It Was the Best of Times, It Is the Worst of Times

Damn. It was nearly 4 years ago that the 49ers rolled into New England on a cold clear Foxboro night and withstood a huge Tom Brady comeback to beat the Pats 41-34. Both teams, while still utilizing the same QBs, had much different supporting casts. Aaron Hernandez was yet to murder anyone, and the Niners defense was ferocious. Kappy threw 4 TDs/ 1 pick that night, to Brady’s 1/2 (221 to 443 in yards though) including the clincher to Crabs after an Aldon Smith interception to put the game out of reach.

Now? Well, NE has retooled their team on the fly, as they always seem to do, and won a Super Bowl. We have shedded parts like a redlining 1973 Pinto on bald tires rolling down I-5. We have a gleaming new stadium that sits half-empty on game day. It has the ambience of a doctor’s office waiting room, and is on the wrong side of the Bay Area.

But I bet there’s more people that come to this game as this is likely the last time that Tom Terrific (nee of Serra High School in San Mateo (Go Padres! Class of ’79!)) plays in his home stadium.

Is incremental improvement losing by only 24?

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50 Responses to It Was the Best of Times, It Is the Worst of Times

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of 12-string blues . . .

  2. 12th Man says:

    Eddie D on podcast with Maiocco. Its 30 min and includes Bellicheat praising Mr. D.
    A good listen if you have the time but interesting to me was Mr. D inferring that Jed has to “make changes” (Baalke) and the luke warm endorsement, kind of, of Chip Kelley who he hopes will turn into the kind of HC owners want him to be. He also says the team has a lot of distractions and how damaging that is to the team (protest).

  3. Nipper says:

    Help! Mr. D has to come in and lead Jed to a better position. Yes changes must be made.

  4. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile on the “other” blog, Bullit is bad-mouthing our dear Coach Chip again. At least he’s not bad-mouthing Chuck. He’s certainly a sourpuss……that Bullit. I bet he hates Santa Claus and Motherhood!

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Buwwitt? Hit him in the head with facts, and he’ll spit them back out 2 years later as his own.

    He thinks Harbaugh could win with this team. What a maroon. I mean, really. As each draft has gone on and Baalke has ignored the glaring needs of the team, they have steadily slid to the depths of the league. Would they be better if half the D line and LBs weren’t hurt? Sure. Enough to matter much? Maybe 1 or 2 wins worth. A little. But this team was paper-thin before the injuries.

    Now they are Swiss cheese. This goes beyond coaching, eh?

    Maybe by February BuwwittRacistBakken will get it. Gabbert didn’t lose any games, but Kappy did. Harbaugh would be 8-1 now. It’s funny as hell.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Good luck, Kevin. Maybe they look past us.

    24-21 Niners.

  7. Nipper says:

    Skeebs has laid down the LAW…… politics on his blog! Bakken-Bullit must have real problems with that edict. Same with Warmspit who never follows instructions of any kind. What a hoot!

  8. 12th Man says:

    This is from SI about the state of the Niners, in doctor seuss style no less:

    • Nipper says:

      The Red and Gold is a bad joke around the league. No decent coach will want to come here. No GM that’s successful wants to do anything with the Niners. OUCH!

      • Nipper says:

        Jed York ……a name that will live on in infamy.

      • 12th Man says:

        Hard to tell if Kelly is good or not, between injuries, retirements, ACL warriors and poor drafting the cupboard is pretty bare. Niners need a new GM, that much is clear. Drafting another ACL DB and not spending much in free agency was just pathetic, Baalke needs to get his walking papers at the end of the season.

  9. Nipper says:

    Trent Baalke should be:
    A. Run out of town on a rail
    B. Given a police escort to the airport
    C. Jed York signs him to another long-term deal.
    D. Baalke is tared and feathered and then sent by Greyhound for parts unknown

  10. Nipper says:

    New England will beat the 9ers by
    A. 3 points
    B 7points
    D. 21 points
    E. 30 points
    F. Total domination by the PATS and Niners sue for peace.

  11. Winder says:

    I really wonder just wtf jed is thinking. He really has painted himself into a corner and the only realistic way to get out of it is to start acting responsible. When the national press continually dogs you around he must realize that he has fucked up big time. I am just waiting for him to do something, anything.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the hiding on the office shit is pretty ridiculous. Keeping Baalke was stupid. Since he was changing the coaching staff he should have started fresh.

    As it rolls now, he’s going to want to keep Chip after letting Baalke go. Pretty big caveat for the new GM to swallow right off the bat.

  13. NJ49er says:

    Finally got a chance to see WMU play today.
    I’ve had WR Corey Davis on my Draft radar for some time now.
    Figured if the WR has good numbers, his QB has to be doing something right also.
    After seeing them play today, I’ve added QB Zach Terrell to my list as well.
    Their HC, PJ Fleck is an ex-9er and has them undefeated in the MAC.
    Would like to see Baalke spend a 2nd on Davis, and perhaps, grab Terrell in RD5 or later.

  14. Winder says:

    I don’t want to see another Baalky draft, ever.

    • NJ49er says:

      I know WInder.
      I’m pretty much alone in this debate.
      Whether it’s Baalke or Gamble, these are the guys I’m proposing as a Jr GM Wannabe 😀
      I’m simply not impressed with the QBs that are getting the top reviews this year.
      If we stick in the top 3-5 range, Defense is where the superior talent is and, we need help there too.
      QBs take time. A Fat Man in the Middle, or an edge rusher, can contribute much sooner.
      I love Corey Davis’ numbers. After seeing him today, he somewhat reminded me of TO.
      Granted, it’s the MAC but, Zach Terrell and Davis have a great chemistry.
      I’d like to have them both.

    • NJ49er says:

      Another QB I’d like to see, if possible, is Cooper Rush from Joe Staley’s Alma Mater, Central Michigan.
      He’s put up some respectable stats from what I can find.

  15. rtfirefly says:

    Hey! I got through. It’s a miracle! Is that an omen that we’ll beat the Pats tomorrow? LOL

    Anyway, here’s what the draft position would be today if all these teams were to finish tied. The only head-to-heads (in case of two way ties) are Jax beat Chi, Jets beat Browns, plus our games against Chi and NYJ.

    1) Jets – worst SOS of all these teams.
    2) Bears – if we beat them, it looks grim. I don’t see the Bears winning again.
    3) Niners
    4) Browns – yes, it is possible they win one. Several of their games have actually been really close, and every team remaining on their schedule is less than mediocre.
    5) Jags – way toughest schedule of the five.

    • NJ49er says:

      Our mission, if we decide to accept it RT?
      I’d be happy with the remainder of the games having an outcome like we had in AZ last week.
      Make an effort, show some progress, keep it respectable but, LOSE!

      • rtfirefly says:

        Absolutely, NJ. Hue Jackson is doing it exactly right in Cleveland. Play tough and close when your lack of talent allows it, but make sure you LOSE!

        It should be an interesting draft. We’ll have a Top Five pick unless we beat the Jets, Bears, and Rams (again). We have no QB on the roster if Kappy decides to walk (Ponder’s and Gabby’s contracts are up end of season).

        We need QBs (plural), a WR, a RB, run blocking upgrades on the O line, arguably a TE, ILBs (plural), a pass rushing OLB, and Reno’s NT (preferably more than one). What to do?

      • rtfirefly says:

        I’m coming to the conclusion, though, that Kappy will stay. When he finds out what the FA market looks like for him, he’ll take the money and play for Chip.

  16. NJ49er says:

    Identifying the talent is one step.
    Finding them on the Board in your Draft slot is the trick.
    Not an easy process to slot them where you think they’re going to be.
    Hence the reason you (GM) look into these obscure channels to seek a diamond in the rough.
    Like Wentz last year, some of these obscure programs can produce a gem.
    Hoping we can snag a stud Defensive addition with Pick #1.
    Go from there.
    The WR I’m sold on is Corey Davis from WMU. Whether he’ll make to where I suspect he’ll go, RD2, is never a safe bet.
    If you’re going to reach, do it after RD1 IMO.
    Taking a QB (right now) in RD1, doesn’t seem like a safe bet to me.
    One move that might be a major improvement is to replace Reid with Peppers from Michigan.
    He can play anywhere in the Secondary and could fill in at LB in the Dime Pkgs.
    Very talented kid.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Anybody with a torn ACL? LOL, he’s an odds-on favorite for a high pick.

      • NJ49er says:

        I’d read recently that many GMs aren’t scared off of ACL repairs if they’re confident in the procedure done, read as Dr. James Andrews in most circles.
        The WR from Washington, John Ross has had both an ACL and MCL procedure done.
        One on each knee, yet he’s turning in sub 4.4s apparently.
        It’s a risk/reward decision.
        I look back to Frank Gore and how he defied the odds himself.
        All about how much work the kids put in to continue a career.
        Bowman is another example.
        Some guys can do it, some just never recover.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Bowman was a Baalke 3rd rounder (91st overall) in the Scotty/Baalke draft. On his own, though, Baalke’s whiffed badly.

      • NJ49er says:

        He lives with his resumè RT.
        I’ve simply stayed with him over the Moneyball approach.
        I do think he and Gamble are far more qualified to get this Draft right without Paraag in the mix.
        We’ll see?

      • NJ49er says:

        Keep in mind that Baalke was a Personnel guy with McCloughan too.
        They did work together to evaluate the players that came in.
        What York did was run off the guys that put much of those rosters together in order to get his Moneyballer into the mix.
        At least having Gamble back puts a second ‘football guy’ where it needs to be.

    • NJ49er says:

      If I were Drafting tomorrow in the Top 5, I’d hope for Cleveland to take a QB and leave a kid like Myles Garrett on the Board.
      I think we could get a good DL addition with Derrick Nnadi from FSU perhaps in RD3?
      With all the other GMs clamoring for talent too, lot’s of things come into play when Trades are offered.
      If you’re absolutely sold on someone, go get him.
      If I could slot with any accuracy, I’d be working in the NFL.
      Plenty of Defensive talent I’d consider in the top 5 before I’d spend a Pick on a QB there.

  17. NJ49er says:

    The WR from Clemson, Mike Williams broke his neck.
    Curious to see where he goes in April.
    Big target, very productive. Would you risk a RD1 Pick with that sort of medical situation?
    Someone could do it.
    If it were me, I’d pass.
    The NFL collisions are going to be much more risky than anything he’s likely seen in College.

  18. Winder says:

    NJ- I do appreciate your scouting knowledge. I haven’t been watching the college games for the last few years so I really don’t know who’s doing what.

    • NJ49er says:

      Thanks Winder, I’m an addict for the Jr GM stuff.
      Might explain why I give Baalke a wide berth? 😀
      Knowing how tough it is for a novice like me to predict this stuff, I can appreciate the pressure these GMs must go through.
      Bad enough 32 teams want the same guys, figuring out where to find them is madness.
      This is why a guy like Joe or Brady can come along after the top 10 and blow away the competition every now and again.
      I’ve always been scared of QBs and WRs in the top 10.
      Bust rates are much too high.

  19. NJ49er says:

    I was very happy to see the report of Baalke being at the WMU game recently.
    Hoping he’s onto my guy Corey Davis.
    I’m even adding the QB that throws him the ball now too after seeing them play today.
    Granted, it was against Buffalo, but, there’s reason the think both guys could play on Sundays in the future IMO.

  20. NJ49er says:

    Last year I was hoping to find Wentz in RD2.
    By the time the Draft rolled around, Philly made a block-buster offer to get him #2.
    That’s that how this process goes.
    GMs put a value on a guy, then pray someone doesn’t sell the farm to steal him from you.

  21. NJ49er says:

    Assuming we land in the top 5, and Myles Garrett and Jon Allen are off the Board.
    I could see a scenario where we Trade down into the teens, (if a decent offer comes our way).
    Might find ‘Bama ILB Reuben Foster there.
    Then, depending on the net gain of a Pick, come back into the bottom of RD1 to snag Davis.
    I’d be very happy with that outcome.
    But, WAY too early to speculate on those sort of deals, until all is said and done, after the Combines expose everyone we don’t know about right now.

    I’m also looking forward to seeing how Wentz does in his first trip to Seattle later today.
    He’s going to be tested by one of toughest Defenses in the game.
    My guess going in, is that he’ll look more like the Rookie he is.
    We’ll see…

  22. NJ49er says:

    I also saw that Miami cut our boy Culliver loose.
    Another guy that never made it back from the ACL repair ranks apparently.

  23. NJ49er says:

    Another interesting development regarding our game today –
    Pats left DE Jabaal Sheard behind.
    Even the word ‘criticism’ being used with respect to Belichick for some of his recent roster decisions.
    Go figure?
    Shows just how much a top QB can cover up the ugly underbelly on many NFL rosters.

  24. Nipper says:

    I guess a loss will be a win today……..ouch! The season is lost and Baalke still sucks and Jed must go.

  25. Berger says:

    The QB with the “it” factor in college football is Sam Darnold of USC. He’s not eligible for the draft until after next year.

  26. Nipper says:

    It’s honor Eddie D day! ……Remember him? I wish he would kick that Jed to the curb. He won’t. Jed will continue as we all grow older and weaker. Everyone loses.

  27. 12th Man says:

    Sunday ticket sucks today, won’t show the game as its a “local” game here in LA today. Audio only, boo Sunday Ticket.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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