Airing It Out

The 49ers have played one game of the 2011 NFL season. Which they won. It doesn’t seem like much, but last year at this time, they had lost that first game, lost it badly, and the season quickly spiraled out of control. As it turned out, even as bad as last season was, that opening day loss was the difference between the Seattle Seahawks going to the playoffs and not the 49ers.

Game two last year was a home game against an offensive powerhouse, the New Orleans Saints. Few gave the Niners any chance to beat the Saints, but the game went down to the last second, with the Saints winning by a mere field goal.

Lo and behold, again this year, the second game is at home against an offensive powerhouse, the Dallas Cowboys. If fortunes are being reversed this year from last, the Cowboys will be going home Sunday night with a second straight humiliating loss pinned to their egos.

Of course, it might not work out that way. Fortune is a fickle effer and likes nothing better than to deviate from a Walt Disney script to an Edgar Allan Poe script in the beat of a tell tale heart. Kindness to long suffering fans, or anyone else, is rarely displayed. In fact, Fortune may be nothing more than a post mortem theory attempting to introduce reasonability to the otherwise random events of our human experience.

So, the other and more trustworthy course to victory would be to just earn it. The 49er players have been assuring us each season for the past three or four years that they are a really good team. The results say not. Blame for the 2010 season fiasco was placed on the entire coaching staff and two players: Alex Smith and Nate Clements. All but one of these real or imagined culprits have been escorted from the building. The one that remains will be in the spotlight this Sunday, and he better not lay an egg.

It’s been pointed out all week by our astute bloglosophers that we’re going to have to unveil a passing game if we hope to beat the Cowboys. A good solid pressuring defense has also been mentioned. Each of these commodities has been sorely MIA in the past few seasons, and a primary reason the players’ assurances have proven to be a lot of hot air.

Reversing these commodity deficits is precisely what Jim Harbaugh and Vic Fangio were hired to accomplish. Some people think each of these fellows held something back in the Seahawks game that they are now going to demonstrate. All people HOPE this is true, because what we saw in the Seahawks game is just not going to cut it. What we expected to see in game one, and did not, will be necessary to see in game two.

As for today, we do not want to hear reported the fateful words, “The team had its best practice of the year this week.” Whenever I hear this ominous phrase, I know the team has peaked too early and I can begin writing the Monday morning obit on what will be an inevitable Sunday afternoon debacle. Now, if we hear, “We had our worst practice ever. We couldn’t do anything right,” I will get goosebumps. A stunning Sunday victory is guaranteed.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, we are not likely to hear either phrase. Harbaugh has made it clear from day one of Training Camp that we ain’t gonna hear nuthin’ about anything regarding practices, meetings, game plans, injuries, or what he had for breakfast. This is not good news for the blogopolis, which thrived upon the constant blatherings of Mike Singletary. But this minimalist approach will be tolerated — as long as the team wins games. If they do not, well, the blogs have a way of thriving on hot air, dead air, foul air, unspoken air — even sub-zero vacuums. They won’t care if Harbaugh says anything or nothing. Losses are to the blogs what roadkill is to the vulchers. Dinner!

Here’s hoping Sunday’s results keep the vulchers in an extended holding pattern through yet another week.

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44 comments on “Airing It Out
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cowboys are coming to OUR HOUSE! They are coming to Bill Walsh Field. Tomorrow will be a Sea of Red.

    Tomorrow the Niners defend OUR HOUSE! Make the Cowboys feel most unwelcome! Go Niners!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now for a commercial break!

  3. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I don’t rant. I extol virtues. My Friend Foghorn Leghorn rants. “Pay attention son!”

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Adolf has echoed all your sentiments about the nameless QB
    in the video. Everything except Joe Montana in Mexico doing Corona commercials.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, you can have the F眉hrer. Give me Erwin Rommel. The Field Marshall would make one helluva coordinator.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Goddamnit, that was funny Bullit. But it made me think more of Spitblood.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s get this outta the way…Cowboys 31-20.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, I noticed you still haven’t filled your LB spot.
    Feel free to ask any questions.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This just in… that QB from Stanford ain’t too shabby…

  10. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Just got the power back on here after 8 hours off today. I’ll march over to my ‘study’ and get on that pronto. If I get bogged down I’ll give you a holler.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Fun game to watch today. None of that MUST WIN anxiety like last week’s game. A curiosity game. How good are we? What will our offense and defense look like with the handcuffs removed? A loss is not devastating, but a win would be huge. Can’t wait for the kickoff.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    One of today’s starting QBs will throw for 330 yds and 3 TDs. You do the math…
    How bout dem Cowboys!

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg guys
    i just saw that hloti ngata (sp) and paul soliai are still holdouts !

    could the niners know more than me and be ready to throw out a 2nd rd. pick in 2012 for one of these guys ? ( imo we have tons of cap money and could NEVER get a better NT in the 2012 draft for a 2nd rounder !

    anybody think we need one more d-lineman more than anything ?

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They’re not hold outs, Rob. They just haven’t negotiated long term deals yet. Deadline is Tuesday. If no deal by then, they’ll be FAs next year.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Gameday. Niners and Dallas, it doesn’t get any better than that.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    thx SKEEBS !
    imo it gives us a good chance to get better and more options when the time comes !
    can’t wait !

    you beat me to it !

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    awh man
    imo it would have been better for us if this were a late season game to give us some time to get it together ! the biggest concern has to be our young 0-line with anthony davis and iupati raw rachal and a new center added in ! don鈥檛 forget we play a team with just about the most talented front seven (esp. vs. the pass ) in football !

    can harbaugh and solari , with help from the home crowd , pull it off today ?

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, I feel bad. Guess who just scored for the Raiders? Michael Bush. I same Michael Bush you just dropped on my advice. I never said I made a good GM. I’m gonna go hang out with Scot McCloughan now…

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    …it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out where Scot and I will be hanging…bartender!

  20. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    if its prediction time I am going with 27-24 niners close game with a Romo Fumble late in the 4th qtr off a Amad Brooks sack, that set up the winning field goal Aikers gets a game ball and a Harbaugh hug.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    31-20. How bout dem Cowboys!

  22. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    No worries Del I don’t know enough to get upset! Just make sure Scott is buying.

    Rob and I are in a race for the bottom but I think I’m gonna win.

    Great way to start the day at 4 AM- Niners and da Cows! Niners!

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    7-0 9ers how bout that

  24. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    ALEX! I mean UQB draws penalty on broken play to Gore. Niners 7-0

  25. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah we gotta lay it on Del. Cows are hurtin’

  26. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Del I shoulda taken your first advice when ya said AS was available. Oh yeah! 14-0.


  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    i shoulda taken ur advice and grabbed tony homo … oops i mean jon kitna !

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    we can still do this
    our defense is good

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks lining up off sides, which cost us a score, reminded me of Daniel Stubbs costing us a game vs the Packers in the 80’s when he lined up off sides and nullified a 103 yard return by Chet Brooks. IMO, that is the play that cost us the game. As soon as that penalty was called I had a very bad feeling. How does one line up off sides?

  30. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Berger — it’s hard to pin one play in this loss — but — and that’s a big BUTT — that play was ten different kinds of stupid. You. Just. Don’t. Do. That. Many thought we were going to get beat soundly. That we didn’t is, I suppose, encouraging (baby steps mantra), but I feel pretty pissed right now. Losing games that we coulda shoulda — against Dallas no less — one bitter pill.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yep we lost. I see 2 things that need to be changed.
    First is Norris at FB. He blocks his guy, the guy sheds the block and tackles Gore. Obviously he can’t block his guy out of the play and onto the ground.
    Second A Smith still gets the silly delay of game penalties called on him. My question is why?

    Do you also find it unusual that in the first 2 games the Oline has not been called for holding once?

    Much can be learned from this game.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also #26 need to pay attention.
    Tremaine Brock, that fumble was sitting on the ground beneath your feet for at least 4 seconds.
    Fall on it and we win the game.

  33. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    well I did get the score right dammit.
    its tough to win a NFL game this one could have gone the niners way too many bad decisions

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Barley- I’ve had a theory for the last 30 years that the team that wins the last 5 minutes of the first half carries that momentum into the 2nd half. It works in football and Basketball. It is often the key to winning the game. The play where Brooks lined up off sides gave Dallas the momentum for the 2nd half.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Gertting less than 50 yards rushing from Gore on 20 carries isn’t going t win many games either.
    bullit- I’m noticing the same thing as you. Even when Norris gets a block his man still usually makes the tackle.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There are no moral victories, we should have won.
    I like having Harbaugh but he needs to be less emotional. I think it cost us a couple of plays getting in late.

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    i know it’s dallas , but at least we had a good chance to win it !

    imho over the last 10 or so years , we would have gotten creamed today !

    to me it’s a step in the right direction , and like i said before … i just wish this game had been later in the season ! give us a few more games to work things out !

    my biggest bummer is not being able to get vernon davis more involved !

  38. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if there are any fans in the 49erBlogosphere who think Norris should be there, I can’t hear em. Norris comes in — and it’s like predicting the sunrise — here comes Gore!

    Berger — yes on JH. He lost it, it cost us a delay of game, and even more — took his head out of the game. I love his competitiveness — but he’s got some learnin’ to do.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our entire Team has some learning to do. We’re a work in progress.
    I see the glass half full, we are playing with some confidence but we’re not playing on the same page.
    We are not yet ready to compete in a shootout, that’s obvious. Our Secondary is still new and finding it’s way and, Dallas blitzed more than we did. We held our own but couldn’t get the ground game going to eat clock when it mattered.
    Alex was respectable, we need more weapons and an OL to allow time to find them.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17