Game Day! The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

maybe. What used to be filled  with excitement now gives way to morbid curiosity.  Game day. What used to be a rivalry  for the ages is but a meaningless division game between two also-rans.

Oh well, the question is, when will I start work on replacing that faulty power steering pump? My Su days seem to be getting a little more wide open.

Shit, at this point all I want to see is this team making adjustments. They have no RB depth and cut their backup RB and feel-good story Jarryd Hayne. Nice move.

Jesus.  Hard to get that Trent Baalke isn’t catching heat for building a team with no depth. Reggie Bush is no way a reliable backup. Two plays, one IR stint already.

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150 Responses to Game Day! The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

  1. 12th Man says:

    Big test for the OC today. Primo RB is out, Hayne is cut, Bush is Bush leaving no-one anybody has seen much of so far.
    Rams pass rush is ferocious and the Niner O line is the same line up.

    Spread O, very quick hitters to TE/WR, pistol/shotgun?

    Under center with likely a sub-par running game and this O line has a fair chance of seeing Kap injured.

    I will take the Niners anyway but more based on the Rams also shitty O line and Foles.

  2. 12th Man says:

    Boudin is out according to Glazer. Jerome Simpson expected to get extensive snaps. Next man up.

  3. 12th Man says:

    Boldin, damn auto correct nanny.

  4. Irish Kevin says:

    What!!!! They cut Hayne? Can this management team get any dumber! After that move the answer has to be yes. Yeah debt is a huge issue, the thing is they had the salary to do something. Listening to KNBR this morning the Niner management are structuring 1 year contracts with no guarantee money, no free agent wants to come here! Al Davis has made Levi stadium his home to haunt!

  5. rtfirefly says:

    First carry by Gaskins: slips, -2. Hayne gets 8 carries in 7 games; let’s see about Gaskins.

  6. 12th Man says:

    Bush injured.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Quick passes. Whodathunk?

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Stupid shit. Why the fuck did he run that?

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Aaa and he gets hurt. Hmmm . Where’s Hayne?

  10. 12th Man says:

    assistant coach penalty, that’s novel.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Special teams have been awful. Every punt run back s a penalty.

  12. 12th Man says:

    Lol, Boldin gets a penalty even when he ain’t playing!

  13. rtfirefly says:

    Two half the distances penalties inside your own 5 plus an illegal block that was declined, all on one punt return. Yeah, that’s coaching them up! (The “assistant coach” turned out to be Boldin.)

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. High imaginationp

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Special teams sisaster

  16. rtfirefly says:

    Bush lasted 10 minutes before he was carted off.

  17. rtfirefly says:

    How in the world is that a catch and fumble? Guys catch the ball, land and take 5 steps, score a TD these days and if they don’t hold onto the ball after they’re tackled, they call it incomplete. That is one fucked up rule.

  18. 12th Man says:

    Simpson got free twice. Looks promising.

  19. 12th Man says:

    Special teams penalties are off the hook.

  20. 12th Man says:

    Cutting Hayne made little sense and even less when you consider Bush’ ability to actually play RB.

  21. rtfirefly says:

    A classic game of the resistible force vs. the movable object.

  22. snarkk says:

    I guess the first drive of the game with quick outs, and even a screen play (shocking, it worked for 11 yards) that resulted in that long field goal is it for the game, Niners shot their wad in terms of smart offensive play. Can’t possibly do that the entire game, since it actually worked. Yep, the running back situation alone should be a firing offense for Baalke. Davis has maybe a dozen runs to his career? Gaskins none before coming in? Absolutely ridiculous. Baalke should be skewered in the media for this. Pinion made one good punt the first time, this last one was pretty much suckage, as usual. Awful Niner special teams…

  23. snarkk says:

    This game is running to form. Ugly on both sides…

  24. 12th Man says:

    There is a penalty flag almost every play.

  25. snarkk says:

    Looks like Kap has thrown more times already this game to Simpson than he’s targeted Torrey Smith in 3 games…

    • 12th Man says:

      Both Smith and Simpson dropped catchable balls that would of moved the chains. This O can’t afford that luxury.

  26. 12th Man says:

    Should of had that. Simpson has got behind his guy 3 times, didn’t catch them, not all on him.

  27. snarkk says:

    29 yard punt for Pinion. That’s just unacceptable…

  28. 12th Man says:


  29. rtfirefly says:

    Davis has 7 carries for -2 yards. The Niners offense has 63 yards. The Niners have been penalized for 40 yards. This is one for the record books.

  30. snarkk says:

    Has their been a punt/kick return by the Niners without a holding or clipping penalty?…

  31. 12th Man says:

    WTF Miller!

  32. 12th Man says:

    Oh good, another opportunity for a Niner ST penalty coming up!

  33. rtfirefly says:

    I messed up. I was looking at the Rams’ stats. The Niners have 51 yards offense and now 45 yards in penalties. Helluva first half.

  34. 12th Man says:

    Have to get 7 here

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus. Try the end zone?

  36. unca_chuck says:

    We’ll run it for 2 here.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Fuck. Miller with the drop. Not that he would a scored, but Christ.

    5 drops today?

  38. 12th Man says:

    Say what you like about Kap, he has had no help from WR or RB, they have drops everywhere.

  39. snarkk says:

    Special teams disaster. Safety. The usual inept play in the red zone — not even a throw INTO the end zone starting from the 7? I’ve had enough. Whatever this is that the Niners are doing, it is not professional football. At least not my definition of it. Let this season crater into the craphole, get a high draft position. In the offseason, Jed should cashier the entire organization, bring an entirely new management team n here, with an experienced football person in charge of the organization that can bring in coaches that weren’t recently talk show hosts. This running back situation today, caught with your pants down, is totally inexcusable. Baalke has to go, though he probably will convince Jed he can turn this steaming turd of a team around…

  40. Winder says:

    Fucking unbelievable. We really suck.

  41. rtfirefly says:

    11 rushes for 2 yards by the RBs. That’ll put the fear of God in ’em.

  42. snarkk says:

    And BTW. The NFL really needs to figure out what it wants to be. Entertainment? Or a flag throwing contest? The number of penalties here is simply astounding. Unwatchable football…

  43. Nipper says:

    Remember these guys are going to be the LA RAMS! Bank on it. NO longer the Lambs.

  44. 12th Man says:


  45. unca_chuck says:

    Unreal. You can’t give that shit up. Then miss tha tackle.Fitting our best cover guy goes out, taken out by his own guy.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Well looking like we’re #1 in the draft.

    • snarkk says:

      That’s the goal now. This team is beyond embarrassing. The Keystone Kops were a well oiled machine compared to this. The Glory Days of the ’80s and ’90s seem now like they happened to some other franchise…

  47. 12th Man says:

    Seriously ugly half.

  48. Irish Kevin says:

    Why is it that on a pass the receiver has to have control of the ball before going out of bounds, but you stretch out and the ball comes free as the ball crosses the goal it is a TD?

  49. snarkk says:

    Out to do something productive. Adios…

  50. 12th Man says:

    Niners have to get something going. I will be watching for punting instead of going for it in certain situations.

  51. 12th Man says:

    Gaskins, last man standing, literally!

  52. 12th Man says:

    No flag?!?

  53. rtfirefly says:

    Luck’s been playing since Week 3 with multiple fractured ribs. I thought he sucked because his interest in football waned, his TV commercials were setting him up for a career in D movies.

  54. 12th Man says:

    A second grounder today from Kap, unforced. Commentator says he missed Smith being open and he did miss Patton open in the end zone earlier.

  55. 12th Man says:

    2 consecutive drops in that series alone, what is going on?

  56. unca_chuck says:

    2 more drops on that drive.

  57. 12th Man says:

    good grief

  58. 12th Man says:

    Big changes coming in the bye week I reckon.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I think the coaches and players thought THIS was the bye week. They way they’re sleepwalking, they might still think that.

  59. 12th Man says:

    Dawson punting?

  60. unca_chuck says:

    Can’t get much lower than this. The offense is absolutely awful. When we do finally block and get guys open, invariably the pass is dropped. I counted 5 drops today among some fair to middling QBing. Again, though, pressure all day. No run game. Hard to win when the line loses every battle.

    If the team is quitting on Kappy, then I fear what happens when Gabby comes in. The Rams are not very good offensively. Fuck this sideways.

    I thought there was little way we could get worse than last year on offense. Well, I was wrong.

    The line blocking is dogshit. We can’t run block. We are out of RBs. We started well with quick passes and no-huddle. Since it nominally worked, they stopped doing it.

  61. unca_chuck says:

    What can they do? Replace the coaching staff? The defense has been fair to adequate amid the big plays theyve given up. But criminy when your offense gets shut out of the end zone for their 3rd game in 8, well, you suck.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Acceptance is the first step to recovery.

    • 12th Man says:

      Dump the OC, it hasn’t worked. Change the O line players on the right, can’t be worse anyway. Dump Reggie Bush, he has contributed nothing anyway and bring in a vet. Try to resign Hayne and give him some real opportunities. Cut McDonald. Trade V. Davis if they can. Play the young guns, wins are no longer a frame of context, evaluation is.

  62. unca_chuck says:

    Fuck. TRY a deep ball.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    Dumb pass. Triple coverage.

  64. unca_chuck says:

    We used to eat Jenkins for lunch.

  65. 12th Man says:

    Shit can the TE centric O, they kinda did anyway. Start Boldin, Smith and Simpson, he earned it.

  66. rtfirefly says:

    Crabs just made a great catch ball slightly behind him while running a slant. Then he got hit by three different Jets simultaneously, bounced off and went on into the endzone. Who wanted to dump him?

  67. Grumpy Guy says:

    “Hey do you guys miss me yet?”

    – Greg Roman

    Ten yards on 15 carries by RBs… Kappy under 50% complete and no TDs…. 2.9 yards gained per offensive play, while allowing 6.1 to the Lambs.

    Not going to win many games with that shit.

    This team simply is not even remotely good, in fact it’s one of the worst in 49er history. And the blame for that lands at the feet of our Dynamic Duo, BaalkeMan and Little Jed.

    It’s 1978 all over again…

    • 12th Man says:

      I think they miss the very good O line Roman had to work with more Grumpy.
      Not to say Geep is good either but given the god awful players they keep playing its hard to evaluate him, but the bottom line is Geep keeps playing them so he gets to pay the price.

  68. 12th Man says:

    Bush, suspected torn ACL.

  69. Winder says:

    They gotta fire Baalke.

  70. rtfirefly says:

    Hayne out, Bush in. LOL

  71. Nipper says:

    Perhaps the Niners could move to LA instead of the Rams…….just kidding……

  72. unca_chuck says:

    Roman is what, 3-4? Yay. Who gives a fuck, Grump? You think Roman would be doing well with this line? Get real. Look at Fangio. 2-5 with the Bears. What does it mean? Nothing. Like giving a shit how Stevie Wonder is doing on the 2-6 Chargers. Crabs is a great 3 in Oakland. Whoopie. Yay for him. What a dumb move by us? Wouldn’t make a goddamn bit of difference. Unless Crabs can block 3 guys.

    What is insanely galling is your backup RB is an injury-prone 30 year old guy. You just canned your punt returner so your injury-prone RB IS your punt returner. So he catches a punt on the 9 (wrong) and runs backwards (wrong). and proceeds to get hurt (wrong) trying to get some yards even though there was a penalty (wrong) which leads to a safety (wrong) as they are backed up to the 2.

    There’s your 49er replay.

    Baalke has to go.

  73. unca_chuck says:

    Pears continues to play. Same with Devens. I don’t get it. Are the others worse than them?

    Like running Hayne, he’s worse than the PS guy? How is that possible?

  74. Lurker John says:

    As bad as the team has been, did anyone here think the team would “top” last games’s mediocrity? Well, they sure did. Unbelievable.

    • 12th Man says:

      I figured they would do better than 8 wins, but that was said before they lost the starting RT Davis and lost Aldon Smith.

      Doubt those 2 would make enough of a difference anyway.

      Tarts played well today.

  75. Lurker John says:

    So, what’s next? Keep trotting Devey and Pears out there and wait for Kap to get broken in half? Keep this incompetent coaching staff in place? Baalke? This is an unmitigated disaster with no end in sight.

    • 12th Man says:

      I don’t get it either. Devey is a revolving door, Pears is a back up quality guy and Martin has been horrible although I didn’t see anyone better on roster except the injured Kilgore.
      Boone had a few whifs today too.

  76. zumiee says:

    You guys are hardier folks than me, if you’re able to sit through a Niner game these days.

  77. Nipper says:

    This blog is into self-torture. To put up with this season you have to enjoy hurting yourself. Ouch!

  78. ewisco says:

    went with wife, twiscos (and their girlfriends) to the raider game (long story). the raiders looked pretty good (though we left before the end of the third quarter. great move by us!). was following this train wreck on the blog (keep it going chuck!). I think Balke has to go but who the heck could you get? and there is no way in hell that the jedster by himself could identify an up and coming asst. GM who might be a good fit. i can’t think of anyone on the ash heap of history that is the current crop of unemployed GM’s who i would even consider. someone said earlier not to trade staley but you’re going to have to give up value to get value and they have so many holes that they’re going to have to get 2-3 for 1 to be able to patch them all. The key to successful franchises is the ability to judge talent. someone in NE is doing that very well so far. if it was easy, more teams would be doing it. the fact that so many guys get hurt just exacerbates the issue of having more talent, i.e. depth, on your squad. the tomsula pick didn’t impress me and he’s not looking great so far but Lombardi would have trouble with this team. and again, who are you going to get that will be willing to step into this mess. they really kind of look like the raiders at the end of the Al empire when all he could get were people like kiffen etc.

  79. Lurker John says:

    I’m convinced now, more so after the past two games, that Tomsula is out of his depth, and painfully so. He is in no way NFL head coach material. He seems like a good guy and he is a good position coach, but letting him continue as HC proves nothing and hurts the team even more moving forward. That permanent look he has on his face that at first looked like rapt concentration, is nothing more than pure deer in the headlights. The decisions he’s made regarding who plays and who doesn’t, not forcing Bow to take fewer snaps because, “The guy wants to play football,” and things like not going for it while losing in the 4th quarter are all evidence of his incompetence.

    This whole thing is going to have to be gutted, but the truth is that doing it right now probably wouldn’t be that productive. If Baalke is still running things next year, we’ll all know for sure that he has compromising photos on file of Baby Jed having a roll in the hay with a smooth-skinned Filipino lad. He has got to go.

    This is all very upsetting to long time 49er fans, but the immediate future doesn’t look very promising.

  80. 12th Man says:

    After the Thursday night debacle against the Squawks Jimmy T said the coaches would examine their scheme and figure out what the players do best and tailor the scheme to that. They had 10 days to do it. They didn’t have their best RB or WR today and chose to cut their PR/RB the day before the game. Leaving those facts aside, the O line was the same set of guys, the scheme they employed, except for the first series, was the same stuff. They had no answers with very similar results.

    I keep saying the same thing week after week. Change the O linemen. Yes its possible things won’t work any better but keeping the status quo has been a disaster. I have to question the coaching, particularly the OC. I said before this game that it would be a big test for the OC. He has failed badly. Not doing more to change the personnel is beyond reason.

    I read that 2 players, anonymously, think Kap should be benched. They think it would clear his head and that he would still be in the long term plans for the team. Earlier in the year I said if they don’t change the O line they should bench Kap, mostly because I think he has very little chance to succeed behind that line and a high chance of getting injured. They brought in Andrew Tiller, part time, and have continued to rotate Devey and Tiller and that is the only change they made.

    Kap played fairly well today given the circumstances and had a lot of drops, some on 3rd down. He also skipped 2 off the dirt unforced and missed Patton open in the end zone and Smith unguarded at the LOS. No doubt, if the line was playing well Kap’s weaknesses would be a minor part of his game yet weaknesses they are. This team is now in full evaluation mode and Kap has earned his time under the microscope too. I do think his confidence is shaken and I also tend to believe the reports of him being a loner in the locker room.

    The bitching from the other players will get louder if they suck on O this badly next week and it is likely they will bench him coming out of the bye as well as fire Geep Chryst. In reality that will probably spell the end of his Niner career. Next week will be crucial for Kap one way or another, the QB always takes the blame, it’s a possible career game for him.

  81. 12th Man says:

    Spam monster ate my post!

  82. unca_chuck says:

    Sitting Kaep would not help things along very much, I don’t think. If Gabby goes out to and they suck what then? Say hope you had a nice day off, CK?

    I Get shaking things up but QB roulette never works.

    Man, I don’t know. Baalke is hiding. Jed is hiding. Tomsula may be in over his head but he’s got nothing to go with. And he’s the only one talking.

    • snarkk says:

      Kap looks bad. When his WRs are jumping up and down at the line of scrimmage to get his attention that nobody is guarding their ass within 15 yards, and he just doesn’t even look out there and hands off to the RB for a nothing into the line, well, that’s atrocious.

    • snarkk says:

      What if Gabby comes in and actually throws a TD or two? Maybe he wouldn’t, but he might at least look at the wideouts to see the coverage when he’s under center at the line of scrimmage…

  83. Nipper says:

    In conclusion: BLEEP this stuff……I’m going back to bed….zzzzzzzz

  84. unca_chuck says:

    I didn’t see he play but someone was uncovered? And he didn’t audible to it?

    Yeah, that’s not good. Couldn’t get any worse. Well actually it could.

    Yesterday’s game was a special teams disaster. They constantly fly out he Niners deep in their ow. Territory. Holding penalty was especially stupid. Why is he even there if he’s hurt? Fuck.

    • 12th Man says:

      Torrey Smith out on the edge, completely uncovered. Only the deep safety to beat and Smith is a burner. Kap just didn’t look. Kap also missed Patton wide open in the end zone.

      Kap is shell shocked from what I can see and is not playing with confidence which is no surprise.

      • Del Mar Dennis says:

        Shell-shocked? Kap isn’t shell-shocked, he just flat-out sucks. Besides. Those with severe shell-shock just think they’re Ethel Merman.

  85. 12th Man says:

    This is Kawakami:

    I don’t agree with everything he says of course. In a nutshell he wants Kap benched and give Gabbert a chance and demote Geep in favor of Sparano, this week.

    I hate to say it but if they lay an egg on O next week I think they have to sit Kap or lose the faith of a lot of the players in the locker room. A team that stinks week after week hurts all of their future paydays in terms of contracts. What good is a great WR route if he never gets the ball?

    Geep has dumbed down the play calling no doubt. Not only because of Kap missing plays but because of the O line being utter crap. I think he had to. Would Gabbert make a difference? Like Kawakami says, maybe not, but it shows the coaches are willing to try to improve although I would have tried changing out the O line personnel weeks ago before talking about sitting the starting QB but the situation has outgrown that now.

    I would give it one more week but without some serious improvement they have to do something drastic.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Drastic? I’d suggest removing their helmets, lighting their heads on fire then proceed to run around the field while fireworks shot out of their ass. Maybe then someone would bother to watch.

  86. Lurker John says:

    12th, myself and a few others said the same thing about Kap a few weeks ago; bench him if only to give him a chance to step back, clear his head and get a new perspective on things. I still think it’s a good idea.

    As for him being a loner, so what? There’s been reports coming out of Seattle the past couple of years that Mr. Happy is annoying his teammates amid accusations that he acts “too white” for their tastes These guys can’t win it seems.

    BTW, Aaron Rodgers’ stat line looked like ass last night after getting Kaepernicked the entire game by the Bronco defense. The old adage may be true for Kap, no one could succeed behind that slab of Swiss cheese the Niners have the gall to call an offensive line. Offensive is right.

  87. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, constant pressure does that to a QB. See Peyton Manning vs Seattle 2 years ago.

    The only reason I’d even entertain putting Gabbert in there is to show what little difference it makes who’s back there. When he goes 6-28 fort 96 yards with 6 sacks and 3 picks, then will people feel better about Kappy? I don’t know, but these coaches doing nothing different while the offense staggers around is terrible.

    Oh well. I can’t even imagine how giddy the cocksuckers are doing on Skeebie’s blog.

    “Yay! We suck! Look at me! I said we’d suck! Oh Jimmy H!! Bend me over again!!!”

    Like I said before the season started, Harbaugh knew good and goddamn well that he was walking away at the right time. Just like Pete at USC.

    • 12th Man says:

      I don’t think Lurker, me or anyone else really thinks of Gabbert as our savior Chuck. The bottom line is they have to do something different and they really haven’t done much towards that. It reaches critical mass when your teammates start calling (anonymously) for a benching.

      I have no doubt that a solid line fixes 80% of Kaps poor play overnight but they don’t have it and have only given lip service to changing the lineup. Now its reaching the point of a broken QB and the options are less by the week.

      As I said earlier, if they start Kap this week and the O lays another egg I would be surprised to see him after the bye, which is a pity.

  88. unca_chuck says:

    I get it but we all remember all too well what happened with Alex Smith and the cast of retreads baking him up.

    The seasons got worse.

    But the underlying truth remains that the QB play will suck until the line is fixed.

    • 12th Man says:

      Yes its true and it may implode again but it looks like they need to find out. Too bad the coaches weren’t more proactive earlier.

  89. rtfirefly says:

    Tomsula didn’t give Kappy an unqualified endorsement at today’s presser for a change from previous. Falcons, then bye week and… benching or the kiss of death (“He is our QB”) and then benching?

  90. rob says:

    Don’t worry guys. We’ll be ok. Jed and Baalke are a big leap forward over john and Scott.
    With the right HC a star pass rusher top NT and big time RT we’re right back in business

    • rtfirefly says:

      How about we start with baby steps, Rob? Like a starting RB with more qualifications than being undrafted and a year on the practice squad?

  91. rob says:

    Well after gore
    Hunter and Bush and hayne sounded pretty good going in

  92. 12th Man says:

    V.Davis to the Broncos

    • rob says:

      12th for a 4th RB practice squad guy Gaskins looked pretty good catching and was pretty scrappy imo. Pretty sure we add help at RB asap

  93. rob says:

    Liked what I saw fron Simpson too

    • 12th Man says:

      Mixed bag Rob. He got free a number of times. 3 catches on 10 targets, 2 drops. I think Kap under threw him twice.

      For a first game back it was decent.

  94. rtfirefly says:

    Wow, Rob. Just wow. We could’ve used you here in town two years ago when a windstorm ruined half the roofs in town. I could see you around town, yelling, “But look!!!!! No smog!!!!!!!!”

  95. Lurker John says:

    Wow, the end of the VD era. Sad to see him go, but he’s clearly not the same guy he was in his prime and it was time for him to move on. There was a time when he was a great player for the Niners. Clearly the Broncos didn’t think all that much of him either, giving up just 2 6th round picks and getting a 7th rounder in return. lol

  96. Flavor says:

    the VD trade is a great one for the Broncos. We’ll see if he was dogging it here shortly, but even if *this is who he is* he’s still better than Green or Daniels.

  97. unca_chuck says:

    Denver is going as far as their defense takes them. VD is an enigma. He is nowhere near the talent that Jimmy Graham is, and certainly drops way too many balls but his speed is impressive for a guy his size.

    I completely missed last night’s game. Was it all the defense for Denver? Was Manning OK?

    Manning needs 12-15 yard targets. No reason to think VD can’t supply those for him. That being said we sure need draft picks.

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