Seahawks 37, 49ers 18

The Seahawks hadn’t scored a touchdown in their first two games of the season, but it only took three plays and 43 seconds to remedy that ailment against the inept 49ers Sunday in Seattle. They added three more, tossed in three FGs for good measure, then let the Niners run out the clock in the fourth quarter with a ground game that had done squadooshky through the first three quarters.

Somewhere out there lounging on a patio recliner, former HC Jim Tomsula is smiling and counting the four million dollars per year Jed York is paying him for his early retirement. He’ll be collecting for two more years, no doubt soon to be joined by current HC Chip Kelly, who’ll be collecting six million per for his own failed efforts.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Ohio, Mamma and Poppa York are squirming and wondering how much money their son Jed is going to throw down the toilet while masquerading as a legitimate NFL owner.

The 2016 season is mirroring the 2015 season with eerie accuracy. Big win at home to start the year, followed by two severe tramplings on the road.

The Niner O-line isn’t a sieve like last year — they gave up zero sacks in the game — but Anquan Boldin‘s replacement, Quinton Patton, is averaging about one catch per game for around eight unimportant yards. QB Blaine Gabbert gets the ball out fast (part of the reason for the O-line’s clean slate), but the guys he’s getting it to are fellows who could pass through waivers at any time without fear/hope of getting claimed by another team.

Seattle RB Christine Michael and 49er RB Carlos Hyde both had a hundred yards rushing, but Michael got his while the game was being contested, most of it right over first round draft pick DeForest Buckner, who is the only member of the 2016 draft class that is playing, and Hyde got his in garbage time, after the Seahawks had lit up victory cigars and were using their iPads to make dinner reservations.

Despite eight recent draft picks on secondary players, the Niners still don’t have any real talent at CB or safety. Those gents were again over matched, this time against WR Doug Baldwin and TE Jimmy Graham, both of whom hit the century mark in yards, with a TD each.

All in all, however, a fun game to watch — if you enjoy seeing York and all the guys who wanted Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman heaved out of town eat the shit of their woeful choices. But probably not so much if you’re still clinging to the “Red and Gold til I’m Dead and Cold” fanwagon.

A few more weeks of this, and we can expect the Niner FO to start scrambling around to find and begin leaking this year’s scapegoat. Pssst: Trent Baalke Must Go!. Wait! Is it kosher for the Niner FO to leak bad mojo against one of its entrenched members? More to the point, is this a football franchise or an upstart competitor to The National Enquirer?




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37 comments on “Seahawks 37, 49ers 18
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly didn’t have the Niners prepared to play and compete with the Seahags which is typically their main rival.
    Chip’s gameplan was borrowed from Jimmy Raye and showed a total lack of imagination. No reverses, misdirection or hint of a trick play.
    No imagination and an overmatched defense lead to the ass kicking we saw yesterday.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With LSU firing their HC Les Miles, Chip Kelly appears on their short list of potential coaches. Given their lack of success would Jed let Chip walk?
    In their last two games the breakneck hurryup offense has disappeared. This was sold to the fans as a major advantage.
    Abandoning one of the pillars of the Kelly offense makes this offense predictable and ordinary.

    Maybe it’s due to lack of speed and talent which Chip had at Oregon makes Chip realize his offense doesn’t fit in the NFL where teams are faster and bigger.

    Just like Spurrier and Saban, Chip might decide his strategy is more suited for the college game and bail.

  3. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I am disappointed, but not surprised. The Niners simply lack talent. Sure, Baalke will be the go-to scapegoat this year, and he deserves it, but I’m not feeling much confidence in ownership’s ability to recruit and hire a top talent to replace him.

    After Dallas next week and the Bills on the 16th, I don’t think the Niners play another winnable game until Chicago in December.

    Looks like we might be fighting for that old #1 overall, which Baalke can use to take an undersized D-lineman with health issues.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit, you might be right. Maybe we are a launching pad for HC’s who want to get back into the college game. Once again time to clean house. Even with a no-brained owner all we need is a GM and HC that actually know what they are doing.

  5. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nice blog today. Sad but true. Jed and Trent proved the Peter Principle with Tomsula, a pretty decent D-line coach, which it looked like we could have used yesterday. I guess we weren’t expecting the Seattle o-line to run block or something. Bowman couldn’t cover Graham but he stayed on him anyway.

    I didn’t think Gabbert looked so bad as he had and I didn’t think our o-line looked as good as it had. When there was a camera view downfield I rarely saw any receiver get open. I’ll have to watch it again when the all-22 comes out but Gabbert looked like he was pressured and blitzed with no good option to target. Not to discount General Patton slinging the ball into the hands of the Seahawks secondary when he had one.

    Way too many read option and running plays in the second half. I’m fine with trying to establish something on the ground to open up the passing lanes a bit but down by three plus scores with only three points on the board you’re going to have to dust off some of those 10 yard and better passing plays. Way too much of letting the defense dictate to our offense.

    Chip Kelly’s bust of an offense is what you get when an owner and GM are desperate to get off the hot seat they put themselves on and a failed first timer head coach is so desperate for a new job he will agree to be pushed around by a punk in a suit without a clue and never challenge the GM.

    The next thing you know, Baalke’s daughter will be tweeting;
    We hate you Baalke. Quit already!”

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Kelly said Colin Kaepernick is physically ready to be a backup, but not 100 percent physically to be a starter.”

    What a load of B.S.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore needs 88 yards to leapfrog and pass Jim Brown.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/rush_yds_career.htm

  8. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Reports coming out that Davis is retiring, again. I wonder what physical or mental ailments he has or if he just does not want to play anymore. Over the next few years, I suspect that the growing awareness of the long-term health problems pro football players are likely to suffer will bring about more early retirements, as players who get hurt early in the their careers (especially with head injuries) will be less likely to return to the game.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Does everyone remember the Niner’s first play from scrimmage?

    Looked to me like it was empty backfield and Gabbert turned to handoff and Hyde wasn’t there. Gabbert ran the ball for a gain of one. Greg Cossell said Hyde was out of position for that power run.
    Start the game with a blown assignment? Obvious lack of focus on this team.

    Chip Kelly promised an innovative offense and so far has disappointed.

  10. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    @bullit – It reminded me of the first play of the Super Bowl, where (as I recall) Vernon Davis lined up illegally. It’s pretty baffling to make that kind of mistake on the first play. I wonder if there was a play change at the line or something. I wish Kelly had been asked.

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know who Gabbert thought would be lined up next to him on that first play. He had four receivers and a TE on the LOS. It looked more like he was just going through the motions.

  12. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s why AD threw in the rag = Trent Brown is far better:

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/9/26/13063950/trenton-brown-throws-michael-bennett-like-a-rag-doll-video

    Check the GIF

  13. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    Still waiting for the George Costanza prophecy to come true.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting commentary within the Podcast, regarding a possible Garrapolo addition down the road, if Belichick opts to retain Brissett at the conclusion of Garappolo’s Rookie deal.
    Interesting tidbit being, Chip and Hoodie are good friends with some chemistry that could make a potential deal more feasible, as well as Baalke’s connection via the Parcells Tree.

  15. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    “Possible Garappolo addition down the road?”

    There’s some life-changing news for ya right there. That’s like hearing from Publishers Clearing House, “You may already be a winner!”

    *Drops everything. Runs outside and waits for the mailman.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I totally misjudged Wentz he has turned out to be a true #1 pick. Bravo to the Eagles. Both Ponder and Gabbert were #1’s too, see how that worked out. Garapollo might just be better that all the QB’s we got but I doubt he would be a winner with the talent we have on our offense. The only word that comes to mind about our 2016 team is ‘stagnant.’ That is for both offense and defense. The only cure I can see is to clean house and start over. We need better players and a better direction. Sorry NJ, Baalky really needs to go. He might be a ‘football guy’ like you said but he is a terrible GM.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Team to watch, Eagles. They have Vikings 1st and 4th next year. Wentz an immediate producer and mental command of game already.

    Very disappointed with AD situation. Is Beadles really a swing OT also. Need Garnett at starting LG soon.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So Eagles got their 1st back in 2017 and have two additional 4ths. Not bad, recouped next year what they gave away for Wentz.

    Philadelphia Eagles receive
    2016 first round pick – No. 2 overall

    2017 fourth round pick

    Cleveland Browns receive
    2016 first round pick – No. 8 overall
    2016 third round pick – No. 77 overall
    2016 fourth round pick – No. 100 overall

    2017 first round pick

    2018 second round pick

  19. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom you missed with the 0-16 call but you may be right that this politicized team (“We’re not divided!) will slink to something close to that. York’s toy is not much more than a political platform to broadcast an anti-American, anti-law and order line. Okay, okay they are also a miserable football team rotten from the head of the NFL, through York and the HC Kelly to the bench warmer QB.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    THe fact that Baalke almost completely ignored drafting QBs and receivers of some quality shows total lack of vision and frankly makes him look inept.
    Tired of “projects” that mostly result in failures. His choices never seem to contribute immediately and the offense suffers.
    Baalke traded up for Garnett and should have him playing a few series.
    Instead Marcus Martin is playing and still showing he is a problem and not the solution.

    Baalke must go.

  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Balkey must go- Check
    Kap the J must go- check
    York must go- check
    Goodell must go- check

    Train wreck.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Roster move, the Niners have added Keshawn Martin WR, ex Texans and Pats receiver.
    Another addition of a fringe player.
    Way to address the passing game woes Baalke.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Deck chairs on the Titanic. Too late to do anything about the giant hole under the waterline.

  24. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NFL/Goodell are stupid if they can’t see this = “NFL Ratings Drop Across The Board In Week 3”

    Why? Writer thinks it could be a bunch of things but read the comments and large percentage of fans who have dropped out say ‘Kaepernick and the disrespect to anthem and flag’ are WHY they quit watching. Politicians (Goodell)and press can’t see it but fans will not tolerate this kind of protest. Peak NFL has passed

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/09/27/nfl-ratings-drop-across-the-board-in-week-3/

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the Country.

    2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the Country.

    3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the Country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

    4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times.

    5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could find the time and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

    6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.

    7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

    8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who is running the Country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

    9. The Chicago Tribune is read by people that are in prison that used to run the State, & would like to do so again, as would their constituents that are currently free on bail.

    10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another Country, but need the baseball scores.

    11. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure if there is a Country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay, handicapped, minority, feminist, atheists,and those who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other Country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

    12. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

    13. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Sad, but probably somewhat true.

  27. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Remember when John Madden said, “If it comes down to a coach or a suit, it’s easier to find a suit?”

    John Madden must have had insider information that Jim Harbaugh wanted Trent Baalke gone. In today’s day and age, the head coach usually doesn’t want the GM job, but any head coach worth his salt wants to work with a good GM.

    Brother John Harbaugh has one of the best GMs in the business in Ozzie Newsome, and once again, although I don’t think it’ll last long, the Ravens are first in their division. Point being…. to be a good head coach you need talent like Ozzie provides John.

    I believe, and wrote it then, that Jim Harbaugh gave Jed York an ultimatum: Get me a better GM or I’m leaving. I never bought for a second that Harbaugh had worn out his welcome. Winning doesn’t get old. Players don’t turn on a winner. And there weren’t many players who turned on Jim besides the ever-changing Alex Boone. But I digress.

    I believe that Jed York was close friends with Trent Baalke and worked with Trent on an almost daily basis after Jed removed McCloughan. I also believe Harbaugh gave Jed the above ultimatum and believe Jed resented the power play and decided it was easy to side with his friend over an incredibly successful head coach. Jed was okay with losing, but not okay with having his authority usurped. After Jed made the decision not to give into Harbaugh, the problem became how to spin Harbaugh’s departure… and here’s where it all went South. Through Jed’s leaks, the media started telling everyone that Harbaugh had worn out his welcome, and that his personality rubbed too many the wrong way. Bullshit. Jed York simply didn’t want to tell people he was given an ultimatum and that Jed sided with, as Madden put it, the suit.

    To be fair to Jed, I can understand not liking the “it’s him or me” ultimatum. I can also understand wanting some of the credit for working with Nolan and McCloughan to build a solid roster, instead of all the credit going to Harbaugh. I can, oddly enough, even understand firing Harbaugh. But what I can’t understand is hiding behind the smear campaign that attacked Harbaugh (calling him difficult to work with and that he’d worn out his welcome) and not having the foresight to see that smear campaign would hurt the 49er organization more than it hurt Harbaugh.

    Instead of attacking Jim, York should have said, “Jim Harbaugh has evaluated the overall talent that’s been drafted in the recent years since Scot McCloughan’s departure, and Jim’s a bit dubious. Jim doesn’t want anyone fired, or the GM role himself, but Jim is concerned that the GM position isn’t bringing in enough talent for him to chase Super Bowls with. And that’s Jim ultimate goal – Super Bowls.”

    The media would then twist that into a power struggle, but what the above statement would have done was protect the 49ers from turning into a coaching black hole. It also would have created a much less distracting “mutual parting of the ways” without bad blood, AND it would have put the spotlight on Trent Baalke and made Baalke’s bad drafts more of an issue even after Harbaugh was long gone – two wins to the 49ers in a tough spot.

    None of that happened, obviously, and you can say hindsight is 20/20 but if you remember correctly, I was the very first one on these blogs saying that Trent Baalke sucked. I argued with NJ, Unca and even NoFear that Trent Baalke was a bad GM during the 2014 season. Now, on these blogs, it’s conventional wisdom that Trent Baalke sucks and has to go.

    Is it any wonder the only football I’ll be watching this weekend is Michigan vs. Wisconsin? Go Blue!

  28. shoutrealoudNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t understand this, here we have Kaepernick who a disgrace not only to our team but to our country and no ones talking about it. I’m beginning to wonder if anyone remembers what our team once stood for? People should be outraged that Jed York has done nothing, fans should be protesting yet it seems no one cares. Even Jerry Jones said these classless acts would not be tolerated on his team, here I guess you all have become accustomed to this kind of stuff. Me I will not watch one more Niner game until that trash is removed.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit I see it as Dr Daddy inserting Paraag Marathe into the picture.
    It muddled the relationship between Baalke and Harbaugh.
    Baalke recruited Harbaugh originally from Stanford, which would suggest there was enough of a relationship there to pry him away.
    Paraag also played a role in ‘quazi-personnel’ decisions.
    Meaning, to me, he interfered with the GM/HC relationship.
    No team can be built without a HC/GM working to acquire players that fit a predefined model.
    No question in my mind that the ‘leaker’ was Paraag.
    He didn’t like Harbaugh, or Kaepernick.
    Enough of an indication to me, that he created enough friction to turn Harbaugh into an enemy combatant.

    Whether Baalke stays or goes, the HC/GM duo has to work together.
    Jed is guilty of simply being a spoiled rich kid, with no clue how to interact in the NFL atmosphere.
    Baalke is perfectly positioned now to relinquish duties to Gamble and, perhaps, take over whatever the duties were that Paraag was wrongly put in place to handle during the Harbaugh timeframe.
    This started with Dr Daddy being a penny-pinching A$$hole by having Paraag as his ‘Moneyballer’.

  30. shoutrealoudNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Tebow and others were told to get Bible verses off their faces, etc. The NFL hierarchy fined players for violating league uniform rules by wearing 9/11 memorial cleats during football games played on 11 September 2016. Apparently the NFL found them to be more offensive than this clown Kapaernick sitting out the National Anthem.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke ‘The Suit’ recruited a good football Coach in Harbaugh.
    Dr Daddy inserted another ‘Suit’ into the mix and likely poisoned everything that followed.
    Good Coaches can turn willing players into productive Teams.
    Until they find a franchise QB, lots of things are simply going to rot on the vine.
    McCloughan/Nolan whiffed on Alex.
    Baalke/Harbaugh appear to have whiffed on Kaep.
    Whether it’s Baalke/Chip or, another combination, someone has to find a guy to take this Offense to the next level.

    Belichick looks like a genius, in hindsight, for spending a Comp Pick on Tom Brady.
    RD6 – Pick 199.
    Go figure…

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some retrospective on that from an article I read earlier this year –

    http://tinyurl.com/z6w3xa6

  33. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
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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