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  • Council of the Learned 2012: Conference Championships



    Sadly, this column is almost at an end for this season. I feel like we have grown. I feel like we have learned from each other. Like a protagonist in a compelling novel, we faced adversity and felt better for it. Aw, forget all that mushy stuff. I'm mad! Football is almost over. I might have to work on the weekends. I may have to spend time with others. This is awful. Forget what I said about the 18 game regular season, Rodge, let's go for 22 and take this thing through the worst month of the year. February stinks.

    Before we get to the picks, let's get back to some of the more memorable lines from this column over the course of the season:

    BEST CALL OF THE YEAR:
    Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m- The How Savvy is Mike McCarthy Bowl. The Packers have too much pride to give up the record to AD, but can they be sneaky enough to keep this game close until a late score gives the Vikings the win so that the six seed Vikes have to go to Lambeau with Christian Ponder? I mean, no team really wants an extra game and it could be said that they fear AD much more than Cutler, but still, Christian “Housedad” Ponder in the playoffs? PICK: (GB 6-3)
    BEST EXCUSE TO SUCK-UP
    Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m- The Cincinnati Bengals have not had consecutive winning seasons since 1981-1982. Those were the first two seasons of Cris Collinsworth. If they do it this season, it will happen for A.J. Green in the same manner. Clearly, the Bengals need Matt Millen at GM, wide receivers are the key to their team. It seems that the best gift for Steelers fans is a jury duty stint for Todd Haley. PICK: (PIT 7-2)
    BEST BIRTHDAY WISH
    WEEK 15: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCOTT ZOLAK
    BEST STOLEN JOKE
    Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m- I’m stealing a line here and am not ashamed. We are going to find out just how smart Joe Flacco is this week when he gets his play calls from a cardboard cut-out. There was a joke here about Peyton Manning, Jim Caldwell, cardboard cut-outs and Frankenstein, but Manning’s ridiculous return made it null and void. PICK: (DEN 5-4)
    BEST CURRENT STORY I WANT TO WRITE A JOKE ABOUT
    Manti Te'o

    THE BEST WOW DID THAT TREND CONTINUE STAT
    Chicago at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m- There hasn’t been a quarterback match-up this good in the series since Cody Pickett faced Kyle Orton in 2005. The Bears have not won in San Francisco since the 1985 Super Bowl season, losing the last seven times by an average score of 34-6. The Bears haven’t scored more than 15 points in those games and have been shutout three times. The Bay Area is not kind to the Chicago club. PICK: CHI 4-3)
    BEST WARNING OF THINGS TO COME
    Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m- The Saints playoff run story spliced with ending the undefeated season for Atlanta is just so easy that it has to happen, right? Also, I am sick of the stats that show weak schedules for 7-1, 8-0, 6-2 teams. A team that has played 8 games and played 8 opponents that have played 8 games will have a 1/8 effect on their own strength of schedule. That is 64 games. Minus 8 games is 56 games. 28-28 is .500. 28-36 is .438. There are so many flaws to almost all strength of schedule arguments. Remember when Denver was supposed to have the toughest sked in the league? Now people are talking about how easy it is. PICK: (ATL 9-0)- Writer's note: I was shocked at the 9-0 here.
    BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL JOKE
    Oakland at Kansas City, 4:05 p.m- The Most Likely to Finish 0-0 Game of the Week. Congratulations to the Raiders for being featured two weeks in a row. It’s going to be a bit awkward when Brady Quinn tries to push Jamaal Charles into the end zone on the final play of the game and then throws a beer bong at Matt Leinart. PICK: (OAK 7-2)
    BEST STAT THAT MAKES KABA HAPPY FOR THE PRESENT
    Dallas at Baltimore, 1 p.m- It was reported that Mark Sanchez’s recent run of four games in a row below 50% complete happened for the first time since 1999. The last culprit; Stoney Case, 1999, Ravens. PICK: (BAL 11-2)
    BEST JOKE THAT STILL MAKES KABA ANGRY
    Minnesota at Washington, 4:25 p.m- Mysteriously, the Billy Cundiff Highlight DVD cuts off at January 21, 2012. The DVD is produced by “Billy Cundiff Productions.” Moral of the story: You can start your own production company even on a kicker’s salary in the NFL. PICK: (MIN 11-2)
    BEST JAGS JOKE
    They exist.

    WORST PRE-SEASON PREDICTION
    8/24-San Diego at Minnesota 8PM- Adrian Peterson will start this game and rush for 310 yards just to show that he can still rack up centuries of yards against the Chargers. Sadly, it will amount to 1/3 of his season total. (SD 10-1)

    OKAY, TIME FOR THE PICKS


    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    San Francisco @ Atlanta- So, why is Copernicus holding a turtle? Did he re-name it Erik Walden after last weekend? The disease of recent memory is going to point out a lot of things in favor of the Niners. They looked great against the Packers and Jim Harbaugh is becoming one of those coaches that feel like they always know what they are doing. In order words, the exact opposite how Falcons fans feel about Mike Smith when short yardage or clock management is involved. He is lucky that Pete Carroll still believes in icing a kicker and also calls bad time outs (cough, cough, end of first half).

    Still, the Falcons have things going for them. Matt Ryan is 34-6 at home. The Falcons have actually beaten the Niners the last 4 times that they have played. Three of those four wins were within 4 points. The one blowout was in 2009 when the Falcons trounced the Shuan Hill and Glen Coffee Show 45-10. #1 seeds at home are 6-0 since 2005. Being a #1 seed at home and getting points, Falcons fans certainly can play the "We just beat the hottest team in the league and you still don't believe in us" card.

    The Falcons, though, have a hobbled John Abraham and still have no real run game. They surprised the Seahawks early with over 80 yards in the first quarter. Then, with a lead, they rushed 4 times for 9 yards in the third quarter. Overall, they called 17 passes and 10 runs WITH A LEAD, AT HOME. PICK: (SF 6-3)

    Baltimore @ New England Color the Council unimpressed with the Ravens ability to beat Peyton Manning in the playoffs. I guess when everybody does it, it is hard to be impressed. (Editor's note: Only 11 teams have done it, and New England and San Diego have done it more than once, he really should have said Most of the AFC).

    For the Ravens, they need to see more from the last name Moore. Last year, Sterling Moore broke up the season against Baltimore. This year, Rahim Moore managed to forget the rule that safeties have to play as deep as possible with a lead at the end of the game. He also forgot about the clock and then tried to go for a pick with two hands when his angle was bad. Belichick, forever being the forward thinker, got rid of Moore in the middle of the season to make sure the Ravens could not conduct more research this game. The Patriots don't have a guy named Moore on the active roster.

    This game, though, will be a challenge for the Ravens defense. Ray Lewis will be exploited by Aaron Hernandez at some point or another. They won't be able to adjust and take advantage of a barrage of short throws. From the beginning of the fourth quarter until the end of the game, Peyton Manning attempted 15 pass plays. Only four of them were at targets more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. His longest was 15 yards. That was the game-deciding interception. Another was a 12 yard out to Stokely that took longer than an audiobook of "War & Peace" to get there. All in all, those fifteen targets averaged out to 6.4 yards down the field. All the Ravens did was keep Ed Reed deep and then get an extra guy or two in the 5-15 yard area on every play.

    The Council does not think Tom Brady will show the same tendancies.PICK: (NE 8-1)



    LAST WEEK: 2-2
    SEASON: 169-94-1 (64.2%)

    Comments 24 Comments
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Did I vote on this one? I honestly can't remember if I did, much less who I picked.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      I voted for SF. But it would be funny if Atlanta won the next two games. That would make a perfecta season: un-respected and underrated for 19 games in a row. That would be some kind of record in the ol' chip-on-the-shoulder department.

      I happened to watch Kurt Warner's analysis of Peyton Manning's arm in the Baltimore game. With video examples, he concluded that there was no lack of zip on the ball. IOW, the old boy's arm was fine. Mr. Peyton is caught between two moving forces. On the one hand, debilitating age. On the other, his nerves healing over time. I wonder where the boundary between those two forces will be next season? Will he be better, worse or the same?

      Warner also had some interesting observations about the advantage the Falcons' passing game gives them:


      “They run a lot of three-wide receiver sets in Atlanta, “Warner said. “When you do that, (49ers cornerback) Carlos Rogers, the best cover guy, goes inside. That’s when I think you can attack on the outside with either one of your big-time receivers.

      “The other thing San Francisco does is they love to attack the line of scrimmage with their safeties. If you can throw one of those guys in front of a safety then (you can) use a guy like Julio Jones to get behind those safeties.

      “Those are the two ways you have to attack the 49ers’ defensive secondary, but you have to protect first and that’s going to be a key.”
      I watched some of the NFL Network's replay of GB-SF and you guys were right. SF often gave Favre time to throw. If they do the same in Atlanta, it's going to be critical. Ryan's pretty good when he can breathe.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      For the public record, my votes were for Atlanta and New England this week. I think the Falcons are going to be the first ever #1 seed to ride "Nobody Believes in Us!" all the way to the Super Bowl.

      Also, CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE!!!!! *Shakes fist at sky*
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Unless Copernicus gets injured and Alex Smith comes in relief (Bledsoe recreation complete) the Falcons have a shot.

      I'm done betting against Ray Lewis. I was done last year
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Unless Copernicus gets injured and Alex Smith comes in relief (Bledsoe recreation complete) the Falcons have a shot.

      I'm done betting against Ray Lewis. I was done last year
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      I've got San Francisco and Baltimore.

      It seems that many are kind of overlooking the Falcons, especially Vegas, since the #1 seed is a 4.5 Home dog. That usually means one of two things. Either Atlanta isn't getting their proper respect, and will beat SF, or SF is just that much better than Atlanta. I believe the latter.

      Atlanta is exactly who I thought they were coming into the season. I thought they were a team ready for a breakout, and the responded by posting the best record in the league. Matt Ryan turned himself into a legitimate MVP candidate (in any other year, at least). I had them going to the NFC Title game then, and I had their road ending at that spot. I'll stick with that assessment.

      For San Francisco, as great as their defense has been, and as reliable as Frank Gore has been, it's tough to not have it all riding on the shoulders of Kaepernick. Dan Marino, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger are the only 2nd year QBs have ever made the dance (no rookie QB has started a Super Bowl). That's a pretty impressive list. However, only Vince Farragamo of the 1979 Rams had less career starts (5) than Kaepernick (7) at the time of his Super Bowl appearance.

      At the risk of oversimplifying things, this game will come down to which QB blinks. Matty Ice (stupid nickname) was anything but for 29:29 of the 2nd half last week, but made 2 nice throws in the final 31, and led Atlanta to a come back win that should have never gotten to that point. Kaepernick was dominant against GB, and it appears that he has the skill set that will give the Falcons defense fits.

      Atlanta has a shot, but I see more scenarios that lead to a SF victory.


      I'm after-the-dash with Baltimore. Only one, as it appears. Baltimore appeared to awaken from their slumber in week 16 against an equally desperate Giants team, and has started to show their customary grittiness in the playoffs. Never underestimate a good storyline, and that's exactly what they have. They are combining the nobody believes in us card, with the Ray Lewis Inspirational Tour. Plus, they have proven to be NEs equal, as no team has consistently played NE as tough in recent years.

      I can't believe I'm saying this, but Flacco has proven he can be trusted in this game, and in this stadium. Torrey Smith seems like a bad matchup for Aqib Talib. I'm also expecting that this will be Ray Rice's best game of the postseason. It took NE a dropped pass, and a missed chippy by Baltimore to advance last year, and NE isn't quite as dangerous, nor the matchup nightmare this year minus Gronk. I think Baltimore has just enough offense, just enough defense, and just enough grit to take them out.
    1. hobbes27's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw View Post

      I can't believe I'm saying this, but Flacco has proven he can be trusted in this game, and in this stadium. Torrey Smith seems like a bad matchup for Aqib Talib. I'm also expecting that this will be Ray Rice's best game of the postseason. It took NE a dropped pass, and a missed chippy by Baltimore to advance last year, and NE isn't quite as dangerous, nor the matchup nightmare this year minus Gronk. I think Baltimore has just enough offense, just enough defense, and just enough grit to take them out.
      If you ignore Flacco's first two years in the league in the playoffs (which were his first two years in the league), he has compiled some pretty good playoff stats:

      Over 6 games:

      107/184 (58%), 1485 yds, 12 TDs, 2 Ints.

      I'm not saying the Ravens are going to win, but you can't think this is an easy game for New England because of the QB.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      This great SF defense has conceded a lot of points in three of its last four games: 34, 42 and 31.

      Tom Brady sic'd them for 443 yards. Russell Wilson threw 4 TDs.

      They can be had by a good offense, apparently. If they can't put pressure on Matt Ryan, I can see some points being scored. Especially if Julio Jones gets deep as was suggested by Kurt Warner. The guy is a physical beast and his hands are better than I had expected after seeing him in college.

      I come back to John Abraham and his ankle. He hasn't practiced this week. They benched him last week when he couldn't get any push. Sounds like a high ankle sprain and I doubt he'll contribute much on Sunday. I fear that that may be the undoing of the Falcons. I suspect we may see them attempt to put a collapsing containment fence around Copernicus and hope he can't take advantage of the time that will give him to find receivers. I wonder if they'll do their best to make him a pocket passer and confuse him with disguised coverages? That's not really Mike Nolan's style here. He's tended to be very aggressive. But it's what they tried in the second half against Seattle.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      This great SF defense has conceded a lot of points in three of its last four games: 34, 42 and 31.
      Slight correction. The defense allowed 24 last week (7 came from Kaepernick's early INT), and only allowed 3 in the 2nd half prior to garbage time.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw View Post
      Matty Ice (stupid nickname) was anything but for 29:29 of the 2nd half last week
      Really?

      3rd Quarter. Falcons got with ball with 9:47 left.

      A magnificent clock-killing 14 play, 7:36 minute drive later Matt Ryan threw a TD pass to his fullback Jason Snelling. Along the way Matty Ice earned his nickname by also throwing for two third-down conversions, one for 11 yards and the other for 6 yards.

      That epic drive made the score 27-7, kept Wilson on the sidelines and should have sealed the game.

      So I hardly think Matt Ryan did nothing for 29:29 of the 2nd half. This is typical of the perception which surrounds the Falcons. I'm surprised that a guy as well-infoirmed as you would write such a thing.
    1. edave's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      A magnificent clock-killing 14 play, 7:36 minute drive later Matt Ryan threw a TD pass to his fullback Jason Snelling. Along the way Matty Ice earned his nickname by also throwing for two third-down conversions, one for 11 yards and the other for 6 yards.
      It was a pretty nice drive. The question is, can they do it 4 or 5 times in the game this coming Sunday? We shall see.

      Code:
      R.Longwell kicks 62 yards from SEA 35 to ATL 3. Jz. Rodgers to ATL 20 for 17 yards (J.Lane).
      Atlanta Falcons at 9:47, (1st play from scrimmage 9:43)
      3Q 09:43|1-10|ATL 20|M.Turner left end to ATL 25 for 5 yards (K.Wright; L.Hill).
      3Q 09:05|2-5|ATL 25|Jz. Rodgers right end to ATL 25 for no gain (B.Mebane).
      3Q 08:24|3-5|ATL 25|(Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to T.Gonzalez to ATL 31 for 6 yards (B.Wagner).
      3Q 07:42|1-10|ATL 31|M.Ryan pass short right to Jz. Rodgers to ATL 33 for 2 yards (L.Hill).
      3Q 07:00|2-8|ATL 33|(Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short right to J.Jones to ATL 46 for 13 yards (E.Thomas).
      3Q 06:17|1-10|ATL 46|M.Turner right guard to ATL 49 for 3 yards (L.Hill).
      3Q 05:41|2-7|ATL 49|M.Ryan pass short left to H.Douglas ran ob at SEA 44 for 7 yards.
      3Q 05:14|1-10|SEA 44|M.Ryan pass incomplete deep right to H.Douglas.
      3Q 05:07|2-10|SEA 44|(Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to J.Jones to SEA 23 for 21 yards (E.Thomas; K.Wright).
      3Q 04:27|1-10|SEA 23|Jz. Rodgers left end to SEA 22 for 1 yard (K.Wright).
      3Q 03:46|2-9|SEA 22|M.Ryan pass incomplete short left to J.Jones.
      3Q 03:41|3-9|SEA 22|(Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to T.Gonzalez to SEA 11 for 11 yards (W.Guy).
      3Q 03:00|1-10|SEA 11|M.Ryan pass short right to Jz. Rodgers to SEA 5 for 6 yards (B.Wagner).
      3Q 02:11|2-4|SEA 5|(Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short middle to J.Snelling for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN. M.Bryant extra point is Blocked (R.Sherman), Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher. PENALTY on SEA-R.Sherman, Defensive Offside, 0 yards, enforced at SEA 2 - No Play. M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher. PENALTY on SEA-R.Sherman, Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced between downs.
      SEA 7 ATL 27, 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:36 drive, 12:49 elapsed
      I don't think the Falcons are going to see a scoring binge like last weekend because the Falcons can play zone but it is another attack vector for a team that had enough already. A mid 30s score for both teams would not surprise me in the least.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post

      Really?

      3rd Quarter. Falcons got with ball with 9:47 left.

      A magnificent clock-killing 14 play, 7:36 minute drive later Matt Ryan threw a TD pass to his fullback Jason Snelling. Along the way Matty Ice earned his nickname by also throwing for two third-down conversions, one for 11 yards and the other for 6 yards.

      That epic drive made the score 27-7, kept Wilson on the sidelines and should have sealed the game.

      So I hardly think Matt Ryan did nothing for 29:29 of the 2nd half. This is typical of the perception which surrounds the Falcons. I'm surprised that a guy as well-infoirmed as you would write such a thing.
      Well, it is a stupid nickname. I like Matt Ryan, and was higher on him, and his team's prospects this year than anyone else I remember seeing on this site. But that nickname has always been dumb. However, your narrative of an epic drive was beautiful, so thank you for that.

      Yes, I messed up the timing. I expect more of myself, and promise to do better in the future. If i have offended anyone in the Falcons organization with my egregious error, I truly do apologize.

      In my haste to post my comment during a break in the action today, for some reason my mind shifted from 4th quarter to 2nd half. It was the 4th quarter where the Falcon offense tightened up until they had no choice but to let loose with 31 seconds left. Ryan did his job, Mike Smith responded by doing the best he could to ensure that Seattle would have their best opportunity to respond. Really, Smith's a good guy. I guess he just wanted to see the game won on the field, and not by having the clock wind an additional 10 seconds.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Well, at least now your agenda is out in the open! Congrats on coming clean.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by edave View Post
      I don't think the Falcons are going to see a scoring binge like last weekend because the Falcons can play zone but it is another attack vector for a team that had enough already. A mid 30s score for both teams would not surprise me in the least.

      I concur. I'm a rotten prognosticator, but I can see a pretty high scoring game developing. Copernicus having fun on one side and Ryan and his receivers on the other.

      As I've noted many times, a lot of folks here are really good with numbers and use them extensively to form judgments. Being brutal with numbers, I shy away from that sort of stuff.

      Also, I mistrust them. Here's an example of why. An SI writer explains why Copernicus has made SF's offense less efficient, he explains the Passer Rating Differential and, relying heavily on numbers, predicts the Packers will beat the 49ers.

      Oops!

      Green Bay is #1 in Passer Rating Differential. They're out. Seattle and Denver are #2 and #3. They're out.

      SF and Atlanta are #4 and #5, having just switched positions. So it seems likely that this statistic will help predict a winner. (It does, however, do an admirable job of identifying playoff teams. Of the top 12, only Chicago and Pittsburgh didn't make the playoffs.)
    1. edave's Avatar
      Kerry Byrne is not really an SI writer, he's the founder of CHFF. I guess he's also a writer for SI in this particular case.

      Yep, GB was king of the heap in QB rating and close on ANY/A all season long. The Falcons aren't far behind them. Neither were the 49ers or the Seahawks. It's an outgrowth of good QB play and decent defense.

      The stat SF led was interesting though, rushes for fist downs. Rich brought it up early in the season and I started following it, adding it to a bunch of other nutty things I track. By the mid point of the season (week 13), the Patriots and Redskins moved past the 49ers offensively, but no one passed them defensively and they held onto that particular delta rather comfortably.

      The take away? Hope there aren't any critical 4th and 1 decisions for Mike Smith.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      CHHF ate crow regarding passing differential. They actually came out and wrote they were wrong, though it was a stat that over the years has been very good at predicting winners.

      So yes, a stat that predicted winners at a high enough rate was wrong after a kid had a great game coupled by a team showing up unprepared to face the read option. Im not sure what point wax is making. Apparently predictors that fail are proof that predictors shouldn't be used?

      By the way, I think the Falcons have a good shot, but only if they dont stop defending right at the same time their QB makes a dumb throw.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Im not sure what point wax is making. Apparently predictors that fail are proof that predictors shouldn't be used?
      Nah, just that a devout adherence to numbers is misguided. That article was a prime example. I extend my skepticism to post-career analyses which are predicated on the belief that numbers tell the whole story. I've never believed that.

      Numbers don't measure leadership, motivation, character, that sort of thing. (Although teams like the Falcons try to turn some of that into a number using the Football Intelligence test. Good article here.)

      I fail in the other direction, BTW. I don't pay enough attention to numbers. Given my disability in that area, I lean too heavily on what my eye tells me, and on what I think I can divine about motivation, home field and all the other intangibles.

      Obviously, if there was a perfect way to analyze and prognosticate Vegas would be out of business.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by edave View Post
      Kerry Byrne is not really an SI writer, he's the founder of CHFF. I guess he's also a writer for SI in this particular case.

      Yep, GB was king of the heap in QB rating and close on ANY/A all season long. The Falcons aren't far behind them. Neither were the 49ers or the Seahawks. It's an outgrowth of good QB play and decent defense.

      The stat SF led was interesting though, rushes for fist downs. Rich brought it up early in the season and I started following it, adding it to a bunch of other nutty things I track. By the mid point of the season (week 13), the Patriots and Redskins moved past the 49ers offensively, but no one passed them defensively and they held onto that particular delta rather comfortably.

      The take away? Hope there aren't any critical 4th and 1 decisions for Mike Smith.
      That's a great point. Obviously last season we saw the Falcons' weakness on fourth-and-one. Same problem early this season. I think the Falcons got better at it as the season wore on, but I don't have any numbers to support that perception.

      What's interesting is that Matt Ryan has been pretty good at throwing on third down. The problem, as Pruitt and Trumpet have said, might be Mike Smith. He's so conservative that he might insist on trying to run on fourth-and-one instead of just throwing it. Hope not, since I'd like to see the Falcons win.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Folks who don't follow the 49ers closely have no idea how much the team has been uplifted by the removal of the albatross around their necks. Captain Checkdown is on the bench where he belongs and the team is gleefully anticipating receiving a 2nd round pick from one of the perennial sucker teams (Cards, Chiefs, Raiders, etc).

      I'm not sure how "Removal of Albatross" matches up with "Nobody Believes in Us" but it is damned powerful.

      I want it noted for the record that Alex Smith's final pass as a 49er* was a 4 yard pass on 3rd and 9.


      *If it was not his final pass as a 49er I will probably drink myself to death.
    1. Docta's Avatar
      The Niners might not trade away Alexcuses unless they decide to keep him away from Arizona. His bonuses kick in after April 1st, so they'll probably just release him by then. Getting at least a late round pick is better than nothing though.