Reality Checks In

Yeah, I figured this would happen. Granted, it was the defending NFC champs on a short week and a cross-country-early game, but the team at least kept trying, despite falling way behind in the 3rd quarter. And yeah, Carolina looked like they were close to unraveling completely after a Cam Newton fumble led to a FG and the subsequent kickoff was muffed by Ted Ginn and led to a quick TD.

The truth is Carolina is a better deeper team, but the team looked good at times, and looked overmatched at times. 529 to 302 in yards tell you a lot, and TE Greg Olson beat Anthoine Bethea like a drum all day. Our single coverage on Kelvin Benjamin was beaten badly as this didn’t help the pass rush in any way. . Turnovers didn’t hurt Carolina early  (Niner FG off the tipped pick) but it was a killer for Hyde as Carolina got 6 off his fumble.  Gabbert looked fairly solid till he started firing picks in the end. VMcD had a great play on a deep crossing route for a 75 yard TD, but dropped a big play on the next drive when the 49ers had clawed back into the game.  Next pass was picked off and the route was on.

Carolina was able to take away our run game with their defense, and it showed. Forcing Gabbert to take charge came with fair results, at least early. The Niners even had a 10-7 lead after scoring on a nice 28 yard pass to Torrey Smith. This off a Carolina fumble. But this lasted exactly one play, as Greg Olson caught a 78 yard bomb from Newton, and Carolina added a FG to close the half.

17-10 and the end of the half seemed pretty solid especially when the Niners deferred on the kickoff to start the game. Problem is, the 3rd quarter started with 2 three-and-outs sandwiched around two long TD drives that the defense couldn’t get stops on. So a one-TD lead became a three-TD lead. After cutting it to a 34-27 deficit, the Niners once again couldn’t stop Carolina to the tune of 7-15 on 3rd downs. That needs to improve. Yeah, it was hotter than shit, and the aforementioned short week, yadda yadda yadda, but the team showed heart, if not consistency. All aspects played well at times, and all aspects failed at times. The signs of a young team.

Gabbert for some reason just flailed at the end as he tried to bring the team back from a 10 point deficit late. Throwing into double coverage was terrible, but it came at the heels of a big play that was dropped by VMcD. He had another game where he hit some nice passes, and threw some absolute bonehead passes, and missed another deep one. 17-36  for 243, 2 and 2 is another game where he didn’t throw for 50%. This cannot continue. He missed way too many open guys, and again threw check downs off no pressure.

On defense, the pass rush was nowhere to be found. O’Neill left the corners out on their own, and Newton took advantage. And as mentioned, Olson had the game of his life as he toasted Bethea with regularity. Benjamin as well. Tough game against a team that looked like the defending NFC champs.

We played like a young team coming off a short week and a cross-country flight. Sloppy and inconsistent. Thing is we get another road test in Seattle next week. The schedulers just love us. And for what it’s worth, the whole division is 1-1 right now.

 

 

 

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150 Responses to Reality Checks In

  1. NJ49er says:

    The pass rush and Secondary play depend on each other.
    Without the ability to move Cam off his spot the DBs are toast.
    All isn’t lost after 2 games.
    There’s enough to see some reasons for optimism I think.
    Have to get the Offense into gear. Gabbert takes the reigns, or the horns, for that discussion.
    Can’t keep skipping throws to the quick hitters and expecting anything positive to occur.

  2. NJ49er says:

    I watched the Rams/’Hawks game today too.
    One thing that should work for us is Russell on a squeaky wheel behind a less than talented OL.
    Have to capitalize on that while we’re there next week.
    Curious to see whether they’ll have the taller Dontae Johnson involved too, especially with Jimmy Graham.
    Carolina had the distinct height advantage today with their WRs over our DBs.

    • Lurker John says:

      Wilson really looked hampered yesterday, more than I can remember at any other time. A couple of times he was run down by guys he’d normally leave in the dust. He was also drilled a few times on sacks. All this to say, that ankle is in pretty bad shape. The Niners will need to exploit that with a strong pass rush, which should be viable given the state of disarray their OL is in.

  3. Flavor says:

    One thing to remember is that we didn’t have to deal with Stewart who is much better than Fozzy Bear and Fat Tolbert. But all in all, not an awful 2nd game (like last year’s 2nd game). At some point Chip has to want to see someone with more talent than Gabby in there. He’s set up these beautiful routes, guys are open and they aren’t getting hit enough by the QB. More talent could be Kaep but I like the idea of Ponder. Why not?

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Lynch is sure being missed. And you have to wonder that if we have another game where the pass rush is nonexistent whether they bring Marcus Rush in from the PS. As a 3rd down pass rusher he could prove to be a disruptor.

    Pressure was not there and Newton is going to kill that. But, hey, they ain’t the NFC champs for nothing. Given the Panthers had 10 days of rest to our 6 and all the rest, I think we did OK for ourselves. Nothing spectacular, but we have put up points at least.

    A funny side note. Since Russell Wilson didn;t throw a TD pass, our own Blaine Gabbert owns the NFL’s longest active TD pass-in-a-game streak at 12.

    And if the playoffs started today, we are in 1st place! Due to our 1-0 record in the division.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    I wonder how long it would take to GET to Ponder. Gabbert would have to go down to injury, and Kappy would have to suck before I think he gets a shot.

    He was the only one in preseason throwing to the WRs so, it isn’t the worst idea, I just don’t think it happens without some huge problems with the other 2.

  6. rtfirefly says:

    You heard it here first.

    Niners 20 Seahawks 16

    Unfortunately, that will mean Gabbert stays in, but hey! You take what you can get.

  7. 12th man says:

    Gabbert at less than 50% completion percentage. All QB’s get dropped passes so that doesn’t cut it in the excuse department. He overthrew or skipped off the dirt or didn’t pull the trigger or checked down way too many times. In his interview he keeps saying he should check down more, that its good to do.

    The 3rd quarter was brutal for the second week in a row. The D was decent but got worn out, 83 snaps east coast in that heat? The O has to do a lot better than all those 3 and outs, especially in a row. Even if they don’t score, at least the D gets a breather.

    I figured Gabbert wouldn’t be up to it and so far, despite last weeks win, he isn’t.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah that’s my take as well. A loss to Seattle may bring about a QB change. I don’t know. Gabbert lie good at times and flat shitty at times. I noted somewhere that 3 TD quarters are bad so far. 2 three and outs surrroundd by 2 long TD drives by Carolina sealed the deal.

    • 12th man says:

      Gabbert is inconsistent and Alex Smith heavy with the check downs, maybe because he has no confidence in his long ball and or receivers. He has the arm and see’s the field, just rushes things and is risk averse, which is possible if the run game is a monster and the D is on top of things.

      This guy ain’t bringing a team back 21 points though.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I think we had 4 three and outs to start the 2nd half vs the Rams.

    • 12th man says:

      I think you’re right. I figure 2 more losses where Gabbert’s small balls and inaccuracy are the concern and they pull him.

      Personally I don’t want Kap back as the starter. I prefer to see what Ponder has. Just don’t see the team skipping over the 12 million dollar back up to get to the painter.

  10. 12th man says:

    I don’t think Gabbert was sacked. He had a beautiful clean pocket the whole game. Under that circumstance, there is no excuse for his performance. Hitting a strike here and there won’t cut it.

    • unca_chuck says:

      There were 2 sacks. But that isn’t even the problem. What pissed me off was the 3rd and 10 pass Gabbert threw sideways to a WR that had no blocking in front of him. it lost 2 yards. He checked down before the play even developed. If it was WR screen, then all the blockers ran away. It wasn’t a WR screen. It was a check down.

      • 12th man says:

        Thx for the correction, I missed a few plays here and there. I did see that particular play though inexplicable, like Kap missing an uncovered WR on the LOS in the Ram game. Gabbert just seems in too much of a hurry, panicked almost. He has time, this O line is the Berlin Wall so far, he better get his act together soon, the stage hook is coming.

  11. 12th man says:

    Not that I mistake this blog for a democracy, but I would vote for Dennis to blog here. I know some posters don’t like him, Flavor for one and you too Chuck, but I like the old drunken sot. I take everything he posts for the tongue in cheek bullshit it is, and find it funny not offensive.

    My 2 c

    • rtfirefly says:

      I like Dennis, but he pushed me over the edge. First, he stopped posting about football and posted about his drunken life and exploits over and over and over. Enough already! I’m not his bartender, nor his therapist.

      What got me is his “I hope he dies from eye cancer” line. I survived cancer which very nearly killed me and left me disabled. I took care of my father in his last days dying from cancer. Excuse me if I’m offended, really offended. Dennis was warned and yet came back and posted the same thing. Excuse me if I’m offended, really offended.

      If Dennis sticks to football and his ducks and his 40 ft. Christmas tree, I’ll welcome him back. I think at heart he’s a really good guy. But I have my limits, and if Dennis crosses them, I’ll speak (write) my mind and it won’t be pretty.

      • 12th man says:

        I remember that RT. I’m not saying he doesn’t cross the line, he does, but anyone who posts close to or over the line will offend somebody, not everyone will find everything funny all the time, we all have our own taboo areas, but they are ours.

        I have a good friend who adopted a Chinese child, a little doll. Thing is anytime someone says anything derogatory about China he takes as a personal offense and wants to fight, usually in a bar watching football.

        I don’t take anything Dennis says seriously.

        Just my thoughts.

  12. Nipper says:

    Gabbert is not long for his job. He sucks most of the time. Chipper will get tired of his ass. Looks like Kap or Ponder will be up next when Gabbert is relegated to the sidelines. We all know this is going to happen sooner or later.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Nope, not gunna happen. Dennis has burned way too many bridges with me, people here, and people other places in very disgusting ways. I already gave him 3 chances to keep it cool, but he went overboard every time.

    Give ’em enough rope and all that.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Found a few good ones in the spam filter, and about 60 from V and Dennis.

  15. Berger says:

    Chip mentioned in his press conference we need to throw more often early to open up the run game. I interpreted it to mean throwing more often on first down. I hope so.

  16. Berger says:

    Gabbert is OK. Criticizing him at this point is easier than criticizing Alex Smith because he has a pocket to throw from. Alex was usually under a lot of pressure. Still, give a couple more games for the WRs to get on the same page with this system. I just learned from Chip’s presser that his system allows the receivers to adjust their routes based on the coverage. They will need some game experience to get more on the same page with the QB.

    • Berger says:

      Having said the above, even though Gabbert is OK he doesn’t seem to have the ‘it’ factor. I don’t think Kap has ‘it’ either. Does Ponder have ‘it’? I don’t know but I know our other two QBs don’t.

      Personally, I would cut Kap over his 14 mil guaranteed next year for injury since he isn’t the obvious starter and go with Gabbert and Ponder. Then sign a PS QB.

      • 12th man says:

        I would cut him too. Can’t see paying 12mil this year and risking 14 mil next year on a back-up QB that didn’t beat out Gabbert and was benched for last year. Give Ponder a shot, as Chuck says, at least he throws to WR.

    • 12th man says:

      Doesn’t excuse the bad throws Berger. WR were open when he threw, its not like he is throwing anyone open.

      • Nipper says:

        He sucks. But the Chipper has to come to that conclusion not some fan.

      • Berger says:

        I agree. Except for our WRs aren’t as bad as some people thought but they aren’t great either. Give a little time for this system to slow down for the receivers and QB. Allowing WRs to read defenses and adjust the route can make a QB look bad at times.

        I like the system but it takes time. If we had a running game yesterday we would have looked much better. Chip needs to play action on 1st down more often. They had 7 and 8 in the box with us in a spread formation and Chip kept trying to run into it. It just did not make sense to me. By the time we had to throw the defense knew it. We did not do a good job of keeping the defense on their heels.

      • Lurker John says:

        Exactly, Nipper, which is why any given fan’s opinion doesn’t hold any water. I think I’ll stick with Chip’s judgement on this matter. 2 games is a paltry amount of time to make sweeping judgements about a QB and whether to pull him or not. If and when Chip decides a change needs to be made, that’s when it will be the other guy’s turn. Until then Gabbert is the man.

      • Lurker John says:

        My point being, is putting Kap in right now going to cure the ills? Chip doesn’t think so and that’s good enough for me. Gabbert is no one’s dream QB but there’s not a whole lot of options right now. 2 games. Not much of a sample size.

  17. Berger says:

    Me thinks Baalke has been on the phone with the Browns trying to trade Kap and they weren’t interested.

  18. 12th man says:

    By the way, NFL Sunday Ticket now has a student discount. Its for streaming the games so you no longer need DirecTV satellite service. Works the same way, you get all the games. Its $99 cut into 4 payments.
    My kid is in college but that isn’t necessary, just type in the nearest college to your home and a birth age appropriate to college and viola! Its good for 5 streaming devices too.

  19. 12th man says:

    Some good news.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/nfl-penalizes-seahawks-violating-rules-pete-carroll-fined

    The team was fined 400K, cheatin Pete was fined 200k and they lost a 5th round draft pick for repeat offenses.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    The Niners aren’t cutting Kappy despite the impetus to do so. He’s either traded or he starts some time soon. This Seattle game will determine the course of the future. Another haphazard effort from Gabbert likely will give Kaepernick the nod.

    This team is basically in tryout mode at the QB position. Sucks that it has to happen in the regular season, but this year is a transition year. They hopefully (hello, Trent?) draft a QOTF (quarterback of the future) next year, and build from there.

    • 12th man says:

      I’m not so sure Chuck, Kap is a huge injury risk for them. I said about week 4 but might be a little longer while the spotlight is on him for his protest. Not a good look to cut the martyr.

      • unca_chuck says:

        They’ve already paid him so i don’t think they are worried about that.

        The kneel down shit has pretty much subsided anyway so all he has to do is put up or shut up.

      • 12th man says:

        I don’t think you follow. I am talking about his guaranteed injury money for next year. If he gets hurt this season, playing or practice, and isn’t healthy by April 1st 2017, like he wasn’t on April 1st 2016, then he is getting another 14 million from the 49ers.

        So far he gets his 12 mil this year minus game checks for each game he doesn’t play.

        The safe bet is to cut him and only be on the hook for this money. That or bubble wrap him like RG3

        Bad enough they are paying so much for a backup, it becomes tragic if he gets another buttload of money from injury.

  21. Nipper says:

    Practice makes perfect. Chip must schedule a lot of practice.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Hmm, the Niners score 55 points in 2 games and NoFear thinks the offense is a problem?

    Granted Gabby isn’t doing very much,and we’ve had too many 3 and outs, but scoring points is scoring points. We didn’t hit 55 points last year till game 5 last year.

    The Panthers and the Rams are 2 of the better defenses, aren’t they NoFear? No, they suck. That’s your point, right? No? What is your point? That fucking Geep Chryst. Now HE could score points. Seriously?

    And funny how you don’t clamor for my return at the playpen but piss and moan over Dennis and freedom of speech here. All I did in Skeeberland was disagree with the prevailing bullshit over there. Dennis posts racists screeds and I disagree with you Harbaugh worshippers. As usual, you espouse false equivalencies. So, blow me, skippy. Save your righteous indignation for someone who gives a fuck.

    Being a hypocrite is fairly easy on 2 blogs. Esp. when you run for cover under skeebie’s skirts. At least I didn’t call you a corpse and literally bury you.

    I mean really. It’s obvious to all but the densest (hello bakkenbullitreddoggtouchdowntommy) that everyone over there reads this blog. That you are all to scared to post here makes my day. Especially you Phil. You went ’round the bend all by yourself and blamed the world.

    Hyuk!

    • Berger says:

      Because of your screed I went to the cancer site and read the last couple of posts. One thing is for sure, Skeebs is still a good writer. I don’t see what NoFear said that was so bad. Phil’s account of what happens here is funny shit. And NoFear and I both used Colinoscopy about the same time. He must have gone to the Seahawks sight and seen their fan say we are having a Colinoscopy too. It is a great word. I wish I would have read it from NoFear so I could have stolen another phrase from him! LOL!

  23. Berger says:

    I am so glad the Rams took Goff over Wentz.

    • 12th man says:

      yeah he looks good so far.

    • Lurker John says:

      I’m watching the Eagles and Bears thinking to myself, who the hell had issues with Wentz? He’s fucking tough and accurate as hell with all of this throws. He’s taken several shots tonight while delivering the ball on the money and there’s nothing at all tentative about him. He’s a gunslinger. That’s the kind of guy we need. He looks really good to me.

  24. Lurker John says:

    I don’t think Kap brings anything to the table that necessarily improves things. He’s never been an accurate passer and he doesn’t read defenses for shit. Putting him in would be change for the sake of change. I just think 2-3 games is too early to make determinations about QB. Like Berger said, you have to give the offense time to become synched in game situations, not just practice.

    If the argument is that Kap would run better, well Gabbert has been running just fine so far. Gabbert can go from making a brilliant throw on one play to a worm-burner on a screen play on the next. His problem lies between the ears, imo, but how does bringing in Kap so soon fix that issue? He’s the biggest head case in the league.

    The Seattle game will be a good test because they are beatable right now. Wilson’s injury is worse than they are letting on, so getting after him is going to be huge, as will running the ball. The fucking Clink has been a bugaboo for the Niners since the goddamn thing opened and it’s about time they came up here and kicked some ass.

    Remember Case Keenum? Well he did a pretty good job of carving up that defense yesterday, and hit a number of deep balls. If he can do it, Gabbert sure as hell can. The offense needs to be balance, which it wasn’t yesterday. Gotta run to keep the defense honest.

    • Lurker John says:

      Thomas Rawls is also hurting from that nasty ankle break at the end of last year, so you’re basically looking at Christine Michael for a running game. He’s been pretty good, but stoppable.

  25. NJ49er says:

    Was listening to the color commentary during the LA/’Hawks game yesterday regarding the plans for Goff.
    Didn’t know, until I heard them report it, that Goff never called plays or, operated from under Center in College.
    All I can say is…WTF?
    All those Picks dealt for a project QB?
    Hey, it’s LA. Local media draw, I guess?

    Look where we are right now, trying to get Kaep adjusted to the Pro-Level requirements of the QB position.
    Yeh, he’s getting WAY overpaid to warm the bench, and protest, but, he came cheap enough in the Draft.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Goff never played a down in a pro set, either. Aaron Rodgers sat for years; it worked for him. Of course, he had McCarthy and Favre to learn from and Goff has Fisher and Keenum. Oops, that’s kinda where the plan fails.

      • NJ49er says:

        Well RT, it’s good for us I guess?
        They’ll be going the same route we did.
        Run and play Defense until they can roll him out there to produce some Offense.

      • NJ49er says:

        I was extremely high on Wentz prior to the Draft but, never in a million years did I think he was worthy of all the jockeying that took place to select him where he went.
        I was hoping we could’ve stolen him in RD2 or 3.
        Another reason I’m only a Jr GM wannabe 😀

      • Berger says:

        NJ- You were the first person to bring him up. At least for me.

      • NJ49er says:

        I got an early start on my Draft homework last year Berger.
        Watching 9er football in ’15 was just too eff’n painful.
        Liked everything about Wentz’s numbers and, coming from a small College program, I expected that he’d fly under the radar.
        So much for that perspective.

  26. NJ49er says:

    As for Kaep?
    I’m still holding hope for him to be dealt to the NYJ.
    We take Mo and his Contract, for Kaep and his Contract.
    Hoping Fitz will implode sooner than later and bring that discussion to a boil.

    • NJ49er says:

      Geno Smith should be selling pretzels on game days.
      He’s not going to provide them with any future solutions.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Not gonna happen. Gabbert has a .243 career winning percentage and Kelly likes to win. Chip will give Kappy a chance sooner and later. I’m starting a rumor now. The Niners trade three 1st rounders for Jackson of Louisville in the draft.

      • NJ49er says:

        I think the clock is ticking in Baalke’s head as to when the best offer might come for Kaep RT.
        If someone experiences a Teddy Bridgewater-type injury situation and, becomes desperate enough for a plug and play QB it could happen.
        Biggest caveat is the Contract numbers attached to Kaep.
        However, that could be offset by the fact that it’s only a pay-as-you-go structured deal.

      • NJ49er says:

        We’d likely have to show him in some game action to enhance those chances however.
        Seeing as he’s working on the Afro Puff, and his National Anthem posturing, he might be a bit too preoccupied to pay attention to his Day Job responsibilities now.

      • NJ49er says:

        Was reading of some grumblings coming from the DC Clan regarding Cousins too.
        He’s got a Brinks truck full of money attached to him as well, with little to nothing to show that he’s earning it through his play.
        It’s no secret that successful NFL teams live, or die, with their QB play.

  27. Berger says:

    The best line about Kap was somebody said he looks like Angela Davis. I think it was Winder?

  28. NJ49er says:

    Another QB I thought would have worked for Chip was Dak Prescott.

  29. rtfirefly says:

    Wentz has looked terrific, no doubt, a record setting night (first two games as a rook, no turnovers).
    But the Iggles have played the Browns and the Bears. I’ll hold off crowning him until I see him play an NFL team.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’m waiting for his first signs of Rookie-itis myself.
      That’s when the City of Brotherly Love will turn on him.
      Not a patient bunch, by any stretch.

      • NJ49er says:

        Chip Kelly was the next coming of Vince Lombardi in Philly early on too.
        Once the League caught on, and his Roster trimmings began, they couldn’t get him out of town fast enough.
        City of Rabid Myopic Morons IMO.

      • rtfirefly says:

        I guess if you’ve grown used to the likes of Foles and Sanchez and Bradford, a smart young QB who wins his first two looks really, really good.

      • NJ49er says:

        They turned on Donovan McNabb after he lost the SB RT.
        They don’t come any more fickle than that Sports bunch.

    • Winder says:

      I honestly didn’t think that much of Wentz, I still would have drafted Goff ahead of him. He may take a little time but he still is one of the best passers I have ever seen.

  30. NJ49er says:

    Berger you can put Cleveland on hold for any Kaep considerations.
    Looks like they’ve opted for Charlie Whitehurst –

    http://tinyurl.com/z9jqkkr

  31. rtfirefly says:

    No bullpen. No bullpen. No bullpen.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    No one is taking on that salary. Kappy is here. We ain’t cutting him. He ain’t disappearing.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Be that as it may NJ, we have at least scored 55 points against 2 good defenses.

    Did they all forget how Chip coached in Philly? did all that tape go missing?

    • rtfirefly says:

      14 of those points came in the Rams game after Keenum threw that back breaking INT. Playing 14 down late after that is tough.
      14 of those points came in the Panthers game after great D and ST plays in the 4th qtr.

      I wouldn’t hop on the Gabbert offense bandwagon.

    • NJ49er says:

      Agree Chuck.
      We’re miles ahead of last years’ debacle of an Offense.
      Topic being, what do we pay Kaep to do?
      Granted, he might come around.
      Bigger topic is whether his Contract is prohibitive as a backup.
      The injury risks are very similar to what DC had to make a decision on with RGIII last year.
      Now they’re paying Cousins, who isn’t producing any better than Gabbert at this point.
      Tough spot for Baalke in terms of how to handle that call.
      If Kaep isn’t making a serious threat to Gabbert in short order, his Contract vs Gabbert/Ponder options becomes the question.
      Gabbert is showing signs of being gun shy, which is pretty much what he did in JAX.
      His OL is miles better right now, yet he’s still rushing things.
      He could settle down as the game reps increase, which is what we’re hoping for.
      If that doesn’t occur, we’re onto the ‘money decision’.
      We know the Seattle DL is formidable as well.
      If our OL can erase, or diminish that factor, we stand a chance.
      2 games in is no time to panic.
      It’s a debate about the longer term decision.

      • NJ49er says:

        Seattle with a hobbled Russell and an OL that looks out of sync, is something we should be able to exploit.
        Of course, we’ll have to see how that develops on Sunday.
        We were in the Carolina game in terms of play calling.
        It was the play execution that didn’t happen.
        That aspect has to improve in order for the Chip Offense to really be effective.
        Pick up the tempo, give our Defense a rest and, maybe we steal one on Sunday.

  34. Berger says:

    Bochy has lost it. He might have 3 WS titles but he sucks now. He needs to shove his Saber Metrics up his butt. For over 125 years they play traditional double play depth. Casilla had a perfect double play ball two nights ago and Crawford was not in a traditional double play position. Ball goes up the middle and everybody blames Casilla. It was the coaching staff’s fault. Same thing tonight except Panik was not playing double play depth. Ball goes up the middle. It was not the pitcher’s fault, it was the coach’s fault. The reason the traditional double play depth has been played for over 100 years is it works. Saber Metrics is for reference and fantasy leagues. Bochy needs to realize his baseball acumen should not be replaced by some numbers service.

  35. Berger says:

    Chuck, I think I have one in spam. It’s a baseball post.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Word[ress is being a bitch/

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Double play depth is the least of the Giants problems. Bochy’s problem is praying to the Grail of the lefty lefty matchup. He switches pitchers every batter late in games and it isn’t working. Casilla has blown a ton of saves. And not on ground balls. That’s 30 blown saves for the team. ANd 10 this month I think.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    We are far from an offensive juggernaut, but we didn’t hit 55 points til game 5 last year.

    Gabbert is playing like he’s under seige yet he didn’t get hit til late in the 3rd quarter last week. If he keeps playing like this, he’ll be replaced. He rushes his throws, doesn’t set his feet, and checks out of plays too fast. WIll Kappy be better? I don’t know, but at least he takes shots further downfield. The sideways pass for a 2 yard loss on 3rd and 10 was astonishing in its stupidity. It’s like he wanted nothing to do with the play. That wasn’t the only option, mainly because there were no blockers within 15 yards, but that is where he went.

  39. NJ49er says:

    Don’t look now but….Roger just threw an accelerant on Kaep’s fire –
    http://tinyurl.com/z2ctxjr

  40. Nipper says:

    So far what do we know? The Niners suck when playing a good opponent. They were up for the Rams. Blaine Gabbert sucks. The offense sucks but not as bad as last season. Niners have a long ways to go to be a decent team. They should be better than the Browns. Kap is being paid too much for not playing. Something has to change. Either play the dude or get rid of him. Chipper wants insurance because Gabbert really sucks. I fear the Seattle game. Niners can really face plant in Seattle. Ouch!

    • rtfirefly says:

      See, Nipper, I don’t think they sucked. I thought they played great. They pulled to within 7 in the 4th. A big play, a turnover, and we’re talking about a major upset. It was a great effort against a very, very good team on the road – on a short week to boot.

    • NJ49er says:

      I wonder if Kaep is attempting to add body weight with the Afro Puff?
      He’s got a long way to go if that’s the plan.
      He won’t be able to wear the damn helmet.

      • NJ49er says:

        He looks to have enough action up there to hide a small animal already.
        Screw the visor.
        Put a chihuahua in there and have the pooch look off the Safety?

      • rtfirefly says:

        Hern Edwards laughed and said he had an Afro just like that. It’s a style I like better way better than dreads, especially the kind you can tackle a guy with.

      • NJ49er says:

        Yeh those were the norm when I was growing up.
        Several guys I played ball with had ‘rakes’ hanging from them too.
        Those things were like hand-held pitchforks.

      • Lurker John says:

        I guarantee one thing, he’s gone up in helmet size trying to house that Angela Davis ‘do.

  41. rtfirefly says:

    Skeebs, I want to break with what I wrote earlier. Then I won’t bring it up again.

    Hillary Clinton is a fraud, a huckster. She is an old dinosaur who doesn’t know e-mails can be hacked (wonder why Gary Johnson is almost tied with her with millenials?). I don’t think she did anything more or less to endanger American security overseas than anybody since Ike and I’ll write arguments to back it. I haven’t trusted her since Whitewater. We had a girl like her in high school, smart, slept with the alpha male of the year to gain power, just get pushing, pushing, beyond her intelligence ior her sense.

    Or Trump. Tippeecanoe and Tyler too! A car in every garage and a chicken in every pot! Aren’t slogans great! I bought one used car from a lot in my life and I swear I trust that salesman crook more than I trust Trump.
    Any plans for paying for anything, Donald? Bernie detailed how he would pay for free education for young Americans. A tariff on millisecond speculative transactions that make financial companies richer.

    Gary Johnson, former two-time Republican New Mexico Governor, just wants to start a third party ((I’ve listened to him long before this election cycle) and wants to legalize pot – finally (MSNBC this morning, the liberal station, is questioning why Gary is running almost dead even with Hillary and ahead of Donald with millenials. That’s why young people will rule. Pot as legal as alcohol, and college if not free, affordable. These old jackasses are so stupid – no it was not Joe or Miya). If we stop invading countries for vengeance or spite and not put the total costs off the books, like George II diid with his $3+ trillion bill he left Obama with, we’ll maybe, just maybe, be able to pay for all that.

    I’ve got it easy as a voter. Hillary’s a lock because no one in my adopted state wants Feds going door to door incarcerating people. These people here are sensitive, and Latinos lived here 300 years before the Drumphs came here from Swabia.

    So it’s Johnson for me. Hillary’s rotten to the core but competent. Donald’s just a nasty tweet away from Nuclear War I. The man is certifiable, or would be if he didn’t borrow his ass off to pay the doctors.

    • Lurker John says:

      Nobody wants to remove Latinos of any variety from the country, just because they’re Latinos, just the illegals. I’m friends with several Mexicans whose families immigrated legally to the U.S. generations ago. They’ve worked their asses off and raised their families the right way and made good lives for themselves and their families. They are true Americans because they know exactly what being an American is all about.

      There’s a right way to do it and to allow anybody to do it any other way is a grave disservice to the millions of hard-working naturalized citizens who did it the right way, likely including relatives in both of our family trees.

      There’s not a fuicking thing wrong with expecting the law be followed, not in a nation built on laws.

      • rtfirefly says:

        It’s a great sentiment, LJ, and would have been better expressed thirty years ago when Ronnie gave illegals amnesty. Thirty years! There are entire families raised since then.

        One question: when the Deportation Squads (I heard Donald and his seconds in interviews, his promise is Deporation Squads) are roaming my streets, how are they to tell a New Mexican from an illegal?

        Are we tearing up and spitting on The Constitution to give Donald that power?

  42. rtfirefly says:

    If it were 2 on 2, I vote Hillary.

  43. rtfirefly says:

    I stand by Kap.

  44. Nipper says:

    Sniff…….politics on Chuck’s blog. Can’t we stick with music videos?

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, this life shit keeps getting in the way. . .

    I’m assuming that was meant for the playpen, RT. Vent away. But Iif I posted that over there, I would hear howling for 10 years. You post it there, and they purr like puss, er, kittens.

    No one really cares about the kneeldown anymore, so Goodell has to spark the embers. In his eyes, pub is pub, regardless of where or how. Like he’s responsible for the players making a stand because he’s not coming down on them. He’s worse than Bud Selig. Which is saying something. What a fucking snake oil salesman.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Thanks for following, NoFear. The Central Scrutinizer knows all . . .

  47. Berger says:

    I’m feeling good about this game vs the Seahawks. Don’t know if I’m going to predict a win yet. I might. I won’t be able to watch the game. I’ll be in route to be at my fathers funeral n Monday. I’ll watch the tape DVR on Tuesday.

  48. Berger says:

    To follow up on my last post. My father died last week and is being buried in a military cemetery next to my uncle. My uncle was a Blue Angel and my father was a Sargent in Korea.

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Sorry to hear that, Bergs.

    My father was AAF/AF pilot as well.

  50. Lurker John says:

    12th, did you use your actual age? I put in 55 and was flat rejected. LOL. Hey, even old guys go back top school!

  51. Lurker John says:

    NJ, with Wentz, I don’t think the league catches on to things like toughness, a willingness to stand in and take a shot to deliver the ball on target, and a cannon arm with thread the needle accuracy. He just has that something about him that makes him look legit. He’s mobile. There doesn’t seem to be any one-trick-pony about him. I think the Eagles did their homework and got a gem.

  52. Nipper says:

    Lets grab some Berger optimism, I’m sick of my pessimism.

  53. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, Ryan Leaf looked pretty tough after his first couple starts. I’m not crowning Wentz Rookie of the year quite yet. Then again I haven’t seen him at all. The Bears are obviously sucking ass, as is the factory of sadness. And yeah I like him as well in the 2nd round. Thought so n early January. The hype train soon jacked his ass up to #2 overall. And yeah the Sonny Dykes offense does not resemble a pro set like Rodgers played on. It’ll be fun to see how long this goes in LA. They are in a bit of a QB quandary as well.

    Someone like Fisher just might fuck him up.

  54. Winder says:

    Sorry to hear about your Pop Berger, No matter what we do time is always the equalizer.
    Back to the game. It is the same situation we all knew would happen, if we don’t get 1st downs our defense will be neutralized. I like the way the team looks more than last years but the problem still remains of talent on our offense. Hyde getting around 50 yards is unacceptable. Our biggest need is a QB and has been for a couple of years now. If mediocrity is the goal then Gabbert or Kappy is great. Baalky has not addressed one of our biggest needs and it doesn’t look like he’s going to any time soon. We can all hope in Ponder but once again not holding any breath on that. As far as I’m concerned we have already surpassed my expectations with the Ram win last week. But I think until we get a new GM we will be here for quite awhile.

  55. Berger says:

    I am wondering if Chip is still just assessing what he has. He knows he has a very good O-line. He has been running in to a stacked box on 1st down when we all know a play action is just ripe for the taking. It is like he is asking himself just how good this line really is and wanting to see to make sure.

    I believe he is a wise play caller. His assessment of the line is probably complete except for the fact a coach is always assessing. The reason I think that is he made a comment at his last presser about passing more on first down to open up the running game.

    What I have seen in the past is he is a good play caller but I am not feeling that after two games. I think we might be about to some changes to the play calling but still with an eye on the run game.

    One thing I have always noticed about Chip, even at Oregon, he is a run 1st coach and a bit conservative. Most people see a spread formation and think it must be pass 1st or gadgets but I have never seen that from him.

  56. Berger says:

    Ray Ray Armstrong just went on the IR. I’ve got my fingers crossed that they bring up Marcus Rush and actually play him on Sunday!

  57. Berger says:

    Thanks for the thoughts for my father.

  58. unca_chuck says:

    I sincerely hope they bring up Rush as his name is what we need. . .

    Newton was untouched, and we need to get in on RW to have any chance at winning. Give him time and we lose. Plain and simple.

  59. NoFear49er says:

    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing Berger. RIP old warrior.

  60. NoFear49er says:

    You can’t really think Trump is going to send hit squads to round up illegals. All that is necessary is to stop giving them all the free support. They will self-deport.

    While Trump is showing himself to be anything but a polished politician (that’s a good thing), Hillary is nothing but and possibly the most corrupt politician ever to seek the job.

    She would put folks like me behind bars as a terrorist threat to the USA. Her USA, maybe so. When she puts two or three more Sotomayors and Kagans on the Supreme Court there will be no law except what Hillary says is the law. Even liberals should see the danger in that. Proud to be one of her deplorables.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I’ve listened to both Trump and his spokespeople on the subject, NF. He, and they NEVER denied Deportation Squads when asked directly. The subject got immediately changed to “They have to leave… families no matter… now” (yes, I’m afraid I’m paraphrasing on that one, but I am trying to be accurate).

      Now I could believe you or what I heard the candidate and his people say. Hmmpf.

  61. rtfirefly says:

    Reno, it will be 18 days until the 10th anniversary of the time I held my Dad in my arms waiting for the ambulance after I called 911. He never came home.

    I dearly hope you handle it in your life better than I did. My condolences big guy.

  62. unca_chuck says:

    Wow, that’s a big strawman even for you, NoFear. Trump will stop crime his first day in the white house. He will also get Mexico to build a wall. He will also build up our ‘depleted’ military. He will get the ‘undesirable’ illegals out. Oh, wait, he will get all 30 million out. He will help every vet and solve every problem. On day one. Despite the fact he would have to raise taxes to 90% on every citizen to pay for these grand ideas.

    The problem with Trump is everything coming out of his mouth is a lie. Beyond that, fine.

    Yeah, the failed businessman as president. The racist prick who actively discriminated against blacks, just like his daddy. The guy who married a hooker. Who shafted his investors and workers by declaring bankruptcy 4 times while taking their money, not paying his employees, and shielding his assets. The guy who starred in a show whose catch phrase was ‘you’re fired!’

    You don’t disappoint, NoFear. The Rebublicans en masse are running from him. To the point where Riece Priebus said that next election, the guys Trump ran against and didn’t support him will be blocked from running next time. Yeah, that sounds in touch. Trump is a fucking snake oil salesman who has turned the Republican party into a racist, extremist party of white trash yahoos. Fuck the NRA, when you have the Aryan Nation and the KKK behind you, you’re going places!

    Hillary’s a politician. Trump is a megalomaniac. Your kind of guy. He gets angry at tweets. He’s in Putin’s pocket. If Trump wins, we will be the laughingstock of the world. But that doesn’t matter.

    New thread is up.

    • Berger says:

      You are one bought and paid for stupid ass motherfucker. I cannot believe how stupid you are.

      • unca_chuck says:

        What does Trump bring to the table Bergs? Ignorance? Abject stupidity?

        If you don;t see a problem with him, that puts you in some rarefied air.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yeah, just like Trump. Except his children will be doing the work if he gets elected. He’s too busy working his hair into reaonable shapes. He’s dumber than, well, you. And that’s saying something. Jesus, I thought you were a Republican. The entire party is running from him.

        Because he’s an ‘ousider’? Remember when guys like you complained about the liberal elite? Trump WAS the liberal elite. Till he decided to make a run, they he flipped on everything. Yeah, that’s your guy. The one who stands for nothing and will say anything. Just like a real politician!

        What I love is you can’t refute anything I wrote because it’s all true. All you can do is NoFear’s childish namecalling and deflection.

        He lies 10x a day. He doesn’t give a fuck. And don;t pul the independent fucking bullshit you stole from me. Come up with something original.

        And Phil? Stop being EVERYONE’S bitch on Skeebers blog.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    Right NoFear. and Obama came after your guns. Except he didn’t. Do you live in a straw man?

  64. Nipper says:

    What’s Constant Fear up to? Giving them hell at Skeebs?

  65. Berger says:

    Spoken like a true CNN, MSNBC bought and paid for sheep. One day maybe you will learn to think for yourself.

  66. unca_chuck says:

    Refute anything. Refute his racist tactics in renting apartments. Refute his failed businesses that left investors high and dry, and his employees unpaid. Refute that fact he won’t release his taxes. Hmmm. I wonder why? You don’t. of course. You accept every lie out of his mouth and then call me a sheep. Thou doth protest too much. When your retort is ‘so are you’ well, sorry skippy. You are lost in the weeds.

    Hillary is a political hack. Trump is a narcissistic fool. Come on, skippy. call me names. So’s yer mom.

    If all you have is stupid comebacks, it means you bring nothing to the table.

    Just like The Donald Duck.

    • Berger says:

      CNN ran a Trump quote a day or two ago and added a word to make him sound racist. They ran the banner all day. They flat out lied to buy people like you. It is why so many are calling it the Clinton News Network these days. Are your legs tingling yet?

  67. unca_chuck says:

    I’m not spouting CNN bullshit from 2 days ago, you fucking fool. That’s your rebuttal? Jesus. That’s your strawman. You act like history started last year, dumbass. Trump and his father discriminated against blacks in their NY apartments for years. They were both fined for it. Twice because they ignored the first injunction. Trump’s father had ties to the KKK. I’m talking about his screwing his investors, and stiffing his workers while protecting his assets 4 separate times. Right, that’s a successful businessman. Here, have some more koolaid. Oh, yeah, think Deutsche Bank would like to have the Donald in the Oval Office?

    And the main fact that from the 70s to 2006 he was a Democrat. He was pro choice. He supported Hillary’s Senate run. Everything he stands for now, he stood against 10 years ago.

    Just like a politician.

    You act like he’s different. He isn’t. He ‘s actually worse because he has no foreign policy experience, and has zero cred on the international scene. Putin will eat him for lunch.

    Did you miss George HW Bush saying he was voting for Hillary?

  68. unca_chuck says:

    Aaaand, exit Bergs. Who’s bought and paid for now?

    • Berger says:

      No need to converse with an idiot. Just keep believing the bullshit that you think is true. Big brother needs more people like you.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Well, i’m presenting nothing but facts about Trump, so maybe you are the one who needs to pull your head out of Donald’s ass. Refute anything I posted about him. You cite a 2-day old CNN report as your scathing comeback?? You are weak sauce, pal. Sorry, you lose.

        How does it feel to not even be a pawn in the game? You are the square the king shits on.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yeah, those facts are a bitch, aren’t they?

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