Hey, Kids! What Time Is It?

The Buffalo Bills are coming to town Sunday and who knows what we’ll get from them? They can play you tough or completely fall apart at a moment’s notice. I’d take them lightly, but after the Minnesota game, I’m not inclined to rest easy for any opponent.

Still, it’s hard to talk about the Bills and keep a straight face or not change the subject to something more interesting. It doesn’t have to be much to be more, either.

The Bills have been mostly a POS since their glory days of being the only team in history to go to four straight Super Bowls. They lost them all, have a double murderer on their Fame Wall (if they have a Fame Wall), and I’m already wishing I could change the subject.

It’s been fashionable the last two years to tout the Bills as a rising power in the AFC East, proving this is a bad era for fashion. They won a few games to start the 2011 season, then fell apart. They’re 2-2 this year, beating KC and Cleveland (anybody know a good joke?) and getting destroyed by the Jets and Patriots. They have a fairly good offense and a fairly bad defense. And O.J. wants Obama to give him a pardon before his tear ducts run dry up in northern Nevada.

The Bills made a big Free Agency splash this past offseason, signing DE Mario Williams to a mega-contract. This was Williams’ second mega-contract, the first coming as the surprise first selection in the 2006 Draft. The guy knows mega-contracts, that’s for sure. To date, as a player, he’s been a good, but not superstar great player. And that was with the Texans. With the Bills, he’s been mostly invisible through four games. He blames a wrist owie for his piddling production. Fine, Mario. Whatever. You were supposed to make the Bills ferocious. Meow.

Fun fact: Buffalo, Detroit, and Cleveland have Lake Erie surrounded. Okay, maybe it’s not a fun fact. Maybe it just explains things. Three cities. Three losers. One lake.

If I had an Editor in Chief, I’d be turning to him/her now and saying, “Do I really have to do this piece? Can’t I go home and knit a sweater?”

The last time the 49ers played the Bills was 2008. Mike Singletary was the interim coach and it was a road game. In a thrilling game that put everyone to sleep in the second quarter, the 49ers won 10-3 — a rare pre-Jim Harbaugh road win and the beginning of the faux legend of Singletary, brilliant new Head Coach. Strong safety Donte Whitner was on that Bills team and was only too happy to switch teams in 2011.

Thankfully, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Rams Thursday night, providing the 49ers with an extra incentive to beat the Bills this week. First place in the NFC West beckons. If the team plays to form, the first half will be a conservative affair, the Niners should have a modest half time lead, and the second half should be a methodical beat down, with the 49ers winning easily.

Too bad, really. Buffalo took Bill over Bob, and that has made all the difference.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had to drive to Winnemucca last Friday. Along the way I past Lovelock and the state prison where OJ Simpson is living. I waved and said hi to OJ as I went by!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I know I’m going to get roasted for saying this but I don’t think OJ killed his ex and the ice cream man/cocaine dealer.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I knew one of the investigators for the insurance company that had to pay up for the death of Nicole. Their panel came to the conclusion that OJ had nothing to do with it. If anybody wanted him to be guilty it was the insurance company so they would not have to pay.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard OJ got good at carrying a football by practicing with neighbors toasters and running from the police!

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just dropped Mario Williams from my fantasy team. He was getting me about 2 points per game. Ndomakong Suh was doing worse, I dropped him too.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What an Eerie bit of trivia, three teams around the lake and not one Super Bowl victory. Two teams haven’t even been there. I guess that makes the Buffalo Breaths the best team of the three, in an Eerie way. Maybe it is time to set another river on fire and for them to start a pep rally?

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Who is Bill and Bob?

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As far as that 3 teams theory around Lake Erie there is a technicality.
    It can be argued that the Baltimore Ravens were the old Cleveland Browns and they have won a Lombardi Trophy.
    Does Baltimore get credit for the Colts winning a Super Bowl and the Ravens?
    Just like the City of Oakland claiming the Lombardi Trophy won when the Raiduhs were in LA.
    After Art Modell moved the Browns out of Cleveland for a sweeter deal the new Cleveland Browns were an expansion team.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berg, think Clarabell and take a breath.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe I’m dating myself.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Were you referencing my old co-worker, Buffalo Bob? I don’t know who Clarabell is?

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- IMO, the fact at the Browns moved away from the lake and won a SB adds to the Erie tale!
     
    In an agreement with the NFL, Modell was allowed to move his franchise if he left the Browns name and record book behind. So, for quite an oddity, even though Cleveland was awarded an expansion team, they are the old team and the Ravens are the new team! Lake Erie is still looking for a Super Bowl win.
     
    Maybe the Montreal Alouettes have a title, and the old AAFL and pe merger Browns had titles, but that would not be an NFL Super Bowl title.

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger thinking O.J. didn’t kill Ron and Nicole is almost as preposterous as him thinking Alex Smith will one day be the Super Bowl MVP.
    .
    Did O.J. find the real killers yet?

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There are two good things about Buffalo, The Anchor Bar where the Buffalo Wing originated and Niagara Falls.
    If you have never been to Niagara Falls it should go on that bucket list. Spectacular amount of moving water and worth the trip.
    It’s not too far from Canton and the Pro Football HOF or Cleveland where the Rock n Roll Hof fame is and Cedar Point (if you like coasters).
    I’ll be having Buffalo Wings to snack on as I watch the Niners
    kick some Bill ass Sunday.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! I’d say Captain Kangaroo ran sweeps around Howdy Doody.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Great idea! I’ll cook Buffalo Wings this Sunday. Now, if I can find some flying buffalos I can get their wings. That reminds me of a question about wings. If flies didn’t have wings would they called walks?

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    So Irsay screws Balimore and sneaks the Colts out of town to Indy. A few years later Baltimore
    says we got screwed so we’re gonna build a stadium and give Modell a sweetheart deal to move to Baltimore. They think since we got screwed we should be doing the same to some other city.
    America you gotta love it.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Captain K had a formidable team with Mr Greenjeans, Dancing Bear and Bunny Rabbit.
    I still remember my Captain Kangaroo cup with the flashing eyes.
    Also since a chicken has 2 wings
    has there been an increase in chicken consumption since Buffalo Wings became polular? You have all these restaurants making them a feature item on their menus.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, Dennis, I’m still pissed I forgot to get Zuerlien off my bench.
    .
    Dating yourself, Skeebs? Is that what you call jerking off?
    .
    I kid I kid
    ,
    Did you know that Frank Zappa is the son of Mr Greengenes?
    .
    Entirely false. Up there with Beaver Cleaver dying in Viet Nam.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And I guess someone snaked my attempt to get Amendola off the waiver wire. All for naught as he’s toast anyway. Broken collar bone. Something I’ve had 2 of . . .

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Browns never won a SB in Cleveland, but they were the NFL’s best franchise from 1950 through 1964. They won quite a few titles in that pre-SB era. Otto Graham, Marion Motley, Dante Lavelli, Mac Speedy; then Frank Ryan, Paul Warfield, Gary Collins and the incomparable Jim Brown. But once Paul Brown got squeezed out, things gradually crumbled. They had some decent years with Sipe and Kosar but cold never get past the Steelers and then the Broncos.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, things could have been worse, Zuerlein only netted 7 FF pts. last night. Best hope your Army covers by at least 8 this week.

  23. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “Three cities. Three losers. One lake.”
     
    Great line.
     
    Speaking of losers, if you have not watched this “factory of sadness” video from this depressed Brown’s fan, it is freaking hilarious.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRBDMMVctu8

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    As Skeebers pointed out in his opening piece this morning, Mario Williams has been nothing short of a bust for the Bills this year. Some of the experts who’ve watched his tape this year have gone so far as to say that he’s playing half-assed and even taking off entire plays. In short: Mario took the money and run. He must know Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WCFUGCOLLU

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    How boring are the Bills? It’s more fun to talk about the Browns and we don’t even play them.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Browns also had Lou Groza and Leroy Kelly.
    Two other RBs people tend to forget were Greg Pruitt and Eric Metcalf.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bobbie Sue had nice boobies in that movie!

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cleveland was once known as the mistake by the lake. The Cuyahouga River was so polluted it once caught fire. How do I know? I was born there and lived there until I was 7.
    This is the alltime slam on Cleveland
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJMa20xXykI

  29. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    The four year run of losing the Big One was no doubt painful for Bills fans. Their last two were particularly painful to us because we had to watch Dallas beat them 2x in a row after we lost the NFC Championship to them. I remember waiting for some solace. I still resent them for sucking so bad as I have never wanted them to win as much as 93 and 94’s SBs.
     
    As for the current Batch O Bills, they’ve averaged 28 points on O and 32 on D. Despite this overwhelming statistical evidence, I do not think we beat them 32-28. Instead, they get 1 TD and 3 FGs. We get 3 TDs and 2 FGs. Final is 27-16. Alex connects on a long TD to Manningham which quiets the Alex debate for the longest period in 7 years (4.5 hours).

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Paul McDonald was the QB that was after Brian Sipe. He was a class mate of mine in JR high. I was shooting some baskets after school with a couple of my 7th grade friends. 8th grader Paul McDonald walks up, put his huge stack of books down and stands at the free throw line. He asks for the ball and says, this is for a dollar, swish. He then moves to the top of the key and says this is for 10 dollars, swish. He then moves to half court and says this is for 100 dollars, swish. He then picks up his books, says thanks guys, and walks off.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    barley- LOL!

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My Lord. You guys are just shitting all over Cleveland and its people this morning. Mind if I jump in?
    .
    Q. How did the boy from Cleveland die from drinking milk? A. The cow fell on him!

  33. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    McDonald was also the QB on that crazy talented USC team in ’79. A ridiculous number of the players on that team had NFL careers, including our own Ronnie Lott and Riki Ellison. Anthony Munoz, Charles White, Brad Budde, Marcus Allen, Chip Banks, Keith Van Horne, Ray Butler, Bruce Matthews, Don Mosebar, Roy Foster, Dennis Smith and Joey Browner had *significant* NFL careers. A bunch of other guys were backups or at least in an NFL camp.

  34. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, when I was a pup, I got to visit my great aunt’s home. I got regaled by the stories of taking the family car out for a spin.
    On the lake.
    But only on days when the wind was down so the ice would stop moving.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    7 points for a FG?

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ahh, I guess since it was 50+ and a couple xtra pts.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Likeliest teams looking for a new head coach? Browns, Jest and the Cowgurls. One can only hope it’ll be the latter 2.

    http://tinyurl.com/9h2pjxt

  38. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    My game outcome prediction is the same whether we have Alex Smith or Kaepernick under center. Berger loves him some college read option so he might be secretly rooting for Kaep to play fifteen or thirty minutes Sunday. I’ll have to admit our offense would be more fun to watch x10. Since I don’t think this game is likely to slip away I hope to see some of it myself.
     
    Should be a good tune up game for the defense. Like covering TEs.
     
    I hope mostly for no serious injuries, especially to Frank’s wheels. Maybe a good game to get Hunter and Jacobs more involved, too.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear with a prediction? Did the earth stop turning? Are the Mayans right? I kid, I kid.
    .
    Lou ‘The Toe’ Groza. Great nickname. Didn’t see him play. Nor Jim Brown for that matter. But I did see Sayers play at Kezar.
    .
    Did see Jimmy Brown in the Dirty Dozen though.
    .
    http://tinyurl.com/96deg38

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger. Jaws thinks Alex is #16. No. He’s not saying he’s Joe, Jaworski has Alex still ranked as the 16th best QB in the league. I’m sure you’ll tell me that puts Alex in the top half.
    .
    This from Eric Branch:

    This week, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski updated his preseason QB rankings. Jaworski had ranked #49ers Alex Smith No. 16 …

    Smith, who ranks seventh in the NFL in QB rating (98.1), is holding steady at No. 16 in Jaworski’s rankings. Jaworski: “Smith’s best asset is probably his comprehensive understanding of the 49ers’ offense. He knows exactly what he’s supposed to do — when to hit the short pass, when to take a shot deep and when to audible at the line. He also understands his limitations and the limitations of those around him. This is not the most physically gifted offense in the league, but their high-level of understanding and execution is what makes the Niners so good with the ball.”
    .
    That’s a backhanded compliment if I’ve ever seen one.

  41. winderNo Gravatar says:

    For a minute there I got Clarabell mixed up with Nelibell and tried to remember if it ever talked.
    .
    Both Fred Jackson and CJ should be up for the game which means we do have to play the run. I actually expect a pretty good game out of em. I think we win but I wouldn’t overlook em.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nellybelle didn’t talk, but Pat Brady sure did.

  43. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I just stopped by to see what was going on and I end up watching an episode of Amos and Andy and one of Roy Rodgers.i used to love both those shows.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Pat Brady may have talked a lot, but James Brady sure didn’t talk much, or that well, after he and President Reagan got shot.

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger.
    The 15 quarterbacks ahead of Alex Smith in Ron Jaworski’s rankings …
    Preseason ranking for each QB in parenthesis:
    1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (1)
    2. Tom Brady, Patriots (3)
    3. Eli Manning, Giants (5)
    4. Peyton Manning, Broncos (4)
    5. Drew Brees, Saints (2)
    6. Matt Ryan, Falcons (11)
    7. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (6)
    8. Joe Flacco, Ravens (9)
    9. Matt Schaub, Texans (13)
    10. Philip Rivers, Chargers (7)
    11. Tony Romo, Cowboys (10)
    12. Michael Vick, Eagles (12)
    13. Jay Cutler, Bears (8)
    14. Andy Dalton, Bengals (19)
    15. Matthew Stafford, Lions (14)
    16. Alex Smith, 49ers (16)
    .
    Look who’s #11. And I’m not talking jerseys…

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of football, when did the replacement refs start umpiring baseball games? The Braves just got royally screwed on that infield fly rule. I’d burn that city to the ground again tonight.
    .
    Bring back General Sherman!

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- How many of those QBs you and Jaws rate ahead of Alex are 17-4 in their last 21 games?

  48. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Might as well ask for Sherman and Peabody.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d take some of those guys straight up for Alex in trade. But not 7 (too many off the field issues and risk), 11 (choker), 12 (loser), 13 (asshole) or 15 (meh). And there are good reasons to consider carefully about the older guys (2, 4). That leaves *about* eight guys I’d trade Alex for. Which sounds about right to me.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The fact he has Romo rated higher than Alex renders Jaws and his list a complete joke.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    50 years ago today was the premiere of the following
    two icons

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wqJTTMEeDg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEEC-yhr_Ks

    The Niners were 1-2 and had a road game against the Baltimore Colts. (they won with Brodie at QB and Kilmer scoring 2 TDs as the HB)

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, are you seriously telling me that you’d take Alex > Big Ben (2x SB Champ),Tony Romo (career QBR of 95.9 which is 4th all-time behind only Rodgers, Young and Brady). Not to mention that Romo single-handedly beat our Niners at our yard last year after being knocked out with broken ribs. And now you’re seriously doubting the choices of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in regards to Alex Smith? “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Jesus H. Effing Christ. You’re giving me a goddamn migraine. Need I remind that you that Alex was a c*nt hair away from being a Miami Dolphin? Yessiree, Bob! Jimbo said we were just “evaluating” Manning. As my favorite Looney Tune character, Foghorn Leghorn used to say…”That’s a joke, son!” But the funnier joke is that Berger believed him. Ha! Berger’s a bigger “Company Man” than Bullit. And that’s saying something.
    .
    And now for the Pièce de résistance…The Niners are now replacing Alex with Kaepernick at the goal line. If that don’t beat all. There is no retort for that coaching decision.
    .
    Seriously. I can’t handle this any more. Alex Smith is ruining my life. I’m not joking when I say that. Alex Smith is the main topic with my therapist on Wednesdays. Go ahead and laugh. It’s not effing funny. Something needs to give. I’m at the breaking point. I’ve been open and honest with you guys with my love for this team which began way back when I saw John Brodie limp out onto the field for the last time at the ‘Stick back in 1973.
    .
    I can’t even conjure up one of my patented one-liners or witty quips to end my comment. I’m thoroughly exhausted. Like it’s been said by many others and yours truly from the start. It’s all Alex Smith’s fault.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Call Jaws, he’ll tell you who to root for. I recommend you root for the Cowboys since you already do.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Your boy Ash is going against Geeno Smith today. Tell me what you know about Ash. I’m going to try to catch some of that game this afternoon. I’ve heard Ash is doing well this year. Sounds like a good opportunity to watch two potential pro QBs.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ash is now a soph football wise as he was a redhirt freshman last year.
    Last year was bad news because UT went through 3 QBs. It started with Garret Gilbert, Gale Gilbert the ex Cal QBs son (Gale was a backup QB in Buffalo) Gilbert was highly touted but just horrible.
    He was benches, got hurt and transferred to SMU. They went 2 headed QB with David Ash and Case McCoy (Colt’s little brother)
    McCoy got half the snaps because of his name and he is half the QB
    that Colt was but in fairness he helped beat A&M last year.
    Anyhow Ash has adjusted to being the starter and is confident and
    the speed of college football is not confusing him like last year.
    He has a decent arm and is mobile.
    Texas will try to pound the ball
    with a big oline. They have Bergeron (you probably like that name) the big back aka Brandon Jacobs and the quicker back hybrid of Gore/Hunter Jonathan Gray. Gray was the #1 running back in the country and he’s a freshman who finally got playing time last week. Texas’ starting RB Malcom Brown is out with a sprained ankle
    Since their K Justin Tucker graduated and is now the Raven kicker this is a weakness and might impact a close game.
    It’ll all be on the Texas D.
    Texas wins 42-31

  56. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    DMD: Yes.
     
    Big Ben has been Bad Ben and caught Goodell’s eye too many times. I don’t want a QB who has a 1 in 4 chance of suddenly getting a lifetime ban the next time he over-imbibes and gets frisky with some chippie. Alex is unspectacular, but he is not a powder keg waiting for a match.
     
    As for Romo: simple. Alex, 5 INTs last season. Romo, 5 last game. Think Harbaugh would put up with that? Romo just does not fit our style of offense at all, and would not mesh with the guys we have. He would also continue to choke in December and January. I’ll pass on that one.
     
    Offer me a Rodgers or a Brees or an Eli or even Dalton and we’ll talk. Not these two. I’d rather wait for Kaepernick.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I’ve been wanting to get a closer look at those Texas DEs. I caught a glimpse last week, they gave me enough to want to see more. They both looked like 1st rounders in short time I saw them. Tell me about your DTs?

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith is smart system QB. The chemistry between the head coach and the QB is as important as any facet of the game. Harbaugh runs an offense that most fans are frustrated with because they live in fantasy football world. So they go to default mode and blame the QB. This is what the conditioning has been for them with Alex Smith. But Harbaugh does not read the blogs and has not been swayed by them. Instead, he watched every snap by Alex from college and the pros and decided this was the QB for his system. Alex and Harbaugh have great chemistry and that is step one for a successful team, that and building a good D-line. If Kaepernick, or somebody else can beat out Smith for the job, so be it. For me, I hope it is Kappy. But at 16-4 since they took the field together I’m not ready to mess with good 16-4 chemistry in a knee jerk fashion.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Texas DTs are first year starters and inexperienced.
    Last year they had Kheeston Randle
    who now plays for the Fins.
    They have a JC transfer Moore, a coverted RB Whaley and Jackson and Dorsey who are inconsistent.
    Jeffcoat is a decent DE but overhyped because his dad was Jim Jeffcoat. Okafor is the guy and in between Orakpo/Sergio Kindle in ability.
    Of all team the Raiduhs drafted the best DT lamarr Houston Texas has had in the last 10 years.
    I’ll give you a little known fact.
    Kyle Shanahan was a WR at Texas and was Chris Simms’ roomate and best buddy. He hardly played.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw DEs Jeffcoat and Okafor both push their blockers back into the play, disengage with ease and destroy multiple plays. It was very impressive. I want to see more.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, please let me know if you get another message from “me.” Another follower of mine just received one and didn’t open it because he knew it wasn’t from me. I changed my Twitter PW. Hopefully that rectifies the problem.
    .
    Goddamn internet hackers. Don’t they have anything better to do like drink beer all day and blame Alex Smith for all their problems?

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Reason #186 of when you know you’ve had to much to drink the night before: I woke up this morning a little past 8:00 and hurriedly leaped out of bed thinking I needed to go set my FF lineups. Hey! I was only off by one day.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Berger knows more about QBs than Jaws. But of course. Next you’ll be telling me you know more about baseball than Bochy. Maybe you do. That dumb shit has 12 pitchers and Aubrey Huff on the playoff roster.
    .
    Reds in four.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    First Jaws is an ex Philly QB with a ton of East Coast bias.
    Second there must be a reason he was removed from the broadcast team. Maybe because he looked like a dunce next to Gruden?
    If all lists looked the same what would be the point?
    Got to be different to be interesting.

  65. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is a good system QB? Alex is a good system QB as long as the system features one of the best running games, defense and special teams.
     
    That is like Harbaugh saying, “I can win with Alex Smith.” That statement was about the ability of Harbaugh not Alex. It’s like saying , “I can beat you with one hand tied behind my back.” He wouldn’t have said back in the day, “I can win with Joe Montana.”
     
    Alex was a good QB in Meyer’s one backside read system. Isn’t that where Tebow was a star QB?
     
    I know we’re all about giving credit where credit is due. Just keeping it real.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In college a running QB is a major plus in the spread. In the pros, not so much, if at all. Tebow running the spread in college was what he was best at, in the pros, not so much, if at all.
     
    I would expect nothing but denigrating comments about Alex from a few here. If he wins the Super Bowl they’ll have to disappear or come up with a reason he had nothing to do with it. Then they’ll form a posse and pat each other on the back.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It is absolutely mind numbing with some of the propaganda that is posted here.
    Joe and Steve were coached by one of the greatest offensive minds that ever walked a sideline.
    They had the greatest WR to ever play the game, Clark, Solomon and TO when he was humble. They had great RBs and TES
    Their defense was a cast of HOF players.
    I would submit that both Montana and Young played on some of the best teams in the history of the NFL. So your point doesn’t hold water.

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith is throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s Giants game vs the Reds. Berger just told me he thinks Alex should purposely throw it into the third row as a joke to show the fans that he has a sense of humor.
    .
    If Alex did that I’d actually have to start to like him.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll submit this question

    If you were a QB which set of players would give you the greatest chance at success and better stats?

    A) Braylon Edwards, Crabtree,K williams. Vernon Davis, B Miller and Gore
    B) Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Dwight Clark, John Frank/Brent Jones, Rathman and Craig

    Just keeping it real.

  70. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Football games are mostly won in the trenches (just think Vikings).It really helps to be able to score some points though. I want to see some aerial fireworks from the Niners.We know we can run the ball and this week would be the perfect time to air it out. Make the Giants D think about things all week.

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Montana and Young clearly had better receivers, even if you took Rice off the plate. Not even close.
     
    Backfield, not so clear. Gore is pretty damned solid. In any event, Craig and company were used rather differently. I’d call it largely a wash. Montana had awful backs in 1981, though.
     
    O-Line? Montana had a better one, with the underrated Fahnhorst and Ayers the real difference. Young, not so much. If our line continues to improve, Alex might have an edge there.
     
    Special teams? No contest. Alex’s team is way better. Wersching is good but never had the range that Akers has. Lee is one of the best punters in NFL history. Lee alone is ahuge advantage.
     
    Defensive Line? Both were very good. Justin Smith is awesome, but Board and Carter were too. Pass rushers are also hard to call. Dean, Haley and Aldon all rate as outstanding in their eras.
     
    Linebackers? No comparison. Alex’s team has two of the best ILBs ever. No offense to guys like Hacksaw, Riki and Norton, but they were not capable of the plays these guys can make.
     
    Secondary, clear advantage to Montana (Lott, Wright, Williamson, Hicks), smaller advantage to Young with Hanks and E. Davis and the asshole Deion Sanders for one year.
     
    So, its not all one-sided. Alex has a pretty good team supporting him, the receivers just need to stop dropping passes and pull their weight.

  72. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We don’t have a receiver on the team that’s as good as Taylor was at present. But then we don’t really know because we don’t throw much over 6 or 7 yard passes.

  73. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder’s got it. Our game is running and passes under the coverage. When the field to defend compresses in the red zone and the safe underneath the coverage throws disappear we run or kick a field goal as a rule.
     
    There’s a reason we always face a safety down in the box and the corners/OLBs playing tight. These opponents don’t give a damn about Alex’s or his fans’ egos. They just play the game and they know what Alex brings. Look at the Texans. Excellent running game, excellent defense, they throw the ball.
     
    Some folks just won’t tolerate any assessment of Alex or our passing game that isn’t white-washed.
     
    Grumpy, you have an impressive command of NFL history, especially the Niners’.
     

  74. robNo Gravatar says:

    FLA WINS

    lsu geaux home !

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Rob, I watched most of that game.
    LSU was flat worn out by the UF ground game.
    Looks like the recipe has been exposed on what to do to Les Miles now.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Why would our opponents care about your ego anyway?

  77. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger,
    Just cracked open an Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale. Cheers!

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger got a DT in mind.
    Check out Jesse Williams from ‘Bama.
    Late bloomer from Down Under.
    A guy that played Rugby and Basketball and benches 600lbs?
    Works for me….
     
    Incredibly strong (he’s reportedly maxed out on the bench press at 600 pounds) and surprisingly agile, Williams is the most athletically intriguing of this year’s talented Alabama class. With only one season of top notch competition under his belt he’s certainly a project but considering his tools and the coaching staff working with him, Williams is a good bet to join running back Eddie Lacy as a breakout candidate for the Tide and eventually earn heavy NFL draft consideration.

    –Rob Rang

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I had the same Capt Kangaroo cup when I was a kid.
    Green with the flicker eyes.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winders got it right? Fuzzy math always works for you guys.
    If you’re gonna slam and bash a guy at least do it with the truth.
    Alex Smith is averaging 10.3 yards a completion for this season.
    The premise that having a John Taylor or a Jerry Rice on your team does not help your passing game is beyond ridiculous.
    Again thanks for showing your true colors .

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Found an image of one

    http://tinyurl.com/9czbv4w

    My mom probably threw mine away over 40 years ago.

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Nice choice of ale. If you can, see if you can find an IPA 395 and then tell me what you think of it. It has a taste of sage brush, quite interesting, and good. It is brewed by Mammoth Brewery. Be careful, it is 8% ABV.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Don from NY has been telling me to watch Jesse Williams for weeks. I tried to catch a few plays last week but he was not in the game both times I turned on to watch him play. Alabama had a bye this week, I’ll try to catch some of him next week.

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Game Day is here.
    Niners win 31-10.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had 34-10 last week. I’ll go 44-10 this week. Watch us implement the sweep.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If anybody wants to hook up on twitter I can be found at Renoberger.

  87. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I’m not a big fan of the India Pales. Maybe I’ll look for the Mammoth version and give it a try on your say so anyway.
     
    I don’t care much about the ABV since I don’t drink it by the case anymore like some of my associates!

  88. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That’s CASES to you mister.

  89. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I beg your pardon, good sir.
     
    The NYG going down by 14 to the Browns this early and Aaron missing Jordy for a sure six looks like I might be in for another expensive Sunday.

  90. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where’s Rob to tell me it’s GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!! and give me his pick for Talladega?
    .
    I’ll go 27 for the Bills and 24 for both the Niners and the winning car at ‘Dega.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There’s something you don’t see everyday.
    Antonio Brown of the Steelers catches the ball and is pulled down by Kurt Coleman who rips Brown’s shoe off and is holding it. He then chucks the shoe out of bounds flinging it 25 yards.
    What sportsmanship

  92. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe that was Coleman’s way of telling Brown he could use some Dr. Scholl’s foot powder.

  93. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, just about everything Alex is throwing is right on target. Overall a great 1st half and gameplan. i knew we could do it and I hope we come out in the second half and keep it going. Best I’ve seen Alex in a long time. Great game.

  94. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    How’s this for balanced offense?
     
    310 yards passing.
     
    311 yards rushing.
     
    621 total offense.
     
    60 yards passing called back on penalties.
     
    Alex’s QBR for the game: 156.25.
     
    We have not seen an ass kicking like this since the Great Days. Awesome game.

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This s a stat that was hard to believe. Thy showed us during the game that this is the first time in franchise history we gained over 500 yards in back to back games.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex played as well as a QB can, but with the exception of some early penalties, so did the whole team. This was a great team win.

  97. winderNo Gravatar says:

    If our OL can give Alex that much time against the Giants we should smoke em. What an electrifying game. I think we need the trifecta on NY teams this year.

  98. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! My pick of the 24 car was pretty close today. Gordon finished 2nd in that free-for-all and rough-and-tumble of a last lap that was Talladega.
    .
    Gimme a call so I can yell at ya more about my favorite thing…
    .
    Did we sign Peyton Manning yet? 😀

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Satisfying win but we have to clean up the offensive penalties.
    Hard to start a series 1st and 15
    or 2nd and 20. Today we overcame that. It’ll be tougher against the Gnats.
    More discipline on the KO coverage
    as players need to stay in their lanes or you’re vulnerable to a big return.

  100. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex overcame some early mistakes – offensive penalties, ST breakdowns, and defensive missed tackles – that would have sunk this team two years ago. He just kept firing, and kept connecting on long passes. I cannot imagine any DC is going to be too confident about putting 8 or 9 in the box after this game.
     
    This was his best game yet, and one of the best I’ve seen a QB play since Montana walked the earth.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The way Alex was looking off defenders was outstanding.

  102. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We destroyed Buffalo today. And Alex was the primary reason. His ability to connect on those 20 yard or more routes almost at will today left the Bills unable to formulate any response. They could not ‘forget about the run’ because of gore. They could not stop the pass. And they could not move with any consistent success on our defense.
     
    This is what absolute, utter domination looks like: 310 yards passing, 311 yards rushing.
     
    Eric Branch just tweeted this was the first time in NFL HISTORY a team surpassed 300 yards in both running and passing.

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy

    You’re forgetting Steve Young’s
    6 TD passes in the Super Bowl.
    That was one of the best games a Niner QB ever played.

  104. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I said ONE of the best, bullit.
     
    For comparison, though, Alex was more efficient today – Young only completed two-thirds of his 36 passes that day. Young threw for only 15 more yards in those additional attempts. Young had 6 TDs, but having Jerry Rice and his breakaway ability helped with that.
     
    I honestly think Alex had just as good a game – for a QB in Harbaugh’s offense.

  105. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    WTF are you guys talking about? Young’s performance was in the Super Bowl. Alex’s numbers came via a defense in the Bills that 11 guys on this blog could have scored upon at a moment’s notice.
    .
    Check back with me next week when Alex gets a chance at redemption as we host the SB Champs NY Giants next Sunday. True test.

  106. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m looking forward to that Giants game. I think we are going to kick their asses this time. Unfinished business, like when we played the Vikings in 1988 after losing to them in ’87.
     
    Try and enjoy it with us when the 49ers win, Dennis…

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Drew Brees just locked onto his receiver and then threw behind for an int. Do you know why? He is on my fantasy team. I benched Alex for the first time and he had a monster game. I’ll probably bench him next week too.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The curious thing about today’s game was they never threw once to Delanie Walker. Not one target,
    Does Roman/Harbaugh have a doghouse? Even Celek caught a pass.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We did what I hoped we would do, use the AFC Teams as tune up games for the NFC run coming up before the BYE.
     
    The Giants are on the road, we have a healthy roster and now, they need to be concerned with Kaep.
    Like our chances.
    Want to see Alex stand in the pocket next week when there’s trash around his feet and bodies in his face.
    GMen are hurting in the Secondary.
    Need to exploit the deeper stuff.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just saw on twitter that Alex had the best QB rating today since 2010.

  111. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex having such a great game will definitely cut down on the comments.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Why so Berger?
    He needed this type of game to sharpen timing.
    Be nice to see him hit some deep stuff vs. NY next week.
    Each week is a learning opportunity.
    He needs to be firing on all cylinders with every WR and every route we have if we’re expected to be dominant in January.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t imagine any guy in that locker room will not be up for the NYG.
    They travel, we’re healthy.
    Harbaugh and Roman have had this game circled since the Schedule came out.
    Have to beat NFC opponents if we expect to be top dogs down the road.

  114. 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

BYE

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)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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