Seattle 29, 49ers 3

The Seattle Seahawks proved Sunday night that last December’s trashing of the 49ers was no fluke. They trashed them again, perhaps even worse. The final score was 29-3, but this game was over by half time when the score was only 5-0.

The 49er defense played much better than last year, but the offense turned in its worst showing since the awful days of Jim Hostler’s tenure as OC. The game plan sucked, the offensive line couldn’t block, the WRs couldn’t get open, the RBs couldn’t gain a lick, and the QB couldn’t figure out anything at all. A completely shut down unit. Five turnovers and three interceptions. Almost a full quarter less in time of possession.

The 49ers clearly cannot beat Seattle in Seattle. The only question left is whether they can beat them in Candlestick. If they can’t, then the team’s reign as NFC West champion and SB contender is over after a giddy two year cruise.

With last year’s “fluke” excuse swept away, you have to wonder about the Rams now, too. The 49ers couldn’t beat them last year — twice. Fluke? Or an indication that the team has slipped to third place in the division?

Colin Kaepernick got all the offseason accolades, but Russell Wilson is having the last laugh. He didn’t have a great game, either, but he made the plays that won it. Kaepernick never completed a meaningful pass the entire game. And you can’t blame all of that on the game plan. If you’re a super star QB, you gotta make some plays to keep your team in the game.

We sucked, folks. And right now, Pete Carroll is thoroughly enjoying some big time payback on Jim Harbaugh.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I for the most part disagree with the rants last night on this blog.
    The Seahag defensive gameplan trumped what Harbaugh/Roman’s offensive gameplan tried to accomplish. The coaching staff couldn’t come up with adjustments to counter.
    Still the glory of winning lies with the QB and when you lose the blame falls on Kap’s shoulders.
    IMHO Kap has become tentative and his indecisiveness hurts the team.
    On the read option if CK doesn’t run the ball himself the opposing defense basically knows he’s handing the ball off to Gore and the play will get stuffed.
    Kap is at his best when he takes what the defense gives him.
    His running threat will open up
    passing lanes.
    The worst play was throwing his first pick in the red zone. That totally changed the game energy and was the turning point.
    The play that personified the game was the 3rd down play where
    Kap could easily have run for a first down but chose to throw to a covered Gore which fell incomplete. Not a smart play in my eyes to take a 50/50 chance on 3rd down for 10 yards over a 100%
    first down.
    That killed any momentum they had.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it’s the morning after the apocalypse. And the living envy the dead.
    We have an O-line full of pro-bowlers, supposedly the best in the league, that created absolutely zero in the running game – NOT ONLY against the stout Seahawk defense, but also against the Packers. Nor did they give Kap a whole lot of time to throw. Either this unit is wildly inconsistent, or very overrated. Either case does not bode well for January.

    We have an aging RB who kept pounding into the line to no avail. We have a younger RB who *might* have the speed to reach the edge, but he was dramatically unincluded in last night’s game plan.
    We have receivers who can block well but do not scare anyone in their primary function of making plays down the field. Boldin came back to Earth with a thud as the Seahawks took away the short routes. The seven dwarfs on the other side did nothing of note. And VD got himself a pulled hammy as a souvenir of our Washington state vacation.
    We have a QB who is very good, but cannot do it by himself. He was our only run game asset last night, but found it impossible to generate a passing game while under pressure, with his receivers doing little to help him. He made a few bad throws under the circumstances, which in this game, were a few too many.
    We had another Jim Harbaugh / Greg Roman game plan which fooled no one and we seemingly had no answer at all when things started going wrong. Instead of using the delay period to regroup and make adjustments, it seems to have been siesta time.
    We have a run defense that not only was shoved around by the The Beast Mode, but had trouble with Lacey last week. This was, recently, the strength of this team. Since late last season, it has looked very ordinary. Losing Ian Williams will not help here. Neither does Justin Smith’s advancing age. Justin is still a very good player, but the “S” of two seasons ago is no longer on his chest, IMHO.
    We have a weak and vulnerable secondary. If Eric Reid suffers any lingering effects from his concussion, that could become disastrous. He has been our best secondary player this year, oddly enough closely followed by the much maligned Donte Whitner. Our CBs have run the gamut from A to B… sometimes rather mediocre, at others rather horrific. Asomugha looks like he is ready for the proverbial fork. Rogers is not the player he was two years ago either.
    This team is still good enough to win a lot of games, as it did against the Packers – by surprise, or by outclassing weaker teams. But the special something that made them credible Super Bowl contenders is nowhere in evidence. The team is still likely to finish over .500, but it is difficult to see, right now, how this team can expect to have success in January, particularly on the road.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    IMHO, Bullit, we can talk about CK and the WRs and DBs till we’re blue in the face, but that ignores the 800 pound gorilla in the room.
    WE LOST THIS GAME ON THE LINES. Our O-line did nothing positive, and our D-line got pushed around much of the night.
    In the NFL, when you lose on the lines, you are rarely going to win on the scoreboard. And it is something that is difficult to fix.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I picked this team to win 9 games this year? What the hell was I thinking.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thgis sums up how the game went for kaepernick
    Kap underthrew this ball by 10 yards when VD had a couple of steps and made this an easy pick.
    Not sure why he threw this off his back foot.
    If you really want to nitpick Sherman does an arm bar 20 yds downfield that the zebras ignored.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The penalties and turnovers killed
    the Niners.
    Even on the safety they took Kap can’t take his time in the end zone like he did. Needed a quicker throw or he should have run a bootleg.
    The D line actually gave up 3.7 yds per carry. Seemed like a lot more because Lynch did gash them for a couple of runs but he only averaged 3.5 yds a carry.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What I didn’t like (and maybe it was the coverage) was every pass play took too long to develop. Like we were going downfield all the time. No checkdowns. If the box is packed and the DBs are deep, there should be something underneath. McDonald got a catch and VD a couple, but for the most part, nothing was there.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The play that led to the safety was the run by Gore on the play before, which lost two yards and forced Kap to throw out of the End Zone on 2nd down. Our O-line could not get any push to get out of that hole without throwing. Gore had a nightmarish night, with nowhere to run, ending up with less than two yards a carry. The stats look better than they should, because Kap had 87 of the 100 49er yards rushing. On defense, Turbin hurt us, too. Seattle finished with over 170 yards rushing, and only a minor part of it was Wilson.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Also we committed a ridiculous number of plain stupid penalties that extended Seattle drives. 12 flags on SF for 121 yards. Several times the defense should have been able to get off the field – Wilson did not have an outstanding night – but we shot ourselves in the foot. A few players lost composure and discipline. You can’t give a good team extra chances to beat you.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NFL has suspended Bucs S Dashon Goldson for 1 game for his hit on Darren Sproles.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Justin may not be JUSTIN any more, but he still has his moments (just ask Max Unger):

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, Wilson was 0-6 with a pick to start the game. The pick in the end zone ended up being the play of the game. Pissing away opportunities killed them. Along with a myriad of stupid penalties. Galling was the crackback on Williams that went uncalled. A Smith’s penalty was highly stupid, but the refs have to understand the emotions of the game. As was the unsportsmanlike on the ball spinning. Really? Knocking a guy unconscious is cool if done right, but spin the ball near him and you get 15 yards? Unf***ingbelievable.
    The league HAS to figure out that these guys play with emotion and it spills over sometimes.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    These unsportmanlike penalties
    in a retaliation situation should be automatically reviewed. If unprovoked flag them the 15 yds.
    If the guy upstairs sees the initial acion that provoked the retaliation then they buzz down and tell the ref there was something they missed.
    As for spinning the ball all teams were warned before the season that if they did it, they would be flagged for taunting.
    This should not be news to Sidney Rice. Just like taking you helmet off on the field. That’s an automatic 15 yds.

  14. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    If the 49ers don’t change their offense dramatically, they won’t win the Super Bowl this year, and Justin Smith and our defense is only getting older. Their defense isn’t what it once was, but it’s still good enough to win a Super Bowl with in ’13. The problem is the offensive scheme. Harbaugh will either change the offensive scheme or he won’t. If he doesn’t, the 49ers won’t make a deep run into the playoffs, giving them a chance at 6. Harbaugh and Roman need to run a more conventional offense, and Frank Gore needs to be used at the end of games to put games away and run out the clock. Frank Gore is no longer a primary running back in the NFL.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, we stunk it up pretty bad last night. As of right now we are definitely #2. Once again in stinkin Seattle we were outplayed and outcoached. I thought we were better than that. Nice way for Reid to start his career.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    There’s an old saying that goes “fattenin frogs for snakes” I don’t think that applies to what we did last night.

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    imo , the most important lesson we learned this sunday is … we just have to hope the playoff game is here in SF and NOT in seattle !

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This OLine issue is a direct result of the noise factor.
    Nothing gets accomplished when they can’t fire off together.
    We need to be concerned with our inability to separate from press coverage more than anything.
    This game was just a waste of energy.
    Lousy play calling followed by even lousier execution.
    Write it off as ‘opportunity missed’ and, put Mangini and Roman in a film room, until they figure out how to run a silent count/no huddle plan.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a reason why this ’12 Man’ stuff is so popular.
    It works.
    We can’t rely on all this motion and adjustments without a better way to communicate.
    Face it boys, we need a way to break the Seattle Sound Barrier.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So we lost. Big deal. Most of us had this as a loss when the schedule came out. Lose by one or thirty and it counts the same.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger it’s game 2 for sure.
    What concerned me was our lack of Offensive adjustments.
    Granted, Bruce was a nice wrinkle but, he failed miserably.
    As I stated, Mangini and Roman have some work to do.
    We need some quick strike elements.
    Screens, slants etc.
    No doubt, things work better when hearing adjustment calls, isn’t taken away too.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m equally concerned that Dorsey is now our go to guy inside.
    Sorry, I’m not yet sold on him.
    Tank may provide some help down the road but, I don’t think he’s eligible for awhile.
    Need to find some help inside or, our LBs will be eaten alive.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest reason we have problems with Seattle and St Louis is they load the box and dare us to run. And then we do.

    The Rams have Brockers and Seattle has Red Bryant. Both are immovable objects. Against those teams we should spread the formation if we want to run on them. With Harbaugh trying to be Schembechler the NFL will make sure there are match-ups where it just won’t work. Seattle and St Louis proves that every time we play them. Some teams need to be spread out to run on them. Add the crowd noise and a bunch of silly penalties and we had no chance.
    I am not worried except some of the play designing and calling vs teams that can srtop the run. BTW, the read option is designed to work out of a 3 WR wide formation, not the SGSCO (Shot Gun SCO). Somebody please inform our coaching staff. The SGSCO with two WRs in the pattern vs Seattle is just plain bad coaching. It allows them to disguise their blitz package and play straight man coverage. They have the best CBs in football. What was Harbaugh thinking?

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I wasn’t sold on Ian Williams either. I like him as a back up but don’t see him as a starting NT who is going to 2 gap the run.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chalk it up to another chance to learn something from a Seattle road game.
    2 ugly losses up there should serve the Staff well for motivational purposes you’d think?

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Great Draft coming next May.
    DL and CB are high on the List.
    Find me a Fat Man!

  27. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Who cares how the read option is supposed to be run? I never want to see any facet of that formation ever again from this 49er team. And I don’t want to see much of Frank Gore either. Frank used to be a favorite. Now he’s done. Harbaalke made a mistake drafting Marcus Lattimore. They need a running back right now. Not tomorrow.

  28. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Over the last two years I’ve been screaming for Baalke to draft several WRs – Mohammed Sanu (whose development is coming along nicely in Cinci), Alshon Jeffrey, Ruben Randle (who’s also developing nicely in NY), and Aaron Dobson (who Brady was just yelling at all night long on Thursday night).
    Instead of Aaron Dobson this year, Baalke decided to go with McDonald in the second. Instead of Jeffrey or Randle last year, Baalke went with AJ Jenkins.
    And, we’re still relying on a 30 year old running back who’s skiing on the backside of a great career. This team needs to start throwing the football and passing to setup the run. Colin Kaepernick could be the next great in the NFL, unless Jim Schembeckler, I mean Bo Harbaugh continues to rear his ugly head and limits Colin to 25 passes per game.

    ~ Jim Harbaugh: The only man on the field who can limit Colin Kaepernick to under 200 yards passing ~

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lattimore may or, may not be the answer Spit.
    Time will tell.
    As the coverage showed last night, the read option does slow a crashing DE when it’s utilized properly.
    Russell worked better than we did.

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:–nfl.html
    “The 49ers’ offensive line got handled in run game for the second consecutive week, which is a concern. This was as poor a game as I’ve seen left guard Mike Iupati play. Right tackle Anthony Davis also had a bad game, especially in pass protection.”

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our OLine was slow off the snap and played off balance all night.
    No excuses, we stunk it up.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I will repeat. Our biggest problem last night was play design and play calling. The O-line had NO CHANCE with the coaching staff putting them behind the eight ball. There is no line that could have blocked those play calls. The only thing that worked was a few plays made by Kap. He kept forcing the action to save the lousy play calling and it eventually caught up to him. How many times did the replay show that nobody was open down field. Harbaugh has successfully transitioned the old fashioned SCO to the modern day SCO out of the shot gun. The SGSCO!

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Plenty of time for Mangini to earn his paycheck Berger.
    We’re not looking like the defending NFC West Champs at this stage of the season, that’s for sure.

  34. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Bo Schembeckler…. I mean Jim Harbaugh needs to change his entire offensive philosophy if he’s ever going to win a Super Bowl. Instead of channeling his inner Bo Schembeckler, Jim needs to channel his inner Bill Walsh.

    Bill used to say he was the head coach because he could make the hard decisions. Well, putting Frank Gore on the bench behind Kendal Hunter is a tough decision, and it’s one of many changes that needs to be made on this offense. In addition to sitting Frank this year, the 49ers need to part ways with Frank next year. Frank Gore is done.

    The other way Jim Harbaugh needs to channel his inner Bill Walsh is by passing the football to setup the run. You run the ball to setup the pass with Alex Smith. You bet. But you pass to setup the run with Kaep. Colin Kaepernick has the arm strength, the talent, the accuracy: the total qb package really for him to run an offense like Peyton Manning, Brees, Rogers or Brady. And what do all four of these other great qbs have in common? Not one of those teams features a power run game, and all four teams pass to setup the run. Oh yeah, and they all have rings. But not Jim Harbaugh… not at any level. And Bo Schembeckler didn’t get a national championship either. Jim Harbaugh needs to decide if he wants to be Bill Walsh or Bo Schembeckler.

    Right now Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman should be scrambling to remove all read option calls and pistol calls out of the playbook and replace them with Kaep in shotgun, empty backfield, and some run plays with Kaep under center. But right now, Jim’s got Chris Ault in one ear, Bo Schembeckler in another, and Frank Gore’s teeth are getting longer by the minute.

    Last night, with an offensive line of mostly first rounders or high draft choices, our offensive line got pushed around by Seattle’s make-shift D line. Some fans are pointing at the players, but I say it’s the scheme. Who in their right mind comes out against Seattle (in Seattle) and starts the game with the read option with a qb who could be the next great super star in the NFL? In Seattle? That was the dumbest idea I’ve yet to see from Bo Harbaugh….. Jim Schembeckler? I mean Jim Harbaugh. Jim Schembeckler even admitted it: Jim said, “We didn’t put our players in a position to succeed tonight.” No kidding. Did he basically just have all off season to prepare for this? What was Jim Schembeckler doing?

    There used to be a saying at North Carolina that Dean Smith was the only guy who could keep Micheal Jordan to under 30 pts per game.

    ~ Jim Schembeckler: The only guy on the field who can keep Colin Kaepernick under 200 yards passing ~

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nice to see Bruce involved, along with Vance and Kyle but, we didn’t execute when we had our chances.
    Seattle laid us out.
    Time to get up, shut up and, fix what’s ailing us.
    I’m gonna go out on a limb, and predict, that Indy will see a heavy dose of us trying to fix the running game.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit you have to run to rest your Defense along with wearing down the opposing Defense.
    Watch Chip Kelly as the Season wears on.
    If he doesn’t learn to control the clock and, keep his Defense rested, all the points in the world won’t help him.
    Good Teams have balance.
    We haven’t found the ability to make a team respect our running game yet.
    Kaep had a clunker last night in terms of seeing the entire field.
    Granted, there wasn’t much to see, other than WRs that couldn’t separate and an OLine that let pressure through from the start.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We need a workhorse RB like Frank when the game calls for it.
    What I’d like to see more of is, LMJ and Kendall being utilized on the edges and in space.
    Pitches, screens and leaks are where they can be hard to catch.
    Our OLine isn’t built to pass block all afternoon.
    We have to be balanced.
    Once we get behind and Defenses know we’re throwing, we typically have been exposed.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What killed me most was, we likely had this game hi-lited and circled the moment the Schedule was announced.
    Saw nothing creative except for a feable attempt at a No Huddle hurry up.
    That’s something that has to be perfected, especially up there.
    We were false starting in our own backyard in week 1.
    No excuse for that.

  39. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I have to say this as well. In the last three games the 49ers have played, I’ve lost a ton of respect for Jim Harbaugh. He had his players too tight in the Super Bowl. Recently he’s cried to the league about the grey area of hitting a read option qb only to have Brooks crush Wilson last night on a read option play. He cried about the Matthews hit to a point where he attacks Clay’s reputation. It’s okay for the fans to quietly saying things like that, but the coach.. in the media? The NFL just sent out a memo to Harbaugh and Jerry Jones warning them both about conduct detrimental to the league. And Jim and his coaching staff absolutely showed their asses in Seattle last night. It’s been a rough three games for Jim Harbaugh. Over the off season Jim said he’d make the T Brown situation right. That never happened. I’ve never been under the allusion that Jim would be honest with the media. I say use those tools like left-handed hammers. But actions speak louder than words, and Jim Schembeckler better pull it together ASAP or he could become, like Grump recently said, another Marty Schottenheimer.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh is a tightly wound guy for sure Spit.
    The hit Brooks laid on Russell was clean.
    He never declared himself a QB at the time the hand off occurred.
    As Harbaugh said himself prior to the GB game, it is a very grey area.
    The answer is, be smart about how and when you use it.
    Russell is a small guy, he won’t take many of those shots and survive.
    At least Kaep is a bigger stronger guy.
    Still, he shouldn’t be taking needless shots from DEs either.
    We’re sunk if Kaep goes down.
    McCoy barely looks capable of running the Scout Team IMO.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I too am wondering what is taking place regarding the TBrown issue.
    Obviously he’s got a new Agent as a result of the faux pas but, it has been eerily quiet.
    Could the new Agent be asking too much?
    Could Eric Wright be in place as a contingency plan?
    Many Teams don’t negotiate in Season but, it is somewhat of a unique issue for us.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our run game will be fine vs most teams. Green Bay has a stout D-line for the run game but couldn’t get much penetration for a pass rush. Seattle could do both. The loud crowd allowed the D-line to get off the ball at the same time as the O-line. I would have spread the formations and found some hot reads and quick hitters in the run game.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chalk it up to another forgettable visit to Seattle.
    We have to find an answer for the noise.
    Visually obvious that we were a tick late on everything we attempted to run.
    Back to work for Indy.
    Hat’s off to Seattle.
    Hope we can return the favor down the road.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not to mention they blew away the previous noise level Record for Guinness too.
    Flip’n deafening up there.

  45. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger: “Our run game will be fine vs most teams.” BS. It wasn’t fine against the Packers or ‘Hawks, and both were playoff teams last year. So what you’re saying is our run game will be fine in the regular season (and even that’s debatable) but it’ll suck in the playoffs and that’s if nobody gets hurt along our O line between now and then.
    Pete Carroll said this: “They got nothing done against us. They threw everything at us with their scheme and they got nothing done.”
    Exactly. Our scheme… Our offensive scheme needs to be scrapped. Get rid of the read option and get rid of the pistol. And definitely get rid of power personnel in spread formations being run with an old running back. Lol. (that one’s obvious). In two games against the Seahawks we’ve scored 16 points against them. The Rams have figured our O out as well. Hell, the Ravens had us figured out until the lights went out.
    Jim Harbaugh better dump his Bo Schembeckler roots or he’ll quickly become Marty Schottenheimer. You don’t use a power running attack with Colin Kaepernick in your stable. Look at Brady, Rogers, Peyton and Brees. All pass to setup the run, and none have power run games around them…. and all four have rings.
    Jim Harbaugh will not get a ring until he scraps the scheme, abandons the power run with ancient Gore, and learns to channel his inner Bill Walsh by learning to pass to setup the run like Brady, Manning, Rogers and Brees. If Jim can’t do it, Jim will become Marty Schottenheimer.
    Dean Smith’s got nothin’ on Jim Schembeckler. With Alex Smith you pass to set-up the run. With Colin Kaepernick you run to set-up the pass. I know Jim Schembeckler had Andrew Luck at Stanford running a balanced attack with a FB and a TE with his hand in the dirt, but Jim didn’t win a National Championship at Stanford. He was successful, but so was Schottenheimer. Pete Carroll, on the other hand, did win a championship at USC.

  46. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I got the Alex Smith pass to set-up the run part backwards. If you did that you’d never have to carry a running back on your team. Now there’s a thought….

  47. robNo Gravatar says:

    no need to panic here guys . seattle is one of the five or maybe three best teams in the league ! when the schedule came out I worried about us having to play this game so early in the season ! we have to work to eliminate the miscues and dumb penalties ! you can’t go into seattle and play sloppy and expect a good result !

    another thing to consider is the fact that we are missing our #1 WR and our #3 WR ! we also had to try and come from behind there without our big weapon Vernon davis who sat out most of the 2nd half ! I mean look at new England ,they can barely beat the jets without amendola and gronkowski ! how do you think they would have fared in seattle against the fired up seahawks !

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It would be typical Spitty behavior to panic and junk everything because of one bad loss.
    Harbaugh is 25-8-1 and the Niners have yet to lose 2 games in a row with JH as coach.
    Spitty is your typical fanboy who doesn’t understand continuity and belief in a plan.
    Well there goes that 16-0 prediction for the second year in a row.
    One of the many reasons in the difficulty of taking anything this
    clown Spitty has to say seriously.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty talks about Brady, Rogers, Peyton and Brees and passing to set up the run. If Spitty opens his eyes he will see that the packers and the Aints have no running game.
    Spitty also will see that Brady without quality receivers has no passing game.
    What Spitty fails to comprehend is that Brees, Rodgers and Manning
    have elite receiving talent. That’s why they throw so much.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sports is my emotional release. I usually have to stay calm and in control in real life. Sports is not a place where my demeanor matters to the situation unless I am playing or coaching. Sunday I watched the 49er game with my 10 year old nephew. He and my sister were getting riled up over bad plays and bad calls. I found myself in control and not wanting to be a bad example for my nephew. This week I’ll be back at home watching the game with a willingness to yell at the TV again! LOL

  51. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    We’re only as good as our offensive line plays. This is how it’s always been. It set’s the tone for everything else. Good play calling also helps. I would like to see Patton or Kyle coming out of the back field like Green bay uses their fast H-back. It’s to much to ask of Miller to be the hot receiver even thou he did almost catch that pass on the goal line, right before he got hit in the head! I asked my son, Is that legal?

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s legal in that if that was Tony Gonzalez that got nailed, they throw the flag.

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You now it’s just not your night when on 2 occasions it’s 3rd and 20 plus and Brooks has Wilson for a sack and gets called for a facemask and on another 3rd and 20 plus Aldon Smith gets personal foul for getting caught hitting back.
    Quite deflating when you have them stopped and they are given automatic first downs.
    Also killer were when you have 2nd and 3 on offense and you get called for a false start forcing you to throw.
    For all the defensive holding the Seahags were doing to the receivers the flags weren’t coming out.
    Still say Sherman should’ve been called for holding on the arm bar he used on VD 20 yds downfield when he intercepted.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I don’t agree on the arm bar call but those Seattle DBs get away with a lot of calls other teams don’t. I always wonder why the league allows that with that team.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ian Williams to Injured Reserve. And, to make Berger happy, 49ers sign FB Owen Marecic.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Any word on McDonald? Losing 2 D linemen, you’d think they’d replenish the line.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It might be ticky tack but the rule says no contact after 5 yards.
    Sherman’s technique is to put his hand on the receiver past the 5 yards just to run with him.
    Watch him covering KW on this play

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just what this team needs, another FB to stick in the backfield and clog things up even more. Seriously. Fire Harbaugh now.

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, our team got manhandled 29-3 and you’re complaining about the 5-yd rule? You sound worse than King Joffrey when he’s crying to his mother. Stop.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    We’d be so lucky to have Richard Sherman as a corner. He’d be our best DB by, oh, I don’t know…10,000%.

  61. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Oh great, Jim Schembeckler signs around FB. I’m starting to become a Pete Carroll fan. Jim is losing me fast.

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This Marecic signing is really chapping my hide. How many other NFL teams carry TWO FBs on their roster? Off the top of my head I’m going to say NONE. This is more egregious then when the SF Giants keep 13 pitchers. Have we fired Bo Schembechler Jr. yet?

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve raided the Browns roster for 4 players now this year, plus Mangini. Hmmmm.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Does one really raid flotsam and jetsam? More like, look what the storm blew in.

  65. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Brady, Rogers, Peyton and Drew all pass to set up the run, all have rings and none have a power run game. But Jim Harbaugh and Eric Mangini bring in Owen Marecic? That’s there answer to the next super star in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick being held to under 200 yards passing and Jim completely showing his ass in Seattle? Owen Marecic?
    Awesome. Here comes some more power run game with old, old, old Frank Gore and a patchwork scheme part Chris Ault, part Bo Schembeckler. Can’t wait for more of that.
    ~Jim Harbaugh: The only guy on the field who can hold Kaep to under 200 yards passing~

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am one who likes the running game, I just don’t like how we go about it. I think that allowing the opponent to load the box to stop the run is passé. Rules have changed since the 80’s and ground and pound does not work very consistently anymore. But I would not top trying to run the ball.

  67. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I wouldn’t stop trying to run the ball either. GB and Detroit have both recently tried to bring more balance to their offense. I’d run 40% of the time, and instead of drafting guys like AJ Jenkins and Vance McDonald, I’d draft guys like Alshon Jeffrey or Ruben Randle (two years ago), or Aaron Dobson this year.
    Colin Kaepernick is the next great qb in the NFL…. unless Jim Harbaugh tries to Schembecklerize Kaep. Look at Luck in the NFL. I bet Luck now throws 60% of the time with guys like Wayne, Hilton, Flenner and DHB. Harbaugh’s own protege has a better NFL scheme than Harbaugh.
    Owen Marecic? Jesus Christ… Harbaugh’s an idiot.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This season’s stats, Jeffrey 6 rec, Randle 8 rec and Dobson 3 catches. None of your boys have scored. Randle 2 years ago caught 19 passes.
    Colts are ranked 19th in passing
    and 5th in rushing.
    Trying to throw the usual crap on the wall and see what sticks?

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Joining Spitty’s anti Harbaugh campaign now that Alex Smith is gone?
    Who do you suggest coach the Niners?
    I’m ready for a good chuckle.

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny when Alex Smith can’t pass for 200 yards both Denny and Spitty have placed the blame on the QB.
    All of a sudden now that Smiths gone it suddenly falls on the coach.
    Just a tad reactionary to call for Harbaugh’s head after losing one game.
    Sometimes you two really come off as fair weather, bandwagon fans.

  71. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, to be fair, CK did throw for 400 yards the week before. Alex threw for 400 yards… well… Never. Makes it a little easier to give CK a one-week pass.
    Problem with all of us bitching and moaning about opening up the offense: It Ain’t Going to Happen. Jim Schembechler, err… Harbaugh, has ALWAYS been a run-first, 2 TEs and a cloud of dust guy. Look up his run-pass balance at Stanford. He’ll start throwing 60% of the time when Lucifer does triple axels and bobsledding in Hell.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First DL Niners worked out today
    “49ers tried out former Patriots, Jaguars defensive tackle Kyle Love”

  73. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Grump: Jim Schembeckler is going to open up the offense, because I’m going to attack him with a vengeance unknown to mankind.
    I know Jim loves the FB. I mean his love for the FB was on display in Seattle when Jim decided to make Bruce Miller the focal point of our passing attack. LMFAO! It was like Bo Schembeckler and Yoda were holograms on the sidelines. Yoda saying use the force, Bo saying use the FB.
    We’ve all heard the story about Bo and Jim talking about offensive philosophy on the telephone. “Are you gonna have a nasty FB and TE with his hand in the dirt? Yeah? Good!” Then Bo hangs up. Bo might be god to Harbaugh, but Bo Schembeckler never won a National Championship in all the years he coached at Michigan. And really, what are we doing here if we aren’t trying to win a national championship? The bottom line is, Grump, if Jim Harbaugh doesnt’ start producing results, Jim Harbaugh will get run out of town. You corral that stud of a horse too long with your offensive limitations and eventually the entire city will be calling for Bo Harbaugh’s head.

  74. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    *Super Bowl

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You think like the Raiduhs. Gotta replace the coach every year. yeah that’s the ticket.
    Funny as hell still clinging to we should have drafted Jeffrey,
    Randle and Dobson cuz they’re doing so well.
    No doubt you have them penciled into the Hall of Fame with their 17 combined catches and ZERO Tds.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    CBS has a new mock draft out. They have us picking 30th and taking a small slot WR out of Oklahoma named Jalen Saunders.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They actually have two mocks out. The 2nd one has us taking a WR out of Rutgers named Brandon Coleman.

  78. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    We need a tall, fast leaper like Aaron Dobson. We should have drafted him over Vance McDonald. The Patriots got him. He runs a 4.2 and he’s a tall jumper. Brady was yelling at him all Thursday night. Eventually he’ll be a star in this league. Problem is, Harbaalke has this fantasy about a power run game with the best arm in the NFL.

    ~ Jim Harbaugh: The only guy on the field who can hold Kaepernick to under 200 yards ~

  79. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Picking 30th = losing the NFC Championship Game this year. A small slot Okie WR? Sounds like the redneck version of A.J. Jenkins. Have they not learned their lesson?

  80. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You know when you think about it. Harbaugh is basically Mike Singletary minus the HOF career and the suntan.

  81. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And the winning record as a coach, and the respect of his players.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You’ve given up on Patton already? After 2 games?
    And your guy KW?
    So Harbaugh’s your new whipping boy?

  83. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Are you kidding me, Del? “Have they not learned their lesson?” After a humiliating beat down on Sunday night, Harbaugh brought in Owen Murecic. That’s like getting whipped by your master and then asking his wife to dinner. That’s how lost Harbaugh is right now. Harbaugh’s gonna have to beat his head against the wall for a few months. I won’t tolerate a few years, not with my boy, Kaep under center… or running some insane, asinine college shotgun spread formation with Frank Van Winkle as a run option. “Frank…. Frank…. you’re asleep… get up from underneath that lazy tree and run the rock for us for a yard and a half. Jim’s got a real good scheme this time ….”

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    So you’re giving all the credit for the Niner success to Alex Smith?

  85. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit: You see that Yellow Lab on this blog? If I ever see him, I’m gonna kick him right in the ribs with everything I got.

  86. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You call losing the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl in the last two years success? I call that an EPIC FAIL.

  87. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL is more than doubling their ticket prices for premium SB seats this year. Face value will now cost you $2,600. That’s outrageous. When I saw the Niners beat the Bengals in Pontiac, the ticket was forty bucks. Either the NFL has become some greedy-ass bastards, or I’ve just got old and cranky. Probably a lot of both.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Things that make you go Hmmmmm?
    Marecic replaces Moody?
    Marecic already knows the Roman/Harbaugh System.
    Advantage Roman and Mangini.
    Marecic can free up Bruce, to perhaps, be more prolific in what appears to be, a clear attempt to feature his receiving talents?
    Surprised to learn, by way of Maiocco, that Dial was brought aboard with NT duties in mind.
    Did not see that coming.
    Did suspect that Tank was seen as the heir apparent to Justin however.
    I’m slowly learning (that my wish)for the ‘Fat Man in the Middle’, may never come to fruition, in the Baalke/Fangio Defensive Scheme.
    Nonetheless, I will be salivating over the off-season, for the highly touted Class of DTs entering the Draft in May.
    I want a Vince Wilfork-type Channel Marker playing for our 9ers.

  89. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – Are you on meds? Last week Spurier ran a Pro Style offense and tonight you give us this gem:
    “Marecic can free up Bruce, to perhaps, be more prolific in what appears to be, a clear attempt to feature his receiving talents?”

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del, God help the rich elitists, that typically know squat about football, other than to be with the ‘In Crowd’ on SB Sunday, this time around.
    New Jersey in February isn’t exactly the Champagne and Caviar venue South Beach might be for footballs’ biggest gala event.
    If our 9ers aren’t involved, it would be a lesson to the League to have 2 Dome Teams or, 2 warm weather Teams, participate in the game just to see them suffer.

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit I’m trying to rationalize the addition.
    Play along.
    Spurrier ran the wheels off Lattimore yet, Fun and Gun Spurrier featured him.
    Spread or otherwise, the NFL is heading in the direction of versatile RBs by committee.
    I think Lattimore is the type of RB our Offense needs.
    We can debate whether he returns from the horrific injury, until we see how he performs.
    I try to keep an open mind to how Baalke constructs a Roster.
    Indulge me.
    GMs are the architects and talent evaluators.
    Trying to see our Roster through his eyes.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s also remember, Bruce was a pretty productive DE in College before Baalke converted him.
    Our System calls for versatility.
    Marecic can’t be seen simply as a FB.
    I did end my quote with a ?.
    I’m asking a hypothetical question as to why Baalke brought him aboard.
    You’re a bright guy, again, play along.

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Logic would dictate that losing a NT requires a replacement NT.
    Maiocco reports that Quinton Dial appears to be the future at that position.
    So, one might assume, Baalke already thought of the need before it became a need?
    Is he that good?
    I’d like to think so.
    We need a Man with a Plan.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I need to watch Northern Women’s Louis Nix at some point this year. At the end of last year he played like the next Vince Wilfork. I watched him for about 6 plays in one game. The announcers were talking about how great Tuitt is while Nix was holding up double teams like they were nothing.

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I watched Alabama 3 times last year to watch Jesse Williams. He looked as advertised, a run plugging 2 gapper. Each time Dial was the D-lineman who stood out on that D-line. He played DE, DT and NT. He two and one gapped. He is a good all around talent. He seems a little small for a NT, but he is active and strong. I can see him playing DE and being very good.

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nix is on my radar Berger.
    He’ll likely go high though.
    He’s one of a handful of talented NTs in the upcoming Class.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dial is very tall though Berger.
    Thought him more of a 5T DE.
    All the better if he can anchor the Nose.
    My ideal guy has always been a 350lb immovable block of granite.

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Dial is also only about 300 to 305lbs. Tall(6′ 6″) and light for a NT. I’m just saying I saw him playing the position in college. I’ll repeat, I see him as a DE or 3T DT, depending on 3-4 or 4-3.

  99. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Dial and Tank need to get out there. Our D line play is uninspiring.

  100. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Week 7.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spit we have to tread water until the second half.
    Win our NFC matchups above all else.
    I suspect the Roster will look alot different after the BYE.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Again, good planning by Baalke in terms of how he selected guys this year from the Draft.
    Took some chances on guys with College injuries but, if they heal up and, return to form, we could get excellent return on each of them.
    Lattimore could get shelved for the entire year if need be, with the addition of Marecic today.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Over/Under on Sunday?
    Aldon sacks Luck?

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    WR Coleman from Rutgers is a big boy Berger.
    We could be in play for a tall WR early.
    Rutgers is not what I’d call an air-it-out Offense however.
    I think we’ll find DBs in Rd 2/3.
    Probably seek NT 1?
    Maybe WR, we’ll see?

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There is some decent depth coming from the OLB/OG Groups too.
    Long way off.
    Much homework awaits me.
    When the time comes of course.
    For now.
    9ers just need to take care of business.

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a NT to keep in mind Berger.
    Daniel McCullers/TN
    6’8″ 351
    Nix and Tuitt will be Top Picks.
    Doubt we’d move up for a NT but, stranger things have happened I guess.
    I’d still look for a Top rated Press/Man CB early.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    This the the WR to keep your eye on 6’2″ 225 lbs

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s projected for 2015 Bullit.
    Looks interesting though.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Actually Bullit, he may be available for the 2014 Draft afterall?
    Early info says he’s run in the 4.4s and beaten some top rated SEC CBs in the process.

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    TOP MISSISSIPPI PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Donte Moncrief (6-2, 224, 4.49)*…Moncrief’s thick frame, deceptive speed and smooth route-running make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. He does not possess the explosive moves of Southern Cal’s Marqise Lee or Clemson’s Sammy Watkins but might be a better player than either of them. He is sudden in his breaks, showing the ability to generate separation even against tight man coverage, and accelerates quickly, often leaving defenders in his dust on double-moves. Moncrief tracks the ball well and generally shows excellent hands (one drop vs. Texas), as well as the body control to make the dazzling grab. Moncrief is also cognizant in the running game, showing awareness and toughness as a downfield blocker.
    Perhaps the only thing standing in Moncrief’s way of becoming the first “skill-position” player from Mississippi to earn a first round draft selection since Eli Manning (No. 1 overall, 2004) is the question about his straight-line speed. Moncrief was not caught from behind on tapes viewed but the big-bodied receiver may not possess elite timed speed. – Rob Rang,

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Moncrief finished the season with 66 catches for 979 yards and tied Rebels’ single-season record with 10 TD catches. Perhaps most impressively, many of his best games came against the SEC’s elite, including six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M, six catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns against LSU and seven grabs for a career-high 173 yards and school-record (tying) three scores against Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay of hated-rival Mississippi State in the 2012 Egg Bowl.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guess they naturally project them through their Sr seasons.
    He certainly could enter as a Jr next year.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Long way off of course but, RGIII’s LT from Baylor is projected as 1 of the Top OGs in May.
    Keep an eye/ear open for Cyril Richardson.
    6’5″ 335, nearly identical to Iupati.
    He’s a good fit for what we do.
    Assuming of course, Iupati becomes a guy we can’t/don’t extend.

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s likely going to be out of our reach in Rd 1 but, Jerry Rices’ cousin, WR Jordan Matthews from Vandy is a highly rated WR too.
    Be kinda cool from a Legacy standpoint though.

  115. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe he makes it to Rd 2?
    If so, maybe we can thank Alex and KC if he delivers us an extra 2.

  116. 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