Are We Who We Thought We Were?

I still don’t know. The good news though is our two wins are against NFC West opponents, so we got that going for us. Our two losses WERE lowly teams on the road, so that brings us to the Carolina Bakers. They are currently 1-3 and are in the bottom of the bottom of the NFL. Well, they did beat the Saints, so they are ahead of them. The big deal that brought them Baker Mayfield is paying off in turds.

Baker Adtime is throwing a lowly 54.7% completion percentage, averages 6.4 yards a throw (Jimmy territory) and has 4 TDs to go along with 3 INTs and a not-so-stellar 75% rating. Carolina is 30th in passing yards per game, and 24th in rushing for the bottom of the league in total yards per game.

They are 18th defensively. 12th passing, and 25th in rushing allowed. So you and I know what is coming. Run early, run all the time.

Still and all, I’m still worried about this offense. the 2nd half turtling is still a major thorn in my side, and whatever script Kyle is using for the first sets of downs should be extended to the 2nd half. Run them in reverse order. Run them all over again. Do SOMETHING to get this offense out of the ditch in the 2nd half. Last game we had 4th and goal from the 1. The defense was in absolute control of the game despite the offense squandering their first drive advantage in the 3rd quarter. At that point the score was 14-9 and the game was wide open. Going up 21-9 at that point would have been the move to stick the knife in the Rams’ throat. But no, Mr. Vanilla shoes goes for the FG. Still a once-score game.

The defense stood tall again forcing a quick 3-and-out. The Niners drove to the Ram 24 and promptly missed the 42 yard FG. Oh, Robbie. Oooops. So, despite moving up and down the field twice with 3 drives that took up 14:00 minutes, the 49ers are still only up one score, 17-9.

This is the usual time for some sort of complete fluke play or horrifically bad penalty that bites us in the ass to squash Kyle’s hopes of running the clock out with 20:00 minutes left. Fortunately for us, we were going against matthew Stafford, to me the luckiest guy with a Super Bowl win, as he’s all over the place at QB. And he threw target #200 to Cooper Kupp on a sideline route that my newest favorite 49er DB undercut beautifully and took to the house for a 52 yard pick 6.

The rest was grave as the defense was crushing the Rams O line all day. Our own Sampson popped the ball loose for the last turnover to keep the lambs out of the end zone.

Love the defense, I’m still disappointed by this anemic offense. Especially in the 2nd half.


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31 Responses to Are We Who We Thought We Were?

  1. Winder says:

    I don’t take any team for granted now. I know we are just one Bosa injury away from being mediocre. I do hope our run game works since that will keep the clock moving and our defense off the field. I don’t trust Jimmy to have a complete game. And who knows what Shanny is gonna do, my guess is the same shit he always does.

  2. Berger says:

    I was glad Shanny kicked the FG at the one. With last year’s O-line, go for the TD. Not with this year’s line. Especially down a couple of players. We had the momentum. Don’t do something to switch it over to them. A goal line stand does that often.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Bullshit. I’m getting way too tired of Shanahan blowing 4th quarter leads. The defense was killing the Rams and that was the time. After the missed FG, I really though we were gonna lose.

    This team needs to score points and not dick around playing it safe. If Shanny was gonna run up the middle, sure, fuck it. Kick the FG.

    Shamahan is such a fucking genius that all he can come up with is runs up the goddamn middle on 4th and goal.

    • Berger says:

      Bullshit in your mind. We will have to agree to disagree. The only time during the game I got a bit upset was when we missed the 42 yard FG. Gould is good but when it is time to ice the game, he seems to miss more often than normal.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    My point being, once Kyle runs his scripted plays, he seems to be throwing darts at his playbook. A screen pass in the end zone? Really? Our 2nd half scoring is anemic at best. Non-existent at worst.

    47 1st half points, 16 2nd half points.

    • Berger says:

      I think we are up against 2 negative factors that should start getting better. 1, I think Jimmy’s shoulder isn’t 100%. They didn’t want to play him the first 4 games. If they were right, he should start looking better about now. 2, That offensive line is young will get more cohesive as time goes on. I’m very worried about the left tackle position this week.

      I think both of those situations improve. I just hope it is soon.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    I just hope there’s some consistency. I don’t think the problem is Jimmy.

    Unless you are saying his arm gets tired in the 2nd half.

    We have Carolina and Atlanta coming up and a loss to either one of those low-life teams would be shitty. 2 fucking east coast games in a row is a bitch tho. Are we doing the Youngstown thing again?

    Might not be a bad idea.

    • Berger says:

      It’s kind of like when a pitcher comes off of Tommy John surgery. A year later, they have their velocity and stuff but their accuracy suffers for a while. Some outings they are good and some days they can’t hit their spots.

      I think Jimmy is healthy and healed but he isn’t as consistent right now as he was last year or will be a month from now. Is that the case? I hope so. We need him to get more accurate. We’ve seen him miss a lot of open receivers that he usually has no problem putting on the money. He cost us the Denver game by not being able to hit anything. He was a lot better this last week but still missed some passes he normally hits. I expect him to continue to improve.

      • Winder says:

        The Bronco’s figured out that our oline was our weak spot and just kept coming. Jimmy misses all the time when pressured and has since he’s been here. I think that is one reason Shanny calls so many runs. The only problem with that is he calls the same fucking plays and even I know there coming at times.

      • Berger says:

        It is hard to rely on a run game when the O-line is so young. The other option is tough because of inconsistency at QB. I think it will improve as the O-line gets some more playing time together. Patience is not a virtue of the typical fan.

      • unca_chuck says:

        This has been Jimmy’s problem his entire career. His inconsistency. This isn’t anything new.

      • Berger says:

        This is true but it is much worse right now than it has ever been before.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Bergs, to what do you attribute the scoring drought in the 2nd half? Over and over?

    Harbaugh had the same issue.

    • Berger says:

      So did Bill Walsh. Walsh used to drive me crazy when he would sit on leads. I think the issue is a lack of confidence in calling plays for a QB who shows his inaccuracy in the first half. The other issue is the first 15 plays are scripted. We seem to play better during that period. Your question is a good one.

      • Berger says:

        The other problem is an O-line that needs to learn to communicate better. They seem to do better on the scripted plays. I see them getting better soon, especially when Williams comes back.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Come on, man. Walsh didn’t sit on leads like Shanahan. Or Harbaugh.

        Shanny’s scripted plays seem to work. Then it’s all about the prevent offense for 2 to 2.5 quarters. As we regularly see, this doesn’t work unless the defense scores points.

  7. Winder says:

    I understand drafting a D-lineman with the 1st pick every year, What I don’t understand is why a O-lineman isn’t our 2nd pick most of the time. Even with Jimmy’s quick release he still doesn’t have the time to see most of the field. Maybe Banks will pan out but other than that Deebo’s the only 2nd rd pick that has worked. I hope Berger is right and our young guys on the line get better.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    The O line didn’t play half bad last week. 0 sacks and the run game was decent. But the play calling is still an issue. the 2nd half malaise is partly Shanahan and partly other teams making adjustments.

    Eberflus out-coached Shanny in his debut. After the broken play for the TD, the defense backed off on press man. The LBs dropped as well, and short passes and scrambles suddenly were available when they previously weren’t.

    Ryans got the message as he dropped the LBs into coverage late in the fucking Denver game as well. And again, scrambles that weren’t there all game suddenly became open. He got burned and learned. He didn’t do it in the Ram game.

    Shanny? Still wimpy, still chickenshit when the team needs him to pull the trigger on 4th and 1 on the goal line.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Just look at Hackett for a guy who doesn’t get it. When he needs to go for it like the 4th and 2 from his own 48 late in a game. He instead tries a 65 yard FG.

    Last night? 3rd and goal from the 8 and your defense is killing all night. What does he do? Instead of burning clock and kicking the field goal, he calls for a pass. Which is picked off. Would he have been the hero if it’s a TD? Sure. But he would have likely won anyway had he run the ball and kicked the FG.

    Why? Because the Seattle D had given up 0 TDs in the game. And Indy won by . . . . a field goal!

    Time and place. Shanny hasn’t figured out time and place. He’s still geeked from the 2016 Super Bowl. And the KC Super Bowl. And the NFCCG this year.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Just read in the Chron that the team is staying in West Virginia for the 2 week east coast games.

    And Kinlaw and AA are out for at least 2 weeks. Givans and Ridgeway will step in.

    Jason Verrett and Jimmie Ward are practicing, but there is no rush to get them out on the field seeing as the secondary is playing very well. They are making the trip to Carolina though.

  11. alleykat69 says:

    Coaches are mind boggling stupid John Harbaugh takes an automatic 3 point FG off the board late to go for it on 4th and 2 against the Bills in a tie game and watch the Bills drive down for the winning FG.The worst they should of ended up is in OT but they fucked that up! Don’t take points off the board Dumbshit..

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of Pink Floyd, I just listened to Obscured By Clouds, an album I haven’t listened to in, oh, about 45 years. This was nominally another soundtrack album for some film. Some atmospheric fill, but some strong songs.

    Great song on it written and sang by David Gilmour.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    And Roger Waters first foray (I think) into singing about his father’s death in WW II. A theme that dominates his later stuff.

    Great stuff that I haven’t heard in forever/

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Getting ready for the possible move to Montana so I’ve been cleaning out closets and packing shit up.

    Good news is no one is here but me and the dogs, so I can crank the music. . . Pink Floyd, Blue Oyster Cult, Hendrix, Stones . . .

  15. Berger says:

    Great Album. I listen to songs from it on You Tube often. This might be the fattest sounding album of all time. When I want to hear a song with a ballsy fat sound I often go to this album.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    That song could go on another 10 minutes and I wouldn’t mind.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Might have to break out the Umma Gumma later. The live stuff is excellent. The studio stuff? Weird to say the least. And weird for Pink Floyd is REAL weird.

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