49ers 23, Rams 13

In like a lion, out like a lamb. And so it came to pass, as the San Francisco 49ers sent the red hot St. Louis Rams bleating and whimpering into the sunset, 23-13.

The 49er defense had yet another outstanding afternoon, holding the Rams to six points and 122 net yards through the first three quarters and not allowing the Rams into the end zone until there were only 18 seconds left in the game. The recently dangerous Tavon Austin caught only four passes for 25 dinky yards.

Despite dominating the game from the opening kickoff onward, the 49ers only led 16-6 as the 4th quarter started. They had just squandered a promising drive when Frank Gore fumbled on the Rams’ twenty. The natives were restless, or at least concerned. Then Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher decided to call a fake punt on 4th and 8 from the St. Louis 22. It worked twice last year, but was a bit of a disaster this time around. Boobie Dixon smelled out the chicanery and stuffed the play. Moments later, Vernon Davis caught a pass at the eleven and high hurdled over a startled Rams DB into the end zone for a 23-6 lead. Game over.

This game marked the return of Michael Crabtree, who had been out all year with a torn Achilles. It also marked the return of the 49ers’ passing game. Coincidence? I think not. Crabtree only caught two passes, though one was a 60 yard stop and go beauty. But his presence in the line up opened things up for Anquan Boldin and VD, who caught 13 passes for 180 yards between them. It also helped that the Rams, who had been trampled by our running game in the first meeting back in September, were loaded up to make sure it didn’t happen again. In that, they were successful. Gore had only 42 yards on 15 carries.

Having his 2012 go-to WR finally back in action was clearly a rejuvenating event for embattled 49er QB Colin Kaepernick. He looked more confident, comfortable, and even happy throughout the game. When he dropped back to pass, he knew somebody would probably be open. And they usually were.

The game was not without midadventure for the 49ers, however. All pro LT Joe Staley suffered a sprained MCL early, causing a shuffling on the O-line. Alex Boone moved from RG to LT and Joe Looney took over at RG. Boone had an outstanding day, completely shutting out Rams pass rushing star Robert Quinn.

There was also the matter of Vernon’s jewels. The family sort of treasure. For perhaps the first time in NFL history, these precious items were used to make a tackle. Yep. A Ram defender got his hands on the goods and hung on until Davis went down. Ouch!

With the victory, coupled with losses by the Cardinals and Bears, the 49ers moved into sole possession of the sixth and final playoff seed. That might be a short lived joy, with Seattle coming to town next week, but for now, all is good. We’re three quarters through the 2013 season, persons of interest among you. Time for the stretch run.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last season the Rams were laying claim that the Niners never beat them in 2012 and that made their season. But this is 2013.
    Yesterday the Niners did what they had to do and took care of business.
    Defense was outstanding and that last TD was against the backups.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Yes I really like what I saw in Moncrief who is a big receiver with big play ability.
    I think we’ll be OK on the Dline with Dorsey and Ian Williams and Tony G-Eddie emerging. With Dial and Carradine in the wings drafting Dline is no longer a priority.
    Marqise Lee on some draft boards has fallen into the teens.
    If he is there around 15 I would be tempted to trade up because he is a game breaker both as receiver and return man.

    If not I’d take a look at Moncrief in rd 2 or this guy L’Damian Washington WR from Mizzou in the 3rd rd 6’4″ with 4.39 speed he’s caught 10 TDs this year
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1700421/ldamian-washington

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNyyHmsuw9Q

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our passing game actually reappeared last week when we started to use more 3 WR sets. It got better this week because we used it two weeks in a row, so naturally we got better at it, and of course, the return of Crabtree did help.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Watching Kap go through his reads with more efficiency because of better play calling and use of formations is wonderful to see. I would think Harbaugh went into the offense meetings and got more involved because what we have been doing the last two games did not look very Romanish.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And now comes our last attempt to beat a totally non-wretched team in the 2013 regular season. Our fortunes against the Seahawks this week should tell us whether this team is finally coming together and has a shot at January success, or if it’s merely a case of getting fat on the bottom-dwellers.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The mock drafts show a lot of teams reaching for QBs in the first round particularly in the top ten.
    Texans, Jags, Vikes, Jest, Browns, Raiduhs and Titans are looking again at QBs. These teams like to draft QBs in the first round every two years. These “reaches” move legit talent down the draft board so teams like the Niners can swoop in and exploit
    their seriously flawed talent evaluation.
    That’s why a Marqise Lee drops 5-10 spots because of the run on QBs.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Is Robinson related to Michael? I know common name but both Penn State guys albeit 10 years apart.
    I’d look at him in the second round but I’m not drafting a BIG 10
    WR in the first round. That scares the sheet out of me.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not too keen on drafting any WR in the first round when we will probably have a bigger need at DB. The off season will come first when we’ll see what happens in the defensive backfield.

    If we do draft a WR in the first round I want a leaper with some speed. He doesn’t have to be a burner as long as he has decent speed. Robinson fills that bill. My only problem with him is he has a tendency to let the ball get into his body but he does catch with his hands in traffic. I do not know if he is related to Michael. The fact he can shine the way he does in the Big Ten is a huge plus in his favor in my book.

    Last year (2012) the two I liked were Stephen Hill and Alshon Jeffrey. We drafted AJ Jenkins, a burner. He’s gone. Hill was a burner but he is big and in college he had a history of big plays when needed. Jeffrey was a not fast but fast enough and catches the ball away from his body, is a leaper and has great length. I also liked Sanu but his 40 time was just too slow to be a 1st round pick. Robinson has good length at 6-3, he has great hands with great leaping ability and has requisite speed.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger
    Baalke has been had good luck finding talented CBs in later rounds such as Culliver, Brock and the departed Cooper.

    Some of the CBs drafted in the first round have not panned out for their teams recently. Claiborne for the Cowgurlz, Dre Kirkpatrick for the Bungles and Dee Millner for the Jest all highly touted and all are having a tough time starting or keeping their first string status. And of cource DJ Hayden for the Raiduhs. The draft is crapshoot after all.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Iupati returns for the Seahags and Staley is out it’ll be interesting how they shuffle the line.
    I would lineup LT Boone, LG Iupati, C Goodwin, RG Snyder and RT Davis. I believe Boone is a better OT than Snyder and this lineup seems the strongest IMHO.
    Maybe Staley makes a remarkable recovery and is available which would be besty case. If he’s limited I’d sit Staley and go with Boone.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I would look at any position in the draft except 270lb slot receiver.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Getting Manningham and Crabtree back probably have something to do with running more 3 and 4 WR sets the last two weeks but we had trouble with the Rams in both games last year with those two in the game. Robaugh did not change the play calling from last year and DCs adjusted for the power 22 game. Robaugh’s tunnel vision has cost us 2 or 3 games this year but it looks like they might have finally changed their approach. I’ll need to see it for more than two games in a row to believe it.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it’ll cewrtainly play into Seattle’s missing DBs well. Get a lot of WRs out there. Activate Baldwin, for God’s sake.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I’ll bite. Who is the 270lb slot receiver you keep referring to?

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The last time we activated Baldwin he ran like a piano!

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I thought everybody knows the 270lb slot receiver is McDonald. I do like the McDonald blocking but I don’t like giving away a DB match-up so the coverage can be rolled to a better receiver. At least Davis has the speed to make him a viable match-up problem. McDonald is also OK with a one RB package. The 22 has to go away. In the words of Frank Gore, “defenses have done a really good job of defensing us.”

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I suspected that was who you were referring to.
    McDonald is still adjusting to the speed of the NFL.
    I thought he’s do way better as a rookie which is a miscalculation on my part. Did he even play yesterday?

    Cam Inman pointed out that you know it’s your day when they partially block your punt and it still rolls 43 yds to be downed at the Ram 8 yd line.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    McDonald played. He had one very nice block where he teamed up with Boone to block multiple defenders.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    After you dissed Dawson for missing, he’s hit 16 in a row.
    He’s money!

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wasn’t capping on you about the 270lb receiver, I was capping about the 49ers anti passing game philosophy.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Survey says Dawson doesn’t have a calcified mass!

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nobodys discussed this here yet.
    Unfortunately I think the League should make an example out of Tomlin not only fining him but suspending him for at least 1 game.
    I don’t buy his excuse that he was watching the Jumbotron and was unaware to where he was and just wandered onto the field.
    He became involved in that play and should pay the price.

    Hard to discern whether this was deliberate and intentional.
    At the very least Tomlin should know better.

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/12/02/new-video-angle-shows-mike-tomlin-incident-league-considers-punishment/

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Overlooked is the height that Dawson is getting on his kickoffs.
    Yesterday Tavon Austin stopped returning KOs that were 3 yds deep
    because he kept getting tackled before the 15 yd line by the first wave of the KO coverage.
    They actually keep stats on length of Kickoffs, return yardage on those KOs etc. Dawson is allowing 21 yds per KO which is top 5 in the league.
    http://tinyurl.com/nyvwjxa

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I do not think what Tomlin did was intentional but he should get penalized anyway. Like you said, he should know better.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    With all the issues around the league (steroids, horrible officiating, replay f**kups, concussions…), this falls somewhere around the dress-code police socks-too-low infraction on the scale of importance.

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I thought yesterday was the best game we’ve played to date. They really didn’t stop our running game, we just decided not to use it. I don’t know how that Ram team stuck it to Indy so tough, the only thing I can think is Indy has self destructed. It looked like they thought they could come to our house and intimidate us and it was comical to see just how tough they were. If there was a game that should unify the team it was yesterdays.
    .
    Grump – I agree. It does us no good to only feed on the bottom dwellers. We have to be able to beat Seattle in our house otherwise we are just blowing smoke.

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, StL, like a lot of teams, put 8-9 guys in the tackle box. They dared us to pass. When we played Indy, VD was hurt. Boldin drew triple coverage and no none else was getting open. Hence the suckfest. The Sea game (where VD got hurt) was much the same. Again, no one able to get open, and we passed too much in my mind anyway. In the Indy gasme, the Niner TD came on the running of Gore. We went away from it after that, and 3-and-outed the rest of the game.

    Now we have Crabs back, and this affects things greatly. With Crabs on the field, VD and Boldin were wide open on many plays. Too see what the effect is of losing a WR, just look at Indy. They are sucking without Reggie Wayne.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If you want to get riled about something Bullit, just look at how badly the refs handled the Wash/NYG game yesterday. They hosed up Washington’s last drive to the point of absurdity. On a 2nd and 8 play, the ‘Skins got what appeared to be a first down, as one official told the chain gang to move the chains, and the line crew turned the down markers to 1st down. The ‘first down’ play was a 15 yard incompletion. The refs then said it was 4th down. Wash converted the 4th down play, but fumbled it away. But that isn’t the point. The refs blew it by

    a) not measuring
    b) letting Wash run a play
    c) taking away the first down after already calling it
    d) reversing their decision after a play had been run

    4 f**kups in a matter of 30 seconds. I’m sure the Skins would have blown it anyway, but that was a monumentally shitty deal. They totally affected the play calling by Wash. And reversed a decision after a play had been run. Much as I can’t stand Shanahan, he did get the play off without so much as a time out or delay of game.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing to get riled up about.
    Case of human error and it happens all the time.
    The referee is the only guy that can signal first down.
    He said third down.
    The head linesman blew it by having the chains moved.
    In this one Shanahan chose to run the hurry up which compounded the problem.
    How many times have you seen the wrong down on the yard marker because the chain gang flipped it to the wrong down or forgot to flip it?
    Each team is responsible for keeping track of the down and situation and stopping the game if they think something is wrong.
    The league has said the officials screwed up but it’s weak to say you would’ve called a different play in hindsight.
    This human error will continue to be part of the game especially with hurry up offenses so get used to it and factor expect it as the price you pay for the hurry up.

    The chain gang is not a paid position and is staffed by people the home team selects.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. There’s NO difference between 3rd and 1 and 1st and 10. Criminy. You going to stick with that answer?

    And how is Shanahan supposed to stop the game after the ‘1st down’ play has run, and they switch it to 4th down? Like I said, he kept his shit together when they were pissing the game away for him.

    The chain gang has nothing to do with the problem, Bullit. And it was the refs rushing to get the ball set, not anyone else.

    BTW, they’ve used Dial-a-Down for close to 40 years now. They don’t flip shit.

    So yeah, Tomlin has 1/8 of an inch of his heel on the playing field, and he should be suspended, fined, and lose a draft choice.

    The refs completely blow the down, distance, and situation, and it’s Shanahan’s fault because he runs a no-huddle offense. Makes perfect sense.

  32. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah chuck you’re right about us being a more rounded team than that of week 2&3. And, i still think the blame lies mainly with coaching. We just don’t seem to adjust very well. I wish we would run the hurry up offense more often, like yesterday when we controlled the clock, we still ran the 24 second clock down to the wire. Even D’s out on the field can get a breather that way.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    What is your solution to what happened then to the Redskins?
    You’re bitchin about it. Solve the problem.

    I already told you what I’d do with Tomlin.
    He was on the field while the play was going by and not by an 1/8th of inch.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tripplette’s an idiot. He’s done some other stupid shit over the years. He should have called for a measurement. When he didn’t, he should have let the 1st down play go. Not reverse the decision after the play ran. It should have been 2nd down, not 4th. That fixes the issue with the inadvertent 1st down.

    Gee, rocket surgery, I know. Tripplette shoul be suspended for being a bad ref.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tomlin was on the white. He wasn’t on the field.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pictures don’t lie Chuck. Wasn’t on the field?
    Time to get laser surgery. You really just like to argue just to be an ass, don’t you?
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24315174/video-new-angle-of-mike-tomlinjacoby-jones-interference

    There is a six foot line he was supposed to be behind. The photo clearly shows he’s within a yard of the opposing return guy.
    Yet you keep blabbering that this is nothing. It’s physical interference with the playing of a game by a head coach.
    He physically changed the outcome.
    Again you are clueless and you stuck the foot into your pie hole again.
    Take a close look at the picture and tell me he’s not on the field for the sake of your reputation and creditbility?

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody, and I mean nobody, on this site thinks Ricardo Lockette can play in the NFL. He just made a great 37 yard catch on MNF. I would much rather have him over Jon Baldwin.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blah blah blah, Bullit. My point is the refs are getting way too involved over the outcome of games. They are blowing calls with sickening regularity that by my count have directly affected the outcome of 3 games in the past 3 weeks. .

    You can get all huffy over Tomlin on the white line (GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). The NFL should hire you to scout the lines. The bigger picture is Balt won the game. The returner would have been tackled anyway.

    I see you backed away from your contention that the play calling wouldn’t have changed. Wisely so.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What do you all think? Do you think the NFL is justified in taking a draft pick away for this? The fine alone is ludicrous when you see referees blowing calls, running off the field, and facing no repercussions.

    Bullit, I think what the video shows is exactly what Tomlin said happened. He was watching the TV. Yeah, he should be drawn and quartered. He had half his foot on the field of play.

    Meanwhile, the refs completely f**k up the call in the game last night and you blame it on Shanahan. THAT’S arguing for stupidity’s sake. Play on, skippy.

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I still find it amazing that the Niners don’t activate more than 3 WRs per game. I guess Osgood counts, but how h=many plays has he been in on?

  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, they took our 5th pick a few years back over some total bullshit tampering thing that really wasn’t, with Lance Briggs. Option One is, Frack the Steelers with red hot pokers. I’m okay with that. Option two is, Frack Goodell with a fracking glowing plutonium poker. Even better.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, suspend Tomlim for next season. I’d love it. But the point remains, it’s a moronic call to even consider taking a draft pick for something as minor as this. Like I said, it’s akin to fining players like Frank Gore for showing too much calf.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Typical bluster from you Chuck.
    Just keep slanting the truth to fit your spin.
    On Tomlin first it was an eighth of an inch, then clearly he wasn’t on the field and finally on the field. Flip flop spin spin Chuck’s always right in his world.
    It is useless to reason with a moron, so I won’t bother.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you would learn to read Chuck I never said strip them of a draft pick, not once. You’re the one that keeps posting that.
    So turn your outrage against yourself.
    I said a fine and a one game suspension would be a just punishment.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I watched Moncrief play a week or 2 back and thought highly of his size and receiving ablility.

    I’m poking through the upcoming Draft class, concentrating mostly on WR/DB positions.

    I would agree with the assessment that we could make a splash move for the right guy as we did with Reid.
    All these extra Picks are useless if not packaged for impact players.

    That said, WR/DB is also an area with the highest probability of failure.

    I am however, a strong believer in the BPA theory of Roster assembly.

    Always good to see guys like Ian, TBrock and TJ-E earn a key place on the Roster too.
    Thus far, to be honest, there are no Calvin Johnson-type WR talents to be anointed IMO.
    I do favor Jordan Matthews and Moncrief thus far from this group.

    Perhaps Baalke could surprise me and make a splash for a guy like Louis Nix, Sammy Watkins, Marquis Lee or another position player.

    I did get a chance to see CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu the other night and, thought he was worth all the hype I’ve read on him.
    I do think we could wait for the Rd2-3 area for DB help however.
    Looks like an excellent crop with depth.
    There’s an interesting small school guy, Pierre Desir from Lindenwood I’d like to see.
    Hoping he gets a Combine/Sr Bowl invite, just to see him compete with the big school guys.
    He’s listed at 6’1″ and put up a good mixture of tackles and pass defense numbers.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For me, there’s always a need for DL/DE guys too.
    Perhaps Tank and Dial address those concerns for the immediate future.
    If so, we certainly need to address the skill positions on Offense.
    No clue where we stand in our efforts to retain Crabtree and Iupati either.

    Have to assume TBrock stole the job from TBrown now too.
    Baalke has likely covered his concern there should Brown walk.
    If Iupati isn’t retained, I’m high on OG Cyril Richardson and David Yankey as possible future considerations there.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, another interesting WR I found from a small school is Jeff Janis – Saginaw Valley.
    Big target, 6’3″ 216 and reportedly moves in the 4.4 range.

    Another kid I’d like to see in a Combine/Sr Bowl setting.

    He’s got some ridiculous production in terms of stats too.
    2700+ yds with 32 TDs through 2012.

    Just never know how that will compare to bigger school/NFL standards.
    Have to leave that to the guys that Baalke pays to do those evals.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Ever since Iupati was hurt Frank Gore’s numbers went down and Gore’s gains has been subpar.
    Would think there might be a connection not to minimize Iupati’s value that he’s one of the top 3 guards in the League.
    Crabtree has proven his value to the team. His return from injury was met with much fanfare also showing his value to the team. Baalke will sign him to a fair contract and I think Crabtree wants to be here.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I also think Eric Reid has proven to be the perfect complement to Whitner as they work well together unlike Whitner and Goldson
    where Donte was forced into coverage situations where he failed.
    It was a foregone conclusion that Whitner was out of here after this season. He’s the leader of this secondary and he also might have a future here beyond this season if he’s agreeable to a reasonable 2 year extension.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Would be nice to keep Iupati and Whitner simply for the chemistry factor.
    But, we know there’s always Cap implications and money only goes so far.
    We’ve got some big Contracts to consider in order to keep them all happy.

    Overall, I think Baalke has been pretty prudent in managing expectations and planning around age/production factors.

    Have to figure Carlos and Goodwin are gone.
    Money has to be shifted while also adding younger talent.
    Quite a challenge.

    Is Justin done after this year?
    Can’t recall whether he’s signed through this year or next to be honest.

    Culliver should be good to go too come OTAs.
    Crabtree will be an interesting situation along with Boldin.
    Still figure they’ll look to the future with some younger additions on Draft Weekend regarding WR/DB too.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Moving Alex for 2 2’s, while unloading his Contract, was huge.
    Major kudos to Baalke for that maneuver.

    I can also see Bradford facing a similar situation, last of the Pre-Rookie Cap deals that hog tie a Teams’ Cap budget.

    Getting Aldon, Kaep Crabtree and Iupati under wraps will be no easy feat.

    In the grand scheme of things, I’d consider Kaep and Aldon the higher in importance.
    We’ll see how Crabtree and Iupati respond when the time comes.

    Rookie Cap helps alot if Baalke plays the right moves with the proper positions.
    I’m sure he’s got this thing covered.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And yes, Reid is miles ahead of what we had with Goldson.
    Baalke already has capable options being groomed behind Whitner with CJ Spillman and Michael Thomas.
    There’s a intersting kid from Va Tech I’d consider in May too.
    S/CB Antone Exum.

    He’s had a knee injury and could come at a bargain price.
    Good size and tackles well.

    All in all, this Draft Class affords depth where I expect Baalke to be shopping.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smith negotiated a very cap friendly contract with Niners on his own without an agent.
    I believe it runs 2 more years after this season.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As much as I would have liked a Saints victory to close the gap between us and Seattle, it’s pretty satisfying to see them get stomped on a big stage.

    Nothing personal with Brees, I’m just tired of all the accolades he gets for winging the ball around a 100x a game.

    Passing records are great for the history books but as a Team, they’re not as balanced as I feel we are.
    Yes, he’s a talented guy and all but, I don’t consider him in the same vane as I would Brady or Manning.

    Those guys beat you mentally.
    I’d love for Kaep to achieve that status someday, we all would.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Near as I can verify, the ‘Hawks/9ers all time series record stands at 15-14.

    Time for us to even it up on Sunday.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Coaching Merry Go Round has started in the NCAA.
    Sarkisian leaves UW for U$C creating a vacancy that Jim Mora Jr
    who’s at UCLA might consider as an Ex LB who played for the Huskies.
    The coach on the Niners that wants to be a college head coach is LB coach Jim Leavitt who has put his name out according to CBS.

    History will tell you that Sarkisian turned down Al and the Raiduhs and Kiffen was hired as an end result. That started the chain reaction to all the coaching changes in Pro and college.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle looked like the best team in the NFL last night.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    The Road to the Super Bowl travels through Seattle. No doubt about it.
    Russell Wilson doesn’t let anything phase him.
    Yesterday on a max blitz where the Aint’s sent 8 he calmly drops a 50 yd pass to Baldwin.

    With that said punching out the Seahags this weekend will
    rattle their cage and establish that they are beatable.
    Should be another physical game.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch had one long run of 14 yds last night. His other 15 carries he averaged 2 yds a carry. Same for Turbin with a 12 yd carry and then 2 yds a carry for his other 10 carries.
    Keep Russell Wilson in the pocket and collapse the pocket with in your face pressure seems to be the best strategy in limiting
    Wilson’s effectiveness.

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I pegged Hitner as a guy on the way out, but he’s done very well not having to cover for Goldson’s misdeeds and general shabby play.

    The one thing in the Niners’ favor is definitely seeing guys like Goldson go for the green and end up in a shitty situation on a crap-ass team wallowing in the basement.

    Back in the glory days, guys would take less monmey to come here and get their shot at the promised land. Maybe that happens a little coming up.

  61. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NO certainly did themselves no favors by not getting much pressure on RW. And when they did, he easily got free to get yards running.

    Wilson has an excellent grasp of what they do as a team. And the WRs have great instincts to break routes and get free when Wilson breaks contain or is in trouble.

    This is something I think the Niners struggle with mightily. I was encouraged to see Kappy getting to his 2nd and 3rd reads on some of the plays last Sunday. It all starts up front though, as you said NJ. Without time, this won’t work. It’s good to see the quick hitters though.

    Manningham, who seems to be the slant guy, didn’t do as well Sunday as he did vs Wash, needs to get open quick, but slants are one thing the Hawks take away with their aggressive coverage. A few stop-and-go’s would be in order to try and beat the jamming at the line by their CBs.

    I don’t think we’ll be able to run on these guys early. Quick passes can loosen the D up. I’d flood the field with WRs. Get fricking Baldwin out there and throw him a few jump balls.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Niners Nation film analysis of the 4 sacks that Kap took on Sunday briilianty put together by James Brady

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2013/12/3/5169694/49ers-vs-rams-film-breakdown-gif-sacks-joe-staley

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This week’s game is not a must win game but if we lose all remaining games will probably be must win.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It was Suprising that Crabtree played 42 snaps on Sunday in his season debut. That’s playing 3/4 of the game and would’ve been more if they didn’t shut it down in the last 10 minutes.
    Crabtree,V Davis and Boldin give the Niners the physicality and attitude to combat the Seahag secondary swagger.
    Although Sherman is mucho talented did I mention that I can’t stand that guy?

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomlin was fined $100K and the League has said it might strip
    the Steelers one of their draft picks.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24334794/nfl-fines-mike-tomlin-100000-could-still-take-away-draft-pick

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hasn’t some burglar or burger guy been preaching something similar? That’s when the Niners has a 270 lb slot receiver.

    http://nfl.si.com/2013/12/03/all-22-slot-recievers-brandon-marshall-jordy-nelson/

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Nice find.

    The slot receiver should expose match-ups. Send McDonald out from the traditional TE spot or put him wide, or even from the backfield. The slot should be Crabs or VD or if they might bring in LMJ. Don’t give up a mis-match, create them. An exception is if you have Jimmy Graham or Gronk, because they are a mis-match in themselves. A team would typically use a CB with safety help which should create a mis-match for the outside receiver. If it doesn’t, the slot guy is the mis-match.

    Seattle runs that triangle with 4 under. I would love to be a coach to be able to be the one who figures it out. Just like Shurmer and Capers did with the WCO by coming up with the zone blitz, and also, whoever invented the Tampa 2 for the WCO.

  68. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ is such a mystery as he is used so little. Why not split him out in the slot? Are his hands any good? We’ll never know. I guess they see whatever they see in practice, but changing things up would seem to help things along. It wasn’t that long ago that Isaac Sopoaga was (and was it Staley?) was catching passes as a TE. It’s less wild to put LMJ as a slot WR in a few 4-5 WR sets.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In last Sunday’s game Justin Smith walked LT Jake Long back into the QB on his pass rush. Asked about it “Cowboy” had something interesting to say.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/video_content_type/smith-bull-rush-its-called-i-wish-i-had-another-move

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Damn, this quite the story. Dwight Clark had a burger restaurant in the Financial District and a seafood place in Redwood City called Clark’s By The Bay.
    I did not realize how bad things got for him and he was saved by an angel. Good read.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10078654/reilly-dwight-clark-comeback-route?ex_cid=espnapi_public

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Balls Deep Sports analysis of Crabtree using the All 22.
    Berger will appreciate that they went 4 wide on Crabtree’s 60 yd reception.
    http://www.ballsdeepsportsblog.com/?p=2947

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m adding another WR to the list of possible candidates.
    Take a look at Kelvin Benjamin from FSU –
    Big kid, Red Shirt Sophomore – Very possible he’ll enter the Draft.

    6’5″ 235 –
    He’s not a speedy guy but, he’s got great size and uses his hands well.
    Looks like a real Red Zone threat –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTkyr7Qv8mc

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I meant to ask.
    Did you see that DT Louis Nix went down with a knee injury?

    Could we be lucky enough to steal another stud DT with injury concerns in May?
    Tank and Nix inside?

    Be still my anxious heart…..;)

  74. 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: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
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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