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Bold Predictions - 1.0

Gore will show everyone he's still got it and score 10-12 TD's and rush for 1300 yards
Originally posted by ForeverYoung8:
Gore will show everyone he's still got it and score 10-12 TD's and rush for 1300 yards

I'm feeling this one
Originally posted by btthepunk:
Originally posted by 49ersHeroine:
Sorry Mr.boy prediction but it is Fact! Moss and Ginn will be on the team. Kyle williams will not!

Thats far from being a fact.

True, it is not a fact.
His spot is certainly threatened. I'm hoping it is taken away by Nathan Palmer.
Who better to deliver "creative destruction" than "NaPalm"?
Alex Smith Pro-bowler
[ Edited by qnnhan7 on May 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM ]
Originally posted by AXEGRINDER:
So you don't think Ginn and/or Moss won't make the team? Maybe I'm misinterpreting what you said.

AJ jenkins will be a starter , Moss will get cut , James will be our 3rd down Back Gore & Hunter will split the 1st & 2nd down. Short yardage will go to to the guy we picked up from the Gints if he makes the roster. Alex on a very short leash .
Originally posted by cNiner:
Originally posted by AXEGRINDER:
So you don't think Ginn and/or Moss won't make the team? Maybe I'm misinterpreting what you said.

AJ jenkins will be a starter , Moss will get cut , James will be our 3rd down Back Gore & Hunter will split the 1st & 2nd down. Short yardage will go to to the guy we picked up from the Gints if he makes the roster. Alex on a very short leash .

Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
Ok, now the draft is long over and we got a peek at the rookies I have a few predictions:

- We won't need to keep three QB's
- We will carry 6 WR's that won't include Ginn and/or Moss
- All 2012 49er draftees will make the final 53
- Cam Johnson will be groomed to be Justin Smiths heir apparent, barring injury

The later is my boldest thus far. He will be a project but this kid, with his abilities, has perhaps the highest ceiling of all our picks. Justin can play at least another 2 full seasons at a high level, so that gives our coaching staff time to develop him. Also, he has 3-4 DE measurables - 6'3", 268, with room to gain about 7 or 8 pounds. I don't see us keeping more than 7 D-lineman on the gameday roster so this puts Dobbs and Tukuafu in completion with Cam. One l thing's for sure is that this 49er camp and pre-season will be the most competitive in years. It's been a long time since I've seen this much talent up and down the roster. Hats off to Baalke and JH. There won't be many changes in the starting line-up. But I think there's gonna be major changes in the sub-starter depth chart.

Predictions?

* I'd be shocked if the team kept only two QB's. Does that mean they will release CK or Josh Johnson? Highly unlikely. Just doesn't make sense. If the team was high on CK as a potential starter in 2012, they wouldn't have picked up Johnson.
* The team may end up with 6 WR's, and one of them not being Moss or Ginn. However, as we saw in the playoff game, the dropoff from Ginn to Williams was pretty severe. Williams is more likely in the hot seat than Moss or Ginn.
* The team will probably keep all rookies on their 53 man. However, Fleming is gone for the year, so that probably enhances Johnson's chance.
* Cam Johnson is 6'3", 268 pounds. Adding 7 pounds puts him at 275. If there is a 275 pound 3-4 DE in the NFL, please let me know. Even Smith's 285 pounds is on the light side for 34 DE's. Extremely unlikely he moves to DE.

My predictions (not sure how bold they are):
*Expect a DL not on the current roster to make the 53 man roster. I doubt that Dobbs, Williams and Tukuafu are all going to make the roster in 2012. In fact, I think only one survives to be on the opening day 53 man roster.
* Expect a significant member of the 49ers to go down to injury sometime during the year. It is simply a matter of percentages. The team was really fortunate last season to have all the major pieces healthy. The most significant injury was to Josh Morgan. Hopefully it won't happen, but the law of averages tends to catch up with a team. Remember years ago when 4 of our top 5 CB's were out?
* The Niners will be in a much tighter divisional race. Expect a 10-6 year, only a game or two better than Seattle and/or Arizona.
* Jenkins will have about 30 catches for 420 yards, three TD's in his rookie year.
* Slowey will make the roster, bumping Person to the curb.
* Finally, someone posted a trade with Joe Staley??????? Come on, man. That is crazy talk. Teams don't trade Pro-Bowl LT's. Boone is perfect as a backup swing tackle. He is not a Pro-Bowler.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM ]
Is this thread really about bold predictions or insane never gonna happen predictions? Reading through it's hard to tell, and i have a good sense of humor.
Here are my bold, yet realistic predictions:

- Brandon Jacobs gets cut. Too expensive to have a guy that would only play 4-5 snaps a game. With Hunter / James getting more snaps, Gore should have fresh legs to pick up the tough yards.

- Moss, Ginn, and Williams will make the 53 man roster. We keep 6 WRs. Ginn is strictly a return specialist.

- Rookie with the biggest impact will be LaMichael James (think Reggie Bush with the '06 Saints)

- Eli Manning goes to the Pro-bowl because Alex Smith is playing in the Superbowl
Aldon Smith Probowler. Best sacks total in the NFL and a couple of INTs.
Originally posted by blm7754:
Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
Originally posted by HearstFan:
Joe Staley traded..............

Here is my LONGSHOT, but to me possible, OL evolution -- and the logic:
1 Boone showed the staff last year that he is too good to keep off the field.
2 IMHO Anthony Davis is maturing and is athleticly capable of playing LT
3 Personally, despite his probowl vote last year, I'm not sold Joe Staley is a top LT
4 Kilgore or Looney easily prove RG capable

Bold prediction (I know, its crazy) -- LT Joe Staley traded before opening day to a team with a LT injury because his contract is friendly and he is at the height of his value with last year's probowl. ADavis moved to LT, and Boone starts at RT, Kilgore or Looney at RG.
Now that's bold!!

Bold... but stupid.

I don't understand how people can STILL not be sold on Staley. I've been a Staley fan since we drafted him. He is one of the best LT in the league and he is only getting better. I rarely have seen the guy get beat 1-on-1. If the left side of our OL breaks down in pass protection, it is usually because of a blown assignment (not picking up the blitz or stunts correctly). Mental errors. Physically however, he can hang with anybody in the league.

I wouldn't trade him for any less than 2 1st round picks.

Lets make no mistake about this, the coaches BADLY want to get Boone on the field and with as poor of an OL we had last year (44 sacks, lead the league in QB pressures under 3 seconds, poor short yardage team, horrendous 1st and 3rd down %'s, etc.), I have no doubt this OL will be under heavy scrutiny this offseason and many combinations will be tried.

Staley has never been a guy who has ever been challenged for his position. I agree with FO and other sites after reviewing tape of Staley all year long that he was well below average and a bigger issue than fans realize which was only magnified by his pro bowl birth. He gave up quite a few key sacks, a lot of hits/pressures and was typically destroyed 1x1 in the run-game and that was WITH a ton of help from Iupati sliding over to help on virtually every snap. He is a big reason we rarely run off-tackle to his side. That said, he's very athletic, has a great attitude and work ethic and nobody is better at blocking down field on the run.

I think with plenty of tape to review, including last year's performance, we genuinely could see Staley challenged by Boone who does appear stronger, just as athletic and hungry as Staley. He's ready and like so many last year (Brooks, Brown, Aldon, Bowman, etc.) he just needs a chance and an opportunity to grow.

If, and it's a BIG IF, Kilgore or another owns the RG spot, I could see a bold prediction of Boone winning a T spot, Staley being traded for a high pick and us nabbing a FA veteran as insurance. It's unlikely but given the microscope this OL will be under with a full offseason of assessments and how badly this coaching staff wants Boone on the field, I wouldn't be shocked at all. Either way, I'd personally like to see Staley genuinely challenged for the first time in his career.
Defenses won't like covering the following:


Crabtree .........X X X X X V.Davis................ Moss

........................A. Smith
..............Gore ................L. James
[ Edited by ChaunceyGardner on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM ]
Originally posted by ChaunceyGardner:
Defenses won't like covering the following:


Crabtree .........X X X X X V.Davis................ Moss

........................A. Smith
..............Gore ................L. James

Yeah AND you can have both Hunter and James in the backfield at the same time as well (for outlets). Hunter can block pretty well too and is becoming a more complete back with every day. Having an OL that can hold up and Hunter/James flaring out, LBers would have nightmares trying to match up esp. with the cleared-out space Moss, VD & Manningham/Jenkins could provide. This would be just as effective running the ball as well (inside the T's or off-T).
Originally posted by NCommand:
Lets make no mistake about this, the coaches BADLY want to get Boone on the field and with as poor of an OL we had last year (44 sacks, lead the league in QB pressures under 3 seconds, poor short yardage team, horrendous 1st and 3rd down %'s, etc.), I have no doubt this OL will be under heavy scrutiny this offseason and many combinations will be tried.

Staley has never been a guy who has ever been challenged for his position. I agree with FO and other sites after reviewing tape of Staley all year long that he was well below average and a bigger issue than fans realize which was only magnified by his pro bowl birth. He gave up quite a few key sacks, a lot of hits/pressures and was typically destroyed 1x1 in the run-game and that was WITH a ton of help from Iupati sliding over to help on virtually every snap. He is a big reason we rarely run off-tackle to his side. That said, he's very athletic, has a great attitude and work ethic and nobody is better at blocking down field on the run.

I think with plenty of tape to review, including last year's performance, we genuinely could see Staley challenged by Boone who does appear stronger, just as athletic and hungry as Staley. He's ready and like so many last year (Brooks, Brown, Aldon, Bowman, etc.) he just needs a chance and an opportunity to grow.

If, and it's a BIG IF, Kilgore or another owns the RG spot, I could see a bold prediction of Boone winning a T spot, Staley being traded for a high pick and us nabbing a FA veteran as insurance. It's unlikely but given the microscope this OL will be under with a full offseason of assessments and how badly this coaching staff wants Boone on the field, I wouldn't be shocked at all. Either way, I'd personally like to see Staley genuinely challenged for the first time in his career.

I'm not so sure your statement, "Lets make no mistake about this, the coaches BADLY want to get Boone on the field" is accurate. I think they would be more than happy to have him continue as the swing tackle for the team. Winning the RG spot would be gravy for him personally, but if your statement is true, then the team probably wouldn't have drafted Looney, and/or the team would have dealt Staley or Davis before the draft.

Teams rarely trade players right before the season begins, since they don't receive compensation until the following year.

As for Staley, I think you greatly undervalue his play. While I concede that he is not Pro-Bowl material, he is better than average, and it would seem incredibly unlikely the team would unload him and place an unproven player at the most critical position on the OL.

Sorry, but call me a skeptic that the team wants him on the field BADLY. I don't buy it.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on May 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM ]
Bold prediction:

The majority of webzoners finally pull the string dangling between their legs and realize they're a bunch of b*tches.

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