Heaven Can Wait

The hometown crowd will not be praying for victory this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. No, those knee callouses will have plenty of time to dissipate now. 49er fans will be expecting a rout.

We might indeed get one, but this site will settle for another victory, however it is achieved. 6-1 is three games away from a winning season and a playoff berth. Should the team accomplish that, fine. We can decide then how much frosting we want on the cake.

The fact remains that hardly any 49er fans currently believe their team is better than the one in Green Bay. Maybe that feeling will have changed by January. For now, though, the most realistic dream is one that sees the team appearing in the NFC Title game. That is attainable excellence.

If we get that far, anything can happen. But for a team with five Super Bowl trophies on display at team headquarters, NFC Title game runner up is not going to be wildly celebrated, like it has in the New York Jets’ fan base.

It’s safe to say a trip to the Title game, or even an appearance in the playoffs, will be quite pleasing to 49er fans, though. This year. This year especially.

The team took another step up the ladder of perceived worth this week without playing a game. This advancement came courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens laying a monstrous egg in Jacksonville on Monday night. Super Bowl contenders can lose on the road with some bad breaks or turnovers, but they can’t get thoroughly squashed by a bottom feeder team. Another year and another Ravens squad without an offense that is reliable. Eleven years running now.

A victory over the Browns followed by a victory over the Redskins would be back to back triumphs over the two guys — Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan — that were the most constantly clamored for HC/GM candidates in the blogopolis the past few years. Neither one of these guys seems to be setting the world on fire in their newest incarnations as Highly Respected Gurus.

In fact, no coach has ever won a SB with two different teams. Zero. So if SBs are your goal, stay away from hiring a coach who already has one. Five coaches have gone to the SB with two different teams, but all five of them lost either both times or once. Holmgren, Dick Vermeil, Don Shula, Bill Parcells, and Dan Reeves.

Meanwhile, it appears we’ll have to wait patiently for the 49ers to screw up one of these weekends and put a dent in the Jim Harbaugh Can Do No Wrong mythology. After all, what’s a blog if there’s nothing to gripe about? Quiet, actually. Very quiet. Even Alex Smith can’t screw up enough to get a good rip going. He came close in Detroit, then he spoiled it by heaving a game winning TD pass.

It’s times like this that I worry about Heaven. I mean, is it going to be any fun there? Some of you will probably tell me not to worry since I have zero chance of admittance. But what if God’s a lot more loving than we think and even a guy like Al Davis gets in? You never hear any of these people with near death experiences talking about what a gas it was Up There. Immense feelings of being loved, yes. But rip snorting fun times? No. Do you have to be friendly with everybody, even a Cowboy fan? I don’t know, but it seems to me that the religious PR people have done a whole lot better job of selling the shit that is Hell than the joy that is Heaven. I may have to text the Pope about this.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco Carlos Rogers wants an extension to his one year deal with the Niners. At 30 he’s talking 5 yera deal but Niner FO should sign him to at least 3 years with 2 option years.
    Lock him up beause he wants to stay and he’s now ranked as the #2 corner statistically behind Revis.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A lot of people are starting to be animadvert about the Niners. This is much better than the apathy that we had been used to.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Sign him to 50 years. Just make sure we can cut him after 2 without penalty.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Drew Rosenhaus held a workout for TO yesterday and no teams showed up to take a look. Zip. Zero. Nada. ESPN, NFL Network and Jerry Rice were there. Might be the end of road for TO. Gotta be a huge blow to his massive ego.

  5. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t kid yourself, Bullitt. If someone down the line (Tennessee. Hell the Raiders might take a flier on TO) thinks he’s worth it, they’ll have him do exactly what he did yesterday. Run shuttles. Run routes.
    No one showed up, but I’m sure a lot of GMs DVRed SportsCenter yesterday . . .

  6. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, the Lambs need WRs. They could take a shot.

  7. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    The word that Carlos Rodgers wants to stay here is great to hear…and shows that as the Niners improve , SF will once again be a team that will attract other top free agents..those who want to here for a chance for a ring…..i do want to see us continue to build through the draft …but getting a few ‘cream’ free agaents is a nice option too…and when they “want” to come here ….their more incline to take a little less for the opportunity…as excited as i am for this season…im already thinking about next season.. “Who’s got it better than us?”

  8. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    NOBODY !!!

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just realized the Niners are undefeated since Moran Norris went to the sideline. Coincidence?

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    T.O. had one of his big look at me workouts !

    nobody showed up !

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    espn2 just ranked us the #2 team in the conference !

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to your crab avatar, ROB?????

  13. robNo Gravatar says:


    the charlotte stonecrabs are done for the year so i went with breast cancer awareness for oct.

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jozie (avatar) has 8 breasts, so she appreciates your awareness . . .

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did you know? Approximately 400 MEN die of breast cancer each year. It’s very rare. A man’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is about one in 1,000.
    1,000/1. Those are some long odds. But not as long as Alex Smith ever winning a Super Bowl in his lifetime.

  16. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    My grandfather had it when he was 19. He beat cancer 3x before dying at 91. Had all his hair as well.
    Not bad for a mean Irish drunk . . .

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my fearless forecast
    Niners win 27-10. The beat goes on!

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    On the 2 point conversion, Miami invited the draw and then didn’t cover it. Bad coaching is as bad coaching does. Goal line tackles go on the field at the goal line, that is why they are called goal line tackles. One LB behind would make the choice for the QB a pass instead of a run. Do you want Tebow running or passing? I read they sent the Sam and the Will. What they should have done is use a Mike as a run stopper, send the Sam OR the Will with, and use the goal line DTs to make the QB run wide. I say it was coached poorly.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The poorly coached 2 point conversion by the Dolphins shows the perdition Miami is in.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Parcells really restored that franchise, didn’t he? They were 1-15 before he swooped in, and 3 years later they’re shooting for 0-16.

  21. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You think Teflon Mike gets another head coaching shot, NoFear? After Sparano hits the bricks?
    They may make the change in 2 weeks. Their schedule is tough to say the least. 0-8 may get him the door. If they get 3 wins all year, it’ll be amazing. Actually, they will probably go with the suck for Luck strategy. 1-15 is a distinct possibility for Miami.
    . . .
    Putting players in the right place to make plays is what this is all about. This team (except for the secondary) is very similar to what both Nolan and Singletary had to work with. The difference is coaching. Right? Most people thought (me included) that the defense would be weaker this year, due to player loss, and no time to assimilate Fangio’s schemes. Yes, the defenses are very similar that Fangio and Manusky run, but what is the difference?

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That’s like the people asking for Gruden and Cowher. Yeah, right. Gruden completely lost his team at Tampa Bay and Cowher was at Pittsburgh for something like 15 years and won 1 SB. His offense is barely a step above Singletary’s. I do like what he does with his defense.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Spagnuolo looks pretty shaky in St. Louis, too. If he goes, McDaniels might go with him, and Bradford would then be looking at his 3rd OC in 3 years. Riiinng! “Alex? This is Sam. Got any tips?”

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden isn’t as bad as whatever went down in TB. He did a very good job building the Raiders, and Callahan reaped the benefits. Just as Gruden reaped the benefits of what Tony Dungy did in TB.
    I think he blew his wad though. It would take a lot to get him back into coaching. He’s the John Madden of the 2000s.

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, the thing is, there’s a prize at the end of the season in the name of Andrew Luck. I don’t think any of these 0-7/1-6 teams are going to jump ship at this point.
    That being said, Caldwell in Indy is at the end of his rope. StL? They may try to salvage something since they think they have their QB, but then they lose the opportunity to trade down. Their season is lost already, so why bother?

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My question is are our coordinators Head Coaching material? Our success breeds these type of scenarios.Continuity is the key to future success.

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    i dunno BERGER i still like what i saw from chuckie when he was here in tampa !

    cowher i was never a big fan of , but he did a good job in pissburg !

    thankfully we got the right coach in harbaugh ! i didn’t know him like you west coast guys , but was just a little leary because of it ! sometimes people say someone is right just because he comes from the same caost ! imo it’s like saying matt leinart was the obvious choice for us in the draft because he played at USC … like so many people did !
    the most encouraging thing for me about harbaugh was the way he trumped carroll (a great college and so-so NFL head coach) with a lesser team in their stanford vs. USC ‘what’s your deal ‘ game !
    he not only beat USC , he stomped em’ !

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think so. At least not for the next few years. Fangio has been a DC for a loooong time, and doesn’t seem to have asperations for a HC spot.

    Roman? He’s been in the game a long time as well, but has never been an NFL offensive coordinator. As a kid, he was a gofer for Paul Brown. And he’s apparently zipping through all the Bill Walsh tapes he can get ahold of.

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho fangio is the closest thing we have to head coaching material on our staff at this point ! the good news for us is that defensive minded head coaches are out of fashion nowadays ! imo it’s because of the rules of the game we have now that favor the more wide open spread out offenses ! coaches who love defense , the running game , game managers at QB and grinding it out on offense are at a big disadvantage right now !

    imo we only have our instant gratification , fast food , short attention span , mtv , video game , spoiled , pop culture , (insert you own favorite here )money driven society to blame for this sorry state of affairs !

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok , hold on here ! i was going to ask CHUCK to call me because of how we both were on the same page and answered BULLIT the same way … at the same time !
    BUT I JUST NOTICED THAT IT TOOK ME 20 MINUTES to post back to bullit … so maybe it’s just the vodka talking !



    you guys feel free to call this poor lonely isolated florida niners fan anytime



  31. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or Rodgers over Smith in ’05, eh?

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In 2000 I would’ve picked Tom Brady with our fifth round pick
    at 150 instead of John Milem, DE Lenoir-Rhyne. (????)
    Then we would never have had the 2005 first pick and might have won 3 more Super Bowls and wouldn’t be talking Alex Smith.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- In 2000 I was jumping up and down yelling “draft Tom Brady”, then we took Milem!………………………………………………………….Just kidding;-)
    Didn’t we take Rattay in the 7th and Carmozi in the 3rd?

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Does this sound familiar? This is from PFT:

    After the Dolphins allowed Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to run in a game-tying two-point conversion on Sunday, multiple Miami players said they had the wrong defense called.
    That sounds like an indictment of Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, and so it probably shouldn’t be surprising that Nolan said the fault really lies with the players.
    “It should’ve worked. We just need to execute it better,” Nolan said, via Benjamin Volin of the Palm Beach Post.
    In other words, Nolan says, there’s nothing wrong with the defense he called. There’s just something wrong with the players who ran that defense.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Miami is mailing it in Berger. Saw it with Marshall on MNF vs the NYJ. I’ve never seen lazier routes run in my life. He should have been benched on the spot.
    Miamis’ owner, Steve Ross, is clueless.
    He chased Harbaugh as we know, then extends Sparano as a left handed gesture of confidence when he failed to reel in Harbaugh? Complete and utter lunacy, the likes of which should never be seen in the NFL.Complete bush-league tactic.
    Let’s remember, Luck doesn’t have to come out if he doesn’t like the situation he could be thrown into. With a Rookie Cap in place, why play for less somewhere you don’t want to be?
    I’m beginning to think Irsay in Indy is the Andrew Luck Puppeteer right now. A Tweet-Happy Owner who already has acknowledged Luck publicly as a player he’d covet? Where’s Goodell with the censorship button on Irsay?

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m surprised Nolan didn’t throw in a “I need to look at the film.”
    Teflon Mike lives on.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a pathetic mess down there Chuck.
    The Henne pick is pretty much the equivalent of our Alex situation, though Tuna did make the Jake Long OT selection before missing on the QB.
    Add to that, the Cam Cameron Ted Ginn selection and you see how Draft mistakes sink Franchises.
    Cameron in now running the Offense in Baltimore too.
    That’s a major Red Flag for their chances to go anywhere in the Playoffs. Especially when they got schooled by Jacksonville under the Monday Night Lights.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    These days in the NFL, 2 bad drafts can give you 5 years of turmoil. Oakland has 2 picks next year, and loses a 2nd round pick in 2013. They’ll probably trade more of them away as well.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They may get something back for Campbell, but it won’t amount to much if they do Chuck.
    Carson was a reach but, he’s probably got more potential than Campbell can offer them in the long run.
    But seriously? It’s the Raiders, who really gives a Fly’n Rat’s A&&?

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    True dat. Just funny to see them throw a ton of shit at Cincy for a guy they could have gotten this offseason eithout throwing picks away. Throw in the Terrelle whoever deal, and they have a bunch of QBs who all could be shit. Campbell’s nothing spectacular, but he was doing the job up until his injury.
    Palmer has been pretty blah the past 4 years, so it’s not like they are getting someoone great. He’s old, rusty and fragile.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s been the Raiduh way forever.
    A strong armed QB and everyone go deep. Take away Run DMc and they go belly up.
    They’re in it for now though. I’m actually looking forward to the 11/10 game at SD.
    The loser might actually miss the Playoffs. Especially if KC takes out SD on MNF.
    Manusky or Rivers?
    Which guy gets blasted first if they lose control of the Division?
    Rivers played the 2nd Half against the NYJ like he was informed at halftime that his Family was being held hostage in a shipping container somewhere in SD.

  42. robNo Gravatar says:

    ” You really think the guy that’s been coaching pro defenses for longer than most of his players have been alive doesn’t account for the possibility of the QB running in a goal line play? ”


  43. robNo Gravatar says:


    3 words

    suck for luck !

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13


11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

Grumpy: DNP