Cardinals 23, 49ers 14

For the third consecutive week, the 49ers jumped out to a first half lead, then imploded in the second half. The lead was big enough in the first game to withstand the brown out, but last week and this week, it wasn’t.

For the second straight year, the team is 1-2 after three games. Last year, they promptly won five in a row to right the ship. To do that this year, they have to start by beating an Eagles team next week that has so far been the exact opposite of the Niners. The Eagles have fallen behind in the first half, then roared to victory in the second. A loss next week would give Jim Harbaugh the first three game losing streak during his tenure.

Counting out a Harbaugh team has been a foolish enterprise in the past, but this year’s squad might be different. They seem rudderless. There’s no on field leadership, and they are committing penalties at a rate that would make the Oakland Raiders envious of their ineptitude. 28 penalties in the past two games. Eat your heart out, Raider Nation.

The 49ers have not scored a TD in the second half this year. That is a mind numbing statistic. Meanwhile, opposing QBs are merrily marching up and down the field against the Niner defense like it was a scout team in practice.

Colin Kaepernick put up decent stats Sunday, but once again, the more he was needed, the less he delivered. You have to wonder if his confidence has been shaken by his repeated fourth quarter failures over the past two years. He seems to have no poise in the pocket when the game is on the line.

Still, it is the defense that has turned into an embarrassment. Specifically, the pass defense. There’s no pass rush and the secondary is just not that good. Ahmad Brooks has been invisible this year and Aldon Smith’s replacement, Corey Lemonier, has just been useless. Meanwhile, the only D-lineman who showed any pass rush skills in the preseason — Tank Carradine — sits on the sidelines inactive.

Rookie Jimmie Ward has been overmatched as the slot CB, surrendering a league high four TD catches so far this year. The guy who should be in the slot is Perrish Cox, but he’s been filling in at left CB for the injured Tramaine Brock. And he’s probably played the best of any of the secondary players.

It’s gonna be tense at 4949 Centennial Blvd. this week. The local media vultures are circling overhead, eagerly eyeing the carcass of the Jim Harbaugh Era. There will be plenty of “fans” throwing rocks and bottles over the fences, too. It should all make for an exciting week in the blogosphere. More exciting than the team has been so far, that’s for sure.




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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would activate Tank and deactivate Lemoneir next week. Tank can’t do any worse.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers are seeming to have an identity crises but I don’t think that is the problem. Yes were are having a bit of an identity issue but if we don’t commit the dumb penalties and have a decent pass rush we are 3-0 and nobody is talking about our identity.

  3. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Is an NFL game 30 minutes or 90 minutes? Just curious, because Jimbo seems to believe the game ends before halftime.

    I’m disappointed in Boldin. He really wanted to stick it to his old squad and instead made a nice contribution towards losing the game. That’s a smoke signal for Jimbo losing the lockerroom.

    I suspect his CV is in the mail to Michigan now.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, we went from a 60/40 run/pass ratio under Harbaugh to a 47/53 run/pass ratio. Gore and Hyde combined for 9 carries while Kappy threw and ran 50 times (37 passes, 13 rushes).

    Identity crisis? They’ve gone Mad Mike Martz on us. Harbaugh has put everything on his QB. It has worked in the 1st halfs of these games, but not in the 2nd halfs, as teams have ratcheted up the pressure, and we seem unable to stop or contain the blitzes.

    How about a delayed draw once in a while? Something to give the given defense pause. They’ve gone from one extreme to the other.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, but we aren’t 3-0. We’re 1-2. Both losses were eminently winnable, and we flopped. The coaches again have to decipher what went wrong. Why not open the 2nd half no-huddle? Or at some point go back to that?

    These guys just don’t react well at all. Great game plan. It worked. But when AZ changed things up and shadowed Kappy, and his 8 yard runs became 2 yard runs, shiot started bogging down. Throw in a handful of killer penalties, and there you have it. Boldin’s penalty was inexcusable. Especially after the shit that went on in last year’s playoff game vs Carolina.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stat of the week:

    The Niners have not scored a point in the 4th quarter while giving up 31 points.

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

    That’s Baalke’s fault! *spit’s up blood as he pokes his Trent Baalke voodoo doll with his fly fishing rod*

  8. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Take away the penalties, just the stupid, unnecessary ones, and we are 3-0. That’s within the control of the players and coaches. No super scheming or new first rounders needed. The secondary looked lazy in the second half. I realize they couldn’t communicate well in the noise but that’s a common problem in this league. We showed AZ our bad coverage trends and they made us pay.

    We sent plenty of blitzes, and they were handled well for the most part. One or two with ILBs inside and CB outside.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We rarely rushed more than 4. If they blitzed up the middle, the OLBs dropped into coverage. Our bread and butter is to depend on our pass rush out of our base defense. It isn’t working now with Bowman, A Smith, and Dorsey out.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I don’t know how many times we blitzed but I would be surprised if it was less than 10. They usually picked up our blitz and we usually did not pick up theirs.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know if Tank is the answer but he did look like our best pass rusher in pre-season other than Aldon. I don’t care about his discipline, line him up outside and tell him to get the QB. It is too important in the game of football to ignore. Get the QB. Sit Lemoneir and sic Tank on the QB. If it doesn’t work nothing is lost, Lemoneir doesn’t get to the QB. Tank is much more physical than Lemoneir. He can bull rush, speed outside, swim inside and chuck and I would bet he would be good at turning the run inside. Lemoneir only does an outside speed rush.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Look at the bright side. If the 49ers don’t aggressively go after the QB I can join NJ49er this year in trying to assess the draft since I’ll have more interest because we will be drafting in the top 15. Maybe the top 10.

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think we’ll do better in the second half when Aldon and NaVorro come back. So we’ll have a mediocre year, just out of the playoffs, and draft around 20. OTOH maybe Harbs does some of that coaching shit and rights the ship. Not looking so good right now though.

  14. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think they missed having Davis to send deep. The Cards figured without TEs we would run all day. We fooled them, for a while, and then we needed VDs contribution to make the defense work hard at matching up. Too easy to cover WRs only.

    I would be surprised if we blitzed less than ten times in the first three series.

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The only thing I got out of the transcript of today’s Jimbo presser was that reason for the pass heavy O game plan was because of the lack of VD and Vance.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I think it should never be easy to match up to the WRs when the QB had time to throw. We scored on the first two drives because Kap had time. Once they adjusted and brought the blitz we did not do a good job of picking it up. When QB has no time to read the field the first read needs to be open. I would have liked to have seen a couple of draws.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s about adjustments. AZ (and Chicago before them) brought more pressure in the 2nd half. Our adjustment to that was to not adjust.

    We were outcoached yet again. Throw in the penalties (legit or otherwise) and you have strange games like we’ve played so far.

    Schizo scoring, schizo defense.

  18. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Jimi taking the right approach to the many questionable penalty calls: “We don’t question them, never have (!)” he sez. No use following Boldin’s whining = entirely counterproductive like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Just shut up and as NF said -do what they can to control and minimize obvious and unnecessary ones by our players. So many changes on this team = secondary personnel now getting tested while learning how to play together; injuries, suspensions, public controversies, new O scheme, players etc.

    It may be awhile before this gets sorted out. Meanwhile don’t make things worse by pissing off the refs/league. Huddle down, try to survive the storm. And Boldin, thanks

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m betting on Boldin, Staley and Gore coming out this week vs Philly, with a mission to get this crap corrected.

    I don’t feel as though Philly has anything we can’t overcome.

    I’m in for 9er win in this one.
    Convincingly.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I work with an Eagles fan.
    Obnoxious and FOS as they all are.

    He’s already staking a spot for the SB victory parade.
    No joke. He’s that pompous.
    ‘Nobody can keep up with a Chip Kelly Offense’, blah, blah, blah.

    Hoping like H3ll we beat his A$$ on Sunday.

    We owe them for the 40-8 game back in ’94.
    I see their Charlie Garner beatdown and trump it with Carlos Hyde and Frank Gore.
    Douche nozzles.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Told him his Chip Kelly Offense will be watching us run the ball down his throat from the sideline.
    Can’t score from the bench putz.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh has never taken the right approach regarding penalties. His overreaction to anything and everything is part of the problem. If he can stop his tirades then things might change.

    Talking after the fact is merely window dressing and avoiding being fined. Boldin’s right. It won’t help, but he’s right. He owned up to his mistake, killer that it was.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We’re a passing team now, NJ. 94 passes, 81 runs.

    Haven’t seen that since Mad Mike days.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck it’s a concern for me that we can’t adjust.
    That’s an indictment of Coaching long before player execution.

    I’ve got no problem working on the passing game, especially when you factor in the new pieces.
    I did appreciate seeing Stevie become a viable option on Sunday.
    Lloyd can still become a weapon, so long as they give him the reps in games.
    The larger issue is whether we can block it up long enough to take the deep shots.

    Philly is all about piling up points and forcing teams to keep up.

    My philosophy would be to do what we’ve been successful at.
    Run and, wear down what I consider to be, an average Defense.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The troubling aspect of the 2nd half meltdowns is getting our Defense off the field.
    Sure, penalties didn’t help that cause but, the Offense has to give them a blow too.
    We got worn down in B2B games on Defense while the Offense went AWOL.

    Too early to panic but, there’s plenty of reason to be concerned with the lack of adjustments.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When we learn to run from 3 wide we’ll dominate on offense. The Chiefs got about 130 yds rushing this week from a back up RB and a patch work line. I’m not sure why we are having such a hard time running the ball. Our coaches haven’t really ever run this scheme before, I wonder how much that has to with it.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our Defense has been shaky at best but, I still think we’re better than Philly.
    Shady is legit too.
    I’m banking on the 9ers being pissed off enough as a group, to come into this game with something to prove.
    If not, I’m going to suggest that Harbaugh has lost them.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Then again, Arizona has a really good run defense.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I hate to sound like a broken record but if we have any chance to win it will be because we put a lot of pressure on Foles. Foles is tough, he got hit around this week and just kept coming back.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No argument Berger.
    Philly can score.
    We’ve shown signs of scoring ability too.

    Our issue is sustaining momentum.

    I circled this game as a barometer matchup the minute it was released.
    Now that we’ve seen the early returns from our Boys, I’m all the more focused on us getting up off the mat for this one.

    Let’s hope there’s enough maturity and determination left in the locker room to muster a little payback.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And yes, Foles took a very cheap shot from a DT in that game on Sunday.
    He’s a threat, as is Shady and Maclin, now Matthews.
    We’ll have our challenges.

    I’m just not ready to give up and concede.
    IMO, Philly is beatable, we just can’t get behind early.
    That is something they’ve already shown a habit of doing.
    You beat a high powered Offense by making them watch from sideline.
    This is Harbaughs’ first real pressure point of the season.

    We’ll see what he’s got left in terms of rallying the troops.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Their OLine is beat up too.
    My hatred for Philly in general, might be clouding my better judgement somewhat but, I believe this is our moment to make a statement.

    I’m standing by my gut.
    9ers – convincingly over Phiily.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think we win. I don’t think our defense can stop them. I’m going to start losing confidence in Fangio if he can’t dial up some pressure.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Keep the faith Berger.
    Statement moment.
    We circle the wagons and pull the rabbit out of the hat for this one.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If Tank isn’t in on pass rushing downs then either the coaches are pulling another Ricardo Lockette and not recognizing talent or maybe Tank is just a bust. Something is wrong with this picture.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d like to see Lynch and Dial in the conversation too.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta remember Tank is basically a rookie at this point.
    Might be too early to consider a bust label just yet?

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think very highly of Tomsula and his ability to develop the DLine.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care about his lack of discipline in maintaining lanes. The guy can pass rush. If the coach isn’t committed to getting to the QB I want one that is. This whole coaching staff might needs replacing after this year if they think giving a clean pocket to throw from is OK. This irks me more than the Sardine Can Offense.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m with you on that one.
    Painful to watch Stanton getting throws off while Kaep was running for his life on Sunday.

    I’m still seething over the call Willis took for roughing the QB, while Kaep took the crown of a helmet to his manhood with no reaction from the zebras.

    Officiating just plain sucks IMO. No continuity.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It’s either the coaching or the players or both. The plays we are calling and the players we are using are not getting any consistent pressure. Time to change the equation. We drafted Tank in the high 2nd round. I think they have him playing the wrong position in the first place. In college he was a monster edge pass rusher and we are trying to turn him into a 2 gapping DE. Put him on the edge and tell him to get to the QB. So far they have done nothing but try to put a round peg into a square hole. Let him do what he does best.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hence the age old argument of the GM vs HC.

    It’s like yammering on about the Middle East.
    Some things are just beyond common sense reasoning.

    I just hope this isn’t an indication of the players quitting on the Coaches.

    Frank was none too happy the past 2 weeks by post game media accounts.
    You lose a committed leader like Frank and things will erode quickly.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also see the NYJ got bit with their share of the ‘Officiating Bug’ tonight too.

    These guys are making a joke of the NFL.
    I seriously wonder how many of them are Agents for the Vegas odds makers.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to start calling the Refs ‘Shavers’.
    These clowns are deciding games and making it painful to watch.

    Our issues not withstanding, too many games are being stalled by clowns wearing stripes and carrying whistles.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Bears are really getting some fortunate calls this year.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NFL Officiating 101.
    Someone is seriously lining the pockets of some of these Officials.
    Gotta be a commission-based arrangement being paid for throwing flags this year.
    Effn ridiculous.

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Kaepernick had more time to throw the ball in the first half. I think all his throws in the first half and all game really, except for the roll-outs and options, were pretty shallow quick hitters, less than three seconds to throw was the rule.

    Longer routes would have required leaving TE and/or RB in the backfield for protection.

    And I don’t think they blitzed us more in the second half. If I had to guess I’d say they blitzed us less in the second half with the exception of the series following Fitzgerald’s fumble. I think they blitzed every play on that short possession.

    They sure jumped a lot more routes in the second half. Maybe they studied up on Kaep’s habits and adjusted their coverage accordingly as there wasn’t much of a deep threat without VD and with Martin getting no help.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree NoFear49er.
    I happened to like the quick hitters we were utilizing early on.
    Kaep has been pretty accurate with the majority of his throws so, quick timing plays would seem to be useful.
    Where he gets in trouble is the 3rd Down throws I think?
    Locks on early and allows a DB to anticipate.

    Nice that Stevie saw some of those throws too.
    Maybe that will break his tendency to seek out Crabtree too often when he needs a play?
    One can hope.

    I also thought we’d see more rollout plays with Kaep too.
    Curious to get your take when you have a peek at the Coaches tape regarding our OLine woes.

    JMart notwithstanding, it seemed to me that we were having issues in the middle too.
    Is Kilgore a keeper?

  49. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kilgore’s looked pretty good to me, NJ49er. High energy guy, keeps going until the play is over. Fun to watch actually. Hard to say if he takes the right guy on every play not knowing what he’s called on to do, but I haven’t seen him give up much.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks NoFear49er, I sorta felt he looked good in run assignments myself.
    Looks to be pretty nimble and finds his targets on the move.

    Problem is we haven’t done much running of late.
    Keep me posted on how he looks to you in pass pro, once you peruse the coaches tape.
    Hard to focus on him with the TV views too often.

  51. robNo Gravatar says:

    Beat philly

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

    Beat Philly? We couldn’t beat the Phillie Phanatic and twenty-one other mascots right now.

  53. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    That might constitute hitting a defenseless team.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, I agree. Problem is we are the defenseless team that is being hit.

  55. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Big game this week. 2-2 looks totally different than 1-3 in this division. The Media spotlight will only grow more intense until the team turns out a respectable effort for the majority of a game.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if our pass rush remains anemic, we’ll be hard pressed to keep up with Philly.

  57. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Keep scoring. Have we scored a TD in the 2nd half since Seattle? What’s that? Relying on a D that has no pass rush and a new secondary is dumb. Go into a shell with a modest lead, lose momentum has been a tendency during entire Harbaugh era and still is. Teams have figured out the way to beat Niners is hang around and beat us with passing in 2nd half. Especially this year with weakened D. Aldon Smith, thanks

  58. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin figured it out he pissed away our Mo? Can’t afford that crap and he’s not the only player making key mistakes at key times. Most of this is correctable, some isn’t due to ref inconsistency. We’ll see against Philly how deep this hole gets before we figure it out.

  59. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Eagles run a WCO on steroids. We match up much better against than against slingers like Romo and Cutler.

    That being said, we got torched by whom Sunday? Guaranteed, Foles is becoming one of the best QBs in the league and we just got torched by whom?

  60. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sproles is the jet fuel the Eagles throw into their high octane gas. When he’s in, you cannot lose him or even play off of him. Give him two steps to accelerate after a catch and he’s gone. He’s a weapon of the type we haven’t faced yet.

    The Eagles don’t seem to have even noticed that DeSean is gone. If anything their offense is better without him.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I told you yahoos that Foles should have been picked in the first round. His senior year he had a terrible play caller that made him look bad. I had seen him previously and knew he was better than the plays the OC was calling. He is now with a good play caller again and shining.

    BTW, Greg Roman is starting to get it. Take away the penalties the last three games, the turnovers two games ago and have the line block better and he is rounding this offense into something much better than we’ve had in a log time.

    If you want to know how to run out of multiple WR sets watch the Eagles. They do a nice job.

  62. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RT we’re going to need points because of our weakened D to beat Foles, Sproles, Eagles. 20 won’t cut it even tho we lead 20-3 at half. People have been saying this most of the off season but our O is only good for what, 22 points a game?

  63. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    In recent years, Phil, I would’ve had great confidence in the D’s ability to keep the Eagles’ O at bay. Not so now.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Eagles OLine is in shambles.
    Their D isn’t much to write home about either.

    This is our statement game.

    Eagles are starting a Rookie Center for the 1st time.

    If Fangio can’t get pressure in Foles’ face and disrupt their timing, we don’t deserve to be looked at as a viable contender.

    Likewise, if Roman doesn’t pound the rock, kill their D and, keep Chip’s Offense on the sideline, he’s as good as gone IMO.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Again, I say 9ers – convincingly.

    If they can’t adjust and make this game a turning point for the better, Harbaugh takes his first step onto the Lame Duck Express.

  66. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. Going 1-3 would pretty much relegate us to wild card or worse. It’s early, but we’ve already got 2 teams in front of us in our own division. Lose to Philly and we are 1-3 in the conference which weakens our WC status.

    Yeah, it’s early, but we may just dig a hole we can’t get out of.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Statement game Chuck.
    We either regroup and knock the snot out of the Eagles or, risk the inevitable mutiny that’s sure to follow.

    I’m having serious doubts about Culliver’s attitude as well.

    Yeh, his flag was ticky-tac, but given his recent legal issues and some bone-headed coverage, he’s not someone who has any room to call attention to himself as he has.
    His body of on-field work since being Drafted is nothing to write scripture about just yet.
    He comes off as a punk IMO.

    This is a situation where Harbaugh needs to get into his grill and put an end to that garbage.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If he gets lit up in this game, call the NYJ and see about their interest in a possible trade.

    Boldin has earned a little room for a bone-headed play to be forgiven.
    Culliver ain’t ready to hold his jock yet.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh and Staff have just been punked by Trestman and Ariens.

    If Chip Kelly schools him, his Contract situation ain’t worth another breath of conversation.

    Let him move on.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bingo.

  71. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Did any of you actually watch the game Sunday? You kids crack me up. It’s always the coach, isn’t it? Especially the ones you were giddy over a year ago.

    “Boldin, do something stupid, we’re in danger of winning this one!”

    “Carrier, don’t attempt to block that guy on the FG try.”

    “Reid, bite hard on that pump fake so the rook can get a score or two at home. There ya go. That’s it!”

    Yeah, coaches that stupid have to go so we can get us some what knows how to play better.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s plenty of blame to go around right now NoFear49er.

    I’m questioning the mindset of the team on the whole.

    If the players aren’t buying into the gameplan, it’s conceivable that these are the results that can be expected.
    Lack of focus, stupid penalties etc.
    Frustrating to say the least.

    I’m most concerned for the 2nd half meltdowns.
    Not something we’ve seen until now so, I have to wonder what’s at the root of these results.

    Not ready to panic, just having my concerns about those alleged locker room disconnect reports floating around.

    I fully expect the Philly game to be the barometer going forward.
    Gut check time.
    I’m expecting a heavy dose of Frank and Carlos for this one.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What happens if Harbaugh has lost the locker room?
    Very uncharacteristic to see Boldin implode and Frank to cut off an interview.
    Time to regroup and refocus.

    I’m hoping they all share the same determination to get this thing back on the rails.

  74. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to the occam’s razor approach? Players still have to make plays.

    Chicago had 21 pts in the fourth quarter but Kaepernick had four turnovers and we had what, 16 penalties for how many first downs? That’s coaches losing the locker room? Or just a QB being handed the game controls for the first time and getting overwhelmed a little bit.

    Arizona took advantage of our inexperienced DBs after they looked at the first half trends. That’s the coaches losing the locker room? What adjustments did you want to make? Fewer penalties would have been a good game-winning adjustment. Players have to make plays.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I don’t think the coaches have done a very good job so far this year with their game day strategies.

    On offense, it is new, there are going to be growing pains. I’m not too worried about that, except the penalties. The biggest problem with the offense is the o-line is not performing well. One thing that is on the coaches is that when AZ started coming with more pressure, putting a spy on Kap and covering the short routes we had no answer. I feel that kind of situation will improve with just running the offense. Roman has never called plays for a base offense like this and he learning along with the players. He is making some decent game to game adjustments but not making timely in game adjustments. It will come with more experience in running the new offense but his in game adjustments have never been that great. But then what adjustments are needed for the Sardine Can Offense, that offense is more about overloading a hole to gain a couple of yards. This new offense requires a lot more awareness and that will happen as the coaches coach it and the players run it.

    On defense is where I am really upset at Fangio for his lack of being able to dial up some adequate pressure. There are a lot of injuries/changes/suspensions he has to work with. I understand that but pressure can always be dialed up. I saw one play where AZ brought 8 on a blitz. I’m not sure I’d ever seen that before. The AZ defense is based on QB pressure. We don’t have to go that crazy but a little crazy would be nice. The mistakes and penalties are on the players, the design and play calling is on Fangio. We are underperforming in both areas.

    Having said all the above, if we stop the penalties and do a better job pressuring the QB we are 3-0. It is not time to panic, just time to coach and play better. I’m not dumping any coaches but I am demanding to quit being out coached on game day. I have confidence the coaching staff is quality enough to make it happen and the players will do the same. The coaxching sataff is dealing with a lot of newness and on defense are being to conservative because of it. Fangio is coaching like he has Aldon Smith in the line-up. Somebody needs to tell him he has Lemoneir and not Aldon in there.

    We might end up 1-4 before we see the win loss record improve. It is possible that we miss the play-offs this year but in the long run this team looks to me that we are here for the long run.

    Just remember one thing, The QB must go down.

  76. robNo Gravatar says:

    IMHO fangio has done a great job this year . our problem is obvious. any time you go without your best pass rusher , your top 5 or so in the league LB and your #1 corner your defense is going to struggle . I don’t care who you are ! it’s sort of like new England without gronkowski !

    you had to know we would struggle without so many key guys like Vernon etc . add to that a new offense to work in and three new members in the secondary and there will be struggles!

  77. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, NoFear, to what do you attribute the 2nd half collapses? Yeah, Kappy had a bad day vs Chicago, but we were still only down 1 score despite the problems. Why did our offense work in the 1st half and not in the 2nd? Did we just start sucking? Or was it Chicago bringing more pressure? Same with AZ. What worked in the 1st didn’t work in the 2nd. When the games were getting away, the team got chippy and got hit win penalties. Even the Dallas game, the Niners did little to nothing offensively in the 2nd half.

    Beyond that, many of us have been disappointed with the coaches. Especially Roman. He’s made a lot of changes to digest this year, and it seems to be working in fits and starts, but teams seem to be able to shut it down fairly easily.

  78. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I disagree. The lack of pressure is killing the Niners, and it shows late in these games. We obviously can’t cover for 4-5 seconds, even with 7 guys dropping into coverage. This has happened over and over these past couple games. With no pass rush, teams are cruising down the field late.

    And, shit, Drew Stanton just beat us. No one has confused him with Tom Brady. If we don’t pressure Foles, we’ll be lit up like a Christmas tree.

  79. robNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest problem we have to fix right now is shooting ourselves in the foot with the stupid penalties. This situation is bad enough under any circumstances. OMG when you add to that all the horrible calls that are being going against us we might be in big trouble.

  80. robNo Gravatar says:

    Oops i forgot to erase the wword …. being there but you get the idea 😉

  81. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK for sure lack of pass rush is really hurting us. No doubt. Imho we blitzed the house a bunch of times vs. The cards to no avail. My suggestion would be to move brooks into aldon’s passrusher spot and put skuta in for brooks. I liked lemonier as a draft pick but he keeps getting run out of the plays. I hope we find a way to activate tank for pass rush situations this week. Even if we go lite at another position i would do it since this is a priority imo.

  82. robNo Gravatar says:

    The good news for me is that harbuagh is serious about opening up the offense. Using more WR’s is a good start. To me the problem is that we need to stop telegraphing stuff. We seemed to go 4 or 5 wide and pass or keep everybody in with 2WR’s and run. As long as we show everybody obvious formations for passes or runs this is going to keep happening. I wanted to see a lot more of carlos hyde in the backfield vs the cards. Imo having him in to block, to run or as an outlet would be huge. To me the weak link is still roman

  83. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We rushed 5 a few times. Sure, we send Willis once in a blue moon, but the OLBs then drop into ‘coverage.’ By no means did we throw the sink at Stanton. Or Cutler.

    And this is a big problem. There are obvious passing downs where we rush 3. Instead we should be rushing 6.

    The killer to me is the very few times we bring a corner, any given team’s WR breaks his route and turns for the ball as he sees the CB blitz. This is apparently a foreign concnept to the 49ers.

    Greg Roman has never struck me as a guy who can develop a strong, or even decent, passing game. Sure we get short routes early, and it worked the last 2 games, but both defenses adjusted and took that away. Our response was nothing. We didn’t run delayed draws, or shot that works when the defense is banking on pass pass pass. They do it to us, yet we don’t do it to them.

    It will be their downfall if they don’t learn how to adjust.

  84. robNo Gravatar says:

    Agree 100% on that CHUCK. Other teams know what plays to use to slow down a blitzing defense. We /roman don’t! !!!

  85. robNo Gravatar says:

    When we blitz they adjust. When they blitz we keep doing the same thig … and get crushed!

  86. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Tank and Dial should be in more. Where’s Patton? Were are the deep routes? Early in a game the Niners need to go max protect and run a go route with Patton, Ellington, or Lloyd.

    SOMEONE! Jut f***ing try it! Worst case, you have what equals a punt. Shit, usually you get a penalty, or, God forbid, a TD.

  87. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In other words, VD isn’t the only guy that can run a go route.

    Bleeeh.

    For all the revamping, this team is still too conservative.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    This is disheartening news. Tank and Dial ‘aren’t ready’ for real games:

    http://tinyurl.com/m4movqp

    If anything, rotating these guys in would give the defense more life as the games wear on. They ain’t ready? If you don’t try, you don’t know.

  89. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Most ominous sentence in that article: “Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles, who leads the NFL with 978 passing yards, has not been sacked since Week 1.”

    What happens when a very resistable force meets an immovable object? Rarely anything good.

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hah! Send 8 every play and hope for the best . . .

  91. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    JJ, aka Mr. Ping Pong Ball, is back.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Either you can get to the QB or you can’t. The reason Tank is not ready for regular game play is that he is not playing the way he did in college. In college he went after the QB and like the geniuses we are we drafted fore something other than that. He is being asked to 2 gap instead of getting to the QB. Put him in and let him do what he does best, rush the QB from the edge. I guess Lemoneir is the answer for our genius coaches. Let’s all count Lemoneir’s sacks. Zero. Let’s count his pressures, zero. Tank can do that and stop the run, something Lemoneir struggles to do. Things that make one go hmmmm!

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    As far as the offense is concerned, if the defense does a better job stopping our opponent and the dumb penalties cease, this offense can be deadly. They haven’t got a rhythm yet but you can see it doing some dynamic things in spurts. Playing Philly this week is perfect. Harbaugh will see what they do on offense and take some of that back to Roman, especially how to run the ball with multiple WRs.

    Putting multiple TEs wide is one thing Kelley does and Harbaugh has always liked using multiple TEs. When this offense gets going it won’t matter that the defense is without Bowman and Aldon. When an offense can score fast and often the defense can take more chances, like blitzing 6 when Aldon is suspended and Tank is 2 gapping on the inactive list.

  94. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I too see great potential in the opened up offense. However, I feel like Roman is still bouncing between extremes. Case in point, Hyde looked very strong early against a great AZ run defense. Then suddenly, nada save for one and only one swing pass for no gain. I kept waiting but the run was abandoned.

  95. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve had little success with the read option. We need to shelve that puppy for awhile.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- The nice thing about this new offense is it gives us the versatility to run any match-up the other team throws at us. We just have to get everybody on the same page. In the past we would run the Sardine Can Offense and expect to be able to turn on a switch and run the 3 and 4 WR sets when we fell behind. It is a whole different philosophy than basic power football.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Foles may not have been sacked once for one simple reason.
    Timing routes, quick hitters.

    These are the key ingredients to a WCO which I’ve been yammering for fom Roman for quite awhile.

    If we can press and, disrupt those routes, Philly has a Rookie Center starting his 1st game on Sunday.

    Opportunity is knocking.
    Will we have a chance to get in?

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er your points are completely valid.
    I don’t disagree with your assessments at all.

    I’m simply suggesting that we’re not adjusting to the pressure packages with a counter measure of our own.

    Be it poor OLine play or Kaep not seeing/having a Hot Read, he was picked vs Chicago on the same tried and true routes that everyone has seen from us in the past.
    Predictable and avoidable IMO.

    I don’t condone the self inflicted wounds either.
    Killers.
    Each and every one of them.

    I’m suggesting that some of these frustrations causing these mind farts could, COULD, be attributed to players feeling as though we aren’t being more creative or, more aggressive with our approach.

    No one has ever disagreed that Harbaugh is a conservative guy.

    At times I think his demeanor on the sidelines, especially when laundry starts flying against us, is reverberating through the bench and creating unnecessary anxiety as well.

    That sort of stuff is what creates the disconnect from within.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Many of us point to the passing whoas.
    The debate about Baalke vs Harbaugh rages on in terms of finding a WR that can produce.
    Now that we have 4 bonafide NFL WRs on the roster in Boldin,Crabtree,Stevie and Bling, we still don’t spread the ball around well enough.

    Much of that falls squarely on Kaep.
    With Vernon out last week, he did find Stevie pretty successfully, which was good to see.
    However, when critical 3rd down plays came up, Kaep sought Crabtree almost exclusively in the past 2 games.

    That tendency has to be changed.
    If Johnnie Morton and Roman can’t Coach it, Kaep won’t learn it.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Foles doesn’t get sacked often because Philly has such a good running game that has to be respected. The 3 and 4 WR sets are great to run out of. We have to get the running game going. He didn’t get sacked last week but he did take some good hits.

    I had Eric Decker on my fantasy team last year. Some games he did great and some he caught only a pass or two. Same thing happens when you take a Brees receiver. It is unreasonable to expect Kap to get every receiver 5 catches per game. It just doesn’t work that way. Our #1 WR is Crab, he will often get the most but in a spread the match-ups dictate where the ball goes. Stevie Johnson was the guy this week.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    True Berger.
    That’s where route combos into play.

    To that end, I continue to question our creativity.
    It’s obvious we’re tinkering with things finally.
    We now need to balance that with a running game as you suggest.

    Again, that’s play calling and trying to find a rhythm.
    We’re going with the feast or famine approach so far.

    At least Frank and Carlos are well rested after no real work last week.

    Time to drop the hammer of a Ground Attack on Philly.
    Let Foles watch HIS Defense get gassed, instead of ours.

  102. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Kappy tends to look Crabs’ way at crunch time, They’ve yet to be successful to finish a game.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly Chuck.
    Security blanket.
    Everyone knows it too, including the opposition.

    Growing pains or stubborn habit perhaps?

  104. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, seems like his comfort zone. Pisser is Crabs broke the route and woulda scored.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like sowing and being able to run the Sardine Can formations and the5 wide but both are too one dimensional. Three wide is a good formation so the defense can’t key on any one area of the offense. Even 4 wide is a good running formation for a back who is good in space. We need to get the running game working out of these formations and IMO everything will come together.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That should say “I like showing” for the first 3 words in my previous post.

  107. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, it’s like I been saying , they went from Ground Chuck to Air Coryell.

    I mean, we’re throwing a lot more than usual. I figured changing the formations didn’t exactly mean throw throw throw, but that appears to be what they’re doing.

    Anthony Davis is coming back, as well as VD, so I’d think that we’ll get some more balanced-type football this weekend. At least I hope so. Quick 3-and-outs will not fly.

    Both Chi and AZ keyed on our passing game and got too much pressure on Kappy in the 2nd halfs. Halves? So it is imperative that we establish (!) our running game. Silly as that sounds, coming for this team.

  108. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Neither Skuta nor Willis was fined for their 15 yard penalties. 30 yards in bad flags. Real helpful, refs.

  109. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. Did they issue an apology for the bad calls?

  110. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tank said that he doesn’t know the playbook. Now, coming from me, doesn’t that sound familiar?

  111. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What the hell has he been doing these last 18 month?

  112. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Who cares if he knows the playbook. If he can get to the QB put him on the edge and tell him his objective is to tackle the QB before he throws the ball. That playbook fits on a business card.

    Is it better to know the playbook and not be able to sack the QB or not know the playbook and be able to sack the QB?

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

    Appears Baalke not only has been drafting injured players, but dimwitted ones as well. Read the goddamn playbook!

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

    Apparently our coaches won’t let players play until they know the playbook. So I would suggest they read it. I’d much rather have a player who could sack the QB regardless if they could recite “See Spot Run” or not.

    But I’m not in charge here. A Michigan man is the Big Willy.

  115. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tank played fine in the preseason. Not sure what the problem is.

    IF he can get to the QB, play his ass.

  116. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s more to it than knowing the playbook. Nothing much to know playbook-wise as an edge rusher in a nickel pressure package.

  117. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Which is it, NoFear?

  118. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Exactly!

  119. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, there had to be something we could agree on! Shouldn’t be too hard to plug him in if that’s all that’s holding him back. But I doubt that’s all there is to it.

  120. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The problem as I see it is the coaching staff doesn’t see Tank as an edge rusher. They are trying to turn him into a 3-4 two gapping DE. That position has a lot more responsibility than an edge rusher. An edge rusher just has to know about 3 things. Do you want me to take an inside rush or an outside rush and if they run the ball don’t let them get to the outside.

  121. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If they do bring Tank in to rush the QB it would probably be as a 3 technique rusher. He did good at that in the pre-season but his college highlights show him eating up the edge with all the moves need to excel in the pros. He looked far superior to Lemoneir and kind of similar to Aldon. I hope the coach isn’t trying to force him to play a position that isn’t his forte. My problem for now is we need a pass rush and he might be the best on the team outside of Aldon.

  122. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Pass rush got pressure on Stanton on *only* 4 of 34 passes. Pathetic. Fix it please

  123. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not saying Tank is the answer, I don’t know for sure. I will say he looked fantastic in pre-season and we don’t have a pass rush so far this season. He can’t do any worse than what we’ve been seeing so far. I’d be willing to see him rush from the inside. just get the QB.

    I can see why Fangio is turning him into a 5 technique DE, at FSU he was asked to hold the point at DE and read about 50% of the time and did a nice job. He was also into coverage occasionally. He did have 11 sacks in 2012 while only rushing the QB on a little over half the time and suffering a knee injury in November. In college he played on the edge.

  124. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lemonier seems to tend to engage the o-tackle without swim, rip, swat, etc. and is too easily controlled. He did get a nice hit on the QB at the end of the first quarter, albeit his path to the QB was unimpeded, when the nickel corner came on a blitz outside and occupied the o-tackle. Also a hurry even after a hold slowed him. I did see him try a Dwight Freeney spin move. Needs work.

  125. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  126. robNo Gravatar says:

    Put brooks into aldon’s spot. Skuta can play brook’s role. Bring on tank! We need passrush

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, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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