THE SKY IS FALLING!!! THE SKY IS . . . Nevermind

Panic is for the pussies. The 49ers were folded, spindled, and mutilated yesterday by Ben Rothlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A game that saw the Niners make TWO 17 play drives that netted 3 points, and failed on two forth and goal situations, and you get the idea. Time and again, the defense generated zero pressure on big ben and he torched us repeatedly. Yeah, the uncoverable Antonio Brown was well, uncoverable (9-195???), but when you make DHB look good, you have problems in the secondary.

Much will be made of this game, but I attribute some of this shittiness to the schedule. Having 4 days off and a travel day is no way to recover from a game. Pittsburgh was coming off a tough road loss, was having their home opener, and were on 10 days rest. The Niners were coming off a Monday night win, and had to travel cross-country on a short week. Tomsula didn’t use the excuse of blaming the short week, noting that they knew about the schedule way in advance, but that still doesn’t mean that they can survive the quick turn-around without some ramifications.

Bad as it was offensively, there were some bright spots. The offense looked good til the red-zone issues raised their ugly head. Kappy and T Smith connected on a nice deep post pattern that Kappy got over the LB and hit Smith in stride. Smith had 6 catches for 120 yards. 10 different 49ers caught passes so Kappy was spreading the ball around. But the issues were many. Hyde fumbled an exchange early that Pittsburgh capitalized on. VD and Boldin had drops. Miller dropped a TD pass in the end zone. Kappy was under a ton of pressure all day (5 sacks-37 yards to 0-0 for us). The run blocking was non-existent.

The defense? Well, the numbers tell all. Worthlessberger was 21-27 for 369 yards. A whopping 13 yards per completion. The D held DeAngelo Williams in check, but that was because the Steelers were connecting on everything in the air.

Bad game? Sure. Reason to panic and act like the season is over? Hardly. Non-division game on the road against a top-tier team is no reason to get too down on this one. St. Louis might be a little worried though. Getting spanked by the woeful Redskins is a bit embarrassing. Especially after coming off their emotional win over the (now 0-2) Seahawks.

The AZ game looms large.

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78 Responses to THE SKY IS FALLING!!! THE SKY IS . . . Nevermind

  1. Irish Kevin says:

    Chuck, I just hope this gives the OC the confidence in letting Colin air it out more frequently. Oh and even the announcers wanted to know why Millers TD was over turned. They need to review that rule. Has anyone heard how bad the injury to Hyde was/is? He certainly didn’t look full strength after that hit.

  2. Nipper says:

    Perfect name……Worthlessberger……he’s lucky he has that skill.

  3. Lurker John says:

    Say what you want about Worthlessberger, the dude can play some quarterback.

  4. 12th man says:

    It’s a simple game when you boil it down. It’s won/lost in the trenches and the Niners lost both sides of the ball, badly.
    I was frankly shocked they thought they would run on Pit after last week. No DC in the league would watch what the Niners did to the Vikes and not sell out to stop the run. Tactical error of the first order.
    All 3 phases played flat. That short week/travel took a heavy toll.
    Kap played well.
    No pass rush killed the back 4.
    Letting a WR get behind the safety 4 times is unforgivable.

    Really liked Lurker John’s commentary.
    Irish Kevin ditto.

    I’m in Arizona for next week’s game, I hope to see a rested and focused team put Palmer on his ass all day.

  5. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit is crowing like a magpie on steroids. He knows all and he knows the Niners suck. That’s his message in nutshell. Skeebers nuthouse always puts out their lunacy without failure.

  6. rob says:

    Some good points CHUCK
    Worthlessberger is what he is.
    Like I said before the game we had a short week and they had extra time.
    They were making a statement in their home opener after the meltdown vs. NE.
    East coast game for us
    All this meant a tough road for us .

    • rob says:

      Not real sure we can beat AZ this weekend .
      Imo a 2-2 start isn’t unrealistic at this point.
      I do think we’ll get better as the year goes on

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah we did lean on the run early, but it was working to some extent. They get 7 on that long drive and don’t cough up the ball, they Are in better shape. For this work-in-progress offense they’ve done pretty well.

    I think the d was tired before they hit the field.

  8. Winder says:

    One things for sure the youngsters are gonna see what it’s like to face a team that really hates them. It’s going to take some time for everyone to get in sync.

  9. rtfirefly says:

    Frank knees the ball out of his own hands while he has a clear path to the EZ. Down 10-0 in the 3rd after a 10 min drive, it’s a big deal.
    It’s a weird season so far. Indy went scoreless two consecutive first halves for the first time since Harbs was QB in 1997. They’re in big trouble against the Jets which will put them at 0-2.
    Changing of the Guard Year?

  10. rtfirefly says:

    *two consecutive scoreless first halves LOL

    Seattle at 0-2, Philly at 0-2, Balt at 0-2, NO at 0-2, Indy at 0-2 (?), some unusual teams have started slow.

  11. Winder says:

    Lots of people talk about Kappy but how would this team look if we had Sam Badford.The rams were smart to unload him.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I’m LMAO. They could’ve had Foles with Tebow backing him up. Instead they’ve got Bradford and Sanchez. Hahaha. They have a pathetic O-line, and Bradford is already playing like a deer in the headlights. Tebow lives for that stuff.

    • Lurker John says:

      “Badford.” LOL

  12. Irish Kevin says:

    So much for Gore helping the Colts.

  13. Lurker John says:

    Frank The Tank looked old in tonight’s game.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    I’m quite happy that Eli and Luck are 0-2. Maybe that will dissuade others from making those hideous TV commercials.

  15. snarkk says:

    Losing to the Jets in your own house looks a lot worse than getting handled, after a short week and x-country trip, by the Steelers in theirs…

  16. Berger says:

    Funny how Andrew Luck, or any QB, doesn’t look so good under siege. Is his O-line bad or is the scheme bad? I don’t know, I don’t watch the Colts and did not watch for that last night. It’s probably both. You can’t listen to the media or the fans for that kind of info, they usually only know stats.

    The Jets do have a great D-line and Todd Bowles. Last year I felt that the only thing saving the Colts was Luck because the play calling sucked. They probably need a better O-line but more than that I think they need a new coach.

  17. Berger says:

    It has come to my attention via the Dan Lebatard(sp) show that last night’s game broke an NFL record for the two starting QBs that most look like Civil War generals! LOL!

  18. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit is back ranting about Trent Baalke and Jed York. He’s one step ahead of the white coats at the Skeebers Asylum for wayward males.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Got that right, Bergs. Which is why I think Kappy had a very good game last weekend despite the pressure. The red zone problems were there, but I have more faith that these guys can fix things rather than the last batch of coaches.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Strange year so far, that’s for sure. Chip K-K-Kelly trades away his semi-mobile QB for a not-so mobile brittle guy for no particular reason, and reaps the damages. His ex Foles and the Rams beat Seattle and lose to the Redskins. Dallas loses their QB and #1 WR and goes 2-0. Seattle stumbles out of the gate at 0-2. Indy, the Ravens, Colts Saints, and Bears, all playoff teams, or heavy favorites to be, all stagger out of the gate at 0-2.

    Denver on the other hand is the shittiest 2-0 team out there. Manning looks shakey at best, and their on;y reason for being 2-0 is that Andy Reid had a brain fart of epic proportions and ran a play instead of taking a knee to force overtime. The Jets 2-0? Well, they beat the Browns and the sudden’y hapless and fucked up Colts.

    Looks like it’s going to be a wide open year. Wonder if GB can finally get over the hump and reach the Super Bowl.

    Thanks for the updates, Nipper. Someone has to read that drivel. Although Skabie’s Anti-49er ‘record’ thing is pretty funny. The only team 2-0 is the one who hasn’t gotten any help from the ex-Niner, so what does it mean? Poor Frank played a direct part in the Colts loss with a fumble on the 1 yard line without being touched. Fangio’s Bear defense? Dead last in points allowed. Michigan? Beating the dregs of college football at this point. They have a real patty-cake schedule. Cully was suspended last game, and of the rest (and why is Alex on the list? Harbaugh is the one who got rid of him) only Crabby had any impact. Tilt away, fuckos.

  21. Nipper says:

    Apparently the head of the Big Ten has banned “patty-cake schedules” for next season. Teams will not play Div. II schools and fatten their records.

    • Winder says:

      all the divisions should do that. It has really gotten to the point where college football is unwatchable. It’s all about the big fat dollar.

  22. Nipper says:

    Phil fan is unhappy on Skeebers. Calls the owner an “imbecile” and the GM is “clueless.” Coaches are incompetent. Team reverting to a state of “pants dropping.” Phil concludes there’s just a general level of incompetence. Yes sir, Phil is one unhappy camper. Perhaps his state of mind is down.

  23. timtebo15 says:

    Hey, why do you guys always wait until all the blowhards on the other blog make their comments to do your post game segment? On both sides It sounds terrible and you guys seem like you are shouting louder and louder at each other. Better timing on this would be greatly appreciated for us listeners sitting in the bleachers….

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Right skippy. Go back to lurking if this is your contribution.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Hmmm. Funny that last year’s offense is perceived as awesome by the revisionistas when it was drab and one-dimensional for 4 years under Harbaugh. Now there’s a scheme problem? Too motherfucking funny.

    This year? through 2 games anyway we are 4th in yards. The defense suffered last week on short rest. That’s it.

    This team is a work in progress. They lost a shitload of players and coaches. Some retarded folk out there think they have the same talent at the 2012 team. They don’t. The offense is looking better, and the defense is looking worse. Pretty much what I thought when the season started.

    Sure the red zone issues popped up last week. Then again, we played one of the better defenses in the league, and Hyde’s turnover was a killer that put the team it-nto a bigger hole than there would have been. And whining about the punter is fucking hysterical. Or the unis. Yeah, those are the problems. By that standard, the Niners should go with the black since they are 1-0. Hyuk!

    • rob says:

      Well last year as you know CHUCK we only went 8-8 because kaepernick sucks otherwise we would have been a Superbowl contender lol

  26. unca_chuck says:

    What’s even funnier is the Revisinistas are revising the Colts history as well. Bad o line? Bad defense? Too funny. Bad offseason moves hurt the Colts. They didn’t address the line enough, and they signed aging stars (Gore, Andre Johnson) whose contracts are onerous at best. Love Frank, but he’s looking like Franco in Seattle or Emmit in AZ.

    When Spitty and NoFear are the voices of reason on your site, then you have a pit of droolers. The truth remains, 99% of these moves happen with Harabugh here. And the offense would be worse. We’d be 0-2 with Harbaugh here. Book it.

  27. Nipper says:

    Bullit-Bakkentom are crying “What the hell happened?” They lament all the fine players lost forever. “We lost bodies and experience” they lament. The sobbing goes on without interruption on the “other” blog. They better call in a shrink over there to deal with all the troubled males. Grief is a bitch.

  28. timtebo15 says:

    Why are guys so hostile towards your guest? As a Christian man I’m a little offended by some of your comments. My name is Chris Thomas and as a former 49er player I’m appalled how some of you are acting. Back In 1995 I don’t recall any fans acting the way you all do, I guess the times have changed.

    I realize in our society Religious fundamentalism is on the decline and one can only read some of these posts to understand why. The situation is extraordinary, but candor about no belief is becoming more and more commonplace. We are all on the same team we all want the 49ers to be the best they can be. Some people believe being a fan even when times are tough makes you a true fan and that’s great if it’s only a game to you. Other fans believe it’s more than just a game and take offense to bad trades, bad hiring’s and bad moves that seems to be ruining the franchise. They have too much heart and pride of their respected team to not say anything about it. Either way we’re all fans in our own way and we should be civil towards one another and respect each others opinions.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    OK, skippy.I’ll play the line out some.

    What do you got?

  30. unca_chuck says:

    This is a sports blog, not some Left-wing commie site. Not sure why you being a ‘christian’ matters.

  31. Berger says:

    I guess the Tebo liar doesn’t know that my real name is Scott Bull.

  32. timtebo15 says:

    It guess it matters because Christians usually treat their fellow men much better and in higher regards. Look I didn’t say anything bad and you insulted me by automatically labeling me a left-winger. I’m here in peace not to start a war, in fact I was just going to compliment you on being a decent journalist before you insulted me again.

    The 49ers open as 6-point underdogs in Arizona Sunday so what’s that tell you? I think it’s telling us that were not that good. As one poster said, “The reason we aren’t good on offense is because Montana retired.” I think he’s right. You went on to call Roethlisberger Worthlessberger if you call him that what do we call Kaepernick? Who’s nowhere near as talented as Big Ben is. Coaches tell Roethisberger all the time, ‘Throw the ball away live another day. He said, for me I’m going to give it everything I have because that’s the competitor I am and I don’t know any other way. I’m going to give it everything I have and fight to the end.” The guy hangs in the pocket like a man and takes hits and delivers like one to. I understand you might dislike someone but let’s keep it real Roethlisberger on our football team the last five years and we win at the least two more Super Bowls hands down.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Tell that to the Miwok indians, little Timmy, Or the Incas and Aztecs.

    Have you ever been to a bar. Or out in public? Do you live in Elizabethan England? I’m sorry if it is a little too racy for your christian sensibilities. News flash. It isn’t 1986. But this is fun, V.

    The Niners are underdogs, yes. They will be most of the year. They had a lot of roster turnover.

    I dislike Rothlisberger because he fondled and harassed women with the help of the Pittsburgh police department. What do your christian sensibilities think of that? All’s fair in love and football?

  34. rob says:

    Praise the lord for good posters like you Tim.
    Gee whizz I repent
    I now see were not that good
    I also hate bad moves that seems to be ruining the franchise.
    I would never like that.
    And I’m so sorry you r offended.
    If you don’t like it
    Praise the lord and go fuck yourself
    Tim V bow

  35. timtebo15 says:

    I have always truly thought that my conscious avoidance of swear words should avoid some unintended negative consequences. Much like Jesus I refuse to lower myself to your level even when it comes to a self-defense situation. My God assures me that only the weak need to use harsh language to get their point across.

    A new study showed that more than 80% of the rapists intentionally used profane and insulting language in order to pacify their victims, I guess you all have that in common. I also believe you use it to make good people feel uncomfortable and that’s sad on your part. I also understand the low class who uses language like this to win a street or Internet confrontation is because they have no substance to stand by in the first place. Don’t worry I don’t get offended by words especially immoral ones but remember if you need to use harsh language as a tool to get your point across then your tool boxes is surely empty.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    You heard it here first folks. Jesus Christ has returned! That he chose my blog to manifest himself is curious. But the lord moves in mysterious ways.

    Hey son of God can you put in good word for The Niners this weekend?

  37. unca_chuck says:

    And alas, my goats have escaped.

    And yeah my toolboxes is empty. Me, I think good grammar is a better tool to have in one’s toolbox. Swearing is fine in the right context. Bad grammar is a sign of low intelligence.

    • rob says:

      Oh my gosh
      I think I just had some kind of epiphany.
      I now realize that
      My toolboxes is empty
      Time to turn over a new leaf

  38. Nipper says:

    V is at the “home” for wayward males. I hope he got his dessert tonight. Perhaps he will stay away from their computer and play with his toes instead.

  39. Winder says:

    I think we give AZ a run for their money this week. The way scoreboards have looked the last couple of weeks nothing is a given. Dogfight in the desert. It will be interesting to see how we come out.

  40. timtebo15 says:

    I will say a prayer for the 49ers to win this weekend. I personally think this game might be less scoring than predicted but sadly the Cards win 24-14. Sure the Cards played 2 weak teams vs NO and Chicago but regardless they’re looking real good. I assume SF will make the proper adjustments to their secondary but I’m afraid in the end we will lose again. Kappy can’t perform under pressure and our defense can’t handle good QB’s like Roethlisberger or Palmer.

    Kaepernick has the exact same yardage in the last two games compared to Palmer but Kappy thrown only two touchdowns while Palmer threw seven. Driving up and down the football field and settling on three instead of seven is a losing scenario no matter how you look at it. Kappy last year had the worst red zone rating of any QB in the league and I know you want to avoid that stat but it should be a cause of concern.

  41. unca_chuck says:

    I place a lot of the blame last year on the play calling, V. The entire offense was terrible last year if you didn’t notice. Kappy has looked very good so far this year with his pocket presence and his progressions. Hyde may very well be a 1400 yard guy. Ignore what you see as you will, but the team is making a lot of adjustments on the fly. AZ may have scored a lot but the Bears have given up more points than any other team. There’s your Fangio defense. NO? 27th in points allowed.

    Minnesota is actually ranked 7th in points allowed. They just beat Detroit.

    For what they went through this offseason, they are fine. Unless you believe that this team has the same talent as the 2012 team does.

    But if you want to play the circumspect (not a bad word, skippy) curmudgeon (again, not a bad word), have at it. This is fun.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    V is right about one thing, Winder, AZ has played 2 of the worst defenses in the NFL. They took advantage.

    Thing is, we need to get pressure on Palmer or we will suffer the same fate.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    There goes Bullit calling Willis a pussy for bailing on the game he loves so much. Borland as well. Bullit makes dead people look smart. Talk to Jack Lambert, dumbshit. Or any other number of players that have been sidelined by turf toe.

    Buwwit sprained an ankle!!! Oh my god. He must know how it feels to get hit 5,000 during an entire season. His shit is so unintentionally funny, I really think Buwwit isn’t dealing with a full deck. He’s either the dumbest person on Earth or a troll.

    What do you think, V?

    • Nipper says:

      V is lucid? Those meds must really be working. V must have a “keeper” who makes sure that he takes them on a regular schedule. Nice going!

  44. Berger says:

    “Bullit (sic) makes dead people look smart.” True!

    • Berger says:

      I added the ‘sic’ to the quote. I probably didn’t use the correct punctuation to show that? ‘sic’ means it is misspelled on purpose because that is how the originator misspelled it.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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