Clueless in Seattle

Here we are at the game many circled to be the biggest one of the season instead looks to be one I just may have to turn off by half time. The team could not be more ripe for an absolute ass kicking than right now. The owner is actively undermining the head coach. The head coach is lying through his teeth while the team just crumbles around them. The new stadium is a corporate nightmare of little excitement and people networking in the through half time and most of the 3rd quarter.

Frankly, I think we have about a 2% chance of winning this game. I don’t see any way that the Niners can pull out of this tailspin. There are just way too many things stacked against them. Least of all the fact that Seattle is getting healthy and is establishing themselves as the best team in the league. If we can get shut down by the Raiders, what do we look to get against the Seattle.  They are in hyper-kill mode here. Carroll has a bunch of crow waiting for ol’ Jimbo. I think he’ll be eating a lot of it.


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77 Responses to Clueless in Seattle

  1. NJ49er says:

    Good time to see who’s playing for pride and who’s playing for a paycheck Chuck.

    Killer for me was, 10 days of prep time for the Raiders amounted to a big eff’n dud.
    If that’s the best we’ve got, this isn’t going to be close to the game we all expected it to be.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the ground was laid during the bye week and then the St L turd game. SOmething that feels like the beginning of the end for the offense.

    • NJ49er says:

      Bucky Larsen in Oakland nailed it.
      Dysfunction Junction in Santa Clara.

      • Berger says:

        Mark Davis nailed it when he told Harbaugh before the game that we stole their dysfunction. I find it a wow moment when an owner says that to an opposing head coach.

  3. NJ49er says:

    Baldinger breaks down Kaep in Oakland – Sheeesh…..

  4. Nipper says:

    Oh where did the season go?……gone for good. Bye.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Is anyone jazzed for this game?

    I just have a very bad feeling about this one. Carroll has been waiting to put it to Harbaugh and this is the perfect opportunity.

  6. Alleykat says:

    Jimbo will be the one yelling at Pete after the game “What’s the Deal” running up the score!!!

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Bowman is back on the roster. Is save him for next year. No sense risking him now.

  8. 12th man says:

    Doesn’t look good I admit but any given Sunday and all that. Maybe they paid attention to Steve Young and take it on their own shoulders.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Apparently Baalke talked to Kappy bout his attitude among other things. Someone has to start talking

  10. 12th man says:

    On the last thread I asked if you were satisfied with the play calling. You came back with asking about a specific play, what would I rather have done, etc.

    I am not a pro OC, much like Roman, but my analogy in reply to you is:

    I don’t need to see every brush stroke of a painting to know if I like it, I just look at the picture.

    You continue to look at each play in isolation and figure out what went wrong. That’s cool and all but it is a snap shot in time and a piece of the puzzle.

    To me its a matter of the flow, composition and timing all coming together to outplay the opposing D. I just don’t see the play calling as dictating much of anything. It feels haphazard, disjointed, a series of things that sounded good in the coaches meeting that seem to take not enough account of what the D is doing.

    This is not only about this particular year for me. At least as far as the passing game is concerned it has mostly been underwhelming.

    Just my thoughts obviously.

    • Nipper says:

      7-6 is very underwhelming. It’s those darn expectations!

    • NoFear49er says:

      So your original question was merely rhetorical. Imagine my surprise!

      • 12th man says:

        Not at all rhetorical. I didnt ask did you like such and such a play at 3rd and 10 in the 4th. I asked if you like the play calling. Its an in general question.

        I’ve read your critique of players singularly but don’t recall your analysis of the OC playcalling, not play by play but overall.

        I was just interested in your take on it.

  11. I asked 12th a bunch of questions in response to his comment last thread and got no answers.


  12. NJ49er says:

    12th I like the term ‘disjointed’.
    I’d 2nd that analogy.

    It plays to the overall ‘rhythm’, that I’ve long sought .
    Putting together a ‘script’ IMO, means looking for the proper sequence of successful plays, then, stringing them together.
    Toss out the plays that fail more often, replace them with those you find more success with.
    Simple in game adjustments seem to have been lacking with this Offense for far too long.

    Good ‘schemes’ typically keep an Offense rolling whereas, we continually find ourselves sputtering and stalling.

    For me, you win games by wearing down an opponent physically.
    If you can’t do it with the Ground and Pound approach, take what’s given in the passing game.
    Move the sticks, keep the opposing D on the field.
    3 & outs do more harm to our own Defense in that regard, wearing them down.

    Much of that can be attached to Kaep of late but, Coaches should be there, play by play, series by series, to identify what he’s missing.
    Enforcing a positive strategy isn’t something left for post game film review, it should be identified in game, with corrections offered to adjust to game flow.

    • Berger says:

      So Parcells says Kap doesn’t have a very good supporting cast. I wish Bill would have given the details as to why he said that because that’s what I’ve been saying. I think it is the coaching that is the poor supporting cast and it is hurting him as well as the the entre offense.

      • philippinefan says:

        Bergs others have speculated he’s also talking about players drafted/acquired which he might tread lightly on since Ballskey was mentored by Parcells.

        Dunno, thought it was an interesting comment

  13. YOU’RE A MEAN ONE MR. __ RIN__ __ “Song Title”

    The two fucking mooks on WOF tonight called a ‘B’. Yet they won the most cash and went to the Bonus Round and won an additional $32K.

    This is what the fuck I’m talking about when I say people either do or don’t *deserve* things. I’m sitting here with my cat watching Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga again on PBS. Minus the $32K. This shit ain’t right. I don’t deserve this.

    Merry Christmas

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Imagine my surprise you don’t answer his question, No Fear.

    I’ll ask it. Are you happy with Roman and the play calling?

    Lay off the glue, Dennis

  15. Berger says:

    Warriors win! Steve Kerr is the first coach n NBA history to start a career at 19-2!

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Hell of a game. Barnes is getting his due this year. He did not do well under Jackson,, He’s doing much better under Kerr

  17. snarkk says:

    On radio today, one of the “insiders” said Bowman won’t play this year. They put him on the roster just to lend some stability to the ship. I thought, well, fine. But, what does that say about the sinking ship — you put a guy on it who’s not there to help bail the flooding himself — he’ll just clap to help keep everybody else continue bailing…

  18. NJ49er says:

    Berger my early Draft research puts WR Jaelen Strong from AZ St in the pole position, with DeVante Parker from Louisville a close 2nd.

    Strong – 6’4″ 212 / 4.55
    Big strike zone for quarterbacks with a sturdy frame and long arms. Very good hand-eye coordination and appears to have enormous mitts that swallow the ball. Made several one-handed stabs appear routine throughout film study. Tracks the ball well and shows very good body control adjusting to throws outside cylinder. Very good focus in traffic to secure throws with defenders hanging onto him.

    Has some build-up speed, but top-end speed is competitive for size and enough to challenge vertically. A 1-on-1 downfield and red zone problem. Pulls in a lot of throws in jump ball situations due to size, strength and leaping ability. Adequate foot quickness for size but lacks ideal elusiveness and doesn’t appear to have breakaway speed. Strong runner and who will break some attempted tackles in the open field.

    Attacks the ball like a power forward in the air. Willing to do the dirty work in the middle of the field. Competitive runner after the catch that fights for yards. Effort can improve but effective as a run-blocker when getting into position. Has the size and strength to cover up defenders downfield.

    • Berger says:

      Sounds great. I’ll watch some of his video. Right now I’m leaning toward WR Funchess and NT Shelton. Of course that can change.

  19. NJ49er says:

    Parker – 6’3″ 211 / 4.5
    Top-end speed is a notch below elite and fast enough to run under deep ball. Dangerous after catch. Turns on the jets and tough to chase down when gets a step. Flashes ability to shake first defender and above average open field vision. Flashes ability to slip out of would-be tackles and pick up yards after contact even though doesn’t have great power.

    Plays with swagger and barks at opponents on tape. Tough and doesn’t back down when challenged. Short-term memory. Doesn’t let a drop snowball into a stretch of negative plays. Can go to ground or step out of bounds to avoid contact after catch but also flashes above average effort after catch. Makes plays and appears willing to do dirty work over middle. Sufficient effort and gets in the way as a blocker.

  20. NJ49er says:

    Your guy Devin Funchess is likely a better fit as a TE for us if he can block –
    He’s sort of tweener due to his speed.
    Good size, decent hands though.

    Funchess – 6’5″ 235 / 4.72
    Can extend and catch away from frame. Good body control and adjusts to passes thrown outside frame. Flashes ability to make one-handed catch. Catches passes thrown above head. Sinks hips and scoops low ball. Boxes out and makes plays with defender draped over back. Absorbs contact and holds on. Traps passes. Occasional drop. Can take eye off the ball a split second early in an effort to make something happen after catch.
    Speed and frame make him a downfield threat. Doesn’t have breakaway speed but quick and fast enough to pick up yards when gets a seam after the catch. Shifty open field runner that flashes ability to make first defender miss and is strong enough to pick up yards after contact.
    Doesn’t take eye off the ball to locate coverage and willing to do dirty work over the middle. Runs hard and fights for yards after catch. Effort is inconsistent but can fight to sustain once in position as a blocker.

  21. NJ49er says:

    As a pure TE – I like Nick O’Leary from FSU –
    Happens to be Jack Nicklaus’ Grandson too.
    In a way though, he’s pretty similar to Bruce Miller.

    O’Leary – 6’3″ 235 / 4.7
    Fast and big enough to threaten down seam. Smooth turning upfield and good initial burst after catch. Makes occasional defender miss. Picks up yards after contact. Lowers shoulder and spins off would-be tackles. Effective stiff arm. Enough speed to pick up chunks of yards when he gets a seam, but not a breakaway threat.

    Plays with chip on shoulder and can get under defenders’ skin. Willing to do dirty work over middle and fights though contact as a route runner. Runs hard after catch. Blocks through whistle and can block multiple defenders on same play. Plays hard regardless of score. Protects ball after catch.

    As a blocker –
    Above average for an F tight end. Powerful upper body and strong punch. Doesn’t have enough sand in pants to hold up when he isn’t low. Gets pushed around on occasion but fires off ball and can generate push when under defenders. Agile enough to reach and sustain second level assignments. Flashes ability to finish. Digs in and fights to stay in front in pass protection.

  22. NJ49er says:

    TE Clive Walford from The U looks interesting as well Berger –
    Lot’s of research and Combines to sift through in the coming months but, I’m bored.
    Through 3yrs at Miami, he’s already produced near 1200yds of production with near 14ypc and 8 TDs.
    Not bad for a slow guy.
    Could find him hanging around in RDs 3 or 4.

    6’4″ 256 / 4.85
    At 6-4 and 256 pounds, Walford’s lack of ideal top-end speed stands out on tape, and he’s not much of a threat to get behind the defense on vertical threats or break a long run after the catch. However, he knows how to get open underneath. He is quicker than fast and flashes good suddenness as a route runner, plus he has the heavy hands to create separation with his upper body without having to extend and risk getting flagged for offensive pass interference.

    While Walford’s ball skills are a touch inconsistent,he has the long arms and big hands to snatch passes thrown outside of his frame.
    He showed the ability to make plays working against tight coverage and over the middle against Nebraska this year. Finally, there’s a lot to like about his edge. He’s a competitive blocker, he runs hard after the catch and he can get under the skin of defenders.

  23. Nipper says:

    In conclusion: Still BLEEP!

  24. Berger says:

    NJ- As I commented above, I’ve done very little research but have liked WR Funchess and NT Shelton. The description of Strong is interesting. I’ll have to watch. If Roman is not gone we should not draft a WR because whoever we draft, it just wouldn’t have any impact.

  25. NoFear49er says:

    12th man, RE the “big question” so many are anxious to jump on:

    My take on it was in my reply. ” Even if I concede that the play calling could be better, I don’t believe it’s the problem with our offense.”

    I’m not inclined to tow a car to the scrap yard because it didn’t start without diagnosing the problem and making an informed decision on the best way to proceed, either.

    I guessed (incorrectly) you might want to pursue your complaint about the play calling and discuss the particulars instead of knee-jerk impressions.

    My wife likes to watch the tv show that has celebrities dancing. When I see it I say “hey that guy looks like shit trying to do that.” and he gets good marks from the judges for doing all the right things. And when I think someone looks pretty good they get crushed by the judges for doing everything wrong. And I think, hey, this must be what Berger feels like watching a football game. I don’t know anything about it, just what I see, and whether or not it looks good to me as a clueless spectator.

    If watching the game and blogging about feeling good or bad about it is what you do, hey that’s cool and all, too.

    • Berger says:

      NoFear the philosophastor. Buys All22 and lets everybody know so he can act like he is knowledgeable. Even though he generally says nothing except when he is scrutinizing someone elses opinion.

      • NF, don’t feel bad about watching celebrity dancing. I once participated in a DWTS fantasy league. Berger can attest to that fact. But I’m sure he’d prefer not to.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Well there’s another thing that you have no idea about. I buy the NFL Game Rewind. It lets me watch all the games in condensed format or long broadcast version and for the last five years and the coaches film. The End Zone angles and All-22 are part of the coaches film. It’s useful to be able to see exactly what happened if one is interested in more factual analysis than BS from some blog ex-spurts trying their best to push an agenda based on some ridiculous whim.

        I’m not surprised you resent it as it more often than not proves you don’t have to know what you’re talking about to blab on a blog.

        Why would I feel bad, Dennis? It’s not my thing and I don’t know a thing about it. Just saw a humorous parallel to what some bloggers must feel like watching football. It was a joke. Much like the wannabe king of vitriol complaining about the vitriol. Funny, eh?

      • Berger says:

        You should learn something as long as you are paying for it. From what we learn here from you, I think you should get your money back.

    • 12th man says:

      NF, you go to a lot of trouble to say very little. Its not a state secret I was trying to extract from you, just idly wondered if you thought the play calling is up to snuff. No biggie.

      • Berger says:

        12th- How can he answer with a simple yes or no when he doesn’t know the answer in the first place. All that info has done nothing but confuse him. He is still studying offense from the 1970s and thinks 3 wide is the Run and Shoot.

  26. NoFear49er says:

    Bullshit. And to be concise, shove it up your ass.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    So, your answer is what, now, NoFear? You prefer waffles?

    Anyhow, does anyone think that the fact that there might actually be some form of communication in the building going on that it’ll affect the outcome of the game?

    It certainly was nice to see Kappy looking a little relaxed and not so wound up at his last presser. Hope it means something on the field.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    I don;t know what’s more shocking. NoFear has a TV, or NoFear has a wife.

    Actually that little story proves you shouldn’t trust your eyes.

    I’m kidding . . . .

  29. Nipper says:

    In the end….. it’s all BLEEP. Grab a beer and yell at your flat screen. Just don’t throw the bottle.

  30. Berger says:

    How ’bout a song for the 49ers for this week! It’s called Heart of Courage by Two Steps From Hell:

  31. Happy Birthday, Frank! The Chairman of the Board was born this day back in 1915 in Hoboken, NJ. That would put Ol’ Blue Eyes in Barbara Feldon territory. I have a better song for our 49ers this week courtesy of Frank. This one goes out to Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Baalke, Jed and the whole fucking lot of ’em.

    Have a Merry fucking Christmas.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Kappy’s all over the airwaves these days. Well he just did in ESPN interview. Damage control from last week. Nice to know he can at least act normal.

    What it means for this weekend is likely nothing. They all need to get laid or something,

  33. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

  34. 12th man says:

    Win or lose, Niners are and always will be my team. Root for another team because the coach goes there, impossible.

    Phil says this game is the Niner super bowl. I get where he is coming from, but I haven’t given up yet and it can still come to be that they get to play in the real SB.

    Everything points to another thrashing in the Squawks Cage. I’m a Niner fan.

    Fuck them and the horse they rode in on.

    If the players have that same attitude they can pull it off.

    Go Niners!!!!!

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