The Taxi Squad is Here . . .

Maximum of 10 players

  • WR           Dres Anderson
  • OL             Alex Balducci
  • OL             Fahn Cooper
  • TE             Je’Ron Hamm
  • CB            Prince Charles Iworah
  • OL             Norman Price
  • LB             Marcus Rush
  • LB             Shayne Skov
  • RB            Kelvin Taylor

I’m glad they were able to keep Skov, Rush, Hamm, Anderson, and Taylor. All of those guys showed something promising. I’m a little surprised Rush wasn’t snapped up by someone. He may be undersized and one-dimensional, but he showed a very quick burst to the QB and caused disruptions on passing downs. Hamm has nice hands, as does Taylor out of the backfield. Dres? Made a nice adjustment on the TD pass from Ponder. He must be showing something in practice. Same with Harper and the linemen. Hey’ I’m just glad to see Pears gone.

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158 Responses to The Taxi Squad is Here . . .

  1. NJ49er says:

    I’m actually mildly impressed with Balducci actually.
    Like Bruce, some of these Defensive conversion guys might just pan out.
    Gotta get the QB/WRs to click sooner than later too.
    Be it Gabbert/Kaep or Ponder.
    Hoping Chip can get these up to speed and save the Defense from dragging their tongues in the 2nd half of games/season.

  2. Berger says:

    Here is the song that was originally picked to be the song for Taxi. This is called Touchdown. Angela ended up being the song. It was originally supposed to be a song played on the third episode but was changed before the series started.

  3. 12th man says:

    Your missing Balducci off the PS list Chuck.

    In other news, the trade of DB Lj McCray to the Squawks is off, he failed his physical.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Updated the list. . . .

  5. unca_chuck says:

    The playpen was very up in arms about that trade. Of course they’ll be up in arms about it failing now.

    • 12th man says:

      The trade made sense, better to get a late round pick than nothing and they could sign him anyway.
      Not sure if the league gives a roster exemption while they figure out what to do now he is back with the team.

  6. 12th man says:

    ROB!!!! they signed RB Harris to a 1 year contract, you got your man!!!!!
    Will Redmond to IR, yet another ACL warrior gone down. This one Baalke was very confident would be available to play this year, oops.
    Does anyone think the Niners could afford to lose their 3rd round pick this year?
    Sorry, but this ACL gamble has not worked, over and over. One or two successes is not enough return.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’m thinking this Redmond move is one for protection of a Roster Spot 12th?
      Maybe they feel good about the DB situation without him?
      Might have to IR McCray too if they want him back?
      Curious enough to follow/understand but, IR does keep the roster openings, for whatever plans they’re attempting to make?

      • 12th man says:

        All of that is true NJ, but what it amounts to be is no 3rd round pick this year.

        They could have taken a WR or an OLB for instance, a healthy player for this years team.
        Instead we get another ACL guy on IR. A 3rd round guy is expected to contribute right away, he was the Niners 3rd player chosen, this team can’t afford a next year gamble from such a high pick, they needed good players this year.

        Who knows, maybe next year Redmond is a world beater, but he is just as likely to be nothing special, even cut.

        This ACL shit is costing the team. There is a reason no other GM is doing what Baalke is doing, at least to the same extent.

  7. Winder says:

    I am glad we got those guys back also. I do wish we would have picked up a QB though instead of Harris. O’well what do I know.

    • 12th man says:

      They don’t have a rookie QB but they do have Ponder. He may turn out to be decent, even a trade value. He is still only 28.

      I don’t expect too much out of Gabbert, a few losses and him keep throwing short, playing it too safe and not trying hard enough to win, will see him getting splinters in his ass.

      Then its Kap if he is still on the team or Ponder. All of them have a lot of game experience, it takes time for some guys for the light to go on. Rich Gannon is a great example of a QB finding his greatest success late in his career.

      I prefer a development QB because they are usually on the PS not the 53, but in this particular season, with Gabbert and Kapernick as 1 and 2, having an experienced 3rd option on roster makes sense to me.

      I think I will just call Gabbert and Kapernick, Gabbernick from now on.

  8. Nipper says:

    Damn the bad news just keeps on coming.

  9. 12th man says:

    This reporter says the Niners have only 1 ACL warrior on the 53, Tank Carradine, and he has yet to prove his worth in games but does look much better this year.
    The writer says the Niners took 7 ACL guys, I read somewhere else it was 8 but either way, 1 out of 7 is some bullshit.

  10. Flavor says:

    I just can’t believe this news about Miller. Where were the warning signs? lulz…

  11. 12th man says:

    At least management were decisive with Miller, he is released from the team. About time they showed who is in charge.

  12. 12th man says:

    Good player, too much red hair I guess.

  13. Winder says:

    Maybe we will pick up a QB now.

  14. Lurker John says:

    Does anyone know Redmond’s situation? He looked fine in the last game. And Miller, WTF. Assaulting an old man? Broken bones? Dude’s out of control.

    • 12th man says:

      Redmond looked OK to me too, he either isn’t fully back and needs more time or they are stashing him on IR because he wasn’t able to outplay the guys in front of him. Either way he is a bust this year.

  15. Lurker John says:

    If Miller was a TE, they could bring up Je’Ron Hamm. The roster still had him listed as a FB (Miller).

  16. Nipper says:

    Don’t drink and punch. Drink has ruined so many lives and continues to do daily.

  17. rtfirefly says:

    To be or not to be on the 46 for next Monday – that is the question.

  18. Nipper says:

    Once Eddie D uttered these words, “He’s gone!” So many years later Miller punches his way off the team.

  19. snarkk says:

    This Niners outfit Soooo doesn’t remind me of the Glory Days. This team, this organization and ownership — they are not easy to root for nowadays…

  20. 12th man says:

    Add WR Chris Harper to the taxi squad Chuck.

  21. 12th man says:

    Garrison Smith is on the Squawks PS, go get him Baalke.

  22. 12th man says:

    This years Ray Rice is Bruce Miller, scumbag:

    According to Matt Maiocco, the San Francisco Sheriff’s department charged Miller with elder abuse, battery, threats, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Miller allegedly tried to enter a hotel room that wasn’t his, then punched the 70-year-old guest of that room in his face and broke some of his bones..

  23. 12th man says:

    I think the filter ate my post. Trying again:
    This years Ray Rice is Bruce Miller, scumbag:

    According to Matt Maiocco, the San Francisco Sheriff’s department charged Miller with elder abuse, battery, threats, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Miller allegedly tried to enter a hotel room that wasn’t his, then punched the 70-year-old guest of that room in his face and broke some of his bones.

  24. 12th man says:

    According to Matt Maiocco, the San Francisco Sheriff’s department charged Miller with elder abuse, battery, threats, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Miller allegedly tried to enter a hotel room that wasn’t his, then punched the 70-year-old guest of that room in his face and broke some of his bones.

  25. 12th man says:

    It gets worse, the old guy was with his 66 year old wife.

  26. Flavor says:

    Chuck you shoulda uploaded the M*A*S*H theme song…..

  27. rtfirefly says:

    The Merc’s power rankings: The powerhouse NFC East at #7, #8, AND #9. #10 Falcons, #11 Bears, #12 Rams.

    LOLOL – I didn’t realize this was an April Fool’s preview article. I almost thought they were serious.

    • rtfirefly says:

      This is from before Romo and Teddy went down. So what. LOLOL I can’t stop laughing reading through this list.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Joke’s on me! I missed the NFC part. OK, my bad. It makes a lot more sense now. The Niners at dead last is a stretch.

  28. Nipper says:

    I hope Miller does some serious jail time. If he never comes back to the roster that’s fine by me.

  29. 12th man says:

    Maiocco with his ACL comments. Niners not only put 3rd round pick Redmond on IR, they injury waived last years 4th round pick Smelter today.

    In other news the Niners picked up another Oregon Duck DE off Philly, Taylor Hart.

  30. 12th man says:

    Niners waived DB Lj McCray

    • NJ49er says:

      12th I’m more than curious as to why Baalke takes the gamble on the ACL guys.
      Agree completely about the hindsight results however.
      He seems to get into these risk/reward/future development assignments, perhaps as a way to stash guys without roster impact?
      Strange strategy.
      Let’s hope he’s seeing the results for what they are and changes course.

      • 12th man says:

        I think it costs him his job NJ. He has literally not one single starter from doing this so far and almost no contributors, and they are 2 3rd, 2 4th, 2 5th and one 7th rounder. Its not like these are last round fliers, these are supposed to be starters or contributors based on high round picks.

        Inexcusable to me that he did it again this year for a 3rd rounder when the team really had to have new blood, starting quality guys. He did next to nothing in FA and then pulled this ACL shit for such a high draft choice.

        Unless his other draft picks knock it out the park I think he shot himself in the foot.

      • NJ49er says:

        May very well be the case 12th. Have to see what develops as me move into the Chip Era.

      • 12th man says:

        Yeah winning cures all ills. If the team does better than expected he may escape the noose.

  31. NJ49er says:

    Any chance we could start a vicious rumor about Bruce seeking the room of Dr York and his Son?
    I know…not nice.

    • 12th man says:

      Have you seen the Miller video going around, blood all over his forehead. They guy is finished and probably going to jail, as he should.

      • NJ49er says:

        No haven’t seen it but the fact that this occurred with an elderly man shows some seriously questionable judgement on Miller’s part.
        We have some seriously bad Juju going on don’t we?
        Joked earlier today about desecrating a burial site in Santa Clara perhaps?
        Total character/behavioral meltdown issues running rampant.

      • 12th man says:

        Lost some key players to injury, lost our 3rd round draft choice, lost another quality football player to an idiotic drunken rampage, lost credibility around management circles of the league to a dumbass protest lost a lot of fans goodwill for the same thing. Bad Juju indeed.

      • NJ49er says:

        For whatever it’s worth, adding another Duck might suggest some sort of cooperative efforts taking place between Chip and Baalke at least?
        The release/settlement with Smelter might also suggest a changing of tactics related to the type of WR Chip is seeking too?
        Read an opinion piece recently which suggests these Spread Attacks seem to favor the smaller/quicker/short-area WRs.
        Hence the deal for Kerley, addition of Harper?

      • 12th man says:

        Agree adding another Duck and ex Philly player shows Baalke is leaning towards Kelly’s choices.
        The release of Smelter was because although he had all the measurable he couldn’t learn to play at this level, at least that is what his position coach said. Not ready.

        Kelley was a straight slot replacement and return guy for Ellington.
        Harper seems to be a similar guy so maybe you are onto something there.

      • 12th man says:


  32. NJ49er says:

    Here’s a cheap-A$$ tactic from the 4-letter Network to fan the Kaep flames on National TV. –

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Bingo. He got some white people to follow suit.

  34. NJ49er says:

    Interesting take on whether the Redmond/Smelter moves could have been done to get around the IR List ramifications.
    Along with the possibility that Baalke just didn’t have his priorities/evaluations right when he made the selections initially.

    • 12th man says:

      The argument is a stretch to say the least NJ and doesn’t get around the simple fact that Smelter, if it was a good pick, should be on the 53 and so should Redmond who we were told would be healthy and ready to go.

      Lousy strategy that hasn’t worked, but Baalke is nothing if not persistent.

  35. Winder says:

    I’m tellin ya Baalky is just not a good GM. It’s pretty fucking simple. And, if Miller does’t get that elder abuse charge dropped he is in for a world of hurt. It’s a very serious charge. In the 3rd round we coulda had a couple of legit QB’s, maybe they would flame out but at least we would have something to show. I hope we knock the snot out of the stinking Rams because if we fall flat I don’t think it will take long for attitudes to falter. The one good thing is we have some promising kids on the roster so I’m gonna focus on them

    • 12th man says:

      I think Baalke has done some really good things Winder. Drafting all these injured players and no WR to speak of aren’t some of them. A QB or 2 to develop would have been nice too.

    • NJ49er says:

      It’s always been something of a curiosity to me with Baalke.
      Always appreciated his eye for Defense, somewhat challenged with the Offense however.
      To that end, I simply held hope that a cooperative HC relationship would help with those improvements.
      Whether he and Harbaugh had disagreements is hard to know, as Kaep hasn’t exactly shown to be more than a runner playing QB.
      Could have had philosophical differences there but, who knows?

      • rob says:

        WINDER I think Baalke is a pretty fucking good GM .
        For example why sign a scrub QB when you have Kap Gabbert and Ponder when your main backup
        at RB is Draughn ?! The right move was signing Harris .
        BTW thanks for the update 12TH
        I saw it here first.

      • 12th man says:

        All good Rob.

  36. Nipper says:

    The GM business is full of mistakes or players that don’t always pan out. Sometimes they do work out very well. We as fans expect 100 per cent perfection. That’s not the real world. This Miller situation is very unfortunate for everyone. Niners lose a good productive player because of personal issues unrelated to football.

    • 12th man says:

      That may be the longest post I’ve seen from you Nipper!

      I don’t expect 100%. If the GM hits on 50% he is doing ok. My problem is the ACL failed experiment and Baalke’s myopia when it comes to O skill players.

      • Berger says:

        Part of the problem with the O skill players is the Sardine Can Offense we’ve been running and the bad play callers we’ve constantly had. Let us see what a modern offense and better play caller does for that problem this year.

      • 12th man says:

        Agree, its hardly been a showcase for players. Looking forward to seeing what a modern O scheme can do to maximize potential.

  37. Berger says:

    So the Baalke ACL brigade this year is Tank, Curly (for the 3rd of our 3 3rd rd picks Thomas) and Reaser. That is just counting ACLs. We can add Trent Brown and Dial (who had a knee problem) to the list of risky picks.

    • 12th man says:

      OK I’ll bite. Curly isn’t an ACL guy Berger. Niners traded a third round ACL player who is now on a PS for the Lions. Niners drafted him in 2014, he is still a PS caliber player and therefore a failed ACL experiment guy considering his high draft position. Trying to stretch the ACL draft tactic to include a trade of our failed 3rd rounder to a contributor 5th rounder, which only happened because Ellington got injured, is nonsense.

      So far the only player that has played who was drafted with an ACL is Reaser, a contributor who they were going to cut this year until finding a trading partner for a late round pick (7th I think). Reaser was a 5th round pick who at least they got something out of in 2 years.

      7 ACL players, 1 contributor, 0 starters. If they had drafted healthy players the tally would be 4 players on the 53, 2 should have been starters, based on slightly above 50% success rate and 2 rd round, 2 4th rd, 2 5th round draft positions.

      This draft policy is a bust.

      • Berger says:

        If we never draft Brandon Thomas we don’t trade that pick for Curly. For me, that pick counts as an ACL pick. I will rate that slot on how Curly does. You can act like the pick was a failure, that is your prerogative.

      • Berger says:

        Are you saying we traded Reaser? Do you know something I don’t? I think the trade you are referring to is Acker.

      • 12th man says:

        You’re right I was thinking of Acker, Reaser hasn’t done diddly.

        Trading out your 3rd round pick who never played is the definition of failure Berger. Getting a bonus of a 5th from a bad luck injury, right before cut downs, is a small consolation prize that says nothing about drafting ACL injured players.

        If you think the ACL method of drafting has been by any reasonable standards a success I’m all ears.

      • Berger says:

        Like I’ve been saying, I don’t advocate it but I don’t have a problem with it. You have to remember, the trade off is getting a 1st rounder in the 2nd or 3rd rd. Reaser was a 5th rd pick. I absolutely have no problem taking a chance with a 5th round pick. Most 5th rd picks don’t last long anyway.

  38. 12th man says:

    Niners signed Tank to an additional year taking him through the 2017 season.

      • 12th man says:

        Yep, they made a mistake activating him late last year so in effect they lost a year of his contract.
        I don’t know if Tank will be starting but I’m excited to see what he can do after 3 years healing and being utilized badly.

        Maybe he will be Balk’s first real ACL success, I mean he is way below the law of averages so it must be time.

  39. 12th man says:

    Von Miller answering the question of which OT own him.

    “But some of the tackles that have given me hard times, I feel like Trent Brown has a very bright future in the National Football League. He’s 6’8, he knows how to use his arms, knows how to use his wingspan, he has length. So I feel like, he’s young, and people haven’t really seen him, but I feel like he’s one of the better tackles in the National Football League.”

    • Berger says:

      He wasn’t an ACL guy but he couldn’t come in playing last year because he was 400 lbs. He was definitely a high risk Baalke pick.

      • 12th man says:

        All picks are risks Berger. My complaint is doubling down on the risks with seriously injured players (ACL) and that the pay off just hasn’t worked out. Statistically an almost complete failure.

  40. Winder says:

    You guys can go ahead and like Baalky all you want. As far as I’m concerned he’s in the Joe Thomas category. He is responsible for the players on this team. Believe me there is a reason just about everyone is picking us for last. And, Nip I don’t even expect him to bat .300, as far as that’s concerned he’s in the Johnnie Lemaster range. somewhere around .211

  41. unca_chuck says:

    I do t think the roster is as bad as people are saying but this is Baalke’s last stand.

  42. Berger says:

    My only problem with Chip’s running game is the RB typically has to come across the formation to get the ball. A team that gets initial penetration can blow that up. What does Chip do to counter that? He would need to go Pistol or put the QB under center. Don’t now if I remember seeing that from Chip. Maybe he’ll just tell the line to block better. But some teams will get penetration.

  43. 12th man says:

    Niners are home dogs for MNF against the Rams, Oi vey!

  44. Irish Kevin says:

    Enough talk let the games begin, the Niners are who they are, we can talk about the what ifs all year long, let’s just see how this all unfolds, the preseason has had both ups and downs. No big deal. Let’s see them play. Will they be good probably, will they be great probably not, but they should be way better than last year. 8-8 would be a good place to start. If they do better than that, icing on the cake.

  45. rtfirefly says:

    Over/under 47. I’ll take the Under with an extra side of BBQ sauce, thank you very much.

    Rob, Gabbert and Ponder are hacks, a dime a dozen in the NFL. Now, Ponder has a slim chance; he has a higher ceiling. But he had everything he needed for success in Minnesota and he did less than nothing. Contrast him to Teddy Bridgewater (pre-injury).

    The Denver Broncos drafted a 7th rounder in their HOF QB’s last year. They drafted a 1st rounder after the HOFers’ retirement. They knew they had a partial rebuilding year, after all, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady aren’t Free Agents. The 7th rounder is now starting. Both have unknown futures with tons of potential. BTW, ALL EIGHT of the SB Champs draft picks this year made the team. Ya think Harbaugh would’ve liked that kind of support?

    The Niners had five draft choices out of eleven make their 5-11 team.

    Heck, even JerryWorld spent a 4th rounder on a QB who by injury is now their starter and looks terrific in his first preseason. His future is probably lousy, but it’s unknown and he has a high upside.

    You keep telling yourself how great Baalke is. That and ten bucks will get you a NM green chile enchilada dinner.

  46. Winder says:

    Just look at a team like Jax, Bortals got Robinson and Hurns to throw to. Between the both of them they scored 24 td’s. If they ever get a running game lookout. Then look at us.

    • Winder says:

      Even in the Joe Thomas years we could score some points. It was our defense that was the seive. If it were not for our defense now I doubt we win a game.

      • Winder says:

        Sorry but I am just a little pissed. But like the poster just said it’s time to stop whinning and watch the games.

  47. Lurker John says:

    Have we even seen Chip’s offense yet? What I mean is did he show it all during the preseason. I watched a lot of Oregon games, but, to be perfectly frank, I don’t know a thing about the NFL version of it. To hear him say it, it’s a run first offense, not a passing offense like is often said.

    The image of Miller with blood on his face is disturbing. It looks like the old man or his son got some good shots in, but wtf was this guy thinking? The way he leans against that wall at the end of the video shows, imo, that he’s troubled. But to just snap on someone like that is indicative of some serious rage issues. I think his career is over and that he’ll spend some considerable time in jail. He should.

    • rtfirefly says:

      It’s a hurry-up ball control run/short pass O, Half of the runs are read options. It relies heavily on runs up the gut and swing passes out in the flat. At least that’s what he was running in Philly.

    • rtfirefly says:

      The O runs on speed outside. The back catching out in the flat has to be a threat to beat his defender 1 on 1 and break a long gain. Otherwise, the D just puts everybody in the box.

      When he had DeSean Jackson, longer passes were part of the O because of DSJ’s speed from the slot. Afterwards, it was more of an intermediate game; unfortunately, Badford wasn’t very good at it and Badford was also bad at the running part of the read option.

    • Nipper says:

      Proscecute this guy. You never attack tourists in San Francisco. Never……never…..never.

    • Winder says:

      Not only will he spend a lot of time in the pen. But if i’m not mistaken the average parole is for 3 years which i believe there is a 95% return violation rate. With Sex/child offenders and Elder abusers I believe the parole is around 15 years with a registration clause. If he doesn’t get the elder abuser charge dropped to an aggravated assault he’s gonna have a pretty rough time. The word SNAP comes to mind.

  48. Nipper says:

    Being drunk and a hell raiser is no way to go through life.

  49. rob says:

    Guys too much is being made of the ACL picks IMHO.
    Baalke picked it up from mcloughan (sp) .Gore being the poster child for the strategy. When we had a stacked roster we could afford to take a flyer. The reason we keep going to the well now IMO is because we usually have so many picks to use.

    • NJ49er says:

      Well Rob I’ve thought the same thing for quite sometime now with Baalke.
      Gotta admit, you can’t argue with the payoff thus far.
      Gotta wonder how someone like Bowman makes it back yet, the development guys can’t get there.
      I could support the strategy for ‘stashed assets’ but, the end results are all that count.
      Thus far, it hasn’t paid off in terms of finding a ‘budget gem’.
      Maybe Tank will break that cycle with any luck.

      • 12th man says:

        Baalke drafted Thomas in the 3rd round and said he had a 2nd round talent. Thomas is on the Lions PS.

        The national press is making a fool of Baalke and he earned it.

        Slice it. dice it, and excuse it anyway you want Rob, they got nothing worth talking about from this “strategy” and this is the 3rd draft in a row where the Niners needed healthy players now not injured future possibilities.

        If Tank turns into the second coming of LT, it still won’t make up for this idiotic drafting of seriously injured players.

        Baalke sticks to his guns, I give him that. To me Baalke has been a great D personnel evaluator, but a GM has to be much more than that and Baalke has been lacking.

      • Berger says:

        It is nonsense to not count Curly. He was the result of one of those picks.

    • Winder says:

      No Rob, we really aren’t. There is a reason most GM’s passed on all those guys.

    • 12th man says:

      We are discussing his injured picks Berger. Thomas was a total bust.

  50. Nipper says:

    Remember in Baalke we trust. You guys have to have faith.

    • 12th man says:

      I did have. Man can’t live on faith alone. Time for a change after the season before he starts picking guys in wheelchairs.

      • Berger says:

        Not really, we got a starting WR for him. Not bat at all. Maybe he was a bust but the pick isn’t. In the end, turned out to be a good pick.

      • 12th man says:

        A starting wide receiver, that sounds great! Oh, you mean Curley, the bit part player from the Lions we traded for our 3rd round bust. He wasn’t even a starter there. If Ellington didn’t get hurt we wouldn’t have him at all.

        On second thought, Baalke should high draft as many injured stiffs as possible in the hope they they can be last minute traded for a shitty teams cast off right before cut downs and we call it good. Lol.

        You drinking again Berger? Your logic is on the blink.

      • Berger says:

        Haven’t drank in about a month. Been drinking about once every month or two. Trying to lose some weight. I’m going to try out for the 270lb slot receiver spot and overtake Curly. I’m going to go by the name Moe because in the midnight hour she cried Moe, Moe, Moe!. We will eventually need to trade for a Larry!

      • 12th man says:

        I bet you’ve got better hands lol.

  51. Nipper says:

    Niners have to at least beat the Rams. Beat LA.

  52. Lurker John says:

    Who’s curly?

  53. Lurker John says:

    The article 12th posted says something to the effect that Baalke began his strategy of drafting injured players to show how clever he was, which is a load of bullshit if you ask me. The strategy hasn’t worked out, but on the surface it looks like a sound plan. You draft a guy with first or second round talent whose stock has dropped because of a torn ACL.

    With today’s surgical techniques, the prospects of a full recovery from a torn ACL are very high, dare I say they’ve even become routine. Guys hurt that ligament all the time and make it all the way back. It takes a while but they get there. Modern sports medicine has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last 30 years

    This plan hasn’t worked out for the Niners and I think it’s high time they bag it. All they’ve gotten for their trouble is empty draft picks which have put them behind the 8 ball to a certain extent. It’s been a failed experiment. But the last thing I think Baalke was doing is trying to show everyone how smart he is. He took a chance and it didn’t pan out. Time to move on.

    • NJ49er says:

      I bought the strategy too, simply because the roster was relatively stable.
      He’s known to Draft and develop anyway, so that fits his MO.
      Problem is, in hindsight, the ROI has been non-existent.

    • Berger says:

      We do have 4 players on the roster because of the strategy. Tank, Dial, Reaser and Curly.

  54. 12th man says:

    Dial isn’t an ACL warrior.
    Kieth Reaser stats page
    Curley isn’t an ACL warrior.
    Tank is but hasn’t done anything good in 3 seasons yet.

    Looks great Berger.

    The strategy was worth trying when the roster was really stacked. 11,12,13. It didn’t work. Baalke still did it 14,15,16 when the roster needed every able body. Still hasn’t worked.

    6 high and mid round picks and 1 7th rounder = zero starters.

    Why are we still talking about this?

    I’m not. Have at it.

    • Berger says:

      Dial,dropped because he had a bad knee. Did not play until late in the 1st year because of it. I will count this one all day long. I’ll keep bringing him up so you can stay in denial.

      • 12th man says:

        Ok you do that Berger and the rest of us and the press will talk about ACL injured guys. Maybe you should widen your parameters even further until you can justify your argument?

      • Berger says:

        Us? So now you are the spokesman for “us”. What a burden it is to be so relied on.

      • 12th man says:

        us because you’re the only one fudging it by introducing non ACL players in some weird attempt to prove something that doesn’t exist.

        You should start drinking again, you make more sense lol.

    • Berger says:

      We are still talking about it because you are still selling it.

  55. Winder says:

    Well, you guys won’t have to wait very much longer to see what we actually have. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that our defense has a lot of speed but needs to make the crucial 3rd down plays so our anemic offense maybe has a chance to make some plays. But, the Chipski does look good in his post game interviews.

  56. NJ49er says:

    Lurker John the caveat with the Kerley Trade is, BThomas was carrying a Late RD1 Grade prior to tearing the ACL during a private pre-Draft workout with NOLA.
    Baalke snagged him in RD3 I believe?
    He never got to the starting roster before being dealt.
    Now Detroit has him on their PS.
    He’s simply overrated or, isn’t working hard enough to improve his stock.
    Kerley is no Spring chicken at this point either.
    He’s been pretty productive however so, maybe we’ll get some short-term production from him, while we wait to see if Ellington or Patton can contribute some meaningful stats under Chip.

  57. rtfirefly says:

    At long last, OPENING DAY!

    At the end of the regular season, only 12 will return.

    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    “Forward, the Light Brigade!
    “Charge for the guns!” he said:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    “Forward, the Light Brigade!”
    Was there a man dismay’d?
    Not tho’ the soldier knew
    Someone had blunder’d:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Storm’d at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of Hell
    Rode the six hundred.

    Flash’d all their sabres bare,
    Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
    Sabring the gunners there,
    Charging an army, while
    All the world wonder’d:
    Plunged in the battery-smoke
    Right thro’ the line they broke;
    Cossack and Russian
    Reel’d from the sabre stroke
    Shatter’d and sunder’d.
    Then they rode back, but not
    Not the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon behind them
    Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Storm’d at with shot and shell,
    While horse and hero fell,
    They that had fought so well
    Came thro’ the jaws of Death
    Back from the mouth of Hell,
    All that was left of them,
    Left of six hundred.

    When can their glory fade?
    O the wild charge they made!
    All the world wondered.
    Honor the charge they made,
    Honor the Light Brigade,
    Noble six hundred.

  58. rtfirefly says:

    150 to 1. That’s what I call a dark horse.

  59. Nipper says:

    Trust in the Chipper.

  60. Berger says:

    I understand the reasoning behind not having Marcus Rush on the 53, I just don’t agree with the decision. I know they figure Nick Bellore can go to OLB and do the job as well as Lemoneir, who is gone.

    Problem is I wanted Rush in for Lemoneir last year. Lemoineir didn’t hold the point and didn’t get a pass rush either. So now we have Lemoneir replaced with a 5th ILB. Yes, we have 5 ILBs and 3 OLBs and an offense that runs a hurry up. Me no likey.

    The reasoning for Rush, IMO, is he is a pass rushing specialist. I believe that is as important on a team as it gets. I will guarantee he will hold the point better than Lemoneir did and he might just turn a game with his ability to get pressure on the QB.

    I know he is the next man up but I will be surprised if he is still on our PS when it comes time to bring him up. I just can’t imagine that a 5th ILB is more important than a pass rush specialist.

    • 12th man says:

      Agree, I doubt he will be there when they want to call him up. I wanted to see him on the 53 if not the 46.
      He didn’t go against starters so maybe in practice he doesn’t get there?
      I figured he would be gone if they cut him but there he is on the PS.
      Maybe Winder is right.

  61. Winder says:

    Berger- I guess that’s why we are sitting behind the keyboard while assholes make the decisions. Who cares about pressuring the QB when we can stop the run, maybe anyway. We just gotta wait a little bit to see what this coaching staff is all about.

  62. rtfirefly says:

    Hyde’s passed the concussion protocol and has been cleared to play.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    That’s good news. He is key to whatever offensive success this team has.

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