Post Trauma Ward

69,000,000 TV viewers watched Kyle Williams’ leg make naughty with the football in the NFC Title game. That’s a whole lot of peepers tuned into the worst moment of your life.

I’m not sure what the worst moment of my life was. There are so many candidates. But 69 million people weren’t watching me die a slow death, I’m fairly certain of that.

Williams gained a lot of respect by looking straight into the spotlight and accepting responsibility for his mistakes. But unless his moment of ignominy is superceded by a larger moment of glory, this poor fellow will be haunted the rest of his life by his epic moment of splat.

Of course, this sports nadir moment is nothing compared to driving into a tree while fumbling on the floor for a dropped CD and having your leg sheared off in the crash. Perspectively speaking. Some agonies are far worse than others. And sports agonies are mostly confined to the psyche, not the physical.

Still, pain is pain. And a lot of 49er fans were feeling it this past week, as well as the fans located in New Orleans, Baltimore, and Green Bay. New Orleans knows it could have whipped the Giants at home and be in the SB next week if their DC had simply put a double team on Vernon Davis. Baltimore fans know they’d be in the SB if their WR had simply hung onto the TD pass one foot on the turf longer. And Green Bay fans know their team mowed through the league with colossal arrogance all year, then showed up with nothing when it really counted.

As expectations go, 49er fans have less to be crushed by than the fans mentioned above. In fact, 49er fans, at least in the blogorama, have enthusiastically bull rushed into the offseason less than one week after losing the title game. There has been some liquor abetting the enthusiasm, perhaps, but no where near the lethal amounts necessary to move on from seasons prior to 2011.

The first order of business, which is common following hugely successful enterprises, is to chip away at the reasons for the success and render them less impressive than they appeared to be. Two things jump out in that regard which contributed greatly to the 49ers breath-taking accomplishments in 2011: the relative lack of serious injuries and the whopping lopsided turnover differential. Neither of these helpful aids are likely to occur in back to back seasons.

The only area hit hard by injuries in 2011 was the wide receiver group. This proved fatal in the NFC Championship game. WRs are generally associated with scoring points. That the team managed to succeed as well as it did with only marginal help from this group bodes well for the future when this group is likely to be improved and not likely to be injury riddled yet again. This is an offsetting plus to the likelihood of non-repetitive advantages mentioned above.

The 49ers won’t be +35 in turnover differential next year, but they won’t be minus any amount, either. We’ll probably get less interceptions, but Alex Smith is not going to throw a bunch of them, either. Nor are we going to suddenly have a teamwide epidemic of fumbling. Still, turnovers were key factors in several wins last year and must be offset this coming year with increased offensive performance. Fortunately, that is precisely what a full offseason in Jim Harbaugh’s system is more than likely to produce.

The team won the West by four games, it might be noted. If the victory total is a couple less next year, the West would still be won.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Good post. I am not looking forward to watching the Super Bowl
    as some nitwits who claim to be Niner fans are. My football season ended last Sunday and my football thoughts are solely on what do we do to get better and make it back to the playoffs?

    No matter how you look at it Kyle Williams choked and lost the game.
    He dumbled the ball and gave the Gnats the gift winning FG. Just like despite Roger Craig’s great career, the fumble against the Gnats will always be in the conversation when you discuss his legacy.
    The most idiotic comment is Alex Smith put Kyle Williams in that situation. Hater trolls abound.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You constantly change you mind
    don’t you?

    “Spitblood says:

    September 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Looks like Williams gets the start over Goldson. Williams and Whitner better have one hell of a game for the Niners to win. Zack Miller and Sidney Rice are no joke. I look for the Seahawks to attack Whitner with play action to Lynch, suck up Whitner, then complete passes over the top of him to Miller. Not being critical of the Niners, but they really need another safety and two more corners. I think we improved our secondary this offseason, and I’m encouraged by Harbaugh’s ability to evaluate the old secondary under Singletary. I like Whitner’s game, but the other safety we draft next year needs to be damn good at defending the best TEs in the league and taller WRs.

    I think we should draft a safety high next year, and a pass rusher, and a qb….. (do we have that many high picks?) Dashon Goldson is full of himself. He thinks he’s got so much game. We’ve seen flashes of his ability. I know he won’t play much on Sunday. But if he ever wants to be considered elite, go to pro bowls and live up to his own hype, this is his year to shine. Hard part is, he’s hobbled and he had a short preseason. Sucks to be an asshole. Del knows.”

    As a bonus I see you confess to being an asshole.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are the gift that keeps giving

    “Spitblood says:

    September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    The Ray Ratto challenge. I don’t accept. Why? Because until Harbaugh sacks Smith for good, I want to see Candlestick empty and the stadium in jeopardy. Peyton built a stadium in Indy, Smith (if they keep him around past this season) will kill a stadium deal in Santa Clara. So forget keeping quiet about how bad Alex Smith sucks, let’s talk about it until people are so sick to their stomachs they don’t even watch the Niners and Jed York is forced to look else where to increase ticket sales. I’m sure Jed would love it if Niner fans stopped talking negatively about Smith, and Ratto does have a point that it’s more tired than Rip Van Winkle after reading Unca Chuck excerpts. But what Ratto doesn’t realize is that keeping the Alex Smith debate alive keeps the fan base from buying tickets. Personally, I’m utterly disgruntled about Alex Smith and the state of my Niners. I won’t go to another game until Smith is off the roster entirely. Secretly, I want the general idiot Niner fan (you know the type – you’ve talked to them at games) to stay away, hate Smith and maybe never return or give Jed York another nickel of their family’s money. So, stir the tired pot, I say. However, for the rest of us who’ve earned our Niner stripes, I think now is a great time to buy Niner season tickets. I won’t. I’m really caught in a Jimmy Clausen.

    Now that post of your was straight out of the V playbook.
    Except how totally wrong can a moron be????

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve read where some are eager to dump Crabtree as a diva bust.
    Crabtree is entering his 4th year.
    If you look back Vernon Davis didn’t really blossom until year 4. Josh Morgan has been here a year longer than Crabtree. Through the first five games this year he had 15 catches 220 yds and 1 TD. The same people that are clamoring to trade Crabtree want to resign Morgan.
    This was Ray McDonald’s 5th year
    and Sopanga’s 8th. A lot of the same people were suggesting we give Franklin the big money and let McDonald and Sopoanga go.
    Same goes for Snyder. This was his 7th year and he played damn good and was a mainstay.
    Just want to say trust the coach and the GM.
    In Michael Crabtree’s case until you find 2 receivers better than him and he’s riding the bench you cannot even think of trading him.
    I believe him to be a solid #2
    who was pushed into being a #1 this year without benefit of a legit #2. He has talent that hasn’t been displayed yet.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- The fact that Stinky won’t go to agame as long as Alex Smith is on the roster makes me pine for giving Alex a lifetime contract.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    As far a Crabtree is concerned, I wouldn’t mind trading him. I don’t care for his attitude.
    He does have talent and works hard, so I would not give him away or just dump him. But if dumping him is what opens cap space to get a front line #1 then I am for it.

  7. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Just heard Aldon got arrested for DUI…damn..i hope the kid doesnt take the wrong path…

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Tony, what’s on your wish list this offseason?

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Other than Luck.

  10. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “69,000,000 TV viewers watched Kyle Williams’ leg make naughty with the football in the NFC Title game. That’s a whole lot of peepers tuned into the worst moment of your life.”
    That game shoudn’t have even gone into overtime. The “worst momement of their lives” was watching Alex Smith go 1-14 on 3rd down with 3 yards passing in five quarters of football against the 27th ranked defense in the NFL. Alex Smith choked. That game shouldn’t have even gone into overtime. It should have been wrapped up in four quarters of football. With any good quarterback like Peyton, Flynn or even Kaepernick, the 49ers would have won that game.
    Alex Smith played great when Gregg Williams went single coverage on Vernon – then got fired a day later for playing single coverage on Vernon. Lol. But then Alex couldn’t crack Perry Fewell’s 27th ranked defensive code. Really Alex? You can only complete 12 pass all game against the 27th ranked defense? 12 passes all game with guys like Vernon, Delanie, Crabtree, Hunter, Miller, Gore and Williams. I mean, forget the wide receiver category. There’s a lot of options right there with guys with good hands, and Alex could only complete 12 passes in five quarters of football? People are now writing about all the missed opportunities Alex had in that game. I certain Harbaugh sees it too. That guy just played himself out of town.
    My boy, Eli? 32 completions. Only 16 were to his wide receivers. I mean, hell, Eli threw a touchdown to Bear Pascoe who the 49ers dumped under Singletary against the 49ers’ number on ranked defense in the redzone. Eli to Bear against number one. Alex could find his ass with both hands against 27. And you guys think he’s worth 10 million a year. Ha Ha… I have to laugh….

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I found evidence that you once confessed to KNBR that you were a Raiduh supporter.
    Now how in the the Red & Gold world does that happen?
    I always knew you to be a fraud and a poser. You are just a hater troll as everyone has suspected.

    Spitty the human hemerrhoid wearing an eyepatch and silver and black.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Eli didn’t win the game. He had several opportunities to, as did Alex, but neither did. In the end, it was just a fumble in chip shot field goal range that won it. If Alex would have won that way, the haters would be sure to take away any credit, the credit they now fawn upon Eli.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sign Alex Smith to a lifetime contract just to keep Spitty away.
    I’m all for that
    The thing is he’s all BS and lies. I’d be suprised if he evr attended a game.

    Like I said the only way you dump Crabtree is if you clearly have 2 guys better than him. Go back and look at his college highlight reel and he’s lost a step maybe due to his foot.

    Clearly is talented. Compare him to anybody in this year’s draft
    college highlisght to college highlights and tell me who is better?

  14. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers – Eli was playing against a 49ers’ defense that was number one in the red zone, great at home, and ranked top five in most categories. Alex Smith made the Giants’ defense look like a top five defense but in reality, they’re 27th. LMAO.
    Eli beat top five, Alex lost to 27th. Alex Smith choked. Big time.
    Alex Smith just played himself right out of town….

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Your eyes are bugging out, Albert. Right on cue.

  16. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “Buggin’ out?” I’m calm, cool and enjoying myself. 27th ranked defense? Really guys? Really?

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Funny how fast things change with you in a week?

    “AlbertEinstinkle Says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    The way things have played out for the 49ers this year have been amazing. Winning the second seed, only to see the first seed get knocked off was a really, really big benefit to the 49ers. In addition, the AFC is weak. I definitely don’t believe in the Patriots, and I even though I respect the Ravens, and they beat us pretty handily during the regular season, I really see this as Alex Smith’s best shot at winning a Super Bowl. Everything has fallen the 49ers’ way – Second seed, Saints give us five turnovers, NFC divisional opponent who we’ve already played – on our home turf with a weak AFC opponent no matter who it is? That sixth trophy is ready to come home to momma. Harbaugh and his boys have created this opportunity, but now we must seize the rest of it. That’s what winners do”

    A case of Spitty covering his ass.
    It’s really hard to tell his face and his ass apart.
    Maybe because he’s actually a Raiduh points to the fact that he got a similar haircut in his honor

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- How did Kolb and Gradkowski do this year? How about the other guy you wanted, how did McNabb do? Do ever pick a winner except in hind sight? Did you know Alex started all 16 games, went 13-3 and threw for only 5 ints. Right now he has a streak of over 200 passes, if you count post season, without a pick. Did you know his post season QB rating is over 100? You just don’t know much do you?

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Fagan (no relation to Kevin) just defeated Chris Barnes 246-213 to win the USBC Masters in Henderson, NV. The 49ers have nothing but gutter balls for WRs and a sleeper pin at quarterback. Spare me any retort for I’m gonna go split.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where’s my bowling comment?

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I dint do nuthin’. Was it a gutter ball?

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It didn’t post when I hit “submit comment,” then when I tried again it gave me an error and said it was a duplicate comment. Oh well, it wasn’t one of my best efforts. I could list a litany of “non-best efforts” from this motley crew. But I don’t have all day.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It was in the spam trapper for some reason. I fetched it out.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    No problem. I don’t think Dr. Seuss would have had such a hit if he entitled his book, “Green Eggs and Spam.”

  25. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger –
    One of your favorite things to say is that defenses win championships and that defensive lines win Super Bowls. Well… maybe not so much. In the the NFC Championship game, Eli Manning was sacked 6 times and hurried or hit 12 times. Alex Smith was only hit or sacked half as much (3 and 6), but Smith still lost. Eli was getting picked up off the turf every other throw, and he still beat Alex. I thought defensive line play won Super Bowls? What about defenses winning championships? The Patriots are 31st. The Giants? 27th. The 49ers who are now comfortably resting at home or out on bail? 4th. Have you ever been right?
    And regarding my “Other” quarterbacks…. Here’s a list.
    1.) Nate Davis
    2.) Troy Smith
    3.) Colin Kaepernick
    4.) Scott Tolzien
    5.) Donovan McNabb
    6.) Matt Hasselbeck
    7.) Kyle Orton
    8.) Kevin Kolb
    9.) Peter Paul and Mary
    10.) Beetlejuice

    I like ’em…. ’cause they ain’t named Alex Smith.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if yer guy Goldson didn’t break up 2 picks, Eli would have had 2 picks. Are you saying the 49er turnovers didn’t play their part in the game? Or is giving away 80 yards of field position a recipe for success? Or that Eli had a 70 rating in the 2nd half? Duh. Gawwd. Like I said, waste of time.
    NY got lucky. Something you are never acquainted with.
    I’m sorry, your job is to be a sub-moronic blogger. Carry on, douchebag.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Spit, I guar-an-damn-tee you you’ll never guess who Tim Burton wanted and tried to get to play “Beetlejuice” instead of Michael Keaton.
    Sammy Davis Jr. No joke. I just can’t see it. Sammy could half see it.

  28. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The only 49er backup I didn’t like over Alex Smith was David Carr. Scot McCloughan must still be chucklin’ to himself over that one. But Unca loved Carr over Shaun Hill. Hill was a scrappy winner. Carr? Can’t believe he still has a job in the NFL. It’s analysis like this that destroyed Bullit’s blog. RIP Go quietly into the night, crappy blog.

  29. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Sammy was the eternal optimist. His eye sockets were half full.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- The Giants have an excellent D-line for pass rushing and the Patriots D-line is actually not bad. The problem with the Pats is their DBs and LBs. But similar to the Colts run a few years ago, they just got their safety Chung healthy and just got a couple LBs back healthy.
    You like to show stats but sometimes they are misleading. The Giants and Pats defenses, as well as the Giants WRs, just got healthy for the play-offs.
    You and reality are no match.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Defensive numbers aside, there’s no denying that the NFL is a passing league. Has been for some time now. We’re not going to win a SB with Alex Smith or any other QB for that matter just throwing for 15 TDs and 3,100 yds a year. We’re not. “Run the ball and play good defense” is a thing of the past. Just look at the two teams playing.
    Throw the goddamn ball! Repeat.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Excuse me, he had 17. That’s a +12 ratio. But it’s the wrong +12. Add 12 to each of his totals and we’d a better chance. 29 TDs and 17 INTs is better than 17/5.

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Talking about the 49ers is pissing me off again. I’m done.
    Back to the ponies.

  34. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The facts are here in your face. All the stats point to Alex Smith choking in the Giants’ game. But you’re so invested in Alex Smith, you can’t enjoy any other option. You’ve left yourself an out saying, “Whatever Harbaugh wants,” but secretly we both know there’s no other option for you than Alex Smith.
    Here are some facts that are reality.
    Patriots D -31st
    Giants D – 27th
    49er D – 4th
    Who’s still playing?
    Here are some other facts.
    Eli Manning – 32 completions, only half to his wide receivers. 12 hits, 6 sacks – still going to the Super Bowl, beating the 4th overall D.
    Alex Smith – 12 completions, hit and sacked half as often, against the 27th ranked D, 1-14 on 3rd downs with 3 yards passing to WRs in FIVE quarters of football. Smith is on the couch.
    Here’s another fact for you. After the Saints’ game, analysts everywhere, including a man who couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the ‘C’ and the ‘T’ (Terry Bradshaw), said Gregg Williams was foolish for leaving Vernon Davis in single coverage. The next day, Gregg Williams is gone – bounced from a contender to a team rebuilding. Everything above is a fact, and facts are reality.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- Fact, you guaranteed the Saints would beat us. It is a fact that your credibility is shot. Keep reaching for something to cling to. So far, you are drowning in your own bullshit. Now that’s the facts Jack.

  36. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Guess you don’t want to face the facts above at 12:59. If I was an Alex Smith supporter, I’d turn the other way, too.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The facts are 14-4 and the most 4th quarter comebacks in the league. Don’t choke on the facts, Albert. You need a hankie?

  38. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “4th quarter comebacks” makes me laugh. Like in the Lions’ game. Maybe if Smith didn’t overthrown Crabtree by eighty yards resulting in an INT, then subsequent touchdown, the 49ers would have been up in that game and a comeback wouldn’t have been necessary – kinda like OT in the NFC Championship game.
    Harbaugh creates great or good quarterbacks. Andrew Luck, Alex Smith, Josh Johnson? Their high water marks were all under Harbaugh. Put ’em on other teams and they aren’t as good. So most other quarterback in the NFL could have gone 14-4 as the 49er qb this year. And if we had a good one, we would have won it.

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Last night it was French fries, tonight it’s fried chicken. I’m gonna fry myself right into an angioplasty. I shouldn’t joke. My upstairs neighbor had a heart attack Thursday and needed the defibrillators twice on the ambulance ride over. They put a balloon (CPI) in one of his coronary arteries. But he’s 72. I’m not there quite yet. But I bet my liver and pancreas are at least 72 and then some.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think a hankie will be enough. It’s a long offseason. How about a towel? A bedsheet?

  41. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Del –
    What are your honest (I chuckle) thoughts on Matt Flynn? Did you watch him verse the Lions? The Lions…. oh yeah, that D that Alex could barely throw for ten yards against in a heroic comeback (I chuckle again).

  42. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t you guys see that Alex Smith is a product of a Harbaugh system?

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Flynn? He’s going to be a very rich young man because of just two starts. I did not see the Lion’s game. I saw him last year in the near loss at NE. Not too shabby. He’s avg. 52 and 1/2 attempts/gm in his two starts. He fits my criteria: Throw the goddamn ball!

  44. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If I’m Matt Flynn, I’d take a whole hell of a lot less to play for Harbaugh than I would Regis in Miami.

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic, but do you guys get MeTV on your cable outlet or satellite dish? They run the great old classics. Peter Gunn, Mission: Impossible, Sgt. Bilko, Columbo, Five-0, Kojak, Star Trek, Lost in Space and Get Smart just off the top off my head. Check it out if you can.

  46. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    That’s curious. Chuck and Bullit are no where to be found today. It’s a crazy mixed-up world we’re livin’ in. I tell ya….

  47. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If I was the commissioner of the NFL, I’d make the Pro Bowl a two day skills competition. Remember the old quarterback competitions with blue paint and the moving targets at ten, twenty, and forty? I’d have multiple competitions – one for each position, an overall competition, etc. Then it would be more about the fans getting to know each player. Nobody cares about the basketball game – they want to see the slam dunk contest. Nobody cares about the baseball game – they want to the homerun contest. Same with football.

  48. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Life isn’t fair. We get dirty hippies occupying street corners. Europe gets naked hot chicks climbing fences. Not fair.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I get my fill of buushit reading all your lies and rants, There’s only so much the sane can take.
    So not only do you hate the Niners but you’re a stinkin Raiduh lovin troll, the absolute worse kind.
    No wonder you’re a walking hemerrhoid.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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