Let the Games Begin

The 2015 NFL season is finally upon us. Fittingly, the 49ers and Vikings will be the last teams to play on the opening weekend, scheduled for the late game of a Monday Night football doubleheader.

Jim Harbaugh never lost an opening game during his four year tenure, so new coach Jim Tomsula will be trying to avoid the indignity of not only losing the first game of the year, but also the first game of his Head Coaching career. Since Tomsula got the job by being a locker room rat and a front office stooge, he does not deserve to be HC of the 49ers and will get no good luck wishes from the Outsider.

The opening game against Minnesota is as close as it will get this year to a MUST WIN GAME. When an 8-8 season is the best a fan can hope for, there’s really no such thing as a must win game. But a home loss to the Vikings could lead to an 0-6 start and the possibility of a complete team melt down by early October.

Vikings OC Norv Turner is still on my shit list for bailing on the Niners in March of 2007, effectively torpedoing the team for the following season. But it won’t bother me much if he dials up a game plan that torches us Monday night, because owner Jed York and GM Trent Baalke are even MORE on my shit list for their complete destruction of the team this past offseason.

The NFC West seems to have cornered the market on bad offensive lines this year. All four teams have lousy O-lines and great D-lines. We’re not going to see a lot of scoring in the division games. We might see some QBs get maimed pretty bad, though. The most vulnerable QBs are Arizona’s notoriously fragile Carson Palmer and the Rams’ Nick Foles.

All in all, Seattle still looks like the best team in the division, with the Rams and Cardinals duking it out for second banana, and the woeful Niners once again finding themselves in the basement. If you’ve used the offseason wisely and prepared for the team to suck this year, it should be enjoyable watching them do just that. If you’ve spent the offseason in denial and think this team has a chance to compete with the big boys, get ready for a long, thoroughly unenjoyable journey back to reality.

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329 comments on “Let the Games Begin
  1. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit thanks for the response on Culliver’s suspension.
    2nd time I’ve fallen for these suspension alerts thinking it was a current development.
    League takes forever handing out these punishments, and I lose track of them.

    As for your comment on Chip Kelly and Byron Maxwell, don’t forget all the money he tied up in other FAs this year.
    Chip as the GM is something I think they’re going to regret.

    Read recently that he’s handed out something like $50+Mil to 5 or 6 players.
    If he’s planning on retaining Bradford, where’s that money coming from?

    Not that I care but, I love rubbing it in with Eagle Fans out here.

  2. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep that’s what I got too = 404 error.

    So Niners O not as ‘bad’ as we feared and that’s a big plus w/Kap appearing to be progressing staying in the pocket and going through his reads. Showed some touch completing career high 10 play action passes. All good with some room to improve accuracy a few times but lots to build on so encouraging.

    OL kept him clean when in pass pro as his one sack was running OB near the LOS. Too the OC helped a lot by running Hyde 26 times, roll outs to get Kap away from rush, heavy 13 personnel group of 1 RB and 3 TEs to block and help in short passing game. There is a lot to like in the schemes and play calling on O, not to mention good execution by OL, Kap.

    D didn’t miss a beat with all the exodus and new DC who is obviously more aggressive than Fangio. Loved the blitzes.

    Cautiously optimistic we will be competitive on the road against Steelers but still going to call for a close loss 20-24.

    Good result from new coaches, players yesterday at Levis. Let’s keep it up and make this season really interesting. It could happen despite our/my pessimism. Who knows?

  3. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve gone over to The Dark Side.

    31-24 Niners

  4. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    There is no Dark Side, really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.

  5. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    I just watched a little of that game last night (after I told myself I wouldn’t) and here’s a few thoughts….

    First off, both coaches last night were run game morons. Norv Turner an offensive genius? Hardly. Who in their right mind has Adrian Peterson (coming off a year’s rest) running out of shotgun formations? Is Norv Turner insane? Norv still thinks he’s in San Diego with Phillip Rivers. If you put Teddy Bridgewater in shotgun, with Peterson next to him, you’re putting a priority on Bridgewater and not on Peterson. I formation? Peterson is the focus and more dangerous. Shotgun? Bridgewater is the focus and the offensive priority. Most of the game last night had Peterson running out of shotgun formations which was so, so stupid. And last night is not really a good indicator for the 49ers (if they can stop the run) because running out of the gun is for players like Danny Woodhead (small, quick and crafty) not your bell cow, potential HOF back like Peterson.

    The shotgun formation (all the time) is for a dynamite qb like Marino with wrs like Clayton and Duper. Who does Bridgewater have? Mike Wallace reporting? Norv Turner should be shot.

    The Vikings needed to run I formation and pound Peterson all game long. Bridgewater needed to play the entire game under center, and his passes needed to come off play action. And Norv Turner knows this offense. This was Norv’s bread and butter in Dallas and Washington. He changed in San Diego to the gun with Rivers but that’s Rivers… It’s not like Norv can’t see the difference… It’s not like Norv doesn’t know both offenses…. unless he’s finally over-the-hill. Stupid move. Who knows if it cost the Vikings a W, but I know for certain the game would have been a lot closer.

    And Jim Tomsula isn’t much better. Carlos Hyde needs Mike Smith to back him up or Hyde is going to get injured. Rugby dude and Bush aren’t the answer. Rugby dude is going to get a real dose of reality over the next four weeks, and eventually it’ll be obvious even to Tomsula that rugby isn’t getting it done. But without an effective backup, Tomsula will kill Hyde – riding him too hard and putting him away wet. I’m predicting a Dusty Baker-like effect with Tomsula and Hyde. Baker used to leave his starters in too long and they often got injured. I’m betting Tomsula doesn’t know how to rest Hyde. The presence of rugby dude and Bush leads me to believe this. I do still, however, believe rugby dude can return kicks.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    31-17 Niners

  7. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tommy was drinking the kool-aid that Bush would last more than a quarter so Smith was inactive. Rugby guy will be okay but agree M Smith has to be the primary back up…not Bush’s backup Mr Oz.

    Good point about wearing out Hyde. I’m worried about that too.

    So what’s yer perdiction against da Steelers?

  8. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Winder and NJ reign supreme off last weeks calls. Ok pigskin pronosticators here’s yer chance to be brilliant.

    RTFirefly: 31-24 Niners. “I’ve gone over to The Dark Side. 31-24 Niners. There is no Dark Side, really. Matter of fact it’s all dark”

    (Phil: The unis were dark and the numbers too…What, you’re going all optimistic on us? That’s sick, lol.)

    Phil Fan: 24-20 Steelers. “Cautiously optimistic we will be competitive on the road against Steelers but still going to call for a close loss 20-24. Niners score 31 I’ll be elated”

    winder: 31-17 Niners (Gotcha Winder, whoa 2 TD win? Okay then)

    Git yer perdictions in gentlemen, we have a contest to eyeball comig up (at 1 AM Monday morning, ugh).

  9. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, “breakdown” is missing an “s”. Here’s a shortened version:

    ZBS has been around a long time. Not the magic it once was. Most teams do it to one extent or another. We’ve done it here though not as our base blocking scheme.

    My point is all DCs know how to defend it now and it’s still going to depend on the players executing.

    It’s pretty dependent on ALL blockers making their blocks, the backside guys cutting the pursuit and the RB “seeing” the cutback as it’s developing.

    Carroll hired Alex Gibbs to teach it to the Seahawks, which he did, but quit before he was done.

  10. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Skeebers took the day off from writing his usual day after report.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This coming game will require more shots on the Pittsburgh Secondary IMO.
    Question being, are we ready to click on the passing game?
    Gotta say, short week vs a rested Steeler team in their bldg, edge to Ben.
    Steelers 27-21

  12. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Skeebs might be exhausted hauling out all the garbage posted here every night.

    Yep players executing properly whatever the scheme is more important than just “the scheme” (with lousy execution = see last years O). Hyde was doing a good job finding the holes/lanes for cutbacks. Just hope he isn’t ridden into the ground. Thanks for the link NF, I’ll check it out again.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta admit I was happy to see Kaep keeping his poise last night.
    Ran when he had to, kept himself collected to throw, longer than I’ve seen from him before.

    The shot Kaep took from MN S Harrison Smith is the sort of thing that makes me cringe when he doesn’t get down.
    Though I did think that shot was very close to being OoB.

  14. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Kap took a hell of a shot there NJ. We know what injuries can do to a team…

    Got your 27-21 call too. But of course a W won’t ruin my day : )

  15. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – Kaep keeping his poise? If your grandma rushed Kaep and he didn’t keep his poise, I’d be ashamed.

  16. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    Two. hundred. fifty. seven. to. nothing. Steelers.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Same here Phil.
    I just can’t diminish Ben at home, well rested and, coming off a tough loss.
    Mangini had a good game vs the Vikes, so, I know he’s capable of getting after the QB.
    However, Ben won’t fold in the pocket like Teddy did.
    Anything is possible if our D can keep it up on a short week.
    Defense and running games travel as they say 😀

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit, Kaep showed some signs of settling down.
    Wasn’t the typical 1 read/run we’ve seen all too often.
    He ain’t Montana but, then again, that’s not who he is.

    Credit to him for showing some signs of improvement.

  19. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:

    NJ –

    “He ain’t Montana, but then again, that’s not who he is…”

    I f’n hate you so much.

  20. Sir Spitblood from GeneoushireNo Gravatar says:


    When this guy is done working as a long snapper, he can get a job in the 49er front office scouting talent.

  21. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I give Kaepernick credit for trying to get better. He look much improved in some things he’s always had trouble with. Although he missed on most of his deeper shots (plus 10 yds) and he didn’t face much pressure it was good to see him stepping up in the pocket, scanning the pattern for open receivers, holding the ball up in a ready position while he eluded pressure and keeping his eyes downfield. Small and basic things, true but not easy to break bad habits. He also made quicker decisions and took longer to bail to the scramble and when he pulled the ball down to run he still looked but didn’t throw.

    My concern is he will revert to old habits when he gets uncomfortable again.

    I saw little resemblence to the Dick LeBeau defense in the Steelers game, although they kept the 3-4 base. I’ll guarantee if LeBeau were still there they wouldn’t have gone into the game saying all they have to do is bump Gronk at the line.

    Brady and the o-line know the edge rushers and DEs are coming. That’s why they couldn’t get home.

    Roethlisberger won’t likely be thrown off his game by pressure. Mangini’s a gambler and he gambles. For all the hyperbole around so much blitzing it’s a gamble and good QBs can make you pay for it. Heath Miller’s “always open” on the hot route.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    F’ng hate me Spit?

    I’ll try not to let that bother me.
    Carry on.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree NoFear49er regarding Kaep.
    Props to him for the work he’s put in.
    Certainly can’t hurt in the long run.

    Tough to keep still when the basic instincts are to scoot.
    Good to see nonetheless.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    WTF Spit?

    “And Jim Tomsula isn’t much better. Carlos Hyde needs Mike Smith to back him up or Hyde is going to get injured.”

    You talking about the ex-Atlanta Falcons HC?
    Or some guy on your Geneoushire Fantasy Roster?

  25. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Good catch NJ. I saw his comment about ‘M Smith’ and got on board w/ ‘Smith not Davis’:

    “M Smith has to be the primary back up…not Bush’s backup Mr Oz.”

    Spit is a hypnotist?

  26. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, how are you man? All good?

    Take care!

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Compensatory picks will be determined by playing time by
    Culliver, Cox and Skuta with their new teams.
    If Culliver plays about 90% of the Redskin snaps the Niners are projected to receive a 3rd round compensatory pick in the next draft. Cox is worth a 5th and Skuta a 6th if their snap count stays consistent as both are starting..

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Coach’s film from first half of Monday’s game courtesy of sfvka221.


  29. 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