in futility as the offense 3-and-outed itself to nowhere while the defense held on. The adjusting to defensive schemes was terrible.

Anyhow, that’s the past. With a new offensive scheme and some new ideas, I think these guys can introduce  some needed flexibility and speed into the offense. Steve Logan is a huge WCO proponent, and looks to get things moving much quicker than has has been these past 9 years. New WR coach Ron Curry, an offensive assistant the past 2 years, and a 7-year NFL vet who learned his trade under Freddie Biletnikoff, should be a vast improvement over John Morton. What also makes me laugh is when people point to Jed and Trent saying things like “we will get back to running the ball” in January as if they designed the offensive schemes before anything happened, and the coaches haven’t set foot in the building.

Still and all, the big question to me is Geep Chryst. Our new OC has a spotty career as an OC (in a shitty situation in SD), and varying degrees of success in various stops working with every offensive group on 5 different teams. Either he has learned a lot in his various stops, or he’s a bland lifer who won’t bring anything different or dynamic to the team.

The defense should be fine. I think Mangina-eous should be fine as the DC. The players certainly understand why things changed. Fangio bailed amid reports of him not getting the HC spot, or York balking on Fangio staying in his role if Adam Gase came in. Not sure about the veracity of that, but whatever. The coaching staff turned over, and the players will deal with it. Managing at least has a solid record of DCing what with his success under Brian Belichick in New England. His HC record is shitty at best, but certainly he brings a big presence on the defensive side of things. I said two years ago when they hired him to work with the TEs, that he was positioning himself for another HC run, either here or elsewhere. The defensives coaching staff is also full of ex-DCs and ex-HCs, notably Tony Sparano, Jason Tarver, and Clancy Pedergast AZ’s recent DC.

So, laugh as the hipsters and media trolls must at our goombah coach, power hungry GM, and the brash owner, I think this team stands to certainly do better than last year’s mark. Yeah, kind of a low bar, but to listen to the pundits, we’re on our way to 4-12. Let the techie-wonks sell their tickets, and run for the shade. Super Bowl? Probably not, what with all the roster turnover, but certainly a playoff run. And, as the San Francisco Giants have proven in recent years, once in the dance, the season resets. Get on a roll and you can take the trophy.

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92 Responses to One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer

  1. Winder says:

    There is a lot to be optimistic about this team. The loss of our 2 great ILB’s hurt real bad but that’s the way it goes they had their reasons and both made a lot of sense. I see a real competitive TC coming up and I for one am very excited to see what’s gonna happen.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    That’s actually a big plus. The fact that Bowman =missed the entire year, and Willis missed a majority of it with his various injuries, and the defense was able to play at a high level.

    The offense didn’t fare nearly as well. The defense adjusted well to problems and in-game changes.

    The offense did not adjust to injuries or during games.

  3. NJ49er says:

    Optimists and Pessimists Chuck.

    Can’t judge the results before the games begin.
    I’m most optimistic for Logan and Henry.
    We need a more open passing scheme.
    Can’t live on 20yd puts and Max protect all the time.
    Quick rhythm, more balance, perhaps things improve?

    Gotta try something new.
    If we suck, we suck.
    Just compete and show some life.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Well that’s the point NJ. I don’t think it’s being pie in the sky to think the O can do better. The d should be fine. Ergo, the team will do better than last year.

    The fucking drudgery of the media and the blogosphere pointing out minutiae and laughing smacks to me of bandwagonism in reverse.

    All I’ve been saying is don’t bury them before they are dead.

  5. Nipper says:

    It’s Happy Hour…… where’s Dennis?

  6. unca_chuck says:

    I think they finally ate him.

  7. 12th man says:

    I like Dennis, funny guy and a real fan. Sure is a downer lately though.

  8. Lurker John says:

    “I think this team stands to certainly do better than last year’s mark. Yeah, kind of a low bar, but to listen to the pundits, we’re on our way to 4-12”

    I think doing better than last year could very well put the 49ers in postion for a playoff berth. 2 games better and you’re at 10-6, which they easily could have been at if they’d held a couple of halftime leads last year. 10-6 in the NFC West, maybe you’re in the dance.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, we’re in a tough division with a tough schedule, but all these games are tough.

    The way we’ve been playing, even in the good times, the games were nail biters.

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck the schedule/Division is brutal enough.
      Add a complete overhaul of the Coaching Staff, retirement issues and pending retirement concerns and, we’re a LONG SHOT.

      All we have right now is faith.
      Some choose doom over bloom.

      I’m in the Optimist Camp.
      Faith over futility.

      • Nipper says:

        You better stay away from the Skeebs. Optimism is not appreciated at all.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Some choose to be fucking jerkoffs. The whole skeeb site over there is ludicrous.
        It’s the anti-bandwagon crowd. The de riguer position is to be down on the Niners.

        Fuck ’em all. I understand that it was a purge, but putting Harbaugh on some kind of pedestal as to be up there with the greats is ludicrous. He inherited a good team. Carroll is coaching circles around him.

  10. Winder says:

    I think we have the personnel to win games this year and for awhile we won’t be so predictable.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    I tell ya, it could be anything. Under Nolan and then Sing we had the players but the coaching sucked. It got better, but the team that was built from high draft picks from 2005 through 2010 has gotten old. Some good players have replaced the old ones on their way out, but its a crapshoot.

    I keep coming back to the offense and how it has to be better than last year. I think the defense has enough continuity to hold together.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    It still remains to me that for all the coaching moves, Geep is the biggest unknown.

    I’d think there has to be wholesale changes in offensive schemes. No more of this jumbo straight ahead blocking scheme. Foerster is known as a run blocking whiz, but he did well with Balt’s and Wash’s pass blocking schemes as well. Least sacks given up in 2007, most 50+ yard pass plays in 2010, and RGIII’s 102 QB rating and 2,700 yards rushing in 2012.

    This comes down to nuts and bolts, and how well the coaches get their shit on the same page.

    Tomsula will ride herd on the defense much as Harbaugh took watch over the offense.

    It all rolls back to Geep however.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Tough break for Jaxonville, ROB. Their 1st round pick (3rd overall) DE Dexter Fowler out for the year with an ACL tear. Didn’t miss a game in college.

  14. butler1969 says:

    I really like Vernon Davis always have and I think he’ll be better this year. However, with all these TE draft picks and deals it leads me to believe the FO is thinking about parting ways with him, sooner rather than later. He was hurt in game 2, out for game 3, and then hurt again in game 4. A pretty nasty hit to the back. He played through the injury all year and he’s a stud for doing that.

    The huge problem we face is this coaching staff was a patchwork job done quickly without one competitive thought or process. Sadly young Jed got the stadium deal done and now it’s back to business as usual. Baalke not addressing real needs should be all the proof anyone needs.

    Lastly anyone of you who feel we still have a fighting chance at bringing home hardware with Kaepernick in the line-up has not only forgot who once played that position for us but has simply forgotten how and why we won in the past as well.

    Always a Niner Fan but I’m just saying….

    • unca_chuck says:

      VD will be gone because he’s going to want a huge payday. We aren’t going to give it to him. For good reason. He’ll be 32. You’d prefer a 4/$50 mill deal? Because that’s what he wants. Sorry. Not me.

      What are you saying? The draft is getting mostly Bs from what I’ve been seeing. They drafted for the future, not for immediate needs. Take that as you will. If you’ve been paying attention, the defensive coaching staff is very solid. Offense is the question mark. But that has been the case since 2005. Other than Gore, the offense has been very inconsistent. They nearly always rank near the bottom in TOP, 3 and outs, 3rd down conversions, and delay of game penalties.

      The bar is so low that I don’t think they have any problem getting over last year’s offensive shittiness.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Gee, Butler, how long did it take Steve Young to win it all? He played on some good teams and didn’t win it for 4 years after getting the starting job.

    • 12th man says:

      Kap was 5 yards from winning it all right?

      • Berger says:

        Actually, Kap had the TD but Jimbo called a time out and passed to Crabtree the rest of the way. If Jimbo lets Kap run that draw we pull ahead on that play. He outsmarted himself as usual.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    I keep saying it, Nip. You need to post over there in Skeebers dark cloud land. They need some lightening up. I mean really. A Harbaugh Scoreboard?? He’s got fucking Alex Smith on there. Let’s all hold our breath to see who does great! As long as it isn’t us!!! Yay! We suck! I hope we suck for 10 years so we can write nasty posts about Jed York! Woo hoo!!!!

    I get that there’s a ton of uncertainty. But to hope your team stinks for the foreseeable future is baffling at best. Hipsterism at its worst. All because there was a front office struggle? Whatevs.

    • Nipper says:

      I’d rather play fetch with your dog than hang out on the Skeebs. May as well be on suicide watch if I hung out there. Too dark too hopeless.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Maggie would like that.

  17. Lurker John says:

    Even if VD is bound for free agency after this season, I think he bounces back huge for the same reason. If he wants the big payday, he’s going to have to wipe last year’s disaster of a season of the board. I agree, the Niners giving him a huge contract isn’t going to happen, but I still think the Niners will squeeze one more good season out of him.

    He was bad last year, but he was also underutilized by Roman and Harbaugh, imo. Get him back in the offense again and I believe he’ll do fine.

  18. Berger says:

    I heard it is Ronnie Lott’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Ronnie, my 2nd favorite football player ever, behind Joe.

    My team played Ronnie in HS. Ronnie went to Eisenhower in the San Bernadino/Colton area. We played them in the CIF play-offs. Eisenhower picked off a pass and one of my best friends of all time leveled Lott. I have it on very reliable personal info that Ronnie remembers the hit. Not a big deal really, just cool that my good buddy made a hit on my 2nd favorite player ever that he remembers.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    It is a contract year for VD, so he very well could put up some big numbers.

    What baffled me all year was the fact that both Gore and VD, normally excellent blockers, were fair to awful.

    Another reason why I think the schemes were shitty. They tried to change Kappy’s style and tried to do things they couldn’t quite figure out. We had a hard time with straight 5 on 5 blocking schemes, let alone stunts and blitzes.

    Throw in the fact that the team told Kap to stop running and you get a shitload of sack behind crappy blocking with a QB who was told to stop trusting his instincts.

    Which is why the quicker tempo woe be warranted.

  20. Berger says:

    With the 4th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft the 49ers pick a cornerback, according to Walter Football.

    • NJ49er says:

      Berger if we’re Drafting in the Top 5 next year, keep an eye on WR Laquon Treadwell from Ole Miss.

      I’m hoping we’ll get some development this year at the WR position.
      Be nice to have other options available beside our almost eternal search for a bonafide WR.

  21. Lurker John says:

    It’s not really a search if you don’t draft guys. Jenkins was a huge fuck-up, but the Niners haven’t really made a big play to draft a highly rated WR, so I don’t see them doing it next year if they have a high pick. Maybe the Jenkins fiasco has made them gun shy, but since many top flight wideouts come out of the middle to late rounds, it’d be nice to see more efforts there. Jenkins may well be Baalke’s Waterloo. What the hell were they thinking?

    Smelter looks promising, yes, but he’s hurt and unlikely to even play this year. We still don’t know if Patton or Ellington can really shine at that position because they never got the damn chance. Why, because Crabs was a prima donna and you didn’t want to hurt his feelings? Fuck that. It’s not like they were bleeding quality at the WR position. Give those athletic kids a shot.

    Same for the corners. Is Reaser a legitimate talent? Acker? We won’t know until training camp and maybe not even then. I sure hope so because they need both of those guys and Dontae, too, and they need them to be GOOD. NFC West good.

    • NJ49er says:

      Lurker John, at WR, it’s a completely risky position to Draft, no matter the RD.

      Makes us appreciate just how spectacular it was to land Jerry Rice.
      I was looking over our Draft History.
      No GM, going back to the days of Walsh, ever hits for a high average in this business.

      Smelter was on my radar until he suffered the knee injury.
      But, the search continues of course.
      We went very heavy at the position with the UDFAs.
      Flipper Anderson’s Son, Dres, from Utah is among a group of potential Camp qualifiers if nothing else.
      I’ve read good reports on DeAndrew White from ‘Bama as well.
      Like any UDFA, regardless of position, it’s a tough climb at the Pro level.
      Guys have to want it and, put in the work.
      Good Coaching helps too.

      For me, guys like Patton and Ellington were certainly Draft-worthy.
      I’m of the belief that we just didn’t develop them very well.

      Given the Staff overhaul we’re about to embark on, I like the addition of WR Coach Adam Henry from LSU.
      Hoping he, and Ron Curry, can get something from the WR Group that we haven’t had much return on, starting with Patton and Ellington.

      Here’s a good reminder of just how many Draftees rarely amount to much –

      http://tinyurl.com/jvo9gay

      • Lurker John says:

        Hey NJ, thanks for the info. Without even knowing the facts, I’d have guessed that any GM’s draft history is full of hits and misses. That’s why all the whining from people about this year’s draft is ridiculous; it’s way too early and there’s no guarantees.

        I was just reading about the UFDA’s on the Niner’s website last night and a few do look promising. I asked this earlier this week, but I wondered if there’s any trackable history of how many of these guys make it in the NFL. Anderson does look interesting, if only because of his pedigree. One of those guys may also be the solution to our pathetic return game situation.

        I’m also hoping the new coaches can get guys like Patton and Ellington prepared to succeed in the league, and the young corners and new draftees. Unless things really start to blow up, I’m all in for the coming season. I’ve always been of the mind that it often takes time for a team to settle into a new stadium and be successful there so year 2 could well be that year for the 49ers. People say what they will about the Stick, but it was the site of the greatest moments in league history. That’s tough to live up to, fancy accommodations or not.

  22. Lurker John says:

    And ditto, happy birthday to Ronnie Lott, easily one of the greatest 49ers ever. A guy who was a huge part of an era in 49er football that brought me a lot of joy as a fan. What a great football player, teammate and champion.

  23. NJ49er says:

    Another from the list of UDFA WRs was Darius Davis, Henderson State.
    Kid had some freakish stats, though they were Henderson State stats 😀

    45 games – 178 Recs / 3686 Yds – 20.7 YPC Avg with 47 TDs.

    WR DARIUS DAVIS, HENDERSON STATE
    During the 2013 season I was highly impressed with the ability of Davis to take a screen for a big play and score. He can stretch the field, has good hands, and is a smooth runner. He doesn’t move like he flies but was never caught from behind in the tapes I viewed. At just 5’11, 219 pounds he is built like a running back and runs like one, too. During his senior year he hauled in 56 passes for 1,261 yards and 18 touchdowns. It’s hard to believe he was snubbed by all-star games but his 4.5 speed at his pro day along with a 37 ½ inch vertical, 10’5 broad jump, and 17 bench reps put the stamp on a very good resume. He could go in the 7th round pick or be a good priority free agent pickup following the NFL Draft.

    Again, we’ll see what happens if he comes to play for a roster spot…..

    • NJ49er says:

      For what it’s worth, Davis was Ranked 10 of 200 D2 School Prospects.
      Never know?

    • Lurker John says:

      The kid’s definitely got wheels. He doesn’t just beat guys in the tape, he blows them away. Quick acceleration, like a sprinter. It’s hard to tell how fast based on the competition, but he’s quick, seems to run good routes, goes up to get the ball and has good hands. Looks to be strong, too. Lots of catches over the middle. I remember Rice saying he was always coached by the Niners to not be passive but to attack the football. Go up and get it. One of his many great traits.

      He was overlooked in the draft, but there’s only so many to go around. I wish I could be hopeful, but the league is so damn competitive it’s hard to break through. They didn’t show him returning kicks, but maybe he can make the team as the return man I mentioned above.

      • Lurker John says:

        That QB also did a great job of getting him the ball. Wonder if he got signed somewhere.

  24. NJ49er says:

    Berger here’s a pretty honest piece regarding Armstead.
    Kinda sums up how I feel about him as well.

    I’m hoping for the ‘Boom’ over ‘Bust’ scenario of course –

    http://tinyurl.com/ozghl3b

    • Berger says:

      You just keep worrying. For me, I like the pick a lot.

      • Nipper says:

        Me too.

      • Lurker John says:

        You can say the things mentioned in that article about every player drafted. Some of it is even cliched:

        “The problem is, having potential doesn’t always translate into production…”

        No shit?

        Get him eating quality food, with a world class chef at his beck and call 24 hours a day, which NFL teams have (remember Aaron Lynch talking about it last camp?), and get him in an intense weight training program, in a state of the art facility with a professional trainer and he’s going to maximize his physical potential without much trouble, maybe 10-20 pounds of solid muscle added on. His job is now professional football player. No more distractions with school or social bullshit. Football, 24/7.

        I think he’s in a good situation with this team, that has a strong recent history of developing quality D lineman, good pros around him to show him the right way to be a professional, and the depth to allow him to mature at a reasonable pace. Go Arik.

        P.S. Is it pronounced Eric or AH-rik?

  25. It’s pronounced: [furst] [round] [buhst].

  26. Berger says:

    Lurker- The guy in the article sounds like he didn’t like to pick so he is rationalizing for his credibility. Whatever. I watched Bud Dupree play against Florida and he was terrible. It must have just been a bad game because after watching that video I couldn’t believe he was a first rounder. Shows you what a few stats and a good combine will do for a draft status. OTOH, I watched Armstead dismantle the Auburn offensive line. Since he had only 1.5 sacks he is not considered good by fantasy and combine experts. Again, whatever.

    Armstead was compared to Balmer by some. What a joke. I watched film of Balmer after we drafted him and saw him taking some plays off. The only plays I ever saw Armstead take off was when he was busy kicking the guy’s ass in front of him instead of diagnosing the play. Armstead is one mean SOB. He competes every play. He is no Balmer. Once this guy gets a year of conditioning in the NFL and learns how to play the 4/5 technique, which is no gimme, he’s going to tear it up.

    Learning the 5 technique is much easier than learning the 4 technique. As a 5 containing the outside edge is easy as compared to trying to do the same thing as a 4. The 5 is already on the outside gap of the weak side tackle, the 4 is lined straight up on the tackle. Being able to have a 4 to play weak side DE and contain the outside edge in a 3-4 is a huge luxury. The 49ers spent all year teaching it to Tank. It’s a tough position. Justin Smith played it great. Armstead was already doing it in college. I feel fortunate to have Dial, Tank and Armstead to fill the DE position. We might have just lucked out on this incredibly important issue with the loss of McDonald and Justin. This position is not usually filled so fast. Kudos to Baalke.

    • Winder says:

      Berger- it’s kinda like those jerk-offs at Walter football coming out and saying we will have the 4th overall pick. Those fuckwads are continually wrong and are just trying to stir some shit. I like the Armstead pick too.

      • Winder says:

        You can’t have to many Dlinemen. Next to the QB I think it’s the most important position.

      • Berger says:

        Winder- Agreed. The only way to stop a hot QB is put him on his back.

        I love seeing people who don’t have confidence in our team, including some fans. None of that matters. What matters is what happens in September. Let the players and coaches speak for themselves. I’m excited about the upcoming season.

    • Lurker John says:

      3 “potential” studs for sure. Sorry couldn’t resist. I’m looking forward to seeing how Carradine and Dial have matured this season. Don’t forget Ian Williams, who is also an up and comer and probably would’ve arrived if not for some dirty Seahawks football.

  27. NJ49er says:

    Berger the reason for my reservations on Armstead, had more to do with the reports, (read as opinions, certainly), that questioned his love for the game.

    Granted, he was a Basketball guy, which is fine, Ellington was as well.
    I love his size, appreciate the potential as well.

    All I’m asking is that he is committed to putting in the work.
    That goes for each and every guy brought aboard, no matter where they were Drafted.

    99% of the guys that arrive at the Pro level are in for a life-changing set of obstacles.
    It ain’t College anymore.

    If Armstead convinced the Staff that he’s in for the challenge, I’m 100% aboard.

    I’m not an ‘I told you so’ sort of fan.
    Been dyed in the wool 9er, in enemy territory, practically my whole life.

    Ain’t changing my colors now.

  28. NJ49er says:

    Several years back, we met with the 9er players following the game vs the NYJ.
    I was able to speak to AJJ face to face for several minutes before they boarded the bus.

    Told him to work hard, we were counting on him in a big way.
    What struck me with him was, he didn’t appear confident.
    Granted, he’s being barraged by fans and all but, he never impressed me as a kid who felt that he was going to be a star.

    Strictly my opinion of course but, my reaction to our short chat was, that he appeared timid.
    As stated, the NFL is ‘Big Boy Time’.
    Many kids just can’t cut it.

    • Berger says:

      Alex had an easy TD to Jenkins last year. AJ had the ball in his hands and nobody within 10 yards. Running all alone he stepped out of bounds. As he was celebrating his TD the ref was marking the spot where he stepped out of bounds. Somebody got within about 6 yards from him so he made an evasive move and stepped out of bounds. Yeah, timid describes that play very well.

      • NJ49er says:

        Not to trash the kid in hindsight Berger but, ‘deer in the headlights’ came to mind when we spoke with him here at The Meadowlands.

        He might have been a Rookie at that time, I’d have to look it up but, knowing what we know now, I can see why he is where he is.

  29. NJ49er says:

    Smack Down in Bean Town
    Take chances, pay the consequences.

  30. Berger says:

    Somebody tell Dennis that Tom “Richard Nixon” Brady’s future President of the US campaign took a major hit today.

  31. randall1974 says:

    UNCA-CHUCK’S SITE IS THE BOMB!!!!!!!!!

    • NJ49er says:

      Damn Randall1974?
      I come here to talk 49ers first and foremost.
      Sure, we disagree at times, that’s life.

      Chill Bro, it’s all good.

    • 12th man says:

      Thx for all your sage advice…so valuable…Go fuck yourself dickhead…

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Fucking Goodie Goodell strikes again.

    4 games for Tom Terrific, $1,000,000 fine and the loss of a first next year and a 4th in 2017?

    Pretty hefty shit, but it affects the Pats not much at all. Their 1st round pick is nearly a 2nd anyway. A million is a drop in the bucket, and the time off for Tom is a good thing.

    • NJ49er says:

      Goes to the arrogance aspect of things for me Chuck.
      They feel they’re above it all, smugly thinking no one can prove them wrong.

      Hey Tom.
      Know the rules.
      You lobbied for the rule change for a reason.

  33. alleykat69 says:

    If anything Brady is being thrown on the train tracks by his own coach right now.. Belicheat could give a rat’s ass protecting Brady right now, as long as the shits not flying in his direction, he’s a happy camper..

  34. randall1974 says:

    NJ, I like playing with my mommy.

    • NJ49er says:

      Randall1974 if there’s anything I have in this world, it’s my OWN opinion on 49er football.

      Sure, the NFL is all about the almighty dollar, it’s a business after all.

      The only way to truly protest the product is to boycott it I guess?

      If the product gets too watered down to take seriously, at some point I’d likely bail.
      So far, I find it entertaining enough to keep it in my life.

      If it’s consuming your being, to this point of frustration, maybe you need another venue?

    • NJ49er says:

      That’s cool Randall1974.
      Nothing wrong with Mommies I guess?

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Wow, dude still can’t get a life.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    What;s funny is there are 10 identical messages in the filter that dimwit couldn’t figure out how to get through.

    Hey Randall, try 49ersoutsider.com. You’ll fit right in!

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Thing is, Belichick KNOWS that they’ll probably reach the playoffs regardless. The 4 game suspension is a break for Brady. The whole thing is a joke.

    • NJ49er says:

      Check the strength of schedule comparisons too Chuck.
      The SB winner Pats have a cushier schedule then we do, and quite a few other teams in the League this year too.

      Go figure…..

  38. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, it used to be the stronger teams got the stronger schedule.

    • NJ49er says:

      Might also suggest just who wields the power in the League too Chuck?
      Chummy Owners and Herr Goodell getting special treatment perhaps?

      This is why I openly question the involvement of Dr York and his involvement with NFLE.
      Tomsula is a major draw there for obvious reasons.

  39. Winder says:

    NJ- Its their division, not even close to ours.

    • NJ49er says:

      True Winder, but, at least this suspension should give them a bit of a handicap.
      Garappolo isn’t Brady, by a long stretch.

      But, we all know, scheduling is a League controlled process.

  40. Nipper says:

    Brady will appeal this ruling probably knocking down the suspension to a couple of games at most if at all. The Commish has to appear tough but Kraft is one of his biggest supporters. It gives the media something to chew on. The Pats will just laugh the whole thing away.

    • NJ49er says:

      Pats have collected another trophy Nipper.
      Hard to tarnish that fact.

      Had Pete used Marshawn 1 more time in February, that all could have been different.

      What would this League be without the daily drama?

  41. 12th man says:

    Nice Chuck, now it looks like I call NJ a dickhead!

  42. unca_chuck says:

    hah! NI’s a big boy. He can take it! I’m resisting making everyone register to use this site but if the trolls keep attacking, I may do it.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    The spam filter was choking on about 15 ginormous posts from some clown.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up[ . . .

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