Saw this sign in front of one of my watering holes (Cooper Street Tavern) when I lived in Colorado. Spent many an afternoon and evening shooting pool, throwing darts, and playing shuffleboard for pitchers of beer. Alas, tomorrow never came for that free beer at Cooper Street, but here in Ninerland, tomorrow is nigh. The 2015 offseason is officially over. The team can move forward without the overarching presence of Jim Harbaugh and the baggage he surrounded himself with.
Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is yet to be determined, but hey, that’s what blogging is about. I’m sure the players will be happy that the Center of the Universe now resides on Bo Schembechler’s old street instead of Addison Ave, but again, this fact alone determines nothing. Happy players don’t necessarily mean winning players.
Then again, ego-driven coaches are a dime a dozen. The golly-gee-I’m-happy-to-be-here types are not as prevalent, but then again, Tomsula doesn’t strike me as that kind of guy, despite the chattering nabobs. He’s by all accounts a tough taskmaster who has done wonders with various players that are varying shades of fair to great. The overall defense under Fangio has been very good, but the run defense under Tomsula starting with the dark days of 2007, the run D has ranked 22, 13, 6th, 6th, 1st, 4th, 4th, and 5th. The line has always been very strong under Tomsula. And the current crop of defensive coaches is very strong and experienced.
Regardless of how the national (and even local) media portrays the team, the sense that they are going to be worse than last year is laughable. Barring of course another injury-riddled season. The offense was flat terrible. 20th in total offense, 25th in scoring, and 30th in passing won’t get you anywhere in today’s NFL. The defense held its own despite their injuries, so I have hope there. It has been 26th, 11th, 24th, and 20th under Harbaugh/Roman, so there’s a lot of room for improvement. Scoring has been consistently fair to middling at 11th, but plummeted to 25th last year. Yeah, there were injuries, but the defense was able to overcome them. The offense was left floundering as the injuries mounted.
So there you have it. A guardedly optimistic look at the state of the 49ers. I think 10-6 and the playoffs is possible regardless of the transitory supposed ‘strength of schedule’ nonsense. Like the weekly ‘power rankings’ these are bullshit numbers applied to nonexistent or stale parameters. Half the teams we play could turn to garbage faster than shit through a goose. Still and all, I can’t wait for that free beer.
The major concern for me is still the O-line. It will probably take a bit longer than the month of TC but hopefully it will come together. I’m not going to worry about wins and losses at first. I just want to see the direction we’re taking. Unlike some, I see bright days ahead for the team.
On the “other” blog they can’t wait for the losses to mount. They all think they’re smart guys and smart guys are preparing for the worst. Hope is not allowed. Good thoughts are forbidden. While on this blog we can play a little music on the rough days and still enjoy life.
seems that way.
Kumbaya motherfuckers . . .
Hey, it’s easy to be down on ’em. They are still a talent filled team.
Sorry to rain on your parade here but I thought you all might want to know that Kaepernick became the first player in the past two decades with at least 100 fourth-quarter passes to not throw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass and that Kaepernick’s 118 fourth-quarter passes without a TD pass were 25 more than the next closest in the last 20 years.
Err thx, guess I need an umbrella?
Lol. He’s just saving them up for this year.
chuck – it’s the motherfuckers that got me.
The bar I frequent has the same sign, Free Beer Tomorrow!
Yeah, nofear’s running out of ammo. Wonder if her husband served?
Unca- Was that you going in as Uncle Charlie? The ole curve ball!
Phil is predicting doom by game 10. Sir Spit has declared Chuck insane in Geneoushire. Insanity is judged by how much rock music one listens to. Sir Spit doesn’t like to rock and roll much.
Yeah it took Buwwit a while to figure that out. I just liked the tape over the mouth of the avatar.
No fear really thinks Jed sabotaged the season so he could fire harbaugh. Somehow by one tweet the team fell apart at the seams and curled up like tired kitties.
It wasn’t Seattle or the raiders or SD that beat us. It was Twitter!!!
Didn’t take you for a pot smoker, no fear, but you are smoking some good shit.
11-27 was when the skid started. Brady hoke was fired on 12-4. If I saw as many black helicopters as nofear, I might make that connection, but that eludes the generous of bfe.
After all who has s bigger impact on a game? The owner or the fucking head coach?
Spin spin spin.
If any employee tells the owner of the company they work for that a meeting the owner walked into is for men only, that employee is either dumber than a box of rocks or trying to get fired, or both. Period, end of story.
“You’re fired! ……Just leave the building NOW! Security escort him out!
Just to make it clear. Brady Hoke was fired on 12-4. The Niners played their worst game of the season on 12-7. Hmmmmmmm. Some people blame a tweet. Those of us in reality think maybe the coach had something to do with the outcome of the games he coached.
And to be clearer, the Niners as a team all collectively laid down like dogs because of the owner’s twee? But the head coach couldn’t possibly be looking for a way out to get the job he dreamed about for his entire life. He went so far as to buy a house on the same street where Bo Schembechler lived when he moved back there.
But that couldn’t be true.
Hey Bergs, when did that supposed ‘men only’ conversation happen? Dollars to donuts it was late November, early December.
berger- hope you like it
Something tells me Jimmy Page heard this a long time ago. Sounds a bit like Gallows Pole. Also a Van Halen song I can’t quite remember.
Funny you should say that. Gallows pole was taken from a Leadbelly tune. However, if it wasn’t for old timers like Furry there would probably be no Trucks, and many others.
What is crazy is Harbaugh and the coaching staff told kappy not to run. Before the season started, and most of the way through the year. When the line went south, he was in trouble. Harbaugh didn’t make any adjustments til week 15, and by then the die was cast.
Now we’re talkin’
Shit. Amazing what you can find on the intertubes . . .
Yeah, You can’t find this shit anywhere else.
Music is a nice change of pace from all the hot air shown on the “other” blog.
I’m going to have to paraphrase this since I can’t remember exactly what was said. Maiocco said he had never seen a team without smiles and emotion as much as the 2014 team. He said something to the effect that the team is welcoming the coaching change. It is on video being run by Comcast.
I firmly believe that the reason we had so many players on IR last year is that the players just stopped enjoying the game. I said this before and got scoffed at. It is no joke. Many injuries were legit and many were players just taking the money. Players questioned the coaching all year. I had never seen anything like it. I guarantee that Harbaugh would have struggled to be at least 7-9 this year. He probably would have been around 4-12 to 6-10. Easiest pick I ever made. He had definitely lost the team.
I give him a lot of credit for a good run but his time had come. Any fan with a single brain cell could plainly see it.
Looks like one did.
Obviously that is you! Good call my zero brain cell friend. Maiocco just punked your entire blog. Time for you zombies to tune out Maiocco.
There is a yahoo I miss blogging with. Grumpy. I hope he is doing well these days.
I just posted a comment at the North Korean cancer blog. I was informed that my post was waiting for moderation. North Korea is at the Skeebers/Bullit blog. It is obvious that Skeebers/Bullit is the most sadist 49er fan in the history of the 49ers. I love the fact I am being censored by the North Korean Skeebers/Bullit blog. I just love life! Can this get any better?
Positive news is suspect on the “other” blog.
Yeah, pretty funny. Skeebs weeding out the dissenters. Winder is next.
New thread is up.