Kool-Aid Sales Soar

The Bye Week is normally a drizzly, anguished time where we either say good-Bye to another lost cause 49er season or drastically reduce our expectations for what the team can hope to accomplish with the remaining schedule. This latter occurrence is usually a glass half full or glass half empty split off amongst the assembled blogopiners. The half fullers are hoping for divine intervention and the half emptiers are identifying candidates to place under a steam roller.

This year is a bit different. The half fullers are talking about 2nd Seed in the playoffs and the half emptiers are thinking we might squeak into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. The Bar on halfness has been raised. 9-7 is the least a 5-1 team has ever achieved and 14-2 is the most, making 11.5-4.5 the new Maginot Line of the Mythical Blog Glass. This is up from 7-9, by a big ass bit.

After six games, it’s pretty clear Alex Smith is not going to suddenly make Troy Smith seem like an attractive option. Smith is at a new level of performance, as is the entire team. His eye-opening play and leadership was not the only story of the early season. The long dysfunctional offensive line seems to have finally coheezed itself, with RT Anthony Davis arriving as a dominant player and Adam Snyder finally cracking the starting lineup and plugging the RG hole. The right side of the O-line, long a disaster area, is now a strength. Not coincidentally, the running game has exploded since that side settled in and pass protection is no longer amateur hour in the bull ring.

Delanie Walker has emerged as a big time, go-to guy this year. The creative ways he is moved around by Jim Harbaugh and his coaches is causing matchup nightmares for opposing secondaries. Walker is no longer a bit player, but an integral part of the base offense. His ascension to full-time starter has been helped greatly by Moran Norris graciously getting himself injured and unable to waste space in the backfield. Kudos to the big guy!

But the defense has probably been the most surprising development of the early season. The first two games, the secondary was shaky, but since then they have been stellar. Free agents Carlos Rogers and Donte Whitner have both performed better than last year’s guys, Tarrell Brown is finally living up to his potential, and 3rd rounder Chris Culliver has worked his way into the nickel package and looks like a rising star. Our best CB from last year, Shawntae Spencer, is now nursing a toe owie on the bench as he slides out of the picture in SF.

The defensive line lost Abrayo Franklin and made two position changes with Isaac Sopoaga moving from LDE to the Nose and Ray McDonald moving from the nickel DT role to the base LDE spot vacated by Sopoaga. Rather than weakening the line, as many feared would happen, the line seems even better.

The line backers have also been better than last year — by a lot. NaVorro Bowman has excelled as Takeo Spikes’ replacement and our OLBs are finally giving us a consistent and respectable pass rush. Rookie first rounder Aldon Smith is proving to be the real deal and might be the best pure pass rusher the team has had since Charles Haley was shipped out of town in 1992.

Special Teams play under new coach Brad Seely has been outstanding. Ted Ginn does not have a lot of fans, but his play as return man for punts and kickoffs has been superb.

The only area of the team that has not been noticeably improved is the WRs. Yet. With Braylon Edwards due back from injury, we should see a jump in WR production quite soon.

All in all, this first six games of the 2011 season have been a stunning success. The new coaching staff has taken pretty much the same personnel as we had last year and turned them into a winning football team. Standing ovation for Jim Harbaugh, his coaches, and GM Trent Baalke. They have stunned the league and stunned 49er fans, too. It’s their prowess that makes this 5-1 record not a fluke and not something that will soon go sour. What we see now is real and will just get better.

May the force be with us in the next ten games!

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79 comments on “Kool-Aid Sales Soar
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The bye brings a bit of a loll with it. The big game for me this week will be whoever Seattle plays.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Has Smith been booed yet this year? If not, that might be the most stunning development of the year.

  3. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs…if i recall…your prediction before the season started was 11-5 … (and at the time you took some grief for that call too)…but that would make you a glass half empty guy based on the over/under 11.5/4.5 🙂 ..Actually that was a pretty bold call….kudos to you my friend!!! go niners !!

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    nice post skeebs !

    first i’ll start with the troy smith reference ! this one seems aimed directly at me ! i think i was about the only fan the poor kid had around here ! the good news is that with a real offense instead of the last couple ” schemes ” we had our QB has time ! last year smith would’nt even have time to look up before being trampled under the enemy jailbreak from their pass rush !
    having to pass only on third and long all the time was a killer !
    at that time imho only troy smith and his ability to extend the play gave us any chance at all !

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    it’s the next play !

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    is josh morgan out for the season ?

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He certainly is, Rob. IR.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    thx skeebs ! that sucks !

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Give Ed a good deal on a bonsai tree!

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    now i remember who i wanted if we didn’t get harbaugh ! i think i wanted us to make an offer to chuckie or cowher !

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Winner winner chikin dinner!
    We have a head coach for the next 20 years. If that’s the last head coach that us older guys see the Niners hire then we’re WINNING.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I remember when we traded that 5th round pick for Ginn how some people thought Miami fleeced us.
    At that time we hadn’t had a decent returner since Allan Rossum and he was on the downside of his career. Remember how some got very excited about Leroy Vann?
    Ginn has been a very pleasant suprise and a steal of a pickup.
    Can you believe Miami picked him over Patrick Willis?
    In fact last year everyone would be going apeshit when Ginn fields the ball eight yards deep in the endzone and brings it out.
    Because he has proven he can take it to the house this is no longer an issue. I myself believe 4 yards deep and you take a knee
    simply because bringing it out risks the old block in the back and that will set you at the 10 yard line which puts the offense in a hole and limits them.
    Ginn need work as a WR but his
    end arounds in the last few weeks
    have added another weapon to the Niner offensive arsenal.

  13. robNo Gravatar says:


    i remember not only people on our blogs down on ginn but a bunch of miami fans came on to talk crap too !

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    how could a 5th rd pick for a return man with the ability to score on both punts and kickoffs be a bad deal ?

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    and some speed

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I feel confident that we won’t come out flat after this bye week. In fact I can’t see any letup at all. And, the fact we play an Ohio team should make it all the more intense. I guess Jed will make a meeting and let em know that we really need to crush Cleveland. What I really like about this team is that there are no hot-dogs except for maybe Crabtree and I think he is seeing the light since we’ve heard nothing negative from him at all.

  17. robNo Gravatar says:


    imho the days of falling apart after the bye are over ! i think harbaugh will use the bye to work on putting in even more plays and fine tuning this new offense ! he should also be able to use the bye to prepare for our next opponent and take full advantage of the extra time between games !

    what a change !
    i think we’ll beat cleveland and might even be 7-1 here pretty soon !

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey rob, you are better with words than me. I feel the same way. I do remember that our after bye week record is pretty bad but I think that ends with Cleveland. Hey, work on that Seahawk brother of yours. Lol.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok music fans ! (BERGER NJ 49ER and the rest)

    here’s the new hit from BCC !

    (and it’s VERY purple-esque imo) !


  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    nice job on the site ! when i post a link to a vid … the whole vid pops up and not just the link !
    WOW , you don’t even get that on the insider !

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Rob. WordPress added some new gizmos and I downloaded them. I agree, this new feature is nice.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just saw that Olin Kreutz the Center has just left the Saints and has stated he no longer wants to play football. The Niners dodged a bullet because he was on our radar after Baas left. We made the wise choice with Goodwin
    and something like this could’ve derailed the team momentum.
    The Saints have to treat this like a season ending injury and move on.

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow ! BULLIT !

    KREUTZ was on our radar as far back as nolan/scott m !

    thank gawd we went after goodwin istead !

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Another GOOD move by Baalke. So far the GM search looks like it was extremely successful!

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t think of one move we made this offseason that hasn’t worked out. I remember all the howling during the first week of FA when Baalke did nothing but say he had a plan. Nobody believed him, but he’s having the last laugh now. He should get serious consideration for GM of the Year.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am curious how you guys feel about the Santa Clara Stadium.
    Myself I just want to see something get done.Seems like the more you delay the more the price goes up. That’s great if they can build a stadium that opens for the 2015 season.
    I guarantee you that whatever they are trying to build at Hunters Point will take another 10 to 15 years.The City of San Francisco is broke. When you think about it they have never built anything for the Niners. Candlestick is a converted baseball park and is falling apart. Hunters Point is still a toxic dump and there is no activity there.
    To me Santa Clara is the only viable solution and I’m not sure that sharing a stadium with the Raiduhs would work because they will never agree on location.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I want Hunters Point. What is in for the RV 49er in Santa Clara. I want to bring my RV and stay the night. Hunters Point sounds like the best option for me. Oakland sounds better than Santas Clara. Santa Clara sounds like laywers telling me I can’t park here or there. I hate the Santa Clara plan.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    So if you think Hunter’s Point is happening, what year do you expect to be there?

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care. I’d rather have Candle’s Dick than Santa Clara. I’m an out of towner with an RV.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Are you aware of the new tailgating rules they put in after the Raiduh game shootings for Candlestick?

    You’re either extremely brave or stupid to spend a night in a RV
    in Hunter’s Point/Bayview. Not a tourist friendly area. In fact if you don’t live there, there’s no reason to be there.

    I’ll have to look next time I’m there but I frankly don’t see too many RVs in San Francisco most likely because you have nowhere to park it, not even to stop.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    don’t worry , if you need some muscle just swing by florida in your RV and pick me up before the game !
    i’ll back you up !

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You can park an RV overnight with no cop hassle in any Sam’s Club or Wallmart parking lot.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    There are no Walmarts in San Francisco or the Peninsula until you get to Mountain View. They are all in the East Bay.
    Closest Sam’s Club is in Fairfield.
    Now if your talking Costco then there’s plenty.


    You can go to Japantown in SF and sell your Bonsai trees. Better bring quality because they know their Bonsai.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a Sam’s Club in Concord. Not sure what Cosco’s policy is.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    A new stadium is like field of dreams. If they build it they will come.
    I just want them to start building.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They have RV parking at Candlestick. One is accross the street and the other is in the parking lot. They are always full for game day. I wouldn’t use the one in the parking lot because it is too cramped.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t it turn out that Raider fans were shooting fellow Raiders fans? I guess they were trying to make little black holes in each other!

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just find it disturbing that you would be shot just because you were wearing a jersey some idiot didn’t like.I hope the shooter had a better reason than that. People grow dumber everyday.

  39. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I haven’t been there for quite awhile but there was plenty of space to park an RV close to Great America park. You might have to walk a little but you could probably get pretty close. I thought there was nothing better than to walk over to Kezar from my grandma’s Fulton st. house. To me that was heaven. San Francisco will continue to waffle on a new stadium for years to come. I don’t really like the idea of Santa Clara it does seem like the only viable option. I think the Rayduhs will end up in LA in the future and probably won’t share a stadium with us anyway.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If City of San Francisco were committed to the 49ers they would have made available some land in the Presidio for them to build their training facility. Instead they let them go to Santa Clara and they have Disney and Lucas Films in the Presidio.

    Before that the Niners trained in Redwood City, never in the City.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They should build it in Reno. That would make it much easier for me to get to the games!

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Name three of your favorite places to eat in Reno

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My house, Repo Ed’s house and Jimmy Dean’s house.

    Now if you are talking restaraunts? Monte Vigna, Famous Dave’s and Tamarack. There are a lot of places I have not been to.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Speaking of Monte Vigna, my friend who was the Master Chef there about 5 years ago died last night. I just found out about 5 minutes ago. He’s the reason I cook with cayenne pepper instead of black pepper. RIP Axel.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sorry to hear about your friend.
    Was he ill or did it happen suddenly?

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    His name was Axel? The only other Axel I’ve heard of was the character Eddie Murphy played in “Beverly Hills Cop,” Axel Foley. I don’t have any cayenne pepper, so I’ll raise my drink and toast Axel as he moves to a better place. RIP.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He had cancer but he never told anybody. His dying was a big surprise.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, did you know that the Chinese invented their own version of the Bonsai (Penjing) before the Japanese? Like most inventions it was copied by somebody else.
    The Chinese are known for many major inventions that have helped make society what it is today — printing block, gunpowder and the compass chief among them. My favorite Chinese inventions that have helped shaped my life include — the fork, banknote, Goldfish (domestication of), playing cards, restaurant menus, sake, tea and toilet paper.
    I’d be lost without ’em.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, as I’m sure you’re aware (USC vs ND), Tyler is indeed playing. I told ya not to quote me on that one. My inside tipster (Frank) has been giving me bad info as of late. I’m gonna have to cut off his tuna.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Also,pasta Kung fu and kung fu movies.

    Here’s one that came out last year


    The Japanese actually came from China way back so that’s why they have similar cultures.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Washington vs Stanford is on ABC
    Chance to see Nick Montana maybe and at least his parents in the stands.
    Also a chance to see Luck perform.

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My all-time favorite “kung fu” movie is “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee. The facial expressions he made when he stomped that guy to death was classic. It was like he was putting out a bad cigarette.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Luck has already made about 3-4 throws in this game where you just say, “goddamn he’s good.”

  54. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Yo, Bonsai! Be sure and check your fantasy teams. You have a couple of open spots. Your matchup vs Berger in our yahoo! league looks like a doozy. He’s gonna need a new PK as Seabass is out with a bad hammy. I should know, I have him in our ESPN league.
    As Archie Bunker used to say, “Meathead, you dumb Polack you. Shaddup!”

  55. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and Bonsai. I need a NASCAR winner for tomorrow at Talladega. I’m thinking 6-time winner Jeff Gordon and his draft partner Mark Martin (pole winner) are looking good. What say you?

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So with our Niners on a bye today, do you guys still watch the NFL or do you go antiquing with the old ball and chain?
    Give my regards to the battle-axe.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I for one am open. I plan to watch
    football either the Falcons-Lions
    game or Red Zone and catch some of the Raiduhs. If the wife wants to go somewhere I won’t resist like I normally do. We usually do workarounds the Niner games.
    Of course on Saturdays we have to do workarounds watching my college team. If I have something that I can’t get out of I DVR it.

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lions vs Falcons should be interesting today. We can compare ourselves vs Falcons. Or watch Detroit begin to lose its magic carpet.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The battele axs usually asks who’s winning? If I tell her we’re getting killed she’ll ask me why I’m watching. I always say we can comeback. It works sometimes like the Eagles game.
    Today worst case we’ll have a 2.5 game lead on the division. If Cleveland can win we’ll have a 3 game lead with 10 to play. But Hillis is hurt so the Browns have it tough.

  60. robNo Gravatar says:

    carl edwards

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m rolling with Jeff Gordon and the 24 crew today.
    This NFL Red Zone is good stuff. Suh just about ripped off Matt “Stinks on Ice’s” head with a face mask penalty.

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m watching cleveland vs. the hawks with seattle eddie !

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Try not to snore too loudly, Rob. Your brother might take offense.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NFL Films better burn every inch of tape of that SEA/CLE game.
    Good timing for Halloween, however. It’s a horror show.

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Wanna hear sumthin even scarier than that game?
    The play of my fantasy teams today. Boo!

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Tebow so far is a joke.
    He’s 3 of 10 for 34 yds and they’re almost to the 4th quarter.
    He missed one sure TD when he overthrew Eric Decker wide open with nobody within 10 yds of him.

  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    no prob he’s sleeping too ! it’s a real barn burner !


    word !

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What is wrong with Chris Johnson?
    New contract but no production.
    His longest run today is 3yds.

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    the rest of our division teams suck ! we’re going to win the division guys !

  70. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle now 3 games back.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow redeemed himself.
    Denver pulled it out.
    I suppose it is how you finish.
    Very Alex Smith like.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    V is back on SF Gate using party of my name. He just posted another classic Vism

    “No response needed rather a pack on the back of a Liberal Job well done.”

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    party of my name? menat to say part of my name.

  74. robNo Gravatar says:


    not quite smith imho , but did you see christian ponder … wow !

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ponder looked good but I’m still impressed with Andy Dalton and Cam Newton has been a big suprise.
    As for Tebow he will sooner or later get hurt running crazy like he does. Tebow is a concussion waiting to happen because he goes into linemen head first.
    Miami stayed on trackin their suck for Luck quest.
    The NFC West cooperated today by everyone else losing.

  76. 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


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)
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

Grumpy: DNP