Countdown to Ecstacy

I’m always confused that the word ecstacy does not have an X in it. Anyhow, this season sure isn’t what I imagined it to be. Yeah, I thought we’d beat up on the underlings like Tennessee and Arizona, but I didn’t think we’d get waylaid by the likes of Indy, Carolina, and especially New Orleans. Game 1 was a shining example of what turned out to be false expectations as we quickly fell to 1-2 and hit scramble mode. 5 wins later, and we’re feeling fine.

Boom, another little rough patch as the Niners lost 2 close games to 2 good teams. At least we tightened up the losses. Fast forward to now, and we’re rolling on a 4 game winning streak. Which of course includes the stirring victory over the Seahawks. So here we sit, with the 5th seed in our grasp. Yes, we could possibly get the 1 seed should the earth open up and swallow Seattle, but that probably won’t happen. Ans yes, we could lose out and miss the playoffs entirely I suppose, but that’s another far-fetched deal.

So, if things go according to the path of most likely, we win out and get the 5 seed. Which means we get the winner of the NFC Norris Division. Which most likely means Da Bearsss. GB could sneak in and ride the wild hope that Aaron Rodgers makes it back, but ewither way, we are playing in the elements. Not too big a worry to me as we have a strong run game, but if it’s a blizzard like we saw a couple weeks ago, all bets are off. Still, running and defense travel well in shitty weather.

Green Bay has Pitts, and a huge showdown with Chicago, which likely determines the playoff team. Lose and you are out. Deetroit, in the inimitable words of Steeve Young last night, “threw up on themselves” in a fairly ghastly loss to the Ravens, who did nothing more than get into field goal range 6 times yesterday. So, it would have been nice to play in the warm confines of the Bankrupt Dome, or wherever Deetroit plays, but Deetroit can’t get out of their own way, amid the penalties and stupid play calling. So it looks like the Niners are packing their longies for the trip to the frozen midwest.

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169 Responses to Countdown to Ecstacy

  1. 12th man says:

    So which will it be Bears, Packers or Lions? Pick your poison.
    Sounds like a competition for bragging rights, where’s Phil when you need him?

  2. Are the Niners opening it up on O? Check this out from Maiocco:

    Comment From Gary
    Hey Matt, Did you notice in the last game – how many players seemed not to know where to line up? Who’s fault is this? Do you see it becoming a problem down the stretch?

    Matt Maiocco CSN: Who’s fault is it? I understand the 49ers had as many as 30 new plays in their game plan. So whenever that kind of volume is placed in the playbook, it comes at a price.

    So it seems we are confusing the opponents and some of our guys with lots of new plays going in.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    I certainly saw some different formations, and I’m seeing more 3 and 4 WR sets, which i really like, but the timeouts and delays they need to cut down on.

  4. NJ49er says:

    Which is what I’d suggested at times recently Chuck, that Roman is holding plays from view until the time is right.
    I see Harbaugh as a calculated, yet conservative guy.
    All the banter related to the debate over on Skeebs’ site isn’t about bashing Kaep.
    I think it’s come down to whether you hate Roman/Harbaugh’s style of play vs Kaep working in a true WCO?
    It’s a transition phase from Pistol/Spread to Harbaugh/Roman/Schembechler/Stanford football.

    I completely buy into the philosophy of solid Defense and a Running game wins Championships.
    When the time is right, I trust Roman will have Kaep ready to go, with plays he can command and execute.

    Our issues this year are more about missing WRs than the Sardine Can Offense as Berger likes to put it.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    I will say there has been more 3-4 WR sets these last few games, which is what I’ve been hoping for. All the 22 formation does is make the defense pack the box with their own guys.

    Believe it or not, losing Miller might force them into more aggressive formations. I really don’t know if they will even try Dixon in the backfield blocking. He was the first thought I hashad, but I don’t hear his name coming up at all.

  6. snarkk says:

    I’d be down with a playoff game in Chi-town. Not Lambeau. I’m reminded of the 1988 Champ game at Soldier. Niners had gone a pedestrian (for them) 10-6 season, then whupped up on the Vikes in round 1 (34-9, three TDs Montana to Rice). Champ game on Jan 8, 1989 at Soldier. 17 degrees at game time, with -28 degree wind chill, with gusts 30 mph. End of Q1 gets a Montana-Rice 61 yd TD, and they never looked back. Beat down on Ditka 28-3, Joe with 288 yds and 3 TD throws, 2 to Rice, 1 to Frank (sometimes a forgotten TE). My favorite road victory of the Niners of the Walsh era. They were given virtually no shot in the freezer against the McMahon Bears. Instead, Niners absolutely dominated and kicked bearass. Next stop, beating the Bengals again and the John Candy drive for the ages. I’d love to see a replay this playoff season…

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Maybe you are right, but is just seems like they are taking it VERY slow. We are getting better at the right time, and I damn well was ha[[y they were running the ball in thes game and also the Seattle game, as they really screwed the pooch in those early llosses when they went away from it.

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck I think Harbaugh just likes them to grind and grind on the 22 formation until everyone does it in their sleep.
      It also gives everyone in the League the same film to view.

      For me, I’ve always figured Harbaugh to have a bazooka hidden somewhere, when everyone is expecting a gun fight.
      We may look predictable to everyone but, we are winning more than we’re losing.
      It also wears down a Defense the more you keep pounding on them.

      As you just posted, without the ability to grind clock when you need to, games can get away from you.
      Best way to stop a high powered Offense is to keep them watching from the sidelines.

      I’ll take our running game and Defense against anyone.

  8. NJ49er says:

    Doesn’t matter to me where we play, so long as we’re healthy and clicking.
    Given a choice, I’d prefer Chicago over GB, as I don’t think Detroit will get there now.

    My original wish was for Detroit and Dallas to take their Divisions.
    Both have shot themselves in the face now. It won’t be easy for either of them.

    With Miller going down, our running game takes a BIG hit.
    I wouldn’t feel confident trying a little used passing game now in the cold either.

    I’m guessing that the ground game is more dependant on a solid lead blocker anyway so, while we’ll take a hit losing Bruces’ catching ability, Kilgore or whomever they choose, can likely make up for the lead blocker needs.

  9. NoFear49er says:

    I hope we take this crisis/opportunity to put in some more pro sets with regular pro set personnel. Shit, dust off some of the old Walsh playbooks and mix in some CK7 option reads. My guess is we will try to make up for the power runs with more CK7 option runs and pass plays. If defenses go to nickel, see Frank run, and Kendall.

    I don’t care where or whom we play first either. It’s winning the conference that I look forward to. And I think the Cowboys still have us bettered there. The Seahawks are still neophytes at that rodeo.

    Did you see the billboard the Niner fans bought in Seattle? I don’t know, I think it’s pretty “seahawkish” of us.

    • NJ49er says:

      Hey NoFear49er –
      Yes, the billboard schtick is just petty nonsense between fans.
      They did add some semblance of decency to the gesture, by offering excess donations to the Seattle Childrens Hospital at least.

      I’d agree with the Pro Set opinion too.
      We’ve got the WR compliments now, which weren’t there for the bulk of the year.
      I’m confident that there’s plenty of unseen pieces of this Offense, waiting to mess with the ‘book’ we’ve given everyone to prepare from.

      Not sure I’d be comfortable with Boobie Dixon stepping in cold either.
      He doesn’t impress me as a mean RB.
      Very similar to Brandon Jacobs IMO.
      Big man with timid feet.

      Part of me wants Seattle to take AZ out of the picture on Sunday, the other part says what if we could steal this Division?
      Either way, I want to stay healthy and make another run, from whatever seed we obtain.

      • philippinefan says:

        Hes supposed to have 1400 yards rushing at Mississippi State in his senior year if I read that right. Link is below

    • NJ49er says:

      It was be nice to give Frank a little time off too I think?
      Tinker with some new ideas as you suggest with the fresher legs Kendall and LMJ possess.

      Either way, we’re on the threshold of the Playoffs again.
      Good spot to be in.
      Time to make some noise.

    • NJ49er says:

      Hey Phil, yes I knew he was pretty impressive in College.
      However, everything I’ve seen from him as a RB with us wasn’t very impressive.

      My concerns are for the loss of Bruce.
      Boobie might contribute some as a short yardage guy I’d assume?
      Not real sure what he brings in terms of a FB though.

      I’d be fine using the services of Kilgore as the lead blocker perhaps?

      Harbaugh will have an answer come Monday night.
      Various reports have mentioned LB Wilhoite and even TE Derek Carrier, who was a WR in College. At least he’s got hands.

      Time to see who can step up in these final 2 games.

  10. Nipper says:

    Niners!

  11. NoFear49er says:

    Problems are many with a new guy in at FB. With Norris and later Miller, Frank knows how they see changing targets and who they will and how they will block. Not to mention the protection aspect of the job. I’d rather they stick to some basic power runs with the replacement lead blocker and make up the difference with other plays and formations not involving a FB.

    Dixon reminds me of Jacobs, too, NJ49er. Quit dancin’, find a hole.

    • NJ49er says:

      Exactly NoFear49er –
      It’s a comfort thing for Frank.
      Timing is just as important in that regard too.

      My guess is they go the TE route.
      We’ll see what the next Man up can do.

  12. NJ49er says:

    Found a small amount of info on Carrier – Spent time with Oakland and Philly before joining us is Sept.
    6’4″ 241 –
    A 23-year-old native of Edgerton, WI, Carrier attended Beloit (WI) College, where he appeared in 39 games, and set school records with 189 receptions for 3,111 yards and 29 touchdowns. He earned All-Midwest Conference honors twice and was named WFCA Private College Player of the Year following his senior season.

    Doesn’t appear as though he’s seen any game action.
    Wouldn’t count too heavily on him at this point.

    Time for Celek and VMcD to get some work.

    • NJ49er says:

      He did participate in multiple sports while at Beloit –
      Football, Men’s Basketball, Indoor Track & Field
      So, I’d say he’s athletic enough and, being from Wisconsin, a cold weather Playoff game would be right up his alley πŸ™‚

      • NJ49er says:

        Came out as a WR – 40 times in the 4.5 range too.
        38″ Vert with 15 Reps on the bench isn’t too shabby either –

        Good size and speed combo for sure.
        Green in terms of experience though.
        Have to keep an eye out for him.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, it would be nice to see VMcD get some action. I don’t think he gets any H back action, but who knows? They have to nomninally consider who the back up FB is as the season goes on. And I mean strictly as a blocker. Boobs? Doubtful. I was trying to remember if they used him as a lead blocker in preseason even. It’s not like they don’t run out of single-back foromations, but I’m sure Frank digs him some FB.

    It begs using 3 WRs though to lighten the box.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    And the sweeps to Hunter were a Godsend. I don’t know if that was just a product of playing a shitty defense, but they nailed some nice 10-12 yard runs every time they tried it.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Damn, you guys early birds or what? Even with the time diff, it’s still early. And I don’t know where you are NoFear.

  16. 12th man says:

    Sorry NJ but I don’t get it. Kap had another strong game with some absolutely outstanding moments. We as fans have no idea of the play calls or where he is supposed to go with the ball so how can we say with any confidence he missed an open man?

    Maybe he did, in which case he is just like every other QB in the league or maybe he saw something the cameras didn’t and that’s why he went where he went or maybe he hit the man the coaches told him to because of the matchup.

    What we can say with some certainty is that the play calling and scheme is restricting Kap’s natural play ability. Now maybe that is a good thing. Maybe Kap would throw a lot more INT and with a great D and solid RG that that is the most prudent path for a win. That he needs to learn to be a pro pocket passer in the long run is likely the right thing to do.

    Or just maybe they should cut him loose a little and let his natural ability show itself on a larger percentage of the plays. Certainly the guy has ungodly gifts as a QB, perhaps unmatched in the league.

    All this nit picking about the guys supposed deficiencies is a crock. He has his weapons largely back and the play calling has been opened up to a degree starting before Crabs came back. Both those things have seen a more potent O.

    Is the lack of shots into the end zone when in the redzone a lack of Kap’s confidence or the coaches being very conservative with the ball choosing to depend on field goals and a strong defense over the possibility of a turn over as we saw with the short throw to Crabs?

    I would say there is more than enough evidence to say the coaches have the training wheels on and most likely intend to keep them there choosing to make the Niners the Ravens west.

    Another piece of evidence that it is scheme and play calling is that Alex Smith has come out and said the restrictions are off now he is with the Chiefs.

    We always believed they limited him because he was not capable of consistent down field play yet there he is in KC doing it. Do you doubt they have restricted Kap too? This O is a calculated scheme and Kap has to play within it’s confines. I have no doubt it is difficult for him to ignore his natural tendencies and do what he is told, creating hesitation.

    Kap is not a finished product by any means. He is a kid learning, but he is the same kid that went to the SB last year and came within a hair of winning it.

    Lets put all this complaining about whatever he did imperfectly into some perspective eh?

  17. 12th man says:

    Niners brought in Will Tukuafu for a try out. You may remember he was defensive lineman they used as a FB in the jumbo run package. He was not signed yet though.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    12th I don’t think anyone (except Bullitt) is really going off the deep end on this. Yes, Kappy has locked on some to primary WRs, but I’ve also seen him read through his progressions and get to the 3rd read. My point is was and will be that Kappy is still young and learning his craft. He needs to slow the game down in his head. That mainly comes through experience. Bullitt holding Kappy to Montana’s standards is ludicrous. What Walsh saw in Joe was his innate ability to scan the field in an instant and find the right guy to throw to. Joe was doing that in college. He was the best at reading defenses quickly.

    The rigiamarole around the whys around Kappy this year is the conundrum. Kappy last year for the most part, didn’t have to go through progressions. The read-option gave defenses fits, as did his ability to escape pressure. Guys were open and he hit them. It wasn’t until the Ram game last year that someone figured out how to slow him down. Knock the WRs off their routes, jam at the line, and change/disguise zone cover packages. Bringing more people up close also minimizes his scrambling ability. Throw in no WRs, and bad playcalling, and you have a misfiring offense.

    This season is about adjusting out of that. It IS getting better. Are they forcing him to stay in the pocket at the cost of scrambling for yards to try and get him to be a more traditional QB? Are they reigning him in to minimize mistakes? Is this some sort of learning curve to get him to read coverages better? I don;t know. But through the season, there have been some pretty big problems with this offense. And not being in the meetings, it’s hard to say what their end-game is.

    But, with Crabs back, VD healthy, Manningham (he’s kinda missing) on the field, at least we have forced defenses to play us honestly, as opposed to doubling VD and Boldin, and stuffing the run,as was happening early in the season.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I think it’s all about Kappy’s health. Running to the edge (to minimize both the danger of injury and fumbles) and using his combination of strength, speed, and the threat of uncorking one downfield is what I miss.
      RG III (pre-knee) and Kap are quite different in running strengths. RG is a little guy who was one of the fastest players in the league. He was just too reckless, begging for trouble. Kappy is fast, but not that fast, and is a big, powerful corn-fed boy. Passing, Kap is more accurate downfield and far more accurate on the run. Running him up the middle would be insane, but more designed rollouts and play-pass options would suit me just fine.

  19. rtfirefly says:

    There goes Mr. spam filter again, and on one of my more brilliant posts! (sigh). I’ve become Charlie Brown kicking a field goal.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    There it is, RTF. I don’t know why the spaminator latches on to random posts like that.

    Holy shit. Our resident potty mouth has been busy. I have 8 really sick comments in the spam filter. I think Bullitt is rounding the bend to crazytown. . . . Hyuk.

  21. rtfirefly says:

    Oh, now Dalton’s BETTER than Kappy. This is rich! Someone is still carrying a massive torch for Alex. How sweet!

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus. Someone get him a pacifier.

  23. barleyfreak says:

    NJ said: “We may look predictable to everyone but, we are winning more than we’re losing.”

    Yeah it’s funny, as much as I complain about CK or GR or our offense not being ALL-POWERFUL, we’re only a horrible call in New Orleans and another field goal to garner 12 points at home against Carolina away from being 12-2.

    Getting Crabtree back is looking very, very big. I honestly didn’t think he’d have the impact he has. I also though MM would have a greater impact. Losing Miller for the rest of the season is a blow though. I remember an announcer earlier in the year point out that if you want to defend the Niners, then go wherever Miller is going, because the ball usually goes that way. At least they can’t follow him now. Meanwhile Kaep threw deep 2x last Sunday, connecting on one for the VD TD. Might have been two connections if Vernon ever dove for a ball. Regardless, that has to help to loosen the 8 man fronts going forward. With Miller out, they very well may have to mix things up, throw more. He was a helluva blocker this year and this will impact our running game.

  24. snarkk says:

    I think losing Miller is big. He’s got a lot going on in this offense. I doubt any one guy can replace all of that, so maybe just get a guy that can block, and re-focus the offense otherwise…

  25. NoFear49er says:

    It’s really irritating to see these articles by folks with an axe to grind masquerading as a know-something-sports-writing guy.

    I don’t think it was Romo who gave up thirty-some points in a half nor was he the receiver who ran the wrong route.

    It never ends. Anything wrong in Dallas is a Romo choke and anything right in KC is because Alex Smith was always a star QB being held down by a crazy coach.

    Some of them boys should watch a game with their eyes open, once in a while anyway.

    • Berger says:

      NoFear- I think Romo made a good call. There were 10 in the box. The team’s execution was poor but that is a different story. I agree with you asking why nobody is questioning giving up 37 points. About the execution, the TE did not block the pass rusher who almost sacked Romo and changing the timing of the play. The highest percentage on that play would have been a one step drop and Romo took a 3 step drop, but still, if the pass isn’t about 2 or 3 feet behind where it should have been thrown, that play is a big gain and possibly a TD. I wish our QB was allowed to make those calls. I don’t know for sure our QB isn’t allowed but from piecing comments together from different sources it seems he is heavily restricted.

      I see you are still loving you some Alex Smith! LOL

    • 12th man says:

      Speaking for myself NF I have never thought of Alex Smith as a star QB, then or now. He is still a dink and dunk efficient QB with a strong RG and D. The difference is he is now taking several shots a game that allow the dink and dunk to be more successful and he says himself that the restrictions he played with under Harbs are no longer there. What do you attribute those comments to?

      No nothing or not, that’s just my opinion.

      • philippinefan says:

        Im not sure what the issue is here. Harbs is pretty conservative in his approach to the passing game. Niners have the highest % of runs vs passes In. The. NFL

      • 12th man says:

        The issue Phil is the debate between coaching scheme or poor QB play. As far as I can tell Kap is playing QB at a high level and IMO the scheme is his main limiting factor.

        Others think Kap is missing significant plays due to his deficiencies whatever they may be.

        Following an early road game win guys are focusing on whatever negative plays or plays they think Kap should have made differently instead of recognizing the great plays and the road win.

        The kid is not perfect and IMO his natural flair is being held in check for good or bad. I don’t think blaming him week after week is fair or reasonable.

      • philippinefan says:

        Agree. As the O has opened up with return of Crab and MM I see coaching, play calling and scheme as taking 60% responsibility for our offensive woes. Kap maybe 40% but its no concern as Im seeing both improving. Kap is playing in a very conservative scheme = run, run, run and thats ok. JH will never be BW but no one else will either

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Well, NoFear, for all their defensive troubles, histrionics, and hullabaloo, Romo has had his share of blame in these galling losses. Frankly I don’t care how Dallas loses, just that they lose. The more horrific the bettter. Last weekend was quite devastating.

    • Berger says:

      Romo didn’t choke with his play call, he choked by throwing a pass behind the intended target. His last Int could have been a bad pattern but it was zone and receivers do sit in zone. Romo threw an out like it was man coverage. I sure can’t say who was wrong. Probably the WR since Romo has been around a while but Romo does have a history of doing this stuff.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah, throwing 2 picks in the 4th quarter won’ win you many games regardless of who’s at fault. Still and all, Garrett should not have gone all Mad Mike Martz in ther 2nd half. 7 runs and 24 passes with a 23 point lead? Ludicrous.

      • Berger says:

        The play calling might have been poor, I wasn’t paying attention to the game so I don’t know, but I had no problem with that particular call when he threw the first of the two ints., except in hindsight, but everybody is a genius in hindsight.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the way to combat losing your lead blocker is to get a defender into coverage rather than up close. 3-4 WR sets do this. 2 WR, 2 TE sets can do this as well. I think we’ll see a lot, more 2 TE, single back packages.

    I know, no duh, eh?

  28. unca_chuck says:

    NoFear, EVERYONE KNOWS Dallas’ defense sucks. Jerry blames it on injuries. Whatever. Romo catches shit because he throws picks in the 4th quarter. Again, though, they shouldn’t pass 4x more than they run, when they have a 23 point lead, and DeMarco Murry, who had alr3eady laid down 137 yards on GB’s defense.

    Put it this way, if that was Alex Smith throwing 2 picks in the last 3 minutes, would you be this forviging?

  29. rtfirefly says:

    Reno, great to see you here, you ignorant slut!

  30. unca_chuck says:

    I see Skeebs is deleting my posts. Makes sense.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I did get on once this year long enough to find out from Skeebs that he wasn’t deleting me. Where my posts went is anybody’s guess – The North Pole?

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Welcome to the dark side, Bergs! Hah!

    Yeah, I think I’m done with Skeebs site for a while.

    • Berger says:

      Skeebs doesn’t put up with name calling for too long. I’ve been deleted a few times there too. Once was for talking politics! I forget what the others were for. I do like to use the word fuck sometimes. That was probably it?

      • philippinefan says:

        Fuck yeah but over here its ok

      • unca_chuck says:

        But he lets Bullitt pester and hassle people til the cows come home.

      • philippinefan says:

        Bullit has some old grainy black and white photos of Skeebers in a seedy hotel room…

      • 12th man says:

        Ha by George I think you’ve got if Phil.

        Bullit is a double edged sword for Skeebs. He posts a lot so the blog has movement, he also subscribed to Skeebs view of Alex and was vocal about it. Problem is how he posts drives away other posters. I would think even Skeebs has seen the negative impact Bullit has on his blog. Take away Chuck responding and the blog is the Berger and Bullit show.

        An asshole is always bad for business.

      • 12th man says:

        This blog has 80 posts by 10 different posters, Skeebs has 29 by 5. I wonder why?

  32. 12th man says:

    Interesting that Roman was not one of the “strong candidates” recommended for upcoming head coaching vacancies by an all-star panel.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/18/nfl-panel-recommends-coaching-candidates/

  33. 12th man says:

    Squawks Browner suspended indefinitely violating the NFL substance abuse policy. See Ya.

  34. Nipper says:

    What is this thing called Skeebs? Sounds to me like some weird disease. You got skeebs?

  35. NoFear49er says:

    The Skeebs! Catch it!

    One can get skeebed for posting off topic military but not for off topic music videos or drinking stories. Kinda like getting Obamaed. Create yourself the job of sergeant at arms for the alex protection society and you get carte blance at the Skeebers blog.

    Bullit is like visiting your friend and having to sit next to his non-stop chattering parrot. Only so many times you can say shut up dumb bird and the bird doesn’t care anyway. He thinks you’re making conversation. It only gets worse when the bird has convinced himself he’s now a football expert for defending his boy. No other QB can compare now.

  36. NoFear49er says:

    Well I don’t care at all that the ‘Boys lost. It’s the phony analyses that rankle a bit.

    I’ve posted I thought the first INT was a bad throw and the second was on the receiver who stop and goed when he should have stopped and turned. Every time that happens it looks like a QB throwing a ball to the defense “inexplicably.” And if your thing is bashing Romo it’s just another Romo choke game. Romo gets credit from me for not taking the safe road and attempting only safe throws or check downs. Good for him give me more of that. Not so much on the bad decisions though.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Nothing will ever top opening day 2011 hosting the Lions. 27-3 at halftime and a 6 point lead with a couple minutes left.
      3rd down, Cowboys ball on the Lions 1. Romo audibles, takes it up the middle and…….wait for it….fumbles.
      Cowboys then get the ball BACK with under a minute left. Enter…..Tony Romo, pick 6, game over.
      It is far from the only time Romo has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

  37. Berger says:

    I’m sorry to tell you boys but Skeebers is at about 376,000 for internet popularity the last 30 days. This site sits at 1,626,908. I think Skeebers policing of his site to keep on topic and less potty mouth is working well for him. If he wanted to advertise he could probably make some money. You get more posters here, he gets far more readers. Personally, I prefer to not bash either. The rating for this site is not bad, Skeebers is unusually high for a narrow subject and unadvertised site.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I like Skeebs. His blog used to be great before it got hijacked.

    • 12th man says:

      You make my point entirely Berger. Skeebs has a ton of readers and no posters. Not hard to figure out why is it?

      BTW, I have nothing against Skeebs as I wrote earlier. He writes pretty well and except for his Alex bias, which is no longer relevant, he is considered in his opinions when he gives them.

      IMO he his sorely remiss for allowing his blog to be trashed daily by one jerk, it’s a shame..

      Seems that opinion is shared by the many “readers” who don’t participate unless you can draw some other conclusion?

      • Berger says:

        I don’t have a problem with Bullit and I just spent two tumultuous days debating him. The one that goes after me is NoFear and I don’t have a problem with him. I just go back at him with some humor and logic. We are all entitled to our opinion. The thing about Bullit and NoFear is, if they think you are trying to prove your point with BS info they will call you out on it, if they don’t agree with your point. Heck, I do that too. I have to take some time to figure out what NoFear is saying half the time but he is entertaining. Bullit is just blunt and asks for proof. I think Bullit’s fact checking actually draws readers. If you are going to take the time to check in and read something it is better to not be wasting time on false info. Anyway, I’d rather have more readers and less posters than the other way around if it were my blog for only the reason if I wanted to advertise I could make more money. If you are scared away by Bullit you probably are trying to be an expert with facts that aren’t accurate. We could use more anti Smith posters for the fun of it but since Alex started doing well with Harbaugh you guys all packed up and left. At least Dennis still has some balls left. LOL And BTW, when Chuck comes over popcorn sales go up! I do not mind their debates until they start calling each other names. Heck readers from all over the world check in to take sides!

      • 12th man says:

        Can’t say I agree with you Berger. I also think your description of his behavior that you wrote on Skeebs blog was far more accurate than this glossy one today.

        As for scared of Bullit, is this a challenge to my keyboard warriorness? Am I internet brave enough to face the Bulldog Bullit mano e mano?

        Well actually Bullit is not a Bulldog. He is the annoying Chihuahua that won’t stop yapping and keeps humping your leg. You just get pissed off from kicking him away and he ain’t bright enough to get it.

  38. Berger says:

    BTW, The Flap is sitting at over 16,000,000, 10 times lower than here.. So Chuck’s rating is not bad.

    • 12th man says:

      Chucks blog is gaining in quantity of posts and posters. It used to be a game day only blog in reality but look back over recent history and that is no longer the case. I don’t know if his readership is rising too or not.

  39. 12th man says:

    Tough to police on a minute to minute basis but the one issue Chuck has is the potty mouth poster who keeps showing up on game days. It’s almost like that poster wants to ruin the game day blog on purpose by using the vilest profanity possible. Weird huh?

    • Berger says:

      I can tell you that wouldn’t be Bullit. Potty mouth is not Bullit.

      • 12th man says:

        Bullit under his “Bullit” persona rarely is profane but he is on occasions. Now that’s a different kettle of fish under his various pseudonyms where is is free from his stricture and has been quite profane. Oh and lest there be doubt that it was Bullit hiding behind other screen names and attacking here I would remind you that not only was there a consensus here that it was him but that Skeebs also said it was Bullit and it was in fact Bullit.

        Now I am not saying the extreme posts on game day are Bullit, you leapt to that conclusion, my money would be on Spit et al, but I wouldn’t rule out Bullit either since his history shows him capable.

        As to NF with his Random thought, that had crossed my mind too but need more posts to sniff it out.

    • NoFear49er says:

      JT/GT reminded me of Spitblood. Randomfan guy reeks of Bullitness.

    • NoFear49er says:

      I must’ve used some “filter sensitive” words when I tried to say I think the tourrettes guy reminds me of spitfire and the random fan guy reeks of bullitness.

      • philippinefan says:

        Random = Bullitt? Dont see that.

        “Tourettes guy” now thats a classic (and true)

      • Random9erfan says:

        LOL, no, I am not Bullitt.
        I usually read the 49ersoutsider, as I do most 49er blogs though I have never posted on there.
        Actually, I have been a reader of Chuck’s blog, since the beginning, which IIRC was back in 2008, used to be blogspot then. Heck even remember the crazy times on Lynch’s SF gate blog. Posted a few times along the way on Chuck’s blog, but no posts worth remembering.

  40. NoFear49er says:

    Well you guys have short memories. Bullit had nothing on Reno during the Alex wars, Skeebers either. All opinions welcome as long as they’re the same as mine. Otherwise you’re in for endless name-calling and ridicule. Sounds a lot like what’s being attributed solely to Bullit now. Well, he started out as making a career of sniping and then learned from the oldtimers and was applauded for it.

  41. philippinefan says:

    I believe Preparation C (chuck) quickly eliminated my nasty case of skeebs and changed my life for the better. As 12th sez it’s the quality of the posts/posters here that I appreciate and that encourages contributing. Also the quality (respectfully agreeing to disagree) of our online relations has much improved and that’s attractive too. If I wanted a bitchfest Id go talk to my ex. People who read but dont post mean nothing to me.

    But Renos point “If you are scared away by Bullit you probably are trying to be an expert with facts that aren’t accurate” does not apply to me at all. I hate people who are always trying to be ‘right’ and loudly making others wrong. It wrecks the atmosphere and is simply Boring. There are better options out there that refrain from making ‘gotcha, asshole’ the dominant culture of the site. My 2 centavos…

    • rtfirefly says:

      Always right because his “opinion” is always parroted from a sportswriter. Thus, he can always use the Authority debating fallacy.
      Read a formal argumentation and debate textbook and his avatar will headline the Fallacy section. From Authority to ad hominem, he’s full of it.

    • Berger says:

      What’s the famous quote, “when legend meets fact, print the legend.” Something like that. I think that came from the movie, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.

    • 12th man says:

      Agree Phil.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    No ones above the tornadoes of bullshit, and I certainly don’t do this for any money. Fricking wordpress must drop ads on here because traffic is up? I don’t know.

    • philippinefan says:

      Whaaaa? Youre not makin fat bank off these Shakespearean verses?

      Wordpiss, figures…

      • Berger says:

        ‘Tornados of bullshit’ isn’t Shakespearean, it’s NoFearian!

      • Berger says:

        NoFear came up with that when he was going Bullit on me one day. I loved it so much I started to use it. NoFear got mad at me for using his phrase. I told him to quit coming up with great lines and I’ll stop using them. LOL!

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, that’s part of it, Phil. When he drags out posts from 3 years ago and throws them back at certain people, it’s like he’s screaming for attention. I don’t like getting dragged into shit, but it goes with the territory. I used to have fights with twinfan all the time over his assholery and general condescending attitude about any opinion but his own. We eventually got over it.

    I don’t see Bullitt ever sliding off his high horse.

    • Berger says:

      You do shoot from the hip with your facts and then get defensive when somebody calls you out about it. He gets a bit overbearing and you get too sensitive. It’s all OK until the name calling starts.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    And I certainly don’t mind rolling in the filth when warranted.

    Like his bullshit about me posting about him here. He seems to think I won’t say shit to him there? Right.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Anyhow, back to football. Does anyone remember boobies being a lead blocker in the preseason?

    I don’t. Is that even an option? Or is V McD the new component?

  46. philippinefan says:

    I share the skepticism about AD being an effective lead blocker with all his dancing around. Maybe thats why they signed Tukuafu again- for insurance in case AD bombs?

  47. Berger says:

    My problem with this site is I have to log on every time I post. For some reason my computer does not want to remember this site. It gets tedious having to log on every time.

  48. unca_chuck says:

    I think that’s a local ( re you) setting. I’ll try to look into it tomorrow if 8get the chance.

  49. unca_chuck says:

    It might be a firewall setting. Not sure.

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Try this. When you type a post click the little blue w under the posting window. It might keep your settings there.

  51. unca_chuck says:

    Or is there a ‘log on with’ button? That worked on my work computer. Instead of posting the comment, click ‘log on with wordpress.’

  52. philippinefan says:

    Okay we have reached the point where its time for some scoring prognostications or wild ass guesses about the Falcons/Niners Monday night. Niners are averaging 27 + points in their last 4 games and we have ATL at home. Ill call that good for 7 more given whats on the line for us. So Niners 34-14 way I see it.

    What you got?

  53. rtfirefly says:

    26-10 from here through the Super Bowl

  54. 12th man says:

    Gore has always run best behind a FB. He did run ok in the pistol but not as well. I don’t see Boobie as an effective FB, he doesn’t play heavy enough on contact. Haven’t seen enough from any of the TE to know if they can handle it. Maybe they go away from the traditional lead blocker style altogether?

  55. NoFear49er says:

    Berger, you’ve always painted things the way you wish they were. Skeebers’ demanding a halt to ‘jerking off to war stories’ over a polite exchange rolled up the ol’ welcome mat for me. Bullit doesn’t enter into it other than like mosquitoes at a good fishing hole. Pesky and you have to keep swatting the little mfers.

    btw, Check Down Charlie there isn’t much different than Check Down Charlie was here. Yards per attempt down I think and still the check down after check down. And only a punk would throw the team and coach that gave him a new life in the NFL under the bus with that crap about him being restricted. Harbaugh had him at 70% completions and 13-3 with all those restrictions. And besides, I thought his story was it’s all about the team. Bullshit! Check Down Charlie. Bullshit!

  56. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, b been taking about that with Bergs. Run a one back 3 wide (or 2 WR, 2 TE) set to get the tackle box unpacked. You can motion the TE to pick off an interior lineman as Milller might have.

    It might actually make them show different, and not quite so obvious, looks.

  57. unca_chuck says:

    I never saw an article where Smith talks about his being ‘restricted’ by Harbaugh and Co. But I have heard others say that the Roman offense IS very restrictive and doesn’t allow for much deviation. Take it for what you will. The team is 10-4 and is getting good at the right time.

    Unfortunately, we won’t really know how good until the actual playoffs start. These next 2 (or 3 really) shouldn’t be all that tough.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Take Jamaal Charles out and you got Smith = not much.

      • unca_chuck says:

        That applies to the Niners and Gore, Marshawn Lynch and Seattle, Matt Forte and the Bears, and a few others. Look at Luck without Wayne.

      • NoFear49er says:

        May be but so what? Doesn’t change anything as it applies to Alex. The Chief’s offense is Charles not Smith. Smith is still the same game manager he evolved into here. He takes some shots there he may not have taken here but not enough to matter or change his QB style. Which is fine. He’s solid and dependable now but he’s not Marino finally unleashed.

      • Berger says:

        Somebody write down the date NoFear called Smith “Solid and Dependable”, a date that will live in blog infamy!

    • Berger says:

      KC was on TV about a month ago. The guy doing color said he asked Smith what the biggest difference between SF and KC. He said Smith told him he didn’t have all the restrictions on him that he had in SF.

      Dilfer was on Radio this morning talking about the 49ewrs and saying something like, if the play isn’t designed to get you the ball you aren’t getting the ball.

      Seems consistent.

      • NoFear49er says:

        I used to hate listening to Steve Young prattle on and on trying to sound like the know-it-all he insists he is, now it’s sweet relief from having to hear Dilfer and Ray Ray. Hell, Dilfer makes everybody around him look good by comparison.

  58. NoFear49er says:

    Hey 12th man,
    Look at the POTD for an example of the writing style. If you didn’t see a name on top who’s the writer you’d think you were reading? Random9erfan? Really? It’s not me, bullit , it’s just a random 9er fan. Google the screen name and I’ll give you dollars to donuts there’s no posting history save here.

  59. unca_chuck says:

    And yeah, I’m thinking something like 31-13.

  60. 12th man says:

    “the mouth of the NorthWest aka Dicky Sherman”

    Lol, wonder where I’ve heard that before…

  61. unca_chuck says:

    Well, I searched it. Links to posts here, and a 2 year gap to some site called football future . Com he posts about how the Niners are the worst 11-3 team in history.

    Odd to say the least

    • 12th man says:

      NF has a valid point, POTD is a gimmie for Bullits style. My clue is watching who he chooses to respond to πŸ™‚

  62. NoFear49er says:

    Smoked him out easy. He always denies being Bullitt. (2 T’s and not Bullit 1 T) Also found an actual bullit post on Skeebers site at 10:21PM Wonder when Randomfan guy was posting his denial here…WTF?

    • unca_chuck says:

      Heh heh. Yeah, didn’t see the Random9erfan denial til just now, NoFear. Certainly writes the same style of coming up with ‘clever’ names for players, and the general tone of the posts. Minus of course the internet bully bluster he spreads on Skeebs blog.

      Truly a messed-up individual. Throw in the redbull, touchdown tommy and other aliases and you have an internet stalker.

      And yeah, he lied about posting here before. The first Random9erfan post is from 11/11/13. Nothing ealier.

      Beyond that, no one anywhere said Alex Smith was the 2nd coming of Dan Marino, or Joe or Steve or what have you. Just that he was better than was evidenced by the lousy coaching he got.

      He’s on pace to throw about 250 more passes than his average with the Niners, and throw for about 3,500 yards. All career highs. 23/6 TDs/Ints is not bad no matter how you parse it.

      If Dallas had a QB that didn’t turn the ball over so much, they’d have a much better record.

  63. NoFear49er says:

    Gettin’ ready for the Niners

    ex-‘hawks CB stopping SJax’s run for the native americans.

    http://bit.ly/1gI4CVB

  64. unca_chuck says:

    Much as I dislike Goergia’s team and the Rams in general, it’s hard not to pull for Steven Jackson. A guy who toiled in obscurity on some crap-ass teams. He just missed the Kurt Warner glory years, and suffered through many 2-14, 4-12 seasons with the Rams. Closest he got to the playoffs was when they tied for 1st at 7-9 a couple years ago.

    This year he thinks he’s going to a Super Bowl quality team and they take a massive dump.

    Kinda like Frank Gore until recently.

    Sheesh. Didn’t realize Jackson broke the 10,000 yard mark. Shit, he’ll have over 15,000 yards from scrimmage by the end of the season. Another under-the-radar Hall of Famer?

  65. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Bullitt is protesting madly over on Skeebs blog. Thou doth protest too much, skippy. Besides, Skeebs already ratted him out as Redbull. Sad pathetic little man.

  66. rtfirefly says:

    Reno, how do you like that $2.79 gas?

  67. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I know you feel sorry for yourself Buwwitt! ANyone that has to hide behind multiple screen names is truly a lost soul.

  68. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up…..

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