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Kentwan Balmer happy to be with "a first-class organization"

In his first comments since being traded from the 49ers to the Seahawks, defensive end Kentwan Balmer didn’t explain what led him to buy his way out of San Francisco, but he did say he thinks Seattle is the right place for him.

“What happened in San Francisco was in San Francisco,” Balmer said. “I think this is a first-class organization. I think I mesh well with the people here.”

Not that he’s saying the 49ers are a second-class organization. But the Associated Press reports that Balmer said “I’m just happy to be here” seven times in a five-minute span while avoiding any explanation of what, exactly made him unhappy about being in San Francisco.

“I would just like to thank the Seattle Seahawks for this chance. I would like to thank the 49ers for allowing me to move on,” Balmer said. “I’m just here, happy and ready to compete.”

Whatever the “personal reasons” were that led Balmer to leave 49ers camp, Balmer says they’re now resolved and “There’s no hard feelings.”

Considering that Balmer was a first-round draft pick who left San Francisco without ever starting a single game or recording a single sack, the 49ers might not feel the same way.

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42 Responses to “Kentwan Balmer happy to be with "a first-class organization"”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Aug 18, 2010 1:22 PM

    He’s hoping Pete Carroll doesn’t drop his pants to make a point.
    Meanwhile, Rex Ryan just said F**k again.

  2. Rmedina says: Aug 18, 2010 1:29 PM

    It’s going to be nice when Iupati pancakes him during the season. He will be taken on a “first-class” ride on Iupati Airlines!

  3. JSpicoli says: Aug 18, 2010 1:35 PM

    The whiners “hard feelings” should be at their anemic scouting department for drafting this guy and drafting him so high.
    I missed the word dysfunction in the piece. Oh yeah, that’s right, it is not a Raider article.

  4. Wartooth says: Aug 18, 2010 1:40 PM

    If this kid has any talent, Pete will find a way to use him.

  5. Hawkfan50 says: Aug 18, 2010 1:46 PM

    … as the mass exodus from San Fran continues , I wonder who’s next ?

  6. nizzle9r says: Aug 18, 2010 1:48 PM

    Our hard feelings are towards the moron who drafted him in the first round…..the new addition to your franchise, Mr Scot McClueless. To Rmedina…..don’t think that’ll happen unfortunately bro. Balmer’s garbage, which is why 3 years in he still hasn’t cracked the Niners lineup…..then again he may just be a starter in Seattle with their “first class organization” lmao

  7. NinerNation says: Aug 18, 2010 1:48 PM

    Balmer is a worthless PoS…his problem was that he didn’t want to work to be a starter. He’s lazy, and wanted to go to an easier training camp.

  8. JLongshore says: Aug 18, 2010 1:56 PM

    Glad the man responsible for this bum took him to Seattle with him.

  9. Brooklyn Eagle says: Aug 18, 2010 2:02 PM

    Maybe he and Glen Coffee had a secret romance.

  10. chipwade says: Aug 18, 2010 2:02 PM

    How long have the 49ers been running the 3-4 on defense? I thought I read something yesterday that Balmer played the 4-3 in college. I know it’s on him to learn to play any position that they are paying him to play but it makes you wonder why the 49ers even drafted him. You hear the analysts say that teams can draft the best player on the board and not draft for need. ‘He doesn’t fit into our system but he is a great athelete.’ Seems like a waste of a pick.
    It must be harder than we think to switch from a gap tackle to a nose tackle. Different techniques and responsibilities. Same things Albert Haynesworth was complaining about.

  11. crabman82 says: Aug 18, 2010 2:05 PM

    hawkfan50….mass exodus? seattle has had more roster turnover than anyone this offseason so stfu

  12. NinerSean says: Aug 18, 2010 2:09 PM

    Wasted pick that will only bring down the shehawks which will eventually help us.
    As for Spicoli, maybe if you knew anything about your team you would now know that the head of our anemis scouting department is now on the Shehawks with McClueless and his brother was also part of that debacle and will surely be coming to stay with you as well.

  13. Rhapsody says: Aug 18, 2010 2:09 PM

    NinerNation, welcome to the new milenium. Singletary’s 70′s boot camp mentality doesn’t work with everyone. So far two high picks have bailed. Those who stay may not buy into the system 100% either. Let’s see if the Niners self-proclaimed division title happens, or if the team checks out during the season. Speaking of PoS, how has that QB worked out…I thought so.

  14. Rhapsody says: Aug 18, 2010 2:13 PM

    I wonder how many 9ers are tweeting Balmer to check out the Hawks…coffee is pretty popular in Seattle…maybe there will be another change of heart.

  15. Tinbender says: Aug 18, 2010 2:13 PM

    Wonder if he’ll last longer than Lendale?

  16. royk says: Aug 18, 2010 2:22 PM

    # chipwade says: August 18, 2010 2:02 PM
    How long have the 49ers been running the 3-4 on defense? I thought I read something yesterday that Balmer played the 4-3 in college. I know it’s on him to learn to play any position that they are paying him to play but it makes you wonder why the 49ers even drafted him. You hear the analysts say that teams can draft the best player on the board and not draft for need. ‘He doesn’t fit into our system but he is a great athelete.’ Seems like a waste of a pick.
    It must be harder than we think to switch from a gap tackle to a nose tackle. Different techniques and responsibilities. Same things Albert Haynesworth was complaining about.
    —————————————————
    He was drafted by the “McNolan” regime. When Nolan was trying to run his hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense he saw Balmer as a hybrid 4-3 DT who could pop out to DE in the 3-4. Either way, he didn’t work very hard. He showed some progress in season 2, but following his rookie year, that wasn’t hard to do. He has no pass rush and he can’t hold his ground. Maybe if he thinks he will be happy in Seattle they could get something out of him.
    I love all the Seahag fans commenting on the “mass exodus” the Niner’s are having. Apparently they haven’t been keeping up with their own teams transactions.

  17. Kevin C says: Aug 18, 2010 2:23 PM

    Can’t blame the guy for leaving. Who would want to be on a team that never makes the playoffs with a coach that never wears pants.

  18. City_Native says: Aug 18, 2010 2:24 PM

    Mass exodus?
    Westbrook & Dixon > Coffee
    Anyone > Balmer

  19. Rhapsody says: Aug 18, 2010 2:27 PM

    I don’t see any of the other NFC West fans trash talking around the net. The 9er fans are putting a lot of pressure on themselves to produce or STFU. The 9ers have collected a lot of talent – if they fail to win the West then it will be the result of the coaching. Ask Balmer and Coffee about that…

  20. txtumbleweed says: Aug 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    It is all very simple. Balmer couldn’t break into the starting lineup and had gone from 2nd to 3rd string. He was discouraged by this and wanted to go somewhere where he would have a better chance to play. I don’t blame him or the 49ers, it is just the way football is.

  21. woodsidegil says: Aug 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    Response to Hawkfan50. What “mass exodus” are you referring to? McCloughan was bounced because he liked his cocktails too much. Balmer is lazy and sulked because Sing wouldn’t play him and Coffee left because he lost his desire to play football and has been replaced by Brian Westbrook, which is a huge upgrade.

  22. txtumbleweed says: Aug 18, 2010 2:33 PM

    It is very interesting to note that Balmers replacement, an undrafted player, got a sack on the very first snap of his first game in the NFL and Balmer never got one in 3 years.

  23. MosesZD says: Aug 18, 2010 2:34 PM

    Complex issue I think.
    When the 49ers drafted him they’d just locked up Isaac Sopoaga as the starting LDE with a five-year contract. A week later they signed Justin Smith to a five-year contract as the starting RDE.
    No way Balmer was going to displace either of them.
    There was no room at “first man off the bench” because that role was taken by Ronald Fields in 2008. In 2009 that role was given to another FA signing — Demetric Evans.
    Then there was no room for him in the 4-man line, because the rush DT role is take by Ray McDonald. And, frankly, Balmer isn’t really a “pass-rush” kind of guy.
    Now, some will say that if he had talent, he’d have beaten out those guys for at least “first off the bench.” Problem is our coaching staff will use a third-rate veteran over a young guy virtually 100% of the time.
    For those who are 49er fans, and disagree, perhaps you should remember the sad case of Derek Smith. Who I think illustrates one of the endemic problems we’ve had since 2005.
    Derek Smith, in his last year as a 49er, was a tragedy. Yet Nolan started despite Smith’s eye injury that made him play with one eye closed. Never mind his other injuries (shoulder, knees, ankles, etc.) that massively hampered his ability to move or tackle.
    Smith was, effectively, nothing more than a speed-bump on the field and should have been retired to the bench. But Nolan kept him out there… To fail. Down after down after down.
    Singletary isn’t quite as bad. But he’s got some of that in him. And he did support D. Smith being on the field, so it wasn’t just Nolan.
    So I can see why Balmer might of quit on the 49ers and would be happy to get to a place where he has a chance to compete.
    Looking at it from the outside, I’ve got wonder if he’s ever been given any reasonable chance to succeed. And he’s not the only young player to have gotten the shaft. They’ve messed around with a lot of the young guys and really hampered their development by starting mediocre vets over them and, thus, limiting their opportunity to develop.
    We really need a coach like Walsh, again. Someone willing to start young players, who will make a few mistakes, and take the lumps so they can develop a great team. And not cower behind some declining vets because they can’t coach-up rookies and young players…

  24. allforfunnplay says: Aug 18, 2010 2:36 PM

    chipwade,
    Then Niners run a gap attacking 3-4 defensive scheme where some of the D-linemen are supposed to single gap penetrate (while maintaining gap control). (this is the old Bum Philips scheme vs. the more classic 2-gap read and react scheme by Fairbanks-Bullough)
    Balmer was never a Nose Tackle, a middle plugger. I think the McCloughan saw Balmer as a pass rushing gap controlling 3-4 Defensive End in a Richard Seymour mold.
    As for scouting for 3-4 Defensive linemen in college, there aren’t that many 3-4 defenses in college. Most NFL 3-4 linemen started out in 4-3 schemes. Typically either run stuffing Left Defensive Ends or 3-technique (Under) Defensive Tackles are converted into 3-4 Ends. Balmer was a 3-technique Defensive Tackle. 3-4 Nose Tackles are usually 4-3 run plugger Defensive Tackles (sometimes called Over Tackles in some schemes).

  25. Rhapsody says: Aug 18, 2010 2:45 PM

    I used to respect the 49er fan base as classy, but I can see that years of losing has turned them into bitter namecallers who really have no basis for trash talking other teams. Win something first. If ther 9ers do manage to win the rebuilding NFC West, they will probably play an away game on WC weekend. The thought of that debacle should keep your trash talking in check.

  26. granadafan says: Aug 18, 2010 2:53 PM

    LOL at the Starbucks team. They brought in a dirty coach who tried to make Sea-dull the U$C of the North by bringing in his former fat and lazy players. How’d that work out?
    Raider fans have no room to talk as long as they still have Al Davis running that organization. Both the Niners and Raiders got rid of dead weight although the Raiders had a gigantic $39 million weight lifted off. Who made the bigger draft choice busts in the Bay Area?

  27. City_Native says: Aug 18, 2010 3:01 PM

    Rhapsody said to Niner fans….. “Win something first.”
    ———
    This has to be the quote of the year! This is too funny to respond to. Rhapsody, your embarrassing your fan base now. Does the number 5 mean anything to you?

  28. DarthPirate says: Aug 18, 2010 3:14 PM

    I’m no 49′ers fan, but the Seahawks a class organization? Right.

  29. robert ethen says: Aug 18, 2010 3:31 PM

    Kentwan won’t be the first to find the skies Balmier in Seattle. Or maybe he is the first.

  30. Kevin C says: Aug 18, 2010 3:31 PM

    This is a serious question… When was the last time San Fran made the playoffs?

  31. steveoz49 says: Aug 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    bottom line… a 7th rd pick outworked him… i’ll be happy if ever a day comes that a player who doesn’t get his way is forced to work harder, not go AWOL and get his way by being traded.

  32. Edgy6 says: Aug 18, 2010 3:34 PM

    @MosesZD
    Agree with most points, except at the end. There will never be another Walsh, and Sing might be the furthest thing from him in terms of X’s & O’s.
    But he has proven that he’ll play young talent. I know he must’ve been seething during the Crabtree holdout, and when he finally signed we all thought he’d be sitting on the bench while he learned the ropes. But he saw that Crabs was too good to sit, and started him immediately even though he barely knew the offense.
    He’s starting 2 rookie offensive linemen that he knows will have some rough patches this year, because they, along with Staley, are the future of this 0-line.
    He’s throwing Taylor Mays into the fire based on potential alone, when safeties are essentially the QB’s of the field.
    Kyle Williams is (was) the #1 PR and will get opportunities to crack the WR rotation, when guys like J.Hill and Ziegler know the routes/offense in & out but aren’t nearly the athletes that KW is (J.Hill might be the slowest guy in pads that has ever run a 4.3 at the combine).

  33. Calir says: Aug 18, 2010 3:47 PM

    Big surprise Singletary had enough of this wasted “talent.”

  34. City_Native says: Aug 18, 2010 3:51 PM

    @ Kevin C.
    I will man up and say bashfully it was the 2002 season.

  35. SeaColt213 says: Aug 18, 2010 4:19 PM

    I love the passion all of you have but you have to be kidding me! Winning the NFC West is like winning the gold at the Special Olympics
    I was born and raised in Seattle… I WANT the Hawks to be good, but let’s face it, we aren’t going to do crap this season; We just have to be content with progress.
    9′ers fans— please stop using the 5 superbowl argument. You haven’t even made the playoffs since ’02… In arguably the worst division in football.
    Fight all you want, NFC West teams have ZERO chance at a ring this year. And frankly your ‘passion over fact’ attitudes are borderline pathetic.

  36. lieutenant Dan's Ice Cream says: Aug 18, 2010 4:45 PM

    You 9er fans make me laugh, and I am not a fan of anyone in the nfc west.
    Quit living in 1989 you clowns. Even cowgirl fans aren’t as pathetic as you. Win something in the salary cap era or STFU.

  37. City_Native says: Aug 18, 2010 5:12 PM

    Act 1: Niner fan talks about challenging for the west THIS YEAR
    Act 2: Seahawk fan…reliving their PAST “glory years” of some NFC West titles…gets mad with smack talk and says win something first
    Act 3: Niner fans laugh at “win something first” statement and brings up the 5 card
    Act 4: Seahawk fan gets mad with past being brought up and says dont bring up super bowls.
    So let me get this straight…Seahawk fans are a little sensitive about the past & present? Sounds like a first-class organization to me.
    Go Niners!

  38. JSpicoli says: Aug 18, 2010 6:33 PM

    granadafan says:
    August 18, 2010 2:53 PM
    LOL at the Starbucks team. They brought in a dirty coach who tried to make Sea-dull the U$C of the North by bringing in his former fat and lazy players. How’d that work out?
    Raider fans have no room to talk as long as they still have Al Davis running that organization. Both the Niners and Raiders got rid of dead weight although the Raiders had a gigantic $39 million weight lifted off. Who made the bigger draft choice busts in the Bay Area?
    ///////////////////////////////////////////
    LOL’s The Raiders cut their deadweight, after 2.5 years, you resigned yours after 5 and still have him starting in year 6. To cap it off you sent the bust-meter off the scale when you signed DAid Carr to be the best backing up the best.
    THAT is what I mean when I say the niner front office is the worst and most screwed up in the NFL. Look at the drafts dude. Past DHB and Jamarcus can you name any others bad Raider choices? And DHB is still up for debate. You just keep believing the mediots. Raiders keep having decent drafts. Raiders have used their drafts better than the whiners. Scott, Branch, Bush, Shaugnessy, Murphy, Miller, Huff, Gallery, Richardson, Nnamdi, Lechler, Jano, and more al came from drafts prior to this year’s good one, and after 2001, but you wouldn’t kow that becuase you don’t watch football, you just pull stick ad laugh at the funny jokes, like the short bus rider that you are.
    Beyond dumbest ownership in the league, the whiners have the lowest football IQ fans in the NFL too, as evidenced by above keyboard vomit.
    A someone else said, win something in the salary cap era, and then pop off.

  39. Im_Just_Joaquin says: Aug 19, 2010 5:23 AM

    Well first of all Im glad Balmer is happy to be in Seattle. I just pray he makes the 53 man roster and is able to get playing time when the Niners run up and down their poor excuse of a defensive line (You know its pathetic when their picking up scraps from SF!) Secondly all Raider/Seahawk fans need to realize is that we The Faithful arent all a bunch of morons dreaming of past Super Bowls to make up for our bad team. Its just every year we see improvement and we see all the talent our team has so we get excited and start saying things we have no idea if its going to happen or not (Like NFC West champs) but to be honest we have more of a right to brag then you Raider/Seahawk fans do… You’re teams are just boring. No talent on the Raiders and even less on the Seahawks… I mean Nnamdi is a great corner and Tatupu are good… But what else is their to brag about? Anyways im not here to diss just to disscuss what the article is about. We will see you Seahawk/Raider fans later this season. Best of luck to your teams :)

  40. thats_what_she_said says: Aug 19, 2010 11:40 AM

    Rhapsody says:
    a whole bunch of BS….”Win something first.”
    You don’t like the 5 Super Bowl argument? Fine.. was a long time ago.. but tell me -when the hell did Seattle win anything of relevance? Ever??
    Some fool mentioned the obvious – that the NFC West is a rebuilding division – so if the 49ers win it, it’s like the Gold Medal at the Special Olympics… When Seattle was on top, do you think SanFran was primed for a Super Bowl?
    outside of 2003 when the division title was between Seattle and St.louis, the NFC West has been shitty, statistically.
    Despite Seattle taking the division in 2004, the Rams were 8-8 and STILL made the wild card.. 8-8.. you think that while we’re throwing up 2 wins in that season, and the Cardinals besting us marginally – that the NFC West was a power house? then?
    In 2005 – 6 wins were good for 2nd in the west
    9-7 won the NFC West division 3 times and twice by Seattle..
    Given those facts – how the hell can you imply that your “Glory Days” consisted of some sort of heated competition??
    The Rams and niners fell off, and the Cards were building their way up.. Looks like Seattle’s been 1st place in a lot of Special Olympics, huh??
    Say what u will, but when the 49ers are rolling, we get the job done. Every team has its low points, at one time or another. As luck would have it, the teams in the NFC West seemingly shared the same expiry date.
    I love the division; no one can argue that it’s sent quite a few teams to the Super Bowl in the last decade.
    The KEY difference between san fran and seattle… is that despite what shape the rest of the NFC West is in, we CAPITALIZE. YOU DON’T. Make the playoffs all you want, but when ur in there – DO SOMETHING.. at the end of the day – who’s got the hardware?
    Playoff’s are like going out on dates. You’ve been on quite a few, but u never close the deal..
    When we go out, more often than not – we finish all the way.. We did it 5 times, but ur still a virgin… it’s been a while, but i think we’re ready again.

  41. RaiderhateR4Life says: Aug 19, 2010 1:23 PM

    Who REALLY wanted Kentwan? McClueless… Where is McClueless now? Thank you to Seattle for taking our trash out not once, but twice…

  42. City_Native says: Aug 19, 2010 2:13 PM

    Thats_What_She_Said:
    That was awesome!

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