Scheme Scream

The San Francisco 49ers squeezed by the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon, winning 27-13. It was not an impressive victory, but it did virtually guarantee that the team will make the 2012 playoffs. How far they advance in those playoffs is another matter.

The 49ers are currently the number two seed by a half game over the Packers, but the chances of them keeping that rank seem small indeed. With upcoming road games against the Patriots and Seahawks, coupled with the Packers likely running the table in the NFC North, the wildcard round as either the third or fifth seed appears their likely destination. The game at Seattle will probably decide who wins the NFC West, getting the third seed, with the loser falling to the fifth seed.

The long awaited debut of second round pick LaMichael James was one of Sunday’s highlights. This kid looks quick and dangerous and should help offset the loss of Kendall Hunter. And Aldon Smith continued his assault on the single season sack record, dropping Ryan Tannehill twice yesterday to push his total this year to 19.5 sacks — a 49er franchise record, eclipsing the great Fred Dean’s old mark.

Right tackle Anthony Davis was having a stellar year until recently, but he’s been beaten badly of late by the Rams Chris Long and yesterday by Miami’s Cameron Wake, who had three of the four sacks given up by our offensive line. The entire offense seems out of whack, actually, though Michael Crabtree is continuing to assert himself as our top WR and the go-to guy he was drafted to be.

The Rams and Dolphins both took away the deep ball, forcing greenhorn QB Colin Kaerpernick into an Alex Smith imitation and that trend is likely to continue. Imitators are applauded at comedy clubs, but not so much for football teams in the stretch drive of a Super Bowl or bust year.

With the deep routes closed, Vernon Davis has become a glorified extra offensive lineman. With Mario Manningham sidelined Sunday, it was hoped there would be a sighting of our first round draft pick AJ Jenkins, but alas, it was not to be. He suited up, he played, he zeroed.

Can all blogomaniacs be wrong? Or is the play calling simply not suited to the personnel? With Kaepernick’s arm and legs, we should have three WRs on the field at all times, with Delanie Walker moved to the bench. Kaepernick is a de facto extra running back on every play. Do we really need seven offensive linemen and Walker or defensive lineman Will Tukuafu blocking furiously for a three yard gain? Or in the case of third and one, for no gain at all.

This kind of game plan is not going to get us to the Super Bowl. Jim Harbaugh sacrificed a lot of locker room and fan credibility to put Kaepernick into the lineup. Why would he then put handcuffs on the guy and ask him to be a game manager who pops loose for a fifty yard run once in awhile? A mystery. But clearly, the Harbaugh/Greg Roman brain trust is coming under unflattering scrutiny for the first time since these boys arrived on the scene. If you’re going to be bold enough to stick Kaepernick in, then be bold enough to give him a scheme to succeed with and ditch the Jimmy Raye knockoff program.

They had best light a fuse under themselves soon, or this season is likely to be far, far shorter than anyone hoped it would be when the year began.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Pats are averaging almost 36 points a game.
    They play a top notch defense tonight with the Texans.
    There will be much interest in what Wade Phillips tries to do to neutralize the Pats.

  2. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    For what it’s worth…i think a more wide open attack is coming…hopefully it’s being planned for the next two games and post season…

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There is one concept that has held true in the NFL. Running QBs
    don’t run for long in the NFL.
    Alex Smith got hurt on being hit on 2 running plays.
    CK has scored on spectacular 50 yard runs in consecutive weeks.
    Only a matter of time before a running QB gets the snot knocked out of him.
    It happened to RGIII for the third time this season yesterday.
    A very nasty hit by Ngata that knocked him out of the game.
    Hopefully CK runs smarter to avoid the big hits.

  4. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Good post, Skeebers. I can’t possibly express how excited I get when I see 7 offensive lineman, Walker and Tufuafu lining up. I just have no idea what’s coming!
    This current iteration of the offense is not going to scare anyone. We will not beat NE playing it so tight.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niner BIG formation is so predictable that the LBs know where the point of attack is by following Tukuafu and Miller.
    What makes it predictable is they don’t do any variation of it.
    Faking the handoff, hiding the ball on your hip and rolling out
    will get the needed yards and prevent the defense from selling out to stop the RB.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    barley says:
    “I can’t possibly express how excited I get when I see 7 offensive lineman, Walker and Tufuafu lining up. I just have no idea what’s coming!”
    That would be funny if it weren’t so to the point!

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The SCO play where we lost a yard on 3rd and one was myopic. They worked so hard at accounting for every body in the box by flooding it with blockers that they didn’t account for the one that ran around left end and blew it up from behind. Plain and simple, we were out flanked.
    That play was slow developing and congested. Just another lesson to Harbaugh/Roman of how not to call plays in the NFL. I hope the problem is a learning curve and not stubbornness that impedes one’s ability to learn.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought getting Kaep in at QB would open up the offense. I was wrong. I’m not advocating to put Smith back in, but if this the offense we are going to run why was a change necessary? If we do not open up the offensive play calling I think Smith gives us the best chance to win the Super Bowl this year. This leads me to believe changes are coming. I believe the easiest change is what I see many clamoring for already, three or more WRs on the field on almost every play. IOW, shit can the SCO! I would add one more item. It is obvious we run better out of the shot gun. This was true with Smith and now appears to be true with Kaep.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t get the mandatory 15-20 seconds they spend on every play
    snapping the ball.
    I bet if you vary it and snap it on first sound your Oline can blow a hole in the not set defense where you can drive a big rig through.
    Or you can catch their secondary out of position and have receivers run by the not ready db.
    What happened to the hard count
    drawing the defense offiside?

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith most likely wins the Len Eshmont for his sack record.
    Still the heart and soul of the offense and of the team is Frank Gore.
    His play and effort yesterday was A+ and without him we are in danger of losing the game.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh: “I thought Greg called a good game like he always does. We had a good plan.”
    Weeelllll … I beg to differ, sir.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I thought the play calling was fairly decent in the 2nd half. Not great, but it did give the QB more options to choose from.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cards losing 58-0 might be the final nail of the Whisenhunt
    Evidently they have failed miserably in drafting RBs, Olineman and bringing in a decent QB.
    In Jan 2010 this was a playoff team losing to the Aints.
    The roster couldn’t have turned over that drastically in 2 years.
    Kurt Warner retiring had a huge bearing in their fall.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ravens just fired their OC Cam Cameron which is pretty drastic
    in December.
    Those zany Harbaugh brothers. So unpredictable.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Cam Cameron is an SCO maven. Maybe John Harbaugh is tired of being Bo Schembechler. Somebody tell Jim the theory of creating space for playmekers.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CK needs to pay more attention to the play clock. Too many beat the clock moments and we are all having flashbacks to Jimmy Raye
    moments of deciding on a play.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- This is why I’ve always complained about calling two plays in the huddle. It creates problems getting the play off in the time alloted. If they called one play they would come up to the LOS with about 15 seconds left on the clock and then they could audible instead of calling let it roll or kill.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are right that even in short yardage this offense should have an advantage in a spread because
    it eliminates extra guys in the box and if your supposedly superior line does it’s job there’s more room to run.
    In the jumbo formation the defense has 11 guys stacked between the hashmarks.

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners/Seahawks game has been switched to Sunday night per the NBC “Flex Schedule” rule. That’s not going to make it any easier. Their fans will be louder and drunker then ever.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Or hung over because the realize they are still alive on 12/22!

  21. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t see other teams having the consistent problems that we have getting the plays off in time. This has been going on for a LONG time.
    We’ve had problems getting the play off in time with CK.
    We’ve had problems getting the play off in time with AS.
    We’ve had problems getting the play off in time with Harbaugh/Roman.
    We’ve had problems getting the play off in time with SingleRaye.
    Are the 49ers using some antiquated system to relay calls? Tin cans and a wire?


  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    barley- The one consistent factor with every scenario you just mentioned is calling two plays in the huddle.

  23. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Berger — isn’t that common with other teams, or no?

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see it from some. I just don’t like it. There is one exception. On the road in a noisy stadium let it roll and kill can be signalled by hand for the outside players. I see no need for it at home.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton Manning actually calls many plays at the line of scrimmage.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The best for getting rthe play off quickly was Martz. He called a formation and run or pass. The actual play was dictated by the defensive alignment. If he didn’t have so many 7 step drops and neglected to use the TE it would have been greater. I guess when the plays are tacit something has to be standardized, like the 7 step drop. I’d guess Peyton Manning does something similar with more control at the LOS.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Harbaugh said 49ers qb Kaepernick needs to get better at the Pop Warner aspect of breaking the huddle and getting to the line.”

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Someone the Niners should consider in the draft to play NT

    “Another college underclassman has opted to throw his hat in the ring for the NFL Draft.

    And it’s a big hat.

    Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced he’ll give up his senior season to go pro, according to the Associated Press.

    The All-Big Ten choice has started the last two seasons for the Buckeyes, finishing in the top five in tackles both seasons.

    The 6-foot-3, 322-pounder had 138 tackles, 16.5 for a loss and 5.0 sacks in three years.”

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hankins dominates at times. He’ll be long gone before we draft.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just verified what somebody pointed out and mentioned on the radio.
    I think everyone feels the Niner offense is struggling and something is just a little off.
    Between Gore’s TD in the Ram game and Gore’s TD against the Fins the Niner offense had gone 16 possessions without scoring a TD
    which why I feel the team is running in place.
    I hope the offense starts clicking
    because it needs to get going.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Jacobs stint with the Niners could be and I repeat could be over.
    At the Harbaugh presser today the coach was asked several times about Jacobs’ status. Every question was rebuffed with a no comment.
    I think Jacobs being inactive yesterday speaks volumes. I also hadn’t realized that against the Rams Jacobs played ST and was on the KO return team.
    Nothing official until the coach comments.

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    When Harbaugh says “No comment” instead of blowing smoke and sunshine up your ass, it might be time to update the old resume.

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jimbo just lowered the boom: Jacobs has been suspended for the final three games.

  34. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners just don’t want to put anything on film prior to the game against Pete’s team in Seattle that may decide the division.
    Then things will open up in a big hurry.

  35. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Foxboro game will have an 8:30 ET start. In December. It was 0 last night, and this is New Mexico. It will be cold for this game unless the Niners get lucky.
    I’d like the Niners to win, of course, but I won’t lose any sleep if they just play it close to the vest and keep guys healthy.

  36. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Low of 35 forecast Sunday night in Foxboro with 40% chance of showers. Great news.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “Suspended.” Jimbo obviously does not want Jacobs going back to NY, where the Giants are short of backs, and curious for information on the 49ers with the playoffs looming. It’s a nice way of shit canning him without letting him look for another job until next year. Machiavellian as ever.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wonderful. We’ll see 11 in the box come Sunday night.
    Yeah, the 1st half was a disaster of crappy play calling, and a prevent defense to open the game. Weird. The corners were soft, and the pass rush was for the most part minimal. They played this was against Ponder, and it didn’t work out.
    The shit to close the 1st half was atrocious. 1st and goal from the 10 with ~55 seconds and the clock stopped after LMJ’s run OB. Kappy takes a stupid sack (from the ‘gun!) for an 8 yard loss, and then Harbaugh dials up a run. 2 yard loss as time bleeds away. Kappy’s then forced to throw the ball away to stop the clock before the half runs out as, naturally, we have no timeouts left. Awful clock management. By the middle of the 3rd quarter, the people around me were grumbling about the Jimmy-Hat offense.
    Fangio should have pressured Tannehill from the get-go. Instead, the Niners let Tannehil sit on the pocket and connect on short range passes. They were like 50% on 3rd down. The Niners? 2 for 10? The Niners let Miami hang around all game. This shit will NOT fly vs the Pats.
    This had all the excitement (and look) of a preseason game. Maybe it was. Don’t want to show too much to NE and Sea?

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle, Chuck. Not many teams are going to beat NE at home at this time of year and on the streak they are on.
    The weather forecast I looked up is great news. Means they can run without guys dropping left and right.
    If the forecast becomes reality, the Niners do have a real chance for a statement game.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Right now clock management seems to be an issue for CK.
    Taking a sack in the Red Zone before halftime with
    time running out and only one time out left should never happen.
    He needs to do what every veteran QB knows in that situation, throw the ball high through the end zone into the stands.

  41. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden just said on National TV that rumor has it, Matt Schaub lost part his ear, got up and threw a TD against the Broncos.
    I watched that game, obviously Coach Gruden didn’t.
    But he makes $5 million a year hyping.
    He’ll be a great fit coming back to the Raiders.

  42. robNo Gravatar says:


    nice post ! clever , very funny too !

    don’t be so pessimistic tho ! imho we can go 2-1 over the final three to finish 11-4-1 ! imho we beat seattle , win the division and can get the #2 seed too !

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Predictably Jacobs is filing a grievance against the Niners demanding to be reinstated and paid or released.
    He’s not taking this quietly.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To get the #2 seed we need to run the table and go 3-0 to stay ahead of the Packers. Their final 3 games seem to be all favorable matchups for them.
    Packers play da Bears next who are on life support having lost 4 out their last 5.
    So basically what Skeebs said.

  45. robNo Gravatar says:


    harbaugh is still holding a lot back but will open it up more and more as we get into the playoffs ! i think we were very conservative vs. miami , but we did sprinkle in a few nice plays during the game !

  46. robNo Gravatar says:


    a 3-0 finish and , or a pakers loss are very possible , so i’m feeling pretty good right now ! imo getting a first round bye is the most important thing , who we play and where aren’t big concerns for me !

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No big deal regarding BJacobs’ appeal.
    We own his Contract for the Season.
    Best he could accomplish is getting paid.
    We can still keep him off the Market I’d say.
    Thought he’d be a nice weapon for the Playoff Rds.
    Bad weather, big bodied thumper.
    Reports suggest he had the intention of ticking off the Club to force his own release.
    Looks like Baalke has the last laugh.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This guy was known in NY as the tip-toe Burglar.
    Many felt he didn’t run hard enough for a big guy.
    Sad part about guys like him and Braylon are they don’t sell out to win.
    More concerned about being in the limelight apparently.

  49. robNo Gravatar says:

    imo the big reason we signed jacobs and manningham was to add a little to our team at the giants expense ! harbaugh must have gotten a bad vibe from jacobs right away !
    manningham is pretty good when healthy !

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So they suspend him without pay for wanting to play. I think they should play him even if they do suspend him. All he wants to do is play.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Right now I’d let him rot Berger.
    Why give him what he wants?
    Give him a shot to drop the ball on the carpet in a big spot and screw the Team?
    He’s being a punk.
    He got what he deserves now.
    He gets paid to be a Professional.
    Shut up and be ready when you’re called upon.
    I thought he was bigger than this nonsense.
    Baalke did the right thing.
    Sent him elsewhere to pout.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops! I meant to say “pay him”, not “play him”.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Mario and BJacobs should have brought a winning attitude into the Locker Room if nothing else.
    Veteran guys should be looked at as an asset.
    Moss appears to do just that from everything you see and read about him.
    They’re paid to fill a role, no matter how large or small it might be.
    Mario is going full tilt and playing through pain.
    Jacobs has shown that he’s nothing but a malcontent and is doing anything but providing leadership with the garbage he’s been spewing.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BJacobs is not a feature back and seems to think he deserves to be.
    I don’t recall seeing a line of suitors when he was sent packing by the NYG either.
    He took a job here of his own volition.
    Don’t need that sort of distraction during a Playoff chase.

  55. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Playing in the NFL is not a right or entitlement. These guys earn field time by showing what they can do in practice. Jacobs may think he deserves playing time, but I tend to trust Harbs’s objective but hardly unbiased opinion. Jimbo would play his dead grandmother if he believed the b1tch could get the job done. He obviously evaluates Jacobs as having less worth than other backs and players on the roster. After seeing James this week, I have to agree. Jacobs is just not good enough to earn playing time on this team. And he is too much of a knucklehead not to piss off JH. Hello, suspension.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guess $55+K/game doesn’t buy what it used to Grump?
    What a tool.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If we don’t win one of our next two games this season is going down the toilet fast.
    If you told me before the season that we wouldn’t beat the Rams this year I would’ve replied that means we’re going to have a bad year.
    The Niners have put themselves in a position to do things the hard way.
    A few weeks ago I was confident we could beat anybody on our schedule. I have to admit some of that confidence has been replaced
    with the uncertainty of how we’ll perform.
    There should be some confidence and momentum after beating the Fins. I’m just not feeling it.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think getting our asses kicked by new England would be a bad thing. A 24 point loss would make the coaching staff look in the mirror and ask some important questions about the play calling, especially the use of formations. An embarrassing loss could be the best thing that could happen. Having said that, I want very much to beat the Patriots.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What disappoints me is the Harbaugh offense was supposed to feature TEs. At the start of the year one could argue that we has a top three tandem of TEs in VE and Walker.
    Our tansem is underperforming because they have been underutilized.
    Vernon Davis catching 3 passes in 3 games for 19 yds is one reason this offense is anemic.
    last night Aaron Hernandez caught 8 passes and scored 2 TDs as Houston was unable to shut him down. I think VD is more talented and faster than Hernandez.
    He needs to have a huge game and
    to be involved early and often.
    The Pats stopped Foster last year’s league leading rusher last night and they will key on Gore.
    Time to make a statement.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI Potential roster move

    “The 49ers are giving former Eagles linebacker Matt McCoy a physical today, and they could sign him to their active roster as soon as this afternoon. The team has a roster opening after running back Brandon Jacobs was suspended for three games. The 49ers also have a need for a special teams player after Demarcus Dobbs went down with a knee injury on Sunday. Interest in McCoy first was reported by CSN Bay Area.”

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of Jim Harbaugh’s favorite lines is ” you’re either getting better or you’re getting worse, and that you never stay the same.”
    Harbaugh needs to crank it up a notch and get this thing out of neutral because there’s a steep hill ahead that we need to climb.

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Paul Tagliabue vacated all player suspensions in bounty case.”
    Take that, Goodell.

  63. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, VD is too good a blocker. They should use him on block and release plays short over the middle. Will they? Will they have time?

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, if you are going to be disappointed about losing one of the next 2 games, then your expectations are highly unrealistic.
    Frankly, losing this one and beating Seattle is the way to go. That way, the Niners control the division anyway.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Having VD stay in to block on an obvious passing down is wasting your most explosive receiver and a win for the defense. You are making it easier for their secondary to cover the other receivers by not threatening them with Davis.
    Some teams were committing their best corner to cover VD.
    It is just bad offensive football to have him stay in and block on 3rd and 8.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners just put Demarcus Dobbs on IR. The MRI revealed more damage then first thought.
    Niners now have 2 open roster spots to fill.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    For as often as it works, there was a play near the goal line where LMJ whiffed on Wake and he got through for the sack. Not sure the formation, but they can’t afford to let guys like that get in clean.

  68. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad about Dobbs. He’s had a hell of a December. Some of it self-inflicted. hopefully he comes back next Summer re-focused on being a football player.
    Chuck, that’s going to be the danger with LMJ this year. You know Gore can pick up the blitz, and Hunter was getting respectable at it. LMJ is uncharted territory. Alex needs to stay ready.

  69. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. Kappy’s a little more agile, but still, Wake nearly blew his shoes off.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If they’re going to use the back to pass block Miller can do the job also and he can sneak out into the flat as a safety valve.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about 5 wide and get the ball out to the open WR!

  72. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care so long as they run the no-huddle and don’t let the Pats sub on the D-line.
    The 4th qtr will be Frank Gore’s.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Got this from another site. The Bug Eye is also called the Diamond formation and the Full House Pistol. It is the Pistol with a RB on either side of the QB.

    ●The 49ers ran 17 plays from the bug eye formation
    ●The 49ers ran 13 plays from traditional shotgun
    ●The 49ers 23 plays with Kaepernick under center
    ●The 49ers ran zero traditional pistol formations (featuring a running back behind the QB, but no other running backs)
    ●The 49ers ran three plays in the victory formation
    On these 17 plays, excluding penalty yards, the 49ers gained 133 yards and a touchdown. It is worth noting that 50 yards and the touchdown came on Kaepernick’s read option run late in the game. From the bug eye formation, the 49ers ran six read option plays. Of those six plays, Colin Kaepernick kept the ball three times, rushing for 5, 2 and 50 yards. The six read option plays were weighted by four such plays coming on that final touchdown drive.
    The 49ers ran six passing plays from this formation. Colin Kaepernick was 5 of 6 on those passes for 40 yards with his one incompletion coming on an overthrow to Michael Crabtree near the goal line.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was kidding about rthe 5 wide post. But it would be better than using the SCO as the base offense.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It seemed to me that most of the 23 plays with Kaep under center were in the 1st half. I thought the play calling in the 2nd half was far superior to the play calling in the 1st half.

  76. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Reno, read my attempted analysis of the Redskins offense on Chuck’s blog.
    That was my response after reading that article.
    Then tell me what you think.
    The name of the game is upset the Patriots’ apple cart.
    13 straight wins at home in December.

  77. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh forget it, I should’ve posted it on both blogs simultaneously.
    I’m not taking sides.
    Here’s kinda Pat’s scouting of the Redskins, who run a multiple option running attack balanced with a long passing game.
    They run 1 guy inside the tackles to keep the D-line busy. Sometimes it works.
    Then they run to the outside to try to draw the safeties and corners up. If they bite, RG goes deep.
    That ability to throw deep is what differentiates it from the Wishbone, as an example.
    If they stay back, RG and the other back go for 5-7 running outside the edge and maybe break that one deep.
    RG has had a concussion already and a sprained knee that he hurt in college.
    But this offense is dangerous, and with Kappy, Frank, Manningham, VD, Crabtree, Moss, they can and will run it.
    That’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it.

  78. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Then they have RG just sit in the pocket and scan the field and go for the TE while the D-line is winded.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I just went to unca’s blog and noticed you posted the link.

  80. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No problem Reno. I didn’t write that.
    I wrote the analysis of Shanny’s offense.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My guess for the Pats?
    Similar to what we did to Aaron Rodgers.
    Take away the quick reads and perhaps run more Nickel Coverage.
    Brady doesn’t move.
    You know where you’ll find him.
    Get in his face and don’t allow him to step up.
    This game is on the Defense.
    Trash around Brady’s feet would serve us well.
    He’ll kill us if we attempt to blitz too often.
    I’d utilize LMJ and Bruce on the edges and see what Moss can do to a weak Pats Secondary.
    Want a big game from the TEs and Michael too.

  82. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants beat Brady because their whole defensive line is excellent. They can bring pressure from any direction, and especially in the middle like Chuck wants. Whether we can replicate this or not will go a long way towards determining whether we win.

  83. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I disagree NJ.
    I was spoiled growing up watching John Brodie.
    It’s offense that will beat the Patriots.
    They know how to outscore a passing team.
    They don’t know how to outscore a run option team.
    The Niners will show them.

  84. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, the D can’t carry the whole load against the Super Bowl Champs.
    The offense has to score early and often.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    To beat the Patriots we will need to run the ball and eat clock. We won’t do that with the SCO and Vince Wilfork in the middle.

  86. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Wilfork isn’t playing middle anymore.
    They’re moving him around.
    I wouldn’t try to run up the middle with Frank unless you want to get him hurt real quick.

  87. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    This one is for the NFC West Championship 2012.
    I’m not excited or anything.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t disagree about TOP RT.
    I’m advocating for a controlled passing game.
    Edge/Flat-type attack.
    We need to take away Welker and the TEs.
    Not an easy assignment.
    As Berger indicated, Wilfork is a beast and running inside may be a tall order.
    As much as I’d like to see us roll up points, we aren’t built for that.
    I simply think it will come down to our Defense being able to throttle down Brady and their Offense.
    If we can get Brady to hold the ball a little longer than he’s comfortable doing, I’m hopeful that our down linemen can rattle him.
    Either way, this will be a huge challenge for us.
    I see the Pats’ Secondary as their achilles heel.
    Be nice if Kaep and our Receivers can exploit them.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My earlier comment was to suggest that Brady won’t move much.
    He’s a surgeon.
    Like Peyton, he’ll put a ball in the air and rely on timing.
    If we can press and disrupt timing, I like our chances.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What really sucks is, Buffalo gets Seattle on a neutral site in a Toronto Dome.
    Kinda negates a home field advantage without noise and weather.
    Needless to say, I’m sure we’ll all be Bills fans this weekend too.

  91. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We’re on the same page, NJ.
    I was just trying a little to play Devil’s Advocate.
    But I just can’t do it.
    This one for the NFC West Title.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio vs Brady.
    Belichick vs. Roman.

  93. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Ouch is what the Patriots are going to feel after this game.
    NFC West Title coming.
    You heard it here first.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    From your keyboard to the NFL Gods’ ear RT.
    I’m sure none of us would disagree.

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Soap seems to be playing better lately so there’s hope he can get the push up front.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Schaub was not accurate vs the Patriots. Add a lack of a running game and the Texans had no chance.
    I haven’t decided if I like the Diamond formation. It uses two WRs, but we motion into 3 often. I know I like it better than the SCO. I need to figure the purpose of it before I know if I like it. So far it seems as though it is a multi use formation that with motion can be a lot of different formations. Enter LMJ. I would think we will see some WRs in the backfield with the Diamond. One thing is fore sure, it is good for the read option run game.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We sent Patrick up the middle on a delayed blitz against Tannehill last week.
    Might need some similar surprises this week too.
    Doubt we’ll see the kind of pressure from the Pats that we’ve dealt with the past 2 weeks but, we should have some wrinkles of our own for Brady.
    Be great if we could use LMJ like they use Welker.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Be nice if Randy could have a good game for us too.
    Gotta think he wants a few more looks for this matchup no?

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The betting line started at Pats 3.5 point favorite.
    This morning the Pats are favored by 6.
    Belichick spinning praise on the Niners
    “Really impressive,” Belichick said. “They have a lot of good players everywhere — up front, linebackers, corners, safeties, a lot of disruptive players. They’re a real physical defense. They’re hard to run against. They’re hard to block, period. They do a good job in man-to-man coverage. They do a good job in zone coverage. They’re, again, really physical, a lot of guys in zone. Guys catch the ball, but they have two or three guys there hitting them right away as soon as they catch it. Obviously, long yardage is not where you want to be against this team with their pass rush and multiples of zone, man, blitz, zone pressure, man pressure. They give you a lot of different things to work on. They have a lot of good players. They’re a strong, physical, tough football team that does a good job of tackling. They make you earn all your yards. They’re really solid in everything.”

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nice buttering up job. I feel better already!

  101. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d like to see more stacking the line on defense. Bring up either Bowman or Willis to show different looks. They can backout of the look, or bring it. Disguising what we are doing is key.
    Playing it straight 4 man rush / 7 in coverage is exactly what Chicago did against us, and we ate it alive. We can’t fall into that trap against NE.

  102. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    More from Belichick: “And they have really nice uniforms. And the cheerleaders, have I mentioned the cheerleaders?”

  103. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, NJ, at the game, when Moss came in, he got his usual 12 yard cushion. They need to exploit that more. Try one stop and go with a pump fake. The pisser was the flea flicker. Although Moss shoulda caught that, he was interfered with for about 10 yards before he got to the end zone.

  104. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    With 30 yards, Frank Gore will pass Joe the Jet as the all-time leading rusher of the San Francisco 49ers.

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If they start snapping the ball quicker they will catch the defense in a middle of a shift
    or not ready. They might also draw them offsides.
    Niners are just too predictable as far as when they snap the ball.
    Run the “wham” play at first sound and it’ll go for six if the Pats are expecting the 10 second oratory and gyrations at the line.

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners just added Bakhtiari for the 3rd time this season.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d like to see whether Kaep/Roman can run a No-Huddle approach as well Bullit.
    Sure would make things interesting since we seem to stay pretty ‘base’ with most everything we do anyway.
    Might be a little tough with an inexperienced signal caller though.
    Especially with all the time wasted last week in a quiet stadium.

  108. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I worry that Harbaugh could turn out to be Marty Schottenheimer, 2.0 – good enough for 10-6 or better every year, but not quite good enough in January. Our grind it out offense works well most of the time – but can we win three in a row against good teams with it? If so, we have not shown it yet.
    We’re a hell of a lot better off than we were two or three years ago, obviously. But our fairly simple power offense has not yet completely won me over. I’m intrigues by the idea of Kaepernick in a more wide-open system. My hope is, as he gets experience, things will move in that direction. But Harbaugh’s history says different.

  109. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Snapping the ball quicker has been a problem since the Suit stalked the sidelines. No huddle would at least get them to the line with time on the play clock.
    NJ, the Niners ran a bunch of plays out of the 3 back formation. Weird shit. I don’t think that’s the pistol, but some other hybrid with a deep back, Kappy in the gun, and 2 RBs on either side of him. LMJ called it the bugeye formation, a different version of the read option. They mainly ran out of it, but they threw from it a few times as well.

  110. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I get that feeling sometimes, Grump. The 1st half of the game, there was a shitload of grumbling in the crowd re the play calling. The formation stuff I mentioned above was very college. But it did work some of the time. Don’t see it fooling Belichick and co though.
    The thing that chaps my hide is that Harbauigh may be following the path that our last 2 head coaches followed, and that’s to change their wide-open QB into a drop-back low-risk passer.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m with you Grump.
    Part of me is wondering if we’re that stinking stealth, that we practice under the cloak of secrecy, such things as a spread offense with numerous deep options.
    Perhaps waiting for the right opponent to do a 180 and light them up or, are we really as bland as we look most of the time?
    Let’s hope Harbaugh is that creative and paranoid and, knows just how much to unveil on which opponent.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck this stuff is entertaining and all but, can we really confuse the better Defenses with it?
    I like the creativity but, we’re not scoring points.
    I’m trying to remain optimistic with the change at QB and the speed that LMJ brings.
    Potential is great but, results aren’t showing much.
    Would love to see a faster tempo along with more spread.
    We can always run from those formations as well.
    Still think we’re more than capable of screening and slanting people to death too.
    Perhaps the objective is to lull every D-Co into stacking the box and then pull the rabbit out of the hat in a one game death match?

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep provides plenty of upside in terms of flexibilty.
    Kid has a quick strike arm and can move.
    Dying to see him and LMJ develop some timing together.
    We have to get Moss involved more than just catch and fall.
    He’s gotta be chomping at the bit for more red Zone looks.

  114. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Our team is not set up to win Super Bowls with Harbaugh’s offensive mentality. The Niners have the second fewest pass attempts 346 (Seattle 341) for the current year. Has Jimbo not received the memo that the NFL is now, and has been for a few years, a passing league?
    Harbaugh’s idea of offensive innovation is having seven offensive lineman, not five wide receivers. This is a guy who had Andrew effing Luck as his college quarterback and he still chose to run the ball 57% of the time at Stanford. He’s Bo Schembechler Jr.
    Bring in Leonard Davis and Gilgore and let’s run some more!

  115. 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: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
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