Love At First Sight?

The 49ers went to London, won a game, and came back home with a new starting Quarterback. For the first time since Jeff Garcia left the team, there was a guy playing the position who was actually fun to watch.

Luck favors the bold and there was no other explanation for that 38 yard frisbee toss that floated down from the sky between two of Denver’s best secondary players and landed precisely in the hands of Delanie Walker at the one yard line. It was a pass that Alex Smith would never have thrown, but Troy Smith did, and it ignited the team to victory.

By the time the fourth quarter began, it was 10-3 and I was settling into a probable 20-3 loss. Kyle Orton was having his way with our secondary and it was clear we were about to be blown out of the game. The offense had not been ugly, but it could not sustain long drives and would be lucky to get even three more points.

As usual, it took a desperate situation for the 49ers to finally open up the offense and that’s when Smith surprised everyone in the stadium. I started laughing when Walker unbelievably caught that pass and I didn’t stop laughing the rest of the game. After a three and out and a feeble ass punt from Denver, Smith played catch with Michael Crabtree a couple of times and suddenly the Niners were in the lead.

Maybe this will turn out to be nothing more than a fluke game and Smith will throw four interceptions in the next one, but fun games have been few and really far between in Ninerland, so it’s nice that we get two weeks to enjoy this one. The 49ers are not even the worst team in the NFC this week — that distinction now belongs to the Dallas Cowboys! Hahaha.

This victory will not please many fans because it removed the axe that was perilously close to descending on Mike Singletary’s neck. Another listless performance Sunday and we might have seen Jed York calling a press conference today to announce the new interim HC. Singletary will now finish out the season.

But the season definitely has a new glow to it. There’s something interesting to watch the games for. Just how good is this kid? Seeing Smith buy time by dancing nimbly around in the backfield was enjoyable. Very satisfying. And a great quality to have when your offensive line is not very good at providing protection.

With Smith’s mobility, he can create enough time for deeper pass plays to develop. Plays that under the old Smith ended quickly with a toss out of bounds or a short flip to Frank Gore. Interestingly, Gore caught only one pass Sunday. Dumping the ball off was not in the new Smith’s mind set.

The 49ers had spark Sunday. There’s no denying that. Or the fact that it has been MIA this entire season. Let’s see if they can light a fire.



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17 comments on “Love At First Sight?
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs…i too liked what i saw from Smith2…good movement…looked pretty damn accurate with short and intermediate passes…nice touch …but can gun it too…hit a target while on the move….but i couldnt enjoy it till near the end of the game….with the big 3 to nothing lead we had …looked to be time to nurse that lead with the resumption of Gore up the middle on 1st and 2nd downs.. i was screaming at my TV..and what i was screaming my wife took the kids out of the room …wasnt till we fell behind did they let him play….i think we’d be ok if they ..JUST KEEP SING AWAY FROM THE OFFENSE…sorry…didnt mean to yell… go Niners AND Giants!!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tony, in this particular game, with a newbie like Smith, I didn’t fault the conservative game plan. I just expected us to lose. The pass he got lucky with was a dumb throw, one you would expect from a virtual rookie, and would normally have been intercepted. We got lucky, but he certainly seized the moment from there on out.

  3. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually..leadiong up to the game..i had a feeling we’d win…(as silly as that sounds) in fact…of my 10 parlay cards i had Niners to win on 8 of them…(probubly explains some of the profanity i was screaming at the tv 🙂 !! Other than the ‘lucky’ pass to Walker…i liked what Smith was doing…especially avoiding the rush and buying time and looking down field…i expected a conservative game plan….but you could sense the kid could make some plays…and putting him in must throw on 3rd and long didnt do him any favors..and if they didnt open things up…we were going to loose…anyway…i feel a sense of optimism …we’ll see

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The new game plan is Hail Marys to the one yard line. Hey, it worked! Also, can’t take away the nice pass to Crabtree for a TD! And what about Lawson’s strip? Nice. To heck with the draft pick, just win.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    told you guys troy smith was our best QB !

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So if the flea flicker is not called back because of a chop block, and we lose, did the QB do OK? Basically we get two TDs on a Hail Mary and a strip by Lawson, followed by a nice pass by the QB. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember any consistent sustained drives(without a Hail Mary), even though Gore had over a 100 yards, which ate a lot of clock. Just my opinion, we won’t win again playing the same way. The play calling needs to be opened up more.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, That IS, of course, damning with the faintest of praise, unfortunately.

    Berger, the only hope is that Troy, unlike Alex, will simply rebel against the offensive straitjacket and continue to improvise as needed. Even so, I hold to my earlier prediction of some early success for troy, followed by some imposition of reality as defenses begin to take him seriously and scheme to contain his strengths.

    I fully expect our coaching to take full advantage of the bye week and come out for game nine doing the same old G-D-d thing on offense. Unfortunately. So it’ll come down to who can make more plays, Troy or young Bradford. All we have left at this point is hope.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Randy Moss just got waived. Wow. That was a short stay in Minnesota.

  9. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    GRUMPY
    you killjoy , that’s for later ! for now troy smith is our best QB . we threw him in after being with the team for a short time and only a few days of practice with the first team and he played better than any other QB on the roster !
    what does that tell you !!!

    we should sign randy moss !

  10. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    i know i’m going to get it for saying we should sign randy moss , but he would be our biggest deep threat and a great WR to have with troy smith as the QB !
    who knows maybe sing can do a vernon davis on moss and we’ll become the reincarnation of duante culpepper to moss !!

  11. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    hey wait a minute fear … talk about nostradamus and not give me credit for my calling for troy smith before anyone else and the fact that we just scored more points than we have all year ?
    so who would you make the starting QB ?
    and since we’re going nowhere anyway , why not take a one year/rest of the season flyer on a player who has been called the best WR in football in the deep passing game ??

  12. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    oh , and speaking of nostradamus , how did brandon lloyd do yesterday ?

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, it comes back to the play calling yet again. 3 quarters of some successful runs surrounded by misread routes, missed passes, stuffed runs, and the usual 3 and outs. There was ONE nice drive in the 1st half.
     
    And, of course the epic 3 runs up the middle after Denver had closed the gap to 24-16. That, and the weak-assed defense we played those last 2 drives is what usually loses games for these Niners.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fu*k Moss . . . Not on your life . . .

  15. RufusNo Gravatar says:

    Now that the Raiders have handed out two solid butt whippings in a row, have they moved out of the SUCK category?

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Moss is officially your worst idea ever. This is a guy who pouts and stops trying if he isn’t having his ass kissed constantly. He wouldn’t be the Moss from NE here, he’d be the Moss from Oakland. A guy who only plays hard when he feels like it, usually when he is the primary receiver. Blocking for the running game? that’s for the little people. Team not in contention? Then why would he care in the least what is happening.

    Seriously, he is nothing but an effing cancer. No amount of talent is worth the BS.

2019 Schedule
9-8: W 49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
9-15: W 49ers 41,Bengals 17
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
 
2019 Prognostications
Bakkentom: 10-6
Bullit: 10-6
Grumpy: 9-7
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 7-9
Skeebers: 8-8
Winder: 7-9

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