Game 3 Loometh-eth-eth . . .

Here we are at the penultimate game of the preseason. Usually reserved for the starters making one last effort at looking like they are ready for the regular season to get rolling. As of now, and even with the impending departure of Ahmad Brooks, the defense looks like it is in decent shape. No we aren’t nearly as deep as we once were, but with Bowman back, Dockett ready to go, and a up-and-coming set of young linebackers, I think the D can play close to the level of last year. A feat in itself when you look at the injuries suffered by last year’s squad. Dontae Johnson has done well at CB, and rookie safety Tartt has done well. The hitting is there. The coverage remains to be tested in a strident manner.

The offense? Well, that’s a different kettle of fish. Near as I can guess, and I’m guessing I’m seeing what think I see, the zone blocking scheme we’ve been using has opened some big holes for Hyde, Davis, and even Hayne. Pass pro? Well. That’s where the kettle is. The protection has been spotty at best as the coaching staff moves the various pieces around. The WRs haven’t really gotten too involved as a result, and the 1st team offense has had a grand total of 3 drives, so it is time to let fly.

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213 Responses to Game 3 Loometh-eth-eth . . .

  1. rtfirefly says:

    Cutdown to 75 in four days. Any candidates?

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Lets see what happens tomorrow. Pears could very well hit the skids. I doubt it, but he’s not doing very well.

    Tell ya though, if they put Jarryd Hayne on the PS I’ll be pissed. Craig Dahl? Bye bye.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I haven’t paid much attention to the roster. I suspect it’s the guys playing now in the 4th qtr who are on the bubble. They’ve got too much invested in Pears and the line is thin enough as it is.

  3. Berger says:

    I heard Eric Davis is saying Harbaugh was the reason we had so many player legal problems. I’m just catching wind of this but I haven’t seen any details. Anybody know what is going on?

    • rtfirefly says:

      Somehow not ragging on players for leaving dirty laundry on the floor of the locker room and leaving cafeteria trays for others to pick up equates to condoning rape. Eric Davis is full of horse manure. If Harbs did enforce that etiquette (which I would approve, BTW) Eric would be all over his case for being a disciplinarian.

      • Berger says:

        Do you know the details of what is going on?

      • rtfirefly says:

        Yeah, that was what Eric Davis said. Harbs “let” players leave dirty laundry on the locker room and leave cafeteria trays for others to pick up. Ergo, he condones rape.

  4. rtfirefly says:

    *locker room floor

  5. rtfirefly says:

    Dirty laundry on the floor is now a gateway to rape. You heard it from Eric Davis first. Wonder what he thinks of MJ use? Does it start with not washing your hands after #1?

  6. Berger says:

    Not sure how dirty laundry makes for rape. I know it makes for a good song.

  7. rtfirefly says:

    I don’t know if the Niners have a counselor on the payroll. Harry Edwards was a professor at Cal. He was black and related well with the young thugs who often came into the league. The Walsh years were relatively incident free because of the winning culture, with vocal leaders like Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice, and because of the hard behind the scenes work of Harry Edwards.

  8. Berger says:

    I just read what Eric Davis said. He said the laundry and cafeteria trays were metaphors for how they were being coddled off the field. IOW, it didn’t lead to rape, he was saying their lack of discipline and respect for facility workers is how they treated others in the community. I find it an interesting comment from a player who played on a championship team and has experience in that situation.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Oh, I fully understood the metaphor, Reno. It’s horsepucky. Abandoned cafeteria trays are not rape, and neither is assholish behavior, of which there is plenty in the NFL.

      • Berger says:

        He did not say it was or led to rape. To read between the lines and assert that shows bias. What I read from that is he thinks there was a general lack of control by the coach. The fact that Kawakami says Harby wanted a written code of conduct means nothing. I would think the 49ers already have a written code of conduct. Any company that size always does and I know it is written into their contracts.

  9. snarkk says:

    Really tired of a suckage offense since Harbaugh came along. Get this squad in gear to get yardage and get productive in the red zone….

  10. unca_chuck says:

    It certainly fits in with the entitlement aspect of the shit Harbaugh slings. Since all things lead to Walsh around here, he wouldn’t condone that type of behavior. As evidenced by his take as a bellhop for Super Bowl XVI.

    Snarkk, the offense has been shit since Mariucci left. All I want to see is actual situational football. Taking what the defense gives you. Exploiting matchups. Not our head coaches telling the world we’re running Gore. We’re telling Kappy not to run. We’re going to model him after Peyton Manning.


    • Nipper says:

      Sir Spit is flying two white flags in case one gets shot down the other can carry on at Geneoushire. Sir Spit is always prepared.

  11. Berger says:

    The dumb ass North Korean, Bullit (sic), just keeps showing how stupid he is every time he writes. Now he is showing some numbers to try and prove that Harbaugh is as good or better at offense than Bill Walsh. One of the funniest posts I have ever seen. The North Korean court jester loves to be laughed at.

    • 12th Man says:

      He can make that argument with a straight face? A universally renowned O innovater and master tactician was somehow equaled or surpassed by Harbaugh/Roman’s stone age and ineffective O? The best one can say about their O was it was productive from the run game perspective until it faced a stiff D, then there were no answers.

      That my friend is a joke of the highest order.

  12. Berger says:

    The North Korean court jester, Bullit (sic), is also holding Jed accountable! LMAOROTF. Jed must be quaking in his shoes!

  13. Berger says:

    One of the main things to look for today is, IMO, can Lemoneir shed blocks. He hasn’t been able to so far. If Brooks is cut he’ll need to get better at that ASAP. He’s been getting some push forward, which is a huge improvement over last year, but he needs to be able to make the play when he is next to it. I’ve been very down on Lemoneir, I would love to have positive things to say.

    • 12th Man says:

      As it stands right now and from the limited reps we have seen I would start Harold over Lemonier. Hope they split the role depending on down and distance.

      • Berger says:

        IMO, I would move Tank to the position. He did it often in college. I even saw him drop into coverage. I can’t imagine anybody setting the edge better than him. With how well Armstead is progressing we can move him up a spot at DE.

        I have to see more to know if I agree with putting Harold over Lemoneir. I am leaning that way. Lemoneir is starting to get a decent push but he’ll never be as quick as Harold. Like I was saying before the Brooks situation, we might need to consider a 4-3 but I would stay in 3-4 and move Tank to Elephant.

      • 12th Man says:

        I suppose they could mix and match depending on the opposition and game factors. Facing a heavy run game Tank could probably hold the edge better than the other 2 but as in all these things, a strength in one area is a weakness in another. Mangini has a lot on his plate.

      • Berger says:

        Yeah, I should call him give him some advice! LOL!

      • 12th Man says:

        Give him Bullit’s number, he has stats for Mangini that prove Harbaugh is an O genius on par with Walsh, that would be invaluable.

  14. Winder says:

    At least bullit is still a 49ers fan. I get the impression that he’s obsessed with being right, there are lots of people like that. Anyway, I think you guys are on the right track with making sure we put our best D out there. It is probably going to take some time for our offense to start clicking, we just have to much inexperience on our OL to expect to much to soon. Todays should give us a glimps of what we will see.

    • 12th Man says:

      Bullit has OCD for being “right”, which in point of fact is still only his opinion he would like everyone else to accept as fact. He doesn’t see the distinction.

      Looking forward to todays game Winder. I know they will not reveal much of the O scheme but I hope to see it look organized. A few drives would be good to boost fans confidence and get Skeebs and his merry band of dimwits to step back off the ledge.

  15. 12th Man says:

    Not to ignite the politics debate, but for news sources I tend to use Reuters, BBC World News, Al Jazeera (I know, sounds scary and tainted, it isn’t.) before any of the domestic news peddled to me.
    To me the big 3 cable news sources are entertainment/opinion slanted to their particular demographic audience.
    Not a fan of propaganda whatever the flavor.
    Having said that I also verify various AP outlets for the American POV of whatever the news item is, because I’m an American!

  16. Nipper says:

    Lets see…….what’s worse Ben screwing the nanny or Arnold screwing the maid?

  17. Winder says:

    That makes sense.

  18. rtfirefly says:

    Holy Touchdowns, Batman! The Bills’ 4 QBs threw a grand total of 3 incomplete passes against the Steelers today! 30-33 3 0

    • unca_chuck says:

      How bout that Roman offense?

      • rtfirefly says:

        This was truly a garbage backups game. But the Bills took it to them early but only had a 13-8 lead with the real players (how do you like those scores? get used to them with 2 pts and failed 2 pts).

      • rtfirefly says:

        13-11 I mean.

    • Berger says:

      I won’t read anything into it in preseason but if the Bills offense does great in the regular season I can surmise that it was Harbaugh who was the problem. Go Bills! Rooting for the Bills has nothing to do with Harbaugh, I’ve like the Bills for a while now.

  19. rob says:

    Okay guys the game is tonight . This is a big test. I hope our O-line can hold up and we can generate some pass rush. Barrows made a good point. He suggested the newly bulked up Lemonier starting with Harold in on passing downs.

  20. rtfirefly says:

    Navarro looking like an All-Pro. O-Line looking like all-goodwill.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    O line is atrocious.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Christ. 2 holds a false start, a missed assignment and nothing in the passing game.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Defende getting to the ball in the shotgun at the same time Kappy does. Holding call. Bad snap. It’s ugly. Only the read option on third and a million with Denver in the prevent worked.

  23. Flavor says:

    How come no Hayne?

  24. rtfirefly says:

    Bradford 10-10 121 yards 3 TDs. That’s three very good teams the Eagles have just smacked in preseason. Will it carry over?

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Bush shouldn’t be returning punts.

  26. Flavor says:

    Fucking Hayne woulda fielded that 1000 times out of 1000

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah. That’s the beginning middle and end of Bush’s returning career.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus. Blocking is flat terrible. Pears is a revolving door.

    • rtfirefly says:

      The defense is looking a million times better than I expected it would be. I think Bowman’s the big reason for that. The offense, OTOH. Oy vey!

  29. unca_chuck says:

    Evan Mathis looks like a guy they should have taken a chance on.

  30. Flavor says:

    Jesus, one play and a safety. Kaep has no time but he almost looked surprised to see orange back there. No clue, as usual

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Well when your RT whiffs on his block you think you have more than 2 seconds.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    There’s the diff between these offenses. They are giving Manning time to throw when they need to.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Manning looks like shit. That was a gift.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Acker’s having a good game so far.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Let’s see somer offense

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Play calling is real soft so far.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Can they block a 3nrd down play?

  38. rtfirefly says:

    Good run by Hyde.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    This is ridiculuos.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    They aren’t even blitzing and we can’t block 4.

  41. unca_chuck says:

    2nd down and 4 I’d like to see a pass off play action.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    Wow, can’t lose Johnson now.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Well, thank God this is preseason. If they can’t figure out how to pass block this’ll be a long season.

  44. Flavor says:

    I turned it off with 2 min to go in first half. That was nearly unwatchable, at least the offense.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, this is a problem. The D can’t get enough props. They’ve played the entire half.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Good to see Dontae Johnson back in.

  47. unca_chuck says:

    Acker with another tough play.

  48. rtfirefly says:

    Niners dodge another bullet on an overthrown pass by Peyton to an open receiver in the EZ.

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Manning with another shitty pass.

    All this and we are only down 1 score.

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Wouldn’t it be funny to see us score before the half and tie it?

  51. rtfirefly says:

    Peyton took a real shot on that one. Who’s 29?

  52. unca_chuck says:

    Just wondering why Hayne isn’t in there.

    We need to throw regardless of the problerms.

  53. unca_chuck says:

    29 is Tartt .Big hitter. Nice safety blitz.

  54. rtfirefly says:

    53 yds rushing -13 passing LOL

  55. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Blocking is non-existent. They are coming up the middle untouched.

  56. rtfirefly says:

    There’s Kappy…visions of Roger Staubach there.

  57. rtfirefly says:

    There he goes again! He’s their whole freakin’ offense!

  58. rtfirefly says:

    Oops – the dreaded DELAY OF GAME

  59. unca_chuck says:

    Torrey blew that. Boldin didn’t help. WTF? Blocking is verboten? There’s your new NFL.

  60. unca_chuck says:

    For all this bullshit, they had a chance to score a TD and tie the game.

  61. rtfirefly says:

    8-3 in Denver is a moral victory, if saved only by Peyton being off target. The second half will be garbage time.

  62. unca_chuck says:

    Yup. Blocking is a BIG worry at this point.

  63. Berger says:

    I can’t believe how bad Eli Harold is at open field tackling.

  64. Berger says:

    I would say something bad about our O-line but that would be a good thing for them. They suck.

  65. Berger says:

    Bush put offense in a bad spot when he did not catch that punt. I he wasn’t already, that punt play just put Hayne n the 53.

  66. Berger says:

    Carlos Hyde looks good, so does Bowman, Johnson and Acker. Lots of guys look good on defense. OLBs, not so much.

  67. Berger says:

    Jerod-Eddy having a tough game.

  68. Nipper says:

    Preseason games should be played under darkness without lights. Just use infrared lights on the helmets and go at it. People have to pay for this type of game? Ouch!

  69. Berger says:

    Armstead was said to get pushed back on a double team, looked more like a triple team.

  70. Berger says:

    A very nice play by Marcus Rush.

  71. Berger says:

    Our defense looks all around except OLB.

  72. Berger says:

    Tomsula looked a bit steamed when we got the delay of game.

  73. Berger says:

    The fact Hayne isn’t playing in the first half tells me he has made the 53. They are looking at other to compare. So far, no comparison. He’ll probably get some action in the 2nd half.

  74. Berger says:

    Acosta might beat out Dawson. Not for salary cap but because if they are about the same Acosta is young and this is probably Dawson’s last year with us.

    • Nipper says:

      Yeah may as well go young. I have feeling this going to be a transition year at best.

      • Winder says:

        it most certainly is a transition year. We lost too many bodies for it to be anything else. However we have enough good players that it isn’t a rebuild…yet. And, we can still be very competitive and win some games. The ol needs to be fixed.

  75. unca_chuck says:

    Figures NoFear would act like he won the lottery when the Niners got a delay of game. What a pussy. Game 3 and we haven’t wasted any timeouts and he acts like Kappy played like Manning. What a pussy, I can’t say enough what a fucking weasel he is.

    He thought he was a man but he was a muffin (this is epic btw).

    • Berger says:

      I don’t even have to look, when we got a delay of game I figured the cancer blog was popping party poppers. I doubt they noticed we didn’t waste a time outs stopping a delay of game penalty. You know that won’t be mentioned. Those people are just fucking stupid.

  76. Berger says:

    I’m liking what I am seeing from Blake Bell!

  77. unca_chuck says:

    Dear me. Wish we’d use our WRs for that.

  78. unca_chuck says:

    2nd string base D doesn’t mean that much to move on.

    All I can think is we aren’t using these drag plays with Celek and Kappy so we don’t show it?

    But these would suit the line problems as well as take advantage of what Kappy can do.

  79. unca_chuck says:

    When Adrian Belew was playing with Zappa, it was incredible. All the stuff I’ve seen and heard is off the charts, Saw ’em both but never together.

  80. Berger says:

    The biggest good news was our defense kept Manning out of the end zone. Manning torched Harbaugh last year like we had only 8 on the field.

  81. unca_chuck says:

    Kindergarten is in session:

    59-34 in plays. Blabbert looks pretty good. Then again. Vanilla defense, 3rd string. He looks worlds better than last year.

  82. unca_chuck says:

    Saw Belew solo, with KC, and with Talking Heads. ALWAYS put on a great show. He played Slims with his solo band and it was incredible.

    Ellington may be passing Patton.

  83. rtfirefly says:

    Ha ha ha. Mr. Statue gets way more time than Kappy got on any play, hangs his receiver out to dry and gets picked.

  84. unca_chuck says:

    Fripp being Fripp is too cool…..

    • rtfirefly says:

      What happened? I turned away for a minute after the Bronco pick and the Niners still had the ball??

      • unca_chuck says:

        Ball hit the ground. Not a pick.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Okay, missed that. Let me know if anybody over at Skeebs points out that he held onto the ball too long and hung his receiver out to get killed, or that he overthrew the open receiver for the TD with plenty of time to throw on the next pass..

  85. Berger says:

    Armstead didn’t look as good today. He sure gets double teamed a lot. He doesn’t lose one on ones.

  86. rtfirefly says:

    Bowman 9 tackles 7 solo 2 sacks

  87. Berger says:

    I can’t say I’m not worried about the offensive line but one thing that is true is the coaches are looking for players combos right now more than locking in on who starts. The run blocking looks good. The pass pro looks like Swiss cheese. Let’s hope we get a lot of man coverage so Kap can run!

    When we ran the power I in the first game we had time to throw. I wonder if there is any connection? I hope they figure it out.

  88. Winder says:

    me too. I still think we will be ok, it’s just gonna take a few games

  89. NJ49er says:

    Gotta love this guy –

  90. Berger says:

    Hey NJ, you ever heard this?

  91. Berger says:

    NJ- Your boy Harold can’t make an open field tackle. One juke and he is toast. I’ve seen it on his college video and all three games this preseason. Would you please tell him to bend his knees, sink his butt and quit being in such an hurry. If he would learn to be a one man triangulation he is so quick I don’t think anybody could get around him. Have him watch some Patrick Willis video!

    • NJ49er says:

      Eli will learn Berger.
      Had him on my Draft List for a reason.
      He’s got potential. If he’s coachable, he’ll come around.
      Great motor and, he comes to play.

      Tarver Coached Patrick as a pup too.
      Can’t expect too much from these guys out of the gate.
      The Pro game moves too fast for the majority of Rookies.

      Moody is still learning to tackle too, which didn’t look too good last time I saw him.
      We’re young, these things are expected.

      • NJ49er says:

        Most of the plays I saw Harold make in College came as a pass rusher.
        If he’s going to transition to OLB, he’s gonna be forced to learn what open field tackling is about soon enough.

      • Berger says:

        Moody can sit the bench. I’m not worried about him. We need a playmaking OLB. I’m thinking Marcus Rush is a better option than Harold if he can’t put some smarts in his tackling. I’m reluctantly having to root for Lemoneir.

        I had a sense we showcased Lemoneir today for a trade. He played ahead of Lynch. I can’t imagine anybody taking the bait. When Aldon went down it looked bleak. If Brooks goes down we’re fucked. If we open with Lemoneir and Harold the cancer blog is going to be happy with our big hole on defense.

      • NJ49er says:

        Lemonier bulked up a bit since last year.
        He too was more of a pass rusher in College.
        Big transition learning to play OLB as a Pro.
        All about ‘wanting it’.
        I give the edge to Eli on that point but, he’s a pup right now.

  92. NJ49er says:

    Here’s a good ‘Chill Blues’ tune from Alvin Lee – One of all time faves –

  93. unca_chuck says:

    What album is that?

    Never missed him when he played the Keystone Palo Alto.

    • NJ49er says:

      Goes back to 1993 on the album titled Nineteenninetyfour of course 😀

      During Alvin’s 10 Years After period.
      Excellent stuff.

      Here’s a medley of some of his better stuff –

    • NJ49er says:

      Correction – that album was a solo effort. Not 10 Years After

  94. Nipper says:

    One more practice game left………Thursday?

  95. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile on the “other” blog the glee of another preseason defeat is really got them fired up. Sir Spit is throwing a party at Geneoushire. A boars head will be the delicacy.

  96. Lurker John says:

    Dontae Johnson got beat like a drum last night, repeatedly. If that’s the level of play we can expect from that dude this year, opposing QB’s are going to have a field day.

    Navorro was a whirling dervish! Wow. And his speed looks phenomenal. If he can stay healthy, he’s going to have a big year. Really pleased to see him back to his old self.

    You guys have already talked about this, but the OL line was horrible. Pears doesn’t look like he even belongs in the league. Kap barely had time to set his feet on a lot of those plays, and no QB in the NFL will have success under that kind of duress. Let’s hope this one game is an abberation, because there’s no way he’s going to survive otherwise.

    Tartt got a serious lick on Manning at the end of the first half. Finally hit that bitch before he could puss out. Folded that fucker up like a 49¢ taco.

  97. rhinotuff2 says:

    First of all I must say if any of you need to watch the season to figure out what’s going to happen you obviously have no brain. Tomsula is worst than Singletary and him patting Veron on the back after a 15 yard penalty shows he’s not a winner, there’s no fear in the players eyes and we’re doomed for failure thanks to Jed’s true colors coming out. They got the stadium thanks to you fools with no brains and Harbaugh now it’s back to business as usual, get a puppet in there to do what he’s told to do. I must say you got what you deserve when you back anyone who simply wears our colors. Your old self from back in the 1980’s would’ve kicked you ass for backing a QB like Kaepernick now your spineless new self rolls out a red carpet for him. When you lose your standards and dignity and you no longer stand up for what’s right you’re not even human. When you watch our football team who once was the standard of class throughout the league now thanks to Jed we’re worst than the Raiders and you say nothing there’s a real problem with you.

  98. rhinotuff2 says:

    Like Unca_chuck for example this guy is cool.

  99. rhinotuff2 says:

    Like Unca_chuck for example this guy is cool

  100. rhinotuff2 says:

    Unca_chuck is a wonderful person. keep up the good work.

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