Game Day Part Deux! Carolina in the Morning . . .

1-0 and the fans are rejoicing. Sort of. Guardedly optimistic? Depends on who you talk to. To me, the team looks a lot more coherent and solid that last year’s version. The lines look a lot better as well. and, speaking of last year, this season started just like last year. A strong Monday night victory against a supposed up-and-coming team followed by an East Coast trip through 3 time zones against a very strong team on a short week and the early game to boot. Hopefully the outcome of this game will be a little better than last year’s debacle at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers and their 48-18 thrashing.

This time around we only get the defending NFC champs, the Carolina Panthers. They of course were a field goal away from beating their Super Bowl conquerors, the Denver Broncos. So, how does this work out for us? Well, it is very hard to say. Our offense looks fairly similar to the one trotted out by the Broncos. Short passes, misdirection runs, runs from 3 WR sets, and some read-option. Gabbert had a fair-to-middling game, one where he missed wide open guys, but he also kept drives alive with his legs, and by buying time on the run. Still and all 22-35 for 170 and 1 TD isn’t going to stop any clocks, or even get the fantasy crowd excited, but a decent enough game. Will that fly tomorrow? I don’t think so. He left too many passes in the danger zone and should have been picked off a couple times, and missed an easy TD early on. The run game, namely Carlos Hyde needs to have a big game for this to work. I like the idea of getting a lot of WRs in the patterns to unload the box.

Amazingly, the 49ers last week were 4-4 in the red zone against what was supposed to be a top-tier defense. But they pretty much laid down by the end of the 3rd quarter, and their offense was flat to say the least. Carolina? Well, Denver has the blueprint for beating Carolina down pat. Pressure pressure pressure. Get people in his grille and make him rush his throws. Contain is also important, but the biggest thing is pressure. The DBs did well last week, and in the preseason. They again will be key to slowing down the Carolina offense. Keep the ball in Newton’s hands give the pas rush a better shot of getting to him.

Still and all,  I think we lose, but we play well in the cause. 24-20 Panthers.

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113 Responses to Game Day Part Deux! Carolina in the Morning . . .

  1. Winder says:

    Chuck – we will know a lot more after tomorrow’s game. I just want us to play tough, not make to many mistakes and at least look like were having some fun. I would like a win also but I doubt that will really happen.

  2. NJ49er says:

    Tough to see this one being anything but a loss.
    I’ll be happy to see our D hold them under 30.

    Panthers – 28
    9ers – 17

  3. unca_chuck says:

    And, why the fuck not? This twitter site has some of the funniest shit on the intertubes . . .

  4. unca_chuck says:

  5. rob says:

    I agree with NOFEAR
    Bring back DENNIS.

  6. Nipper says:

    Is Dennis drunk as a skunk?

  7. Berger says:

    I can see us winning today but I give it only about a 10% or 15% chance. I think we lose by at least 10 points.

  8. Winder says:

    What an opportunity missed

  9. Winder says:

    fuck Ginn

  10. unca_chuck says:

    No pressure on Newton

  11. Irish Kevin says:

    So much for error free

  12. Winder says:

    that is gonna get us killed

  13. Winder says:

    looks like it might be a long day

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    This is what you get when you run the ball consistently, the chance for a fumble is huge! The Niners still don’t throw the ball consistently down the field! Sure there is a chance of an interception, but less so due to the rules that protect the QB and the receivers. With a running game defenders are always trying to rip that ball out of the running backs hands.

  15. Winder says:

    Gotta keep Tory involved

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Gabbert has to make that throw.

  17. Winder says:

    yeah, we gotta make those plays.

  18. Winder says:

    That shit’s gotta stop

  19. Irish Kevin says:

    Kelly needs to mix the run and pass better,

  20. Irish Kevin says:

    Pass again

  21. Irish Kevin says:

    Hold on to that ball!!!

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Running up the gut seems to be working better

  23. Winder says:

    Fuck yeah

  24. Irish Kevin says:

    Whoop whoop, TD

  25. unca_chuck says:

    There you go! Gabbert waited nicely

  26. Winder says:

    All they got left at RB is tolbert

  27. Winder says:

    That didn’t last long

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Bethea let him go.

  29. Irish Kevin says:

    WTF was that??

  30. Irish Kevin says:

    Wtf was that

  31. Irish Kevin says:

    I know the thinking is don’t pass when you are down by your own end zone, but you have to do something more than run 3 times, that was awful to watch

  32. Winder says:

    they just don’t have the confidence yet. It’s our QB

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Some good some bad from Gabbert.

  34. Winder says:

    That was piss pour ball

  35. unca_chuck says:

    For all the shit, tge d is barely hanging on. No pressure on Newton. Missing Lynch today.

  36. Winder says:

    Anyway we are still in it

  37. Winder says:

    need to play all 60 min

  38. rtfirefly says:

    Being down only 7 to the conference champs at halftime is a helluva performance given the short week and early start. Let’s see if the D wears out from those peripheral things in the second half.

    I should’ve jumped in and picked the Niners for 9 wins. I almost did. I wouldn’t look so silly when they win 11 and the NFC West.

  39. 12th man says:

    One Bethea blown coverage from being in the lead, nice. Need to blitz Can a little more, not enough pressure.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    That was horrendous.

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Gabbert gives up on plays before there is ANY pressure.

  42. Irish Kevin says:

    Now we get to see how good Chip is at making adjustments. 3 and out does not look like any adjustments were made.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    This pass rush is doing nothing.

  44. Irish Kevin says:

    Okay, so in previous years the coaching staff was extremely stubborn and tried to stick to the running game, even though down by double digits, let’s see if that philosophy holds true With Chip.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Well Gabbert is giving up on plays way too quick. That 3rd down check to the WR for a 2 yard loss was horrible. And there was no pressure.

    This sucks. Another 3 and out.

    The phantom call on the last drive was huge. No one saw it.

  46. Irish Kevin says:

    And the stubbornness continues

  47. unca_chuck says:

    Turn for the ball Brock.

  48. unca_chuck says:

    3and outs are killing us

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Now they have to clown it up.

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Well 3 yards in the 3rd quarter will lose games. Every time.

  51. unca_chuck says:

    A first down! They are playing off coverage now.

  52. unca_chuck says:

    Deep guy was WIDE OPEN.

  53. unca_chuck says:

    Not one pass to the end zone

  54. unca_chuck says:

    A Ted Ginn special.

  55. Lurker John says:

    Irish Kevin, apologies for the sandwiches comment last night, it was out of line. The frustrations with Casilla finally boiled over, but that’s no excuse.

  56. unca_chuck says:

    D ain’t getting sny rest but we are in it.

  57. Lurker John says:

    I told you these dudes wouldn’t roll over!!

  58. Lurker John says:

    I’m not watching today, so 75 yds to VD?

  59. rtfirefly says:

    The L.A. Rams scored!

  60. Irish Kevin says:

    Now the Niners are just getting sloppy.

  61. Irish Kevin says:

    Well I can’t remember the last time the Niners scored more than 14 points two games in a row.

  62. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah Carolina is tge better team by far but we didn’t quit. Til now. McDonalds drop was huge.

  63. rtfirefly says:

    A great performance! Y’all didn’t really expect to beat the Panthers, did ya? The Niners pulled to within 7 in the 4th qtr. They did this on the backs of a great defensive play, a great special teams play, and the TD to Vance.

    The Niners aren’t there (yet?), but they’re worlds better than last year’s version. Now, if only they had a QB…

  64. Lurker John says:

    Back to earth for the D, but against the defending NFC champs. Growing pains are to be expected. Again, I couldn’t watch this one, but the team fought back and that’s always a good sign. Looking forward to highlights and further discussion. The Niners now have a better idea of what they need to improve on.

  65. Nipper says:

    BOO HOO! Niners crash to earth. Now reality………..

  66. Winder says:

    We need to groom a QB asap. I would drop a player or two off the PS and start auditioning.

  67. 12th man says:

    2 more losses where they can clearly see Gabbert is either inaccurate downfield or afraid to try and Kap is back.

  68. unca_chuck says:

    Rams up by 6 with a minute left.

  69. unca_chuck says:

    Rams force the fumble and win!

  70. unca_chuck says:

    Tied for first. With everyone else in the division.

  71. unca_chuck says:

    Gabbert still makes rookie mistakes. Throwing into double coverage, missing open guys and checking down way too quick.

    Granted McDonald’s drop was huge as that would have been a big play.

  72. Berger says:

    Are we in first in the division? I’m thinking we win the tie breakers! Raise you hand if you had the 49ers in 1st place after 2 games. My hand isn’t up.

  73. Berger says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the QB yet. We just went against two of the, if not the 2, best defenses in the NFL. We put 57 points on the board. That isn’t bad.

  74. rtfirefly says:

    The Raiders will be nothing if not entertaining this year. With 2:00 to go still, their two game net is Opponents 69 Raiders 63. LOL – take the over.

  75. Berger says:

    The biggest difference in this game was Carolina had Kelvin Benjamin and we didn’t. The other problem was our lack of pressure on the QB. Eli Harold is a terrible pass rusher. We really missed Lynch today.

  76. Winder says:

    Lol, the Rams held the seachumps to 3 points. Go figure. Fuck it, I feel better about the season already.

  77. Nipper says:

    We all knew this one was going to be a loss. Cam Newton with no pass rush to speak of, what else can you expect? Niners need much better players to compete with Carolina.

  78. Flavor says:

    at leas they made it interesting. Although it’s funny that we are giving the team props and they gave up 46 points. And Gabbert completely sucks. If we aren’t cutting Kaep, my preferred move, then we might as well put him out there. Win or lose, I’d like to see him get sacked, hard. And he’s gotta be better than Blabbert’s boring ass. Blabbert makes me miss Alex Smith,…..

  79. Berger says:

    One of the biggest users of the Sardine Can Offense, Norv Turner, just used spread formations to get Minihaha on the board.

  80. rtfirefly says:

    Color me shocked. AP’s hurt after being a non-factor all game (not why I’m shocked), but Badford looks terrific!

  81. unca_chuck says:

    Seattle doesn’t look nearly as formidable as they did that’s for sure. But they still have a very good defense.

    • NJ49er says:

      And Russell isn’t moving well on a bum wheel.
      I liked what LA id on Offense. Lots of short stuff while sticking with Gurley enough to keep them honest.
      Officiating certainly did a Class-A Homer job for LA too I thought.

  82. Berger says:

    Want to know how to best cover Kelvin Benjamin? With a pass rush, which we don’t have. And some Mensa has decided Marcus Rush should stay on the PS. I’m not saying he is the answer but what we are doing now is not working. Our Mensas have decided a 5th ILB is more important than a pass rush. They have also decided to use Eli Harold as a primary pass rusher. Maybe after watching the Carolina game film some changes will be made.

    • NJ49er says:

      Eli is in Plebe-mode 101.
      He was basically a designated rusher in College, now trying to learn other responsibilities as a Pro.
      Liked him in College, hoping he’ll continue to improve with more game reps.
      He’s obviously put in the off-season work to bulk himself up, which is a good sign.
      One thing to his credit, he’s working at it.

  83. Nipper says:

    Blaine Gabbert is really a tough sell. Chipper will have to come to his senses eventually and find something better. Chuck’s dog could play the position almost as good. Trouble is his dog would bring the ball back to the line of scrimmage and wait for a dog treat. And dogs are smart that way, they will not take the pounding. They bite back!

    • NJ49er says:

      Gabbert is rushing things IMO.
      He’s got to set his feet and improve his mechanics.
      The plays are well designed and, for the most part, guys are getting open.
      He’s got to deliver when it matters.
      Can’t forgive the drops today but, Gabbert has his share of blame on others.
      It’ll come with reps.
      No reason to panic just yet.
      I can honestly say I was able to watch and not want to vomit.

  84. NJ49er says:

    One immediate dividend with the Chip Kelly Offense, is the sideline communication system.
    Will pretty much offset the 12th Quacks in Seattle I’d guess.
    Gotta get the rhythm and tempo improved however.
    We looked like a ‘short-week’ road team today.
    Ground game never materialized either.
    Have to have it next week.

  85. unca_chuck says:

    Problem is we came out of the half completely shitty again. 4 3 and outs last week. 3 today. Carolina took advantage. For whatever reason we come out flat. Without all the turnovers we lose big.

    • NJ49er says:

      True enough Chuck.
      Gabbert needs to get into gear.
      He’s throwing flat-footed/off balance too often for starters.
      Heard commentary suggesting he’s picked up Chip’s Offense quicker than anyone Chip worked with previously.
      Fine. Nice to hear and all but, he’s not executing it.
      Hats off to the Defense however. They were out there much too long, thanks to those 3-&-Outs.
      Brutal heat and humidity as well.

      All in all, a valiant effort IMO.
      As stated, they were watchable.
      Have to clean it up on Offense, which starts with Gabbert making some clutch throws, and, his targets hanging onto the one’s he does deliver accurately.
      Play design and play calling seemed to be on point most of the day at least.
      Just didn’t execute enough.
      Play of the day, (for me), was QPat hustling over to peel Kuechly off VMcD on the TD run.
      Had VMcD handled the other throw on the opposite side of the Field that could have turned the game.

  86. NJ49er says:

    I expected the passing game to take time in a new system.
    Having to grab WRs off the street late in PS didn’t help.
    But, as we saw today, when the running game doesn’t get going, it stalls the rhythm.
    We just looked flat and out of sync.
    Let’s hope they’re up collectively for the nemesis ‘Hawks next week.
    Carlos admitted he rushed his reads somewhat today.
    Said he didn’t allow his blocks time to materialize.
    Gotta get him going for one. He’s also gotta hang onto the ball for two.
    Spotted them a gift scoop and score which didn’t help.
    For the most part, OL gave Gabbert time today but, we know the results weren’t worthy of any praise.

  87. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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