Identity Crisis

Sunday’s game against Arizona is a key division game, but it’s also a key game for another reason. Colin Kaepernick has had two melt down games in his past three starts. Another one this Sunday would rattle the foundations of 49erville.

The first three weeks of a season tend to produce some head scratcher games, and this year has been no different. Dolphins over the Patriots in Week 1, Bears over the Niners last week, along with Browns over Saints and Chargers over Seahawks. This Sunday will probably feature a few more, but after that, the good teams start to emerge, the bad teams begin to sink, and the Cowboys go 1-1 all the way to 8-8.

At this point, we don’t know if the Bills, Texans, and Cardinals are for real. The Eagles look solid, with strong second half performances in both their games. The Niners have had two straight poor second halves, which is a bit bothersome. This is a team that should be wearing out opponents and dominating them in the last quarter. But the opposite has been true.

The 49ers claim their only focus is on football, but Sunday’s cluttered performance sure bore the signs of an unfocused team. The FO has no doubt interviewed Ray McDonald extensively and the fellow teammates who attended his party, and are convinced of his innocence, which is why he’s still playing, despite the outside elements wailing for his suspension. Add to that distraction the pomp and circumstance surrounding the opening of the new stadium, and it would be no surprise if the team was not completely dialed in.

Yesterday, the SJPD reported on the May 25 incident involving McDonald and his fiance, when he called 911 because she had wielded a gun during an argument. I think somebody should remind Ray what happened to Steve McNair when he was dating a dangerous woman.

One of the offseason moves has turned out quite well so far, the substitution of SS Antoine Bethea for the departed money grubbing, personal foul magnet Donte Whitner. Stevie Johnson has not had a huge impact yet, but he’s grabbed the third WR spot and his modest contributions have invariably resulted in turning third downs into first downs. I’d expect his impact to grow as the season progresses. And if Derek Carrier continues to make tough receptions like he did against the Bears, he might just surpass Vance McDonald as the 2nd string TE.

Sunday’s temperatures are expected to be in the high ’90s in Phoenix, which is not a favorable forecast for a team that’s faded down the stretch in its first two games. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have come from behind to win each of their first two. It’s going to take a big effort from our lads to win this game.




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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree that Bethea and Carrier have looked good so far.

    The identity of this team will show when the O-line starts blocking better.

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If Glenn Dorsey, Aldon Smith, and Navorro were playing, RayMac would have been suspended. This was (duh) a football decision. Nothing else. All you little social justice castigators need to understand that you are plying into the idiocy that permeates this country. Getting suspended with pay for 2 games isn’t ‘railroading’ or 25 years in prison or whatever hyperbolic stupidity you guys are throwing around. It isn’t going to destroy anyone’s character. Look at Ray Rice. He was cheered by fans on his return. Women were buying his jersey in support! What does that tell you? It tells me fans are idiots. Ryan Braun? Same deal. Most fans don’t give a shit about these guys’ personal lives. Just win, baby. Cheat, but don’t get caught. Yer a wife-beater? Get me 30 points for my fantasy team.

    The end doesn’t justify the means, regardless of the outcome. This has to do with the team getting in front of this and being less greedy and less Al Davis-like. It’s called doing the right thing.

    Why no outcry for Jonathan Dwyer? He hasn’t been charged with anything. Oh. He’s a Cardinal. He did it. You guys are laughable.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Any more word on Anthony Davis? I heard he didn’t practice yesterday.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, what do you all think Bill would have done? He would have benched him in a New York minute.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What have we learned? Disagree with unca and you are an idiot.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dwyer’s wife has pictures and he is suicidal. Do you not understand that is a bit different than the Ray McDonald case? I do trust the 49ers know what they are doing. If they had Dwyer I am absolutely positive they would have suspended for the same situation.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What do you think Bergs? Would Walsh have played RayMac? Disagree about this, and it appears to me you don’t have your priorities in order. Didn’t THIS organization used to win with class? Weren’t we supposed to be better than the usual bullshit of the NFL? The Raiders?

    Like I said, suspending RayMac hurts the team in a weakened area. That’s the decision process. If the defense was healthier, I’m pretty sure they would have suspended RayMac.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, it isn’t, Bergs. You are drawing distinctions that don’t exist. The cops say they found bruising on RayMac’s GF. Enough to bring him downtown. That’s the line.

    You are justifying the Niners right not to get in front of it. That’s fine, but don’t couch it in due process. You may think you know, but you don’t.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. That’s why Dwyer got suspended 2 months after the fact.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If it truly does come out that she’s a nut-bag, fine. He gets reinstated with a clean slate. All this pissing and moaning about suspending an innocent man and how that would hurt him is ludicrous.

    But according to these folks here, suspending RayMac for 2 games with pay is tantamount to the interment of the Japanese at the outbreak of WWII.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think Walsh would do what the current 49ers are doing. Walsh always seemed to be a man who would do what is right instead of just trying to prove he is right.

    I can’t really have much of an opinion since I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. All I know is what we all know. Ray hasn’t even been charged with anything yet. Is the community or anybody in danger by playing him? It doesn’t appear so. From what we have found out, Ray might be the one in danger if she is pointing more weapons.

    It is my opinion that if the 49ers think he is innocent then standing by him goes a lot farther than giving in to the lynching mob. Hopefully they are right about this. We’ll find out soon enough. At that time I will comment about what I think of the situation if I choose to comment at all.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Reading your rants reminds of me when I drink to get drunk! Please continue, I’ll try the veal!

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I did draft AP in about 15 or so of my leagues and i am Gdamned pissed they didn’t say anything until week 2. Aside from that though I think the NFL is shooting itself in the foot with the way they are handling things. I find it hard to believe big money and Morality are such tight buddies. I am against all violence to innocent victims especially to children. However, i was raised at a time when kids did get it with a switch, (in our neighborhood it was a willow switch)and I also think 4yrs is too young for that kind of punishment. AP will get whats coming to him. In my mind, the Vikings actions are motivated by financial issues because you can’t tell me they didn’t have prior notice on any of this. I think AP is in a contract year and has publicly stated he wants to go to another team. You can bet the Viking brass are trying to get out of paying the rest of AP’s contract. All in the name of Morality.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Bergs. Rush is waiting for you in the garage.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoVL1Zs6WTw

    “I ain’t even got a garage! You call home and ask my wife!”

  15. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love a flaming liberal who thinks like a Nazi.

    Where was that attitude when Kaepernick was ACCUSED of sexual assault? Is it a good thing he wasn’t suspended immediately until he was officially cleared of a crime?

    When the policy becomes immediate suspension upon accusation, the accusations will fly. Why would anyone promote that idiocy as the right thing to do? What about implications? He’s gone!? Rumors? Gone! Hints? Gone! gossip? Gone!

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If Kappy did it during the season, suspend him. He did in in the offseason, NoFear. What do you suspend him from?

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I guess all cops are liars in your world, NoFear. RayMac WAS arrested. It wasn’t a prank phone call. It was a felony DV arrest. Are you crying for Jonathan Dwyer?

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. Follow the money. Anheuiser Busch gets uppity and that’s where the NFL draws the line. Mess with the money train, and heads roll. Sponsirs dictate policy. A company that sells alcohol, mind you. Beer pressure, indeed.

    This is getting closer to RollerBall every day.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What?!? No love for that long haiored country boy?

  20. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The cops wrote up the incident report with their observations. They don’t decide the case on the scene they just write it up and bring in someone when there are visible injuries. Didn’t they do the same with Kaepernick?

    Suspend in the off-season? You suspend him from the team. Team activities and facilities and no contact. IIRC you were defending the poor unfortunate at the time. You know, before you had your marching orders.

    I don’t know about the Dwyer situation. Maybe he admitted what he did so there was no question of guilt. But whatever he did, the Cards had little choice thanks to the shrill mob you’re so willing to be a part of condemning everything NFL now.

    The advertisers are getting scared and trying to distance themselves before the tar and feather mob calls for a boycott if they don’t. It was a business decision (duh), nothing else.

    Do you think NFL players commit crimes more frequently than the general public? Why isn’t your mob coming unglued about the Alabama judge beating his wife and getting PTI? He’s a judge not a player of the foosball. Just riding the populist winds, right?

  21. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Have we beaten this subject to pieces yet? Uh maybe that’s the wrong metaphor here. Skip reading the devil’s advocate saves time + wear and tear. Besides it’s pointless. I’m still chuckling over RTs comment however.

    2nd half against AZ this week is going to be interesting. Can we maintain focus? I sure hope so amidst many distractions. Survival mode now

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, suspend him from not coming in anyway. Got it. Besides, we can’t be everywhere all the time. Jeez. Lighten up. That’s your problem, skippy. Not mine.

    Whatever. Boycott beer? Yeah, that’ll happen as well. In some far distant universe nowhere near this one.

    Tell ya one thing, we lose to Drew Stanton, there will be trouble in paradise . . .

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, now that we’ve let this all simmer down, what is Jolly Roger’s DV policy exactly? Run around with your head cut off? Suspend, instate, resuspend, reinstate, lather, rinse, repeat as needed?

    Tell ya one more thing. At least the Niners haven’t waffled. Got to give them that.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny that a couple weeks ago Chuck was saying he’d do anything to win and that if you weren’t cheating you weren’t trying.
    (talking about Petey’s cheating ways)
    Naturally and as usual he’s taken his usual flip flop.
    Like I said he’s the only guy stupid enough to defend Aaron Hernandez and said he’d be back playing in the NFL within the year.
    It should tell you something that Chuck is never consistent in his views and he’s always the hypocrite.

  25. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how you wanted Ahmad Brooks suspended for fighting with another player. Beat up a chick? No prob. I bet you beat your dog as well.

  26. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And you think Jolly Roger is doing a good job. Laughable.

  27. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Find that post, skippy. Since you live for that, I’d love to read it, you lying bag of dicks.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since you asked. Remember these morsels Chuck???
    “unca_chuckNo says:

    July 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Of course you miss the point entirely, Bulliltt. If he’s not charged with anything, than what is he being suspended for?
    .
    As much as I hate Worthlessberger, the NFL and Steelers had no legally binding right to suspend him, since he wasn’t charged with anything. If players were able to be suspended for being assholes, well, there’d be about 1,000 players on suspension right now”

    “unca_chuck says:

    July 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    That doesn’t change the facts, skippy. Goodie Goodell has no legal right to suspend players that aren’t charged with anything. Same with the contracts. If no crime is charged, what is he suspended for?”

    FLIP FLOP of 180 degrees

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If I was an owner in the NFL I would consider firing Goody just for his 44 million salary. These latest news feeds would justify.

    The question I have, is his 44 mil a salary or based on profits he made for the league. I never have a problem with high priced CEOs if the money was from stock options. Paying too much salary means I am paying too much for the product as a consumer. The fact he got or is getting 44 million is a bit disturbing to this fan. I’d like to know where it came/comes from. I will consider his 44 mil might be what pays his office and not just him. Inquiring minds need to know.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Very interesting that you defend Worthlessberger and want to suspend a 49er for exactly the same reason. What say you?

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m starting to wonder if Fangio is the right man to be our DC. He gets very passive at times. I used to think he was just trying to mix it up but these days it seems he is lost. GET THE QB DAMN IT. I’m not sure he understands that. I’ll give him a break that he has relied on Lemoneir and he has not delivered. Now that we know Lemoneir sucks, do something about it. Replace him and blitz more often. QBs that have time to throw win. Period, end of story. Defensive lines win championships.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch is much better than Lemoneir, why does an NFL coaching staff not pull the trigger when the fans can plainly see? Why does a DC with a 17-0 lead think he can coast? Why did we give a coach a raise who doesn’t go after the QB?

  33. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    1st week we couldn’t stop the run. Last week we could but allowed ourselves to get beat by a good passing QB. The D needs to do both in the same game = pressure QB and handle the RBs. Can we do that this year? Like your comments about the O jelling as we go forward Bergs we need to see the D put together a complete game. Lots of moving parts to coordinate, new players in for All Pros so it may take a few games. Agree Lynch so far is outplaying Lemonier. Fangio must see this but you know he’s reluctant to throw rookies in there (except Reid and Ward). Maybe doesn’t want to make premature decision on sitting a guy based on 1-2 games? But it is frustrating. I think he gets it figured out more effectively “eventually”. Sunday?

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- If I see Lemonier on the active roster I will shit. He sucks. NJ loves him. I can’t figure this out.

  35. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes sir Bullit exactly. Perfect examples. No point arguing with that game.

    “Nothing is real…Strawberry Fields Forever”

    Anyway this blog format makes it easy to skip the baloney

  36. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio is stubborn too so we will see what it takes for him to try someone else. Lemonier sucks this week and we lose again your case will be stronger. Agree we need more pressure. NJ is usually pretty good with his calls but Lemonier needs to step it up Sunday. A lot more teams are going to come back on us later in games if we allow QBs the time.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- NJ is a great fan but he knows strategy like NoFear and Bullit. Nada. Zip. Good numbers info but bad instincts. They all think the Sardine Can Offense is effective.

    Get the QB. Anything else is all about something other than winning. Defensive lines win championships.

    A QB who has time to throw wins, ask Tom Brady.

  38. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You figured out the defense should stop the QB and the offense should pass the ball? No wonder the pro coaches can’t win.

    You’re a legend in your own mind, and that’s about it.

  39. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Listening to the Better Rivals podcast this week, they break down Bears game esp the 4 TOs of Kap. Give him ‘blame’ for 1 1/2 INTS and ‘credit to Kyle(?) Fuller for 1 1/2 take aways. They also discuss the failed pass to Crab at the end and lay it to miscommunication between QB and WR. Kap hesitating and throwing timing off w/ receivers, etc all game. They praise the read option formation as getting 5.1 yds/play average on the 12 times it was run.

    They say J Martin, Kilgore and Boone struggled and praised Iupati. Brooks mainly criticized at OLB as well as Lemonier some too. Obviously mention Wards struggles against Marshall and wonder if maybe Fangio will give him some help against Fitzgerald.

    Against AZ = they have issues, injuries on O. Good run D. Our best bet = 11 personnel + middle of field passing attack, hooks to Stevie, Anquan + running out of spread

    We clearly need better Pass rush from front 4+ blitzing more. Ward from the edge. Secondary better than expected, OLB our weakest unit.

    They say “Solid play calling, game plan Not worried about coaching or Kap” and expect a 7 point Niner win as do I.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Fangio is doing what he can with what he has. Unrealistic to take away Aldon and Navarro and think your defense will function as it always has. The youngsters in the secondary will get better with playing time and the secondary will gel with time.
    Brooks need to step it up with pressure because he’s now the Niner pass rusher until Aldon comes back and so far he’s been mostly a non factor. If Lemonier can’t put pressure than play Lynch.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Just trying to be consistent. You, NJ and Bullit are too fun to razz over your love for the Sardine Can Offense. It’s all good!

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I agree but Fangio needs to apply more pressure. Lamoneir is not the answer at this point in his career. Maybe he can develop but he is not physical enough for the position to be the starter or even be in at crunch time. I’d rather have Chase Thomas in than Lemoneir. He’s costing a pass rush.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I remember in the first pre-season game Purcell was the whipping boy for not stopping the run. The player that glaringly was the worst at stopping the run that game was Lemoneir. He must grade out good on coach film because he plays a lot but he sure doesn’t grade out well on fan film.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Regardless of what Fangio is lacking he needs to apply pressure. It is inexcusable to rush 4 80% of the time when the opposing QB is picking us apart from a cozy pocket. What you are saying in essence is when he has all-pros everywhere he does a great job and when he only has a couple he gets a pass. I’m not buying that.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I keep hearing how good Florida’s front seven is. Since Alabama runs the Sardine Can Offense this might be a bad match-up for them. I think Florida will need to show at least some offense. This could be an interesting game. Alabama has the much better talent but it could be a bad match-up. I guess we are about to find out!

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! Alabama comes out in a spread formation, 4 wide, and throws an 87 yard TD pass on the first play. Never mind my last post! LOL!

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, it was 5 wide. I had better check and make sure that was Alabama!

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I’m not sure where you decided I was a fan of the SCO?

    I’ve stood by the success of running when you need to run.
    If it succeeds in taking clock away from the opposition, I’m all for it.
    I’m not advocating a stubborn approach to follow that script when you don’t need to do so.

    I’m an Old School WCO guy.
    Score early, take a lead.
    Sit on them with the SCO if it takes clock, and moves the sticks.

    And for the record, I loved the Lemonier Draft Pick at the time.
    If he doesn’t produce, what’s to love?

    I also liked the Aaron Lynch Pick.
    Competition is on now.
    That’s the beauty of football.

  49. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you’re a prisoner of your pre-conceived notions. It destroys your objectivity and blinds you to what happens outside the one thing you’re already convinced happened, even before it does.

  50. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Dumped JJ and promoted the TE from the PS.
    Bout time TB and JH used their IQ. Could I use any more abbrs? *Chandler Bing voice*

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I’m not 100% sure what you said but I like messing with you a few a you guys. You are one of them. I called NJ and told him the same thing. Anyway, you said something about legend in my own mind. Sounded good for a blog! Doesn’t that describe all of us?

  52. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Don’t everyone get too excited this game day all at once. Is everyone still in mourning over losing Josh Jonson? Completely asinine to keep three QBs in the first place. It only took injuries to our top two TEs to force the issue. Our organization is run by chimpanzees.

  53. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Speaking of chimps, Arizona is forced to start one at QB today. We lose to that monkey and this Mickey Mouse organization can turn its attention to next year’s draft.

    The San Francisco Forty Niners are now on the clock…

  54. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s just too bad they put the game of the week opposite ours.

  55. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    “This isn’t Russia. Is this Russia? This isn’t Russia.” —Ty Webb
    NoFear, you’re free to watch whichever game you choose. I won’t lie, I’ll be peeking in myself. Watch Drew Stanton or Peyton Manning play QB? Hmm. Toughie.

  56. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, it’s a scenario for missing the interesting action in both games. I would have thought a Super Bowl re-match would have been a SNF or MNF game.

  57. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Exactly. The prevailing wisdom was that the Super Bowl rematch would have been the season opener on Thursday night. But the schedule makers and powers that be chose GB to face Seattle.

    I tell ya. Those NFL execs on Park Ave. are having one helluva yr.

  58. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    But if you believe the conspiracy theorists, the thought was the NFL didn’t want Seattle to host that many prime time games because they were blowing most everyone out with their great home field advantage.

  59. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Both VD and our 270 lb. slot receiver are INACTIVE.
    The Derek Carrier era begins today.

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m OK with 2 QBs. Just not Blabbert.

  61. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    You think Clemson coulda used the PK they lost to ARZ last night vs FSU?

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No huddle certainly is different.

  63. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Goodell has turned the NFL isto a f***king joke. Might as well throw a flag every play. Every play there is illegal use of hands on the line and every pass there’s illegal contact. This shit is unwatchable.

  64. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Keystone Cops are on the field today.

  65. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    However this ends, this 49er team is in serious disarray. Total loss of composure. Too many players who cannot control themselves and be professional. Too many impulsive stupid mistakes. Ten wins may have been overly optimistic.

  66. BigjonNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t read a blitz. Can’t call 3 plays to get a first down with the game on the line. We do not have the fire of the Cardinals. We have no discipline. I think that starts with the head coach. Sometimes a loss like this unites a team and they start playing for each other. I hope this is that team.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    This team has scored 56 points in the 1st half, and 3 points in the 2nd half. The coaching has to be questioned big time. Once again, we didn’t blitz very much, and Drew fricking Stanton beats our assses like a drum in the 2nd half.

  68. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Did we fire Jim Harbaugh yet?

  69. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    On the flip-side of that, the defense has given up 16 total points inthe 1st half, and 52 2nd half points.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The coaches have a lot to answer to for these 2nd half failures. And the millions of penalties.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It’s time to line Tank up on the outside and tell him to get the QB. We know that is not going to happen but a fan can hope.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    IMO, we lost because of penalties and lack of a pass rush. I think we aren’t running enough either. I know it worked but I’m not a fan of 5 wide. Three wide is a good running formation as well as a good passing formation.

  73. robNo Gravatar says:

    Wow i didn’t know the NFL had outlawed hitting until i saw the fitzgerald play

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not going to say this is true buy one has to wonder if Harbaugh’s antics have the officials calling questionable calls on us.

    When Kap was sacked didn’t the defender lead with his helmet?

  75. robNo Gravatar says:

    We were robbed

  76. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER you might have a point. Harbaugh was pretty restrained today by his standards. Im surprised he didn’t spit up his tonsils on tje feild today after the highway robbery the refs pulled today.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Do you fans remember that big sack we had? Me neither.

  78. robNo Gravatar says:

    I still see us going 13-3 or 12-4 this year

  79. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry Rob, but I don’t share your enthusiasm. We’ve done well to take leads, but the wheels come off in the 2nd half. Being outscored 56-3 in the 2nd half is awful. Philly is a good fast team that looks to blow right past us. Losing to KC and Alex Smith would be the coffin nail. Denver? The Rams? We’ll be lucky to go 2-2 these next 4.

  80. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Shoulda taken 9-6-1.

  81. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The defense? 16 points against in the 1st half. 52 points given up in the 2nd. Failures on both sides of the ball.

    Philly will put up 42 with today’s effort.

    Yeah, AZ is a tough place to play, but we had the lead with the ball coming out of the half, and turned that into 0 points and 1-6 on 3rd downs.

    We are getting outcoached. Harbaugh’s looking for a deal, and he may not be coaching here next year.

  82. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Willis’sack call was awful, as was the play by Skuta. Lead with the shoulder and get called. Boldin gave away a score with his bullshit, and I dono;t get the taunting call opn Culliver, but at what point does ther NFL say, gee, the fans sure like to see 30 penalties a game. They sure like to see a meaningless illegal breathing call on the opposite side of the field negate a 3rd and 21. At some point you just say f*** it and go for a head shot. You stand a 50-50 shot of getting called on a clean play anyway.

    Goodell is ruining the game with his collusion to hide damaging information, and now all these bullshit penalties on illegal hands to the face and illegal contact on pass plays.

  83. BigjonNo Gravatar says:

    I heard Aldon was a game changer. A guy you had to game plan for make sure you know where he is every play. It must be true because our pass rush sucks without him. Kap still can’t read blitzes. And if he does we don’t have a play to handle it. It’s sad to watch. We have talent. They just need better situation coaching and play calling.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Arizona had 7 1st downs from penalties. Hard to win with a stat like that.

  85. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Berger. You can only shoot yourself in the foot so many times before you bleed to death.

  86. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The thing is, these days every penalty results in a 1st down. If they are going to call illegal hands to the face 10 times a game, they should not make it an auto 1st down.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Where was the false start call on Ellington of AZ too?
    Zebras didn’t see that one.

    Kaep also panics when they blitz into his face.
    Until he finds a hot read and stops it, it’s now the Gospel on how to beat us.

    Pathetic.

  88. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Hey, my buddy in Florida!!!! You still think we can go 12-4 or 13-3?
    Is that before or after Santa Claus lands on my roof with eight Victoria’s Secret models dressed as shiny reindeer?

    Now Candice! Now Adriana!
    Now, Tyra and Gisele!
    On, Alessandra! On, Miranda!
    On, Paulina and Heidi!

    To the top of my shaft!
    To the top of my head!
    Now suck away! Suck away!
    Suck away all!

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How tough is it really?
    To penalize the 9ers for RayMc with yellow laundry?

    Not very.

    Roger conveniently balked at the home opener last Sunday night for one simple reason.
    More questions about DV and RayMc playing perhaps?

    Yeh, we stunk it up but, it’s the great equalizer.
    Officiating.

  90. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    No fooling. Victoria’s Secret sent me a tweet because I inquired, and complimented them on a particular shade of green their model was wearing. I asked if it was basil green? They replied it was “lush olive” and sent me a direct link.

    You gotta love those girls.

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If you get that Christmas wish Del, I think your well serviced nutsack will force a color name change to “Crushed Olives”.
    All that sucking could leave you without your berries for the Holidays.

  92. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Remind me not to shake your hand, Dennis.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- If we start blaming the refs we will go 4-12. We need to clean up our game. I guarantee that if we had a pass rush today we win. You can blame Kap but he had a 103 rating and I thought he played well. I didn’t see Kap on defense when we couldn’t get off the field and gave up 3 TDs.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kelvin Benjamin was one of 2 or 3 guys I was targeting for the 1st pick this year. Everybody here who commented told me why he wasn’t worthy. Right now he is looking like Rookie of the Year.

    I say 2 or 3 because one was picked before we picked. Fuller who picked us twice last week so I can’t count him. we did end up getting the other guy I was targeting with our 2nd pick, Carlos Hyde. I didn’t have Ward on my radar but I am happy with the pick. I think Benjamin would have been better.

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We do seem to be drawing more than out share of penalties. I still don’t get what Willis was called for. Culliver? He stood up too quick I guess.

    Boldon’s was just stupid beyond belief. He saw that shit get called in the Panther game last year, and he pulls the same stupid move. 1st and goal from the 6 becomes 1st and goal from the 21.

    If the refs are going to try and take all the emotion out of the game they are going to kill it. Taunting? Seriously?

    F*** Jolly Roger. This game is completely devoid of sense now.

  96. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    The Boldin penalty was the killer. Like I said to Berger, you don’t expect that coming from a seasoned vet like Anquan. Can’t blame the refs on that one. He let his emotions get the better of him and retaliated the verbal jawing with a headbutt.

    Disappointing coming from him. No other way to put it.
    Very disappointing.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger Kaep played extremely well until he had to deal with the blitz.
    Somewhere in all this chaos is the lack of a hot read.
    Be it on the WRs or Kaep, we’re not finding an out.
    Offense stalls, Defense gets worn down.

    Wonder why we’re giving up 2nd half points?
    Fatigue is reason 1.

    We show no balance between Run and Pass.
    It’s like we’re force feeding the passing game right now, which is fine.
    It’s something we’ve needed to develop for too long.

    Where’s the outlet option?
    Something I thought LMJ would provide for us when he was selected.
    Never came about, still isn’t utilized.

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I remember talking to you on draft day saying I liked Benjamin and Hyde but we both agreed we likes Fuller and poof, he was taken by the Bears.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not blaming the Refs, simply suggesting that we’re taking the brunt of the scrutiny.
    Boldin went off on them too.
    Claims he spoke to the Officials numerous times regarding the extra curricular activities throughout the game.

    His ill fated penalty came after being shoved while trying to bounce up from the tackle.
    He retaliated, he took the flag.

    No excuse for him losing his cool, rather, just an example of the Ref seeing one side of the situation and ignoring the obvious participation from the other.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There was a blatant false start earlier in the game on Ellington too.
    Our Dline saw it, jumped up and down about it, Back Judge, Side Judge, no one wearing stripes picked up on it.
    4th and 1 play I think?
    Big momentum killer there.
    Defense can’t get a blow because of it.

    Total horsesh!t.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Earlier this week I predicted our offense would struggle today. It actually looked OK. Of course we shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times, see Boldin penalty. The other problem was the defense could not get off the field which never allowed the offense to get right back and catch a rhythm. Also, too much 5 wide which took away the run game. Even though I don’t like the 5 wide we moved the ball and scored with it so I’m scratching my head a little about that. I think it didn’t help us in the long run but our line is not blocking too well so maybe that is why we ran it? It did show we can pass but we need to preserve the run too. This new offense is a work in progress but it has good potential. The defense has to do their part too and get of the field. That would help the offense catch a rhythm.

  102. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I did not see Ellington move, not even on the replay. I was watching the game with Renojim and he saw it immediately.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Flinched his right leg Berger.
    With an Official positioned off to his right rear.
    Selective vision is all I’m suggesting.

    That was the beginning of the charade.
    Believe me, we deserved enough of the laundry on our own merits.

    I come unglued when other infractions get ignored.
    Most of the world succumbs to the principle of calls evening out.
    We’re not that lucky of late.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger both units have to help the other.
    Pretty hard to get off the field Defensively when Officials find reasons to nitpik our unit and ignore the other.

    I’m all for working the passing game.
    New guys like Stevie and Bling need reps with Kaep.
    I’m pissed that Roman didn’t establish a flow and balance things out.
    Too focused on one phase, ignored the other until it was obvious what we were intending to do.
    Once again, too predictable.

    Show some creativity, keep a Defense on their heels maybe?
    We got some element of surprise early with the hurry up.
    Can we ever surprise someone enough to take advantage of it?
    Outsmart the other guy?

  105. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    NJ, coming out in that no-huddle was a pleasant surprise. More importantly, it surprised the shit outta ‘Zona. They looked completely befuddled. Damn shame we couldn’t build upon that opening drive. Even still, that drive wasn’t without its flaws and hiccups along the way. Having to burn two timeouts before the 7:30 mark of the 1st quarter isn’t going to win you Super Bowls.

    Too much Charlie Manson and Helter Skelter.

  106. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Now I just heard Boldin’s postgame comments for the first time.
    He’s blaming the goddamn refs. I was disappointed with Anquan. Now I’m thoroughly disgusted.

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman is showing a good diversity. He’s left out the hot reads for the blitz. I would guess we ran a play or two with a hot read but I didn’t see it. I will say I watched AZ run those blitzes for two weeks now and they have been really effective. Still, you beat the blitz with routes to replace the vacant space or just pick up the blitzers. I did not see that done with any consistency. The sack was a delayed blitz by the DB which completely fooled us. This is all part of learning a new offense.

  108. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That avatar looks like how I feel. Good night.

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jeesh.

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I agree Del.
    We showed some signs of creativity after a week to prepare.
    When it comes to halftime adjustments, which only allow 20 minutes, our braintrusts have nothing to offer.

    Complete and utter chaos from a Staff that managed to find the Playoffs the past several years.
    Not about to give up hope at this point but, we’re severely challenged in the ‘Adjustments’ Dept.

    Opposition is playing chess, we’re struggling with tic-tac-toe.

  111. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
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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