Carolina In My Mind

The 49ers travel to North Carolina this weekend to throw themselves under the Panthers’ playoff bus on Sunday. At least, that’s the general view around the league and in Las Vegas.

Apparently, the blow out win over the Rams did not impress anyone all that much. Partly that’s because the Rams don’t impress anybody all that much, but also because the Niners only managed 14 points through the first three quarters. If that’s all they manage against the Panthers’ defense, the team would probably be looking at a sizable deficit entering the fourth quarter, rather than clinging to a modest lead.

Cam Newton, the Panthers’ QB, is not exactly in the same zip code as the Rams’ QB Case Keenum. Probably not even in the same galaxy. Newton’s offense finished numero uno in the NFL last year. The 49er offense is not going to be much better or worse than what they were against the Rams, but the Niner defense will have a whole other challenge than what the Rams offered. How the defense fares in this game will probably tell us all we need to know about the likely future of the team the rest of this season.

Still, this is a great chance for the Niners to send a message to the rest of the league that they are no longer in the bottom dregs of NFL society and have leapt into the “7-9 bullshit” arena of dependable and sustainable mediocrity. Hip, hip, hoo cares?

Below is a picture of Carlos Hyde’s first TD run against the Rams on Monday night. This is about as well executed a blocking scheme as you’re liable to see the entire rest of the season. Hyde’s eyes must have lit up at what he saw. And there was good old Joe Staley five yards down field along with Vance McDonald sealing off the linebackers for an easy jaunt to the end zone. Great job by the O-line


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60 comments on “Carolina In My Mind
  1. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick becoming a divisive presence in the locker room with his post game ‘press conferences’ while the actual players are ignored. Kelly is fine with this he says. I’m certain York is fine with this to the tune of a million bucks. Johnnie is fine with this, screw the team, screw football. Perfect.

    Per Grant Cohn =

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The media just wants to grandstand any chance they have. The players know who’s who. I don’t really think the players care about Kappy’s or Reid’s beliefs they probably just want to see what they do on the field. But as long as there is some sensationalism involved we will see Kap at the microphone.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I wish they would just cut Kap and get it over with.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs- great pic of Hyde’s run. One on one blocking and everyone did their job.

  5. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I like your POV on this Winder. Hope the players are as you say. Yes cut Kap this is pathetic! FO as usual is said to be divided between Chip and Balkey.

  6. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll hazard a guess in the Prognostication Dept. that we will see a 24-10 Panther beat down of the Niners this Sunday. Cam will pass for 300 yards and throw for 2 TD, run for 1 more. Bright spot will be we hold them to less than 100 yds rushing.

  7. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Blog X is fracturing under the heavy weight of Dear Leader’s totalitarian communistic leanings. So says Berger who has a more moderate take on the machinations of the FO/owner/HC/Johnnie the J dysfunction. Dear Leader has cordially invited him to rejoin us here in the Land of the Free. Come on down Bergs! Got a nice place for ya right here = your old spot, lol.

    12th man remains the voice of reason praying for Johnnie’s dismissal, yesterday. This in contrast to the DL’s wish that Johnnie the J regain his long lost spot as wannabe Niners savior while simultaneously destroying the team spirit with his absurd political posturing. Dear Leader in true communist form applauds the great leadership of the bench warmer. Figures. Yep it’s those pesky reporters esp. Cohn jr stirring it up again. If only we could abolish the Press and the First Amendment the world would be right. Ridiculous but managing perceptions is how the extreme Left rolls. Forget reality. Or else.

    Nipper appears to be sober, a vast improvement. Dennis is absent and not sober of course. RT remains a committed totalitarian and fits right in DL’s gulag and long may he remain there. You want violence? He’s got violence.

    Thus the state of the spinoff blog as we enter the Carolina meat grinder, the ongoing Niner follies and DL’s certain spin to follow. Ah, foosball…

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I honestly don’t think we are gonna win this one but IF we can press Cam into making some mistakes and IF we can capitalize on them maybe we can rattle his cage and put him out of his game. Otherwise we are in for a long morning.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    Hey PHILL you forgot me.;)
    Don’t be critical of our Dear Leader’s policies

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck only has one policy: if you don’t understand something, swear at it. You’ll notice he does a lot of swearing.

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rex’s defense sucked again and got embarrassed at home to the tune of 500 yards. So he fires the OC for putting up just 31 points. Yeah, that’ll fix it.

    Jed and Trent giving lessons in scapegoating around the league?

    Hope we don’t crash in week two like we did last year.

    Kaepernick and his BLM protests trashing the flag and the country is just making the NFL harder to watch and teams harder to cheer for.

    As we learn, a ‘colin’oscopy is just pointing a camera at some asshole. The Niners, for their part put him and his idiotic antics front and center. Chickenshit bastards.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice to see you back, NF.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see you NF

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    NOFEAR good to see ya !

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like the real thing. Not a virtual double. NF the voice of reason. Rewelcome.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    Reason comes to Buffalo too . Roman gets fired.

  17. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NoFear nice to see you again. Welcome back. Hopefully we have a somewhat decent team this year. Well, apart from the ‘colinoscopy’ we are subject to.

  18. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Chip Kelly’s offense shows early signs of evolution”

    Per David Neumann at NN =

    Against the Rams Kelly disguised some staple run plays with the introduction of the Counter Trey as detailed in above link. Neumann goes on to say this evolution must continue in passing game for success to be sustained esp against CAR.

    “Just like Kelly’s run game needed the addition of the counter trey to help make his inside zone more effective, he needs to start running his pass concepts from a wider variety of formations and personnel groupings if San Francisco’s passing game is going to have any sustained success.”

    Love to be wrong but I see a 24-10 Panthers win this week.

  19. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey! NF, great to see the rumors of your demise were premature.

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t see us winning this one but if we do it will be a defensive game. 13-10 Niners

  21. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grassyass todos.

  22. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ we were talking about replays and gambling- here is an article on PF Talk discussing some of these issues =

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kevin Lynch says a couple more 49er players are going to join the backup QB’s protest on Sunday. The locker room is fracturing already and Chip Kelly is losing control of the team not even two games into the season, undermined by the idiot owner – once again. As Bill Walsh warned many years ago, the local beat guys are only too happy to help foment discord within a team. They’d rather write about that than a boring team going nowhere.

  24. winderNo Gravatar says:

    What a waste of pressious time. Black lives matter, we already know that. 99% of the world knows that. The way to get into the spotlight would be to make plays not for something that will end up going nowhere. Someone said earlier that maybe Jed is thinking politics, well if this is his platform then he is more of an idiot than he seems.

  25. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    This can’t be good for team unity. Chip is like a drowning man grabbing on to the anchor, dragging him down = Johnnie J. York is not helping matters with his support either. Hey politics over football what could go wrong?

    24-10 Panthers

  26. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    IF we are to win this thing Winder I agree we are going to do it with our D = sacks, picks, stuffing the run and the pass. No TOs. Tall order but love to see it happen.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IMO they should just move on from Anthony Davis.
    He is not dependable and will let you down when you need him the most.
    They left AD behind this week.

  28. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    AD is another highly paid backup from the 49 Wins era who really does not fit in the current schemes of Kelly for one reason or another. He has talent but not the political posturing of Johnnie which is seen as a plus by the Niner brass. Their former roles are taken by others (Brown/Gabber) and they exist only as insurance now. You are right it is hard to count on AD but doubt they will just cut him. Same with Kap. Both are yesterday’s news

  29. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Dear Leader is sermonizing over at Blog X trying to be relevant and all. NF is putting in an appearance just to stir things up and is succeeding looks like lol. Berger is trying to stay out of the discussions but keeps chirping in inspite of himself.

    It’s so much easier to ignore politics but given the posturing of the bench warmer we are in the middle of it. I think the NFL is not handling these political issues in an even handed manner which is sad. Hoping we can be competitive against CAR to give us some football related items to discuss.

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah phil, I just did that prediction because I still feel good from last week. Reality should hit early tomorrow morning Hawaii time. But until then 13- 10 it is. They should just give AD his walking papers and open a spot for someone who wants to play.

  31. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Us Pacific Island fans need to stick together Winder. The 10 AM Niners game comes on here @ 1 AM Monday morning so I will be getting up early, real early, to watch on live stream. Can our boys pull off a miracle? It will be up to our D to keep this baby close and not let CAR get out to a big lead early thus forcing us to rely on BG’s passing to try to catch up. If CAR gets ahead early I may have to roll over and go back to sleep. With our cellar dweller status we have 4 of these early games this year.

    Hope we can keep it close with our D. Can our DL with the Ducks + Dial shut down the run and pressure Newton? Will our CBs, DBs be able to disrupt their passing attack? Hit Newt early and often as the Broncos did.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er is back.
    Long time my friend, hope all is well?

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob that piece regarding replay or no replay relative to the ‘spread’ is simply another example of Blandino playing to the crowd.
    Gambling is illegal yet, he acknowledges it’s impact through Officiating.
    Yeh, it’s not legal but, it happens.
    Officiating as a part time endeavor by older guys in a young Man’s game makes all sorts of sense. NOT.
    What a racket.

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the shout out but that’s PHILL you’re responding to me thinks

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry Rob – apologies my friend.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil…what Rob said.
    My mistake.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Inactives: QB Ponder, RT Davis, DT Hart, T Theus, CB Cromartie, RB Harris, DT Jerod-Eddie.

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Not a good idea to gift a good team free touchdowns if you want to beat them.

  39. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    No worries NJ.

    Yep Hyde fumble not good. But our D is hanging in there

  40. winderNo Gravatar says:

    gotta keep Tory involved

  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We’re actually playing pretty well against the Panthers – except for the fumble, and the horrible coverage by Bethea. Better than I thought we’d look – but we’ll still probably lose this game. Can’t make unforced errors against a playoff team.

  42. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve missed all the big plays due to coconut internet but we are competitive looks like. Also better than I hoped but…CAR is tough

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    RT at his finest:

    I should’ve jumped in and picked the Niners for 9 wins. I almost did. I wouldn’t look so silly when they win 11 and the NFC West.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    For those watching the game, why is the D allowing so many points?

    Who is winning the trenches. Is our run D holding up?

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Without a pass rush our DB’s are exposed? Cannot match up against big WR like Benjamin and Funchess?

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The announcer missed that for some reason Marcus martin was in at RG and whiffed so Gabbert got sacked. They blamed it on Tiller who wasn’t even in the game. Why even play Martin in front of #1 pick Garnett?
    Baalke is trying to justify his picks and the team is paying for his failures

  47. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Something to chew on, bitter though it may be: We are winning the turnover battle today, 4-1 (3 Carolina fumbles and a pick). And we are losing by 14. That’s a definite sign your team just is not up to the level of the opposition.

  48. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    we’re putting up more fight than I had hoped, but Cam and Carolina are closing in 500 yards offense today. Actually looking better offensively than I expected, but weakness in the secondary cannot be concealed against a good QB. Even with the turnovers we are just a little short.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Annnd the INT is a stake through the heart.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    TB drafted the 6’5″ Mike Evans and Vincent ?? an FA pickup from SD a year before the draft of the black on white rapist Winston. The rapist having 4,000 yd passing with those two WR.

    Can has Benjamin, Funchess, and Gregg Olson who are all 6’5″.

    We get the midgets and need excellent QB play to know when they are open.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There is a serious lack of talent on this receiving corps.
    Last series 3 drops and then the INT

    Thanks Baalke!

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina finishes with 529 yards on offense. They won first downs 26-16 and time of possession around 36-24. Not much sugar coating this one. Even with four turnovers while the game was still competitive, the 49ers could not stay with the Panthers in the Second Half. They shut down Hyde and forced Gabbert to throw, and you’re only going to have so much success and no more with that on this team. Once we got seriously behind late and had to throw, Gabbert’s limitations are all exposed. He’s not a guy that can put the game on his back and win from behind. Bethea’s best days are behind him and our secondary as a unit cannot hold up well when we are getting pressure up front. All in all, this is not an unexpected result, and we are going to have a lot of days like this over the course of the season… We are just not a very good team and only better leadership and drafting will change that.

  53. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Should say, “NOT getting pressure up front…

  54. winderNo Gravatar says:

    we need a QB that can get us some first downs.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bizarre. Rams 9, Seattle 3.

  56. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s pitching for Seattle?

  57. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams beat them twice last year, when the Seahawks were halfway good.

    If the Rams can get a passing attack going they’ll be pretty good. Who does that sound like?

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil here’s an example of what we’ve been discussing recently –
    Buried within this link –

    The NFL has a referee problem –
    The issue for NFL refs aren’t so much that they aren’t competent humans.
    It’s that they have an already-impossible job made vastly more difficult by the instant availability of replay and high-definition angles of every single play.
    Last week, there were major issues in the opener, with the NFL officials apparently unsure what qualifies as helmet-to-helmet contact in the Panthers-Broncos game.
    The NFL reportedly found 16 (!) calls that went against the Jaguars in their first week loss.
    And this week, we had several situations pop up that will serve as an embarrassment for a league that prides itself on consistency.
    The Browns had an upset of the Ravens ruined by a referee who decided to nail Terrelle Pryor with a taunting penalty for hitting Lardarius Webb with the football after making a huge catch with 21 seconds left. It nullified a catch Pryor made at the 10-yard line and moved the Browns back.
    Josh McCown immediately threw an interception.
    It’s particularly bad because Pryor was clearly just tossing the football to the official after the play.
    This cost the Browns an opportunity to win the game.
    It’s just a case where someone in the league office could buzz the ref, explain how dumb the penalty looks from an optics standpoint and tell them to pick up the flag.

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  60. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    So Phil’s calling me a totalitarian, and that I want violence. Gee, I’d sure like to see where I’ve ever advocated any of that.

    Typical Trumpski. Deny, deny, deny, deflect, accuse the other guy of your OWN faults.

    The guy who loves a totalitarian shoot-your-political-opponents strongman in the Phillipines, who wants a Prez who will sell out Eastern Europe to pay off his massive debts to the Russians and wants to war on Americans who don’t fit in with his daddy’s Nazi creed.

    “The nuclear triad? Yeah, …nuclear power is really, uh, important, we need nuclear power…it’s uh…”

    Yeah, I think 7-9 was conservative and possibly wildly pessimistic, given what I’ve seen from our NFC West rivals, but I stuck with it. I’d love to be wrong. Kapisch?

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