Buyer’s Remorse

One more grisly week until the bye week, the only week on the schedule the 49ers are guaranteed not to lose a ball game. Does anyone even want to talk about this team any more? Shall I just close the blog until January?

That’s what I’m sitting here thinking this morning. I’m looking around the league and getting my football kicks noting the ups and downs of other teams — anything but dwelling on the Niners. The Cowboys are stinking it up now, too. Hahaha. They’re 1-5 with a lame HC and a QB with a fractured shoulder. Does this make Jed York as smart as Jerry Jones, or Jones as dumb as York?

It’s a weird season out there. Drew Brees tossed four picks Sunday and the Saints were crushed by the Browns! The only team the Niners have beaten this season went to Denver and slaughtered the Broncos. The Bronco fans want to fire Josh McDaniels and 49er fans want to fire Mike Singletary. How appropriate both teams face each other this weekend in the Who Gets Fired game? The only difference is that Denver fans don’t really want a reason to fire their coach, but Niner fans would like nothing better.

It’s starting to sink in that the off season is the only time of the year that football is fun — because there isn’t any. Everything is imaginary. There are no losses. Players don’t miss blocks or throw interceptions or drop passes. This coming off season, I am vowing not to look forward to the start of Training Camp. Maybe the league will help out by not signing a new CBA.

Last summer, I had Reggie Smith emerging as a force in the secondary. Instead, Taylor Mays leap frogged him into the starting lineup and now Reggie is almost invisible. I had Dashon Goldson becoming dominant. Right. At least it was true that Michael Lewis would be phased out, sort of. He decided to phase himself out and the rest of the league showed no interest in him, either. Even Seattle! He and Mark Roman, the team’s safety combo for several years, were both so bad nobody else even invited them in for a try out.

What else did I get wrong in the off season? Just about everything. Jimmy Raye did not open up the offense. Michael Crabtree did not explode into a big time receiver. The new O-line did not become a 3rd and 1 powerhouse. Ahmad Brooks did not become a dominant pass rusher. Alex Smith did not become a bona fide QB. I’m sure I’m forgetting some other prognosticatory failures, but you get the point. I’m FOS.

Oddly enough, now that hope has been pretty much extinguished for the 2010 season, I’m looking forward to the coming games. I know I will be able to enjoy them, because I won’t have any emotional involvement. I realized this watching the Giants-Cowboys last night. Football is fun to watch — as long as you don’t have a strong rooting interest.

If there is one thing the 21st century 49er franchise is good at, it’s killing your rooting interest. Usually by the bye week. Last year was an aberration. It took 11 or 12 games to experience rooter’s death. So, here we are on familiar ground again. Go 49ers! Who gives a shit!

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NoFear’s Fotos

This is the play that took Alex out of the game. The power I with Dixon in for Gore.

Play calling problem? Line blocking assignment problem?

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22 comments on “Buyer’s Remorse
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The moment this play was over I told my wife and friend that is why Dixon is not in the game on passing plays. Then everybody started to talk about Davis missing this block. Even Mike Sando was saying it is hard to know who’s fault it was because we don’t know the assignments, and I do believe that to be true. But, on this sequence, and with not knowing the assignments, it sure looks like Dixon blew the blitz pick-up.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Of course, the way Davis is lunging out, it could be that 95 was his assignment. What we know for sure is we had 2 rookies, one that rarely plays, covering the blind side on what appears to be a 7 step drop. We also know we have the youngest starting offense in football with Gore in. This fact should explain a lot. The lesson should be, if Dixon is in, run the ball. Or, if passing, make it a short drop.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing. It is not a normal design for a blitz pick up back to be taking on a DE. The design is typically for them to take on LBs and DBs. This is because it is also normal for a DE to just run over a tailback trying o stop him on the run. But it happens, so who knows? I think the 49ers picked a good week to get out of the country.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Its like we don’t even account for personnel in how we scheme things. Two rookies by themselves on one side? No help from Snyder? Really?

    So we had seven guys in blocking, the Pansies rush five, and we lose our QB on the play. Kind of our season in a bumbling microcosm, right there. I don’t know if this was the play, the line call, or just Davis and Dixon, but like all things 2010 49ers, it reeks.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing we learned this week. When the 49ers play, throw out the stats, we are bad enough to lose to anybody.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You know, after looking at this sequence again, Anthony Davis just gets chucked. Should Dixon have picked him up? I would think so, but I don’t know enough about these assignments to say.
    One thing is for sure, Davis got bitch slapped. What happened after that didn’t even need to happen if Davis just blocks his man. The rest of the line did a great job.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    According to Sando on his ESPN blog, Dixon was only in there because Gore needed a breather after a hard 13 yard run that was wiped out by a holding penalty.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Aah, the most impressive holding penalty! At least we are good at something.

  9. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    A poignant post.
    Down here closer to the border, Charger fans whine that they can’t be compared to the niners in terms of debacle, because the roster talent level is not on the same. They would have an argument with Rivers only.
    Au contraire, my fish taco eating brethren – the niners have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. It’s frustratingly sad – they deserve better coaching.
    Still looking for that big bright red “reset” button to hit. I know it’s somewhere underneath my office desk.

  10. RufusNo Gravatar says:

    Well Skeebs, maybe it’s time for you to go on strike, re-negotiate your contract. How about Favre playing with two fractures in his ankle. Does anyone know about the fracture in his noggin?

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got as plan. Keep Singletary. That should ensure the #1 pick. Then make sure we get Andrew Luck by hiring Harbaugh as our coach. If Harbaugh works out, great. If not we still have Luck for many years. He looks like he will be a franchise QB. And who knows, maybe with a little Luck, Harbaugh might end up being a great coach.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    More on the Berger Plan! We will need a DeBerg or Bledsoe to mentor Luck. Resigning Smith for two years would work for this. He is a filmaholic and a gym rat. Having Andrew see this would be good. Luck would then come in as he is ready, ala Montana and Brady. Montana came in when he was ready, in fact, Walsh traded DeBerg in the off season, and Brady came in when Bledsoe was injured.
    Our O-line is going to better next year, but probably still not great and the next year they should be very good. That would be the target year for Luck to either get phased in or start from the beginning of the year. If we don’t resign Smith we would need to get a decent veteran who is a workaholic to help Andrew phase in.
    So, IOW, keep Singletary to ensure the #1 pick, hire Harbaugh, and draft Luck. Make sure we have a DeBerg or Bledsoe for Luck’s first year or two.

  13. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger wants to resign Alex Smith for another two years so as to mentor Andrew Luck in what, the art of sucking and losing? You have got to be kidding. I’d rather the Giants put Jose Guillen on the World Series roster, start him every game in RF while working out a new 4 yr. /$100 million contract with $50 mil up front. Unbelievable.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    OK, if you don’t want Smith as your DeBerg, then somebody. I don’t want my franchise rookie killed in his rookie year behind a line that is still too pouous.

  15. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I knew you meant to type “porous,” but “pouous” sounds better–[poo-us] Crap on us.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    dennis , sounds more like you need exculpation more than anything else !

    berger , sounds like you should call your buddy rob asap !

    skeebs , give me credit ! i may have fallen pretty hard for coach singletary , but hey , i was just about the first person on any of the blogs to start talking about the 2011 draft and off-season !

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I meant porous, but like you said, I like the new word better.

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    thay took complete advantage of our rookie side there going with a tricky pass-rush scheme on the same side as our rooks ( a davis and dixon )
    this is a clear example of good game-planning and play-calling as opposed to what we do !
    the best play from us would have been having someone slip into the area where the enemy d-lineman dropped to ‘cover’ to give us a favorable mis-match !
    maybe after this season’s debacle the yorks will open up their wallets and get us some coaches !

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    the funny part is that after saying they don’t want to use westbrook or dixon because they aren’t up to speed at blocking … this is the play they finally decide put dixon in on !

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- When you say Smith had nearly 4 seconds to throw I had to check it. We know you are the #1 Smith hater so I just replayed it. He had less than 3 seconds before he was flushed out to the left. I guess what we are to learn from you saying he had nearly 4 seconds to throw is this injury was his own fault? Interesting. After watching it a few times I thought it was Anthony Davis’s fault. We will have to disagree on this ne.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:


  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    When you keep seven in to block, with only three receivers in patterns (against 6 in coverage mind you), three or four seconds is NOT a lot of time.

    I tend to put most of this one on the play call. You know you have a rookie tackle, and your rookie RB just went in for Gore – why leave those two on one side alone? Its asking for trouble. Meanwhile, you have a lot of DBs and LBs covering three guys. Chances of getting an open receiver will be slight. Chances of a protection breakdown, mush higher. Oopsies, take a seat Mister Smith.

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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
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2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
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5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
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