Week XIII – Miami ViceTory

Hey, I don’t know. When the season started, I didn’t see this as any kind of significant game. But here we are. The 49ers, after struggling mightily have somewhat righted their ship, and have crawled back up to the top of the division at 7-4. Miami on the other hand has been cruising on the arm of Tua Tagovailoa. They are neck and neck with the Buffalo Bills in the suddenly highly competitive AFC East and they carry the advantage now with their win over Buff in week 3. Miami hit a blip on the road when Tua got blasted into oblivion and missed 2.5 games in the concussion protocol, but he’s 8-1 as the starter while the backups are 0-2.

So what does it mean? Well, this will be a test of our ability to keep the high-powered Miami offense off the field. Shanny knows this. And I’m sure McDaniel does as well. The Miami run defense isn’t all that, and neither is their defense in general, but the ability to score from anywhere on the field at any time mitigates their defensive shortcomings.

As we saw in the Atl and KC games, we aren’t exactly built for shootouts. Especially when we are kicking field goals and they are scoring touchdowns, so yeah, our best bet is to keep their offense on the sidelines as we grind out (hopefully) touchdown drives.

But as I said, I’m not gonna really sweat this this game. We gave up our shot at being the #1 seed a long time ago, so winning the division is our goal. Losing to an AFC team isn’t gonna hurt as much as losing to Tampa Bay even. I mean, I seriously don’t think this team will run the table, but we go 5-1 we win the West.

So, barring something catastrophic, I’m not gonna get too disappointed of the Niners don’t pull this one off. Granted, Miami is the one traveling 3 time zones west, and we are relatively healthy while Miami is struggling with injuries, so that may help some. I would love to see us take these guys, if only to prove to themselves that they are legit, and that we can scheme out a plan and execute it successfully. As with most, this game will be won in the trenches. If we can disrupt Tua and get him off his marks early, we can dictate the pace of the game and slow down their passing game.

I would like to see the defense come out aggressive and blitz early rather than wait to see how things go with the base defense. I noticed Ryans likes to use the first couple drives to see how things progress, but a lot of teams have scored early on us while we see how the pressure is or isn’t working off of the base defense. Wonder if we try nickel/dime packages early as well. They may come out running on us.

Certainly a lot of strategy in this game given the similarities and overlaps in these teams.


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58 Responses to Week XIII – Miami ViceTory

  1. Irish Kevin says:

    A lot of times teams play up to their opponents, with that said Miam D might be overly motivated. JG will have to be up for this game. Bring his best game. And since our run game isn’t up to the Niners usual standards, Miami might just load the box and make JG throw the ball. I hope Kyle is ready for that. Also Deebo is banged up, hopefully Kyle doesn’t use him as a running back too much. Go Niners

  2. alleykat69 says:

    Props to McDaniel in his first year already looks better calling plays then Shanahan ever has. That said with a Dolphins shaky defensive unit and a banged up OL with both the LT&RT possibly out,are limited, Tua will have to get the ball out even faster.Move BOSA around to maximize his rush and confuse the Dolphins beat up line..31-24 Niners in a high scoring affair..

  3. Winder says:

    I don’t have a clue as to how this one plays out. Probably the team with the least mistakes. Everyone should be up for this game especially the coaches.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yep. I think last week’s dud had something to do with everyone looking at this game.

  5. Winder says:

    Gonna be a long day.

  6. Irish Kevin says:

    FG’s aren’t going to cut it in this game

  7. Irish Kevin says:

    Well now it will be run,run,run

  8. Lurker John says:

    What happened to Garoppolo?

  9. Irish Kevin says:

    Good to see Kyle calling pass plays

  10. Irish Kevin says:

    Here we are in the red zone where the Niners struggle

  11. Irish Kevin says:

    Good job Purdy and good play calling Kyle

  12. alleykat69 says:

    Purdy TD to the Juice!!
    Nice power jump into the end zone for the Juicer..
    Going to be a wild ride today for sure..

  13. Irish Kevin says:

    Double teaming Bosa.

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    Okay, they are stopping the run, time to loosen that D up

  15. Irish Kevin says:

    Where is the pass rush

  16. Irish Kevin says:

    Still need to score, don’t play based on the clock

  17. Irish Kevin says:

    Zero pass protection

  18. Irish Kevin says:

    Kyle has to know that when it is 3rd and 5+ theyare going to come after a rookie QB.

  19. willedav says:

    Blitzes off edge confusing them. Purdy made one play but not 2 in a row.

  20. willedav says:

    Lot of open guys in secondary. Tua settles down this gonna be tough unless SF gets more pressure on him.

  21. willedav says:

    Nice throw to Kittle but another guy right in his grille as he got pass off.

  22. Locojuan says:

    Purdy good half.

  23. Irish Kevin says:

    Miami will not be able to blitz constantly if Purdy gets his passes off and complete.

  24. Irish Kevin says:

    Re-Ward yeah

  25. Irish Kevin says:

    Kyle needs to get the plays in quicker, might need that time out later

  26. Irish Kevin says:

    This game reminds me of the Niners/Miami SB, all the talk was about Marino.

  27. alleykat69 says:

    All the stupid drives only coming up with a FG could come back and bite them now in a 23-17 game dammit

  28. Irish Kevin says:

    KC Super Bowl all over again

  29. Irish Kevin says:

    They need at least 2 first downs to use up the clock, minimum of 2

  30. Irish Kevin says:

    Terrible, get the play call in

  31. Irish Kevin says:

    Whew, that was stressful. Way to go Bosa

  32. Lurker John says:


  33. alleykat69 says:

    Mr.Irrelevant time going forward.
    The word is a fractured ankle possible for Jimmy G yikes..
    Shit never stops happening to this team.

  34. Winder says:

    Unbelievable game.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Hell of a game. Big plays all over the place. Bosa was his usual unreal self. Strong effort all around. Purdy with some clutch clutch 3rd down completions.

    Jimmy out for the rest of the season with a broken foot. When’s Lance gonna be ready?

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, today’s game was truly inspiring but reality is with Jimmy gone our d is gonna have to play lights out probably for the rest of the way. I don’t think Lance is coming back this year. We may make the playoffs but I don’t see us going to far. Fucking injuries do this to us all the time.

  36. Irish Kevin says:

    Trent Williams said the team has been impressed with Purdy since the beginning of training camp

  37. Berger says:

    Is it just e or did it seem that we had to beat the Refs as well as the Dolphins?

  38. Irish Kevin says:

    So who are the Niners going to pickup to backup Purdy? I hope they don’t get a Vet and have him learn Kyles system and start him, That to me would be a mistake to me.

    • Berger says:

      It’s Purdy’s job to lose. We kept him on the roster and cut Sudfeld at the beginning of the season for a reason. You saw that reason today. He just kept making plays today. I was expecting the typical rookie mistake and he never did. His one interception was actually a good play. It worked like a punt inside the 20.

  39. Berger says:

    I have been making comments all season about Purdy looking like a real NFL QB with some ‘it’ factor. Having said that, this is not the situation I wanted to see him in. He looked good. Let’s see how he does next week when a team has a week to prep for him. I have a funny feeling he will do just fine. I do expect some conservative play calling for him.

    Miami did a great job of covering the hot reads with zero coverage. I can’t believe how well the 22 year old kid did against that situation. I’m excited to see Purdy form here on out. He might just be the real deal.

    • Winder says:

      What impressed me about Purdy was he stood in there like CJ but had positive results. If nothing else today’s game had to give him a shitload of confidence.

  40. Berger says:

    A young QB can show talent. Purdy showed us that in the pre-season. What you never know is their poise under pressure. Purdy showed that today. That will be the big thing to watch going forward. The most amazing thing about watching him today is that he is only 22 years old.

  41. Berger says:

    Josh Johnson is coming back. I like the signing. He’ll be able to show a lot of different looks as the opposing team’s QB in practice and has enough experience to at least not be too bad if we have to0 call on him. Although, if we do have to call on him the seaso9n is over.

    • alleykat69 says:

      Josh Johnson seriously??? he’s played on every team are practice squad in the NFL, USFL, International League,Canadian League,Mexican Burrito League,he’s the original:I’ve been everywhere man” this is the best they can do?

  42. Irish Kevin says:

    In an interview after the game he said once he got hit he relaxed, he said okay so this is real. Ha ha, yeah I assume when you get hit by a 250+ pound D lineman it gets real, real fast.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    The pass toKittle on 3rd and 7 with a rusher in his grill was damn tough. he made a lot of plays buying time and moving.

    I think Shanahan called more 3rd/4th down passes in this game than he has the last 3 seasons.

  44. Lurker John says:

    This team just cannot escape the injury bug. Their bad luck is truly unbelievable. Garoppolo finally starts playing well and this happens. It always seems like it’s a big name that goes down. Regardless of how much talent Purdy has, winning a SB with a rookie starting for the first time in the last third of his rookie season seems highly unlikely. And that’s allegedly what this team is built to do.

    A good win against a good team today but they have some tough ones coming up, including the big one in two weeks. Experienced QB’s have a tough time in that snake pit the Seahawks call a stadium and the Lambs did the Niners no favors today. What the fuck happened to them this year? It’s hard to see Purdy not being affected by the incessant noise here.

    Yes, as good as they’ve been, the D is going to have to be even better from here on out. I just hope Shanahan doesn’t completely turtle up with a rookie at the helm.

  45. Irish Kevin says:

    Well we all damn well know that every Defensive Coordinator is finding film on Purdy, Purdy big test will be next week when a team has time to figure out what to do. With that said Purdy will have all the reps with the starters. Should be exciting. The other thing is will Kyle go all conservative on his play calling, he didn’t seem to do it with this game but…we shall see.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    He took more risks with Purdy yesterday than he did all season with Jimmy.

    Don’t know what than means going forward, but this will be the same offense that we ran with Jimmy so it isn’t like there will be wholesale changes. They do the same short passes and runs so it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that they keep up the winning streak.

    That being said, this very may well have been solely based on the adrenaline rush of being thrust into the game. The reality of continuing on is gonna be the test.

  47. Winder says:

    He threw a couple of lasers yesterday maybe he can throw a long ball also. I would love to see Grey get involved and being on the 2nd team I bet they both have had some time together.

  48. unca_chuck says:

    new thread is up.

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