The Outsider likes to spoof former 49er head coach Mike Nolan because it’s fun and it always riled up the Igloo Man who has evidently departed the premises. But, with Tuesday’s Pro Bowl announcements, Nolan’s last draft here, the 2007 draft, deserves some kudos. That draft hauled in three pro bowlers (Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, Dashon Goldson), plus Ray McDonald and Terrell Brown — two pretty good core players. So, thanks for that one, Mike. Excellent work.
The Rams and the 49ers have played 124 games against each other and are in a dead even tie: 61-61-2. This useless bit of information will probably fire up the team for Sunday’s game and a chance to take the all time lead in this sixty year old rivalry. Cough, cough.
(mm(((Comp/Att)-3) * 5) + mm(((Yards/Att)-3) * .25) + mm((TD/Att) * 20) + (2.375 – ((Int/Att)*25)) divided by 6) * 100. This is the formula for calculating a quarterback’s QB rating, give or take a misplaced or missing parenthesis. Pretty straightforward math gobbledygook if you are a pointy-headed alien, but a bit beyond the average football fan’s mind span. The critical element in the above equation is the bolded area. It is this element that heavily weights the ratings toward QBs who throw TD passes, whether those passes are 50 yard bombs or merely from the one yard line. A QB on a team that can score on the ground is going to be penalized in the above system.
This formula is a bit of contrived baloney. The NFL likes it, though, because it elevates mad bomber QBs to the status of gods, even allowing them to have scores greater than 100. This is a wowzer element to us B and C students who rarely even broke 90. When a perfect score is 158.3, you know somebody is slinging some heavyweight B.S.
A + B + C = three blocks of alphabet wood you can throw off the forehead of a fellow classmate. Now that is math we can all relate to. Or is it just me?
I’m still savoring last Saturday’s win in Seattle. Beating those guys in their own house was sweet. And no victory this year more aptly shows the difference between this year’s squad and last year’s. Last year, one bad play by Nate Clements and the roof fell in. The team was in complete disarray the rest of the game. This year’s team did not even bat an eye after that blocked punt which completely changed the game’s momentum. Straight down the field to retake the lead. Very, very impressive.
Braylon Edwards got pink slipped Monday, which sent a lot of fingers to the noggin scatching post. He hasn’t done squat this year, but at the time of his release, the 49ers had only one healthy receiver on the roster — Michael Crabtree. The good news is the move apparently signals that Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn are both healthy enough to play. Otherwise, and even if, this release has not yet been explained and has all the murky implications that surrounded the abrupt dismissal of Scot McCloughan two years ago. McCloughan allegedly had his head in the bottle, and the likely explanation for where Braylon’s head was located most likely would be somewhere around lower-mid-rear torso. Perhaps we will get a more nospeak explanation today.
In the meantime, I will turn my attention to worrying about how we can beat the Rams this Sunday. Step one would be to show up. I’m not sure if any more steps are needed, but I promise to research the matter thoroughly. Perhaps.