Revenge of the Jed(i)

Well, the new regime got off with a bang yesterday as the 49ers wore down and dismantled the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Tales of the 49ers demise may just be a little premature. Then again, it was only the Vikings. The 49ers defense does what they usually do to AP, and that’s shut him down. Mangini and company disguised coverages, and blitzed from off angles to confuse and befuddle sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater.

The offense was nigh unstoppable, except by themselves. The 1st half saw a lot of yards, but a lot of penalties. The opening drive was thwarted by a holding penalty deep, and the rest were done in by various other problems. Carlos Hyde pretty much stamped his entry into the NFL as one of the top backs in the league (for a week anyway) by gaining 168 yards on 26 carries for  gaudy 6.5 yards a carry and 2 touchdowns.

Yes, we are a running team. But this run game is vastly different than last year as Greg Foerster, master of the zone blocking scheme ran very well against some stacked lines when we had 3 TEs in there, and also when we had 2 WRs in there. Cutback lanes were wide open, and Hyde took big advantage of that.

The passing game, and Colin Kaepernick especially, looked a lot more comfortable in the pocket this year as compared to last, and made most of the plays he needed to. He read through his progressions very well, and made the correct calls to run when he needed to. As I’ve been saying all offseason, we moved Kappy around in the pocket, and even ran play action (!) on 3rd and 1 for an easy toss to Hyde for a 1st down. Kappy’s numbers weren’t gaudy, but they were efficient. 17/26 for 165, 0 picks, 0 TDs. The difference being the Niners converted some tough 3rd downs (5-12 ain’t great, but it beats 1-9). An issue in previous seasons. Red zone offense was 2-5, but 2 drives were killed by holding penalties.

What can you say about the defense? What I saw as a strength for the team was pretty much dead on. Bethea, Tartt, Bowman, Carradine, and Lynch all had sacks. Tremaine Brock had a pick, and the defensive backfield played a very solid game all around. Even though Bridgewater is very mobile, the Niners contained him well, and the coverage was solid even as Teddy broke contain to buy time.

The problems? Well, Special teams were an early disaster. Blocked FG, muffed punt, and a punt return TD called back by 2 blocks in the back. However, Pinion boomed all his punts, and mashed all his kickoffs deep or out of the end zone. Penalties were a big problem early as well. They had 6 penalties in the first half, but only 1 in the 2nd half. So whatever Tomsula said to ST coach McGaughey and the players seemed to get them in focus.

All in all a solid game by the new coaching staff and team. Certainly you have to think this team at least for now looks pretty good.

Irish Kevin, our intrepid man-on-the-scene, shot this opening ceremonies video. Thanks, Kev!

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191 Responses to Revenge of the Jed(i)

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Can’t ask for much more than what the team gave. Clean up the penalties and these guys could be for real.

    Encouraging to me was the line play on the right side. The run blocking was near perfect, and the pass pro was solid. RG Devey and RT Pears played well, and I don’t think had any penalties. Keeping Kappy clean as he rolls right will be very important.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Looks like the Niner win brought the Skeebie site to its knees.

    Crash and burn, baby!!

  3. rob says:

    What a satisfying win. When was the last the niners offense rolled up 400 yards !!!

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Likely the opening day win in 2013 vs GB, This is strictly from memory though.

    I love Phil saying he refuses to be sad about the Niner win.

  5. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile……on the “other” blog ….Bullit states the Steelers are favored by oddsmakers. Well duh the Steelers will be at home. No wonder. Sir Spit is predicting steady losing for the Niners after the Steeler game. He concedes the Niners just might win against the Steelers!

  6. Lurker John says:

    It was indeed a very enjoyable and satisfying win, with a lot of good stuff to be happy about and build on. It’s a good start but I’m trying to keep my enthusiasm in check until at least a few games are under our belt. The tough games coming up will give us a better idea of where the team is at overall.

    Cleaning up the penalties alone will firm things up nicely. The holds cost them at least one TD, as Martin’s first flag cost the Niners a first and goal at the 4 yd line after Hyde’s run. A few more observations:

    I loved Tomsula’s demeanor on the sideline. After 4 years of Harbaugh stomping up and down on the sideline and almost blowing a gasket every week, it was refreshing to see cool and collected from big Jimmy T.

    VD still looks shaky to me. He caught 3 balls, but bobbled and almost dropped 2 of them and just seemed tentative at times. May be first game jitters, so something to keep an eye on moving forward. The other to TE’s, Celek and McDonald, actually impressed more, especially blocking. McDonald saved a TD with an outstanding hustle play after the blocked FG attempt. Celek caught 3 balls and both did a great job blocking out of the 2 TE sets.

    Tartt looked like he was shot out of a cannon on his sack. I’m excited about this guy.

    The 49ers obviously need to do a much better job of getting the ball to their wideouts, which I’m sure will be a point of emphasis this week. Again, it’s early and every team in the league has things to improve upon.

    The crowd was loud and involved. Love i!

    If you guys haven’t seen the hilarious comments from Aussie blogger Matt Cleary check them out. Good stuff:

    Can you guys believe the Vikings were favored in this game?


  7. Winder says:

    The Niners came out and showed there is reason for optimism. I’m not buying the Vikes are really that bad. Lots of people have them contending for their division. What I saw was a defensive game plan that had them buffaloed. Our speed on D looks good. We have lots of things to work on but it was after all just the first game with a brand new game plan and coaches. I couldn’t be more pleased.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I really have no sense of what the Vikings are. They used to have a terrible defense and AP. Now they have Bridgewater and Ap and a shakey defense.

    Did a little reading, and the Vikes are supposed to be improved on defense. That may be true, but I can’t say I understood their play calling as AP was ignored for long stretches of game. The Niners certainly hadn’t forced the issue by scoring points, but it was odd to me to see AP on the sidelines for most of the 2nd quarter.

    Interesting. Pete Carroll throws his kicker under the bus. Says he didn’t call for the onsides kick.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Winder, what really impressed me was the closing speed on a couple plays. AP caught a ball in the flat that looked like a 15 yard gain. Tartt (I think) closed on him in a flash and held him to 8 yards and no 1st down. Perfect angle to stop the play. A couple times they got their TE in space but was quuckly closed on and tackled. And of course V McD chasing down the blocked FG guy.

    Tackling was textbook across the board. Very encouraging.

    The team has a lot of defensive talent. And now Carlos Hyde looks like a stud in the making.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Interesting stat: The 49ers were the only defense to keep their opponent out of the end zone.

  11. Irish Kevin says:

    Had a great time, the thing I noticed right off, no delay of game penalties or maybe 1. They actually had all their time outs in the final 2 minutes of each half? Wow , just a slight change there.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, they used one time out late in the 3rd quarter I think. Other than that, they dictated the pace very well, and got off a quick count for the 2nd TD as Minn’s defense was gassed.

    This is what I and plenty of others have been harping about during Harbaugh’s tenure. With a quicker pace the OFFENSE dictates the snap, hard counts work, and you can get plays off when the defense isn’t set. Burning the clock every play allows the DEFNSE to reset itself and quick counts certainly don;t work when you are snapping the ball with 3 or less seconds.

    Elementary, but lot of people play it off like it doesn’t matter.

  13. 12th man says:

    Niners won and won handily. If those guys at Skeebs aren’t happy about it what kind of fans are they. It says all I need to know about them.

    This team is talented and the scheme and play calling worked to their advantage instead of to the coaches ego because he knows best.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    I had the Niners maybe beating the Vikes. Browns, Falcons, Giants, Vikings or Bears, and one in their division. Last night’s game seems to change all that, but it’s early yet. How they do against the Steelers will be a much better test. If they can play them competitively on the road then it’s a sign of a good team. A win would make them look like a very good team. If they collapse (the Steelers had 460 yds. O against a good Pats D on the road) then, well…

    It’s a long season.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Pittsburgh’s secondary is non-existent.

    Not sure how good their O line is, but Rothlsberger is certainly less mobile than Bridgewater. NE sacked him 3 times and they are not what they once were. Good news is Seattle has a tough game in GB coming up. Be nice to get up 2 on them from the get-go.

    • rtfirefly says:

      They’re still run the Lebeau blitz packages, though. Can our line hold up, and can Kappy hit his receivers when he sees man converage under pressure, or can he run his way out of trouble? We’ll see Sunday. Another good running game might be crucial.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Brady only got sacked once, and they threw a lot. 32 times. Kappy looked pretty good yesterday, but I’d love to see the WRs get more involved. Although when you are breaking off 7 yards at a run, it’s hard not to try that. This is still a running team.

    Pitts had no answer for Gronk, though. VD for whatever reason looks tentative. McDonald actually had a nice game. They HAVE to try Smith deep. Using VD on that seam route was too predictable. The blocking was good enouh to try that.

  17. Winder says:

    We have to get our WR’s in play otherwise we will once again be predictable. I know Kappy can do it, I have seen him throw some ropes and if we call the right plays we should be able to take these guys.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Wrong blog but whatever. Good stuff.

  19. 12th Man says:

    Chuck I had 10-6 this year, before last nights game.
    Not a pretty first half. Vikings made a lot of their own mistakes.
    No hiding the fact that the Niners remain a talented team, and that the coaches had them ready to play.
    Short week, cross country against a team with 10 days between games adds a level of difficulty but I think the Niners go 2-0

  20. 12th Man says:

    Tell you one thing, I am happy as shit that “Who’s got it better than us” horse shit is gone. Players broke it down with “123 Niners!” in the locker room.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I’d like to think we shook off the rust ourselves. Got things rolling in the 2nd half. Pittsburgh isn’t as bad-ass as they used to be. Especially on defense. But they are still playing at home and that ain’t a piece of cake.

    If we can run like yesterday, it’ll make life easier for everyone.

    Can’t even remember the last time we dominated TOP. Even with Gore.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Someone tell Phil that I had the biggest point margin win (8 points), so there you go. I win the prognosticator of the week trophy.

  23. 12th Man says:

    You guys see this news piece about thugs fighting outside the game last night?
    The link in the piece doesn’t work but this one does:

    The story:

    I don’t know who started what but the Niners fans are getting a bad reputation for this kind os shit.

    • rtfirefly says:

      It’s the Raider wannabe unis.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Living most of my life in the valley, I’m actually curious where the thugs come from, but I doubt I’d get a straight answer from the media. Silicon Valley has its darkside, and a lot of it is racial, and a lot of it is tied to illegals. Nortenos and Sudenos are the nastiest gangs, and wearing red or blue in the wrong neighborhood can get you killed.

      • 12th man says:

        It’s ugly whoever they are. Gang stomping one guy? Last year’s bathroom incident was the same shit, 2 or more on one guy and stomping when he is on the floor.
        Chickens hit assholes.

  24. Berger says:

    It was revealed before the game by Dilfer that Vernon Davis was going to quit last year but not anymore. He is enjoying football again. How many more statements like this do we have to hear to know that players had lost their zest for the game under Jim Harbaugh.

  25. Berger says:

    The Steelers were confused often last week, leaving receivers uncovered at times. That will not happen this week.

  26. Berger says:

    I looked forward to the new post today on the cancer blog. I guess a 49er win did not sit too well for Skeebers. His motivation must have had Kap put on it and gone to a place to Hyde!

  27. Berger says:

    Minnesota does have a very good D-line. To see our run game gel so well was great. Pittsburgh has had a great front 7 for years but a lot of changes this year. I don’t know how good they are at this point. Didn’t look so great vs the Pats. Tere was lots of confusion that won’t be happening this week. I’m looking forward to see our run game again next week. Hyde looks like he did in college.

  28. Berger says:

    Why did the 49ers need to go after the WRs last night when what we were doing was working. It’s called rhythm.

  29. Berger says:

    Looks like Seattle could be missing Max Unger on offense. I’m not so sure I trade an All-Pro center for a disgruntled TE who thinks he is a WR. It’s obvious they are missing Chancellor on D.

    One more thing about Seattle. Pete Carrol assembled a great coaching staff at USC. As he lost them one by one his team fell back. He has lost a couple good coaches lately. Could it be Seattle gradually fades? Don’t know, I just know what happened at USC.

    • 12th Man says:

      Did you see Lynch’s Mom slam Bevell on twitter, holy shit! She said he is the worst play caller in the NFL and should have been fired after the SB screwup.

  30. Berger says:

    Kap looked very similar to how he looked for the last two games last year as far as touch is concerned. He did have much better mechanics, especially his footwork and release. Too bad he couldn’t get that kind of coaching under the previous regime.

  31. rtfirefly says:

    Reno, do you know if Devey and Pears specialize in zone blocking? I’m guessing that’s why they picked up those particular rejects and put them in the starting lineup.

    • Berger says:

      That is a position I don’t evaluate very well. I know I like zone blocking schemes because it requires more athletic linemen and spreads the field out more than the power a blocking scheme. Zone is probably not a good scheme for a guy like Iupati. He would’ve done OK but would not have excelled here anymore and for the money he wanted he had to go.

      You can load a box vs zone blocking schemes but it is not as effective since linemen block areas instead of having individual assignments. The RB usually gets the ball deeper and reads what is going on in front of him. Unless somebody shoots a gap hard and fast the runner can often just choose a different hole. Hyde is really good at that.

    • Berger says:

      The way to defense a zone blocking scheme is lane discipline. Especially against a good cut back runner.

  32. Berger says:

    In watching last year’s play calling there were too many times when defenders were unaccounted for. That has to be squarely on the coaching staff and their highly touted line with mostly high picks. Hence, the “dumb schemes” comment. This years staff has two rejects on the right side and ran and protected the QB well. Iupati and Davis are gone and the question is, did the rejects play better or was the coaching better. Whatever the answer, I know we paid a lot more for Iupati and Davis. But then, it was just one game. Stay tuned.

  33. Lurker John says:

    Thanks for posting the Duffy piece, Chuck. Very nice and from a kid all Giants fans have to love. I know I do. I also have a completely different perspective on Casey McGehee. Pretty amazing guy in his own right.

  34. snarkk says:

    Tomsula on Bush:
    This quote is pretty close to what he said:
    “Yeah, they’re not doing X rays, it’s the MRI. It’s a better test or somethin’…”

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Is Skeebs site working? I cant even get in.

  36. Nipper says:

    Skeebers has a new thread up. Of course he’s not impressed with the victory. The sharp-eyed Skeebers is doubtful it can be repeated in Pittsburgh.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Huh. I still can’t get in. Whatevs. What;s funny is those guys hoped so badly that the Niners would fail that they had 6 months of ramp up to get themselves in a frenzy over it.

      Well, the team that they all predicted to suck, isn’t.

      Phils’s post “I refuse to be sad over this” tells it all.

      • rob says:

        I just can’t get over the things they say about tomsula , baalke , jed and the rest of our team. we’re called bottom feeders and a league wide laughingstock ! tomsula is called a clueless backstabbing moron who isn’t fit to be the 49ers head coach even after a 2-0 record as head coach . he has wins of 38-7 and 20-3 to his credit so far !

    • Berger says:

      A win vs Pittsburgh could have him shutting down his blog. You could feel the pain he was oozing over a 49er win. He went to default mode of Kap hating.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s the post game locker room speech by Jimmy T.

    Who’s got it better than us? Fuck that.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    And, as usual, NoFear backpedals fiercely after months of disparaging comments about Kappy, Tomsula, and the team in general. And how stupid it is to think the team may do well. What a fucking tool. Now he’s the model of decorum regarding the team.

    At least he notices things like Kappy reading his progressions and shit. The rest are in full denial mode. 3 months of BakkenBullitSpitty regailing us with tales of how Norv is going to carve us a new one and AP running rampant. How quickly they forget how the Niners have done well against him. The offense looks MUCH more coherent and rhythmic than the past few years. Sure it’s a small sample size, but getting the pays off faster did worlds for the run game.

    I wonder if Bullitt will study the tape of the Monday night game like he’s backtracked all these years.

  39. rob says:

    at least NOFEAR is seeing things with some objectivity. most of the folks from the ‘other blog’ still insist we suck from top to bottom . worthless owner , coach is a moron, quarterback sucks team stinks on and on and on and on

  40. Winder says:

    I’m just hoping there are enough young guys on the team that don’t realize it’s a short week with travel. It will be a hostel place and they will be rested. Hopefully, that won’t mean much to the team and we will come out fired up.

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the scheduling kinda sucks. Esp when Pittsburgh played on Thursday the week before and we’re flying across the country on a short week. That being said, it never used to bother Walsh’s Niners.

    Tomsula seems to have the pulse of the players much more than ‘my-way-or-the-highway’ did. A lot of shit was made regarding Tomsula and his dealing with social media. Point is, him showing leeway regarding that goes a little way with the players to show them that he supports their side of things. Different era and all that. Walsh was told he was nuts for going easy with the hitting in practice. He did it anyway. Kept the players fresher.

    Harbaugh on the other hand demanded that there be no loud music or card playing on flights. Like the players were unruly children who needed strict rules.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    There’s controlling the players, then there’s dealing with outside issues.

    2 different things, RTF.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Nope, exact same thing according to the posts on this very site. “Letting players leave dirty unis on the locker room floor and leave their trays on the cafeteria tables led to RayMc’s and Brooks’ (alleged) crimes.”

      I’m paraphrasing, but that’s exactly what was posted here. Lax team discipline (unis and trays) -> criminal behavior.

      • unca_chuck says:

        The quotes about the players being slobs is well-documented, RTF. No one is making this shit up. Neither the fact that Harbaugh disallowed card playing and loud music.

        Harbaugh’s a control freak. That is a known. How he treats the underlings is a different story.

        You have a problem with that line of thinking, talk to Bergs. You post a lot of crazy shit too.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Good to know. I wouldn’t want to be the only one posting crazy shit on here. LOL

      • rob says:

        that was posted here because of comments made by eric davis RT

  43. rtfirefly says:

    Brady’s career QBR against T-Rex? 54!!! Brady has an excellent record in that matchup, but it looks from that number it’s not because of him.

    Have you checked out Rex’s press conferences? The guy’s entertaining, funny and informative, way more laid back in public than his daddy. A guy I’d like to have a couple bowls with, if (ahet, ahem) it ever gets legalized here. I’m definitely a Rexy fan.

  44. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit is pissed off at Norv Turner and the Vikings for a poor game. It must be tough going in Geneoushire with the 12th Century plumbing and all.

  45. NJ49er says:

    RT the comments related to the sloppiness aspects, in and around the team facility, came from NFL Network, specifically former 9er, Eric Davis.
    It was his opinion that the inmates were running the asylum.

    For whatever the factors were, Harbaugh, rightly or wrongly, gets associated with the player conduct.
    I’m all about leaving the past in the past now.
    What’s done is over in my book.
    We’ve beaten the Harbaugh Era into dust.

    • Nipper says:

      Dust to Dust……..

    • rtfirefly says:

      So which was he, NJ, a lax disciplinarian who ran an insane asylum, or too stern a disciplinarian who the players disrespected because of it? He’s been blamed for being both on this blog. I want to know which was it? Maybe neither and it’s all in your heads?

      • Berger says:

        IMO, he was harsh on the field and lax off. I never interpreted Davis comments to say the towels and trays led to the off season troubles, as you cite above. I instead took it as a metaphor. Basically saying the disrespect they have for the janitors and cafeteria workers is the disrespect they had for the community. Since he was in a Super Bowl winning locker room as a player it had some clout. I doubt telling the players to pick up their towels and trays would have changed the off season issues.

        What I like about Tomsula is he preaches being good human beings, not just turning a blind eye off the field like Harbaugh supposedly did. Will it help? Probably but only time will tell for sure.

  46. Winder says:

    Tru dat NJ.

  47. 12th Man says:

    1-0 baby!

  48. NJ49er says:

    AFC game this week, short rest and, travel to boot.
    Follow that, with the first NFCW game next week vs AZ.
    Would love to steal a W in Pittsburgh of course but, I give the edge to Ben at home.
    Would much rather grab a Division win the following week if given the choice between the 2.

    See what happens.

  49. Winder says:

    I choose to win them all,

    • NJ49er says:

      As do I Winder 😀
      Just trying to be pragmatic.
      Need to see more from the passing game, as I think the Steeler Secondary is suspect.
      Not sure we’re ready to exploit it just yet.
      Find out on Sunday.

      • Berger says:

        I do not need to see more passing if we can run the ball like last week. That is a big if. Eating clock and running is a great formula. I felt the passing we did last week was mostly to keep the defense on their heels to keep the running game going. It we have to pass more this week then it is because either Pittsburgh has scored more than we game planned for or they are stopping our running game. Which, is a good possibility.

  50. Nipper says:

    Last posting on the “other” blog was 6:20 PM. There were only 13 postings all damn day. Dead.

    • Berger says:

      A 49er win really took the wind out od their sail!

      • 12th Man says:

        Skeebs is an emotional blogger. The day after Smith got replaced he wrote on Obituary. The day after a Niner win, yes a win, he was so distraught he waited all day to put up a new post and him and his merry men look for the negatives in the win.

        These are not Niner fans. They are only critics. There profound opinions more important than the Niners winning the first game after all that bullshit in the off-season. They should be cheering from the rooftops or at least smile about it.

        Dennis made an appearance yet following the win?

        So-called fans.


      • 12th Man says:


      • Berger says:

        They are acting how we would here if we lost!

    • rob says:

      three or four of those posts were from me lol

  51. Berger says:

    I liked it when the old regime ran the ball but I did not like how they did it. It did not keep defenses on their heels. They called it WCO but it sure didn’t look like it. They play calling made for a heavy onus on player execution that was above the call of duty. The play calling from the Vikings in this weeks game looked like a WCO and the rhythm was fantastic. Only some bonehead penalties slowed us down.

    Player execution is always the most important factor but a good play caller can make it so it isn’t as difficult. We saw that on Monday. I don’t care if we have to pass or run to win, although I prefer being able to run, I just want play calling that makes sense so the players have the best chance to execute.

  52. Berger says:

    On the play where the Rams stuffed Lynch on 4th and 1, Michael Brockers knew what they were going to run because he got burned on the same play earlier. He went to the coach and got permission to break off the defensive play call and shoot the gap if he saw that again. It was how Lynch lined up that tipped him off. He saw it on that play and signaled his team mate next to him what was coming. He was right and they stuffed the play.

    Sounds like the Harbaugh regime tipping off plays because of tendencies. I hope our new staff is wiser to that than the our old one and Petey’s in Seattle.

  53. unca_chuck says:

    Certainly the tempo was MUCH more fun to watch. The slow-play walk up to the line shit was interminable to watch. Dilfer was over-the-top crazy in his praise of Kappy, but he did show much better pocket patience and progression read-throughs. Again though I don’t really know what Minn is. They are supposedly much improved defensively, but we ran easily on them. They were 25th vs the run, and 11th overall last year.

    And RTF, remember when i said Hyde was a 1,400 yard back? I may have unersetimated him. He’s on pace for 2,700 yards.

  54. rob says:

    the biggest mistake Minnesota made was listening to the prevailing wisdom of bullshit surrounding our team instead of doing their due diligence.
    they heard we lost aldon and might be without brooks so expected a very weak pass rush.
    they heard we lost “both of our starting corners in free agency” and expected a bad secondary.
    they saw harbum leave and expected bad defensive coaching.
    maybe they even read the “other blog”
    what they got was a pass rush lead by good D-line play and aaron lynch among other rushers. a damned good DC in mangini showing what a difference it makes to attack on defense. and our starting and best corner brock leading an improved secondary !!!
    sorry minny-soda wrong game to turn into a passing team !

  55. rob says:

    btw guys I think we have a better secondary than when we went to the superbowl in 2012!

  56. rob says:

    thank god for baalke as our GM

    • 12th Man says:

      Great comment.
      Despite all the big name losses the team was stocked and ready to go.
      Which GM can have more than 30% player turnover, 2 years in a row, and the biggest stars on the team amongst them gone and still compete?


  57. rob says:

    brock = carlos rogers
    bethea > whitner
    reid > goldson
    acker > Gulliver , tarrell brown
    plus now we have tartt and ward !!!
    so back in 2012 I worried about our secondary . since then baalke has completely overhauled AND upgraded it , all while picking near the tail end of the draft every year ! kudos to trent b !!!

  58. Nipper says:

    Bullit insists this blog is North Korea. His favorite film must be “The Manchurian Candidate.”

  59. rob says:

    romper room
    for kids on the short bus

    • rob says:

      Acker had a strong preseason, leading NFL corners with a 7.8 passer rating when targeted, according to Pro Football Focus (his teammate, Dontae Johnson, was second at 9.8).

  60. Berger says:

    The dumb ass North Korean, Bullit (sic), is lying again. I have no problem with 3 TE personnel. The dumb ass North Korean, Bullit (sic), tried to call me out on this a year ago when he was showing me Chip Kelly videos. Did he forget the conversation from then? He will lie at will to get a “like” from his cancer blog buddies. He’s like the kid that lies at Show and Tell so he can fit in. Nobody lies more than the dumb ass North Korean, Bullit (sic).

    It isn’t three TE personnel that is the issue, it is how they are used. Harbaugh did a good job with his multiple TE personnel until last year. I have no idea what RoBaugh was trying to accomplish last year. The problem was I don’t think they did either. I think the biggest problem was having 4 coaches call plays for different downs.

    We used our multiple TE formations wisely on Monday. Did anybody notice a lot of unbalanced lines. We did not zone block every play, we did mix in some power blocking schemes to keep the defense guessing. I thought the play calling was excellent. Let’s see how we do vs Pittsburgh now that they have some film to dissect what we did. If Chryst can continue to keep them guessing like he did to Minny it will come down to execution.

    What is good about using TEs is they can block and catch. It is the norm these days. If we are in a known passing situation I would rather have WRs on the field than TEs. In base and a close game or the 4 minute offense, I like using multiple TEs. But not always. Mixing it up is a good thing in my book. The other thing that can be accomplished with multiple TEs is going hurry up if you can catch the defense in a perceived personnel mismatch. You can call more different plays with TEs so if there is a run heavy personnel package you go hurry up so they can’t substitute and then throw. Of course the TEs need to be decent receivers for this strategy to work optimally.

    One more thing. Many of our formations looked like the Sardine Can Offense. It was SCO formations we used but it wasn’t the SCO offense. Big difference is we did not line up in the SCO and try to power block through a loaded box. Our play calling spread the defense so to not allow them to overload a gap without paying for it. Very smart.

  61. rob says:

    The three-tight end set not only gives the 49ers extra blocking power at the line of scrimmage, but it also makes use of Davis, McDonald and Celek as receivers. In Game 1, Davis had three catches for 47 yards, Celek had three for 40 and McDonald had one for 5. That’s seven receptions for 92 yards, a nice 13.1-yard average.

  62. rob says:

    That’s seven receptions for 92 yards, a nice 13.1-yard average.

    a little different than running up the middle against 8 or even 9 guys like we did last year !

  63. rob says:

    we’re 4th in total defense and 6th in total offense after week one !

  64. rob says:

    I hope we can keep it going . btw harbaugh’s rankings on offense 2014 – 20th 2013 – 24th

  65. Winder says:

    Lol. rob- your optimism and attitude is contagious and I totally appreciate that. WTF we might even be better than any of us imagined. A game at a time.

    • rob says:

      this game will go a long way to telling us where we are . I think it will be a close one . the steelers are ranked #8 by CBS sports and are trying to rebound at home and make a statement after looking bad vs. NE.
      we’re on a short week and they’ve had extra time to prepare.
      I hope we can pull it off !!!

      • rob says:

        tough sledding and we have a brutal schedule but it looks like both of us weren’t so dumb after all with our predictions that we’d finish above .500 this year !!!
        we were in quite the minority there especially on the “other” blog !

      • Berger says:

        rob- I agree with Winder. I think I am optimistic but you are more than me by far. It is refreshing! I think I am too pragmatic to be as optimistic. But then I read the cancer blog and start to feel like rob, until I read a rob comment and get put back in my seat! Go rob!

  66. rob says:

    would it be too optimistic of me to point out that the 5 sacks we had vs. minny soda was the most we’ve had in a game since 2009

  67. unca_chuck says:

    I’m not really sure how good Pittsburgh is. My hope is they stack things up expecting us to run, and we pass. Their secondary is mediocre at best. We need to hurt them through the air.

    Quick passes early. Then throw in some double moves to get deep. Yes, they will run, but they need to get some big chunks of yards.

    • Berger says:

      I doubt that their secondary is nearly as bad as it looked vs the Pats. They have a new DC and there was probably some confusion that will be cleaned up by this week.

  68. unca_chuck says:

    I have 11-5, but I’d like to think it isn;t just optimism. This team has talent.

  69. Berger says:

    I like being called the North Korean blog since we are being called that by a North Korean. It shows his endearment for his homeland as it relates to this site. He most likely wishes he could be here but I trust Unca would deport his ass fast. I get a warm feeling every time we get called that. Then I read his comment and feel like Einstein. Education in North Korea is not so good. He can’t even spell his own name.

  70. Nipper says:

    Bullit ……a man for NO seasons. Even the cannibals would reject him as being too sour.

  71. Irish Kevin says:

    Can someone post the link to this Skeeber clowns site. I need a good laugh today. Thanks

  72. Nipper says:

    Bullit thinks this blog is “amusing theater.” So lets give this guy some good entertainment!

  73. Winder says:

    One reason i think we have a shot at Pittsburgh is that Leveon(sp) is still out. the key will be if Kappy can make some throws and our defense can do it again like last week. Pittsburgh is notoriously tough at home. Rob I think you’re right about Baalke and the way the players have been shuffled. Baring any serious injuries to our starters we should be able to compete with anyone. I really don’t know how deep we are with our backups.

    • rob says:

      Naw WINDER
      Not real deep right now, and understandably so. Just give it time tho. With tons of cap space and picks in 2016 and Trent and Jediin the house the ssky’s the limit imo

    • unca_chuck says:

      Defensively we are thin in LBs and DBs. The line has depth. In the 2nd half they rotated out most of the guys starting in the 1st half. At leas I saw a lot of different linemen in there in the 3rd.

      We will be susceptible to a fall-off due to injuries all year.

  74. unca_chuck says:

    Offensively? Gaine Blabbert seems to have made some improvements, but I’d hate to go there.

    O line is painfully thin. WRs? We’ve stashed a couple guys on the PS and White looks ready to step in. RB is decent with Mike Davis and Hunter hiding on IR. And we have TEs.

  75. rtfirefly says:

    The Steelers still have a very good front 7 and an aggresive Lebeau blitzing D. Their secondary has deteriorated since losing Mr. Shampoo (easier to spell), but saying they have no secondary is a bit overboard. They gave up 28 to Brady in Foxboro, but’s that’s pretty normal in good weather. The fact that they forgot Gronk was on the field must distress them, however. Kap has to be able to hit the quick throws to take the pressure off the run, then he needs to hit one or two long ones. Can he beat the blitz for the big gainer?
    If Kappy running can hit the second level, he could break one. And behind it all, a consistently good run game can help everything else.

    • rtfirefly says:

      It might be a good game to dust off VD’s old post pattern. He’s lost a step and teams are on to the play but it’s still a threat.

  76. rtfirefly says:

    After I read all that, I thought, “What if they just go Ground Chuck all game?” After Monday’s game, that wouldn’t surprise me either.

  77. Flavor says:

    Alex Smith vs Peyton Manning? Shit this has Dennis losing everything he owns written all over it…..

  78. Nipper says:

    Sorry for Twin.

  79. NoFear49er says:

    What immediate help does twinfan need? Family safe and have a place to stay?

  80. rtfirefly says:

    Twinnie and I had our differences, especially about Alex, but I would never wish personal harm to him. It’s not like he doesn’t have enough going on with his Hodgkin’s. All my best, Twinnie!!!

  81. unca_chuck says:

    Shit,Flav. That’s terrible. Anything I can do?

  82. rtfirefly says:

    Broncs steal one, literally, in KC. Kansas City? No, Choke City. End of the 2nd and end of the 4th. Choke-o.

  83. rtfirefly says:

    28 of the Broncs 31 pts. in 3:06 total at the end of the 2nd and 4th.

  84. unca_chuck says:

    Fugly loss there, rtf. 2 TDs with less than 45 seconds left. Lac is snakebit vs Manning.

  85. Winder says:

    Just logged on, sorry to hear the news about Twin, hope the best for him and his family.

  86. Let me be totally serious, honest and heartfelt to begin here…I am so sorry to hear that unfortunate news regarding TF. I knew he lived he in Middleton because of the return addresses of the not one, but TWO computers I was lucky enough to win on the contests he so generously held over on Flavor’s blog.

    I also knew TF has a house there because of the two times I called him on the phone to thank him “personally” for his generosity. I also spoke with Michael when he was in the hospital after he was recovering from brain surgery.

    Like the rest rest of you guys, he and I have our differences here on the blogs. And they’re a mouthful. But when it comes to these situations, I’d like to think that we all tug on the rope in the same direction.

    TF, as a degenerate gambler, the best that I can do for you, for anyone, is to wish you a sincere and heartfelt best of luck…


    Best of luck in these trying times. I’m rooting for ya,


  87. Now the awkward segue onto the football field…

    “We’re better off with Alex Smith than Peyton Manning”

    That’s Chuck’s epitaph. And it also could be scribbled onto Berger’s, the 12th Man’s, TF’s and numerous of you other unintelligent mook’s tombstones as well.

    You people wouldn’t know what a good QB looked and smelled like if Joe Montana came over, introduced himself, and then proceeded to squat and take a huge dump on your incompetent and soon to be “India Inked” foreheads…

    You people make me fucking sick.

  88. “Alex Smith vs Peyton Manning? Shit this has Dennis losing everything he owns written all over it…..”

    It was close. But Alex Smith > Peyton Manning for all I own when money’s on the line?

    Fuck you people and fuck Alex Smith! You people ain’t takin’ my last “Three fiddy.”

  89. Winder, I think I mentioned this story to you and everyone else here before maybe a time, or two, or three or four hundred times before. But it’s worth another go regardless…

    During our Niners’ first SB run in 81′, I had the utmost pleasure and honor of attending and watching *in* person *each* and every goddamn one of those home games beginning from preseason and continuing throughout the regular, postseason and culminating in the SB that year at Pontiac, Michigan.

    I was just a little 15 yo punk who truly didn’t know shit from shinola. But I knew I was at Super Bowl XVI that year. You know how I knew that? I sat in Section 111 Row 45 and Seat 35 and looked over at Mom in Seat 34 and said, “Mom, I can’t believe we’re really here. She said, Dennis. We’re here. We made it. We’re at the Super Bowl.”

    Please do me a favor. Don’t spoil it. Don’t tell me who won.

  90. A comedian should never laugh at his own jokes…

  91. unca_chuck says:

    Manning didn’t want to come here Dennis, so all that talk is just your mental masturbation. Your area of expertise. And any feeb knows Peyton would not have survived behind our line back then. Count the rings Peyton has won for Denver, dumb-ass.

    You do a disservice to all fans by being such a humongous dick. No one cares. Feed the ducks and fuck off. Or feed the fucks and duck off. Just get over the fact that Peyton didn’t come here you fucking twit. No one cares. And yes we were better off with Alex, because the team would be even less stacked now with players had we signed Manning to a $95 mill deal.

    News flash. Denver isn’t winning the super bowl with Manning. Boo hoo. Let’s see if you can manage to injure yourself lying down.

    You ain’t a 49er fan. you are a fucking whiner. You are the guy that fans of other teams hate because you think you are entitled to a team that always wins. Sorry pal. Life doesn’t work this way and neither does football. If you can’t take the bad with the good, then you are a fair weather fan. They won when you were a boy? Yay! Now throw a hissy fit because they don;t win every year.

    Childish. You act like the lemmings on Skeebers blog.

    • BIGGER NEWS FLASH — Manning would have come here except Harbaugh wouldn’t give him the keys to the Ferrari. Instead, Jimbo in all of his “brilliance,” chose to keep Alex under his control and drive *his* Pinto.

      And, BTW. That was four fucking years ago. I’ll be the first to admit that Manning looks like a broken-down-39-year-old-quarterback sucking on fumes…guess what? That’s what he is nowadays. But please guess one more time? Manning’s *still* knows the game and plays it better today than a 31-year-old Alex Smith.

      If you don’t believe me, John Madden said the same in so many words just now on KCBS.

      You and every other humongous dick on this blog do a disservice to us 49er fans for “just accepting” today’s QB play.


      Our 49ers aren’t winning the Super Bowl with Colin Kaepernick.

      • 12th Man says:

        Maybe Dennis, but he already got closer than Manning over the same time period.

      • Are you telling me with a straight face that if Manning came as a package deal with Harbaugh we wouldn’t have one at *least* one Super Bowl?

        And don’t for one fucking minute listen to Chuck’s bullshit that Manning would cost us the signing of other players. There was plenty of room underneath the cap. And there’s always ways to fudge and finagle those accounting lines.

        And you know goddamn well Peyton would have restructured his contract after the first year he was here and we won the Super Bowl.

        Just listen to you fucking people: Alex Smith > Peyton Manning. You people need to be lobotomized and then castrated to ensure no further progeny think alike.

        Mooks. The whole fucking lot of you. Nothing but fucking mooks.

  92. And, Chuck. I saw what you just did there by adding adding extra lines to your previous comments w/o making a brand new comment.

    Guess what again? IT’S STILL ALL A BUNCH OF HORSESHIT!!!

  93. I’m outta here. I have to go work now. And by “work,” I mean volunteer down at the center. That’s what I do now. Not looking for a pat on the back, I just want to give back. With all my bitchin’ and moanin’ throughout life I’ve come to realize that I’ve been pretty lucky.

    Not as lucky as some, but luckier than others. And that ain’t half bad.

    Which is more than I can say for Alex Smith. 😀

  94. unca_chuck says:

    Waaah! I’m a fan! They owe me wins!!

    Pathetic. The only work you’ve ever done is work the system, Dennis. If not FOR Harbaugh we win the Super Bowl 3 years ago.

  95. unca_chuck says:

    Accpeting QB play is V -speak for being a huge pussy who feels to team owes them something for supporting them. Poor pathetic bastard. manning is a good QB who hasn’t won nearly enough in the postseason. He’s the Atlanta Braves of football.

    New thread is up. And your poor shtick is getting old and played. Hit the bricks, fuck-o.
    New thread is up.

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