Red Bird Road Kill

The newly crowned 2011 NFC West Division champion San Francisco 49ers will be jaunting down to Phoenix this weekend to wipe the two game winning streak off the faces of the Arizona Cardinals. Since having their hides peeled at Candlestick on November 20th, the Cardinals have squeaked by the Rams and oozed by the Cowboys courtesy of a last minute, brain dead choke job by Tony Romo and his coach Jason Garrett.

Arizona managed to beat the Rams even though their QB John Skelton tossed up a QBR 30.0 airball. For Dallas, Arizona had its starting QB Kevin Kolb back in action, bringing a big sigh of relief to the Cardinal WRs.

The 49ers faced Skelton at Candlestick, but will now be going up against Kolb in Phoenix. Against Dallas, Kolb piled up 247 yards passing, but only 13 points on the scoreboard. He’s unlikely to fare any better against the Niners.

This “rivalry” has been a bit one-sided lately, but the two teams have built up a solid dislike of each other. It’s probably a manhood thing. A few years back Darnell Dockett and Vernon Davis engaged in a Twitter smack down that was partly in good fun, but the fun has run out for Darnell as the 49ers have run over him going on five straight games. He now openly admits he hates the Niners. It won’t be surprising if we see a few slap and shove yo mommas break out in the fourth quarter.

Cardinals RB Beanie Wells has been piling up yards lately, but he won’t add much to his pile against the Niners. Personally, I’m a little skeptical of a guy who hasn’t ditched the wimpy nickname his older brother gave him as a kid. Chris Wells admittedly doesn’t strike terror into an LBs heart, but it’s an improvement over Beanie. If a guy reaches his mid-twenties and hasn’t figured out that the only rhyme he fits into is one featuring the word Weanie, then it’s clear he’s flunked the manly man academy of life and must be shuffled off the rails into Snickersville.

Beanie and Darnell. Are these names empire quality building blocks? Sheesh. Both of them sound like a childhood of having your ear pulled every ten seconds by an overbearing mother.

Speaking of names, “Cardinals” isn’t exactly a fiercesome image, either. Falcons, Eagles, Ravens — these are scary birds. Football quality names. In the NFC West, we have Cardinals and Seahawks. No wonder this division stinks. Rams are mean sheep and 49ers are mean S.O.B.’s. And don’t get me started on the eyesore all red uniforms the Cardinals wear. The team looks like it fell into a bloodbank on the way to the stadium.

Arizona’s defense has been quietly improving as the year toddles along and two weeks ago managed to hold the Rams to twenty points. Hmmm. Okay, let’s try last week when they held the Cowboys to thirteen. Which would be impressive if not for the fact that the Cowboys have lost to AZ three straight times, in 2008, 2010, and now 2011. It’s a Cowboy jinx game. Kind of like the Saints being baffled by the Rams. And who better to keep the score at 13 instead of 16 or 20 than Tony “Ooops” Romo.

But enough with the accolades for this Sunday’s opponent. I still think the 49ers will win this game. They played their sloppiest game of the year in the November 20 game and still won easily, 23-7. It’s doubtful they’ll be sloppy yet again. And it’s doubtful the Cardinals defense has improved that dramatically in the past three weeks. Sorry, AZ. Better luck next year.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t blame the Cowboys coach for the clock blunder. Yes he could’ve called for a TO but he had an experienced QB in and the QB let the clock run down 25 seconds to about 6 seconds left, when they had two TOs left. Garret was told in his head set they were lined up wrong and that is why he called a TO. He wasn’t icing his kicker. That one is just a classic Romo blunder.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Romo is teaching his coach to be a bough off of his blunder tree.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A tree grows in Dallas.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If Jerry Jones swapped Romo to Redskins for Grossman, would anyone notice the difference?

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just talked to Santa. He said all you Tony Romo haters will receive nothing but coal in your stockings this Christmas.
     
    I on the other hand will be getting a new white #9 jersey and autographed football. Santa rewards those who still believe. And Santa believes Tony Romo to be 10x the better QB than Alex Smith could ever dream of being. Santa knows who’s naughty (Romo) and who’s nice (Smith). And we all know where nice guys finish…

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We don’t hate Tony, Del. We love him. It’s always fun to laugh at the Cowboys and he is a constant supply of amusement. It’s only the Cowboy fans who hate Tony.

  7. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Romo and Garrett both fornicated the canine in that last 25 seconds. They had a first down for God’s sake. With 2 TOs you can run, thow a short pass over the middle, or whatever to make it easier on your kicker. Wasting 20 seconds to kick a 49 yard FG is dumb. It was very reminiscent of the 49er AZ game that Martz and Sing wasted a shitload of time, and never got the correct spot, and ended up losing the game on the last play.
     
    Either one of them could have called the timeout. As far as icing his own kicker, that falls squarely on Garrett. Either the unit was lined up wrong, or he shouldn’t have called the time out in the first place.
     
    Doh!

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Warriors have guard named Bell who had to go to court for a drunken driving arrest from earlier this year. He blew a .09 at the hearing. WOW! This guy might have a drinking problem.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He might have a STOOPID problem, too.

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    LOL

    “Speaking of names, “Cardinals” isn’t exactly a fiercesome image, either. Falcons, Eagles, Ravens — these are scary birds. Football quality names. In the NFC West, we have Cardinals and Seahawks. rams are scarey sheep …
    No wonder this division stinks”

    SKEEBS , this is your funniest yet !

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    OMG !

    poor DEL , reduced to being a tony romo apologist !

  12. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I think they might show a slight NfC West Crown hangover. That coupled with Willis being out and the game being in AZ makes for a tough game. We win it with a last second FG 26-24.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Would that be a Romoxcuser?

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    A Tony Balony gobbler . . .

  15. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    25 years ago, a .09 was under the legal limit. He should fight it . . .

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Warriors have been a stupidity magnet since the Franklin Mueli Days. Somewhere in Hell, Cyril Baptiste, Chris Washburn and Joe Barry (‘Just barely’) Carroll are cackling with glee and rattling their chains.

  17. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, they got rid of Chris (what, me worry?) Cohan. Maybe they’ll stumble on to a big man.
    .
    They’l only been looking since Alton Lister . . .

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Steelers are a beat up team with 10 days now to recover. Both Pouncey and Roethlesberger have
    debilitating injuries. Harrison might be suspended or heavily fined for his helmet to helmet hit on Colt McCoy. Lamar Woodley
    sat out last night’s game.
    The Steeler injury list will be a major story next week.

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Since Harrision wasn’t ejected from the game, chances are he might get suspended.
    .
    But since it’s the Steelers, probably not.

  20. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You have to wonder though. Suh stomps on a guy’s arm. Flagrant? Sure. But what’s the injury? Bruises? Big effing deal.
    .
    Harrison launches himself like a missle at McCoy’s head. The best-case scenario is a concussion. The worst? A broken neck for McCoy. He’ll get fined and whine about it.

  21. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Harrison should be suspended.
     
    I think the application of the rules protecting QB’s has frustrated players and fans alike. Sometimes the slightest touch of the noggin brings a yellow flag, and can change the game. Other times players inexplicably crash helmet to helmet with reckless abandon.
     
    I have no sympathy for Harrison whatsoever. This guy frankly doesn’t give a shit. Fine him all you want. He WILL do it again. If the NFL really wants to show defenders that bringing it like he did to McCoy is NOT an option, then they need to suspend Harrison. They won’t of course, because they are money grubbing hypocritical a**bites and Pittsburgh is a high profile money generating franchise for the NFL.
     
    BTW my wish to see him suspended has nothing to do with whether he plays against the 49ers or not. Had that been Alex Smith, we would all be clamoring for the guy to miss at least one game. If the NFL expects to truly change the behavior of the players with regard to protecting QBs, they have to be consistent, and create a penalty that actually accomplishes something. Fining Harrison won’t change his behavior.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think he should be suspended because we play them next week! They are a better team when he plays.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Pittsburgh fans should put him in an adytum for the week and worship him. Let him out on Tuesday the 20th. I would put Casey Hampton in there too!

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe an appropriate punishment would be to make Harrison stand with his back turned and let McCoy launch into his head as hard as he wants. If I’m McCoy I dick around a bit just to make him sweat wondering when the blow will come.

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    All I know is one thing: I’d take James Harrison on my team in a heartbeat. Any of you that say you wouldn’t want him on the Niners is totally FOS.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’d take Harrison in a heartbeat, but I don’t know that I would trade Aldon Smith. I still say he needs to be suspended for his next game since it is against us!

  27. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    There were two games which I listened to on the radio early in the season which I enjoyed heartily.
    Opening day: Cowpatties taking it to the Jets at the Meadowlands all game long. 5:30 to go, 7 point lead and the ball inside the Jets 5. Romo tries to run it in for the score and fumbles at the 1. LOLOLOLOL. After the D causes a turnover and the Patties get the ball back, they go 3 and out and the Jets get a punt return for a TD. Not satisfied, Romo then immediately throws a pick to give the Jets great field position for the winning FG. All in 5:30 (with the ball at the Jets 5 and a 7 point lead). Can’t help it – LOLOLOLOL.
    Week 4: Cowpatties demolishing the undefeated Lions 27-3 in the third quarter. Think that’s enough? Romo, pick 6, 27-10. LOL. You say more? Romo, pick 6, 27-17. I laughed so hard I was crying. Of course the Lions won!!
    Scary that the Patties still lead the NFC Least. But Romo promises more excitement for the playoffs!
    God, how love it when the Cowpatties lose, and losses like that are a delight!!!

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Go Titans!

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Screw that. I have Brees on my fantasy team.
    Go Drew!

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Nary a TD to be found from the Bayou Bomber.
    It’s one of those days…

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    we’re still ok ! we can beat pissburgh , seattle and the lambs to finish 13-3 and get a home playoff game ! this was just a rivalry / division game they had to win to stay alive !
    this kind of thing happens !
    don’t forget we have a new system and WR (edwards) and we had no preseason !
    we’re only going to get better !

    and a VERY young 0-line !

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    All I want for Xmas is Sanu, a more reliable TE in the Red Zone, better O-line play, and a ball hawking free safety.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I’m starting to think we need a WR in round one. Of the one’s that are expected to be there when we pick, Sanu looks like the guy.

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m waiting to see how things go the rest of this season before i make my offseason wish list !

    imho we have to consider D-line , QB, WR and 0-line depth !

    ???

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Thing about QB is, even if its still a need, we do not know what we already have in Kaepernick and Tolzien. So its hard to evaluate what to do there.
     
    I’m always up for a dominant D-lineman… but we have a lot of good ones already, most bottom of the first round guys may not be much of an improvement.
     
    One thing I really think is we need better options in the Red Zone. Crabs and Morgan are good, and maybe Williams, but the TE position does not carry its weight down there… Sanu seems like the guy, based admittedly on VERY early returns, who can help us the most. I’d also consider getting a tradition ‘possession’ TE in the 2nd or 3rd round. VD and Walker are mismatches for defenders but do not produce in the clutch enough.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sold on everything I’ve read on Coby Fleener. Not sure where he projects however.
     
    I’ve seen Sanu play and have no complaints with him. He actually reminds me of Braylon in that he will make the tough catch in traffic and he leaps well. I also like Jeff Fuller at the WR position from TX A&M.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I don’t know a lot about Sanu, but when you look at his clips he makes a lot of big plays. The thing is he is projected as slow in the 40. I don’t believe it when I watch his clips. We’ll need to see what he runs at the combine. I’m expecting about a 4.4 which is fast enough.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I like him Berger, just haven’t paid much attention to him as a Draft candidate because he’s a Jr. He took Big East honors for receiving this year and he’s certainly a worthy candidate. Love the fact that he’s a home grown kid from my area too.
     
    I’d still like Crick or perhaps Poe, maybe Fleener, depending on how the projections shake out for our slot. Plus, I still want a FS upgrade as well.
     
    Remember, we still have WR Dontavia Bogan from last years’ Draft still on the roster and, he’s a big target also. Do we retain Ginn? I think we do make him an offer.
     
    If I was forced to choose between Sanu and Fleener right now, I’d likely go Fleener.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We desperately need a game changing WR. Crabs is a good possession WR, So is Williams. The rest aren’t so good. If Sanu is that guy we need him. The article you posted made it sound as if he is that guy.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did you see Ginn get open for a long TD today and not even look for the ball while stopping his route? That and Delanie Walker’s drop was the game.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As I look back on Bogans’ Bio he has some extensive KR experience along with a 14.3 YPC Avg as a WR

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sanu would be a nice fit, I’ve got no complaints with him.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whole game was out of sync. OL got beat to death once again as well

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If it is a safety you want, Mark Barron from Alabama might be available.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a good option but I think he’s more a SS than FS?

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The reason we need a game changing, fast WR is when we throw deep our current receivers do not make plays. It allows safeties to play up, get into blitz packages, take away hot reads and in general, take away the short passing possession game. We need to get the opposing safeties moved back a bit. It will also help to get VD open in space. Our receiving corps is really hurting this offense. They do not scare anyone.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Markelle Martin OK St listed as the Top FS at this point, followed by TJ McDonald USC.
    All of which is speculation at this point of course and, likely to change a dozen times before April.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think Fleener could be had in the late 2nd round?

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I agree, Ginn can run but we saw how lost he gets tracking the ball. Randy Moss on a short term rental?

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When playing cover two the FS and SS are interchangeable.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather see if Vincent Jackson becomes a FA.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How about Indy? Their WRs haven’t seen much work this Season

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    WR Kendall Wright from Baylor can fly.
    Very DeSean Jackson-esque.
    5’10” 190 4.42

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking FS Markelle Martin could be my guy Berger.
     
    He could be around in Rd 2 by current projections.
     
    ‘Though OSU coaches list Martin as a strong safety on the depth chart, his combination of ball skills, closing speed and willingness to make the big hit make him one of the more versatile safeties in the class. Look for teams to consider him a potential top 50 pick at free or strong with another season where the big plays come in the biggest games.’

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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