Is There a “W” in the House?

It’s tough being a 49er fan these days. The team is being ridiculed from sea to shining sea. Mike Singletary is taking a severe beating in both the local and national blogospheres. All my favorite reading holes are poisoned with Niner disrespect. Last Monday, my brother sent me a picture of a tombstone, in case I wanted to post it on this site.

Hopefully, the team is taking all of this scorn to heart. Getting ready to ride the Nobody Respects Us factor to a win Sunday, then boarding the attitude train and pounding the snot out of one team after another. Get mad, guys. Then get even.

It’s tough to quibble with the critics, though. Singletary came in promising a team that played tough and smart. This team has done neither. An admitted non X and O’s guy, Singletary has hitched his entire worth as an HC to being a leader of men. Every coach in the league is a leader to some degree, though, and most of them know something about offense and defense as well. In the end, no matter who a coach is or what his style is, it all comes down to wins — and the Niners ain’t got none.

The Philadelphia blogs probably aren’t too team friendly these days, either. Last week, the Redskins came to town fresh off a beating by the Rams and proceeded to squash the Eagles at home. Making it doubly insulting, Donovan McNabb was the Redskins QB and his wunderkind replacement in Philly, Kevin Kolb, was already on the bench after the first game. Trading McNabb to a division rival, then seeing them beat you is not a crowd pleaser. In truth, though, McNabb didn’t exactly light it up, throwing for an entire 6 whole yards in the second half.

The Niner defense just held the high powered Falcons to sixteen points in a road game. There should be no reason for them not to completely shut down the Eagles’ offense come Sunday. How our offense performs is the key to the game.

The Eagles, as usual, have a pretty good pass rush, but a not so stout run defense. I’m hearing the groans already. Another 3.5 yds per play game in the offing. Whether we run or we pass, it’s 3.5 yds per play. That sort of offense needs to have good, short field position to score points. So far this year, it seems like the team is always starting drives from the twenty or less. We’re not getting any kick returns or punt returns.

The other team, meanwhile, seems to always be starting from their 30 yard line or better. We’re losing the field position battle decisively, and for a team with this feeble an offense, that spells disaster. It spells 0-4. If it doesn’t improve, it will soon spell 0-5.

With the injury to Delanie Walker, Brian Westbrook looks to finally get some playing time Sunday. And more 3 WR sets. I prefer the latter preponderance, but the blogosphere has been beating up on Singletary for not getting Westbrook on the field to date. He got on the field last Sunday for one play, but lined up on the wrong side of the field, and Alex Smith had to burn a time out. You know Jimmy Raye was not going to bother much with Westbrook this year, but with Mike Johnson now running the show, who knows?

In fact, the most entertaining aspect of the offense right now is finding out what kind of an OC Johnson is going to be. He had a terrific start in the Falcons game, and then threw up a zero for the entire rest of the game, helped along by two Smith interceptions on the Falcons side of the fifty. Act Two comes Sunday. I’m trying to get pumped up for it, but my dauber meter is getting near the Empty line. It’s hip hip hooray and Jeez, guys, will you win a damn game here.



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10 comments on “Is There a “W” in the House?
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we should pracice our blame it on the refs routine, just in case.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You can only use the ref factor for one game. We got an epidemic here. I’m leaning to the Mayan factor. Dennis pissed them off by calling them out for the first game, two years before they were due. Mean little calendar dweebs are hexing us. We may have to go burn down a pyramid to break the spell.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Pink Floyd already used their pyramids up! In reality, I’ll go to a post you had a couple of weeks ago, when the O-line plays better we will start scoring more.
     
    We were all so excited about this season but we should’ve known about the rookie factor on the O-line. If you remember, I was calling for staring Simms at RT and easing Davis in. In the long run it will just make Davis better quicker, but I believe it is hurting us now. Davis doesn’t look terrible but he is very inconsistent, especially in pass pro. Simms would’ve been a better bet to start the season.
     
    Since it is what it is, I think Davis will be good, we just have to let this 20 year old develop. Patience is not something us fans specialize in.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, IIRC, Davis turns 21 this week. That should make him better, right?

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It had the opposite effect on me, Berger. The doors flew open to decadence city and I marched inside eagerly.

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Glen Coffee got arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. And he wants to become a priest? I guess nowadays you molest first, then you shoot the altar boy. “Bless me Father for I have sinned…”

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fuck the O line, the defense is horrible.
     
    The Rams (the RAMS!) held Seattle to 3 points last week.
     
    Cleveland (CLEVELAND!) held KC to 16 points.
     
    To the Niners, they are the 1984 Dolphins. This team takes lousy teams WAY TOO LIGHTLY and expects them to roll over. How and why they do this when they are oh anf cuking four defies logic, but they come in overconfident, and end up getting schooled.
     
    Manusky had better figure this shit out in a hurry, or it’s 0-5, baby.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- You are correct about the defense. I wasn’t going to go there today. I think I know why the offense is sputtering, I’m not sure why the defense is. It is easy to blame Manusky, that is my initial thinking, but I don’t really know yet.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s easy to blame the offense for the D qwoes as well. However, the TOP has the O at 29:15 and the D at 30:45. Not great, but not a huge disparity.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I talked to NJ49er after the game. He likes to watch the trenches. We both could not believe how poorly our 7 million dollar NT played.

2021 Schedule
09/12 - 10:00 AM @ DET
09/19 · 10:00 AM @ PHI
09/26 · 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 · 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 · 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 · 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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
 
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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