Bye Week Blues – Bye Week Bluster

These bye weeks are just a little bit bluer, but hey, the team needs this break. It comes at a great time where attrition is the name of the game in the NFL and we have a boatload of players on the IR.

The good news is Deebo Samuel, Elijah Mitchell, and Kyle Juicechick will be back for the Chargers game. Trent Williams is getting a much-needed break to healthy up, and Colton McKivitz is ready to step in and replace an inconsistent Mike McGlinchey. The big surprise on the line as of now is the play of Aaron Banks, He has blocked well for the run and has not given up a sack. Kudos to him.

Can’t seem to find anything recent on Greenlaw and Armstead, but getting those 2 guys back will be huge. The defense has struggled mightily on screen passes and delays without Greenlaw’s speed, and Armstead’s presence in the interior cannot be understated. Jason Verrett should be healthy (?!?) and if he is, it’ll be a good thing. Emanuel Moseley isn’t coming back, so it would be nice to have Verrett playing well. That, of course is a long-shot, but we will see.

The D did a great job of adjusting their game plan last week at half time vs the Rams when the LBs played up closer to the line, and Ryans blitzed to rattle Stafford. They took Kupp out of the game and shut out the Rams in the 2nd half. And hey, we scored in the 4th quarter!! Kudos to Kyle for using the new weapon and closing a game the right way.

As far as the game go, the most important ones are of course the Seahawks @ Cardinals, and the Rams @ Tampa Bay.

A win by Pete Carroll’s crew would put the 49ers 1.5 game back from Seattle, and the Cards would be a distant 3-6. The oppo of course would simply tighten up an already tight division. We’d be 0.5 back, and AZ would be 0.5 behind us.

Then there’s the Rams @ Tampa Bay. Both teams are struggling mightily. Brady has never been 3-5, at least not that I can remember, but whoever loses is really behind the 8 ball in reaching the playoffs.

Other than those games, the morning game to watch (hello Streameast) is Robert Saleh’s upstart Jets taking on the high flying Bills. Despite the 5-3 record, there is rumbling around the Meadowlands that Zack Wilson is not quite making it as the elite guy he’s supposed to be.


54.9%1,048 yards3 TDs5 INTs71.0 QBR

If Trey Lance had put up these numbers this season (we will never know but you’d think he’d do better than that), the howling would be incessant. And this is Wilson’s 2nd year.

These numbers are pretty awful no matter how you slice it. To add a little more fuel to the fire, Robert Saleh demoted Joe Flacco and promoted Mike White to the #2 QB for the rest of the season to give him “the opportunity there” according to Saleh.


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24 Responses to Bye Week Blues – Bye Week Bluster

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Ooops. As far as the bluster part goes, we play a LOT of middling teams down the stretch, have a 3-0 division record, and look to get back some consistency with the health of the team, especially the offense, on the rise. CMC has a great stretch of days to really learn the offense, and him with Deebo and the other weapons, this team should start to score some points.

    7-2 down the stretch isn’t a bridge too far. Beat Seattle and we should take the division. 11-6 won’t get us the bye but it would put us in 1st in the West.

    This team WILL go as far as the offense can take it. We have the weapons, we have the talent. Hopefully Kyle is coming up with some good stuff for the 2nd half. I’m gonna give him a little break about all the stupid penalties and shit because of the tons of injuries and backups playing. For now.

  2. Winder says:

    Even with players coming back IIRC we don’t do so well after the bye. But we do have the momentum to build a great 2nd half of the season, We shall see, I still take nothing for granted with this team. I hope Saleh can handle the Bills today. Jets stadium will be rockin if they do.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Saleh with the fake punt on 4th and 1. Nice.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Saleh beats Buff. Nice game. 3 red zone picks for Aaron Rodgers as GB loses their 5th straight.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Fucking AZ looks like a bunch of morons. Snaps over Murray’s head, false starts, dropped passes, and now Murray fumbles away an opportunity to get in the end zone before the half. And they are only down 3.

  6. alleykat69 says:

    How about those useless Rams choking the game late to Brady LOL 😂.McVay walking around like a drunken sailor on leave!!!Quite enjoyable too see..

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Really wanted Seattle to lose, but AZ is a hot mess right now. Gawd, a bunch of wasted opportunities.

    Rams choking is always nice. McVay seems more concerned with getting face time during games than actually coaching.

  8. Winder says:

    I don’t get it. AZ always plays us tough hope they are still a mess when we get around to em. Glad LA stunk it up.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah. AZ was pretty awful last year, but beat the shit out of us with Colt Fucking McCoy of all people. They are still a mess. They have talent but shoot themselves in the feet all the time.

    There are SO MANY teams just doing stupid shit all over the place. Up to and including us. I assume it has something to do with the abbreviated practices, less preseason games, and not nearly as much full contact practices, but this is November for fuck’s sake and you still multiple false starts, illegal motions, offsides, and just stupid penalties, guys snapping over QBs heads, holding aon every fucking play. On and on.

    And it sure looks to me that the refs have been told to swallow their whistles on holding calls unless blatantly obvious. Got to keep the offenses rolling.

  10. Irish Kevin says:

    Watching KC and I am sorry but Kyle is nowhere near Andy Reid’s play calling, and I love the way Mahomes plays. Kyle did a terrible thing to Trey

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, my biggest beef with Shanny is in no case did I hear anything about the 49ers going read-option. Shanahan praised Lance’s ability playing a pro-style play-action offense.

    So naturally he uses him completely differently than he said he would. He even said last year that he wouldn’t put him into harm’s way as an inside runner. He did, and it got Lance hurt.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    The NFLPA should really be raising a stink about this.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    In team news:

    The practice window is now open for Elijah Mitchell, Colton McKivitz and Azeez Al-Shaair. Each player went to the IR due to a knee injuries.

    Mitchell has been out since game 1 against the Chicago Bears. Al-Shaair was sidelined Week 3, and McKivitz got hurt starting for Trent Williams at left tackle against the Los Angeles Rams Week 4.

    Also, the 49ers signed wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to the practice squad and released TE Troy Fumagalli.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, that is true of Deebo as well. This whole crew is shakey. DeVondre campbell is right. The owners need to get off the schnied regarding fake grass. They are ruining the product by skimping out on the firld of play.

    • Winder says:

      Maybe when enough players talk about it something might get done. Other than that maybe if players refuse to sign FA contracts with a team that uses the artificial stuff might work.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Irsay’s a lunatic. The Colts have been a hot mess since Luck retired. They’ve had like 8 QBs since Luck left, including Phillip Old Man Rivers , Brian Hoyer, and Scott Tolzien, and they blame the fact they can’t win on Reich?

    They are a pretty well coached team, and can’t find a QB. Ludicrous. And they hire a guy with no experience in Jeff Saturday.

    Too bad we don’t play them this year.

  16. alleykat69 says:

    Do the Colts know that winning games are done on Sunday’s not Saturday? Oh maybe Jeff Saturday’s 3 year high school lol 😂 resume was overwhelming for Dumbshit Irsay to pass up.Well the favorite tanking team now is the Colts going forward along with the Panthers Packers,Falcons etc..Chuck, Rather still hang on to AA and get reunited back with Buckner the Oregon Ducks duo, but I’m all in Dealing Kinlaw and throw in Verett and Irsay might be stupid enough to do it.

    • Winder says:

      Thanks Kevin- It looks like we are the masters of our own fate. Just hope the injury bug is behind us.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Aiyuk is quietly having a strong year. Always liked him. Yeah, we sit at the point in the season where we can make a decent run and take the West. Just wrote a new thread about it.

    New thread s up.

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