Once More, With Feeling, Plus Bowman Signs 5 Year Extension

One of my favorite lines from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  Anyhow, remember the thrilling days of yesteryear, when the Niners were coming off 2 resounding division wins, they were 6-2, 1st place in the NFC West, and there was a clear cut starting quarterback on the 49ers? You know, 16 days ago? Well, on that fateful day 16 days ago, the 49ers played the hapless St. Louis Rams. A team that was 3-5 and stumbling around pretty aimlessly under  1st year head coach Jeff Fisher.

Most everyone figured a crushing defeat for the Rams, but a funny thing happened on the way to the victory party. Steven Jackson ran the ball down the Niners throat. Jerry Amendola caught a ton of balls for a ton of yards, and with some stupid decisions on both sides, plus a few missed FGs, the game ended in a tie. And, Alex Smith was knocked out of the game in the 2nd quarter after sustaining a concussion. Colin Kaepernick did well enough down the stretch of that game to win it, and also made a play which could have lost it. Fisher made some very dumb calls, but all in all,  it felt like a loss for the Forty Niners, given the circumstances.

Fast forward to the present, and the Niners know now that the Rams, for all their faults and growing pains, aren’t a pushover. Jackson shredded the Niners defense early, and the D missed more tackles in that game than in all the rest of the other games combined. Bradford had way too much time, and Amendola torched Carlos Rogers all day. I heard Fangio this morning stress tackling and say if their effort is the same as the previous game, the results will be similar. I don’t see that happening.

Offensively, both QBs did well vs the Rams. The run game gained steam going along, and both QBs made some good throws. We should know by tomorrow who gets the call. Other than that, KW is out, and also it looks like Kendall Hunter is also lost for the remainder of the season. Jewel Hampton, an undrafted RB, has been promoted from the practice squad to take Hunter’s place. The Niners are going with 52 guys for now, but I’m sure someone else will be added shortly.

BREAKING NEWS: NaVorro Bowman has been signed to a 5 years, $48.5 million extension through the 2018 season.

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288 Responses to Once More, With Feeling, Plus Bowman Signs 5 Year Extension

  1. twinfan1 says:

    Very little about the above is wrong and I don’t know of anyone who doubts that Jimbo believes Kap gives him the best shot. But let’s try to keep in mind that when 12 asks if anyone can doubt what he’s done wrong in his 1 1/2 years- few can question that his choice of Alex as QB would be one of his very best calls.The notion being floated that no one dare question his decision to bench Smith is absurd. And no-the fans don’t want him to do the safe thing, just the right thing. It’s yet to be determined if was right or not.

    • 12th man says:

      You make a solid point Twin and I’m not advocating any coach is beyond having his decisions questioned. In fact as you say the Alex Smith starting QB was controversial and unpopular when he did it. That strengthens my larger point, Harbaugh knows what he is doing with QB talent. He was able to bring Alex from a “bust” to one of the more respected QB’s in the league. I think Harbaugh has earned the benefit of the doubt in this particular instance. I read on blogs some very hysterical posts as though these guys are able to predict the future stating Alex was taking us to the Bowl so why bring in this untried guy and so on. You are spot on, Harbaugh is trying to make the right decision and as in all of these judgement calls only time can tell, does that mean we get to beat him with a stick if it doesn’t work out for doing his best now though? These are the situations where we want him to make the decisions because we believe he is the best coach in the league right?

  2. 12th man says:

    I saw Jim Romes new show on Showtime last night (not a big fan of him) He had a panel of guests commenting on current stories and Kap/Alex was of course one of them. Drew Rosenhaus said Alex is a middling talent on a good team whereas Kap is a budding major talent so of course Harbaugh did the right thing. Donovan Mcnabb said players should not be replaced from injury, that it had happened to him and that the replacement did not play better so he was against the decision.
    McNabb also said he has not retired, he works out every day and is available for the right situation. Yeah OK buddy, wait by the phone.

  3. twinfan1 says:

    McNabb’s present status doesn’t make his opinion on this any less valid. And OMG, certainly not less valid than that of Drew Rosenhaus.

    • 12th man says:

      I wasn’t meaning to convey that point. I was showing how the agent is all excited about rising talent and the veteran was about player status quo. The truth is there has never been an unwritten rule about not losing your job to injury. If you were starting before being injured there was a good reason for it. In rare instances the backup, who has played well in practice so he has a track record, comes in and plays well enough in relief to prevent the starter from taking back the job. In this case it is even more rare because the team with Alex has an outstanding win/loss record so it heightens the stakes.

      The other point about McNabb not retired was he is dreaming if he thinks he is playing in the NFL again.

  4. twinfan1 says:

    Well, it’s too bad the blog day started out with As The Niner World Turns. Darn you, Kevin (joking, OK?). Despite many absolutes from both sides ( well, I don’t know if a single Smith supporter can be called a “side”), majority or minority isn’t relevant- we’ll see how it plays out in the coming weeks. If you really know for sure, you must also know the winner of the 7th at Aqueduct today-tell me.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Kevin, the unwritten rule IS you don’t lose your spot due to injury. Especially when Smith was doing so well. Most of the ex-jocks who are on the airwaves are solidly behind Alex Smith being the correct choice. You hear words like ‘shocked’ and ‘disappointed.’ From Rice to Schlereth to Dildo on down, they side with the tried and true deal of putting the injured guy back in.

    You even have guys like Bill Romanowski saying it was Smith’s fault for not toughing it out. Saying he shouldn’t have taken himself out of the game in the first place. A ludicrous notion seeing that if Romanowski suddenly can’t remember his name, he’d jump right into the NFL concussion payout line. Smith IS smart enough to know that this game isn’t worth permanent brain damage, and that he now has a young family to take care of.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Romanowski is a POS, someone should bite his ear off…both of them. Probably the dirtiest player who ever played in the NFL…
      But, you know, he might be right for wrong reason about Alex reporting his concussion symptoms.

    • 12th man says:

      Woo Hoo Chuck, something we disagree about! Wait…does this mean I’m not your ass kisser anymore?!?

  6. 12th man says:

    NFC D player of the month: Aldon Smith. He was off to a slow start this year but on a tear now.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Oh, I’m not down with Romo. He’s a fucking twit of the highest order. But he’s right about the Smith situation. Smith took himself out, and lost his starting job.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to ‘blame’ Smith, he’s obviously thinking about his future after the game, but it did play out how Romo described it.

    I also don;t remember anyone saying that, but resume kissing . . .

  8. twinfan1 says:

    “Romo” had many concussions and has spoken many times of the need for the NFL to take measures to protect the players. How would that be, Billy? Neurologists on the sidelines? Tougher standards>.No, it would be buying Bill’s personal brand of Mental Performance Formula-Neuro1 by Nutrition 53. That’s no joke- Romo proposes that the answer for post concussion syndrome is to whip up a batch of Neuro 1 smoothies.

  9. 12th man says:

    Not the Romo part, he is insane. The unwritten rule bit. If you were a starter before injury there is a very high probability you get the job back cause you were the better guy before. No rule just logic.

    • twinfan1 says:

      We all know that Jimbo is no sentimentalist, OK? If he thought Kap was the better guy before the injury, he would been the starter then. Obviously, the Bear game was what turned his head-and why wouldn’t it? I posted Kap’s air yard’s per attempt in that game- an other worldly 11.0 ( league leader was at 4.6 ). so the long awaited vertical passing game was here- for a week. Then, in NO, the offense “reverted” to the boring old Smith days- largely short and intermediate throws to guys in space, extremely efficient and effective. So we had Bradshaw Redux against the Bears and Smith Lite against the Saints. What’s not to like about a kid who can heave it or Softball it ? It’s easy to see why Jimbo made the change- but the fact is- Harbaugh didn’t expect what he saw. And he left door open for Smith for that reason.

  10. dirtnrocksnreno says:

    I see that Smith’s interview is slowly trickling out over at CSN. The media just can’t get enough of humiliating Smith.

    “So, Alex. How does it feel to be fucked over by Harbaugh like this? Did he use lube?”

    This whole thing sucks for Smith and Harbaugh should have handled it better as opposed to being a lying POS about it. Oh, well whatareyagonna do? I saw Kaepernick alot up at UNR and he is good. Accuracy problems occassionally but he will get better. I worked with a couple of guys who played with him and they loved the guy. He’s got all the intangibles.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Colin also seems like an extremely nice young man, who has handled a very delicate situation very well.

      • dirtnrocksnreno says:

        CK is getting everything he wants so I would expect him to handle it well. I wouldn’t trust anything JH says if I was him.

        Smith, is handling as best he can I suppose. I wouldn’t blame the guy if he just blacked out the media for the remainder of the season.

      • twinfan1 says:

        Part of why I think he’s handled it well is that I think he seems properly embarassed by how Jimbo has handled it- and happy but subdued in respect for Alex.
        But you’re right about trust in JH- that’s gone forever for everybody on the team.

  11. NoFear49er says:

    Hard to read this blog through all the tears. You guys rent out as funeral wailers?

    • dirtnrocksnreno says:

      That’s a good one. I agree with the move but not the method. I think JH intended to make this switch all along. He got his opening with the concussion and CK has siezed the moment. JH should have just made the clean break instead of dragging it out.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Could not agree more. It’s pro football in the Not For Long league ferchrissaskes. Smith can cry himself to sleep every night with his investment portfolio under his pillow. And he may still get yet another chance at a new big contract, poor guy.

  12. twinfan1 says:

    Fear, last night ended with cordial talk, maybe you can make effort to keep it way.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Maybe you can shove your self-righteous bullshit up your ass.

      As the first one to light the fires and throw gasoline on the flames you’re the last one who should be complaining. You take hypocrite to a new level.

    • twinfan1 says:

      I’ll take that as a :”no”.

  13. Alleykat says:

    JH probably feels that Kap gives them the best shot of beating the NY Giants in the playoff.Smith had 2 cracks at them and came away with losses,granted,Kyle Williams cost them the big one last year.But the Giants have are number right now,and completely embarrassed us this year.Smith was terrible in that game.Just feel JH wants a different look against them if they play them again.

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    So a friend of mine (Cowboy fan) wants to know what kind of message this sends to players (FA) thinking about coming to SF? will they be thinking they will lose their starting position due to injury?? will that be something they have to negotiate now. Harbaugh is opening himself up to all kinds of problems with this. unless he only cares about going to the SB one time. Then he is doing the right thing.

    • NoFear49er says:

      The message is the best player earns playing time. How else should you crack the starting roster? The guy in front of you has to retire or die?

      • Irish Kevin says:

        You are not very bright are you?? just a thought. anyway you should really learn to read, here I will spell out the words, What message does this send to potential FA’s (Read as Free Agents). They want to start and get paid!! So to say the best player gets the start. Well you are looking at Free Agents, so I am assuming they Niners are looking at “The Best” player at that position when evaluating Free Agents. Just a thought there Scooter.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Contractually guaranteed starters? Brilliant!

        If you represent the brightness bar, I’ve got no worries.

      • 12th man says:

        A more telling player that may put off FA would be Jacobs who has what 1 play so far? The Niners are so deep that even proven vets are bench warmers.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Any FA worth adding would be happy to know they have a chance to earn a starting spot with their playing. It then follows that they can lose their starting job the same way.

        Jacobs may be a great example. What’s he waiting for? Someone to go down to give him a chance at playing time to prove his worth.

    • twinfan1 says:

      There’s more to it, of course. If Jimbo thought Kap was the best player, he would have been the starter before the injury.My 12:51 sums it up ( sums up MY opinion) We’ll see how it goes but pretending that this is game, set, match is hardly the case. Colin can still go either way.
      But as to credibilty, for Harbaugh it’s going, going, not quite gone, yet.

      • 12th man says:

        Not surprisingly I disagree Twin. You are extrapolating what happened when Alex got hurt to that meaning he would have been replaced anyway this season. too simplistic. I don’t think the Bears game was the telling game, I think the Rams game was. It is one thing to see Kap play well in practice and to know he has better tools but game time is where the rubber meets the road. After a jittery finish to the first half Kap did some things in the second half that showed he is a gamer. Alex was not cleared for the Bear game and Kap doubled down on his QB play. Except for publicly saying so the die was cast then, the NO game was merely confirmation.
        It is one thing to surmise Kap will be a better player than Alex and another to have proof in order to make the switch.

        Kevin, I think the message it sends to FA is this coach wants to win, not just now but period, and that being on a winning team is good for all the teams players next contracts.
        This is a business and Harbs has made a decision that if it pays off leads to more lucrative contracts. A rising tide lifts all boats kind of thing.
        This losing of a job after an injury is rare and usually done with good reason, I doubt players would think twice with playing for the niners because of it.

  15. rtfirefly says:

    Anybody see the little piece on ESPN with Peyton miked up for the Panther game?
    I don’t care if the guy never throws another pass in the NFL. I want him on my team, as the mascot if nothing else.
    He acts like a 9 year old on his way to his first Pop Warner Championship. And it’s fun to watch, must be great to be a part of.

  16. Grumpy Guy says:

    Christ. Even the Onion is making fun of Alex now.


    Wake me when there is a game to talk about.

  17. twinfan1 says:

    An excerpt from another ONION piece that actually talked about a *starting/* QB, is much funner.And it’s now quite passé to be trashing a back up QB…

    Physicist and local professor Dr. Charles Dunbar, who worked as a consultant on the “Sport Science” segment, confirmed that Romo has seemed to defy logic with his horrid play over the years. Analyzing tape of the Dallas quarterback throwing four interceptions to the Giants in week eight, Dunbar said he was intrigued by how the human body could be capable of such an utterly shitty performance.

    “It was truly fascinating to scrutinize Romo’s pathetic struggles on the field,” Dunbar said. “We are finally starting to unravel the science behind the dumb shit tripping over his own feet and falling down well before the pass rushers arrive.”

    Sports Science host John Brenkus also noted
    ““We observed Romo missing 98 percent of our targets,” Brenkus said. “While studying the footage, we were able to determine that his capacity to make poor decisions in less than a second greatly influence why he’s so imprecise.”

    “There’s not a quarterback in the NFL who can make a mistake as quickly as Romo,” Brenkus added.

  18. twinfan1 says:

    Far more disturbing was this:
    “Hurricane Sandy victims reportedly received the sexually disturbing thoughts and prayers of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this week when the two-time Super Bowl champion sent out his incredibly depraved hopes that East Coast residents were safe and ready for throbbing hard cock.”

    • Flavor says:

      I don’t read the Onion and have no idea what it is. Is it just a rag online newspaper? Where is the link to him actually saying this?

      • twinfan1 says:

        It’s “satire”. As is their piece below about Manning breaking his neck…and the one on the Flap about Leyand taking the field with his pants on backwards..Most of their stuff isn’t as funny as it is mean.,so a sampling was in order.

      • Flavor says:

        got it, I figured it was something like that but it was out of context and I didn’t knwo what the Onion is

  19. NoFear49er says:

    Who’s on the Saints winning this one?

    • rtfirefly says:

      Me. The Falcons are not nearly as good as their record, all OT or last second victories in a weak ass division. The Pack, Bears, Giants (and maybe RG III’s team) are better. Did I forget the Niners?

  20. 12th man says:

    Tough to do but the Falcons are due a loss.

  21. Flavor says:

    I still can’t get over the irony that through this weird-ass 7 year journey we’ve taken as Niner fans with Smith and all the ups and downs and injuries and coaching changes……that it’s when he’s playing the best football of his career, a top 7 QB without question, that he gets his job taken away from him. I know he’s lost it before and their have been other qb’s, but he’s never lost it like this, being healthy and at the top of his game…….
    As I said yesterday, I hope Smith stays ready. I could easily see Kap getting hurt and Smith coming in to save the day and lead us to a SB win. This could EASILY happen. Why? Because it’s the NFL and players get hurt all the time. And this story has been too weird and bizarre to just end with JH saying “Kap’s the starter from here on out…”
    The final chapter of this saga has yet to be written………

    • dirtnrocksnomo says:

      Yeah, it’s a trip isn’t it? Smith was playing some good ball this year. Steve Young was on Mr T this afternoon and laid it out pretty well. Smith had the most yards from scrimmage, best completion percentage and some other stats That are best in 49 history THIS year. Think about that for a min. Montana, Young…Smith??

      I think CK will be good. Will he be better than Smith? We’ll find out I guess. At the end of the day I want the team to do well but to me Harbaugh fucked Smith over and people should stop pretending that isn’t the case.

  22. twinfan1 says:

    And perhaps you missed this from the Bronco traning camp earlir this year.
    :”ENGLEWOOD, CO— Speaking to reporters from Broncos training camp, quarterback Peyton Manning confirmed Thursday that the exciting new Manning era in Denver will be immortalized with the breaking of his neck. “It might not be this season, it might not even be next season, but at some point during my time as a Denver Bronco, my neck will splinter into pieces,” said the four-time MVP, adding that after multiple surgeries and a spinal fusion to repair significant nerve damage, his neck was “practically waiting to be snapped in half.” “You’re all going to watch it happen, too. It will be disgusting and incredibly, incredibly painful, and you’ll probably see a million replays of it afterward. There’s a really good chance it will be a compound fracture and the bones will be bent at a 90-degree angle and jutting out of my throat.”

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Flav, the Onion is a comedy newspaper. Kinda like Fiox News.

    None of that is real.

    Yeah, Falcons are o-ver-rate-ed.

    Alex Smith? Never has so much been written, blogged about, turmoiled over, or angsted upon than young Sir Alex. Through all the bullshit with injuries, Nolan, then Singletary, and now Harbaugh, he’s got to be wondering, why me? Granted, he’s richer than God, but he hasn’t had the easiest of times in his NFL career. If this is the end, I wish him well. That being said, he seems to be caught in some kind of vortex that doesn’t allow him to part ways with the team that drafted him.

    I mean, what happens if Cappy gets hurt and Smith leads the team to a Super Bowl win?

    Do you still gp wioth Cappy next year? Based on what just happened, I wouldn’t be too surprised if that exact thing came to pass.

    New thread is up. I’m out of town this weekend . . .

    Play nice.

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