Mr. Phil Saves the Day ! ! Niners 22 – KC 17

In another weird game that saw Kansas City and Alex Smith jump out to a quick  17-3 lead, the 49ers, behind their suddenly tough 2nd half defense, shut down the KC attack and booted a bevy of field goals to win the game. Again though, it came down to the defense to put the kibosh on a last-second drive. Fortunately for us, it was Alex Smith behind the wheel, and not Nick Foles (or any number of others) and he promptly threw the game-ending pick two plays into their last drive, again picked by Perrish Cox. Love me some COX!

Good win against a strong team, but again, this team is leaving way too many points on the field. Turn one or 2 of those FGs into TDs, and the game is a cake walk rather than a defensive struggle. You tell me the difference between 35 points and 15. It seems to me that this is EXACTLY how Harbaugh likes to win. He doesn’t want to blow people out. He’d rather slowly grid them down. Some sort of force of will thing. Whether it costs him some games in the end doesn’t seem to matter to him. As long as he can grind away. It sort of fits in with the daily maelstrom that swirls around Harbaugh, the front office, and the players. A maelstrom of his own device.

The pressure is certainly off the players as Harbaugh is orchestrating all the whirlwind directly toward himself. He’s the eye of the hurricane. How this works out no one knows, but it sure paints the world very black and white to the people in the locker room. It’s the team vs the media. It’s the team vs the management. It’s the team vs the next opponent. It’s the team vs the world.

Yeah, this is taken directly from the Bill Walsh school of media manipulation, but Bill was in no way this fanatical about it. He had a thinly veiled but very cutting tongue when dealing with the media,  but he wouldn’t go out of his way to ratchet up the bullshit. Believe the bullshit, and you get to the report that even a Super Bowl victory wouldn’t save his job. Is Jed that stupid? As ludicrous as that sounds, it isn’t unprecedented. Just ask Jerry Jones how well firing your Super Bowl coach goes. Does one playoff game win in 20 years ring a bell? Or even Uncle Eddie. He drove HIS Super Bowl winning coach out by shitting on his head at every turn.

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45 Responses to Mr. Phil Saves the Day ! ! Niners 22 – KC 17

  1. Winder says:

    Hopefully, it all comes together before we play Seattle, at least the penalty situation was way better. It would really be nice to see a well oiled offense. The new stadium looks like a great place to watch a game.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Kinda gets old talking about this non-game shit, but the sheer volume of it is astounding.

    Would you prefer talking about our Red Zone issues?

    These FGs are getting old. Winning 35-17 is much preferable to winning 22-17.

    Once we hit the harder part of our schedule, we’ll need to do something about points.

  3. Nipper says:

    The offense is hardly a well oiled machine. Too many FG.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, thing is, I don’t think we have done anything much differently than previous games. I think they were called better as to not throw unnecessary flags. I still see it in other games though.

    As if the reffing crews are vastly different in how they call shit. Even flexin’ Ed isn’t as bad as the worst offenders.

  5. Spitblood says:

    I think there are two players on the team who aren’t happy with Harbaugh: Vernon Davis and Joe Staley. I think both guys loved Alex Smith, and according to reports, both players are a little disgruntled going way back to the Peyton Manning lie. Vernon and Joe have been quiet regarding the issue.

    VD is douche bag. That guy’s faking it (ankle and back) because he didn’t get the pay increase he wanted. And that’s a difficult situation for Harbaugh. These coaches are smart about situations like this because if a star player is unhappy with his pay, and he pulls himself out of games (ankle and back) as often as Vernon does, it affects the offensive play calling. If Vernon’s apart of the installs prior to the next game, and the team practices those schemes and plays, then the player pulls himself out of the game, it hurts the team. DeShaun Jackson did this in Philly Andy Reid’s last year with the Eagles. The following year, after Jackson had been paid more, Jackson said, “That wasn’t me last year” implying a “walking holdout” or that he wasn’t giving his best effort. This is what VD is doing, and it’s the biggest cancer a team can have. If I was Jim Harbaugh, I’d rely completely on Derrick Carrier (sp?) and send VD a loud and clear message that he can’t selfishly jeopardize the team’s goals for his own personal agenda. Vance McDonald sucks.

    Regarding Deion and Dilfer, I still believe Jed York is the one orchestrating this. I know I’m in the minority, but my reasoning is this – the NFL pushed this story without a Jed York response. Unca and NJ offered that York doesn’t respond to such things which is total crap. Jed York is a tweeting fool. But he only refuted one story, published by Jay Glazer with Fox, long after the story was a huge distraction. York either knew and allowed Deion to trounce his coach, or York didn’t know and allowed Deion to trounce his coach. Either way, there’s too many distractions with this team for me to truly believe this team is a Super Bowl contender – after that, the future is bleak. Jed York’s win / loss, pre Harbaugh record is something like 60-100. I have no faith, a total no confidence vote in Jed York. I think he’s Daniel Snyder, running out Shanahan. Granted, Shanahan’s best days were behind him, but look at the Redskins now. And quietly the Shanahans both said Kirk Cousins was the better qb, but Synder won’t allow them to start “their guy.” This is a medalling owner who thinks he knows better than the coach – which is exactly who Jed York is. Jed would never tell Harbaugh who he could or couldn’t start, but Jed believes he can win with Baalke and a new head coach. Good luck with that. After Harbaugh leaves, so too will his positions coaches (who’s stayed with Harbaugh and don’t seem to have any problems with Harbaugh even after 3 plus years). I mean, thinking out loud, why do the position coaches all hang with Harbaugh and show extreme loyalty to him, but the owner can’t?

    Do you guys think the coordinators and position coaches with this current team appreciated the Deion Sanders story and then no response from Jed York until Glazer threw gas on the fire? Who in their right mind would want to work for Jed York? Fangio? No way. Probably Roman because he’s so weak, but good luck with that. Why can the position coaches and majority of the players all work with Harbaugh on a daily basis, but the owner and GM, who don’t work with Jim on a daily basis, both seem to have a problem? To me, that’s a control issue – not a money issue.

    I’ve heard pundents talking about other dysfunctional teams winning Super Bowls in the past, and there’s no doubt it’s possible, but not when the Seattle Seahawks are this good. You, the pundents, and Jed York can try to convince me this team is fighting for a Super Bowl, but I don’t buy it. This team is fighting for the playoffs, a quick exit and then total future uncertainty. And the playoffs are still a huge “if” at this point.

    Look at the distractions:

    1.) Vernon Davis
    2.) Jim Harbaugh / Deion Sanders / Jay Glazer / Trent Dilfer
    3.) Injuries to Bowman, Anthony Davis and Dorsey
    4.) Inexperienced secondary
    5.) Inexperienced special teams units

    One thing is undeniable – this Harbaugh / York situation is untenable, and that’s York’s fault. A lot of you have suggested great coaches leave and move on, and that’s true. But York is a child. I have no tolerance for a kid wanting to be Daniel Snyder Jr running out a great coach, especially when that kid’s win / loss record pre Harbaugh is so bad. You guys can all blindly follow Jed York and Trent Baalke’s abortion next year, but I’ll pass, thank you. The years of Singletary and Nolan are still way too fresh in my mind. If Jed York was smart, he’d use those years as a subtle reminder that he doesn’t know shit about football.

    And Jim Harbaugh is the best coach to hit the NFL over the last 20 years. He’s better than Carroll only because he’s got more tread on his tires. Would I want Carroll over Harbaugh for one year? Yes. But for a few decades, I’d chose Harbaugh because eventually he’ll chill and the players will really start responding to him then (not that they don’t already). And Harbaugh will coach for twenty years…. unfortunately, because York is a child, it’ll be somewhere else.

  6. NoFear49er says:

    What do you care? Harbaugh’s gone next year and so are you. Or so you say anyway.

    Harbaugh will burn out long before “decades” pass. That intensity and 24/7 football is not a recipe for longevity. Just look at yourself for an example of the implosion that awaits Harbaugh.

    Whatever Jed knows or doesn’t know, he’s night and day from his dad running the org. Count your blessings not your warts.

    • Spitblood says:

      What do I care? I care that Harbaugh leaves. Of course I care. I wouldn’t go to all this effort to persuade if I didn’t care. And your idea that Harbaugh will “burn out long before…” is pure, pure poppycock. But you’re right in that he does put a lot of pressure on his surrounding and in my opinion that’s what great coaches, businessmen and owners of companies do. But I’m certain Jim will chill-out eventually. Until that time, it’s on the owner to not only protect his head coach, but also to counsel his head coach about how to maintain a long-lasting relationship so there isn’t a Jimmy Johnson or Bill Walsh situation with the 49ers. If Jed York had a clue about that he’d have responded earlier to the Deion Sanders story and not let the Jay Glazer story even be a possibility. But I am happy to hear that on the Rich Eisen show York said he recognizes that Harbaugh needs friction. To me that means York is thinking about ways to help his coach succeed. However, Jed York is light years away (in my estimation) from retaining his head coach next year. And when Harbaugh leaves, so too does Spitblood.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Gee, Spitty (bullit jr.) as for your ‘distractions’ how were the special teams yesterday? Or that maligned secondary? They both contributed huge to the win. Granted, it was Alex, but they did as good a job against Foles last week. All they need to fix now is the red zone offense. The team is improving week to week. If you want to get sucked up into the media bullshit, have at it. Just don’t bore me with it. The team WILL get better when Bowman and Aldon Smith come back. Brock isn’t even missed at this point.

    Whatever goes down will not be dictated by Glazer and Co. If Harbaugh wins it all, we get to see what the next move is.Sure, it’s a very high bar, but Harbaugh himself raised those expectations himself.

    Until then keep jacking off to your own bullshit.


  8. If only our pass rush packed the same punch. We might sack the QB more than once every blue moon. “This is why we can’t have nice things in the men’s room.”

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Gee, Dennis. Shitty win, eh?

    Find something to piss and moan about?

  10. rtfirefly says:

    Stop the presses! I love the Cowboys! I love Tony Romo! GOOO Boys! For a week anyway…

  11. NJ49er says:

    Spit there’s always the angst of bad publicity lingering around Pro teams.
    Jed isn’t any worse than Jerruh in terms of marketing his product.
    The obvious difference being, Jerruh is a media whore whereas, guys like Jed, choose to remain out of the media spotlight.

    Who tweets more than that drunken fool Irsay in Indy?

    I have no problem with Jed sitting on the sideline and not adding fuel to an already combustible situation.
    Jim creates his own controversies with his sideline antics and meltdowns over yellow laundry.
    We had the likes of Brandon Jacobs stirring up trouble here too.
    It happens, very regularly in fact.

    The NFL has always scrubbed it’s media leaks too.
    What’s changed?
    Smart phones and the ability to get video posted to the world before the media and NFL can control it.
    Police and Law Enforcement in general are now being exposed to the light of day as well.

    New instant media world, new problems to account for.

    Let’s also not overlook the possibility that Jims’ Agent is stirring the pot too.
    Agents have a vested interest in securing top dollar deals for their clients too of course.
    Word had it Jim and Paraag were at each others’ throats at one point too.
    No doubt over the retention of Veteran players.
    Jim can’t let go of loyalties, which is admirable to a point but, it’s not part of the big picture success of a roster.
    Contracts and players have to be exchanged regularly in order to maintain competitive balance and fiscal feasibility.
    Not an easy thing for a guy like Jim to swallow I’m sure.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    I swear. I think it’s by crew now that these games get out of hand with the flags. Most of the games I saw this weekend were called pretty well. Tonight was awful.

  13. Nipper says:

    Sometimes football sucks worse than baseball. Monday night football and Thursday football are just giving us mediocrity. We may as well watch old Raider highlights.

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    Hey Chuck. It looked like the crossing pattern to Boldin could have been done all day long. Up in the stands he looked wide open the two times the Niners called it. If that is the case, go to that well til it is dry. and why didn’t they try that play down by the goal line. TOO much planned Kaep running trying to get first downs.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Hey Kevin! Our intrepid blogger in the stands.

    That kills me to hear that about the crossing patterns. This team has a problem with taking advantage of shit that works. One of Bill Walsh’s tenets was do something til they stop it. I’m OK with trick plays, but the pass from Boldin seemed to kill all momentum on that drive.

    Yeah, teams have pretty much killed the read-option. Plus I’m sick of seeing it. Until we get a deep passing game going, that shit won’t work. AZ stopped it in the 2nd half by spying Kappy with an LB.

  16. Spitblood says:

    Just read Matt Maiocco’s chat and it was a good one. Took away one thing from his chat in my mind that I’ve been struggling with…. or actually a couple of things. I agree with Maiocco that the Baalke / Harbaugh rift isn’t a big deal and probably is not the center of the controversy. I think if York and Harbaugh could agree, Harbaugh and Baalke could work together provided Baalke can actually start drafting good players. That said, there are others asking questions (during the chat0 who think Baalke’s drafts suck since 2011, and Maiocco is leaning towards calling Tank Carradine a bust. If that’s the case, Baalke’s 2013 draft is looking like a bust as well. If you have back-to-back bust drafts, with 2 out of your 3 drafts sucking…… you suck.

    The Baalke / Harbaugh rift isn’t a big deal until you start to realize that if Baalke can’t draft, Jim’s just going to be spinning his wheels in SF, like any other coach. It’s rumored that Baalke is a favorite of Jed York’s, and if Baalke can’t draft, it figures he’d be a York favorite. York loves losers.

    Looking at it from Harbaugh’s perspective, if I was Harbaugh, and my only objective was a ring and not money, which I think is a pretty fair assessment, I’d have to insist on Jed getting me a better talent evaluator, because if you waste picks like Baalke is wasting picks on guys like Carradine, McDonald, LaMicheal James, AJ Jenkins, Cory Lemonier, that ultimately hampers your ability to win a Super Bowl, obviously. And as bloggers, we can only guess at facts, but Jim Harbaugh knows for certain if Baalke’s competent. And if Baalke isn’t competent, and Jed York loves Baalke, it’s another reason the team is going to crash right into the cellar after Harbaugh leaves – because Jed York himself can’t evaluate talent. Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary and Trent Baalke all have one common denominator. Jed York finds lemons, this time in Baalke, and like a bad Texas Hold ‘Em player, Jed York can’t get away from a bad hand and it’ll probably cost York the best coach he’ll ever have…. Jim Harbaugh. What’s laughable is that is Maiocco thinks York will replace Harbaugh with Tomsula. If York does that, with Baalke in charge of talent acquisition……. I am soooooo fuckin’ outta here. If that’s the route Jed York goes, I’m so looking forward to finding myself a new football team. Why? Because Jed York is young.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Baalke’s been Jed’s closest buddy since the beginning. Remember Daddy’s college player evaluation scheme? I seem to remember one of Bullit’s links back then showing Jed
      and Baalke working closely together, and years later Baalke in the OC booth when Sing and Jimmy couldn’t count to keep track of timeouts, challenges, downs…

      • rtfirefly says:

        Geez, my apologies!! I’m confusing Baalke with Paraag. Too many freakin’ a’s.

      • Spitblood says:

        I’ve heard and read the same thing about Baalke and York, though. I’ve heard that Baalke and York are very close. If that’s the case, and the 49ers / Baalke can’t draft, it only makes it tougher for York to dump Baalke. Just goes to show… can’t get emotional about business.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Seeing as we have 4 starters from this draft (and it would be 5 with Marcus Martin healthy), you can’t throw that one in the trash. Then again, you ignore most all the facts.

    Cherry pick as you must, Spitty, but no one’s buying. Take a look at any GM’s drafts and you’ll have the same to worse results. I’d think Baalke is above average. Look at your idol Bill Belichick. He hasn’t hit on a pick since Ben Vereen in 2011. Ras-I Dowling? Dont’a Hightower? Laughable.

    You piss and moan about losing Ginn (duuuh) and overlook Brandon Lloyd, Little Stevie Wonder, and Anquan Boldin. You wail at losing Goldson and Whitner but ignore Reid and Bethea.

    Blah blah blah. Same shit different day. If you only had a brain.

  18. Spitblood says:

    Who exactly are those “4” starters?

    • unca_chuck says:

      Ward, Hyde, Ellington, and Lynch.

      • Spitblood says:

        Hyde and Lynch aren’t starters, especially when Aldon comes back. Ward is completely suspect getting beat up and down the field, and is also too small to play an entire 16 game season, plus playoffs. But I’ll give you Ellington….

  19. rtfirefly says:

    Dodgers are toast. Mebbe next year fellas.

  20. NJ49er says:

    Spit look at things as a complete ‘Big ‘ picture scenario, regarding the GM and HC.
    Each guy has a job to do to make a team successful.

    We don’t know for fact who preferred LMJ for example.
    I’ve read that Harbaugh liked LMJ and, might have made the pitch for him, just as Singletary clamored for Taylor Mays.

    Every position Coach provides input on Draft selection preferences.
    The GM then has to slot them and attempt to find them on Draft Days.
    The Draft is one phase of the picture puzzle.
    FAs, Cap Mgt and developmental players all factor in.

    Baalke has hit on more than he’s missed IMO.

    NaVorro is being covered for now by FAs like Wilhoite and Skuta.
    Aldon was Drafted by Baalke and is seen as a home run selection by most anyone who’s paying attention.
    Lemonier and Lynch are here to provide depth in his absence now.
    There are numerous considerations to a successful roster.

    Where I think we’re seeing issues is the inability of Harbaugh and Roman to get this Offense into another gear.
    It’s not just about the Drafted players.
    Baalke has done an excellent job at acquiring additional Draft Picks via Trades.
    You can waste them all day long so long as you hit on more than you miss.
    Picks are cheap. The more the merrier.

    Our DLine has benefited from UDFAs as well as Draftees and FAs.
    Good Coaching has to take over at some point too.

    • NJ49er says:

      The NYJ are sitting on something like $23M in Cap space right now.
      What good is all that Cap money doing them, when they don’t have depth on the Roster right now?
      They have the money and holes to fill in the Secondary along with a QB who can’t tell time or read a Defense.
      Prior to Idzik, Tannenbaum handcuffed them with guaranteed Contracts for players that weren’t providing results.
      Now they have a GM who isn’t spending the cash they’ve finally been able to recoup.
      GM duties are the lifeblood of any organization.
      Good ones survive, bad ones complicate the entire process.

      When you look at our situation on the whole, Baalke has done a very admirable job of provided depth, talent and production while also paying a starting QB that can win games for us.

  21. rtfirefly says:

    Woohoo Giants! Casilla closed it out; Romo’s been demoted. On to St Loo!

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Gotta love the Giants!! A true team in every sense of the word.

  23. rtfirefly says:

    The Giants on Sat and Sun and the Niners on Mon. St Loo fans gonna have a busy weekend…

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Unbelievable. Talk about a team in the truest sense of the word. The Giants are pretty muxh what all teams should be shooting for.

    • Spitblood says:

      This Giants team over the past several years reminds me of the Yankee with Torre. They just know they’re gonna win.

  25. NJ49er says:

    Question –
    What’s the nickname for the new stadium gonna be?
    Does The Zip or Field of Jeans look like they have a chance?
    Or is something else in play?

  26. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up

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