Once More, With Gusto

Aldon Smith did not return early from his nine game suspension this week, as many surmised he would. But, who cares? We don’t need him this week. After all, we’re playing the Rams! Again!

Next week, however, either Aldon is re-instated one game early or Pro Football Talk gossip hack Mike Florio has a big wad of coast-to-coast egg on his face. As much as I’d like to titter over Florio’s embarrassment, getting Aldon back next week, in time to face the Saints in New Orleans, would be a far more preferable enjoyment.

Every other wounded player is back at practice and ready to go, though, which bodes well for the second half playoff run. The biggest question for Sunday’s game is how well rookie center Marcus Martin will hold up while stepping in for the IRed Daniel Kilgore, who I don’t consider wounded so much as broken. Martin is only 20, but is reported to be quite mature. Let’s hope he can play good, too.

The Rams are in no such healthy state. Half their team is wounded or broken. They traded this week with Tampa Bay for safety Mark Barron, just so they’d have somebody to line up and get burned by Colin Kaepernick. Barron is a run-stopper safety who doesn’t cover that well (see, strong safety) and he’ll be playing free safety for the Rams. Bad for Frank Gore, probably, but good for Kaepernick.

For the past couple of years, the 49er O-line has been viewed as one of the best in the league. That view must be skewered by its pedigree. Three first round draft picks among the five starters. In truth, this group has perhaps been the weak link on the team this year. Injuries have no doubt played a part, as well as the missed training camp of Alex Boone. But these guys don’t pass block well and they don’t open holes for Gore and Carlos Hyde the way the Cowboys line does for Demarco Murray. They’ll need to improve down the stretch for the team to win it all.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Marcus Martin is very athletic. That’s a good thing. He also has never played a down in the NFL. That’s a bad thing. This will be interesting to how it works out at center on Sunday. Surprisingly, Kilgore looked to be our best O-lineman this year.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    His absence reminds of the old cartoon “Kilroy was here”. Except in our case it would be, “Kilgore was here”.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Ray McDonald won’t even be charged and the Niner FO got it right.
    So much for the hysterical one who called for McDonald’s head
    without seeing the real evidence.
    Once again you are entitled to your opinion but being constantly on the wrong end reveals a lot.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just a reminder what was said about Harbaugh and the Ray McDonald

    “This is about how the 49ers address the issue of domestic abuse and institutional accountability. if Ray Ray plays this Sunday, then Harbaugh comes across as a lying sack of shit. A guy spouting lip service about his policy on domestic violence. He’s the one that said zero tolerance. And he doesn’t see anything here?”

    Lot’s of eggs and we need some more crow.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, funny that someone who wanted a player suspended for fighting with a teammate is so free to let women get beaten.

    Good for you, misogynist. Are you just scared of women, or do you actively hate them?

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny, this is all you have to live for Bullitt.

    Let’s rehash Crabs, OK?

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Troll. Misogynistic troll.

    “So it goes . . .”

    -Kilgore Trout

  8. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    “They’re coming to get you, Barbara.”
    i.e., The horses are coming to take your money away, Dennis.
    Johnny help us! Johnny didn’t come. We have to go get Johnny.

  9. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Bullit, would you allow Ray McDonald to take your daughter to the prom?
    That’s what I thought. But he’s not guilty. STFU.

  10. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Not to mention that it doesn’t hurt that the Niners and the SJPD are in bed together. Big surprise this incident will get swept under the rug — like so many others.

    It would be one thing if our Niners actually won a goddamn Super Bowl while breaking the laws. But the team’s civil disobedience and encroachment (49ers are offsides!) of decency while off the field still result in Harbaugh making excuses.

    As Steve Martin said…well, excuse me.

  11. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    ***Good reason why I didn’t accentuate the “excuse me” in the last comment.
    Come down to the Antlers and we’ll drink a beer together and I tell you the reason why. Better yet, come down to the Antlers, buy me a beer, and I’ll embellish the story.

  12. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Even better yet, don’t effing bother with any of that shit.
    My therapist said I’m not ready to meet new people.
    But if you’d still like to buy me a beer…? 😛

  13. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Once a hypocrite it’s hard to change. How can we win a Super Bowl with an unaccountable FO and a lying sack of shit for a HC? Luckily it’s not true but you’ll never convince the lynch mob that due process and legal rights are here for a reason: to keep their kind of haters at bay.

    You are very close to being proven dead wrong in the fascist attack on Ray Mac. But no “it’s the other guy”, “it’s the FO”, “it’s over fergit it”. Listen hangman there is not sufficient evidence to suspend Ray Mac for a season because the woman is the perpetrator according to what we know. Ahmad Brooks? Nice try obfuscator he was the perp no question as evidence shows. Leave your adolescent hysteria to blame the victim aside and man up.

  14. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    ” How can we win a Super Bowl with an unaccountable FO and a lying sack of shit for a HC?”

    Are you kidding me? Are you effing kidding me? Are you effing kidding me with every fiber of what’s left of your Catholic being?

    ” How can we win a Super Bowl with an unaccountable FO and a lying sack of shit for a HC?”

    Christmas came early. Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho.

  15. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Hey, Phil. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. But I just got this:
    From God’s lip’s to your ears.
    There is no God.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Entertaining stuff. Will you be here all week? I’ll try the veal!

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ray could go out with my daughter. I believe some here have him miss-characterized. But what can I say, they have me eating veal. Have you ever hear about the lives those baby calves have to live before they get slaughtered. On second thought, I won’t try the veal.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of how upstanding Catholics are I heard a Catho is a young boy. Which gives us the Catho Lick or Catholic religion. I’d much rather have my daughter go out with Ray McDonald than a Catholic priest. For that matter, I guess I wouldn’t want my son going out with a Catholic priest either.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now Catholic girls, that’s a different story! I’d go out those flirtatious little cuties any time!


  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just in case you listened to the last song and want to know what happened to Mary, here it is. This whole album is called Joe’s Garage and it is about what happens when a society listens to music. NoFear, errrr, I mean Frank Zappa is the Central Scrutinizer who gives us examples of what happens when you choose a career in music and why it is being outlawed. If you love good musicianship it doesn’t get better quality than this. The story is funny as heck.


  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    And here is Mary’s next adventure. The story is a riot but the music is top notch.


  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- Mary is played by Missing Persons lead vocalist Dale Bozzio who was also married to famous drummer Terry Bozzio.

  23. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    The only thing funnier and more unrealistic than the Catholic religion, is Jim Harbaugh thinking he’ll ever lead our Niners to a Super Bowl win.

    Ha. Ha.

  24. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Bottom line: It’s the bottom of the ninth. Would you rather have your God fearing closer who throws 90 mph down the middle? Or would you rather your atheist closer who paints it 100 mph on the black?

    Even God, if there were one, would answer that correctly.

  25. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep life has no meaning, no purpose, no point. I say we all drink ourselves to death. I say we lead hopeless lives of futility attacking others, their beliefs, what they find meaningful. Nihilism’s for me. I learned that right here.

    Fortunately not everybody’s ready to trash their own and others lives just yet. Some are but that’s not Ray McDonald’s problem. Or mine. Reality does not depend on your opinion.

    Never Forget! And remember on Tuesday…

  26. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a Catholic?

    That’s a new one children

  27. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey this is fun. Unfortunately it will be interrupted by a football game at 4 AM Monday. A game we win by 10 minimum and hopefully barring any injuries.

    Saw some suggestions about what Niners need to do here on out:

    4. Figure out the red zone

    Does that statement sound familiar? The 49ers need to try what works outside the red zone in the red zone. Their spread offense accounted for most of quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pass production against a good defense in Denver. But once the 49ers entered scoring territory, they abandoned the formation. The team should stick with it and see what happens.

    6. Keep using the same formations and personnel groups until the other team stops them

    With the spread this year and the pistol formation last year, the 49ers should wring as much production as possible out of those formations. Teams have not stopped the spread yet, so the team should continue to use it until someone does.


    Thought these were the most relevant of the 10 they offered.
    Others = get more pressure, use Stevie more, figure out RZ. Really?

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Proven wrong? By who? You don’t know, nor will you ever know, what happened.

    Even if he exonerated, it doesn’t ‘prove’ anything. Are you that childish?

    In your 12 year old eyes, its black and white. Do I know what happened? No. I’ll never pretend as much. Did she put the bruises on her neck herself? I guess its possible.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I was making fun of the Catholic religion but I make fun of all religions. When Dennis mentioned the Catholics I knew Frank Zappa would help me out with some Catholic girl action!

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- Those points you posted makes it sounds like somebody could have been reading some of our debates here! But I think the truth is the points being made are just obvious to some. Thanks for sharing.

  31. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    2 investigations + those horrible Niners do their own investigation and no charges yet fascist boy keeps hollering “I’m a voice of reason, it’s all you”. Right very credible, rational once again from the well documented Eggman.

    I’m not the only one fed up with Sophistry Inc. Country has been doing it’s own investigation for past 6 years…results coming soon

  32. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Well Bergs all local and national politics aside it seems there will be another investigation conducted by the Niners over the next 9 weeks: determining where the heck does this team stack up in our division and against the rest of the NFL. I’m still optimistically sticking with my 11-5 call assuming no further major injuries. Rams are a good entree to the 2nd half of our season = not a great team and we have this Div rival at home where Niners are undefeated against division since 2008 I heard. Good test too for M Martin rookie center and the OL against Rams DL who are good.

    I expect no charges to be filed….I mean I expect Niners to pass this test with a 10 point victory.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- The next 9 weeks bring forth the kind of investigations I love to follow!

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with the Ray McDonald investigation experts and their on demand political climate, and the like, are that there are too many righteous dick mother fukers who love to join hanging posses. They open their ass hole mouths to sound like they are smart, so in their minds, we see them as experts about whatever they are trying to sell. Usually it is political.

    Personally, I still don’t know what to think about the McDonald investigation. I’ll weigh in when I know more facts. But the above paragraph should tell you what I think about hanging posses. I think they are the ones who should be hung first so we can get on with the facts.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All about being the first to market Berger.
    On demand, get it now society.
    All about the dirty laundry.

    The NFL has controlled all that dirty laundry for years, simply because of the clout they carry.

    Goodell is simply trying to play to the masses and, getting burned in the process.

    Let the legal system handle the law.

    Donte Stallworth and Leonard Little murdered people, kept their jobs, and didn’t end up in prison.

    Any of us would be rotting in prison right now had we been indicted for DUI homicide.

    The owners have money and lots of it, so the legal system is doing whatever they’re paid to do.
    That’s the sad reality of the political point of view.
    All about the Benjamin’s.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- When have the rules ever been different? The 99%ers blame what they need to get votes but when in the history of society has it ever been ay different that money rules free society? Change the rules, lose the society? Enter government control.

    Seems that is the metamorphism we are going through these days. When the teachers rule we will be told when school begins. The exact opposite of when the business owners rule. They open shop and we choose when to shop. Greedy government is the problem as I see it. Buy votes, control minds.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Fine line Berger.
    The problem with Government is, the money that’s controlling it.

    Special interests controlling the rules that society is forced to live by.

    For me, the Government should be representing the society we all function in.
    When the money influences the balance, we all lose.

    Politicians are beholden to the influence of money, not the people they’re elected to serve.

    All about the profit margins. Sadly.

    Our quality of life suffers when we can’t work to get ahead.
    The system is rigged at the top of the food chain.

    Wall Street and the manipulators at the top control the economy.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers and Browns talked trade last week for Ahmad Brooks, per Jay Glazer.”

  39. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So long as government has the power over people to be worth controlling, people and organizations with money will be there to buy it. Supply and demand. Rich guys, corporations, unions, PACs, it’s all the same shit written with a different pen.

    The only other logical choice is to make the government weak, with it’s power having little value.

    That is why I am a Libertarian.

    No one buys something that is not worth anything.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The hanging posse here is not very consistent in his views.
    As you might recall he defended Aaron Hernandez who might have murdered 3 people.
    McDonald hasn’t been charged with anything yet this guy has branded him guilty stating even if McDonald is exonerated.
    McDonald’s accuser has not been named and is faceless.
    The only evidence is the alleged victim has bruises on her.
    Kap’s accuser was pyscho but apparently Chuck believes the word of Mcdonald’s accuser implicitly.
    Be consistent in your views not all over the place.

  41. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Starting to believe that it just might be the Cardinals year. They get to face Dallas minus Tony Romo. Though I’m sure many here would say that’s a break for the Cowboys.

    I actually think we’ll win today. And win handily.
    That can’t be good.

  42. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I guess I’m not the only one gentlemen. Hard to know what the political climate is over there = maybe the needle isn’t pegged so far to the left these days. Hopefully but it is politics = follow the money, sigh. Libertarianism sounds about right = get the gummint jokers out of the picture. The current sophists in control are soooo cynically obvious. The US political scene is similar to what we see here. Sadly.

    Bergs you are wise to await the legal outcome but jaysus the media megaphones back by special interests are positively sickening there.

    AZ is looking v good today

  43. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    How dare the schedule makers put the Manning v Brady Bowl up against our game. They’re testing my resolve. It’s a good thing I don’t have any. And besides, this current Rams team is better suited for radio only.

  44. phil fanNo Gravatar says:


    Lynch w pressure/tipped pass x2. How bout our RZ O?

    TO then FG, jayzzz

  45. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    DL playing well against Rams runs per Tim Ryan. Iam Williams ++

  46. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Cox hit by 350 lb Greg Robinson? Man that smarts on the Cox

  47. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    M Martin is playing well? Hard to tell with all the sacks on Kap who is at fault?

  48. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm Ray Mac is beating someone up…the Rams OLmen. Good game RAY.

  49. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    No Blocking on our OL = another sack by Rams. Too far for Dawson on FG. Can’t have an O w/o an OL doing their job

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, when you you go around the bend?

  51. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    7 sacks by Rams. Nuf said

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All I can say is the Niners choked today.

  53. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    4-4 and we earned it.

    Well bullies are not loved so why is anyone surprised when bloggers who bully, talk shit, refuse responsibility, align with negative buddies to attack others, interject mob rule which is more bullying….when all this continues to happen over and over and over and over…and they wonder why they are scorned?

    I changed? Not really just fed up

  54. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep bullit we sure did. Our limitations on the OL w/ new center killed us but thathere were lots of mistakes on top of t

  55. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    I said I thought we’d win. And handily at that. And that wasn’t good.
    No shit Sherlock Dennis.

  56. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Bullit, we didn’t choke today. “Choking” insinuates being up by a lot and then coughing up the lead late. Hence the choking.

    We just sucked today.

  57. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Who here still thinks we can win the division? Who here still thinks we can make the playoffs? Going to be tough after we lose in Nawlings next week to fall to 4-5.

    Since I haven’t said it in awhile, but I think now is a very good time…
    Did we fire Jim Harbaugh yet?

  58. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the ‘easy’ part of the schedule just got a lot tougher. 2 roadies don’t bode well for this team.

    Kappy is not learning how to feel the pressure or get rid of the ball to avoid sacks. You can’t fumble on the goal line when the game is on the line.

    He is starting to worry me.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What really bothers me is this team still can’t seem to run a hurry up offense.
    They waste so much time lining up and still go on long snap counts and trying to call out who to block. That obviously didn’t matter today.
    Dennis Brown said it on the post game show. The offense has lost it’s identity and have gone from what they do best which is run the ball.

  60. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    New NFL rule: Any team that loses to both Drew effing Stanton and Austin effing Davis in the same year is automatically eliminated from the playoffs. Regardless of record.

    Any self-respecting organization would decline the offer even if still invited.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It would be easy to blame the refs but I can’t do that when the O-line plays as bad as it did. We lost because we couldn’t block.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    On the QB sneak I have to question the call. Mostly because the center is playing in his first NFL game. He got stood up and that is why the play did not fair better. I wasn’t even worried about that, I was more worried about the snap exchange and of course it was bobbled. Very questionable call. Give the ball to Gore there and let him do what he is paid to do.

    Actually, I would have been in 4 wide with Gore in the backfield and given the ball to him. But that’s just me. One more time when we get down the field doing one thing and do something different in the clutch. It just kills the rhythm. And with the quality of the Rams D-line why would we run a formation that plays into their strength, especially when our O-line is not playing well.

  63. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Berger on the first series we get to the 21 yd line and have to call a TO due to issues you mentioned = eventually we kick a FG. Agree we should stick to the spread and run and pass out of it. On radio T Ryan was perplexed we abandoned that and kept throughout the game going to play action which we couldn’t block for. Call it the revenge of Greg Williams but we made it too easy on good Rams DL. It take real stubbornness to give up 8 sacks.

    I have said we are young and inexperienced but now wonder if Roman will ever learn how to compensate for weak OL = roll outs, spread formations, safety valve receivers. Kap going for home run instead of 1st downs also is a weakness. We have plenty. We are going to see blitz crazy DLs until we show we can beat teams when they do blitz.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- All good points but it is hard for a play caller to call plays when the O-line is getting punked. He can call plays around average play by the line but we aren’t even getting that. Is the poor O-line play because of the players or the coaches or both. I do not know. All I know is it needs fixing fast or this season is over.

  65. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody questions the sneak if it works. I wouldn’t have objected to running Gore over Iupati and Staley but I would have opted for a no-risk roll out pass attempt followed by a FG for OT if it failed.

    The D’s been holding its own even with all the starters they’ve had to fill in for. Only a lack of confidence in the offense would argue for a risky call like that with the game on the line. If the coach thought we were the better team and playing at home, OT wouldn’t have been a bad thing.

    Nobody, apparently has noticed the offense we keep pushing is the one that has us losing more games than ever. Why is that seen as a good or necessary thing? Kaepernick’s not ready to run it and maybe never will be. How about easing into it instead of the all or nothing approach that keeps losing games we should win. When the defense sends more rushers than we can block it’s not on the O-line it’s on the QB to see it and either dump it off or throw it away to avoid the sack and yardage loss.

    Who’s calling the protections? Kaepernick? Does he even have time to see the defensive alignment after breaking the huddle? Or is it the rookie center? Either way it’s a pretty iffy proposition.

    Looked to me like the Rams came to play and we came to slouch through an easy win.

  66. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, you haven’t noticed, yet everyone else has, is they go back to the 1 WR formations in the red zone.

    Tim Ryan apparently talked about it on the radio early in the game. Someone mentioned that on my blog. I mentioned it before the game. The multiple WR formations aren’t the reason they can’t score in the red zone. It just might be the fact that they go away from it. Again and again.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The offense we are trying to run does well between the 20s. Then we go back to the old offense often in the red zone and fail. Many of us have been saying that all year. On the last drive we go right down the field with 3 and 4 wide. We get inside the 5, go Singletary Sardine Can and don’t get in. Typical.

  68. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    “we are young and inexperienced but now wonder if Roman will ever learn how to compensate for weak OL”

    Inexperienced OL? Outside of Martin making his first NFL start at C today. Iupati, Boone, and A. Davis are all in their 5th year. Joe Staley is in his 8th. Don’t blame their lackluster play on inexperience, they just plain suck.

    And for the love of Christ. Stop Blaming our offensive woes on Roman. It all starts and ends with Jim effing Harbaugh. Counting the minutes until he returns to Michigan so Jimbo can fulfill his desire to become the Wolverine embodiment of his coach. Just not in name only, but who he’s been all along…

    Bo Schembechler Jr.™

  69. BigjonNo Gravatar says:

    I went to the game today. Now I am sick. It is the worst offense with the best talent I’ve ever seen! I see insanity. They are so out of sync, from coach’s knowing the personnel and what they’re capable of to a quarterback that has not progressed even though his head coach is a exquarterback. You can not continue to send out five receivers on 7 second routes when your o-line can’t block for more than 3 seconds . And no one can read a blitz even though everyone else know’s it’s coming. Even if they could there’s never a hot read! Insanity I say!! I’m just glad I’m not Jed. He’s going to want someone’s ass for this one.

  70. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kap makes some bad decisions like going deep and ignoring the high percentage 1st down- sorry don’t have example right now but it was happening this game too; got bailed out by refs on last drive….BUT and it is a big butt, why stick with play action when we cant block it? Sorry this is dumb and it cost us today. Also why change what is working = running out of spread and passing out of it to go back to 21-22 formations in RZ?

    What can Kap do with this kind of play calling. I don’t get it.

  71. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The field to defend is much compressed in the red zone. It’s an advantage for the defense. The same options aren’t there that were there the other 80 yards. That’s why Walsh would always go for the TD when he was past the thirty. Three quarters of the plays in the game plan are out the window in the red zone.

    One only has to look back at the Martz offense to see how well the wide open passing offense worked there.

    And why blame Roman? It’s well known that Harbaugh is the head coach and that the offensive play calls go through him.

    Harbaugh babies his QBs and from all appearances deflects blame for their mistakes. It’s hard to learn from your mistakes if your coaches are telling you you aren’t making any.

  72. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I could count on one hand the number of plays, regardless of formation, that failed for any reason other than piss poor execution.

  73. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Jimi is loyal to his fellow Catholic buddy Roman who is running the “Holy Spirit High School” offense = Jumbo formation aka Sardine Can offense. I do blame Roman for ignorance, Jimi for misplaced loyalty, Boone for holding out and playing like shit, injuries, complacency. It’s not all the HC despite the fixation of some.

    But will it change? Not with Jimi’s loyalty to Roman. So in that sense yes it is Harbaugh


  74. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NF it was mentioned the QB sneak behind the first game center was a bad call. Yes he got stood up = poor execution. Surely we had other options even if a FG in that situation. Game

  75. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bigjon my condolences on your experience today. It was bad enough seen from the PI

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    For me it is maybe just too simple. The performance of the O-line is killing us. It is too hard to call plays, play QB or run the ball when the defensive line is dominating. That happens sometimes. Problem is we have had every D-line dominate us this year. Since I don’t know who’s fault that is I just say fix it or forget the play-offs.

  77. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Right Roman looks like a genius when our OL executes. Is anybody saying the olinemen are playing well?

  78. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    On the bright side is our D, again (ex Broncos) allowing 13 points

    -Borland 18 tackles

    -Bethea int, great tackling

    -Cox came up big a couple times

    -Reid solid again

    -Lynch v good

    -Ray Mac beating up his….opponents

    Any other bright spots?

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I think that is the consensus. Thing is I’m just focused on that aspect because it is hard to evaluate anything else until it improves. The defense did a great job today.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think if you consider the pressure Kap was under he had a heck of a game. Without him we might have been shut out today.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This just in……
    9ers BYE week was spent patting themselves on the back apparently.

    Piss poor excuse to come out flat after 2 weeks to prepare and regroup for you last home game prior to 2 East Coast games.

    Our Playoffs start next week in NOLA.
    Lose this game and consider our chances at a WC spot all but gone.

    OLine sucked.
    Execution sucked.
    Offense in general sucked.

    Good news?
    Defense holds a rookie QB to 13 points.
    Bad news?
    Our Offense can’t get their collective heads out of their A$$es.

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One thing that is bothering me is something Bigjon said. We don’t run many, if any, hot routes. That is a great tool to beat the blitz and we just don’t seem use it. If you want to slow down the blitz run a combo of screens, draws, quick hitting run plays and hot routes. We do very little of any of that. That probably puts some extra pressure on the O-line. I also noticed the Rams often had a safety valve who we rarely covered and we rarely had the same option for Kap.

  83. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Berger, you know goddamn well who’s fault it is, you just don’t want to place the blame. Allow me…

    First and foremost; as much as I wish Harbaugh dead, he no longer actually plays the game. It’s on the players. Coaching? Play calling? That doesn’t account for 8 sacks. It’s all about the horses. Even Bill Walsh couldn’t make Mr. Ed a Triple Crown winner.

    You think we still have a shot with Harbaugh coaching these California Chrome’s?

  84. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Roman has rarely looked like a genius in his tenure here. He has consistently struggled in the red zone, they have come out flat in many important games, and this game, coming off the bye was flat atrocious. False starts, confusion, no answer for the blitzing they constantly face.

  85. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How many time have we been calling for screens? Delays? Something to counteract blitzing. They ran some nice misdirection plays with Boldion. 2 or 3.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I have been calling for hot routes, along with many others here, for quite some time.
    Another option would be to have Kaep throw to a spot where blitzes create holes, allowing a receiver to run to that zone.

    I’m putting much of this on the Coaching but, Kaep needs to recognize it too.
    I just can’t help but think that our WR Coach is invisible.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have to agree with unca’s 8:21 post.

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is an interesting quote from Joe Staley:

    “We have all the talent in the world,” he said. “We’ve been doing dumb stuff and they took advantage of it . . . Penalties, dumb blocks, dumb techniques and dumb schemes.”

    Dumb schemes? Did a player just call out the coach? Hmm.

  89. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy had a shitty game to say the least. He has to feel the pressure better, and realize that he needs to get rid of the ball rather than take the sack, or get stripped.

    That being said, this team has not figured out how to deter blitzing. ONE delay. ONE screen. I guess we call that progress.

    All these consistently slow developing plays preceded by slow to the line formations. No up-tempo. They wasted 19 seconds getting a 7 yard pass off.

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As time was winding down. Turns out they should have wasted more time. They would have ended up kicking the FG.

  91. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ last year after our bye we came out flat and lost a similar game to Panthers 10-9. We followed that stinker with a disheartening loss in NO where we played next. Let’s rewrite history in NO but coming out flat after a bye = we’ve seen it before. Problem is last year we were healthy and not playing with penalties galore on O. After every play on O this year I cringe expecting a flag or a sack. This is not confidence inspiring and I repeat that this year I’m prepared to see us fail to make playoffs, sadly.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I guess its just a matter of opinion. Usually when a QB is under the type of siege Kap was under they throw at least 2 picks. Tom Brady looked old and ready for retirement when KC had him under that kind pressure earlier this year. Kap was 22 of 33 with 237 yards passing, one TD and no picks. He did score the winning TD but Jerome Bogus blew the call. IMO, it would be rare for a QB to play as well as Kap did while under the kind of pressure he was under.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you look at the picture of the TD that was not called a TD, Kap is clearly being facemasked. Of course, no call from Jerome Bogus. The picture of the play is on CSN Bay Area.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Something as simple as rolling out could provide instant dividends.
    And yes Berger, Staley commenting on the schemes is an indictment of the Coaching IMO.

    We look flat. Play flat and, I’m having my doubts that Crabtree is playing 100% either.
    The only guys on Offense that even appear to be bothered by this garbage are Frank, Kaep and Boldin.

    Pretty pathetic all around to think we’re a Playoff caliber team at this point in time.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’d better hope Aldon is reinstated this week if we stand any chance of pulling off a road win in NOLA next week.
    Of the 2 road games in NOLA and NJ, we need the NOLA game more to preserve a WC advantage.
    We aren’t winning the Division unless AZ goes into a coma.

  96. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    NJ, it’s only pathetic all the way around to think we’re a playoff caliber team at this time in point time.

    I sure the hell don’t.

  97. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    NJ, Aldon getting reinstated next week isn’t going to help our OL play any.

  98. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Berger, Kap did throw two picks today. The Rams just happened to drop ’em.
    And stop blaming the goddamn refs. It’s unbecoming and downright demeaning. Jerome “Bogus” isn’t the reason why we lost today. Not even close.

  99. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del no argument regarding the OLine play.
    Aldon putting Brees on his back might just give our clueless OC and HC a chance to win a lower scoring affair is all I’m suggesting.

    No effn excuse to hold the Rams to 13 points and lose to Austin Effn Davis in our building today.

    Talk about being out coached?
    2 weeks of preparation and they roll out that charade?

    Something stinks in SF and, I’m extremely close to changing my opinion about extending Harbaugh’s Contract.

    I’ve had serious doubts about his ability to open things up.
    Now I’m having my doubts as to whether he has any ability to respond to in game adjustments in general.

    It’s high time he shook something up on Offense.
    Boone is lost.
    Anthony is rusty.
    A rookie Center is learning the ropes and, the left side, which should be the strength of this group, is looking inept.

    If Coaches can’t adjust, the players are going to commit mutiny, if they haven’t already.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NOLA has Rob Ryan directing their Defense.
    He’s no genius and doesn’t have nearly the DLine the Rams do.
    Our Playoffs start this week.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure who’s calling the protections now either.
    Have to assume it’s Kaep to some extent with pre-snap alignments.
    If we’re relying on a pup at Center, we’re done for.

    I’m beginning to think that teams are challenging Kaep with their initial alignments and checking out once the protections are assigned.
    This is likely the reason why we waste so much time getting plays off IMO.

  102. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, in the first couple possessions, Kaepernick missed Crabs(?) in the end zone and VD for a first down with bad throws and held the ball too long and took a sack when he had Hyde and Miller as open check downs. On the sack the Rams D-linemen ran over Boone (without any sort of pass rush move) and around Davis with little to no resistance.

    These errors are typical of how we play and I can’t understand people who watched the game blaming the coaches and the play calling and the game plan and whatever when it’s as plain as a penalty flag after a big play that we do have check downs and we do have plays to move the ball but the players are failing to execute as one would expect from pro football players.

    Kaepernick holds the ball waiting for a deep route to clear a defender while ignoring any check down or shallow crosser and takes a sack. Is that the receivers coach? Or the QB coach? Or the OC?

    It looks like Kaepernick makes up his mind which receiver he’s going to go to with the ball and that’s the one he sticks on until he’s eating the turf. Is it even possible some coach is advising that?

    It’s pretty tough for a coach to hold the player by the hand while the game is in play.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t disagree NoFear49er.
    Kaep runs the plays.
    Yes, he’s holding the ball and focusing on what does seem to be the intended target far too often.

    I’ve mentioned many times that Kaep isn’t providing a touch pass in his repertoire and that would involve the check-downs.

    What I’m not seeing is the adjustments or hot reads.
    I’d assume that to be a WR Coaching issue?

    Boone is useless to date.
    Anthony is still knocking the rust off and we’re now attempting to function with a rookie at Center.

    I’m not convinced that Kaep is digesting the pre-snap information correctly either.
    All around team meltdown today.
    The throw to Crabtree at the goal line late was the play that cost us the W IMO.
    Under thrown and low.
    Again, that one’s on Kaep.

    Hard to know what’s at the core of this ineptitude but, it’s about to come off the rails I think.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty hard to lay much blame on Borland for the missed assignment on KBritt either.
    He’s a rookie with little to no game experience to date.
    This OLine is border line putrid thus far.
    Pretty sad to have to resort to a QB sneak behind a rookie Center to win a game as we did today too.

    No faith in what used to be a solid and dependable OLine.
    Somewhere in all of this frustration is a talented team that can’t function.
    I’m hard pressed to find a plausible explanation anymore.

    Hard to expect Kaep to be a pocket passer when there isn’t a pocket to function from.
    Call me perplexed.

  105. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s what’s on the OC:

    -Staying in play action after it is clear OL cannot block. This happened into the 4th Q I believe. Fail

    -No slants Fail
    -No roll outs Fail
    -No draws, no bootlegs, Fail, fail
    -QB sneak behind raw center rookie Fail

    This isn’t Holy Spirit HS he’s coaching. Make your own list I’m sure there’s plenny more we’re not using. Shit even Staley says the “scheme” stinks. Is he wrong?

    Obviously we’re not executing but don’t over look amateur hour that even this amateur can see is LACKING.

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hear you Phil.
    I think today was the first time in several years where I just couldn’t sit still and enjoy a 9er game without wanting to throw something.

    We looked ridiculous, especially after having 2 weeks to prepare.
    As NoFear49er suggests, it’s not all on the Coaching but, somewhere within this team, all is not right in terms of communication and effort.

    Frank apparently feels comfortable with Roman, which speaks volumes.
    Where does one look for answers?

    What scheme is Staley eluding to?
    Are guys like Solari and Roman unable to communicate?
    Are the WRs being Coached to read blitz activity and what to do when extra pass rushers are vacating assignments?

    We’re looking like the Bad News Bears of late on Offense.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We can’t pass protect.
    We’ve forgotten how to run block effectively too.

    Either Defenses have figured out what’s coming or, we’re unable to find answers on the fly.

    Hard to understand how the wheels come off so quickly, given all the extra talent afforded to Kaep and Roman, in terms of Receiver options too.

    Is it me or, does Crabtree look like he’s just mailing it in?
    He’s starting to carry himself the way he did with Alex.
    That’s what makes me question the Coaching philosophy to great extent.

  108. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure what you mean by “Staying in play action after it is clear OL cannot block.” Phil. And we did run a roll out or two and maybe a draw, I’m not sure on that one going off memory.

    Also, I’m pretty sure Staley was referring to the blocking scheme, despite Ratto’s interpretation. They looked totally undisciplined and unsure about who blocks whom. Double teaming one while others are unblocked and Martin and Boone often wandering around looking lost while Kaep is getting mauled. Linebackers come up and no one knows who to block?

    The last time we played these guys Staley all but destroyed Quinn. I guess he was better coached then.

  109. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t mention it because I thought everyone knew. Our center played his first NFL game today. He’s not 21 yet. He was facing one of the top rated d-lineman in the league. Anyone think that might be something?

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely was concerned for Marcus Martin NoFear49er.
    Several exchanges today looked shaky, which I was fearful of.
    You’re right about Staley getting beat off the edge by Quinn too.

    All in all, we looked like a disorganized, uninspired team today on Offense.
    Glad I wasn’t the only guy who noticed Iupati and Boone blocking air too.
    Absolutely mind boggling effort today.

    Bye week hangover?
    Geez, was that pathetic.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er, question –
    Relative to the scheme comments from Staley?
    Who might we think he’s airing frustration with?

    Is that called play to play I’d assume?
    Could that be a byproduct of the Rookie Center and communications being made incorrectly by Kaep or another OLineman?
    I had my concerns for that sort of disruption when we lost Kilgore.

  112. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Ratto had a negative column quoting Staley about “shit schemes” and I did read it. But true Staley kept his comments vague so it could be what you suggest = blocking assignments. We can’t know exactly therefore. This has been an ongoing problem per Tim Ryan on radio and others in print who have said “There goes Boone blocking air again”. I posted a link to an article in Niner Nation with 6 GIFs detailing the 6 sack Kap took in Denver….many missed blocks there too. Even in first Rams game when Kilgore was still around.

    Our O playbook is too limited and DCs have the book on stopping us and neutralizing Kap = blitz. What’s with our OCs insistence on calling slow developing plays when our OL is good for 2 seconds max protection? Sorry many have commented on this dubious plan. Is the reason Kap ignores the shorter underneath stuff and looks down field for the home run because that is what he’s being coached to do? Very likely right?

    T Ryan said during the game “Why are they still running play action and not the spread/option?” In late 3rd quarter. Kap had 6 sacks at that point. Maybe you can verify cause it puzzles the hell out of me. This is the Tim Ryan calling Niners games as color man/analyst:


    So what the hell is going on with the Niners OL? Something is broken down in the coaching of this team’s O. Before this 2nd debacle in a row you (NF) gave me PFF stats which I quoted here and apart from Iupati for a few games we were mediocre already with Staley, Iupati, Davis (injured) and Looney, J Martin. Now we’re worse with our formerly stalwart Ts and Gs looking lost. We are regressing. It’s not all execution. Some of it is coaching.

    Greg Williams adapted to sling Quinn at Staley on the 2nd go-round. That’s what changed. We, not so much

  113. robNo Gravatar says:

    I still believe in this team
    we can still right this ship

  114. 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
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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