The Good, The Bad, and The Fugly

Well, what a game. One that makes me think preseason is too short. There were 5 touchdowns (3 by us, 2 by them) call back by penalty, 19 penalties for 174 yards (11 for 87 by us, 8-87 by them).  4 INTs, (3 by us, 1 by them) 3 pick 6’s (2 by us, 1 by them). We dropped 2 additional pick 6’s. TB had a chance themselves. There were 4 fumbles (3 by them, 1 by us), we got an ejection for Kwon Alexander on a helmet-to-helmet hit. One that was repeated later by a Buc who wasn’t tossed, and we had a lot of terrible play calling on both sides of the ball.

Once again, the red zone offense rarely took a shot at the actual end zone. Then again, we were successful but penalized more often than not. The defense had a very mixed bag kind of day. But stop me if you nearly threw a brick at your TV when the 49ers lined up their LBs 15 yards behind the line on 3rd and 17. Of course TB threw a swing pass to the flat that gave the RB a 12 yard head start before even seeing a Niner, but the entire left side of their line was able to get out front and block for the 1st down. Of course TB fumbled that drive away.

TB for their part were grinding away in the 4th quarter inching closer to us by running the ball at will down our throats. So naturally after getting the score to 20-17, (they had actually taken the lead on a called-back TD), they got pass-happy, and gave the Niners 2 easy pick 6 TDs to salt away the victory for the Red and Gold.

TB actually outgained us 315 to 264, and we somehow won the time of possession clock by 8 seconds. Garoppolo outplayed Jameis (gimme a) Winston on the merits of only giving the other team 7 points instead of 14. We threw a ton of dinks and dunks, Kittle 10 catches for 54 yards, but for one very nice double move by Rick James on a 39 yard strike.

Offensively, the run game was non-existent but for 2 good runs. Coleman is already hurt, and Brieda can’t bust through the line, so we shouldn’t even bother. Which brings me to the O line. Terrible game for them as there was little time for Jimmy G to throw, and he didn’t help by making bad throws himself. At least 4 of his incompletions were throws that were simply way behind the receiver, and of course the pick 6 that was the oldest read in the book. But throw in a few holding calls that negated TDs, and there you have it.

Defensively, we were all over the place as well. I think the best unit was the much-maligned DBs though. Ahkello Witherspoon looked like the talented rook, noit the befuddled sophomore. Richard Sherman had his usual weird-ass game with a pick 6 and a nifty mugging on a long pass near the end of the game which likely would have been called PI in the 70s, when you could kill people out there. The pass rush was better, Nick Bosa got a sack, and the line in general got sufficient pressure all day. The biggest problem, and I’m sure the heat was a factor, was the run defense late. On TB’s blown 4th down on the 2, and the subsequent FG drive, they ran the ball down our throats. Seeing as we were gassed, the next drive they inexplicably stopped running and the pass pressure caused the late pick 6 to seal the game.

A win is a win is an east coast road win, but I sure hope to God they clean their shit up. Any good team would have killed us. Then again, Seattle almost lost at home to the Bengals, it took awhile for the Rams to put away Carolina, and AZ tied with the hapless Lions.

Early season games are like this, but man, what a mess.

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48 Responses to The Good, The Bad, and The Fugly

  1. Winder says:

    yeah it was definitely a have to leave the room for a minute game. Mistakes usually just kill us, thankfully TB made a shitload of em too. I liked that there was pressure on Winston most all game.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Pressure was decent, and we did well even without Kwon. Although the D really woare down in the 2nd half. Can’t believe Arians went away from the run when it was working so well in the 2nd half.


  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I was screaming at the TV before the ball was snapped when we had TB at 3rd and 17 from our 25, and we backed SEVEN guys 15 yards deep. If ever a situation called for max pressure, this was it.

    Instead, TB’s RB caught the ball with 12 yards of open field, and 4 blockers in front of him. Naturally, he got 18 yards. Pisser to say the least. They helped us out immensely by fumbling the next play. Course we returned the favor before the half.

  4. Winder says:

    I don’t think Saleh really has the killer instinct. It wouldn’t surprise me if KS has some input on that though and I think he is pretty conservative when it comes right down to it. I haven’t seen a whole lot of creativity. But, maybe it’s just me wanting more.

  5. rtfirefly says:

    Pinion vs. our 4th round pick? Hmmm. lol. And don’t tell me he shanked that punt out of the endzone. We started at the 4. It was 37 yds. with 0 return. Ray Guy on that punt, no. Shank, blocked like Pinion, big return, also no. His other punt when he had room to operate was 54 yards with 0 return.

    • Winder says:

      I agree, he’s gonna keep us in games. Funny but I already have total confidence in him. Not sure why but I do.

      • rtfirefly says:

        I’ve seen videos of his punts in preseason and that long one yesterday. He has different kinds of spins that he puts on the ball. You can see in those vids the punt returners struggling just to make sure they catch the ball.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Wishnowski blew his shot to get us out of rotten field position by punting the ball 37 yards from his end zone. He’s got to do better than that. Great to see Nzoecha (sp) get a block and a pick. Nice game for him.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Pinion was a 5th round pick, right?

    • rtfirefly says:

      Believe so. And I recall he was the 3rd best punter coming out that year. I screamed bloody murder at that one.

  8. Rtfarcefly says:

    Guys, don’t forget I said I’m a brainless twit with no life. Please validate my stupidity.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Why doesn’t it surprise me that you didn’t see the game? LOL, he had a whole lot more impact than just 1 sack.

  9. alleykat69 says:

    Not to make a excuse for our Aussie punter but he didn’t have the full amount of space on that punt from the end zone, so you have to rush it so it doesn’t get blocked for 6 are 2 pts..

  10. NJ49er says:

    I’ve lost considerable interest in NFL football. Greed Inc.
    Getting to the point where I’m thinking there’s commissions paid on flag throwing.
    Absolutely painful to watch.
    Add that to my already cynical view of Officiating (and Vegas) now legalized gambling in these parts and….. I’ve got better things to do with my time.
    These flag throwing whistle-heads are nothing but minions for Ownership and Roger IMO.
    See Non PI Call in NOLA last year to put Kroenkes’ Lambs into the promised Land as exhibit A.
    Fukn joke.
    Piss off Al Riveron.
    Bite me Dean Blandino.
    You ‘NFL Politicians’ are killing the golden goose.

    • alleykat69 says:

      So tell me how you really feel NJ49er? 😂

      • NJ49er says:

        How do you justify the review of the Dick Sherman ‘mugging’ at the end of our game as a non-call?
        Reason? Point spread IMO.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I’m halfway there, NJ. But I’m committed to the resurgence of Niner football under ShannyLynch. My interest in the doings in the league has dropped considerably in recent years, though,, last year’s travesty and the continued complete bonzoism of the AFC East is a great big push to forget the whole enchilada.

      • NJ49er says:

        Agree RT, as a 9er Fan there’s still interest of course.
        Enjoy Kittle, high hopes for Deebo etc. But….
        It’s just hard to enjoy a game in the ‘live’ sense, due to all the laundry getting in the way.
        What did we have? 5 combined TDs in TB, taken away due to penalties?
        It’s like, wait…don’t cheer… until you scan the turf for flaggery. WTF?

  11. unca_chuck says:

    The Raiders are spanking a damn good Bronco defense.

    Hah! Fuck Elway and the horse-face he came with. Flacco sucked.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Are you kidding me? Flacco’s one of the best players on that team. Did you miss the TD catch or not (oopsie) to his receiver to put them right back in the game?

      Lynch is sooooo much better than Elway. The Broncos have holes everywhere.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Meh. Flacco and the horse-face sucked for 3 quarters and almost came back. The Raiders are no offensive juggernaut, but Joshua Jacobs looks like the real deal. I did like the crowd chanting “FUCK AB” after the first TD though.

    Franky the Raiders did impress me a little as they beat a top-rated defense. Their O line took it to Denver’s D line all game. No sacks and Oak ran well all night. And they took shots downfield. Something we need to do more of.

    I just want to see Denver go down hard. Never liked anything about that team and never will.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I didn’t say Flacco was good. I said he was one of the best players on that team. Guess I made it a bit too subtle.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Sarcasm doesn’t translate sometimes. Still can’t believe that piece of shit beat us in the Super Bowl.

    Still and all Denver has a pretty good defense. And Elway saying the future of the franchise rests on Flacco’s shoulders is pretty funny seeing how many shitty QBs Elway has brought in to Denver over the decades.

    4 fucking yards.

  14. Winder says:

    i was glad for the Raiders too. All the bullshit with Hard Knocks and the AB fiasco was just too much. i don’t like the stinkin Raiders but i was glad for em last night

    • Winder says:

      Elway was a hotdog at Stanford too. All the attention went to him and even though our team wasn’t all that good it still took away from it.IMHO

    • unca_chuck says:

      I did see him in a game against SC where he threw the ball 70 yards into the end zone while on a dead sprint to the sideline. Pretty fucking amazing, but nope, never liked the guy.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    His draft day bullshit was chiuckenshit as well.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Now AB is accused of rape and sexual assault.

    The fun never stops.

    • NJ49er says:

      Whole new level of entertainment compared to T.O. huh?
      The Rosenhaus & Ding-a-Ling Bros Circus.
      The NFL is turning into the WWE.

  17. NJ49er says:

    And then…there’s this.
    My favorite point of the weekend involving the Illuminati of Park Ave Officiating.

    • Berger says:

      I think the reason they did not overturn the non PI call was just before Sherman’s swat of the arms, Evans pushed him away with both hands against the hips. There were two obvious PIs on that play and when both are fouling they just let it go. I was saying during the review that Sherman committed PI but so did Evans so I think the non call will stand and that is what happened.

  18. Winder says:

    The refs have been hindering the game for years now. The 49ers have been on the losing end many times. The 83 game against the Redskins is just one, the 95 game against GB in GB is another. It’s been going on for years. The problem is now that they call so many the game has no flow. and they are wrong so many times. The games are not so much fun to watch anymore.

    • NJ49er says:

      HDTV has exposed the obvious Winder – They see what they want to see, while trying to justify what we all see under the guise of ‘Officiating’.
      They’re going down the rabbit hole of obfuscation IMO. Pretending to care about the integrity of the game while continuing to manipulate the Vegas line.
      Yeh, it’s entertainment after all but….There’s a sh!tload of money attached.
      Been my joke for years….Who’s family is watching the game in the shipping container until the score goes final? 😀

  19. Berger says:

    I get much joy watching Armstead get single blocked and just pushing, sometimes throwing, his opponent into the play. It reminds me of watching Justin Smith.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    AA did have a nice game despite the general fade of the D line late in the game. The defense in general got a lot more sustained pressure, and that was good to see. Ginger isn’t Winston though. But if Dalton throws 55 times, we’d better plant him a shitload of times. And not drop picks.

    NJ, there’s no benefit to the officials making that call as TB favored by a point, and they weren’t going to cover. The ONLY way TB covers is if they score 2 TDs late, and score in OT. As Bergs and I said, they went with the non-call because Evans was pushing off as well.

    Yeah, officiating in general sucks, and these interminable PI reviews are only going to make the game harder to watch, as these fucking PI reviews now instigate a commercial break, but the hope is they get it right upon review.

    If you want to see ridiculous, watch the ‘fumble’ by Dalton in the Cincy/Seattle game last week. This was called a fumble to thwart Cincy’s last drive. Dalton’s hand is clearly moving forward with the ball in it.

    • Winder says:

      the 12th man is actually the refs.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yep. Seattle gets a shit-ton of breaks.

        The 49ers did get a couple as well. Rice clearly fumbled in the Owens Owens Owens game and it wasn’t called. There were a couple more that I can’t recall.

        Now that I look at it, NJ, you might still be onto something. The over/under was set at 50.5. Don’t know where the money was, but a TD by TB pushes the game over the line from 48 to 55.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Funny thing is, it was pretty hard to find that vid of the Dalton non-fumble.

    The NFL is busy scrubbing that video from the interwebs.

  22. alleykat69 says:

    Dalton’s arm is clearly moving forward, that’s not a fumble,but in Seattle with the 12th man screaming the refs feared for their lives..

  23. NJ49er says:

    Think of Officiating as a ‘Control’ factor.
    Captive audience.
    Ad revenues.
    Vegas line, etc.
    Who’s got the joystick?
    Al Riveron? Dean Blandino?
    Why not…..?
    Jerry Jones?
    Alfred E. Newman?
    Maybe…Rocky & Bullwinkle?

  24. NJ49er says:

    In the best Dr Evil voice….
    They could make….
    ONE Million dollars!

  25. NJ49er says:

    Knowing the fact that Blandino was guilty of partying on Jerruhs’ bus is enough to know he’s compromised.
    Think of him sitting in the bank drive up lane, at Jerruh Savings and Loan, (with a jar of Vaseline and a box of Kleenex).
    Then he remembers the camera is running, and Jerruh owns the security tapes.
    And…the replay review phone rings….
    Uh oh!

  26. unca_chuck says:

    It didn’t stop the refs from screwing Dez Bryant on his TD catch in that green Bay playoff game a few years back.

    • NJ49er says:

      But….is it leveraged somehow?

    • rtfirefly says:

      That was payback for the previous week hit job on the Lions in the wildcard round of the playoffs. That was Win #2 for Romo in the playoffs in his career. Also his last win. And tainted as hell.

  27. alleykat69 says:

    I was more of a Frank Gorshin fan as “The Riddler” but Cesar Romero played a good “
    Frank Gorshin was also in a Star Trek episode where half of his face is painted black the other half white.
    His adversary had half his face painted white the other half black, both on different sides.
    Gorshin tells Captain Kirk, can’t you tell the difference? I’m the good guy..

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