Back to the Grind

Hard to come up with positive stuff when your team is apparently on a crash-course to oblivion, but news out of the locker room is that the team is getting behind Blaine Gabbert. Paul Gutierrez of ESPN is reporting that the players are impressed with his taking advantage the second coming of his career. Granted, Gabbert is 1-2 in his short starting stint as the Niners signal-caller, but he has grasped the offense and ran it fairly well. His win vs Atl was against a defense with no pass rush. However, Gabbert played OK against two very tough defenses in Seattle and AZ. Not too many mistakes, but also a lot of not being aggressive. Gabbert has struggled with the deep ball, but this could be rust. he certainly has a strong arm but has left most deep balls short.

Both teams seemed to be looking past us, but that is neither here nor there. Point being, the Niners have four very winnable games to close out the season with Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and StL coming up. Of course they are all on the road (except for the Rams, and Cincy at home should be a loss), so you have to think this throws a wrench into the best-laid plans of getting in the top 5 picks). The defense seems to crater on the road and play well at home, so I guess we just have to hope they get their rest and remember how to tackle away from Santa Clara.

Of course this plays in to the draft implications, but seriously, if they can’t win a couple of these games, this is more impetus to jettison everyone. I think this should be done anyway, but unfortunately my name isn’t Jed York. Who know how he will react to the team going 4-1 to close out the season?

It certainly wouldn’t save the jobs of most of this coaching staff. But that’s a given. My problem is the management. Baalke’s latest draft has proven to be another head-scratcher as the immediate needs at CB, O line, and ILB were not addressed. Wilhoite has been a disappointment, and OLB Eli Harold a work-in-progress. The young CBs Acker and Reaser have struggled. Marcus Cromartie, a UDFA who has bounced around Cleveland’s and SF’s practice squads, has outplayed them both.

Beyond that, the rest of the glad-handers club that Jed has built needs to go. They need, for once in their lives, to hire a football guy and not these bean-counter types.

Get a GM like Scott Pioli. A guy who was VP of player personnel in NE for their 3-ring run from 2001 to 2008. He’s been around the game as a coach, a talent evaluator, and a GM since 1988.

Get something right, Jed.

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17 Responses to Back to the Grind

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Bout time . . . Would like to see Hyde return this year as well.

    Kappy started his rehab so maybe we’ll get a couple pick for him before the 4/1/16 salary kick deadline.

  2. Nipper says:

    Unless the management changes it really doesn’t matter who wins at this point. The club needs a direction that works and they must sell it to the fans as well as the players. Baalke better keep his mouth shut. He doesn’t help much when he goes to the media.

  3. rtfirefly says:


    Next up, Toronto on Sat.
    No team in NBA history has gone undefeated on a seven game road trip. Two down, five to go.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Has any other team even HAD a 7 game road trip?

    • rtfirefly says:

      I got the above from ESPN. Your question actually made me a tiny (just a tiny) bit curious. So after a quick search I found the Clippers nearly pulled off an undefeated trip at 6-1 last year. That and the Lakers are right now on an eight game trip.

      That was the extent of my curiousity.

  5. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit will allow toilets in Geneoushire. In an effort to get out of the 12th Century, Sir Spit has discovered the use of the commode and finding it useful has decided he must have one. Of course he insists on having a seat warmer because it’s very cold in Geneoushire. Still he’s pissed he has to pay for a plumber to get this all to work. He’s very tight fisted about these things. The union for the plumbers has demanded cash payments as checks from Geneoushire have a habit of bouncing. Time marches on even in Geneoushire.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    You are outdoing yourself these days, Nip.

  7. rtfirefly says:

    When it rains, it pours. This just ain’t Detroit’s season. Another nail in the coffin of the 3 man rush prevent (winning) defense, but like Dracula that sucker just keeps getting out.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Unreal that teams keep this up. You keep a team at bay all night and then decide to play it soft and wonder why you give up big chunks of yards in a hurry.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Paraag Marathe has been stripped of his duties as team president. He was the source of the many leaks over the years. At least that’s what I think.

    For once I like what Jed did. I’m sue he’ll be fired after the super bowl.

  10. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit is ready to fire his plumber, too much money! Sir Spit is used to cheap labor from his estate in Geneoushire not 21st Century plumbing bills! I’m sure Skeebers will talk some sense into him because nothing is worst than plumbing that backs up.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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