Midseason Report

For the want of a Niner game, let’s go over the team at the midway point of the season. Offensively, the team has survived a bunch of preseason (and regular season) injuries to get themselves back into the playoff picture when it was a little murky after week 3 and the Niners were 1-2. Those first 3 games were strangely pass oriented. It worked for the Green Bay game, but the Seattle and Indy games were laden with sacks, hurries, and no continuity or sustained running. Both games were close heading into the 4th quarters, but both ended up being blowouts as the defense faded from being on the field too long, and the offense kept turning the ball over.

Since those games however, the Niners have once again strapped themselves to the bell cow, Frank Gore. He is seemingly just as fresh as he was 5 years ago, and is still playing at a very high level. With Gore running successfully, other aspects of the offense now work. The passing game has gotten fairly effective, even though there are mainly two targets, VD and Anquan Boldin. Bruce Miller has come on as a check down, after some early season drops (the Seattle game especially he dropped a TD). The Niners even threw a swing pass to Gore last week (!). The good news is Marion Manningham will soon be back on the field for the 2nd half push. And Colin Kaepernick, who overcame a foot injury in the Green Bay game, has settled down and has once again become a viable read-option threat.

Defensively, the team has overcome injuries to the D line. Ian Williams was knocked out of the season with a broken ankle in week 2 on a cheap-shot block low and behind Williams, and Glenn Dorsey has been in and out with different tweaks. Nnamdi Asomugha went down to injury, but has been more than ably replaced by Tremaine Brock. Then there is the machinations of Aldon Smith and his arrests, rehab, and subsequent reinstatement a few days ago. Through all this, the defense has gotten stronger, due to the emergence of guys like Corey Lemonier and rookie safety Eric Reid. Patrick Willis as fought through injuries, but the star so far is NaVorro Bowman. He leads the team in tackles, and is all over the place.

The good news for the team is the injuries and distractions they have overcome to build this 6-2 record. I don’t know how or if the injury to Kaepernick had anything to do with the stopping of the read-option (and I actually called for it in the GB game), but the offense was out of sync until the ground game got going in week 4 against the Rams. The team is getting depth help from Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine after this bye, as well as Manningham, and hopefully soon, Michael Crabtree.

The team is setting up to be in good shape for the 2nd half of the season. How this shakes out with Seattle and their injury problems with their O lline remains to be seen. I’m not holding out much hope for TB to do anything on the road in Seattle, but the Atl game next week may be a stumbling block for them. The hope is the Niners can get to the Dec 8th game with Seattle even with them.

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82 Responses to Midseason Report

  1. 12th man says:

    Sucks no game today.

  2. Nipper says:

    Read option threat……..YES!

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Terrible call on Flowers there. He didn’t even hit Tuel and they called him for an unsportsmanlike.

  4. 12th man says:

    TB marches down the field and scores in the parrots cage, 12th man and all. It can be done.

  5. 12th man says:

    2 TD for TB goose egg for Squawks!

  6. 12th man says:

    Ha, Squawks TO on the kick off, Bucs on the Squawks 31

  7. 12th man says:

    3 TD for TB still zippo Squawks

  8. 12th man says:

    Squawks 12th man has developed a terrible case of laryngitis.

  9. NoFear49er says:

    Looking like the ultimate trap game. That rookie QB for the Bucs is just killin’ them. You knew it would be the winless guys that broke the home win streak. Good for them. I hope they hold up in the second half.

    • 12th man says:

      Squawks have been on the edge last few weeks. Will be perfect if 0-7 TB get the win in the parrots cage, love it.

  10. 12th man says:

    Oh man that was a shitty call, blow to the head of Wilson.

  11. 12th man says:

    TD Squawks but Wilson got levelled.

  12. 12th man says:

    21-7 TB over Squawks at the half. Squawks have never come back from a 21 point deficit, hope that continues today.

    • NJ49er says:

      Maybe the threat of Mersa is aiding this effort?
      Either way, GO BUCS!

      • NJ49er says:

        Jets took down Brees and Company too.
        Could be the Flavor of the Day.

        Davey takes down Goliath Sunday.

      • 12th man says:

        I hope it’s virulently contagious and Pete gets the biggest dose.

      • NJ49er says:

        Did you see the report a few weeks back when TB played in ATL?
        Hazmat-type Team went into their Locker Room post game to disenfect the premises.

        Some serious schit apparently.
        TB and the modern day football equivalent to the leprosy

  13. 12th man says:

    Today’s shockers so far: Jets over NO, Skins over SD,Fins over the Bungles and so far TB over the Squawks at the half.

  14. snarkk says:

    Jets over Nawlins. That’s a good thing…

  15. 12th man says:

    24-7 Tampa freakin Bay!

  16. 12th man says:

    24-14 Tampa, 20 min left in the game, can the Bucs keep it up?

  17. 12th man says:

    Golden Tate, tackle breaker extraordinaire, who knew!

  18. 12th man says:

    24-17 Tampa, nailbitter, Tampa needs a score.

  19. NJ49er says:

    Watching the game stats.
    Looks like Mike James is getting himself some serious ground mileage today?
    Is the TB OLine that good or the ‘Hawks DLine that bad today?

  20. 12th man says:

    Wilson gets leveled again, he will start flinching soon.

  21. 12th man says:

    Huge goal line pic of Wilson.

  22. 12th man says:

    Bad time for TB to have its first 3 and out of the game.

  23. 12th man says:

    Huge 3rd down now for Squawks, could be game if TB hold.

    • NJ49er says:

      So much for that thought.
      They’re the Yucs when it counts.
      Ain’t over yet, though I’d give the leg advantage to Hauschka if it comes to that.

  24. 12th man says:

    tie game.

  25. NJ49er says:

    In other news, the Brownies are hanging tough with Baltimore.
    Seems like a Davey Day

  26. 12th man says:

    Goes to OT

  27. 12th man says:

    Bucs get the first crack at it after winning the toss

  28. 12th man says:

    This kid Glennon, the rookie QB has played tough all day.

  29. 12th man says:

    3 and out Bucs

  30. rtfirefly says:

    Nick Foles: 406 yards, 7!!!!! TDs.

    Can the Niners please play the Raiders this year? Even if it doesn’t count?

  31. 12th man says:

    Squawks start on their 40

  32. 12th man says:

    Squawks in FG range now.

  33. 12th man says:

    at the 6

  34. 12th man says:

    Unbelievable they win by the skin of their teeth AGAIN!

  35. Just FFW to SEA playing in the SB so I don’t have to endure the pain and agony of watching it unfold.

  36. snarkk says:

    Seattle not looking quite like a SB entrant the last two games. Injuries may be taking their toll. This is good for the Niners, Seahawks look vulnerable to good teams that don’t lay down like dogs like the Bucs once they get up. Nawlins lost, that’s good for the Niners…

  37. 12th man says:

    Browns still up over Ravens

  38. snarkk says:

    Raiders played good D last week against Steelers, then they get punished today vs. a previously sucky Eagles squad. The NFL is down this year, some call it parity, I’d call it crap teams all around. If Maningham and Crabby get back and can contribute something, Niners are in good shape to contend. There’s not a dominant team out there now…

  39. NJ49er says:

    9ers are one of the most balanced teams in the hunt.
    Our ST unit has to contribute beyond Dawson and Lee however.

    Del our loss in the SB can easily be attributed to allowing Jacoby Jones to go coast to coast too.
    Kaep being a pup didn’t help either.
    Let’s hope we have the chance to atone this time around.

    • NJ49er says:

      We need some major production from the PR/KR unit.
      Maybe, just maybe, LMJ can provide that spark in the 2nd half?

    • NJ49er says:

      12th it’s easy to take Andy Lee for granted until you see what TB didn’t do today.
      We need a whole lot more than we’ve gotten from KW, which amounts to pretty much nothing.

      FC Charlie.

  40. 12th man says:

    Browns win. Davey day indeed.

    • NJ49er says:

      One thing holds true for NO.
      They’re very pedestrian outside of the Home Dome.

      Carolina could give them some trouble.
      They face them twice in the 2nd half.

      Be nice if Cam could steal them both.

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Crazy day. Was really hoping for a TB upset when I heard the score was 24-7. The Hawks are finding ways to win regardless. The Raiders faded badly in their attempt to become relevant. Cleve beat the Balts, right?

  42. unca_chuck says:

    NO’s not that big a concern anyway. Of course thatn is after we beat them. They are a game up on Carol, so they win the NFC South. Or Carol does. Best scenario there is they beat each other up.

    • NJ49er says:

      Best scenario for us Chuck?
      To get Brees and Co out of the the Dome for the Playoffs.
      As the old adage has suggested, Dome Teams are severely handicapped out in the elements.

      Long way to go of course.
      We need to take care of our business, starting with Cam next week.

  43. NJ49er says:

    Eric Wright played in the NFC South too.
    Albeit a single season.
    Still, he’s got some history with the guys we’ll be facing in the 2nd half.

  44. NJ49er says:

    One thing the NYJ did today was get Brees off his game.
    Something I’m hoping Tank and QDial can assist our Dline with as they become comfortable in the rotation schemes.

    Rex has some nice pieces in his aresenal.
    Hoping our youngsters can be of equal value for us as well.

  45. Nipper says:

    In conclusion……..Raiders play like amateurs. BLEEP!

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