One Down . . .

Well, game one came and went in the Jim Tomsula errror, uh era. All in all, the team looked good when the first and second stringers were playing. No major injuries, and the only minor one was to LB Desmond Bishop with a calf strain. The D line looked real nice stopping Hou 9 times inside the 10 yard line. Gaine Blabbert looked like not the 32nd best backup and made some nice underneath throws to the TEs. And surprising to me, the O line looked wholly serviceable in the first half. Kappy had the time to throw a deep ball to Torrey Smith, who blew past Hou’s 2 CBs. Kappy didn’t get enough air underneath it, but this is a play that these guys need to work on more to get the timing down. Gabbert had time to get the ball out clean without too much pressure. Granted, Hou didn’t play Watt, but the O line, which isn’t deep, played well. Til the backups came in, and Dylan Thompson was under siege in scrubbini time.

Jarryd Hayne had about a perfect day as one could hope for by doing great in PR/KR duties, and breaking off a 58 yard run in the 2nd quarter to set up the Niner TD.

The LBs were OK, and the coverage was fairly bleh, but we didn’t have our first unit out there for the most part. Dockett and Bowman didn’t play, and don’t expect to see a lot of them this preseason, but Bethea laid the wood a couple times, and the run D was stout, but I’m worried about the pass coverage.

Weird to say the least to see a 33 yard extra point. All in all, about what you’d hope for from game 1 of the preseason. No injuries, a nice TD drive, a nice goal line stand, and some points on the board from the 1st/2nd stringers. Houston won the battle of the Walmart brigade in the 2nd half 15-0, but the 1st and 2nd string won 10-8.

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153 Responses to One Down . . .

  1. unca_chuck says:


    That alone is worth a Snickers bar.

  2. Berger says:

    The only thing that mattered to me was getting the ball snapped in rhythm. That happened. I still can’t believe I saw that but seeing is believing! Now I can start looking for other things.

  3. Winder says:

    it was really good to see the guys finally on the field. Lot’s of things to be hopeful about at this point. I don’t take preseason to seriously until the 3rd game and even then not so much. If we can build some continuity with our new OL and continue to manage the game clock we just might see some good ball played pretty soon. I’m a little worried about our D-backs too but it is still real early to tell.

  4. rtfirefly says:

    The only problem with Tebow’s performance was that everybody looked good against the Colts. Bradford didn’t play. Sanchez looked better than decent, and Barkley looked like a Pro Bowler.
    If I’m Chip Kelley, I’m disappointed that this game did nothing to clear up that mess, but hey! How can you be really disappointed at playing a really good team like the Colts (no Luck this game) and kicking the snot out of their D? Plus, they’ve got themselves a keeper in 1st round WR Nelson Agholor. The first pass to Agholor was high and he made a leaping catch. With the corner badly misplaying the pass, Agholor turned on the burners and outraced a backer and a safety to the endzone. First time touching the ball! He later dropped an easy pass, then caught all the rest thrown to him. Now why can’t the Niners draft a real WR?

    • Winder says:

      rt- Now why can’t the Niners draft a real WR? I have asked myself the same question many times. i dunno but it certainly makes no sense, even a blind squirrel finds a fucking nut once in awhile.

    • Berger says:

      Is it the WR or the coaches?

  5. rob says:

    Well guys IMHO bolden smith and simpson make a damn fine WR trio
    Whether we drafted them or signed them as free agents means squat.

  6. rob says:

    If you want a draft pick at WR how about deandre smelter. He’s a 4th round pick who I like a lot ! I think the kid will compete for the 4th WR spot. IMHO he can really be a good target for Map. Don’t forget Bruce Ellington and for that matter deandrew white !
    Just think , all that talent at WR and we didn’t even have to use more than a. 4th rd draft pick on em. Sounds pretty damn good to me !

  7. rob says:

    Oh and just for shits and giggles look what Seattle has been able to do with WR’s who couldn’t even make the roster here like Jon Baldwin !!!

  8. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit feels we’re all wet on this blog. He’s preparing for a long, long season with Skeebers. Of course he doesn’t follow the team except for the losses. Then he perks up.

  9. rob says:

    Oh another bit of good news. Brandon Thomas is looking good so far at RG

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the line play was promising. Our depth may be iffy but the first 2 sets of lines played well.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    What’s really funny about Skeebers blog is V and Spitty post long-winded bullshit that the rest of the clowns ignore. Yet they think people are paying attention and playing along.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Right 12th, and Bullit, NoFear and Skeevie are blowing the loads.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Funny how they tout TOP when the score was 10-8 Niners with a TOP favoring Texans (10:15 to 19:45 at the half. Mike Nolan football to win the TOP game and lose the scoring part. Mentioning anything about the 2nd half is even more funny.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    ROB, this is why I want to see Kappy play more. Practice is all well and good, and Bergs will never forget how open AJ Jenkins gets in practice, but I just want to see him build consistency with these new guys. They have the chance to get something going.

  15. Winder says:

    rob – love the outlook you have with our wr’s. At this point I think all we need is for Kappy to be on target.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Spitty now talks to himself in third person. He and v got nothing on sanity.

  17. NJ49er says:

    For what it’s worth…Preseason tinkering happens with the OLine in Seattle too –
    That’s part of the reason for “Practice Games”

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. The triumphant return of Sophrosyne! Next we’ll hear of her exploits at Bryn Mawr.

  19. Berger says:

    Sounds like we might be trading Asanti Cleveland to the Patriots. Don’t know who we would be getting back.

  20. Berger says:

    I see some numbers people are breaking apart stats from one pre-season game. Next they’ll be explaining football to Kim Jong Un.

    My only concern was if the offense looked cohesive. I was even happy our 1st and 2nd team units had a lead at half time. I don’t care much about the score but it was nice to see. The fact that our 3rd and 4th teams got killed in the 2nd half does not even phase me one bit. We weren’t trying to win as much as we were identifying players. The offense did look cohesive, something that never was the case until the last game or two of the regular season last year. I was happy with what I saw from preseason game 1.

    • Nipper says:

      Yeah for a first game it was fine. Of course on the “other” blog they’re waiting for a disaster.

  21. NJ49er says:

    Looks like Jerome Simpson can’t break old habits either.
    6 game suspension handed down.
    Adios Dumbass.

  22. rob says:

    The best news lately is that the coaches are happy with Brandon Thomas so far . I had high hopes for him . I f Thomas can win the RG spot that would be huge.
    I think LT Staley LG boone C kKilgore RT Thomas sounds pretty damm good

  23. NJ49er says:

    12th you are correct about Simpson.
    I thought he served his suspension last year.
    Glad to see this wasn’t related to a current infraction at least.
    Hope he’s gotten the message loud and clear by now.

  24. Nipper says:

    The Catch is a man trying to be woman on the “other” blog. Dare I say it……Sophrosyne?

  25. rob says:

    9ers v Texans replay on NFL network now

  26. rtfirefly says:

    Bumgarner as a pinch hitter now. Why not? He got a base hit and scored the insurance run against the red hot Cards.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Looks like the Niners have little luck with guys named Simpson. He’s been clean lately but we’ll see how long that lasts.

    And someone tell Bullit the suspension will give the team time to evaluate the other WRs for that 3rd WR spot. Dumb ass. Spending so much time looking for things to ding the team about get pretty ludicrous.

    One meaningless preseason game and he and Phil are in full whine mode.

    • NJ49er says:

      I saw the suspension alert and thought this was a new test failure myself Chuck.
      Not sure how this played out in the Land of Goodell since Simpson was out last year.
      Guess the infraction occurred while he wasn’t playing?

      Either way, I’ll look at it this way.
      Simpson and Smelter could be ready by mid-season.
      Our hopes rest with an Offense that can move the ball in the passing game IMO.
      1 game isn’t much to evaluate progress but, there’s a definite focus on establishing that long missing ingredient, rhythm.
      Already have the DVR set for our game vs Dallas on Sunday.
      Not that it matters who wins, it’s all about getting the work in and, staying healthy.

      • NJ49er says:

        Rams/Cowpatties held a joint practice that got cancelled on account of teams brawling.
        Good old-fashioned classless display of macho meat heads.
        Seems Dez took a fist to the face in the fracas as well.
        Some things never change in Big Duh.

    • 12th Man says:

      Exactly. Simpson won’t count against the 53 so the team can keep an extra WR in play for 6 weeks and then make a decision who to hang on to. Not the ideal way to go about it but as its the 3rd WR we are talking about and so far not much has separated the group vying for the spot, its not that tragic either.

      Certainly not worth a few crocodile tears from Bullit and Phil. Contrived controversies are a waste of energy.

      • NJ49er says:

        12th if nothing else, it appears to me that Baalke and Co are making a VERY concerted effort to improve speed within the WR Corps.
        I’ve carped for sometime about our young WRs never coming into focus.
        Let’s hope the efforts pay dividends this year.
        Kaep needs to take a major leap in the passing game this year.
        Torrey and Boldin have worked together in Baltimore so, there’s plenty of talent there to assist Kaep if he’s willing to find timing with them.
        Didn’t see much of Kaep last week that would give me anything to speculate on other than missing Torrey deep early in the game.
        The upside is, Torrey got open.
        Kaep needs chemistry.
        I did like the rhythm however.
        He can’t stand back there looking around like he did last year.

      • 12th Man says:

        I look at pre season as player evaluation and practicing huddles, play calls, substitutions etc. The only game I look for any more than that is the first half of the 3rd game where although they are probably not scheming tendencies they are making an effort to simulate a real game.
        Kap and the receivers have to get their timing down, which depends on the O line affording time to go through progressions, something we saw very little of last year. As NJ says, they are placing an emphasis on syncing the QB/WR and the rhythm is improved, so far.

      • NJ49er says:

        12th the OLine benefits with a quick attack also.
        Speed on the outside benefits the TE position as well.
        So far, Logan and Chryst seem to have something that could help this Offense tremendously.
        Assuming of course, that Kaep can get through his reads quickly and deliver on time.
        For me, Kaep needs touch, in order for the short game to threaten a Defense.

  28. 12th Man says:

    What happened with Phil anyway? He attacked Skeebs consistently for a long period of time on this blog, something about Skeebs snooping on him in some form or other IIRC. He was happily hanging out over here then Spitty turned him to the dark side and hey presto he is over on Skeebs again and Chuck is the new asshole. What gives Chuck?

  29. rob says:

    Nice play by eli Harold
    Trent. Brown is in

  30. rob says:

    Nice Trent brown 2nd level
    Watch for acker in soon

  31. rob says:

    Simpson we knew was in danger of suspension. IMO if he stays clean he’ll be a good 3rd WR for us with some good speed too

  32. rob says:

    I know the O-line looked better than expected on the right side. The interesting thing is just how impressive Trent brown has looked

    • NJ49er says:

      Trent moves very well for a big boy.
      For me, the difference between an OG and OT is how well they can move their feet.
      Trent is blessed with Inspector Gadget arms too.
      Another plus for an OT. Long reach is a major advantage.
      Kid could be a steal if all works according to plan.

      • rob says:

        Aw man Trent did get beat on a speed rush there for the safety. Overall tho OMG if he wins the RT spot it wouldn’t be just a steal but a heist of fort Knox lol

  33. NJ49er says:

    Hey Rob, were you confused by the telecast of the Houston announcer calling Purcell ‘Renfro’?
    Both guys were wearing ’64’ but play on opposite sides of the ball.

    Had me scratching my head for a bit since I couldn’t see Purcell’s nameplate due to the ponytail.

  34. snarkk says:

    I don’t watch pre-season crap, but hearing that the Niners actually got plays off in time without delay penalties is promising. I heard they even ran some screens…

    • NJ49er says:

      Yeh Snarkk the tempo was obvious.
      Glad to see that Tomsula and Staff are making it a priority.
      Nothing to get excited about in terms of production but, you can’t miss the effort to hurry it up, compared to all the wasted motion we’ve seen in recent years.
      1st unit barely made an appearance in Houston so there’s nothing to dissect there.
      All about tinkering at this point.
      Get some film, tweak the timing etc.
      All part of the process.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, it was preseason game 1 but they did he basic shit well. The pass pro was decent early and they hit some nice runs. No stupid penalties.

    Lots of people laughing about being encouraged about the lack of delay penalties, but they couldn’t fix that in 8 years. Rhythm was noticeably better as well.

    • Berger says:

      They laugh because their idol Harby wasn’t smart enough to fix the problem so now they are trying to trivialize the problem THEY complained about for years and years.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Right, Nipper. The triumphant return of Sophrosyne. Scourge of the Niner Insider and the Splash all those years ago. I think V and Soph had a kid.

    They named him Bullit.


  37. unca_chuck says:

    Poor buwwit is free to post here but chooses not to. And I’m infringing on his rights? Pretzel logic right there.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    You see buwwit, Skeebers banning me is a case of skeebers being the fascist, not me.

    Dumb fuck.

  39. Berger says:

    The North Korean Bullit, who is the king of attack blogging, is calling out others. How cute.

  40. NoFear49er says:

    Harbaugh didn’t invent check-with-me plays or qbacks adjusting protections. Chryst did little or nothing to help yet his promotion to OC is cheered. How would you suggest the QB deal with a defensive alignment or personnel put in to stop the play called?

    • unca_chuck says:

      Have you heard of a thing called an audible?

    • 12th Man says:

      NF, there is no doubt that the huddle broke very late the majority of the time. There is also no doubt that the verbiage, the 2 play system and the amount of people involved in relaying the play to the QB are all coaching decisions.
      Time left on the clock to get to the line, institute the motions and then choose which of the 2 plays to go with were all part of the coaching requirements.
      The part left to the players is actually choosing the play and snapping the ball. The time left to do that was not very much.
      I don’t see the part where the coaching is not demonstrably the reason for no time left/delay of game/time out.

  41. Berger says:

    THEY have spoken!

  42. unca_chuck says:

    No one here is cheering Chryst’s promotion, skippy. That’s your straw man. I’ve been waiting to see what happens with the offense since they shit-canned Harbaugh. Harbaugh’s failings, time management among them, are known and documented things. Red zone offense and 3rd down conversion efficiency among some others.

    My point is getting plays off with little or no time on the play clock takes away a lot of offensive strategy. The defense knows when the play is coming. Nolan did the same thing with the defense (multiple shifts, trying to disguise coverages) to varying degrees of success, and ultimately failure.

    Audibling out of a play is easier with 15 seconds on the clock rather than 2, right, NoFear? I’m serious. Most of the time in the past 8 years, the team broke the huddle with less than 10 seconds on the play clock. Changing the play then was a study in time outs and delay of games.

    Kill kill kill.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    In other words, I’m waiting to see what actually happens before I bury the team in stupid posts bashing the owner for causing sup-spots, and global worming among the other perceived misdeeds. I mean really. Willis retires if Harbaugh stays. Same with Borland. And all the rest of this offseason’s worth of bullshit.

    What do you see happening if Harbaugh signed a 5 year extension? Do you think all the front office problems go away? Do you think the team is magically 8 games better than you think they are now? Do the 3rd down problems, the red zone offense, the time management issues, get better?

    If so, why didn’t they improve while he was here?

    Again, maybe Harbaugh really did need to go. There’s nothing invalid about this thought.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    I mean, really NoFear. I say bullit is free to post here and he replies with saying I’m begging him to post? Skeebs did me a favor. But I think it’s pretty funny that I get banned for stating my opinions there. None of it was over the top like V or Spitty or as endlessly tiresome, but it was a different opinion. Engaging with someone as fucking stupid as Bullit is stupidity itself. Yeah, that applies to me as well (hyuk!) but he’s as asinine as V. Dogging people for shit they said in 2009 about Crabs or VD is a cry for attention. His gotcha moments as well. I have never met anyone so fucking childish or boring.

    He was company man for 9 years until now and he was right on both sides? Riiight.

  45. Berger says:

    Iupati is hurt. Out 6 to 8 weeks.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Sucks for them. They have line problems as it is. I’m sure Darnell is looking forward to rushing against his old line mates.

  47. NoFear49er says:

    Seems like there’s some confusion as to what a check-with-me play is and who runs the huddle. No matter, just blame the coach. Specifics? Who needs specifics, it’s the coach. You know, the guy who won more games than any other coach in the league his first three years in a row, with two different QBs to boot. Yeah, he’s obviously who’s to blame.

    • 12th Man says:

      He is to blame for how much time is left after breaking the huddle, yes.

    • Berger says:

      Well, let’s see. Harby was given the best talent in the league for his first three years and won zero Super Bowls. Just awesome. Sounds like another Marty Schottenheimer.

    • Berger says:

      If one looks at how terrible the Harby offense was I’d say most of the credit for our winning should have gone to Fangio and not any coach on offense, including the head coach.

    • Berger says:

      Harby ran a college offense that did not work in the pros.

  48. unca_chuck says:

    For an offensive minded coach he relied on his defense more often than not. We weren’t exactly acintillating on offense nofear. he never broke the top 10 and was 20 or worse 3 of his 4 years. No matter which QB.

    The defense gave him field position and he kicked a lot of FGs.

  49. rob says:

    Want to see the cowboys get their arses whipped ? Just watch their practices lol

  50. rob says:

    No the whole network announcers not being able to recognize Purcell at NT didn’t confuse at all.

    • rob says:

      Kind of figured we didn’t just sign a new NT named renfroe who looked just like Purcell !
      It also didn’t hurt that I had our roster pulled up on my laptop at game time

  51. rob says:

    You did happen to notice how long it was taking us to get the snap off. With two different QB’s I might add.
    You’ve also noticed I’m sure the emphasis being placed by the new staff changing things to get it done in 20 seconds . it’s being report ed everywhere .
    That my friend is a case of the new head coach making positive changes !

    • Berger says:

      rob- You are wasting your time telling this to NoFear or anyone from the cancer blog. They have already trivialized this info and don’t want to know the truth. They just want to apologize for Harbaugh.

      • NoFear49er says:

        I’m not from a blog. State something factual and make a case for it when challenged. Personal insults and wild ass guesses don’t cut it.

      • Berger says:

        OK, I’ll state a fact. Harbaugh would have a losing record if he was our coach this year. Another fact, you have put yourself in a position to root for 49er losses to protect your precious reputation.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Neither one is anywhere near a fact. Evidently you need help with that concept, too.

        I realize invective and wishful thinking pass for persuasive argument here where facts are abhorrent impediments to the narrative but Berger wishing things were facts don’t make them so in the real world where the rest of us live.

  52. NoFear49er says:

    DeLuca, I just looked at the Raiders game first delay penalty on Kaepernick, here’s the 1Q time clock on it:

    10:56 Gore tackled to end 2nd down play.
    10:32 huddle breaks
    10:13 delay of game called

    Damn that coach!

    This is a great example of one of my pet peeves. Repeat some false assumption until everyone repeats it as fact.

    Besides, you aren’t going to know what’s changed until we play an actual game. But it seems to me that 19 seconds to get lined up and snap the ball is more than sufficient. Or should have been.

    • 12th Man says:

      there is always an anecdote NF but that does not disprove the body of evidence the other way. Makes me wonder why the coaches and the entire world at large has made such a point of emphasis on getting to the line in a timely fashion.

    • rob says:

      C’mon buddy we break the huddle ,line up and snap the ball. It either takes a long time because of the way we go about getting it off or maybe the QB was speaking v e r y s l o w l y.

  53. Berger says:

    NoFear- The reason you have All-22 is so that you can fake out the Kap haters into believing that the snap count was the QBs fault and had nothing to do with Harbaugh. It makes no difference you don’t know what you are watching, it only matters that the propaganda machine is well oiled. It isn’t any different than the idiots that tell us they are Independents but they defend the Democrat party like their life depends on it.

  54. Nipper says:

    Soph on the “other” blog……..enough said.

  55. Berger says:

    Here’s the deal. Last year we had trouble with the offense getting the ball snapped. This year we did not have a problem getting the ball snapped in our first game. Same QB, different coach. You think maybe the numbers people can do the math?

  56. unca_chuck says:

    One play vs 7 years of evidence? And you want factual? What do you call that nofear?

    I ain’t a parrot bergs. You?

  57. unca_chuck says:

    Alex Smith had problems getting plays off, Nofear. Why don’t you remember this? Not one play. A different QB in the same system had problems getting plays off in time. What is the conclusion from this? It’s the QBs?

    Poor little pussywillow is reposting things from here to address them behind the lace doily.

    How cute. Pathetic but cute.

  58. Berger says:

    The North Korean reprints my post and still can’t add. Nice!

  59. Berger says:

    What will really frost the North Korean will be when Crabtree looks like a real WR this year instead of just going through the motions like he did last year. The difference? Being in a pro offense instead of a college offense. It’s good for the attitude.

  60. unca_chuck says:

    I doubt it happens, Bergs. They’ll say we were stupid for not resigning him.

  61. NoFear49er says:

    There is no “body of evidence” outside ignorant speculation of fans who blame the coach because they don’t know any better. I just showed you Kaepernick had 19 seconds to get the team lined up and the ball snapped and he failed to do so.

    Somebody just said the solution and the big push and hope for the new season was to get Kaepernick 20 seconds to line up, read the defense, make his adjustments and snap the ball. I just showed you the evidence that he had that and still couldn’t get the ball snapped in time.

    On that particular play the defense started calling out “Run, run, run.” Kaepernick got rattled and tried too late to change the play. You blame the coach.

    Sorry if the facts don’t conform to your view of the problem.

    • Berger says:

      Yes, I definitely blame the coach. The system sucked. Let’s see if we have the same problem going forward this year. That should be your body of evidence.

  62. Berger says:

    Looks like the North Korean doesn’t like being identified and he’s fighting back. The poor little guy just longs for home so he affectionately calls us the North Korean blog. Can’t you guys just feel the love!

    • 12th man says:

      Actually I couldn’t give a rats ass what that dick head says.

      • Berger says:

        True. But every time he speaks he is doing his comedy act. It is entertaining to laugh at the North Korean court jester. He just keeps providing his Harbaugh apologies while showing his lack of football acumen. They don’t have football in North Korea. He checks in here daily for his education and reprints what he has learned at the cancer site. It’s his show and tell to the other students.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    Again, nofear, this has been a problem, noted by thousands of people including Harbaugh and Sing for 7 years now. One play does not release the onus on the other penalties and timeouts. If you want to cling to one play as your basis for the problem, have at it. Just don’t expect to be taken seriously.

    that means one TD pass for Kappy means he’s God.

  64. unca_chuck says:

    Saying there’s no body of evidence is ludicrous. Or willful ignorance. Nolan/Smith had problems with it. Sing/Smith as well. Sing/Hill did, Sing/T Smith did. Sing/JTO did. Sing/Carr did. Harbaugh/Smith did, as well as Harbaugh/Kappy.

    But there’s nothing to support that it isn’t the coaches? How many combinations of players and coaches do you need to come to the conclusion that they are having problems with this? I What did they all share? 2 plays called for every play. Harbs had 4 guys making the decisions on 2 plays for every down. Then they had to relay the 2 plays to Kappy. And Smith before him. And in every case there were numerous occasions during games where we burned timeouts too fast or got penalized.

    It was mission 1 this offseason. And it wasn’t about Kappy being too slow on the draw. It was geting the team onto the line much faster. That alone tells the story.

    But yeah, Kappy had one penality called on hi last year. He caused 8 years of issues.

    • 12th man says:

      Chuck, the single statement from NF “there is no body of evidence” covers it. No point going beyond that. You can’t reason with the unreasonable.

  65. unca_chuck says:

    Well, hell. Just trying to enlighten and inform.

  66. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus. Revisionist history says we never had problems getting plays off. Yet I can point to 100 in-game posts of us taking needless timeouts or getting d-o-g penalties.

    If it isn’t a problem, why has this come up about 1,000 times since the end of the season?

    If this isn’t a problem, why is it issue 1 with this coaching staff?

    Here’s an article from 2012

    The gist of the article:

    “Whatever the case, this has developed into a fairly noticeable issue. Ideally they would use the bye week to rectify it, but if the length of play-calls is part of the problem, then I’m not sure there is really an in-season fix at this point. Any thoughts on this issue? This seems to be the biggest weakness for the Jim Harbaugh offensive coaching staff.”

    A 2014 article:

    Kaoppy gets the blame for one, but not both. The gist:

    “We don’t know for certain what is going on with the delay of game penalties, so we can only be so critical. It could be Kap being slow to get through things. It could be the play-calling takes time getting two plays in. Whatever it is, there is clearly a problem that needs to be resolved. The 49ers were not quite as awful on stupid penalties in Week 4, but they more than made up for it with poor clock management.

    Of course, this is not a new problem. We saw this back during Alex Smith’s time with the 49ers. What exactly is going on with this?”

    Another article:

    The gist:

    But the worst was Harbaugh’s play-calling system. Just calling the play took him and his coaches forever. It seemed they burned timeouts to avoid delay penalties almost every game. Call it slapstick football.

    From 2013:

    The gist:

    “One of the more obvious foul-ups was San Francisco’s mismanagement of its timeouts in the second half. If the 49ers had any hope of coming back from down 22, it was certainly going to be close at the end, and timeouts were going to be invaluable. Had the 49ers retained all three timeouts, they would’ve gotten the ball back with about 1:22 to play and great field position, assuming they would’ve forced a Baltimore three-and-out. With two timeouts, San Francisco could have had 43 seconds left after a stop. In fact, with at least two timeouts, San Francisco would’ve had enough clock to kick the field goal on fourth down of what turned out to be its final possession, force a Baltimore punt, and then kick another field goal to win.”

    Another 2014 article:

    The gist:

    When the 49ers lost that Super Bowl — 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in the “HarBowl” — the cruel ending saw three incompletions from Kaepernick to Crabtree, from the 5-yard line. During that finish, Harbaugh had to call a timeout to prevent a delay-of-game penalty, foiling a possible touchdown run by Kaepernick and defining the clock-management issues that plagued the Harbaugh era.

    2013 article:

    The gist:

    Fans gnash their teeth; writers ask what’s going on. “That was us not getting the play in on time,” said Jim Harbaugh in response to a question after Sunday’s game about the “play clock issues.”

    Is this enough body of evidence? The head coach readily admits it.

  67. NoFear49er says:

    Minor point: Your “evidence” is things you say, mostly made up bullshit, not facts. That’s conjecture not evidence.

    Minor point 2: Despite whatever you think is going on in the play-calling scenario there is no helmet radio communication from the sideline after the play clock hits fifteen seconds.

    Minor point 3: Combination plays are common these days. One play with built in options. All the QB needs to do is call that play in the huddle. “Kill”ing the primary option activates the alternative without having to audible a different play.

  68. unca_chuck says:

    Minor point 4. Everyone points to a problem you don’t say exists. Yet when faced with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, you point to one play as the reason.

    My evidence is years of articles saying the team has a problem getting plays run on time.

    You think I wrote all those articles? I didn’t even paraphrase them. Those are quotes.

    You know, evidence.

  69. NoFear49er says:

    An article of speculation. Where’s the beef? These articles pose questions not facts that identify the source of a problem. Why not post a youtube video with a catchy lyric for proof?

    You make your living making up shit. I never said there was no problem. I refuted the widely accepted notion here that the coach was delaying the games by forcing Kaepernick to get the play off with no time left. It’s pure bullshit and I offered proof in facts which you rejected like water on the wicked witch in the land of oz where wild theories pass for truth.

    • Berger says:

      So let’s see if we have problems getting the ball snapped in rhythm this year. That alone will be the evidence of proof for me. What I see is more important than some numbers that don’t add up. In one pre-season game the evidence is showing it was Harbaugh. But if you want to wait until the regular season to compare, OK. I can wait.

  70. rob says:

    Well a know I shouldn’t but I don’t want the site with the best bloggers I know to be referred to as
    The pyongang n.k. chapter of the fairyland blog. Has become the jackass comedy site.
    I guess the big reason was BUlIITT thinking his post about us being 6th in the league in pre snap penalties. This he says means

    The apologists argument

    • rob says:

      Has no legs to stand on and is just another straw man and means nothing in the big picture. It falls apart and is scattered by the slightest breeze

  71. rob says:

    Has no legs to stand on and is just another straw man and means nothing in the big picture. It falls apart and is scattered by the slightest breeze

    • rob says:

      I feel like I’m in the twilight zone.
      First NOFEAR says kap caused the delay of games and now BULLIT says this

      • rob says:

        As we who actually know what we’re watching presnap penalties include other unrelated penalties like false starts. We were in fact a league worst in both number and yards of DELAY OF GAME penalties.
        This matters big time. The other top 5 teams were all bottom feeders
        We here know who are the stat checkers and apologists and which blog is the comedy jackass blog
        We here know who are the stat checkers and who are

  72. unca_chuck says:

    Different coaches, different QBs, different offenses and similar systems produced the same results. Problems getting plays off. And you point to one play as being the answer to it all. Brilliant.

    So according to you all our QBs from Rattay to Hill to JTO to Smith to Weinke to D Carr to T Smith to Kappy now ALL had problems getting the team to the line in a timely manner? Because as these articles explain, this has been an issue for a loooong time.

    One instance does not refute 8 years of problems.

    You make your living being obtuse and vague with your comments (6-10 to 10-6!). Disavowing the obvious is also one of your traits. The fact that you can’t connect the dots as well explains a lot. You cherry pick factoids to support your shakey assumptions.

  73. unca_chuck says:

    Beyond the fact that a delay of game penalty may have cost the team a Super Bowl title, yeah, these delay of game, and time management issues bear no significance whatsoever.

    Behind the lace doily.

  74. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, ignorance is bliss over there. Anyone caught refuting the rule of law over there is banished.

    Troll as a girl? Fine. Troll as a troll? Fine. Bring up opposing viewpoints? Nope. Sorry. Troll and bait? Fine, as long as it is the accepted viewpoint.


  75. Nipper says:

    Gee………I don’t think Chuck and “Constant Fear” are going to exchange Xmas Cards.

  76. Berger says:

    Rob- You hit that one on the head. Bullit is completely out of touch and showing his lack of football acumen. We led the league with delay of game penaltiesa but he is trying to include all pre snap penalties to obfuscate with his straw man. I guess that is what they teach in North Korea, the North Korean is trying to fill us with propaganda to make us think a lie is the truth.

    I love it when he calls us North Korea. It shows how much he misses home.

  77. Berger says:

    Chuck, I think I lost a couple of posts in the spam filter.

  78. unca_chuck says:

    I restored them, Bergs. Not sure why they got caught.

    As usual, Bullit doesn’t understand what just transpired. Poor little fuck-tard. He thinks he did another ‘gotcha.’ Something that appears to be very important in his insignificant existence. All he proved was his stupidity in his rush to make some kind of point.

    NoFear said there was no ‘body of evidence’ of a time management problem. I provided articles (not posts, dumbshit) proving otherwise going back to the previous QB.

    Get it? Of course not. Hyuk!

  79. Berger says:

    The North Korean says it’s not a big deal but he spends over half his day refuting what we say. If he stepped back and read what he writes he would realize what an idiot he is.

    • rob says:

      Well BERGER BULLITT just grudgingly acknowledged the point we were making but vehemently denies that was the cause if the “downward spiral”
      I’m led to believe by that, that he’s not too happy harbaugh is gone.

      • rtfirefly says:

        I think Jed letting himself get led around by the nose by Baalke was the problem, not Harbaugh. Who sabotages the HC before a game has been played? Only an idiot with a Napoleonic complex, that’s who. At least Napoleon was a genius.
        I think Baalke’s been the problem for years. I hated Scotty and I was dead wrong; I admit it. Look at our SB losing team. Scotty’s plus Harb’s QB. With mixed draft positions, look at Baalke’s team we have today. It sucks.

        I’m not going to waste time arguing the subject. You guys have been doing that endlessly for months. I’m going to focus on the season. I’ve got my opinion and it’s not going to change. You believe otherwise;; that’s fine. Our opinions change absolutely nothing.

      • Berger says:

        RT- Obviously I disagree but your opinion is OK with me. I don’t mind people disagreeing. Having people put up false and misleading info to prove they’re right and then being called names about it is a whole different situation.

  80. rob says:

    I hate the whole dueling blog thing. If you want my take on who the real villain is just take a quick peek at my last post there

  81. rob says:

    Don’t forget baalke was 2nd in command to Scotty and here since 2005
    Don’t also forget that all mcloughan’s drafts were when we were one of the worst teams in football. We were picking from like 6th to top ten overall. even i could get that right . Baalke was top guy when we were picking 30th every year.
    Baalke was named executive/GM of the year a couple years ago

  82. rtfirefly says:

    I think all of Rex’s games this year are going to end 3-3, like the Cle game right now in the 3rd qtr. If they only had a QB lol (and a OL, and another RB besides Frank, and…).

    Johnny Eightball actually looks like an NFL QB. We might be able to judge him fairly if he played for a real team.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Naturally, right after I posted that Johnny trips over his own feet! Sack. That was funny.

      • rtfirefly says:

        And then, on a naked bootleg to his left with a defender coming at him, he throws on the run against his body for a 30 yd FD. Never a dull moment.

      • rtfirefly says:

        And a TD pass on the next play. Kid’s not a schmuck anymore.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Johnny’s got a long, lonnnnng way to go to be a good QB. But at least he looks like an NFL QB now. Last time I watched him, it was all read option playground ball. Intriguing, worth watching for, but that’s it. I guess he’s still like that now – the intriguing, watch watching part I mean. Hard to tell, but he’s trying to run an NFL offense now.

  83. rob says:

    What bothers me at this point is our CB situation . IMHO we should be thinking acker and Johnson but reader and even wright seem to still be in the mix

  84. unca_chuck says:

    Lots of positions up for grabs. Rob! Johnson more than likely wins out as one of the CBs. I haven’t seen enough of the rest.

    Rtf I have no problem with opposing viewpoints. I have problems with folks who relentlessly badger and troll over shit endlessly. Bullit starts all the bullshit and he has for 8 years now. This talk of time management is a perfect example. It has been a problem that has spanned head coaches, OCs, and QBs. Yet to those over there it is Kappy,s fault based on one play.

    It’s like debating with kindergartners.

  85. unca_chuck says:

    After reading that last round of posts on Skeebs blog I almost feel bad for him.


  86. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is upon us . . .

  87. Berger says:

    The dumbass North Korean is showing his lack of football acumen again. Kawakami reported that 4 different coaches were actually calling the plays last year on offense. Mangini uses 6 coaches to help him make the calls, which is very normal for any OC or DC. He is trying to use North Korean propaganda tactics to have us think those are both the same thing. Mangini is the only coach actually calling the plays for the defense. He uses others to help him gather the info to make the decisions. I’d say that is smart.

  88. Berger says:

    Unca, check your spam. Why am I getting posts lost in spam?

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