Back to the Future

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In a game that very much resembled game one against Green Bay, the 49ers took to the air to beat the Washington Native Americans 27-6. A satisfying win, but a fairly disinterested opponent. The Washington players, especially RobertGriffinIII-VIII, seems more intent on getting his coach fired than actually playing football. He seemed to be putting himself IN harm’s way, and avoiding NOT getting sacked. Why? No idea. To show off his toughness? Could be. It just seems he isn’t nearly the QB he was last year. Yes, he likely isn’t fully recovered from his knee injury, and therein lies the rub. My thought is RGIII still harbors a grudge against Mike Shanahan for the knee injury and subsequent worsening of the injury in that playoff game last year, and he’s tanking it a little. Then you have the potshots at Daddy and Sonny Shanny, and you have the makings of a lost season. The thing is, RG holds all the cards, owns the chips, and rents the table they play on in DC. He isn’t going anywhere. Shanny is. He’s rocking-chair-bound after this debacle of a season is over for the soon-to-be-renamed-WNAs.

Anyhow, back to the game. In a very exciting (for me) turn of events, the Niners used some quick passes on their opening drive. Nice 12 yard outs to Manningham on 3-step drops got the ball out quickly and effectively. Of course, after the 1st TD drive, they stopped doing that, and the offense bogged down some. Much like the Green Bay game, DC packed the box with 8-9 guys and dared the Niners to pass. After some fits and starts, the passing game took off. Kappy threw some lasers downfield to Anquan Boldin, and VD had himself a night. Kappy also showed some nice touch on a couple sideline passes to VD, and even Norm McDonald had a real nice gain on a 25 yard crossing route. The pass blocking was sopt-on for a change, and it helped Kappy immensely.

Defensively, the team was stout and unbreakable. Ahmad Brooks continued his hellacious run as the most disruptrive LB on the team, which is pretty incredible when the Niners have Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, and a resurgent Aldon Smith back there with him. RGWeeee threw a very ill-advised pass under great pressure from Aldon Smith for an easy Donte Whitner pick. Justin Smith had himself his best game in a while clogging running lanes and pushing his way into the the backfield on numerous occasions. Washington may be scuffling, but they do have the #3 rusher in the NFL, the #3 WR, and a solid offiesive line, so keeping these guys in check was a feather in their collective caps.

All in all, a solid effort on the road. Big plusses to me were the return of the pass rush, the slight adjustments in getting the ball out of Kappy’s hands quicker, and the O line play in general. The Niners couldn’t get Gore going, but the 9 man fronts Washington showed pretty much dictated the Niners going to the passing game. It worked today. Kappy hit some very tight windows, and Boldin continued his excellent play. Breing on the Rams . . .

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28 Responses to Back to the Future

  1. unca_chuck says:

    According to the Chicago Tribune (way to go, Chronicle), Michael Crabtree will be activated from the PUP list and will be available to play Sunday December 1st vs the Rams. They need to make room on the 53-man roster, so the betting window is open on who goes.

    I’d lay pretty good odds on either Baldwin or Osgood getting the heave-ho. Baldwin has done nothing much other than dodge passes thrown his way. Osgood is an ST guy so he may stick around. Or maybe Alex Debniak, the backup backup FB?

  2. Irish Kevin says:

    Yes they need to continue the quick crossing routes to get the ball out of Kaep’s hands. I loved the way those got them first downs for a change.

  3. 12th man says:

    That was a high pressure game for the Niners and it’s easy to talk about how lame the Skins were after the fact but the bottom line was Niners had to win and they did it convincingly.

    I thought the Niners and Kap in particular were lucky not to have 2 or maybe even 3 more turnovers in the game where skins players had easy opportunities. Good to see some quick hitters finally and I thought Kap gained confidence as the game went on and started throwing to covered receivers, something he has shied away from lately.

    RG has been done no favors by Shanny. He is not fit to play and should not have played late last year either. Could not understand why they left him in so long last night either, Cousins is a capable back up and if that was a boxing match last night the ref would have stopped the fight to save RG from unnecessary punishment.

    Skins sold out against the run as every other team has done this year. Difference being the quick hitters, stretching the field a bit and the appearance of a screen that didn’t work and a draw that did. Running those plays is key, even if they don’t work, as the D has to take the possibility into account.

    Niner D was again dominant and went against a good to great O line and running game of the Skins. Once the score climbed in the second half the rushers were able to pin back their ears and poor RG took a beating.

    Great to see Aldon look like himself again and Brooks is playing off the hook week in and week out.

    Crabs is apparently ready to play against the suddenly resurgent Rams. Even if he is not effective right away his presence alone will draw attention. MM had a mixed game with drops and catches, he needs to work the juggs machine more. LMJ had an impact on ST, nice to see him contribute finally after the coaches left him languishing all year.

    Hunter is not being used correctly IMO. Runs up the gut as a staple for him is a mistake. Run him more on the edges and then the occasional run up the gut will be there for him. He is not Frank Gore. Speaking of which, Frank had a quiet night due to an emphasis on the pass and the 8 or 9 bodies waiting for him every snap.

    Happy to see the coaches mix it up a bit without resorting to dumb trick plays.

    Is this the Phoenix rising from the ashes? I doubt it but it is a good start. All it takes is for the team to have a couple of successful games on O and that swagger will be back. Hope they get it back before the Squawks game and get a win at home.

    I read Cox is trying out for the Squawks. Rob loves him some Cox, and Pete loves him some ex Niners players that can feed him info.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Manningham’s a bit rusty. He’ll be fine. I loved the quick outs to him. That’s the kind of shit we need to do ALL THE TIME until the defense takes it away.

    I didn’t like Kappy missing Hunter in the flat on the near pick. He did look a little more comfortable as the game went on. The roll to the right and read til Boldin got open was nice. And Kappy did have some touch on a few of those passes.

    • 12th man says:

      Agreed, Kap threw into very tight windows later in the game, a good sign of confidence in the receivers and more importantly himself. I think he is something of a natural gunslinger and the effort to tame him is tough for him to assimilate.

  5. thekiddiespal says:

    Not “effectively,” that was the team’s choosing

    a pass instead of another run; but rather “efficiently,”

    doing the job well.

    That’s my two pennies.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Whatever you call it, it worked. They DID change up the play calling some. They tried play action on the goal line, something they’ve rarely shown. The quicker passes were a Godsend. Something they need to push until stopped. THEN you hit ’em with a double move deep.

    The hope is, with Crabs back we at least have a set of competent WRs. Still no bona fide deep threat (not named VD anyway), but guys who are going to draw attention from DBs and LBs in coverage.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    And welcome, kiddie . . .

  8. unca_chuck says:

    The 49ers waived QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson to make room on the roster for Crabs.

    Guess Colt is wowing them in Santa Clara.

  9. Nipper says:

    It’s now Crab Season.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Happy Thanksgiving one and all.

    Happy to have my family together this week.

  11. Irish Kevin says:

    Listening in on KNBR this morning the morning host and some other dude was critiqueing Kaep. They were keying on things he needs to work on. such as he is not very good at checking down receivers. Which I agree with. Kaep misses wide open Recievers a lot. And with his ability to move out of the pocket I would think he would be better at the whole check down thing. hopefully in time he will get better at this.

  12. Thanksgiving Eve has always been one of the biggest bar nights of the year. Who needs Black Friday when you have Blackout Wednesday. Or as I call it, just another Wednesday.

  13. rtfirefly says:

    Let me be the first to wish everyone Happy Thanksgivukkah! First one since 1888!

    It’s an OMEN I tell you! Time for the Niners to rip off 9 straight!

  14. NJ49er says:

    Glad you posted the Groin Hit Chuck.
    Proof it wasn’t intentional as some of the homers were lobbying for.

    If there’s no RG IV in the future, we might have a good reason as to why.
    RG III got 99’d between the beans on National TV.

    Guess that knee felt a lot better after that?

    Great game by the Defense overall.
    Must admit, Dorsey looked outstanding in this one.

  15. Nipper says:

    Just beat the Lambs!

  16. 12th man says:

    Happy gobble gobble jive turkey day people…

  17. Irish Kevin says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my Niner friends!! Eat, drink and have fun with your families!!

  18. Can we play the Cowboys in the WC game next week? Their defense is having trouble stopping Matt McGloin. That’s all you need to know right there.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all you mooks. I haven’t got around to cooking a goddamn thing yet. I’ve got the liquid portion of my diet in hand and in command, however.

  19. I just put the ham in the oven. Ain’t no stopping me now. Except maybe a visit from the PFD. Is the fire dept. open on Thanksgiving? They should have the day off. If you cause a fire cooking your Thanksgiving dinner, go grab a pail of water and hang with ’em.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Well, we went vegan this year. For my middle daughter. It was her 21st birthday today. Got to say, the potatoes were fine, the green bean casserole was great, and the apple pie was awesome, but toefurkey?

    Toe-fuck that thing. The stuffing was good though.

    • Nipper says:

      Even I ate turkey. Damn it was good. Eat meat ……you bet I will! Some bird gave his all for my tummy. As for the 49ers, beat the Lambs! Beat them good.

  21. snarkk says:

    Don’t look now, but the Rams D has been playing pretty damn well. Niners aren’t going to get a D that looks like the Skins effort on Monday night. Niners need to continue to mix it up, and stop putting Kap in 3rd and longs. I heard that they expect Crabby to play this Sunday. How much, is anybody’s guess. I hope it’s not too soon and he injures himself again. Patton is also practicing, but I suppose he’s missed so much time, we can expect zilch from him until next season…

  22. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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