Speaking of the Doghouse . . .

. . . Kyle Shanahan is now out of MY doghouse. Even DeMeco Ryans has poked his head out as well. Looking back on the season when we were at 2-4, the defense was stagnant, Bosa was being blocked and chipped (and held) to oblivion, the DBs were getting PI’ed to death, the run defense was terrible, and we couldn’t stop opposing teams on 3rd down.

Offensively, Kyle was questioning his own ability to call plays, he had sort of dallied with Trey Lance coming in for certain plays, Kittle was hurt, Aiyuk was in the doghouse, and the revolving door of injured running backs spun like a top. The only good thing about the offense was Deebo Samuel.

Now? Well, things aren’t perfect by any means, but the team hit its stride in the Rams game by putting Deebo Samuel in the backfield. Samuel proceeded to rip off long runs and score TDs at a Jim Brownsian rate. Even as a decoy this freed up Brandon Aiyuk, un-hurt George Kittle, and even Jauan Jennings as the passing game started to click with a better run game behind it. The 49ers controlled the clock, and won some big games. Namely against the Rams and the Vikings.

Defensively, with Dee Found on Road Dead dead and gone as a 49er, DeMeco Ryans started moving Bosa around to the right side so as not to tip off where to double team or chip him. This has paid off in spades as Bosa has gone from 5 sacks in his first 6 games to 9 in his last 7. Also, with the loss of Kinlaw, Armstead has become the steadying force as an inside run stopper, with the help of D.J. Jones. In their last 5 games, they are giving up an average of 66 yards a game on the ground.

And still we are ravaged by injuries as this season progresses. Here’s the list of the missing yesterday:

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (elbow)
LB Dre Greenlaw (groin)
DL Maurice Hurst (calf)
CB Dontae Johnson (personal matter)
DL D.J. Jones (knee)
RB Elijah Mitchell (concussion, knee)

Johnson is dealing with his mother’s death, but the rest are very concerning. These aren’t rest days, and I’m sure more will come out before the game, but getting any one of these guys back would be a big help. Atlanta is one of the many teams chasing us in the playoff parity chase (thanks for stopping by, Flying V), so any loss going forward will hurt.

And it will re-open the door to the doghouse.

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10 Responses to Speaking of the Doghouse . . .

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Some of Gilmour’s greatest work with Pink Floyd on this whole album.

  2. Winder says:

    With Mitchell out again it’s probably gonna be touchy at times but I think Wilson might finally be feeling comfortable once again. I don’t know what to expect, last year Atlanta kicked our ass and i think it’s pretty much the same team this year.

    That is great Floyd. Always makes me feel better.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah, Meddle, DSOTM, wish you were here, and Animals are all just incredible. Rhee only other one that approaches that is Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, we need a strong running game. I think Atl sucks but so do we sometimes. Keepi g our DBs off the field will be key. Just hope our beat up defense can hang.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    A great Falcons memory. The pick at the Stick. Last game there.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    The NFL has moved three games because of the Rona: Las Vegas at Cleveland from Saturday to Monday; and Seattle at the Los Angeles Rams and Washington at Philadelphia from Sunday to Tuesday.

    Tuesday Night Football!

  6. Irish Kevin says:

    Unca Chuck, that stat on the last thread is miss leading, I would have to go through every game, but i bet those passes increased with them being behind in the 4th quarter where JG had to throw the ball in hopes of scoring quickly and trying to catch up

  7. Winder says:

    Should be a great weather day in SC for a football game. When the Falcons were still in our division they usually played us pretty tough. I wish I was there to watch it.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Great start. New thread is up..

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