Watching former 49er head coach Mike Nolan’s Atlanta defense get shredded Monday night by the Jets(!) and failing to protect the lead in the last two minutes of the game was a painful reminder that it was not so long ago that this time of year was known as “Oh For October” month. The Niners would start off 2-1 or so, drop every game in October, and be eliminated from contention before the BYE week.
Those … were … the … awful days, my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d scream and yell
Forever and a day
We’d root and always lose
It never was good news
Those awful days, oh yes those awful days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la …
Speaking of Dashon Goldson, now playing out a career for the nobody Tampa Bay Bucs that will be remembered more for 15 yard penalties and league fines than excellent free safety work, he got his money and we got Eric Reid, who has looked terrific and hasn’t collected even one dumb penalty. La la la la la la …
Next week, the PUP list guys will be eligible to start practicing with the team, rather than playing air football by themselves behind the grand stands. The team has two weeks, IIRC, to put them on the roster or IR them.
Looking ahead, it would appear that Mario Manningham will be taking Marlon Moore’s spot. Who gets bumped to make room for Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial is a bit murkier guess. When Ray McDonald left the Houston game, it was Tony Jerod-Eddie who replaced him, not Demarcus Dobbs. Could this be the end of the line for the Dobbster?
WR Jon Baldwin played quite a bit in the Houston game and produced a “Jenkins.” IE., he didn’t make a single catch. That was the career total for AJ Jenkins while taking up a 49er roster spot for a year — zero. Since he was worthless as a player, we’ll see if we can make his name worth something, kind of like the Mendoza Line in baseball, named after Mario Mendoza, a notoriously weak hitting shortstop in the late ’70’s, whose average hovered around the .200 mark for all of his nine seasons in the bigs.
The NFC East has become the laughing stock division of the NFL and should probably be renamed the Romo Division, since all the the teams are flirting with .500 records. Except the Giants, who are 0-5. Eli Manning, who was an elite QB a mere two years ago, now looks like the 2005 version of Alex Smith. If Tony Romo can produce his normal .500 season, Dallas might actually get into the playoffs this year.
Quite a few eras seem to be concluding this season. The Steelers, the Tom Coughlin Giants, the Falcons, the Matt Schaub Texans — alas, we knew them, Horatio.