Liar’s Dice

Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt says he’s excited about his QBs.

ha ha ha ha

Sure, Ken. And Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith are just as tight as ever. And the trade for Carson Palmer was the greatest trade in NFL history. And Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.

Oh it’s lying time again,
you’re gonna deceive me,
I can see that faraway look
in your eyes.

Lying has become so ordinary these days that people who tell the truth are immediately investigated for personality disorders or brain malfunctions or anti-Americanism. The truth will no longer set you free. It will get you jailed or fired or just ostracized.

Heck, we don’t even use our real names here on the blog. It makes it easier to tell whoppers without recrimination. It should also help us tell the truth without recrimination, but even in anonymity, the truth can be scary to forthwithicize.

There’s a presidential election this year, so you know the lies will be filling the air from sea to shining sea. Big, huge whoppers is what I’m saying. Bald faced baloney. But people will get all worked up about it anyway. The willing suspension of disbelief. What would we do without it?

There are probably scads of Cardinals fans at this very moment torturing their craniums into buying what Whisenhunt is selling. A month ago, they were lusting after Peyton and greasing the rails to expedite Kolb’s train out of town.

Let’s face it, the truth is usually bad for business. And when the business is draft preparation, lying is regarded as an art form. A GM and HC who can’t cut the mustard on the baloney are guys who will be out of jobs soon. What’s your deal? Pure b.s.

So far, GM Trent Baalke has been pretty good at drafting guys whom nobody saw coming and he never talked one word about right up to the moment he was on the clock in the draft room. Even the guy we drafted had no clue the team was interested in him.

The 49er Harbaalke tandem has tended toward the form of lying called stonewalling. This methodology was famously used by the Nixon administration during the early 70’s Watergate coverup. This historic pratfall also gave us the tag line of “gate” for every scandal since that has lots of people caught with their baloney in the wringer and their names in the headlines, most recently applied to the NFL’s very own Bountygate. We’ve even had Blowjobgate, highlighted by what is is was. Not a good lie, that’s for sure.

Lawyers have a form of lying called legal language. It is often expressed in mind-numbing fine print that can’t be read without a magnifying glass, and if you don’t read it, you will eventually be ripped off by it.

Lying is so necessary to civilization that we have even enshrined it in our cultures — the good lie. Good lies are used to save your marriage, get out of jail, keep your job, lift the spirits of terminally ugly people, convince little tots that there are magical entities in existence that hand out toys and rewards, and eulogize complete scoundrels for having the decency to finally croak and get the hell off the planet. I’m sure there are more lies I’ve neglected to clothe in goodness, but I’m really busy right now. [he’s lying]

The one place you definitely don’t want to lie, you would think, is in the confessional. But, people do it anyway because if they don’t, those waiting their turn out in the pews would hear the fateful, dead-giveaway sounds from the priest’s booth:

 

ha ha ha ha

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77 comments on “Liar’s Dice
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One of my favorite saying to gawk at is when somebody says, “Let me be honest with you!” Or, “To be honest!” I guess it’s good to start somewhere or at some time.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Manny Lawson re-signs with Bengals. Poor Manny. In all honesty, good guy, good player, no pass rush, no money.

  3. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, for coming into the league as a supposed elite pass rusher, that’s the weakest piece of his game. He’s good at setting the edge vs the run, and is good in coverage.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFL passed a new rule that makes the Niner shift change a potential false start.
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Rule-changes-Peyton-Manning-Jeff-Saturday-Jim-Harbaugh-could-have-major-role-on-game-032812

    At least this is now crystal clear.

  5. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Liar’s dice. Reminds me of sitting at the bar Renzo’s in Sunnyvale . . .

  6. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    22 TDs to 5 picks notwithstanding, eh?
    .
    Others refuse to see the forest OR the trees.

  7. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Just accept it and move on, NoFear. Smith had a pretty good year. The hope is that he follows it with another one. No one is annointing him God, or Joe, or even Steve.
    .
    Playoff QBR for 2011, btw. Number 3 was one Alex Smith. 5 TDs, 0 picks.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s get ’em, NoFear!!
     
    Oops. Wrong alias.

  9. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bazinga, Skeebs . . .
    .
    Yeah, I was a little surprised that Smith was low-balled. 4/40 isn’t too far off of 3/33 or whatever it turns out to be.
    .
    But saying Smith had a pretty good year is not really an opnion, by any interpretation, NoFear. Opinions don’t really matter in this case, anyway.
    .
    The point remains, Smith had a good year. You remined silent all season long for some unknown reason, and only started posting again when the season was over. Which happened to be after the NFC Championship game.

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    FEAR

    harbaugh is doing the right thing ! go with smith , but if we have a shot at a manning or another elite QB … go for it !

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    smith is getting 9.5 this year ! imo both sides did the right thing !

    did i mention how much i like alex smith ! i think he’s a great kid !

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    you know , mike nolan was mediocre at best as a head coach (and yes i was afraid he’d be JUST good enough for john york to keep here).
    that being said , i do think nolan did something very important for us … he filled our roster with the kind of players you need to be a champion !
    we really do have some first rate , high character guys on this team !

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    so , thank you mike nolan for all of your hard work and for doing what you do best for our team !

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s lying.

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    awh crap

    ” Skeebers Says:

    Manny Lawson re-signs with Bengals.”

    i would have loved for manny to come back ! he was very good vs. the run and excellent in pass coverage ! imo with aldon smith as our passrush guy and manny on the other side … WOW !

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    ANYBODY
    got any thoughts on how the new rules change on ‘pre-snap’ motion
    might hurt (or help) us ?

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers Says:

    “He’s lying.”

    no skeebs , i’m not lying !

    uh , but my next post after that was going to be …

    now don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out !
    😉
    lol

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    and … thank god he’s gone !

    anybody here disagree ?

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm. Who could we think of that might disagree? Hmmm. [Chin scratching.] ….

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh skeebs , how could you !

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not me!

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Nolan’s record as head coach
    of the 49ers 18-37, .327.
    Alex Smith’s career record as a starter 32-34.
    That’s right everyone here is clueless and we know Nolan has not been considered for a head coaching position in the 3 plus years since he got canned.
    You call it bad luck and unfortunate circumsatnces?
    Someone needs a does of reality.
    As for Singletary his record was 18-22,.450 which is a hell of a lot better than Nolan. Enough background info? Or will you just give another long string of excuses?

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Like I’ve said many times if you post in code too bad for you. If you have to explain something as sarcasm than you’re at fault for making a murky post.
    You need to learn to read and take your own advice. It is a fact that Singletary had a way better winning percentage than Nolan because in the end the only metric that matters is losing less.

    This is just another lame attempt on your part to pick a fight so you can act out like your departed pal.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One simple question for NF.
    So are you going on the record that Mike Nolan was a good coach, possibly “a legend” and how do you justify .327 winning percentage?
    A straight answer would be nice without your vague politician’s answer and no code or innuendo.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I saw how aggressive Singltary was on offense and defense as an interim coach I wanted him to be our permanent coach. Unfortunately he changed when he became the permanent head coach. As it turned out the aggressiveness on offense was Martz, who was actually being held back. The aggressiveness on defense was only that he hadn’t established the full control he ended up getting, which proved to be his undoing. Basically, he faked us out.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    File this under the HA HA HA HA column, there are some who think QB/Brock Osweiler is a first round talent.
     
    If you watch his game against USC he looks like a 1st round talent. If you watched any other game, at least the ones I saw, you wonder if he even should be considered for the pros.
     
    If somebody drafts him in the 1st round I’m going to go HA HA HA HA!

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ahh nostalgia! Let’s review some of Singltary’s greatest hits:
     
    1. We’re not here to fool anyone.
    2. The QB is not the most important player on the field.
    3. We were just trying to hang around until the 4th quarter and see what happens.
    4. I’m not a moral victory type of guy. (This one is included because it makes sense if you takeout the word “moral”.)
    5. (Paraphrased) You guys should be embarrassed. (This was said while his pants were around his ankle.)
    6. (More paraphrase) No one will need to tell me I’m doing a bad job, I’ll just go away. (We found out that was a big lie, we are still paying him.)

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden is very entertaining when he does these QB sessions with draft choices. This one with Luck

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/62133/grudens-qb-camp-spider-3-y-banana

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite is probably not true but it makes sense, and when Del told me this I could not stop laughing, or crying!
     
    What is this? (He slams something on the counter.) I tell him I don’t know. He says “That is the sound of Jimmy Raye’s head hitting the desk while he falls asleep when calling plays.”
     
    Call me puerile, but that is funny!

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- That Gruden/Luck piece was great.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Singletary’s downfall was his poor choice of some of his staff and being too stubborn to make changes until it bit him in the ass. Speaking of choices…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DGFuHC75aY

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden sounded like a guy who had put down a few Dead Guy Ales off camera.

  33. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Good video on Luck.

    Could just be me, but Luck seems to be catching Bob Kraft’s ‘bubble’ syndrome. The sound of talking with an air bubble stuck in your throat. Had no clue it was contagious… someone please contact the CDC.

    Another fave video of mine. Who doesn’t love Mooch: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d82742179/RGIII-shows-his-smarts

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, funny how someone else took the rap for the incomprehensible plays that Jimmy-Hat would call that took too long to get to the field.
    .
    Bullitt, it goes without saying that Nolan inherited a wasteland of a team. He got halfway there quickly and imploded under his own paranoia and his fear of offense. Singletary inherited a much better team, got then going, but he was felled by the same paranoid delusions and his fear of offense.
    .
    It’s hard to compare the 2 since Sing had a much better team to start with. He underachieved badly. But so did Nolan. Both were the darlings of the NFL at one point (Nolan in 2007, and Sing in 2010). Both were supposed to take the west by storm. Both failed miserably.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Do you not remember 2004, Bullitt? The Niners were by far the dregs of the NFL.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca said: “Yeah, funny how someone else took the rap for the incomprehensible plays that Jimmy-Hat would call that took too long to get to the field.”
     
    Jimmy Raye blamed Yahoo. Remember when he said “Let Yahoo call the plays.” Too funny, except it was my team he was calling the plays for.
     
    The Alex haters, of course, blamed Alex.
     
    Everybody else just wanted to know the truth.
     
    I’m sure the haters would say they only wanted the truth, but they already knew it in their own minds and were kind enough to let us know the truth in their world. In the words of Jack, here’s the truth to the haters, “You can’t handle the truth”.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- What I’ve noticed the most when diagnosing the modernization of the WCO is it has taken two paths. One is a power running game with the Power I formation. The other is the pro version of the Spread offense for the passing game. I see the convergance coming soon. I’ve already seen it run some by most pro teams. It is called the Pistol Offense. It was invented here in Reno by Chris Ault, HOF colege coach. What makes it effective is that it is actualy a down hill running attack with Spread aspects. Even though it is a shot gun formation, it is a running offense. Iowa uses it for short yardage.

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan made two mistakes he could never recoup. First he drafted Alex number one. His options may have been limited but he still vastly overpaid there for an average QB. Second, he hired Hostler to replace Turner. Massive miscalculation, which led to the Smith injury and the lost season of 2007, and the JT O’Fumbleagain follies in ’08. Two mistakes, and he was a dead man walking. It’s an unforgiving league. Sometimes two mistakes, or even one, is all it takes.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing productive can come from rehashing the Nolan/Singletary era. I just as soon turn the page
    on that and move forward. The topic always gets raised by those that don’t admire Alex Smith and use it as a wedge issue.
    PFT is reporting that Robert Tyrbin the RB from Utah State is coming to Santa Clara for a personal workout on 4/12. The NFL Draft is 26 days from today.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There’s an article saying that Monday is when Cason Palmer gets his playbook so I assume that’s true for the Niners and the rest of the NFL.
    The OTAs and Training Camp should be interesting as there will be some battles for jobs on offense.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- You not so smart. I used to think, but not now.
     
    No QB could have survived the Nolan/Singletary era. Since you have intimated such wisdom about the wrong pick of 2005, what QB would have survived? Who?
     
    I guarantee it would not have been any QB picked with the 1st pick, too much pressure. Definitely not Aaron Rodgers. He’s good, but he would have told Nolan to funk off the moment he threw him under the bus. Nolan’s specialty was throwing people under the bus. I see Alex Smith as a rare bird to survive the incompetence at the ownership/GM/Head Coach debacle we have endured since 2005, and before.
     
    When Alex does good this year, and he will, consider yourself as a hater who is going to have to eat crow. You are one of the haters, officially. If at one point you think you might have been on the bandwagon, us believers just kicked you off for being NoFear’s and Stinkblood’s bitch. Keep waving the wind, NoFear needs you.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith tied the NFL record for fewest interceptions in a 16 game season. The same year said QB had six 4th quarter comebacks. It isn’t like he didn’t have to force some action, often.
     
    Hmmm! Grumpy says we drafted the wrong guy. Aaron Rodgers mental state would have been destroyed. Period, end of story. That would have happened with most QBs. Alex is one tough sonofabitch, no matter what anybody thinks of his ability to lead a team. I just happen to think he is a good leader too. The leadership part of his game is one issue I have never questioned.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy said:
    “Nolan made two mistakes he could never recoup. First he drafted Alex number one.”
     
    Grumpy officially joins NoFear and Stinkblood as a hater. We have a few months to see who is right. I think you are going to be punked, we’ll see soon enough. I’ll shoot a crow for you to eat, unless you want me to save an old shoe?

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- The funny thing is I respect NoFear, Stinky and Del more for sticking to their guns than you wavering back and forth.
     
    NoFear called me out for sitting on the fence about Smith, and he was correct. But once I decided Alex is a good QB I’m not going back without overwhelming evidence. You made comments about being wrong about Alex and now you are flip-flopping? I’ll guarantee you one thing I know is for absolutely a sure thing, Alex was more the right choice for QB in 2005 than Nolan was for Head Coach. I absolutely guarantee that is true. You and NoFear can now have a conference. Both of you have great responses, I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow morning to read them, although I have an hour or two left tonight.

  45. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blog respect? The mind boggles. Alex will be forever living up to his deal, and trying to live up to expectations.
    .
    Here we are, and all his deal proves is he has to do it again. Frankly, that’s how it should be. For all the angst and rigamarole around his ass, I’m glad he ignores it. This season? Well, he’s got some WRs now, and the rest of the team should improve with a full camp and preseason, and another draft, what is up in 2012? Super Bowl? That certainly was the expectation if Manning came here. I suppose that’s it now.

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In other words, he’s got very high expectations riding his ass once again.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m so happy:-) I’m listening to John Denver’s greatest hits.
     
    The Alex haters will not be commenting much when the season starts. We are going to win with Alex Smith. NoFear was the best example in the history of blogs. He absolutely went away when we were winning this year and gleefully came back with his derision when we lost. We talk about Stinky, but he is an ameteur, NoFear is a pro.
     
    I’m so happy, I’m listening to John Denver’s greatest hits!

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I’m not so sure our WR crew is better than last year. One thing I do know is it won’t matter because our QB is good. He will lead us well. I am very confident of that. I am much more confident of our QB than our WRs.
     
    NoFear would be more confident if we had Mike Nolan back and a different QB. Even Grumpy said the same thing earlier.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m so happy, I’ve got “Sunshine On My Shoulder” playing!

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Mario by himself is better than Ginn and Crabs. Plus there will be a couple more WRs from the draft. Moss? Total shot in the dark, but he’ll at least garner passing interest the first few games. We’ll see how his commitment is. If Crabs can actually make it through a preseason, hey, maybe he’ll learn how to run a hot-read.
    /
    Plus I think we get another TE soon as well.

  51. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, you must be drunk. It take s a lot of booze to make John Denver sound good . . .

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is Saturday night. It is my night for drinkng. I have to tie brain cells behind my back to talk to the Smith haters. It brings me to their level of emotional thinking. If I can’t get emotional I can’t be on the level with the Smith haters.
     
    So you think NY’s #3 WR makes us better? Interesting. I may be drunk, but I’m not stupid.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Here is America’s best radio station. Unfortunately they are liberal, like you, but the music is great. You can streamthem live. It is KTHX Reno.
    http://player.streamtheworld.com/_players/wilks/index.html?callsign=KTHXFM

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    John Denver? I was visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium the day his plane crashed off shore and he perished.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwtKPRkoxAY&feature=fvwp&NR=1

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is my favorite John Denver song:
    http://youtu.be/35x_rwyBh-8
     
    I can’t listen to it now, KTHX is playing my favorite Elton John song, Madman Across the Water!

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Madman Across the Water:
    http://youtu.be/1vvRN09HZ_4

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite Allman Brother song. Of course it is called Blue Sky!
    http://youtu.be/iGe-GCrUfqY
    Good night all!

  58. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear – nice catch. And you know your WCO. Griff could have probably said ‘Pink banana F short’ and Mooch would have still let him finish the board with that star-crossed fatuation.

     

    To put another coin in the Berger jukebox, back to Denver – The Eagle And The Hawk

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQjwZZbZ504

  59. robNo Gravatar says:

    WOW i really got a good conversation started !
    but
    NOFEAR
    for the record i really meant this “so , thank you mike nolan for all of your hard work and for doing what you do best for our team !”

    the rest was just me having some fun with skeebs !

  60. robNo Gravatar says:

    hey , where’s DEL ?

  61. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER

    i like manningham , i think he’s a good replacement for josh morgan !

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Del has not been heard from since the answer to his oft repeated question “Have we signed Peyton Manning yet?” was a resounding NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice Ryan Leaf mug shot, Franchise.

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, oh. Looks like the Grumpster has been outted on Saturday Night Live at the Berger Stand.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    PFT is reporting Mike Nolan is lobbying for a head coaching position for next year. But first he is putting his bus up for sale so he can buy a bigger one. He’ll need it for when he has more players to throw under.
     
    I a related story, Arnez Battle looks to have finally recovered from being thrown under Nolan’s smaller bus.

  66. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs,

    Who said I wanted *ANY* QB at number one in 2005?

    I would have traded the pick, even at reduced value. We would never get the 2 #1s and #2 the value chart called for – so I would have taken less.

    We need so much help then that any quantity beat any quality.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- 2005 might have been the worst year ever for draft quality. Just our luck. Reports were we tried to trade but weren’t given enough to move.

  68. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s what I’m saying – I remember looking at things before the draft and thinking, “we have to get out of this spot – there are a lot of okay players, but no one worth number one overall”. I would have sold the pick at a bargain basement price if need be. I actually wanted to fix the lines and the secondary, which were total complete messes, before we worried about QB. And knowing the pressure and expectations of being a number one QB, I really did not think it boded well for either Smith or Rodgers. Especially with our defense falling apart and a leaking O-line.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When Smith has a great year this year you’ll be able to look back at that pick and be glad we kept it. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say I think we are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

  70. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    As for Alex doing well this year – he had better!
     
    There is a phrase: “Regression to the Mean”. Things which are extraordinary in a data set tend to fall back into historical lines in the next sampling.
     
    Now. About turnover ratio.
     
    A +28 turnover differential is extraordinary. Even for a very good defense, it just does not happen every year. We will VERY likely see something more along the lines of +10 this year. Still pretty good, but not the Manna from Heaven of 2011.
     
    Which means, the 49ers are going to have a lot fewer offensive opportunities with short fields. We won’t get cheap field goals off of turnovers, with only 1 or even NO first downs on that drive.
     
    And THAT means, Alex is going to need to go to a whole different level to have the same success. He is going to need to not only shine on one or two drives a game – as he did in his heralded comebacks this year – he is ALSO going to have to be able to play grind-it-out, move the chains football. He is going to have to be more consistent than at any time in his career, including 2011. We are going to have to drastically cut the number of three-and-outs, maybe by more than half. He will need to show that not only can he set up a field goal when he gets the ball at the other team’s 40, not only can he throw a couple of long strikes to VD and get the winning TD, but he can also move the ball, a couple times a game, down the other team’s throat, starting at his own 20.
     
    That’s why Alex is the number one key to winning more than 10 games in 2012, and setting ourselves up for success in the playoffs, which really means homefield advantage. The 49ers have won TWO playoff games in their entire franchise history on the road: 1970 (Minnesota) and 1988 (Chicago). One by Brodie and one by Montana. And that’s all, folks. So if you want to win in the playoffs, you win in the regular season and get that homefield advantage. We NEED to win 12, 13, 14 games to get a good shot at the Super Bowl. Which, if you have turnover differential going back to normal levels, means that Alex Smith has to learn not only to take advantage of mistakes, but to consistently carry the team downfield, several times a game. And yes, play calling is a major component of this too: Roman is also on the hot seat. But Alex is the man with the ball, who will have to find the plays that are there. We have a chance. But knowing Alex’s style, I am still skeptical he can play at that level, week in and week out, for enough of each game. Now if he does not, we will still be good – as in 10-6 or 11-5 and a division title…. but probably not Super Bowl good.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We had so many turnovers because we were able to rush the QB with our front 4. Not many teams can do that. Us and the Giants did that well. Guess who played in the NFC title game? Championships are won with D-lines.
     
    The ratio also had a lot to do with Alex and the conservative play calling by the coaches. Alex had only 5 picks and we lost only 5 fumbles. That is a good job of not fumbling. Can we expect that again? Probably not.
     
    Yeah, I doubt we get another plus 28 year but we will have a more aggressive offensive philosophy. I’ve said that before, but this time it is for real! LOL! I don’t expect to be radically more aggressive, just a little more aggressive.
     
    We get a training camp this year and last year you could see with each game we ran more spread formations. I think you’ll see more passing, but not much more. With Ginn and Moss on the field at the same time the safeties will have to play back which will open up the running game. I see us being similar to last year with just a little more passing. IOW, a just little more aggressive, but attacking with more aggressive formations, like the 3 WR set.
     
    We should have a good TO ratio. Maybe not +28, but we’ll compensate with a more proficient offense.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What hurt us often last year was not being aggressive in the Red Zone. We would open up the offense until we got inside the 20. I remember playing the Rams and moving at will between the 20s but then changing philosophy inside the 20. I remember the announcer on one Red Zone 1st down getting all excited and pointing out that we did not have a WR on the field. Our Red Zone philosophy will have to change.

  73. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    *IF* the offense is more proficient, and we score points at around the same rate or better, despite the lack of turnover short fields, we can win this thing. Injuries can ruin any season, but if we keep our core players, our defense and special teams will hold up their end. It’s all about the offense, particularly on third down and in the Red Zone.
     
    We were one of the six teams with a legit SB shot in 2011. Others were NYG, NE, Balt, GB and NO. It was pretty close between those six. We might have won it if Morgan had stayed healthy and Crabs had been in TC. The Ravens might have won it all if they had signed David Akers. The Giants DID win it all, and impressed the hell out of me despite my not liking them, by beating GB and us on the road. I still believe, though, that consistency and the homefield advantage are keys. We shall see.

  74. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith helps the coordinated search for a missing Bay Area teenager over the weekend. Our hero!
     
    Now back to the hate, the doubt, the ifs, the scenarios, the …

  75. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The gaudy record teams don’t win many SBs any more. It’s the wildcards and the 10-6 teams you have to watch out for. Last year, it was the 9-7 Giants. Homefield advantage isn’t nearly the big edge it used to be. Hot and healthy at the right time is the winning combo now.

  76. robNo Gravatar says:

    i said the same thing GRUMP

    “Bergs,

    Who said I wanted *ANY* QB at number one in 2005?

    I would have traded the pick, even at reduced value.”

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
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
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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