Black and Blue Beat Down

Whew! Game ball to the 49er offensive line and Frank Gore.

With the season on the brink of slipping away, the 49ers came out in the second half Thursday night, awoke from the fog that marked their first half efforts, and absolutely stuffed the Seattle Seahawks. The 49er defense threw a shutout and the offense threw Frank Gore straight down the throats of the Seahawks. It wasn’t pretty, but it was quite manly mannish. And, lest we forget, a W is a W. And a W against Pete Carroll is sweet as sweet can be.

Someone must have slapped some sense into OC Greg Roman during halftime. With our WRs constantly blanketed by the Seattle secondary, Roman wisely discarded the deep passing game (which was a complete flop) and decided to take what the defense was giving. Which was wide open spaces in the short middle, perfect for dump off passes to Gore that ate up chunks of clock-grinding yardage.

But what took the heart out of Seattle was Gore’s running, behind the dominant effort of the 49ers’ massive O-line. Averaging a whopping 8.2 yards per carry, Gore pounded away, tossing in runs of 37, 20, and 18 yards, and completely dismantling the vaunted run-stopping Seattle defense.

The NFC West has turned into the old NFC “Black and Blue” North division. All four NFC West defenses are ranked in the top ten. The division has beaten Aaron Rodgers (twice), Tony Romo, Cam Newton, Tom Brady (twice), and Matt Stafford.

It’ll be eleven days till the team resumes action, on the road against the Cardinals. It would be nice if Roman figured out a way to get Vernon Davis back into the passing game. He was a non-factor against the Giants and had ZERO catches against the Seahawks. If Roman needs help in figuring it out, I’m sure the blogosphere will have plenty of suggestions during this idle time.

The game may have been ugly, but it definitely had edge of your seat appeal. In this sort of heavyweight slugfest, you can sense that the game is going to turn on one big play or one crucial drive. At halftime, it did not look like the 49ers were going to be the team that provided that game changing moment. They looked like a team that was going to be ground into the turf, just like they had been against the Giants. Kudos to the boys in red and gold. They located their guts at halftime and took control of the game.

The Seattle Hail Mary offense did not show up. In fact, it died in its own end zone at game’s end, 100 long, lonely yards away from the 49er end zone. And that’s where we’ll leave it. With Pete Carroll not jumping for joy, but fighting back despair as he toddled out to mid-field for his third straight NFL loser’s handshake with his nemesis, Jim Harbaugh. Cheer up, Pete. Maybe you’ll finally win one in Seattle later in the year. Or maybe not.

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  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    1st place nfc west

    we have a good shot at 6-2 at the bye !

    yesssss

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday the Special Teams stepped up and played outstanding in a tightly contested game. Ginn had 70 yds on 3 punt returns that flipped field position. Akers KOs
    were all too deep to return. Punt coverage limited the outstanding returner Leon Washington to 5 yds on 2 returns and Andy Lee dropped 4 of 5 of his punts inside the 20.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the play that Tukuafu leaped for the ball that was intended for Moss I had no idea what he was trying to do. Tukuafu was in no man’s land and he wss not the intended receiver so his leaping attempt at a one handed snag could’ve been disaster if he tipped it up for an easy pick.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did the NFL use replacement refs in this game? They were absolutely terrible.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How is it possible the refs did not see the mugging of Randy Moss on the slant near the 15 yard line? Ineptness at its finest.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When it was 6-3 at the half I told my wife that the 49er fan base was panicking dearly. I then told my wife I like how the first half went and this game is ours. The one thing that did have me a little worried was the drops Seattle had were a big break for us.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not like Alex’s throwing motion at times. I hope he and the coaches catch that and tighten it back up.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The facemask on Smith while throwing was pretty blatant. That the refs missed it means they weren’t paying much attention to the welfare of our QB – like they would to, say, Brady.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If that happened to Brady the refs would be fined.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps it’s my bias but Sidney Rice was doing some major pushing off on that pass he caught on T Brown and their corners were mugging our WRs.
    You saw the Goldson personal foul coming. Dashon was embarrassed when he was run over by Lynch.
    Lynch is too strong to be bulldogged so you have to take his legs out. One of the most devastating penalties is the personal foul after your defense stops a team on 3rd down. It’s like a turnover and puts tremendous pressure on your D.
    In Goldson’s case it cost us 3 pts
    and he needs to play smarter. His pick was a good play but Wilson’s throw was up for grabs and a gift.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought the Goldson penalty was after a 1st down play? Am I wrong? Goldson had a great game but he has to keep his emotions under control. That tackle on Lynch was a great tackle. Lynch runs a lot of people over in the open field. Goldson grabbed him and pulled him down after a violent collision.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We were getting hammered by the refs. The illegal chop against Seattle was possibly a bad call. The rest seemed to go against us.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    You’re correct. The Goldson penalty occurred on 1st and 5 after MCdonald was offside.
    It was actually the very next run play from scrimmage after he was run over by Lynch. Turban dropped the pass down the sideline. What I should have said was the 15 yards put it in range for the 15 yd FG. The memory issues are creeping in with old age.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Maybe because of the chippiness
    of the game the officials went the other direction and let them play.
    They called 8 penalties total for 60 yds for both teams.
    Except for the facemask shot at Alex and the holding of Moss nothing else was blatant.
    I prefer they let them play rather than call a ticky tack game with 20 plus penalties.
    The refs didn’t intrude on the game.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch is one of those players you have to take his legs out.
    Mark Bavaro was another guy that took Lott and some other Niners for a ride downfield.
    Tukuafu did make a great pancake block on the CB Sherman on the Hunter sweep that was called back for A Davis tripping. Still I am not of fan of Tuku as a blocking back and prefer Miller leading the play.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Per @PFF Boone has the highest cumulative run blocking grade in the league for a guard. Iupati is #3. Goodwin #1 for centers. Staley #1 at tackle.”
     
    Our boys.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Goldson is one of the few DBs that can make that tackle. The rest need to go low, so Lynch goes low to and bouces off. That was a great(not good, but great)open field tackle.

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Gawwwd, I hate this music. Turn the sound off on this one.
    http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=seahawks+music&tnr=21&vid=&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DU.4504334853079070%26pid%3D15.1&tit=Blue+and+Green+-+Seattle+Seahawks
    Have a nice flight home, Pete? Waiting till we come to your place? Well, you’ll just have to take a place in line.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    For all the talk of player safety, Cappy was nailed in the head by Bryant with his helmet. No flag. And Goldson gets called for talking. Horeseshit.
    .
    Bullit, you are wrong about the safety. There’s no reason to put ST on the field for a free-for-all type onsides kick. What if Walker or Brooks goes down with a knee injury? Then you put the defense on the field for a play or 3. Cappy should have scored in the Jets game, then. He didn’t, to save the ST and defense from having to risk unnecessary injury out there. You going to count ungotten points from now on? Well, 9 would be the answer.
    .
    Better to take the knee and get off the field with the win without risking undue injury from unnecessary plays. Harbaugh well learned his lesson when Josh Morgan went down last year in garbage time. He isn’t making that mistake again.
    .
    Point differential is what, 4th on the list of determining factors? The more salient point is the Niners are 1-0 in division games, and Seattle is 0-3.
    .
    And yeah. there were a lot of calls left out on the field. The one I didn’t catch was the illegal procedure on the 49ers on the 4th and 3 punt for Seattle.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Cappy, let;s hope thy give up on that shit going forward. It isn’t working, and only serves to disrupt our drives. Lay of teh gimmicks fo0r the time being. At least with Kaepernick.

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Golden’s chest must still be hurting. Marshawn’s, too.
    It hurts to have a ball thrown right at your numbers that way.
    Ooopsie, daisy.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The explanation on the penalty by SF Gate

    “The 49ers averted what could have been a damning penalty. Trailing 6-3 in the third quarter, Demarcus Dobbs was called for illegal formation on a Seahawks punt. The penalty handed the Seahawks a first down and their drive continued for another three plays.
    However, Seattle was eventually stopped at the 49ers’ 43 and forced to punt again. The penalty was called because Dobbs lined-up over the center and did not give him a yard berth, which is what is required.
    “If you are not on top of the center you have to be at least a yard off,” Dobbs explained. “I started off on the side and then I moved to a yard off. I’m been doing that for two years now. They never call it.”
    They never call it until now that is.”

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen 50,000 punts in my day, and I’ve never seen that called. Then again, I’ve never seen a kicking team get called for an illegal block until I saw it twice this season.

  24. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://tinyurl.com/9kruyxu
    Meep meep! Next stop, Phoenix!

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you whine more about the refs than I do about not having Peyton Manning. Which reminds me. Did we sign Peyton Manning yet?

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger. I see that Vernon scored you his lone fantasy pt. last night by being credited with a solo tackle. We should start him at OLB next time. Maybe he’ll get you a sack and a whopping 3 pts. next week.

  27. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I wish they’d show the more of the cheerleaders. Half of that team would eat me alive.
    I’d die happy.
    As long as we get the W. 13-6 works for me.

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    On our final 3rd down of our very first drive Gore was wide open in the middle just like he was during the second half. Instead of throwing to him Alex decided to throw about 10 yards over the head of his receiver in the endzone. It was a decision that Alex made on his own because he looked right at Gore just before he threw the ball.
    .
    I know I was yelling throught the whole game and that usually means it was a nailbiter. Cograts to the whole 49er organization for this win it was a big one.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex was throwing high because he was winding up. Just like a pitching coach watches his pitchers mechanics, the QB coach should be watching the QBs. I’m not sure they ever caught this, but he did throw more accurately later on, so maybe they did.

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – Whatever they did it worked. Our OL was just ferocious throughout the second half, we definitely played mad and with attitude. Great win for the team and what a good morale boost this must be.

  31. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought it was a great game for a defensive battle and pounding it out on the ground for both teams. The passing game on both sides was wimpy, wimpy, wimpy, albeit for different reasons.
     
    Skeebers is right about our o-line. They opened huge holes.
     
    I think Vernon Davis has insulted Alex’s mother and Kaep is having sympathetic ire. On Kaep’s completely effed up only play, Vernon was wide open on the goal line, no look.
     
    Big Red, being left unblocked didn’t move, much like JPP on Sunday. That should be a give to Hunter unless someone is going to block Big Red because that’s the only spot Kaep has to run. No pitch man, no blocker, stuffed.
     
    Hunter could have followed the pulling tackle Staley into the hole but probably wouldn’t have scored as they had another defender in the hole Staley couldn’t account for. Alex comes in and promptly throws an INT behind the failed Kaep play, just like last week’s script.
     
    Berger, why are you surprised a one-gapping defense one-gaps so much?

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFL Network’s broadcast is not
    very good production value wise.
    They should’ve shown us in a replay what the illegal procedure on the defense was in form of a replay and explain it. Instaed they just went on babbling about other crap like when Mayock was a Steeler.
    Of the 4 networks that broadcast the games they are the newest and the lamest. The pre and post game are good but the broadcasts could be a lot more.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Are they a one gapping D? I don’t know because I had not watched them this year. If they are it is peculiar because the D-linemen they have, except Clemons, are two gap types. Last year they did mostly two gapping. Maybe they are transitioning with the drafting of Irvin?

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think Harbaugh is more intense and passionate/psychotic than Singletary.

    http://tinyurl.com/95jenvg

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, here’s to ironng out some of the kinks for this mini bye week. At least the report is Mario Manning ham will be back for the Monday nighter in AZ.
    .
    Good thing to see was the fact that they successfully cleared out the middle of the field for the checkdowns. Against the Vikes, the WR routes were too short, and the middle was clogged up, and the Niners got no YAC (hate that f***ing term). As it was yesterday, Gore (and Walker on the TD) was free and clear underneath to get yards. I foresee a lot more of this. WRs will still run deeper routes, Smith just has to do a better job of reading the open man quicker. I don’t mind checkdowns when they are getting you 12-15 yards. They suck when they only get you 6 or less.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They just had the day after press conference and Gore has bruised ribs. Gore said he was speared by
    Brandon Browner in the 2nd quarter
    on a pass that he caught.
    After that he had an increasingly
    hard time breathing especially after the longer runs and he couldn’t finish so that’s why Hunter was in.
    Had xrays and they were negative.
    He’s sore but still did some lifting this afternoon. He says he doesn’t like flak jackets and
    will not wera one if he can help it. It’s good that they don’t play until a week from Monday so he can rest and heal.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smith had the quote of the game, and it just another reason he is my favorite player. He said “stats are for losers”. All he cares about are wins.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I tried your Stone Smoked Porter. Excellent, nice recommendation, and 5.9% ABV! But it doesn’t taste like dessert. If you want a beer that tastes like dessert try Mammoth Brewery Double Nut Porter, 5.5% ABV.

  39. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, it’s a pretty good beer. They recently put out some tweaks in what may be a limited release, with either vanilla bean or chipotle peppers. It was the vanilla bean variety that made me think I might like drinking dessert. Is that what you tried?
     
    I’ll try to find your Mammoth porter out here in the territories.
     
    Pete Carroll is a master of the 4-3 under defense and the one-gap attack. Learned under Monte Kiffen and later Seifert. He uses a lot of alignments and I’ve noticed he seems to favor the over alignment lately. Probably about getting that DE lined up over a TE. I know they lost their MLB Hawthorne to FA but I think their defense is pretty much the same as last years’.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There’s the 2 minute offense and the 4 minute. The Niners are perfecting the 7 minute offense.

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve wanted the passing game to improve enough to force teams to stop playing 8 guys in the box, and it looks like we’ve succeeded. Seattle didn’t and there were consequences … ouch! Hahaha.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- That was probably the difference. I didn’t read anything about vanilla bean in my Stone Smoked Porter. I would think that would give it a dessert like taste. Regardless, it was still very good beer. I’m pulling the travel trailer to Boomtown today and staying at he KOA. I’m loaded with Jim Beam, Newcastle Brown and IPA 395. Later on, I’ll be loaded!

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently Harbaugh and the Niners are questioning Seahag’s
    technique as they jostle receivers beyond the 10 yards.
    I noticed they were getting mugged. The rules state you can chuck within 5 yds of the line of scrimmage and they are riding the receivers well downfield thus denying any viable targets.
    http://tinyurl.com/8orxeqz

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- That was part of the bad officiating I was referring to. If that is allowed we need to start doing that. It had a lot to do with our receivers not getting open.

  45. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I actually kind of liked the physical CBs like Blount, and the old bump and run.
     
    That said, if the league is going to allow it, SAY you’re going to allow it, so everyone is on an equal footing. Don’t let just one team start doing it and get away with it.
     
    In point of fact, I doubt it will go on much longer. Both out of concern for scoring (which generates casual fan interest) and WR safety. The league was a lot more fun to watch before the accountants and attorneys took over, even if it might have been unavoidable.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I agree that I’m ok with it as long as the both teams understand the parameters and they call it the same for both teams.
    I also noticed that the Seahag center Unger had an unusaul amount of head movement presnap as he was making line calls. He was like a bobblehead and he really stretched the rules.

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, the two-minute is about scoring, the four-minute is about not scoring. What’s the seven-minute about?

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Foreplay . . .

  49. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It was too bad Manningham didn’t play last week. He does a better job than Crabs of getting separation. Then again, so does Moss for the most part. Crabs’ biggest problem is getting jammed and thrown off routes and his lack of separation from bigger more physical CBs.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Beating down the opposition with an 80 yard pounding by our big old boys up front.

  51. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cZWZKod4-90

    Frank HAS to be healthy in December and January.
    Time to go Air Coryell on these… Cards.
    Kendall, Miller, end-arounds and sweeps.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    RT, maybe not on the Air Coryell.
     
    “8 teams holding opponents below 75.0 NFL passer rating this season. ARI 3rd, STL 5th, SF 6th, SEA 7th. Top two: CHI, PHI.”

  53. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I just don’t want Frank to get hurt even worse in October, Skeebs. If you have to change the offense while he gets healthy, I can live with it.

  54. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Not like Mark Roman doesn’t have plays in his book.
    Vernon lined up wide, going deep. Frank gave it all in that last game, if his ribs are hurt, sit him.

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gore’s got 11 days to recover. And nothing was broken. They should just spell him more in AZ. Then he has the bye week to healthy up

  56. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sing sat Frank in 2009 after he got hurt in the first series against the Vikes.
    The Niners blew that win without him, and then just lost the next 2.
    I still think Sing made the correct decision. Frank will be playing in January 2013.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Roman Harper is an idiot that talks too much
    http://tinyurl.com/8wt684u

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder why they didn’t play Jacobs when Gore was out the last 8 minutes.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Take the Wins any way we can get them.
    As for Frank, might not be a bad idea to rest him right through the BYE and give Dixon and Jacobs a workout in AZ?
     
    Likely won’t happen for a National Game but, we need him later in the Season.
    As Skeebs noted, this game is likely not the time for Alex to be testing the Secondary.
    He was sailing too many throws on Thurs nite and continues to miss Receivers coming open.
    Randy running free in the End Zone caused beer spillage at my place.
    God does Alex get me agitated…

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Russell Wilson was putting throws on his Receivers all night.
    Fortunately for us, many of them were dropped.
    Came down to the Team that wanted it more in end.
    Hats off the OL and the Defense.

  61. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, reminds me of the Brian Westbrook deal.

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I sure hope they don’t turtle it up and go all the way back to the old ways. I think AZ can be taken advantage of through the air more than Seattle. They need to at least run the deeper routes to clear the underneath stuff to Gore. VD? Teams are trying to completely take him away. Manningham was missed last week.

  63. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I counted 3 plays where Frank had to come out, they switched from the deep I to the 1 back shotgun with Kendall trying to sweep left.
    They ran the exact same play in the 4th with Kendall sweeping right, and it worked on that one.
    If Pat watching on Eurpean TV can figure out this offense, then you better throw it in the can.
    Downfield, or put Kappy in and let him run while Frank’s out.

  64. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Time for the real wildcat. Not the pussycat Sparano tried to run in Miami and New York.
    The real wildcat. Billy Kilmer used to play halfback.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What ticks me off is Alex seeing a route open and thinking about the throw.
    He absolutely refuses to throw a Receiver open.
    If there’s a tight window he rarely takes the shot.
    Not sure what the problem is.
    He’s timid and apparently doesn’t trust himself to take those shots.
     
    Chuck, the AZ game would probably have been a bit better for us with Kolb instead of Skelton.
    Kolb is like Alex, he pulls the ball down a LOT and typically rolls right too.
    Like Alex, it takes away half the Field.
    Skelton will stand tall and make throws.
    At least we have the extra time to rest and prepare.

  66. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Meh, NJ. That was a tough, phyical W.
    Alex didn’t play like crap. Far from it. He didn’t play like a Pro-Bowler 2 weeks in a row. The clock is ticking. He doesn’t have to be a Pro-Bowler on this team.
    He keeps forgettting that, and that’s what pisses me off about him.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He shows signs of brilliance RT and gives me hope that he can take the next step then, sails balls 10 feet high and gets erratic.
    His biggest detriment is his inability to pull the trigger.
    He doesn’t see the entire field.
    I don’t need a Pro Bowl caliber performance from him, just make the throws on the routes we run.
    He’s totally inconsistant.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You watch a kid like Wilson fighting to keep a play alive and delivering balls on target.
    Alex has the clock go off in his head and he’s looking toward the next play.
    Call it what you will, he’s not a fighter and doesn’t exhibit a confidence to overcome adversity.
    He had time to throw.
    Can’t fault the pass protection this time around.

  69. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is Peyton Manning’s black sheep brother, NJ. He’s trying and he sure has his moments.
    I’m tired of arguing with the Blog Experts about Alex. You wore me out. We’ll see.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, Just venting RT.
    As mentioned, he gets me agitated beyond at times.
    He got punked against NY.
    I’m happy he got Delanie for the TD in this one.
    It was getting a little too uncomfortable there for awile.
    Black Sheep huh? LMAO.

  71. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t disagree with a word you wrote, NJ. Or ever write. I love reading your stuff.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks RT, Internet Therapy here on Skeebs’ 49er Pysch Couch.

  73. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gore won’t sit and Harbaugh won’t sit him if he’s smart. It’s just a matter of pain. Frank will play with it. He always does. That’s why he’s Frank.
     
    If he injures a knee or an ankle he’ll sit. That’s what the backups are here for. Rib pain, he’ll play.
     
    Alex played a bad game, certainly a terrible first half. RT knows it, too. Missing a bunch of big plays is a terrible game for a QB.
     
    If Staley missed as many plays Alex would be in a body cast. If Carlos drops one potential pick six the loss is on him. Alex missed three TDs. Luckily so did Seattle’s receivers.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking the extra days off will help Frank too NoFear49er but he is indeed, Frank.
    Be a good spot to get Jacobs involved too.
    Get him some contact followed by a week off.
    Hoping the Vikes and AP put a good beating on AZ later as well.

  75. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You guys crack me up.
     
    Meanwhile, I read a stat somewhere last week that said Smith was the most accurate passer in the league for throws 15+ yards downfield.

  76. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wilson is completing 59% of his passes, Smith 67%. I guess Seattle has a lot of drops. Wait! SF leads the league in drops. Hmmm. Must be the dump offs. Wait! Wilson: 7.03 ypa, Smith: 7.51 ypa. Hmmm…

  77. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure what your point is, Skeebs, but do you think the game changes if Seattle doesn’t drop those passes? 2 of those were likely TDs.
    .
    I’d like to see that stat, Skeebs.

  78. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Them’s some powerful rose-colored glasses you got there, Skeebers.
     
    Do you seriously think Alex played a fine game?

  79. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, who has all those drops? I didn’t see any Niners on the top 25 drops list.

  80. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Team-wise we’re #11 according to Stats. We’ll have to slip some down that list as the other teams have their seventh game and add to their drops total. So let’s put that drops thing to rest and remove it from the vast arsenal of Alex excuses.

     

  81. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t shoot the messenger fellas. Harbaugh said Smith had outstanding game at the LOS with his audibles, BTW. I’m not the one making things up or making excuses. Just a humble reporter.

  82. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex’s audibles were fine Skeebers. It was his passing that lacked.
    If Tate had caught that slant on his numbers, the Niners would be 4-3 and not in first place.
    Football’s a funny game, but you can’t always count on serendipity.

  83. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina got jobbed by Jerry Jones’ refs. At least the Hawks-Niners game was a hard fought honest game.

  84. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Excuses, IFs, and projections for the Seahawks and their QB. From the crowd that has patent pending on Alexcuses. Yes, RT, it’s a funny game.

  85. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://seattletimes.com/html/seahawksblog/
    Seems like only yesterday, Skeebers. I like being on this side of the fence for a dam change.
    Read fieldgulls dot com by any chance?
    You think we’re mean. We won. Seattle is eating their young.

  86. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    First down, Tebow up the middle at the 1 foot line.

  87. winderNo Gravatar says:

    What was it that Justin Smith said after the game, “stats are for losers” I think he said the only thing important is the “W”, Alex stunk up the 1st half but played good enough to win the second and in the end that’s all that counts. It was a great “team effort” and a true dogfight.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Could be worse. We could be Raider fans. Gawd, what a clusterf**k of a team. They nearly beat the all-world Falcons on the road, and struggle vs Jax at home.
    .
    3 offsides penalties in 4 plays, muffed punt, and one 1st down through 1.5 quarters. down 14-3.

  89. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I liked this one:

    Out coached by Harbaugh…..again….and again…..and again…….sigh
    by Holy Rollers October 19 at 12:01 PM

  90. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, That’s a good one.
     
    Harbaugh likes to say crazy things to the press. Like he wasn’t interested in Manning and Alex is elite.
     
    But whatever, even if he was serious, it sounds too much like a ‘yeah, but’ to be much of a compliment.
     
    Reporter: “Alexed sucked.”
     
    Harbaugh: “Yeah, but his audibles were outstanding.”
     
    LMFAO

  91. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, responding to your comment on the Niner Insider Yahoo league.
    Coyotes don’t howl normally. They yip, they bark, they hide. Only when it’s dark, and they have advantage in numbers, and they’re a long ways from guys like me do they howl.
    The horses are scared of them when they get together like that, but with a couple crazy dogs they go away.
    Roadrunners are the name next year. I hate coyotes.

  92. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know what pisses me off more: the fact that we Alex Smith instead of Peyton Manning, or the fact that the autopick drafted Chuck one of the best fantasy football teams I’ve seen in years. They both get my goat.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMyaN2Edh4c&feature=related

  93. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Geez, anybody catch the Jets offense all looking at Sanchez after the NE timeout. High school football. “WHAT’S THE PLAY?”

  94. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Our receivers looked positively sure-handed compared to the Edward Scissorhands bunch on the Seahawks.
     
    Harbaugh said AS had a great game. Then said AS was being affected by his hurt finger. A bit of a contradiction there. But maybe I’m just being diabolical. Probably depends what the definition of ‘is’ is, or at least the definition of ‘pursued’.
     
    I still can’t see a QB change just for the hell of it, though. Kaepernick needs to get better before there is a real controversy. But there is an opportunity there, next year at least, if he can seize it.

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cappy has upside, definitely. But he isn’t ready for prime time. Not by a longshot. For Cappy to take over, Smith would have to fail miserably. He’s been shakey these last coupe weeks, but nothing near enough to make a change.
    .
    The team to wonder about is Seattle. You have to wonder what happens if their games keep slipping away. Will they turn to Flynn?

  96. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    If the Patriots defense comes out like this on Sunday, December 16 in Foxboro, Alex and Frank will both have a field day.

  97. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen receivers open by 20 yards in the NFL. I mean, play after play after play. The Pats aren’t going to the toilet until they fix that. Forget the SB.

  98. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The fix is in. PI called by the ref 25 yards away, not by the ref 4 yds away. Another snowplow game for the league.
    With the Pats D, the Niners would be 2-5 if they were lucky.

  99. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Game over. Rex hardly gave Tebow a chance to play.
    It’s your L, Rex.
    You might want to give the kid a chance to “ahut, ahem”, play.
    But it’s your loss, Rex. Love it.
    You broke it, you own it.

  100. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You could drive cattle through that Patriots secondary. Even Tebow could hit somebody if Rex let him throw the ball. Nate Davis would’ve ripped them apart.

  101. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    4-0.

  102. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Pablo IS fat, Bullit.

  103. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    5-0. I think I’ll get some red chile enchiladas ready.
    Pablo needs to eat.

  104. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No-hitter broken up.

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    5-1 now. The World Series is calling.

  106. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    9 K’s in the NLCS. Somebody come up with a taco sauce, Vogelsong Fire.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs all I can say is stats schmatz.
    Alex just agitates me when he sees something and hesitates.
    This Offense has weapons, lots of them.
    We’re not close to clicking yet and much of that rests with the guy calling audibles.
     
    Watching RG III today gives some perspective to what we might enjoy with Kaep.
    Kid keeps plays alive and knows what’s going on around him and down the field.
    Keeps plays alive with his legs and eyes.
    When he makes a throw it’s usually a smart throw, though a couple got away today.
    He’s fresh meat in this League yet you can see why he’s worth all the hype.

  108. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Audibles are fine and dandy. Well, except when he audibles to runs that go nowhere.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Believe me, I’m hoping, wishing and praying Alex gets command of this Offense before December rolls around.

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck audibles are great and of course they’re necessary.
    I was just poking a hole in Harbaughs’ praise.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kill kill kill is a reaction I have when Alex sails a ball over someones head.
    I think we need to use the screen game more.
    Short safe throws that require some touch instead of a wind up.

  112. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Fear the Beard.

  113. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    WOOT! Meep, meep!

  114. winderNo Gravatar says:

    There’s joy in Mudville tonight.

  115. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I just love the game of baseball, I mean what other sport could possibly have so many different signs and nuances. The manager picks his nose, the 3rd base coach scratches his a$$ and all of a sudden there’s a squeeze play on.

  116. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Rip into me on this one. I haven’t followed baseball since the “strike” that killed the World Series. The steroid epidemic drove a stake into my baseball heart.
    I watched Willie and Willie play at Candlestick. Bobby’s son play at Pac Bell before the cheating became obvious.
    I’ll stick with the Niners. But I think I can trade all my Croix de Candlestick pins which weren’t invented yet, for a win against the Cards and the World Series.
    One game. Matt Cain.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love a game 7.
    I’m with you RT, totally removed from baseball.
    Live 9er football now.

  118. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, this is a pretty good football team.
    I owe Jed a big apology.
    Don’t kid yourself, though. Somebody on Jed’s staff reads this blog daily.
    The Niners aren’t stupid anymore.

  119. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I get that, NJ. I just wonder WTF Harbaugh is complementing Smith about regarding those audibles.

  120. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The coaches work 80 hour weeks, and lose the forest for the trees.
    You really think, Chuck, that the Niners office doesn’t read your blog, or Skeebs?
    Don’t be silly.

  121. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously, RTF? Lose the forest for the trees? He lost the forest from the moon.
    .
    Yes. I really think the 49er brass doesn’t read my blog.
    .
    It’s not exactly a sophisticated audible system the Niners have in place. The audible system the Niners have is they have 2 plays called in the huddle. A certain play is called in the huddle, the call is ‘let it roll’ and the audible is ‘kill kill kill.’ Audible? Sure. Something like what Peyton Manning, or any other so-called elite QB routinely runs at the line? No.
    .
    Still and all, I heard that maybe 3 times last game? I understand Harbaugh giving Smith whatever he can regarding complements for the game, but really, it’s like NoFear said at 2:31.

  122. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Niner office reads your blog, Chuck. Don’t be a wallflower.

  123. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, Touchdown Tommy is Jed York?

    Good to know.

  124. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT – I grew up at candlestick watching both Willie’s too. I thought the strike year was one of the worse things that ever happen to the sport. But, in the end the game is much bigger than some of the A$%^$%^ that run it.
    .
    chuck – when u think about it why wouldn’t some 49er brass(marketers)read he blogs. It might even be part of the job.

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Scary thought Chuck, Alex delegating changes like Peyton that is.
    RT the Team is top shelf.
    We lack a little this year on the ST side of things but, we haven’t been scorched yet thankfully.
    It’s just frustrating to know that you could be back at the altar again, for another crack at the Ring, wondering if Alex could take down Aaron, Eli or Drew along the way.
    Especially when Ponder out did him and Russell Wilson stuck more throws on his targets than Alex did.
     
    If anyone is reading from the 9er Front Office, I have a request.
    Do something to get Alex mad. Really MAD.
    Dare him to thread the needle and carry the Team on his back.
    Attach electrodes to his person to signify timing of his release on any given route.
    Maybe Ray Lewis can stop in for a Terry Tate kinda motivational appearance?
    I don’t think all the Harbaugh nicey-nice, always full of positive reinforcement stuff is sinking in.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Granted, the Defense has to stop the other QB, I get that.
    But….from a pure QB duel perspective, Alex is Valet Parking for those guys.
    I do think Alex can handle Matty Ice if it were to come to that.
    Jay Cutler / Bears Defense?
    We’ll see in a few weeks on MNF.

  127. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    There’always a first time, NJ. With the SingHardball Offense, you just stare teams to victory.
    It works, roo. Pound, pound pound in the ground.

  128. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll do my best to keep the faith RT.

  129. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    What is it that the Niners’ coaches or staff can learn from the blogs that they need to know? Alex really sucks? I think they know.
     
    Now, if you’d said the feebees are reading the blogs, I’d be on board.
     
     
    RT, you described my following of baseball and the end of it.
     
     
    Touchdown Tommy, that’s a good one, too. Much better than RedBull, right?
     
     
    NJ49er, RE: Alex turning the corner on a good passing attack, don’t think it’s going to happen. Our best bet going forward with him under center is last year’s model with an ocassional well-rehearsed surprise attack.

  130. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t forget Kapppy Nofear. The young man runs a 4.5 in pads.

  131. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not forgetting Kaep. I’d like to see him get a quarter or so of real plays. I think the biggest reason we don’t see that is because it may result in the fans booing Alex and chanting for Kaep when a game turns south. It’s a difficult problem but if Alex gets injured on one of his sprints or a sack we may see a trial by fire.
     
    Remember the run and shoot? Or chuck and duck as Buddy Ryan would have it. Four verticals and a RB. No TEs, no FBs. Put Kaep in and try a few of those plays. All read routes. Just get open, baby. Ha! What a game that would be.

  132. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For sure NoFear49er.
    The Alex frustration continues but this year he’s being asked to throw deeper.
    He’s got to know Kaep is there to push him and yet there’s still the hesitation to make a snap decision?
    Not sure how Harbaugh and Roman split the time either.
    It’s disruptive as it’s currently being applied.
     
    Perhaps we can look forward to an early mathematical hold on the Division and afford Kaep some extended playing time at that point.
    Alex is a pretty durable guy so I wouldn’t want to see an injury related transition.

  133. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure how you get Alex to see the entire field and get beyond the 1st couple of reads.
    He’s yet to master that comfort zone of mentally slowing down the game it seems?
    Thought the WCO would suit him because of the timing requirements.
    Receivers have to get there too.
    At this point you’d have to think he may never achieve it.
    I sense from body language that Crabs and Randy are having their doubts also.

  134. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Mouse Davis at Cal. Warren Moon ran it great with the Oilers.
    All offenses run a variation of Mouse’s O.

  135. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love the fire that Brady brings to the mix.
    Would love to see Alex morph into that mold too.
    Show some stones, fight to be perfect.
    He claims he moved beyond the fear of making mistakes but, I’m not quite sure how far along he thinks he’s gotten?

  136. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have to draft a QB like Christian Ponder. Then they have to train, feed, and corral the young colt.
    Alex is a good riding horse, doesn’t buck like he used to.
    All those stumbles and rattlers and the good feed got to him.

  137. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RT I think Kaep brings a lot of upside.
    After seeing RG III today, I’m impressed.
    Seems Shanny molded the Offense to his skills.
    Harbaugh is doing that with Alex.
    Where do the similarities end between Alex and Kaep?
    At some point the Offense will peak for Alex and Kaep needs to take it to the next level.
    Is it more Pistol or Pro based?
    Only Harbaugh knows what he’s after.
    Perhaps we’ll get a glimpse when AJ and LMJ get added to the mix.

  138. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, Alex is the man this year.He’s a good riding horse.
    It’ll take 3-5 years to draft and develop an NFL QB.
    Patrick and Frank will be retired by then.

  139. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t tbink I like it, NJ. They should’ve started that process 3-5 years ago. Whoops.

  140. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We ride as far as Alex takes us RT.
    GIDDYUP…..

  141. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The night crew here should just take Harbaugh’s place as our head coach since they know more about everything football than he does. They especially know more about QBing. The fact that Harbaugh was a Pro Bowl QB and lived his life in a coaching family is just useless compared to the knowledge the night court has here.

  142. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know more about football than Jim Harbaugh and Mark Roman.
    But if you think that highly of them, go to Delphi or Mount Olympus.
    I’ll make the guacamole.

  143. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The difference between Walsh’s WCO and this year’s 49er WCO is Bill’s was more about getting play makers open in space and Jim’s is more about the running game, similar to Mariucci’s.
     
    IMO, if Walsh was still coaching he would be running the Spread attack these days to get his players open in space, similar to Billechick. The WCO was exposed in 1991 by the NY Giants in he infamous Roger Craig fumble game. Load the box, stop the run, zone blitzes to stop the quick hitter. Force passing plays to go deep and load the gaps with blitzers. If the WCO runs it is stuffed, if the WCO QB takes a 7 step drop he is sacked. It is heavy on shooting gaps with multiples. The WCO used to spread the defense,now it just allows the defense to load the box.
     
    I can’t say for sure why our WRs don’t get open much but if I had to guess I’d say we spend so much time in practice being inventive in the rushing attack and learning to execute the run game that the passing game is not front and center.
     
    Remember, Harbaugh played QB for Bo Schembechler at Michigan. He obviously took notes from his old coach.
     
    BTW, I’m sure I mispelled some names above.

  144. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Ponder is being taught to run the same kind of offense that Alex is running. At some point the fans there will be making the same comments as the fans here. In general, fans do not like QBs in a ground and pound offense. I would like to open up the offense too but winning is the most important thing for me. In the words of Justin Smith, “Stats are for losers”.

  145. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/9
    I tried to download it, Reno, maybe you could?

  146. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That was serious, not rhetorical or snide, Reno.
    I thought I could figure out how to download Coach’s master’s thesis, but couldn’t.

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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, 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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