The NFL schedule makers have given the 49ers a wonderful way to start the 2014 season. A short trip to Texas for a humiliating butt kicking of the Dallas Cowboys. SF has gone to three straight NFC Title games and Dallas has rung up three straight 8-8 seasons.

Cowboy QB Tony Romo has had a bad back the past offseason, so he’s already got a built in excuse for failing again in 2014. Who says this guy isn’t progressing as an overpaid choke artist.

But the Cowboys biggest problem appears to be their defense, which was ghastly last year and has managed to disintegrate even more during the summer.

This would be a good game for 49er QB Colin Kaepernick to play a lot of catch with his vaunted new batch of wide receivers. Of course, to fully utilize three or four wide receivers, Kap first has to get over his penchant for making one read then turning into a running back.

Like the Cowboys, the 49ers’ biggest question mark is their defense. The coaches may know how it will perform, but none of us do. There are only five starters left from last year’s opening lineup: Ray McDonald, Justin Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, and Eric Reid. And while Romo and Gag are synonymous during December, old golfer boy can light things up early in the season. Our new look secondary should get a stiff workout.

The season kicked off Thursday night with Seattle stomping the Packers. Getting stomped on opening day is becoming a bit of a Packer trademark. Last year, the Niners wiped them out at Candlestick. Green Bay hasn’t looked dangerous and mean since they roared through the 2011 season and then stubbed out against the Giants in the playoffs. Yet people still swoon over Aaron Rodgers and pick them to win the SB. They’ll be lucky to win the NFC North.

Nobody seems to have a bead on the Niners’ prospects this year. Half the pundits pick them to win the SB and the other half don’t think they’ll even make the playoffs. Those imaginary and somewhat dubious halves are not represented on this blog, though, where optimism abounds. If you haven’t made your pick for the Niner record this year, this is the final day to cast your ballot.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our offense is often designed for one look for the QB. Even Harbaugh recently said if it looks like he is only looking to one receiver it is because sometimes he only has one receiver to look to. Yet some fans are in love with Roman. Let us hope this new offense that was taken into the garage to fix is not the embarrassment that the old offense was.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That was probably Harbaugh’s polite way of saying the only WR worth looking at last year was Boldin, because Kyle Williams, AJ Jenkins/Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, and Marlon Moore were WRs in name only.

  3. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    It’s either a model A or a Ferrari. It better be a Ferrari if we want to win it all. The offensive line will need to pass block. I think our defensive line depth will only make the secondary better. Only our play calling can hold us back! Go 9er’s!!!

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- Nice excuse for RoBaugh. Many have said often that Brady doesn’t have that great of talent at WR. How does he get it done. Better play design that actually get WRs open. RoBaugh is fixated in 1980s Big Ten football. If you aren’t a great WR you don’t get open in a RoBaugh offense. So yes, better talent is good and very important but better play calling is even more important than that. Many coordinators can get average WRs open, ours can’t. This is something the Roman apologists just don’t understand. Are you a Roman apologist?

    Look at the difference the play caller made at USC with the same players last year. With Kiffen calling plays USC has no chance vs Stanford. With Helton calling plays it is going to be a great game this Saturday with USC actually having a good chance to win. From the department of redundancy department, what’s the main difference at USC, a better performance from the OC which allows the players to play instinctively, showcasing their talent instead of have to think first and make plays in a phone booth like a Robaugh offense makes players do. Our offense is a coaches offense, we need a players offense. I’m not sure Roman can call a players offense, he has press clipping to read that tell him how smart he is that get in the way of the diagrams of how to get his players open in space, which includes the RBs trying to run the ball.

    If a WR is running ahead by a half a step that is considered open in our offense. That isn’t the way it is in Seattle, they get receivers open in space. You might have seen that last night. Of course we have to have a Boldin and a Crabtree to succeed, they have be able win 50/50 balls to get many of their catches. Ricardo Lockette scored Seattle’s first TD last night and was wide open. He got cut before our first round of cuts last year because we couldn’t figure out how to use him even though he was big, physical and the fastest guy on our team. The guy that should have been cut is Roman.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see Seattle has switched to a 3 WR base set this year. It has sure improved their offense.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, this offense of the Niners needs to roll on 1st down. If Seattle showed anything it’s that getting 5 on 1st down makes life a lot easier.

    Jim and Greg. Pancho and Lefty. Either these guys make it happen, or we’ll be singing the dollar bill blues.

  7. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lockette was open because the corner sold out on the read option. Not because some fantastic route design magically left him in the clear. Then the safety totally missed the tackle. It looks easy when the defense gives it to you.

    Did you notice the formation that play came out of? I didn’t think so. Did you notice the max protection? I didn’t think so. Both things you have raging fits over when we do it.

    The play calling was good, granted, but the Packers made it pretty easy being terrified of Lynch and Harvin.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny thing is, the Niners offenase HAS made the changes Bergs and I have been bitching about for years now. Me since the fricking insider days. The base defense, at least so far in the preseason, has been 2 WRs.

    But hey, its their idea, right?

    Green Bay is Green Bay. They have porous DBs, and don’t tackle well. They are going to hurt without Raji. Without Rodgers, they’d be also-rans.

    The Lockette play was a read-option play. I think they ran that 3 times. One was a WR sweep with Harvin, then that. Not sure of the 3rd one.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix regardless.

  10. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob got 30 off of Marshawn last night. My pathetic RBs combined won’t ever get 30.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You going to make a prediction, RT?

  12. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Been stewing on that. (The carrots are almost finished, time to put the celery in.) 10-5-1 or 11-4-1? To be or not to be? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Oh, what was the question?

    By tomorrow I’ll either have an answer or flip a coin.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    PFT says Ray Mac is playing this week-end.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I never said I would never run the sardine can formations. I said I would never use it as a base set. It has it’s time and place. The play calling created the mismatch where the CB had to decide run or pass. It was a beautifully executed play of a beautifully designed pay. We can’t even design a basic read option to work as well as Seattle runs it. Kap can run as well as anyone ever has in the history of the game, if only he had a coach who could design it. If you can’t design an effective read option for Kap you can’t design it at all.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT is going recalcitrant! I like it! Is he going to get banned by Roger GoodSkeebers for getting his pick in a day late or will he get counted?

    NoFear isn’t even picking. It’s just too risky for him to say something that might not be viewed as anything less than he is the football maven. Predictions fall into this category. He could be wrong and somebody might say something about it later and that makes it just too tough to be the central scrutinizer.

  16. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I woke up this morning and the sun was gone. Turned on some music to start my day. Lost myself in a familiar song. I closed my eyes and I slipped away…

    Geez it was mid-summer yesterday. Overnight it’s mid-autumn with snow on the horizon. Football weather. 11-4-1. D sucks early until we get our big horses back. Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? Until I see an improvement in pass D, I shudder to tread there.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, an early major test for our depleted d line and green secondary. I think we finish strong. I just wonder how good the d plays early.

    Romo and co don’t seem to have trouble putting up points. Then again, that was Denver’s defense they lit up last year.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And Anthony Davis is out. J Mart is starting.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Doobie Gray?

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Great song! Drift Away:

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, day after day I AM more confused. Especially now. Is it summer or winter? NM seems to have changed her mind. Women!

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That was Boston, Bergs . . .

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Turned on the heater. Might as well see if it still works or if it died from loneliness. More than a feeling!

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I think you are correct sir. We were just talking about Marrienne’s Trench last week!

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Football’s going to play at times on Sunday!

  26. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Do you really think I don’t know the ‘guess the season record before the first game’ game, Berger? Pick as optimistic a record as you can get away with and compare your optimism with other fans. Some folks actually do it for fun. It’s funny that it bothers you so much I don’t play along. Your name-calling is getting pretty stale, too. Maybe some new names would help you.

    Could it be that you and Berger weren’t paying attention when we had the Greatest Show on Turf guy calling the offense and putting everyone out in the pattern, Chuck? We were unstoppable then! No, wait, we stunk in the red zone then, too.

    I know, I know, execution has nothing to do with it.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Name-calling? Why, I resemble that remark. Did I throw something in there somewhere? Sorry, Maj. Sensitive.

    And that’s why I picked 11-3-2. No one else makes that pick. 99% of the guesses will be 11-5 or 10-6.

    Like you said last time, they’ll fall somewhere between 11-5 and 5-11.

    That’s some mighty fine prognosticatin’ there.

    Lighten up.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Your response was classic NoFear! If I said the sky is blue you would say it is green. I can tell you that ‘fun’ is not a four letter word. The picks are for fun, except for you. You are too busy scrutinizing the exercise to enjoy it. I was just noting how funny you can be when you get so serious. Do you like the Central Scrutinizer song? It features some of the best musicians in the world.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s Terry Bozio drumming, right?

    Just listened to Hot Rats. Greeat stuff. Stripped down band (relatively) and a lot of guitar . . .

  30. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    “Lighten up”, Chuck? This is close, Stevie Windwood on gee-tar (in the original at least, the first choice on the link):

  31. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  32. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Crud. Bloody link changed; “gooed” me. Try Traffic, not Phish.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice tidy link there, RT.

  34. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    VIPRE won’t let me use tinyurl and gooed me.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- It’s Vinny Colaiuto on drums.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Where’d you get that thing? Goodwill?

  37. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just for you, Skeebs. I disabled VIPRE for tinyurl. More Stevie Winwood, this time guitar and vocals. His shirt is awesome:

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s Vinny playing with Jeff Beck, Jason Rebello and a female bassist named Tal Wilkenfeld who is really emerging as a major talent. I couldn’t tell you who the best drummer in the world is but Vinny is in the discussion. He’s probably on over a thousand albums/CDs. I’m partial to Bozio since I have two really good drummer friends that know him well and still talk to him. I’ve never met him but I hear some good stories. Watching Vinny on this video makes one wonder who could be better.

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I saw Buddy Rich once at the now dead Bold Knight in Sunnyvale. I never thought it was possible to play a 45 minute drum solo.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- You beat me to it. I love that song. Try this version from 2010 with Eric Clapton at Crossroads. Speaking of drummers, they have a good one on this video too, Steve Gadd. The good thing about this version is it has better audio and they look like they are having more fun. And of course, Eric Clapton!

  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Since Chuck does not like 10-6, I’ll go with 10-5-1.

    Good, but just too many little issues and distractions already. There’s a 1 in 20 chance we pull a 1988 down the stretch and win it all anyway. I hope so, but I’m just not feeling it for now.

  42. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Predictions: 9-7. No playoffs. This is Harbaugh’s last year. The continued pussification (as the late-great George Carlin aptly used ) of “football” will reach an epic low and this will be my last year of watching the NFL. Zsa Zsa Gabor will be the next big celebrity name to bite the dust. She’s a 97-year-old stroke-ridden partially paralyzed drooling vegetable who’s missing her rt. leg. Jesus H. Christ. Who would wanna see 98? If and when Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, this country will go even further into the shitter. The hole was already dug mighty deep by her predecessor, but that stupid bitch will continue to shovel away. But thankfully it will not come to that, as my Mayans will have been off by two years with their end-of-the world predication, and the world will cease to exist on 12/21/14.

    We can all have a Merry Effing Christmas four days later.

  43. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Pussification at its finest:

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s light up or leave me alone. As in fire it up.

  45. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Saw Stevie Winwood a few times over the years. Great great stuff. Low spark of high heeled boys and john barleycorn must die are epic.

  46. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    “a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs.”

    I found that definition in good ole Merriam-Webster under Jim Harbaugh. a.k.a Hypocrite

  47. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Maybe I missed it, but I can’t find Skeeber’s prediction. What’s the blog master’s call for our beloved Oakland Raiders? How’s it feel to root for an organization that employs coaches that go back on their word and allow players who’ve beat up their pregnant girlfriend to play the very next Sunday? We’re beneath pond scum.

    But, hey. At least we have a cool theme song playing in the background as we put our hands around our fiancé’s neck.

  48. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah the Niners suck. Harbaugh = loser, Jed too. We’ll be lucky to win 10 this year with this sorry collection of felonious bozos. Gro don’t even mention his sorry butt. He’s a loser too. Just like you moron. Your disagree you’re a moron. I have spoken. I and my pal here are the great chief justices of the court of pigskin blognoscentis. Deal with it.

    Ok I’m trying out fer the Negative Nelly Club of Pigskin Prognosticators per my above application. I think I have a damn good chance of being admitted.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Life is good, football is better!

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How ’bout them Nevada Wolf Pack!

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ricardo Lockette is 28 years old, been on a NFL roster for 4 years and has a total of 9 receptions and 2 TDs.

    Yeah, he’s on a fast track to Canton.

  52. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Berger, stop putting those NFL films on here. I end up wasting so much time watching them. I just ended the 1976 season highlights where the 49ers weren’t even mentioned. It’s endless good stuff.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Lockette has more production than AJ Jenkins. Look it up.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Winder- I played the NFL Films music CD this morning. It made me want to share a song.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stanford has evolved its offense. I’m stunned. If they can do it we can do it!

  56. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Change is needed in the NFL, strategies and strengths continually evolve mostly through player ability. But, a good battle plan is probably the most important. I mean look at the Chicago Bears, until Cutler showed up everyone knew they were a run up the gut team. Same goes for our A. Smith Niners. We shall see how our show is run pretty soon. Stinking Dallas has one of the worse D’s around and if we are not 14-17 points ahead by halftime we are doing something wrong.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I didn’t realize you regard AJ Jenkins as the “gold standard” for wide receivers.

    That’s like saying you’re not that fat, that you weigh less than Pablo Sandoval and Bubba Paris.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I didn’t realize that you didn’t realize that AJ Jenkins was a recent first round selection by the San Francisco 49ers. My original point was that we don’t do a very good job evaluating WRs. It makes since we don’t do a very good job designing pass plays.

  59. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a good example of a “bunch formation” pass (2 TE?, 2 RBs) play call/design working for us against the SS = Seattle Seahawks. Also another example of our WRs not getting much past the LOS. GIFs towards end of article.

  60. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Good post. Thanks, Phil.

  61. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    “Bunch design,” “play/call design” and our “WRs not getting much past the LOS” is a lot of mumbo-jumbo and doublespeak for trying to hide the coldhearted facts that Seattle has:
    a) a better QB
    b) a better HC
    c) a better D
    d) a 100x better HF advantage than our Niners.

    Until that changes, we will remain their bitches.

  62. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    And they cheat and employ criminals a whole lot better, too!

  63. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    I see that Skeebers listed the Outsider’s 2014 49er Prognostications on the rt. side of the blog page. I also noted that they’re not in any alphabetical, most wins-to least wins or even chronologically listed when bloggers made their picks order.

    However, my name finds itself flat on the bottom of said list. Coincidence? Random oversight? A simple faux pas or innocent act of impropriety?

    I think not. Listing my name at the bottom of the prediction list was a blatant act of disrespect and disregard to a fan who still owns a Steve Spurrier t-shirt, and whose first game was John Brodie’s last.

    I get knocked around and heavily bombarded for criticizing our team. It’s just because I care. Add to the fact these recent, if one can call the four years since Harbaugh has arrived recent, these recent indiscretions by our players has been quit upsetting. I’ve yelled from the mountain tops even more. Subsequently, Jimbo, Jed and Baalke have all but turned their cheeks. Nay, closed their eyes to the serious and fundamentals problems that run rampant throughout our society that has not not only infected our once proud organization, but has now become our new standard — we have none.

    We have lies, “due process,” “above reproach” rhetoric, and hypocritical words that flies outta Jimbo’s mouth. Character and morality? Who needs that shit when skirting the truth and rules will result in bringing you Super Bowls?

    Oops. That’s OK, we all still love our team…


  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The guy sold his point of view well. What he did not cover is how came we can’t run against Seattle. Gore had a long run but we don’t move the ball with any movement we can count on in the clutch. I think Seattle might be vulnerable vs the run this year but not if you allow them to stack the box. We allow everybody to stack the box. If we go 3 wide and pound them with Gore and Hyde we should be able to run the ball on them. Once we establish the run we should be able to pass much better.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Big-10 might want to consider changing their name to the Medium-12.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Make that the Medium Fourteen.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Could there be an ulterior motive for Jim to table the Contract extension talks?

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I happen to think Roman will exploit the LB-level of the ‘Boys D today.
    Quick hitters should be a nice option for us.

  69. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs the article was about Kaps passing only and yep against the SS (I like that = “the SS”, evil that they are) so nothing about our running against them true. The pass to Boldin in one of the GIFs was out of a 21 formation = 2 RBs + 1 TE “bunch” from what I could see and it worked well. But running out of that not so much as the box get stacked quite effectively as we know. Passing out of run formation (bunch, smash) we should do much more of…like what you say would work better below, running out of pass formations.

    Agree: “We allow everybody to stack the box. If we go 3 wide and pound them with Gore and Hyde we should be able to run the ball on them. Once we establish the run we should be able to pass much better.’

    As long as our WRs can get off the line which his other GIF showed is not so easy against the SS then our passing game should be better this year too.

  70. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Writer of that article = David Neumann has moved over to Niners Nation with his podcast partner from 49ersWebZone, Oscar with their “Better Rivals” podcast this season. Like the article the level of detail is pretty good:

  71. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NJ saw your good comment about the dangers/folly of jumping to unwarranted conclusions based on no evidence in a supposed physical abuse case. Perfect example, very applicable to our latest situation. We shouldn’t all act like outraged parents and over-react before we know what actually went down. “Over-react” = administer unjust punishment to the possibly innocent. I have to question the logic of those who advocate that. And their common sense….but if bogging for them is about “hey look at me, look at ME” then I guess it makes “sense”.

    It will be a dark day if Jimi heads to Ann Arbor but of course they would love to have him.

    VS the Boyz I would like to see the Niners take some medium passes out of the 21 run formation!

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Phil!
    Long time my friend.
    Thanks for the follow up –

    I cited a situation a good friend of mine went through, with his daughter some years back as, ‘things you need to answer before taking a swing at the one you think is the guilty party’.

    I too have daughters, it’s an easy conclusion to jump to, especially when your parenting instincts take over.

    Given the nature of the NFL and Law Enforcement, it’s a very fine line with lots of ramifications attached.

    I always joke about the influence Roger has with Vegas.
    Not too far-fetched if you think about it.

    Good to hear from you –

    And to one and all….
    Happy Opening Sunday of the 2014 49ers Season!

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for Jim to Ann Arbor, or another College gig?
    Think about the compensation package Saban has at ‘Bama.

    A big-time football factory like UM can throw a boatload of incentives at a guy like Harbaugh.

    No NFL owner would come close.

    The glaring sentence in that PFT piece is, the suggestion that Jed wouldn’t stand in his way if he wanted to go that route.
    In that venue, he’s a King.

    Recruiting and, having no Salary Cap, or 53 man rosters to deal with?
    Sound like something Jim can be comfortable with?

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In college if you can out recruit everybody you can run the Sardine Can Offense and win championships.

  75. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nine hours of football today! Sigh.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One last NFL Films song for the season opener. Anybody interested in the CD it is from Tommy Boy with Sam Spence doing the music and John Facenda doing the vocal.

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s Biblical, Dennis. Last year you were first; this year you’re last.

  78. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Where is everyone this morning, at church? Ha! More likely to see Alex Smith in Canton than one of you heathens in a place of worship.

    Raiders already down 7-0. Not our Raiders, the original scumbags wearing silver and black.

  79. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    My bad. Jets TD was apparently called back. Raiders only down by 3.
    Do I hear a Carr PK 6 today? Where’s Matt Flynn these days?

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Flynn is trying out for Spitblood’s fantasy team!

  81. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith throws a pick and leads his Chiefs to only 3 first-half pts. vs the Titans as they trail by 7. $68M sure doesn’t get ya what it used to.

  82. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Joe Flacco with a humongous brain fart to end the half and deny his Ravens of pts. For the 1000x time. How the eff did we lose to Joe effing Flacco in the Super Bowl!?!?

    J__M H__R B __ __ G H

    Vanna, can I buy a vowel?

  83. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Carradine, Dial, and Patton inactive.

  84. robNo Gravatar says:

    Carradine inactive not good holy shitt

  85. robNo Gravatar says:

    I was counting on our line getting a boost from tank???

  86. robNo Gravatar says:

    Oh no wats wrong with brock

  87. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Amazing throw by Kappy. There are a few guys who could run out of that pressure, and a few who can keep their focus downfield, and a few who can make that off-balance pass and hit the receiver in the numbers. Not all of those though. That was a Kap play.

  88. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we should have kept even more cornerbacks.

  89. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Nah. We need that 3rd QB who’s inactive sitting on the bench much more.

  90. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Del, Tony Romo is the 49ers’ MVP so far. Dumbass is in 4th quarter / playoff form!

  91. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  92. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Tony Romo is the 49ers’ MVP so far.”

    LOL 3 INTs in the first half? Hell yeah!

  93. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BTW one of my favorite new guys Aaron Lynch pressured Romo into the Willis pick. Way to go fer our “new” pass rusher. He also played the run pretty good a couple times…

  94. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You can tell by formation/personnel when Gore’s getting it.

  95. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep still effective and just went over 10,000 yds. But how bout Hyde?

  96. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hyde looks like a load of dynamite waiting to explode.

  97. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Another good play = pass breakup by Lynch

  98. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  99. robNo Gravatar says:

    Former niner owusu 19 yd td for tampa

  100. robNo Gravatar says:

    Yesss! !!!
    Hyde and johnson are going to help us bigtime this year! !!

  101. robNo Gravatar says:

    6-0 here we come

  102. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We had receivers open in space for Kap to throw to. I’m not used to seeing that. What a difference a better use of formations make.

  103. robNo Gravatar says:

    Our defense played great! The funny thing is that my big concern was our secondary! Culliver and brock being new starters.

    Omg with johnson and cox in there we made dallas look bad! Wow!!!

  104. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Like I always tell you people, Roman can call a good game! Just don’t use bunch formations as the base offense.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:


  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I should clarify what I mean by “bunch formations.” 2 backs, 1 TE or 2 backs, 2 TE. I should call it something else since many are using the term bunch to mean bunching the WRs. I’m going to change bunch to mean bunching the WRs too. The conforming Berger!

    I think from watching this Dallas game everybody can see what a difference it makes to the QB and everybody else when they are given some room to operate with better use of foemations. Suddenly Kap was going through his progressions and negotiating the DBs. The play calling allowed for that. I hope everybody is sitting down as I say Roman did a good job today.

  107. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger’s so full of shit. Now that Roman has the horses Berger’s gonna change his tune about Roman. Roman was limited last year because Baalke gutted Roman’s receiving corp. Because Berger doesn’t get it, his only recourse is to revise his stance on Roman. Just like Berger did on Alex Smith. Berger’s full of shit.

  108. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    One guy’s take:

    Very much agree about Iupati. He seriously looks like shit. I’d start thinking about sliding Looney over when Boone is ready if Iupati does not pull it together next week.

    This game was against a bad defense and a QB who threw three picks among four Dallas turnovers in the first half. Can’t read too much into it. The passing game *looks* better, but I want to see them against an NFL defense first. Romo was too busy self destructing to take advantage of the personnel matchups and injury holes we have. Not ever quarterback will make it so easy.

    Still, there was plenty of good: Hyde, and Kap going through progressions, and Martin surprisingly managed to not trip on his dick. Justin looked like 2012 again, and Dontae held up well for a rookie CB thrown into the fire.

    And VD? Fastest guy I ever saw with hands of stone. Ugly.

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty is just jealous that I’m right! I’m loving it!

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty- I’ve always said better receivers are important. It is my opinion that play calling is just as important, often more important. We had a depleted WR corps and bad play calling. The old double whammy. To ask the QB to go through his progressions under those conditions is often not fair. There are either no progressions or no time to look around. You saw today that Kap, even while getting too much pressure, was going through his progressions. Even David Shaw at Stanford is using better formations this year. Do you think Shaw and RoBaugh did a little talking about their offensive philosophies this off-season?

  111. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Ryan gave Jonathan Martin a lot of love for his play today saying he was ‘worlds improved from start of pre-season’. Also playing with a ‘vengence’. Loose quotes not exact but I was glad to hear all that esp. with the Iupati concerns.

  112. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Early leaders in the #1 overall pick sweepstakes:
    Jax, Wash, StL

  113. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    LOL Spitwad, he’s crazy but gotta love the guy : )

  114. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    More on our passing game for Grumpy and Bergs: Oh and Spitwad too…

    Is Colin Kaepernick a 1-read quarterback? It’s simple and not so simple – Niners Nation

    Quote: “Many have called Colin Kaepernick a one-read quarterback. We break down how quarterbacks decide where to throw the football and whether the 49ers quarterback is making the right choices from the pocket.”

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I kept saying I might only have until today to carp on Roman. It looks like I might have to pause for a while. I am thrilled at what I saw today but it was the Dallas defense. I’ll give it a rest for now but let’s see our offense against a better defense before we get giddy. So far, so good!

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- Yeah, Martin looked OK. At least I am assuming that since I never heard his name mentioned! The only guy that seemed to struggle was Iupati. It looks like he might have gained too much weight in the off season.

  117. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Martin is the swing tackle – OK is probably all we need there, if Staley and Davis stay healthy.

    Iupati’s pass blocking has gone from erratic to crappy, and his run blocking is not what it was either. Not the look you want in your “contract year”.

  118. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In 2011 when we played the Cowgurls in the second game of the Harbaugh era and lost in OT there were a noticeable large crowd of Cowgurl fans at the Stick. It was embarrassing that Niner fans unloaded their tix on the secondary market because they didn’t believe and some were front runners only.
    Today the Niners returned the favor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
    This article suggests that half the crowd in attendance were Niner fans which means 45K. Might be closer to 25K but that is
    a huge away crowd and can’t make Jerry happy as the article suggests.–why-fans-are-turned-off-by-cowboys-021544055.html

  119. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Turn around today is sweet on the field too. I remember the bummer of Romo tossing a late TD to cook our goose in that one. UGH!

  120. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Re-listening” to the game here @ 5 pm local time (Monday) and heard Tim Ryan praise J Martin’s “blocking down” to spring Gore on his 20 yard run in 2nd Q. Gore’s first run of the game

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The fact remains that Jerruh is delusional at best.

    Clueless GM-wannbe with nothing but the spotlight on his ego radar.

    The lemmings that sold out to the 9er Fans are finally jumping off the cliff.

    I thoroughly enjoy watching him get on the tube from his Crystal Pulpit when his a$$ is being kicked.
    Live in the spotlight, die in the spotlight, Clown Boy.

    Then he’ll turn around and fire the HC, for all his short-sighted and lack luster Draft returns.

    We certainly need to thank him for not taking Eric Reid however.
    Guess he still figures Scandrick is the answer.
    Good for him.

    CBSSports has already gone as far as calling it a dumpster fire in Big D.

    Wait until he grabs a big headline for rolling a Brinks truck into Dez’s driveway with a Contract extension.
    Poor Dez bruised his forearm and had to take himself out of action today.

    Antoine lit his sorry a$$ up and that’s about all she wrote.
    He turned into a loon on the sidelines with his team mates and quietly ran and hid.

    Party on Jerruh.
    The world awaits your next major headline move.

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    More BS for Jerruh to challenge, regarding all the Cowbaby Fans who found something better to do on Opening Day, than to attend America’s Teams’ inaugural event –

    “According to StubHub, the 49ers-Cowboys season opener is the highest-selling game of the 2014 season on the secondary market. The third highest-selling game is the Houston Texans’ Oct. 5 trip to AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys’ $1.2 billion stadium.

    The Cowboys are the top-selling home team, according to StubHub, while the 49ers are the top-selling away team.”

    Keep working Jerruh, 8-8 might have been your high water mark but, it is Dez’s jersey number.

    Better get that Contract extension done soon, the minions are dwindling and Jersey sales are about all you have to look forward to.

  123. 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