Saints 41, 49ers 23

The 49ers finally played a defense as nearly awful as their own Sunday, but it did not prevent them from streaking to their seventh consecutive loss.

The Saints piled up 571 yards on the Niners, with the usual 200+ on the ground, and an NFL record 7th straight game allowing a 100 yard rusher. The local boys put up 486 yards themselves, but they also committed four turnovers — two of them inside the Saints’ five yard line. They were 0-2 on fourth down conversions, 2-9 on third down, 0-2 in the Red Zone. By comparison, the Saints were 11-17 on third down, 3-5 in the RZ, and had a 39 to 21 minute time of possession advantage.

The Saints jumped out to a 21-3 lead and the 49ers then played catch-up all day long. They put up 20 points in the first half, but only three in the second, continuing a season long fizzle after halftime. They might have achieved some sort of dubious record by starting the 4th quarter with a 12 second 3 and out series! Wow. That is hustling to nowhere fast.

Quinton Patton had the first 100 yard receiving game of his career, for those who like to keep track of virtually useless information. Blaine Gabbert’s backup had a statistically good day, throwing for 398 yards. But, as expected, he was no match trying to out perform Drew Brees, Brees performed well in all four quarters, while Gabbert’s backup put in two good quarters, then took the day off.

Carlos Hyde did not play, but his replacement, DuJuan Harris, did and continued to look better at RB than Hyde. Hyde will get his job back when he’s healthy, because he’s a 2nd round draft pick, versus Harris, who’s a castoff, and every effort is made by the Niners to prop up GM Trent Baalke, the guy who assembled this catastrophe. Baalke was in Toledo scouting next year’s draft busts, apparently hell bent on putting together the absolute worst 49er team in history. Go Trent!

After the game, Chip Kelly said he did not plan on making any coaching changes, thus denying Niner fans the simple thrill of seeing someone get fired for their part in this atrocity. Kelly is going to stand pat and blandly run out the season, leaving it up to Jed York to make some end of year noise.

This would be a great time for one of former HC Jim Tomsula‘s press room farts, but alas, Jim is in witness protection and cannot be located.

It is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t. More or less.

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46 comments on “Saints 41, 49ers 23
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    There is talk that Carolina might let Kawann Short walk rather than pay him just like they let Norman go at CB.
    He would come at a high cost but would stabilize the Dline.
    Since one of the weaknesses of the defense is lack of quality LBs why not go back to the 4-3 as your base defense.? You have a great MLB in Bowman and you need to draft or find a LB who can cover TEs as the SAM.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chip had some good pass routes yielding open receivers, especially in the first half. And Kaep was accurate for those.

    With a bad LB-DB group in pass coverage this is similar to the Dallas game in week 1 a few years back. NN then had a piece on WR-DB separation and had Kaep looking good against a bad D with bad coverage and no pass rush. Cowboys were his best game by far that year.

    ARI is beat up but the most impacting injuries are on O. If he is improved, the next games against quality D.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Red Zone stats illustrate Brees as an elite QB who has command of the mental side of the game. Success in the Red Zone requires fast decisions and impeccable timing – there is not much field so you cannot be late with the ball. Not even a quarter of a second.

    Kaepernick’s stats illustrate the opposite. The tighter the field gets, the less success he has. Between the 20s he has the field to play a little sandlot ball. In the Red Zone, he can’t process what he sees fast enough to make the plays.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Great read.

    Dimwit talks in cliches before the press. Can’t wait for next week’s after all the INT’s, sacks, and open receivers left on the field.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Look at the first 3 videos. Patton 31 yard gain from a shovel pass. That is 142 yards on YAC fluff against the LB/DB in a coma D of NO.

    So 398 minus 142 = 256 real pass yards for dimwit.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From NN JenniferLeeChan article on Armstead is this on DL:

    The DL is pretty beat up. The team just got back Glenn Dorsey who was finally active after sitting out a few games due to recovery from an his ACL injury from last season. Quinton Dial is still wearing a knee brace and DeForest Buckner is just back from having a foot injury that kept him out a game. Other defensive linemen on the roster include Tony Jerod-Eddie, NT Mike Purcell and tweener Ronald Blair.

    NO center Unger was rated high by PFF on his blocks of Dorsey and Dial. Most of the runs to the right probably went through these guys. The 75 Ingram TD may have been Purcell instead of Dorsey.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Purcell was inactive.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    It was 90 and 92. Dorsey and Dial. Both recently injured. Both are the best run defenders we have.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Great blocking by NO sealed off 90 and 92 on the inside. LB #51 was on the outside. Was he filling his gap or did he overrun. Bethea was in front of him but Ingram was full speed and easily went to the outside. Bethea should have shaded outside to force Ingram into any pursuit.

    90 and 92 were overpowered and forced back and turned. Bethea could have forced Ingram to cut inside.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    #51 is Gerald Hodges

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    nfl.Com has 4.5 minutes of highlights. It is the top link…11550.36948.0.38541.….0…1c.1j4.64.tablet-gws..1.13.3054.0..0j46j35i39k1j0i46k1j0i20i46k1j46i20k1j0i20k1j0i131k1j0i22i30k1.sgasAKErc3A

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sneak peek of current Cards D. Mathieu out. Strong LB’s.

    Kaep will see a pass rush from Markus Golden/Chandler Jones/Calais Campbell. Their DC and staff exposed Kaep last year.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From Chip Kelly, a poorly executed blitz occurred,

    On the big run that you guys allowed, the 75-yarder, what went wrong?

    “We had a blitz coming from the left and not everybody slanted. It was coming from the right actually and not everybody slanted to the left. We had a guy go in the wrong direction up front, so we had an open gap that we shouldn’t have had an open gap in.”

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I did not see a blitz. This run was on 1st down?? The 1st NO play after a niner score??

    From the limited video I have it looks like the OLB was wide and blocked out of the play. Hodges was close and wide as well. Looks like Hodges overran the gap he had to fill.

    This is what I said yesterday. I feel sorry for our DB’s. Ingram was untouched and full speed directly at Betheau.

    Was it Betheau’s fault to not be up closer to the LOS. Seems Hodges overran, easily blocked wide, and he screwed up and allowed the big hole.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    MNF Jimy Graham is a one man wrecking crew, putting on a clinic. Double-teamed and still RW can get it to the big guy to make plays. Two one handed catches for TD’s so far. Hurdle a CB for more YAC.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seems like the Niners are just going through the season with little desire and fire just collecting their paychecks.

    When’s the last time Chip threw out a challenge flag? You could count on Harbaugh to use it once a game if not one in a half.

    The team takes on the personality of the coach and in the last year under Chip it seems very corporate antiseptic demeanor rather than the passionate blue collar vibe that Harbaugh brought.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The trend in the 3 games that Kap has started is being competitive in the first half and then opponents make halftime adjustments and shut the Nioner offense down essentially making Kap inept as they take away what he was successful at.

    Scoring 3 points in a half is a losing proposition.

    Let’s see what Kap does against the Cards and the Pats in the next 2 games which are tough games. He will have had 5 games to prove himself and then it might be time for Ponder to be given a chance to start.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The niners are tanking the season. Key players are IR’D or playing injured. Talent was thin with too many bad Baalke picks.

    Clearly it is us and the Browns at the top of the draft. No more empty garbage wins. Kelly is peaceful because this season Baalke’s ass is on the line. He gets time.

    I agree with this FO strategy. Do not win your way out of a top 2 pick. D is handcuffed with a bad run D from the roster and Ian/Bo absence. O is handcuffed with Kaep.

    KEEP KAEP IN. Let him be the guy all season.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As I said before Kap is not even close to playing up to what they are paying him.

    I want to see what Ponder can do and could care less on continuing to give Kap a platform and spotlight that the staring QB gets.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No more empty wins. The dimwitted Kaep guarantees we lose every game he is in. A total fail with the mental side of the game.

    We possibly can get flaky wins against NYJ and LA. Healthy Bears will dominate us.

    No more phucking around. Kaep stays in until the end. If he does, then my intuition was correct that FO is tanking without leaving fingerprints.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Nov 7 post by berger at 10:27 pm is a classic. Skeebs filter is blocking it here. The barnyard got exciting. Here? Just vanilla goo.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck responds to berger. Twisted views, union hack blinded by left wing hate. Here is vintage chuck

    Which is why Trump has a trial coming up in December for raping a 13 year old girl.

    I posted that the lawyer has backed out of that lawsuit. Her claim was fraudulent. Trump was going to sue her. Skeebs pulled my post, as not to offend RT.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Your post was pulled because it was about politics, which I’ve made fairly clear are not welcome on this football site. Offending RT has nothing to do with it.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    My political views are, that today, of all days, I’m voting for Jose Cuervo, and praying for the apocalypse.

    Seriosuly. Eff 2016 with a red hot poker.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like I was wrong on the 75 yard run. It was 3rd down. 4 man front Harold RDE, Buckner RDT, Dial LDT, Brooks LDE. The DT’s we close together and much space between both ends and their DT’s. #51 Hodges should have been in the gap that Ingram went through. Only two lineman, Dorsey not on the field.

    Dial has a brace on knee, he was easily pushed back by Jahri Evans, passed off to Unger and Evans sealed off the MLB. We have noone that can two gap on that line, then why have the DE’s split wide of the DT’s. No wonder we can’t stop 3rd downs.

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Without looking real close, a lot of the runs have #50 Bellore or #51 Hodges vacating gaps that the blocking easily seals off running lanes.

    Either LB’s making wrong moves or it’s the scheme. Gut reaction says scheme. Bowman is sorely missed.

  27. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Will Redmond to IR. Our GM is a total and complete idiot. Perfect for Jed.

    Bakkentom’s “We’re tanking per the plan of FO” seems quite plausible. Or is the FO really this stupid?

  28. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Berger should come over here and be done with the commie blog. Not that we should discuss politics here but for him it would be a much better fit.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We do not have lineman that can consistently occupy olineman. Our LB’s are negated by OG’s moving to the 2nd level. LB’s will be getting hurt.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers placed former first-round draft pick Arik Armstead on IR.”

  31. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Armstead to IR, perfect. How did he injure the shoulder in the first place?? I thought he came into the season in great shape?

    Good thing we didn’t draft a NT. sarc/

  32. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Cards by 20 this week. Hey that sounds familiar. Get used to it

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I look at some of those runs and the lineman in 3-4 were guilty of vacating their gaps. Undisciplined?

    The lineman are leaving holes on 1st and 2nd down. They are not blocked away, they move away. Our lineman are creating the GD holes themselves. Why is Buckner shooting a gap outside his blocker as a 3-4 DE. Is Dorsey running a stunt? He is a vet!

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From a comment in the NN Def snap article:

    O’Neil keeps designing Blitzes and stunts that are getting players out of position
    This is 90 percent the problem, I keep watching it over and over and wonder why nobody mentions this, it’s not hard to see

    Posted by nick.hardman49 on Nov 8, 2016 | 10:57 AM

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mr Righteous takes a knee on the sideline off the field too…

  36. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I acutally liked our chances better under Ericson(sp). And that is saying something. And, this is as political as I get. Congrats to all the trump supporters on here. I just hope he bumps up Social Security.

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Heh heh, thanks Winder. I hope so too.

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

  39. SeanNo Gravatar says:

    Jed should fire Baalke and Chip. Hire a President who knows football (Holmgren)and give him 5 years with no meddling and an open checkbook to hire a Gm coach and front office. And stay out of the way. Let football people take care of football. Let York worry about stadium concerts.

  40. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Cards by 20. No brainer.

  41. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    How ironic would it be if Bakkentom’s 0-16 call is the closest to our season record?

    Irony is not comedy (which we know is the appropriate reaction this season) but it’s close enough.

  42. 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