Saturday, October 29, 2005

49ers in for a Rough One

Well, looks like at the end of Sunday the 49ers will have lost their 6th straight game, with no end in sight. Looking down their schedule it’s impossible to tell when and where their next win could come from. There are definitely winnable games on the 49ers’ schedule, but it seems that the team is having a hard enough time convincing themselves that they belong on the same field as their opponent. One thing is for certain, after this season heads are going to roll.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Playing For the Future

With the trade of quarterback Tim Rattay to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 49ers are left with the youngest and most inexperience quarterbacks in the NFL. Now the starting quarterback is rookie Alex Smith, who has only started 1 game, the backup will be ken Dorsey, with only 7 starts, and third string will be Cody Pickett, that hasn’t started a game in the NFL. When asked about how green his new quarterbacks are 49ers coach Mike Nolan said, “That's the way it is. It's where we're at and what we're working with.” Well I don’t mind this move so much, it’s always disconcerting when a team gives up on the season after 5 games, but you need to get your quarterback of the future some snaps and let him take his knocks and let him feel out the league for himself.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

A Long Stretch For the Niners

This has been a very disappointing start for the season for the 49ers. In their first 4 games they have allowed an average of 33 points per game while only scoring 19 points per game. Last Sunday was a chance for them to get back on track before they ran into the Indianapolis Colts, but they lost big time to the Arizona Cardinals, 31-14. The 49ers are in for a world of hurt with their next 4 games coming up against that have at least a .500 record, two of them, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins, are still undefeated. The defense needs to step first and foremost, allowing over 450 total yards per game, following by the running game, only gaining a little over 60 yards a game. It will be interesting to see how this stretch pans out.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Adding Insult to Injury

This past Sunday the 49ers lose a heartbreaker to the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31. Keyshawn Johnson caught the game winning touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe with only 1:51 left in the 4th quarter. The killer of this game is that the 49ers were up 31-19 at the start of the 4th quarter and let the Cowboys score 15 unanswered points.

“It's unacceptable to lose that game,” 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. “They ought to feel the same way. It's unacceptable. We're not a 2-14 football team. When you all of a sudden think that you're a 2-14 football team, that's an OK performance.”

And to makes matters worse, Drew Bledsoe surpassed Joe Montana on the NFL all-time yards passing list. Well it’s time for the 49ers to get out of this rut and the Arizona Cardinals is a good team to get back to winning.

Monday, September 12, 2005

K.O. for T.O.

After winning the first game of the season, the 49ers immediately turned their attention to next week. On Sunday, September 19, the 49ers will be going to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. But a better way of saying it is that the 49ers will be playing ex-teammate Terrell Owens. Owens left a bitter taste in a lot of people’s mouths when he left, especially 49ers linebacker Derek Smith. Smith said, “I’d love to get a shot on him.” When asked about his thoughts of his ex-teammate, linebacker Jeff Ulbrich said, “I wish I could tell you how I really felt.” Well it sounds like the defense is gunning for T.O. But the real question on everyone’s mind is, what does T.O. have up his sleeve for his touchdown dance? I know I’ll be watching.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Moving On Down the Road

September 5, 2005, is a date that will remain in 49ers and NFL fans’ minds for years to come. This is the date that the greatest receiver, possibly football player, quit the game we came to love to watch him play. Grant it Jerry Rice didn’t finish his career with the 49ers like he should have, but no one can doubt that an era has certainly come to an end in the NFL. At the news conference on Monday, Rice broke down and said, “I never thought I'd ever see this day.” Well we hoped we’d never see this day either, Jerry. We’ll miss you

Monday, June 13, 2005

Listen and Learn

In regards to recent posted comments left on my blog.

Look guys I am here to talk about football not about the screw ups in the front office that the York’s have been allowing to go on for some time now. I am trying to stay optimistic about this up coming season with the trash that has been going on.

That being said it looks like Rumph won’t be playing corner back anymore. Just recently Nolan has asked him to move over to free safety which he seemed a little reluctant to do at first, but Rumph is a team player and his talent will be used at the free safety position. Kind of reminds me of Lott, you guys remember he was a decent corner but then 4 seasons later Walsh moved him to safety where he dominated.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

More Updates

Disregarding the video in recent news about the 49ers, I have some better news. Corner back Mike Rumph returned to join his team for the mini-camps yesterday. Rumph practically missed the entire 04’ season with a broken arm, but is now wearing a type of protective brace. If Rumph were to stay healthy, he could be the 49ers answer to there safety problem.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Now is the TIme

I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I will give our last years first round pick, Rashaun Woods, the biggest benefit of the doubt. I just have a feeling about this kid. I really feel like he his going to emerge this season in 2005. I would have really liked to have seen Hamilton show his stuff but because of his recent injury that will not happen this year.

Still I have faith in Jerry Sullivan, he will make all the deference in how are receiver core will perform this year. The more I think about it the more I get excited. Woods has an excellent opportunity to show he is worth being on the roster. So with the injury to Hamilton, Woods has one last moment to shine during training camp before any other receivers are brought in.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Set Back

2004 third round draft pick Derrick Hamilton was a promising talent in the young reicever core that the Niners have. He was penciled in as the number three receiver behind Lloyd and Battle.

Bad news though. Hamilton suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. He injured himself during practice. This is not good for the Niners who hoped Hamilton would help them out his year. But I think Nolan will figure something out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Getting Excited

I know there is a lot of excitement around Niner land, as new head coach Mike Nolan is bringing the 3-4 defense over to San Francisco. This is really a perfect fit for outside linebacker Julian Peterson. Peterson who is just coming back from a torn Achilles is excited himself and can’t wait to try on his new defense. Peterson if 100% healthy will wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Needing some Wood Work

New head Coach Mike Nolan took a good look at his young and inexperienced group of receivers and smiled. He mentioned if the season started today Derrick Hamilton would be the 3rd receiver or even little P.J. Fleck.

It has mostly been Arnaz Battle who is making heads turn during the Mini-camps and yes there is Brandon Lloyd, but that guy has never impressed me. I am still waiting.

As for Woods, he is dropping down the depth chart. Woods, the last years first round draft pick has not really progressed as fans would have liked him to. But I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say his lack of development was do mostly to the coaching from last season’s staff.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Never say Never

Everyone is all talk about Alex Smith and I understand why. He was our number one draft pick over all, but I would not rule out Ken Dorsey just yet. I know there are some fans out there that look down on him, but this kid is a student of the game and he always works to improve himself. Let’s not forget the possibility of having an outstanding offensive line can greatly affect the skill of all our quarterbacks.

It is surprising to me how often fans and writers don't understand that skilled and talented players no matter how gifted can not be successful with out a decent offensive line. Too often people rush to criticize players and never look at other underlining problems.

Dorsey just recently grabbed Nolan’s attention, which means if Nolan takes time to notice you, you will be more likely on his team.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Mini-camp Overview

from Foxsports.com
Aside from fumbling on his first snap in team drills, rookie QB Alex Smith made a satisfying first impression with his huddle presence and signal calling. He showed some jitters but also displayed the passing touch, mobility and excitement expected from this year's No. 1 overall draft pick. Smith split most first-team snaps with Tim Rattay, who shook off a lingering foot injury and looked at ease with the new scheme.

Coach Mike Nolan hasn't anointed a starting QB yet and said even Ken Dorsey is in the thick of the race. C Jeremy Newberry and OLB Andre Carter impressed Nolan in their first action under him, as did rookie RB Frank Gore, who showed surprising cutting ability. WR Arnaz Battle continues to stand out from the young receiving corps, a unit that Nolan vowed won't include former 49er Jerry Rice, who's been vying to return to the club.

Monday, April 25, 2005

And the 49er's Choose...

Here are your picks for the 2005 draft... What do you all think?

1st Smith QB Utah

33rd Baas OL Michigan 65.

65th Gore RB Miami (FL)

94th Snyder T Oregon

137th Fields DL Mississippi State

174th Marshall QB West Virginia

205th Johnson CB Washington

215th Holly CB Cincinnati

223rd Maxwell WR Oregon

248th Estes TE Virginia

249th Bajema TE Oklahoma State

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Kid Natural?

Here are some things Aaron Rodgers has to say when he came in for an interview for the Niners. Not to shabby kid…

"I think I'm a guy you can build around," Rodgers said. "I think my leadership style plus my skills combined make me the kind of guy you can stick in a situation, and then bring guys in to make me better and make the team better."
I will admit that even though I don’t advocate taking a QB with our first pick this guy Rodgers impresses me with his confidence.
"It's been very exciting coming here. It's my childhood team growing up," Rodgers said. "It's been kind of surreal, this whole process. I'm just feeling very confident that they've got the right people in the right places here in San Francisco to be successful -- just talking with Coach Nolan, just seeing how passionate he is about bringing this team back to the standards that were set in the late '80s and early '90s."
He wants what we want…

"Being mechanical is not a bad thing," Rodgers said. "I think it's better than holding the ball lower and patting the ball, or taking one of your hands off the ball or something. I do the same thing every time, and the ball is high, and it gets out of my hand quick."
And the kid is honest…

"I'll be excited [with] anywhere I get picked," Rodgers said. "Obviously, being able to stay in the Bay and have the caravan from Chico come down to all the games would be great. But I'm excited either way, and it's been a great process."
The more I hear what Rodgers has to say the more I feel like he has potential to lead our team. He is fan as much as a player and that is what counts. I am still sticking with no QB for the first pick. Although, if Rodgers was taken I wouldn’t be upset…I would give the kid a chance.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

In the Trenches

Signing LT Jonas Jennings was an excellent move by Coach Nolan. Nolan knows that in order to actually have an offense or any type of progress, one has start in the trenches. This addition will move Kwame Harris back to his right tackle position and adds another seasoned vet to line.

With Jennings and Harris on the outside and Newberry coming back 100% from is injury that caused him to miss 15 games last season, you can expect an automatic upgrade with the Niners offense. And Nolan started the upgrade in the right place… in the trenches.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Don't Draft a QB

I personally believe that neither Aaron Rodgers nor Alex Smith is worth a number one pick. I feel everyone that is around the Niners front office is worried about upgrading so fast that they tend to over look Dorsey and Pickett.

I feel the number one pick this year is only worth two names and those names would be WR Braylon Edwards and LB Derrick Johnson.

It is not like we can’t a QB later in the rounds. The only thing that the Niners needed last season in ’04 was O-line and some discipline. Discipline will be installed with Nolan and Singletary and the O-line was addressed with the addition of Jennings.

Jennings at LT and Harris back to RT. Lets not forget about the anchor in the line, Mr. Newberry. This line is nice upgraded already. Exciting isn’t it.

Give our quarterback the chance that should be given to them. Let other teams gamble with Rodgers and Smith, in doing so other viable players will be available in the later rounds.

Please Nolan I beg you not to draft a QB it would be a waist.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The San Francisco Treat

So the question around the bay area is… will Jerry Rice be able to put on the scarlet and gold on last time?

Now before I answer this question, I would just like to state that I feel it would be a great move on behalf of Coach Nolan to sign Rice for one more year. My logic behind this would be that Rice could be a great mentor to the younger players. I think we all know that even though Rice is 42, he is in excellent health because of his work ethic.

The knowledge that Rice possess is invaluable to the young and talented receivers the Niners have. If the Niners had Rice and Sullivan working to better the younger receivers then you could imagine the maturity level would rise and the play would excel.

But the truth my friend is that Nolan is not interested in signing Rice. If anything, San Francisco would let him retire in a Niner uniform by signing a one day contract and that would be it.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

New Look

Now that Mike Nolan hired Billy Davis, you can pretty much count on the Niners defense turning back to a 3-4 defensive look rather than their traditional 4-3. I believe the last time the Niners ran the 3-4 was in 1993.

And it is not like Nolan doesn’t know about the 3-4, after all that is what he ran in Baltimore with Ray Lewis and the rest of their talented Linebacking corps. Nolan is a big fan of linebackers, the hiring of Singletary and Billy Davis; one can see that Nolan is paying attention to the Niners most talented group.

In linebackers like Julian Peterson, Jamie Winborn, Derek Smith, and Jeff Ulbrich Nolan will use their abilities to have each blitz at certain times. Regardless if the defensive line can’t produce well enough for the 3-4 defense look for it to at least be apart of the 3-down package.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Good Job

Mike Nolan has really set an impressive tone around the once mighty and still beloved San Francisco 49ers. The mood has gone from skeptic views of Mr. York to optimistic reassured, relief from Mr. Nolan.

Nolan added Mike Singletary to the staff first. With his defensive mind set, he paid quick attention to the Niners LB, realizing the 49ers best weapon are their line backers. So Nolan hired Jerry Sullivan to help cultivate the raw talent from the Niners young WR’s. He also added quarterback coach Jim Hostler and Offense Coordinator Mike McCarthy, who will establish the ever-so missed West Coast Offense.

...and the most recently the hiring of Scot McCloughan to fill the void of GM as the Vice President of Player Personnel

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

In Response

Fans should stop living in 80's , and worry about how to establish something now.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Left With Out a Clue

My o' my, what have we gotten ourselves into. John York the owner of the San Francisco 49ers decided to fire head coach Dennis Erickson and dismissed general manager Terry Donahue for an imperfect 2-14 season posted this year.

Apparently the fans in the bay area where getting a little disgruntled and forced Mr. York to do something desperate. I am not saying it is a bad move, just a tact-less one. A simple reason of explanation is to fire a head coach for a poor job, yes, but to fire a head coach for the fans, no.

Mr. York when you make a decision you have to stick by it. You can't expect for the rebuilding of a team to take a season or too. Especially since you dismantled any structure the great Bill Walsh put up for your wife Denise's brother.

Walsh will never be recreated. Erickson was a good coach, with a patient head on his shoulder. He had a young talented and very inexperienced team left to work with. Keep in mind Mr. York it was a team you approved through Donahue.

Donahue was doing you a favor making room under the salary cap. Maybe next you won't be so cheap. But just like Bush, the damage is done and the repercussions are going to be repaid.

I just feel bad for the players that have to go through all this. The great ones like B.Y. and Derek Smith, and Tony Parrish. Lets not forget about Julian Peterson but he likes a lot of money, so if Mr. York really wants to impress me he needs to do one of two things:

A) Sign J. Peterson to a long term contract or

B) Use the first pick to get D. Johnson in the draft to replace Peterson