Game Day – A New Hope

In a galaxy far far away, blah blah blah. . . Well, this is head coach IV (the new hope, get it?) for the gang that can’t run the team straight. The Yorks are hoping against hope that Jim Harbaugh can get these guys on the right path. They’ve had one draft, and some fair to middling preseason resluts. Fairly impressive when you take into account the fact that there was little coaching time. This will be a learn as you go kind of season, but the easier games are early.

What does it mean for real? No clue. The hope is the offense gains some consistency, and the defense gets more aggressive. That’s all I’m looking for, in a nutshell. Nanoo nanoo . . .


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300 Responses to Game Day – A New Hope

  1. grumpyguy says:

    Automatic first down. Hope this does not backfire on us.

  2. grumpyguy says:

    Goddamnit, PAD LEVEL!!!

  3. Del Mar Dennis says:

    They called that “roughing the kicker?” Seriously, the NFL is more gay than Mrs. Blood.

    I want my old football back. This game sucks.

  4. Fugazi says:

    Terrible play calling

  5. Spitblood says:

    Terrible fuckin’ play calling. TERRIBLE!

  6. grumpyguy says:

    WHY can our O-line not get under the defensive linemen? AT ANY TIME?


  7. grumpyguy says:

    Centered the ball between the hashmarks for Akers.

  8. Spitblood says:

    That’s bad coaching by Jim Harbaugh right there.

  9. Fugazi says:

    No imagination whatsoever. Vanilla offense at best

  10. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Jim Harbaugh by ALL his actions today does NOT trust Alex Smith when the chips are on the table. So I ask you. Why is he still our quarterback, and why the fuck haven’t we fired Jim Harbaugh?

  11. Spitblood says:

    Jim got handed the ball at the one with a first and he ran up the gut three times. Terrible. Fuckin’ awful play calling.

  12. grumpyguy says:

    Carroll is making them kick it from close up, declining all the penalties.

  13. Fugazi says:

    Arizona beat Carolina.

  14. Spitblood says:

    Game managers. Can’t win with ’em ……… pass the beer nuts.

  15. twinfan1 says:

    Mike Singlebaugh.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      How much we betting next week? You have Alex, I have Tony.
      You also have another thing; no gumption and a chickenshit heart.

  16. grumpyguy says:

    Two score game. Carroll needs a miracle to win. But we haven’t done ourselves a lot of favors today.

    The offense had better play better, even with the defense playing well, or we will struggle to get to 6-10.

  17. grumpyguy says:

    Newton has driven the Panthers down to inside the 20 with a minute left, trailing 28-21.

    • grumpyguy says:

      Now its over… four straight incompletions from the 11. Patrick Peterson won it for the Tards with an 89-yd punt return.

  18. grumpyguy says:

    Well. That sucks.

  19. Spitblood says:

    that’s on Alex too

  20. grumpyguy says:

    Carroll should kick it deep and make Alex and Gore beat him.

  21. grumpyguy says:

    Well… it is better to be lucky than good.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Grump, take it from a degenerate gambler. That only works for day or so.
      It’s much better to be good.

  22. Spitblood says:


  23. Fugazi says:

    Son of a Bitch that Ginn is quick.

  24. grumpyguy says:

    Imagine how good a WR he could be, if he could only catch the ball.

  25. Spitblood says:

    Defense and special teams……. ’cause the O stinks. TED GINN!!!!!

  26. grumpyguy says:

    The whole offense should give their game checks to Andy Lee, Ted Ginn and Ray McDonald.

  27. Spitblood says:

    Ole’ McDonald is bringin’ it.

  28. grumpyguy says:

    You gotta be kidding me LOL

  29. Fugazi says:

    Its the Ted Ginn show..

  30. grumpyguy says:

    Fucking Ginn save something for the rest of the damned year!

  31. Spitblood says:

    It’s the Ted Ginn show. He’s too valuable to the organization to keep him as a wr. Gotta keep him as a return man. Lol. No receiver duties.

  32. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Can Ted Ginn Jr. play QB?

  33. twinfan1 says:

    I’d have to give Smith credit for those returns.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Alex vs Tony. The loser doesn’t blog for a month.

      As my good friend Bill O’Reilly would say, “what say you?”

      You don’t have the gumption.

  34. Spitblood says:


  35. grumpyguy says:

    What’s your deal, Pete?

  36. Fugazi says:

    Whose got the Niners in the 33 pool

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      You play in a 33 pool? 33-19. I’m sunk more money into that ship than the Titanic.

      • Fugazi says:

        Yup, won it once each of the last four years. 32 of us 100 bucks a team. Carryover till there’s a winner. That pot gets big sometimes..

  37. Spitblood says:

    Honestly, Jim….. do we have a problem?

  38. unca_chuck says:

    D line has been big today. O line? Not so much. A Smith? Checkdown Charlie? Shit, Harbaugh sure didn’t give him much to do downfield, but he had Crabs in the end zone and checked down to Gore.

  39. Spitblood says:

    Jim, I respect you as a coach, just wanna know, is there an issue between the two of us? Are we cross?

  40. twinfan1 says:

    There’s really nothing to bitch about, boys. This is why your dog hides on game day.

    • grumpyguy says:

      No, there is plenty to bitch about. The offense was not very good today. They need to play better to beat a good NFL team. I’m not going to blame it all on Alex, personally, but he didn’t make things much better. Two or three good throws and no errors, but that won’t get it done against the better teams. They have to move the chains.

  41. Spitblood says:

    my dog hides because he doesn’t want anymore peanut butter.

  42. Spitblood says:

    The Seahawks aren’t very good. They are rebuilding also. Alex Smith’s stats sucked against a rebuilding team. Wait until the Niners play better opponents. Smith won’t be able to compete.

  43. Spitblood says:

    Gotcha a- GINN, Pete.

  44. grumpyguy says:

    I’m still going to play wait and see with Alex. If we get to the bye and these problems moving the ball are behind us, and we’re around .500, great. But we obviously still have a lot of improving to do.

  45. Fugazi says:

    Thanks Unca Chuck for letting me post in your blog, hope i wasn’t a pain in the ass.

    Thanks everybody, Cocktail Hour starts at 5 at my Brothers.. Maybe I’ll see ya next time.. 🙂

  46. twinfan1 says:

    The problem was more the plan than the execution. He was fine. If any other QB had his game, you’d praise it. It’s Smith’s burden, dishonest critcism. It wasn’t flashy-by design, and there was virtually zero run game. Now go get your dog out from under the bed.

  47. Spitblood says:

    124 yards passing was good, Twinfan? No TDs? Hmmmm, seems like a game manager to me. You a fan of the Brian Billick Ravens?

    • twinfan1 says:

      As I said, he executed the game plan,, what’s your dumb ass issue with game management? He was tough, no errors, a huge drive when Seattle closed to one score. You’re probably one of the idiots who wanted McNabb.

  48. twinfan1 says:

    There’s about a dozen QBs who’d love to have had his day. I’m out, bitch away, it’s what you do.

  49. Spitblood says:

    Being better than crappy qbs isn’t the goal. It’s to be the best.

  50. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Tony Romo vs Alex Smith next week. A three-time Pro Bowler with a career QBR of 95 vs “your boy,” Alex.

    I like my chances.

  51. Spitblood says:

    game management is defensive, offensive football. you will never compete for a Super Bowl with a game manager. The qb must play great, and win games for you on his back. Alex Smith is a game manager. Can’t win with him in today’s NFL. I’m out.

  52. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Twinfan likes Alex. I like Tony. Will he bet me who comes out on top next week?

    Move over Honor Blackman. We have a new Pussy Galore.

  53. unca_chuck says:

    Whatever, Mike. The play calling was a problem. The O line didn’t run block very well. They pass blocked better. Smith (maybe rightly so) has the jitters when in the pocket. For fear of getting levelled. Sure, it may be justified, but it doesn’t lay to rest the fact that either his coach doesn’t trust him to throw downfield, or there are huge chunks of offense they still need to work on. The 3rd down rate was atrocious. There’s the WCO and then there’s

    This won’t fly against good teams. Like the thread says, these guys should be good enough to beat the bad teams. How they do against the good teams remains to be seen. Smith was OK with what they gave him. He needs to be force-fed many more downfield plays to make this offense go. The pisser is the insistence to go with short passes when everyone knows they are coming. They couldn’t run pr pass effectively enough to sustain drives. Yes, it’s on Harbaugh. But it is also on the QB.

  54. twinfan1 says:

    You are simply FOS. This was the plan against this team. It doesn’t mean it will be that against Dallas.
    Harbaugh was fucking delighted. It’s fair to be mildly critical, you people are acting like he was bad- he fucking wasn’t, he was not great, just good. We always hear about his QB rating when it’s poor. Whan it’s good it doesn’t count, you’re hypocrites.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Everyone on this blog has the same POV- there really are other opinions, from knowledgeable foootball people- people who are not absurdly biased. There is no back and forth here, its a shame that Chuck’s reasonable commenters boogied in the face of the nonsense here.

  55. unca_chuck says:

    Truth be told, the game was takem out of Smith’s hands. If Ginn takes a knee, the outcome would have been different. A loss? We’ll never know. What happens at that point is anyone’s guess, but they were were flat awful converting 3rd downs. What part of my post do you disagree with?

    I don’t really see these guys going deep outs and long passes vs Dallas. A team with a much better D line.

    Harbaugh got ultra-conservative in the red zone. I didn’t like it. With guys like Edwards and VD, they should take a shot or 3 down close. I have to ask why. Harbaugh very easily could have lost without the KO TD. I don’t know what you want, Mike. Smith played an OK game. Call it fine. Great. The fact is they were 1-5 in the red zone, and 1-12 on 3rd down conversions. Yes, it’s coaching, yes it’s a team effort, but at what point do you hold Smith to the struggles of the offense?

    But this game reminded me too much of the past rather than the future.

  56. Del Mar Dennis says:

    That Tony Romo guy looked pretty good on that opening drive…

    How bout dem Cowboys!

  57. robd says:

    nice job , almost 300 posts on here ! you blew the insider away !

  58. twinfan1 says:

    The nature of the game is often dictated by the circumstances. Obviously, Harbaugh chose a conservative offense playing a poor offensive team on the other side.This is common, you don’t want to make mistakes giving the other team scores. When you people are trashing a zero turnover, efficient performance, you’ve crosssed the line to trolling your own blog. And now you’re prejudging his performance next week.

  59. robd says:

    GRUMPY GUY and delmarDENNIS should change names ! GRUMPY was waxing eloquent and all over the place on here while dennis does nothing but piss and moan !

  60. unca_chuck says:

    Like I said, Mike this offense reminds me too much of what left.

    Sure, it’s early. They are working on things. A win is a win, But when it was 19-17, and the Niners were taking the kickoff, I wasn’t too thrilled with our chances. 1-12 on 3rd downs. 1-5 in the red zone.


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