Alright Already

This has been yet again the weirdest offseason in 49er history. And that’s saying something after last year. Anthony Davis, the guy with the semi-questionable motor coming into the league, decides to retire and forgo something around $18 mill for his services.

I get the fact that players are concerned about their health, but all of the retirements have come from the 49ers for the most part. There have been other guys leaving early, but the rash of guys this year on this team is odd to say the least. But really, to blame this on the Harbaugh situation is pretty much calling the players chicken shit fair weather players. I don’t buy it. Mainly because it is a disservice to guys like Patrick Willis who played through tough situations on some less-than-great teams. Or Justin Smith who toiled long and hard to get to this point in his career to be recognized as one of the preeminent defensive linemen. Or Chris Borland’s courage to walk away from a very promising career. AD? I don’t know. He’s been dinged up and didn’t play well last year. He’s played well, but I;m not sure what the Niners do about the 5 years left on that deal. He is giving back $4.6 mill in signing bonus.

Will his loss hurt? I suppose it will. Some. We are changing schemes to zone blocking, and we look to be more mobile, so road graders won’t be needed as much as they were on the previous 1970s style offense. He doesn’t really fit the new system, so have a nice retirement, AD. The lateness of his announcement is a bitch, but what do you do?  Knowing we would need another lineman would have been helpful to know before the draft, but he did what he did when he did. Plenty read into that, but who’s to know? The speculation train is running full speed, but whatever. Shit happens and you deal with it.

All the turnover is a problem but the preseason hasn’t really started so there’s still plenty of time to install their offense. If Harbaugh proved anything it’s that you can install your system fairly quickly. Esp when you remember that he inherited his defense and rode it most of the way. The offense was an extension of the conservative plans from the previous two coaches, but the biggest difference was the D that got stronger and stronger. A new more unpredictable offense, and offense based more on quickness and not slow plays and burning all the play clock is most welcome. All the defense has to do is stay near the top 10. They likely have to be a bit more aggressive with their blitz package, and doing a better job of disguising things. I’d love more aggression. Fabio, for all his success, had games like Denver where he didn’t bother to pressure Manning, and instead laid back and tried to play coverage. Same with the Raiders game. He couldn’t dial up pressure to Carr rot save his life. And this was against a team with a shitty line and little to play for. The O by then was a complete disaster.

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94 Responses to Alright Already

  1. Nipper says:

    GO DUBS! Way to go!

    • Berger says:

      Winder- I just bought this DVD a month ago. I’ve played it at leasr10 times since. I’ll post the best song from the show below. It’s called Out of the Blue.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Flashback city there, Winder.

  3. Berger says:

    Listen to the incredible violin lead at the end of this song.

  4. Berger says:

    Winder- Check this solo effort by Phil Manzanera. The song is East of Echo off the Diamondhead CD.

    • Winder says:

      Wow. Never heard that one before, had to put on the headphones for the full effect; He made that work.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Never heard that either. Good stuff. Sound like early pink Floyd a little.

    Funny how we’re at the point on Skeebies blog where v, Bullitt, and spitty direct every comment to me.

    Strange how a little bit of optimism over the new offense is such a monolithic blasphemy to those folks.

    Harbaugh took a team loaded with talent to the playoffs. But, Just like Mark Jackson, he couldn’t seal the deal.

    Better to move on now than with a lame-duck coach and a front office at odds with him.

    Something the sheep conveniently forget.

    • Winder says:

      I think the only one who has an agenda is Spit. But what would they do without you? I really don’t get the total pessimism since we haven’t got to training camp yet. I think bullit is pretty much in the wait and see party, just like me. But, him and you just like to go at it.

  6. Nipper says:

    So far so good…….no losses! Damn the off season feels so good! Sir Spit is a hoot grousing about expected losses. And he certainly doesn’t have a pic of Chuck hanging on his walls. Well perhaps a dart board pic.

  7. I know more about horse racing than most people.
    But that still doesn’t make me a horse.

    #RachelDolezal

  8. Berger says:

    I liked what I heard coming out of mini camp! Now starts 6 weeks of music videos before training camp starts. I think we are going to have a good season. Only time will tell the truth.

  9. Berger says:

    This video depicts the Jim Harbaugh era. It’s called Los Endos
    :

  10. Berger says:

    This video depicts the Tomsula era. It’s called Here Comes The Sun. Here’s to hoping the new day is a good day!

  11. Berger says:

    And here is one for some of the fans who have felt tormented:

  12. Berger says:

    And for the fans who can’t accept the changes:

  13. Berger says:

    And finally, for us fans who are happy with the changes, let us Go For The One!:

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Saw Yes e/ rick Wakemsn in ’79 I think.

    Great show.

  15. Winder says:

    Berger, thanks for all that. I’m gonna have to do that too. Been a Doors fan since high school, wore out the first two albums and had to go buy them again.

  16. Winder says:

    Harbaugh’s last year as Niner HC.

  17. Winder says:

    The tomsula era begins.

  18. Winder says:

    For the tormented

  19. Winder says:

    For those that find change difficult

  20. Winder says:

    Sometimes change is good and sometimes it’s not. I am glad for the change but the jury is still out on the outcome. One of my favs.

  21. Winder says:

    This one is for all the bandwagon jumpers.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    Winder, you’re the best!! I mean, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Country Joe and the Fish? My eldest brother was a hippy wannabe, so I grew up with this stuff. AWWWWESOME

    • Winder says:

      rt- i dunno maybe I never grew-up but I still like this stuff. I just can’t enjoy it like I used too. Country Joe and the Fish’s first album was a classic and if you were around Haight-Ashbury in 66-67 you heard this all the time when you walked down the street.

      • rtfirefly says:

        My brother and lots more just like him brought it to suburbia. The Summer of Love was a bit before our time, and with my Dad’s defense job (yay Nixon and the Silent Majority) and home censorship, I don’t think I ever heard of Haight-Ashbury (or the Summer of Love) until I got to Cal.

    • Winder says:

      rt- probably a good thing. It was loads of fun for a short time and real bad for a long time. I was never a hippie but I liked them. It’s funny because until that word Hippie came out it was just greasers and surfers in my neighborhood. And I was a greaser and being a young guy I fell right into step with the free love and party till you drop crowd.

  23. Winder says:

    For a change of pace

  24. Berger says:

    Winder- That was fantastic!

    • Winder says:

      Berger- You should try the whole Nighthawks at the diner album. To me it’s one of the very best albums ever.

  25. Winder says:

    Berger, just in case you never heard it before.

  26. NJ49er says:

    Well… unlike Politics, Religion, and even the 9ers at times, we all find common ground in music.
    It’s good for what ails us 😀

    Me?
    British Invasion-era Blues guy 1st and foremost.
    If it ain’t Blues, it ain’t right.
    I was definitely influenced by my best friends’ older brother in that regard.
    He introduced us to John Mayall and Clapton, along with the rest of the Invasion Era Rock that accompanied it.
    The rest, as they say, is history.

    • Winder says:

      Love that stuff too NJ. For years many Chicago blues artists played in the UK, they were received better there than in the U.S.

      • NJ49er says:

        Winder here’s a Jersey Boy that made good.
        If you haven’t heard him, you’re missing the boat.
        His bio includes Canned Heat and many of the British Era artists that made music what it is for me.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Trout

      • NJ49er says:

        Walter is as big in the UK if not bigger than here in the States.
        Buddy Guy, among others from the Chicago Blues scene as well.
        Good stuff in my book, EVERYDAY 😀

      • NJ49er says:

        Lot’s of excellent Blues artists like Paul Butterfield came by way of Chicago.
        Can’t beat Luther Allison either, RIP.

  27. Winder says:

    NJ- I have listened to Trout before. Very high energy blues. I always liked Butterfield also. Their second album East-West is one of my favorites.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    You guys might enjoy this. This was from Bottle Rock in Napa a couple weeks ago . . .

    Shit, can’t post it here.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    It’s Robert Plant at Bottle Rock in Napa a couple weeks ago. His voice still sounds pretty good.

  30. Winder says:

    I heard that was a pretty nice festival that lasts for a few days. The Bay Area has always been on top of that kind of stuff.

    • Winder says:

      Of course I could be thinking of something totally different that goes on in Vallejo. I have been away for a long-time.

    • Nipper says:

      I hope Vernon has 50 catches again.

      • 12th Man says:

        He appears to be saying the game plan never evolved after the first game to include the TE group.
        The team has 3 fast guys available now, 2 should be on the field at the same time and I figure Davis plays a lot of snaps this season.
        Don’t know about 50 but big plays are back in the game plan.

      • NJ49er says:

        Asked that very question many times last year 12th.
        Where the H3LL are the TEs?
        The other question that hounded me was, why can’t we get any young WRs involved?

        Hopefully the new regime can improve those areas for us.

      • 12th Man says:

        I think the answer was plain as day and something Vernon just confirmed. Game planning was a pile of shit and adjustments were worse. Roman and/or Harbaugh had to go.

      • NJ49er says:

        Well many of us asked for more Offense 12th.
        My guess is they may have asked Harbaugh to change OCs and he refused?
        Who’s to know for sure?
        All speculation.

        Changes made.
        Move forward, see what comes.

  31. NJ49er says:

    Chuck some of the Plant solo stuff is very good too.
    Fate of Nations and Sixty Six to Tibuktu are a couple of CDs I play pretty regularly.
    This is a good tune from Fate of Nations –

  32. NJ49er says:

    This one’s worth it just to watch Grace Potter –

  33. NJ49er says:

    And this one just kicks A$$…

  34. unca_chuck says:

    loved this the other night . . .

  35. NJ49er says:

    You want Spoonful?
    You gotta have Cream…..

  36. Winder says:

    NJ – A little more blues. The guy who wrote spoonful is playing the base in this one.

    • NJ49er says:

      Winder the Blues influenced Rock and Roll for a reason.
      In my World….Da Blues is ALRIGHT!

      Making a trip to Nashville this Summer too.
      Gonna make a visit to BB Kings Club while I’m there.
      BB, John Lee Hooker and many more like them got this thing started.
      Masters All.

      RIP BB.

  37. NJ49er says:

    Check out Little Milton playing with the Mule…..

    Da Blues is ALRIGHT

  38. NJ49er says:

    Warren Haynes stepped in for Dwayne Allman back in the day and continues to honor the Blues to this day.
    Another staple in my Blues Music Diet.
    Gov’t Mule knows Da Blues 😀

  39. NJ49er says:

    If you ever have a chance to see the Mule Live, it’s worth the trip –

  40. NJ49er says:

    This one’s for you Chuck, from the same venue, Mountain Jam in Upstate NY

  41. Winder says:

    NJ- here’s a good one. Very little tape on Little Walter.

  42. Winder says:

    retry

    • Winder says:

      fuck it. Hey chuck, you might as well take the last two off since it won’t let me put it on

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Going up against the refs as well as the announcers and the Cavs.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Wooooo hooooo! Iggy! Totally deserves the MVP

  45. NJ49er says:

    Congrats Dubs Fans.

  46. Nipper says:

    The best team won. Sorry LeBron.

  47. Winder says:

    I didn’t think I would see the day when the Warriors would get another title. This is by far the best team they have ever had. A good day indeed.

  48. NJ49er says:

    Some new Gilmour on the horizon later this year – Yippee 😀

    http://tinyurl.com/oak8xt3

  49. NJ49er says:

    Here’s a good read for you Chuck –

    http://tinyurl.com/ljfyzbh

  50. Nipper says:

    Another good read for Chuck– “The Life and Times of Sir Spit.” Yawn……..

  51. Winder says:

    An amazing woman

  52. Winder says:

    Ah, to be young again. I would probably convert if she were thrown into the deal.

  53. NJ49er says:

    Winder have you ever listened to Johnny Copeland’s Daughter, Shemekia Copeland?
    Sweet Blues voice –

    http://tinyurl.com/o8j4set

    • NJ49er says:

      Here’s a good one also –

      • Winder says:

        Nj – That was great, she has a good voice. I love the delta style blues especially when played on a National.

      • NJ49er says:

        Thought you might like her Winder 😀
        Glad you enjoyed it.
        She’s got IT when it comes to singing the Blues IMO.

        Beautiful voice.

  54. Nipper says:

    Dub Day Friday in Oaktown. Scream your lungs out!

  55. Berger says:

    I’ve got a Shemekia Copeland CD. She’s good.

  56. unca_chuck says:

    Making me want to break out my Etta James stuff . . .

  57. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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