Fit to be Tied

The 49ers defense gave up 458 yards Sunday to one of the worst offenses in the league. Shameful. They deserved to lose and were lucky to get a tie.

This is the fourth time in nine games that the defensive front seven has been pushed around. It happened at Minnesota, and three times at home against the Giants, Seattle, and now the Rams. It’s the same bunch of guys that was impenetrable last year, so you have to wonder if they are aging or just not playing with the same fire. I suppose we’ll get a partial answer when the Bears come to town next Monday night.

Some rust from the long layoff was to be expected, or feared, and the team did indeed sleep walk through the first quarter. The defense gave up fourteen points and the offense didn’t get into sync until the third possession. That drive ended with another Alex Smith to Michael Crabtree touchdown, and it looked like the team was regaining control. But that would be the last contribution either player made in the game. Smith came out with a concussion and Crabtree never caught another pass from backup QB Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick looked lost for a quarter and a half, but found some rhythm in the fourth quarter and the team managed to score two quick TDs to suddenly take the lead, only to watch the defense then allow the Rams to march the length of the field and regain it, aided by the second successful fake punt the Rams used on the day. After a 49er FG to tie the game, the two teams then played an entire quarter of overtime with neither of them scoring a point.

I suppose it could be viewed as a gritty effort to fight back and gain a tie, but the Rams had not scored more than 20 points all year and the Niner defense gave them 24 and, but for some killer penalties, it could have been more.

Last year’s 49er team played with spunk all year, fighting hard for each precious victory. They are the hunted this year, though, a team respected enough for other teams to get fired up to play them. The 2012 Niners are getting out-fired up and, in three instances, out-coached. They were out-coached and out-tricked Sunday by a Rams coach who was not afraid to try anything to win, including a fake punt from his own end zone.

Perhaps fitting in what seems to be a strange NFL season, the inglorious effort by the 49ers Sunday actually gained them a half point in the playoff seeding race. All three of the teams ahead of them lost — the Giants, Falcons, and Bears. But the reality is that this should have been a no-brainer win and it didn’t happen.

With road games ahead against the Patriots, Rams, Seahawks, and Saints, the playoff seeding issue could degenerate into a desperately trying to make the playoffs at all issue. It will be a nervous week around Niner HQ waiting to find out the severity of Smith’s concussion. To his credit, Kaepernick played well under pressure, but if teams take away his runs, the 49er offense is going to grind to a halt. And if the 49er defense can’t stop the run anymore, the season will grind to a halt, also.

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  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    we missed a chance for a win , but a tie beats a loss and puts us up another half a game in the standings and any home feild tiebreakers !

    kappy is going to be a good QB and played well enough to win us the game ! great news !

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    we missed a chance for a win , but a tie beats a loss and puts us up another half a game in the standings and any home feild tiebreakers !

    kappy is going to be a good QB and played well enough to win us the game ! great news for us !

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops double post !

  4. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Very disappointing….and very lucky to come out with a tie…not sure of anything except no one picked the right win/loss record …as for Smith…i thought before the season startedat some point Kap would get an oppertunity to get on the field, mainly because Alex takes to many hits…i would think with all the concussion stuff this year, Alex will be out at least this week….its time for Kappy to step up…im looking forward to seeing him play after being prepared as the starter…

  5. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    I just read an article that says Harbaugh thinks Alex concussion was from the 4th down sneek…and apparently not when he got hit on that run…. just curious…what the hell did we get Jacobs for? wasnt he suppose to be the short yardage hammer?

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    tony- That is a question that will be asked plenty.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy did get the comeback and then get us in position for a 41 yard winning FG. I have confidence in Kaep. I’m not sure the Bears are the team we want to give him his 1st start but it is what it is. If he has to go let’s just win baby!
     
    What’s the deal with Akers?

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh will probably be looking for the fake punt the rest of the year.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They ran him out of Philly for missing the FGs that matter and yesterday was one of the few that have mattered here.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We pulled the fake kick play on the Rams last year for an easy TD. Payback by them.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is Sopoaga hurt? He is not as effective as last year or even earlier this year. Is it a different scheme? Even if it is a different scheme, he was commanding double teams, now he isn’t. I wonder if he ever fully recovered from the knee injury he had earlier in the season.

  12. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger…i was wondering about that too…we haven’t had that plug in the middle stopping that inside running…missing element on our D…as for the fake punt….Rams coaching staff had balls on that last one…fake punt from what their 20?….damn…and except for that 60 yarder..Akers hasn’t been the same all year…when you think about it….with Akers not nearly as reliable, the run defense getting exposed, special teams havent been very special, and we havent had the benifit of the turnovers like last year….i guess we lucky to be where we are ….

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I still see us a SB favorite. I am upset at how we played and coached yesterday but I still think we are a heck of a team.
     
    It is my opinion that this coaching staff, especially Harbaugh, needs to learn how to be calculatingly more aggressive. They will need to use more spread formations so that we have more options for run and pass on each and every play.
     
    And yes, calculatingly is a word because if it isn’t I just made it up! It did pass spell check!

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    We need to go into attack mode on defense.
    Without increased pressure on the QB we are dying the slow death and teams are killing the defense with 6 min 10 plus play drives.
    No pressure on the QB means less mistakes. If you get your hands on their QB good things start happening for you.
    They should have known that a Jeff Fisher team always resorts
    to trickeration.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you veterans!

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ on PR/KR duty? F**k to the no. Use Kyle Williams.
    .
    Goldson was hideous yesterday. He was late on the deep ball to Quick in the 1st quarter, and didn’t get him out of bounds when he got there late. The penalty? Brilliant. Rogers was eaten alive by Amendola. Culliver was grasping air when trying to jam Quick. Boom, easy score. Slot WRs are having their way with our secondary.
    .
    The D line isn’t getting any push into the backfield like last year. We seem to be using a lot of nickel and still expecting to stop the run. It ain’t working. Bradford played a hell of a game though. He was hitting very small targets all day, mainly to Amendola. The run D was awful. Jackson and his stunt double ran through us like shit through a goose.
    .
    Just when it seemed special teams was getting back on track, 2 fake punts for 1st downs, and Akers missed FG on OT. Atrocious. The 2nd fake won the game for StL.
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    It just goes to show how close every team is to one another. When the Giants were getting spanked by Cincy, I got worried about the Niner game.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “QB Alex Smith doing much better, slept well, concussion symptoms were OK today, Jim Harbaugh reported.”

  18. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    “Very disappointing….and very lucky to come out with a tie…not sure of anything except no one picked the right win/loss record …”
     
    I beg your pardon. If you’re going to assign me a prediction at least acknowledge when the prediction is the only one left with a prayer.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I get this week’s award for being the most wrong! When the old ladies get together to play bunko the player with the least points wins a boobie prize. So did I win anything?

  20. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Old boobies.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought we should have had Kaep take a shot or two into the End Zone late in regulation.
    You have Moss on the Roster.
    The throw that went incomplete to Kyle could have ended the game in a loss. Can’t assume he’d have gotten out of bounds let alone scored with 2 DBs bearing down inside the 5.
     
    Play calling wasn’t brilliant in that situation.
    Jump balls in the back of the EZ to Moss are something he’s excelled at throughout his career.
    IMO, probably would’ve been a better option with limited time and a backup QB running the plays.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I expect Alex, (Cutler too), to be cleared for MNF since there’s the extra day off.
    If we have to play Kaep against a tough Defense like Chicago I’d favor the Spread Plan as well Berger.
    Get Kaep into something he’s more comfortable with.
     
    I trust Kaep with the tighter window throws, he’s extremely accurate from every throw I’ve seen him make.
    Another advantage, Urlacher and Briggs aren’t Willis and Bowman in the speed catagory.
     
    We should devour the Bears’ OL as well.
    Get into Cutlers’ head early and he’ll typically self destruct.
    Again, assuming he’s cleared to play also.
    Culliver and Goldson have to get their schtick together too.
    Way too many big plays allowed against the Rams.

  23. bigjonNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers need to fix a few things before they get into the playoffs. Carlos Rodgers can not cover the other teams speed/quick receiver! Someone has to recognize when 8 men are going to blitz! And one we haven’t seen lately is the “HAMMER” has trouble covering bigger tight ends. They play so well on 1st and 2nd downs to throw it all away with these weaknesses.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t see Goldson and Culliver as problems. Culliver did fall down on one big play. Rodgers is worrying me a little, as bigjon said. My bigger worry is what bullit was writing about. Our pressure on the QB is not so good this year. It is making for a lack of turnovers and allowing opposing QBs to look better than they should and makes our DBs look worse than they should.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bad game all around Berger.
    As I’m sure you noticed, Kendall Langford was wreaking havoc inside all afternoon for St Louie.
    Now they’ve got Brockers alongside of him and will be tough to handle going forward.
     
    Come April, we’d better have some new blood on the DL marked as a priority.
     
    Carlos is not the long term answer for the slot duties either.
    Need a young press CB to also be on that Draft List.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I saw much more rotation taking place yesterday too along the DL.
    Dobbs and RJF seemed to be involved a little more heavily than I’ve seen to date.
    We most likely will be looking for future replacements for Justin and Ice. Not sure we have them on the Roster at this point?
    Ian Williams?
    He’s quietly holding a spot but not getting activated so you’d assume he’s a project?

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    49ers see Williams as a project… RJF is first into the rotation, then Tuku and Dobbs (who both play a little offense too). Leaves Ian out as a victim of numbers. Might be different next year. maybe.
     
    I expect Culliver to start at CB next year. T-Brown on the other side. Rob’s favorite, Cox, as one slot CB, we need to pick up another quick guy. Rogers had a good year last year, not so much in 2012. Thanks for your contribution, good luck in your future endeavors. Next man up.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty much Grump.
    Carlos is not fleet of foot against guys like Amendola.
    Culliver missing the jam is one thing, Safety help over the top is a concern.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our OLmen outweigh our DLmen.
    I must be missing something.
    What happened to the Fat Man in the middle of the 3-4?
    Ice is the plugger for us and goes 330 according to the Teams’ Roster info.
    Near as I can tell, the crop of DTs coming out appears to be pretty deep.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Isn’t Carlos signed for another 3-4 years?
    He’s already over 30.
    Trenton Robinson is listed as a S.
    We need something other than Brock and Brown behind Culliver.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot to mention Cox of course.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    IMO, we have good DBs. We need better pressure on the QB. Making the QB make quicker decisions makes all pros out of DBs.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    No question I noticed Brockers and Langford. Those guys were hurting a lot of plays.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If we don’t pick up a stud NT this off season I would consider running the 4-3 D until we get two! Is Sope hurt or is he just wearing down. I’ve read nothing about this matter.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m about 80% sure that Culliver is next year’s FS. Goldson, for all his good work, isn’t worth the deal he wants to get. Adios, compadre. Culliver has struggled some this year. Moreso than last, but his above average coverage skills will suit him fine as a FS. Donte Whitner is having a quiet year. Brock and Brown remain a question marks. Some good, some awful.
    .
    I think we use up a few draft choices for DBs and D line. And yeah, the Ice thing is curious. He’s a non-factor lately. The whole D line is quieter than usual.
    .
    I’m worried about Forte Monday night.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to not join the posse on Goldson. I like what he is doing and see him as worth a lot. He is a big hitter, covers a lot of ground, and contrary to comments I see here, he covers fairly well. I think he is also the most intimidating safety in football.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh Bergs. Casting your little turds around here. Goldson’s worth a lot. BUT he’s not worth what he thinks he is. That has been my point from day one. He’s NOT Ed Reed. He’s above average, but I guaran-damn-tee you he won’t get a 5 year deal from the 49ers. Jerry Jerkoff? Sure. He’ll overpay for him. My point is was and will be, that money would be better spent locking down Bowman.
    .
    Frankly I don’t give a shit if my FS is intimidating or not. That’s Whitner’s job. I want my FS to cover deep balls and not be late. Goldson has played well this year. But he still has games like Sunday’s.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson can be franchised again next year for 7.5 mil. He’s not going anywhere.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He’ll hold out.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s all stop and build our team around unca’s expertise. Yeah, that’s the ticket!
     
    All I am saying is I like Goldson more than the posse does and don’t feel like dissing him. Does that mean we re-sign him? I don’t know, but I think Goldson is one of the best safeties in football. BTW, so does Fangio. As a fan, I’ll worry about if we re-sign him when the season is over. You turned that into trying to save your prescious reputation. You are covering both sides of the fence. One side, “I said he was good”; other side, “I said he wants too much money.” Everybody has always agreed with that from the beginning, you are trying to tell us you invented that. I’m not going to disrespect a good player for wanting more money, I just like watching him play. The money comes after the season. He gets my respect for now.
     
    Discuss.

  41. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I think our secondary is pretty solid. They get burned once in a while, and it is harder when your DL and LB are a sieve to the opponents running game. Brown is a good corner, IMO. It’s easy to dump on Rogers after getting so thoroughly schooled by Amendola. It did appear that there weren’t any adjustments. Like someone said earlier — jam him like a mofo right at the LOS. Didn’t see it.
     
    I think Goldson has played well this year, for the most part. Well isn’t perfect. But I agree with you Chuck that I care less about the crushing blow from a FS than breaking up a 45 yard pass play. Looks good on the highlight reel. But with the fine line forming between a legitimate hit and 15 yard personal foul for defenseless receiver/blow to the head etc., the value of the huge hit versus just covering/tackling is receding, IMO.
     
    Right now, I’m more concerned about our DL getting pushed around. If you would have told me before the season that 9 games in JS would have zero sacks (along w/McDonald), I would not have believed it.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh Bergs. You are real shitty at trying to be an agent provocatuer. Get a little butthurt there? Boo hoo. Show me where I’ve ever advocated keep the guy around.
    .
    I’ve never really liked Goldson’s game. That has been obvious to everyone here but you, I suppose. I’ve only been saying it for 4 years now. Doh! He takes wrong angles, overpursues, and gets out of position a lot. He’s improved these last couple years, but not enough for me to think he’s worth what he thinks he’s worth. Look at the TD he gave up, and the asinine penalty. Those don’t hurt? Yeah, guys get burned. But he was at the point of losing his cool Sunday. Again.
    .
    Clear enough for you? Apparently not.

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The DL is a big issue, Barley. They aren’t getting nearly the push they got last year. Teams are killing us the the point of attack on the run, and not allowing any push in pass pro.
    .
    And that, of course affects the secondary. Bradford, and Manning before him, was hitting a lot of tight windows all day. Even Ponder was hitting shit all day because we weren’t getting ANY push on him.
    .
    If we can’t generate a pass rush from the base d, we seriously need to start dialing up more blitzes.

  44. KaepKan!No Gravatar says:

    Hello Everyone,

    Long time listener, first time caller here. I’m a big Colin Kaepernick fan. I loved the game last weekend. Alex gets knocked out, then Kaep comes in a shows he’s still young (missing Williams even though there was a holding penalty on the play), and muffing a snap from center that the announcers said would be an issue because of Kaep’s time in the pistol. But that’s just it. You can try to workout the kinks in practice but there’s no teacher like the real thing because adrenaline and fans and so many other distractions have to be factored in while you’re trying to run an offense. That’s what made Montana great. Jim Druckenmiller could have thrown a car over the golden gate while two playboy bunnies were hanging from his junk, but if you can’t control your emotions when the crowd goes nuts, or in a big game, all the intangibles in the world mean nothing. You can sit on the practice field all day long, but without the blood coursing through your veins and fans screaming at you at the top of their lungs — and the qb’s subsequent ability to control his emotions — it doesn’t mean much. Do I think Kaep can handle it? I don’t know. But I do know Kaep can escape the rush a lot better than Smith, and Kaep has a better arm. The question is whether or not Kaep can control his emotions.

    Anyway // there’s my rant for the day, maybe the month or even year. Nice blog.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    KaepKan- I’m one of the biggest Smith backers here. If you’ve been reading I’m sure you know that. I still want Kaep as our QB in the future. Heck, now would even be OK. I have no doubt Kaep can handle pressure. I’m not sure if the game has slowed down enough for him yet, but the more playing time he gets the faster that will come. I’m happy with Smith and will be happy when Kaep is ready too. Hopefully, I’ll be happier!

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- My point is I like Goldson and disagree with the posse. You then went JR GM and jettisoned him. I then made an intelligent comment about that. Roll with the flow Skippy Master. I think it is you ego that is hurting. Since your ego is in your butt with your brain I’d say it your butt that is hurting. Mine feels fine. In the mean time, try not to watch Goldson too much, I don’t want you worrying too much about the 49ers finances over him.

  47. KaepKan!No Gravatar says:

    “happier….more….more happy,” that’s really all we want. More food, beer and sex. I want to be more happy with my qb too. The only way to see if we’ll get more happy and if the game has slowed down enough is to throw Kaep in there. I don’t think that it’s true that with age the game slows down for players. I’m 47, aged to a fine prime, and the game would be lightening fast for me (this is the kind of logic I bring to the blog).

    Is it me or does it look like Harbaugh is enjoying his job less this year? I could see Harbaugh becoming a Mike Shannahan type – total jerk.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have to rotate their DLinemen. The no huddle uptempo
    offenses leaves them gassed and ineffective.
    Opponents only go to thye no huddle when they’re moving the ball and getting first downs.
    When your opponent goes on a 12 play drive and scores and you go three and out and your defense is back on the field for more of the same that’s how you trail 14-0.
    Harbaugh tries to play everyone on offense so why not do the same for parts of the defense at least?

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep- It isn’t the age that slows the game down as much as the experience. I don’t have a problem waiting for Kaep because Smith is getting to be pretty good in this offense. I don’t care much for the offense but Harbaugh has won everywhere he has gone and I’ll default to that instead on my own fan expertise!

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Poor, Bergs. Someone states an opinion and he gets all nervous and shakey. Who’s the posse by the way? We know who the pussy is . . . And my point will remain solid. Goldson will never get a big deal from the Niners.
    .
    Besides, I’ve never been on the fence with Goldson. You just don’t understand player movement or planning for the future. That isn’t allowed here? Sorry, skippy.
    .
    Bullit, they were rotating more last week than in previous games. This game FELT like the old regime where the Niners ould instantly fall behind and have to scratch and claw their way back. They did, and actually took the lead, but at least they salvaged the tie. So who goes on defense, though? Crabs at FS? Staley at DT? Not sure where yer going with that.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Don’t poor me. I feel great! I’ve got it, you don’t like Goldson and I do. What else needs to be said? There are many here who don’t like Goldson; that my Skippy Master friend is the posse. One day the blog will slow down for you so you can catch these things before they go over your head.

  52. KaepKan!No Gravatar says:

    Berg – I agree but you can’t get experience without playing for extended periods in games where your play actually means something. This was Kaep’s first time at qb during a time in the game where it meant something. You can bring Kaep in for situational football or let him mop it up, but until you’re putting the ball in his hands to “get ‘er done,” (big Larry the Cable Guy fan here), when it means something, you aren’t actually giving him the experience necessary to help the game slow down. This is exactly why I don’t think in a qb driven league with a team as stacked as the 49ers that you can afford to sit Kaep behind a game manager. The window for Justin and Frank is closing. Ask Ray Lewis.
    . (I like what Unca_Chuck does with the paragraph breaks)
    I’m a fan of Harbaugh’s offense, but I’d like to see more passing. I’d like to see more vertical then vertical then vertical. I love the run and know it’s important, but every now and again your qb needs to step on the opponent’s throat and slay ’em with the pass. And just like the run game wearing down the D linemen, constant passing tires out the pass rushers. I’d like to see Harbaugh have just a little more Mad Martz in him (be careful what you wish for). Harbaugh and Martz are on two separate ends of the spectrum, and Harbaugh will always win because of it while Martz was a phase. But Harbaugh needs to sprinkle in a little more vertical passing with Kaep. I don’t think Harbaugh has that with Smith because Smith is an underneath manager – taking what the defense gives. But sometimes you have to still be able to take what the defense is trying to own. That’s how you win Super Bowls. Take what the defense is trying to own and demoralize them. I think Kaep and Harbaugh can do that. So far, Smith and Harbaugh haven’t been able to do that. Like you, Berger, I hope for more.

  53. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep, the vertical passing game, as implemented by Harbaugh, is a mixed bag of effectiveness. It worked fine against the Jets and Bills, but not so much against the Giants. The Minn, AZ and Seattle games were short short and more short passing. Sometimes it’s effective, especially when the running game is clicking, and you can throw off play action. The thing that Bergs is correctly harping on, is that the Niners don;t use enough spread formations. The Niners don’t use heavy WR formations very much. Moss almost always comes in on one-WR sets. It’s rare that we put 4 WRs in any given pass play. Smith is was and will be good at the spread. He still doesn’t have a coach willing to use it more than a few times a game.
    .
    I say ‘poor Bergs’ cuz I feel bad that you don’t quite get things sometimes. I’m sure you feel great. Ignorance is bliss. How is you being a toadie me not getting it, Bergs? You don’t like anyone else’s opinion but yours. Boo hoo. Go cry to Skeebers.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I love your opinions. Laughing is good for the soul. Keep talking so I can keep laughing!

  55. KaepKan!No Gravatar says:

    Unca_chuck: Anything’s effective against the Bills and Jets. Anything. You have to be able to throw vertically against anyone – not just the bad teams.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger we need to get this thing correct.
    Are we a Posse or a Coven?
    I clearly see Chuck and me in the camp of Alex and Dashon.
    Alex is frustrating, Dashon is a SS playing FS.
    I totally get you and, for the most part, agree with him being an intimidator.
    Good for the SS, not so for the FS.
     
    KaepKan, welcome to the nuthouse.
    For paragraph breaks…Use  
     
    Nice little help box to the left of this window with some other options.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep- Harbaugh has an offense that controls clock and moves the chains. He’s the only person that could keep Andrew Luck’s stats down. Kaep will throw deep more often but with the formations Harbaugh uses he’ll be scrambling more than throwing deep. A good example was 3rd and 7 on our last offensive play. Harbs had two backs in for protection, but what it actually did was allow the defense to over commit to the pass rush because of the population in the box that two backs allowed. The defense shot the gaps and just kept coming. Kaep planted his back foot and then got planted. Kappy had no chance. That happens to Alex often.
     
    Conversely, if that play were run with a spread formation the defense could not load the box, therefore giving Kappy a better pre-snap read to unload the ball hot if necessary and more options to find a match-up he likes. Plus, if they call a draw there is more room to make some yardage.
     
    Basically, this is not a deep passing offense. The deep passes are typically to make room for the run game instead for the purpose of actually hitting a home run. It frustrates the heck out of me but as long as we are winning I’ll take it.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Coven, posse, whatever. Except unca who lacks brain cells, so it really isn’t his fault, you guys are all OK. It’s just a blog. I like the hanging posse comparison. We’ve all seen the movies where the posse pats each other on the back for their job well done, until they find they hung the wrong man. You can’t be on the hanging posse unless your are trying to put somebody down. So the anti’s are the posse! Roll with it. I might need to explain it again later for unca.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Again I’d concur with Chuck Berger, regarding the cost of Dashon in terms of Cap allowance and, length of available production left on his career.
     
    As you well know, I’m always a Jr GM, keeps me involved 24/7 365 trying to get my head into the psyche of the braintrusts.
     
    I’ve got a short-list of options already formulated for our, (my) Draft of course.
     
    If money is plentiful and, we can get Bowman extended, good chance we keep Dashon on the FTag.
    Can’t see a lengthy high dollar offer at this point.
    IMO, the trick to keeping a ‘contender’ intact is to infuse young Draft picks while paying the core contributors.
    Ice is getting worn down, we need to solidify the interior of the DL.
     
    I’ll slip you one of my early Jr GM predictions for our pass rush issues.
    He’s likely a late Rd kinda guy right now but, we’ve got ammo to move around with Trades if so inclined.
     
    Yes, his name is David Bass, not Baas.
    http://www.gogriffons.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=425

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    KaepKan, I forgot to quote my entry for you.
    The trick is using “ ” to break into paragraphs.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You keep saying Goldson is a SS. I think he is a fine FS. He can play either position. Fangio compared him to Ed Reid, a FS. I definitely disagree with you and your posse about him not being a FS. He has too much range to not be a FS. I also disagree with the posse about his ability to cover. He covers well. His only problem is biting on the run fake sometimes but that has not been a problem this year.
     
    Somebody said he got over slow on the play where Culliver fell down. How does a blog expert know that. Did that blog expert know what play was called. What if Culliver had outside coverage and falling down gave him a straight fly route. Goldson would not have been supposed to be there. But blog experts are just that, blog experts.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, it is “ ”.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Wow, you posted the nabisco and didn’t have the & in there. So I posted it and the entire quote did not show, and suddenly your & appeared. Too funny!

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I gotta go Coven Berger, kudos to Skeebs of course.
    It’s what we do here.
    Debate the ups and downs of 9er football.
     
    Something else to chew on.
    Our apparent log jam of RBs.
    Jacobs is 1 and done, Frank winding down.
     
    We still have LMJ to factor in along with Jewel Hampton being protected on the football/Non-Injury list.
    How good is LMJ as a possible slot weapon?

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- What position for Bass. If he is 275lbs he won’t be a NT.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wish we would hoard fast WRs instead of RBs. You might be on to something with LMJ. But then with the formations we run, why do we even need many WRs?

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sticking with posse, better yet, hanging posse.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson is not fluid enough in coverage for me Berger, that’s all I’m saying.
    Nothing wrong with his tenacity.
     
    I use SS to describe his mentality.
    He’s a kill shot kind of intimidator.
    Lott had better coverage skills.
    Both guys would lay you out of course.
    Goldson is solid, I just think we will have salary demands elsewhere to be concerned about.
    Bowman is my priority.
    FTag is still an option if they choose to balk at the lengthy Contract deal he was seeking.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    DE/OLB Berger.
    It’s very early, I would think Bass is one of those guys you could pick late, play him in situational assignments, like we did with Aldon and, bring him into the rotation slowly.
    I’m hoping early picks go NT/DB at this point.
    Like the FS from SC, Swearinger too.
    Same system and School we got Culliver from.
     
    I’m also gravitating to Barrett Jones the Center from ‘Bama.
    He seems like a Baalke/Harbaugh kinda OLman to me.

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t worry about Goldson’s contract until season’s end. We have work to do this season. IMO, he has definitely been worth this year’s franchise tag.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed Berger.
    The only thing I want is Lombardi in February.
    We have some cracks developing in the Defense, needs to be addressed.
     
    I’ll reserve my NT pick until the end.
    I can’t determine what kind of guy Fangio would prefer.
    You know me, I’m down for Channel Marker 340lb+ immoveable object.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Some are saying Eric Reid is dropping. He might be the safety you desire.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The NT we want is the kid from Utah. Lateloaleileisupercalifragiliststicexpialidotious! Or something like that.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We won’t get a sniff at Star Berger, he’s top 5.
    I hope to be picking at 32.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The kid from Ohio St is a good NT. Is he going to be in the draft. He dominates.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the first Ram TD Goldson should;ve knocked Quick out of bounds at the 5. He half assed it and got out muscled. Easisest thing in the world to knock a WR out of bounds but he tried to bulldog him again and got stiff armed. Tackle him low and push him OB.
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000093148/Bradford-connects-with-Quick-for-a-36-yard-TD-pass
    A Safety is supposed to the deepest guy and prevent TDs. That’s why they are called safeties.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    DT I mentioned to you awhile back from ‘Bama is still on my long list.
    Jesse Williams.
    He’s similar in size to Ice.

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The kids from Alabama, Jesse Williams, and from Georgia, don’t remember his name, are supposed to be good and available. I haven’t seen those two play.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely Bullit.
    Goldson had a poor angle and went high on him.
    Blow his A$$ up at the knees.
    That’s how you slow them down later in the game.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The kid from GA, Jenkins is a LOAD.
    He’s in the Channel Marker category for sure.
    Thinks he’s tipping the 360 mark?

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure we’d see either guy low in Rd 1, but who the heck knows at this point?
    Lotsa research to keep me busy.
    Fear not, I’ll keep digging.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wanted Langford back in the day too.
    Can’t have too many good Beasts in the Trenches can you?

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Ohio State guy you mentioned is Hankins.
    He’s currently ranked #1.
    Another guy we won’t get a sniff at.
    We have to shop with a 1 round handicap.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Which is why I’m sliding toward Barrett at Center.
    He’s a 4.0 Student and runs the ‘Bama OL.
    Versatile enough to play anywhere on the Line too.
    We’ll see what shakes out in the Spring.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    USC has a great center prospect. He’ll be available in rd 2 or 3.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You and I were both all over Langford in college.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    DT from FL is interesting too.
    Sharrif Floyd.
    He’s played DE and DT.
    Little lite in the pants for the Nose but very active.

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ohio ST also has a NT named Goebel who will be decent. He’s only nabout 300-310 lbs but he is a lunch pail hard worker who commands constant double teams. He is probably part of Hankins success.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was watching Notre Dame. They have some DTs worth taking another look at.

  90. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bowl season is great for watching DL. It is comming soon!

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    With RJF able to play quality DE I think NT is the priority on the line. IMO, I think NT is our top priority on the entire team.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with the NT position and the draft is if there is one position that requires a year or two to develop physically, it is NT. So if you want a NT for this year FA is more reliable. But drafting one is imperative too.

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Notre Dame has a solid D as does KState.
    There’s quite a few ‘Mid Range’ DTs coming out.
    I just can’t get my head around our protoype DT in this scheme we employ.
     
    I did some reading on one of Aldons’ old linemates, Sheldon Richardson.
    He’s interesting as well.
    Missouri plays in the SEC now, which is Top Shelf Pro Scouting territory.
    Watch for him too.
    He’s disruptive inside too, a little under 3bills.
    No doubt in my mind that Baalke will be adding some youth to the DL.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve already got Ian Williams being developed Berger.
    So…..I’m still scratching my head on where our most glaring need would be.
    Maybe the situational DE would make more sense?
    Bass or a guy like him would be a nice option to have right now.
    I think we’re missing that contribution from Parys right now.
     
    Look at the NYG, they’re always adding those ‘Edge’ guys.
    Might be a path for us to consider as well?

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our personnel looks more like a 4-3 defense in waiting. I love the 3-4 but it requires a couple of fat men in the middle to rotate. If our players are more suited for 4-3 we should just run it. Ian Williams is insurance. I think he is gone next year unless he can play 3-4 DE or if we go 4-3. Bowman goes to OLB, McDonald and Justin Smith go inside. Aldon plays DE. We have a lot of 4-3 depth. RJF, Dobbs, Williams, Tukuafu.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Some might say we should have drafted a NT this last year. Problem was there was nobody good to draft. Pittsburgh just cut Ta’amu. The only DT I really liked this last draft was Brockers. I’ve already seen a few I really like for this year.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, I liked NT/Josh Chapmann from Alabama, but he was a middle round project. He should be good in a year or two.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not to mention we have DE Masifilo and DT Jerod-Eddy on the PSquad too.
    We’ve got some projects already.
    Nice situation to be in I guess?
    Just have too many guys that aren’t suting up for duty right now.

  99. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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