Lopsided Lullaby

It’s back to work week for our new found wunderkinds, the San Francisco 49ers. A win against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday would give the team a perfect 4-0 record for October. Does anyone remember the last time this franchise had a perfect month?

Each week, it seems we hear these words, “For the first time since …” And some fact follows that ISN’T NEGATIVE. Futility is working its way out of our vocabularies. And wending its way toward other franchises.

The 49ers have spent the past eight years fiddling around somewhere within the bottom third grouping of league teams. Then in one momentous six game stretch, they have vaulted into the top echelon grouping, completely bypassing the middle third moderately middling group.

An article on Grantland.com last week took the 49ers seriously enough to pose the question of whether Alex Smith would be the worst starting quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. The writer concluded he wouldn’t. The distinction for worst belonged to … Terry Bradshaw! Bradshaw was the only SB winning QB to be benched in the same year his team went to the big game. Of course, Bradshaw went on to win three more SBs and ceased being a truly awful QB.

Hmmmm. I think I just felt a shudder riffle through the room. Maybe it was only the Autumn wind. It sounded more like a moan than a brrrr, though. I’m probably just imagining things.

There remain some doubters about just how good the Niners are, pointing to two key plays that are probably the difference between 5-1 and 3-3. The Justin Smith sack which saved the Philly game and the Alex Smith TD to Delanie Walker that won the Detroit game. In the past, key plays generally were ones we didn’t make or ones that the other team did. That’s progress, to be sure. But the game that stands out as an indicator the 49ers are indeed a very good team is the complete drubbing laid on Tampa Bay. You just can’t demolish a quality team with luck or a fluke play.

Jim Harbaugh and his coaches have indeed worked wonders so far this year, but they couldn’t have done it without some quality horses in the stable. For the past couple of years, fans and observers have looked at the 49ers’ roster and scratched their heads. It should be the best roster in the division, but it didn’t perform that way. This year, it was generally concluded that the roster was just overrated. Now it is obvious that the team was just undercoached.

It’s a weird year in the NFC West. The 49ers have more victories than the other three teams combined. After next Sunday, they could even have TWICE as many victories as the other three combined. This is looking like a very lopsided situation. Is winning your division by six or seven games some kind of record? It could happen.

Harbaugh is probably not very popular among his peers right now. The way he has turned this franchise around in such a short time makes other coaches out there working on some sort of three to five year plan look like lesser lights. Owners tend to notice these sorts of things and raise the bar on what their own coaches are expected to accomplish.

I’m sure Harbaugh could give a rat’s rear end what other coaches think, though. And we tend to share those feelings of indifference. Especially for the guy in Seattle who took his team to Ohio Sunday and saw them out-stink the Browns in one of the most awful games of the 2011 season.

Here in the NFC Bay Area, things are peachie keeno at the moment. The AFC side of town is scraping dog poo off their cleats this morning, but that just makes our side of town even peachier! Here’s to the second half of our season. May it continue to amaze us!.

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36 comments on “Lopsided Lullaby
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If we win our next 3 games and Seattle loses their next 3 we could be 6 games up with 7 to play. Ariz plays the Ravens next so if we win and they lose as expected we’ll be five up on them.
    I’m just wondering from a team dynamic if it’s good to have this type of potential lead or is this peaking too soon?
    I realize I am getting way ahead
    and we should go back to the old adage to take ut one game at a time.
    The worst thing that could happen is complacency and losing focus. I think Harbaugh will keep their attention and remind them of their goals.
    And no I am not suggesting we are a lock by any means. I realize this can go south really fast but I like the position we’re in.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Green Bay is in a similar situation, though not quite as extreme. The Niners should be competing to be the best in the league, not the best in the division. They are beyond the local scene at this point.

  3. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Green Bay…they looked very beatable yesterday…they only beat Vikings by 6…giving up 27 to a rookie QB

  4. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    And speaking of the Vikings..and how one play can make a game…how about a desperation pass against us… to the back of the end zone…its nice being on the positive side of one of those for a change

  5. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    My online sportsbook has the Niners as a 9 point favorite…

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A lot of fans are in a state of anoesis. The last time we’ve been 5-1 is not from our recent past. Let’s take it one game at a time ladies and gentlemen. Up next, the Browns.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    OK, so let’s check out our schedule…. LOL!

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The goal should be to try to get home field advantage through the Super Bowl. None of this frozen tundra crap. Packers can’t seem to tackle but neither could Minnesota. New Orleans is up and down every week. Either they’re red hot or lethargic.

    Another V-ism brand new fron SF Gate “I am a Niner fan, I live and breed Niner Football”

    Rememeber Norm Crosby? He used to butcher the English language as his schtick. Is V Norm Crosby Jr?

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The face mask penalty on Suh yesterday should also get a $50K fine from the NFL. Suh didn’t let go and almost snapped Ryan’s neck.
    Suh is a great player but dirty like Haynesworth. If you watch the replay in slo motion Ryan was lucky and inches from breaking his neck.

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho we have a good shot at a 7-1 when we take on NY in two weeks ! i had the misfortune of watching cleveland vs. seattle , and the browns were pretty bad !
    after them it’s vs. washington with john beck at QB !

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s beat the Browns, then worry about the Giants. We don’t want to fall into that trap of looking ahead and blowing an easy one.

  12. robNo Gravatar says:


    don’t miss this
    ” i had the misfortune of watching cleveland vs. seattle ”

    imho with the extra time to prepare we have a good chance of beating cleveland !

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We should *destroy* Cleveland.
    It’s the distance between should and will that worries me.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree with the contingent that plays the 1 at a time plan. What we’ve seen so far is a Staff that seems to have a fantastic game plan each and every week and, I’d expect to see that continue.
    I would have a concern for a little rust on Braylon and the BYE week hangover perhaps but, we’re home and I’d expect an upbeat effort.
    I’ll measure our future against the NYG when they arrive in 3 weeks. That game will have huge implications for them in the NFC East.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Had another thought today regarding the NYG. They have the Miami Dolphins coming to town this weekend.
    If they lose to the G-Men and go 0-7, what are the odds that Nolan could lose his job a 2nd time after playing a game in the Meadowlands?

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Ravens found out last night what it’s like to overlook a team.
    They got their heads handed to them.The game film should help the Niners prepare for their game against Baltimore had 146 yards total offense and rushed for 34 yds. Ravens run hot and cold just like the NY Giants.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, more likely Sparano gets fired and Nolan gets the “interim” HC gig. He wouldn’t get fired till after the season.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    While the nation was being mesmerized by the Northern Lights last night, that was just the 49ers getting ready to get back to work.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Miami guys are claiming they had the wrong defense on the field for the two point conversion. Even though they took a time out prior to the attempt. This does not reflect well on Nolan, nor did the team’s defensive collapse in the final three minutes. So, I take it back, NJ. Nolan seems to be working his way downward on the coaching scene. Next stop, linebacker coach in Minnesota, replacing his replacement, old what’s his name.

  20. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Players said they had the wrong defense….hummm…everyone knew where the play was going….hummm…sounds like the coaches wanted or were told to let the dolphins score….hummmm….havent fired the coach yet ….hummmmm….think that maybe the owner (Ross) has told the coaches “want to stay employed?” …suck for Luck!!!

  21. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    By the way…i mentioned that i thought Green Bay looked beatable against Minnyhaha with a rookie QB…and the great Ravens looked pathetic last night against a rookie QB….damn it seems the Niners are as good or better than anyone…

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- I was watching that game on Red Zone. I saw the formation by Denver with the def by Miami and knew it was going to be a draw. Miami calls a TO and comes back in the same def. All I could think is how bad a coach Nolan is. Sure enough, Denver runs a QB draw and Tebow goes in untouched.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The three goal line DTs for Miami were on the sideline and Nolan went with a nickel package.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You want Tebow to throw the ball
    with guys in his face. His throwing motion is so long and he does not have a quick releae.
    He reminds me of an old Chicgo Bear QB and it’s not Harbaugh.
    Remember Bobby Douglas? Tebow is even built like him.
    I could be wrong but when I think Tebow I think Eric Crouch.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not know his 3 goal line DTs were on the sideline. Wow. I wonder if that was Nolan or Sparano making that call? Obviously it comes down to Sparano. When I didn’t see a LB in the middle I knew it was going to be a draw.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually I saw it also on Red Zone and the play by play guys were warning that a draw was coming so everyone was in the huddle when the play was called.
    That was the Dolphin Red Sea Defense. The defensive signals being barked was Moses.
    Perhaps Miami does want Andrew Luck.

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok ! all i have to say is this …
    if they accounted for tebow running the ball 0n that play it was sparano !

    if they had everything you can think of stopped … except maybe tebow running … it was nolan !

  28. robNo Gravatar says:


    ” Skeebers Says:

    “The three goal line DTs for Miami were on the sideline and Nolan went with a nickel package.”

    mike nobrain ! way to out-think the opposition there mikey !

  29. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t remember the game I saw Nolan do that with the Niners. Pittsburgh?
    Unfurkingbelievable. 3rd and 1 on the goal line, and 5 DBs are 3 yards deep in the end zone. I remember screaming at the walls a lot that game.

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    ok CHUCK , but i bet you CAN remember seeing nolan do whatever you thought was the complete opposite of whatever made the MOST sense at any given time !

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    like … going with his best (see run stopping of course )DT’s including RON FEILDS in the game for a WHOLE SERIES !
    at the end of the game and exactly when the other team needed to pass to get the winning TD !

    omg , what a fool !

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously, you don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows.
    Did anyone in the Stadium expect Tebow to throw for a 2pt Conversion?
    Nolan and Sparano could go out together when the axe comes down.
    Then Nolan could have the distinction on getting canned following a game in the Old Meadowlands and the New.

  33. robNo Gravatar says:


    i guess tebow didn’t have to run it in !
    think maybe miami at least should have had someone responsible for tebow (vs. the possibility he runs it ) there ?

    or doesn’t tebow ever run (esp. at the goal line) much !


  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  35. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I really have to wonder at the depths of the all-encompassing love of everything Mike Nolan by some of the posters.
    Nolan ran his big sub defense all the time. Even on the goal line.

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