2010 Season: Act II

Enough doom and gloom. The 49ers are not going to the play offs this year. They are, however, playing eleven more games. During the off season, fans are so starved for real football action that they go bonkers over an OTA practice. Time to bonker up to the bar and enjoy the 2010 season for what it is and not for what it was expected to be.

There are many dramas unfolding in 49er land, none of them very heart warming. Yesterday, Jed York texted ESPN to assure them that the Niners would still make the play offs. This was apparently an effort to give everyone in the NFL a hearty Monday guffaw. I think most Niner fans would prefer that Jed give up the comedy act and get down to work on who should run the team and the organization next year.

Mike Singletary is busy sorting a list of players and coaches that can be tossed under the bus as the season stumbles along. Alex Smith has been put on notice that he is at the top of this list. One more loss, and Mr. Smith’s 49er career will be terminated. This possibility will create some torn loyalties in the blogosphere with the hated Raiders being the next opponent. Beat the Raiders or See Smith Canned? Hmmmm. Choices, choices.

David Carr seems to have developed a WTF attitude about life in the NFL, which should serve him well should he be the next QB getting intimate with David Baas’ rear end. More likely, Carr has come to realize that backup QB is one of the most plum jobs in the world. If you have reasonable talent at all, you can bounce around the league till you are 40 or so, drawing some very nice pay checks and having zero pressure ever put on your shoulders and zero sacks pounded into your precious bodily fluids and parts. Plus, a backup QB is always a popular guy in any team’s fandom. You couldn’t ask for a sweeter job.

During the off season, Patrick Willis sang the praises of Abrayo Franklin, as Franklin was staying out of camp. Now that Willis is having to fend off guards and centers instead of roaming around making tackles, perhaps he’s changing his mind. It’s an old story, this hold out business. Players thinking they can just show up on opening day and turn on the juice, only to find they are not ready for combat. Franklin’s big pay day after this season is shrinking with each ho-hum game he plays.

Two other players looking for big contracts, Manny Lawson and Dashon Goldson, are also not exactly advancing their significance this season. Goldson has been mostly a non-factor through five games and Lawson is Lawson, a solid base defense OLB, but not a pass rushing threat. Better start thinking “reasonable 2 down LB contract” Manny or this will be your last year as a Niner. Both of these players were expected to take their games to a new level this year and neither one of them has.

Will James finally saw playing time last Sunday, replacing Tarell Brown as the 3rd CB. This seems to indicate Brown has fallen out of favor and will not be with the team much longer. With Nate Clements probably in his last year here, the secondary will be a prime upgrade candidate in the 2011 draft and FA period.

The defense is getting old. It appears to have peaked last year and is definitely falling off this year. It was never a shut down defense like they have in Baltimore and this year it is not good enough to carry a team that has a seventeen points is enough offense. It’s time to turn the offense loose. It doesn’t succeed now as a ball control force, might as well open things up and wing it. What is there to lose, except another game or two?

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12 comments on “2010 Season: Act II
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We ran some spread and some Moran offenses this week. And then the fumble by Alex, all spread after that. We looked like a real offense at that point. In a funny kind of way, that fumble was a good thing. A little blocking on the final drive and we actually win the game! We were not going to win, for sure, before that fumble.

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    JED SHOULD OFFER jimmy johnson or bill parcells ten billion dollars to come here at least from now until the start of next season !

    we would get a proper analysis of the players and coaches this year , someone to guide our draft and hire the right coaching staff !

    my idea is …
    take our #1 pick (which looks like it will be a very high one )
    and go after a QB

    use our #2 pick for a big NT

    TRADE OUR #1 in 2012 for a 2011 first rdr. and pick a

    maybe look for a top free agent pass-rusher

    use the rest of the draft and free agency on team speed ( in the secondary and at WR and RB )

    with the right coaches in place …
    playoff team !!!

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Jimmy Johnson is done. He burned out in Miami. Parcells would never risk his reputation against the legacy of Walsh.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Our defense is built for the 1960s: stop the run, strong in the middle.

    Unfortunately, its a different game today. It’s all about the passing game. Our CBs are good (Spencer), overpaid and fading (Clements), old and never was that good (James), career underachiever (Brown), and raw (Adams and Brock). Our OLBs are good on run plays, not so hot at getting sacks or pressures.

    A real shutdown corner and a genuine pass rush guy who can start and the group would look better. Maybe Santa will remember us in May.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er asked me a question the other night. He wants to trade Frank Gore for Logan Mankins. I told him I would be OK with that.  
    The thing is, I like Gore but I think we rely too much on him. Trading him would solve that. And getting the, or one of the, best guards in football in exchange would be an overall upgrade to the running game. Basically, you would be replacing Chilo Rachal with Mankins and Gore with Dixon.
    I think the best thing would be it could mean the end of the “smash mouth” offensive plan. The more I think of this trade, the more I like it.
    Any thoughts?

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- We haven’t stopped the run this year because the NT is not playing like he did last year.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You can’t not like Gore, but I agree, Berger. I’m real tired of him being the focal point of the offense. I’d rather see the ball in Crabtree’s hands. NJ49er has a nice idea. Tell him to call Belichick.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    gore for mankins ?

    NO WAY !

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I agree, but Franklin was up front and got pushed around by the double team. He certainly did not hold the point. I thought Mays is the safety that misread the play, I’ll have to go back and look again, but I doubt I’ll do that. You are usually right so I’ll just take your word on it.

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    nofear , i would chime in here (and no doubt provide all the answers to the question to boot ) but without your all important screen shots , i’m not quite in possession of all the needed info !
    hint hint

  11. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe NoFear would be kind enough to depict a play from last year. You know, a year in which we actually won a game or two. I’ve seen well enough of this years shit.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is fom Matt Maiocco:
    92- Aubrayo Franklin: Started at nose tackle, and he did not have a good game. Left guard Todd Herremans opened a hole by muscling Franklin out of the way for McCoy’s 14-yard gain when the 49ers had the Eagles pinned at the 6-yard line. He was also moved out of the way in McCoy’s 29-yard TD run through the hole. He was credited with just one tackle.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17