Hysteria, Mysteria, and Jinxaroni

The hysterical outcry to the release of Nate Davis, which swamped the lowlands of the blogosphere for two days, abruptly calmed down and receded into a whimpering “Ooops. Heh heh” yesterday, as all 31 teams in the league were disinterested in claiming Davis and he quietly rejoined the 49ers via the Practice Squad. Mike Singletary was allowed to continue coaching the team and the clamor for his head turned into a clap on the back.

Just another mid-week crisis in Ninerland. Take that, you soap opera lovers. You ain’t got nuthin’ on football by the Bay.

Not much ink or oink was devoted to Troy Smith, the QB the team picked up to be the 3rd string QB this season instead of Davis. This Smith comes to the team with knowledge of the digit offensive terminology, but squat exposure to Jimmy Raye’s playbook. Yet he is viewed by the team as more game ready than Davis. That in itself, as well as the emphasis put on Smith’s leadership abilities and willingness to work hard, spoke volumes about why the team was dissatisfied with Davis.

Clearly, the next five months will be critical to Nate’s future in the NFL. Between now and the off season, Davis has to get in shape, learn the playbook, and get serious. If he fails to do this, he will most likely see his next football action on the local playground with his buddies. If he succeeds, he will be viewed as a candidate to be a 1st string QB in the NFL. Troy Smith, however, seems destined to be a candidate for a nice long career as a valuable 2nd stringer. A Shaun Hill with better legs and a better arm.

At any rate, with this last minute crisis happily resolved, the blogs finally settled down to getting hyped up for Sunday’s game against Seattle and hyped up for the 2010 season itself. The great majority of fans, and even the writers and league pontificators, see the 49ers as winning the NFC West and getting somewhere between nine and eleven victories. IOW, the jinx factor is now seriously in play.

We can only hope the players on the team don’t bite on the hype and realize victories still have to be earned week by week on the playing field. It’s difficult to imagine them forgetting this, since the only history they have is walking off the field at the end of December after another season of failure. But, you know, kids will be kids. And usually at the damnedest times.

The first game of the year for most NFL franchises is all about winning. We know, for instance, that the Colts and Patriots and Saints will come out passing, and the Jets will come out running. The 49ers are a bit more of a mystery. Last year, we saw the team devote itself to running, then devote itself to passing. What we didn’t see was a recognizable offensive style and approach.

Much of that bipolar behavior can be attributed to the disarray that occurred with the Michael Crabtree holdout and the mid-season change at quarterback. Offensive systems are installed and practiced during OTAs and Training Camp, not during the season itself. This year, the 49ers have had an entire off season to install their offense and an entire off season with the players who will actually perform that offense.

So, what we will see come Sunday is a bit of a mystery. The game will be significant not only for winning it, but for giving fans a glimpse at what Jimmy Raye, Take Two will look like. Most fans fear the team will run too often and call plays too predictably.

Winning, of course, heals all wounds and dilutes all complaints, but it would be very nice to see an offense on Sunday that shows poise, confidence, rhythm, and variety. And production. On the scoreboard. Lots of it. Ghastly, humongous, obscene numbers up there, fellas. Got it?

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11 comments on “Hysteria, Mysteria, and Jinxaroni
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll repeat myself. I predict 10-6. I say this because I am doing this silly exercise we all do before the season starts of trying to predict what our team will do. Silly, but fun.
    The thing is with this team, what is our play calling going to be like? I surely don’t know, and don’t call me Shirley. If the play calling is good I think 12-4, if it sucks 8-8. I expect the play calling to be better but not great, hence 10-6 Shirley.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    To tell you the truth, Berger, I have never understood the fascination for making predictions. But people not only make them, they actually ARGUE about them!

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m waiting to see what Soph predicts, I’ll ride her coattails in the fearless prognostication department.
    What’s today, Thursday? Who the hell we playing on Sunday, I have to determine whether or not this is a must win game or not.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just checked the schedule, it’s Seattle. Something tells me that might be a MUST WIN game. But I better ruminate, chew and (Christian) (P)onder some more. I wouldn’t want to be wrong about whether or not Seattle is a MUST WIN or not.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:


  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Amazing. Lynch actually beat Maiocco to the punch with a post about Crabtree’s session with the media. That’s got to be a first.

  7. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, and the SOB picked and choose the passages that made Crabtree look like a bad guy. The video says otherwise. Just looking for a response. The Gate blogs must work on a per comment scale. Quality over quantity. Hell, they’d probably like it if I just typed “Seattle is a MUST WIN!” over and over again in separate posts about a 1,000 times each day till Sunday. Hey, there’s an idea.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It was worse than picking and choosing, Dennis. When I finally watched the video, the Davis interlude was just a blip. Nothing remotely like “turned stone cold.” Barrows drew attention to it, too, like it was the big moment of the interview. If the beat guys pull this kind of BS, no wonder he doesn’t care to talk to them.

  9. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    its hard to qualify a 5 min chat with a interview but since Crabtree has virtually boycotted the media its a huge deal.
    on Davis Skeebers your allot more hopeful than I would be, I just don’t feel the mojo with that guy obviously the other 31 NFL teams don’t either since he’s on the PS there a really heavy QB draft coming up with some potential future stars, Nate might just fall in the scrap heap of potential NFL QB’s that didn’t get it done it seems the ball is his court regardless of what the blog base wants.
    as for predictions a 10-6 record and a playoff run would make me a happy fan
    if the offensive scheme can get a boost from the current starting QB and star players, this team might just surprise some teams early.
    a week one win is a start one game at a time.

  10. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Tim, If Luck doesn’t come out (hey, it could happen), there’s not a lot after Locker and Ponder QB-wise.

  11. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    21 follows 77. 51 knocked on his ass by fellow Samoan. 21 meets 29 and gives him the Texas two step. Gain of 10. Maybe 15.

    Rinse and repeat.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17