49ers 27, Whatchamacallits 6

Look, Ma, a passing game! The 49ers found one in Washington Monday night, as well as a pass rush, and they whipped the Whatevers 27-6, regaining the sixth playoff seed held for a mere 24 hours by the Arizona Cardinals.

It was clear, during the game and after, that watching the team stomp somebody was far more enjoyable than watching them collect nail-biting losses. Not that the game was a wire to wire laugher. It was only 10-6 at the half, and Washington spent most of the second quarter rolling through the 49er defense with ease. The team must have made some excellent half time adjustments, though. Washington would gain only 30 total yards in the second half.

It’s hard to get too giddy about beating a 3-8 team, but the 49ers won this game through the air, not on the ground. The only other time that has happened this year was game one against the Packers. In between, there were four losses and a whole bunch of Frank Gore. Monday night, the ground game was stuffed, much as it was the previous week against the Saints and the week before that against the Panthers.

Skeptics might point out that the team was dealing with the Washington secondary, not the Seahawks secondary. Tut, tut, my sweet shabisko. It wasn’t like Washington couldn’t cover anybody. Mario Manningham gets open and had his first I’m-Truly-Back-From-Injury effort. Vernon Davis gets open, against just about any team. But the star of the game, Anquan Boldin, hardly ever gets open no matter who is covering him. What he does do, however, is catch the damn ball when you throw it to him.

Colin Kaepernick finally took the leap of faith Monday night and threw him the damn ball whether he was open or not. Voila! Two TDs, several clutch 3rd down conversions, and almost a hundred yards. Some of you blogmeisters might also have glimpsed a couple of rare sights in this game: slant passes! Manningham is good at those little babies. Kyle Williams, not so much. There was also a much clamored for screen pass. Minus three yards and back to the drawing board.

Speaking of Williams, his replacement as punt returner, LaMichael James, seems to have the odd idea that you can RUN with the ball after you catch the punt. Excellent forward thinking, Mr. James. He reversed field position by 72 yards on 5 punts Monday night. By far the best showing since Ted Ginn left the premises in the offseason. It also helps put a dent in the question “why did we draft this kid?”

Aldon Smith also had an I’m-Back game, recording two sacks and several QB hits, one of which occurred to an area between Robert Griffin’s legs. No harm, no foul! Smith’s pass rushing partner, Ahmad Brooks, also had two sacks. Bookend bad boys! And although Washington might stink as a team, they do have two good offensive tackles. So the sacks by Smith and Brooks cannot be diluted by the opponent-sucks adjustment factor.

All in all, a very satisfying must-win game against a hopeless and helpless opponent. There won’t be any pushovers in the final five games, though. So we’ll soon see if this game was a vision of good things to come, or just a mirage in an otherwise disappointing season.

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74 comments on “49ers 27, Whatchamacallits 6
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How many times did Gruden say what a complicated offense we have for a young QB to run. I wonder if anybody on this site ever said anything similar to that?

    It was nice to see a little simplification going on, although not enough for this poster.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Defense played the best half of any NFL team this year giving up 30 yds net.
    For the first time in a long time Niners had consistent heat on the QB and made RG3 uncomfortable (although Aldon and company bruised his nuts).
    Whitner had one of his best games with a pick, a deep ball defensed and a jarring sideline “clean” hit.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ had an outstanding game.
    He looked confident in catching punts and allayed fears about his lack of experience.
    Right move and an upgrade over KW who seemed to be terrified of making a mistake resulting in becoming Mr Fair Catch.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers will activate WR Michael Crabtree off PUP today and he is expected to play Sunday.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You know Crabtree is close to coming back because he is more engaged on the sideline and in the offensive huddle next to Kap.
    Manningham is looking better and Crabtree will make a difference
    going into the playoffs.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks is having a career year and has become a huge factor.
    He seems more focused and is not making the dumb mistake of jumping offsides once a game to get an edge on his pass rush.
    Brooks is excelling in all aspects of LB play and might be the most improved player on defense.
    Jerod-Eddie and Dorsey also had solid games minimizing the absence of McDonald.
    One thing for this team, the backups have all astepped up when needed with the exception of the WRs (that’s another story).

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I blame most of the problems with our back-up WRs on Roman. They do have some issues as do the QB but Roman’s passing game plans have left Chuck Knox look like a passing fool.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I believe players still have to play the game.
    Unless your name is Boldin, Manningham or Crabtree on this teamyou’re not catching any passes.
    I really can’t blame it all on Roman although he makes a good escaped goat.
    If your name is Marlon Moore, KW, Baldwin, Osgood or Jenkins
    what exactly were you doing in the game?

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahags are about to sign Perrish Cox to augment their
    suspended group of DBs.
    Apparently Winfield and Trufant didn’t want to unretire.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t see much of Eric Wright last night and Bruce Miller aside from blocking wasn’t involved in the game plan.
    Both don’t show up in the box score.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Wright after the game last week said the only WR getting off the line with any kind of explosive first move was Boldin. He said repeatedly that Baldwin was usually immediately covered and rendered ineffective. He said Osgood simply ran to coverage most of the time. Unless you present yourself as a relatively open target, you won’t get the ball.

    The big plusses were defintely the line play and the tight windows Kappy was putting the ball into. Also the quick outs early on. He did have one bad pass when he tried to force the ball to Boldin in the 2nd quarter. Nearly a pick 6.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Davis, I mean . . .

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, I’m fine with max protect as long as they have a WR in the route running a QUICK route. Early on, Manningham caught a couple quick passes that were easy 12 yard gains because the CB was plkaying off him. That is something they need to exploit as long as it is there. If they then press, you hit ’em with a double move/pump fake deep. The good news about getting Crabs back is that they now have 3 WRs that demand coverage.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers have waived QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson to make room for Crabtree on 53-man roster.”

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last night on 2 plays it seemed that Kap had only one option and when it wasn’t there he threw the ball away. One was a bubble screen to Manningham and the Redskins were all over it.
    It puzzled me though that Kap didn’t look to run out the back door or just scan the field for something else. He gave up too quickly in my estimation.
    I don’t really recall the second time too well but I know by throwing the ball away quickly that they were put into a 3rd and long and they were forced to punt when they came up short.

    You throw the ball away to avoid losing yardage so I don’t get the reasoning when nobody’s around to sack you.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy missed Hunter clear in the flat on one play, and the screen play was a disaster from the get-go. Better to ground it than to take the sack. No one hits all the plays all the time.

    Look at Manning last weekend.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Usually if a three step drop is called, if the first read is not there the play is doomed because the QB does not usually have time to go to a 2nd read. Often, the QB just throws it away. If one of the plays in question was a 3 step drop that would be enough explanation for me.

  18. GregRomanSucksNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Roman’s offense is downright horrid. Gruden was basically laughing all night at Roman’s offense. Gruden was saying, “You don’t run against 8 in the box,” and he was questioning the logic of people claiming the 49ers don’t have offensive weapons. Boldin, Vernon, Manningham, James, Gore, McDonald, Baldwin? Colin Kaepernick is the real deal. You design your offensive schemes around your player talents. Kaepernick can make any throw and yet Greg Roman can’t draw up simple play action, or simple mis-direction screens? What about rub routes. I watched the Patriots and the Broncos on Sunday night and the Patriots had one passing drive where they ran rub routes all the way down the field. Are you telling me with Vernon and Boldin we can’t run success rub routes for Baldwin or …. the departed Kyle Williams?

    This is by far the dumbest offensive coordinator we’ve had since Jimmy Raye. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to heard Jim Harbaugh say (when asked if Roman is qualified to be an NFL OC), “He’s been in the league for 30 years….. that just doesn’t make any sense to me.” Because, if you’re scoring at home, that’s what Singletary said to Dennis whatshisnuts before Dennis got relieved from duty for ….. well….. doing his job but unfortunately for him he was going up against the 49er juggernaut of a media machine.

    Anyway. This team isn’t going anywhere with Greg Roman at the helm. If Harbaugh is going to have a college run game coordinator call the shots as an NFL OC, why trade Alex Smith? You have a guy in Colin Kaepernick who can shoot the apples off an apple tree (for those who like Spaghetti Westerns), and yet Roman and Harbaugh (and Magnini – yikes!) want to go power run all day? With this defense? With that arm? With this talent on offense? Morons. I thought Harbaugh was smart, but he’s an idiot too, like Roman, if this continues next year.


  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the words of Colin Kaepernick “KILL, KILL, KILL!!!

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Johnson must be resting easier knowing he just got rated above Jimmy Raye and Greg Roman.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Flying under the radar on the Monday Night Games was Joe Looney’s NFL debut. He was in for 3 snaps, his first action
    in a regular season game.
    This is the end result of Iupati being out and Looney activated as an OLine backup.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    WHo knew Spitty had a brother?

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw Quinton Dial on the field too!

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone who is touting Baldwin as an offensive weapon (3 catches 28 yds) is not paying attention.
    For the Chefs Jenkins has 2 ctaches for 28 yds so far.
    So far the trade has been one flop for another.
    With Crabtree and Manningham back and playing, Baldwin’s chances to shine will be minimal and he might be inactive for most of the year.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wouldn’t that be so Robaugh to have only 3 WRs on the active roster for game day.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, now that we actually have a LITTLE depth at the position. I for sure not sold on Baldwin, but he should be able to provide something as a backup. Except the ability to be startled by footballs heading his way.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We’re not here to fool anybody, except when we fool ourselves. We’ll just put a fullback or a tackle out wide and call him a WR.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Of course, we also drafted a 270 lb slot receiver.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Bergs. But I still can’t get that image out of my head of Baldwin flinching as the ball was coming his way while he dogged his deep route. They need a little more than that out of their backups. They certainly haven’t shined in their opportunities.

    And I’ll defer to Eric Davis and his comment of him not ever seeing a more lackluster group of backup WRs. Baldwin should be fioghting for every opportunity. Instead, he’s taking the Nate Davis approach.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would drop Baldwin and go find Lockette. I don’t care if he can’t run great routes, he is physical and very fast. He can’t be left alone running deep routes. When they pay attention to him the underneath opens up. We have not a single WR on our team to take the top off the defense.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Unfortunately Lockette is back on the Seahag 53 man roster.
    He has caught 2 passes for 32 yds.
    He is 4 yds better than Jenkins and Baldwin.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll take those 4 yards! He’s only been with Seadderal since 10-22.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle has a good QB, though. We have the guy who changed the blogosphere thinking from “It’s the QB’s fault” to “It’s the coaches’ fault.”

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Depending on the yardstick used to measure your QB, shit be everywhere.

    Total QBR (ESPN’s)

    Kappy ranks 7th at 65.8
    Wilson ranks 9th at 64.2


    Wilson 6th at 105.1
    Kappy 18th at 86.6


    Wilson 24th with 215 (2,362)
    Kappy 33rd with 185 (2,037)

    Wison 409 yards rushing
    Kappy 355 yards rushing

    What does it mean? Well, not much. Boh teams run well and have strong defenses. They are fairly similar. The big difference is
    Seattle has won their close games, while the Niners have lost theirs.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


    “Seahawks waived CB Perrish Cox one day after signing him.”

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Something tells me that “Jerry Maguire” (1996) would not have been so widely popular had Cuba Gooding Jr. shouted, “Show me the gelt! WOTD

    And dollars to donuts that “GregRomanSucks” is indeed Mrs. Blood. Who, btw, is the only one to have defeated yours truly this year in our ESPN league. Don’t think that doesn’t stick in my craw. I could have shut the ’72 Dolphins and their perfect season the hell up. F Mercury Morris and his champagne celebrations.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure once the Seahawks found out Perrish Cox wasn’t on PEDs, they wanted nothing to do with him. You know what that means. More Cox for Rob.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s very simple.
    I saw how a couple of the close Seahag games.
    Wilson made the plays that led to the winning scores
    when the game was on the line by driving his team into position.
    Kap failed to even get a first down much less mount a drive.
    This season Kap has yet to rally the team from behind in the second half of games.
    That’s the difference between winning and losing.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two years ago the Niners were cruising along with a 9-1 record
    and about to meet the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.
    The offense was 11th in scoring and 26th in total offense.
    This year we stand at 7-4 with the offense 11th in scoring and 30th in total offense.

    For the most part the posters here were ecstatic to achieve a winning record, win the division and make the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

    With the exception of course of the Alex Smith Is Evil Cult.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My solution to the QB debate, drink beer. I’ve got 4 days to drink! The fridge is full of craft beer. I think I’ll get sauced and call Del!

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith would actually be the better QB for this OC. He was more experienced and had no problem checking down to save the coach and his bad play calling. That was not good enough for a frustrated fan base.

    Now we have a dynamic gun slinging QB that wants to break out. Problem is the OC wants none of that. This OC and QB is being fooled by defensive coordinators. Even Frank Gore is saying defenses are defending and game planning us great. Who is to blame, the QB with 17 starts or the OC who has been in the business for ? years. Bullit loves and defends Roman, I love and defend our young QB. Maybe it is time to start labeling Bullit as a Kap hater. I have no problem being labeled a Roman hater.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Del’s, I’m currently watching “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” (1987) starring Steve Martin and John Candy as none other as Del Griffith. It’s a Thanksgiving holiday movie tradition. “Those aren’t pillows!”

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “And by the way, you know, when you’re telling these little stories? Here’s a good idea – have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!”

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep will come around Berger.
    He’s likely being asked to stand and deliver from the pocket.
    He looks uncomfortable doing it most of the time too.

    Once he has the full compliment of WRs at his disposal things should develop quickly.
    He go the ball out quickly vs DC on Monday night, all good signs.

    Roman tried to mix it up for a change too.
    LMJ is coming around, Mario is picking up the pace and Crabtree will get into the mix as well.

    VMcD is coming along too.
    Let’s hope we continue to gain some momentum now.
    December is the stretch run. We need some rhythm.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta admit too, Dorsey played a monster of a game in DC.

    All in all, our D was all over their OLine.
    Chasing down everything, both inside and outside the pocket.
    Good to see.

    Our OLine played well and, Kaep bought time when he needed it, on several occassions.

    Now, heading into December, we have some young DLinemen to get warmed up for the stretch run.
    Things are looking brighter, just have to keep winning.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sorry but I do not hate Kaepernick, I seem to hold him to a higher standard and expect more from him than you do.
    That was a big part of replacing Alex Smith, that Kaepernick
    would be as efficient and be more dynamic and better for the team.

    Nothing I can say if keep blaming Roman and hold your nose while the QB stinks up the place.
    Rather then belabor the point I’ll just agree to disagree

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman is who is being duped more than Kap. I agree Kap is struggling, but Roman is struggling much more. The coach should know more about the game than the QB with only 17 starts. Our QB needs better play calling. Just my opinion. Ultimately it comes down to Harbaugh, for now I’m concentrating on Roman. Not the QB, who is fairly new to the pro game.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This was in the SF Gate Insider and shows recent “silver lining” trends

    ** Three of the past eight Super Bowl champions were No. 5 or No. 6 seeds. That is, they won three straight road playoff games to reach the big game (2010 Packers; 2008 Giants; 2006 Steelers).

    ** Six of the past eight Super Bowl champions didn’t have a first-round bye: 2012 Ravens (No. 4 seed); 2011 Giants (No. 4); 2010 Packers (No. 6); 2008 Giants (No. 5); 2007 Colts (No. 3) and 2006 Steelers (No. 6).

    ** Six of the past nine Super Bowl champions went on the road to win their conference championship game.

    ** Only one No. 1 seed – the 2009 Saints – has won a Super Bowl in the past nine seasons.

    ** Four of the past six Super Bowl champions have had at least six regular-season losses (the 2011 Giants were 9-7). The average regular-season record of the past six champions: 10.7 wins, 5.3 losses.

    ** Three of the past four Super Bowl champs have had three-game regular-season losing streaks. The 49ers have had a pair of two-game skids this season.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I went back in the archives and it was interesting to read what some of you guys said when the QB change was made to Kap.
    Berger said a lot of things but half his posts were incoherent
    as he admitted he was drunk as a skunk.
    I will repeat something that I posted

    November 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

    One of the major strengths of this Niner team is team chemistry,continuity and unity.
    Only because of injury is a change of QB necessary.
    When Alex Smith is healthy and able to practice fully logic would
    dictate that he should be the starter. For Harbaugh to do otherwise would be an admission on his part he chose the wrong guy at the start of the year and failed in his evaluation process.
    CK is untested and short on experience. Will he make mistakes?
    Most definitely. Some people like the gunslinger type QB like Favre and want CK to be that guy.
    That approach netted Favre only one Super Bowl ring so you can say the risks he took cost him some rewards.
    It’ll be interesting when things don’t go as planned who’s going to throw CK under the bus.”

    Just an observation but I did point out that Kap was a gunslinger and inexperienced.
    My question is when do you stop using inexperience as an excuse
    for crappy play?

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So are you saying those recent trends are the “Silver Linings Playbook” on who’s going to win the Super Bowl again this year? Says to me that the higher seeds are due to regain their dominance. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 1 vs 2 in each conference championship game this time.

    And, besides, in all likelihood we’d have to win on the road in New Orleans AND Seattle. I’ve already seen both of those movies this year. I didn’t care for the endings too much. No need to sit through them again. To top things off I had a front row seat, cricked my neck and the popcorn was cold and stale. No thanks.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, Happy Thanksgiving to All!

    If you’re a turkey you know to lay low.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We stop using the inexperience card for CK when the we stop using the same card on the OC. I always said about Alex Smith that I’ll rate him as a QB when he gets a good coach. He looked good with Norv Turner and Robaugh. He looked bad with all the other coaches, as did all the other QBs. IMO, if Smith was in his 17th start he would struggle immensely with the Robaugh offense. His many years of experience is what helped Robaugh. They need a Bob Griese type of QB for their offense and Alex is just that. Having said that, I’d rather replace Roman and keep CK.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Thanksgiving all! Tomorrow you can all trample each other on Black Friday to get new stuff, the day after giving thanks for what you already have! LOL

  54. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    David Akers just hooked it wide right from 31 yds. out.
    Maybe the Lions should give the “Calcified Mass” a call.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    There is no comparison with the talent starved teams that Alex Smith came on board with (where the team MVP was the punter)
    and the current roster laden with All Pro players.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but there are two positions on this team that are underperforming so far this season IMO. The QB and the #2 WR.
    Everything else is clicking. Even if Montana or Young were the QB, if they suck and have bad games, they suck. They had their share of games where they stunk also and nobody pointed the finger at Walsh (except Eddie D).

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What’s your point, Bullit? That a guy with 20 starts is a seasoned vet? That Kappy’s holding the offense back? Do you understand play calling? Do you understand that Smith was hampered by bad coaching as well? Smith had decent talent around him, and a good defense. He was held back by the coaching.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As I have said many times you just like to take the opposite view because you’re a DICK.

    How’s that 5 seconds on average to throw working for you?

  58. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Way to take an opposing viewpoint, skippy. You pin this all on Kaepernick. That’s a very simplistic view in my mind. I think the OC and HC can do things to ease the load on a young QB.

    Don’t like that? Great. say so. Can you act like someone over the age of 12? Well, there’s the rub.

  59. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    5 pro bowlers for A Smith in 2010, including Gore and VD. Not exactly chopped liver. My viewpoint for months has been that the coaching staff should be getting the ball out of Kappy’s hands quicker. You just recently decided to pin all the offensive problems on Kappy.

    Good for you. Happy Thanksgiving BTW.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I also can come up with so many quotes from you that also put this on Kaepernick so cut your BS.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just thought of something. No one would be bitching and moaning about the QB and/or the coaching if…if…if…if…

    Did we sign Peyton Manning yet?

    Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. I know Berger is. Please remember to recycle all of those bottles. Either that or go get your nickel back for every bottle. You’d have enough cash to fill up your truck with a tank of gas.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There are guys open but Kap wants the big play and holds on to the ball too long and then he has nothing and has to take a sack.

    Chuck made a comment a while back that short routes give a QB running lanes. If you know football it’s the opposite. Longer routes with DBs keeping up with and chasing receivers 20 yards downfield leaves the gaping spaces for a QB to run and filters out the congestion and traffic once you get past the line of scrimmage.
    It helps that the dbs have their backs turned which is easily worth an extra 5 to 10 yards to the runner.
    If you wait too long to run those gaps close and that’s what’s been happening.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I made broccoli and cheese rice, cornbread and mashed potatoes. Can you say starch? RB Ken Starch played six games for GB in 1976. Ken didn’t accrue any stats. Maybe he’d like some of my potatoes. Extra rich and creamy. No lumps. I’d like to give an Outsider or two a few lumps on their head. 😛

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sorry your life is so sad and pathetic that you need to lie about what I post, Bullit. And on Thanksgiving no less. Sheesh. What I’ve been saying for weeks now is that since we don’t throw deep, and no one respects our deep game or WRs anyway, that Kappy isn’t getting the running lanes he used to because the DBs play much closer to the line than last year. Mainly because of Randy Moss and the deep threat he posed. Even as a decoy.

    It’s not rocket surgery, pal.

    Carry on . . .

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I do not lie like you have admitted several times.
    It doesn’t matter what I say here. These guys can read what you say here and on your blog and figure out your waffling ways.
    When I quote you you get bet out of shape and tell me to get a life.
    The proof is all there because you posted it.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I want Bullit as our QB because with listening to his critiques, he would never miss seeing an open receiver and the coach would always call the perfect play!

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Steve Young is a standup guy and very loyal to the 49ers.
    He knows a little bit about the QB position.
    Read this carefully and digest it because Steve Young also looked at all the film and agrees with Dilfer that Kap is the root of what’s ailing the offense.
    Ultimate responsibility on the success as well as the failure of an offense rests squarely on the QB’s shoulders.

  68. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  69. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Young isn’t in the locker room, Bullit. He doesn’t really know either. I can find 250 people who agree with me. It doesn’t matter. Lie away…

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden wasn’t on board with the 49ers play calling Monday night.
    He was throwing digs at Roman all game. His comments were making me laugh. He is a former QB and coach. Is it possible he knows a little about what he was taking about?

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden scoffed at the premise that the Niners had no receivers.
    What he saw in DC was quite different from what they had when
    VD went out with a concussion and Mario was still sidelined.
    Given a choice between Gruden and Young’s opinions I’ll always go with Steve.
    AS it was pointed out in the article when Steve Young talks 49ers he refers to them as we. It is part of his DNA and he takes what he says personally so it’s well thought out and
    creditable. He doesn’t pontificate just to create a buzz.
    I like Steve Young’s passion the the Niners and I happen to think he gives his honest opinion with no agenda.
    If the guy makes a lot of sense what’s not to believe?

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have never disagreed on the fact that Kap is struggling. You don’t seem to understand that. My premise is that Raman’s play calling is making it worse. The OC can call plays that make it easier for a young QB, but like Gruden said Monday night, the 49ers sure put this young QB in a lot third and long situations.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The OC can also call the perfect play and if the QB doesn’t execute it properly than it becomes a bad play.
    That’s the part you don’t seem to understand. The easy plays are often there but Kap is a gunslinger and he’s looking for the big play.
    All I’m saying is take what the defense gives you and get into manageable situations.
    Kap needs to cooperate also and play to the game situations.
    How often have you heard that you have 2 downs to get the 8 yards so it’s not crucial to get it all on one throw.

    This is very logical. You have to learn to walk before you can run. The medium and deep balls will come when the defense respects your short game the double moves will blossom.
    Learn to game manage and move the chains and drive the ball.
    Play to game situations. Understand the game. A 6 yard pass in the air still can go for 50 on the YAC.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. Problem is Roman has not often call the short game or given a quick short outlet. Slants were used this last week for the first time all season, except for maybe a few plays scattered throughout the season. I can take any game and any QB to show you a few plays where he missed the open receiver. So in any 49er game you will find at least a couple of plays where Kap is exposed, like any other QB. We run the 22 package 47% of the time, leaving only one WR on the field. That is what the Sardine Can Offense is and it does not help the QB. If Roman can keep running some slants, add some hot reads and give Kap some faster targets, like using WRs at the WR position, I am confident he will look just fine.

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