Past vs Present

The Kansas City Chiefs come to the Bay Area on Sunday, bringing with them a defense that just stuffed the Patriots Monday night and an offense that blew the Pats off the field. They can run it and they can pass it. This game looked like a laugher when the year began, but not any more.

The Chiefs had some significant offseason free agent defections and didn’t bring in any notable replacements. They’ve also lost two guys to injuries on their O-line and two more from their linebackers. Yet their defense and offense seem unaffected.

Of course, no discussion of the Chiefs would be complete without mentioning their estimable QB, ex-49er Alex Smith. Smith is one of the classiest guys ever to wear a 49er uniform and yet one of the most polarizing players, too. Our first blogosphere superstar. For some of us, it will be strange rooting against a guy we’ve spent so many years rooting for. For others, it will just be business as usual with the boo heaving.

The 49ers’ defense had a superb game last Sunday against the Eagles, essentially shutting out one of the league’s best offenses. This game will give us an idea whether that game was a fluke, or the defense really has returned to its dominant ways. As we all know, a dominant D cures a whole lot of ills.

It’s amazing the 49ers were victorious last Sunday, what with the locker room revolting aqainst HC Jim Harbaugh and anyone wearing a suit at 49er HQ leaking bad mojo about him. Goodness. Even with a “toxic” body language offense these horribly disgruntled lads managed to overcome two TDs from special teams blunders, plus a pick six, and claw their way to a win. It’s tough getting rid of this Harbaugh dude.

The astounding facet of the locker room revolt is how super secret it is. Nobody in the room, even the trouble making local reporters, can find even a shred of evidence of this massive, seething rebellion. I’m betting at least two-thirds of the head coaches in the league would love to find out the secret ingredient to this kind of locker room disconnect, so they could start winning football games, too.

The Chiefs number two WR, Donnie Avery, is out with a groin owie, which means another ex-49er, WR bust AJ Jenkins, will be starting his first NFL game Sunday. This shouldn’t scare anybody on the 49er defense, but he could be a “trap” player. A guy who has our boys laughing so hard they forget to actually cover him. If AJ catches more than two passes, there will be a lot of red faces on the Niner sideline and up in the GM box.

Both teams are 2-2. One team will come out of the game at 3-2 and be considered a contender. The other team will be 2-3 and get written off. Then there will be eleven more games which might change perceptions entirely.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Watch out for AJ Jenkins, he’s always open!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I always root for Alex. He did a good job for us and took most of the blame for having bad head coaches, Nolan and Singletary. Once he got a coach who knew what he was doing for the QB position he shined. Having said that, I hoped we kick his butt this week and he throws 4 picks. I’ll be joining the haters this week-end in reveling in any bad football we can help force on him! And watch out for AJ Jenkins, he’s always open!

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I said for years I want to see Alex with a good coach so I can tell if he is a god QB. I always postulated that if he had a play caller like Andy Reid he would probably do great. The reason for that theory was how well he ran a similar offense in college. When he went to KC and Reid I immediately said now we’ll see if I was right. So far I look like a maven. And humble too!

    At this point I think it is possible he could turn into an elite QB. Don’t hyperventilate some of you(NoFear and Spitblood) and say I called him elite. I said he has a chance to get there. I do think his chances of getting there are good.

    I love it, the haters just shit their pants.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, please, Bergs. Do we need to rehash Alex?

    Stop Charles, pressure Alex. Game over.

    Beating NE these days is not what it used to be. They are falling off the table. I thought their demise was going to be last year, but they hit the wall this year.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Elite? Define elite. He is what he is. He hits the underneath stuff. He can spread the ball around. But he isn’t going to consistently play at a high enough level to carry a team that is struggling otherwise.

    Not a lot can. So I don’t think he’ll ever reach the Aaron Rogers/Tom Brady status. He’s better than Cutler and Romo (at times) but no way no how will he reach the upper plateau.

    Not a knock on him. That’s just how it is. In the right circumstances he could have won it all. 2011 being his last best shot. Actually you have to wonder what happens last year if half his team doesn’t get injured that last 2 games. And there you have the point that he couldn’t get it done when he should have. Regardless all the injuries. Bowe doesn’t catch that pass OB late . . . would coulda shoulda . . .

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    By no means to I think they could have beaten Seattle. But I think they could have gotten past NE had they made it.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith is like J.J. Stokes before him: A guy who has had very respectable production for a second or third round pick.

    The problem is that he came in as a first round pick (and in Alex’s case, first overall) with all the attendant expectations that he simply was not equipped to meet.

    It’s not his fault that he was clearly misevaluated and overdrafted in a weak draft year. It happens to QBs all the time; he was not the first and he won’t be the last and he is not the worst case of it. He is not Ryan Leaf. So I don’t carry any lasting grudges against him. He’s made himself into a middling NFL starter. He’s not a total bum. I tend to doubt he’ll ever be considered as ‘elite’ by most people who have watched him play, though. He’s not ever going to be realistically up there with Montana or even Young or Elway or Peyton. Very few guys are.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I think it is an undeniable fact that there is no QB in the history of the NFL that could have thrived under the Nolan and Singletary regimes. Those two boobs might be a couple of the biggest QB killers in the history of the game.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    All we have to do is force him to roll right. Bingo.

  10. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody asked Fangio if he was going to consult with Jim Harbaugh about a defensive game plan for Alex. Fangio just laughed as he asked, “Why?”

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

    Game plan for Alex? Most teams like to load the box with eight defenders. Fangio will do the same, except Vic will deploy his eight defenders in the third row.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Alex haters have lost their fast ball. These Alex put downs are so lame and old, it’s embarrassing. But I guess after a guy has single-handedly resurrected two franchises, it’s tough to find any new critical material.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Single-handedly? Uh, no. Where were his hands from 2005 to 2010?

    Troll as you must, but even you can’t stand behind that one. I said for years he needed better coaching and a mo better offense. As did many others around here who were tagged with labels so prevalent around the schoolyard here.

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Conversely, the I Want Alex To Be The Father Of My Children crowd has lost its pep. Alex isn’t elite but could become elite? Seriously? I want to hear some fire; I want to hear Alex is up there with Aaron Rodgers passing and is a better runner.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was just thinking of my friends in low places, like on this blog!

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As already discussed here numerous times Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t be the QB he is today being thrown into the fire with the parade of OCs the Niners had. Rodgers should count his blessings he had time to learn as a backup to Favre.
    Alex Smith was outstanding in the playoff victory against the Aints. He should get his due for leading that epic comeback and it is how I remember him as a Niner.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am watching Utah St punt from their own 2 yd line. The college punter knew to make a one step kick. Why is it when we punted from the one our punter took a 3 step kick? Hmmm. Player or coaching? You choose. I would imagine if he was coached in that situation he makes a a one step kick. Kind of like the one pre snap read in a critical play-off situation that Seattle lured the 49ers into because film sessions told the Seattle coaching staff exactly what play we would run. Player or coaching?

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When Joe was our QB I always wanted the other team to take the 5 or 10 yard penalty. Why, because with Joe running the Walsh offense I liked the odds of our getting farther down the field than if the other team did not take the penalty. I was just starting to get that feeling with Alex before Jeff Fisher showed the NFL how to stop the RoBaugh offense. I’ll know when we are the team to beat in the NFL when I get that feeling back with a formidable defense. I have this funny feeling we are close because we are starting to learn a real offense instead of the easy to defend Bullit/NoFear offense.

  19. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Any sane person out there really think Andy Lee, perennial pro-bowl and all-pro selection, has suffered from bad coaching?

    I guess it’s enough that you’ve figured out you can always blame the coaching and make an argument for any failure or just a good play from the opposition on the field.

    Do you think it mattered that the upback, Dahl, and the long snapper whiffed on their blocks allowing Skuta to be double-teamed back into Lee?

    Lee probably figured he had to punt it far enough to give the coverage a chance to defend a run back score, and his next punt proved him right if he did.

    It’s really a laughing shame you haven’t figured out the offense that has sent us to the best record in the league for the last three years. Do you need to see it a few more years first?

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- One thing I have figured out for certain is you are not very bright.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thing I understand is that the punter took 3 steps. I am absolutely sure you do not understand the ramifications of that.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    To Clarify, the punter took 3 steps. One hundred percent of any football mind says that is a mistake in that situation. NoFear questions that. Enough said.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Easy to coach in hindsight. If Lee really saw that the punt was absolutely going to be blocked he should step out of the endzone
    and take the safety. He thought he could get the punt away so what happened, happened.
    Just like when Kap steps out of bounds and takes a 4 yard sack when he can throw the ball away. People react differently under duress.
    In Lee’s case it was the rush that overwhelmed Skuta. You can’t block two guys at once so you pick your poison.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows listed Niner players complaints that he’s aware of.
    “Among the 49ers players’ list of complaints this year:

    • During charter flights, many were accustomed to gathering in the back of the plane, where they played music, cards and dice. Harbaugh pulled the plug on the music and ended the games before their Week 1 flight to Dallas. Players weren’t happy.

    • The three-day session at the Ravens’ practice facility in Maryland in August came on the heels of a preseason game and a 2,500-mile flight. The practices were intense, and players thought they were more about Harbaugh wanting to scrimmage against brother John than anything else.

    • The defense continues to outperform the offense, despite the offense being loaded with talent. It’s left players wondering why Harbaugh, an offensive-minded coach, hasn’t been able to maximize that talent.

    • Harbaugh is a meetings maven. He has a lot of them and he changes the schedules, which has rankled some players.

    None of theses issues are explosive or atypical of an NFL team or worthy of a player revolt. All of the players asked this week about national reports about a “toxic” environment or about wanting to oust Harbaugh have been supportive of their head coach, some exceedingly so.

    “His attitude is the attitude we take,” linebacker Michael Wilhoite said. “That toughness, that grind, that grit – it’s been bred in us since I first got here.”

    And if there are some players dealing with the hate-your-boss blues, here’s some medical advice:

    There’s no better cure than a W. Take a few every month or so with a full glass of water. You’ll feel fantastic by January.”

    No conspiracies and nothing earth shattering. No more gambling on flights, long practices and meetings. What brutal conditions players have to work under Harbaugh for a part time job with starting pay at $200K.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- In high school we practiced that play and the punter took one step. All teams know to take one step and punt in that situation. I made that post after watching the Utah St punter take one step and punt in the same situation. Our punter took the standard 3 steps. That is the coach’s fault any way you slice it. Obviously we did not practice that game situation.

  26. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, some guys missed their blocks. It happens on the o-line you don’t blame the QB.

    Poor Seely probably doesn’t even realize there is such a thing as high school football or that he has a critic in the only guy who’s ever played it.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I had no idea I was the only guy who ever played high school football. I always thought many others played too? Huh?

    The line blocking might have broken down but when punting from the 1 or 2 it is imperative for the punter to make a one step kick. Three step kicks have a very high percentage of being blocked which is why it is rarely seen. I always thought this was standard knowledge. I am very surprised you don’t know this.

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs _ I guess everyone has their own idea of what’s lame. I don’t hate Alex anymore, but I used to. And, to watch him play from 06 to 09 was embarrassing there is no doubt about it. I certainly don’t blame him for our meltdown in the Giants championship game. I never questioned his toughness just his ability. Now I just hope him the best, but not this week.

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

    Skeebers, you deleted my last comment?
    I hope that made you feel better about yourself. Because in my eyes, both you, Alex Smith and your beliefs when it comes to the First Amendment all stink on ice.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Your over the top death wish posts and eye cancer wishes are beyond redemptive, Dennis. Get something new in your repertoire.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is a class act.
    Always was, always will be IMO.
    He came into a situation in SF that mirrored what Carr got in Houston back in the day.
    Thrown into a situation to save a floundering Offense with next to no weapons, including an OLine to protect him.

    Given the situation, he didn’t have much of a chance with the revolving OCs and ever-changing Offenses.

    That said, he doesn’t have the strongest arm and, wastes too many plays for my liking.
    Hoping he continues to shrink under pressure and keeps the water cooler running for cover today.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The TCU Horned Frogs tried some trickeration on a KO return today.

    The TCU player actually tried to blend into the field. Innovative but not all trick plays work.

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

    I don’t think it has anything to do with my “over the top” death wishes in general. I think it has everything to do because my latest death wish was directed towards your boy Alex.

    I’m guessing that you took that as a personal affront and thus your comments vis-à-vis an NFL player (Alex) dying of slow eye cancer struck a nerve accordingly…

    And you’re asking, nay, expecting I or any other of your Outsiders to display any redeeming qualities?

    If that’s the case. I hope we all die of slow effing eye cancer.

  34. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Dennis, I had cancer 8-9 years ago and survived, losing two rather important bones and getting disfigured in the process.

    In what dark corner of your pathetic existence do you find cancer funny?

  35. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You can consider me dropped from your FF league. I will no longer maintain my team. I hope your league dies.

  36. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Good question RT. All good now? Here’s hoping man.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Film breakdown of the Niner D last week.
    The defensive scheme and stellar play by the D was remarkable.
    The film says it all.

  38. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It was 8-9 years ago Phil, but thanks.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners will beat the Chefs 30-20.

  40. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It’s amazing Alex survived our dark ages and got to be resurrected, then well rewarded in KC. Few would have survived me thinks. But for tomorrows game = not so much.

    Any kind of win on our part will be quite acceptable. No injuries, few penalties on our part also on wish list

  41. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Disfigurement’s permanent, but I guess Dennis finds that funny.

  42. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Giants go 2 up on Nats. 9 straight postseason wins.

    26-17 Niners

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No Eric Berry suits me just fine.
    Niners 34-21

  44. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Okay Bullit has Niners by 10

    RT has ’em by 9

    NJ has us by 13 and I’ll say we win by 7.

    Bullit that’s a good breakdown of how the D stopped those last 2 Philly passes. Here’s something I wanted to post yesterday but coconut internet was on blink =

    Also the S Johnson toe tapper in EZ from great pass by Kap. One of these gifs is the last play of game where Cox/Lynch shut down Foles and Ertz

  45. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll venture a guess and say yer heart’s in the right place RT!

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With Berry out today, might not be a bad spot for Roman to employ the 5-wide look he snuck into the mix vs AZ?

    I think we need to do what we can to get the early lead and, force Alex to pass.
    Especially if we’re going to miss Ian to injury.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- God bless you my friend.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got no read on today’s game. If anything I’ve got us losing because I have no faith in our O-line.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The reason we stopped Philly was because of the performance of our D-line. Cowboy and Lynch were great and Ian Williams had a solid game too. There was a play where I saw a blocker get pushed straight back into the QB and I immediately thought great job Cowboy. When I looked at the replay it was Williams. I did not know he could bull rush like that. The job McDonald and Brooks did maintaining their lanes while getting a push usually goes unnoticed but I was applauding their great work. An effort like that by the D-line will win most games by itself. It sure made our DBs look good! Bethea got D Player of the Week.

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Bergs. I’m worried about Hali and the other OLB who’s name escapes me, KC has a strong pass rush, and we need to do a MUCH better job of keeping Kappy clean. Then again. Kappy seems to thrive in motion. So, design plays that take advantage of that, instead of chaos every passs attempt. I’d also dust off the delayed draws we used to use so well.

    There are ways to combat a strong pass rush that we don’t utilizes sometimes. This offense is hopefully coming around. But this game depends on the O line. We can’t expect to get 3-4 turnovers every game.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When a team applies so much pressure on the QB with blitzes often the running game can be open for success. That happened vs Philly but against AZ they shut down both with the blitz. I will add that vs AZ we did not try to run enough for my liking.

    The key is to actually read the blitz pre snap and call out the blocking. With the way we deliver plays to the huddle it doesn’t give us the time to do everything we need to do to get everything called, let alone just getting the ball snapped before the play clock runs out. The coach needs to fix that. Just my opinion.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners contain Jamaal Charles like they did McCoy/Sproles
    last game then their chances are better which is stating the obvious.
    Tonight we’ll find out if the Cards are for real on the road against the Broncos and with Stanton at QB again.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You must have died last night when the U$C corners kept going for the picks and whiffing. On the hail mary all they needed to do was knock the pass down but the dbs were are trying to catch the ball. Now that’s bad coaching. The 73 yard TD shouldn’t have happened and on the last play the receiver got into position to pluck the ball away cleanly as the $C DBs all tried to catch the ball. Personal glory over team success.

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

    What’s this crap about the players using two separate locker rooms?
    Ahh, but they’re united behind Harbaugh. What a joke.

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

    And Schefter reported this morning that players starting losing faith in Jimbo way back when Harbaugh went and scouted Peyton Manning. Even though he said he didn’t. The whole time it was “Alex is our guy. Alex is our guy.” Then he goes behind his back and checks out Manning. But he really didn’t. Jimbo never tells a lie.

  56. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    V Mac in for VD, J Martin in for A Davis

    Jimi Harbaugh in for Negative Nelly

  57. robNo Gravatar says:

    The key is our Lb’s vs the underneath stuff. Maybe fangio should have taken that scouting on alex

  58. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Our OL is dominating KC DL

  59. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin right on schedule = 27 yds up middle

  60. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Rob our D is beginning to pressure AS so maybe Fangio is getting it right as game progresses. OL is pushing KC out of the way for our RBs

  61. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Another gem from Kap to Stevie = MSHL = must see highlight. Will watch later as no video today

  62. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie was lined up alone wide right, faked inside while pushing DB off legally. DB fell back 2 yards, Stevie broke outside wide open. Easy pitch and catch. Play all Stevie, TDs last two games.

  63. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    According to Jay Glazer the Niners will fire Jim Harbaugh even if he wins a Super Bowl.

    If Jed is that stupid, well, who knows? More and more from these national guys. I’m sure Jim loves the thrash but Jesus, this is getting ridiculous.

  64. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I notice the local beat writers are not touching this supposed story since last years firestorm of fan abuse/reaction to the “rift w/ Baalke”. Just national media hos

  65. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie great pick up

  66. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Staley and Iupati are dominating on left for Gore

  67. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    4th and 25

  68. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Pass pro not so good yikes. FG good from 50+ again

  69. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Patchwork line dyin’ on the vine…

  70. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch once again knocks a pass down

  71. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Niners lost 15 yds on that punt exchange.

  72. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    No Staley no A Davis = not good. D is helping us out again

  73. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Staley came back, but that one play (sack) was ugly.

  74. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Lucky break there on the punt.

  75. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Staley back. Our best bet is running and our D, hey where have we heard this before?

  76. robNo Gravatar says:

    God i love lloyd

  77. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Our passing game is a lot of Kap looking deep and not taking the short ones. Great catch by BL

  78. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Niner TD and extra point (this latter doubtful, it’ll be a 2 pt try) and I’d have the prediction nailed.

  79. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! Thanks KC

  80. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    107 yards for Frank today.

  81. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Run run run to set up the big pass and shut ’em down with our D = that’s who we are

  82. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    AZ losing against Broncs, game was a lot closer than score.

  83. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex sucks. LOL

  84. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NFC East has best record in football!?

  85. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kilgore, Iupati, big games. Kilgore especially holding off the NTs which Goodwin struggled with. Tim Ryan and NF made this point. Also props to Bruce Miller keying our running game

  86. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for reading my bullshit Phil.

    Alex sucks. LOL x2

    No need for fastballs from bloggers when Alex throws so hard.

  87. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m always interested in a better grade of BS, lol. You caught me over at Blog X NF…

    Well on the Pigskin Prognosticators this week we had Niners winning by 5. No one nailed the spread but I did have us by 7. RT had us by 8, NJ us by 13 and Bullit by 10

  88. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Who was it said “Wouldn’t be surprising if the FO leak about Jimi “leaving” is in Seattle”? NF maybe. Yeah this obsession by the national media monkeys is looking more and more like slaps by other owners at Jed and 9ers. That’s more plausible than “Jed wants to screw his team via the coach” baloney we keep hearing.

    In other news the Niners won again today.

  89. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Ha! I was only off both teams totals by 4 points! Red Flag! Red Flag!

  90. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’m the happiest here because I had us losing!

  91. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We wore ’em down Bergs and killed ’em with RBs (150 yds + Kaepernicks) and the leg of Dog Sled Dawson, our secret weapon. 15 points + a TD.

  92. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Everything but the red zone offense seems to be shaping up nicely.

    So, you guys think other owners are starting these rumors?


  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Once again our high-flying Offense settles for 3’s.
    Phil this game, like Philly, should have been a double digit win.

    I’m not complaining.
    Happy to take a W anytime, including Sunday’s.

    Had we not whiffed on so many 3 and outs, we easily make it into the 30’s today.
    I yearn for some, ANY, WCO elements in this Offense of ours.
    Speeds up the tempo, cuts down on blitz impact, forces Kaep to unload quickly.

    Good win.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Once again, Fangio to the rescue.
    Along with some home cooked Officiating for a change.

    Where the H3ll was the Home Field Advantage today too?

    Christ, everyone was hiding from the sun apparently.
    Watching on TV, it sounded like a Church Service was taking place for much of the 1st half.

    Gotta work on that if we expect to rattle Seattle next month.
    And yes, I’m claiming ownership.
    RATTLE Seattle!

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner fans don’t pay attention to the national media BS.
    Only one poster here (rhymes with cluck and full of drama) keeps dwelling and harping on Harbaugh getting canned.
    (Denny doesn’t count because he’s just totally negative)

    More players stepped up today. Alex Boone on KGO post game was passionate and called Harbaugh his brother.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have a new feature called “Forty Niner Way” and this one is episode 5 post Philly
    This one features Stevie Johnson, Bethea and Joe Montana.
    In case you missed it

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners corrected the flawa that cost them earler a few weeks ago.
    Only 2 penalties, no play clock issues (shorter counts) and no wasted time outs.
    Fake punt was gutsy because if it failed there would be a lot of second guessing. Craig Dahl made the significant play of the game.

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I noticed Texa$ sure stayed in their game.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Texas is in transition. Charlie Strong kicked 8 guys off the team. Included was their starting OTs. Then their QB was knocked out again and has given up football because of concussions.
    Their most experienced OLineman, their Center tore his knee and is gone for the season.
    Any win this year would be a bonus. It just might start this week when we play the Okies.

  100. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, NJ. The red zone is the dead zone so far. Seriously, the defense has settled in pretty well with their big 3 still missing. The pass pro was pretty solid for longer stretches, but Martin gave up 2 sacks on consecutive plays.

    5 FGs ain’t gonna cut it in Denver. Or Seattle. Some weird-ass play calling in the red zone. What bothers me is one bad play seems to kill our drives. And the read-option on 2nd and 15 was flat terrible. If not for Dawson’s leg, they would have backed themselves out of FG range after a 1st down on KC’s 19.

  101. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Niner fans don’t pay attention to the national media?


    Thanks for speaking to all the 14 year old fans.

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cards had to play with their 3rd string QB Logan Thomas after Stanton was lnocked out of the game with a concussion.
    Cards also lost Calais Campbell to a leg injury.

    Niners came out this game relatively unscathed with only Nick Moody having a pulled hammy.

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I missed most college football games yesterday because I was watching an epic 18 inning baseball game.

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Put a name to the source and you have a story.
    You just like to cluck about it as if it matters.
    Harbaugh is under contract and since there’s no evidence of anything you Chuck appear to be a gossip queen because you keep clucking about it.

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, my mistake Reno. The Giants playoff winning streak now stands at 10. I posted 9; I’d already forgotten the Pittsburgh do-or-die game last week.

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I was pretty impressed with KC DE Allen Bailey.
    He b!tch-slapped Boone pretty well and flushed Kaep at one point this afternoon.

    Very impressed with Kilgore’s handling of Poe as well.
    I’m happy to see us clean up the stupid mental errors too.
    No delay of game penalties was a huge improvement.

    I’m just getting tired of the same old predictable plays.

    Smash-mouth counts, especially when trying to wear down a Defense.
    Just wish we’d find some rhythm and balance.

    Sick of watching 3 and outs when games are tight.
    If not for a risky fake punt and the KC 12 men penalty, this game could have easily gone to Alex and Andy.
    They found more plays today than we did early on.

    Fortunately, the D kept us in the game and we found a way for Dawson to kick us to a W.

  107. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s why no rational Niner fan listens to the NFL mouthpieces:

    Headline on PF Talk =

    “Browns nearly had Harbaugh for two third-round picks”


    I didn’t bother to read the article still I’ll venture there are no sources named, no direct quotes, no facts. It’s a bunch of outsiders (not you Skeebers) toying with the young owner and the naive local yokels who have been ignored for last 10 years by said national media due to piss poor teams here. Now we have something they got an angle to sell = BFD. Show me. Yeah Jed wants to destroy his team. Right. If that’s not nuts I don’t know what is.

    This is on the level of the mob hysteria around Ray Mac = “He done it fer sure. Well okay she threatened to kill his unborn child but he’s guilty. Well okay HE called 911 (again) during the party because froot-loops was at it again, but he’s guilty. Sit his ass”.

    Opportunists with an agenda are making hay while coach and ownership pause in negotiations while a football season is underway.

    Until proven otherwise with facts a rational person/fan would say “Baloney until we know more”. Except over at Blog X where you have a couple convinced a) Harbaugh is a devil or b) Harbaugh is a saint, Jed is a devil c) THIS IS REAL SERIOUS I MEAN LOOK AT RAY MAC.

    Lol, yokels

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil the kicker is, Florio on PFT is suggesting that Mrs Harbaugh didn’t want to leave the Bay Area.
    Sound like Jim knew what was going on to you?
    Seems to me if Mrs Harbaugh was involved Jim may well have been the guy asking to be released from his Contract no?

    How does Mrs Harbaugh become a factor in the 1st place?
    Something tells me Jim doesn’t like answering to a GM perhaps?
    Wants to run the entire show like he did at Stanford?

    Whatever the answer is, Jed owns his Contract and appears willing to seek an extension from everything we’ve read.
    Either Jim wants out or he’s looking for more control?

    He isn’t recruiting at the College level anymore for one.
    Two, I don’t think he’s capable of running an NFL roster beyond the locker room.
    There might be some legs to the reports regarding Cleveland but, it’s a dead issue at this point.
    The media is just continuing to fan the flames, perhaps hoping to ignite a mutiny?
    So far, winning covers the stink of bad press.

    Jed said just enough today.
    We’re trying to win. It isn’t a popularity contest. Next question.

    Until Jim flames out, the media feeding frenzy will persist I’m afraid.
    For me, it’s all about improving the point production from this Offense for Jim and Greg Roman.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Del.
    Any change of heart on Craig Dahl today 😀

    Gutsy call by Harbaugh and Seely huh?
    Dahl earn an attaboy by chance?

  110. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NJ Jimi’s not going anywhere for this season and next unless Jed releases him or his contract expires. And, it appears, his wife agrees to something then. Cleveland? No wonder she nixed it. Supposedly. Maybe in 2 years if Jed has no replacement in hand next year. That’s a new one to me as I’m not following too closely what Florio, Glazer et. al. say day to day. They’ve been in California since Jimi played QB for the Chargers. Not going to be easy to pry Momma out of the Bay Area lol. She’s the one with the leverage!

    Doesn’t sound like Jimi has a lot of leverage to force a trade. Maybe if we win a SB this year he gets leverage for more bucks, I doubt Jed gives him too much more control over GM type duties or renegotiates his current contract. If he is so red hot to get more control of whatever kind I’m sure other teams will be happy to accommodate him in 2016. But will Mrs. Jimi go along? To wherever? If not old Jimbo is going to have to swallow his whistle and accept what he can get from Niner management. I’m actually more confident he gets extended knowing the Mrs. feels so strongly about uprooting their many children.

    Sounds like this is being negotiated in the media to some extent which is fine since there seem to be so many ‘knowledgeable sources’ spouting off. Just as long as the hyperventilating media don’t distract the team/players/coaches from the job at hand. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of that. Team seems focused on getting the best out of each game, within their limitations, and using this crapola as motivation to play hard. No stink in locker room except one LMJ.

    As far as GM I’m fine with Baalke continuing so agree there. I see Jim not so much ‘flaming out’ as chilling out and accepting the current reality with maybe some more money as the best for himself and his family. If we win the SB and he walks well that would be weird but let’s see how it plays out this year.

    I refuse to get excited about speculation including my own.

    We have a Monday night game and that’s going to be my next concern. The more pot shots at Jimi, the Niners, Jed the angrier and more focused I see the players becoming. Harbaugh is setting exactly the right tone as usual for the players IMO.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hats off the Pats for recognizing the cancer battle taking place with Devon Still and his daughter Leah too.

    Extremely classy act on their part.

    Heartbreaking for a child to have to battle that sort of health crisis.

    Kudos to the Kraft Family for doing their part.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Touchè Phil.
    I figured 1 of 3 things occur as a result of all the rubbish being spewed by the likes of Deion and others.

    Team rallies around Jim, the rat(s) gets exposed or, the whole thing crumbles.

    So far it looks like the rally has begun.

    I’ve never questioned Jims’ ability to connect with the locker room.
    His issues, simply based on his visible demeanor is one of being too high strung to accept authority perhaps?

    Made sense regarding the reported rift with Baalke too.
    Hopefully they’re both men enough to realize that each has his own jobs to do to make this thing succeed.

    If Jim is that much in search of the total control angle, he likely won’t see it in SF.

    Not an easy rabbit to pull from a hat, especially when guys like Parcells couldn’t handle it successfully, and Bill coached a heckuva lot longer in the NFL before he even attempted his hand at it.

    The fact the Mrs Harbaugh even weighed in adds a wrinkle I hadn’t heard about.
    If she was asked about it, it certainly wasn’t a non-story.
    Jim had to have presented that option directly I’d think.

  113. 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