Now that the preseason is officially behind us let's get ready for the 2014 season. We'll use this open thread for a discussion of the team as cut-down day approaches. Any and all football related questions are fair game.
A few questions to kick it off:
Which rookie(s) are you most excited to see in the regular season?
Which bubble players make the roster?
Can this team win a game if Blaine Gabbert has to start?
Bring it on! Let's chat 49ers football.
Update - 1:00 Roger Goodell has suspended Aldon Smith for the first 9 weeks.
Now that Smith's suspension has been handed down I thought I would link to a piece I wrote last season about the performance of the defense in his absence. Here you go:
How do you think the team will do during Smith's absence?
Update - 3:34 Tom Pelissero of USA Today is reporting that the 49ers have restructured Ray McDonald. This move will save them more money against the cap. They were $9.8 million under at the start of the day.
Have been saying for a while that I think all this money they are saving by redoing contracts may be earmarked for a Crabtree extension.
Date: August 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM
Comment: Not worries about our offense. Our defense can be expose. Do you think we will create as much pressure on opposing qb without Aldon smith and Navarro bowman
Date: August 29, 2014 at 4:38 PM
Comment: What kind of suspension is forecasted for Culliver, seeing as though his hit and run and threatening someone with brass knuckles is likely a worse violation of the conduct policy than a DUI?
By: east coast niner fan
Date: August 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM
Comment: If Lemonier steps up and plays big could he take Aldons spot on the depth chart for good.
Date: August 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Comment: Jack, I never got your opinion on the recent report that the 49ers and Crabtree were making progress on an extension. It's been quiet since then and the regular season is fast approaching. Do you think SF will extend him? I used to think there was almost no chance, but now I'm wondering if there is a reasonable chance that it could happen.
By: robert vaca
Date: August 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Comment: can we keep johnson and throw gabbert out? james wasnt lookin good at all on returns he was taking too many chances not calling the fair catch and then getting popped.. whats up with our first team offense ... were not clicking as good as we should be.... and in your opinion who is a better receiver kingcrab or boldin?
Date: August 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Comment: It's cool you get to do the chat feature, Jack. Quick question: which WRs do you think make the roster, particularly considering Lloyd and Osgood's strengths and status as vested veterans? I'm curious in particular whether you think Lloyd does/doesn't make it and why.
Date: August 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM
Comment: Games that I am really looking forward to are the Eagles game and the two Seahawks game. I see the Niners having more problems with the Eagles then I do the Hawks. Reason - Kelly's team are going to put up lots of points. Going to be interesting to see Carrol, Harbaugh, Kelly, all play each other this year. The Kansas game brings intrigue with Alex coming back to the Bay Area.
Date: August 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM
Does James make this roster?
Date: August 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Comment: I looking forward to seeing what hyde and Ellington bring to the table on offense. Can hyde steal carries from Gore? Do you think Ellington will take over full time return duties?
Ward and Borland have been making plays during pre - season. ..hoping to see those guys keep doing it during the real games. Will Johnson be the backup qb with gabbert hurting?
Date: August 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Comment: What kind of record will the Niners post this season? Looking at their schedule, it's going to be tough for them to get to 10 wins in my opinion.