Redbird Meets Windshield

The Arizona Cardinals come to town Sunday for their annual Candlestick shellacking. They have not won a game here since September 7, 2008. That was their Kurt Warner led Super Bowl run year. They have been in a freefall since, with their only victory against the 49ers coming at home on December 11, 2011 when recently released QB John Skelton got the heave-ho-what-do-you-know hots in the 4th quarter and caught the sleeping team by surprise with a couple of late TDs. It was one of only three losses for the 2011 Niners.

Arizona’s new HC, Bruce Arians, rode Andrew Luck’s brilliance and the illness of Indy’s HC Chuck Pagano, which resulted in Bruce’s 9-3 gig as interim HC, to the HC job in AZ, replacing Ken Whisenhunt, who finally ran out of luck riding ex-QB Kurt Warner’s brilliance. It’s better to be lucky than good. Or at least we hope that it was more on the luck side than the good side. The team will get their first clue Sunday.

In the past, 49er WR Michael Crabtree has OWNED superstar AZ CB Patrick Peterson, but Crabtree won’t be here Sunday, meaning Peterson will be hounding Anquan Boldin. He could fare quite a bit better against Boldin. That would leave us with the usual cast of Vernon Davis and the revolving door of Nobodies to fashion some kind of passing attack. Not a cheery thought.

In fact, this is probably another game that the defense needs to lead the way, along with Frank Gore. Not that AZ QB Carson Palmer isn’t capable of helping us out, a la Matt Schaub. Palmer averages about two ints per game. Maybe he’ll make it a special night and toss four of them.

With Peterson on Boldin and anybody with two legs covering Jon Baldwin or Kyle Williams, it looks like we’ll need some big receptions from Vernon and fellow TE Vance McDonald. You know the Cards are going to pack the box to stop Gore. Not that Gore will be stopped by that tactic. But it puts Cards rookie FS Tyrann Mathieu one on one with VD. Surely, the young lad will lose that battle a few times.

The Arizona defense is a pretty good group, so unless Palmer goes int happy, this will likely be a low scoring, trench warfare kind of game. How thrilling. Jim Harbaugh said this week that the 49ers’ young receivers were coming along nicely. It’s not known how many stifled titters or rolled eyeballs greeted this bit of happy balderdash.

It’s okay, Jim. Rattle on. Just make sure you keep posting those W’s each week and you can say anything you want.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wish our reporters for the 49ers would hold the coaching staff accountable for the passing game each week. They should be asking RoBaugh what the coaching staff can do to improve the passing game. I would love to hear the answer. I’d be afraid we might hear them blaming the players.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed. Until we make it a priority to improve our passing, it will not improve.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unless the coaching staff throws a boomerang they’ll try to pound the ball against the Cards.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/109520/49ers-likely-to-stick-with-ground-game

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All the beat writers did address the passing game yesterday to Roman. There are 3 articles about
    Boldin getting doubled and a need for a #2 to emerge.
    That’s tough this week because they’ll double Boldin again and stick Peterson on VD. Either Baldwin, KW or V Mcdonald have to step up.
    Otherwise it’s going to be Manningham’s return that might open things up.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I love a good running game. I haven’t been commenting on that because it works. It didn’t work in Seattle because with that noise the D-line can get off the ball quicker than the O-line. It was working vs Indy and we abandoned it. I love the running game, don’t stop.
     
    Now about the passing game, would RoBaugh please stay after class. We are going to talk about what a crossing route and what a Texas route is. Extra points if you know what a pick play is.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I believe opposing D Coordinators are confusing Kap with certain initial looks and then switching out because the Niners are so predictable on the snap counts that always happen under the 5 second mark.
    If they went on a quick count and snapped the ball at 15 seconds things would be wide open and would stop defenses from getting cute.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What exactly is a Texas route?

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Texas is a curl route out of the backfield. The back circles around the line and ends up about 5 to 10 yards beyond the LOS in the middle of the formation. Roger Craig ran this a lot.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If you’re headin’ south to New Mexico and take a left turn at Albuquerque, that very same left turn Bugs Bunny should have taken, you’ll end up on a Texas route.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    A little dated but tell Peyton…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVytEgSO0wQ

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I got a kick out of Terrelle Pryor’s comments re: Alex Smith in anticipation of their upcoming matchup this Sunday.
     
    Pryor, when asked if he aspired to the kind of efficiency displayed by Smith said, “I think I’m a little more risky than him. He does his thing and and that’s him. I just go play ball…I know they’ve got a lot of checkdowns. That’s efficient, I guess. We want to be explosive and try to attack.”
     
    It’s one thing to be called Checkdown Charlie by a couch potato, but when a fellow member of the NFL Quarterbacking Fraternity calls you Checkdown Charlie. That’s a hoot and a holler.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “That’s efficient, I guess.” That’s a Björn Borg two-hand backhand compliment.

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Talk is cheap: Play the game, and win or shut up.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Pryor, is *barely* a member of the NFL starting QB fraternity, Dennis.
     
    And *Only* because Josh Freeman had no interest in the house of horrors that is the Oakland Raiders, and Matt Flynn sucked the shit of dead sheep…

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, whether he’s barely a member or not doesn’t change the fact that Pryor is right on the mark. Finding Checkdown Charlie in the NFL is easier then spotting where’s Waldo.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, Dennis. Says the 27th ranked passer in the league. Terrelle Pryor can barely hold Troy Smith’s jock, let alone Alex’s.
    .
    Something tells me the Raiders are going to score very little on Sunday. About as much as Dennis does. As in zippo. As in 0-fer-the-21st-century.

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, but Pryor is right. If a young pup like Pryor is calling out Alex already, I can only imagine what real QBs like Brady and Manning have been saying behind Alex’s back all these years.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gawd, I’m real sorry about your condition, Dennis. But you’ve obviously lost your mind. Anyone can talk. Talk is cheap. You oughta know that.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    When Pryor speaks of attacking defenses, he should be ranked a little higher than 27th in passing yardage. But of course Dennis licks it up with vigor.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Pryor and the Raiders ‘attacking’ defenses is like Elmer Fudd hunting wabbit. Put your money on the rabbit.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I could care less what Pryor has to say.
    Denny would quote Aaron Hernandez or Rae Carruth if they dissed Alex Smith from their jail cells.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Back to the important stuff.
    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/Farewell-Candlestick-Young-Gets-Away-Again/f61856a7-b722-485d-a5f4-8627950ffa10

    And there is only one Lon Simmons
    with one of the greatest calls in Niner history
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG_OCaKeiU8

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the first link above it’s good to see Micahel Carter, Steve Wallace and John Taylor aging as we all are.
    A big part of the 49er legacy that has produced so many great memories.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- That was awesome seeing JT, JR, Wallace and Carter! Every 49er fan should watch that link.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I could watch that run with Simmons calling it for the next ten hours and never get tired of it. Truly a classic.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have always felt that it was a shame that Lon Simmons wasn’t in the booth to call “The Catch”.
    The reason was KCBS had the 49er radio rights and their sports director Don Klein was the play by play guy for that station.
    Don Klein is Don Klein and no Lon Simmons.
    Lon Simmons and Wayne Walker were the ultimate 49er announcing team.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You Tube is an amazing resource
    so for all you old time 49er Faithful out there ENJOY!
    Amazing stuff that makes you want to break out the transistor radio and listen to the old KSFO 560.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4hSNBa7V5g

  28. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, thanks for sharing that.

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckle – I still have that “25 Years” record. Got it after the 1970 season. I think it even still plays.

  30. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I was at that Viking game. Unfortunately I was sitting in the north end zone. All I watched was the fans standing up the farther Young got downfield.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Denny would quote Aaron Hernandez or Rae Carruth if they dissed Alex Smith from their jail cells.”
     
    I know some guys on the inside, I’ll tell ’em to keep their ears peeled for word on the grapevine.
     
    Bullit, Mack Brown and his Longhorns have given up 118 pts. to the Okies the past two years. Think you can keep ’em under half a hundred today? I think I know why it’s called the Red River Rivalry — all the bloodshed spilt forth from the Texas defense. They’d make for a great “Red Wedding” on GoT.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Oh oh! You’re getting poked in the eye again.
    Okies are headed for the exits.
    Heh heh heh! Hook’em Horns!

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, with all your love of college teams from Texas, how did you ever end up being a 49er fan?

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I grew up in the City.
    Became a Niner fan when I was 12 and went to Kezar as a Jr 49er courtesy of Christopher Milk
    Went away for college at UT Austin
    where I had the privilege of watching Earl Campbell.
    Came back to the Bay Area after graduation and here I am.
    I have always been a Niner fan since I was12 so I have been through all the dark days before Bill Walsh as well as all the good times.
    The only college team I root for are the Texas Longhorns.
    You might have the impression because I’m a Crabtree advocate. That’s just respect for Crabtree and his ability.
    Crabtree ripped my heart out when he caught a last second TD and broke an Earl Thomas tackle to prevent Texas from playing for the National Championship.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If the just concluded 4th at Santa Anita is any indication, our franchise is in worse shape then I thought: HARBAUGH ran next to last in a maiden race and was so far up the track that I think that horse just now crossed the wire.
     
    Can’t run his team on the sod or himself on the dirt. Daily Double!

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    If you want to change the background in the Yahoo Fantasy Football go to your My Team page and click on the settings sprocket to the left of your team logo.
    Hit Day and it will change it to a white background.
    You can thank Mack Brown.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday Tampa Bay signed OL Patrick Omameh off the Niner practice squad.
    Also reacquired QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson still is eligible for the PS and speculation is that’s the plan when Manningham is ready and a move has to be made.
    Of course the Seahags could claim him.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Got another WR to put on the Draft watch list.
    Odell Beckham Jr, LSU.
    A little short at 6’0″ but he makes plays.
    He’s only a Jr so, I’m not sure about his intentions at this point.
    Still like Jerry’s cousin Jordan Matthews at this point however.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve read that he has enough talent to be considered a pretty good candidate to play CB as well.
    Interesting kid.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Also, plug a possible QB selection in for me too.
    Logan Thomas, Va Tech.
    Think he’d be a good project for Harbaugh to develop.
    Likely find him in the Mid Rds.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I like everything I’ve read on Stanford OLB Trent Murphy too.
     
    He’d be a natural for us coming from Stanford too.
    Appears as though he’s a true 3-4 OLB/DE too.
     
    Can’t argue about a guy 6’6″ 260+ that runs under 5.00.
     
    As things look at this early stage, he might be hanging around at the bottom of Rd 1.
     
    Long way off but, never too early to get familiar with the talent pool.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s officially on my ‘List’ –
     
    http://tinyurl.com/ny5jv3z

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s bad enough Alex Smith has given me angina on Sundays for all these years, now he had to go it on a Saturday as well. His Utah Utes beat Stanford yesterday. I can wait until Manning cleans his clock. But until then it looks like I’m rooting for both Raider teams today.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    So how many points did the Okies score?
    Don’t feel like taunting?
    Sorry that you went out of your way to stick your foot in your mouth yesterday.
    Seems like you jinx any team you root for.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny
    Let me give you a clue.
    Rooting for KC to lose is rooting against the Niners.
    It seems your dislike of Smith is more important than the success of the Niners.
    A second round pick does make a difference but apparently you are oblivious.

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    2nd or 3rd round, makes no difference. Baalke will just waste it on some small 5-10 180 lb. WR from another Big 10 school. But I’m sure this one, too, will be wide open all the time.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now a smart GM like, moi, would do something like start Chad Henne > Matt Stafford at QB in FF today. It’s garbage time, baby!
     
    That move has Wile E. Coyote + TNT = Kaboom! written all over it.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Mort and Schefty from ESPN reporting “bad vibes” about Larry Fitzgerald playing today.
     
    But of course. He’s on both of my teams. That dynamite is already going off and I haven’t even pulled the plunger yet.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “2nd or 3rd round, makes no difference”
    Says Denny Nostradamus Jr.,the guy who said there was no way the Chiefs would win 8 games with Alex Smith at QB.
    Oh yeah, how are things in Soonerville today?

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN is reporting that Aldon Smith isn’t counted on coming back this season.
    Team needs to move on and proceed
    as if he’s never coming back. If he does it’s a bonus and if Aldon screws up again the NFL will suspend him for a year.
    KC’s second round pick on a pass rusher.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9819403/san-francisco-49ers-not-counting-aldon-smith-return-season-sources-say

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “We’re not in the grave. We’re crawling out. We’re actually alive and have a chance to win the Big 12 and go to the BCS.” —Mack Brown
     
    Mack forgot to say that Alex Smith has a chance to win the Super Bowl and finish the fairy tale.
     
    Speaking of which…7/18 for 60 yds. 3.3 YPA The audacity of Terrelle Pryor calling Alex Smith Checkdown Charlie.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    It’s all about the scoreboard and right now Texas tied for 1st place at 3-0.
    It’s going to be tough for them to win it unless their starting QB gets over his concussion.
    Nevertheless you got poked in both eyes yesterday.
    As for Alex Smith you should learn to read a box score.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del is in heaven, Avery just fumbled inside the 10 depriving Alex of a possible TD pass!

  54. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I have no problems with reading a box score, those were his exact numbers at the time of my comment. You can research the time stamp as it coincided with the Chiefs’ game if you like.
    .
    Schaub goes out with an injury? No problem. T.J. Yates comes in and throws a Pick 6 of his own. Houston. We have a problem.

  55. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And Terrell throws a pick of his own to put Alex back on the field. Should have checked down there, Terrell…

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    It’s not a big deal but you are incorrect.
    There is a difference between the team box score and the individual stats box score. You used the team box score total.
    Alex Smith box score line reads like this
    A. Smith 7/19 83 4.4 0 0 51.0

    I know your eye is sore but it’s fun to keep poking it.
    It doesn’t matter as long as the Chefs win and the Niners get that 2nd round pick.
    You’re an idiot if you think otherwise from the 49er perspective.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Inactives for the Niner’s game

    49ers inactives
    QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
    RB LaMichael James
    CB Nnamdi Asomugha
    WR Quinton Patton
    WR Chris Harper
    LB Jermaine Cunningham
    G Joe Looney

    Cardinals inactives
    QB Ryan Lindley
    RB Ryan Williams
    LB Kevin Minter
    LB Kenny Demens
    T Bobby Massie
    TE D.C. Jefferson
    DE Ronald Talley

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Makes me look like an idiot from a Niner perspective? If you and others continue to wish for Alex to proper, who does that frown upon? I’ll tell you who, 49er management. Harbaugh and Baalke traded him away. Hypothetically speaking, say the Niners are knocked out of the playoffs. Would you root for Alex to win the Super Bowl? Do you know how bad that would make this organization look if Alex Smith won a Super Bowl with another team? Being the A-#1 Company Man, I would hope you’d know better.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just want an higher draft pick.
    In your wisdom you said earlier it didn’t matter because Baalke would screw up the pick.
    REALLY?
    Pryor with a 3rd and 48.
    That’s funny.

  60. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    One thing pisses me off about this game: we let Marcus Cooper get away, damnit. I think we may be regretting keeping Nnamdi over him for years to come.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, it was a goddamn joke. Of course I want the 2nd rd pick. But you didn’t answer my question. Would you root for Alex to win the SB in the Niners were out and the Chiefs were still in?

  62. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And a pick six for Terrell to end the day.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, my decision to sit Matthew Stafford in favor of Chad Henne. How’s that looking?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXI1PDTp5gk

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, FINAL Alex Smith stats for today: 14/31 for 128 yds. 4.1 YPA 0 TDs 0 INTs 56.9 QB rating.
     
    But it’s not the defense.
     
    Allow me to comment for Skeebers: 6-0.
     
    Allow me to go make another drink.

  65. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Two more KC wins to a second round pick.

  66. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the defense… AND Alex not throwing any picks while Terrell “No Checkdowns” Pryor threw three.
     
    There will come times when Alex will have to make some big plays to win a game… today against the Faders was NOT that day.

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Cardinals 2 49ers/Dodgers 0. Works for both baseball and football predictions.

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, I hope you didn’t get the wrong impression and think I’m a TP fan. Just the opposite. I think he and Ohio St. are overrated and suck. I just found it quite comical that Pryor, maybe he’s related to the late Richard, called out Alex on the Checkdown Charlie. When you’re right you’re right.

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Another 3 and out by Kap, Harbaugh and Roman. They should have just kept Alex. Skeebers and the entire Alex fan base would still be happy.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Reid is looking like a future star. Glad I was wrong on him. Thought he got too much help up front at LSU.

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke deserves a lot fo credit for sticking to his guns on Reid and moving up to get him. A LOT of us thought he reached – WE were wrong. That kid is lightning in a bottle.

  72. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Losing Dorsey now on top of Ian Williams. We are getting really thin on the D-line. Tank and Dial had better be ready to go.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I hate these announcers who keep saying Sanfran.
    Kap needs to stop throwing fastballs.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap’s problem is his windup, definitely not the quickest release.
    He’s telegraphing his throws.
    Sure looks like he’s forcing some balls.

  75. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, shit.

  76. winderNo Gravatar says:

    To me it’s still coaching that’s killing our offense. Kap is a running QB, that is his strength and they have taken it away. For shame.

  77. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I know the Cardinals have talent on defense – they are better than people think – but we are obviously just not in sync on offense.

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Who needs a drink? I’m buying.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid will lead this secondary for the rest of the decade.
    I do not miss Dashon.

  80. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Check that. Kap and Vernon are buying after that pitch and catch.
    TD Niners!

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good pass by Kap to VD for the td.
    Cards will put Petersen on VD in the second half.

  82. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Beautiful throw.
     
    Bullit, Dashon Who? 🙂
     
    I see multiple trips to Hawaii in January ahead for Eric Reid. He’s a playmaker, AND he is smart.

  83. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Damn. Reid was close to another INT. Kid has a nose for the ball.
    You can’t teach that.

  84. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Inexcusable fumble there by Kap. Where’s Checkdown Charlie when ya need ’em?

  85. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    God dammit! The Honey Badger, who I wanted to take a chance on, makes a great tackle on Kap on 3rd and short. He’s having one helluva rookie year so far. Reid and Mathieu in the same defensive backfield for 10 years? One can dream…

  86. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    3rd and long and we run a draw? Bring back Alex and Singletary.
    Same shit warmed over once again. I want Manning.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pats just beat Aints in last 10 seconds

  88. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did you people see that shit? The future president of the United States, Tom Brady, (if you didn’t already know that by now), he just led his team down the field, like the 4* General that he is and won the battle as the last soldiers limped off the battle field. Tom Brady wins again.
     
    Tom Brady beat Drew Brees in battle. That’s like Gen. Patton vs. Field Marshall Erwin Rommel.

  89. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The offense is still very much a work in progress, but it’s a win, and a divisional win to boot. Two more wins and we can make it to the break at 6-2. I’ll take that happily after the stumbles of the first three weeks.

  90. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Brady just beat the Germans again. I, and all righteous and good God-fearing Americans just witnessed the future president of the United States doing it again…
     
    WTF did the future president of the United States just do? Ask Ronald Reagan. Bedtime for Bonzo.
     
    Go Ronnie!

  91. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Pats just beat the Aints in last 10 seconds.”
     
    You know what’s *really* funny? I’m still trying to figure it out,. I’ve made my case. Your QBs and offense, led by Alex Smith preclude me, carry on…

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners want to re-sign Tukuafu they need to wait until week 8 or 2 more weeks.
    The rules on waiving a player on an injury settlement is 6 weeks. They waived Tukuafu after week 2.
    I suppose this will all hinge on how hurt Dorsey is and if Dial and Carradine are ready.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Your point is moot.
    The Niners are going to be in the Super Bowl so I have a team to root for.
    Why would I root for Alex Smith?
    It’s you that might be wearing a #11 Chief’s jersey because you seem to be anti-Niner most of the time.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Made what point? Please explain?

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not point, you worded it as case.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A win is a win. the Cards are a gritty team. Don’t look now but our division does not have a team under .500.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The irony of today’s games is that the 9ers and Faders played the two departed starting QBs from last year.

  98. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, are you speaking about how Bout dem Cowboys? Or, how bout them ‘ Skins? I could give a rat’s when it comes to effin about our native Americans and those sliding off our boats.

    If that makes Dennis the Bad Guy, so be it. I love me some Ronald Reagan.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap had his ups and downs.
    I can’t forgive him for letting Mathieu bring him down with an arm tackle. He should’ve run that little twerp over. He had 50 lbs on him and should’ve powered for the first down.

  100. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap’s first passes had little chance of being completed as they were fastballs into a very small window and were very difficult to catch.
    Would prefer he had some easier throws just to get some rhythm.
    Later his passes to VD were perfect.
    His tipped pass to Miller that was picked was predictable and ugly.
    I grade him between a B- and C+.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- He didn’t have anybody open to throw to, except the 1st pass, until Vernon got open a few times. When he had open receivers he used some touch. I agree he needs to settle down but as you alluded to, he could use some help from the coaching staff.

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A very very minor point but Kap should wear his helmet or at least carry it during player introductions at the Stick.
    Not a big deal but he’s projecting
    an aura of arrogance. He needs to achieve a few things before he goes down that road.
    Just an observation and something I noticed.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought it was pretty telling that BMiller got the important 4th and 1 call over ADixon.
    Dixon still reminds me of BJacobs, big man with tiny steps.
    Would love to see us get a big thumper that can actually come in in a big spot, like today, and deliver the knockout blow.
     
    Good win of course but, Anthony Dixon still makes me nervous when he tip-toes into the line.
     
    Get behind your pads,hit someone in the hole.
    The idea of wearing down a Defense is to deliver the punishment.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Do we make much of the Nnamdi/LMJ scratches today?
    Could LMJ be considered Trade Bait?
    Nnamdi won’t cost us anything if his Roster spot was needed elsewhere.
     
    Wouldn’t be surprised to see some activity at the Trade Deadline.

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Barrows has just floated a rumor the Niners are interested in Hakeem Nicks.
    What are they saying about that in your area and how high of a draft pick are the Gnats asking for?

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hearing mixed signals Bullit.
    Read that a 3rd Rd Pick might get him but, you’d only be renting him.
    Some say he stays put, some say Atlanta could be in the mix.
     
    At this point, we have concerns about keeping Crabtree and, you don’t know if he’ll return healthy enough to be relied upon for a big Contract given his issues with foot and now achilles concerns.
     
    If Aldon is an issue for us, I’d be inclined to hang onto our Picks in Rds 1 & 2 just in case we need to replace him.
    I’m still thinking Baalke will try again for a young WR too.
    Plenty of variables to get factored in with our own NFI guys now too.
    Betting our BYE week will be an interesting one this year.

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about LMJ for Nicks?

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’re a much different team when we aren’t getting the QB on the ground too.
    A better QB than Carson probably beats us today.
    He had several big plays get away that could have taken us out of it.
     
    I feared a trap game today.
    It was pretty dicey there early when we came away with 3’s on 2 big TOs down close.
     
    Happy to take a W any way we can get them however.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I have a feeling LMJ will be getting shopped Berger.
    Still believe he was brought aboard to replace Ginn on PR/KR duties.
    He’s obviously not delivering.
     
    NYG have issues with RB DWilson holding onto the ball and BJacobs isn’t going to go for long at his age.
    I have faith in Baalke.
    He’ll consider all the options he has available.

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ reunited with Chip Kelly in Philly?
    I’d be talking to JAX, NYG for Picks.
    They’re in O-fer Country right now.
    Nicks?
    I’m leary of rentals but, he’s solid and could be insurance for Crabtree, only if he’s amenable to a long term deal for me.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t trust Kyle with the PR/KR duties 100% either though he did show some vision today in the open field.
    We’ve got some needs to address, especially with the DLine injuries.

  112. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I feel better about the pass rush after today, actually. Lemonier had a decent first game. He may never be Aldon but he ain’t a stiff, either.
     
    The D-line is really hurting right now. Carradine needs to make a contribution soon.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Grump, but, Tank and QDial are raw and untested at this point.
    Facing CJ in TN next week will be a major chore if Dorsey can’t go.
    Good news is, AZ/Seattle play on short rest and, 1 will lose.
    Let’s hope it’s Seattle.

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good time to get them started though.
    Couple of games, followed with the BYE.
    Should get rather interesting after that BYE week.
    Could be a totally revamped Roster by then.
    Guys in, guys out, maybe even dealt or waived.

  115. 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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