Good News on Gore — On to Week 11

The good news ouf of 49er head quarters (and from Gore himself) is that his knee problem was just a bruise, and RB coach Tom Rathman kept him out of the game as a precautionary measure.  He and the team say he’s good to go for the AZ game this Sunday. Othet than that, there were no significant injuries to the team last Sunday. A hard fought (and hard hitting affair) that left more than a few Giants limping off the field. Finesse that, mofos. Frankly, I’d like to see Frank take a break, or, at the most, get 1 or 2 series, and then the rest of the day off. This is the dreaded trap game against AZ (‘inferior’ opponent at home, big nationally televised game against your older brother in 4 days), and the Niners would be well-served to give Frank some time off. No need to oversue him at this point in the season. Keep him fresh for the later games, and playoff push. I suspect he gets a reduced number of carries going forward. Both Hunter and Dixon did well in his place last week. They should get the bulk of the work this weekend.

I really don’t buy into the trap stuff, as this is a division game, and the 49ers are now the team our division is gunning for. Harbaugh is always there (I’m sure) to earhole players that start feeling a little too big for their britches. Skelton had a fairly decent game against the Iggles, and brought them back for yet another 4th quarter collapse by the Dream team.  My hope is the Niners can get the pass rush going again. Our DBs have been burned a little more than I like due to the fact that the pass rush isn’t quite as solid against the better teams in the league. Even the Washington game saw Buffalo get 10 sacks, and the Niners only one. Goldson came on a blitz from about 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage last weekend, and Manning easily read that for the TD down the sideline to Nicks in the 4th quarter. The coverage WAS generally very good, but Manning was very accurate, and fit the ball in to a lot of small windows all game. The thing about the pass rush is, a lot of teams are throwing the ball quick to minimize our penetration. Therefore, safety blitzes don’t work very well. Fangio needs to dial up some corner blitzes to get instant disruption.

What I really liked about last game was the fact that Smith hit a ton of different passes. Deep middle, mid-range lasers down the middle, slants, dump-offs, and a couple deep sideline routes were all right on the money, and the yards-after-catch numbers were off the charts. Smith really showed his stuff with a game plan that was built around his passing the ball, and he passed with flying colors. The only blemish was the Ginn pick. If Ginn catches that ball, Smith is 20-30, 254 yards, and something like 18 points higher in his QBR. But, as Smith said, the only numbers he really cares about are wins and losses.


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42 Responses to Good News on Gore — On to Week 11

  1. twinfan1 says:

    As I showed, the “trap game” is a myth as far as how the better team performs in them. In fact, the team over .500 does better in the so called trap games than they do in regular games. AZ is the only game for the Niners this year that qualifies as a “trap game”, BTW. So, if they do lose, some moron(s) will cite that as the reason. They would be wrong..

  2. snarkk says:

    Whoever invented this “trap game” shit? In the old days (pre-2000?), if you lost to an inferior opponent, it was just “shit happens”, or “we F’d up”. Anyway, yes to the reduced use of Gore. He shouldn’t get more than 15-18 runs a game from here on out so he doesn’t wear down for the playoffs, maybe 10 or fewer this weekend to keep fresh for the Ravens game. That will be a punishing game. Hunter is a guy on the rise, is good catching flat passes or dinks over the middle with good YAC, and Dixon is OK for a handful of rushes a game, incl. short yardage, to keep sharp. He’s a load. Arizona has played better the last few weeks compared to earlier, but limiting Gore to 10 rushes or fewer this Sunday should not make much difference in beating them….

    • phil fan says:

      Do our guys think AZ is a trap game?

      “No, this is not a trap game for us,” left tackle Joe Staley said. “This is a rivalry game. We expect the best effort out of them. It’s always a very physical game regardless of records.”

      Said Vernon Davis: “They play us hard whenever the play them. They always match our intensity. We can’t take them lightly. We have to come out and attack them right away. Because they are a good team in my eyes. They might not have the same record as us, but we’re still doing the right things.”

  3. twinfan1 says:

    Yeah, it’s funny really.AZ was 1-6 under Kolb, 2-0 under Skelton. It’s looking like we’ll see Skelton.

  4. Kevin says:

    Yeah Chuck, in the Sac Bee, Eileen Voisen titled her article “Cats out of the Bag, The Niners have a passing Game”. She thinks opposing deffenses are going to have even a more difficult time now. Gore or the Passing game.

  5. phil fan says:

    Trap game? Whatever. Any time Soft takes control it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Any team can have a let down and it doesn’t take much of one to fail in the NFL. So there’s your trap and it’s always a possibility. This is one of the reasons why BW and now Jimbo are such good coaches: they understand the many pitfalls and act to counter them, keep the men motivated and alert. This is not a small thing! We had one motivational speaker coaching around here who was unable to motivate the team on a consistent basis. If it was just a matter of Rah, Rah!, Win one for da ’85 Bears! any college or HS coach could win in the NFL (or in HS or college). With our current coaching staff and HC we have a good chance to maintain our edge and motivation due to them being knowledgeable of all the other stuff it takes to win. And they have the ability to teach the players how to improve. Remember when Walsh would develop players? Yeah I forgot all that too as our talent declined over the years. Now we got another chance to see what excellent coaching, leadership can do for talented players: they get better!

    God willing the staff will stay together for a few years. Harbaugh has got to be already thinking of who would replace this one or that one just like he does with the players. As long as JH is the HC we’re gonna have a chance.

  6. phil fan says:

    Skelton? Really? Arizona has got to be desperate after what they gave up for Kolb but if he’s healthy he’s going to play I’m betting. m

    • twinfan1 says:

      He hasn’t been healthy, that’s why Skelton has been playing. Kolb’s been out the past two weeks and NFL,COM says he’s doubtful for this week (turf toe)

    • phil fan says:

      Coach W says “nothing to discuss until we can see him on the field” and he’s not practicing so… Speculation is he will start when fully healthy.

  7. twinfan1 says:

    And in good news for DT Denny, talks of Alex Smith’s new contract are heating up. Three years seems to be the consensus, could be 5.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Phil, I think this coaching staff stays pretty much intact for the next 3-4 years at least. Vic Fangio has been an NFL coach of one kind or another for ~25 years. Greg Roman has been coaching for 14 years. It isn’t like these guys are itching for HC jobs. They are pretty much what they are, and that is great position coaches. I don’t think either (or Rathman for that matter) is on the fast track to seeking out another HC spot.

    As far as Kolb goes, if he keeps losing, what’s the point? They get to deal with their own Smiht/Smith/Hill/O’Fumbleagain QB ‘controversy.’ The one thing we know all too well around here is that musical QBs rarely gets you anywhere but in trouble. Shit. look at Shanahan. He’s already blown the season up by flip-flopping his QBs. Whizzenhurtz could do the very same with Kolb/Skelton. The thing is, as of now Kolb isn’t practicing, so the story is, Skelton is still the guy unless Kolb gets healthy in the next couple days. Will they drag it out?

    That remians to be seen.

  9. phil fan says:

    I don’t think Skelton or Kolb can beat us at the Stick this year so no worries. Just making the point that with the humongous price the ‘Tards paid for him I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get many, many chances to be The Guy. My guess is they made a big mistake due to GM/coaching deficiencies and not being able to develop a QB (lienhart) so they brought in Kolb. They way overpaid, right?? Great, as many predicted before the season- they have no idea how hard it will be to replace Warner. Not to get all Soft about it but does anyone think they will beat Harbaugh’s boys with either of those guys?

    I think the ‘Tards are going to be going down for quite awhile; don’t see them building a winner until they upgrade their front office. We know how long that can take!

    28-10 Niners

  10. phil fan says:

    Chuck I guess I’m remembering how many talented coaches left the team in recent years and went on to greener pastures- Turner, McCarthy mainly. Then we were stuck with the dregs who had no clue on offense and down we went, ugh. Well all good if your thoughts are correct that the current crop have few outside ambitions at this point. Stick around men, let’s win a few Championships!

    BTW, even as a minor Charger fan I gotta say the way it went down when Norvell T went over there and we were stuck with whatshisname? this year I’m shedding NO Tears over their bad luck and trouble. None. They had a nice run but this year it’s our turn and that shit is all in the past. The other good coach we lost, McCarthy and the QB we didn’t draft, well that’s all in the future. Like this year. Beating them would kinda even the score with all that history. Well, one game at a time. We’ll see soon enough.

  11. phil fan says:

    Chuck mentioned corner blitzes to get to the QB faster, more pressure. Have we done much of that this year? I guess we’d be more vulnerable to the run and short passes. Is that right? On Sunday if you see one could you mention it on the blog? Thanks

  12. robd says:

    hey PHIL

    i think my fantasy team got a much hoped for stat adjustment and beat urs the week before last !
    (when we were seperated by .5 points ! go back and check and let me know !)

  13. robd says:

    got me some fresh squeezed OJ and pink grapefruit juice and vodka !
    awesome !
    the best part of this thing is that we’re just going to get better ! after missing the whole offseason , the 0-line keeps coming around , ! we finally have our top two WR’s in there so alex and edwards and crabs will be able to get on the same page !
    throw in vernon davis and more of hunter in the passing game and
    WOW !

    i say we beat the ravens in baltimore and go 14-2 !

    btw , nothing beats freshly picked oranges and pink grapefruits

    • phil fan says:

      Wow I didn’t check the standings Chuck, well done! Poor Del Mar, he’s gonna have to get a couple bottles of the good bourbon so he can cry to the Bergermeister and pay him off.

      • phil fan says:

        Oops that post should be below- to chuck.

        To rob I gotta question: “nothing beats freshly picked oranges and pink grapefruits”. OK Is that before OR after ya add the vodka??

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Glory be. I beat Dennis. Hyuk.

    Unca’s Army is making it’s triumphant return from the dead.

  15. twinfan1 says:

    Phil, of course Kolb will get every chance. I think he has a 6 year contract at something like 50 or 60 million with 20 mill guaranteed. A lot of “experts” like Kolb, including the blogsperts on the Insider, he was the most popular choice to replace our Game Manager..

    • phil fan says:

      He’s the Trojan Horse that brings down the once proud Warner led Cards. Does he have the talent of our guy AS? No evidence of that. Do they have a QB developer on staff? No evidence there either. For all the struggles our boys had waiting for ownership/management to get their shit together AT Least Alex always had the raw talent (and guts) to become the ELITE QB we are beginning to see consistently. Kolb? Not so much

  16. unca_chuck says:

    I certainly thought Kolb was worth a look, but not at that price.

    Chances are we get Skelton. I haven’t heard anything saying Kolb is even ready to start practicing.

  17. twinfan1 says:

    Well, Kolb would have to have to been the “man” or he wasn’t coming here. No way he would have agreed to compete for the job..
    I did say he he was doubtful for this Sunday as per NFL.COM, by the way.

  18. phil fan says:

    IF Kolb was our QB what would our record be? Twin had it at 4-4 last week. Sounds about right.

  19. winder says:

    Lol, and I thought I was a little loopy.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, I hate it when work gets in the way of fun . . .

  21. unca_chuck says:


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