Losses have personalities. The Seattle loss was disgusting. The Saints loss was encouraging. The Chiefs loss was shocking. This Falcons loss was just depressing. Really, really depressing … with a sprinkling of rage. The kind of loss that makes you want to curse God. The kind that makes you physically, sick to your stomach ill.

Last Friday’s column described this game so perfectly it hurts. Games like this make it hard to get up and face life the next morning. Before I started this site, I would react to a loss like this by not reading a single story about the game for at least three days. Maybe a whole week. Denial. I do not want to talk about it. Go away. Leave me alone.

This 49ers team has become a world champion at finding ways to lose a game. Just when you think you’ve seen all the ways a team can blow a game, they come up with another one. Losses like this make it tempting to quit watching football. Give up following sports entirely. Throw in the towel. It’s hopeless. Too much pain.

Sitting on the 49ers bench yesterday was Brian Westbrook. On December 16, 2007 this intelligent football player broke free on a run against the Cowboys and instead of waltzing into the end zone, he stopped and sat down at the one yard line. This stunning bit of awareness assured his team of victory, albeit one less TD on his NFL resume.

But he’s on the 49ers now and yesterday he got to watch Nate Clements have absolutely no awareness of anything about the game, the team’s desperate need for a victory, nothing but himself and the possibility of Nate Goes All The Way. While the entire universe of 49er fans were screaming “Get on the ground!!!!” this clown was oblivious. No awareness of protecting the ball even. Just plain zero upstairs. Lost in Nate’s Universe. Ten years in the league and a hundred plus warnings to get on the ground if you intercept in the final moments and none of those warnings even came to his mind for a second.

Two years ago against the Rams, then rookie Tarell Brown made a last minute interception and sat on the ground.

Normally, I would find some way to empathize with the agony Clements must be going through. But screw it. Eff you Nate. You’re a bum. In fact, he probably won’t suffer as much this morning as I do. He’ll shrug it off. The loss that resulted won’t bug him nearly as much as the TD he didn’t get. Rats, I almost had another one. Oh well, it’s business, another game next week, maybe I’ll get one then.

Meanwhile, the 49ers are 0-4 and laughably only two games behind everyone else in the NFC West. The offense did not score much in Atlanta, but it looked like an offense at least. One that realized Michael Crabtree was on the team. Mike Johnson produced an opening drive TD, something Jimmy Raye never accomplished. The collapsing empire personified by the quitting last week of Michael Lewis went poof as Taylor Mays took over at safety and merely led the team in tackles and made a sensational play in the end zone for a TD.

But, with the game on the line, the 49ers again proved up to the task of losing it. With chances to put the game away, once again, they didn’t. Giving one of our players, in this case Clements, a chance to be a goat in the fourth quarter. Next week is a home game against the Eagles and the Will We Ever Win A Game death watch resumes.

Sigh. Sometime this year, if it’s not asking too much, perhaps the 49ers will give us a Monday morning where we can all discuss the personality of a win.

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19 comments on “Sigh.
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    cheer up skeebs ,
    hey at least we did better than the last time we played atlanta !

    if we can play our best game we can at least get some wins over the next few weeks !

    not a bad game by mike johnson but now we need to see some of westbrook on wide runs and in the passing game . we need smith to pump and throw deep on a couple and most of all some plays designed to take advantage of his mobility !

    i think manusky finally got it yesterday , i thought we were a little more aggressive up front and used our heads in the secondary ! more of that please , and some stunts and willis on pass rush too !

  2. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Morning Skeebs… (notice i didnt sau’good’ …what a heart breaking loss. What i took away from this game…1) Alex Smith is a fine young man, but not a starting QB. Not accurate enough, lakes poise in the pocket.. 2)Sing is a motivator but not a head coach. I blame coaches for Clements brain fart as much as i blame him. Sing staighten out Veron Davis when he went stupid…this was not Clements first gaff. Situational awareness…thats instilled by coaches. Although thanks to the crappy division the niners are not out of it. But their not playoff caliber for the reasons above. As for the game plan …first drive great….then NOTHING…we need a real. head COACH…and an elite QB….as much as it pains me to say it…we need the rest of the season to just go in the tank…get a top pick ..(Andrew Luck if he comes out early would be nice..) and id like us to get he’s coach to Harbaugh fron Stanford… Think Im gonna start sending Jed letters to that effect…(oh and Steelers ex coach as GM)

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The play calling looked better but wasn’t great. The end result was still only 7 points from the offense. Watching the Atlanta receivers catch so many balls that weren’t right in their hands made me pine for better receivers. Watching Clements get nailed by his own tactic was just the way it goes for this team.
    I think we replaced our biggest problem, Raye. But it has exposed our next biggest problem. Our Offensive line needs time to improve. We have two rookies that look like they’ll be pretty good but just aren’t ready now. I’m willing to be patient with this team if they would just show more smarts from the veterans. The Clements blunder was not what I would like to see from a veteran.
    Oh well, Go Giants! Them winning the division yesterday took a lot of the pain from the 49ers loss and let me forget it for a while.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Different shit, same result. When the Niners embarcked on their 7 minute, 15 play, 64 yard drive, and got zilch ion the board due to a poorly block pass play, intentional grounding, and subsequent loss of FG opportunity, I knew the game was lost.

    I didn’t know how (and just how does one imagine that?), but just that they would.

    Giving up 110 yards to Atl in the last 1:22 is just flat awful. Maunsky didn’t dial up the pressure that had been working all day, and poof-game winning drive.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    3rd and 15 from their 7 and they DON’T bring the pressure?


  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    rushing three on third and long was killing me !

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    are we looking at round three or round one for a QB this offseason ?

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    or since this team really is close talent-wise , we might even want to think about using our 2012 1st rounder to get something done on the QB front !

    (we still want a speedy CB and imo it’s a good move to use your 1st rounders on CB’s ! )

    how about this
    1st pick QB
    trade 1st rd. pick in 2012 for another 1st in 2011 and pick a
    2nd rd. NT

    team finished , now as for the coaching …

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh and i forgot …
    the rest of the draft (what we have left )and free agency can go towards speed at WR , RB and over-all team speed !

  10. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    We need a new QB, and we need a new coach. Until then, it really doesn’t much matter. We are going absolutely nowhere with Smith and Singletary. They’re not the only problems, we have many, but those are the two…hell, talking about this crap is depressing. Like Berger said, if it wasn’t for the Giants, it would be Morgue City.

  11. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Look, Rob is already thinking about next years draft. Four games in and it’s already mock draft time. Screw that! That’s depressing as hell. I don’t need that crap.
    Go Giants!

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    cool !

    and don’t forget about those tampa rays !

    future 2010 world series champs !

    i know my old drinkin buddy terry (who left us last month ) is looking down on us all field of dreams right now !

    and is sippin on a good scotch or vodka and smilin !


  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ball awareness, NoFear. Game situation. Where you are on the field, and what is happening around you. Did he forget that there were 8 guys chasing him down the field? Did he forget what the same fucking guy did to Dre Bly last year?
    These are all things a goddamn 10 year vet making $80 fucking million should be aware of. Not going for the EPSN highlight reel. Fall down in bounds, you stupid fuck. Don’t wait for the blocking. He falls down, the Niners win. It doesn’t get much more cut and dried than that.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It is VERY SIMILAR to what Bly did in that Clements was going for the glory, not thinking about the team. He wants his Psorts Center monent.
    Well, he got it. Sorry, but you look like the biggest idiot in the league, Nate.
    Much like Bradshaw for the NYG watching himself score a TD on the jumbotron. Only problem was, he had a DB chase him and knock the ball loose.


  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or his ‘dyslexics untie’ moment.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nate had a great game and then all we think about is the one play because it was the defining moment of the game.
    Nobody is talking about two third down non catches by Josh Morgan. On one he has the ball in a good spot and the DB knocks it away because Josh tries to catch the ball in his body instead of with his hands. An Atlanta receiver made that same catch later in the game with a DB draped on him because he caught the ball with his hands. Another third down Morgan just gave up. It looked like if he takes a step up field and reaches down for the ball he has the first down. Instead, the defender who was trailing dives for the ball and almost makes an interception. Morgan was a step closer and just needed a little effort. Those were two plays that took us off the field. Atlanta’s receivers made those catches and we didn’t. Did you notice they actually dove for some passes? Why don’t our receivers do that? That was as much the difference in this game as anything else. Maybe more. I’d like to see Ziggy as the #2 WR and Morgan moved to #3.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it WAS the defeining moment of the game. Yer right about Morgan though. Crabs seems better at going after the ball. Hill? I don’t know. He seems to live in Sullivan’s dog house permanently.

    Ziggy at least seems to be trying out there. VD puts out the effort. The lack of urgency across the board by everyone not named Gore on offense is kinda sickening.

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    if you watch that play again clements had a blocker and only ryan the QB to beat to the endzone ! instead of just going full blast until he either scored or got pushed out , he slowed enough for white to punch it out from behind !
    even if he gets pushed out , it’s an easy chip shot for nedney !
    (ironic that clements was hoist by his own petard and that white’s speed vs. our secondary found a way to kill us again!)
    clements however was all over the place in that game and made more big plays vs. run and pass than anyone else on the defense !

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Sigh indeed. I am feeling a serious deficit of hope and patience about this season.

    Eagles Sunday. They are hurting and we are at home. If we cannot win this one, its time to take up a hobby for the fall, unless the Giants can keep us entertained.

    Nice site, btw.

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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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