Rise of the Machine

For those of you who were born too late to witness first hand the San Francisco 49ers’ glory years in the ’80’s and ’90’s, Sunday’s complete demolishing of the Tampa Bay Bucs was the type of game those earlier years featured on a regular basis. Total dominance.

We are officially at the end of The Dreadful Era of 49er football. What we suddenly have here is an elite NFL team. There’s nothing fluky about them. And they are going to get even better.

The offseason lockout was supposed to hurt the 49ers more than any team in the league. The fact that it hasn’t is obviously a testimony to Jim Harbaugh and his coaches, but also speaks to the intelligence and talent of the players themselves. Very few expected them to get comfortable with the new offensive and defensive schemes until well into the season. But at half time of the Eagles game, Adam Snyder took over at RG from Chilo Rachal, and the offensive line became a sudden powerhouse. It’s no coincidence that the offense has exploded since. This is the offense everyone hoped to see … by next year … with a different QB.

Every move the 49ers made in the offseason has been a winner. From the promotion of Trent Baalke to GM, to the hiring of Harbaugh, to the acquisition of players and the re-signing of Alex Smith. The coaching staff Harbaugh brought in has turned the defense, the offense, and the special teams into potent units.

It was in Pennsylvania in 1981 that the league and the 49er fan base and the 49er players themselves discovered how good the team was. That history appears to have repeated itself this year. And in each case, it was a young 49er owner hiring a brilliant coach from Stanford that sparked the emergence. Spooky shit, baby.

One endless blog question has now been definitely answered. Is it the coaching? ABSOLUTELY!!!

The blogosphere is spinning on its head these days. Those many poisonous entities who have vehemently and endlessly maintained that the 49ers could never win with Alex Smith at QB or with the Yorks as owners have seen their opinions squashed like a Tampa Bay bug. Those who have invested their entire blog IDs on dissing anything and everything about the team will be quietly disappearing from the scene or eating so much crow they will grow beaks for lips. The strident anti-Smith crowd is mingling in the streets in a complete daze. Shell shocked. With a functioning offensive line and imaginative game plans, Smith has skyrocketed into the top ten of NFL QBs.

Are we having fun yet?!

Wow. I’m stoked. I haven’t been a 49er basher by any means, but there have been times in these last few desolate years when I secretly wondered if I would be catching the Al Davis plane to eternity before this franchise ever returned to glory again. I can die in peace now. We are back.

No more laughing stock. No more rolled eyes and sniggering from the national media. No more checking off a win when you see the Niners on your schedule for the coming year. No more jokes from Unca_Chuck about the oil soaked Smith jersey in his garage. No more so many downer items I can’t even think to list them. We’re back. That’s all I know. We are back.

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51 comments on “Rise of the Machine
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not quite as convinced as you Mr. Skeebs about this team but it was an old fashioned butt kicking. Something we haven’t seen for a while when a game has meant something. I saw signs of this when Tomsula took over for one game last year, while everybody else was just dismissing a lopsided score because it was just the Cardinals. You are absolutely right it is the coaching.
    The thing is I’m not convinced yet that we have arrived. A better team we are but wins like this can exude overconfidence. Let’s see if we remain level headed and consistent. Getting there is one ting, staying there is another thing. I do feel god about our progression and feel we will win out division, but I want more. Better, yes. A good team, probably. Arrived, I’m not sold yet. But I can say your 11-5 prediction is looking good. I said 9-7, then changed to 7-9 after I saw the play calling in game one. Sometimes it is good to be wrong. But I must say the play calling is progressing well and it does feel as if we finally have a good coach, tome will tell for sure.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    In any other year with any other coaching staff, I would agree with your trepidations. But Harbaugh is not going to let this team flounder back on its laurels. What he and his staff have accomplished is just amazing. I expect it to just get better.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Smith is the #3 rated QB now, behind only Rogers and Brady.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always thought Alex to be a decent, serviceable QB. But saying he is a good QB has taken a lot of patience through a lot of bad coaching. I’m not going to say it yet but another couple games like he has been playing and I’m sold that he is a good QB. The funny thing is, by not saying he was a bad QB the haters labeled me as a Smith lover, or Smithbot or something to feed their emotions. Just like I never said he was a bad QB, five consecutive games are not going to make me say he is the answer, but I am getting close. Actually, if you consider Sing was the problem, and I do, it is 6 consecutive games because Alex did look great last year in the finale without Sing.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- The thing I want to see from Smith is the consistency we see so far this year as the playbook gets wider and the QB is asked to be more aggressive. I saw that yesterday and in the 2nd half of the Philly game. I just want to see it a little more. One bad game won’t make me backtrack, but a couple more good ones as he is getting more aggressive will sell me completely.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! Number 3 is great. Keep it up kid!

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    slow down there skeebs ! tampa plays very poorly vs. us in san fran , the eagles are reeling and we beat sucky seattle nipped cincy and lost to dallas ! i really doubt we’re an elite team yet , but at least we’re playing to our talent level ! imho we’re looking at a team closing in on the top tier of NFL teams (near top 10 imo )
    the first smith TD was awesome !

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson is becoming a real intimidator at safety. Culliver looked great, too. Tremendous coverage and control on that pick of his. Shawntae may not make it back on the field this year or next.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sucky Seattle has won 2 games and Cincy has won 3. The worst team we played was Philly and they were a Super Bowl favorite.
    We may not be elite yet but don’t
    discount the wins we have EARNED
    against decent teams. We are not a fluke. This is only the start of the journey, Better times ahead. Believe it!

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Smith Bros. had 3 sacks
    yesterday. Aldon 2 and Justin 1.
    They say the strength of the D is the front seven but our secondary is solid now and not the liability it was last year.
    Culliver has really stepped up
    and Goldson is playing for the big contract. Rogers has been the difference maker.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith has 3.5 sacks on the year, all in the last two games. The light seems to be coming on for him. Charles Haley had ten as a rookie. If Aldon has similar production, you have to be pretty happy with that draft pick.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for writing my post today, Grump. A little over the top for you, but I’m down with it.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I want a little honey-mustard sauce on my crow please. What a great game to watch we were running on all cylinders and never missed a beat. Alex played the best game I ever saw him play, and our D was just superb. Good day to be a Niner fan.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You were never a true-blue, die-hard Smith hater, Winder. More like morbidly disenchanted with a pinch of sighs.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s an interesting year, that’s for certain. Our first task under Harbaugh was simply to stop reeking, after so many years of irrelevance. I think we can safely say Harbaugh has taken a step or seven in that direction.
    We’ll still have some bumps in the road. This team is still not good enough to win them all. We’ll have our down weeks. Alex will throw another interception, someday, and it will cost us. No matter. I think he finally is playing with the confidence to bounce back from a mistake or even a bad game.
    Plenty of folks will still say “he’ll never win a playoff game”. Like I said at Chuck’s, you’ll know either when he does or when his career ends. The future will take care of itself. For now, enjoy just not reeking. It’s a nice feeling.

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Crow Louisiana-style, blackened with plenty of cayenne, is quite good I’ve heard. 😉

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like a dish you wouldn’t want to be downwind an hour later of the fella who ate it.

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Skeebs, it was more total frustrationh than anything else, but, there were times, there were times.

  19. brmgd30No Gravatar says:

    Also, we beat a team with talent. Losing record or not, the Eagles have some players. The real test will be coming up, obviously. Detroit, NYG..

  20. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    watching the evolution of the team has been nice so far, laughing stock,pants dropping, rat searching,wanting winners,to actual winners.
    the team is playing up to its #1 pick loaded potential,the roster has talent there was just no one there to direct it until now, a huge bummer was loosing Morgan on a unnecessary TD drive, Kaep needed work but that play didn’t need to happen, run it out and call it a win and get out of there would have been fine, at that point they were just running up the score.
    so after the euphoria of one of the largest blow outs in recent memory, we need another receiver there’s a few out there to sign Braylon isn’t ready to come back until after the bye week ends and that is pretty quick, Morgan is scheduled for surgery,today he may or may not be back for the season bit of a bummer he was really starting to play solidly

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Dennis is happy then the blog is happy. Go Niners!

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis is happy?
    The amazing thing to me is the transformation of the secondary. Rogers is flat awesome. His route reasing, and jumping has led to 3 picks already. 8 by the DBs overall. It wasn’t too long ago that our CBs would total ZERO for the year.
    Harbaugh is right. Watched ESPN (Sprotscenter and NFL Live), and nothing about the Niners and their dismantling of TB.
    Bradford? Hit him, and he’ll throw picks. Deetroit hasn’t played anyone that tough, and tonight’s game should be fun to watch.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt –
    Dennis is happy? ????!
    So, how many six-packs did you buy him, anyway? LOL

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Notice the word If
    No Outsider knowledge and pure speculation from me
    The relevant question should be
    now many kegs?

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Where IS Dennis?

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    dennis is happy !

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He’s probably asleep.

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

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  29. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You forgot the friendly folks at Glaxo-Smith-Kline. . .

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Good thing you chimed in. I was about to suggest you were out camping in the park to Occupy Wall St.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ok Lions are dead last in rusghing offense, under 75 yards a game.Stafford has thrown 11 TD passes 8 to Megatron. Stop Megatron stop the Lions.
    We’ll see how the Bears do it tonight. NFL Live sez that Stafford has yet to finish a game against the Bears. Something to look for.
    Henry Melton of the Bears is the opposite of Bruce Miller. In college @Texas he was a RB/FB who converted to DE as a senior
    He’s supposed to be a decent pass rusher with much upside. Look for him tonight if you’re watching.

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We need to put one of our big safeties up on the line to hit Megatron and knock him off his stride at the line every single play. Then let him go, and let Rogers pick him up and cover him. Don’t let him get a clean release off the line, and we can keep him to a few catches and not too much damage.

  33. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder how Culliver would do up close to the line, Grump. He’s got good size for a corner, and can chuck him off the line and cover underneath. Have him stick, and provide over-the-top help with Rogers. Tis way you have 2 guys with size to mess with him.

    I wouldn’t mind doubling him all day. Because that’s all Detroit does.

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    On offense, we need to be aggressive. You cannot expect to run on first down when Suh is looking run and then throw on third and long. Their D-line is better than our O-line, yesterday’s effort noted but still. Throw early, run draws later. Lots of screens and slants and play action. Get their young defensive playmakers THINKING instead of making plays…

  35. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Same as yesterday. What I liked was we didn’t show 4 WR sets early (or at all). We threw early out of our supposed base run offense of 2 TEs/2 WRs.
    Tampa was looking run. We came out aggressive and went downfield out of our ‘running’ formations. So, Deetroit has a lot of different shit to look at.
    Harbaugh’s got teams guessing already. And guessing wrong.
    It would be cool to come out with 4 WR sets, send everyone deep, and run up the middle. Really blow their minds . . .

  36. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Block it right, and they’d chew up some yards.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought I saw that our splits by our O-line were wider yesterday than I’ve seen all year.

  38. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Darryl Johnston mentioned that during the broadcast yesterday. I couldn’t tell from the sideline angle we always get.

    The 3 TEs to one side (plus Snyder at FB) formation was pretty funky. I KNEW at some point Harbaugh was going to throw out of that.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to watch the Bears-Lions and it’s one ugly game.Nine penalties in the first quarter.

  40. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Deetroit doesn’t look all that tough. The crowd is the most intimidating part of all this.
    Tebow. Man or myth?

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow has bad this and that, true. But he wins, true. Let’s see what the kid can do.

  42. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think he’s in for a big letdown. He’s a berter version of Troy Smith. He’ll get you some nice broken plays, but more mistakes.

  43. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I hate Denver, so that has something to do with it.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck for some odd reason I’m not able to open your site? Not sure if you’ve had any reports?
    I like our chances against Detroit. We should be able to play a ground attack on them.
    Interesting to see that Josh had surgery and didn’t get placed on IR too.

  45. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Weird, NJ. Lots of people are posting fine.

  46. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:


  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Could be getting blocked Chuck? Not sure what’s going on. Network being what it is and all.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Guys, I might have an explanation for the Teams’ good fortune.
    For years I’ve been on the hunt for a Vintage 80’s Gold Satin 9ers Jacket. Placed many an eBay bid and missed.
    Well, this Summer I scored from a seller in Sacramento.
    I’ll assume said seller got tired of waiting for the Team to rebound and didn’t want it anymore.
    I’m proud to say I’ve put new life into it and I’ll assume it’s rewarded me for waiting.
    A much coveted item has found it’s way to NJ and I’m lovin’ it!
    Can’t say it’s been worth waiting this long but, it’s looking like a good luck charm at this point.
    Thank You eBay Seller in Sac! It’s in good hands for the duration.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You are CORRECT Sir, TB had some gift INTs that fell to the ground, while karma provided us with several lucky bounces from bad snaps and tipped INTs as well.
    Whether it’s my new (used) jacket, or the alignment of the NFL Stars in our Galaxy, I’m not gonna complain. We’ve watched too many years of painful football.
    I’ll take whatever Jim and Alex and Roman can put together to make it go.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13


11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

Grumpy: DNP