Close to the Edge

Hmmm, haven’t listened to Yes in a while. they were a fun band back in the day. Saw a great show at the Coliseum Arena in like 1978. Halfway through the show, Rick Wakemen’s keyboard miasma caught on fire, and they had to stop the show for 45 minutes while they put out and reassembled the plethora of keyboards, Moogs, and wires galore. Still a great show.

Speaking of great shows, we are getting closer to the real thing. The Jimmie Ward injury prompted the signing of Tashaun Gipson. And also the reincarnation of Dontae Johnson as he is now getting time at safety. He’s the guy that just doesn’t go away. He’s sometimes in the right place at the right time, but more often than not he’s a penalty or a burn waiting to happen. Hope Gipson catches on fast.

Other than that, the defense looks great. Should be dominant.

The offense is hard to gauge as we haven’t put the real guys on the field yet. I suppose we think we are good enough to treat the Bears game as a tune-up for the offense, as Chicago is pretty much a mess all over the place. We shouldn’t have too much trouble with them running or passing. But then again, anything can happen in the NFL these days. And this is more true now than ever.

Teams fly up and down the good/bad charts faster than shit through a goose, so last year’s turd is this year’s diamond. Shit, we were a dropped pick from the Super Bowl last year, and I don’t think anyone thought we were for real. Including me. The only time I felt comfortable in the playoffs was when we were to face the Rams. The game we fucking lost. Then again, it was still pretty sweet to knock both the Packers and the Cowsills out of the playoffs.

We are better defensively. That is certain.

The O is the Q.

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49 Responses to Close to the Edge

  1. unca_chuck says:

    These guys were better live than they were on their albums. And their albums were fantastic. Steve Howe, Bull Bruford, and Chris Squire are just flat amazing. Rick Wakeman wasn’t on this, but he joined the band soon after I think.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I think most prognosticators have us top 5 defensively anyway.

    And shocker of shockers, Jason Verrett is gonna miss the first 4 games on the PUP list rehabbing his knee. Feel bad for the guy, and we didn’t really expect anything, but there you go.

    My main concern is still the interior O line. We will see the starters on Thursday for a limited time I guess. Houston is Houston. They suck as much as the chick going down on a guy DURING the A’s game a couple days ago. Al Davis would be proud.

    If we can’t keep Lance clean against their defense, we are in trouble.

  3. joshuastnvk says:

    I gotta Google search that A’s game tidbit lol

    The national attention has been all about how Lance can’t hit the broad side of the barn. I only get highlights for the time being, haven’t been to a practice or anything, but is he really not that accurate? I listened to Jim Bowlen on Sirius talking about how Jimmy was so accurate and this great QB and I wanted to reach through my radio and strangle him. Instead I called and said it’s a good thing he isn’t a GM any more because his player evaluations these days are horrible.

    Love our first two games. Chicago and Seattle. Perfect tune up games to get into Denver and the Rams. The one that worries me? ATL. I see us 4-1 or 5-0 and then travel across the country and play east coast AFTER a Monday night game? Could be a recipe for a giant let down.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the hummer on Mt. Davis, in the back row no less, is nuts. The A’s are apparently trying to figure out who they are so they can arrest them.

    Lance’s delivery leaves something to be desired, and the broken finger set him back some as well, but I think we will have a lot more downfield action.
    Which will open up the running game.
    Which will open up the broken play scrambles.

    His delivery will be a work in progress as his career develops, so I think he will be on top of it by next season. All about progressing.

  5. joshuastnvk says:

    It’s getting nuts to go to sporting events these days. I just saw yet another brawl at the JAX and Pitt pre-season game. PRE-SEASON. I think I’ve seen about 8 brawls at baseball games appear online this year. Crazy. Makes me real excited to bring my daughter to a game.

    I’m excited for the downfall action. I remember seeing from analyst last year who had access to the footage full field views of our WR running down field and it seems they had the same question, why aren’t we pushing the ball downfield with so many WR open past the LB’s.

  6. Winder says:

    I am so ready for some football. Even though Wilson is no longer in our division I still think we have one of the toughest in all of football. Some might think the AFC West is the toughest now but I thing both the Chargers and Raiders will do what they always do.

  7. joshuastnvk says:

    AFC West will be fun to watch. Definitely glad we play them this year…not.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, we have another tough sched that’s for sure. But so does the rest of our division at least. I would like to go see the KC game. See Mahomes in person.

    • Winder says:

      Mahomes might be the only NFL player that’s worth the money he’s getting. A game changing QB is Gold. I hope Lance can be somewhat similar.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, he’s the real deal. There are a few guys I’m glad I’ve seen over the years. Fouts, Stabler (as a Saint), Starr, Unitas, fucking Staubach, Pastorini, off the top of my head.

    • Winder says:

      Those are all top of the line QB’s. Just like in baseball where a monster home run is a thing of beauty so is a perfectly timed 60 yard pass to a WR and all those QB’s could do it.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah i keep saying one of the best games I witnessed live (except for the 1994 NFC Championship game) was a 1982 game vs the Chargers where Fouts and Montana both went off, and the Niners lost 41-37. Both offenses were firing perfectly and it simply ended up with who had the ball last. And it wasn’t like our defense was bad. We just couldn’t stop Fouts and company.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s the stats from that game. Forgot Joe threw 2 picks.

    Fouts had FIVE touchdowns.

  12. Winder says:

    At least I get to see today’s game.

  13. Lurker John says:

    That Chargers game was early in the season after the first SB win. Remember it well, a true shootout. Wes Chandler had a good game as I remember it. The Chargers offense was loaded in those days. It was their D that sunk them most of the time.

  14. Lurker John says:

    Vaunted defense looked like ass on that drive. Shoved around the whole way.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    O line looks terrible

  16. Winder says:

    We still look bad

  17. Irish Kevin says:

    Not what I expected. Not very good on either side of the ball. I understand Treys struggles, those are to be expected, but the Defense just sucking

  18. Irish Kevin says:

    I is starting to look better

  19. Irish Kevin says:

    Ha ha Offense

  20. Winder says:

    Shanny’s run up the fucking middle

  21. Winder says:

    We better make some calls on OL vets

  22. Winder says:

    I think Serman is gone

    • Lurker John says:

      He needs to be, not that he has many holes to run into. Still has the happy feet. If Mason has a good game, Sermon might be out.

  23. Lurker John says:

    I know these aren’t all the starters, but this o-line sucks. Lance is raw on his best plays, but he isn’t going to do shit with someone in his grill on almost every pass. They’re not run blocking either.

  24. Winder says:

    I know it’s just PS but we are stinking it up

  25. Lurker John says:

    Great story with Darryl Stingley’s grandson now in the NFL. I’ll never forget when he was injured all those years ago. Horrible moment.

  26. Lurker John says:

    Sorry, folks, the Niners look like shit.

  27. alleykat69 says:

    49ers look like shit on both sides of the ball!
    Oh a gift interception created by Womack( love this guys aggressive instincts) the ball hawk for #33 Moore to grab in endzone to keep it at 7-0..

  28. alleykat69 says:

    That’s 2 holding penalties on Burford already yikes 😳

  29. Irish Kevin says:

    The Raider that hit Stingley never reached out to apologize During all this time.

  30. Lurker John says:

    Jack Tatum. Brutal fucking hit. Stingley’s been gone for some time now.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Preseason game to boot for Stingley. We don’t have very many guys out there

      None of this bothers me but for the interior line terrible play.

      Fuck, another false start. That is bothersome.

    • alleykat69 says:

      Yeah Jack Tatum’s nickname was “The Assassin “ for his hard hits and that one on Stingley who was defenseless on that hit was brutal!
      Wasn’t Tatum the guy that hit the Steelers receiver that the ball ricocheted to RB Harris for the Immaculate reception? Karma got him in the end..

  31. Irish Kevin says:

    Wow the Texans were 4-13 last year, they don’t look like a 4-13 team this year

  32. Lurker John says:

    If this is a tune up for the regular season, it’s not very impressive.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Thank God they get 17 days before the Chicago game. Jesus. What a shit show.

    Not too geeked about it but the penalties show a lack of discipline. It was mainly backups but still. That and the interior line worry me. The couple passes Lance threw on the move were hit and miss. The one he bounced to Aiyuk should have been made. That was the worst one. But this was more an indictment of the O line more than anything. Lance had a clean pocket on 2 of his 11 throws. And the run game was non-existent.

    Womack continues to impress. BS PI call on him. Purty was looking good till he threw that Godawful pick. Sudfeld looks worse than Purty at this point.

  34. joshuastnvk says:

    Ouch. I can’t really add anything that y’all haven’t said yet!

    Sermon is gone. Which is fine, but why did we waste a third round pick on him? Eesh, this regime….

    17 days until the start of the season. We’ll be ok. I know it was the Texans that made us look ugly, preseason or not, and that’s concerning. But we open with Chicago and Seattle and those can be ugly wins, but they’re great tune-up games.

    Trey better not let this get his head. I think the one thing he is missing, the one trait that can elevate any QB, or player for that matter, is swagger. Trey needs to have that attitude that when he walks into a room, his dick has already been there ten minutes. And I worry that a performance like this will rattle the young kid and make him scared.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Not worried about Trey. The O line was horrible, and this was a good reminder of the speed of the NFL compared to college. If our line plays this bad in the regular season, we aren’t as good as we thought.

    New thread is up.
    New thread is up.

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