Super Bowl XLAX is Set

Well, the good news is, we can talk to Rob Chudzinzki now. The bad news? Uhh, the Green Bay Packers tried to play a 55 minute football game, and succeeded. It was those last 5 minutes that sucked. Green Bay inexplicably turtled up when Morgan Burnett decided to lay down after a pick and a mile of green grass in front of him. Green Bay then went into full stupid mode by running up the middle 3 times, and give Seattle the ball right back with a breath-taking 30 yard punt.

After harassing Wilson all day, GB then decides to lay back and play coverage. Naturally it takes Seattle one minute to score. Throw in Green Bay’s Preston Riley moment (hello Brandon Bostick), and yet more soft defense (how do you float a ball 30 feet in the air that no one can lay a hand on on the 2 pt conversion?) and you have 15 points scored in 30 seconds. thus negating the entire excellent game played by the GB defense. Well, except for the amazingly stupid call to rush 3 on a 3rd and 19 play (from a 2nd and 30 set up by a Clay Matthews sack of RW),  and allow a 30 yard pass to Doug Baldwin to sustain Seattle’s first TD drive.

This game was in essence a microcosm of the 49er season. Terrible red zone offense, Playing not to lose from ahead, ultra-conservative play calling, and  going away from what has worked all day. What irked me is the fact that GB had pressured Wilson all day and forced picks because of pressure. Naturally in crunch time when they needed to pressure him most, they go soft and drop into coverage.  When they need a couple first downs to seal the game, they go up the middle 5 out of 6 times for two 3-and-outs. The incomplete pass hit the TE who wasn’t looking for the ball. Huh?

It’s bad enough to take the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands, but that play calling shit was perplexing in the least. GB had run fairly well, but those kinds of situations are begging for play action and misdirection. Not the most basic of plays that are easy to defend, and which Seattle is definitely looking for. Add a couple of special teams lapses, and you have ‘one of the greatest playoff games ever”. Please. Green Bay gave it away. Falling for a fake FG? Utter stupidity. In the end, Green Bay Yorked it up badly.

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81 Responses to Super Bowl XLAX is Set

  1. unca_chuck says:

    In a side note, I feel bad for the children of Green Bay who had to witness Brandon Bostick’s epic flub of the onsides kick. Of all the playoff fuck-ups by the 49ers, the 1972 loss still hurts the most.

    As most of you know, I was at that fateful game in 1972 when, on their way to to visit Washington for the NFC Championship game and their date with destiny, Preston fucking Riley let an onsides kick hit him in the facemask. Dallas recovered, thus opening the door for Roger Staubach to engineer a last minute drive to take a 30-28 lead.

    After getting pinned deep on a penalty on the kickoff, the all-time pisser to me was the fact that AFTER the Dallas TD, John Brodie hit Gene Washington on a 50 yard bomb down the sideline that put the 49ers around the Dallas 45 yard line with 45 seconds left. However, the play was called back due to holding. They didn’t get a first down after that, and Dallas was thusly on its way to get slaughtered by Washington. Would the Niners have done better? No one knows.

  2. Nipper says:

    Yeah but the Niners sucked even worse by not being part of the postseason. Losing the coach and the staff is suckitude in the extreme. BLEEP the Yorks!

  3. Alleykat says:

    And why would the Pack also run it up the middle, when they could have run power sweeps right at Sherman with his bad arm? That’s on the coach for being a dumbshit…

  4. Lurker John says:

    The ’72 Divisional game was one of my earlier memories of the Niners. I remember Vic Washington busting the opening kickoff all the way. Skip Vanderbundt’s great game, Bruce Gossett missing two critical FG’s and Roger Fucking Staubach. Preston Riley’s gaffe and then Vic Washington being inconsolable after the game.

    That game and yesterday’s game are eerily similar in a lot of ways and both were won by teams I hate.

  5. Winder says:

    Fuck the packers and the seaturds, I hate em both. That was a true choke job by GB though and if it was any other team I would be lovin it.

  6. Lurker John says:

    I still say running the ball there is a good move. You either force the Seahawks to burn timeouts or you run time off the clock. 99% of the time that’s going to win you the game in that situation. Incomplete passes stop the clock and favor Seattle.

    Not going after Sherman with either the run if the pass was stupid. It’s as if the Packers didn’t even realize he was hurt. His arm was effed up big time.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      Only if you get a 1st down out of those 3 we have seen with the Niners 3 and out loses you games more than they win!!

      • Lurker John says:

        That’s a pretty small sample size.

        Like I said, most of the time it’s going to work. It took an historic turnaround to give Seattle the win, the biggest factor of which was the botched onside kick, not the 3 runs, which did burn two Seattle timeouts. Of course, running for the first down is preferable, but time in that situation was Seattle’s enemy. Forcing them to to use timeouts works to that end. Teams do it all the time, successfully. Even with that 3 and out, there’s no way in hell Seattle should’ve won that game. Major planetary alignment of that one.

  7. Lurker John says:

    Someone please explain to me how hiring Lane Kiffin fits into the winning with class mantra. More and more this whole fiasco is looking like an impending disaster.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    If they have any brains, they are going hard after Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Running isn’t necessarily bad in that situation, but you can play action the run up the middle and throw a short pass on a rollout. Something a little more imaginative than up the middle 3x. As it was, Sea burned 2 timeouts. It didn’t hurt them very much as there was a ton of time.

    This is why I couldn’t stand Harbaugh. You play not to lose and you set yourself up for a fail if something goes wrong. That onsides kick fails 90% of the time, but that ONE time . . .

    • rtfirefly says:

      No rollout, Rodgers was playing on one leg. A backshoulder slant to take advantage of the crippled left wing, or any outside run.

    • Lurker John says:

      A ton of time and it still took 15 points in 44 seconds to take the lead. I think Green Bay playing the prevent defense on the first TD was as big as the 3 runs, as was the absurd conversion on the 2-point try. I’m sorry, trying to grasp all the factors that resulted in Seattle winning is beyond me at this time.

      All game long the Packers were kicking the crap out of the pretty boy. Why go away from that base defense? Ever? Coaches truly baffle me sometimes.

    • Lurker John says:

      I don’t agree on the rollout due to Rodgers’ leg, but maybe something safer, like a bubble screen, would’ve been a better choice and had a better chance of getting the first down than simply running the ball. The Packers puckered up at the wrong time.

      McCarthy is getting killed on Packer blogs.

  10. Alleykat says:

    As much as on-side kick was critical and the poor kid Bostick will be like Kyle Williams& Preston Riley needing the witness protection program, their was plenty of blame to go around in that loss.
    You guys see that ST coach screaming at him for that bone-head mistake?
    Yeah he felt like dog-shit,and it happens a lot in pressure situations, but you don’t have to get in his grill and spew out profanity at him!!
    He “Man’d Up after the game, saying he let his team and family down,and all the Packer fans, which showed class on his part, more so then that ST Coach!!’

    • Lurker John says:

      I think the guy thought he was in a nightmare. His worst nightmare and it happened right in front of his eyes.

      • snarkk says:

        The ST coach was screaming because he just saw his pink slip flutter through Bostick’s fingers. He might have escaped had it only been that score on the fake field goal. But, TWO massive ST screw ups?…

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Rodgers was getting around well enough for a 12 yard scramble,. He certainly could have gone play-action rollout.

    • rtfirefly says:

      He gimped his way out of bounds, if you were paying attention. He was limping badly
      the last couple steps. He also nearly fell down passing once when he rolled his ankle from favoring the bad leg. Any rollout increased the real risk of losing him for the game tenfold.
      Whether he could even rollout, avoid pressure and get off a decent pass is another question.

  12. NJ49er says:

    The upside with Chud, (if Indy allows him to interview), is that he’s TE friendly.
    Mangini and, our Offense in general, didn’t do or, get squat, from the TE position at all this past year.
    Teams that have moved on in the Playoffs have all gotten good production from the RBs and TEs.
    If not Chud, Gase is still meandering around the interview circuit as well.

    I still believe Baalke went to Denver to let him know he has the OC job in SF if all else fails.
    Just have to see what Kubiak does now.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Tough noogies. Sherman and Thomas were both hurt. My main point is McCarthy took the ball out of Rodgers hands too early, they turtles up and lost.

    What killed me is once zGB needed to move the ball, they did. Why couldn’t they of that one those 2 drives before theTDs?

    • NJ49er says:

      I’d have sent an OG at Sherman and attempted to run right at him Chuck.
      GB played not to lose.
      Much like Harbaugh had a propensity to do.

      It was a play-in game, for the SB.
      Show some stones, as Pete did, with the fake FG.
      McCarthy was timid, going back to the early stages of the game.
      He was able to garner some breaks early, took the crowd out of the game too.
      Too conservative.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    Besides the laydown on the possible Pick-6 (as directed by Julius Peppers, who should know better), HTF do you give up a fake FG pass??? I can understand a fake punt, you have the return man and guys blocking gunners already occupied. But a FG?!??! What’s your excuse?

    • NJ49er says:

      AJ Hawk choked on that one RT.
      4th and 10 and he managed to get caught in No Mans’ Land, while allowing Gilliam to scoot right past him.

      All in all, Pete and Cheathawks took chances to win.
      McCarthy curled up in the fetal position, by wimping out early in that game, instead of going for the jugular.

      Shame that the Bostick kid will take the heat for the muffed assignment on the OSK.
      The new baseline for choking now belongs to GB.

      • NJ49er says:

        For as bad as his game was going, Russell never quit.
        Hate them as we do, they didn’t quit.

      • Lurker John says:

        To be fair, Carroll had to take chances to win. They were doing absolutely nothing offensively. McCarthy was playing with the lead. But not being ready for a fake FG in that situation and not going after Sherman later are pretty hard to explain.

        I hope Sherman’s arm is permanently damaged. Yeah, I said it. I hate him that much.

  15. Berger says:

    The best thing about hiring Gase or Chud for OC is neither of them are Kiffen!

  16. snarkk says:

    Somehow, the GBay collapse makes me feel just a little better. The Niners obviously aren’t the only team with idiotic play calls…

  17. snarkk says:

    I don’t buy the “Bostick didn’t lose it” line, with the excuse that there were plenty of mistakes to go around. Because his job (to block) was NOT to do what he actually did (try to catch the ball), his F-Up cost the game. If he even makes a poor block, Jordy Nelson is right there behind catching the ball. Other Packers were doing their jobs, just piss poorly…

    • NJ49er says:

      Yeh Snarkk, Bostick blew it for sure.
      But, in general, the whole philosophy from the sideline, Coaching in general, can share the blame in that one.
      Bostick is a ST player, he isn’t a front-line guy like AJ Hawk.
      Coaching stands out as being way out-schemed in this one, beginning with McCarthy.
      Complete meltdown in many phases.

      Put some pressure on Russell on the 3rd and whatever maybe, instead of rushing 3 and praying?

      • NJ49er says:

        Unfortunately for Bostick, his gaff will be the one most people will remember.
        Had GB managed a 1st Down or 2 in crunch time, the comedy of errors would never had happened.

    • Lurker John says:

      Comedy of errors is right. The guy who fielded the ball was the guy Bostick was supposed to block. With Nelson right behind him, what the hell was he thinking? Complete vapor lock. I read on a GB paper that everyone on their ST’s has the go ahead to field the ball, if (big IF) they KNOW they can secure it. Clearly he did not. It looked like he’d never caught a ball in his life.

  18. NJ49er says:

    Berger, the Safety from TCU declared for the Draft, Chris Hackett.
    Tall kid, 6’2″/195 – Also has good hands.
    Durrell Eskridge 6’3″ / 207 from Syracuse declared early as well.
    Both guys are more FS-types but, tackle well and find the ball in coverage.
    Both guys are tall, run fairly well too.

    Several good Safeties coming into the mix this Spring.
    My early favorites –

    Ronald Martin – LSU
    Anthony Harris – UVA
    Jaquiski Tartt – Samford

    • Berger says:

      NJ- If it is available, it would be nice if you could include projected round for these household names. I don’t see safety as a huge need. Somebody would need to jump off the chart as BPA if taking one of these guys high up.

  19. snarkk says:

    Hate to say so, but I’d take Daddy Shanny for OC over Kiffin, if it come down to those two, and hopefully it doesn’t…

  20. Berger says:

    The OC I wanted went to the Redskins. Bill Callahan is a run first OC who knows how to design an effective passing game. I don’t know enough about the remaining candidates to say much about if I want them. I know Gase and Trestman can design the passing game but I don’t know how they handle the run. Chud I know very little about but I do know he did well with Cam Newton.

    The one remaining candidate who I know a lot about is Lane Kiffen. His rhythm in play calling is on par with Greg Roman. IOW, no rhythm. Roman actually had a nice rhythm in the last game this year. I’ve never seen a game where Kiffen had a good rhythm. Worse yet, he has the gift of glib. If he is hired he’ll be our head coach within two years. Disaster looms. If we hire Kiffen I’ll have to reconsider my enthusiasm for the 2015 season.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Chud like TEs in his passing game and newton thrived in his time under Chud.

    Works for me.

  22. Lurker John says:

    So, who do the Niners take at pick #15?

  23. Lurker John says:

    Fangio to the Bears, per ESPN.

  24. 12th man says:

    Hey Phil, you’re a cool dude an all but lordy you’re kicking that dead horse something fierce bro.

    Just sayin!

  25. unca_chuck says:

    The great Mangina is angling to be our DC. He sure beats Dennis Allen or Tarver.

  26. NJ49er says:

    Berger the Safety Class I’m suggesting is more for the guy that replaces Bethea.
    Could be that LJ McCray might come along too.
    This year’s Safety class appears to be heavier in RDs 2-4.
    Landon Collins from ‘Bama is likely the only kid with a 1st RD grade.
    The CB I mentioned to you from WKY, Cam Thomas could qualify as a SS too.
    Might find him later.

    As I’ve said forever, the Draft process is ALL about the slotting.
    Scouts and Draft Pundits all like to attach a ‘Grade’ of where that kid ‘Ranks’ but, the GMs have the job of tying that rank, to their slot or, where they feel he can be had.

    That’s the rub.

    Hence, BPA seems to work the best.
    Trying to match a position of need, to the slot you’re expecting to see him is never an easy approach.

    • Berger says:

      NJ- Just keep doing your typical good job. I was thinking if you were reading something that had their opinion on their projected draft round you could share. Sometimes they say sometimes they don’t.

      • NJ49er says:

        Got another DT for you Berger.
        In the event we miss, or pass on Malcolm Brown or, take another position in RD1.

        This kid is from Fresno State.
        Tyeler Davison – 6’2″ 315
        Close in size to Malcolm Brown and seems to be slated for RDs 4/5.

        A kid rated right now in RD2 is Xavier Cooper from Wash St. 6’4″ 300.

        He’s listed with an interesting attribute as being a penetrator.
        I think there’s a good number of options on the DL this year.
        Could be the reason we’re hearing talk of switching to the 4-3?

      • NJ49er says:

        It’s easy to get the raw numbers on these kids Berger.
        I try to compare multiple opinions from the various sites I get my info from just to see what people say about the kids.

        I usually post those opinions when I find something interesting.
        I’ve got lots of work to do.
        My Son keeps me on my toes 😀

  27. NJ49er says:

    One guy I want on Ballke’s Draft Board this Spring is WR Jamison Crowder from Duke.
    He’s a little dude but, he’d be an excellent option as our PR/KR guy.

    Kid is non-stop.

  28. NJ49er says:

    Speaking of Crowder.
    His QB, Anthony Boone, would be a kid I’d consider for development in the later RDs.
    Kid threw for 2700yds this season.
    Worked under Cutcliffe too, so you know he’s had good Coaching.
    Coming from Duke, you’d assume he’s intelligent too.

    Only knock on him is his height, 6’1″, which is still taller than Russell.

    He’s also a much more polished pocket passer coming from Cutcliffes’ system.

  29. 12th Man says:

    Best part of Skeebs blog for the last month or so? The links.

    Phil, you misunderstand. It’s not whether I agree with what you keep posting, It’s that you keep posting the same thing in a never ending loop. Boring brother. I can’t imagine anybody reading your posts not understanding your POV on Harbaugh, jed, Baalke.

    Have to give Skeebs blog a miss for a while. Too boring and depressing.

    Just my 2c

  30. 12th Man says:

    Mangina for DC? Bears asked Niners for permission to talk to Geep Chyst (sp?) for the OC position.
    Have to assume the Niners were/still are waiting for some candidates to become available to interview.

  31. 12th Man says:

    You guys see that Grant Cohn T.V. interview about the Niners and Raiders?
    Kid is trying to be the shock jock of sports analysis in the Bay.

    • Berger says:

      I just found out why I never read or listen to Grant Cohn. BTW, is that a mullet he is sporting for a haircut? This guy is a load of laughs!

  32. 12th man says:

    Chud can’t interview for any OC postions.

    • 12th man says:

      Stop the bus! Turns out Chuds contract with the Colts expires next week so its up to him.

      • Berger says:

        If his contract is up next week and the Colts are blocking him from interviewing, something must be up. Would they fire their coach and install Chud as HC? Are they wooing him with flowers and raises? More power? Hmmm? It’s an odd little game the Colts are playing if something isn’t being tried to retain him.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Well, that’s good news.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah you’d think if they didn’t want him, they’d release him to get a deal now.

    Maybe it ain’t good news.

  35. Alleykat says:

    That news regarding Chud is deflating like the footballs Bella-cheat provides..

  36. Alleykat says:

    Well the good news…there isn’t any.
    The bad news… Niners hire Jason Tarver for Asst DC? and TE coach!!
    Kiss off Chud probably Chuck..

  37. unca_chuck says:

    He’s neither. He’s LB coach/ assistant

  38. NJ49er says:

    For me, this still hinges largely on what guy comes in to develop Kaep and put an Offense around him.
    If they fail to improve that facet of the team, it’s going to be a LONG recovery period I’m afraid.

    Chud makes sense, if they can land him, or Gase.

    After that?
    Who eff’n knows what other options are out there?

  39. NJ49er says:

    Been poking around the College ranks with all this Lane Kiffen talk going on.
    Granted he’s got NFL experience but, I’d still pass.

    If we take a leap of faith (desperation) into the College level, Gus Malzahn from Auburn is being paid VERY well, which likely means he’s not going anywhere.
    His system is very intriguing though, having married a power running game to the Spread.

    However, his OC/QB Coach looks interesting.
    Rhett Lashlee.

    Slow night, I’m taking a break from Draft Scouting 😛

  40. NJ49er says:

    Berger there’s a couple of DTs turning heads in Mobile this week.
    Marcus Hardison – AZ St 6’3″/311 and Carl Davis – Iowa 6’5″/321

    Danny Shelton is having a good week too.
    Saying he’s been damn near unstoppable.
    The OG from Duke, Laken Tomlinson – 6’3″ 323 handled him very well in 1-on-1 drills though.

    If Baalke opts for a WR in RD1, there’s good depth on the DL to be had in the Top 3 RDs.
    This is where that slotting principle keeps GMs up at night.

  41. NJ49er says:

    Interesting small school OLB from Norfolk St –
    Lynden Trail 6’6″ / 262 –
    States that he played in a 3-4 but also has good movement as a DE.
    Being as tall as he is, he needs work on his technique –

    “Certainly passes the eye test with his tall, lengthy frame, but he also looks the part in motion, showing impressive movement skills for his body type. He is a flexible athlete with smooth change of direction skills and long strides to accelerate quickly in pursuit.

    Trail has the body bend to dip and run the arc at 45-degree angle without losing speed, displaying good get-off quickness and a consistent motor. He uses his length well to corral ball carriers and is at his best when he extends at the point of attack to properly work off blocks.”

  42. NJ49er says:

    Berger this might be the answer to Funchess, if we miss or, pass on him early –
    Rory Anderson SCAR – 6’5″ / 227 – 4.75

    “Good initial burst and agility to gain separation off the line of scrimmage and shows good hands. Impressive body control and hand-eye coordination to make leaping grabs.

    Unlike many other “hybrid” tight end/receivers across the country, Anderson seems to enjoy the physical battles at the line of scrimmage, showing surprising strength and tenacity while blocking. He is quick and competitive when sealing the edge and works to sustain his blocks.”

  43. unca_chuck says:

    You think VD doesn’t stay? I wonder mainly because VD seemed to be the most unhappy under Harbaugh. Then again VMcD isn’t doing much either.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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