QB Battle Is Nigh

For those of you not prone to vomiting, here’s a starry-eyed view of the upcoming season.


I don’t subscribe to this outcome of a winning season, bit I certainly think something around 8-8 is a possibility. The offense has to improve, due to the fact that the Blaine Gabbert era has come and gone, and the theory Colin Kaepernick plays with more confidence than these last couple seasons. It could happen. Shit, the fricking Redskins made the playoffs last year, and the usual turnover of 5-6 playoff teams will usher in some new teams.

Us? Not likely. I[m simply looking for incremental improvement. The offense and defense are both huge questions, what with the offensive line being unsettled, the WRs being a fairly untested group, and a TE corps that is middling at best.On defense, the linebacker corps is thin, what with the Aaron Lynch 4-game suspension, Ahmad Brooks’ status, Wilhoite and Harold’s inconsistency, and uncertainty in the defensive backfield, as well as the shakey special teams unit. Not a recipe for success.  Ol’ Chipper has his work cut out for him.

The big issue on defense is our pass rush. We now have book-end Ducks on the D line, and we’ll see how they get after it. Buckner should be an immediate impact guy. If not, we may have growing pains for the year. Bowman is Bowman, but he should be better with a full year of rehab and health under his belt. But the rest of the LBs are iffy.

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54 Responses to QB Battle Is Nigh

  1. rtfirefly says:

    The longest home run I saw at Candlestick was in 1977. The Giants trailed the Padres 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth in a prototypical Candlestick summer night game: bitterly cold, windy, with a ton of moisture in the air, less than 1000 people left in the gigantic stadium after a game which had had maybe eight hits total between the two teams.

    Out of the dugout lumbers Big Ol’ #44, Willie McCovey, returned from his exile in San Diego and Oakland, whose arthritic knees had had the brutal night off.

    Pop! Upper deck dead right field. Just like that, 1-1.

    The Giants went on to win in the 10th. My brother and I earned a bucketful of Croix de Candlesticks that season, years before it had been invented. God I Ioved Willie Mac!

  2. Winder says:

    Chuck- I don’t have a clue as to what our team is capable of. All I ask of em this year is that they just don’t give up and mail anything in. We will see after a few game if the locker room is solid or not, I think at this point building some chemistry is priority one. It should be kinda fun with no real expectations.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, for all the bullshit and pissing and moaning, the NFL is all about parity. V has that part right. The good or bad of it is debatable, but just about any team can rise from nowhere to at least contend for a playoff spot.

    And yes, Stretch is my all time favorite Giant. Those early 70s teams with Chris Speier, Mays, Marichal, Bonds, Davenport, Jimmy Ray…. We’re my faves.

  4. Nipper says:

    ……meanwhile on the “other” blog “the pissing and moaning” continues…….without end.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Right, Nip. Funny how shit gets forgotten.

    Like the 302 yards vs Balt in the SB loss. The near-comeback from 22 down
    Or the 17 point comeback on the road in Atlanta
    Or the 444 total yards vs Green Bay
    Or the frozen tundra game in GB

    Whatever. If Gabbert wins, our fate is sealed. I have no idea how this turns out, but I know what will happen if Gabbert is our starter.

    Question of the day . . .


  6. unca_chuck says:

    Another question is, is Bruce Miller set to pass these underwhelming TEs? Celek and VMcDrop donlt thrill me very much.

    • rob says:

      .500 or so is actually what I expect from this team . One report says we were two late scores away from 7-9 last year. Not sure which games they were referring to but …

  7. rob says:

    Don’t really remember WINDER lol.
    I’m pretty sure we’re a .500 team or so, talent-wise. Chip Kelley was a good hire IMO. We’ll be just fine.

  8. rob says:

    QB battle ?

    • rob says:

      Nobody presents a dual threat like Kap !
      He’ll thrive in Kelley’s offense.

      • Winder says:

        totally agree with that rob. But he still has to get a better read on defenses and learn to see at least half of the field if we are gonna be successful.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    That’s the hope, ROB!!! I have very little in the expectation department, so this will be interesting to say the least.

    I mean, this could really be an epic disaster that sees the team punting 35-40 times a game, and the defense getting run into the ground.

    I don;t think it’ll be that bad, but the possibility exists. If Hyde can stay healthy and the line plays well, I think we should be able to score points. I think our run defense will improve, but the issues I see are pass rush and WR play.

    • rob says:

      I agree guys. Kelley’s offense should work wonders for us, but will our DC be able to keep our defense from wearing down. RT and WR. are a concern. I’d add TE to that list.

      • rob says:

        I have a diffent view of Kap than most . IMHO his real problem might just be that he tends to rely too much on one favorite receiver. Think about it. First it was Crabtree ( Superbowl and NFC title game int) . After that it was Boldin. Every time it’s a crucial play he looks for his money guy. I think in Kelley’s system he’ll learn to trust his other receivers

  10. rtfirefly says:

    49 days till opening night! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. CHOO! CHOO!

  11. rob says:

    Remember when Carlos Hyde was leading the league in rushing before lackluster playcalling and nagging injuries slowed him down and ultimately cut his season short? Well, Hyde’s back and 100 percent healthy – and he’s the perfect weapon in Kelly’s offense. It’s very similar to what Hyde excelled under at Ohio State, using his quickness to shift from running east-west to running downhill in the blink of an eye – then using his 235-pound frame to break through the line and find daylight.

    • rob says:

      The 49ers have plenty of depth to work with the secondary and some front-seven standouts like Arik Armstead, Ian Williams and Aaron Lynch. San Francisco’s defense was gutted by personnel turnover and inconsistent play this past season, but there’s enough talent here to build a foundation upon, especially with first-round stud DeForest Buckner, to make it once again into a dominant defensive unit.

  12. Nipper says:

    On Giants before the game broadcasts that Bruce Bochy show is a real snooze. They should sell those shows for insomniacs.

  13. Nipper says:

    Damn another Giants loss on the Eastern road trip. BLEEP!

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, whether than happens or not depends on Kappy, Rob. He needs to learn how to read and react quicker. I’m sure he can do it. Then again, the WRs have to do their part. So does the coaching staff.

    Smith had the same problems with the style of offense we have played these last 8 years. He’s no Tom Brady, but his numbers in KC have gone up. His highest yardage total here is less than his lowest total in KC. His rating has dramatically improved in his time in KC. Although his last year here he was on pace to put up some impressive numbers. He had a 70% completion rate when he went down.

    What does it mean? It means that KC either does a better job of getting guys open, or the have better WRs, or both.

  15. 12th man says:

    Alex Boone, now a guard for the Vikings says Gabbert will beat out Kap. He says Gabbert knows what he is doing and has the support of the team. The inference being Kap doesn’t have a good handle on O scheme and became unpopular.

    I don’t doubt that Kap pissed off his share of players with that surly attitude and isolating himself with headphones and did become somewhat of a primer donna from what I could see. As for O scheme, I didn’t see much evidence of one for either QB but at least Kap tried moving the chains when the heat was on.

    He is more talented than Gabbert, but will have to really show that in camp and pre-season to a new head coach that doesn’t need a QB controversy to begin his new gig.

  16. 12th man says:

    Tom Gamble promoted to assistant GM…

  17. NJ49er says:

    We’ve debated it here for quite awhile….
    Kaep needs to find some touch, and accuracy, if he expects to start here, or elsewhere beyond this season.
    Gabbert realizes his career is on the line too, having gotten a 2nd chance in SF.
    Not so sure Kaep understands the urgency involved.
    I think the Big Bucks went to his head.
    We’ll see…..

  18. unca_chuck says:

    And now for something really outlandish . . .


    While 10 games is a pipedream, I certainly think 8-8 is doable.

    An incremental jump.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    As far as Boone goes, fuck him. He’s talked out of both sides of his mouth the whole time he was here. The Niners did him a solid by sticking with him, and his thanks was a hold-out and a wasted season.

    Boone doesn’t know shit about anything. As far as Kappy goes, the job is his to lose. If he doesn’t win it, we are in trouble. If Gabbert is the starter, we are a 6-10 team.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    To the minions in the playpen, the trade didn’t happen because Elway was trying to low-ball the 49ers. Baalke may suck at drafting but he’s done very well for himself and the team in terms of trades and contracts. And the 49ers certainly weren’t going to eat Kappy’s contract to get rid of him. Not with a new staff and coaches in place. That would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    All the pissing and moaning about how things went down under Harbaugh his last year here actually do apply to last season. The exodus of talent, the injuries, and the shitty coaching played a part in how the season unfolded. To pin everything on the QB is inane and myopic. You know. Playpen material.

    But we will get 35,000 more videos from Buwwit.

    • Winder says:

      It’s really kinda weird that there is so much hate towards kappy. i know he needs to work on things but the kid has some real talent.

    • Nipper says:

      He’s a legend in this own mind. Skeebers is so lucky.

  21. Nipper says:

    Damn! …….another Giants loss at home. Sniff……Jay Bruce just killed the Giants.

  22. Berger says:

    I was a major Kap fan until he requested a trade. If he wins out the competition I’ll root for him again but I’ll do the same for Gabbert if he wins.

    The biggest problem with the 49ers last year was the O-line. One can debate that was because of the coaching. The coaching was bad. Unfortunately Harbaugh had to go because Harbaugh wanted to go and he created the stir. He had the highest paid coaching staff in the league and that was not enough. He couldn’t get away with his shtick at Stanford or SF, he might get away with it in Michigan if he can beat Ohio State. But he was a good coach and he sure loved Kap. He lived and died with Kap. It is hard to imagine somebody being a Harbaugh fan and not a Kap fan. They were tied at the hip.

    I stopped posting because all the blame was on Kap. Not the O-line, not the coaching, not the loss of talent but the blog experts squarely blamed Kap. The amount of stupidity was a waste of time to read over and over. Kap had three surgeries over the off season including his thumb on the throwing hand. Has anybody ever tried to throw a football with a sprained thumb? Good-bye accuracy. But the bog experts did not care about any of that. All they wanted was somebody to hang.

    Kap has to work on the respect of his team mates again, Gabbert has him beat there. But Kap will out work everyone so may the best man win the competition. In the mean time, if the O-line plays like it did last year it won’t matter who the QB is, they’ll all suck.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Fitz signs s 1 year 12 mill deal. All that hooraw for that?

    Here’s to hoping the jets suck.

    Folws gets hid release. Better late than never.

    • Nipper says:

      Yeah it’s business. Every off season this stuff just happens. It’s time for agents and money to exchange hands.

  24. Nipper says:

    Flavor is frustrated. He wants a deal……..now! Giants need a pitcher.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Yes, Nip. Nunez leads the team in home runs though.

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