Sunday’s opponent is the Oakland Raiders. The Bay Area Suck team. Other franchises in this GPS vicinity are often bad, even lousy, sometimes terrible. But only the Raiders suck.
It’s not that their team sucks, so much as it is their FANS suck and their OWNER sucks. In a post two months ago, appropriately entitled “Raiders Suck,” I explained why this is so. I won’t dredge through it again now.
For a winless, disappointing team like the 2010 49ers, calling any other team in the league some sort of disparaging name would seem to be laughable. But that’s how bad the Raiders suck. You can be 0-16 like the 2008 Detroit Lions and still say the Raiders suck.
Nobody in the league likes the Raiders. Even the players on the team don’t like being there. Being drafted by, or traded to, the Raiders is about the worst thing that can happen to anyone who likes to play football. The 49ers might be a franchise in disarray, but the Raiders are a franchise in terminal disease.
It’s difficult to say which would be the more embarrassing, losing to the Raiders or beating them. Losing to them would be a definitive statement about just how stinky the 2010 Niners are. Beating them would be seen as a sarcastic statement about just how stinky the 2010 Niners are, that the only team they can beat is the Raiders.
49er fans have already begun to discuss the 2011 NFL draft and who would be a good candidate to replace Mike Singletary as the new Head Coach. Many fans would like to see Singletary fired immediately and see a loss to the Raiders as a golden opportunity to wield the axe. Presumably, the rest of the season would then be a version of Niners Stink, but At Least Singletary Is Gone. To these fans, finding themselves tempted to root for the Raiders Sunday has got to be an all time low point in 49er fandom history. It’s borderline sicko despair.
Hey 49er guys, see what you’ve done to us fans? We’re getting close to … to … filing a lawsuit!
This site is not tempted to root for the Raiders Sunday. One more week of patience is no big deal. Singletary can be fired next week or the week after. Who cares? He’s already gone anyway. However, no matter how bad the 49ers are, beating the Raiders is always going to be enjoyable. Especially when they think they’re getting better, even contending, and then they can’t even beat a winless NFL team like the Niners. Back to sucksville you pretenders. All next week, Raider fans will be drooling on themselves, muttering “We can’t even beat the 49ers. I am going to kill myself now.” Ahhhhh. What a sweet thought.
At any rate, I think the 49ers will get their first win this Sunday. NoFear has provided some stills from last Sunday’s game which provide some glimpses of hope and optimism in the post-Jimmy Raye era — for the forthcoming game, maybe even the forthcoming season.
In the meantime, Go Niners! Beat those scumbags!
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Here are a few interesting single-back formations that Mike Johnson employed, especially in the third and fourth quarters in the Eagles game. In fact we only saw #44 once after Smith’s fumble for a play action pass to Gore.
2 x 2 Formation
A 2×2 formation that Johnson called for the TD pass to Davis. It is also the formation he called for the 2nd and 5 play where Smith fumbled.
3 x 1 Formation
The 3×1 formation was Johnson’s nearly exclusive formation after Smith’s fumble early in the 4th quarter. It was called in 18 of the 23 plays. It has Smith in the shotgun and Gore in the back field at equal set back, on the same side as the single receiver and away from V.Davis. The receivers’ positions are varied by tighter and wider splits and the formation is flipped about half the time.
4 x 1 Formation
A 4×1 empty formation that was used with Westbrook split wide. We lost 3 yds on the play. It was also used in the 3rd quarter with Gore in place of Westbrook. Nullified by a False Start penalty, on Crabs IIRC, in that case.