Bayou Beat Down

The San Francisco 49ers swamped the NFL drama market all week with HC Jim Harbaugh’s C’mon Man! manure machine and then backed it up on Sunday in New Orleans, stomping the home town heroes 31-21 and putting a fork in the Saints’ 2012 playoff hopes.

The game turned on two plays near the end of the first half. With the Saints nursing a 14-7 lead, newly enthroned QB Colin Kaepernick threw an interception which gave the Saints a chance to take a 21-7 halftime lead. Instead, Niner OLB Ahmad Brooks drifted back into coverage, intercepted Drew Brees, and roared 50 yards for a TD that tied the game.

From that point on, it was all 49ers. Kaepernick opened the second half with a 2 minute, 47 second speed burner that put the Niners in the lead and a minute later SS Donte Whitner took another Brees interception 42 yards to the house. Suddenly, the 49ers led 28-14, with 21 straight unanswered points. After a Saints TD pulled them to within a TD, Kaepernick produced the drive of the year — a 16 play, 9 minute 28 second grinder that began with two minutes remaining in the third quarter and ended with a FG and only 7 minutes left in the game.

The 49er defense then took over the game and just mauled the Saints and Brees, sacking him 5 times, after he had been sacked only 16 times all year. You do not want to get behind on this Niner defense. They will kill you. And even if you aren’t behind, it’s not advisable to go over the middle if you are a WR. Dashon Goldson laid some serious Lottsian wood to the Saints’ receivers Sunday and has become arguably the most feared secondary hitter in the league.

It was a solid game from Kaepernick, but given the circumstances — the local and national media scrutiny, the burden of justifying Harbaugh’s faith in him, the spectre of a derailed season should he fail, and the red-hot Saints team playing in one one of the toughest home team venues in the NFL — it was a brilliant game. He was calm, cool, resilient, elusive, and deadly. The sky’s the limit for this kid and the rest of the NFL cannot be thrilled at this development. CK brings a dangerousness to the 49er offense that’s going to scare opposing defensive coordinators for a long, long time.

The victory, combined with the laughable loss by the Seahawks to the lowly Dolphins, pushed the 49er NFC West lead to 2.5 games with only five games left in the season. Seattle also got news last night that two of its starters in the secondary are facing four game suspensions for PED violations. It’s safe to say that Pete Carroll had a totally miserable Sunday night and a cross country plane flight home to drink it in. Hahahaha!

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  1. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy’s the real deal…Harbaugh knew it and wanted to see him in a hostile enviroment…the only time he didnt have a smile on his face was after the interception…then Brook’s had the pick six and all was well…this team is scary good now…..go niners

  2. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    I was watching CNBC the business channel on cable and 2 of the hosts (one of which is a Eagles fan) mentioned that Alex could go there… boy has Alex’s stock risen….

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The posters that had a blatant dislike for Alex Smith can’t come to terms that it is possible to root for both Smith and Kaepernick because in my mind the success of the Niners is the top priority.
    Just because one defended Smith from the constant weekly attacks doesn’t mean we were anti Kaepernick.
    I have the highest regard for Frank Gore but I also think Kendall Hunter is a talent.
    My point is it’s possible to like 2 people who play the same position.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday also proved that if you solely rely on the pass you will lose football games.
    It happened to the Aints and it happened to the Pack. They just can’t run the ball so defenses load up on their pass defense.
    The NFC West race is all but over. Beating the Rams seals the deal and now the Niners are playing for home field advantage and the first round bye.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to Harbaugh Ginn was replaced as the punt returner because he hurt his wrist when he muffed the punt. That bears watching.
    KW and Hunter will have MRIs today. KW is said to have a significant knee injury and is most likely done for the year.
    Since he’s the #3 WR it could mean more time for Moss and Jenkins dressing for games.
    Hunter has a sprained ankle that will also require a MRI and he was on crutches and in a walking boot post game. Needs to heal and get ready for the playoffs.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is amazing we won with all of the tripping over our feet we did yesterday. Curious play calling, an int, penalties and etc…, but we found a way to win vs a team on a roll and at their home. It was a very satisfying win. Now let’s take the Rams serious this time.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It was obviously a team win but Kappy had a lot to do with it!

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore needs 151 yards to become the all time leading 49ers rusher!

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick just moved ahead of Scott Bull, Shaun Hill and Steve Spurrier on the all time rushing list!

  10. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger…i thought Gore was already the all time leader…

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy just moved ahead of Earl Morral, Billy Kilmer and Bob Waters on the 49ers all time passing yards list! He should be passing Matt Cavanaugh, Joe Reed and Scott Bull this week.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    tony- Believing what the media tells us is not reliable, and not just in sports. Gore has the most 49ers NFL yards. It does not count the AAFL yards by Joe Perry. IMO, any 49ers record should include the AAFL years.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Fireman Ed in NY is fed up with fans being rowdy over him wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey. He left the game early the last two weeks for the first time ever. Sounds like the Jets have an Alex Smith situation.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When you say QB controversy at the back of mind I think back 25 years ago and this article focuses on the topic. There is nothing wrong with having 2 gifted QBs if you can manage it.
    http://tinyurl.com/cov5u2l

  15. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    One aspect of the QB controversy that will pay dividends down the road…Harbaugh’s being realized as a QB guru….what he’s done with Alex (a presumed bust) and now with Kppy, not to mention Luck….and with all the draft picks we have and probubly will continue to have with such a talent deep roster…Harbaugh can draft raw /talanted QB’s and polish them up for high draft picks…Harbaugh’s the QB Wisperer 🙂

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Word is, Alex will get the start. That is, if Harbaugh is true to his word that Cappy got this start only because he wanted to make sure Smith was fully recovered from the concussion.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That was the case before he got here, Tony. From JJ at USD to Luck at Snodfart, he was already the QB guru. He was Rich Gannon’s QB coach in his MVP season with the Raiders, and recruited QBs with his head coach father for years, even during his playing days.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Look’s like we’ll finally see our top two draft picks next Sunday. Or at least they’ll finally suit up.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I sure hope LMJ isn’t returning punts. He was beyond awful in the preseason. Better to rush 11 and hope for the block.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Williams has torn ACL. Done for the year and probably here at 49erville.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather see Ginn leave. Williams has more upside than Ginn as a WR and a KR. Ginn is now Allan Rossum. Mr. OB.

  22. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck..Good knowledge on Harbaugh 🙂 but i dont think Alex starts again…barring a major Kap meltdown…just my gut feeling…

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, I’m feeling about 70-30 that Cappy starts. But Harbaugh is throwing out mixed signals yet again. The thing is, most teams know what Alex brings. Prepping for Cappy is different, but not by any astronomical amount.
    .
    It’s not like, say having Peyton Manning and Randall Cunningham to prep for.

  24. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – From last thread- I totally agree having Baalke has been a Godsend, this team is more than fun to watch, it’s very good.
    .
    Skeebs – You got that right about opposing DC’s having fits with Cappy. He was calm and cool in a very hostle invironment. I don”t think that a person can actually teach that. looks like a true gamer so far to me. Sad about KW but things happen he turned into a real good player, I hope he can come through this.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pocket presence is a skill that isn’t easy to teach. Cappy looks like he was born with it. Cappy shows a keen awareness in the pocket most of the time. He slides out of trouble easily, as he did in the Chicago game, to buy time and hit Crabs across the back of the end zone. He steps up well when the ends were crashing in toward him yesterday.
    .
    Alex Smith? Well, he shows flashes of it, but more often than not, he’ll take the sack or throw OB. Safer, yes. In the end it IS about ball security, but Cappy’s pick came mainly because he spent so much time trying to pick up the bad snap that he didn’t see the safety sliding down the sideline to make the pick. Goodwin needs to readjust his sights when hiking to the taller Cappy. But it was a spot where Cappy would have been better served throwing it away or taking the sack.
    .
    The one time Cappy didn’t feel pressure was when he was running, and he slowed to try and wait for a block ahead of him. He was nailed from behind, and nearly lost the ball. Also telling was the fact that, with his feet and eyes, Cappy was able to avoid being sacked the whole game.

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK

    good point

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s no longer The Posse. It’s now the “Crazed Jackals.” Thus spake Twinfan.
     
    Question: do we jackals bay at the moon? Or is that only coyotes and wolves?

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy if we’re lobbying for Kaep I’d have to guess we stick with his alma mater, Nevada Reno.
    We’d likely be inclined to answer to the ‘Wolf Pack Coven (Posse)’.
     
    I’m anxious to see the GM posturing Baalke can execute for obtaining something of value for Alex in the Post Season/Pre Draft phase now.
     
    Assuming Kaep retains his hold on the starting QB position of course.
     
    We have a $1Mil Roster Bonus due Alex in March.
    The League signing period begins on March 13, with Alex due his Contract for 2013 on April 1.
    Is it worth it to us to pay the Bonus in exchange for a potential Trade?
     
    Can we possibly coerce another GM to part with a Pick(s) prior to April 1?
    This should be extremely interesting, especially now that Harbaugh has increased Alex’s value as a bonafide starter.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Might be worth the gamble just to ensure he doesn’t go to AZ?

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t mind too much if he ended up in AZ. Their line is shit, and he’d get sacked 8 times a game.
    .
    If they want to overpay, let them.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who changed my avatar?

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He knows the Offense Chuck.
    That’s about the only thing I’d be concerned about.
    Not sure he’d want to stay on in SF, if he were to be relegated to back up duty of course.
    As much as I feel he deserves to keep his starting job in this situation, Kaep needs the reps, just to be prepared for the Post Season run.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The players have Tuesday off. IMO, Harbaugh needs to name the starting QB Wednesday to keep the media from mobbing the players with questions about the subject.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No he doesn’t.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I aon;t behind this Harbaugh weirdness, but if he wants to roll til gameday, so be it. Keep them bothe on edge til game day.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who do you think harbaugh will choose Berger?

  37. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I disagree Chuck. Like it or not, every single player is and will continue to be bombarded by every reporter, news snippet, friend, relative, neighbor, etc. ad nauseam about who the qb is going to be. In the end, it IS a distraction. JH doesn’t give a shit about the press and thinks that it gives him a competitive advantage, but IMO, if he keeps this rolling any advantage is negated by this huge distraction.
     
    As a HC, you want players thinking about the next game. Period. It is impossible to keep them sequestered from the hype that his own secretive stance is creating and fanning flames into. It was fine for last week, obviously, but I don’t believe it will benefit if he keeps it up. He says he’s going to name a starter by mid-week and I think he will, and should.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I hope he chooses Kaep. In the end, Harbaugh knows more than me and I have confidence in both QBs. Either way is fine. But the question was who do I think Harbaugh chooses, I think Kappy will be the choice.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My ideal situation is Kappy becomes the starter and we win the SB. After the season we swap 1st round picks with KC and give them Alex Smith. We then draft the best NT available. Probably Star Lotulelei.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody notice how well Sopoaga has played the last two games. He must have been hurt? Maybe the Rams game embarrassed him and he decided to not let that happen again. I don’t know, but the D has looked pretty good the last two weeks and he has been a big part of that.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I see nothing wrong with having two capable QBs. Lot of football left to be played for this season.
    I think it’s premature to be packing Alex’s bags for him unless you think loyalty should be rewarded in this manner.
    Like I’ve always maintained the success of the Niner QB means the team is winning and I’m for that regardless who’s taking the snap.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The 2 things that need to be addressed are on Special Teams.
    Akers needs to get out of his kicking slump or he will derail
    a bid for the Super Bowl in a tight playoff game.
    Unless there are extreme weather factors my expectation is he be automatic from 50 yards in.
    He missed a 50 yd try in a dome and had a 33 yd attempt blocked
    (have yet to determine if it was a protection error leading to his kick getting blocked)
    Akers is only 18 for 27 in FGs this year which is mediocre and not to his standards.
    Ginn has to secure the ball again because he has fumbled 3 times in making returns and avoiding contact by stepping out of bounds
    2 or 3 yards before he has to.
    KW has proven to be the better return guy this year but his season is over. Time for Ginn to turn it up several notches.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Personnel move.
    KW has been placed on IR and is out for the year.
    Per Maiocco the Niners have signed Chad Hall, 26,who caught 14 passes for 135 yards in 15 games with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 and 2011. At 5-foot-8, 187 pounds, Hall is best utilized in the slot. The Air Force product also carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards.
    Hall is going to the practice squad and they are moving someone from the practice squad to the regular roster.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If AJ Jenkins is not elevated to the active roster on Sunday I start worrying about how good he is.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows says Hunter’s injury might be serious. LaMichael James should be activated or you can worry about him, too.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We have more depth at RB than we need. I’m not as worried about the LMJ activation. Jacobs was activated this last week and Tukuafu was not. Tuku was on the injury report. If Tuku is healthy I think it comes down to Jacobs or LMJ. Tuku can play FB and DL.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The blocked kick was a protection error. The guy came in from the edge untouched.

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If Tukafu carries the ball at FB then Harbaugh should be checked for brain damage.
    .
    Jacobs better get some playing time. Otherwise, they are pulling the old Brian Westbrook trick.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have signed LB Navorro Bowman to a 5-year contract extension through 2018. Very good move.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    All four LBs are locked up through 2015.

  51. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That is outstanding news.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now we need to re-sign Goldson.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Great news on Bowman. They actually made a deal with Drew Rosenhaus. Niners have best LB corps locked up for the next next 4 years.
    Hunter appears to be done for the year. Unconfirmed it’s his Achilles which is not good for a RB. LMJ seems to be a likely option because they need a speed back now.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bowman contract details
    UPDATE 4:05 p.m. ET: NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that Bowman’s new deal is worth $45.25 million in new money over five years, $25.5 million guaranteed.

  55. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Happy 70th, Jimi.

  56. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    MNF should be a real doozy this week.
    Like New Mexico weather, going from Iggles-Cats to the Giants-RG III in one week.

  57. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, you want to start a Head Coaches firing pool?
    It’s going to be tough this year, I think.
    I say Norv first. I don’t know if Andy had any say in getting the Puppy Torturer. If he didn’t, it’s going to hard to justify it. But then they booed Santa Claus.
    Rex? If you can predict the Jets, you are in the wrong business. But I’m willing to bet $5 that they draft a QB first.
    Romeo in KC showed me something last week. I actually might be the only guy on the planet who thinks the Chiefs are improving.
    All I’ve watched this year. Except for whatever Escaped Goat Jerry hired this year.

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think you just started the pool, RT. Reid, Shurmur, and Turner are all 100% done. Schwartz might go, along with Rivera, Whisenhunt, Cameron, Crennel, Garrett, and Rex. Take your pick – you couldn’t go wrong canning any or all of them.

  59. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Rex might stay. They need to get The Island back, and Holmes.
    Mostly they need a QB. Any QB. I mean anybody. I’ve never seen a QB get worse over his first years without injury than Mark Sanchez.
    It still won’t fix the locker room disaster. But it’s the Jets.
    Reading all this stuff about Kappy/Alex or Alex/Kappy had gotten me jazzed to follow the Jets this year.

  60. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Shurmur might beat Norv out the door now that Holmgren has retired.

  61. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Andy might beat them all. Since he lost his son right before the season started, he hasn’t been the same.
    And if were GM? Schwantz (ask Mel Brooks, it’s an old Yiddish nasty word) would be the first to go.

  62. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Cameron is an OC and came within a missed chip shot FG from going to the SB last year. Did I miss something?

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thinking of Gailey, actually. Sorry.

  64. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Skeebs, he’s in the race. I haven’t seen the Bills this year.

  65. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Reid hasn’t been the same -> Crap. Would you? Would anyone?
     
    Football is probably the least of his worries right now.

  66. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No, Grumpy. Grief takes a long time to get over.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would not say Shurmer is definitely gone. The Browns lose but they play competitive football. His point differential is only about 40. His biggest problem is Holmgren hired him. I think he has the Browns ready to rise next year. If he gets fired and we lose Roman I would hope he is one of the OC candidates that surface.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Roman is being mentioned as a contender for 3 college head coaching jobs.
    Cal, Tennessee and Boston College.
    The first college job was filled as Kentucky hired Mark Stoops to be their Head Coach. The college teams are trying to get a jump before all the pro jobs open up plus they have recruiting as a major factor.
    Most likely the Niners will be looking for a new OC and IF Alex Smith is still around it’ll be another new OC unless they recycle Norv.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit packing bags for Alex was strictly a question I posed for how to handle his Contract situation, relative to it’s structuring, should they opt to keep Kaep as the starter.
     
    No question you need 2 good QBs.
    I’d question whether we pay Alex $8Mil plus incentives to be a backup?
     
    From a business standpoint, if I were playing my usual Jr GM role, I’d look to provide Alex with a starters’ job in the AFC, while recouping a generous return for
    his services in the form of Draft pick(s).
    The cost of his (Alex’s), roster bonus in March of $1Mil, might not be too big a bullet to bite, to place him where he won’t improve a Division rival.
     
    Furthermore, I honestly think Harbaugh could live with Tolzien backing up Kaep next Season.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I’m advocating for Kaep as well.
    He’s shown the ability to avoid sacks and deliver passes accurately.
    Alex deserves respect for his game but, just doesn’t have the intangibles that Kaep provides.
     
    It won’t totally surprise me however, if Harbaugh gives Alex the nod for Sunday either.
    Tough spot for Harbaugh certainly.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Gruden is said to be considering the TN job.
    I’d read that he was inquiring about assistants and apparently owns property in TN as well.
    His wife is either a TN alum or, is from there too.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t rule Roman out of the possible Eagles job either.
    He is from the South Jersey Area originally.

  73. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzein’s fine as a backup if they choose to jettison Smith after this season.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The one comment that Harbaugh made yesterday that might have tipped his hand was he stated that Alex Smith was his starting QB and had done nothing to lose his job.
    If you’re going with CK you don’t state that at the beginning of your comments about the subject.
    Either way I’ll be OK with his decision.
    The change will be a very short leash.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I think Harbaugh said that to justify that he hadn’t yet made a decision. Not to tip his hand. I think he goes with Kaep.
     
    The problem with going with Kaep is about the time we hit the play-offs is about the time the book on him will be getting enough info to know how to beat him. You see many 2nd year QBs that were doing good last year struggling this year. The advantage Kaep has is every team Kaep played against in college game planned to specifically stop him. He did have some games in his early years he struggled with that. His senior year he had that figured out. So he has been through this before.
     
    I wondered how his college skills would translate to the pros, so far so good. So I think he handles this well too, but it does remain a possible big issue. IMO, this is the biggest reason to stay with Alex who has already been through this.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I think this simply comes down to playmaking ability.
    Teams can scheme all they want, it’s up to Kaep to execute.
     
    He moves in the pocket, can make all the throws, as well as utilize his legs.
     
    Hard to see any negatives related to the Offense moving better with Kaep.
     
    Where he’ll have issues is related to reading Defenses if anything.
    As long as he keeps plays alive, I trust his ability to thread the needle and make things happen.

  77. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, my old good friend, if there were 3 sides to a fence, you’d be sitting on all of them.
    Hard to talk to the horses that way but it’s safer.
    Harbaugh is an old-time, conservative coach who may well go with Alex on the road to test him out. He can afford it. He has the division in the bag, and probably home field already.
    I’m a guy who doesn’t believe in benching a new starter who was great on MNF in his first start, then followed it with a Game of the Week game in the Dome dreams go to die.
    I just don’t see how you don’t give the ball to Kappy. Just don’t.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I see it the same way RT.
    You’ve got Kaep in there, leave it alone.
    The concussion made it necessary.
    The Team seems fine with the results so far.
    Kaep played the Rams well 3 weeks ago.
    He can do it again.
     
    I don’t have that game recorded or I’d rewatch what Alex saw when he ran into Jo Lon Dunbar.
    Did he pull it down because everything was covered or was he too careful not to make a tight throw?
    This is the difference I think most people see with Kaep.
    He’ll stick it in there.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- If one thinks what Harbaugh said through, IMO, it is obvious. He said Alex is the starter to explain Kaep started because Alex was injured. He had a freebie last week and is buying a few more days this week. This is also a way to let Alex down easy. I know many are coming up with different interpretations but Harbaugh has a strong hand with two good QBs and does not want to tip his hand. Thing is, most already believe it is Kappy.
     
    I’ve already said I would go with Kaep, and that I think Harbs will go with Kaep. Playing three sides of the fence is not in play here. I’m just calling it as I see it. I’ve made my opinion of wanting Kaep clear as a bell.
     
    I hope you haven’t been eating that New Mexico peanut butter. The Feds just shut your factory down for multiple health violations.

  80. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Nooooo, New Mexico green and red chile on just about anything. Corn, beans, squash, beef…
    That’s why I have been following the Jets so avidly while I watch this play out.

  81. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Probably have to get a Minnesota turkey for Christmas. Turkeys don’t do well here with the coyotes. They’re too stupid.
    Red and green chile are winners, though.
    So are Harbaugh and Kappy.

  82. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Jerry Rice said Alex.

  83. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Mangini said Kappy.
    I’ll be off tomorrow while you guys argue endlessly.
    Game is Sunday in St Louis.

  84. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Mexican food in New Mexico is awesome. Red and green chili, adovada, sopopillas. Completely different than what you find in Cali. Tucson and AZ has its own specialties too. Carne seca is an acquired taste, but it’s worth acquiring.

  85. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er,
     
    On the play Alex got hit by Dunbar, he had Gore as the dump off short and Moss open at about 25 to 30 yds on the same side he ran to.
     
    It was 1st down and Alex was under center in a pro set. The Rams ran a safety blitz and their 3 technique DT beat Boone across his face and through the A gap as Goodwin was blocking down on the DT over him. Boone was guilty of two or three holds on the DT but he was closing on Alex and Alex did well to escape. He was being chased and appeared to commit to the scramble and never looked downfield. He passed the sticks at the LOS and looked like he wanted to slide but went down oddly backward.
     
    It was a five step drop so we were looking for a deeper route to develop. Alex was running left and I doubt he could have hit Moss with an accurate pass that deep to his left while running left. I think Davis was in the right slot don’t remember who was the Z receiver but both were covered.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks NoFear49er,
    excellent replay.
    I was curious to make the comparison, specific to that play and, whether Kaep may have taken a shot at throwing?
    Your thoughts?

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep just seems to have the ability to throw across his body with ease.
    Uncanny accuracy when he does it too.

  88. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er,
     
    There was at least one similar play in the NO game. Shortly following the read option keeper where Kaep totally fooled DE Will Smith and ran in for the TD. Maybe the first down on our next series.
     
    Protection broke down and Kaep escaped the pocket to his left. He also had Moss going deep left on a corner route. Moss was as open as he was on Smith’s play and Kaep didn’t throw it. He kept it and ran out of bounds for a two yard gain or so. The difference was Kaep kept looking at Moss the entire time, but after the first look Moss was covered too well.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OK, I appreciate the reply.
    Should be high drama today waiting for Harbaugh to hand the keys to the Starter.

  90. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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