Ugly And Beautiful

The 49ers have now dodged a season ending bullet two games in a row. For two straight games, they’ve played like losers and somehow come out winners. This has not happened much for this franchise lately. In fact, it’s been more normal to play like winners and somehow come out losers.

The team is playing like it has all year. Not very well. The defense once again coughed up a fourth quarter lead at the end of the game. They’ve done this three times and almost did it a fourth time in the London game. The offense stumble bummed along, shooting itself in the foot time after time. Three touchdowns wiped out by penalties, plus a Nate Clements interception. A Raideresque 15 penalties. Just ugly stuff.

Then. Amazing Vernon Davis touchdown catch called back (for the second time in the game). Third and 32! Fourth and 18! First down! Amazing Michael Crabtree touchdown catch! NO FLAGS!!! Hahaha!

Give me a break. A walk on QB named Troy Smith has lit a fire under this woeful, poorly coached team. Is this a Kevin Costner movie?

He can’t keep this up, right? Troy is playing the fourth quarter like, well, an elite QB. He’s also playing the earlier parts of the game like nobody who has ever played for this franchise. Zero for eleven on third down. Five sacks. But, completed passes of 65, 38, 36, 32, 30, 23, 23, 21 and 16 yards sprinkled in along the way.

The deep threat passing game that has been touted and pined for has arrived with a vengeance. Troy is playing a bit like Donovan McNabb, without the harfing with the game on the line. The vaunted receivers corp, often mentioned but seldom seen, is actually vaunting it up.

The intricate watch offense, where all gears must turn in perfect synchronicity to gain four yards, has been replaced by the Yo, Dude, Go Long offense, where chaos is good. In fact, the Chaos Offense more perfectly mirrors the rest of the franchise, from the owners down through the coaching tree. Disharmony finally reigns harmoniously in the empire.

Winning is fun, that’s for sure. Sometimes, it leads to contagiousness and even eighth place hitters start knocking bases clearing doubles. And sometimes it’s just a pleasant mirage. At least the question is still in our minds. Which is a vast improvement from Dead Men Walking. The Niners just broke the Post Bye Week Jinx and have won TWO IN A ROW! Can they make it three?

Stay tuned for next Sunday. And don’t leave the stadium or turn off the TV in the third quarter. You might just miss the best part of the game.



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8 comments on “Ugly And Beautiful
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs…Wow i really like this kid…did you see his facial expressions on the sidelines after that last touchdown… the kid looked pissed off….presumably because he needed to complete the 3rd and 30 and 4th and 18 cause the TD to V. Davis got called back….but what poise…imagine how well he could play if the O-line ever gets straightened out…he just put the team on his back and refused to lose…the only problem i see with him is the height issue (a couple of knocked down passes)…but shit i’ll live with that….Sing couldnt possibly replace him with Alex now …. right? Well….im feeling better about our chances now….

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A win does not make me feel better. The way we won does. The difference being we played with the QB as the center of the offense instead of it being the RB. If we make those same mistakes with the previous style of game planning we lose 20-10. We attacked and it made all the difference.
     
    We were 0-11 on 3rd down conversions. We had 4 TDs called back. I’m including the int since we took the ball to the 3 yd line. Does anybody think we win with those mistakes with Gore the centerpiece of the offense?
     
    This has been my point for over a year now. With the offensive game plan we’ve had prior to this game we could not make these mistakes and win. When a team plays to win a couple of mistakes can be overcome. I think it would be interesting to see Alex with this kind of game plan, but for now, and hopefully for a long time, Troy is the guy. We’ll see.
     
    I’ve seen Troy play before and I’ve never seen him this accurate. For this reason I don’t see it keeping up. When those big plays aren’t happening, can he move the chains? Not according to 0-11 on third down.
     
    My biggest concern is not Troy or Alex, my biggest concern is the coaching staff. Are they going to continue this same attitude of attack going forward? If so, I’m excited about our potential. We did this against Jax last year and it was a one game wonder. I want to be excited, it won’t happen until I see that this offensive philosophy we ran yesterday is permanent. Any QB will be better when he is the center of the offense.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I said last week “it had to be done”, about Alex throwing Sing under bus when he basically said Sing doesn’t know how to run an offense, this is exactly what I meant. I can’t say his words to the media was the reason for the change of philosophy, but he did say it and we did see a change. Things that make you go, hmmmm!

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’d like to get excited but the one simple fact remains: Mike Singletary is our head coach.

  5. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    *troy smith is the right QB for this team at this time ! he gives us the best chance to win now !

    *good to see the coaches give reggie smith more playing time !

    *dennis , don’t worry i’m sure sing is gone after the season is over ! the real worry is that dr deyorkian is still involved in the decision making when it comes to the nezxt head coach !

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, there’s a Rob sighting. I guess that bail money finally arrived. You go into hiding for a few weeks and the Niners go 2-0. Now you’re back. We lose to Tampa, and it’s all on you pal.

  7. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    dennis … LOL !
    we’ll beat tampa !
    sorry guys , my laptop has
    ” an issue ”
    i hope to be back full on asap !
    (anybody who has my number , gimme a call ! anybody who doesn’t , it’s
    727-656-924 😉 !)

  8. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    its nice to see some wins but there are some major issues to work out,so much praise for the other Mr.Smith which he rightly deserves.
    he has kept plays alive when the blocking has broken down, and has also been able to throw in some improv when all hell has broken loose.
    my biggest worry is he the new kid on the block and is looking good against mediocre passing defenses, because that’s what he has played against.
    the Rams are weak against the pass, tough on the run,Gore got less than 100yrds on the ground.
    my hope is Troy can keep getting better, and also clean up his act, and the O line can pull it together after the loss of another key player in Staley his broken Fibula is going to keep him out for a min. of 5 weeks more like 6-7 so its Simms or Boone on his side,more likely Simms, and Davis has been inconsistent,he is one wiff from getting his other QB Smith killed, not like anyone is missing Alex at this point, troy is the starter which is fine with me.
    his inspirational play has energized the blogosphere, and I am cautiously optimistic coming into the Tampa game there secondary is the best of the 3 teams Troy will have seen so far,thankfully the run D is dwelling in the cellar( look for a big game from Frank) if Troy prevails this week,I just might be jumping on the troy band wagon maybe.

2019 Schedule
9-8: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25pm
9-15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10am
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
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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