And Away We Go

For the second straight year, the 49ers will open the season against Green Bay. Last year, that game was on the road. This year it’s at Candlestick. For the Packers, this will be the second straight game against the 49ers, who ended their season last year in the playoffs. A rather thorough, ignominious trashing, as they might surely recall. If they don’t, WE DO! Hahaha!

But there’s little doubt the Pack misremember that game. The team spent the entire offseason boning up on the “read-option” offense that whizzed by them last January. They’ve also signed not one, but two ex-49er QBs in the past week to pass along any insider tips these renegades might be able to provide.

Clay Matthews, the Pack’s star pass rusher, called the read-option a “fake” offense. IOW, the 49ers didn’t beat them last year, they tricked them with a gimmick offense. Psychologists would call his assertion “denial.” However, it IS true that Matthews has fake dreadlocks, otherwise known as “honky strings.” Matthews purchased his do at a Kevin Greene garage sale.

The Packers also spent the offseason trying to acquire something called a “running game.” Sadly, they struck out. They’ll come to Candlestick once again with a genuine, non-fake Aaron Rodgers and nothing else offense. This is thoughtful of them. It allows the 49ers to play nickel and dime packages the entire game, giving Patrick Willis’ fractured hand another week to heal.

By now, 49er fans know all there is to know about Rodgers. He’s the guy who Alex wasn’t, who trots out each week, throws 60 passes, piles up stats and yards, and throws in the towel if he’s behind in the 4th quarter, as his 0-18 record for 4th quarter comebacks against .500+ teams most clearly indicates. He also makes some of the most awful TV commercials ever made. They’re so bad that they stink with the sound on, stink with the sound off, and even stink if you turn off the TV when they’re on. They leave retinal scarring.

Rodgers doesn’t care, though. He’s perfected the “I don’t give a shit” attitude. That will come in handy this Sunday when he looks over at his rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari springing a brown stain on his backside drawers as he prepares to go up against Aldon Smith and Justin Smith. At least over at the right tackle spot he has Don Barclay. If you’ve heard of him, let the rest of the world in on your knowledge. Forget the Super Bowl. Rodgers will be lucky to get out of this year in one piece.

Sunday marks the last opening day at good, old Candlestick park. With the price of seats at the new stadium in Santa Clara, this might be the final year a goodly segment of fans will be able to afford to attend games. I’d expect the decibel level this year to be as high as it has ever been. 8-0 at home and 2-0 there in the playoffs would be a grand way to escort the frumpy old dame into the waiting path of the wrecking ball.


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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It all starts today! My fantasy team is set and waiting to start counting up some points!

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have read some concern over using Kaepernick in the read option and the suggestion that the Niners junk it and make Kaepernick a pocket passer.
    That would make most opposing DCs very happy as this is the aspect of the Niner offense that puts the fear of God into them.
    The read option is just not about running but play action off it can be very effective.
    Run the read option until an opponent proves they can stop it
    but don’t handcuff CK by abandoning it and taking away this weapon.
    Any QB or any player is at risk
    when they step onto the field.
    Injuries come with the territory
    and are part of the game.
    Ask Joe Montana or Steve Young
    about their injuries while in the
    pocket. Football is chaos and you can never predict or avoid injuries.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think if the Pistol is run in it’s classic form there is no stopping it. The classic form is 3 WRs wide. What this does is take enough players out of the box that the whole concept of the running game is reading how one player on the defense reacts. Usually that would be the DE, sometimes it is a LB. If the D puts an extra man in the box then two or three WRs should have one on one coverage. Now would be time to run the play action pass, or even a straight hot read slant. The formation can never properly be overloaded if the QB makes the proper reads and executes. This is the beauty of the formation.
    The reason it is better than the typical read option in college where the RB lines up next to the QB is the run read in that formation is limited to only one side of the formation. In the Pistol the read is to either side because the RB sets behind the QB. IMO, in the NFL if the RB is set to the side of the QB it is typically a passing formation so the QB does not have to take his eyes off of the defense. The only reason to run out of this formation is to keep the pass rushers from pinning their ears back and ignoring the run altogether. I think that makes this more of a spread offense as opposed to the Pistol which is a running offense which uses spread tactics.
    Just because a RB is behind the QB does it make it the Pistol. The Pistol was named such because it is a shorter version of the Shot Gun. A pistol is shorter than a shot gun which is why inventor Chris Ault called it the Pistol. the QB sets up shorter to the center than in the shot gun. This was because he wanted the RB to be able hit the hole quicker than if he was another yard or two back in a typical shot gun. If a QB is not closer to the center than a normal shot gun set, even with a RB behind him, it is not a running formation and therefore not a classic Pistol formation. It might still be called the Pistol but it is not nearly as effective in obtaining it’s original purpose, which is the ability to be unpredictable.

  4. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It is a gimmick offense. As was the wildcat. Which is why I think we use it less than last year. Which was what, 5% of the time? If GB uses a defensive player to shadow Kappy, then you’ve taken a piece of their defense off the table. Which is why I think we use it less than we did last year.

  5. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m talking read-option, not the pistol.

  6. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    I can’t wait to see our defense at full strength and healthy. I think we’re actually going to have someone staying back to protect big plays. I believe we’re the best all around team in the NFL and will go 13&3. GO NINER’S!!!!!

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The purpose of the Diamond formation, which the 49ers call the Q, is to get the defense to have to load the box and create one on one coverage schemes with the WRs, or to be able to overload a running lane with blockers. The problem I see with this is any time you allow a defense to be able to load the box there are just too many disguises that can be run by the defense. IMO, this allows the defense to do more dictating than I personally would want them to be able to do to my offense if I was calling plays.
    I would rather make the defense have to declare their intentions and teach my players how to read what they are seeing. This is what Mike Martz did. The Martz offense is a passing offense. The classic Pistol offense is a running offense the utilizes a lot of the Martz teachings. Get in a formation that makes the defense declare it’s intentions, read your options and execute. The difference is the ability have a more effective running game out of the Pistol than with the Martz offense. With the Diamond formation the ability to look for weaknesses in the defense is severely limited. It becomes more of an old fashioned power game.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- The typical read option, with the QB and RB side by side, is utilized so the QB can keep his eyes forward on the coverage schemes. You will probably see it plenty in pure passing situations.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The “wildcat” was only used occasionally.
    The pistol formation and the read option elements can be your base offense.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Brady and Manning have run the read option formations for years. The difference is they are not the type of QBs that can run the read option offense. For those QBs it has just been called the spread offense.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    My thinking is the Niners are going to go away from it mainly because everyone now is gunning to stop it. The pistol, with 3+ WRs is the way to go.
    I don’t want to see that diamond formation anymore. They ran that a ton during the Miami game I went to last year, and our 3rd down conversion rate was like 1-13.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The beauty of the classic Pistol is it is anything you want it to be. A power running formation to a spread passing attack. I remember being told here and on other blogs it will never be used in the pros because it is a gimmick offense. I used to counter that it is not a gimmick offense because it is a running formation and that will become popular in the pros for that reason alone. I also remember pointing out that Iowa used it strictly for short yardage running plays.
    It is versatile as heck and does not really need a running QB. UNR used to run it with a QB named Rowe who was mostly a passer with the RBs still getting a lot of rushing yardage out of the formation. It became known more for the read option when Kaepernick took the reigns. Now Cody Fajardo is running it a lot like Kaepernick did.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the beauty of the pistol to me is the ability to spread the formation with WRs and run inside. Get the safety out of the box to open up the inside running game.
    And that article addresses the inherent problam with running the read-option a lot (and RGIII can attest to this), your QB gets hit a lot. Rules changes have clarified that a QB is fair game when handing the ball off in the read option. Kappy got hit a ton in the Super Bowl when they used it.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said in the previous post, to run the Pistol it does not need to use the read option. I think we are saying the same thing but I’m not sure.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I kinda jumped topics midstream there, Bergs. I like using the pistol. I’m done with the read option. I think the Niners are thinking the same thing.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I love the read option. I think teams are talking tough because they are the one’s scared of it. They are trying to talk us out of wanting to use it. I want to shove it down those teams throats especially. The key is having a QB who knows how to run it and knows how to avoid the big hits. RGIII is not so good at that. Kap and Wilson are very good at that. I’ve seen so many QBs hurt while in the pocket what’s the difference? A QB is a sitting duck in the pocket. Other QBs get hurt scrambling out of a conventional offenses, what’s the difference? I used to watch the Tampa Bay Expensive Corn(buck an ear) just to watch Doug Williams run over LBs and he wasn’t in a read option offense. I say run it until they stop it. Just be wise about it.

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Matthews purchased his do at a Kevin Greene garage sale.” Good line.
    If Matthews and his recently purchased do gets appraised for $25,000 at auction on the next episode of “Antiques Roadshow,” I quit.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick is 6’4″ 235 lbs and pretty fast.
    Tough for Dlinemen and LBs to run with him and he’s bigger and just as fast as most DBs.
    What sets Kaepernick apart is his running ability. Right now it’s his strength so you should utilize at least the threat.
    Maybe when Crabtree/Manningham comes back you go 3 WR but until last week we really didn’t have a sure #2 WR.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is a thorough analysis of the problems the pistol creates for opponents.

  20. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I think Harbaugh is playing games once again with the media. I think he’s making a big deal out of the read option in the media so the Packers spend all their time preparing for the read option and opps … oppsy…. we’re going play action to open up the middle and attacking there with Vance McDonald, Boldin and Vernon. That’s the strength of our receivers – over the middle. Play action opens up the middle. I think Harbaugh and G-Row…. (I like G-Roe, being a fisherman) are once again a step ahead of the competition. Harbaugh’s always very smart about how he plays the media.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thurs night opening game in Denver delayed 15 mins because of threat of lightning.
    Ravens have an advantage because they already experienced a delay in the Super Bowl. See how stupid this sounds? Did Ray Ray arrange this?
    Hard for a stadium of 70K people to all take shelter. Lot’s of fun when you’re at the top of the stadium under the light standard.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like Tony Galbreath showed up in Denver. Wasn’t he the Lightning with Chuck Muncie being the Thunder?

  23. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Drafted Julius Thomas in Del’s league and left him on my bench this week defying my one major rule for FF – always start the guy playing on prime time. On the bright side, that guy’s a beast. Whitner could clone himself, water himself with Miracle Grow and stack one dude on top of another and still come up a foot short on jump balls if Whitner ever guards Julius Thomas.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The TE from this game you want going forward is Dallas Clark. I know he dropped that TD pass, but Flacco has been looking his way a lot in the first half. And if J. Jones is injured…? More targets for the TE.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty- Which Del league are you in?

  26. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Warren Sapp predicted that Balt would go 5-11. He might be right.
    You agreeing with me, Spitty? Must. Rethink.
    I’ve said for a while that Harbaugh would ditch the read-option because so many teams are game planning for it.

  27. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Denver Might want to think about getting ichabod Manning out of there.

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Treviathan drops the pick 6 a yrd short of the end zone and gets his teammate Woodyard injured in the scramble for the ball. Brilliant.

  29. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – Insider on ESPN.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had Eric Decker tonight. He dropped way more points than he scored. I got about 5 points off of him, he probably dropped about 15-20 points.

  31. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    The guy I’m playing against had Manning and D. Thomas starting against me. Both scored 115 pts collectively. And I had Julius Thomas scoring 33 pts on my bench. Awesome way to start my season.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’d say that sucks more than having Decker. I already feel better!

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where is everyone today? I guess you’re too busy catching TD passes from Peyton Manning. Everyone else is.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, we know Peyton’s right behind you. Did he give you the courtesy of a reach-around?

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Spit’s off to his usual fantastic start. Berger’s bitchin’ and moaning that his players are screwing him again. And Chuck is starting Bradford and Tannehill at QB. All is right in Fantasyland. Except for the line for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. It’s always too damn long.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tannehill’s going off this year. Just you watch. Bradford? Well, we’ll see.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey. I was the first one here to mention Tannehill’s name when he converted from WR to QB at A&M. I’ve been in his corner from the git-go. But start ’em on my fantasy team? I guess if Sanchez was the alternative. Who, I believe, was on your team last year. You’re becoming a regular FF QB guru.

  38. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Del – slow start again is an understatement. For the last three years my first four weeks have been atrocious. Must be because I love the sleepers but don’t trust ’em right off. Can’t figure another reason other than bad luck. But ‘blood doesn’t get outta the gates very fast. Although last year I did have to use the auto draft and that’s never a good thing.

  39. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t forget the draw play and traps, Bergs. A couple runs up the middle when the D is watching the edges keeps them on their toes.
    Joe said he liked to pick defenses apart, because it wore them out.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess Baltimore’s defense won’t be ranked in the top ten after week one.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Last year 4-9 and last place?
    It’s your talent evaluation skills son.
    Your “sleepers” never seem to wake up. Better check them for a pulse.
    Your drivel on who you think has talent translates over to your fantasy teams. It’s not bad luck, it’s bad picks.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:


  43. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    4-9? I was 7-7 but won in the playoffs.
    The regular season means nothing.

  44. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – Missed last year’s draft. Some people dislike auto pick while others rely completely on it. I’m the former. Auto pick gave me Carson Palmer, Ryan Mathews, Shonn Green and my first round pick was Foster who was good. I traded Del Mathews for Andrew Luck. I picked up Alfred Morris off the waiver wire long before anyone else knew who he was. I made my team respectable. It still sucked. Don’t know why some people even play if all they do is use auto pick. I mean for some, it’s not like they’re busy. They’re online blogging all day but mysteriously they don’t make their drafts? Kinda pathetic, especially if all you do is talk football all day long but don’t know enough to draft a respectable team. It’s probably the drugs….

  45. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I was actually 5-7 and won a couple games by 0.12 points.
    Ask Reno.
    It was fun, but next year.
    My team went on a winning streak that did not stop.
    It was fun, the UFO Coyotes Yahoo Football League 2012 Champions.
    Being NM, I’ll have to read about the Niner game, because they’ll be showing the Cowpukes or somebody.
    But I’ll do my best to keep up.

  46. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    RT – use this. I think I’ve shown you this before.

  47. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty, I’ve used it for the last 2 seasons.
    I get tons of spam and viruses, worms, anything else they can think of.
    My PC Security isn’t up to that. Or I’m not.
    But I’ll still use it!!

  48. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Post #49 baby.
    Red and Gold.

  49. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I use Avast anti virus. I don’t get worms, viruses or crabs.

  50. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Vipre here now, but it keeps me from seeing the good porn sites!!
    I did post 49th.
    Good to talk to you as a friend, Spitty. I know we used to be enemies.
    I hope you enjoy the game tomorrow.

  51. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Well, see RT, I could never use Vipre for that reason. I think the game’s on Sunday, but thanks and you too.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Packers talk about the pistol read option and how they will defend. Click on X’s & O’s

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I want a couple of our linemen to roll Clay Matthews like pizza dough!

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Packers cut their rookie backup QB BJ Coleman and are going with “I’m not retiring” Seneca Wallace.
    Coleman worked out for the Pats this week looking for a spot.
    The QB shuffle continues.

  55. robNo Gravatar says:

    I love the pistol and I love the fact that clay Mathews is going to spend all day sunday watching colin kaepernick run and pass pass all over his azz !!!

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The question is not whether Lane Kiffen gets fired this year, that is a given, the question is does he get fired mid-season?

  57. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Packers are geeked as f*** about the read-option. Which is why I’ve been saying for weeks that they won’t bother with it very much.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Game day is here!!!
    Niners win 30-17.

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, even if the Mormons would have tithed 10% of the yds gained vs your Horns, they still would’ve had > 600 left to give to the church next week. Ouch.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, serves Lane right for playing two QBs. When you have two QBs, you have none. Kiffin is one gigantic boob. He’s one shy of being Carol Doda.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mack Brown is under fire because he kept his DC Manny Diaz from last year.
    They were embarrassed last night
    giving up 500 yds rushing.
    More of the same from last year when you don’t have defense adhering to gap responsibilities
    and blitzing yourself into giving
    up huge running plays.
    BYU outplayed Texas and deserved to win last night. Longhorns not ready to play.
    The game was delayed 2 hours due to lightning. This is a growing trend.

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s been a long eight months, especially long considering how it ended. But I refuse to talk about that any longer. It’s a new season. And football is finally back. I’m excited and ready to go. It’s a good thing Week 1 of the NFL doesn’t coincide with Christmas. I’d probably die of over-excitement. With that said,
    Go Niners and Merry Christmas!

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The goddamn Lions’ holder just fumbled what would have been a chip shot 31 yd FG by David Akers. Guess who’s my fantasy PK is? Is it Christmas yet?

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty’s boy Blaine Gabbert is 6-7 so far. We can track Spitty’s other QBs today too. Mark “Dirty” Sanchez, Charlie “Jesus” Whitehurst, Matt Flynn in Oakland and Jake Locker! So far his best call is Blaine Gabbert, the one he is trying to give me credit for!

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What a great day. I can sit on my butt, watch TV all day, and feel like I accomplished a lot.

  66. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Skeebers. There’s a name for that. My typical week. 😀

  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    its gameday !
    here we go 2013 niners !!!

  68. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Screw DeAngello Williams. Great game Seattle against the Panthers. Panthers driving down to the ten with seven minutes to go in a defensive battle and Williams fumbles. Panthers are something like 2-12 in close games the last couple of years. You wonder why. Some teams can finish, some can’t. Seattle got lucky.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone know how to listen the game online? isn’t broadcasting the game?

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I think Spit has those answers…Spit?

  71. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You couldn’t ask for a more picture-perfect day in San Francisco for today’s game.

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Early observation: our OL is dominating the LOS. No news there.

  73. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NJ: according to Spit, try this

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thx Gents, lets see how that goes

  75. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, “Richard” Dawson from 48 yds away. Survey says…

  76. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Horrible first half by the 49ers. First off, Jim Harbaugh with a completely chicken shit call not going for it on the 30 with a ton of momentum on our side and Kaep slingin’ the ball all over the field. Chicken shit, Harbaugh. I don’t think Harbaugh’s much of a pussy, but he was on that play.
    And the missed tackles by everyone in the secondary needs to be cleaned up immediately, if not sooner. Reid, Bowman, Nnamdi, Cox. You can’t win games with missed tackles in your secondary.
    However, on a more positive note – Eric Reid’s a keeper.
    And also… Frank Gore is too slow to run outside the tackles. I understand that he needs to try so that defenses can’t just key on him running up the middle, but Gore is slow. Hunter needs to run the stretch and bounce out plays. Frank needs to run the draws and power plays up the middle… or be put out to pasture.

  77. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing… Nnamdi needs to be used differently. Nnamdi has long arms, and he can contend against balls up high, outs and fades, but he’s not a come up and tackle kinda db. If Jody Nelson can make you look bad, you’re in trouble. Cox didn’t fair much better tackling, but at least he got a hit on Finley. Nnamdi wasn’t even in the same area code. Where’s Brock? I’m starting to miss Culliver…. and his anti gay remarks (sorry Rob).

  78. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m liking eric reid so far ! imo nnamdi a is an upgrade at corner !

  79. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Spit. Culliver says you’re a flaming fag! Feel better? Boldin is torching the GB secondary like cheese. What kind? They’re neutral and have great skiing conditions.
    More VD! Just what this blog needs.

  80. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Spit, do you have Anquan on your fantasy team? You know I’m superstitious. Can’t draft any Niners. Best of luck to those who drafted #81. Looking like a stud.
    Who needs Crabtree? I kid. I kid.

  81. robNo Gravatar says:

    now that you mention it cox had a nice return !
    I love cox !

  82. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Rob…. And how.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick still has the clock management problems in the huddle.
    You cannot change the play with 5 seconds left on the play clock.

  84. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    If Nnamdi gets torched one more time or misses another tackle, I’m goin’ ape shit.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Texas canned their Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz.
    New DC is Greg Robinson.

  86. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Not at all impressed with the 49ers. I still don’t think Harbaugh knows how to use Colin Kaepernick. And on defense, this isn’t the same D.

  87. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I have J. Finley in a few of my FF leagues. And I also have Jordy Nelson. What a catch. That tap dance routine was reminiscent of Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Bolshoi.
    Screw that crap. Frank just scored a TD. Who gives a flying fig about the ballet?
    So I’m a KQED PBS supporter. So sue me.

  88. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This game has gone by so fast…
    first down Vernon! It’s coming down to the final seconds…

  89. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Who the F has Boldin in any of our 2 Niner FF leagues? That was either a great call, or a lucky drop come your way via the autopick. Nonetheless, nice going.

  90. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Kap has the 1st 400+ pass gm since Tim Rattay as a Niner. That’s the last time you’ll hear Rattay’s name mentioned on this blog.
    Unless of course you’re Tim’s Mother or Father. Even still, I’d keep my mouth shut.

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We shot ourselves in the foot over and over today. If we play the same way next week we lose.

  92. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good start by Eli. A Trent Dilfer special.

  93. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think we won the game.

  94. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Shhh. I’m going to tell you guys a little secret. I’m a huge Tony Romo fan. You guys already knew that. Whether or not that makes me a bad Niner fan or not, I can’t say for certain. What I can say is that I like the cut of his jib. Tony Romo is “My kind of Quarterback.” Tony has “Style.” Just ask Frank, Dino and Bing…

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Romo just threw a pick that went back to the 1 yd line.

  96. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    1-0 and a very tough game coming up in Seattle.
    Great game today, great effort.

  97. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    502 yards of offense is going to win some games this season, methinks.

  98. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    TD Romo! Shhh. You didn’t hear that from me.

  99. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Eli Manning is 4-0 in Dallas.
    Shhh. You didn’t hear that from me.

  100. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Honestly the pass rush wasn’t there today.
    It has to get better and they have to integrate Lemonier because Brooks had a batted pass and that was it.
    Hardly blitzed today.

  101. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Gints only have 10 guys on the field.
    Tony Romo incomplete.
    Dennis, you’re the best.

  102. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Big takeaways today:
    1. This team is rusty, and has some work to do.
    2. Eric Reid can play some football.
    3. Justin and Aldon are healthy and that’s a good thing.
    4. Boldin still has plenty in the tank.
    5. Tackling and coverage by our CBs needs to be much better.

  103. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The lack of pass rush was the biggest takeaway from this game. The thing is, though. GB shot their wad and still couldn’t win. It’s not like this was the Bills. GB is a top 5 team.

    Dennis, sorry to hear you are a romo fan. He’s a choke artist. Alex Smith has a better playoff record than him.

  104. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants are giving this game away. And Dennis will Jizz over Tony’s numbers.

  105. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Great, fun game. Kaep, Boldin and Davis looked great. The run game was strong enough.

    However, I am very concerned about the undisciplined play. Illegal Formation. Illegal Procedure. Delay of Game (both penalties and time-outs).

    These are not penalties that come from strong, aggressive play. They are penalties that come from sloppy play.

    That’s not going to cut it against Seattle.

  106. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dallas is up by 6 in the 4 th quarter. Time for him to cough one up.

  107. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Romo that is. The Niners looked like a team that didn’t play their 1st stringers very much in the preseason. They still beat tha Pack, though.

  108. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    All – please light a candle and say your blessings for Frank Delano Gore. The best blocking back to grace the gridiron since Emmitt Smith. Clay Matthews will be spending extra time in the hot tub because of Franklin.  

    God bless Frank Gore.  

  109. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    First off, both Dallas and the Giants suck, and they’ll suck all year, no turning it around regardless what someone tries to sell you. They suck. Now onto the 49er game.
    Offense: I wasn’t impressed. I know we won, and that’s the important thing, but I didn’t like the offense even though Kaep threw for 400 plus and 3 TDs. I honestly thought Harbaugh and Roman would have an even more potent offense figured out around Kaep, but instead we saw more of the same from last year. We did see a few read options broken off into drop back passes, which I liked, but all told, I don’t like the power run read option. I know power runs are necessary to wear down the opposition’s D, but it’s like Harbaugh and Roman want to marry Bo Schembeckler and Nevada HC, Chris Ault. It doesn’t work for me unless we get more creative with our running attack out of the read option. I’d like to see more of Kaep under the center, power I formation with guards pulling and trapping. And I’m sorry, but Frank Gore is too slow. If I ran the show, Frank Gore would be in the games late to ice games, or in the game around the goal line. Frank’s a beast when it comes to short yardage and pass protection, but the 49ers need more from a featured back. Time for more Kendal Hunter if you ask me. I’d also like to see more Quinton Patton and even Jon Baldwin. Hell, we pretty much started Delanie Walker for two years and he dropped a third of what was thrown to him. Kyle Williams is a good deep threat (when Kaep throws it far enough), but Baldwin is your leaper who has it clank off his hands like Walker. Just entertain me and have Baldwin go deep.
    On defense we better start making tackles, getting off blocks at the line of scrimmage, and we better start pressuring the qb. Like I wrote earlier, this isn’t the same defense. We need Tank to get rolling ASAP. We need more Tank and Patton, and we should schedule a game around Kasserine Pass, or have them yell “Nuts,” when saving Bastogne.
    All the negative is smothered, however, with a win, and Eric Reid and Boldin’s great play. Both should get game balls.

  110. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    In other news, we are seven Alex Smith wins from an extra second round pick.

  111. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid is really good. I think he might have blown a coverage in the end zone and gave up a TD that most will blame on Asumogha. It looked like Nnambdi had outside coverage and Reid got over late for the inside safety help. Kid is in his first game, he played great, not perfect. Looks like a great pick!

  112. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    McDonald dropped a pass to play to the scouting report. The drop killed a drive.

  113. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    494 total yards of offense and you’re whining that you don’t like it?

    If you ran the show Niners would be back to the Terry Donahue days and in purgatory.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid had an impressive debut.
    He is still learning but appears to have good football instincts and he’s a smart player who hits hard but hits clean.

  115. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    The other thing about this game that we’re all overlooking: Colin Kaepernick. Jaws said he could be the best ever…. or something like that. Colin Kaepernick put on a laser light show today the likes of which I’ve never seen…. and I’ve watched some football. No INTs, lasers, touch passes, scrambling. I personally think, right now, Colin Kaepernick is the best qb in the NFL, but I know that’s a little early for some. But I’m fairly certain Kaep will be widely considered one of the best (big five instead of big four) qbs in the NFL by season’s end. I don’t take his game for granted. He’s a true pleasure to watch and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see this adopted kid from Turlock of all places become the greatest qb to ever play the game.

  116. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I love Frank Gore, but I also loved Ronnie Lott when his ass was shipped out of town. Frank needs to cherish his last year with the 49ers as their starter, and Trent Baalke needs to seriously start looking for Frank’s replacement. It’s not James or Lattimore. Hunter, maybe.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lattimore is the second coming of Frank with better speed.
    A truly gutsy Pick by Baalke.
    Marcus is a stud.
    Not many kids would have worked as hard as he did after the gruesome injury he endured.
    Class kid with Frank as his role model.
    I think we’ll get a taste of Marcus before this Season is over.
    He’ll work his butt off to show that he deserves the shot this year, not next.

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Only reason he’d miss the chance this year is if the NFI guys at other positions are needed more urgently.

  119. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – I love Lattimore. He’s a good kid with a ton of heart and he appears smart. But smarts and hearts don’t mean pop tarts if your leg’s already had two major surgeries and you’re an upright runner who needs to bulk up to play in the NFL. I doubt Lattimore has much of NFL career, only because of the nature of his leg injuries. We can point to Frank, but Lattimore’s second injury was far more gruesome, and Frank’s a lower, more compact runner. Just because Frank had a great NFL career on two knee surgeries doesn’t mean Lattimore will.

  120. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So which is it?
    8:54pm post you weren’t impressed with the offense.
    10:11pm post ” Colin Kaepernick put on a laser light show today the likes of which I’ve never seen…. and I’ve watched some football.”
    Conclusion? The usual drivel?

  121. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Conclusion for the comprehension impaired: Harbaugh still doesn’t know how to use Kaep. But I think I wrote that early. Must be the drugs….

  122. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lattimore is 5’11” 221 lbs and you say he needs to bulk up?
    The usual BS from you that he is an upright runner .

  123. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the biggest mistakes the Niners made was letting Lott become a Plan B Free Agent.
    They replaced Lott in 1991 with Todd Bowles and the following year with Dana Hall.
    In 1991 Lott was All Pro with the Raiduhs leading the NFL with 8 picks. In 1992 he had 103 tackles and in 1993 123 tackles.
    Lott played at a very high level for another 4 years. Both Bowles and Dana Hall were busts as we all know.
    Lott was willing to take a pay cut
    to stay with the Niners and should have stayed for 3 more years until Merton Hanks emerged.
    “Lott earned $800,000 in his final year with the 49ers and was scheduled to make $1 million for the 1991 season. He had offered to take a $200,000 pay cut, staying at his 1990 salary, to remain with San Francisco, but that still was not agreeable to the 49ers, who already have the N.F.L.’s biggest payroll.”

  124. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    One thing’s for sure about today’s game: Crabtree’s future 49er wallet just got a lot smaller. That’s not to say he won’t go else where and get paid more. But tonight: “Micheal Crabtree who?”

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit I don’t think Lattimore has any concerns about his running style.
    He’s able to get in between the Tackles and produce as Frank does.
    What I think is special about him is, he’s able to find a second gear and get around the edge also.
    My comparison between Frank and he, aside from the obvious double knee surgeries is, they both are outstanding players mentally.
    Very dedicated to their craft and focused on being strong leaders.
    Lattimore is a very humble kid, with a ton of focus.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just don’t think the Pro game is too big for him.
    I think it’s a solid Pick by Baalke to have him watch and learn from Frank about what the little things mean to staying in this game for the long haul.

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing that is surprising me, just a little, is LMJ not looking miles better in his second go around.
    Hoping it’s not too much of a concern of course but, he really didn’t jump off the screen for me in PS, which is where you’d expect him to look better.

  128. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m expecting him to be a very important weapon for this Offense.
    Hope he has for us, what we all saw in College, the open field terror that changes field position and scores points.

  129. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – First off, I think anytime you come off a knee injury as gruesome as Lattimore’s, you’re going to lose speed. You talk about a second gear? I doubt he’ll have one, but I hope I’m wrong. I think Lattimore needs to strengthen his entire lower body for the NFL game because he’ll not only have to absorb bigger hits, but he’ll also have to carry players on his back while getting hit low. I personally think the 49ers got a little too cute with Lattimore. I know he was a compensation pick, but it’s not like it’s a free roster spot. Lattimore gets coached up, then takes a roster spot from another guy with potential and then, god forbid, he has another leg injury and the 49ers just wasted a lot of time and resources on Marcus. It’s not a gamble I would have taken, but then again, I’m not Trent Baalke. Either way, the overall point is that the 49ers need to start searching for Frank Gore’s replacement right now.
    The one thing that Bill Walsh was really good at was letting go of great players who wanted to continue to play. You must replace the older players and not let them dictate to you when they’ll retire, because they’ll stick around too long. Frank Gore, Justin Smith and Carlos Rogers need to be replaced this off season. Older players are more likely to get injured. Championship teams can’t afford injuries because of sentimentality.

  130. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m figuring all 3 are finished after this season too.
    Carlos simply because of his Cap number.
    No doubt you keep your eyes open for a stud, at any position if you’re Baalke.
    If the WR position can be counted on after this Season, there’s excellent depth at DT and DB coming out next year.
    I’m OK with Lattimore until he shows you reason to have doubts.
    I can only base an opinion on his College production, which is what all GMs do when they project them at the Pro level.
    Nothing wrong with grabbing talent at any position as we go forward.
    That’s why Baalke stocks up on those extra Picks to begin with.
    For every Patrick Willis, there’s the potential for Kentwan Balmer and AJ Jenkins.
    Hope you’re wrong on Lattimore of course.
    It would be great for us, if he’s everything, and then some, as Franks’ heir.

  131. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll need every Cap dollar we can steal to keep Kaep and Aldon alone.
    Baalke knows that.
    No doubt in my mind he’ll make the tough decisions to keep the younger talent under Contract.
    I plan to watch the game this AM, from what I heard on the radio call, Goodwin didn’t have much of game either.
    Count him as a goner next year too I’d guess.

  132. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m wondering whether Snyder would see any action at OC ahead of Kilgore or Looney at this point?
    Gotta figure Looney is more of an OG.
    Kilgore shows signs of being worthy as an OC but, is he more polished than Snyder right now?
    Snyder did have some time at that position in AZ.
    Either way, our OL is pretty solid at the moment, with Goodwin being the most obvious guy to be replaced IMO.

  133. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Nnamdi isn’t cemented in the rotation by the BYE week, I expect him to be replaced by Wright too.
    Way too early to be critical of Nnamdi after one game but, I figure Baalke has Wright on the Roster for insurance.

  134. 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 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 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