Changing of the Guard

I suppose I should wait until after the Chipper presser, but what the hell. The 49ers are in the midst of the regime change being brought about by the hiring of Chip Kelly. Reportedly gone are offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, quarterbacks coach Steve Logan, receivers coaches Adam Henry and Ronald Curry, secondary coach Tim Lewis, defensive line coach Scott Brown, defensive assistants Ejiro Evero and Aubrayo Franklin, and offensive assistants T.C. McCartney and Joe Scola. Not too surprising about the offensive coaches.

On the defense, Eric Mangenius is still here, but his time likely can be counted in hours as Chip is interviewing Texas assistant coach Mike Vrabel, long-time New England NFL linebacker, and acolyte of Bill Belichick, a close friend of ol’ Chip as well. Makes more sense than one of Belichick’s mortal enemies in Eric Mangini, he of the spy-gate whistle-blowing controversy.

Beyond that, we may get a sense of which quarterback on our roster will be the go-to guy. I certainly feel that Colin brings a lot more to the table than Gabbert, and as I said earlier, this could be a sticking point with the front office and the coach, but you’d thin this came up in the interview. but with these guys, you never know.

Kaepernick and Kelly met on Monday to talk things over, and I suppose we’ll hear something about what they talked about later today, but in Chip’s words, he’s looking for is ‘repetitive accuracy.’ the knock on both our quarterbacks could very well BE repetitive accuracy. Both had some success with short shit, but both struggled (last year anyway) with deeper balls.

Thing is though, when the 49ers had a strong line, CK played a lot better. the line did improve somewhat by the end of the season last year, but the run game was flat (being down to 4th string guys might have something to do with that), but not enough to turn Gabbert into anything more than Alex Smith 1.5.

Greg Cosell had this to say.


Sounds like bullshit to me. Greggie didn’t really say anything there. I go back to the fact that Kaepernick ran an offense similar to Chip’s at UNR very well, and has had major success in the NFL already. He was banged up last year, having had knee, thumb, and shoulder surgery this offseason. All this talk of Harbaugh masking Colin’s deficiencies is a load of shit. A porous line makes any QB look like Jerry Lewis out there. See Russell Wilson in the first half of the Carolina game for a recent example.
Chip Kelly even explored trading for kaepernick last spring, so he obviously thinks the guy has something to offer. I guess we’ll know more in a couple hours.

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46 Responses to Changing of the Guard

  1. Winder says:

    This could get real interesting, or not.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Right. There’s the potential to improve the offense in a big way, or we’ll simply wear down our defense to oblivion.

      At least it won;t be boring.

  2. Nipper says:

    The world awaits the chipper. Will Levis ever be the same?

  3. unca_chuck says:

    I see BakkenBuwwit is in full-blown rail on Kappy mode. Oh what fun. Endless mindless fun.

    I thought we were supposed to root for the team regardless, company boy. That’s what you said for 8 years, anyway.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Can’t get the stream due to being at work, but I did hear that Rathman is staying as RB coach. He’s the ‘best in the business according to Chip.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    And, in an interesting move, the 49ers signed CFL standout WR Eric Rodgers. Don’t know shit about him, but he’s 6’4″ 215. UDFA for the Cowboys in 2013. Didn’t make it out of camp.

    He’s the next Kurt Warner. AFL (to CFL) to NFL.

  6. unca_chuck says:


    “Obviously, Kap is an extremely talented football player,” Kelly said. “And you need to have a good quarterback to win. But I was also impressed in the film I watched in terms of how Blaine played this year, also. I think statistics bear out that you probably need two good quarterbacks in this league with the injury rate quarterbacks have. I think both of those players make this an attractive situation.”

    Hedging his bet in other words.

  7. Winder says:

    He’ll fit right in. Blowing smoke from the get.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the offense can’t really go down from last year. How far up we go is the deal.

    Funny thing is, Adam Gase, our supposed savior last year did nothing with the Bears offense last year. He still got a HC spot for his effort.

    Chip at least does have some NFL success under his (gut) belt. I still find it crazy that Chop and Dennis Erickson are the only 49er head coaches that had previous NFL HC experience.

    And, breaking news, the Niners have offered Mike Vrabel the DC job. They are waiting to hear back.

  9. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile Tomsula and his coaches are gone. Forgotten as losers in 49ers history. Well compensated for five wins.

  10. Nipper says:

    In the end it’s talent…….that matters. Your team either has it or it doesn’t. You have wins or you don’t.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Talent without coaching gets us where we were with Singletary, Nip. You need both to be successful.

    I don;t know if Chip is all that and a bag of chips, but at least the offense will be worlds better.

    If not, we are in 4-12 land.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Stupid thing is, the NFL does not allow ‘football talk’ until the official start of the 2016 football season, April 4th. Kappy’s 11.7 mill contract kicks in April 1.

    I guess they talked about the weather.

    • Winder says:

      I am starting to get a little Jazzed about our new HC. At this point I just hope we are fun to watch and in reality it probably won’t happen this year. We need to gather a lot more good players. But it will be nice to see some exciting football again.

      • rob says:

        Don’t forget we have the 7th pick , tons of cap room and a boatload of picks I told you guys we were going to turn this around.

  13. rob says:

    I remember chuck trying to tell some of the guys on the other blog how wrong it was to say players were leaving just because Harbaugh was fired.
    Here’s a quote from one of them

    • rob says:

      “You are crazy as hell if you think I paid $2Million to avoid a coach. lol – ”
      I remember CHUCK said exactly the same thing

    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah, it defies reality to think players would bail for that reason. Even worse is saying Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retired because Harbaugh left.

      That is a complete and unjustified attack on their very reasons for playing football. Basically calling them fair weather players who can’t handle change or adversity. Pussies in other words.

      It is childish talk.

  14. Winder says:

    Rob- Totally love the attitude and I’m pretty sure we will be much better than last year. However, we still have a Baalke draft to look forward too and that is what scares me. If we can’t get Goff at 7 I guess we do what is needed and draft linemen. That would be perfectly fine with me.

    • Nipper says:

      Bullit will not like it! You’re too happy Winder.

    • rob says:

      Yup WINDER
      Imo we need a pass rusher and O lineman
      Remember when Baalke picked Aldon Smith. I think he can do it again. Also Chip Kelley picked three O- linemen early in his two drafts in Philly. He put together one of the best lines in the league there.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Baalke has done pretty good by the defense. It’s the offense I’m worried about. Scotty was responsible for the 2010 draft that got us AD and Iupati.

    The only player to who looks good on offense (Hyde) can’t stay on the field.

    • Nipper says:

      Chuck’s ready to clean house on offense. BLEEP!

    • rob says:

      I have a funny feeling Singletary had a lot of influence on us getting Iupati and Davis that year.

      • unca_chuck says:

        I don’t know about that. Scotty knew the deal at that point in time. I’m pretty sure Scotty had those guys on the radar. The guy Singletary was high on was Taylor Mays. Sing wanted to draft him in the 1st round and we got him in the 2nd. He’s still out there playing, but I don’t think he warranted even a 2nd round pick.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    This draft has got me worried. Seeing how badly Harbaugh and Baalke did in communicating, I really wonder how this goes with Chip and Trent. They need to be on the same page, as this offense needs a shitload of help. Are we going back to the ZBS? Do we need smaller more agile o linemen? Do we need an impact high-round WR? QB?

    This kind of shit needs to be ironed out, regardless of Chip saying he’s just the coach.

    • rob says:

      Guys I wonder if we could get Jason Pierre Paul in free agency

    • Winder says:

      chuck, we have so many needs on offense that maybe the best player available might just be the way to go this year. We need RB’s(another Garrison Hearst), we need wr’s that can actually run a route and find some space. We desperately need a QB that can read defenses and see the whole field before he tucks it in. And of course we need a OL that can make it all work. We just don’t have that many picks. I don’t know when FA starts but we have to be major players when it does.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    I’ll give him a hand if we do.

  18. Nipper says:

    The Chipper will flexing his muscles for sure. Baalke and Jed will call it a collaboration. Winning will solve anything.

  19. snarkk says:

    Niners may have actually offered the DC position to Vrabel, but he decided to stay as linebackers coach in Texas. So, you are offered a step up to a coordinator job and turn it down? WTF?…

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Seems odd that Vrabel didn’t take the job but them’s the breaks. If this offense don’t work, his defense will be on the field for 45 minutes a game.

    Vrabel hasn’t said anything yet, and I think the choice was a bit of a reach anyway. Vrabel certainly is respected by Belichick, and he and Kelly are fast friends, so you’d think there was some convo there. Shit, maybe Nipper’s right. There’s no state tax in TX. Houses are 1/10th the price.

  21. Winder says:

    That decision just makes Vrabel look weak. There is probably something else going on.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    I’m with you, Winder. If Vrabel isn’t up for the challenge, then he either isn’t ready, or he’s protecting his image.

    Just like we may have dodged a bullet (or a bakkenbullit) by not getting Adam Gase. His claim to fame is improving the Bear offense from 21st to 21st in yards and 23rd to 23rd in scoring. They put up terrible QB numbers and sucked hard in the red zone.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Talent without coaches got them 6-10 with Singletary.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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