Happy Birthday Mr. Harbaugh

Today is Jim Harbaugh’s 51st birthday, duly noted by Michigan, and Mark Davis, among others. What will he get from Jed for Christmas? A one-way bus ticket to Oakland? The freedom to take the Michigan job?

Whatever happens, this team will have a lot of questions going into the 2015 season. I mean beyond the head coach leaving, and the possibility he takes a bunch of coaches with him. Least of which is the status of the disappearing pass-catchers. VD played like a guy supremely dissatisfied with his contract. Crabs was kind of involved. Boldin was solid if unspectacular. Both Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Johnson showed early promîse, but both faded down the stretch with nagging injuries.

Gore, despite the 158 he put up the other day, has been ignored/abandoned all year. Hyde looked great to start the season, but again, the 49ers went away from the run and he didn’t get much to do til he got hurt. Hunter of course was hurt in the preseason and LMJ was cut to leave the running corps in a bit of disarray. And that leafs out Marcus Lattimore’s ill-fated try to make the squad.

Does that mean we sign Gore? I’m sure the team will take a wait-and-see approach, but it’s within the realm of possibility that the Niners re-sign him. He still hits the hole hard, however his blocking has been sorely lacking this year after a career of being a stellar blocker. Speaking of blocking, this was probably the weakest unit on the team this year. Whether due to injuries, holdouts, or the ignominious presence of Jonathan Martin, the line play was the worst seen since the early days of Alex Smith.

The QB position also suffered a big regression. Gone was the confident swaggering QB who has recorded playoff road wins in tough environments the past couple years. Even up to the bye week, Kaepernick was having a solid if unspectacular season. After the bye, however, has been a different story. Indecisiveness, reluctance to run, locking onto WRs, waiting too long, taking sacks, throwing picks, fumbling, whatever, Kappy has suddenly come up small in these last few games.

The defense? Well, hot and cold. They overcame a ton of injuries, a ton of ridiculous penalties, and played as well as can be expected. The problems? Well, the disappearing pass rush. Some of that was due to the absence of Aldon Smith, but there were more than a few games (Bears, AZ, StL, Oak, Denver, SD off the top of my head) where the 49ers barely got a hand on the QB all game. More often than not you lose those games.

Going forward? No one knows at this point. Not even Jed. He may be itching to pull the trigger, but who knows who is on his coaching Christmas list.

Someone will be getting a lump of coal soon.

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104 Responses to Happy Birthday Mr. Harbaugh

  1. NJ49er says:

    The sad truth, in all of this seasons’ upheaval, has been the regression of Kaep.

    By design, he’s been mandated to Pocket Passing 101.
    I get the need to force feed him, he needed it.
    Problems included added pressure in his face, Boone missing Camp, Anthony missing significant time, only to be replaced with a lesser talented JMart, as well as the loss of Kilgore.

    Sure, excuses are plentiful but, the QB runs the Offense.
    These lengthy debates take plenty of postures, for good reason.

    Jed meddles, or he hides behind Baalke or, any of a myriad other factions, depending on your view of the putrid results.

    Safe to say, all viewpoints are valid yet, the question remains, is Kaep capable of being converted from a run-first QB, to one that can learn to manipulate coverage with his eyes, or, subtly dodge a blitz, without vacating the pocket?

    For me, Kaep needs to see the Field better.
    Offensively, I think the scheme lacks an identity, one that fits what Kaep can benefit from at this point in his development.
    Perhaps Harbaugh has hit the ceiling in terms of creativity?
    Perhaps Kaep can’t adjust to life in the traffic of a congested pocket?

    For whatever happens, between now and next week, it seems obvious that business as usual is going to change.

  2. NJ49er says:

    I’d have to assume, speculate if you will, that FO demands were made, for changes to the Offensive scheme.
    Seeing as so much focus was placed on the passing game, even the additional weapons, Bling, Stevie and, early attempts to get VMcD involved, all failed to deliver.
    Jim remained confident he could deliver results, without replacing Roman.

    That alone, could be the reason changes at HC were inevitable.
    Our record has largely been attributed to an above average Defense since Jim and Staff arrived.

    This Offense has been, and continues to be, reliant on the ground game.
    Having lost that advantage to stronger Defenses, we’ve been unable to find another gear.

    Couple that with next to no 2nd Half point production all year and, here we are.

    Jim has remained loyal to his Staff, which suggests to me, he isn’t willing to accept any new blood, or new ideas on how to correct or, improve the results.

    Hence, the impasse.

    This year, we’re participants in the Black Monday Merry-Go-Round unfortunately.

    Thank you Jim, it was great while it lasted.
    Too bad that a good W/L record fell short 3 years in a row or, things could have been different.

  3. Nipper says:

    Jim don’t forget your khaki pants. The Harbaugh uni must stay intact at all costs.

  4. Berger says:

    The outcome of Black Monday is setting up to be more exciting than the outcome of the final game!

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. Have fun and be safe.

  6. Alleykat says:

    Community Service Award goes to Wiholte & Dahl..
    Wtf? My vote would have been for Ray McDonald & Aldon Smith.

  7. At Christmastime I sometimes find myself walking across a crowded parking area looking distraught and mumbling to myself. When people ask me what’s wrong? I tell them “I’m going through a lot.”

    Ho Ho Ho

  8. Winder says:

    Merry Christmas all. Regarding football the only Christmas wish I have is for the Seawads to have their asses handed to em. And of course, to have whatever happened to our team this year to be fixed.

  9. Berger says:

    If Greg Roman is back next year I’m going to have to decide on whether or not to watch the 49ers play. If I want to watch somebody struggle to score for 60 minutes I can take a couple of my friends to the bar!

  10. Flavor says:

    Bam Davis ‏@AnthonyDavis76 6h hours ago
    Greg Roman to me when I was 21: “You know we can get someone off the street to do what you do.” #LifeComesAtYouFast

    • Berger says:

      I would say motivational speaking is not one of Roman’s specialties.

      • Flavor says:

        I would say, Roman is a dick. Who says this to a first round draft pick? I can’t wait till this fuck is gone.
        And that tweet by Davis is still up there. This is open and blatant disrespect to management. And I support him saying it……

      • Berger says:

        Have you heard what various players have been saying for a while? “Dumb schemes”, “no rhythm”, “we were out schemed” and now this. Some can blame Jed but the players have spoken loudly. We even had one wearing the opposing teams colors with his shoes to open the season. Can’t speak louder than that. The players are playing hard but they obviously have not bought in. The players, and not the owner, are telling us the coach has to go. The owner (CEO) will speak soon.

  11. “Get someone off the street?”

    Cut Roman some slack. Maybe Greg’s just trying to cutback on the homeless population.

  12. I’ve just found my new Christmas Eve tradition; watch “Happy the Cat” sleep in front of the roaring Yule Log fire on the Hallmark channel. Wait, he just woke up. This shit’s getting really interesting now…

  13. NJ49er says:

    Interesting remark from Anthony regarding Roman.
    It does make me think a little longer, about a point I attempted to make recently, regarding the signing of JMart too.
    Possible that Harbaugh thought Jon was a better option than Anthony?
    I really don’t believe Baalke would think JMart was a better option personally.

    I do think Jim feels he can do a better job than Trent.
    That piece of the dysfunctional argument seems to fit for me.

    Jim is loyal to ‘his’ guys, maybe to a fault.

    Look back to the Meadowlands game vs the NYG, when Anthony claimed to have been KO’d, Jim simply wanted the Trainers ‘to get him off the field’ so he didn’t have to burn a TO.
    There’s no doubt in my mind that the locker room has been divided, especially when remarks like these are made public from within.

    • Berger says:

      NJ- Read my response above to Flavor from about two or three post above.. I think we agree on this one.

    • Berger says:

      We should have seen it coming when Crabtree wore blue shoes in the opener vs Dall Ass. That was the loudest statement all year.

      • NJ49er says:

        Berger there’s plenty of opinions in places such as this.
        For me, body language from Vernon and Crabtree, remarks from Staley and Miller speak volumes.
        The point production has been putrid from Day 1.
        I truly believe the Offense tuned out after last year’s loss in Seattle.

        Be it Kaep, the ‘Scheme’, Roman, Harbaugh or, all of the above, the Offense sux.
        I think the perception that Jim is abrasive also holds a ton of weight.
        He’s mercurial, and to a degree, anti-establishment by nature.
        His way or the highway perhaps?

        I also question the dynamic of Jim selecting Kaep, and being largely unsuccessful to date, with getting Kaep developed as a good piece of the breakdown between he and Baalke.
        We’ve been lost in translation with the Pistol-to-Pocket transition.
        There’s at least a 50/50 split between Coaching and Player in that debate.

  14. Berger says:

    The more I think of it, the more I realize that I missed the signs all year. The players are the ones telling us Jimbo has to go. When the players start taking outside the locker room the answer is clear. When Deion reported it earlier I did not want to believe but now it is obvious he was right. I would guess the biggest problem was Jimbo’s loyalty to Roman who the players were calling out. Now one even called out Roman by name. I’m sure this will get Bam Davis banned from the “Hanging posse/Harbaugh is God” site!

    • NJ49er says:

      See my reply above –
      We’ll debate until the cows come home as to whom bears the biggest portion of blame for this meltdown but, facts don’t lie, we can’t score enough points.

      • Berger says:

        It’s RoBaugh. The new coach will choose his QB. RoBaugh chose their QB and installed their system. If it’s not them, then who?

        We paid 2 million dollars for a back-up QB who Harby lobbied for. If Kap was not doing as coached why didn’t RoBaugh put in the 2 million dollar back-up. One more question, how often do players publicly speak out about the system? Think about it.

  15. Berger says:

    I decided to not go out tonight. Drinking a bottle of wine and listening to Christmas music. Got the Nutcracker on right now. Reminds me of Singletary! I loved the Nutcracker drill. A few got hurt but we sure tackled well during the year.

    • NJ49er says:

      Gotta bust out some Trans Siberian Orchestra too.

      • Berger says:

        Already pulled it out. I’ll blast it in the morning. I’m thinking of putting on some Black Sabbath tonight to set some mood going forward. Warpigs, Snow Blind and Ironman would sound good right now! I’m feeling all Christmassy! First, I’ll have to play a couple songs from the Nutcracker again for Singletary! This feels like a nice 49ers Christmas! I sense Roman being gone, that would be a nice gift!

      • Berger says:

        I once went to see the Nutcracker. Watching a bunch of males jump around in tights made me laugh. Wait, isn’t that what football players do? Never mind. I think I’ll switch to beer with that sobering thought.

  16. NJ49er says:

    IMO, Jim wants to run his own show, answer to no one, be his own boss.
    I’ve spent over 25 years in the Sales biz, having to manage many Type-A personalities, sales territories and buffering between Sales and Ownership.

    You’ve accused me trying to have everyone like me in the past.
    I think it’s just my nature, to find common ground, simply because people largely don’t like to be told what to do.

    I’ve been in situations where Owners wanted specific people to hold Sales positions, with little or no ability, to bird-dog their own meal tickets.
    Along with those that felt Sales territories shouldn’t exist, which created competition within my own Sales Staffs at times.

    • NJ49er says:

      What I’m getting at is this.
      Without structure, a good concise business Plan, the results expected from that Plan will never materialize, until everyone knows his/her place in the Plan.
      You encourage each member of the Team to challenge each other to push up production, provide incentives etc.
      If one of my guys/gals failed, we all underachieved.

      I came from a ‘Spread-the-Wealth’ mentality perhaps but, it worked for me back then.
      I see football as being the same animal.
      Good leadership fosters good results.
      A good Plan should benefit everyone.
      To date, in the Harbaugh Era, the Offense is largely underachieving and, the players feel it.

    • Berger says:

      I’ve ran those sales forces you talk about. From hiring, training and managing. My specialty was turning around failed sites that the numbers people could not figure out. Numbers people know numbers, they rarely know people.

      Jimbo crossed the line with management which can sometimes be overcome with success. When his own players turned on him he was screwed. It is looking like they have turned on Roman and his loyalty to him has him out of places to turn. Management and now the players are letting him know how they feel.

      Part of me says I would like Harby to stay but he needs to learn a lot and just knowing football is not what I am talking about. A head coach must be more aware than just knowing football. He needs a new start for his own good. Hopefully for his sake he has learned from this mess he got himself into. He’s a winner and a good man. I believe he will get much stronger from the mistakes he made here. I wish we were his 2nd stop instead of his first. Carrol and Billacheat are both on their 3rd stops.

      • NJ49er says:

        I drew a similar analogy recently.
        Jim isn’t dealing with a College AD any longer.
        He might just feel Trent isn’t needed in the World of Jim.

        I agree, Jim is a talented guy.
        Could just be that he’s too quirky for his own good?
        Lives his life in the Locker Room and simply can’t exist in the Board Room.

      • NJ49er says:

        Had he given better results against Pete in Seattle I’d be inclined to allow him some latitude however, he’s largely declined in those matchups over the course of his tenure.
        I’ve read opinions about Seattle being Kaeps’ kryptonite.

        So far, that’s about dead on.

      • Berger says:

        Seattle is Kap’s kryptro because it is the coaches krypto. Petey outcoaches Jimbo every time. BTW, I used to spell it Kaep too until Kap told us he spelled it Kap last year.

  17. Berger says:

    NJ- This last game we caught some rhythm. I’m not sure but it looked to me we were calling one play in the huddle instead of two. I think it made all the difference in the world. Kap was even calling audibles.

    Kap has looked lost because this offense is lost. This last game he looked much better. I think with a system that makes sense he will be fine. A QB doesn’t regress for no reason. The reason Kap has regressed is the lack of an ability to adjust on the fly by the coaching staff.

    Hopefully the new coach won’t lose the locker room like Robaugh has with their “dumb schemes”. Harby was able to win until the players caught on to his lack of being a good strategist. They just got tired of being outcoached and started to talk to the media. We’ve been hearing it all year.

    Maybe RoBaugh can show a little rhythm with their play calling in the last game. A little too little too late but what the heck, a win would be nice.

    • NJ49er says:

      Berger, it’s never as simple as it seems, nor is it as complicated as it seems either I guess.
      For me, there’s been a distinct lack strategic balance.
      We seem to go into our matchups with a given plan with little room to deviate if that plan isn’t successful.

      Several of us have mentioned the 2nd Half meltdowns this year.
      We never bring a new ‘wrinkle’ to keep an opponent off balance.

      For me, it’s simply been a creativity thing.
      Too conservative, too predictable.

      If you’re going with War Pigs, add some AC/DC War Machine and Decibel 😀

      • Berger says:

        Black Sabbath just seems more Christmassy to me than AC/DC.

      • NJ49er says:

        Can’t forget N.I.B. and Children of the Grave from Sabbath either.
        Rock Out My Friend!

      • NJ49er says:

        I was actually spinning some Tangerine Dream on the drive in tonight.
        You might think about adding that to the play stack?

      • NJ49er says:

        Fairies Wear Boots should get into the Sabbath mix too I think.

      • Berger says:

        Nothing wrong with being conservative if that is what it takes to win. IMO, we haven’t been conservative enough this year. The coaching staff came into the year with a bunch of new toys at WR and did not know how to properly strategize for them. They got away from what they know how to do and it created a lack of identity and rhythm. That and calling two plays in the huddle have created a lot of confusion and is really why the O-line has struggled.

        Kap getting Jim Plunketted from the bad line play now has him rattled. Look what happened to Peyton manning this week when he got some pressure and threw 4 ints. Numbers people don’t understand this dynamic, they only understand numbers and that the QB didn’t see an open receiver.

      • Berger says:

        What about Sabbath Bloody Sabbath from the Volume IV album! I love Tangerine Dream. I might just do that!

      • NJ49er says:

        Berger I think there was an all out effort to force feed Kaep in the Pocket this year.
        Not that he didn’t need to experience it of course.
        What ensued was a completely disorganized situation.
        O-Line couldn’t get a feel for where he was setting up, protections often broke down, injuries and, on and on and on.

        It sucks to see things disintegrate as they have but, going back to Day 1, we’ve never gotten over the hurdle in terms of a productive passing attack.
        Pieces were added, plays designed etc but, it never materialized.
        I think Jim needs to find another gear for his plan of attack.

      • Berger says:

        He needs to go back to college or get a different OC who has some experience in the pro game.

  18. Berger says:

    NJ- Which Tangerine Dream Cd were you spinning?

  19. NJ49er says:

    As far as rhythm goes, I’ve used that analogy for quite some time.
    For me, the WCO is perfect for finding rhythm.
    It forces a QB to throw on timing.
    Kaep repeatedly locks onto what the play calls for at the expense of utilizing his other options.
    Dropping back and being laser-locked just destroys timing on all the other options.

    Watch the body language of Vernon, Crabtree and Boldin when throws don’t come out on time and miss the targets.
    Hands on hips, heads down etc.
    I think it was the NYG game, after Crabtree got into the End Zone?
    Kaep came running down the field to celebrate and Crabtree basically turned his back on him.

    Crabtree sulks, no question but, he’s largely suggesting through his body language that he feels ignored too often by Kaep perhaps?

    Again, Black Monday hasn’t been a topic for us for several years other than to be concerned about our Coaching Staff being raided by other teams.
    Now, it’s our turn to be the shoppers.

    • Berger says:

      You’re reading too much into this. Crabtree turns his back on everybody. He is not a team guy. Of all the players that turned on his coach he is the one who doesn’t surprised me one bit. I wouldn’t even comment about his comments if others did not join in. His leaving is a must.

  20. Did you guys see the list of QBs who made this year’s Pro Bowl?

    Tom Brady
    Andrew Luck
    Peyton Manning
    Aaron Rodgers
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Tony Romo

    Do you see the pattern? Do you see the similarities?
    There’s no goddamn read option. There’s no running the “pistol.” There’s no college gimmicks. This is old school stand in the pocket, read your progressions, make quick decisions, pin-point accurate touch passes all the while exhibiting total command of the huddle and play clock as the QB General marching his men through enemy territory down the field.

    Kap doesn’t even warrant discussion of being worthy on that list.
    We need a new quarterback. That’s the goddamn plain truth.

    • NJ49er says:

      Del I’m not ready to give up on Kaep.
      I just think he’s like any other ‘Option QB’, he needs to learn the Pro game.
      The question is, who teaches it and, can he learn it?

      Everyone loves the athletic traits.
      The trick is learning to feel the pocket and see the Defense mentally.
      He doesn’t understand the visual picture yet.
      I just hope he can make the transition.
      Thus far, he’s a deer in the headlights.

    • Berger says:

      What I noticed about all those QBs is they have play callers who know what the heck they are doing except maybe Luck. If I were starting a team the first player I would take is Luck.

    • Berger says:

      Peyton runs a lot of read option. I’ve seen Brady and Luck run it too. It doesn’t look like what a running QB makes it look like but I think that is for obvious reasons. It is one of Manning’s main staples.

      • The read option is a Peyton Manning staple? Now I know you’ve dipped into the Christmas whiskey. I know you think play calling means everything. Has Andy Reid’s great play calling changed Alex Smith? He still hasn’t thrown a TD to a WR this year. Why? Bad play calling? No. Alex Smith is a gutless pussy who is afraid to throw the ball 5 yds passed the LOS in fear of an INT.

        Tell me again you still think Alex could win a SB. It is Christmas after all.

  21. Same analogy can be made for when you’re going in for surgery. You don’t want the 30-year-old “hotshot” Dr. Chatterjee from Bengali. You want the 70-year-old white guy who went to Stanford to slice you up.

  22. Berger says:

    Robaugh said they took the offense into the garage and re did it this year. Guess what, they built a clunker. Worse than that, they did it without precious experience and put in an inexperienced driver. The odds of that working add up as often as miracles do.. Even a numbers person should understand that.

  23. Berger says:

    NJ- I can’t find my Black Sabbath nor any Tangerine Dream. What the hell is going on around here? I feel like lost like Roman calling plays. I need to focus on this task and not worry about making any adjustments, just like Robaugh!

    • NJ49er says:

      I was hunting for my Tangerine Dream CD 220 Volt Live too, nowhere to be found.
      Since it’s cosmic/cerebral music to begin with, I’m thinking it got sucked into the Black Hole of Sonic Space.

      I’ve vowed for several years to spend a weekend loading all my CDs onto the laptop and having it handy for the iPod but, I’ve just never found the time to do it.

      • Berger says:

        I have 220 Volt Live. It is a great CD! I’m going to check the back garage. It’s cold in there but I will probably be rewarded by checking. I’ve got Bonamassa on while I look!

  24. NJ49er says:

    At this point, the inevitable changes come with mixed reviews.
    I can buy the argument for Jim turning things around, as he has.
    I also believe he was gifted a pretty talented roster to begin with.
    Sure, it’s all about what is drawn up vs what gets executed, no question.

    The constant common denominator however, is the success/improvement rate, which has steadily declined.

    Where you place the onus of responsibility lies with your perspective.
    If the good Coaches can’t get the young QB to execute the plays, what do you do?
    I think the answer, for Baalke and the 9ers anyway is, to change the Staff and see where it goes from there.
    We won’t know if it’s the right move until we see the future results.
    Hindsight will always be 20/20, that never changes.

    I’d have preferred another OC/Scheme approach as opposed to a wholesale makeover.
    My guess is that Jim wouldn’t buy that option.
    Hence, do over.

    • NJ49er says:

      Hey 12th, we were sharing opinions about that above.
      Wait until the Black Monday changes hit the fan.
      I’m sure we’ll hear a sh!t-load of inside dirt once the regime changes are completed.

      I’ve speculated on the dynamic of JMart vs Anthony recently myself.
      Could Jim/Greg have had a hard-on for Anthony in favor of JMart?

      • NJ49er says:

        Jim being loyal to a former Stanford player maybe?
        Does anyone beside me wonder how Anthony’s concussion took several weeks to clear up when the majority of other concussion related injuries routinely last about 1 week?

        Who’s to know what that was all about but, fair to surmise that maybe Anthony wasn’t so quick to return if his OC isn’t on his side?

      • 12th Man says:

        Did you read the link NJ?
        there was a second, now deleted tweet from Davis.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’ll get a look at it ASAP 12th.
      Keep in mind that Anthony had scrapes at Rutgers with then HC Schiano.
      Schiano more or less told him he wouldn’t amount to anything.

      One thing I’ll say about Anthony, he’s got Jersey Attitude to the enth degree.
      I think that serves him well as an O-Lineman too.

      • NJ49er says:

        I read it 12th.
        Obviously there’s a rift in their relationship.

        I don’t buy into the Twitter nonsense myself, because there’s rarely anything good that comes from airing grievances as a Pro athlete, or an Owner.
        I think it just serves to add fuel to the fire.

        Pretty safe to assume Anthony and, others on Offense, have decided it’s time for a change.
        The discord has reached epic proportions this year.

  25. Berger says:

    NJ- What do you know about QB Doughty from WKU? He looked like the real deal today. Nice arm, quick, over the top release, set his feet nicely. Keep him away from Roman. I only saw the hi-lites. Quite impressive.

    • NJ49er says:

      Can I be honest Berger?
      I’m scared to death to even attempt to evaluate QBs in College.

      The success rate, even for the Pro GMs, is abysmal.
      There’s a reason why so few make it.
      The College games are often too overly simple in comparison to the NFL.

      I tend to seek QBs that run Pro-style Offenses in College but, even then, they face mediocre talent by and large so, I tend to stay away from them.

      Stats work for many other positions, like 40s, Ht and weight numbers, tackles and, what have you.
      They’re damn near impossible to project for me.

      I’ve not really looked too deeply at them simply because I think we can still find something from Kaep.

      • Berger says:

        I’m a big Kap fan, especially being from Reno. It wouldn’t bother me to bring in some competition in case RoBaugh successfully Jim Plunketted Kap. I’ve been fairly accurate judging college QBs. I’ve had a couple of clunkers too. I’ve been right about 75% of the time. I’m going to check on this Doughty kid.

  26. NJ49er says:

    I actually wonder if not so good pocket QBs can be taught to ‘feel’ the pocket?
    If you’re Kaep and you’ve lived with your legs, your arm and the ability to improvise, can we expect him to stand still, be cerebral and dissect a Defense at this point?

    How long do you give him, or the Coaches, to figure it out?
    That my friends, is the multi-million dollar question.

  27. Berger says:

    IMO, Kap can do all of that. He needs a system that all the players have bought into. That was very obvious that did not happen this year.

    People who have never been rammed by a 300lb D-lineman find it easy to fault with numbers. People watch film and find open receivers the QB did not see. That happens to every QB every game. How come Manning didn’t find those open receivers Monday night? He threw 4 ints. He must have held the ball too long. Or maybe getting moved off his spot and sacked a couple of times had an effect like it did to Brady vs KC.

    it is very easy to criticize when 20/20 hind sight is combined from a comfy chair without getting sacked. I saw too many confused blocking schemes this year to lay the blame on one player.

    Yeah, the QB is the field general but any field general needs better intel and support than Kap got this year. If one couldn’t see that by watching just listen to the players, they are now telling us.

    • NJ49er says:

      Berger the simplest approach I can take from my recliner is that there seems to be problem with the type of team we’re trying to be.
      We have O-Linemen like Iupati, Davis and Boone who excel in the running game.
      None of them are adept at pass pro.
      We’ve been searching for an identity that hasn’t found itself yet.

      As I’ve eluded to numerous times, there’s a scheme-fit issue going on here.
      We haven’t found a bridge between the Pistol QB and a passing game yet IMO.

      12th used a word recently that sums it up pretty concisely, I believe it was ‘disjointed’?

      We’re somewhere in limbo at this point.
      We do lots of little things well.
      We just can’t fit all the pieces into a workable scheme that keeps Defenses off balance.
      Our game plans appear to be scattered about on 3×5 cards instead of cohesively organized into a script.

      • Berger says:

        The thing that frustrated me the most this year is how often the running game was working and RoBaugh would abandon it. Over and over it happened. Probably the lack of rhythm Gore was referring to. I’ve absolutely given up asking to not call two plays in the huddle anymore. I think that actually might have happened in the last game. I wish a reporter would ask so we would know. For me, those were the two rhythm killers.

  28. Berger says:

    I never found any Black Sabbath or 220 Volt. I did find the Grinch That Stole Christmas soundtrack. I want to hear the song with stink, stank stunk! You’re a mean one Mr Grinch!

  29. Berger says:

    I went with ZZ Top Deguello! I’m Bad I’m Nationwide and Cheap Sunglasses are on this CD!

  30. Berger says:

    I’ve got almost all of Stevie Ray’s stuff and a little Johnnie Winter. Don’t forget Eric Johnson is from Texas.

  31. NJ49er says:

    Gotta have some Buddy Whittington from Mayall in there too.
    Maybe Gary Clark Jr and Gatemouth Brown, Fabulous T-Birds?
    Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland.

  32. Berger says:

    Well NJ, I have worn down. Time for bed. Merry Christmas my good friend!

  33. NJ49er says:

    Merry Christmas to one and all guys.
    Hope it’s a great day for everyone – Enjoy!

  34. Nipper says:

    Hark it’s time for the TV YULE LOG! Merry Christmas and BLEEP to you all!

  35. 12th Man says:

    Merry Christmas guys, hope Santa is kind to you all, and especially to you Dennis!

  36. Berger says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  37. The only thing more excruciating than watching Tim Tebow trying to complete a forward pass is watching him co-host the Disney Christmas extravaganza.

    Bah, Humbug!

  38. robbiedeluca says:

    Merry goddam Christmas you guys

  39. Nipper says:

    A final game win would be a nice present. 8-8 sure beats 7-9 not by much of course.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    new thread is up.

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