Happy Thanksgiving – On With the Games

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Have a great day. Bring on the food and libations . . .

 

 

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About unca_chuck

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210 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving – On With the Games

  1. Del Mar Dennis says:

    DC talking about that “chop block” penalty that negated our long TD to Ginn. They wouldn’t have called that shit 10 yrs ago. I’m sick and goddamn tired of this “looking out for player safety” BS. Fans aren’t concerned about player safety. We want to see players get hit, and get hit hard. And after that, hit ’em again just for good measure.

    Bring the NFL back to the gladiators and the lion’s den. We’re all savages at heart.

  2. robd says:

    remember , our 0-line still has a lot of growing to do !

    alex smith played a good game today in spite of all the pressure

    • twinfan1 says:

      Under that pressure, he was excellent . What was the graphic? Besides the sacks, I think he was hit 10 times and hurried a few more. He might have had three or four throws unmolested. But I’ve decided to attribute it to the short week and forget about it. Denny, maybe that shrink can help you with that, also. Has he said that it might help if you got rid of Smith’s old underwear ? It’s just not a good look when guests see that on the walls..

  3. robd says:

    calm down you guys … we’re a top ten NFL team and we’re only going to get better !

  4. unca_chuck says:

    The Gore thing was was curious. Fricking Hunter was money on the one drive he was in. Gore slipped and fell like 5 times w/o contact. Ginn I just don’t get. It really pisses me off he can’t catch. Not that they would have won, but christ, catch the fucking ball.

    We threw what one slant? No rollouts.

    I guess some of this can be attributed to the short turnaround. The line looked asleep.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Actually both sides on the line were asleep. No huddle worked to close the half. Wish we would have tried that at some point in the 2nd half. Flacco played a clean game and was untouched. Smith was sacked 8 times. Ergo, they win. Lost it in the trenches.

    Plus those ticky tack penalties really bit it.

    • phil fan says:

      It’s a wake up call alright. Not the QBs fault but we had a pretty poor receiving corps today, drops. Some from too much pressure on the QB

  6. snarkk says:

    Yeah, I’ll chalk most of it up to the short week. But, if losing Snyder causes that much of an apocalypse on the O-line. that is a little scary. Rachal is as bad as we remember. He gotta go in the offseason. Don’t get why Niners did not blitz. Flacco isn’t that good to let him sit back there — Aldon Smith and Brooks were not factors…

  7. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I believe the consensus is finally coming around to what I was bitchin’ and moanin’ bout since the 2nd quarter…Fangio lost the hair on his sack tonight. He did nothing. Worse yet, he tried nothing. The old axiom, “no guts no glory” couldn’t have been more prophetic tonight. Fangio’s defensive game plan was more cowardly than Bert Lahr’s performance in “The Wizard of Oz.”

  8. Del Mar Dennis says:

    And WTF is Alex still wearing that SF Giants cap? Ever since he’s donned that cap neither the Giants nor the Niners can score. Coincidence? I think not. Take off that fucking hat you stoopid mook.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Alex is one of the classiest athletes He never points fingers, even by inference. He stands up to every question every week- and did in the hard times as well. Geez, I wanted to go easy on you,DTD, because I know you’re not all there anymore, but your comments are so consistently ignorant, it’s difficult to ignore. I’ll try again though..

  9. snarkk says:

    As far as I can tell so far, no Niners got badly hurt. That’s a plus…

    • phil fan says:

      Snyder and maybe Gore are pretty beat down; hope we get them back up to speed. We’re thin and don’t have much room for injuries true that

  10. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Refresh my memory. Who was it that said, “on paper our huge edge is QB play” prior to tonight’s game? Ah, yes. That would be our esteemed colleague and venerable blogger, TF.

    Huge edge in QB play. Right you are. Our QB can take his huge edge and take a flying leap off my huge ledge.

  11. snarkk says:

    Niners seemingly cannot scheme a good screen pass on offense.
    Have not for a long time now. Tonight would have been a good time to break out a ton of screens, and draws…

  12. twinfan1 says:

    We did have a huge edge- clearly, and that hasn’t changed. Everyone here knows the problem tonight was our OL, not our QB.

  13. phil fan says:

    And the winner of the score guessing game is….barleyfreaks @ 17-9 Ravens. Del woulda come in 2nd if he had left his original score at Ravens -5 BUT NO he got the big Christmas bonus from the Niner front office and had to do something special like change the line to Ravs -21.

  14. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I’ll be back in a minute. I gotta go take Frank for walk outside. Shit. Vernon just said that the Ravens “gave more effort than us.” Did he mean physical, emotional or mental effort? Regardless, my ledge accepts all failures be it physical, emotional or mental.

    Remember. You’re not such a loser after all.Well, that’s what my doctor keeps telling me. But I think she’s just placating me to keep me off the ledge. “I’m not such a loser after all.” Sounds like sumthin’ the Winter Warlock would say…

  15. twinfan1 says:

    I’m delighted to hear what you just said, DTD. I’m sure you’re not a loser., you just seem to have low self esteem and and project it onto the fucking 49er QB. I’m glad you have Frank, be good to him, Zeke is my best friend, I don’t know what I’d do without him.. If it weren’t for the Obama/gun sight thing I would never have been on your case. I’ll try to ignore the Smith spiels, it’s on me that they annoy me so much. Goodnight, good luck.

  16. phil fan says:

    WELL SAID, APPLAUD!

  17. phil fan says:

    Posted earlier on Grant’s blog:

    Joshua Morgan being out hurts. We are thin at WR and today we saw that hurt us. Also the OL hurt us where we are woefully thin, the game plan and lack of adjustments hurt us. Gore is hurting. Edwards is too.

    QB can’t overcome all that. Thankfully Crabtree and Smith are connecting so we can see some bright spots for the future. However we are thin and hurting at key positions.

    We’ll get the Ravens again at our place, hopefully on a short week after we continue to beef up. Jim will learn from this and then look out.

  18. phil fan says:

    The worst score prediction of the day? Del Mar? Naw he was only off by 11. Gotta admire the stones Grant C showed calling for 30-3 Niner blow out. But that’s a 37 point swing from the reality we got. Posted the following on Grant’s blog earlier: (you guys are all asleep getting your desperately needed beauty sleep so you won’t mind getting sloppy seconds, right?):

    Love ya Grant but your prediction of 30-3 was far worse than any player on the Niners including Rachal.

    (John Wayne voice): “Put down the Kool-aid son and step away from the table there Pilgrim”

  19. grumpyguy says:

    Our offensive issues caught up to us in this game. Our WRs are banged up – Crabs has his foot, Braylon has not been healthy all year and seems to not really believe he should be out there, Morgan is gone for the year, and Ginn as a WR is a pretty good kick returner with hands of stone.

    So no one is getting open very well, and then you have our line, with neither Chilo nor Snyder the real answer at right guiard, Davis still learning, and Staley still Staley (YES, Joe, you DO suck, at times).

    So no big surprise that Alex spent the night running for his life and eating turf. The good news is, two years ago with Singleneuron, we would have lost 48-3. The bad news is, with the playoffs looming, it will be tough to solve these problems without at least another off-season.

    Still, the first order of business is just not to suck. Harbaugh has at least succeeded there, where others failed. We’re still 9-2, still bound for the playoffs, and still playing (for the most part) sound entertaining football. Harbaugh is still, again for the most part, making chicken salad out of chicken shit. Enjoy the ride. Look forward to another draft or two.

  20. twinfan1 says:

    The Ravens are 6-0 at home and turned “Big Ben” into Littlle Bengi, I just would not make too big a deal of this loss unless they don’t rebound quickly. Flacco is no Aaron Rogers but he’s no John Skelton either, a decent QB was going to burn our DBs unless we got more pressure on the QB. My only guess as to why Vic didn’t bring more than 4 is because the game was close and he didn’t want to get burned by a cheapie TD while blitzing. On the other side of the ball, I noted weeks ago that it was a mirage about the OL improving in protection- Harbaugh and Roman just weren’t calling plays that took time to develop.Now with the sudden disappearance of Walker, they’re down to two consistent receivers- VD and, lo and behold, Crabs. No idea what happened with Kyle last light, I didn’t even notice if he played. They’re getting nothing from the backs in the pass game, I didn’t see one called rollout for Alex, no screens to the backs, just the two bubble screens seem to be all they did to counter the rush. Alex seemed to take some responsibility for that, saying he called some poor plays, I presume he audibled into some disasters. But whatever- last night no play calling was going to help when there were 4 and 5 rushers on top of Smith all night. It could be a good thing that issues everyone should have been aware of were exposed now rather in the playoffs. Pittsburgh shoud be a pretty good test to see if they’ve done their homework.

    • grumpyguy says:

      Flacco is very inconsistent and has a few good games a year, and a few inexplicable throws in most of the rest.

      Part of our problem was, he picked last night to bring his “A” game.

      That and our O-line allowing Alex Smith to get the hell beaten out of him.

      Pretty hard to win when your QB is pulling grass out of his mouth after every G-D-d play.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, having 3 days and a 6 hour plane ride to scheme for Balt’s defense is a tough challenge. Still and all, I’d think slants were in order, and screens as well. Hard to say if this is a blip or a harbinger of things to come. 2 games before Pissburgh. 2 games to work out the O line problems and get Snyder healthy. The ESPN wonks wer asking, are these guys a flash in the pan, like Buff and Detroit? Thankfully, someone said, no, they are 4-1 on the east coast. No mean feat.

    Just chalk this one up to a tough set of circumstances and move on. For all the shitty play, the 2 penalties wiped out 150 yards of territory, and would have provided a different outcome.

  22. winder says:

    Reality check, we still can’t walk on water. Props to Alex for being a very tough football player, he got hammered. Kinda like that timex watch, “takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.” We did not adjust to the Ravens D and it cost us dearly, and what’s up with a 3 man rush? From my seat in the peanut gallery it sure looked like we were very muchly outcoached.

  23. snarkk says:

    The only plausible explanation for no blitzing by Niners was the Flacco penchant for hitting deep balls now and again. Coaches knew if you gave up a cheapie or two, they were toast because this offense could not score 20+ on the Ravens at home, unless they got handed some turnovers. Which brings me to that — no turnovers for the Niner D. That’s a real equalizer given the limp nature of the Niner offense that really can use a short field to score, including from the boot of Akers…

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah. Flacco played well strictly underneath. You’d have thunk on a couple of those 3rd down plays Fangio would have dialed up pressure. As it was there was 3 men coming on most of those.

    Same thing happened with Dallas. We had Romo on the ropes, and let him off . . .

  25. snarkk says:

    Niners most glaring weakness? Clearly the receiver corps.
    Nobody can really get separation on long patterns on a consistent basis.
    Edwards is either still really hurt, or is nearly done as an effective wide out.
    Crabby is improving, but won’t make anybody forget John Stallworth.
    Williams must not have confidence of coaches — did he even get a snap last night?
    Ginn is a close relation of Edward Scissorhands.
    VD is overrated. Very good blocker, but has below average hands. Often looks like he’s clueless in the pattern — where he should be, whether he was actually a option in the pattern or even if he was the hot receiver on the blitz. Used to be Alex’ fav, what happened?
    Throws to backs in the flat or over the middle or screens have not been in the repertoire, for whatever reason, for most of the season. The TD to Miller a coupla weeks back is the only significant one I remember. That part of the playbook needs to be dialed up…

  26. unca_chuck says:

    They threw one swing pass that Williams couldn’t reach. That was all I saw from KW. Not having Miller was readily apparent. They continue to run Ginn out there, and the guy gets open, but he just can’t catch. That last pass he’s GOT to use his hands. This isn’t sandlot football.

    That being said, there’s enough time to get shit right. I would like to see Kilgore Trout in there some. They need more and better options than Chilo.

  27. grumpyguy says:

    All we need to do is stitch together Ginn’s legs, the Crab’s hands, and Morgan’s head, and we’d have one great NFL WR.

  28. phil fan says:

    Yes and we used to have one like that: name of Jerry Rice

    • twinfan1 says:

      Unfortunately, he’s gone on to be one of the least gracious studio analysts ever..

      • grumpyguy says:

        My theory is that it’s very difficult for a guy with that kind of HoF talent to be a good coach or analyst. They cannot ever quite get their head around the fact that not everyone has that talent or drive.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Well, Jerry’s never been the most articulate guy out there. He gives stiff and stilted a run for their money. Not sure why he waited 7 years to pick up his announcing career, but he’s a here-and-gone type. Ronnie Lott was good. Not sure what happened with him.

  29. unca_chuck says:

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