Panthers 10, 49ers 9

For the second time this year, a frisky young team came into Candlestick and used the 49ers as a launching pad into NFL respectability. First it was the Colts, who used their offense to bowl us over. Then Sunday, the Panthers used their defense, completely stifling Colin Kaepernick, holding him to 91 yards(!) passing, and staggering away with an ugly 10-9 win.

The loss pretty much torched any hopes the team had of overtaking Seattle in the NFC West — barring a season ending injury to Russell Wilson, which would not be Christian to wish for, at least publicly, though privately a certain amount of pining could probably be slipped in without incurring eternal damnation. In fact, the way the offense played Sunday, and with New Orleans up next on the schedule, a Wild Card berth is no gimme at this point, either.

The 49ers came into the game as healthy as they’ve been all year, then promptly lost Vernon Davis, Garrett Celek, Eric Reid, and Ray McDonald to injuries. Without Davis, the team had no deep threat, making life easy for the Panthers’ secondary. Davis went down half way through the second quarter and the offense never scored another point the rest of the game.

It was hoped that the return of WR Mario Manningham would spark the season long anemic passing game, but the loss of Davis negated Mario’s presence. He did catch three passes, two for first downs, which is more than Kyle Williams ever contributed, but these are supporting cast numbers, not difference makers. Kyle, BTW, was deleted from the kick off and punt return teams for this game, with LaMichael James handling the punts more betterly, but not more breathtakingly, and Anthony Dixon handling the kick offs and hopefully this misguided choice will be rectified right away.

It’s beginning to look like the return of WR Michael Crabtree sometime in the next two weeks or so is the last remaining hope for this woeful offense to be competitive against the better teams and keep the fans from ripping out every last hair on their heads by season’s end. Or for you dome topped fellows, running out of band-aids to cover the claw marks on your scalp. It would be irresponsible to suggest any consequences for you eye-gougers, but think twice before you plunge in. The 49ers can overpower the lesser teams, but are clearly struggling against the good ones — the kind that will be in the playoffs.

All in all, a depressing effort coming out of the bye week. One that opens the door to a lot of second guessing. Should be a fun week in the blogosphere!

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51 comments on “Panthers 10, 49ers 9
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Over the years I’ve remembered many of these types of performances after a bye week. That is why I brought it up last week.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They won the first two years of Harbaugh’s reign.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From ESPN
    “The 49ers had just 45 total yards in the second half, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for 91 yards in the entire game and was sacked six times, a season high. The 49ers had just 4 yards on 14 plays in the fourth quarter.”
    What’s frustrating is losing by 1 point.

    As the QB the offense is dependent on Kap to be a playmaker and yesterday Kap made one decent run and his best pass was
    batted away by a superb defensive effort.
    Against one of best defenses in the NFL that is far from good enough if you want to win.

    On the plays that Kap was sacked on he should’ve had a hot receiver to throw to (I saw Gore open on one play and Miller on another). This is the part of his game that has been stifled. Instead of looking at the rushers and panicking he needs to spot his hot reads and get rid of the ball and make them pay for blitzing. Until he learns to beat the blitz, it will come more often and Kap should expect more pressure going forward.

    Niners have lost 3 games this season and another common denominator is Kap was shut out in all 3 losses (zero TD passes and zero TD runs). In conclusion I do hold Kap more than partly responsible for this loss because even on Kap’s last throw he had 2 guys wide open 12 yards downfield but chose to go 25 yards to Mario with 4 defenders around him and the ball was picked. Kap did not choose wisely.

    Easy for me to comment and be the Monday Morning QB but these issues need to be corrected if Kap is going to progress as a QB.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I agree but the coaches should have contingencies for the WR and QB to see the hot route when it is presented. I did not see one WR break to a hot route all game even though the CB was typically 7 yards off with no help inside.

    Here is what one of my HS friends told me today. He is a huge Denver Broncos fan. Seems Broncos fans aren’t very happy we gave Alex Smith away to the Chiefs:

    “Hey Berger, I for one was upset when The 49ers benched Smith. I thought it was a classless move and felt Smith was the better QB. When they traded him to KC, I knew KC was going to be a better team, but geez! Now we have to play these monsters twice in the next three games and Smith is out to prove how stupid the 49ers were! Thanks a ffing lot SF! lol”

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- Our problems with bye weeks go back to the 90’s.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Different front office, coaches and players so it’s hard to connect the dots on the week after the bye results.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- True, but the feeling has always been one of worrying about bye weeks because of the long history of struggles.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good news: Tony Jerod-Eddie played 41 snaps yesterday and earned a +1.8 grade with six QB hurries.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And bad news: Seahawks 490 yds w/o LT, C, RT, 2 starting WRs.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody know who our inactives were yesterday?

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- That just better play calling. IMO, When you get 41 net yards passing that is on the coach.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    McLeod Bethel-Thompson, wide receiver Quinton Patton, special teamer Kassim Osgood, cornerback Eric Wright, defensive lineman Quinton Dial, offensive guard Joe Looney and defensive tackle Tank Carradine

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m fairly sure we lead the league in Quintons!

  14. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Our Offense owes an apology to our D. We gave up 10 points. And lost. The offense didn’t even deserve 6 out of the 9. We knew our passing game sucked before the game. Hard to find a silver lining, even with MC coming back. Kaep looks deer-in-the-headlights. roman’s playcalling/gameplanning/game adjustments are atrocious. Receiver corps is thin and vulnerable. And now we get the Saints. Yikes. Everyone talks about how great Roman is, but honestly, I just don’t get it.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Seahawks activated WR Percy Harvin today.”

    But CB Browner is out for awhile.

  16. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    roman is our weakest link imo ! after watching our offense more closely these last few weeks it’s looking worse and worse for him ! when you find a college coach like harbuagh it’s a great coup for your team ! the scary thing is he came here with both of his coordinators in tow ! when was the last time someone came over from the college coaching ranks with both coordinators in tow and BOTH were NFL ready and superbowl caliber ? sorry , but as much as I love harbaugh you just have to wonder where the weak link is !

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Roman’s title at Stanford was Assistant Head Coach and Running Game Coordinator.
    David Shaw was the Offensive Coordinator at Stanford under Harbaugh.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Packers have re-signed Matt Flynn although Tolzein remains the starter.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Really. I think they promote Flynn by this time tomorrow.

  20. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Running Game Coordinator? Not surprising.In my criticisms of GR, it has been on his passing game acumen. There’s some blame to go around — CK has looked pedestrian, the WR dearth is obvious, but in terms of making something out of what you have, GR truly does seems myopic on the running formations and game plan.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman probably has trouble sleeping at night because counting sheep keep him awake. The sheep can’t be passed over the top they must run through him. Most likely, this is why he can’t concentrate long enough to put a running and a passing attack together in the same game plan, he doesn’t get enough sleep.

    Or look at it this way. Do you know about the car commercial where they say good handling AND great mileage? It’s like sweet AND sour or nuts AND bolts, as opposed to sweet OR sour or nuts OR bolts. Our offense is not run AND pass, it is run OR pass. And I’m not even sure about the pass part.

    Hows that Mangini thing working out?

  22. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    I took my son to his first 49er game this past weekend and even though they lost he enjoyed the experience! He couldn’t believe the number of 49er faithful. He said ” THESE ARE MY PEOPLE”! That said, I don’t know we even line up wide receivers if we’re not going to use them! Oh,and our cheerleaders are FINE!

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bigjon- I concur, why even have WRs in this offensive scheme. They’re useless.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bigjon- Nice story about your son!

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Need a Safety? The Texans just released Ed Reed.

  26. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Balanced teams are far more likely to get deep in the playoffs.

    Right now I think Jim Schottenharbaughbechler will post a 12-4 or 11-5 record int he regular season most years, beating up on teams that cannot stop the run… but I have no confidence or expectation of success in January.

    Unless he gets rid of GR and learns to utilize the passing game to its full potential.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers to waive WR Kyle Williams today.”

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That will fix everything.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What’s wrong with the Niner offense is very obvious.
    Defense is showing one thing initially and Kap bites and calls
    the kill, kill and then the D changes to snuff out the audible.
    Since Kap is a relatively inexperienced QB it’s up to OC to give
    him an outlet receiver.
    Kap is definitely holding the ball too long, looking to make the big play and last Sunday the big plays weren’t there to be had and he got burned holding the ball too long.
    Kap needs to keep the chains moving and take what the defense gives you. A shovel pass to Gore or Miller after they chip a rusher would go for 15 yds.
    Kap has about a second to decide if he wants to run and if the
    first down is there, RUN.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have added CB Daxton Swanson to the PS.
    He’s a rookie corner from Sam Houston State and was with the Colts.

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Never heard of him.

    I think there about a 100% chance that the 49ers are going to regret letting Marcus Cooper get away for the rest of this decade, though.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What galls me repeatedly is that they never alter the speed of the game on offense. Every play takes the full 25 seconds of play clock to get off, so the defense can simply wait out the shifting and the BS. No quick snaps, no slants, nothing to slow the rushers down. Carolina looked like they knew what was coming 80% of the time. Every pass play is a 5-step drop, and Kappy barely has time to set his feet and start his reads.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have waived CB Perrish Cox.

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And Rob is in mourning.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Significance of cutting Cox is they have just gotten rid of the 2nd and 3rd string PR guys in the same afternoon.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Darius Reynaud is available as a punt returner.
    He’s the PR that got lit up by Morris and fumbled to Osgood for a ST TD.
    Titans cut him after that.
    He did average 13.2 yds a return in 2012 with 2 PR TDs so you take the good with the bad.
    Food for thought.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wish they would have kept Lavelle Hawkins.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Normally don’t agree with Cossell but he makes a lot of sense
    and I have observed some of the same things about Kap.
    Nobody would have predicted the Niners would be dead last in passing. They are and it falls squarely on the guy who pulls the trigger and is supposed to execute the offense.

  39. robNo Gravatar says:


  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    BTW anybody notice the play of tremaine brock lately !!! wow

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Cossel says Kaep is not waiting for the pattern to develop. What he did not acknowledge is that if he did he would be sacked. Start hitting some simple hot reads. That will slow down the pass rush and make the defense have to think about one extra aspect of the offense.

  42. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Right now, with our passing game and pass protection dysfunctions, our practices should consist of about 70% *NOTHING BUT* Hot Reads – until Kaepernick can find and hit those in his sleep.

    We have to make teams stop pinning their ears back and teeing off on Kap or we’re going to find ourselves in the Colt McCoy Era.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grump- That would require for RoBaugh to actually give some thought to the passing game. What are the odds?

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Football Outsiders
    “So how do we determine a quick sack versus a long sack? Over that two-year-stretch, the average time of all sacks is three seconds, but a more accurate representation may be the median time, which currently stands at 2.8 seconds. After all, a couple of extremely lengthy sacks can adjust the average time up, but there is a pretty fixed limit on the lower end of how quickly a sack can happen — there are 64 sacks over the two years that took six or more seconds. There are only two sacks that were recorded in less than one second.

    The median sack time has hovered between 2.7 and 2.8 seconds throughout the two years of the tracking.

    Unless a quarterback falls down or drops the ball, a sack of 1.7 seconds or less generally involves a rusher coming completely free. On the other end of the spectrum, once a quarterback holds the ball for three seconds or longer, he’s had time to make his drop, survey the field, and work through his progressions. If it takes longer than that, either the play has broken down or the quarterback is trying to buy time because the play has not developed as he had expected it to.”

    So if a QB has 3 seconds to survey the field the Oline has supposedly done their job and shouldn’t be accountable.

    Painful as it might be here are all 6 sacks and most of them Kap has 3 seconds to find a receiver. Now hwat everyone is observing is if his first read isn’t open Kap is looking at the pass rush rather than his progressions.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve also watched and rewound the video and on at least 3 of the sacks Kap could’ve dumped the ball to Hunter or Miller on 2 occasions and Gore on Sack #6.
    He had his chances to burn the blitz and he ate the ball.
    It’s too easy to blame this on Roman as watching the video it just seems like Kap is worrying who’s going to hit him rather than looking to flick the ball over the rush.

    I want to see Kap succeed and this is frustrating.
    If Kap doesn’t play better than it’ll be an early offseason.
    I would wait until I see improvement before I commit to a large payday for CK.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Arian Foster is out for the year.
    If you bough stock and invested in him you would made a very bad choice.
    The whole concept is like a con game.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Mindi Bach on CSN Eric Wright is fielding punts at practice so he might be the backup PR.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I stand by my opinion. Roman is the main problem. Kaep has to improve but what 2nd year QB doesn’t. He is being asked to look deep for his primary read and by the time the play does not develop in time he is under too much pressure. Try using more WRs to get open instead of 270 lb slot receivers and fullbacks. If Kuechly was covering a WR that throw was an easy TD as he would have had a step or two on him. Try calling more plays that recognize short patterns as primary. The reason most teams use 3 WR sets with three WRs being used in the WR spots is it gives the QB easier pre snap reads. Basically, recognizing the hot match up before the ball is even snapped. RoBaugh is not putting their young QB in the beast situation to succeed unless the running game is dominating. That simply does not happen against teams like Carolina. There are multiple problems, including Kaep but the biggest problem is RoBaugh.

  49. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, the deal is Kappy isn’t getting enough time to read through his progressions. End of story. You can point to stats and articles and fractions of seconds but it’s bullshit. To say 2.7 seconds isn’t long enough but 3 is so much statistical blather. The blocking was terrible. The play calling is not helping at all. ONE quick slant. No adjusting by the coaches. Very few 3-step quick passes. Most all pass plays develop too slow, and there is absolutely no hot read scenario.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You just like to hear yourself talk.
    You call something BS and then you repeat and say the same thing.
    You are too funny.

  51. 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