Early Bird Special

The 49ers can just about lock up a playoff spot with a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday morning. Arizona has a date in Seattle the following week, an almost sure defeat, which would leave them two games behind and a loser in the tie breaker category. There’s no way Detroit, Chicago, and Dallas all sweep their remaining three games.

The final two 49er games would then be meaningful only if the Panthers lose a week from now to the Saints and the 49ers wanted to get the fifth seed instead of the sixth. If they pulled that off, however, it would mean taking a six game winning streak into the postseason and needing to run it up to a ten game winning streak to capture the Lombardi. A bit unlikely. It might be better to rest the starters in the season finale against Arizona.

Florida teams have perked up lately, with Miami contending for a playoff spot, Jacksonville riding a three game winning streak, and Tampa roaring into this game on a one game streak. They’re 4-1 since an 0-8 start and running QB Josh Freeman out of town and replacing him with Warm Body. The team has been battling the dreaded staff infections this year, which haven’t been mentioned lately, but it would be wise for the 49ers to send a Hazmat squad into the visitor’s locker room before allowing the players inside.

Embattled Bucs HC Greg Schiano seems to be off the hot seat these days, temporarily. He’s one of those guys that nobody likes because he’s basically an asshole and a liar. He’s a jerk, too, if anyone is interested in the full story.

Ex-49er DB Dashon Goldson is playing for the Bucs this year, which is good for the Niners and Schiano says he’s been good for the Bucs, too. But Schiano is a liar, like I said, so it’s not like we have to believe a word he says. Coaches don’t normally tell the truth anyway, although most are just harmless fudgers, as opposed to outright liars. It’s a murky area that only astute idiots would give a shit about.

Last week’s victory over the Seahawks was an emotional blockbuster for the team, so it would not be a stretch to assume they could come out flat against the Bucs, especially with the 1:00am 1:00pm East Coast starting time, which astute other type of idiots realize is 10:00am out here in the West. It probably won’t matter, because the Bucs don’t have much of a dangerous offense. Their defense is pretty good, but we should score enough to stagger home with a win.

Last weekend’s weather was insane, making for some fun viewing. There’s nothing that warms one up quite like watching a bunch of guys staggering around for three hours in a blizzard. This weekend probably won’t be as charming, certainly not in Tampa Bay, but we should be able to see the pain on a lot of players’ faces as their playoff hopes get extinguished. That’s always good viewing. We’re definitely entering the sudden death area of the 2013 season. Time to stock up on the popcorn — and for those of you not on the wagon or unduly committed to a Christian way of life, time to restock the bar!




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  1. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Did you mention that today is Friday the 13th? I suppose some bloggers may hold their fire today. You can’t be too careful. Looks like Denver may have started their late season fade already? Just one game, I know. I read that 3 people were stabbed in the parking lot–visiting Raider fans? It’s a whacky world.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    From above:

    “especially with the 1:00am East Coast starting time, which astute other type of idiots”

    A 1:00 AM start would make the starting time 10:00 PM. Question is, does our game start on Sunday night or Saturday night?

    I thought the most interesting word used in that sentence was “idiots!” LOL

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Earl- It is the stretch run for Del’s 3 favorite teams. That would be DelAss, Delver and New Delland. DelAss has started their fade, Delver is showing signs and New Delland just lost Gronk. He needs to beware of the Ides of Alex Smith!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats, Berg. You win the Other Astute Idiot award for today.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Denny Downer seems to have gone off the deep end again. Or maybe he fell out of bed and broke his other shoulder.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Watch it, just because I can be an idiot does it mean I’m astute! I just wanted to know which night the game was on. I’m glad to see it is in the morning!

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap said this back in Sept to ESPN.
    “A lot of people say last year was a fluke,” he said. “They say defenses are going to figure out how to stop our offense, and we can’t do it again. That constantly drives me. Any time I’m told I can’t do something or told someone is better than me, that motivates me to prove them wrong.

    “It doesn’t matter what I’m playing — tic-tac-toe, chess, Monopoly — I’m playing to win. I don’t want last season to be an outlier. I don’t want to be one of those players who had a good year and comes back and has a bad one. I want to be similar to the Tom Bradys of the world — every year you get a great year out of them. They go out there and perform at a high level.”

    Instead of citing Tom Brady I wish he had said Montana or Young
    but that’s a minor detail.

    Being the starting QB of a Super Bowl favorite to start the year comes with an enormous amount of pressure.
    Then when you give an interview setting the bar even higher
    and putting your head on the chopping block, this is the awkward situation Kap has placed himself in.
    Time to walk the walk because it’s coming to the post season and that means sudden death for failure.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I liked what Kap said. If his OC and HC weren’t so hard headed and were more experienced in the pros Kap’s sophomore slump would have been much less. Kap has struggled but IMO much of it has been because of his OC struggles. Fortunately, they look like they are both starting to figure it out.

    We’ll see what happens going forward but it is starting to look much better. Getting some healthy WRs help too but that wasn’t the main issue. The main issue was the Rams game plans of 2012 coming back to haut when the rest of the league saw how well it worked and everybody started to use the same defensive strategy on us that the Ram’s used last year. Nothing was going to change until RoBaugh realized they needed to adjust because their offense was exposed like the King with no clothes.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy was right, Bullitt. Defenses DID figure out how to stop their offense. And that’s much more on the coaches than Kappy.

    Bullitt why do you ascribe so much importance to these interviews? This was before the season started. You have all these thoughts on what Kappy should be saying, yet you give him shit for saying he wants to improve? You give him shit for being terse? Now, he should be comparing himself to Joe and Steve? Gee, that wouldn’t make waves.

    Setting the bar higher? Higher than what? Higher than being the starting QB for a Super Bowl contending football team? Really? Even you can’t believe that. Yeah, those interviews are a bitch! Thanks for the good laugh this morning.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Can’t prove the comments about McCoy that you attribute to me?
    Perhaps you’re mistaken? This is typical that you smear and post a lie and when called on it you don’t even have the balls to retract when called on the slander. Show me the proof or is this more of the same tactic of putting words in people’s mouths.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck
    As for replying to the guys on your blog on Kap and media topic? I don’t think so.
    You seem to have the bluster over here but that’s a load of crap that you responded to posters on your blog in kind.
    It appears to be more BS from you and you have buried your head in the sand.
    You seem scared to answer them and hide out here.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who gives a f***? You’ve attributed a million things to me I haven’t said. Your hyperbolic leaps of logic are legendary. Don’t like it? Don’t do it. The rest is your usual breathless excitable pablum. Carry on, Skippy.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve said the exact same thing in both places, Buwwitt.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting:

    “PFF has Dashon Goldson as the 83rd-rated safety of 87. Eric Reid’s 23rd and Donte Whitner is third.”

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon has talent – but he is kind of an idiot. Always going for the highlight reel play, instead of playing his role in the team defense. We are far better off now.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I knew he was bad, but I didn’t think he was THAT bad, Skeebs. Now I could crow about being spot-on right regarding Dashon Goldigger, but why would I? Most of the brighter bulbs around here thought he was overrated as well.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    yesterday 8:06 pm you challenged me with

    ” You goiung to deny you said McCoy should be getting reps?”

    Well I am and asking you to prove it and you can’t.

    You come back with “Who gives a f***?”

    Very adult of you and again you embarrass yourself as usual.

    Perhaps you should heed your own advice “Don’t like it? Don’t do it.”

    Said the exact same thing on both blogs? I’ll give you a hint Chuck, these guys can read and form their own judgements.
    You’re just kidding yourself but if that’s the way you want to play it I’ll patronize you and it’ll be our little secret.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Sad thing is, while Dashon goes *looking* for big hits and highlight reel plays, and finds a few here and there, Reid has been making more this year – by being where he is supposed to be, which means he is often around the football. Reid has gotten a few picks and big hits to go with his steady coverage and tackles. He is playing smart football, and letting the big plays come to him. I doubt that Dashon will ever get his head around that concept.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just remember Dashon preventing 2 sure interceptions by not
    being aware of who was going after the ball and knocking the ball out for an incompletion. Twice in the same playoff game in fact.
    Not as bad as this though (this is very lame)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05h49R4QX9U

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I liken it to the slugger in baseball who swings for the fences on any near the strike zone (No, I haven’t forgotten you, Dave Kingman). Yes, he hits some home runs, but he also strikes out and leaves guys on base way too often. Some guys with power in baseball learn to hit the pitch they’re given – pull it deep if you can, punch it to the opposite field if that’s what you’ve got. Others remain mystified their whole career. It’s pretty clear which group Dashon tends towards.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I could find 250 misrepresentations by you, Buwwitt. No one else cares. No one else wants to wade through the bullshit. So, to the other here, please move along. Nothing to see here.

    Recent fun, in regards to All World TE, Vance McDonald:

    bullit says:
    August 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Chuck

    You’re going to eat crow on this one just like you did on Crabtree.
    Yes Crabtree the guy you said would never make it and the guy you wanted to trade for any late round draft pick.
    I made a prediction. Let this season play out before you state that I’m wrong.
    Too bad you just can’t own up to anything with your selective memory. Want to talk about Crabtree and all the BS that you now deny?
    _______________

    I’ve never denied any of the shit I’ve said about Crabs. I never said he wouldn’t make it. Just that he had done a lot of shit-talking regarding Alex, and he had missed all his practice time up to that point. Would he have been better off being traded? Well, we’ll never know. If he went to Dallas he’d be languishing in hell right about now. And I said BEFORE HE came around that he certainly had the opportunity to mnake good. I was glad he came around. I certainly never denied anything I’ve said about him, so there’s 2 examples of misrepresentation by you in one post. Plenty of others felt the same way at the time. As they did at different times about VD. Another example of someone who changed their stripes for the good of the team. Get a life, troll.

    We now return you to your regular programming.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    See, the point is, you predicted something entirely outlandish. When I call you on it, you go nutzo. When you go nutzo, you crow about posts made 3-4 years ago.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a great blooper. The Kent State player recovers a muffed punt and runs the wrong way. Better yet, he picks up a block around the 40-45 yard line. So he is running the wrong way and has help! Too funny.

    http://youtu.be/i_VqhrWW4ZA

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    The topic at hand is McCoy. You called me out on that and I asked you to show me proof. That’ll shut me up.
    Obviously you can’t and now we’re going through your usual song and dance BS.

    I have already posted that my projections for McDonald were
    way too optimistic.

    However when you post vicious, venomous comments there is a tendency to remember and hold you accountable.

    ““Unca Chuck Says:

    July 28th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    AZ overpaid for an obvious need. The Niners picked up Sac State’s QB. A guy who wouldn’t get drafted by his mother.
    .
    This shit is getting weirder and weirder.

    Trade f*cking Crabs the second he’s healthy. He’s a goddamn cancer, not an STD. Gore should go, too.”

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hooray. Sorry but that isn;’t the point, skippy. Show me where I deny saying ‘trade him.’ I know I said that. What was Crabs doing at the time? He wouldn’t acknowledge his starting QB, and said he didn’t care. He had thrown Alex under the bus most of that offseason, and didn’t seenm to give a shit. This was after missing all his camps up to that date, the holdout, and the constant sniping at A Smith. The team was doing weird shit at the time and it made little sense to me. Hence my reaction.

    Definitely an internet crime. Bring mre up before the blog court. 6 months in ethernet jail.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I liked Goldson a lot. So did his peers. He was 1st team All-Pro last year. Because of our cap situation and how much money he wanted we had to let him go. Luckily, Reid is playing more steady than Goldson. Who could have predicted that. The good news is it all worked out this time.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He sucked in coverage. 1st team all pro because of his highlight reel dreams. He lived for the ESPN moment at the cost get getting burned deep. He was too inconsistent for my taste. It’s no coincidence Whitner’s playing better by not having to cover for Goldson’s poor play.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you think his peers voted him 1st team All-Pro because of hi-lite reel hits your selling yourself on your own hyperbole. Players that play the game know better than that.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No they don’t. They see what we see on ESPN for the most part. A given team plays 13 teams a year. They don’t see film on 19 teams per season. Goldson is what he is. A very inconsistent FS who is often out of position, but who is a big hitter. He’s had a couple strong years supprounded by mediocrity, gained cred as a big hitter, and gets by (partially) on rep.

    Peyton Manning was voted 50th by his peers in the NFL top 100 last year without having played a down. What does that tell you?

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck
    You do like to change the topic and deflect when you’re in that hole you keep digging.

    You have nothing about what I said about McCoy? Didn’t think so because I never said it.

    Chuck you throw down the challenge, your bluff is called and Chuck gets bitchslapped. Fun times.

    Still to refer to a player as a cancer and a STD should mean they’re dead to you because that is the ultimate insult.
    But I forgot you’re the most fickle person on this planet and will flip flop to jump on any bandwagon because that’s what frontrunners do.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Clueless as always. I haven’t searched foryour comments because I have better things to do. You said I denied saying shit about Crabs. I never denied it. How you feel about what I say is your problem.

    Search away, MacSkip. Maybe you can find yours. Or maybe Skeebs gave you editing rights and you deleted it.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah. That’s it. You deleted your own post to copver your tracks. You work for the NSA???

    Throw down the challenge? Oooooooooooh. I bet you were all that in 2nd grade. It’s laughable. You act lkike this actually means something. You constantly point at shit posted years ago as if validating your existence.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Changing the subject? You can’t let go of 2011.

    I’m talking to Bergs, you ignorant shit-stain (not you, Bergs).

    How bout you stop posting shit to me? How bout you stop bringing up Crabs and 2011? Or maybe post everyone’s thoughts regarding Crabs in 2011. Don’t post anything directed or inferred my way. The rest of the boys here would vastly appreciate it.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Last point before I go. Buwwitt, you must watch my blog like a hawk. Just to see if you are mentioned!!!!!!!! How pathetic is that!!!! You certainly don’r re3ad my blog to post there.

    You jumped all over my snide little comment with a venegance!

    I coulda sworn you said something about getting McCoy warmed up and ready (here), but whatever. You deleted it I guess.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember this press conference?

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

    In the NFL you are a highly paid PROFESSIONAL.
    You represent your team and organization as the starting QB.
    That’s why you make the big bucks. Act like a PRO and don’t hurt your brand because that’s what’s giving you the paycheck.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Merry Christmas, you Mooks!

    I’m the biggest f’nning Mook one could ask for. That being said. Have yourself a Merry Mooky Christmas now…”

    You know what I’m going to do right now?

    You’re goddamn right. I’m going to pour myself another drink.

    I know I BS with you guys on a semi-constant 49er basis, but this is NO bs….

    Merry Christmas

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Merry Christmas to you too!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfFoS8vsL0w

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Love Actually is a decent Christmas Movie with an all star cast
    from about 10 years ago.

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

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    All this time I had it wrong, I thought it was Mary kiss my ass! I like Merry Christmas better!

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I owe you a phone call, my friend. It’s damn near 2:30 in the morning. I’ll call ya when I wake up next.

    Is Dec. 22, 2022, good for you? 😀

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I can’t recall ever seeing that video before. Good shit, Maynard.I’m damn near sure I’ve told everyone the story of Mom’s encounter with Francis Albert. I’ll regale that story another time when I’m good and stinkin’ drunk.

    I’m just half-ass drunk now. 😛

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- If I were drinking last night I would have probably called you! It would most likely sound something like this:

    http://youtu.be/GBdV_RlLJOw

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How do you like my new names for your 3 favorite teams? DelAss, Delver and New Delland!

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you know what I like about those three favorite teams and their locations? They’re far, far away from DelAlex, DelSmith and New Piece of Shit.

    When can I move?

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    DelAlex and Delver are tied with Delver having the tie breaker. Beware of the ides of DelAlex!

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Are you shittin’ me? We’ve already seen DelAlex vs Delver twice this year. We know the outcomes to those stories. No need to see “Jaws 3 in 3-D” Never the twain shall meet again.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I love me some Judy Garland. I never tire of this version. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey! I was comment #49. That’s got to be lucky. Speaking of lucky, where’s my buddy, Rob? You still going to the game tomorrow? If so, I want a full report.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Manning’s probably trying to honk his way down into the wild card round so he doesn’t get booed by the home crowd when he chokes in the first round.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This game concerns me.
    Classic Trap Scenario.

    Hope I’m wrong of course.
    Berger, from a prior thread, I did mention McCullers sometime back.
    A mountain of a human being.
    Like you said, he may be TOO big for NT at the Pro level.
    But, I’m wishing and hoping Louis Nix drops into our lap.

    Somehow, I’m thinking Ballke has his sights on another jump up the Board in May.

    WR or CB?

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The most distinct and beautiful female voice IMO
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR1ujXx2p-I

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- A couple thing.

    You can’t be too big to be a NT. McCullers just plays too high and lethargic.

    I think the first couple of picks will include a WR. Possibly a DB too. I don’t think our brain trust values NT as high as you and I do.

    From a previous post I said Bonamassa played all of his own stuff. I didn’t realize Stones In My Passway is a Robert Johnson song.

    http://youtu.be/lu1lusKcMy8

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bonamassa’s Stones In My Passway seems to be that song with a little Milk Cow Calf Blues mixed in. Both are Robert Johnson songs. This guy Robert Johnson is as important a blues figure as has ever played blues. It is important to have some of his stuff in the library for historic reason, not to mention the music is excellent.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams have the Redskin pick and they have a shot at Clowney.
    How fierce of a pass rush would a DL with Long, Quinn and Clowney be?

    Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas is Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and winner of the Ted Hendricks award. He’s projected as a second rounder.
    Michael Sam DE Co SEC Defensive Player of the Year is projected 2nd or 3rd round.

    They are projecting a run on QBs in the first round which means top ten guys will fall into the 15th pick range making trading up a good value move.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Berger, everything I’ve read on McCullers suggest he’s immoveable.
    All I needed to hear.
    Keeps our LBs clean.
    It’s all about strength for me at the NT position.
    Hold ground and occupy a double team is all I ask.
    A pocket collapser is nice too.
    I typically find the shorter guys to provide the pocket penetration but not always.

    My early favorites are Ra’Shede Hageman from MN and Nix of course.
    I’ll do my homework as always as time goes on.

    And yes, Joe knows some Robert Johnson. Always good stuff from Mr B.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Mack Brown officially has left his post.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I have Michael Sam as a possible DE on the early list.
    Like James Gayle from VA Tech and Sams’ linemate Kony Ealy too.

    Trent Murphy from Stanford looks interesting too.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Mack resigned.
    I am fairly certain they asked him to resign as the right thing to do.
    I do not know who the next coach will be but if I had to guess it could be either Mike Gundy from Okie St or James Franklin from Vanderbilt.
    They keep talking David Shaw but I think he’s happy at Stanford.
    Darkhorse might be Jerry Gray DC for the Titans who’s also
    an ex-Horn.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Having a tall inside guy is also good for taking away the QBs vision, especially for the pocket guys.
    Both QDial and TJ-E are listed at 6’5″ so, I’d say McCullers isn’t a huge improvement in the size dept.

    We need speed. Lemonier and Aldon will do a nice job together in that regard.
    Nix would be a monster steal if we have the chance to see him slide.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I still like the BYU guy Kyle Van Noy as a pass rusher

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Heisman Trophy is being awarded now but nobody seems to care anymore.
    It used to be a big deal.
    Somewhere down the line it’s lost it’s shine and prestige.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I used to look forward to watching this every year despite the very corny jokes.

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

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    But I find this to be more interesting
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWaHOZoMhjo

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Van Noy is on my list as an OLB Bullit.
    Have to see how he runs at the Combine. His listed time right now is awfully slow at 4.7 which may be inaccurate.
    His numbers are outstanding in all areas however.
    Tackles/TFL and pass breakups are excellent.

    I have a small school OLB from Shepherd on my watch list too, Howard Jones, listed with 4.45 speed too.
    Maybe a late Rounder like Moody?
    He’s listed with 27 Sacks through 2012.

    Just trying to predict what Baalke has on the radar is tough enough.

    I’m still leaning with the DB/WR early.
    We’ll see?
    Like CB Ifo E-O from Oregon.

    He’s gonna go early.
    Gotta figure The Chipster in Philly has him on the radar.

    1st Rd Grades seem to favor the CBs this year.
    CB Darqueze Dennard from MI State is interesting also.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I did not like the USC decision. I was hoping they would go after James Franklin or Kevin Sumlin. When Sumlin re-signed and the Franklin rumor surfaced I got all happy. Then, they went after Sarkisian. Bummer. Good luck to your team.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    The OC at U$C is the son of one of the former Houston Cougar head coach Kim Helton. Note that both Art Briles at Baylor and Sumlin at TAMU came from the U of H also. Your kind of offenses
    with 5 wide and up tempo. Very UnRobaugh.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I love what Helton is doing at USC.

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Five wide and up tempo is not my kind of offense. I like 3 and 4 wide with a balanced attack. The reason I like spreading the formations is to give the playmakers room to make plays, whether that is in the running or passing game. Also, I am not anti 22 package. But I am anti 22 package if it is the base package. My base package would be 3 wide and alternating between 12 and 21. Probably have a player that can be effective at both TE and FB so as to move him around. Our players like that are Miller and the 270lb slot receiver. With either of those two players we can switch from 12 to 21 package without substituting. We don’t need both of those two in at the same time unless we are running and occasional 22, which I do hate when it gets used too often, like we love to do. The only time I favor the 22 being used a lot is the occasional game where a team just can’t stop the run. Just keep pounding when that happens.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What I love about what Helton is doing at USC id he is taking his spread background and making the WCO run great. All he is really doing, the most, is taking the old fashioned WCO which has evolved into the SCO(Sardine Can Offense) and using one additional WR to get better spacing so the opponent can’t load the box like they did with Lame Kiffen.

  70. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Just ONCE, on a 3rd and 1 I’d love to see 4 WRs instead of 2 TES and a FB. Even in the red zone. That 3rd and 1 on the 5 last week pissed me off to no end. The Niners are way too conservative in the red zone.

  71. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why don’t these guys understand that by unloading the box, it makes it EASIER to run the ball?

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Knowing what you knew about Harbaugh’s offense at Stanford
    what surprised you? Heavy on TEs I’ve been surprised he only has 3 on the team.
    At Stanford in 2010 they rushed on average 214 yds a game and passed for 247 yds and in 2009 218 yds rushing and 209 yds passing with Luck at QB.

    This is what I expected when Harbaugh took over.

    33-11 .750 winning percentage is damn good.
    Until there is more confidence in Kap to shoulder the load they will not put most of the burden on Kap to win games because he has not consistently shown that ability YET.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Got Rob on the phone. He is reporting live from Tampon Stadium! He has not bought any expensive corn but he paid 9 dollars for a 16 oz can of Sam Adams. He is reporting that Harbaugh was throwing and handing off the football and that Brock almost hit Manningham in the head with a football. Carol of the Bells was blasting, it was the Manheim Steamroller version. Dawson just kicked a 30 yard field goal. There are a lot of 49er fans in the stadium. Rob is on about the 35 yard line, same side as the Niners, 2nd level near the front. Wait, I hear an usher telling him he is in the wrong seat. False alarm, the usher was wrong. The Christmas music is still blasting away and now it sounds like hip hop.

  74. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just talked to Rob. He’s sitting on the Niners’ side, first row of the second deck about the 40 yd line. He’ll be easy to spot. He’ll be the guy wearing the Raiders jersey. 😛

  75. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The next two words outta Harbaugh’s mouth should be, “Hook ’em Horns!”

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    That’s 3 words. I do not like the way they treated Mack Brown.
    75% of the Texas blogs wanted him gone. The team is 8-4 but it seems if they don’t win 10 or 11 games it’s a bitchfest.
    Used to be if you beat blO-U it would buy you another year.

    The main criticism is that Mack didn’t recruit Luck, RG3 and Johnny Football all Texas kids and the Heisman winner Winston
    wanted to come to Austin to rape someone.
    Making decisions in hindsight is a bitch.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob should wear a bonsai Christmas tree on his head. That’ll get him on camera.

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    We are w/o question the worst team when it comes to challenges. Did we fire Mangini and Harbaugh yet? Jesus H. Christ.

  79. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That was. Good challenge, dumbass

  80. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t know Brown was back.

  81. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Such a good challenge that it was denied and cost us a time out, dumbass.

  82. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    They called it wrong, skippy.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks is back to bad habits. Offsides on 3rd and 4 is beyond stupid.
    Also you can’t call audibles with 5 seconds on the clock.
    That’s just attention to detail, how do you not see the clock?

  84. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, that dumbass leads the team in sacks. Bad habits?

  85. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing like the prevent defense to finally get the Bucs offense going.

  86. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No shit. 3 man rush and deep drops to open shit up underneath. Dumb.

  87. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Going away from the run with the lead.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Coming back to the run

  89. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Now I have Bullit acting like a deranged 12 year old on my blog.

  90. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the tense drama whooshed out of this game in a hurry. Thank you Tampa Bay Special Teams coach Dave Wannstedt!

  91. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did Wannstedt ever get around to shaving off his crooked mustache? I can’t believe he’s the only guy who thinks it looks good.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    “Wow. Now I have Bullit acting like a deranged 12 year old on my blog.”

    To which I say HUH???

    You either are have a brain injury or the drugs have fried your brain.

  93. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Fox graphics put up the stat that Drew Brees has 166 Red Zone attempts w/o an interception. Longest active streak. Next pass? Picked off in the Red Zone.

    Don’t tell me there’s no such thing as jinxes.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    5 mins left in 2nd quarter Chefs are up 35-10 over Raiduhs.
    Alex Smith 3 TD passes

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jamaal Charles has already scored 4 TDs

  96. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Good thing he’s on my fantasy team. Charles, that is. Alex Smith on my fantasy team? Time to call the men in white coats. I’ve completely lost it.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman’s play calling stunk today. Kap bailed him out over and over. Until our OC improves Kap will struggle.

  98. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Kap does himself no favors by throwing the ball like Kent Tekulve.

  99. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Kap may throw funny – but that third and 12 conversion prayer to Crabs took the momentum away from the Bucs and may have saved the game. No other QB in the league could make that play, both staying alive and then throwing such a crazy pass on target.

  100. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I see Tony Romo fashioned yet another stunning come from ahead 4th quarter loss. The guy is money in December.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bad day for Del teams. Delver, New Delland and DelAss all lost.

  102. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Even worse for Del: Alex Smith had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 on 17-for-20 passing, for 287 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions today.

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It looked like we had two hot read plays today. It is something I’m not used to seeing from a Robaugh offense.

  104. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We even had some 4 WR sets.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We even had some 5 receiver sets! Although a 5 WR set on 3rd and 3 is not a good play call. Put 1 RB in the backfield to make the defense think it is possible you might run. After we were penalized 5 yards to make 3rd and 8, the 5 WR set was quite acceptable.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Many were questioning The Romos calling a pass play on 2nd and 6 with time getting low and a lead. After the game, the Romo coach told the media they didn’t call a pass play but Romo changed the play. So that was 100% on Romo. What is even more interesting is that the DelAss Romos coach threw his QB under the bus!

  107. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The DelAss coach would have fit right in here before Harbaugh came to town.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The bigger question in Dallas for me is, why are you throwing the ball when GB couldn’t stop anything on the ground?
    They needed to set up for a FG, indoors.

    Another satisfying afternoon of Promo and the December Swan Song.
    Quite frankly, I’d rather they win the NFC East over Philly however.
    If we retain the 6th Seed, playing indoors under the Jumbo-Tron radiation beats a cold weather venue in Philly.

    Go Cowpatties, Go Motor City Meatheads!

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What I’m most annoyed about is not seeing Jerruh in the Luxury Penthouse flapping his fish lips in disgust.
    What’s up with that?

    Has Jerruh instructed FOX not to televise him in a bad moment?
    Douche nozzle surrounds himself in glass to be seen by his adoring public afterall.

    I live to see him shrivel up and implode in these big moments.

    Gotta love Dez walking off the field with over a minute left to play too.
    Quite the teammate.
    Idiot.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Your 8:07 post is a classic!

  111. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve posted under so many different alias, and I already know you creep my blog, so I figured it was you, Buwwitt.

  112. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, at some point, the players have to start questioning everything around there. The whole team is built around the look-at-me factor, and who generates the most buzz. Actual results don’t really matter. Just as long as they get press.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thx Berger, you know how much I love me some Jerruh 🙂

    Just sorry I missed the likely high 5-ing that took place with the Philly loss in MN and their early 26-3 lead, only to be gyped by FOX from seeing his entourage shrink and disappear in the end.
    All the more reason to hope for a shot at them in the Playoffs.

    Jerruh, The Man, The Myth, The Moron.
    And, to hear Aikman asking the same question most of us were, why stop running when GB couldn’t stop it?
    You run to control the clock.
    Garrett, the Jerruh Puppet even threw Promo under the bus for changing the play late, which cost them once again.

    The only thing that could have made this the perfect day would have been Fitzpatrick leading TN to a win vs AZ.

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck the beautiful conclusion was Dez leaving the field with time left on the clock.

    Total Jerruh-World dysfunction down there.
    Americas Team indeed.
    LOSERS.
    No reach-around from Mrs Jones for Promo tonight

  115. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As far as I’m concerned nobody on the 49ers is immune from being called a dumbass when they make a bonehead play.

    I really could care less if Brooks leads the team in sacks.
    He jumps offsides for the 3rd game in a row and it was a foolish lack of concentration.

    Just like Crabtree’s flinging the ball. Unsportsmanlike penalty 15 yards? Bonehead dumbass play that could have cost the team the game and fortunately didn’t.

    I don’t hero worship like some fanboy here does so there are no prima donna divas on this team and that’s the way it should be.

  116. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Just saw the highlights. Romo should have had another pick. Epic stuff. 26-3 at the half? 36-24 with 3:20 left?

    Awesome. Love to face them in the playoffs.

    Congrats to Frank for his 7th 1,000 yard season. Say what you will I think he should be a hall of famer after he breaks, 10,000. His blocking is the best of anyone as an RB,and he’s as tough a runner as there is or was.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What’s also lost in the sauce in Dallas was, the Contract extension to CB Orlando Scandrick this week.
    6 years $28.2 Mil with $10 Mil guaranteed.

    Just a mere day or 2 after they got their collective backsides handed to them in Chi-Town on a National Stage.
    Today Scandrick let Jordy Nelson grab a TD right off his helmet during the late game comeback.
    Way to solidify that Top Tier D Jerruh.
    Ignorance has nothing on you.

    I wonder if the Clown Car in Dallas is as opulent as the Team Bus?

  118. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, you worry about hats and interviews, Buwwitt. Important things. You are concerned over the dumbest shit. I’d rather have my pass rushing LB being aggressive and trying to jump the count and get the occasional 5 yard penalty than not trying to push the action. Crabs? Yeah. Stupid. We should trade the moron. Right?

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can hardly wait for the opening Vegas line this week for Promo vs Cousins in DC next week.
    It’s looking like another Do-or-Die affair in the NFC Least.

    Can it get any better than this?
    Snyder vs Jerruh, for what could mean, all the pesos for the Cowpatties making it to the Post Season.
    This game just might be the difference between Shanny keeping his job and, Garrett losing his.

    Who’da thunk it?

  120. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck that’s the beauty of the Cowpatties.
    They were winning and running against GB with little resistance.
    What possessed Garett/Staff to start throwing the ball?

    Talk about clueless?

    The Promo in December calendar should feature a glossy Luxury Penthouse pic of Jerruh gagging on a $50 NFC East Division Winner cigar.

  121. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Vega$ has the Niners 12.5 point favorites over the Dirtybirds.
    Cowgurls are 2.5 point favorites over the Redskins
    Seahags are 11.5 point favorites at home over the Cards.

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Bullit –
    Somehow I’m thinking Cousins>Promo and the No D in allas Cowpatties.
    Wait for the money to start adding up on the DC side of the ledger.

    This is sizing up for one of the more memorable Tony in December Meltdowns in years.

    Which then kicks off the Off Season of Changes by His Majesty Jerruh, who will fire everyone but himself and The Family Puppet Steven.

    You just CAN’T make this schit up 🙂

  123. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: AZ
9-20: @ NYJ
9-27: @ NYG

10-4: PHI (SNF)
10-11: MIA
10-18: LA RAMS (SNF)
10-25: @ NE

11-1: @ SEA
11-5: GB (TNF)
11-15: @ NO

BYE

11-29: @LAR

12-7: BUF (MNF)
12-13: WAS
12-20: @ DAL (SNF)
12-26: or 27 @ AZ

1-3: SEA

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2019 Prognostications

Closest to the Pin:
   Bakkentom: 10-6
   Bullit: 10-6

Grumpy: 9-7
Skeebers: 8-8
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 7-9
Winder: 7-9

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