After yesterday’s guest post by Phoenix Envy, this site returns to its usual SF 49ers focus. Now, now. No booing out there. Put down those tomatoes.
It may not mean anything in the great scheme of things, but that was a hellava beat down our boys administered Monday. Whew. That looked like one of those college cupcake games where some big school bully like Ohio State runs over Southwest Nowhere Tech. It was fun to watch, I admit it. The funnest game we fans will watch this year. At least there was one.
That won’t be the case next Sunday in Green Bay, where the Niners have not won a game for probably twenty years or so. It’s more than likely the team could rack up its second shutout loss of the season. It won’t be close, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see the Vegas line on this game. If it’s anything less than fourteen points, then there are some truly delusional SF bettors running around out there.
This is a get it over with game, no doubt about it. The Packers are one of the seriously good teams that might not make the playoffs, while some NFC West bottom feeder gets in. What figured to be an easy waltz to the NFC North crown for them has been derailed by the surprising emergence of the Chicago Bears, who are looking pretty much for real at this point. Lovie Smith is faring a lot better with the Mike Martz solution than Mike Nolan did. It probably has something to do with having Jay Cutler as QB, rather than J.T. O’Sullivan, who is currently unemployed.
Should the Packers slaughter the Niners, as expected, then miss the playoffs and watch the Niners get in, with a home game no less, there will be some serious bitching occurring in Wisconsin. That would be fun. Green Bay hasn’t been pissed at the Niners since Jerry Rice fumbled and the refs didn’t call it. They deserve a good snit, I say.
History seems to be stalking the 49ers as this season winds down. There’s the above mentioned Martz situation featuring Nolan’s fourth OC, in addition to getting pounded this Sunday by Nolan’s first OC, Mike McCarthy, followed up in two more weeks by getting hamburgered by the Chargers and that evil coach of theirs, Norv Turner, Nolan’s second OC. Even Nolan’s third OC, Jim Hostler, is enjoying NFL life as the WR coach of the playoff bound Ravens.
The moral to the story might be that if you work for Nolan, the job will stink, but the next job will be a superb success. You have to hand it to the Suit, though. His Coaching Tree is faring a bit better than Bill Belichick’s Tree. Except for the ones who are still working for the Niners. Here’s a tip, Niner coaching staff, pray for a pink slip. The Yellow Brick Road awaits your footsteps.
Which reminds me that one thing missing from this tortured season is a catchy phrase for Mike Singletary like the one that emerged for Nolan. “Boot the Suit” was quite good. Time to hunker down on the old brain stem, Outsiders, and come up with a rallying cry for the remaining five games of the Singletary Era Error.