The Church of Football Is Open

The players are back, the pads go on tomorrow, and in less than two weeks we’ll be watching a real fake football game.

The final score doesn’t matter in these fake games, so they serve mainly as a warning to non-believers that there is one month left before Sundays become off limits for any meaningful interaction with us believer types. Not only will Sundays be off limits, but for fans of bad teams, Mondays will be reserved for working through intense agony and be also off limits.

And for households without any non-believers, woe unto them who dare knock on the door for frivolous visiting on said Sundays. Death by stoning most surely will ensue.

And, let’s face it, shirking household chores and feigning illnesses for six months of Sundays takes its toll. I’m exhausted. Soon I will be able to park myself in front of the TV, smiling that evil smile of joy, and blissfully recuse myself from the screwed up world around me.

Aldon Smith successfully negotiated the summer without getting arrested and told reporters he had not had a drink since last September, when he ran into a tree and passed out cold. This statement is at odds with the LAX coppers who arrested him in March and said he seemed to have been drinking. Either the cops were wrong or Aldon is lying. Since Aldon plays for us and the cops don’t, we’ll have to assume the LAX boys leapt to an unwarranted conclusion.

No surprise, but Vernon Davis showed up for camp, despite his missed OTAs blather about his “brand.” Also no surprise, Alex Boone did not show up. Not sure what Boone is thinking. Like Vernon, he missed the OTAs, emphasizing his desire for a new contract, but now he’s just losing $30,000 per day for nothing. The 49ers don’t negotiate with players until they show up. If Boone were a superstar WR or QB, the Niners might blink (not likely), but he’s just a lowly RG.

In Boone’s absence, 2012 4th round pick Joe Looney is taking the reps with the first team. Soon, Boone will hear Jim Harbaugh describing Looney’s play as “outstanding.”

On the first day of TC, rookie RB Carlos Hyde dropped two passes and the other new RB, Marcus Lattimore, was placed on the PUP list with knee trouble. Snickering on the sideline was Frank Gore.

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163 comments on “The Church of Football Is Open
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    With crabs, boldin ,johnson at WR. Gore and hyde at Rb. Vernon at TE ,kaep at QB. Not to mention one of the best lines in football. We should be a top ten offense this year!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I really didn’t cover your initial premise which is 3 WR don’t do anything on their own. If they are tight that is true, if they are wide, it does make a world of difference.

    If I’m a QB and see single coverage on three WRs lined up wide it is hello big play. Period, end of story. Which is why you won’t see 8 in the box and 3 DBs in man coverage. First, there will be at least 3 bodies vacating the box with single man, since that won’t happen, two or three more players will be assigned to handle the load. So now there is 5 or 6 in the box. The O-line is not out numbered and can take on their blocking assignments much better. It also doesn’t allow to hide blitz packages from close in. Blitzes are practically declared. It gives the QB multiple pre snap reads instead of one. Instead of trying to catch a team by surprise you just keep them off balance. If spaced properly it does make a world of difference all by itself. You run base defense I’ll look to pass, you run nickel I’ll look to run. You try to load the box I’ve got multiple hot reads, instead of one hot read.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners just waived undrafted QB Kory Faulkner and signed OL Michael Phillip from Oregon St who the Dolphins just released.
    Niners are down to 4 QBs in camp.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners did not put Kendall Hunter on IR when they signed RB Alfonso Smith. They waived OG Fouimalo Fonoti instead today.
    Perhaps they are waiting to see how severe Hunter’s injury is before they seal his fate for the season.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t put Hunter on IR now without exposing him to waivers.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Faulkner got cut? I wonder who delivered him the bad news?
    Probably told by an idiot, full of sound and fury.

  7. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, makes no sense. What else are you gonna see lined up pre-snap besides single coverage? Where’s the big play come from? They only sent in a run. And you insist CK7 only sees one guy to go to on a play. Nobody has to vacate the box for the corners to man up. The offense will always be on the short end on bodies in the box. What “blitz packages” do you hide? If you have a DB or a will backer outside of the OT is he blitzing or dropping? If you have a TE outside the tackle is it harder for him to blitz there or easier? What do you mean by “It gives the QB multiple pre snap reads instead of one.”? How easy is it to run double a gap blitzes against the formation you want to see?

    How many teams running what you think is the can’t-miss scheme sat home while two similar run-first teams played for the conference title?

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear it is clear for me. I’m sorry that you can’t see it.

    Both Seattle and SF got the championship on defense and big play ability from their QBs. Seattle’s offense is not much better than ours but at least they do understand spacing a little better. Offense did not carry either team. I think Seattle slips back a little this year without that great D-line. I also think that our coaches are starting to understand what I am talking about and have decided to “rebuild the offense.” It’s a big step for somebody who has been a Schembechler believer for so long.

  9. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, the team is saying they are going to revamp the offense. The coaches are the ones saying they’ve limited Kaepernick on some of the passing game. They are saying they want to utilize more multi-WR sets on 1st and 2nd down.

    What are you arguing?

  10. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously, it’s like talking to a brick wall only it’s a brick wall echo chamber tag team. I say an over-square motor has a more usable torque range and the under-square motors can keep the RPMs up easier and instead of talking crank throws and cylinder bores you say some people can’t see what a beautiful paint job adds to the truck.

    BTW, is that the same coach that said Alex was elite just before he said take a seat son?

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ported and polished heads NoFear49er?
    Carbureted or fuel injected?

    LMFAO :-D

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, if you can’t tell the difference in those conversations, well, you seriously don’t get it.

2014 Schedule
1. 9/7 @ DAL: W 28-17
2. 9-14 vs CHI: L 20-28
3. 9/21 @ ARI: L 14-23
4. 9-28 vs PHI: W 26-21
5. 10/5 vs KC: W 22-17
6. 10/13 @ STL: W 31-17
7. 10/19 @ DEN: L 17-42
8. BYE
9. 11/2 vs STL: L 10-13
10. 11/9 @ NO: W 27-24
11. 11/16 @ NYG: W 16-10
12. 11/23 vs WAS: W 17-13
13. 11/27 vs SEA: L 3-19
14. 12/7 @ OAK: L 13-24
15. 12/14 @ SEA: L 7-17
16. 12/20 vs SD: L 35-38
17. 12/28 vs ARI: W 20-17
2014 Prognostications
NJ49er: 11-5
Berger: 11-5
Grumpy: 10-5-1
Rob: 13-3
Skeebers: 12-4
Winder: 10-6
Earl: 12-4
Mr Fletch: 12-4
Phil Fan: 11-5
Chuck: 11-3-2
Bullit: 11-5
Bigjon: 13-3
Tony: 14-2
RTFirefly: 11-4-1

2014 Draft Class
1 Jimmie Ward, S/CB
2 Carlos Hyde, RB
3 Marcus Martin, C
3 Chris Borland, ILB
3 Brandon Thomas, OG
4 Bruce Ellington, WR
4 Dontae Johnson, CB
5 Aaron Lynch, LB
5 Keith Reaser, CB
6 Kenneth Acker, CB
7 Kaleb Ramsey, DE
7 Trey Millard, FB