The bloom is off the rose. The honeymoon is over. The sky is falling – once again.

Yes, folks, after a brief vacation in the Kool-Aid tropics, Gloom and Doom have resumed their lengthy stay in the House of York. GM John Lynch has not brought much to the table. Kyle Shanahan is looking afflicted with Norv Turner Syndrome – good OC, bad HC.

And, of course, there’s DC Robert Saleh. His seat at the table is getting quite warm. His side of the line has received the most help from the draft and free agency, yet it has not improved much at all. It might even be worse. Some of that is Lynch’s fault, some former GM Trent Baalke, and mostly it’s Saleh’s head that is likely to get rolled down the road out of town if a scapegoat is needed at the end of the year.

Obviously, a team that loses its star QB and star RB is not  going to have the kind of successful year they had envisioned having. The blogosphere seemed to understand that initially and reluctantly lowered its expectations to suit events. But that doesn’t excuse a complete fiasco, which is what last Sunday’s game was. Relentless penalties and turnovers have nothing to do with having a wounded team. They have to do with a poorly coached team.

Next Monday night, the 49ers travel to Green Bay, where nobody expected them to win even before the injuries occurred. Now, the game seems like it could be a cringe-worthy nightmare. An epic blow out.

Or, it’s a golden opportunity for the team to redeem itself on national TV. They don’t have to win to earn respect, but another ten penalty, five turnover egg-layer will definitely make the Niners anathema to Prime Time TV and the hometown crowd in Santa Clara. And the rumblings for a scalp will become a seismic event.

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  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I look at it like we have got as good a chance to win as we do to play a full game of mistake free football. GB 34-23.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Losing is one thing. Embarrassing Jed by losing a primetime game when there was big plans for the Clark unveiling is a different story.”

    Uh, oh. Will Jed unravel next?

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Thank God we are not hearing anything from Jed yet. I think the Clark thing is more of a personal thing than a prime time thing. So I am kind of glad about that.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, a day of football without cringing, screaming, hair-pulling, or however a Niner fan chooses to exhibit displeasure.

  5. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Having given up the Sunday Ticket I find tuning in for replays’ much less aggravating.
    This game of flying yellow flags is a waste of time.
    NFL is a joke.
    Much like our 9ers sadly.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, the AFC South got the hell kicked out of them today.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fire sale for Raiduhs.
    Amari Cooper can be had for a 4th round pick.

    Raiduhs have one of the highest paid Olines that can’t block.

    Yesterday the Tenn Titan line gave up 11 sacks, one short of the NFL record.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Davis is gonna have to step in and give control of the personnel back to Mckenzie(sp). The game has evolved but it doesn’t look like Gruden has.
    As for tonight I still haven’t given up on CJ yet. He is definitely gonna have to play his best game if we are to win. I am still waiting for KS’s brilliance to show up. Tonight would be a great time for that to happen.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives

    WR Trent Taylor
    WR Dante Pettis
    TE Cole Wick
    T Shon Coleman
    DL Jullian Taylor
    G Josh Garnett
    NT DJ Jones

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How many weeks now has Joshua Garnett been inactive? Is he healthy.

    I was cautiously optimistic about Garnett and Jonathon Cooper. I thought OG would be fixed for us.

    Also wanted Attaochu to be edge1 for us.


  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I read earlier about the Niners calling up dwwlley and speculation was that Kittle might be shelved tonight. But I guess it’s because of Cole Wick. Good news.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s got it better than us!

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did not know Niners have a 9 game winning streak on Monday Night Football.

    Niners are about to or will sign QB Tom Savage.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Nice drive. Bourne on a high low on SS or MLB in middle. A for play design.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Ward and safety (Colbert?) Screw up for big pass gain on naked bootleg. Then possible TD on run.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    2 DB’s on a 4 WR diamond bunch formation. Saleh? More like db’s stuck on stupid. MLB Warner known for his brains, huh.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Play action sucked up Warner, Graham found open space beyond Warner for 54 yard gain. Then Adams on TD, 27 Colbert not around.

    Why breakdowns?

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Perfect pass to Goodwin on skinny post, TD? Speed kills, seperation and evades tackler. CJ stepped up in pocket to evade outside rush.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good pursuit by Foster running down a receiver in the flat to stop a big gain.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Total brain fart on Defense. 2 guys defending 5?
    Nobody called a timeout and then 5 guys come running to that side of the field too little too late

    Low point of season for defense.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Great game, competitive.

    GB is scheming their TE off play action to take advantage of young LB and DB group.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Juice gives it up trying for YAC, think before run. Try it u might like it. Cover that ball.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Already got a good head start on our boatload of turnovers and dumb mistakes.

    Beathard is playing way better than we had any right to expect, but it’s hard to get results when you keep shooting yourself in the foot.

    Gotta question the coaching at this point.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    HEH! And then the kid throws a TD and takes the lead anyway.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Goodwin route fake post and back outside. CB flatfooted. Speed kills. TD!

  26. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If Saleh’s defense gives this one away we have to seriously question whether he should even finish out the year. No more breakdowns and no more excuses.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Play design is getting receiver’s one on one. CJ finding them.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Coverage sack. Day.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Guess Breida is hurt again.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Then Breida enters the game and runs for 1 yd

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CJ has balls.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kissing Suzy Kolber.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did you see the news that Seahag owner Paul Allen has passed away?

    He was 65 years old.

    RIP Paul Allen

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Decline a hold on kickoff?

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Faked a double A-gap blitz, Graham found LB’s in his space. 3 and out. Crosby nails 51 yd FG.

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CJ recognized blitz and threw to vacated area, Goodwin for 12

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Early winter. On Wed east ND had 17 inches of snow. 30’s for highs lots of Oct days.

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Lack of pass rush is glaring. Then Defo and Smith defeat the naked bootleg.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    GB D being dominated by rushing game, blockers executing.

  40. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Did anyone other than Rob! think we would be starting the 4th quarter at Lambeau with a lead? Amazing…

    If we can just stop making mistakes we could win this thing, and some games besides this year.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent game for espn tonight.

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    OZ starring tonight. Like father, like son.

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Will go after Colbert’s replacement, DJ Reed? Instead runs.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ronald Blair huge sack. Looks like a win. Can we?

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Defense holds.

    4:06 to go. Can Niners close it out?

    Need 3 first downs.

  46. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Foster on Davante Adams? Coverage breakdown?

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No beer thrown on Adams at Lambeau. OT coming? Wow!

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bush league penalty on GB’s Brown. Kid’s no better. Brain dead.

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    King bodied WR Goodwin and got INT. OT coming.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CB 26 doing bad man on man with Adams. Now EQ St Brown. Now Adams again burns 26 again.

  51. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Incredible game. ESPN has to love it.

    Both teams missing key people. NFL needs this.

    And the best part, we lost.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Draft slot intact –
    Agree with Grump relative to Saleh and the Defensive Staff in general.
    Having read a piece recently from Donte Whitner, suggesting Solomon Thomas isn’t a fit for this scheme, I gotta wonder?
    Did Lynch simply want him because of his time at Stanford or, did Lynch expect a different Defense from Saleh?
    Seems you’d want pieces that fit what the D-Co is putting together?
    Typical 9ers.
    Dysfunction appears to be the blackboard special.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tired of seeing all these blown coverages in the Secondary.
    Who wears the collar for that?
    Communications apparently would be a huge on-field result since they aren’t getting where they need to be.
    Some serious concerns, when the Defensive side of the ball has got the lions’ share of recent Draftees.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lack of a pass rush is one huge reason but, blown assignments are getting hard to accept this far into the process.

  55. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We have coaches plus Richard Sherman. Eventually the secondary will be more solid.

    Need next year’s Myles Garrett in the draft to help. After getting a great edge, the other stuff is fixable.

    Play action was hurting our LB’s in coverage.

  56. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Equanimeous St Brown was available till the 6th rd. Why did we not take him.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    EqStB made my list – Huge wingspan, decent production (albeit in a ND Offense) but yeh, cheap/little risk investment IMO that late.
    So it goes….
    More concerned about other selections that aren’t wowing anyone thus far.
    Breida seems to be the only ‘pleasant surprise’ so far.
    Having my doubts about what Lynch/Saleh are attempting to do on Defense TBH.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    CJ looked better tonight at least. Wasn’t expecting much from him anyway given the investment on Jimmy.
    Experience can only help him.
    Not seeing those results from the D however.

  59. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Matchups problem was man coverage, Davante Adams was chewing up Mabin. Why did this happen.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    LB Warner deserves some kudos too – Just nothing good to say about Thomas thus far and that’s a concern.

  61. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Turns out it was due to a hamstring injury. Kyle Shanahan told the media in his post-game press conference that Ward was pulled due to the injury. In Ward’s place came Greg Mabin, who got absolutely torched by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams

    That was the game.

  62. 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
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01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
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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
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Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
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