Cardinals 23, 49ers 20

Phew! That was close. The 49ers almost blew their shot at history on Sunday afternoon, but in the final two minutes of the game, they rallied to let Carson Palmer lead the Cardinals on a 12 play, 62 yard drive to kick the winning field goal as time exsanguinated.

You had me scared there, fellas. A win in Arizona would break a seven game losing streak and allow the team to be merely an awful group, not even worth remembering. But eight losses in a row becomes the longest losing streak of this century. Next week, they’ll try to tie the longest flub effort of all time, the 9 in a row accomplished by the 1978 team.

That 1978 team caused then owner Eddie Debartolo to dump the HC and GM and hire Bill Walsh. Can current owner Jed York accomplish a similar majestic turn around? Not particularly a reasonable or even hysterical possibility.

The Cardinals tried mightily to boost the Niners to a win, turning the ball over four times and abandoning the running game that had brutalized our team in an earlier meeting. Drew Stanton was the QB in the earlier game, but with Palmer back, it was heave ho to the tune of 49 passes. Plus a slew of other passes that ended up with PI or defensive holding calls. Jimmie Ward pitched in admirably with three of the defensive penalties.

Blaine Gabbert‘s backup has now sparked the team to four straight losses since he was pushed up the ladder for reasons unknown. Perhaps it was to force him to keep his helmet on rather than sit on the bench looking goofy and blocking the view of the crowd with his cartoonish mile high hairdo.

49er FS Eric Reid had a ball bounce into his hands and be recorded as an interception — his first one since the 2014 season. So there is that to barely notice or give a rat’s ass about. On the other hand, we have Carlos Hyde with 13 carries for 14 yards.

Next week, the Patriots come to Santa Clara, giving the Niners a very healthy chance to tie the 1978 team record with their 9th loss in a row. Then it’s on to Miami and a chance for immortality.




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41 comments on “Cardinals 23, 49ers 20
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Spit, I’m no longer allowing hate speech on this blog.

  2. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t you mean you no longer allow any support for Colin Kaepernick?

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not at all. I could care less who supports him or not.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why was the D better this week. They got penetration. Answers anyone.

  5. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I appreciate a lot the way the Skeebs runs this blog = very restrained in personal and political opinions. This allows us to yammer OUR opinions to a great degree. Contrast with other blogs where the owner has very firm opinions and a willingness to shout down those who do not agree with the ‘party line’. Look no farther than the absent Berger for the effect of such on some good participants. It is a pity.

    I have never really heard Skeebs’ opinion on Alex Smith for example and only have heard from others here that he is (?) a fan of AS. Prior to Kap’s political posturing I heard not a peep from Sir Skeebs-a-lot about what he thought of CK. But doesn’t the blog owner get to HAVE opinions, and only we do?

    Look I’m just grateful to be able to blab my stuff and not have to put up with a contrary and vocal owner. The Niners should be so lucky. But they are not.

  6. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom asks = “Why was the D better this week. They got penetration. Answers anyone”

    Yes, two theories =

    1) Dorsey came back to play NT and shut down the run. So I heard anyway
    2) Niners ran a 4-3 for most of the game said Cohn jr…and he took credit for O’Neil using ‘his’ suggestion of course. Coincidentally Harold had his best game setting the edge. Nice to have our NT Dorsey back and a change of scheme.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil it’s been trial by fire with another ‘new’ Coaching Staff.
    What I thought would have been a stable Defensive scheme, has been anything but.
    Given the expectations, we’ve underestimated the results apparently.
    No biggie at this point, so long as Jed doesn’t charge in with yet another regime change as his answer to a ‘quick fix’.

    We need to ride this out and allow Chip the time to get things in order.
    Lose’m all. Who cares at this point?

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This coming April should have DL/LB/WR among the priorities.
    A QB is the main ingredient to what Chip is attempting to do.
    However, the current crop of eligible Draftees at the position aren’t worthy of Top 10 consideration IMO.
    Get the Defense restocked, take a shot at a developmental QB late and go from there.
    Ponder/Gabbert could hold the fort if Kaep bolts.
    Should be an interesting off-season…

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of rumblings regarding the amount of the check Phil Knight will write to lure Chip back to Oregon too.
    As with Harbaugh, when a major College program can triple an NFL Coaches salary in a NY minute, all bets are off when the big bucks come knocking.
    Should that occur, we’ll likely be stuck with yet another College guy looking to get a shot.
    Hard to expect anyone in the NFL to take the suicide mission involved with the York Clan’s track record.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Numbers being floated are already in the double-digit millions range –

    http://tinyurl.com/h8mp7a2

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    bakkentom, Phil, et al,

    We put more players in the box on run plays. Brooks played faster and chased the run from the backside. The D-line played lights out. Especially Buckner, and Dial played well with situational awareness and made some plays from it.

    And not least of all, without doubt, someone offered some heated words to the coaches and players last week. Maybe something like, “another two hundred gained on the ground and you’ll all spend the holidays in a Santa suit ringing a bell next to a red bucket.”

    I have to give them credit for slowing down a RB who I thought would put up 200 rushing yards on us (As it is, he accounted for just over a hundred, pass and run, and a pair of scores, but less than three yards per carry rushing average). Extra credit for shutting him down on the road. But now that we know they’re capable, what do they do against NE?

    Despite the defensive effort, against the run anyway, we lost the game, so happy day for me anyway.

    Put Ponder in to get the experience of the remaining games and to see what we’ve got there and shut down those black power saluting fools and I’ll root for wins again. Leave that America-hating backup in and I’ll continue to root for embarrassment and shame… and be happy doing it.

  12. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks NoFear I was looking forward to your input esp. on what the DL is doing. Yeah I can see a heavy dose of ‘verbal motivation’ being laid on our DL guys too. Can’t believe it came from the Doughboy Kelly tho. But much needed. And what will we do against NE is a good question.

    Kap’s politicking is a bore but yeah it doesn’t increase fan enthusiasm either. Ugh.

    Bring on Ponder I agree with but Kelly seems smitten with Johnnie. “Still assessing” don’t you know? UGH.

  13. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ-

    “We need to ride this out and allow Chip the time to get things in order. Lose’m all. Who cares at this point?”

    Yup agree that changing coaches at this point would be foolish. I am skeptical about Kelly but with the situ he inherited here, FO disarray, QB mess, weak personnel etc, anyone would take some time to fix it all. But for this fan patience is practically non-existent. So we come on here to share our misery, bitch and these days laugh.

  14. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    It’s always the weak minded who point to the qb as the problem when the team falters, unless of course the qb isn’t accurate. That’s a different story. When a team falters, if the qb accuracy is poor, that’s the only time to replace him. Drops and some tipped balls don’t count against the qb’s accuracy rating. Now if a guy is having half of his passes tipped at the line, then it’s cause for concern. But generally speaking, unless the qb just simply can’t hit wide open receivers, you shouldn’t change the qb when the team is struggling.

  15. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    How does Jeff Fisher still have a job? That guy’s a terrible coach. Fisher decides his rookie qb isn’t ready, and politics that rookie qbs shouldn’t be thrown into the fire week one, and then Dak Prescott takes the Cowboys to an 8-1 record. When the Cowboys make you look like an idiot, you’re not just an idiot, you’re a bona fide idiot.

    Didn’t Russell Wilson do the same thing? Fisher should be fired. He benefited, like McCoy in San Diego, for franchise instability.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Seattle waived RB Christine Michael.”

    That’s a bit bizarre.

  17. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Romo to the 49ers next year is the EXACT kind of move Jed York would love to make to offer the knuckledraggin’ 49er fans an example of his commitment to excellence. And there are 49er fans out there dumb enough to take the bait.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Stadium attendance in the shitter. Part of that reason is dimwit.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2016/11/15/13643678/colin-kaepernick-decision-not-to-vote-malcolm-x

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Still see Spitoon still ever the Kap fanboy waitging for the 29 year old phenom to blossom.
    First hald against Cards Kap was 11/14. Second half he was 6/16
    which is a huge droffoff.

    I suppose 7 years is not enough time for Kap to establish himself. Let’s give him another 3 years to grow into the job.

    Weak minded is believing Kap is the solution and it’s only a matter of time until he get’s it. Weak minded is the fanboy that completely ignores Kap’s flaws.

    Weak minded is believing in Kap’s political intentions and ignoring the fact that this fraud has never registered to vote in his life. Kinda like he was going to meet with a black church’s congregation and stood them up because he was “in training” Weak excuse for the weak minded like Spitoon.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No excuses for dimwit this Sunday.

    Chandler Jones gone and the pass rush is garbage. Couple that with our oline and all the time needed to stand in the pocket, read defenses, and step in to passes and accurately hit the target.

    Jamie Collins gone, TE’s should go crazy as well as RB’s wheel routes.

    Expecting dimwit to lead the O to 30 points plus.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We know two QB’s on the market added to a weak bunch will be Kaep and Romo. Who will get the best deal. Will either get a deal? How much of a paycut will they take.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We know Kap will get better pass pro than Brady. NE’s oline is among the worst. No excuses.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.patspulpit.com/2016/11/14/13631192/a-fixable-problem

    Pats D lost Akiem Hicks and Chandler Jones. No collapsing pockets or edge rush to worry about. Piece of Cake.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap 0-4 against BUFF without Marcel Dareus, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans. Compare the quality of those 3 with the teams Blaine faced this year.

    Has Kap taken a hit yet.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So the D had a scheme change. DC’s have film. Let’s see how the blocking adjusts to one gapping and gap penetration.

    Brady has to throw quickly so expect out ILB’s to be targetted. Brady could only wish for the oline Kap has.

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kap makes 12 million a year base pay plus game bonuses. Blaine makes 2 million a year.

    WTF is Kelly and FO thinking. He has no future here. Why play him and turn off half the fan base. Who competes for his football future viability with political statements.

    Belichek and his DC, what will they do.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    In order for Kap to accept the deal he has now, he had to be threatened with release. Was part of the deal that Kelly had to play him as a starter for the rest of the year?

    How is he better than Gabbert. Is he 7X better, if you compare salaries.

    Why does FO allow him to present himself as an airhead in his press briefings. He must have been guaranteed the top QB through Jan 1. Compare his pressers to Blaine.

  28. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Seattle waived RB Christine Michael.”

    That’s a bit bizarre. -Skeebers

    “Maybe he voted for Trump” -seen in PFT comments.

    Lol. Even I thought that was funny. That’s funny right? Right?

  29. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    What’s funny is that Michael is probably better than anyone we have.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Green Bay grabbed him.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie DeBartolo Jr. on Colin Kaepernick’s protest: “I’m not so sure Coach Walsh would have put up with it. Coach Walsh was not the type of person that put up with situations that were distracting to the team. They’ve had a lot of distractions. And that really hurts a team. That’s as bad as an injury.”

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap’s kind of demonstration is hollow when he admits he has never registered to vote.
    What is his ultimate goal in doing this? Kap says he’ll do it until things change and get better. Who determines that?

    He might as well be that little kid that hold his breath until he gets his way.

    Kap says there are other ways to effect change but he won’t define what they are. He is ambiguous because he doesn’t even know.

  33. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting, and civil, discussion re: politics, Kaepernick on Cohn jrs blog. Pro and con. Better there than here as it gets too uh, polarizing here. But with Kap trying to stay in the spotlight (“I don’t vote”) politics keeps getting dragged into Niner news. Just FYI =

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/colin-kaepernick-system-oppression-issue/

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    Kap said this which seems to be his talking point and spin on reality.

    “I think I’ve always been open with my teammates. I’ve never had issues talking with them or being open with them.”

    Last year he was observed being the lone wolf with his headphones on and eating lunch by himself and not engaging with teammates.
     

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Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
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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
 
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Chuck: 9-7
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NJ49er: 6-10
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