Are We the Plane, or the Quonset Hut?

We are still in playoff mode as the season progresses, and one has to wonder if the team can keep winning without a viable offense. Washington is another team that is a bottom-feeder that we should dispatch with ease. Thing is,, this team is always doing things like fumbling after a lengthy drive, 2 TEs crash into each other and neither catches the ball, drops, penalties, missed blitz pickups, botched snaps, asinine play calling, the list goes on. Funny thing is, the quarterback is catching heat for this. Some of it is deserved, as Kappy seems to hold the ball too long sometimes, and he has been off target more than usual lately, but a lot of it is on the other payers.

Gore never fumbles, but he did. Boldin is as sure-handed as a WR can be, and he dropped 5 in one game. The line is the best in the league, til they are injured beyond belief, and can’t block a toddler. VD and Crabs are in various states of pout mode. And the red zone offense continues to be an unsolvable mystery.

Through all this the injury-riddled defense keeps plugging away. Yes, another game that I say we should win going away. Still waiting for that to happen this year.

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170 Responses to Are We the Plane, or the Quonset Hut?

  1. IH1961 says:

    We’ll be taking in the ass on turkey day if the offense plays like this again!!

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Well, a win is a win is a win. Stevie and Brandon are merely hood ornaments now. VD is a disaster, and Crabs is waffling between great and terrible.

    Seattle isn’t scaring very man people offensively either. Especially on the road. AZ may be down to a QB I loved in the draft. Logan Thomas. The division may just come back to us.

    • Lurker John says:

      Seattle winning today helped the Niners. Now they just need to take care of business on Thursday. Seattle looked decent on offense today, but it was AZ’s complete lack of offense that cost them the game. Stanton is a terrible QB, or at least a QB who had a terrible day and they did nothing on the ground. The Hawks can be beat but the Niners have to figure something out on offense.

    • Figures you’d love a QB like Logan Thomas coming outta of the draft. Nothing but another lapdog QB who barks after every one of his Master’s commands. Thomas is just another shitty version of Tim Tebow. Only this one has been in the suntan booth for way too long.

  3. snarkk says:

    What has happened to this offense since Kap first came on scene in that Bears game 3 seasons ago? Better offensive skill position personnel. But, woefully less productive. To the point of tortuously incompetent. At least with the SF Giants “torture” WS win season in 2010, that was just the way they won, with overwhelming pitching, and talent on offense just enough to score and win. Here, the torture is that the offensive talent is there for more scoring, but it’s just as if they are absolutely befuddled, incompetent, careless, mistrusting their coaches, constantly bad play calls for down and distance, and/or all of the above. I’ve never been as frustrated watching a Niner team, even in the crap years of Ericson to Sing…

  4. snarkk says:

    VD should be benched. He better be hurt, because if he’s healthy, he’s just worse than awful. Why should Kap throw to the guy? I wouldn’t. Maybe he’d catch it if Kap were throwing a Jamba Juice. Crabby is a drop waiting to happen, too. Unless it’s a circus catch opportunity. He’s pretty much got one hand out the door to another team for next season. Stevie Johnson — is he even targeted any more? Now that Gore is fumbling — you know this offense is in disarray…

    • Nipper says:

      At least your dog pic looks nice, Snarkk……all is not lost.

      • snarkk says:

        Snarkkdog ALWAYS catches treats thrown his way.
        Touch pass, looping throw, underhand, frozen rope – does not matter.
        Never a drop, never…

  5. IH1961 says:

    Seattle will leave a crusty film on Niner ass if the offense continues to bend over and spread

  6. NJ49er says:

    12th I’m dying to hear your take on the game noise level today.
    Seemed like our crowd was in a coma today?

    Granted this Offense is enough to put the majority of us into a funk but, geez?
    Thankfully I enjoy watching a good Defense but this Offense is offensive.

    • 12th man says:

      IMO the crowd is getting better. The last 7 min or so it was rocking pretty good. From what I can tell its less of an acoustic problem and more of a people problem. The crowd they get there now seems to be a bit indifferent until it matters like a 3rd or 4th down.
      The crowd did have some affect on RG3 late in the game.

      I know I lost my voice by the end of the game.

  7. NJ49er says:

    Not sure if you guys caught the Marshawn Lynch post game interview today, I thought it was hysterical – YEAH!

  8. Irish Kevin says:

    So how do you have an opening drive that is efficient and effective and it scores you a TD. And then nothing and I mean nothing on offense works for the rest of the game. Plus since you are having problems, why in the hell when there was 3:00 minutes left in the game why didn’t you practice your 2 minute offense?? cause with the way the offense is playing you might, maybe, for sure are going to need to be able to do a 2 min offense.

  9. Irish Kevin says:

    And what the Fuck were the 3 runs in that 3+ min?? all they needed was a first down to close it out.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      Harbaugh had better grow a pair if he expects to win a SB.

    • 12th man says:

      Did you go to the game Kevin? I’m interested in your thoughts about the “home field advantage” crowd.

      Also I agree, very frustrating to watch. I had nice seats to see the plays unfold. IMO Kap makes pretty much the most he can out of it, not perfect. The receivers still are rarely open and the plays in general take too long to unfold. Stevie J had a 70 game catch streak snapped. That is criminal.

      Force fed Crabs last week and VD this week, so predictable and ineffective.

      Boldin was amazing. Kap trusts him to catch the contested ball.

      Running game rarely has push up front yet they went with 3 runs up the gut failing to make the down and giving the Skins another shot at it. Head shaker.

      • Irish Kevin says:

        yes I was at the game Section 202. It was so frustrating to watch after the first set of plays. I was so excited. I thought finally they have this offensive thing figured out. I loved the passes to the full back Miller. I thought finally putting him to good use like Walsh did with Rathman. But boy was I wrong. Sad, really sad.

      • 12th man says:

        Agree, very exciting to see them go down and score easily. Something about this O just feels too mechanical, as though the players are only going to play the called play regardless.

        I was in 316 this game and saw more of the field. What do you think of the crowd noise?

      • Irish Kevin says:

        12th, I would love for someone in the lower sectiong to say how the noise level is. Hard to tell when you are 600 feet above the playing field. all I know is the people in my section are screaming our heads off during defensive plays.

  10. Winder says:

    I think I’m gonna have to cook my turkey before Thanksgiving just so I can enjoy it. This has been one of the most difficult seasons for us in a long-time. It is truly hard to watch. And yet we keep winning, defense definitely wins games.

  11. Nipper says:

    I’ve got my can of beans and weaners ready for Thanksgiving. I’m tired of the soup kitchens. Too much waiting in line.

  12. NJ49er says:

    12th I’m sure Seattle will bring out the noise simply by virtue of the rivalry.
    Nothing beats Seattle in terms of noise because of the ‘clam shell’ design of the stadium no doubt.

    Agree with your assessment regarding Bruce Miller too.
    Those shorter controlled passes are something that I’ve called for for quite awhile.
    We seem to favor the big chunk plays for some reason, which take too much time to unfold.

    Hoping to see more involvement from Carrier and VMcD too.
    Vernon has been invisible.

    • 12th man says:

      Carrier and McD are both hurt NJ. Davis has been MIA since game 1.
      I think the stadium crowd is getting the hang of it, it was jumping pretty good at the end there.

      Niners simply have to win. I’m sure there is some possibility to make the playoffs but the truth is they have to hold serve at home or its over for this year.

  13. NJ49er says:

    Irish Kevin that’s been another pet peeve of mine as well.
    Trying to ice a game means moving the sticks, plain and simple.

    This week is just another in a string of games when we’ve needed a simple 1st down to kill a clock and couldn’t do it.

    I’m really wondering if our play designs are all that they should be?
    We seem to have our challenges even when we try to pound the rock in crunch time.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    What I can’t stand is that this team finds hi ha that work and through no actions of the other team, stop doing them. They throws to Mier are a great example. He drag throws to Boldin against the Rams is another one.

    They did them , they worked, so naturally they went away from it the rest of those games. They abandon the run too much. Or go to it too much in obvious situations.

    Drives me nuts.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Hi ha? *things that*

  16. NJ49er says:

    Mathematically our game vs Seattle Thursday night doesn’t eliminate us with a loss.

    What it does do is, shows just what Harbaugh and Roman have done to adjust to last year’s loss in the NFCCG.

    We have Bling and Stevie to go along with VD,Boldin and Crabtree.
    This added pressure needs to be utilized on the Legion of Goons Secondary.
    Granted 12th, VMcD and Carrier are hurt at the moment but, in general, I haven’t seen Roman make much of an effort to include them when they have been utilized.

    If I see another ‘business as usual’ approach from them I’m gonna throw something.

    I’ve complained for too long about our lack of creativity.
    Here, and now, is where to make a statement.
    Find a wrinkle, something new, anything to break our usual predictable approach.

    I seriously wonder if they’re capable of it.

  17. Irish Kevin says:

    I know this will make me seem like I don’t like the Niners, I do. But as NJ said Harbaugh and Co need to get their shit together and put together a complete game. if they start hot with a convincing drive like last week and go stone cold for the rest of the game, I hope Seattle just goes off and blows the game wide open. Maybe that is what it will take to have Harbaugh pull his head out of the sand and look at what the hell is going on.

  18. Nipper says:

    After suffering against the Niners, at least RG III was driven out of his job.

  19. NJ49er says:

    What needs to happen vs Seattle is a scheme to spread the field IMO.

    Bling is capable of occupying Thomas if routes are designed properly.
    Get him to move Earl, rather than allow him to cover the deep middle.
    We show a tendency to work the edges.
    Rarely do we exploit the area between the hashes, at least underneath.

    Shallow crossers and a screen approach might be something to try?
    Either way, this game will show what degree of creativity Harbaugh and Co have learned, since dropping the game to Seattle last year.

    Something has to change. Business as usual, thus far, has been anything but productive in terms of points scored for this Offense.

    • Nipper says:

      If the Niners lose this one at home it will be a BLACK THURSDAY for them and their fans.

      • NJ49er says:

        I agree Nipper.
        Personally, I’m not expecting too much from Harbaugh, in terms of surprises.

        He’s just seems to be too stubborn to change IMO.

        Stevie and Bling are weapons he didn’t have last year.
        Let’s see if they’ve found a way to utilize them yet?
        Force Seattle to cover more options than VD, Crabtree and Boldin maybe?

      • NJ49er says:

        ‘Ol Jim just seems to enjoy winning close Defensive struggles.
        Phil Dawson could be the weapon of choice for him.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up………

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