Enjoy the Moment

The 49ers win over the Raiders did not impress the blogosphere all that much, nor did it provoke any playoff fever epidemics. But there was no denying the immense sigh of relief that wafted up through cyberspace. I will not compare this sigh to the smile of a feller who’s left a smeller in the room, but some folks might find the comparison apt nevertheless.

Sarcasm seemed to be the more general reaction of Niner fans to this first win of the 2010 season. There was little about the game to enjoy for the entire first half and the first seven minutes of the 3rd quarter. Chants of “Kill Smith” and “Fire Singletary” reverberated in the hearts and throats of those at Candlestick Park and in living rooms around the Bay Area and beyond.

The final twenty-three minutes of the game were kind of fun, though. The eight minute drive that consumed all of the third quarter somehow mixed in a 19 yard pass and a 32 yard pass, split second affairs covering 51 of the 91 yards in the drive. That means about seven and a half minutes were spent negotiating a mere 40 yards. That is some serious grinding. A real Mike Singletary ecstasy effort.

Given the consequences of failure in this game, that drive and the pass to Michael Crabtree for a TD might turn out to be the defining moment of the season for this team and its quarterback. Some will scoff and say, “Right. Not if we lose the Carolina game!” But that is next weekend. If failure is all we’ll have on the plate this year, all the more reason to savor one brief moment of hope.

Alex Smith has often been dogged for his lack of leadership and inability to lift his team to victory. But that is precisely what he accomplished on that third quarter drive. Now maybe his “lifting” was more of the Bantam Weight Division of weight hefting than the Heavy Weight division muscles necessary for NFL eliteness, but it was a beginning. Unless it soon becomes an aberration.

At any rate, it happened once. The TD pass to Crabtree probably provoked reactions of shock, more than glee, in Ninerlanddom. A real, bona fide WTF moment.

This victory over the Raiders also produced the first comic relief moment of a season with little mirth to it. That would be the final clock killing drive in the moments after Takeo Spikes’ interception. A drive that saw Isaac Sopoagna’s debut as “The Ice Truck” in the 49ers offense, reprising the role played initially by Guy McIntyre in the Bill Walsh years.

McIntyre was about 50 or 60 pounds lighter than Soap, though. Almost Moran Norris sized. But for once, Singletary’s lust for Physical with an F not only worked, but was enjoyed by the fans. NoFear has graciously (??!!) acceded to requests to ogle this Big Truck moment below.

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NoFear’s Fotos

Didn’t have a very good camera angle for Sopoaga’s FB plays. But here are a couple of shots of his last play, along with a couple of Norris’s block on Gore’s 60+ yard run.

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9 comments on “Enjoy the Moment
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good job NoFear!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I believe our season comes down to one thing, we go as our O-line goes. The play calling is a constant that will not change. A power running game needs a very good O-line, we don’t have that, yet. I believe we have the players but two are rookies.
    Will the coaches adjust? That is the real question. Johnson is showing signs but I think no one is believing it yet. I know I don’t. I did stop with the Fire Third and Long Mike jeers for this week. If the young line could just start gelling we could improve. The play calling I’ve given up on.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with hoping for the line to come around is they PUT themselves into bad isutations by the formations they try to run from. Like the one shown above, when they run against 8-9 in tight, they usually don’t work. One big run does not make up for 99 bad ones. If they would run from spread formations, defenses COULDN’T pack the line. Or there would be mismatches on the edges. Or VD would be singled up.
    You know, the ones we NEVER scheme for. The safeties were cheating up ALL GAME, and the Niners attack it in the end of the 3rd quarter. There’s some quick adjustments.
    Fire Singeltary!

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    “You know, the ones we NEVER scheme for. The safeties were cheating up ALL GAME, and the Niners attack it in the end of the 3rd quarter.”

    and gosh , guess when the game turns and we start to look like an NFL team again !

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- The play calling would be the easiest improvement but I’ve given up hoping for that.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    again , i want westbrook !!!

    oh , and anthony dixon looks great !

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeahm, the beauty of the spread is it usually involves quicker passes. Which are easier to block for. It also opens up the run game.

    In other words, it makes too much sense for these guys.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I’d say one play is a small sample. What was the down and distance?

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pay no attention to the 375 other plays where Smith was running for his life trying to pass out of a 1 WR set with 8 guys in the box, and no receivers open.

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