Game Day (finally) and QBs on the Hot Seat

Seems like we’ve waded through another preseason. It has been 11 days since the Niners beat Seattle. And the NFL world has gotten more in focus. The Rams and Seattle both lost yesterday, and a win today would put the Niners in the drivers seat, 2 games up on both the AZ and Seattle, for the NFC West as we hit the bye. The blogosphere has been replete with grumblings from the national guys regarding Alex Smith and his status as a starting QB for the 49ers. Those of us not buying the bullshit know it’ll take some major suckitude to force Harbaugh into a decision to put Cappy  in as the starter. This is Alex’s season, live or die.

That being said, there are two guys who ARE on the short list for being replaced as QBs. Mike (I heart dogs) Vick, and Mark (I heart NY) Sanchez. Both suffered terrible losses. the Jets lost to the fairly hapless Dolphins, while the Iggles lost to the undefeated Falcons. Philly, and their new defense promptly gave up points on Atl’s first 6 possessions, and the Iggles could never mount any kind of comeback. The good news for Vick was he weathered a game with no fumbles and no picks. Progress, I suppose, but the Iggles are 3-4, and 2.5 games out of 1st. Their playoff hopes are very dim. Their prospects after Vick however are rookie Nick Foles, and Trent (remember me?) Edwards. So, they don’t look to bench Vick. What could happen is HC Andy Reid getting his walking papers. All their aquisitions in recent memory have only served to jack up unrealistic expectations as the defense flails, and the points allowed pile up. Their line is battered, yet they want to throw more and more. Reid isn’t really protecting Vick by not trying to run more, but the defense threw that out the window yesterday by letting Atl score at will. No matter what these guys do, they are destined for failure, and what likely happens is these guys play out the string, and they make wholesale changes after this season mercifully concludes for them.

The J-E-T-S on the other hand have Jesus in their back pocket. Mark Sanchez had a  terrible game yesterday as he hovered around his uasual sub-.500 completion rate, missed a ton of open guys, fumbled away on a sack,  as he and the Jets yapped their way into another embarrassing loss. This time to the not-so-lowly Miami Dolphins. The curious thing to all this is the undercurrent of Timmy Tebow. Their heir apparent is also the up back on punts. Ooops. he allowed a blocked punt yeterday, and they also suffered a blocked FG to boot. So, you have to wonder, as the Jets are 3-4, but only 2 back in the suddenly weak looking AFC East, whether they take a look at Tebow as their QB going forward. I’d be for this one, only because Sanchez looked flat awful yesterday, and he hasn’t done much of anything to help his offense. The team is in disarray, and Rex Ryan appears only to want to make his team quote-worthy, or in the news for any reason other than playing good football. Might as well go full-circus mode. Tebow obviously isn’t much as a special teamer, and his running plays aren’t fooling anyone.  If they DON’T start him, then why did they get him in the first place?

Give Sanchez one more start. Unfortunately, that start will be in Seattle. Not a place to revive one’s QB numbers. Actually, they should just throw Tebow into the mix. The Jets aren’t going to win that one anyway, so see if the trial by fire can somehow work out for the Jets.

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321 Responses to Game Day (finally) and QBs on the Hot Seat

  1. 12th man says:

    Wicked Defense from the Niners again.

  2. rob says:

    yesssss fuckin crabs ! how’s that for rac

  3. IH1972 says:

    Cards have Crabs

  4. Chico says:

    Holy shit. Have a game Crabtree!

  5. 12th man says:

    Crabtree is on it tonight, how many more yards for Alex was that?

  6. rob says:

    TD 49ers !!!! 24 -0

  7. Chico says:

    Man, Moss turned on the afterburners.. Can’t believe he;s still that fast.

  8. Fugazi says:

    Damn Moss, that was impressive. Great run after catch

  9. IH1972 says:

    Holy shit! Moss can still motor!

  10. rob says:

    breakout game for crabs ! much more to come !

    superbowl here we come !

    i like jon gruden !

  11. 12th man says:

    Niners have finally figured out how to get Randy Moss a TD, have Alex throw it 5 yds and have Moss run it for 42 yds!

    • twinfan1 says:

      One of the legit criticisms of Smith for most of his career was that he didn’t get those YAC because he didn’t give his receivers the opportunity for them. 5 yard pass 42 yard run? Hmmm….sounds familiar- damn, who was that QB? HOF guy…

      • philippinefan says:

        YA Tittle?

      • 12th man says:

        First, take a look a little lower, something about a sense of humor, second, its great to mention QB yds but lets include the WR contributions to said yds too.

      • twinfan1 says:

        OK- I’m sure you have those figures handy for the other QBs in the league. This is a perfect example of the different standrds you guys set for Alex. Where do you see YAC in the QB stats for each game? Nowhere. Smith is 17/18 223. Live with it.

    • philippinefan says:

      Yeah true

  12. Fugazi says:

    I turned off the sound, too much Gruden

  13. 12th man says:

    Come on, have a sense of humor

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Got to love the TD to Moss . . .

  15. rtfirefly says:

    Oh, Jack, you came out of the woodwork. What part of liar did you mean? My cancer, or my taking care of my Father while he died of cancer while I was still learning how to walk again.
    Meet you in hell, buddy.

  16. Flavor says:

    Denny quit watching Giants games when they started winning? Ha, classic. You are dumber and crazier than I ever thought. Listen up dumbfuck, you have no influence on how the Giants do or did. None. But nice job missing one of the great performances in playoff history. You would have hated it anyway. They won. Denny no likey when the team he bludgeons to death with a 1000 negative posts wins anything.
    Don’t fucking fuck with me about your fan-commitment-shit.
    You are a fan of YOU. That’s it. You sit in your hole and spew out the same stupid ass posts that are designed to do one thing: draw attention to yourself. And in your distorted world, that makes you some great *fan*. What a joke.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      There you go again trying to play Sigmund Freud on my ass because you attended some cheap ass liberal arts school along the left coast. Flavor, you don’t know anything about the human mind. Especially mine. Do you really think that I think by me not watching the game influences the outcome? Fucking mook. All I’m trying to do in my life right now, courtesy of my therapist, is feel more positive. Which in turn makes me feel better about myself. If by thinking that me not watching the Giants games had a positive effect on my life, where’s the harm in that?

      There is none. Period. End of sentence. Did we sign Peyton Manning yet?

      • Flavor says:

        besides being a total fucking dooshbag who doesn’t work (you’d fit right in with the liberals on that one, right dude?) and has mental problems that require therapy I’d say there’s no harm in anything you do, Dennis.
        And here’s a tip: you might want to start paying that therapist more $ or find one that can help you. You’re fucking INSANE to miss the playoffs of the team you claim to like and then somehow attribute that, weirdly, to your life being better because of it. Too funny. And yes, I am laughing at you while I write this post you fucking lunatic……….

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Easy boys. It’s 24-0. Not much to go off about.

  18. rob says:

    i want a sack

  19. IH1972 says:

    WTF is AZ doing kicking a FG here? Weak.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    They were at 3 scores anyway.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Dennis, I had to scroll back a ways to find your post, and, please. You stopped watching the Giants because they were winning? Gawd, you have a God complex? Really. You determine the fate of reality.

    Spillman is awesome!! Nice hit by Dashon there.

  22. Chico says:

    Holy shit what a hit. Ouch

  23. rob says:

    goldson plays ronnie lott there !

  24. Alleykat says:

    Real nice work by Spillman on the punt.
    Goldson with a HUGE HIT!!!
    Get the Smelling Salts Out

  25. unca_chuck says:

    THere we go!!!!! Aldon!!!

  26. rob says:

    brooks and smith back 2 back sacks !

  27. philippinefan says:

    Tag team time on old Red Skelton

  28. 12th man says:

    Smack!!! Goldson…

  29. 12th man says:

    Zona Oline is beat.

  30. 12th man says:

    Coming in bunches now

  31. Alleykat says:

    Aldon Smith.real nice inside move.49ers stepping up.and punishing the Cardinals now.They have more TV shots on the Sidelines with players getting their bell rungs right now.

  32. rob says:

    D-E-F-E-N-S-E !!!

  33. Alleykat says:

    Gruden really sucking up with a Boner talking about “How solid the 49ers play football”.

  34. Grumpy Guy says:

    Alex Smith has ONE incompletion tonight. It was Delanie Walker’s drop in the first half. Other than that, he’s 17 for 17. And 3 TDs.

  35. 12th man says:

    They should pull Smith now, no point in him getting hurt

  36. philippinefan says:

    AZ has 7 yards rushing

  37. 12th man says:

    Aldon split a double team for that sack.

  38. rob says:


    • rob says:


    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Highest completion percentage, regular-season game (minimum 20 passes): 92.31, Kurt Warner, September 20, 2009 (24/26). 19 of 20 would beat it – but Harbaugh and Alex don’t roll that way.

      • rob says:


      • Grumpy Guy says:

        It would be cool but I’m not sure it’s really going to be a priority for either Harbaugh or Alex. At this point in the game, they just want to get out with the win. Maybe if someone in the pressbox sends word down. Maybe.

  39. rob says:


    GO NINERS !!!

  40. Alleykat says:

    NFL completion record Chuck,min 20 attempts.Alex needed one more to end up 19-20 if sucessful of course.Warner was 24-26 once to set the record.

  41. philippinefan says:

    How’s a 6-2 fucking record sound to ya?

  42. unca_chuck says:

    Chill Rob. Yer gonna hurt yourself. Looks like it won;t happen.

  43. Alleykat says:

    Fucking Brooks is gonna be in Harbaugh’s doghouse with all his off-side penalties.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    The 3rd and 8 they would have thrown. The penalty killed that. Culliver with a nice play there.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Ooooooooooooooh. Skelton misses Fitzgerald. No TDs boys.

  46. Alleykat says:

    Shit dont give these bums a charity bone.Fucking keep them out.

  47. 12th man says:

    Gonna be tough for Arizona to get back in the race for the West. Niners in the driving seat.

  48. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Alex quiets the noise for a little bit anyway. This was a good D that he picked apart for 3 TDs. But for the drop by Wajker . . .

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      It’s not all Alex, dumbfuck or not, but there’s no question that Alex had an outstanding game again.

      • twinfan1 says:

        I have NEVER on any blog said any success or failure was *all* Alex. I gave his numbers, as others did. Don’t distort what I post. In the 3 interception game I probably said how terribly he played 6 or 8 times. Yet RT kept posting as if I was posting trhat he was playing well. Try being honest.

      • twinfan1 says:

        Sorry about the near duplicate. WordPress said the first wasn’t posted. Not a bad idea for you to read it twice anyway.

    • twinfan1 says:

      I’ve never on any blog said any success or failure was *all* Alex. You need to work on not distorting what I post. I gave his numbers, same as GG did. The game when he threw 3 interceptions, I think I said about 6 times how terribly he played. Yet RT kept posting as if I said he was playing well. Be honest, that’s fair enough.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Never said you did.

  49. 12th man says:

    How about that Defense.

  50. 12th man says:

    Denied a TD at the end.

  51. twinfan1 says:

    18/19 232 3 TD and some dumb fucks say it’s not all Alex, No shit- there’s a list of the receivers and their numbers, too. Doh.

  52. Grumpy Guy says:

    LMAO when your O-line moves people off the ball so that you get 6 yards on a QB sneak…

  53. 12th man says:

    A 6 yd QB sneak, lol.

  54. Chico says:

    Nice win on the road! Cheers.

  55. Grumpy Guy says:

    So after all the brave talk about Seattle and AZ, we have a two-game lead in our division.

  56. 12th man says:

    Off to cook dinner, BBQ time.

  57. philippinefan says:

    Good day at the office with Alex and the boys- okay now back to ‘pre-season’

  58. unca_chuck says:

    This was a cakewalk for the D. AZ is seriously challenged on offense. NE’s defense has to really suck if they gave up 20 to these guys. Walker had a great game, and Smith spread the ball around very well. Can’t argure with 18=19, 232, and 3 TDs.

  59. unca_chuck says:

    I’m glad to see (and I said they’d do this) that they gave up on the Cappy show.

  60. Grumpy Guy says:

    Per Kevin Lynch: Alex now holds the NFL record for pass attempts in one game, with only one incompletion: 19.

    Not quite the completion percentage record, but he earned it and will take it.

    • Flavor says:

      maybe Dennis stopped watching the game and Alex went off because of it. Ha, what a fucking retard.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Yeah, can you make that point without using the word ‘retard’ though? Some of us have family or friends who are special needs kids.

      • Flavor says:

        yes. I agree, that was inappropriate and I apologize.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        No prob. We’re all giddy after a win and shit happens. Been a hell fo a week… Giants and now a solid 49er divisional win. This week, life is good.

      • twinfan1 says:

        GG: Yeah, but mocking my cancer was fair game.You fucking hypocrite. And if you want to doubt that, talk to some of the posters who have talked to me in ICU at UCSF after my (multiple) brain surgeries. Eat shit.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        I actually know nothing about your life or health issues. Nor am I really interested. You’re just an angry guy snarling on teh intrawebz. But thanks for the dietary advice, I’ll give that all due consideration.

        Life is good today.

      • twinfan1 says:

        You made reference to what caused my cancer on the blog Chuck scrapped because of comments like the one you made. You can deny it now because it’s gone, but don’t fucking lie to me.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        Except I didn’t know you had cancer until you started ranting about it here. I never talked to you on the Insider, and had no idea who you even were.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        Anyway, I don’t honestly know what the hell you’re talking about. AFAIK, you are just some angry crazy SOB on the web. I think it’s best if you and I do not talk to each other.

      • TOUCHDOWN TOMMY says:

        Good point. If you are blessed to have healthy kids be thankful. That R word is vile for all that it implies. Would you laugh at a blind person for not being able to see or a parapalegic for not being able to walk?

  61. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, feeling pretty good now. The Giants game will be fodder forr the playoffs I suppose. Even with the sacks, the O line did a nice job up front. The run game excelled.

  62. twinfan1 says:

    Absolutely no doubt that my decision to talk about my Non-Hodkins Lymphoma and subsquent tumors was a terrible mistake. Originally it was to shed light on the many Vietnamese who decades later still are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange, I was linking to a website to make donations to those suffering. – and still not been made whole by our government. While the posters at the Flap have been supportive, comments from people like GG ( he mused about the damage Agent Orange might have caused to my brain ( information he must have read elsewhere) – why? Because he disagreed about a football opinion.

    • twinfan1 says:

      It is a total lie that I ever *ranted* about my cancer here- or anywhere. GG could only have gotten his info by seeing about it on another site. He’s already contadicted himself tonight about knowing of my cancer.

  63. twinfan1 says:

    I never did address GG, I posted “I’m tellin’ ya- that was the worst 14/15 146 YD 2 TD half I’ve ever seen in my life” and the jackals went postal.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Postal? You have a funny definition of postal. I have not said anything except that Alex had a great game, as did the team. I did not see any real criticism of Alex tonight by anyone here.

      You just make up your own reality, don’t you, Twinfan?

      • twinfan1 says:

        The criticism was of me for not saying that it wasn’t all Alex. Try to read the comments again with a clear head.. After that, heed your advice and do not address me again.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        No one here criticized you. No one. You’re completely full of shit.

      • twinfan1 says:

        You’re right. Other than you, twelve, the Menace, and RT, no one. You’ve already confirmed your status as a liar with conflicting statements about knowing of my health- and we both know of your disgusting remark about it.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        Please repost or link to this mythical post criticizing you after your 14/15 post.

        Because I see NOTHING that can be construed as a criticism or insult. Just the normal banter and give and take around here.

        You’re full of shit. Pure and simple.

      • phil fan says:

        “Projection” just that. It’s okay…

    • twinfan1 says:

      If bitching because I didn’t say Alex was not the only one responsible for his numbers wasn’t criticism of me, you have a bizarre definition of it. Can you read? If you can’t, anyone here can help you, I’m not. Avoiding your most despicable lie says everything one needs to know about you. Rt and Twelve both made idiotic comments because I didn’t credit receiver’s yards when I gave Smith’s numbers. I expect it from RT- he’s a moron. And you start in when I referred to their stupid comments. Sorry that it galls you- but there are some truly ignorant comments here and those were among them. So I can avoid you at any other forum, what other screen names do you use? Hawk? Hanger?

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        I never use ANY other screen names. I’ve been Grumpy Guy since the Mercury fan blog back in ’06 / ’07. Unlike some other people, I’ve never felt the need to play those games and change it.

        No one here criticized you for shit. You started this tonight, Twinfan. You ALWAYS start this shit. ALWAYS.

      • twinfan1 says:

        You avoid your biggest lie again. But I started nothing at all unless citing Smith’s numbers is starting it. You are a fucking scumbag lowlife trying to disguise yourself as an honorable man. We both know the truth of it.

      • 12th man says:

        My statement was about the WR YAC and praising that, something we haven’t seen much of and did in spades last night, not some slight you decided I made at Smith. You try to start something every time you show up with your “see I told you so” crap.
        I don’t know you but for the record I learned about your cancer on this blog a few weeks ago when you accused RT of making fun of it. Speaking for myself I consider that off limits. Much like Flavor using “Retard” in error and immediately apologizing for getting carried away in the moment, obviously not intending any harm. I suspect people regret saying anything negative about your condition, if they actually did. Try not being such a colossal jerk most of the time and check your ego at the door, people here are by and large intelligent and thoughtful. If they disagree with you they are “dumb fucks”? I suspect you have heard similar advice your whole life.

  64. snarkk says:

    Wow, was I off base on the prediction for tonite.
    The Cards’ somewhat vaunted defense didn’t show up, for some reason, Maybe because the Niners offense had a nice long time to organize, and really perform. And, Niners’ D obviously came to play, as usual. Maybe that beat down at the hands of the NYGiants was a blessing in disguise, and got this squad back and focused. Halfway point 6-2, not bad at all. Double it and 12-4 would not be too shabby at all, maybe not guarantee all home field, but a playoff bye week, anyway. Hope they use the bye period to rest up, heal up, and get even more organized. Moss looked pretty good with that YAC. Dude can still run, aannnd block, too…

  65. Irish Kevin says:

    It was 24-0 at the half, no more TD’s and not a single field goal?? Harbaugh needs learn how to put his foot on an opponents throat and crush it. It showed in the Minn and NY game, if the Niners don’t get into and stay in a rhythm they will lose, they should have scored at least 2 field goals. They will fail in the playoffs with this formula of getting a big lead early and then try and run out the clock. A good team will do better than that!

  66. Irish Kevin says:

    Oh for those of you who are going to give me crap! Ask the Giants how that 22-0 looked against Dallas at the half!! Bet they thought it was in the bag also.

  67. twinfan1 says:

    Harbaugh played it pretty much like Walsh did. People forget how conservative he was with a lead like tonight’s. I would never give you crap about an honest opinion, Kevin. AZ doesn’t have the offensive firepower Dallas does ( if Romo isn’t being generous). If Arizona had shown any indication they could get back in it, I think Harbaugh would have breen more aggressive.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      Thank you twin, but there are some who would do otherwise. Yeah but I think Walshs leads were larger(?) and most teams were built to run back then. In todays NFL the pass can get you right back in it. Anyway a win, is a win, is a win. Go Niners and congrats to the WS Champs!

  68. twinfan1 says:

    Goodnight, Chuck. What pisses me off was that you know what GG said about Agent Orange and my brain and you also know I never “ranted” about my cancer here, the Flap, Insider, Splash, anywhere. In fact, on your blog, I never even brought it up unless it was to thank someone who knew of it and demonstrated concern I think you should stand up when you know of such fabricatiions and remarks. Some things should be out of bounds.

  69. phil fan says:

    Here’s what I like about Grumpster: ITS NEVER PERSONAL WITH HIM. It’s about the
    Team, da Team, da Team.

    Sorta like:

    “Asked if he thought his critics ever would go away, he said, “At this point, I don’t care. If you had asked me that a few years ago, maybe, but at this point I don’t really care. I’m only about winning, and the guys in the locker room know what I am about. That’s all that really matters.”

    Instead, it was Smith’s teammates who showed some attitude in their quarterback’s honor. Said left tackle Joe Staley of the Cardinals’ strategy: “They wanted to put the ball in Alex’s hands and have him beat them. And he kicked their a—- today.”

    Yeah. I want the Grumpster on the TEAM………………

  70. unca_chuck says:

    Twin, I killed my old blog because of incendiary shit by a lot of people. But I don’t have any idea who said what to who where and in what forum it was said. I certainly don’t have a scorecard for shit that happened on the Insider or the Splash 4 years ago.

    How about we just call a truce and move on from there?

  71. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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