Who Wins the NFC? Let’s Look at Green Bay

41 days and counting to til the 49ers start camp, although there is a rookie OTA type thing next week. LaMichael James has his last final yesterday, so he can finally participate in something these next few days. As it is, though, everyone is out of town for the next month until July 26th rolls around. Harbaugh himself is off to Peru today for a week to help build houses with a Catholic church down there. No rest for the weary, eh?

Since we are in speculation mode (and have a month to kill), what the hell? I’m picking the 49ers to win the NFC. This schedule is tougher than last year’s, but I sure didn’t see much improvement from the teams around them.

That being said, Green Bay is likely the biggest threat to the Niners going to the Super Bowl. And that is Game One. On the road. The Frozen Tundra. Title Town, USA. Blah Blah Blah. At least it’s September, not January. If we need to go back in January, so be it. The annoying thing is, in 2 of the past 3 seasons, the Niners have played Green Bay in Green Bay (they came here last in 2006), and again, the Niners go there.

Anyhow, not surprisingly, GB used their first 6 out of 8 picks on defense. They used their first pick on a sleeper-type pass rushing DE/OLB (sound familiar?) in Nick Perry out of USC. My hope is he continues the pattern of being the usual overhyped shitty draft pick out of the University of Spoiled Children. The rest of their picks went DT/CB/DE/SS/ILB with a couple compensatory picks at the end (OT and QB). BJ Coleman is expected to take Matt Flynn’s spot on the QB depth chart. Good luck with that BJ.

GB obviously saw their major weaknesses, and that was pass rush/pass coverage, so they loaded up there. Still and all, a challenge for them to improve their defense with one draft (I know. Don’t mention Bill Walsh’s 1981 draft). Their O? Well, they look good there with Chico’s own Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, and Jordy Nelson tearing up the passing lanes. However, Donald Driver’s getting old and may not come back. Jerwhatshisname Findley is a little underwhelming, but they are the class of the NFL in passing offense. Their run game? Well, they don’t use it much, and it got weaker with the loss of  Ryan Grant (559 yards), and the non-awe-inspiring James (578 yards) Starks. Their only big FA acquisition was the addition of Jeff Saturday (age 37) as their center.

As the NY Giants showed though,  pressure Rodgers, slow down the aerial assault, and you can beat the Pack. One-dimensional teams may fly through the regular season, but in the playoffs, your shortcomings are exposed. GB was torched for 325 yard in the air, and committed 4 turnovers (2 picks).  The Niners upgraded their secondary by signing miscreant Perrish Cox in a direct response to the arsenal of pass-happy QBs they face this season. Beyond Rodgers, the Niners play Brady, Stafford, Bradford (2x), E Manning, Brees, and Flynn (2x) among others.  Goldson continues to seek out a big payday, but he’s pretty much guaranteed himself a seat on the bench or sidelines at this point. The Niners have enough talent to absorb his absense or burial on the depth chart. Our Rogers, Whitner, Culliver, and T Brown look to pick up right where they left off last year.

Pass rush is king in Ninerland, though. A strong pass rush creates a lot of those interceptions. The +28 in turnovers last year may or may not happen again (don;t count on it), but Aldon Smith has a full TC to work through, Bowman and Willis have another year to build on together, and the relentless Justin Smith show no signs of slowing down or backing off. The rotation of interior linemen appears stronger than last year with the emergence of Demarcus Dobbs and the return of injured Wil Tukafu to complement Ice Sopoaga and Ray McDonald. 7th round draft pick Cam Johnson could very well be a steal.


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38 Responses to Who Wins the NFC? Let’s Look at Green Bay

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Del Mar Dennis says:
    June 15, 2012 at 11:19 am (Edit)

    I bet Nipper could find some coffee, pancakes and a QB or two or three or four or five that knew a thing or two about winning Super Bowls at this charity breakfast. This charity event along with their flapjacks are so hot they won’t even divulge its location.


    Excellent charity event, Dennis. And an excellent charity.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    I wonder why Alex Smith wasn’t invited?

    • phil fan says:

      He’ll be at the next one when he’s got a Super Bowl win under his belt. I have this on good advice from Del Mar who was seen peering through the locked gate at this fundraiser

  3. Nipper says:

    I wonder where the bloggers are? Lets root the Niners on……in the off season…

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Thank God yer here, Nip.

  5. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Maiocco has a nice recount of today’s charity event. A good time was had by all. I had forgotten that Tom Brady was also at the “Catch” game back in ’82 vs Dallas. So in the future, I guess I could say that Tom and I once attended a game together and I wouldn’t be totally full of BS. Not totally.

  6. philippinefan says:

    Nice write up Chuck. I’m liking:

    “41 days and counting until the 49ers start camp” Oh okay I thought it was yeahs away. That’s doable.

    “Harbaugh himself is off to Peru today for a week to help build houses with a Catholic church down there. No rest for the weary, eh?” He’s diggin’ it. Following the maxim “Do the work you love, you’ll always be happy”. Man is pumped after the recent OTAs. Life is good right now for the Coach. (What great mojo going into the season!…

    “I’m picking the 49ers to win the NFC. This schedule is tougher than last year’s, but I sure didn’t see much improvement from the teams around them”. Yezz, going wid dat. We split wid our DIV we will win the Div. Because they will not win more than us outside the NFC West. Rams? Naw. Cards? Naw. That leaves the Seacrocks. Split? Mebbe but our record will be better overall. Take a seat Carroll.

    “…Green Bay is likely the biggest threat to the Niners going to the Super Bowl. And that is Game One. On the road.” Went to HS over there; it’s Hot in Sept mostly. Fuck that. Reverse of the Giants (win reg then lose playoff) I’m willing to lose =maybe= opener and Win the January game at the Stick. Maybe it plays out that way.. I’ll take it.

    “..the University of Spoiled Children..” My esteemed Father was a UCLA Grad and had large scorn for the elite preppies at USC. Nick Perry? Mebbe, mebbe NOT.

    “As the NY Giants showed though, pressure Rodgers, slow down the aerial assault, and you can beat the Pack. One-dimensional teams may fly through the regular season, but in the playoffs, your shortcomings are exposed”. I JUST Checked: Fangio is sharpening his teeth,playing it close to his vest: GB, tough nut to crack. Right, uh huh. Sack city coming up.

    ” Pass rush is king in Ninerland, though. A strong pass rush creates a lot of those interceptions”. Yezz, zactly… We’re stacked, rested and now coaches got time to ponder GB points of vulnerability. How many points GB gonna score on us 20? 21? Whatever. Let’s wreck Arron’s career.

    Doable people. We are the perfect Beast you’ll see


    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      I had never seen that version before.

      “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

    • phil fan says:

      Early Monday here finally saw this, good stuff. Had to chase the monkeys outta the coconut tree where the broadband is hooked up. Ok all good now, dig?

  7. Legendary Quarterbacks Team up for Another Win.

    Courtesy of Dennis: “Salute to the Titans” who are A Rogers, Young, Montana, Brady, Plunkett. Big assist from Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott. In case ya missed it: http://tinyurl.com/6qvfasq

    -Event expected to net $750,000.00

    -Location secret, Denny couldn’t crash the gate fortunately

    -“Brady was in the stands at Candlestick Park in January 1982 for “The Catch” — Montana’s game-winning touchdown pass to Dwight Clark that sent the 49ers on to their first Super Bowl victory.” He was 41/2 yeahs old and jonesing for one of those ‘big fingers’.

    -“Montana said, “When I came to San Francisco we were 2-14. And we were getting fingers, but they weren’t those big ones.”

    -“Young marveled at how Montana invariably already knew the answer about the game plan while Young frantically flipped through pages searching for the pertinent material.”

    Reading this last night there was much more info on Harris Barton and his parents. This has been cut down a lot since. Barton blocked for Joe and Steve and HE (not Dennis) was instrumental in getting these 2 rivals there together. It’s an annual charity event for brain tumor research which Barton’s parents both died from.

    Those were the glory days of dynasty 1. We’re doing the run up of Dynasty 2 right now.

    • philippinefan says:

      Dynasty 2? Where youse got that idear phil?

      From one Bill Walsh. Not from mother superior skeebwad “i’m da spymaster par excellence”, spitfuck or Del Mar the Magnificent. NO WAY!! Bill Walsh said (somewhere I swear) “Jim Harbaugh will be the next great 49er coach”.

      Don’t take My lousy word fer it, dickwad. Take BW’s. Proof? 6-10 magically became 14-4. AND THAT was before the Captain said: “The No Smoking light is extinguished and :so is the No Smoking sign”

      Light Up fer the magical mystery tour…got an invitationn…

  8. philippinefan says:

    Oops: “…and so is the Fasten Seat Belt sign…”

  9. twinfan1 says:

    Well, the oddsmakers don’t like them- they’re at 18 to 20 to 1. if you like them, jump on that now.Those are great odds for a team that went 13-3 and clearly improved themselves in the off season.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Is that to win or to get there, Twin? If it’s to get there, I’m on that action.

      I thought they were like 4-1 to win the NFC. If they win the NFC, they win the Super Bowl in my opinion.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    The latest line haas the Niners at 10-1. A bet I’m going to make. . .

  11. unca_chuck says:

    If you can find ne 20-1, Mike, I’ll jump on that.

  12. Del Mar Dennis says:

    18 or 20/1? Who’s giving those odds, Zeke? The 49ers are 4/1 to win the NFC and 8 and up to 10/1 to win the SB at the reputable sportsbooks.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      The operative word being “reputable.” Can a sportsbook and gambling in general be of good repute? What would Jimmy the Greek say?

  13. phil fan says:

    Those odds sound too good but 10-1 is doable- were I to be a betting man I’d take ’em.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Fuck off, Dennis.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    I took that post down, Dennis.

    Don’t bring shit here from other blogs.

  16. twinfan1 says:

    I apologize- that was last year’s. I thought it looked off… Shoot me.

  17. Irish Kevin says:

    Hard to talk Football, for me just nothing to talk about. except…Dennis are you rooting for Alex this year? or are you still mourning the fact that Manning is not a Niner QB? I don’t know if the Niners can improve on a 13-3 season. To improve means going to the SB. I would be happy with a 10-6 season with a SB win. If they win less than 10 I think that is a step backwards. And they probably don’t go to the SB.

    • phil fan says:

      11-5 sez right here in my crystal ball. Win the Div, bye week. It gets cloudy after that. The door is open as justin Smith sez. Barring injuries the Niners will be tough to beat.

      • Nipper says:

        Injuries in football determine a lot. Depth is critical.

      • phil fan says:

        Yeah Nip we were lucky last year on the injury front- and without training camp/OTAs anyway, new coaches, new schemes- we were good to get where we did with half the old team of Singletron and NoWit. So This year we have a better receiving corps, better run game, better OL AND More Depth everywhere.. We were frortunate. A few injuries to QB, OL, DL, LBs and we never beat NO or come as close as we done with the NY fellers.

        Can’t never have enough good playas, yep.

  18. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Some sad news to pass along…49ers legendary WR R.C. Owens passed away Sunday. “Alley Oop” was 78.

    I remember meeting R.C. back in the Stadium Club at the ‘Stick many years ago. He was like their official greeter and would walk around shaking hands and take pictures with all the fans.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Damn.That’s too bad. I met him one drunken night in the stadium cub as well. Very nice guy. Had to talk to him about ’57…

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