Quarterback, Quarterback, My Kingdom for a . . .

Withdraw, Sir Jed. I’ll help you to a quarterback.

Comedy or tragedy? Only Bill knows for sure.

Funny how the world loves the backup QB. Nate Davis was poised to save the day. Troy Smith was poised to revive a stumbling team. Shaun Hill. Tim Rattay, Elvis Grbac, Steve Spurrier, Steve Young (oops), Jim Plunkett, Drunkenfucker, Shaun Hill, and countless others, even Colin Kaepernick, were either thrust into starting jobs due to injury or by crappiness by the king, uh, starting QB. Thing is, the backup is the savior until given the shot to go. Then things get dicey. Matt Cassel and Matt Flynn both built careers of ineffectiveness out of being a backup on a great team. Tom Brady famously took over for a hurt Drew Bledsoe and the rest was history. 35 year old (!) Shaun Hill is back with the Vikes and helping the Niners in his own little way after coming in for injured Teddy Bridgewater and beating the Rams.

Point being, where are we with Colin Kaepernick? Most of the fans (and the idiots who booed him the other day) are of a mind to cut their losses and move forward with Blaine Gabbert. After that, well? The concensus appears to be that Jared Goff will be on the board should the Niners land in the top 10. Goff of course is the next Cal QB the Niners have a shot at. Aaron Rodgers of course being the other one we whiffed on back in 2005. I suppose they’ll keep Gabbert as the nominal starter and wait for him to get hurt or suck and throw Goff into the fray. I mean, it worked so well with Alex Smith.

I have no problem with these guys drafting a QB, but I do have a problem with them moving away from Colin Kaepernick. Trent Baalke is buying himself a year by blaming the team’s problems on him. The win by Gabbert, while impressive, mainly came at the feet of the defense. They played outstanding against a powerful offense. Atlanta’s defense however, is not very good. 31st in sacks and they’ve played the dregs of the league. So what happens next? Well, Jim Tomsula tweeted (seriously??) that Gabbert is starting vs Seattle.  If I wasn’t so cynical, I’d think the team is stacking the deck in Gabbert’s favor to make the switch when they did. To think that Kaepernick couldn’t have done the same vs Atl’s soft defense is looking through shit-colored glasses.

The proof lies in the next couple games. Seattle and AZ have MUCH better defenses than Atl (or Minnesota even). Infer, people. Can Gabbert weather the storm? He looked pretty good, but then so did Kappy against the lesser defenses of Minn, NYG, and Balt. To disavow his body of work is ludicrous. To blame the team’s problems solely on him is stupid as well. He has won big games in hostile environments. Like all QBs, he needs a decent line and pass catchers and a cogent offense.

Thing is, Gabbert will probably get blasted by this leaky line, and Kappy will get back in there anyway.  And struggle. If this team ditches Kaepernick and keeps Baalke, I fear a long-term downturn. Jed will likely take the path of least resistance and keep his GM as the talent falls away from the team that Scotty built.

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66 Responses to Quarterback, Quarterback, My Kingdom for a . . .

  1. NJ49er says:

    Difference between Gabbert and Kaep is all about money and production.

    Pocket presence doesn’t favor Kaep either.
    Looking like the short passing game isn’t going to work for Kaep either.

    • NJ49er says:

      Willing to bet that Baalke didn’t choose Kaep either.
      Part of my reason why I think they had their differences involved Kaeps’ development.

      Harbaugh was likely given the reigns to find a replacement for Alex and move the Offense forward.

      I can’t put all of this on Baalke.
      He needs an Offensive HC to help him balance the roster IMO.

  2. rob says:

    I for one still like Baalke. Picking as I predicted in the top half of the draft should pay off for us. We might be able to grab a stud pass rusher there.
    We also have tons of high picks and a boatload of cap space

  3. Flavor says:

    I have zero faith in this regimes ability to develop a QB thus wasting a draft pick on one is a bad idea

  4. unca_chuck says:

    My idea of he Niners drafting a QB is predicated on the front office being new from the GM down.

    Or at the least, the coaching staff. I’m still very disappointed in the offense from a development perspective and a talent perspective.

    Most of this is on. Baalke.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    ROB, I don’t really know but if these next 2 games go badly, which they probably will, then yeah Kappy comes back. He’ll have a short leash though.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Per Bleacher report Patrick Willis is contemplating a return to the 49ers.

    • Lurker John says:

      No shit?!

    • Lurker John says:

      I’m seriously down with that. Instant boost to the defense and the perfect mentor to the young LB’s like Harold and Lynch. If RT Davis makes a return as well (assuming Willis does indeed return), that’s two Pro Bowl pieces plugged right back into the machine.

      Go P-Will!

  7. Lurker John says:

    Chuck, as usual, I’m still holding out hope that the Niners are going to come up here and finally put together a good game against the Seashits. A fools folly perhaps, but I’m adhering to the ‘Any Given Sunday’ theory.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Now a denial from Willis.

  9. Winder says:

    It’s all spin. Anything to divert attention to what’s really going on. “The Circus is in town”.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Seattle isn’t as strong as they were last year, but who is? Carolina is playing a cream puff schedule. GB is iffy now with their defensive injuries. No one looks fantastic at this point. AZ is one hit from the skids but they look like the cream of the NFC. Denver? Uh, no. Still the Pats til proven otherwise.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Games like Min @ AZ, Cin @ AZ, GB @ AZ, all at home, are a gift from the scheduling gods to AZ. Sea still has Sea @ Min. Min has Min @ Oak and NYG @ Min. Combine those with the two Min/GB games and the two Sea/AZ games and you have three or four of the NFC playoff teams.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    The NFL schedules for teams they like to see do well. Which is why we went to Green Bay and NO 3 years in a row back when we were still kinda shitty.

  12. rtfirefly says:

    Your Golden State Warriors, 10-0 – the best start since the franchise moved from Philthydelphia. Congrats World Champion Warriors!

  13. rtfirefly says:

    Nice little NFL show on Sing. I still like the guy, despite his detractors. 662 tackles at Baylor – LOL, that’s 16 tackles per game, every game, for 4 years. The Cowpukes were his childhood team and he was begging the Pukes privately to take him; his coach called Tom Landry for that reason. Gil Brandt made a rare blunder. They got a career backup OT instead.

    The Niners passed on Sing with their first pick of two in the second round for their own career backup. That’s forgivable considering who else they got, but who wouldn’t have liked Ronnie Lott, Sing and Eric Wright in the first 2nd rounds. Two out of three ain’t bad. If only, Baalke, if only…

    • rtfirefly says:

      He dropped to the second round because he was 5’11 at best. (Roughly quoting the Cowboy guy in the show) He had the intangibles but didn’t have the “measurables”.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Takeo Spikes on Sing’s time with the Niners: “He was exactly what the 49ers needed at that time.”

    • rtfirefly says:

      *should have Sing’s promotion, rather than Sing’s time – Takeo was speaking about Sing taking over

      I’ll stop, but it’s a fascinating little show – naturally complimentary to Sing.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    you thought the niners alt unis were bad? The Jets and bills looked like a battle of thelollipop brigade.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    The Harbaugh love continues elsewhere. Folks even disavow his losing seasons at Stanford.

    They didn’t happen! Funny thing is, I’ve won as many national championships and Super Bowls as St. Jim.

    • Nipper says:

      IT’s in the past ……reliving it is nice but it will not help the Niners now. I hope we do not become like the skeeber’s nuts and constantly dredging up the past seasons. Live now or die and laugh off the past both good and bad.

  16. snarkk says:

    My hope for the Niners would be to actually play decently the rest of the season, be competitive, and lose every game. Get the draft pick up there, high as possible. Draft OLmen, a QB, and a pass rusher. And get a guy that can actually punt, please…

  17. Winder says:

    My hope is they fire Baalke. I liked the way Gabbert mixed it up in the first half and maybe that can continue into the seawad game. Making first downs and scoring touchdowns can do wonders for the psych. We almost looked cohesive at times even our OL. Anyway, with Baalke in charge of the draft I don’t think it really matters what position were are in.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Arik Armstead sighting at the Stanford/Oregon game.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    No defense though.

  20. Winder says:

    off topic- Does anyone remember the fish&chips place on stanyon a block off of Haight going toward Kezar? They used to wrap everything up in newspaper for the to go orders but it was the best fish and chips I ever ate. 1966-67 I can’t remember the name of that place.
    Real curious to see how France handles this situation. I am sure the terrorist’s have their agenda’s and their timing calculated. For one thing it is now the topic for all our candidates. Sorry to get off of football.

  21. rtfirefly says:

    I had a big long post on how lucky the Warriors were tonight and how badly they played at home against the 1 win Nets, but I’ll leave it at this: 11-0.

    Just don’t ask how. Just smile and move on.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    The Dubs were lucky. It’s funny, Jim Barnett goes nuts every time a team has a 3 point lead, under 10 seconds left, and then don’t foul. NO got burned by that last year, and so did Brooklyn last night. It happens all the time. The Dubs live for 3 pointers. It makes sense to foul.

    Speaking of cake schedules, Michigan has played two top 10 team (Mich St, Utah), and lost them both. They have the 31st toughest schedule in college football. And folks are tripping over their dicks to kiss his ass.

    They almost lose to football power house (not) 4-6 Indiana, and the pinheads go wild!

    I swear to God, people are fucking stupid.

  23. Nipper says:

    Even the great Vince Lombardi lost when he coached the Skins. In the pros it’s the players that count and the coaching that helps.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Saints and Redskins looking like Stanford Oregon.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Didn’t see your post, 12th, but I did find 53 (!!!) posts from V in the filter.

  26. rtfirefly says:

    Winston’s looking pretty good. It might help if his WR caught 1 or 2 of the 11 passes he’s dropped in the last 2 games, 1 a 3rd down right-in-the-ol’-breadbasket promising drive killer a little awhile ago. The Bucs have 3 points. Winston’s a 1 man army and it ain’t working.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Now Winston runs it in for the winning TD, the very next play after he made the game losing play, a fumble at the goal line BUT negated by a defensive holding call on the Cowpukes.
      Ah, the Pukes lose again. Winston? SMH – rookies…

    • rtfirefly says:

      Cowboys are now 2-7 and need 7 straight wins to even have a chance at the playoffs. Can’t say I’m unhappy about it. HEEHEEHEE

  27. Winder says:

    how about them Packers? Gotta love it, them and the stinkin Cowboys, couldn’t happen to a better bunch of dickwads.
    I’m gonna get my pleasure outta this season somehow.

  28. Winder says:

    This just goes to show how terrible the NFL product is, the 49ers totally suck wind and we are still better than at least 8 or 9 teams. Incredible.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    Green Bay is shit now. Can’t beat Detroit at home. Peyton Manning benched as Denver is getting skunked in Colo. Very weird year. Niners have to think they beat Seattle, they are in the mix.

    Minn stomping the Raiders. Giants giving it away vs NE.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Even the good teams are bad. Carolina is the class of the league? Cincy? Please.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Bullitt still is the stupidest fuck on Earth. I point out that Michigan has an easy schedule and he infers that I think Harbaugh hand-picked the schedule.

    The best part of Bullitt ran down the crack of his mom’s ass. He wants to post here so bad, but can’t. I’m sure he’s loobying Skeebers to let me post.

    Sorry, skippy. Unrequited love on your part. Hyuk! Fuck off and die, you ignorant fuck.

  32. Winder says:

    lol, even the Lions and Chargers have scored more points than us. In fact every team in the league has scored more points than us. That stat is pretty sad, Trent must be a fantastic backpeddler.

  33. rtfirefly says:

    Seattle commits a safety – blatantly – and refs don’t call it. Freakin’ amazing how many of these incredibly bad, game-changing calls go the Seahawks way.

  34. rtfirefly says:

    Good. Some justice. An AZ FG and then another Seattle safety. Only this time it was so obvious the refs couldn’t “miss” the call.

  35. rtfirefly says:

    Iaputi being hauled off the field in an ambulance. He tried to block Cam Chancellor by spearing and Cam stuffed his head down his neck. Iaputi’s been a good part of AZ’s offensive success this year.

  36. rtfirefly says:

    AZ long pass for TD – ref calls him out of bounds on the 2. No, he’s not on the take. After all the call was only right in front of him. Geez, the NFL becoming more like the WWE every year it seems. At least this one is reviewable and obvious.

    That’s 9 pts. already the refs have tried to steal from the Cards. They succeeded to steal 2.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Every week more weird shit happens . There are 12 teams with winning records now. And 2 of them, GB and Denver, look like complete dogshit. Along with about 22 other teams.

    ots amazing how QBs in the league are sucking without support. From RW on down,

  38. unca_chuck says:

    Can Bewton is about the only one playing well behind a fair to dhitty line.

    Manning a numbers were amazing in their awfulness. Ironic he breaks the yardage record on huge worst day of his life. Well,2nd worst. I’d have to say his recent Super Bowl was his worst.

    • Nipper says:

      They depend too much on Manning. Lack of a good running game hurts a lot of teams including Denver. Blaming the QB is futile. Greatness can carry one only so far. Then reality bites. Ouch!

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  40. Winder says:

    The way it’s looking I don’t think Kappy will get to many more chances to show himself to the team and even though his playing has been subpar it’s pissing me off that Baalke will probably get another shot. This is his baby from the O-line on and even though we are better than a few teams out there we are not playing 49er football. We are now a young team but we pile up injuries like it’s nothing and we don’t have backups that can really compete. I don’t blame Baalke for the injuries but for backup depth it’s on him.Like I said in an earlier post I give him a .230 batting average at best for all his drafts. And, I don’t see him upping that even with a higher pick this coming draft. We need a fresh pair of eyes and some alternative knowledge to make this team a contender again.

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