Well, the travel weary Niners came back from their 2 game roadie, I should say the defense came back from their 2 game roadie. The offense is circling Turlock in a holding pattern. A pattern where no one gets open and no one catches shit. In a game that saw very solid pressure from the base D, the 49ers befuddled and harassed Aaron Rodgers well enough to win this game. Unfortunately, the offense is circling the drain amid more sniping from T Smith, and ineffective blocking. Teams are daring us to beat them through the air, and since we can’t block, we are struggling mightily to even get first downs, let alone touchdowns.
CK had another underwhelming day, and the blocking was it’s usual porous self, but VMcD had a big drop on what would have been an early 1st down, the refs got CK on a call that was ludicrous at best, we had the 1st Packer drive stopped but for a ticky-tack illegal hands, and a missed facemask call on BJ Raji.
Granted, those are little things that decent teams can overcome. But not us. As the game progressed, there was less and less time, more and more pressure, and dwindling confidence offensively as a whole. CK did hit T Smith on a nice deep pass, but that ended in a 4th and 5 play where an all-out blitz was met with the usual slow-developing pass play that had zero chance of working.
This offense is struggling with the same things that they were last year. Poor line play, and no help for the relentless pass rush CK faces all the time. I’m not even going to mention screens, because they won’t work against teams playing us so close to the line. How about a slant? A play that gets the ball out in under 3 seconds?
Either CK isn’t able to do this, or we just don’t have this shit in the playbook. I hate to belabor this point, but the Previous QB suffered the same fate. No quick hitters. No hot-read passes. No slants. I can’t profess to know, but I know Reid throws quick passes, and Young Sir Alex can make that throw. No reason to think CK can’t do the same.
But until the line play improves significantly (shuffle the line already) and the team comes up with a different strategy to slow down the relentless pressure, we will continue down this path.
A good friend of mine was at the game today and texted “ugly win”, seriously?
I texted back “important word…win!”
If you don’t celebrate the wins, what do you celebrate?
The Niners will need to bring their A game Thursday night. There’s some serious grumbling going on right now in Seattle. Expect the Shehawks to come out fired up. Weather the initial onslaught and then start getting some things done. Wilson has been taking a beating all season. This would be a good time to find the invisible pass rush game.
Screw the Hawks, screw Seattle and screw their arrogant, band-wagon fans. You’ve no idea how much I’m enjoying their 2-4 start. If not for another Pete Carroll-owned official, they’d be 1-5. That was highway robbery.
One thing is certain, the Niners are way over due for a win here in Seattle. Way over due.
Niners are at home John and you’re right, they are due a win against the Squawks.
I mean, come on, 2 shitty teams played each other today and we were slightly less shitty. Watching Seattle lose every week in the 4th quarter has been the one redeeming thing about this season…….
Any given Sunday and all that Flavor. As Lurker John said earlier, there are no gimmies in the NFL, look at todays games for proof.
All I know is the Niners won and that’s always a good day for me.
I’m good with the win but I’m with Snarkk I’m not getting overly excited about it. For this team, there is a silver lining in the loses too. I just watch this team and it’s just such a simple offense (and defense). And it’s all run by such a simpleton (Sweatsula). Kaep seems to have some serious limitations right now and I just can’t see this group galvanizing with experience and becoming a playoff team. Happy to be wrong, though. What happened to our embarrassment of draft picks? I don’t really keep track of that. Did TB burn the best part of the depth of those picks off or are we still good to go on draft picks?
A lot of the picks are on the 53. TB got burned by unexpected losses such as Willis and worse RT Davis retiring very late in the process and that starting C Kilgore was not ready at the start of the season. Excuses? Maybe, but reasonable ones. Kilgore will be back at some point and likely Andrew Tiller takes over at RG.
The O line has been a disaster and we all know that without at least a reasonable O line the running and passing game will suffer. Add that Kap is trying to learn to play a completely different way behind a sieve of a line and it looks like it has. No doubt though that there has been improvement starting in the GB game and building since.
Give it a minute.
So has Chuck just said *fuck it*? He’s probably on vacation, he hasn’t posted anything at my blog in at least a week (or more)
I read on the blog earlier Chuck is in Italy on biz.
I’ve also decided that Kaep is football dumb. At least at the NFL level. He just doesn’t think quickly during the game. Running out of bounds today, I mean come on…..Cosell calls it “slow eyes” and I think that definitely applies to Kaep during the game……
how great would it be if Indy beat NE tonight after dumbass Brady’s dad called for them to drop 60 on the Colts tonight?
It would be a bonus. Loved when Dick Sherman asked Brady “You mad Bro” after the Squawks beat them.
Kap threw for 340 yds and 2 scores today. No turnovers. These stats and the fact that they won seems to be eluding a few folks here. I’ve also yet to see any evidence of ‘over excitement’ here today, just enjoyment of the win. No one here is deluding themselves into overlooking the team’s glaring flaws. Right now, all I care about is beating the damn Seahawks.
Don’t know about you but I blew the froth off a few today and the bar I go to has a very large contingent of obnoxious Squawks fans, dejected ones today!
he did that against the worst secondary in the league. Reality check.
Irony…CB Shareece Wright can’t make the Niners 46, demands release and goes to the Ravens and gets burned all day by the Niners.
exactly. And the fact that the Ravens had to reach such desperate measures as to sign Shareece Wright shows how bad their secondary has become.
If given 1000 plays consecutively, Kaep couldn’t have found Hilton there even one time…..
Like I said, Flavor, no one is deluding themselves. He did good. If you rip him when he loses and rip him when he wins, then there’s nowhere else to go. Seems ridiculous
Same concerns apply for me with Kaep.
Recognition and anticipation.
Geep is forcing some quick-hitters to speed him up. No complaints there.
He threw some nice deep stuff today too, albeit against a pretty shoddy Secondary.
Concerns that we still suck eggs in the Red Zone and, we can’t control the clock to ice a game.
All that said….I’ll enjoy the WIN.
Saw a number of things today. Screens, forgot what they looked like, deep passing, yes against lesser CB but the passes were accurate and that has nothing to do with coverage. V. Davis was in the game, useless, but in the game. Patton has his first TD and a couple of other nice plays. Miller went for a couple of nice RAC yards on his screens.
Hyde was a shadow of himself, evident his injury is no small thing. Boudin and Smith had nice games as did Bowman after taking a lot of shit all week. Nice recovery on the fumble from Hayne by Johnson. Pinion had a decent day and Dawson was perfect.
Dunno but I saw a number of things that went well today.
No question 12th, they showed signs of life out my way last week too.
The quicker stuff helps both the protection and Kaep IMO.
Geep apparently sees ways to improve a QB that ‘thinks’ just a tic too long at times.
Biggest step for Kaep is timing.
Could be the wind-up issues many critique too?
Getting him on the move is key to forcing his decision making too.
Been hoping to see that for quite awhile.
Would still like to see more involvement within the seams to TE/RBs as well.
Won’t knock a good effort, simply seeking continued effort and production.
Season could hinge on what we do against our nemesis ‘Hawks on short rest too.
Gotta have Carlos in better shape to control clock IMO.
Looking for a low scoring/Defensive game to have a chance to steal the WIN.
Mangini has also got to dial up some pressure to force Russell into some hurried decisions as well.
From what I’ve seen of Seattle in recent years, they feast on flushing Kaep to his left.
Given our flaws on the right side, I’d like to see us break that trend.
Geep should have that dialed in with some options to keep it to a minimum.
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