That was Better

If last week showed anything it’s that the WC teams weren’t very worthy. The divisional round however brought some very good football.

And of course Mike Nolan still looks like an idiot for passing on Aaron Rodgers. Although Not so Young Sir Alex got close yet again to that elusive Championship game he’s been after since Kyle Williams fucked up so horribly.

I still harken back to the days we could have had Rodgers AND McCarthy but I digress. Rodgers yet again made  sick throw across his body under pressure on 3rd and 17 to give his kicker the (2) chance(s) to win the game.

On the flip side is Alex and Andy Reid fell short yet again. Always a bridesmaid and always coming up short. I wasn’t sold on KCs defense but they did more than enough to win that game. Reid and co fell short by going away from their primary weapons in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Pittsburgh is not slouch on defense but there was no adjustment to get those guys the ball more often.

Ahhh well. This just makes us look bad in the end. Both those QBs in the infamous 2005 draft  are still  playing ar a high enough level to reach the playoffs and at least make some plays.  I don’t think Rodgers gets any further anyway, but that was a hell of a game from him yesterday.

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63 Responses to That was Better

  1. Winder says:

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda, that’s the 49er way. I can imagine all three of those elements went in the planning stage of Jed’s new cabana. I can’t don’t see why he interviewed Cable, to me that is time wasted. Time that could, should, or would be used to actually make a good GM hire. But, that is asking to much. Get ready for the Jimmy hat III/ Cable combo. Boy Howdy.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Well McDaniels is already angling for a bigger payday by talking about family and stability.

    • Nipper says:

      McDaniels is quitting the process and staying put for now. At least that’s the latest scuttlebutt. Jed probably leaked, “don’t bother” to him.

      • Nipper says:

        As for Cable, Jed was probably looking for a security person to guard his new cabana and thought Cable could not only be a coach but provide security at his home as well.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Cable is a no-go. If we don’t get Shanahan, we are fucked.

    Get Shanny and Wolf, and the team all of a sudden doesn’t look too bad. At least those guys are the real deal. As long as the Dorks stay in the background.

    The thing about the NFL is, NO team is that far from being good. Parity is a real and tangible thing in the NFL, and teams can crawl from the bottom to the top fairly quickly.
    We aren’t as in good shape as we were when Harbaugh came, and the team was loaded with top draft picks, there is still a nucleus of talent to build around.

    Get a QB, a pass rusher, and a WR, and we are better than AZ.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    LeBron should be fined for acting so badly. What a horrible call by the refs.

    • Nipper says:

      I concur plus a one game suspension. That was a real bad look. LeBron disgraces himself by doing that flopping plus hanging onto the rim after dunks is a disgrace too. The man just wants to be a play yard punk.

  5. NJ49er says:

    McDaniels sees the obvious.
    Jed is an unstable dimwit, with a piss poor track record tied around his neck.
    Anyone with a pair of eyes and ears knows what the story is, before even walking into an interview.
    So much for the GM hiring his HC I guess?
    They’re simply looking for replacements to take themselves out of the spotlight.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Not sure why you are so high on McDaniels, NJ. I’d take Shanahan in a nano-second over McDaniels.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’m not high on anyone Chuck.
      I’m just sick of the process.
      Jed has taken a once revered Franchise, and turned into a place where qualified people, with any amount of credibility, avoid like the plague.
      Jed talks out of his A$$.
      Where’s the GM hire that was going to rebuild the FO?
      Jed and Paraag are the FO.
      Everyone else is simply waiting to take the bullets or, to be canned.
      Jed is a clueless, feckless wad of BS.
      He’ll simply have to settle for anyone willing to kiss his A$$ and take his money.
      Much like the guys that passed through DC over the years.
      Jed is a joke.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    They can’t talk to Shanny anyway so they should focus on the GM.

  8. NJ49er says:

    Until Jed spends money on football guys, and stays out of the picture, nothing will change.
    There’s no Cap on Coaches or Football Execs.
    Neither Jed, or Paraag, qualify as Football Execs in my book.
    They complicate the process IMO.
    Football guys don’t want Danny Snyder Jr pulling the strings. They want support, and all the resources money can buy, to build a strong locker room.

  9. NJ49er says:

    Kinda hard to win with class when your Owner is a classless, backstabbing pariah.

  10. NJ49er says:

    Might as well hire Mike Shanahan as GM.
    We already know what HC he’d pick.
    Would bolster Jed’s options to get the last remaining guy on their list too.

  11. Winder says:

    Well, I am pretty sure that would still be a big step-up from Baalky/Kelly. My gripe is that he’s wasted too much time already. If your are gonna gamble go ahead and gamble. I think they missed out with McVay. He’s young and has a lot to prove. The NFL game needs some new blood because the product I have seen for the most part really doesn’t resemble real football.

    • Nipper says:

      They must be waiting for Shanahan. If he doesn’t come there’s always CABLE. The bleeps coming from Chuck’s abode if that transpires will be loud and vociferous. Ex-Raider coach becomes the HC would be ludicrous but funny. Jed would be roasted over a spit in the parking lot if he showed his face.

  12. 12th Man says:

    Well presuming they do hire Shanny Jr, which coaching prospect would be better?
    All the GM prospects are still in play too and they are the brightest guys available.
    I don’t get why all the doom and gloom.
    If they hire Cable I’m seriously unhappy, but Shanny Jr is maybe the brightest O mind in the league, my ideal HC. His only detraction being no HC experience but I figure his dad will help out if he needs it.

    All this crying about lame Jed and Paraag, if they land Shanny and any of the top name GM guys please tell me who else would be better?

    • Nipper says:

      I concur ……at least Jed is showing some patience in his search. Too soon to criticize.

      • 12th Man says:

        Looking at the other HC hires I would choose Shanny Jr over all of them. McVay would have been my second choice.
        Fingers crossed they get their man, he has major leverage to dictate terms to management too, no bad thing IMO.

      • Winder says:

        Me too. but a lot is riding on the Shanny hire. Things can still turn out rosy.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah I feel same way 12th. If he can land shanny and wolf, I’ll be more than happy. all I know is I didn’t want mcdaniels. McVay would have been nice but we need to get shanny.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Thing about Shanny is he just shredded Seattle. Not a bad thing.

  15. 12th Man says:

    Cable withdrew. So many withdrawals is a sure sign that the jobs are filled.

    http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2017/01/17/packers-executive-brian-gutekunst-favored-to-pair-with-kyle-shanahan/

    I’m more than happy with that.

  16. 12th Man says:

    Mike Nolan interviewing with the Jags as LB coach…Don’t think he will get to wear a suit though:
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/01/17/jaguars-interviewing-mike-nolan-for-position-coach-gig/

  17. NJ49er says:

    Gase was too young for Tweeter and The Money Man a short time ago –
    What has changed?

    Gase – March 29, 1978 (age 38)
    Shanahan – December 14, 1979 (age 37)

    Applicants removing themselves from the process could also mean, no one respects Jed or, it’s too volatile to risk a one-and-done, regardless of the Contract terms.

    • NJ49er says:

      The GM hire hasn’t materialized yet either which leads me to believe there was never any serious thought to allowing the GM to pick HIS HC.
      This is just another charade from the Micro-Mgt 101 Handbook.
      Give everyone the chance to agree with the Jed/Paraag Business Model.

  18. 12th Man says:

    Baalke pulled the plug on Gase, according to Gase.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Cable is out thank God.

    NJ, Mike isn’t even on the table. The Niners are looking to Eliot Wolf. Who has no problem with Kyle.

    They have tied their wagon to Kyle. Better than anything in the building.

    • Nipper says:

      Cable must have known he had no chance. He just wanted some publicity for a future move if he chooses to move up. Even Al got sick of him.

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck I’m all for football guys. The more, the merrier.
      I’m simply questioning all the BS surrounding the ‘Plan’ to have the GM hire the HC.
      The nitwits are simply stacking the deck with guys they want.
      Micro-Mgt 101 kinda sh!t.

      I’m being facetious about Mike, simply as a last gasp ‘guarantee’ that Kyle won’t balk.
      If he does, Tweeter and The Money Man can always turn to Bobby Boucher and the Maytag repairman.
      Hard to recruit serious football candidates to work in the circus they’ve created in SF.

      • NJ49er says:

        One good thing about young Shanny anyway.
        He’s been fired a lot already.
        Thick skin and HC money might just get him to sign on?

    • NJ49er says:

      Quite frankly it really doesn’t matter who Jed ties his wagon to.
      It’s all about whether the guy to whom he’s tied his wagon, wants to put up with all the sh!t Jed’s track record has piled into that wagon.
      Jed isn’t bargaining with any leverage, other than money.

  20. NJ49er says:

    Tweeter and The Money Man know $$s and ¢
    Football guys know Xs and Os
    Somehow these nitwits expect Xs and Os to equate to hugs and kisses.
    If they’re not coddled, and worshiped, (through their own expectations), they run the basic Xs and Os of backstabbing, and media smear campaigns, until ALL threats are removed.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Thing is, the team has some players and a shitload of cap space.

    But is on Jed and Co to get the fuck out of the way. Which is why getting guys from the outside is so important. Especially at GM. They need to be told that from the outset. Shanahan and Wolf is pretty much a dream scenario to me.

    • NJ49er says:

      That’s always been the caveat Chuck.
      Will Tweeter and The Money Man EVER get out of the way?
      Call me extremely skeptical.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Mike Sliver is reporting that Shanahan is ‘almost certain’ to take the job FWIW.

  23. NJ49er says:

    Some good news for Jed anyway –
    He’ll be the only circus in town in a few months.

    Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing after more than 100 years
    http://tinyurl.com/z8d2ymn

    • Nipper says:

      Jed and his mother are moving with resolve to accomplish their goals…. a new coach and a new GM leading to a new team. Lots of players are going to be either traded away or shit canned in the nearest dumpster. Just kidding. The Yorks are on a mission to resolve their problems on their timetable not someone else’s. Shannahan will be ruthless in making changes with the GM backing him. It’s time for the York’s to kick some butt.

      • 12th Man says:

        The Yorks have made their fair share of screwups but if we are placing blame on them for their various failed hires, even if Baalke hired Tomsula and Kelly, you have to give credit for Harbaugh and credit for being patient to get the best HC candidate available and they have apparently done that. Now they will put the future HC and the remaining top GM guys together and see which fits. All the remaining GM guys are highly touted football guys.
        If they end up with Shanny Jr and any of the final 4 GM candidates the Yorks will deserve credit for spending the money to clean house and bringing in top flight talent to the franchise.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Time will tell. Hate to say guardedly optimistic but really there’s no way to go but up at this point.

  25. 12th Man says:

    Chip Kelly interviewed for Jags HC, then Jags OC and struck out twice:
    http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2017/01/18/chip-kelly-wont-be-jaguars-offensive-coordinator/

  26. NJ49er says:

    12th the piece about Gase’s interview tells what the ‘GM’ was attempting to do as part of his job.
    He pursued Gase to recruit him as HC.
    Pieces that I’d read from various sources at that time suggested it was a ‘marathon recruiting effort’ on Baalke’s part.
    What was suggested in that process, was the objection from Paraag and Jed regarding his age.
    It was then (reported) as a major objection to Gase wanting to retain Fangio as DCo, and others from Harbaugh’s Staff.
    Which he admits to in your linked article.

    My rose tinted glasses have always been in support of football guys over Tweeter and The Money Man.
    Baalke delivered Harbaugh. Paraag didn’t get along with him. Hence, Baalke screwed it up?
    I despise that alignment of Paraag sitting alongside the GM in this current structure.
    It seems others in this current hiring process cite the same concerns.
    It’s going to continue to be ‘a lost cause’ for any GM that comes aboard, until Tweeter and The Money Man step away from football Ops.
    It’s dysfunctional at the core.

    I’m going to go to bat for the next GM too, just as I have for Baalke, simply because I don’t agree with the current pecking order.
    It seems I’m not alone in that line of thinking either, as reports suggest Caserio/McDaniels didn’t want to deal with Paraag’s level of involvement as well.
    It is what it is in any media report, much of it ‘unnamed sources’ with lots of innuendo, speculation, and opinions.
    Nothing changes for me.
    Tweeter and The Money Man are pulling the strings, and lighting the fuses, when things don’t go their way.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/01/18/as-49ers-candidates-fled-kyle-shanahan-won-big/

  27. unca_chuck says:

    If not hiring Gase hastened Baalke’s departure, then I’m glad it worked out this way. Baalke’s drafts are legendarily bad. Baalke has the worst track record of all the GMs in the league these past 6 years. Bar none. His job is to draft and sign free agents. His inability to do anything for the offense year after year was baffling and it killed the offense. We have needed WRs for 3 years and we did nothing but pick up table scraps and hope one stuck. None did. The ACL fuckups were gravy to the shit stew.

    When (if) Shanahan shows up, my hope is we get Mike Williams. Get fucking Hoyer as a free agent. Cousins isn’t coming here unless ewe blow our wad for him, and he ainlt worth the money,

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck our problems will never improve, so long as Paraag sits between the GM and the Boy King.
      Firing HCs, year after year, will continue to fuel wasted Draft classes when regimes are constantly being changed.

      We simply need the football guys to have more football guys provided to the mix, while removing the Minions that are stirring up controversy.
      Reports were made that Jed was in favor of McDaniels.
      McDaniels was said to balk at having Paraag over his shoulder, same with Caserio.

      Young Shanny becomes the flavor of the month by default.
      If Jed doesn’t remove Paraag from this power structure, (which he was reported to have done already), we’re doomed to see this dysfunction continue with the new regime in waiting.

    • NJ49er says:

      Shanny may have some luck with Ponder over Gabbert and Kaep too.
      Another QB I’m interested in is playing on Saturday, in E/W Shrine game, if you have a chance to partake.
      Cooper Rush / Central MI – 6’3″/230

  28. Nipper says:

    Remember the Niners are way under the cap. That makes their situation way more attractive than the Raiders when they hired their GM. Al left the team with lousy and expensive players and a bad cap situation. So just handing the power to all football guys without regard to the finances doesn’t work well either.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    NJ, the Ponder situation was handled very badly. But that falls on Chip and Baalke as folks who didn’t want to expose the fact that the QBs were terrible. Chip saying ‘this isn’t tryout time’ when the team is 2-11 is ludicrous. It should be tryout time to see what he has to offer. Chiop knew he was gone and therefore didn’t give a shit, but that was more dirt for his grave in the en.

    Marcus Rush is another fuckup among a year of them. He was by far the most disruptive pass rusher in preseason, but Baalke didn’t want to start the UDFA in front of his shitty draft picks, even 12 games into the season where the pass rush was anemic. For all the bullshit from the front office this year, the coaching staff was dogshit as well.

    Jim O’Neill was an unmitigated disaster. They would play about 4o mins of decent football and 20 minutes of the ole! defense. The O was proficient for about 15 minutes a game. I get that they were devoid of talent, but still, if they played complete games, they would have had a much better record.

  30. Irish Kevin says:

    People here seem to think that Jed told Balke what to say and do, maybe, but I doubt it, look at all the shit Balke gets blamed for, he gets fired and does not point fingers?? He is either very loyal to Jed or he did make all the decisions. I think it is the latter. I don’t really care who gets hired first, just get two guys who understand today’s NFL.

    • 12th Man says:

      I think Baalke made the decisions all along. NJ has theories about Jed telling Baalke what to do but people who are named and in some cases speaking for themselves say otherwise. There is a vast difference between theories and un-named sources and people who were directly involved, are named and are speaking for themselves.

      Baalke the football guy cost this franchise at least 3 years of shitty football with his egotistical “I know best” bullshit.

      So glad that asshole is gone. Now they need to keep Marathe in his defined area of contract negotiations, something I expect Shanny to insist upon, and hire one of the 3 remaining guys for GM. Wolf just withdrew his name which likely means his colleague Gutwhatever is the pick over Wolf at least as far as GB is concerned.

      I like McDonough (sp?) from AZ but not too concerned either way, they are all the brightest candidates. I’m same as you Kevin, don’t care if its HC then GM or the other way around, just get a decent talent evaluator.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Bingo, Kevin. At this point it looks like they got the best coach available. GM?

    Well, as long as he can stand up to Jed, I’m fine. That’s all we need. The last 3 GMs came up through our system and were beholden in some way to the powers that be. Them being Baalke, Scotty, and Teflon Mike the Suit.

    An outsider will hopefully be able to stand ground against the weasels in the building.

    Speaking of Teflon Mike, I bet NoFear is thrilled to hear that Mike may get the Jags LB coach job.

  32. Irish Kevin says:

    Wolfe is out!

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Looks like we’re getting his coworker Gutenkurts

  34. Nipper says:

    Just think another day without Baalke. Bring the fresh air in. The Dow is up. Trump is are our leader. Well nothing is perfect. Part of Chuck’s bags came through. Now to get Jed out of town with his sycophants in tow. The campaign must continue. Mama York must crack the whip!

  35. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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