The powers-that-be in the NFC West have had a busy little week. Stating with the Rams, who traded Marcus Peters to the Ravens (who promptly pick-sixed Russell Wilson, and helped beat Seattle, tyvm), and traded for Jalen Ramsey. Two 1sts and a 2nd is a pretty steep price, but that is something they felt they needed to do. As opposed to helping their leaky O line. Which is their biggest problem. The Rams are smacking of desperation here as they try to deal with the fact their offense isn’t high-flying anymore, and their run game is iffy as well as their pass pro. Goff is not having the success he had the last couple years, and the Rams are struggling to score.
The Niners of course just overpaid a bit (2nd and 3rd) for Bronco WR Emmanuel Sanders. He’s had a nice career surrounded by a bunch of injuries, but he’s playing well so far this year. Desperate? No, not really. But Sanu was too expensive, and Sanders seems like a good enough guy to take over the #1 spot held by no one. Goodwin is injury-prone, Taylor is likely out for at least 4 more weeks, and the guy who I think will be our #1, Jalen Hurd, is also on the shelf for a few more weeks with a back injury.
Not to be outdone, Seattle looked for and got secondary help by trading for safety Quandre Diggs. While this is a great move for Seattle, many in Detroit are scratching their heads why they traded their defensive captain this early in the season. Yeah, they are 2-3-1, but they are playing well enough. But I digress. That looks to be a good move for the Seachickens.
So, at least the NFC West isn’t standing pat. These 3 (and a semi-resurgent Cards team) stand to fight to the end for the West crown. A very mean feat these days. Wish I had made my Super Bowl bet this year. The Niners started the season as 33-1 to make it.
That is down to 9-1.
Irish, I’m not too too concerned about the scoring. Yet. We are 11th in points per game, and while this isn’t great, it isn’t terrible by any means. Last week’s game screwed our numbers a lot as we played in the quagmire, but we are also down our starting tackles and our FB extraordinaire, Juszcyc. Brieda looks to also be in and out of the lineup as he deals with his issues, so the RB by committee, and well as the WR by committee continues.The hope is Sanders provides some consistent play at WR to open up the rest of the field for Kittle.
Ahhh damn. Just saw that Willie Brown of the Raiders passed away. His epic pick six in Super Bowl 11 will live on in history with Bill King’s call and the NFL Films version of the play
Old man Willie, RIP.
He was an amazing player. Always wished he was a Niner. RIP
W. Brown and Lott two of the best DB’s ever.
Oh man another legend passes on?
Yeah Willie Brown was a great cover man and will be sorely missed.Loved Bill King’s call as he huffing and puffing 75 yards for the pick6 TD!! Old man Willie!!
Still one of the best all time CB the 49ers had was #37 HOFJimmy Johnson(47 career picks 4 time all pro 5 times pro bowl) teams did not throw in his direction to go along with running the ball on HOF #64 Dave Wilcox taking away half the field..
Unfortunately they found success picking on CB Roosevelt Taylor in his early years..
I saw Jimmy Johnson pick a ball off with casts on both his arms. Musta been around Brodie’s last season in 1973.
Yeah, they just don’t make em like Jimmy Johnson any more. One of the best football players I have ever seen.
Johnson also played one year (his second) on offense in 1962 and was a pretty good receiver. Then a bunch of guys got hurt in ’63 and he moved to safety, then to CB in 1964. He is very deservedly in the Hall of Fame.
Johnson was nails for a long time. Glad he got into the Hall with Dave Wilcox. Both those guys were absolute studs. That early 70s defense was bad ass. Saw a bunch of those games at Kezar an the Stick.
His son Justin is doing pretty well as Cal’s head football coach.
The guy I remember on the other side was Kermit Alexander. He had a pretty good career himself. Till he went to the Rams.
Kermit was a good db also. He was the one that put the hit on Gale Sayers. Which was too bad since Sayers was one bad ass RB.
Jimmy did come from great stock, his older brother Rafer Johnson won the gold medal 🥇 in the decathlon in Rome in 1960…
sorry but Sayers is one of my all time favorites
No, that’s fine. Most of my family is from Chicago, so the Bears and Cubs always in the background of my childhood. Two of my three sisters were born in Chicago and all my relatives are from there. My uncle Charlie still lives on the north side. Butkus and Sayers were 2 of the best.
Speaking of Kermit Alexander, wasn’t he the one who tore up Sayers’ knee?
Yep, but it was a clean tackle
New thread is up.