Game Day! Or, the Winter of My Discontent

Well, here we are at yet another crossroad, with Seattle in the headlights. The team, in my estimation, has done everything wrong, what with the latest news that Colin Kaepernick is on the shelf for the rest of the season, and likely his career, with the 49ers. So, here we sit, with our QB, Blaine Gabbert, the guy recently voted the worrst backup in the NFL, as our standard-bearer. Our backup QB is the one and only Dylan Thomas, who epically wrote, “Do no go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Certainly this proves that he’s a follower of the 49ers.

Oh, Dylan Thompson? Ahhh. He’s our backup QB. Undrafted, cut, and PSed, he famously said, “What’s a Gamecock?” So, this latest tossing of our budding superstar gone awry to the scrap heap comes with the usual amount of WTF? because, as of yesterday morning, CK was listed as probable, and no one was very concerned about his non-throwing-shoulder injury. Reports are he wanted the surgery, but no one has outright said that. There is the school of thought that they want out of the contract and will cut him before the $11.6 mill 2016 salary (and injury ins) kicks in, so they said, you’re finished this year.

So,  once again the focus of the 49ers falls upon the shadowy machinations of a front office that seems to breed discontent and whispered innuendo as a staple of their existence. From Nolan/Sing forward, there always seems to be a lot of backroom whispering among the brass about how to deal with problems. None of which are straightforward and transparent. Singletary talked of rats on the ship, and Harbaugh certainly dealt with his giant obfuscation pie dealing with Baalke and York. Problem is, he had his own spin machine set to overdrive, and the mutually agreed-upon napalming of their coexistence went up in a cataclysmic and virtually guaranteed fireball.

Now we have this. Our once-and-future quarterback, hand-picked by Jim Harbaugh himself, a superstar in the making who is now seemingly lost and befuddled by an offense that was, in their words,  dumbed down so he could run it effectively. Sure, that sounds good on paper, and the results these last 2 seasons bear this out, but the problems with the team are much more than just Kappy’s doing. The player turnover was not his doing, nor the last few  dogshit drafts, especially on offense,  of our teflon GM, Trent Baalke.

This team bears no resemblance to the Scotty-built team that underachieved so greatly under Singletary, but was loaded with high draft choice talent. I don’t know if Baalke resents Haraugh so much that he wants to distance himself from everything St. Jim, or if he really feels that the way to go is Blaine Gabbert. Makes NO sense if this was their decided course of action, because they should have drafted a backup to Kaepernick at least this year, if not 2014. So, again, this front office has the perception of being a bunch of clueless idiots that can’t see further than their collective noses. Can’t say I disagree. Kappy may not realize his full potential, but he certainly is better off somewhere else.

The 49ers? Well, we are in fine fettle with our backup QB raging against the dying light.

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139 Responses to Game Day! Or, the Winter of My Discontent

  1. Nipper says:

    Blaine Gabbert …… your new 9ers QB Rah, rah, rah………Go team!

  2. Winder says:

    There is absolutely no reason not to play balls-out football. I hope whatever we have left in the tank gets let loose today. It’s definitely a brand new day.

  3. Nipper says:

    In the words of Bakkentom-Bullit …….”We’re screwed! Mommy!

  4. Irish Kevin says:

    What the hell, 2 runs and then 3rd and long!!! Don’t tell me the Niners are going back to that shit call playing!!

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    Well I guess we are going backwards in the play calling

  6. rob says:

    Bummer we’re gonna get our butts kicked. Im thinking gabbert doesn’t last 4 -games before he joins kap on IR.
    Hey at least we’ll be drafting in the top ten.

  7. Irish Kevin says:

    If I see a run on first down when they are down by 14, I will know the Niner offensive coaches don’t know jack shit!!

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Riight. The obligatory special teams penalty. Jimmy Ward having a shit day already.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    We should just not touch any punts and down every kickoff.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Can we throw more than 2 yards?

  11. unca_chuck says:

    That was one with too much air under it.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Come on folks, no lit fans out there?

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Beating a dead horse, but shouldn’t that be Smith on the fly route?

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Our comfort zone. 3rd and 11.

  15. rob says:

    It’s looking more like 40 – 6

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Ahhh. Just enough to come up short. .

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Marshawn who? Fuck. 20 yards a rush.

  18. Irish Kevin says:

    Moving the ball at will, Seattle just plays their best games against the Niners

  19. unca_chuck says:

    What’s the contingency now, Jed? Youv’e run off your QB. Now who do you blame?

    We aren’t tackling for shit. Where is Cromartie? Acker completely fucked that.

  20. Irish Kevin says:

    Down by 21, this becomes a must score set of downs!!! And they must score quickly, don’t fuck around by trying to use up clock time!!

  21. Irish Kevin says:

    WTF was that

  22. twinfan1 says:

    Short honeymoon.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Yup. That’s on Kaepernick.

  24. Lurker John says:

    Offense struggling? Got the touchdown blues? You QB getting pounded every game? Who ya gonna call? The Niners defense!!! A sure cure for all your offensive woes!

    What a fucking joke. Against one of the 10 most mediocre offensive lines in football, the entire DL is getting blown off the ball on every down. A Pop Warner team could tackle better than these guys. I don’t know what Mangini is doing during the week, but it ain’t getting his goddamn defense ready to play.

    It’s just hard to fathom how bad this entire team has become. If this entire turd of a coaching staff isn’t canned after the season, I’m going to shit. It’s killing me to watch this once-proud franchise sink to these depths.

  25. Irish Kevin says:

    This is going to be a long day!!

  26. Lurker John says:

    What the hell is wrong with the tackle just made? Fuck Ed Hochuli. 15 yards for a perfect special teams hit.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    This all leads to Baalke. We need a GM to hire a new staff. Everyone has to go. Jed needs to get out from under Trent’s spell.

    The only good thing to come out of Gabbert starting is to show that this team’s problems are not with Kaepernick.

    Leads with his shoulder. Bad call. Fuck this. Defenseless? I guess you cant tackle these days.

  28. Lurker John says:

    Hochuli needs to be put out to pasture. The dude has lost it. But as long as he gets multiple chances every game to flex his biceps, the league is good with it.

  29. Irish Kevin says:

    This is a waste of a challenge!!

  30. rtfirefly says:

    Game’s not on the boob tube and I couldn’t get a stream going. Took the entire first half to reboot with this crap Windows 10 memory waster. Did I miss anything? LOL Blaine Gabbert to the rescue – Kappy sucks!

  31. Lurker John says:

    You missed the Niners finally hitting rock bottom. Tomsula suck, Baalke sucks, the whole kit and caboodle sucks. Sad times in Santa Clara. Seatlle is embarrassing them today.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Guys catch passes and there’s 10 yards of clear field around him.

  33. Lurker John says:

    The D just didn’t show up today.

  34. rtfirefly says:

    Seems like we’ve almost gained as many yards through penalties as total offense. 38 yards for the entire first half? Is that a record?

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Well, they have a lot of shitty 1st halfs.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Brilliant call there. One yard pass to the flat followed by a run. Seattle calls time.

    Shoot me again. Stab me in the eyes with hot needles.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Gee, that 3rd timeout would come in handy.

  38. twinfan1 says:

    Sweet drive there.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    HEY!! A sign of life. Seattle goes soft and gives this up.

  40. Irish Kevin says:

    Mike, yeah I read about Zeke, my dog is 13, tough to watch him try the get up after laying around.

  41. Nipper says:

    The ambulances are on high alert as heartattacks all over town are exploding on fans who cannot stomach another 9ers game in Seattle. Ouch!

  42. Irish Kevin says:

    That prevent defense gets the Niners a gimme!

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Missing tackles. 0 yards turns into 25.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Man, these DBs are getting toasted.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Hey, Mike! Misery loves company, eh?

  46. rob says:

    Aw man is it just me or should we have gone for it there

  47. unca_chuck says:

    If they can hold them to a FG . . .

  48. unca_chuck says:

    Tartt makes up for his whiff.

  49. Irish Kevin says:

    What is it with the Niners and the running game, they don’t have an offensive line like Seattle or any other team that runs the ball!! Quit running the ball so much!!

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Gabby’s looking better. Then again, guys are getting open.

  51. unca_chuck says:

    Oooooh. Hate that fucking play. Throw it in the end zone.


  52. Irish Kevin says:

    Wow what a stat, Kap left 20 TD’s on the field!!

  53. Nipper says:

    Niners settle for field goal……..again.

  54. rob says:

    Cmon man where is the killer instinct

  55. Nipper says:

    Niners D is leaky in 4th

  56. unca_chuck says:

    Tartt Fuck. The tackling is atrocious.

  57. Nipper says:


  58. unca_chuck says:

    Gawd. This is fucking incredible. We are just leaving guys stupendously open. Redick.

    Defense is sucking hard. Can’t tackle, can’t cover. Still down 2 scores thanks to the missed extra points..

  59. Winder says:

    rt – I feel ya, we are having a couple days of rain with a little lightning and thunder and our internet over here is so weak that I can only stay on for a few minutes at a time. I guess I’m not missing too much though.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Weather’s perfect here, and I got a good stream for the morning game – it’s just this one, and it’s been lousy all game. I’ve only seen a little bit of it.

  60. Lurker John says:

    I know this is probably stupid, but I think Gabbert shows you something when he’s out there. He’s made some poor throws, but he’s also made some nice ones and his running ability and ability to throw on the run is not only surprising but very welcome.

    He’s young, strong-armed and mobile. Who knows what happens moving forward and in the draft, but he’s looked a hell of a lot better in this snake pit of a stadium than Kap did all year. If these fuckers could tackle this would be a game.

    Chris Myers said earlier that the coaches had evaluated film on Kap and found that he’d left 20 TD’s on the field this year. 20. That’s unbelievable.

  61. unca_chuck says:

    Missed tackles are killing the Niners. Especially on 3rd down. We could have stopped 3 drives but for missed tackles, didn’t. Bowman isn’t looking fully healthy. Tartt is having a bad game. Ward a terrible one. Acker looked like shit and got benched for Crmartie.

    Gabbert is doing OK. He’s playing like Alex. A few shots downfield but a lot of checkdowns.

  62. unca_chuck says:

    How they leave Jimmy Graham free and clear nearly every play is astounding.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    Need a turnover real quick

  64. unca_chuck says:

    Gabbert had yards to get there.

  65. unca_chuck says:

    and there you go. Fucking Pears.

  66. Nipper says:

    Bakkentom-Bullit predicted this outcome. They think they’re smart. Dare I say smug?

  67. unca_chuck says:

    What are they bitching about now that Kappy doesn’t get the blame for this?

    They are all a bunch of candy-asses. They all are pining for Alex Smith. Funny thing is, Gabbert is the second coming of Alex, based on today’s game. Are they cumming in their skivvies over the 16 point loss?

  68. unca_chuck says:

    I guess, if I was Bullitt, would dissect that horrible pass for the next 3 months. Fuck. who am I kidding?

    3 years.

  69. unca_chuck says:

    Rawls may get 300 yards rushing. Terrible show by the D line. Ane we’ve let that happen 15 times.

  70. Lurker John says:

    This one of the worst tacking games I can remember, by any team. Just pathetic. Mangini should be right behind Tomsula on the way out the door.

  71. unca_chuck says:

    Phil I must say is too funny. He’s got nothing to say but how wonderful his hindsight is. I suppose this moral victory is paying off in spades for the 49ers. Go Blaine!!!

    He wasn’t upset (!) at the first win of the year. Now he’s saying he saw the downfall before LAST season. Fucking hysterical. This is the first I’ve heard of it.

  72. Lurker John says:

    Gabbert has twice the arm Smith has. Too many check downs, I agree, but Gabbert’s potential for the big play is way higher than Smith’s.

  73. unca_chuck says:

    John, if Jed has ANY fucking stones, he’ll get rid of the entire fucking staff. From Paraage on down. None of these coaches, short of Rathman, deserves a sniff at a fucking job.

    Baalke HAS to go at the least.

  74. Lurker John says:

    Chuck, if these guys are such assholes, why give them the time of day? Ignore them and let that stress go. You’re giving them all the power by letting them rile you up.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Ahhh, it just makes me laugh. They can’t pat themselves hard enough on the back to crow about the downfall. As if Harbaugh could have won with this team.

  75. Lurker John says:

    I would love to see Baalke go but I get the feeling Jed will keep him around for another year. But this ain’t working and Jed does need to have just that, stones. It’s almost like Baalke is intimidating him or something.

  76. Flavor says:

    Thomas Rawls
    he ran that damn bawls.

  77. Lurker John says:

    “Baalke also said the decision for Kaepernick to undergo surgery was a mutual one.

    “There were multiple doctors involved,” he said. “He had a first opinion from ours, and then he had a second opinion.”

    Yeah, just like the decision to can Harbaugh was mutual.

  78. Nipper says:

    When all else fails…….There’s always Dignity Health full of “human kindness” for fans with weak hearts.

  79. Lurker John says:

    Miserable defensive effort. It seemed like Jimmie Ward was beat on every play, run or pass. Doug Baldwin isn’t fast but he blew past Ward multiple times. This guy’s a first round pick?

  80. Lurker John says:

    Dubs going for 15-0 tonight against the Nuggets.

  81. Flavor says:

    Alex Boone: “It was a shitty performance by everyone. That’s what happens when you play like shit.”

  82. unca_chuck says:

    I’ve never seen such fundamentally poor football on defense. Graham was wide open way too many times. The tacking was awful. They could have stopped at least a couple TD drives with better tackles. That being said, they had their chances but got Alexish in the red zone.

    Gabbert got moral victory #1. Be still my heart.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Funny how certain people were jumping up and down with joy over Gabbert’s great win last week. Atlanta has now lost 4 straight. Their offense scored 14 and gave up 7 in their home loss to Indy and SSI recipient Matt Hasselbeck today.

      It’s still Kappy’s fault and he’s not even on the team anymore. LOL

  83. unca_chuck says:

    This just made the rest of the next 5 years a little less stressful. If Jed sticks with Baalke, it doesn’t look good for quite a while.

    Dubs 15-0!!!

  84. rtfirefly says:

    Warriors: 15-0

  85. rtfirefly says:

    I’ve now got the Niners at #6 draft position. If you take the SOS today, our schedule hasn’t been as tough as Detroit’s, believe it or not. If we count in opponents yet to be played, we lose to Detroit but beat Dallas (who will win a bunch anyway now that Romo’s back).

    That Niner-Lion game could prove to be a monster. LOL

  86. snarkk says:

    This was a perfect game for the rest of the season. Not a total blowout. Some competitiveness. See who can play and who can’t. And lose, somewhat respectably, to keep the draft position high. Dubs purposefully tanked the season they needed to keep that #8 conditional pick that would have gone to Utah, had they won one more game. That pick turned into Harrison Barnes, and he’s been a real impact player helping the Dubs to the champeeeenship. Not to say Baalke will pick the next Montana with the #5 instead of the #6, but every bit helps. Canning Baalke and the entire front office and coaching staff would actually be the best start for the offseason…

  87. rtfirefly says:

    Oh goody, maybe we WILL get another four months of leaks:

    Best comment exchange:
    “Do you know for a fact the FO made them?

    If so, please site your source. I’ll hold my outrage until there is more than blog speculation.”
    “Why make them then?

    Why would announcers make comments about a player that is now on IR for the season, there’s 0 gain during the game. Gabbert played well enough to talk about him alone.
    The Front Office on the other hand has a vested interest in making it seem like they made a good move switching…”
    Other comments on the article weren’t nearly as complimentary to the FO. Gotta love dysfunction in freefall, CYA done by amateurs…

  88. rtfirefly says:

    Better still, according to MM Kappy went to the FO about his shoulder injury AFTER WEEK 4! I guess, according to a commenter who appears in the know, a torn labrum develops/worsens over time. But still how nice of the Niners’ FO to be piling onto a guy who is already on IR and who informed them of the injury after a game which put the Niners at 1-3 – against opponents who are ALL playoff bound and among the best in the league, including the 8-2 Cards, 7-3 Pack and Vikes, and the 6-4 Steelers who had Worthless at the time.

  89. rtfirefly says:

    So the “Kappy left 20 TDs on the field” remark by the announcers came from an unnamed source in the FO. How convenient – like not telling anybody that Kappy went to the FO about his bad shoulder after Game 4. More FO bad-mouthing about a guy WHO WAS ALREADY ON IR!

  90. snarkk says:

    I’m cool with the competitive loss thing, but sheezus, what’s the deal with kicking FGs when you’re 3-6 for the season and have a 4th and 3 or whatever in the Red Zone. If you don’t make the first down or the TD, does it really make much difference? Just go for it, for Kreissakes…

  91. unca_chuck says:

    It’s all about not looking as bad as it could be I suppose. I mean against Atl they went for it a few times on 4th down. Why th chcken shit approach yesterday?

    Much more disappointing was the tackling. That’s fucked up. Fundamentally unsound.

  92. unca_chuck says:

    Bullit isn’t even hiding the fact he’s bakjentom anymore.

    Sad. Pathetic. Loser.

  93. Lurker John says:

    The punting in the 4th quarter thing really irks me. It’s exactly what someone above said, the coaches are not playing to win they’re just trying not to embarrass themselves, which they did anyway. There’s no excuse for the way the team came out yesterday, completely unprepared and devoid of any energy. Coming off a bye week that’s just inexcusable. The coaching staff, save for Rathman, should be canned for that alone.

    And Tomsula’s slack-jawed distant gaze sideline demeanor is really starting to grate on me as well. At least give the appearance that you know what you’re doing. Talk to a coach, jump up and down, something. This dude is out of his depth.

  94. unca_chuck says:

    He’s fall guy #2 behind Colin Kaepernick. Baalke is doing all he can to get rid of anyone that Harbaugh drafted or liked. To the detriment of the team.

    I’m not very encouraged with things as they stand. My worst case scenario is they will stick with Tomsula and Gabbert based on some misguided theory that they are improving. Baalke stays and drafts a backup QB in the 4th round while pissing away our high draft picks on tiny WRs.

    New thread is up.

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