Next Steps

If you folks didn’t notice, Brady Hoke was recently fired as the head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines. My thoughts for a while now were that Jim Harbaugh wanted that job more than any other, as he went there and played under Bo Shembechler. So now that door is wide open.

Then again, I thought Jerry Jones would swoop in and love to snatch up our HC if shit here becomes (is) untenable. Whither the Jets and Raiders, as floated by the front office the other day? I don’t buy into either of those. Both teams are pretty screwed up.

I guess he Raiders could be viable as Jimbo’s wife doesn’t want to leave town.

does anyone really think this coaching staff will remain in place next year? I’ve also said for a while now that I think Jim is sowing the seeds of doubt himself.  He wants an out because he feels unappreciated, hasn’t gotten the extension he thinks he deserves,  and doesn’t have. Very good relationship with anyone in the building.  Barring a Giant-like playoff run does anyone out there think these guys will remain in place? Even if the Niners win out, I think in the least Roman is gone.

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Down, But Not Quite Out?

Funny thing is, for all the turmoil and angst, the 49ers are one game out of the hunt. Beat the Raiders, and Hawks (right) and all is good. I mean really, all we have to do is pass Dallas or Deetroit. If we somehow beat Seattle, our life will be good.

Then again, who am I kidding? The Niners could barely beat the Giants, and they promptly lost to Jacksonville. The Niners put up a paltry 16 on the Skins, and Indy dropped a 49 spot on them. The lowly Rams dropped 52 on the Raiders so we should get about 9.

Shit, I don’t know. If this team was middle-of-the-road offensively, we’d be 9-3. As it is we are teetering on the brink of losing our head coach, among other staff members. Is it the right path? Well, seeing as this was the make-or-break year for Harbaugh, and he’s played his part in this charade as well, I think he’s as good as gone. Barring some kind of majic offensive mojo turnaround.

Harbaugh did give his blessing to Roman’s play calling for the rest of the year, so it looks like we go 9-7 and miss the playoffs.

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A Season Down the Tubes

Well, there you go. An offense that struggled against some bad teams was completely overmatched by Seattle. This season is pretty much lost , so I guess the Harbaugh watch starts tomorrow. Frankly, I’m pissed this offense has been pretty much a failure. I’m at the point where I don’t know if the coaching staff has fucked Kaepernick to the point of  his indecision and not trusting himself, or if he just isn’t getting past his 1st read and just chucking away.

Beyond this game, Roman has been a failure throughout this season. Kaepernick hasn’t grown as a QB, and the new weapons we have were basically ignored after week 8. VD has been a disaster, Crabs has been fair to middling, and the run game has disappeared. Boldin has been the only consistent WR on the team, and the parade of backup TEs have done nothing. I heard Collinsworth say t0night that he saw Harbaugh start to take over the play calling in the middle of the 3rd quarter. How he knew that I don’t know, but if it took Jimbo this long to figure the play calling needs help, then I don;t know what he has been watching these past 10 weeks.

Where are we as a team? Well, the defense is beyond awesome. Despite killer injuries. The offense? I don;t know. Harbaugh may have resurrected Alex Smith’s career, but I think he’s breaking Colin Kaepernick.

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A Season on the Brink

After a couple ugly losses and three ugly wins, the game everyone circled on the calendar as the divisional showdown between the 49ers and the Seahawks, instead turns out to be a battle for their playoff lives.

Seattle seems to be coming around from their Super Bowl hangover, but they went and stole the dysfunctional locker room moniker for the Niners by going through their own brand of hysteria. Gone is Percy Harvin, and freshly emerged is the animosity between Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawk front office and coaching staff.

Whatever. I’ve lost all sense of knowing what this Niner team is and what it can do. The new weapons of Stevie Wonder and Brandon Lloyd in the passing game are but distant memories as 90% of the passes now go through Boldin and Crabs with the occasional dropped passes by VD. The run game is a hit and miss deal now. The oft injured defense is soldiering on undaunted. And the play calling remains a mystery.

I have no expectations.

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Are We the Plane, or the Quonset Hut?

We are still in playoff mode as the season progresses, and one has to wonder if the team can keep winning without a viable offense. Washington is another team that is a bottom-feeder that we should dispatch with ease. Thing is,, this team is always doing things like fumbling after a lengthy drive, 2 TEs crash into each other and neither catches the ball, drops, penalties, missed blitz pickups, botched snaps, asinine play calling, the list goes on. Funny thing is, the quarterback is catching heat for this. Some of it is deserved, as Kappy seems to hold the ball too long sometimes, and he has been off target more than usual lately, but a lot of it is on the other payers.

Gore never fumbles, but he did. Boldin is as sure-handed as a WR can be, and he dropped 5 in one game. The line is the best in the league, til they are injured beyond belief, and can’t block a toddler. VD and Crabs are in various states of pout mode. And the red zone offense continues to be an unsolvable mystery.

Through all this the injury-riddled defense keeps plugging away. Yes, another game that I say we should win going away. Still waiting for that to happen this year.

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Waaah-shing-tun Comes a Calling – or the Redskins Visit Alcatraz, uh SC

The semi-resurgent San Francisco 49ers host the team the shall not be nicknamed this weekend. After two of the 49ers ugliest losses in a while against the Rams and Broncos, they won two of their ugliest wins in recent memory against New Orleans and New York. Granted they were road wins, but stop me if you are happy with the offense.

The woefullest red zone offense was even more woeful as their 4 trips into the red zone against the worst defense in the NFL netted a grand total of 9 points. Eli Manning apparently tried to undo the damage his brother did against us by throwing 5 picks and generally sucking harder than a Kirby plugged in to 220 volts. Galling to me is that for all our losses, ONE can be attributed to the defense. And that was the misguided Fangio strategy of laying off Peyton’s WRs and not pressuring Manning in the pocket. The rest, the defense did enough to win. Or the offense simply couldn’t sustain any drives in the 2nd half to put games away and thus the defense wore down.

Which brings us to another weak-assed NFC East opponent. The Washington Red-asses. To say our team is in turmoil is not too far from the truth, but the reality on the other side of the line of scrimmage makes the 49ers look like the 1966 Packers. The Redskins yet again are a footnote in the NFC East having gone 3-7 amid quarterback controversies, benchings, and the dressing down of RG III by Jay Gruden, you have unrelenting stink. And, seeing how they sold the farm to get their QB who isn’t working out, they likely have another 3 years of crapitude coming their way.

So, what happens now? I have no clue. The team doesn’t seem pt have a very big home field advantage, or they aren’t used to playing in Great America’s parking lot, but losing to the Bears and Rams at home is not a good look. Granted, they did beat the Eagles and the Chiefs there, but I can’t understand why this team seemingly cannot design a cogent offensive game plan that takes advantage of a given team’s weaknesses, and can never seem to sustain anything other than the occasional big play surrounded by ineptitude and butchery.

The 49ers have gone away from their run game, and if you take away Kappy’s scramble numbers we go from 8th to 27th. Not good. Passing has been very inconsistent amid a ton of sacks, and a screwed up blocking scheme, hampered by injuries, holdouts, and blatant inconsistency. Beyond that, we play to the level, or below the lever of our opponents. Thing is we are NOT far from being a very good team. For all intents and purposes, we have no business being this good on defense. Vic Fangio has done an EXCELLENT job of integrating the rookies into the defense, as injuries have forced them to.

The newly-unleashed offense? Well, the leash may be off, but we still aren’t moving. The complaining alluded to early in camp and during the regular season seems to be emanating from two of our supposed stars and leaders in the twin virusses, VD and Crabs. Both have been lackadaisacal and both have suffered the dropsies all year. At least Crabs has come through amid the mistakes as he complains about his role. VD seems to be half-assing in on every route. He is but an afterthought.

All of this leads to discord with an offense that is already challenged. Kappy tried a few times to get VD involved in the offense, but got nothing for it. rabs? He’s 50-50. Time to up the plays for Stevie Wonder, throw a few more deep balls to BLloyd, and put VD on the bench. VMcD can block fine. And I loved the deep route they sent him on last week. Can you say Huh? Gimme a good goddamned break. You can’t use Lloyd on a play like that?

Fix the offense, and this team can go far in the playoffs. Don’t fix it and we are one and done, if not on the outside looking in. The Niners have the next couple games to determine their fate. Which they pretty much hold in their hands. 3-1 in the next 4, and they are in the thick of the playoff run. Anything less and they are done.

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A Rose By Any Other Name . . .

Still smells like shit . . . I’ve seen my share of ugly wins, but this last one takes the sheet cake. Sheeeit cake? Eli Manning gave us FIVE turnovers and plenty of field position, and the Niners scored a whopping 16 points. In yet another case of not being able to put away a shitty team, the defense again and again made 4th downs stands, hurried Manning all day, got 5 picks, and in the end, couldn’t score to help the woeful offense.

How awful? Well, I guess you had to see it to believe it. Kappy’s day was OK. 15-29, 193 yards and a TD. No fumbles, no picks. The Niners only gave up one sack. GOre had 95 yards on the ground, and the team had 148. Yet through all those yards, we yet again, choked, sputtered, and crapped ourselves in the red zone. 4 trips and a grand total of 9 points. One drive was killed by an inexplicable fumble by Gore. His 1st of the year. Which led to the Giants best drive of the day and their only TD. The rest were killed by more of the same crap-ass play calling that has plagued this team all season. A naked roll right was sniffed out and easily stuffed for a 7 yard loss to kill a drive. The next two drives seemed all about getting the ball to VD and Crabs at all costs, which led to two more FGs.

The 2nd half was one nice crossing route that Crabs took to the house after holding off a couple Giant DBs followed by loss on downs and 3 punts. Against arguably the worst defense in the league, the high powered 49er offense could not muster one measly FG. Eli kept getting ‘em close to the end zone, and he kept throwing picks. Some amazingly nowhere NEAR a Giant WR.

I’d love to feel good about 2 road wins in 2 tough venues, but my God, this team leaves points on the field like my dogs leave turds in my back yard. Yeah, they are 6-4, and they have a chance to go 7-4 against another hapless NFC East team (and this would give them the division sweep) but unless this team pulls out of thew collective funk that the offense is in, they will be one and done in the playoffs. I wonder id it’s time to bench VD. He’s not showing any enthusiasm in his route running, and half-assed it on the balls throw his way. I’m on the fence with Crabs, but he’s at least making plays around his drops.

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