. . . And So It Goes . . .

We interrupt the CK freakout . . . BTW I guess we get to see a whole lot of Kappy on Thursday . . .

Teddy Bridgewater is the latest player to be waylaid by the preseason. Players keep dropping despite the best efforts of the league to limit hitting in practice, and stop two-a-day practices, and cutting down on practice time in general. Bridgewater was carted away in an ambulance for an apparent knee injury. A non-contact injury.  Granted, we have lost a few ourselves, including Carlos Hyde (concussion) Quinton Dial (knee sprain) Bruce Ellington (pulled hammy) Eric Rodgers and Thad Lewis (torn ACL). Teams all over the league are suffering through various and sundry (and not so sundry) injuries.

“Preseason” is the scariest word for any head coach to hear, as players like Tony Romo, DE Vance Walker of New England, and now Teddy Bridgewater many many more are severely injured in these practice games.  At some point you’d think the owners would want to protect the very players the league is built on, but that would cut in to owner profits for games that no one shows up to, and fans are forced to buy tickets for.

There has been talk of getting rid of two preseason games, but at the cost of adding two regular season games. The NFLPA rightly went ballistic over this back in 2011, and the owners couldn’t even really rebut that, since adding 2 more real games to the schedule would guarantee a boatload of injuries. Goodie Goodell always preaches safety, but he NEVER stands in the way of profits (see concussion: whitewash).  I certainly hope that the league (the owners) see fit to do away with 2 preseason games and not messing with the rest of the schedule.


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135 Responses to . . . And So It Goes . . .

  1. unca_chuck says:

    As 12th said, it would be pretty fucking funny if the Vikings traded for Kaepernick and he is reunited with Alex Boone.

  2. 12th man says:

    Losing Ellington was a bummer, done for the year. He is a player that has been on the cusp of a breakout every year on the roster, just can’t stay healthy. Time to cut bait permanently.

    I like DeAndrew White and I guess we see what curly has got to offer.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, like I said before, I have the same issue with Hyde. He needs to be in the field playing.

    We haven’t thrown shit to the WRs yet, so Im curious to see what happens Thursday.

    • 12th man says:

      Yup Hyde is following a similar pattern. Too early to cut bait but he needs to show the ability to stay on the field soon.

      • Winder says:

        I think concussion protocol means he has to miss at least two weeks. He will probably miss opening day. He is turning out to be very brittle.

    • Winder says:

      I doubt anything meaningful will come out of the SD. Even if Kap lights it up(which i truly doubt) it will be against scrubs. I would give Driskel (sp) and Ponder the ball for the whole game and not play Kap. I don’t know their reasoning for even playing him.

      • 12th man says:

        Trade bait? If he does well it improves their chances.

      • Berger says:

        I agree Winder. Playing Kap at all means he could get hurt. They could’ve cut him now for football reasons and not had any controversy. After Chip said he was still in the running, they have to give him this time in the SD game to pull the same deal off.

  4. 12th man says:

    Anyone got an Arik Amsted update?

  5. Berger says:

    Kerly now counts as the Brandon Thomas pick for those doing Baalke scoring.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Works for me. We’ll see how he does but at least they got a warm WR who can return punts.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Waiting for the Kappy-for-a-bag-of-footballs trade. Although it would be in our best interest to make Kappy look good for the Vikings. And the Cowboys. And Denver . . .

  8. 12th man says:

    Bridgewater injury waiting on an MRI but they sedated him, looks bad. Hate to see the players get hurt like this.

    I think we should start a petition. Kap to the Vikings for free as long as we get a camera feed from the lockeroom and he has to sit next to Boone.

  9. Winder says:

    I dunno I think him and the Cowboys wouldn’t be so bad. I’m sure the people in Texas would just love them some Kappy.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Hmmm, Speaking of Tebow, Kappy could try his hand at baseball. He throws in the 90s.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Like I said, Dallas, Minnesota, and Denver are still viable trade partners. Shit, even San Diego.

  12. 12th man says:

    Hey Chuck, can you change my post of the day please. I don’t want to be seen advocating for Crapernick.

  13. 12th man says:

    Bridgewater, dislocated knee and torn ACL, done for the year and maybe more. Tough luck.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    Bloody shame about Roosewater. He was one of my favorite two young QBs in the league (with Carr) and adding Winston and Mariota (who has DeMarco Murray tearing D’s up this year, btw), the best young four in the league. Roosewater’s ceiling may have been as a game manager, but as he hadn’t reached his ceiling yet, there may have been SBs in his future. Now, who knows?

    I for one, will continue rooting for Kap. He brought me joy, two profoundly fun seasons not seen in Ninerland since Steve Young retired. I guess Kelly announces the starter on Friday, and though he refuses to say it, Kappy’s holding the clipboard. I doubt they cut him, at least if Kelly has any say. Nobody will touch him in trade now.

    Doesn’t matter, I’m almost in “lose for high draft position, we need a QBOTF” mode already and the season hasn’t started.

  15. 12th man says:

    Jeff Fisher has done nothing in forever as a HC, but he did this well:

    • Nipper says:

      Jeff Fisher is an ass.

      • Lurker John says:

        He may be an ass (how many football coaches aren’t?), but he’s a good coach and knows his shit.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Yep, he’s a real dynamo. Glad he’s coaching the LA Rams.
        Tenn 2009 8-8
        Tenn 2010 6-10
        StL 2012 7-8
        StL 2013 7-9-1
        StL 2014 6-10
        StL 2015 7-9
        Career 169-156-1

        I mean, he HAD a winning season in 2008. In 1999 he made the Super Bowl. In 2002, he made the AFCCG (was that REALLY 14 years ago?).

  16. rtfirefly says:

    Meanwhile, as Niner fans, we’re stuck with a GM who couldn’t draft an offensive skill player to save his life and a FO straight out of a ’50s horror movie. Oh, that exciting but all too brief Harbaugh era. Remember when the Niners were not only a team to be reckoned with but a team to be feared? 2013 seems o so long ago. We fans just get Yorked

    • Lurker John says:

      New season, bro. Bitching about it isn’t going to change a thing. At least wait until they start giving you something to bitch about.

  17. Nipper says:

    We’ve been Yorked.

  18. Nipper says:

    Now Kap is a vegan. No good football players would pass up red meat! Kap is FINISHED!

  19. NJ49er says:

    Kaep in MN means 2 games/year vs GB.
    At least his resumé favors him on that score, if nothing else.
    Question would be, how quickly would ABoone sharpen his ‘Look Out!’ blocks?

  20. rtfirefly says:

    Speaking of one hit wonders (were we?), nah I just wanted to hear this, especially after Cyndi.

  21. Lurker John says:

    That’s what I was referring to yesterday, 12th, Fisher basically laying down the law regarding the anthem.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    Bruce Springsteen, though they somehow managed to turn his “revved up like a Deuce (Coupe)” into …douche. LOL

  23. rtfirefly says:

    And of course, Rick Wakeman. Sorry, Cyndi, ’70s rock ruled.

  24. rtfirefly says:

    As far as ’50s horror movies go, it’s true this was 1960, but it has the SPIRIT of the ’50s and is a true classic. The Niner FO should do so well.


  25. unca_chuck says:

    I’m with Nip. Fisher is an overrated hack. He’s had a lot of good teams and has not done what he should with them. 5-6 in the playoffs is nothing to write home about. He’s had a ton of talent on both sides of the ball in StL that he’s done little with. He’s a .500’coach.

    He should worry about coaching and not the anthem.n

    • Lurker John says:

      Well, Chuck, maybe he should worry about both, since it took him all of 5 fucking minutes to tell the players how it’s going to be when the anthem is playing.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Seeing Rck Wakeman’s keyboard catch on fire was a highlight of my concert going days.

  27. NJ49er says:

    No dice for a Kaep to MN wish.
    They opted for Brad Sorensen, who was just released.
    Yeh, that Brad Sorensen. Whoever the Eff that is.

  28. NJ49er says:

    Fat Man in the Middle Alert – Pats released DT Terrance Knighton

  29. Lurker John says:

    RT, I would say Fisher couldn’t carry your soiled jockstrap when it comes to being a dynamo, with you being so upbeat and pumped about the coming season and all. But I know that being a complete smartass is a worthy goal in life for the less driven among us. 🙂

    • rtfirefly says:

      So is Fisher a sub-mediocre coach in the last decade or not?

      • Lurker John says:

        In an entire decade? I think we can come up with someone worse than him, can’t we? Singletary? Nolan? Any number of others? Frankly, I hope he does stink it up because that only helps the Niners.

        My praise of Fisher has raised some hackles!

      • rtfirefly says:

        Yeah, get that $5 million/year check in the bank and hope nobody notices!

  30. Nipper says:

    The question still remains: Can Kap play QB for the Niners even in a back-up role? Hopefully Thursday will help with that question. I wouldn’t hold my breath. Still the 49er coaches have to determine that question….can he play? That anthem stuff is pure media bullshit.

    • Lurker John says:

      I think you know the answer to that, Nipper. If he rises from the dead tomorrow and somehow wins the starting job by the season opener, or wins it at any time during the season, assuming he’s not disposed of first, I will shit.

    • 12th man says:

      Did the media ask him to sit during the anthem Nipper? I have my own opinion of it and its not media driven.

      • Lurker John says:

        I have a pretty good idea of what that might be, 12th, and the only thing the media has to do with it is fanning the flames by putting Kap on a pedestal.

  31. Lurker John says:

    Yes, last of the great prog-rock bands? Fragile, at least, was the best album of the era, no? I don’t think of Rush as a prog-rock band but I suppose a case can be made from “Caress of Steel” thru “Hemispheres.” Kansas? Tull? Zappa? A million others?

    I heard “Roundabout” for the first time in 1977 and was pretty well hooked after that. One of the great rock tunes ever, bar none.

  32. Lurker John says:

    Another mesmerizing song from Yes:

  33. Nipper says:

    Well the music videos tell me even on this football blog people really are not into this last pre-season game. Perhaps the Niners would be better just forfeiting the game to save their bodies for Monday night. Now that would be a trend worth thinking about. Okay they’re playing the scrubs most of the game anyway……go play it and grab some money from the stupid fans.

    • Nipper says:

      The following Monday…..sorry

    • 12th man says:

      In a way they do. Starters don’t play. Thats why Kap is playing.

    • Lurker John says:

      Well, the system is what it is for now, and there’s guys still fighting for roster spots, so I’m guessing they’re plenty into it. I will tune in just to see how our man Kap fares.

  34. Berger says:

    Loved the band Yes. Sat 4th row for Going For The One tour. in LA. This is probably my favorite Yes song but it is a tough call. I am disbelieving that Yes is not in the Rock HOF.

  35. 12th man says:

    Erik Amsted believes he will be ready for the open but admits his shoulder may need surgery in the future. Great.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, even our tough guys can’t stay on the field. Maybe the football Gods are pissed at us.

    • Lurker John says:

      I cannot believe the severity of some of these injuries. Ellington tweaks a hammy and goes on the IR. Armstead tears up the early part of camp but now has a shoulder that “may need surgery in the future.” I hope Dial isn’t the next guy to go on the IR.

  36. 12th man says:

    A video bit from Cam Inman. 13 min long but some interesting takes from him. He thinks Kap stays on roster and that Gabberts leash won’t be long.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Rock and Roll HOF is a joke.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    All bets are off for Kappy. The one thing about his stand is the turmoil it causes among his own team. Maybe it won’t be a distraction and everyone’s cool with it, but it sure doesn’t sound like it. The timing is very odd as well. This very much resembles the uncertainty when Alex came back from injury and was ready to play. Harbs went back on his word and left Smith hanging.

    • Nipper says:

      Can he connect with his passes? He’s got to do something besides running. If he has no feel or touch in his passing he’s useless which would make his sitting situation moot. Cut him and move on.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    The R&R HOF seems to ignore prog rock. No King Crimson, Moody Blues, Yes, ELP, on and on. No Cars? Slayer? Jethro Tull? BTW, them winning best metal album is another quirk of idiocy from the annals of rock and roll history. The Grammys are another entity that has no idea of what music is about.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    In other words, I have no idea what to expect from Kappy tomorrow night.

  41. Winder says:

    I hope they sit him. I really don’t understand why Kap is still on the team. He is an accident waiting to happen. I guess the FO is really that stupid and as far as I’m concerned they deserve all the bullshit that is coming.

  42. Winder says:

    If she’s actually playing that harp then i think I’m in love.

  43. Winder says:

    Most of the new music that I have heard is unlistenable it is unimaginative and canned. I guess my age is showing. And, what is with all the whining high pitched male voice, that shit just hurts my head.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Well, he needs to play well regardless of the shit-storm:

    a) in case we need him
    b) in case we trade him

    That’s pretty much the scenario. I seriously don’t think we cut him.

  45. Nipper says:

    I just want to see a good throwing QB. Is that asking too much? I want this organization to make some decisions for a change. Is that asking too much? How about a QB that can throw a TD now and then. is that asking too much? How about a QB that is interested in football first. Is that asking too much? Damn it.

  46. 12th man says:

    Looks like trading Kap is a no go:

    One exec calls him a traitor, another says “fuck that guy”, stealing my line in the process.

    Another says Kap is hated like Rae Carruth, says it all really.

    Bye, bye football career, asshole.

  47. unca_chuck says:

    Hmmm. Rae Carruth murders his pregnant girlfriend = a guy exercising his right to protest something?

    I’m sure that owner is clean as a whistle. What a fucking idiot.

    • 12th man says:

      It’s not whether the equivalency is justified that’s interesting, it’s how vehement these guys are. Kap made himself toxic.

  48. Lurker John says:

    I saw a piece on 60 Minutes the other day about the Rae Carruth murder for hire story and you have to come away from that just flabbergasted. This piece of shit blocks his girlfriend’s way his car while the other scumbag fires the shots. He just sits in his car like nothing is happening. Unbelievable.

    Because of his actions, his girlfriend is dead and her son, deprived of oxygen, is fighting a lifelong uphill battle to live a life with some semblance of normalcy. Thank God for his grandmother, she’s really doing right by him and he’s making a lot of progress.

    This guy is complicit in a murder-for-hire plot and blows up a lucrative NFL career because he doesn’t to pay child support? Wow. Utter scum and he’s up for parole in about 4 years.

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Well, that just goes to show how stupid these execs are. They have no problem starting a convicted felon or any number of wife-beating/steroid ingesting animals, but get all pissy over a protest?

    The song is stupid before every fucking game, besides. Funny how they don’t show the anthem in the reg season for ANY games on TV. Playoffs? Sure.

    I don’t particularly agree with how Kappy’s doing this, but it’s well within his right as an American to do so. The protest is EXACTLY what soldiers fight for the right to do, by the way.

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Kappy may be writing his ticket out of the league, and I think he knows this, but NFL execs are up there with cretins and pond scum where it comes to morals. They are all against steroids and doing drugs. Unless it wins them some trophies. Just ask Art Modell. Or Jerry Jerk-Off. Or the Irsay klan.

    Or John Harbaugh giving Ray Rice a standing ovation for punching his girlfriend’s lights out. Or Jimmy H for alienating his players with his stance on Kappy’s stand. More than a few have viewed their disappointment. Of course Teflon Jim walked them back.

    My thought is, if Kappy’s pissing this many people off, he’s on to something.

  51. 12th man says:

    I haven’t read anybody say he doesn’t have the right to do it. His cause doesn’t concern me at all, I think there is reason to raise the awareness. I would like to see him bring attention to it in a respectful way and that is the whole reason he is pissing so many people off, because what he is doing is in the same vein as those that burn the flag, or walk on it. He is in a privileged position and abusing it IMO.
    Why don’t we see him walking with demonstrators like MLK did with dignity? Or any one of a thousand different ways to support his cause.
    His method is a disgrace, but you have a right to your opinion.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Well, when he is equated with murderers I think they are saying something about his rights.

      I don’t agree with it either, but again, Tommie Smith and John Carlos got much worse treatment in their protest. And it was much the same.

      • 12th man says:

        When talking about Kap and Carruth they are not suggesting the crime is equal to his protest. They are saying he has so alienated front office execs that the depth of resentment to the player is similar, a pariah.

        Strong words but nothing about rights.

        There are consequences to any action and he will suffer his.

      • unca_chuck says:

        That’s great, but I don’t think Kappy gives a shit about the consequences. Beyond the fact he had a decent run as a QB, made a ton of money, and then suddenly develops a conscience means he doesn’t have to care. About the NFL or about the backlash. He’s likely fading from football existence anyway due to his inability to read defenses rather than this stance on the police.

        As I’ve been saying all along, I think he’s doing this now because his platform will be gone soon. Whether that leads to him being cut by the Niners remains to be seen. But his performance tomorrow will say a lot. If he has 5 series and 0 first downs, then he can logically be cut for non-performance. Sure the conspiracy theories will fly but this could happen. Whether it does or not will be determined by how he does tomorrow.

  52. Berger says:

    49ers – Packers game is starting right now on NFL network.

  53. NJ49er says:

    Well this could be entertaining –
    Pittsburgh claimed Mettenberger to add to their QB stable.
    A Mettenberger and a Roethlisberger?
    Go figure…

  54. snarkk says:

    Why is it that Baalke can’t draft or acquire decent WRs? It can’t possibly be that difficult. You can’t win in the NFL with crap receivers. This is like the Giants total failure to secure their own outfielders from their minor league system for the last 20 years…

    • unca_chuck says:

      Whatever it is, at applies to the SF Giants and competent outfielders. Marvin Benard i think was the last one who did anything. Ourlast homegrown OF all star was Chili Davis.

    • NJ49er says:

      I think guys like Anquan/Torrey and Randy would qualify as decent.
      Anquan and Torrey won the SB that we couldn’t.
      It begs the question, do we have a QB that can find them and deliver?

      • NJ49er says:

        He certainly hasn’t had any luck with the WR position via the Draft thus far.
        Might be some hope under Chip’s System perhaps?

    • Berger says:

      Giants had a heck of an outfield draft this year. Reynolds, Quinn and Brosa all look good so far.

  55. Winder says:

    It’s because he is a terrible GM.

    • Winder says:

      It’s that simple

    • NJ49er says:

      I would put Matt Millen at the ‘Terrible’ level Winder.
      Baalke is Offensively challenged IMO.

      I just think any GM has to have a good working relationship with the Coaches involved.
      No GM can survive if he’s forcing pieces onto a roster that don’t fit what the Coaches are trying to do.
      Let’s see if Baalke and Chip can have a better relationship to that end, than we had with Baalke/Harbaugh (Marathe)?
      Can’t go anywhere in this game on Offense, until you find a QB to run it.

  56. unca_chuck says:

    As I said before you can’t only build a defense and expect to be successful.

    And yes you can’t be successful if your HC and GM don’t have a working relationship let alone talk.

    I will say that the team looks better structurally and but for the injuries look to building from the lines out. Which I think is a good plan.

  57. Berger says:

    The problem we have had at the WR position is something I have said since these blogs started way back when. It is called the Sardine Can Offense. I just didn’t call it the SCO way back when. The only decent play caller we have had for this offense was Norv Turner. Couldn’t judge McCarthy because the talent was so bad. Over all our play calling has been as bad as any team in football. Even when we went to the SB. Thank the football gods that we had a great defense for a few years.

  58. unca_chuck says:

    Bergs, i think we are going to witness the same problems with those offenses as we will now. Teams are going to scheme the short passes away from Gabbert and force him to try to go downfield. We certainly haven’t shown yet that we can do it.

    IF the run game works better than expected, then maybe we can force teams to honor the run and attack the edges.

    Al this being said, I was hoping to see much more passing to the WRs in these games. There has been very little except for Ponder and the 3rd stringers.

  59. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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