Highway 49 Revisited

The first round of the 2011 playoffs is in the books, with all four home teams winning. There will be no wild card entrants advancing to the Super Bowl this year. Football purists everywhere are pleased. And so is everyone who doesn’t care much for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Detroit, or Cincinnati. Four cities that no one in the world puts on their must see list. Well, almost no one. Crime investigators might have a soft spot for these burger joints.

Up next is the Divisional Round, which actually makes sense for a change, since only division winners will be playing next weekend. Cue the music for our home town boys. Winners of the NFC West.

The Alex Vultures and 49er Trolls get a new lease on life this week. Embarrassed, shamed, muted, and disgraced during the regular season (the only season the 49er blog world has ever known), these reprobates now get to ignore the 13-3 record and get back to 0-0 and predictions of doom. It’s the postseason now. Let’s see if “Niners Stink” and “Smith Sucks” will work at this level!

In the meantime, true fans everywhere (distinguished by the eager little halos adorning their bean tops) can hunker down, load up the fridge, and spend all week excited as hell! All we need is a modest two game winning streak for a chance to grab Super Bowl win number 6!

Standing in the way of this goal are the New Orleans Saints, one of the most prolific offenses ever enclosed in the Arena League wing of the NFL. As luck would have it, however, this game will be played the old fashioned way — outdoors and on the grass. The Saints are a modest 3-2 team under these less than ideal circumstances. A full two plus touchdowns per game less. A lessness compiled against defenses nowhere near as good as the number one defense in the NFC — our very own San Francisco 49ers. Gosh! Maybe the Saints should think about not showing up. They appear to be severely overmatched!

Further complicating matters for the Saints will be Rusty Punter Syndrome. Their poor punter never has to get off the bench in the home dome. When called upon next Saturday, how will he react to, you know, real atmospheric conditions? One or two shank jobs and good bye Saints!

At least the Saints have a defense. It’s hard to find, but believe me, it’s there. It’s main job is to provide rest for the offense and they do this job very well. Former 49er Abrayo Franklin has helped shore up this crew by adding his body as a speed bump to inconvience opposing runners. Abrayo doesn’t have to dig dirt out of his nose nearly as much playing mostly in domes, so it’s easy to see why he signed there as a FA this past offseason. That and the inconvient fact that nobody else offered him a job.

For those keeping track of the most important position in the game, the following QBs will NOT be playing this coming weekend: Josh Freeman, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Stafford, Sam Bradford, Kevin Kolb, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, Mark Sanchez, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo, Michael Vick, Matt Ryan, and Ben Roethlisberger.

Over the past few days, Outsider blogists have provided some astute assessments of the pros and cons of the 49ers vs Saints matchup, so thanks guys. I spent the weekend deleting one paragraph after another of my own astute assessmongering thanks to your efforts. Hopefully, I’ll get this posted before you all wake up, start posting, and make me delete these paragraphs, too!

Now I’m going to tell you all something I’ve kept to myself for years. None of you ever knew Sid Nobody. He was long before your time, but you all know what a tradition he is for the San Francisco 49ers. And the last thing he said to me, “Skeebs,” he said, “sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell ’em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Nobody. I don’t know where I’ll be then, Skeebs,” he said, “but I’ll know about it and I’ll be happy.”

So let’s get out there this Saturday and WIN ONE FOR THE NOBODY!!!!

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105 comments on “Highway 49 Revisited
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    About a year ago almost to the day Jim Harbaugh was hired to coach the team. The gloom and doom crowd posted how he would fail because he was a college coach and the names of Spurrier,Saban and Holtz came up.
    Uncertainty at QB, Frank Gore with a fractured hip, the OL not performing, the DL not getting a pass rush, a suspect secondary
    and an injured old kicker. Oh and a GM that the haters said was too experienced and hired on the cheap.
    A year later 13-3 hosting first playoff game in 8 years with most of the problems addressed if not solved in a lockout year. Quite extraordinary and remarkable.
    What a difference a year makes.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last time the Aints were in town it became a big deal that Ronnie Lott gave the Aints a motivational speech a couple of days before they played the Niners.
    I hope Harbaugh rectifies this and has Ronnie as well as other Niner greats come speak to the team.
    Ronnie Lott has to make things right.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- A loss this week-end will not tarnish this season for me. I will be hoping for a win and bummed as hell if we lose. I am so glad to be here than not to not be in this game.
    .
    Del was explaining how hard the losses are the farther you go. I agree. But he must have forgotten how good the wins are. It’s all relative. Here is to winning this week so we can take a chance at a bigger win or a tougher loss. This is why we watch.

  4. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

    I think this is the video Harbaugh showed his players.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When these games start I become heterotelic. All week I run a team of professionals and need to be calm, thoughtful and responsible. Then the 49er game starts. I’m not sure if that is when I am being me, or not being me, but it is different than my normal existence during the rest of the week.
    .
    I love my 49ers, it is a way of life! Being in this spot and taking a chance we could lose and get eliminated just makes the emotions more intense. A good shot of emotion just makes life better.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Agreed and I feel the same. The Niners are a team that’s building and emerging. It will be interesting to see how they react
    as maybe only a couple of players have been in playoff games. Goodwin won a Super Bowl.
    Dennis’ point about the pain must be tempered with how he felt when we were 6-10 or 2-14. Thie is a necessary evil. Playoffs are fun. Win two more games and we’re in the Super Bowl.
    When the Niners are in the Super Bowl you can count it as a victory as they have never lost in the big game.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody posted that they still loved Bruce Gradowski a 29 year old QB thats played for 5 teams and has a 62 career QB rating.
    I can only imagine this troll also admired Aaron Brooks, Quincy Carter, Tim Couch and Bobby Hebert. QBs who never won anything.

  8. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Alberto Spitoon, from the the other thread when I said “he’d play okay” I meant not that he’d do as you wrote, nor that he’d throw for 350 yards and 4 TDs — I meant that he’d not turn the ball over, he’d lead some long time consuming drives and maybe throw 2 TDs. But the drives might also lead to a couple of rushing TDs too. In short, if he is given time (my caveat), he could lead us to 28 points which if the D holds up (uber-challenge that it is), we could win, even with your man Alex at the helm.
     
    Unlike some, I don’t mind debating you on QB issues or the like. But like others, I tire of your repetitive QB’ing ranting. We get it. You think Smith sucks. I think you’ve expressed that in about as many ways as possible. It now borders on boring.
     
    As for this game, I am excited and nervous. But that’s always been my style dating back to our divisional game in 1981 against NYG. I think we can win this game but it will take a mistake free performance from ST, D and Alex and the O. There is little margin for error. And to echo Bullit, Berger, and others, either way I AM happy with the turnaround and a great, great 13-3 season. With Baalke and Harbaugh running the show, it IS a great time again being a 49er fan.
     
    Cheers to that I say.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I also think back to the start of this season and the consensus was we weren’t a Super Bowl contender
    so don’t spend the bucks on the difference maker that would put us over the top.
    So if we haven’t gotten to that day, we sure are approaching it.
    It’s truly great to be relevant at this time of the year and better days are ahead as we now have the leadership in place and
    we have direction.
    To win everything would be an epic Cinderella story going agfainst all odds. The fun is seeing how it plays out.
    The hell with the haters that still want to crap on our season.

  10. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Barley,
    I enjoy good quarterback play. That, and the pass rush, is what it’s all about for me. Guys like Aldon Smith and Eli Manning are the ones I love watching. I also love the development of younger players – watching them grow and seeing what kind of ceiling they have. This year the thing I’m the most thankful for on this team is a coaching staff that can develop AND TRUST rookies. Kendal Hunter, Chris Culliver, Kilgore, Konrad Rueland, Aldon Smith…. second year guys like Kyle Williams. To me, this indicates a competent coaching staff. I’ve always said, football is a young man’s game. Coaches who can’t trust or coach the young players are missing the point because a player’s career is a big window between mental and physical prime. Where they overlap is the true value for the organization. The coaches create that value by opening the player’s window wider. So, for me, that’s the single greatest achievement this season – starting the rookies. It’s not the 13-3 record or the thrill of watching Alex Smith lovers cry as his career gets smashed on the rocks after his mediocre play in his first playoff game. It’s not the direction Harbaugh and Baalke take the team next year (defensive minded or passing team). To me, the best part about this year is the rookies and second year players getting time, development and establishing trust with the coaches. That’s the lifeblood of the team (and it goes hand in hand with drafting well) and a crucial factor to keeping the 49ers in the playoff chase year in and year out while drafting late in rounds.

  11. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a nice little bit from ESPN’s Chadiha:
     
    “If there’s one thing that stands out above all else about the 49ers, it’s their mental toughness. They’ve played five teams in this year’s postseason and won four of those contests. They’ve made five trips back east and returned home with four victories. This isn’t a team that’s about to wilt now that it’s making its first postseason appearance since 2002. In fact, only one team has beaten San Francisco at home all season (Dallas), and the Cowboys needed a late comeback to earn the overtime win. First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh will have this team ready. Count on it.”
     
    He is predicting GB vs SF in the NFC Championship game. Here’s the article:
     
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2011/story/_/id/7440145/nfc-divisional-round-playoff-preview

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, you hated Bradshaw, Spitty? Interesting that he himself said the other day, when assessing the Niners chances vs NO, “Smith is putting up my kind of numbers.” No one called Bradshaw a game manager, but he didn’t throw a lot back then. He counted on Franco Harris and a tough defense. In fact Smith has out up numbers much better TD/Int wise than Bradshaw ever did. Does that mean he wins this Saturday? Who knows? The thing is, you, along with Dennis, have the mistaken idea that it is much more enjoyable for you guys to be talking about a shitty team that is 6-10 rather than one playing for the NFC Championship.
    .
    Yeah, whine about different eras, and cry your way to sleep over your predictions that every team got better in the NFC west EXCEPT for the Niners, but the truth remains, the Niners use the run game to get the passing game going. They may come out throwing early and often, but they will go back to ground and pound at some point in the game.
    .
    Yes, they will rely on their defense and ST game to pin NO deep and try to stay on top of the field position battle. And yes, they may need to take more chances, seeing as how NO can score points in a hurry, but the truth remains, the game is won and lost at the line of scrimmage. If the Niners can pressure NO, that will create turnovers. Brees should have had 4 picks. He wasn’t even pressured that much.
    .
    The last time these teams played, the Niners did a good job of getting pressure on Brees, and the Niners could have won that game. Smith directed a 9 point comeback early in the game, and an 8 point comeback to tie the game late. If not for the retarded shell coverage on NO’s last drive, the Niners could have won it.
    .
    The point being, NO will not score at will as they did at home. On the carpet. Without weather. In the elements. In OUR house.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Saints have never won a playoff game on the road. They are 0-5 as a visitor in their history.
    Need for the Stick to be a true home field advantage by bringing the noise and making it a most hostile environment when Brees tries to audible. If they can induce 2 false starts out of Aints that will help force some punts.

  14. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca,
    To be honest with you, Bradshaw was before my time, but I’ll tell you one thing – Bradshaw could throw the football better than Smith. Without ever seeing him play live, I can tell Bradshaw threw a deep ball 1000% better than Alex Smith. You don’t declare a player a game manager who has the deep ball, quick strike capability. Sure, Bradshaw had receivers, but receivers don’t matter because Alex Smith can’t throw deep. Now, if the Niners went out and got Matt Flynn, the receivers would matter a lot more.
    .
    The DB / pass rush argument works because sometimes it’s a coverage sack and sometimes it’s just a great rush. But the QB / WR argument doesn’t work because if the QB throws the ball five yards out of bounds, the receiver is irrelevant. You say Del and I don’t get it. What you don’t get is that with the new rule changes, this league is driven by great quarterback play – no exceptions.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Terry Bradshaw was a laughing stock when he was young. One player said he couldn’t spell cat if he was spotted the C and the A. I never saw any QB try to throw while the arm goes forward and ball stays back. He did that often. I’ve seen the ball slip out, that happened to Alex his rookie year, but with Bradshaw the ball would just stay in place while his arm would be going forward. He did have a strong arm. He was replaced by Hanratty and Gilliam. Finally, about year 7 or 8 of his career he started to turn into a good QB. Early on he was saved by the running game and defense. Since he won 4 SBs he is in the HOF. Actually, in the end, he was a very good QB.

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, that was Hollywood Henderson of the Cowboys who said that about Bradshaw. As we all know, Hollywood was not all that bright either, though he was always happy to open his nose and pack his nose. His cup of coffee (actually something a bit stronger, LOL) with the 49ers did not last long. But he was right there, it did take Bradshaw a half a decade to figure out how to handle the mental part of the game.
     
    And yeah, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth were just a wee bit better than Michael Crabtree and Ted “Stonehands” Ginn.

  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    open his nose and pack his nose: open his mouth and pack his nose.

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Henderson lasted all of 15 minutes on the Niners? Didn’t he get signed during training camp, then get cut before the season started? I know he was still drugging pretty hard at that point.
    .
    As usual Spitty talks as if he knows something regardless of first hand knowlege or anything other than highlight reels. Brilliant.
    .
    The point being, BRADSHAW made the comparison. Not me. Smith would have hit on at least 5 more long ball had his pass-catchers either held the ball (Ginn) or paid attantion to his feet (VD). 5 more catches that would have netted 250 yards would have put him higher up the list. But WITH those drops, he’s still done well. Just accept it and move on Skippy.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER
    lol you say bradshaw was a laughing stock when he was young ” because they said he couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him a C and an A !
    well guess what … it’s still true !

    oh and
    ” When these games start I become heterotelic. ”

    does this mean that in between games you’re gay ?
    might that not be the other way around ?

    Here’s on for
    EVERYONE
    about tim tebow

    the last time a white bronco got this much attention …
    OJ simpson was driving !

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Depends on how you define ‘well’, Chuck. He’s been a hell of a lot better than the sorry guy who suffered through the Raye-Gun offense. But he still leaves too many plays on the field. And yeah, some of those were VD’s awkward hands and feet, some of them were Ginn’s horrible hands and Stevie Wonder imitation…. but sometimes it was balls just not thrown where they needed to be, including out of bounds. He’s going to need to continue to grow through the playoffs to convince a lot of the doubters. Personally, I think we’ve gotten more out of him than folks like me and Spit and NoFear ever thought was possible…. but whether he is really the right guy to hitch your wagon to going forward, I’m still not convinced of that one. I’m open to being somewhat more convinced, one way or the other, by how he handles the next game (or two, if we get past the Aints).

  21. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok , so if people like to play doctor , what do doctors play …

    patient ?

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    GUYS

    imho alex is the guy for us …
    until a pro bowl / all pro type player comes along !

    btw they don’t grow on trees , and when they do come along you’re fighting with about 30 of the 32 NFL teams to get him !

    i guess this means that we should keep our eyes open for the chance to add that elusive true franchise QB ! at the same time imo stick with smith instead of blaming THE PLAYER for the fact that he’s not as good as our genius nolan thought when he used first pick in the whole draft on him !

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    hmmm

    you know what

    if teachers are so smart , how come they have to ask so many questions ?

    makes you think huh !

  24. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Grump. This game against the Saints is big for Alex. Alex started doing something this year I’ve long since thought he should do more of and that’s throw the ball at his receivers’ feet intentionally to avoid the sack. It’s all well and good if you’re outside the tackles and beyond the line of scrimmage, but if you have to think fast, throw it at your receivers’ feet to avoid a sack and those other rules don’t matter. From what I can remember, Smith did that the first time in his career against the Seahawks. I almost fell out of my chair. The next thing Smith needs to learn to do is step-up in the pocket, and then instead of running for five or ten yards, he needs to move laterally, staying short of the line of scrimmage to extend the play longer and throw deep while he’s on the run. I don’t know if he’ll ever be able to do that, because his deep passes flutter and are consistently off target, but that’s the next step for Smith – step up, move laterally, throw a spiral on the run. If he can do that against the Saints, we have a chance. Extending the play and staying short of the line of scrimmage is huge in playoff games.

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The thing is, through all the drops, missed passes, etc, Smith is 6th in the NFC in completion percentage. He’s not spectacular like Rodgers’ 71%, but he’s ahead of a lot of guys who have much better wideouts. Including Eli and Matt Ryan.
    .
    The point being, if Smith had better recievers, his numbers would be better. A given. QBs don’t make every pass. Granted. But I’d say Smith has sufferend more drops than any current playoff QB.
    .
    If it continues Saturday, it’ll hurt the cause big time.

  26. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    +1 for a better WR corps
     
    If Baalke doesn’t seriously upgrade our WR corps this off season I’ll be shocked, shocked I tell you.

  27. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “If Smith had better receivers, his numbers would be better… A given.”
    .
    Nope. When Smith is asked to throw the ball more in a game his numbers and effectiveness drop dramatically. His rating goes from 90 to 70. In addition, at one point late in the season the 49ers ranked 6th in most drops and the Giants ranked 7th. Their receiver drop numbers were almost identical, yet Eli threw far more touchdowns. You can say, “Yeah, ’cause Eli has Victor Cruz, and Nicks,” but I say it’s because Eli hits his receivers consistently in stride so the RAC yardage is there. With Alex Smith the passes are so off the receiver has to focus all his attention on catching the ball and either going to the ground or tight rope walking the sidelines. In short, better receivers mean more passes that off the mark and more chances for interceptions. You keep Alex to 25 passes and he does okay. You ask him to throw 30 times and things get funky.
    .
    I would love for the 49ers to go out and draft Mohamed Sanu and Alshon Jeffery in this upcoming draft (packaging up picks to move up for another first rounder). Combine all that wide receiver talent with a good offensive line and run game and you’ve completely eliminated all the excuses Alex Smith lovers have hung their hats on all their lives. However, I’d rather have a good qb to play with Jeffery, Sanu, Crabs, Williams and Hunter. Matt Flynn, please.

  28. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Sando recently quoted an NFL scout who addressed this wide receiver drop issue. He said that both the 49ers and Giants have the same amount of drops, but the Giants have better receivers. But he also stated that if you put Eli Manning on the 49ers, the 49ers are undefeated this year, and if you put Alex Smith on the Giants, the Giants miss the playoffs and go 6-10.
    .
    These aren’t my words. These are the words of a current NFL Scout and Mike Sando. Don’t shoot the messenger.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody just can’t stand the 49er success story at 13-3.
    It’s eating him up alive and he’s searching for any little tidbit for a putdown.
    Now is this a true Niner fan????
    Now Bozo is putting Smith on other teams and projecting their records for this year.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “In short, better receivers mean more passes that off the mark and more chances for interceptions.”
     
    I’ve heard some pretty dumb remarks on the blogs over the years, but Albert gets the prize for that bit of in shortness.
     
    Eli threw 150 more passes than Alex, yet his receiver drops were roughly the same. I believe that proves Chuck’s point, Albert, not yours.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    GOSH !

    THIS JUST IN

    ALBERT SPITOON
    just figured out eli manning is a better QB THAN ALEX SMITH !

    WOW !

    WHAT A GENIUS !

    OMG

    how humbled am i !

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    SKEEBS !
    LOLOLOL

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Stay tuned, Rob. Next Albert will prove Joe Montana was better than Alex, too!

  34. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    No, Skeebs, percentage, not total. Nice try.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- The way you make facts up is fscinating. Most people have too much integrity to do that. You are a classic propaganda machine.

  36. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers,
    I love how you Alex Smith sympathizers have ready made excuses all the time. After the Baltimore game it was the offensive line that has sucked, “all year.” Then after Braylon got hurt, it’s the wide receivers. Last year it was the coach and OC.

    But we’ve removed a lot of the excuses. The O line is playing great in my opinion. The coaching staff is brilliant. The running game is amazing. The Niners have a decent wide receiving corp. Crabtree, Williams, Vernon, Ginn, Miller, Hunter and Gore isn’t chopped liver, but that’s the way Alex Smith fans refer to the them. The 49ers need to improve the wr corp, no doubt. But to hear an Alex Smith simp talk about it, you’d think the 49er wide receivers were a bunch of Canadian league players. Next year when we draft several more receivers with talent and we’re still terrible in the red zone and on 3rd down what excuse will this board have then? The turf? The ocean air? The Jumbo Tron? I know… I know… the cheerleaders… Too pretty? ~ Alex Smith symps ~ always an excuse.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody’s lying again. Bozo seems to strtech the truth any which way.
    Alex Smith had 17% of his incompletions as drops.
    Eli Manning 13% so once more
    someone tried to get away with a lie and got busted.
    SF Gate individual stats has a breakdown on each QBs profile page
    of what happened to their incompletions.
    Scorched earth Pinata Boy.

  38. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Furk off troll. 18 sacks in 3 games? They had problems. Mainly related to blitz pickup. If they don;t fix it, the Niners won’t get through this game.
    .
    So if Alex threw 150 more passes, you think our WRs would have dropped a few more? God, density is not a virtue, skippy.
    .
    What’s your ready-made excuse for being the #2 seed?

  39. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    So let me get this straight..
    You guys are saying that David Akers setting the NFL record this year is not because of poor Alex Smith red zone efficiency, but because the wide receivers were terrible. You mean the same receivers like Crabtree who was crying like a baby in the back of the endzone when Smith threw incomplete and didn’t see him in the Cowboy game? Or Kyle Williams open in the end zone during the Baltimore game? Or Delanie Walker wide open in the Baltimore game highlighted on the NFL Network. Or the missed Vernon Davis passes along the sidelines in the Seattle and Rams games that were sure touchdowns. So those missed opportunites that resulted in David Akers setting the field goal attempt record… that’s on the wide receivers? Oh, okay…. all you dipshits. Get real. LMAO. Come back to reality, girls.

  40. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca,
    The sack numbers are simply due to Alex Smith holding the ball way, way too long. Harbaugh, in a rare moment of placing blame, said Smith held the ball too long after the Baltimore game. If Harbaugh said that, you know it was monumentally true. Smith worked on it after the Baltimore game, throwing the ball away at the receivers’ feet like I wrote about earlier… first time in his career. In addition, Smith was number one in sacks taken this year… with a pretty damn good line. But, you’re right… it’s the line, the coaches, it’s the coordinators, it’s the receivers… Jesus. What other excuses you got? I wonder what this blog’s excuses are gonna be when the 49ers lose by 14pts to the Saints this weekend? Too much time to prepare? Weather was too nice?

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Albert. Nobody here is making excuses. We’re all just enjoying our 13-3 record. What’s your deal?

  42. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg ! i love this bumper sticker !

    OMG ! WTF !

    i just got done listening to an obama speach on c-span !

    sorry guys , but this guy is pathetic !

  43. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca – 4:51. Excuse central.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I’d say Chuck’s opinion that better receivers would help our team is superior to your contention that they wouldn’t.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Phil Simms said just last week that the problem with the Niners was that they had no WRs who scared anybody. Was Simms making excuses for Alex?

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Who is making excuses? Not me. 13-3 says our QB had a good year. I prefer to say our team had a good year. But we are not done yet, except Stinky. He is done because he doesn’t want us to win this week. 49er fan? You tell me.

  47. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers – wait a second, I thought we were talking about excuses.. no more? Oh, okay. My contention is that Alex Smith can’t throw the ball past ten yards. Alex Smith is good at the check down and everything underneath. Better wide receivers force Harbaugh to call more passing plays down field and I think it’s even money if Smith completed more or gets worse because his interception rate would increase. Have you seen Alex Smith passes past twenty yards? He flutters passes. They aren’t even close to spirals. And regarding Phil Simms, he’s right. The 49ers do lack an Andre Johnson, Jennings, Calvin Johnson type receiver. Doesn’t mean Smith would get the most out of them. Can’t catch a ball five yards out of bounds.

  48. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger: I want the 49ers to win……. the Matt Flynn sweepstakes.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    But not this week’s game. Case closed.

  50. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    You’re right, I’m not a very good fan. Go Raiders!!!! Go Mark Davis! Go eczema!!!

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Time for another video.
    Alex Smith can’t throw a spiral over 10 yards according to Bozo.
    What has Bozo been watching in this glorious 13-3 Niner season?
    I must admit the comparisons and inclusion of Montana and Young were over the top from the maker of this but well intentioned from a true fan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjJ0nGGwNZM

  52. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty hasn’t been watching this season. He, like V, is stuck in the past. Spit being 2009.

  53. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca,
    I’m just glad Harbaugh got rid of Troy Smith so there is no quarterback controversy this year. Remember that last year? Alex Smith getting benched for Troy Smith? Hilarious.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow Stinky, did you see that video of Alex throwing all those passes you told us he couldn’t? What gives? You told us you knew what you were talking about. Me thinks you just another propaganda machine.

  55. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You have a point, oh dense one? Oh, that’s right, yer as pointy as a bowling ball.
    .
    Oh yeah, Nate Davis was the 2nd coming if he only got his shot.
    .
    So, Singletary gets props as a head coach for benching Smith? Truth is, his starting of Try in the Rams game was the last nail that drove Sing out of here, so it all worked out for the best, Skippy. Gawwd, you are as dense as a black hole.
    .
    Are you truly this much of an idiot, or do you just play a moron on this blog?

  56. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Using stupid decisions by Singletary to prove your point is not a very smart way to go, Spitty.
    .
    Gee, how did Josh McDaniels (your personal Lord and savior) work out for the Rams?
    .
    Well, we’re waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiting . . .

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This guy Richardson for Alabama runs a lot like Benny Malone of the Dolphins from the 70’s.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The team from Louisiana just got stonewalled by a superior defense.
    They were also putting up 40 to 50 pts a game until they met a very Stout defense tonight and left a goose egg. Defense trumped offense tonight

  59. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What a piece of shit that game was. THIS is the best that college football has to offer?
    .
    This game is an indictment of why there should be a playoff system in place. LSU looked like thy’ve never thrown a forward pass all year.

  60. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca,
    You take Nate Davis out of context. We’ve been over this. If you have a bad offensive line which the 49ers did last year, and a bad offensive coordinator, which the 49ers did last year, you bring in an athletic quarterback like Randal Cunningham to escape the rush, extend the play and throw deep. I never thought Nate Davis was going to win the 49ers a Super Bowl. But I did think, all things considered (and still do by the way) that Nate Davis was the guy last year.
    .
    Regarding Josh McDaniels, this year with the Rams wasn’t exactly his fault, ya knucklehead. Sam Bradford injured, they dump Avery and Robinson? Both those guys can play. In addition, the entire defensive secondary gets injured and the Rams have to pickup guys off the street? If the D can’t stop ’em, and you’re on a backup qb, no coach overcomes that stuff. McDaniels got snatched up pretty quick by Belichick.
    .
    And finally, Troy Smith and Mike Singletary. All I have to say is this – Mike Singletary was a coaching geneous because he evaluated the Alex Smith situation properly – Alex is an NFL backup, and that’s what Singletary made him. Bravo, Mike. Encore, please…. somewhere else – maybe in the division?

  61. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    So Unca – Just so I get this straight… You’re a big Alex Smith fan… again? You sure you don’t want to pull a Berger and hedge your bets saying, “Well, if Harbaugh goes in another direction I’ll support it,” so when Harbaugh does dump him you don’t have egg on your face? I mean, leave yourself an out … like Berger is trying to do.

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    speaking of QB’s …
    where’s troy smith when you need him !

  63. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I think he’s out of football. Interesting that a guy out of football beat out Alex Smith last year. Harbaugh was smart to dump Troy and bring in two rookies. That’s the only way to avoid a quarterback controversy with Alice Smith.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good DEFENSE goes a long way toward winning the big game.
     
    3 guys on that ‘Bama team can play for me right now-
    Upshaw,Chapman & Barron.
    We’ll likely be seeing some Draft picks from the SEC in April.

  65. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Saints by 13.5 over the Niners this weekend.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hGvQtumNAY

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    See Bozo is a moron that seems to always revise history with lies and half truths.
    Troy Smith beat out David Carr lasr season as the preferred QB
    for Singletary. Alex Smith hurt his shoulcer against the Panthers and Carr came in and was ineffetive.
    Next game was against Brocos in London and Singletary decided to start Troy Smmith.
    So dumbass clown the Pinata Boy
    is busted again.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow it just gets better and better. The clown is not only a moron but an imbecile.
    Shocker!!! He has decided to annoint us with his prediction for the playoff game on Saturday by proclaiming that the Saints will win by 13.5 points.
    This might be something new but I can promise you that nobody has ever scored a half point in the NFL. This shows you the mentality we’re dealing with, which is termite level.

  68. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. The word imbecile doesn’t get used enough. It’s really an awesome word. Very effective… very effective…

  69. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’d tell Bullit to tone down the insults, Albert, but I’m pretty sure they don’t bother you. Let me know if I’m wrong. If you’re actually hurting, I can can always ask Bullit to ramp it up another notch.

  70. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I think Bullit emptied his gun weeks ago. You can only call someone a moron so much and then it just becomes funny. So yeah, I do need Bullit to step up his game. Skeebers: Bullit’s words are very hurtful to me. Please, for the love of Jehovah, get him to pick up his game.

  71. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Just got done yammering with one of Chuck’s commenters “twinfan” who posted 18 insulting or abusive remarks to another of his blog members recently. 18! To one guy (my buddy) in one blog. Now it’s me who is supposedly the “prollem” (not with Chuck, with twinfan). Chuck is cool, good guy). As much as I grumble about ‘controlling blogmeisters’ Jeezus some kind of game manager blogmeister might be a good idea. Shades of spitblood crashing chucks last site! Ok, whatever…

    I’m anxious about the game coming up just as I was about the 9ers vs Cows in ’82. Well maybe a little less because after that one we knew we could win. But a hecka long time ago since ’94, Steve Young…last year of success for the first Dynasty.

    Miracles can happen. We smacked the almighty Cows in 1982. Bronks slashed the Steelers. We can beat the Saints and I believe we will next Saturday.Fangio will dial up the D, Brees will need to be stopped with our rush, secondary gotta deal with his passing and Roman needs to prep the OL to deal with their blitzing. Smith gonna defeat their blitz with slants, screens and a moving pocket. We miss Morgan here, our WRs are weak or few.

    We win 38-31 after a slow start and Alex gets us 3 TDs, one from D or ST, Akers is money. The Saints go marxhin’ OUT…

    I see something like GB / Detroit

  72. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Philippine – you can’t beat, you can only hope to contain me because all I do is win.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNC8xRo9vXY

  73. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Are you the Makati Kid (suburb of Manila) Tim T? If so okay I’m a fan. Butt, an that’s one huge butt, I kinda doubt ya there ma man. Still like the crazy vid feller

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We must get pressure with 4 or 5 to win. Also, when they blitz, and they will, we need to spread the formations or forget about it. If we try to us WCO formations against their blitz, they win because our QB will not have enough pre-snap options to get the ball out quickly. Two ways to beat the blitz, pick it up or throw quickly. We have proven to not be able to pick up the blitz very well and to throw quickly there needs to be multiple options available.

  75. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Those are some of the big ifs there, Berger. Our D-line is pretty good, especially with Aldon beginning to blossom in the 4-3 set, but NO has three pro-bowlers on their O-line. I’m not sure about the LT, don’t know that much about him, but the guards are legit; Evans and Nicks might be 1-2 in football. As for the blitz, Harbaugh and company did a poor job of preparing for the game in Baltimore (yes it was a short week, but the Ravens bringing pressure should not have been a surprise). The coaching staff needs to use these two weeks to bring out their “A” game. Lastly, Alex Smith needs to hit on a couple of long pass plays to make the Saints at least pay lip service to playing honest, and not simply clogging up the short stuff. That means seeing the open guy, making accurate throws (not out of bounds), and the receivers making plays instead of acting like Stevie Wonder or Edward Scissorhands. The challenge is considerable, and this game scares me, but if we use the two weeks to prepare and come out playing well on offense, we can win. I think our D holds the Saints to around 23-27 points, so 28 to 30 should win it.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niner screen game hasn’t been clicking like it should because
    of the spacing between the back/receiver and the OL blockers.
    The receiver must make himself more obvious and available to Alex Smith. Too often it looks like he’s throwing into a mob and can’t identify the receiver. By trying to disguise the screen they are also hiding from Smith. This is especially true of Gore.
    Hunter does a better job making himself a target for Smith.

    I’s forget the WR tunnel/bubble screen.
    This doesn’t work for the Niners and it’s a pick six waiting to happen.

  77. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Personally, I think rushing 3 is a terrible idea. The 3/4 was designed to rush 3 and drop 8, and if there’s ever a team to drop against, it’s the Saints, but I hope Fangio rushes five all game long. I know with a bad quarterback you can’t afford to blitz because he can’t answer or keep up, so the bend but don’t break defense will be in effect, but the Lions didn’t come after Brees. Brees sat back there too often and just waited for something to come open, and it eventually did. Brees looked like crap in that game in my opinion, and the Lions did him a favor dropping 8. You gotta get after Brees with more than 3, and maybe more than 4.
    .
    Personally, I don’t think Alex Smith is very good out of the gun. When the 49ers go spread, three receivers and Alex is in the gun, I hold my breath. The spread / gun usually results in Alex throwing a bullet to a guy over the middle that gets tipped. You watch. Alex can definitely throw over the middle, but the pattern needs to be setup by play action to get open (or some form of trickeration). Alex doesn’t throw into tight windows, so the gun is a bad idea. Shotgun declares it’s a pass and linebackers sit back and wait. Frank Gore is too slow to run out of the gun. Hunter could do it, but to date, he hasn’t had much success running out of the gun. D’s know Alex’s bread and butter is ten yards down the middle of the field. That needs to be setup to go there. Can we run the tight end “oh shoot,” and the wheel route all game long? Again, Alex needs to step up in the pocket, run laterally to the line of scrimmage and throw spirals deeper down field.
    .
    One huge key to beating the Saints will be Dashon Goldson taking proper angles. He hasn’t played well the last month. If Goldson misses Sproles, Sproles could take it to the house and Alex can’t answer. In effect, Goldson missing a tackle could be the equivalent of Fangio blitzing and Brees beating that blitz for a touchdown. Goldson needs to play more conservative in this game. Let the blitzes be the gambles. No going for the big hit unless it’s right there…

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- You say we need to throw deep? Maybe. Football is basic. If the safeties are up, throw deep. If they are back, throw under and run. Spreading the field does not make the safeties play back, although it does make them play farther back than 2 TE formations and at least get them out of the box. In the Spread they still play up to stop hot reads. That is when to go deep to make them play back, that would open up the quick strike ball control short game, and the running game. It is a matter of reading the defense. If they never play up we never need to go deep. Having said that, I’m sure they will be playing up.

  79. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Any qb’s effectiveness throwing out of the gun in spread formations is dictated still by the team’s ability to also, occasionally, run out of the gun to keep the defense honest. The Lions are a perfect example. J Best is awesome at running out of the gun, but when he went down, Stafford’s spread / gun effectiveness was limited because Kevin Smith and Morris weren’t as effective running single back. When the running back can’t run out of the gun, the linebackers can drop into passing lanes quicker and it’s basically a declared pass – especially when the go “no back.” This is what happens with the 49ers because Frank Gore can’t run out of the gun, and like I just wrote, Kendal Hunter hasn’t been effective running out of the gun to date. That doesn’t mean Hunter can’t do it, it just means hasn’t done it yet.
    .
    So, when Gregg Williams is scouting the Niners’ O, he’ll have his linebackers drop quicker when Alex is in the spread. They will be protecting the passing lanes forcing Alex to throw into tighter windows over the middle. This isn’t good. Now if the 49ers go spread and Alex attacks the perimeter, and can complete passes along the sidelines, that’s our best bet. I do think, however, Gregg Williams will have his corners jumping out patterns, not respecting the out and up.
    .
    What’s the remedy? Kendal Hunter running out of the gun, out and up routes to Ginn, and Alex stepping up, running laterally to the line and completing deep passes. We do this effectively and we have a chance. If not, the offense will sputter and the Saints will eventually build an insurmountable lead.

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bozo thinks I emptied the gun weeks ago?
    Whatcha gonna do with six week old roadkill? Shit even the buzzards have no stomach for that mess.
    Spitty you know you’ve hit a low when even the maggots and flies want nothing to do with you.

  81. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If the maggots and flies want nothing to do with something but you’re still all over it, what does that say about you?

  82. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If I had friends here, they’d tell me that’s a good one. Lmao.

  83. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Here? Try anywhere . . .

  84. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hue Jackson fired.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about instability. This will be the 9th new coach in 10 years.

    Greg Papa is on the radio saying that he had a conversation a couple of years ago that Gruden would be open to coming back to coach the Raiduhs.

    Hue Jackson was going down the same road as Singletary. Bad PR skills with the media and arrogance and ego.

  86. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Alberto Spitoon said: “The Niners have a decent wide receiving corp. Crabtree, Williams, Vernon, Ginn, Miller, Hunter and Gore isn’t chopped liver, but that’s the way Alex Smith fans refer to the them.”
     
    That comment and the one earlier about Cruz & Nicks illustrate that your hatred of Smith has turned you into a blithering anti-geneous. Do you think it possible to criticize Smith AND acknowledge that our WR corp or lacks? Is your world so utterly black and white? Let me parse this for you.
     
    Crabtree is a possession receiver — good hands, good routes, but he does not have breakaway speed nor is he adept at breaking tackles. Speaking of not being adept at breaking tackles, Hello Vernon! Davis has great speed, gets open and catches some clutch passes. He also displays brick hands at times and I think it is clear that he is not a natural receiver. Hands. Receivers need them. Ginn? Great speed again but not a natural pass catcher. Gore has had many poor throws from Smith IMO over the years. But now, Smith is making better throws to him and he can’t catch a cold. Hunter and Miller? Sure they can catch, but that’s only happening out of the backfield at best. Williams is the one guy who I believe can put a scare into the opponent.
     
    Point being? They are chopped liver or certainly compared to a Cruz/Nicks or a Wallace/Brown. Baalke has to improve our WR corp in the off season. Has to. If you can’t tell that there are some who are deeply skeptical of Smith who simultaneously (that means, at the same time, Alberto!) think our WR corps pedestrian, then the your Smith bile is clearly choking you.

  87. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    See how clever Alberto is? He gets me to spew the hate on my WRs just for trying to be objective about Smith. So, I’ll add this:
     
    Smith is going to throw for 2 TD’s, and 296 yards.
     
    Davis — 8 catches 65 yds
     

    Crabtree — 10 catches 104 yds,TD
     

    Ginn — 4 catches, 29 yds
     

    Williams — 5 catches 68 yds, TD
     

    Hunter — 1 catches 17 yds
     

    Gore — 1 catch 7 yards
     

    Miller — 1 catch 3 yards

  88. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the fact that NY’s WRs have the same amount of drops while getting 150 more passes (or 4-5 more GAMES worth) thrown their way says a lot.
    .
    Spitty is just getting what he wants. Frothy replies to his idiotic posts. He’s V, but a little funnier.
    .
    Shut it, skippy. I said a LITTLE.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bozo admits to being six week old roadkill rejected by maggots and flies.
    He says what does it say about me?
    I say I’m just an obdervor and don’t shoot the messenger.

    He ain’t that funny because he has near zero IQ.

  90. robNo Gravatar says:

    somebody shoot me !

  91. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Barley,
    With a possession receiver in Crabtree, a speedster in Ginn who can actually catch but dumb Niner fans remember only his most unfortunates… like the INT in the Giants’ game, Kyle Williams, Vernon and Bruce Miller – there’s a lot of targets there that do get open. If you put a good quarterback on this team with vision and the ability to extend plays and complete passes after a scramble, all those previously mentioned wide receive have their numbers dramatically improve. Sure, with Smith you may believe our receivers are chopped liver because they don’t get the same opportunities a receiver with a good qb would. If you only look at the numbers and don’t see the missed quarterback passes, you don’t see what could be with a good qb. Smith flutters deep passes like it’s the ultimate duck hunt, and throws the ball out of bounds to wide open receivers. How many more touchdowns, more yards, more catches would all our receivers have if we had a quarterback? What kind of media attention would they be receiving if Smith could maximize their opportunities?
    .
    You put Matt Flynn on this team and Ginn has five or six touchdown receptions this year. THIS YEAR! You see Flynn’s deep ball? And Ginn can catch. Sure he drops the ball, and it’s huge when he does, but so does Victor Cruz. You don’t see the Giants writing Cruz off like Niner fans write off Ginn. Know why? ‘Cause Eli and Cruz make up for it with spectacular plays. Give Ginn a qb and he’ll make more plays and you’ll forget his drops – same is true for all the wrs on this team.
    .
    You guys want the entire receiving corp changed. I want the quarterback changed. It’s a chicken or the egg debate, but you guys are layin’ eggs. Dozens ‘n dozens of ’em. My way is one simple change. Your way takes years to draft.
    .
    What mystifies me is that Ted Ginn is a return specialist who is good a catching punts and kickoffs. Punts and kickoffs usually flutter high in the wind, end over end – a lot like an Alex Smith pass. I don’t understand why Ginn doesn’t have 100 TDs this year. Must be he can’t compete for a wounded duck in the air.

  92. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    And no, I don’t think Ted Ginn could be Victor Cruz, but the analogy works to a lesser degree.

  93. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The knock on Ginn dropping passes was on him in Miami. You know, the team he played for before he came here, sub-geneous.
    .
    Keep flapping, skippy. Maybe something correct or interesting may come out. I ain’t holding my breath.

  94. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How many road playoff wins does Brees have?
    .
    Zip, skippy. Doesn’t mean shit, but still, this team isn’t a good travelling team. Much like the Ravens. Christ, NO lost to the Lambs. ANY team that loses to the Lambs should be taken behind the woodshed and beaten to a pulp.

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What kind of imbeciles go onto 49er blogs, claim they are lifelong Niner fans and then write post after post dissing the team and telling you how badly they’re going to lose?
    The same loons that stand on Market St with the megaphone telling you the world is ending on Tuesday. nucking futs!!!!

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    And here’s one of those useless bits of info from Chronicler Live on CSN. Alex Smith has a 96.4 QB rating which ranks 3rd in the NFL when he’s blitzed.
    Now here come the jokes that he plays better drunk than sober
    but the stats say if you blitz he can make you pay.
    More jokes now saying why is he too cheap to pay for his own booze.
    Anyway that’s a fact jack.

  97. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    a

  98. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca…
    If I was the GM and head coach, I’d keep Ginn around and trade Vernon. Both guys can fly for their respective positions, but Ginn catches the ball with his hands and Vernon traps the ball against his body. Both drop the ball, but Ginn drops it not because his hands are made of brink (like Vernon), but because Ginn takes his eye off the ball which was perfectly illustrated in the Giants’ game. Ginn has had Alex Smith, Chad Henne and maybe Chad Pennington? Not exactly the greatest quarterback lineup. You guys can give up on Ginn. I like him as a return man, and think he could actually be good with a quarterback who could throw the deep ball. Flynn to Ginn would be a good slogan in SF. I like the ring to that. I’d trade Vernon for the box of chocolates Bullit has been philosophizin’ over at the bus stop all day…

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The larger concern with Vernon is the fact that he stops his momentum to make the catch.
    His speed would be more deadly if he had hands like Crabtree. Snatch and Go.
    That is what you have with Kyle.
     
    My approach, more ‘Fly’ motion with Ginn, Swain and Colin Jones.
    Use Kyle and Kendall to the backside.
    Leak Frank and Bruce when they drop blitzes too.
    We need to Spread some, not alot, just to wear them down in the middle.
    They’ve played a high scoring game, have to travel and, face a rested team in what I hope will be a LOUD and HOSTILE environment.
    I fully expect Harbaugh and Fangio to have several new wrinkles for them, just as they will for us.
    Best thing to do, make them run around a LOT.
    Sideline to sideline, all afternoon.
    We have more speed options than they can matchup with.
    WE MUST EXPLOIT OUR MATCHUPS and, WE MUST EXECUTE IN THE RED ZONE!

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In a perfect Walsh-ian WCO World, we throw early and get a lead.
    Run late and wear them out.

  101. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, NJ.

    Spitty, yer retarded. Your idiocy is glaring in it’s luminescense. Ginn has dropped passes ever since he’s been in the NFL. 5 seasons now. He drops short passes, loses long passes in the ether, and drops slants. If Morgan wasn’t hurt, he wouldn’t be a WR. He’d strictly be a PR/KR.
    .
    Stupid little catchphrases are real cute. But that don’t pay the bills. They are stuck with him as a WR. I’d rather see KW get a lot more targets.

  102. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “In a perfect Walsh-ian WCO World, we throw early and get a lead.
    Run late and wear them out.”
     
    +1

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping Swain and Colin are utilized in some new formations.
    This ‘Fly’ stuff is damn close to Arena Football-type motion. Opens the middle and allows the motion man to burn press and get up the sideline. Take some shots right out of the gate. Force them to think about bringing pressure.
     
    Detroit allowed Brees to survey the field and got eaten alive. We need to change ‘Business as usual’ and get after him from different places.
    I’m expecting Fangio to have some intelligent options up his sleeve.
     
    Most importantly, Alex needs to show some ability to pull the trigger in the face of pressure and deliver.
    That’s where Kyle and Crabtree need to shine.

  104. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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