Ravens 23, 49ers 3

On second thought, bring back the offseason!

The 49ers suffered their ugliest loss since the first game of the Harbaugh Era, back in 2011 against the Saints. That game was 24-3 and this one was 23-3. Jim Harbaugh is now oh-for-three against his brother John Harbaugh, who’s beaten him in the regular season, the postseason, and now the preseason.

In fairness, the first string 49er defense did not play Thursday night and the first team offense played only the opening drive. So, the team we’re reviewing here does not really exist.

Only its players exist and some were good and most were not. On the good side, Quinton Dial, Carlos Hyde, Tank Carradine, Vance McDonald, Bruce Ellington, and Michael Wilhoite. On the bad enough to get special mention: QB Blaine Gabbert and NT Mike Purcell.

Baltimore had a two to one Time of Possession edge on the Niners and most of it was on the ground and over NT Purcell, who was blown off the line time and time again, to the tune of 237 yards. A vigil will be held tonight at 49er HQ for the speedy return of NT Ian Williams, who’s still rehabbing from last year’s injuries.

British fans can take heart from the play of Lawrence Okoye, who was not outstanding, but certainly looked like a real football player and not a shot putter. On one sequence, Okoye was shoved ten yards down field (embarrassing), but on the next play he plugged a hole and stuffed a runner for no gain. Baby steps for the limey!

Gabbert did not look at all like someone you’d want to see trotting onto the field at any time during the upcoming season. He stared down his receivers and was wildly inaccurate all night. Josh Johnson was not a whole lot better, but at least he was quick enough to scramble 15 yards for a first down.

RG Joe Looney and new center Daniel Kilgore did not particularly distinguish themselves. Looney’s so-so effort no doubt cheered up hold out starter Alex Boone. Restoration project Jonathan Martin didn’t overwhelm anybody, either, and his stumble-bumble-face plant whiff on a second and two sweep from the Ravens’ seven on the game opening drive cost the team a first down or even a TD. On the next play, a third and one, the team went to its bread and butter, tried and false, run up the middle for no gain, then wimpily settled for a field goal. End of story offensively for the evening.

All in all, not a particularly fun night of viewing for 49er fans. But it was a football game, at long last, and that was quite good.




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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Purcell was not as bad as you cite. He did not have a good game to be honest but he had some really good plays too. I think the LBs played worse than him. Jerod-Eddie had a really rough game and nobody is mentioning him.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I could care less about the score in pre-season. Everybody knew we were going to lose with the injuries to the front 7. This game was fun to watch for me because it gave me the opportunity to see diamonds in the rough. I expected Dial, Tank and Ward to look good. Ward was as expected and the other two were better than expected. Dial was a beast.

    Lost in blaming the NT for the running game problems is how poorly some others played against the run. Every LB except Willhoite and especially Lemonade at LOLB looked lost against the run. When a whole group plays so poorly it is tough to cover in the D-line unless everybody plays exceptionally well. The fact that we had only 6 D-linemen to play and the offense went 3 and out so often it exacerbated the problem.

    Worst performances: Gabbert, Roman, Martin, LBs.

    Best performances: Hyde, Dial, Tank.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I almost forgot to mention Bruce Ellington. He had a nice game.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners had 3 players injured last night all considered minor.
    Chuck Jacobs had an hyperextended knee.
    Per Niners Nation their info on Dobbs and Okoye:
    “Dobbs suffered an ankle injury in the first half that resulted in him leaving the game. After the game, word was that the ankle injury was minor. Lawrence Okoye suffered a left leg injury in the fourth quarter and left the game. The play before, Okoye had Quinton Dial roll up on his left leg on a run play. Okoye was on one knee immediately after the play, feeling the ankle. On the next play, Okoye went to drive forward at the snap, but immediately went down to the ground, reaching for his left leg. He walked off with a little bit of help, and said after the game that X-rays were negative. According to Cam Inman, Okoye needed some help from trainers after the game.”

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Worst performances: Roman

    Didn’t know Mark came out of retirement. Is he playing free or strong safety?

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You want bizarre? This was posted on 49ers.com
    Jeff Garcia wants to come to camp and compete to be the backup QB. We can bring back TO too to cast dispersions on which “team”
    Garcia plays for. Old times are good times?
    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/Hyde-Sheds-First-Game-Nerves-Jeff-Garcia-Wants-to-Back-up-Kap-/839160f5-fd65-464f-9f02-00a8f2a66a69

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Frankly, I’m feeling pretty uneasy about this offense. As bad as Gabbert was, did any WRs get any separation? Every GD pass play is contested. We don’t seem to be able to design routes that actually get guys open. It’s all comeback routes or sideline plays. Easily defended shit. One slant that skipped off Stevie Wonder’s hands.

    I think the pass to Ellington was about the only clean pass I saw.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Roman is a former NT who thinks running the football is overloading a hole and smashing through. His concept of spacing is not up to par with modern day defenses. He showed his addiction to 1980’s Big Ten football yesterday when we drove down to inside the 10 yard line and then went to his old Sardine Can Offense and got stuffed. Another stalled drive inside the red zone and another FG.

    We had decent spacing with Hyde in the game and the old bad spacing with Hampton in the game. Hyde looks to be a much better runner but why the change with personnel. The decision making by the former NT Roman baffles this fan.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Yeah, our passing game design is still predicated on 50/50 balls. I agree, scary. The fact that Kap had 21 TDs and 8 ints last year with that kind of design is an amazing feat. With most QBs there is no way to have less than about a 50/50 ratio with that kind of design.

    On the first drive we had only 2 wide on most plays but they were so wide it did create some room for Hyde to run and he expertly took advantage. It not great but much better than last year. On the passing side WRs were not running open. Roman’s play calling still looks like he is a former NT.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I did notice the 2 WR formations. However, I missed the opening drive, and NFLN showed the fricking NYG/Buff game, so my son taped the wrong game. I got in just in time to see the 3rd and 1 from the 7. Needless to say, I was unimpressed.

    Another season of clogged passing lanes, and contested passes will have me beside myself.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    Ok so somebody here said “you wanr bizarre, jeff garcia wants to be our backup Qb” imho after watching last night i think we probably should sign him up

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    Ok guys imho we should at least wait until game one of the regular season to panic about our offensive gameplan

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Rob- I wouldn’t worry about the game plan now. I do worry about going jumbo for 3rd and short when we marched down the field doing something different.

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Cutler looked good. He hung in under pressure and ripped Nolan Ryan steroid special fastballs all the way down the field against the Iggles 1st team D.
    I wonder how Philly’s run D will be. That’s what we need to know.

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER I see it the same way! Another nice drive and then … pffft. Maybe we just want to show running our pint size 3rd string RB there until we really need it lol! 8 in the box be dammed i want 9 in the box

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    Oh wait i got it , we should suck them in! As soon as we see 11 in the box time to air it out … and hit boldin over the middle!

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Skoal!!! Something for you to wear.
    http://tinyurl.com/kxfdbey

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Was talking about the jersey on display.
    You can wear Joe if you want.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have a 49er jersey that says ‘Berger’ on the back and is #49.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I watched the second half of the game that I DVR’d.
    Majority of the time they were spread with 3 and 4 wide.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck Jacobs was waived and they signed another WR Lance Lewis.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jacobs was disgnosed with a torn ACL so if he clears waivers
    he’ll go on IR and get paid like Kendall Hunter did.

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis should be happy. Johnny Football had a fairly decent debut. Hard to tell – second teamers on both sides, shoddy refs, ugly game, Cleveland sucks. But all in all, he looked pretty good (couple dropped well thrown passes as well as a kneeldown to end the first half degraded his stats). Much better than some seasoned vets I’ve seen so far – cough, cough, gabbert.
    I may have been wrong on the kid.

  24. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t forget Ryan leaf lit up the preseason. He didn’t shit the field quite like Blabbert did.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That performance by Gabbert has to be an anomaly. Unfortunately for him he had to run the Sardine Can Offense while the other QBs got to run the “new flankered offense.” That can’t help any QB. Even with that crutch to lean on he still looked more terrible than Roman’s play calling. I would expect him to look much better this week, he sure can’t look worse.

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That was a tragic accident that occurred last night between Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. Racing fans need to stand behind Tony at a time like this.

    Because if you stand in front of Tony there’s a good chance he’ll run you over.

  27. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say that, Chuck. All reports out of Cleveland are that Johnny has been All Football since he arrived. Compare that to (all incidents are cited from legit sources by Wiki):

    San Diego’s high hopes for Leaf were soon dashed, as his rookie season was marred by poor behavior. Before the season started, he skipped the final day of a symposium mandatory for all NFL draftees and was fined $10,000.[14][15] In a prank customarily played on rookies, a group of Chargers went out to dinner during training camp and charged the meal to Leaf’s credit card. Rather than taking it in stride, he complained to Charger general manager Bobby Beathard and refused to pay, much to the annoyance of his teammates. Several days later, during a play in practice resulting in a Leaf interception, star linebacker Junior Seau knocked him down with a hard hit, earning high-fives from teammates.[16]

    Leaf did well in the preseason and led the Chargers to victory in the first two regular-season games.[11] The Chargers won the season opener on September 6, 1998, 16-14 over the Buffalo Bills despite mistakes from Leaf such as fumbling his first snap and throwing two interceptions; Buffalo penalties voided two would-be interceptions from Leaf. In the game, Leaf’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Still that followed a 67-yard pass to Still gave San Diego a 10-0 lead. However, late in the game, San Diego fell behind 14-13 after a Leaf interception.[17] Leaf completed 16 of 31 passes for 192 yards in the opener and 13 of 24 passes for 179 yards (with 31 rushing yards in 7 carries) in the second game, a 13-7 win over the Tennessee Oilers.[18] In the third game of the season on September 20, Leaf completed only one of 15 passes for four yards, threw two interceptions and fumbled three times in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.[19] The Thursday before that game, Leaf was hospitalized for a viral infection.[20] Leaf later said that infected turf fibers entered his skin and lymph glands.[21]

    After Leaf threw four interceptions in the first half against the New York Giants in the Week 4 game (September 28), coach Kevin Gilbride benched Leaf in favor of Craig Whelihan.[22] The following game on October 4 against the Indianapolis Colts matched Leaf against the number-one 1998 draft pick Peyton Manning. Indianapolis won 17-12, as both quarterbacks completed 12 of 23 passes with an interception each, but Leaf threw for 160 yards (23 more than Manning), and only Manning threw a touchdown. Manning was never sacked; Leaf was sacked four times. Inside the final two minutes and San Diego down 14-6, Leaf’s 56-yard pass to Charlie Jones set up a one-yard Natrone Means touchdown run, but Leaf’s potential tying two-point conversion pass to Webster Slaughter was incomplete.[23]

    Whelihan replaced Leaf on November 8 after Leaf completed only 4 of 15 passes and became starter on a permanent basis afterwards.[24] Leaf finished the season having played 10 games with 1,289 passing yards, 45.3% completed passes, 2 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions, with an abysmally poor quarterback rating of 39.[25][26]

    “Just f**king don’t talk to me, all right? Knock it off!”
    ~Ryan Leaf to San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Jay Posner in a postgame locker room incident

    Leaf related poorly to both the media and his teammates, whom he tended to blame for his poor play.[9] In a locker-room incident during Leaf’s rookie year, he was caught on camera screaming “Knock it off!” at San Diego Union Tribune reporter Jay Posner, and was physically restrained by Seau. He soon developed a reputation for a poor work ethic to the point of occasionally being found on the golf course while the other quarterbacks were studying film.[27] After Leaf’s rookie season ended, Charger safety Rodney Harrison described it as “a nightmare you can’t even imagine,” adding: “If I had to go through another year like that, I’d probably quit playing.”[28]

    1999 season[edit]

  28. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Guess I missed the part where Leaf spent the night before his very first NFL presser getting wasted on the flight on Alex Spanos’ private jet.
    Again, nothing but positives about Johnny Football since camp opened. We’ll see if he goes the Leinart route. I’ll have to read how HE started out.

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rufus, I just sent you an invite for our ESPN FF league. I sent one to Johnny Football as well, but he respectfully had to decline. Johnny said he would be too busy winning the Rookie MVP to play this year.

  30. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Dennis. I don’t get it though. The Crocodile Crocs?????
    With a co-owner (is that Phil Fan)? You, Rob, Chuck, Spitty, Barley, looks like a convention.

  31. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I used to be a Croc a couple years ago but just lurking now

  32. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Great!!!! to hear from you, Phil! I was hoping my partner (??) was you. Since Spitty’s dropping out, hopefully Dennis can rearrange it so The UFO Coyoyes can make their triumphant return!

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil!
    Long time my friend.
    Glad to see you back in the house.

    Hope all is well.

  34. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s brilliant idea was it to go to Baltimore anyway. Nothing good can come from Baltimore.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder it’s a Harbaugh Bros arrangement I’m sure.
    From all that I’ve read, it’s been useful for guys like Kilgore to work against someone other than their own Defensive line mates.
    IMO, it can only help.

    Seems from the Camp reports, that our DBs had a good amount of success against Flacco too.
    That’s encouraging to a certain extent.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If was in Baltimore I would be testing out the crab cakes. Maryland’s are just better than any others I’ve ever had.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh says we have reinforcements coming this week. We could use some more D-linemen. I think that was what he was referring to.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jimbo also said Martin did a good job. It sure didn’t look like it from what I saw on TV.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Phil! Good to hear from you!

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Biggest injury concern yesterday was Snyder’s knee injury of which the severity is unknown but Snyder showed much distress when it happened. Hope for the best.
    Here is a synopsis of Barrow’s account of highlights of Sunday’s joint practice:
    “Chris Culliver, victimized often in the Super Bowl, cut across the middle to swat away a pass.
    • Rookie nickel back Jimmie Ward dived to break up a pass intended for Steve Smith.
    • Aldon Smith repeatedly pressured the pocket at breakneck speed.
    • Darryl Morris chased down a 50-yard pass for an over-the-shoulder interception.
    Asked if any 49ers defenders caught his eye in Day 2 of their joint practices, Ravens coach John Harbaugh quipped: “Yeah, the outside (line)backer, No. 99. He’s pretty good.”
    On one play, Smith — No. 99 — absolutely steamrollered tight end Owen Daniels and forced Flacco to throw away the ball.
    Flacco, who led a touchdown drive in his only series of Thursday night’s 23-3 exhibition win, certainly has attempted a lot more deep passes in two days of joint practices than the 49ers typically see.
    “They may have a few more speed receivers, so it’s good to go against that speed,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “Their running game is different, so it’s good to go against that. I’ve done over 20 of these joint practices in my days, and they’re always very good and very beneficial.”

    • The right guard position is increasingly a concern. Adam Snyder suffered a left-knee injury when he got tangled at the line of scrimmage on a passing play. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said it’s “too early to tell” how severely Snyder was hurt.
    Snyder walked off on his own power but looked in dismay when trainers tended to him for several minutes on the field. With incumbent starter Alex Boone entrenched in a contract holdout, Joe Looney has taken the first-team snaps and Snyder the second-team reps. Ryan Seymour replaced Snyder after his injury.
    • Wideout Quinton Patton walked off with a trainer early in practice and did not return for unknown reasons.
    • Patrick Willis deferred to “let the youngsters play” in his place after suffering a “small” stinger on a collision with a teammate. “We call that ‘friendly fire,’ and sometimes that’s the worst,” Willis said.
    • Rookie linebacker Chris Borland went low, sneaked into the backfield and popped running back Fitzgerald Toussaint for a 1-yard loss on a goal-line drill. Borland also had the loudest collision during one-on-one pass-protection drills.
    Although Willis sounds most comfortable lining up next to Michael Wilhoite in the absence of NaVorro Bowman, Borland has impressed the defensive captain. “He’s a little pit bull. I love watching him play. He’s real low and compact and seems like he never breaks stride.”
    • In their longest play of camp, Josh Johnson found Vernon Davis uncovered down the middle of the field for a 99-yard, would-be touchdown. The pass hit Davis in stride 40 yards down the field.
    • Anquan Boldin hauled in a 60-yard touchdown pass on a perfectly thrown ball by Colin Kaepernick that narrowly crested the outstretched arms of linebacker Josh Bynes.
    • Rookie linebacker Shayne Skov, an undrafted free agent from Stanford, hurt his left ankle, walked off the field with trainers, then returned to a side field and tried to run.”

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The RG position is a concern because J Martin is a flabby piece of shit. I loved his ‘pancake’ block of himself that would have at least gotten Hampton a 1st down if not a TD had he not flapjacked himself.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some video from the joint practice
    http://www.49ers.com/video/videos/Action_Cam_Best_of_49ersRavens_Camp/f2922725-6301-4a11-b8b3-3f9dabb040f9

    Good news is the Snyder injury is minor per Harbaugh.

    Video of Harbaugh mic’d up. Listen to the coach telling Hampton he needs to pass protect.
    http://www.49ers.com/video/videos/Micd-Up-Jim-Harbaugh-at-Ravens-Joint-Camp/db83fda3-61be-427b-8721-8e1f7a468f95

  43. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Martin has shown nothing so far to justify keeping him and giving up the conditional 7th round draft choice. I think we’ll cut him.

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, J Mart was pretty much a rag doll out there.

    Shit. Did I miss the draft? Am I even signed up?

  45. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sept. 2 I think, Chuck. You might want to check that. 9 PM my time, 8 yours. ESPN Insiders Invitational.

  46. winderNo Gravatar says:

    chuck- I think it’s on Sept 2 for both espn and yahoo.
    Berger- I’m glad the crab cakes are good back there, I just hope we make it out of there without anymore injuries.

  47. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Winder! Which team is yours?

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Had the Bluepoints. Prefer Dungeness………………….

  49. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Seattle Sucks

  50. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Dungeness is the best I ever had too. To bad the waters around here are so polluted.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good news is that Toyota announced it is no longer sponsoring
    this type of on field graphics because of the backlash from fans.

    This was a very bad idea that is very intrusive to watching the game. I hope AAA got the message as it happened in the Rams game also.

    The NFL makes enough money without this added BS form of advertising. The fans got it right. Boycott any company that sponsors this red zone crap advertising. Got to stop it cold or it’s going to keep getting worse.

    http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/8/7/5981025/49ers-broadcast-really-wants-you-to-buy-a-toyota

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Try the Crabcake Factory USA in Ocean City MD. They ship. Six 5oz lump meat cakes go form about 65 dollars. You won’t be disappointed. I sometimes use a cake for a 3 egg omelet with Swiss cheese melted inside and on top and covered with hollandaise sauce. Yum!

  53. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dang, Reno, you’ve got me drooling all over my keyboard. Not like I need help…

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Holy crap I just heard Robin Williams passed away.
    They found him at his home in Tiburon.
    63 years old. RIP Mork/Mrs Doubtfire

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Robin Williams was a Niner Faithful and a Giants fan
    http://instagram.com/p/rk8RJpCei1/

  56. winderNo Gravatar says:

    berger- that really does sound good, I haven’t had hollandaise sauce for 30 years.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you make one of the previously mentioned omelets sprinkle in a little dill or basil and then some cayenne pepper to the egg mixture. Mix the crab with the eggs too, before cooking.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cowgurls lose another defensive starter this time suspended for PEDs. That would be starting CB Orlando Scandrick who said he must have taken whatever they found on vacation in Mexico.
    It seems when caught it never fails that the usual lame excuse of ignorance comes out every time.
    Not knowing is not a get out of jail free card.
    So the Cowgurls have lost 6 of their starters from last year due to salary cap, injury or suspension.
    Unfortunately the Dallas defense was pretty bad last year so these forced changes might in fact improve them this year.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert did not have a good game but the 5 series he QB’d aren’t as bad as the stats suggest. Bryan Knowles of B/R broke it down.
    Gabbert was 3 of 11 with one bad INT. Another contributing factor was Hampton could not pick up the blitz when he set up to protect.

    1 Defensive Holding
    •1 perfectly thrown pass for a completion (the first Stevie Johnson catch)
    •2 passes thrown behind receivers for completions (one successful, one not)
    •2 solid throws dropped by receivers
    •1 catchable ball dropped by a receiver
    •1 thrown behind intended receiver incomplete
    •2 thrown too high for intended receiver incomplete
    •1 underthown for intended receiver intercepted
    •1 accidentally spiked into the ground incomplete
    •1 sack
    ==

    I’ll wait to see a few more games before I give up on any player. Some are quick to throw guys under the bus. I’ll give a guy several games of preseason before I make a final assessment.
    The coaches will determine the pecking order with playing time and who goes into the game earlier.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- That’s exactly what I said after the game. I’m not throwing him under the bus yet but he will need to improve or start getting the Greg Roman treatment from me, not that it matters to him or Roman.

    BTW, if he didn’t play that poorly, as you suggest, what does that say about the play caller?

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody who is getting tired of Johnny Football already, you might as well get over it. His pre-season game was the highest rated pre-season game for the NFL Network ever. With those kind of ratings we will be hearing a lot about Johnny.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    The 3 dropped balls would have made Gabbert’s stats respectable and it was on poor execution by the players involved. Receivers have to make the catches and gabber has to throw better passes and not stare down receivers which cost him an INT.

    Johnny Football will stop his haphazard running when somebody earholes him. He is an inch taller than Doug Flutie (which makes him an injury risk) so he’ll have similar results if he learns the playbook. His 4.68 speed isn’t going to help him gain yards against first team defenders who are just as fast if not faster.
    Johnny Football is like driving by a car wreck. People are stupidly curious just like they are of Michael Sam. Just football players trying to make it onto a roster.

  63. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Flutie was 22-9 as a regular season starter for Bills, 0-1 in the playoffs. The reasons for his repeated replacement by Rob Johnson are known only to Wade Phillips and the man he blamed, Ralph Wilson. But really, Rob Johnson?

    That’s part of Johnny’s allure – David overcoming Goliath. Browns fans would KILL at this point for a QB who could deliver a couple playoff berths and similar regular season success.

    Shifty, elusive running QBs are always fun to watch, moreso if they show some ability to pass. And yes, there is a large fan contingent just waiting for that NASCAR Moment.

    I watched him play. It wasn’t earthshaking. It did, however, capture my interest enough to make me want to watch him again.

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, the allure is wondering if the dipstick is going to flame out in some sort of self-induced ****up.

    For someone who courts the limelight like he does, bad shit usually follows. I could give a rat’s ass either way, but he does make the Browns a little more watchable. They’d be well-advised to start Hoyer for this year, though.

  65. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I got a friend who was born and raise in Cleveland and is a die-hard Browns fan. Some of them are the best fans in the world and at this point will hope for anything that might put them over the top. The ones I know are truly realists and just know that Johnny is not likely the answer but will grasp those straws till the cows come home.

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good news: “49ers activate NT Ian Williams from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.”

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    After the Mike Purcell showing, that is good news. Let’s just hope the LBs all come back as well. They were MIA most of that game . . .

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It doesn’t bother too much that Purcell had a bad showing. He might not even make the team. It bothered me how bad Jerod-Eddie and Lemoneir looked. They are supposed to be solid back-ups. Hopefully last game was a lesson to be learned and not an omen of things to come.

  69. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Now Laure Bacall dead, it’s been a bad couple days for us movie freaks. At least I can look forward to TCM playing “To Have and Have Not” (little do to with Hemingway), “Dark Passage” (cheap Casablanca copycat), “The Big Sleep” (one murder was never explained), and “Key Largo” (one of the best movies ever).
    Bogie and Bacall founded The Rat Pack, long before Sinatra, Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
    RIP Mrs. Doubtfire and “You do know how to whistle, don’t you Sam? You just put your lips together and blowwww.”

  70. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *Lauren

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Small world when you read this:
    “Seattle coach Pete Carroll said a few words Tuesday about the death of Robin Williams. They were classmates at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California. “It’s a tremendous loss,” Carroll said. “What an extraordinary personality. He’s been so constantly great for so long. Everybody loved him so much. It’s just a hard day.”

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to believe Robin suffered from depression.
    Sad to see him take his own life.

    A brilliant comedian and extremely humble person.

    He will be missed.

    No doubt he’ll have a seat with Bill Walsh, in the 49er Wing of Heaven.
    R.I.P. Robin.

  73. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Football is the supposed next big thing but I doubt he’ll do any better than the last big thing = Tebow who did okay and is still a celebrity for what it’s worth. Will the Browns win a playoff game with him? Or will he get hurt first? Dunno.

    Bummer about Williams. Alcohol is a pretty strong depressant so if you are depressed dont drink, right?

  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: W 25-23
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville: W 44-33
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams: W 34-13
 
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
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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