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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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?