After a bit of a shakey start, and a hiccup trying to cover DeAndre Hopkins, the 49ers won their second game in a row. Jimmy G himself had a bad start as he threw an early pick that led to a Houston field goal. But he settled down and threw for 334 yards and a TD to go along with the early mistake. He took shots all day and stood tall in the pocket. His ability to throw flat-footed is pretty amazing given the accuracy he possesses. The hope is that he doesn’t take this kind of abuse week in and week out, but Houston’s defense, even without JJ Watt is pretty tough.
Hyde had a good game running, but inexplicably alligatored a sure TD by slowing down and missing a sure TD. Goodwin looked a lot more comfortable with Garoppolo as his thrower, and had 6 for 106. Juschzckycldk made a spectacular catch on the sideline on a that went for 30, and Garrett Celek had himself a game as well with some nice catches and a short TD. For all the action Nuke Hopkins got, The D had a 4th and 1 stop, a lot of early pressure, and a forced fumble by Adrian Colbert on a great hit to Nuke. The game got a little dicey when Tom Savage was knocked out of the game, and TJ Yates came in and led a quick TD drive early in the 2nd half to give Houston a 16-13 lead, but the 49ers behind Garoppolo scored 13 unanswered point to put the game away.
Garoppolo was only sacked twice, but took around 10 hard shots during the game, if not more. The line play was spotty at best, if not awful at times as Beadles struggled his way through playing RT in place of Trent Brown, and Tomlinson had a couple holds and a false start to add to the miasma of flags called against the team. Dontae Johnson had the unenviable task of trying to cover Hopkins, and was benched for his efforts in favor of rookie Greg Mabin.
All in all, a strong effort against a decent team. A road win is a road win in a road win. A tough accomplishment for any team. Just ask the Raiders . . .
12th- one of my oldest friends was a Dave Brubeck fanatic. This was a great piece.
Berger- Garnett should be back next year but we still need a good handful off Guards, tackles, and centers. We need to be absolutely ready when the injury bug hits. We have no depth whatsoever with our line.
Do you think Garnett will be any good? That seems to be up in the air at this point.
I thought Garnett was about an average lineman who took his lumps learning his trade. I expected solid improvement from him this year but even without improvement he was better than Tomlinson or Beadles IMO. Hopefully now he changed his body to be more effective in the zone RG and has a year to learn it he will be a decent guard.
lurker- not really sure about Garnett. It is hard to tell from last years games. I just know we spent a good draft pick on him.
I just had to do one more
In other words good backup O linemen are always good to have
Just bought tickets to see this band in January!
Wow, bloody awesome! Four hotties doing Zep proud! Should be a great show.
Berger- They have a new lead singer but she is pretty good too. I love the way she plays the harp, down & dirty, just like the song.
Haven’t even watched the video and I think the band looks good !
Good game yesterday. The Niners have pretty well dominated each of the last two games, statistically anyway, which indicates they are starting to come together as a team. Granted, not the best competition but wins in the NFL are always hard to come by, especially on the road, and it’s these types of games that will define this team moving forward. KS has been talking about learning how to win and how to finish, much like Bill Walsh did in the early days, and I think the team has started to do that the past month. which is encouraging.
Lots of holes left to fill and upgrade, but there’s a lot to be excited about. I’m really stoked about Colbert. I think he’s going to end up a Pro Bowl safety at some point. He’s a real ball-hawk with speed and the ability to lay the lumber. Huge draft day steal by the Niners there. That turnover yesterday was timely and just what they needed at the time.
Not much to say about Jimmy G, the dude is a stud as far as I’m concerned. Limited sample size, but he does what all the greats do, he makes the guys around him better. Making Garrett Celek look like a legitimate receiving threat is no mean feat, but he’s done just that. He looked like a runaway train on that 61 yarder. Grissom has been downright dangerous the past two weeks, making tough catches over the middle and using his elite speed to good effect. Once the line is shored up and he has the necessary time, the deep shots to him are going to start showing up.
I’d like to see the 49ers grab two of the last three to finish with 5 wins. I think that’s doable but it’ll be tough. The Jags showed yesterday that they’re a legitimate threat by throttling the punk-ass Seahawks. The Rams will be playing for playoff position, so that will be tough too. The Titans are beatable, but this newfound momentum needs to be maintained. Chuck you called it at the beginning of the season, there’s been wins to be had this latter part of the season.
The 2018 draft should be a hoot. Not having to worry about grabbing a QB really opens up some exciting possibilities. Getting Jimmy may well have accelerated the rebuilding process on the order of a whole year. He just needs some more pieces around him How about a DeAndre Hopkins type of receiver? Dude is a major league stud. Johnson probably woke up with the cold sweats this morning,
Went confirmed ACL. What a shame, he was having an MVP type season.
Yeah, that is bad news for the Eagles and football.
Watching the game yesterday I thought the interception from Garoppolo was on Trent Taylor. Clearly they miscommunicated and JG expected Taylor to squat and instead he continued to run, JG stared at him after the play in what looked like disbelief. I didn’t see Taylor get targeted after that and if he was he was a non factor after his breakout game last week.
I though Garoppolo took a few risky shots early on and was either lucky or amazingly accurate not to get picked more. He settled down in the second quarter and played solid percentage passing.
I don’t understand why they keep running Breida up the gut, he is the “lightning” part of the “thunder and lightning” and is too small and not as strong as Hyde but game after game they keep doing it. Every now and then there is enough blocking to get him through the line but he isn’t big enough to handle the LB or strong safety and is easily stopped head on.
I get they need to keep a D line honest but expected Breida to do more of the outside streets one cut stuff. It’s a head scratcher for me.
D. Johnson has been okay this year but was exposed yesterday against a big time elite WR. Once its clear the CB can’t handle it on an island why didn’t Salah (sp?) give him more help from the FS or have Witherspoon shadow Hopkins? Leaving Johnston out to dry when he clearly was losing the battle didn’t make sense. After they benched Johnston they did move the FS to help with Hopkins because they didn’t trust Mabin to cover him, and it worked. Another head scratcher for me.
Garoppolo is clearly a potential star QB. Small sample size blah, blah, blah we can all see he has the tools and if they can protect him enough that he doesn’t get gun-shy he could be the guy for years to come. Speaking of which, why does Shanahan insist on his QB’s taking hit after hit? Beadles was playing out of position and isn’t that great of a Guard to begin with yet he got almost no help from the TE or RB positions against Clowney. Not even a chip from the TE before going into the pattern. Yet another head scratcher that I just don’t get.
Since I’m a couch potato coach I have no answers but trust Shanahan and Salah know what they are doing. Team looks radically different with just a QB change, Lurker John is right, finding the QB rapidly changes the time it should take to get back to winning football. A few quality additions and some depth and they are right there.
According to Spit …….”we’re all a bunch of idiots!” Two straight wins and we’re ready for the SB! GO JIMMY G. He’s already got his own song on KNBR the Sports Leader!
Yeah, well according to spit being a fan of a losing team makes you a loser. Lol. I always liked spit but I didn’t realize he was a ship jumper.
12th, they did bench Johnson for Mabin. And it slowed down Hopkins. A little. As did the wood that Colbert laid on him. Say what you will about the CBs, but Ahkello Witherspoon looks pretty good.
Speaking of Witherspoon, here’s Ahkello’s grandfather, Jimmy Witherspoon.
Love this song, Probably more like Great Grandfather, I tried to find the connection but couldn’t.
Yeah Chuck I say above they benched Johnson for Mabin but they also moved the free safety to help Mabin out which they didn’t with Johnson in there they left him on an island.
I like Witherspoon, too bad he got hurt.
Yeah, the optimism and wins should keep Spitty quiet. But he’s still watching the games to let us know we shouldn’t be watching . . .
Winder . . . 1st bullet. Ahkello’s a Sacramento (Christian Brothers) kid . . .
Click to access Witherspoon-Ahkello.pdf
Thanks Chuck, good read.
Everyone here knows Hyde is. FA after this season, and just like the rest of Balkes pics Hyde will not be back, that is why you are seeing more of Breida at the end of games, he is a Lynch pick!
I think the only way they get rid of Hyde is if they get Saquon Barkley. Hyde has done well this year behind a very shitty line. Our guards are dogshit and they don’t open any holes. Kilgore is having a bad year as well.
I don’t know Charlie, not too many Balke players left on the team. And Hyde is definitely going to want to get paid.
Echoes what I’ve been saying all year about Hyde, and Breida for that matter. No back would have big numbers behind this POS offensive line. What I see is a guy running hard and running tough. Put a good line in front of him and he’d be having a big year, not to mention that the 49ers would be running more, which is how KS likes it. Excluding the botched TD catch yesterday, he’s also been solid catching the ball. With Jimmy G the whole offense has a chance to take a big leap forward going into next year, assuming, of course, the line is shored up. I’d expect nothing less from Shana-Lynch.
Hyde is having his best year as a Niner. I would say it’s 50-50 shot he will be back. Chuck, I think we have won to many games to guarantee we have a shot at Barkley and I doubt they would trade up for him
I would be surprised if Hyde stays with the Niners, he has played well enough to get a payday in FA and Shanahan’s Dad is famous for taking cheap late rounders and not spending big on the RB position and Jr will be the same. The league knows the Niners O line is lousy and what Hyde has managed behind that blocking is impressive. I think Hyde is a mid level starter but not more than that.
Hyde and Breida and Williams will be much better backs with Nelson at guard!
Witherspoon MRI negative, may play on Sunday.
That is great news
Having Garnett will help. A lot. The more I think about it the more I think they will trade down. The only guy they’ll be wanting is Barkley and if he’s gone, there’s no WR worth grabbing this high. THis draft has to be offense-heavy. A CB and pass rushing DE would be gravy, but we’ve had so many injuries we’ve seen what Witherspoon and Colbert bring, and it is very promising. Getting the starters back is good as well.
I agree that offensive needs are greatest at this point, but I’d hate to go through another year with DJ starting at CB. Whether it’s through free agency or the draft, at least one more quality corner needs to be brought in, preferably two. LB still needs depth too.
That’s why I think we trade down. More picks.
I think they trade down too, if they pick in the top 5 and find a partner for value.
That does make a lot of sense but who knows if we will be a top 5 or 6 picking team again. If Lynch feels the right player is there I bet he pulls the trigger.
The only guy I think that makes sense is Barkley. I could see them MAYBE going DE with the Chubbster since he looks like the real deal. Lots of people are saying he’s the best defensive player in the draft, and Dumervil ain;t getting any younger. The dark horse here would be the WR Calvin Ridley. If Shanny likes him some Ridley he could go. Other than those guys I see us trading down. We COULD trade down and get any one of those guys if Darnold hasn’t gone yet. I mean Cleve will more than likely take Rosen.
I really don’t know about who is who in this draft, I will leave that up to NJ. I would take Barkley if given the chance. By the time the draft comes around everything will change anyway.
I’m still ‘reading the tea leaves’ Winder.
Jimmy makes me happy in 2 ways. I hoped last year they would make a play for him, which it appeared they did, only to have Belichick suggest he wasn’t available.
Now that it’s done, it removes the need to Draft a QB with Pick 1, something I’m extremely happy with.
Our slot becomes valuable to any other Team who might covet a QB now.
All bets are off, if there isn’t value in the slot we land in however, if the QBs go ahead of us.
The kid I’ve been most interested in is ND OG Quenton Nelson.
At this point, he’s likely to slot somewhere in the Top 15 anyway.
CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick from ‘Bama is another kid I’d consider.
He will likely slot higher than Nelson right now. Likely Top 10.
If there should be a Revis-type CB that emerges, I’d be interested. Fitzpatrick is pretty solid in his own right as a CB. He makes a lot of sense to me if he can be counted on for Man/Press duties in Saleh’s Scheme.
I will be paying a lot of attention to DE Clelin Ferrell from Clemson during the upcoming College Playoff Rounds too. He’s only a Red Shirt Sophmore, so it’s no lock that he’ll come out for the Draft.
Both he, and Chubb from NCST, are solid edge guys.
I do think Solomon Thomas would benefit with a bonafide Fat Man in the Middle, (perhaps Vita Vea), who might be available late RD1, early 2? Hard to know at this point but, Vea is being compared with guys like Ngata/Suh. High praise.
Any DT that gets that sort of praise, is OK in my book 😀
Still trying to figure out where this evil little Avatar is coming from?
Also happy to see the reports that Lynch & Co have poached a PS WR from GB.
Max McAffrey, Son of Ed, Brother of Christian. Good size as well, 6’2″/200.
Good move IMO, because it gives them a free trial audition prior to the Draft, to see if they can fill a need position without spending a Pick.
Also, I’m trying to see some game action for SMU WR Courtland Sutton – 6’4″/216.
He’s a good sized target with some serious production in the SMU Offense.
Another kid I’m interested in is WR David Sills from WVU. 6’4″/203.
He could come out for the Draft as well.
Kid is bonafide Red Zone production machine.
He’ll likely be a Mid-RD option at this point if he declares.
Ed used to just kill us, it was a big mistake in letting him go. Just goes to show we made quite a few mistakes in letting players go. To bad we haven’t found another Haley yet.
At this point in time there are only 4 players I am interested in for our 1st pick. OG Nelson/ND, DE Chub/NCST, CB Fitzpatrick/Bama and LB Smith/Georgia. This is very preliminary. I could be talked into a WR but I think we end up with Sammy Watkins in FA.
Unless Watkins has changed I doubt KS or Lynch would want him. He doesn’t give 100%. At least in Buffalo he didn’t and I don’t think he is doing that great in LA.
I spoke with a die hard Rams fan yesterday. I asked him what he thought of Watkins and he said the Rams have to re-sign him. The Rams fans sure want him back. IMO, if he was lollygagging they wouldn’t want him.
Hey lets play the Rams …….I don’t give a damn about the shitty Titans. They’re still the Oilers in my mind. Titans my ass! Bring back the Oilers!
The A’s are stuck in the parking lot in Oakland. Even Laney College will not take them in. To think that this once proud franchise was a big player in baseball. How the once mighty have fallen!
If the Raiders and the Warriors are leaving, they should build a nice park there.
Duh. They have Bart already there.
Baseball has become an after thought way behind football in fan excitement and importance. The East Bay is not making much of a fuss over the A’s.
Die hard Rams fan? They exist?
New thread is up.