Rank Ranking

Continuing our series on pretty much nothing, or thin air to you altitudinists, today we’ll wrap our brain waves around long term mediocrity. Vis a vis the SF 49ers. Some would say this is too generous a category for the 49ers, that down right awful is much more like it, but it’s June and awful thoughts belong in that black and empty month of February. At least that’s how we see it. After considerable research.

Anyway, the team has been some flavor of stinky for eight straight years. As a fan, this sucks. Year after year. Some years sucked more than others, but as a whole, eight consecutive years of bad football is a long enough stretch to get your franchise labeled as mediocre. A bottom dweller. A disrespected entity.

Since this terribility is going to change this year and never be heard from again, we thought we’d gather up these eight woeful years into an Era and rank the various years in reverse order of the pain they caused, from the least painful to the most painful.

8. 2009 team. Record 8-8: Rising.
7. 2006 team. Record 7-9: Surprising.
6. 2003 team. Record 7-9: Still fun.
5. 2005 team. Record 4-12: Not 0-16.
4. 2008 team. Record 7-9: End of Nolan.
3. 2004 team. Record 2-14: Worst team in league.
2. 2010 team. Record 6-10: Disgusting.
1. 2007 team. Record 5-11: Unwatchable.

As you can see, there are no wowzers in this group. Not even an above average season. Some years were worse than expected, but only two teams were better than expected — the 2005 and 2006 teams. The bar was so low then, that no fan expected the team to win any game they played. From 2007 to 2010, fans have expected a winner and, with the slight exception of 2009’s .500 club, been sorely disappointed.

The biggest culprit in this stretch of stinkamanity has been the Offense. Erickson’s 2003 team still had a pretty good offense, but after that the offense was perhaps the ugliest it has been in franchise history, all sixty years of it. Just embarrassingly bad shit.

As we have all heard, that is going to finally change this year. The 49ers, under new coach Jim Harbaugh, are going to restore excitement to that side of the ball. We will not have to wince when the offense takes the field. We will not have our children calling out the plays before they are run. We will not be treated to a steady, monotonous diet of pitiful three and outs.

Once again, 49er fans enter a season expecting some form of entertainment. Last year, fans only expected a winning team, one that made the playoffs. Even if it was ugly ball. This year, fans expect an exciting team, a relevant team, whether we make the playoffs or not. Harbaugh should be able to deliver that, shouldn’t he?

He’d better. Or he makes the Rank Rankings list for next year. And the Terribility Era continues.

 

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vanilla offenses are boring football. It puts too much pressure on the Defense. The expectaion is this will dramatically improve with gameplan and the playcalling.
    Less predicatability and utilizing all your weapons is the way to go.

    Hope Harbaugh/Roman put in two trick plays every game if not every half.

    I also hope that Harbaugh teaches his QBs the art of ball handling
    and carrying out fakes. Hiding the ball on your hip on a play action is a lost art.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With the new kickoff rule (kickoffs from your 35 instead of your 30, and only a five yard runup by the kickoff team) it becomes imperative that the Niners
    find a kickoff specialist that drills the ball 5-10 yards deep into the endzone 80% of the time for touchbacks. Not sure if Nedney has the leg anymore but there are guys out there that do and I would dedicate a roster spot for that alone as it’s that important IMHO.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It would be nice if the offense got up to the line yarely so an audible could be called if necessary. Except for the last game of the year, that is definitely a lost art for us.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did anybody see Sopoaga’s comments on the Santa Rosa Press Unca Chuck? He said he would go back to NT but wants to make plays in the backfield. I say he said that because he is good at that. We need a coach who understands that if a player is standing in the middle of a play it has a tendency to disrupt, ALA Charles Haley.

    This holding the point and not penetrating is for eunuchs. It is the very definition of a defense that is not aggressive. Yeah, it can work if you have an historically great D-line, like the NYG had in the 80’s or like what NE had before they dealt Seymour. Unfortunately our coaches in the past try to play this defense without the correct personnel and just continue to punked on Sundays. Let us hope we finally have a coaching staff with a clue.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather have a quarterback who had a goddamn clue.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We ran the Tampa Two often last year. The Tampa two has nothing to do with D-line. It is basically a zone cover two. designed specifically for the WCO.
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    You don’t run hold the point NT techniques unless the NT can do it. Not many can. I’d rather have a NT in the backfield than on his butt, or face in the ground like Franklin for Philly’s 52 yard run. Furthermore, two of the best at holding the point, BJ Raji and Vince Wilfork, are in the backfield often. Those two teams seem to win some games now and then.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tampa two can be played with a 3-4 or 4-3 front. I usually see it with a 4-3 front. What a Tampa Two is is when two OLBs have the inside quarters while the CBs take the outside quarters. They are not deep. Typically they play within 15 yds from the LOS. This is a strict zone assignment scheme. The corners do have to force the run. The two safeties play deep half with a MLB filling the void between the safeties.
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    The shell was more of a deeper version with the two CBs and the two safeties playing quarters. Their job was to keep everything in front of them. The OLBs and DEs assignment was to force the run inside. The NT was to occupy multiple blockers, and everything was supposed to be funneled to the ILBs. I saw this as a shorter version of a prevent defense. What did you think of it?

  8. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever strides are made offensively, I fear could be negated by the D. Depending on the FA market, we’ll be sorely lacking at NT when AF goes. Haven’t heard a peep what they plan on doing if he splits. But they need to sign someone. RJF and Soap ain’t going to cut it. Fangio has his work cut out for him trying to get a pass rush out of these LBs. Lawson wants big money, and he likely goes, Haralson has been a bust. Brooks can’t stay on the field. LaBoy is hit and miss. A. Smith is 20. For all his potential, him making an impact is unlikely this year. The corners? Smith and Brown are nonexistent. Spencer is the best on the team, but had a down year in 2010. Clements? Hey, maybe he gets it together this season. Maybe the Manusky D did take away these guys’ edge. It sure never seemed as if the D ever forced any issues. Their best games (NO and Atl), they lost by going soft in the end. Their bad games (KC, Sea, SD) were horrific. They had some good games, but the team lost a lot of 4th quarter leads. Some due to the offense, but many due to a lack of aggressiveness on when it came down to the 4th quarter.

    I’m hopeful the coaches instill aggressiveness, because the death by 10 minute drives and deep soft coverage has been a staple of this defense since Nolan got here. I’d rather see the team give up a TD on 3 plays rather than see them give up an 18 play, 8 minute drive. With any kind of offense, this kind of shit doesn’t hurt as much.

  9. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Man that is a depressing record of futility since 2003, 8 long years.
     
    Agree, the defense will need to get a lot stronger along the line and the DBs or we may be facing more breakdowns when what we need is a sack or a stop. Hopefully we can score points consistently to cover up defensive weaknesses. Otherwise…more of this crap?

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree any the Tampa Two has evolved but is is a zone defense. If they are going man they are using a different cover two scheme than the Tampa Two. IMO, the reason the D-line is one gapping is to get to the QB fast enough so the QB can’t read the zone coverage or throw over it. After all, in theory, the run is covered by the quarters coverage and the disruption of the D-linemen in the backfield. This defense is vulnerable if the line does not get pressure on the QB, but that can be said about any defense I can think of at the moment. This defense can have problems with good running teams too. Of course, like I always say, defensive lines win championships and a good one will cover for everything.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One thing we have had since Walsh has not been involved, we’ve been pullulate with coaches and GMs who don’t see the same importance at the D-line position as I do.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you saw a diagram of the a diagram of the Tampa Two alignment it shows the two LBs and CBs taking a quarter of the field in zone assignment. They are in front of the cover two safeties and the MLB when he drops back. Quarters just means you have a quarter of the field whether it is deep or at the line of scrimmage. In the Tampa Two the quarters are with LBs so it is closer to the LOS.
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    The Tampa Two evolved from the cover two, as I’m sure you already know. The Tampa Two is a cover two strategy that plays zone close to the LOS. To mix the coverages between zone and man is just good strategy so they don’t become predictable. You would expect that from any coach, not just a good coach like Dungy. We ran some Tampa Two last year but we were usually in cover 2, 3 and 4. Cover 4 is what many, including me, are calling the shell defense.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the new CBA will make Lawson, Goldson, and McDonald all unrestricted free agents.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So the good news is probably all the other teams FAs we should be able to choose from.

  15. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    FWIW, Fangio falls under the Dom Caopers style of pressure 3-4. He calls it his cover 7. Basically an underneath zone, and deep man to man coverage. The SS reads intermediate coverage, run support, and the FS drops into deep coverage.

    The drawback for SF being that you need solid corners AND a strong pass rush to work this. GB had both and made it work regardless of the quick scores sometimes given up.

    I think the Niners have the safeties and ILBs to made this work. It’s the OLBs and CBs that are shakey. And depending on who stays or goes, the line could be real this as well.

  16. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    . . . *thin* as well . . .

  17. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Where did ya hear that Skeebs?

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Are you going to the El Dorado BBQ Brews and Blues in the streets of downtown Reno this week-end? I’ll be there at about 4:00 Saturday aft. The best beers in thew world are there along with free blues. Shane Dwight goes on at 7:00 to 8:30. He is a fantastic blues guitarist. Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Buns go on at 5:00. They are a swing band similar to Brian Setzer of Stray Cats. Greg Kihn is playing on another stage about the same time.

  19. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Probably not, Berger . . . Taking the kid to Georgetown for some dirt biking and heading to Loomis for a party . . . I’ve heard of Steve Lucky. He’s pretty cool.

    Greg Kihn? Haven’t seen him in 35 years . . .

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt I’ll be seeing any Greg Kihn. But who knows, I might if he overlaps the other two performances.

  21. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, stop, just Stop! You’re killing me man with blues in June, BBQ, brews…Blues. Ah the good (single life in Sac Valley) back in the day.
     
    Is it getting too hot up there yet?
    Enjoy!

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- Would the Philippino Scotsman parlay a beer or two with his scotch or would that be xenogenetic?

  23. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    It would be xenogenetic but that would be fine, just fine my man! Haha. Have fun man

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedule
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 · 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

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

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