The Texas Two-Step + A Trade Rumor

UPDATE: Apparently the Niners are in trade talks with (surprise) the Browns over the services of WR Josh Gordon. A very talented but character-lacking wideout. Taken as a supplemental pick in the 2nd round, he’s likely cost the Niners their Alex Smith 2nd round pick.
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Well, in what I thought would be a hard-fought battle for legitimacy as a bona fide playoff contender among a couple of underachieving teams turned into a laugher as Matty Iceberg struggled mightily at the muddy confines of Candlestick Park. The game got off to a rousing start as Schaub;s first pass of the night was returned for yet another pick 6. Matty’s 4th game in a row with a pick 6. Houston is 1-3 during this ignominious streak.

The game didn’t get any better for Matty and Co. as the Niner defense did a good job of containing Arian Foster and we nullified their passing game. Tremaine Brock, he of the pick 6, had another pick that was almost a 2-fer for him. His downfield coverage was excellent, and Tony Jerrod-Eddie got his Ninersforever bump with a pick of his own.

The offense? Well . . . The good news was they had a short field most of the night, and cashed in on their opportunities. Kappy had a great opening drive, taking the team 65 yards with 3 third down conversions. The other drives were of the short-field variety. 32, 11, 39, 69, and 2 yards. 64 yards of the 69 yard drive of course was the TD to VD. The run game again looked strong. Against a good defense no less. The passing numbers were anemic, (6-15 for 113 yards and a TD), but again, the fields were short, and the opportunities were taken advantage of. They sputtered in the middle of the game, but still got points, so take that as you will.

Winning 34-3 against a tough team is a good thing. Sure, there needs to ba a little more consistency on the offensive side, but all in all a great effort against a very highly rated defense. It’s tine for this team to rattle off a few decisive victories.

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64 Responses to The Texas Two-Step + A Trade Rumor

  1. unca_chuck says:

    WordPress is acting weird again.

  2. snarkk says:

    Great win. But. If the Niners meet a team they can’t push around for Gore and Hunter runs, it looks dicey to me. The lack of WRs is more than concerning. I doubt this team can go far into the playoffs, if it gets there, with a WR corps that is basically at the bottom of the league in ability. I’ll believe Manningham and Crabby coming back in time to help out when I see it…

    • Alleykat says:

      Yeah what’s with are bay area teams Snarkk.
      Freakin Giants can’t get outfielders (Pence excluded).and the 49ers cant draft or trade for talented WR’s.
      Freakin maddening to me.

  3. Irish Kevin says:

    Let me repost this

    I don’t see the Niners getting tested till they play N.O..the 4 games before that if the Niners don’t go at least 3-1 over the next 4 games they will not make the playoffs.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    The season’s just at the 1/4 pole so there’s time to fix things. I am seeing a little different take on things as some of the passing game is getting a little quicker. Again, though, this is Harbaugh’s offense. Heavy on the run until forced otherwise.

    And I’m a little more optimistic than you, Snarkk/AK. I think these guys will improve with Manningham back. Crabs even more so. They are worlds better than Baldwin and Osgood.

    • snarkk says:

      No, Chuck. My point about Crabby and Mann is that I DO think they would improve things, I just don’t think they’ll be back in time or if back, they won’t be in good enough shape in time, to help much before the playoffs are decided. Harbs says Crabby will be back in mid-Nov. I think that’s crazy talk. “Back” meaning what — he can jog? I’ll believe both WRs will be back and really helping this season when I see them running routes and catching passes in a game. Until that happens, I don’t see the Niners beating the top teams like NO and Seattle. Too bad, this year the top tier teams are few and far between — I don’t see Atl or GB or da Bears threatening to take the NFC title game. Nor, the NY Giants (ha ha). I think this week’s game against the Cards needs attention, could be a trap game. Cards at 3-2 have been playing not great, but decently. They need to put pressure on Palmer, he’s like a statue back there. If they do, Niners should be in good shape…

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Back means ready to go, Snarkk. Crabs is running and apparently in good shape. Same with Manningham. They won’t risk hurting them for the rest of the season if they aren’t fully recovered.

    VD is at about 85% . . .

  6. Missed it except for seein a 14-0 score. Net on da blink, fiesta today too busy. Nice win!

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Think Harbaugh can straighten this guy out?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000258614/article/josh-gordon-object-of-browns-niners-trade-talks

    We certainly have the picks to get him.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’d vote to keep our higher Rd Picks Chuck.
      I know he’s a head case and, has potential for off field headaches but….

      Kenny Britt might just be worth a kick of the tires for a Mid Rd Pick to TN.
      Former Rutgers guy who could find some companionship with another Rutgers guy, Anthony Davis?

      Also, having Boldin in the Locker Room wouldn’t be a bad thing either.
      I think we’re OK with the prospect of Crabtree and Mario returning but, again, Britt is a big body who can play when he wants too.

      I think they’ll be looking for something from Baldwin over the next few weeks too.
      We should be OK in the WR Group with what we have, especially if Baldwin contributes.

      My preference for the Draft is to add DB depth and another DLinemen early.
      I’d keep our anticipated pair of 2′s from Alex along with our 1st.
      Rices’ cousin Jordan Matthews is a WR worth consideration too, might see him in Rd 2?

  8. NoFear49er says:

    Package him with that effin’ Norv Turner to call plays for him. Otherwise, what’s the point?

  9. Nipper says:

    A hearty WOOF!

  10. NJ49er says:

    Wanted to throw this out there and forgot…

    Did anyone notice the placards we used on the sideline?
    Rams game I think?

    Perhaps we’re prepping for the Seattle venue afterall.

  11. Irish Kevin says:

    The more things change the more they stay the same, Frank Schwab at Yahoo sports, power Rankings

    4. San Francisco 49ers (3-2, LW: 5)
    Strong, playmaking defense and a solid running game make up for an ineffective quarterback … the 49ers won plenty of games with that formula when Alex Smith was their quarterback, and can do the same with Colin Kaepernick.

    So basically The Niners are going to go away from what got them to the super bowl last year, Kap in the shot gun, seeing the defense, being able to run when neccessary. Instead the Niners are dusting off Nolan/Singletary playbook and turning Kap into an under center QB who will get pounded by a good defense. Should have kept Alex Smith if they were going to revert back to that offense. The Niners have played 2 weak offensive teams in a row. Boldin had 2 yes to touches!! WTF!! Winning against teams that you should be able to beat and thinking that your defense is back is only going to make you delusional when you have to play a good defense and a good offense. When the Niners play a good Defensive team and Gore is stopped whant will the Niners have in plan B? Nothing, because their recievers will not have gotten the touches they needed to stay sharp.

    • Nipper says:

      My how touchy!

      • Irish Kevin says:

        ha ha I am just tired of all the bravado last year about how the Niners were so exciting to watch and just wait till Kap has a full pre season at QB and how the Niners passing game was going to be as good as the running game. 2 bad games and Harbaugh abandons the passing game!! good strategy

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Kevin, this team isn’t going away from the run. As long as you embrace that, you’ll be fine. The passing game IS the issue. Bad WRs or no, this team has to get better at utilizing their WRs. Besides, Houston is not a bad offensive team. Arian Foster is one of the premiere backs in the league, and Schaub is, well, uh, hitting a shakey streak. the D played so well, they gave the Niners short fields and little to do but score easily.

    Good news was the opening drive, they were successful converting 3rd downs, Later in the game? Not so much. Like the Ram game, the offense stagnated for a couple quarters. This can’t happen when you are playing say, Seattle. then again, Houston should have beaten Seattle. I’m pretty sure Harbaugh has no need for Osgood or the lower echelon WRs. Baldwin is the key going forward. At least til Manningham comes back.

    As far as Gordon goes, it would be a pretty high-risk move to go after the guy mainly because of his price tag, but the guy could be a star. The teasm definitely needs a young fast guy who can stretch defenses. No one on the team can currently do that. And, as we all know, they aren’t very good at drafting anyone for that spot.

    I’d do the trade. Boldin has maybe one more year. Crabs might get re-signed. Manningham and Crabs are FAs after this season, so they need to make some decisions as to who they want to keep.

    Much will depend on how both of them bounce back from their injuries.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    And, Kevin, don’t forget the Green Bay game. The Niners came out passing and it worked.

    Sure, it was all Boldin, but with VD getting healthier, there is more opportunity for one of the 2 to be open on any given play.

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    Chuck, I don’t mind the run, but pretty soon, and we saw it when Singletary was here, teams are going to load the box and Gore will have no where to go. The 4th quarter would have been a prime time to test the receivers. even put James back there for some screens. something should have been practiced in the 4th quarter

  15. Irish Kevin says:

    oh and the proffessional analysis just gets better and better, from BRIAN BILLICK
    Colin Kaepernick had just six completions in the entire game on Sunday … and won. Those are like Tim Tebow numbers.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Did Tebow ever go 27-39 for 412 yards and 3 TDs? It wasn’t that long ago.

    Do you hear people bitching about Russell Wilson’s stats? He’s got 28 more yards than Kappy.

  17. Irish Kevin says:

    Chuck, all I know is that EVERYONE, wants to know what has happened to the Niners passing game. as well as you.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    I’ll tell you what happened. Manningham got hurt, Crabs got hurt, and the others not named Boldin aren’t very good. When VD went down, the passing game was kaput. All they had to do was double Boldin and that was that.

    Granted, I’m with you that these coaches need to come up with something a little more exciting than the bland passing game, but as it is, they’ll lean on the run game til they get their guys back.

    And as I said earlier, I thionk they should take a long look at Josh Gordon. If they can talk Cleve into a 3rd round pick, I’d pull the trigger. Hell, I’d throw in Osgood.

    The truth of the matter is the toughest part of their schedule is now done. The nest 4 games (Cards, Tits, Jag, and Panthers) should all be wins. Seattle has also got an easy skate, but we just have to see how this rolls out. The point is to get stronger as the season progresses. 3-2 through this stretch is about what I thought would happen. They need to get these next 4.

  19. Irish Kevin says:

    They should have beat the Colts. IMO, passing game or not.

  20. barleyfreak says:

    Running successfully against the Lambs, who suck, and the Texans, who had Schaub playing FOR us don’t necessarily mean that we’ll be able to just run when we want. Right now Roman is sucking at designing creative plays to get our pedestrian WRs open. Other teams do it. He has been a creative OC on the running side, not so much on the passing. In the end, we’ll need the passing.

    Kaep has lost some confidence and it is up to Robaugh to get more creative in the passing game to help him out. A win is a win, BUT, they’re fooling themselves is they think that the Run/Strong D will carry them all they way. Gore may not hold up, the OL may have injuries, you just never know. Besides, if I were a DC I’d load up to stop the run and dare them to pass. Sound familiar?

    Sure it worked against GB, but their D is really not that impressive. And against high powered offenses like NO (playing very well right now), our D probably won’t hold up. We’ll need more scoring then our running and paltry passing can generate. Having Crabs and MM back, assuming healthy, will help but coming off the injuries they are, there is no guarantee when that REALLY might be. As you’ve mentioned Chuck, our passing route strategy is predicated on getting our WRs as close to a defender as possible and then having CK not throw to them and take a sack, or run out of bounds. Meh.

  21. Flavor says:

    Glad you posted your 2:40pm, Chuck. After Boldin and VD, we have no one who can catch passes. And Boldin can only seem to do it if they scheme him open. It’s pretty tough to have a passing game when Kap looks down field only to find his 1st target double teamed and DB’s painted on to the backs of the rest of his targets…..

  22. 12th man says:

    I agree with the basic sentiment that WR are not generally getting open and the scheme needs adjusting to compensate. However, Williams has gotten open a couple of times and sometimes wide open nd Kap has not looked his was. VD was also wide open easy TD in Rams game and Kap missed him.

  23. 12th man says:

    It feels like Kap is not confident in his progression reads and gets jumpy before he really needs to.

  24. NJ49er says:

    We’ll also have to get Vance involved more going forward.
    I they insist on utilizing multiple TE sets, someone beside VD needs to get into the passing game.

    I’m fine with ground and pound so long as we continue to take some deep shots.
    One thing we never could count on with Alex were the deep shots.

    Not the case with Kaep.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Funny thing is, Smith hit a 50 yard bomb from his own 1 yard line in the last game. It’s one thing I always liked (hated shen we played him) about Reid was he’d take deep shots from anywhere on the field. Every game for about 6 years his first play was invariably a bomb. Maybe it was only against the Niners but he seemed to do it all the time.

    As far as Kappy goes, he’s still green. Russell Wilson’s numbers are dogshit, as are RG 1-III’s. None are getting very good protection, but Kappy sure seems a lot more tentative than last year. Why remains to be discovered. Some of it IS scheme. The coaches aren’t doing him favors by having plays that seemingly take too long to develop. Quicker passes, including slants, would be nice. Screens to slow down the pass rush as well. We’ll get ground and pound, but to make it work, we need to be successful in the air. AZ is playing a little better than expected, and they have good DBs, so the boys better get open.

    Curious is the fact that AZ’s D is 22nd against the pass though. 6th against the D. Haven’t seen them at all this year, so I don’t know how Palmer’s doing. But, really? Palmer? Shit, we’d better be able to hit that stiff. I may have to score some tix for the game.

    • Nipper says:

      Chuck insults Palmer. Calling him a “stiff!” News at Eleven.

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck IMO Kaep is being told to make plays from the pocket.
      His first year was about Read/Option due to his familiarity with it.
      Made sense since he got the starting gig due to injury.

      My guess is, Harbaugh/GRo are asking him to make reads this year.
      He can always go mobile later in the year when Defenses stop expecting it.

      For now, he absolutely needs to get comfortable seeing the field and finding targets.
      He’s missing way too much.
      Would help if there were some WR comfort for him other than ABoldin though.

      Hopefully the Season will get rolling following the BYE.
      For now, we need to keep pace and, not overlook the Cards.

    • NJ49er says:

      Screens would also be much more effective if the Box isn’t always loaded due to our propensity for TE heavy sets too.

      Motion and Spread would really lend to quick hitters being more productive.
      Almost seems like we’re trying to get Defenses packed in for practice purposes?
      All the heavy sets worked well vs Houston.
      Absolutely destroyed their front on many occassions.

      When you spring Frank though, he isn’t sporting a second or third gear to take it the distance.
      LMJ could certainly take it yard though, if they could get him in between the Tackles more.

  26. Irish Kevin says:

    Good article in the Chron,

    http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2013/10/08/10-things-the-49ers-can-do-right-now-to-look-like-super-bowl-contenders-again/#16659-1

    I agree with the first assessment in this article, Colin needs to look deep first. he appears to look for the short pass (see A Smith) first. He needs to learn to let plays develope. especially passing routes.

  27. snarkk says:

    Everything coming up roses for Aldon? Uh, nope.
    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/49ers-Aldon-Smith-hit-with-felony-gun-charges-4882140.php
    He’ll be lucky to come back this year, or ever, with the Niners. This kid is in need of a major major behavioral makeover…

    • snarkk says:

      Oh, and Gooddell is going to love this. Multiple DUIs, shooting handguns off as warning shots, AND felony possession of multiple, illegal assault rifles. A trifecta of everything Goody doesn’t want on the sports pages. The suspension will be 6 games? More?…

    • snarkk says:

      I don’t understand why Delanie Walker hasn’t been hit with some suspension time over this shooting incident. Maybe he will as the dust settles…

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Fuck. Aldon Smith has completed step 2 of the 3 step fuck-the-greatest-gig-in-the-world-up-by-the-time-I’m-25 deal.

    Next step?

    • snarkk says:

      Next step — a jail cell. Or, a casket. The dude better get straight, fast. The next party with guns may be his last. And, Prince Jed must be thrilled at the PR of this…

  29. unca_chuck says:

    No shit, I think he can kiss this season goodbye. Get a great lawyer to avoid the multiple weapons charges and the jail time. Well, the thing is, Aaron Hernandez set the bar pretty high when it comes to stupidity. Aldon didn’t shoot his weapons at anyone.

    Hell of a fucking party though.

  30. NJ49er says:

    Get a look at the Showtime piece they did on LT if you haven’t already.
    Aldon has a lot in common with him apparently.

    What LT didn’t have a problem with during his career is the increased scrutiny of the media and, current substance testing policies.
    He was worshipped here in the NY area which fueled his wreckless behavior.
    The NYG looked the other way for most, if not all, of his playing career because of the talent he brought to their Defense on game days.

    Quite a good story done by Showtime.
    Very candid, very personal, very revealing.
    For all the havoc he wreaked as a player, his personal life was a nonstop party of self destruction.

  31. Irish Kevin says:

    I don’t really care what happens to Aldon, all I know is he is a talented football player who is hurting his team by not being there. At some point the Niners have to cut there losses and move on. Bye, Bye Aldon. Put in a replacement and get on with the business of Football.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    John Clayton seems to think that Aldon can play this year, after his rehab stint (he thinks 4 games) while the rest of his legal entanglements unwind. Whatever come of that would be enforced next season.

    Yeah, I remember LT and all that reckless shit he did. Hollywood Henderson did much the same thing. Lots of talented guys went down that path. Bullet Bob Hayes and Duane Thomas as well. Shit, they were all Cowboys . . .Michael Irvin . .

  33. Irish Kevin says:

    Interesting stat
    Here’s the breakdown of the 49ers offense this year:
    • First three games: 55% passing plays, 45% running plays, 18.5 rushes per game for Frank Gore
    • Last two games: 33% passing plays, 66% running plays, 13.6 rushes per game for Frank Gore

  34. Irish Kevin says:

    Kaepernick’s late-2012 breakout was an exception — a conservative team having a brief dalliance with progressivism before returning to what they’re comfortable with. He’s having a disappointing season because San Francisco has gone back to their power-running game,

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Nippy’s right. The WRs ave something to do with it. Smith never had a great stable of them either, but this team isn’t going sea-change. Not with Harbaugh. This is how he coached in college. 55% run, 45% pass. Besides, do you hear anyone bitching about Russell Wilson’s ‘disappointing’ season? No. He’s 4-1. 23rd in passing yards. Alex Smith is blowing both of them away. What does it mean? Not much.

    Not sure what everyone is expecting. We aren’t going to become the Patriots. mainly because we don;t have to. Will it work in the playoffs? Well, look at Kappy;s numbers last playoffs. The defense was the culprit in the playoffs last year, putting the team behind early. Kappy got them out of those deficits in 2 of the 3 games.

    Having a strong running game isn’t a bad thing. Ball control wins. The problem in the playoffs last year was our secondary.

  36. Nipper says:

    The Giants fought and lost again. 0-6 worst Giants record in 30 years or so they claim. Ouch for them. Ouch for BART riders if no midnight deal. Ouch for the political impasse. Oakland lost…… another ouch for the locals.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Brandon Jacobs 20+ carries for 5 yards per is all you need to know about what shape the Bears D-line was in tonight.

      Cutler is a good QB separated from the bad decisions and impossible throws of yester-year.

      Eli is a good QB having a rough slump. A few inches difference in a few of his throws and he’s a hero back on his game. Some really bad throws in there, too. You know it’s bad when they have to rely on the out-of-football old man to try to keep the ball moving. Only a matter of time before they demand Coughlin’s head, again.

  37. “Alex Smith is blowing both of them away. ”

    18. Smith 1,202 yds
    23. Wilson 997 yds
    25. Kap 969 yds

    Hardly blowing both of them away.

    1. Manning 1,884 yds
    -

    Smith, Wilson and Kap.

    Chuck, someone who sucks as much dick as you should know more about blowing away.

    • Nipper says:

      Don’t take this insult Chuck on your own blog no less. Sheesh!

    • unca_chuck says:

      11 playoff losses? Romo 0-6? Yeah, they are the bomb.

      And yes, Smith has thrown for more yards than Kapopy and Wilson. Plus, he’s 5-0. Howz about your boy toy Tony Romo? 2-3? Sorry facts get in the way of your idiocy, Dennis. welcome to nowhere if you keep this up.

  38. NoFear49er says:

    It seems fans who spend more time watching the cheerleaders and the commercial ads between the plays think Romo and Peyton are the only ‘stars’ in blow-out wins and the only ‘goats’ in fourth quarter losses.

    It’s actually just another method many like to use to bash players they don’t like or deify players they do like and has nothing whatsoever to do with playing the game of football.

    Great way to support a ridiculous premise. Get your head straight and praise Alex and hate on Romo and Manning or it’s curtains for you! Rocky?

  39. unca_chuck says:

    Yer the worst prevaricator out there, NoFear. If Alex Smith threw for 400 yards and 5 TDs, you’d praise the defense, the announcers, and the car parking attendants. Do QBs get too much credit for wins, and too much criticism for losses? Well, yes and no. Look at Romo’s last game. Did he do great? Sure. But. . . There’s always a big but when you talk about Romo. And I don’t mean Jessica Simpson.

    The point being, Romo has had numerous chances to win important games on very talented teams, and he’s failed in nearly all of them. As has Manning. Both have pretty dismal records in regards to that. I HAVE to give Dennis shit mainly because he’s a broken record on that front. In fact, Alex Smith has done something Aaron Rodgers hasn’t. And that’s lead a come-from-behind playoff victory. I think Peyton has 1 in of 20 playoff starts. Romo? Seriously? He’s led about 14 come from ahead losses with a disastrous pick in crunch time. Numbers are great, but at some point both of these guys need to do more than win in the regular season.

    New thread is up, BTW.

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