4 – 3 at Home ! !

Say what you will about the team, but apparently the curse of We’re the Hekawi is over. The 49ers exorcized a lot of demons by beating the Seattle Seahawks after losing their last 10 against them. And it was mainly at the strength of the defensive line. They bottled up Seattle’s run game, and actually got some pressure on Russell Wilson. Enough to make his day less than stellar anyway, despite the great game individually by a lot of Seahawks.

20-29 for 275, 1 TD, and 2 bad drops that killed drives. The run game was decent, except for the Wilson fumble, the passing game was solid, except for the drops, the defense was solid but for some really dumb penalties, and special teams finally made a huge contribution with the Rick James superfreak of a runback for the opening TD.

Draft pick be damned, I still think we can get a pass rusher in the top 5. And I’d like to see more of this defense getting more pressure. If they can become a solid unit by the end of the year, it begs to think they are improving. Saleh at this point is saving his own bacon.

How bout them (shut out) Cowboys!

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52 Responses to 4 – 3 at Home ! !

  1. Spittcum says:

    I eat plastic fish.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      I didn’t think Chuck let idiots out here, I see spit youmake the same stupid comments you’ve been making for oh the last 10 years or so

  2. Spitblood says:

    Don’t worry guys, we’ll get ’em next year. Yay, team!

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Lose track of your pseudonyms again? God, you are sad.

  4. Berger says:

    Watching Armstead bottle up the run is a beautiful thing to watch. He dominates. Plus, on one of our sacks it wouldn’t have happened without Armstead not allowing RW to escape the pocket. Armstead was huge today. There is zero question we are a worse team without Armstead.

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    Good game, but Kyle is learning to play to win! For a bunch of practice squad players they are doing well.

  6. rtfirefly says:

    We just have to hope that Bosa won’t bite us on the ass like Myles Garrett has.

    Might happen, in any case it’s reality now.

  7. NJ49er says:

    Berger I’m with you on Armstead. He’s a better fit than Thomas, however, he’s due a big 5th year option decision this year.
    I’d look to package Thomas (if possible) in a deal elsewhere. Both Thomas and Foster are 3 Picks wasted at this point,
    See if Jax could use him in exchange for JRamsey perhaps? Worth a phone call if I were Lynch.
    Keep Mullens over CJ too. The kid is a gamer.

    • rtfirefly says:

      3-3 vs. 1-9
      CJ’s toast.

      • NJ49er says:

        Think what might have been RT, if Kaep worked nearly as hard as Mullens has.
        Mullens stood tall several times today, knowing he was going to get his teeth rattled.
        Gotta love that kind of moxie. He’s got stones in the pocket. Like his mental makeup too.

  8. rtfirefly says:

    Pettis with another good game. We’ve got some keepers for sure.

  9. Winder says:

    The draft will take care of itself and we will still have a pretty high pick. I am happy for the organization this was a much needed win

    • NJ49er says:

      Agree Winder. Bosa wasn’t my be all end all option however. Having the ability to deal is what went out the window today. Lynch might still have options if he’s willing to gamble however. See where it goes. Happy to break the Curse and, derail another celebration by Seattle at our expense at least.

  10. Berger says:

    I can’t see us letting Armstead go. Football Focus has him as the #3 run stuffer in the league. I would hate to go back to the Nolan years where we were using one gappers to two gap. What makes Armstead so valuable is he is a two gapper who can do some one gapping. he gets sacks for others.

    The veterans I see not being here next year are Ward, Mitchell, Marsh, Day and Garcon. Possibly no Tartt either, too many injuries all the time.

    • NJ49er says:

      Lots of Fat Men in the Middle coming this year Berger.
      We now slide to Pick 4, which is not horrible if it holds.
      Would still look for DT Quinnen there, possibly OLB Josh Allen further down.
      Might be another situation where Lynch looks long-term, for another highly rated OT perhaps?
      Plenty of pass rushers coming this April. I’ll defer, until further into the ranking process, to determine who might slot Top 5.
      Getting positioning is key. Gotta play the Board with others who are willing to pay to come up.

      • rtfirefly says:

        NO NO NO more DTs! Puh-lease. Aren’t three high #1 picks enough???
        Luv ya, NJ, but gawd I don’t wanna go there again. I didn’t want the Solly pick; I can’t do it again.

      • NJ49er says:

        RT we whiffed on Thomas IMO. We need a Pocket Destroyer to compliment DeFo.
        May not need him at Pick 1 but, we have to improve inside.
        Quinnen Williams is much like B.Y. IMO. Strong and explosive. He could be gone ahead of us, now that we fell out of the Top slot? Time will tell.
        Lots of talent coming in that area, which is good. See how Lynch stacks the Board.
        Josh Allen from KY is a freak, much like Aldon. 6’4″/250 4.6 speed.
        Stack the inside, get that sort of speed on the edge, look out.
        Montez Sweat from MS is another guy to keep on the radar. 6’6″/240-ish with similar speed.
        Plenty of ways to improve. Defense wins Championships 😀

      • NJ49er says:

        There aren’t any slam-dunk CBs or Safeties projected that high.
        Nor would I reach for a WR there.
        Maybe an OT? The strength of this Class is in the Front 7.
        Sliding back would certainly be an option if we can attract a decent suitor.

  11. NJ49er says:

    Keep an eye open for ILB Germaine Pratt NCST. He’s a converted Safety. Good coverage skills.
    He also accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl.

    ‘Thus far in 2018, Pratt has 104 tackles with 10.5 for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes broken up. The senior is playing really well. He is a strong and physical run defender with sideline-to-sideline speed. Pratt also has shown some pass-coverage skills, and that is not that surprising considering he came to N.C. State as a safety. Pratt could be a three-down starting inside linebacker early in his NFL career.’

  12. rtfirefly says:

    I don’t care if the DT turns into Allen Page. We got DTs. What we don’t got are DEs, LBs, CBs, and Ss. I swear if I want to die quick we spend a 4th high 1st rounder in 5 years on another DT. Quick and painless.

  13. NJ49er says:

    I’ll do my homework RT.
    Bowl stretch is coming, as well as Draft focus and Combine prep.
    We should get our weaknesses addressed, if Lynch & Co do their evaluations properly.
    I think they completely whiffed on Thomas and Foster, which needs to be corrected.
    Much better depth in the Front 7 coming out in April.

  14. NJ49er says:

    And then there’s this….regarding the ROI in FA related to the OL positions –

    Ryan Jensen, center, Tampa Bay, $10.5-million average compensation. Only three starting centers in the league are rated lower than Jensen, who has flopped in Tampa. He’s been penalized nine times and given up nine QB hits, each the most in the league for a center.

    Weston Richburg, center, San Francisco, $9.5-million average compensation. Just three spots better than Jensen, Richburg is the 32nd-rated center in the league, and has allowed a porous 27 sacks/hits/significant pressures.

  15. Flavor says:

    Mullens proving he is miles better than Beat Hard. I’m trying to figure out why it took this offensive guru Shanny so long to figure this out. He’s watched both these guys in practice for 2 years. And Mully only got a shot once Beat Hard couldn’t go? Lame…..
    He’s a competent back up, something you need to the NFL. DO NOT TRADE HIM

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Right, Bergs. A DE with 3 sacks is worth $10 mill. He’s in on first and second down now. So you want to pay that kind of money for a situational run stopper? Uh, no. He will be gone before March when his 5th year option kicks in.

    Any number of existing guys could slide over and do his job. Blair has been decent enough and he costs 1/10th of what Armstead does. Setting the edge against the run isn’t worth $10 mill. That money can go to Cincy CB Dennard.

    • Berger says:

      He could be here or gone. I know when they tried to put somebody else in yesterday we almost lost the game. Thankfully, Saleh came to his senses and put him back in. The only potential replacement we have for him is Kentavius Street and we don’t know that for sure.

      Why do we have to pay him 9 mil, why not just sign him to a contract? When you lose players like that you just lose. You win with good players, not replacements for less money.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Cowboys, Patriots, Rams, AND Seahawks lose. My kind of NFL day!

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Winder, ther Saints (11-2) Rams (11-3), and Bears (10-4) are all in the hunt for the two-team bye week. If the Saints win tonight, they will prolly get one of the byes, but they have the hardest remaining schedule. Then it comes down to the Rams and the Bears.

    The Rams have an easy path what with them playing the Cards next week then us. But the Bears beat the Rams so they own the tiebreaker.

    The Bears have us and the Vikes but they need to win out and have the Saints lose 2 of 3. The Bears beat the Rams so they have the tiebreaker there, and the Bears would get the tiebreaker over the Saints because of a better conference record.

    The Saints have Carol tonight, the Steelers and the Panthers again, so they have a tougher road. The Saints also own the tiebreaker with the Rams as they already beat them this year.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    So, the Bears have the toughest shot, but they own the tiebreaker over both the Rams and the Saints.

    If the Saints lose tonight, it’ll get very interesting.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Crazy stats here . . .

    Yards per game passing leaders. Check out the yards per attempt.


    • Winder says:

      Thanks chuck for that playoff scenario. Fucking Mullens has turned out to be a total gem. Jimmy should take notice.

  21. rtfirefly says:

    I do not want to trade Mullens, period. We have him under contract for a song in 2019. He will be a RFA in 2020.
    It’s a banner year for real FA QBs, anyway, headed by Nick Foles.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    HOF Kurt Warner stocked grocery shelves. HOF Tom Brady was a 6th round pick who couldn’t beat out Matt Cassel.

  23. Russ Wilson’s Broken Bones says:

    Niners need to play spoilers by injuring as many players on the Bears and Rams as possible. It’s what Santa Clara football is all about, besides DUI’s and domestic violence

    • rtfirefly says:

      I agree, having grown up there, that it’s a rotten inaccessible part of the “sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley” – Jack London
      Their only real alternative was playing in LA for 4-5 years while they demolished and rebuilt Candlestick.
      Had they built in the early ’70s, they could have bought prime land where people live. My classmates’ parents owned all the land in the bloody west valley.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Apple’s first “World HQ” land was bought from a different family, the Cali.
      All the rest and De Anza College, etc., was all owned by various offshoots of the Mariani. I went to school and played on teams with all those folks. Land could’ve been had for a song back then. Seeing the future is a wonderful thing when it’s long past.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Saint and Carolina both look terrible. Newton can’t throw the ball more than 12 yards. The Saints look awful on offense

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Heard on the radio today that Nick Mullens is #2 all time (!) for passing yardage after his first 6 starts.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Cam’s shoulder is a mess. Listening to him, there’s something really wrong but doctors can’t figure it out. Dan Patrick suggested he should go to Andrew Luck’s doctors.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    What’s even crazier is the number of starts for our QBs:

    Nick Mullens – 6 (3-3)
    Jimmy G – 8 (6-2)
    The Beater – 10 (1-9)

    By the time next season starts, Mullens will have as many starts as Garoppolo. The Beater will catch on somewhere. Oakland? Or the Walmart parking lot (or wherever the Raiders are playing next year) Raiders?

  27. NJ49er says:

    Be nice if McDaniels takes a HC gig somewhere in need of a QB.
    Jimmy to wherever that is……
    Or, maybe TB retires sooner than expected? Deal him back to NE with a Contract intact.
    Plus an extra Pick or 2.
    Mullens is better than Trubiski, and Joshs’ Rosen and Allen.
    And, he’s dirt cheap to boot.

    • Winder says:

      I think we should keep em both. We have been QB starved for to long. See how next year plays out. I wouldn’t trade either one for a 2nd rounder. No guarantees there.

  28. 12th Man says:

    Well it’s been a tough year to go to games again but 2 wins in a row was great, especially the Squawks game!
    Beating the Raiders in the last battle of the bay was a highlight too.
    Rounding out the home games against the Bears with a 3 in a row win too much to hope for?

    No way should they trade Mullens. I like CJ but the fact is he processes much slower than Mullens and I think they trade him mid season next year, before the deadline.
    Too many questions surround Jimmy G with his injury to take a chance on trading Mullens given how well he has played.
    It’s something similar to the Eagles situation in my mind. They could maybe take a trade for Mullens once Jimmy G has a proven year under his belt. Right now they have 2 QB’s capable of beating quality teams and 1 is a very cheap insurance policy.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, searching high and low for quarterbacks and then trading them is a bad idea. Mullens is in a good spot now, and hopefully Jimmy G comes back strong. By the end of next season we will know what the deal is with both of them.

    If Mullens and co beat the Bears, then his stock WILL be sky-high. Again, though, you keep them both through at least 2019. If Mullens clamors for a starting job, then you trade him for picks. Look at the fricking Eagles. They do better with their back up starting.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Awesome, 12th! I was hoping you were at these last couple games. Good stuff. The crowd sounded pretty good when Seattle was pinned deep in their end of the field.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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