Clint Longley Anyone?

Some of you might be old enough to remember the famous Thanksgiving game from 1974 where Clint came in early in the 3rd quarter with Dallas trailing the Redskins 16-3, fighting for their playoff lives, and Roger Staubach freshly injured. He scored 2 TDs on his first two drives, and hit a hail-Mary TD with seconds remaining to win the game 24-23. The triumph of the uncluttered mind, indeed.

So, who thinks Gabby Gabbertson can be the next uncluttered mind? Yeah, thought so. So Niners in a nail-biter 28-27. Hah! Either that, or Gabbert punches Kaepernick in the face. This season went from guarded optimism to morbid curiosity in rather a hurry, since we’re going to hell in a bucket,  we might as well enjoy the ride.

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83 Responses to Clint Longley Anyone?

  1. snarkk says:

    26-17, Atlanta

  2. Nipper says:

    Atlanta 31, Niners 6

  3. 12th Man says:

    Niners are without their best WR, Boldin, Best RB, Hyde, (probably) 2 starting CB, Acker and Brock, have 3 RB not on the 53 roster 10 days ago, called up 2 CB from the practice squad, are starting Gabbert and the O line remains the same lineup.

    Niners 24-17

    Sure, why not.

  4. 12th Man says:

    Not game day related but it’s not every day a beat writer slaps the shit out of his fellow beat writers:

    This guy is absolutely right. He is taking a shot at LoCo and LoCo Jr and I think Kawakami. Don’t know who else is getting the sharp edge of his tongue.

    Lowell slapped Kap personally and Grant does it all the time. It is out of line for “professional” journalists.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I dunno, 12th. I distinctly remember Glenn Dickey of the Chron criticizing Joe for Jennifer giving birth during the season. It distracted Joe, you see, and caused a loss.

      Hack journalism is what it is and Cohn’s made a living at it.

  5. snarkk says:

    I do remember that Clint Longley game. Unfortunately.
    The Randy Elliot of ’70s NFL football…

  6. snarkk says:

    With the Niner’s secondary basically manned today by guys off the street, that’s got to be pretty good news for Julio Jones. He should get over 100 yds in passes today without breaking a sweat…

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yowza. Like I said all starting blabbers shows is the depth of ineptitude.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Huh. Way to go Tomsula

  9. Nipper says:

    Wow! Niners score a TD!

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Quack! Said the mallard looking at Kaepernick who’s sitting on the bench. Gabbert’s already outperforming #7 in the RZ. Same shitty OL and RBs who they literally picked up off the street this week.

      Take off those goddamn headphones! And shave that goddamn beard while you’re at it. Kap looks like he’s auditioning to be the newest member of ISIS after the Niners shit-can his sorry ass.

  10. rob says:

    Cromartie is in . Where’s acker and brock ?

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Fair catch on the 6?

    Liked the play action for the TD

  12. Lurker John says:

    Great game between the Steelers and Raiders. Oakland is up and coming and have a legitimate star ing the making in Derek Carr. After watching Kaepernick for so long, it’s amazing how much more of a feel for the game Carr has in his second season. Even Crabs looks like a stud again.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Ellington should know better

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Someone tell these clowns not to run the ball out over 5 yards deep in the end zone.

    Otherwise we’re pinned deep afain

  15. rtfirefly says:

    Indy smacking the Broncos around. I had the Broncs in ink in this one.

  16. Irish Kevin says:

    How the hell do you let that shit happen!!!

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Terrible d to close the half. Bowman should not be covering the slot WR.

  18. rtfirefly says:

    Broncos 84 yard punt return for a TD as time expired in the 1st half. Holy scheist, maybe Peyton truly is a child of destiny.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    This is all about Atl’s middling D. Got to get out of the hole here.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Simpson is a do you drop that?

  21. rtfirefly says:

    Broncos bomb from Peyton after escaping the rush and moving up in the pocket.
    (Howard Cosell voice) “DOWN GOES INDY!”

  22. Del Mar Dennis says:

    So Chuck supports ISIS. At least I know where you stand.

  23. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Gabbert got flogged. Might have to watch Kap by default.

  24. Irish Kevin says:

    I am at the game what happened to Gabbert?

    • rtfirefly says:

      Got creamed. Clean hit under the old rules, but there was helmet to helmet contact (not much). Pulled under concussion protocol by Niners trainer who will soon be out of a job.

  25. Del Mar Dennis says:

    And Kap is greeted with boos. How low can it get for #7?
    Proceeds to overthrow the wide open TE. Catchable ball. But would have needed extraordinary effort. No touch whatsoever. Nothing new.

    And Gabbert returns!

    Remember James Gabbert from ch. 20? First guy to put the yule log on TV.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Queerer than a three dollar bill but I liked his station except for the late night party show. That was weird. Friend of mine back when I was waiting tables in college (a fellow waiter) co-owned a houseboat with him.

  26. snarkk says:

    How many balls have the Niner receivers dropped today? 5 right in their hands? No wonder Kap throws balls out of bounds. He wants to save time on the incompletion…

  27. snarkk says:

    Defense stepped up with no-names playing, i.e., even more no name than the previous no-names that were hurt. Gabbert at least gets balls into guys hands, unfortunately he can’t catch it for them. A feel good win that means the Niners just dropped out of the #1 pick, most likely. Way to go…

  28. Winder says:

    The team needed a win and it does feel good. We’ll still probably draft somewhere in the top 5.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    You are a Fucking moron, Dennis. I feel bad for whatever your myriad issues are but I’m done with you.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      You feel bad for me? That’s mighty white of you. Chuck, you just got added to my Christmas card list. Do you prefer religious and solemn? Or how ’bout something on the lighter side where we might find Colin Kaepernick tossin’ it around with Mrs. Claus and Donder (Don’t you ever fucking dare to call me Donner again) as Rudolph with his nose so bright told Kaepernick to hit the road with his presents in sight.

  30. rtfirefly says:

    Indy knocks off Denver…and then there were three…

  31. snarkk says:

    It’s probably too early, because Atlanta’s D is not too hot. But, I don’t see how Kap stays after the end of the season. Gabbert at QB today at least gives fans and the Niner defense a sense of the offense being able to compete. What a concept — passes actually heading towards receivers in the same area code…

  32. snarkk says:

    Obviously not looking for a win in Seattle after the bye. And, today’s Atlanta D-line isn’t much of a sack unit. But, if Gabbert doesn’t crater too much under the Hawk rush, and gets some pass yardage up there, that would be nice…

  33. snarkk says:

    Derek Carr’s emergence in his year 2 shows just what an excellent QB does for a previously dogmeat NFL team. There is no substitute. They need to draft a replacement starting QB and get that process going, along with rebuilding the roster with good players. Gabbert may get clobbered in Seattle, but at least the guy looks like he’ll make the offense somewhat competitive…

    • Lurker John says:

      Carr is going to be a good one. He’s already better than Kap as a passer.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I love Carr – I’ve consistently and repeatedly lauded him – but he’s not alone. Khalil Mack, Aldon Smith, Amari Cooper – the Raiders aren’t the same team they were two years ago.
      The only guy on the Niners in that league is Bowman and he’s not 100%.

  34. Lurker John says:

    So I missed this one. Anyone care to post a quick synopsis?

    • rtfirefly says:

      Gabbert looked good early and at least competent all game. The Niners got off to a 17-6 lead. The Niners D stuffed the Atlanta run all game (leading rusher in the NFL got 12 yards). Niners receivers dropped a ton of passes. Gabbert got slammed and taken out briefly for concussion protocol. Kappy did nothing in minimal time. Gabbert threw what should have been game losing pick late. Atlanta HC kicks FG on 4th and goal from the 1 with 3:00 left. Niners hang on to win.

      (Whew, I’m outta breath.)

  35. rtfirefly says:

    I guess I’m not getting my early Christmas present from the Niners – no firings during the bye week. 2-7 and we had a chance.

  36. snarkk says:

    That call by the Falcons not to go for the TD near the goal line late is why the NFL is turning to a crap product. No balls by coaches. Play to win the game. College teams would go for it 10 out of 10 times…

  37. Lurker John says:

    So Gabbert looked better than his final numbers would indicate, due to the drops. I see also that he wasn’t sacked. All in all a good start for him and a win for the Niners.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Fair to say. Also, I understated the D’s contribution. Playing without both starting corners against a good Falcon O with Ryan, Freeman and Julio Jones, they were outstanding all game.

    • rtfirefly says:

      And in Kappy’s series, he hit a big gainer to Vance McD except for one thing. Bozo McD was afraid of getting hit, so he alligator-armed the pass and then got hit. Kappy was fine, then Gabbert came back in the next series.

  38. 12th Man says:

    Nipper, good cause for optimism?

  39. Del Mar Dennis says:

    How ’bout dem Cowboys!

  40. rtfirefly says:

    Right on! Cowsucks lose! 6 straight with most of the next month on the road!

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, not sure how Atl is 6-2, well 3 now, but CromRtie and Johnson played outstanding. The d line had a great game stopping rhe run.

    The drops are just getting out of hand though. But for one bad play (Mangini shoulda added DBs), the game would have been more lopsided. And yeah very curious call for Atl not to go for it on4th and goal from down close. On the road you go for the kill.

    I called a one point nail biter win, so yay me.

    • rtfirefly says:

      The Falcons snoozed through an easy part of their schedule. I have to change my schedule comments; four of their upcoming opponents (Vikings, Saints, Panthers twice) are far better than I expected.
      The Vikings have a brutal half schedule. They have 2 against the Pack, they’ve got the Raiders, Giants, Seahawks… None of their opponents is great this year, but they’ve got their work cut out for them.
      Those are the two NFC WC teams as of now. The Seahawks will find a way into the playoffs. If not the division, then the wildcard.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    Funny thing is, this game bears no resemblance to Seattle, AZ, or even St Louis. Those defenses are much tougher than What we saw today.

    Atl’s defense is not very good, as we saw. When Kappy was protected he did fine. I’m still pissed about all the drops. It has been happening all season. I see so many WRs make their QBs look good. Ours kill drives with regularity.

    Still and all a win is a win. With so many teams fair to middling, they could sneal in to a playoff spot if they can win a few in a row.

    Hey, it could happen.

  43. snarkk says:

    Crabby caught over 100 yds in passing today and 2 TDs from Carr. He’s having a good season of getting open, catching balls, This shows how last year’s Niner offense didn’t use him properly at all — the Harbs / Roman “offense”.

  44. Nipper says:

    Even Skeebers isn’t too unhappy today. In a day or two he should be himself.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    RTF, I’m not sold on Seattle. They have looked eminently beatable this year. RW isn’t killing it like before, their O line is weaker, and their defense isn’t near as good as last year.

    Snarkk, Oakland has Amari Cooper and a couple other decent WRs to go with Crabs. Their line does a better job as well. Plus, they actually can scheme to get guys open consistently.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Irish, I need a game day summary of what went down. I hear tickets are cheap now.

    Were there a lot of empty seats yesterday?

    • Irish Kevin says:

      Hi Chuck, I don’t know about cheap seats, but yes a lot of empty ones, the band wagoner fans have definitely jumped ship!! Ha ha

  47. Winder says:

    Much needed win yesterday. Our defense excelled and it was good to see our offense work for the most part. Gabbert showed that he’s a decent backup. He also showed that Kappy has some serious problems. I am a Kappy fan but if he can’t get the basics down he will have to go. I know he’s a superior athlete but yesterdays game showed quite a few of his flaws. I still feel Baalke should have been fired a week ago and I still hope that happens soon. Also, Atlanta practically gave us that game and I bet their HC is getting raked over the coals at this very moment. As far as draft order I would rather win every game and pick wherever. I still think we will be a top 5 pick though but unless we’re smart it won’t make any difference.

  48. unca_chuck says:

    Problem is there are a lot of bottom feeders this year. 21 of the 32 teams are at or below .500. 14 teams at 3 wins or less. We are 29th as it is even with the win but we are just hitting the bye so some teams nay catch us.

    What to do?

    • Nipper says:

      Run for the hills!

    • Winder says:

      I dunno I just can’t see us tanking any games, to me that’s as low as it gets.

    • rtfirefly says:

      The Niners currently have the 9th worst record. The Chargers could tie them with a win tonight. There are 3 teams at 3-5, 1 of them (KC) a clear dog next week.

      The problem is the Niners Strength of Schedule. They currently rank #3 hardest in the league, behind only the Steelers and Brownies.

      They would currently draft #9. Factoring in the bye, that could drop to as low as #12 next weekend.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Oh, and the Falcons currently rank #32 in SOS. Can you say overrated?

      • Winder says:

        At least we’ve known about our serious problems for awhile, they must now be sinking in to the team and the fans of Atlanta. I can’t ever remember so many shitty teams in any one NFL season.

  49. Irish Kevin says:

    What I did like is no scoring in the second half, are you telling me that Atlanta made perfect adjustments and shut down the offense? That is unacceptable!!

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Ahhhh.. Shoulda looked up ESPN to determine our spot in the standings. Yes, we are 9th as of now. Guess we either hope for a Chicago loss to stay ahead of them in our faint playoff hopes, or a Chicago win to position ourselves better for the 2016 draft.

    Funny thing is, the 2 wildcard teams are, if the season ended today are the Vikings and the Falcons. Teams we beat. 12 wins between them.

    Just need to jump 7 teams to get there.

    New thread is up.

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