49ers 32, Cardinals 20

Late in the 3rd quarter, the 49ers were clinging to a 22-20 lead, when Patrick Willis stripped the ball from Larry Fitzgerald at the SF 11, Eric Reid recovered, and this looked like a game the team was going to somehow find a way to lose. But, with 1:07 left in the quarter, the team put together an 18 play, 89 yard TD drive that took 9:32 off the game clock and effectively closed out the Cardinals. It was the most time consuming drive in the NFL this year and it ended with 8 straight Power 94 runs up the middle, covering the last 30 yards of the drive. As Jim Harbaugh succinctly termed it, “We grinded some meat out there.”

It was the third straight victory for the 49ers, and all three have been keyed by the defense. The offense consists of long stretches of ineptitude, punctuated by long, sudden TD bombs to Vernon Davis. Vernon rang up 180 yards against Arizona.

The defense is in trouble, though. NT Glenn Dorsey left the game with a hammy, leaving 3rd string D-lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie plugging the middle. There’s only four healthy bodies left on the D-line and next week the team travels to Tennessee to take on Chris Johnson and the Titans, who gave Seattle all they could handle Sunday.

The ugliest part of the game came when the fans started doing the Wave while AZ DE Calais Campbell was being carted off on a stretcher. Doing the Wave at all is an embarrassment, let alone when some guy on the field is flirting with paralysis. It took Joe Staley and his linemates imploring the crowd to finally put the Wave to bed. Who are these mindless dolts? Are they in the majority? Are they running the country? Does this EXPLAIN EVERYTHING?

Aldon Smith’s replacement, rookie Corey Lemonier, got his first NFL sack against AZ, and a safety to boot. The kid’s doing a pretty good job out there, but he ain’t Aldon. We spent twenty years trying to find a pass rushing dude and when we finally have one, he self-destructs in two plus years. Sigh.

One more grind it out game and then the Jaguars, a BYE, and some reinforcements coming aboard to hopefully help the team to a late season bit of dominant football. If the team beats Tennessee, they can still contend for the division title. If not, they’re probably looking at a wild card spot.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If Dial can step in quickly he is still a 6’5″ rookie NT. I wouldn’t expect much immediately. Unfortunately we probably don’t have a choice. Fortunately, this will be great for the future. Tank should be able to come in and go after the QB right away.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has regressed a bit with his throwing motion. He looked great last year, this year he is winding up a bit. I wonder if the coaches are noticing?

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    nice to see jerrod (sp) eddie and corey lemonier looking so good !

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    this was the first time in 3 games kap was over 170 yds passing ! i guess he might not be quite as good as alex 6-0 smith !

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know if winding up is the correct assessment. He is doing that very slightly but more so he is throwing sidearm, which takes a lot of touch off of most throws.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I’ve been noticing Kap’s windup
    which is a total tell allowing DBs to break on the ball and the Dline to jump up and bat some balls.
    Kap has to calm down to start games. He’s super amped and he’s trying to throw laser fastballs.
    If Boldin can’t catch your passes
    it’s going to be 3 and out.
    He settled down and started connecting with VD with perfect throws.
    Kap is still learning and far from a finished product. Should
    lower our expectations and let him play within his current abilities and let him grow.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite memory of yesterday was noticing the Raiders facing 3rd and 48(!) from their own 10. They started the drive in Chiefs territory. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team needing 48 yards to make a first down. Awesome.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pryor was sacked 10 times yesterday. They kept showing him on the bench with a deer in the headlights shocked look.
    Most teams have the QB coach sit with you to help you and review the pix from above. Not the Raiduhs who just left Pryor to sit by himself staring off into space.
    Nobody was talking to him treating him like he was radioactive.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You guys are watching Kap’s windup and delivery? That’s a hoot. Why don’t you try and divert your energy to more important and pertinent matters like I do. Pray tell? Oh, I don’t know…maybe like watching our future president of the United States march his team down in the final few seconds and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat unlike none other.
     
    If President Brady didn’t garner your vote yesterday I’m voting Obama into a third term. Is that even possible? I’ll change the laws!

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I already know Skeebers would root for Alex to win the Super Bowl and make our franchise look like a bigger shame than it already is. But you, Bullit, refuse to say so. That’s OK. You can go replace Mack Brown at UT. They could use another Company Man to tell the students that they still have a chance of winning the Big 12 and going to the BCS. I still haven’t stopped laughing at that one.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I have another question. When the Broncos and Seahawks play in the Super Bowl this year, will you root for Denver because of your hatred for the “Seahags,” or will you root for Seattle just to spite me for my love of Peyton Manning? That’s a toughie.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Sometimes you really do act like a 12 year old fanboy.
    I say that because you are pure bandwagon.
    Your favorite QBs are the best in the NFL and you try to use them as a measuring stick.
    On a weekly basis you will pick one from your “stable” that has the exceptional game.
    Not chirping about Peyton or Romo this week are we?
    Take your shots at me but I’m a Texas Ex and live and die with the Longhorns.
    What do you stand for in College Football? Identify your team or shut up.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I agree Kap is young and needs to grow. My point is more about hoping our coaches catch these flaws and fix them. All QBs, including Brady and Manning, need this help. It is just like a pitching coach watching his pitcher during a game. Alex did not have this help when he was young except with Norv. I think Kap has this help but I’d like to see it during games. I remember when Brees won the Super Bowl he would drop his hands too low in many games but at some point during the game he would get it right and get on a roll. I have to assume he didn’t catch that on his own, I would think a coach caught it each time. Last year Kap was throwing over the top and didn’t get his passes batted, plus he had really good touch. This year he is throwing sidearm and getting many passes batted and has lost much of his touch. Why isn’t the coaching staff catching this?

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would root for Alex in the Super Bowl if he wasn’t playing against the 49ers.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bills are signing Matt Flynn.

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just watched Tony Romo at his press conference moments ago. Reporter asked Tony to describe the TD pass. Romo responded, “usually I’d ask, which one?”
     
    Great quarterback, great guy and he has a great sense of humor. No wonder I like the guy.

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Last week he throws for > 500 yds and 5 TDs but Tony’s a bum. Yesterday he goes for 170 yds and just the one TD and he’s good again?
     
    You guys don’t know a goddamn thing about quarterbacking. Look who I’m talking to? We’ve got like five presidents of the Alex Smith Fan Club on this site. Jesus. H. Christ.

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “We don’t need Peyton Manning, we’re better off with Alex Smith.”
     
    I hope to hell that’s not Tom Brady’s campaign slogan. The people might re-elect Jimmy Carter.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del is the President of the Drink ‘Till You Fall Out Of Your Chair And Break Your Shoulder Club. Drink ‘Till for short. Also known as the DTs! Shaking, not stirred. Brain cells optional.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What I can’t figure out is where the hell Del got the notion that anybody here gives a rat’s ass about Romo, Manning, or Brady. Is this some form of padded room dialogue with the walls?

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So says the guys who guzzled 3 1/2 bottles of wine on Friday night. That’s the pot calling the kettle a nigga.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And for the record, and to repeat: I was NOT drinking when I fell out of my chair and broke my shoulder. That was a true accident. Go ahead and make fun of us cripples. Got any cerebral palsy jokes?

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I swear to effing Christ. I hope to hell to meet Alex Smith soon in a rehab meeting. And I’m not talking alcohol. Break his effing neck and shut you mooks up.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Are you really totally in love with Romo or are you just looking for somebody to beat Alex? Romo didn’t!

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Harbaugh anticipates WR Mannningham, CB Wright and DL Carradine and Dial will start practicing Tuesday.”

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Del, my 3.5 bottles on a Friday night, which was the only day drinking for the week, pales in what you typically drink in any 3 hour period. What’s with the racial slur? Are you losing it?

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You shoulda asked him that 3 years ago, Bergs. That’s when Dennis’ train went around the bend.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh: “We didn’t get a fast start in terms of moving the football offensively.”
     
    No shit, Jim.

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Kind of like the French did not get a fast start in 1940, Jim.
     
    We were kind of lucky that Palmer sucks ostrich eggs and could not take advantage of most of our failures. And then made numerous ones of his own. If the Cards ever find a post-Warner QB, they might actually be factor in the playoffs.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    LaMichael James: “Everyone keep asking me if I got traded … Not To my knowledge.”
     
    Don’t worry LJ, you’ll be the last to find out.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, LMJ’s got a point, to a point. He did well in space last year when Hunter went down and he was called upon to help. It’s like the WRs we have but don’t use. What’s the point? There are so many guys that sit on the sidelines when we should be using them. We need Wrs but they don’t suit up for weeks. If Osgood ain’t worth a damn, bring up Chuck Jacobs. He’s frigging THERE for God’s sake. Is he worthy? Use him or cut him. All these guys hang around the periphery not getting chances. Baldwin should be used more than he has, but then again, he wasn’t getting a ton of separation yesterday.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It just baffles me that we have glaring issues but Harbaugh doesn’t seem to do anything about them.
    .
    Then there’s the revolving QB deal. Really? You sign Skelton for 3 days after ditching your 7th round pick? And then sign Temple Beth-El?
    .
    Huh? CJ was no Nate Davis, but who is?

  33. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    No one. Not even Nate Davis is Nate Davis.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Too funny.
    .
    Don;t know if you saw this, but:
    .
    Nate Davis’s Amarillo Venom defeated the Laredo Rattlesnakes 70-69 to win the Lone Star Arena League 2013 Championship!
    .
    http://www.govenom.com/
    .
    Nate Davis, Lone Star Football League Offensive player of the year.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Surprised RTF didn’t put that link up before you, Chuck. He follows Nate religiously.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger the beauty of our situation, regarding QB flaws is, Harbaugh.
     
    Alex improved immensely once Harbaugh arrived and that, in and of itself, led to Alex’s stock rising to the Trade value it returned.
     
    My belief is, Harbaugh is keeping Kaep on a ‘No Run’ policy, both to minimize injury risk and, improve his ability to read coverages.
     
    Harbaugh is what this Team needed long before he arrived.
     
    A HC that actually knows what the QB position needs to achieve and, how to teach the finer points of playing the position.
     
    Kaep is antsy when he doesn’t get a clean initial read and opts to rely on his legs immediately.
     
    With time, and the return of some trusted WRs from injury, he’ll become much more prolific in the second half of the season IMO.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, LMJ is deadly in the open field.
    For that reason alone, I always felt he’d break into this lineup as a PR/KR threat.
    My guess is he’s not handling the ball cleanly enough to be trusted at this point?
     
    I don’t see him as anything more than a CoP RB due to his small stature however.
     
    I would like to see him/us get involved more in the Fly Sweep packages we experimented with a little last year with Ginn.
    LMJ on the edges or, coming back against the grain could provide a big wrinkle for us going forward.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The big setback for LMJ that limits his playing time is his pass blocking ability.
    I believe LMJ has not shown any improvement in this area and that makes him one dimensional when he’s in the backfield and you’re asking the defense to blitz.
    Lawrence Phillips’ non block led to Steve Young’s sudden exit
    on a hit that ended his career.
    Until LMJ learns or shows he can block he’s not even a 3rd down back.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh, that too Bullit.
    Which is why I think that Fly Sweep package would be a nice wrinkle for him.
    Maybe even getting him in a slot option would work?
    Who knows?
    Roman may be tinkering behind the scenes in practice too?
    Nature of the game is, don’t put too much on film until it’s necessary I guess?

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That Aeneas Williams moment is another of those nightmare flashbacks that haunt many of us too.
     
    Phillips wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed to be sure.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Right up there with Bubba and Leonard Marshall pile driving Joe.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also noticed those sideline placards during the game Sunday too.
    Hopefully it will give the guys an advantage for loud stadium adjustments.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Frank Gore leads the NFL with 140 yards after contact since Week 4, and will face Titans defense allowing the most YAC per rush this season.”
     
    Case closed. We win. On to the Jaguars.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is Tank Carradine in April, six months ago. Looked good for a guy with knee issues.
    If he’s learned the defense I think he’s good to go. He’s a BEAST!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3o1HJ7YJXM

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Robert Irsay, re Peyton Manning:
     
    “You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin [Harrison] and Reggie [Wayne]. Mostly, you love this,” as Irsay pointed to his one and only ring.”
     
    Was that a shot?

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What is disappointing to me is a so called lifetime 49er fan has already posted on this site that the Seahags are in the Super Bowl with 11 games to go.
    Loyalty isn’t what it used to be and fanboys here worship false idols.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, that’s a fairly odd statement from Irsay. Then again, this is a guy who’s posted many many drunken tweets.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He should be blogging here. He’d fit right in!

  49. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bongo. he could give Bergs a run form his money on a friday night . . .

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bingo. he could give Bergs a run form his money on a friday night . . .

  51. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bango. He could give . . .

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Me, I start drinking early . . .

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- We missed it. I had 3.5 bottles of wine Friday night. We could have been talking politics!

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe next friday . . .

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh wait. I’m having my eyelids removed. Less painful.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    LOL! Step into Dr. Berger’s operating room!

  57. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
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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