Carolina travels to Sherpaland to open the 2016 season! The talk is over. The miasma of uncertainty stops, and the real shit begins. Of course, the Niners are saved for the last game. Monday night vs the Rams.
To me this is a very important game. Given the tough schedule, this would appear to be the most winnable of the first 5. The. A k end isn’t as tough as the beginning, but all may be lost by then.
Well, enough talk. Play ball!
Yeah they need to beat a division rival at home. Funny thing, in this rivalry, when the Rams were in LA every game I went to in Anaheim was a win and every game at the Stick was a loss.
I hope the field of dreams does better.
Not going to this game but am going to the home Ram game Dec 24. Its my Christmas present to myself!
Trying for the Cowboys game too. Anybody going?
I went to almost every Ram-49er game at Anaheim in the 80’s. Was there for the John Taylor MNF game.
I went up until they left, 1995 I think. I was pissed because I live in LA and that was an easy game to go to. That and I loved watching a beating of the Rams!
Glad they are back, Ram gear is in all the stores and lots of new jerseys in the bars during pre-season.
Tickets are expensive and hard to get right now, I am waiting till later in the year to buy, hopefully the shine will have worn off a bit.
Weird going back to the Coliseum, seen quite a few Raider games there.
Go Niners. Surprise the league and silence the naysayers
And kick some ass
Because I like what Baalke has done with the O and D lines I’m a bit more optimistic than most. I think we have a chance to have a very good run game. The variable is how good will the defense be. I think good except I am worried about the pass rush. If Eli Harold is a starter it is not a good thing. I think Tank moves to the starter within a game or two and Niners go 9-7.
Dorsey will be in active and available Monday night according latest updates.
Shit even I can’t understand my last post. Lol
I like 9-7 too, which has probably just jinxed it.
I really wanted to go 10-6 but I don’t trust the pass rush and Eli Harold. That situation could drop us to 5-11 but I’m sticking with 9-7 because I think Tank will be starting soon and Lynch will be back in 5 games.
I would sit one of the ILB and use Rush on 3rd and long. Harold played better this pre-season, maybe he gets a second year bounce.
10 wins this year would be phenomenal given the schedule, the new coaching staff and so many new players.
Eli Harold did look a lot better this pre-season. I’ve elevated him past the Lemoneir status. Problem is he gets close to a play and doesn’t make the play. It would be OK if he was the one causing the disruption like Dial and Armstead do but he is the LB. He is supposed to clean up and he doesn’t.
being a naysayer I am gonna go 3-13. I just don’t think we have the horses to keep up in this race.
Up until the 80’s we always had a hard time with the Rams at home. Never could understand it.
Worse than Jimmy T? You need some Prozac Winder!
I’m sticking with 7-9. I nailed it last year (along with Grumpy) by being the first one to pick on Skeebs’ and sticking with it despite changing my mind about it every two days.
I was the first one to pick there this year again. I’m superstitious.
Though I may root for 0-16. We need WRs desperately, possibly a star RB depending on Hyde’s health, and barring an unforeseen comeback by Kappy, a QBOTF.
What’s Grumpy got this year RT?
I dunno. I haven’t spent much time over there of late except for throwing the occasional grenade. I’ll frequent the place more often once the Niner season starts and the BakkenBull show quiets down.
I e been around 8-8 and 9-7. Yeah 9-7 is the high water mark. I’ll say 8-8 with a healthy Hyde.
I don’t trust Baalke to draft a WR. We may have a new GM by then though.
I do like getting Streater and Kurley. Both have had very good years.
When I think of Antonio Brown of the Steelers, Jordy Nelson of The Pack, Julio Jones of the Falcons, and especially the WR core of the Giants and the Broncos, then I look at our WRs, I just want to cry.
*corps LOL, how’d I miss that one
I predict 7-9 for the 49ers. Hey that’s better than last year.
I am glad that most everyone see’s the team a little differently than i do. I really don’t see but 3 wins. I would like to know where we are gonna get 7 or 8. I hope we do, but I surely don’t need Prozac.
Maybe we are a well oiled machine, I dunno
The protest spreads:
Streater is an injury acquisition for Baalke. He had a foot fracture in 2014 which required surgery. Has played in only 4 games since. The strategy continues.
Tonight’s game features a WR I very much wanted to draft. Kelvin Benjamin. He tore an ACL last year, let’s see how he does. Baalke should have traded for him instead of Streater. First off, he had a torn ACL, that qualifies him. 2nd, the Panthers have 2 inexperienced CBs in their secondary. We have a lot of good CBs to trade.
To throw salt on the wound, the Panthers have another WR I wanted, Devin Funchess.
I still think Jax has the best duo in WR’s. last year 24 tds between the both of them
Yeah, probably the WR I recently wanted the most, Alan Robinson. What to all of these WRs have in common, we did dot draft any of them despite my endorsements. I’m beginning to think they don’t read my posts!
I also like the kid from Texas Will Fuller. If oswiler(sp) can get him the ball it should be fun for them
Shepard from the Giants could do something this year also. Who do we have again?
boy howdy, might as well polish up that trophy now
Just read the charges the DA filed against Miller 7 felonies and just to add a little insult a couple mistormeanors(sp). They really want to nail him. Have a nice day Miller.
Miller needs a Clarence Darrow type of lawyer. I hope his defense is better than ” I was drunk, I don’t remember a thing.”
Watching the Panthers and the Broncos tonight and remembering the Niners of last year, it’s hard to believe we’re all in the NFL together. They’re just in another league.
Based on one half of football only, the Broncs’ rook 7th round starting QB looks like a steal and a half.
He had an ACL tear and did not think he would be drafted. Broncos took a chance.
Aha, didn’t know that. Paxton Lynch has got to be sweating at least a little bit.
Of course, just after I write that, Siemian throws his second pick, this one really, really stupid.
After watching the replay, it wasn’t a stupid pass. As he was about to get creamed, he had a receiver open for a TD and just couldn’t plant and throw, underthrew it – not nearly as bad as I thought on first look.
Andy Lee with a 76 yard punt on the fly. Glad we got rid of rid, geez.
*rid of him
If Elway isn’t the best GM in the league, I don’t know who is. Living in NM, I remember vividly the Broncos team when he took over. This team, moreso than the Panthers who rely so much on Cam, is LOADED with talent.
I stink at making predictions so I’m not going to bother with it here, but 3-13 is taking the downside too far. The new staff and revamped OL alone should make last year’s record viable. Why not just blow your brains out now and get it over with? Then you wouldn’t have to suffer through a miserable 3-13 season.
I think anything around .500 is a reasonable prediction.
Lol, I don’t take it that seriously anymore. Been through some real low times with this team and this is just another one.
I absolutely did not miss the vapid Cris Collinsworth during the off season. I can only take him in very small doses. Michaels has deteriorated by sheer association.
So annoying, can’t stand listening to him and he is everywhere.
Oh, Wow! What an ending to a great game!
The Niners are ahead of the Panthers for the play-off chase!
Shit, watching Denver beat Carolina gives me hope a conservative offense can do enough. Granted Siemens day looks like a shitty Kappy one (178 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks) but there you have it. Denver wins. Load up the fucking defense. CJ got 96 yards. Whoopie.
They should have lost that game but what the fuck. Winner winner chicken dinner.
Carolina has an excellent defense. They went 17-2 last year. The only reason Denver only scored 21 points was because of 3 turnovers, 2 of which – the RB’s fumble killing the first drive and Siemian’s INT that just missed being a TD – cost them points.
If that’s conservative, I’ll take conservative all day long.
Elway’s a cheapskate. He has drafted very well though. Even the Denver scribes call this season a wash. 8-8.
Kap’s jersey is the #1 seller in the league.
Those predictions were before last night, when conventional wisdom said the Broncs had no QB. I think Siemian put that to rest
Hey it’s football season. Where’s DENNIS ?
Drunk and disorderly and proud of it.
That was nice seeing a real NFL game on TV last night. I hope the 49ers are ready for Monday Night. At least be up and ready to roll for the Rams!
OMG and La De Da. Go NINERS!!!!!!!!!
I guess this thread starts with Winder. Bullygoaty is nuts and should be locked up for his own good. Perhaps the drugs are finally gone and the inner rage is flowing out like a dragons breath.
There’s the state of being nuts and then there is that special state of pure lunacy called the “The V State of MInd”, where hate is mixed with mindless bullshit to create these special lunatic posts.
Remember the old vaudeville saying, “Never follow an animal act!” Well, …
12th, Grumpy picked 3-13.
Thx RT. Grumpy and Winder 3-13. Well none of us knows since everything is new but I have a hard time believing this team will be worse than last year even if they did get lucky a couple of times.
It wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong.
I got lucky last year. I’m usually off by a country mile.
Wow, poor V has this as his outlet. Poor sap. Stupid as a bag of dicks, but hey.
he needs a job, or a life, something..
…girlfriend who’s less crazy than him?
Impossible, he is barking mad.
No girl would have him.
I dunno, I’ve had some pretty nutso girlfriends.
Good game last night. I’m ready for some Niner’s football. The Giants are circling the drain, so bring on the NFL. Clean slate for the boys, some hot young talent, new coaching staff, I’m pumped for game one and the new season. That may only last 3 weeks, but for now I’m ready to go.
Chuck, RT’s 12:07 should be post of the day. Instant classic.
LET’S GO 49ERS! BEAT THE GODDAMN LAMBS!!
Game 1 is always a good time of year because I throw on my bright red 49er ball cap (fucker shines like a light house on a foggy night) and piss off all the Seahawks fans at work.
Never take mine off, same effect!
The only girls he knows are inflatable.
Dolly sprung a leak.
Since Chuck started this blog, I’ve only ever had one POTD and Chuck gave me that one out of pity after I kept nagging him about it.
Yeah, but that was perfect. You have to think about it for a minute before the light bulb comes on!
In Chipper we trust.
Fucks, I just went to SFGate and there’s a picture splashed across the sports page that shows Kilgore lying prone and in a lot of pain. It was from last year!
SF GATE keeps you informed. No wonder I quit reading it.
AD absent from practice, not injury related. I have said since he came back that he doesn’t really want this. We’ll see what the reason is but I, for one, won’t spend a second counting on him. He doesn’t give a shit about playing football, he’s all about those checks…..
Maiocco tweeted AD is thinking of retiring again.
Another head case. Niners must be snake bit.
Guys a head case:
i mean, i could tell that just following him on twitter for a couple of years. Why would the Niners set themselves up for this guy to fuck them again? Desperation?
Did you see their O-line last year? Baalke was trying to save another high draft choice.
He is talented. Looks like a spotlight grab to me, Trent Brown is getting a lot of praise as RT and AD is maybe a bit jealous. Problem for him his the Niners have a guy right behind him, Tiller, who can step right in.
I haven’t followed it, but AD was a huge road grader tackle. He may be finding that he sucks as a zone blocking guard.
12th man, I have season tickets, so I will be at the Cowboy game.
Nice, if I can make the time I will be there, buy you a beer.
Nice piece on TBrown – Screw blocking sleds in the off-season.
He used his Yukon Denali. NICE!
One thing to remember this year. Touchbacks on kickoffs come out to the 25.
OK, two things. There is a no longer a “probable” on the injury list. So expect to see zillions of “questionables”.
1st kicker to perfect a parachute kick to drop inside the 5, that gives coverage enough hang time to get there, wins that battle.
Squib kicks might be too tough to control relative to going OoB and giving them additional yardage.
The perfect plan is to force a return somehow.
The NFL in its brilliance of noticing that tons of players get hurt on kick returns change the rules to make them more likely.
I mean, they moved the kickoff line from the 30 to the 35 to encourage touch backs. Used to be the 40 back in the day. Now this? Dumb.
Newton gets speared in the helmet 4 times and the refs are like, meh. They Offset the penalty on that play because of the intentional grounding. Mixed signals anyone?
The two in the second half that really hurt Cam were technically penalties. But Cam was ducking down on both plays. Consider this: Cam is the strongest and arguably the most elusive QB in the league as well as the best runner. You’re a defender coming in hard and fast, trying to nail him before he jukes away, and he ducks. What’re supposed to do, stop?
Marv Levy’s term, Over-Officious Jerks comes to mind Chuck.
They’re clueless minions for Goodell and The Billionaire Boys Club.
No idea what’s going on from an Officiating perspective anymore.
Everything becomes a League investigation after the fact, and apologies or fines are handed out.
Is AD going to play in the Rams game? Or is he retired for that game? Will Kap encourage more players to take a knee during the anthem? Can Chipper forge an offense out of the Niners? Will our RB hold up under the pounding? Questions……questions never end.
Is there such a thing as re-retire I wonder?
Alex is getting smacked hard at home by the Chargers – early, early, early surprise.
Holtzman from ESPN –
Dolphins RB Arian Foster just told me he plans to take a knee and raise his fist during the national anthem today in Seattle. He said some of his teammates will join him. Foster said Dolphins players met on Friday and agreed to make their own decision on how to handle today’s anthem.
SD WR Keenan Allen knee injury?
Anyone see it?
Reports suggest it could be serious.
Reading non-contact online.
Carted off. Those typically don’t end well unfortunately.
The Raiders better fix their problems defending the deep ball or it’s going to be a long season. This, when the AFC West and indeed, the whole AFC, is up for grabs this year.
Jesus. The NFL has to come up with PI calls that make sense. I’m no Raider fan, but they’ve been hosed on 2 consecutive pass plays.
AD? Who knows? I thought he was doing the right things by asking to move to RG. What he’s doing now is beyond me.
Raiders block a FG and it still goes through
Undead Al’s dead though I still despise Raider fans. I like Reggie McKenzie and how he’s improved the team. I like Carr. But they’re not the Niners and never will be.
That being said, the alternatives to root for in the AFC don’t do much for me, might as well be the Raiders.
Crabs just did something that drives me nuts. Crabs runs his route and is wide open underneath. Carr scrambles, so Crabs turns his back to his QB and runs toward a safety and into coverage. Don’t get it. If he had just sat, Carr could have found him.
Wow. Raiders going for 2? Go for the win on the road? Del Rio doesn’t trust his defense?
Crabs redeems himself. Then unredeems himself for the unsportsmanlike for excessive celebration.
Freakin’ unbelievable. Add the two muffed passes in the last minute before the TD and you’ve got a team trying to lose. Carr’s gotta be PIZZED.
Seabass saves Crabs’ bacon.
Raiders go soft and give up 22 yards.
They haven’t had a pass rush since very early in the game. Brees has been tearing them up but it was the two quick TDs that killed them. They can’t defend the pass.
Wow, great (?!?!?!) road win for the Raiders. Going for 2 at the end looks really good now!
Damn. Saint kicker almost got it. Del Rio is nothing if not ballsy. Go for the win on the road I suppose.
Khalil Mack was prety much neutralized.
Chiefs have a shot to win in OT after getting beat most of the game. Couple good AFC West games. That Div may be a sleeper division.
Meanwhile, the Chargers have completely self destructed in the 4th qtr and OT. Alex is about to pull a win out of the jaws of defeat.
Smith with the read-option TD run. How ironic.
Broncs, Raiders, and Chiefs all pulled out wins in games they should have lost. More of the same from the Chargers.
the Chargers have done nothing but choke since forever.
actually, i am happy for the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders.
How ironic would it be that they got good right before they left?
AD is no longer playing guard, he will be a back up tackle left and right. Tiller it is.
Miami should be up by 10.
Seattle is guessing very well at Miami’s goal line plays. Till then.
They went 5 wide and ran up the middle. What a concept.
A lot of good games today. NYG/Dal is gi=oing well. I thought dal would be better off with Dak anyway.
Damned Wilson – two 4th downs on that go ahead drive. Here I was all set to celebrate the Seahawks alone in the NFC West basement. Ach, so… Maybe next year.
The Patriots are all alone in first place and they haven’t played yet – must be nice.
Miami had a lot of chances to score.
In conclusion: Bleep it!
Looks like the refs want the Cards to win. There was no hold on that play.
NE’s defense is way too soft.
Again, NEs defense is playing way too soft.
NE needs to go aggro on this play.
Niners can gain on AZ and the Lambs tomorrow night. Every little bit helps.
Any chance Baalke asked AD to restructure his deal from OT to OG numbers in the past several days?
I’m willing to bet he was given the chance to reclaim his position from TBrown and failed to do so.
Hence, he chose to reconsider retirement as opposed to considering a reduced salary.
Gotta put him back on the potential ‘to be Traded List’ I’d suspect?
Can’t see he and Kaep getting starter money at backup positions.
If he’s de-acted tonight it could be a precursor to that end?
There’s some sort of clause involved with Contracts being validated after game 1 I believe.
Not sure if that can be circumvented with a de-act designation?
WTF is Davis doing? This screwball team is a never ending soap opera. And of the eve of the season opener. These rabble rousers need to jerk their heads out of their asses and concentrate on the job at hand: FOOTBALL!
I’m willing to bet he came back to collect on the deal he walked out on last year Lurker John.
Baalke likely said, earn it from TBrown.
Didn’t happen, as we know and, I’d venture to speculate that Baalke said you’re an OG now, reduce your pay accordingly.
It would seem Baalke is a no-nonsense GM in terms of earning your position, and the bucks that come with it.
Simply speculation on my part of course.
Just can’t make sense of the complete 180-flip AD made days ahead of seeing his first potential action after a year away other than Baalke lobbing that sort of grenade into his lap perhaps?
Can’t believe anything reported through the Press anymore with these drama Queens at 4949.
Especially with all the fodder associated with AD and the Tweets directed at Baalke and others while he was away last year.
Baalke likely waited for his shot at redemption.
Pay back is a B!tch as they say.
There’s some sort of practice associated with Contracts being guaranteed after week 1.
Let’s see if AD gets de-acted tonight as a potential maneuver around that Contract practice.
NJ, you called it. The Patriots killed the Cards last night on parachute kicks. Special teams really gave them a leg up in their razor close win.
The good teams play chess while the also-rans play checkers RT.
When the League changes something, the Coaches look to adjust.
Nothing for nothing in this game.
Earn your yardage.
I’m not sure about the sixth, but five kickoff returns didn’t make it back to the 25. One wound up at the 8. Arians mentioned getting awful field position in his presser.
That’s the name of the game.
Make’m earn their yards.
Belichick and Co have been around the NFL Block for awhile.
They know what they’re doing and prepare better than most in this game.
The so-called experts predict a Rams win. Niners better get it together for game day. Beat the Lambs! Show some pride! AD should either shut-up or quit. He’s a fool. Next he’ll be taking a knee at the anthem. BOO HOO!
I gotta believe this is money related Nipper.
We’ll find out one way or another.
Can’t do a 180 after stating you ‘offered’ to move to OG, only to balk.
Betting Baalke put some heat on AD for sticking him last year after the Draft.
Baalke is probably enjoying his turn at the wheel so to speak.
He’s watched his returning 1st RD OT losing out to a bargain rack 7th RD Pick making pennies on the dollar by comparison.
Can’t see this backup role lasting too long with the existing Contract attached for AD.
GO 49ERS!! LET’S TOUCH THIS FUCKER OFF!!
Game day at last, GO NINERS!!!!
Let us have a little ROASTED LAMB at mid-field!
Rams announcer calls Levi game a “can’t lose” for the Lambs if they’re going to contend this season. Next week they’re having a big deal in LA against the Sea Hawks.
Pardon the expression, NJ, but that’s pure suppositional bullshit on your part. If it was about money for AD, he would have screamed it from the mountains that he was being short-shrifted.
AD did the same thing last year, NJ, and it wasn’t about money then. He seems to have an overarching need to be talked about.
If he keeps mouthing off cut his ass. What an A-hole.
All I ask is that Gabby throws 10+ yard passes and that Gurly comes down with the flu. And that maybe Hyde can make it through the whole game. That’s not too much to ask. Go Niners!!!!!!
RG III put on IR. The Factory of Sadness marches on. I feel really sorry for Hue Jackson, who I like a lot. He’s gonna be so screwed.
No shit? Wow. That dude can’t win for losing.
My favorite trivia of the day: Carson Wentz was the first rook to start opening day for the Iggles since 1939. 1939! My parents were in high school then.
Second place: The Browns won on opening day. in 2004! The Factory of Sadness marches on.
They got some real hoodoo going on.
New thread is up. Yeah heard about RG III. That’s tough. Hard to revive your career in the mistake by the lake.
Stop Gurley and you stop the Rams.