Here We Go Again

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Pro Football Focus (among others) list the 49ers as playoff contenders this young 2019 season. Of course as the Redskins found out, injuries can hit hard and fast. Reuben (Instant Karma) found out one minute into the first set of OTA drills.

Question is, is this one real? Last offseason was a bit of smoke and mirrors with the Jimmy G run to end the year. Injuries waylaid our season in a big way, and we staggered down the meat of the year until yet another improbable late season run by Nick Mullens. He didn’t win a lot, but he put up some serious numbers that opened a lot of eyes. Thing is, though, we did not have very many offensive weapons, and injuries to the running backs in particular killed any shot at consistency. Throw in a God awful defense that couldn’t cover a sloth, let alone WRs and TEs, and we had what we had.  A complete disaster.

Yes, we were the darling upstarts last year who got smacked down like a bitch in a hurry. Now however we addressed the biggest failings of the offense and defense. Playmakers and pass rushers. We drafted two WRs, we (hopefully) get Jarick McKinnon back to go with Tevin Coleman, and a healthy Matt Brieda to run and catch passes out of the backfield. Kittle comes back as a bona fide star, and Kaden Smith looks to break into the lineup.

Defensively, we didn’t address our defensive backfield, but the hope is the pass rush will make them better by the fact opposing quarterbacks will have much less than 5+ seconds to throw their passes. The addition of Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and Kwon Alexander (and maybe a trade soon) looks to greatly improve this pass rush. Fred Warner is a year wiser, and what has changed is we have more team speed.  The D line should be in good shape with Buckner in top form. The rest will be a work in progress as they figure out yet again the best spot to put Solly Thomas.

The guy who intrigues me is Kentavius Street. He was a mid 1st round guy till his knee injury, so he could make any number of D linemen expendable. This is gonna be a very interesting training camp.

Say what you will about our chances, we have a MUCH better roster than last year.

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39 Responses to Here We Go Again

  1. rtfirefly says:

    We picked up a former Pro Bowl CB in Verrett. Now whether he can stay on the field to play CB or not is another matter.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Ahh, yeah. Forgot about Verrett. When he’s on the field, he’s a very good CB.

    Fairly low risk as well.

  3. Instant Kharma says:

    There you go again, you lefty lunatic. Making wisecracks over another player’s injury. The “kharma” bus can hit at any time and the next thing you know Draymond and/or Steph will be out for the Finals and Milwaukee will roll.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Wow. You must cry yourself to sleep every night over these perceived injustices. I thought you right-wingers were supposed to be tough. Not sniveling little pussies.

      Too bad the karma bus hasn’t splattered your rotten brains all over Pinole.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Annnnnd, Bosa pulls a hammy. You’d better not be right, NJ!

    • rtfirefly says:

      He stuck around and watched the rest of practice, didn’t hang out with trainers. Doesn’t sound too bad.

  5. Winder says:

    49ers DL Solomon Thomas said he is mentally healthy and is more confident in his abilities.
    Solomon said he turned a corner mentally late last season after seeing a therapist, but he’s also dropped weight to a more comfortable 270 pounds. The former No. 3 overall pick wants to bring quickness at the three-technique this season, which theoretically could be his last in San Francisco if his production (four sacks in two years) doesn’t improve. Thomas needs to make the most of his snaps to regain the trust of the 49ers’ organization.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Thomas catching on would be a huge boost. He had a tough year mentally and physically.

    The run defense was hideous last year for very long stretches, so they need to figure out the best spot for him to be effective.

    • rtfirefly says:

      NOT on the outside for starters. He was actually pretty impressive last year on the inside in an extremely limited number of snaps.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, we have enough outside guys now, but we have AA and Buckner on the inside, as well as K Street.

    Depth is key, but there could be a trade down the road here.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Bosa and Ford aren’t going to get every snap, so I suspect Solly is going to be the go-to guy to spell them. It’s unfortunate unless he really is ready for a breakout season. He said his sister’s suicide ruined him (not his words) last year. But try as I might I can’t think of anyone else qualified to back up our starting Edges. Plus I think he’ll get his share of snaps on the inside. I could be wrong based on our depth there, as I mentioned, he got few snaps there last year.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Solly and AA are playing on borrowed time. They both could be gone after (or ever during) this season. As of now they are both backups.

    My hope is Kentavius pushes his way into the starting lineup. If Street and Buckner can blow up the middle, it’ll free the edge guys to clean up the mess.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I forgot, one of them will be starting in the nickel inside next to Buck, which I’ve learned we play 65%. I expect it’ll be mostly Solly but that spot will likely rotate.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Billy Cobham with some unknown guitarist guy . . .

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Tommy Bolin is pretty awesome on that Cobham album.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Just for shits and giggles.

    This sounds more like Teaser than Deep Purple . . .

  12. Bakkentomm says:

    You guys have great taste in music . We’re having a dick sucking contest with Skeebers and Co. while you guys post great videos of awesome musicians

    • rtfirefly says:

      How apropos that music’s not allowed on the Russian blog LOL. DeutcheBank is calling…

    • unca_chuck says:

      Thanks, BTK. And your interminable links, as well as Bullitt’s, remove ALL thinking from when you post. Brilliant. Glad NoCheer is still hiding under his rock.

  13. Buulllitt says:

    FYI, I have just posted another very informative link over on the Outsider. So shut down the YouTube nonsense and read the important football news I have shared.

    • rtfirefly says:

      No need. I already know you have a poster who posts 95% of the whole blog traffic regurgitating propaganda from straight out of the Kremlin (maybe via Facebook). That’s why I left.

      You’re gonna love it when Deutsche bank shows Trump’s money laundering from Russia. And BTW, Jared can’t be pardoned for crimes against NY State and Trump can still go to prison after he’s out of office. LOL

    • unca_chuck says:

      Wow. No wonder you lead such a sad existence, troll boy. Anyone who doesn’t enjoy music is usually a mindless drone. Or an inbred cuck. Bend over. Billy Bob is coming. He wants you to squeal like a pig.

      • Donald J Trummp says:

        I am still an amazing president and your taste in music is just NOT GOOD. We’re talking football and serious business on the Outsider while this Communist barnyard is just an ad for YouTube, VERY SAD!

      • rtfirefly says:

        ooooo Commie LOL. Who’s paying even more money to farmers to NOT WORK?

  14. 12TH Man says:

    Jimmy Ward broken collar bone, 2 to 3 months to recover. Not replacing him was a mistake.

    • alleykat69 says:

      No shit 12th they should of addressed it in the draft!
      Ward’s never been healthy on this team.He is more fragile then Samuel Jackson in “Unbreakable”

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Verrett may well join Ward in the hot tub all season. Got to hope for that pass rush.

  16. Winder says:

    Yeah, at the moment it does look a lot like last year. The Niners have been gambling on injured players it seems like forever now. Maybe it would be wise to only pick up FA without serious injury history and like wise with the draft. We can’t win games with so many of our players hurt. We are just not that good.

  17. rtfirefly says:

    I’m having a good laugh. Lowell Cohn recently posted a video with him “breaking down” Pettis’ play (ripping Pettis). It’s led to something of a minor controversy on the WZ. Then the resident WCO expert chipped in – LOL. First he takes a play from the video with Cohn criticizing Pettis for not getting open on the play, so bad that the QB doesn’t even look at him. OK so far? Get this. Our WZ guy posts the play scheme from the MIKE Shanahan WCO playbook, where Dante’s role today on Kyle’s play is as a decoy, whose job is to draw as much of the D as possible to him. Furthermore, in the playbook, Dante’s position isn’t assigned a number, meaning he is not even in the read progression – not even a possible target on the play! No wonder the QB didn’t look at him lol.

    IOW Dante does his job on the play perfectly, but Cohn ripped him for reasons that ??

    The guys who know rip Cohn to shreds as a pompous idiot.

  18. rtfirefly says:

    Kawhi Leonard is a total stud. He’s the anti-playoff-James-Harden. He carried the Raptors like he did the Spurs before he got hurt. Remember two years ago? The Spurs took a 25 pt. lead in Oakland in Game 1. Kyrie got hurt and it was all over. Warrior sweep.

    Congrats to the Raptors! You’ve got home court advantage, so see you in Toronto Game 1!!

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Bart Starr passed away yesterday. Led those early 60’s Packers to Super Bowl greatness. One of my first football games was against the Packers at Kezar in 1968. Niners won but I don’t think Starr played.

    • Winder says:

      A true legend. My most vivid memories or Starr were usually in Packers/ Bears games. They always seemed to be playing each other. What I remember is mostly brutal football those guys did not like each other. A totally different game from today they might not be as big and fast as today’s players but they were just as tough if not tougher. RIP.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, a true competitor when the game was really in the hands of the quarterback. No plays from the sidelines. No wristbands.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    New thread. . .

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