Big Easy Wasn’t

The 49ers will not have a perfect preseason record this year. That’s good. However, they certainly didn’t need to be so emphatic about getting beat.

Most of the blame for this ignominious debut can be placed at the feet of Saints coach Sean Payton. Coaches normally agree amongst themselves to keep the blitzing to a minimum in preseason games, while teams engage in glorified practices in preparation for a new season. Payton ignored that tradition and played the exhibition like it was a midseason game. Afterward, 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh said, “They’re allowed to do that.”

But it’s a bit chicken shit and there is no doubt that Harbaugh will remember it and someday down the road run up the score on Payton in a real game, meet him at mid-field afterward for a what’s your deal moment, and say something politically correct like, “Eat my shorts, you jerk.”

The Saints forgot to impress anyone with their offense, however, and the 49ers stymied Drew Brees and Co. without resorting to any exotic blitz heavy packages at all. They did this without their starting RCB and starting NT, and with two safeties in the game who had never played together before. So which defensive effort was more impressive, Mr. Payton? The one that cheap shotted a new coach and team learning a new offense in a shortened offseason? Or the one that simply went out and put a cork in one of the league’s best offenses playing at home like it was a regular season contest?

The 49ers O-line looked worse than ever Friday night, and that is saying a lot, because they have been bad for many years. Will these guys ever learn to pass block? They better, or it will be another long season.

The best thing about this game is that it is over with. The new coaches have finally seen their players perform in a game and can start refining their evaluations accordingly. First round draft choice Aldon Smith held up pretty well in his debut, even recording the 49ers lone sack of the game, putting him on a pace for a sixteen sack season, give or take eight sacks one way and not the other. Ahmad Brooks looks ready to relegate Parys Haralson to the bench, which is not going to be an occasion of blogosphere weeping, by any means. Third round draft pick Chris Culliver played most of the game and didn’t get eaten alive, nor did Tramaine Brock or Phillip Adams.

It’s difficult to say a whole lot about the offense, since it didn’t get to do much of anything except trudge off the field one futile time after another. Anthony Dixon is going to slip to third on the depth chart or even right off the team if he doesn’t stop dancing around at the LOS. This is his second year and he should have gotten over that tendency by now, but he has not.

Like Rob predicted, this game was ugly. But it was a football game and it was great to see the team in action again. Now that Harbaugh has lowered the expectations of an entire 49er nation, we must be entering the nowhere to go but up phase. How far up is or goes is the question. More hints will be forthcoming next week.

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102 comments on “Big Easy Wasn’t
  1. bigjon49erNo Gravatar says:

    Now lets see some good coaching and fix it!!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome to the blog, Bigjon. Are you still six foot six and weighing two forty-five?

  3. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bring back Singletary.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Why no mention of our starting QB in your morning thread, Skeebs?
     
    11-5? Bwahahahahahah.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You’re bitching an moaning at Sean Payton for blitzing? You’re worse than our whiny snivel-nosed quarterback. That is utterly pathetic.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It didn’t seem relevant to report that he survived, Dennis. Of course, you only have eyes for him in your reverse man-crush and can’t see anything else, so your glee is not unexpected.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Dennis, Payton was a prick. As for bitching and moaning, you’re pretty much the blog champion these days.

  8. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    I was pretty surprised at the non-stop blitzing myself…Payton new he was going up against a team that wouldnt be ready for that…and your right Skeebs …Harbaugh aint gonna forget it…the line wasnt ready but they’ll get better…

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Saints are what they are. They blitz, a lot. So will we, once Fangio is through implementing his vision. Bitching about how the other team is playing is weak. Don’t like it: stop it. This is war for 60 minutes. There is no fair, there is only WIN. Teams that are happy losing make great losing teams. At least play like you belong in the same league.
     
    The Bears blitzed us relentlessly in 2007, PS#3. Alex looked like a deer in the high beams and the line and backs could not handle it. Every team in the league subsequently blitzed us, from PS#4 until it was clear we were no threat anyway. By then, Alex Smith was injured and basically sidelined for two years.

    I wonder how much of this is the loss of all our centers. If Snyder is making line calls that might be part of the problem. Also our backs seemed to have no idea of their role in the protection scheme. Someone needs to take them to school this week.
     
    I guarantee you right now: TEAMS WILL NOW BLITZ THE CRAP OUT OF US. We had better step up and get our protection fixed, or we’re going to run damned short of QBs in a hurry. I may not be enamored of the UQB, but I really don’t want to see him on a stretcher, either.

  10. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    By the way…most “fans” were worried about the defense…well that Saints power house offense looked worse than ours….and they’ve been playing that system for what 3 years?

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Grumpy. 18 blitzes in the first half of the first preseason game after a shortened offseason is a bush league maneuver. It proves nothing. Teams have been blitzing us in the past and will continue to do it till we make them pay.

  12. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I rather enjoyed listening to the game announcers. There was some actual analysis of the team on the field and an attempt made to identify what went right or (more often) wrong on various plays. Yes, it was annoying to hear “they haven’t had many practices” or “this is a vanilla game plan” so many times, but the in game analysis was better than what I often hear on regular season broadcasts.

    And, yes, the O-line stunk it up. Which is extra disturbing, because it is the most intact unit from last year.

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “We’ve had a shortened offseason. Don’t be meanies and blitz us. It’s not fair.”

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It is sad to see that we still seem unable to make adjustments when our game plan isn’t working. Our Oline looked terrible and even the Alex hater in me had to say that he never had a chance. We will see just how creative Harbaugh is going to be because even though it’s the 1st PS game it showed just how flawed we are. Skeebs, I to thought our D played real well and think that they will only get better. That is unless our offense won’t let them off the field. Aldon looks like he’ll be a winner for us.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The sooner we get Goodwin into the lineup and decide who is going to be the RG, the better. The line has some talent but is not cohesive. Only time playing as a stable unit will fix that. And our backs and TEs need a refresher course in protecting the QB.
     
    Of course, Skeebs is right that the best solution to blitzing is to hit a couple of slants and break off some long gains. Or proficiently run some screen passes. Unfortunately, we have not done that since the prehistoric time of Mooch. Hopefully Harbaugh can get our WCO mojo back soon.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Two TE, power I allows 9 in the box. IMO, the problem with the O-line was more because of the play calling than anyting else. I’m sure Harbaugh understands this. I would guess he called the plays he did because he wanted to see certain players perform in certain situations. It was painful to watch but I’m not worried about a pre-season game, especially the first one. The only thing that concerned me was Anthony Dixon not hitting the holes.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The other way to look at it is if this the play calling we are going to see this year, maybe it is the Andrew Luck strategy!

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt if Harbaugh is going to reveal much at all of his real offense in the preseason. Which will no doubt cause a lot of blog anxiety. Faith is necessary. But only up until the Seattle game. And we better see something different than the SCO in that one.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh has been known to hold a grudge as he did to U$C after they humiliated Stanford. With Jimbo payback is a bitch.
    File this one away as a nuclear
    motivating tool the next time we meet the Saints.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If we fix our protection issues NOW, as opposed to trying to do it September or October, Gregg Williams will have actually done us a big favor.
     
    Honestly, I’d rather take an ass-kicking now, and expose our problems so we fix them, than have four cherry-ass games with illusionary success, then get stomped in the regular season.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the O-line isn’t motivated to clean up their act by this embarrassment, they truly aren’t worth crap.

  22. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy…im with you on that

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I still wonder how much is line calls with a new center, how much is QBs (both) not calling out the right protections, and how much is individual breakdowns. Tough to tell from TV coverage.
     
    This is a week for Jim Harbaugh to stay positive and encouraging. His assistants, OTOH, should be kicking ass and taking names. “Tell me, son, DO YOU BELONG IN THIS LEAGUE, or not?”

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- The way to get them to stop blitzing like that is to spread the formations and hit the hot reads. With the formations we ran there were 9 in the box. It makes it just too easy to disguise what the defense is doing. It puts the line at a tremendous disadvantage. This was Sing/Raye at its most intense. I believe Harbaugh was just looking at some things. I sure hope so. Somebody please assure me that was all it was.

  25. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about de ja vu all over again. Either the Niners played their version of last year’s offense in order to not give things away, or they are in over their heads. Yeah, this is preseason, but to expect NO to come out and play differently than they usually do is ludicrous.
    .
    NO blitzes all the time. That is their game plan. Better now than week 1. Although this shit is duly noted by all opponents.

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    the only people upset at the saints for blitzing are the whiney fans ! NO was working on their blitzing and we need to work on stopping them , so we should be happy they blitzed as much as they did !

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    everybody knows we struggle against the blitz ! remember iupati and anthony davis are new and chilo came out young and raw after only one year as a starter in college ! with a new center of course blitz pickup will be tough !

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    i for one am feeling much better about our defense ! aldon smith had 4 tackles , a pressure and a sack ! i was worried about the linebackers after we lost spikes and lawson ! with brooks and a. smith doing so well in passrush and bowman looking to break out imo the linebacking is going to be better than i thought . (adding one more LB might be just the ticket .we might want to pick up a run stopper at LB to go in on run downs when team cut downs come ) !
    the DB’s look good , with m. williams doing so well , once goldson and reggie smith come in we should be set there ! i also like the CB’s with rogers , spencer and brown !
    the D – line should be better against the pass with the combo of smith , sopoaga and raymac !
    i like ian williams ! he didn’t beat any double teams , but looked like he was doing pretty well out there ! he seems to have a nose for the ball and was always around the play !
    will tokuafu was a pleasant surprise last year and might make the roster this year !

  29. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Glad I didn’t watch. Going to be interesting seeing what changes are made by players and coaches going forward. Missing Baas here. Getting Goodwin up to speed at center will help. Is A Davis capable? Move him to RG for Rachal? Boone may hit the field sooner than we think.
     
    The Saints are ass-wipes, hope they fail

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    as for the offense … well !
    it all starts up front !
    the 0-line IS learning a new more complex system with two new draft picks (iupati and davis)
    and a raw pup (chilo) AND a brand new center ! that’s four out of five guys who have a ways to go to come up to speed !
    the RB stable looked good imo with gore leading the way as usual ! dixon in spite of his dancing (that frustrated berger) had some good moments ! also the new scat-back and even omon had some good plays !
    the TE’s are set with vernon and delaney , and the WR’s group has a new viable option with braylon edwards !

    the QB’s ? hmm , smith is still smith … and colin k. had his ups and downs , but if he learns to make the right decisions and quits under-throwing guys , he should be pretty good !

  31. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Would Rogers or P Manning have missed that pass? Don’t think so

  32. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the defense, while not getting sacks in the 1st half, played very well. Whitner let a pick go through his hands, but played the deep ball well. That was a site for sore eyes.
    .
    Aldon Smith played well and got pressure against a pretty good unit. And the run defense was fine. All in all a good performance by the defense.
    .
    The offense? . . . How ’bout that kicker?

  33. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex’s processing time has always been his Achilles’ Heel. Which is why teams love to pressure him. Force him to make quick decisions, and either he doesn’t and takes a sack, or eventually, he makes a bad decision, and it’s six going the other way.
     
    My fear all along with the WCO is, it requires the QB to be even quicker with those reads and decisions. I’m not convinced that Alex is going to be able to do that. Kaep can’t either, yet (though he did twice in three qtrs). But he at least has no NFL bad habits and could be teachable.
     
    If not… there is always the draft, AGAIN. 🙁

  34. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh’s already talked about getting a vet QB, if necessary. We’ll in two weeks if that’s the case.
    .

  35. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hows about VD for JJ?

  36. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    sure lets trade our all pro TE for a second string QB meh.
    Smith was slow with his hot reads but there was some serious wiffed blocks out there Gore totally missed on one of Smiths sacks and VD also didn’t even touch his man on a chip block before taking of, also resulting in a sack.
    watching Davis not only jump off sides but then not even touch his man that drilled Smith was really hard to watch he and Staley had horrible games, they better apologize to there QB’s for that pounding they took on there behalf

  37. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullcrap, that’s the Saints. FFF them in the ass. They ‘ll get theirs.

  38. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Gore still kicka ass Unca, take note of that

  39. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Like me over here surrounded by duplicitous liars and cons who want only f my ass= the 9ers gi=onna get kicked around for a minute UNTIL like me- they play some DDDD

  40. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Dumb mofo assholes! F them ( the opponents) jeeeezuz

  41. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    You guys, people like the “””Saints””” EXIST = kick your ass while you are down. That’s real.

  42. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Uh okay, don’t wake up with a migrane Cause IT’S okay. The 1849ers and PhilFan got an escape plan.

  43. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Wake up you snoring bastards! You think the world revolves around an f’ing FOOTBALL TEAM???
     
    Well shit. I don’t think so. Gonna protect my FAMILY from the scumbag filipinos who JUST CAN’T STAND success (in others). And will kill to prove their asshole point.

    F**K them assholes! And the seacraps, cardinals, rams… you know 

  44. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for listening, jeezus.

  45. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, PF. Hope the hangover doesn’t hurt too much. 🙂

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Who here, besides Berger, thinks VD should have caught that first pass on the first play of the game? Was that ball not thrown at his shoelaces?

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Knees. I guess our receivers aren’t supposd to catch balls thrown at their knees. Got it.

  48. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh got pissed every time a QB delivered a ball that was six inches off target. In his book, the ball needed to be EXACTLY where it should be, in the receivers hands, leading him, allowing him to run without breaking stride.
     
    I don’t think Bill would have been very impressed with that throw.

  49. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    According to Montana’s book “The Art and Magic of Quarterbacking”, Walsh would SCREAM at his QBs in practice for being off by more than 6 inches.

    Is Alex deaf by now?

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bottom line: it was a shitty throw by a shitty quarterback.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is good to know that Montana never missed a pass by more than 6 inches.

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is to Montana as a retarded kid splattering paint on a piece of paper is to Michaelangelo.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    And to compare Smith to Montana is ridiculous.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What I’m hearing here is our O-line was good enough to win. Got it.

  55. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, he missed, Berger… but not that often. And he often found ways to win games that were considered lost.

    Alex, not so much. He has a few more months to show people he deserves to be a quality NFL starting QB. He needs to start producing, and quick. Or he is gone.

  56. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The O-line made Alex look worse, but Alex also made the O-line look worse. None of this is in a vacuum.
     
    But Alex has been a ‘common denominator’ for a long time now. He needs to be the leader as QB, and make some plays. If you cannot hit a quick slant, or effectively run a screen play, teams will blitz you until they kill you.
     
    If Alex wants this to stop, he needs to make it stop.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I am not advocating for Alex. If Harbaugh sends him packing then I am in with that. If he goes with him as starter then I am in with that. Somehow, I trust Harbaugh’s opinion a little more than what is said here by our blog geniuses.

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Threw low and incomplete to TE Vernon Davis on first play of the game, as protection held up against seven-man rush…” –Maiocco.

  59. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I would too. But clearly Alex needs to step it up a whole lot. Harbaugh is making noises about ‘competition’ and ‘no starter as of yet’. Hardly a ringing endorsement. Alex is a vet, and Kaep is a work in progress. this should not even be close. Alex needs to look a whole lot better the next two or three weeks or Harbaugh will go out and find a vet to take his job.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit, Berger. Screw what Harbaugh would do, what would YOU do. Send him packing or go with him as the starter? That’s what I thought. You’re advocating.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- You need to keep hating if it makes you happy.

  62. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Another good thing – our young CBs held up really well. Culliver had a good game. Brock too – the one deep pass was, I think, a coverage breakdown, it looked like a safety was supposed to be over the top. Luckily the receiver dropped the ball. Adams looked solid in garbage time.

    Biggest worries on defense right now are the line – Sopoaga is still out and that’s not good – he needs to get comfortable at the nose – and overall chemistry. Lots of guys playing next to strangers. I still think that could give us some problems in the first half of the season.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I liked the way our LBs played, too. Solid effort all around. Even some nice work provided by the backups. Larry Grant in particular. There were some positives to be gleaned.
     
    Now, if we could just get a legit NFL quarterback…

  64. robNo Gravatar says:

    TO REPEAT MYSELF

    i for one am feeling much better about our defense ! aldon smith had 4 tackles , a pressure and a sack ! i was worried about the linebackers after we lost spikes and lawson ! with brooks and a. smith doing so well in passrush and bowman looking to break out imo the linebacking is going to be better than i thought . (adding one more LB might be just the ticket .we might want to pick up a run stopper at LB to go in on run downs when team cut downs come ) !
    the DB’s look good , with m. williams doing so well , once goldson and reggie smith come in we should be set there ! i also like the CB’s with rogers , spencer and brown !
    the D – line should be better against the pass with the combo of smith , sopoaga and raymac !
    i like ian williams ! he didn’t beat any double teams , but looked like he was doing pretty well out there ! he seems to have a nose for the ball and was always around the play !
    will tokuafu was a pleasant surprise last year and might make the roster this year !

    as for the offense … well !
    it all starts up front !
    the 0-line IS learning a new more complex system with two new draft picks (iupati and davis)
    and a raw pup (chilo) AND a brand new center ! that’s four out of five guys who have a ways to go to come up to speed !
    the RB stable looked good imo with gore leading the way as usual ! dixon in spite of his dancing (that frustrated berger) had some good moments ! also the new scat-back and even omon had some good plays !
    the TE’s are set with vernon and delaney , and the WR’s group has a new viable option with braylon edwards !

    the QB’s ? hmm , smith is still smith … and colin k. had his ups and downs , but if he learns to make the right decisions and quits under-throwing guys , he should be pretty good !

  65. robNo Gravatar says:

    GRUMP
    ” Here are the links to Maiocco’s roster review. For once he does not try to put lipstick on this (offense) pig.”

    for a while there i thought maiocco should be out covering bowling or figure skating or something 😉

  66. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob. Don’t you dare knock the PBA. I kid you not, I’ve switched from Niner games to bowling — on more than one occasion recently. You can check the blogs for my comments. I was commenting on guys picking up the “sleeper” pin. I couldn’t stand watching the 49er product any longer. Bowling all the way, baby…

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Daunte Culpepper working out for the Niners today.

  68. robNo Gravatar says:

    culpepper would have been interesting 5 years ago ! i like the carson palmer idea !

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Daunte Culpepper? Where did he play last year? Certainly not in the NFL. If you’re not embarrassed by this move I can’t help you. Enjoy your Kool-Aid.
     
    I hate this team.

  70. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Culpepper has had a boatload of injury and ‘off the field’ / locker room issues. He is not much of an upgrade over Alex at this point, so far as I see. Maybe Harbaugh is just trying to calm the blogosphere, or maybe its to light a fire under Alex.

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    On further thought, though, Daunte is probably cheap at this point. After last night, Harbaugh has five million reasons to have a Plan B for 2011. Maybe he lets Daunte take the beating until the line improves or Daunte goes down, then Kaepenick gets his shot sooner than anyone expected?
     
    Culpepper is not a good teammate, and not the guy to backup Alex, BTW. Makes no sense to have both; you’d only carry one or the other into the season.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is great. When Culpepper gets sacked 3 times in 10 attempts they can call the pocket Daunte’s Inferno!

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Culpepper was 2 time player of the week in the UFL last year.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In watching Friday’s game I told you guys we need more QBs.

  75. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like I’ll be watching more bowling this year. Better brush up on how to convert that dreaded 7-10 split.
     
    I think you pick that up the same way you hope our quarterback plays well — you pray.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ian williams story on ESPN
    with a video from Outside the Lines

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest

  77. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Also think Anthony Dixon made a mistake gaining the weight in the off-season. He is not a piledriver back, and while Singleneuron might have liked that, I doubt it’s Harbaugh’s cup of tea anyway. Dixon looked batter last year using his quickness to make people miss. He would have been better off working on his decisiveness than his waistline.

  78. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Hangover? I never felt better in my life.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil! Glad to see you didn’t get hurt last night!

  80. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, yeah that was a bender, true. I’m okay. Had to make some decisions about where to live (next island over, wife’s) and who to trust 1) no one around here 2) her people 3) Harbaugh.
     
    Looks like Chuck’s angst over no vet QB was right on the money. The lockout f-ed us over pretty good, huh? Or is this on coach?

     

  81. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Which island are you on? Which island are you going to? Do they have coconut trees to hang your internet connection on at the new island?
    .
    I wouldn’t worry too much about the QB position. We have a coach who can handle the situation. If Alex is back next year it would be because he had a great year. Possible but not likely. My guess is next year it will be between Kap and Josh Johnson, who will be a FA. Kap will get some time on the field this year to get a taste, who knows, maybe more. It won’t happen over night but Harbaugh will get the position filled. In the mean time, enjoy the sky is falling crowd entertaining us.

  82. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    They sure do have plenty coconut trees on island of Camiguin. Yep, I’ll get the Smart Bros to hang up a good connection, haha. Actually going to be in the future a bit our move from Mindanao over there. The security concerns will ramp up at that time. We have time and the choices are ours.
     
    Yeah the sky is falling pretty loudly at Chuck’s blog with the UQB trippers going nuts. This is going to get resolved under JH you are right. Just hoped we can get some wins in the meanwhile. Interested in seeing what changes coach makes at QB, RB, OL. What the hell is going on with Sopoaga? I guess he’s healing slowly? Prolly fell out of a goddamn coconut tree in Hawaii.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard Mindanao is not very safe unless you are a Muslim. Does that have any truth to it?

  84. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Glad to see you, PF.
     
    What now at QB? I don’t think even Harbaugh is sure right now. Was Friday night’s Alex simply All There Is? Or can JH get something out of him that no one else has? Tough call, even with a good coach. Harbaugh is obviously looking at backup plans, though Daunte Culpepper is not much of a hopeful note. maybe someone shakes loose before opening Day. We can hope.

  85. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh is quoted as they’re going to “kick the tires” on Culpepper. I remember Brian Sabean saying those exact same words about four-five years ago when the Giants won about 70 games.
     
    Kick the tires? Kick this lifelong fan in the effing head instead. At least I’d respect you in the morning.
     
    Mickey Mouse.

  86. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks guys.
     
    Bergs, well the Muslims are few around here in the northern part of Mindanao and we have no problems. No violent crimes but burglary yes. To feed the meth heads. We have 3 dogs and tall fences! In the south yes they have problems but that is far away and not a concern. We never go there, they never come here. Our problem has to do with local people trying to screw us out of one of our tree farms. It won’t work tho.
     
    Grump, agree Harbaugh has to be concerned right about now. He’s got to be worried that Alex simply won’t be up to the job ever. So much for Plan A. Well Chuck was scratching his head prolly pulling out what little hair he has left, trying to figure what the hell was up with not getting vet QB earlier. Now he looks like a bald headed genius, huh? Scary thought! Yeah gonna pray like hell (prayers in hell?) that someone does shake loose and falls into our lap. Season is going to be tough otherwise.

  87. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Del Mar- Maybe JH is getting a clue that we are going to need to stockpile warm QB bodies just in case out OL continues to look like a sieve?

  88. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Even if AS never completes another pass he won’t make it to opening day at this rate.

  89. robNo Gravatar says:

    i used to like culpepper !

  90. robNo Gravatar says:

    jeeesh ! it took long enough for my pic to update !

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What’s up rob?

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be watching Alameda Ta’amu from Washington this year. He is a 6’3″, 330lb NT.

  93. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops gettin ready for bed ! got lots to do monday !

  94. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good night, Rob. New post is up.

  95. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “Coaches normally agree amongst themselves to keep the blitzing to a minimum in preseason games, …”

    How do you know this?

  96. RickNo Gravatar says:

    There are several methods of dealing with blitzes. Whatever happened to the good old fashioned screen pass. You call a couple of screens early, break a big play on one of them, and the blitzing will stop.

    The blitzing did not bother me so much as Alex Smith’s reaction to the first hit. It looked like his heart was not in it the rest of the time.

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2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee: W 25-23
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville: W 44-33
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams: W 34-13
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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