Lay of the Land

The 2014 season has produced its share of weird, up-and-down performances, but the playoff picture is beginning to blur into focus. In the NFC, seven teams are in the hunt (Cowboys, Eagles, Lions, Packers, Cardinals, 49ers, and Seahawks) and one other team will represent the NFC South, probably the Saints. The AFC is quite a bit messier. Everybody is in the race except the Jets, Titans, Jaguars, and Raiders.

So, 20 teams are still viable and 12 are toast. I’m considering the entire NFC South as one viability and three schmoes.

I’ve had a hard time taking the Cardinals seriously as a dominant team, but maybe they are. Their defense allows them to play with anybody, and each week they manage to find a way to score just enough points to win. They escaped the Eagles Sunday and go on the road against Dallas next week. If they win that one, too, only a game left with the 49ers and two with the Seahawks will be standing in the way of their winning the NFC West.

The Colts are as unpredictable as the Cardinals are not. One week they shut out the Bengals, then the next week Pittsburgh lays 51 points on them. At the same time, the Bengals turn around and beat Baltimore. These are not reliable teams. But, like with the 2012 Ravens, any of them can get smoking hot during the playoffs and, with a generous dose of luck, run the table. Maybe not the Bengals. After all, Andy Dalton is their QB. The playoffs are too big for him. It’s the red hair. No red headed QB has ever won a Super Bowl.

Last week’s blockbuster Seattle trade of Percy Harvin to the Jets for a bag of peanuts was an admission of a monumental front office blunder. One that, if Trent Baalke had perpetrated it, would have brought howls from many of us, and one or two in particular. Not having to cover Harvin in our two games this year is a real blessing and so is not having to prepare for covering him. I imagine with the weakened state of the Seahawk’s defense, those northern fellows are wringing their hands at the offseason loss of D-line guys that occurred mainly to accommodate Harvin’s bloated salary. All is not well in that locker room, either. Tsk, tsk.

Jets General Manager John Idzik admitted Monday his performance was unsatisfactory. Ha ha ha ha. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeew, Baby! Welcome to the real world, John. You’re inching up on it. How about atrocious? Laughable? Absurd? Pathetic?

This afternoon is the NFL deadline for making trades, so there will be rumors flying today. There’s never much action attached to the rumors, but it spices up the news for a day or two. There’s speculation that the Niners are shopping a D-line guy and maybe an OLB, but Jim Harbaugh assures us the Niners aren’t trading anyone, and he never fibs to us.

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25 comments on “Lay of the Land
  1. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The only guy I heard that was on the block was Lemonyay.

    There just aren’t that many in-season trades in football. Fred Dean leaps to mind. And now Harvin. I can’t recall any others.

    Never did get what SD was thinking when they dumped Dean and later Gary Big Hands’ Johnson, who we gladly snatched up. Or is it Gary ‘Big Johnson’ Hands?

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never thought of it that way. Seattle did dismantle their expensive D-line partly for Harvin. It was for than just him but he was a main factor. Without looking it up it seems a lot of money went to Dick Sherman too.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Lemoneir will probably be cut when a few players come back. I don’t know who would give up anything for him.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    49er Way Video in case you missed this.
    Joe threw accurate catchable balls

  5. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    A careful reader of this blog cannot fail to be surprised at the absence of any mention of the latest failed OT comeback by Tony Romo. Is a Dallas loss no longer cause for celebration? There are certain rituals that should not be set aside especially during a 49er bye weekend.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Earl- They should have left the back up QB in. He was getting points.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All I want from Dallas is for them to hand an L to AZ Earl.

    Personally I think Jerruh was too distracted, playing the concerned Owner/GM/Trainer/Asst HC/All-around Media Whore last night, to realize that Weeden was keeping them in the game.

    He likely pushed for the dramatic Primetime Finale.

    Once Promo was reinserted, they got away from Max-Protection and let Promo pretend he was being blitzed, right into mediocre dementia moments of non-heroism.

    Not ready for Primetime Theater at it’s best.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing is more enjoyable than seeing that scrotum-faced windbag lose in Primetime.

    He puts the ‘D’ in Douchebag, not Defense.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams go out and acquire one of the best, if not the best D-line in football and then continue to stack the box on 3 WR sets. That seems redundant to me. I hope they continue that strategy this week. It allowed us to pass all over them.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good news:

    “All 52 active 49ers are healthy and present at the start of today’s practice after last week’s bye.”

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Have they made room for Dorsey? I’d think he might not be quite ready for prime time.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Three week roster exemption to activate him or put him on IR.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought the roster was 53?

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Giants win! I am a proud SF Giants fan! Dynasty baby! Three in five!

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh has only coached for 3+ seasons but he is about to enter Schottenheimer/Knox territory. Both of those were Singletary Sardine Can coaches, much like a few of our fans on this blog. I give Harbaugh a lot of credit for seeing the big picture and changing the offense. I just hope he gets the transition done before he is ousted. I like Harbaugh as a coach overall, problem is most of these first time coaches don’t get it until the second gig. Harbaugh seems to be getting it now.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to teach a conservative Coach to become a gunslinger Berger.
    Harbaugh seems to enjoy a close-to-the-vest slugfest all too much.

    No killer instinct.

    Needs to change this month and continue to improve into December.
    We won’t win a shootout until he learns to open things up.

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    Dorsey was at practice. He’ll be back

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    Our team is full strength. No more “weird” up and downs…..

    Wont be any shootouts

    Time for #6!!!!!!

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the vibe certainly is Belichickian. His dismissal by the Browns was the product of the team being moved/undermined by Art Modell more than anything. But his relationship with the front office certainly took a nosedive when Modell announced the move to Balt. in the middle of the season.

    The chatter has died down, at least. Time for this team to settle in and play the way they are capable of. The division may be an outlier at this point, but they need to hit the playoffs running smoothly as opposed to the on-again off-again nature of the team. Start playing complete games. Harbaugh needs to learn how to better put teams away.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I’ll say that Harbaugh has learned is he’s toned down the sideline freakouts over petty calls.

    If those early games were aimed at his antics, then he received the message loud and clear.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I didn’t say anything about gunslinger. That would be going to far the other way. What I am hoping for is a good balance. You seem to be singing the choirs tune on this sight. The common inference is if one doesn’t want the Singletary Sardine Can Offense they must want to be some kind of Run and Shoot. Definitely not true. All I ask for is good balance. I want an offense that is adept at taking what the defense is weak at or what they dare us to do. That requires a good balance.

  22. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It has been revealed that the DA office probably won’t be charging Ray Mac with domestic violence. Turns out they don’t have a case. They do have a jumbo case of eggs to help alleviate the anticipated shortage:

    Quote: “We have a clear policy that no citizen will be deprived of his constitutional right to be a horses ass or the member of a man hating lynch mob. Therefore we have a large supply of fresh eggs for all who have so justly earned them.”

    Never Forget!

  23. 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