Dallas Comes to Town

Well, here we are on the cusp of another lost season. This year it is Chip Kelly’s turn to feel the heat. Last year it was Colin Kaepernick on the hot seat as the team lost bigly and badly. This year it’s Blaine Gabbert on the chopping block as he dinks and dunks the team to 4 yard gains on 3rd and 7. Chip had the gall to say the stragety for getting 1st downs on 3rd and long is to throw underneath the coverage and let the receiver get the yards himself. When there are 9 guys playing 5 yards and in, this doesn’t work. Which is why we lead the league in 3-and-outs.

Dallas? Well they drafted a QB. In the 4th round. And he made a mediocre team instantly better. I said at the beginning of the year that Dallas would be better off with Dak than Romo. I’m pretty sure this is true. The Niners? Well, we desperately needed playmakers on offense so we didn’t draft any. We signed 15 UDFA WRs that aren’t on the team, and the QB we drafted was plucked off the practice squad by Cincy. Bleehhh.

So, here we sit. Teetering on the edge of The hope is this team continues last year’s pattern of playing well at home. I’m fairly doubtful at this point after seeing last week’s ‘effort’ vs Seattle. The offense was boring, way too conservative, and Kelly appears scared to let Gabby do more than throw 5 yard passes. Which is a challenge in itself. The defense was awful. Flat and toasted in 3 plays. Seattle’s first 4 drives netted 220 yards and 21 points. Our first 4 drives netted 57 yards, one 1st down, and 3 points. Ballgame.

Not sure how we do better against one of the hotter teams in the league, but an improbable win would actually be a good omen for the rest of the year. The Cards, Bills, Bucs, and Saints follow, and they aren’t all that good. But neither are we. If we play out of our minds, we could be 3-3. I ain’t holding my breath though. Maybe they’ll wake up before halfway through the 2nd quarter this game.




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65 Responses to Dallas Comes to Town

  1. NJ49er says:

    Might catch a break with Dez as a possible scratch.
    Have to clamp down on Witten and EzE if we stand a chance of taking this one.
    Can we find some holes on the Dallas D?
    Can Gabbert slow himself down mentally to utilize his targets properly?
    I’m inclined to lean toward a home win here.

  2. Nipper says:

    A lot of maybes add up to a huge Chuck BLEEP!

  3. unca_chuck says:

    6 years of building the defense from Baalke and we are 23th in defense.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, I don’t see us doing well in this game. Unless Dallass has a bunch of brain farts and turns the ball over a bunch of times I really doubt we will come out with a win. And, the way I feel about things right now I don’t care. Whatever it takes to light a fire under Jed’s ass that is what I want to happen. We just can’t be this stagnant for too much longer. And I hope we get some flyovers. 27-13 Dallas

  4. Lurker John says:

    This may well be Baalke’s last stand. If the Cowgirls take care of business, it should be chopping block time and Gabbert had better be out of the starting QB role. Jesus H. Christ, have the NIners even run one play fake this year? I guess you don’t have to when virtually every pass is inside a 7 or 8 yard window from the LOS. Who are you trying to fake?

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    I don’t see the Niners doing anything until they develope a passing game. And a passing game is the one that P Manning did, Cam N and Russel W does. When they pass it is greater than 3 yards down the field!!

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Once upon a time, this would be the biggest game of the year. Now it’s just another possible annihilation at the hands of a fair to middling foe.

    The only hope I have is our propensity to play well at home. Why that makes so big a deal eludes me though.

  7. Berger says:

    I have a friend who played QB for the Seahawks. He hasn’t seen the 49ers play since the Rams game. His comment to me today was that he was surprised how uninspired the 49ers looked. I told him I wouldn’t be surprised if it is because of the BLM movement by Kap. He said that is what has been hearing around the league.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Who is this QB you speak of? If he isn;t in the 49ers locker room, then he’s got as much information as I do. Kaepernick has nothing to do with BLM, besides. So, like I said, Bergs, take it to the playpen. Teams all around the league are joining in. No one anywhere thinks this is a very divisive deal anymore. Only butt hurt pseudo-patriotic dipshits who don’t understand anything about the 1st Amendment or what being a minority means.

      Unless you provide something more than your thoughts on how you think they players should be reacting, go post at the kiddie site. There are a shit-ton of problrms with this team but kneeling for the anthem is not even on the list.

      • Berger says:

        You reacted to this exactly how I thought you would, by defending the Democrats. Incredibly predictable.

        My point was my friend who played for 6 years in the league thought we looked uninspired. I gave a possible reason. He said there is thought around the league about that. Nobody accused anything, just saying there is talk in the NFL regarding the situation.

        If you don’t think it is because of Kap’s black power movement then what do you think caused us to look uninspired to an experienced NFL eye? Even an inexperienced eye could see looked uninspired.

      • unca_chuck says:

        We looked uninspired all last year. We looked uninspired from 2004 to 2010. So? Must be a race thing, right? Pass the glue.

        We looked great at home in week 1. Hmmmm. We looked fine in Carolina. Hmmmmmm. We played like shit against Seattle. AHHH! There it is!!!!! Kappy’s fault!!

        Is anyone bemoaning Seattle’s slow start on their linking arms during the anthem? No. You want to cherry pick games and blather about heresay? Fine. Don’t expect me to believe you and your nonsense. Expect me to laugh in your face for something so stupid. And your imaginary quarterback friend. Actually now that I think about it, it’s probably Tim Hasselbeck and his looney wife. It’s ludicrous. Mainly because you have an agenda. You responded like a white trash cracker. You and Clive have a lot in common.

      • Berger says:

        Why are you spazzing out? You seem to have a difficult time with this subject. A little note about the Carolina game, we lost by 19.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Spazzing out? I’m not the one spinning tales of shady goings-ons with unknown quarterbacks who somehow have a bead on our locker room. Did you meet in a sauna?

        Either fess up as to who you talked to or bring more to the table than innuendo and hot air.

      • Berger says:

        Now you are making things up. Your straw man is out. Nobody said anything about inside info about the locker room. He said it has been discussed around the NFL. IOW, people actually have opinions that don’t always match yours. Imagine that. The discussion going around is that he is now an activist more than a player. My guess is if somebody has an opinion that you don’t like they are somehow lees than worthy in Chuck’s world.

        I would tell you who the player is but it is more fun listening to you tell me he is imaginary.

  8. Nipper says:

    Sniff……BOO HOO! Another Sunday with the Niners.

  9. 12th man says:

    Niners are a different team at home. Niners 24 Dallas 17

  10. Berger says:

    My take on Gabbert is it is hard to rate a QB in a new system. Prescot is in a new system for him but not for his team mates. Big difference. Still, I don’t get the feeling he is a starting QB. Time will tell but he does not seem to have that ‘it’ factor. Chip’s conservative play calling seems to match Gabbert’s conservative QBing. Pretty frustrating to watch.

    So what are our options? If we go to Kap he will look downfield until he gets sacked, get injured and then we pay him 14.5 mil to not play next year. That leaves us with Ponder who I’ve always liked as a QB but the jury is still out if he can be an effective NFL QB.

    These options would seem to give Gabbert a longer leash than in a normal situation. Gabbert does have a chance to be a good QB but I wouldn’t bet on it. At least he has some time to operate in the pocket, something a 49er QB hasn’t had in years.

    Here are some questions that makes the jury still out on Gabbert. Is Chip calling plays so conservatively because so many WRs aren’t quite getting the system yet or is he just being himself. Or, is the QB just playing it out on passing downs that make Chip look more conservative? I think it is all of the above but I can’t know for sure without being part of the team.

    The other thing is with the defense giving up so many points and the offense going up against some of the best defenses it is a tough situation for any QB. Having said that I would like to see something this week that makes me feel better about Gabbert as our QB and Chip as our play caller.

  11. Nipper says:

    Dear Lord……..reward 12th with a Niners victory. He deserves it. Amen.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Hard to rate Gabbert? Watch him play. He’s had plenty of time on most of his throws, and still skips passes and throws into double coverage. He checks down before giving plays a chance to develop. See the -2 yard pass on 3rd and 8 vs Carolina. He’s skittish for no reason. He NEVER throws past the sticks. Can’t say I can see the coverage every play, but I’ve heard enough from guys like Eric Davis that guys are getting open deeper than he’s targeting.

    If Chip has no confidence in Gabbert being able to go downfield, then he shouldn’t be in. Go with Ponder if Kaepernick isn’t ready. This is likely Gabbert’s last game should we get waylaid again.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Some people get it, some don’t. Dak walked into a system different than what he played in college, as did Wentz, Yet they seem to be able to pick things up quickly. Gabbert has been ioin the league long enough to hopefully be able to adjust. Chip never had problems going downfield, but he did have guys like DSJ.

    How T Smith has not seen a deep ball is baffling to me. The line is blocking well enough for Gabs to take a shot or 2.

  14. Lurker John says:

    Bergs, I said this Sunday, but a reason for the uninspired look may be because it was Seattle in Seattle. I said the Niners are so psyched out by this team that they are defeated before the wheels even touch down (no pun intended) at Boeing Field. They did not look that way on the road against the defending NFC champs. They made a lot of mistakes, sure, but they played hard and fought back.

    The fucking Seahawks are in their heads and until that is overcome we’ll see more of the same when they play Seattle, specifically when they play Seattle at the Clink. I expect them to play with a lot more energy Sunday against Dallas.

    • Berger says:

      Could be. Thanks for the sober response. Staley says there is no problem with the locker room. I wouldn’t expect him to say anything else but I’m sure he is telling the truth as he sees it.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    We don’t have the players to match up with them. That’s the main problem.

    The coaching was awful as well. 3rd and 14 and they rush 3. I KNEW they were going to hit a big play there. Retarded defense there. Running into the line halfway through the 3rd quarter down by 21 is another sign of surrender. Chip was trying to hold the ball to keep the score from going higher. He;s not going for the win in that spot.

    If he has no confidence in his QB he needs to get him out. Kappy? Ponder? I don’t care at this point. The fucking blocking isn’t half bad. Gabbert is just shitty.

  16. rtfirefly says:

    The tean gets uninspired when the QB can’t see a wide open receiver ten yards downfield right in front of him, and instead decides to skip one to a blanketed receiver.

    [video src="https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/Ctn3hXKWIAAlbhX.mp4" /]

  17. rtfirefly says:

    I can’t copy and paste the one with the open receiver on the go route and no deep safety on the field – easy 6 with a good pass. Hey, at least Gabs got the short five yard gain on the play, though even that got blown up with no YAC because he threw behind the receiver instead of leading him.

    I smell uninspired on that play.

  18. rtfirefly says:

    At least we’re not the Miami Dolphins. I saw the game last night and still don’t if Tannehill is any good. He simply had no chance. Their O makes ours look positively Walshian.

  19. Berger says:

    One problem I have noticed in the run game is Buckner is getting washed out wide and there is no LB filling. Buckner needs to start playing more aggressively. I can’t imagine the coach told him to float wide when we have an OLB out there. He did get more aggressive later in the game. We shall see.

  20. Berger says:

    I’m read that the MNF game this week had only 8 million viewers. Is that possible. The article said it was a record low for a MNF game.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Kappys fault I suppose. That’s the playpen answer anyway. Monday or Thursday?

      If you want to look for things that are’t there, go for it.

      We aren’t a very good team that has drafted poorly for 5 years. We’ve been drafting for defense for years and our defense is still not very good. Our offense is not very good either.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Uh, it’s Thursday night football, it was only on NFLN, and it was the Saints and Falcons.

      Not a very big game, eh?

      • Berger says:

        The Bengals and Dolphins played on Thursday. Saints and Falcons played on Monday. This is 3 straight weeks that the NFL is down. I’m not going to say why but I do have my opinion. I’m learning sharing opposing opinions with you is not exactly an intellectual experience. It is more of a Romper Room get the last word in event. You need Bullit(sic) now more than ever. You two could stretch a meaningless factoid out for 6 months.

  21. Lurker John says:

    Not targeting Smith downfield is baffling. I can’t think of any good reason not to. Gabbert has the arm strength and Torrey has the speed. Worrying about making mistakes with a team that is in total rebuilding mode makes sense only to a point. When you have nothing to lose, go down fighting. Take shots, show some aggressiveness. Showing up in Seattle will a bullshit game plan and an ill-prepared team is crap and turns off the fans big time.

    And I agree, if Gabbert is so bad that he’s forcing Kelly to go ultra conservative, then get him the fuck out of there. I’m hoping that the Seattle game was an aberration and that we’ll see an energized team on Sunday. Dallas ain’t that fucking good.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    They ain’t as bad as us.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    John, that’s what pissed me off the most. We are down 3 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, certainly not over, but they needed to score fairly quickly. So it’s run run run punt. Even if they are playing deep. Thing is, you need to take your shots early.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    This game will tell a lot about the ref of the season. If they can’t play well at home against Dallas, then they have a long road ahead of them. There are winnable games but they need to play much better defense. And throw hen all over 3nyards.

    Be original at least, Bergs. Stealing my shit and calling it yours is flattering. You’ve been doing it for years……

  25. Winder says:

    chuck- To me the true test of the team was last weeks game. It was the game where we had to show up, and of course we totally failed. By now we should have our new system pretty much down. All these guys have been playing football most of their lives and I truly doubt this is all new to them. All I can hope for now are a few players that want to stand out and play some real football.

  26. Nipper says:

    I hope the Cowboys don’t blow us out in Santa Clara. If this game is one-sided let the Niners have their day. Gabbert is due for some success and perhaps the Niners can be dragged along for the ride at least for one game. Perhaps the Chipper will have some inspiration to give the troops.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, if we only win one or two more this year I hope one of them is this Sunday. But, we really can’t fool ourselves any longer the 49ers are just a shadow of their former selves. Let the true rebuilding begin, it starts at the top.

      • Nipper says:

        Yeah may as well send Jed back to Youngstown. He sure adds little in California. Of course he can create a Marketing success at Levis and that alone should make his Mother happy. Still on the football end his leadership is sure weak at best.

  27. rtfirefly says:

    Louisville has the best unis I’ve ever seen. Their white road jerseys with red pants are simple and classy, but their glowing metallic red helmets are out of this world.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Road games in the NFL are tough. I expected a lot better in Seattle, but both Seattle and Carolina are very good playoff teams. We aren’t there yet obviously. I thought the team did well to fight themselves back into the Carolina game. They created turnovers and got points when they needed to. You have to wonder if fucking VMcD catches the ball on the second crossing pattern pass he drops because it was laid out pretty well.

    They got it down to 7 points in the 4th. Yeah, they fucked it up, but they fought and played. Last weeks game? LJ is right. Seattle has us in brain lock. They are a better team. To think otherwise is a dream. Same with Dallas as well.

    All this doesn’t mean shit at this point, though. If they can take care of business at home then they can at least start building on something. Even if it is a loss. Play tough, get some pressure, score some points, and see what happens. Get blown out though, and we are facing a QB controversy and a lot of bullshit, and who knows what at the end of the year.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    What is soooo fucked up about all of this is, V’s bugaboo, parity, is still alive and well in the NFL. One player can make a huge difference. Wentz has the 7-9 Eagles at 3-0. Dak Prescott has won more games backing up Romo than the previous 4 guys combined.

    Which is why I can’t believe we have ignored the QB spot for 4 years now in the draft.

  30. NJ49er says:

    Who was asking recently about the play sheets Chip holds?
    Maiocco put it to Chip and got this information –


  31. NJ49er says:

    Kelly also said he only met with 2 QBs prior to the Draft – Goff and Wentz.


  32. NJ49er says:

    Hey here’s an incentive for the game today –

    Fans who bring an unopened pack of diapers to the game will have a chance to meet 49ers alumni Bubba Paris and Brian Jennings and will be entered into a contest to win, among other items, tickets to a future 49ers game.

    The diaper drive benefits the National Diaper Bank Network, a nonprofit group that seeks to ensure every child has access to a supply of diapers. The dropoff area is at the Faithful Mile on the west side of Levi’s Stadium.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article105216011.html#storylink=cpy

  33. Winder says:

    Well NJ, maybe Kappy can be in charge of all those diapers and make sure they get to where they are supposed to go. That would be fitting.

    • NJ49er says:

      If Gabbert can’t throw on Dallas’ Secondary Winder, I’m gonna be wearing them, just to protect myself from sh!tting my pants.
      2 things have to happen today.
      Stop the run on D.
      Complete some passes on O.

      Otherwise, I’ll sh!t.

      • NJ49er says:

        Dallas’ Pass Defense is ranking somewhere around 23rd.
        If Gabbert can’t settle down and make some throws he’s gotta be put on a shorter leash.

      • NJ49er says:

        Can’t lay the blame on the OL thus far either.
        They’ve given him time to make plays.
        He’s simply hearing footsteps or, just rushing things for no good reason.

  34. NJ49er says:

    Way early for Draft evaluations but, I did get a look at ND QB DeShone Kizer (6’4″/235) today.
    Kid looks very ‘Cam Newton-ish’.
    Big, accurate and, poised.
    Tough call whether we’d be shopping for a QB but, assuming we’ll be in the Top 10 in April, it might make sense to think about it.
    For now, my early favorite would be DE Myles Garrett from TX A&M – 6’5″/265
    Kid is on the Watch List for now. He gets after the QB.

    • Berger says:

      It wouldn’t bother me to draft a D lineman in the 1st round every year except a year when there might not be any good D linemen who are 1st round worthy.

  35. 12th man says:

    Game Day, a lot of Dallas fans down in the Wharf, hope Niners fans show up strong today.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, drafting for D has worked out so well, Bergs. If they continue to do that, they need a new GM.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    new thread is up.

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