One from Mick Jones . . . Well, it’s back to the Big Easy. The site of some of the highest highs and some very low lows. Montana to Rice vs Denver, and 5 yards away vs Baltimore. Last season’s penalty-filled game, and many many others.
That being said, the airwaves are once again filling with 49ers past and present stating things like Harbaugh is gone, the locker room is broken, we need to get back to what we do well, execution, on and on. Jerry has weighed in. Steve as well. Frank has dropped his words, Bruce Miller as well. When all is said and done though, it happens on the field.
No one doubts that talent on this team. A battered and short-handed defense is playing spectacularly well. The retooled Ferrari of an offense is in the shop with a timing problem, and what appears to be a clogged fuel filter. Shit ain’t moving right. We sputter and stutter regularly, and have bigger problems in the red zone.
So, wherein lies the problem? Since everyone has an opinion on this, it varies from Kappy not picking up his reads to the play calling to the rudimentary passing design to the play calling to Harbaugh sealing his own fate by losing and he and the Brinks truck travel to the Big House in Michigan (the Raiders? Shit, even he won’t touch that turd pile) to the 49ers throwing too much to the play calling.
Think it’s the play calling? At this point, who knows? All sides play their part in this struggle. But certain things haven’t changed. Getting plays in on time. Getting to the line with a sense of urgency. Scoring in the red zone. Since these issues have been part of the 49er landscape since before Kaepernick (and even before Harbaugh), one would think the onus lies on the coaching staff to devise ways to fix these things. Harbaugh talked about these very issues before the season started, and yet they remain. They had to take a timeout on their first drive last week. They burn timeouts like fishsticks (you’d have to know my mom to get that one).
They’ve tried things like no-huddle in the AZ game, and since it worked so well, they never used it again. Same with misdirection passes to Anquan Boldin. Oh, that works? OK, we’ll save it for next year. Thing is, there may not be a next year for these coaches. This ios a winnable game, sure. But going to the Super dome to fix your ailing offense and stand behind your depleted defense is a tall tall order. Win, and the outlook is suddenly pretty good, what with a roadie in Jersey coming. Fight and lose a close battle, and the talk will be of a disappointing season with too much adversity to overcome. Lose big like the Denver game, and the fallout will be immediate and loud. Harbaugh’s tenure will be finished.
Such is life in the NFL. Riding high in October, shot down in December.
Above Criticism? Like every other media outlet people report and believe what ever there told to believe. Anyone who goes against their belief is silenced and removed from freely posting on their sites. Even people who act as if they truly believe in freedom of speech will somehow go along with the culprit without saying a word.
A man allows anyone to say what they want in America without getting offended.
For example if one just goes along and supports both good and bad moves the 49ers organization makes where lies the truth? Another example if the 49ers had Aaron Rodgers as our Quarterback would us smart fans be complaining? Or are we just smart enough to know that Kaepernick’s classless it’s all about me, me attitude will never lead us nowhere. Or could it be that the character of these players only jeopardized the standards we once knew and loved.
I just don’t get it because Harbaugh says Kaepernick is in Aaron Rodgers league because he says it you simply believe it? Most of you witnessed Walsh and the class on and off the football field yet Harbaugh’s classless antics doesn’t bother you. This anything goes attitude is a one sided belief that makes you a doormat for deceitful people trying to sell you a bag of goods.
At some point in ones life you must wake up and speak and the truth.
I think Aunt Esther said that first. Hallelujah! Glory be.
This is football not constitutional law. go fuck yourself, V.
Let’s give Kaep a chance to grow up a little perhaps?
Yeh, he’s rough around the edges.
Let’s also remember he’s a football player, not the local Pastor.
Would you rather have a lifeless, emotionless slug like Jay Cutler?
He come’s off as someone that would rather be home on the sofa playing video games.
Give me a competitor like Kaep, with time to learn and mature, over someone like Cutler for that kind of money.
I think the NFL must have sent out a league-wide memo to all media members that this was, “Rip Kap a New Asshole Week.” He just continues to get bombarded this morning left and right. He and Jimbo can only duck so much “flak.”
This has to be our first 10 AM start of the year. I don’t recall having to start drinking at 9:30 in the morning. Not on a Sunday anyway.
The Kap shit storm aside, I actually think he and the O play very well today. however, think it’s the D who let us down today. No shame in that considering the opposition. 38-31 The Big Easy
You’re way off, but then again, you sound sober.
Bethea! And Knuckles show up early.
Couldn’t even dream up a better beginning than that. Perfection.
All Gore, too. Good thing we didn’t cut that guy.
Gee, running out of 4 WR sets. Where have I heard that?
4 wide? You think that was four wide? That explains a lot.
You are a moron. Unadulterated moron. , 3 wide on the right. One wide on the left. You’d rather peddle your bullshit than believe your eyes. Don’t let reality get in the way you your agenda, asshat.
Then how do you explain Davis and Gore in the backfield. 12 men on the field much. FU!
This is how we should have played Manning on defense. Crowd the TEs on the line and pressure.
U quetioning fangio the great?
I’m sure Manning would have been “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” if we implemented that ploy. Ha
Good to see them finally listening to me.
Pay no attention to the man behind the blog curtain.
Look pretty fired up on both sides of the ball. So much for their refusal to play for Harbaugh. Bunch of nonsense.
Best first 11 mins of football — on both sides of the ball — that I can remember in recent history.
They sure look different this day than last Sunday, Running weak side with 2 wide? Who’d a thunk?
There goes another of Chuck’s runs out of a 4 WR set for the TD!
see that number 2, skippy? Oh yean. That’s the jumbo formation to you. Fucking brain dead lemming. Keep listeining to your master Lowell Cohn.
Yeah, if only all that name calling made you smarter.
Waaah! Poor baby. I’ll go easier on you from now on. So sensitive!
Vick with the 67 yard bomb. J e t s up 10.
Says the guy with the cute puppy for his avatar. Fuck him.
PW and Bowman on the sidelines wearing 49er shirts in the Saints black and gold colors.
That’s a subtle fuck you, Nawlings. I like it.
Wow. There’s a brutal call.
This is killing me. Boldin had it. No mistakes now.
There’s a fucked up call. There’s playing it safe, and there’s wimpinig out entirely. I don’t like that at all.
WTF was Reid doing on that play? Looked like he was waiting for a fair catch.
Reid: you mother fucking sack of shit
Davis: you mother fucking sack of shit
I just hope we can play 60 minutes worth of ball today because it sure looks like we woke up.
The first post on this blog sure looked like V. If it is How’s it goin?
Wow. Kappy ruins a great first half.
Back to the D. Fuck. How do you cough up that ball?
Defense saves the day. Brees with a very stupid pass.
Plusses are quick passes out of the pocket. The pass pro has been decent up until the fumble.
Kappy has been on target.
if Kaepernick ever learns that you can’t hang on to the damn ball all day, he will have taken that next step as a QB in the league. It seems like every game he makes that same mistake.
Wow. That was a TD for Boldin.
For Kappy’s mistakes, Boldin’s was huge. He’s dropped a couple big ones today.
Hey John. Welcome.
Got to stop them here.
Wow. That was awful.
What the hell was Hyde doing on that play and where was Gore?! It stuff like that that gets people pissed at Harbaugh.
One of the best pass blocking backs in the league and he’s on the bench for that play.
Kap has started around 40 games now, give or take. No more excuses. The guy needs to start recognizing stuff like an NFL QB, and move the team. This defense of NO is not that good. He seems to not be able to recognize the weakness in the D and make a play when it’s obvious a blitz is coming. I haven’t seen much of this game, but seems like same MO — score in first half, then phhhtttt on offense in the second half…
If you’re talking about that last 3rd down play, he didn’t have a chance. Completely blown blocking assignment.
No, not that one. I saw one earlier when all he had to do was throw the ball away, but tried to escape and took the sack…
They haven’t sniffed Brees’ jockstrap all day.
Jimmy Ward can’t handle Graham. No way, now how.
More runs today to Gore, he’ll squeeze and shake and get some yards. But, saw that Hyde TD, I don’t understand why he isn’t getting more touches. Gore has no escape speed anymore…
That was way too easy.
Better start burning the timeouts Harbaugh. This is your season right here and it’s slipping away.
Jesus. Failing at the worst possible moments. Leaving Colston uncovered isn’t going to work.
Right, John. Haralson came in untouched and Gore was on the sidelines. You can’t pin that on Kappy.
Got to somehow force a turnover. Or just let them score.
Now we burn TOs. Close but not quite ain’t gonna cut it. Unless we somehow make a stand here.
Well, Time for Kappy to make a 4th quarter comeback.
Niner Dback play just can’t handle big receivers. That’s a problem hard to fix. Unfortunately, I don’t have much confidence that Kap and the offense can come back in less than 2 minutes to tie or win this. I’m more confident there might be a pick to end the game…
Always the optimist.
Here you go Kap. A defining moment.
Boldin has turned into a sieve.
Does Kap know he has receivers other than Boldin?…
Khaki pants is a goner!
Oh boy here we go.
Way to man up there. 3 drops in a row.
Unbelievable, they still have this play clock delay crap when it’s crunch time. A systemic problem they can’t solve…
After a great clutch play by Kap, a bunch of crap play calls, they don’t even move it at all. When it’s crunch time, a recurring theme for this OC and Harbaugh. Too much time left for Brees…
That 3rd down play, it looked like Niner receivers were bunched up together, looked very confused…
And with 2 timeouts, why not cross the Saints up and run the ball there?
Agreed. At worst, they get a couple of yards, burn clock, and make the FG try easier. 45 yards is no gimmee…
That’s on Martin.
Perrish Cox just did his very best Vlade Divac.
That’s why I, and everyone else should never blame the officials.
Good sell job by Cox, but he was pushed. Give the zebra credit. What was Brock doing, he was just watching Graham catch the ball — WTF?…
GraHm is a beast. Tough on most CB with his size and speed.
As I said before, this Dback secondary has real issues with big receivers. Other than Reid, these guys are size challenged, IMO. In a jump ball deal, they lose…
Fangio needs to dial up pressure….
Bullshit call there.
Should have been no penalty. NO right tackle moved, when the Niner defender next to him was back on sides. Brooks went across clear on the other side of the line. Can’t they just pick up the flag and say no blood?
Cox is 10 yards off. They will throw that all day.
Fuck. We’d better stop this.
I just got switched over to the Seahawks game. You have got to fucking be kidding me.
Peyton’s gonna go for it.
Huh. Watch the fake.
I wouldn’t even try to catch this punt with Cox not experienced. Let it go…
I think we need to do a little running here
Is Gore hurt?
Good seal block on the edge by McDonald.
Hyde proving why he needs to get the ball more…
What do you think is going to happen there? I can’t believe we didn’t throw a quick pass.
Do something other than a 5 step drop there. Fuck.
This offense, or Kap, or both, just cannot handle the blitz. They can’t audible out to take advantage of the blitz, whatever. Take too long to call the play, can’t adjust out. Whatever. This is not rocket science, QBs and offenses beat blitzes all the time, unless you’re the Niners. That stall was caused by handing the ball to Gore going off tackle left on first down, which was stuffed. Keep Hyde in there…
Right. That play was ripe for play action. The 1st down play.
Just kick the damn FG on first down, and get out of town. If it’s blocked, recover and keep kicking…
Jesus. Hell of a play. Kick the FG and get the hell out of there.
Wow, they won. Gamecast, FTW.
What the hell? Q knuckler but it’s good!
Looked like a Marichal or Mike Marshall screw ball…
Phil Niekro with the GW FG in OT.
Hell of a good game, culminating with a desperately needed win.
Season on the brink, saved by the defense.
Love this took Borland. Small, short arms not terribly fast but he makes plays.
35 tackles in 2 weeks.
Yeah, he’s a keeper. Covered the fumble, too. Nose for the ball.
His getting experience while Willis and Bowman are out is a huge upside of that …
I was waiting for the zebras to make some BS call on Brooks AGAIN to negate the fumble…
The fact that the network puts on this Perreira dude, the ex zebra honcho, to regularly decipher the zebra calls shows why the NFL is turning its product into crap. If you need regular explanations about calls, you’re diluting the reason people watch games — to watch players play, not zebras throw flags…
Adios gents. Thanks Chuck.
Play of the year has to be that game on the line 4th down broken play scramble Kap to the right, then fling it to Crabby way downfield to keep the game and season alive. Kap is good at that stuff. On the routine QB play, meh…
6-1 to finish should be doable.
Carson Palmer just went down as AZ is losing to StL.
Seattle took the lead, tho.
Good game dammit! Visiting teams have to have some luck to win there.
Funny thing is, Ahmad Brooks, the guy who had the terrible penalty that killed the game last year, caused the fumble that won the game.
Chuck, bust out the V-H brother!
Top Jimmy rocks!
Him flipping the game charts on the sideline was priceless today.
Thankfully we can laugh about it 😀
VMcD had a helluva game today.
Blocked his A$$ off.
Kaep found some short middle options for a change too.
All around decent game from the Offense, at least in the 1st half.
Can’t understand how we sputter in the 3rd Qtr all the time.
Suggests to me that the opposition adjusts at the half and we figure no one will notice what we did while continuing to trot out the same mundane sh!t only to punt.
I’ll take a road win like this one any day of the week.
We needed that.
Huge, gutsy game from the Defense today.
New thread is up.