Sometimes the Best Deals Are . . .

. . . the ones that don’t happen. As in the ‘Klay Thompson for Kevin Love trade’ that never happened, the ‘trade Steph Curry instead of Monte Ellis’ talk, or even *gasp* ‘keep Joe over Steve’ talk of the early 90s (too soon to reopen this wound?). The Niners faced their crossroads in late October last year when they garnered the services of Jimmy Garoppolo. This was a fairly risky trade, a high 2nd round pick for a guy who was pretty untested. Beyond that, the head coach’s feelings were VERY obvious in that Shanahan seriously wanted Kirk Cousins.

Well, as we all know so well, Jimmy G came in and laid the Cousins talk to rest. He went 5-0, and beat 3 playoff  teams (well, 2.5 as the Rams weren’t playing for anything), and the reason for the wins can be placed at Garoppolo’s feet. Shanahan was reportedly very sad that he wouldn’t be reunited with his QB, and John Lynch said the following:

“Jimmy, we made the trade, but then there were some days that Kyle Shanahan was like in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually. I was proud of Kyle, because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise. And he didn’t hesitate. But then, even then, Jimmy had to really prove himself. Kyle, I think was really smart. He didn’t play him right away.”

As it was, the team was set to move on from Garoppolo if the season went south-er than it had already gone, but Shanahan saw the stellar play and went with the flow. It may sound patently obvious, but plenty of coaches have tripped over their own hubris at the cost of a favorite player. Shanny said the following regarding the decision to stick with Jimmy:

“I would tell you that Jimmy really impressed Kyle to the point that he said, ‘this is our guy. ‘We’re excited in that. He really didn’t have a thorough understanding of what we were asking him to do. He kind of piece mailed game plans that we were putting together. So our thought process is, if he can go in through a complete offseason and really master the system, it can get even better. So we gotta keep adding talent about him and we’re really excited about his future.”

You really have to like the fact that the team is now fully engaged in the process of building a team. 2 years ago at the draft combines, there was little to no 49er presence at the site. These last 2 combines, you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a Niner coach or front office guy either helping to run drills or merely watching the action.

For all the shit that Young Sir Jed gets, and rightly so, he’s certainly got the team pointed in the right direction. He should be getting a little love from the fan base.

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32 Responses to Sometimes the Best Deals Are . . .

  1. rob says:

    Before we knew Sherman and Garappolo were going to be there we were targeting Cousins and Talib ! Things worked out in our favor !

  2. rob says:

    CB and QB all set ! Now on to G, LB and WR

  3. unca_chuck says:

    I wouldn’t say ‘set’ at CB. Sherman has a ways to go before being declared ready to play. Which is why I still think we target CB high in the draft.

  4. Winder says:

    I don’t think we are done with FA yet there are some pretty good players out there. I hope Suh doesn’t go with the Rams that would probably be the best defense in the league if that happens.

  5. rob says:

    That would suck

  6. Lurker John says:

    Suh hasn’t been all that great the past few years, but he might rekindle his career playing alongside Donald. If he’d been dominant, it’s unlikely the Dolphins would’ve cut him.

    Assuming things continue to go well for the 49ers as they build towards relevance, Jed absolutely deserves his props. He’s clearly staying out of the way now and letting his people do their jobs. This draft should be very interesting.

    • Winder says:

      I think this draft will tell us if we are the well oiled machine we seem to be. Kudos to Jed for what he’s done

  7. alleykat69 says:

    Frank Gore goes home where it all started in college..1 year sign with Miami!
    Good for him..

  8. unca_chuck says:

    That’s pretty cool, AK. Gore is one my all time favorite Niners.

  9. rob says:

    People blame Jed for the fall off after Harbaugh left , but it was Jed who brought in Harbaugh in the first place. What was holding us back wasn’t Jed but John and denise trying to go on the cheap.

    • Winder says:

      rob- How do you know that? I kinda thought it had to do with the stadium and that it was mostly empty. I think Jed took a lot of bad advice but I sure could be wrong about that too. Anyway, it truly looks like we are headed in the right direction.

  10. rob says:


    “49ers were tenth in the post-Super Bowl odds,but are now tied for fifth after a week of free agency. “

  11. rob says:

    Check us out at 1:25:01 !

  12. rob says:

    and 1:39:50

  13. 12th Man says:

    Infuriated today to read E. Reid say he will no kneel during the 2018 season if he gets a job.
    I have no time for hypocrites, such as Krapernick and his sidekick Reid. Both tainted and sullied the Niners with their Anthem protests whilst getting very well paid by the SF49ERS, and both said they would no longer take a knee after leaving in FA, just so they can get a job somewhere else. So much for their convictions.
    Fans (me), were forced to endure their bullshit antics at the stadium and then defend the 49ers against lots of other teams fans and non football fans alike. I almost felt shame wearing my Niners gear. After many years of supporting the team through thick and thin I was left feeling worse than during the 2-14 years, and all because of those selfish, attention seeking, hypocritical bastards.
    I said when Krappy started sitting, then kneeling during the anthem that he was likely ending his career, and some people on here thought I was overreacting and it was no big deal, well its proven to be true and I can only hope the same happens to Reid.


    Rant over.

  14. 12th Man says:

    Congrats to Gore, one of the few players that can go team to team and still be just as loved as when he was with the Niners.

    • Winder says:

      Hey Rob, Thanks for posting one of my all time favorite games. I was at that game and it was one of the loudest games I ever at. Nothing but fun and good memories for that one.

    • 12th Man says:

      Looks like they compiled every smiling, fun moment of Harbaugh during his collective Niners years. I remember his podium as being akin to pulling teeth or something from the cold war, very dour and combative.

  15. rob says:

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Smith was arrested this morning in San Francisco for violating a court order to stay away from the victim in a domestic violence case that got him arrested earlier this month.

  16. Winder says:

    They have a felony warrant out for Michael Bennett in Texas, not a good place for a felony warrant. Think the Eagles want their money back?

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus. Baseball hasn’t even started yet and the Giants are fucked. Bunnies out with a broken hand from a line drive.

  18. NJ49er says:

    Here’s a guy I could see Saleh viewing as a Kam Chancellor type SS –
    He should come cheap too.
    I have him slotted as an ILB but, he’s got good coverage skills and might just pass as a Big SS in this System?

    Oren Burks, OLB, (ILB) (SS) Vanderbilt Height: 6-3 Weight: 233 40-Time: 4.59 (6.82 Cone)
    (39.5 Vert) (18 Reps)
    GP 45
    TKL 178
    TFL 15.5
    SACK 4.5
    PBU 22
    INT 5

    • NJ49er says:

      I’d also put him up against Foster as a potential replacement if necessary.
      Little taller, probably just as rangy IMO.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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