Moral Victory Parade

Well, another weekend, another close-but-not-quite loss. The good part about this one was really the benching of Brian Hoyer. CJ BeatHard came in and generally didn’t suck, and actually played well as he led the Niners to 3 touchdown drives after Brian Hoyer pitched a shutout.

Again, there were too many penalties, too many drops, and too many pre-snap mistakes, and there was yet again a bullshit offensive pass interference call to kill a potential game-winning FG drive. And again, the pass rush was lacking, and the hits Cousins did take, the 49ers were quick to help Cousins up and offer words of encouragement (please come here!).

The defense was again on the field a lot early, and had their usual propensity to give up and early score (or 3), which prompted the QB change in the first place.  The secondary actually played fairly well, and they caused a fumble and got a pick and were flying around and attacking well. But again, the pass rush is not there. Salomon Thomas had some decent plays, and Arik Armstead had a good game going till he got hurt, but for the 2,500th time, we let short passes to backs/TEs/WRs underneath the coverage go for way too many yards. I hate to put this all on Ray Ray, but he bears a lot of blame. Thomas was embarrassed on the read-option TD for Cousins, and there were a few mental mistakes along the way, but again, young team, mental errors come with the territory.

Still and all, they need to generate a pass rush from the base defense, and it isn;t there. DeForest Buckner is a beast, but Armstead on the other side isn’t generating anything, and Thomas simply looks lost and slow. So, without Bowman (who would have helped), we looked bad on a ton of the short passes over the middle. If I was any opposing coach, I would exploit that on every 3rd down. And Washington did just that.

So, all in all, another great effort for a severely undermanned and young  team in a hostile environment. A game that was yet again decided in large part by the refs on a ticky tack call late.

I’ll say one thing. For a team that is very thin talent-wise, the fact that they have been in these games makes me think that they are close. And yes this is about parity. To see the effects of this, simply look across the Bay. The darlings of the NFL this year, a team picked by a lot of pundits to win it all, the Raiders, are in the shitter at 2-4, and stand to fall completely out of the playoff race with a loss to the Chiefs this Thursday night.  As of now, the Raiders are 15th in the conference. One spot ahead of the lowly Cleveland Browns.

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27 Responses to Moral Victory Parade

  1. rob says:

    omg chuck ! so betheard generally didn’t suck !

  2. rob says:

    next we add a #1 WR and we’re set !!!

  3. rob says:

    Supposing Kittle and betheard are the real deal

  4. rob says:

    good to see the rumors I heard about us trying to trade Hyde were false !!!

  5. Nipper says:

    I’m just glad Hoyer was replaced as a starter. Perhaps he would be effective on a stronger performing team with more veterans. This year is a wash and moral victories are the result. I do hope CJ shows the team a bit more in the passing game.

  6. Irish Kevin says:

    I do believe that Might Joe come into his first game in the middle of the game. So let’s see what happens now

  7. unca_chuck says:

    That was a year and a half after we drafted him.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    I’m not sold on Kittle yet. He’s had a shitload of drops. Yeah he’s got rookie jitters, but he needs to get his shit straight.

    • NJ49er says:

      Remember the drops by a rookie WR named Jerry?
      With reps comes experience.
      It’s the desire and drive to improve that matters. Give them room to grow.
      It’s about staying healthy and seeing action.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yet! If you are comparing him to Jerry . . .

      • NJ49er says:

        Chuck it’s a tall order but….
        Let’s hope he works as hard as Jerry did to overcome the early career jitters.
        I like the fact that he and CJ have a College history together.
        Should make the chemistry and learning curves that much easier to handle.

    • Nipper says:

      BLEEP the drops.

  9. Nipper says:

    Bowman lands with the Raiders.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    That’s cool. I was hoping he’d end up there. God knows they need defensive help.

  11. Nipper says:

    As for baseball: Looks like it’s the Dodger’s year. It’s pitching in the playoffs that’s important. Hitters don’t have a chance against great pitching. Baseball more and more looks dated on TV. The whole sport doesn’t know how to present their sport on TV. And their most important games, the playoffs occur too damn late in the year! The regular season is too damn long and is mostly meaningless to most teams except to scalp the fans at the ballpark with high prices for everything. On TV baseball is a loser as for ratings and appeal. Only the diehards appreciate the playoffs.

  12. Winder says:

    It is a good place for Bowman to be. He will make them a better team. I am glad he didn’t stay in our division.

    • Nipper says:

      Probably GM Lynch figured that’s where he would go after releasing him from the Niners. Bowman didn’t want the Saints apparently.

  13. Nipper says:

    The Niners have to correct the drop problem. They’re leading the league in drops which if correct is a dubious stat. Hopefullly CJ can have a better chemistry with his receivers than Hoyer.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, what I heard was they had a deal worked out with the Saints, but Bowman wasn’t too thrilled about that so they nixed the deal and released him. At least they seem like they are trying to do the right things these days.

  15. Spitblood says:

    0-5, worst team in football and you guys devote your lives to this shit? Surely you can’t be serious. Think about all the other things this world has to offer you. And you guys choose the 49ers? There’s travel, gardening, hunting and fishing, golf, tennis, the arts, community service, dinner parties, amazing shows on HBO, home improvement, bettering your relations with your fellow man and woman. There’s pottery or ceramics, reading – start a collection of amazing books or follow a new author. You could try painting – water colors or acrylics, oils, even pastels. You could turn your pursuits towards fashion or home decoration. And I’ve just touched on the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much out there and you guys devote your lives to this shit. And it is shit.

    0-5? Don’t worry guys. I’m sure you’ll get ’em next year. Jesus.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Or there’s what you do, Spitty. Type for half an hour yet another boring inane interminably long meaningless post on a blog about a team you have no time for?

    If we are wasting our time being fans, what are you doing? Yammering endlessly to us about wasting our time? That’s the definition of pathetic and useless. Carry on skippy.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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