Bye Week Bliss

Yea, there was a time when the bye week was an unnecessary distraction from the great teams of the recent and not so recent past. Now, it is a respite from the injuries, disasters, bad calls, bad play calling, and the injuries. And it also signifies saying goodbye to the 2020 season. Sure, we are still in the hunt, and frankly, the defense played a pretty solid game against the tough New Orleans Saints. The Niners held the ball for the entire 1st quarter, and they built a 10 point lead to start the 2nd quarter.

From there it went down the rabbit hole as mistakes, penalties, horrible line calls, and the moribund offense kept the team stuck in 1st gear throughout the rest of the game. And that was even with Drew Brees cooling his ribs on the sidelines for the whole 2nd half after a sack by K Street. One that was flagged for no apparent reason, other than we tackled an old white guy. The fucking side judge made the call from 20 yards away rather than the back judge 6 feet away.

But, whatever. The two muffed punts, the two interceptions, the obligatory stupid 4th down run up the middle, and the inexplicable inability to put a body on Chauncey Gardner-Johnson played a huge part in the loss.

Which brings me to the coaching. Once again, there were thousands of fans screaming at their TVs to do something about Gardner-Johnson. It looked like to me he made 15 tackles in the 1st half as we inexplicably tried to run sweeps when every play was getting blown up for losses. GJ was in the backfield faster than our guys were getting the ball. Yet we kept running those plays and not blocking GJ. Saleh, for all his injuries to deal with, and the mismatching of players to positions, never sees the obvious. Like Bruce Allen getting torched for 2 quarters while GB ran up the score, Saleh never rolled a safety over to help.

Shanny for his part seems allergic to throwing on 1st down. He NEVER took a deep shot yet again. Well, they tried ONCE with The Beater and his one play, and he underthrew terribly a wide open Rick James on a simple go route. It should have been an easy TD but it was batted harmlessly away.

But, whatever. yes we are injured, but you see plays over and over where someone (McKinnon) misses a blitz pickup, or a linebacker comes in free. Our misadventures at center continue with Hruss the Goose being shunted aside as Brunskill learns the new position. Westie really is missed badly. Shit, even Ben Garland was coming on as being a capable backup. But in the year of the injury, they are all out.

So, the hope was to get some sort of healthy after the bye, but it appears to just be a respite from the upcoming carnage. Mostert could be back, Sherm, and Deebo too, but it shouldn’t make that much difference. The defense isn’t going to fold, but it isn’t going to stop anyone.

What is so annoying is looking at AZ and seeing a team that is kicking ass and having fun. Much like us last year. seattle still hasn’t fallen off the map, and they will get killed in the playoffs, but they are still a top-tier team. The Rams have found their mojo again, and while they are not gonna win it all this year, they are a young team having fun as well.

Last week’s game got the the point of being unwatchable due to the absolute shit-show put on by the offense. Like so many of the past teams these last 20 years. Something that really pisses me off. We MIGHT be able to beat Alex Smith and the No-Skins, but that is about it. The Cowboys? Who knows? I’m thinking best-case is 1-5. Better case is 0-6.


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28 Responses to Bye Week Bliss

  1. Winder says:

    Once we get a few players back we should win a couple of games. Just enough to knock us back in the draft. Tanking just doesn’t work with team attitude and moral. At least we know Mullens and the Beater are not the answer. It also doesn’t look like Jimmy will ever be able to throw the ball away instead of taking shots and trying to thread the needle. One step forward and two steps back. The league seems to have caught up to Shanny’s play calling also. We need to draft a QB that can read defenses and throw the ball downfield more than 20 yards. This year has been nothing short of terrible and the hits keep coming. Trump will never leave office until he’s forced to because it is too much of a cash cow to let go.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, as much as I want to dump on Shanny for some nonsensical calls, especially his 4th down insistence on running into the line, he is extremely crippled by the lack of talent. Sure, these guys should be able to pick up blitzes and give the QB a LITTLE time to look and throw, but it hasn’t come to pass. Every phase of the team is dealing with debilitating injuries and is playing 3rd string players at many positions.

    It has turned up gems like Jamar Taylor though, who did a great job covering Edelman. This team should dump McKinnon and Coleman, Ford need to restructure down to nothing or he goes, Spoon should go, Harris is a liability, as is Dontae Johnson.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Warriors get Wiseman. Love the pick, but it looks like Klay may be out again with a leg injury. He must be channeling the 49ers.

  4. alleykat69 says:

    Don’t bet against the 49ers getting an injury are 2 during the bye week, it’s just been that type of year…

  5. NJ49er says:

    Perhaps Takk McKinley pick up will negate Dee Ford going forward?
    Time to restructure the Cap situation, starting with Jimmy.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’m still waiting to see what we have with OL Colton McKivitz too.
      He was an OT at WVU and showed a mean streak IMO.
      He might be a nice option inside at OG?

      Either way, let’s see what’s going on maybe?
      Stick him in there after the BYE and give him some work.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Takk failed a physical with the Bengals, but hey I’ll take him.

  7. Grumpy Guy says:

    Not quite an injury, Alley, but it is so 2020: Kinlaw is on the Covid list.

  8. Winder says:

    For me football has taken a back seat to all the other bullshit that’s going on. It’s usually a reprieve for me and so far it is. It’s not that our team is beset with so many injuries it just seems that it is not as important to the reality of the pandemic and the democracy of our country.

    • NJ49er says:

      We seem to be on the same page Winder.
      I’m finding the reality of Democracy means a whole lot more than football this year.
      Not sure who to credit but, the term ‘Truth Decay’ hits home.
      Empty stadiums vs empty headed logic like alternative facts is a genuine reality check for me.
      Where/how do we go about fixing bad information that is polluting our minds and dividing the country?

      What happens when we’re not the UNITED States?
      GOP/Dems have become Hatfield’s and McCoys while conspiracy theories replace logic and reality.

      We’ve reached the point of mass ignorance.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Isaac Asimov had it right 50 years ago when he said:

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

    Hunter Thompson also shared these feelings.

    • NJ49er says:

      Minority rule has been achieved through systematically manipulating the ability to vote.
      For all the claims of irregularities, it’s a built-in mission of many in power to move the goal posts.
      Hypocrisy or Democracy?
      Money subverting the Constitutional intentions.

    • NJ49er says:

      Haven’t been up to date on judicial appointments lately either.
      Has Bobby Boucher received a seat yet?

    • NJ49er says:

      The year of the Cuckoo Coup
      Hard to believe that this shit is happening in plain sight

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Every seeming turning point is beset by more bullshit. Trump is a symptom of a MUCH bigger problem. Inside the government and with the people at large.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    This always helps, though.

  12. NoFear says:

    Since I’m out for the season the Ninersbhave agreed to add me to be their head beer leader on the Gold Rush.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Welcome back NoFear.

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    The problem is our fine politicians talk out the side of their mouths, and no one is better at it than Gavin Newsom. Please stay home while I go to a dinner party

  15. Winder says:

    Problem is a way to keep all politicians in check. I didn’t realize the amount of hate and stupidity we have in our country. And being an old white guy i am probably somewhat responsible. I have always figured that most politicians were a little crooked and took it at face value. I have always worried more about myself and family and of our survival. I learned it’s a cold world quite a long time ago but I was lucky enough to make it where I am today. I have lived pretty comfortable overall. I have also realized I am not as smart as I thought i was. I also don’t feel connected to this America of today. It’s probably fortunate that i don’t have a whole lot of time left. I just have figure out how to make the best of the time I have left. The common good seems pretty subjective at this point so I have to do things that i believe will be helpful. This virus is pretty darwinian since it is killing mostly old and weaker people with medical issues. I hope everyone here can avoid it.

  16. alleykat69 says:

    Yeah Newsome really ticked me off with that French Laundry $400 a plate minimum dinner on are money! Heard the tab came to over 12K..A group of 12 with no masks on, yeah way to set an great example as u want every other peasant to shelter in place why u party with all your cronies..

    Now you’re considering a curfew?(except for u of course) from 10 pm to 5am? Hell all the bars are closed now anyway.. And I didn’t know Covid-19 shuts down after curfew? Duh Gavin!!

  17. Your Superior Division Rivals says:

    We’re not only having fun because we’re kicking ass and taking names. We’re also having a blast because we’re loving the fact that the ONE HIT WONDER Whiners are tripping all over their puny little dinks every week and they’re firmly entrenched in the BASEMENT of the NFC West.

    • Winder says:

      We are definitely headed in the wrong direction.This years draft is gonna be crucial. As a long-time fan I have been through this many times. It’s always the same, time for a big exodus and a bunch of new blood.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Wrong direction? I wouldn’t go that far. We have a lot of good young talent. We are just FUBAR with injuries. EVERY team in the league would be struggling with the injury tally we have.

    New thread is up.

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