Punching the Clock

If the 49ers lose Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks, fans will be booing and hissing, but underneath, deep down, a great sigh of relief will rumble through their collective intestinal tract, happily wending it’s way to the Ahhh Zone hole. It’s rare that losing produces more pleasure than winning, but that is what this 2010 team has brought us.

To many fans, a win Sunday keeps alive the scary possibility that Mike Singletary, and maybe even Alex Smith, will still be here when the 2011 season eventually rolls around. A trip to the playoffs, with a 7-9 record, would mean the team went 7-4 after the disastrous 0-5 start. This sort of turn around would encourage most franchises, but not this one.

A loss Sunday will guarantee the team wins no more than five games and gets a seat in the top ten in next year’s draft. It currently sits in the number seven spot. It also means Singletary and Smith will conduct the rest of their lives somewhere else. No definition of weird could surpass the one this season has produced, where a majority of fans would be more pleased with failure than success. In fact, Smith might even get cheered if he tosses an interception Sunday and it would be no surprise if he waved and took a bow in response.

Singletary is on the hot seat now, but in four weeks the seat that will be the hottest will be the one under Jed York’s keister. He’s dutifully supported Singletary this year, but lately there have been signs that changes are already underway in the Niner front office, hinting at a sweeping reorganization in progress.

It’s probably no coincidence that Eddie DeBartolo has resurfaced lately, talking about the paramount need for strong leadership in the front office, even more than the leadership on the field. It doesn’t seem likely he would be talking this way if Jed were not about to make some dramatic front office changes. It’s also difficult to imagine those changes not occurring with the coaching staff as well. Whatever he does, or doesn’t do, is likely to affect the franchise for the next five years.

Confusion, uncertainty, and indifference are evident these days. For a team that is still in the hunt for a playoff berth, there is precious little rah-rah talk coming from the players. Instead, they are shrugging at the Head Coach’s decisions, giving it the WTFKs and WTFCs attitude. “Just got a job to do” has replaced “we can do this” as a team motto. The players have not yet mailed in the season, but a lot of envelopes and stamps are showing up in the locker room.

The Niners are a better team than the Seahawks, but it’s difficult to imagine they will take the field with as much enthusiasm as their opponent. Guys just doing their jobs don’t often win in the NFL and this Sunday could be just another example of that sorry reality.



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12 comments on “Punching the Clock
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The players have turned farouche lately. Vernon got all fired up after his touchdown on Sunday, prompting Sing to go over and restrain him. I would have gone over and high fived him and encouraged him to fire up the whole team. This is an emotional business the NFL. Somebody needs to let Sing know that momentum is important and it is driven by emotion.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think Vernon was also saying “throw me the damn ball”, which Troy had not done much of. This bravado got somewhat diluted, though, when Vernon dropped that pass a little later.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have no problem with a player wanting the ball. It is far better than a player being farouche, and not wanting the ball.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it was a bad pass. Right, Reno?

    VD was a little farouche about grabbing it.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have me feeling farouche for playing like one big douche.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s change the name on Alex’s Jersey to Iscariot and hope he plays the part of Judas.

    1 last flaming finger in the most important game of the Season to a chorus of BOOs.

    Thanks Alex. For whatever it was we Drafted you to do?

  7. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    RJF may be starting Sunday at NT vs the Seahawks. Should Ricky 1-gap, 2-gap, do the Texas 2-Step? Whatever gap and/or step RJF chooses, he’s gonna have to step up his game from Green Bay. That kind of performance will get’cha voted off Dancing with the Stars right quick.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I just watched your boy Pat Devlin. I was impressed.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like your beer persistence. I saw the suggestion and I might do it. I’m cutting back on my drinking lately. I’m going to get something for Christmas week-end. Sam Adams is good beer. Sierra Nevada Celebration is anther to consider. Or, I might even take a couple of growlers over to Buckbean Brewery and get them filled. A fifth of bourbon whiskey will be in order too!

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The other thing you mntioned is two gapping is an assignment. Whether it is a noun or a verb it is still the same result.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s almost fitting that Franklin could miss the most important game of the Season.

    Half of me says tank it, the other half says we may just not be motivated enough to give a flyin’ rats patoot.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Berger, WVU has a couple of DBs that could see some action on Draft Day.

    CB Brandon Hogan and S Robert Sands.

    The Mountaineer Defense is very highly rated this Season too.

2021 Schedule
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26 · 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 · 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 · 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 · 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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

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1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
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5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
 
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