Episode IV – A New Hope

The Rebel alliance has been damaged but not destroyed, as a young Padawan, Lance Skywalker is learning the force and battling to control his emotions as the Empire tries to smash the resistance and keep the Separatist 49ers out of the playoffs.

Is Shanahan Yoda? Is Lynch Obi Wan Kenobi? OK, fuck that, but hey it was a nice start. Here we are, one game in, and Lance did have his rookie moments. So did Shanahan though. I hated the read-option handoffs early, and luckily Shanny got right away from that. So he can adjust on the fly. And, for once in a great while, the team played better in the 2nd half.

Sure, Lance was indecisive on when to scramble some times, and didn’t go hard for a 1st down on a scramble, but these are situations that he will learn by getting reps. Going through his read is a different matter, but even early, on a play designed to go to Kittle on the left side, he rolled right out of the designed play, in the end zone no less, and found Aiyuk for a short 12 yard gain, but it got us out of the shadow of the goal line, and was a play that Jimmy G usually starts tap-dancing to nowhere and takes a sack.

And the throw to Samuel for the 45 yard TD was straight on the money and is one that Jimmy G relentlessly struggle with. And the lob to Mitchell for the first TD was easy, but again, Jimmy misses that throw a lot. So, yeah, I’d love to see more consistent play from Lance, but I’ve been saying that about Jimmy G for 4 years now.

So, I’ll give Lance the benefit of the doubt on the mis-read pick as he IS a rookie. Jimmy G still makes these mistakes 7 years into his Jedi training. May the Schwartz be with you.

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27 Responses to Episode IV – A New Hope

  1. Irish Kevin says:

    When was the last time a starting QB lost his job due to injury. Not many I would image. Not to say Kyle won’t stay with Lance but it is a fair question.

    • Winder says:

      I think both Curt Warner and Tom Brady got their chance when the #1 went down. So did Wilson in Seattle I believe but maybe he outplayed whoever right from the get.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Warner was the tearful Dick Vermeil Trent Green presser. Bono was involved somehow. Cut or something by the Rams. And Brady was the result of Drew Bledsoe getting blasted while going ob against the Jets I think.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Alex Smith rings a bell. I think Wilson simply outplayed his competition right out of the draft. I mean, whatever competition there is with Matt Flynn.

    Last few years, there have been a ton of QB injuries so it’s hard to keep track.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Shanny said Jimmy would play if 100% and then said Jimmy won’t be 100%.

    I’m with Lance on this. I don’t see how Jimmy can grip the ball well enough to play.

  4. alleykat69 says:

    Alex Smith lost his QB job to Colin Kapernick after suffering a concussion in week 10, 2012?
    Never reclaimed it when he came back healthy as Harbaugh rolled the dice with Kappy which surely pissed off Smith and even more the number 1 supporter alltime of Alex…Twinfan, the man, the myth the legend, in his mind of his utmost support of Alex that never wavered..

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Heh heh! Yep. Smith did get a bad rep after going through 5 HCs/OCs in 5 years. He did fine under Harbaugh and with a strong defense.

    Sounds familiar, eh?

    History could very well be repeating itself.

    De ja vu all over again.

  6. alleykat69 says:

    Thousands of Fans in Jacksonville are totally turning and revolting 🤮 on their owner Shad Kahn with clown 🤡 emojis with mustaches and will be wearing crazy outfits including a toilet seat around their heads!
    The real disgusting thing is that all want Trent Baakle “FIRED”( sound familiar?)and should of been done when they shitcanned Urban Meyer. Reports that they wanted to interview 3 coaches for the HC gig, Quinn,Leftwich&Moore and all 3 declined knowing they would have to deal with dipshit Baakle still there lol, can’t blame them one bit..

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Baalke ruined this franchise with 6 horrible drafts. Shad Kahn thought, yeah, THAT’S the guy for me!!! Pretty fucking nuts..

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Huh. NFL moved the Saints Falcons game to 1:25 so both games will be going at the same time and not 3 hours earlier for the Saints.

  9. Trent Baalke says:

    You guys seriously have no idea what you’re talking about.

  10. NJ49ER says:

    NYJ LB Mo Lewis started the Tom Brady era…

  11. NJ49ER says:

    Some people point to this hit from Burfict as the one that knocked ABs screws loose…

  12. Irish Kevin says:

    I guess we won’t know till game time who will be starting, has anyone read or heard anything about Jimmy practicing?

    • NJ49ER says:

      I’d bet the ranch on Trey Irish Kevin.
      Same ploy Shanny tried last week, won’t change the healing process if we buy the prognosis.
      Gotta lean heavy on our D to get after Stafford and hold Kupp & OBJ in check.
      Not to mention AD99.

  13. Irish Kevin says:

    From Matt Borrows

    What’s Jimmy Garoppolo’s status for this weekend/playoffs? It seems like there’s a lot of conflicting stories out there. — Timmy G.

    To my knowledge, Garoppolo hasn’t thrown since he injured his thumb against the Titans on Dec. 23. That’s because, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, doctors want to give it the maximum amount of time to heal and “kind of relatch.”


    I have an aspiring hand specialist in the family, my cousin, Lili Schindelar, who’s in her final year of residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She cautioned that it’s impossible to give a full assessment without seeing the injury but that it sounded as if Shanahan was referring to the piece of bone — the “fleck” as he described it — that was dislodged when Garoppolo got hurt.

    She said the bone can heal nicely over time. The catch: It usually takes four to six weeks for that to occur, and the upcoming Rams game will be 17 days since the injury.

    “So, he could be partially healed,” she said. “It’s not going to be perfect. Technically, he won’t do any further damage by playing with it, it just may not be strong enough. He certainly won’t be back at his baseline. But I guess if he plays with some sort of wrapping, it may help.”

    And that’s the question going into Sunday’s game: What percentage of normal is Garoppolo and is that percentage better than having a fully healthy Trey Lance? My guess is that if Garoppolo throws Wednesday, it will be an exceptionally light session because, as Shanahan says, they want to continue to give him maximum healing time.

    All I can say is tune in Wednesday-Friday. And Saturday. And also Sunday.

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    That was a question Timmy G asked

  15. unca_chuck says:

    I’m no doctor, but really? Gripping something with detached tendon/bone on the thumb won’t risk more damage?

    If they start Jimmy, he’d better be on a SHORT leash. There’s NO fucking reason to put him out there not fully healthy. We’ve seen bad Jimmy when perfectly healthy. And horrible Jimmy when playing hurt.

    Never seen good Jimmy when hurt.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    I did the same thing to my ankle, and while it was prolly a lot worse than what Jimmy did, I had to immobilize my ankle for a month before bending it at all. It could bear weight, but not movement. took another 6 weeks before it got back to normal.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Shanny said if Jimmy isn’t 100%, he isn’t gonna play. For once I believe him.

    If Jimmy comes out and sucks, there will be a huge backlash.

  18. alleykat69 says:

    Beat up are Backup?
    That’s the million dollar question in DR.Shanahan’s starter absurd thinking..??

  19. Irish Kevin says:

    Well Chuck, the doctor did say 4-6 weeks to completely heal. I say play Trey. IMO whether it is Jimmy or Trey, the Niners chance of going all the way are slim to none. But if they get into the playoffs that would be a great experience for Trey for next year. Even with a 💯 healthy Jimmy the Niners won’t win a SB with him, and that is because you don’t know when the bad Jimmy is going to show up. Like Madden would say 3-4 great games then BOOM, bad Jimmy.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Yep. This experience at this point in the season would be valuable with Trey leading the way. We aren’t all that, but with the parity in the league, any team can get hot and reel off 3-4 wins. Including us.

    Still think Trey gives us a better chance.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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