Game of the Year?

You’d have to go back to the early nineties to find the last time the 49ers started a season 10-1. They did so in 1990 and squared off with the Giants, who were also 10-1. The Niners won that one 10-9, IIRC, then lost the Title game on Roger Craig‘s fumble. That’s probably as close as any team has come to a SB three-peat.

That Title game was also the end of the line for Joe Montana‘s 49er career. He was out with a bad back in 1991, courtesy of Jim Burt‘s major hit on Joe that preceded Craig’s fumble.  In 1992, he was traded to Kansas City.

At any rate, the Niners will be facing a team Sunday that looks unstoppable on offense right now. They just finished walloping the Texans and Rams on consecutive weeks, 41-7 and 45-6. They are the only team to beat the Patriots so far this year, and they stomped on them a bit, too. 37-20.

Raven’s QB Lamar Jackson is not likely to last long in this league dancing around like he does, not with those skinny legs, but he’s upright and on a roll for this game. He’ll clearly be the biggest challenge the 49er defense has faced this season.

I’d like to give it the old tut-tut, comrades, have no fear. But …

Our old OC Greg Roman from the Harbaugh years is running the Ravens’ show now. Joe Staley is the only guy left from those years and he might have some insight into what Roman likes to do. Not that it will help much, since this is probably a question of talent more than scheme. If any other QB in the league was running that offense it wouldn’t be scaring hardly anybody.

If the Niners win this one, we’ll have to dust off Keith Jackson for a rousing call of “Whoa, Nellie!”

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39 comments on “Game of the Year?
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Some comments, probably outdated and inaccurate. Guess who their backup QB is? None other than the QB that started the RPO off in the NFL.

    RG3 got WASH into the first round of the playoffs. HC continued playing him with a bad leg. DC’s figured out to blast the running QB at decision time.

    Need bodies for that. Forget dime, successful last year by Gus Bradley but Roman updated his RPO in offseason to obsolete that. Man coverage frees up a DB, who could also spy on Jackson.

  2. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    This game is what football is all about. Glad the Niners are representing. Having an accurate passer with the speed of Vick is gonna be a difficult situation for our defense. But, it’s our offense that is probably be the one to win it if we do. They have to stay on the field burn up time and score often. I think our coaching staff is gonna be taxed about as much as our players are in this one. Fun time.

  3. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Tampa put 55 on the Rams, so that doesn’t impress me much. We win by outscoring them in a shootout. Their defense is fair to decent, but they don’t turn the ball over like we have been.

    If we don’t make mistakes and force a couple, we can take this. But I don’t see it happening.

  4. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Candy-ass. What a twit. Poor little rich trust fund bitch.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Early onset dementia it would appear.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Not being a highly trained psychiatric professional, but this clearly looks like SDS.

    Skeebs Derangement Syndrome.

    You are at fault Skeebs. Stop triggering poor Chuck. The situation could escalate. Just stop doing what you are doing.

    No more mind games.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jim Rome has suddenly become a believer in the Niners

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cripple the WR’s with violent jams at the line. Want Hollywood Brown out or at best walking like a gimp by halftime. Take away their passing attack.

    Kocurek knows legal ways to soften up the big bodies on oline. Deliver the pain otherwise we get mauled.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    From Niner Nation:

    The San Francisco 49ers today announced they had promoted DL Jeremiah Valoaga (VAH-low-UN-guh) to the active roster from the team’s practice squad. To make room on the roster, the team placed DL Damontre Moore on the Injured Reserve List. The team also signed DL Alex Barrett to the practice squad.

    Valoaga (6-6, 275) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2017. As a rookie in 2017, he appeared in nine games and registered five tackles and one sack prior to being waived from the team on November 25, 2017. On November 29, 2017, he was signed to Detroit’s practice squad, where he spent the remainder of the season. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Lions on January 1, 2018, Valoaga spent training camp with the team and was later waived on August 31, 2018. He was then signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on September 26, 2018, where he spent the remainder of the season. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Dolphins on January 1, 2019, he was waived on May 2. He later signed with the 49ers on August 8, was released on August 31 and signed to the team’s practice squad the following day.

    A 25-year-old native of Oxnard, CA, Valoaga attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he appeared in 39 games and registered 88 tackles, 9.0 sacks, seven passes defended, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

    Valoaga will wear number 92.

    The team signed Moore (6-4, 260) on November 13, 2019. He appeared in each of the previous two games and registered five tackles and one forced fumble.

    Barrett (6-2, 250) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2017. As a rookie in 2017, he appeared in two games and registered one tackle and 1.0 sack prior to being waived from the team on September 20, 2017. On September 22, 2017, he was signed to Detroit’s practice squad, where he spent the remainder of the season. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Lions on January 1, 2018, Barrett spent the majority of the season on Detroit’s practice squad. He then signed with the Oakland Raiders on April 6, 2019, and was waived on September 3.

    A 25-year-old native of Mesa, AZ, Barrett attended San Diego State University, where he appeared in 50 games (38 starts) and registered 169 tackles, 19.0 sacks, eight passes defended three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kocurek DL coach from Lions knows Valoaga and Barrett. See if he can get anything out of them. Odds are no, but 2019 a very good year so far so let’s hope for the best.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Valoaga looked pretty good in TC and pre-season games, albeit against second and third stringers. Don’t know anything about Barrett.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    JonnyDel attacks the Roman scheme. Also on 2nd page J.T. O’Sullivan breaks down inside run scheme.

    Is this the QB for us with Mike ??? HC before Singletary.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Key is Bosa and AA/Thomas hold the edge and DT’s need to 2-gap or penetrate. ILB’s have to close the deal.

    Lamar is a limited passer as well. DB’s jump throws for INT’s?

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jones has the quickness to disrupt inside, and the Ravens are starting a backup at center. We need to exploit that as much as we can.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Once again I will get ahead of the current season and jump into GM’ing.

    DJ Jones is small by NT standards, believe he reduced some weight and down close to 300 lbs. Also AA is as good as gone. If suitable 1st pick out there can be a Vita Vea type NT. He would fill NT 2 gapping with interior pass rush. Have him on a 4 year minimum rookie contract.

    Any OL next year filled by FA. Bank on Shon Coleman being healthy, along with Skule and Brunskill for OT.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomorrows game will be determined by which team takes care of the ball and avoids mistakes.


    “The Ravens play the most aggressive defense in the NFL. They blitz 51 percent of the time, according to Pro Football Focus. “It’s a lot of feast or famine,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.”

    Shanahan’s gameplan will feature passes to the TEs and the backs and
    Juszczyk might play a key role in his return visit to his former team.
    Rainy conditions and a natural turf field takes away the speed factor and makes sure footing a crucial factor.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “If suitable 1st pick out there can be a Vita Vea type NT.”

    Total OVER analysis here. You can’t keep using first round picks on defensive linemen.

    DJ Jones has proved to be exceptional at DT and is signed through next season.

    You cannot keep drafting Dlinemen and not allow guys like Taylor and Street to show what they can do. You are basically replacing Taylor or Street with that high draft pick.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    AA will probably be allowed to leave. His sack numbers will make him very expensive. I have misgivings gs about playing the FA game and have to weigh the pros and cons of one big contract for another.

    But is their a direct replacement for AA on the roster? Even if not letting him go allows us to pick up the best IOL out there.

    A lot of fortunate things for us happened this season. Jimmy Ward and TMoore covers the FS, no draft picks expended in 2020. AA finally outperforms his draft slot. Can we still get a trade for him before he goes FA in March. Dre capable of replacing Kwon, 5th RD money for 4 years versus 13 mil a year Kwon.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good article includes analysis of rained out natural turf affect on O for both sides. Somehow Kittle/Sanders/Samuel able to grab wet balls to keep BAL from zeroing in on the OZ. The one cut OZ could win it for us.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can we franchise tag AA to keep him tradeable for us until March. Some team may not want to gamble on the FA market and make a deal of a 3rd or 4th to us?

  21. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Some people used to think St Jim Harbaugh was going to light up college football.

    All he has done is fail in every big game he has beern in. Up to and including the Super Bowl he screwed up.

  22. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Lets see if scared little trumpet-blower posts this. I highly doubt it because he’s such a cuck for his little playpen pals.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Going to be interesting to see how the chess game gets played tomorrow.
    What did in Kaep (IMO) was Pete and his Staff cutting the field in half. Others soon followed suit and learned how to force Kaep where he didn’t want to go. Flush him left and, forced him to throw across his body.
    Lamar is a different breed relative to rubber armed QBs however. Much more accurate by comparison.
    Still, I would put some value in making the effort, simply to see what happens.
    Game the week IMO. Hope it delivers for us.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How much rain tomorrow afternoon in Baltimore.

    Receivers need to make cuts as well as hold on to a wet ball.

    Seems their OLB’s (Judon and Jaylon Ferguson) should be able to set the edge. We have to be able to run on them if very wet turf. Their DL is big. Need OZ to click and spread their D out.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Chuck, I think it’s time to send you back to the barnyard where you belong. You’re really not mature enough to post here. Your deranged nastiness is pathological. You’re not a well person, Skippy. 1-800-GetHelp.

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    In 2008 JT O’Sullivan was a QB for us with Mike Nolan as HC. I think Nolan challenged Alex Smith’s manhood to persevere through a shoulder injury. Alex left the stage and JT was one of two QB’s to finish out the year. Despite all,that we were 7-9.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looking like a ‘Wintry Mix’ from the NEast Area forecasts Bakkentom.
    All depends on the front and it’s ‘travel time’.
    Early afternoon could suggest warmer temps and possibly more rain.
    Did a little ‘weather’ in my college days and, I’ll be the first to tell you, it’s a job for computer modeling for sure.

    Mama Nature does her thing at her pace. We just waste time trying to predict what she’s gonna do.

    Just like a woman…..

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the same monster system that swept it’s way from the West Coast and left all the holiday travelers in it’s wake.
    Wind, snow etc.
    What they call a helleva Low pressure system.
    More Northern in our quadrant, snow ice etc.
    More Southern, hail, rain, tornado threats.
    Have I mentioned Mama Nature does her thing?


  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    QB C.J. Beathard
    K Chase McLaughlin
    RB Matt Breida
    WR Dante Pettis
    TE Levine Toilolo
    LT Joe Staley
    DE Dee Ford

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Dangerous call on 4th down, but Deebo made a great play, while Marcus Peters stood there clueless. 7-0.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners came to play. March downfield on first drive of game.
    Throw a bomb on 4th and 2 and it’s TD Deebo Samuel.

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Another great run by Mostert.

    These are two terrific teams. It’ll come down to turnovers and who scores last.

  33. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Got a little too cute with the clock management. Now the Ravens get the ball to start the second half. The defense is going to have to make a play to keep this close.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good game and good effort as they went toe to toe with Ravens and it came down to a long FG at the end.

    Shanahan had a brain fart at end of first half having them huddle up instead of steeping at the gas.

    Still a lot of football to be played as we are now into last quarter of the season.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    steeping should be stepping

  36. 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
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