49ers 17, Washington 13

The 49ers pulled another game out of their rear ends Sunday afternoon, stunning the disinterested Santa Clara minglers by scoring their first fourth quarter TD of the year! and oozing out a late victory.

After falling behind 13-10, old guy Anquan Boldin almost personally led the team down the field and into the end zone to re-take the lead. Then old guy Justin Smith closed it out with a strip sack of Robert Griffin.

The hero for Washington was undoubtedly their punter Tress Way, who kept dropping the ball inside the ten on the Niners all day long. Five times he pinned them against their own goal and the 49ers couldn’t get a single long drive going from the opening drive TD to the final drive in the fourth. Fumbles by Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde didn’t help much either.

TE Vernon Davis finally appeared in the offense. His contribution for the day was running third down pass routes that were one yard short of the first down.

Aldon Smith picked up a couple of sacks, along with Aaron Lynch and Ray McDonald. Disgruntled OLB Ahmad Brooks didn’t get any, but he was there to catch the ball at the end when Justin flattened Griffin.

It would be hard to say this was an entertaining game, because basically it was a hair-pulling, shoe throwing, screaming piece of horseshit. A Niner specialty this year. Just when you think you’ve seen offense at its awfulest, along comes another game and you see some more!

It seems ridiculous to point out the team is very much alive in the wild card race, since most of the time they seem very much dead just about every way possible in every game, except for the extra three or four points they manage to produce on the scoreboard than their opponent produces. It’s a miracle! The team has become the 2013 Arizona Cardinals!

The win completed a 4-0 sweep of the NFC East this year. That’s always sweet, even if that division sucks.

Still, it was a milestone game, with that first fourth quarter TD of the year. Could the flood gates open now? Ha ha ha.

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133 comments on “49ers 17, Washington 13
  1. BigjonNo Gravatar says:

    I was watching the fifth quater and saw our “face of the franchise” with his cap turnbackwards and side ways. It was the perfect caption for our pathetic offense.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s gotta be he, who else can he be, but who he am!

  3. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ellington scored a 4th quarter td vs Denver.

  4. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I bet RG III looked positively splendiferous after his loss. Do you really care about the fashion statements the QB makes?

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That was a garbage time TD from Gabbert and the scrubs, Chuck. Doesn’t count.

  6. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Think how much uglier it would be if we lost any of these toad uglies.

    Win? CHECK

    Team behind HC? CHECK

    Chance to pass SEA? CHECK

    In playoff hunt? CHECK

    Style points? NAW

    End of story

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was encouraged by a lot of what I saw. First of all, the play calling was not terrible if we don’t talk about the QB sneak at mid-field and the read option that had zero chance for our last O play. 2nd, Kap had a really good game, in fact, a great game. If one did not see that then it will just not be seen. The O-line did well and had a lot to do with Kap’s performance. 3rd, the D looked good again.

    The bad. Again, drops that just kill drives. Everybody seemed to take turns with a brain fart. Two fumbles, Boone down field on a 16 yd catch, QB sneak called from jumbo and over a yard needed, etc….

    We did good on D except we need a NT. Jerod-Eddy and Dial got washed out on some running plays and Borland over ran a few. It should be better as Dial gets more experience and Dorsey comes back. We gave up too many big running plays. Seattle will exploit that big time if we don’t fix it.

    I think the negatives were more on execution today than curious play calling. Take out the brain farts that killed about 5 drives and we looked pretty good. Washington does have a good defense.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard an interesting stat yesterday while watching a game. When a pass is dropped the percentages of getting a first down get cut in half. That would place drops as huge drive killers. Of course, anybody who is a 49er fan and isn’t a Kap hater already knows about this stat!

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- Nice check list!

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When we got the ball back before our 4th quarter scoring drive I knew Kap was going to deliver because the line gave him some time to throw today and the play calling was actually making sense. I was thinking all the brain farts many were taking turns to make would go away for one drive since we have a little history of nutting it up in the clutch.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    IMO, we should take the QB sneak out of the play book.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The announcer said it was the C Martin who got stood up on the ill fated QB sneak but it looked to me that it was Iupati who got stood up.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kap was sacked twice today but he wasn’t under siege like has been in most other games this year.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another Sunday of cussing and moaning is over.
    These guys absolutely kill me on Offense.

    Just what is it they do between games to polish up the rough spots?

    Open the game like a house on fire, grab an early lead and attempt to sit on it?

    We suck sack when it comes to executing with authority from start to finish.
    Putrid track record once again when opening the 2nd half and trying to close a game with a 1st down.

    I have my criticisms of Kaep just as I have my concerns over the play calling but, what the eff is our problem simply moving the sticks when we need too?

    Vernon is clueless in that regard.
    Cross the line to gain and give yourself room to work back to the ball.
    Who Coaches this sh!t?

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sad when you’re playing in your own venue and the fans can’t be a factor too.
    Seemed awfully quiet, from my recliner anyway, for much of the game.

    DC also runs with more success than we do?

    I seriously don’t get the process this team goes through between games in terms of preparation.

    Saw some analysis following the Pats/Lions blowout tonight.
    Seems the Logan Mankins trade netted TE Tim Wright.
    Belichick schemed him into today’s game-plan and scorched Detroit with him.
    Everyone concerned with stopping Gronk and forgot to cover him.
    It’s called C-R-E-A-T-I-V-I-T-Y.

    We continue to play checkers while many of our opponents are playing chess.
    Can we EVER come up with a wrinkle that our opponents might be surprised by?


  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    A win is a win, but yer right, NJ. I can’t take this ineptitude. BLown chances, low risk slow developing plays. Again and again. 3rd and 1 f-ups.

    Kevin was at the game. I can’t wait to hear what he says about it.

    Hard to tell about the crowd.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That should say high-risk slow-developing plays. Quick hitters were working early so naturally we went away from them.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    From my view through the TV it seems Derek Carrier should be starting over Vernon Davis. Obviously the coaches know more about the total picture but it seems fairly obvious through the TV.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think I saw a hot route today! It was a 8 or 9 yard button hook by Boldin late in the game. Could have been a designed play or a hot.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guys this garbage is getting to critical mass with me.

    They’re quick to lump ‘execution’ into the excuses but, WTF do you do when you practice?
    Either they aren’t executing in practice or, they completely forget what to do when called upon during the games.

    VMcD is a former WR.
    They’ve managed to teach him the ropes in the running game, as Maiocco suggests he’s the #2 ranked run blocking TE in the NFL.
    Get the kid involved in the passing game why don’t you?

    I seriously don’t think this Staff is capable of scheming beyond color-by-numbers.
    Same hot garbage week after week, series by series.


    Just seems to me they just can’t help themselves.
    Definition of insanity?

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Coaching is teaching.
    If you’re taught to do something and, you don’t execute, you’d assume you need more reps to perfect the techniques.

    Since I don’t see them practice and I don’t hear the play calls, down to down, I can only assume there’s a disconnect occurring somewhere.

    Frosts my A$$ when I see the same BS being run over and over again with no visible improvements.

    Fragmented and inconsistent results stinks of ineptitude to me.

    Bling and Stevie?
    What exactly are they here to do? Secret weapons maybe?
    Missiles in the silos to scare people?
    Carrier, Patton, Ellington?

    As mentioned with Belichick and TE Tim Wright.
    Work someone into the game to take some heat off the others maybe?

    If there isn’t a hot hand, like you don’t seem to have with VD of late, try someone else.
    Stop trying to force feed an issue in big spots.

    Thankfully, they succesfully rode the back of Q today or this rotten bag of garbage would have been taken to the curb at halftime.

    I can see myself hurling up my Turkey and sweet potatoes on Thursday night already, if this sh!t continues.

    Go get Shanny or Holmgren, or whomever, to find some life with a passing game.

    We’re trying to get back to the old reliable ground game now, and we’re looking like we forgot how to do that with any conviction.

    Waiter! Check please!

  22. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Berger has it right = SEA is going to be licking their chops meeting us w/o a true NT in there. Get ready for a steady diet of Beast. Fangio knows this, wonder what he will come up with. Going to be a heck of a battle w/o Dorsey.

    No problem he’ll put it on the O to win it. Uh, no.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe this is why there’s so much violence after 9er games?

    I find myself getting geared up to the point where I want to punch someone out myself.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Give Cully his knuckles maybe Phil?
    Dorsey might have been rested today in prep for Lynch?

    Speaking of Marshawn, anyone catch his post game media session?

    A nonstop barrage of one word answers.
    Almost as entertaining as a Kaep post game presser.

    I’m really feeling old when I watch some of these modern athletes trying to conduct TV clips.
    The majority of them look like they belong in the ‘hood.

  25. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously was watching the SF Giants this frustrating this past year? Or did they have moments of domination? Or did they do just enough to win?

    We’re on a roll right?

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Phil, we’re on a roll alright.
    A really big meatball sandwich.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I feel bad tonight too.
    My youngest Daughter attempted to join me for the game today and I basically scared her out the Man Cave with all my anger and frustration.

    I gotta work on that.

  28. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tell her you’ll make it up to her with something she chooses that you can watch/do together?

    You like ballet right?

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I know Phil.
    I should know better.

    Hanging with my Boys isn’t the same as doing it with the Daughter that isn’t too well versed with the game of football.
    She tries, and I give her credit for that.

    You’re right, I owe her one. 馃榾

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, if it weren’t for our Defense, we’d have been out of this race long ago.
    I just can’t figure out what they practice on during the week.

    Total mystery to me, seriously.

  31. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants had the best record in the league through end of May. They had a June Swoon for the ages, and it lasted through August.

    They didn’t get hot again until the penultimate game of the season, when they were still a game back of the Pirates for the wildcard spot. They won the last two, and just kept on truckin’ on.

    Awesome in May, June, and October.

    No parallel to the antacid Niners.

  32. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *April, May, NOT, definitely NOT June.

    Get hot, make the playoffs, and…

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hear ya RT.
    One can only hope at this point.

    Winning is still winning, ugly as it might be.

    I’m guessing Fangio and Tomsula must dominate the practice sessions during the week too.

    Something has to improve with this Offense.

    God help me if we start targeting Crabtree and Sherman on Thursday night.

    Try something they haven’t seen?

    Better see something designed for Bling and Stevie for this one.

    Starting to think Jim likes his Defense more than putting someone away on Offense.

    Physical Disorder – The psychological disorder in which somebody needs to be emotionally or physically abused in order to be sexually satisfied.
    Enjoyment of hardship – The tendency to invite and enjoy misery of any kind, especially in order to be pitied by others or admired for forbearance.

  34. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks RT.

    So we gotta get hot. This is hot? Lukewarm maybe.

    O is playing like they KNOW the D will bail ’em out. Like they’re thinking “That great co-worker will bail us out again, then I’ll come in at the end and do just enough to keep the (boos) boss happy”.

    Seattle will not be so forgiving of our O taking 2/3 of the game off. It’s a playoff game for them too…

  35. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly NJ- let’s spring the Bling and some Stevie on ’em now that they have forgotten they are on the team.

    They ARE on the team aren’t they?

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’re barely averaging 21pts/game thus far on Offense, while giving up an avg of just over 20.
    Basically a wash.
    Next to no room for error.

    31pts was our high water mark vs the Rams in StL.

    Gotta get this thing chugging already.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll find out Phil?
    Whether we find something for them to do during a game is the question.

    We gave them lockers, uniforms and we pay them at least?

    Who eff’n knows anymore?

    I’m at a loss for an answer.

    VMcD, Carrier, Patton and Ellington too.
    I’ve seen them.
    Just seems like Jim and Greg enjoy playing with the popular guys more?

    At least they threw a pass or 2 in Bruce Millers’ direction today.
    It’s a start.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we should change the names on the jerseys for VD and Crabtree?

    85= TEPID

    Might throw off the Seattle coverage assignments off a little?

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    Im very sorry to say that from what i see this most definitely is NOT our year. I keep hoping the light is going to come on for this team, but it just doesn’t look good.

  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    I have very little confidence that we can beat a good team right now.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    We have as much talent as any team in football but can’t feild a punt, catch a football or exchange a snap. WTF

  42. robNo Gravatar says:

    This is the biggest waste of talent i have seen in my 45 years of watching this stuff. We better get it together asap

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have four guys on offense who are probably playing their last year here, and they know it: Crabtree, Iupati, Boone, and Gore. Vernon might be gone soon, too. None of those guys is having a good year. Maybe the dysfunction comes from having half the offense not really giving a shit any more.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    15 is apathetic???
    Yeah he didn’t have much heart when he scored that TD last week against the Giants.
    Did you take a bathroom break when he caught the 4th down pass
    that led to a Dawson FG?
    You forget the TD pass he caught against the Rams that was ruled short that led to Kap’s fumbled sneak. You forget how they moved down the field with the two pass interference flags
    that moved the ball 40 yards.
    You forget the 51 yard pass he caught from Kap on 4th down.
    This all happened in the last 4 games.
    If it makes you feel better to label players go for it.
    Crabtree is not having an All Pro season but he’s still contributing.
    Vernon has done a vanishing act and the offense is missing his
    12 TDs that he had to this point last season.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sports Illustrated had Iupati on their mid season All Pro team.
    Boone is under contract until 2016.
    Gore is 314 yards from a 1000 yd season and I don’t believe he’s mailing it in.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers might be onto something with his 6:38 post.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think Crabs and Iupati are gone. Gore about 50/50 we’ll re-sign him. Boone should be back no problem. I think it is a good chance VD is gone.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Boone wants to play tackle and make more money. Why keep him around for one last year when he’s going to leave in FA in 2016?

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not get the sense of despair so many got yesterday. What worries me the most going into Thursday is the run defense. Washington has a top 10 defense. They might not have a good record but they have a good defense.

    I see signs of life for the offense. I was trying to assess the abysmal play calling in the beginning of the year but that is so hard to do when the O-line is getting dominated. I do believe our play calling could have been better but with the line playing so poorly it is hard for any OC to call plays. Thank goodness our QB held us together with his assortment of big plays even though he was having to negotiate the same poor line play that the OC was wading through.

    But the line is playing much better now and it makes the job easier for the play caller and the QB. If the line continues to improve we’ll be just fine. If we stop doing things to kill drives, like fumbles, penalties and dropped passes we will start rolling on offense. Kap looked great yesterday with a little time to throw, let’s keep it up!

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    With the way Anthony Davis is pass blocking Boone might just get the chance to pay tackle. I can see Iupati gone next year with Boone at RT and Davis at guard.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A Davis was out yesterday and we had our best pass blocking of the year.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Replacing both your starting guards on your Oline is risky.
    Looney still hasn’t shown me anything, redshirt rookie Brown untested and Kilgore is coming back from injury.
    If it were up to me I would let RT Davis go as I do not think he plays up to his contract. For every great play he matches that with a dud.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A typical draft strategy is to draft an OT knowing that if he doesn’t work out at T he can usually be moved to OG with a high success ratio. A Davis would probably be a really good guard.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anyway we need to stop speculating on next year and focus on the remaining 5 games. We’ve won 3 in a row and look to run the table and win 8 in a row before the playoffs.
    The way the NFL works is if they declare you dead like the Pats and the Packers you suddenly rise to the top.
    Then they take turns anointing teams as favorites and locks like Denver, Cincy, Indy, Seahags and Cards and that’s the kiss of death and they start sliding.
    The schedules are set up so that contenders have a lot of head to head matchups in the last 5 games so there are many possibilities. You just need to win and take care of your own business and winning within your division is crucial.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know that we could do much worse than we did this year so far at O-line. Not much risk involved unless the already poor performance is the considered risk.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Only if Davis is willing to take a pay cut. He makes more next year than Staley.
    I don’t think you pay someone OT money and then slide him in to play guard without a contract reduction.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Right now the most likely guy under contact to be gone is Brooks.
    They will most likely get a 5th round pick for him. They just can’t afford him and Lynch is too good to leave on the bench.

    There also might come a time in the next year or so that they think about trading either Willis or Bowman with the great play of Borland. They have $20 mil a year total they are committing to pay Willis/Bowman. At this point Bowman can probably net you a top five first round pick if he is proven healthy after his injury. Willis will not get you as much because of his age and he has value as one of the most vocal leaders of the defense which might be hard to replace.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anyway this speculation can wait until the offseason.
    We need to focus on what’s ahead and get through this gauntlet of games.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I just had a big sense of relief when Boone came back.
    The Niner FO obviously thinks highly of Boone because they went offbook on him and gave him an altered contract and a raise.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I would have to see the structure of the contract to answer your post. The current 49er regime has a long history of paying certain players a lot of money in a single year to clear cap room for future years. If he has a one year surge in money it is consistent with what we do. That could even be restructured as is often done without costing the player any overall money. A Davis is a good player with a nice edge to his game. He struggles with speed rushers and that would not be a problem at guard. It looks like Iupati will want big money, it will probably be time to make a choice. I feel better with moving Davis to guard than retaining Iupati. We don’t have to worry about that for a few months but it is an interesting thought. I can guarantee the 49ers have themselves asked this question already.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I think Boone can play right or left tackle and do a good job.

  62. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Thursday is as big as it comes before the playoffs. If we cannot beat the Squawks at home, our playoff chances become mighty slim – we could be three games back with four to play. And on the outside looking in with regards to the wildcard, with games at Seattle and against the Cardinals still to come.

    Either we play much better this game, or our year may be over.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I still feel Greg Roman is not the OC we need going forward but he is who we have for now and the play calling is looking a little better. The better play by the O-line probably has the most to do with that. My biggest complaint is the lack of a solid running game. Yesterday looked OK but he could have ran more often. The week before was terrible. We were ripping of big chunks of yards on the ground and he would abandon it. At least if we can give Kap a clean pocket that probably won’t be too huge of a deal until the play-offs. …Wait, aren’t many here saying we are already in the play-offs?

  64. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The musical chairs on the O-line this year has hurt a lot, but this team has offensive issues, and O-line execution issues, that go back to the Nolan II era. Add in a tendency to go predictable at times and you’re not going to have consistent success no matter what you call.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahags lead the NFL in rushing yardage.
    But put an asterisk next to that because according to some on this blog Russell Wilson’s contribution of 644 yards shouldn’t be deemed rushing yards.
    Wilson’s ability to improvise needs to accounted for and the safeties should stay with receivers as we learned in the NFCCG.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has to be aware that the Seahag Defense will be chopping at the ball because they have done that in the last few games and caused fumbles.

    All the Niners need to take care of the ball and know that the Seahags will be looking to cause turnovers.

  67. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Cowpatties drafted the right side of their O-line this year. I daresay their pass blocking is noticeably better. Romo could have written a manuscript, mailed it in to publishers, been rejected, written another and still been untouched last night on the winning drive.

    It’s time for the Niners to do similarly.

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That could be good news for us. Just by looking at the numbers I though Seattle was a great running team. Maybe not so if the QB has over 600 of the total rushing yards. I smell Tampa 2 with a 4 man rush.

  69. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Berry of the Chiefs diagnosed with Lymphoma.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh revealed in his press conference that Derek Carrier was hurt during the game and unable to continue. He did so by talking about Dan Skuta who had to assume Carrier’s tasks on special teams.
    As usual Harbaugh wouldn’t go into detail about the injury so it’s unknown what the TE situation will be for Turkey Day.
    Bruce Miller might have a bigger receiving role if McDonald and Carrier can’t go.

  71. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Got to stop the beast and that’s a tall order w/o Ian W or Dorsey. He will be getting into our secondary so as Reid said “We have to gang tackle him”. A Morris showed we can be run on and hope this is uppermost in their minds come Thurs.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Big subplot on Thurs will be Crabtree vs Dick.
    First meeting since Dick made his remarks.
    Let’s see how motivated Crabtree is.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit my post regarding Vernon and Michael was an attempt at humor.

    VD is lost, in terms of production, Crabtree appears to be feeling like his role is too diminished, as was evident with his remarks about being the 3rd down option.

    I’ve been generally satisfied with Crabtree since Kaep took over, however, there is a hint of dissatisfaction being displayed IMO.

    Likely due to the topic we dissect here regularly, an inconsistent passing attack.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If Crabs weren’t 2nd in the league in drops the passing game would be less inconsistent.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree has 6 drops and is tied for 2nd with 6 other players
    including Boldin, Benjamin, Roddy White, Sanu, Edelman and Victor Cruz. Cruz has not played for weeks now.

    I have said this multiple times but there is a probable connection with Kap’s fastballs and drops. I showed the Walsh video where he taught Simms to throw a slower more accurate and catchable pass. The fastballs leave little margin for error.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- It is disturbing what an apologist you are for Crabtree. He doesn’t want to be here and it is obvious.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aints lose their 3rd home game in a row.
    4-7 and tied with Falcons for NFC South lead.
    Only 4 NFC teams have better records than the Niners.
    Take care of their own business and we’re in the playoffs despite all the doom and gloom.

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree wore blue shoes for the Cowboys game.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I’m not making excuses for Crabtree like you constantly make for Kap week after week, game after game.
    The offense is deemed anemic but you can’t seem to think that one TD pass a week from the QB is a contributing factor continually singing Kap’s praises and you think the fault lies with the other 10 players on the offense except for Kap.
    And of course the blame from you always falls on the OC.

  80. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    PFF’s numbers are a bit different with Crabtree tied for first with 11 drops. Boldin isn’t far behind with 7. Drops not always totally on the receiver but certainly part of the passing game efficiency.

    But if pointing to drops is a way to blame Kaepernick’s piss poor performances on someone besides the QB, the numbers of targets less receptions and drops leave a pretty large gap. Crabtree, for example has been thrown at 78 times. Dropped 11 and caught 48. Where did the other 19 balls go? Or 23 if the number of drops used is 7?

    Hard to blame any of it on play calling or coaching but I’m sure a way will be found.

    Kaepernick did have a pretty good game against the Redskins. Does that convince anyone that players can have good and bad games regardless of the quality of coaching?

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently only Berger thinks the footwear is still an issue, because he keeps bringing it up.


  82. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ my man you should know “No fun allowed” : ) I just don’t see Crabtree or VD as motivated this year. Crab wants the ball and pouts when he doesn’t get it, then drops ’em a league leading rate. This is sadly humorous and would be funnier if the results didn’t hurt us as much.

    VD has a ‘passive-aggressive’ approach to his game but results are equally harmful to us. Must be coaching, maybe play calling.

    Get ready if you are not already for another close one. I think we will win by 4 my guess.

  83. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lose and we’re out. That has to be in the back of everyone’s mind. How any player can go into any of these games and not know every play is a big deal I do not know.

    Boldin certainly gets it. Kaepernick too. The D is aware. Some others on O just seem to be putting in a day’s work. This does not help our execution on O

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Most, or at least half, of Boldin’s drops came in one game. He ended up having a really good game anyway.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m only guessing here and I’m sure Bullit will look it and post it if I am wrong, which I welcome, but I would guess that Crabtree leads the league in drops per target for WRs. Maybe TE Vernon Davis is worse?

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I could live with Crabtree’s drops if his body language didn’t make look so individualistic.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “I would guess that Crabtree leads the league in drops per target for WRs”

    Making assumptions tainted by a dislike for a player is a dangerous witch’s brew.
    Berger is not even close in his assumption and you know what they say about people who assume.


  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said, I was guessing, figuring you would post it only if I was wrong. Thank you. Your chart and NoFear’s chart seem to not agree. NoFear has Crab with 11 drops. Nice numbers but I don’t know what to believe. I do know what I see and that is a player who looks like he is playing more for a new contract than for the team.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I too have had the same observation, related to Kaep at times, with the fastball approach.
    Crabtree is obviously in a Contract year and likely expects to see more targets.

    This comes down to the QB making him the option.
    I don’t put it all on the play calling, as players have to execute and win their individual battles for a given play to be successful.

    There is an issue with our ability to devise a balanced passing attack, which is a result of play calling more often than not.

    As a rule, WRs are always expecting to be targeted more frequently, no one is ever happy running routes and not seeing throws his way.

    Crabtree just gives the appearance, through body language and comments about being the 3rd down receiver, that he’s just not happy in general.

  90. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny. The guy who comes unglued over Kappy’s headwear in the offseason sees nothing wrong with crabs wearing the other teams shoes DURING a game.

    Some saw the Elway cross As a badge of honor. Crabs can’t handle the heater? Awwww. Poor little fella. He should have Ginger throwing him cream puffs.

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil that’s the point –
    I joked about re-naming Vernon and Crabtree simply for that reason-
    There’s something we’re not hearing about as fans that is preventing this Offense from taking off.
    We’ve all had our opinions certainly.

    Be it Harbaugh, Roman, players or QB, this passing attack is fragmented and sputtering.

    The QB executes the reads and the throws so, there’s plenty of focus to put on Kaep for guys not seeing their share of involvement.

    Play calling lacking rhythm comes down to the Coaches.
    As I’ve posted on numerous occasions, I don’t understand how we practice week after week and not see any meaningful results?

    Practice should equate to improvement in my book.
    The additional WRs mean nothing if Kaep isn’t utilizing them.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve had my doubts about WR Coach John Morton too.
    If the play designs suck, no amount of practice is going to improve the results.
    Can’t be successful with poor play designs if that’s the issue.

    I can’t figure out what our problems are.

    I watch guys Drafted by other teams being productive and we continue to have issues with a mostly veteran WR corps.

    Frustrating about sums it up.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    As usual with your usual hyperbole. Seize onto anything you can.
    You just keep bringing the Kap cap incident over and over again.
    I mentioned it once only because it was news at that time and Kap threw it in everyone’s face.
    Funny that just yesterday you made a comment about caring what the QB wears.
    Your daily dose of BS double standards and hypocrisy???

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I think the main problem with the offense has been the performance of the O-line. I do believe RoBaugh could design better blitz beating plays and have a much better rhythm, and I do believe Kap could look short more often but what I believe even more is both of those tasks are made harder than necessary when the line is not performing at requisite standards. They are starting to play much better. Let’s see what happens. We might be pleasantly surprised.

  95. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I said I don’t care what the QB wears. In interviews or during the offseason.

    However if my WR is wearing the other team’s shoes during a game, ESP one where he has ties and aspirations towards, I might read something into that. See how that works?

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Since the #1 Crabtree fan is inferring that Crabtree can’t catch anything thrown hard (watch the video), maybe we should switch to Nerf footballs to cut down on his drops!

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    What is the common denominator that the top 3 receivers on this team are dropping passes at about an equal rate?
    The guy delivering the fastballs.
    Deflection and obfuscation can only get you so far.
    You quote Bill Walsh constantly but dismiss what Phil Simms says because you are in your full on apologist mode.
    In your world kap can do no wrong and is blameless no matter if he gives away the NFCCG with 3 consecutive turnovers in the 4th quarter.

  98. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What I see over and over, NJ is the play calling abandoning things that work. The Ram game we were hitting short crosses to Boldin early. The Rams never picked it up. WE stopped doing it. We give up on the run too early IMO.

    They seem to out think themselves. And 2nd half changes seem to completely baffle this team.

    Nerf balls!

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like excuses for Crabtree to me. Your chart has been updated, Crabtree now leads the league in drops. He’s had more drops with less targets than any receiver he is tied for 1st place with in drops in the NFL. Boldin had one bad game where he had most of his drops, at least Crabtree is consistent and drops them all the time. Boldin’s drop ratio is also much lower than Crabtree’s. If they had stats for heart Crabtree would be last and Boldin would be near the top of the list.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Yeah, like abandoning the run vs the Giants. Even in this last game it seems were did that a little.

  101. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I’d rather listen to Bill Walsh rather than Phil (hyuk!) Simms for a month of Sundays. Simms is a backwoods hick. Walsh was an astute guy.

  102. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Does anybody think Crabtree would have caught the key pass in the 4th quarter this last game that was caught be Bolsin. It was a perfect throw in traffic and the catch was even better considering he was about to get blown up. Crabtree would found a way to dive for that and drop it, and Bullit would have shown a picture of how that was a bad decision by Kap because of the traffic.

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Simms bring good info to go with his telestrater. Seems many here don’t like him, I think he is really good and informative.

  104. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I will say this: Stevie Johnson, 32 catches, NO drops.

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Show me the updated chart please.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I clicked on the url you posted and it was updated for this week. Crabtree had another drop yesterday and Boldin had none.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So you think Crabtree is the problem? What happened to it’s Roman’s the reason? Anybody but Kap huh? Kap should hire you as his agent.
    The funny thing is last year you were crying when Crabtree was hurt last year bemoaning that Kap didn’t have any legit targets to throw to. Guess that was your excuse for Kap at that time.

    As I said last year nobody expected Crabtree to come back and play last year after he tore his achilles and shame on you for questioning his heart and dedication to help the team win.
    He could easily have sat out and collected his money.

    If he is gone next year I wonder who you’ll scapegoat next and throw under the bus.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You think that a QB that averages throwing one TD pass a game is a Super Bowl QB? EEspecially on a team that you claim has a mediocre rushing offense? Oh yeah your words were the rushing offense sucks.

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wasn’t saying Kap didn’t have any targets to throw to last year. If I did say it is was ancillary. I kept saying that we need better play design. Getting Crabtree helped when he came back but the passing game started to improve after the Carolina game when Harbaugh started to change the plays that were coming in from Roman. Whether you agree with that or not is OK but I’ve always been consistent with that thought. Crabtree did not come back until 2 or 3 games later. You can disagree with me all day, I am OK with that but please don’t create a straw man to state a case I wasn’t making jujst so you can have a point to make.

    I see too many teams with average receivers who manage to do alright in the passing game to worry about targets. Yes, I’d rather have the horses but I think play design is more important. Just catch the damn ball!

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- You like the OC and coach. If it is the QB it is the coach, they are the ones who picked him to start. You should call 49er HQ to tell them of what you think they should do instead.

    Instead, tell us which QB should be starting instead of Kap? Don’t tell me Kap needs to develop, we all know that. You are not happy with his development, who should we go with instead?

  111. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, Harbaugh said at a presser this week that Kap is a great QB and doesn’t understand how anybody can’t see that. I think Kap is a great QB too. He’s not Brady or Manning yet but if he had the time to throw those two have he would be close.

  112. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You keep avoiding and dodging my question.
    Do you think a one TD pass contribution will get you into the playoffs and allow you to advance?

    I was in favor of drafting a QB like Aaron Murray or Mettenberger to provide some competition. Unfortunately we live or die with Kap so he needs to step up his game.

  113. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did know that was a serious question since the answer is obvious, yes is the answer.

  114. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So Bullit you think Kappy is responsible for the 23+ drops he’s suffered this year? Nerf balls indeed. Seeing as Kappy lost 3 TDs to drops, those numbers are skewed.

  115. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    One TD pass contribution from your QB is setting the bar awfully low. That expectation indicates you want him to be a game manager and not the “dynamic force” which was the reason the change from Alex to Kap was made.

    I would expect at the minimum a 2 TD plus contribution from my QB because I believe you need to score 24 points to consistently win today at a championship level.
    A one TD per game contribution from your game manager puts too big of a burden on your defense.

  116. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    There’s room for improvement all the way around = WRs, QB, OC, etc. I echo the points NJ and Chuck have made = 1) doesn’t matter how many great WRs we have if they are not used. Lloyd? Johnson? Force feeding balls to VD and Crab is going to leave others out. That would not be a problem if primary receivers had better production which they do not except Boldin. We have more weapons than we are using for whatever reason that’s clear.

    2) Re: Chuck’s 8:29am post- Agree. According to S Young Walsh used to tell SY to go thru his progressions and “exhaust the play options” before trying to run. This is something that takes a lot of work and time to accomplish for any QB.

    But beyond the QB “exhausting the play” Walsh was known to run the same play that was working until the D could stop it as Chuck said. This would be the OC “exhausting the play” which we do not do. Why not?

    I know = limited coaching expertise. Can’t blame that on player execution now can we?

  117. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- A little known fact about football is you are allowed to run the ball over the goal line. They call that a rushing TD. One passing TD and two rushing TDs to go with a couple FGs and an occasional ST/Def TD and we should do just fine.

  118. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bulit- Case in point: Kap engineered a come from behind TD drive in this last Sunday’s game. He went 4-4 with an incredible 29 yard stick it in there like few other can to Boldin pass. We ended up running the ball in. Didn’t need a TD pass.

  119. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Didn’t you say the other day that the Niner rushing offense “sucks”? They have run for 6 TDs this year.
    How does this all come together in your scheme?

  120. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- It is starting to sound like you only selectively read what I write. I’ve been talking about this for two weeks now. Go back and study. I’ll tell you some key points to hone in on. The O-line is playing better which is allowing the OC and QB to perform better. Stop dropping passes. Run the ball more when we are ripping off big chunks. Stop dropping passes.

    Greg Roman talked about it today. We need to quit doing things that stall drives. I think the dropped passes are the big thing. The fumbles would be if we continue that but we’ve done well there and had only one bad game in that dept this Sunday. We had an illegal man down field on a 16 yard pick up. It’s always something. We can do it, we did in the clutch this week. The offense is making plays, they just can’t catch a rhythm.

  121. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    And yes, the offense has sucked but I am seeing signs of life. I posted after the game that I am encouraged by some of the things I am seeing.

  122. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The thing I certainly see with this offense is ANY mistake, be it a dropped pass, a 5 yard penalty, a sack, or mistake of any kind usually results in a 3 and out. Indy, NE, NO, and plenty of other teams can overcome small mistakes.

    We can’t. Why? Because the response is usually a slow-developing pass play that is supposed to get it all back at once. It usually results in an incomplete or sack. Then it’s 3rd and 20 so we hand the ball off.

    Phil, that IS the most maddening thing about this. Like the AZ game. We go no huddle and move right down the field and score a TD. So, naturally we NEVER try that again.

    Look at Bullit arguing how we score. We get one rushing TD so that means the problems are solved!! How cute!

  123. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    There have been SO many cases of this team going away from what is working at any given time. They out-fux themselves.

  124. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are the gift that keeps on giving.
    Living proof of the failure of our education system.
    It is a known fact you have always had reading comprehension issues.
    Learn to read and you will see it is your sidekick Berger who is happy with the scoring output.
    Open wide and you stick your foot in again.

  125. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Came across this video today and post it for the many fans of Eddie D and Tim Tebow. The SF guy is doing pretty well today btw.


  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nice move by Eddie and Tim NoFear49er –
    Puts things into perspective, good post.

  127. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Obviously constructive criticism that is legitimate is met by ridicule by the apologists.
    Listening to the apologists they would rather make excuses for Kap rather than him taking steps to improve.

    One of Kap’s shortcomings is his accuracy because he wants to throw the rocket ball. Just like baseball hard throwers are less accurate. I used the Bill Walsh video that Simms took to heart and according to Phil made him a better and more complete QB putting finesse and ball placement before showing off your arm.

    The apologists here will tell you everything is fine and everything that’s not going right is the fault of everyone else but Kap.

  128. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Some here like to look at the criticism of Crabtree leading the league in drops and interpret that to mean the QB throws too hard.

    If one would choose to not look selectively one would see a lot of nice touch passes by Kap.

  129. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I did not say I was happy with our output. I simply answered a question that you were impetuously asking. You asked if we could win a championship throwing one TD pass a game, I said yes. Where does that say I’m happy with the output. I did give an example for you to follow but I guess since I did not include the crayons you never got the entire picture.

  130. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t worry, bergs. It’s just yor typical insane logic leap from Bullit.

  131. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Out for 49ers vs. Seahawks: TE Derek Carrier (foot), T Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm)

  132. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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
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01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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
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Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17