Three Days, and Counting

Camp is almost here! Which means we are that much closer for the season to start! Last year’s early expectations, and the subsequent crash-and-burn are behind us, and the real season that is supposed to be our second coming has nearly arrived.

Of course the trepidation factor is off the charts as it was only last year that our starting RB Jerick McKinnon was waylaid by an ACL tear on day 1.  that was the beginning of the injury maelstrom that enveloped the team last year. Now that we have a new training staff, we’ll avoid the injury bug. One can hope. One can also hope that the recent acquisitions like Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander can hit the ground running. Kentavius Street can provide an outside pass rush along with rookie stud Nick Bosa.
Jason Verrett can stay healthy. Witherspoon finds his game with a better pass rush. Richard Sherman keeps up his good work.

There’s a whole lot of players coming off injury, and a whole lot of question marks around this offense. Most glaringly the play of our quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. If anything, we discovered our backup in Nick Mullens, who directed the team to some solid wins last year. Wins that came with 4th string RBs, DBs, and LBs on the field.

We had a solid draft and added weapons on offense. Just have to wait and see how this plays out. Bring it on!!

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Super Bowl Here We Come!

Well, they did it! They signed that missing piece from the soon-to-be dynastic 49ers. They signed their placekicker! Robbie (I’m good as gold, just ask me) Gould signed a 4 year, $19 million deal to remain with the 49ers.  Well, it’s actually a guaranteed 2-year deal that the team can bail on.

Crazy thing is, he isn’t the highest paid kicker. That distinction belongs to the Ravens Justin Tucker. He makes a cool $5 mill a year. What seemed like a barely veiled ploy by Gould to get more money, we,, he got it. And, as long as everyone is happy, hey it’s all water under the bridge. As Winder said, it’s now one less thing to worry about. I would have preferred a draft pick or 2, but as noted, everyone’s happy.

In other important news, Jimmy G has been cleared to fully participate in training camp.

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Drop-Kick Me, Jesus, through the Goal Post of Life

The fun with Robbie Gould continues as Gould sits on the sidelines and pines for the Bears. Funny thing is, the Bears are depleted of draft picks due to the Khalil  Mack trade, and they are into Cross-bar Parkey for about $5 million in dead money after his release, AND they would likely need to pay Gould some pretty big dollars once they did trade for him.

He’s not going to sign a deal here. The question remains, will he sit for the season rather than play? He’s made somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million in his NFL career, so, gee, I don’t feel that bad for the poor guy.  It just seems like a total weasel move to pull this kind of shit. he ain’t a WR, a pass rusher, or star corner, FFS.

Again, kicking isn’t easy, but it isn’t the clusterfuck the Bears made it out to be.

Where’s this guy?

Andrew Baggett

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Oh, Training Camp, Where Art Thou?

Less than 4 weeks away, 24 days to be exact, before training camp starts. July 26th. Mick Jagger’s birthday. Circle that date. Why does this feel like the longest slowest offseason in history? The new CBA has something to do with it. The interminable lull between the draft and camp is the other. Crazy thing is, 2 weeks after camp starts, we have out first preseason game against the Cowboys. Seems like we barely get ANY practice in pads at full speed, and teams still get waylaid by injuries. They may have gone too far in the wrong direction with the reduction in padded practices.

Anyhow, word out of the Nick Bosa camp is that he is healthy and ready to fully participate in training camp. Ready but not able, until he signs. He and Deebo Smith haven’t inked their deals yet.  All the rest of our rookie class has signed, and although I haven’t heard anything specific, I’d think Deebo and Bosa will be at camp early with the other rookies.

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All Quiet on the Niner Front

Or is it? Nothing to report on these days in the doldrums between the draft, OTAs, and actual camp. Time for boys to be good boys and not get caught up in any shenanigans, or felonies for that matter. One (well, me) has to wonder if there are still a couple free agents still out there, let alone after camp cut down days.

Perusing the free agent list, a few solid DBs are still floating out there, including Morris Claiborne, and Tre Boston. With Jimmy Ward out yet again, Boston makes a lot of sense. He’s had 10 picks and 26 passes defensed the past 3 years, and is only 26. Claiborne is a good corner who would add depth along with his 22 passes defensed and 3 picks in the last couple years. Nothing spectacular but solid depth nonetheless. There’s always Eric Berry, good guy but like Ward has trouble staying on the field.

Donald Penn can be had as a swing tackle who can provide depth on the line. Wilkerson and Derrick Morgan are available at OLB. Shit, even Kelvin Benjamin is still out there.

Here’s the list of top 50.

Top 50 Available 2019 NFL Free Agents List

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The Ecstacy of Gould

With lil’ Robbie Gould bitching his way out of SF, and with the kicking saga in Chicago reaching epic proportions, you’d think we could work out some kind of fleecing deal that Lynch could conjure up with da Bears. Chicago is in kicking hell, and holding open tryouts for placekickers from the magic 33 yard line. Yes, the same 33 yard line where recently cut, and still collecting bank, Cody Pankey famously double-doinked his kick in the playoffs last year.

Funny thing is, no one in the tryouts can hit from 43. They had 8 guys kicking, and they went 2-8. They narrowed it down to Dewey, Cheathan, and Howe Piniero, Blewett, and Fry. They got the benefit of the doubt and were kicking 42 yard FGs. They all missed. Because Blewett, well, blew it, he was blown off the team. They are down to Fry and Piniero. Are they even options? Are they in the market for Robbie? He’s been openly pleading to go back there after they shoved him out the door 4 years ago.

Given the fact that Matt Nagy has made this such a huge deal for the team, one would think we could work out a trade. Chicago won’t be trading draft picks to us as they have burned a shit ton last year (1st and 2nd for Khalil Mack, 4th rounder to move up and get David Montgomery) and they only have 6 picks.

Players? It would be cool to get ILB Danny Trevathan from the Bears. They’ll get cap relief of around $6 mill, they get their kicker, and we shore up our defense even more. We’d proll have to throw in a 4th round pick or something, but hey sounds good to me.

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Draft Grades

Hey, I know. The draft is over. Well, talking about it never is, so there’s that. Just wanted to post this draft info re the NFC West by draftnik Chris Trapasso. Interesting take on the Cardinals, if nothing else. He says they nailed the draft, did very well in free agency and were smart in going away from Josh Rosen. Kingsbury even gets high marks for his high-powered offense. We’ll see about that, and how fast they assimilate all their changes.

He gives the 49ers high marks. His only ding was shared by most of us. Not much in the way of secondary help. But he notes the pass rush should be vastly improved, Jimmy G and new weapons should do wonders. The hope is with another season under their belts, this offense improves greatly and the defense finally gets its collective shit together.

The Hawks and Rams are who they are and shouldn’t be backsliding much, if at all. Though I think Seattle’s defense will finally suffer from all their losses these last couple years.

Thing is, this division should be one of the tougher ones going forward. All these teams improved, and all could be vying for playoff berths.

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