Is That All There Is?

Christmas is coming, so I thought I’d mention it.

Back to football.

The loss to Arizona was disheartening and unneccesary, but shit happens. Ultimately, the 49ers are going to start the playoffs at home, whether that’s in the first round or the second round. If they win game one, then they are going to lose game two, whether that is the Divisional game or the NFC Championship game.

That’s how I see it anyway. Maybe I’m wrong. Terrific. But the team hasn’t given any indication lately that they could stand up to Green Bay or New Orleans on the road. They could meet the challenge with any other NFC teams, though, so that’s a quantum leap in quality for one year.

But there’s not much drama left for these remaining three regular season games. It feels like the team has peaked. They got all the way up to number two in the rankings, held ground for a few weeks, and are now slipping back down the list. The Jim Harbaugh mystique has taken two knockdowns in the past three games.

The team has also played some sloppy football two weeks in a row. Guys are dropping passes, missing tackles, whiffing blocks, blowing formation assignments, and there’s been grumbling in the locker room about the play calling.

Whipping Pittsburgh next Monday night would definitely restore some lost luster. Put the fun back in that “Noooobody!” chant. Getting some TDs in the Red Zone would be quite entertaining, too. But seeing the O-line finally learn to cope with a zone blitz would be the most encouraging sign of all. That will be the most important factor over the final three games.

Maybe it’s a postcoital depression type of feeling, but it seems like the season is pretty much over with. We finally won the division, finally returned to the playoffs, but we’re not good enough to win the Super Bowl, so let’s get the offseason rolling and see how much better we can be in 2012. I expected I’d feel more excited. Maybe that will change when the first playoff game rolls around.

Having Alex Smith as our QB might not be the best, but at least the team isn’t being led by a puppy killer or a serial rapist. Both of these repugnant specimens are located in Pennsylvania cities. As is the recently exposed Penn State football program. Is there something depraved about that particular state? Rooting for these teams requires facing a quasi-moral dilemma. That’s a lot to ask for the old Go Team deal.

As you can see, I don’t have anything to say today. I didn’t have anything to say yesterday, either, but I left it unsaid. Today, I’m admitting the lack of say. My apologies. I’ll try again tomorrow.

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33 comments on “Is That All There Is?
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Waiting for the first commenter to remark that I never have anything to say, so why am I mentioning it now?

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You said nothing well!

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In fact, this was the veriest post for having said nothing well.

  4. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, after this game, depending on the outcome, there very well may not be very much to be excited about. 1-2 is a very distinct possibility. Which menas we open up against someone like Dallas or Detroit.
    While 11-5 is a great start to the Harbaugh regime, it is slowly unravelling as we edge toward the playoffs. A 2-4 run to close the season would not engender much hope, even for the WC game.
    At least it’ll be at home. The weird thing is, we are sort of coming back toward the problems of the previous regimes. No consistent pressure, giving up a lot of underneath stuff, a run game that is not quite hitting on all cylinders, porous pass pro, dropped passes, and missed opportunities.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco is talking about the lack of production from the TEs this year. Do you realize that Delanie Walker hasn’t caught a pass in the last 4 games according to Maiocco?
    Very simply if the running game isn’t clicking, not throwing to your WRs, not throwing to the TEs
    you might realize then why they’re kicking FGs.
    The TEs should be thrown to 10-15 times a game and definitely in the redzone.If not everyone should question what the hell is going on.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I think Frank is banged up more than we know and more than they’ll ever acknowledge. The OL is still missing assignments and when Gore is in there, he’s being asked to p/u the blitz more. You rarely see him catching any passes lately. Expect more of the same from “Blitzburgh” come Monday night.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And there’s nothing wrong with not having anything to say…”‘Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

  8. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, I think the TEs are too busy blocking to go out and catch passes. I’ve been lamenting that for a while now that they need to sent the TEs on routes after they chip a DE. At least try this down close to the end zone. One or the other should be able to get open for a moment. Thing is, they need to be quick.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What they haven’t done is go to a no huddle hurryup offense lately.
    Niners need to change things up and knock the opposing D on their heels. Keeping the same pass rushers on the field gives you tired guys that won’t attack as hard.
    Smith is also taking too long calling his signals letting the play clock run down.
    Perhaps waiting until the clock hits 1 second makes timing the snap easy and the pass rush unblockable. something to think about

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe if Delanie Walker would actually catch a ball when it is thrown to him he would have some catches.

  11. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Walker has been a big disappointment lately. Ever since his game-winner in Detroit, nada.

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    maybe walker is trying to do too much !

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Walker should abrade his hands from all the butter on them.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Harrison suspension stands!

  15. RufusNo Gravatar says:

    “but at least the team isn’t being led by a puppy killer or a serial rapist. Both of these repugnant specimens are located in Pennsylvania cities.” Great line and makes the post worth reading.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Singletary rumored to be promoted to DC in Minnesota, but “there also are strong concerns within the building about Singletary’s aptitude for the position.”

  17. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    Sing is a blow hard and there loosing games no body wants to hear some loud mouth wooden cross wearing wanker telling them “he wants winners” and to toughen up because that’s how he did it.
    skeebs you sound a little down today small touch of Eeyore syndrome,you guys are lucky you actually get to watch the game I will be stuck in class mon night and will either get to hear about the glorious win or the failure to secure a bye when I get home

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a mood lifter for us Eeyore types:
    “Rudy of Notre Dame fame has been charged in a stock scam.”

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Are you saying that Pennsylvania
    is a tolerant state? Your comments refer to both of the QBs that start for these Penn teams.
    Pennsylvania home of the cheessteak and Jerry Sandusky who will give you free lessons on cleaning the equipment.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if Bulwer-Lytton ever considered starting off his novel with, “It was a dark and procellous night.” He woulda had everyone searching for a dictionary within the first two seconds of his book.
    Sounds like Rudy will have plenty of time on his hands to read the entire works of one Edward Bulwer-Lytton — in jail.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pouncey is now listed as out for Monday Night’s Game. They are sliding one of their guards to play center and starting Essex at guard. THat should help out pass rush if they play Roethleberger.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve watches a couple of Pats games and can’t understand with the weakest pass defense in the NFL why Bellichik doesn’t put more DBs on his roster. He’s playing Julian Edelman as a Safety and I remember one of his first games when he acted like one of us would totally confused what his assignment was. I suppose he was supposed to find the guy with the ball and tackle him. About a month later I see Edelman playing defense again.
    I can see this in an emergency but
    long term it’s a joke and maybe a result of Bill’s ego.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No Harrison vs no Willis equals advantage Steelers.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    50% Big Ben vs 100% Alex Smith equals advantage Steelers.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Down goes Rogers! Down goes Rogers! Down goes Rogers!

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Pack lose, Colts win. Welcome to the NFL where anything can happen.
    I love this game.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Reggie Bush rushed for 200+ today. I know one man in Reno who isn’t too happy with that outcome. His output offsets that of one Eli Manning. I thought Matt Ryan had the patent on “Stinks on Ice!”

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Then again, it helps to have Drew Brees on your team. 😆

  29. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Since everyone has completely forgotten about teh 49ers, Niners win 201-0

  30. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Holy shit. Typo to end all typos . . .

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I liked your first prediction better!

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Do you want to meet somewhere in Sacramento tomorrow to watch the game?

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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

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